June 16, 2022
Commonwealth National Bank Celebrates Juneteenth By Promoting Financial Freedom

This year, Commonwealth National Bank is proud to be among more than a dozen Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) that will celebrate Juneteenth by participating in the City of Prichard Juneteenth Festival & Parade on June 19, to promote financial literacy and sound money management.

In association with the National Bankers Community Alliance (NBCA), a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Bankers Association (NBA), Commonwealth joins other NBA member banks in a new financial wellness platform now available on https://ecommonwealthbank.enrich.org to help more minority communities achieve financial wellness. Commonwealth will be among the 143 MDIs nationally that will engage customers and communities this Juneteenth to help create positive financial behaviors, build wealth, and close the racial wealth gap. “Commonwealth National Bank is proud to join the Mobile community in observing Juneteenth in a way that will help create generational wealth for our community,” said Sidney King, President & CEO of Commonwealth. “We want to help everyone from teenagers to seniors, secure strong financial futures.”

The financial services industry offers an array of services that can be confusing and challenging to most consumers, particularly the unbanked and underbanked in minority communities. Once a simple selection of banking services, consumers now have a wide choice of digital apps, cryptocurrencies, and debit/credit card options. Some financing options are risky and Commonwealth wants to help our community navigate these options. Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, commemorates the day in 1866 when Black people in Texas were notified of their freedom, more than two years after the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was designated a national federal holiday in 2021 and has traditionally been celebrated with festivals, picnics, and cultural events. This year, NBA’s MDI’s will celebrate Juneteenth with a series of financial literacy initiatives to acknowledge the wealth disparities in minority communities and launch actions to close the racial wealth gap. For more information about Commonwealth National Bank, visit www.ecommonwealthbank.com
For more information about the NBCA, visit https://www.nationalbankers.org/alliance.
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama showcase artwork at Jazz Art Writers South Festival

Youth with Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama will showcase their music-inspired artwork at the Jazz Art Writers South Festival on Thursday, June 16, as part of the jazz art exhibit with the Black Ink Coalition and the USA Libraries Art Galleries.

Their artwork came to fruition with the help of art teacher Soynika Edwards-Bush by converting to canvas a beautiful and meaningful art creation based on what they heard, saw, and felt while listening to music.

“Art is therapy. Jazz is soothing and upbeat at times,” Bush says. “Their perspective on “Solitude, I’ll be seeing you, and Miles Davis Blue and Green” is amazing.” She hopes youth will turn to art to deal with stress and issues of concern. We have to support the kids who give it their all, hoping to reach the ones who may be standing afar.”

Participating Clubs were Kiwanis, Sonny Callahan, 21st Century Gilliard, and Bernard Malkove Clubs. Their artwork will be on display tomorrow, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Marx Library on the University of South Alabama campus. To learn more, click here.

Hope Boxing Academy schedules a free community event Saturday, June 25

Project Reach is a free one-day community event for youth, young adults, and parents on June 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at James Seals Center 540 Texas St, Mobile, AL 36603.

This event includes a boxing exhibition, a community program fair, and an engaging panel discussion on ways the community can work together to address pressing issues and concerns facing our youth and young adults. And how we can work together as a community to make our communities better for the people we serve. The goal of Project Reach is to create space for positive change for our youth in our community. 

About Hope Boxing Academy: The Hope Boxing Academy is a 501(c)(3) organization that offers a unique alternative for our youth by providing training, tutoring, and mentoring to keep them focused, active, and off the streets. We train our students on strategies to improve their physical health, mental health, and self-confidence. Armed with these skills, our participants experience greater success both in and out of school. Our burgeoning young leaders exemplify the transformation that is possible for at-risk youth when given the opportunity

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama Telethon 2022:
Our City, Our Future

Join WKRG News 5 in supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama to help raise money to support the nonprofit’s mission to empower youth across the region. The Telethon will broadcast live on WKRG News 5 from 6 am – 7 pm and feature interviews with staff and incredible stories from our Club kids and Youth of the Year.. Last year, because of your generous donations, over $65,000 was raised for Club programs. You have an opportunity to pledge to Boys & Girls Club now by doing the following:

• Call to donate: 1-833-998-2582 (CLUB)

• Click to donate: Click here

• Text to donate: Text BGCSA to 44-321
Update Those Headshots – Why?
by: Cheryl Nicholls, Professional Photographer, Treasured Moments

No one likes to get dressed up, drive to meet a photographer, and then spend time posing for just the right shot, am I right? I don’t either, and I’m a photographer. Nevertheless, we all need to ensure that we present our clients, customers, and colleagues with our most professional view of ourselves. Why?
• Your picture is often your first opportunity to make an impression
• People will study your face to see if you exhibit confidence, trustworthiness, and the like
• Your headshot may be seen on social media, websites, and company profile pages. Do you want your headshot photo to look like your driver’s license photo or high school yearbook photo?

Take a minute and look at your LinkedIn profile photo, and as you do, ask yourself the following questions:
• Do I still look the same?
• Did I get a friend, family member, or colleague to take a quick photo with a cell phone?
• Is my profile picture a selfie?

Trust me. People can tell the difference between a quick selfie and a professional headshot. 
Have you recently received a promotion or changed careers? It’s time to update that headshot. You want to depict who and where you are in your career accurately. 

Perhaps you are just beginning your career and don’t have a headshot. Before you reach for that phone to text your old college roommate and schedule a time for a “photo shoot,” stop and consider, “Will this image speaks to my new life as a young professional?” Or will it scream, “I’m waiting on mom and dad to send me money for pizza?”

A professionally captured headshot should be viewed as an investment in your career, whether you’re a young professional or a seasoned veteran. 
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