Economics, For the Record / March 3, 2020 High credit scores aren’t exactly what you think. Here’s the truth.

By Lynn Pierce Establishing and maintaining a respectable credit score could be the biggest pitfall for a successful financial future. A recent report from Experian revealed the average FICO score in America reached an all-time high in 2019 at 703. You might think that the news of high credit scores is a positive trend: more...

News, Technology / February 7, 2020 Always Online, But Not Just For The Memes: Black Digital Engagement As Fuel For Activism

By Greer Jackson In the summer of 2013, Black Lives Matter as a social justice campaign became a major platform and organizing tool, and today persists as one of the most formidable movements of our time. Since then, other movements have followed in its wake: #SayHerName in honor of Sandra Bland, #OscarsSoWhite in response to...

Civil Rights, For the Record / January 25, 2020 Is It the Way I Talk? Hiring discrimination based on an accent is illegal.

By Julia Weng Why is it that in cartoons, films and television shows the monster, vampire or villain of ze story alvays speaks like zhees? Research shows that when we do not understand what a person is saying, we tend to lose trust in them all together. Artistic creators may not give accents to the...

Black Actresses Ready for Love
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Black Actresses Ready for Love

By Marc Rivers Rita Hayworth serenades a nightclub audience with the Latin-tinged love song “Amado Mio” in one of the most famous scenes in“Gilda.” A spotlight caresses her body; the rhinestones on her pearly white dress twinkle like stars. The soft lighting makes her glow. The rest of the audience sits in shadow; all eyes…

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Should African Americans Receive Reparations?

Blacks continue to be the least wealthy race in America. According to a 2013 study by the Pew Research, white wealth was 13 times that of black wealth. Human rights activists with the United Nations say slavery is to blame for the plight of African Americans. So Truth Be Told, do African Americans deserve reparations? Here’s what…

Enduring Myths: The Willie Lynch Letter
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Enduring Myths: The Willie Lynch Letter

Welcome to our first installment of the “Enduring Myths” series. The series will examine myths by and about African Americans that have persisted for years. In this first installment, we examine the so-called “Willie Lynch Letter.” The letter is allegedly from a speech that was given by Willie Lynch, a British slave owner, in 1712…

88th Academy Awards Predictions
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88th Academy Awards Predictions

Best Picture: “The Big Short” alt. “The Revenant”   Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”) alt. George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)   Best Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio (“The Revenant”) alt. Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)   Best Actress: Brie Larson (“Room”) alt. Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”)   Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)   Best…

#OscarsSoWhite, Because #HollywoodSoWhite — and Male
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#OscarsSoWhite, Because #HollywoodSoWhite — and Male

By Miesha Miller April Reign, who spearheaded the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, will be live-tweeting “The Wood” with some of her 22,000 Twitter followers during the telecast of the 88th Academy Awards tonight. As part of a nationwide series of protests and “tune-outs,” the Rev. Al Sharpton plans to lead a rally outside the Dolby Theatre in…

The Complicated Love Affair With The Oscars
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The Complicated Love Affair With The Oscars

 won’t be watching the Oscars on Sunday. For the second year in a row, every acting nominee is white. It is the first time that there have been two straight years of all-white nominees since 1995 to 1996, just three years after I was born. Jesse Jackson called for a boycott of the 1996 ceremony….

Mental Illness is for White People?
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Mental Illness is for White People?

Imagine a 4-year-old girl playing on a Harlem playground. She’s laughing and having a great time in the beauty of a warm summer afternoon. Then, all of a sudden, she is hit by a stray bullet. The innocent little girl collapses to the ground and cries. She’s rushed to the emergency room where the bullet…

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