Boston Marathon 2015!


 

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Today I was blessed to visit the Boston Marathon Finish Line with good company. During my visit I ran into the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh. In lieu of the Boston Marathon, and Patriots Day weekend, I will not be posting any Newsfeeds or blogs tomorrow.

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In the meantime you can checkout my blogs that I’ve posted last year on the Boston Marathon.

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Weekly Political Report: What It Takes to Be an American

Have a great rest of the weekend

-Prince

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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

Talk Tuesdays w/ Doug Luffborough, Heart Inspired Speaker and Chief Managing Consultant of Turning the Hearts Center


doug luffAs part of my radio show, I have a special segment called “Talk Tuesdays” where I sit down and talk with an interesting individual–who is either a lawyer, politician, educator, entrepreneur, or CEO. And on this special segment, I invited Mr. Douglas Luffborough III, motivational speaker and Chief Managing Consultant of Turning the Hearts Center, to tell me more about his profession and why he is so committed to turn the hearts of youths and families across the nation.

Doug Luffborough, born in Worcester, Massachusetts to a family of four children (him being the eldest), had much of his youth tainted by the absence of his biological father; domestic violence; gang violence; and homelessness. However, it would not be until the love a stranger, the support of two women, and the faith of God, that he would reach for the stars and obtain a graduate education from Harvard University.

In our interview, he tells me first hand how difficult it was to overcome the many obstacles that tainted his life including homelessness–and how he used his involvement in gangs to support his mother and younger siblings. But what brought him back to life, and essentially achieved his dreams of obtaining a college degree, was the encouraging words of one career counselor–and how she told him that he was “college material.” From that point on, he did not only obtain a college degree from Northeastern University, but a positive recommendation letter from the former President of the United States Bill Clinton–who commended him on his keynote speech on graduation day.

The biggest piece of advice that he gave me, and wishes to share with you all, is that there is power within you; but you have to connect with the right people in order to achieve your dreams. He says, “Your network is your networth!”

Today, Doug lives in Chula Vista, Ca where he is happily married to his wife Claire and is the proud father of five children. Doug is currently earning his Ph.D in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego and sits on the School Board of Trustees at Chula Vista Elementary School District (being the largest in the San Diego County).

Doug continues to inspire young individuals and troubled families through his non-profit organization (Turning the Hearts Center) and is working to publish his autobiography this summer.

To listen to our interview, click on the link below

Talk Tuesdays w/ Doug Luffborough, Heart Inspired Speaker and Chief Managing Consultant of Turning the Hearts Center (UR Business Network)

If you wish to follow or contact him for your next leadership workshop or speaking engagement you can do so by going to www.dougluff.com

You can also find him on Twitter @dougluff

 

Daily Newsfeed


Boko Haram leader admits to kidnapping 200+ Nigerian school girls and plans to sell them in the market; U.S. Rep King says Benghazi committee will finish its investigation by 2016 election; The Los Angeles Clippers are advancing to the playoffs; Here are Obama’s top 10 2014 lines from the White House Correspondents Dinner; and Happy Cinco de Mayo (A complete list of tequila cocktail recipes). All this and more, please follow the links below.

Boko Haram leader says he will sell the Nigerian girls in the market

Rep King says Benghazi committee should finish its probe by 2016

LA Clippers are advancing to the playoffs

here are Obama’s top 10 WHCD from 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo (A complete list of Tequila cocktail recipes)

Week in Review


Prince In The City: Prince In The City Show (Day 9)

Weekly Political Report: What It Takes To Be An American

Throwback Thursdays: Throwback w/ CNN Anchor Don Lemon

Networking: Prince’s Radio Talk Series–Senate GOP’s latest Move to Block Equal Pay for Women; Prince Open’s Up His First Show; My 2 Cents Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin 

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Give Your Anger to God

Uncategorized: Morning Breakfast with My Dad; Ending the Day on Good Note; & Happy B’day Brunch

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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This week, I am back in the studio to talk about current events, people and politics. I will be posting my previous talks (from last week) later this week. Also I will not be interviewing anybody this week at the studio.

 Prince’s Daily Journal will be providing the following:

Daily Newsfeed (Mon-Fri), Motivation Monday, Talk Tuesday Post, Weekly Political Report or Tweet, ThrowBack Thursdays, & A Weekly Spiritual Digest.

Prince in The City Show: My 2 cents on Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin and His Influence over Crimea and the World


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On each and every show, I don’t just provide you news in the City but current events around the world–and how they impact you and the world around you.

On this special segment, I give my “2 cents” on Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his influence over Crimea and the World. In a public display of defiance, on March 18th 2014, Putin signed a treaty to annex Crimea completely–despite global resentment from its international partners (the US and Europe). Describing his move as correcting past injustice and a necessary response to what he calls “Western encroachment” upon Russia’s vital interests, the US has now issued economic sanctions to punish the Kremlin’s actions–even though he has made it clear that he does not want to move into other regions of Ukraine.

How does this impact you?

This impacts you greatly because it will revamp an old war, between two superpowers, that has never been fought; but has played a vital role in international politics: The Cold War. A war that has forced the world to institute a foreign policy initiative known as the “Iron Curtain” and a war that has forced a country to alienate its own people through the “Red Scare.” Although this new war (over Ukraine) will not be like the original Cold War, it could very well drag the US into another war that will cost the country more energy and more tax-payer dollars. If there is no diplomatic resolve over sovereignty in Ukraine, then the next step is military action.

However, what I mainly iterate is Putin’s hypocritical behavior. When we declare military action on Syria–to discontinue Bashir Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own people–Putin writes a New York Times op-ed pleading for diplomacy. But when he invades a country that is not his (using military force), he ignores diplomacy and resentment from his international partners. So in short Vladimir Putin is not only a hypocrite, but a liability because he is dragging the world into a costly conflict.

To listen click on the link below

Prince in The City Show: Prince talks about Issues in Ukraine

Disclaimer: Prince’s opinions and the opinions of others, do not have any affiliation with UR Business Network.

Daily Newsfeed


Twitter is reportedly testing a mute button for politely ignoring people; House GOP leaders will appoint a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks; Obamacare reports 8M enrollees; Which European cities are most satisfying to live in?; and Why women CEOs are more likely to get sacked from their jobs? All this and more, please follow the links below.

Twitter is testing a mute button

Benghazi Returns

Obamacare celebrates it’s 8M enrollees

Which European cities are most satisfying to live in?

Why women CEOs are more likely to be sacked from their jobs

ThrowBack Thursdays: Throwback w/ Don Lemon (CNN Anchor)


Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous blog/article/review or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s Throwback Thursdays Edition: Don Lemon (CNN Anchor)

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I met Don Lemon right on the eve of my birthday (around 10:00 pm on April 29th 2013), where I was walking through the Prudential Mall Strip–after putting in extra hours at Barnes and Nobles for my LSAT exam and my newly created website “Prince’s Daily Journal.”

Meeting Don Lemon was both fun and hilarious. When I was walking three stores away from Barnes & Nobles, just making a right turn onto Club Monaco, I spotted a familiar face that was about 10 yards away from me. I asked myself, “Is that Don Lemon?!”

Curious I was to find out the identity of this man, I then quietly stalked him and his two friends to see if my assumption was true–and low and behold it was him!! But here is the funny part. When I approached him, rather than asking him who he was, I said this to him:

“Don’t Tell Me Your Don Lemon.”

With a smile he said to me:

“Ok, I won’t.”

Not only is he humble but witty too–I was totally floored when he said this to me (Laughing). Once I composed myself, I asked him why he was here in Boston. He told me that he was here to cover the Boston Marathon Tragedy that took place a few weeks back–but he also told me that he was visiting his two friends, which one of them was kind enough to take our photo together.

I was really excited that day because I was just making waves with my website–so seeing him was an awesome opportunity to show off my website which I did.

The coolest thing from this whole encounter was not just passing along my website, but having him say, “I like your hair!” (smiling)

After it was all said and done, I told him how much he inspires me and then we parted ways.

“Thank you Don Lemon, for being so cool and humble towards me–and I hope your trip to Boston was a good one. I appreciate the work that you do on your show every day and continue to inspire the youth and young African-American men like me who want to do what you are doing today. I hope to share the stage with you one day.

Also if you are interested in locking your hair, I’ll pass along my hair stylist to get your hair done like mine!” —Prince

If you wish to follow Don Lemon, you can do so via Twitter: @donlemon

 

Prince in The City Show: Senate GOP’s Latest Move to Block Equal Pay for Women


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Prince Sefa-Boakye host of the Prince in The City Show talks about Senate GOP’s latest move in blocking the Equal Pay Act for Women.

On each and every show, I don’t just provide you news in the City but current events around the world–and how they impact you and the world around you. And so, on this special segment I talked about the Senate GOP’s latest move to block a bill that would provide equal pay for women.

To comment on this topic, I invited Lauren Culp (executive producer of UR Business Network), Nathan Roman (co-host of the Business Sides of Sports), Jonathan Brum (a freelance journalist). But before we delved into this discussion, I first shared my Person of the Week, who has inspired millions of people through words or actions: Adrianne Haslet Davis (Boston Bombing Survivor)

b881953e8999ba0ee55e12c9f4449455Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor who unfortunately lost her left leg in the attacks last year on April 15, 2013. But regardless of her circumstances, she found the will to overcome the impossible and fulfill her promise to dance again–which she did beautifully in a TED talk video given by Hugh Herr, the creator of her bionic limb.

Today, Hugh Herr (who himself lost his legs to an unfortunate accident) is continuing to bridge the gap between the impossible and the possible through his bionic limbs and robotic prosthetics–driven by nature and human ingenuity. And my favorite quote from his TED talk video was this:

“Every person should have the right to live life without disability if they so choose–the right to live life without severe depression; the right to see a loved one in the case of seeing impaired; or the right to walk or to dance…As a society, we can achieve these human rights if we accept the proposition that humans are not disabled. A person can never be broken.”

And so, I want to sincerely say “thank you” to Adrianne and Hugh for reminding us the power of the human spirit and how it will never cower against the face of terrorism.

(To watch this TED talk, go to my website click on Motivation Monday–“Get Back on Your Feet and Dance Again”)

Now to segway back into politics. My guests and I discussed the latest political move by Senate Republicans (GOP) to block equal pay for women.

On April 9th 2014, Senate Republicans banded together to block the Paycheck Fairness Act (Equal Pay Act)–a Democratic bill which aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women.

The legislation failed to clear a 60-vote threshold to open a debate on the bill, falling short by 53-44. Immediately after the vote, senior Democrats vowed that they will bring the bill up for future votes–daring the GOP to block a bill again so they can appeal to women voters in a tight midterm election that is coming this year.

So what does this exactly mean for you?

It means that you get to see the devious tricks that Congress uses to prevent progressive change from happening. In this instance, the discussion of equal pay for women will never be debated nor voted on until later this year. This is a common tactic used in Congress to delay a bill from becoming law.

However, instead of talking down against this congressional act or even discussing bill, we unintentionally diverted our energy towards a more sinister enemy: The Government.

While half of my guests believe that government isn’t a good body to distribute wealth in this country, I try to remind everyone that a institution (or the government) isn’t a body at all. They don’t shoot red laser beams from their eyes or have a mind of its own.

“It is people that run institutions and not the other way around.”

I even mention that the government has done good things for America such as passing the Civil Rights Act of 1963, providing equal rights to African Americans, but still it wasn’t enough to persuade their negative perception of what government is–furthermore we didn’t spend time to talk about sex discrimination or the equal pay bill.

However, this was still a great discussion–one of which that I want to have on every show.

Thank you Jonathan Brum, Nathan, and Lauren for your opinions and great insight.

To listen to our conversation, click on the link below.

Prince in The City Show: Senate GOP’s latest move to Block Equal Pay for Women

If you have questions or comments, please direct them to my Contact Page which is located on my website.

 

Daily Newsfeed


Brunei has become the first East Asian country to adopt Sharia law, despite international outcry; MH 370 relatives are distraught as airline urges them to go home; Ukrainian police and Pro-Russian activists clash at prosecutors office in Donetsk; Military sexual assaults claims are up to 50% says Pentagon; and Divorce is more likely to happen when wife falls ill. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Brunei has become the first East Asian country to adopt Sharia Law

Hotels are closing their support centers to MH 370 relatives

Ukrainian police and Pro-Russian forces clash at prosecutor’s office on Donetsk

Pentagon reports up to 50% claims of military sexual assault

Divorce is more likely to happen when wife falls ill not husband

Weekly Political Report: What It Takes To Be An American


Every week I write a political issue that affects YOU and the World AROUND YOU.

This week’s Weekly Political Report: What It Takes to Be An American

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On Monday April 21st 2014, I attended the 118th Annual Boston Marathon event. Not only was this my first Marathon, but my first experience in witnessing history: seeing Meb Keflezighi “take back the finish line” as the first American to do so in over 31 years.
Meb Keflezighi, who is an American immigrant from Eritrea and a proud native of San Diego, Ca, made history when he became the first American to win the Boston Marathon in over 31 years. After winning the race he said this:

“This is probably the most meaningful victory for an American, just because of what happened here last year. Up till now I’d say my career was 99.9 percent fulfilled. Today I’d say it is 110 percent fulfilled!”

Noting what the Boston Red Sox had done in the World Series championship last year (2013), he added that he wanted to provide a similar boost: “When the Red Sox did it, I said, ‘I want to do it for Boston.'” –Meb Keflezighi. And what was truly inspiring was the fact that he wrote the names of the Boston Bombing victims (Krystal Shakespeare, Martin Richard, Ling Zi and Sean Collier) on his racing Bib–and how he honored them in his race. They helped me carry through. At the end, I just kept thinking ‘Boston Strong’. I gave everything I had for Boston,” said Meb Keflezighi. His victory did not only bring a lot of joy but controversy–about what it means to be an American. A theme that has brought back this controversial article from the grave.

When Meb Keflezighi won the NYC Marathon back in 2009, CNBC Sports Writer Darren Rovell had this to say in his article, “Marathon’s Headline Win is Empty“:

Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he’s not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies.

Nationality in running counts. It’s why many identify Kenya as the land of the long distance champions. As for the United States? Not so much

Given our disappointing results, embracing Keflezighi is understandable. But Keflezighi’s country of origin is Eritrea, a small country in Africa. He is an American citizen thanks to taking a test and living in our country.

Nothing against Keflezighi, but he’s like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.

Fortunately, Darren took back his comments–which he apologized and said that “Meb Keflezighi is an American” –but America today is still struggling to visualize “What (exactly) is An American?”

So why does this affect you?

It affects you because it is a reoccurring divisive theme in American politics–from Immigration to Race. It is this type of reoccurring theme that has led Real Estate Mogul Donald Trump and others on a wild goose chase to obtain a birth certificate from the President of The United States; because his name sounded foreign. To the unfortunate remarks that were written against Meb Keflezighi in 2009. If we don’t tackle this problem as a collective nation, our nation will continue to divide into smaller nations, and politicians will continue to abuse their power by not serving the best interests for All Americans (Americans like Meb Keflezighi).

I, for one, am glad that Meb won the marathon that day, because he has allowed us to rethink of “What It Takes To Be An American.” An American, who out of thousands of runners, wrote the names of the Boston Marathon Bombing victims on his bib. And an American, who dedicated his whole run and win on behalf of those victims. THAT IS AN AMERICAN!

To those who continue to chastise his ethnic background, his path towards citizenship, or his name is UN-AMERICAN! Especially after what he accomplished in a 26.2 mile run.

If you wish to follow Meb Keflezighi you can do so via Twitter @runmeb

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Disclaimer: THIS IS MY OWN POLITICAL OPINION. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE DIRECT THEM TO MY CONTACT PAGE.

Prince in The City Show: Prince Opens Up His First Show


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Prince Sefa-Boakye host of the Prince in The City Show opens up his first show with the UR Business Network Crew.

On each and every show, I don’t just provide you news in the City but current events around the world–and how they impact you and the world around you.

On this special segment, I broadcast my very first radio talk show on UR Business Network with the help of Himali Patel (UR Business Staff) and Nathan Roman (co-host of the Business Side of Sports). The topics that I featured on the show were: the departure of the Piers Morgan Show, America becoming financially conservative; tying the shoes the right way and a weekly spiritual digest that I pulled from my website
Our most engaging topic of discussion, was my Weekly Political Report “Being Financially Conservative This Holiday Season.

This weekly political report was written back in December of 2013, when America was moving closer and closer to another government showdown–especially after just recovering from an unnerving government shutdown. What I mention in my talk is that the average American has embraced financial conservatism last holiday season while lawmakers in Congress has not. Last holiday season holidays shoppers have spent an average of $407.20 between last Thursday (Thanksgiving) and Sunday, which went down 4 percent from the $423.55 they spent last year–a 2.9% reduction from last year’s spending. (Washington Post)

While this does indicate that Americans are being smart with their money, it is still does not imply that our economy has fully recovered (especially from last year’s report).

So how come? How come ordinary Americans can manage their own budget and high ranking members in Congress (not the White House) cannot. The answer to this boils down to ideology–or difference of opinion.

“Should the working poor, or middle class Americans, shoulder the economic deficit by working more hours and paying more in taxes than the average person from Wall Street? Or should Wall Street, multinational corporations, and even individuals with incomes of 500k continue to protect their self interests and ship jobs overseas–or pay lower taxes?

The answer is common sense, but having the majority of votes in Congress to support it is difficult which leads to a fiscal showdown–or worse a government shutdown.

While there is room to argue on what influences a lawmaker to manage the budget, but the fact is: there are middle class Americans and the very rich and powerful. And so, what reforms or cuts in a budget, should benefit whom?

From an American perspective there should be economic growth in both sectors: public and private.

For people who want to serve our country by means of public service (to be a soldier, police officer, public official, firefighter, teacher, bus driver etc.) should have the financial stability to support their families (meaning no sequester cuts) so they can continue to serve and make our country great.

And for people who want to start a business in this country through the private sector (with little to no risk) should prosper from their labor. But must also keep their business(es) at a fair playing level so everyone in the country can prosper. Which means investing in American jobs, fairer wages, and paying fair taxes.

To Listen to our conversation, click on the link below.

Prince in The City Show: Prince’s First Show on UR Business Network

To give me your opinion on the matter, drop a message on my Contact Page.

Thank you Himali and Nathan for your opinions and great insight.