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The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- For more than a year leading up to the recently completed General Elections, I’ve written about Voter Suppression, gerrymandering, the Black vote and voters.  

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Developing Black CEOs

According to research conducted by Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychology professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., though Blacks account for more than 13 percent of the U.S. population, 

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Abuse in the Workplace

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal

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The Decision to Handle Rejection

The Decision to Handle Rejection

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.“Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.  God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment–where we wouldn’t have thought of going on our own.  

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How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

(StatePoint) Everyone faces setbacks in life.

While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts. 

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Dear Obama: Notes From The Hood

Written by Featured Organization on 15 October 2010.

Dear Obama Notes From The Hood New York, NY -- The subject is hot that’s why the book is timely. It’s what the political conversation is among African Americans right now: But it had already been told in the book Dear Obama: Notes From The Hood. Buried among the tons of self -published books this stellar discovery rises to the top as a well written insightful gem, a work ahead of its time. For example, besides the issues notable journalist Tavis Smiley has already raised on this subject, judging from one of Ebony’s recent top stories Is Black Leadership Dead?, much of what had been raised in the Ebony article had also been dealt with in detail in K. Roussan C’s book Dear Obama: Notes From The Hood.

Is this book controversial? Yes. Is it interesting? Yes. Informative? No doubt. It’s everything a book should be. And the literary agents who turned it down because of its groundbreaking hot wire topic are now banging their heads in regret. Yes, this book is agitating but not one sided. It is asking: Are African Americans a monolithic group? It seemed that way for a moment in the mesmerizing aura of Obama’s White House. Many were unwilling to see it disturbed, even at their own social and economic expense. Therefore a dissenting black voice had been hardly allowed to be entertained. But with questions rising among our important black intellectual voices like Michael Eric Dyson, the dialogue is on. And knowing it has never been either/or, in the African American dialogue for self-determination, we are not about to start censoring each other.

K Roussan C says: “The moment African Americans indulge enmasse in a self-imposed pledge of silence on any topic, including the president’s performance as it pertains to our neighborhoods and concerns, progress is impeded.”

Whether people agree with this book or not, many do agree that dialogue amongst African Americans is essential to progress - And this book handles the sensitive dialogue about Obama’s disposition to our inner city yearnings with a scrupulousness that is deserving of nothing but respect.

But there is more! Obama aside, this book also breaks down the many characters that make up the drama of life in the ‘hood, especially as it relates to music, fashion, and everyday behavior. Have we in developing resistance to the pain of discrimination also developed dysfunctional behaviors that are so hard core and deep-rooted, we now strongly identify with them and are unwilling to let go?

K. Roussan C is not white nor is he Republican, he is not a member of the Tea Party Movement, or an Obama hater. He’s just a young up-and-coming, plain old born-and-raised in the heart of the inner city, college-educated son of the soil, who votes Democrat. He’s telling it as he sees it, and a whole lot of people are identifying. The book is available to read or order at: Amazon.com and https://www.createspace.com/3455525

ISBN:1452881499