Sounds of Inspiration with Tonya Rivens

The National Trust for Historic Preservation says that their program, the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), distributed more than $3 million in grants to fund the protection and preservation of forty African American historic sites this year.  According to AACHAF, the fund is the largest U.S. resource dedicated to this effort. Since being […]

According to Newsweek, the number of religious groups implementing reparations programs for Black Americans are increasing. Rev. Ryan Marsh of the Salt House, a Lutheran Church located in a suburb of Seattle, says his church designates one percent of their budget, approximately $6000, to reparations efforts.  Members are also asked to donate to the fund.  […]

A recent study conducted by The Black to the Futures Action Fund shows that the community is concerned bout the nation’s economy.  The group conducted a year-long study of 6000 Black Americans from July 2021 to May 2022.  Alicia Garza, of The Black to the Futures Action Fund, said in a recent interview that “we have the […]

Heart, an online journal, says a new review of studies shows that salt substitutes could lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and death. Researchers are reporting that Black Americans have remained at higher risk for heart disease than whites for the past 20 years. About 30,000 people from Western Europe, the Western Pacific, the […]

Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) recently announced that it is now administering Valley State’s Prison Educational Partnership Program (PEPP). Currently, seven colleges and nonprofits offer the program in Mississippi however Mississippi Valley State University is the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to offer the program. The initiative is a part of the Second Chance Pell […]

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  The HOMES (Helping Out Mecklenburg’s homeowners with Economic Support) program is accepting applications.  Mecklenburg County residents who qualify can receive economic assistance benefits up to $340. The grant is provided to assist in reducing the total amount of taxes due for the recipient’s primary residence. Real Estate taxes are due and payable on September […]

Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in St. Louis decided that they had too many stained glass white images of Jesus for their multicultural church.  According to Pastor Mike Angell, the membership is 40% black. They hired Emil Frei and Associates, a 124 year old stained glass company that has served more than 7000 churches […]

Google introduced its Grow with Google Career Readiness for Reentry program in April 2021.  The program is a collaboration with non profits to offer job readiness and digital skills training for formerly incarcerated individuals.  Earlier this month, Google announced its Grow with Google for Justice-Impacted Communities, which provides a fund to assist organizations that provide […]

Not maintaining consistent eating times can lead to poor mental health, including depression and anxiety, cardio-metabolic diseases and weight gain, according to Medical Xpress. A doctoral student in the field of neuropsychiatry and a psychiatrist focusing on nutrition and mood disorders found that eating rhythms can be used to limit negative moods and increase mental […]

A popular fruit, especially during the summer season, is a slice of watermelon. And whether it’s a dash of salt, lightly grilled, included in a stir fry or salad or in a blender or smoothie, watermelons contain the antioxidant Lycopene. Studies show that Lycopene helps to decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and age-related […]

Ten days after a self-proclaimed white supremacist killed ten black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, nineteen children and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Law Enforcement officials say that 18 year old Payton Gendron drove for three and a half hours from Conklin to Buffalo to commit […]

In 2019, a six month investigation by reporters from the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express exposed a sex abuse scandal of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), known as the world’s largest Baptist denomination, the largest Protestant denomination, the second largest Christian denomination in the U.S. Church membership is predominantly white. The investigation was […]