National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities

Official portrait of the Secretary of Health & Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell

OPINION – Like so many Americans, I have seen the tragedy first hand, of friends lost to HIV/AIDS. I’ve also seen the hope of those living with HIV as we continue to work toward an AIDS free generation. Each February 7, we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for all of […]

SIMEON GANT: Why is Eric Garner Dead?


OPINION – There are good cops and there are bad cops. Just like there are good citizens and there are citizens who are corrupt, mentally ill, deranged or misguided. Police Officers have many names — law enforcement, overseer, Sheriff, Deputies, pig, the man, 5-0, Johnny Law–the list goes on. Regardless of these facts, Eric Garner […]

TIANA BURSE: The Power of Letting Go


OPINION – Havelock Ellis once stated: “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” Recently I found myself doing a little spring cleaning in the friend department on social media. While scrolling through and deleting some unwanted negative humans, I found myself pondering on the power of […]

SIMEON GANT: California’s Green Jobs


OPINION – Governor Jerry Brown opened the new legislative session with a commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and toxic chemicals in our air and water. He is dedicated to reducing pollution, and preventable, environmental causes of asthma, cancer and heart disease, not only in California, but around the world. The last quarter of his record […]

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


OPIONION – One out of 10 Women surveyed by, 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 […]

TIANA BURSE: Stand For Something or Fall For Anything


OPINION – The great Martin Luther King Jr. once stated: “If a man has not discovered something that he will die for then he isn’t fit to live.” This past week I took a trip to the cinema to see the award-nominated movie “Selma”. With tears welled up in my eyes as the movie came […]

PETER GROFF: The Way Forward for Black Students


OPINION – For good reasons many African Americans have wonderful memories of their time in public schools. Among those recollections are the family and community legacies, the favorite teacher and the lifelong friends that were made. Even for those, particularly in the south in the 1950’s and 1960’s, who have mixed feelings about their public […]

LYNNIS WOODS: 6 Keys To Spiritual Wellness


OPINION – This particular new year has me thinking about my overall spiritual wellness.  It is no secret that I have a faith based company and that I am a Christian.  But when I talk about being spiritual I am not talking about your religion.  Spiritual Wellness for me is seeking the true meaning of […]

CHARLES RATLIFF: Focusing on Doing the Right Things Not Simply Doing Things Right


OPINION – As we strive to strive to identify the factors that are most critical to building a strong economic base in this state and promote civic engagement among a diverse population, it is apparent that we need to remain focused on desired outcomes. Among elected officials it is important to remain focused on promoting […]

ALONDRA THOMPSON: Dealing with life’s unepected monements


OPINION – There are moments in life where we are hit without warning from undesired events. Such events can leave us to feel a reduction of self. The grounding is gone and nothing may get done. I find myself just wanting to pass time in isolation. The awareness of an unseen and/or unplanned moment is […]