Personal finance columnist Education: University of Maryland; Johns Hopkins University Michelle Singletary writes the nationally syndicated personal finance column The Color of Money, which appears in The Washington Post on Wednesdays and Sundays. Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group and is carried in dozens of newspapers nationwide. She has written three personal finance books, including her latest, “The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom.” Singletary was the financial expert for “The Revolution,” a daytime program on ABC. For two years, she was host of her own national television program, “Singletary Says,” on TV One. She is a frequent contributor to various NPR programs and has appeared on national talk shows and television networks, including “Oprah,” NBC’s “Today,” “The Early Show on CBS” and CNN. In her spare time, Singletary is the director of a ministry she founded at her church, in which women and men volunteer to mentor others who are having financial challenges. As part of this ministry, she and her husband also volunteer to teach financial literacy to prison inmates. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. She has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master’s degree in business and management. To stay informed about various money issues subscribe to Michelle’s weekly retirement and personal finance newsletters, which will be delivered to your inbox every Monday and Thursday.
Homeownership, which is so central to the American Dream, has been and far too often still is an unequal experience for Black families, in large part because of discriminatory policies endorsed by the federal government.
Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Treasury Department and the IRS to extend yet again a deadline that will allow prisoners to claim stimulus payments.
The legacy of slavery endures, and Blacks must make extraordinary efforts to overcome the discrimination that is often hidden in policies or, in the case of credit scoring, products that purport to be race-neutral.
Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled incarcerated individuals in state and federal prisons are entitled to receive the $1,200 stimulus payments under the Cares Act. The payments could total $100 million.