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Recent events are bringing to light the collective experiences and concerns of BIPOC communities. Many of the financial issues they encounter are systemic and further highlight why we can not use a one-size-fits-all approach to personal finance.
Sarah Potter spends some time with Kevin Matthews and Carmen Perez talking about the financial challenges of communities of color and steps we can all take to remove the barriers they face.
- The necessity of promoting access and visibility in financial conversations
- Examples of the financial services that prey on low-income communities
- Steps and strategies for people of color to get out and stay out of debt
- The importance of a support group in helping to navigate wage disparities
- Bridging the gap in generation wealth
About Kevin Matthews
Kevin L. Matthews II is a number one bestselling author and former financial advisor. Kevin launched BuildingBread in 2010, to inspire millennials to set, simplify, and achieve any financial goal. Kevin regularly speaks to young adults across the country and has been featured in several media publications and productions including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Black Enterprise, and many others.
About Carmen Perez
Carmen manages MakeRealCents.com, a personal finance platform dedicated to helping people achieve financial independence and avoid the mistakes she made early on. In 2016, Carmen started a journey towards becoming debt-free. She had terrible credit, no money saved, and was sued for her student loan. She has since completely transformed her finances and has paid off approximately $57k of debt in two and a half years. Carmen officially became debt-free in Sep 2018 and in August of 2019, after saving up, Carmen quit her job in finance to learn how to code. Carmen has been featured in Forbes, The Skimm, and is currently a member of Business Insider’s Money Council for 2020.