The Mind of Tiggs

By Horace Tiggs IV | Reading a variety of topics keeps us quick, sharp, and relevant.  Here I'll compile a list of articles that I've read on my journey of continual learning.

Ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer writes open letter to Trump, Kaepernick, NFL and America

<i>Editor's note: More than a year after penning an open letter to Colin Kaepernick, former Army Green Beret and NFL player Nate Boyer writes another</i> …

Colin Kaepernick

The NFL stood by African American players … until its money was threatened

For a while the world’s most lucrative league supported its players in the face of hostility from Donald Trump. Then the NFL looked at its bottom line<p>Somehow this is where we find ourselves in America in 2017: the president of the United States uses race to drive a wedge between football players …

Roger Goodell

NFL owners struggled to retain control after Trump's attacks, rise of player protests

As DeMaurice Smith drove Monday morning to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for a flight to his annual locker room meeting with the Buffalo …

Roger Goodell

Ta-Nehisi Coates: the laureate of black lives

Coates’s eloquent polemics on the black experience in America brought him fame and the admiration of Barack Obama. Here he talks about the rise of white supremacy – and why Trump was a logical conclusion<p>Ta-Nehisi Coates on why we should have seen Trump coming<p>Ta-Nehisi Coates is short on sleep. He …

Racism

8 body-language tricks that are hard to master but will pay off forever

As Ursula the sea witch famously said, "Don't underestimate the importance of body language."<p>Some tricks, like remembering to smile, are easy to …

Body Language

What Are Black Sports Journalists Allowed To Say About Trump And Race?

ESPN host Jemele Hill is being roasted for calling Donald Trump a white supremacist. HuffPost spoke with three prominent black journalists about what truths they are permitted to tell.<p>Jemele Hill said what she said.<p>In a series of tweets stemming from an odd conversation about Kid Rock, the co-host …

Racism

3 tips to become well-spoken

Want to become well-spoken? Here are three tips.<p><b>1. Make others feel well-heard</b><p>We focus too much on what we should say next, formulating witty …

Leadership

Exclusive: Read the Inauguration Day letter Obama left for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> During his final moments in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama folded into thirds a handwritten letter to Donald Trump, slid it into an envelope, and in neat capital letters addressed it to "Mr. President."<p>Now, the contents of that letter -- the last direct communication between the …

Inauguration Day

Jared and Ivanka are failing a basic moral test

<b>(CNN) —</b> I first heard the silence late Tuesday night, while pecking at my phone, waiting for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to denounce President Donald Trump's latest comments on neo-Nazis after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the death and mayhem that resulted.<p>After …

Donald Trump

Blacks and whites see racism in the United States very, very differently

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> How you see race in the United States can depend a lot on your own background.<p>President Donald Trump's various responses to clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville this weekend drew widespread condemnation, but also brought decades-old …

Discrimination

Vice’s documentary on Charlottesville is really worth watching

It shows the white supremacist protesters for what they really are.<p>If there was any doubt about what kind of person went to protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, Vice News’s documentary should put those questions to rest: One side was white supremacists, some of whom openly …

Racism

Hip-hop reacts to Trump: 'I'd rather an ugly truth than a beautiful lie'

<b>(CNN) —</b> In hip-hop, not everyone wants white supremacists to remain silent and not everyone wants President Donald Trump to unequivocally condemn them.<p>"I'd rather an ugly truth than a beautiful lie," rapper and activist David Banner tweeted. The tweet echoed a sentiment he voiced the day after …

Racism

CNN's Symone Sanders Calls Out White Pundit Who Told Her To 'Shut Up' On Live TV

CNN’s Symone Sanders will not be spoken down to, and she made this message loud and clear during a segment on Monday morning’s episode of “New …

The Brutal Truth About Why Being a Leader Is So Hard

It's not about being right. It's about this instead, alright?<p>Being a great leader is so much harder than it looks.<p>What's difficult about leadership is that nobody ever sits you down and "teaches" you what being a real leader is all about. There's no class in early education that defines leadership. …

Leadership

The 25 best documentaries since 2000

As a species, we’re working on our seventeenth year into a new century and everything is on fire. The blurring of the lines that divide fact and fiction has grown so smeared and indecipherable as to allow climate change to still be questioned and corruption has been radically normalized to the …

Documentaries

Set Yourself Up for a Successful Week With This 15-Minute Checklist

Set yourself up for success by doing a little prep for the next day.<p>While an entrepreneur's workday never really ends, it's important to maintain some work/life balance and create structure. Downtime is necessary to recharge your batteries, reset priorities, and renewed focus. Here are some things …

Productivity

Student faked being black to get into college

Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam, the author of "Almost Black," claims he got into medical school by pretending to be a black man.

Black Lives Matter

Something from Nothing

Anyone that knows me well knows that I consider myself a spiritual person, meaning that I have a personal relationship with God and that we speak to …

5 Key Tips To Pick The Perfect Watermelon

Nothing is as refreshing as the sweet, juicy taste of a watermelon on a summer day. However, a watermelon can only be as good as the one you choose …

The subtle power of uncomfortable silences

In business and in life, it could help you to get acquainted with the power of the pause.<p>At your next meeting, wait for a pause in conversation and try to measure how long it lasts.<p>Chances are – especially among English speakers – it will be a second or two at most.<p>Anglophones tend to be most …

Language

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

Climate Change

10 harmless mind tricks that make people like you

When you’re working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to …

Self-improvement

Research: Writing a Business Plan Makes Your Startup More Likely to Succeed

When asked about an opponent’s plan for their impending fight, former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson once said: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”<p>It is a school of thought now fashionable in entrepreneurship circles. Advocates of “learning by doing” approaches such as …

Entrepreneurship

8 things ridiculously successful people do before 8 a.m.

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz planning to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years. Much of this …

Howard Schultz

A biometric ring could replace your passwords, cards and keys

Smart rings aren't a novel idea: There are plenty of fitness tracking, notification-sending, payment or even protective finger ornaments around. But none have the ability to identify you and authorize your transactions wherever you go. That is, until Token hits the market. It's a biometric ring …

Banking
Artificial Intelligence

Video footage shows Minn. traffic stop that ended with Philando Castile’s death

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year fired a volley of bullets within seconds of learning the driver was armed, according to a video recording released publicly Tuesday.<p>When the traffic stop began, the two men interacted calmly. Officer …

Policing

72 CEOs on How to Increase Your Entrepreneur Quotient (in 140 Characters)

I asked 72 CEOs for their advice in 140 characters and, upon further analysis, discovered 10 categories of behaviors that were consistent with all the answers I got.<p>Ask any number of CEOs how to succeed in business and you'll get an equal number of insights and great advice. But upon further …

Leadership