- With an estimated $1.3 trillion in student loans outstanding, it’s safe to say student loan debt is a reality for millions of Americans. While this figure may sound daunting, experts say that greater financial literacy can help students and graduates better understand their loans and pay them back. “The reality is, people out there are hungry for information. They want to understand the facts when it comes to paying back student loans and the best way to do it,” says the educator turned hip hop artist Dee-1, who celebrated paying off his student loans by writing the song “Sallie Mae Back.”
- A 22-year-old college student is leading the new generation of pioneering black women depicted in Hidden Figures. Tiera Guinn is a Rocket and Structural Design and Analysis Engineer working on the space launch system that Boeing is constructing for NASA. Guinn, who will graduate from MIT with a 5.0 GPA, is designing the “largest and most powerful” rocket in history. “It’s really humbling,” she told Alabama news station, WBRC . “I design components for the rockets themselves and then I analyze them to make sure they’re structurally sound.”
- A historic partnership has been born between OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in the country, and #BlackLivesMatter to organize the $1.2 trillion in spending power of Black America and launch the "Amir" card during Black History Month.
- Trump's immigration order barring refugees and immigrants in particular "changed the rules of engagement," says Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Oakland-based Center for Media Justice, part of the United Front. The new president's agenda, she says, represents "an escalation of the war on black bodies and lives." Approximately a quarter of Muslims in America are black, she notes; Trump's order blocked immigrants from the African countries of Sudan, Libya, and Somalia, among others. "The issue is the culture that gets created that is anti-Muslim, anti-black, anti-brown, anti-woman," she says.