Why we Make Dumb People Famous…

In the middle of meetings and other important tasks that filled my day, I caught wind of some Twitter beef between a few popular rappers and media personalities. I can’t say I read enough of the tweets to know what happened but I have a few observations.

We make really dumb people famous. I was trying put my finger on why and it occurred to me that smart people are far too complex to be discussed through the lens of isolated  social media posts. Think about it. It only takes one quote from Donald Trump, Stacey Dash, Raven Symone, etc. to sum up their depth. They aren’t scholars or celebrated thinkers. They’ve not written any books worth reading and probably haven’t read any either.

we choose to make heros and persons of influence out of people who don’t make us think too hard in order to understand them. Even intellectually savvy artists are forced to dumb down their work to be accepted by popular culture.

so… Here’s my challenge to whoever is still reading.nstudy someone complex. Invest some time in an intellectual you respect. Read them. Watch them. Emulate if you want. But, let’s stop promoting ignorant people more than we promote brilliancy.

[Good Articles] 5 Smart Ways Men of Color Can Position Themselves for Success: Education consultant @Howard_J talks career resources and advancement

This month, BlackEnterprise.com presents Month of the Man, where we bring you career features tailored for male leaders of color all over the world.

It’s no secret that you need to be smart to succeed in today’s global market. Education consultant Howard Jean (@Howard_J), embraces this notion and has dedicated his personal and professional life to helping young adults strengthen their education. Jean is the principal of Success through Education, Inspiration, & Leadership L.L.C., a consulting firm that specializes in working with education institutions and organizations to support growth, program development, and management.

As a result of Jean’s extraordinary success, including being a director at Call Me MISTERa college program that empowers young men of colorhe has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tavis Smiley Radio Show, and in Essence magazine.

For BlackEnterprise.com, Jean shares some of his personal quips about the power of education for young males of color to advance their skills and education:

Remember, college is not the last stop when it comes to learning. “Your undergraduate experience only prepares you to begin the professional learning process and equips you with general information to begin exploring the industry you desire to enter, ” Jean says. “Once you enter your profession, you must keep learning to be recognized as one of the best in your field.”

Connecting with global professionals and businesspeople is vital. As an emerging leader, begin doing some international networking and building relationships abroad via the Web, he adds. “Once relationships are built, you should invest in travel. As a young professional, traveling to learn will benefit you on many levels beyond what a lecture, documentary, book, or Website can provide.”

Be sure to increase your self-awareness through reflection. Jean encourages journal writing as the best way to learn who you are. “Learning more about others makes you smart, but learning more about yourself makes you wise,” he adds. “Your mistakes, accomplishments, and fears are all lessons that should be understood in a deeper context beyond the moment in which they happen, thus, reflection is the best teacher.”

Always remain curious. Curiosity is the foundation of learning and intellectual growth. “You should always maintain a curious nature that drives you to explore, go further, and dig deeper in your professional endeavors,” Jean says.

Read more and become a self-learner. “Many people romanticize about the success of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah Winfrey,” he says, “but what they often fail to realize is the level of dedication and self-taught skills they developed from reading on their own. This is why you must make a commitment to read a book at least once a month. Odds are, once you begin reading a book once a month, your curiosity and thirst for reading will increase.”

Antoine Moss, Ph.D., (@2PositiveTweets) is a nationally recognized resource on internships, early career achievement, leadership and motivation. CEO and founder ofCEO Style Consulting L.L.C., Moss empowers professionals and organizations to reach their full potential, and serves as speaker, workshop instructor and consultant. The author of Learn to Intern CEO Style, Moss has been a featured expert on outlets including Fox 8 TV News and George Fraser’s 2011 Power Networking Conference.

Fantasia Misspells Word and the now Everyones a Spelling Bee Champion

Get over yourself. I have a high school diploma, a bachelors degree from a world-renowned university and a masters degree in education and there are worlds that I often misspell. That’s life. We can all afford to use spell-check more… but no one should feel discouraged about writing because people are out wagging a finger over a misspelled word. People! Get a grip. Now… on to the good stuff!!!

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How many spelling errors did you find in this entire post?

The Bible & Gay Marriage Supporters

 

When I see stuff like this, I wonder who it purposes to convince? As an intelligent, educated Bible reader, I find this to be depthless and I wouldn’t expect even the most ignorant Christian to be moved by it. Perhaps it meant as affirmation? Points for debate with someone who doesn’t STUDY the Bible? Should the LGBTQA community invest in challenging the church’s beliefs or the government’s position on their personal life?

 

10 Things they don’t tell you in Graduate School (Especially in Higher Education)

Some of you know that I was fortunate to get a graduate degree in the Spring of 2006 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Thinking back, It’s amazing how much I didn’t know then  about what I was doing. As I have gotten older, I have learned that “passion” is not always enough. Life calls! Bills call! People call! One’s ultimate professional goal ought to be to do something they love AND live comfortably. Well… here are few things I want to share about what I wish I would have been told back in the grad school days!

1. The Baby boomer don’t care about your “little” graduate degree but don’t let them discourage you. You define the degree. It does not define you.

2. You are years away from making enough money to pay off your student loans and live comfortably.

3. Half the stuff you do while in graduate school won’t be resume-worthy.

4. Knowing theory < Knowing the right people

5. The membership dues of your favorite professional organization triple after you become a professional.

6. You got a C? The faculty member clearly hates you! Compliment her lipstick!

7. The prestige of this school won’t matter after a while. Rankings come and go. We could lose accreditation. Who knows!

8. You probably won’t end up retiring in this field!

9. You aren’t going to make as much money and you are going to be over-worked while your friends do a lot less and make a lot more.

10. Feel free to change the language around when asked what type of degree you have. You paid for it! It’s your right!

My Thoughts on Newt Gingrich’s Comment about “The Language of Prosperity”

I’m an educator and support bilingual education. I believe that a school should teach students to speak the LANGUAGES that are necessary to survive personally and professionally. Considering that the census predicts that in 2050, 30% of the population will be Spanish-speaking, I am not sure how Newt can say that English stands alone as the “language of prosperity.” Even today, a person who is bilingual has the potential to make more money than someone who has mastered the English language alone. I digress. P.S. I’m not bashing Republicans, I’m challenging a dumb comment.

Ex-Detroit School Board President Charged With Fondling Himself During Meeting

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DETROIT – Former Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis has appeared in court on charges that he fondled himself during a meeting with District Superintendent Teresa Gueyser.

The 55-year-old Mathis was released on a $50,000 personal bond and ordered to have no contact with Gueyser.

Mathis also was told he couldn’t have contact with children at any school or school board members and to surrender his passport.

He has been charged with misconduct in office and obscene conduct. Neither Mathis nor his attorney commented after the hearing.

A preliminary examination is set for July 30.

Mathis resigned June 17. He wrote to the board that he “made inappropriate actions toward a professional employee” and regretted his actions.

[Education] Study Shows HBCUs Are Best In Training Doctors To Serve Poor People

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From BlackAmericaWeb: African-American educators are basking in the findings of an unprecedented study that confirms what many have long believed: Historically black medical schools lead the nation in producing the highest percentage of physicians practicing in underserved communities.

Morehouse, Meharry and Howard Medical Schools ranked first, second and third in a study of 141 training institutions conducted from 1999 to 2001 by a group of George Washington University researchers led by Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D. Click Here For More

LA NAACP Says Hallmark Card Is Racist…What do you think?

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From ABC News: CULVER CITY, Calif. (KABC) — A graduation card sold at local stores has been pulled from shelves after a civil rights group raised concerns about the content. The group claims the card’s micro-speaker plays a greeting that’s racist.

It is a graduation greeting from Hallmark that says, “Hey world, we are officially putting you on notice.”

Members of the Los Angeles NAACP did take notice. As characters known as “Hoops” and “Yoyo” banter on, African American leaders hear offensive language.

“And you black holes, you are so ominous. Watch your back,” the card vocalizes.

“That was very demeaning to African American women. When it made reference to African American women as whores and at the end, it says ‘watch your back,’” said Leon Jenkins of the Los Angeles NAACP.

Texas City Revives School Paddling!

Wow! This ought to be interesting!  I found this article in the Washington Post! Check it out!

  By Michael BirnbaumWashington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 16, 2010

paddling3-pdTEMPLE, TEX. — In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back the paddle.

Most school districts across the country banned paddling of students long ago. Texas sat that trend out. Nearly a quarter of the estimated 225,000 students who received corporal punishment nationwide in 2006, the latest figures available, were from the Lone Star State.

But even by Texas standards, Temple is unusual. The city, a compact railroad hub of 60,000 people, banned the practice and then revived it at the demand of parents who longed for the orderly schools of yesteryear. Without paddling, “there were no consequences for kids,” said Steve Wright, who runs a construction business and is Temple’s school board president. Continue reading “Texas City Revives School Paddling!”