Weekly Political Tweet: The Divide Between Republicans and Democrats on Current Events


On occasions that I don’t write a weekly political report, I instead compose a political tweet of a political issue in less than 140 characters!

This week’s Weekly Political Tweet: The Divide Between Republicans and Democrats on Current Events.

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Daily Newsfeed


Babies of overweight and obese mothers may be at higher risk for breathing problems; China and Russia sign $400 billion gas deal; EPA is readying climate rule for existing power plants that would require steep carbon reductions; San Diego Firefighter posts selfie after battling blaze; and Obama gives a statement about the VA affair. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Babies of overweight and obese mothers may be at risk for breathing problems

China and Russia sign $400B gas deal

EPA is readying climate rule for existing power plants

Firefighter Selfie receives thousands of thank yous

President Obama gives a statement on VA affairs

Prince in The City Show (Day 12)


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Today marks my 12th show with @urbusinessnetwork. On today’s show I discussed my political report on Boko Haram (#bringbackourgirls); interviewed Jeff McCormick an independent running for governor in the state of Massachusetts; and met Sheila Raye Charles the daughter of the Legendary #RayCharles. Today was a #good day. My #radio talk and interview will be posted online next week.

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Daily Newsfeed


Nigeria asks UN al Qaeda committee to blacklist Boko Haram; Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been order to undergo a month of psychiatric tests; Putin has yet to sign a billion dollar gas deal with China; NBA starts proceeding to strip Sterling of Clippers’ ownership; and ‘Shield’ star is charged in fatal shooting of wife. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Nigeria asks UN al Qaeda committee to blacklist Boko Haram

South Africa court sends Oscar Pistorius for 30 days of mental tests

Putin has yet to sign a billion dollar gas deal with China despite political isolation in Ukraine

NBA begins proceeding to strip Don Sterling of Clippers ownership

Shield star is charged with homicide of his wife

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

Daily Newsfeed


Michael Jackson rises from the dead and takes the stage at the 2014 Billboard Awards; The US is filing charges against Chinese officials for allegedly hacking into US companies; House panel to probe AT&T-DirecTV deal; GOP voters back immigration reform; Scientists in Argentina claim they have unearthed the largest dinosaur ever found. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Michael Jackson’s hologram at the 2014 #BBA

Chinese officials facing hacking accusations

AT&T and DirecTV deal sparks concern for public interest groups

GOP voters back immigration reform

Meet Titan-saurus!

Week In Review


Talk Tuesdays: Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye, Medical Doctor and Certified OB/GYN

Weekly Political Report: Boko Haram–A New Threat on The Rise and its Hidden Secrets

ThrowBack Thursdays: The IRS, A New Face to Jim Crow

Weekly Spiritual Digest: The Testament of Mary, The Blessed Virgin (Mother’s Day Tribute)

Networking: Racism in Sports (Prince in The City Show)

Uncategorized: Happy Mother’s Day; The First Lady Speaks on #BringBackOurGirls

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK….

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This week I’m back in the studio w/ UR Business Network to provide you current events, people, and discuss politics on my radio show, “Prince in The City.”

20140518-164243-60163751.jpgAnd as 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 educator, entrepreneur, doctor, lawyer, or politician. On this special segment, I will be interviewing Jeff McCormick–independent candidate running for governor of Massachusetts. I will sit down with him and learn about his candidacy, and why he is qualified to be governor of Massachusetts.

If you have any questions that you would like Mr. McCormick to answer, send them to me via Twitter @princedjc and/or hashtag your questions as “#PrinceinTheCity.”–I will be sure to take them down.

Remember to keep your tweets appropriate!

Prince’s Daily Journal will be providing the following for this week:

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

 

 

Prince In The City Show: Racism in Sports


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Prince Sefa-Boakye, host of the Prince In The City Show, talks about Racism in Sports

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 on this special segment, I talk about the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling and his recent racist remarks towards African Americans.

donald-sterling-e1398707406808Donald Sterling, known today as the ex-NBA owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was banned for life from the NBA over his racist comments towards “black people” in a secretly taped telephone conversation between him and his alleged mistress V Stivianno (which broke out during the weekend on April 25, 2014). On my show I was not only able to play a small clip of the actual telephone conversation, but learn “The Business Side of Sports” with the help of co-host Nathan Roman to comment on the effects in the NBA League.

So instead of talking about politics, I had Nathan and Lauren Culp (executive producer of UR Business Network) share their thoughts on the whole scandal.

Nathan tells me that Donald Sterling will in indeed suffer severe consequences from the NBA League–although he is worth $1.9 billion. Furthermore he says that Sterling will have to be forced out of the league because he has threatened NBA’s biggest sponsor: Budweiser!–and sponsors have already suspended and/or temporarily ended their sponsorships with the LA Clippers.

Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks and creator of Shark Tank, has already expressed a deep concern in expelling Don Sterling from the league–even though he is disgusted with his remarks. He says that punishing him for his personal views puts the NBA League on a “very slippery slippery slope”; he says that “in this country people are allowed to be morons.” However in the end, the NBA League did in fact ban him for life and now the next step is to have Sterling sell his team–and find a possible buyer in the near future.

Lauren, on the other hand, (who was also kind enough to share her thoughts, opinions, and an update on the whole scandal) says that our freedom of speech is no longer safe in the hands of social media. While she is disgusted and appalled that people today can make such hateful speech, she is reluctant to see the power of media–and how fast it can dismantle the First Amendment.

From a political standpoint, I say this

“You do have the right to voice your views. But you also have the option to harbor them too, which is quite scary because you don’t know how many people like Don Sterling are out there (in the U.S) who share these same hateful and hurtful views towards African Americans.”

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

To listen to this show click on the link below,

Prince in The City Show: Racism in Sports (UR Business Network)

If you want to learn more about “The Business Side of Sports” go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com/urbnsports

Daily Newsfeed


Star Wars Episode VII has begun filming; Most approve of panel on Benghazi but suspect political motivation; Here is the one thing you need to understand about net neutrality; and Awarding 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a bad idea says the head of the awarding group. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Star Wars Episode VII has begun filming

Most approve on Benghazi panel but suspect political motive

Here’s the one thing you need to understand about net neutrality

The Head of group says awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was a bad idea

Throwback Thursdays: The IRS, A New Face to Jim Crow


Every Thursday I post a miscellaneous blog/article/post that I’ve written in the past or an interview of an extraordinary individual.

This week’s Throwback Thursday edition: The IRS, A New Face to Jim Crow

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I wrote this political report exactly one year ago today in lieu of the IRS scandal, which the IRS discriminated against multiple tea party groups in their struggle to gain “tax exemption” status. The purpose behind this was to educate my audience on how the same tactics used by the IRS (to discriminate against the Tea Party) also resembled the same tactics used against African Americans in their struggle to gain a crucial right from the U.S. Constitution: The Right To Vote. And how it took 100 years to gain this right, versus 2-4 years to gain “tax exemption” status from the IRS. We may come from different walks of life, but we all experience the same hardships

To read this post, click on the link below

Weekly Political Report: A New Face to Jim Crow–The IRS

Daily Newsfeed


Today is National Chocolate Chip Day; Former Secretary Treasurer Timothy Geithner explains why the government had no choice but to bail out bankers; Thousand of people continue to flee Southern California as wildfire rages on; Up to 21 people have been killed in anti-China riots spreading in Vietnam; and Today is the government’s big net neutrality vote. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!

Timothy Geithner explains why the gov bailed big banks

Wildfire still rages in Southern California

21 people dead in anti-China riots spreading in Vietnam

The government’s net neutrality vote is today

Weekly Political Report: Boko Haram–A New Threat on The Rise and it’s Hidden Secrets


Each week I write a political report that affects YOU and THE WORLD around you.

This week’s Weekly Political Report: Boko Haram–A New Threat on the Rise and It’s Hidden Secrets

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On April 15th, 2014, a Nigerian terrorist group named Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian teenage girls from their school in Chibok. This mass kidnapping galvanized a global outrage and gave rise to a Twitter hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls, which First Lady Michelle Obama and dozens of celebrities have joined in. Boko Haram has offered to release all 200 of the girls in exchange for prisoners in government captivity, but little has developed in regards to negotiating peace talks. Boko Haram still has plans to sell the girls in the market, however, their true motive lies within the leader’s words (Abubakar Shekau), who he said in a recent television release that he wants to establish an Islamist theocracy in Northern Nigeria and beyond. On May 6th, the White House announced that the United States will send a team of military personnel, hostage negotiators, and intelligence experts to assist Nigerian authorities in finding the Nigerian girls, but the question remains, “Can the US #bringbackourgirls?

Boko Haram, whose names translates to “Western Education is A Sin,” has always been under the radar of U.S. counterterrorism operations since 2012. But the problem was (at the time) if Boko Haram should be labeled as a FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization) because of its “very very thin” link to Al-Qaeda–said a former senior administration official–and cloudy goals except for ousting the Nigerian government and establishing an Islamist rule in its place. Johnnie Carson a former assistant secretary of state for Africa mentions today that there is little evidence of links to Al Qaeda.

The largest role in Obama’s foreign policy today is to narrowly define al Qaeda; deemphasize the rise of its new affiliates; and most importantly shift from the “War on Terror” to an inevitable but manageable law-enforcement problem. And so when it came time in 2012 to decide if Boko Haram should be listed as a FTO (an example being a Jan 2012 letter from Lisa Monaco then-head of the Justice Department National Security contending to the State Department that Boko Haram had links to “transnational terrorist groups”)  there was an immediate reluctance because of the common fear of expanding the war against al Qaeda to “other parts of the world,” says one U.S counterterrorism official who was familiar with this type of discussion. The best way to sum up this fear or “reluctance” is this: “Certainly there was a reluctance to make international terrorists out of people who weren’t international terrorist” –U.S official

Another reason was that it would create undue attention for Boko Haram which would possibly attract recruiters and finances from terrorist affiliates around the world. However it would not be until November 2013, that the U.S finally added Boko Haram to the FTO list largely because of Johnnie Carson’s departure and Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration of Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.

So How Does This Affect You?

It affects you because Boko Haram has been and now is on the FTO list. Therefore, resources from everywhere including the United States will be invested in stopping the spread of terrorism in Nigeria and beyond. Like Israel, Nigeria plays a pivotal role in promoting democracy in Africa so it is necessary to establish African militaries to staff peacekeeping missions in Nigeria (to #bringbackourgirls) and suppress militant groups like Boko Haram. Not only that but Nigeria is 5th largest oil exporter to the United States. However, “Can the U.S. #bringbackourgirls?”

There is a strong possibility knowing the strength and capabilities that the US has shown towards its terrorism foes. But since Obama has dispatched a small team to assist the Nigerian government in their attempts to #bringbackourgirls, he has left room to question if the U.S. will in fact negotiate with terrorists? A pressing issue for a lot of hard right-wing Americans. Plus I have learned that the Nigerian government has abused human rights laws in the past which goes against the Leahy Amendment–restricting the US to effectively aid Nigeria because they have abused such laws.

However, in the end, terrorists like Abubakar Shekau will soon feel the full weight of American justice and receive the same fate as Osama Bin Laden.

This report was contributed by various sources of press. To read in-depth, click one of the stories below.

The Boko Haram-Benghazi Link (Politico)

The U.S Justice Department urges terror label for Nigerian militants (Reuters)

Can a Handful of Troops #bringbackourgirls (Politico)

Nigeria ready for Boko Haram talks (The Daily Star)

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