The First African American Woman is Coming to the $20 Bill

Photo via Flickr On the morning of April 20th, the most googled phrase was “Who is Harriet Tubman?” This occurred in response to news that American hero Harriet Tubman would soon grace the front of the $20 bill. The announcement left the internet in shambles, prompting celebratory tweets and funny memes by members of the Black community while sending others …

The Hidden Side of the Pell Grant

Photo by Miran Rijavec via Flickr Non-traditional students who want to pursue higher education should be financially assisted throughout the completion of their degrees. The federal aids that are available to help low income students should pay for their education without leaving them to be left in a substantial amount of debt.   The Pell Grant is usually awarded to …

The Chance of a Lifetime

Photo by Will C. Fry via Flickr Many people have jumped on the bandwagon of the Powerball jackpot. The Powerball jackpot has continued to grow, and it has grown so much that it is now at a record $1.5 billion. After taxes and other fees are taken out, it is reduced, to a still mind-blowing, $930 million. Lottery officials reported …

Poverty May Be Linked to Inadequate Brain Development in Children

Young children who come from impoverished communities are more likely to encounter academic obstacles later in life.  Recent studies suggest that poverty may have a notable physiological impact on the brains of young children. On October 28, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri published a study in JAMA Pediatrics journal linking inhibited brain development …

Is Black Hair Back in Business?

I was having a conversation with a colleague when she discussed her personal experience having to own and defend thick, illustrious textured hair, otherwise known as Black hair. Many times she found that individuals who were not Black grew strongly interested in her lioness mane.  And we can only expect the next question to be, “Can I touch it?” Even …

6 Mistakes Most Black People Make with Their Money

Ebony Magazine has detailed common mistakes of how Afrikan Americans handle money.  For most Black people these mistakes are true. Check out Ebony’s suggestions on how to avoid and recover from such mistakes. Not having a budget Loaning money to family and friends instead of paying off debts Living check to check without an emergency fund Excessively using credit cards, …