Why breaking down economic data helps create equitable policy

May 19, 2021
“I want to look at reports and see all of me,” says economist Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe.
"A first step to promoting equity in Government action is to gather the data necessary to inform that effort," Biden said in his executive order on advancing racial equity.
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Why “equity” can mean “cash” in real estate and “fairness” in everyday language

Mar 11, 2021
“Equity” comes from a Latin root meaning “fair” or ”equal.” It’s legal history started in 15th century English equity courts.
Equity has multiple meanings when it comes to real estate that derive from the term "equity of redemption."
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Films led by Black off-screen talent are consistently underfunded, study finds

Mar 11, 2021
A McKinsey & Company report finds that addressing racial inequities in entertainment could bring in another $10 billion a year.
Only about 6% of writers, directors and producers who work on films made in the U.S. are Black, and that number has barely budged in 15 years, according to a report from McKinsey & Company.
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What it means to create a trans-inclusive workplace

Mar 8, 2021
Despite a 2020 Supreme Court ruling, many trans people continue to face discrimination and mistreatment at work.
"There are a lot of resources where, people that are trans-visible, where you can listen to their podcasts or their TED Talks. There are books about trans people and they're explaining their experience. So doing the work, and meeting that person halfway," says NiiLee Grant.
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Will you be paying in cash or stock? How companies buy other firms.

Nov 7, 2019
The difference between paying in cash, stock or a combination of the two says a lot about the nature of the merger itself. It also can reflect how the companies feel about the overall economy.
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Many states still suspend driver's licenses for unpaid fines that are not related to driving

Sep 25, 2019
In some states, like Florida, government agencies depend on fines to make up budge shortfalls.
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Racial disparities in home appreciation values may perpetuate a homeownership gap

Jul 17, 2019
A study explores reasons some African Americans may be at a disadvantage when trying to build home equity.
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One way Oakland is fighting racial inequality? By fixing potholes

May 15, 2019
Every city must contend with potholes, but some of the streets in Oakland, California, look like they’ve survived the climactic fight in a superhero film. “Some of them [potholes] are big enough that, if it rains my little great-nephew can swim in them,” says Tracy Greene, a resident of East Oakland. In another neighborhood, Fruitvale, […]
Potholes line side streets in Fruitvale, one of Oakland's lower-income neighborhoods. The city's new $100 million road paving plan emphasizes low-income and minority communities.
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At $6 trillion, "tappable" home equity reaches new high

Sep 26, 2018
So far, homeowners are resisting cashing out.
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To help diversify American orchestras, one group is helping to get players to auditions

Aug 30, 2018
Gabrielle Skinner is in a coaching session for auditions at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. She’s one of 18 musicians here, and she plays an excerpt from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on her viola.  Skinner, who plays with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York, is Latina and said sometimes she’s treated like an […]
The New World Symphony rehearses on stage at The Knight Concert Hall in the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts October 3, 2006 in Miami, Florida.
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