BRYAN WASHINGTON: California’s Unhealthy Youth

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OPINION – When was the last time you had to slam on your breaks to avoid running over a bouncing ball or, (God forbid) a kid playing ball? It’s probably not a question you imagined being presented with, but bare with me. A few weeks ago, I was speaking with a friend about some of […]

TIANA BURSE: What makes you happy?

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OPINION - They say the definition of the word happiness is: “The state of well-being and contentment.” As of today March 20, 2014 brings the official “Acts of happiness” movement, it has become rather clear as to what happiness truly is and what it means to not only to myself but the entire world as well. […]

ANITIA JOHNSON: How The $10.10 Minimum Wage Will Help To Reduce The Number Of Women In Poverty

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OPINION – With the old wage bill of $7.25, many low paying jobs pay just the exact minimum wage or just around the minimum wage. People on this wage bracket make $14,500 per year which is below the poverty line which is now around $18,500 per year. About two thirds of people going for the […]

DAVID FONTAINE: 10 Guiding Principles for Building Wealth

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The Minority Financial Literacy Center offers the following 10 Guiding Principles for Building Individual, Family and Community Wealth: 1. Pay 10% of your net pay to the church or other worthy charitable organizations.  If you put this principle first, the other ten will be much easier to follow. Those that give first receive much more […]

TIANA BURSE: How To Overcome Procrastination

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OPINION – Everyone suffers from it. Even the best of us do. It is one of the most occurring diseases that plague each and every one of us. I remember 9 years ago when I decided to plant my flag, draw a line in the sand, put my head down, place my goals out in […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Foot Massage A Great Way to Relieve Stress

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OPINION – Foot massage is a wonderful way to relieve stress and to relax. Whether someone gives you a foot massage or you give yourself one, it is a wonderful holistic way of taking care of your health and wellness. Step 1: Stroke the top of the foot Stroking stimulates circulation and warms the foot. […]

CALIPH ASSAGAI: Feeling SAD in the winter? Seasonal Affective Disorder, Mental Illness, and How to Brighten Gloomy Days

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OPINION - For years, I wondered why around each October my mood changed dramatically. I had less energy, feelings of hopelessness, and some mornings just struggled to get out of bed. Dreary days and cold nights simply made me sad, I thought, and there was nothing I could do about it. But in reality, I suffer […]

SIMEON GRANT: Oil Severance Tax Could Raise $1.5 Billion for Education

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OPINION – The volatility of California’s education budget is not necessary and should always be stable. At times it could even show an increase in resources to directly benefit student learning opportunities. Last year the state senate proposed a bill to create an education trust fund generated by an oil severance tax. The bill specifically […]

TIANA BURSE: Follow Your Passion

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OPINION – Recently I had the privilege of speaking in LA about the “Art of True Self Discovery”. After I got done sharing my experiences both challenging as well as exciting, I found myself in a interesting situation. I began to open myself up while feeling as if something took hold of my body, mind […]

LYNNIS WOODS: How to Overcome “the I don’t have enough time” and Other Excuses to Not Exercise

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OPINION – As a health and wellness coach I have had clients who struggle with staying motivated to exercise. Granted exercise is not always the most favorite thing to do but it is necessary and can ultimately save you from a life of chronic disease and other health difficulties. Frankly, we have to constantly “re-sell […]