Major Keys: How to Leverage Social Media for Professional Development

Over the past week, the National Urban League held their annual conference, this year uniquely titled, “Save Our Cities, Powering the Digital Revolution.” There were lots of conversations taking place including, “Driving an Inclusive Economic Strategy” to “Black Women United: Learning Where the Real Power Lies.” The panel that I sat on was “Social Hustle: How to Leverage Technology for Professional Development.”

In case you missed it, here are some questions you should ask yourself in order to make the most of your social media presence:

When thinking about your online profile professionally, think about it holistically. What does your entire social media presence represent? If I view your profile across the board on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram am I going to get the same feel for who you are or will you exude something totally different on each platform?

Are you being consistent across all platforms? If you post a theme on Monday, have you committed to posting that theme every Monday or do you get sidetracked and post it on Monday this week and Wednesday the next week because it totally slipped your mind? When building an audience your viewers want to see consistency.

Social media gives us an opportunity to showcase the different facets of who we are; developing a narrative that is consistent with how you want to articulate who you are is really important,” said Lisa Mesa, Enterprise Relationship Manager at LinkedIn. “It’s important to be intentional.”

COLUMBUS, OH AUGUST 03, 2018- Friday Forum: Social Hustle: Leveraging Technology for Professional Development during the National Urban League Conference, August 03, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Mikki K. Harris)

COLUMBUS, OH AUGUST 03, 2018- Friday Forum: Social Hustle: Leveraging Technology for Professional Development during the National Urban League Conference, August 03, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Mikki K. Harris)

 

“My typical formula is: an inspirational post in the morning, 2ish life captures during the day, and a quirky dating after-35 sucks post at night lol,” said Suezette Yasmin Robotham, M.S. who leads D&I for Google Search. 

Lastly, when you are posting to various platforms make sure that you are clear how each platform serves you. If you are a writer, Twitter may be a better fit, if your professional career is extremely visual, Instagram may work wonders, if you are a marketer or career coach, it may be best to hang out more on LinkedIn. Figure out what platform suits you best and put the majority of your focus there. Not all social media platforms are created equal.

The panel was moderated by Public Relations Professional, Amanda Littlejohn, and included Senior Director of Human Resources and Professional Development, for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, Jamar Ward; Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager for Google Search, Suezette Yasmin Robotham, M.S.; and Enterprise Relationship Manager for LinkedIn, Lisa Mesa.

 

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People are already shipping them hard! After a bit of flirting online between Chris Brown and Rita Ora, it looks like fans are freaking out, wishing they would date already!

It all started when Chris shared a pic that featured his mother and his daughter Royalty on his Instagram account.

The two had actually surprised the singer at his Heartbreak On A Full Moon Tour’s final performance on August 5, and it was a very sweet moment.

‘ALL DAY🔥🔥🔥🔥,’ Rita commented on the pic, and now people are wondering whether she was celebrating him completing the tour or gushing about the fact that he was not wearing a shirt.

Fans seem to think it is the second possibility, especially because of the multiple fire emojis she added.

MOMMA AND LIL MOMMA SURPRISED ME ❤

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One follower was quick to make it very clear that ‘@ritaora we would love to see you and @chrisbrownofficial as a couple.’

Another also thought that would be a good idea as they commented: ‘can u guys just date already🙏🏽?’

And the fact that Chris was the one who commented on one of her pics first did not escape the excited fans.

‘Lmaoooo Rita playing [Chris] commented on her picture and everything.’

As you may recall, under a pic that showed Rita in a tiny bikini, Chris wrote: ‘ROADMAN TING!!! #PENGGAL.’

In case you don’t know what any of that says, it’s British slang that means something similar to ‘hot gangsta.’

It sounds like Chris is making an effort to actually learn U.K. slang just to impress Rita, so who knows? Maybe something really is brewing between the two.

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Ryan Lochte Suspended for Doping Violation After Posting Photo of IV on Social Media

(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Ryan Lochte posted a photo for the world to see, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency noticed.

It got him suspended — again.

The longtime U.S. swimming star has been banned from competition until July 2019, which means the 12-time Olympic medalist cannot compete as planned in the national championships that start this week in California. Lochte will also be ineligible for other top meets, including the Pan Pacific Championships later this year and next year’s world championships.

Lochte’s offense was that he got an intravenous injection in May — a method typically banned under anti-doping rules. The 14-month ban, retroactive to May 24 and announced Monday by USADA, is his second in less than two years following his 10-month suspension for his behavior during a drunken incident that created widespread scorn at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

U.S. anti-doping officials said Lochte, who was holding a news conference Monday in South Florida to discuss the matter, was not taking a banned substance.

In Brazil, he there were questions about his version of what happened.

This time, he revealed what happened — obviously unaware of the ramifications it would bring.

Lochte’s violation essentially came to light when he posted the photo of him getting the IV on his social media accounts. That triggered the USADA investigation, one that Lochte “fully cooperated” with according to U.S. officials.

“Lochte received an intravenous infusion of permitted substances at an infusion clinic,” the USADA announcement of the suspension said. Under most circumstances, athletes cannot receive IVs unless related to a hospitalization or when allowed under the terms of a USADA-approved exemption — and Lochte fell into neither of those categories.

Suspensions for use of an IV are extremely rare: The USADA database shows only two other athletes being sanctioned for using such a method, one of them getting a six-month suspension and the other a 14-month ban. That same database shows that before Monday, no other U.S. swimmer in the last 10 years, for any reason including actual positive tests, had been suspended for more than one year by USADA.

This week could have been a significant step forward for Lochte, who was entered in four events at the U.S. championships at Irvine, California and was preparing to compete in what would have been his biggest competition since the Rio Games. Lochte said that he and three other U.S. Olympic swimmers there were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station, a story that quickly unraveled.

Lochte was not only suspended 10 months for that debacle, but also forfeited $ 100,000 in Olympic medal bonus money and was banned from competing in last year’s national and world championships.

But the bigger hit was to his reputation, one that was less than pristine to begin with.

And now, he’s back in hot water. USADA agreed to start the 14-month clock on May 24, the day that he posted the photo which no longer can be found on his Twitter or Instagram pages. He has previously said that he wants to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, though those hopes would seem to be in at least some doubt now.

Lochte spent much of his career portraying a party-boy image, while his wildly successful exploits in the pool — six Olympic golds, 36 world championship gold medals, no fewer than four world records — were always overshadowed by 28-time Olympic medalist and 23-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps.

After Rio, Lochte was dropped by at least four major sponsors including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren, though he has added some endorsement deals since. He was also apparently targeted by two men wearing t-shirts bearing an anti-Lochte message rushed the stage while he was competing on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Lochte returned to competition last year, most notably winning the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Open. He also has become a father and a husband since Rio — he married former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid in January, seven months after their son was born.

Lochte will turn 36 during the Tokyo Games. He won gold medals at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 games, and if he found a way to win another in Tokyo he would become the oldest Olympic swimming champion.

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

On Sunday, July 8th, 2018, news broke that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin had gotten engaged while on vacation in the Bahamas. TMZ broke the news and then Hailey’s dad Stephen and Bieber’s father Jeremy seemingly confirmed the engagement in their own social media posts. Justin and Hailey played coy at first, but earlier today the couple confirmed their engagement with his-and-hers social media statements.

Justin opened his emotional Instagram post with a tribute to his future wife.

“Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” Justin wrote in the Instagram post. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first!”

Justin called their union “literally perfect” and mentioned that they got engaged “on the seventh day of the seventh month,” and that “the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection.”

Hailey tweeted just seconds after Justin’s massive Instagram post, and wrote:

“Not sure what I did in life to deserve such happiness but I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with! No words could ever express my gratitude.”

TMZ originally broke the news and reported that Justin proposed on Saturday, July 7th while on vacation. According to an eye-witness, the couple were salsa dancing in a crowd when Justin’s security team asked all nearby guests to put their phones away while he popped the question.

Justin and Hailey have been dating for a few weeks — though they reportedly met in 2009 and dated on and off in early 2016.

Read Justin’s full statement on their engagement, below:

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA VE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!”

Congrats to the happy couple.

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How ‘Cloak & Dagger’ is Boldly Tackling Social Issues in America

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is one of the most compelling new shows to come out of the superhero genre. Rather than deal with a villain of the week, the series is focused on very the real issues faced by the two teenage protagonists Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt). It’s these social issues that are drawing fans to care for these fledgling heroes as they try to cope with everyday life and grapple with their newfound powers.

FANDOM also had the chance to sit down the creators of Cloak & Dagger. Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb, Director Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Showrunner Joe Pokaski discuss why its so important for this show, in particular, to embrace these real-world issues.

“That’s how we define a hero. People who stand up to fight for issues when everyone else is sitting down. Whether or not they are teenagers or the Avengers, Marvel heroes are the same.” – Loeb

After experiencing an accident as children, Tyrone and Tandy are given powers: he the ability to teleport using a cloak of darkness and she the ability to create daggers made of light. The same night they gain their powers, each loses an important family member, setting the events of the show into motion and leaving lasting emotional scars. Tandy and Tyrone’s powers manifest in times of crisis, leading them confront their trauma and their connection to the other.

“Tandy and Tyrone are going to be heroes, the way the Parkland students are standing up. They are going to fight for the world the way it should be.” – Pokaski

Here are some of the grounded issues Cloak & Dagger tackles that make it way more than just a traditional superhero show.

Black Lives Matter


Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone Johnson

Cloak & Dagger is not afraid to tackle tough issues head on. In one of first scenes of the pilot, “First Light”, Tyrone watches his older brother Billy (Marqus Clae) get shot by a white police officer. The young black man is unarmed, holding only a car radio stolen by the young Tyrone (Maceo Smedley) in a show of bravado.

“I think we’re in an era where the police are looking at people differently.” – Pokaski

The event haunts Tyrone as he grows older and comes to define the Johnson family. As the only surviving child, Tyrone’s parents are overbearing and he in turn is crushed under the weight of needing to be perfect and well behaved in order to survive. He is also secretly hellbent on getting revenge on the officer, Detective Connors (J.D. Evermore) who shot his brother.

In using such a topical and important issue as the main focus of the show, Cloak & Dagger is helping to bring light to the issue of young black men being killed by police officers. The death of Billy is used as the emotional core of the first episode and continues throughout the early episodes of the series, proving it is not just a one time issue, but one with a lasting impact that affects families and communities.

Race in America


Tyrone Johnson played by Aubrey Joseph

Other superhero shows like Black Lightning and Luke Cage have dealt with the issues of race, but Cloak & Dagger takes a unique angle. The Johnson family is an affluent black family; Tyrone attends private school. The New Orleans setting also adds another layer to the story, with the city’s rich history woven into the story of Tyrone and his relationship with his father.

“I wanted to separate race and socioeconomic structure. Tyrone, despite the fact that he’s wealthy, he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.” – Pokaski

Tyrone is faced with racism on a daily basis. His basketball teammates attack and insult him, making him work all even to prove he belongs. He is judged by his appearance as a young, black male and has to hide his anger and frustrations, especially when trying to find out more information on Detective Connors. On the surface Tyrone appears to be the perfect son and student, but it is this rage combined with his powers of darkness that make him such a compelling character.

Addiction


Olivia Holt as Tandy Bowen

The same night Tyrone’s brother was killed, Tandy lost her father in a car accident. His death left the family with nothing forcing Tandy and her mother Melissa (Andrea Roth) to leave their upper class lifestyle behind. Tandy’s grief-stricken mother turns to drugs as an escape and neglects her daughter in the process. Tandy is forced to take care of herself, even going as far as leaving home and living on her own in an abandoned church. Tandy too turns to drugs for comfort, running cons on wealthy men to steal their money in order to score.

“What we’re dealing with, in terms of themes, we wanted the authenticity.” – Prince-Bythewood

However, Cloak & Dagger makes it clear that Melissa is not the villain of the story. She is a woman clearly still reeling from the loss of her husband and stuck living in the past. There are some bright moments between mother and daughter, making their relationship all the more complicated. Tandy and her mother are stuck in a cycle of hurting themselves and each other to escape the very real pain of their current situation. Both use drugs as a coping mechanism. It’s sadly a very realistic portrayal of two individuals struggling with loss.

Sexual Assault


Olivia Holt plays Tandy Bowen aka Dagger

Another one of the major issues Cloak & Dagger tackles early on is sexual assault. One night Tandy robs a rich guy, only to have him attack her in an alley in retaliation. Before anything can happen, Tandy’s powers appear to protect her and she is able to fend off her attacker. However, the encounter leaves her shaken and confused in more ways than one. It’s a scary scene and one that could have gone much differently if not for her abilities.

“I wish this show was on five years ago. It’s great to see a woman as a superhero.” – Pokaski

It is not unfamiliar territory to use a woman’s trauma to bring about the awakening of some sort of powers. However, Cloak & Dagger sensitively handles the idea of a young woman being assaulted and the process of recovery. Tandy is a true survivor and her struggles are not easy ones. Both Tandy and Tyrone have both faced incredible amounts of trauma and their bond is only made stronger by their shared experiences.

Cloak & Dagger mixes impressive visuals with strong character based drama that makes it unlike any other superhero show on TV. With a focus on real issues the show is a realistic portrayal of what it is like to be a teenager today- albeit one who has to deal with superpowers as well as peer pressure.

Cloak & Dagger currently airs on Freeform, Thursdays at 8PM.

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Will Smith Drops A Few Hot Bars, Social Media Approves

As you may have heard, Will Smith is a big time movie star, former rap star and a social media phenomenon, racking up 15 million followers on Instagram in a matter of months. His posts have been worth it, though – from tours of Australia and Columbia to inside stories about his career and cameos from his wife Jadaand children Trey, Jaden and Willow, he’s made social media fun again. He may be the celebrity most fun to watch on social media outside of Rihanna.

Today, he blessed his followers with some new music. A surprise few bars had Smith trending nationwide on Twitter, even on a day when the NFL agreed to fine teams if they have players who don’t stand for the national anthem and Shannon Brown’s younger NBA player brother, Sterling, was the focus of yet another violent response by police to the most innocuous of provocations.

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And in other news, Will announced that he’d be doing the anthem for the next World Cup. No big deal in th life of Will Smith.
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How social media is hurting your memory

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How social media is hurting your memory

Each day, hundreds of millions of people document and share their experiences on social media, from packed parties to the most intimate family moments. Social platforms let us stay in touch with friends and forge new relationships like never before, but those increases in communication and social connection may come at a cost. In a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers showed that those who documented and shared their experiences on social media formed less precise memories of those events.

In a series of three studies led by Diana Tamir of Princeton University, researchers explored how taking photos and videos for social media affects people’s enjoyment, engagement and memory of those experiences.

Participants watched engaging TED talks or went on self-guided tours of a church on Stanford University’s campus. They were asked to record their experiences in several different ways: to take photographs or notes of the event, to record the event but not save it, to share the event on social media or to reflect internally. They were then asked how much they enjoyed the experience, how much they maintained focus or if their mind wandered, and then took a quiz to test their memory.

Tamir and her team found that sharing experiences on social media did not seem to affect how much people felt that they had enjoyed the experience or were engaged. However, those who wrote down, recorded or shared their experiences performed about 10% worse on memory tests across all experiments.

The researchers concluded that the likely culprit of the memory deficit was not purely social media, because even taking photos or writing experiential notes without publishing them showed the same effects. Just interrupting the experience didn’t seem to hurt, because those who were instructed to reflect on a TED talk internally without writing retained as much information as those who watched it normally. Instead, it was the act of externalizing their experience — that is, reproducing it in any form — that seemed to make them lose something of the original experience.

These findings are rooted in research on transactive memory, or the way that we divide information between internal storage — what we decide to remember — and external storage, which is what we store elsewhere. Before the Internet, information was intuitively distributed between a person’s mind and external storage in the form of experts and books. Dividing information in this way is thought to maximize the available knowledge of the social group while allowing experts to form a deeper understanding of their field. On a smaller scale, studies show that romantic partners spontaneously allocate memories between each other. Each partner takes responsibility for a portion of the information that needs to be remembered, increasing what the couple can recall.

Externalized information used to take effort to retrieve, but with the arrival of the portable Internet, almost any fact is accessible within seconds. This ease has produced what researchers call the “Google effect,” in which there is less need to store information internally when it is so easily accessible elsewhere. This availability of external information causes us to neglect information itself, but instead remember where to find it. For example, one study found that if people playing a trivia game believe that a computer is storing each trivia question for them to study later, they do not form a memory of the information they want. Instead, they form a memory of how to retrieve that information on the computer.

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The current study suggests that the same process may be going on for experiential memories, which in the past could not be readily captured and stored externally. With the advent of smartphones and social media, we may externalize not only knowledge, but memory of our most fun experiences. Although these experiences may be preserved on our devices, what remains in our memory may be diminished. Furthermore, these studies did not allow people to freely use social media as they might in a natural setting, which might compound these effects with the added distractions of multitasking, scrolling through friends’ posts or buzzing notifications.

This effect is related to another concern linked to social media: FOMO, or the fear of missing out. With the rise of shared content, the exciting activities that you could be doing at any given moment are more apparent than ever, which can lead to a feeling of apprehension that others are having rewarding experiences without you. FOMO, not surprisingly, is associated with being less satisfied with your life, in a worse mood and emotionally unfulfilled. But as the current study suggests, being the one sharing the content may also make you miss out in a different way. Although people in the study reported being just as satisfied and engaged in each activity, those who externalized it to their phone or a piece of paper seem to be missing something of the original experience — an aspect that can’t be captured in a social media post.

This article originally appeared on Time.com

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How and why I made all my new mom friends on social media

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I’m still waiting for a book that actually talks about the real realities of new motherhood. How the early days of breastfeeding don’t just hurt, it feels like your nipple is being inserted into a pencil sharpener. How you won’t just be tired, you’ll feel as if you’re the subject of a sleep-deprivation study performed by sadists.

You’ll also be lonely. True, the population of your household will increase by at least one. Friends and family members will be visiting. Your partner may even be home on family leave. There will be more people around you than usual. Yet you’ll feel like you’re stranded atop a glacier in the middle of the ocean. Alone, with no one in sight.

There’s a cure. It’s mentioned, but I found its importance was glossed over. It should be written in bold and surrounded by flashing lights: moms need other moms friends. It’s imperative to our survival as new moms — no, just as moms at any stage. As humans, too.

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And while befriending any person who is or has been responsible for raising a tiny human, one who’s doing so at roughly the same stage as you is even better. There is something magical about telling a friend, “My child screams like a howler monkey the second we step inside a restaurant,” and hearing “Same here!” in response.

Sounds pretty great, right? It is. However, making those mom friends is difficult. At least it was for me.

I moved in my third trimester and went on bedrest a week later. Sure, I tried to catch the eye of other pregnant women in the waiting room of my ob-gyn’s office or in birthing class. But my haphazard efforts weren’t successful. I gave birth friendless. 

Yes, my husband and parents were around. No, it’s not the same.

During the first few weeks of my son’s life I had insomnia. I was nursing a newborn every 2-3 hours and wide awake in between. Despite knowing that screen time would feed my inability to sleep, I logged on. Often.

I was desperate to do online what I couldn’t do in my daily life: make mom friends. 

Buoyed by exhaustion masquerading as confidence, I made a bold decision. Choosing full transparency and honesty I came clean on my Instagram account (my social media platform of choice). “I’m lonely,” I explained, in a photo caption. “Scared, with no idea what I’m doing as a new mom. And I need friends. Anyone interested?”

I was flooded with excitement and anticipation when my inbox began filling up. People commented. Introduced me to their friends. I started my journey, albeit a non-traditional one, toward making mom friends.

With a growing confidence I went on Facebook. The BabyCenter Community boards. I began commenting, engaging, responding. I soon had a new group of virtual mom friends. I was blown away by how many others were in my situation and were more than happy to connect.

Instagram became, and still is, my lifeline. I’ve also helped other moms connect there as well. I’ve been supported in the dark days of my PPD journey. I’ve had others celebrate with me, cry alongside of me. And never let me feel alone.

Due to geography I haven’t been able to convert all of my virtual friends into “in person” pals. Most are in other states, a few are even in other countries. Distance has never impacted our connection or friendship.

But I’ve been able to meet up with quite a few. Some even attended my son’s birthday party. It makes me smile when I’m asked how me met and I answer, “on Instagram.” It’s a sign of the times. Our connection, virtual. Yet somehow more real than many other relationships in my life that are face-to-face.

There’s something unspoken that two women share once they become moms. We know. We’ve felt it, thought it, laughed or cried about it. And are happy to be there for others as they experience it, too.

I could have been consumed by loneliness and fear. Yes, I had friends. Some were moms. But none were in the same trench at the same time I was. So I took what was at my disposal at the time — the internet — and made it work for me. 

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I didn’t have many other options at 3 a.m. in the midst of a cluster feeding session. It’s not conventional. But it turned my life around.

My husband and I recently moved again. This time I went straight to social media to announce our plans and solicit friends in our new area. I actually had play dates arranged within days of our arrival. 

Sure, social media has its downfalls. But it’s also really good sometimes, too. Great, in fact. 

Just ask me and my mom friends. 

For more mom moments — or to be virtual mom friends — follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

Have you ever used social media to make friends? How did you meet your mom friends?

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The Kapors on Social Impact Investing and Why Their Investment Firm Will Be Run by People of Color

Many have heard the name “Kapor” as in the “Kapor Center for Social Impact” and “Kapor Capital,” but not many know the backstory of Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein. The couple is a cornerstone of social impact investingBlack Enterprise sat down with the Kapors to discuss their backgrounds, the types of companies in which they invest, and what their plans are for Kapor after they step down.

Tell me about your background and how you got started in venture capital.

Mitch Kapor: So, I got into venture capital gradually. First I was an entrepreneur. I started a company. Lotus, back in the ’80s.

I started doing angel investing while I was still at Lotus. I enjoyed helping other entrepreneurs succeed and working with them on their vision. I did angel investing on and off for decades.

Freada, in the mid-2000s, started talking to me much more actively about thinking about the social impact element of these businesses. I was good at finding the next big thing, but she encouraged me to think about who it was good for. Does it help people and who does it help?

Freada Kapor Klein: My entire adult life, I’ve been very focused on issues of social and racial justice. I started the first group on sexual harassment in the United States in 1976 and at that point, most of the first cases that were brought were brought by African American women. There’s a very early history of sexual harassment where there’s the intertwining of racism and the ways in which women of color were victimized.

I’m trained as a researcher so a lot of work over the years, including my Ph.D. dissertation, was on the topic where I looked at sexual harassment and also looked at what we now call intersectionality and how it impacts different groups of women and different groups of women’s vulnerability.

My first job after graduate school was Lotus, the software company that Mitch founded and I was hired in 1984. My job description was to make Lotus the most progressive employer in the U.S.

From there, I left Lotus and I started my own business on consulting and training on issues of bias harassment discrimination.

In the mid-90s, Mitch and I re-met and got together as a couple. I was still doing my consulting research work, but then when we moved out here to California, I also started the Level Playing Field Institute, which is the home of the Smash Academy, the Summer Math, and Science Honors Academy, for low-income underrepresented students of color and it’s been half girls since day one.

Mitch has been doing angel investing for decades but we started talking much more about impact and that’s when I got involved, when we could really meld the worlds of social and racial justice, tech and investing is when I got really interested.

Who were some of the startups that you decided to invest in?

Mitch Kapor: Where we landed was creating a small venture firm and really focusing on tech companies that would not only have the chance to become big businesses but were also dedicated in a specific way to making the world a better place.

We’re investors in a company called LendUp, which provides a real alternative to payday lending to get people out of debt traps. We are investors in a company called Genius Plaza which does English language learning software for kids in Title 1 schools, and we’re investors in Pigeonly which provides a way for the incarcerated to make low-cost phone calls to stay in touch with their families. Those are a few examples.

Why did you choose Oakland as the home for Kapor Capital?

Freada Kapor Klein: He (Mitch Kapor) said Oakland is going to be the next tech hub. We really thought that so much of San Francisco and what Silicon Valley tech has become has been to widen gaps, between haves and have-nots. That’s on the basis of income, race, and lots of other things, and we thought there really needs to be somebody focusing on closing gaps.

You guys are at the point where you plan to step back. Tell me more about what that looks like for Kapor. 

Freada Kapor Klein: As Mitch and I step back, Kapor Capital is gonna be an investment firm ran completely by people of color. We’re going to have a lot of companies that are getting ready for exits so we’ll be able to talk about what our track record has been. We’ve got some incredibly capable partners. They will undoubtedly do things differently but they are at a point in their lives where they will have the opportunity to build and run something.

Mitch Kapor: I’ll be writing a memoir. I’m a packrat so I’ve saved forty years’ worth of material. I think I can actually recreate some of the day-to-day of what it was like to start a very high growth startup in the 1980s. I think it’s going to be instructive in sharing the education of an entrepreneur and what have been the lessons learned over the decades since.

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U.S. Visa Applicants May Be Asked for Social Media History, Says State Dept

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The federal government wants foreign visitors to supply their social media history before they can enter the country, according to Reuters.

On Friday, the State Department filed a proposal that would make it mandatory for immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to submit “all social media identities” that they’ve used in the past five years.

The proposal would need to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget and would be used to identify those seeking entry into the U.S.

The proposal falls in line with President Donald Trump’s plan to vet immigrants prior to entering the country in order to curb terrorism.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) blasted the proposal saying it would have a negative effect on freedom of speech.

“People will now have to wonder if what they say online will be misconstrued or misunderstood by a government official,” Hina Shamsi, director ACLU’s National Security Project, told Reuters in a statement.

“We’re also concerned about how the Trump administration defines the vague and over-broad term ‘terrorist activities’ because it is inherently political and can be used to discriminate against immigrants who have done nothing wrong,” he continued.

The public can weigh in with comments with OMB before they approve or deny the request, Reuter reports.

Applicants would also have to submit past telephone numbers, email addresses and travel history.

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From lullabies to live concerts: How music and rhythm shape our social brains

A universal sign of motherhood is the lullaby. The world over, mothers sing to their babies, whether Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, their favorite song from the radio, or even random notes. This universality makes the simple lullaby a great window into the human mind. In a new study, cognitive neuroscientists found that lullabies soothe both moms and babies simultaneously, while playsongs increase babies’ attention and displays of positive emotion toward their mothers.
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Ed Westwick Removes Sexual Assault Denials From Social Media 

Ed Westwick has deleted statements he posted on social media denying sexual assault allegations made against him.

“It has come to the attention of investigators that Mr. Westwick has removed denials about alleged rapes of the victims in this investigation from his social media accounts that he had posted last November,” a law enforcement source tells Us Weekly. It’s not clear when the English actor wiped his posts but the news comes four days after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office confirmed that his case was under review.

Us has also learned that Westwick has hired a high-profile L.A.-based female criminal lawyer to represent him. A source close to Westwick tells Us, “It’s his lawyer’s policy for people to not use social media.”

As previously reported, the Gossip Girl alum, 30, has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women — allegations he denied at the time on Twitter. Kristen Cohen alleged in November 2017 that Westwick raped her after a producer introduced her to the actor in 2014. Westwick wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”

Actress Aurelie Wynn later detailed a similar 2014 incident on Facebook, claiming the Wicked City actor pushed her face down and assaulted her. Another woman, Rachel Eck subsequently told Buzzfeed that the actor had aggressively groped her.

“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet in response to Wynn and Eck’s claims. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

In light of the allegations, Westwick was fired from BBC’s Ordeal by Innocence.

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Money Mondays: How Social Media Affects Your Spending

You are here this morning to talk about a very interesting factor affecting the financial behavior of many Americans. What is it?

 We all have heard that phrase keeping up with the Jones’, but not many of us give much thought to how this phenomenon has changed in our era of ubiquitous technology and connection. As it turns out, the answer – specifically for millennials – is a lot. A new survey from Allianz Life has found the tendency for social media users to broadcast a very curated view of their life has financial ripple effects for many Americans.

What did the survey find?

 The survey found that FOMO (fear of missing out) drives many Americans to make poor financial decisions, and the most susceptible Americans are millennials. The report states that social media “has become the millennials’ financial Achilles’ heel.” Of the millennials survey respondents, 55% reported experiencing a fear of missing out, and 57% spent money they hadn’t planned to because of what they saw on their social media feeds.

Nearly 9 in 10 (88%) said they believe social media causes people to compare their wealth/lifestyle with others. But it is not just the younger generation. Seven in ten (71%) of Gen Xers and just over half of Baby Boomers (54%) responded the same way. And 61% of millennial respondents reported feel inadequate about their own life and what they have because of social media, with half of millennials claiming to have spent more money going out than they do on rent or mortgage.

 Is this yet another sign of millennials being fiscally irresponsible?

 You know, Tom, the funny thing is millennials do not really deserve this reputation. Witnessing their parents deal with financial hardship during the Great Recession had a profound impact on this generation, and they have taken lessons from those experiences to improve their own financial habits.

In fact, the survey found that 77% feel financially confident (compared to only 64% of Gen Xers) and 48% of those with a 401(k) contribute 10% or more on a monthly basis – the highest percentage of any other generation.

On top of this, 41% of Millennials reported they set aside a portion of their monthly earnings for savings, and 58% believe saving for retirement is a basic necessity. Finally, they are very likely to seek out help. Forty percent of millennials said they have a financial professional and work closely with them, compared to just 25% of Gen Xers.

What lessons should we take away from these findings?

All of us need to be aware of the pressures that we are exposed to when on social media. I think we are often very away of the barrage of ads we see on various platforms, but we do not necessarily think about what we see from those we are connecting with. If you are a millennial, I urge you to embrace the stock market. The survey found that nearly 6 in 10 Millennials remain skeptical of the stock market. Investing in the stock market is the best way to grow wealth for retirement.

If you are a Gen Xer or a Baby Boomer, this survey tells you there are a number of places to step up your game. Whether it is setting aside money for savings, or contributing more to your retirement, if you are in these generations, you must take these lessons to heart. Having a safety net and building your nest egg are even more important when you are making the most money and getting closer to retirement.

Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and retirement plans through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. Additionally, she is a regular financial contributor and analyst for CBS News.

 

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From humble beginnings as a blog for a pet food venture, in four years LittleThings accrued millions of followers and views on its social platforms through feel-good content.

But the publisher announced that it would be no more on Tuesday, putting the blame largely on Facebook’s algorithm changes in an email to all staff, published by Business Insider

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Should Employers Look at Social Media When Hiring?

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Social media is great for staying connected to family and friends, sharing jokes, opinions, and interests, and keeping up-to-date with current trends and events. It can also be where potential employers go to do additional screening before making their hiring decisions. In fact, according to a study by CareerBuilder, nearly 70% of employers screen their candidates using social media and what’s more surprising is 57% of employers are less likely to even contact applicants who lack an online presence.

Sure, finding a new candidate can be tough, and using all your tactics to determine if a candidate is a good fit before sending out an Employment Offer Letter is usually a good idea. But can reviewing someone’s social media put you in a difficult legal situation?

The truth is, if you use information under protected grounds (e.g. race, religion, color, gender, etc.) to make your hiring decision, yes. Moreover, even when you think looking at your applicant’s Facebook profile won’t influence your decision inappropriately and possibly illegally, it could.

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Can You Legally Look at a Candidate’s Social Media?

As long as a hiring manager reviews public posts and information, there are no direct laws that prohibit them from reviewing a candidate’s social media and using the information to make their decision.

There are plenty of laws that prohibit discrimination. In our blog post, 15 Questions You Can’t Ask Employees, we discuss common interview questions that could leave you liable for discrimination. If you’re able to answer these questions just by looking at your applicant’s social media accounts, then you could find yourself in hot water.

Essentially, these laws prevent employers from dismissing qualified candidates over prohibited grounds, including color, race, sex, religion, or national origin.

This means when you visit a person’s Facebook or Instagram page, you’re collecting information that could unknowingly and possibly inappropriately influence your hiring decision. In fact, even simply looking at the applicant’s profile picture is risky.

In general, viewing anything that allows you to infer the candidates’ age, skin color, race, gender, religion, etc. is a problem, and although you can make every effort to be objective when it comes time to decide between applicants, unconscious biases can sometimes affect your decision.

How Do Biases Affect Your Hiring Decision?

A bias is when prejudices cause you to favor (or disfavor) a certain type of person or group in an unfair way.

For instance, humans are naturally drawn to people who are similar to themselves. This means something like finding out a candidate has similar religious beliefs as you could cause you to favor their application over others, even if you don’t think you are doing so.

Another instance of bias could be if a person has unconscious, stereotypical views of a certain type of person or group.

For instance, if someone thinks an individual of a certain gender or race are more skilled or less skilled at something than their counterpart (like if a person thinks women are better communicators than men), they could unknowingly allow their views to influence their decision and hire a particular applicant over another for the wrong reasons, even if the other applicant is equally as qualified for the position.

The issue here is that most people aren’t aware of their biases and how they can affect their decision making. Reviewing an applicant’s social media can bring to light inappropriate information that should never be used when choosing a new employee like gender, race, or religious beliefs.

How to Hire Objectively

While screening an applicant’s social media is quick, easy, free, and tempting, it can make your decision subjective, and with a bit more time and effort, you can gather all the details you need to make an informed, objective decision.

Start by acknowledging all the position’s requirements and evaluating each applicant’s qualifications and ability to fulfill those requirements. If you have multiple candidates with comparable skills, consider doing a competency assessment (like a writing prompt or test) to help you determine each applicant’s proficiency level.

Likewise, you could also compare your candidates’ mannerisms using a personality assessment. These assessments can show if the applicant’s personality is a good fit for the company and may help you narrow down your choices.

Keep in mind, unavoidable biases will always affect your hiring decisions and may even help prevent you from hiring an inadequate applicant. For example, you may be less likely to hire someone with a diploma from an institution with a reputation of low education standards.

Whatever process you choose, remaining objective can help you select the best person for the position while limiting discrimination on any of the protected grounds.

Screening Applicants Using Social Media

Screening an applicant’s social media is not an objective screening tactic. It can easily influence your hiring decision and even leave you liable if the information you use to assess your candidate is protected under the Civil Rights Act.

So, in short, although social media screening is an easy way to ensure the person you are hiring is respectful, reliable, and responsible, it’s a risk, and you should definitely think twice before doing it.

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Dark vs. Light: ‘Star Wars’ fans storm social media with dueling ‘Last Jedi’ opinions

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Spoiler alert! This post contains big spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, get out of here now if you don’t want to know what happens.

The critical response to The Last Jedi has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews lauding the film for — among other things — deviating from the Star Wars norm.

Audiences online, though, haven’t been quite so enamored of the movieAs Mashable reported earlier this week, the gap between Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics vs. those from moviegoers was, at one point, a whopping 37 percent.

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OHMYGOSSIP — Coco Rocha revealed her pregnancy to her friends for the first time on social media.
The 29-year-old model announced she was expecting her second child with her artist husband James Conran on Instagram last week to the delight of her fans and she has now revealed she even told some of her nearest and dearest the same way.
She told the New York Post’s Page Six column: “It is easier announcing my pregnancy on social media instead of calling people – but on the other hand some friends and family members want to make sure you call them and get that respect of being called first. There are haters out there, so you either shut them down or remove them from out of your life.”
Coco announced her pregnancy by posting a video on Instagram of herself standing in a nursery wearing a full-length, fitted, black evening dress and holding her stomach and standing next to her daughter Ioni Conran.
Two-year-old Ioni then jumps out from behind her and shouts: “Surprise! There’s a baby in mummy’s tummy!”
Coco captioned the video: “Your attention please! @ioniconran has a very important announcement to make!! #babyconran2. (sic)”
Coco had recently admitted she is a lot more selective about the modelling jobs she takes on now she is a mother.
She said: “Now that I’m a mom, when it comes to campaigns and editorials, I look at the bigger story. I ask if that’s a good fit for the Coco brand, should I work with every editorial that comes my way, every brand. It’s about pinpointing what’s good … I didn’t want to be consumed by my career. Now we have a baby girl and that’s what grounds me. I travel as much as I can with my family. My hair and make-up team are people that I absolutely love, who make me laugh. We’re not curing cancer. We’re going to do our jobs, doing it well, and realise we can have fun.”

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How This Haitian-American Social Entrepreneur Turned Mourning Into Motivation

In case you didn’t know, the Centers for Disease Control reports African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV in the United States. So in honor of World HIV Day, we caught up with Yanatha Desouvre, a man on a mission to continue the legacy of Daniel Coulanges, Desouvre’s guitarist uncle and godfather who died in 1989 of HIV at age 28.

 

 

In 2016, Desouvre discovered lost footage of his uncle’s music. “My uncle Amos Coulanges, a world-renowned classical guitarist, told me there was a rare video featuring Daniel Coulange, his baby brother, performing at a University in Staten Island,” said Desouvre. “I was skeptical but the person who had the footage mailed it to him in France and my uncle shipped the VHS converted to DVD video to me in Miami.”

“I have a wonderful, noisy home full of little ones, however, when I popped in the video everything went quiet. The minute Uncle Daniel started playing he was speaking to me through his music and with every string he plucked I cried. Songs like “Killing Me Softly,” “Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me),” and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” tugged on my heart and soul.”

 

From Mourning to Motivation

 

What would you like people to take away from your uncle’s career and life?

My uncle had HIV in 1989, during that time it was a death sentence. This was also two years before Magic Johnson announced he was diagnosed with HIV, yet he’s still alive and thriving. So I would like people to #knowyourstatus—whether HIV positive or negative. If you’re HIV positive you can live a prosperous life with the tremendous drugs and resources that are available. If you are HIV negative, still check on your status with your annual physical exam.

My godfather had a short-lived musical career, but he lived a vibrant life. I would like anyone reading about Daniel Coulanges or hearing his music to pursue their dreams and share your talent with the world because you never know who you will inspire. You also never know when you will take your last breath.

 

What’s your vision for Daniel Coulanges’s work?

I’m doing an Indiegogo project to raise funds to master, produce, and manufacture the 18 music tracks I was able to extract from the video. The crowdfunding will fund the production and digital distribution for the project. With proceeds from the album sales, I plan to start virtual or brick and mortar Daniel Coulanges Center for Arts, Technology, and Business workshops to show artists (writers, painters, musicians, etc.) the business of art and understand how technology can enhance their art as well.

 

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Earlier this week, the NFL and a group of players came to an agreement in principle about a new plan that involves the league paying $ 89 million over seven years to projects "dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education," 

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OneUnited Bank and The Breakfast Club Raise $700,000 to Advocate for Social Justice

OneUnited Bank, (No. 2 on the 2017 BE BANKS list with $ 655 million in assets), recently joined forces with powerhouse 105.1 New York radio platform The Breakfast Club for their Change4Change Radiothon which raised more than $ 700,000 to support social justice initiatives and activists. The funds will benefit The Gathering for Justice, an organization founded by Harry Belafonte whose mission is to promote social justice, eliminate racial inequalities, and prevent child incarceration. The organization is also a sponsor of Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Campaign and The National Women’s March.

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Breakfast Club hosts Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee utilized texting for fundraising efforts, and celebrities called in to talk about social injustice and how important it is for everyone to do their part in being active in forging change. Music and Hollywood heavyweights including Diddy, Kevin Hart, will.i.am, Ludacris, Cardi B, Eminem, and Nick Cannon donated to the cause, and thousands of listeners contributed as well.

“Raising money is hard. For some reason, when it comes to doing the right thing, a lot of people don’t step up,” will.i.am, award-winning musician, entrepreneur, and activist told The Breakfast Club during a call from South Africa. “I’ll put in 20…20K.” His donation, according to the hosts, was an early spark to raise the bar for other celebrities to chip in generously.

During the radiothon, music mogul Diddy talked about the legacy and importance of the work of Harry Belafonte and the roadblocks today’s activists encounter in continuing social justice work. “We live in a time where we don’t have organizations that really have the infrastructure those guys had in the civil rights movement to be able to organize and galvanize to make change. … The only thing that is going to make change is money, to be honest—economic power,” Diddy told the show hosts. “Put me down for 100,000.”

Activists included Tamika Mallory lauded the efforts of the initiative and spoke out on how vital it is for communities to take active roles in making America greater.

“It’s truly an incredible feeling,” activist Mallory told The Breakfast Club. “If our people want us to continue to uplift our voices and tend to the most marginalized communities, we need to have the support whether it be $ 1 to $ 50,000. We need the support so that everyone has skin in the game.”

OneUnited Bank and its leadership, including power woman President and COO Teri Williams, have driven a social activism vehicle of their own, often encouraging the black community and its supporters to move their money into black-owned financial institutions (or #BankBlack) but also rev up efforts to support and partner in building black-owned businesses.

Panel session on black banks at BE’s 2017 Entrepreneurs Summit. Seated from left to right: Derek Dingle, SVP/Chief Content Officer, BLACK ENTERPRISE; Teri Williams, President and COO of OneUnited Bank; Sherifat Lawal Price, Assistant VP, Business Development and Marketing, Unity National Bank; and Ann D. Duplessis, SVP, Liberty Bank and Trust Co. (Image: File)

 

“It’s the threshold for a community to do business with ourselves,” Williams said at this year’s Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. She’s been vocal about the importance of black communities empowering themselves by thinking about social justice even in where they choose to bank. “Once you bank black, you don’t go back.”

Find out more information on the Change4Change initiative here. The Breakfast Club will take donations through Dec. 1.

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Newsflash: Funding Black Women Entrepreneurs Is A Social Justice Issue

LC Johnson is creating a space for black women entrepreneurs

LC Johnson chuckles whenever she thinks about the origins of her newest business venture.

LC Johnson is creating a space for black women entrepreneurs LC Johnson (Photo: Twitter @no1doesitlikelc)

 

The 29-year old blogger-turned-entrepreneur, wife, and new mom jokes that it all started with wine and Netflix.

“I moved to Columbus in 2015 and I had a hard time making friends. As an adult woman moving to a new place, I had no idea where to meet women I could drink wine and binge Netflix with one day, and brainstorm my business plan with the next.

“I kept looking for places I could go to meet other women of color, other than church and the beauty salon; places where I could hang out but also get work done.”

Eventually, Johnson realized that what she was looking for didn’t exist, and the idea for Zora’s House was born. Located in Columbus, Ohio, Zora’s House will cater specifically to women of color, which Johnson touts as a first.

Inspired By Black History

 

Johnson, who majored in Women’s Studies at Duke University, cites the enduring strength of the black women’s club movement—exemplified by sororities and historic organizations like The National Council of Negro Women—as her inspiration for creating a space for black women entrepreneurs.

 

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But her outlook regarding Zora’s House is firmly planted in the here and now, as well as the future.

“Women of color will be the majority of women by 2050, but many communities still haven’t figured out how to adequately support us,” Johnson says. “Programs geared toward ‘people of color’ often ignore the nuanced experiences of women of color, and programs for ‘women’ tend to be centered around whiteness.”

Zora’s House, named for Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, bucks this trend by unabashedly offering networking events and workshops designed to help women of color explore strategies for cultivating healthy relationships, building confidence, and creating purpose-driven lives and careers.

 

(Image: LC Johnson)

 

As some began using the terms co-working and bro-working interchangeably, a wave of female-focused spaces opened, from The Riveter in Seattle to RISE Collaborative in St. Louis and The Wing in New York. Each has their own comfy-couch, pink-power, boss-woman vibe, and strong Wi-Fi. Slated to open in spring 2018, Zora’s House will have all of that too.

Young Black Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise, but Cash-strapped

 

While the trend of black women entrepreneurs starting businesses at stunning rates is not new, Johnson is part of a generation of high-achieving, ambitious women of color opting out of traditional work environments in their early-to-mid 20s. They are choosing to bet on themselves early rather than a corporate world where they believe the dual challenges of racism and sexism will limit their ability to advance. But trouble finding adequate funding threatens to stymie these women’s entrepreneurial progress as well.

“One of my main issues has definitely been getting the funding to open a physical space,” says Johnson, who has maintained a full-time job since coming up with the Zora’s House concept and anticipates continuing to work full time once the space opens out of financial necessity.

Johnson isn’t alone in her struggles. Despite being the most educated and enterprising group in the U.S., black women entrepreneurs receive less than 1% of VC funding. And outside of the tech space, entrepreneurs like Johnson face similar challenges acquiring loans and grants for high-potential small businesses.

Start Small, Dream Big

Funders who Johnson has approached so far, most of whom have been white men, have blatantly admitted to “not knowing the market for something like this” and been unwilling to invest.

“It’s frustrating,” says Johnson. “They don’t know the market, because they don’t care about the market.” So she launched a crowdfunding campaign. Her appeal to friends spoke directly to a larger issue. “I told them, people are watching me. People are watching us, waiting to see if products, experiences, and spaces centered around women of color are necessary, desired, and ‘fundable’ in our world today.”

Johnson, who serves as the director of Leadership and Social Justice Programs at her local YWCA, insists it’s not just a money issue. It’s a social justice issue.

“When we don’t fund black women-owned businesses, not only are we saying their ideas and desires are not good enough, but we are stunting their economic growth and keeping black women from making their full contributions to society,” she says.

Johnson’s goal is to eventually establish Zora’s Houses in communities across the country. The first is slated to open in early spring, 2018. Having raised more than $ 10,000 of her $ 15,000 crowdfunding goal, Johnson hopes to raise the remaining $ 5,000 in the last 48 hours of her campaign. The clock for Zora’s House, and entrepreneurs like Johnson, is ticking.

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Social Security’s full retirement age will rise by 2 months in 2018

If you’re planning to start collecting Social Security soon, you’ll have to wait a bit longer in 2018 to reach full retirement age (FRA).

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Full retirement age is going up

The arrival of 2018 will bring with it several changes on the Social Security front.

Among the new developments, you should plan on staying on the job an additional two months before you reach your FRA this year.

Since 2005, the FRA has been 66. But as of January 1, 2017, the FRA has been on a long, slow climb.

Beginning in 2018, people born in 1956 must wait until they are 66 years and 4 months old to receive 100% of their Social Security benefit.

That pushes the full retirement age later by two months versus this year.

Those who were born in 1955 only have to wait until they are 66 years and two months to claim full benefits in 2017.

So if workers who turn 62 in 2018 opt to take benefits as soon as they can next year, they’ll get a monthly benefit that’s reduced by about 30%.

The Social Security Administration Amendments of 1983 signed by President Reagan call for the FRA to “increase by two months a year for persons reaching age 62 in 2017-22,” further noting that it “will be fixed at age 67 for those reaching age 62 after 2022.”

Here’s a chart from the Social Security Administration that lays it all out:

Social Security: Full retirement age rising to 67

This slow increase in the full retirement age presents a challenge now that Americans are living longer and saving less.

Sadly, more than 56% of us have less than $ 1,000 saved, and half of us live paycheck to paycheck.

How to boost benefits checks before collecting Social Security

If you have some time left before you start claiming your Social Security benefits, consider the following:

Play the waiting game

In the past, it was very common to retire and take Social Security at 62. But every year you wait after 62, you have an imputed return of 8% per year on your lifetime benefit. So if you wait from 62 to 70, the amount that Social Security pays climbs dramatically. (Benefits no longer increase after 70.)

Use an online calculator to help!

AARP’s interactive calculator allows you to pop in your specifics and it will give you a decision tree to help you figure out the optimal time to take Social Security. Check it out to help yourself or a parent.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive approach to give you specifics on when it would be best to start drawing on your Social Security benefits, check out the Maximize my Social Security tool. There are different levels of analysis that you can choose, but $ 40 gives you access to sophisticated software that helps determine the best time to start receiving your checks. They also offer a money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied.

Boost your earnings today

What you get from Social Security has everything to do with your 35 highest earning years. So you might consider negotiating a raise or taking on a second job.

We can help you on the latter front. Our work from home guide has legitimate ways you can earn some extra money. None of the sites listed will make you rich, but they will help you supplement your existing income.

How can I play catch-up on my own retirement savings?

Know how much you’ll need to retire

By age 35, you should have two times your annual salary saved up for retirement, according to the latest numbers from Fidelity Investments.

Five years later, you should have three times your annual salary. And on and on, until you reach 67 when you should have 10 times your annual salary saved.

Laid out visually, the Fidelity guidelines for individuals look like this:

  • By 35, save two times your gross annual salary
  • By 40, save three times your gross annual salary
  • By 45, save four times your gross annual salary
  • By 50, save six times your gross annual salary
  • By 55, save seven times your gross annual salary
  • By 60, save eight times your gross annual salary
  • By 67, save 10 times your gross annual salary

Make extra contributions to retirement savings if you’re over 50

If you’re coming into the savings game kind of late, you can play catch-up. You have to be 50 or over to do this, but here’s how it works:

  • If you have a 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans or the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan, you can make an extra $ 6,000 contribution. (That’s on top of the existing $ 18,000 contribution limit for these plans.)
  • For those with IRAs, your can contribute an additional $ 1,000, for a grand total of $ 6,500 in annual contributions.

Be sure to work with fee-only financial planners

If you decide to enlist the services of an advisor, be sure he or she is what’s called ‘fee only.’ That means they earn their income on an hourly or ongoing basis, not on commissions from the investments they steer you towards.

Visit NAPFA.org (The National Association for Personal Financial Advisors) for ongoing fee-only help planning for retirement or GarrettPlanningNetwork.com for one-time advice on an hourly basis.

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Strive to reduce debt in your life

Being debt free buys you so much freedom. And today it’s easier to become debt free than at any time in recent memory because of dirt cheap interest rates. If you’re still paying high interest rates, like on a credit card, get a lower interest card if you can qualify and transfer the balance.

Look at that box on your monthly statement and see what you’d have to pay to be debt free in three years. Then resolve to pay that each and every month. You need to budget money to pay down your debt just as you would budget for rent or a mortgage or a car payment.

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Is Social Security an Asset?

Back in July 2016, I wrote an article in relation to the concept of “Financial Freedom,” which is the process of acquiring assets that produce cash flow, while simultaneously keeping your personal expenses low (or manageable) to where the cash flow from your assets can cover your personal expenses. But a major debate within personal finance circles centers around Social Security along with its sister program Medicare, in regards to if these programs are indeed “assets” or are they just another form of taxation that the government imposes on the American people to waste on fruitlessly.

 

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It is of my personal opinion that Social Security and Medicare are assets, and for this article, I will discuss both programs, along with why I believe these assets can be efficient tools for retirement planning, estate planning, disability insurance, estate planning, and health insurance benefits.

What Is Social Security and Medicare?

Social Security was signed into law back in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as an attempt to provide for Americans who were living longer than prior generations. The Medicare program was signed into law in 1965 by President Johnson, as an attempt to provide health insurance benefits for older Americans along with younger Americans who were suffering some sort of disability related ailment.

Both programs are funded through payroll taxes that are paid through the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) when there’s both an employer and employee contribution, or paid through the Self Employment Tax when there’s just an employer contribution. The taxes are paid into two Social Security Trust Funds and two Medicare Trust Funds.

  • When there’s an employer and employee situation, FICA is divided up as 6.2% for the employer and 6.2% for the employee, up to $ 127,200 of income (for 2017) that’s paid into the two Social Security Trust Funds, with 1.45% paid by the employer and 1.45% paid for the employee into the two Medicare Trust Funds with no income cap.
  • When there’s just an employer situation (self-employment), the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds are funded through the Self-Employment Tax. This tax is broken down by 12.4% up to $ 127,200 in income for the Social Security Trust Funds and 2.9% for the Medicare Trust Funds, with no income cap.

Social Security Trust Funds

There are two Social Security Trust Funds. They include The Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and The Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund.

  • The Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund: This covers both the retirement benefits along with the survivors benefits, which provides pay-out to the spouse and children of a deceased American that paid into the social security system. This fund operates using a credit system to determine when one qualifies for potential payouts in the form of retirement benefits. 1 credit is provided for $ 1,300 of earnings, with up to a maximum of four credits per year. Once you hit 40 credits, you now qualify for retirement benefits, which means, you’ll need at least 10 years of work in order to build enough credits to qualify.
  • The Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund: This covers disability payments to Americans that paid into the social security system, which can help with living expenses and other expenses while being disabled. This fund also operates using a credit system to determine when one qualifies for potential payouts in the form of disability benefits. If you are disabled before the age of 24, you need to have built up six credits, which translates into about 1 1/2 years of work history. If you are 24 to 30, you need credits that equate to half of the time between the age of 21 and the time you became disabled. If you are 31 and older, you need to have built at least 20 credits and the credits increase as your age increases

Medicare Trust Funds

CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) is a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services that helps to run, monitor, and manage the Medicare program. The Medicare program has three main parts to it that are managed by the Federal Government, these portions include Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, and Medicare Part D. Medicare Part C gives Americans the option to get their Medicare benefits from a provide health insurance company rather than through the Federal Government. Taxes for Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D are paid into two different trust funds of the Federal Government, and include the following:

  • The Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund: This covers Medicare Part A benefits which include medically required inpatient hospital services, nursing facilities, hospice care, and home healthcare services. Similar to Social Security retirement benefits, this fund operates using a credit system with 1 credit being provided for $ 1,300 of earnings, with up to a maximum of four credits per year. Once you hit 40 credits, you now qualify for Part A benefits without having to pay a premium for them.
  • The Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund: This covers Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D benefits. Medicare Part B benefits include medically required outpatient hospital services, doctor care, preventive care, medical equipment, testing/X-rays, mental health services, and home healthcare procedures not covered under Medicare Part A. Medicare Part D covers prescription drugs that are provided through private insurance companies that the Federal Government is contracted with.

Are These Assets?

Social Security and Medicare are indeed forced retirement, disability insurance, and health insurance plans that you are paying into, which will be a great complement to your IRA and other retirement vehicles down the line. For that reason alone, you should view these programs as Assets.

But Will They Still Be Around?

A recent Social Security Trustees Report is showing that Social Security has nearly $ 3 trillion in reserves and might continue to run a surplus until 2019 (a surplus streak that’s been running since 1982). But by the middle of 2020, estimates are showing that the program could begin to show deficits that by the year of 2034, could deplete all surpluses to the point where the program can only survive based on the amount of annual tax revenue that’s coming in (which won’t cover the number of retirees at that time).

In relation to Medicare, a recent Medicare Trustees Report is showing that Medicare will be solid until 2029, when during said year it’s estimated that the fund will only be able to cover about 90% of claims.

The reasons for these issues are due to longer life spans and the significant amount of Baby Boomers that will be filing for Social Security and Medicare related benefits. Politicians in charge of these programs must begin to pay attention to the trends, estimates, and reports, so that those of us paying in today (which includes my generation, The Millennial generation) will be able to benefit from these asset based programs come 2042, when the oldest of our generation begin to file claims.

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Social Security benefits to rise by 2 percent in 2018

WASHINGTON — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year. It’s the largest increase since 2012 but comes to only $ 25 a month for the average beneficiary.

The Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living increase Friday.

The COLA affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S. residents, including Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That’s about one in five Americans.

By law, the COLA is based on a broad measure of consumer prices generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Advocates for seniors claim the inflation index doesn’t accurately capture rising prices faced by seniors, especially for health care.

“It’s squeezing them. It’s causing them to dip into savings more quickly,” said Mary Johnson of The Senior Citizens League. “The lifetime income that they were counting on just isn’t there.”

Some conservatives argue that the inflation index is too generous because when prices go up, people change their buying habits and buy cheaper alternatives.

Consumer prices went up only slightly in the past year despite a recent spike in gasoline prices after a series of hurricanes slowed oil production in the Gulf Coast, said Max Gulker, senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research.

“For the most part, there was a decline in energy prices for a lot of the year,” Gulker said. “But at the end of the year we saw that uptick in gas from the hurricanes.”

The average monthly Social Security payment is $ 1,258, or about $ 15,000 a year.

Congress enacted automatic annual increases for Social Security in 1975. Presidents often get blamed when increases are small or zero. But President Donald Trump has no power to boost the increase, unless he persuades Congress to change the law.

In 2009, President Barack Obama persuaded Congress to approve one-time payments of $ 250 to Social Security recipients as part an economic stimulus package.

Over the past eight years, the annual COLA has averaged just above 1 percent. In the previous decade, it averaged 3 percent.

Johnson noted that multiple years of small or no COLA’s reduces the income of retirees for the rest of their lives.

“Think about the length of a retirement period. Eight years is about a third of a (healthy) retirement,” Johnson said.

The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, or CPI-W, a broad measure of consumer prices. It measures price changes for food, housing, clothing, transportation, energy, medical care, recreation and education.

The August report says energy prices are up 6.5 percent from the previous year, while the cost of medical care is up just 1.7 percent. The cost of food is up 1.1 percent.

The COLA is calculated using the average CPI-W for July, August and September, and comparing it to the same three months from the previous year.

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She’s the star of a Netflix phenomenon and she doesn’t even use social media, but when you’re as iconic as Winona Ryder, you live by your own rules. Here, the Stranger Things actress talks to Helena De Bertonado about settling down, recycling clothes and being the ultimate Hollywood rebel

Winona Ryder has only just started talking when we are interrupted by the seductively rasping voice of Leonard Cohen: ‘If you want a partner, take my hand…’ It’s the ringtone of her phone, set to ‘I’m Your Man’, the title track of Cohen’s legendary 1988 album. She giggles as she pulls it out of her jumbled bag to turn it off. On her phone case is an image of Patti Smith, whose music provided the soundtrack to much of Ryder’s adolescence.

Spending time with Ryder is like being in a time warp. The 80s – when she starred in a succession of cult movies, including Beetlejuice and Heathers – was her decade, even though she was only a teenager. When the late Terry Wogan interviewed her in 1991 – then 19 and engaged to her Edward Scissorhands’ co-star Johnny Depp – he introduced her as ‘the most exciting young actress in America today’.

But then, for some reason, her star stopped rising. Despite winning a Golden Globe for her captivating performance as May Welland in Martin Scorsese’s 1993 Age Of Innocence, the rest of the decade was less memorable.

‘I’ve definitely done some clunkers,’ she says of her subsequent movie choices. In 2001, she was infamously arrested for shoplifting, prompting a trial that revealed her drug use and depression. Aged just 30, it seemed that Ryder would become a footnote in movie history, remembered more for her crime and her relationship with Depp than for her exceptional abilities as an actress.

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The ‘Winonaissance’

If it wasn’t for Stranger Things, the Netflix science-fiction horror series, which has become a cultural phenomenon, that is probably where Ryder would have remained.

An 80s throwback, Stranger Things is an homage to classic Steven Spielberg. And casting Ryder, the quintessential 80s teen outsider, in the lead adult role – a mother deranged by grief when her son goes missing – was a stroke of brilliance. A ‘Winonaissance’, as it’s been called.

‘It’s so overwhelming,’ says Ryder of the reception to the show, which is soon to return for a second season. ‘I don’t know what it’s like for really famous people… I keep hearing that people are dressing up like me [as her character Joyce]. I’m like, “What?”’

‘People who I really respect talk about “relevance” but I’m like, “I don’t care, leave me alone.”’

We meet at a house in Beverly Hills with sweeping views towards the Pacific, where the Marie Claire cover shoot is taking place. Although only a handful of people are present, at first I don’t even recognise Ryder. It’s a chilly day and she has wrapped her petite frame in multiple layers: a Joy Division T-shirt under a maroon cardigan and a large suit jacket that belongs to her brother, teamed with a pair of Levi’s – ‘my dad’s jeans from the 70s’ – and some battered, maroon lace-up shoes. ‘I got them for 60 bucks and wear them all the time,’ she says. The whole ensemble is topped with a wide-brim, wraparound, straw sun visor.

It’s only when Ryder smiles – which she does often – that she looks familiar. She has a quirky, open smile that lights up her huge eyes, and her face is barely lined, belying her 45 years. Although shy at first, we end up talking for an hour and a half. On the Hollywood bonkers spectrum – and considering the life she has lived – she is impressively grounded.

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Her parents, although unconventional, are key to this. Born in 1971, in the small town of Winona, Minnesota (hence her name), Ryder grew up on a commune outside San Francisco. Both writers, her parents were friends of poet Allen Ginsberg and writer Timothy Leary, her godfather.

‘We didn’t have a lot of money,’ Ryder recalls. ‘But the love compensation was amazing. My dad would make little things exciting, like bringing home Rolos. There’s that saying, “you find your family,” but I would have chosen them even if they weren’t my parents. They’re my best friends.’ Initially wary of Hollywood, they told her she could only act if she maintained her grades. Even then, she was only allowed to film during the school holidays.

‘Everything is changing so fast. I’ve never been very strategic. I think if you try to be strategic, you just end up failing.’

Ryder won her first role at 13 in high-school movie Lucas. The film’s director, David Seltzer, said, ‘She had the kind of presence I had never seen – an inner life. Whatever message was being said by her mouth was being contradicted by the eyes.’

Bullied at school, Ryder thought her film career would boost her popularity, especially when she made comedy horror Beetlejuice in 1988 (in which she played goth teenager Lydia Deetz). ‘I remember thinking, “Ooh, it’s like the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school.” But it made things worse. They called me a witch.’

When it comes to advice on acting roles, Ryder turns to her parents. Her father, an antiquarian bookseller, locates out-of-print books to help her. ‘When I did Girl, Interrupted [about a young woman who finds herself at a mental institution], my dad got me this amazing Mary Ellen Mark book [showing photos of women in the maximum security section of Oregon State Hospital].’ Ryder describes herself as an avid reader, dragging a mountain of books around wherever she goes.

‘We didn’t have a lot of money [growing up], but the love compensation was amazing’

‘I always have Leonard Cohen On Leonard Cohen – it’s like Linus with his blanket,’ she says, referring to the Peanuts character who is never seen without his security blanket. Not having children herself, Ryder asked her mother for advice during the shooting of Stranger Things.

‘I said, “Mom, if every bit of logic is telling you your kid is gone, would you still [refuse to believe it]?” And she said, “Absolutely.” I said, “What if they show you a body?” She said, “If you don’t see it happen, you don’t believe it.” It’s a weird, primal thing. But I may have gone too far: it seemed like every day I was crying or freaking out.’

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The early noughties ‘tough times’

Her parents were also there to help pick up the pieces when she temporarily threw in the acting towel after her shoplifting trial in 2002, and returned to San Francisco. ‘My hiatus,’ she says, rolling her eyes. ‘Whatever they want to call it – I did take time off. It was mutual, I think. I just went through a tough time.’

It didn’t help that the early noughties were not really the era for a counter-culture rebel like Ryder, and she had to stand aside for a succession of perfect girl-next-door types – the Jennifers, the Gwyneths, the Reeses. But it did show her that there was more to life than Hollywood.

‘I’m not in any way comparing myself to Daniel Day-Lewis [who recently announced his retirement from acting], but you do become interested in other things.’ So, Ryder became immersed in the study of constitutional law, sitting in on lectures at Berkeley College – ‘There were a lot of laws that I disagreed with’ – and for a few days even joined environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, who was spending two years living in a redwood tree.

‘I’m grateful I got to start at the time I did. I don’t know if I would even have become an actor [if I was starting out now]’

Making her return to acting in 2006, in Richard Linklater’s sci-fi animation A Scanner Darkly, before appearing in Black Swan (2010) as an embittered, ageing dancer, I wonder if she felt compromised by the lack of roles in her midst?

‘There are definitely times when it feels like there’s a real drought. It’s like that line in First Wives Club: “There are only three ages for women in Hollywood – Babe, District Attorney and Driving Ms Daisy.” Or mother, which I am now. Luckily, [Joyce in Stranger Things] is not a cookie-cutter character; I get to do some more stuff with it. But it’s also hard to complain,’ she continues. ‘You think about what’s going on in the world right now and (puts on a babyish, petulant voice), “There’s not enough roles for me! I want to be…” So it’s a tricky conversation. There are women who are facing much harder things all over the globe.’

Ryder worries about the child stars of Stranger Things, who have to endure much more intrusion than she ever did. ‘I’m grateful that I got to start at the time I did. As much as I love it, I don’t know if I would even have become an actor [if I was starting out now]. I wouldn’t know how to [handle it]. I do worry about the massive exposure at that age.’

But, she says, the child actors on the show seem to take everything in their stride. ‘Millie [Bobby Brown, who plays the enigmatic Eleven] teases me. I’m like the old grandma.’ She adopts a wobbly voice: ‘What are you kids doing?’ She laughs, thinking of the occasion she mistook the Snapchat messaging app for some kind of snack: ‘“Snack chat? Give me a piece of that!” I’m like the confused older person [on the set].’

Ryder, who once remarked that the tombstone on her grave would say, ‘Fuck you’, remains vehemently non-conformist. ‘I think it’s ridiculous that you can get in trouble for wearing the same dress again. I wear things over and over because I like them. Look at the economy. Should we really be out there saying that you’re not allowed to re-wear something?’

With a history of relationships exhaustively chronicled in the press – Matt Damon as well as Depp – these days she keeps her private life firmly out of the limelight. Since 2011, she has been in a relationship with Scott Mackinlay Hahn, a fashion designer, and she relishes being with someone who’s not in the film industry. ‘I think it’s healthy, and I enjoy feeling a bit more settled now.’

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Settling down

The actress once said she would rather never marry than have a marriage that one day ends in divorce. Have her parents set the bar so high, she feels she can never emulate their relationship? ‘They are madly in love, they’re like teenagers. It’s embarrassing sometimes,’ sighs Ryder affectionately. ‘I’ve had relationships that haven’t worked out. But when you have that as your gold [standard], and you know that’s the way it should be…’ She shakes her head, ‘Oh, man!’

Ryder has just shot an independent movie called Destination Wedding with Keanu Reeves – the fourth time they’ve appeared in a film together. (‘He’s a really old friend of mine. Most of my friends are friends that I’ve had since I was 15.’) And there is already talk of a third – and perhaps even a fourth – season of Stranger Things, although she is reluctant to think too far ahead.

Winona Ryder for Marie Claire

Where does she see herself in ten or even 20 years’ time? ‘I honestly don’t know if the world is going to exist then,’ says Ryder. ‘Everything is changing so fast. I’ve never been very strategic. I think if you try to be strategic, you just end up failing.’

One thing is for certain, we are unlikely to see this inimitable 80s icon on social media any time soon. ‘People who I really respect talk about “relevance” but I’m like, “I don’t care, leave me alone.”’ Well, she’s managed fine without it so far, and long may she continue.

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4 Ways to Determine Marketing ROI for Social Media

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Social media has become a primary focus of many companies’ marketing activities, but those companies often create and spend large budgets for social marketing without attaching a value to their efforts. As a result, they are struggling to quantify the ROI for their spend.

 

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It’s possible to accurately calculate ROI for your social media efforts, but it requires a realistic understanding of social media’s value, proper goal setting, comprehensive planning, and detailed evaluation. You can measure returns in several ways, including counting likes, fans, followers, and re-tweets. Ultimately, however, the true ROI will lie in the amount of tangible leads that are generated. Companies that use social media to attract and cultivate leads are more likely to have an accurate understanding of how their investment translates into returns.

Here are some steps to help you effectively determine your company’s social media marketing ROI:

 

Understand the value of social media.

 

Social media is a hybrid of PR and marketing. It is designed to gain exposure while engaging in techniques that will promote and sell a company’s product or service. Understanding this helps you understand how to accurately assess what should be measured in association with cost. Because social media is a promotional platform and not a sales funnel, exposure and engagement are both significant in the appraisal of its effectiveness. The best way to measure the value of social media realistically is by collecting data on the number of leads (potential contacts interested in your business) that you capture through likes, fans, followers, shares, and comments. That way, you can discern how to develop a realistic goal that can link to your ROI.

 

Determine a goal.

 

Once you gain clarity on the value of social media, you want to then identify a specific goal. This goal should be realistic and measurable so that you are able to directly trace and connect the success of your efforts. The goal will allow you to forecast your best path so that you can conduct effective campaigns. Realistic goals are typically based on the number of new fans or followers, downloads, email captures or engagements on posts. Once a goal is established, you are better equipped to uncover the value you’ve gained as a result of your efforts. For example, a real estate brokerage who wants to acquire other realtors could have a stated marketing goal of obtaining 20 realtor leads by year’s end, which demonstrates a measurable desired outcome that can be traced to the value of the investment.

 

Choose the right platform.

 

Not all social media platforms can help you meet your goal. You want to develop a comprehensive plan that helps you organize and track your efforts, while providing you with direction on how to market effectively. Because different messages on different platforms resonate with different audiences, you want to be able to choose an environment that is indicative to attracting leads. Determine where your audience spends most of its time and occupy that platform consistently. The key to measuring your marketing effectively lies in the ability to determine which platforms you will flourish on. If we continue to use the real estate brokerage example, LinkedIn would be an ideal platform to promote, because statistics show seasoned professionals are members, which would enhance the probability of meeting the goal, thus improving the ROI.

 

Evaluate your success.

 

Lastly, you want to develop a detailed evaluation component that references your stated goal, so that you can assess what you’ve achieved. Create a tracking chart (e.g., monthly, quarterly, weekly or daily) that consistently monitors your social media interaction. You can also use other analytics from each individual platform—or other services such as Google Analytics—to assess whether your investment helped you meet your stated goal. For example, you can count the number of LinkedIn connections you have made weekly in order to determine if the value was worth the investment.

 

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Cynthia Bailey Shows Off New Man On Social Media

She just made it Instagram official.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey appears to have confirmed her rumored romance with motivational speaker Will Jones.

After posting a pic of herself grinning at Lake Lanier, with the caption, “He’s got me feeling pretty special,” Cynthia followed two pics later with a cozy selfie alongside her boo.

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Whispers of the relationship surfaced last month, with blogger Tamera Tattles the first to report on the possible dating situation:

Will knows just about anybody who is anybody in Atlanta. Lately his social media has photos with Gregg Leakes, Todd Tucker, Don Juan, plus the folks from Married to Medicine.
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Will is a motivational speaker of some sort. He has made frequent appearances on the Steve Harvey Show. He has been married twice. It seems his second marriage ended sometime in the last five years. He has young children from his second marriage.

Will is reportedly close friends with Atlanta mayoral candidate Michael Sterling…who is dating actress/model Eva Marcille…who is rumored to be joining the cast next season.

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Lakeila R. Stemmons is a zealous advocate—exactly the kind of attorney you want on your side if you are ever pitted against the law. She is the principal and CEO of Stemmons Strategies, a DC-based firm providing strategy and policy consulting services to attorneys, business leaders, civil rights and social justice advocates, politicians, and professional athletes.

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She began her career in St. Louis, where she worked as a tax and financial services attorney for a “Big 4” accounting firm. Yet, a passion for representing marginalized communities served as the catalyst for her departure from corporate law and in 2012 she became a regional Get Out to Vote director for Obama for America.

In addition to running Stemmons Strategies, where she focuses on myriad, compelling issues, including voting rights, social justice, healthcare advocacy, and economic development in distressed communities, Stemmons serves as a pro bono attorney for the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium where she represents veterans and VA claimants in their appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Black Enterprise caught up with the attorney at the Toronto Presidential Showcase featuring Rev. Jesse Jackson:

Economic equity and empowerment have always been a highly debated topic. How do you define it in the context of the African American community?

Economic equity and empowerment represent a commitment to advocate for the vision, values, policies, programs, institutional changes, collaborations, and resources that allow African Americans to compete effectively within the economic marketplace. The research is voluminous and clearly illustrates the unfortunate disparity vis-à-vis other communities. Our goal is to address it as comprehensively as possible.

As an attorney specializing in state and local tax incentives, what is your role in addressing this disparity?

The reality is that we need black attorneys to be present and engaged in every city where we are marginalized helping with this effort. I wholeheartedly believe that can be accomplished with focused advocacy in education, healthcare, employment law, contracts, and especially housing and real estate.

I am diligent in finding opportunities to educate our communities on topics central to realizing economic equity such as best business practices, financial administration, and accounting, and debt management. Ensuring our communities’ access to education, skills and training at all levels is also a top priority. Finding access to private investment capital and highlighting the stark differences in diversity and inclusion also frame this conversation. I recently had the opportunity to discuss voting rights, healthcare, jobs, and housing with interested stakeholders during the National Bar Association’s 92nd Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada, earlier this month.

Charles Hamilton Houston once noted that attorneys are either social engineers or parasites on society. I see myself as the former. This sentiment reminds me of my obligation to be on the ground helping to create these realities within the African American community so that our people can thrive and eventually achieve true economic parity.

Shed light on the way forward. What are one or two key strategies that can effectively move this agenda forward within the next five years?

Protecting the ballot box! Voting and relationship building—specifically coalition building and creating long-term strategic partnerships.

 

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Fitness Blogger and Psychologist Explains Why She Stopped Following People Who Use Photoshop on Social Media

As a psychologist, Stacey Lee understands the impact social media images can have on a person’s self-worth.

“One of the recurrent themes I treat in my profession is body image and its effect on self-esteem,” the Melbourne-based fitness influencer posted on Instagram on Monday. “Self-esteem is defined as confidence in one’s own worth. 
However, when that worth is tied to an image, a number on a scale, the size of clothes, the smoothness of skin, the smallness of a waist, the bigness of a butt, the definition on your abs or the gap between your thighs, your worth will never be measured correctly.”

Lee says using those factors to define our self-worth is especially damaging when we hold ourselves to the unrealistic ideals set by images that have been photoshopped.

“We are shown images every day which are not realistic — even the small changes to photos or advertisements make a difference,” she says. “They send subconscious messages saying that you aren’t enough, and never will be.”

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Lee decided to decrease her exposure to manipulated images by unfollowing certain social media accounts.

“As soon as I stopped following accounts that used photoshop, professional images, constant filters and altered their images, my self-esteem improved,” she said. “
Being able to see real women share their real bodies gave me the confidence to work for my realistic goals, and to measure my progress on a REAL measuring stick.”

To illustrate her point about subtle manipulations to photos, Lee showed how minor edits can make a big difference in the way a person’s body looks.

“
The point of this image is to show that when something that is already ‘good’ is altered to be ‘better,’ it teaches people that your ‘real’ isn’t good enough,” she said. “
I don’t want to ever perpetuate or encourage that twisted notion. So I post these photos to combat that idea and to raise awareness of the damage it can have.”


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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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“Four corners to my bed

Four Angels round my head

One to watch, one to pray,

And two to take all fears away!”

When I was a child I would recite this rhyme before going to bed. Those were the days when we would sleep beneath the stars. Sometimes clouds and trees would take menacing shapes in the dark. I would shut my eyes tightly and think of the Angels protecting me and be comforted and drift into sleep.

Now it seems the Angels are back again.

Life was tough indeed when I took a conscious decision to establish Operation ASHA. My aim was clear- that of providing health solutions to the poorest of the poor. Suddenly life changed. From a successful doctor in an upscale fancy private hospital I became a foot soldier trudging long miles in shanty towns and villages. My appearance changed. I went from stiletto heels to sturdy walking shoes. I started looking unkempt and shabby, initially a deliberately cultivated look to be accepted by those whom I serve, and later a natural consequence of the kind of work I was doing.

People around me changed too. Many laughed. All were contemptuous. Most couldn’t understand why I would throw away a good income to start an NGO. Others accused me of exactly the opposite thing- of being desperate to make easy money, for isn’t that the reason why one starts an NGO in the first place? With two conflicting accusations being hurled at me at the same time, I wouldn’t know whether I was standing on my head or my heels.

And as for the uncertainty! The less I write about it the better. Words are not enough to describe the trials and tribulations I went through. Starting a social venture is bad enough, starting it without a sound financial plan to ensure sustainability is the height of absurdity. And putting your own savings in a social enterprise is the biggest financial folly one could ever commit. I thought my savings would last 5 years. They finished in one, like water trickling from a hole in a bucket. I had plunged headlong into choppy waters without the fear of drowning. Each day I managed to stay afloat was a miracle.

When you are a social entrepreneur, life is all about extremes. You swing from one end on the pendulum to the other. From the depths of despair you go to such euphoria that you are walking with your head in the clouds. There are days when everything goes wrong. You get sleepless nights wondering where the next round of funding is coming from, your best guy has been offered twice the salary by a rival foundation, and some government officer somewhere has absolutely refused to let you work in his fiefdom. Other days- you wake up and find yourself on top of the world for someone somewhere has recognised your work and your worth. One day you are accused of being a crook and a thief, next day, blasphemously, you are feted by the media as the next Mother Teresa. In 2014, the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum selected me as Social Entrepreneur of the Year. I found myself rubbing shoulders with the Who’s Who of society and the hoi-polloi at Davos. I haven’t looked back since then.

But at all times there is an all-pervading undercurrent of anxiety. Social entrepreneurs thrive on the adrenalin rush created by the see-saw that is life. You may be fully sustainable, yet you can’t get over the feeling that you are like the wandering mendicants of yesteryears with a staff in one hand and a begging bowl in the other.

In this topsy-turvy world, few things happen to keep you going. Patients recover. Results are there for you to see. Children get back to school. Treated TB patients get back their jobs, and there’s money for food and to spare. Miraculously, funds start coming in time. Those that scoffed at you and laughed with derision give tolerant smiles. There’s an occasional pat on the back, a kind word. You go to bed happy and contented and you sleep well, for the Angels are back and hovering over you. And you know they are there for you and will protect you as they have done since childhood. For nobody else will.

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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Social Media: The Next Generation of the Salem Witch Trials

Everybody’s heard of the Salem Witch Trails of 1692-1693, right? If you haven’t, you need to get your ass to a library right ASAP. Many history teachers use the Salem Witch Trials to teach their students about the dangers of what can happen when mass hysteria takes over communities. Most of us think when hearing these stories: “this is crazy, it could never happen in modern day.” But, with social media keeping us more connected than ever and Americans getting offended at nearly everything they read — it’s almost as if we’ve forgotten the lessons our history teachers tried to instill in us as children because the Salem Witch Trails happen everyday on our computer, we just don’t realize it.

This past weekend, my Facebook page was sent into a tailspin when someone in Alabama saw a t-shirt with an upside-down American flag on it for sale at a PacSun outlet store. Torch carrying Americans took to social media to express their outrage. With a thirst for blood not yet quenched, (it was a slow Memorial Day news weekend) people took to social media to all-but-destroy PacSun, anyone who wore their clothing and anyone associated with the brand. It was a witch trial of a different sort. I like to call it: “#tshirtgate2015.” Let’s take a look:

Salem 1692: Two girls begin rolling around on the floor, seemingly possessed. When a doctor can’t figure out what’s wrong with them (there is no physical evidence of illness) he jumps to the logical conclusion that witches have been f-ing their shit up. Because…what else could it possibly be?

Modern Day: Someone shopping in an outlet store in Alabama (I could make a joke, but that one just wrote itself), sees a t-shirt with an upside flag on it for sale at a PacSun. This outrages said shopper. They take a picture of it and post it on social media, expressing said outrage. Because there is literally nothing else horrible going on in the world today (black kids getting shot by cops for no reason, global warming, world hunger — no time for that!) the image goes viral. PacSun is ruining America with their upside-down American flag shirt. [An upside down American flag is a signal for extreme danger of life or property.] How could PacSun do this on Memorial Day when we are supposed to be honoring our veterans by getting blackout drunk and having a BBQ? WTF PacSun? WTF, indeed.

Salem 1692: Word spreads that two girls have been overcome by the power of witchcraft and other girls in town begin to say that they have been having similar issues. Soon thereafter, several of the towns most undesirable women (beggars, non-churchgoers and women of rival families of the girls who were original possessed) are arrested for witchcraft.

Modern Day: Word spreads that PacSun is selling a t-shirt with an upside down flag on it via social media and others begin to say that they too are offended by said t-shirt. Soon thereafter, several of the worlds most prestigious media outlets begin covering the story because a t-shirt with an upside-down American flag on it is by far the most disgraceful thing that has ever happened (today) and someone must pay. Meanwhile, somewhere in California the creators of House of Cards are probably chilling being like: “Um, an upside-down American flag has been our shows logo for three years and no one has said word one about it. Way to pick and chose, guys.”

Salem 1692: The women convicted of witchcraft are arrested and tried before a court of law. They really don’t stand a chance because in 1692 America, you can be executed for witchcraft based on the hearsay of a group of teenager girls.

Modern Day: PacSun is put on the stand and the judge, jury and executioner is the general public. They really don’t stand a chance because in 2015 America, you can have your life ruined or entire business crumble based on a biased group of people with loud mouths and nothing better to do.

Salem 1692: Many of the women convicted say they love the Lord, would never dance with the devil and have never practiced witchcraft. It doesn’t matter as the court has little-to-no evidence to convict them, so being practical, they send them to their deaths. On the flip, several of the women convicted throw their hands in air, give up and say “fuck it, I’m a witch.” Thinking they’ll be exonerated if confessing to witchcraft, they lie and say they’re witches. Well played ladies, but it doesn’t work. They too, are executed.

Modern Day: PacSun is put in a difficult situation. Apparently everyone fighting this social media war is either a direct descendent of Betsy Ross, a veteran or American flag aficionado and will not relent. This upside-down flag situation is the worst thing that’s happened in American history. Possibly worse than 9-11. If they don’t apologize, they will look like assholes. But this is 2015 and you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Soon after #tshirtgate2015 starts, PacSun apologizes, basically saying, “we give up, we fucked up. Sorry, we’ll pull the shirt from stores.” But it’s not enough. It’s never enough. People are still pissed and call for an all-out boycott of PacSun. Why stop at accepting an apology when you can financially cripple a company and possibly put hundreds if not thousands of people who are just trying to make ends meet out of work? It’s not like you’ve ever done something wrong or made a mistake in real life and asked for forgiveness. Meanwhile, forget trying to put this amount of effort into fighting for equal pay for women — all affiliated with PacSun must pay.

Salem 1692: Mass hysteria reaches a fever pitch and the young girls begin claiming that everyone from infants to clergymen to the elderly are witches. Things have gotten out of hand then suddenly — it all stops. People cease claiming accusations of witchcraft and the townspeople return to their everyday affairs as if nothing happened.

Modern Day: Mass hysteria reaches a fever pitch. People are pissed. Social media statuses such as: “How un-American of Pac Sun!” “They should close all of their stores!” “I will never shop there again!” clutter Facebook and Twitter. Then suddenly — it all stops. People seemingly forget #tshirtgate2015 ever existed because the internet has made us all have the attention spans of five year-olds. However, instead of the good people of social media going back to their everyday affairs, they find something else “truly offensive” and begin complaining about that and the social media circle of life continues. Meanwhile, this is the most anyone has talked about PacSun since 1997, so hopefully their PR department can spin this to their benefit.

Guys, we simply cannot be outraged about inconsequential things on a day-to-day basis. It makes us no better than the two teenage girls who cried “witchcraft” because they wanted attention back in 1692. If everything we see and hear is deemed offensive, we are not only disrupting freedom of speech, we all also have some serious rage problems we need to deal with. Perhaps if we could channel that rage into something productive like fixing the environment, figuring out what to do with California before they run out of water or a better way to handle veteran affairs (everyone was crying “what about the vets?” when this whole t-shirt debacle was going down — how about not treating them like shit when they return from defending our country? They would probably appreciate that more than crying over a t-shirt) we could be in better shape as a country. Or, we could just find something a celebrity said, take it out of context and completely ruin their career. Really, either works.

I apologize in advance for any witches who were offended in the creation of this article.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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