York and Dillo Bowtie Collection Are on Sale!


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York and Dillo is putting out a special collection, of their uniquely designed bowties, on sale for a limited time only–below are a few of their newly created designs.

If you wish to purchase these beautiful designs and others from York and Dillo go to shop.yorkandillo.com

 

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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.

Valerie and Geo’s Wedding Day!


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Today is my cousin Geo and his fiance Valerie’s Wedding Day! And I have traveled all the way from Boston to New York to celebrate their special occasion.

As such I will be posting videos and pictures onto my Flickr Account, where you will see all of my wedding photos in one place, as they happen.

To check out some of the photos now, click on the link below.

Geo and Valerie’s Wedding Day!

Congratulations to The Happy Couple!!!!

If you wish to learn more about them, and send them a congratulatory note go to www.valeriaandgeo.com

Also check out my photos from my earlier excursions of New York City!

Prince’s Travels: New York

Prince in the City w/ Asante Sefa-Boakye, Water Polo Team Captain and Student at Cal-Lutheran University


In this interview I get to really connect with my little brother Asante and learn just how he went from sitting on the bench to being team captain in the rigorous sport called “Water Polo”.

Asante started playing water polo when he was in 8th grade–and at that time, he says, he really wasn’t the most “athletic” individual in the water. Backpacking off of his older brother, Asante did everything he could to avoid getting in the water. However, it would not be until a few laps around the block with his team, which he always he came in last, that he decided to turn his life around and be the best athlete that he is today.

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“Never give up and keep working hard. The more work you put in, the more reward you will get in the end; it will pay off. Everything does work out in the end.”

Today Asante is training for his last water polo season at Cal Lutheran University this fall, as Team Captain, where he is also completing his major in Psychology.

 

His future aspirations is to play pro at either Australia or Spain!

If you wish to contact him for training tips or comic routine advice, you can do so via Facebook at www.facebook.com/asante.sefaboakye

For more people and politics you can also go to my radio show “Prince in The City” at www.urbusinessnetwork.com

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Weekly Spiritual Digest: Lead By Example and Live a Quiet Life


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Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

–1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

You can’t save everybody! Nor can you force people to respect what you believe in–that right belongs to Jesus Christ. It is why I strongly believe that people frown upon the Christian religion today–especially when fellow believers carry sinister picket signs.

Talk with your feet, instead of your mouth; you’d be surprise how many people will listen to your actions not your words. And mind your own business; your faith does not require you to be the NSA!

Daily Newsfeed


North Carolina High School Senior strips at his High School Graduation; Jamaica to decriminalize weed; UN reports 300,000 new refugees after Sunni militants take over Northern Iraq; Iraq’s Shiite clerics issue a call to arms against militants; and Former Nigerian President told the media that some of the school girls may never return. All this and more, please follow the links below.

North Carolina senior strips but gets stripped of his H.S. diploma

Jamaica to decriminalize weed

Video: 300,000 new refugees in Iraq

Iraq’s Shiite clerics issue a call to arms against militants

Former Nigerian President says that some of the girls may never return

Daily Newsfeed


Today marks the 20th anniversary of OJ Simpson’s murder incident; Here is how David Brat beat Eric Cantor; 200,000 Troops are deployed to protect FIFA’s World Cup; George H.W. Bush celebrates his birthday by jumping off a plane; and A bad economy may affect Black people in more ways than you thought. All this and more, please follow the links below.

How Oj Simpson’s murder trial changed the media

David Brat’s case to voters: A vote for Cantor is a vote for open borders

Missiles installed on apartments and 200,000 troops deployed to protect FIFA World Cup

George H.W. Bush is jumping off a plane on his 90th Birthday

Do Economic downturns make people racist

Prince in The City (Day 15)


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Prince in The City! (Day 15) Today marks Day 15 with @urbusinessnetwork On today’s show I interviewed my good friend and math tutor Steve Reiss “The Math Magician.” Not only did I learn about his humble beginnings as an #entrepreneur but his special relationship with his brother Mike Reiss–one of the writers and producers of #TheSimpsons. This talk will be made available on http://www.urbusinessnetwork.com soon, so stay tuned!

Instagram: #princeinthecity #princesdailyjournal #networking #entrepreneurship #work #study #play #math #school #sandiego #boston #mentor #friends #sat #college

Meet The Candidates: Jeff McCormick Independent Candidate Running for Massachusetts Governor


image (1)Meet Jeff McCormick. With over twenty years of experience in building innovative companies in the healthcare, education, energy, IT, biotechnology, and environment industry (including the popular Boston Duck Tours), Jeff has proven himself to be a real jobs-creator.

Born in Upstate New York, Jeff was raised in a modest blue-collar family household–where the kitchen was both a play room & a study room. His family, who traces its roots back to Ireland, instilled in him the principles of hard work and sacrifice. It is because of these principles that his family was able to give back so much to Jeff and why he wishes to do the same in the public sector through his problem-solving skills and creativity.

In our interview, we discussed his plans for Massachusetts. When I asked him, “What is the first thing that the people of Massachusetts can expect from you; when you do become governor?” He said that he wanted a top-down analysis of all the state agencies to see where they are (and what areas needs improvement), and to help small business at every corner–which he says is where economic growth comes from.

What makes him unique is the fact that he is running as an Independent. Being an Independent, he says, allows him to not be tied down by special interests and to not be afraid of challenging the status quo.

Today, Jeff continues to lead in his Vice Chair position at Citi Center for Performing Arts and is a four-time Dana-Farber Marathoner. Jeff resides in Boston with his wife Christine and their three children.

To listen to this interview, click on the link below.

Meet The Candidates: Jeff McCormick, Independent Candidate Running for Massachusetts Governor

To follow Jeff McCormick and his campaign go to www.jmacforgov.com

Daily Newsfeed


Hillary Clinton fights back Republican criticism in live interview with ABC news; A subway strike threatens to paralyze São Paulo on World Cup opening day; South Korean Ferry crew faces trial; Anti-Redskins ad to air during NBA Finals; and A study shows that men’s faces may have been made to take a beating. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Hilary Clinton fights back Republican criticism on Benghazi

Subway strike threatens to paralyze World Cup in São Paulo

South Korean ferry crew faces trial

Anti-Redskins ad to air during NBA finals

Men’s faces may have been made to take a beating

Morning Coffee with the Godfather


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Today I had the pleasure of having morning coffee with the Godfather of @urbusinessnetwork Marshall Sterman. He gave me great stories, advice, contacts, and tips on being a successful #entrepreneur. Thanks Marshall again for everything and I am also excited for the many promising opportunities that are stored for you in the near future. –Prince

Check out his radio show “Way Off Wall St at http://www.urbusinessnetwork.com and listen to how he is helping entrepreneurs like me.

Instagram: #princesdailyjournal #breakfast #talk #coffee #business #mentor #work #study #play #networking #hedgefund #venturecapital #boston #princeinthecity

Daily Newsfeed


President Barack Obama will issue an executive order to help students with their loan debt; MH 370 families launch $5 million fund to find ‘truth’ behind plane hunt; Taliban captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said he was tortured and kept in a cage; Taliban claim responsibility for Pakistan airport attack that killed at least 18 people; and Meet the 4 ft robot who can read your emotions. All this and more, please follow the links below

President Obama to issue an executive order to help student loan debtors

MH 370 families launch $5 million fund to find truth behind plane hunt

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl said he was tortured and put in a cage by Taliban

Taliban claim responsibility for Pakistan airport attack

The 4 ft robot that can read emotions