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Ryan Mack

Why Detroit Should Implement Project 5117

Ryan Mack | Posted 08.17.2014 | Detroit
Ryan Mack

I love Detroit enough that I am willing to fight for its recovery and do whatever is in my power to give back to it. Although I moved to New York and now DC, I have continued to implement financial education programming in the city.

Fashion With Common 'Cents': 5 Tips to Start a Business

Ryan Mack | Posted 08.26.2013 | Small Business
Ryan Mack

There are two types of people in this country. There are those who wait for their ship to come in, and there are those who learn how to swim out to the ship. In this volatile economy, we need many more of the latter.

And the 'Global Worst Financial Predator Award' Goes to...

Ryan Mack | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

I would like to send a short message to Axel Finance, Toxik Nation, and the people of St. Lucia.

Money Tips for the Working Poor: Exploring All Options in Unemployment (Part 1 of 3)

Ryan Mack | Posted 06.09.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

So as the demand for low-skilled manufacturing jobs decreases, and the demand for high-skilled jobs increases, what should an employee such as one of the 104 laid off in the Flint, Michigan plan to do?

Common 'Cents': Tips for the Working Poor

Ryan Mack | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

"I don't make enough money to save." This statement is arguably the most powerful statement an individual can make as it relates to their finances. The one who makes a statement such as this has already thrown up the white flag in their quest to move forward economically.

Four Corners of Heart Disease in My Hood -- Take It Easy This Holiday Season!

Ryan Mack | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Ryan Mack

Few enjoy eating as much as I do, but if I am going to get rid of these extra pounds that are putting my heart at risk I need to make sure I use the lost holiday art of moderation.

Can't Wait to Go Back to Prison!

Ryan Mack | Posted 12.31.2012 | Impact
Ryan Mack

Last week I had the opportunity to visit an organization who is also well beyond merely talking about the problems of mass incarceration: the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.

Six Ways You Can Help End Gun Violence

Ryan Mack | Posted 10.13.2012 | Black Voices
Ryan Mack

We don't need more critics; we need bull fighters in the ring doing the work if we are to have any success in decreasing the pointless gun violence.

From a Crack House to a Safe House: Ryan Mack Visits the Walnut Way Center

Ryan Mack | Posted 09.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Ryan Mack

If you have ever seen a crack/drug house in a neighborhood, there is nothing nice about it. I remember when I was around 12 years old in Detroit there...

The "Pop-Up" Library: A Mini-Movement of Knowledge

Ryan Mack | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Ryan Mack

The creators of the "pop-up library" carefully selected areas of the community that looked as though they could benefit from some brightening up ... not only with paint and bright colors but also with knowledge.

Year 2012: Back to Basics

Ryan Mack | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
Ryan Mack

For the year of 2012, it is time to start asking the right questions which enable us to focus on those things that we can control. Here are a few basic questions you should be asking yourself for this year:

A Poor Man's Plea to Corporate Black America to Help the Impoverished

Ryan Mack | Posted 02.12.2012 | Black Voices
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 "succ...

Impactful, Humble and Broke... a Message to Nonprofits

Ryan Mack | Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

It is time for local nonprofits to understand that marketing is the most essential component of your nonprofit. How are you to raise funds if you don't market or highlight your programming/initiatives?

Shame on You, GOP! True Colors Shown

Ryan Mack | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mack

I am not one who likes to protect those who want a handout. I don't think that a single dime of taxpayer dollars should be given to anyone without the...

Support Small Businesses: Death to the "Hook-Up"

Ryan Mack | Posted 08.02.2011 | Business
Ryan Mack

The "hook-up" is essentially when so-called friends realize that because of your elevated position/progress they are able to leverage your position for their personal gain.

An Open Letter to All the "Critical" President Obama Supporters:

Ryan Mack | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mack

I am not asking that prominent Black commentators should stop being critical of President Obama. I ask only that they be mindful of their awesome responsibility to many others.

Open Letter to the Kardashians: Stop Using Your Fame to Promote Financial Predators!

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ryan Mack

I can't seem to get away from these celebrities who have decided it to be okay to use their fame and influence to delve deep into the pockets of the p...

The Black Barbershop Health Tour Comes to Brooklyn!

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

As I walk down the streets of many inner city neighborhoods across the country, it always amazes me how many fried food restaurants I see compared to the amount of establishments where you can obtain a healthy meal.

Food for Thought: The Community Food Bank of NJ Serves an Economic Answer

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

People are looking far and wide for job creation and job placement programming that are effective. One of the most successful programs that I have ever seen was at a food bank of all places.

"Shape-Up" Your Finances

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

On August 7, 2010, the Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment took to the streets to conduct the "Shape Up Your Finances" Economic Empowerment tour.

Pick That Up!

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

On July 10, the Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment is taking a stand against filthy streets by organizing a community trash cleanup day on Fulton Street in New York.

An Open Letter to America: Be the Change!

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

As I sit and look at all the many troubles that plague this country, it seems as if we often are seeking answers in the wrong places. America, it is time to refocus our attention on the best solution of all...YOU!

Open Letter to Otisville: Was That a Prison or a College?

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

I would like to commend Federal Correction Institution Otisville in Otisville, N.Y. for the tremendous work they are doing educating their population on ways to advance the economic progress of our society.

A Grain of Sand

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

Recently, I had the privilege of seeing Manuel Gonzalez and Tyrell Peebles, two members of my youth economic empowerment group, graduate from college. I have seen them learn about financial literacy and help their communities.

Health Care Passes... Here Comes the Fear!

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mack

It is not enough to yell at the TV to create change. We have to arm ourselves with truth and become as active as members of the GOP. The political success of the left depends upon it.