Friday's Top Ways to Keep Up...

1. Career experts agree that in today's job market you must be creative, and the regular methods of a getting a job might not be as beneficial as before. I found an interesting story that was inspiring and was an interesting approach to landing a dream job. Below is the story:


When 48-year-old Steve Kaye found himself without a job 18 months ago, he tried all the usual job search tactics, including networking and looking online. But when he looked around for a job fair near his home in Boca Raton, Fla., he saw nothing that fit his needs.That gave Kaye an idea: Start his own fair.

The trained sales manager invited in 18 different companies -- all hiring -- along with 400 attendees. "The whole point was to get people to start talking to people," he said. And they did: Thirty people were hired. And he's since gone on to coordinate more job fairs and career information sessions in his area.

"I haven't made any money, just lots of good friends," he said. One of those new friends recommended Kaye for a sales position at Successories, a company that sells motivational products. Within a week he got a call from the head of the company and was invited in for an interview the next day. After a short trial period, Kaye was offered a position as a full-time senior consultant. Within days, his titled was changed to vice president of sales and customer care.

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I think this story shows you that you must sell yourself in a creative way and networking is key. While Kaye was creating an outlet for other's to get a job, he showed his talent through the planning of the event, and he was able to network with companies and people seeking jobs. He killed two birds with one stone. Take this story and force yourself to sell yourself in a way that makes you shine above the rest. Also, don't be afraid to help others in need.

2. Oprah has launched a campaign to get people to pledge that they will stop talking, texting, and emailing on their cell phones while driving in the car. She recently had a show where she had many people come on the show and talk about how they have been effected by the use of cellphones in cars. People lost family members and someone on the show actually killed someone because he was talking on the phone. If you think you are not one of these people, you probably are. We all have occasionally picked up our phone while we were driving. All it takes is one time for you to cause an accident, and that accident can result in the death of yourself or someone else. Oprah is asking everyone to take a "No Phone Zone Pledge".

I pledge to make my car a No Phone Zone. Beginning right now, I will do my part to help put an end to distracted driving by not texting or using my phone while I am driving. I will ask other drivers I know to do the same. I pledge to make a difference.

Click here to make your pledge today...

3. Keep your data on your Facebook page off of search engines.

To keep your data private and out of the search engines, do the following:

1. From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the top right and click "Privacy Settings" from the list that appears.

2. Click "Search" from the list of choices on the next page.

3. Click "Close" on the pop-up message that appears.

4. On this page, uncheck the box labeled "Allow" next to the second setting "Public Search Results." That keeps all your publicly shared information (items set to viewable by "Everyone") out of the search engines. If you want to see what the end result looks like, click the "see preview" link in blue underneath this setting.

Click here to find out more ways to protect your privacy on Facebook.

4. If you have a blackberry, then you may have experienced your trackball having difficulties with scrolling up or down at times. This can be the most annoying technical difficulty. It prevents you from being able to navigate through your phone and properly use your device. I mentioned my complaints on twitter and people replied with ways to fix my trackball. I tried one of the methods and wanted to share it with all blackberry users. You may or may not know this already, but all you have to do is take a q-tip and put rubbing alcohol on the trackball. It really works!

5. Healthy ways to relax and Recharge

Go for a walk.
Spend time in nature.
Call a good friend.
Sweat out tension with a good workout.
Write in your journal.
Take a long bath.
Light scented candles
Savor a warm cup of coffee or tea.
Play with a pet.
Work in your garden.
Get a massage.
Curl up with a good book.
Listen to music.
Watch a comedy


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12 Great Part-Time Jobs

In this economy, a regular 9 to 5 might not be enough to help you truly survive these difficult times. Below are a few part-time jobs you may be able to do on the side that might help boost your monthly income. Don't be afraid to do things that you feel like might be beneath your degree. It is those that are willing to grind it out no matter what that will be the ones that make it to the top. If you can balance a day job and a side job, you will prepare yourself to have to deal with a larger balance one day. Also, why not work multiple jobs now while you have time. You can also save more money by doing this. Take your side money and put it straight into your savings account. Take a look...

1. Bartending: Check out your local bars for a chance to do guest bartending. It usually only requires you to bring a certain amount of your friends to the bar with you and you can bartend for a night. You can also sign up for bartending classes to get your bartending license. You can then get night bartending gigs during the week. If you are good enough, you may even get an opportunity to do it on the weekends. I recommend bartending because it is fast cash. You can make a lot of money in one night.

2. Dog Walker: You clearly have to love animals to do this, but why not offer your next door neighbors to walk their dogs on the weekends. Create some rates, and make a little spending money. You only have to put money into some fliers to pass around the neighborhood.

3. Pet Sitters: Besides dog walking, you can even offer to babysit dogs at your home. This really works for people that either have dogs already, or people that have been yearning for a dog but can't afford it just yet.

4. Substitute teacher: This might not work if you have a 9 to 5, but it can work if you have a lot of part-time jobs. Check your local schools.

5. Waiter: Besides bartending, this is another way to make some fast cash. This is another job where you will be able to bring home cash nightly. You can easily do this on the weekend.

6. Babysitting: Offer to watch someones kids for a few hours and make a few quick bucks.

7. House sitter: A lot of people go out of town and are looking for someone to watch their house. If it is a nice house, you will kind of get a little mini vacation out of it and make some cash.

8. Elderly sitting: There are so many people that have their mother or father living with them, and sometimes they want to get out. Just like offering to watch someones kids, offer to watch their mother or grandmother.

9. Ebay: Participate in this online market by selling your items. Etsy: Here is another online market place to sell your items.

10. Teach older people how to use the computer and Internet: There are so many older people that do not know how to use the Internet, but probably need to learn if they are trying to communicate in today's society. Make some money off of offering tutoring lessons.

11. Office and home organizer: Are you extremely organized? You should put your skills to use and offer to organize someones home, office, closets, kitchens, etc....to people that have a hard time doing it themselves.

12. Tutor: Look up your local tutoring programs, and become a tutor today. You can even become a private tutor for a kid in your neighborhood.

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Keeping Up Daily..Top News Stories to Help You Keep Up

The fastest way to read the morning news...


MSNBC host Chris Matthews made a comment after President Barack Obama's State of the Union stating, "I forgot he was black." "He is post-racial, by all appearances," the liberal host said on the air. "I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he's gone a long way to become a leader of this country, and past so much history, in just a year or two. I mean, it's something we don't even think about." Matthews meant this as a praise, but it had many people calling the quote a troubling sign that blackness is viewed — perhaps unconsciously — as a handicap that still needs to be overcome. From one point I understand his praise. It is great to look at a person and not see the color of their skin, which is how we should view each other. On the other hand, people don't want to be de-raced. It also shows that people largely looked at Obama's race as a handicap to his position.


Paul R. Jones, a collector of African-American art who donated troves of works to universities in Delaware and Alabama, has died. He was 81. People like this helped keep the black culture alive. He kept our young people cultured, which very few take the time to do.

The NAACP called for the firing of three police officers it says beat high school student Jordan Miles who was guilty only of "walking while black" in Homewood. The Pittsburgh branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said officers accused of beating Jordan Miles should be terminated and charged criminally with violating the 18-year-old's civil rights. I say lock them up!

In celebration of Black History Month, the PGA(Golf) Historical Center, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., has unveiled a tribute to influential African Americas who paved the path for diversity and equal treatment for everyone who plays the game. Among those honored are three African American pioneers -- Ted Rhodes, John Shippen and Bill Spiller, who were denied the opportunity to become PGA Members during their professional careers. And this is what Black History Month is about, EVERYONE taking time to recognize the contributions of African Americans. We hear about the same people every year during Black History Month. I am sure that tribute teaches us a lot about African Americans we may not have never heard of.

Jasmina Anema, the 6-year-old New York girl who was fighting against leukemia, has passed away on January 27th. This little girl fought an amazing battle and touched the hearts of hundreds of people. It makes you think...if she was strong enough to fight...you can fight for anything.

John Legend has teamed up with documentary director Davis Guggenheim to create the the new film 'Waiting for Superman', which examines innovative efforts to reform schools in several cities, such as Washington, D.C., Harlem and Los Angeles. After Chris Rocks "Good Hair" and now Legend's dive into the school systems, I hope that this opens the flood gates for more entertainers to show us really what is going on in our communities. People are more willing to listen to people like them. If people are watching...teach!

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world's poorest countries. These two just keep giving! They probably could build Haiti back up by themselves, and would still be wealthy.

American mothers donated breast milk to the Haiti relief efforts, and 140 tiny but powerful bottles of milk arrived for newborns struggling in Haiti. This was an interesting way to give. I love specific gifts that we know are going towards a specific need.

The U.S. economy grew a better-than-expected 5.7% in the fourth quarter of 2009, making it the fastest pace in our economy since 2003.

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A Recap of President Barack Obama's State of the Union...

I have provided a recap of President Barack Obama's State of the Union. Below are the basic areas that Obama addressed. I hope that this gives you a basic idea of the President's agenda. Below are also some questions to get a feel of what you thought about the speech. Let's discuss!

Some of his most memorable statements...

"The Worst of the storm has passed"
"The struggles are the reason I ran for President."
"I've never been more hopeful about the future of America than today."
"I do no accept second place for the United States of America."
"The parties must come together."
"Everyday can't be an election day."
"We were sent here to serve our citizens not our ambitions"

The Bank Bailout

-"I hated the bank bailout."
-The fact is, if we didn't do the bailout more jobs might have been lost.
-We have recovered most of the money we spent on the banks.
-To recover the rest, I propose a fee on the biggest banks. If these banks can afford to pay bonuses again, then they can afford to pay tax payers back.

Tax Cuts

-We cut taxes for Small Businesses
-We cut taxes for 1st time home buyers.
-We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college
-Income taxes have not been raised.

Jobs

-The Recovery Act, also known as the Stimulus Bill, has helped save jobs.
-Jobs must be our number one focus in 2010. "I am calling for a new bill tonight."
-Proposes that 30 billion of the money wall street banks have repaid be used to give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat.
-Proposes a tax credit to one million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages.
-Eliminate all capital gain taxes on small business investments, and provide a tax incentive for small and large businesses to invest in new plants & equipment.
-Put Americans to work building the infrastructure of tomorrow.
-Give rebates to Americans that make their homes more energy efficient, which will support clean energy jobs.
-Put Americans to work building clean energy facilities.
-To encourage businesses to stay within our border, there will be tax breaks to those that create jobs in America.
-We need to make sure that consumers & middle class families have the information they need to make financial decisions.
-We need to encourage American innovation.
-We need to export more goods.
-Tonight we will plan to double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support over 2 million jobs in America.
-To help meet this goal, we are launching a national export initiative that will help farmers and small businesses increase their exports. Also, reform export controls consistent with national security.

Education

-We need to invest in the skills & education of our people.
-This year we are launching a national competition to improve our schools.
-To turn poverty around we need a world class education.
-High school diplomas are not longer enough to get a decent job
-"I am encouraging Senate to pass a bill that will revitalize our community colleges, which are career pathways to the children of so many working families."
-To make college more affordable,
a. A proposed $10,000 tax cut for four years of college.
b. 1 million students will only have to spend 10% of their income on student loans.
c. All loans will be forgiven after 20 years & 10 years if they decide to have a career in public service.
-"No one should go broke if they choose to go to college."

Economy

-To help rescue the economy, there is a proposed freeze on government spending for three years, that excludes money spent on national security, medicare, Medicaid, and social security.

National Security

- We are leaving Iraq to its people. We will be out of Iraq by the end of this August. This war is ending, and all of our troops are coming home.
-We are seeing the largest increase in investments for veterans in the last decade.
-Michelle Obama & Joe Biden have joined together to support military families.
-We are confronting a threat of nuclear weapons and we need a strategy to reverse the spread of these weapons.
-Russia and the Unites States are working on a arms control treaty.

What do you think about Obama's shift from his focus on health care during the address?

What did you think overall about Obama's speech?

Do you agree with some of the proposals that were made by Obama?

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Keeping Up Daily..Top News Stories to Help You Keep Up

Fastest way to read the morning news...

The NBA has suspended Wizards star Gilbert Arenas for the remainder of this season for breaking it's gun rules and pleading guilty to a felony charge in Washington D.C. after meeting with NBA commissioner David Stern. Every time I read something on this story it makes me upset. How could someone be so stupid? It bothers me every time another black man jeopardizes his career. There isn't a lot of opportunities just being thrown around these days.

A 16-year-old girl has been pulled out of the rubble in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, 15 days after the earthquake struck. Rescuers say that she survived by drinking water from a bath. Talk about survival! This little girl didn't give up her own life, which is a message everyone should take to heart. Some of us aren't even living under a rubble and give up on our lives everyday.

The FBI is investigating a threat scrawled last week on a bathroom wall in a dorm at Ohio college warning that black students would be killed Feb. 2. Two black students have already withdrawn from school out of fear of their safety. It is probably a prank being pulled by one of the other students, but the incident should not be taken lightly nonetheless. The reason someone had the balls to do this, is because they are watching their politicians and media heads be outwardly racist. Please Lord let us not go back to the days of lynching. This time around I don't think it will work out well for white people.

Kamisha Menns, an attorney and former Associate in the Brussels, Belgium office of Howrey LLP, filed a $30 million lawsuit today in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Civil Division, alleging that the AmLaw100 headquartered in Washington, D.C., discriminated against her because of her race and national origin. She was the only black attorney working at this branch. She said since her first day she was subjected to escalating hostility and discrimination from colleagues, staff and supervisors. Racism cannot be ignored as a necessary battle that needs to be addressed. It is not the thoughts that linger in someones mind, but it is the actions that come from them that cannot be tolerated.

Its is now 25 years since the recording of Charity hit "We Are the World". And now, for its Anniversary, Quincy has confirmed a new version with all proceeds going to Haiti relief. This version will have vocals from Jennifer Hudson, Sherly Crow, Will Smith and more. This is amazing, almost makes you wonder, 'was this suppose to happen"? Its Exactly 25 years after the Most effective words "We Are the World" were uttered by very important people " and now they can be uttered again, for our generation to really recognize the true meaning of its message, during this tragic time for our people of Haiti! Yes We Are The World......Sure wish MJ were here to make it official :( (Commentary submitted by Lisa B)

Apple launched its new iPad tablet computer Wednesday. The iPad, which will cost between $500 and $830 depending on the model, first goes on sale in the U.S. in 60 days, followed by models with additional wireless capability in 90 days. The new tablet features wireless Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, Bluetooth and, in some models, high-speed 3G cellular connectivity. Apple continues to be the leader in innovative products. This device sounds really cool...it is like a huge iphone!

Fliers comparing Chicago Alderwoman Toni Preckwinkle, front runner for Cook County Court President, to Aunt Jemima are being distributed in the South Side. The fliers, designed to resemble parking tickets and placed beneath windshield wipers, are addressed to "Registered Voters and Concerned Citizens of Chicago" and include a photo of the 4th Ward alderwoman captioned by the phrase "Aunt Jemima On the Meter Box."The fliers seem to imply, although they don't directly state, that Preckwinkle supports Chicago's parking meter agreement with LAZ Parking. I can bet a large amount of money that the person who did this would deny this being racial and only attach it to the parking meter agreement. So why couldn't you just say you don't agree with her...what is with the picture?

The all-star "Hope for Haiti Now" album has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the first digital-only album to hit the top spot. The CD features performances by U2, Beyonce and Madonna, among others. Now this is the type of music that should be made everyday. One's that have messages and can have a positive impact on those listening.


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There Should be a Hope for Detroit Television Marathon...

There has been recent jokes made that Detroit looks as bad as Haiti, and someone needs to help the people of Detroit. For some reason that is not funny to me. The sad thing is that there are a lot of areas in Detroit that are in need of re-building. It is even more upsetting that 50% of the residents are jobless. Maybe there should be a "Hope for Detroit" marathon to help raise money for the city.

I never understood why I lived in a country that never wants to take care of home. The government barely helped the victims of Katrina, Detroit stays being criticized, but never helped, and the Bronx has one of the highest hunger rates in the nation. While it is important that we provide aid to countries that are in need, we also need to provide aid to those that live amongst us. The Republicans spend more time concerned about providing too much aid to American people, but I am confused on why you wouldn't want to do that?

Why are we not coming together and helping our fellow cities? Why aren't there parties, events, fundraisers, television marathons, and concerts being put on to help these areas? I am starting to have a Kanye moment and I am going to yell out that, "Americans don't care about Americans."

Do you think that we help our own fellow Americans enough?

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Will Obama Ever Get a Fair Chance at Running this Country?

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Tuesday, 49 percent of the public approves of the job Obama's doing in the White House, with 50 percent disapproving of how he's handling his duties.

Fifty-five percent of people questioned say they don't think Obama has paid enough attention to the most important problems, with 45 percent saying he has the right priorities. And 6 in 10 feel the president has paid more attention to financial institutions rather than the problems faced by middle-class Americans, with 28 percent disagreeing.

All of these polls recently have got me thinking...will Obama ever get a fair chance at running this country? It seems like either people have too high of expectations for him, thinking he is somewhat have a modern day Jesus sent here to save the entire human race, or people are looking for him to fail no matter what. No matter what he does it doesn't seem to be good enough. For example Bush was considered a horrible President, but when he "took care of" 911, people praised him for it for a second. When Obama decided to provide aid to the Haiti Relief efforts, someone made a comment that this plays right into Obama's hand to boost his credibility. So when Obama does good it is a game?

I am not saying that I agree with everything Obama is doing, but I am giving him a fair chance. I am just wondering if the majority of the United States is doing the same? I wonder if he was set up to fail?

Do you think Obama is and will ever get a fair chance to run the country?

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Keeping Up Daily..Top News Stories to Help You Keep Up

The fastest way to read the morning news...

South Carolina say Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer comes under fire for his recent comments comparing poor people to stray animals. "My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals," Bauer said. "You know why? Because they breed! You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that." For some reason people cannot hold their tongue these past two years. People are saying whatever ignorance comes to their mind, and are not thinking before they speak. I am glad Bauer revealed his true color.

Tyra Banks announced her latest modeling competition -- the first-ever "fiercely real" plus-sized teen model search. The only requirements? The teens must have a dress size of 12 to 20 and stand 5'9"- 6'1" tall. That is a great idea Tyra! It is time to embrace plus size modeling and show the world that you don't have to be 110 pounds to look amazing.

For the third time in four years, Pennsylvania leads the nation in the rate of black homicide victimization. According to unpublished 2007 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) data (the most recent available), the Keystone State's black homicide victimization rate of 36.36 Per 100,000 is nearly seven times the national overall homicide rate of 5.30 per 100,000. I am sure it has a lot to do with Philly. I hope this changes soon.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to raise its health funding aimed to reduce maternal mortality in Malawi. I love the Gates!

Black Enterprise shines a spotlight on the Women of Power Legacy Award winners at the Women of Power Summit, Feb. 10-13, 2010. The Legacy Award recognizes extraordinary achievers who have redefined the standards of success and inspired women of color in their individual fields and beyond. This year’s Legacy Award winners are B. Smith, Hon. Shirley Jackson, Aulana Peters, Audrey Smaltz, and Alexis Herman. I love to read about black women in power! You go girls....

Laura Bush joining advisory board for Museum of African American History and Culture. The board is working to raise money for the yet-to-be-built museum. Congrats on the new gig Laura! But I can't help but think back to when Kanye said George Bush doesn't like black people....is the same true for Laura?

Four men have been arrested in Louisiana on suspicion of trying to gain access to Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office by posing as telephone repairmen. Among those taken into custody was James O'Keefe, the conservative filmmaker who shot undercover videos targeting the community organizing group ACORN last year. I wonder what they were trying to find?

The Congressional Budget Office hiked its forecast Tuesday for how much the stimulus bill will add to the nation's deficit, raising its estimate by $75 billion to $862 billion. I just don't think we are handling our money correctly and we are spending it in the wrong places...I'm just saying.

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From Teen Purity to Teen Pregnancy..Is Sex Getting Out of Control?

Purity Balls




What use to be a time when men were in search for a virgin to marry, has now become a time when men are afraid of the problems that might arise with even dealing with a virgin. Is virginity something that is frowned upon and not even considered anymore?


I was watching a special on television about "purity" balls, where daughters pledge to their fathers that they will stay virgins until they are married. I scanned the crowd of young girls for a few seconds, and sadly came to the conclusion that more than half of them would not stay true to their promise. Do I really live in a society where it is easy for me to doubt someones promise to stay a virgin?


I mentor with the youth on Saturdays and we recently had a discussion about sex. The young boys were ages 13 to 17, and it was clear that a lot of them were already sexually active. That didn't surprise me at all. What surprised me was the fact that they were so open to not only talking about being sexually active, but also talking about how they do oral sex. This one kid yelled out, "yeah I eat the box." All of the mentors looked around in shock.


Besides the fact that they were so open about sex, they concluded the conversation saying that you are gay if you don't have sex before you are married. They didn't understand at all how a guy could even stay a virgin that long. It made me really disgusted with how sexual our society has become, and sad that we don't even hold virgins high up anymore. It is like you are an alien if you are a virgin, and sex has become the center of our society. Sex is not something that is sacred between two people, it has become something as common as which outfit you are wearing tomorrow.



Don't get me started on the story of the girls that all decided to get pregnant at the same time, or the fact that Beyonce and Rihanna promote sex like it is candy for kids, and the morning after pill is promoted like it is asprin. Are we living in a world where sex is the answer?

Would you date a virgin?
Do you think the age for having sex will keep getting lower?
Is our society too open when it comes to sex?
Is sex sacred anymore?
What do you think about the images of Beyonce and Rihanna?


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Humanity for Haiti


Keeping Up partners with Humanity for Haiti, a group of professionals that have come together to host an event for the Haiti Disaster Relief. We are excited about this partnership, for we understand the importance of coming together to really help the lives of th Haitians get back on track.

This week we are asking that you come out to Taj Lounge, Thursday January 28th for a Professional Happy Hour from 5pm to 12am, with keynote guest speakers: NYS Senator John L. Sampson and NYS Assemblyman Nick Perry.

This is a free event with $20 suggested donations. 100% of donated proceeds will go to UNICEF via Humanity for Haiti.


Location:

Taj Lounge Street
48 W. 21st St.


Please check out our site http://www.humanityforhaiti.org/ for further details!


We look forward to seeing everyone there!!



Please send me an email @ bwomack@imkeepingup.com letting me know if you can make it! I would love to know who in the "Keeping Up" Family will be attending.

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The fastest way to read the morning news...

President Obama will announce in Wednesday's State of the Union address that he's proposing to save $250 billion by freezing all non security federal discretionary spending for three years. This would exempt the budgets of the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs. Poor Obama, every decision he makes is going to be LARGELY criticized by some group. Good luck on this one.

The Montgomery and Prince George's chapters of the NAACP have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the Hyattsville police Department, alleging it discriminated against six African American officers. They say that these officers were subject to sexual harassment, wrongful terminations and a hostile work environment. We always say that racism can not be an excuse for not being able to achieve, but it makes it pretty hard when racism turns into discrimination at ones job.

The best fraternity and sorority step teams around the nation are competing at the "Sprite Step Off, " The largest step competition ever held, with $1.5 million in scholarships up for grabs. And MTV2 will be there, right up until the contest is decided on Feb. 20th in Atlanta, GA. I use to step in college so this is somewhat exciting to me. May the best team win....AKA that is! ;)

A shortage of organ and tissue donors in Pennsylvania means nearly 60 percent of those needing a transplant will wait for more than a year. Many can expect to wait for more than five years. Waiting for matched organs may mean a recipient will be sicker at the time of transplant or, worse, die waiting. African Americans in Pennsylvania can change the course of history by becoming organ and tissue donors. One organ and tissue donor can give more than 50 people a second chance at life. All I can say is, "Do more for other's than you do for yourself."

Black Enterprise is bringing together BE100s CEOs, government officials, and economists to offer the administration solutions. On Thursday, the conference, 20/20 Vision: A Look Ahead at Black America in the Next Economic Boom, sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will specifically address three key issues: education and workforce readiness, small business and innovation, and wealth-building and financial reform with the aim of developing a series of policy recommendations. I always admired the purpose behind Black Enterprise. Providing assistant to our own....ensuring that Black businesses succeed.

Diddy's son gets a $360,000 Maybach for his sixteenth birthday and a driver to match. I guess if you got it like that.... (but that is a little much for a kid...I'm just saying)

The Philadelphia Orchestra. The 110-year old cultural mainstay may declare bankruptcy after ticket sales dwindled this season and its endowment failed to meet its goal. I hate to see amazing places of true art face issues like this.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California should consider paying Mexico to build facilities to house some of his state's illegal immigrant prisoners. I guess anything to cut cost...

Home buyers seeking the extended and expanded tax credit can't file electronically. So they can expect to wait to get their credit or any refund several weeks longer than taxpayers who aren't filing for the credit.

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Canadians Don't Know When Black History Month Is...

More than two-thirds of Canadians are unaware that February is Black History Month. These are the results of a recent poll conducted by TD Canada Financial Group that was released today.

The poll asked respondents to select all the events that occurred in February, with options of Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Groundhog Day and National Flag Day of Canada.
Of the 1,020 people that were surveyed across Canada, only 32% were able to correctly identify February as Black History Month. (click here to read more of the article)


I am not surprised they don't know. I wouldn't be surprised if there are people in the United States that don't know that February is Black History Month. My concern isn't that Canadians don't know when Black History Month is, my concern is that they are probably taught United States history in school, and I doubt they learn a lot about Black History. I doubt they learn a lot about their own black history.

Like:

- Blacks arrived from the United States as fugitives fleeing the bonds of slavery during 1835 to 1865 to Canada. (The Underground Railroad)

- From 1628 to 1759 (when the British conquered New France), 1132 slaves were transported to New France, all of African descent. denied.

-Even with the abolishment of slavery, freed slaves were subject to being treated as second-class citizens and, until the Irish migration, seen as an inexpensive form of labour. Blacks continued, and still continue, to face racial discrimination and prejudice based on the colour of their skin.

- Leonard Braithwaite became the first African-Canadian in a provincial legislature when he was elected, as the Liberal Member for Etobicoke, Ontario in 1963.

-Approximately two-thirds of Canada's West Indian population resides in the greater Toronto area. On 28 July 1967, ten Torontonians with a common West Indian heritage founded the Caribana cultural festival to display their rich cultural traditions. The Caribana festival continues to promote cultural pride, mutual respect and social unity.


They have so much more black history! To find out more visit Black History Canada and Owen Sound's Black History

I hope that Canadians are learning there black history and understand the connection they had with United States black history. They need to Keep Up!

Should there be a Canada Black History Month?

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Mo'Nique wins Screen Actors Guild Award for role in "Precious". Congrats! I have not seen the movie yet, but from the previews it seemed like you did a hell of a performance. I know I know...I am not Keeping Up for not seeing it yet.

90 people died aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane taking off from Beirut during a thunderstorm. Government says they do not think that it was deliberately done. My heart goes out to the families of these passengers. We are not having great luck in the air this year.

A tour of the "Freedom's Sisters" exhibit at the DuSable Museum of African American History presented the struggle for equal civil rights and women's rights through the eyes of 20 black women who led it. What a wonderful exhibit this must be. I think that women should be recognized more often for the contributions they made during the civil rights movement. "Behind every strong black man is a strong black woman."

Jordan Miles was attacked by plainclothes Pittsburgh officers who stopped him on the street and arrested him after a struggle that they say revealed a soda bottle under his coat, not the gun they suspected. Miles ended up in the hospital, the cops reassigned, and the mother is considering a lawsuit because she thinks her son was racially profiled. You must click on this link to see the poor boys face. It is bad enough when racist thoughts run through a person mind, but it is disgusting when your hatred turns into violence. I never understand why these cops don't end up fired.

Imari Obadele, 79, the former leader of the Republic of New Africa separatist group, died of a stroke Monday in Atlanta. He was also known as the "Father of Reparations," and was a staunch supporter of Malcolm X. May he R.I.P

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has written a scathing report about Clark Atlanta University's decision to fire nearly one-fourth of its full-time faculty members one year ago. They say it was done without notice, without any consultation, and without paying attention to if they were tenured. Overall they think that the faculty's rights were violated. This economy is horrible and leaves everyone in a bad position. I am not sure if Clark is at fault, but I hope that all of the former faculty members have found jobs.

Arkansas Democratic Rep. Marion Berry plans to announce Monday that he won't seek re-election this fall. Are the Democrats losing their number power?

More than 100 Russian Orthodox believers have been hospitalized after drinking holy water during Epiphany celebrations in the eastern city of Irkutsk. How ironic is that?

Avatar was only $50 shy of passing Titanic as the largest global box-office film in history -- just short of the ship disaster's $1.843 billion mark, and this weekend it has been taken to the top.

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The Obama's Launch Mentoring Program...


Michael Strautmanis, the chief of staff to top White House aide Valerie Jarrett, will head the White House imitative to mentor young men. 20 young men from the D.C. area, mostly Sophomores and Juniors in high school, will spend a year attending workshops at the White House. Mentors will come from various White House departments and other companies around D.C.


"They will have opportunities to network with people in different careers, learn about resume writing and applying for college," said Strautmanis.


Socialite Opinion: One of the major concerns I have in our community is that there is not enough positive male role-models stepping up to help our young men. The lack of the male figure is causing our males to fail in many important areas of their lives. I think that Stratmanis and his imitative is necessary and more people should follow.


When I use to mentor in college, the majority of the mentors were females. That meant that even the male students received female mentors. Although I think that the female mentor probably had some type of positive influence on the student, I think a male mentor would have been a lot more effective.


Keeping Up Tips for Men:


1. Try to dedicate at least an hour a week to reaching out to a young man in your community.


2. Be cautious of how you carry yourself around your neighborhood, being mindful that the youth is watching.


3. Do research on programs like the one above that you can volunteer your time for.



click here to read more of the story at BlackVoices


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Friday's Top Ways to Keep Up...

1. Words to live by! Do more for others than you do for yourself...

2. Fitness! If you own a Wii Nintendo you should purchase Wii Shape. I have just started using the game, but I think that is an amazing technique for losing weight. It reminds me of an exercise tape, but better! The game scans your body, it is able to tell you when you are doing a move incorrectly, it creates personalized work-out plans, and keeps a work-out calendar for you. I encourage everyone to go out and get one that is trying to stay in shape. http://yourshapewii.com/

3. Will Smith offers his ultimate career advice. A friend of mine name Brett Williams had the honor to meet with Smith and this is the advice he offered: Pick a goal and stick to it. Along the way you will find that people will be willing to help you because they see you have an end goal.

4. Financing your business. Here are 16 ways to get money for your business.

Use money from a regular job, part-time job, one-time gig, or contract work.

Generate cash from your business and re-invest it (also known as bootstrapping).

Get a personal loan from family members or friends (iContact bought server equipment through a loan from a friend).

Click here to find to read the rest of the 16 ways

5. Face Cleaning/Washing from Africanbeautytip.com
The first step is to have a good cleaning regimen as part of your daily beauty care routine. Firstly, you do not need wash your face more than two times or a maximum of three times per day, one of which should be at bed time. The more you wash your face, especially if you have oily skin, the more oil it will produce to replace that which was removed. It is important to remember to never use soap to wash your face. Soap dries the skin and leaves a film on it, giving it an ashy undertone. Whatever cleansing agent you use, read the ingredients and avoid any that is too alkaline.

A word of warning, black skin is very delicate and should not be scrubbed too harshly. Exercise caution when using exfoliation products as they can cause microscopic tears on the skin. The best exfoliation products for black skin are clay masks and gentle cleansers. Another simple cleansing option, which also serve to exfoliate is sea salt; this can be combined with cornmeal or oatmeal and a liquid such as water or milk to form a paste.

The following guidelines are particularly useful for varying skin types:

Oily skin is best cleaned with a gel cleaner

Normal skin can be cleaned with most facial cleaners

Once your face has been washed, follow up with a good toner and finish off with a moisturizer.
Moisturizer and sunscreen should be used everyday, even if you are at home.

6. Dating! “The Ten Most Dangerous Mistakes YOU Probably Make With Women— And What To Do About It...” found on datingtips4men.com

1. Being too much of a "nice guy"
2. Trying to convince her to like you
3. Looking to her for approval or permission
4. Trying to "buy" her affection with food and gifts

click here to find out more mistakes and the reasoning behind them...

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Haiti is planning to relocate over 400,000 homeless to cleaner tent cities.

Americans are rushing to adopt orphaned kids from Haiti. Way to step it up Americans!

The Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday that will allow taxpayers to deduct cash donations to Haiti earthquake relief on their 2009 tax returns instead of having to wait to file the claims next year. Finally a vote that benefits the people.

Tavis Smiley goes prime time before the State of the Union Address. The Tavis Smiley Reports premiers January 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET. His first interview is with Hilary Clinton. Congrats on the big show Smiley!

Entrepreneurs and Cash Money CEOs Bryan "Baby" and Ronald "Slim" Williams are moving their skills to a new venture in Bronald Oil & Gas, an independent company centered on identifying and using gas and oil reserves. This is certainly a major change from their music venture and an interesting choice of business.

Steve Harvey has been chosen as the new host of "Family Feud" next season. Is this a step forward or backwards for Harvey? I am not sure, but I think "Family Feud" just got more interesting!

A manufacturer that has been inscribing Bible references on rifle sights used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan announced Thursday that it will stop putting scripture references on products the U.S. military uses. I guess sometimes the government separates church and state.

President Barack Obama stepped up his campaign against Wall Street on Thursday with a far-reaching proposal for tougher regulation of the biggest banks. You keep fighting Obama!


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Keeping Up TIp of the Day...Keep A Small Notebook

Keep a small notebook with you at all times. Write the following:

1. Ideas that come to your mind

2. Sayings and quotes that you see or hear

3. Short-term goals that come to mind

4. Long-term goals that come to mind

5. People that you meet

6. Events or places that you go

7. Phone nunbers

8. To-Do list

9. Random Notes

Keeping this notebook will help you remeber important information throughout the day that the majority of humans tend to forget. This will also help you keep yourself on track with your goals. Finally, you will find things that motivate you daily and it will be great to be able to look back through your notebook and find what you have written.

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Jay-Z and U2 Will Release Charity Song for Haiti Relief Efforts


U2 and Jay-Z are using their talents to help Keep Up with the relief efforts in Haiti!


U2 and Jay Z have teamed up to release a charity single in aid of victims of the earthquake in Haiti. They are not sure when it will be release, but they are set to perform together as part of the Hope for Haiti Telethon in the US Friday (Jan 22nd). Rihanna and Alicia Keys are set to perform also.


The Hope for Haiti Telethon will be screened on a number of US networks this Friday and can be seen live on MTV UK from 1am on Sat 23rd.


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Don't Let Scammers Take Your Haiti Donations

I am so glad that so many Americans are opening their hearts and donating money to the Haiti relief efforts. But just like the hundreds of people in the giving spirit, hundreds are trying to figure out how to scam you into giving them money to put in their pockets instead of to actually help people in Haiti.

The FBI has set out guidelines consumers should follow before making any kind of donation:

  1. Do not respond any unsolicited incoming emails including clicking links contained within those messages.

  2. Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via email or social networking sites.

  3. Verify the legitimacy of nonprofit organizations by going to Internet-based resources that could confirm the group's existence and its nonprofit status. Again, don't follow the purported link to the site.

  4. Be cautious of emails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.

  5. Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf to ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes.

  6. Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions. Doing so could compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.

-Keep Up!

(guidelines were listed at WSJ.com)

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Federal immigration officials are expecting up to 200,000 undocumented Haitian immigrants, including nearly 68,000 in South Florida, to apply for a new federal immigration program that would allow the migrants to legally remain and work in the United States for 18 months. I am so glad that the United States is allowing them to be able to work here! Now if only there were enough jobs for those of us that live here. Either way, I hope they all are taken care of.

Jamaica shares the same fault line (a crack or break in the earth's surface) with Haiti, which suffered a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 11.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will hold its annual conference on Health Disparities, March 4-6, 2010 at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. I love conferences that are held specifically for the development in some field for African Americans.

The Obama administration's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday. He came under fire from the GOP for testimony before Congress in which Senate Republicans say he gave incomplete information about accessing a federal database for personal reasons. The move led to a censure from the FBI. I don't think he should have backed down for those reasons. Everyone that Obama nominates becomes under fire by the GOP for one reason or another.

A former NAACP executive was charged in Fulton County, Ga., with embezzling $275,000 from the U.S. civil rights organization. former NAACP official Judith W. Hanson and Hanson's former assistant, Saundra Douglass are the ones that have been accused. Embezzling from the NAACP is like stealing from our entire race. smh

First lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday that she would launch a major initiative next month to combat the problem in childhood. This is a major problem in our country and the perfect initiative of choice.

The White House has released an iPhone app [download] stuffed with features chronicling the daily activities of the Obama administration. This administration is so in touch with the lives of the real people, and understand the best ways to truly reach the masses.

Former Senator John Edwards admits that he fathered a baby with his mistress, something he earlier denied. (CNN) We knew he was lying anyways.

Supreme Court rules 5-4 to ease restrictions on spending by corporations and unions in political campaigns. (CNN) I wonder which party this favors most?

Thousands of Haiti's earthquake victims are being buried in mass graves north of Port-au-Prince, but doctors fear infections among the living could turn makeshift hospitals into breeding grounds for deadly diseases. My heart goes out to the Haitians more and more each day.


Google says that it will make five films from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance Film festivals available for rent for U.S. users starting Jan. 22, and lasting through Jan. 31. on Youtube.

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Angela and Vanessa Simmons Help with Haiti Relief Efforts


I love to see young people Keeping Up! Angela and Vanessa Simmons, creators of the Pastry shoe brand, join the list of celebrities coming together to help out with the Haiti relief efforts.

Contributors to the creation of the popular and successful Pastry brand, the Simmons’ humanitarian efforts will help fulfill the needs of Haiti’s youth who have had their homes destroyed and are without shelter. Vanessa Simmons stated, "We can all do something to help. Pastry has chosen to give Haiti’s kids who are displaced and vulnerable to this heart-breaking situation. We pray that they will overcome this unfortunate and horrible tragedy."

Working in conjunction with the American Red Cross, Pastry’s donation of sneakers and apparel addresses the urgent need to aid earthquake survivors who have lost their belongings. For children seeking shelter and protection from the elements, the Pastry shoe donation offers sustenance and warmth.


"We’re encouraging all Pastry shoe fans and loyalists to contribute and donate to the Haiti earthquake relief efforts," responded Vanessa. "If each of us do our part, we can make a big difference together," concluded Angela.

For additional information on Pastry, visit www.lovepastry.com

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Whites-Only Basketball League: All-American Basketball Alliance Bans Blacks

If today we are still arguing that racism is hidden, we are sadly mistaken. Each day people are becoming less afraid to show that they are. Take a look at the story below:

The All-American Basketball Alliance, which is a new professional basketball league made up exclusively of white Americans, announced in a news release that it intends to start its inaugural season in June in 12 different cities. "Only players that are natural born United States Citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league," the statement said.

Clearly 12 cities have agreed to participate in this madness, but I am glad everyone does not agree. Clint Bryant, athletic director at Augusta State University says, "It's absurd, it's funny, but it gives us an idea of the sickness of our society."

Check out a few comments Don "Moose" Lewis, the Commissioner of the AABA, had to say:

"The reasoning behind the league's roster restrictions is not racism"

"There's nothing hatred about what we're doing."

"I don't hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are the minority now. Here's a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like."

He said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball instead of "street-ball" played by "people of color."

"Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch."


Lewis is absurd if he doesn't think he has based his decision to form this league off of a racist premise. Sounds to me like he is trying to go back to the days before black people were even allowed to play sports professionally. And if anyone is thinking that this compares to the Negro League, they are out of their mind. The Negro League was formed because blacks were not allowed to play in the major league at all. White people are allowed to play in the NBA. Sounds like he is upset that black people have taken over sports across the board. Does it upset him that we have become dominant in something "they" can't figure out how to take back?

Is it "street-ball" or have the fundamentals changed to the point where it has forced athletes to be ten times more athletic? Do the new fundamentals leave no room for mediocre athletic abilities, and therefore it leaves people like Lewis thinking that white people can possibly be moved out of the sport?

It is a "free" country, and he has the right to start this league if he wants, but I think that it shouldn't be supported. Are we moving backwards or forwards in this country? The election of a black president tells me very little about this country, and Lewis' actions tells me a hell of a lot more. We need to wake up people...

Click here to read more of the article on the new league.

What do you think about the new league and the comments made by Lewis?

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Haiti has been hit by a 6.1-magnitude aftershock, shaking buildings and sending people from the nation's capital fleeing into the streets just over a week after a devastating earthquake. So far there have been no reports of injury or damage. The aftershock has to be torture. I can't imagine what goes through their heads every time they feel any unusual movement now.

Republican Scott Brown has won the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts to fill Ted Kennedy's seat. This is a liberal state. It is not looking good for Democrats and the bid for health care reform.

More than 40 years after her family was forced from their home because they were black, Sallie Sanders received the keys to a new house built to settle one of the longest-running cases of housing discrimination in the United States. Good for her! This shows that one should never stop fighting for something they believe in.

Tiger Woods is receiving treatment for sexual addiction at a sex rehabilitation clinic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi according to two television stations and an author on the topic. Are they serious? If Woods has to be in rehab so does like every guy, especially celebrity men. I don't believe it.

Collin McKenzie-Gude, 20, of Bethesda was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison and three years supervised release for plotting to kill President Barack Obama. I wonder how many more plots are out there? smh

Former pro basketball star Dikembe Mutombo was presented with the Coach John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award during an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for improving lives in his native Congo. Congrats! I love when those that make it reach back.

About 1.5 million Graco strollers sold at Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are being recalled after some children's fingertips were amputated by hinges on the products. That is scary.

A gunman suspected of killing eight people before disappearing into dense Virginia woods and firing on a police helicopter surrendered at sunrise Wednesday. His name is Christopher Speight and cops do not yet know the motive. Still can't understand how one has the balls to kill one person. More than one killed puts me into shock.

After two days of lightning, flooding and even a tornado, officials tried to get ahead of the next round of powerful storms that are pummeling Southern California by ordering evacuations in mudslide-prone foothill neighborhoods.

Bill Gates is now a fan of twitter. The first post by the real Bill Gates was a note that he plans to release the second of his annual foundation letters on Monday.” That may be a sign the Gates will use Twitter for philanthropic purposes rather than as a way to promote Microsoft. Welcome to the dark side Gates. (evil laugh) lol

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The Book of Eli Movie Review...The Socialite Gives it Two Thumbs UP!

"Walk by faith not by sight." This is exactly what Eli does in the amazing new movie The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington as Eli. The story highlights Eli on a thirty year journey after a devastating event. Eli is on a journey to the west coast of the United States. On his journey he runs into many enemies but overcomes them with his amazing fighting skills.

Searching for a source of water he arrives in a town which is overseen by Carnegie (Gary Oldman). Carnegie is a literate man and he has gangs looking for a book, though the gangs do not understand why he wants the book.

Eli's journey and Carnegie's search for the book he wants creates a conflict for both. It is truly an experience to watch Eli on this journey and his fight to beat this surprising conflict. Although a slow start, I left the movie in awe. The movie left me re-evaluating my life and my faith. I encourage all my readers to go and see this wonderful story and amazing performance by Denzel Washington. Ladies and Gents, I think Washington did it again. He steals the hearts of the audience once more.

Keep up and go see the movie!

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The Long-awaited New Novel by Zane Twitter Contest!


Forever Keeping Up! The New York Times bestselling author of popular books Addicted and The Sex Chronicles has decided to join the movement is helping you Keep Up with her latest book Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Five lucky winners will receive a free copy of Total Eclipse of the Heart and be able to experience Zane's much-anticipated hot new novel. I will be reading this novel also, and will being doing a book review very soon. I will ask if these five lucky winners participate in the discussion the day the review comes out.


Here is how you can be one of the lucky winners:


1. Make sure you are following me on twitter.


2. Tweet the following message: Just entered to receive a free copy of Zane's hot new novel Total Eclipse of the Heart. Just follow @imkeepingup and retweet.


Winners will be selected and announced on February 5th on the blog.


Total Eclipse of the Heart is a provocative table of love and heartbreak, a story in which Zane explores what happens when you cater to your emotional well-being and discover the meaning of unconditional love...or, rather, experience a total eclipse of the heart.

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Quote of the Day...

"Life isn't short...it is as long as it needs to be to carry out ones purpose"

"Many people are hungry for success, but can't stomach all that comes with it..."

"Do something stupid. At one time it was stupid that the world was round and stupid that people would be able to fly in planes."

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The French minister in charge of humanitarian relief called on the UN to "clarify" the American role amid claims the military build up was hampering aid efforts. I pray that we are over there being productive. We do sometimes show up in numbers....but then all we do is show up.

Donations to Haiti relief efforts exceed over 200 million. I am glad to see the common American coming together to help another group of people in need.

Adidas has ended its endorsement of Gilbert Arenas. It is so sad to see athletes lose their endorsements over stupid mistakes. It is like we are hungry for success, but throw it up like our stomach can't handle it.

DEFENDING champion Serena Williams blasted her way through to the second round of the Australian Open today. Williams is chasing her fifth Australian crown after winning in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. The Williams sisters are the definition of wanting to be the greatest that ever did it. They are fighting for title after title, and getting them!

Democrat Cheryle Jackson has the backing of black media companies who say it's important that a black senator be elected from Illinois. Jackson is one of five Democrats running for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat in the Feb. 2 primary. Well, let the battle begin. Are black people finally coming together again to fight for what they believe should be going on in this darn country?

The latest casualty report, from the European Commission citing Haitian government figures, doubled previous estimates of the dead to approximately 200,000, with some 70,000 bodies recovered and trucked off to mass graves. Lord knows how many people might be still uncovered. This is indeed one of the greatest tragedies for this generation.

The U.S. may acquire a new nickname this decade: Freelance Nation. Not only are many of the jobs that have been lost unlikely to come back, but those that do are increasingly likely to be freelance, temporary or contract positions rather than permanent jobs with benefits. This isn't great news at all. Freelance means less stability. Everyone needs to be whipping up a business plan right about now. Time to work for ourselves.

When Obama stopped at the headquarters of the American Red Cross' to promote aid to Haiti, a member of the agency's new media team wrote a message on Twitter.com telling people he had arrived."President Obama and the first lady are here visiting our disaster operation center right now," the Red Cross staffer wrote.The new media staffer then asked the president to hit "Update" on the screen and Obama posted the item himself under the @RedCross handle at Twitter.com. A moment later the Red Cross staffer posted a follow-up tweet: "President Obama pushed the button on the last tweet. It was his first ever tweet!"

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President Obama attends a church service at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, a historic African-American congregation in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. He spoke spoke from a pulpit where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stood. It still brings chills to my bones knowing that Dr. King dreamed of a day when Obama would be making a speech like this...


Celebrity musician Wyclef Jean denounced charges that he misappropriated funds from his charity, Yele Haiti, and defended the foundation and his commitment to Haiti relief efforts. I wonder if someone is questioning the Red Cross? They sure did mess up during Katrina.


Senegal's president on Sunday called for Africa to make room for victims of Haiti's earthquake to restart their lives on the continent from where their ancestors were snatched as slaves. That statement was powerful, and I hope they do settle back in Africa.




The science-fiction blockbuster "Avatar" won best drama at the Golden Globes and picked up the directing honor for James Cameron on Sunday, raising the "Titanic" filmmaker's prospects for another Academy Awards triumph. This guy is a genius.

A rapist has been assaulting older women in central Texas over the past year, terrifying residents and frustrating investigators who have only a vague description of the suspect. To rape someone is bad, but elderly women? Come on...

President Obama tried to rally voters behind the Democratic candidate Martha Coakley Sunday in a surprisingly close Senate race in Massachusetts.

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Friday's Top Ways to Keep Up...

Happy Friday! I hope everyone will have an amazing weekend, but I want to make sure I leave you with a few "Keeping Up" Tips before the weekend starts.

1. Give Back! Make sure that you are looking for ways to help out in Haiti. I found a cute way that you can give back:

Every donation to Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti organization that is made through Karen’s Body Beautiful will be matched by the company. Also, KBB is sending products directly to Haiti. Click here to visit Karen’s Body Beautiful, and click here to go straight to the donation page. (Afrobella.com)

2. Be Financially Responsible!
Build Security (Step 3 of Suzie Orman's easy money to-do list.)

Boost emergency fund to cover 8 months of living expenses. Why it's important: By now I am sure you have started saving. The next step is to keep at it until you have at least eight months' worth of living expenses.

Do this now: Go to MyFDICInsurance.gov for banks and NCUA.gov for credit unions to verify that your emergency fund is tucked away at an institution that is federally insured. Never invest your emergency savings in the stock market. Safe, not sorry, is all that matters.

3. Win Big! Enter for a chance to win the Palmolive Holiday Kitchen Giveaway. You could win the grand prize package that includes $5,000 worth of your choice of kitchen appliances, and $1,000 Bed Bath & Beyond. For more information visit the website http://www.palmoliveholidaygiveaway.com/

4. Relationship advice! Black voices gives us relationship advice. "It's Detox Time: Refresh Your Relationship and Get Rid of Bad Spirits"

Top 10 Bad Spirits:

The Scorekeeper: You constantly compete with your partner, and it turns your relationship into a battleground. You sacrifice your relationship to be a winner at the expense of making your partner a loser. Healthy relationships are built on love, so let go of the your competitive spirit and focus on creating a win-win relationship for both you and your partner.

Click here to find out the other nine...

5. Travel! Travelocity began a new refund policy for most of its packages—specifically, its flights-plus-hotels packages. If you book a package with Travelocity and subsequently spot it for cheaper elsewhere online—any time prior to the day of departure—you can get a refund for the difference in price. Through March 22, the agency will also receive a $50 discount toward future travel. (For full rules, see travelocity.com/guarantee.)

6. Love and Health! "13 Simple Tips for Seriously Better Sex"

1. Take a lunchtime stroll
2. Book a rubdown
3. Read something hot
4. Get really relaxed
5. Pop a multi
6. Break a sweat beforehand
7. Smell your way sexy
8. Ask about those little blue pills
9. Check your medicine cabinet
10. Patch it up
11. Put a stop to distraction
12. Keep it simple
13. Just do it!

For an explanation to the items on the list...click here!


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Today marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Happy Birthday!!!!

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., was founded January 15, 1908. Happy Founders Day Ladies!

President Obama promised $100 million along with more American troops for relief efforts in Haiti. I am glad to see the U.S. government making moves towards efforts to help Haiti. You know we moved kind of slow when it came to Katrina.

Donations via text message raised $5 million for the American Red Cross's Haiti relief efforts I hope that all of this money goes to Haiti, and we don't have the same issues we had during Katrina when all the money didn't go to the people and city.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and televangelist Pat Robertson are being scolded for their comments in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti. There comments were as follows: Limbaugh said the earthquake has played into Obama’s hands, allowing the president to look “compassionate” and “humanitarian” while at the same time bolstering his standing in both the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.” Robertson said that when Haiti was still a French colony its leaders “swore a pact to the devil” to get out from “under the heel of the French.” I am not surprised by their comments. Racism is alive, and these two prove it everyday.

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was charged on Thursday with felony gun possession for an incident last month in which he took a pistol into the NBA team's dressing room. It is always upsetting to see our young black athletes and celebs throw their dreams away, because very few of them ever get to where they want to go.

Teddy Pendergrass, who died Wednesday, will be held Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 West Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19150, his record company has just announced. Another "great" lost, but will always be remembered.

Malaysian police have arrested a Lebanese man allegedly carrying fake currency with a face value of $66 million after he tipped a hotel staff with a $500 note. Of course you would get caught...

Starbucks customers may be a little upset as Starbucks prices have increased by as much as 20%. First gas prices and now my morning fix. Will the price increases stop already...


NASA says it has launched an investigation after finding cocaine in a processing hangar for a space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This probably ruins someone trip to the moon; they clearly planned on being high. lol

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Keeping Up With Mr. Huxtable Himself...

Bill Cosby stops by the Jay Leno show and shares some crazy comedy stories. Take a moment to laugh and keep up with the Huxtables...

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Why People Are Waiting To Get Married...

The idea of marriage changes from generation to generation, and for those of us that are in our 20s, the idea is changing a lot. What use to be a ceremony that was conducted in someones early 20s, has now been pushed back as far as 10 years.

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the following is the estimated age of first marriages by sex.

Year Men Women

1890 26.1 22.0

1950 22.8 20.3

1960 22.8 20.2

1970 23.2 20.8

1980 24.7 22.0

1990 26.1 23.9

2000 26.8 25.1


I conducted a Twitter survey to see the ideal age that people would like to see themselves married to determine what the new average might be for this decade and here is what I got:

Men Women

31 29.2


I was surprised to learn that both men and women saw themselves being married in their 30s. I grew up hearing my friends say they couldn't wait to be married by 25, and have kids by 30. We have reached a point in today's society where waiting is perfectly fine.

I wanted to know why most people were choosing around their 30s to get married, so I conducted another Twitter survey.

Reasons:

Working on their careers first
Financial stability
Life Experience
Taking time to wait for right candidate
More self aware
People are living longer
Don't want to rush
Travel Plans
Location

The number one reason that people were waiting was because of their career goals.

Family seemed to be on the top of the list in our grand parents generation, and it appears that our generation focuses more on "ourselves" being at the top of the list. We are a lot more focused on success and enjoying life, than raising a family early on. In some ways this could be great. It could even ensure that our generation will be better off when it comes time to raising our family.

But are we also at the risk of pushing the idea of family out of the window all together. Will the idea of marriage one day disappear? Will we think our careers are more important than family all together? For now, let's just hope that we are simply waiting to be more stable. We just need to make sure that we keep our priorities in check and remember what are true contribution to the world is. Don't be afraid to discuss and think about when and how you are going to raise your family. It will be one of the most important things you will ever have to do.

What is your ideal age to get married? Why do you pick that age?

-Keep Up!

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