Black and Brown Techpreneurs Forced to Take Different Path to Success

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Catch Melissa Bradley at the 2017 Future of Wealth Summit, April 26-28, 2017 . On April 13, 2017, I had the pleasure to co-host an investor-entrepreneur breakfast in Washington, D.C., with 30 attendees. The purpose of the event was to understand the challenges and opportunities related to investing in Black and Brown entrepreneurs. While many investors […]

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Invisibility of Blacks and Hispanics in Tech Can No Longer Be Ignored

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The shareholders of one America’s largest and most celebrated corporations frowned upon a proposal to move more aggressively to recruit Black and Brown talent, and the world did not take notice. Even usually woke Black Twitter – which is always quick to side-eye such slights – was fast asleep. A whopping ninety-five percent of Apple, […]

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Good Health Insurance News for Latinos, Bad News for Blacks

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Newly released data on health insurance coverage from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a continued significant decline in the uninsured rate for all major racial and ethnic groups—except for African Americans. Latinos had the strongest decline between 2014 and 2015. Their uninsured rate fell 3.7 percentage points, to 17.2 percent (see figure). Still, Latinos have […]

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Hidden Challenges for Black Women Entrepreneurs

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Although Black women’s firms appear to be doing very well when looked at from afar, upon closer examination, problems become apparent. In 2015, American Express OPEN reported that firms owned by African American women had the strongest rate of growth in number and revenue among women-owned firms. Looking more carefully at the American Express OPEN […]

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Second Amendment Rights: Not Applicable for Black People

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On the Fourth of July, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, president, CEO, and founder of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, tackled the reality of our country’s exclusionary Declaration of Independence in her op-ed, “A Declaration of Inclusion on Independence Day.” But, in the following days, we were reminded yet again that the “inalienable rights” our country’s […]

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Event: Social Security’s Role in Lifting Children Out of Poverty

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  Social Security’s role in helping children has been grossly underestimated. It supports 6.4 million children, which is twice as many as previously known. The 3.2 million additional children it helps live in extended families where someone receives benefits. The program made up 40 percent or more of these families’ income. We discussed this and other findings of “Overlooked […]

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Black Men Entrepreneurs Were Walloped by the Great Recession

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In comparison to firms owned by other race and gender groups of business owners, Black men’s firms were hit hardest by the Great Recession. Of the 10 such groups analyzed in the report, “The Color of Entrepreneurship,” only African American men had a decline in their number of businesses from 2007 through 2012. Black men’s […]

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