RIT Students Help Determine Future of Vacant Lots in Rochester

Students at Rochester Institute of Technology are working with Rochester high school students to see if some of the 300 city-owned vacant lots in the Marketview Heights neighborhood can be turned into assets such as community gardens, playscapes or exercise stations. The survey is a pilot program that is using the leadership team of the…

Signs You’re In A Healthy Relationship

According to many researchers it is believed that love might be one of the strongest emotions we as humans experience. When it comes to romantic relationships, the quality of it must go beyond physical attraction and sex (although those are important, too). It’s important to examine “what really sustains a relationship over time, especially after…

Gentrification in Rochester, New York: A Tale of Two Cities

We often discuss the concept of “two Rochesters” but what happens when these two Rochesters meet? As city officials and planners seek to shrink income gaps, reduce segregation and encourage mixed-income neighborhoods, the city’s neighborhoods are predicted to see vast amounts of gentrification in coming years, with areas like Beechwood and the 19th Ward already…

Pro basketball player from inner city of Mount Vernon gives back

Chris Lowe launches the ‘C-Lowe 14 Skills and Drills Foundation’ Not many local kids get an opportunity to excel in sports on both the collegiate and professional level. Mount Vernon’s Chris Lowe has, and now he’s back home giving back to the community. Most boys growing up in Mount Vernon have aspirations to play professional…

Are You Taking the Right Amount of Risk? By Northwestern Mutual When it comes to your money, do you know how much risk you should be taking? If you’re like most people, the answer lies somewhere between “maybe more” and “maybe less,” with a fair amount of “not sure” in between. Ask around, and you’re…

4 Ways to Get Your Retirement on Track

By Northwestern Mutual If you are in your 20s, 30s or 40s, you are likely working and saving for retirement. But are you doing the right things? Are you saving the right way? Are you on track to retire when you want to and in the way you want to? When you develop a road…

Colorism: Does this epidemic hurt the black community?

Many Celebrities are opting for lighter skin these days. What are they truly trying to justify. Are they not happy with their skin or is it a deeper issue? When Danielle “Jazz” Noel participated in a video with her ex-boyfriend, Chris, “for fun” she had no idea that less than 24 hours after its premiere…

Kerry Washington is firing back!

News about Kerry Washington’s retouch job by ADWEEK was buzzing on all social media sites on Tuesday. On her Instagram Kerry Washington fired back in the most gracious way: “So you know me, I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover.  I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace…

Women History Month

Saluting women who have touched our lives in ways we can’t describe May we know them May we be them May we raise them We salute you Mary J. Blidge NO MORE DRAMA!

Lipstick, High Heels, Make-up and a Smile

When a woman becomes attractive to a man, one of the first things he notices is her outward appearance and her allure.  He becomes acutely aware of her sense of style, her attractive smile and demeanor, and her beautiful face, typically made up to enhance her natural beauty. Just one look at a beautiful woman…

4 Stages to Recognize Everything That Glitters Ain’t Gold

You may have heard the saying, “Everything that glitters ain’t gold.” This may be applied to money and opportunities, but it is often used to describe relationships, especially romantic ones.   We know that people will show you one face, but sometimes there can be another one hidden. So, if a guy continues to treat you how…