As you can see in the first picture, the color of my text becomes faded as it moves into the next text box. I achieved the true black text color of the text on the left by copying and pasting my text randomly (not pasting it into a text box). It seems that when the text goes into a text box (as seen in the 2nd and 3rd images), it automatically looks faded.
What am I doing wrong here?
I suspect you selected the text box and applied transparency to it along with the image.
And that worked... Didn't realize I was carrying over those settings. Woops! Thanks!