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Introducing David M; Bringing Consciousness Back to Urban Music

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Entertainment

With musical influences ranging from legendary balladeer Marvin Gaye to reggae icon Bob Marley, David M is following his musical passion with a purpose He is also infusing the social activism that was often highlighted in Gaye and Marley songs during their careers “In addition to their own distinctive musical styles, both of these legends influenced me in a number of ways,” stated David...

Regal's Five Best TV Dads of All Time

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Entertainment

Iconic television shows such as “Father Knows Best” and “Make Room for Daddy” gave American viewers a singular view about the best TV dads and the look of fathers on small screens It wasn’t until 1968, with the break-out show, “Julia,” did viewers really know if Black people on television shows had families The few Black actors or actresses on television were usually in service to a White family as a maid, chauffeur, nurse, sidekick, etc...

Increasing Participation, Dispelling Myths About Donating Organs

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Wellness, Fitness and Diet

The situation regarding donating organs has reached such extreme proportions that doctors are considering using available lungs of smokers, if necessary, as opposed to having access to none at all with the increased need With African Americans having higher rates of hypertension, kidney disease and diabetes, there is a particularly greater need for donating organs such as kidneys in the African American community However, there is an extensive distaste for donating organs that creates an even greater gap in availability...

From Planning, To Linking In: Keys to Success in Business

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Business

According to Jack Burgess, a contributing writer for the Portsmouth Daily Times, “In spite of the Mayan calendar and predictions of catastrophe, 2012 could be a pretty good year” Many experts share this view about 2012 being a good year especially in the technology and health care fields Taking targeted action now can ensure diverse businesses have a successful and profitable year...

African Americans and AIDS—Education Starts With a Test

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Wellness, Fitness and Diet

Among the many heated discussions taking place during this election season that impact the African American community, one that does not seem to generate as much heat is African Americans and AIDS Statistics suggest that African Americans have a higher incidence of the disease and the infection that can lead to AIDS – HIV HIV weakens the body’s defenses and its ability to fight off otherwise easily combatable health problems...

The Motherhood Village: Childless But Involved and Appreciated

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Parenting

Parenting is truly a “learn as you go” process despite many experts who believe that their strategies are the best course of action to raise healthy and happy children Society, being focused on the mantra of “being fruitful and multiplying,” has made it difficult for aspiring parents, especially childless mothers who are made to feel that they don’t measure up because they did not have any children Marriages themselves are in jeopardy for a variety of reasons let alone the perils of parenthood...

Facebook Takeover Equals Communication Take Down

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Internet

With its estimated 500 million users, Facebook has firmly secured its legacy as the lead trendsetter in the social networking arena Unfortunately, the immediate reach and ripple effect generated by a posting or being “liked” on Facebook has more to do with numbers and less to do with one-to-one communication and true connections For marketers, Facebook is a brand development dream, but the Facebook takeover has gone a long way to depersonalize the human experience and the broad distribution of personal information...

Do's, Don'ts to Avoid Dangerous College Student Dating

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Dating

According to a survey conducted by Knowledge Network, the prevalence of violence and abuse regarding college student dating is higher than initially reported The survey entitled, Liz Claiborne Inc’s Love Is Not Abuse 2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll highlights glaring statistics that over 40 percent have reported experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors In addition, approximately 20 percent have reported actual physical or sexual abuse or threats of physical violence...

Reviving the Lost Art of Social Manners

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Etiquette

Many of us were taught the adage, “Kindness will take you where money cannot,” and it represented an era that kept social manners in the forefront These social manners included saying “thank you” by sending a card that was handwritten and expressive and not a short, impersonal tweet Today, there exists a dying art of exchanging pleasantries and having real conversations that involve looking into each others’ eyes and making full sentences...

Recent Events Show Relevance For Civil Rights Organizations

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Politics

According to Ryan Dody, a contributor on ehowcom, civil rights organizations were in the forefront for the underserved in the United States He noted, “The American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s forever changed the political spectrum and social interaction within the country...

Is College Crime More Prevalent at HBCUs Vs. Mainstream Schools?

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Education

With action movies and television dramas fictionalizing “real life” events accelerating incidents of crime, especially on college campuses, is it safe to go to college these days And if so, where is the majority of college crime Who is affected the most...

Voting Rights For Felons Should Be Restored

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Politics

With a major election year upon us and daily newscasts showcasing the high and low polls of an ever changing list of Republicans vying for their shot to run against President Barack Obama, we should take a look at another component of the election – the voting process More important - who, in fact, has voting rights is a major issue as there are a number of efforts taking place to restore voting rights for felons According to Project Vote, the United States is the only country that permits the permanent disenfranchisement of felons even after the completion of their sentences...

Job Market 101: Tips For Employment Opportunities For College Graduates

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Jobs

Despite the many bleak forecasts that college graduates have been reading, there are still signs of hope and career opportunities The jobs for recent college graduates may not be in the same industries that were once in abundance, but new career fields have opened up with the rise in technology and the growth of the global market While some might argue about the cost of a college education and its worth in the job market, it is still widely understood that having a college education guarantees better pay in the long term, which is crucial information for those entering the workforce when the economy rebounds...

Tips For Avoiding Scam Artists

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Business

Have you ever received a call advising you that there was a problem with your credit card and you gave your information to “fix” it Did you receive a “prize winning” letter telling you about a free vacation and all you had to do was pay nominal fees for more and more add-ons Has someone ever approached you regarding a charitable pledge you do not remember making or sending an email with a sob story to entice you to make one...

Crisis Management in Media: Career Survival Tips

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Career

Too often celebrities and media personalities are ill prepared for interviews and are often caught changing their story, thus minimizing their credibility The need for crisis communication management has grown significantly with the rise in social media tools and communications vehicles that provide even more opportunities for being “caught in the act” According to Mike Woolfolk, President & CEO, The Woolfolk Group Media Relations and Consulting, a major key to crisis management in media is to put all of the facts on the table, develop a response and stick to that response...

Politicians Seek Presidential Pardon For Heroes of Black History

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Politics

There are some discussions in Washington DC that seem to have equal support from “both sides of the aisle,” which is rare...

Obama Vs. Cain: A Tale of Two Candidates (Hypothetically Speaking…Maybe??)

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Politics

Gone are the days when tea parties involved little girls playing “make believe” and camping out happened in the woods with flashlights In today’s turbulent times Tea Parties are a movement and there are more protesters with bull horns who have occupied Wall Street than bullish trading Added to this mix is a hypothetical discussion about two possible presidential candidates from the two major political parties...

Autism and Celebrities: Putting the Spotlight on a Serious Disease

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Family Concerns

Celebrities are most often attached to hit projects or fashionable products, however, a new trend that is taking center stage is the focus on diseases and making people aware of the dangers and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment Autism, which is reportedly the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world, has gained attention from this type of alliance, especially in the African American community, where early intervention is crucial Partnering autism and celebrities by the onset of the disease with their children has created a much needed awareness about this disease and the steps to address it...

Caregiver Help Becoming Essential to Black Health, Survival

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Wellness, Fitness and Diet

While the life expectancy of African Americans continues to remain below that of the general population, the need for care giving strategies for long term support is needed now more than ever African American life expectancy is approximately 70 years, compared to an average of approximately 76 years for all population groups according to the National Vital Statistics Reports The report further highlights a striking difference among African American men who have a life expectancy of 66 years compared to the national average of 74 years...

Re-entry Nesters: Making a New Beginning at the End Game

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Family Concerns

Whether they are experiencing a real condition or are used as material for a situation comedy, empty nesters represent a wide array of the population who face the joys, sadness and grief associated with the last of the brood moving on – they hope Wikipedia defines empty nest syndrome as a general feeling of loneliness that parents or guardians may feel when one or more of their children leave home It is more common in women...

Brothers Speak on Black Women With Natural Hair

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Womens Interest

Most would say that men have it easy when it comes to hair care and prefer more natural easy going styles With the current rage highlighting that bald = sexy, it is even easier for the brothers to just shave it, shine it and show it Now for Black women with natural hair, they face many challenges and often succumb to societal dictates that strongly suggest that a tamed mane is a professional one...

2011 Economic Recovery and Social Economy: Rediscovering Grassroots Initiatives

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Business

With all the news reports painting a bleak forecast regarding the 2011 economic recovery, there is little wonder that people are very hesitant to make any major moves or long term decisions Many are waiting for significant changes in government policies to determine a positive outcome and a return to the “good old days” of economic reform However, the 2011 economic recovery will not be aired on television or “liked” on Facebook...

Sept. 11 10th Anniversary Should Unite Country

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Politics

Many preparations are underway to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept 11, 2001 There is no signature statement to mark that date similar to the words that President Franklin D...

Tips to Avoid Defaulting on Student Loans

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Education

Most of us with degrees on the wall have experienced-or are still experiencing-the pain associated with the “payment for the privilege”– the student loan process Others, for a variety of reasons have gained their degrees and are not pained by the experience mainly because they have not defaulted on their student loans The current economic crisis has only made it more difficult for those who borrowed money on the “promise” that upon graduation, they would find gainful employment and have the ability to repay the loan...

Making That Getaway More Enjoyable and Affordable

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Travel

As more people are experiencing lay-offs, others are taking this time as a ripe opportunity to take off for vacation destinations outside of the United States, or at least to locations close by Affordable travel is taking center stage as couples and families are using the “great escape” to take their minds off of their problems at home and regroup Summer vacations provide opportunities for students and educators to “ride on the wild side” on the beaches of Florida or the Caribbean, but in some cases the best time frames for affordable travel is when you least expect it and when there are less crowds...

Learning or Lagging: What is the Story on African Americans and Education?

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Education

Janks Morton had a story to tell or he had a story that he needed to correct regarding African Americans and education In his piece, “Hoodwinked,” Morton wanted to set the record straight regarding ongoing statistics that paint negative pictures about African Americans and education, especially African American males He addressed the distortions in statistics stating, “For over 400 years, the majority White society has used many tools to reinforce a message that the peoples of African descent are less-than, not-equal-too or not-good enough...

Stroke Prevention: Put a Little Love in Your Health Care

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Wellness, Fitness and Diet

According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States following cardiovascular disease and cancer Unfortunately, almost half of the people who are stricken with strokes, which is an attack of the brain, have no symptoms prior to the attack In other cases, the warning signs for a stroke include sudden unexplained numbness or tingling sensation, blurred vision, slurred speech and clumsiness...

Viewership For Current Television Shows Sparked by Comedies, Scenery

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Entertainment

With all of the buzz surrounding the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), programming for current television shows has become paramount Competition for viewership to justify advertising expenditures has driven networks in traditional and cable formats to expand their horizons One programming genre seems to have captured the viewing public and has taken center stage on the television screen...

Math and Science: Education For Life, Careers for the Future

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Education

How often do we take for granted that our daily use of gadgets and appliances is a direct result of someone getting a math and science education Mathematics alone is important as the cornerstone of most scientific theories that have led to great scientific breakthroughs and trendsetting consumer products According to mathandscience-online...

How You Can Use the Alphabet For Great Vacation Savings

Author: Meta J. Mereday

Category: Travel

Now that the royal couple - William and Kate - has put the Seychelles, which is located off the coast of Africa, in the spotlight as a vacation location, we wanted to provide you with our own royal vacation review of popular vacation spots that do not cost a king’s ransom When you are looking to save dollars and to avoid the seasonal disturbances such as hurricanes that impact many destination locations here in the United States and the Caribbean, travel experts use their own version of the alphabet to highlight their popular vacation spots In this case, we are talking about the ABCs - Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao...