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Rock The Vote or nah?

I don’t think I’m going to vote on November 4th. I’ve become one of those people that believes my vote doesn’t count in the grand scheme of things. I know, I know! I’m a woman. I’m Black. There are so many reasons I should vote, but eh. I’m sick of dirty politics.

I usually vote Democrat but I am no longer pledging my allegiance to that party. If I do vote it will be Independent or whatever the hell the alternative is. Voting Republican will never be an option.

Anyway, use the resource below and share with others.

Vote Dangerously! Or not.

 

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Men don’t smile all day. Why should we?

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I’m only smiling for the camera. Happy I am not.

 

After an SMH and eye roll worthy real-life experience I took to Facebook and asked:

Men: Does it usually “work” when the first words you say to a woman are – “Why you look so mean? Smile!” ? feeling curious.

It doesn’t matter if you want to “get with” a woman or not, though I’m sure had I given him the time of day he would of tried to get with me and let’s be real, men only say this to women they find attractive or want to get to know better.

Approaching a woman, especially one you don’t know, this way is rude. It comes off as controlling. Just because a women is not smiling doesn’t mean she’s got issues in that moment. Then again, maybe she doesn’t have anything to smile about at that moment either.

Men don’t walk around with a smile on their face all day. Why should we? None of us lives in a world worthy of smiles all day every day.

A smile or lack of one is really not the issue here. It’s like Brian said in an earlier Facebook comment: social skills.

Just say hello or ask how I am instead of putting an emotion on me before you know anything about me. If you think I look unhappy, try to cheer me up. That’s the least you can do. Say something nice. Starting a conversation with a negative is a turn off. Like they say: keep it simple, stupid.

I’m just telling you how I feel about it, but based on many of the responses, I’m not the only women who does not like it and it’s one of those lines that has been passed on from generation to generation.

I can remember my mom complaining about this ages ago when I was a child. It must die. Stop saying it to women. We don’t like or appreciate it.

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Why Has ‘Ratchet’ Behavior Become So Popular?

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By Chuck Checkman, Sr.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 16 seconds. Contains 855 words

Worldstar Freaks Uncut has uncovered a vast phenomenon for which is rapidly becoming relevant among all aspects within our lives. Trends occur all of the time. However, modern trends have transformed into something of which very few if any people at all have witnessed in life. We are mainly accustomed as a fast-paced and quickly moving society to subconsciously accept and adapt to the traits that others present before our experience.

Originality now defunct you say? Or evolution in unison, rather? In determining our previously inconclusive worldview in respect to trends, Worldstar Freaks Uncut has undergone a more evaluative approach likely to inspire trendsetters to question the status-quo. Regardless of the environment or surrounding region, especially within today’s most densely populated metropolitan fixtures is the influx of society’s vivid and meaningless overall distractions alike.

~What Is Common ‘Ratchet’ Behavior?~

Well, ratchet behavior is definitely on a scale all its own, frequently evading the confining restrictions of the world in which we all dwell. Behavior, though is perceived by so many as nothing more than simply a textbook related word, has internationally excluded the cultural boundaries that have sanctioned the group oriented ideologies, worldly. And although, the masses partake an indifferent approach to their immediate society, reluctantly doing so furthermore indicates the kind of passive mentality exercised by those who will eventually lose their own freedom, unintended.

Common ratchetness, or ratchet-like personalities seemingly transformed for the simple sake of its regular informality. Essentially, every aspect of our lives are turned upside-down to such an extent that we are excited to engage in this new definitive phenomena. Virtually everyone involved within their respective culture, subculture and/or social outlet has their immediate interpretation of the said term.

Travel to any metropolitan region within the continental United States, for example, and you will undoubtedly discover that in most cases indeed, the solid term ‘ratchet’ is ideally suited for those mainly and characteristically marginalized into being perceived by many as “ghetto”. For the latter term merely holds a direct and distinctive quality in terms of general reference. This applies directly to residents who are either economically inept or incapable. Furthermore, in additional regards of incapability, the aforesaid implies the inability for said individual to resourcefully sustain livability, fluctuating comparatively only to that of which is required by measure.

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~How Did Being ‘Ratchet’ Become So Popular?~

Whoever said that chivalry was dead was correct! Or, maybe not. However, the popular cliched catchphrase remains exact, in regard to roughly 99% of the current human population. Worldstar Freaks Uncut has even concluded that the internationally renowned community of these ratchet people have since even adopted their own recognizable slogan. But what is fascinating is the attention that ratchet culture continues to maintain. Attracted thereto is the Hollywood culture. Anytime multimillionaires adopt a trend, then it soon thereafter usually is imitated by people of otherwise meager living means, socially. Being ‘ratchet’ basically became popular in the mainstream because there is obviously some sort of gainful approach among those of its origin. Propaganda, as always is the motivational intent for such lackluster means of quality of life.

Ultimately, conducting ratchetness is frowned upon in the professional workplace. Yet, as much resentment as it does receive, those among various segregated societies have partaken in informal behavior. Behavior that can be attributed to what those active in consumerism would probably not disagree. There are specific functions to which others are prone. Certain characteristics account for the actions of ratchetness.

The internet has caused a firestorm as of recent, figuratively referring to the multiple videos in that regard. Surely, no one can rightfully disagree that popularity is accessed potentially through online interaction. And the movement has grown organically through online usage. Ironically, many are not so concerned on capitalizing monetarily in the craze. The latter statement only refers comparatively to other prior trends that have transformed to exploitative nomenclature, enduringly.

“This whole ‘ratchet’ movement began with ‘reality’ television shows, as well as various media outlets. MTV, BET, Vh1 and all other corporate entities promote the agenda to destroy the American set of family values. It is rather absurd; the twerking, promotion of promiscuity directed towards little girls, etc. I mean, this really is a twilight zone that we are living in right now.

~ MTV Program Director

After catching up with those in the know in terms of solicitation, Worldstar Freaks Uncut learned that a vast majority of non-independent music artistry is propaganda related fodder. The wealthy and elite are knowingly administering unhealthy trends, according to credible sources within nationally syndicated film, television and media. Who are we to argue? But who exactly stands to gain from all of this? We were informed during our investigation that the culprit is hidden in plain view. Actually, we received opposing views and opinions additionally.

One thing however is certain; the chain of command definitely does not end with corporate executives, albeit music, film, nor otherwise. There are hidden media tycoons that indeed control foreign policy, as well as literally dictating the outcome of future worldly events even. For they are known simply as the ‘Elite’. The masses have only heard stories about them, until now.

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Black People Can’t Tell “Black Jokes” Now?

The real issue is that a lot of people do not get or like her brand of humor.

I got it! I laughed, especially when she continued to birth famous athletes. I mean, c’mon it’s the truth!

If you have no idea what I am talking about consider yourself lucky or just Google it.

Leslie Jones

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Top Story: Walt Disney was a racist, sexist asshole?

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So, there’s this corny-looking movie about Walt Disney creating the Mary Poppins film called Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks as Disney coming out December 20th and I remember that there has been talk that Mr. Disney was racist among other not so nice things. I took to Google and found the video below featuring interviews with people who have worked with and for him sharing their stories, proving that he was a jerk and I also found this article that tries to debunk that he was an ass.

Of course he was a racist, sexist asshole. He was a White man living in a time when many if not most White men were racist, sexist assholes. Color me so not surprised. Disney, as a brand, has promoted many racist, sexist and asshole like themes over the years. We’ve all seen it and bought into it in one way or another. I guess you can say racism, sexism and assholism has brought us all together.

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#WriterWednesday: Could Your Reputation Hurt Your Book Sales?

bad-reputationWhen a reader purchases one of an author’s books for the first time, he or she may not have a clue what the writer is like.

At that point, it may not even matter. But if the reader decides to read more of the author’s books, it’s probably to learn more about the writer.

Uncovering a bad reputation online can be enough to stop consumers dead in their tracks and prevent them from buying an author’s books.

Additionally, a well-known negative reputation can also keep readers from buying a particular author’s books. Clearly, this has an impact on book sales and can hurt the amount of royalties a writer can earn.

Those who believe that their online reputation isn’t important are deceiving themselves. Left unattended, a negative reputation can hurt book sales.


A questionable reputation can make buyers suspicious and lead to loss of book sales.

Situations that Can Negatively Impact Reputation

  • Responding Negatively to Reader Comments or Reviews.Writers put their hearts and souls into their work, so it’s no wonder they react emotionally when someone comments negatively on a book. Letting emotions take the lead and leaving a nasty comment in response puts the writer at risk for reputation damage. It may feel good to blow off some steam, but an unpleasant and unprofessional response can come back to bite the writer.Unfortunately, with the internet, deleting negative comments may not be enough to save face, as other users can spread the word faster than the author can delete.
  • Unsavory Postings on Social Media Venues.Drunken pictures and off-the-cuff posts might seem funny at the time, but they can really do a number on an author’s reputation. Readers tend to put favorite authors on a pedestal, and it’s important to maintain a professional image at all times. Keep occasional partying private.
  • Someone’s Spreading Rumors.Reputation damage isn’t always the writer’s fault. An ex or just someone looking to cause trouble can easily spread lies across the internet, causing damage to a writer’s reputation. If people are willing to believe what the other person is saying, the rumors can spread fast and impact a writer’s book sales.

Ways to Recover from a Damaged Reputation

  • Reach Out to Offended People.If people have been offended by an author’s behavior, words, or actions, the best response is to reach out in a positive and professional manner. This can be done with a blog post, a post on Facebook or Twitter, or through the author’s email list.
  • Negate the Bad with Good.Time does heal all wounds. Eventually the negativity and upset will dissipate. To facilitate this, an author should work toward rebuilding their reputation with positive posts and actions. Sincerity is important because readers will see right through actions that are taken purely for the sake of saving face.
  • Do Some Online Housecleaning.

    Clean up all social media venues by removing inappropriate or unsavory images, deleting harmful posts, or closing certain accounts altogether. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done about what others have posted about the author, but continued reputation rebuilding will counteract that over time.


A professional reputation can positively impact book sales.

Allow Time to Recover

Although a reputation can be damaged in an instant, it can take time to fully recover. Negative experiences shouldn’t keep writers from writing or publishing their works. But at the same time, they must spend time each day on rebuilding their reputation.

Regular communication with readers and reviewers will help as trust is slowly regained. After a while, book sales will start to pick up again as consumers reach the point where they believe the writer’s reputation is acceptable and warrants being given another chance. When this point is reached, it’s imperative to continue maintaining a positive online reputation because people aren’t likely to give a writer yet another chance for the same transgression.


Author Bio:

Mary Ylisela is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of topics and coaches other freelance writers on best practices for small business success.

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Am I Weird Because I Think The Guy in This State Farm Commercial is Hot?

I know, I know…I promise this is the last blog about commericals for today, but I am strangely attracted to the man in this commerical. No, not the fake French dude, but the guy having car trouble. I wonder what his name is and if he’s married!

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When Did Target Commercials Get So Damn Sexy?

Cycle 6 America’s Next Top Model Winner, Dani Evans, is featured in the first commercial below and I love it because she’s a chocolate sista and lord knows we need more dark women on TV! The soundtrack is funky too; it makes me want to go to Target and break some stuff! Check it out!

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Are People Making Worthwhile Money From Etsy?

There is a new trend these days with upcycling and crafting not just as a hobby anymore but as a means for just about anybody to make a little extra money. Sites like Etsy and Indie Handmade offer the crafter the ultimate platform and an opportunity to set up shop and reach consumers on the internet world wide. These sites are saturated with clothing and jewelry, cards and cool décor for the home, pretty much anything that you can imagine, you can now find and purchase online.

The coolest thing about these new trendy web markets is that you get to help support artists all over the world, and when you buy from them, you are helping to make it possible for them to continue doing what they love. A great deal of time and effort and money for supplies goes into creating each piece you find, so the question lies, do people actually make a worthwhile amount of money on these sites? Is it really worth the effort?

YES

Every bit of feedback and discussion I can find on the subject suggests that yes, you can make a great deal of money selling your items on these sites, IF you know what you are doing and you are smart about it. I read a post from a man that said he was able to pay his rent each month with the money he made by selling on Etsy. There were plenty of others who posted saying that they made “a lot of money” or enough to be considered a part time job at a regular wage. When you consider the fact that you are able to stay home and create, possibly be with your family all day, if you have one, it seems worth it to me.

Be Wise

There was one common thread among these successful artist, and that was that they said when selling on sites like these, you have to be smart and work wisely in order to turn and keep a profit. Etsy for example, is free to set up a shop, and then it costs a dollar to post your first 10 items. If you start by only posting those first 10, then the cost of starting up your business is a dollar. Then you leave yourself some time to adapt your prices to what is selling from your shop and where you think you need to set them in order to not only sell but to turn a profit as well.

Pricing Matters

There is a epidemic on these sites of artists undervaluing their work and taking prices way below where they would normally be if the items were sold in a boutique simply to gain customers. One artist argues that while lowering the price of an item may help you to gain the sale this time, by doing so, you cause other artists to have to lower their prices as well in order to stay competitive. It is a vicious cycle and the result of it all will be that these sites will become simply a place to gain exposure by getting your pieces out there, and no one will be able to make any profit from selling anymore.

Do your research on the average price that items like yours are going for and choose a similar price point to start with. If you feel like your items are worth a certain amount, price them there and give it time.

Advertise

Many of the artists advise commenting on the available forums within the site and using other forms of social media like Reddit and Facebook to generate knowledge of your products and traffic to your shop. Creating a buzz is always a good thing when you have a product to sell. No one can buy what you have if they don’t know it exists. Post daily pictures of your products on Facebook so they show up in the news feed and encourage your friends to share them.

Stay in the Black

When you are running a business, it is very important to keep a tight handle on the finances, this is the case for these shops especially. It may be easy at first to take the little bit that you are making in the beginning and turn around and spend it all up on more supplies. This is a trap that the successful sellers say you have to avoid. Create a separate account for your shop money and make sure you are not spending more than you make. This should be rule number 1, unless of course you are doing it simply just for fun.

Author Byline: Jennifer Ricci works for Cedar Education Lending consulting for student loan consolidation help. She is also a contributor to a handful of financial blogs and publications.

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