Getting the Wedding You Want with No Drama


by George James The summer is a time for warm weather, vacation, family reunions and weddings. Many couples plan their wedding during the summer and fall months. Planning a wedding can bring a lot of stress and drama to the couple. From deciding when and where to get married, to working on the guest list […]

Ayvaunn Penn: What If You Were Beaten by Your Husband On Your Wedding Night?


Ayvaunn Penn from Your Black Poets presents “The Power of Silence” by E. D. Arrington out of Wilson, North Carolina.   [youtube FHm4ulnvRSs]  

Dr. Wilmer Leon: More Compromises on the Backs of Blacks is a Continuation of History


By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III During this debt and deficit debate President Obama has been very clear in stating, “Not only is it not fair if all this is done on the backs of middle-class families,” Obama said, “it doesn’t make sense. … That’s why people from both parties have said the best way to […]

How Prisons are the Latest Form of Slavery


by Rania Khalek There is one group of American workers so disenfranchised that corporations are able to get away with paying them wages that rival those of third-world sweatshops. These laborers have been legally stripped of their political, economic and social rights and ultimately relegated to second-class citizens. They are banned from unionizing, violently silenced […]

Al Sharpton: The Wealth Gap Calls for Immediate Action


While the nation is fixated on a debt ceiling standstill, the number one issue on the minds of Americans — jobs — has largely been ignored. But in addition to experiencing the worst economic downfall since the Great Depression, we are now also officially witnessing the largest ethnic wealth disparity in decades. For those who […]

Danielle Douglas: Five Tips to Survive and Thrive in this Economy


What is Your Business Model? There is a saying that if you continue to do the same things the same way and expect a different result, that is the definition of insanity. There was an article, Business Models for Industries in Crisis, that discussed how five industries must change the way they do business if they […]

Julianne Malveaux: Keeping a Healthy Mind in a Sick Economy


by Dr. Julianne Malveaux Amy Winehouse seemingly had everything to live for. An exceptionally talented songbird, a phenomenal writer, with two best-selling albums under her belt, she was also manic-depressive and amazingly troubled, living out her issues in the headlines. Every time she had an “episode”, a fight with a fan, an incoherent performance, you […]

Yvette Carnell: Chess and Checkers Have Nothing to do with Debt and Deficit


Forget about raising the debt ceiling, one trillion here, two trillion there; it’s all small change right? At least that’s the impression I get when I overhear such ruminations from people within the black community. In the span of two plus years, run of the mill African-Americans have declared themselves members of the political pundit […]

A New Way to Make Sure You Get Your Money Right


Unless you’re Warren Buffett, there’s probably something else you could be doing to better manage your money (and he may not get a pass either!).  I know I am guilty of not being as diligent as I should be when it comes to keeping track of spending, staying on a budget, and a whole host […]

Remembering and Respecting the Great Butch Lewis


( Overshadowed and completely eclipsed by the news of a famous (infamous) recording artist is the news of the sudden passing of Ronald “Butch” Lewis. While discussions could be found all over the Twitterverse about Amy Winehouse passing away, there was not much to be found about Mr. Lewis and his life and achievements. Is it […]

Black Women are Heated Over Being Excluded from Civil Rights Meetings with Obama

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It is hot as hell in DC. It is even hotter under the collars of some African American women who are asking: Are we not civil rights leaders? The women were set off by the news that President Obama was scheduled to meet with the leaders of two civil rights organizations – National Urban League President […]

Talking Vagina Ad by Summer’s Eve Offends Many Black Women


By JasmineHughes When advertisers try to ‘appeal’ to a specific audience on whom they have failed to do their research, the outcome isn’t so great. That was the case once again in a new Summer’s Eve advertisement that many are saying mixes racial stereotypes in a way that is both sexist and tasteless. The “Summer’s […]

George Fraser: Networking Your Way to Success


When networking for a new position, it is important to start with a comprehensive list of everyone in your desired field. For example if you’re Black, think of Blacks first, because of the cultural and sociological connection, but don’t limit it to any one group. Use professional directories, newspaper clippings and specialized publications for leads […]

The California Prison Hunger Strike Continues


MORE than 1,700 prisoners in California, many of whom are in maximum isolation units, have gone on a hunger strike. The protest began with inmates in the Security Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison. How they have managed to communicate with each other is anyone’s guess — but their protest is everyone’s concern. Many […]

Julianne Malveaux: The Flaws of Budget Brinksmanship on Capitol Hill


by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President – Bennett College for Women Exactly how long have we known that August 2 is the drop-dead date to increase the debt ceiling? If we don’t do it, our nation will precipitate an international crisis by defaulting on debt that dozens of other countries carry and by signaling that the […]

Michael Eric Dyson Explains Why We Lie about Black Leadership in America


In this video, Professor Michael Eric Dyson lays out the reasons that America deludes itself as it pertains to black leadership.  In the video, Dyson explains that many of the negatives that are associated with black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are not much different from the negatives that Americans associated with […]

Ashley Shante: The Struggles of Single Black Mothers in America (Video)


In this performance, actress Ashley Shante does a depiction of a single mother with several children speaking about her boyfriend on death row.   The performance also speaks to the deferred dreams of a woman who is realizing how difficult life is going to be in a world where she has to fight through so […]

George James: Time to “Man Up” on Domestic Violence


by George James The other day on my way to see clients, I heard Rihanna’s latest hit song “Man Down” on the radio again.  When I heard the song for the first time, I was pulled into the Caribbean beat.  I admit, the Jamaican in me connected to the music and I didn’t really hear […]

Sheila Agnew: Can We Wait for True Love?


( While reading an inspirational story one morning, the writer made a point about the need to love and be in a relationship. He reminded readers that having a deeper relationship with God help to nurture loving relationships and told a story about a man who decided to trust that God had someone in mind […]

Five Lessons to Learn from Oprah’s Struggles with OWN


Everyone knew it was a gamble when Oprah Winfrey dropped her hugely successful daytime television show to launch a cable network of her own. So far, the gamble hasn’t paid off, with ratings slow to grow. But now Oprah is taking the reins herself, stepping into the corner office as CEO of OWN. Whether the move […]

The Spendaholic’s Guide to Managing Your Money, Part II


by Dr. Boyce Watkins We’ve been hitting up the Spendaholic’s Guide to Managing your Money here on  In part I of the series, we started the conversation regarding how to budget your money.  I am currently shooting a financial planning series for MSNBC, so this topic is heavy on my mind these days.   One thing […]