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Time to Get Movin’

Written by Thursday, June 22, 2017
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big advocate of physical fitness. The benefits of exercise cannot be overstated, especially as one gets older. Exercising is one of those things that often goes under appreciated. The value may not be apparent until you have an injury, come down with an illness or have to run for your life. This is what separates the fit from the unfit. In most cases, the person who has been working out all along will recover quicker from sickness and be able to move faster in an emergency. If you haven’t exercised in a…

Appreciating Father’s Day

Written by Thursday, June 15, 2017
On Mother’s Day, I overheard a man tell his family as they were leaving the restaurant, “Remember now, I want y’all to do the same thing for me on Father’s Day.” Everyone laughed, but the reality is we are all too familiar with the fact that many men feel cheated when compared to moms. Watch any sporting event, or award show and you’ll hear more shout-outs to mom. To be fair, there are many more absent fathers than mothers, so some of the father snubs are well deserved. But those men who stuck around to help raise their kids—married or…

Celebrating Black Music Month

Written by Friday, June 09, 2017
At the end of the day, there is nothing that makes a black gathering come together better than black music. Second to food, black music provides “magic” that makes every setting special, whether it is R&B, soul, blues, jazz, gospel or hip hop. June is the official time to observe Black Music Month, and like Black History Month, an ideal time to learn and teach others about African American culture. Although popularized by nearly every race and culture, the history of black music in America was born from pain. Gospel and blues are expressions of injustice and oppression, whether it…
It’s no secret that in communities of color, payday loan companies are everywhere. Easy money lenders know Black and Hispanic Americans are paid the least, making it harder for them to make ends meet between paydays. They see us coming. Advocates of this type of predatory lending argue that they are providing a valuable service by offering help to those who could not get access to money in other ways, due to poor credit. But if their intentions are so good, why did Republicans try so hard to protect them from reasonable government regulations. The L.A. Times did an excellent…

My Message to Graduates

Written by Thursday, May 25, 2017
As this school year comes to a close, graduates will, no doubt, think about the things they can finally leave behind like books, getting up early and going to classes they don’t like. They’ll be glad to ditch the studying—even if only for a summer. If you are a graduate, there will be a lot of emphasis on what you’re graduating from, but there may not be much thought on what you will be graduating to. You may or may not know what’s next. High school, college, graduate school, a job or a year off to figure it out. There…

Can We Say the I-Word Yet?

Written by Thursday, May 18, 2017
Ever since Trump was inaugurated as president in January, political foes have been waiting for his demise. Resistance rose to a new high, stirred in part by disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters. The most immediate proof was the thousands of women’s and anti-Trump rallies that took place the day after President No. 45 was sworn in. Some occurred the day after the election. It didn’t take long, though, for Trump to become his own worst enemy. First there was the failed travel ban on Muslim countries, and hiccups in the healthcare plan. Now, in office barely 4 months, Trump is at…

Help A Young Mother Be The Best She Can Be

Written by Thursday, May 11, 2017
A common complaint that I hear from older people is that younger parents are not taking enough time with their kids. They point out that Millennials are growing up without a sense of connection to family—that technology has taken over their lives to the point that they lack basic social skills. I agree that this is true to a certain extent, but the question is always, “what are we going to do about it.” With Mother’s Day weekend upon us, I think this is the perfect time to come together and support our mothers. Remember, parenting doesn’t come with a…
Looking at the myriad of political news that hits us everyday, one could lose sight that we are still living in the United States of America. With so much bickering and partisanship going on between Republicans and Democrats, red states vs. blue states, and the left vs. the right, it feels more like the Divided States. On Monday, a voice of reason spoke up for the millions of us who are tired of all the games of one-upmanship. Jimmy Kimmel set comedy aside to talk about something we can all agree on—being able to afford quality, life=saving healthcare. The very…
It has been 25 years since Los Angeles literally went up in flames. It was a horrific scene—buildings on fire, sounds of windows breaking and sirens from emergency vehicles, and people shouting “No Justice, No Peace.” The all-white jury in the Rodney King case returned with a verdict of not guilty, acquitting four white LAPD officers of excessive force. The date was April 29, 1992. By now, the videotape of King, lying on the ground while cops beat him until he was nearly unrecognizable, had been played so many times on television that the wedge between cops and L.A.s black…
Twenty years ago, before I was aware of the overtly racist and totally biased Fox News, I remember my wife’s uncle ranting and raving about how much he hated Bill O’Reilly. Then, I began paying attention to O’Reilly’s racist rants and the station’s daily dose of conservative propaganda. I couldn’t believe how Fox allowed their anchors to just say whatever they wanted, and present it as “news” without a shred of proof. Today, I woke up to the glorious good news that O’Reilly has been fired, and all I can say is, it’s about time! He was fired on allegations…
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