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Why spend the cash on something you can make at home?

This past year taught me so much about myself and even taught me new techniques in at-home cocktail and beverage making. Intentional quarantine gave me an ingenuity I never tapped into before. Instead of running out to the supermarket or liquor store for a key ingredient, I had to see what I had in my kitchen first. When I ran out of something, I may not have been able to replenish my supply right away, and that led me to start making my own products of all kinds.

One of the easiest things to make yourself — that you truly…


The tension between manifestation and some Black Christians is real, but it shouldn’t be.

When Oprah Winfrey first introduced self-help guru Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret, the Law of Attraction (LOA) and its guiding philosophies quickly spread like wildfire in the pop culture space. Before long, almost everyone I knew was making plans to manifest into their lives everything from luxury cars to dream homes to their future soul mates. Currently, you would be hard-pressed not to see at least one social media post a day about drinking water, securing the bag, and manifesting your best life. But while some are quick to begin down their yellow brick road to positive thinking, a collection…


Respectability politics make it hard for us to just live free

A photo treatment of a snake against a 100 dollar bill.

The writing was on the wall late last summer. Back in August 2019, Popeye’s created a fried chicken sandwich complete with a pickle, mayo, Louisiana hot sauce, and Cajun seasoning on a brioche bun that instantly became a phenomenon. Business Insider called it the “fast food item that defined 2019.” By November, Forbes stated that Popeye’s “reaped” a staggering $65 million in marketing value from the phenomenon — and Black people were the reason for the sandwich’s lucrativeness. …


As I step into a new role where I can provide support for people of color, I recognize philanthropy’s faults

I was not raised with ambitions of becoming a philanthropist or an understanding that a system existed to incentivize people to give their wealth under the guise of helping others. I grew up in a household that didn’t need those incentives. We just gave. My parents were the first two people in their respective families to immigrate to the U.S. from Nicaragua, and with that came a responsibility to open our home to those making the journey to this new country.

My mom was one of the first homeowners in her family, making our kitchen counter, our living room, and…


No amount of money could make up for a life that felt empty

By Claire Soares, as told to Tomika Anderson

I knew it was time to go when I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning.

At my old apartment in Oakland, California, my bedroom window framed the most incredible sunrise — the kind you see lovers gazing into, arm in arm, in rom-coms.

Still, all I saw was darkness.

I was depressed when I should have been basking in Black girl joy.

As one of the few Black people on the sales side of the Fortune 500 company I worked at for more than a decade, I was breathing rarified…


Why do disadvantaged people spend money on status symbols? For the same reason we all do.

Every time there is a national news story about a black shopper getting harassed in a store, there is a predictable backlash to the miscarriage of justice. We tend to move quickly from being outraged that it happened to critiquing why a black person was shopping there at all. Much like we interrogate what a woman was wearing when she was raped, we look for ways to assign personal responsibility for structural injustices to bodies we collectively do not value. If you are poor, why do you spend money on useless status symbols like handbags and belts and clothes and…


How payday lenders keep people of color in a debt trap

On Saturday mornings, locals shuffle through the ACE Cash Express at 16th and Mission in San Francisco, greeting one another in Spanish, if at all. The storefront signage — “Fast Loans Prestamos” — is unremarkable here, between pentecostal churches and stands of Tajin-salted mango. Here, in the city’s historically Latinx Mission District, the median family income hovers around $67,000 and one-third of households speak only Spanish. ACE is surrounded by its payday-lending competitors: one per block, each somehow more excited than the last, promising cash quicker than the last.

But three miles away, the garish storefronts are gone. Sidewalk grocers…


The Ms. Foundation is led by two women who are putting girls and women of color back on the map

Decades before the powerful #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the Ms. Foundation for Women has been at the forefront of building women’s collective power in America, fighting to advance gender equality and justice for all. Now 45 years since founding mothers such as feminist icon Gloria Steinem and actress and child advocate Marlo Thomas helped launch the nation’s oldest women’s foundation, there’s still a focus on sisterly empowerment — but there’s been a shift. To wit, the sistas in charge are Black women.

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