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I F L O V E C O UL D T A L K I T W O UL D S A Y O H HOW W E L O V E Y O U MO M !! !! !! !





Tribute To Our Mom’s


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patience . Mother like Water is

common mother, to whom

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bosom all must return

you’ll obtain loves endurance.

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Mother holds a high position

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her household. Affectionally

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bearer of many nations

her family recognizes her as

to be desired, a lot can be

Her spirit is the source of all


life and is embodied with

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Stop the violence has gone on for centuries, will it ever end. We may not be able to reach all but those who are willing lets do it!

The sentiments' of her love

deprive her of His loyalty.

To those mothers who have

gives you that I will survive

Mother’s should always be

lost their children along the

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cherished, respected and treat-

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life, When God created her image he remembered never to

To all the mothers in this world I’d like to say thank you

God sent you an angel forever and always.

In Honor Of All Those Mothers Who Lost Their Children Due To Violence Violence doesn’t make you a hero, it brings forth your crowdedness.

Although we can never call out all their names God knows and most important he cares.

EDITORS PAGE... Don't wait until Sunday to show your Mother how important she is to you. Start now. What if Sunday never comes? Do something special for her that you know will put a smile on her face. Mother's are to be honored because they sacrificed so much in order to bring us into this world. Mother's have to keep a brave face on most times, and are often misunderstood by many, especially by their chilCheryl Wood - Speaker, Corporate Consultant, Author Whatever your BIG dream, say it out loud over and over even when you wonder "will this ever happen?" Say it so much you start to believe it! Your thoughts have the power to motivate you Patricia Nixon • I say all the time that words have power. Some of my most successful clients have vision boards they use every day so that when the dream gets fuzzy they're looking right at their goals, reminded of the power belief and vision. Allison Babb Phillips • What? Really? Wow, that's too cool! How do you get it to start immediately upon starting your computer? I'd love for my vision movie to start when I reboot my computer. What's the trick to make that happen? Patricia Nixon • If you're still using Window 7, just add it to your task scheduler. tutorials/12444-task-schedulercreate-new-task.html. You can google the same steps for windows 8 Been doing this one for years

dren. Children forget that Mother's are just like them. They want to have fun, be loved, and take a break from life's pressures. Let's work to be more concerned with the State of our Mother's and work hard to please them this weekend. One of the most loved Mother's of our time is the beautiful, illustrious Queen, Phylicia Rashad! We are so fortunate that we were able to grow up


watching her on "The Cosby Show". She is the ultimate Woman, and the ultimate Queen Mother, and we need more women like her. I am blessed to say that I have a Mother like her so for all of you who think those types of Mother's don't exist, think again! Thank you Phylicia "Clair Cosby" Rashad for gracing this world with your presence. Happy Mother's Friday to you and to all Mother's on Earth! rose.

Not to be preachy but that's what faith is - believing without seeing. Don't ever say *if* you're successful or *when* you're successful. You *are* successful. I think reality TV has also fed into this crazy immediacy that fuels so many of us. What looks like overnight success is never overnight. Our most notable singers, authors, actors, entrepreneurs - they always reveal later how long it took to get to where they are. And how low some of them got before they now. Helps if you have a good amount of memory - having a bunch of items in startup can cause a lag (but memory is cheap)! P. NIXON You can also just drop it in your startup folder. You're welcome. Go imagine!! Cathy Fraser • It's not only what we say right? It's what we think this is from As A Women Thinketh:

So yes, the way we speak indeed effects our realities. I *am* successful; I *am* retiring within the next 10 years and I *am* marrying Denzel Washington. Ok, that last one ... not so much. But you get my drift. Allison Babb Phillips • I hear ya Patricia and I agree 100%! I've got a vision board, a vision movie, and my vision written out so I can speak it out loud as well. Most definitely a daily "faith activator!" Good stuff ladies!

A woman is made or unmade by herself; in the armory of thought she forges the weapons by which she destroys herself. She also fashions the tools with which she builds for herself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, woman ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, she descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and woman is their maker and master.





MOTHERS DAY The origins of Mother's Day are attributed to different people. Many believe that two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were important in establishing the tradition of Mother's Day in the United States. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their

mothers. Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother's Day to be celebrated each year to encourage pacifism and disarmament amongst women. It continued to be held in Boston for about ten years under her sponsorship, but died out after that. In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother's Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton,

West Virginia. Ann Jarvis had organized "Mother's Day Work Clubs" to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. Anna Jarvis launched a quest for Mother's Day to be more widely recognized. Her campaign was later financially supported by John Wanamaker, a clothing merchant from Philadelphia. In 1908, she was instrumental in arranging a service in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers.

items. The church has now become the International Mother's Day Shrine. It is a tribute to all mothers and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Inside my heart is where my mother signed her name !

Forever Loved

Mother's Day has become a day that focuses on generally recognizing mothers' and mother figures' roles. Mother's Day has also become an increasingly important event for businesses in recent years. This is particularly true of restaurants and businesses manufacturing and selling cards and gift

The Carnation. Why is it the Symbol of Mother's Day Because of Anna Jarvis, white carnations were in such demand, that the cost rose and the supply short. So the florists tried to change the expression of honoring mothers to be with ANY flower, especially the one their own mother's loved (not necessarily a carnation like Mrs. Jarvis.) The carnation was chosen as the symbol for Mother's Day because

Anna Jarvis' mother had loved carnations. So she would wear one in honor of her own mother and encouraged others to wear one honoring their mothers. Some people wear a white carnation to honor mothers who have died. While others choose a pink or red carnations to honor their mothers who are still living. .



May 1st has to do with the

celebration of Springtime. Many European communities started celebrating Spring by decorating their homes with the firstblooming flowers. Since the United States has Labor Day in September, it keeps May Day as a day to celebrate Spring, young love, and romance. May Day is the 1st day in May, regardless of what day of the week it falls on. May Day's origin is purely pagan. The custom was to have women first wash their faces in the early

The custom of "bringing in the May" meant to go out in the field (or woods) early in the morning on May 1st and return with baskets full of flowers. Sometimes these flowers would be strung together in long chains. A common activity today is for children to make what is called "daisy chains" in the springtime as soon as they bloom, although not just on May 1. In 19th century United States, the custom

morning with the dew on May 1. They believed that by doing this, it would improve their complexions and bring them eternal youthfulness. Throughout the Middle Ages, into the Renaissance and even into the 19th Century, May Day was widely observed throughout Europe and America. The custom was to have women first wash their faces in the early morning with the dew on May 1. They believed that by doing this, it would improve their complexions and

of hanging small baskets filled with flowers became popular. It is still done in some communities throughout the US today and not just for May Day. Many towns have an organization that voluntarily goes and puts flower baskets in various parts of

bring them eternal youthfulness. Throughout the Middle Ages, into the Renaissance and even into the 19th Century, May Day was widely observed throughout Europe and America. Symbols of May. Since May Day symbolizes spring, it's only logical that flowers which start to bloom in spring are it's main symbol. Garlands of flowers were an important part of the English May Day ceremonies that it was often renamed Garland Day.

public areas of their towns. In other cases, the flower baskets are not real, but are made of woven strips of colored paper decorated with lacepaper doilies and ribbons. have crushes on because flowers symbolize love, fertility and the arrival of spring.



Queen Mother Moore The founder and president of the Universal Association of Ethiopian Women, she is a life member of both the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the National

Moorish Council of Negro Women. She joined Marcus Mosiah Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) while living in Louisiana. She participated in Garvey's first international conven-

tion in New York City, owned stock in the Black Star Line, and came to New York when the UNIA launched the Black Star Line's first ship 18981997

REST IN PARADISE For all the mothers who have gone on before us. The word Rest In Paradise is for those of us left behind in hopes that we will get there with you. We leave these bundles of rose smiley’s just for you.

Famous quotes from Moms My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother. Wilma Rudolph Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.

Alice Walker

it. Barbara Jordan

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. Lena Horne

How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names. -Alice Walker

The imperative is to define what is right and do


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DR. MOM~Nina Cherie Franklin Not all processed foods are bad for your health. While some are highly processed containing large amounts of calories, unhealthy fats, sugar, and sodium, there are a multitude of minimally processed foods that are lower in calories and rich in essential vitamins and minerals. The following processed foods are among the healthiest when it comes to overall nutritional quality.

2. Canned Vegetables and

Fruits The process of canning preserves most vitamins and minerals contained in vegetables and fruits. While some vitamins are partially lost during processing (certain vitamin Bcomplex vitamins and vitamin C) most of these canned goods contain sufficient quantities of niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron, and phos-

1. Frozen Vegetables and Fruits In general, vegetables and fruits are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytonutrients. Since both are highly perishable the process of freezing helps preserve their nutritional

phorous. Of all canned vegetables and fruits, the most nutritionally valuable include tomato -based products, green beans, beets, carrots, peas, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, citrus fruits, apricots, pineapple, and prunes. When choosing canned vegetables, look for those that are low in sodium or free of added sodium. In addition, choose canned fruits that are pack in water or their own juic-

quality for longer periods of time. With the exception of partial losses in some B-complex vitamins and vitamin C, most vegetables and fruits sustain the majority of their nutritional value after freezing. The most nutritionally dense of these frozen foods include carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels spouts, green beans, spinach, green peas, corn, berries, cherries, and apples. When possible, opt for those that are uncooked versus cooked.

es as opposed to those with added sugar. 3. Canned Tuna In canned form, tuna is an extremely potent source of essential vitamins and minerals including niacin, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. In fact, a 3.5ounce serving of canned tuna provides 30 percent of the daily vitamin D requirement. In addition, tuna is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to promote heart health by reducing triglycerides (fat in the blood) and increasing HDL ("good") cholesterol.



A Song For Moma

You taught me everything And everything you've given me I'll always keep it inside You're the driving force in my life, yeah There isn't anything Or anyone that I can be And it just wouldn't feel right If I didn't have you by my side You were there for me to love and care for me When skies were grey Whenever I was down You were always there To comfort me And no one else can be What you have been to me You'll always be You will always be the girl In my life for all times

Chorus: Mama

Mama you know I love you (Oh you know I love you) Mama Mama you're the queen of my heart Your love is like Tears from the stars Mama I just want you to know Lovin' you is like food to my soul

(yes it is, yes it is,ohhhhh, yes it is, yes it is ,yes it is... oohhhh) You're always there for me Have always been around for me even when I was bad You showed me right from my wrong (Yes you did) And you took up for me When everyone was downing' me

You always did understand You gave me strength to go on There was so many times Looking back when I was so afraid And then you come to me And saaaayyyyy, I can face anything And no one else can do What you have done for me You'll always be You will always be The girl in my life (oooo, oohhhh)

Chorus Never gonna go a day without you Fill's me up just thinking about you I'll never go a day Without my mama Never gonna go a day without you Fill's me up just thinking about you I'll never go a day Without my mama




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A Dance For Mother There can be many touching moments in a wedding reception, but only the first dance between the bride and groom has more potential for real poignancy than the mother-son and fatherdaughter dances. When you're searching for the perfect song to reflect the deep connection between a parent and child, you're orches-

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Every growing relationship has evolution as part of the base. As a child, there is a great chance there aren’t any superheroes that can take the place of “mama”, “mom”, or any other loving terms she may carry. Even as you become an independent toddler, there are many times you

Yes, we go through the times where our independence begs to differ with her rules; but even then, she softens the blows of our mistakes. The wiser one gets, the more they begin to cherish the “seasoning” of their mother. I may be writing from a personal perspective here,

have to call on your mother. As you begin to approach teenaged years, often times believe we have outgrown that mother bond. That is, until you have a big argument with your best friend, experience your first crush, and definitely when you get your first heartbreak. As an adult, the relationship with your mother becomes one of the most important. I would venture to say that a mother’s love is

because as every one else believes: “I HAVE THE BEST MOTHER ON EARTH!” However, there were times when I fell for the enemy’s tactics and believed there was no way we would ever see eye to eye. For mothers and daughters especially, there will be a host of

the closest to God’s love that is humanly possible. Recently, I made a series of bad decisions as a God-fearing woman; however, the first phrase out of my mother’s mouth was, “I love you regardless.” There was certainly reason for other words to be said, but she chose to heal rather than insult. At that very moment, my mother evolved into my only best friend. Mothers are oftentimes the seasoning of life.

other PERIODS in life where disagreement is inevitable. However, we have to always look for the evolving moment and opportunity to reconnect. Ever wonder why the enemy attempts to break the relationship between mother and child during the ages when they need

There was certainly reason for other words to be said, but she chose to heal rather than insult.



the most guidance? If the enemy can distract and severe the relationship between mother and child, he can destroy an entire generation. By no means, am I negating the role and importance of

the father. God’s intent was to have both parents for a balance. The mother’s seasoning is definitely needed in this generation today The “seasoning” allows a mother to soothe, love, and

kiss the wounds the world inflicts away. The “seasoning” tells their daughter how to be a lady, cook, clean, and worth. WE are lacking the “seasoning” that preserves!!! Let’s not

fooled into thinking that by seasoned, I am referring to age! Oh quite the contrary, I am speaking of those “seasoned” with wisdom, respect, Godly attrib-

utes, and family motivated. See, a “seasoned” mother can look her broken son in the face and tell him, “he’s going to be the next president,” and he be-

lieves her. She can comfort him after he got his heart broken on the playground and deter him from a life of womanizing. Where are the “seasoned”

mothers that are less concerned about going to hit the hottest club and more concerned about reading your

child bedtime stories? There are plenty left “seasoned” mothers left, but the golden question is: Is plenty enough??


The Book Joint was built on a dream and a need for an African -American owned and operated, African-American author based bookstore on the Southeast side of Chicago. The owner, Verlean Singletary is an avid reader with five years of operating a bookstore and fifteen years of accounting/tax experience. She is also a participant of various book clubs -always keeping abreast of new and upcoming books and authors. Da Book Joint encourages you to come out and support an establishment that is dedicated to the African-American family. Da Book Joint opened their doors May 19, 2007, with the mission to provide an extensive selection of African-American authors, including those writing Christian, children and young adult titles. Poetry readings, story time and other events are also available to expose our community to various arts that encompass reading . I had the pleasure of meeting Verlean and she is as witty and fabulous as the books you’ll find in store and on her website. One of the titles I found interesting in the self Improvement sections was If You Want Closure In Your Relationship. Start with Your Legs. There is no question about it you must visit her website and see for yourself the selection of Authors she supports, The Book Titles alone will make you want to sit down with your favorite drink and indulge yourself in whatever pleasures you choose. Da Book Joint encourages you to come out and support an establishment that is dedicated to the African-American family. 8134 S. Burnham Ave. Chicago, IL 60617 Phone: 773-655-3146 /Fax: 773-409-5476 Email: Website:

POSITIVITY 4 EVER Glenda Staten is the owner of Positivity 4 Ever. She wrote Avoid A Collision With A Positive Vision, a mini guide to help teens and young adults make positive decisions and live a responsible life while accomplishing their goals. Avoid A Collision With A Positive Vision focuses on knowing yourself, being open to change, setting goals, friendship and bullying issues. Glenda enlisted in the Army after graduating from Albany Junior College in Albany Georgia. While in the military, she worked for many organizations in the United States and abroad before retiring in 2004. Glenda was the Acting First Sergeant at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. She was commended for her service after working on the National Defense University’s Security Team during a visit from the President of the United States. Glenda left the National Defense University to accept the Senior Noncommissioned Officer position for the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army at the Pentagon. She completed her military career while assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Personnel Administration and Services Division. Glenda received her Master’s Degree in Management from City University of Seattle in Bellevue, Washington.


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THE FLOWER OF HIS HEART BETTYE JEAN BROWN FROM YOUR SON JUAN My mother's name is Bettye Jean Brown. She is 75 years old and reside in Chicago. My mom to me is Mother of the Year every day because of the many children's lives she has saved. Mrs. Brown has been a foster parent for the State of Illinois for over 30 years. In that time she has opened her home to many children in need of refuge, love and care and have adopted some. Even in the winter of her life she still holds a warm spot for children in need. Thank you for being my sweetest inspiration and a light to my pathway in life. Where would this world be without Mothers who reach out and touch love.




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DAILY EXCITEMENT The intimacy of love says if one truly loves with affectionate reverence, and grateful recognition, their desire cultivates the greatest gifts of satisfying intense love. The Covering of Love is our protection and comfort, often times we have to use it when we agree to disagree so that our relationships will not be damaged. Above all loves covering

is loving each other deeply with a spiritual understanding that love covers every area of life. It is with this Love I patiently await my promise concerning daily excitement with joyous anticipation. The excitement that has generated is overwhelming, when I look through his eyes, I can see our hearts beat as one. Daily excitement

desire for harmony with others, to create congenial circumstances for everyone, gives him a very expressive, versatile, and spontaneous nature. Although Daily Excitement may express self in a matter of fact or awkward way, which to some results in his good intentions being misunderstood, his name symbolizes courtesy.

Therefore with my quick, active mind, which has caused me to delve into many different ideas, and theories, alongside my desire to associate with people, and since I have no difficulty in being spontaneous or expressive with others, I enjoy the undertaking.

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they are conceived.

My appeal to established a deeper and wider experience is a great adventure awaiting me.

excitement lessons that were essential to my development as an anointed woman of God. Whenever I ponder on my Daily Excitement it makes it impossible for me to doubt for whatever I have need or want, he gave me the power to create it. I build an image of His promises and see my self in them therefore

Daily Excitement moves in the sphere of authority as Prophet for this time; and since his breath are in God’s sphere and a leaf in God's forest, he rest in reason and moves in passion. My Daily Excitement empowerment is building kingdoms on a solid foundation to uphold and replenish the earth including the people that dwell therein. His time of fooling around is at its end.

Early in my growth I reTime to let go, his land has been shaken, supplementary prophecy is on his inside; he must attend unto the sheep. The grasping of this he doesn't fully understand but God said he’s a

marked man. Lord’s fire consumes him without harm, because he seeks to worship him it becomes a blessing. He’s made a covenant to God and God to him. At first sight I knew

Daily Excitement and I would bring a reverenced stability along with joy to each others life. Our spirits are like twin Abrahams, restless yet the concept adventurer. The Father kept Daily



and I at arms length of each other to assure that his promise be fulfilled. Conjointly we’d use His wisdom, seeing His plans unfold, by staying fined tuned to his voice. Today my Daily Excitement is coming closer and closer as I am writing these letters. Trust me it’s not easy,

God made me a promise and he kept it.

but a promise is a promise and a fragile flower is Destiny at center stage, connected with the years it takes to be fulfilled. God said let there be light and it appeared!



YOUNG BLACK MINDS LLC What is Young Black Minds LLC ?

Lauren Anderson,

I’m Lauren Anderson, M.S. I am 26 years old and I am Founder and CEO of Young Black Minds LLC. Young Black Minds, LLC is a Motivational Speakers Bureau aka YBM. As a Human Resources Professional and Entrepreneur, I realized my title could lead to the betterment of my community. So, I sought out human

What sets your organization apart from the rest? Young Black Minds speakers and entertainers are passionate and devoted to encouraging and inspiring youth to strive for their goals through the presentation of compelling personal narratives, exchange of extensive knowledge, sharing of their talents, and offering of individual mentorship. Our members present in a charismatic, contemporary, and edgy fashion through motivational

resources within my network including friends and associates encountered through institutions, entertainment, and networking. I recruited adults and young people who have made imprints on society and possess credentials as well as the charisma to inspire youth across the country. Having met many influential adults with inspirational stories, evident success, and endless potential, YBM was birthed. Young Black Minds LLC is a

speaking, popular entertainment, and through specialized mentorship! YBM speakers and entertainers are role models who can relate and motivate! Also, our members are active in their communities, as we have speakers from each part of the country. We are involved in charitable donations, community service projects, and other productive initiatives to affect young people in positive ways.

booking agency representing Motivational Speakers, Athletes, Celebrities, and Entertainers for speaking engagements. The mission of YBM is to empower and encourage young people to strive for their goals and inspire them to live beyond their dreams. Thereby, Young Black Minds, LLC is reminding youth of their endless potential! *The YBM mission and message is cross-cultural and not limited to the African American community alone*

Interested planners for events/ conferences may contact us via our site and email us at Exact booking fees are determined by a number of factors, including location of event, schedule, desired duties, supply and demand and other market factors.

How does one book a Speaker?

Why is YBM considered a Movement?

How can we join the movement?

YBM is more than a Bureau… It’s a Movement! We consider it a movement because not only do we market our Speakers but we care about the success of our audience. In which we have a responsibility to engage in the community to promote the betterment of youth.

You can learn more about our movement on our website. We have an #iSupport Campaign in place in which our supporters can purchase a YBM T-Shirt and upload their photos to show their support and we broadcast the pictures via social media. You can follow us on Twitter

@YoungBlackMind1 and like of Facebook Page as well to keep up with the movement, the business, and how we are making a difference with young people.

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We have 14 members within our Bureau ranging from ages 14 and up. Our Speakers fees range from 500-15,000.00. Our Speakers discuss a range of topics some of which including; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Purity, Sports, Faith, and Empowerment. Our Bureau is comprised of the following: Dr.Farrah Gray Celebrity Entrepreneur|International Bestselling Author|Philanthropist Floyd Mayweather Sr. Boxing Icon|Top Trainer Vernon Fox 8 yr. NFL Veteran|Motivator| Minister Kimyung Kim Youth Speaker| Educator| Rapper Ricki Brazil Regal Management Group Owner| Motivator Tori Turner Author| Entrepreneur| 2012 Miss Black Louisiana USA Talented Teen Jordan Williams and Brandon Iverson 14 yr. old Teenpreneurs|Authors Khasi & Kiana McDaniel Entrepreneurs|Teen TV Hosts Kierra Davis Business Owner| Entertainer Ashley Oliver PhD Candidate|Motivator Dr.Cleamon Moorer Professor | Author | Entrepreneur Kolie Crutcher Author|Entrepreneur|Magazine Publisher Demetrius Walker Entrepreneur|Motivational Speaker Timothy Black, Outspok!n Motivating and Thought Provoking Poet To Book a Speaker and help fulfill the mission of the Bureau which is to inspire youth to live beyond their endless potential you may contact us at Also, follow our social media and check out our Blog ‘Inside Our Mind’.



The Federal Trade Commission warns "Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate.

MLM VS. PYRAMID We have a lot of people who want to become independent business owners. Most often what you find in the market of sales is known as MLM, which I associate with Pyramids and receive the argument that is not the case. Here’s some information I’ve gathered “Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they personally generate, but also for the sales of the other salespeople that they recruit. This recruited sales force is referred to as the participant's "down line", and can provide multiple levels of compensation. Other terms for MLM include pyramid selling, network marketing, and referral marketing. Most commonly, the salespeople are expected to sell products directly to consumers by means of relationship referrals and word of mouth marketing. Some people use direct selling as a synonym for MLM, although MLM is only one type of direct selling, which

started centuries ago with peddling. MLM companies have been a frequent subject of criticism as well as the target of lawsuits. Criticism has focused on their similarity to illegal pyramid schemes, price fixing of products, high initial entry costs (for marketing kit and first products), emphasis on recruitment of others over actual sales, encouraging if not requiring members to purchase and use the company's products, exploitation of personal relationships as both sales and recruiting targets, complex and sometimes exaggerated compensation schemes, the company making major money off its training events and materials, and cult-like techniques which some groups use to enhance their members' enthusiasm and devotion. In contrast to MLM is single-level marketing, where the salesperson is rewarded for selling the product directly to the consumer Independent, non-salaried salespeople of multi-level marketing, referred to as distributors (or associates, independent business owners, dealers, franchise owners,

independent agents, etc.), represent the company that produces the products or provides the services they sell. They are awarded a commission based upon the volume of product sold through their own sales efforts as well as that of their down line organization. The Federal Trade Commission warns "Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. Some are pyramid schemes. It's best not to get involved in plans where the money you make is based primarily on the number of distributors you recruit and your sales to them, rather than on your sales to people outside the plan who intend to use the products." and states that research is your best tool, giving eight steps to follow Find — and study — the company’s track record Learn about the product Ask questions Understand any restrictions Talk to other distributors (beware of shills) Consider using a friend or adviser as a neutral sounding board or for a gut check Take your time Think about whether this plan suits your talents and goals.


[them]" leads to "market saturation." MLM's are also criticized for being unable to fulfill their promises for the majority of participants due to basic conflicts with Western cultural norms. There are even claims that the success rate for breaking even or even making money are far worse than other types of businesses: "The vast majority of MLM’s are recruiting MLM’s, in which participants must recruit aggressively to profit. Based on available data from the companies themselves, the loss rate for recruiting MLM’s is approximately 99.9%; i.e., 99.9% of participants lose money after subtracting all expenses, including purchases from the company." In part, this is because encouraging recruits to further "recruit people to compete with

Another criticism is that MLM has effectively outlived its usefulness as a legitimate business practice. The argument is that, in the time when America was a series of relatively small, isolated towns and rural areas not easily accessible to small companies, MLM was a useful way to let people know of and buy products or services. But the advent of internet commerce, with its ability to advertise and sell directly to consumers, has rendered that model obsolete. Thus, today, nearly all modern MLMs ostensibly sell vastly overpriced goods and services (if there even is a real product or service involved at all) as a thin cloak of legitimacy, while their members are driven to recruit even more people into the MLM,

The Federal Trade Commission issued a decision, In re Amway Corp., in 1979 in which it indicated that multilevel marketing was not illegal per se in the United States. However, Amway was found guilty of price fixing (by effectively requiring "independent" dis-

tributors to sell at the same fixed price) and making exaggerated income claims . Knowledge is Powerful once the market is saturated you will only be selling a dream. If these types of business are so lucrative why do they cost

effectively turning these programs into pyramid schemes. Because of the encouraging of recruits to further recruit their competitors, some people have even gone so far as to say at best modern MLMs are nothing more than legalized pyramid schemes with one stating "Multi-level marketing companies have become an accepted and legally sanctioned form of pyramid scheme in the United States" while another states "Multi-Level Marketing, a form of Pyramid Scheme, is not necessarily fraudulent.

so much and you have to get all these people to sign up before you make money, not to mention the high cost of the products. Whose really making the money ask yourself that question before you get involved .




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Our latest contest for the Best Mother Photo has now been closed for entries and open for voting. Like many of our contests there will be a few winners, you can vote and the fan favorite will win a Amazing Gift from Precious Stones Magazine. Vote by commenting on our blog page and choosing the number next of the photo you like. Be sure to put Mothers Day in comment. Winner will be announced in our July issue! Have Fun

Bon AppĂŠtit drained 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 head of escarole, torn into large pieces (about 10 cups)

2 tablespoons drained capers, chopped

3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan


8 radishes, trimmed, quartered

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Recipe of the Month: Warm Shrimp and Escarole Salad. Warm salad is a thing, and it's a great way to take your greens to the next level.

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 anchovy fillets packed in oil,

Preparation Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add anchovies and cook, mashing with the back of a spoon, until anchovies dissolve and a paste forms, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and capers; cook, stirring constantly, until garlic is fragrant but not brown, about 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high. Add radishes and cook, tossing often,

until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add shrimp; cook, tossing occasionally, until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add half of escarole and toss until beginning to wilt, about 1 minute. Add remaining escarole and toss until wilted, about 1 minute more. Remove from heat.

Add Parmesan and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine.




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Congratulation Grads Celebrate the Graduate!!!

Landon Benjamin Bryant 2013 GRADUATE

From South Loop School

To Jones College Prep

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Whatever you do, don't give up! You owe it to yourself to see the return on the divine

investment made in you. Muster up the courage, the passion and fight to remain

FOCUSED and DETERMINED....not many days hence.....victory is on the way.



15 Year-Old Saheela Ibraheem Accepted into Harvard…and 13 Other Colleges! into Harvard University. And Harvard wasn’t her only option!

15 Year-Old Saheela Ibraheem Accepted into Harvard…and 13 Other Colleges! At just 15 years-old, Saheela Ibraheem has been accepted

Saheela was accepted into 13 other colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Brown, and UChicago! From Hello Beautiful: This impressive teenager has always been a star student. In 6th grade, she knew she need-

ed more of a challenge at her Conackamack Middle School in Piscataway, N.J. and asked if she could be in a higherlevel class. They did her one better and placed her a full grade up. Saheela’s Nigerian parents have been a guiding light for the young scholar, often teaching her subjects the schools neglected to teach.

Chicago Teen Anthony Halmon Earns Full Ride to Cornell & Journey to White House Science Fair

The Proof The Proof

At night when I lay awake

A soul aches A heart breaks

I ponder where I’m placed In this race

Rupturing seeds of hate

And what I’ll face

Made my share of mistakes

In the next day that awaits

But the takeaways were great

In a world that wants to break

Fight when you can’t escape

Every Biblical template

I’m helped down a path difficult to navigate I cannot do it on my own, I surrender Sending issues up like embers Take them God, then don’t remember Not flinching at the future I dream like Martin Luther



Mourning In America~Sherry Cannon Mourning in America In America every day thirty people are murdered. In America between the year s 2006-2010, 561 children under the age of twelve were killed by gunfire.

Traveler Newspaper Sherry Cannon

Since the Newtown mass killings over 2100 people have been murdered.

In America 85 gun deaths happened every day in 2010, according to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention.

The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut is where twenty 5-7 year old children and seven adults became America's latest mass killing victims; following Aurora, Colorado movie theater mass shooting that left 12 dead and 58 wounded, a shooting at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin where 6 died; and the murder of 3 at an Oregon shopping mall. On an average Newtown happens every day on the

On November 23, 2012 Jordan

Davis was murdered parked in a car at a service station, because he refused to heed a white man’s demand to turn his music down. The shooter, 45 year old Michael Dunn shot eight or nine bullets into a car of four 17 year old kids, claiming he felt threatened

In America there were 12,664 murders in 2011, 8,583 by guns, compared to Britain's 638 murders with 58 by guns. In America more fire arm homicides are committed in a week, than what's committed in Canada in a year. In America eighty nine out of every hundred citizens are gun owners in comparison to six out of every hun-

street corners and inside homes in America. Since the Newtown mass killings over 2100 people have been murdered. These killings barely make their local news cycle, let alone receive a national spotlight. One name and face that received the national spotlight is Hadya Pendleton. On January 29, 2013 this 15 year old girl became the symbol of the violence on the streets of Chicago. Hadiya

dred British citizens In America we have the highest rate of gun ownership in the world--- and America has the highest rate of homicide among advanced countries. In America everyday in some community, in some town, families are torn apart by gun violence.

and 12 other teenagers were standing under a canopy in a park, trying to stay out of the rain in the middle of the day, when she was gunned down by a person(s), who opened fire on the group of kids. Three of them were shot and Hadiya became the 42nd homicide already this year in Chicago. Her dad described her as a child who was destined for greatness. She had dreams of one day becoming a pharmacist, a journalist, or a lawyer.

by them. Like Jordan, Trayvon Martin was just 17, when he was murdered on February 26, 2012 walking home from a seven- eleven, where he had made a purchase of a bag of skittles and an Arizona ice tea. George Zimmerman, a self appointed neighbor-

hood watch, literally stalked Trayvon and killed him 100 feet from the home of his father’s fiancée. Closer to home nearly every Sunday, a 6 year old little girl sits with me at church. My little friend’s daddy was murdered on November 21, 2009.



Brandon Grant was 23 years old when he lost his life over a disagreement about a video game bet. Conflicting accounts of what actually happened the night Brandon was shot once in the abdomen, allowed the shooter, Nikko Clark avoid murder charges. An even greater travesty is the fact my little friend, who was 3 and her twin brothers 8 months, when their father was murdered, will never know their daddy, except through stories told by their paternal grandmother, who’s raising them.

The only way we are going to change the violent culture in our society is to change the gun laws. We cannot let these young people’s dying be in vain. I. We need a law that requires universal back ground checks, that limit the size of magazines, and that bans the sale of assault weapons to ordinary citizens. I urge everyone, who is willing to

On September 20, 2006, 20 year old Jon Buckley was gunned down outside his house. Jon was one of Yolanda Wallace’s three children. Instead of letting her grief consume her, Yolanda works hard to use her personal grief to help other grieving families. After Jon's death, she worked with others in creating prayer vigils for victims of violent deaths, modeled after those done by the Cease Fire Initiative. Yolanda also instituted a Peoria National Day of Remembrance.

do something, to contact your Congress person and urge them to pass the gun violence laws being proposed in Congress. I watched the other day, on the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks, a statue of her unveiled in the US Capitol. President Obama spoke at the ceremony of the importance of what Mrs.

When we are able to put a face and a name to the people, who have died in such violent fashion, it causes most Americans to realize these murders can’t continue. All the people I spoke about died senseless deaths. They were all cut down prematurely, never given the opportunity to fulfill their destiny. These children are all our children; we cannot continue to remain silent. Where is the outrage from the faith community, the law enforcement, or just ordinary citizens?

Parks life stood for. He asked that we remember the responsibility of leadership and also the responsibility of citizenship. Let us all take his words to heart today and do the right thing.

HOW ARE U LIVING Mothers heart always bleed when her child is found dead or guilty of a hideous crime. We recently had the bombing in Boston and many lives were changed forever. Including that of the young men who allegedly committed this crime. What did they gain one dead and one hanging in the

balance. Are the people in this world conscious seared like a hot iron. Has it seriously come to literally “cauterized” or rendered insensitive in the same way the hide of an animal scarred with a branding iron becomes numb to further pain. Sin unrepentant of dulls

ones morals and you become numb. to the warnings of the conscience that God has placed within each of us to guide us. How are you living? We are wise if we never deteriorate to the point of having our consciences seared



No One Is Listening ~I Know Who Did It! My name is Jacob , I’m seven years old and just watched my brother fall down in a pool of his own blood. I’m not your average kid, I move slow, and jerky as well as my speech is almost non existent. Mom won’t let me go to school any more because the other children make fun of me. The year is 1972 and my father is awl. I know my mother loves me even though she doesn’t talk to me, hug me , read to me or tae me many places. However my brother James takes me everywhere. When he gets home from school he takes me outside and plays baseball with me. He laughs and tickles me. James never lets the kids bother me, whenever he Steps I said, It’s a good thing you weren’t out there because you could have been hurt too, Sharon said. She knew how much I liked staying by James side. Mom was still in the kitchen crying when Pastor Arnold knocked on the door. After Sharon opened the door Pastor Arnold stood there waiting until all the ladies came into the living room where we were. Pastor Arnold rubbed my head and said hi, I smiled because mom always tell

plays with his friends, he sits me on a bench or the porch and tells me to watch him. That’s how I know what happened to him that day. Mom thinks I’m dumb and can’t speak, but I often talk to myself. In my head. If mom is watching her favorite tv show she always ask if I’m hungry or want water and I nod my head yes, but before I can get it out my mouth she gone . I am able to speak a few words if you stay and listen to me. That day when the police came and asked the other kids did they see what happened they all said no, so when they came to talk to mom the one named Ramirez asked me, did I see anything,, my mother was sitting next to me on the couch, turned my head into

me not to try to talk. Everyone said how sad it was James was gone. Pastor asked about the funeral arrangement and mom told him Saturday around 10:00. Ms. Beaulah was still in the kitchen cleaning up, but when Pastor Arnold left she asked mom what she would do now since James wasn’t there to give her money he made from deliveries at the corner store. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it, mom said. The police came by a few more

her chest saying he can’t talk. I would have told them the name of the person but she kept holding my head, because I did see who did it. After the police left Mom was crying and Mrs. Betty came over. The two of them went in the kitchen crying, talking and drinking beer. Soon all the other neighborhood ladies came over. Ms. Ellie brought he little girl Sharon with her. Sharon came into the living room to watch Leave It To Beaver and play with her doll. She asked me did I know my brother was dead and wouldn’t be back. I said yes. Sharon said: it was sad because no one would play with me now. I nodded yea. She asked me where I was at when it happened?

times to talk to mom. But never to say they knew who killed James, and they never asked me again. Mom started drinking a lot and left me on the front porch all day and most of the night. A policeman came and asked me was I on punishment because he had seen me out here for over four hours. No I replied> Where is you mother he asked, and I pointed to the house. He went and knocked on the door. Finally my mom came down


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Stinky drunk. The officer asked “Where is your son? Dead mom said. The policeman glimpsed back asking Don’t you have another son, she said no and slammed the door. Is that your mom the officer asked? Yes. By that time Ms. Beaulah came across the street and talked to the officer. When they finished talking Ms. Beaulah took me to her house. The next day after General Hospital went off Ms. Beaulah took me home. We used the back door because it was always open. Mom looked at us and got mad because she thought I was in my

room. Mom was just fussing , How did you get out she said, Ms. Beaulah sent me to the living room to play while she talked to mom. Mom really started yelling and telling her to get out, but she just sit quite and looked at mom. Mom started pulling and pushing her but Ms. Beaulah would not leave. Suddenly the yelling stopped. Mom laid her head on the table and cried some more. Mom turned to me and said Jacob you know I love you, you’re my baby boy. Then you must let him go to a special school so he can learn, Ms Beaulah said.

Mom said no but Ms. Beaulah showed her the card the policeman gave her to call him if mom wouldn’t let me go to school and he would could help to take me away from her. After that Mom wouldn’t talk to Ms. Beaulah for a long time, I thought it was long but it was only six days. Then mom would look out the window and watch me, until finally Ms. Beaulah came for her answer. The two of them took me on three buses to get me to school the first day, afte that the school bus came to pick me up. All the kids were like me.

The teachers kept talking to me and helping me learn to say more words. Now four years had passed. Then this boy came to school who looked like James to me and I began to cry so hard they had to call

my mother. My came and said I can hear you crying outside, what's wrong with you. I pointed to the new kid and said James. She looked so sad saying yes he does look like your broth-

er. He’s gone you know he got shoot, Yes by Roscoe I said. That’s how they finally got my brothers killer. Mom called the police and they came to the school to

talk to me. While they were trying to talk to me it was hard for them to understand everything I said so my teacher showed them how to ask me question and let me talk. It took awhile but I finally got was able to answer all their

questions. Now mom and everyone talks to me all the time.

Story written by Carolyn Bailey



GRADUATION ~Isaac Carpenter The Believer, the Achiever I graduated Yes, the underestimated It was challenging I admit But what I represent Is legit, I didn’t sit In the chair of despair where opportunities are missed Opportunity in the air, couldn’t miss Long journey ahead, but I’m ready to commence

We don't stop going to school when we graduate.

Some said I couldn’t do it, but I did it They couldn’t begin to diminish My ambition to finish Vision has no limits And mediocrity just won’t get it I do it for family that raised me Or people who gave me An extra push or kept on praying Whether this diploma represents discipline or dividends Or demonstration of will and whatever it yields I’m ready to go into the field and build Give me the brick and the mortar Yes, I did a few things out of order But it was in a Holy God I believed And when the impossible was falsely perceived He strengthened my arms and I rolled up my sleeves And went back to work capturing my dreams







HAIR AWARNESS Do you know your hair type? Hair typing refers to the amount of texture hair has. Naturally straight hair is Type 1, loosewavy hair is type 2, curly hair is type 3 and coily hair is type 4. In the case of types 3 and 4, the subclassificatiions from a - c, are based upon the diam-

eter of the curl or coil. For instance a type 3a curl may have the diameter of a nickle, a 3b, like a dime. Type 4, which is very typical among African descent people, ranges from the diameter of a pencil eraser (4a), to the diameter of an ink pen spring (4b), and even smaller than that, (4c). In some cases, hair may

even have a tight z zigzag pattern with no coil at all. The coil pattern of Type 4 hair is easily defined via 2-strand twisting, (which is then gently untwisted). Largerdiameter coils and curls can be defined this way and also with loose gels, (e.g. As I Am Curling Jelly) for Wash n' Go styling.

HAIR CARE GLOSSARY Accordion Technique A Wash n' Go styling technique that produces well- formed, highlydefined coils/curls. (Best if performed in the shower because it involves significant dripping.) .Hair is first cleansed and conditioned. While soaking wet, a styling curl cream

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Banding: A styling technique used to inhibit hair shrinkage and thereby display more of the hair's actual length. .Gathering the hair into one ponytail or several smaller ones, covered elastic bands are affixed snugly from the scalp area, one after the other, all the way down to the

or curl gel is applied... (Some ladies use only an application of conditioner instead of styling products.) As the head is titled in various angles, the hair now weighted with water and styling product, is lowered into an open palm and gently pressed to the scalp repeatedly. Hair is typically air dried afterward.

ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)

ends, (or near the ends) of the hair. Several bands may be needed for each section, depending upon hair length. May be done on wet, damp or dry hair. Bands are left in for a period of time or until the hair is dry (if banded while damp or wet.) Bantu Knot Out

A style, with a highly defined curly or wavy texture, created by releasing

Typically used in a diluted form as a final rinse after shampooing and before conditioning. Seals and tightens the cuticle layer for improved shine and smoothness.

Bantu Knots after they are dry. A hairstyle created by carefully and precisely parting hair in small-tomedium sections, and then twisting the sections in one direction until they wrap into



neat knots. The knots are often secured near the scalp with bobby or hair pins BNC (Braid-n-Curl) A style created by plaiting or braiding the hair while wet, and then curling the ends with rollers or flexi rods. After the hair is dry, the braids and rollers are removed to reveal a wavy and curly hair texture. BNC (Braid-n-Curl)

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A style created by plaiting or braiding the hair while

Coils A hairstyle achieved by taking small sections of wet or very damp hair and smoothing, while rotating the sections, one-by-one, from root to tip. Tiny styling combs have been used for coils, as well as a finger. Typically, a gel is applied prior to coiling for longerlasting hold and shine. Coily A term used to reference the texture characteristic of natural Type 4 hair, whereby the configuration of the strand resembles a small-diameter ink pen

wet, and then curling the ends with rollers or flexi rods. After the hair is dry, the braids and rollers are removed to reveal a wavy and curly hair texture.

waves, curls or coils. Key is the "no poo" method of cleansing, (i.e. cowashing). Several other techniques of hair care and styling are also recommended. Clarifying

CG (Curly Girl) CG is an abbreviation for "Curly Girl," a book written by Lorraine Massey and Michele Bender. It also describes a routine set forth in the book that helps natural "coilies" and "curlies" achieve healthy, manageable

spring. The coil is most evident when the hair is wet and/or defined with a curling custard/ gel. It usually remains evident when the hair is allowed to dry undisturbed from a soaking wet stage. Dusting Trimming of the hair, typically Âź inch or less. The amount of hair trimmed is usually so small that it appears as dust. EVCO Extra Virgin Coconut Oil; Used as a natural hair care product for

Flat hair is left high and free, in Twists A technique whereby the hair is two-strand twisted flat the shape of the distinctive to the scalp, in cornrow fashion. Mohawk. Fluff The use of fingers or a pick Locks/Locs A hairstyle to add volume and shape to natu- whereby small sections of hair are twisted and over ral hair. ' time, the strands become Frohawk A hairstyle where the permanently secured. As sides of an afro are flattened to locks/locs grow, they can the scalp, either by smoothing & become quite long. pinning or by shaving. The center

The process of cleansing and removing a build-up of oils, styling products, tap water minerals and/or medications from the hair. Typically performed with specialty shampoos or baking soda rinses.

shine and to seal in moisture. It is one of the few oils with a proven ability to penetrate the skin and hair. Loved for its emollient and sheen-producing properties. EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Used as a natural hair care product for shine. Also used as a preshampoo treatment. EVOO is considered by some to be a natural sealant that locks moisture inside the hair shaft that was provided by a previously-applied hydrating product.

Pineappleing Pulling hair into one or several pony puffs, (depending on hair length), using covered or ouch less bands. The balance of the hair remains free. The puff(s) are positioned at the top or at several sites across the head. This procedure helps preserve the coil/curl definition of the style overnight, and also provides some stretch to the hair.

Cleanse Your Body With These Essential Gems

But if you really want to cleanse then DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. Here are 8 home made vitamin water recipes to help you

keep the water flowing! As a rule, you should try to avoid as much as pos-


sible industrial food and beverages







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