Last week I talked about investing concepts that people want to understand but are too often afraid to ask about -- things like asset allocation, diversification and risk. But if you're unclear on a concept, I say ask. And ask again if you don't completely understand.
As a historian, I can attest to the fact that dissent among the black intellectual elite is nothing new. Indeed, writers, politicians, community activists, entertainers, professors, ministers and others have publicly sparred with one another for centuries.
I wish Obama had gone to Ferguson and issued a stinging critique of the Grand Jury. I wish he'd raised hell after the killing of Trayvon Martin. I wish he'd make endemic racial inequality the centerpiece of his final years in office. But that Obama has never been.
We now know that Freddie Gray's apparent fatal spine injury was not the first delivered at the hands of a Baltimore police officer.
Nadeesha Godamunne is a full time in-house fashion illustrator/colorist from New Zealand now residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her voice needs to be heard. The creativity of her hands need to be seen. Say hello to Nadeesha.
My heart was overflowing with joy and happiness to look out in the audience and see family members and close friends in attendance that evening to support my debut at Carnegie Hall. Yet at the same time, the moment was bittersweet.
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Clearly the South Carolina Supreme Court did the right thing by assigning a special prosecutor to the Walter Scott case. And if South Carolina can do it, then the rest of the nation can do the same.
As whiteness increases, the externally-imposed restrictions on one's identity decreases. It is this ability to be seen for one's identity as opposed to their race that minorities seek to attain when they engage in skin whitening.
Men and women who have completed their sentences are expected to return to work, pay their taxes, and become accountable to their communities. Resuming one's civic right and responsibility is part of that process, and denial of the right to vote is not only undemocratic but also self-defeating.
I'm not quite ready for a HuffPost reveal, but I love the look. It's got lots of silver in it now, and may never be quite as full as the 'fros of my youth. But it's just right for a woman my age, coming into her midlife powers.
For most of the last century, women, Blacks and Latinos were not able to contribute their full potential to the national economy. In those days, America could economically lead the globe with proverbially one hand tied behind its back.
We need a fruitful, progressive conversation that abandons a focus on the status quo and reform efforts that toy around existing edges -- instead choosing a new vision for the future that endeavors to do the hard work of changing the culture of a system that means so much to so many.
My mother refused to be intimidated by the many threats, acts of violence, having her home bombed on two occasions, or even the assassination of her husband. Never did she waver from her and my father's shared determination that America must honor its sacred promise of equality and justice for citizens of every race.
Not everyone needs to attend college to obtain a good job. But for most college continues to be the principal route to a good life. It's time now for a national conversation between community colleges and public and private four-year colleges and universities about how to create a pipeline that offers a pathway for minorities, especially black students.
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Attendance to the National Parks reached a record-breaking 292.8 million visits in 2014. Despite the increase in popularity, African Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented visitor demographics in the parks.
The prison-to-prison pipeline works in two ways. By some estimates, almost seventy percent of young Black men who have been in prison are likely to return, largely because nothing positive waits for them outside. But the prison-to-prison pipeline is also a multi-generational pipeline.
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I'm always wary of the argument that all problems can and should be solved at home. I think that takes some of the responsibility off of other institutions that can bring about social change yet drastically need reform. But the role of parents and families is an important one -- particularly in the prevention of racial discrimination.
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From one sentence I realized, it's not for me to understand something I can't naturally relate to, but I must be compassionate. No one owes anyone a detailed breakdown of their personal and private experiences (especially when it can be so hard to put into words). The message is: I don't feel like my true self.
Little girls like mine need and desire to see characters who look like them and are the stars of the show. My girls have often expressed their joy when they see a character of color, exclaiming, "Mom! She's brown like me!" Their excitement is saddening, because it's a rarity.
Too often, African American voices are excluded from discussions about the critical issues facing our country. Recently the NAACP developed a report that shows how fossil fuels play a significantly harmful role in the health of African Americans and other communities of color.