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‘Why aren’t we earning enough to live?’ – how The Divide lays bare global inequality

The documentary film reveals the toxic social divisions caused by low pay for US and UK workers<p>Janet, a Walmart shop assistant in Louisiana, is so visibly stressed by working in a very understaffed store that a customer tells her she looks as if she’s going have a heart attack. Rochelle, a care …

Wall Street

Solar cell generates power from raindrops

Rain is normally a solar energy cell's worst nightmare, but a team of Chinese scientists could make it a tremendous ally. They've developed a solar cell with an atom-thick graphene layer that harvests energy from raindrops, making it useful even on the gloomiest days. Water actually sticks to the …

25 Things to Do on an Airplane to Boost Your Career Success

While you might be concerned about the loss of productivity due to travel, your business trips can actually serve as a great time to check in on your career and make some progress.<p>In 2016, Americans are expected to go on more than 480 million business trips. That's a lot of time spent away from the …

Job Interviews

DIY arcade cabinets: Just add IKEA furniture

Many of us have longed to have a working arcade cabinet in our homes — but a combination of space and price often keep them out of reach.<p>But Ikea …

How to start a business with almost no money

You're willing to take some risks, like leaving your current job or going without personal revenue for a while.<p>But there's one logistical hurdle stopping you: You don't have much money.<p><b>Related: 7 Myths About Starting a Business That I Used to Believe</b><p>On the surface, this seems like a major problem, …

4 digital marketing secrets every entrepreneur should know

For many small business owners, digital marketing isn't so different from auto maintenance. You go in thinking you need something simple, but leave feeling like you've emptied your savings account with no obvious effect on performance.<p>If you sometimes wonder if there are things your marketing …

Some Parents Of Color Don't Think Schools Are Even Trying To Educate Their Children

They are also concerned about the lack of resources in their kids' schools.<p>As policymakers and school districts gear up to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the nation's new major federal education law, parents of color are worried about the lack of funding for their schools.<p>A new survey …

California protects pay by gender, is race next?

Just as California businesses begin to implement a law requiring equal pay for workers regardless of their gender, already the toughest of its kind …

Race & Ethnicity

Kobe Bryant has 35 points in Lakers' 130-110 loss to Houston

Lakers fans have long memories. It wasn't surprising to hear Dwight Howard get booed in his home arena.<p>Nor was it shocking that at least half the crowd wore Lakers colors Sunday. Kobe Bryant's career is that close to ending.<p>He gave what was wanted, a lively 35 points on 10-for-22 shooting, his …

Basketball

Slavery in Australia: 'It can't be happening to me'

Susan was enslaved upon arrival at her new 'job' in Sydney. She eventually escaped.<p>There was one job that Susan* was exempt from in her long days of …

Salvation Army

John Doyle: Jackie Robinson doc delves into U.S.’s shameful history of racism

Baseball is back and there is, hereabouts, a giddiness in the air. Perspective is called for, so let's look at history.<p>There is a Canadian <i>Heritage Minute</i> about Jackie Robinson, as there should be. The 1947 baseball season was the turning point in the history of American sports, when Robinson became …

Rich white millionaires are fleeing South Africa

New data from New World Wealth, in association with MasterCard, shows that the number of black millionaires in South Africa has almost tripled in the …

South Africa

Where living poor means dying young

SAN FRANCISCO — This city is full of parks that invite exercise and bike lanes that make commuting a workout. It's home to social services that tend the poor, and taxpayers who willingly fund them. Smoking is banned at restaurants and bars — as well as in workplaces, at bus stops, throughout public …

Income Inequality

‘Underground’ Creators On Slavery Narrative’s Relevance In Modern Times — The Contenders

Historical drama series <i>Underground</i> premiered to a ratings record for WGN last month, and for creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, it feels amazing. …

Black History

Practicing Islam in Catholic Cuba

<b>(CNN) —</b> Most of the images we see out of Cuba are similar -- classic cars here, vibrantly colored buildings there. But Joan Alvado shows us something different. His photo series, "Cuban Muslims," focuses on the lives of those who have converted to Islam.<p>"When I learned there was Islam and a Muslim …

Fati Abubakar: Touching portraits of life after Boko Haram

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fati Abubakar knew something was wrong when a local preacher started to draw larger crowds with his outspoken rhetoric.<p>The place was Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno State, and the man in question was Mohammed Yusuf, the late leader of Boko Haram.<p>Eight years on and the militant …

A Brief History of Sexual Harassment in America Before Anita Hill

Anita Hill’s testimony against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991, as shown in the new HBO film <i>Confirmation,</i> remains perhaps the most …

Sexual Harassment

New Orleans Mourns: ‘No Will’

The Will Smith news is just so horrible. Dead, at 34, the victim of an apparent road rage incident in New Orleans late Saturday night. <i>Shot in the</i> …

It’s time for the tech industry to make racism a fireable offense

A funny thing happened in the making of Silicon Valley. Somehow, someone floated the myth that people working in tech were something akin to modern day wizards. Maybe it was the tech media, doing their very best to make sure their hot take on 1998’s rising tech industry sold a bunch of copies of …

Tech Industry

Kobe and Michael B. Jordan discuss a biopic in this hilarious ad

Kobe Bryant is nearing the end of his incredible career. With just two games left in the Lakers’ season, fans are savouring every minute they get to …

Michael B. Jordan

Anita Hill Opens Up About the 'Vicious' Clarence Thomas Scandal and Kerry Washington Playing Her in Confirmation

In 1991, Anita Hill was the subject of intense media scrutiny as she publicly testified on Capitol Hill that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence …

Bill Clinton, “Black Lives” and the Myths of the 1994 Crime Bill

Filed 7:15 a.m.<p>04.11.2016<p>Commentary<p>Pause the debate for some inconvenient history.<p>Bill Clinton’s recent confrontation with Black Lives Matter …

Bill Clinton

How to Start a Business On (Almost) No Money

<i>This piece originally appeared on Entrepreneur.</i><p>You’re excited to start a business. Maybe you have an idea, or you’re just fascinated with the idea of …

Dumpster Diving: DIY Pool Made From a Reclaimed Waste Container

A dumpster pool can be a simple as an old skip lined with waterproof material, but give it a little more attention to detail and it can look just as …

Microsoft's Edge beats Internet Explorer, but it's not the perfect Windows 10 browser -- yet

With the launch of Windows 10 comes Edge , Microsoft's new built-in browser that's meant to replace Internet Explorer. Though IE will still come with Windows, the older browser is being relegated to "legacy compatibility" duties. Microsoft is urging everyone to use Edge for its faster performance …

Software

If you’re waiting for Windows 10, watch out for this email scam

Malware-pushing scammers are always willing to jump on the back of a bandwagon and this week their target is users upgrading to Windows 10. If you’re …

21 Epic Sales Tips For The Non-Salesy Entrepreneur

If you’re an entrepreneur, learning the art of sales is absolutely essential to your success. Without this skill, you won’t be able to grow your …

Future criminals can be spotted at nursery school, study suggests

Children's social-emotional skills can indicate future prospects, including whether they will end up in a council falt, researchers find<p>Future criminals and council house tenants can be spotted as early as nursery school, a study suggests.<p>Early social-emotional skills observed in pre-school …

Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

Cannabis