Education

Black People in Racist Work Environments: Sellouts or Changing Perspectives?

By: Selena Hill

Progressives aren’t the only people who have harshly criticized President Donald Trump for delivering two controversial statements following the racially charged protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in the killing of a counterprotester. A number of Republican leaders, along with right-wing hosts and correspondents on Trump’s beloved Fox News Channel...

Black Female Lawyer: ‘Attorneys Are Either Social Engineers or Parasites’

By: Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

Lakeila R. Stemmons is a zealous advocate—exactly the kind of attorney you want on your side if you are ever pitted against the law. She is the principal and CEO of Stemmons Strategies, a DC-based firm providing strategy and policy consulting services to attorneys, business leaders, civil rights and social...

How This Millennial Made A Boss Move In The Accounting World

By: Charlene Rhinehart

Black Girl Magic is in full force in Jamila Abston’s world. After graduating from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and earning her Masters in Accounting from the University of Virginia, Abston was recruited to work for one of the most prestigious accounting firms on the planet, Ernst...

4 Ways to Recover From Making a Mistake at Work

By: Kandia Johnson

When it comes to making mistakes, the most important thing to remember is that you’re human. Seriously, nobody becomes a successful leader, without making a few mistakes at work—and in life—along the way. Your mindset and immediate next steps are crucial for rebuilding trust in the workplace. (Image: iStock/Bruno Monteny)  ...

Want a Productive Team? Then Be an Effective Leader

By: Jerome D. Love

(Image: iStock/PeopleImages)   If you’re in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Air Force, as a subordinate your duties toward your leaders are pretty clear. If your commanding officer gives you a lawful order, you do it. You don’t question it; you don’t whine about it, you don’t do it...

Your Coworkers Are Not Your Friends

By: Sonia Alleyne

I recently had a conversation with a young woman whom I mentor who was very disappointed in a colleague’s behavior. The two, in my mentee’s words, “enjoy a good relationship and are friendly toward one another.” The two were also recently working jointly on a project. My mentee was coordinating...

Black Chef Series: Meet Chef Vaughn Moore

By: Alisa Gumbs

This chef’s creations are so good that he had a cake featured at one of President Barack Obama’s inaugural balls. Meet Vaughn F. Moore, executive chef and owner of Mere Viola’s Sweet Delights, who provided the final course for the kickoff dinner of the Black Chef Series. Chef Vaughn Moore (Photo...

6 Ways to Improve Yourself This Summer

By: Kandia Johnson

Beyond enjoying backyard barbecues and waves at the beach, the summer season is also the perfect time to take your skills to the next level. Here are six ways to develop yourself this summer: Get uncomfortable and fit   Whether it’s preparing for a body building contest or taking a...

How to Position Yourself As an Industry Authority

By: Kandia Johnson

Ready to position yourself as an industry authority? Contrary to popular belief, your brand is not born overnight. It’s an evolution—a continuous message that tells the world who you are, what you do, and how you do it. Check out a weekly ritual to help you build authority in your...

Career Lessons from Auntie Maxine: Reclaim Your Time Like A Boss

By: Selena Hill

(Image: Twitter)   Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a.k.a. Auntie Maxine, did not let Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin waste a moment of her time when he tried to stonewall her during the House Financial Services Committee hearing last Thursday. Instead of answering questions about President Donald Trump’s financial ties to Russia, Mnuchin replied to one...

Prominent Bajan Linguist Who Opposed the Word ‘Negro,’ Dies

By: Robin White Goode

So my mother spent her formative years in Barbados, the land of her parents and grandparents on both sides, coming to America—really Brooklyn, New York—on a ship when she was 12. As a result, I have an orientation toward most things Barbadian or “Bajan,” as everyone says colloquially, and this...

Prominent Bajan Linguist Who Opposed the Word ‘Negro,’ Dies

By: Robin White Goode

So my mother spent her formative years in Barbados, the land of her parents and grandparents on both sides, coming to America—really Brooklyn, New York—on a ship when she was 12. As a result, I have an orientation toward most things Barbadian or “Bajan,” as everyone says colloquially, and this...

A Checklist to Optimize and Manage Your Professional Online Presence

By: Kandia Johnson

Your online presence is just as important as your résumé. If you’re ready to attract next-level opportunities such as expanding into new markets, landing a new job, or getting promoted at work, make sure you’re promoting a positive online presence. (Image: iStock/m-imagephotography)   Here’s a checklist for effectively managing your online...