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For the first time ever, ESSENCE honors the women who are blazing trails for equal rights and inclusion for Black people in America.

 

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Understanding the racial wealth gap

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WASHINGTON ― Tens of thousands of activists demonstrated in cities across the country on Saturday ― the date when Americans’ taxes are normally due ― to demand the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns. [...]

Walmart is the country's largest private-sector employer. Which has made it a target of both praise and criticism. [...]

"Walmart's business model is pretty simple," said Amy Traub. "The company pays its workers poverty wages. It offers few benefits and it manipulates workers' hours and understaffs its stores."

That model is expanding the gap between the extremely wealthy and everyone else in America.

New York has been hailed as a progressive state leading others for passing a budget that makes college tuition free for middle-class students.

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Tamara Draut, vice president of policy and research at Demos, one of the groups that has pushed tuition-free and debt-free college over the past few years, called New York’s plan “a step forward in returning to the days when students could work their way through public college without taking on debt.” But, Draut said, the design of the program means “the impact on reducing the need to borrow may be minimal, especially for first-generation, low-wealth students.”

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Last week, four economics experts publicly debated whether the retailer represents the best capitalism has to offer, or the worst.

New York approved a state budget Sunday that included the Excelsior Scholarship, which will allow students whose families earn less than $125,000 a year to attend state public colleges and universities tuition-free.

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Still, now that free public college is closer to being a reality, the cheerleading is accompanied by nitpicking among some college affordability advocates. Here are some "catches" in the New York state plan.

Tamara Draut, vice president of policy and research at Demos, a progressive-leaning think tank, praised the bill in a statement, but with a caveat: "The bill is what's known as a 'last-dollar' program." [...]

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One of the ways that forging connection across difference gets easier is through shared stories. We may have different political beliefs, but we all have a story about our own family, about growing up, about the first time we fell in love, about the first time we wondered about sex, about losing someone that we care about. We all love music and the arts and media and consume culture, all of which is, itself, a story. [...]

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