Slavery in 21st Century!

7 Jan

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Nicholas D. Kristof’s video account entitled, “The Face of Slavery: Female Trafficking in Cambodia” explores the horrific journey of one girl who sacrificed her right eye in attempt to end her sexual exploitation.

Electric shock has become a common practice in taming both, young women and farm animals. Girls who are forced into slavery are often as young as 6 years old. Their virginity is bargained and they are forced to perform oral sex. Cambodia has become a “Hot Spot” for foreign pedophiles and a safe haven for locals who are empowered by raping little girls.

How can modern day slavery take place in our world without the intervention of the humanity? Sexual trafficking is not just taking place in Cambodia, but in India and Pakistan as well. What message is being sent to the women who live in these areas? Are they less valuable, or are they just not worth fighting for?

We are all human, and concerns with humanity and women’s rights are at the center of the sexual trafficking plight. So, let us not simply dismiss the issue and scroll down to the next entry. Commit to making a difference concerning this issue!

For more information Contact Amnesty International, and see how you and your organization can be of service.

Oprah is 200lbs and she’s fine with that!

13 Dec

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Weight gain is not easy for women to swallow especially, for those who are continuously subjected to public haunt. Oprah Winfrey, world renowned talk show host and journalist, has battled with her weight since September 1986, when her show first debuted. It is no secret that Hollywood encourages entertainers to be thin. Everyone knows that Oprah has battled with her weight but she is not alone.

Tyra Banks and Nicole Richie have both been criticized for their failure to satisfy Hollywood’s standards. “Kiss my big black ass,” Tyra belted on her show, September 11th nearly coming to tears. Other stars such as, Janet Jackson, Kirstie Alley, and the late Anna Nicole Smith all had difficulties sustaining a healthy weight. Similarly, all of these stars are women and have been graced with the physical demands of Hollywood’s success.

In 2008, Virgin Records told Janet Jackson to lose weight, or else they would not release her album. Now I know why she entitled her album, "Discipline."

Yes, obesity is at an all time high but I think that high school antics of “Bullying the Fat Kids” are not very becoming of Hollywood. Being “just right” is becoming harder and harder to achieve. Now, with 2009 steadily approaching, Oprah has decided to accept responsibility for her recent weight gain.

Oprah rocks! She rocks because unlike other stars who have allowed the media to point out their flaws and cause them unnecessary emotional stress, she is acknowledging her weight gain and is willing to embrace it. The media will not have the pleasure of pushing this talk show diva into a corner of shame.

Hillary Clinton is Said to Accept Secretary of State

29 Nov

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It looks like Hillary Clinton has unofficially accepted the position of Secretary of State under the Obama Administration. Her selection is still to be formalized and will not be announced until after Thanksgiving.

During the most historical presidential election of the United States, the two candidates with opposing views went head to head for a chance of becoming the next president of the United States.

Clinton, who has had a prominent role in the Senate, established herself early on not only as a woman, but as a valued candidate for presidency.

At the start of her campaign, before joining alliances with Barack Obama, Clinton firmly expressed her opposing views regarding foreign policy. During a debate, Mr. Obama termed “ridiculous” the notion of not talking to adversaries and Mrs. Clinton sharply criticized him, calling that position “irresponsible and frankly naïve.” Is it possible for rivals to become compassionate partners?

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For the purpose of bettering our nation, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have put their differences aside. Hillary is accepting the position under two conditions, that she be allowed to hand pick her own staff at the State Department and have access to Mr. Obama without having to go through a national security adviser.

Hillary is a sign of independence for many women, and becoming Secretary of State may not be well received by her female supporters. On the upside, Hillary by 2013 will have acquired the necessary skills to run for president of the United States. These next four years will provide the public with an understanding and audition of what both Obama and Clinton are capable of, and may constitute as the determining factor if they were to face off again.

Nonetheless, Hillary’s addition to the presidential cabinet would further support Obama’s campaign slogans of “change.” It looks like America has much to look forward to.

$1 Million Bid for 22-year-old Virgin!

11 Nov

The 22-year-old who is using the pseudonym Natalie Dylan for safety reasons is going through a legal brothel in Nevada to sell her virginity. “The main purpose of this is to finance a couple things in my life,” Dylan said. “I think empowerment of women is picking yourself up and doing something on your own to better yourself.” She has already taken a polygraph test to prove her virginal status, and is also willing to undergo a medical exam.

The auction will take place at the Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nevada with bids coming in through their website. Owner Dennis Hof reports that eBay rejected the auction, so he’ll handle the entire process.Is this young lady serious, or is she just eager for her 15 minutes of fame? Tyra is an exceptional talk show host, but are we already running out of things to talk about?

It would be idiotic for America to believe that this is something new. Prostitution is definitely alive in the United States. Craigslist is a well known online venue that hosts prostitutes in its “erotic services” section. In addition, virginity has always been worth cherishing, but virginity in the 21st century, especially at the age of 22, is rare.

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Is this an act of feminism? No. Is Natalie in charge of her sexuality? No. Natalie is a modern day capitalist, who disregards all moral and ethical standards for the purpose of gaining one thing – capital.

She isn’t very smart though because Dennis Hof, the owner of the Bunny Ranch, is about to gain 50% of her earnings from the final bid. Why is America so entertained by her story?

Headline worthy, I ask you “Are you serious?” I could think of one hundred news worthy stories that are not given the time of day. But Natalie, the 22 year old virgin, gets two segments on the Trya Banks Show? Come on people, lets get real!

Essence’s Young Women’s Leadership Conference

11 Nov

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On Saturday, November 8, 2008, hundreds of women were present at the Essence’s “Young Women’s Leadership Conference,” at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The conference consisted of three general sessions, four workshops, and one town hall meeting. Each event was moderated by an Essence magazine editor with the exception of the town hall meeting, which was moderated by special guest, Jeff Johnson.

The first general session entitled, “You Inc.: Market Yourself for Success,” was well received. The guest speakers included Rhonda Mclean, Dee Marshall, and Denna Singleton and Amy Dubois Barnett, author of the book Get Yours! Diversifying one’s network circle, dressing the part, speaking with authority, and researching your position were among the topics that were discussed during this particular session.

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The second session entitled, “Set for Life: Your Fast Track to Financial Control,” offered students and recent graduates tips on how to achieve financial stability. The 10-30-60 rule is one that offers students a method for handling their funds in a percentile breakdown. Creating a spending plan was another helpful tip that Lynn Richardson offered to avoid living not check to check, but what she called “check to Monday.”

Investing in stock and real estate were both mentioned when discussing how to generate wealth. Angela and Vanessa Simmons, daughters of Rev. Run, discussed their journey of success and encouraged young women to start their own businesses.

Workshops were optional and were left to the individual to attend. The topics for the workshops varied from sex and relationships to entrepreneurship.

Blacks Get the Boot in Beauty Industry

2 Nov


“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.”
Madam Walker,
National Negro Business League Convention, July 1912

Madame C.J. Walker is most memorable for her conception of the straightening comb and her prominent role in the black beauty industry during the early 1900’s. From her invention she built a wealthy empire and became a contributing factor to the Harlem community, an African American woman in control of an African American clientele business.

Today, the empire that she seemingly built has been destroyed by the intervention of the Korean wholesaler. With a refusal to sale to African American’s, the African American influence and power over this industry has been virtually eliminated. According to Target Market News, the beauty industry grosses over 100 billion dollars a year.

The BOBSA (Black Owned Beauty Supply Association), an alliance of black beauty supply owner’s, reports that there are currently 9,000 beauty supply stores controlled by Korean wholesalers, while only an estimated 500 of them are black-owned.

In Aron Ranen’s, “The Black Hair Documentary” he suggests that the Korean and U.S. governments work together to prevent the export of hair, to other countries, making Korean-Americans or South Koreans the middle men for all hair sells worldwide.

African American consumers need to be more supportive of black owned beauty supply stores. The problem is not that Koreans are successful in this industry, but that they do not allow African Americans to be successful in it as well.

Drugs, Baltimore’s Blues

1 Nov

For more than two decades, Baltimore has had an entrenched subculture of heroin addiction.
Two-thirds of Baltimore residents with addictions are injection drug users.

According to a July 2000 assessment by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Baltimore is the “most heroin-plagued area” in the nation and faces one of the most severe crack problems as well.

Crack cocaine’s arrival in the early 1990s compounded the city’s longstanding problems with heroin; crack drew a younger crowd of users and dealers, and violent crime associated with drug sales escalated. Many heroin addicts also began using crack.

In 2008, things still have not changed, and are they ever going to is the real question? For any one who has ever visited the city of Baltimore, you’ve seen them. The number of junkies that stroll down city streets, looking for their next joy ride. Their eyes are cold and intentions unknown.

Can we take these people back, clean them up and make them regular tax paying citizens? Sure we can, but they need ALOT of help that their not getting. Most of the clinics in Baltimore, will supply an addict with a small dosage of the drug that he or she is addicted to. This is an attempt to slowly wing them off of the controlled substance.

I say, lets take it back to, “Pookie,” like in New Jack City (Great movie by the way), where addicts are forced to go “cold turkey,” and go through a series of withdrawal symptoms. I guess you can call this tough love. Well, call it what you want, but Black people have to start caring about one another.

Message from Ms. Morgan: “To my Black people who are well educated and are reading this blog, who have positions of power, who love to teach, who are disgusted by the poverty of inner city communities, who are not selfish, and who do not basque in their own success – work for your people. As the Talented Tenth we have a responsibility to serve, and uplift those who just don’t know any better. Know where you come from and give back. Even if you are privileged, and have never been without, research the struggle and embrace it- we are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”