ALONDRA THOMPSON: Expectations Vs. Acceptance

OPINION – Choosing to write this article began with an interest in providing a channel of communication with my teen daughters and self. Well…that was an unfulfilled expectation that left me feeling a certain kind of way and then I just decided I would write to the reader and provide the reader with an insight […]

TIANA BURSE: The Power of Growth

OPINION – “Without continual growth and progress , such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.” -Benjamin Franklin I’ve taken some time more recently to study the art of humanity and the process in which we grow by. The irony in this study is that I have found that the majority of humans […]

ANITA JOHNSON: How Can Black Women Leave a Financial Legacy?

OPINION – Black women have a double whammy when it comes to leaving wealth for their children. Not only are women still behind the wage gap when it comes to salaries commensurate with men they also often are the sole caretakers of children and thus have fewer resources to begin with. Sadly, African American Women […]

TIANA BURSE: Are You Afraid To Try?

OPINION – Samuel Beckett once stated: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” I was engaged in a conversation last night with someone near and dear to my heart. While we were chatting we began to discuss the future and what that looks like for the both of us. Normally, […]

LYNNIS WOODS: How to get your mojo back when you feel like it’s lost

OPINION – I just came back from a two-week bout with the cold and flu.  As I think about it now I realize that I started feeling poorly when I lost my “mojo.”  What is my definition of “mojo”?  For me “mojo” is another word for that part of me that keeps me motivated, energized […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: The Missing Link in Baltimore: Education

OPINION – On a recent episode of “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg asked 16-year-old Michael Singleton why he was throwing rocks and rioting in the streets of Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray before being famously slapped and pulled from the rioters by his mother, Toya Graham.  Within hours of the incident, Toya became an […]

TIANA BURSE: Say Yes To Yourself

OPINION – “No more distractions, it’s time for me to be selfish.” -Anonymous I get asked quite often: “Tiana how do you schedule your day? And more importantly how do you schedule your life?” Social media has a weird way of exposing the things you are doing and the things you are not doing which […]

TIANA BURSE: How Far have We Come?

OPINION – “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.” -Martin Luther King Jr. Fifty-two years ago a speech was given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of 250,000 humans of all races and colors. In front of them was a man with a dream. A man […]

TIANA BURSE: Who Do You Want To Become

OPINION – “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together” – James Cash Penney Over the last few years I have had the privilege of speaking with and even coaching thousands upon thousands of brilliant, bright, creative geniuses in their own right. And although each individual that I encountered […]

DAVID FONTAINE: The Black Church: A Solution for Economic Empowerment

OPINION – We have heard all the statistics about the conditions of African Americans. Twenty five percent of African Americans lives below the poverty line compared to eight percent of whites. Our unemployment rate presently runs 6%-7% higher than the national rate. Seventy percent of our children are raised in single family homes. The average net […]