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QUOTATIONS: DR. CORNEL WEST ON PRESIDENT OBAMA & DR. KING'S IDEALS


Those who wish to see Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideals live on must hold President Obama accountable on helping "the least of these," which was at the center of King's philosophy."

-Princeton University scholar and writer Dr. Cornel West, January 18, 2010




Your Thoughts?


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A FILE FROM THE CRAZY PHOTOS DEPARTMENT


Though you may have had your good sense knocked the hell outta ya, once again you've made it through another death defying work week. You know the drill... It's time to celebrate! Happy Friday folks!


Calvin Harris - Ready For The Weekend

Your Thoughts?


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HAPPY (BELATED) BIRTHDAY: Angela Davis


Wednesday (1/26) was the 66th Birthday of Angela Davis. In this video above, Davis 'reflects on her successes and shares her insights on the strategies for change that have made -- and will make -- history'. Check it out.

Your Thoughts?



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It's Twitter Thursday....

And these are the stories that have peaked my interest...

1. The First Tweet From Space and Other Twitter Firsts: Tweeting is no longer only an earthly phenomenon. A NASA astronaut made Twitter history on Friday by sending the first tweet from outer space. Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer broadcast..[continue reading]

2. All Your Twitter Bot Needs Is Love: Anyone who has been on Twitter for more than a few days knows that it's rife with bots ? accounts that are run by a computer, rather than a human. But while bots may be pretty easy to come by, it isn't often that you get the chance to... [continue reading]

3. Twitter Looks To Help Bring Hope To Haiti With Hope140.org: Since the crisis in Haiti began, Twitter has played a big part in helping raise awareness of the tragedy. It's also helped charities and celebrities reach out to the community to encourage donations toward the Red Cross and the other organizations working hard to help the situation. Today, Twitter is...[continue reading]

4. Reporters Forced to Only Use Facebook & Twitter: Five journalists are putting social media to the test in an experiment to gather news by only using Facebook and Twitter...[continue reading]

5. Twitter Tweaks Its Suggested User List: Twitter is changing the way it recommends accounts for users to follow on the microblogging service — doing away with a contentious feature that drove thousands of users to a select list of Twitterers. Instead of having a single list of suggested users, Twitter is now...[continue reading]

6. 16-Year-Old Sparks Twitter Trend, Controversy #OMGFacts: Twitter can make you feel like a star, but you'd better not let it get to your head...On Monday, Twitter taught the high school junior a lesson he'll never forget. MLK Post Creates 'Firestorm' of Criticism...[continue reading]

7. Moms critique products on Facebook, Twitter: More than half of moms share their opinions about products they like or dislike on Facebook, says a new study out from...[continue reading]

8. Judge Throws Out Twitter Libel Suit: A judge in Chicago has thrown out a landlord's defamation lawsuit complaining about a disgruntled tenant's Twitter post. Judge Diane Larsen ruled that the alleged post -- "Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it's okay" -- was "nonactionable as a matter of law." [continue reading]

9. Twitter joke lands man lifetime airport ban: Sick of flying? Here's a quick and easy way to get yourself banned from air travel for the rest of your life: Make a joke about blowing up an airport on Twitter...[continue reading]

Your Thoughts?


Twitter

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COMIC RELIEF: Martin Lawrence - NSFW

Lawrence speaks on those 'crazy and DERANGED' women, not to mention the expectations of couples in love. Classic stand-up right here.






martinlawrence comedy

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Insecurities: A Poem


Insecurities

I rest
Comfortably
In my Gods blessings
I see
You may not agree
Still
You stay talkin' bout me?
Ain't it a sight to see
A woman who lacks the insecurities
You slap upon your ass
Like graffiti tags to concrete
My freedom is fortified
Leaving you mortified
By the comparisons
But then again
I won't condescend
I won't react and attack
With the same bullshit you extend
Instead may I recommend
Some knowledge
From one sista to another:

Much can be achieved
When you let go of the beliefs
Imposed by those
Who know
No other way
To be



(c) 2010. Composed by Soulfull. Soulful Synergy, LLC.


My musical inspiration for this post:

Amanda Diva - SUPA-WOMAN


poetry
poem
empowerment
amandadiva

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Monday's Motivation: A Change Gonna Come

There's so much that I wanna say right now. So much I wanna let rise out my spirit, but rather than incriminate myself and others, I'll just start by saying this month has been QUITE interesting. Even though I'm chugging along with my personal goals, I've found that I'm beginning to lose steam and you know what, that's A-o-kay. I'm not gonna beat myself up nor will I rush through each day like a manic. Instead, I'm holding on tightly to my affirmations and stepping softly and confidently into my change. It's taking much longer than I expected, but simply put, I won't be deterred. Check out these ideas that can help you stay on course to achieving your goals and dreams.

Renew your vision of what you are working to accomplish regularly. Use your mind to visualize yourself accomplishing the goals or achieving the purpose you set for yourself. A strong, powerful vision of an outcome you sincerely desire is the foundation for persistence and self-discipline.


Do something every single day to move in the direction of your desired achievement or goal. Whether you write steps in your planner or shoot from the hip, make sure you make progress every day. Progress becomes your habit.


If you find yourself drifting away from your course, analyze what is going on. You may find it is time for you to change your course, or tweak your direction, or that the plans you made are not producing the results you want to create. Maybe the goal is not the right goal for you any more. Do the analysis. Don’t just stop.


Involve a friend or network in helping you achieve your goals. Having people to root you on aids persistence and supplies some of the discipline you need to keep moving.


When you fail – and we all do – place yourself gently back on the path. Don’t beat yourself up, call yourself names, or run a negative tape in your mind. [SOURCE]


My musical inspiration for this post:

Though it's hard in this ghetto,
Don't you let go
Cause a change gon' come
And though you tired of waitin'
Hold ya patience
Cause a change gonna come



Beanie Siegal - A Change Gonna Come (featuring Rell)


hip hop motivation

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QUOTATIONS: Melvin Van Peebles On His Legacy

“I didn’t even know I had a legacy,” he said between rehearsals for his latest project, a musical-theater adaptation of his 1971 film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” “I do what I want to do.”
-Melvin Van Peebles on January 20, 2010





Melvin Van Peebles

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Quotations: Dr. Maya Angelou on Her Participation in the Civil Rights Movement


"I thought I was a writer who could teach, I found I'm a teacher who can write."

-Dr. Maya Angelou, January 18, 2009





Dr. Maya Angelou at Wake Forest University, Part 1 (January 18, 2010). The rest of Dr. Angelou's full speech can be found here


martinlutherking

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A File From The Crazy Photos Department

Alright folks, Friday's here so there's no longer a reason to pull your hair... up?



Thank God It's Friday... Now let's dance!




crazyphotos
hairspray

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It's Twitter Thursday....

And these are the stories.....

1. Funkmaster Flex And DJ Clue Battle Via Twitter: New York City DJ’s Funkmaster Flex and DJ Clue didn’t have the nicest things to say about...[continue reading]

2. Earthquake in Haiti: Celebrities and fans respond on Twitter [Updated]: Celebrities and their fans are responding with prayers, news and calls for aid after Haiti was hit earlier today by a powerful earthquake, and many serious...[continue reading]

3. Evacuation at Grand Central? Anatomy of a Twitter Rumor: With all due respect to those who have used social media to help earthquake victims in Haiti and communicate what’s going on there, the real-time Web can be its own worst enemy. This was amply proven yesterday when a rumor started in the early afternoon on Twitter that Grand Central Terminal — one of the two main train stations servicing commuters in and out of Manhattan — had been... [continue reading]

4. Twitter becomes a player in customer-service world
: Have a problem with (or praise for) a business? Don’t pick up the phone, or even log on to the company’s Web site... [continue reading]

5. Ghost Tweeters: Think you're getting the lowdown on Twitter directly from Britney Spears, 50 Cent or Oprah Winfrey? Not likely. [continue reading]

6. Use Twitter To Get Free Pearl Jam Song: The band's "Just Breathe" is available for free using Culture Jam's Twitter application. Using the application's landing page, customers grant the program access to their Twitter account and... [continue reading]

7. Facebook Introduces Retweets; Twitter Retaliates With 140-Character Version of Farmville: In an escalating battle between two social networking giants, Facebook today introduced their version of the retweet while Twitter retaliated with a... [continue reading]

8. Social media shout-outs buoy businesses: When Pub 500 has a poker tournament, live music or a Schell’s beer sampler night, several hundred of the bar’s Facebook followers get a heads up.... [continue reading]

9. When calls to AT&T failed, Twitter got results: I have a story in the Sunday Chronicle about how Twitter has become a quick way for consumers to grab the attention of companies and get them to respond to service or product complaints. For the next few days, the story will... [continue reading]

10. What Would Martin Luther King Make of Twitter?: At this time every year, commentators across the United States engage in an exercise I’ll call Hypothetical King, in which we try to imagine what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say about the war in Afghanistan, the... [continue reading]

11. Twits on Twitter: 10 Celebrities Who Should Be Banned from Twitter: Twitter makes our lives better and more connected in 140 characters or less. Unless, of course, you're one of these ten celebrities who've used and abused Twitter at their peril and...[continue reading]Sidebar: I am TOTALLY against Badu being on this list!! #thatisall

12. Twitter Suffers Outage on Wednesday, After Haiti Aftershocks: Twitter suffered "a huge number of errors" on Wednesday morning, probably tied to news that sharp aftershocks had struck Haiti.. [continue reading]

13. Twitter popularity declines, growth slows down: According to the latest report by HubSpot the ever popular microblogging website Twitter while still continues its growth has slowed down it its growth pace. The report reveals that...[continue reading]

14. Bill Gates Discovers Twitter: Bill Gates is now part of the social networking revolution, as the Microsoft co-founder and chairman joined the Twitter micro-blogging service Tuesday with a post that said, simply...[continue reading]

15. Gordon Ramsay Starts 'Twitter Course' To Learn How To Tweet: Runners prepare for marathons, astronauts get prepped for missions, and musicians practice for big recitals. But train for Twitter? Really? Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, of 'Hell's Kitchen' fame, is going to start Tweeting on...[continue reading]

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COMIC RELIEF: Richard Pryor - NSFW

Pryor talks about the ebb and flow of love... So so funny!




comedy

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And The World Is Coming To An End....

The Headline Reads: Mystery visitor to Poe's grave is a no-show

BALTIMORE -- It is what Edgar Allan Poe might have called "a mystery all insoluble": Every year for the past six decades, a shadowy visitor would leave roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac on Poe's grave on the anniversary of the writer's birth. This year, no one showed.

Did the mysterious "Poe toaster" meet his own mortal end? Did some kind of ghastly misfortune befall him? Will he be heard from nevermore?

"I'm confused, befuddled," said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum. "I don't know what's going on."




“All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream”
Happy Birthday Mr. Poe


edgarallanpoe

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HAITI: ONE WEEK LATER....

It was a week ago today that a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti. These are the videos and stories that have shaped my view...


The Morning After... Erik Parker, of The Parker Report, and Vladimir Laguer make the trek back to Port-Au-Prince


MSNBC Presents Witness: Earthquake In Haiti. NBC correspondents descend on Haiti to report on the tragic and triumphant personal stories. Tamron Hall hosts.


Correspondent Byron Pitts reports on the efforts of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division to help rescue, feed and protect the citizens of the earthquake decimated country.


More editorial cartoons here



The Headline Reads: More on Why Donating to Wyclef Jean's Charity Might Not Be the Best Way to Help Haitians Right Now

There's been a LOT of focus on Wyclef Jean. Rightfully so, considering he has been Haiti's Goodwill Ambassador for quite some time, especially with his charity, YeleHaiti and I admire the brothas efforts. Although YeleHaiti's made financial mistakes in its past, but lets keep the diversion to a minimum. There's plenty of time to fact-check Yele's records much much later. We must first deal with the business of helping Haiti. I've chosen to place my monetary help in the hands of Doctors Without Borders, but whether you give your money to Wyclef or your prayers to your local church or your clothes to Haitian Embassy in DC; the overarching goal here is to help Haiti. This just isn't the time for popularity contests.

The Headline Reads: Carriers Move on Aid
Major U.S. wireless carriers, facing increasing questions about how quickly they can route funds pledged by text-message to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief efforts, said Monday they all plan to speed up deliveries.


The Headline Reads: George Clooney Explains How MTV's 'Hope For Haiti' Telethon Came Together; Telethon airs on MTV, other networks Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

As the crisis in Haiti continues in the wake of Tuesday's devastating 7.0 earthquake, George Clooney and Wyclef Jean are getting set to stage a global telethon to rally support and raise money to help the embattled country.

Support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti


haiti

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Monday's Motivation: I Gotta Dream Big!

"Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may grow." - Louise Driscoll


Today, we celebrate a man who had the biggest of all dreams - Dr. Martin Luther King. I've written about Dr. King before, so I won't wander far from my goal for this particular post - dreams. I've always been a dreamer. My hopes and dreams are the driving force for the bulk of the decisions that are made in my life. Yet, I recognize that no dream can come to fruition without proper planning. You something can't 'will' your way into your tomorrow, you have to WORK towards it. And there are questions along this field of dreams that require meditation - Are you focused on the right steps? Or are you idling while others pass you by? The following are a few guidelines to prepare and propel your dreams to the next stage - ACTION:

* You need to deeply desire the goal or resolution. Napoleon Hill, in his landmark book, Think and Grow Rich, had it right. "The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat." So, your first step in goal setting and achieving your dreams is that you've got to really, really want to achieve the goal.


* Visualize yourself achieving the goal. Lee Iacocca said, "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." What will your achievement feel like? How will your life unfold differently as a result? If the goal is a thing, some gurus of goal setting recommend that you keep a picture of the item where you see and are reminded of it every day. If you can’t picture yourself achieving the goal, chances are – you won’t.


* Make a plan for the path you need to follow to accomplish the goal
. Create action steps to follow. Identify a critical path. The critical path defines the key accomplish-ments along the way, the most important steps that must happen for the goal to become a reality. Stephen Covey said, "All things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation of all things. You have to make sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really what you want, that you've thought everything through. Then you put it into bricks and mortar. Each day you go to the construction shed and pull out the blueprint to get marching orders for the day. You begin with the end in mind." He's right.


* Commit to achieving the goal by writing down the goal
. Lee Iacocca said, "The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen." I agree completely. Write down the plan, the action steps and the critical path. Somehow, writing down the goal, the plan and a timeline sets events in motion that may not have happened otherwise. In my own life, it is as if I am making a deeper commitment to goal accomplishment. I can’t fool myself later. The written objective really was the goal.


* Establish times for checking your progress in your calendar system, whatever it is: a day planner, a PDA, a PDA phone or a hand written list. If you’re not making progress or feel stymied, don't let your optimism keep you from accomplishing your goals. No matter how positively you are thinking, you need to assess your lack of progress. Adopt a pessimist’s viewpoint; something will and probably is, going to go wrong. Take a look at all of the factors that are keeping you from accomplishing your goal and develop a plan to overcome them. Add these plan steps to your calendar system as part of your goal achievement plan.


* Review your overall progress regularly.
Make sure you are making progress. If you are not making progress, hire a coach, tap into the support of loved ones, analyze why the goal is not being met. Don’t allow the goal to just fade away. Figure out what you need to do to accomplish it. Check the prior five steps starting with an assessment of how deeply you actually want to achieve the goal. [SOURCE]


My Musical Inspiration For The Post:



motivation martinlutherking dreams

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Graduate School: Decisions, Decisions.....

The Headline Reads: Howard or Harvard?

These past few days, I've been toiling away at a admissions essay for entrance into a excellent IT program at a local grad school, so time has been quite limited. Even still, I would love to get your thoughts on this EbonyJet article -Howard or Harvard? So let me know what you think... I'll be here - writing.


graduateschool

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Shhh: A Poem

Bound
To the ground
I drown
In a compound
Grave
Like a slave
My rights have been waived
Before I could even speak
You slam your critiques
Against my self-worth
As if you're the creator of this earth
Don't you know I give birth
To homiletic sound
Whenever I part my lips
Metaphors strip
And slip
Away
With my bourgeoisie eyes I convey
My mood today
You won't silence me
So just let me be
Free


(c) 2010. Composed by Soulfull. Soulful Synergy, LLC.


poetry

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A File From The Crazy Photos Department

After seeing this....


All I have to say is....

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY!!


Your Thoughts?


My musical inspiration for this post:

R Kelly - Thank God it's Friday


crazy photos

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It's Twitter Thursday....



And these are the stories.....

1. Tom Hanks joins Twitter: Tom Hanks is testing the Twitter waters. He's using it to confirm...

2. Microblogging spreads in China, even without Twitter: When Chinese student Rachel Zhang discovered Twitter last April, she realized her "little dream" of sharing with strangers the movies that made her laugh and the books that made her...

3. Twitter link to Murder: US police are reportedly investigating what could be the first murder carried out as a result of messages posted in Twitter. Police say a man was fatally shot in the neck by a childhood friend following a fall out over a girl - a rift that was inflamed by messages posted on...

4. Dunkin' Donuts, Taco Bell launch Twitter contests: Quick-service brands continue turning to social media to increase their fan engagement. Two of the latest efforts are from Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Bell. At Dunkin' Donuts, the company is...

5. Twitter Tips: 5 Proven Ways to Get Retweeted: We all like to think we're interesting. And on Twitter, that's often measured and validated by how frequently other people retweet your posts. Maybe you're looking to hear feedback on your....

6. The Gilbert Arenas Twitter Lesson: Think Before You Tweet: "Arenas spills his side on Twitter," reads the headline of a recent ESPN.com story on Gilbert Arenas of the NBA's Washington Wizards, with a subhead of "So much for keeping quiet." Following reports of a locker room gun incident between him and....

7. M.I.A. Lashes Out, Via Twitter, at NY Times: On Monday, the same day that the media widely reported that M.I.A.'s upcoming album would be her most "honest," the 34-year-old rapper took to Twitter to tell her fans how she really feels about...

8. Stop The Hate Day on Twitter: Filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger Jr. (Hive Mind, Flatland) and musician Jay Link (Death and Taxes) believe that the problems of hate-spreading, cyber-bullying, and cyber-harassment through social media can be solved. In a move to bring attention to the issue, Ehlinger and Link have formed a...

9. Twitter While You Sweat: It is that time of year when many of us resolve to hit the gym more often. But there's a nettlesome roadblock: Working out is boring. Bryan Arp believes he has the fix. His San Francisco company, called Netpulse, is selling...

10. Twitter's 8-second Job Application: With unemployment at 10 percent nationwide, getting a new job is difficult. It often comes down to who you know. That's where social networking sites like Twitter come in...

11. FP Marketing: Declaring your love of Twitter in 14k gold: s Twitter over? First comes news that the number of people participating in Twitter has fallen 24% in the U.S. since July, now it seems that the microblogging service has inspired a line of jewelry...


twitter

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COMIC RELIEF: WANDA SYKES - NSFW

Now I recognize that not everyone will share in my humor, but um, who cares? I think Wanda Sykes is absolutely hilarious! Check out this video:


"Wouldn't it be great if our pussies were detachable?"


comedy

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Quotations: Saul Williams On The Recent Earthquake in Haiti....

"Haiti needed our help long before now. Haiti helped us, long ago, as the first enslaved Africans to overthrow their oppressors putting an end to slavery before the rest of the colonized world caught on and instigating a dialogue on Freedom and Liberation that continues to this day. Since then, they have paid a heavy pr...ice and have remained largely (and quite often deceptively) ignored by the West, just as news of Toussaint L'Ouverture and their triumph over their Imperialist masters was ignored by the press at the time, as they feared that American Blacks and other enslaved Africans would become inspired to do the same. Yet word of their liberation spread and inspired great thinkers,leaders, and rebellions.


WE OWE HAITI.


If you wish to give Money, click here


If you care to send Prayers. Pray.


If you know how to send Love. Begin.


If you prefer to browse the internet: http://www.historywiz.com/toussaint.htm

-Saul Williams, January 12, 2009


quotes quotations

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Overwhelmed? Then It's Time For Sex, Food, & Sleep!

Question: Do you remember that 2008 episode of Oprah, where she interviewed Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby? She's the Cincinnati mother who forgot her 2-year-old daughter, Cecelia, in the back seat of her SUV for EIGHT HOURS while she was at work. Well, as a working mother, Brenda's tragic loss serves as a firm reminder that there are many pitfalls in juggling multiple priorities. There aren't many times when I'm not going a 1000mph through a day, checking-off this or tweeting that, until my body free falls into the bed. :sigh: Indeed this is a fast life, but unlike Kanye I'm trying to avoid the crash course. Stress lurks in all the wrong places, from work to home to family and friends (or lack thereof), but along this course of life, you have to know when to slow down, turn off the beaten path, and hit a rest stop. Matter of fact, check these tips that I found:


There are many ways to calm down quickly when you suddenly get blindsided by stress. The following are five quick and easy ways to regain your calm so you can deal with whatever situations are at hand:


Take a Walk

Exercise can be a great stress reliever in itself, as it helps you blow off steam and releases endorphins. Taking a walk when stressed provides the bonus of getting you out of the stressful situation and providing some perspective so you can return in a new frame of mind. (Learn more about the benefits of exercise here.)

Take a Breath

If you're not in a position to leave, you can feel better right away by practicing breathing exercises. Getting more oxygen into your body and releasing physical tension are two ways that breathing exercises can benefit you, and you can do them anytime or anywhere, even if your demanding situation isn't letting up. (Learn more about breathing exercises here.)

Take a Mental Break

If you can steal away a few minutes of peace, visualizations and guided imagery are a wonderful way to restore peace of mind. They're easy to do, and can relax you physically as well as mentally. (Learn more about visualizations and guided imagery here.)

Reframe Your Situation

Sometimes we intensify our experience of stressful situations by the way we look at them. If you can look at your situation differently, you may be able to put it into a different perspective--one that causes you less stress! Read more about mental and emotional stress that can be caused by pessimism, type A traits, and other self-sabotaging thought patterns, and learn how you can change the way you look at things. It'll come in handy when you're stressed. (Learn more about mental stress and self sabotage here.)

Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a technique where you tense and release all of your muscle groups, leaving your body feel more relaxed afterward. PMR is one of my favorite techniques, as it can be done by just about anyone, and with practice you can fully release virtually all the tension you're feeling in your body in a matter of seconds! This can help you feel more calm and better able to handle the situations at hand. (Learn how to practice PMR here.)

Once you've been able to calm down, you should be in a better position to address whatever stressful situations you're experiencing.


[Source]


Now that's a pretty solid list, right? We've got all the standards - walk, deep breathing, muscles, yadda yadda yadda. Yea, they're all wonderfully good techniques, but I have a better suggestion... SEX! That's right S-E-to the X. In fact, Dr. Oz implores us (and by us, I mean mature, consenting adults) to have more sex, get more sleep, and never let yourself feel hungry! He goes on to say that these three things will 'save and lengthen your life'. Well alrighty then! See, this is MY kind of advice and shoot, why waste any more time writing when I could be putting them into practice. LOL! I'll see ya'll tomorrow! *turns off light and closes blog door*

sex stress
workingmother

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Monday's Motivation: Be Fearless

I want you to take a minute and look at that picture above. You see those men there? Jumping into the unknown. Unaware of what lies ahead or what will happen next. Now let me ask you something. What feelings are invoked when you see that picture? Happiness? Freedom? Insanity? Well, for me, it's fear. When you're a perfectionist like myself, it's hard to let go of structure and organization. I can't just throw caution to wind, I have to PLAN for it. I gotta know to what degree the air will blow and where I should stand and what I should wear to prepare for it and well, you get the point. But I doubt I'm the only one. Fear is what brings order and without order, surely chaos will follow. Yet, I MUST recognize that in order to move into a place of success and accomplishment, I have to operate with courage. I can't front though. Courage is hard. It's not easy to stand out on that limb. But if there's anything that can kill fear, it most definitely would have to be unwavering faith. A FEARLESS faith. I just can't live in a place of fear. It's unhealthy. It's stifling and my creativity needs fresh air. I want it to fly, to reach beyond what is in front of me. So when I stand in front of that ledge again, I won't even think twice about jumping. What about you?


My Musical Inspiration For This Post:


What this song is saying to me:
I'm scared to start cause I'm scared I'll quit
I'm scared that people won't like my shit
I'm scared of fame and paparazzi
Rumors startin and people watching

Scared to grow up cause I'm scared to get old
Scared of the dark and being alone
I'm scared of war I'm scared of jail
Scared to share a secret cause I'm scared you'll tell

This may sound silly but it's true
So don't pretend it ain't you too
We all afraid of something here
Cause you ain't human without fear


fearless

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It's A Struggle, But It's Still BeautiFULL

Not sure what I want to say right now. I just now that I must keep pushing forward with my fingers on these keys. I've successfully written a weeks worth of blog posts. *queue music please* My mind is fightin' hard to stop my body from hitting the reverse button and put all this blogging madness to an end. The blogosphere just ain't what it was years ago.

In fact, my erratic year away from blogging has been a struggle. Separation. Death. Birth. Anger. Happiness. Lies. Hope. Inside, it's all life and yup, I'm still here. I'm still working on my novel. Even secured an editor to help make this thing a reality. It's been a long time coming, but I'm still pressing forward. And although my days and nights have been jammed back with writing, TH and I still make time for each other and these two young men (who are eating us out of house and home-yikes!!!).

I'm up for the challenge though. My problems are many, my insecurities are few, but my faith is greater. And thus, the struggle continues...




focus

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Try Again: A Poem


It's been a long time we shouldn't left you...


Slowly
I'm getting used to these keys
My digits at a perfect degree
Striking letters
1-2-3
Rhythmic sounds abound
I pound
The keyboard
Back arched
Stomach tight
Day to Day
Night by Night
I can't betray
The gift God brought my way
I must obey
Though I'm afraid
I won't be swayed
With sight unseen
I strike these keys
Cause if first you don't succeed...


(c) 2010. Composed by Soulfull. Soulful Synergy, LLC.

My musical inspiration for this post:

Rest In Peace Aaliyah


motivation aaliyah

posted by Soulfull @ 1/09/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A File From The Crazy Photos Department

Happy Friday!! You've made it through another week and for that, I have a special gift. If you're a regular around these parts of the blogosphere, then you're familiar with my weekly Friday post - Crazy Photos! I enjoy finding crazy flicks so check for me to make a post every Friday for a good laugh. Have a good weekend folks!!


BAG LADY: A woman covered her head with a plastic bag as snow fell in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, Tuesday. (Reuters)

Love the fact that this pic kills that stereotype that only black women care about their hair!


Your Thoughts?


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posted by Soulfull @ 1/08/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Introducing..... Twitter Thursday!

So it's the first Thursday of the year and a perfect time to introduce *drum-roll please* Twitter Thursday! So you guys know what Twitter is right? If not, this video over here is quite helpful, but Twitter Thursday (or TT for short) will be my weekly installment of all the Twitter-related news that I find interesting across the web because well I LOVE TWITTER.

The future is now and I can't think of any other site that allows you ability to interact with such a wide range of people and interests. Speaking of twitter and interests, I received a retweet from none other than SAUL WILLIAMS! When I logged into TweetDeck earlier today, I nearly passed out from the goosebumps!! :sigh: Anyone who knows me knows I have a soft spot for his work. But anyway, that's enough of my spill, let's check out the stories:


1. Say goodbye to Randy Jackson's Grammy tweets: Randy Jackson's Twitter account, which Monday asked for fan input on his 2010 Grammy ballot, has been updated, with many of the Grammy posts stricken from the account....


2.Twitter to double space at Headquarters: Three months after tripling its San Francisco headquarters, social media company Twitter is again expanding its SoMa offices, a 41-month lease worth more than...


3. Send, Receive And Filter Tweets On IM With TweetSwitch: TweetSwitch is a new project from the team behind London-based Comufy, the communications platform for businesses. Built on top of Comufy's technology, TweetSwitch provides a simple but deceptively powerful service, enabling you to...


4.MetroSafe taking action after 911 Twitter account surfaces: MetroSafe officials in Louisville say they are taking action after a WHAS11 News report uncovered a 911 operator's Twitter account, called "funny911calls." It appears the employee...


5. MSNBC Acquires BreakingNews.com to Match Their New Twitter Account: MSNBC bought the Twitter feed @breakingnews and now they need a website - a domain name that will be easy to...


6. Casey Johnson's Twitter Gains More Than 4,000 Followers After Her Death: Casey Johnson's unexpected death has sent many news seekers to the late heiress' Twitter account, which has the bizarre distinction of picking up more than 4,000 followers since...


7.Gilbert Arenas: Suspended From Washington Wizards After Twittering?: Did the Twitter ramblings of Washington Wizards' star point guard Gilbert Arenas cause him to be suspended indefinitely by the NBA? The NBA star is under investigation for bringing guns into team's locker room. It's certainly starting to look that way and...


8. Re-tweet this: Twitter coming to Ford's Sync system: So with Ford CEO Alan Mulally announcing today in Las Vegas that a Twitter application will come to the Sync system installed in thousands of Ford, Lincolns and Mercurys starting....


9. Minnesota GOP State Senate Candidate Apologizes for Obama Tweet: The Republican candidate for an open Minnesota Senate seat is apologizing for comments posted on his Twitter account about President Barack Obama and Democrats. One of the posts on businessman Mike Parry's account called Obama a...


10. 'Twitter Oscars' open for public votes: Oh no. Oh yes! And it's serious! Yesterday, the voting for the second annual Shorty Awards honouring the best writers on Twitter began. Categories range from serious topics such as government, health and politics to lighter ones such as...


11. Tweeting through a crisis: The sad tale of a Florida mother who posted a message on Twitter just half an hour after calling 911 to report she'd found her 2-year-old son at the bottom of a swimming pool (where he had in fact drowned) raises all kinds of questions. Chief among them....


12. America’s Tweethearts: Whether you consider Twitter a worldwide experiment in extreme narcissism or a nifty tool for real-time reporting—a plane ditches in the Hudson, millions take to the streets in Tehran—it may not yet have dawned on your text-saturated brain that it’s also a....



Your thoughts?
And are YOU on twitter?


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posted by Soulfull @ 1/07/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




The 'Hip Hop' Won't Stop And Neither Will I

I love music. I live it. Breath it. Bath in it. Sleep to it. It's just always there like air. Like right now as I type this post, I'm listening to music. These last few days have turned into one endless stream of beats. That's until TH stopped me the other night:

TH: You know, you've been listening to a lot more hip-hop lately...
ME: *slides headphones off* Uh, huh.
TH: Why you so angry?
ME: *blank stare* It's motivation. *slides headphones back on*

I make no apologies. I love hip hop. From the Dirty South to the West Side and all stops in between, this genre is and continues to be an evolving art form. Yet in 2010, it's all about the motivational tracks because, well, um.... dammit, I've got issues. Issues that will most likely find me right back in front of a therapist, but as of right now, I'm just bumpin my music and as a matter of fact, here are 5 of my favorite hip hop motivational tracks:

5. Time - Talib Kweli + DJ Hi-Tek

4. I'm Beaming - Lupe Fiasco


3. Delayed - Omen


2. Outkast ft Goodie Mob - Git Up, Git Out




1. T.I. - Motivation


Yes indeed. My writing days are full of hip-hop and as of 'write' now, I wouldn't have it any other way.

My musical inspiration for this post:

Big Boi - Shine Blockas (featuring Gucci Mane)

posted by Soulfull @ 1/06/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




I'm Just Gonna Keep On Writing Like No One Is Reading

Since repetition is the father of learning, I am determined to step thru my 'blog' door and write my wrongs and exercise my creative rights. Why? Because I have to, especially if I want to gain a better understanding of my writing styles and increase my abilities. Yup, I am ready to put in work. But first, I have to come to terms with the obvious - folks may not read it and if they do, they probably won't comment. :gasp: As any writer or blogger will tell you, we LIVE for comments. Be it a critique, compliment, or a big ass yawn; it doesn't matter. Someone took the time to read you. With so many issues pulling at us throughout the day, it's a compliment that readers take the time to come thru, but if they comment too? Awww, man, that is soooo orgasmic nice. Blogging comes from such a personal place and now major corporations are picking up the ball and rolling with it in so many different ways. So what's the point in all this repetition/blogs/blogging/corporations/comments drivel? Well, nothing. :kanyeshrug: I'm just following Copyblogger's 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer:

1. Write.
2. Write more.
3. Write even more.
4. Write even more than that.
5. Write when you don’t want to.
6. Write when you do.
7. Write when you have something to say.
8. Write when you don’t.
9. Write every day.
10. Keep writing.

[Source]


If I want to be a writer, I have to write and if I want to be an even better writer, I have to be open to embarassing myself. So yup, I'll be back tomorrow to write whether I like it or not because, ultimately, the end justifies the means.

My musical inspiration for the day:

posted by Soulfull @ 1/05/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Seinfeld Says He Can Make You More Productive... Just Don't Break The Chain!

Well folks, 2010 is starting off to be quite productive. I'm staying the course outlined by Russell Simmons, I've managed to utilize my time in greater ways (thanks Stopwatch!), and I'm continuously doing one thing over and over again:


***STAYING FOCUSED***


Throughout the course of my day, I make it a point to take 10-15 minutes to catch up on the 'news' of the day from various media outlets and today, I stumbled across a real gem. Apparently, LifeHacker has surveyed their readers to come up with the 'Five Best Goal-Tracking Tools'. The majority of these tools didn't suit my particular taste, except for one - Pen and Paper. More specifically, the 'Seinfeldian-Chain'. I know, what the hell is that? Let's check the definition, shall we:

Years ago when Seinfeld was a new television show, Jerry Seinfeld was still a touring comic. At the time, I was hanging around clubs doing open mic nights and trying to learn the ropes. One night I was in the club where Seinfeld was working, and before he went on stage, I saw my chance. I had to ask Seinfeld if he had any tips for a young comic. What he told me was something that would benefit me a lifetime...

He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don't feel like it.

He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here's how it works.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

"Don't break the chain," he said again for emphasis.

[Source]



Okay, now THIS is the type of motivation I can use. It's simple. It's free. And it provides just the right amount of pressure AND pleasure. Besides, that feeling of euphoria from checking off 'to-do' list items is just too damn good to pass up! Yup, I most definitely can commit to this? What about you?

posted by Soulfull @ 1/04/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Under Siege: A Poem


I'm

Under Siege

Free

To Be ‘At Ease’

Yet The Soldier In Me

Is In ATTACK Mode…

I Can’t Be Slow

To React

With A Momentum So Swift

I Shift From First to Fifth Gear

Until I’m On Your Rear

I’m Coming O So Near

Fueled By The Fire Of My Pain

I’m On Your Ass Like A Freight Train

Pulling Right Past

And Pushing Thru

Like Rain

From An Angry Cloud

My Downpour Hits Hard

With Complete Disregard

Cause This Game Of Life Ain’t Fair

You Best Come Prepared

With Throttles Blazin'

So When The Dust Settles On Another Day

You Know You Paid The Cost

As The Boss

You Criss-Crossed

The Finish Line Like A Calvery Cross

With Your Head Held High

And Your Eyes On The Prize.



(c) 2010. Composed by Soulfull. Soulful Synergy, LLC.

My musical inspiration for the day:




poetry

posted by Soulfull @ 1/03/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Motivation: Come On Black Girl, Shine!

Let me get straight to the point. I'm hard pressed for time. Now I'm not hard up for 5 minutes here or a half an hour there, I'm talking 'preteen-boy-locked-away-in-the-bedroom-looking-at-his-first-nudie-mag' kinda time.... Just hard up! So I've devised a master plan. Well, it's not really MY plan per-say, but I've made it my mission to follow these key principles from none other than... *drum roll please* Russell Simmons. As a child of 80s rap, part of my being was formed from the musical empire that Simmons founded along with Rick Rubin. For me, it just seems like a logical fit. Check'em out:


See your vision and stick with it: For me, this means not getting side-tracked by folks who would rather talk about problems and none of the solutions.

Always do you [be true to yourself]: Being absorbed by crew(s)/clique(s) is so 2009. Yes, I most definitely like to hang around like-minded people, but that shouldn't tarnish who I am or who I'm meant to be.

Get your mind right [meditation and prayer]: Yup, I really need to do more of this and now with the Wii Fit, I can do more 'organized' Yoga moves.

Stop frontin’ and start today [stop saying “one day, I’m going to”]: Everyone knows (or should know) that there's NO future in frontin'. Just get moving and let the past be just that - the past.

Never less than your best: Essentially, there's a time to work and a time to play. And when it's work time, you gotta be 'on' like a 1000-watt light.

Surround yourself with the right people: Ding-Ding-Ding! This is a winner right here. Success breeds success. Simple as that. Hanging around folks who ain't about nothing will get you no where. I'm working hard to focus on this.

There are no failures, only quitters: :sigh: Man, do I hate losing. I'm very competitive when it comes to the business at hand, but in 2010, I'm challenging myself to keep on movin' like Soul II Soul.

Science of success: plant the good seeds: I don't do well with negativity. What you reap, what you sow and I'm working to sow the seeds of love and motivation. Don't like it? Oh well.

You can never get before you give: I'm charitable to organizations. Still working on being charitable to individuals. The latter is hard for me as I have trust issues with individuals, but I'm gonna continue to work on this.

Successful people stay open to change: And I am open! I'm looking around at life; wondering about the decisions I've made and whether they are the right choices or not. Right now, the jury is still out on this one.

Be powerful, be heard: Exactly! I like to think I'm ahead of the game with this one considering I'm working on blogging again. By the way, if you have a blog, please sure it with my in the comments. I'd really love to update my blog links since so many of those blogs are no longer around. And if you don't have a blog, might I point you here. It's only the second day of 2010, so what-ya waiting for? =)

[SOURCE]

My musical inspiration for the day:

posted by Soulfull @ 1/02/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




5.....4.....3.....2....1..... HAPPY NEW.... O Who Cares?

I really had a fabulous blog post that I wanted to present to you all. Unfortunately, the normalcy of brushing my teeth in the morning totally zapped my thoughts. And now I am angry. See I only blog when the spirit moves me and this morning, on the first day of 2010, the spirit told me to get up off my behind and say something to the people…. And then I got roped into normalcy and my creativity walked away without saying goodbye. :sigh:

So what can I offer the people now?

I won’t come in here ranting about the woes of the world and I’m damn sure not in the humorous mode to crack jokes and entertain. No, I’d much rather explain to you why I haven’t blogged since May 2009. Now you gotta promise not to tell anyone this, but… I have bad memory.

There. I said it.

Now I know you’re probably wondering what the hell does that have to do with the tea in china, but just hear me out. When you’re a blogger, the last thing you want to do is be redundant. Redundancy is like the kryptonite of blogging; it will kill you! I’ve logged in damn near 600 posts already and I’m coming to the point where I’m afraid to repeat myself. But then I had an epiphany.



Shoot, there’s probably only a select few that have read thru ALL of my posts so I’m over it and I'm just gonna move forward. It’s 2010. It’s a new decade and this is a journey. Therefore some days might very well be the same, but the love for blogging still remains true. Besides, having hang-ups is so 2009. I’m off that. So, allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Soulfull. I’m an erratic blogger with an addiction for Twitter who also suffers from bad memory. Please stay a while as I attempt my return to blogging.


Gnarls Barkley - Who Cares

posted by Soulfull @ 1/01/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post


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