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 […]

TIANA BURSE: How Are You Impacting Others


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


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 […]



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 […]

TIANA BURSE: Three Feet From Gold


OPINION – Thomas Edison once stated: “I’ve never failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” On Saturday I decided it was time to let go of the past, embrace the present and welcome in my future self. As I sat down to write my goodbye letter to the manifestations that I created in […]

SIMEON GANT: James Can’t Read


OPINION – I recently met a young man named James. He’s 21 years old and cannot read. This year James enrolled in our Green Tech Pre-Apprentice program for Green Building Construction. He’s been in and out of jail for a few years, mostly for non-violent drug offenses. Now he’s on probation and he humbly shared […]

CHET HEWITT & WENDY PETKO: Frightening Local Black Child Death Rate


OPINION -In 2009, the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team found that in Sacramento County African American children die at twice the rate of other children. Appropriately, this news was cause for considerable alarm. Perhaps even more disturbing was the recognition that a significant disparity in African American child death rates has persisted in Sacramento […]