Family

Black Millennials Struggle to Get Ahead Financially Because They Help Family

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Being a millennial can be tough, but for many millennials of color, the burden placed on them by family members needing financial help can make it virtually impossible to get ahead. Writing for the Atlantic, Mel Jones breaks down why young Black and Latin@ people have such a hard time...

Family Records Of African-Americans Dating Back To Slavery Will Be Made Available Online

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In a significant breakthrough for Black people looking to trace their ancestry back as a far as possible, a new website will allow millions of African-Americans to access previously unavailable records from a federal database with information dating all the way back to the days...

Daddy. I Am Because He Is.

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You would think that at 27 years old I would have been in at least one serious relationship by now, right? But I haven’t. My girlfriends often make fun of my non-committal ways and joke, “Ess, you got male tendencies.” The reason for not having...

Mother & Son Graduate Together With PhDs

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Vickie McBride gave birth to her son, Maurice, at the age of 13. Even though whispers spread throughout her town of Waynesboro, Ga, with the help of her mother, Vicki continued her education.  She made it to college and graduate school all while raising Maurice and...

6 Years Later And I’m Still Spreading the Message: What I Learned From My Father’s Absence and Death

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The night of July 8th my phone rang at exactly 11:36 pm. It was him. I thought to myself “What does this jerk want?” and tossed the phone back on the counter. The next morning I got a text from my older sister saying my father died.

Do You Ever Stop Fighting With Your Mom?

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"Oh, OK, Frances. Whatever you say," I hiss at my mom, sarcasm seeping through the static. "It's not here! I. Don't. Have it." she answers back, her voice climbing to shrill with each declarative statement. Statements I know to be patently false and I refuse to let slide.