TIANA BURSE: How Far have We Come?

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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

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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

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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 […]

TIANA BURSE: How Are You Impacting Others

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OPINION – “Every day there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact” -Unknown Earlier this morning I received an email from an online magazine that located me on one of my social sharing platforms requesting a featured interview on what I’ve created and who exactly I am. […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: The “Dumbing Down” of American Education

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OPINION – Early in 2001, when I was the chair of the education committee on the Council of the District of Columbia, I was talking with the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vance about the intense debate over standards at the time. Federal lawmakers were debating whether to tie federal dollars that were earmarked to […]

KEISHA PULLIAM: KAMP KIZZY

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OPINION – I think every person that walks the face of the earth has a Calling and Passion that they are meant to maximize to make our world a better place. For me, my Passion and Calling comes through acting, but it also shows up through my nonprofit Kamp Kizzy. Kamp Kizzy gives young people […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: Educating the Kids Nobody Wants

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OPINION – After giving a recent education reform speech in Georgia, a thirty-something man approached me to discuss my views on the increasing school expulsion rate for kids, particularly boys of color. He told me that his wife was a special education teacher; that she worked with troubled kids and she had developed a close […]

LYNNIS WOODS: De-Stress Your Mess: What to Eat During Stressful Time

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OPIONION – One out of 10 Women surveyed by healthywomen.org, say they grap the potato chips, ice cream, crackers ,cookies and alcohol when under stress.  While these foods might taste great especially during stressful times, they are a BIG no-no!  In fact eating these kinds of foods can actually increase the feelings of stress and also […]

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

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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 […]

JABAR SHUMATE: Embracing Educational Reform

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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 […]