Melting Pot

Church, Necessary or Not?

After a recent family outing and subsequent barbecue, my five children and I held a brief “Mom and sibling meeting.” Focused initially on how, with our busy lives, we maintain close bonds as family, supporters and most importantly, friends. We aired our concerns, and eventually came up with…

The Power of One. Use It.

I have never questioned that I had power. What I have realized is that I have been in situations where I have not used my power. Sound familiar? Power is, for me, the ability to use one’s influence to create or facilitate a positive outcome. At times power…

The Choice Is Yours

Words are powerful. We are told this from a very early age, but how do we really learn it, how do we really know? Although we lived quite near my elementary school, I rode the bus there and back. When I was very young it was before the…

Business, but Not “As Usual”

Which is more powerful, being a businessman or taking care of business, as a husband and father?  Taurus Bennett is the Agency Owner of Family Farmers Insurance, Florence, AL, and he exemplifies how to keep his customers and family as the center of his focus – to serve…

Sista’ Speak: Why Is Bad B*tch the New Classy?

In a world where the focus should be on the systematic oppression of black men who are targets for the broken criminal justice system, I am focused on our young black girls. In a world where we are arguing about a flag whose significance lasted so many decades…

Leadership Is an Aspect of a Purposeful Life

Every day I am saddened by news that flashes through our print and electronic media about the myriad of problems that our world faces. I am aware that there has been concern by world citizens on what needs to be done. However the suggestions that emanate from this…

Sticky Wisdom to Live By

Sometimes, when I need a little positive push—some encouragement, inspiration, motivation, or even just a reminder—I turn to quotes. Lately, there have been a few “sticky” words of wisdom to help remind me to “choose joy” on a daily basis. Trying to be happy without giving to others…

Bottomline Productions: Smile

– Bernie Basley Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in LA.  Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television Network where he served as the Associate Director and Stage Manager from 1979-2001. Prior…

Remembering Joy

My feet are still sore and my heart joyously full from dancing last night with my six month old grandson Rhodes, in a huge, beautiful barn with hundreds of others, as his daddy Cory Chisel, sang his heart out on stage with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell…

Amber: Frank Malaba

His Voice:   Every day a fellow African is made to feel less of a human being by another who feels because they are different, they’re bullied, intimidated, injured, tortured, or murdered because they don’t fit majority principle. That has to stop. We are all here for a…