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.

Week in Review


Talk Tuesdays: Douglas Luffborough III, Motivational Speaker & Chief Managing Consultant

Prince in The City: Immigration in America;

Meet The Candidates: Steve Kerrigan, Lt. Governor Candidate 

NetworkingMoney and Politics inside the Supreme Courthouse; Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget for America

Weekly Spiritual Digest: He Has Risen! (Happy Easter!)

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK…

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On Monday, I will not be posting a Motivation Monday post; instead I will take pictures of my excursion around Boston with my Dad. To see my pictures go to my Instagram account: @princesdailyjournal. On Tuesday, I will be back in the studio to talk current events, people and politics. I will be posting my previous talks last week later this week.

424334_569524486242_876616674_nAs part of my Talk Tuesdays segment, which I sit down and talk with an interesting individual, I will be interviewing Suneal Bedi–a MA bar lawyer who received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. I will sit down with him and get the inside scoop behind his experience at Harvard–and also learn what he is doing with his law degree today!

During my interview, I will take a few questions from the Twitterverse for Suneal to answer. So if you have any questions for Suneal, please hashtag (#) your Tweet: “#PrinceinTheCity”, and I will be sure to take them down. Please tweet your questions by Tuesday! Remember to keep your tweets appropriate!

 Prince’s Daily Journal will be providing the following:

Daily Newsfeed (Mon-Fri), Talk Tuesdays, Weekly Political Report, ThrowBack Thursdays, & Weekly Spiritual Digest,

Week in Review


Motivation Monday: Get Back ON Your Feet and Dance Again! (A Tribute to Boston Bombing Survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis

Talk Tuesdays: w/ Steve Kerrigan, Lt. Governor Candidate

ThrowBack Thursdays: The Lord’s Prayer (Boston Marathon Tribute)

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Happy Palm Sunday! The Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled!

Prince in The City Show: Ukraine Crises and President Obama’s Second Term Agenda; Prince in The City (Day 7);

Networking: Run-In w/ Chef Andrew Yeo; When Great Minds Come Together

Uncategorized: #BostonStrong; Rain or Shine, We are #BostonStrong (Paying My Last Respects); It’s that time again Boston!

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK…

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On Monday, April 21 2014, I will be observing Patriot’s Day and will be at the Boston Marathon. As such, I will not be posting a Daily Newsfeed or Motivation Monday. (However, I will be posting pictures of my experience at the Marathon. So follow me on my Instagram account @princesdailyjournal.com)

On the following day, I will be back in the studio w/ UR Business Network, to discuss current events, people, and politics. This week’s topic is Immigration. (I will post last week’s radio talk and interview w/ Steve Kerrigan this week)

0bb8026Also as part of my Talk Tuesdays segment, which I sit down and talk with an interesting individual, I will be interviewing Douglass Luffborough III–Motivational Speaker and CEO of Turning the Hearts. I will talk with him over the phone and learn how he went from homeless to Harvard!

During my interview, I will take a few questions from the Twitterverse for Doug to answer. So if you have any questions for Doug, please hashtag (#) your Tweet: “#PrinceinTheCity”, and I will be sure to take them down. Please tweet your questions by Tuesday! Remember to keep your tweets appropriate!

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For more information on Doug visit his website at www.dougluff.com

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

Daily Newsfeed (Tues-Fri),Talk Tuesdays, & Weekly Spiritual Digest.

Week in Review


Motivation Monday: Don’t Be Normal, Be Extraordinary!

Prince in The City: Prince in The City (Day 6)

Weekly Political Tweet: Senate GOP Blocks Equal Pay Bill for Women

Throwback Thursdays: Operacaffe–When My Website Really Skyrocketed!

Saturday Book Read: w/ Sharine Jones, End of Ch. 4 Shattered Fairy Tales (Last Post of The Series)

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Be Wary of Your Jealousy of Others

Networking: “Meet The Candidates” Leland Cheung Lt. Governor Candidate interview

Cuisine & Dining: Artisan Bistro’s Lunch Special Food Review

Uncategorized: Late Afternoon Lunch; A Classic Breakfast

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK…..

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

860558_100959296758146_1054605898_oAlso, as part of my Talk Tuesdays segment, I will be interviewing Steve Kerrigan–another candidate who is running for Lt. Governor in the state of Massachusetts. I will sit down with him and ask him questions about his candidacy and his personal journey in life.

During my interview, I will take questions from the Twitterverse for Steve to answer. So if you have any questions for Steve, please hashtag (#) your Tweet: “#PrinceinTheCity”, and I will be sure to take them down. Please tweet your questions by Tuesday!

Don’t forget to hashtag (#) your tweets with #malg, #bospoli, or #mapoli too. Remember to keep your tweets appropriate!

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Remember that you can find all of my interviews with these candidates, by going to “Meet The Candidates,” which is found on the header of my website.

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

Daily Newsfeed (Mon-Fri), Motivation Monday!, Talk Tuesdays, NO Weekly Political Tweet or Report, ThrowBack Thursdays, & Weekly Spiritual Digest.

Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones: The End of Chapter of 4, The End of Shattered Fairy Tales


 “Reflections of A Woman’s Indiscretions“

This book is dedicated to my mother Elena, grandmothers Josephine & Evril, & to all the Ladies in my life – Strong women I have seen Prevail no matter the circumstances or challenges.

Previously….

Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine JonesHis voice was deep, loud, and distinct. I heard him ask Faith saying, “Where Sharine at?!”

Lying her ass off, she answered, “I don’t know, but she’s not here.”

Apparently he knew better because he must have walked through the parking lot and saw my car there.

“Don’t lie, Faith! I just want to talk to her,” I heard him say.

Before Faith could answer him, I heard another voice: a man. It was another neighbor and Faith’s long time family friend, Desmond. Evidently, Desmond heard what was going on; he wanted to make sure that everything was good with Faith, considering he didn’t know Slimm.

I heard Desmond ask, “What’s the problem?”

Slimm responded aggressively, “There is no problem!”

“There must be a problem,” Desmond answered with confidence.

I could hear the tension and hostility that were building inside the two men’s voices; I peeked out the window to only see Faith standing between the two of them. Then the inevitable happened, Slimm pulled his gun on Desmond!

~*~

Finding her words, Faith nervously replies: “Slimm, come on! What are you doing?! Put that shit away!”

Desmond was staggered. “It’s not that serious; and I don’t want any problems. I’m just trying to protect where I lay my head,” he said

Faith then hastily used her body as a shield to protect Desmond by standing in front him; she knew Slimm wouldn’t harm her. Desmond then turned around and walked slowly up the stairs– back into his apartment with Faith following behind him. I was relieved to know that Desmond and Faith made it to their rooms safely with no bullet holes to their bodies–more so, I was pleased to see Slimm gone. But, in less than five minutes, Faith’s phone rang and it was him again–this time venting out (on speaker phone) to Faith about what transpired between him and Desmond.

Instead of hearing him apologize for his disrespectful behavior, I heard him say that he was two blocks away (at 49th Street School) waiting for Desmond to meet him there.

Faith dismissed his words saying, “Slimm! No one wants any issues! Just go on home!

He rebuked with a threat,

“That nigga don’t know me! I should come back and blow his head off!”

Faith allowed him to vent his anger–in hopes of him calming down. Finally his rant ended and the conversation was over.

I sat there helplessly for a while thinking on how I got myself into this ordeal. I knew then it would be a difficult task to remove this man from my life, especially since I was going to live with him; I felt stuck between a fence and a brick wall. I knew what needed to be done, but I wasn’t yet brave or ready. To top it off, I put my friend in danger. Slimm was not only intimidating me, but my loved ones too. Faith confided with me later that she shared “the gun incident” with her boyfriend—and he advised that I should stay away from Slimm. He said that it would only be a matter of time before he pointed his gun at me.

The next morning, when I was leaving for work, Blu’s mother was waiting for me; she wanted to tell me that I had to move. She went on to say that she will not allow of what happened the night before to occur again. Although my in-laws were nowhere to be seen that night, they saw and heard everything. I now had a couple of days to pack my things and be gone. But, I mean, could I blame her? Hell no! Slimm put innocent people in danger–and for no reason at all! I wasn’t going to argue with her about it. The apartment building was her property and what he did was unacceptable. I told her that I understood and went off to work.

I was so angry! I couldn’t hold back my tears. He was making everything in my life harder than it needed to be. And what was he doing for me? Besides stressing me out! Slowly, I was getting tired of him and his ignorant behavior. On my way to work, I called him to ask about the status of my apartment. Also, I wanted him to be aware that I had a couple of days to move, thanks to his reckless behavior.

When he responded, his voice was so calm and warm—the complete opposite from the night before.

“I’ll find out for you and I’ll let you know,” he said.

He did not respond to what I told him in regards to his reckless behavior. Nor did he take responsibility for the incident. Once again, he swept it under the rug and I ultimately left it there.

Reflecting back, I can’t believe how I thought my life with him would be a fairy tale. It might have started out that way, but it was turning into a horror story. There was nothing enchanting or magical about our relationship. I was unhappily aware that my Prince Charming was a fraud; I just didn’t want to accept it.

THIS IS THE END OF SATURDAY BOOK READ W/ SHARINE JONES. THANK YOU ALL FOR READING AND SHARING HER STORIES WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

EVEN THOUGH SHARINE AND PRINCE ARE SADDENED BY THIS DECISION, THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC OF THE INTENSIVE WORK THAT THEY WILL BE INPUTTING IN TO MAKE  “REFLECTIONS OF A WOMAN’S INDISCRETIONS”  A PRINTED NOVEL! IN THE MEANTIME PLEASE REVISIT SHARINE’S PREVIOUS STORIES AND SHARE THEM WITH FRIENDS FAMILY.

WE ARE PLANNING TO PUBLISH THIS BOOK BEFORE THE END OF 2014!
ALL RIGHTS ARE RESERVED TO SHARINE JONES

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Weekly Political Tweet: Senate GOP blocks Equal Pay Bill for Women


On occasions that I don’t compose Weekly Political Reports, I instead write a tweet of my political opinion in less than 140 characters!

This week’s political tweet: Senate GOP blocks Equal Pay Bill

What Happened and What Will Happen?

Proponents of this bill did not get 60 votes to have it on the Senate floor for debate. When this happens there is no open debate and the bill does not get voted on. It will be put back on the agenda again later in the year. This is a common tactic used to delay a bill from becoming law.

What Politicians are Saying About This?

 “This isn’t over. Equal pay for equal work is going to remain center stage in this year’s agenda and we are not going to let the Republicans who blocked this bill off the hook. That could absolutely mean another vote later in the year” — Democrat Sen. Patty Walsh (Wash), Highest Ranking Woman on the Senate

“We see this for what it is and it’s just another attempt by Democrats to distract from what is a very bad record when it comes to helping women in the economy. That’s what this is all about, them trying to get a headline”– Republican Sen. John Thune (South Dakota)

“Today’s vote is to begin debate on the bill. Are they so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working women, they’ll obstruct equal pay for equal work? I’m at a loss as to why anyone would decline to debate this important issue.” –Democrat Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (Nevada)

“There are two other law that already cover this issue in addition to Lilly Ledbetter. I believe those laws should be enforced. And obviously I think it’s self-evident that I’m for women receiving equal pay. In fact, I’d like them to be paid more” Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire)

What do I say about this?

This is one of the few dirty tactics that Republicans use to stop progressive change in America. Instead of having a fair debate, which each side can have the power to persuade their fellow members of Congress to vote or not vote on a bill, Republicans will block a bill in order to prevent it from being debated or voted on–especially if it is inside a Democratic controlled Senate.

My question to Senate Republicans is this: “Does equal pay for women really hurt the economy?”

To follow this story, and myself on Twitter, click on my tweet above.

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Motivation MondaySpark Learning Through Curiosity [Here are Three Rules on How!]

Prince in The City: SCOTUS and Birth Control; My Talk on Paul Ryan’s Budget

Weekly Political TweetSCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Individual Campaign Donations

Saturday Book Readw/ Sharine Jones Shattered Fairy Tales Part 3

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Speak No Evil and Don’t Judge 

NetworkingPublic Service Announcement: Interview w/ Lt Governor Candidate Jonathan Edwards has been cancelled; and he will be suspending his campaign indefinitely

UncategorizedHow to Manage Your Email Newsletters

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK…

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I’m back in the studio w/ UR Business Network to discuss current events and politics on my radio show, “Prince in The City.” This week I will discuss the latest Supreme Court decision on striking down limits on money contributions in political campaign races. If you like to say something on this subject or would like to ask a question for me to answer, hashtag (#) your responses as “#princeinthecity.”

Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones

Also this week, Prince’s Daily Journal will be posting its last Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones this coming Saturday. Prince and Sharine are teaming together to make “Reflections of a Woman’s Indiscretions” into a printed book!

Sharine Jones, Upcoming Author

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, Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones, & Weekly Spiritual Digest.

 

Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones: Shattered Fairy Tales Part 4


“Reflections of A Woman’s Indiscretions“

This book is dedicated to my mother Elena, grandmothers Josephine & Evril, & to all the Ladies in my life – Strong women I have seen Prevail no matter the circumstances or challenges.

Previously….

Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones

After I got my butt whooped, I was more humiliated than ever. I sat in my car, welted and bruised up, asking myself why I would let him continue to hurt me. I was confused–emotionally and mentally. I knew I didn’t deserve his abuses, so “why did I take it?!” The bullshit in a dysfunctional relationship like this one can be detrimental to a woman’s health and well-being. Again, “Love” has the power to flourish with beauty or burn one’s house to the ground.

No, I didn’t deserve the abuse; I was a good girlfriend. My problem was belittling myself for allowing him to continue to shame and disrespect me. It was crazy too! One minute I’d be fierce thinking I can do bad all by myself; I don’t need this or him! Then the next minute I will be feeble and weak. But my thoughts of strength that day (when he spanked me), were like many days: short-lived. Because the next thing I knew, I totally agreed to meet him later at his aunt’s house, where he will be temporarily staying; because he was at odds with his grandmother.

As soon as he called, I went running. I knew it was wrong, but I went anyway. And when he saw me that night, he apologized. He babied me, rubbed my feet, and loved me the way he use to; I forgave him for everything. It was as if I was under his spell. I was in a trance and I couldn’t break it.

~*~

Summer was in full effect; the kids were out of school and now in day camp.Not only was I busy with my son Jordan’s basketball and baseball season, but I was still looking for an apartment. On one Saturday afternoon, when my kids and I were leaving Jordan’s baseball game, Slimm chirped me:  “Baby, I found you a spot.

His family owned a building where the apartment was located; he was helping to clean the vacant apartment and asked if it was available. Surprisingly, it was! And it could be ready in the next two weeks! I didn’t believe him at first, so I had to see it for myself. Nothing came easy for me, so it was a shock for me when he did chirp with the good news. Once I saw the apartment I was more than ready to move in. My current living arrangements were finally coming to an end. I appreciated the hospitality that Faith and her mother provided, but I missed having my own home which I could share it with my kids. It had only been six months, but it felt like years had flown by.

The apartment was charming; it had one bedroom, one bath, and a loft area, which I was going to hook up for the kids [because I’m creative like that!]. However, the kitchen was my favorite room. It was perfect! It had a panel of windows that showed the beauty of Los Angeles. Another plus was that Blu’s apartment was down the hill from my kids’ school which was about five minutes away – it was ideal! What wasn’t ideal was that I was moving into the housing property of Slimm’s people. And I also made a conscious decision to move-in with me and my kids.

Stupid, I know! Reflecting back, I think I must’ve been out of my mind because this was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. The reality was we were both in similar situations; he was sleeping on his aunt’s sofa and I needed an apartment. The agreement was we would split the rent and the cost of utilities. To this day, I don’t know why I didn’t think critically about this situation. Deep in my heart I knew it was the wrong thing to do for obvious reasons: first was the fact that I was still legally married to another man; second, my kids weren’t exactly receptive to Slimm although they were polite and respectful; and third, our relationship was a wreck. Why I thought it would be different, once we did move-in together, was beyond my comprehension. Secretly within my own heart, I thought he would change; and I also hoped for the best. I believed we could make it if we tried. I also thought he would appreciate the family life and alter his behavior for the better. I’m mad at myself for being so foolish and selfish–allowing him to live under the same roof with my kids after we spent six months apart in separate homes. I was a fool for thinking with my own heart instead of my head. In this case I deserved an ass whoopin’.

The apartment wouldn’t be ready for us to move-in for another two weeks, due to repairs and upgrades. Within that timeframe I informed everybody, who was important in my life, about my plans to move in with Slimm. And I was not surprised by the overwhelming number of negative responses from my action.

Blu was against the idea, but what could he do? I was not a good listener; I was stubborn and I always knew what was best for me. No wonder my life was always so challenging. My sister and girlfriends loved that I found an apartment, but they weren’t feeling my living arrangements–specifically Slimm as my roommate. They knew the business –Slimm and I were always arguing and fighting – but they also knew that I was going to do what I wanted despite their objections. So they didn’t bother to try to talk me out of it. My cousin Shannon was the one who was like, “You crazy, cuz!” Her words, from that day forward, stuck with me. But I disregarded it–pretending not to care.

One week prior to my move, Slimm did some ignorant shit: “He was on one” (angry) because I was late meeting him at someplace. For one I was busy helping my kids with their homework, which I was at the library for two hours, and I was tired from being at work all day. So I was not in the mood for his tantrum. After my kids were taken care of, I then headed straight to Faith’s house to call it a night. But, all the while, he was blowing up my phone–which I kept ignoring of course.

I finally made it to the Faith’s place, which I pulled my car into the back parking lot and walked inside. Tamela, Faith’s mom, was home and Faith was upstairs at her neighbor’s apartment. So I went upstairs to join her; so I could fill her in about the latest drama in my life.

Immediately I told Faith, “If Slimm calls, tell him I’m not here!

She understood my drama, and agreed to saying, “Girl, don’t worry. I’ll let him know.

Surprisingly, Slimm didn’t call me at all. But what surprised me even more was his unexpected visit to Blu’s family’s housing property–like he just popped up out of nowhere. I was frightened by his bold choice–“Why would he come here?!” He’s never been as audacious to step foot on the Eastside of LA, especially where Blu’s family lived. To make matters worse he had balls to approach Faith’s front door–banging on it like he was the police. Let me just say that if Tamela had to answer her door, she would’ve roasted his ass–and that’s just putting it mildly. Knowing what Faith’s mother was capable of, she quickly ran down the stairs in an attempt to make him leave. While Faith was confronting the Big Bad Wolf downstairs, I hid inside a bedroom. Even though I was upstairs, I could still hear their conversation–especially Slimm’s mouth.

His voice was deep, loud, and distinct. I heard him ask Faith saying, “Where Sharine at?!

Lying her ass off, she answered, “I don’t know, but she’s not here.

Apparently he knew better because he must have walked through the parking lot and saw my car there.

Don’t lie, Faith! I just want to talk to her,” I heard him say.

Before Faith could answer him, I heard another voice: a man. It was another neighbor and Faith’s long time family friend, Desmond. Evidently, Desmond heard what was going on; he wanted to make sure that everything was good with Faith, considering he didn’t know Slimm.

I heard Desmond ask, “What’s the problem?

Slimm responded aggressively, “There is no problem!

There must be a problem,” Desmond answered with confidence.

I could hear the tension and hostility that were building inside the two men’s voices; I peeked out the window to only see Faith standing between the two of them. Then the inevitable happened, Slimm pulled his gun on Desmond!

STAY TUNED NEXT WEEK TO READ THE NEXT THRILLING CHAPTER OF SHARINE’S UPCOMING AUTOBIOGRAPHY, “REFLECTIONS OF A WOMAN’S INDISCRETIONS”

ALL RIGHTS ARE RESERVED TO SHARINE JONES. 

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Weekly Political Tweet: SCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Individual Campaign Contributions and Has Given Rise to Bureaucracy


Each week I write a political tweet that affects YOU and the WORLD AROUND YOU.

This week’s Weekly Political Tweet: SCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Individual Campaign Contributions, and Has Given Rise to Bureaucracy.

 

“The Supreme Court ruled in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission Wednesday, striking down overall limits on campaign contributions.

The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates.

But their decision does not undermine limits on individual contributions to candidates for president or Congress, now $2,600 an election.”  (Huffington Post)

The ruling could have an impact on the 2014 midterm elections, as donors can now give up to $5,200 to as many candidates as they wish. (Politico)

What Do The Justices Say?

Chief Justice John Roberts who announced the decision, says the aggregate limits do not act to prevent corruption, the rationale the court has upheld as justifying contribution limits:

The overall limits “intrude without justification on a citizen’s ability to exercise `the most fundamental First Amendment activities,'”  quoting from the court’s seminal 1976 campaign finance ruling in Buckley v. Valeo.

Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas wrote separately to say that he would have gone further and wiped away all contribution limits.

Justice Stephen Breyer, writing on behalf of the liberal dissenters, took the unusual step of reading a summary of his opinion from the bench.

“Congress enacted the limits in the wake of Watergate-era abuses to discourage big contributors from trying to buy votes with their donations and to restore public confidence in the campaign finance system.”

What Do Politicians Say?

GOP and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell argues that relaxed campaign finance rules have reduced influence of political parties. (Huffington Post)

Republican House Speaker John Boehner praises the Supreme Court and says

“Freedom of speech is being upheld.”

“You all have the freedom to write what you want to write, donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give” He told reporters after a meeting of House Republicans Wednesday morning.

What Do I Say About This?

It’s a sad day for Democracy. “Speech” has now been taken out of context to “Unveil the Mask of Realpolitik.” Since when has the colors, of our cherished belief (“Freedom of Speech”), been reduced to the color “Green?”

If we are not going to have fair regulations in political campaign races, then we might as well as do away with all referees and security personnel in all sports games. Let’s allow sports owners the FREEDOM to bribe referees and corrupt the sports that we all love and adore.

To follow this story and myself on Twitter, click on my tweet above.

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION. FOR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE DIRECT THEM TO MY “CONTACT ME” PAGE.

Week in Review


Prince in The City: Prince in The City (Day 4);

Talk Tuesdays:w/ Lt. Governor Candidate, Leland CheungPrince’s Twitter Qs & As.

Weekly Political Tweet: An All-Male SCOTUS Vote on Birth Control!

Saturday Book Read: w/ Sharine Jones Ch. 4 Shattered Fairy Tales Part 2

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Jesus and the Prince of Demons

Meet The Candidates: James Arena-DeRosa, Lt. Governor Candidate

Networking: Prince in the City’s Twitter Questions Answered!

Cuisine & Dining: Artisan Bistro Lunch Special Preview

Uncategorized: Starting a Monday Morning the Right Way!; Morning Breakfast Before My Show!; Prince on The Air

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK…..

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I’m back in the studio w/ UR Business Network to discuss current events and politics on my radio show, “Prince in The City.” I will post my talk with Leland Cheung later this week.

1560694_444150509019857_37783638_nAlso, as part of my Talk Tuesdays segment, I will be interviewing Jonathan Edwards–another candidate who is running for Lt. Governor in the state of Massachusetts. I will sit down with him and ask him questions about his candidacy and his personal journey in life.

During my interview, I will take questions from the Twitterverse for Jonathan to answer. So if you have any questions for Leland, please hashtag (#) your Tweet: “#PrinceinTheCity”, and I will be sure to take them down. Please tweet your questions by Tuesday!

Don’t forget to hashtag (#) your tweets with #malg, #bospoli, or #mapoli too. Remember to keep your tweets appropriate!

Remember that you can find all of my interviews with these candidates, under “Meet The Candidates,” which is found on the header of my website.

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

Motivation Monday!, Talk Tuesdays, Weekly Political Tweet or Report, ThrowBack Thursdays, Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones, & Weekly Spiritual Digest.

Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones: Shattered Fairy Tales Part 3


Reflections of A Woman’s Indiscretions

This book is dedicated to my mother Elena, grandmothers Josephine & Evril, & to all the Ladies in my life – Strong women I have seen Prevail no matter the circumstances or challenges.

Previously…

Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine JonesWithout any forethought or hesitation, I took my heel off and hurled it at him. He grabbed me and wrestled me onto the bed–putting his hand over my mouth to muffle my screams. I kicked him and he threw me off of the bed and onto the floor. That’s when I knew I had enough.I didn’t come all the way to Las Vegas to fight, or worse, go to jail. I separated myself away from him, and went into the bathroom to shower. I returned to find him passed out on the sofa.

The sun rose a few hours later and it was as if nothing ever happened. He woke up in a loving mood asking what I wanted to do for the day. I didn’t say a word about the night before; I let it go–I didn’t want another unnecessary argument. That last day was drama-free; we enjoyed a gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel. The day continued with more pictures, more cocktails, and more denial of our dysfunctional relationship.

~*~

The following Sunday was one of the most memorable and worst experiences I had with Slimm. This episode hurt a bit more than the ones prior because I became all to aware of my desperation for his love, which disturbed me. I was falling deeper into the pit. But it didn’t stop me from wanting to be with him.

Remember, prior to the demand of digital and cell phone cameras, when film had to be developed the old fashioned way? Well this brings me to the day I picked up my developed pictures from our trip to Las Vegas. I couldn’t wait to share those photos with Slimm! It was the following Sunday after our getaway and everything up until this point was perfect until, that is, I called him.

He was mean and short-tempered, acting like he had no time to spare for me.

       “Yeah, what’s up?” He answered sounding in a preoccupied tone.

       “Hey baby, I want to show you the pictures from Vegas! Where you at?” I replied

        “I’m busy right now. I’ll holla at you later.”

I didn’t say a word or push the issue because clearly it wasn’t going to get me anywhere. I remained silent as I sat in my car thinking how stupid I was. I knew that I didn’t have to put up with his mood swings and physical mistreatment, but I wasn’t strong enough or ready to fallback. Instead I’d fall deeper for him–I was a sucker for love.

After blowing me off, he chirped (called me) a little while later agreeing that he would meet me on Sanchez Drive which is up in the Hills. I knew, based on our conversation, that he was moody and irritable–but I just didn’t know why.

It couldn’t have been me since I haven’t seen him all day! Why would he even agree to meet me if he didn’t really want to see me? These were few of the thoughts that ran through my mind, including why was I subjecting myself to such bullshit? Even after I realized that he was in a funk, which he didn’t want me around, I still forced myself to be there and begged him to talk to me. I should’ve known when to leave certain situations alone–forcing myself on him would only worsen my circumstances.

Looking back I recognized how desperate I was to keep him around. Slimm would be a jerk for no reason at all, and I would beg him to tell me what I did to deserve his wrath. He provided no answers, but only threats of departure. And so, I foolishly and frequently begged him to stay in my life. At the time, I didn’t consider my value. It’s a sad thing when a woman doesn’t recognize her self-worth. Our relationship was out of control, but I was extremely needy and scared of being alone; he knew it and played on it. No wonder he felt that he could do as he please–-he knew I wasn’t going anywhere. It’s crazy how a girl’s confidence and self-esteem can shatter, based on another person’s love and approval. I was not a naïve teenager in love; I was a grown woman who allowed this man to do whatever he wanted with me– whether it be glorious or tragic.

He sat there silently glancing from one picture to the next. It was obvious that there was a lack of emotion. He didn’t say anything; it was weird. He was straight faced the entire time with a hint of evil in his eyes. Then his phone rang. He was secretive, sort of talking in a code that I was oblivious to; he was being so private that my curiosity peaked. I was itching to know who was on the other end of the phone.

With an attitude I said, “Who was that?

That’s all it took for his anger to go from 1 to 10 in two seconds flat. In so many words, he basically told me it was his business–and none of mine. The nerve of him! He didn’t even want my children’s father calling me, but he could talk to whomever, whenever, and do whatever pleases him. It was annoying and more frustrating for me. But again, I didn’t want to lose him, and so I put up with all of the extras.

My question to him created a scene that I will never forget as long as I live. He became so angry that I don’t even remember the words that were coming from his mouth. But what I do remember was the foul language and spit that was flying everywhere. That was the sign for me to bust a move–and I didn’t hesitate. With the quickness, I opened the passenger door and made a dash for my car which was parked across the street. I dashed fast–so fast that my shoe came off. But when I turned back to retrieve it, I was a second too late–he beat me to it.

He grabbed me, picked up my shoe and instantaneously began spanking me with it. I screamed, begging him to stop, but he wouldn’t listen; I was reduced to a child. I felt each and every slap and smack on my ass, thighs, and legs. I felt like a little girl receiving a beating from her father–but even little girls don’t get their little behinds beat like that.

It was senseless drama in broad daylight–in the middle of the street no less! I tried to pull away from his grip, but that only made his grip tighter and my beating longer–but I continued to fight. As I fought to escape his clutches, a family in a Lexus truck approached us and stopped his car.

The driver, who was a middle-aged man, lowered his window and told Slimm: “Aye man; back off! That’s a little lady you got there.

        “You better get the fuck outta here before I fuck you up!” Slimm responded.

Without any hesitation, the driver drove off–leaving me there to feel the wrath of Slimm.
Slimm was 6’6 and he carried himself like a thug; he was always strapped (armed). He knew how to intimidate people which was a fact. But “on low key”, I was attracted to it initially. A feared man was a turn on, but I didn’t expect myself to be feared by him too. However, this wasn’t the first time that I saw him use intimidation to scare people away.

On one particular night, Slimm and I were driving home from LAX when a SUV pulled up on the side of us. Everything was calm.  The streets were ghost (empty) and I didn’t know what sparked the confrontation between Slimm and the driver in the SUV–but they exchanged words; talking shit to each other. But their heated exchange of words wasn’t enough for Slimm and so he took it to a step further: he pulled out his gun, holding and extending it with his right hand, and pointed it at the guy’s face! That dude did not pause to bust a right turn onto Century Blvd, when he saw the barrel of Slimm’s gun. I remembered sitting there, stuck on stupid, asking myself as to what just happened. I thought to myself: “What if that dude pulled out his gun and used it on us?” That’s when I became conscious of his enjoyment of instilling fear in people; there was definitely a pattern to Slimm’s behavior. In that moment I just sat in the passenger seat thanking God that it hadn’t turned that serious.

After I got my butt whooped, I was more humiliated than ever. I sat in my car, welted and bruised up, asking myself why I would let him continue to hurt me. I was confused–emotionally and mentally. I knew I didn’t deserve his abuses, so “why did I take it?!” The bullshit in a dysfunctional relationship like this one can be detrimental to a woman’s health and well-being. Again, “Love” has the power to flourish with beauty or burn one’s house to the ground.

No, I didn’t deserve the abuse; I was a good girlfriend. My problem was belittling myself for allowing him to continue to shame and disrespect me. It was crazy too! One minute I’d be fierce thinking I can do bad all by myself; I don’t need this or him! Then the next minute I will be feeble and weak. But my thoughts of strength that day (when he spanked me), were like many days: short-lived. Because the next thing I knew, I totally agreed to meet him later at his aunt’s house, where he will be temporarily staying; because he was at odds with his grandmother.

As soon as he called, I went running. I knew it was wrong, but I went anyway. And when he saw me that night, he apologized. He babied me, rubbed my feet, and loved me the way he use to; I forgave him for everything. It was as if I was under his spell. I was in a trance and I couldn’t break it.

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