Prince in The City: Boko Haram and The #BringBackOurGirls Scandal


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Prince Talks About Boko Haram and #BringBackOurGirls Scandal on Prince in the City Show

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 show, I talk about the emergence of a new Foreign Terrorist Organization Boko Haram and investigate if the U.S. can really #BringBackOurGirls?

But before I commented on this important international issue, I first introduced my person of the week who has changed the lives of thousands through her hand-written letters of love: Hannah Brencher.

61975945f445f27ab8d8f9da10f227dc0d36ce51_1600x1200Every Monday, I post a TED talk video (or a YouTube video) of an awesome and inspiring individual who has triumphed over obstacles and/or has something meaningful to say through their words or actions. And I have selected Hannah because of how she turned tragedy into pure comedy by writing love letters to complete strangers.

In her TED talk she tells the tale of her own life story; how in college she would always write hand-written letters to her mother. However, when she made the move to New York City, right after college, she then experienced her first downpour of depression. But instead of standing in the rain, she did the unorthodox: she wrote and hid letters throughout New York City, and took love letter requests from the World Wide Web! And what started out as self-therapy turned into a public cry for action!

One of the greatest takeaways from her TED talk video (and is still 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” did for this man in words. When I saw this it reminded me of my interviews with the people that I have featured on my website–and how they all changed my life for the better.

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.

For more information on her work go to www.moreloveletters.com.

Now to comment on the #BringBackOurGirls scandal and the emergence of a new Foreign Terrorist Organization: Boko Haram.

MichelleObamaBringBackOurGirlsOn April 15th, 2014, a Nigerian terrorist group called 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. It has also encouraged President Barack Obama to dispatch a team of military personnel, hostage negotiators, and intelligence experts to assist Nigerian authorities to #BringBackOurGirls. However, what make this scandal so interesting is the fact that Boko Haram has always been under the radar of the U.S. (since 2012) but were never considered a serious “terrorist” organization, until November 2013, because of its weak links to Al Qaeda.

In this talk, I do not only bring up implications (“US negotiating with terrorists”) and interesting facts (“Nigeria is the 5th largest oil exporter to the US”) but a declaration that the U.S. can #BringBackOurGirls and that all terrorists (whether it be in Boston, the Middle East, or Africa) do always feel the weight of American Justice.

To listen to this talk, click on the link below

Prince in The City Show: Boko Haram and The #BringBackOurGirls Scandal

You can read more on this story by clicking on Weekly Political Report: “Boko Haram–A New Threat on The Rise and It’s Hidden Secrets”

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

Daily Newsfeed


Today marks the 50th Anniversary of President JFK’s assassination; Harry Reid invokes the “Nuclear Option,” changing the Senate forever; House Speaker John Boehner is officially enrolled in Obamacare; Studies show that unemployment makes men age faster; and The DC government owns a strip club. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Remembering JFK after 50 yrs

Sen. Harry Reid changes the Senate forever

House Speaker is officially enrolled in Obamacare

Unemployment makes men age faster, studies show

DC Gov owns a strip club

Daily Newsfeed


US & UK made a secret deal to allow NSA collect personal data of Britons; The horrible beginnings of the NSA spy avalanche; Senators are planning to use defense bill to force NSA to disclose more of its surveillance program; Time Magazine shows President JFK’s most iconic moments; and A condom contest produces 812 ideas for improvement. All this and more, please follow the links below.

US, UK struck deal to allow NSA collect personal data of Britons

The beginning of the NSA spy avalanche

Senators pushing Defense bill to force NSA to disclose more

JFK Remembered after 50 yrs–his most iconic moments

Condom Contest produces 812 ideas for improvement

Motivation Mondays: Treat Every Misfortune As A Gift


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: Treat Every Misfortune As A Gift

In this 3 minute TED talk video, we see brand strategist and brain tumor survivor, Stacy Kramer, give a most touching talk of an unlikely gift that changed her life forever. Stacy does not only do a brilliant job in drawing the audience into her story, but questioning their own motives in life.

When I watched the first few minutes of Stacy’s TED talk, I was emotionally drawn into her story; I really wanted to know what was inside that box. What she described to me, and to everyone, was everything that I ever wanted from life–especially eight weeks of doing absolutely nothing. However, it would not be until she opened the box that I (including everyone else) had to take a step back and question my own motives in life–maybe the misfortunes that exists in our own lives are actually gifts in disguise.

“The next time you’re faced with something that’s unexpected, unwanted and uncertain, consider that it just may be a gift.” –Stacy Kramer

So this week, treat every misfortune as a gift no matter how big or small. Stacy’s gift truly altered her life forever; she obtained everything that most people dream for a lifetime. Although I may not want Stacy’s gift in the size of a golf ball, but I do want what comes with it: adoration and rest.

If you wish to follow Stacy Kramer and her TED Talks go to: http://www.ted.com/speakers/stacey_kramer.html

You can also follow Stacy’s branding company, BrandPlay, at http://www.brandplay.com/

If you are curious of what is a hemangioblastoma? go to http://nyp.org/health/hemangioblastomas.html

or go to wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemangioblastoma

Daily Newsfeed


Facebook received thousands of user data requests from EU governments this year; Healthcare.gov is unlikely to work fully by end of November; Philippine President puts typhoon death toll at 2,000 to 2,5000; Edward Snowden is almost broke; and Switzerland wants to pay people for being alive. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Facebook received thousands of user data request from EU governments

Healthcare.gov unlikely to be fixed by end of Nov

Philippines death toll at 2,000 to 2,500

Edward Snowden is almost broke

Switzerland’s proposal to pay people for being alive

 

Daily Newsfeed


Southern Accents has been voted as the most attractive; US Marines are bringing aid to Philippine shores; The Bruins defeat the Lightning; What does the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal teaches us about masculinity in America?; and Could one word unite the world? All this and more, please follow the links below.

Southern accents voted as the most attractive

US marines bringing aid to the Philippines

Bruins defeat Lightening, 3-0

Miami Dolphins bullying scandal

Time Magazine: Could one word unite the world?

Motivation Monday: Evolve the Art of Storytelling


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: Evolve the Art of Storytelling

In this 3 minute TED talk video, we see iPad storyteller and entrepreneur, Joe Sabia, give an inspirational talk on the history of storytelling; and how technology was able to advance it thanks to German author, Lothar Megendoffer. Sabia does not only do a phenomenal job of storytelling (detailing each part of his story with powerful visuals), but an excellent job in conveying his point across.

“The art of storytelling has remained unchanged. And for the most part the stories are recycled. But the way humans tell the stories has evolved with pure, and consistent novelty.”

–Joe Sabia

Stories are what keeps the world spinning. And I am so fortunate that I am able to use my writing, and my website, as a platform to share people’s stories across the world via the web. 

*I invite all of you to check out my “Interesting People” section and read the amazing stories that I have amassed since I first produced my website to the world! 

Thank you Megendoffer for giving me, and the world, the Megendofferitis: to make our stories come to life. If you hadn’t said “Genug ist Genug,” then our stories would have never reached the medium to where it is today.

So this week, evolve the art of storytelling–and catch the Megendofferitis. Instead of sharing your story face to face, grab a phone and video stream your story online and make your story come to life. Utilize social media to make your story (and/or your product’s story) come to life!

To follow Joe Sabia and his TED talks, go to: http://www.ted.com/speakers/joe_sabia.html   

You can also follow Joe on his personal website at http://www.joesabia.co/ or on Twitter (@joesabia)

Motivation Monday: Utilize the Project of Philosophy


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: Utilize the Project of Philosophy.

In this 3 minute TED talk video, we see philosophy professor and tech entrepreneur, Damon Horowitz, give an amazing talk of an encounter, which he experienced at San Quentin State Prison, while teaching philosophy to a class of inmates; one inmate in particular named Tony. And through his encounter, not only did Horowitz reveal a forgotten art to the world, but create a life changing moment that inspired one inmate to think critically about what is right and wrong.

What I love most about Horowitz’s TED talk was not only his ability to storytell [which he did a magnificent job], but his ability to illustrate, to the world, of how important philosophy is; and how it can positively change the life of one person (including one prison inmate), if they utilize it effectively: to free your mind; to allow your mind to wander; and think critically.

What is right or wrong? And who are we or they to define them? It is very likely that the act, in which Tony associated himself, was wrong, however, it was those types of questions that allowed him to truly apply the project of philosophy–to question; to research; and apply educated principles of what we already know. And in return, it ultimately made him a more knowledgeable and respected individual. He was no longer a “convict” which society has branded him as; he was now a free thinker–a philosopher. [Remember that Martin Luther King Jr was branded as a “criminal” for committing a crime against the State. But he too utilized the project of philosophy and composed a literary piece of what will be later known as “The Letters from Birmingham Jail.”]  

“We are here for knowledge. Our enemy is thoughtlessness. This is Philosophy.” -Damon Horowitz

The project of philosophy is not just for philosophers (or scholars) but for everyone; and anyone who feels negatively “branded” by society. After watching this TED talk, not only do I have more respect for philosophy, but I have concluded that Education and Knowledge are one of main tenets towards peace in the world. To see an inmate seek knowledge, instead of hate, makes me realize of how important education really is.

We must all invest in an education and support it at every level, including prisons.

So this week utilize the project of philosophy. Question the status quo in your work; your office; your business; etc. and seek knowledge. Don’t be bombarded by false advertisements that tells you what is or what is not true; instead apply the project of philosophy. So in the words of Tony and Damon Horowitz,

“Let’s Do This!”

To follow Damon Horowitz and his TED talks, go to http://www.ted.com/speakers/damon_horowitz.html

You can also check out San Quentin’s Prison University Project (where Damon taught Philosophy) at http://www.prisonuniversityproject.org/

Motivation Monday: Learn from 404 pages; Don’t Ignore Them


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: Learn from 404 pages; Don’t Ignore Them

In this 4 min TED talk video, we see media strategist, Reeny Gleeson, talk on the most common and annoying incidence that has ever befallen on Internet users everywhere: the dreaded 404 page. Not only does Gleeson educate us on “what is a 404 page,” but teaches us how 404s can actually be beneficial in our own lives.

404 pages, as Gleeson tell us, is another way of saying, “that you fell through the cracks“; you made a mistake. Rather than having a beautiful picture that rewards us for finding the right page, we instead receive an ugly page for the mistake that we made. However, instead of ignoring 404 pages, Gleeson and his group of start ups turned it into an opportunity: to create interactive 404 pages. Not only was his team able to create fun and interactive 404 pages, which then turned into a contest for $404, but they learned a valuable lesson:

“Those little things, done right, actually matter. And that well-designed moments can build brands” –Renny Gleeson

To me, 404 pages are like the mistakes that we have in our lives; they teach us what we should do and not do. But if we choose to ignore our mistakes, or 404 pages, then we will never find innovative ways to succeed and create something spectacular. Remember that the light bulb was invented by a mistake (and plenty of them).

So this week don’t treat mistakes like 404 pages. Be innovative and creative; that’s how we learn from our mistakes.

If you wish to follow Reeny Gleeson and his TED Talks go to: http://www.ted.com/speakers/renny_gleeson.html

You can also follow him at http://www.rennygleeson.com/and http://www.wk.com/#/

Don’t Forget to RATE PRINCE AS “VERY” GQ at www.gq.com

Testimonial from Drew Dudley, CEO of Nuance Leadership


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Drew Dudley was kind enough to write me a testimonial for my previous work:

“It takes about 60 seconds of speaking with Prince to realize that he is passionate about making the world a better place.  His excitement is infectious, but what I really enjoyed about working with Prince is the fact that he asks great questions.

It took me a long time to realize that the best way to become better isn’t to passively hope that you stumble into knowledge and insight – you have to challenge people with great questions. In doing so, you often help people better understand the things they always assumed they already knew.

Prince’s questions helped me do that, which is why I loved speaking with him.”

-Drew Dudley, Founder & Chief Catalyst, Nuance Leadership Inc.

Thank you Drew for sharing with us your personal experiences and I really do hope that I get the opportunity to meet you face-to-face one day.

–Prince

His Testimonial Page will be located under “About Me” with my other testimonials. To read (and read my personal testimonial of him as well as links to follow) please click on the link below:

Testimonial: Founder and Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership, Drew Dudley

Motivation Mondays: Try Something New (For 30 Days)


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

This week’s words of motivation is: Try Something New (For 30 Days!)

In this 3 minute TED talk video we see Google Engineer and Webmaster, Matt Cutts, give a most interesting talk on how “Trying Something New For 30 Days” can help you achieve all of the things that you have ever wanted in your life. Crazy, right? But, apparently not so.

And so, Matt Cutts did not only prove to his audience that he wasn’t crazy (such as biking to work everyday or completing a novel in 30 days), but has discovered that making the smallest changes in our habits can be the most rewarding when it comes to sustainability or consistency, which Cutts says, “It’s more likely to stick.”

We all have a childhood dream, no matter how old you are; that dream will always stick in your mind. But what often kills that dream is doing the opposite of what Cutts and Morgan Spurlock did: not trying it [furthermore not setting it for a fixed amount of time to do it like 30 days]. Although I can not tell you on what I want to do for the next 30 days (because I have been told by Derek Sivers not to), but this TED talk has really motivated me and everyone else to really take control of the time that we have and start setting goals for each month; and practically doing them.

 “The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?” –Matt Cutts

So whenever you see someone doing what you have been always wanting to do, don’t be envious of that person. If a senior citizen can complete everything on his or her bucket list within 30 days or less, why can’t you? Why not try it for 30 days? And don’t wait till the last minute of your life to do it. Not only will you enjoy it, but you will gain new confidence in yourself.

If you wish to follow Matt Cutts and his TED Talks, go to: http://www.ted.com/speakers/matt_cutts.html

You can also follow Matt Cutts, on the social media outlets below:

Twitter: @mattcutts

Blog: mattcutts.com/blog

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO RATE PRINCE AS “VERY” GQ!! (CLICK ON THE LINK TO BE DIRECTED TO HIS PAGE)

Motivation Monday: Finding Inspiration From Within


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

This weeks words of motivation: Find Inspiration from Within.

In this short 10 min TED talk video, we see graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa show a hidden language of Africa’s unique writing system. In this talk he does not only show us the beauty and elegance of Africa’s symbols, but encourages his students and the world to remember the past; recognize Africa’s unique hand written languages; and more importantly find inspiration from within–and not from the outside world.

What I related to most, from his TED talk, was his idea that we must find inspiration from what’s in front of us (or within)–and not from looking “outside.” Like his students, I struggled to find inspiration (or success) when I moved to Boston. I have been to find success or inspiration by what’s being shown “outside” of one-self (Television Ads, Media, etc.). It was not until I stopped looking to the outside world, and began looking from within, that I found my inspiration and my hidden value.

“Sankofa” does not only imply to “remembering the past or history” but remembering one-self. I had to remind myself that I was handsome; that I loved to write; and that I loved to talk with people. Doing this, I was able to create my career path for myself.

So this week, practice inspiration by looking from within or what’s in front of you. Remember who you are, remember what you love to do, and pursue it. You will be amazed of just how special and intricate (like the hidden language of Africa’s symbols) you really are. Return to the past and look what’s right in front you for inspiration.

If you wish to follow Saki Mafundikwa and his TED talks, go to:

http://www.ted.com/speakers/saki_mafundikwa.html

You can also follow him and his digital art school on the web at:

http://www.ziva.org/