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Self-Acceptance - To accept the fact that you are Black. Regardless of where you live, what school you went to, how much money you make, and how many white friends you have, you are Black. None of the above things make you white or any more white than you think you are. They make you a successful, well educated, prosperous, and sociable Black person, which is an achievement in itself, and not an accepted convert to whiteness. It is important that Blacks realize that they are and always will be Black...Read More
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Blitter, a new social networking app created by Patrick Francis, made its debut on October 5, 2017. The Blitter profile listed in the iTunes Store indicates:
"Blitter is a social network built on love, passion, and empathy. Blitter does not condone racism, sexism, harassment, bots, or hate speech whatsoever. We are 100% independent from any investors and display no ads!"
Frances doesn't make the claim but I suspect Blitter is a mashup of BLACK TWITTER
I signed up today. Being an early adopter comes with its own set of anxiety-inducing questions.
I've already contacted support to ask why the app hasn’t requested access to my photos.
"Apps that have requested access to your photos will appear here."
It doesn’t. I can access my photos on the app but I didn’t give permission. I also want to know how the app verifies my identity. I like the illusion of privacy. If you decide to leave the network, it’s easy to delete your account. Some apps, such as HYPEAPP, make it extremely difficult to remove your account.
Once you download the app it’s easy to register on the site.
Note: The @ username is the first and last name used to register.
The app is end-user friendly and intuitive. Click the camera icon and a screen appears that will allow you to add or shoot a 15-second video or photo. Choose the text icon to write a 120-character status.
Francis's profile update indicates he’s in the process of updating the app. There should be a new update on Tuesday.
Currently, Blitter is only available for IOS devices.
Originally Posted at melhopkins.com
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Black New Yorkers, Black people are not a majority populace in New York City. We,I live in Harlem NYC, do not have the votes to control NEw York State or New York City thus our community will always have the lesser end of the governmental stick.
But, this issue is huge. Consider if you could take the base legal document to a state in the union and start from the beginning. My suggestion is to comment below, guest comment if need be, and state what you would like to see in the constitution and state what need amendment in the constitution to make it happen.
These are my suggestions based on the Articles
*Preamble* This for me must be completely changed, and begins my one or only theme from my interest which is to reflect native truth. IF you want to start from the beginning then focus on the beginning, when native people's were annihilated from white interest.
_We the People from the State of New York, will honor the Native people to the land that compose the state which precede all form to this state, the british colony,New York, that precede new york state, and the dutch colony,New Amsterdam, that precede the british colony, and the french colony, New Angouleme, that precede the dutch in Establishing this Constitution_
*Article I - Bill of Rights*
*Article II- Suffrage*
*Article III- Legislature*
The legislature must not reflect geographies but peoples. Native Americans did not have a binding to the land based on rigid boundaries, they delineated people based on the tribe they are from and where that tribe generally lived.
_The Native Council is composed to two representative, one male side one female from every native tribe in new york state_
_Every person in New York State must join a tribe in the state, reflecting the lifestyle to native people before any European coloniazation on the land that constitute New York State_
_A district map that reflect the geographic distribution to tribes members must be made every twenty year, in any given area the majority populace must be over ninety percent to one tribe, if a district does not have said condition it is placed under the native council jurisdiction, the native communities are exempt from this and retain their lands based on the treaties side white european colonist made before the creation to the usa or after_
_Tribes are based on a write in every twenty year where a CERTAIN MINIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE constitute part to a tribe, and if a resident to new york state does not mark in a tribe, they are applied to their phenotypical race, barring natives who are made to the native race_
_The legislative branch has two houses, Tribal and Communal, in the Tribal each tribe, defined above including each native have one representative, the Communal each district, defined as having ninety percent from one tribe or else under the native council has a representative, if a district is under the native council, only natives can be elected to represent said district_
*Article IV- Executive*
_Each tribe has to vote on an executive to administer the legal code to a given tribe, reflecting the chieftains to each tribe before white european colonialism_
_An executive council is composed from all executive elected in new york state_
_Every twenty year each tribe must vote to each statute to their legal code or a write in statute_
*Article V- Officers and Civil Departments*
*Article VI- Judiciary*
_Each tribe must have their own judicial code, reflecting the independence each native tribe had from each other before white european colonialism_
*Article VII- State Finances*
_Each tribe has their own _
_The federal government finances are split between the tribes based on their percentage to population_
*Article VIII- Local Finances*
_Each tribe must determine how it will divide finances amongst its districts_
*Article IX- Local Governments*
_No cities or counties exist anymore, only native lands, or districts_
*Article X- Corporations*
_A Ruleset,concerning at least birth or death, to fiscal corporations must exist in the legal code from each tribe_
*Article XI- Education*
_A language or tongue from the native or indigenous people from new york state must be learned from all people in new york henceforth_
_Each tribe outside the first rule under the Education article must determine their own education code_
*Article XII- Defense*
_New York State has only one defense organization designed to blockade tribes from each other_
_Each tribe must finance or define their own internal defense_
*Article XIII- Public Officers*
*Article XIV- Conservation*
*Article XV- Canals*
*Article XVI- Taxation*
_Each tribe must have their own taxes, combined to the federal taxes_
*Article XVII- Social Welfare*
_Each tribe must determine their own social welfare or lack to it_
*Article XVIII- Housing*
_Each tribe must determine their own housing rules_
*Article XIX- Amendments to Constitution*
_Amendments to the constitution must have a complete tribal house, and three quarter to the communal house_
*Article XX- When to take effect*
In conclusion, I think you all can see my thinking, to me, imagine a state in the union having a pro native structure. Not pro white/black/yellow/mestizo/mullato/arab/mixed just pro native and I can support that. All other agenda are false. New York State is not some grand homeland to most. Has no history worth remembering that all people in it can state as positive to their people.
But, gardless if you dislike my position, what would you do?
_New York State Constitution_
_New York Times article- biased position_
_Youtube Video -biased position_
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Best Dissertation Writing Services Write about Many Forms of Intelligence
Intelligence is an important factor in making our way in the world. What we know and how we use our knowlege is part of our intelligence. It is usually termed as academic and verbal intelligence.
Often we think how smart we are is only dependent on our ability to do math or science, how we write and speak, how creative we are. I believe even humor is a form of intelligence because things are funny when we are able to look at something in more than one way. Intelligence can also be correlated to how quickly we acquire skills, and there are many other ways we learn and understand our environment.
In the world of psychology, intelligence is viewed more as a concept, it is not a concrete thing, for intelligence is abstract.
There are many forms of intelligence, one that is often not considered as much, is our emotional intelligence or EQ. The ability to acquire the skills that help us understand emotions of ourselves and others, to be able to empathize with another person, and to be able to relate and negotiate with other people is part of our emotional intelligence.
The skills that enable us to inter-relate with people, to react appropriately, and to read the signals that someone else gives off, is largely connected to an individual’s ability to succeed socially, professionally, and in love.
Emotional Intelligence and Personality
Emotional intelligence is part of our personality, and our personality in directly connected to our emotional intelligence. With our ability to understand emotion, we can learn more about our own thoughts, and influence the actions we choose to take. Emotional intelligence involves the perception, understanding, management, utilization, and expression of emotions.
When we look at emotional intelligence, it is important to consider that there are gender differences in the way men and women react to emotions, and therefore emotional intelligence can not be a generalized term for everyone.
Emotional Intelligence can be categorized:
· self awareness
· self regulation
· social skills
How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence
Self Awareness - knowing your own true feelings and the ability to manage them will help your ability to see how you react, and to realize how these reactions affect others. Being aware of your own self confidence will help you value who you are, how much you trust yourself, and your own capabilities. The higher your self confidence, the greater self worth, the more you believe in yourself, and the more you capable you become, all leading to a higher self esteem.
Self Regulation - we often can’t prepare our emotions throughout the day. When we experience emotion, it is largely spontaneous. We can’t control when this will happen to us, but we can sometimes regulate how long our emotions lasts, and the sometimes the intensity of it. The ability to alleviate the negative reaction we have from feeling angry, anxious, or sad can start with rethinking about a situation in a different way. Sometimes by taking a long walk, through meditation, or by spending some time in prayer. By doing this we can gain self control, integrity, self responsiblity, flexibility, and innovation. Self regulation is an important aspect in emotional intelligence. When we learn to manage impulses that can be disruptive, when we maintain higher standards of honesty and trustworthiness, when we are conscientous and adaptable, and when we come up with new ideas we can help guide ourselves through emotional impulses, which will lead to better results.
Motivation - helps us achieve and aim towards a clear target with a purposeful and positive attitude. Learning to think in a more positive light will yield more positive results. Negative thoughts pop into everyone’s minds, but learning to reframe them can keep you be more motivated and help you develop a can do attitude that will get you over the inevitable obstacles that pop up. People who are motivated have a stronger drive to accomplish. They want to achieve and have high standards of excellence. Being motivated involves committment, and often teamwork so that everyone sees the same picture. Motivated people act when the opportunity arrives and look for opportunities. And when you are motivated you are optimistic about your beliefs, about what you want, and what you will and can do. With this optimism comes persistence, so that no matter what interference you encounter, or what setbacks get in your way, you will continue to go forward.
Empathy - the ability to recognize and meet the needs of someone else enables you to understand how that other person may feel. It is part of relating to another and greatly helps enhance relationships. People who are empathetic are very good at sensing what other people need beyond the feelings.
Social Skills- are a part of the interpersonal skills a person needs to attain success in your life and your career. Having people skills is very important in negotiating with people, in meeting new people to further your contacts, and to be able to be persuasive. The ability to communicate so that the ideas you express get conveyed properly is integral in good social skills. In addition to sending clear messages, having the ability to inspire and guide will help with your leadership skills. When you have good social skills, you can bring about change and resolve disagreements, which help in conflict management. The ability to understand and negotiate is important in dealing with the many different personalities you will encounter. It is equally important to build bonds and nuture relationships to foster cooperation and collaboration so that the things you are looking to achieve can be accomplished.
The Importance of Emotional Intelligence
Genetics may be a factor of intelligence, but emotional intelligence can be improved. We all have different temperaments and personalities. We all have different ways we approach things, but everyone can take these qualities and enhance them.
This is especially apparent as we raise our children. A child who is naturally shy, might be encouraged to meet new people or experience new things so they get out of their ‘shell’. Challenging children against the norm of their personality can encourage them to take on new situations. By learning to master new things, they may be less afraid and turn out less shy as they get older.
As an adult, people who are more worrisome and fearful, have a more negative self image, or harbor anger, may blame others for their plight in life and not achieve greater emotional intelligence. The use of our emotional intelligence will always help us feel more satisfaction and fulfillment in the things we do.
The ability to have social intelligence, to be able to understand people and to relate to them and have them relate to us, is an effective and useful tool for us to learn more about. How we express our emotions affects how people react to us. If we overreact, others will overreact to us. If we are sensitive to the emotional state of another, we can change the emotional climate of those who are around us.
Being in tune with someone else and the better we are able to read someone else’s expressions of emotions benefits us all. Some emotions are subtle, some are obvious. The ability to manage and regulate our own emotions is a vital aspect of emotional intelligence relating to interpersonal relationship and for those who lead and those who follow.
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I had to give this post a moment of silence. I really thought this case would be a slam dunk. The gun was on Castile's hip, a 4yr old child was in the back seat, the mother in the drivers seat. What was the terror in that? This man is Stupid and Free to gloat to everyone he encounters just like Zimmerman about how he killed a black man and got away with it. Just a few Days a go I ironically compared this to King because that was the 1st time we got to see first hand what was going on behind those who are suppose to protect and serve. I was too young and naive then to understand the magnitude of what that meant. As an adult, sadly I know all too well. The tactics the nonsense games law enforcement plays in order to incarcerate our loved ones for B.S. charges.
I can imagine what the family feels like, my heart goes out to them and all those who are involved in the movement. Hopefully it's not violent. It's absolutely necessary that we get our voices heard. Even if it's one Blog at a time. One march at a time. Cop or no cop, if you do wrong you should be held accountable. I feel that if these police were held responsible it would a total destruction of what law enforcement means, is. So the justice system lets them off, another innocent man dies. A couple cities Riot, act a Fool then another Black man dies. Another person of color brutalized. Life continues to go on. Keeping the discussion open keeps it real, purposeful. Just like the media shoves celeb gossip, BS politics down our throats to the point it changes our own behavior. Lets discuss topics that matter. Maybe if we bring it up enough it might make a difference. Castile will always be the inspiration to my Blog. Holding positive memories is what keeps hope and Faith alive. Isn't that why we get up everyday? maybe something good will happen.... until next time
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My new book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, is now available for advance purchase on Amazon. After 10 long years, it will see the light of day this fall. A big thank you to all who made this possible. From time to time, I will share excerpts on this blog with particular attention as to why memory of this period matters.
The book is about the largest slave auction in US history which took place in Savannah, Georgia in 1859. In the book, I analyze the operation of the auction and trace the lives of slaves before, during, and after their sale. The personal papers of the Butlers, accounts from journalists that witnessed the auction, genealogical records, and oral histories help bring the auction to life. Demonstrating the resilience of African American families, the book also includes interviews from the living descendants of slaves sold on the auction block, showing how the memories of slavery have shaped their lives today.
Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the book:
On March 2 and 3, 1859, Pierce Butler of the Butler Plantation estates in the Georgia Sea Islands sold 436 men, women and children, including thirty babies to buyers and speculators from New York to Louisiana. It was the largest recorded slave auction in US History. The sale had been advertised for weeks in newspapers and magazines all across the country. The Savannah Tenbroeck Racetrack was the venue, three miles shy of the city. Eager potential buyers filled every hotel in Savannah. The two-day auction netted for the highly indebted Butler $303, 850, a phenomenal sum. On the eve of the Civil War, this unprecedented sale was noteworthy not only for its size but because of the fact that Butler plantation slaves had generally not been sold on the open market. These men and women had settled lives on Butler’s estates. Their lives as slaves were difficult and burdensome to be sure, but together they had formed a community with its own norms, values and customs – some of which were informed by their African heritage. Now they were displaced from their “home,” and separated from their families. It is for this reason the slaves called this auction, “The Weeping time.”
In 1859, these men, women and children were sold, and a new chapter of their families’ stories began. Immediately upon Emancipation in 1863, some of these newly freed slaves set out on foot flocking to plantations all over the south searching earnestly for their loved ones. The only mementos they likely had were memories of their last meeting – on the auction block. They pursued every avenue in search of those whom they had lost. In some very special cases, they found each other. Others remained in the communities of their masters, bought property, worked the land and built new lives for themselves.
This is their story.
Anne C. Bailey
Pre-purchase on AMAZON here: The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
personal website: https://www.annecbailey.net
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Definitely not American. Our society has a long way for this "unthinkality." Just imagine, "500 Americans have so far been killed in Chicago this year..." It's almost laughable. It’s unimaginable, grouping us all together in this fashion. But shouldn’t we be? American is simply, White American. Let’s face it, it is. But I do have hope, I never imagined having a Black President....
African-American. To me it's like the new "negro." Non-threatening, soft, 'light in the ass.' This term diminishes the strength of Black people and I believe the media uses it specifically for that purpose. There are many Blacks in America without African ties (that’s not taking into account we’re ALL from Africa, but that’s a whole 'mother' story) so the African part just refers to ‘having Black skin.’ And also, African-American has no cultural value. Unlike Italian-American, Asian-American, Native American, Blacks have no heritage or motherland to connect to to display pride and unification throughout the world. Blacks, in general, are the newest breed of humans on the planet.
The term Black has historically been condemned. The rhetoric of blackballed, blacklisted, blackmail, black lie, black prince, black heart, etc. as negativity, evokes a scornful look, or frown, upon anyone that uses any term that involves the word ‘Black.’ So think about it, in the english language, adjectives precede nouns so any use of the word Black before the noun, has already produced a negative effect. Black man, Black woman, Black child, etc. The same thing. Not all cultures and languages utilize this method. But here in America, it’s taught. And that teaching has instilled a lasting negativity that has been embedded in our cultural DNA.
Black for me. Why?
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Maya Angelou, "Still I Rise."
What say you?
Kayla and Bryan are trying to find a happy medium in their relationship, but the drama continues to unfold. They are planning for the wedding of their dreams, however, both parties have past issues that may cause them to plan for a funeral instead.
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I heard somewhere one in five people knows a celebrity before they hit it big. So today, while driving, I got to thinking about what would happen if I actually became a celebrity. My hands tingled and I filled with a curious kind of joy thinking about certain peoples reaction. Specifically, my old co-workers who in my humble opinion, were already haters, and my former bitch-ass boss. My grin was a mile wide as I imagined myself on the previews of primetime television walking out to the talk shows that would be airing later in the week and even better, them in the theater gathering their belongings when my name rolls up in the credits for having written a movie. #Bowdownbitches But, I was enjoying this fantasy alone. As Erykah Badu says, “the studio audience in my head" was not with me on this one. It was just me, in my car gawking stupidly at a stupid self-made fantasy. You see, the little voice in my head said, when someone does something to you, as foul as it may be, they do it and MOVE ON. You, the proposed victim are in fact elevating them to celebrity status when you constantly feed them with your energy. AIN’T NOBODY WORRIED BOUT YOU!!! Wasn’t that made clear by their actions?
Damn it self! Sigh. I get it. Write that movie, that play, that book, that blog, because that’s what you want to do, not for the reaction! Do what you want because you want to, not because of what you think people will do in response. You were moved so that you could realize your star power, your magic, harness it, perfect it, grow in it, for you. It takes elbow grease to get something to shine, stop looking to see your reflection in other peoples tables and put that elbow grease to you own.
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Based on the actions Darren Wilson said Michael Brown took, Michael Brown committed suicide by cop. If Wilson's story is truthful, why did Michael Brown commit suicide by cop? Was Michael Brown suicidal? Did Michael Brown have a history of mental illness? Was Michael Brown suffering from depression?
I ask these questions because they would explain Brown's actions on that tragic day. I just can't imagine a young black man attacking a cop, attempting to disarm him, telling the cop that he's too vagina (my word) to shoot him, and then charging toward the cop after already being shot by the cop. These actions are not actions of a sane person. Was Brown insane? These actions sound like the actions of a person who is suicidal. Was Brown suicidal? These actions sound like the actions of a person that just committed a serious crime. What serious crime did Brown commit?
These actions sound like the actions of a person on hard narcotics. What narcotics did Brown have in his system?
Brown's actions, according to Wilson, were completely irrational and violent. Some people would like to point to the store robbery as proof that Brown was acting irrationally and violently that day. But when we observe the tape, we see Brown restraining himself from pummeling the clerk: the clerk attempted to stop Brown from leaving the store, on the clerk's second attempt, Brown walked toward the clerk in an intimidating manner and then exited the store. Indeed, Brown was acting irrationally, but clearly he wasn't acting extremely violent. According to WIlson, Brown's actions were contrary to what we see on the store's surveillance tape. According to Wilson, why did Brown's actions go from irrational to completely irrational, violent, and suicidal? Did Brown have a history of violence? These are questions that could have been asked in a trial.
What are your thoughts?
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The Master's Legacy. A slave Novel and civil war novel. Are people still interested in reading of the antebellum days in Georgia? How does one educated slaves against Georgian laws? I started the research. I had to ask the following questions as I began. Did the Georgian planters free their slaves? What if one of their sons/kin intermarried into the slave race unknowingly? What if fate or destiny led one to help the slaves despite their social convictions to society? Can you write a slave novel using some realistic characters and facts and then use fictional characters as well? how do you make such a story flow? My first attempt at writing a historical fiction will be a challenge.
Peace, what is it? Peace, where is it?
Found sitting on the corner block of yesterday's memories. Ocean water rapid moves of thoughts that say much of nothing. The sun can only shine when the sky is blue, really? So it goes to say that underneath the stones of faces marked with dispare, marked with the etchings of time lost. Peace, found it in the middle of the rain soaked filters of urban bliss. Inside that passion is the peace twisted with north winds blowing south. Stretching upward, reaching open and as wide as the horizons. There is peace, there is oh yes peace, inside you.
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