Reggie Gaskins



Urban Suburban Magaine - Path Lighting


7 Ways To Save More Time In Your Life


Everyone has 24 hours in a day, only. How fast you can reach your goals in life really depends on how well you can manage these precious 24 hours. But truth be told, do we really have twenty four hours to begin with? For the average men in a twenty-four day, 8 hours are already spent in their sleep. (read more)

July 2015

The Power of Prayer and Belief in God and Heaven


There is one question that comes to light from human beings everywhere. Be them Catholic, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim or any other of the hundreds of religions out there. The question is both a personal one, and a social one. "How do I know God is real?" We know God is real when we experience His 'dimension'. The seemingly invisible touch which you feel when it happens. God wants us to know that He is real. One way you can find out for sure is through a fun little experiment. Join me for a second and say this prayer... (read more)


April 2015

Coping With Death


We talked about the wedding. All she kept saying was how beautiful the bride looked and how much fun she had celebrating with all five of her children. I could hear the happiness in her heart as she spoke of the joys she experienced at the wedding minute by minute. “I danced, sang and ate good,” is what she said. I laughed and responded, “I know you did!” She had to go and promised to call me back once she got home and settled as she explained she was back in Philly but not home, August 20, 2013 after 5pm to be exact. (read more)

2015: New Year, New You


I have a personal quote, “Making change is never as difficult as accepting change.”  It only takes a few days into January to realize you’ve either already BROKEN your New Year’s resolution or you’re not as committed to it as you THOUGHT you were. We’re all a bit resistant to change because it can be hard and often - scary. (read more)


October 2014

Life Is About Evolution


If you truly want to be a person of influence you first have to embrace evolution. Wisdom will always let you know that fighting change is definitely a losing battle so it is imperative that you move towards being a more evolved enlightened human being. One of the great principle of life is stated this way; "Freedom and happiness are found in the flexibility and ease with which we move through change." (read more)


October 2013



FedUp-4U is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 with the mission to reach the youth and steer them away from drugs, gangs, bullying, teen pregnancy, and any of the other forms of negativity that are running rampant in our streets. FedUp-4U’s core service consists of conducting school assemblies that are informative, relatable, and engaging.  (read more)

Self Improvement Tips


Self improvement tips that will help you realize your inner-self. Opening yourself up through meditation can be a powerful experience that leads to better and more positive results for you. As we journey through life, many of us will receive some kind of self improvement advice from other people that seem to be successful and happy with their own lives. (read more)


July 2013

Break Bad Habits Now With Affirmations

  Affirmations can be really helpful to break bad habits if you are persistent about it. In order for you to really break bad habits you must: a) be aware that the unconscious mind exists and b) learn how to manipulate its existence. And affirmations are great and powerful techniques in which, if used effectively, could bring out and address directly to your unconscious being. (read more)

January 2013

Fighting to Be Gifted (Introduction)


My son was labeled in the womb as “at risk”.  My wife and I were advised by (well meaning) staff members at John Hopkins Hospital of our “options” and if we were capable of making the social or financial commitment to the issue we were facing.  We, a young black couple, were introduced to (bombarded with) mountains of statistics linking low birth weight babies and the higher risk of infant mortality among African Americans. (read more)

Fighting to Be Gifted


As part of a speech I gave at my high school in Illinois, I passed out notecards with personal adjectives: funny, boring, materialistic, intelligent, etc.  I asked my class, “Do these words define you?” and  “Can a piece of paper really embody the complexity that is you?”  I was met with both nods of approval and grunts of dismay.  I went on to explain that the same bubble - filling, one word process of putting yourself on paper was used every day to distinguish potential candidates of the Gifted and Talented Program (GT).  (read more)

October 2012

An Attitude of Chasing God's Heart

  LOVING GOD-chasing after His heart-is the most personal of all the attitudes that lead to victorious living. It is the key to all of life. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, it is interesting that He spoke of a relationship rather than an action. (read more)


  Being a worthy part of the “village” of young people keeps me on my toes. Whether it’s my family, my kid’s friends or my friend’s kids, I find myself asking more frequently, “where are the standards and expectations for our young people today?” Baggy pants, the appearance of underwear…everywhere, over exposed body parts, tattoos, the foul, foul mouths, unkempt appearance, the angry scowls and the disrespect of elders… (And by the way, this behavior applies to male and female, urban and suburban …what gives?) (read more)
April 2012


  It was a Memorial Day holiday in 1991 and I was in the mood for some biscuits. Boy did it take it back to some childhood memories, that kind I don’t mind remembering. Everyone who was blessed had two grandmothers, but honey, God really shined Her light down on me, because I was blessed with three grandmothers. If you want to define the term “grandmother’ than you can check it with Webster, but if you use the definition, which comes from feelings, well I’ll just have to say that I had three grandmothers. (read more)
January 2012

Plan Your Life Wisely


We’ve recently encouraged all of our readers to develop and write a seven-year plan for their lighted paths! This month, we will focus our attention on the balancing of career and family; that our paths may be brighter. (read more)

Our Spiritual DNA
Just Do It!


I have often heard people ask the question, “Why am I here?” Everyone seeks the answer to that innate question that resonates in the very essence of our being. It is my belief that every person born on this great existence called earth was strategically designed for a specific purpose as part of an overarching strategic plan. We were created and fashioned to grace this universal platform to identify a particular problem and to formulate a strategic agenda in order to solve or fill an identified void in the earth. (read more)

September 2011

Urban Suburban Magaine - Path Lighting - His Plan, Her Plan, Our Plan
His Plan, Her Plan or Our Plan?


We hope this section of the magazine shall serve as a light unto your path! It is often in life that we find ourselves coming to another 'Y' in the road. There is that one defining moment when we must decide which path we are going to chose. Should we go to the left; or should we travel the path to the right. Trust your instincts!!! We have been living this journey long enough to recognize the signs along the way.
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