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Retire the N-word; it’s Time-Message to The Blackman

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I woke up this morning feeling a little weary however as the day progressed my mind was still thinking about the historic day at the White House. The President unveiled his new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper” a program geared toward providing greater opportunities for Blacks and Hispanics in regards to addressing the economic disparities. Consequently, the White House is partnering with businesses, nonprofits and foundations to tackle inequality in education, criminal justice and employment. The President’s speech was inspirational, encouraging and real, he openly verbalized some of his own obstacles, insecurities and mistakes and evolutionary triumphs, in a way, in a tone, that no President or Blackman in the White House has ever spoken.

And in retrospect, my spirit awakened and inspired me to deliver this message to the masses, “please black people retire the N-word.” We can use yesterday’s speech, the initiative as inspiration, to try and get this thing right. I’ve heard the arguments from Black Sportscasters, Athletes, Journalist, Entertainers, Comedians and Rappers; majority of them supporting the perpetual use of the N-word. Furthermore arguing the point saying, “the N-word is our word; we turned it into a word of endearment”. That statement, I have to respectfully disagree. Why.. because our race is at the bottom of the scale in regards to economic mobility in terms of wealth, education, independent empowerment and worst of all the glorification and acceptance of the violence we perpetuate amongst each other.  So the N-word, with all its intention of endearment> “Not Working”.

Most of us are aware, the N-word has a very negative connotation, a very bad history, one that a lot of young people cannot truly comprehend, and using it in everyday life perpetuates the […]

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By |February 28th, 2014|Author's Edge, Entertainment, Meditation, Politics|Comments Off

I Remember…

                                                                                        Article by Barbara Grovner

A young man walked along the road on his way from the theater in town where he worked sweeping the aisles and cleaning the seats after the all-white audience had left. It was late in the night and there were no street lights where he walked in the wooded area just outside his neighborhood. Although he walked with urgency, he thought himself a lucky young man, considering he had landed one of the better jobs offered to the colored men of the salty town during the early 1960’s when folks still lived on the fringes of the Jim Crow Era. A time when most everything was unfair to the colored and hatred ran rampant in the hearts of the white man.

The young man continued, picking up speed in his stride, simply because he knew just how dangerous it was to be out late at night…especially alone. He was only a hundred yards from the clearing that would lead to his front door when he heard a sound behind him. As the bushes rustled, his heart began to race wildly and he hoped desperately it was just an animal. He knew he’d have a much better chance of defending himself than if it were white men. He quickened his step a little more and was about to break into a full run when he heard the footsteps behind him; human footsteps. White men were after him and before he could take another step they were […]

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Losing Yourself

                                                                                        Article by Barbara Grovner

This is my very first post with MINORITIE REPORT and I’m hoping you’ll be kind with your review and critiques. My name is Barbara Grovner and I’m an author. I write full-time (well, most of the time) and I live in Florida. I love reading and walking on beaches, listening to the ocean as it lulls me into a private zone.

Welp, I’m writing about something that has been on mind quite a lot lately, simply because its a personal struggle and something I have to work on everyday. I realized I am not alone and thought people may benefit from my words, or at least be able to put things into prospective, thus making life a bit easier to live.

I’m writing about grief and letting go.

We see different people everyday. Some are angry and behaving badly, some are lost and can’t seem to find their way through each day. Yet others can’t seem to hold a job or show any real interest in the progression of their very own lives. Have you looked at them with disgust or loathing? Have you passed by them as if they’re invisible? Do you dismiss their conversation as insignificant?

I am guilty of seeing people throughout my life that I’ve never given a single thought, let alone judge them. Many people don’t feel a kinship to the homeless or the down trodden. Under achievers don’t interest too many of us. Women who seem to have dropped the ball on the lives of their children as well as […]

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By |January 14th, 2014|Author's Edge, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

4 states with the highest minimum wages

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By Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich, 24/7 Wall St.

Momentum is building in some quarters of Washington D.C. to raise the federal minimum wage. Some states are already on the case.                      See gallery                     

The White House recently announced President Barack Obama’s support for a Senate bill that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. While it remains to be seen whether the bill will make it through Congress, many states are not waiting to take action.

Five states passed measures to raise the minimum wage last year, according to data published by the National Conference of State Legislators. Only one of these states, California, has passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor, 24/7 Wall St. identified the states with the highest minimum wages.

Whether or not a higher minimum wage is good for the economy continues to be the subject of debate. The National Employment Law Project (NELP), which advocates raising the minimum wage, maintains that the decline in the purchasing power of the minimum wage “has contributed to the growth of income inequality over the past three decades.”

Other groups maintain that raising the minimum wage is bad for business and jobs. The Heritage Foundation notes that if the United States raises the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the combined costs of wages, employer penalties for not paying health insurance and taxes “would raise the minimum cost of hiring a full-time worker to $12.71 per hour.”

A state’s cost of living may influence its minimum wage. The […]

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By |January 5th, 2014|Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

The Affects of Stereotyping

Author:  Stephanie D. Simmons

Stephanie Simmons grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Catonsville College with a degree in Human Services and Mortuary Science. In her college years, she worked as a production assistant for the Baltimore based crime show, Homicide Life on the Street, as set assistant for the John Waters (Baltimore based producer/ director) film, Pecker, and as an assistant to the editor of Enfocus magazine; a magazine that focused on arts and entertainment in the Baltimore metro area. Stephanie She is a writer, poet, avid reader and social media addict. Stephanie’s interests vary but she can often be found in an art museum, a coffee shop or in the history or metaphysics section of Barnes&Noble. Stephanie loves to travel and cook and is currently learning to play the bass guitar. She’s not good at it but on air guitar, she’s a god! Her turn ons are: art, history, books, writing, meditation, reading, love, sunshine, a kind hello and volunteering. Her turn offs are: hate, bigots, tailgaters and people who refuse to let you over in traffic.  Stephanie currently resides outside of Washington, DC with her partner and has two wonderful children.

Back in college I once read an article about racism and stereotypes. The article based on a study, took a look at individuals, both Black and White, who, in their words, were guilty of stereotyping. What the study found was that most of the people that were surveyed were guilty of prejudging and stereotyping but had very little or in many cases, almost no interaction with people outside their own race other than work, school or chance encounters in the world that lay […]

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By |December 23rd, 2013|Meditation|Comments Off

Renewal Time

‘RENEWAL  and HEALING  TIME ‘    ….by Melvia Miller (educator/consultant)

 

In TRIBUTE to the legacy of the great leader NELSON MANDELA… who showed us that bad situations can be “renewed” and improved…we present this video. His life was an example of dedication to do what is right for humanity.   Few men have faced the awful challenges that Madiba (Mandela) did… having suffered under the horrific, violent Apartheid regime, and then in prison for many years.  Back then,  few people believe that there was any hope to change or reform that South African government.  But Mandela showed us that we can make positive changes in the face of great adversity.

Two of the most frequent questions (among similar FAQs)  that we receive is ….

a) “What can we do about the problems of widespread sickness ?”

b) “What is wrong with the weather…. why is it so wild …. is the Earth sick too…. ?”
HEALTH CARE is one of the hottest topics of the day and  a major problem which effects millions of people in the U.S. and around the world.  However, the old system that we had in the U.S. has not been serving most people very well.  The recent efforts to reform it …. and get millions of people insured has stirred up  a ton of controversy.

If you have ever been sick or injured and suffered for a long time… then you most likely looked for “secrets to healing” …and ways to get well and stay well. You probably have asked many of these questions…and perhaps been confused by all […]

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By |December 8th, 2013|Author's Edge, Entertainment, Politics, Video Hub|Comments Off

Social Butterflies’ Brains Differ From Those Of People With Fewer Friends, New Study Shows

LiveScience  |  By Tanya Lewis Posted: 11/17/2013 1:10 am EST

Study reveals certain brain regions bigger and more connected in people with large friend network. | Zave Smith via Getty Images
SAN DIEGO — Being a social butterfly just might change your brain: In people with a large network of friends and excellent social skills, certain brain regions are bigger and better connected than in people with fewer friends, a new study finds.The research, presented here Tuesday (Nov. 12) at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, suggests a connection between social interactions and brain structure.”We’re interested in how your brain is able to allow you to navigate in complex social environments,” study researcher MaryAnn Noonan, a neuroscientist at Oxford University, in England, said at a news conference. Basically, “how many friends can your brain handle?” Noonan said. Scientists still don’t understand how the brain manages human behavior in increasingly complex social situations, or what parts of the brain are linked to deviant social behavior associated with conditions like autism and schizophrenia.

Studies in macaque monkeys have shown that brain areas involved in face processing and in predicting the intentions of others are larger in animals living in large social groups than in ones living in smaller groups.

To investigate these brain differences in humans, Noonan and her colleagues at McGill University, in Canada, recruited 18 participants for a structural brain-imaging study. They asked people how many social interactions they had experienced in the past month, in order to determine the size of their social networks.

As was the case in monkeys, some brain areas were enlarged and better connected […]

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By |November 19th, 2013|Entertainment, Meditation|Comments Off

Lauryn Hill’s Tumblr Letter on the Music Business

Several newspapers have reported that Lauryn Hill was in trouble with the government for not filing taxes from 2005-2007. While I do not know (nor care) about her financial status and her tax paying habits, I found Hill’s response to the charges quite compelling. In a first public statement in years, Hill describes the control, manipulation and exploitation of the music industry and her efforts to get away from it all. Here’s the letter published on her new Tumblr account.

It was reported yesterday that Ms. Lauryn Hill has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor failure to file taxes.  These charges were incurred for the years of 2005-2007, during a time in which Ms. Hill had removed herself and her family from society, in order to keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger.  In response to these charges, Ms. Hill has issued the following statement:

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground.  I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.  Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance.  I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a […]

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By |October 8th, 2013|Entertainment, Uncategorized|Comments Off

U.S. Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Mothers, and No One Knows Why

Grace Wyler, The Atlantic

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The Affordable Care Act took a major step toward implementation last Tuesday with the launch of the online insurance exchanges, limping across the finish line despite three years of Republican obstruction that culminated in this week’s 11th hour attempt to dismantle the law by shutting down the federal government.

It’s easy to forget, amid the hyper-partisan controversy, that the main purpose behind President Obama’s signature health-care reform law is not to curtail individual freedom or send senior citizens to death panels, but to give more Americans access to health insurance. Whether you think the Affordable Care Act is the right solution or a dangerous step toward tyranny, it’s hard to dispute that the U.S. health-care system is broken. More than 48 million people lack health insurance, and despite having the world’s highest levels of health-care spending per capita, the U.S. has some of the worst health outcomes among developed nations, lagging behind in key metrics like life expectancy, premature death rates, and death by treatable diseases, according to a July study in the Journal of the American Medicine Association.

For some Americans, the reality is far worse than the national statistics suggest. In particular, growing health disadvantages have disproportionately impacted women over the past three decades, especially those without a high-school diploma or who live in the South or West. In March, a study published by the University of Wisconsin researchers David Kindig and Erika Cheng found that in nearly half of U.S. counties, female mortality rates actually increased between 1992 and 2006, compared to just 3 percent of counties that saw male mortality increase over the same […]

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By |October 8th, 2013|Entertainment, Meditation, Uncategorized|Comments Off

$11 a month? Obamacare super-cheap for some, feds find

Maggie Fox  NBC News

Matt York / AP

Uninsured patients fill out paperwork at Wesley Health Center in downtown Phoenix. A new report finds they may have some inexpensive choices on the new health insurance exchanges that open Oct. 1.
Bare-bones health insurance could cost just $11 a month for a family of four in Indianapolis on the federal government’s new exchanges, which start serving customers next week.

A similar family in New Orleans might pay as little as $23 a month, although they’d have to shell out $282 for a more generous “silver” plan, the Health and Human Services Department estimates.

And, on average, people will have more than 50 different health plans to choose from if they live in states where the federal government is running the exchanges, HHS says in a report issued Wednesday.

HHS has analyzed the plans that have been approved to go on offer starting Tuesday and finds that in most states,  there’s  plenty of choice with reasonable prices.  That gives the administration ammunition against critics who have been warning that health insurance will cost more in the exchanges than it does now.

“In many cases, premiums will cost significantly less than what was originally projected,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters on a conference call. The report finds that 95 percent of Americans live in states where the premiums for individually purchased health insurance will be less than what had originally been expected.

The health insurance exchanges are one of the supporting pillars of the health reforms called […]

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By |September 25th, 2013|Author's Edge, Entertainment, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Senator Ted Cruz The New Republican Star Racist

 

>> Thank you for tuning in. tonight’s lead, the gop is still the party of jesse helms. that’s not the opinion of al sharpton. it’s the opinion of one of the gop’s rising stars, ted cruz. last night senator cruz spoke at the heritage foundation and said what today gop needs, what it really needs, is more leaders like jesse helms.

>> the very first political contribution i ever made in my life was to jesse helms. when i was a kid, i sent $10 to jesse helms. the willingness to say all those crazy things is a rare, rare characteristic in this town. and you know what? it’s every bit as true now as it was then. we need 100 more like jesse helms in the u.s. senate.

>> we need 100 more like jesse helms. really? north carolina senator jesse helms was notorious for his offensive, racially charged rhetoric during his 30 years in congress. he led the charge against martin luther king’s birthday being made a federal holiday. he supported apartheid in south africa. and he tried to revive school segregation through a plan he called freedom of choice.

>> freedom of choice is a code word for segregation.

>> no. well, it may be a code word for segregation in the minds of some. now, i’m not saying to you that we wouldn’t have segregated schools or largely segregated schools under a freedom of choice plan such as i’ve […]

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By |September 13th, 2013|Author's Edge, Entertainment, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Interview with Author/ Gwen Crawford

 

Cross Over Diet/Interview with Author/Gwen Crawford


Why do you call your book the Cross Over Diet?

I call my cookbook the Crossover Diet because the idea of this book is to cross over to a healthier diet from where ever you are now on the diet scale.

 

What makes your diet plan unique?

The Crossover Diet is filled with recipes that are simply delicious and easy to prepare. You do not have to give up taste or the foods you love to eat.

 

What do you want people to learn from reading your book

I would like people to know that there are many healthy delicious alternatives to substitute for foods that damage our body and cause disease.   We can eat healthy and enjoy our food.

 

I understand you are a pancreatic cancer survivor how did you do it?

I had to undergo a lifestyle change. I changed my diet I used supplementation. I detoxed.

 

It was said in one of the interviews I watched with you and Clarice Drew….. You stated,” that you didn’t take any radiation or chemotherapy “, in other words, you didn’t go the mainstream route, and would you like to elaborate on that?

I wanted to try other alternatives. First, there have been several people that I know that have died since I was diagnosed and they had radiation and chemo so to me it’s the quality of life. I wanted to be self-sufficient.  I didn’t want to have somebody cater to my every need. The quality of life was very important to me. I didn’t want to go through the pain and suffering. I wanted to enjoy my family and friends. I’m just elated at the fact that I don’t have to experience […]

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By |July 25th, 2013|Look Book Review|Comments Off

Re-branding Can Breathe New Life into a Business or Project

If you feel like your business or project is not bringing in the returns that you were hoping for, there are a lot of factors involved with the reason why, maybe you should consider Re-branding your project or business granted it can be quite challenging yet a rewarding process, the benefits of Re-branding are that it can breathe new life into a project or business, but it should be done with a strategy, a process, thought, and most of all for the right reasons.

If you are considering a rebrand, we would love to talk to you about it. We have lots of experience in rebranding ( a nice solid team) we can redesign your logo, website, and create a mobile app  an original video commerical, with all components matching; the color & theme all for maximum impact. We also can create social media designs all for your business or project at less than the cost you would pay for one mobile app. In addition we can help facilitate a solid marketing strategy that will help you to achieve your goals.

Your brand resides within the hearts and minds of customers, clients, and prospects. It is their experiences and perceptions, some of which you can influence, and some that you cannot.

A strong brand is invaluable as the battle for customers intensifies day by day. It’s imperative to investing time in researching, defining, and building your brand. After all your brand is the source of a promise to your consumer. It’s a foundational piece in your marketing campaign and one you do not want to be without.

Text me at (616) 259-0168 or request a quote […]

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Legalized Terrorism

 

Book-Trailer for soon to be released Book “Legalized Terrorism” by Rod Hope

Our United States of America a country built by a nation of immigrants… will America’s very dark past come back to haunt it. The first American colonization as popularized by the history books was by the European pilgrims, puritans, and protestants all were outcast in the church of England they came to this foreign land called America by way of the Mayflower in hopes of practicing their religion of choice, and incorporating a new way of life. And consequently a new English settlement was created and thus begins the evolution of America; there were laws, declarations and constitutions to live by. A way to share in the prosperity of growth and the maintenance of this foreign land. During this philosophical time travel from the past to the present there will be wars, political posturing, there will be the oppressed, there will be an oppressor. This book is about the exploration of political influence and how these schemes were created to instrument terror upon the meek and vulnerable in order to help foster and maintain race superiority.

I learned from my countless hours of research; history just recycles itself and power over time changes hands. So we have to ask the question; what will be the future of American, will America face the challenges of a democratized society or will the trump card of capitalism prevail above all else, in other words will the future of America be controlled by the hand of the wealthy!

My reason for writing this book; to explore the political science of influence, identify patterns of subjugation, and to stress the […]

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How the smartphone killed the three-day weekend

By Bob Sullivan, Columnist, NBC News

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and all it evokes: vacations, slower workweeks, casual dress codes, getting the pool ready and pulling out the outdoor furniture.

It would seem an ideal time to take a break, but our ability to unplug and relax is under assault. A three-day weekend? We can barely get through three waking hours without working, new research shows. The average smartphone user checks his or her device 150 times per day, or about once every six minutes. Meanwhile, government data from 2011 says 35 percent of us work on weekends, and those who do average five hours of labor, often without compensation — or even a thank you. The other 65 percent were probably too busy to answer surveyors’ questions.

There’s plenty of debate among economists and psychologists over whether the economy is to blame, or whether we did this to ourselves. There’s little arguing that the concept of a Sabbath is in serious danger.

“It’s like an arms race…everything is an emergency,” said Tanya Schevitz, spokeswoman for Reboot, an organization trying help people unplug more often. “We have created an expectation in society that people will respond immediately to everything with no delay. It’s unhealthy, and it’s unproductive, and we can’t keep going on like this.”

There’s a long list of horribles associated with our new, always-on-digital lives: You are dumberYou are more stressedYou are losing sleep, and more depressed.

People seem to know they need tech breaks, which have plenty of cute names now, like “Digital Detox” or “Tech Sabbath.” Consumers pay for software like “Freedom,” which cuts their computers off the Net for a pre-set amount of time (really, you could just unplug yours). Reboot […]

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By |May 25th, 2013|Entertainment|Comments Off
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    Republicans and their subversive techniques to foster and retain White Supremacy

Republicans and their subversive techniques to foster and retain White Supremacy

Article written by Rod Hope

The Anal Retentive Republicans and their subversive techniques to foster and retain White Supremacy remain at an all-time high. Most of the news networks mainly FOX & CNN are very bias; research everything they report, then disseminate and broadcast your findings to your own personal networks. We are living in the age of sensationalism and reaction, the truth is optional and networks credibility in regards to politics and public sentiment in my opinion is virtually non-existent.

The government doesn’t seem to have a problem with organizing and facilitating televised Senate hearings over scandals that most of the American people could care less about but when it comes to approving legislation that the American people deem detrimental to our well-being nothing ever gets done in a timely fashion. The government can’t come together to pass job bills or immigration reform; however there’s a constant furtherance by the Republican led Congress and House of Representatives to fight ObamaCare which was created to give affordable healthcare to the poor and those with pre-existing health conditions in addition they also used the sequestration as an excuse to instigate cuts to programs that directly affect the poor.

In regards to the sequestration (a so-called result of the budget deficit) this is a ploy, an acceptable strategy one in which I suspect both parties orchestrated> a perfect example of political science in its purist form.

Furthermore, the programs being cut as a result of the budget deficit directly affect minorities, “yes, don’t tax the rich who make exorbitantly huge profits from the working poor cause that’s irrelevant […]

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By |May 22nd, 2013|Entertainment, Politics|Comments Off

Online sales tax set to pass in Senate

By STEPHANIE CONDON / CBS NEWS/ May 6, 2013, 6:00 AM

Online shopping is quick, convenient and usually tax-free, but Congress is considering a bill that could change all that.

The Senate on Monday is poised to pass an Internet sales tax bill with strong bipartisan support, in spite of opposition from traditionally influential conservative groups and weak public backing.

The Marketplace Fairness Act, which easily cleared a set of procedural Senate votes in recent weeks, wouldn’t technically impose any new taxes. Instead, it would give state governments the ability to collect Internet sales taxes from businesses headquartered outside of their respective state borders — taxes that are technically already owed. Consumers are expected to declare those taxes on their state income tax returns but often don’t.

Backers of the bill argue that out-of-state online retailers have an unfair advantage over brick-and-mortar stores, since they’re not required to collect the sales tax owed on the products they sell, even if the state requests it. The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates states in 2012 lost more than $11 billionin sales tax revenue from online retailers based in other states. That money could make a huge difference in state budgets, especially as the economy continues to sputter back to life at a slow pace.

Support for the legislation hasn’t fallen along the usual partisan divide. It was introduced by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wy., while its co-sponsors include conservatives like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and liberals like Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

 

 

Some of the bill’s biggest detractors in the Senate come […]

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By |May 6th, 2013|Entertainment, Politics|Comments Off
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    Early Exposure to TV Violence Predicts Aggression in Adulthood

Early Exposure to TV Violence Predicts Aggression in Adulthood

Huesmann, L. R., Moise-Titus, J., Podolski, C., & Eron, L. D. (2003). Longitudinal relations between children’s exposure to TV violence and their aggressive and violent behavior in young adulthood: 1977-1992. Developmental Psychology, 39, 201-221.

What is this study about?

There is increasing evidence that early exposure to media violence is a contributing factor to the development of aggression. However, much of the past research on media violence has focused on short-term effects and reported significant relations only for boys. This study draws on social-cognitive observational-learning theory, desensitization theory, and social comparison theory to examine the longitudinal relationship between early exposure to TV violence and adult aggressive behavior for both males and females.

This study is a follow-up of the 3-year longitudinal study conducted by Huesmann and his colleagues in 1977. In the original study, which included 557 children from five countries (aged 6-10 years), researchers gathered information on childhood TV-violence viewing, identification with aggressive TV characters, judgments of realism of TV violence, aggressive behavior, and intellectual ability, as well as parents’ socioeconomic status (measured by educational level), aggressiveness, parenting practices and attitudes, and parent’s TV usage (i.e., TV-viewing frequency and TV-violence viewing).

In this follow-up study, researchers interviewed and gathered collateral data (i.e., archival records and interviews of spouses and friends) on 329 participants from the original sample. At the time of the follow-up, the participants ranged in age from 20 to 25 years. Researchers administered measures of adult TV-violence viewing and adult aggressive behavior, and obtained archival data on criminal conviction and moving violation records from state records.

What did the study find?

The results of this study revealed that early childhood exposure to TV violence predicted aggressive behavior for both males and females in adulthood. Additionally, identification with same […]

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Has Obama Done Enough for Black Americans?

By George E. Condon Jr. and Jim O’Sullivan

Updated:
April 4, 2013 | 8:20 p.m.

(CHET SUSSLIN)

Bernard Anderson, a pathbreaking African-American economist, understands the importance of rhetoric. He was up front at the Lincoln Memorial when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. And he was in the audience on the Howard University campus in 1965 to hear President Johnson deliver a grim view of the state of black America and declare war on “past injustice and present prejudice.”

So Anderson had high hopes as he sat at home in Pennsylvania watching President Obama deliver his second Inaugural Address this year. He wanted Obama to acknowledge that even five decades after Johnson’s stirring oration, African-Americans in today’s America still struggle against discrimination. And when the president started talking about “We, the people,” the veteran civil-rights champion grew excited. “As he was going through ‘We, the people’ and ‘We, the people,’ my heart started to beat,” Anderson said. But just as fast, his spirits sank. “I didn’t find me among the people he was talking about.”

Eleven days later, Anderson—an early supporter and fundraiser for Obama, an Obama delegate in 2008, and an expert on economic disparities who has been called to the Obama White House several times—allowed himself to vent his frustration and call for more high-level attention to the black community’s economic challenges.

“I do see this president as one who now is ready to lay out a legacy.”—Avis Jones-DeWeever, National Council of Negro Women

Grumbling that he had heard “not a single blessed word on race” in the Inaugural Address, Anderson told attendees at the fourth annual African-American Economic Summit at Howard, “I believe now is the time […]

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By |April 7th, 2013|Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Can Washington get vets off the streets? Tens of thousands homeless despite billions in spending

“I had seen some stuff that I probably would have never seen before in life had I not been in Marine Corps, some good stuff and some stuff I just don’t care to think about anymore,” said Iraq War veteran Eric Swinney, seen here outside his room at Grand Veterans Village in Phoenix.

By Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor

Despite funding that has reached $5.8 billion annually and a slew of innovative community partnerships, the Obama administration is lagging in its goal to end homelessness among veterans – or, as federal veterans’ leaders like to say, “drive to zero” – by the end of 2015.

If the current rate of progress is maintained, roughly 45,000 veterans would still be without homes when the deadline passes — a big improvement since the drive was launched but also evidence of how difficult it is to eradicate the problem.

“I don’t truly think you can end homelessness,” said John Scott, who heads the Phoenix office of U.S. Vets, a national, nonprofit service provider to homeless and at-risk veterans that receives some federal funding. “Things happen that can precipitate homelessness for anyone, and it can happen quite rapidly. However, we can effect change in veterans who have been chronically homeless.”

Scott, a former Marine Corps sergeant, was a keynote speaker at the November 2009 summit where Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki proclaimed that he and President Obama were “personally committed to ending homelessness among veterans within the next five years.” (The VA now cites the end of 2015 as its target.)

That crusade thus far has housed 12,990 veterans, an average of 361 per month. At the last count, which took place in January 2012 and was released in […]

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By |April 2nd, 2013|Entertainment, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

White Male Executives ‘Not Enamored’ Of ‘Strong, Confident Minorities’

Roland Martin On CNN:

 

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 03/29/2013 12:00 pm EDT  |  Updated: 03/29/2013 12:43 pm EDT

Outgoing CNN pundit Roland Martin said on Thursday that executives who were uncomfortable with hiring black people as hosts had held back his rise at the network.

There has recently been a good deal of discussion about the diversity in the cable news world, as mostly white faces continue to dominate the coveted anchor chairs.

Speaking on HuffPostLive, Martin–who was recently let go by CNN–said that he had come to the network with every intention of getting his own show. He added that it was never made clear to him why that wasn’t happening, but that he suspected race had something to do with it.

“You have largely white male executives who are not necessarily enamored with the idea of having strong, confident minorities who say, ‘I can do this,’” he said. “We deliver, but we never get the big piece, the larger salary, to be able to get from here to there.”

Martin said that he hosted highly-rated specials for CNN, so he didn’t understand why he wasn’t rewarded.

“If it’s a ratings game, and we won, how is it I never got a show?” he said.

See the full discussion here.

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By |March 31st, 2013|Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

SNL Sketch About ‘The One Black Guy In Every Commercial’ Is Uncomfortably Close To The Truth

Jim Edwards | Feb. 12, 2013, 9:25 AM | 17,588 | 28

This weekend, Saturday Night Live regular Kenan Thompson did a Weekend Update bit as “Corey,” “the one black guy in every commercial.”

Corey’s life consists playing drums at Venice Beach, DJing, and partying with “Hispanic girls with bangs and thrift-store outfits, and white guys who dance while wearing fedoras!”

He also notes, “This year I was in 14 commercials and I was also the one black guy in a college brochure!”

If any of this sounds familiar, or even looks familiar, that’s because it is. There is, in fact, an actor whose life is astonishingly like that lived by “Corey.”

His name is Jamison Reeves, and prior to 2010 he did 14 commercials in one year, and has done more than 40 over his career. He told Adweek’s Barbara Lippert that he always gets booked as “a non-threatening entity“:

“I’m the quirky guy with the glasses. Not the guy who’s going to be in a fight. I seem like the type guys want to hang out with. I’m the one acceptable black friend.”

He’s done work for Bud Light, Time Warner, Honda and State Farm. Currently, his LinkedIn profile lists him as a session director at Mimi Webb Miller Casting, and he also coaches others on how to book commercials and other auditions.

The ad business is often accused of being racist, and Reeves’ career is in some ways the anecdotal proof: How else to explain why, with thousands of […]

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By |February 17th, 2013|Entertainment, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Tea Partier Rips Michelle Obama For Attending Funeral Service

 

Making good on his threat promise that he’s not going away, ex-Congressman Joe Walsh reared his head Friday morning to blast the first lady for traveling to her hometown of Chicago to attend slain 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral.

In a series of tweets first reported by DNAinfo Chicago, Walsh ripped Michelle Obama’s attendance at the funeral of the teenaged inaugural performer as “political.”

News of Pendleton’s Jan. 29 shooting death struck a chord nationwide, prompting outrage over the honor student’s senseless slaying, gun control and the epidemic of shooting violence in Chicago.
After the King College Prep student was shot by a still at-large perp while standing under a park canopy to escape the rain, a petition was started urging President Obama to attend the teen’s funeral.

Thursday, a White House official said Michelle Obama would attend the funeral, along with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will also attend the funeral.

“As a mother and Chicagoan, the first lady was heartbroken to learn of the tragic loss of Hadiya Pendleton due to senseless gun violence,” Kristina Schake, Michelle Obama communications director, told the Tribune Thursday.

According to WGN, a Friday visitation for Pendleton will be held at Calahan Funeral Home, 7030 S. Halsted St., from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. The wake and funeral follow on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church at 5141 S. State St.

Walsh’s criticism of the first lady attending the Pendleton service is not the first time the Tea Party favorite has lashed out on the topic […]

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By |February 8th, 2013|Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Business Meets Personal: How To Date Someone You Work With

3 By Rashida Maples, Esq. Share
Once deemed extremely taboo in the workplace, dating between coworkers is no longer swept under the rug as it used to be. This can be attributed to the fact that many companies have enacted policies to specifically address the proper means of handling such romances, and, if handled in a professional and appropriate manner, these interoffice relationships may not cause friction and lack of productivity amongst coworkers. Let us not forget, Barack and Michelle met on the job, so it may not be as bad of a look as some may believe it to be.

Must Read: The Downsides To Being Your Own Boss

2012 CareerBuilder survey found nearly 38% percent of workers have had at least one interoffice romance at one point of their career, although, according to Forbes Magazine,competing company Vault.com found nearly 59% percent of workers surveyed admitted to having a workplace relationship. Of those who dated at work, CareerBuilder found that, like the Obamas, 31 % said their office romances wound up leading to marriage. With numbers like this, companies could no longer turn a blind eye to secretive dalliances of employees.

Must Read: Find Out Why Strayer Is The Right Path For You

The most common corporate policy addressing interoffice relationships deals specifically with romances between executives/managers and employees. Due to possible sexual harassment claims against […]

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By |February 2nd, 2013|Entertainment, Uncategorized|Comments Off

For millionaire athletes, states with highest tax rates may not make the cut

By  Published January 30, 2013  FoxNews.com

The Golden State’s new 13.3 percent income tax on top earners prompted golfer Phil Mickelson to say earlier this month he was considering a move, and according to the accountants who advise millionaire athletes, he was just saying what a lot of jocks were already thinking. Federal taxes on the top income bracket just rose by roughly 5 percent, and, while there’s nothing rich athletes can do about that, they are paying attention to which states dip into their game checks — and how much they take.

“They’re going to have an exodus of people,” said John Karaffa, president of ProSport CPA, a Virginia-based firm that represents nearly 300 professional athletes, primarily in basketball and football. “I think they’ll see some for sure. They were already a very high tax state and it’s getting to a point where folks have to make a business decision as well as a lifestyle decision.”

The taxes of professional athletes became incredibly complicated in the early 1990s, when aggressive state and local tax collectors began targeting them to pay non-resident income taxes. Technically, all employees who earn money for work done outside their home states have to pay non-resident taxes, but enforcement has focused on millionaire athletes with publicized work schedules to the extent is is commonly called the “jock tax.” Although ballplayers can’t get out of the state and local taxes they pay while on the road, where they play their home games can make a huge difference. California takes 13.3 percent on income above $1 million, but states like Florida, Nevada and Texas are among seven that take nothing.

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By |January 31st, 2013|Entertainment, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Is Blackface Hollywood’s answer to hiring more blacks

                               A Racist Superbowl Commercial

I have a sense of humor and I say it’s a racist commercial, why not hire a Jamaican> too many times white people act like us, so they don’t have to hire us (if that’s the intent) not to mention all the historical movies that completely rewrite accurate history with the inception of white characters (Cleopatra, Jesus, The Ten Commandments)  and then perpetuate and associate us African american’s with negative stereotypes then have these Hollywood cats like D.L. Hughley whom I use to respect as a comedian  come on TV to endorse the commercial as not being racist> as if he speaks for all black people. I get tired of this crap these Hollywood nigas don’t speak for or represent me. In a time of racial turmoil is that what we want to revert back too (Blackface) white people imitating blacks> you may think this is an overreaction but what if this happens more and more often then how will you feel about it >pay attention to subliminal messages >is this Hollywood’s answer to hiring more blacks in commercials, production, movies etc. etc. Study the history of blacks in entertainment in this country (Blackface, Vaudeville, Minstrel Shows, Al Jolson).

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By |January 30th, 2013|Entertainment, Uncategorized|Comments Off

We Cannot Stop Until Children Stop Dying From Gun Violence

President, Children’s Defense Fund

On Saturday, January 26, I and many others will gather on the National Mall for the March on Washington for Gun Control. We are calling on members of Congress and state legislators to passcommon sense gun safety laws to stop the epidemic of preventable child and adult gun deaths. Others are marching in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, San Antonio, Jersey City, and in communities across the country. Grassroots groups are coming together in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Mothers and fathers, grandparents, pastors, gun violence survivors, law enforcement officers, elected officials, child advocates, and everyone who believes that our children’s right to live, learn and grow up safely must be protected before guns, must not stop marching, calling, writing, and visiting and holding our political leaders accountable. We must vote them out if they do not act to end the preventable and immoral loss of child and human lives and honor what most Americans want and our children need.

A new Gallup poll shows that most Americans support universal background checks for gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds or less, and other proposals in President Obama’s Plan to Reduce Gun Violence. It will be a formidable fight to achieve these essential steps but we can and will succeed if all of us raise an irresistible and unrelenting voice in every state in the weeks and months to come, and for as long as it takes.

Don’t let anyone tell you current gun safety regulations are working just fine. They aren’t. The massacre at Sandy Hook […]

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By |January 27th, 2013|Entertainment, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Steve Jobs movie premieres to mixed reviews

 

By Brandon Griggs, CNN
updated 1:31 PM EST, Sat January 26, 2013 | Filed under: Innovations

 

CNN) – A movie about the early life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews, with some critics saying it presents a fawning, one-sided portrait of the late tech icon.

“jOBS” stars Ashton Kutcher in the title role and dramatizes selected highlights of Jobs’ life, from his formative months at Reed College to the 1984 debut of the Macintosh to the triumphant unveiling of the iPod in 2001. Co-starring Josh Gad (“1600 Penn,” “The Book of Mormon”) as business partner Steve Wozniak, the film focuses on Jobs’ celebrated role in pioneering the personal computer.

“Over and over again, minor characters explain to him why something can’t be done; Kutcher-as-Jobs smiles enigmatically and waves away their concerns,” writes Casey Newton for CNET.

“Each time, he speaks of how the technology Apple is building will improve the lives of average people. Co-workers argue with him, but they never get anywhere, because their parts are poorly written and the filmmakers have no interest in showing their subject being wrong about his work,” Newton continues.

“(A)ll Apple failures in ‘jOBS’ are portrayed as the result of conservative, backward-thinking executives beholden only to their shareholders. The result is that the viewer spends two hours watching cardboard cutouts lose arguments to Ashton Kutcher.”

Matthew Panzarino of The Next Web has a more charitable view of the movie.

“There will be those who will attack the accuracy of the film, and there are plenty of chances to do so. Significant swaths of technical development of the Macintosh and Lisa […]

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By |January 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off

Order against marijuana amendment lifted

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM/AP) — A judge won’t stop a new Grand Rapids law that makes small amounts of marijuana possession a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor crime.

Kent County Judge Paul Sullivan declined to order an injunction Wednesday. But he cautioned that a challenge to the law still remains pending.

Grand Rapids residents in November voted to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil infraction. The group that got the issue on the ballot was happy with the judges decision.

Michael Tuffelmire, former Director of DeCriminalizeGR says, “Yes, we’re happy. This was a lot of hard work. The majority of people voted for this in the city. They want their vote to county.  Now they get to see that.”

County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth is challenging the amendment to the Grand Rapids City Charter, saying it would prohibit police from enforcing state law regarding illegal marijuana possession.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell issued the following statement Wednesday:

At the November 6, 2012 election, City of Grand Rapids voters overwhelmingly approved a voter-initiated City Charter Amendment decriminalizing marijuana, by over a 58% majority vote. The City Charter Amendment decriminalizes marijuana by creating a local civil infraction offense.

On November 30, 2012, the Kent County Prosecutor filed a lawsuit against the City of Grand Rapids, challenging the local City Charter amendment concerning marijuana. On December 4, 2012, the Circuit Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order which prohibited the City from beginning to implement the City Charter Amendment. The Temporary Restraining Order was in effect while the Circuit Court considered the Kent County Prosecutor’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

Today, the Kent County Circuit Court issued a decision denying the motion for a preliminary injunction. The City of Grand Rapids is currently reviewing […]

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By |January 25th, 2013|Entertainment, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Scathing NRA commercial calls Obama ‘elitist hypocrite’

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The NRA blasts Obama as a hypocrite because his girls receive Secret Service protection.

The NRA  has dragged President Obama’s daughters into the raging gun control debate.

The powerful gun lobby released a highly-personal commercial calling the commander-in-chief an “elitist hypocrite” because his girls get armed Secret Service protection.

The NRA commercial was unveiled as President Obama prepared Wednesday to outline new gun control legislation.

“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” the narrator of the commercial asks.

“Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their schools? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.”

The White House has not responded the commercial, but former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday the ad went too far in attacking the president and dragging daughters Malia, 14 and Sasha, 11, into the political fight.

“I mean, it is disgusting on many levels,” Gibbs said. “It’s also just stupid.”

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The ad takes issue with the Obama administration’s hesitancy to endorse the idea that armed guards could prevent tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.

“I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools,” Obama told NBC’s Meet the Press. “And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.”

Vice President Joe Biden spent last week meeting with pro-gun groups, the video game industry and victims of gun violence trying to hammer […]

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By |January 16th, 2013|Entertainment, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Charlie Rangel: Obama Cabinet Diversity ‘Embarrassing As Hell’


The Huffington Post | By Luke Johnson Posted: 01/10/2013 10:48 am EST | Updated: 01/11/2013 10:59 am EST

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), the second-longest serving African-American congressman in the House, slammed the lack of diversity in President Barack Obama’s second-term cabinet Thursday.

“It’s as embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” of Obama’s top picks. “We’ve been through all of this with Mitt Romney. And we were very hard on Mitt Romney with the women binder and a variety of things.”

“I kinda think there’s no excuse when it’s the second term. If it’s the first term, you could see people got to know who is around and qualified in order to get this job, number one,” he continued.

“I had thought that it could be the Harvard problem where people just know each other, trust each other. And women and minorities don’t get a chance to rub elbows and their reputations and experience is not known … so in the second term, these people should be just as experienced as anybody, any other American.”

Obama’s picks for Treasury, State and Defense are all white men. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leaving, as is Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. A photo of Obama’s inner circle highlighted by The New York Times showed just one woman addressing the president, Valerie Jarrett. The Times reported that about 43 percent of Obama’s appointees have been women, about the same as President Bill Clinton but about 10 percent more than President George W. Bush

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By |January 15th, 2013|Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Group demands school take down portrait of Jesus

It’s the picture that sparked a thousand debates. Or at least feels that way. The debate over the separation between church and state at one Ohio school started over a painting — a portrait of Jesus that has hung over the entrance of Jackson Middle School since 1947. No one seemed to mind until the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based organization, received a complaint, and demanded the portrait be removed. But the town’s school board refused, saying the portrait did not violate federal law because the picture had “historical significance.” The foundation said it would consider legal action if the portrait remained hanging.

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Lottery Winner Killed After Striking it Rich


CHICAGO (WGN News) — Chicago Police are investigating the death of a lottery winner who was poisoned just after he got his winnings.

Urooj Khan, 46, won a $1,000,000 scratch-off ticket last June after he paid $60 to buy two tickets at a 7-11 at 6801 N. Western Ave. in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

A check for his prize money of almost $425,000 was issued on July 19th. He never got to see the check.

The next day, Khan came home from work, ate dinner and went to bed. The Tribune reports that he woke up screaming and later died at an Evanston hospital.

The Cook County medical examiner ruled Khan died from natural causes, but police investigators took a closer look into his death after a relative raised concerns.

Last month, tests revealed that Khan died from cyanide poisoning and his death was ruled a homicide.

While a motive has not been determined yet, police haven’t ruled out that Khan was killed because of his big lottery win, a law enforcement source told the Tribune.

They are considering exhuming his body to determine how much cyanide he ingested or inhaled.

Khan lived in West Rogers Park with his wife, Shabana Ansari and their teenage daughter, Jasmeen Khan. Khan owned three dry cleaners on the Far North Side and owned and managed several rental condominiums.

His wife told the Tribune Khan was the “best husband on the entire planet” and she has spoken with police about the investigation.

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By |January 7th, 2013|Entertainment, Uncategorized|Comments Off

The Secret History of Guns

The Ku Klux Klan, Ronald Reagan, and, for most of its history, the NRA all worked to control guns. The Founding Fathers? They required gun ownership—and regulated it. And no group has more fiercely advocated the right to bear loaded weapons in public than the Black Panthers—the true pioneers of the modern pro-gun movement. In the battle over gun rights in America, both sides have distorted history and the law, and there’s no resolution in sight.

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Joseph Durning/Durning 3D

THE EIGHTH-GRADE STUDENTS gathering on the west lawn of the state capitol in Sacramento were planning to lunch on fried chicken with California’s new governor, Ronald Reagan, and then tour the granite building constructed a century earlier to resemble the nation’s Capitol. But the festivities were interrupted by the arrival of 30 young black men and women carrying .357 Magnums, 12-gauge shotguns, and .45-caliber pistols.

The 24 men and six women climbed the capitol steps, and one man, Bobby Seale, began to read from a prepared statement. “The American people in general and the black people in particular,” he announced, must

take careful note of the racist California legislature aimed at keeping the black people disarmed and powerless Black people have begged, prayed, petitioned, demonstrated, and everything else to get the racist power structure of America to right the wrongs which have historically been perpetuated against black people The time has come for black people to arm themselves against this terror before it is too late.

Seale then turned to the others. “All right, brothers, come on. We’re going inside.” He opened the door, and the radicals walked straight into the state’s most important government building, loaded guns in hand. No metal detectors […]

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By |January 4th, 2013|Entertainment, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

8 Signs You’re a Control Freak

By Shelley Prevost | Inc – Thu, Dec 27, 2012 10:07 PM EST

8 signs you’re a control freak- Control freaks rarely know that they are one. They believe that they are helping people with their “constructive criticism” or taking over a project because “no one else will do it right.”

They don’t see their controlling behaviors as symptoms of what’s really going on–their own anxiety has run amuck.

Irrational thoughts abound in our high stress world: If I don’t get this contract, I’ll get fired. If I’m not home by 6:00, I’m a terrible parent. If I don’t get that raise, I suck at my job.  All of these thoughts might be true, but probably not.

Rather than tackle our own irrational thinking and massage it into more realistic thinking, we attempt to control the situation, usually by trying to control other people.

Want to know if you’re a control freak? Here are eight signs for your self-diagnosing pleasure.

 

  • You believe that if someone would change one or two things about themselves, you’d be happier. So you try to “help them” change this behavior by pointing it out, usually over and over.
  • You micromanage others to make them fit your (often unrealistic) expectations. You don’t believe in imperfection and you don’t think anyone else should either.
  • You judge others’ behavior as right or wrong and passive-aggressively withhold attention until they fall in line with your expectations. Sitting in silent judgment is a master form of control.
  • You offer “constructive criticism” as a veiled attempt to advance your own agenda.
  • You change who you are or what you believe so that someone will accept you. Instead of just being yourself, you attempt to incept others by managing their impression of you.
  • You […]

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By |December 30th, 2012|Entertainment, Uncategorized|Comments Off

10 ways to Market Online Video

  

 10 ways to Market Online Video

According to data from eMarketer, the U.S. spending on Internet video ads are expected to grow to 4.3 Billion by 2012 and is currently the fastest growing segment at online display advertising, the reason; people choose to consume video more frequently because of the interactivity, engagement, and flexibility of their schedules in addition they can’t get the content anywhere else. As a result of  this research I was inspired to write 10 ways to Market Online Video.

Best approach to marketing video; first and foremost having a professionally produced video in high definition around 30 to 60 seconds long and make sure you have branded content segments that either entertain or provide information based on who the viewer is or what type of content they want. For example once you  have a video you’ve previously uploaded to Youtube and embedded on your site, you can then click on the Youtube analytics section and track data likes, views, time spent and audience engagement this creates a quick reference for you to measure important metrics related to SEO or Campaign management, thus allowing you to identify and reach your demographic much quicker. And furthermore, Youtube has a promoted video feature, which is very similar to Google ad words it allows for your video to appear in search results more frequently.

 The Game Changer

Advertiser who use to buy spots on primetime TV are finding that they are reaching less of an audience, their new strategy for Ads is Brand integration which is more of a seamless and more natural way of advertising it’s a technique where brands are integrated into the storylines and in regards to the Internet an example of an effective way to incorporate this technique; hyperlinks in […]

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After right-to-work protestors maced, Rep. Dave Agema says on Facebook he’s ‘enjoying’ furor

LANSING, MI — Outgoing state Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, took to Facebook on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to say he was “enjoying” protests by union supporters against right-to-work legislation.

Agema, an Air Force veteran and former American Airlines pilot, wrote on Facebook that “(r)iot police on horses are now macing and pushing back the crowds who tried to storm the building.”

Full coverage: Right to work makes its way through Michigan Legislature

“I fell (sic) like I’m back in the military- I’m rather enjoying this,” wrote Agema, a term-limited and outspoken lawmaker with strong Tea Party ties. “It brings back memories.”

He went on to explain to followers commenting on the post that he does not enjoy riots, but that when “riots occur, its the putting down of inappropriate behavior that is rewarding. That is what we did in the military but with countries and tyrants.”

Upwards of 10,000 protestors took the Capitol building and lawn Tuesday to protest a push by Republicans in control of the Legislature to pass right to work bills.

The bills have been derided by critics as political meddling during the lame-duck session. Supporters contend such laws, which prohibit compulsory union dues, create jobs.

Their passage and ultimate signing by Gov. Rick Snyder is all but considered inevitable.

Lansing TV station WLNS first reported Agema’s remarks. He voted in favor of the bills.

Update 3:02 p.m.: One protestor was maced after a crowd grabbed hold of a Michigan State Police trooper, the agency tweeted from its public affairs account Tuesday.

Media reports on the ground indicated others, including former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, complained of suffering the effects of mace during the protest.

Zane McMillin may be reached through email and Twitter.

 

 

JUST TOSS THE ASHES

Which character in this book best personifies your personality?

All the female characters share traits of different aspects of my personality. I’d say that the one that best represents me is Clara. I also bond easily to teenagers, and have been a mentor to many “difficult” young boys and girls. I can also detect dark aspects that pass unnoticed to others and dare say I’ve succeeded in helping a number of youngsters as a stand-in for absent or unsympathetic parents.

I like your book cover, it has a Renaissance type of flavor to it could you please tell the audience where the setting and time of this story takes place?

The book cover is a photograph of Odalisque with a Slave (licensed by Corbis.com), a painting by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres exhibited at The Arts Walters Museum. Since Ingres lived between 1780 and 1867, this is probably a 19th century painting. We chose it for three reasons. One is that, in Sylvia’s imagination as an adolescent, she would have liked to radiate the sexual attraction that her friends managed so easily. A second reason is that, as a woman, Sylvia masked what she perceived as her inadequacy to be loved by pretending she could be seductive –remember the series of men that so worried her friend Sofía. Finally, the passing of time has cracked the canvas, something you can see in the actual painting. The Spanish edition, which reproduces only the face, neck, and arms, shows the cracks better. This is a metaphor for the cracks in Sylvia’s nature.

The story takes place in Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan Capital of Argentina, in the […]

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Inside Google’s Sci-fi Search Experiments

By   October 13, 2012 4:00 AM PDT

What Google’s latest research tells us about where search is going. (Hint: It’s more than just mobile.)

The familiar whistle of a smartphone notification told me that Paco was hungry. The dog’s face had appeared on my screen, as it did eight or so times a day, to remind me to fill out a form. And I had an interest in feeding the beast — my answers would help set the course for Google’s evolution as a mobile search company.

Paco isn’t a real dog, of course. The name is short for Personal Analytics Companion. It’s an app that Google’s user experience researchers rely on for their many studies about the search giant’s usability. And what was Paco hungry for? Data. Along with 100 or so others, I was invited to participate in an October study that pointed toward the future of search. The study questions, coupled with interviews with Google executives, paint a picture of a company methodically building a search engine that would be at home in science fiction. And it’s a search engine increasingly focused on smartphones and tablets.

Google has a strong incentive to focus on the mobile world. This week, for the first time since an analyst began tracking the number in 2006, desktop search declined. Meanwhile, search on smartphones and tablets is surging, and could account for a third of all search traffic by the year’s end.

Against that backdrop, Google has faced repeated warnings that it could be ripe for disruption. The introduction last year of Siri, Apple’s voice-powered assistant, led some to call it a competitive threat. (Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was among them; never […]

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By |October 14th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off
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    Slave Mentality a philosophy a mindset planned and enforced today

Slave Mentality a philosophy a mindset planned and enforced today

Article written by Rod Hope

Black people release your inner slave, toil the land, lift up your brothas and sistas; stop the jealousy, stop the negativity> yes we will never have equal rights and opportunities, we just have to circumvent the obstacles, work harder but think more about legacy. What’s going on in our country right now> the good ole boy’s network wants to bring this country even further back> erase progress and reinforce their control over the minorities.

I’m currently in the face of one of the most difficult obstacles of my life trying to succeed as a black entrepreneur against all odds >the negativity and doubters mainly from my own race, the white people don’t have to say anything they run and manage the credit and financial system. Despite the difficult times our country is facing and the fact that I currently reside in a town that has a very bad record of supporting black businesses and this is a strategy enacted across the country> there’s not an even playing field> the minorities don’t have access to the resources; legal cost; attorneys, patents, license, trademarks, which in many instances contributes to the stalemate and thievery of great minority ideas > just another example  of an underhanded legal and obscure way of  keeping minority entrepreneurship at an all time low consequently resulting in a very controlled economic system. Another crutch; I’m try- in to spread a message of encouragement and positivism  that makes me in the eyes of (the powers that be) a trouble maker, toxic. Here’s the elephant […]

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Interview W/ Author Carolyn Stewart

 



Other than the obvious reason of good health and stay-in outta prison are there any other reasons why you were inspired to write about this type of subject matter?

I was inspired to write the guide from witnessing the struggles of others, as well as my own family. I did not see any helpful material at the Kent County Juvenile detention center or other places that had some involvement with youth and their families. Another motivator was my adolescent years. When I went through puberty I had no one to talk to (my mom was ill), nor was I willing to ask my dad or anyone else questions. I was embarrassed that my body was changing and had unnecessary stress.

You know a lot of this subject matter is taboo, however you tackled it rather eloquently, how did you manage to pull that off? 

One day I sat down and brainstormed on almost every obstacle that could cause a youth to be discouraged, stumble or fail. It is my goal to educate them.

I see this as one of those books you pick up to read while you’re waiting in the doctor’s office tell the audience what makes your book different from the rest?

My book is unique. The impediments discussed can apply to a person at different stages through their life. There is something to be learned for ALL ages. I see it as a book that one would like to reference to at home.

Tell people the overall concept of your book?

In a nutshell, we all will endure an obstacle in life. Some people handle their obstacles better than other. If […]

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By |September 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off

In Obama era, have race relations improved?

 By JESSE WASHINGTON | Associated Press – 1 hr 8 mins ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ask Americans how race relations have changed under their first black president and they are ready with answers.

Ashley Ray, a white woman, hears more people debating racial issues. “I know a lot of people who really thought we were OK as a nation, a culture, and now they understand that we’re not,” she says.

Karl Douglass, a black man, sees stereotypes easing. “White people deal with me and my family differently,” he says.

Jose Lozano, who is Hispanic by way of Puerto Rico, believes prejudice is emerging from the shadows. “Now the racism is coming out,” he says.

In the afterglow of Barack Obama’s historic victory, most people in the United States believed that race relations would improve. Nearly four years later, has that dream come true? Americans have no shortage of thoughtful opinions, and no consensus.

As the nation moves toward the multiracial future heralded by this son of an African father and white mother, the events of Obama’s first term, and what people make of them, help trace the racial arc of his presidency.

Shortly before the 2008 election, 56 percent of Americans surveyed by the Gallup organization said that race relations would improve if Obama were elected. One day after his victory, 70 percent said race relations would improve and only 10 percent predicted they would get worse.

Just weeks after taking office, Obama said, “There was justifiable pride on the part of the country that we had taken a step to move us beyond some of the searing legacies of racial discrimination.”

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By |July 29th, 2012|Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

4 ways to brand your business

1. The What is> branding?

Branding is defined as a name, term, sign, symbol or a design or a combination of them intended to identify the goods and services of one seller or group of sellers and to differentiate them from those of other sellers. Your brand resides within the hearts and minds of customers, clients, and prospects. It is the sum total of their experiences and perceptions.

The signs of a good solid brand; delivering the message clearly, connect your target audience emotionally, influencing the buyer and establishing loyalty; Integrating your brand strategies through your company at every point of public contact.

A strong brand is invaluable as the battle for customers intensifies day by day. It’s important to spend time investing in researching, defining, and building your brand. It’s a foundational piece in your marketing communication and one you do not want to be without. Moreover be vigilant; marketing develops the awareness and associations in consumer memory so that customers know (and are constantly reminded) which brands best serves their needs.

I’m learning an evolving everyday but I tell you what I do consistently, research and I’m constantly creating material that exemplifies my brand.

Here’s an analogy, let’s say you’re meeting someone for the first time that you’re interested in dating  you don’t want to say one thing and then contradict yourself five minutes later, you say it, do it, and be about it because actions speak louder than words. So use the words to enhance support and clarify your action so everything works in concert with one another. But take action; be proactive, if you keep doing the same thing and it’s not bearing fruit, you will keep getting the same […]

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Interview W/ Author Craig Garner



What inspired you to write this book?

Other than the fact that some folks call me “Trouble” as a nickname, the most important issue that inspired this book is that many people seem to equate dealing with the truth as trouble. And, I’m concerned that anyone that wants to equate speaking the truth as “trouble” is not facing reality thus is very susceptible to making erroneous decisions.  Once they make erroneous decisions they need to defend the decision in their mind by placing a label on those that disagree with it. This dichotomy has been known to not only reap negative repercussions but also to evolve into full scale massive attacks that has destroyed people’s lives.

Since the book is titled “Trouble?” what kind of trouble did you face?

In the book I describe a number of instances where I’ve encountered “trouble” for speaking the truth or more accurately not telling a lie. From my youthful days when I was challenged by others over minor disagreements, to my older days at work and in the political arena I’ve encountered major backlash. The biggest “trouble” that I encountered was not being promoted on my job because I wouldn’t do what my boss wanted me to do. This was a career changing issue that affected me and my family on numerous occasions. I had to change jobs almost every five years but luckily was in a large company where my longevity stayed in tack. Eventually, I was downsized and released with twenty four and half years.

I think I understand the trouble down south but the term; […]

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By |June 25th, 2012|Entertainment, Look Book Review, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Interview W/ Debbie Heaton

What is the concept of your book?

In life, relationships are complicated.  If we all gave up just because we hit a bump in the road, we’d never make it anywhere.  I hope that through the course of my book I’ve illustrated that we all have to keep trying, even when things look bleak.

 

How does the main character Riley Russell manage to keep her broken heart hidden from everyone including herself?

Riley spent the bulk of her childhood in a boarding school following her mother’s death and her father’s remarriage.  That left her growing up with abandonment issues.  Deep down, she never stopped loving Tristan and when she leaves the marriage she throws herself into her studies, becomes  a social worker who throws herself into her work never allowing herself time to do self analysis on herself.

 

Why did Riley walk away from her marriage to Tristan?

Tristan continues to be friends with a former lover sending Riley’s unresolved abandonment issues into overdrive.

 

That must be a difficult task for Tristan to end one marriage right before he starts another.  Do you think that’s a common occurrence with men?

Studies show that men are quicker to remarry than women are, so yes I do.

 

What do you think is an appropriate time frame when entering into a new relationship?

I think that anyone leaving a relationship for whatever reason should allow themselves one year to heal and regroup before investing their emotions into another serious relationship.  I also recommend individuals give themselves two to three years before marrying again.  This allows the individual time to resolve, regroup and heal their emotions before […]

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By |May 19th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off

Book Done Now What

Book done now what? It’s time for a marketing strategy and all that depends on the end result you envision. Some people write books just for family and friends some want to be professional authors but most people are just writers and claim to be authors. My philosophy until it’s a fulltime job your just a writer because true authors understand once you complete a book you’re basically a business owner and you have to understand your niche market and in addition nowhere your target market resides and have a plan to reach them and yes it will require some investment on your part.

The more I work in this industry the more I meet people who don’t have a clue. I think self-publishing is creating a lot of writers but not authors. We are in the, (do it yourself age) with the internet and there’s nothing wrong with that but when it comes to business, ask around, do some research, there aren’t any business owners out there that don’t have a marketing budget and allocate a certain amount of funds to reach their market segment, most of these self-published authors don’t have a clue, if you’re short on money and that’s quite understandable; get a second job or work overtime and reinvest that extra money into the marketing of your book.

The problem with some of these writers; they are so full of themselves they’re producing what I call (IBook’s); why do I say that.. Because here’s what they do; write the book, do the book cover, do the video, do their own reviews and the end result they’re the only one interested in reading the book. “Hello,” you’re writing a […]

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Funeral Directors Protesting Violence

First time, I’ve ever heard of anything like this (funeral directors protesting); a sign of the times. Just keep hope alive and pray everyday, count your blessing and spend the time you do have on earth in a productive fashion; remember time stands still for no-one…..

Original Article

(CBS News)

Detroit had 344 murders last year, and already there have been 27 homicides in January.

CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports that some funeral directors fed-up with the violence have taken to the streets to protest.

“By and large it’s the younger people that’s dying, that’s killing each other,” says O’Neil Swanson, whose family has buried Detroit’s residents for 54 years.

These days, business is booming, for all the wrong reasons.

“You think about the potential these youngsters had, just taken away, taken away,” Swanson says.

Last Sunday, dozens of Detroit’s undertakers drove a motorcade of hearses through the city’s most violent neighborhoods, bearing a simple message from the Bible.

“These are funeral directors and you’d think they’d want death calls and everything. They’re sick of it. They don’t want it. They don’t want business that way,” Swanson says.

Elaine Reebus saw the hearses in downtown Detroit as she was making funeral arrangements for her son-in-law, 36-year-old Derrius Kendricks, a married father of five, shot and killed in front of his two sons, when he tried to break up a fight.

“Do you know what I felt? I felt pride because a funeral director is coming together with his fellow funeral directors and saying enough is enough,” Reebus said.

Swanson […]

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By |January 29th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off

Rap is Dead

Rap is dead

I’ll be honest with you; I have to say without a moment of hesitation I’m fed up with rap music it has become a valuable tool for white supremacy; their objective; to instill corrupt thoughts and damage black culture, it helps inflate the ego of the young Blackman at a very perilous time; while he’s still in the process of trying to figure out this thing called life; Majority of the messages in the rap songs give false subliminal messages that will ultimately send Black men that praise n emulates rap> to prison, an early death or a life of poverty or servitude. Modern Day Rap music is just like modern day potato chips and popcorn, Allow me to explain> in the early days the bags were filled with less air, the cheese and flavoring was real, NOW all you get is a bag full of nothing but hot air with fake additives n preservatives not good for you but helps preserve white supremacy (Corporate Profit)

These modern day rappers can’t even rap without using the word nigga. I’ve heard the argument, brothas be talkin bout,” we own the word. I use to think that way too, but I’ve evolved. I would rather focus on running a business or owning some land, and furthermore per-capita as a race that’s about the only thing we use to own> n-word> now it’s been changed to Thug (Wake up). And you can blame all these popcorn niggas who sold out like> Diddy, 50, […]

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By |January 26th, 2012|Entertainment, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday Message 2014

 

You know what I love the most about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. he had faith and intelligence he could have very easily lived a prosperous and peaceful life like a lot of these modern day reverends rolling around in Bentley’s and living in multiple Mansions while more than half of their congregation is living below the poverty line but no, instead he followed through with God’s plan for his life and that took courage,  a strong relationship with the Lord> And now look; his spirit lives on- in most of us.

I’m sure there where many other men during that time that were assigned by God the perilous task of making the world aware of the in-justices during the Civil Rights Era but instead decided to live for themselves and not follow the assignment whoever those said person’s were, we in most cases never heard of them; probably dead and forgotten and was that person considered by earthly standards a true success; probably so. When are we going to learn; don’t measure a man by the size of his wallet but by the content of his character and by the success rate of completing his or her earthly assignment.

Most people don’t realize we have rent to pay on planet earth if we don’t figure out what purpose we are sent here to serve then after while we lose God’s favor and protection and fall prey to the devil’s lies. Never forget […]

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By |January 16th, 2012|Entertainment, Meditation, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

5 do’s and don’ts for self-published authors

                5  do’s and don’ts for self-publishing authors

Don’t get caught up in the excitement of completing the book, you deserve a pat on the back but don’t forget this is a business and it’s time to advertise. Furthermore, unless you plan to invest some extra time writing and letting others know that you can actually write, then your book won’t sell. Now if you’re writing just for your family and friends than that’s different but if you plan to make a full-time career from authorship then here are my suggestions.

1. Most self-publishing authors from conception to birth of their project;  do everything themselves they’re on a budget and looking to spend as less as possible; an due to the current state of the economy I understand however, don’t let that be the determining factor in the end result, you can still stay within the budget and get a professional looking end result if you’re smart.

2. The book cover is probably the single most important part of the project you shouldn’t do this part yourself unless you’re a graphic designer it is imperative that the cover matches the tone and genre of your composition in other-words, it’s your book’s first impression. You can save money by trying to get the design as close as possible to what you’re looking for, do a sketch then take it to a designer they won’t charge you as much if you give them a good depiction of what you want and in addition be open to suggestions.

3. Form relationships online thru social media; those are the individuals that will purchase your books they need to know the real you, not the self-promotion […]

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By |January 5th, 2012|Author's Edge, Look Book Review|Comments Off

7 Ways To Market Your Book

 

1. Market your new book online by creating a website with a shopping cart.

2. Sign up for a PayPal account to compliment your website. This account should be used to receive payments, as well as to make any business transactions that may occur as you market your book online

3. Create a Google Adwords account. Bid on keywords that potential readers might type into a search engine to find information on the topic that your book covers

4. Advertise your book online with a one-on-one approach by setting up informational and slightly promotional pages on Facebook and Myspace. Make contacts with book clubs, authors, publishers, owners of books stores, etc

5. Join online book clubs, writer’s groups, and community forums. Actively participate in groups that might be interested in your book genre.

6. Create a real nice book cover and market it on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr and a plethra of other social media platforms.

7. Create a 30-60 second video book trailer make it look like a movie and market on youtube and all the social media platforms designed to market video. In addition burn it to dvd and show your family, friends and book literary agents. In addition, on Amazon you can paste the url of the video on the site which will make purchasing your book more appealing.

Book-Trailer Sample


Helpful Marketing Hints


 

This is our Summer edition of Look Book Review’s 7 best books to buy- why; did lots of research, read lot’s of excerpts and book reviews in the Street Lit, Urban […]

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By |October 25th, 2011|Author's Edge, Look Book Review|Comments Off

Proof Video Marketing Works

Lately, I’ve really been relentlessly trying to enlighten folks on all the main social media streams specifically small businesses and individuals with projects on a smaller scale; music and or books that I have the tools to market their products a solid concept and a strategy can do wonders for a business. Here’s Proof ↓

 

How to Get Twitter Followers that Pay

 

 

 

 

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By |September 27th, 2011|Look Book Review, Uncategorized|Comments Off

My EBT: is it funny?

The song in question EBT; some individuals may find it
offensive thinkin, “ohh just anotha ignorant rapper talkin s**t”,
however states are now in the process of  facilitating a tighter enforcement
and time limits on cash benefit and food assistance and when state budgets are
in the red, programs that assist the poor are the first to go, it’s estimated
in the state of Michigan 11,000 households will lose their $500-a-month benefit
by October 1. Advocates for the poor said imposing time limits might have made
sense when Michigan’s employment picture was brighter. Losers under the
legislation, they say, nearly 30,000 children whose parents will have to find
work in a much tougher job climate.

 

Meanwhile,the republican base; still claiming that taxing
the rich will hurt job growth????? So as a result of this song; that’s goin
viral at a very fast rate, there will be backlash more than likely for minority
families that really need the assistance.

There may be some people out there thinkin, ” hey I
don’t think my tax paying dollars should be spent on welfare anyway, I can
sympathize with that thought process however the government has proven time and
time again that they specialize in wasteful spending that’s why were in this
greater than the great depression economic conundrum in the first place, so why
not help some people in need after all my generation will probably never see
any social security benefits a program that we are paying into.

My message to the politicians; please don’t’ let a few people
that abuse the program effect those that really need it…..Funny song but it
won’t be funny when our brotha’s n sista’s ain’t eatin.

 

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By |September 27th, 2011|Entertainment, Politics, Uncategorized|Comments Off

The president & black issues

Is the president fighting hard enough for Black America? Do we at least deserve some acknowledgement as far as the economic situation of African Americans?

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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By |September 17th, 2011|Entertainment, Politics|Comments Off

Welcome to Minoritie Report

This is an Interview by Tish The Dish Robert’s on Black History Month 2012; who is Minoritie Report? The interviewee; the creator of Minoritie Report “Rod Hope” reason why I’m Posting this; it’s an article that personifies what we at Minoritie Report Stand for (hope you enjoy).

In respect and acknowledgement of the fact that the month of February is “Black History Month” in the United States of America, we have to give props to a man by the name of Rod Hope. Not only is he not waiting for things to happen, he is paying it forward by promoting authors in his “Look Book Review” campaign. He is an innovator/trendsetter and the CEO of the “Minoritie Report.” He has his hand on the pulse of the heart beat of the next level in on-line marketing and we wanted to catch up to his rhythm. As a fan of both him and his brand, I decided to put him and his purpose here on our “Virtual Stage” for you! Please enjoy this story, and feel free to leave any comments or questions at the end of this article. Well, until next time…Faith, Hope & Love FTW – Tish Roberts

I began our interview by asking him exactly, “who he was and what was his mission”, and he replied:

“I am Rod Hope and wanted to brand myself with a concept that could help educate and entertain the masses. The “Minoritie Report” is not the first time that folks have heard that title. Usually, it is Steven Spielberg’s name that first comes to mind or Tom Cruise. However, the first time I heard the title I began thinking, it must be a movie about some brothers; but […]

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By |September 7th, 2011|Entertainment, Look Book Review, Politics|Comments Off
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    Richard Sherman: Double standard exists between race, fighting in sports

Richard Sherman: Double standard exists between race, fighting in sports

Streaming TV case before Supreme Court on Tuesday

Athletes Want Salary; NCAA OK’S Celery

NCAA council approves proposal for unlimited

meals, snacks for DI athletes

Robert Deutsch – USA TODAY Sports

   By Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA’s legislative council has approved a proposal to expand the meal allowance for athletes.

If approved by the board of directors April 24, Division I schools could provide unlimited meals and snacks to everyone who plays a college sport, including walk-ons.

Tuesday’s vote came eight days after Shabazz Napier closed out Connecticut’s championship run by complaining that he sometimes went to bed “starving” because he couldn’t afford food.

Committee members also voted to reduce the penalty for a first positive drug test from a full season to a half season if it’s not for a performance-enhancing drug. The NCAA only tests during championship events.

The council also approved a measure to create a three-hour break between preseason football practices.

All changes would take effect Aug. 1.

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Feed a spouse, starve an argument?

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter of HealthDay

Study using voodoo dolls suggests irritable partners should grab a snack before speaking.

(HealthDay News) — Is your spouse biting your head off at the end of a long day? It may be hunger more than anger that’s fueling the bad mood, according to a new study that used voodoo dolls and air horns to test spousal aggression.

For the research, 107 middle-aged, married couples were given glucose meters to keep tabs on their blood sugar. They checked it once in the morning on an empty stomach and then again just before bed every day for 21 days. The couples had been married, on average, for about 12 years.

Each husband or wife was also given a voodoo doll and told it represented their mate. At the end of each day, couples were asked to stick pins in the dolls to reflect the level of anger they were feeling toward their partners. They could use up to 51 pins at a time.

They were asked to complete this task privately since a glimpse at a much-punctured doll might set off a spat all by itself, thus skewing the study results. Each spouse recorded the number of daily pins used in the dolls.

At the end of the study, the couples visited a lab where they completed an additional test. The test pitted each spouse against each other in a video game. The winner of each round of the game was allowed to blast the losing spouse with an unpleasant noise through […]

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Honeymoon slaying suspect charged in South Africa

                                          AP Photo: Matt Dunham, File

      By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA of Associated Press

Shrien Dewani, the British man accused of having his wife murdered during their honeymoon in South Africa,

arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A British man accused of arranging the killing of his wife on their honeymoon was charged with murder in South Africa on Tuesday, hours after arriving from Britain following a lost battle to avoid extradition.

Shrien Dewani landed at Cape Town’s international airport in a plane chartered by South Africa’s justice ministry because of concerns about security and adequate monitoring of his medical condition if he had taken a commercial flight, the ministry said in a statement. The government “did not want to take chances” with Dewani’s transfer because of “undisputed evidence” during his extradition hearing that he had shown suicidal tendencies, according to the ministry.

Lawyers for the 34-year-old businessman say he suffers from post-traumatic stress and depression and is unfit to stand trial. He arrived in South Africa with an escort consisting of a doctor, a nurse and officials from Interpol and the South African police, the government said.

Dewani’s 28-year-old bride, Anni, was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in a poor area of Cape Town in November 2010. Dewani, who denies wrongdoing, is accused of hiring men to kill his wife and make it look […]

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