My Thoughts On Tobacco-Free Retailer Network


I’ve learned so much by participating in the Tobacco-Free Retailer Network. Since its launch, 754 new stores across the country have signed on to be a part of the Tobacco-Free Retailer Network. Most of these are privately owned and were already existing tobacco-free retailers who wanted to be sure they were on the […]

Shop Tobacco-Free: Health And Financial Costs Of Tobacco And Youth-Targeted Marketing


As I wrote previously, I am a former smoker, and support the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids because I understand just how much tobacco is costing families across the country, and around the world. Tobacco is the only consumer product that kills when used as intended costing 480,000 American lives annually. Can you imagine the […]

#BringBackOurGirls: What Social Media Is Doing For Missing Nigerian School-Girls

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Relatives of the missing girl visit the burnt out school building

On April 14, 2014, over 200 school girls aged between 16 and 18 years old were abducted from their school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram have identified themselves as being the perpetrators behind the attack, the most […]

Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids Kick Butts Day 2014


On March 19, 2014 kids across the country will come together for the 19th annual Kick Butts Day. They will demand that tobacco companies stop marketing to them and encourage elected officials to do more to protect them from these lethal products. Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the […]

Participate In President Obama’s State of the Union 2014 LIVE


Today, in his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama will speak to Congress and America, explaining his plan of action for the upcoming year. The President’s State of the Union address is an annual tradition dating back to our country’s Founding Fathers and will be televised on all major news stations […]

South Africa’s First Black President: Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013


Nelson Mandela’s at his Presidential Inauguration

When Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013, the world felt it. They expressed it through social media platforms, news announcements, and special interviews. I watched one in particular on the MSNBC program The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. We all mourned the loss of this man, […]

National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day

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National PTSD Awareness DayPhoto Credit: Department of Veterans Affairs

“The men would break away from the group and run toward the cliffs. They would rather jump and face certain death than the hazards of being a prisoner of war.”, I have heard my grandfather retell this story many times, as if it happened […]

Recap: First Lady Michelle Obama Visits North Texas

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Mrs. Obama greeting student from Mosely Elementary (credit: Lisa Ingison)

She’s brilliant, well dressed, chief-of-garden growing, jumping jack champion, and in the best shape of any member of the white house staff, or even the late night talk show circuit. Hopefully, by now, you know to whom I am referring? What was Jimmy Fallon […]

The Truth From Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker On Susan G. Komen Grants To Planned Parenthood

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I feel that those who have a voice and a following have a responsibility to use that position to make positive change in the world. I decided last year that I would challenge Miss A’s 300 writers and editors to join me in fundraising for Susan G. Komen Race for Cure in the […]

Donna Donella States “I have never personally been harassed by Mr. Cain”

Like I wrote earlier today when I saw posts about Donna Donella and me linking into my website, Donna and I weren’t wearing provocative t-shirts and she isn’t the type to seek out male attention. I couldn’t believe someone I knew was an “accuser”. I didn’t understand why Donna would come forward over something […]

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