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Entertainment

Top Horror Films in 2021

This time of year awakens our desire to scare ourselves, and horror movies are the perfect method. Horror has grown into a massive industry, and

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Poetry

“HUSH”

From the villages, where polyrhythmic beats and pulsating sounds of hand craved drums are telling the stories of how you and I came to be!

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The Narrative Matters

Here We Go Around the Maypole Part 2

The highlight of the festival day, the girls gathered around the May Pole, each one of us holding a streamer. We skipped and sang joyfully, while running  in circles around the  May Pole wrapping it from top to bottom as our parents and the neighbors watched. It was so much fun! I do not remember any boys participating in this activity. and a lot of them thought it was a girl thing. When we were done, we ate cake, ice cream and drank Kool-Aid. The sugar put us on hyper inner ride to some place that we did not even understand. We did know that it was one of the few times that we could eat  as much as we wanted.

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Lifestyle

The Soulful Poet Dr. Yemaja Jubilee: Here We Go Around the Maypole Part 1

A great majority of the women were, when I lived there , from1950- 1979, were  called ”housewives”  In spring, work life was all about cleaning, planting tobacco, vegetable, and flowers gardens.  Springtime, awaken all the residents, both young and old  of  the community, and its intoxicating  energy  gifted them joy and blissful living.

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Business

Meet Kathy Conley Jones

Kathy Conley Jones has over 30 years experience as an Insurance Counselor helping families “Protect What Matters Most.”

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Education

Is loan forgiveness in the future.

Loan forgiveness—it felt promised. Especially when President Joe Biden issued his support for $10,000 of undergraduate or graduate student debt relief on his campaign, for

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The Narrative Matters

Covid cases among children rises.

With the total global Covid-19 cases standing at 37,099,164 in the first week of October, children have represented 16.3 percent of all accumulated cases. And

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Career

Tech-ing your Teens up for everyday’s life career goals

Best Buy inspires people of all ages to connect, learn, innovate, and improve their lives. Across the country, many communities, especially in my city, lack support and access to tools and training than can unlock a better future and prepare youth for the challenges ahead.

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Sports

Three Teams that Could Trade for Ben Simmons

Simmons reported to Wells Fargo Center on Monday and took a COVID test. He also passed a physical and held a brief meeting with the Sixers’ front office on Tuesday. So, there’s a good chance we’ll see him in a Sixers uniform this season. But for how long? 

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Entertainment

Sports Tidbits: The Rude in Gruden

First it was leaked out that Gruden in 2011 made comments about the NFL Players Association Attorney De Maurice Smith’s appearance in a racist trope about his lips. This was in frustration because of the labor unrest at that time facing the possibility of no season or a lockout shortened season.

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Business and Finance

Financing multicultural media: New collaboration positions publishers of color as catalysts for equitable community development (The finale of 6 Parts)

“Trusted local information and the people and systems that gather and distribute it are critical infrastructure for communities, just like the people and systems necessary to provide housing, roads, electricity, clean air and water, healthy food, reliable broadband data networks, schools, healthcare and cultural institutions,” Nachison says.

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Business and Finance

Financing multicultural media: New collaboration positions publishers of color as catalysts for equitable community development (Part 5)

CDFIs aren’t the only institutions that would benefit from investments in community media. Banks and other lenders, under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 (CRA), are required to meet the credit needs of the communities where they do business, including low- and moderate-income communities. The Act was a response to redlining — the discriminatory practice of denying loans to residents and business owners based on their race or ethnicity. Every two to five years, banks have to undergo an audit by federal banking regulators to see how well they are meeting the terms of the CRA. Banks that do not meet the requirements face heavy regulatory scrutiny and can have difficulty getting approval for mergers or expansions.

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Business and Finance

Financing multicultural media: New collaboration positions publishers of color as catalysts for equitable community development Part 4

Dynasty Consulting, is a multicultural brand marketing firm co-founded and led by David Beckford, owner operator and advisor to more than 100 African American multi-media platforms including radio, print and OTT platforms. Since 2019, Dynasty has generated more than $1 million for its clients through general advertising, sponsored content, profit-sharing and other strategies and by leveraging their combined reach through the Dynasty Media Portal.

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Business and Finance

Financing multicultural media: New collaboration positions publishers of color as catalysts for equitable community development Part 3

The Local Media Association (LMA) has made sustainability for publishers of color one of its four strategic pillars, building capacity through its Digital Transformation Lab, the Fund for Black Journalism, and the Word In Black collaborative. And Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers through its Tiny News Collective is making critical support more accessible to first time founders that are underrepresented in the news landscape.

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Business and Finance

Financing multicultural media: New collaboration positions publishers of color as catalysts for equitable community development Part 1

As part of RJI’s Inclusive Media and Economies Project, RJI, the Multicultural Media and Correspondents Association (MMCA) and Dynasty Consulting are teaming up to help publishers of color tap into community development, revitalization and reinvestment funds, and then use those investments to test new revenue strategies and build more sustainable business models.

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Entertainment

Sports Tidbits: Week 5 of the NFL Pick Them

Bills vs Chiefs – Game of the week in my eyes. The Chiefs have two losses already, to win this game would re-establish them at the league’s best team.  The Bills are squashing people, and playing really well, and have the momentum.  The Chiefs have come back to the pack a bit.  Bills establish themselves as an elite team in the league.

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Advice

Opinion Saturday: Sage Steele Come on Sis’ Cut the Crap

If someone is a gun enthusiast and believes wholeheartedly in the second amendment, or they don’t believe in abortion, or they disagree with me on tax policy.  Those are positions within the norm of political differences.  We can argue about these things and have a beer and go home still being friends. But this isn’t the type of conservative that Sage Steele is.  She’s disgusted with the vaccine mandate that ESPN has put in place to keep their workplace safe.  Steele also has an issue with the way some women who aspire to be in broadcasting dress.  

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Advice

Restoring Yourself

Get up, get out, and push yourself to get started with the restoration process of a healthier you. It’s up to you and only you to restore you.  

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The Narrative Matters

Living as Enemies of the Cross of Christ

The battle for the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life is real! Unfortunately, you’re fighting on the wrong side. Put down the world’s ineffective weapons, and read today’s article to learn how to stop living as an enemy of the Cross of Christ when it comes to your health and fitness.

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The Narrative Matters

Solving the Puzzle

People often complain that they cannot lose weight or become free of an eating disorder because trying to navigate the health and fitness fads, expert advice, and conflicting research is like attempting to find your way out of a maze. If health and fitness trends confuse you, read today’s article to learn how to solve the puzzle!

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The Narrative Matters

God Never Changes

From Genesis to Revelations, God has given various commands regarding eating and drinking to those who have a covenant relationship with Him. In today’s article, we learn that although what and how believers ate varied, God’s command to eat and drink for His glory in order to reflect His holiness has not.

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Health

Practice What is Preached

The Bible says faith without works is dead. That principle applies to every aspect of your Christian life, including learning to eat and drink for the glory of God. Read today’s article to learn how to put your faith into action as you implement your health and fitness plan through Christ!

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Podcast

Breast Cancer Survivor’s Panel

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we invited several breast cancer survivors to share their testimonies on the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Radio Show.

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Podcast

Teens Talk Truth Radio Show

Join us today as the teens discuss their partnership with Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries to provide healthy meals to breast cancer patients during the pandemic.

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Podcast

My Sister’s Keyper

Tune in to today’s broadcast to learn more about how My Sister’s Keyper offers social services to breast cancer patients.

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Latino - Zenger News

AFRODECENDIENTES: AFRO-LATINO & AFRO-INDIO

While the interrelated crises impact entire communities, they put a particularly heavy burden on Afrodecendientes: Afro-Latino and Afro-Indio descendants. NOTE: “Indio” refers to anyone who is of indigenous Latin American descent.  It is a term that is essential in understanding Indigenous-Afro-Latino identities.

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Lifestyle

Should I book flights with a discount airline?

Spirit might be for you. There are fantastic deals available and great itineraries in term of departure and arrival times.   If you’re traveling on short trips, using Frontier or Spirit might also work out for you as well. 

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Entertainment

“The Mixed Girl Series” by LaMonique Mac

The Mac is back!  If you enjoyed “Poor Little Mixed Girl,” author, LaMonique Mac, has released the next two books in “The Mixed Girl Series.”  Tune in today as we discuss “Mixed Out” and “Snakes in the Mix,” then purchase your copies of both books today

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Entertainment

“Musings:  The Joy’s Joy” book of poetry by Tabatha Jones

If you miss listening to live poetry readings due to pandemic restrictions, tune in today for the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Radio Show!  Our special guest is author, poet, and spoken word artist, Tabatha Jones.  Join us as we discuss her new release, “The Joy’s Joy.”

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Entertainment

Osso Safe, LLC

Safety and security in the home, workplace, and entertainment venues is of paramount importance in the wake of an unprecedented epidemic of mass shootings in our country.  Tune in today as we discuss Sabrina Osso’s innovative approach to make homes and communities safer.

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Lifestyle

I Killed George: A Story of Healing from Abuse

I do believe that my steps are divinely ordered.  I believe this situation was tailor-made for me. When I first heard his name, I did not run home to my bed. I don’t even think I recognized it as a past trigger.

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Entertainment

Promise is Making Something Big Happen one Pull Up at A Time

That’s actually how I started my career as a business manager for my oldest brother Pastor Michael Lampkin & Prosperity. My big brother is my Pastor and absolute favorite artist and my inspiration, it was through him that I realized my gifts and true potential as an artist and executive.

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Sports

HBCU Sports: Deion Sanders Understands the Assignment

In response to this discomfort, one place of solace many black students turned to were coming home to HBCU’s. Enrollment has shot up across the country as many of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  With many black athletes starting to feel disenchanted with southern white male coaches at major universities, now they are exploring other options.  That option is playing ball at an HBCU.  Big name recruits that would have scoffed at going to an HBCU years ago are now considering it.

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Health

Tell the Mountain to Move

Our God is Lord of the impossible! As His children, we have been granted divine authority to speak to our situations. Read today’s article, then command the mountains of obesity and eating disorders to move in the Name of Christ the Lord!

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Health

Preparation for the Battle

In our daily lives, we often prepare before embarking on a new task. For example, we complete at least twelve years of school before entering the workforce. Once there, we enter orientation and training for our new jobs. Like soldiers in the natural real, we should take the same approach before engaging the enemy on the battlefield. Read today’s article to learn how to prepare for the war for your health and fitness!

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Health

Leaving Your Comfort Zone

Bad habits are difficult to break primarily because we become accustomed to them.  To put it bluntly, we become comfortable with our uncomfortable circumstances.  Read today’s article to learn how to finally leave your unhealthy comfort zone in order to reach the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life!

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Black History

A Conversation with David Rodriguez – PART 3

First of all, the term “Afro-Latino” was coined by Arturo Schomburg, who is considered “The Father of Afro-American Studies”, and an early pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance movement.  A highly educated man from Puerto Rico who realized the high number of Afro-Cubans and Afro-Puerto Ricans in Harlem at the time needed an identity to connect and define this demographic of people.  

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Awareness

A Conversation with David Rodriguez – PART 2

First of all, the term “Afro-Latino” was coined by Arturo Schomburg, who is considered “The Father of Afro-American Studies”, and an early pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance movement.  A highly educated man from Puerto Rico who realized the high number of Afro-Cubans and Afro-Puerto Ricans in Harlem at the time needed an identity to connect and define this demographic of people.  

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Covid-19

COVID: The Road of a Long Hauler… Part 2

Join Areia Cobb every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month as she shares her road to recovery from COVID-19 and how being a COVID-19 Long Hauler is affecting every aspect of her life; as a wife, mother of two active boys and a working professional. It’s our hope that these journal entries provide hope, inspiration and information as you or your loved one travels your COVID-19 long haul.

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Entertainment

More NBA Tidbits: The Top Five Candidates for MVP 2021-22 Season

Jokic had an excellent season, where he averaged a career-best in several categories. He averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists (all career best). Jokic also played in all 72 games last season and averaged another career-best in minutes (playing 34.6 minutes per game).

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Business

Ten Black Newspapers Unite to Create Platform that Amplifies the Black Experience

Word In Black consists of a newsletter and website (wordinblack.com) that publishes content from the 10 participating newspapers, which include: New York Amsterdam News, The Atlanta Voice, Houston Defender Network, The Washington Informer, The Dallas Weekly, The Afro, Michigan Chronicle, The Seattle Medium, The Sacramento Observer and St. Louis American. It also publishes original content.

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The Narrative Matters

I left My Heart in Puerto Rico Part 1

I had been oblivious to the trauma, confusion, fear associated with the hurricanes.  Suddenly leaving your home, your family and friends…the very essence of who you are. That is until I saw Puerto Rican families exiting the Sun Country flight on a late, cold November Sunday night.

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The Narrative Matters

I left My Heart in Puerto Rico Part 2

As I settled my children and myself into this strange woman’s car, my husband took care of our luggage and rode with someone else. I was looking out the window, trying to drink everything in. “I’m not going to give poison to your kids”, she said while holding a lollipop that I had no idea where it had come from, interrupting my musings. “I avoid giving them refined sugars”, I believe I’d answered absently.

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Advice

The Children are Our Future

Ana-Isabel holds the distinction of being the first grandchild in her familial clan. She also holds the distinction and honor of being the eldest to her tribal cousins. A role she takes very seriously.
Inktoberan, an online challenge within the art community inspired her to enter her drawing entitled ‘Poisonous’ her take on the sugar addiction epidemic sweeping her communities.

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Business and Finance

Reinvestment Fund Awarded $60 Million in NMTC Allocations

A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Reinvestment Fund pursues a comprehensive approach to strengthening historically excluded neighborhoods and creating economic opportunities for their residents. Its NMTC program is a critical part of its approach, enabling it to support large, high-impact projects that prioritize what the local community actually needs or wants.

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Featured

Getting Pass the Incarceration and Back on the Outside: Allies or Adversaries

One has become accustomed to making certain decisions without asking you for your input or opinions, because quite frankly, there weren’t relevant to the right now situation. When a person returned to that same place, its not personally, nor is it cruel or revengeful from the other parent, this is the activities that have taken place, since you left.

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Business and Finance

Are Opportunity Zones a blessing or a curse?

Opportunity Zones can truly be a blessing for marginalized communities. If we mobilize financial professionals, real estate investors and entrepreneurs, we can take advantage of the massive opportunity. We can develop a team of investors – who either come from or currently live within the zones – that understands what our neighborhoods are missing.

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Business

AH!TV is Here to Bring You The Contents With Empowerment

From the months leading up to the launch party, there was several important meet and greet sessions scheduled on Wednesdays in August, at 3pm. The guests were able to meet the hosts and producers, and find out more about the network, that will be on Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV.

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Entertainment

From Depression to Triumph: The Kareem “Reemo Meerak” Tyson Story

I asked Kareem when it’s all said and done and his career is over. What is it that he wants people to know about him? “That I was a hardworking individual that cared for my passion and the craft that I did. I never wanted the spotlight. I just wanted the business. the fame is cool. But I always wanted the business and to be an impact within the business and the culture.”

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The Narrative Matters

The Pain of Incarceration Part 2: I thought You loved Me

It’s not their intent to hurt their children. Please note this article today, isn’t serving as a defense for the violators, but a reminder, in most situations, the intent is not to harm their child, break the promise, return to drugs, alcohol or prisons.

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Education

The Top HBCUs in Athletics

In the early 1900s, sports were growing at predominantly white schools, but at those schools there were very few black athletes recruited. Sports have a

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Covid-19

COVID: The Road of a Long Hauler…Part 1

Join Areia Cobb every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month as she shares her road to recovery from COVID-19 and how being a COVID-19 Long Hauler is affecting every aspect of her life; as a wife, mother of two active boys and a working professional. It’s our hope that these journal entries provide hope, inspiration and information as you or your loved one travels your COVID-19 long haul.

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Entertainment

How a Queen Came to BEY

On September 4th, 2021 is Beyonce’s 40th Bday. Our team at The Narrative Matters wanted to celebrate this milestone and her importance to the culture! #HappyBdayBey

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The Narrative Matters

Ending the war in Afghanistan

Hours before the Tuesday August 31, 2021, deadline, the last of American troops withdrew from Kabul. Their departure marking the end of the 20-year-old war.

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Entertainment

I’m Rick James, #itch

One of the most anticipated stories in music is coming to your screen, Bitchin, The Sound and Fury of Rick James Premieres Sept 3rd

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Career

The Best HBCUs for Medicine

A lack of adequate and appropriate medical care is one of the biggest inequalities that continue to plague the black community. There are countless studies

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Business

Jones Takes the Helm of ITSMF as Successor to Retiring Executive Viola Maxwell-Thompson

“I am thrilled to begin my leadership tenure of such an influential and vital organization,” said Johanna R. Jones, newly appointed ITSMF President and CEO. “ITSMF has made tremendous progress toward the development and advancement of Black professionals in technology fields and I’m eager to use my experience and strengths in inventive ways to expand organizational growth and impact.”

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Entertainment

Three Emerging Actors you should know

With a slew of extraordinary African American films being slated to release in the next few months such as The Harder they Fall, King Richard and Respect, the cinema phenomenon hasn’t been more prevalent than it is today.

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Advocacy

A CULTURAL AWAKENING: International Decade for People of African Descent

Before Christopher Columbus changed the name to Puerto Rico, my island was named Boriquen, and Puerto Ricans call themselves Boricuas, in honor of our ancestors. Our roots are linked to Afrodecendientes aka Afro-Latinos, descendants of enslaved West Africans brought to the US, the Caribbean and South America during the diaspora of the Atlantic slave trade.

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Lifestyle

What Are Gay People Reading and So Should You?

In Tomboy, Davis explores the evolution of tomboyism from Victorian ideals to a twenty-first century fashion statement, honoring the girls and women-and those who identify otherwise-who stomps All over archaic gender norm.

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Education

The Best HBCUs in Academics

Historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, in the United States have seen a steady increase in popularity over the last decade. With several events

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Sports

Get the drip on Sports Shorts….

Sport Shorts will be a weekly group of tidbits from around the sports world that involve the movers and shakers of the major sports MLB, NFL, and NBA, etc., as well individual sports like Golf, Tennis, Boxing and others.

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The Narrative Matters

#RisingStar: Meet Jalen Green

Impressive Summer League performance is a potential bright spot for The Houston Rockets 2021 season Source: Wikipedia Jalen Romande Green (born February 9, 2002) is an

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Featured

The Anguish of Unmasking

Unmasking has been pretty traumatic for me.   The wearing of masks was a call to action for public health, public safety.  Becoming a symbol

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Food

Resolve to Change

Romans 12:2 says, “Be ye changed by the renewing of your mind,” and then you will know the perfect will of God.  In other words, change always starts within us. 

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Health

How lethal is COVID-19?

Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is one of three academies that make up the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) in the United States.

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The Narrative Matters

Another Haiti Earthquake

Haiti can’t catch a break. Just a month after the assassination of its president, the island nation of Haiti, has yet again been struck by

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Health

NAM’s COVID Initiative

Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is one of three academies that make up the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) in the United States.

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