Category Archives: Society

Ever Wonder Exactly ‘Why’ You Didn’t Get That Job?

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*Nailed it! This was your response when your friends asked how you did on the interview for the job you’d been so excited about. You had talked about it all week, and finally, the day came. You looked good, too! Hair done — nails conservatively short and painted neutral — not your usual outlandish purple with black dots. You even managed to wear a knee-length skirt, a real shocker to your friends who never even saw your legs before!

But then you get a call from the agency that referred you to the job, and you hear those dreaded words: “They decided to go with someone else.”

No, not again, you scream!

After you calm yourself down, you may do the same thing this woman does. Continue reading

This Four-Year-Old Boy Is The Seventh Child To ‘Overdose’ In This Wisconsin County

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Tyranne Beckless

*By now we are so used to hearing about adults overdosing on Oxycontin or heroin. But I don’t think I will ever be able to wrap my brain around this happening to a child. Yet is has, and apparently seven times…

…to a child under the age of five. WTF?

According to Inside Edition 4-year old Tyranne Beckless was found unresponsive in his Milwaukee home last Saturday; and although two people, the kid’s parents, have yet to be identified, they have been arrested but not charged with anything. Continue reading

Ah…The Kindness of Strangers! Just Look At What This Patron Did for Deaf Waitress

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Keri Carlson

*Waitress Kerie Marie Carlson probably thought it was just going to be another day as she led this customer to his table. But she was in for quite a surprise.

As they walked to the table, the man being led realized Carlson was having trouble hearing him. When this was brought to the waitresses attention, she explained that one of her hearing aids was broken.

Sounds like the kind stranger, who wishes to remain anonymous, didn’t skip a beat before demanding that Carlson take the $500 in his hand to get her hearing aide repaired; even though she had attempted to decline.

I’m not even sure if he had sat down yet! 

“I cried for a minute in his arms!” the overwhelmed waitress told ABC News.  Continue reading

6 Things Your Faith Should Be Doing For You (If You Are Hoping To Grow)

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*There is an elementary school in my neighborhood that has a tradition of placing quotes on a huge board outside on their lawn. Each Monday a new quote is there. No author. Just the quote. I, not unlike many of my neighbors, have come to look forward to the quote of the week. Once I saw the man putting the quote up on the board; which was amazing because after all of these years, I’d never seen the quotes being placed. They were just there every Monday once I got to that intersection where the school is. I felt like jumping out of my car and telling him how much I appreciate them.

But I didn’t.

This week the quote is clearly religious; though it often goes beyond religion, offering seeking minds the opportunity to think more broadly, more humanistic and more spiritual — irregardless of what your faith might be.

The quote reads…

“The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use. Not cake for special occasions.”

Deep indeed, I thought to myself. 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

Bilingual? Your Job Prospects Are Looking A Lot Better, Study Finds

Looking for a job? You may want to consider signing up for a language class. According to a new report published by New American Economy, the demand for bilingual workers is on the rise, more than doubling between 2010 and 2015.

Researchers from Burning Glass Technologies analyzed online job postings and found that in 2010 there were about 240,000 job postings seeking bilingual employees. In 2015, this demand jumped to 630,000 posts. The Boston Globe reports that the most significant rises in demand were for individuals speaking Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

Demand for bilingual workers in higher-end jobs, in industries such as finance and engineering, grew the fastest, according to The Boston Globe. The majority of employers, however, were not looking for people with a bachelor’s degree. These job listings sought customer service representatives and medical assistants.

Speaking two languages has proven to pay off. Studies show that bilingual employees earn 20% more money than their monolingual peers. In addition to the financial benefit, bilingualism has career performance benefits as well. Today’s employees need to fit into the global economy, making bilingualism more important than ever, John Feinblatt, chairman of New American Economy, said in a press release.

“In today’s global economy, businesses require employees who can serve customers in a variety of languages,” he said. “This research highlights the growing need to attract and promote a multilingual workforce among both foreign- and U.S.-born talent.”

According to Pew Research, there will be about 38.5 million working-age immigrants living in the United States. As the United States workforce continues to evolve, so will communication expectations. Studies show that 55% of communication happens through facial expressions and body language, 37% through tone of voice, and 8% through words. In a multicultural workforce and client base, this 8% becomes vitally important.

The need for multilingual workplace communicators is especially tricky for less-widely spoken languages. Maria Vertkin, executive director of Found In Translation, a non-profit training low-income immigrants as medical translators, told The Boston Globe that the spike in the need for translators has been palpable.

“The tone has changed over the last five years, from just having open positions to kind of a desperate tone,” she said. “‘We really, really need Korean. We really, really, really need Somali.’ We’re getting pleading calls and e-mails at this point.”

The study noted that despite this clear demand, fewer students in the United States are taking language classes. Only 7% of college students were taking a language class by 2013, and less than 1% of adults had actually remained proficient in the language that they learned in school.

Language classes, while difficult, mobilize multi-sensory learning to obtain language comprehension in its entirety. Educational researchers show that 83% of learning happens visually, 11% happens through hearing, and the remainder through other senses. The study clearly shows that both employees and employers could benefit from an increase in this visual-auditory learning and communication.

“The data provides us with a comprehensive picture of what today’s employers are looking for—and also how the demand for bilingual workers has changed over the last few years,” the study concludes. “The results of our analysis are clear. In the years since 2010, the United States has experienced strong job growth. During this period, however, workers who could speak a second language fluently faced a distinct advantage.”

Deborah Cox Stars in ‘The Bodyguard’ at Hollywood Pantages, and Has New Album to Boot!

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Deborah Cox in The Bodyguard

*After having been compared vocally to the film’s original star for her entire professional career, R & B star and Broadway legend Deborah Cox has decided to take the comparison head-on.

She has been touring the country — and earning rave reviews — in the lead role in The Bodyguard musical, which was first introduced to audiences via film in 1991.

Cox has also just released I Will Always Love You, an exceptionally well-sung collection of  covers including anthems, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and “The Greatest Love Of All.”

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Fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Cox has done the legend justice, and in a couple of cases, her versions actually improve upon the originals.   Continue reading

White Male TV Anchor Realizes, In Spite of Having Black Daughter, He Still Has ‘Biases’

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Frank Somerville and his daughter

*As we all know, whether we want to admit it or not, truth ain’t always pretty. As a matter of fact, its usually ugly. Think about it. When someone you know and love tells you something about your look, behavior or attitude — and that something is not meant to be an insult but its unflattering, we’re hurt. And keeping with the whole pretty vs. ugly metaphor, we see it as ugly. Their remark to us, about us, was ugly.

But it takes a bigger person to see the ugliness within, like this dad of an interracial family who decided to put himself on blast. Continue reading