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Mellody Hobson: Determining Your Own Financial Destiny No Matter Where You Come From

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Mellody Hobson’s story is one of inspiration.  She rose from an unstable home environment to become a prominent leader in the academic and business worlds, inspiring many to reach for something higher by deciding they want more out of their lives.  She graduated from Princeton University in 1991 and began at Ariel Investments, LLC as an intern shortly after.  By 2000, Hobson had ascended to the role of president of…

How Do You Budget To Save Money For What Your Really Want?

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Michelle Singletary is a nationally syndicated, award winning columnist for The Washington Post.  She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins University and has a Master’s degree in business and management.  Her column, entitled “The Color of Money,” is runs in over 100 newspapers and focuses on personal finance issues and advice.  The column as won multiple awards including being nominated for a Pulitzer, receiving…

What Do Most Schools Not Teach That Could Employ 1 million Americans?

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Despite the fact that coding is not taught in 90 percent of schools in the United States, it is a skill that can empower a person to do many things that make it possible to achieve great successes.  Coding refers to the writing of instructions by a programer in a programming language that is understood by a computer or other electronic device.  Being able to code allows a person to…

Pastor Manning: Black people will remain poor for ever

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James David Manning is the chief pastor of the ATLAH World Missionary Church located in New York City where he has been since 1981.  Manning was born in Red Springs, North Carolina on February 20, 1947.  He grew up there and picked cotton and tobacco as a boy.  The day he graduated from high school, Manning took a bus to New York.  He became radicalized in the 1960’s and spent three…

Top 10 Decade Defining Rap Songs of the 2000s

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  This decade continued with the diversification of styles in hip hop, such as crunk, snap and alternative, and saw an increase in its mainstream popularity around the world. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Rap Songs of the 2000s.       [leadplayer_vid id=”53B8FEC0D713A”]

Prince: The Controversy, Intrigue, and Mystery of His Life and Music

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Rolling Stone refers to Prince as one of the most mysterious yet naturally gifted artists of all time.  Prince was born as Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 7, 1958.  He was named after a jazz band his father performed in as a pianist names the Prince Roger Trio. Prince was signed to Warner Brother Records as a teenager and released his debut album, For You, in 1978. …

Why Is the African American Financial Experience Different?

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Valerie Coleman Morris is an Emmy award winning journalist, reporter, professor and author who formerly appeared as Business Anchor for CNN domestic and international. During her time at CNN, Morris reported on Personal Finance Issues during her daily segment called ‘Smart Assets.’ She joined CNN in 1996 after starting the nationally syndicated radio column “With the Family In Mind, which she writes and narrates and serving as the first African…

How Can You Use Your Income to Accelerate Your Wealth?

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William R. Patterson is a world renowned executive coach, award-winning lecturer, and national best-selling author. He is the CEO and co-founder of The Baron Solution Group which company holds business and personal finance workshops in cities across the United States based on the strategies Patterson outlines in his book, “The Baron Son.” The company is a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise. Patterson co-founded The Baron Solution Group and co-authored “The…

Michael Eric Dyson: What Are The Keys To Improving The Plight of Black Men?

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Michael Eric Dyson is an author, scholar, minister, and commentator who was born October 23, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan. He became an ordained Baptist minister at 19 and entered Knoxville college at the age of 21 after having done factory work to help support his family.  In 1985, Dyson graduated from Carson-Newman College with a bachelor’s degree, and he went on to earn Master’s and Doctorate degrees in religion from…

Is chasing a thug good for your love life?

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The media plays a huge role in determining what we want out of our lives and out of our relationships.  Black people are fed specific imagery that sometimes glorifies thugs and athletes over regular, hard-working men, and there are some who feel that these messages are harmful to young women seeking mates. But is it natural for a woman to chase after a man who seems “dangerous” and “edgy?”  If…

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Secrets to Becoming World’s Youngest Billionaire

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Mark Zuckerberg was born in White Plains, New York on May 14, 1984.  He became interested in computers around the age of 12 and used Atari BASIC to create a messaging program he named “Zucknet.”  His father, who was a dentist, used the program in his office to allow his receptionist to notify him when new patients arrived.  Zuckerberg’s family also used the program inside the house to communicate with…

The Passionate Flair and Reckless Abandon of Bobby Womack

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Bobby Womack was born dirt poor in Cleveland, Ohio on March 4, 1944.  He formed a gospel group with his siblings at a young age.  At just 16, he was asked to move to California after meeting Sam Cooke while touring with the Soul Stirrers.  Cooke helped Womack cross over from gospel to secular music and signed Womack and his siblings to the recently formed SAR Records. Womack and his…

How To Begin Building Wealth From Where You Are At

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William R. Patterson is a renowned executive coach, award-winning lecturer, and national best-selling author.  He is the CEO and co-founder of The Baron Solution Group; the company holds business and personal finance workshops in cities across the United States based on the strategies Patterson outlines in his book, “The Baron Son.”  The company is a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise. Patterson co-founded and co-authored the company and book with D….

Malcolm X says that building black business protects from racism

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In this speech, Malcolm X talks about black business. Malcolm says that black children must be taught the importance of supporting black business.   He also says that black people must be taught about the importance of going into business for themselves. By opening businesses of our own, Malcolm reminds black people that we would then have the ability to create employment for ourselves. He says that once you can create…

Is Clarence Thomas A Sell Out?

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Clarence Thomas was born June 23, 1948 in the small black community of Pin Point, Georgia.  He grew up poor and spent a significant portion of his childhood without his father.  Thomas attended seminary at the urging of his grandfather and graduated from St. John Vianney Minor Seminary in 1967. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 encouraged Thomas to become involved in social justice causes, and he…