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“Spare the rod, spoil the child.” “It takes a village to raise a child.” These are quotes that we are all familiar with by now. However, does Facebook count as the “village” needed to raise children or is there a new trend that is getting out of hand? For the past couple of years, there has been a growing popularity of videos showing parents disciplining their children in front of a camera and posting them Facebook. While some videos feature a parent disciplining a child on camera to post on the child's Facebook page as punishment for misbehavior on the site, others have simply posted videos of them punishing their child on their own pages. So is posting videos of a child's punishment on social media a necessary part of the discipline, or does it go overboard? A Michigan mother and 2 others are probably asking themselves that question while they are behind bars.


Recently, I presented at the 15th annual Fathers and Family Coalition of America conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. My presentation focused on how fathering practitioners can use their life experience as a springboard to reach and teach fathers about the importance of their role as fathers. During my presentation one of the young fathers asked a very courageous question. Like many single fathers, he gets his son every other weekend and he questioned the significance of his time with his son. He stated that when he picks up his son on Fridays, before you know it the weekend is over and now he has to wait 12 days to see him again. He wanted to know what he could do to maintain his relevance.


Ever since Olivia Pope came on the scene a couple of years ago she has dominated the social media news feeds of Urban America.  She has elements of many women we all know and it's great having a familiar face on television to look to.  When Mary Jane Paul emerged on the scene a year or so ago, things got real.  Now that Being Mary Jane is a full season in, and with Scandal three seasons in, we figured it was time to look at the women that are these characters.  Given the chance who would you choose to date, to be a friend to?  Who could you actually stand to be around?


The latest Jason Derulo album, Talk Dirty, is chock full of party anthems and “get hype” tracks. The album starts off with Jason’s new smash hit, "Talk Dirty" (featuring 2 Chainz), which has spent the last sixteen weeks near the top of Billboard’s “The Hot 100” and currently sits at number four. Derulo has brought in many other popular Hip-Hop artists to collaborate on this record, including Snoop Dogg, TYGA, Kid Ink, and Pitbull. 


There was a huge debate recently about the Mt. Rushmore of the NBA.  Choosing the four greatest players to have ever played the sport of basketball proved to be quite the challenge and there is still no clear and decisive agreement on just four. The Mt. Rushmore of Hip-Hop may prove to be just as difficult, but we figured we'd give it a try and see what the readers think.


 
 

 

 

Talk about heart. This soldier has truly earned his stripes and so we salute Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth.
Allensworth was born a slave in Kentucky back in 1842. However, his less than humble beginnings did not prevent him from greatness. We first get a glimpse of his heart when he educated himself illegally. Later his next brave move would be running off and joining the army. (Needless to say a slave would receive severe punishment for being illegally educated or trying to run off. The punishment for rebellion in some cases was even death.) Along the way Allen Allensworth earned a teaching certificate and became one of the Army’s first Black chaplains but by his retirement in 1906 he was the highest ranking African-American commissioned officer in our military.
This piece could have ended with the last paragraph for all the accomplishments of the Colonel mentioned therein from slavery to service are significant and impressive. But perhaps the most impressive fact is that Allen Allensworth actually began a town in California after he left the service. Allensworth, California is the only all-black township that was founded by Blacks. All of the financing for the streets they laid out, the buildings they erected and the houses they lived in came from Blacks. Even the government of the township was all Blacks.
Wow, the big man actually owned his own town. Makes you wonder what Allen -s -worth? But more importantly makes you want think BIG, step your game up and make history like a soldier.
Today the state of California has recognized the pioneering efforts of Allen Allensworth and has adopted his township as a state historic park.

Talk about heart. This soldier has truly earned his stripes and so we salute Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth. 

Allensworth was born a slave in Kentucky back in 1842. However, his less than humble beginnings did not prevent him from greatness. We first get a glimpse of his heart when he educated himself illegally. Later his next brave move would be running off and joining the army. (Needless to say a slave would receive severe punishment for being illegally educated or trying to run off. The punishment for rebellion in some cases was even death.) Along the way Allen Allensworth earned a teaching certificate and became one of the Army’s first Black chaplains but by his retirement in 1906 he was the highest ranking African-American commissioned officer in our military.

 

This piece could have ended with the last paragraph for all the accomplishments of the Colonel mentioned therein from slavery to service are significant and impressive. But perhaps the most impressive fact is that Allen Allensworth actually began a town in California after he left the service. Allensworth, California is the only all-black township that was founded by Blacks. All of the financing for the streets they laid out, the buildings they erected and the houses they lived in came from Blacks. Even the government of the township was all Blacks. 

 

Wow, the big man actually owned his own town. Makes you wonder what Allen -s -worth? But more importantly makes you want think BIG, step your game up and make history like a soldier.Today the state of California has recognized the pioneering efforts of Allen Allensworth and has adopted his township as a state historic park.

 

 

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