Columnists Opinion Starlett Quarles

THE X FACTOR: The revamping of California’s foster care system

With so much recent discourse around gentrification, homelessness and rent control, one of the issues we should remember to add to the conversation is the housing and social services needs for our foster care youth. So I sat with Kenneth Fleming, of the Dimondale Adolescent, about the needs of today’s foster care youth and the Read More…

Columnists Opinion Starlett Quarles

THE X FACTOR: Shaping the financial future of college athletes

If you’re a fan of HBO’s “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” then you recently saw the episode where California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, or Senate Bill 206; which will now allow college athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness. Historically, the NCAA has banned student athletes from earning compensation through Read More…

Columnists Opinion Starlett Quarles

THE X FACTOR: Looking at slavery through a millennial’s prism

By no means am I an art connoisseur, but I recently attended an exhibit by an emerging millennial comic writer and artist named Adele Supreme. Her exhibit was entitled: “Oh My God! Dayum: A Series of Disturbing, Yet Effective Conditioning — The Black Edition.” It was a comedic, yet powerful interpretation of some of the Read More…