Passion, Purpose, Action

Commentary, Life & Community
I will begin this article with the disclaimer that it is only meant to raise awareness and inspire the reader to be willing to look at the issues. I do not claim to have all the answers, know what is needed in every situation, or have the personal experience of dealing with each facet involved. Everywhere you turn in today’s society, you find discussions on events, practices, and political debates that include the use of the words “social injustice.” It is easy to point at what is wrong when you see how the end results affect you and others within your life circles. We find it easy to point a finger at outside influences, circumstances, and hierarchical decision making. It only takes elementary-school fundamentals to identify the symptoms of hunger,…
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Protecting Our Children from Exploitation

Commentary, Life & Community
By Rasheda Kamaria The road to end human trafficking can begin with a conversation... They wait nearby like vultures, ready for you to show any sign of weakness. They prey upon the most vulnerable – children, runaways, those living in poverty – waiting to exploit them for personal gain. They are traffickers and they are everywhere – even here in Detroit. Once thought to only be a problem overseas, human trafficking – which includes labor and sex trafficking – is on the rise in the United States. Luckily for me, my vulnerability wasn’t exposed. Instead it was protected by what I call “real talk.” I could have been a statistic – one of more than 100,000 women and children trafficked and exploited in the US. But my intuition and upbringing…
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Remembering JUNETEENTH

Commentary, Life & Community, Life Coaching
[caption id="attachment_2198" align="alignnone" width="500"] Texas Slaves Celebrating Juneteenth[/caption] "But, if this part of our history could be told in such a way that those chains of the past, those shackles that physically bound us together against our wills could, in the telling, become spiritual links that willingly bind us together now and into the future - then that painful Middle Passage could become, ironically, a positive connecting line to all of us whether living inside or outside the continent of Africa..." -Tom Feelings Many years ago, I heard about a little-known holiday that I dare say a lot of people may still be clueless about. One year, in order to see if my theory was correct, I questioned several friends and relatives about “Juneteenth.”  A couple of relatives thought I…
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Making Dreams a Reality

Commentary, Life & Community, Life Coaching, Uncategorized
What is it that makes dreams become a reality? We are in the season of celebrating graduations, from preschool all the way to achieving a master’s degree, the former being expected and the latter being achieved through dedication, discipline, and diligence in the pursuit of a dream. Higher education eludes a number of people due to various challenges, setbacks, and dead ends. This can be said about the pursuit of any dream, be it personal, professional, or public acclaim. Dreams come in all sizes, shapes, and selections. Looking for a dream job? Want a dream marriage? Desiring that dream vacation? Holding onto dreams that all mankind can live in peace with social justice, love, and mutual respect?  Many may seem to be out of reach or impossible to achieve. There…
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From One Young Detroiter to Another: Think ‘bout It

Commentary, Opinion
Hey, guys! It’s been awhile. Sorry for my absence, but trust me, I can make up for it. I hope you all have been doing well and using some of the advice that I give you, ya know, from kid to kid. Anyway, today I’m going to talk about going for what you want and achieving your goals. Now, I'm about 99% sure that you have all heard the phrase “follow your dreams,” and adults just blah blah blah about it. And trust me, from one kid to another... I know it’s against the “kids’ rule book” to pay attention to what they say, but as much as I hate to admit it, most of the time it’s some really good stuff. I mean, would it kill you to give…
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Infant Mortality: Is It, or Isn’t It, a High Priority for Governor Snyder?

Infant Mortality: Is It, or Isn’t It, a High Priority for Governor Snyder?

Commentary, Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Opinion
A common belief about politicians is that they say one thing and do another, but Rick Snyder told us he “wasn't a politician.” Snyder also told us that reducing infant mortality was a high priority. Michigan’s infant mortality rate is worse than 36 other states and Detroit’s rate is equal to that of a third-world nation, so we can understand why this issue should be a high priority. So, why did the Governor cut funding to the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center? The PRB is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is the federal government’s only center for advanced research and treatment of at-risk mothers and their babies. It is at Hutzel Hospital on a 10-year contract, its second. WSU had to…
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