The Next Assault on Civil Rights

Last Thursday the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. The case concerns the “disparate impact” rule, a legal guideline embedded in the 1968 Fair Housing Act that says discrimination doesn’t have to be intentional to be discrimination. This rule has been at the bedrock of fair-housing enforcement for more than four decades. Another way to understand disparate impact is this: It’s a way to confront the realities of racial inequality without trying to prove the motivations of an institution, organization, or landlord. In housing […]

Why the Taliban Fears Teenage Girls

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child’s rights activist, and Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani education activist. In 2012, after Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban, William J. Dobson explained in Slate why the fundamentalists see her as a threat. His post is reprinted below. Pakistan is a beautiful country that often bleeds with the most horrible news. Yesterday was no exception, as word spread that Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl and well-known advocate for female education, had been shot in the head and neck on her way home from […]

Why Experts Reject Creativity

In 2007, Steve Ballmer, then-CEO of Microsoft, emphatically predicted that Apple’s new phone would fail. “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share,” he said. “No chance.” The volume of Ballmer’s voice makes him a popular target in technology, but he wasn’t an outlier, just the loudest guy in crowd of skeptical experts. RIM CEO Jim Balsillie said the iPhone would never represent “a sort of sea-change for BlackBerry.” Cellphone experts writing in Bloomberg, PC Magazine, and Marketwatch all said it would flop. No one had seen something like the iPhone before. One large […]

Don’t Go Broke For the Movement

What is this movement we speak of? Well ending world hunger, mitigating climate change, working to stop the loss of another life, as a result of gun violence and standing up for injustice everywhere. All of which are honorable causes and like many people, you are willing to sacrifice blood, sweat, tears and even financial stability at the hopes of creating social impact. As millennials we find ourselves, going to school, working, volunteering and putting in 100+ hours a week. And at the same time we’re struggling to eat, find transportation or even participate in the “fancy” fundraising events that […]

Microsoft Investing in Africa’s Tech Startups

Microsoft is keeping a close eye on the innovation and tech-generated startups coming out of Africa lately and the IT giant is hinting at some major opportunities for the company and the emerging entrepreneurs. Demo Africa aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem by giving them a substantial platform with financial backing to launch and grow their businesses. Apparently, Microsoft is on board with the plan and is ready to create serious opportunities for the young software innovators in Africa. “For African investment it is an event that touches one of the core pillars of our drive around […]

Are You Suffering from “Negrophobia”?

Homophobia. Allodoxaphobia. Anuptaphobia. Necrophobia. Peniaphobia. Venustraphobia. Neopharmaphobia. Phallophobia. Prosophobia. Satanophobia. Somniphobia. Tyrannophobia. Xenophobia. These are all common and not so common phobias. If you are unfamiliar with any of these phobias, we encourage you to Google a few and learn at least one thing for today. Recently, Times published a piece on America’s Negrophobia, suggesting that the death of Michael Brown and the other black men that are killed twice a week by law enforcement are caused by the fear of black people. Negrophobia is a legit disorder. The author suggests that, “Phobias are extreme aversions. They are embedded deep […]

10 Reasons Why I Don’t Need To Follow You on Twitter

My news-feed should be concentrated information that I want to see. Unlike Facebook (Yes shade to Facebook) I don’t want to be overwhelmed with updates from people I forgot I was friends with, related to, and by companies that want to sell me everything from condoms to hoodies for a family reunion that I’m not attending or with flights to destinations that my loan shark, Sallie Mae wouldn’t approve of. Twitter is about curating an array of ideas limited to 140 characters from people across the globe. The first rule in curating is that not everyone makes the cut. The […]