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5 ways to hack-proof your life

With shoppers still reeling from Target’s massive, pre-Christmas data breach,Starbucks confirmed last week that its popular iPhone mobile payment app — used by about 10 million people — was unencrypted. The company said it’s not aware of any customer information being compromised because of the unencryption, yet quickly released an updated, more secure app. Regardless, the potential […]

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Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: what we must change

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday was first observed as a national holiday on January 20, 1986, which makes today the 28th annual day of celebrating and honoring the life of Dr. King.  However, what have you done for him lately? Have you honored him, or have you mocked his name and life accomplishments?

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Living in Atlanta, Georgia where Dr. King was born and began his career, and is also the place of his community center where he and his wife lie in their eternal rest, it is a disgrace to me every time I see a party flyer with his picture on it.  Why are we as parents and educators allowing our children to promote and represent Dr. King in such a demeaning way?  Dr. King should not be on a flyer with girls “twerking” for “freedom” or men smoking and drinking. This is not what he stood for. However, the problem is not that our children are mis-educated on the history of Dr. King and what he stood for…no not at all. In fact they are very educated, especially in what matters most in America—money.

What our children must understand is that the idea of capitalism does not have any regard for culture, respect, honor, death, nor our struggle and this is where they are mis-educated. Let’s make one thing clear—capitalism and money are the primary reasons that we were stripped from our land and brought to this country to be treated as slaves and a subordinate group of people for centuries to come after legalized slavery had ended.  Unfortunately, we have become people that love money more than we do ourselves, because if we truly loved ourselves we would understand the importance of preserving and protecting the legacy of those who paved the way for us…those like Dr. King. By placing Dr. King on a twerking flyer, it demonstrates that we are no better than those who have used us in their capitalistic plot for making money at our expense.

Corporate America has been prostituting and pimping us, our leaders, and even our culture and its legacy for centuries.  For example, Honda just recently promoted a commercial in which Dr. King was used as a sales pitch and I wonder how many blacks fell for that distasteful and disrespectful pitch.  Let us remember that Dr. King was murdered for fighting for blacks who were poor, disenfranchised, and discriminated against politically and socially. He was not murdered for us to mock his life and legacy along with our oppressors. If you want to do something for him, look into what is going on in your city today to honor him, which includes helping others.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Atlanta, Georgia

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project. All Day, Monday, January 20th -FREE Open to the Public

The MLK, Jr. Day of Service, sponsored by Hands On Atlanta, is an opportunity for ordinary citizens can make a difference in the world.  It is scheduled to take place on throughout the day Monday, January 20th with diverse community service projects throughout Atlanta in honor of Dr. King.  For more information contact:  Hands On Atlanta at (404) 979- 2800 or www.handsonatlanta.org. Read more about the MLK Day of Service.

Online, ongoing: The Choose Nonviolence: 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign- will include daily quotes activities, action steps, questions to encourage dialog around nonviolence. This component will be offered online and through social media. For information, visit www.thekingcenter.org

Monday, January 20, all day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth Home Tours- Tours are conducted by the National Park Service.

Monday, January 20, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service- 10 a.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church – Horizon Sanctuary, 407 Auburn Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, GA. Free Open to the Public (Limited Seating). The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service is the spiritual hallmark of the King Holiday Observance Week. The church service is held on the Federal Holiday at Ebenezer Baptist Church located near The King Center.  The keynote speaker will be Rev. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor Ebenezer Church. The service is an ecumenical endeavor, engaging members of various religious traditions, and state national and international governments.

Monday, January 20, 1:45-4:00 p.m. King Week Holiday March & Rally. March will began at Peachtree Street at Baker Street (Xernona Clayton Way). It will end with a rally on Auburn Avenue in the King National Park Area.  The areas of concern are education, technology, medical, investment, transportation, housing environmental justice, job creation, conflict resolution, interfaith, cultural exchange, peace, justice, and voter registration.

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When life happens, just get over it!

As Black women in America, we are often told that “we have to do what we have to do.” But what if you have just experienced the loss of a loved one, divorce, rape, abuse, or harassment on the job?  After recently dealing with the loss of my great-uncle, who was also my God Father and the man who gave me away at my wedding, I observed how people reacted to my hurt and inability to function as I normally do on a daily basis.  Comments such as, “he was ‘just’ your uncle and you are depressed like this,” or “oh, well did you finish….!” It was as if my suffering did not matter. The only thing that mattered was what I needed to do for others.  I then realized that I was supposed to “just get over it!”

life happensWe live in a country where the black woman is “the mule of the world” and everyone simply rides her back for their convenience and benefit without even asking if she needs water.  Everyone expects her to plow and “keep on pushing,” even though she is in pain and suffering from the daily dilemmas of life.

Being a black woman in education, as many black women are, I think it is important for others to consider the daily experiences and responsibilities we endure and how they impact our overall health. Instead of patronizing us when we do not “perform” at our normal par, people should “offer a glass of water.” This water will give us a chance to cleanse the incredible pain and sorrow that many of us hold deeply inside. Remember that we sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others daily, as well as their children, while we develop some form of illness, such as diabetes, depression and hypertension, which are all prevalent among black women and impact us psychologically.

Upon reflecting on my experiences by witnessing many other black women going through the same struggle, I recognized the commonality in their outward expression of strength and could not help but wonder what lies within us to “keep pushin.”

Growing up, my great-grandmother was always well groomed and beautiful, and the beauty she had on the outside was unmatched by the beauty and strength that she carried on the inside.   She cared deeply for the well-being of everyone around her, especially her family. She managed to care for everyone and everything while rarely voicing her own needs. As her health declined, however, the consequences of her silence and self-sacrifice became more evident until her passing.

Now as an adult with a family of my own, I find myself challenged by managing a stressful work environment and a multitude of personal responsibilities, along with navigating institutional spaces that require me to code-switch in ways that both “protect” and silence me.  I have found solace in my historical roots, which is the strength of many ancestors, and resilience serves as a primary coping strategy, but no more will this be—not for me, and no longer for you all!

We must realize that we must overcome and overlook what people think of us, and take care of ourselves.  We will not succumb to our own “self-sacrifice” for the sake of others. We must ask: is it necessary that we sacrifice ourselves in order to be successful in our work and home life? The answer is no. So the next time you find yourself “down, out, and thirsty for a ‘glass of water’,” remember that you are beautiful, that you matter, and that YOU must take care of yourself FIRST AND FOREMOST and allow people to “just get over THAT!”

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This day in black history: honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson

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On today, December 19, 2013, Atlanta Free Speech celebrates the birth and life of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  Woodson’s most famous work, The Mis-Education of the Negro, is a work that is still relevant today and calls for us to continue to question the state of blacks in America in relation to race, sex, class, and gender issues that are prevalent among the race.  He is also the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and a founding member of the Journal of Negro History. Woodson also pushed for legislation to acknowledge February as Black History Month, thus, making him the “Father of Black History.”  When remembering Dr. Woodson, let us think about the meaning of his infamous words…

“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.  You do  not have to tell him not to stand here, or go yonder.  He will find his “proper place” and will stay in it.  You do not need to send him to the back door.  He will go without being told.  In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit.  His education makes it necessary.”- Dr. Carter G. Woodson

If you would like to learn more about this pioneer of Black Studies and Black History, works by Woodson, and on him are below.

  • The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861 (1915)
  • A Century of Negro Migration (1918)
  • The History of the Negro Church (1921)
  • The Negro in Our History (1922)
  • Free Negro Owners of Slaves in the United States in 1830, Together With Absentee Ownership of Slaves in the United States in 1830 (1924)
  • Free Negro Heads of Families in the United States in 1830, Together With a Brief Treatment of the Free Negro (1925)
  • Negro Orators and Their Orations (1925)
  • The Mind of the Negro as Reflected in Letters Written During the Crisis, 1800–1860 (1927)
  • Negro Makers of History (1928)
  • African Myths, Together With Proverbs (1928)
  • The Rural Negro (1930)
  • The Negro Wage Earner (1930)
  • The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933)
  • The Negro Professional Man and the Community, With Special Emphasis on the Physician and the Lawyer (1934)
  • The Story of the Negro Retold (1935)
  • The African Background Outlined: Or, Handbook for the Study of the Negro (1936)
  • African Heroes and Heroines (1939)
  • The Works of Francis J. Grimké (1942)
  • Carter G. Woodson’s Appeal: The Lost Manuscript Edition (2008)

 

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Deadmau5 mix with Visualizations (Rubiq, Outta my Life, RoflCopter, Sex Slave, Sketchy, Vanishing)

TRACKLIST: Intro = deadmau5 – Rubiq 1:35 = deadmau5 – Outta My Life (DeepDubMix) 3:30 = deadmau5 – Sex Slave 4:45 = BSOD – Roflcopter 6:22 = BSOD – A Bit Ske… ___________________________ Read More….

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Life Technologies’ GlobalFiler Express Kit approved for use in National DNA Index System

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You Get In Life What You Tolerate – Normanized.com


http://www.teambiggerimpact.com/vision http://www.normanized.com This is a powerful passage from Darren Hardy’s book, The Compound Effect, about getting in l…

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Breathing Life into Freedom of Information Laws


The Challenges of Implementation in the Democratizing World.

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Sex Slave Changes Activist’s Life – Kevin Bales

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/09/09/RIGHTS_Kevin_Bales_on_Ending_Slavery_and_Human_Trafficking Kevin Bales, author of the Slave Next Door, recalls a… ___________________________ Read More….

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Rick Ross ft. Diddy, Meek Mill & French Montana – “Bout That Life” [LISTEN]

Maybach Music Group look to cement their place in the ranks of notable September releases with their upcoming Self Made, Vol. 3 compilation album. With that in mind, they liberate a new track called “Bout That Life,” featuring Rick Ross, Diddy, Meek Mill, and French Montana. Apparently, fraudulence is at an all time high in Hip-Hop and […]

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