"I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life." - Muhammad Ali
"Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can." - Arthur Ashe
submitted by Joaquin M. Turley, Jr.
"I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life." - Muhammad Ali
Actor Derek Luke is making his way to television, where he will be starring as paramedic Cameron Boone in NBC's new medical drama, "Trauma." Luke made his big screen debut in the film "Antwone Fisher." a few years back. Recently, he portrayed Sean "Diddy" Combs in the biopic "Notorious." Speaking of "Notorious", late rapper Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, has donated a collection of his writings to the Robert W. Wooddruff Library at Atlanta University Center, that included rough drafts of his lyrics, poems, and even a photocopy of his contract with Suge Knight and Death Row Records were given. Now that we mention a university, Hampton University will be hosting a marriage summit Tuesday in Virginia, to discuss the state of marriage and talk about how to reverse trends such as high divorce rates and out-of-wedlock births.
50 Cent's latest project, The 50th Law book, 50's strategic advice book on life and how to become successful, debuted in the top tier of the New York Times' best-sellers list last week. Talk about a list, THE UK’s 100 most powerful people of African and Caribbean heritage are unveiled this week in the second annual edition of The Powerlist: Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People, with Baroness Scotland as number one. I wonder which MBA students will make this next list? Chrysler Group LLC hosts unique annual event that enables MBA candidates from 22 of the nation's leading business schools to compete for scholarships. Finally, Nick Cannon has been named Chairman of TV Network TeenNick!
“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan
"Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” -Michael Jordon
After hitting the Philippines hard, Typhoon Ketsana makes its way to the Vietnam, killing at least 23 people as it brought flooding and winds of up to 90 mph. More on world news, American, European, and Israeli spies disagree on if Iran is designing warheads, going against last week when President Barack Obama stood with the leaders of Britain and France to denounce Iran's construction of a secret plant. Speaking of weapons, Afghan immigrant accused of plotting to turn common chemicals into explosives Najibullah Zazi, is to be arraigned in a Brooklyn courtroom on charges he conspired to use weapons of mass destruction.
Three teens arrested in Albert's death; Silvanus Shannon, 19; Eric Carson, 16; and Eugene Riley, 18, were seen on videotape attacking 16-year-old honor student Derrion Albert in Chicago, and were charged with first degree murder and held without bail. Speaking of criminals, cybercriminals are becoming more craftier, and you need to pay attention to where your information is going, like watching who you give your social security number to, reading privacy policies, and be cautious on how much you tell about yourself on social networks. More on criminals, Police in Connecticut have taken Heather Brown into custody, because she is suspected of robbing at least six banks in the past week by saying she has a bomb on her. I wonder how much money she got away with? Well in this next story, Mexican and Colombian officials working with U.S. agents have seized about $41 million in cash hidden in shipping containers, along a drug trade route.
Michelle Obama joins forces with husband in bid to get the 2016 Olympics to be held in Chicago, and jokingly warned first lady of Brazil "gloves are off" in quest to land Games. While Chicago is looking to win the Olympic bid, Starbucks is looking to take a slice of the $21 billion global instant-coffee market, by launching an instant brew on Tuesday. Dell has also launched a new product. Dell unveiled its latest high-end, ultra-thin personal computer, Latitude Z, calling it the world's thinnest and lightest 16-inch laptop, at 4.5 pounds and less than one inch thick.
Recently, Facebook was asked to take down a poll that asked, "Should Obama be Killed?" , where at least 700 plus people have already participated. Facebook did not create this poll; one of it's users did. However, Facebook is taking the matter very seriously. Secret Service is also investigating.
Last week I wrote an article about the racism that has been tied in the attacks towards Obama, and I am guessing people would argue that this attack isn't racist either. Who does this? If this has everything to do with health care reform, then were other president's who introduced a cry for a change in our health care system attacked in this same manner? I strongly believe that people are "showing their true colors", and are really taking the attacks towards Obama too far. I can bet that this is racially motivated. I know I know...I am jumping to conclusions, because the user that created this poll could very well be black, but I can bet money that they are not.
Take a look at the poll below. How do you feel about this poll?
The "Keeping Up" Tip of the day gives us a few tips on what to put in a follow-up email after exchanging business cards with someone at a networking event. It is very important that you follow-up with people that you meet, especially if they can help you in your professional career. If someone gives you their business card, they want you to contact them. It is extremely important that you contact someone you have met within 3 days after meeting them. You never know what opportunities can come out of your follow-up. Below are a few tips that you can include in your follow-up email:
- Include the name of the event in the subject line
- If it was a professional contact, start email off with dear, and end with sincerely
- Make sure to say "nice to meet you" or "I enjoyed meeting you"
- Bring up something you discussed the day of the event
- Ask for a chance to possibly meet up with the person face to face
- Include contact information
- Keep it short and to the point!
"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." -Steven Biko
"The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now." - Bill Cosby
"Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind." - Quincy Jones
Today, in 1868, the Opelousas massacre occurred. This awful massacre occurred in St. Landry Parish Louisiana where local blacks were killed by violent whites. The massacre started when three local whites beat up an 18-year old man named Emerson Bently, a white editor of the local Republican newspaper and a teacher with the Freedmen's Bureau. Local blacks came to his rescue, were arrested, taken to jail and hung that night. I the next few days, armed whites went on a "Negro hunt", killing an estimated 200 blacks.
(sources: African American Registry)
Iran has test-fired one of the longest-range missiles in Tehran's arsenal, capable of striking Isreal and U.S. Mideast bases and parts of Europe. More on world news, Tropical Storm Ketsena has flooded northern Philippines, leaving thousands without water, food, power, and over 100 people dead. This is devastating and this next story might be devastating to hundreds of kids. President Barack Obama wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go, because the lack of hours they currently do have put them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. While school days might be longer, so is the list of applications for Social Security. The recession hit and many older workers found themselves laid off with no place to turn but Social Security, increasing the amount of early retirement claims, forcing Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years.
French authorities show support to filmmaker Roman Polanski's family, after he was arrested on a 1970 sexual-offense charge evolving 13-year old girl. Former President Bill Clinton says the lack of support and attacks on President Barack Obama is not good for the country, and argues that the "vast right-wing conspiracy" that attacked him during his presidency has been weakened, but continues to operate against President Obama. Limited cargo traffic continues to flow today, after auxiliary lock, used to relieve blocked river traffic, broke Sunday morning, in the Ohio River, stopping barge traffic for several hours. Well, New York Governor David Patterson is not letting the White House break him and force him not to run in the next election, after it's been reported that the White House urged him not to run for re-election in 2010, due to his approval ratings being below 20 percent.
The Baseball World Cup was big news in Cuba, regardless of the U.S. beating Cuba 10-5. The news of the win got overshadowed in the U.S. due to the coverage of Major League baseball, professional football, or other sports stories that developed on Sunday. Well, Xerox has big news also. Xerox announced a $6.4 billion cash-and-stock deal Monday to acquire Affiliated Computer Services in a move that will triple Xerox’s services revenue.
Floyd Mayweather's victory over Juan Manuel Marquez last weekend generated an impressive 1 million pay-per-view buys, and now is becoming pay-per-view king. That is an A+ in my book, and a new study found the the NFL has improved its hiring practices to increase diversity, earning an A- for racial hiring practices. Keep up the good work NFL. Good work always pays off, and it show in this next story. E. Lynn Harris rocked the literacy world before his death in July. Now September 25 has been declared 'E. Lynn Harris Day,' where friends, colleagues and noted authors will gather to read excerpts from his latest novel, 'Mama Dearest,' and share some of their fondest memories of the best-selling author.
Thursday afternoon true MJ fans waited in line for nearly two-and-a-half days for advance tickets to "Michael Jackson's 'This is It'" concert documentary. I wonder how many people will be lined up for this item from this next icon? The rocking chair Dr. King enjoyed extensively, particularly while writing his seminal 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, will be at the 20th Century Icons auction at the Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas.
Scientists working for a nonprofit research and development organization have just produced a safer and cheaper drug for African countries where 60 million people are at risk from the deadly bite of the tsetse fly. Speaking of health, antiabortion black ministers plan to endorse Obama's health care plan, that reinforces the president's assertion that taxpayer dollars won't pay for abortions. Speaking of dollars, at the Clinton Global Initiative, Chairman and Founder of UNL, Usher Raymond, pledged $1 million to Powered By Service to support young people as they address the world's most pressing problems through innovative service projects.
-Keep Up and Stay Positive!
In 2007 African Americans accounted for 51% of HIV/AIDS diagnoses, and the largest amount HIV/AIDS diagnoses among adolescents and adults were among men who have sex with men. From 2004 to 2007, HIV diagnoses have increased 15%. Do not become an HIV/AIDS statistic!
Here are a few tips on protecting yourself:
Get tested - KNOW YOUR STATUS! You don't want to risk infecting others, or not detecting the HIV virus soon enough. When getting an HIV test you are also tested for other STDs. Get tested with a friend if you are nervous, and there are clinics that will test you anonymously. Ignorance is not bliss. You can be infected and NOT realize it!
Ask questions - Have you ever had an STD? When was the last time you were tested for HIV and other STDs? Have you ever been sexually active with another man? Have you ever used drugs and when doing so used needles or syringes? Do NOT be afraid to ask questions, it is foolish to believe that people will offer such information willingly. If they beat around the bush or get upset those are red flags.
Use protection - Use regular condoms or female condoms or a dental dam. Spermicide does NOT protect against HIV. Do not share needles or syringes.
Stand by your decision/beliefs - Do not allow yourself to be rushed into having sex with someone. If you are abstaining from sex until marriage, continue to do so. Sex isn't going anywhere, and you have a few less things to worry about. It never hurt anybody to keep their legs closed.
Trust your instincts - Sometimes you get the feeling or thought that you should not be doing something, or something is off about someone. Trust that feeling or thought.
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR HEALTH!
Do you or someone you know have HIV? How has it affected your life, or theirs? Have you been tested? Share your experience!
For information go to http://www.cdc.gov/.
*Please note: HIV/AIDS is not an airborne virus. HIV does not survive well in the environment and the risk of transmission is virtually zero. HIV is transmitted in the following ways: sharing needles and/or syringes with someone who is infected; through birth, blood, transfusions of infected blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk, an open cut, or a mucous membrane (eyes or inside nose). You cannot be infected with HIV through saliva, water, or insects such as mosquito's. Use precautions, such as gloves, when coming in contact with fluids that could contain infected blood, urine, feces, or vomit.
"Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution." -Hank Aaron
"There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you if you don't repeat it." -Pearl Bailey
President Barack Obama on Friday urged Iran to come clean about it's nuclear activities, saying that it's secret nuclear fuel site shows Tehran's unwillingness to follow international rules, which requires countries to disclose such facilities at the beginning of construction. This was said at the beginning of the G-20 summit. Speaking of G-20, they will be taking on a serious role. A group of eight major industrial nations use to have the role of board of directors for the global economy, but will be taken over by the larger G-20, because countries needed to build a stronger, more balanced global economy, reform the financial system, and lift the lives of the poorest. They need to discuss world peace, because of situations like the next story. Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old shuttle driver at the Denver airport, was indicted in New York on charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Sources say he received explosives training from al-Qaida, and went from one beauty supply store to another, buying up large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and nail-polish remover, in a chilling plot to build bombs for attacks on U.S. soil.
-Keep Up and Stay Positive!
"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today." -Malcolm X
"I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true." -Debi Thomas
Iran is willing to have its nuclear experts meet with scientists from the United States and other world powers as a confidence-building measure aimed at resolving concerns about Tehran's nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday at the UN meeting. While the UN meeting happened Wednesday, a Group of 20 world leaders will meet for two days to focus on the worldwide financial crisis, and plot how to avoid a repeat in the future. In what appeared to be the most visible demonstration yet of this week's G-20 summit, four people attached to a massive banner dangled from a Pittsburgh bridge Wednesday to protest the global economic meeting. Greenpeace, the environmental activist group, claimed responsibility for the stunt, wanting to send a message to G-20 leaders calling for more attention to the issue of global climate change. More on world news, In Thailand, for the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, cutting the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31 percent in the world's largest AIDS vaccine.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick plans to name Paul G. Kirk as an interim U.S. senator from Massachusetts, taking the place of former Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Sources say that he is the Kennedy families choice. Sources also say that the prime suspect in April’s Craigslist crime spree may be behind bars. Twenty-three-year-old Philip Markoff, a second year medical student at Boston University, is charged with murder, attempted robbery, kidnapping, robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty. If he did it, I hope that he get's the punishment he deserves. But the wife of Governor Paterson from New York says that her husband is being treated unfairly. She says it is "very unfair," that her husband has been asked not to run for re-election by President Barack Obama.
Nintendo said it is cutting the price of its popular Wii video-game console by $50 to $199.99. Speaking of cutting prices in this economy, Filmmaker Michael Moore takes on capitalism in his latest documentary. His new film, "Capitalism: A Love Story," where Moore says Wall Street took our money and made bets with it, opened Wednesday in New York and Los Angeles, California, and opens nationwide next week. I wonder if this movie will truly shine light on some of the reasons our economy might be how it is. But on to good news, the number of people who filed for initial unemployment claims for the week of Sept. 19 fell by a seasonally-adjusted 21,000 to 530,000. This next story might not be good for every city; Citigroup Inc plans to cut down its U.S. branch network to six big metropolitan areas, New York, Washington, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
How do you feel about ghost writers writing for popular rappers?
How do you feel about the mistreatment of women in Hip Hop?
Answer these questions and read the article on the Annual Bootleg Hip Hop Festival by clicking on this link.
The following message is forwarded at the request of UDC-DCSL students who are working to save Time Dollar Youth Court.(The Message was passed along from ThroatchopUniversity.com)
On August 31, 2009, the Time Dollar Youth Court received formal notice that its application for funding for 2009-2010 had been DENIED. Unless further action is taken, Youth Court will be FORCED TO SHUT DOWN on October 1, 2009.
The Time Dollar Youth Court is the ONLY court approved diversion program in DC that provides alternatives to detention, prosecution and residential placement/prison for juvenile offenders. The Time Dollar Youth Court operates at a cost of $511 per child. According to a recent study, taxpayers save $9,200 for each case diverted to a Youth Court; therefore, the Youth Court has already saved the District over $5 MILLION this year and almost $9 MILLION last year. (Download a fact sheet in PDF format)
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
We are asking you to contact the Mayor and your Councilmember IMMEDIATELY and tell them to save Youth Court.
To contact the Mayor’s Office, call 311 or (202) 727-2980.
To contact your Councilmember, click here: www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/contactuscouncil
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Please take the time to show your support for this important DC program!
"Well, if you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!" -Count Basie
"Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise." -Alice Walker
Written by Joaquin M. Turley, Jr. (Make sure to check out discussion questions at the end of article)
Over the past week, Sep 16-19, the second annual Bootleg Festival took place in the Washington D.C. area. It was put on by Words Beats and Life, Inc. and the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. This festival is about many things but focuses mainly on the evolution of various aspects of Hip-Hop not as a genre but a way of life. There were workshops, film screenings, concerts and panels all over the D.C. area throughout the duration of the event.
I went to a panel discussing the misogyny of women in hip hop. Misogyny is the hatred or mistreatment of women. So several issues were discussed along the lines of how women are thought of or degraded within hip-hop and how before we as a community can change these images, we must change the mindset of how we treat our women as a whole. Toni Blackman and friend Hanifah Walidah were the most outspoken on the panel of five which was comprised of all females. Below is a picture of the two together.
There was also a film festival which showcased various issues surrounding African-Americans and musical forms. The 2009 Jury Award Winner entitled "Say My Name" actually took place before the panel discussion. I highly suggest women sink their teeth into this most tasty documentary because it takes a hard hitting look into the world of Hip-hop from a woman’s perspective and points out the double standards surrounding their careers and lives. MC Lyte expressed, "It takes more than just lyrics. Women MC’s names are bigger than their record sales. As Rah Digga expressed her intolerance of how hip-hop is changing as a whole. She stated, "I write all my rhymes" and went on to say she lost respect for the "game" when she found out about all of the ghost writers writing for popular rappers.
It also shed light on the different ways women receive attention both negative and positive within the industry and mirrors how women must go above and beyond to receive the same ‘props’ as men do. Perhaps the most intriguing issue was the fact that many of the unknown artists who were featured felt as though more established acts were not representing female M.C.’s the correct way. In the panel discussion, this was also touched on as many women stated how there are so many issues women face that popular female rappers don’t talk about.After the panel and films, The Circus Concert took place and showcased the young talent in the D.C. area. Acts performing were Bomani "D’Mite Armah, Educated Consumers, Lyriciss, J Ferb, M1 Platoon, Rosetta Stoned and The Five One.
For more information on the festival please visit…. www.bootlegfestdc.com
How do you feel about ghost writers writing for popular rappers? How do you feel about the mistreatment of women in Hip Hop?
The Obama administration will announce a new policy Wednesday making it much more difficult for the government to claim that it is protecting state secrets when it hides details of sensitive national security strategies, something that the Bush Administration claimed throughout their term. Former U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin didn't actually have an important announcement, but she did recently speak in Asia in front of a group of global investors to share her views from "Main Street U.S.A", at an annual conference where they came to discuss a wide-ranging talk about governance, economics and U.S. and Asian affairs. Speaking of other countries, a pall of red dust blown in from the Outback clogged the skies over Sydney, Australia disrupting public transportation and causing people to have extreme breathing problems.
Department of Homeland Security and FBI issues security bulletins to raise awareness regarding "terrorist interest" in attacking sports and entertainment venues, but there are currently no credible or specific terrorist attacks at this time. While there is no emergency yet regarding terrorist attacks, there has been a state of emergency declared in Ventura County, California due to a wildfire that officials fear fire could breach pipelines connected to oil-pumping rigs. I hope some how the country is offering California our support. President Barack Obama is seeking the support of the other world leaders, as he plans to speak in front of the U.N General Assembly regarding nuclear non-proliferation, Mideast conflict, terrorism, poverty, and disease.
A fertility clinic implanted the wrong embryos into a couple, but the couple plans to go through with the birth, and then hand it over to the right couple. The fertility made a huge mistake, just like the Valley Swim Club. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission issued a finding of probable cause Tuesday that racism was involved in the decision last June by a suburban Philadelphia swim club to revoke privileges of a largely minority day care center. This next story is all wrong. Actress Mackenzie Phillips reveals she had a long-term incestuous relationship with her famous father, musician John Philips, while being a heavy drug user. But on to some good news, Bank of America and Chase Bank are easing their overdraft rule and are lowering fees and changing the way they debit consumer accounts, among other changes.
The "Keeping Up" Tip of the day was submitted by one of our readers, Mercii, and comes from Yahoo! HotJobs: Why Your Resume Get's Tossed".
The article discuss five reasons that your resume could possibly be thrown out before someone would even consider reading the entire resume. The author of the article points out the average recruiter sees 5,000 resumes a year. That number would cause any recruiter to want to limit the amount of resumes that they actually have to read. The author wants to warn you ahead of time, so that you do not make simple mistakes that would have your resume end up in the throw away pile.
Here is one of the reasons:
Numbers Don't Add Up
If accomplishments can be quantified, do it -- but use discretion. Brandishing borderline performance numbers signals a lack of experience and bad judgment. "Phrases like 'managed a budget of $500,000' or 'led a team of two' might catch my eye in a bad way," warns Olaf Weckesser, a former recruiter for McKinsey & Co. Better to spin it as "managed company's largest budget."
Adds Alexandra DeMarino, a Citigroup recruiter: "If a small number is impressive, you absolutely have to put it in context." Because you can't provide context for academic numbers, don't include GMAT scores below 650 if you're targeting a top firm. DeMarino suggests bragging about nothing less than a 3.7 GPA.
Click here to find out the other four reasons...