Labor Day Weekend Fitness: US Open Tennis

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This Labor Day weekend, I’m taking inspiration from the international athletes competing in the U.S. Open and heading to the court for a game of tennis. In a tennis match, players use rackets to hit a rubber ball back and forth over a net. This sport can be played by two people (called singles) or four people (doubles). Although I’ve never […]

March on Washington: The Next 50 Years or What I Said on MSNBC

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“What will the next 50 years look like?,” asked Chuck Todd. The anchor of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown was referring to the half century after today, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who also delivered his iconic and inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech. I hope, […]

Meatless Monday: End-of-Summer Tomato and Basil Bruschetta Recipe

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I’m savoring the end of summer with a sabroso, tomato and basil bruschetta. An Italian appetizer, bruchetta is toast flavored with garlic and olive oil. This recipe featuring a fresh tomato topping is a perfect vegan app or light Meatless Monday lunch. Tomato and Basil Bruschetta Recipe Ingredientes 4 ripe medium tomatoes, diced 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 6-8 fresh basil leaves, […]

Song to Teshima Walker Izrael, RIP: The VIDEO Interview with International Rockstar Juanes

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One week ago today, Teshima Walker Izrael lost her two year battle to colon cancer. The executive producer of Tell Me More on National Public Radio, she was also a champion, opening opportunities for me that didn’t exist because she believed in my voice and the community it represents. Most important, she was more than a […]

50th Anniversary March on Washington Fitness: 3 Ways to Walk with a Purpose

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Walking is not only a great for your health, it is also a way to stand up for what you believe in. ¿Cómo? This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, when more than 200,000 people gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to march in protest […]

Congress Recess of Immigration Advocacy or my “Bro fest” on SiriusXM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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When the lawmaker is away, immigration advocates were supposed to play hardball. Until they didn’t. The plan was to show up during Congress’ recess at town hall meetings in districts throughout the country, applying pressure on House Republican hold outs or those who may be on the fence to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The strategy has slightly […]

Crisis of Confidence: 2016 Wannabes and NSA Leak Latest or What I Said on MSNBC

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When Chuck Todd‘s gente asked me to speak about the latest National Security Agency revelation plus how the 2016 presidential Democratic and Republican candidate field is shaping up, I immediately thought, both these stories must stoke the crisis in confidence Americans have in our government and political process. Polling supports my view. No more than three […]

Back-to-School Meatless Monday: 5 Guidelines to Pack a Healthy Lunch

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Since many schools don’t have healthy lunch options for kids, make back-to-school the time to kick off a good habit: pack a healthy lunch for work or school. Unlike foods high in sugar which may curb hunger in the short-term but later, leave you sluggish, fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are packed with important vitamins and minerals that will help students concentrate and give them energy. With 1 in 3 children in America overweight or obese, teaching our […]