HBCU ; “Black People”

I am transferring to a HBCU and man I must say the key to success is not just the education which they provide but:

  • persistence 
  • determination 
  • self motivation 
  • faith 
  • and more

I tried to get an early start on college but they weren’t ready 

I tried to register for classes but they were prepared for me yet 

Now they are ready and I am left out of the loop…

…the reason why the “Black People” part is in the title: (this is a horrible generalization of “Black People” FYI) 

  • black people are considered loud and boisterous = I am not saying HBCU is that BUT to get things done, sometimes raising your voice in a dignified manner is the way to go 
  • black people are considered violent sometimes = HBCU’s are not violent but sometimes making the first move is one way to actually get the ball rolling 
  • black people are considered rude = HBCU means standing your ground and not let the next person walk all over you
  • that’s all I could think of right now…

BUT the reason I bring this is up is mostly a random thought as I enter into a HBCU institution 

I think that too much emphasis is being placed on skin colour… imagine if the world was black and white? 

My first thought was out of frustration but now I can spin my frustration into a learning experience and turn my frown upside down and make do with what I have been giving. 

See The Couple Who Gave New Meaning to ‘Till Death Do Us Part’

so sweet!

TIME

Don and Maxine Simpson, a couple from Bakersfield, Calif., married a mere few months after meeting in 1952, and their love story carried on for 62 years. The husband and wife duo rarely spent time apart. The end of both spouses’ lives was no exception.

In a scene out of the movie The Notebook, the couple both passed away within four hours of one another and at each others side.

Maxine had been battling cancer all this year, and Don had broken his hip two weeks prior to his passing. The Simpsons leave behind two children and multiple grandchildren.

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Becky Hammon Will Be The NBA’s First Female Regular Season Coach

TIME

The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that they have hired Becky Hannon as an assistant coach. Hammon will be the first woman with a coaching position in the National Basketball Association during the regular season.

Six-time all-star Hannon announced her retirement from the Women’s National Basketball Association after 13 seasons of play on July 23. She ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445) and spent the past eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

Popovich hinted that the defending NBA champions might add a woman to their bench earlier this year…

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Conference – Don’t ever forget

I recently went to a conference which was organized and the hard work was done by a group of women. As a young woman I felt proud and let me add that these women were no simple women, they were professionals, with their doctorates, their businesses and professional jobs etc. The whole event was not a bore which sometimes is to me especially since it was mostly about politics, an area I barely encourage conversation.

This was an interesting event. I came as a college student and I realize that i was the new kid on the block, because apparently everyone was familiar with each other. As the new kid on the block it was up to me to get the ball rolling, network and reach out to others.

I got around to a few people and it was okay, here and there, spoke to a few women and they all seemed a bit interested in something else other than the topic(s) at hand. 

One of the ladies who had help to make this event a success, I approached her with a genuine act of gratitude and she seemed too busy to pay my thank you any attention.

First off I was not groveling for her attention and secondly I honestly was not sure of her name. I just know she was one of the main ladies for the planning and set up, but she was too preoccupied to say you are welcome or share any words or wisdom to me as a young lady striving to be also be successful, that was my first impression. Now as far as the saying goes for first impression, traditionally I am not sure I am impressed but some people would say don’t take it personal she was busy. I think she felt as if she had to impress the people already knew and that made her forget the new people in the room. 

This made me think about what I should aim for, do not get me wrong the speakers were superb, their message was received! 

“Education and the values of caribbean people seem to differ from those of americans.”

Wealth & status vs moral & ethics

If there is one thing to take from this conference other than the superb message that the speakers gave, is also that I should never forget where I come from and that no matter where I go I should never be a snob about it. 

How can I expect to be successful, if the way I take to get there is by stepping on those who are also trying to learn something new also. 

 

One of my goals is to reach out to as many people as possible so that almost everyone will have an equal chance at an education! NO ONE SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND!