Is A “Friends With Benefits” Relationship Healthy?

  In the past few decades, sex has become more casual from the days when sex was only performed if two consenting adults were in a relationship that was leading towards marriage.  More and more people are choosing to hold off on tying the knot to explore their sexuality within non-traditional relationships, and the most common…

Tunya Griffin with students at Eastridge High School in Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester, where she spoke about “Making Educational Moves” to provide students with strategies to stay focused on completing their high school education while preparing for college.    

4 Pillars Of A Healthy Relationship

When it comes to relationship advice there are a plethora of options on the market to help singles and couples get it together, but with all of these different opinions it can become a bit difficult to know what truly makes a healthy relationship.  Every person is going to have a different opinion about what…

You Are Not Alone: 5 Common Frustrations Of Single Black Women

Maneuvering the dating scene as a grown woman can come with any number of frustrations. I’ve listed five of the most common and how to turn the tables. Trust me, you are not alone! 1. Feeling like men have the upper hand Do you feel like you are always competing because there are so many…

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…