ANITA JOHNSON: Are Women Receiving Their Fair Share?


OPINION – Data gathered by national organizations show women contuse earn significant amount of money, however, in 2013 women still earn .77 cents on the dollar to their male counterparts (US Census Bureau, 2012 p17). Some naysayers say it comes down to “choice.” Naysayers contend that women choose to work at less challenging careers, work […]

TIANA BURSE: The Gift of Making Mistakes


OPINION – Let’s get right down to the real truth…There is no such things as a mistake. Now, that fact may not make sense at this exact moment…but let me explain. Every single situation and circumstance that we encounter whether pleasant or unkind is gifted to each and every one of us. That’s right; I […]



OPINION – At Fortune School, we operate four public charter schools in San Bernardino and Sacramento, California designed to close the African American achievement gap. I recently hosted a group of school officials at our campus in San Bernardino. The school is named for Hardy Brown, the publisher of the local black newspaper. While serving an […]

DAVID FONTAINE: Blacks Must Be Open to Receiving Financial Advice


OPINION – As a registered financial representative with more than 25 years of experience, I am amazed at how many times my phone calls are not returned and set appointments cancelled. I must admit that this happens regardless of one’s income, profession or level of education. It seems many of us are adverse to just […]

ROBERT PHILIPS: Schools as Centers of Community Health


OPINION – In order for adults and children to get the exercise they need to be healthy, they need places to be active.  In a 2008 report, Designing for Active Living Among Adults,  the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found shown that people who have parks or recreational facilities nearby exercise 38 percent more than those […]

ALONDRA THOMPSON: Parents & Teens The Ultimate Struggle of Love


OPINION – I am forever having to go to battle with one of my children to let go of talking back to me, without me as a last resort, choosing to remove her vocal cords! It definitely has a lot to do with respecting my role as the parent that encourages me to assure that […]

TIANA BURSE: How to Overcome Adversity


OPINION – Some say the definition of the word Struggle: “Is to strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty.” And for Tyler Perry, a boy raised in New Orleans in the 1970s this couldn’t be more accurate. Like most people, I am beyond familiar with Tyler Perry’s massive Success and unlike […]

RICHARD PAN: Good News in 2014 – Obamacare!


OPINION – Thanks to President Obama, 2014 will be a watershed year for people who need health care. From this October 1 to March 31, 2014, people buying insurance for their families or a small business can enroll for competitively priced health plans through Covered California, the state health plan marketplace. Medi-Cal will also become […]

AZIZZA GOINES: Innovation Is Critical To The Future Of Health Care


OPINION – Anyone interested in the future of health care would have appreciated the advances in mobile technology displayed in San Jose, Calif. recently. Thousands of wireless software programmers, network engineers and others gathered for MobileCon 2013, one the country’s largest wireless industry conventions. It was a chance to see how wireless is changing our […]

TIANA BURSE: You Create The Life You Want


OPINION – Whether we want to admit it or not, everything that has manifested in our lives has been created by the thoughts we think and by where we direct the majority of our daily focus. As far back as I can remember, two of the most brilliant quotes that have ever been shared state: […]