Even though there are a few ways you can try and accelerate the process, it takes time to build credit. Credit cards can be one of the best ways to do so, and if you commit to using them properly, it can be worth the time you spend strategizing.
Being black or brown isn't the problem. Neither is my childhood dream of having a house full of black and brown babies. The problem is white supremacy. I don't mean the still-dangerous KKK or Aryan Brotherhood. The white supremacy I'm talking about is much quieter.
I've never been very good at saving. I'm a spender -- shoes, trips, nights out, you name it. It's a fact that became especially apparent to me when I found myself saddled with $10,000 of credit card debt after graduating from college.
Last Monday I was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, along with dozens of other clergy, seminarians, and people of many faith traditions. As a white, middle-aged, married, mother of three and a rule-abiding Presbyterian, this was a new experience for me.
During the Weekend of Resistance, activists joined many actions planned by the youth organizers. On Friday, October 10, despite an intense rainstorm, hundreds marched in Clayton, Missouri demanding that the county prosecutor step down.
While it is true that, by far, the overwhelming percentage of black people in the South were doomed to spend their entire lives in slavery prior to the Civil War, it is also true that a small percentage lived as free citizens. And some were even able to prosper.
Every student desires professors that understand and respect them, and minority students only want the same: Instructors who are trained to deal with cultural issues when they arise.
This is political gamesmanship of the lowest order, playing on media and public fears over a legitimate and terrifying health crisis, to again belittle Obama. And with the stakes sky high in the 2014 midterm elections, the dirty political pool by the GOP was totally predictable.
Over the past two weeks, community members in L.A. have held a vigils to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Aniya Parker. The murder of Ms. Parker marked the eighth homicide of a transgender woman of color reported in the U.S. since June. She was shot in the head and killed as she was fleeing from three men who had confronted her on a sidewalk in Hollywood.
The tea party and other elected extremists cannot bring themselves to believe that voters just aren't buying the poisonous policies they're trying to sell. So they operate under the belief that if you won't vote for them, you shouldn't vote at all.
Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, as told by people who knew Lorde or whose work was greatly impacted by her.
It's been said many times that having a low credit score can hurt your finances. In addition to the recognizable consequences, there are a few lesser known, but still hazardous, effects bad credit can have on you.
Vice President Joe Biden got the tongues furiously wagging again after a recent meeting with black ministers in South Carolina.
Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.
Bleak numbers surround the national high school dropout rate. Many of society's other problems -- like unemployment, poverty and overcrowded prisons -- can all be linked back to the individual decision to quit high school.
Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.
While promoting her upcoming comedy 'Our Family Wedding,' actress Regina King couldn't contain her excitement for the return of the hit Cartoon Network series 'The Boondocks.'
She also talked about her frustration too.
After a more than two-year hiatus, post-production is underway for the third season of the beloved show, which should be airing in coming months.
Although the Cartoon Network has yet to send out an official announcement confirming a premiere date for the new season, 'Bonndocks' creator Aaron McGruder said via his social networking site that it should air March 28. The news coincides with his previous Twitter message on Christmas Day, in which he wrote, "Finally got an airdate for Season 3. Not sure if I'm allowed to put it out yet, so I'll just say you got about three months."
King, who voices two of the show's lead characters, brothers Huey and Riley Freeman, has been a little peeved about how the show's producers are handling the long-awaited return.
"I am so happy that it is coming back," King told BV Newswire, but added, "I wish there was some Web site that people could send [a message] to Sony [Television Entertainment] ... and say 'What are youThe Boondocks Aaron McGruder doing?'" she charged.
"'Boondocks could be so bigger than what it is," the former '227' actress furthered. "If I had the money to buy 'The Boondocks' off Sony, I would because all of you would be wearing 'Boondocks' T-shirts and there would be Huey and Riley dolls. I would capitalize off of that, and I would be a very rich woman."
King cited Sony's lack of experience with animation as a reason for the show's delay and its failure to capitalize on 'Boondocks' merchandise.
The 38-year-old 'Ray' actress says her work on the show, based on McGruder's popular comic strip of the same name, is her most popular to date.
"Actually more than any other project that I have done, that's the one that I get asked about the most," King revealed. "For a show to take two and half year hiatuses and people still want it to come back, that's big," she said.
The NAACP Image Award winner, who currently appears on TNT's 'Southland,' says this season won't disappoint with talked-about topics. It will continue to follow the footsteps of previous controversial episodes such as 'The Trial of R.Kelly,' 'Let's Nab Oprah' and 'Return of the King.'
"We are coming for some people, ya know, in true 'Boondocks' fashion," King revealed.
The divorced mother of a 14-year-old son said that she is happy with how teenagers and young adults respond to the show and its satirical subject matters.
"[With[ the kids that are 16 through 25, they see the ridiculousness in things that are in videos when we make a parody out of it. ... They get it for exactly what it is, and I think it calls them on a lot of the stupid things that they embrace."
"They have never seen it in a caricature way," she added. "[When the kids] are seeing it in a video, it's cool, but when you see it silly in a cartoon, it's like, 'Yeah, Soulja Boy isn't that dope,' she laughed.
"No diss to him, but we have in the new episodes this song where they guy is [rapping] 'Crank That Artichoke' because some of the hooks are so ridiculous. Of course, Aaron is going to go in and I'm excited about it."Before new episodes of 'The Boondocks' see the light of day, King will star in 'Our Family,' opposite Forest Whitaker, America Ferrara and Lance Gross. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, the movie hits theaters on March 12.