From the Publisher

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe another year has come and gone. I look on 2018 with the sadness of losing my sister, Pamela. She was the heart and soul of our family and was beloved by many. Pamela’s passing reminded me that time waits for no one. We must seize each day, live life on purpose and have fewer regrets. These are sentiments I am taking into 2019. I also recall new beginnings. In October, we launched ONYX Business Connect in Tampa and brought together the business and nonprofit communities to make power moves. It was a great event and it is only the beginning of positive things to come.

In 2019, we welcome fresh perspectives and embrace new challenges! In our cover story, Mary McLeod Bethune reminds us of what it means to be resilient. Her struggles and hard times were the fuel she needed to birth one of the most formidable universities in the world. Bethune-Cookman University graduates top talent—men and woman who pour into their communities in extraordinary ways. Now, as the university faces an uncertain future, we hold onto the steadfast legacy of the founder. As an alumnus, I proudly chant, “Hail Wildcats, Hail Wildcats!”

Have you ever taken your significant other for granted? With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we explore exciting ways to rekindle relationships and keep the fires burning. In our Black History story we learn about a traveling art exhibit that is teaching viewers about the hidden secrets of slavery. Bishop T.D. Jakes leads a committee that is changing the way we see our ancestors and the hardships they faced.

Thank you for being a part of our lives for more than 21 years. As always, we are dedicated to bringing you entertaining, inspiring and informative information that celebrate us! At ONYX Magazine, we are marching into 2019 with a bold approach: edgy and compelling stories that open our eyes to African- American life. Join us on this journey.


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