f I put myself completely in the shoes of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, or even a black man denied the opportunity to board a taxi cab, I must accept the reality that my world and my America isn't their world and their America.
These critiques of athletes are not new. They have been articulated for years, in barbershops, bars, social media, various articles and blogs, by the everyday fan to the most celebrated scholars. But many still are misguided and inaccurate.
Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here was one more old scab to pick at -- immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities.
Congratulations! You're one of the lucky, financially diligent few who have your basic financial security numbers -- that is, retirement, credit card debt and emergency savings -- under control, and you deserve a big pat on the back. But the big question remains: Now what?
The message is clear, Africa is not rising, as the popularized term often indicates a consolidated unified upward movement from the continent, rather each African nation is grabbing life jackets to remain above water.
If you want to emerge from college with your finances intact, you need to get smart about how you spend your money. It's time for a crash course in savings. Got your notepad ready?
Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.
The results are in: Cutting unemployment benefits does not boost employment. This may seem contradictory to the recent series of events. Ending jobless benefits does not push workers to take jobs. It increases hardship. In fact, this hardship comes more quickly and with greater probability depending on where you live and who you are.
I think about my teenage years: Broke. Confused. Horny. Doing stupid shit. Which brings us to Ferguson. Which brings us to Mike Brown. Which brings us to a militarized police force that enforces laws on a community that it doesn't know.
Out of 30 U.S. cities named Greenville, it's the one in the heart of South Carolina's upcountry that stands out and makes you say, "Yeah, that Greenville". As one of the fastest growing cities in America, Greenville, South Carolina has a flourishing and revitalized downtown filled with boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and more.
Reloadable prepaid cards have evolved over the past few years, but many Americans are not informed on how to compare and benefit from this financial product. These cards can be very beneficial for a variety of consumers, as long as they devote the time to finding the card that's best for them.
During their run, commentators across the country noted that the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, which is composed entirely of African-American players, hails from the city's South and Southwest Sides. Many of these neighborhoods have not received the same love from Emanuel that he has heaped on the young players.
We need to do more than remember headlines, lest names change but headlines be merely repeated.
With the share of white students falling and Latino students rising, school suspension and expulsion figures in the United States risk hitting new highs, unless more districts tackle their discipline policies head on.
Whether it's 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, or 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, racial prejudice still informs access to adequate education, employment opportunities and advancement, well beyond the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.
The challenge today is that the same practices that excluded minorities are still prevalent, but we don't have a name for it. As diversity and inclusiveness have become ubiquitous buzzwords, I wonder: Is it really possible to create a playing field that gives everyone a fair chance?
The majority of borrowers are unaware that auto dealers have the discretion to increase their interest rate for compensation, but it's far too common. According to a recent survey, 68 percent of all consumers did not know that car dealers could increase the interest rate. Of borrowers of color, 75 percent were unaware.
We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college
This past Sunday, Aretha Franklin turned up on the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards – her first television appearance since undergoing surgery for an undisclosed ailment in December.
Following a star-studded Grammy Awards tribute and the show's opening number by Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride and Florence Welch, the Queen of Soul appeared noticeably slimmer in a video clip, where she thanked fans for their cards, flowers and prayers.
And, if the 68 year-old vocal powerhouse has her choice, she will keep shedding more pounds in the near future.
Franklin has not only begun an exercise routine, which includes walking a track three times a week for at least a mile, she's also made a few major adjustments to her diet in her goal to reach a size 16.
Franklin admitted that keeping the diet is tough with the touring schedule she keeps.
"When you come off (a high-energy concert), a carrot or some celery just isn't going to work," she said. "I've gotta do a fresh fruit thing ... and come up with some tasty and satisfying recipes that are going to work for me after concerts."
For now, the 18-time Grammy Award winner, who stands firm that she currently is back at "150 percent," is gearing up for her first post-surgery performance on May 28 at Seneca Niagara Casino in Buffalo, NY.
She is practicing her singing four to five times a day and plans to release an album the first week of May titled 'Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love' exclusively in Wal-Mart Stores. R. Kelly is one of the album's songwriters.
"It's definitely going to take the boomers back ... but it's also contemporary with respect to other writers and production," she said.
Franklin has been hitting the town – attending a Detroit Pistons game with her friend Rev. Jesse Jackson and days later turned up at a boat show. Let her tell it, her goal remains to "just maintain good health from here."