Weekly Political Tweet: Sen. Ted Cruz Signs up for ObamaCare (or Not?)


Each week I tweet a political issue (in less than 140 characters!) that affects YOU and the WORLD around you!

This Week: Obamacare and Sen Ted Cruz’s 2016 bid for the White House

In a live interview on CNN last Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz announces his move to sign up for Obamacare.

Remind you this is the same politician who would shut down the Government (which did happen) than Keep ObamaCare!

However, after the interview, Cruz spokesman says senator won’t take government contribution to purchase Obamacare. So we will see how this unfolds in 2016 campaign.

Next the GOP will ask for his Birth Certificate.

To follow this story, and watch the actual footage, click on the link below.

Ted Cruz is going on Obamacare..

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Daily Newsfeed


Congress passes Keystone XL bill, setting up veto shutdown with President Obama; Alleged Chapel Hill killer is described as troublemaker and obsessed with parking and noise; Death of ISIL hostage Kayla Mueller exposes problems in US response; Comedy Central has a short list of replacements for Jon Stewart’s exit; and a Ukraine Cease-Fire deal has been reached along with $40 Billion dollars in aid. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Congress passes Keystone XL setting up veto shutdown with Obama

Alleged Chapel Hill Killer is described as troublemaker

ISIL Hostage exposes problems in US response

Comedy Central has a short list of replacements for the Daily Show

Ukraine Cease-Fire deal has been reached

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Be Golden! Let the Fire Refine Your Faith!


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So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

(1 Peter 1:6, 7 NLT)

This verse came to me on May 18th, 2014, when I was listening to a word of God from my pastor Jaime Perdomo at my church, La Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida. My Pastor, preached to me and to the congregation (in Spanish) on how our faith is like gold–but far more precious.

At first I could not fully understand his words, but when he so passionately repeated, over and over, on how necessary it was to put our faith over the fire–the trials and tribulations–so it can become Gold in Christ, I was totally floored. And it was at that moment that I finally understood his sermon and God’s plan in my life. For the first time, everything became clear:

The many fires in my life (or the trials and tribulations) were not there to torture me. The fires in my life were there to REFINE my faith, so it can BECOME GOLDEN–so I can become strong and pure in Christ.

Thank you Pastor Jaime for reminding of God’s plan, for showing me that the fires in our life are there to refine and purify my faith.

So this week and beyond, see the fire (or trial and tribulation) in your life for what it is: a tool which you can use to refine your faith and Be Golden in God’s Eyes!

Sunday Praise: Your Faith is Like Gold! (Pastor Jaime Perdomo)

Prince Sefa-Boakye interviews John Putman, SDSU Director of Int’l Business


Professor John Putman is the Director of the International Business Program as well as an associate professor at the Department of History at San Diego State University–not too mention that he is a fellow alum.

Mr. Putman began teaching in the mid-90s when he was currently finishing his dissertation as a graduate student at UC San Diego. Looking for ways to support him and his family, he went into teaching which he took on a few teaching jobs at community colleges and SDSU–teaching 1-2 courses a semester while earning his Ph. D. Lucky for him not only did he finished his Ph.D on-time but earned a full-time teaching position at SDSU–where he continues to teach Aztecs on the history of the United States, including a new-forgotten course “Constitutional History.”

As the new director of the International Business Program, he says, is a huge honor for him–especially teaching U.S. History for 20 years at San Diego State University. The International Business Program, he says, is not only new for him but unique because it is housed in the College of Arts and Letters–and not in the College of Business. The idea behind it is to immerse SDSU students in the culture and language of a particular region that they wish to specialize in, and blend them with a good number of business courses. By doing this, students will be able to interact in a global economy. He says, students can either be living abroad (doing business at a region that they studied for), or represent American companies abroad. The International Business Program strongly believes that culture and language is crucial to succeed in a global economy.

Today the International Business Program has 10 languages and six regions, which they are now looking to expand more into Brazil! They are also looking to bring more international students here at SDSU so they can take advantage of their program.

Professor Putman is also a huge “Trekie” or Star Trek fan which he teaches it at SDSU and lectures at Star Trek’s annual conventions–he has one coming up this August at Las Vegas.

To learn more about Professor Putman go to his webpage: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~jputman/

To learn more about the International Business Program go to: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~ib/

#FashionEmbassy Presents “Seven Looks” by Framingham College


Framingham College (Fashion Embassy)

Timeless Tuesdays at the Bond Lounge.

A once a month special occasion (the first Tuesday of every month) where you can network with professionals and see the latest trends in fashion with class. This month’s fashion featurette: Seven Looks.

“Seven Looks” was inspired by seven upcoming fashion designers, from Framingham College, who put together an ensemble of clothing wear from “Alice and Wonderland” to urban street wear. One of my guests, Meshi Davis, Magazine Editor of Bon Vivant Society, was able to speak with one of the designers, Corey Ortiz, and will be doing a story in the near future.

A special thank you again to Jaclyn Zukerman and Gilda (from the Bond Lounge) for coordinating this networking event; Dynasty Models for showcasing the beautiful fashion designs; and Framingham College for providing us with intelligent and talented fashion designers.

Meshi Davis and Corey Ortiz

To get more information on the next fashion show at the Bond Lounge, contact Gilda at 617-956-8765 and visit their website at www.bondboston.com

Fashion Designers: Framingham College Students
Models: Dynasty Models
Photos: Prince Sefa-Boakye

To see these photos go to my Flickr account, by clicking on the link below.

#FashionEmbassy: Seven Looks by the College Students of Framingham College

If you want more coverage of “what’s going on?” in the social scene of Boston, Massachusetts, then be sure to follow JZ and Meshi on Twitter.

Jaclyn Zuckerman aka “JZ”: @jaclynzuckerman

Meshi Davis aka “Miss Bon Vivant”: @miss_bon_vivant

You can also check out more fashion trends, from the shows that I have attended, by clicking on my tab #FashionEmbassy.

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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.

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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!

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#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

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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”)

Statewide Rally with First Lady Michelle Obama and Martha Coakley


IMG_8215Today I attended the StateWide Rally with First Lady Michelle Obama and Martha Coakley, who is running to be the next governor of Massachusetts, at the renown Strand Theater in Dorchester, Ma,

This event did not only drew fellow democrats and supporters of President Obama, but iconic public figures and speakers like Mayor Marty Walsh, City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley, Sen. Ed Markey, the current Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and of course the First Lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama,  to endorse and commend Martha’s work and stance on early education for children, food nutrition, public safety, equal pay for women, human trafficking and raising awareness on domestic violence.

Each speaker had a story tell but nothing came close to the touching story that First Lady Michelle Obama told which she met kids all across America, who are putting in the extra effort to go school and achieve a higher education while working two jobs and feeding their familes–despite their physical limitations and financial circumstances. She says, “If they are not giving up, we can’t either. We have to be more passionate and more hungry than ever before. We can’t let our kids down!”

Also in support of Martha Coakley, Lt. Governor candidate Steve Kerrigan was recognized, by the foray of speakers, for his public service– who I also had the pleasure to interview at the UR Business Network studio.

For more information about the Martha Coakley Campaign go to www.marthacoakley.com

You can also listen to my interview with Steve Kerrigan and his story by going to my “Meet the Candidates” section, where you will find him under “Boston, Lt. Governor.” Or click the link below

Meet the Candidates: Steve Kerrigan

Below are a few photos that I captured at the event. For more photos go to Flickr Page at First Lady Michelle Obama and Martha Coakley Event

A special thank you to Ladarrel Hagans for inviting me to this event.

 

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Weekly Political Report: Race “Does” Matter in America (Ferguson Edition)


Each week I write a political issue that affects you and the world around you.

This week’s “Weekly Political Report”: Race “Does” Matter in America (The Ferguson Edition)

This post was inspired by my mentor Dr. Cornel West

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(Photo credit: Flickr User Joe Topichak)

mike-brown-headshot-smallerOn Aug, 9th 2014, America and the world witnessed yet again the death of another unarmed African American teenager by the hands of a law enforcer. Michael Brown, a 18 year old, was fatally shot by 28 year old police officer Darren Wilson, and has started an uproar in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Now in its 11th day, there has been no sign of peaceful resolution, to either curb the violence between Ferguson citizens and police officials or reduce the armory and weapons of the police force (military tanks, tear gas, etc.)

While its still unclear of what really happened between the teenager and the police officer, Americans are stilled faced with this divisive status quo:

An unarmed black male shot (multiple times) by an armed white police officer–no sugar coating.

Rather than talk about the evidence of this case or the witnesses’ accounts of what actually happened, I will instead talk about why “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” from a political stand point and what must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again–using concrete facts and examples.

Why Does Race Matter in America?

From a political standpoint, we are a nation of immigrants and “Race” implicitly drives the day in America–whether it be socioeconomic status, jobs, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, the justice system, etc.. We come from different walks of life in different shapes, sizes, faiths, and shades of color. And what Americans (and citizens around the world) need to have is “perspective.” To recognize that each race has a history of discrimination, and not be so quick to “brush it off”.

This incident of Michael Brown is a tragedy and comes from a long history racial discrimination which young black men and women in America have been wrongfully targeted by law enforcement or the justice system for no reason except for the color of their skin–dating back to the Civil Rights and Segregation era. And it is because of the unwillingness of people (like the law enforcement) to not recognize this history, that we see “Race and Police Brutality” again and again in American Television–whether it be the post-Civil Rights era (like Rodney King) or today’s era (like Trayvon MartinEric Garner). The history is there, and will repeat itself until it is recognized. Brown University and other sources have published this report:

  • St. Louis. situated just below of Ferguson (where the shooting took place) is the 9th most segregated metro area in America, as of 2010. (Brown University)
  • In a town that’s over 60% black, Ferguson has: a police chief and a mayor that is white, only one city council that is black, one school board member is black, and just 3 out of 53 police officers are black. (US Census; City of Ferguson; Ferguson)
  • In 2013, Ferguson police officials have arrested 483 black people while 36 white people were arrested–and when Ferguson police officers arrest and search black people for contraband, only 1 in 5 are caught with them verses white people in Ferguson which is much higher, 1 in 3 (Missouri Attorney General)

These are the facts and they are not sugar coated–you cannot deny them. Many Americans, who will read this, won’t view it as a big issue (versus what is going on now in Ferguson, Missouri). But, politically speaking,

“If you have a body of government that is disproportionate to the size and views of one minority population (a minority classified by gender, race, or religion) in one particular region, the results are catastrophic!

Political unrest is bound to happen, example being today. This is a political issue as much as it is a racial one. However, the core reason why I think “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” (which goes back to having “perspective”) is the current crises in Iraq.Image:

In July 2014, I did a radio talk at UR Business Network on the collapse of the Post-Iraqi War government. And what I said in that talk–as to “why the new Iraqi government collapsed?”–was this: the Shia government (the current Iraqi Government) marginalized their minority tribes the Sunnis and Kurds–especially the Sunnis– with their heavy armor military presence and force. This in return led to the growing opposition against the Shia government!

So it doesn’t matter where you are in the world. As long as you have a body of government that marginalizes one minority group by police or military force, you will always have political unrest in the streets.

The political disaster in Iraq is happening in the same fashion in Ferguson, Missouri. You can call the Mike Brown shooting “a freak accident” or “self-defense” all you want, but given the concrete facts from credible sources and the political perspective of having a disproportionate government overwhelm a minority population, the Michael Brown shooting incident cannot be brushed aside nor can “Race” in America.

Not to say that the government in Ferguson, Missouri will collapse, but the elements of political terror and unrest will continue unless there is a solid conversation on “Race” in Ferguson and a body of government that will represent all minorities–which is similar to what America is doing in Iraq today.

What must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again?

First, bring Darren Wilson to trial and let the system work under Eric Holder’s watch. Second, Ferguson citizens and the police force must establish a truce of non-violence (during and after the Michael Brown trial) and start having a serious dialogue on racial disparity in their city–re-evaluate the current city government (and law enforcement) and find ways to discourage racial profiling and encourage racial diversity that will reflect the minority population of Ferguson, then, Third, have Perspective!

The sooner Americans, and citizens across the globe, have this perspective of not marginalizing a minority group, the better. The city government of Ferguson, Missouri, by all means, must not reflect the same intrusive acts done by the current “collapsed” government of Iraq–it cannot oppress or overwhelm any minority population by military tanks or force.

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We are Americans and we treat Americans as our own–Michael Brown is an American! Like it or not!

Mistakes have been made in the Michael Brown incident, but Ferguson and the State of Missouri can still resolve this matter by reducing the huge racial disparity in the workforce and have a government (and police force) that is reflective of the African-American community.

The ultimate goal, in my opinion, is to set up a training course, for law enforcement and Americans, on “Racial Harassment” (like “Sexual Harassment”) that will teach people the existence of racial discrimination in America and learn how to conduct themselves in a professional manner to prevent acts of racial prejudice–and I call on President Obama to enact this legislation.

For more people and politics go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com

Here is a source where I pulled my facts from: Ferguson is 60% Black. Virtually All its Cops are White (Mother Jones)

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS MY OWN POLITICAL OPINION. FOR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE DIRECT THEM TO MY CONTACT PAGE

FYI: This will be my last Weekly Political Report for Fall 2014. For more of my political editorials go and click on “Weekly Political Report” located on the right hand side of this page below my profile pic. You can also go to Archives which is located above, next to Home Page, read more of political editorials

If you like this editorial, please send it to friends and family, so we can stop the violence in Ferguson, Missouri

Also here are two YouTube videos, that I found very helpful, to explain the war in Iraq and an idea of a training course on “racial harassment”.

This video is part 2 out of 5 videos of an documentary done by Bill Cosby. I recommend you watch all the parts.

Motivation Monday: Write A Love Letter Today!


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Write a Love Letter Today!

In this short TED talk video, we do not only see the power of the pen but the beauty of love letters.

Hannah Brencher, letter enthusiast and founder of The World Needs More Love Letters, began writing her love letters back in college–which she would address them to her mother, who did not believe in emailing or texting her loved ones. And it would take Hannah one bad day for her to realize her true gift and mission in life.

Hannah experienced her bad day when she moved to New York City after college. But instead of doing the orthodox to console her pain, she did the unorthodox: she wrote letters to complete strangers and hid them throughout the Big Apple! (cafes, libraries, the U.N, etc.). Furthermore, she blogged about them and made a promise to the Internet, which evidently changed her life forever: “If you ask me for a hand written letter, I will write you one–no questions asked.” And so, what started out as a kind favor turned into a call of public service overnight.

One of the greatest takeaways from her TED talk video (and is my favorite) is the story of the man who almost took his life–but did not because of what Hannah and her team of “strangers” wrote for him. When I saw this, it reminded me of the interviews I had with people (on my website)–and how they all changed my life for the better.

Storytelling is what the world is really about: listening, reading, and sharing each others stories. TED talk speaker Drew Dudley, who I interviewed, told me that “storytelling is the basic unit of human understanding.” When we share our stories with each other (especially through letter-writing) we do not only save lives, but empower ourselves and others too.

So this week (and today), when you are at work or school, grab yourself a piece of paper, note card, thank you card, etc.; write a letter with inspiring words of love (NOT HATE); and tuck it away in a spot where a stranger can pick one up and read it.

[I’m going to start mine today (and this week) and see what happens!]

To follow Hannah and her TED talks go to www.ted.com/speakers/hannah_brencher

If you want to be part of this movement (which I strongly urge you all to do) go to www.moreloveletters.com, and learn how you can help a stranger through your words of love.

You can also go to Hannah’s website (www.hannahbrencher.com) and follow her on Twitter @hannahbrencher