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Equal pay for women helps us all
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Could you use an additional $24,000 in your yearly wages? How about $19,000? Or even just another $11,000 to $12,000? Those figures are what you get – or rather, what women who work full time don’t get because of the pervasive “wage gap” between women and men. Correcting that injustice is one reason President Obama last week issued
 
HBCUs must value credibility over credentialing
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
After arriving on the campus of an HBCU, students are ready to take the first steps in their lives to becoming successful. Many are first- or second-generation college students; others come from a family with a long-standing tradition of college completion. In both cases, excellence is pushed. Many of us subscribe to the idea that a college degree is the
 
Whitewashing Republican support of civil rights
Monday, April 14, 2014
One of the best-kept secrets over the past 50 years is that, proportionately, Republicans in Congress supported passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act by a much wider margin than Democrats. As CNN.com reported, “The Guardian’s Harry J. Enten broke down the vote, showing that more than 80 percent of Republicans in both houses voted in
 
The power of the black press
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Whenever there is a steady series of public questions being raised about the “power” of black Americans, you should always first consider the motive and purpose of the questions. Such was the case recently when Richard Prince wrote a column, which was posted on The Root, titled “Is the Black Press Still Powerful?” Of course, the
 
More benefits of the Affordable Care Act
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Last week’s news that 7 million Americans had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges was an important boost to (and validation of) the health law. Now, on top of that impressive number, a new study estimates that another 7 million people have gotten new coverage through their employer in the last six months
 
Acceptance by 8 Ivies doesn’t remove race stigma
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
You would think that news of a high school student from a family of African immigrants getting accepted into all eight Ivy League universities would be met with universal celebration. If you thought that, think again. First the news: In the next month, Kwasi Enin must make a tough decision: Which of the eight Ivy League universities should he attend this
 
The cost of getting old
Thursday, April 3, 2014
We are at a critical stage in the economy when “more than one-third of workers (36 percent) have a measly $1,000 saved for their later years,” according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. “Compare that to the 28 percent of workers who said they had $1,000 saved in last year’s survey, and the picture gets a little
 

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