Some of you may only remember Kevin Powell as the angry Black guy on the very first season of MTV’s Real World who got into a heated argument with cast mate, Julie, about racism in the streets of New York City.
That was a lifetime ago, 23 years to be exact, and Kevin Powell is now known as a very prestigious and prolific activist, writer and public speaker with an extensive and very impressive resume.
I recently followed him on Twitter and he returned the favor. Here’s the conversation that lead to this #FridayReads feature:
Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and The Ghost of Dr. King are 22 raw, unfiltered blogs and essays, intent on not just exposing, but understanding, all the while building bridges of dialogue — with ourselves, and with our America.
Multi-talented artist Vitaly Didenko has been using the #feedart hashtag on Twitter with a vengeance and that’ s how he caught my attention.
His work kept my attention!
He has so many amazing pieces!
He uses several mediums in his work and has a very extensive online portfolio at VitalyDidenko.org.
You should be familiar with the #FeedArt campaign that I introduced some weeks ago. If not, learn all about it here.
Here’s another way to get involved!
It’s easy! Include #FeedArt in your tweets, find other accounts using the hashtag and re-tweet their messages, and watch as others re-tweet yours.
The more active you are with the hashtag the more likely you’ll be to expand your reach, amplify your brand, increase engagement, find fellow artists to collaborate with and get featured!
So, what are you waiting for? Get to tweetin’!
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So you want to market your business online through social media marketing? Don’t know where to start? Well, here are some strategies to get you started, including the power of hashtags on Twitter. (A subject I will cover again later.) They are free and easy to apply and great for any small business or if you simply work from home to make money in your chosen industry, along with using the best apps for iPhone.
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REMEMBER! Google loves links and you will score highly with G if you have a lot of incoming links to your site from other sites. The best way to do this is share your content as stated above. Always make sure that the links are from sites who are reputable and loved by Google. Don’t simply ask people to link your site from any old plae. Google will spot you and you will lose credit with them. Post your articles on places like ezinearticles.com – another favored site by Google. If you are not sure of something Google it first. Google your keywords and see what comes up – the first page is your competition. There is also an E-zine plugin for WordPress which allows you to post your article the minute you publish it on your blog. I would use WP’s plugins to the hilt. They are brilliant and useful, especially the All In One SEO plugin, which I highly recommend and it will do all the SEO for your site.
Michelle is the editor and writer at The Vintage Business Digital Magazine and is also festival co-organizer of The Vintage Belles Annual Festival in Warwick. Owner of TVG Productions and promotional film maker, she guest speaks all over the UK at events and fairs on better marketing for small businesses in the craft and vintage field. She also writes The Vintage Girl Newsletter which is the longest running publication in the field, and has personally seen the development of several businesses in the UK and the U.S reaching success in their industries.
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You can use Twitter for business and actually get more hits and traffic to your blog or business opportunity than you can on Facebook. At least that’s been my experience lately.
I don’t claim to be a Twitter guru, but I’ve noticed that you can get more Twitter followers just by being yourself and interacting with other members.
So, here are some general tips on how to set up and use this social networking site to your advantage, and get the most out of your business marketing.
Be sure your Twitter account profile is attractive and says something about you. Use a photo of yourself, not an “avatar” or company logo.
Remember, branding is still very important here as on any other networking site. So if use the same photo across all of your profiles, people will get to know you.
I actually had a follower tweet to me, “You’re everywhere!” That’s the point!
Twitter allows photos to be uploaded to status updates (tweets) too, so when possible, it’s a good idea to upload a relevant image in every few tweets.
#quote is a very popular hashtag, so along with trends, use an interesting quote without a link to any other site.
Don’t just use the same link to the same landing page all the time. Link to a relevant blog post, a favorite or new YouTube video and different landing pages or business opportunities.
People on Twitter like variety!
Here’s an example – “Had a dinner date with hubby! Great to take some time off work and enjoy the evening.”
Your personal tweet – without a link – can be about anything; what your cat just did, how much snow your area is getting, where you took your last vacation.
Personal tweets are something that just add a little more about you so your followers will get to know you, and so you’ll get even more followers.
Scan the list of trending topics on the sidebar. Find something interesting and say something about it, like your opinion on the topic, and be sure to use the #hashtag in your tweet.
Remember, not every post needs to have a link! The key for marketing here is the same as it is on every social networking site.
You will get more followers, sign ups or sales when you allow people to get to know, like and trust you.
Here are some things you can do to effectively market your business on Twitter:
Respond to followers who mention you in their tweets or retweet (RT) one of your posts. A simple ‘Thanks for the mention’ or ‘Thanks for the RT’ goes a long way!
You do not have to follow everyone who follows you. It’s best to simply check your followers a couple of times a week and follow them back if you want to.
For example, there are some “adult-related” members who follow me but I don’t want to see graphic adult-rated images on my feed, so I don’t follow them back. And if they eventually unfollow you because you haven’t followed them, that’s fine.
Hopefully these few tips will help you get more Twitter followers and get the most out of your marketing on this fun social networking site too!
Karen Musselman works from home and provides “Online Marketing Help Without the Hype,” and the importance of video marketing at her blog, “Working at Home with KSMusselman,, where she also has training videos for members of the marketing company she’s a member of. Stop by Karen’s blog today for more online marketing help.
I got this amazing tweet today!
I am gagging. My 62 yo old boss brought me an article from your website @DangerousLee about stalking.
— L.Sugatits Hoecake (@BasedMoonie) January 7, 2015
I assume she is referring to How To Spot A Stalker Before It’s Too Late but she could be referring to 4 People You’ve Cyberstalked But Will Never Admit It or How To Stalk Your Favorite Celebrity.
Either way, I am glad to know that I am reaching an older audience.
Older people can #KeepitDangerous! too :)
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County in the State of Michigan. It is located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Detroit. According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, making it the seventh largest city in Michigan.
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A series of tweets by Facebook and Twitter users took over social media this week where those of us who grew up in Flint and are still living there, or in the area, proclaimed our Flint Pride, fond memories and funny stories with the rest of the world. Or anyone that cared
I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. I currently live right outside of Flint, or shall I say, down the street from Flint in Burton. I work and sometimes play in Flint. I also have a section of this network devoted of Flint (Flint Positive Spotlight). So, I am definitely So Flint!
However, like most things on social media, it is playing out (see getting on my nerves) quickly. But, I won’t complain too much. Flint is usually in the media for negative reasons so I’m happy to join the crowd. It’s fun. And, other than love we all need more fun.
Social networks are amazing at keeping you in contact with your friends and families at all times. Back in the day, we had to call someone on their home phone in the hope that they may pick up, or rock up at their house in the hopes they may be home, only to ring the doorbell and find no one there. Nowadays finding out where anyone is and what he or she is doing is a text message, mobile phone call, WhatsApp, Skype call or Facebook message away. Great for staying in contact but it also has become a crutch on society and even been referred to as “an infectious disease”.
Nowadays with knowing exactly where your friends are and whom they are with constantly via the tap of a finger or click of a mouse, has basically turned us into a society of over-sharers. There are two types of sufferers, the people who do the over-sharing, and the people who overly consume what is shared.
“Here, let me update 3 social media networks before I even get out of bed”
There are quite a few social networks, but the most influential are the following: Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Google+. LinkedIn. Chances are you not only are accessing at least one of these a day, but you are actively posting on others too. So to see if you are an over-sharer, I think if you answer yes to any of the following questions, it may be time to slow down with the constant updates which are spamming your friends and followers time lines:
- Have you posted at least five updated statuses, and it isn’t even 10am
– Have you posted three pictures of things you have done today, not only on a single network, but multiple networks?
– Have you commented on statuses and comments with your own opinion about something you are not directly involved in?
– Have you liked each and every post and made a comment about how great whatever you liked is and how you also have/want the same thing
There is nothing wrong with the occasional post about a great restaurant you are at, and the amazing meal that is sitting in front of you, but most of your friends and family (and strangers who you have met just once and made friends with for no reason) do not need to know that you just woke up, had a great breakfast, were stuck in traffic on the way to work, relieved you got to work, having a great day at work, ate a sandwich for lunch, hate office politics, cannot wait to get home, finally got home, watching your favorite series, and about to jump into bed. If that sounds like your average day on social media networks with regards to what you are posting, it is probably best to dull it down a bit.
“I know what you did last summer”
Even though you may not be an over-sharer, you may still suffer from over-sharing syndrome. Picture this scenario, you meet up with a friend who you have not seen in ages and the conversation kicks off. Now, your friend is an over sharer, and you, read everything and anything that gets posted on your social networks, so you are able to finish every story they tell two minutes into hearing it. Sadly people who show these signs, are often seen to have addictive personalities, so it may be something to keep an eye on.
So try and stay away from the clutter that is your timeline. Only check in a few times a day, and only follow and friend the people who you actually going to add some value to your life or you really care about. For all the others, unfriend them or worst case, just hide their feeds from your timeline, as it is one way to stop being forced to hear how Jane and John’s kid is finally on solids. Your settings are key here, and you can get some web privacy software to manage your privacy, just to give you some indication of how much you are sharing in the online world.
Cut it out
The rule of thumb is this, if it is not adding value to anyone else’s life, then you should not post it. So think about it, if you are about to post something online that if you read on someone else’s profile and think it is arbitrary, would you still post it?
The fact you can link your Facebook to your Twitter account and Instagram to Facebook, does not mean you should. Keep your Facebook for staying in contact with friends and family, use Twitter to follow the people you are interested in and post insightful anecdotes, and just use Instagram for your photos. Chances are your friends are already follow you on all of the platforms, so no point in spamming them, and if they really wanted to see what you had for lunch, at least they will know not to follow your Instagram account.
By Sam Wright
Sam Wright is a business journalist based in Norwich, Norfolk.
At last! An honest, straightforward and unapologetic guide to help reduce culture shock between the races. Using the methods and tips within, you can ease the confusion of interacting with white people, establishing a more direct approach, ensuring your own sense of peace. Learn How to Communicate With Whites.
Identify which whites wear “The Mask”. Inside, you’ll find these points as well as: – Why whites are more courageous in the workplace (“The office is white people’s turf.”) – Why there still is little to no diversity in entertainment. (“Whites own all media. People of color own no outlets.”) – How to activate your very own personal White People B.S. Decoder (Whites say, “Let the past go”. Decoded, “Let us do what we want and shut up”.)
It’s hard to be sure that anything online is true – people’s profiles can be deceptive, there’s sales patter everywhere, adverts make astounding claims and gossip and unsubstantiated rumor abound. So when it comes to uber-hyped share launches, like Facebook and Twitter, should you really believe everything that the little bird tells you? The launch of Twitter recently has prompted record numbers of purchases in overseas stock by investors from the UK, however, but should you be one of them?
Some investors will remember the “dotcom” bubble that burst far more spectacularly and had far more troubling effects than the feared millennium bug had done a couple of years earlier. Underlying the dotcom disaster was the fact that most companies were valued on the number of clicks that they received. This was translated into wildly inaccurate valuations that bore little or no relation to their actual holdings, sales or profits. Investors soon discovered their investments were worth very little and the bubble burst.
The problem with the recent raft of share launches is similar; number of users has been identified as a key valuation tool but the potential for advertising revenue on sites is unclear. Some users (I’m admitting nothing) simply block the senders of promotional tweets, to limit their exposure to unwanted interruptions while discussing what they’re eating (and where) with a global community of millions. The competition is also growing with social media sites including Facebook, LinkedIn and Google, all grabbing shares of the market.
However, the technology can be more ‘ropey’ than investors realize. The advertising model that sites like this use is possibly flawed; it’s based on the idea of interrupting their clients mid-search (or chat) with unwanted ads (not necessarily a popular approach). Sites also profile users; I checked how Google had evaluated me, in the interests of research, and discovered, much to my surprise, that I’m a sixty-something woman with a fondness for football and knitting. As it happens, I’m none of the above. Algorithms, it seems, may spot patterns, but rarely inconsistencies.
Of course, investment is all about risk. Twitter et al are certainly popular, growing and becoming something of a ‘utility’ in many people’s lives. This factor may well be an important consideration. When new technology transforms into an everyday utility this indicates two things; one that it’s here to stay and two; that it’s become ‘normal’ to people. While some nefarious users may block promotional tweets, and be pleased Google has them so wrong that the adverts that appear when searching are utterly irrelevant, it’s fairly clear that these brands are massively popular with the majority of people. Not only are they part of everyday life, but they utilize the powerful word of mouth model sales method that has to be the oldest one known to man (and woman). As these companies grow and develop they will find new ways to increase their sophistication in regards to selling, and long term profits may well soar. For investors in at the ground level today there may be some significant returns in the future. Twitter and other social networking investments should be considered fairly risky but as part of a portfolio, for the long-haul, they may well pay off.
Samantha Smith is an experienced blogger who likes to blog about investing. She has written blogs for a lot of companies, one of these being Green EK Investments.
My name is Tangela Walker-Craft. I am a native of Lakeland, Florida. I’ve been married to my husband (Ernest Craft, III) for 21+ years. I’m a wife and homeschooling mother to my 11 year old daughter. I’m also a patented inventor and business owner.
After my daughter was born, I breastfed her for two years. Due to my own breastfeeding needs, I invented and patented the BEST multipurpose breastfeeding/travel product that a mom or caregiver could ever have –The GoPillow! I had the idea for the GoPillow! because my daughter was born with a head full of black, silky hair. Each time I would breastfeed her, the back of her neck along the hairline would perspire and my arm would be damp. I decided that I needed an arm cover of some kind – not just for breastfeeding, but for cradling my baby. I told my
husband about an idea that I had. He and I began playing around with various versions of an arm pillow. My husband drew a rough sketch of the pillow that I wanted and my aunt was able to sew a rough prototype for me.
The original intent of the pillow was for cradling babies for breast or bottle feedings. I knew it would be an excellent travel pillow. The idea for adding the privacy blanket came later. It was added after I was caught in a crowded area during a rainstorm at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. My husband took off his shirt and gave it to me so that I could nurse my daughter more discreetly. We realized that a privacy blanket or cover would separate my pillow from any other nursing pillow on the market. The blanket turned the pillow into a multipurpose wonder!
I filed for a patent. I went through prototyping, fabric sampling, packaging selection, etc. and finally incorporated my company and got the GoPillow! ready for market. The pillows are professionally manufactured and packaged. I founded Simply Necessary, Incorporated (simplynecessary.com) to market and distribute the GoPillow! via TheGoPillow.com. I run Simply Necessary, Incorporated and take care of my daughter full-time.
In addition to marketing the GoPillow!, as a way to utilize my Creative Writing degree and share my ideas and experiences with other families, I became a Tampa Bay Parenting Examiner for Examiner.com, an online news outlet. I currently write under four titles for Examiner.com. I draw from my experiences as a wife, mother, business owner, and former Language Arts teacher for my articles. I provide tips for helping families enjoy life.
My classmate left me distraught as she told me boldly and confidently that I was “an ugly black girl.” I ran home to my mother, tears in eyes, certain that being black meant being ugly and that it was a label I could never get rid of. I said to my mother, “Mommy, am I black and ugly?” She said to me, with her encouraging eyes, “Yes, precious. You are black, but you are certainly not ugly. The next time she comes to you saying you’re black and ugly, you just tell her ‘Yes, I’m black, but you’re just jealous because you’re not a pretty black girl like me, inside and out.”
These were the words my mother said to me that day and it has stuck with me for the rest of my life. Certainly the content of the message has changed, but the meaning behind the message hasn’t: no matter what people say, don’t believe them. You know who you are and that’s all that matters. No one can say anything about you that you don’t agree with. That was the last day I allowed anyone to say anything negative about me. It was the last time I allowed people’s ignorant opinions belittle me. And it was the day I became empowered.
Our media will have us believe that black women can’t get along and that it is in our nature to tear each other down. That we lack the skills to empower each other and to build ourselves into a dynamic group. That we would rather talk about each other, throw champagne in each others’ face, or disrespect each other for the sheer thrill of getting noticed. That’s not my story.
I’ve always been one to triumph over my trials…I’ve always been resilient. Even when all the cards were stacked against me and it seemed like there was no hope left, I was the one who not only would remain optimistic and hopeful but would try my best to empower others to be the same. Sometimes, when you are down, being empowering to others is the only way to get back up in those dark moments.
The mark of a Dangerous Black Woman is one who is not only empowered, but empowers others. It is those women who can take their misgivings and empower others because that is where they get their light in the middle of a dark tunnel.
I am a Dangerous Black Woman because I believe in the motto of my mother’s country, “out of many, one people.” As Dangerous Black Women: out of many, we are one.
Shawntel Asemota White learned early on that her purpose is to inspire others. She believes life is a series of stories that we are involved in and every moment is an opportunity to create a new line in our story. She considers herself a storyteller because she believes every event has a story to tell and it is her job to tell it in a compelling way. She created The SOA Brand, formerly SOA Event Concepts, a creative services agency that tells stories through visual design, creative strategy, and cultivated experiences that connects people to people and brands to people. She hopes to continue to grow this brand, making it the go to agency for inspired opportunities and stories.
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Cyber Monday is a term-turned consumer holiday that falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving each year in the US. The term “Cyber Monday” was originally coined by Shop.org in 2005, and has since become a well-known phrase across the Internet. The internet-based consumer holiday features deals on everything from household goods and digital subscriptions to new electronics and video game consoles. Shopping online is often much more convenient than dealing with other consumers at stores during Black Friday, which is why Cyber Monday is becoming more popular each year.
Protecting Yourself During Cyber Monday
Although Cyber Monday is a great online holiday to receive great deals and discounts, it can also be highly dangerous when shopping online if you are not careful with the websites you choose to share your personal financial data with before checking out.
Always verify the retailer’s website when you are shopping online by checking the site’s URL. Many websites that have secure online shopping will show a lock icon in the URL section of the site, verifying it has a SSL, or secure sockets layer certificate. You can also check the footer of the website for security stamps and verification logos before checking out or entering personal information into the website.
Avoid clicking on shared images you find on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, especially during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many links that are shared on social media networks during shopping frenzies are often “phishing” sites, that will ask for your email, passwords and potentially financial information.
Biggest Websites During Cyber Monday
Shoppers seem to flock to Amazon, with 35 million visitors in 2012, a 36% increase from 2011. Walmart has also seen a drastic increase in shoppers during Cyber Monday, with 18.6 million visitors in 2012, up more than 21% since 2011. In addition to Amazon and Walmart’s official online stores, Best Buy received more than 9.3 million visitors during Cyber Monday in 2012, an increase of more than 10% altogether in 2011. However, Target received 4 million visitors in 2012 during Cyber Monday, down 4% since 2011. J.C. Penney also found themselves with a decrease in visitors in 2012 with 5.3 million, a 1% decrease from 2011.
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