TIANA BURSE: What makes you happy?

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OPINION - They say the definition of the word happiness is: “The state of well-being and contentment.” As of today March 20, 2014 brings the official “Acts of happiness” movement, it has become rather clear as to what happiness truly is and what it means to not only to myself but the entire world as well. […]

ANITIA JOHNSON: How The $10.10 Minimum Wage Will Help To Reduce The Number Of Women In Poverty

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OPINION – With the old wage bill of $7.25, many low paying jobs pay just the exact minimum wage or just around the minimum wage. People on this wage bracket make $14,500 per year which is below the poverty line which is now around $18,500 per year. About two thirds of people going for the […]

DAVID FONTAINE: 10 Guiding Principles for Building Wealth

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The Minority Financial Literacy Center offers the following 10 Guiding Principles for Building Individual, Family and Community Wealth: 1. Pay 10% of your net pay to the church or other worthy charitable organizations.  If you put this principle first, the other ten will be much easier to follow. Those that give first receive much more […]

TIANA BURSE: How To Overcome Procrastination

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OPINION – Everyone suffers from it. Even the best of us do. It is one of the most occurring diseases that plague each and every one of us. I remember 9 years ago when I decided to plant my flag, draw a line in the sand, put my head down, place my goals out in […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Foot Massage A Great Way to Relieve Stress

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OPINION – Foot massage is a wonderful way to relieve stress and to relax. Whether someone gives you a foot massage or you give yourself one, it is a wonderful holistic way of taking care of your health and wellness. Step 1: Stroke the top of the foot Stroking stimulates circulation and warms the foot. […]

CALIPH ASSAGAI: Feeling SAD in the winter? Seasonal Affective Disorder, Mental Illness, and How to Brighten Gloomy Days

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OPINION - For years, I wondered why around each October my mood changed dramatically. I had less energy, feelings of hopelessness, and some mornings just struggled to get out of bed. Dreary days and cold nights simply made me sad, I thought, and there was nothing I could do about it. But in reality, I suffer […]

SIMEON GRANT: Oil Severance Tax Could Raise $1.5 Billion for Education

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OPINION – The volatility of California’s education budget is not necessary and should always be stable. At times it could even show an increase in resources to directly benefit student learning opportunities. Last year the state senate proposed a bill to create an education trust fund generated by an oil severance tax. The bill specifically […]

ALICE HUFFMAN: Rod Wright Must Stand His Ground

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OPINION – Senator Rod Wright’s recent guilty verdict by a Superior Court jury trial and his leave of absence from the California State Senate is troublesome for our community. He was found guilty of 8 counts of perjury and voter fraud which to the average person sounds horrendous. Most of us want squeaky clean elected […]

PHIL WILSON: Reducing the Risk of HIV by 90 Percent

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OPINION – This Friday, February 7h, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for the nation to take a look at the AIDS epidemic in Black America from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. Given the demographics of the AIDS epidemic in this country, this is a very important day. […]

TIANA BURSE: You Create The Life You Want

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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: […]