Values & Beliefs

Talking to Kids About Online Porn

Values & Beliefs

by Beccastone Editorial

The Internet has most everything to satisfy the curiosity of our children, but this also includes pornography and sexually graphic materials, which can sometimes appear just from using certain search terms.   So it’s important to give kids early the tools to understand online porn: that some of what is on the Internet is just …

Your Values, Your Destiny

Values & Beliefs

by Charlayne Hunter-Gault

As I sat on the grounds of the United States Capitol when Barack Obama was taking the oath of office, I felt a close kinship to him, though we have never met. The reason was that I had read his book, “Dreams From My Father,” and from it, I learned that he, like I, was …

Q&A with Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts III of Abyssinian Baptist Church

Values & Beliefs

by Beccastone Editorial

Beccastone talks to Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem, New York City, and President, State University of New York College at Old Westbury, about parenting, religion and the church.

Beccastone: What role can the church play in helping parents to raise their children?

Rev. Calvin Butts: The church should be a place …

Top Ten Ways for Our Children to Give Back

Values & Beliefs

by Beccastone Editorial

In a time of peace and good will towards others, sometimes, we can forget our neighbors. As we pile food on our plates, wrestle with other shoppers at the mall, and shake wrapped boxes stacked under the tree for clues, we can forget the spirit of giving, and our children are no different. In addition …

Our History…Our Children Need It…

Values & Beliefs

by Julieanna Richardson

When I was nine years old and the only black kid in my class, my teacher asked us to talk about our family backgrounds. I marveled as my classmates regaled us with stories about their family lineage. They were part-Irish, part-British, part German. What was I? The only thing we studied back then in my …

The Power of Character [excerpts]

Values & Beliefs

by Sylvester Monroe

Sylvester Monroe, an award winning journalist and author, shared with Beccastone an essay he wrote that appeared in a collection titled, The Power of Character, edited by Michael Josephson and Wes Hanson.

When I was eight, I could never have imagined that I would be- come a journalist. I didn’t know any reporters or writers, …

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Values & Beliefs

by Kathleen McGhee Anderson

Editor’s Note:
This is a very thoughtful essay by Kathleen McGhee Anderson, a noted author, playwright, screenwriter and television producer who has worked in the movie and television business for more than three decades. Most recently, Kathleen was Executive Producer of the TV series “Lincoln Heights”. The essay talks about how images in the media shape …

A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

Values & Beliefs

by Beccastone Editorial

What is the most valuable piece of advice your mother gave you?

“Life is not fair.” My mother told me that throughout my childhood. She said I should be prepared to work twice as hard as anyone else and not to fret or complain; just work hard and good things will follow. Don’t worry about what …

Inspire Today By Teaching Our Past

Values & Beliefs

by Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Recently during a meeting with high school seniors to talk about the Civil Rights Movement, I learned their graduation was on May 17th.

“Wow,” I exclaimed. “How wonderful to be graduating on such a historic day.” Seated at a round table in front of me, all of the students looked at me quizzically.

“You do know the …

Success and Nothing Less: A Few Words with Bill Keyes

Values & Beliefs

by Bill Keyes

Bill Keyes, President of the Institute for Responsible Citizens, sits down with Beccastone to share how they are developing successful leaders of tomorrow.

Q: What is the mission of the Institute for Responsible Citizens (I4RC)?

A: The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is an intensive leadership program for America’s best and brightest African-American male college students. We bring …