CHARLES RATLIFF: The Emergence of the HAWK Institute


OPINION – Young Black men and youth need help overcoming formidable barriers to their educational and career development. They are being rapidly left behind and left out of American mainstream economics. Statistics demonstrate that Black males are at the greatest risk of failure in the nation’s schools. Black children are 15 percent of the U.S. […]

TIANA BURSE: The Secret to Attracting What you Want


OPINION – Have you heard the phrase “like attracts like” or read the good Biblical Proverbs (23:7) that proclaims, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”? I must admit, up until recently my vision was cloudy as to the real power of these truths. I guess simply choosing to ignore the fact […]

CALIPH ASSAGAI: Did you get Covered? Mental Health Included as Essential Health Benefits


OPINION – With the deadline to get covered under the Affordable Care Act recently passing, nearly 1.4 million Californians now have new health coverage that provides a greater level of coverage, including new essential health benefits. A key new essential health benefit (EHB) is substance abuse, mental and behavioral health coverage. All plans on the […]

LYNNIS WOODS: 7 Top “Anti-Aging” Tips


OPINION – The day arrived not too long ago that I turned 57 years young! It is hard to believe that I have actually been on this earth for 57 years and that I am 3 years from 60. Where has the time gone? Many people have asked me how have I managed to stay […]

JASON MATHEWS: The Big White Elephant in The Room


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]