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Mindful Movement Monday


Hey folks welcome to another beautiful week dedicated to celebrating why our black is beautiful! Creative Soul Digest is using this platform to discuss important issues in our lives and address the HOW when it comes to moving on up and pressing forward. Last week we talked liberation, abolition, and ways to uplift and inspire our youth so that they can continue to push us forward. This week will also be about ways we can better ourselves, our communities, and the next generation so they can continue the work after us. We have a long road ahead of us folks but we build up our youth to be the future…a better future this time around. As we all know it starts with us and I have some great stuff to share with you so we can get right and teach them the tips and tricks as well. Here we go…


Financial Literacy



Ugh…how many of you get excited when talking finances and money? Okay now how many of you are like me and instantly freak out, panic, and run away? Haha just kidding but I honestly don’t like discussing money at all because it feels like another way society tries to keep us down. However, we can rise above it by playing it smart. Financial literacy is about understanding and managing money effectively. Studies have shown those with high financial literacy are those with higher education, income, and are often men and older individuals with life experience (GWtoday). We level the playing field by educating ourselves and finding a coach to walk use through it. Understanding how to manage our money and invest for the future is something we often don’t do. Saving money and thinking about retirement is the key to turning things around. Studies have shown that most families don’t even have an emergency fund let alone $400 dollars to help them in a situation. Learning how to save, invest, and manage are skills that we must learn to pass on to the next generation or we will continue the cycle. To quote Rich Dad Poor Dad, “Poor is an attitude and poverty is passed on and taught in the families.”

Financial advisors are our coaches and where we can start. Here are some amazing podcast you can tune into as well as a list of black financial advisors:


Podcasts



Journey to Launch- Jamila Souffrant a financial education instructor


Brown Ambition- Mandi Woodruff and Tiffany Aliche financial bloggers


Clever Girls Know- Clever Girls Finance an organization dedicated to empowering women and helping them become financially stable


His and Her Money- Talaat and Tai McNeely


Rise and Grind- Daymond John star of ABC’s Shark Tank


Paychecks & Balances- Rich Jones and Marcus Garrett perfect for Millennials


Afro Economics- JB Bryan- champion investor


Earn Your Leisure- Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings- perfect pairing of a financial advisor and educator


The Money, Markets, and Mindset- Jason Brown- options trader and stockmarket coach


Two Black Guys with Good Credit- Shaun Lynda and Arlington Forbes maintain and managing good credit



List of Financial Guru’s and Coaches


Ash Exantus


Chonce Maddox Rhea


Kevin L. Matthews II


Courtney Richardson


Anthony Copeman


Tela Holcomb


Eric Patrick


Taylor Medine


Dominique Brown


Next up our communities! I want to introduce you to some non-profits that are led by our own people and some great organizations out there empowering our communities. Check these out:


Non-Profits for the Community


Black Girl Code


Association for Student of African American Life and History


Black PAC


Black Male Voter Project


Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity


Black Women for Wellness


Black Women’s Blueprint


Center for Black Equity



Community Organizations


Black Alliance for Just Immigration


Trans Women of Color Collective


Common Ground Foundation


The Trayvon Martin Foundation


Blackout for Human Rights


Incite!: Women of Color Against Violence


Audre Lorde Project


National Black Justice Coalition

We Are Here


Million Hoodies


Color of Change


Black Youth Project



And I can go on and on there’s so many amazing organizations out there doing such good work and fighting the good fight. Please share with me organization you support or others you may know I would love to spotlight them.


Alright to close out this Black History Month's Mindful Movement Monday our focus is back on the next generation. Using all our resources we need to invest in our kids and giving them the road map for a better future. They will carry the torch next and we always hope they do a better job than us. Here’s some organizations that are focused on our young people…



Youth Organizations


The Conscious Kid’s anti-racist children’s book fund


Girl’s for Gender Equality


Goodkids Madcity


My Brother’s Keeper Alliance


Pretty Brown Girl


Know Your Right’s Camp


Integrate NYC


Youth Break Out


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund


Youth Over Guns


Black Youth Project


Black Youth Leadership Project


100 Black Men of America



Well family that ends our Mindful Movement Monday segment for Black History Month. I hope I was able to motivate all of you to get involved and join a movement. We are needed in the fight and we need to unite and stand together. It was not a summer 2020 thing it’s an all the time every second thing because we are all the time every second A BLACK PEOPLE! Let us not forget that ever! I have business recommendations, books, and coffee down below I hope you will check out. Don’t be shy I’d love to also hear from y’all. Until tomorrow though…


--Be Free

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Book Recommendations


Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills


Clever Girl Finance by Bola Sokunbi



Coffee Recommendations

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