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A Courageous Convervation about Human Trafficking with Advocate Bill Woolf

A Courageous Convervation about Human Trafficking with Advocate Bill Woolf

When Tonya was 13, she met Eddie (a pseudonym) at the apartment she lived in with her mother in the Dallas, Texas, area. His estranged wife was the property manager. Tonya was classmates with Eddie’s stepdaughter, so the two would often see each other at the apartment and in the local grocery store. It was there that the two first exchanged numbers. “It was a casual relationship at first. You could see there was a mutual connection. I thought he was cute,” Tonya recalled. “I could tell he was really flirtatious with me. We would talk and flirt a lot,…
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Don’t Despise Small Beginnings Featuring Millennial Sherrita Wilkins

Don't Despise Small Beginnings Featuring Millennial Sherrita Wilkins

“Millennials, they are the most threatening and exciting generation since the baby boomers brought about social revolution, not because they’re trying to take over the Establishment but because they’re growing up without one. The Industrial Revolution made individuals far more powerful–they could move to a city, start a business, read, and form organizations. The information revolution has further empowered individuals by handing them the technology to compete against huge organizations: hackers vs. corporations, bloggers vs. newspapers, terrorists vs. nation-states, YouTube directors vs. studios, app-makers vs. entire industries. Millennials don’t need us. That’s why we’re scared of them.” Lindsey Pollack says…
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What About the Children? Courageous Conversation with Susan Young about Human Trafficking and her Daughter..

What About the Children? Courageous Conversation with Susan Young about Human Trafficking and her Daughter..

Dollar-for-dollar, human trafficking in America is far worse than it is overseas. It is a market that is growing exponentially, putting $975 million in the pockets of human traffickers every year. Every 2.5 hours, a child is taken by human traffickers. Seven years is the average lifespan of a child victim once taken. Ninety-six percent of trafficking victims are female. Every trafficked child is purchased for sex 5.4 times a day. Human traffickers use any tool available to them to connect with potential victims. Contrary to popular belief, these predators rarely kidnap victims but rather employ psychological manipulation to get…
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Voices From The Future: Millennials on the Move.

Voices From The Future: Millennials on the Move.

I can remember when an application was for filling out for employment, and a program was a TV show. Memory was something you lose with age, and a CD was a bank account. I love intergenerational conversations about then and now, perhaps because I believe life is a process, not an event, a journey, not a destination. However, we also know that events shape values, shape behavior, and trends change over time. This week we hear from another group of Voices from the Future”. Voices that expand our appreciation that who they have become result from the events, stories they…
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Kids These Days: Courageous Conversations By Teens About Teens.

Kids These Days: Courageous Conversations By Teens About Teens.

It is what it is, but it is not what it seems to be. During this past season, perhaps some of you have felt mental and emotional uncertainty and unrest. It seems that everything that could be shaken was shaking, where noise, angry noise, appears to be drowning out laughter and love. I am describing what I felt from an adult perspective, someone who has known challenge and loss and fear, and somehow with the help of faith and time and supportive friends, I recovered, I healed. I was blessed. But what about the children, the next generations? How do…
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Voices from the Future. Meet the Praise Warriors and Script Hop 101!

Voices from the Future. Meet the Praise Warriors and Script Hop 101!

The recent challenging cultural and societal circumstances have forced my heart to turn to our future and ask the question, “What About the Children…and those who love them”. The children are both our future and our now. What they see us do, what they hear us say, shapes who they become. To give the question a platform, Frankly Speaking, has been highlighting stories where young people speak for themselves through their testimonies, their gifts, conversations with peers, siblings, and parents. The outcome has created a dramatic landscape that is entertaining, creative, courageous, and inspiring.  I title these stories “Voices from…
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What About the Children? Dr. Roz, Child and Family Therapist, Considers Their LandscapeToday

What About the Children? Dr. Roz, Child and Family Therapist, Considers Their LandscapeToday

The challenge for all of us today is to be a lighthouse in the next generation’s lives. In this season of intense uncertainty and unrest, be on the lookout for lost souls. Be alert to those who may be in need and have nowhere to go or no way to get there. Be sensitive to children who find themselves left out, leftover, or left behind. Be a lighthouse to a child. Show children protection and guidance. You don’t have to say much; just let the child know you are there should the need arise. Roselyn V. Baker-Black, affectionately known as…
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The Face of Homelessness With Tom Barnett, Director of Fairfax County Office To Prevent And End Homelessness

The Face of Homelessness With Tom Barnett, Director of Fairfax County Office To Prevent And End Homelessness

According to one estimate, nearly 570,000 people nationwide were homeless on a night in 2019. It is estimated that over 3,000 people sleep outside every night in Seattle. By Associated Press, Wire Service Content April 10, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. Man Sentenced 4 Years for Poisoning 8 California Homeless People, By Associated Press, Wire Service Content April 9, 2021, at 9:48 p.m. No Address, No ID, and Struggling to Get Their Stimulus Checks. LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is easy to walk past the homeless, to disregard the guy lying on the street, or ignore the woman standing at an intersection holding a handwritten…
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Women’s History Month Celebrates Michelle Obama

Women's History Month Celebrates Michelle Obama

It’s March, National Women’s History Month when we intentionally recognize the ongoing great contributions women have made to our nation. Frankly Speaking with Tyra G is celebrating this month with a twist. We are looking at phenomenal women and how we embrace and manage our universal experiences, our rainbows and clouds, and our courage and resolve. We are a journey, not a destination; a process, not an event. Even when we are still, we are motion; loving, serving, nurturing, encouraging, and empowering. We are love and love does. But sometimes, sometimes we get stuck between our no longer the familiar,…
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Women’s History Month Celebrates Nikki Giovanni, Poet Extraordinaire

Women’s History Month Celebrates Nikki Giovanni, Poet Extraordinaire

In her own words, “We had music growing up, 78RPM’s that evolved into 45RPM’s and, always, the radio.  The radio in my day, Black and white, played everything.  Gospel Spirituals, even some opera when Leontyne Price came along.  You could listen to R & B late at night or you could go to the other station and listen to popular music.  There was also jazz if the wind was right.  I feel so sorry for the kids who only hear one kind of music.  Where do your dreams come from? My dream was not to publish or to even be…
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