THE ACUMEN GROUP

[This story was originally published in the AFRO newspaper in September 2017- Story and photos by Shantella Sherman]

Redlining, a discriminatory pattern of disinvestment and obstructive lending practices that impede home ownership among Blacks and other people of color,...

(Pictured Elaine Riddick, survivor of NC eugenic sterilization and reparations recipient. / Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman for Acumen Magazine)

When Lena Edwards was arrested in 1912 for stealing $2 to purchase shoes and food, she was swiftly apprehended and marched befo...

January 28, 2020

Sunday night's episode of Doctor Who, titled Fugitive of the Judoon, saw the body-shifting time traveler morph for the first time in more than 60 years, into a Black woman. 

Actress Jo Martin, who entered the series as Ruth Clayton, a tour guide in Gloucester, who finds...

One of the biggest transitions in furry family accessories is the use of carriages and strollers -- not just for those cats or dogs convalescing or aged to a point where their mobility is compromised, but also for our finicky loved ones who simply prefer to ride than w...

(Turkey's national car -- pictured above -- to be modeled after the Saab 9-3)

The fun of writing this story is understanding our publisher's love for the Saab brand.  On more than one occasion, we've heard her lament the General Motors influence and a longing for the cl...

The fear of doctors’ visits impacts our furry family members in much the same way as our own trepidation of going to annual dental  exams.    In fact, a 2014 Bayer Veterinary Healthcare Usage Study found that 37 percent of dog owners and 58 percent of cat owners say th...

 Photos by Sienna McCorkle for Acumen Magazine

At first glance, the Starbucks located at 6th and H Street Northeast appears the same as its many other locations – newly redesigned interior, sleek counter-tops, even a digital name roster to announce, “orders up.” Even th...

The results of two first-in-human trials suggest promising initial results for ground-breaking approaches to stem cell transplantation and gene therapy for Sickle Cell Disease. 
Individuals with SCD, an inherited blood disease, produce abnormal hemoglobin, a protein in...

Coronation Street’s Carla Connor Demonstrates How Fragile the  Human Mind Really Is 

According to recent data, one in six adults experiences symptoms of a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression, and one in five adults has considered taking thei...

October 5, 2019

In the tradition that is Coronation Street storylines, writers recently introduced the issue of colorism to its drama.  Many  viewers, unfamiliar with colorism, skin currency or pigmentocracy, took to social media expressing confusion over why a beautiful, young girl w...

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