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Nas Offers Tech Scholarships to Minorities with Google and Microsoft

Nas partners with Microsoft and Google to fund scholarships in technology, specifically targeting African-Americans and Latinos.

On Thursday, General Assembly, a New York City-based tech educator, announced the launch of the “Opportunity Fund,” a new initiative from Google, Microsoft, and Nasir Jones that will provide scholarships to students who have been historically under-represented in the industry such as women, African-Americans and Latinos. Nas, who has recently co-founded the venture capitalist firm QueensBridge Venture Partners stated “Education, careers and opportunities in technology should not be limited to any one demographic, and I’m happy to support minorities who will see doors open to them as a result of participation in this program.” Students eligible to receive scholarships awards must agree to commit at least 100 hours mentoring local high school students through a number of nonprofits groups including All Star Code, Black Girls Code, CodeNow, Coderdojo and ScriptEd. 

Applications for the scholarship are being accepted through May 7th.  

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Think managing your finances has to be complicated? Wonkblog contributor (and UC Chicago social scientist) Harold Pollack doesn’t.

After a talk with personal finance expert Helaine Olen, Pollack managed to write down pretty much everything you need to know on a 4x6 index card. And it would probably fit on a 3x5 index card if you really crammed (that last point, for instance, is probably not strictly necessary for managing your money).

He explains:
The card came out of an RBC chat I had with Helaine Olen regarding what I view as the financial industry’s basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter, Alex M, asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter’s note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

Pollack’s right. Follow these principles and you’ll be in much, much, much better shape than most Americans — or most anyone. And all it will cost you is $2.20 for a pack of index cards — and you’ll have 99 of them left over.

It’s really hard to be poor (see Pollack’s amazing interview on how being poor changes the way people think for more on that). But the lesson here is that once you have an income that you can live off of and save a little bit besides, managing your finances shouldn’t be all that hard.

The people making it complicated are often trying to make money off of you. This 4×6 index card has all the financial advice you’ll ever need

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Human Landscapes

A couple weeks ago, I was listening to a story by NPR's Planet Money team about “Toxie” a toxic asset they had purchased to follow and help tell the story of the recent financial meltdown. One of the mortgages in Toxie was on a home bought for investment in Bradenton, Florida, and the team took a look at housing in the area. Many homes there are empty and have been for years. Huge developments sit partially completed among densely built up neighborhoods and swampland. A guest stated that there were “enough housing lots in Charlotte County to last for more than 100 years”. Boom and bust residential development has drastically affected parts of southwest Florida for decades now, and I spent some time (with the help of Google Earth), looking around the area. With permission from the fine folks at Google, here are a few glimpses at development in southwest Florida. 

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AFRICAN LENS EXHIBITION 

We need everybodys help on this, it has been a longtime coming. I have always dreamt of exhibiting across Africa. Many other African photographers I have met also share this dream. Finally, you can join me and other African photographers turn our dream into a reality. 

Please click here to invest  in our crowdfunding campaign. Spread the word, contribute if you can, like the posts, reblog!

With every investment, comes benefits. Choose from an African Lens 4 magazine publication, Limited edition tote bag (100 copies only), Hard cover collectors edition of African Lens (440 pages) to so many other rewards and benefits. 

These are truly exciting times for us African Photographers!

Link : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/african-lens-exhibition-photography#/

Photo by : Yannis Guibinga, Gabon. 

The 2nd House

The 2nd house rules over money and possessions! Astro.com and cafeastrology.com are good resources to find out your houses. 

Aries in the 2nd House 

Taurus in the 2nd House

Gemini in the 2nd House

Cancer in the 2nd House

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Leo in the 2nd House

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Virgo in the 2nd House

Libra in the 2nd House

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Scorpio in the 2nd House

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Sagittarius in the 2nd House

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Capricorn in the 2nd House

Aquarius in the 2nd House

Pisces in the 2nd House

It's Official: President Obama Is The Best Economic President In Modern Times

It’s Official: President Obama Is The Best Economic President In Modern Times

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A new economic report, published by Forbes.comon September 6, 2014, clearly shows that President Obama is the best economic president in modern times. It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact, based on all of typical the economic indicators, including jobs, investments, growth and expansion, even the rate of inflation. In all of these areas President Obama’s record…

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10 Steps To Millennial Financial Success

If you’re a millennial who is struggling financially, the following tips can help put you on the right track toward a successful financial future:

1) Make income your priority.

2) Have a plan for the future and take it for a test run.

3) Making some sacrifices to keep your biggest bills as low as possible.

4) Create a strategy for your student loans.

5) Prioritize your interest rates.

6) Invest in your future.

7) Take advantage of perks such as 401(k) match programs, health savings accounts and commuter benefits.

8) Invest in one or two stocks of companies that offer products or services that you think will still be important 20 years from now.

9) Find a mentor.

10) Network online and in person.

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Inside Billionaire John Paulson’s Puerto Rico Real Estate Investments

By the end of 2015, billionaire investor John Paulson will have plowed $1.5 billion into real estate investments on Puerto Rico, according to government officials. Among the properties in his portfolio: glitzy oceanfront hotels like the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort (pictured above) and historic Condado Vanderbilt. Read more >

Personal Financial Disclosure Analysis: What Took Us So Long?

Now that you know Congress is officially a millionaires’ club, you’re probably wondering: why did it take us so long to get personal financial information on Congress from 2012?Personal finances pioneer and CRP researcher Miriam Diemer explains.

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5 Money Lessons Students Should (But Usually Don't) Learn In School

Students who have taken a class in personal finance are more likely to save, more likely to budget, and more likely to have invested money. They’re also more likely to learn:

1. The basics of budgeting.

2. The magic of compound interest.

3. The value of paying yourself first. 

4. The importance of using credit responsibly.

5. The danger of identity theft.

Here’s what else they could be missing on if they don’t learn financial literacy.