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Crisis in Cuba

A few years ago I was able to travel to Cuba, a country located in the Carribean. The country is about an hour's journey from Miami, FL. Stepping off the plane revealed a small airport, with minimal modern efficiencies, but just enough that the snobb...

 

Get Ready

The pandemic has brought many changes in the lives of lots of people across the globe. The most significant thing that is changing is the way we work and the work that we do. The first computer in the US was created in 1946, invented by J. Presper...

 

The $$$ in Marijuana

It is so interesting how a once taboo thing is now one of the most en vogue things to do. Weed is now one of the most popular topics of conversation, buzzing throughout entertainment, business, and health conversations heard throughout our country...

 

Pennies from Heaven

Over the weekend, I counted coins that I have been saving over the past few years. As I went through the money, I sifted through each penny, checking the year they had been produced. Pennies made before 1983 are worth more than one cent because they...

 

JUBILEE!

After a year like last year, I knew we all could use a reminder of who God is. How he loves us all. He told me His people needed encouragement and a reminder of what is most important. Who is most important? JUBILEE! (this year's recital theme) was...

 

JUBILEE!

Last year brought many disruptions to our lives. The experience of living through a global pandemic has had a tremendous impact on how we live now and in the future. I am so glad we have turned a corner, and it is now safe to gather, travel, and be...

 

Some Justice

On yesterday Tuesday, April 19, 2021, Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. I spoke to friends before the verdict was announced, and many were nervous to hear the outcome. We have been conditioned to mourn the many lost at th...

 

Reading the Signs

There are road signs that signal important messages as we drive. They are important to us because they give clarity on if we are going in the right direction or need to make a detour. They even sometimes alert us if there are pending obstacles in...

 

Test Taking

Whenever you go to take a test for a certification or graduate level education there is a test that you need to pass in order to prove you have what it takes to move to the next level of success. When you enter the testing facility, you walk into a...

 

Abandoned Vehicles

I hate to see abandoned vehicles along highways. I instantly empathize with the driver and always wonder what happened to force someone to abandon their car. I am always confused when I see a nice shiny car idly sitting because I feel like it should...

 

Rules

Although I do not always agree with all the laws and rules that the government imposes, I understand that in theory the rules are in place to keep us all safe. Difficulty ensues when rules change for individuals who get more lenient punishment when...

 

Just Keep Living

I remember the feelings I had when I was younger and experienced heartbreak, embarrassment, or shame, and thought surely my world is about to end or that I would never be able to recover. I felt the pain of what I experienced was so great that it...

 

Menace to Society

Last week the world watched as Republican extremists walked through the United States Capitol building wreaking havoc after receiving marching orders from the country's current leader. To date, the 45th president has not owned up to telling his...

 

Activating Faith

This year I have thought a lot about faith. What it is, how it works, and why I need it are a few of the many questions I have been asking myself. I believe I have been called to gain a deeper understanding of my faith in this season. I know I am...

 

Expectations

Years ago I saw a gorgeous hairstyle on a woman who worked in the same office building my company was housed. Each morning I saw her I would admire her hairstyle. It was cut in a long bob and she would style it in many different ways. After a few...

 

World's Biggest Sore Loser

Two weeks have passed since this year's Presidential election and the current sitting president, Donald Trump, still refuses to concede. The electoral college count is now 290-Biden, 232-Trump. While everyone, including Trump's current White House...

 

Less is More

I enjoy the holidays because it's a time of year when the pressures of life are subdued and I get a little reprieve from the norm. Since I am home more, I have more time to do things I enjoy like cooking. I presume most Americans are like me during...

 

Trump Presidency: End of An Era

The scriptures teach us that, “pride comes before a fall”, which is a lesson that one shouldn’t place so much emphasis on themselves as someone who claims to be a “self-made” individual. There is a modern-day expression that convey that...

 

Vote!

As a child, I remember seeing movies and documentaries about racism and the civil rights era, thinking they were horror stories. Graphic scenes depicted Blacks being hung, raped, severely beaten, tortured, and shot dead as they fought for simple...

 

Last Chance, Register to Vote

By Jessica DeTiege We have come a long way in the fight for equality as it relates to voting rights. Our rights have come after lots of sacrifice, mainly carried on the backs of our ancestors, who endured much adversity and abuse. Despite many tactic...

 

Even More Reason to Vote

Last night the United States presidential candidates were seen on the world stage in the first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The entire country took a collective sigh as the debate went from 0-100 within the first question, leaving...

 

So Much At Stake

So much has happened since the founding of the United States of America over 200 years ago. There have been changes that are necessary and inevitable. After all, life – our personal lives and collective lives and experiences that shape our world...

 

Voter Suppression in America (Part 2)

Many types of voter suppression tactics were implemented in the U.S. during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries as outlined in my column in last week's Monroe Dispatch. Despite the progression of time and significant advancements provided by Black...

 

Yet Another

Another innocent black man was shot by the police. On Sunday, August 23, 2020 Jacob Blake, an African-American man, was shot by police as his attempted to enter his car in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Eye-witnesses revealed that Jacob was seen trying to...

 

Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing I want to think that very few people wake up feeling their day’s work should include hating or harming another person. The reality, however, is that crimes based on hate are committed every day. Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing,...

 
 By Jessica DeTiege    News    July 9, 2020

Home Training

Home training can and will take one a long way in this world. It has opened many doors for many successful people and is considered by many of those to be a gateway to opportunity. When one has home training, they possess the ability to interact...

 
 By Jessica DeTiege    News    July 2, 2020

Men & Women Lie Numbers Don't.

Before making a substantial purchase, I always do a thorough assessment of a product. My first assessment is to check reviews for the product in question. In some cases, reviews are subjective,...

 

Iron Sharpens Iron

Have you ever tried cutting something with dull scissors? Or try cutting thick meat like steak with a butter knife? Despite all of the tugging or manipulation one may try, the wrong knife or scissors aren’t a bit of good. As a young girl, I would...

 

The Light for Our Lives

The most important question I have asked myself in these last few weeks is what message God is trying to send to us in all of this we are facing? I ask this question because I try to make Christianity the most important thing in my life. Although I...

 

The Fight of Our Lives

In the summer of 2002, I picked up the book, This Little Life of Mine, a biography of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977). At the time, I was entering my sophomore year at Wossman High School, and I had reached a point in life where I longed for more...

 

Keep it Fresh

We always seek to eat fresh things. When we reach for an apple at the grocery store, we always feel around to make sure we grab one that isn’t bruised or spoiled. Processed foods, including canned foods, crackers, juices, cured meats, and breads al...

 

Who Do You Mimic?

Lately, I’ve observed mannerisms and attitudes from both my parents that mimic the same as their parents. I’ve noticed that my dad can fall asleep on the couch seconds after he’s sat down and how he scratches the top of his head the same as my...

 

Valuable Resources

There are many resources in the world that can enhance our lives. Resources are granted to those who have access to information. Information is shared through educational opportunities, involvement in social and civic programs, and networks. In addit...

 

Tools to Cope

We are facing some pretty trying times as a community here in Monroe. Not only are we dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting the world, but some are also now left to clean up after a series of tornadoes struck our community, damaging...

 

Stay-at-Home Orders …a Blessing!

We are living in very interesting times. COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) has disrupted the entire globe, forcing us to take many precautions as we continue to live our lives. New restrictions around how we live and interact with one another can be summed...

 
 By Jessica DeTiege    News    March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

Many challenges come with a global pandemic. Not only is our health at risk, but our economy is also very vulnerable. Both will take a hit. Perhaps the hardest hit will be the hundreds of thousands of small businesses and self-employed Americans...

 
 By Jessica DeTiege    News    March 19, 2020

The Sun Will Shine Again

A lot is going on in the world in which we live. The Coronavirus has now traveled around the globe, disrupting travel plans and canceling annual events. More importantly, the virus is killing thousands of people with a fury that is causing people to...

 

Future Dreamers

I remember watching tv shows like the Jetsons and thinking a lot of the technologies they had would be nice but never actually saw them really happening. The Jetsons were based in a 2060 futuristic era, and we are now in 2020. Our reality is that we...

 

7 Principles to Find Peace

I believe while we are on this earth that we should strive to have peace in our lives. Peace comes from many different things, but peace mainly comes from being a whole complete person. When we are whole, we are well and possess a balance of...

 

12 Things Blacks Must Do For Themselves- Part 2

In the early 1900s, African-American author, educator, and activist Nannie Helen Burroughs published “12 Things The Negro Must Do For Himself”, which was a comprehensive list of important values and ideologies deemed necessary for Blacks to...

 

12 Things The Negro Must Do For Himself - Part 1

In the early 1900s, African-American author, educator, and activist Nannie Helen Burroughs published “12 Things The Negro Must Do For Himself”, which was a comprehensive list of important values and ideologies deemed necessary for Blacks to...

 

Our History, Black History: Mansa Musa, the Wealthiest Man in the World

There’s an old adage that says, “You never know where you are going unless you know where you have been.” In the spirit of Black history month, the Monroe Dispatch will highlight stories and history of Black people that are not commonly known....

 

Our History, Black History: Dr. Daniel Williams, Medical Innovator

There’s an old adage that says, “You never know where you are going unless you know where you have been.” In the spirit of Black history month, the Monroe Dispatch will highlight stories and history of Black people. It is no secret that many...

 

Mississippi's Muddy Inhumane Incarceration Problem

I used to think empathy was a horrible character trait to have. I once thought it wasn't good for me because I could easily receive the feelings and the energy of others around me. I have grown to realize that empathy can be one of my best character...

 

Prison Reform: Righting a Wrong

Prison reform has become a grand topic of conversation in mainstream media over the last several years as celebrities have begun lending their voices to spread awareness about the inhumane conditions of which some prisoners are forced to live. Inhuma...

 

The Shop Next Door

Visiting New York City is always an exciting adventure for me that births creativity and enlightenment. In the city that never sleeps, there’s always something to see and do that one has never experienced before. When I visit, I often go to the...

 

Elections Determine the Fate of the Future

My grandmother Irma Hall DeTiege was a huge advocate for voting because she grew up in an era where elections meant life or death for some Louisianans who were low on the totem pole. I have read many of her articles, and a common theme she often...

 

Change your recipe

I've always loved the thought of cooking. I watched cooking shows and watched my grandmother in the kitchen countless times. As I've gotten older, I've also come to enjoy the process. I most often learn to make things after I've tried it or after...

 

Future Dreamers

I remember watching television shows like the Jetsons and thinking a lot of the technologies they had would be nice but never actually saw them really happening. The Jetsons were based in the 2060 future era, and we are only in 2018. Our reality is t...

 
 By Jessica DeTiege    News    August 2, 2018

Blacks on TV

Last night my dad and I sat and watched Love Is ____, a tv show on Oprah’s OWN TV network. While we watched the latest episode we shared a conversation, and my dad made a comment that I can’t forget. “When I was growing up, you didn’t see...

 

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