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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…

Dr. Samori Swygert: Hidden Colors 3 is an outstanding film!

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Movie Review: Hidden Colors 3 a smash hit must see! By: Dr. Samori Swygert The ground breaking documentary series, Hidden Colors, debuted its’ 3rd installment (Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism) last night (6/26/2014) in select theaters across the country. Hidden Colors 3 was a masterful production, and I consider it to be mandatory viewing. I fervently believe that our youth need to see this, and its’ prior series….

Maya Angelou Brings Tupac Shakur To Tears

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Dr. Maya Angelou is known for inspiring generations through the wisdom of her words and the way she carried herself through life’s ups and downs.  Born Marguerite Johnson on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, she came from humble beginnings.  Growing up in Stamps, Arkansas exposed her to the deep racial prejudices and brutality of the Jim Crow South.  Her experiences with racial discrimination and prejudice became part of…

Malcolm X explains why black people don’t have jobs

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In this very important video, Malcolm X is talking about the importance of owning black businesses.  Due to the legacy and history of African Americans being trained to work for whites, we are stuck in a cycle within which we’re taught to believe that our purpose for education or any other training is to get a white-owned company to hire us. The challenge with this line of thinking is that…

How to Know if You’re a Financial Zombie

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African Americans are often held back by our lack of access to econmic freedom and financial literacy. This can cause us to make decisions that might be otherwise deemed unethical, but we go along with them nonetheless because we are afraid of losing our freedom. In this video, Dr. Watkins explains what it means to be a “Financial Zombie,” and what it means to live a life that is without…

10 Things you may not know about Black Greek Letter Organizations

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There are many historically Black fraternal organizations that have highly esteemed members across the country. There’s Congressman John Lewis, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Phylicia Rashad, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and so many more great people. Here are a few things you may not know about the history of black Greek letter organizations: 1.)  The…

Is there a rivalry between African Americans and Africans?

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The show “On the Reel” with Tiara Williams, brings together the kinds of interesting conversations in the black community that we don’t get to see and hear in mainstream media.  The discussions are important opportunities for all of us to learn and grow as we decide on the joint trajectory of our community in the 21st century. This episode digs into the divide between Africans and African Americans.   African…

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

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              Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and human rights activist who played a crucial role in advocating for the rights of African Americans in the United States and in doing so became one of the most influential African Americans in history. He was born Malcolm Little in 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska and was orphaned by the time was a teenager due to his father’s murder and his mother’s…

All about The Great Migration: When black people came to the North

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A lot of black people don’t know anything about The Great Migration.  But at the turn of the century, many African Americans were in the south working agricultural jobs.  But the south was dangerous.  Southerners had not yet learned to respect African Americans as free human beings worthy of basic dignity and respect.   Also, the jobs were low-paying and the work was difficult.  So, for about 50 years, millions…

Dr Boyce Watkins: How black people enable the Donald Sterlings of the World

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In this video, Dr Boyce Watkins talks about the debacle of Donald Sterling and the Los Angeles Clippers.  Watkins says that black people ask for this kind of treatment because of their unwillingness to challenge racists when they show themselves to be biased in the first place.  There is also a pattern shown by Sterling that represents the consistent disrespect received by African Americans in the workplace and outside of…

Arsenio Tells Fans How To Get Back At Donald Sterling

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Recently, a tape was released of a formidable man saying racist comments. Allegedly, the voice is none other than NBA Clippers Owner, Donald Sterling. His then girlfriend, V. Stiviano recorded the businessman expressing his not so subtle views. Apparently, the conversation began when he saw Instagram pictures of his girlfriend with African American men. In retaliation to his girlfriend’s statement, when she said she does not share the same sentiments…

Dr Boyce Watkins: What every black man must know in order to survive

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  This is an excerpt of the popular lecture series, “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment,” by Dr Boyce Watkins.  Dr Watkins is a leading advocate for African Americans and speaks truth with the kind of raw form that is rare among public scholars today.  Though he struggled in high school, Dr. Watkins was the only African American in the world to earn a PhD in Finance during the…

Why So Many Black Women Are Single and Alone

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This man asks the age old question, “Why so many Black Women are Single and Alone?”  This is a question that plagues millions of African Americans, and one that he seems to have the answer to.  But is the question itself a negative one to begin with?  Are black women really alone in a negative way or are they choosing to create different kinds of relationships for themselves? This video…

Unknown Facts: Black History

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Black History is American History. This piece cites many amazing African Americans who’s contribution to our nation often go unrecognized. This video is brought to you by S4T Works, a multimedia education non profit, specializing in workshops that fuse education and the arts.       [leadplayer_vid id=”5334BB24209F8″]

Mary Turner: The woman born on Malcolm X’s Birthday that you must know about

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The story of Mary Turner is one for the ages and it’s also a reminder of the kinds of struggles that people of color have endured since this nation was founded.   Mary was born in 1899 and died on May 19, 1918, exactly seven years before the birthday of the great Malcolm X. What happened to Mary in Georgia is a powerful reflection of the environment in which Malcolm…