TIANA BURSE: Whose Rules Are You Living By?


OPINION – Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Over the last almost 2 years I have been teaching that it’s more important to be bold, be great and above all be you. But recently I had to […]

LYNNIS WOODS: 10 Foods That Chase Away The Winter Blues


OPINION – As I assess things that I know I need to change in order to be well, I have to think about what happens to me when Winter first arrives.  I have to admit that I suffer from the “Winter Blues”.  It doesn’t last long but it definitely does come for about two weeks. […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: School Choice Emerging as a Go-To Issue for African American Voters


OPINION (NNPA) – With each election, political experts can look at various voting patterns by certain groups to determine which issues are important to those groups. For instance, among African American voters, it is clear that issues such as jobs, quality housing, affordable health care and education consistently are the most significant. As it relates […]

JASON MATTHEWS: Gov’t Found Bailout Friend


OPINION – Lack of funding and poor performances in government sponsored pension funds, left them needing a bailout. The Government finally found a friend who is willing to help. That friend is, Judge Christopher M. Klein of Eastern District of California. Judge Christopher M. Klein says, in his decision for Stockton bankruptcy case is, “City, […]

JABAR SHUMATE: Embracing Educational Reform


OPINION – There’s been a lot of discussion lately about our public school systems. A recent report revealed that 49 schools within Tulsa Public Schools received an F grade by the state of Oklahoma. Most of those schools are in my legislative district. I am constantly wondering how, with so many different avenues of resources […]

TIANA BURSE: Creative Thinking


OPINION – An unknown author once stated: “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” Whether or not we know it, each and everyone of us has some creativity lingering inside the core of our existence. And knowing this fact, I can’t help but to ask myself “why are […]

ANN DUPLESSIS: School Choice Equals Parental Choice


OPINION (NNPA) – While every parent wants to provide the best education for their children, not every parent has access to a quality school. In a perfect world every family would live a neighborhood with an excellent public school or be able to afford to send their children to the private school of their choosing […]

ALONDRA THOMPSON: Remember “All Is Well”


OPINION – I was sitting in my room and suddenly my youngest comes in and asks to hang out with her friends. Earlier I had told this girl that she did not need to ask me to do anything until her chores were done. Chores done? No! I reminded her that she needed to complete […]

TIANA BURSE: The Fear Factor


OPINION – Have you ever asked yourself “what is the meaning of life?” Recently, I found myself coming from a friend’s life celebration and while driving down a lonely two-lane road, I started to reflect on all the things my friend wanted to do, but never got around to doing them. It caused me to […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Breakfast – Important For Your Health & Wellness


OPINION – Here are some great basic principles to build a healthy breakfast. It is important to take into consideration what works best for you and your body.  For instance if you are lactose intolerant forget the dairy and supplement almond milk or almond butter.  Or if your goal is to become a vegan and […]