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Immigration isn’t the problem, YOU are.

Written by Tiffany Flemister

Tiffany Flemister –Ā  featured author

As you all know, our Commander in Chief is taking measures to have undocumented students be deported even after they have shown to be productive members of society who are working hard to get their education. I honestly find this to be extremely hypocritical. America as we know it today was built on the backs of non natives, whether they came through on Ellis Island back in the 1800s or by deadly force during slavery. It seems to me that non citizens are only of value when we can exploit them.

When they start getting into good colleges and getting the jobs you feel entitled to, it becomes an “immigration” issue. It’s not an immigration issue, it’s a racial issue and an entitlement issue. Nobody batted an eye when undocumented people were limited to manual labor jobs that underpaid and over worked them. So many of our ancestors came to this country seeking refuge from harm and to create better life than they were given by default.

To take it a step further, America is a stolen land built up by stolen people. Nobody really has a right to be here more than anyone else. I don’t care if slavery and Native Americans dying at the hands of Settlers was hundreds of years ago. It matters because Americans take pride in the fact that this happened but are now angry that other people want the same opportunities they have been afforded for generations.

Undocumented students and workers aren’t why you don’t have a good paying job. They aren’t why you can’t get into the school of your choice. You’re the reason why. You and your forefathers have used others as stepping stones for centuries & you’re panicking because it’s no longer an option.

To sum it up, I really just want everyone to stop blaming immigration for America’s problems. The source of our issues is refusing to learn from the past & doing better by those coming after us. If you want to succeed in life, you have to do the work. Expecting others to limit themselves because you’re lazy is complete bullshit. Stop clinging to your privilege, entitlement, classism, and racism. Get up off your ass & make it happen.

If opportunity passes you by it’s because you allowed it.

 

Image source: Bryan R. Smith - Getty Images

So about this Shea Moisture Hoopla…

Hey Peeps! It’s Jannah B

I’ve come across some online controversy that involved one of my favorite natural hair care brands; Shea Moisture. This is one of the first brands I gravitated to during my natural hair transition back in 2009/2010. My transition was rough, but I got through it after a year and a half. That’s another story though, so I won’t get into detail.

BUT WE ARE HERE to talk about the recent controversy with Shea Moisture’s recent commercial. Here’s a link to the commercial, if you haven’t seen it already.

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OK. So now that you’ve seen what people are talking about, hold tight to your questions, comments, and concerns until the very end of this. Take this all in, then make your Bold Opinions šŸ™‚

Controversy: New Shea Moisture commercial integrates other women without kinky or curly hair. Shea Moisture began by marketing their products for women and men of color, specifically kinky and curly hair textures. Now, in 2017, the company releases a commercial with women with naturally straight, fine hair, talking about their love of the product. Since the release of this commercial, the company has received some negative backlash. *See Below, YES these are real*

(Feel some type of way after reading those comments? Remember to comment below and take the poll)

Why I think this is ridiculous: 
1) All you backlash givers should have a few seats.
*offers memory foam cushioned, kente cloth embossed stool, for all you extra woke folks*

Please have a nice long seat because this brand has been around WAY before any of the natural hair became “popular”. I say “popular” because we all know that there was a “natural wave” that popped up bout a decade ago. Some people stuck with it, others didn’t. It’s life.

I saw where people were complaining about SM (Shea Moisture) not being loyal to their customers and that they were becoming “white washed”.
Really -__-

Ok then, well what about the previous commercials and marketing techniques? Plenty of women with “4C” hair types and darker skin complexions in those productions. Bet you haven’t seen those, eh? Just jumped on the bash-bandwagon, eh? Ok so let me point you in the right direction. Check these vids on their Channel
What’s Normal?
#EveryBodyGetsLove
Shea Moisture London Store Launch
Bleached hair care (I recommend skipping to 2:30-5:30)

AND they have men’s products for beard and shave! Are my guys out there complaining since there are NO MEN in any of their commercials?
I thought so. Have a seat.

So now that people see that the brand is trying to expand and offer their products to ALL HAIR TYPES, it’s a problem? Yes, SM started out marketing to the kinky, curly hair types, but guess what… It’s time for growth. Business growth.

2) It’s called Business
Hey, the brand is expanding. It has its foundation, the curly haired customers, and now wants to market to other hair types (AKA be placed in more stores, AKA reach a broader audience, AKA MAKE MORE MONEY, AKA BECOME. AN. EMPIRE.) Let them get their coins!

Why stop a black owned business from conducting business how it should be, by expanding and inducing growth? Marketing is doing a spot on job with their efforts, I think. Maybe should emphasize and incorporate more men in their ads an such, but they will get around to it.
Yes, it’s black owned by Sundial Brands, LLC.
I’m a journalist, I research šŸ˜‰

Also, since when did the term “natural hair” refer to only the kinks, coils, and napps? The definition of Natural is something that Naturally occurs, right? Without alteration, right? So that could include, just about anything, right? Got it.
I think this goes into the phenomena that “we” like to have “our own”. Which is fine because we are slightly different in ways, but let’s not confuse this idea with selfishness. This is just something to ponder on and could potentially turn into an article of itself.

Let me drop a gem on you right quick. Whether you realize it or not, LIFE is a business. Everything has strategy, consequences, and goals for success/ happiness. Remember that.

All in all, Y’ll need to chill on this backlash and if this product works well for YOU and YOUR hair/skin, continue to use it. Y’all are REACHING!

That’s MY BOLD OPINION.

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Image credit: Sheamoisture.com

A fond farewell indeed

A fond farewell, indeed, to the mostĀ influential beings of my time. Granted, I’ve been alive only 26 years, and an adult only eight of those years. But, there is something significant about that number “8”.

Eight years ago, I participated in my first local and national elections; and what a special first time it was. As small as it may seem though, I made history. Something I’ll be able to tell my grands one day. The day when only monuments and stories linger. People take small things like that for granted.

Throughout these last eight, I’ve seen nothing but the epitome of a leader. A leader who represents the nation from which he was birthed. I couldn’t have been more proud to see everyone (most of everyone) be on one page. Forward.

Forward is what we must continue to do. The Devil is out working everyday, but it’s up to us not to give his ass the time of day!

obamaI hope to continue to see this influential figure make waves nationally and in the community because his legacy will always be remembered. The urgency of “sticking together” has never been stronger.

Thank you Mr. President

 

 

 

Image source: Carnegieenowment.org, The Vicious BabuskaĀ 

 

The Bold Opinion Show 12.1.16

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**DISCLAIMER: Thursday night shows are contain EXPLICIT content. Listener discretion is advised.**

Woah woah, Happy December! This is the first show of the final month of 2016 and we are kicking it off with positive vibes!

Jannah B and Kenny Kicks as The Bold Opinion crew discuss the Gatlinburg, Tennessee wildfires, new music coming out soon, show announcements, and an exclusive interview with a Vegan, Yoga Goddess! We got so caught up in the interview with her that we totally lost track of time! Today’s show featured a special guest by the name of Stephanie Sunshine (aka Vegan By Nature).

Looking for Stephanie’s Interview?: 1:02:00 – End

Interested in leading a healthier lifestyle? Check out her website to get tips, tricks, and inspiration. Veganism isn’t all about just eating salads all day, it’s waaay more than that. You are encouraged to check it out.

YOU are all YOU have in this world! Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

Website: www.VeganByNature.comĀ 

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Free education? Sign me up!

There is no doubt that education is the key to success. No matter which field you are pursuing, there must be some foundation laid before you continue to build higher, right? Chances are that you’ve already done your four years of undergrad and might be stuck in the mud about where you should take your career (if you’re not still looking for it)

There is often the “affordability” dilemma when folks look into reaching educational goals. The excuses like, “I can’t afford it..” or “I don’t have the time, My name is Kevin Gates, I work six jobs..blah”, usually deter people from reaching a milestone.

I got the chance to do something that the working class, often, doesn’t get the chance to do; pick a CEO’s brain. Big woopty-do right?

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Wrong.

He wasn’t just any CEO, he’s a multimillion dollar CEO! I sat and asked him questions that I had been asking myself for so long like, how to get a job that requires experience when you have none, what employers look for in good potential employees, how important is education really, does the type of school really matter, etc.?

He answered my questions in a heartbeat, with no problem, but the one gem he dropped on me lit my fire so quickly, I feel that it is my responsibility to share.

FREE EDUCATION IS REAL!

Google is connected with this company called Alison. Alison.com is a site that hosts hundreds of free video lectures, “Courses”, that can be accessed at ANY time by ANYone with a Google account. Thousands of students (or non students) utilize this site on a daily basis to get better understandings on the classes they’re already taking or better themselves in their career fields.

This site covers subjects fromĀ business management and entrepreneurship, HR, web design, psychology, customer service, programming, social media marketing, childrenā€™s studies, nursing and patient care, social work, IT management, statistics, mental health, Six Sigma…the list goes on.

You can even earn certificates. You would have to pay for the actual document at the end of those types of courses, but, the learning is free!

What are you waiting for? Go sign up and get your education on!

**If you know of any other free educational opportunities, please share in comments!**

You’re welcome šŸ™‚

Poetics of the Disembodied – A solo Artists exhibit

It was an absolute pleasure to witness my eldest brother’s first solo art exhibit this passed Friday (July 15, 2016). He worked extremely hard to put on such a fabulous interactive exhibit that he deserves a world of gold medals! His style of art comes from a deep passion for African American history; exposing pain and strife like whispers from ancestors.

Poetics of the Disembodied will be on display at the M.O.C.A (Museum of Contemporary Art) 75 Bennett Street NW. Atlanta, Ga 30309 until September 10, 2016. You are strongly encouraged to go and view the exhibit. You’ll be surprised what you’ll learn.

Check out Masud Olufani’s website to check out more of his awesome work. You may also find him on facebook and on Instagram @Olufani.
http://www.Masud-Olufani.com

Here is just a sneak peak into what viewers experienced on opening night.

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Later Gator…

If you haven’t heard the news, there was another tragic incident in Orlando, Florida. This time, a family was visiting the Disney Theme Parks when their two-year-old son was taken by the jaws of an alligator who was wading in a near by pond.

The gator drug the toddler into the pond where he then drowned. The poor baby’s body was missing and was not discovered until some time later. But in the meantime, four or five pond-dwelling gators were killed and cut open to look for any of the boy’s remains. Needless to say, they didn’t find any because they didn’t realize they toddler’s body was afloat elsewhere. *sips tea

Now, this is the second time this month that someone lost or wasn’t paying attention to their children and fell into the hands of danger.

My only questions are:

A) Where the F*CK were the parents??!!

B) How in the HELL did you let your baby boy get that close to the lake/pond/ whatever?!

Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

The new “Non-Smart” Smartphone?

by Jannah Bolds 

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Sounds quite contradictory right?
Well, in a world where we are all consumed with our smart devices, ideas like this one can present itself as a sense of relief. Don’t get me wrong, I can totally understand where technology is taking the world…Like leading us by hand down a dark alley way (metaphorically speaking).
Maybe that was the wrong metaphor to use, but you get the point that technology is becoming a blinder; blocking us from seeing what goes on around us. We have the option of restricting that blinder, simply by restricting the “smartness”. Thus giving birth to the Runcible.
The RuncibleĀ was created by Aubry Anderson, founder and CEO of Monohm Inc., with the intent to create something totally opposite of what smart devices are today.
“Runcible is a new category of mobile device, its palm sized, modeled on the pocket watch, and eccos iconic forms that humans have carried with them and had strong emotional relationships with for ages,” said Anderson in an interview for the Runcible campaign.
“People ask me if Runcible is a phone. It’s more like a highly connected, tablet-computer. It’s phone-like, but you don’t hold it up to your head. You can pair with a bluetooth device, and make phone calls if you really want to,” he said.
If your really into products “Made in America”, then the runcible will get brownie points for you since it’s designed AND made in California.
Did I mention that this device is completely hackable? Well, “hackable” seems a bit negative, so I’ll just say “customizable”. Yes, add what you want, and take off what you want at the software and hardware levels. This devices uses the Open Source initiative.
“Open source is freely available and lives independently with this company or any other where you can always comprehend what the device is doing; and you can change it if you don’t like it…even if we are no longer in the picture. This is a device that you can keep for a long time, fix and upgrade,” said Anderson.
The first RuncibleĀ will feature a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, bluetooth connectivity, WiFi, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash storage, a rear-facing camera, and exposed GPIO and USB host for further expansion capabilities. 4G LTE will not be used in this version of the Runcible, but the company definitely has plans for it in the future. Remember, it will be a simple upgrade, no replacement device needed.
Now, what about price? RuncibleĀ starts at $399 USD with an organic-feeling back made from reclaimed ocean plastic ‘fished out from the Great Pacific Plastic Island’. OR, you can pay an extra $100 and get a hand crafted solid wood back made from local harvested madrone wood from Mendocino County, California.
Wow! So, for those of you who had to re-read that last paragraph a couple times to understand the differences; One is made from plastic, and the other from wood. The plastic is the least expensive lol.
“Runcible is specifically made to avoid pulling you out of the real world, especially if your out there to enjoy it,” said Anderson.
Estimated to release to the public in September 2016.
Interested? For more information on this revolutionary device, click here to check out their website.
Article information:Ā indiegogo.com
Photo credentials: indiegogo.com

Don’t worry, I can wait.

As we grow into our adult selves, one day or another you’ll be approached with “the question”.Ā The question that is asked only by those who have them. The question that your grandparents ask you every year at the family reunion.Ā See where I’m going with this?

“When are you going to have kids?”

Yesssss….THAT one particular question that gets a blank stare from me every time. A blank stare followed by a “when I’m ready” response. I’m in my mid-twenties right now and happily living kid-free. So, if I haven’t spawned a seed by now, don’t you think I would fall into the “I’m waiting” category. Because let’s face it, the majority of the people my age with children by now didn’t have them on purpose. Name one young adult who was physically, mentally, AND financially equipped to start a family? When I say young adult, I’m talking ages 15-22. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you to come up with an answer.

There is so much that goes into raising an infant, it definitely takes two, maybe three, or four, AND the grace of God. Money, time, and not to mention sleep. I’m in a selfish stage of my life and I have no shame in wanting to keep it that way for a while until I’m physically, mentally, financially ready.

First, I’m just not ready. Hell, I cringe at thinking about buying a $30 bag of dog food every two weeks; so diapers, wipes and baby food are definitely out of the question at this time lol. Like I said, I’m selfish right now. I want to be able to buy a pair of $235 pair of shoes, drive a sports coupe for a couple years, fly to France on a random weekend, or buy a $1,600 Beyonce concert ticket! Am I wrong? I think not.

Secondly, I’d rather not get sucked into the struggle; and don’t look at the screen like there’s no struggle involved being young and raising a kid. Medicaid, food stamps, section 8 vouchers and, all the other possible ways to take advantage of the government, are fine and dandy temporarily. However, I don’t plan on making it a life style.

*Now, I’m Ā not putting those people down who get help from government programs. I am simply saying that I don’t want that for my life.

Why? BECAUSE ITS A TRAP!

photo cred: http://www.thekazushi.com

That’s it, I’m dropping it all to become a stripper!

Well maybe that headline was a little strong, but I will certainly say that I’ve thought about it jokingly.

Why?

These kind of questions come about when someone, like me, has hit a wall. A wall that can some days seem inpenetratable. I’m talking about breaking into a career. Not just any career, but the career that you set yourself up for. With a college degree and real life experience in the bag, you’d think nailing a job after a couple internships would be a no brainier right?

I’ve come to learn that it’s not just that simple. But why? Why isn’t it THAT simple? I mean, c’mon. We work our butts off in college and prep for internships TO get the degree TO build the resume TO GET THE JOB! That’s what’s frustrating to a young person in a position like this.

Getting turned down two or three times isn’t going to do much damage. But when months turn into years of constant “we regret to inform you” messages, it really hurts. It’s like the world telling you that what you worked your ass off for is not enough. Your degree is not enough, your experience is not enough.

*Let me say something about “not having enough experience”. Well, if I don’t have enough experience, tell me where the hell am I going to get that experience if no one is willing to give me a chance?! If you have the answer, DO SHARE!

When too much time passes, frustrations are high and contemplations get to brewing.

What am I doing wrong? Did I lose my edge? Should I go back to school? Maybe this isn’t what I’m supposed to do. Should I change career paths?

All these questions arise, self esteem decreases, and out of desperation, young professionals start running out of options. But…The motto I’m trying to live by now is:

“When opportunity doesn’t knock, build your own f*cking door.”

Stay tuned…