Tag: Poverty

No One Forces Us to Leave Millions in Poverty

This is the conversation about poverty that we don’t like to have: We discuss the poor as a pity or a blight, but we rarely admit that America’s high rate of poverty is a policy choice, and there are reasons we choose it over and over again. We typically frame those reasons as questions of […]

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Pharrell Williams To Open Norfolk-Based School For Underserved Students

NewsOne Featured Video Music visionary Pharrell Williams has been a fierce advocate for equality in the realm of education and the Virginia native’s latest philanthropic effort is centered on ensuring that exceptional schooling is accessible for youth in underserved communities. According to NBC 12, Williams is launching a private school for low-income students in the […]

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New York City Can’t Just Gentrify Its Way Back to Normal

What is at stake is what is always at stake — the fate of struggling communities that have only been further devastated by the pandemic, wrecked by lost lives, lost jobs, lost housing. Mayor de Blasio famously ran on a platform of mending an economically divided city, but he is leaving behind a place where […]

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Stimulus Checks Substantially Reduced Hardship, Study Shows

“It bridged a gap,” Ms. Ray said, while she waited for slower forms of assistance, like rental aid. Then she got cancer. To confirm the diagnosis and guide her treatment, she had to contribute $600 to the cost of a CT scan, which she did with the help of a payment in April totaling $2,800. […]

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A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

Whom should the government help get superfast internet access? The question is not addressed directly in President Biden’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan, which devotes tens of billions of dollars to expanding access to broadband but does not provide much detail about how the money will be spent. But veterans of the nation’s decade-long efforts to extend […]

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Poor Americans More Likely to Have Respiratory Problems, Study Finds

But that has changed drastically. By the survey period 2017-18, current and former smoking rates among the wealthiest dropped by nearly half to 34 percent — while rates among the poorest inched up to 57.9 percent. Though smoking is an acquired habit, lower-income people may be more likely to use tobacco to cope with the […]

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Was Mother Teresa a Cult Leader?

During the Trump years, there was a small boom in documentaries about cults. At least two TV series and a podcast were made about Nxivm, an organization that was half multilevel marketing scheme, half sex abuse cabal. “Wild Wild Country,” a six-part series about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s compound in Oregon, was released on Netflix. Heaven’s […]

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