When Harry Met Meghan…

By Cheryl Mattox Berry I’ve never been enamored of the British royal family, so I wasn’t one of the wedding watchers. Still, I couldn’t escape the hoopla over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s union. There was news about the royal nuptials everywhere I went or looked Saturday from the moment I woke up. From the […]

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Time to Declutter

By Cheryl Mattox Berry At a recent gathering of friends, the conversation turned to clutter. You know the kind – clothes, junk mail, magazines, beauty products, you name it. Go ahead and admit it. Stuff has piled up in your home, work space, car and everywhere. What better time to declutter than the start of […]

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Expose Sexual Predators in the Workplace

By Cheryl Mattox Berry Sexual predators, like disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, aren’t just in Hollywood. They have lived among us for years – in all professions. Problem is, few women have called them out because they fear retaliation, career suicide, isolation or being shamed by co-workers. My 82-year-old mother was one of the silent […]

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Make Them Hear You

By Cheryl Mattox Berry To people fighting injustice and oppression in the United States and around the world, I heard the perfect song to serve as your anthem when I visited Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis. The song is “Make Them Hear You.” It’s from the Broadway musical “Ragtime,” which tells the story of […]

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Humanity on Display in Texas

By Cheryl Mattox Berry A man opens his home to strangers with two young children. Volunteers rescue a family stuck in the attic as floodwaters swirl a few feet below. Good Samaritans pluck drivers from flooded cars. These acts of kindness by ordinary people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey don’t surprise me. During the […]

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Boycott R. Kelly

By Cheryl Mattox Berry Here we go again. New allegations of sexual abuse have surfaced against R&B crooner R. Kelly. This time, Kelly is accused of holding several young women – all of them legally adults – ┬áin a cult-like environment at homes in Atlanta and Chicago. The parents of these young women claim Kelly […]

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Dress Codes Are Necessary

By Cheryl Mattox Berry A dress code has been on the books for women and men working on Capitol Hill since forever, but now women who want to bare their shoulders are making a big deal out of it. Last week, a TV reporter was barred from the Speaker’s lobby, which is a room outside […]

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Beachgoers Let It All Hang Out

By Cheryl Mattox Berry The beach, where bodies are on full display, is one of the few places where women don’t seem to be concerned about how their body looks or who’s looking at them. Who would’ve thought that fear of body-shaming doesn’t apply to bodies on the beach. I had that epiphany while biking […]

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