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Empowering Immigrants

February 2013 - Vol. 2

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Immigration Reform: What to expect from a second Obama term. LIFESTYLE

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In the face of adversities: Why you should stay strong

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THE BIG PALAVA   THOMPSON BY: Michael K-Poh

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would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers and advertisers for your continued support. The first issue of Voices (Vol.1) is behind us, and with it some of the teething challenges we encountered. We apologize to our cherished readers for not living up to expectations with that publication. Going forward we will endeavor to continuously improve performance in all departments to meet the high standards you expect from a premium publication such as Voices. Our goal is to expand the World view and Lifestyle of immigrants by providing cutting edge, thought-provoking, relevant information on Fashion, Lifestyle, Health, Beauty, The Arts, Politics and The Media. The Team at Voices looks forward to building a great relationship with our cherished readers as we seek to become the Magazine of choice for immigrants in the diaspora. Celestina Waindim


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VOICES B O OK PICK a recommended read. Copy of Songs of the Ghosts can be obtained at amazon.com... a Book BY: Michael K-Poh

Michael K-Poh, holds a Certificate: Elite Sales Consultant, Mercedes-Benz, UTI RanchoCucamonga Ca. 03-04/2007 Life Insurance License: MD, 12/13/2006 Olabisi Onabanjo University (Ogun State) Nigeria, West Africa (BA History 1991)

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SUMMARY: a Story Teller with a unique voice, Michael brews exciting tales in the late evening ‘moonlit story-time’ tradition of Ghana. After spending seven years in the beautiful city of Frederick, Maryland, in the United States, where his writing career took off, he relocated to Ghana in May of 2009 to explore the possibility of a permanent return. Michael lives in the picturesque town of Mamfe-Akuapem, located on the serene Ridge of Akuapem.

“ Michael’’s “Songs of the Ghosts” is a must read... Charles Dwamina His first book titled, ‘Songs of the Ghosts’, was published in 2007. Copies are available at www.publishamerica.com and www.amazon.com Search by author name, ‘Michael K-Poh’ or book title. Michael also writes poetry, of the inspirational genre, meant to uplift the Spirit and soul. Whilst in the US, he authored a Transformational Blog at www.lifebeginzatpoetry.com . However, the blog has been suspended and will be replaced with a blog authored from Ghana. He is currently working on several manuscripts about different stories. He is also working on a movie script.

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Songs of the Ghosts

ongs of the Ghosts' is the story of a reluctant witch, Frema Asante, a thirteenyear-old girl whose life is thrown into turmoil after Bonse, her dead grandmother, visits her. Entrusted with a great family secret, Frema must protect it and provide answers to mysterious illnesses and events involving family members and close friends. Bonse dramatically takes over Frema's shadow and through it gives her clues and information to solve strange problems. Songs of the Ghosts is a story of a young girl who is suddenly thrust into a mysterious, magical world. She must get used to her new role as a benevolent witch and contend with her father's worries and suspicions. It is a never-ending journey full of twists and turns, amazing plots, colorful individuals and a blending of West African and American cultural influences.

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VOIC E S M A GAZ IN

On October, 11th, 2012 the VOICES magazine was launched, with a well attended Gala at the M Thanks to all the attendees, sponsors, contributors, hotel staff and members of the C

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he launching gala of the voices magazine on October 2012 was a success, hosted within the tranquility of the superior Marriott hotel in Wayzata. This night of glamour, amusement and entertainment all started at 6pm with the arrival of the guest; welcomed into the red carpet event with a photo shot. The event hall was medium sized, air conditioned with simple but elegant decorations, a perfect fit for the evening. The launch was graced the diversity of the guest with ladies dressed in various colors of party gowns while the men were in suits. The occasion formally started with refreshments. The delicious food was prepared and served by the Marriott’s’ staff with a constant flow of wine and champagne. The entire dining experience was remarkable nothing short of a 5 star restaurant service. Following a heartwarming welcome address by the CEO of Voices magazine, Mrs. Celestina Waindim, the keynote speaker, Mrs. Nyango Melissa Nambangi talked extensively about immigrant woman of distinction. The ceremony also featured a fashion parade that highlighted the African beautiful couture by Ethel Afrani – Senyah. It was then dancing all the way.

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Jewel’s Favorite Quote: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

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JEWEL THOMPSON Model and Community Activist

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EWEL THOMPSON, Miss Ghana Georgia, 2006, has ambition and goals for her future which extend beyond Modeling. As Founder of Ghana Youth United Inc (a not for profit organization) and Cofounder and Chairperson for the Young African Leaders Conference, Jewel continues to reach for higher goals. Her plans, include successfully obtaining JD and MBA degrees, expanding her non-profit, from a local project to one with National and international status. Other goals include traveling to different countries in the world to broaden and enhance her cultural perspectives and enable her develop an innovative leadership program for the youth. Jewel is a worthy example of a young, progressive woman making a difference in her community and in the lives of many young women. EDUCATION: OGLETHORPE University in Atlanta, GA for B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Minor in Psychology. HOBBIES: Creative Writing, reading literature, fashion blogs and news periodicals, Singing loudly in the shower, dancing without inhibition, traveling, directing photography, and acting.

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BARACK OBAMA his apparent T H E M A N O F T H E M O M E N T decried unwillingness to reach the aisle to OBAMA’S Final Inaugural and Prospects for across find common ground on issues. Indeed Immigration Reform some Democrats pri-

N A DEPARTURE from a wellchoreographed event, President Obama stopped to look back at the sea of people gathered before him, after he stepped off the platform at the West front of the Capitol, and said to the people who surrounded him, “I want to take a look one more time; I’m not going to see this again. With that statement, Mr. Obama, literally, looked backwards and beyond his Presidency. Here was a remarkable man, the first African American elected to the highest office in the land, and who had just delivered his final inaugural address, outlining his vision for the future, visually reminiscing over his immediate past, represented by the enthusiastic crowd who had traveled from several places, braving cold winter weather, to witness another historic event.

Words do matter, and for a wordsmith with a reputation for delivering uplifting speeches, Mr. Obama delivered one of the most provocative, ideologically ambitious inaugural speeches during an era of deep partisanship in the Capital. In a comparatively short speech, lasting approximately 18 minutes, Mr. Obama laid out a sweeping

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liberal agenda for the next four years premised on bedrock Democratic social policies, which included liberal staples such as gun control, climate change, promotion of gay rights, preserving his signature health care law and immigration reform.

Supporters and opponents alike were surprised by the expansiveness and ambition of Mr. Obama’s goals. Democrats were pleased that he had decided to focus on bread and butter liberal issues and virtually jettisoned attempts to play nice with recalcitrant Republicans’ who had opposed him almost every step of way during his first four years. Republicans complained about the overtly partisan nature of the speech and viewed it as the ‘remnants of the 2012 campaign! They

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vately worried that parts of Mr. Obama’s expansive agenda could dilute efforts to boost the economy, create jobs and could even prove to be a tough sell with some Democratic members of Congress up for re-election in Red States. However, in a speech punctuated by references to the Constitution of the United States, Mr. Obama appeared undeterred and sought to tie his brand of liberalism to a long held American tradition. Though faulted for giving a partisan speech, Mr. Obama’s address was punctuated with the idea of unity, typified by his use of the word “together’ a total of seven times. The speech also included several crowd-pleasing lines about equal pay, same-sex marriage, poll access, immigration control and of course health care. Critics quickly faulted him not for what he said, but for what he omitted to say. They pointed to the absence of any Grand Bargain-like attempt to reduce the deficit, saying he only made passing references to it. It was clear Mr. Obama realized that he had been undone by the extremely


POLITICS high expectations, which accompanied his election four years earlier, and this time deliberately set out to temper expectations and avoid any attempts at securing superficial bipartisanship which would not outlast the last dance of the last inaugural ball. In a sense, his tough words gave Americans a reasonable sense of coming expectations. One of such c o m i n g expectations is Mr. Obama’s o p e n l y a v o w e d intention to tackle Immigration Reform, a contentious issue. Perhaps his willingness to tackle immigration during his second term is in part a reflection of his inability to make any headway during his first term and the need to address an issue of significant concern to an important constituency, which turned out to vote for him in large numbers during the recently

concluded elections. Mr. Obama declared, “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our work-

adding, “I expect you’re going to see immigration surface early in the year.” He also noted, in the same interview, that he expects President Obama to “move quickly on immigration.

Immigration reform is not without its pitfalls; Republicans will quickly latch on to something President O b a m a did not say during his speech, which is the fact that he wants to tie the popular idea of raising visas for skilled workers to making broader changes in immigration laws. This is something strongly force rather than expelled from objected to by Republicans. our country.” Though he did not ▶ Continues on VOICES Premium outline time lines for immigration Edition. Get copy online at Voices at : reform, one of his key advisors, http://www.magcloud.com/browse/ David Axelrod, told reporters after issue/505611 the speech, according to the Los Angeles Times, “An immigration push is coming early this year,” FEBRUARY 2013  VOICES MAGAZINE 

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Lifestyle

Staying Confident and strong in the face of Adversity...

Sometimes, life and the people in it can be difficult. But it is not impossible to remain positive, strong and confident even in the face of adversity By: Celestina Waindim, BSN. RN

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eveloping confidence and a healthy self-esteem will enable one better able to deal with adversity.. Even those who have developed confidence may find it difficult to remain positive and upbeat about life and their potential in the face of adversity. Virtually every person will encounter pivotal moments and situations in life, and sometimes-impossible people who challenge their view of the world, their life and threaten even the healthiest self-esteem and confidence levels. Confidence Means Breaking Free and Being Independent of Others

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Maintaining confidence means having the strength to be independent of the expectations of others, including loved ones. Remaining authentic and being true to oneself is most important. Living life to please others can be tiresome, restrictive and cause depression and anxiety. Break free of such restraints, even if this means becoming a non-conformist. Sometimes the authority of parents can be overwhelming, even in adulthood. Remember, loving and accepting parental authority does not mean having to live by it – especially after adulthood and being completely independent (this includes financially).▶


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LIFESTYLE Learning to live on one’s own terms is part of being an independent and confident adult. If there are any holes or kinks in the parent-child relationship, consider forgiveness and letting go. Being a parent does not mean being perfect or being an expert. Learn to let go of any past weaknesses and parental faults and move on. Develop a more positive relationship and work toward creating more positive experiences together. Defeat the Enemies of Confidence and Healthy Self-Esteem. Doubt, fear, and negative thoughts and words are all enemies to confidence and self-esteem. Learn to shut the door on any negative thoughts and emotions in order to lead a positive and healthier lifestyle. This includes releasing any guilt, self-punishment and perfectionism, which are all negative behavior.

embrace spirituality and work past or current hurts and issues in to improve the body, and stay the journal. If necessary, work with a professional to help overcome healthy. any issues before they develop Negative people and relation- into something more serious ships that are not positive can such as depression and anxiety. be taxing to the spirit. Instead, develop and cultivate positive relationships with people who are loving, kind and promote growth. When encountering or dealing with negative people, do not take

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their rejection or behavior personally. Instead, brush it off or deal with it in another positive manner. Do not let rejection and past negative experiences interfere with the development of other positive relationships.

The fact is that no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes and has done something wrong in the past. Perfectionism and self-punishment are reactions to lingering feelings of guilt, and neither are the correct solutions. Forgiveness and self-love is the answer.

Some people find that writing out statements of hope, optimism and affirmation can be very effective. Beginning each day by looking in the mirror and reciting these statements of hope and affirmations can help to reaffirm and strengthen one’s resolve on even the most difficult days. Still, it is important to stay humble no matter how high the confidence and self-esteem level. Never mistake conceit for confidence. Conceit is not authentic and is often a mask for insecurity. Further, it can be a turn-off to other people and it may block future successes. Having confidence and a healthy self-esteem requires constant work. It means being independent and breaking free from the expectations of others. It also means working diligently to defeat the enemies that try to decrease self-esteem by integrating the body and spirit, journaling and saying affirmations and statements of hope. Being a positive person also means having relationships with others who are also positive and confident. Using all of these tools will allow anyone to overcome the obstacles and difficulties in life. ▣

Staying Positive and Strong Life is difficult and there will always be obstacles and difficult people to overcome. Do not let other people get in the way or hinder any progress that has been made. Instead, address any concerns and conflicts with Loving oneself often means inte- others and move on because no grating the body and the spirit. one can change anybody else. Respecting the body and choosing not to harm it means rejecting Another way to deal with any feelall forms of abuse, judgment, self- ings and emotions is by writing loathing or self-hatred. Instead about it in a journal. Address any .

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T he B ig P ALAVA I KNOW WHY MARS IS RED. By Michael K-Poh

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oo Bom Boo, the creator of Mars was upset with all the animals on the planet and resolved to destroy all of them. Boo Bom Boo went and stood and called out to Penepoloses, the goddess of wind and told Penepoloses what she was about to do. Boo Bom Boo said to Penepoloses, “All the animals on Mars are quarrelsome and argumentative. They are always fighting, shouting and arguing. They are not kind to each other. I am

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going to destroy each and every single one of them in five days. In an instant, wind-Penepoloses traveled all over Mars whispering what she had heard to every animal on Mars. There was great panic, fear and wailing everywhere. All the animals became frantic and run to and fro, all over Mars, calling out to each other trying to find a way to stop Boo Bom Boo from destroying them. Every single one of the animals wept and their tears flowed together and formed a huge lake. Creator Boo Bom Boo looked down upon Mars and saw the lake of tears and became very sad for the lake of tears was very big and very shiny. But Boo Bom Boo had made up his mind he

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would destroy every single animal and make new ones that would be good, nice and peaceful. The animals gathered for a Big Palaver to talk about what to do? Snoogle the wise serpent said, “We need to find someone to go up and plead with Mighty Boo Bom Boo so she does not destroy us all from the face of Mars. “That is a great idea,” said Fyfespun the turtle. “Quick, quick we need to find someone Boo Bom Boo will listen to. O someone quick, come up with a name. Think, think before it is too late. O my O my, woe is us, we are done for,” Sadly the Big Palaver turned into the big fight! Monkeys


SHORT STORY argued with birds,lions argued with crabs, zebras argued with frogs,turtle argued with chimpanzees, snakes argued with skunks and cats argued with grasshoppers! Everyone argued with someone! It was a big mess at the big Palaver! Boo Bom Boo and windPenepoloses sat in the wind and looked down at the noisy animals arguing and making a big fuss. Boo Bom Boo said, “Now you understand why I am going to do what I have said I will do?” Wind-Penepoloses nodded sadly, “Yes I can see they love fighting more than anything else.” The Big Palaver went on for two whole days and still there was no peace or settlement, only fighting and argument. No one agreed with any one. They shouted, yelled and screamed at each other until finally Sadface the monkey climbed atop a huge boulder and began pelting all the other animals with stones. Finally everyone turned to look up at Sadface who held his hands high in the air and yelled for quiet, “Quiet, quiet you noisy lot. You are making too much noise. Listen I have a brilliant idea,” he said. Every one kept quiet and

waited for Sadface to continue. “I say we send an emissary to meet with Boo Bom Boo to plead with her to stop this terrible thing.” Everyone burst out clapping and cheering, “Yea, yea great idea, yeah.” But Snoogle the serpent snapped at him saying, ‘I already said that you mangy w a n g y m o n k e y. W h e r e were you? Were you not listening?” Suddenly all the animals burst out laughing and making fun of Sadface, “He does not listen well. He does not listen well, what he does well is to steal everyone else’s food, climb a huge rock and make faces at them.” They went back and forth again another two days until finally Fyfespun yelled “STOP” and got every one to be quiet. Fyfespun said, “We have to send someone to Boo Bom Boo tomorrow or we will all be dead. Dead! Do you hear me? We will all be dead if we do not stop this foolishness.” So they all kept quiet, thinking hard about what Fyfespun said. Then Moper the Gopher said, “Why not send Snoogle, Fyfespun and Sadface? You three are the only ones who have come up with smart ideas. And you all have ticklish names and you all are an odd bunch. So why not you three?” Yeah, yea, say why not you three,

yeah,” all the animals yelled and shouted and cheered. “Send up Fyfespun, Snoogle and Sadface to meet with Boo Bom Boo tomorrow.” Very early on the day Boo Bom Boo planned to destroy every animal on Mars, Sadface, Fyfespun and Snoogle set off to meet with Boo Bom Boo at her Bumple. Boo Bom’s Bumple was a huge cave. The thing about the Bumple was it was nowhere and everywhere. Anyone who went up to meet with Boo Bom spoke to wind-Penepoloses. WindPenepoloses then spoke to Boo Bom Boo. Boo Bom Boo would always say, “I will meet wherever they choose.” And on the day of the meeting, Boo Bom Boo’s Bumple would go to the meeting place and wait. Fyfespun, Snoogle and Sadface met with Boo Bom Boo in the middle of a large desert. Waiting with Boo Bom were wind-Penepoloses and Yokto the spokesmite. Yokto spoke for Boo Bom. No animal had ever heard Boo Bom speak. Yokto was tiny and small. He was a teeny weeny tinny tiny nanomite creature. Yokto was almost invisible. No one knew exactly what Yokto looked like since he was so small.

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