What’s Next???

What’s next? Yesterday morning I saw this question pop up over every social media account I have. What’s next? Do you guys see how idiotic this sounds? Like what do you all mean what’s next? I seriously need help understanding this question because the same thing that came next yesterday and the day before, will come tomorrow. You’ll continue to live your life the same way you did when President Clinton, Bush and Obama were in office, we as Americans must allow Trump to make no difference.

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No Donald Trump!!!

VOTE!!! I can’t stress this enough, vote! If we don’t get out there and vote, this country will be more jacked up than what it is today. I solute Barack Obama to the fullest because he has done more than a job well done but this country will not continue to move in the right direct if Donald Trump is elected. Let’s be serious, how do you even go from reality TV to politician with no real background in politics. That’s just like me running for president. Even though I have a degree in Journalism with a minor in Political Science I still wouldn’t be able to take my own self serious trying to run an entire country. It even baffles me that this is the joker the Republican Party chose as their presidential candidate. Never in my 22 years of life have I heard so many republicans second guess their own candidate until now, that should even be an alarm for us all to get out and vote.

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Women of Color Wednesday: Sydney Bowden

I met Sydney when we had Digital Video Production: Nonfiction together last Fall. Her spunk, poise, and confidence was very evident. She definitely stood out, and I instantly knewunnamed (2).jpg that I needed to get acquainted with her because she’s definitely going to be somebody and do amazing things (more than she already has!).

Sydney Bowden was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Or as Bowden says, “Motown…Home where the Pimps and Players are born.”

I laughed at that one. That’s one of Bowden’s many attributes. Smart, beautiful, and witty!

Bowden received her Bachelor of Arts in Film, Video, Media Studies with a minor in Fashion Merchandising and Design from Western Michigan University, class of 2016.

When she’s not jamming out to her favorite motivational songs “Grown Woman” by Beyoncé and “When Jesus Says Yes” by Michelle, she is working within Corporate America for a multi-billion-dollar property restoration company. Outside of that, she is the Founder and President of The Social B., L.L.C., a social entertainment production company.

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Bowden’s life mission is “to reinvent digital media by doing away with the negative connotations and stereotypes held within media. In doing so, I have developed the mission of my company to showcase the talents and hard work of young entrepreneurs, artists, and awesome everyday individuals while empowering them to become leaders within the communities they serve.”unnamed

I resonate with this message so much. From the inspiring words of Ava DuVernay, “if your dreams only include yourself, they’re not big enough.” I love how Bowden wants to showcase the talents and hard work of others and encourage them to be leaders in their communities. We need more people with life missions that include showcasing the best in others and their stories.

Bowden’s motivational words to other women of color are, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Failure is beautiful to endure and once you accept it and use it as motivation towards a successful future, you will begin to reap the benefits. Just remember to feed your faith, and your fears will starve to death.”

13103364_10208420681289985_5996945771446542839_nBowden’s greatest accomplishments thus far are graduating in four years at the age of 21 as the sole proprietor of her own business. “This is only the beginning towards a very bright, rewarding, and successful future,” she says.

Absolutely! I believe in the Law of Attraction. When you speak positivity into your life, you will have positive results and life experiences. So far, Bowden has been a living testimony of that!

Bowden encourages others to continue to visit The Social B. and please, please, please share our wonderful stories with your family and friends!

Be honest. Be humble. Be you. Everyone should aspire to live within those words, just as you do, Sydney. Keep shining! Continue to chase your dreams and encourage other women of color to be unstoppable.

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Time waits for No One, So use it wisely

Fall is here and the world has never been busier. Students are back to school, Parents are working double time but the days are getting shorter. It’s almost as if we run out of time during the autumn season. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your work days with you as a focus.

Being a student is hard work, whether you are in high school or college, there never seems to be enough time for you no matter how many planners you have. “Students are working an average of 30 hours a week, Georgetown researchers found. However, about 25 percent of working students are simultaneously employed full-time and enrolled in college full-time.” Considering this study was done in 2015, I’m sure that number has increased since then.

If this is you…KEEP READING.

“Having great time management” is something that has been preached to you since about 11th grade. Getting a planner and writing down everything you have to do for that week and sticking to that to-do list. Though this tactic is great, you’re still in shallow waters in the sea of time management. Let’s take this habit a step further. What in your to-do list is major priority?

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These are the task that have to get done ASAP. They usually have a time stamp on them. This can include papers, responding to emails, scheduling appointments etc. Contrary to popular belief, not all task have to get done at that very moment. Find out what is important and needs most of your attention, tackle that first.

Learning how to allocate your free time wisely is the most important skill for managing time. Outside of work and class, what other activities do you have listed that are worth your time? For example, when I was attending Western Michigan University, I purposely scheduled my classes for Tuesday and Thursdays only. That way Monday, Wednesday and Friday were days for work and anything else I wanted to do.  The weekends were days I would do homework and things I personally enjoyed. Moments where I had free time, I made sure I allocated it to something I would be the primary beneficiary.

Most of the time, I took naps but you get the point. Free time shouldn’t be completely spent doing things like studying. Mental health should always be your number one priority.

When do you work best? Are you a rooster or a night owl? Once you find out when you do the best work, you’ll be able to work more effectively and efficiently. Time management is important but never forget to work in a way that’s best for you.

 

 

Monday Motivation: Identify Your Dream…How?

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By: Sydney B.

The Identify Your Dream Foundation is transforming tragedy into strategy as they aid our youth to overcome the loss of a parent.  It is the goal of the organization to empower children to continue dreaming, so that they will find the strength, hope, and power to heal!

“It’s needed! It’s a desperate need for kids to really express themselves in a healthy manner. Being able to process that grief as a kid is important,” says Deleah Samuel-Sharp, Executive Director of IDYD.

The foundation was founded by Deleah Samuel-Sharp, following the tragic loss of her brother, Dean who was violently killed, in 1996 in Pontiac, Michigan. At the time of his death, he was 22-years-old and a soon-to-be father. Deleah watched as her nephew grew up without having his father alive in his life, and developed the understanding that not only was there a void in her life, but in his as well as a fatherless child.

“We need to get to them. Statistics show that an early exposure to violence will create this cycle where the same people that were exposed to violence at an early age may soon become offenders as well.”

Identify Your Dream grants children, who have suffered a loss of their parents to violence, the opportunity to find their healthy outlet. The mentors of this organization work together with the children and their families of these children to ensure them that there are other kids who too have lost their parents as well.

The foundation offers in-home programs such as grief support, mentoring, community initiatives, and peace rallies. Their most widely known event is the Stomp Out Violence March held in Pontiac, MI. The march gives the opportunity for everyone within the community to stand together and march again all acts of violence tearing down their communities.

Looking into the future, the foundation is currently working on opening their very first building, which will serve as a hub for where most of their operations will take place. Foundation representatives are determined to ensure that Identify Your Dream becomes and serves as a beacon of hope for children, while steadily helping to increase mental health awareness.

For more information about Identify Your Dream, click here to visit their website.

As always… Be Honest. Be Humble. Be YOU!

Monday Motivation: Virtue – Girl With A Purpose

virtuelogoVirtue- Girl With A Purpose is changing Princesses into Queens. This non-profit organization has its focus on youth mentoring as it is their mission to encourage young ladies to become leaders of their community by targeting refinement, self-respect, and unity.

The organization makes it their business to help young women within the Metro Detroit area to make decisions to become great community and business leaders.

“We encourage our girls that anything is achievable despite what the media says as long as they are dedicated to fulfilling the goal,” says Lauren Gillon, Founder of Virtue- Girl with a Purpose.

laurenLauren Gillon, senior at Ferris State University, created this organization with the hopes of changing the lives of many young women. The Detroit native is currently studying to become a Medical Director with hopes of changing and creating health care policies. With Lauren’s burning passion for making a difference, the organization values success, etiquette, leadership, and sisterhood.

The organization is known for facilitating events such as community health workshops, conferences, sisterly group outings, soup kitchen and food bank outings, and their well-attended Virtue Summer Camp.

The group’s mentors consist of hand-selected women from some of the top universities and colleges throughout Michigan. All mentee’s are young women ranging between the ages of 10 and 14 years-old.

Within the next five, the organization plans to expand their efforts throughout other cities within Michigan promising to guide, mentor, and further society’s newest young Queen’s.

To become a mentor, all interested applicants will just need to submit an application and undergo an interview. For all interested mentee’s, all applicants must range between the ages of 10 and 14 years-old, be Metro Detroit Residents, and submit an application.

For more information about Virtue-Girls With A Purpose, click here to visit their website.

As always… Be Honest. Be Humble. Be YOU!

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Women of Color Wednesday: Domonique Freeman

Domonique Tiera Freeman…there’s so much I could say about this girl. I met Domo in high school, and I’ve always noticed this glamour and confidence about her that I strived to attain for myself. She is the ultimate go-getter. Plus, she’s a highly educated health advocate, which I think is strikingly impressive.fullsizerender

Freeman was born in Franklin, Tennessee and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. She currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science from Saginaw Valley State University, and is currently working on her Master’s in Public Health at Georgia State University. Freeman is a health advocate, a contracted health educator, and administrative assistant to the Director of Nursing at East Lake Arbor Nursing Home.

When asked what her life mission is, Freeman stated that it was to, “help individuals realize and live up to their full life potential. This includes improving their well-being and livelihood, helping them to see the importance of seeking and working to be in harmony with themselves, nature and others around them. I frequently talk about nutrition because it impacts all of this.”

Loving the positive vibes from this message. I think that it’s important for black women and all women of color in general to help bring out the potential in others, and help each other live fulfilling lives.

She continued, “I want people to know that in taking these fake, chemical and hormone-filled foods keep your vibrations down and alter your wellbeing. On a more professional note, I plan to help low income populations have access to healthier, safer foods and equal health care by changing and writing policies at the local, state and federal level.”

Not only does Freeman promote healthier lifestyle choices, but she also motivates others to use those choices as a guide for better self-care. She encourages other women of color to, “Love yourself. Get to know yourself, who you truly are. You are more than just a being in a body but you are a spirit with a soul that is here for a purpose. Ingest high nutrient img_0749foods that feed your soul and block anything that doesn’t come from the earth, that only helps to alter your state of wellbeing. You lose nothing valuable in letting go of what does not serve you. Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy and it’s even harder to get started after generations of wrong teachings but it starts by incorporating good habits into your life, adding high nutrient foods to your diet, and drinking lots of water!”

This is so, so important. We live in an age where food and cooking has become a chore and something that’s supposed to quick, fast, and cheap. We no longer care about where our food comes from, or what we put into our bodies. We’d rather get the $5 fill-up at KFC instead of preparing natural, hearty foods that are good for your body and overall wellbeing. You really are what you eat…which is why America is so obese. But that’s a whole other conversation. Fundamentally, I think these types of conversations need to be had more often, especially in black neighborhoods. It’s time that we start taking care of our bodies, and Freeman embodies that statement to the fullest. Take notes.

Additionally, Freeman encourages women of color to, “Teach your children the importance of a happy lifestyle. If you truly love your babies, you will work to break the attachments to toxic foods and beings. Learn to unlearn the wrong that has been passed from generation to generation, acknowledge ways that we cause our own sickness, and make changes in order to heal not only yourself but the generations of black beings to come.”

Freeman’s biggest accomplishments are being a CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar, which gave her the chance to intern with minority children in the Detroit area, teaching them healthy habits that they will be able to pass on to their peers. Freeman has also taught workshops to adults and children in the Saginaw area on different health topics such as the dangers of sugar and the obesity epidemic in the United States.

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How amazing is that?! It’s ALL about the youth. Freeman passing on her message to children at such a young age is how you begin to change the current situation. Teach them young so that they can be the change for the next generation. Bravo.

Freeman says that she started out as an insecure, quiet, shy, awkward black girl. However, she explained that, “Through this journey to living a healthy life, I have learned who I am, what I have to offer the world, and gained a sense of security within myself and love and value for myself that I want all black women to have regardless of whatever they’ve been through in the past, whatever flaws they may have.”

I can relate to this. I still think I’m shy and quiet, and I am definitely awkward (lol); however, I, too, have learned who I am, what I want in life, and I am a 100% unapologetically carefree black woman and proud of it. Finding your true sense of self is when you can fully be confident throughout your life journey.

The soon to be Yogi and Holistic Wellness Practitioner is also a transitioning vegan, and helps people who are interested in transitioning to make that switch.img_1021

Freeman has a website coming soon that will consist of weekly health-related blogs, recipes, videos, and more. It will also be a way to book her for workshops, one-on-one training, and grocery store tours. So be on the lookout for DomoniqueTiera.com. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @Domoookunn, and check her out on Facebook.

You’re an intelligent black queen, Domo! You encourage me to make healthier lifestyle choices, and you inspire me to be a part of this growing movement of self-care and self-love! Your unique talents, positive energy, and deep understanding of current issues that matter most to you will get you so far! Continue to do great things, pursue your dreams, and excel in your passions. Lastly, thank you for being an inspiration to me and other women of color!

The keys to vacation

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya… Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama… Key Largo, Montego baby why don’t we go, Jamaica…

“Oooh the places you’ll go” …or at least dream of, but why does it have to be just a thought? Sadly, many people have never left their hometown or even state to travel due to monetary reasons, busy schedules, or simply just unaware of their options. When we think of vacation, we tend to think of a meteor hitting our bank accounts, but “vacaying” doesn’t have to be expensive at all! Sure we all want the luxurious Rolls Royce rental, the Ritz Carlton stay, the Nobu food…but let’s be realistic.

We’re young, we’re free, we’ve got a decent job, and we have nothing but time…what better to do than to travel and see the world? Whether it’s a girl’s trip to Miami, guys being guys in Vegas, or even a baecation to Jamaica… thanks to technology you can predict the costs, book, and plan your trip through a few apps.

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Hopper is a flight prediction app. This app allows users to insert their travel to and from destinations as well as the desired dates and it instantly pops up with a list of flights, beginning with the cheapest. It even shows a color-coded calendar showing when and just how expensive trips will be throughout the months. I recently found a flight for 4 days for just $82…ROUND TRIP. My friends have also been utilizing the app to its full advantage. One of my friends has gone on a trip each weekend last month thanks to hopper. From D.C. to Houston, to New York the flights have been afforded by just a couple weeks of saving.

Flipkey and Airbnb are just a couple of the most popular service apps out there right now. People rent out their homes, condos, apartments, beach houses, lofts…you name it, all for affordable prices. Of course with many other factors involved like your taste, city and area, and amenities prices fluctuate. We all want to be comfortable, especially when onvacation, but who needs a plush boudoir with champagne waiting in the den, when you’re supposed to be out on the town sightseeing and living it up? These apps allow people from all walks of life no matter their circumstance to travel and experience new things. Whether it be for an entire week’s stay or a place to crash for the night until you reach the next city, it’s a great, affordable innovation.

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You most likely won’t need to rent a car wherever you do vacation to. Sure it’s luxurious, convenient, and something you may be used to, but there are often overnight parking fees, tolls, possibilities of incidents occurring, additional charges from the rental company, gas… by the time you rack up the total, it may have very well surpassed that of the Ubers or Lyfts you could’ve gotten. The Uber and Lyft services also allow you to split the fare with friends while also offering discounts and promotions to users.

These are just a few of my travel faves that can save everyone time and money…

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Senioritis 101

With so many tutorials, tips, and guides on how to survive college for the freshmen…what about those who are approaching their final years? Well, sure, they’ve been at it this long, you’d figure they’d have it down pat by now. But, upper-class is very different from the underclass. Freshman and sophomore year, students are wide-eyed and bushy-tailed…about everything. Their everywhere! At every event, every party, every organization’s meeting, all the cafes…their ready for anything. At some point between sophomore and junior year we get tired, we’ve “seen it all, done it all”, been to every house party, had enough lectures that would seem to last a lifetime, experienced 3 or 4 chaotic finals crisis, and also probably turned 21 J  or quickly approaching it. That 21 year milestone is one that separates us. We’re a bit better, more experienced, not easily amused, a bit more sophisticated…or so we think.

As a senior myself, here are some tips for the oldies to survive their final semesters of undergrad!

  1. Go to as many events as possible

I think it’s a great idea to relive the young years. As soon to be graduates, we’ve turned our nose up at things we used to be so giddy over. Go to the football games. If you’ve never been to the hockey game, go. What about the gymnastics team, did you know your school even had one, go to one of their meets. Go tailgating. Do some things that you hadn’t had the chance to do.

  1. Get gear

Stock up on some merchandise with your school’s mascot plastered right on the front. What better way to show school spirit? Buy a license plate tag, a window decal, a blanket, a few hoodies and sweat pants, heck…even a baby onesie for your niece or nephew. Remember being in the store and seeing that $29.99 price tag for a shirt…A SHIRT?! Well, now’s the time to go get it. The best thing is, after years have passed and you come up on your class reunion, come in town for homecoming, or simply want to turn heads while out and about while showing school pride, that shirt is worth it.

  1. Be spontaneous

Run for homecoming king or queen. Grab your friends and spend the weekend in the next city over. Host a party at your apartment. So what if it’s a school night, go to the bar pull an all-nighter and grab a red bull on the way to your class the next morning.  Paint your face the school’s colors for one of the games. Streak the football field…. Ok maybe not that one, but you get the idea. Start a YouTube channel about your journey to that stage! Start a band or singing group, start a small business. Become the on campus go-to for haircuts and styles. Make memories that will last until you see your classmates again at the reunion.

  1. Be social

There’s nothing worse than leaving college with no memories, no experiences, and no friends… I mean, what was college for (other than to earn a $40,000+ degree)? Sit next to someone in class, start a conversation, invite someone to a party. Join an organization, chances are your school has thousands of them; whether social or business or both. Don’t go directly home after each class, stick around, and go to the student union; see who’s there. Gossip, text, talk, chat, stay in the know, who’s dating who and whatnot. You may think you’re above it all, but with drama eliminated, it’ll keep you entertained and laughing up until you walk across the stage

If you weren’t an adult before, once you graduate you definitely will be one. Responsibilities and bills will hit you…HARD! Live it up. Be a little selfish, buy a new outfit for that party on Saturday. Become a bartender at your favorite bar. Go bungee jumping… maybe too extreme, but again, you get the point. The options are endless. Don’t let these last few classes get you down in the dumps while adulthood creeps up on you. Take pride in your seniority!

Hope these few tips help keep the upperclassmen world-wide uplifted in spirit and motivated this year! Good luck in school and may your GPA be forever in your favor!

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Going For The Gold

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Its mid-August and the summer 2016 Olympics are off to a wonderful start. The USA is in the lead! We currently have 16 gold medals and it’s just the start for the rest to come. With all of the events still going on, there are presently 11 gold medals from swimming, 1 from shooting, 1 in judo, 2 in gymnastics, 1 in cycling, and our USA basketball team, comprised of star players like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kyrie Irving, have a #1 position in the events, to say the least.

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We all know of Donald Trump’s infamous slogan, “Let’s make America great again”, well… If there was ever a time to be a proud American, right now is it.

So, word on the street is that it’s a good day to be a Simone.

If you’ve been under a rock, cramped up in your apartment for the past week, or simply have had no communication with the world, chances are you don’t know what’s going on with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chances are also slim that you’re unaware of just who “the Simones” are.

For those that don’t know, “the Simones” are made up of two young women, both named Simone, representing the USA in the Olympics. Simone Biles is a 19 year old young woman from Spring, Texas.

Starting gymnastics at just six yeapic.jpgrs old, but according to usagym.org, Simone now holds multiple titles such as, the 2016 Olympic individual all-around champion, three-time world all-around champion, three-time world floor champion, two-time world balance beam champion, four-time United States national all-around champion, and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, the 2015World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

What a resume! The Olympics are far from over, but Simone is already being called the world’s best gymnast. She even has a signature move named after her that no one has ever completed before. Simone has even received flak from other competitors claiming that they’ve been discriminated against because they aren’t black. Despite trials and tribulations, she’s overcome it all. Simone is just getting started and shows no signs of slowing down!

Simone Manuel, makes up the other half of the dynamic duo. Simone is a 20 year images.jpgold swimmer from Houston, Texas. Simone swam locally within her home town through clubs and organizations. Simone has competed in trials, relays, and other championships, earning multiple silver and bronze medals.

In 2015, Simone became one of the first three African-Americans to place in the top three spots in any women’s division I NCAA Swimming championship. In 2015, Simone had a personal best in the 50 meter freestyle of 24.47.  Simone recently received the gold medal for her swimming event, that’s a first for an African-American woman, with a time of 52.70 in the 100 meter freestyle!

Society has a habit, when concerning sports, to think of men and men only. Some people have even made silly statements saying that there’s no room for women in the athletic world, but women are quickly ending that hysteria. In 2012, Gabriel Douglas, gymnast, made us all proud as she took home the gold. She was welcomed on the covers of magazines, talk shows, marveled by celebrities, even the topic of discussion in songs. This time around, team USA as a whole can be proud of this second reign that “the Simones” bring and African-Americans can look up to these young women who have eliminated the stigma, gone above and beyond, and conquered!

If it weren’t enough to be an African-American, being a woman can be even harder. Double minorities often get the odd end of the stick and too frequently do we settle for what we’re given. Aside from stereotype, stigma, trials and tribulations we all have the ability to ignore the negativity and go for the gold! Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Tracy Ellis Ross, Taraji P. Henson, Toni Morrison, Dominique Dawes, and Gabriel Douglas among many more, are all role models that we can epitomize.

Simone Biles and Simone Manuel can join that list proudly and show off their #Blackgirlmagic! Some of the qualities these athletes have down pat is persistence and humility along with  resiliency, diligence, focus, and  strength. These athletes aren’t simply drafted to compete in the olympics. The olympics is a competition that happens every four years. Athletes train year round, compete in trials, hire the best of coaches, eliminate their social life, and the list goes on. Some may simply see it as a sport but for these competitors it is their dream, all coming true before their eyes.

Instead of Keeping up with the Kardashians, or keeping up with the Jones’s…Keep up with Team USA and the many paved paths these awesome athletes are making! Going for the gold doesn’t necessarily mean to  become the doppleganger to Usain Bolt and win a world title for sprinting, but insted, to simply follow your dreams to the fullest and allow nothing to get in the way of it.

All of this #blackgirlmagic has me proud! Have you been keeping up with #TeamUSA? How do you plan to go for the gold?

 

Minding Your Own Business

Beyoncé released her amazing visual album at the beginning of 2016 that had each and every woman in this world craving Lemonade like crazy, but are we back to sipping our tea yet or has lemonade become the new thing? I’m not sure what’s going on but I do have something for all of you to sip on and the tea of the day happens to be ‘Minding Your Own Business.’

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Swiper No Swiping!

What started as an illegal act of earning money has now gone viral and on to be one of the most epic topics of any conversation had in today’s society. Swiping or scamming, which can be classified as new terminology for stealing has become one of the top sources of income for teenagers and young adults all throughout the United States of America.

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Has the movement black lives matter been taken to far?

Lately there has been a lot of police brutality against the African-American community. Sandra Bland, Ezell Ford, Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the list goes on. These are all victims of police brutality. The newest victim is 23 years old, Korryn Gaines.

Korryn Gaines was shot in a police stand off in her apartment with her 5 year-old son present. Gaines and her boyfriend both had warrants for their arrest. The police came to Gaines’ house to arrest her for her warrants. Gaines was sitting on the floor with a shot gun pointed to police when the door was opened. The police then backed away and went for back up.

For hours Gaines’ and her son sat in the apartment while police stood outside the door. Gaines’ boyfriend ran off with their 1 year old daughter. Once the police came close Gaines’ told the officers she would kill them if they did not leave. The officers proceeded with shooting at her.

When the officers fired, Gaines began to fire back several rounds. The police then killed her, striking her 5 year old son.

A few months back Gaines was pulled over and refused to give police any information, which resulted her going to jail. She said that because she was in jail starved for two days, she suffered a miscarriage.

Some say that Gaines was mentally ill, some say this is police brutality. However, my question for you is did Gaines deserve to be shot. In the video of Gaines getting pulled over she immediately got defensive towards the officers after they tried to help her out numerous of times. It is reported that Gaines was raised to have thoughts of a Black Panther and she was racist towards caucasian people.

Gaines threatened the police with guns, when they never had guns pulled on her. So is this really another situation of black lives matter? Or is this just another African-American having hatred for every white man and woman, or police officer because of the evil things SOME caucasian police officers have korryn gaines 1.pngkorryn gaines 2.pngmade. Several instagram posts showed Gaines hatred for the Caucasian community.

On the 4th of July she posted several pictures expressing her hatred for the holiday and how African-Americans were still slaves so they should not celebrate the holiday.

But wait there is a plot twist! There is a video of Gaines 5 year old son speaking about the shooting and he said that the police shot him on purpose when they seen him run. Also the child never stated if his mother actually ever shot at the police.

So my question remains, is this police brutality or not? Comment your thoughts below.

-Paisley Graham

Get Edumacated

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It’s 7am, and first hour has just begun. Sleepy eyed and groggy with a bag full of books, we were probably dreading the rest of the day and counting down the days until graduation and also thinking how the Pythagorean theorem or the periodic table of elements was going to help us in our everyday life.

How many times have we promised ourselves we were just going to get a factory job to avoid the stress?

Who has ever joked with their friends about finding a “sugar mama” or “sugar daddy” to support their lifestyles?

First start. Preschool. Kindergarten. Elementary school. Middle school. High school and, not to mention, latchkey and day care.

Education is so important, and it would be a relentless job to stress the many reasons why.

So many people argue that school isn’t for everyone. And though, this much is true, considering the 300 million people in America, chances are there’s something for everyone.

According to Findlaw.com, compulsory education is the requirement of all children in the United States to be educated, at least until the reach of high school, then the child has the “choice” to continue on or not.

I went to a public school within my hometown. The school received an exemplary status from the city’s school board but I wasn’t too moved by it, I thought the teachings were pretty common and that we all knew the same kinds of things…but I was wrong.

Coming to college has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as well as an experience that has widely opened my eyes. Sitting in the student union one day, catching up on an assignment while I wait for my next class, I overhear a conversation. Someone asks what country the Olympics were being held in. The other said “the one with the blue and yellow flag”, “ooh, you mean Portuguese”. My face instantly drooped; I was dumbfounded.

Firstly, the 2016 Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their flag’s colors are blue, green, yellow, and white. Portuguese is NOT a country, but it is the language that the Brazil natives speak. Portugal is a country located in Europe, next to Spain, that colonized Brazil and… UGH. I could’ve gone on and on inside my brain. Social media has made it a game to post math problems relative to 5th grade learning that so many people have failed at answering. Some of the comments people post implore that their answer is right and that they know P.E.M.D.A.S and other math tools. Having conversations with people can be frustrating as well. They may try to include more complex words that they may have heard or possibly have read up on but they use it or pronounce it so incorrectly, its horrifying. “He had the odacitely (audacity) to ask me that”, but they know every word to Future’s new song, and can tell you how to “cook and move work” and go “OT” providing Young Dolph and Gucci Mane’s instructions.

Sure, others paid more attention in history class than others, but these things are common knowledge that I thought everyone had. Sort of like comma usage, proper grammar practice, the differences between to, too, and two-their, they’re, there- rather, whether… UGH there I go again…I could go on.

Some argue that college is a conspiracy and that they’d just prefer to become an entrepreneur and open their own business. While you don’t need a degree to do so, higher education provides classes, training, and networking opportunities for the fields of interest. How can one be a business owner with no known knowledge of a business plan or how to manage nonetheless keep track of gross and net income?

A four-year university is not the end all-be all like our families, teachers, or media has lead us to believe. There are shorter-term education options that can still give us a desirable outcome. Community colleges, trade/vocational schools, realty classes, culinary schools, CNA or other medical licensing, schools for beauty and barber… the list goes on and on.

Education is important. There are no ifs ands or buts. Education allows for learning, growth, new opportunities, networking, chances to earn better pay, flexible schedules and programs, online options, and great experiences are just some of the pros for seeking a higher education. Even if you don’t finish out, or seek a degree per se, but simply desire some new useful knowledge and skill sets, there’s something for everyone.

In the world of today, with Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump running for president, the #blacklivesmatter movement, as well as the police brutality epidemic at large, why wouldn’t you want to #staywoke and educated?

What do you think? Is school worth the hassle? Should there be a law requiring everyone to receive education? Have you found yourself constantly correcting others?

B Educated!

Among other things,

B Honest B Humble B You!

-domo.dub