Prince in The City w/ Jonathan Burns, Longtime Friend and Admitted Student at Cal State Fullerton

In this talk I get to catch up with my oldest friend, Jonathan Burns.

Jonathan and I first met back in first grade at Coronado Village Elementary. Not only did we share the same classroom together, but the same karate class; and we’ve always been in contact ever since.

Not only did we talk about his “glory days” in High School at Coronado High School but his college experience at San Diego City College. His advice to everyone out there is to come in with a plan, ask a lot of questions, and make a lot friends. There are a lot of resources out there for you, that colleges don’t tell you about, so be sure to do your own investigation work–but always be sure to get a 2nd or 3rd opinion. And don’t forget to do your FAFSA!

Today, Jonathan successfully graduated from San Diego City College and will be attending Cal State Fullerton in the Fall to pursue his bachelor’s in Political Science and Business Administration.

To reach him you can go to LinkedIn or Facebook and search his name.

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President of Illumination Wealth Management, Matt Rinkey

I met Prince by chance as I was eating lunch in San Diego. Without having to say anything, you could tell there was something exceptional about Prince. It wasn’t too long before we got to talking and in that brief period of time I was able to learn how Prince was dedicated to making a meaningful difference for people and all of the communities he is a part of. Prince has a voracious appetite for learning and developing real relationships with people. He does all of this to serve a higher purpose. To share stories, lessons and knowledge that will inspire people to become their best selves. Not just those people he meets but everyone that he is able to communicate with – in person, in print, on the net or on the air. I was one of the lucky ones to speak with Prince and am grateful for the opportunity to be a small piece of fabric on the quilt that is Prince’s world

What makes Matt Rinkey such a great entrepreneur and all-round great human being is his down to earth personality. The reason why I interviewed him in the first place was how approachable he was, which is key in every human relationship. I may not be a finance guru, but I know what value is when I see it. Thank you again Matt for sharing your story to the world, and I wish you nothing but the best success in the future. –Prince

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Prince in The City w/ Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University

In this talk I get to connect with Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University.

Dr. Aaron Bruce is not only a renaissance man but a global citizen. He has held management positions in Latin America and Africa–conducting research on management strategies, public health, and education in Cuba, Mexico, and Kenya–and has a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from United States International University.
How he gained his passion for diversity and serving the international community stemmed from his parents, who weren’t like most parents.

Like most parents who spoil their children with ribbon laced gifts on Christmas Day, Dr. Bruce didn’t get that special treatment from his parents. Instead his parents would give him two gifts: a Christmas present and a plane ticket to an exotic country. He remembers a time when he and his family flew to Venezuela, and asked his parents if they spoke any Spanish. To his surprise they did not, but his father told him this: “If you can’t speak [Spanish], then we can’t eat.” It was then and there that he discovered how being a member in a global community was truly important.

Today as a Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Bruce is responsible for helping create an inclusive and supportive environment for all SDSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visitors. He works very closely with senior level administrators, deans, and committees throughout the campus, who are all dedicated to diversity inclusion strategies. He sits on several boards (including National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education, VP of the Southern California Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education) and is editing his first book titled, “Beyond the Black Horizon; African American Experiences Abroad.”

He volunteers his time educating fellow SDSU students and African American youth on education excellence, and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

If you wish to visit SDSU for the very first time or wish to contact Dr. Bruce to learn more about SDSU’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism email him via or Google him.

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Week In Review

Prince in The City (YouTube Interviews):

Matt Rinkey, Entrepreneur and President of Illumination Wealth

Kristyl Smith, Public Speaker and Advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia

Carl Adrian, Bachata Instructor for Sevilla Nightclub

Casey Tanaka, The Mayor of Coronado

Uncategorized: Let’s Go Padres

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Be Happy in All Things


I’ll be posting more YouTube interviews of interesting people and radio talks from

Weekly Spiritual Digest: God’s Creation


Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! (‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭31‬ NLT)

This how I feel when I look at San Diego! Thank you God for your creation and I hope mankind will one day respect your creation.

Prince in The City w/ Casey Tanaka, The Mayor of Coronado

In this talk I get to connect with the Mayor of Coronado, Ca., Casey Tanaka.

Mr. Tanaka began his political journey, to the mayor’s office, back in 1999, when he started teaching history to high school students at his alma mater Coronado High School (Class of 1994). And having already completed his college education at UCSD (with a degree in History and a minor in Political Science), he made the career move to jump right into “Coronado Politics” and seize the opportunity to run for mayor–which he did at the age of 24.

From his observation, he says, people who have strong roots in Coronado, are the ones who win elections. And given his background, that he has today, it was more than enough reason for him to go out there and run for mayor. But what is also surprising is the fact that Mr. Tanaka does not actually “run” Coronado.

From what he tells me, Coronado is an incorporated city of San Diego. And as such, it has a city council which the people of Coronado have elected him to serve as its chairman. So in short he serves as a liaison for the city of Coronado but works very hard with the city manager of Coronado to make the city as great as it is today! (His work includes master of ceremonies, overseeing legislation, etc.)

Today he continues to proudly serve for the city of Coronado, and teaches AP US History to 11th graders and Government to 12th graders at Coronado High School.

If you wish to visit Coronado for the very first time and reach out to the mayor for questions, go Google him under “Casey Tanaka.” You will be able to find his phone number and email address there; he says email is the best way to get a hold of him.

You can also find the mayor’s story under interesting people:

Talk Tuesdays w/ Casey Tanaka– His Life and Rise to the Mayor’s Office

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Prince in The City w/ Carl Adrian, Bachata Instructor for Sevilla Nightclub

In this talk I get to connect with Carl Adrian, Bachata Instructor at the Sevilla Nightclub in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.

Carl Adrian has an amazing background. Not only has he survived and served honorably in Iraq for 5 years as a combat veteran (leaving the service as a sergeant E-5) but has survived racial abuse (both verbally and physically) while growing up on the west side of LA.

Carl is half Irish and half Salvadorean but to the ignorant and uneducated person, he is considered 100% white. And so, instead of his skin color serving as a threat, it served as a target for racism and physical abuse.

When he was 12 years old, he got beat up by a Crip gang (a black adult and a black teenager) for walking an Asian girl home in their territory. And when he was 21 years old he was nearly killed by a group of Mexicans in Mexico for being white.

However, those bad experiences, he says, has benefited him because it has taught him to not dislike anyone based on their skin color, religion, or parents ethnicity.

He says when a child is born, it does not get to choose its skin color, eye color, hair color, gender, citizenship or their parents. So you really need to get to know that person before you decide if you like them or not. You can’t dislike somebody by the color of their skin.

Today he is a proud father of his 11 year old son Andrew whom he loves very dearly and is living his dream as a Bachata class instructor every Tuesday night at the Sevilla nightclub.

If you want to reach out to him for Bachata lessons, come Tuesday nights at 8:30 pm at the Sevilla Nightclub–located at 353 5th ave, in San Diego, Ca.

You can also reach out to him on Facebook at “Latin SD”

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Prince in The City w/ Kristyl Smith, Public Speaker and Advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia

In this talk I get to connect with Kristyl Smith, Public Speaker and Advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia. Not only is she a SDSU student but a writer–and works with a amazing health awareness company that helps her bring more resources to the sickle cell awareness community.

Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic blood disease which the blood cells lose oxygen. So instead of blood cells being round and squishy like donuts, they are half-shaped and hard like boomerangs–or what she calls them as “Crescent Ninja Knives. Reason being that they fly through your blood vessels like knives causing tremendous pain and clot the walls of the blood vessels.

This pain is chronic and equivalent to Child Birth! However, her biggest source of relief and support, that she finds during these difficult times, is her mother.

Her mother, being very educated in both fields of health and academics, was able to serve as her advocate–she made sure that Kristyl got all the medical treatments she needed and an equal access to education. With her help, Kristyl was able to go to college and find her career today as a vocal advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia.

What she has, she says, is not crutch but a cross. A cross which she can use to help others carry their own crosses as well.

Sickle Cell Anemia does has its ups and downs, but she urges to not let it get you down because it does lead to sickness. Instead be aware of it, develop your emotional maturity, develop the courage to accept how you feel, and then take the necessary steps to move from it.

Today she considers her disease as a gift and is using it to help others through awareness and advocacy. Not too mention that she is a proud Sickle Cell warrior!

To reach her for consultation and learn more about the company that she is doing amazing work with, email her at You can also find her on Facebook at Kristyl Jl Smith

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Prince in The City w/ Matt Rinkey, Entrepreneur and President of Illumination Wealth

In this video I connect with entrepreneur and president of Illumination Wealth Management, Matt Rinkey–in the beautiful city of San Diego, Ca at Symphony Towers.

In this talk I do not only learn how he started his business, but how he is creating a lifestyle by utilizing relationships instead of spreadsheets.

He first began his venture with money and investing at an early age–he was gifted six shares of Northern States Power (NSP), when he was born. And by the time he reached 12 years old, he began to actively follow the stock market–and was part of a team that won the Minnesota Stock Market Game competition. However, it would not be until 2008, when the stock market collapsed, that he truly put his passion to the test.

During the 2008 recession, he started receiving calls from his friends and family, requesting for financial guidance. And so as the financial markets were in meltdown, he realized that it was time for him to rise up and take the opportunity to directly lift people’s financial spirits and strategies. And by 2009, those phone calls and personal inspiration turned into the commencement of his own firm.

His business begins with a simple mission: to help families build their wealth for the future and protect their present assets from the unforeseen.

Today he is happily married, with two children (one on the way), and continues to help families with their financial plans.

If you wish to say “Hi,” or contact him about your financial plans, go to

And follow him on Twitter @mattrinkey.

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