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29 Nov 2016

Self-Care Tips for All Year Around

This time of year can be hard for many people. Sometimes we’re so busy helping others that we forget to take care of ourselves. I’ve learned how important self-care is, especially during difficult times like the holidays and recently with the not-my-president-elect. Here are some tips to help you in case

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19 Nov 2016

Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary: Where Do We Go From Here?

October 2016 was a month long celebration for the Black Panther Party 50th anniversary. A lot of events happened in Oakland with Life Is Living festival at deFremery Park, Joyce Gordon Gallery, and the museum/gala at the Oakland Museum of California. At the Oakland Museum of California, they had conferences and

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19 Aug 2016

Time to Start Thinking about Taking Care of Our Parents When They Retire

When we were younger, our parents had some type of talk with us, whether it was about sex or our plans after high school. Now that we’re older, we’re having “the talk” with them about their plans for when they retire. I’ve seen people retire and then return to work

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Citizens vote on Election Day at Fire Station #71 in Alhambra, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California, as Americans flock to the polls nationwide to decide between President Barack Obama, his Rebuplican challenger Mitt Romney, and a wide range of other issues. Alhambra is one of 6 cities in California's 49th Assembly District, the state's first legislative district where Asian-Americans make up the majority of the population. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
19 Aug 2016

Voting Locally is More Important than Voting for President

In less than three months, the election will be here. With all the focus on who will become the next president of the United States, we have a bigger focus on the local elections. While the presidents speak about policies and Black Lives Matter, they do not have the power to

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12 Aug 2016

Teaching Kids About Money in a Debit/Credit World

My daughter is going to the third grade and over the summer, I’ve been working with her on her math skills. Her second grade teacher gave students a math packet to work on and hand in on the first day of school to their new teacher. I appreciated her teacher

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The American Dream has long evoked the idea that the next generation will have a better life than the previous one. Today, many Americans feel that dream is in jeopardy.
02 Aug 2016

Breaking Free From The American Pipe Dream

I have met other people who have a Bachelor’s and Master’s and they are in professions such as grocery clerks or janitors because they need to pay their bills. Shoot, there a lot of us working two or three jobs to keep up with our student loan payments and take care of our households.

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25 Jul 2016

The Dangers of Driving While Black and Deaf

Every morning, I put on my hearing aids to bring some clarity into my life. I can hear, just not well. When I do not wear my hearing aids, the people who are  talking sound like they are mumbling to me. So, I wear them from the moment I wake

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