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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…

Ryan Mack: A Poor Man’s Plea to Black Corporate America

Ryan Mack: A Poor Man’s Plea to Black Corporate America

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    by Ryan Mack If we are real with ourselves, there has to be a time when we confront the disconnect that exists in Black America between those who have become “successful” and those who continue to struggle in impoverished conditions.  If you talk to anyone living in a public housing community, prison, or shelter, I am willing to bet they will tell you it is a rarity to…

It’s Time for Black People to Own Our Own Stuff

It’s Time for Black People to Own Our Own Stuff

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    Quick Note from Dr. Boyce Watkins – Your Black World Recent unemployment data shows that black unemployment went up in every demographic while white unemployment declined across the board.  Both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X had dreams, one of which involved the pursuit of economic independence for our community.  Since their deaths, we’ve forgotten about this part of their dream, but it’s time that we come together…

Ryan Mack Speaks on West, Smiley and the Poverty Tour

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    I want to personally thank Dr. West and Tavis Smiley for bringing their “Poverty Tour” to my hometown of Detroit, Michigan in the first week of August 2011. Had I not taken the time to come to their stop in Downtown Detroit, Michigan I never would have had the inspiration to structure the “Less Talk…More Action” Empowerment Tour in this way. I won’t go into detail about what…

Four Tips for Protecting your Finances Online on Cyber Monday

Four Tips for Protecting your Finances Online on Cyber Monday

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    Cyber Monday has been called the most profitable online shopping day for retailers since 2005.    Online retailers have been rallying to get Black Friday shoppers to continue their shopping frenzy until Monday, with hopes that this year will be even more profitable.  But consumers who are planning to shop on Cyber Monday, to score big on sales for the holidays.  Here are 4 tips to consider when shopping…

Dr. Boyce Spotlight: From South Central to Princeton – Meet Dominique Reese

Dr. Boyce Spotlight: From South Central to Princeton – Meet Dominique Reese

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    Dominique Reese ’06 never forgot her South Central Los Angeles roots. She was the first graduate of Crenshaw High School to attend Princeton, the first person in her family to attend college, and now is operating a business that teaches financial literacy to low-income youth and adults. She says she is living proof that after-school programs work. In high school, she took part in the Riordan Scholars Program,…

Ryan Mack: Russell Simmons Can Help Occupy Wall Street, but Not with His Rush Card in Hand

Ryan Mack: Russell Simmons Can Help Occupy Wall Street, but Not with His Rush Card in Hand

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    Written By Ryan Mack, President of The Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment, Inc. – Your Black World I have been a long admirer of you Uncle Rush (Russell Simmons). The Godfather of Hip Hop that brought me “Krush Groovin”, the serial entrepreneur whose success and drive inspired me to start my own business, and the community activist who places a strong emphasis on giving therefore motivating me to…