This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

When we don’t have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think.


"Shafir calls this problem bandwidth poverty. When you’re bandwidth poor, you’re thinking about how to pay for food and make rent today — and it’s almost impossible to think about the future.

"When you’re very lonely, or when you’re hungry, or when you’re poor, a large portion of the day is spent entertaining thoughts related to the source of your scarcity."

Soul Emergence Radio Episode 116: Crazy Faith w/ Rev Doctor Susan K Smith

Soul Emergence Radio Episode 116: Crazy Faith w/ Rev Doctor Susan K SmithTuesday, July 15 at 9:00pm in MDT

Join us tonight at 9pm EST on Soul Emergence Radio Episode 116: Crazy Faith w/ Rev Doctor Susan K Smith. Susan K Smith, a nationally celebrated preacher andWashington Post columnist will leave you both crying from laughter as well as love! Tonight we will discuss both her immensely successful work Crazy Faith & her new biography on the work of controversial Dr. Jeremiah Wright ! 

Economic Racism

March on Washington, August 28, 1963, shows civil rights leaders and union leaders. More than 50 years later, African Americans face economic discrimi…


"But the assault on people deemed inferior continues in another way. Instead of a single shocking act of physical brutality, it is a less visible means of drawn-out terror that destroys dignity and livelihood and slowly breaks down the body. So insidious is this modern form of economic subjugation that many whites barely seem to notice people of color being dragged to the bottom of one of the most unequal societies in the history of the world."

Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal

At a time when anti-intellectualism runs rampant throughout popular culture and politics, it seems imperative to remember how important critical thought can be as a resource and critical tool.


"If critical thought sometimes disparaged as theory gets a bad name, it is not because it is inherently dogmatic, jargonistic or rigidly specialized, but because it is often abused or because it becomes a tool of irrelevancy – a form of theoreticism in which theory becomes an end in itself."

Why They Owe Us! – Worrill’s World l Dr. Conrad W. Worrill, PhD l Black Commentator


"Part of our internal repair is to consciously understand that “We Are Owed” and that we have a historic responsibility to demand reparations from those forces of white supremacy that continue to benefit from what they did to us and that lingers on as part of the vestiges of our enslavement."

The ALFO Show l Urban Progressive Political Talk l Returns LIVE

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This Is What the Afro Means Now l Bustle

If the new movement had a rallying cry, it would not be I’m black and I’m proud, but I’m me and I’m proud and maybe that is why the reaction from society has been so different. 


"Created to reawaken racial pride and promote black interests politically and socially, the Black Power Movement was a force aiming to change the black community’s view of itself and the power it held in the world. One of the movement’s prime targets was the practice of straightening black hair.

Seen by some as an outward expression of the burden of assimilation, many in the Black Power Movement saw the abandonment of the practice as their way of throwing off the mental shackles of oppression and recapturing their roots — literally."

Haitian quake survivors used as ‘slaves’ in building of World Cup stadium in Brazil – Radio Television Caraibes: Haiti, Actualites, Nouvelles, News, Politique

Haitian quake survivors used as ‘slaves’ in building of World Cup stadium in Brazil


Thousands of Haitian refugees, who fled the devastation of the 2010 earthquake and ended up in Brazil, are reportedly being used as slave labourers in the building of a multi-million pound stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

For Brazil’s Sake, I Hope They Lose In The World Cup

Why root for a Brazilian loss? Because if they win, the cries of the poor and desperate in Brazil will be drowned out by the cheers of the soccer-crazed fans who could actually afford to get inside the stadium….


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OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham



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Do we care about this: Germany devastates Brazil, 7-1, in World Cup semifinal. Nope! But it matters to Haiti’s poor and exploited that Brazil commands the UN occupational troops acting as a colonial army for the United States and that amongst all the colonial army’s travesty against un-armed Haiti, it’s reported that: Haitian quake survivors were used as slave labor in building of World Cup stadium in Brazil.


It matters that poor and underprivileged Brazilians were wishing that the Brazilians not win. And are HAPPY Brazil did not win! We share that sentiment! –

Why: "they may point to the 15,000 displaced people in Rio alone. Or the $11.5 billion of expenses — $3.6 billion of which are taxpayer dollars — on this World Cup, making it the most expensive ever. They might even add that four of the 12 stadiums that $11.5 billion was spent on weren’t even required by FIFA.

You might expect a Brazilian to be wishing for goals and assists, but all the more likely, a Brazilian will explain how they wish that money went to the bullet train in Sao Paulo, or to the poor, or to education, or to improving the airports, which are currently using tents as terminals.


"I will cheer for Brazil as always, but for the first time I don’t want them to win," Jose Erivaldo Costa, a hotel worker from Rio de Janeiro, told Christina Lamb of the Sunday Times this month. "If we win the government will use it as an opportunity to say what a success it has been and to mask all our problems."

This neglect has led to groups like Sao Paulo’s People’s Committee of the Cup, whose members came together three years ago to fight the injustices that would come with the event.


"The cup affects various populations, like the mobile vendors who can’t go near the stadiums or near Fan Fest," Vanesa Dos Santos, another organizer, told the International Business Times. "It affects the prostitutes, many of them children, who will be taken advantage of during the Cup."


Inside these billion dollar stadiums are resources Brazil’s people need, not their footballers; solar power technology and thousands of workers who could be constructing public facilities, to name just two. Instead, money like the $280 million invested into Corinthians’ stadium will never be seen by the Brazilian people. That’s money for grass and retractable seats and scoreboards and massive television screens. Money that could be distributed to the young or the poor in a country that boasts the thirteenth worst economic inequality on the planet.


"That money could have been invested in homes, schools or universities," Tita Reis, a member of the People’s Committee of the World Cup, told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo."—For Brazil’s Sake, I Hope They Lose in the World Cup