America’s Wealth Gap Is Becoming a Wealth Chasm

This week in the great wealth meltdown: Pew reports that the wealth gap between America’s middle-income and upper-income families has never been greater in recorded history. In 2013, the median wealth of what Pew defines as a middle-income family was $96,500. The median wealth, or “nest egg,” as Pew terms it, of an upper-income family […]

ACLU lawsuit: Ferguson school board excludes blacks

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Missouri’s Ferguson-Florissant School District in federal court Thursday to challenge the district’s election process for allegedly diluting the voting strength of black residents. The suit, filed on behalf of the Missouri NAACP, charges that the district elects school board members in a way that violates the federal Voting Rights […]

A Simple Way to Boost Homeownership – End Conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

For generations, affordable homeownership has been a pillar of the American dream and the primary driver of wealth creation and social mobility. While Congress has not yet come to a consensus on how to proceed with housing reform, studies have shown the host of positive externalities that stem from homeownership — ranging from better health […]

U.S. racial justice quest comes full circle in film ‘Selma’

When director Ava DuVernay was shooting the Martin Luther King Jr. movie “Selma,” she was nervous how the story of a 50-year-old battle for black voting rights would feel relevant for 21st century Americans. She needn’t have worried. “Selma,” the first U.S. feature film ever to focus on the iconic civil rights leader, arrives in […]

We Need Black Programming That Reflects Our True Diversity

any cursory check of one’s Facebook or Twitter feeds—or the local newspaper—would reveal an onslaught of images of black men and women either cut down in their prime or engaged in all manner of foolishness. What’s missing is a stream of rich, varied images depicting our true diversity. When there’s a lack of such imagery, […]