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Five Questions to Help Choose the Best Student Loan for You

CommonBond | September 19, 2014 | Money
Your personal financial goals have great influence over your repayment plan choice. If your financial situation improves over time, you may be in a more comfortable position to make prepayments to eliminate your remaining student debt.
Marian Wright Edelman


The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | September 19, 2014 | Politics
It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi


Emancipating Freedom

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | September 19, 2014 | Black Voices
James Forten's vision -- and the many courageous stories of others along the Delaware -- remind us that freedoms are hard won by those willing to sacrifice to make the world a better place.
John Kinnear


Spanking Would Be Easier

John Kinnear | September 19, 2014 | Parents
Without arbitrary consequences for their defiance, I guess we're going to have to teach them the actual reasons why they should listen to our instructions. This presents two challenges. We're going to need good reasons, and somehow we have to get them to believe us.
Ama Yawson


The 5 Biggest Natural Hair Mistakes

Ama Yawson | September 19, 2014 | Style
The movement often fails to challenge the very paradigm that encouraged women to chemically process their hair and thereby prevented them from remaining natural, in the first place.
Irene Monroe


Black Children Are Beloved and Beaten

Irene Monroe | September 19, 2014 | Parents
Parenting is hard, and trying to figure the appropriate punishment gains nothing with the force of violence. Especially because it was done in the days of slavery, and in spite of the fact that it was done to us as children, it needs to stop.
Rachael Quinn Egan

An Open Letter to My Fellow White, Liberal Parents

Rachael Quinn Egan | September 19, 2014 | Parents
If you really want to join that golf club, and feel that it's OK because there is one rich black family there, please work harder. If you chose to send your children to a school which only has one rich black family, one Hispanic child with a scholarship, and three Asian kids, please work harder.
Darryl Smith


Midnight Vistas: Afrofuturism Is for All of Us

Darryl Smith | September 19, 2014 | Black Voices
In February 2015, the first-of-its-kind Afrofuturism conference, Midnight Vistas, will bring together artists, writers, scholars and activists from across the United States - and throughout the world - to convene.
Aaron Gouveia


Adrian Peterson, Child Abuse, and Why It Doesn't Matter If That's How You Were Raised

Aaron Gouveia | September 19, 2014 | Parents
It is never acceptable to beat a little kid bloody with a weapon, because that is always child abuse. I can't believe it's 2014 and I have to spell that out for people.
Dana Oliver


What Happened When I Turned Off Twitter And (Re)Turned To God

Dana Oliver | September 19, 2014 | Style
The high of being one of the first to spot a breaking news tweet got so bad that I would wake up in the middle of the night searching for my iPhone while laying between my Egyptian cotton sheets.
Mechele Dickerson


The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | September 18, 2014 | Politics
While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.
Matt Kramer

It's Time to Rethink Native Mascots

Matt Kramer | September 18, 2014 | Education
When we use imagery that makes an entire community feel excluded and diminished, exactly what tradition are we celebrating?
Nicholas Snow


Warrior in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS: Photographer Duane Cramer (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
Since being diagnosed with HIV 18 years ago, Duane Cramer has become a tireless advocate for HIV awareness and education, using his photography and creative skills to bring attention to the disease.
Jeff Johnson


Don't Count Out the Down Ballot

Jeff Johnson | September 19, 2014 | Politics
Ohio Secretary of State candidate Nina Turner has spent her entire career fighting for working families, stronger schools, and elections that allow all people to cast their ballot fairly, conveniently, and securely. We can support Nina and other down ballot candidates that have the ability to win if we would just show up.
Amanda Andere


Year of the Woman?

Amanda Andere | September 18, 2014 | Women
I was 12 years old during the historic Year of the Woman in 1992. I remember the sense of hopefulness my Mom and her feminist friends had as they talked about the possibilities for discussion, action and policy around women's equality.


The 8 Biggest Financial Mistakes Newlyweds Make

LearnVest | September 18, 2014 | Weddings
So what are the most common financial blunders that newlyweds tend to make? We asked financial pros to pinpoint the eight biggest offenders -- and then offer up some advice for how to help right them early on.


We Paid Off $90K of Debt in 4 Years | September 18, 2014 | Money
Paul and Joan Ostroff went into debt trying to give their son, Andrew, a shot at getting past a learning disability so that he might be able to go to college. By the time they went to Consumer Credit Counseling for help in 2010, they owed $88,000 on about 20 credit cards.
Melony Armstrong

My Struggle for Braiding Freedom

Melony Armstrong | September 18, 2014 | Black Voices
Public officials at all levels chatter constantly about employment and job creation. Unfortunately, not enough of them seem concerned about the nonsensical barriers they and their predecessors erect that stand in the way of entrepreneurs seeking to earn an honest living.
Christian Piatt


The Black Man Shot by White Cops No One Is Talking About

Christian Piatt | September 18, 2014 | Black Voices
Crawford, father to two young children, did have something in his hand, but it wasn't a rifle or a shotgun. Rather, it was a toy BB gun he had picked up from the shelves in the store to buy.
Diane Tobin


Wrestling With Race on Rosh Hashanah

Diane Tobin | September 19, 2014 | Religion
As we head into the Jewish New Year, we take with us the challenges of an eventful summer punctuated by racial unrest. The death of Michael Brown, like that of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin before him, are tragedies that jolt us out of complacency.
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