Welcome to Tuesday.
As we get back to the daily grind fresh from Labor Day, income inequality never gets a day off.
An estimated two billion adults globally have barriers in accessing financial ecosystems. The Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project aims to dissect long-standing challenges and present valuable solutions for key policymakers to advance financial inclusion. The 2017 FDIP report is available in addition to a forum with diverse financial experts.
Our founder, Sherrell Dorsey is featured on the latest episode of the Black to Business podcast discussing the early days of The PLUG and her commitment to the Black tech space while spotlighting impactful solutions in our communities.
Click here to gain more insight in the full episode with Monique Marshall.
And we’re just two days away from #BLKTechCLT. Not in Charlotte? All good. Forward this ticket info to your local squad.
Sending you positive energy and wishing great prosperity in all you do this week.
|How the Obama Foundation Uses Social Media to Counter Stereotypes|
|Lolly Bowean | Chicago Tribune|
|As plans to construct the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park are being sketched out, the Obama Foundation still has to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the construction, obtain city permits, select contractors and hire staff. It has to win favor from a community that has an inherent distrust of large, outside institutions.|
|Watch Chance the Rapper Announce $2.2 Million Fund for Chicago Schools|
|Daniel Kreps | Rolling Stone|
|The donations will be spread to 20 schools in the Chicago public school system, with each school receiving $100,000 over the course of three years.|
|To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now|
|Neil Irwin | NYT|
|The $16.60 per hour Ms. Ramos earns as a janitor at Apple works out to about the same in inflation-adjusted terms as what Ms. Evans earned 35 years ago. But that’s where the similarities end.|
|Meet the Ghanaian Computer Engineer Who Wants To Rumble with Google|
|Kangsen Wakai | OkayAfrica|
|He’s chief architect for BitClave, a startup that many are describing as “the Anti-Google” blockchain. BitClave is a Silicon Valley-based startup delivering decentralized search and whose stated goal is to disrupt Google’s near monopoly of the online ad market.|
|These Labor Laws Are Suppressing Black Workers|
|Christine Owens | Fortune|
|While 42% of U.S. workers overall are barely scraping by at jobs that pay less than $15 an hour, that figure is much more pronounced for black workers (54%) and Latino workers (60%). Closing those gaps—and raising pay for all low-wage workers—is crucial.|