Melting Pot

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…

Commonality

I broke off with a Doctor whom I dated for 3.67 months when I was in London. The on again, off again kept on for several years. Nearly a decade later I decided to fly this person down to see how much of that “love” was alive. I…

Goin’ In: The Integration of Shaker Heights

As the world makes its way to understanding diversity, it is slowly shifting, changing.  Through social media we have the opportunity to document recent history and to timeline our growth.  This documentation enables us to chart our course for acting like we ought to — with understanding, respect, and peace. A…

“Change Gonna Come”

This year I turn 65. It’s official. I’m old. Some days I feel it, others, nope. Regardless it’s true. 65 is old. Some days I don’t care.  Other days, I’m resentful. Yet when I hold my first born grandson Rhodes Wilder, I’m glad! Grandmothers should be old, and…