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‘The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery’

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I flunked out of high school before recovering sufficiently to not only get a diploma but to subsequently earn degrees from three different Ivy League institutions and a top law school to boot. I rarely ever mention that speed bump I hit in the 9th grade, since I think of it as an embarrassing blemish on an otherwise-stellar academic record.
 
 
But I suspect that Sarah Lewis would have me celebrate that temporary setback as a necessary step on the road to success. For, she sees failure as a much-maligned blessing, given how many of humanity’s greatest achievements “from Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to entrepreneurial inventions and works in the arts” followed initial attempts that fell short of the mark.

Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’

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The Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown song: “Hoes Ain’t Loyal.”  Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said,
 
“Democrats ain’t loyal.”
 
They ain’t, to borrow the vernacular.
 
Although people of color comprised 45 percent of Democratic voters in 2012, less than 2 percent of the $1.1 billion collected over a 4-year period by the three primary Democratic fundraising committees went to people of color – defined as U.S. residents who are African American, Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or Native American – according to the “2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report” by PowerPAC+, a national advocacy organization that helps elect progressives to office by building on the political power of the multiracial majority in America.

Too many African Americans are ‘credit invisible’

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“I am invisible, understand,” Ralph Ellison famously wrote, “simply because people refuse to see me.”
 
He was speaking of the double consciousness that accompanied the burden of blackness in America more than 60 years ago. But according to Yale professor Frederick Wherry, this conundrum is not just social and political but also economic—and that sense of invisibility persists in the 21st century.
 
It may come as no surprise that in the nation’s supposedly colorblind age, access to income, credit and financial solutions remains riddled with racial inequity – and those on the losing end are disproportionately African American.

The Congressional Black Caucus has no conscience

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The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.”  According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives.  Notice that the root of the word conscience is the word “con,” which is exactly what the CBC has turned out to be.
 
They have conned the American people into believing that they represent the values of the Black community; and nothing could be further from the truth.
 
They have sat silently by as President Barack Obama has put forth policies that have decimated the very people they claim to represent – the Black community.

African-American unemployment best in 6 years

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WASHINGTON – The African-American unemployment rate hit a six-year low in June, dipping below 11 percent for the first time since August 2008.
 
Last week, the Labor Department reported that the African-American jobless rate was 10.7 percent in June, compared to the white unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent. The unemployment rate for African-American men over 20 years old fell from 11.5 percent in May to 10.9 percent in June, compared to white men who saw their jobless rate decrease from 5 percent to 4.9 percent over the same period.
 
The jobless rate for African-American women over 20 years-old continued to improve, dropping one percentage point, from 10 percent in May to 9 percent in June. The unemployment rate for white women ticked down one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.9 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June.