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Just Rankin’ Sh!t

We are once again asking for some damn relief!

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It may not get Sallie Mae off your back, but at least you can have her over for dinner, thanks to a sweet 20% off one of those air fryers you’ve been eyeing! Cut costs and calories.

That deficit’s not going anywhere — might as well learn how to avoid it from the best of the best.

So crippling; much financial ruin. As of press time, one unit of this meme crypto would run you about $0.05, which means you better put those diamond hands together, pray Elon is right, and ride this coin to the moon. One dollar, here…


You really want to restore the soul of the nation? Free everyone of their six-figure albatross.

President- elect Joe Biden answer questions from the press at the Queen in Wilmington, DE on November 10, 2020.
President- elect Joe Biden answer questions from the press at the Queen in Wilmington, DE on November 10, 2020.
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As much as I have talked about my private student loans over the course of two books and countless articles, you’d think I would be a lot happier about finally reading the words, “Congratulations! Your private student loan is paid in full.”

Up until 2020, there hadn’t been a single year in which the burden of the debt attached to those loans didn’t reduce me to anger and tears of frustration at least once. In several of those years, those moments took place on multiple occasions — and were followed by dark, depressive periods. I could not have predicted that…


I became a man at the moment the medics proclaimed my father dead

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I graduated from Morehouse College in 2019 — part of the class that had its student loans paid off by the wealthiest Black man in the country, billionaire Robert Smith. However, I was also financially supported by several scholarships that in sum exceeded $70,000 throughout my time at the institution. And I would not have had that support without this essay, which I wrote as a high school student.

Orange

“Frank, you do too much!”

I can still hear my classmates. I can still hear the discomfort and distaste that they express when they hear my voice. …


Like so many others my age, 2020 was finally starting to feel like financial stability was around the corner. So much for that.

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For the first time in so very long, I entered this year confident that 2020 would not beat the everloving shit out of me the way so many recent years have.

I was confident that my student loan debt — this burden I have discussed every single day for well over a decade, this thing that has affected my life so much that I wrote an entire book about it — was no longer going to control me. That I was finally in the position to be able to afford the kind of freedom that’s been deprived of me my…

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