*Now this may make you want to turn around and enroll your 4th grader into Mr. Reed’s class. The first year Chicago schoolteacher didn’t hesitate to jump right into the new school year on a passionate note that can only be found in new teachers.
After all, they have not been soiled by the politics of poor school funding; appalling student-teacher ratios, and a lackluster support system. They come in with all heart. And they only have eyes for the children.
As my mentor would say: How noble!
So Dwayne Reed decided to get his students attention in a more creative way. Instead of the usual, whatever that may be, he created a rap song and video to welcome his students to the 4th grade. In the video, he tells them what they will learn, how they will be rewarded for working hard, and what they should and should not do.
*While many people are just now beginning to even trust riding in a car driven by a stranger, and are now getting pulled in by the convenience of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, something new and different is now being thrown in the mix.
The rideshare service with NO ONE in the driver’s seat!
You heard it right, our dear friends at Uber have decided to kick it up a notch and introduce its first self-driving automobile to pick you up and take you on your way.
Hey, Uber is a business. And what do businesses do? Businesses focus on the bottom line and try to eliminate expenses and make profits.
So although Uber has more than a gaZILLION drivers on the road, bringing their 2016 cash revenue — as in “how much do you have in the bank, homie?” to a staggering $4.1 BILLION according to Business Insider, it appears the company is now working towards eliminating the expense called human drivers.
*As far as this writer is concerned, this news should be sung from the highest mountain tops. I can confidently say that we all have lost too many friends, known and unknown, to cancer. Now, “WE MAY BE ON THE VERGE OF A POSSIBLE CURE FOR CANCER!” And further, it gives me great pleasure to know that the breakthrough comes via a beautiful black female physicist named Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green.
Green is currently working to advance a cancer treatment involving lasers and nano-particles that will target cancer cells. Thanks to being awarded a grant valued at $1.1 million dollars through the Veterans Affairs Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Scientist Training Program, she is now free to continue her work on this groundbreaking procedure.
Green, 35, is only one of less than 100 black women physicists in the United States. She is the first in her family to attend college and in 2012, she became the second African American woman to receive a PhD in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Continue reading →
*There is little more honorable than stepping outside of the proverbial box and taking a chance on something — especially when it comes from a sincere desire to empower another. I am thinking of Brookview House, a homeless shelter and affordable housing complex in the Dorchester Center neighborhood of Boston; where a group of volunteers come together to teach teens aged 13 to 18 how to code.
Now, I’m no “techie,” but I do know that anyone living on planet earth without computer skills in this day and age is either unemployed, underemployed or somewhere in between. Technology is both the “wave of the present AND the future” and knowledge of how to work your way around a computer (not to mention a mac) is more likely to not only get you a job, but keep you on one longer than someone with limited computer skills.
So imagine knowing how to actually CREATE code. Hell, now we’re talking building your own tech business and just sitting back and waiting for the customers to roll in.
I pray this incredibly thoughtful experiment (for lack of another word because it is unprecedented) catches on with similar establishments.Continue reading →
*Is it just a coincidence that shortly after I sent a friendly email to Mark Zuckerberg through “his people” saying a simple “Hello,” I got an email from the Facebook founder himself?
In the email, which really, I swear, I didn’t even have an agenda for sending, I simply mentioned that I had just finished writing an article about himand then I clicked on send. I was actually on Facebook, uploading the article (which I didn’t even link to him in the email) at the time. No big deal, I do this with at least 85% of my articles. I don’t recall what it was that drew my attention to the man, personally. But it was SOMETHING that appeared on Facebook, and I just responded to it.
*Who wants to be a millionaire? A better question might be, who doesn’t? Money, lot’s of it, can ease a lot of problems. But it can also cause many more. Just ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The former college computer programming geek-turned-gazillionaire spends millions of dollars in corporate expenses not just to upgrade and update his giant social networking platform, but to keep enough security detail in place to protect him from vultures of the human kind, who continually threatened his life.
Kind of places greater appreciation on the value of life, yes?
Last year alone Facebook’s Annual Report shows $4.3 million dollars was spent on protecting the entrepreneurs life.
*It was only a matter of time for some genius to come up with a brilliant way to make a buck, based on something we can really use. I just don’t like the fact that it wasn’t me. But, oh well. Back to the lab again. ‘Zus’ is that something. We often forget where we parked our car, and no matter how many times we push the key button, if we’re nowhere near it…
It ain’t gonna work!
But then again, that same “genius” has no doubt experienced the same thing and one day woke up and said, wait! I’m going to create something so this won’t happen to me or anyone else again!
Git ‘er done. And he did.
The “Zus Smart Car Finder and USB Car Charger” mainly works to locate your car.
Here’s how it works! You know that big hole in your car’s dash, formerly known as the cigarette lighter, they had to do something with it for those of us who don’t smoke. So Zus plugs into this 12-volt power point which automatically tells its associated app to save the location of the car when it is parked.
Zus is also rather inconspicuous too. Nothing flashy that sparks attention. Instead, its made of black plastic and has a flanged head with two USB ports. The app measures 3.25 inches long, and an inch at its widest point. The USB ports sit on slightly angled surfaces for better access. ZUS also integrates white LED lights to let you know when it’s on, and makes it easier to find and plug in USB cables at night. Continue reading →
*Being an entrepreneur can be both exciting and frightening. The freedom to be on your own clock, so to speak, and have the impetus to actually dosomething with all of those crazy ideas that come into your head can be truly exhilarating. But the frightening part is the risk-taking involved; the expense — especially if it is exercised with reckless abandon — and not having a mentor to shadow and learn from.
I can recall a mentor from one of my entrepreneurial pursuits, one that I am stil proudly involved with today, told me (well, reminded me because it is something I already knew, but only took to heart when he said it), that, “You can’t learn how to make money from a broke person.”
I used the “broke person” example here, but you can apply this to anything in life. Can you trust good marriage advice to come from someone who has been divorced several times? Can an unhealthy person give you health tips? And just use your head here, someone struggling with mental illness can’t…well, you get my drift.
But does this stop people from flapping their lips to tell you what YOU should be doing — and how you should be doing it?
Hell no. That’s just the way it is. And though it often keeps life interesting, you don’t have to be down with it.
So when I came across an article that had a successful entrepreneur who had co-founded a business so well known around the world that it has become a verb(“I’m doing Uber today.” “I’m taking an Uber.” “Let’s Uber there!”) giving lessons on life and leadership, my ears perked up.