Prince Sefa-Boakye interviews Evan Falchuk, Independent Candidate for Massachussetts Governor


IMG_8502Evan Falchuk, who is now 44 years old, is a successful entrepreneur. He has served 13 years on the executive leadership team of Boston-based global health care company, Best Doctors, Inc., and has played a lead role in helping to grow the company–placing the company in Inc. magazine’s list of “Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America”, from 9 employees to over 600.

In this interview Evan tells me that he is running for governor not just as an independent but as a founder of a new political party in Massachusetts called the United Independent Party.

He founded this group because the political process today is not representing people like it used to–it has now been exclusive to interest groups. His vision for this new party was based on these principles: equality, civil rights protection for everyone, AND smart spending–the Commonwealth must spend taxpayer money wisely. Although the pragmatic combination of these principles does not fit into the traditional Democratic or Republican “boxes” it does fit exactly into what the majority of voters prefer. For him it’s all about believing in issues that are consistent with our beliefs.

One of his main platforms that he is advocating on is reducing the cost of living in Massachusetts. He says right upfront that the cost of living in Massachusetts is “too high.” And the two reasons behind it are healthcare and housing costs, which a lot of state legislators are making a lot of money off of. And when I asked him to share an embarrassing story from the campaign trail, he actually talks about the embarrassment of this race due to the recent issues that have been raised.

Evan says that these debates are not serious. Instead of talking about racism, housing costs, medical costs, seniors, or student debt, these debates raise issues like “what is your favorite Halloween costume?”, “Who do you think your opponent should play in a movie?” or “When was the last time you cried?” He was quite embarrassed because nobody was talking about the real issues in Massachusetts. He even called out the Boston Globe, a respectable newspaper, for their reporting because they rather investigate politicians’ coffee habits instead of the issues. When the Press starts acting like “info-tainment” instead of a watch dog, he says “that is embarrassing”–and they are getting paid to do it. However his biggest concern is that leaders do not inspire their citizens to go to the polls and vote.

One person said to Evan, “they come to collect our votes and then leave and comeback in two years.” Sixteen percent of Massachusetts population voted in the primaries last year, so Evan wants to make sure that on November 4th, leaders are inviting as many people as they can to the polls and vote–and seek ways to mobilize them towards positive change.

If you wish to ask questions for Evan to answer go to his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EvanFalchukMA

To learn more about him and his campaign go to www.falchuk2014.com

And check out my interviews at urbusinessnetwork.com

Prince Sefa-Boakye proudly endorses Celeste Ribeiro Myers for State Rep


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I proudly endorse Celeste Ribeiro Myers for State Rep in East Boston. Her drive and commitment to fair play, diversity, and community service will no doubt revive East Boston back to its original glory. She is not tied down to private interests nor the status quo.

On Nov. 4th be sure to check off Celeste Ribeiro Myers on your voting ballot.

To watch my interview with her, click on this link: Prince Sefa-Boakye interivews Celeste Ribeiro Myers, Candidate for State Rep

For more information on Celeste and her campaign go www.celesteforeastboston.com

Also look at Celeste’s new TV ad and share it with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and Email!

“Community First” – Celeste Ribeiro Myers for State Rep. from Audissey Media on Vimeo.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino Dies at age 71


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The longest serving mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, Thomas M. Menino, has died today at the age of 71. Boston mourns the loss of her son, and contributions that he has done to make her city great. I was fortunate enough to meet the Mayor in-person on the campaign trail last year, when I was Campaign Manager for Mr. John Ribeiro Jr.

Thank you again Mayor, for making the city of Boston great and welcoming for out-of-state residents such as myself. –Prince

To follow the story, click on the link: Boston Globe: Former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino Dies at age 71

Prince Sefa-Boakye attends Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Forum: “Why Are We Fighting?” (50 years later)


CRA 50th
The Urban League Of Eastern Massachusetts hosted a Panel Forum “50 Years Later: Why Are We Still Fighting” to discuss Post-Civil Rights Era and Current Events. Guests including Mimi Ford, Civil Rights Activist and Wendy Wilson, Managing Editor of Ebony Magazine.

 

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Mimi Ford, was fortunate to tell her first-hand experience with us of having acid poured on her and others in a pool during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, she told us that the man who committed shameful crime was not brought to justice, even till his death which was two years ago.

Here is video footage of the Panel Discussion

A big thank you to Suffolk University Law School and fellow 1L student Nehemie Cange for making this event possible.

To learn about this event and others hosted by the Urban League go to www.ulem.org. Also go to their Facebook page at facebook.com/UrbanLeagueofMassachusetts

To follow Wendy Wilson and Ebony Magazine go to www.ebonymagazine.com

For more of my photos, go to my Flickr Album: Urban League of Massachusetts CRA 50th

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#FullCircle: I am What I am Because Someone Loved Me


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#Fullcircle. I couldn’t muster the words of what he really meant to me that night. So Here’s my story:

When I was 16 years old, I struggled to find my identity as young black male in High School. I had the mind and soul of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglass, Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela but I was not accepted because I was too different or what people may call “radical”–I was so conflicted by the stereotypes in music, television, and social cliques, that I didn’t know “Who I was” at that time. However I pushed through those negative stereotypes, because of what one voicemail did for me. A voicemail that was left for me by none other than Dr. Cornel West.

In pursuit of finding my voice in High School, I wrote a speech called “Fear”–a speech that came to be the cradle of my creativity and charisma. But the problem was, nobody REALLY took the time to consider what I had to say–most importantly my ideas. And so, I did the most tenacious thing a high school student could ever do: send a letter to one of the most well-known and respected professors in the academia world today, Dr. Cornel West, and ask for feedback (and possibly a letter of recommendation). Although I didn’t get everything that I wanted, his voicemail was more than enough to put me on a right path to college, where I’ve graduated honorably from SDSU, and evidently into Suffolk Law School.

This month marks the 8th year anniversary of a voicemail of a lifetime, when a young man’s future is shaped by the words of a hero: love, compassion, and courage to chase your dreams.

That night was so emotional that I ended up crying because I am in Law School now; I’ve done so many great things since that voicemail. I spent all of my college years traveling across the country (from California to New Jersey and New York) to remind him of “Who I am.” But now I didn’t go anywhere. He came to me in a town where I have called my second home, Boston. And I reminded him again but only this time with, “I am what I am because you loved me.”

I want to send Harvard Book Store “A Special Thank You” for hosting this event, and making this FullCircle Experience possible. And once again I apologize to those who didn’t get their chance to ask their questions due to my tearful testimony. I hope Dr. Cornel West was able to answer them.

Thank you Dr. Cornel West; it has truly been a long journey for me. I will continue to love the way you have loved me when I needed it.

Instagram: #drcornelwest #boston #harvard #hero #princesdailyjournal #princeinthecity #sad #joy #pain #work #study #play #destiny #god #blessed #suffolklaw #law #soulbrothers #love #liberation

A Special Thank you to Mark Jones from Florissant, Missouri for capturing these two photos. I had no idea that Dr. Cornel West was tearing up too.

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Prince’s Briefcase: How Not To Pay Off Your Student Loans (Johnson v. Otterbein University)


Here is a case which a handwritten letter, promising to pay off your student loans, is not a legal consideration to enforce a promise

prince's breifcaseThis case comes from my Contracts class where we are studying the “Doctrine of Consideration.” Below is my case brief which thousands of law students use to help us understand the cases and root out the “issue.”

Case Name, Author, Citation
Johnson v. Otterbein University, Supreme Court of Ohio, 41 Ohio 527 (1885)


Procedural Posture

The defendant (Otterbein University) sues the appellant or plaintiff (Johnson) for failure to fulfill his promise stated in a note sent by the plaintiff. The note was a student repayment loan, and that the defendant alleged that it was without consideration and was denied in the reply. The court entered judgment in favor of the defendant and a motion for a new trial was overruled. The Plaintiff then preceded to appeal in efforts to reverse judgment of the trial court.

Facts.
The case is about the validity of the note, sent by Johnson to Otterbein University in what appears to be a Student Repayment Loan, and whether it should be a valid consideration to enforce his promise:

“$100
Westerville, Ohio, May 6, 1869
Three years after the date, I promise to pay to the trustees of Otterbein University of Ohio, or their agents, one hundred dollars, with interest, at the rate of no per cent., to be used exclusively to liquidate the present, that is, February (1869) indebtedness of said University. Should this donation ever be used for any other purpose than herein specified, the trustees of said University shall be held bound to refund said sum of money to the donor.
–John Johnson”

This note was signed and delivered to Spangler, an agent of Otterbein University, along with similar notes promising to pay $100 to the University in 3 years to help pay off the current University debt. These notes and others were accepted as a fund with which to liquidate his debt. The trustees of Otterbein (the defendant) then sued Johnson in December 1875 claiming that his 1869 note was not paid.

Issue
Prince: Does Johnson’s promise (in the form of a note(s)), that brings benefit to him or detriment to Otterbein University, constitute as a legal consideration?
Legal interpretation: Whether a valid consideration was given in a promise to pay money as a gift?

Holding
No; The court says that the creation of the fund (from the notes he sent) with which to pay the university’s indebtedness was not a consideration for the promise.

Reasoning
*Court: An executory contract “to give” is without consideration, and a promise to pay money as a gift may be revoked at any time before payment
Court: The trustees’ acceptance of the writing containing the direction to apply the fund did not give rise to a case of mutual promise (Prince: a mutual promise which both parties agreed to at the same time.

Prince’s Reasoning
A simple IOU note, or sticky notes, in the form of a letter saying “I promise to pay back my loan” in a fixed time frame is not a legal consideration to enforce a promise from the person who is making the promise (promissor)
**FOLLOW UP FROM CLASS: The fact is Johnson will be paying off his student loan debt regardless of any intervening factors. So his notes don’t count for anything. There is no benefit for Johnson or detriment to Otterbein. And Otterbein did not give a promise in an exchange for Johnson’s Promise. This is not a Bargain; more of a gratuitous promise

Rule
Court: A note to repay a student loan should be in the form of a promissory note. And any other forms should have an implicit duty to apply its proceeds to proper corporate objects that would rise upon acceptance. A promissory note is a valid consideration

Disposition
Judgment of Trial Court is reversed favoring the Plaintiff (instead of the Defendant)

Prince’s Takeaways

  • Know what is a legal consideration to enforce a promise
  • Don’t write a letter to your university promising to pay off your student debt in a fixed time frame. Under this case, a Promissory Note is more acceptable than a letter promising to repay your student loans. This is paying money as gift which is not a legal consideration
  • In Contracts, you will learn that reasonable people are not entirely reasonable in their words or actions when they strike deal–so we have rules to remedy “contract breaches” such as this one
  • This case was back in 1885, and a lot has changed. So don’t take it true to fact
  • Usually its the plaintiff (Johnson) that sues the defendant first. But since this decision came from the Supreme Court of Ohio, I guess the parties may have switched roles when they litigated up the state court system (In this case there is no mention that Johnson sued Otterbein first, just that he appealed)
  • $100 dollars is pretty reasonable for a student today to pay off his/her student loans!

Weekly Spiritual Digest: God Hears And Answers Prayers


Sharine Jones, Upcoming Author

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.” (Psalm 107:13-14)

I am so blessed to announce that I have finally co-edited of what will soon be the most captivating Domestic Violence story of a woman’s tribulations: “A Woman’s Indiscretions” by Sharine Jones.

Thank you God for protecting her and bringing her into my life to show me my purpose for living and helping people like her–to share their stories of #tribulations and #victory.

If you haven’t read her story go to Saturday Book Read and find it so you can be inspired. Her book will soon be on the shelves soon.

Remember to pray because God always answers your prayers.

“Thank you all for following my webpage and keeping my purpose alive.”

–Prince

Elizabeth Perez Barletta, Suffolk Alum, talks about Real Estate Law


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Elizabeth Perez Barletta talks about Real Estate Law on “50 Shades of Law”

Elizabeth “Liz” Perez Barletta Esq. is an associate at Ligris+ Associates. And prior to joining the firm, Liz worked at the general practice firm of Sasson & Cymrot in Boston, Ma where she focused her practice on residential and commercial real estate transactions. In her interview she tells Prince her journey of becoming a lawyer and how she is using her law degree to help people purchase homes and sell their real estate.

To listen to this interview click on the link below

Elizabeth Perez Barletta talks about Real Estate Law on UR Business Network

The first thought of becoming a lawyer began when Liz was a little girl. And at that time, her family befriended a lawyer by the name of Paul, who would always invite her and her family to his house for outdoor barbecues, etc. And as Liz recounts, Paul was the coolest and smartest lawyer that she knew; that’s how she was inspired to become a lawyer (like Paul). But what made her choose real estate law was her work experience at Sasson & Cymrot, where she was exposed to all different types of law and found that real estate law was her niche.

Liz says that real estate law is vast because it encompasses so many aspects like zoning, lord tenant issues, etc. But what she does is the “conveyance” of buying and selling real estate. What Liz would do is represent either buyers, lenders (when they often time look for a mortgage) or sellers, and assist them with their negotiation agreements on the purchasing and selling of their real estate–attending closings, explaining documents, etc. Her greatest joy is popping up on the front doorstep of her client’s apartment, and present them with a set of keys to their newly purchased home–all with an energetic smile.

Her advice to those who want to practice, or want to go to law school and study the law, is to really know what you want to do before and after you graduate from law school. Too many times Liz has seen recent law school graduates struggle because they did not know what they wanted to do after they graduated–not to mention the added financial costs from attending law school. Liz asserts that being a lawyer is a great profession, but don’t become one just because you couldn’t find any other profession.

Liz graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Communications from Boston College and graduated with a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2010 (where Prince is currently attending). Her biggest reason for going to Suffolk University Law School was its keen location (situated in the heart of Downtown Boston), and its phenomenal alumni network. Her first job came from a mutual connection that she had with somebody who went to Suffolk University Law School. The power of networking, Liz says, is a key factor in the practice of law and in real estate law–”You have to be in front of people!” Liz says.

Liz is originally from Miami, Florida and is fluent in Spanish. Liz is a licensed attorney in both Massachusetts and Florida.

If you wish to reach out to Liz for advice on law school or legal representation in Real Estate, you can go to www.ligris.com and search for Elizabeth Perez Barletta . You can also reach out to her via email (ebarletta@ligris.com) or by phone (617.274.1500).

Her firm has three locations in Newton, Cambridge, and Boston.

Don’t forget to listen to her on the UR Business Network Channel at “Desocial Strategies” with Jeffery Desocio

You can also check out my other interviews with interesting lawyers under my page 50 Shades of Law.

#FashionEmbassy Presents Fashions of the Future


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Timeless Tuesdays at the Bond Lounge. A once a month special occasion (the first Tuesday of every month) where you can network with entrepreneurs and see the latest trends in fashion with class. This month’s fashion featurette: Fashions of The Future.

A special thank you to Jaclyn Zukerman and Gilda (from the Bond Lounge) for coordinating this networking event. Jaclyn is a new socialite from New York and is in Boston to cover the latest social scenes. You can follow her on Twitter  @jaclynzukerman.

To host networking events at the Bond Lounge contact Gilda at 617-956-8765 and visit their website at www.bondboston.com

Fashion Design: Fashions of The Future by Charles Neumann
Models: Dynasty Models
Photos by Prince Sefa-Boakye

To view these photos click on the link below.

#FashionEmbassy Presents Fashions of the Future (Flickr)

Visit @Miss_Bon_Vivant for more photos as well.

You can check out more coverage of fashion shows by going to my page #FashionEmbassy

Instagram: #boston #BostonEvents @bondboston1 @ladybond4 #princesdailyjournal #JZVIPTABLE #princeinthecity #work #study #play #networking @urbusinessnetwork #entrepreneur #fashion #bostonfashionweek #friends #champagne #models @dynastymodels @womenofboston

Prince Sefa-Boakye talks to Charlie Davies, US Soccer Player for the New England Revolution


(This interview was recorded on Oct.8th 2014)

Charlie Davies is a local Bostonian and plays for the New England Revolution. He has participated in two World Cups (2008 and 2009) for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and plans to play again in the next World Cup in 2018.

Charlie shared with me his future plans and his recovery from a serious car accident that he was involved in, back in 2009–and this month will mark the 5th year anniversary of escaping certain death. He said it was truly difficult for him because he couldn’t play consecutively as he used to–it took him 2-3 years to fully recover. But now he is making the right steps to getting back in the game and playing with his fellow teammates one more time before the next World Cup!

Playing soccer and being a soccer player is not a job but passion for him. He says, “There is no greater joy than to step on the field, put on your cleats and play with the ball.” He narrated to me his first goal account with the US National Soccer Team–and how that turned into a crucial qualifying goal for one of the World Cups that he was in. The US was playing against Trinidad, in Trinidad, Tobago, when his good friend Jozy Altidore (who is now the striker for the US Men’s National Team) assisted him by making a terrific pass which Charlie tapped the ball right into the goal.

Charlie admits that it was an easy “tap-in” goal but he says, “a goal is a goal!” And he was over the moon with it.

When I asked him to share any aspiring words to my audience, of whom wanted to be like him, he said this to me:

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“Through my experience, I would tell them to have faith–to have belief in yourself! Things do not always go well and they don’t always go the way that you want them to go. But you have to stay focused and stay positive! And if you can stay positive and work hard then you can achieve many things that people think that you can never achieve. You will prove yourself wrong and you will prove doubters wrong. But most importantly don’t take life for grant it because anything could be taken away from you in an instant.”

If you wish to reach out to Charlies Davies, and give him love and support in his quest to play for US Men’s National Soccer Team in the next World Cup, go to his Twitter account (@charliedavies9) at www.twitter.com/CharlieDavies9.
And you can also follow him on his Instagram account (@charliedavies09) at www.instagram.com/charliedavies09.

For more of my radio talks and interviews go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com.

(*I made a slight gaffe in the beginning: “Charlie Davies is a US Men’s National Soccer Team player”)