Wednesday, April 14, 2010

CaReFuL on that INTERNET!!!


You learn a few things when you're constantly reading and researching.  Browse the internet for info instead of pleasure sometimes.  I know you may log into Facebook or Twitter and become completely consumed ( I'm guilty too sometimes, although not so much Facebook anymore).  Like many popular social sites, once they become extremely popular with the public, they also become popular to crooks and scam artists eager to get your information and flood your profile and inbox with SPAM!

UGHHH! I hate spam, and it drives me away from those sites.  Recently, I came upon an article on MSN.COM about Facebook cautioning users to be aware of GIFT CARD SCAMS.  I frequent Facebook and I did not get that warning.... So this is for those of you, who also may not have gotten the message.

A fraudulent $1,000 IKEA gift card offer fooled and lured in over 70,000 users to a scam page.  How it works is, a "supposed" friend of yours posts a comment on your wall or writes you a message with a link with offers to popular retailers like Wal-Mart & Best Buy.  You click the link and then are taken to a third party site to provide your personal information & even your credit/debit card.  After submitting you are then taken to the retailer's actual site, to make you think the scam is legit.  After you are directed to that retailer site, the scammer already has your information to use at their pleasure.  They may even begin to message or write on your friend's walls, using your name/i.d.


Ever heard of Spokeo??? Neither had I, until recently.  Visit the site and type in your name.  Like I did, you may find your address, your housemates, your siblings name, your phone number, your zodiac sign, your income, your email address, just to name a few. ( The site had my mother's address and phone number, not my cell, it had me listed as a homeowner, a white caucasian male, a parent with children, and a false income ALL WRONG INFO).  However, just the thought of my families name, my mother's address & phone number, linked to my name on the site was horrifying.  I know at least three people who would probably love to have that information.  If a person pays just $2 a year (price of a big bag of chips), they could have access to all my full information, like an email address or any pictures they may have conjured up. 

The site gathers all this information from what you put on any social sites like Facebook.  Information that is supposed to be private, used for those sites only and viewable to only who you select, is given to this site.  You can remove yourself from this site by clickining on the Privacy link on Spokeo.com.  It will give you directions on how to remove yourself.  I removed myself and my mom and brothers.

I know "Big Brother" is probably watching..... but geesh thats not even private anymore! SMH!!!

Had an experience with identity theft, spam, or privacy issues using the internet???  Share here so others can know what to look out for.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

APRIL : Child ABUSE PREVENTION Month

April was declared Child abuse prevention month in 1983.

In 1974 the first Federal child protection legislation, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), was passed.  The Act has been tweeked and altered several times, but still remains relevant and active today. 

Child abuse prevention month is meant to bring awareness to children that are victims of abuse, whether it physical or mental.  It is also to bring awareness as to how to prevent the victimization of children.

Here is a brief history on the use of the color "blue" in child abuse prevention.

In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse had its early beginnings as a Virginia grandmother's tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country, and many wear blue ribbons each April in memory of those who have died as a result of child abuse.

I know I frequently discuss mentoring our young adults and teenagers, but is also important to speak up and protect our younger generation that can not yet fend for themselves.

I know this is real.  My own family member was a victim of child abuse and suffered the lost of his little girl.

In honor of her memory, my aunt  will be holding a BLUE & WHITE BALLOON RELEASE CEREMONY IN MEMPHIS on Saturday, April 17.  The event will be from 12:00pm until 1:00pm at the George Washington Carver High School located at 1591 Pennsylvania St. Memphis, TN.

The Carver High School Alumni Class of '82 will release balloons, white to symbolize the children who have lost their lives due to abuse and neglect and the blue balloons will serve as a tribute to those who silently suffer.
 

YEA!!! IM DEFINITELY GOING TO LAW SCHOOL!!!!!!!!

I want to share with you, my supporters, followers, readers, commentors, promoters, family, and friends the excitement that I have for the fullfillment of a dream!!

I recieved my 1st notification of acceptance into a law school program on this past Friday! I was sitting at work when I recieved the email on my cell phone. The first person I told, and the first thing I did was call my mother. I knew she would be just excited, if not more so. (GEESH I LOVE THAT LADY!!)

Do you ever think about that one accomplishment that you aspire to achieve? Have you ever been so sure that it would happen that you did not even worry about the "IF"? You were just waiting on God (or your higher power) to reveal to you the how, when and where?

Well that is how I was this season, while making preparation for and applying to law school. I can not say the same for last season. I even took the LSAT and decided not to apply all together, when I recieved my score (IM A PERFECTIONIST & THAT SCORE WAS NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING AT ALL). I took the test again and I only scored 5 points higher than I did the first time. Needless to say, my first score was probably beneficial enough to get me into a law school.  I believe God proves to me over and over again, that he has a plan for my life.  It is when I attempt to take manners into my own hands (like not applying to school the first time) that I fail.  Trust him, he'll never steer you wrong.

With that said, I encourage you to follow your dreams. Follow that annointance that you feel is placed on what ever it is you desire. Check out this  2006 Blog Post I did when I was a sophomore in college and recieved my 1st Washington, D.C. internship!  Proof that what God has for you, it is for you!!!

Again, thanks for the support and stay tuned for my journey.  I have some decisions to make in the upcoming months, as (hopefully) other offers continue to come in.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spectacular or NOT?!?!??



So Keily Williams, formely of the Pop/R&B group 3LW and the Disney hit movie series "Cheetah Girls", has grown up before your eyes.

Did you pay attention to some of those lyrics? She's is basically saying through out the song that she does not remember what happened last night, but the sex was spectacular? LOL (if you dont remember last night, how you remember that?)

Keily has been getting some public backlash over this video. Actually if you look up "Spectacular" by Keily Williams on Youtube you will find several videos of people giving their reviews (NOT PRETTY).

To me the video production looks outdated and Keily does not even look maturally diserable :( . Im all for growing up, stepping out, branching out, and shedding your teen image. However, my concern is in the manner she choose. I wish she would of eased into it a little bit (not to label her as a Rhianna, but at least she eased into her "bad girl" image). Now when my lil God Sister (with whom I used to watch Cheetah Girls with), sees this newly formed Keily, what will she think about the growth & maturity of a young lady into womanhood?

Keily's defense is that she is an entertainer and she is simply portraying the story of the lyrics. TRUE..... it is my wish she was a little more tasteful, but who am I to judge? She stated she is bringing the issue of drunk & unprotected sex front and center. Honestly, I dont believe that was her original intention, I think she thought this song was "HOT". Either way she has our attention.

Fortunately, for Keily it is not her responsibility to raise our young women, it is not her responsibility to train them into the way that they should go, it is not her responsibility to be characterized as a "Cheetah Girl" forever.

Luckily, my God Sister has me there as a positive real life Role Model to look up to. If this doesn't scare you or concern you to enter into a mentorship, for young girls who do not have that influence in their lives... then I don't know what will.

How does this video make you feel? what do you think about Keily's new image of "Womanhood" on display for her "Cheetah Girl" fan base? If you dont like it, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

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