THE ACUMEN GROUP

It’s difficult for the average person of color – particularly a Black person – to reconcile their skin color with the intrinsic biases both within and outside of their race.  But as Shantella Sherman, a U.S.-based race scholar has documented, a person’s appearance – ha...

September 18, 2018

Brazilian Soul Singer Liniker Barros Brings Love into Focus

Like the softest Nappa leather, Liniker Barros’ voice shapes and cradles listeners like a second skin.  It is such an honest and pure sound that you it takes a moment to notice the words are Portuguese and even...

September 18, 2018

On August 14, the writers of the beloved, long-running British soap opera Coronation Street, sent viewers reeling by reigniting the famously doomed couple Carla Connor and Peter Barlow.  Like the real-life impassioned romance of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, the...

March 14, 2018

Genetic ancestry testing is the use of DNA information to make inferences about someone’s "deep" ancestry, hundreds or thousands of years into the past. Genetic genealogy on the other hand combines DNA testing with genealogical and historical records, and typically mak...

March 14, 2018

If you plan to take a DNA test to determine your ancestry, legal, privacy and other experts caution you to read the fine print before you sign away your rights. 
A November 2017 NBC News story, authored by Maggie Fox, pointed out that in signing on the dotted lines, in...

Cruising the aisles of a local Target store a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a 23andMe home testing kit, set obscurely among a sundry of discounted endcap items.  Priced at a steal - $25, what made the item even more oddly placed, was that unlike the lotion, vitamins,...

Race & Respectability in Conflict

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that "the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." As the nation grapples with a growing nation...

December 31, 2017

The Prophet Is Rarely Welcome In His Own Village

“Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? … And they too...

December 12, 2017

Atria Books today announced that it will publish Tina Turner’s autobiography, titled Tina Turner: My Love Story, in October 2018.  Written with collaborators Deborah Davis and Dominik Wichmann, the book will also be available from Simon and Schuster audio.  It will be...

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