It’s sad but true: Americans are becoming overwhelmingly pessimistic. And, there’s no shortage of studies to prove it. From reported data citing that a paltry 6 percent of Americans think the world is getting better to the staggering finding that more than two-thirds of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction, all of this negativity is understandably taking its toll.Details
A group of Black doctors in Los Angeles and throughout California have been waging a long, valiant, and lonely fight against a practice which has had disastrous effects on the quality of medical care in poor, and underserved communities and harmful consequences for the doctors. The practice is medical racial profiling. This is a systematic pattern and practice of harassment, license suspensions, administrative hearings, reprimands, and write-ups of black doctors in far greater numbers than white doctors. The prime culprit the doctors say is the California Medical Board responsible for oversight over the state’s medical practitioners, and which has taken the disproportionate disciplinary action against Black doctors.Details
My brother, Jesus Eduardo Sevilla, was 56 when he died last year in Fresno, Calif., after battling a degenerative neurological disorder for four years. He was uninsured because of his undocumented status.
Jesus was a father of five, a grandfather of nine and my baby brother. He embraced life. He made everyone laugh, including the doctors and nurses who cared for him at the Fresno Medical Center. They were moved by his attitude, his personality and his compassion. At his funeral, I learned so much from each grandchild about all the things he meant to them.Details
Even the world’s top CEO’s can suffer from something known as “imposter syndrome.” This is the idea that even as high-achieving individuals we fear being exposed as frauds. So feeling out of our league is a fate most of suffer at one time or another. The funny thing is that, just because we feel that way, it doesn’t mean we are. You don’t need to be the smartest person in the room to make a valuable contribution.Details
Are you using your superpowers for good? One optimistic online community called xocial (pronounced soh-shuhl) is now giving cause-conscious and otherwise kindhearted businesses and individuals the ability to do good, see good, feel good and measure good.Details
Now more than ever, women are redefining their roles at work and at home. Women have more options than ever, from full-time careers outside the home to careers as full-time homemakers with stops nearly everywhere in between. While women are achieving an unprecedented work-life balance, a piece of the puzzle that is more often missing than not is life insurance.Details
Los Angeles-It didn’t take long for the Los Angeles Times “The Taste” presented by CITI to become an integral part of the culinary scene in the city. The 2016 edition of “The Taste” presented by CITI is returning to the Paramount back lot. People are welcoming this event with open arms as well as empty stomachs.
Residents of Greater Los Angeles and visitors alike are invited to attend “The Taste” presented by CITI, Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 2nd- Sunday, September 4, 2016.Details
Everyone in the workforce, irrespective of stature or level therein, must be mindful of one critical truth: your brand goes wherever you go…because your “brand” is you! ” Those seeking to move forward in their career would do well to embrace the “You, Inc.” concept—the philosophy that YOU are the CEO, the administrative and financial manager, the research and development manager, the marketing manager, and the sales manager of your own career—whether you are entry-level or a seasoned executive.Details
Last week while hobnobbing with writers at the Bay Area Book Festival gala atop the Memorial Stadium, which overlooked the UC Berkeley campus and the sparkling bay, I couldn’t help but give into nostalgia. Exactly 30 years ago I, a premed, graduated from that campus down below with a degree in biochemistry. But I didn’t become a doctor. I picked up the pen, dropped the test tube, and through some years of struggling, became a journalist and writer instead.
Yet if I didn’t learn how to write at Cal, it was certainly here that my literary life really began. A refugee boy from Vietnam at age 11, I barely spoke a word of English. I lived in a crowded apartment full of refugees where Mission Street ended and the working class of Daly City began. It wasn’t until I was a junior at Lowell High School in San Francisco, when a few of my Vietnamese friends were applying to Cal, that I first heard of the school. And I thought that maybe I, too, should apply.Details
The moment that pictures popped up of the parents of the child who tumbled into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, the predictable sparks flew. The four-year old toddler–and his parents–are African American.
The issue no longer was the heartbreaking tragedy of the killing of a prized and endangered animal. Nor was it simply heaving a big sigh of collective relief and much joy that a child was saved. The issue now was the enraged finger-pointing at the parents for bad parenting. Equally enraging was the counter-charge that the only reason there were such accusations was because they were black.Details