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7 suggestions to ensure your happiness

  
7 suggestions to ensure your happiness



I have seen these rules online and also on social media sites some time ago, but it has rested in my spirit since I first saw it:

1. Make Peace with Your Past so it does not spoil your present. Your past does not define your future - you actions and beliefs do.2. What others think of you is none of your business. It is how much you value yourself and how important you think you are.

3. Time heals almost everything give time, time. Pain will be less hurting. Scars make us who we are, they explain our life and who we are, they challenge us and force us to be strong.4. No one is the reason for your own happiness, except you yourself. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.5. Don't compare your life with others' you have no idea what their journey is about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we would grab ours back as fast as we could.6. Stop thinking too much it's all right not to know all the answers. Sometimes there is no answer, not going to be any answer, never has been an answer. That's the answer! Just accept it, move on. Next!7. Smile you don't own all the problems in the world. A smile can brighten the darkest day and make life more beautiful. It is a potential curve to turn a life around and set everything straight.

Written by Stephen Covey  http://positiveoutlooksblog.com/2014/10/05/seven-cardinal-rules/


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Public humiliation. Personal inspiration

  
Public humiliation. Personal inspiration

I've decided to chronicle my fitness journey. I have used the birth of my son to scapegoat the fact that I gained 75 pounds during the course of my wife's pregnancy. Now let me preface this article by explaining that I was at one point a lean mean fitness machine. Now I'm more of a big sloppy sack of sand.

I heard something on the radio show The Nightly Spirit with Darlene McCoy; that really spoke to my spirit. She said [paraphrasing] "Sometimes your insecurities can inspire someone else who maybe able to relate to your situation. When they hear your story and see how your test became your testimony, they will become inspired and empowered. 

I've lamented the loss of the slimmer, sexier me. After surmounting the 7th stage of grief à la Elisabeth Kübler-Ross "On Death and Dying"; I admitted that I was my own saboteur.  I conceded within my consciousness that if I invested as much into my physical health and well-being Ken Brown would have to be the one to to cultivate this seed into fruition. 

Since we're all family here, I'm cool with being transparent with my fitness transformation. This revolution will be televised--well more like radioised  

KB 


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The history of the man who changed HIStory

  
The history of the man who changed HIStory

It takes an indomitable spirit to conquer abuse, abandonment, incarceration, homelessness, and depression. It takes a bold person to unabashedly communicate those experiences to the world. Ken Brown is just that- resilliant, bold, and a manifestation of the American Dream. His story is one of tragedy, triumph, insurmountable struggle, and imeasurable success. Ken Brown is a remarkably bold man who has overcome unimaginable adversity. The pain from his past has become the platform for his present success. Ken is a world renown, impassioned, award winning speaker. He empowers audiences across the globe with electrifying and emotional speeches that affirm the greatness within us all. To appreciate his purpose, you must first understand his past. Ken Brown was born on the back seat of a cab, then abandoned by his birth mother.  Ken was adopted into an abusive family, and was was bulied at school by the students and teachers. One teacher even called Ken "stupid" after he failed the 5th grade and again in the 6th grade. Anxiety and depression led Ken to begin cutting himself as a teenager. After Ken was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in his early 20''s, his life spiraled out of control. He had been in and out of jail, homeless, sleeping in abandoned buildings and on park benches.  "I felt emotionally and mentally defeated. I started thinking about killing myself again. I was at rock bottom"  At the age of 25 Ken Brown had a nervous breakdown. Ken was hospitalized where he recieved treatment and began the road to recovery. "It took me hitting rock bottom to realize that I was the only person with the strength to lift myself up." With therapy and medication, Ken learned to manage his mental and emotional health.  While in the hospital, Ken had time to reflect on his life and surmised "I''ve been through so much and I''m still standing. There''s a purpose in that pain." 


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Unforgivable Blackness (Documentary Trailer)

  
Unforgivable Blackness (Documentary Trailer)



Sometimes it takes outsiders to tell you about yourself. PBS America - out of the United Kingdom - put out this documentary on the first Black American boxing champion, Jack Johnson. Dude was ahead of his time ways that would still scare a good amount of White people today. Just saying.

This film by Ken Burns tells the story of one of the greatest boxers of all time and his refusal to accept the rules of a society that considered people of his colour to be second-class citizens. This is the story of a man who refused to recognise racial differences and who forced America to reconsider its very definition of freedom.

Check out this trailer. Watching this documentary would be the way to end your Black History Month viewing with a bang...to the rib cage. Damn. Johnson was a baaaad maaan (Muhammad Ali voice).



via: http://www.jayforce.com/sports/unforgivable-blackness-documentary-trailer


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PBS: Freedom Riders (Documentary)

  
PBS: Freedom Riders (Documentary)
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Wow. Another moment in American History that just so happens to fall into the Black History category. You know how when someone gets in over his head and exclaims, "I did not sign up for this!" Well, in the first few minutes of this film you see that these young adults knew EXACTLY what they signed up for... and they went anyway. Civil Rights fighters of the highest caliber. Man, the courage it must have taken for CORE (Council On Racial Equality) to get on those buses.

Watch the story of the "Freedom Riders" - expertly told by PBS.









via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/pbs-freedom-riders-documentary


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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Documentary Series)
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Five centuries of history... Black History... our history. Encapsulated in an outstanding documentary mini-series you've gotta watch if your Black History Month is to be truly complete. Dr. Robert Louis Gates already does fine work helping celebs learn about their ancestries and themselves on "Find Your Roots." But to teach a people, a nation, a WORLD about itself through something like this? Outstanding!

(Above is Episode 1 to get you started. Hit the jump for Episodes 2-6.)





























via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/the-african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross-documentary-series


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4 Little Girls: Spike Lee Speaks On The Heart-Wrenching Decision He Had To Make (Video)
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Another must-see before the focus on Black History for 2016 is lost..."4 Black Girls" (a real gut punch; but you still MUST watch). It will be hard to watch. Let Spike tell you (as he tells Oprah, above): It was hard to make.

In 1997, Spike Lee released "4 Little Girls," a moving documentary about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, which killed four African-American girls. The film went on to earn an Oscar nomination for best documentary. Watch as Spike discusses one of the most difficult decisions he's ever made as a director and how the birth of his daughter, Satchel, changed his perspective.

You can see a trailer for the actual documentary here.

4 LITTLE GIRLS (HBO PROMO TRAILER)





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The Murder of Fred Hampton (Documentary Trailer)

  
The Murder of Fred Hampton (Documentary Trailer)
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'All Power To The People' as a concept should not scare us. Fred Hampton's stance in the above trailer comes through just as plain and clear on grainy archival footage as it would were he standing flat-footed saying it to our faces today: 'If you are scared of socialism...you are scared of yourselves.' How deep is that?!

This trailer was made before Fred Hampton's death when the film was to be called "Black Panther." It shows Hampton (August 30, 1948 - December 4, 1969) giving a speech on revolution and racism in front of a large audience. Includes glimpses of Panthers Bobby Rush and Bobby Seale and filmmaker Howard Alk. This trailer is not included in the DVD release of the film.

- Chicago Film Archives

Black History is OUR history, all of ours (not just Black people's). You should watch this; even after February 29th.





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Eyes on the Prize Parts 1 & 2 (Documentary Series)

  
Eyes on the Prize Parts 1 & 2 (Documentary Series)
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Not to say that any print, audio, or audio-visual work is the end-all of what Black History Month should be... But if you have not watched the PBS American Experience documentary "Eyes On The Prize," you have NOT had Black History Month! Above, you have your chance: Part 1 ("Awakenings") and Part 2 ("Fighting Back") are ready for your viewing and enrichment. Arguably, the best series on the decades-long American Civil Rights Movement. Filmmaker Henry Hampton and PBS have, no doubt, taken tremendous pride in bringing this presentation to the masses over the years.

Watch. Now.

























via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/eyes-on-the-prize-parts-1-2-documentary-series


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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Documentary)
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Found it! Right where it was supposed to be, at the PBS website. Guess other sources jumped the gun on putting it up and their videos got pulled down (delaying our sharing it with you here until now). Can't blame them though: Viewers who missed the Public Television debut really likely really wanted to see this. Even some of those who caught it before probably wanted to see it again. Well, here it is "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution." Click play above; enjoy and be enriched and empowered. All Power To The People!

Directed by Stanley Nelson, this episode (and the above video embed) will be available from PBS online for watching until March 18, 2016.



















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KRS-ONE - Black History Month: Lessons 1 & ​2 (Lecture Audio)



Black History Month: Lessons 1 and 2 is an eye-opening lecture of Black historical teachings by KRS-ONE. Narrated by Kris himself, this is a critique of Black History Month itself, re-frames the historical narrative of Black people in America properly, speaks of Black consciousness, cites and honors Black revolutionaries (past & present), and covers modern-day Black intellectuals. Mainly, Black History Month: Lessons 1 and 2 is meant to do away with misinformation regarding the African American ancestral narrative. Who better to do this with sharp intellectual analysis, retrievable facts, cited literature and poignant commentary than KRS-ONE? Nobody!

And what price is better than FREE? But, yeah, about that. Maybe... consider PAYING something for it; chipping in whatever you feel is doable financially. Because THIS is worthy work by a man who has been The Teacha to us all (Hip-Hop Nation, Black people AND Humanity) for so long. He did not have to do this. But once you click play you will be so glad he did!

DOWNLOAD: KRS-ONE - BLACK HISTORY MONTH: LESSONS 1 & 2

Black History Month Lessons 1-2 by KRS-One

via: http://www.jayforce.com/history/krs-one-black-history-month-lessons-1-%e2%80%8b2-lecture-audio


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Angelo Casimiro Shows How To Build A BB8 Droid Like The One In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (Video
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Prepare for full on nerdgasmic fascination! This kid just built a full-size, smartphone-controlled BB8 - just like in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." But that's not all. He's telling YOU how to build your own in the above video.

(Angelo's a DIY genius! Hope he got some sponsor bucks from Ace or some of those product makers though. C'mon...Kick it in billion-dollar businesses. This is pure dopeness.)







via: http://www.jayforce.com/technology/angelo-casimiro-shows-how-to-build-a-bb8-droid-like-the-one-in-star-wars-the-force-awakens-video


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Microsoft Unveils Minecraft: Education Edition

  



Microsoft’s purchase of developer Mojang along with the Minecraft IP for $2.5 billion dollars last year heralded a new era for the mega-popular game. Microsoft has since released a plethora of updates to the title, a port of the game to Windows 10, and expanded the merchandising with LEGO figures and handbooks among many other things.

With some expecting a full-on sequel to be in the works, Microsoft has kept quiet about the future of Minecraft, instead continuing to let the core game grow as it expands to other platforms (including Ninteno’s Wii U finally). Applications outside of the gaming sphere were not expected to be part of Minecraft’s future, but that is exactly what the Windows creator has done. The company announced it is acquiring MinecraftEdu and creating a classroom version of the game called Minecraft: Education Edition.

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via: http://screenrant.com/minecraft-education-edition


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Dr. Frances Cress Welsing: Rest In Power Queen!

  
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing: Rest In Power Queen!
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As the new year of 2016 begins we have to take a moment to reflect and pay tribute to Dr. Frances Cress Welsing who has passed away at the age of 80 on January, 2nd 2016.  Born in Chicago, IL March 18th 1935 daughter of Henry N. Cress (physician) & Ida Mae Griffen (teacher) she was always in an academic background.  She went on to obtain her B.S. degree from Antioch College and her M.D. at Howard University in the 1960's in psychiatry.

She made DC her home after her time at Howard University where she worked at many hospitals especially children's hospitals.  She is probably most known for her book "The Isis Papers" where she discussed the Melanin Theory and tackles the topic of White Supremacy.  For decades she tirelessly worked to make sure that her works would help teach black people especially black children to have a love of themselves and their rich history.

She has spoken at numerous universities and taken part in a number of documentaries and she was a part of the Hidden Colors Documentary produced by Tariq Nasheed who worked with her as his mentor.  Dr Welsing will truly be missed but her great works will not be forgotten! (March 18, 1935 - January 2, 2016) Rest In Peace.........







via: http://www.jayforce.com/cover-story/dr-frances-cress-welsing-rest-in-power-queen


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History: Why Do People In Old Movies Talk Weird? (Video)

  
History: Why Do People In Old Movies Talk Weird? (Video)
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Now, see here... you hear the way they talk here... There's a history behind it.

It's not quite British, and it's not quite American - so what gives? Why do all those actors of yesteryear have such a distinct and strange accent?

Check out the fun and informative lecturette video above. Very interesting!









via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/history-why-do-people-in-old-movies-talk-weird-video


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