JASON MATHEWS: The Big White Elephant in The Room

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OPINION – There is a Big White Elephant in the Room which is putting a dampening on the United States Economy. You don’t hear Economist, Federal Reserve, Congress or even the White House talk about it. You’re probably wondering what the White Elephant is? The Big White Elephant in the Room is INFLATION! The definition […]

SIMEON GANT: Greening Low Income Communities

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OPINION – California’s landmark Greenhouse Gas reduction initiative is considered the largest pot of money slated for minority communities in the state’s history. This year’s budget included $872 million from the cap-and-trade proceeds and earmarked 25 percent of that to benefit disadvantaged communities. For the past few years the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard […]

ROBERT PHILLIPS: A New Health Partnership

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OPINION – Community development has a history of being rooted in low-income communities, working to connect communities with programs and capital sources that help the people of those communities help themselves. The example of Mercy Housing’s efforts to keep low-income seniors out of costly nursing homes and living in a more active environment is just […]

AUBRY STONE: Insurance Companies Refuse to Do Business with Minorities

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OPINION – California is home to thousands of small and minority owned businesses that provide services such as marketing, education and training, printing, consulting, information technology and many more. Insurance companies spend millions of dollars every year using these services; however, very few of these companies spend those dollars with small and minority-owned businesses. In […]

TIANA BURSE: Embrace the Faith

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OPINION –  Muhammad Ali once stated: “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” We as humans have what no other animals have, that’s imagination. But the real question is; how often do we use it? In a recent conversation I was having with one of my mentors, I was asked this same question […]

DARCEL LEE: Celebrating 4 Years of the Affordable Care Act

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OPINION – On February 24, 2014, I was privileged and honored to attend a special movie screening at the White House. Many of us who have worked tirelessly over the past year toward the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, were invited to the White House not only in celebration of Black History Month, but […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Embrace the Challenges

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OPINION – I am always looking for ways to encourage myself, uplift myself, and take of myself. It is essential in these days and times for us to make sure we are caring for ourselves in a loving way. There is enough negativity and craziness out there in the world without our adding ourselves to […]

TIANA BURSE: What’s Better Than Quitting?

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OPINION – Bill Cosby once stated: “Your desire to succeed should be greater than your fear of failure.” One of my favorite things to do in life as well as my business is to consistently look at my goals, re-target my goals if necessary and create new goals that push me to another phase of […]

DAVID FONTAINE: Have You Balanced Your Check Book Lately?

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OPINION – My experience has been that many couples don’t talk about finances until a major crisis arises. Whether it’s a layoff, forced retirement or major illness, this financial crisis will require a change in your behavior. No more your money or my money, your account or my checking account. The reality is changes must […]

TIANA BURSE: The Difference between Winning and Losing

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OPINION – Have you ever wondered what the difference is between those who truly succeed in the eyes of world and those who don’t? Recently I have begun doing what I like to call a “check up from the neck up” diving into the REAL reason why some things manifest so effortlessly for some individuals […]