How slavery became America’s first big business

Vox, Friday, August 16, 2019
Historian and author Edward E. Baptist explains how slavery helped the US go from a “colonial economy to the second biggest industrial power in the world.” Of the many myths told about American slavery, one of the biggest is that it was an archaic practice that only enriched a small number of... Read More »

Booker's 'baby bond' proposal, aimed at racial income inequality, is unprecedented

CT Post, Friday, August 16, 2019
WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Booker's plan to fight intergenerational poverty, a cornerstone of his presidential bid, includes a novel proposal: a trust fund for every American child seeded by the federal government that could eventually provide up to nearly $50,000 for college tuition, buying a home or... Read More »

In 100 Years, 1 Million Black Families Have Been Ripped From Their Farms

90.9 wbur, Thursday, August 15, 2019
Over the last century, African Americans were dispossessed of millions of acres of land. We look at the story of black-owned farmland in Mississippi. Guests Vann R. Newkirk II, staff writer at The Atlantic. (@fivefifths) Willena Scott-White, farmer and retired educator in Mississippi. She... Read More »

Legalizing equity

Chicago Reader, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Advocates say the adult-use cannabis legislation doesn’t go far enough to help diverse entrepreneurs enter the budding market. If not for CBD, Marcy Capron Vermillion wouldn't have been able to stand on her own. After injuring her spine in a kayaking accident, she had trouble standing without... Read More »

Black men, going to church could make you fat, Duke study says

ABC 11, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A new report from Duke University says attending church often can lead to weight gain, particularly among black men. Research from Duke's Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity shows black men who attended church almost daily were almost three times more likely to be... Read More »

A vast wealth gap, driven by segregation, redlining, evictions and exclusion, separates black and white America.

New York Times Magazine, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Elmore Bolling, whose brothers called him Buddy, was a kind of one-man economy in Lowndesboro, Ala. He leased a plantation, where he had a general store with a gas station out front and a catering business; he grew cotton, corn and sugar cane. He also owned a small fleet of trucks that ran... Read More »


Duke Today, Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Church might be good for the soul, but it can be bad for one’s waistline, says a new report from Duke University. Research from Duke’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity shows that black men attending church almost daily were nearly three times as likely to be obese than those who never... Read More »

Do DNA Tests Sell Rosy Ideas About Race for Profit?

Duke Research Blog, Monday, August 12, 2019
Earlier this year,  the online DNA testing company Ancestry.comfaced a media firestorm and social media backlash after posting a controversial ad on its YouTube page.  The DNA testing company took down its ad, “Inseparable,” in April 2019 in response to criticism... Read More »

Despite 114pc Growth Rate, Women-Owned Businesses Do Not Generate Same Wealth as Male-Owned Businesses

New Kerala, Sunday, August 11, 2019
CHICAGO: A new report produced by Asset Funders Network (ANF), in collaboration with Duke University's Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Closing the Women's Wealth Gap (CWWG), reveals that while data shows women-owned businesses are growing in number, the businesses are typically... Read More »

Food Subsidy in Cash or Kind?

Economic & Political Weekly , Saturday, August 10, 2019
The wrong debate.  Should food subsidies, currently availed in the form of subsidised cereals, be given out in the form of cash instead? Arguments have been advanced on both sides of this debate, which remains largely unresolved so far. Some analysts and official agencies have come out in... Read More »