Like it or not, celebrities have some of the loudest voices in this country. And if only a fraction of them could use their voices to articulate the power of consciousness, tolerance and compassion the way Oprah has, then we could truly begin to realize our collective potential.
Why am I writing this? As a single mother, raising two black young men and surrounded by the death of so many young men, I am constantly in search of positive influences that will inspire them, motivate them and keep them on the right path.
Many charters, including those not-for-profits operated by leading de Blasio critics, are about making money for top executives. Educating children, when it actually happens, is at best a by-product.
Why do these annoying energetic children want me to high five them? Do they know where my hand has been? You do not want to touch me, kid. This paw is made of 80 percent snot, 20 percent backwash and 500 percent regret right now.
It's a great-looking spot filled with great-looking people, but what is most remarkable is the plant-based cuisine.
This past February, as I pulled up to Oprah Winfrey's home on Maui so she could ﬁlm a show with my dad, I realized I was about to have one of my long term "wishes fulﬁlled."
If 2014 is the year of mindful living, we should be gathering in our homes more often, to connect with folks we can share our authentic self with.
Gratefulness makes us happy. It is the key to happiness. We often have the wrong idea, we think that happy people are grateful for being so happy, but it is not the case.
My name is Ryan Black, and I was sexually abused as a child. It's been 20 years since I first admitted that to myself out loud and first to my mother. For me it was the first step down the slippery slope of healing.
I leaned in to my ambitions despite my fear. I decided I had no choice but to forge ahead using what has always gotten me through the toughest periods of my life: faith and hard work.
Tyler Perry is no stranger to biological father issues. He has spoken candidly about the issues stemming from growing up with his abusive father, Emmitt. The horrendous emotional and physical abuse Perry suffered not only drew him to change his own name from Emmitt to Tyler, but had him on the brink of suicide at age 10. The only problem? Perry has just discovered that this man is not his biological father.
"Our young women need better role models than Kim Kardashian." An African woman living in Uganda said this to me via SKYPE while I was sitting in a coffeehouse in California.
Luck is such a vague concept that it's difficult to explain to children. If you believe, as Seneca and Oprah do, that "luck occurs when preparedness meets opportunity," then the work of parents when teaching children to be "lucky" is twofold.
Tyler Perry, who has inspired audiences near and far since his debut in 1992, but even with all of his success he still remains humble and passionate about his work while continuing to wow his critics and turn heads in Hollywood.
The unspoken poverty in our culture is a poverty of spirit, a real hunger for what the West has forgotten: that not just individual life but all of creation is sacred.
Theresa is the Partner in Charge of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Practice at Armanino, and has more than 25 years of experience in management consulting ...