One of the primary goals of Flash/Black is to foster self empowerment on all levels.  We want you to be knowledgable when it comes to your finances, your health, your wellbeing, your relationships–and with yourself.  To meet that goal, Flash/Black has put together a few recommended resources in this toolkit that can help get you started in that direction.

Adobe Acrobat PDF FileThe e-FAST
The e-FAST is a financial tool that enables users to get a snapshot of their income and expenses from month-to-month in order to better plan for budgets, expenses, discretionary income, etc.  While this is not a one-size-fits-all solution/tool, it does accommodate multiple financial scenarios.

 

 

Image of the cover for "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander.The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

If you are looking to gain a deeper and richer understanding of the justice system in America, and how it has historically been applied to people of color, you need look no further than Michelle Alexander’s, “The New Jim Crow.”  Everything is laid out for you in this book, as court cases from yesterday’s headlines to the antebellum south illustrate how language and litigation have shaped how the legal system views, treats, and regards its citizens of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5 Love languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

The 5 Love languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

Easily one of the most impactful self-help/do-it-yourself books I have ever read.  The beauty of this book doesn’t simply lie in how insightful the author is at breaking out 5 key characteristics that impact all of our relationships–it’s how many times I’ve felt motivated to re-read or brush up on what’s in this book.  This isn’t just about love-based relationships, it’s great for parsing relationships across the board.  I was able to instantly have a better understanding of my father and how he relates to me and others after reading this book.  What I find remarkable is that it’s a simple truth articulated in a way that was fresh and easy to understand.  This is a great conversation piece and a great tool to keep handy on your bookshelf.

 

 

 

 

 

MissedFortune 101: A Starter Kit to Becoming a Millionaire

MissedFortune 101: A Starter Kit to Becoming a Millionaire

This financial roadmap has tons of useful information crammed in it, and, it’s authored in a way that you don’t have to read in a linear fashion to get what you want if you’re looking for specific tips and tricks.  From real estate to life insurance, this book covers a wide range of financially based topics in a smart and insightful way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan

Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan

I’m a pretty big Leonardo DiCaprio fan.  I also dig Tom Hanks as a dramatic actor, and some of his less popular early works like The ‘Burbs.  Both of these actors were in a movie directed by Stephen Spielberg about a young man named Frank. William Abignale, who, had become such n efficient con man, he was one of the FBI’s Most Wanted by the time he was 21.  It was a fascinating movie that seemed ridiculous at points, which made it all the more entertaining, because this movie )Catch Me If You Can) was based on a true story.  Frank W. Abignale eventually got caught, but, in doing so, became a very valuable asset for the U.S. Government and the common Joe.  Frank taught the government the tricks of the trade, and his counsel has lead to more secure checks (think watermarks), and smarter money designs to deter counterfeiting.  Frank could have just stopped there, but he also opted to become an author and speaker on fields in which he is an authority, one of which is identity theft.  Reading this book freaked me out.  A lot of what I read I was aware of on some level, but the reality of how easy it is to have a part of or your entire identity stolen is mind-boggling.  Read this book because it could one day be your saving grace.