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 […]

DEBRA GIPSON: More programs needed to protect our children

OPINION – I have spent my whole life in Del Paso Heights and have seen first-hand, the real need in our community. Something needs to be done. There is a lack of community programs, including food programs, summer programs and activities focused on reducing crime. As a result, gang violence has increased with kids dying […]

TIANA BURSE: Are You Creating Your Own Obstacles?

OPINION – “Action is the foundational key to success” -Pablo Picasso Recently I have been digging a little deeper as to who I am and where I truly desire to go in my life. Over the last nine years I have manifested things that most would consider a success but like most entrepreneurs once you […]

RUDOLPH LONCKE: Courts could do more to save our children

OPINION – As an African American judge, now retired, I bring the perspective of a member of the judiciary to the Steering Committee on the Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD). Working within a system that has been afflicted with bias against African Americans and other minorities, it has been my life’s work to […]