5 Ways to Win in 2016

Exercise Faith: What is faith? Faith is when you take God at His word. It is when you believe that you will receive those things which you have been praying for. What are you hoping to accomplish in 2016? Do you want to live a healthier lifestyle? Is there an illness that has been plaguing you for years? Does... Read more »

An Open Letter to Tyshawn Lee

Dear Tyshawn, Forgive me; this is a little late considering it took me a while to come to grips with what happened to you. In fact, I have opened my laptop numerous times over the last couple of weeks attempting to write a letter to you, but the tears would not stop falling.   The... Read more »

It's time to take charge

  What does it mean to live your best life? Up until recently, I thought I was livin’ the dream. I had three wonderful children, a loving husband, a good job and financial security. I owned my own house, drove a luxury vehicle, and carried designer handbags. I was active in my church and in... Read more »

15 practical resolutions for a better life

With 2015 quickly approaching, it’s that time of year to set goals that tend to fall by the wayside within a few weeks. In fact, by some estimates, less than 50% of Americans maintain their New Year’s resolutions by the six-month mark. You might ask, why do so many of us lose sight of our... Read more »

Chicago: All I want for Christmas is a murder-free holiday

I’m Mad. Angry. Infuriated. And Outraged. I’ve been following the news this week of Demario Bailey’s senseless and tragic death. I join the ranks of Chicagoans, including celebrities Derrick Rose and Jennifer Hudson, who grew up in the notoriously dangerous streets of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. My siblings and I later moved farther south to the... Read more »

37 reasons why I love having a toddler

  1. He’s taught me that it’s OK to have a temper tantrum in the middle of Target. 2. He tells me I’m beautiful even when I’m having a bad hair day. 3. He gives me his undivided attention. 4. He often pretends to be Super Mario and tells me that I’m the princess. 5.... Read more »

Not in the holiday spirit? Give thanks anyway

So you had a bad day. Or in my case, a bad year. Thanksgiving is upon us and you’re not looking forward to the holiday season. Understandable. But the question is, what can you do about it? Here’s what I do when I start to feel blue: I spend five minutes of my day in... Read more »

Sometimes death can bring life

I remember driving back to the newsroom in July of 2007 after covering an armed-robbery that had taken place at a grocery store. As I drove down a long, country road, I couldn’t stop thinking about my dad, who had checked himself into the hospital to find out why he was having stomach pain. I... Read more »