Monthly Archives: August 2017

HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes— like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people:

Imaginative Play * Passion * Daydreaming * Solitude * Intuition * Openness to Experience * Mindfulness * Sensitivity * Turning Adversity into Advantage * Thinking Differently

With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Josh Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and many other creative luminaries, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity – and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives.

The Finance & Tech Week In Review – 8/12/17

Every Saturday the HBCU Money staff picks ten articles they were intrigued by and think you will enjoy for some weekend reading impacting finance and tech.

Iran has opened possibly the world’s biggest bookstore / WEF

Stocks dominated by short-run fluctuations in volume have returns abnormally higher vs. similar stocks / NBER

How to Help Colleges Teach Financial Literacy / WSJ

Welcome to China’s urban forest / WEF

This is when a robot is going to take your job, according to Oxford University / WEF

Not just a headache: How migraine changes your brain / New Scientist

A look at the infrastructure needs of the nation’s treasured sites / Pew Trusts

Are German Automakers Facing Their iPhone Moment With Tesla? / Clean Technica

How the Infamous Kunlun Fishing Ship Met Its Demise / Pew Trust

A look at Rwanda’s genocide helps explain why ordinary people kill their neighbors / Science News

2016’s Million Dollar Donations Come Roaring Back For PWIs, But For HBCUs Not So Much

After a timid 2015 where colleges and universities only saw 482 donations and pledges over $1 million, this was the first time since 2012 that less than 500 such donations had been made, donors came roaring back in 2016 with the largest amount of $1 million or more donations ever with 567 such donations and pledges according to The Center of Philanthropy. However, a rising tide does not always lift all boats as HBCUs witnessed. After a banner year in 2014 of nine gifts of $1 million or more that totaled $20.5 million, HBCUs only saw four in 2015 for a total of $7 million. The 2016 numbers are a bit better than the prior year, but not by much.

HBCUs in 2016 received five donations of $1 million or more for a total of $10.5 million. The leading donation comes from Calvin and Tina Tyler (pictured above with Morgan president David Wilson), who gave $5 million to Morgan State University to endow a scholarship for incoming freshmen from the Baltimore area. A gift that should help increase Morgan State’s ability to compete and keep the talent in their backyard at home.

The arms race that is fundraising continues to be an uphill battle for HBCUs who are dealing with a significantly smaller alumni base due to desegregation’s impact a generation ago. African America’s abandonment of most of their own institutional ownership has seen a starvation of institutions that were built to serve African America’s interest almost to the point of extinction. Whether or not a new awakening is on the horizon is more hopeful than optimistic.

To note, Morgan State University becomes the first HBCU since we began tracking in 2013 to appear more than once.

1. Calvin & Tina Tyler – $5 Million
Recipient: Morgan State University
Source of Wealth: UPS

2. James & Marilyn Simons – $2.5 Million*
Recipient: Morehouse College
Source of Wealth: Finance

3. Leonard & Louise Riggio – $1 Million                                                        Recipient: Spelman College
Source of Wealth: Retail

4. Sean Combs – $1 Million*                                                                                    Recipient: Howard University
Source of Wealth: Entertainment

5. Joe Jr. & Kathy Sanderson – $1 Million
Recipient: Alcorn State University
Source of Wealth: Food & Beverage


Source: The Center for Philanthropy


Unemployment Rate By HBCU State – June 2017







ALABAMA –  4.6% (4.9%)

ARKANSAS – 3.4% (3.4%)

CALIFORNIA – 4.7% (4.7%)

DELAWARE – 4.7% (4.7%)


FLORIDA – 4.1% (4.3%)

GEORGIA – 4.8% (4.9%)

ILLINOIS – 4.7% (4.6%)

KENTUCKY – 5.1% (5.0%)

LOUISIANA – 5.5% (5.7%)

MARYLAND – 4.1% (4.2%)

MASSACHUSETTS – 4.3% (4.2%)

MICHIGAN – 3.8% (4.2%)

MISSISSIPPI – 5.0% (4.9%)

MISSOURI –  3.8% (3.9%)

NEW YORK – 4.5% (4.4%)

NORTH CAROLINA – 4.2% (4.5%)

OHIO – 5.0% (4.9%)

OKLAHOMA – 4.3% (4.3%)

PENNSYLVANIA – 5.0% (5.0%)

SOUTH CAROLINA – 4.0% (4.1%)

TENNESSEE – 3.6% (4.0%)

TEXAS – 4.6% (4.8%)

VIRGINIA – 3.7% (3.8%)

*Previous month in parentheses.

African America’s July Jobs Report – 7.4%

Overall Unemployment: 4.3% (4.4%)

African America Unemployment: 7.4% (7.1%)

Latino America Unemployment: 5.1% (4.8%)

European America Unemployment: 3.8% (3.8%)

Asian America Unemployment: 3.8% (3.6%)

Previous month in parentheses.

Analysis: Overall unemployment dropped 10 basis points. This returns to matches a 16 year low. African and Latino both saw increases of 30 basis points in their unemployment rates, while Asian and European America’s change was negligible.

African American Male Unemployment: 7.0% (6.3%)

African American Female Unemployment: 6.5% (6.8%)

African American Teenage Unemployment: 23.3% (21.1%)

African American Male Participation: 68.0% (67.5%)

African American Female Participation: 62.5% (62.4%)

African American Teenage Participation: 30.4% (30.8%)

Analysis: African American Females remain a stagnant group in both unemployment and participation rate. African American Males saw quite a rise in their unemployment rate, but with a strong recovery in participation rate after two stagnant months. African American Teenagers saw a step back as their participation rate took a slight hit and unemployment rate rose over 200 basis points. For such a volatile group, this was on the light side.

African American Male-Female Job Gap: 989 000 jobs (945 000 jobs)

CONCLUSION: The overall economy added 209 000 jobs in July. This exceeded many economists expectations and marks 82 straight months of job growth. African America saw a job increase came in at 41 000, a fifth straight month of job gains. This was a significant pickup after a paltry June. The country maybe at full employment, but African America is far from it. It is questionable whether or not African America simply has the infrastructure to spur a massive job growth that would put it in line with the rest of the country. Participation rates for Males recovered, but the overall needle continues to be stagnant. African America’s participation rates trails European American by 40 basis points and Asian America by 170 basis points meaning significant economic stimulus is being lost on a monthly basis. A bigger issue is understanding the wage growth within the group. The BLS does not track earnings by race, but the overall sits at 2.5 percent so likely based on other African America economic trends, African America is bringing up the rear there as well compounding the problem.

African America currently needs 615 000 jobs to match America’s unemployment rate. A increase of 7 000 from June.