|Fri, September 26, 2014 at 8:01 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
In the minds of most Westerners, still, the Black Plague triggers thoughts of history lessons, or of movies about the Middle Ages. This is not a modern era illness we face. To oversimplify, the Black Death is supposed to be dead. Well, with recent mainstream reporting about a third world outbreak - and a public health scare as two victims returned to Atlanta (Georgia, USA) for treatment - the West likely experienced a mental software upgrade that re-ranked the disease much higher among the threats to health and chances of survival. However, as is oft the case for mainstream media, another shiny new story came up, and another (Ray Rice, U.S.-led airstrikes...whatever, take your pick); and Western reporters moved on to the next one...on to the next one. But not VICE. This is where VICE lives: Embedded in the hottest areas of stories too dangerous AND too low on the 'this just in' scale of current events for big-budget reporting outfits to care about; usually in faraway places and affecting people who are to far removed from 'us' to care about. THAT is why we f#ck with VICE: Because as a noble reporting institution that could do otherwise, it consistently chooses to find and stay on the stories that thinking and feeling people would indeed care about (or care about longer) if they were told and kept fully informed about them. Like this Black Death that the mainstream news (liberal and conservative leaning) thinks is 'dead' (e.g. a dead story). It is still VERY much alive. And not knowing and keeping up with it could still get lots and lots of us KILLED.
[I]n the fall of 2013, Beranimbo [Madagascar, Africa] had been an epicenter of a black plague outbreak that resulted in nearly 600 cases and more than 90 deaths across the country. Madagascar reports the most instances of the disease in the world. Depending on which century you're talking about, it's perhaps best known as the plague-a scourge generally associated with the Middle Ages, when rats, fleas, and poor hygiene resulted in the deaths of between 75 and 200 million people. The disease remains an enduring threat in third-world nations; public-health watchdogs report up to 2,000 cases a year.
VICE gives a detailed, two-part documentary report and writeup. Watch, starting with part 1 above. Follow the link to read more below; and hit the jump for part 2. Get this knowledge in you like medicine! Folks and the media think the 'curing' of two folks in the ATL is a triumph over what could be considered a 'scary outbreak that happened over there.' Nah, maaan. This thing could hit a city! Thousands to millions of people at risk. Maybe that'd make it 'big' enough to get outbreak coverage again but... as the VICE report adeptly put it: "[H]istory has taught us, by the time ther
|Mon, July 07, 2014 at 4:51 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
What is your street value? It's whatever you say it is. No one and I mean no one can set or determine that price but you. Learn to "set it and forget it" (in the immortal words of Ronco). Learn to say it with a confident smile. But first, figure out exactly WHAT that value/price is and then dig your heels in. People will balk at what you ask for - that's o.k., they are not who you cater to. Others will not blink - they are your bread and butter, keep them close to the vest, very happy and well taken care of with extra goodies and special treats on occasion (at no extra charge). The squeaky wheel gets the grease and your kindness and niceties to this group of people will go much further in your marketing efforts than any promotional event or flyer ever could because these are your word of mouth Marketing & Promotion team (M&P Team).
If you cannot determine exactly what you believe your dollar value to be, do a couple of things first to begin your calculations (and then if you still can't figure it out - give me a call to set up a Clarity conversation and we will develop that number together). Let's start with the below list. Write a dollar value (or a 'yes') next to each example and this will total up to just the beginning rate of what ballpark you should be charging in (push hard to determine the dollar value and not just a "yes" answer):
Educated in the field your offering
More than five years' experience in the arena
New in the arena
Have a list of happily satisfied customers that wouldn't hesitate to vouch for you
Using personal equipment (computer, printer, phone, camera, etc.)
Using personal office supplies (ink, paper, tape, staples, etc.)
Using personal electricity
Using automobile (gas, insurance, mileage, etc.)
Customer/vendor talking time used (project description, meetings, etc.)
Amount of time spent on project
What are others at your level charging (per: hour, project, day, etc.)
Follow me? This is just your STARTING point, your VALUE goes up from here because you are not out just to make the bare minimum, you are out to make a profit.
Now, you can't very well charge a commanding rate and you aren't very well knowledgeable/educated formally or hands on, have limited experience, not delivering on the goods or can't say yes to 90% of the above! Your professional acumen, demeanor, products, services, quality, attention to details, follow up and follow through must be on point - especially if you want repeat and new business and to spend as little money as possible on M&P because your very satisfied clientele WILL be your M&P Team.
Connect with me today to discover exactly what your commanding value is through a simple Clarity conversation. Also, let's determine how BCC - Small Business Management Services can assist your Entrepreneurial and Small Business endeavors by being your personal Business Concierge.
We will also connect you to the people you should have in your circle of influence by having you discover a different networking activity that you didn't know was possible. Start at "Networking From The Waist - Up!" with us each month. For more information go to: www.BeCrystalClear.net
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|Mon, July 07, 2014 at 4:36 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Who is in your circle of influence?
This question may seem for some to be irrelevant. You may feel that you do not discriminate because discriminating is bad. Well, I am here to shed a little light on that for you. While I do that you will have to go through your mind and take inventory of the people you are currently associated with and welp, things are about to get a bit uncomfortable. So if you want things to remain the same in your life then stop reading this blog post right now....
So you are still here? Well here we go.
You may have heard that you are the sum total of the FIVE, YES 1-2-3-4-5 closest people around you. Now, take a mental inventory of who you are hanging around with, who you are kicking it with, who you roll with and you will learn really quickly what YOU are all about. Sure you will argue that you are all unique individuals, well are all of you unique individuals in a growing forward movement?
Here are some clues to help you out:
What books are you reading? (Not reading any books ummm...)
What classes are you attending?
Where are you networking?
Personally or professionally have you tried any new ventures?
Have you closed off any part of your life and chalked it up to having to do without that part?
If ANY of your responses results in you participating in a routine that causes stagnation, you need to start today doing something different. No matter how very little, do something different. In your current situation ask yourself this question, "How is this helping me gain financial freedom, the relationships I desire, and developing parenting skills." These are just a few of the questions that you should ask yourself.
One of the most effective changes you can make will be to get a better 5 around you. You will not make a huge announcement to the individuals about how they are the rotten apples in your world. But you will need to arrange to be in new places to draw new people your way.
Here are some ways to get a new 5:
By picking up new and different books, those will certainly open you up to new possibilities.
Join a meet up group in your city to meet new people.
Go to a new cafe and talk to strangers, get uncomfortable!
I told you that you will lose some friends with this post. Until next time, Have a Super Day
|Wed, June 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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Unlike most 9-year-olds who are concerned with getting adjusted to the fourth grade and navigating through elementary school hallways, Jaden Newman is far ahead of the game with a talent that's putting her on the radar of one of the nation's biggest universities for sports.
Last week, Newman spent three hours touring the University of Miami, where the school's women's basketball coach urged the young athlete to keep the university in mind when it comes time for her to narrow down her college options.
Despite only being in the fourth grade, Newman, who stands at 4-foot-7-inches, has already played two seasons on the girl's high school varsity team at Downey Christian School in Orlando. Her basketball performance against teenagers almost twice her age has gained national attention, with Newman averaging 14.5 points and 7.5 assists per game.
"It did surprise me a little bit," her father and the coach of her basketball team, Jamie Newman, told TODAY.com. "When I first got the call [from Miami assistant coach Derrick Gibbs], I thought it was for my son. I understand why, though, because she has an amazing skillset at 9 years-old, and her potential is through the roof."
Newman is believed to be the youngest player ever to get recruited by a Division 1 college program.
|Wed, May 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
What do you say YES to? #StayTuned #Mississippi!!
#ClientNews: The Non-Profit from Biloxi, Mississippi, Beauties of The Shore, will soon kick off its Summer Campaign #ShoresSayYes.
BILOXI - We say YES to education, YES to community involvement & YES to Leadership! Follow @ShoreBeauties & like us on FB for more details on upcoming community service projects in Mississippi!! You can also reach out at ShoreBeauties@gmail.com
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What every girl needs!
We influence the next generation to be the best generation!
Call Us Shore Beauties!!
We are a group of sisters that focuses on the betterment of our communities, the younger generations and education. Education is the key for young girls all over the world to grow up and do great things. In the words of Alice Walker, "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking that they don't have any."
Beauties of The Shore was started in 2007 along with our brothers Golden Koast Knights. Under the leadership of Ronnika Ann and 22 other sisters we have banned together to make a difference starting with what's in our front yard.
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|Tue, May 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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May 20, 2014
TEEN AUTHOR STONE ERICKSON AND BARNES & NOBLE SOUTHLAKE HOST FANTASY BOOK BOWL
Award-Winning Sci-Fi Author launches teen summer reading program
(Atlanta, GA) As students are counting down the days in anticipation to summer break, teen sci-fi author Stone Erickson and Barnes & Noble Southlake announce Fantasy Book Bowl, a pre-teen and teen summer reading program. The Fantasy Book Bowl orientation kicks off on Saturday May 31, 2014 at Barnes & Noble Southlake with free snacks, prizes, activities and more. Pre-teens and teens will receive a list of top-rated fantasy books to read throughout the summer and meet bi-weekly for discussion.
Stone Erickson was awarded 2013 AALAS Sci-Fi Author of the Year to his surprise, which inspired him to launch the summer reading program to encourage his peers to read during the summer months. Stone Erickson a typical teen himself advocates kids to find books combining their interests. Pre-teens and teens participating in Fantasy Book Bowl will read a total of 6 fantasy novels during the program from May 31st- August 23rd. On each of the meeting dates a new book will be discussed from the reading list. Participants will be required to write an essay on the sixth book for the closing ceremony to be entered to win prizes sponsored by Microsoft and more and the Fantasy Book Bowl grand prize.
"I love playing video games as much as any other kid my age but I also love reading," says Stone Erickson. "Fantasy books allow me to escape freely into the same world depicted in the games I play."
Stone Erickson's Fantasy Book Bowl will take place on Saturday May 31, 2014 noon at Barnes & Noble Southlake located at 1939 Mt Zion Rd, Morrow, GA 30260.
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|Wed, May 14, 2014 at 3:02 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Ok, so lately I have been literally questioning everything from religion, science, and history. That includes the Bible, yes the Bible. As a young black man I wanted to know my history.... You know the history where we have Pyramids, are kings and queens, and write hieroglyphics, but the Europeans said we couldn't read and write once we got to America. Its so much of the African history that we do not know, its a shame how we have not been taught certain things but rather brainwashed.
Here are some interesting facts.
•You all know King James right? You know the one who has the "King James Bible"? Well that same person also loved men and had sexual intercourse with them. At the young age of thirteen Mr. James fell madly in love with his male cousin Esme Stuart whom he made Duke of Lennox. If thats not weird enough, Mr. James killed his own mother because he was so in love with men.
• Do you know Sir John Hawkins? If not let me inform you. Mr. Hawkins had the rights of becoming the first slave-ship captain to bring Africans to America. Hawkins was also religious gentleman who insisted that his fellow crewman would "serve God daily" and "love another". His ship, which was called "the good ship Jesus," left the shores of his native England for Africa in October 1562. He arrived at Sierra Leone, and in a short time he had three hundred blacks in his possession.
Now I want get into the missing books of the Bible and how many times it has been rewritten. I don't want you all thinking Im just some guy who disowns the Bible, I actually have to speak this Sunday using the Bible. I'm simply just wanting answers to this circle of life we live in. So what I want to do is show you this video of Dick Gregory (if you don't know him, you ought to be a shame and should google him right now.) But after watching the video, please comment on my ig page, twitter facebook etc. And let me know what you think, tell me your views, and beliefs. I would love to hear.
Dick Gregory Unchained: http://youtu.be/O5O9bLdz1WY
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Dick Gregory Unchained: http://youtu.be/O5O9bLdz1W