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Why Is This Happening? Talking 'thick' descriptions with Tressie McMillan Cottom

NBC News, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Why do we summarize things into "tweet-length versions?" It requires the flattening of nuance and personality and information that we need to talk about complicated things. Whether it’s the 280 characters of a tweet or a clickbait headline, we’re trafficking in hollowed out means of... Read More »

Why Successful New Businesses Are Still A Black And White Issue

WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The Great Recession is behind us, and business is booming: new business especially. After a major slump, entrepreneurs are opening shop every month, from mom-and-pop stores to high-growth tech firms. But not all aspiring business owners are able to create the companies they would like to. ... Read More »

Welcome to Detroit, where black babies are at higher risk of death

The Guardian, Thursday, January 31, 2019
Kaiesha Rivers slowly lowered her aching body into her bathtub. It had been an exhausting day and all she wanted to do was relax. But a few minutes into soaking, she felt a rush of cold water down her leg followed by a deep pain in her cervix. “This can’t be,” Rivers thought. “Not again.” Her... Read More »

A 'broken ladder': Anirudh Krishna studies complexity of poverty and how people escape it

Duke Chronicle, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Poverty is more complex than you might think, according to Anirudh Krishna, Edgar T. Thompson professor of public policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy. Krishna’s research focuses on the way people fall into poverty and how they can escape it. Recently, he established a network of “... Read More »

Black Culture Won’t Save Kamala Harris

The Nation, Monday, January 28, 2019
Kamala Harris is campaigning like she knows Black History Month is coming up. She announced her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Day. She’s breathlessly recounted how her parents met during the civil-rights movement. She played Tupac at her book signings, danced to Cardi B, and even... Read More »

A Look at the Democratic Contenders

The Real News Network, Saturday, January 26, 2019
JACQUELINE LUQMAN: Power concedes nothing without a fight. I don’t expect the Democratic Party to roll over and just play nice. [TRNN INTRO] EDDIE CONWAY: In light of the government shutdown, it’s become more apparent the importance that both policies and personalities play in our... Read More »

Study: Cory Booker’s baby bonds nearly close the racial wealth gap for young adults

Vox, Monday, January 21, 2019
Baby bonds, a proposal embraced by likely presidential candidate Cory Booker, would give newborns savings accounts that would be worth tens of thousands of dollars by age 18. It’s an ambitious plan — and, according to a new study, it would almost entirely close the wealth gap between... Read More »

SOME ECONOMICS FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

BBN Times, Monday, January 21, 2019
On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a law establishing a federal holiday for the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., to be celebrated each year on the third Monday in January. As the legislation that passed Congress said: "such holiday should serve as a time for Americans to... Read More »

Economic equality: King’s unfinished civil rights agenda

The Philadelphia Tribune, Sunday, January 20, 2019
As we celebrate the 90th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. this year, let’s make sure we honor him for more than his dream of a colorblind America. While there is great wisdom in Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” King and other civil rights leaders, many of them... Read More »

A New Agenda for Eliminating Racial Inequality in the United States: The Research We Need

William T. Grant Foundation, Thursday, January 17, 2019
The current frame for thinking about racial inequality The frame that shapes most thinking about how best to correct racial inequality is, unfortunately, incorrect. Emphasizing individual- or group-based deficiencies in behavior and productivity as a root cause of lower incomes and wealth, this... Read More »

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