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Since I’ve never been a member of the mathematically inclined, the very thought of picking up a finance book sends shivers down my spine. Like the kids trying Life cereal for the first time, I was sure I wouldn’t like Talking Dollars and Making Sense: A Wealth Building Guide for African-Americans. But author Brooke Stephens is an unusual individual—a Wall Streeter with soul. Stephens delivers hard-to-swallow money advice with humor and sass. She begins by debunking 10 common myths that keep African-Americans from investing (“Investing is for white people,” “Looking rich is being rich”) before providing solid, no-nonsense advice on budgeting, taxes, credit, saving, house buying, and retirement planning. The book’s real jewels, however, are the numerous profiles of successful blacks from slavery days to the present. Bet you didn’t know the first woman to start a bank in the United States was African-American. In 1903, Maggie Lena Walker founded a bank that later became the Consolidated Bank and Trust Company of Richmond, Va.—still in existence today. At 11 a.m. at Sisterspace & Books, 1354 U St. NW. FREE. (202) 332-3433; at 2 p.m. at Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. FREE. (301) 699-3500. (Holly Bass)