The Reckon List 2021: These people are fighting to build the future South

Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, Miss., used to say, "To change America, you have to change the South." That's been true since the first enslaved Africans were delivered to Virginia in 1619, a year before the Pilgrims landed up North, since the federal government was forced to cut [...]

New cannabis trade group hopes to ‘revolutionize’ Mississippi economy

Mississippi now has a trade association to provide information and support to those hoping to participate in the state’s soon-to-be medical marijuana program.  The newly formed Mississippi Cannabis Trade Association aims to help people interested in growing, cultivating and distributing medical cannabis, said founding member Melvin C. Robinson III.   “Mississippians are known for agriculture. [...]

By |2020-12-16T14:33:55-06:00December 16, 2020|Economy, Story|

Mississippi teacher shortage fueled by student loan crisis, report shows

Over the last seven years, Mississippi’s public education system has seen a sharp decline in the number of students graduating from in-state teaching programs and pre-qualified teachers coming from different states. This is exacerbated by low and stagnating salaries and the rising cost of college education, according to a new [...]

By |2020-12-16T13:31:03-06:00December 16, 2020|Blackness, Economy, Education, Politics, Race, Story|

Student loan debt hits Black students hardest. Is help on the way?

James Craig, a 31-year-old Black man from Prichard, in South Alabama, has a complicated history with education. His father wouldn’t allow him to attend the local Black-majority high school, instead sending him to a school with better resources 10 miles away, where he was one of the few students of [...]

Biden will extend student loan forbearance to Sept. 30. Here’s what you need to know.

In one of his first actions as president, newly sworn President Joe Biden will ask the Education Department to extend the student loan forbearance to Sept. 30, 2021. This extension replaces the previous Jan. 31 expiration date for student loan forbearance enacted by Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.  The original [...]

By |2021-01-20T14:10:16-06:00December 7, 2020|Economy, Education, Story|

5 ways to shop smarter this holiday season

The holidays are here, which means you’re already getting holiday catalogs in the mail and seeing holiday sale commercials on TV. It’s tempting to pull out that department store credit card to make the magic happen at the holidays, but is the debt worth it?   Reckon video producer Kavolshaia Howze talked to Callie Jowers, a certified [...]

By |2021-01-08T15:28:01-06:00November 30, 2020|Economy, Life & Culture, Story|

Biden eyes student loan relief as Southerners bear $330 billion debt burden

There could be relief on the horizon for the millions of people with student loan debt across the country and in the southeast. Recently, the incoming president and a top Democrat on Capitol Hill signaled a desire to address the student loan debt crisis. During a recent interview with The.Ink, [...]

By |2020-11-16T17:40:54-06:00November 16, 2020|Economy, Education, Life & Culture, Politics, Story|

How to build wealth from basically nothing

If you’ve been following the Money Talks series, you know it addressed some of the ways wealth is unequally distribution in America.  Now, we want to share some advice from financial experts about how to build your wealth.  Buy life insurance outside of your job  Millions of Americans lost their [...]

By |2021-01-08T15:29:31-06:00November 12, 2020|Economy, Story|
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