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Farrakhan Says Black People Must Begin to Invest their Money

by Dr. Boyce Watkins This week, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke to thousands on the annual “Savior’s Day” in Chicago.  The storied leader, who is now 79-years old, talked about the state and direction of black America, and what must be done for the black community to prosper.   Much of the conversation centered around investing, borrowing, lending, ...

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Honor Student Performs for Obama’s Inauguration and is Shot a Few Blocks from Her Home

by Dr. Boyce Watkins A 15-year old girl was excited to perform before President Obama at his inauguration last week in Washington DC.  But just a few days later, excitement turned into tragedy when she was gunned down in close proximity to the president’s house.  Hadiya Pendleton lived on the south side of Chicago, a place that has become nothing ...

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Legal Ruling May Allow Former NCAA Athletes to Receive Billions

by Dr. Boyce Watkins This week a judge dismissed a motion by the NCAA to keep men’s basketball and football players from pursuing a cut of the live broadcast revenue being earned with their images.   A federal judge made the ruling, which is going to make it more difficult for the NCAA to continue defending its current revenue model. ...

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A Mother/Professor/Lawyer’s Advice: How to Raise Your Kids to Be Academic Champions

Dr. Mary Stoddard is second-to-none in how she raised her kids.  All five of her children know multiple languages, one has a PhD, the others are simply too young to have their PhDs already.  Also, Dr. Stoddard was born picking cotton in a family of sharecroppers, and went on to get a law degree and PhD herself.  Also, she and ...

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Don’t Think the Internet Could Go Down? Here are Four Ways It Could Crash on All of Us Entirely

The internet goes down? It could happen. Think it’s bad when Twitter and Instagram go down? Neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author David Eagleman says there is something that’s probably worse. Like the internet going down. Everywhere. Eagleman says there are four possible scenarios that could actually cause such a disaster. 1. Space weather Solar flares could cause satellite ...

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Company Compiles a List of the Dumbest LinkedIn Passwords Used Before the Big Hack

Since the big break-in at LinkedIn last week, the company has been scrambling to protect its users. The problem is that the users aren’t necessarily in a rush to protect themselves. SecurityFirmRapid7 analyzed the list of passwords that were put online, when a hacker decided to hang out the dirty laundry of 6.5 million LinkedIn users all at once. What ...

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Reading, Writing, and Algorithmic: Why Our Kids Need to Code

As the father of three kids under the age of 10, I am constantly thinking about how to prepare them for success in the world. My wife and I were fortunate to buy a house in a community with excellent schools, and they are all fully engaged in learning basics such as reading, math, and science. They are even learning ...

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Dr. Boyce: With Facebook’s IPO, the Company We Knew Started to Die a Slow Death

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University The recent Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Facebook was celebrated around the world.  Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is “the man.”  He represents everything I wish that our black boys would be, where you spend as much time grinding in front of your computer as you spend dribbling basketballs or busting rhymes in ...

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Facebook and Silicon Valley Seriously Lack Gender and Racial Diversity

Although the members of Silicon Valley are given tremendous credit for advances in technology, they are still an old boy’s network.  Women and minorities are excluded regularly, leading some to accuse our leading minds of also leading the way on blatant racism. The gender gap was accentuated when the head of a prominent venture capital firm filed a sexual harassment ...

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AT&T Chief Predicts Data-Only Wireless Plans Within 2 Years

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson today suggested that the mobile world will likely shift to data-only plans in the years to come. “I’ll be surprised if in the next 24 months we don’t see people in the marketplace with data-only plans,” Stephenson said today at the Sanford C. Bernstein Conference. That shift, he said, is “inevitable,” pointing to the move from ...

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