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A New Decade to Reinvent Yourself: Part 2

By Tarsha Polk According to the dictionary, the word reinvent means to remake or make over, as in a different form. So, in order to reinvent yourself, you must leave the shape you are in to get to the S.H.A.P.E. you want to become. The acronym S.H.A.P.E. stands for Specialness, Heart, Attitude, Potential, and Experience. Last month I shared with …

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Black Life Journeys Matter

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association NNPA-The U.S. Census is now preparing to count all who live in the United States of America. For the more than 50 million Black Americans in the U.S., the 2020 U.S. Census is vital. Our numbers do matter and must be properly and accurately counted. Our birth …

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Preserved – Recalibrate Your Life

Like so many other people, I began 2019 with hopes of big changes in my life.   I was going to lose weight, save more money, and become more organized with my time. And like a few of you, I ended 2019 a few pounds heavier, wishing I had more money saved and I was less organized.    So, I began 2020 …

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A New Decade to Reinvent Yourself: Part 1

2020 marks the start of a new decade and while you make your resolutions for the new year, consider leaving the old you behind and reinventing yourself. Reinvention happens when there is a major shift in your life—like losing a loved one, divorce, unhappiness with current circumstances, or significant business losses. Are you ready for a transformation? Are you ready …

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Preserved By Purpose – The Year of ME (Maximized Expectations)

“2016 is going to be the Year of Me” This phrase came up in a conversation I had a few years ago with a friend who stated this with much enthusiasm.  Curious about what she meant and if she was going to all of sudden become extremely self-centered, I asked her what she meant.    At first, she paused and said, …

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Discovering Your Gift

Lately I have been talking to different people and they have asked me, “ how do I find out what my gift is?”  I actually was perplexed that some people didn’t know what their gift was because from a little girl, I was enthralled with books and writing. I would study the dictionary to learn new words and would read …

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Expectations

Every year my friends and I would go to what is called a “Watch service” at church on New Year’s Eve. We would be so excited about the upcoming year.  The pastor would triumphantly proclaim that God was going to take us to another level that year and to turn and give five people high fives and say “God is …

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Gratitude

As the Holiday season fast and furiously approaches, many of us are thinking about our to do lists, groceries we have to buy, presents we have to find, family we have to spend time with and the traveling that we have to do. For others, this is a time of sadness as you may be longing to be in a …

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The Journal

Years ago, someone gave me a journal because they knew I loved to write. I love journals, but this journal was different. On the cover it stated the following: Always remember you are Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, Smarter than you think and twice as Beautiful as you ever imagined. This journal forced me to read these …

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Importance of Educators of Color for Black & Brown Students

By Ron Rice, Senior Director, Government Relations at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools I have been a Black student, education policymaker, and now an advocate for providing the best educational opportunities for all our children. One reality that I’ve had to face and embrace through each of these stages in my life and career is that the prevalence …

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