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United States of Apocalypse

United States of Apocalypse

Commentary, Editorials, Opinion
By Delphia Simmons I read somewhere that the word apocalypse does not mean final destruction and undoing of all things as I had thought, but rather an uncovering, a revelation of what has existed but has not been seen.  There have been apocalypses throughout history; I've read about some that belonged to another time. But this apocalypse belongs to us. Like Seers and Prophets of old, we've long seen what others only now see. Bringing light where there is darkness, knowledge where there is ignorance. Caution: Reasons for Ignorance May Vary. Far too many have been in the comfortable illusion of color-blindness, rugged individualism, American idealism, and equal opportunity, while we, as African Americans and people identified as  “non-white,” live in the experience and reality of blatant hatred and racism in a built system that we’ve been forced to keep alive and breathing. A…
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To Mrs. Cooper, With Love

To Mrs. Cooper, With Love

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By Tash Moore To Mrs. Cooper, With Love Many will have heard of The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B DuBois. I enjoyed it immensely as an undergrad at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. It's a beautiful book written right between the end of the Gilded Age and the beginning of World War I. It is not without its criticisms, chiefly an understandable (within the context of the era) desire for white appeasement and a strong urge to try to convince the then-majority that Black people were beautiful. Before cries of Black Power and raised fists, we were melodious, captured in long, flowing skirts and wide-brimmed hats. We appeared in now-ancient photographs in European exhibitions watching our children frolic in fields like any other people. But even before DuBois, there was another…
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Taking Charge of Your Health Through Mind-Body Connection

Taking Charge of Your Health Through Mind-Body Connection

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Denise Ervin RN, BSN, NC-BC Have you ever considered that your health is more than a physical condition? Have you ever had a headache and wondered what caused it? Are you a diabetic and ever had a hard time controlling your blood sugar during a stressful time in your life, even while making all the recommended food choices? Have you ever felt “hangry,” or irritable/bad-tempered/upset as a result of being hungry? Most of you will have answered yes to one or more of these questions. All of these physical conditions might be caused by stress, anxiety, tension in a personal or professional relationship, worry, or not feeling like you are good enough. These are all examples of the mind-body connection, a meaningful concept that has an impact on your physical…
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Spotlight: Nicole Monk-Murphy

Spotlight: Nicole Monk-Murphy

Lifestyle
Healing by Design By Martti Peeples Nicole Monk-Murphy comes from a long line of strong, devout women, including some who have dedicated their lives to helping others through their careers in the medical field. Nicole is the youngest of her parents’ children. Her mother, the late Bernice Monk, was like no other. Bernice taught and led by example, with love at the forefront of everything she did. At just 15 years old, Nicole joined her mother and two sisters, Erika and GiGi, at St. Joseph Nursing Home, working as a receptionist every weekend. Nicole worked her way up to Accounts Payable after nearly seven years at St. Joseph. In 2001, an event happened which would forever alter Nicole’s life. In August of that year, the family matriarch passed away from…
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That Which Connects Us All

That Which Connects Us All

Life & Community
By Diana Creel Elarde There is so much space and distance in 40 years apart, and yet I knew as soon as I heard the word ‘hospice’ that there was only one place in the world I needed to be. Throwing my suitcase in the back of the small SUV, I quickly made the departure from the Omaha airport toward Lincoln, hoping to make it in time. Time! It takes on an entirely different connotation when needing to connect for the last time. When I finally arrive, we hug as we assess each other. Then we truly hug. I hold my cousin’s weakened body as memories of childhood sleepovers, birthday celebrations, and family holidays come flooding through. What tied us then, ties us now. We sit, we share, holding hands…
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We Are All in This Together-Financially Too!

We Are All in This Together-Financially Too!

Finance, Life & Community
Ina Fernandez CPA, President & CEO, Fern Capital Inc. We’re hearing the phrase “we are all in this together” everywhere in the media during the Covid-19 crisis. It’s true from both a health and a financial perspective this time. So, here are some suggestions for people in different financial situations caused by the Covid-19 crisis. Out of work and running out of emergency funds If you fall into this category, you are likely the intended target of various congressional bills passed and in the process of passing these days. Control what you can, as your family comes first in this scenario. So, ask for forbearance from your landlord or mortgage company, utility and phone companies, credit card processor, or internet service provider, for example. Many of these companies understand that…
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