Have you ever considered taking a road trip on iconic Route 66 from start to finish? This 2451-mile journey from Chicago to Los Angeles takes about eight days in a high-horsepower muscle car now, but "once upon a time," took a little more than three months -- if you were traveling by low-horsepower horse and buggy.
Today's tourist can easily and comfortably see some of the world's great countries and sites thanks to the wonders of convenient modern transportation. Commercial airlines and modern vehicles make hopping from city to city or even country to country accessible to all. Looking back at the not-so-distant past however, it's easy to see how the time and effort required to make these same journeys meant that the world must have seemed like a far larger place.
Here's some good news for college students heading back to school! Hitting the books, listening to professors, acing classes, and being a community leader can earn you a $5,000 scholarship. You must apply quickly, though, as the application period ends on Friday, September 4, 2015.
Last year, 19 students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) earned nearly $100,000 through the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship and this year 20 students will have their chance to earn $100,000. The scholarship was established in conjunction with the television show Lexus Verses and Flow, featuring poetry and R&B performances, now airing in its fifth season on TV ONE through September 17.
Presented in partnership with ten of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, two students at each of the following institution will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence. Winners will be selected through an essay process, with students describing how they drive positive change and play a leadership role in their community.
The second annual Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is open to students at these distinguished HBCU schools:
Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Ga.) LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, Tenn.) Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.) Grambling State University (Grambling, La.) North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro, N.C.) Hampton University (Hampton, Va.) Spelman College (Atlanta, Ga.) Howard University (Washington, D.C.) Xavier University (New Orleans, La.)
To be considered for a $5,000 scholarship, students must complete an application, available at these campuses, or by downloading it here, and submit it along with a written or video essay detailing how they are taking a leadership role in their communities, the importance of community, and the benefits of attending an HBCU. Qualifying students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the start of the scholarship application period and provide a letter of recommendation from a member of their school’s faculty as well as a leader in their community.
“The Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is part of our pledge to support and improve young lives, and rewarding students for academic excellence and leadership does just that,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “These accomplished HBCU students have a solid education and enormous potential to influence their communities. Higher education is the foundation for many great beginnings, especially when students are equipped with initiative and leadership skills.”
The scholarship coincides with the return of the NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show, “Lexus Verses and Flow” in its fifth season, airing on TV One through September 17, 2015. Blending electrifying musical and soul-stirring spoken word performances, the variety show has featured mega-watt stars that include Jill Scott, Maxwell, K. Michelle, Estelle, Gary Clark Jr., Leela James, Anthony Hamilton, and Mali Music alongside the best up-and-coming poets including Rudy Francisco, Prentice Powell, Georgia Me, and M’Reld Green.
If you're a fan of the Fast & Furious movies (and maybe Vin Diesel), you might enjoy this Waze promotion that's scheduled to hit your mobile device this week.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is joining with Waze to promote the home release of global blockbuster Furious 7. “Get your Furious 7 Fix Fast” is a first-of-its-kind promotion that will allow Waze users in seven cities to find Prizing Pit Stops giving away free Furious 7 merchandise. Universal has released Furious 7 on Digital HD this week and will release it on and on Blu-ray™, DVD, and On Demand on September 15.
From this week through September 17, Waze, the real-time crowd-sourced navigation app, will display scheduled messages announcing the release of Furious 7 in seven participating markets. Want some F&F7 swag? On one day in each market, Waze users can find directions to pop-up venues where street teams will be distributing free Furious 7-branded T-shirts, hats, license-plate frames, and a limited number of digital codes to download the film on Digital HD (among other items). Each Prizing Pit Stop will operate while supplies last for up to 90 minutes and then move on to two other spots throughout the day.
When we first heard of a self-cleaning car, we assumed it was an April Fools' Day prank. But then we saw it in action and were duly impressed. Not only is the Nissan Leaf a clean vehicle because of its all-electric zero-emission drivetrain, but Nissan is using it to debut innovative paint technology that actually repels mud, rain, and everyday dirt to keep its outside clean, too.
Texans like to brag that everything is bigger and better there. If they’re talking about Austin’s Lisa Copeland, managing partner of Fiat of Austin, even Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne agrees. After all, the Texas dealership has been the top Chrysler/Fiat retailer in North America since the brand returned to the U.S.
Marchionne recently flew to Austin to congratulate Lisa and her team on their record-breaking Fiat 500 sales, adding, “Lisa is also an incredible salesperson herself, an excellent manager, and a dynamic leader, and what she and her team have achieved here at the Fiat of Austin store is unprecedented.”
I was invited to Italy by Mazda to attend Milan Design Week. The show covers a wide range of design events around the city of Milan, including furniture and industrial product exhibits, performances, and lectures.
Mazda's exhibit, "The Car as Art" was also in central Milan, as part of Design Week 2015. Mazda designers hold to the tenet that the car is a work of art, and they strive to create cars that move people emotionally. Design Week is a fabulous way for automotive companies to show off their attributes.
If you're a member of an organization that offers an auto buying program -- like Costco, Consumer Reports, USAA, or American Express, or even your insurance company -- use it!
These affinity groups work with a network of dealers who provide incentives and offer exceptional guaranteed pricing and service if the car is purchased through that group. These pre-negotiated discount programs have been arranged to help group members save hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars off the purchase price: check to see if you belong to any and let their buying power reduce your purchase price!
Instead, consider the total purchase price after sales tax, and then evaluate the monthly cost.
Once you know your total price, financing the car should cost about $20 a month for 60 months for every $1000 financed (for buyers with good credit), so keep that in mind when you’re looking at the bottom line. Most car pricing services also offer pricing estimators to help you know ahead of time what it will cost to finance your purchase. If you have quotes from other dealers, use them as leverage in your current negotiation. Having a target transaction price in mind before you visit the dealership is important, and where your advance research will help the most.
The car of one of my neighbors was burglarized recently, and the thieves stole a nice car stereo and back-seat DVD entertainment system. According to a report at CNN.com, $1.25 billion in personal items and accessories are stolen from vehicles in about 1.8 million thefts each year.
My neighbor had -- stupidly -- left his car unlocked. Did he have an alarm? Yep, but it wasn't activated, either. He mistakenly thought, because we live in a small, gated neighborhood, that his car was safe. Law enforcement officials say that finding unlocked cars is still the number one way thieves are getting in. Luckily, this form of theft can be easily prevented with a little common sense.
When that happens, the balance of your old loan will be rolled into the new car's loan amount, combining the debt of two cars into one, larger, loan.
Save discussions about trade-ins until the end of your negotiation process. The price of the car should not be determined by the vehicle you have to trade in, so consider that a separate transaction. Only after you settle on a purchase price should you start negotiating the terms of a potential trade. Price your car ahead of time using services like KBB.com, Clearbook.com, or CarMax.com, so you have a good idea of what it should be worth ahead of time. Remember, if you don't like the trade-in value you're offered for your car, you might get more for it by selling it yourself or taking it to CarMax.