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Proud About It!

This weekend I had the pleasure of going to visit my baby boy in college at KSU (Kentucky State University). Some may and some may not know that KSU is an HBCU (Historically Black College University), that in itself makes me proud that he is a part.
This weekend was his first home coming game, oh yeah, he is a part of the Marching Thorobreds at KSU, the marching band is and has been a huge part of his life since he was exposed to the hard work and excitement of it all when he was a small child.

This weekend also celebrated the schools 125th Anniversary and there were a lot of Alumni students that came back to participate in all of the festivities. These people made my heart truly smile.
I mean there were fraternities and sorrorities there and they were some really down to earth, nice people. I said that because I’ve always gotten the impression that the frats, and sorrors are people that have an attitude or air of “arrogancy” about them.

The current students and Alumni came together and really put on a show. I mean there was singing, dancing, chanting, crying, etc. the students showed such pride in the school and even in the fact that they were able to come together again in one place.
I am happy to say that I’m glad that my son is the individual that he has strived to be all of his life, like no other, and that he is persuing his college dreams. More importantly I’m glad that he is a part of an institution that prides itself on being a HBCU and my boy gets to be a part of it all….AND I’M PROUD ABOUT IT!

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in General

 

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Forced To Change!

Today I’m just going over and over in my mind about what today means to so many people. October 1st is the kick of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it’s also the day that thousands of Michigan residence that receive cash benefits from the state of Michigan get their monetary assistance cut.
I’ve heard and read a lot of opinions on this subject and although I see and understand one side of popular opinion, I can’t help but to think about those that TRULY need the help and what they will do or what will happen to them after today?

Our new Governor has made this decision and put a cap on assistance to families for 4 years. I understand how he may not want people to become comfortable on receiving assistance or taking the system for granted, of which thousands have done over the years, but what about those who have taken all of the steps and followed all of the protocol required by the state and still find themselves in a place of having no job and the only way that they could pay bills and/or assist with taking care of their families is through the money that they receive from the state, until today?
What about the elderly people who have depended on assistance because their SSI check isn’t enough to pay their bills and pay for food too? These people get to keep their foodstamp assistance, but what good will that do if, because of lack of funds, these people end up homeless? What good will foodstamps do then?

Yes, for those that have just sat back and enjoyed a life of luxuary at the expense of tax payer dollars maybe this will force them to try and get a job. I say try because jobs seem to be so scarce. You have people that can operate all of the latest computer programs and have the capability, but because they have lack of experience alot of places will not hire. I mean there are numerous people who have all types of skill, but the job market is harsh these days, especially for people 40 and up.

I hope that this drastic change will be the start of a brand new day for alot of people. Maybe this is what they need to start that home based business. Maybe they can get funding from the state for starting a business, or going back to school to help them find better employment, but either way its not going to be easy.

These are tough times and from where I sit we better start banding together as a community to help each other do what is necessary to make it in the world. If you know of somebody that has a home business, give them your business and then tell others about it. If you know of somebody that may need a meal or some food, reach out to them to help the best way you can, and then get others to help too. If we start within ourselves to help each other, I’m sure we can all learn from and grow from this situation.
What else will we do if we don’t ban together? What will happen if those of us who can help won’t help? Either way it goes, if you are effected directly or effected indirectly, we’re all FORCED TO CHANGE!

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2011 in General

 

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