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Informing the Young Professional

LEADERSHIP DEFINED

What Makes a Good Leader

BLACK WOMEN IN THE MEDIA From Mammies to Moguls

SOMETHING NEW IN NEW YORK The City’s Best Hotspots

REBIRTH

A Look Into the Event’s Past, Present & Future

New York Urban League Young Professionals

Vol. III Issue No. 2 Spring 2010


Washington D.C., the epicenter of power, is the perfect backdrop as the National Urban League celebrates 100 years of empowering Americans and positions itself for the next century of service.

Join us at The National Urban League’s Centennial Conference July 28th – 31st Visit and enjoy this international city! With its array of historical monuments, museums, diverse nightlife and eclectic food scene, D. C. is the place to be for the 2010 National Urban League Centennial Conference! Go to www.nul.org to find out about Sponsorship & Exhibitor opportunities, and to register for the conference.


Griot (pronounced grEE O) “A storyteller in West Africa; perpetuates the oral traditions of a family or village”

Contents Spring 2010

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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: Leadership Defined: What are the qualities of a good leader, and how do you get to a place of leadership? Article by Taghira Herrar, sidebar by Monique Myles

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Census 2010: What does it mean for our community? Article and interviews by Lisa Leid

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YP in the Community: Father’s Heart Ministries Soup Kitchen Series. Article by LaTifa Fletcher

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CIVIL RIGHTS & RACIAL JUSTICE: Special Feature: The Portrayal of Black Women in the Media. Julian Gunder and Taghira Herrar explore how the image of black women has changed EDUCATION: Education Voters of New York to Launch Young Professionals Network. Joseph Rogers tells us how we can become the new generation of civil rights leaders in education reform

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ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: Investing 101: Planning for the short and long term. Article by Kolonji Murray

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Rebirth: A Photo Journey through the Event’s Past, Present and Future Intro provided by Daniella Johnson

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Spring 2010 Trend Report Shaunya Hartley tells us how to shed that blah winter wardrobe and kick up some sizzle for the warmer weather

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Planning a summer vacation? Orane Williams has a few tips on how you can start saving today

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Understanding Your Credit Score, Part II: 5 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score. Quick Tips from Orane Williams

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/ CAREER ADVICE: Acing the Interview: Making the Most of that First Impression Get Taylormade with career advice from Aisha Taylor

Spring Beauty: Lashes are in downturn? Give them a stimulus with these quick eyelash tips and tricks from Michelle Sprott

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Something New in New York Shaira Brereton highlights some of the city’s hotspots

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HEALTH & QUALITY OF LIFE: Get Ready for Summer. Sean Carswell helps us get out of our exercise rut and get ready for the summer sun

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Effective Ways of Coping with Modern Stress Article by Kelvin Davis

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K. Parris in the Springtime: A Healthy Eating Affair Recipe from Kimberly Parris

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President’s Letter Editor’s Letter Contributors Member Spotlight Final Thought Resources for the Young Professional Motivation on the Go YP Upcoming Events

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Editor-In-Chief Daniella Johnson

Managing Editor Jazmin Haygood

Lead Designer Dwayne Neckles

Copy Editor

Kimberly Parris

Photo Researcher Julian Gunder

Logo Design

Dwayne Neckles

Executive Board President Rahshib Thomas YPPresident@nyul.org

Vice President Monique Myles YPVicePresident@nyul.org

Sabrina Gates Membership Chair YPMembership@nyul.org

Secretary Michelle Sprott YPSecretary@nyul.org

Daniella Johnson Communications Chair YPCommunications@nyul.org

Lisa Leid Civics & Economics Chair YPCivicsEcon@nyul.org

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Carmen Mayes Fund Development Chair YPFundDev@nyul.org

Nicole Clare Community Service Chair YPCommunity@nyul.org

Want to write for The Griot? E-mail TheGriot@nyul.org

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Treasurer Terik Tidwell YPTreasurer@nyul.org


President’s Message Welcome to the spring edition of The Griot, the official publication of the New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP). Spring into EMPOWERMENT and allow us to take you on a journey of civic engagement, education, lifestyle and economic empowerment through the stories and articles. As the Urban League movement celebrates a century of service this summer in Washington, DC, the work continues for communities and families in need. Today’s headlines are a reflection of the focus of the Urban League movement: JOBS. Self-reliance and parity make a world of difference in every borough in New York and every area of America. Young Professionals of the movement are game changers and have assisted in adapting to the civil rights needs of the new century. There is a place for your manpower, brainpower and willpower in the movement. Get engaged, get connected, get EMPOWERED and get IN YOUR LEAGUE by joining your local chapter. On behalf of the NYULYP Executive Board,

Rahshib Thomas NYULYP President

Letter from the Editor Rebirth In April, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of Rebirth!, an annual event held by the New York Urban League Young Professionals to pay homage to legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. This issue, however, does not focus on the event itself (although there is a dedicated spread highlighting the event). It focuses on the theme of Rebirth, which represents not only renaissance, but revitalization, resurgence and reawakening. In the last issue, we set resolutions and identified ways that we as young professionals could be agents of change for our communities, and inspirations to each other and generations to come. With many resolutions, it’s easy to lose momentum and regress. In this time of rebirth, I encourage you to spring into action with a renewed fervor and a greater commitment to the movement. As always, I encourage you to read the issue from cover to cover, share it with your friends, and be inspired. Yours in the Movement,

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Contributors O.B. Wilson

Kimberly Parris

O.B. Wilson, is the first co-editor of the NYULYP’s Griot, president of FAMU Alumni NY Chapter and a writer of inspirations, poetry and travel stories. He has been published in local and national publications. He enjoys living life, traveling and enjoying time with friends and family.

Kimberly Parris is a college and career specialist for an alternative high school in New York City. She is also a chef and owner of K. Parris Catering and Personal Chef Service. Check out her website at www.kimberlyparris.com

Joseph Rogers Orane Williams Orane Williams is the Executive Director of Dispelling Realities and Empowering African American Minds Inc (D.R.E.A.M. Inc) a nonprofit organization focused on financial literacy among young minorities within the urban communities. Orane chose to write this article because it is important as young professionals to understand how important credit is. Most of us learn about it when it is too late. Credit is a very important factor in adulthood.

Shaunya Hartley Shaunya Hartley is a Fashion Stylist, and has a blog www.ShopEatandSleep.blogspot.com where she is gives tips and tidbits for all those seeking to be fabulous and frugal.

Shaira Brereton Shaira Brereton is a freelance writer who currently resides in Brooklyn. Despite a B.A. in Corporate Communications that was supposed to lead her into the corporate world, her passion for writing led her to journalism. With a focus on urban entertainment news, she is a regular contributor to TRACE.TV.

Prior to joining the Education Voters of New York as Director of Policy and Civic Engagement, Joe served as a consultant to several New York Citybased organizations, including Education Voters and NYC Mission Society. Previously, he served as a Program Associate in Teaching and Learning at New Visions for Public Schools, where he provided professional development, strategic planning, and program support to strengthen library media services throughout the NYC public school system and worked to improve teacher quality and diversity. After beginning his career in education as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Georgetown University’s Volunteer and Public Service Center, Joe launched and managed a Literacy*AmeriCorps program for D.C. LEARNs, a coalition of community-based adult, child, and family literacy service providers in the nation’s capital. Joe holds a master’s degree in education leadership, policy and politics from Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The George Washington University.

Aisha M. Taylor Aisha M. Taylor, MPA is the Owner and Chief Consultant of TAYLORmade . Professional Career Consulting (www.careertaylormade.com).

Other Contributors Kira Brereton, Kelvin Davis, Daniella Johnson, Taghira Herrar, Kolonji Murray, Monique Myles, Lisa Leid, LaTifa Fletcher, Jamilah Lemieux, Jozen Cummings, Michelle Sprott, Alfred Blake and Sean Carswell

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Leadership Defined by Taghira Herrar

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Aggressive...charismatic‌ diplomatic... high powered... These are some of the adjectives often attributed to a leader. Leaders are expected to be on the front lines, ready to take the praise for a great idea and accept the blame when things fall apart. Often, our society expects leaders to be perfect. What, exactly, is a leader and how can we measure up? As part of my professional growth, I decided to enroll in a leadership development program. I hoped I would learn how to be an aggressive, no holds barred businesswoman. Instead, we are taught that leadership is not about having the corner office, making six figures, or being an obnoxious tyrant. There is a difference between being a manager and being a leader. True leadership involves using your values, talents and skills, knowing your mission, and acting on said mission. Leaders are called upon to make a difference. The first step in developing leadership skills is to know what your values are. What matters most to you? Family? Spirituality? Next, recognize your talents. Are you a gifted artist, or mathematician? The next step is to figure out what breaks your heart. What is your passion? What have you seen in the world that deeply disturbs you? In a world rife with poverty, social injustice, and economic disparity, it is easy to dabble in many different causes. It is also easy to give up on the world and turn a blind eye to its maladies.

Leaders have a distinct focus. It is not possible for one person to take on the world and expect to change it. It is necessary for a leader to know what he or she is most passionate about and focus on that issue. Once you know what your passion is and how you want to produce change, communicate your mission to others. Leaders must be able to compel others to become involved in their new found mission, through proper communication. You must be able to connect to the people you want to join you. There is a long standing myth about leadership that needs to be debunked. Not all leaders are men and women in suits at the pulpit. It is possible to lead from the background. In order to be a good leader, you must be a good follower as well, and allow others to take the lead where they exhibit strengths. Leadership is not developed overnight; many people take years to establish what their mission in life is. Once you discover your mission, run with it. Join a nonprofit that shares your mission, or start your own. As we have seen in history, one person can start a movement. Don’t worry about how large the problem is - no one expects you to solve it. You are expected however to make some small difference. Your name may not be placed in any history books but that should not be the goal of a leader. Now is the time as young professionals to discover what we care about most, and how we want to develop our potential to reshape the world around us.

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Quick Tips: Monique Myles offers tips on how to climb up the success ladder

Whether you’re attempting to ascend the corporate ladder, run for your community board or be the next POTUS, the mantra “no guts, no glory” applies to all seeking a position of leadership. I have outlined four steps assured to take you to higher heights: Write the vision. Although it may sound like a cliché, when you pen the words, ”John Doe, Chairman of the Board”, it may seem comical now, but with hard work, it will read more autobiographical in no time. Whatever position you seek, be sure you believe it’s attainable, otherwise, you will never be able to convince others that it’s something you’re ready to take on. Embody the role. We all have days where we’d rather sit in the back of the class and hope to go unnoticed, but if you’re always taking a backseat and letting others do the driving and heavy lifting, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage. As the adage goes, most people who are promoted are already doing the work of the position, which eventually garners them the title to match. Be seen and heard. In addressing behavior unbefitting of a social climber, my CEO has passionately exclaimed that if people are not contributing, (i.e. sitting in meetings and never speaking up), their level of commitment should be reevaluated. I tell the fresh crop of interns that get assigned to me every summer, it’s okay to show off your talents. Go ahead, impress me! “Just do it.” In the spirit of Nike, like every Olympic athlete that goes for the gold--not the silver, nor the bronze, but all in… Put your cards on the table and play ball. Even if the competition is stiff, simply putting your hat in the ring will make others take notice. Like I said before, “no guts, no glory.”

In conclusion, I’ll leave you with a motivational word from Shawn Corey Carter, “show me what you got!”

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Member Spotlight: Tia Fletcher by O.B. Wilson

LaTifa “Tia” Fletcher is a native Harlemite, third generation New Yorker, and dedicated to helping her neighborhood. As an employee of the famed Dance Theater of Harlem, she helps in grant writing and fundraising, while continuing to build her talent in Dance classes. A Master’s Degree recipient already, Tia is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Within society, Tia gravitates to help build the community through the New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP) and iMentor, another organization designed to help young people. As part of her community outreach, she works to help uplift the children. Tia plans to establish her own private practice as a Psychologist for children and adolescents who are survivors of trauma. She would like to start a foundation that advocates for programs focusing on therapy and catering to children of color who often over-look the benefits of psychology. Tia is one young professional that is going for her dreams. Tia came to learn about the YP through a friend that talked about the community service and the network of the YP, which sparked her initial interest. As part of the NYULYP, she primarily works with the Membership and Community Service Committee. Being part of membership enables Tia to be part of promoting the mission and drive of the YP. As a part of community service she is able to actively help throughout several boroughs, with an emphasis being a part of the soup kitchens in every borough program. A key value that YP has given to Tia is the bonds and lifelong friendships that she has made, which are invaluable. She looks forward to YP’s growing impact, membership growth, increased donations and partnerships with other organizations.

LaTifa Fletcher Community Activist, Dancer and Psychologist


YP in the Community:

Father’s Heart Ministries Soup Kitchen Series by LaTifa Fletcher

Following the mission of giving back and strengthening the community, members of the New York Urban League Young Professionals annually participate in volunteering at soup kitchens throughout the city. This year, members have developed a new campaign that focuses on reaching out to all of the NYC boroughs, helping under-served communities that are often neglected and off the radar. On December 8th, 2009, YP members assisted Father’s Heart Ministries’ whose programs include hunger prevention, gang-prevention/youth development, parenting and anger management classes, and job training/mentoring programs for teens to name a few. Lead by Nicole Clare, the Young Professionals Community Service Chair, YP members joined Phipps Housing Community Programs for teens to help disseminate dinners to families within the community, engage in games and story telling with children who are a part of the Church’s after school programs, and to help stuff bags of canned foods that would later be given to families in need. In February, members joined Part of The Solution, a soup kitchen in the heart of the Bronx, whose mission is to provide it’s community members with a wide array of programs that include clothing dissemination, case management services and showering facilities. On February 20th, our members volunteered their Saturday afternoon to assist in food preparation, serving meals to families and organizing clothing that will later be distributed to members of the community. Within the next couple of months, YP participants will be reaching out to organizations throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island continuing to lend a hand to those in need and individuals struggling throughout these financially difficult times. The Community Service committee meets every third Tuesday of the month. We encourage you to join us and help in maintaining our mission of training the next generation of leaders through volunteer opportunities.

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Do you think that there should be a box to indicate Caribbean descent on the census form? Why? Every ten years, the U.S. conducts a survey, known as the census, to count every resident of the United States. The census determines: • how state funds get distributed • fair rents and fair lending practices • the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives • select sites for retail stores and new plants It is very important that we fill out the census form to make sure we get the services we need for our communities. African-Americans have been under represented in the census data, and we need to change that. If we can turn out in large numbers to vote for the first black president, surely, we can translate votes into mailings. One of the issues with the 2010 census is that there is not a box to indicate Caribbean descent. People say that we should not divide but come together, but I say one size does not fit all. Having a box added to the census is vital to the community in terms of economic and political power. There was a bill in Congress requiring that a box be added to the census form to indicate Caribbean descent, but unfortunately that bill was not passed. If enough people write in “Caribbean descent” on the 2010 census form, we will have a better chance at being officially recognized on the next census. I have asked some fellow Caribbeans their view on whether a box to indicate Caribbean decent should be added to the census. Here’s what they had to say. - by Lisa Leid

Kaeisha O’Neal YP Member Because I am proud of my heritage I will say yes. I would check both black and Caribbean because I think there needs to be notation of race as well as the immigrant population. i.e. first generation - to see how in some communities we are adjusting and growing. The simple fact that the current president has declared June Caribbean Heritage month (http:// www.caribbeanamericanmonth. org/index.html ) and other efforts have been made.

Katina Lee Yes, Caribbean people and their descendants as a whole are proud people. More importantly most people from the Caribbean are of mixed heritage - Chinese, Indian, White, etc. as well as Black. They identify with those ethnicities as well. So to just put them in a box or a group as African Americans is not correct as that is not a true representation of their West Indian culture. Also, by adding an additional box, the US may get a better sense of who actually lives here, pays taxes, etc.

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CI VI L RI GHT S AND R A CIA L JU S TICE

SPECIAL FEATURE:

Women In The Media by Taghira Herrar & Julian Gunder

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ichelle Obama. Halle Berry. Beyonce. Oprah. These are the names first thought of when asked about Black women in the media. These women are usually thought of as glamorous and influential, and positive by both mainstream and Black audiences. This was not always the case. The representation of Black women in the media has come a long way since the days of maids, “mammies”, and the ever tragic mulatto….or has it?

Two of the main versions of ‘stereotypical’ Black women portrayed in the media are the ‘mammy’, the dark skinned, overweight, sassy, jolly ”Aunt Jemima” type figure, and the ‘tragic mulatto’, the fair skinned, self loathing figure whose struggles in life all seem to stem from the black blood coursing through her veins. From the 1930s till today, these two stereotypes have been defined and reaffirmed continuously. In the shows today that have Black women in roles other than extras, there are subtle hints of the original two stereotypes. Although not depicted as maids, they are depicted as overly sassy, ignorant, loud, and head shaking; intelligent and successful but angry women who drive away their men; sexy and exotic to men of all races that can only be loved from afar, or women who are oversexed. The negative depictions can been seen in movies and TV shows such as The Game, Monster’s Ball, House of Payne, so called “reality” TV shows, and even music videos. These images have negatively impacted the way society thinks of Black women.

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Recently, a fraternity in California had a party “in honor” of Black History Month where the girls were asked to act as “ghetto chicks” by speaking loudly, and by wearing cheap clothing and gold teeth. While this is a singular incident of ignorance, the images on television and the movies do not help contradict their notions of who Black women are. These negative images continue to plague the minds of children and adults in our communities. Our young girls are led to believe that if they behave contrary to these stereotypical images, that they are denying their ‘blackness’. How many of us have been told that we “talked white” because we didn’t curse frequently or use “big words”? Halle Berry and Monique received Oscar Awards for their roles in Monster’s Ball and Precious. Although the Black community can be proud of this stellar achievement, it is a challenge to include them in the category of positive Black images. Why? Monique won it for playing the role of an abusive welfare mom. Furthermore, I find myself asking the same question about Halle Berry’s victory that Jadakiss asked in his song “Why?”; “Why did Halle have to let a White man pop her to get an Oscar?” Thankfully, for every ignorant portrayal, Hollywood shows us positive images in both TV and film. More than ever before, the last decade has seen more Black actresses, businesswomen, and public figures who receive mainstream attention without degrading themselves or reinforcing stereotypes. They are written as women who rise to the occasion, strong, intelligent, and multifaceted. They exemplify the true diversity, uniqueness and beauty of Black women. For example, the Emmy Award winning television series, Girlfriends, which was launched in 2000 and ran until 2008, was the first show to ever

have consistent, positive images of professional Black women. Other great examples are Regina King’s major role as an LAPD detective in Southland, and Jada Pinkett Smith’s role as Chief Nurse in Hawthorne, Grey’s Anatomy, and older shows such as The Cosby Show and A Different World. What has gone largely unnoticed by many is the amount of successful professional Black women that have propelled themselves into the limelight. They did so not by “shaking what their mamas gave them”, coming out with sex tapes, or throwing cell phones at limo drivers, but by using their brains to get ahead. Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, Condoleeza Rice, and relative unknown Ursula Burns, are exceptional examples of the intellectual capabilities of today’s educated Black woman. Needless to say, Oprah has achieved a level of prominence and influence that arguably no American woman, regardless of race, has ever achieved. Tyra Banks started off as a model; executive produced TV show “America’s Next Top Model”, and pushed even further to premiere the “Tyra Show”. Condoleeza Rice became the first African American female Secretary of State. Ursula Burns recently became CEO of Xerox, and the first Black woman to rise to CEO of a Fortune 500 Company. Although the stereotypical view of the Black woman is still prominent today, the image of the smart, educated Black woman is slowly receiving more media attention. Black women today are breaking barriers like never before, and are receiving college degrees at unprecedented levels. Soon enough, these women will surely change the image of the Black woman, and perhaps, the image of “Mammy” will soon be forgotten.

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Education Voters of New York to Launch Young Professionals Network

What can we do to ensure that all schools in our neighborhoods are the types of schools we would like our own children—present and/or future—to attend? If education is the civil rights issue of this generation, where is the movement? And what can we, as young professionals, do to advance it? In essence, how can we build and become the new generation of civil rights leaders?

by Joseph Rogers

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s Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the State of New York Board of Regents (and treasured elder), remarked following a recent Harlem screening of the documentary Beyond the Bricks, today there are no shocking pictures or video clips of dogs or hoses to communicate the severity of our plight, to dramatize the toll of educational inequity on our communities, as there were in the 60’s. She’s absolutely right, but I would argue that our abysmal graduation and college matriculation and completion rates are our dogs (viciously tearing hope and productivity from our community), our hoses (washing away the awesome potential of our young people), our lynchings (hanging our brothers and sisters with diminished opportunities and the related life consequences), and the denial of our voting rights (depriving our youth of the knowledge, skills and power needed to contribute fully to our civic institutions and the political process). These matters are no less traumatic and heart wrenching, and we must deal with them accordingly. Indeed, Black, Latino and poor children throughout New York are routinely matched with our least prepared, least supported, and least effective teachers. They disproportionately attend schools in substandard and uninspiring facilities, often without libraries or sufficient access to textbooks and instructional technology; schools providing little or no access to after-school enrichment, art, music and athletics; schools where the connections between the curriculum and instructional practices and our children’s interests, communities, and cultural heritage are tenuous at best; schools where low expectations are reflected in the paucity of college-prep classes; schools where parental and community involvement are viewed as burdens rather than assets. The best-resourced public schools serve the smallest percentages of Black, Latino and poor children, and many schools that serve high concentrations of our

socioeconomically disadvantaged students lack the resources, support or wherewithal to support our children effectively. Outside of school (and all too often in school), many of our children have few opportunities to build meaningful and sustained relationships with caring college-educated adults who look like them. For all of these reasons, in the last Griot I encouraged you to step up, to play a greater role in supporting our children’s development and achievement. This month I’m excited to share with you a new opportunity to do your part, one specifically geared toward Young Professionals. On April 15, 6:00-8:00pm, Education Voters of New York will launch a Young Professionals Network at BLVD (199 Bowery at Rivington St.). Recognizing that young professionals are a key, but often untapped, part of the solution to the educational challenges that keep our children and our communities from reaching their full potential, Education Voters is strengthening the fight for educational equity and excellence in New York State by mobilizing our demographic. Representing a wide range of professions, members of the Network will leverage their skills, talents and relationships to advocate for sound education policy, so that all of our children receive the high quality learning opportunities they need and deserve. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for details. In the meantime, feel free to contact Nia Tyler at ntyler@ edvoters.org or 646-405-4806 x1 for more information. Movements are driven by people who recognize an injustice, who feel they have a stake in the issue and outcome, who believe the problem is urgent, and who realize they have a role to play in developing and implementing solutions to that problem. NYUL Young Professionals must be at the forefront of the civil rights movement for educational equity and excellence. Education Voters’ YP Network will provide us with an opportunity to do just that.

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Investing 101: Planning for the Short & Long Term by Kolonji Murray

Investing can be part of your life. In doing that, make a realistic financial promise to yourself that you’re going to put money away with every paycheck. Even if it’s as little as $20 per month, do it. You can always change the amount.

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y grandfather told me as a child, treat investing and savings like a bill. If you don’t have the discipline or expertise to do it on your own, work with a financial advisor who can help the same way a fitness trainer helps you lose weight. Spell out your goals and follow the plan.

In the short term, you may want to put money aside for a vacation, new car, holiday shopping, a wedding or emergency fund for possible job lose or other difficulties. In that case, your best bet is probably a savings account or money market account. It’s safe, it will not fluctuate and it’ll be there without penalty when you need it. In the long term, you may want to put money aside for any number of reasons: retirement, higher potential return than a savings account, buying a home, insurance in case you get hurt, college for the kids, insurance in case you pass away, starting a business and insurance so your kids don’t change your diaper when you get older, just to name a few. With both short term and long term goals, make sure you spread out the money set aside for each. For instance, setting aside all your money for retirement at an

early age will not help you meet your other goals. Therefore, give it balance. If there’s not enough, prioritize what’s important and come back to the least important stuff later. Next, you want to have a clear understanding of how much risk you can stand. This simply means, how you would feel if the value of what you put in goes from $1,000 to $900 in a year or vice versa. The answer to that then leads to how you’re going to spread your money around in conservative, moderate or aggressive investments. In reviewing this, you probably want to look seriously at savings along with mutual funds and variable annuities. The managers do the work for you and your risk is spread out. I say this because most people don’t have the time during their daily life to follow the stock market. Finally, you want to keep in mind that with long term investing, you generally can take more risk because you are young enough that if you do lose money you can work to make it up. Therefore, as you get older you want to become more conservative. Many advisors recommend that whatever your age is, that percentage of your portfolio should be conservative. So remember, you want to invest with every paycheck, meet a number of your goals and spread the risk so when things go wrong in the market, you are protected on the downside.

Planning for a Summer Vacation? With summer rapidly approaching many of you may be thinking of taking a vacation and soaking up the sun somewhere local or far. Before we pick out a destination it is important to think how you plan to pay for it. Financing a vacation on credit cards is a last option we want to have. Here are a few tips: • Establish a budget for your trip • Plan in advance at least 6 months if possible • Evaluate where you can cut back in your expenses • Automate a set amount to be saved each month to reach your goal • Look for discounted hotels and flights • Travel in a group to share the hotel cost • Look to have a kitchen in your room to save on eating out for longer trips By planning early and staying within budget you will be able to best enjoy your vacation without going to credits cards to make it happen. ~Orane Williams~

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Understanding Your Credit Score, Part II: 5 Steps to Improve your Credit Score by Orane Williams

In the last issue of The Griot we learned about Understanding our Credit and what that means. In this issue I would like to build on that foundation. Here you will find some steps to improve your credit and tackle debt.

1 Find out your score. annualcreditreport.com. Each report is free every 12 months and you will pay for the actual score.

2 Correct Your Errors. Whether your address is wrong or a balance is incorrect check for errors.

3 Negotiate your Interest Rate- a lower interest rate means the less extra money you are spending 4 Increase your credit line- only if you dare. This will help lower your credit utilization percentage

5 Create a plan to pay down your debt- List all your debt in order

with the highest interest rate first. Pay the most you can on that card and the minimum on the rest.

With these steps you will be on your way to making progress with your credit and debt. If you need help don’t be afraid to seek help from a credit counselor.

Don’t wait until it is too late.

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The National Urban League celebrates its centennial by launching the I AM EMPOWERED initiative instilling a message of hope and individual empowerment to make a lasting difference. Focused on four aspirational goals for America, in the areas of education, employment, housing and healthcare, I AM EMPOWERED is galvanizing millions of people to take a pledge to commit to help achieve the goals by 2025! I AM EMPOWERED reminds everyone of the power of the individual to become a force for change by encouraging collective action to bring change to entire communities and urban areas. Become a part of the excitement and celebrate a legacy of service as the National Urban League prepares for the next 100 years of progress! Sign the Pledge Today! Visit www.iamempowered.com

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REBIRTH

A Photo Journey through the Event’s Past, Present & Future Intro by Daniella Johnson

Rebirth! is one of New York Urban League Young Professionals signature events, paying homage to the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance Era. The Harlem Renaissance was a time when AfricanAmerican dreams became reality. It marked the first time African-American creative art attracted significant attention from the nation as a whole. In honoring the essence and sophistication of African-American culture, Rebirth! has been designed to stimulate your five senses while navigating you through the cultural experience. The New York Urban League Young Professionals celebrate the 5th anniversary of Rebirth! by taking you through the years of our annual red-carpet affair. From our inaugural visual arts event in 2006 to our fashion show extravaganza in 2007, to our film screening affair in 2008 and our spectacular dance showcase in 2009. We hope you join us at our first ever awards ceremony, Rebirth! 2010: The Renaissance Awards as we honor five individuals who are game-changers in their respective fields on April 27, 2010 at BLVD, 199 Bowery at 7pm. Purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/Rebirth2010.my quat wisl ullandre do el ip ea consenibh ercillandre dit, veros atuerci tisi

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Final Thought

Young, Black & Single: The Tragic Decline of Black Marriages

Panelists Jamilah Lemieux and Jozen Cummings give us the exclusive Intro by Daniella Johnson

The New York Urban League Young Professionals hosted its February General Body Meeting entitled “Young, Black and Single: The Tragic Decline in Black Marriages” on February 16, 2010. This controversial panel discussion explored the many factors that affect black men and women in relationships and marriage. The interactive dialogue was lead by a diverse group of panelists including Adam Guthrie, a finance professional who was single, engaged and single again before his 24th birthday, Jozen Cummings, writer of the blog, Until I Get Married, which is dedicated to his own bachelorhood, Demetria Lucas, relationship editor at Essence and writer of A Belle in Brooklyn blog about dating, sex and relationships, and Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux (aka Sista Toldja) writes the blog, The Beautiful Struggler. The discussion was lead by moderator, Sabrina Thompson, founder of WEEN, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network. The program concluded with a word from a professional matchmaker and marriage counselor to give a different professional perspective to the conversation. The discussion touched on many different areas of Black relationships. The panelists talked about what men look for in a mate and what would make them settle, the standards women have for potential husbands, the media and how Black relationships are portrayed and discussed. The Q&A portion of the program really incited some heated dialogue, where audience members asked some tough questions and shared their personal experiences and thoughts about relationships. Two of our panelists, Jozen Cummings and Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux gave The Griot the exclusive on their final thoughts about the “Young, Black and Single” discussion.

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The rift between Black women and men has been growing for a long time. We must acknowledge the fact that this dissent between genders inhibits our ability our ‘second class status’ in this country. The media and those outside our community are more than happy to paint a portrait of inherent Black deficiency that somehow makes us incapable of sustaining unhealthy relationships. We must not let the attack on our collective self-esteem destroy our ability to love. The crisis of Black relationships is not one that can be solved easily. The only way to mend it is through continued dialogue and a widespread commitment to Black love. Sisters and brothers must find ways to express their pain and frustration in respectful ways. We must stop accepting the notion of no-good brothers’ and ‘bitter sisters’ and instead, identify the issues that are preventing us from becoming the lovers and partners we need to be. --- Jamilah Lemiuex

Before everyone gets up in arms about the so-called “tragic” decline of black marriages, we need to start assessing the way people really feel about the numbers. Is it a crisis? Depends on whom we ask. As I said on the panel, the numbers don’t really reflect anything more than how many people are participating in an act. These numbers aren’t reflecting how many people are happy, which is something no math or science can really assess. I really wish people would stop looking at the number of people who unmarried, and instead, start asking new questions for the number of people who aren’t married or single, how they feel about their current state. Personally, I’m not married because I don’t want to be right now, but I know a lot of people who feel the same way, and yet every time a poll comes out showing the number of us who aren’t the media likes to put on us some sort of unhappy blanket. But we’re not unhappy. Being unmarried if anything, shows a respect for the sanctity of marriage. One day we would like to walk down the aisle, but we want to do it once the right way, so we never have to do it again. --- Jozen Cummings

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Bling is Here to Stay If you’re hesitant on statement jewelry but still want pop to your outfit, embellishment is here for another season. Whether it’s sequin, chains or studs, embellished clothing is looking like it will be here for a while. If you’re someone who looses jewelry or can’t get it down pact, then a rhinestone trimmed tank should be your way to go. Forever21

DKNY Jeans

Spring 2010 Trend Report

Do You Speak Trench? Don’t call it a comeback, the classic trench has been around for years. What designers have done is reinvent the trench. The cropped version has been flying off of racks. You’ll still find the classic khaki; give a shout out to Burberry for that but, stomping down the runways were trenches in denim, gingham and a ton of prints. It’s a classic and you need it.

BCBG Maxazria

Don’t let the warm weather leave you in fashion frenzy. If you want to get stylish this Spring, look for these trends to help your blah winter wardrobe kick up some sizzle for those warmer days.

Erickson Beamon for Alice + Olivia

Statement Jewelry Don’t leave home without a cuff, or bold hoops or a major necklace. Forget those dainty studs and your grandma’s pearls. Jewelry for Spring is big and bold. Let your accessories become conversation starters.

Asymmetrical Necklines The décolletage is an erogenous zone. Designers had models baring collarbone and shoulder in one armed tops and dresses. Giving someone the cold shoulder never seemed so sexy. First warm day pull out that one sleeve tank, or dress and see won’t all the boys be at your yard.

by Shaunya Hartley

The Little White Dress Audrey Hepburn made The Little Black Dress a wardrobe staple. This Spring, you can still be chic but also ethereal. No more nurse jokes or all white affairs. The Little White Dress isn’t a virgin anymore; it’s the Spring/Summer staple for work or play. If white’s too harsh, go for deeper shades of like cream and ecru, you’ll get the same affect while it flatters your skin tone.

Shaunya Hartley is a Fashion Stylist, and has a blog www.ShopEatandSleep.blogspot.com where she is gives tips and tidbits for all those seeking to be fabulous and frugal.

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shu uemura Eyelash Curler

If your lashes are in downturn, give them a stimulus with these quick eyelash tips and tricks Curl your lashes! Curled lashes give a youthful look. Invest in a good lash curler. The technique that is most effective is to start at the base and squeeze several times gradually work toward the tips. The curled lash should appear curved not bended.

Lancome ARTLINER Precision Point EyeLiner

Clinique Lash Building Primer

Build a foundation. Start with a dark liner from the tear duct to the outer corner – This gives the illusion of length before the mascara is applied. Prime Next using mascara primer (usually white). This holds the pigment and increase fullness and length. Wait for 60 seconds then apply your favorite mascara brushing up and out from the root to the tip. For the finished look use a lash comb. I prefer a metal one to remove clumps and create natural, perfectly spaced lashes.

With this lash stimulus package you are well on your way to beauty recovery!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Professionnel Platinum Lash & Eyebrow Comb #21

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Something New in New York

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inding fresh places and faces in the city that never sleeps can actually prove to be a daunting task; yes, the lights in Times Square are always on, but despite the lure of the glowing crustacean, do you honestly want to spend one more minute of your life in Red Lobster??? If our hunch is correct, relief is on the way! The certified NYC hotspots below are sure to add spice to an otherwise boring calendar. Enjoy!

Bar / Restaurant 1 Shrine www.shrinenyc.com Creativity rules in this well-kept Harlem secret. Live music, comedy, poetry and art exhibitions prove that Senegalese-inspired bar/restaurant Shrine has scored a winning combination when it comes to food and fun. Cheap drinks and moderately priced entrees keep devoted patrons coming back to this spot, which also proudly boasts its alternate role as ‘World Music Venue.’ Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum 2 First http://www.brooklynmuseum.org Cultural activities by day and a club by night (well, almost…first Saturday’s are over at 11 PM!), the Brooklyn Museum is host to thousands of visitors on the first Saturday of each month. Despite the cash bars sprinkled throughout the joint, First Saturdays are a night of fun for all ages. On the dance floor, eleven-year olds might bust out moves you could never do, but you’ll probably be too busy eyeing the cute girl/guy near the deejay to notice. Steakhouse 3 Ricardo’s http://www.ricardosteakhouse.com If you’re looking for a classic, tasty meal, look no further than Ricardo’s Steakhouse. Lobster ravioli to kill for, grilled-to-perfection steaks and a decent selection of wines make this a must-hit spot for the grown and sexy. This trendy place is great to take a business partner or date. Ricardo’s has quality food and service to offer for those with a more flexible budget.

4 MOMA http://www.moma.org The Museum of Modern Art, a hub for its incredible collection of contemporary art, is a great place for inspiration if you feel stagnated by your daily hustle and bustle. With frequent additions and updates there’s always something new to see at MOMA (just days before Alice in Wonderland hit theatres, nobody seemed to mind the long wait to view this spring’s Tim Burton exhibition).

Shaira Brereton is a freelance writer who currently resides in Brooklyn. Despite a B.A. in Corporate Communications that was supposed to lead her into the corporate world, her passion for writing led her to journalism. With a focus on urban entertainment news, she is a regular contributor to TRACE.TV.


If you live in New York City, chances are you aren’t lacking in options for what to do in your spare time. However, the same old redundant scenes can be enough to make the most avid networker want to spend his Saturday nights at home.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

GET TAYLORmade

Acing the Interview: Making the Most of the First Impression

“I have great skills, a quality education, and excellent experience. But interviews make me nauseous. I’m always nervous, my palms sweat, and I can never get the right words out. Please help me before I bomb another interview!” - Nervous in New York

Interviewing is perhaps the second most important aspect of your job search (your resume being #1 of course). The key to achieving your career goals is really in your ability to communicate well in an interview. This knowledge is probably why you are nervous during interviews. But you are not alone! Many qualified professionals struggle with their performance when interviewing for a job. Elevated anxiety and fear of the unknown is probably what causes the most frustration. This is due largely to the fact that you never know what to expect when you walk into those doors. The personality and persistence of the interviewer can cause for either a pleasant or a dreadful interview experience. But interviewing can be to your advantage if you approach it with confidence, assurance, and, poise. Consider the 3 P’s when preparing for your next interview. Be Prepared! Candidates often don’t perform well on their interviews because they aren’t adequately prepared. They wake up late, rush to the location, and sit down just in time for their name to be called. But, the best way to ace any interview is to be overly prepared. Research the company or organization by visiting their website, conducting a Google search, and reaching out to those in your network who may have worked with them in the past. Practice your answers to typical interview questions. Even though you can’t possibly know every question that will be asked, prepare by strategizing how you will respond to any question that is posed. And of course, dress for success. Determine what you’re going to wear in advance; try it on to be sure that it still fits; and if necessary, have it dry cleaned in advance. If you aren’t comfortable in what you’re wearing, it will show during your interview. Remember to keep it solid, sophisticated, and simple. Solid dark colors, professional attire, and simple accessories are always a winning combination.

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Be Prompt! As a rule of thumb, you should always arrive at least 15 minutes early for any interview. If you know you tend to be tardy for the party, you should set the bar at 30 minutes. If the interview is in an unfamiliar location, take the trip on an earlier day around the same time that your interview is scheduled. This will allow you to accurately estimate how long it will take you to get there. You NEVER want to be late for an interview. Remember, how you perform during your interview is usually an indication to employers of your work ethic and overall personality. So, don’t immediately discredit yourself by being late. Be Prayerful! Regardless of what your personal religious affiliation may be, it is always wise to tap into that higher power that gives you peace and tranquility during stressful times. Though you may be a nervous wreck, the reality is that you have what it takes to ace any interview. With calmness comes confidence. And with confidence comes character. So, spend some time in prayer and meditation leading up to the big moment. Take some deep breaths, repeat your favorite scripture, or hum your favorite inspirational song. Always trust that whatever the results are, you’ll ultimately end up right where you’re supposed to be. When you walk out that door, you’ll be able to rest in knowing that you’ve done your very best…and that’s all that anyone could really ask for.

Send your career questions to thegriot@nyul.org. Aisha M. Taylor, MPA is the Owner and Chief Consultant of TAYLORmade ~ Professional Career Consulting (www.careertaylormade.com).

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MUST-READS

for the Young Professional Reviews provided by Kolonji Murray, Kira Brereton & Orane Williams

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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. is just that. Titan. Especially for any aspiring business legend. It is a complex, archive researched profile on the son of an absentee father and America’s most iconic robber baron. In delivering this 1998 volume, acclaimed writer Ron Chernow also provides an in depth look at American capitalism during a historically important point that varies from previous views. It gives a rich history on the formation and significance of the modern day oil business and, in an unexpected way, provides a somewhat holistic blueprint on the challenges and opportunities of having and managing vast

wealth. Engaged readers will come away with a clear idea of how to look at family, money, ethics, art, politics, real estate, philanthropy, business, religion, research and education and integrate it all into their lives. Titan serves as a reference book for any aspiring entrepreneur and a window into the thoughts and beliefs of some of America’s wealthy.

Written by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Financial Lovemaking 101 provides frank advice on financial matters that should be considered by couples who decide to combine credit and financial assets. As Dr. Watkins points out, financial problems are cited by the majority of young couples as the primary cause of marital discord. Accordingly, the book explains the steps to what Dr. Watkins explains as essential to avoiding a “financial venereal disease” or combining assets with someone who has engaged in a series of bad choices that will serve to infect an otherwise healthy financial situation. The book starts with tools and tips to make an assessment of one’s own financial situation and personality; continues onto techniques to becoming “financially naked” with a partner; and ends with a discussion on the importance of analyzing how a partner’s financial status and perspective relates to one’s ultimate life

goals and happiness as well as providing tips to making smart financial decisions in the context of relationships. While I do not agree with all of Dr. Watkins presumptions on when merging assets should be necessary or avoided, overall, I believe the book is a good read, provides a fresh and interesting approach to financial assessment and action plans and can serve as a useful resource in assisting with the process of engaging in some of the necessary decisions that all couples should think about, understand and discuss when considering a shared financial future. Dr. Watkins is an assistant professor of finance at Syracuse University and a well-known social commentator.a useful resource in assisting with the process of engaging in some of the necessary decisions that all couples should think about, understand and discuss when considering a shared financial future.


Small Business Owner? Check this out! >>

Don’t let the title of this book fool you. Although it was written more for college students looking to jump start their entrepreneur ventures on campus, this book provides good resources for any entrepreneur. Campus CEO tells the story of author Randall Pickett, and how he started his first business on the campus of Rutgers University. Randall is a Rhode Scholar, CEO of BCT Partners and most famously known for winning Season 4 of NBC’s The Apprentice. The book is segmented into four parts. Part one is about starting a business: from conceiving your business idea to writing your first business plan. It also offers some tips on which technologies are important to incorporate into your business, such as email, conference call software etc. Part two discusses financing your business, which is very important since most new businesses fail because they do not understand the importance of cash flow. Part three talks about how to balance business and education. Randal recommends using various resources available on campus to help out with your business. Part four finishes off with lessons on how to grow your business and get it to the next level. Campus CEO offers many valuable resources for a budding entrepreneur. Every chapter gives profiles of various businesses that also started out of a dorm room on a campus. Pinkett offers up hundreds of web resources available as well. This book offers much of Randal’s insight and various resources to help anyone become a successful entrepreneur.

BNI, Business Soldiers Imagine 15 well trained small business owners and sales people actively looking for new business for you during this downturn. That is the idea behind BNI-International, the largest business networking group in the world. As readers will see on their website, the stated mission of BNI-International is to help members increase business through a structured, positive and professional “word-of-mouth” program that enables them to develop long term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. One of the main advantages for members of BNI is that only one person from each professional specialty is permitted to join a chapter. The benefit of this is you have no competition in your network. Also, all participants are working in their profession full time. The philosophy is that full time business owners and sales executives are going to have critically important higher levels of participation. That in turn leads to the overall success and effectiveness of the chapter. Membership is typically on a 1 or 2 year basis with chapter fees determined on a chapter by chapter level. Groups typically meet once a week to profile their products and services. In turn, members also hear a “60-second commercial” about the needs of fellow members and then actively look for new business for one another. If for some reason you can’t find a chapter to join, the people at BNI will work with you to get one off the ground. So if you are a business owner or sales executive looking to expand your network of contacts and sales opportunities, look at BNI as a tool toward achieving that goal. For more information about BNI in your area, visit their site at http://bni.com/.

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HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE

Spring is here. One can definitely tell by the rainy weather and the odd mix of cold and warm days. Also, we know that it is Spring because many of us have planned a work out program, a diet or combination of the two for that “Get it together for the summer� New Years resolution. -by Sean Carswell

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Work out programs and diets are great, but one item we often do not add to the mix is our metabolism. We want to kick it up a notch and take advantage of your efforts to get the summer body you’re looking for.

Each recommendation by it’s self will do little for you, but when you do a combination of them, you will have an amazing impact on your efforts. EAT EARLY. Eating breakfast after an hour of waking up. Digestion burns calories and “wakes up” your metabolism to get is cranking nice and early in the day. DRINK H2O. The cliche is true. Your metabolism needs a lot of water to operate efficiently. GET SOME SUN. Sun helps regulate your body’s clock. It also raises your Vitamin D Production. Vitamin D is associated with higher metabolisms and lower risk of being over weight. SPICY FOOD. Yes. Spicy foods that include hot peppers have been shown to increase metabolisms. MOVE. Try and put in an additional 30 minutes of walking. Also, if you work in an office building, do not take the elevator up/down one or two flights. Take the stairs. You will probably get to your desired floor quicker anyway. EAT FRUIT. Fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges, limes, tomatoes, mango and kiwi have shown to raise your metabolism. Grapefruit especially. Oh, and by the way drinking fruit juice does not count!! BUILD MUSCLE. Muscle burns more calories than fat. If you are doing a pure cardio regiment, throw some weights in there. By building muscle, you will burn more calories at rest in between workouts.

For some more ways to keep to your weight loss resolutions, visit me at upstartfitness.com at the fitness and news letter tab. -Sean Upstart

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Effective Ways of Coping with Modern Stress Is unmanaged stress hurting you? Stress is the body’s response to demands placed on it, and in high doses it can be dangerous. Many studies such as a September 2000 study at Yale have shown that stress can cause fat build-up around your waist. It can affect your health in other ways, too. Failure to manage stress can make it hard for leaders to maintain calm in times of high anxiety. Using adequate coping mechanisms can be the key to stopping stress from hindering you. The body’s stress management system, the fight or flight response, does not work well against prolonged stress such as job demands, racism, or other continuous stressors. If the fight or flight response state lasts long it can have harmful effects because the body diverts its resources away from maintenance to deal with the perceived threat. In fact, stress is often recognized by the adrenaline rush of the fight or flight response. If you have a lot of stress in your life, using one or more of the following strategies can help you reduce your stress level. Practicing Mindfulness Meditation, which involves focusing your attention on a single object (usually your breath) can promote focus and calm. Dr. Herbert Benson’s seminal work, the Relaxation Response, confirmed meditation’s powerful calming effect. Journaling about negative experiences is effective at reducing stress. Renowned physician, Dr. Andrew Weil, recommends deep breathing exercises as a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Prioritizing tasks that must be done and putting off or delegating other tasks also helps to reduce stress. Regular exercise is helpful at reducing stress. Other effective strategies include allotting time for thinking about stressful events, Yoga, and massage therapy. Consistently using stress management strategies will help reduce your stress level. Other stress management strategies can be found at rd.com, and helpguide.org. - by Kelvin Davis

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Motivation on the GO

‘’Conquering the fear of being alone is the first step in conquering the world’’- Alfred E. Blake ‘’The Voice Of The Youth’’

Erasing fear is the beginning of “rebirth of the mind.” Fear of not receiving approval is a problem that millions battle with daily. From birth, we are taught to be social beings. We want, and must have some type of accepting interaction to survive. If not careful, we become obsessed with the euphoric feeling of raves, and acceptance. We must step out of those confines. Specifically as young professionals; it is imperative to dimiss the constant need for acceptance and approval. The ultimate success is a result of the ability to stand alone. I firmly believe in a strong support system and networks. However, you must be self-sufficient in your own foundation before you can start to indulge in ANY network. The stronger your foundation on your ideals and the higher the comfort level you have as individual, the more we can assist our colleagues and ultimately the communities we touch! ‘’Conquering the fear of being alone is the first step in conquering the world.’’


K. Parris in the Spring Time: An Healthy Eating Affair

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t’s springtime, and, of course, that means one thing: summer is around the corner, so it’s ‘bathing suit ready’ workout time. Eating healthy, of course, helps with this, but it has always been a challenge for many of us. The temptations are high – who wants to go to McDonalds’ and get the salad instead of the double cheeseburger that’s calling your name? Think about it: in America, it is easy (and inexpensive) to eat good but not necessarily good for you. Healthier options are often more expensive, and for the most part, the thing that are easiest to get on the go, particularly in urban areas, is fast food. This is definitely some food for thought. At K. Parris Catering, we strive to make and provide you with both delicious and healthy eating options. Our South Beach Diet inspired King Crab Spring Salad, aside from being utterly yummy, is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, and low in fat and calories. Serve with a Mango Spritzer – 1 part mango nectar, 1 part tropical fruit seltzer – it is the perfect lunchtime island getaway. King Crab Spring Salad (serves 2) Ingredients: ½ teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice ¼ teaspoon minced garlic ¼ teaspoon minced ginger ½ small green onion, chopped ½ tablespoon mango nectar ½ tablespoon low sodium soy sauce pinch white pepper 1 pound king crab legs, steamed and shelled ½ tablespoon red pepper, minced Mixed greens Instructions: In a large bowl, whisk the lime juice, green onion, cilantro, olive oil, garlic, ginger, mango nectar, and white pepper together to make a marinade. Rinse the crab meat gently in cold water, drain, and set aside to chill for 15 minutes. Add ¼ of the marinade, stir gently, and chill for 15 minutes more. Place two serving dishes with the crab meat to chill. To serve: On each of two chilled serving plates, place a bed of mixed greens and spoon the crab meat onto the lettuce. Serve. K. Parris Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC, is an off-premise catering company specializing in French influenced Caribbean cuisine for the elegant yet trendy urban professional. They offer full service event planning, catering, and personal chef services tailored to family friendly as well as urban chic events. For more information, visit their website, www.kimberlyparris.com, or check out their food and spirits blog at www.kimberlyparris.com/ex-foodie.

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UPCO MI NG E V E N T S April 17 – Soup Kitchen Volunteer Event, Staten Island, NY 20 – April General Body Meeting “Let’s Talk About Sex, Part II” 27 – Rebirth! 2010: The Renaissance Awards 28 – “Green Series: How Does The Green Economy Affect AfricanAmericans” Event May 1 – “Get Your Mind Right, Body Right” Health Fair Bronx, NY 10 – NYUL 45th Annual Frederick Douglass Dinner 18 – May General Body Meeting “The Future of Blacks in Media” 22 – Entrepreneur Event June 2 – New Member Orientation 15 – State of YP Members Only Meeting July 28-31 – National Urban League Centennial Conference Please visit nyul.org/nyulyp for more event information

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