The typical household has just $100 left each month after paying for basic expenses and debt payments. So says findings from the Center for Responsible Lending's newest report, The State of Lending in America and Its Impact on US Households (State of Lending).
After controlling for inflation, the typical household had less annual income at the end of 2010 than it did at the beginning of the decade, 2000. As worker productivity increased, the workplace has seldom rewarded them with higher pay.
Jovial, yet somber, it was a scene like nothing I had ever witnessed. There was light-hearted banter juxtaposed against quiet resolve and respect. It was clearly emotional, still soothing.
After the early morning's turbulent storm that shook the Mid-South, there was an eerie calm on this brisk, windy Thursday evening. Even the sky seemed to convey its bittersweet sentiment. The sky to the east of Hollywood and I-40, where the "Sea of Blue" began to form, was dark and gray. But the sky to the west was blue, with faint white puffs of clouds and a burnt-orange setting sun.
The days of thinking that thicker, big, or just plain plus-sized individuals are in the minority as it relates to size has changed for a lot of us. We are now the majority when it comes to our our dress, pants or waist size. Our growing girth often makes us feel secure as we look at ourselves in the mirror of life.
There used to be a time when "extra large" meant you had to shop at a specialty store to buy your clothes. Some of us were embarrassed to tell anyone where we bought our clothes. In most cases they already knew where we shopped because they shopped at the same store too.
What is it about Democratic presidents and black women that result in the women always being thrown under the bus? Black women gave President Obama 96 percent of their vote in 2012 – compared to 87 percent for black men – but somehow black women end up with tire marks on them.
Remember when the "first Black president," Bill Clinton, totally dissed Lani Guinier, the first black woman professor tenured at Harvard Law School?
WASHINGTON – In the late 1960s, black revolutionary H. Rap Brown, now known as Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, was often quoted as saying violence is "as American as cherry pie." More than 40 years after the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) firebrand made that pronouncement, the numbers supports his assertion.
According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, nearly 100,000 people in the U.S. are shot each year in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents or by law enforcement officials. Of the 31,593 who died in 2008 from gun violence, 2,179 were murdered; 18,223 killed themselves; 592 were killed accidently; 326 were killed during police intervention and 273 died, but the intent was unknown.
Channel surfing over the weekend, I stopped on a favorite old romantic comedy that was centered on a relationship that blossomed over emails. The movie isn't even all that old, yet its premise now seems almost ancient. Because as we all know, in today's world there is a plethora of ways other than email to connect socially.
Social media has exploded over the last 20 years. There is simply no way to avoid it; no matter how bah-humbug you may be over all this "new-fangled" connecting. (Mmm-hmm. You know who you are, Mr. and Ms. "You Can Call Me if You Want to Talk to Me").
By now, it's old news that Kasandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, who was her boyfriend and the father of her daughter.
By now we've read about how great a teammate Belcher was, how dedicated to his girlfriend and daughter. We've read his hardscrabble story of moving from the University of Maine, hardly a football powerhouse, to a coveted slot in the NFL. Belcher has been humanized, even enshrined, as his friends have talked about him not having a violent bone in his body.
What about Kasandra?