RICHARD PAN: Stay Safe Under the Sun

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OPINION – Everyone notices the sun in Sacramento in the summer and everyone should be protecting themselves from its harmful rays, which can cause skin cancer. While skin cancer is more common in White people, Black people are not immune to skin cancer and are often diagnosed at later stages of the disease resulting in […]

KEITH HERRON: New Initiatives Address the Plight of Students of Color

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OPINION – The plight of today’s low graduation rates among males of color is a serious matter. In the state of California, less than 68 percent of Hispanic students who start high school graduate on time. For African Americans less than 59 percent of students who start school graduate on time. Studies also show that […]

AZIZZA GOINES: Only the Strong Survive the Dream

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OPINION – Almost all of us do it. You know, sometimes at night when we close our eyes and enter that state of REM and sometimes during the day, when that far off vision catches you and you give it a moment or two of your undivided attention? We call them dreams. It’s where so […]

CYNTHIA KENNEDY: Young Women of Color Advocating for a Healthy South Sacramento

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OPINION – According to the California Department of Public Health, California continues to see increasing levels of inequity in the health status and mortality of communities with less material resources, in particular within minority communities. Center for Community Health & Well-Being, Inc. believes that one critical component to improving health within our communities begins with […]

TIANA BURSE: There is a season for everything.

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OPINION – I have been as transparent as I possibly could be in reference to my journey whether good or challenging. Over the past few years, I have encountered moments where I contemplated going back to school, giving up on my dreams and settling for what life had to offer. Here’s the reason why…the amount […]

Lynnis Woods: How to Get A Good Start on Your Journey to Health & Wellness

OPINION – I ran across list of things you should do to begin your journey to wellness. After giving it some thought I came up with my own list of things one should do to begin that important journey to wellness. The list is not in order of importance and is only a partial list. […]

ALONDRA THOMPSON: Allowing Room For Children To Make Their Own Decisions

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OPINION – During trying times of discovering appropriate family rules, each member of the structure may benefit to have a sense of ownership of the rules being implemented.  In the skill of listening, the parent has the cleverness of paying attention to his/her teen while channeling into his/her Higher Power.  Many parents have expressed the […]

SIMEON GANT: Why Go Green?

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OPINION -When we begin our discussion with youth about going green, we first ask them, “Do you know anyone with cancer, asthma, or birth deformities?” Most often everyone raises their hand. We then ask them if they know why the incidents of these diseases have risen over the past few decades.  Most draw blank stares […]

SANDRA POOLE: Pathways to Wellness: Leading Full and Productive Lives

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OPINION – Wellness — it’s essential to living a full and productive life. We may have different ideas about what wellness means, but it involves a set of skills and strategies that prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and promote recovery and well-being. It’s about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy. […]

TIANA BURSE: Who’s Leading Who?

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OPINION – To want more or not to want more that is the question. In life we go through a motion where the “Rush Hour of Life” takes us by storm, which at times includes high winds, rocky waters and what can sometimes feel like a ship wreck. As if life isn’t challenging enough feeling […]