New Year’s resolutions cause one to explore the coming year with hope and dreams. We plan for a safe and prosperous year for our friends, family members, and ourselves. Not all those dreams and hopes will materialize, but we remain optimistic.
This past year – 2019 was up and down and many times, seemed more down that up. The atmosphere, with so much negativity perpetuated by the president and his administration has created a cloud of mistrust and hate in our country and the path to reconciliation among the very diverse people in this great democracy has been shaken to its core. The continued gun violence and deaths seem to have no end. Hate crimes are alertly increasing in our country, and our government is being rocked with mischief and deceit from all people, the leader of the free world.
So how does 2020 look? My guess, much like 2019. However, I am working to remain optimistic. Get out of my way pessimism. The citizens of this country and the City of Roanoke now can seize control of this unstable time by using the currency that will pay for the move back to the promise of hope and the desire to create creating a better future if we exercise our voice in this democracy – our vote.
The right to vote is our basic currency to be engaged in the political process in our city, state and country. My hope is that in 2020 we will create a new direction to where hopes and dreams move forward in a positive and stable manner. I have many resolutions on that front. I am praying that things will get better.
Jeffrey says, “I started ColorsNW because my news experience showed me that a lot of stories about communities of color did not make it into the newspaper. We wanted to show the richness and diversity of our communities.” Under Colors NW magazine leadership during 2000-2010, the publication earned over 80 journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and in 2006 was named “Magazine of the Year” by the organization. Jeffrey is also owner of ColorsCareers.com; an online diversity recruitment site for the Pacific Northwest area.
Jeffrey relocated to back home to Roanoke Virginia and has brought the concept of ColorsNW with him. Colors VA magazine launched in July 2015, focusing on the same principles of ColorsNW “Celebrating Our Similarities; Understanding Our Differences” for the Southwest Virginia community.
From an early age, Jeffrey was conscious of the important of community involvement. Born into a family of diversity advocates, Jeffrey’s mother was a former President of the Roanoke Chapter of the NAACP in Virginia and his father was, and still is, an outspoken minister on civil rights and diversity issues. Over the past 15 years, Jeffrey has received numerous community awards, including the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award Winner, the Small Business Administration’s Diversity Champion Award, Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential Person” Delta Sigma Theta Seattle Alumnae Chapter “Man of the Year”; Alpha Kappa Alpha Seattle Alumnae Chapter “Talented Tenth Award; Puget Sound Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2005, 2006, 2007 and many others. Jeffrey has been profiled in the Entrepreneur Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Roanoke Times, and Seattle Times.
Jeffrey graduated from Hampton University with a bachelor’s degree in business with a marketing emphasis. He has completed Executive Management Training at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University in Chicago and served his “Executive in Residence” training at The Washington Post. Jeffrey was a former board member at United Way of King County, Seattle WA and Seattle Goodwill. He is currently an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Jeffrey is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and currently serves as a board member for the Goodwill Industries of the Valley.
Robert is married to Mrs. Tina Jeffrey. He is the father of five children, Kendra, Chounnarin, Angelina, Mikia and Miles Wynton. He is the grandfather of Aishya, Andrea, Amielle, David James, and Sebastian.
Robert Jeffrey, Jr
CEO and Publisher
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