TIANA BURSE: Stand For Something or Fall For Anything

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

TIANA BURSE: What is Your Vision for 2015

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OPINION – Helen Keller once stated: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight with no vision.” As we enter into a new year which brings with it a new 365 page book to be written for ourselves, I can’t help but to wonder how many people have arrived safely into 2015 without […]

SIMEON GANT: The new California Legislative Black Caucus 2015-16

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OPINION – Government politics can be very confusing to the general public. At its simplest level of hierarchy, we are governed by the Federal, State and Local administrations. The state of California recently swore-in its newly elected legislative members (Senate and Assembly) to begin a two-year session for 2015-16. Among those 120 Members of the […]

SIMEON GANT: What is it like in Cuba?

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OPINION – Since the year 2007, I’ve traveled to Havana, Cuba four times. I’ve never been kidnapped. I was welcomed by the kind citizens and I never experienced any animosity for being an American in a country that once relied on U.S. dollars and now suffers due to government conflict. On my first trip, I […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: An Open Letter to Black Elected Officials

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OPINION – Each year, various social service organizations issue reports relating to the state of black America. While issues such as affordable housing, jobs, crime and challenging family dynamics are generally discussed, the poor quality of the education received by far too many African American children continues to be a focal point found in these […]

TIANA BURSE: Turn Obstacles Into Openings

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OPINION – Lou Holtz once stated: “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.” Recently, I found myself being asked the why question.“Why do bad things happen to good people?” I have always found this statement intriguing on so many levels and not because it isn’t a […]