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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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The Tale of Two Police Abuse Cases

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | July 23, 2014 | Black Voices
If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill.
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Roth vs. Traditional 401(k) -- Which Is Better?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | July 23, 2014 | Money
The sheer number of retirement accounts can make anyone's head spin. Once you've opened a specific type of account -- for instance a traditional 401(k) -- it's tempting to just figure you're set. But with more and more employers now offering a Roth 401(k) as well, it's smart to take a step back and consider the potential benefits of each.
WiserAdvisor.com

7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

WiserAdvisor.com | July 23, 2014 | Money
A poor credit score can hurt your chances of success, whether you're looking for private student loans or shopping for your next set of wheels. But if your credit score is already in the 600's or below, there's good news: you can fix bad credit.
Shira Lazar

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Meet 19-Year Old Vine Star Behind 'Shopping While Black''

Shira Lazar | July 23, 2014 | Black Voices
Vine user Rashid Polo posted a Vine that pulled millions of views overnight. We spoke to him about being a new Vine star, and the important message of his videos. He never imagined that his videos would get that much attention. "It's overwhelming," Polo tells us. "But I appreciate the support and am happy that my videos are out there and that I got to shed a light on a sensitive topic." When he made the first Vine, he only had 5 followers and did it just to get the store clerk back for following him around the store. He then made this one and woke up the next morning with millions of views all over the Internet. He's received all different kinds of reactions. "You always have people who try to pick out the negative parts and try to make it something it's not," he told us. "It's a 6 second Vine clip to show people that shopping while black is real and happens every day." People on the Internet also claimed that he was discriminated against because he was a teenager and not because of the color of his skin. "You can't think that just because someone is a teenager, that they're going to steal," Polo said. "I know people who get caught shoplifting in their 30s and 40s. You never know shoplifters just by looking at them. They don't have a face, race or age." He hopes that his Vine will inspire others to speak up if they feel like something is not right. "Always voice your opinion," he told us. "You never know where it's going to take you or what's going to...
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

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On the "A" w/Souleo: An Unforgettable Surprise Birthday Celebration on Social Media

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | July 23, 2014 | Black Voices
For Jennifer Hamilton it wasn't enough to be the only one wishing her husband a happy birthday. She decided to try and get the whole world to say it along with her.
Rep. Hank Johnson

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New Caucus to Focus on Expanding Medicaid

Rep. Hank Johnson | July 23, 2014 | Black Voices
As co-chair of the new State Medicaid Expansion Caucus, I look forward to leading an ongoing dialogue on the how important expanding Medicaid is for my state, Georgia, and the entire country.
Bryan Cain-Jackson

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Black Women Still Suffer From Wage Gaps

Bryan Cain-Jackson | July 23, 2014 | Black Voices
Here we are 50 years later, and if you're a woman of color, then you're still facing inequality in the workplace. According to a recent study, black women are making far less than their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts in the same jobs and positions.
Tavis Smiley

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My Conversation with the Multi-Faceted Rubén Blades

Tavis Smiley | July 23, 2014 | Entertainment
Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by Rubén Blades. The 10-time Grammy winner, Harvard law school grad and former presidential candidate in Panama reflects on his varied career and talks about his new CD, Tangos.
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

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The Easiest Way to Stop Paying Interest on Credit Card Debt

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | July 22, 2014 | Money
Let's be honest, America is having a credit card debt crisis. We, as a nation, are $11.4 trillion in debt to credit card companies. Luckily, there is a very easy solution to stop paying all of that interest to the credit card companies, and it comes from the most unlikely source ... the credit card companies.
C. Virginia Fields

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Mobilizing to Reduce Hepatitis C in the Black Community: July 25 Is National African American Hepatitis C Action Day

C. Virginia Fields | July 22, 2014 | Black Voices
Hepatitis C infection is a major public health concern for people of all races. To help increase Hepatitis C awareness, testing and access to treatment for individuals infected with the virus, we recognize National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCAD) on Friday, July 25.
Damon Hart

Eric Garner Could Have Been Me

Damon Hart | July 22, 2014 | Black Voices
As a young adult, it is normal for people my age to believe themselves invincible. I know this to be untrue, but I often forget this fact. With Eric Garner's death, I am reminded that black men are certainly not invincible, rather, they are endangered.
Marcus Bright

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White House Education Official David Johns Sparks the #TeachTheBabies Movement

Marcus Bright | July 22, 2014 | Black Voices
It's important to note how social media campaigns have helped to highlight the issue reminding everyone of how important the early years in the development of the brains of young people.
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

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5 Subjects White People Should Never Initiate in a Conversation With People of Color

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | July 22, 2014 | Black Voices
These conversations were always awkward for me and never satisfying.
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

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6 Things for Children to Understand About Writing and 4 Ways to Help Them Get Started

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | July 22, 2014 | Parents
Just like a coach sees the difference in her players if they spent the summer lounging instead of being active, I certainly see a literary sluggishness in my students if they return to school in the fall without picking up a book or writing in their journals with true engagement.
Gregory D. Squires

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Appraisals: A Missing Link in Fair Housing/Fair Lending Debates

Gregory D. Squires | July 22, 2014 | Politics
Once again those families and communities that have long been and continue to be subject to discriminatory (and often predatory) behavior, pay a high price. But so do many who have not traditionally been victimized by these practices.
Darnell L. Moore

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Black Female Survival and the Myth of the White Gay Cultural Savior, or, Dear Anthony -- Stop It!

Darnell L. Moore | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
We know that heterosexism is real and that white gay men, especially gender non-conforming men, experience antagonism, and, yet, we should be clear not to minimize the reality of white patriarchy and the advantages daily afforded to white men, regardless of their sexual identities. Privilege much?
Heidi Hartmann

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My Brother's Keeper Skating on Thin Evidence?

Heidi Hartmann | July 22, 2014 | Politics
Since all federal programs generally must be open to everyone, what's the point of excluding girls and women of color from this initiative? I'm sure it comes across as a shocking and hurtful omission to young women and girls of color.
Gregory Michie

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On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers)

Gregory Michie | July 22, 2014 | Education
To say that a teacher's race is of no importance -- especially in schools where most of the kids are black or Latino -- is to pretend that education in the U.S. exists in a post-racial dreamworld.
Angela D. Coleman

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Why You Need a Place of Your Own, Right Now

Angela D. Coleman | July 22, 2014 | Black Voices
Privacy is key to having a healthy space. The girls that we work with tell us that they need something that belongs to them where they could do what they want and need to do to better themselves.
Brandon L. Greene

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House Hunting as a Person of Color With a Child on the Way

Brandon L. Greene | July 21, 2014 | Black Voices
As my partner and I are both attorneys who work on and in support of public education, private school was not an option for us, so we decided to look for homes further out but with highly rated public schools. At the risk of sounding naïve, I was wholly unprepared for the reality that came with prioritizing high-quality public schools in my home search.
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