Category Archives: Education

Six Reasons To Spend More Time Naked…As If I Needed Six

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*The Huffington Post recently ran a story outlining the six reasons to spend more time naked.  “No matter your age, marital status, or gender,” they wrote, “it’s still a good idea to spend more time naked.”

Amen to that, I said, and plowed into that article.

However, although they wrote that gender wasn’t an issue, it became clear really quickly that the article was very heavily focused on women, and I felt very strongly that we can’t leave the guys out of this!  So, in the spirit of community service, I’ll give you their reasons for being naked more, and give you the male “take” — or at least the straight / bi male take — on each reason. Continue reading

BHERC Presents 24th Annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves

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*(Hollywood, CA) – Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center proudly announces its 2017 Filmmakers at the 24th Annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves and will screen 8 short films on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Raleigh/Chaplain Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave in Hollywood, CA at 7:00 p.m. The films are by emerging African American Female Filmmakers and the event will be moderated by award-winning editor, Lillian E. Benson, ACEBHERC encourages Men and Women to #BringYourDaughterToTheMoviesDay, to be inspired, uplifted, motivated, entertained and educated. Continue reading

Picture Getting Clearer In Monday’s San Bernardino Elementary School Murder-Suicide (See Footage)

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*OMG. You may be one of the people who watched in horror on Monday as parents, teachers, school officials, media and others stood outside of an elementary school in San Bernardino. A gunman inside had opened fire, and all we were being told was that “two adults were confirmed dead and the gunman “was down?”

The media scurried as frightened parents outside wondered exactly what “down” meant. Dead? Injured? What?

…and WHERE IS MY CHILD?

Now, as details begin to trickle in, we learn the identity of the people involved, the victims and the gunman — an estranged husband who opened fire in the classroom of his wife, killing her, and one of her young students, before finally turning the gun on himself. Continue reading

Five Solid Reasons You Might Want To Think Twice Before Posting Some Things on Social Media

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*I’ll admit, I’m still a bit squeamish when it comes to my social media presence. I’m tip-toeing out there; but it will always be something I primarily use for business and here and there, keeping up with family and friends. I can always tell what people are going through personally and emotionally by the types of things they post. Some folks who are “feeling themselves” on some level will feel free to post guidance suggesting how YOU should be living, thinking, feeling…being. I privately call these folks, “Facebook Philosophers.”

Then there are those who post thoughts about “haters” or just straight out have a need to “vent” randomly. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see its because their environment has attracted certain things that led them to certain conclusions.

I even find myself tempted to post things that I hope certain people will see; people I may not want to confront head on, or those I know are not good at taking criticism (but great at criticizing!)

But in this day and age where online presence is taught to be paramount, and you become “friends” with folks you don’t know and probably never will for reasons of quantity vs. quality, there are some things you might want to think twice about before sharing.

Here’s a few of them.

Your contact information. I know. I know. This seems like a no-brainer. But trust me, I’ve seen it done. Not only by people who think they are doing you a favor by letting you know how to get in touch with “some one” or even themselves; but so-called entrepreneurs (so-called because any experienced entrepreneur already adheres to this rule). It looks desperate people! Even if a “friend” asks, its possible that they are not thinking you are going to respond in “reply” — where the info is available to everyone. Don’t be so quick or thoughtless and do so.

Why? Look at the photo below and then meditate for that answer, OK?

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The correct way to have potential clients or serious friends reach you is by private inbox or message.  Continue reading

Teen Takes BFF (With Cerebral Palsey) To Prom, Says ‘She Wore Me Out’ On Dance Floor

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*There is nothing like a BFF! They are there for you through thick and thin! One such pair comes along just in time for prom. Tahj Oliver and Evelyn Araujo met during their sophomore year at East Oswego High School in Illinois. 

Just one “Hi” from Oliver sent Araujo into a smile that he says lasted all day long. The two hit it off immediately and became inseparable.

Araujo has cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheel chair; but that didn’t stop her BFF from wanting to take her to the school’s special needs prom. Continue reading

On One Side Of Trump’s Proposed Wall: Tequila Rain

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*We all know that April showers bring May flowers…but I wonder what type of blooms would pop up next month if the heavens showered tequila down instead of good ol’ H2O?

Well, The Weather Girls be damned: it’s raining tequila! And I’m here for it.

Mexico’s tourist board is displaying the new tequila rain-making contraption at an art gallery in Berlin, in a bid to attract German visitors. As it turns out the Germans love their tequila almost as much as Americans do, and more than our brothers and sisters in Spain, France, Japan or the UK. Continue reading

African American Teen Accepted Into ‘All 8’ Ivy League Schools (Watch)

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*Wow! One teenage student and her family must be on cloud 9 right now as they celebrate her acceptance into ALL 8 of the Ivy League schools she applied to. Her name is Ifeoma White-Thorpe, she’s a 17-year-old senior at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway.

As the New Jersey resident reads from acceptance letters she received from Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Stanford University she gushes as she tells WABC-TV.

“I was shaking, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,’ like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness…'” Continue reading

It’s Prom Time, But Your Daughter Or Son’s Same-sex ‘Date’ May Be Barred

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*Can we be real here? This is an issue many of us aged folk never thought we’d have to deal with; but many families will now be faced with how to handle it. While my high school senior grandson is still trying to figure which girl he will ask to the prom, and many girls are gossiping about what boy they will let take them, one teen girl who wants to take her girlfriend  to prom has been shut down…

…by the school!

Paula Goodgame and her girlfriend, Anjali Persad, have been dating for four months. Goodgame is new to the school and was not aware of a school policy with specifics on who they can (and can not) bring to the prom. According to those guidelines, persons hoping to bring guests from another school must submit a “Prom Guest Request Form” with signatures and a picture ID.

Goodgame is a junior at  St. Petersburg Catholic High School, and her girlfriend goes to a private school nearby. So when Goodgame the request form asking permission to bring a guest from another school, it was denied.

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