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The Power of Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is native to tropical regions such as Africa, Australia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania and India. It is from the Poaceae family of grasses, which has therapeutic, dietary and cosmetic purposes. It has been noted in history for its ability to boost immunity and eliminate harmful bacteria. Lemongrass is becoming more prevalent in conventional uses as holistic medicine is on the rise.

In tropical native regions Lemongrass is used for numerous purposes. It was widely used for dietary purposes as the herb have fibrous stalks. The flavoring agent can be found in beverages and desserts for its ability to aide in digestion. Some natives make teas and soups from Lemongrass to treat fevers and infections. Lemongrass properties boost circulation, reduce body aches and detoxify the body of inflammation, fungus, viruses and microbial diseases.lemon grass

Lemongrass essential oils alleviate stress and tension making them very useful for aromatherapy. Lemongrass is known for its neural abilities as an anti-depressant. It is known to boost energy and increase alertness. It can be used in lotions to treat acne and fungal infections as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite. Lemongrass can also be used to make soaps, deodorants, shampoos and even insect repellant.

lemongrass oilHolistic medicine is on the rise and Lemongrass is on the bill for general health. Its healing properties are abundant ranging from dietary to medicinal to cosmetic. Some have called it “fever grass” and “fever tea” for its ability to reduce fevers. Even still true to today, Lemongrass is among the most popular essential oils in use today. It is highlighted here on Keedie’s Corner for its health benefits and effectiveness.

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By: Keidra Ponder

 

 

Community Healing Project Inc. presents “Back 2 School FUN BASH”

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Community Healing Project has done great work in the community and this time they are holding an event to help families on their trips back to school! Event includes :

  • Bookbag and supplies give away

  • Field day activities

  • Guest Speakers

  • Free Haircuts

  • Free food

  • Music and games

The location is 848 Oak st, Daytona Beach, Fl.

Come out and support this wonderful event

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Written by Bruce Walton

The 13th, Puts Everything Happening In America Right Now In Perspective — MadameNoire

Last night I watched Ava DuVernay’s highly acclaimed documentary, The 13th. It wasn’t the most emotionally responsible thing to do while still mourning the results of Tuesday night’s election, but politically it put a lot of things into perspective. Namely, it answered the question everyone’s been asking that can’t be explained by voter turnout and poll…

via The 13th, Puts Everything Happening In America Right Now In Perspective — MadameNoire

#ViewsFromDaBooth: Emails and Intros.

What’s going on wit it? By now some of you are moving smarter in this music industry and some of y’all are now getting paid to perform. That’s wazzam. That means you are listening, maybe we can work together one day. This week we are going to cover something so simple, but often forgotten, how to send an email to a DJ. Let’s get into it.

First off, do you know how to send an email? No you don’t, stop lying! I receive probably more than 15 emails a day from artists, managers, promoters, anybody with a homeboy that raps. How do I choose which songs to check out when I am busy? Well. To keep it honest, I prefer the JUST the music. But if you must, a short 2-3 sentence bio, and the artwork for the song. I HATE, and I really do mean HATE, when an artist sends an email with a link in bio to click on their song. Make it easy on ah DJ, attach the song as an MP3! I’m not a fan that you need to be worried about getting an extra view on your song. Not at all, not at all. I am a DJ with very limited time. Not sure bout most DJs, but I love to check out new music while driving. And it’s easier for me to listen to an MP3 attachment than to click a link, scroll down, press play, stop the pop up add, blah blah blah, deleted.

If you know the DJ, include a short thank you note for him or her taking the time to listen. If you have never made contact with the DJ, please send an email asking if it is ok to send music. Or send an introductory email at least. I prefer communication directly from the artist or manager. This shows me that you took the time and consideration to reach out to me. OH! Real quick, why do you artists send one email to multiple DJS? I hate that. That’s a number one sign that you are a lazy artist that does not care to make a personal connection with DJs. When I see that, I instantly lose interest. Back to the point. Make sure that your email is short and quickly moves the DJ to listen to the song.

Before pressing send, make sure your email introduces both you and the record. We don’t care who else is playing it or how the club turns up when they hear it. Include the artwork, a picture is worth a thousand words. If the artwork is clean, gives a description of the song title, and looks like you spent money on it, we will definitely listen to the song. Lastly, just attach one song, clean and dirty version, as an MP3. It’s simple, to the point, and gives us the option to include it in radio and club mixes.

That’s all folks!

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#ViewsFromDaBooth is a biweekly article from the south’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area. Follow him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.

 

Expressing Condolences to an Acquaintance

By Suzie Kolber

You see her softly sobbing in her cubicle. You’ve heard the story that her father recently passed away, but you don’t know her very well. You only say “hi” when you come in or when you pass her a new file. What will you say when you pass by her today?

You’ve noticed how he avoids everyone lately, and he comes in late to work. You know his wife died a few weeks ago, and he’s just not the same. You haven’t had a reason to talk to him, but you have a meeting scheduled this afternoon with just the two of you. Should you broach the subject or pretend everything is normal?

These situations are awkward for the most eloquent people. For the average person, it can make them uncomfortable to be around someone who has suffered a loss. The question of whether to say something and if so, what should you say comes to everyone at one time or another. If you follow these guidelines, it won’t have to be so awkward to express condolences to an acquaintance.

Obvious Avoidance

Remember that if you feel you should say something and don’t, it will be obvious to the other person that you’re avoiding the subject. They will feel even more uncomfortable and alone. Instead, if the situation seems to call for some kind of expression of sympathy, do it.

You can keep the comments short and casual. In the first instance, you could simply say something like this:

“I heard about your loss and I wanted to express my sympathy. Let me know if you need more time to work on this file.”

The second situation calls for something a little more direct. Maybe you’re the supervisor or at least a co-worker involved in a project with the guy whose wife died. You need to broach the subject because it will be obvious if you’re ignoring it. And face it, he probably knows he’s not acting the same and he knows other people realize it as well. You can handle this situation by saying:

“I know this is a difficult time for you. I’m sorry for what you’re going through, and let me know if there’s any way I can help. I can take on more work for this project or give you an extension to the deadline.”

By offering solid suggestions for ways you can help, you take the focus off the death of the loved one and put it on helping them out. Many times, people don’t know what help is needed or what to ask for, and you offering a specific way of assisting them enables them to figure out how to deal with their grief.

Avoid trite comments just for the sake of saying something. You don’t need to say a lot to express your condolences, but make them words that count. Remember that not saying anything can make the situation more awkward than anything you might say. Even the most basic sentiments can help the person feel better and allow them the freedom to work through their grief with your support.

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Suzie Kolber is a writer at obituarieshelp.org . The site is a complete guide for someone seeking help for writing sympathy messages, condolence letters and funeral planning resources.

Poem “White Boy Privilege” 

My friend sent me a link that made me shed a tear. I was so moved by 8th grader Royce Mann’s delivery of “White Boy Privilege”. Even a child could see the injustice in our System, why can’t everyone else?  Mann’s powerful words won him first place in the competition and I could see why, but could we see change on the rise?? We have to be the change we want to see, we have to take responsibility for our actions and shortcomings, then we have to put a plan in action and follow through on our words. Mann is a leader of the new school and the revolution will be televised. Click the link below to watch the video.

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Poem “White Boy Privilege”

 

 

The Summer is beneficial for more than its weather and your vacation time.

During the summer months a great way to invest in your career is to join a professional organization. You have a group of like minded individuals who are passionate about their career just as you are. You may gain knowledge and insight on ways to prosper as well as having the potential to be beneficial to someone else in their quest also. These summer months are perfect for networking and investing. Here are a list of small business organizations that are well known and highly recommended. This list is an example, just the tip of the iceberg. Let it inspire you to explore.

http://quickbooks.intuit.com/r/local/small-business-organizations-you-should-get-to-know/

Suicide Prevention Group Impacting The City of Daytona in Big Ways

Chief and editor of Keedie’s Corner, Keidra Ponder, had the pleasure of sitting with Stephanie Foreman who is a member of the SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association) to discuss this ongoing issue of suicide.The passion in her words and the fire in her eyes told me this lady meant business when it came to saving lives. She is a student at Daytona State College and is studying to be an Occupational Therapist Assistant who plans to heal the world from the inside out.Stephanie was introduced to this awareness group by one of her instructors, Mary Beth, who is over the OTA (Occupational Therapy Assistant) program. Carol Luby is the president over the suicide prevention program at Daytona State and is the Lady behind the rallying for awareness. Before joining the organization Stephanie met with Carol who is also a school counselor to discuss the sensitivity of suicide. She then became aware of the silent killer who is claiming more lives than society is acknowledging. I had the opportunity to get a deeper look into Stephanie’s passion and her reasoning behind wanting to help others.

  • Have you ever dealt with depression or have had a family member who was depressed to the point of committing suicide?

  • I can’t say that any of my relatives have openly admitted to wanting to commit suicide but I have known people who have taken their lives due to depression. But I do know the effects of depression because of the bad situation I grew up in. I used the situation for motivation, yet my brother used our childhood as a reason for some of his bad decisions. He was depressed and didn’t know it until he was locked behind bars with more than enough time to think about why he made the choices he did.

  • Do you think women talk about depression openly more than men?

  • I think women talk about everything more openly than men. Which is why women have more outlets for help because they are willing to seek help faster than a man will. This does not mean women are not committing suicide, it just means men hold a lot of stress in and are more likely to commit suicide and will do it in a more violent way than a woman would. For women and men it’s important to talk about their feelings and thoughts of harming ones self.

  • How do you feel about depression, suicide and therapy within the African American community?

  • In school we learned about cultural differences when it comes to the use of medicine and different healing practices. In the African American community going to the doctor is almost somewhat of a last resort. We don’t go to the doctors until something is broke and barely hanging on. In the past African Americans where shunned by white America so on some levels there is some kind of distrust. It was not stressed how important it is to have regular doctor and dentist visits, so mental health evaluations were definitely swept under the rug. Africans Americans always have had a resilience to pain due to the things we have overcome as a people, yet sometimes it’s those feelings of pain that don’t reside and turn into depression. Even if African Americans aren’t open to talking to a doctor still talk to someone whether it be a pastor, teacher, friend, co-worker etc just speak up. Some African Americans think suicide is a “white” thing but depression affects everyone man, woman and child no matter the race or age.

Some things Stephanie enlightened me about were;

  • In the state of Florida suicide rates is 3 to 5 to murder rate. So for every 3 murders there is 5 suicides.
  • Depression is a clinical illness that goes unnoticed way too often because it’s a long term clinical illness that can’t necessarily be seen.
  • Cries for help may be mere blatant statements like “I don’t want to be here”, “Life Sucks”, “I’m ready to go home”.
  • People who commit suicide plan that act long before it actually followed out.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention;

  • After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more mortality than any other cause of death.
  • In 2013, someone in America died by suicide every 12.8 minutes
  • 19.1% of these suicides were among individuals between 45 to 64 years old.  18.6% suicides occurred in the age group 85 years and older. While young adults between the ages of 15 to 24 made up 10.9% of the individuals who attempted suicide.

Some suicide risk factors include;

  • Health Factors such as depression, PTSD, substance abuse, chronic pain, etc.
  • Environmental Factors like being exposed to graphic images of suicide, harassment, unemployment, relationship problems, poverty and so forth.
  • Historical Factors are things like family history of suicide and/or previous suicide attempts.

Risk of suicide can be observed in a person’s talk, behavior and/or mood. Some of the risk may be external while others are internal. Signs to be on the lookout for are;

  • A persons that talks of having nothing to live for, feeling trapped and/ or being in unbearable pain
  • A persons behavior becomes reckless and they are withdrawing from family and friends.
  • A persons mood will change, you may notice a loss of interest in day to day living with signs of irritability and anxiety.

Jump to present day, as I sit with Stephanie and talk about her future plans, she informed me there is a suicide prevention walk called “Out of the Darkness Campus Walk” coming up on April 24th from 6pm till 8pm. This is a 5k walk which happens each spring at institutions around America. The walk that was held at the Daytona State campus last year raised over $10,000. The money was put into raising suicide awareness by starting different community outreach groups. This year some of the groups that will be in attendance will be Begin Again.They are the surviving family members of individuals who have committed suicide. Also participating in the walk will be the group 22toomany. There an organization for the families of soldiers who have lost their lives to suicide brought on by PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, and other mental health issues. The name of the organization is derived from the fact that nearly 22 soldiers die a day from suicide. The families of the fallen soldiers will send in pictures and the participants will wear them on their shirts in remembrance of lost ones. If you have a solider that has lost their lives due to suicide send their picture to 22 Too Many and one of the walkers will wear it on their shirt for remembrance.They are also looking for a few good participants to help during the walk, whether it’s being in the walk, working the booths or rest stops. Please come out and show your support. Lets stand in unity and heal each other. Click the links below for more information on the “Out of Darkness Camus Walk” and suicide prevention.

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http://www.afsp.org/ – Link to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

http://afsp.donordrive.com/ – Link to inquire about the Out of Darkness Campus Walk

https://www.facebook.com/22TooMany – Link to the 22 Too Many group

When asked is there any words of wisdom or encouragement that Stephanie would leave the listeners with her response was, “I want the listeners to know that we all need each other. It’s always a way to get out of any situation that you may be in. If you or your friend is suffering for depression don’t let the feeling over come you, let it go. It’s our job to help people, not to just look for contentment within ourselves. We need to help one another because that’s what were here for”.

  • If you are interested in bringing awareness to the cause or have any questions please contact Stephanie at 321-704-7290

Sickle Cell Awareness” w/ Reshaun Bennett

Daytona Beach man Reshuan Bennett shares his personal experiences with Sickle Cell Anemia Disease.

Reshaun, known as Pnut, feels Sickle Cell is a disease that is swept under the rug to the general public. In Daytona Beach, we couldnt find anything going on for National Sickle Cell Awareness Day. Pnut hopes to bring more attention towards the disease not just locally but globally.

“Sickle Cell Awareness” Daytona Dreams: http://youtu.be/jmKgLpP1N40

Below is a link to a previous Sickle Cell Awarness post by Keedies Corner
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Why a “Great Opportunity” really isn’t

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“Do this bit of work for me for free. It’s a huge opportunity! You’ll get rich! I swear!”Uh-huh. David Thorne wrote this hilarious piece about an alleged exchange with someone who wanted some free design work. While it may be an utter fabrication, it got me thinking:In 15 years, I’ve never – neverhad a ‘great opportunity’ pan out. Not. Once. I’ve been lured in a few times to provide free consulting time, do some free copywriting and the like. But somehow the client’s stock options/promises end up worth about as much as really low-quality toilet paper. The kind that comes off the roll in tiny little bits and pieces and could be used to grind metal.There’s a reason folks ask for spec work, and it’s not because they’re jerks. A lot of the time they genuinely think they deserve it (which may make them jerks, actually) or that this really is a great opportunity. Which merely makes them lousy gamblers/businesspeople, or both.

Why a great spec work opportunity is never great, or an opportunity

Chances are the client’s idea is so dated/foolish/doomed you’re better off buying stock in GM.You don’t control your own destiny. Sure, if the client succeeds, you’ll get paid lots of money. But you don’t control whether they succeed. Your success or failure is in the hands of someone who thinks they deserve free work, and also lacks the funding and good sense to pay for good work. Chances of success = .0000001%.If the client does succeed, you’ll be replaced. If the client’s idea is a huge success, they will be bought out, or hire underlings. The new management or underlings will have their own pet consultant/designer/writer and squash you faster than a pile of earwigs.If the client does succeed and you aren’t replaced, your investment will be worthless. I’ve learned this lesson the very hard way: We got lots of shares in a promising company. The company kept growing. Then they changed their investment strategy and required us all to fund a new round of financing. If we didn’t, our series A stock became common stock. Hear that flushing sound?…This isn’t the way to get good karma. Do free work for someone who has a ‘great business idea’. Best case: When this idea flops, they return asking for more free work. Worst case: They forget you ever existed during one of their alcoholic binges after their great opportunity is laughed out of 20 consecutive investor meetings.

Alternatives to working for free

Sometimes, someone you really like and trust asks for free work. You can work for them. Just don’t do it for free. A few ideas:Get a glowing testimonial. In advance.If they have a cool blog/site, ask ‘em for a link.Ask them to arrange an introduction to a business leader/potential client you’ve been trying to meet for ages. In advance.Instead of doing the full project, advise their team as they do the project. Charge the client for consulting instead.

When to work for free

At some point you’ll still give in. I do it. Just have a system. I have my own set of ‘free work’ rules:It’s a great cause. “Joe Schmoe’s yacht fund” is not a great cause, by the way.There is no committee. If you’re not paying me, I am in charge of my work. I will not sit and listen to 12 slack-brained power-maddened volunteers. I will be theslack-brained power-maddened volunteer. Period.There’s an end date. Working for free forever without pay is called prison, or slavery, or something.I’m not doing any other free work.It’s in writing. There’s still got to be a contract. I will do X and Y. You will be eternally grateful and/or compensate me in some way.

Be cautious

You have to find your own way when it comes to free work. All I suggest is that you’re very, very careful about it. At a bare minimum, make sure the warm tingles you get from donating your time (because that’s what you’re doing) is sufficient compensation.If the potential client is asking for free work, their ‘great opportunity’ never is.

Daytona Native Genesis Robinson Advocates the “Affordable Health Care Act”

In this past year or two, Health Care has become a more pressed issue then it has ever been. Having health care is a good thing, right? Well, a lot of people have had issues with the new Health Care movement. Wether it may be that they can’t afford it or they may rather find another source of payment. With that being said, we understand that the people needed inside information on this touchy subject so there can be closure on the issue. In this financial crisis, people attach the new health care movement with other tactical plots to salvage our economy. Why don’t the people understand that this is actually a great opportunity for them? Well, in order to get to the bottom of this we talked to Daytona native , now residing in Washington D.C., Genesis Robinson about his roll in the “Affordable Health Care Act”. With only days left to sign up, here is how Genesis kicked the people some knowledge in our exclusive interview.

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1) (We first got his full name which has been expressed above)

2.Birth place and current residence (if you relocated for an occupation, explain)

Daytona Beach, FL

In January 2013 I moved to Washington D.C. to take a job with the Federal Government.

3.What is your occupation?

Congressional Staffer

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4.Explain your role in helping people apply for health care.

Since open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) begin, I have worked to ensure that everyone I know is enrolled in a healthcare plan that meets their needs and is within their budget. Via my role as Federal employee who works for a member of Congress and private citizen who is concerned about ensuring everyone has access to quality healthcare, I have been able to assist a bevy of people with enrollment. I have worked with both professional and civic organizations to ensure that everyone I know is enrolled. I have assisted people from all walks of life; everyone from family and friends to strangers and acquaintances.

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5.On a financial level, how can the government benefit from having the majority of citizens insured?

    Not only does the government benefit from having the majority of citizens insured, but private citizens do too. When someone whose uninsured needs emergency care, the bill for that care is passed on to hardworking people who have their own bills of their own to pay and maintain. By requiring everyone to maintain and pay for an insurance plan, it reduces the cost for everyone.

  Example:  

It’s very similar to a group of friends deciding to split the cost for dinner. Imagine being at dinner with 10 people, and you get a bill for $100, yet only 4 people split the bill with you. That makes 6 people who did not contribute to the cost of the final bill and as a result, the price is increased for the 4 people who had to pay. Whereas, if all 10 people paid, the cost is distributed among those who ate and price is lowered for everyone involved.

6.What advice do you have for those who don’t have health care?  

Get insured! The deadline to start your application is March 31, 2014. If you don’t believe that you can complete the application by that date, just start. The Obama Administration has extended the deadline to Mid-April for those who start the process by March 31, 2014.Having healthcare can potentially save your life and add years to your life.
Even if you are unsure about the cost, get on the website and search the plans. Most people are eligible for a subsidy which pays a large part of the plan for you. I have helped people enroll for a plan and they had to pay NOTHING. As a fan of basketball, I would say that “you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take”.

7.When is the deadline to enroll?  

The deadline to start enrollment is Monday, March 31, 2014  

However, the Obama Administration has announced that people who started the application process by the March 31st deadline will be able to quality for an extension until Mid- April. To qualify for an extension, a person should check the blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline.

8. Do you have any links or tips that can help people get started?  

With the March 31 enrollment deadline so close, I don’t recommend using a paper application. You can enroll entirely online right now. Or you can contact the Marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) to apply, pick a plan, and enroll.  

9. What is needed to apply for an affordable healthcare plan?  

• Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
• Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2 forms-Wage and Tax Statements)
•Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household              

10. How can someone avoid paying a penalty?

  To avoid the penalty you need insurance that qualifies as minimum essential coverage. If you’re covered by any of the following in 2014, you’re considered covered and don’t have to pay a penalty:

• Any Marketplace plan, or any individual insurance plan you already have
•Any employer plan (including COBRA), with or without “grandfathered” status. This includes retiree plans
• Medicare
•Medicaid
•The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
•TRICARE (for current service members and military retirees, their families, and survivors)
• Veterans health care programs (including the Veterans Health Care Program, VA Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), and Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program)
• Peace Corps Volunteer plans
• Self-funded health coverage offered to students by universities for plan or policy years that begin on or before Dec. 31, 2014

11.What will be deducted from your 2015 income tax if you do not get health insurance this year?

The penalty in 2014 is calculated one of 2 ways. You’ll pay whichever of these amounts is higher:

•1% of your yearly household income. (Only the amount of income above the tax filing threshold (which is $10,150) for an individual, is used to calculate the penalty.)

  • The maximum fine a individual could be penalized is the national          average for a yearly premium for a bronze plan (which currently is about $9,800)

For example, a single person who will earn $35,000 in 2014, the penalty would be $249 ($35,000 – $10,150 = $24,850 x 1% = $249).

•$95 per person over 18 for the year ($47.50 per child under 18).
The maximum penalty per family using this method is $285.

The way the penalty is calculated, a single adult with household income between $10,150 – $19,650 would pay the $95 flat rate. A single adult with household income above $19,650 would pay an amount based on the 1 percent rate. (If income is below $10,150, no penalty is owed.)

The penalty increases every year. In 2015 it’s 2% of income or $325 per person. In 2016 and later years it’s 2.5% of income or $695 per person. After that it’s adjusted for inflation.

If you’re uninsured for just part of the year, 1/12 of the yearly penalty applies to each month you’re uninsured. If you’re uninsured for less than 3 months, you don’t have to make a payment.  

12.  What can people do to spread the word?

Telling others about the benefits and importance of signing up for Health Care is vitally important. As a community we must make it our responsibility to ensure that each other is covered and has all relevant information to make an informed decision about our health. We can spread the word via social media, word of mouth, through civic and social organizations (church, fraternity/sorority, book club, neighborhood watch groups, and etc.)  

13. Why do you think it is important for people to enroll for healthcare?

I think affordable healthcare is vitally important because it allows people to live healthier and longer lives. Having access to quality care not only helps when you are sick and ill, but it can also serve as a deterrent to prevent you from being more susceptible to diseases and infections prior to them developing.   Additionally, I think it is important that people enroll in a health care plan through the Affordable Care Act because it shows the President that we support his vision and are appreciative for the sacrifice he made to vouch for the millions of uninsured Americans. For people to not follow up and enroll in healthcare after the President spent so much political capital to get the Bill passed is both asinine and irresponsible.
 
  I believe that some people have allowed the media to cloud their judgment and plant seeds of doubt into their minds about the effectiveness and/or need for a law that provides affordable healthcare to everyone regardless of their race, religion, gender and/or socio-economic status. We mustn’t forget that for over 100 years prior to President Obama, every President has tried to get meaningful healthcare reform, but failed.

  Healthcare reform is by far the most important legislative victory for African Americans. At a time when African Americans are disproportionally more likely to suffer from illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure and we are 55% less likely to have health insurance than our white counterparts, we cannot allow this opportunity to get covered and start living healthy lifestyles pass us by. Because of the Affordable Care Act, there is now, almost 7 million African Americans who now have access to affordable care for the first time in their life. Ensuring they capitalize on that is paramount to the long-term progression of our community.    

Helpful Websites:  

https://www.healthcare.gov/  
http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/factsheets/2012/04/aca-and-african-americans04122012a.html  
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/obamacare-is-a-triumph-fo_b_4010984.html  

When on social media use the following hash tags:  

#GetCovered
#ACA
#BlackMenEnroll
#GetCoveredNow
#AffordableCareAct

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Written by: Bruce Walton and Genesis Robinson
Published by: Keedie’s Corner

Daytona Beach, Along With 3 Other Cities in Florida, Make Top Ten Most Dangerous Small Cities

When you see small towns on TV and in movies, they’re almost always idyllic places where the American dream is thriving and neighbors all know each other. That, and unless you’re watching a whodunnit, no one’s ever the victim of a crime.

In reality, small cities are surprisingly similar to all the others, meaning that there are good ones and bad. We thought we’d switch gears today and look the small cities where crime is a real concern.

After studying more than 200 small cities, we’ve concluded that Wilmington, DE is the most dangerous in terms of crime. It’s joined in this dubious honor by nine other places to comprise our 10 most dangerous small cities in America:

  1. Wilmington, DE
  2. Canton, OH
  3. Jackson, TN
  4. Rocky Mount, NC
  5. North Little Rock, AR
  6. Pensacola, FL
  7. Daytona Beach, FL
  8. Homestead, FL
  9. Lauderhill, FL
  10. Warner Robins, GA

Florida accounted for the single largest share of cities in the top 10, with four. It’s interesting to note that all 10 are either in the Midwestern, Mid-Atlantic, or Southern regions of the country.

You can read more about the top 10 most dangerous below, and see a ranking of the 50 most dangerous at the end of this post. Next, we’ll go over our methodology for building this ranking.

How We Created This Report

To produce this ranking, we first decided on a list of small cities between 50,000 and 75,000 residents in size. After eliminating those without available crime data, we were left with a list of 234 places to study.

Using data from the FBI’s 2012 uniform crime report, the latest available, we measured seven distinct crimes using the total reported incidents of each:

  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Assault

We separated these crimes into four groups: murders, violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, and assault), property crimes (burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft), and total crimes. The cities were then ranked on the incidents of each group per 100,000 residents per year, from 1 to 234, with a higher score being more dangerous. We calculated the number of crimes per 100,000 residents for 2012 in order to have a level playing field on which to compare cities with varying population sizes.

The individual rankings (murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes) were then weighted to create a final overall score. Murders, violent crimes, and property crimes each comprised 30 percent of the total, while total crimes made up 10 percent. The higher this combined score, the more dangerous the city.

Below, you’ll find a breakdown of how each of the 10 most dangerous small cities fared when judged on these criteria.

1. Wilmington, DE

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The most dangerous small city we studied, Wilmington is on the larger end of our range with a population of just over 72,000. Despite the efforts of local authorities, which have included placing the city’s entire downtown area under CCTV surveillance and other aggressive tactics, crime continues to be a serious problem in Wilmington. It topped the list in terms of violent crime, outranking 233 other cities for this dubious honor, with 1,703 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.

Wilmington didn’t fare much better in other areas, ranking as the third-most dangerous small city in terms of murder (it saw 26 in 2012) and total crime (5,052 were reported there the same year). The only instance in which it did even slightly better—and then only relatively—was property crimes, where it placed ninth overall for its 5,305 crimes per 100,000.

With a reported 150 shootings by the end of 2013, it would seem that Wilmington has a long way to go before it can be considered a safer place to live.

2. Canton, OH

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Ohio is known for lots of things, and thankfully being crime-ridden isn’t one of them. Like most states, though, it has its rough spots, and Canton is one of them. A little more than 50 miles outside of Cleveland, this city made No. 2 on our list with a couple of second-place crime rankings: property crimes and total crimes.

In terms of the former, there were 6,550 property crimes per 100,000 residents there in 2012, and for the latter Canton had 7,562 total crimes per 100,000. Thefts led the list of property crimes, with 2,671 reported that year. Elsewhere in our rankings, Canton placed eighth for murder with 10 in all and eighth for violent crime in general with 1,011 per 100,000 people.

3. Jackson, TN

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Named for native Tennessean and America’s seventh President, Andrew Jackson, this city of nearly 66,000 in Madison County has the dubious distinction of placing fourth overall in terms of both murders and violent crimes per 100,000. It earned that first ranking for the 11 murders reported there in 2012; one more than Canton, in fact.

Jackson’s second fourth-place rank came from its 1,348 violent crimes per 100,000 residents that year. It fared substantially better in both property crimes and total crimes per 100,000, where it ranked 16th and 11th, respectively.

4. Rocky Mount, NC

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Remember how we said every state has its rough spots? Well, North Carolina is home to places like Cary, NC, which are exceedingly safe, but also those like Rocky Mount, which certainly aren’t. In fact, this city of about 58,000 was the sixth most dangerous we looked at in terms of violent crimes, with 1,039 per 100,000 residents in 2012.

Rocky Mount performed ever-so-slightly better when it came to homicides, where it placed seventh overall with 14 per 100,000. Its rankings for property crimes and total crimes per 100,000 were slightly better. It placed 13th for the former with 4,693 and 12th for the latter with 5,732.

5. North Little Rock, AR

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Situated across the Arkansas River from Little Rock, AR proper, North Little Rock is only about 30 percent as large as its namesake but actually has more per capita crime. This city’s 5,920 crimes in 2012 were enough to earn it first place in terms of total crimes, while it also took first in property crimes (there were 5,471 of those).

Fortunately, the city’s violent crime ranking was considerably lower at 26th overall, with 623 crimes per 100,000 residents reported in 2012. Its 13 murders per 100,000 were enough to earn it 12th place for that criterion.

With crime stats like this, it’s no wonder the North Little Rock Police Department has been experimenting with drones for the past few years and has plans to use them over high-crime neighborhoods in the not-too-distant future.

6. Pensacola, FL

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Pensacola is the first of four cities in Florida that made our top 10 most dangerous places, which also means it’s the most dangerous of the bunch. It also happens to be the smallest by about 10,000 residents. Despite this, it ranks six places higher than the next-most dangerous small Florida city in terms of murder; Pensacola placed 10th overall in that category with 13 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2012.

As for violent crimes in general, Pensacola placed 19th with 656 per 100,000. For property crime, North Little Rock ranked 23rd, which is actually the second-safest in our top 10, while for total crime it placed 21st; the safest in our top 10 when judged that way.

7. Daytona Beach, FL

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Probably best known outside Florida for NASCAR’s annual Daytona 500 race, Daytona Beach is fittingly on the higher end of the scale when it comes to motor vehicle thefts (it had 346 in 2012). In fact, the city ranked eighth overall when it came to property crime, with 5,367 per 100,000 residents. This was just slightly better than its rank for violent crime, where it placed ninth overall.

Daytona Beach placed sixth when it came to total crimes, with 6,359 per 100,000 people. Fortunately, it fared much better in terms of the most serious crime we looked at—Murder—where it ranked 44th overall with six per 100,000 during 2012.

8. Lauderhill, FL

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Located just west of Fort Lauderdale, FL, the small city of Lauderhill is the safest place in our top 10 as far as property crimes go. It placed 32nd overall in that criterion, with 4,070 property crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012. For total crimes, it ranked 20th.

Things look worse for the city when violent crimes are considered. Lauderhill saw 814 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012, a number large enough for it to rank 12th overall. In terms of murders, things weren’t much better; Lauderhill had 12 per 100,000, a 16th-place finish.

8. Homestead, FL

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Despite having the second-highest violent crime rate in our top 10, Homestead—a city of almost 63,000 located south of Miami, FL—was fortunately much safer in terms of murder. It was third most dangerous overall for violent crimes, at a rate of 1,450 per 100,000 residents in 2012. For murder, it placed 45th, at six per 100,000 that year.

Homestead was 18th overall for property crime, with 4,461 per 100,000—an overwhelming majority of which were thefts. As for total crimes, the city placed eighth, with a combined crime rate of 5,911 per 100,000 annually.

10. Warner Robins, GA

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Home to Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins has the lowest overall violent crime rank of any city in our top 10, placing 45th most dangerous in that respect, but makes up for this fact when it comes to property crime. The city is sixth overall for burglaries, thefts, and vehicle thefts, with 5,520 property crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012.

The overall crime rate of 6,027 per 100,000 recorded that year was high enough for Warner Robins to be ranked the seventh-most dangerous place in that criterion. As for murder, the city ranked 23rd—not the absolute worst, but with 234 cities in our ranking, certainly nowhere near good.

Safety In Numbers

As we pointed out earlier, the majority of the most dangerous small cities we found are situated in the Mid-Atlantic, Southern, and Midwestern regions of the country. On the flip side, we noted that the safest tended to be divided into two groups: either out West in places like California and Utah or in Minnesota (where there seem to be lots of small cities, for yet-to-be-analyzed reasons).

Lakeville, MN was the safest small city (at 56,805 residents) out of all the ones we looked at, with a diminutive 14 violent crimes per 100,000 residents during the period studied (no murders or rapes were among them). The rest of the top five safest were, in descending order: Lehi, UT, Minnetonka, MN, Laguna Nigel, CA, and Yorba Linda, CA.

So, if you happen to reside in any of the unsafe spots we just covered, your ticket to low-crime living (without changing city size) just might be in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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Russell Simmons Releases Another Book. This Time the Subject Is Meditation

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Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, andNew York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons shares the most fundamental key to success—meditation—and guides readers to use stillness as a powerful tool to access their potential. 

In the New York Times bestseller Super Rich, Russell Simmons proved that to be rich is more than just having money in the bank—wealth is about balance, joy, and conscientious living. 

In Success Through Stillness, Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career.

Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no “bad” way to meditate, only different forms for different people.In this highly anticipated new book, Russell Simmons guides readers into finding greater clarity and focus, and explains how to be healthier in both mind and body.

Simmons breaks down what he’s learned from masters of meditation into a guide that is accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice.

Major Changes in SAT Announced by College Board

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By TAMAR LEWIN

March 5, 2014

Saying its college admission exams do not focus enough on the important academic skills, the College Board announced on Wednesday a fundamental rethinking of the SAT, ending the longstanding penalty for guessing wrong, cutting obscure vocabulary words and making the essay optional.

The president of the College Board,David Coleman, criticized his own test, the SAT, and its main rival, the ACT, saying that both had “become disconnected from the work of our high schools.”In addition, Mr. Coleman announced programs to help low-income students, who will now be given fee waivers allowing them to apply to four colleges at no charge. And even before the new exam is introduced, in the spring of 2016, the College Board, in partnership with Khan Academy, will offer free online practice problems and instructional videos showing how to solve them.

The changes are extensive: The SAT’s rarefied vocabulary challenges will be replaced by words that are common in college courses, like “empirical” and “synthesis.” The math questions, now scattered across many topics, will focus more narrowly on linear equations, functions and proportional thinking. The use of a calculator will no longer be allowed on some of the math sections.

Among other changes, the new test will not ask students to define arcane words, relying instead on vocabulary used in college courses.PAUL VERNON / ASSOCIATED PRESSThe new exam will be available on paper and computer, and the scoring will revert to the old 1,600-point scale — from 2,400 — with top scores of 800 on math and 800 on what will now be called “evidence-based reading and writing.” The optional essay, which strong writers may choose to do, will have a separate score.Once the pre-eminent college admissions exam, the SAT has lost ground to the ACT, which is based more directly on high school curriculums and is now taken by a slightly higher number of students.

Last year, 1.8 million students took the ACT and 1.7 million the SAT.The new SAT will not quell all criticism of standardized tests. Critics have long pointed out — and Mr. Coleman admits — that high school grades are a better predictor of college success than standardized test scores. More colleges have in recent years become “test optional,” allowing students to forgo the exams and submit their grades, transcripts and perhaps a graded paper.For many students, Mr. Coleman said, the tests are mysterious and “filled with unproductive anxiety.” And, he acknowledged, they inspire little respect from classroom teachers: only 20 percent, he said, see the college-admission tests as a fair measure of the work their students have done.Mr. Coleman came to the College Board in 2012, from a job as an architect of the Common Core curriculum standards, which set out the content that students must master at each level and are now making their way into school.He announced plans to revise the SAT a year ago and almost from the start expressed dissatisfaction with the essay that was added in 2005. He said he also wanted to make the test reflect more closely what students did in high school and, perhaps most important, rein in the intense coaching and tutoring on how to take the test that often gave affluent students an advantage.“It is time for the College Board to say in a clearer voice that the culture and practice of costly test preparation that has arisen around admissions exams drives the perception of inequality and injustice in our country,” Mr. Coleman said Wednesday. “It may not be our fault, but it is our problem.”While test-preparation companies said the SAT was moving in the right direction, with more openness and more free online test preparation, the changes were unlikely to diminish the demand for their services. “People will always want an edge,” said Seppy Basili, a vice president of Kaplan Test Prep. “And test changes always spur demand.”The suggested changes were well received among many educators, but Mr. Coleman’s comments about the ACT drew harsh words from an executive of that company.“David Coleman is not a spokesman for the ACT, and I acknowledge his political gamesmanship but I don’t appreciate it,” Jon Erickson, president of ACT’s education division, said. “ It seems like they’re mostly following what we’ve always done.”Philip Ballinger, the director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Washington, said he admired Mr. Coleman’s heartfelt “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” approach to improving the SAT and appreciated the effort to tame the test-prep industry.“It’s absurd, and that’s the nicest thing I can call it, how much test prep has grown and how guilt-ridden parents have become about trying to prepare their kids for the test,” Mr. Ballinger said. “If this helps test prep become learning, not gaming, well, shoot, that’s great. “Some changes will make the new SAT more like the ACT, which for the last two years has outpaced the SAT in test takers.

Thirteen states administer the ACT to all public high school juniors, and three more are planning to do so. The ACT has no guessing penalty, and its essay is optional. It also includes a science section, and while the SAT is not adding one, the redesigned reading test will include a science passage.But beyond the particulars, Mr. Coleman emphasized that the three-hour exam — three hours and 50 minutes with the essay — had been redesigned with an eye toward reinforcing the skills and evidence-based thinking that students should be learning in high school, and moving away from a need for test-taking tricks and strategies.

Sometimes, students will be asked not just to select the right answer but to justify it by choosing the quotation from a text that provides the best supporting evidence for their answer.The revised essay, in particular, will shift in that direction.

Students now write about their experiences and opinions, with no penalty for incorrect assertions, even egregiously wrong ones. In the future, though, students will receive a source document and be asked to analyze it for its use of evidence, reasoning and persuasive or stylistic technique.The text will be different on each exam, but the essay task will remain constant. The required essay never entirely caught on with college admissions officers. Many never figured the score into the admission decision and looked at the actual essays only rarely, as a raw writing sample to help detect how much parents, consultants and counselors had edited and polished the essay submitted with the application.