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Michelle Singletary is a nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Her column, "The Color of Money" is an award-winning column, which is now carried in about 100 newspapers across the country.

She is the author of three books:
“The 21 Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Free” (Zondervan)
“Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich” (Random House).
“Spend Well, Live Rich: How to Live Well With the Money You Have” (Random House)

In January 2012, Singletary was part of the cast for “The Revolution,” a daytime program on ABC. She was the show’s financial expert and did regular money segments. For two years, Singletary was host of her own national television program “Singletary Says” on TV One.

In 2011, “Spend Well, Live Rich with Michelle Singletary,” an hour-long program premiered on the PBS station WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto.

For several years, Singletary was a regular personal finance contributor for National Public Radio’s afternoon program “Day To Day.” She is also a frequent contributor to various NPR programs including American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money.” She has appeared on all three major networks, NBC, ABC and CBS. She has prepared personal finance segments for local and national news programs, and for a number of cable and nationally syndicated programs, including "Oprah,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Early Show” on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, "The View, and “Tavis Smiley” on PBS. She has also appeared on “Meet The Press.”

As part of her commitment to community service, Singletary volunteers as the director of “Prosperity Partners Ministry,” a financial program she founded at her church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG), in which women and men, who handle their money well, volunteer to mentor others who are having financial challenges. As part this ministry, she also provides financial literacy education to prison inmates. At FBCG’s The Institutes Singletary and her husband, Kevin, teach a class called “Mastering Money In Marriage.” In 2010, Singletary was named Ministry Leader of the Year at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, one of the largest churches in Prince George’s County, for her direction of Prosperity Partners and her prison volunteer work.

Singletary has written for the flagship “O, The Oprah Magazine.” For a time, she was the personal finance columnist for “O at Home” magazine. The quarterly magazine was a spinoff of the monthly “O, The Oprah Magazine.”

Singletary is currently the host of a popular weekly live online chat on the Post's Web site, washingtonpost.com. She also writes two widely read weekly newsletters on retirement and personal finance, which are distributed by The Washington Post. In her column, chats, newsletters, television show and books Singletary delivers advice on personal finance issues that range from lending your honey money (Don’t do it.), to raising money smart kids (You can do it.) to the importance of saving and investing (You must do it).

Just a year after starting her column, The Washington Post nominated it for a Pulitzer Prize. Her column won a prestigious award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Singletary is the recipient of numerous national awards for her journalistic work. In 2015, she was the recipient of Generations United Media Award. Consumer Action awarded her its 2014 Consumer Excellence Award in the media/press category. In 2013, The National Foundation for Credit Counseling honored her with the organization’s Making the Difference Award for her significant contributions toward advancing financial education in America. In 2005, she won the Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award. She’s also was selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Johns Hopkins University.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master's degree in business and management. Singletary and her husband reside in Maryland with their three children.
ABOUT BMHS & CHEC
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Bell Multicultural High School serves students in grades 9-12 and is the upper division of the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC). CHEC is a bilingual, world cultures and early-college campus in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

CHEC serves 1,400 students in grades 6-12, 100% of whom qualify for free and reduced price lunch. CHEC is 63% Hispanic, 33% Black, 2% Asian, 1% White, and 1% from other ethnicities.

CHEC’s mission is to develop college-ready, technologically fluent and competent graduates who are articulate in multiple languages, familiar withthe global economy, ready to serve as cultural ambassadors, and poised to lead their communities in the quest for social justice.

CHEC is joined in this effort by its nonprofit partner, Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP), a community-based 501(c)(3) entity that operates special programs in support of the students at CHEC.

  • 100% of the Class of 2016 received college acceptance letters

  • 17 Advanced Placement courses offered

  • 3 seniors received George Washington University’s all expenses paid Trachtenberg Scholarship

  • 2 seniors received the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which pays for undergrad through PhD.

  • #1 ranking in the 2016 Washington Post Challenge Index as D.C’s most rigorous college preparatory program for low-income students

  • #1 ranked hospitality academy by the National Academy Foundation.
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