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A new series of bank checks with African-American themes is the brainchild of 24-year-old Ty Canady. Ms. Canady got the idea after watching an Oprah Winfrey show on women entrepreneurs. Her company, AfrocenCheck, produces three groups of checks that are designed to highlight the importance of the African-American dollar in the economy. One set features African-American leaders such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, W. E. B. DuBois and Sojourner Truth. Another set, titled "Black Messiah," features five different Bible Scriptures. A set called "The Future" depicts African-American children playing. The checks can be used with any checking account and cost $14.95 for a box of 200, or $15.95 for 150 duplicate checks. To order, call AfrocenCheck at (619) 234-3734.
Greek to Greek
You want to buy a gift for a gung-ho sorority or fraternity member, but their traditions are Greek to you? Don't fret. House Specialties, a catalog aimed at sorority and fraternity members, has an abundance of items that any serious sister or brother is sure to appreciate, including pajama sets, laundry bags, coffee mugs and gourmet gift packages -- all with the appropriate Greek letters on them. Place orders by calling (800) UBGREEK (824-7335).