Saturday, January 9, 2010


The 2010 U.S.A census will include the term "negro" as a selection for describing your race. The word negro will be included in the same selection as black and African American.

Some Americans, notably so, African Americans, are bothered by this term being added to the census. They feel the term is unnecessary and brings back hurtful memories.

A U.S. Census Bureau spokesman stated the term "negro" will be used as an identifier for older African Americans. Apparently, in the 2000 census results, respondents wrote in the term "negro" as a response for race. "Many older African-Americans identified themselves that way, and many still do. Those who identify themselves as Negroes need to be included", stated the Spokesman.

The decision to include the term "negro" was approved by Congress over a year ago. The term was originally used in census as far back to at least 1950. Arguably, that was only 60 years ago, and some respondents may still be alive and familiar with identifying with that term.

Honestly, I do not see anything wrong with adding the term. It seems to do more good than harm. Negro is added to the same selection as black and African American, so its not a separate response, they are all considered one in the same. However, some critics do not see the need for race identification. They believe the census should just ask about citizenship and that's all. For research and statistic purposes, I think its not too much to ask to include race identification, in order to get a proper head count of the entire population.

What do you think? Do you still think the term is offense, even if in use for statistical purposes?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Most Outstanding Reality Series: NAACP Image award

The Real Housewives of Atlanta have been nominated for an NAACP Image award for Most Outstanding Reality Series. This has caused quite a stir in the public eye. The show is known for its outrageous and outlandish altercations. The show is suppose to focus on and follow the lives of successful women in the city. Unfortunately, that is not what attracts most of its viewers.

The 41st NAACP Image Awards will air on February 26 2010 at 8/7c. This is a multi-cultural award show from an African American point of view, and is meant to honor outstanding people. Although, this reality series does bring the drama, the ladies have charities and participate in positive and influential activities throughout their communities, including work with and for domestic violence.

Is this enough to award a distinguished NAACP Image award? Keep in mind, the show has only been nominated, we will see in next month how it goes.

SPORTS....Guns, Lies, Infidelity, & Death

NBA player Gilbert Arenas has been suspended from the NBA "Indefinitely". This decision came from the NBA commissioner on Wednesday afternoon. Arenas admitted to bringing unloaded guns to the NBA Washington, Wizard's locker room. Originally the Commissioner was not going to make a behavioral correction decision until after an investigation was completed. However, on Tuesday night, Arenas made hand gestures, mimicking a gun, and pointed them at his teammates during a pre-game warm up. His actions prompted the NBA commissioner to take action. He deemed Arenas "unfit" to play basketball at this time, and handed down the suspension.

When I first saw the headline Tuesday morning suggesting that NBA players pulled guns out on each other in a locker room, I didn't even read it. I just knew that was flabbergasted. As the day went on, I read Arena's first public statement regarding the incident. He apologized for his behavior and at the end of the statement said he would "do better in the future". It threw me for a loop, first off because the story was true, and secondly because he spoke as if he would not be punished for his actions.

Arenas says he kept guns in his locker because he thought them a safer place, than at home with his children. However, unfortunately, this is not the first incident Arenas has had with guns. In 2004, he was suspended for one game after pleading "no contest" to a misdemeanor gun charge.

August of 2009, Plaxio Burress, receiver for the New York Giants, plead guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Burress carried a loaded gun into a strip club and accidentally shot himself in the leg. Burress stated he carried a gun for concern for his safety. A teammate of his was held up the night before. He is now serving a prison term, and was just recently denied a bid for work release.

The most famous athlete of 2009, he earned that title right before the year ended. If you are not familiar with Wood's current personal problems, you must be living under a rock. Police were called to his home one night after Woods had a small car accident leaving his home, that left him cut up and laying on the ground. Originally, Woods and his wife would not comment on the incident, but rumours swarmed that the accident brewed from a fight between the two, due to thoughts of infidelity on Wood's behalf.

As the scandal grew, Woods finally released a statement admitting his infidelity and removing himself from golf indefinitely. From that point, several women surfaced admitting to having relationships with Tiger Woods. Although, what Woods did does not constitute criminal charges, Woods lost a couple of endorsements and is now reportedly about to go through a nasty divorce.

Pictured above is NFL player, Steve McNair and his presumed "lover", both deceased. On July 4 2009, McNair was found dead at the age of 36. His death was ruled a murder/suicide. McNair was shot in his sleep by his 20 year old girlfriend, who thought he was possibly seeing someone else. McNair, was still married with four children, however just a few days before, McNair and his girlfriend were pulled over in a car McNair purchased for her birthday. She was charged with DUI and McNair made her bail shortly there after. R.I.P. Steve McNair

At the age of 26 Chris Henry, of the Cincinnati Bengals, died after a fall from the back of a moving truck. Henry was in a domestic dispute with his fiance and jumped on the back of a moving truck headed down a curvy back road. He died the day after the incident and his fiance has not been charged in the death. Although, Henry had a troubled past that included multiple arrest, he had begun to come into his own and leave his past behind. R.I.P. Chris Henry

Do you recognize the trend here? Note the order I place these athletes in. The incidents relate, and go from bad to worst. A simple gun possession turned accidental shooting, turned prison time. Secret infidelity, turned open relationship, turned tragic deaths. All these incidents are unfortunate, but the truth of the matter is, they happened and are currently being dealt with.

I asked my younger male cousin, who is a sports fanatic, how he felt about the Arenas situation, and to my surprise he stated, "I think he deserved it, not because of what he did, but how he acted". Great point, and that in fact, is the main purpose of this post. Indeed, we ALL make mistakes and NOT EVERYONE (not all black male athletes) that plays sports is a bad role model. However, it is an issue if our role models do not take highly the responsibility they carry in how their actions influence others, especially our younger generation.

Below are some comments on the recent Arenas situation.

"LeBron on Arenas: "For the game to be taken away from you is tough. But you've got to use better judgement sometimes."

"some of y'all need to lay off Gilbert, the situation wasn't that serious, it got blown up..Gil really does a lot for DC and this is unfortunate"

Lebron's statement reflects an agreement with the suspension of Arenas and takes into consideration Arena's actions after the incident. Wale, defends Arenas and warrants us not to forget the good Arenas has done during his career. WE do have to be more careful with our decisions, especially in positions of leadership. We do all make mistakes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be punished for them. Without reprimand behavior can get out of hand (i.e. the trend in these incidents). If Plaxio would have never shot himself in the leg, who, when, where else would that gun accidentally go off? If McNair's lover didn't go crazy with worry of infidelity on that night alone with him, when, where, who else would she have shot? If Woods never ran into that fire hydrant on that night, how many more women would he have cheated with?

Its unfortunate these things came to light, but lets just put these incidents out there, and hopefully take their issues as lessons learned.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

TURN it UP Tuesdays: STRANGE

New Year! New Things! Although, this week's featured Artist is nothing new. My Girl Reba McEntire. I have had her latest album "Keep on Loving You" since last year!! (lol I had to do it, I have been enjoying this cd since last November 09) I have always been a fan on Reba's sound and also of her hit television show, also entitled Reba. She has been making music in the country genre for years now.

She keeps banging out the hits. I admit this is my first album of her's, but I absolutely LOVE IT! I was watching tv one day and happened to pass by one of her new videos for a song entitled "Consider Me Gone". I was amazed, I thought wow Reba has a new song out, and she looks good. ( I actually tweeted this thought). Buy the cd is exactly what I did. I popped it in the cd player of the car and this feature song is the first song on the cd. I was jammin and so was Reba. I like country music and the stories they tell. Also, unlike some other genres their videos actually match the plots of their songs.

This particular record talks about they "Strange" way that love sometimes work. Instead of feeling down and beating yourself up over a breakup, you can look on the bright sides of things. So this one goes out to you who may have had a terrible New Year's Eve/Day. Maybe, your "BOO" for the holidays is gone because the gift season is over, maybe you made a resolution to drop your looser mate and move on to better, but you are having a hard time letting go. LISTEN TO THIS TRACK & KEEP IT MOVING!

I am a lover of ALL KINDS OF MUSIC. If you are a music lover, Im sure you will also enjoy this one. We are OPENING UP and ENJOYING OURSELVES WITHOUT LIMITATIONS FOR 2010 BABY!! Lets do it!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

1st of the Month & 1st of the YEAR post: MARKETING YOURSELF

As you know, I love the 1st of the month, but this month we also celebrate the first of the year!!! Each 1st of the month, I post something that hopefully sends you a little motivation.

At the beginning of the new year, people set out to make their New Year's resolution. Resolutions are made upon reflection of the year that passed, we make decisions and promises to prevent the mishaps of last year from entering into our new year (i.e. plan to budget, letting people out of our lives, setting restrictions). Or resolutions are made to have a better year than the previous (i.e. loose weight, quit smoking/drinking, gym memberships). All these things are well and good, but for some reason we can not seem to stand firm to our resolutions throughout the entire year. Why is that and what do we plan to do about it?

I took the two pictures in this post during my recent trip to New York. I was there for the New Year and had an awesome time. I took the first photo down on Times Square. WOW, Diddy really is "the man", this guy really knows how to "Market" himself, he is really building HIS BRAND. Not only does he star in and executive produce several television shows, he also has a newly released album, with hot singles, and a popular vodka and cologne, to compliment his clothing line.

I thought the above picture was a GOOD QUESTION!?! Before I die, what do I want to accomplish? What do I need to do to market my dreams and create my OWN EMPIRE? Of course I am doing some things (like posting this blog), but I feel there is much more I can do. BIGGER STEPS I can take. I have a lot of things planned for this year, like law school, extending my blog audience, and posting more frequently.

How do you plan to market yourself this year? Do you plan to make yourself more marketable to your friends, family, significant other, co-workers, associates, potential clients, STRANGERS?!? Do you even feel the need to re-new or create a new marketing plan for yourself to achieve the endeavors you plan for this year?!?

One thing is for sure, to be successful you have to have a plan, and to market that plan and yourself, you have to be TOTALLY CONFIDENT. Who better to sale your dream, than yourself? For 2010, the beginning of a new month, a new year, and a new decade, LETS GET ON THE BALL & make ourselves more marketable. When we believe in our self, others believe in us, and therefore we get more accomplished and with our own careful planning, we ACCOMPLISH OUR OWN DREAMS, and not what's laid before us. Think about it!