Jonah, a Jewish prophet, disliked the Ninevites (Assyrians), the very people he was called by God to deliver the Word to save them from God's wrath of destruction. Jonah's dislike for the Ninevites probably derived from the longstanding history of the Assyrians ruthlessly pillaging, taking captive and oppressing most of the Northern Jewish tribes and Semitic people, leaving the Southern Jewish tribe of Judah vulnerable to fend for themselves. In the Bible, the Book of Jonah ends in a cliffhanger with God's prophet Jonah being angry at God for showing mercy and forgiveness towards the Ninevites. Forgiveness isn't always easy to authentically express; even devout Christians (e.g., Jonah) struggle with expressing genuine forgiveness towards people that are ruthless and evil.
The recent courtroom case involving convicted murderer Amber Guyger (a White female) is provoking much discussion around the topic of forgiveness. The hugs and public declaration of forgiveness expressed by Brandt Jean (the younger brother of murdered victim Botham Jean--the man Amber Guyger murdered in cold blood) has polarized many familiar with the case. As a pastor, I fully endorse and promote FORGIVENESS, and I pray for the genuine salvation and repentance of Guyger. The Bible, the Torah and the Quran (sacred books of the respective three largest religious faiths on earth - - Christianity, Judaism and Islam) all promote peace and forgiveness.
Read More Michael Robinson, Scoop USA Media, October 11, 2018, page 4
America’s education system is failing. Broken and in need of a much needed huge overhaul! For instance, America’s current 6-year college graduation rate is 60 percent at public institutions, and 21 percent at private for-profit institutions. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics - https://nces.ed.gov.)
To put this dismal graduation rate in perspective...
· If airplanes landed safely only 21%-60% of the time, the general public would not fly on any airlines and the government would shut down the airline industry!
· If hospital patients only survived 21%-60% during hospital visits, people would stop going to hospitals for treatment and hospitals would be shut down!
· If cars only operated safely 21%-60% of the time, people would stop driving cars and the car industry would be shut down!
· If all medicines only worked 21%-60% of the time, people would stop paying for ineffective medications and the pharmaceutical industry would be shut down.
Read More Michael Robinson, Scoop USA Media, September 13, 2018, page 14
A recent court verdict drove yet another disparaging divisive wedge between ethnic racial groups in America.
Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman (an affluent White woman) was one of the guilty criminals in a recent blockbuster national college admissions scandal. Huffman was convicted in court and sentenced to jail for her role in paying a SAT test administrator $15,000 to take her daughter’s college admissions test to secure her spot at an Ivy League school. For her criminality, the judge sentenced Huffman to just 14 days of jail time, a slap on the wrist. In comparison, Tanya McDowell (a homeless Black woman) lied about the school district she lived in to enable her 6 yr. old child to attend a safe, quality school in a great school district. A court found McDowell guilty and the judge sentenced her to 5 YEARS in jail! Yes, you read that correctly! Sadly, race and socioeconomic strata are great determinants when American courts pronounce jail sentencing terms on the guilty.
Read More Michael Robinson, Scoop USA Media, September 20, 2018, page 4
Greater Enon Missionary Baptist Church celebrated its 25th church anniversary in high fashion, bestowing service awards to outstanding members. The featured guest preacher was Rev. Owen Gowans, III, Senior Pastor of Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church (South Philadelphia). Rev. Gowans is a Chief training supervisor with SEPTA, and he’s a local historic figure, he was one of the four African American males to desegregate the renowned Girard College boarding school.
Greater Enon is locally and nationally affiliated with the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association, Philadelphia Baptist Association, and American Baptist Churches, respectively.
The 25th church anniversary celebration was held on Sunday, September 22, 2019; the morning service preacher was Rev. B. Michelle Horton, Associate Pastor-Greater Enon Missionary Baptist Church and Rev. Gowans was the afternoon guest revivalist.
Members of Greater Enon were recognized for their meritorious service to the church and community at-large.
Read More Michael Robinson, Scoop USA Media, September 27, 2019, page 12
Sometimes we focus on worshipping people, places and things, but our focus must be on worshipping God alone. We must keep Him first! Worship is a lifestyle; it is the way we live every day. Romans 12: 1-2 states the following: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
God will use people that overcame major loss and difficulty in life to encourage and lead others. Their pain has a great purpose, that can help many. Today, I decided to share the story of Mrs. Nina Moorer. I know it will inspire and empower others to live and not die.
Mrs. Moorer came from the inner city of Philadelphia. She lived a life where nothing came easy. Like many other woman, she experienced being a single mom, suffered with depression and didn't even know it. She dealt with obesity, divorce, betrayal, but still believed that God had a plan for her life. She would not allow herself to walk around like a victim. Instead she was a victor.
Read more at Scoop USA Media, December 14, 2018.
Several organizations came together on Saturday, December 22, 2018 to be a blessing to many families that reside at Stenton Family Manor.
They received a nice pizza dinner with hot wings, dessert, clothing and toys to make their Christmas Bright. Broken Wings Literacy Center, Regular Fellows Foundation, DOPE-Dope People Doing Dope Things and Philly Cares who donated cordless chargers for the children. Also, I can’t leave out Reaching Every Artistic Level Entertainment who gave a great dance performance.
The families were excited, engaged and empowered with both love and support. They were singing and dancing, and smiles were on all their faces. Volunteers came from each organization and served food and gave out toys. It's amazing what can be done for others, when everyone comes together. There were volunteers from all age groups and backgrounds.
Read more Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018
Sometimes in life you will experience some losses. It may be a loss in your career, a loss in your finances, a loss in your body or more. Whatever your loss has been in 2018, God wanted you to know that you shall recover all.
You have experienced some things in 2018 that you thought, you could not recover from. But greater is He that is in you, that He that is in the world. Be encouraged because God is going to give you double for your trouble, open doors that no man can shut and show up and show out. You must keep God first and trust and believe that He will strengthen you and keep you every step of the way! Your life is going to change in the most amazing ways! You shall not lack or want for anything. God is going to not just make a way, but you shall have enough to give a way.
Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 4, 2019
Laughter is good for the soul! And on January 12th people from all over came to celebrate 10 years of laughter shared by It’s Okay To Laugh, founded by Deacon Anthony Trott. Proverbs 17:22 states “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” A ministry of laughter to bless others is so needed in a world that has so much grief, dismay and turmoil. Laughter can stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. I encourage you on this year to laugh a little more, activate and relieve your stress response. Laughter is the most beautiful and beneficial therapy God ever granted humanity.
Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 25, 2019
Although March was National Reading Month...a good inspirational book is something that needs to be read every day of the year. Today, I would like to share my inspirational book with you titled “Watch God Move” (Nothing Is Impossible with God).
I want to encourage someone who is going through a challenging time, and provide you with both hope and love. You maybe tired, but God will give you the strength that you need to pass every test. If he did it for me, He can do it for you. Chapter 1 is “The Storm is Passing Over” - I declare and decree that the storm in your life will cease and your rainbow will appear!
Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019
The loss of the 2016 election will not be the defining career moment for Hillary Clinton. The former First Lady of the State of Arkansas; The former First Lady of the United States of America; The former United State Senator of New York; and The former Democratic Nominee for the President of the United States of America
Three years ago there was a national collective vote victory, yet an electoral college vote loss; and Russian election influence and propaganda tampering, all documented by our national intelligence agencies.
There have been several books written about the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton authored a book titled - What Happened that was a bestseller in 2017. There was a national book tour with stops at Costco, Sam Stores and Barnes and Noble to discuss What Happened. Since then, Hillary has written a new book with her daughter Chelsea Clinton. The Book of Gutsy Women; Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience. This time, however there is a book tour with significant differences, and our national political dynamic and current United States President is partially responsible for those changes. For instance,
- There is almost presidential security access associated with her and her daughters book appearance.
Read more at Scoop USA Media, October 11, 2019, page 9, 2019
Tyler Perry the determined Gospel Play Presenter and Actor of the Nineties; the modest television programing and movie maker of the 2000, is now the majority owner of a major television and movie studio.
The studio is located just outside the city of Atlanta at the former, decommissioned fort Mcpherson Army Base, which is the 330 acre site that was also once a Confederate Army Facility.
Tyler acquired the facility several years ago and has continually been remodeling and engaging in actual television and movie projects.
One of the studios major production partnerships has been with ABC Television and Disney and Marvel Movies.
The mythical and magical city of Wakanda was created at the studio for the Black Panther movie.
This past weekend there was the official dedication of certain buildings on the grounds for past actors of merit.
Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Carroll and Oprah Winfrey were some of the star remembered and honored with building dedications.
Michelle Obama may not have held a public or elected office title. She may not have a hit record or a golden oldies classic tune, and she is not the star of a blockbuster film. She is however a force, an American Icon. She is the 44th First Lady of the United States of America. Her voice, her words, wisdom and moral standing is formable and solid.
And, know Michelle Obama is a New York Times Best Seller. Her book “Becoming” has been ranked as a Number #1 bestselling book for the year 2018. Becoming is almost an autobiography and almost a self help book. It has a lot of history and a little bit of fantasy. But mostly the book is about maturing and learning from disappointment, hardship and success.
Read more at Scoop USA Media, December 7, 2018
If you don’t know, you should know that Lady B is back on the radio. The Basement Party has moved, maybe to the main floor.
The R & B beat may be a little different but the Classic Motown, Soul and Philly Sound will be in full effect on the new Classix Philly 107 fm. The station formerly known as Praise will still have a gospel presents, but to lesser degree..
Lady B left the air in a radio business dispute the departure. The departure was a bit ugly, but obviously the old wounds have healed as she is back with Radio One after leaving one of Radio One’s fm stations in the Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Area.
Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019
When your life is altered by the death of a child. The grief is something that cannot be measured in days or weeks or even years. Every day for the rest of your life is a reminder of what could have been and what will never be.
The College of New Jersey recently held a Speaker's Event - Mother's of The Movement Speak, A Town Hall discussion led by mothers who have lost children to police violence and have joined the fight for justice and police accountability. The mothers who were featured included Samaria Rice who is the mother of Tamir Rice, an eleven year old child shot in Cleveland, Ohio on sight by a police officer while playing in a public park with toy gun; and, Gwen Carr who is the mother of Eric Garner, who was violently arrested by several police officers. His death and statements, that he could not breath while in a choke hold were documented on video. The event was moderated by author, activist and journalist Bakari Kitwana.
Read More, Scoop Media, February 15, 2019
Truth Serum Talk is the emerging Facebook live program that, after being an entertainment information source, is looking to be more by adding a podcast and streaming it’s content to gain a greater audience. Truth serum will be part of the growing lineup of programs and presenters at the Dare Academy, WCDM Radio in Camden New Jersey. Wcmd is a full service streaming digital media broadcasting station. The thought and podcast formating of audio for phones and other internet computer devices is a growing financial industry and Truth Serum Talk wants to be a leader in the market of podcasting in this area.
The hosts of Truth Serum are Sunny Desiree, Charlee Dean Harris and Evette Skerritt Ramos. “Truth serum talk is a Tuesday Happy Hour we get together we sit down and tell the truth. We have a new drink every week and a new topic every week. We keep it real, we talk relationships and friendships, we talk about it all. We talk with all kinds of people, politicians, entertainers, friends and family, my sister is part of the show, Watch, Sip, Share.” We have one day a week were you can say what you want, and be who you are. We do have to advise and state a disclaimer, we are an adult program” says Sunny Desiree.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019
Amid the historic backdrop of Jackie Robinson Day, Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) is hosted BWSF Night at the Phillies with a special Pre-game Honors Reception, on Monday April 15, 2019 at the Phillies Tour Group Meeting Room at Citizens Bank Park.
The BWSF recognized a dynamic team of accomplished individuals who support its mission to increase the involvement of black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching and administration.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 19, 2019
The Philadelphia Soul Arena Football team opened their 14th season against the Atlantic City Blackjacks on April 27, 2019.
The Soul three time Arena Football League Champions have won four straight season openers and are 10 - 3 in season opening games. Clint Dolenzel is beginning his 7th year as Head Coach of the Soul.. The last time the Soul opened the arena football season at home was in 2006.
The Soul beat the Blackjacks 48- 41 in a back and forth scoring match that was decided by by a kick off error, turnover that allowed the Soul to score last and leave less than two minutes on the clock.
The next Soul home game is May 11, the Soul vs. Albany, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. All of the Soul’s games will be broadcasted live on Comcast NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019
The Philadelphia Association of black Journalist held its Annual Black Media Access Workshops at the West Philadelphia High School on May 18, 2019.
The event serves as a community advocate and public relations information service project and process that helps improve messaging.
It takes more than just sending out a breaking news announcement or invitation to an event to get press coverage.
Black Press Members, Black Journalist are extremely willing to help, assist, guide you in getting your announcements heard.
Black Journalist however need you to be better at producing your press releases, your who, what, when and why.
You need to be aware of your target audience.
You need to be aware of the specific media platform you are using.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 24, 2019
The weather, the climate is warm and getting hotter.
It is that time of year to be in short sleeves and pants. That time of year where we are living for the weekend and counting the days until that vacation.
We are heading to the beach. Going on that cruise or just having that backyard barbecue.
If you are in Philadelphia you know it is that time of year for live music on the streets and in the park.
The 12th Annual West Park Arts Festival & Funk Fest was held this past weekend. The plateau was the place for good music and good food.
On Saturday, June 8, 2019, West Fairmount Park the Community of West Park had a funky good time with music from Phunky Man, Paulette Branson and Mixed People, Badd Kitti, and the Breakwater Band.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 14, 2019
I found this information on the Daily Burn and though it would be great to share with my Scoop readers as I re-engage with you all in my first column in a little while. For the first column and for the New Year I wanted to share some heealthy recipes that are simple and can be done by just using water and vegetables for fruits.
You’ve heard it before: One of the easiest tricks to feel energized and reach your weight loss goals is water, water and more water. Science says just one extra glass per meal can help you consume over 1,000 fewer calories per week! That’s because water is a great way to curb hunger, plus odds are good you’re passing up more caloric beverages like sugary juices.
Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 4, 2019
Cosmic Funk, Fusion, Hip Hop, and alternative soul are musical elements that describe the latest project by experimental jazz artist Theo Croker. On “Star People Nation” Croker shows no fear of traveling uncharted territory with regards to jazz. He spent a lot of his time studying in Shanghai, China where he explored many forms of music such as Salsa, Fusion, Rock, Hip Hop, And Blues. Croker's music is shadowed by the futurist movements of trumpeter Miles Davis in his latter days. Some of Theo Croker's predecessors include Eddie Henderson, Lonnie Liston Smith, The Crusades and others.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, October 11, 2019, page 10
Diversity is the order of the day with this Stanley Clarke produced group. The Stanley Clarke Band is led by 66 year old bass legend Stanley Clarke with three millennial musicians heading up the rest of the instruments. Stanley Clarke has been creating innovative bass lines since his days with the fusion based instrumental band, Return to Forever. He has formulated another group of musicians as follow up to his previous Stanley Clarke Band. Clarke has always been known to defy categorization. Songs are rich with elements of Jazz, rock, funk, and some classical. The opening track “And You Know Were Missing You” pays homage to some of the musical greats that we lost in past years including Al Jarreau, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, Larry Coryell, and others. The song starts the project with a little dab of funk. Musical futurism is the tone of “After the Cosmic Rain/Dance of the Interplanetary Prince.” The group handles a little Sifi on “Combat Continuum” with it’s Rod Serling type warning of alien invasion which only turns out to be aliens hoping to help the earth heal it’s planet by sharing their technology. The band entertains a bit of positive hip hop & funk on the track “To Be Alive” and Stanley Clarke once again displays his skills on the upright bass on the classical enhanced “Bass Cello Prelude.” Clarke continues to be unpredictable in his approach to music while still maintaining focus.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019
As a master pianist Keiko Matsui has been on the music scene for some time. Originally born in Japan, she spent her school years studying classical music. Later she developed an interest in jazz and recorded 28 projects in the U.S. Since her entry into the industry she has grown to be one of the most well-known pianists on the smooth jazz and contemporary instrumental music scene. Her latest project
“Echo” brings in an assortment of musical guests to join the pianist on the ten songs she's recorded. Saxophonist Kirk Whalum teams with Matsui on an inspiring track called Espirit while Gretchen Parlotto lends her inventive vocals on “Spirit Dance.” Bassist Marcus Miller is featured on ”Echo” (The title composition). The track
“Echo” puts Miller in more serene presentation then what he's generally known for. The composition “Viva Life” adds a Latin flair to the set and then Matsui takes a wink at her classical sensibilities on the track “Return to Eternity.”
Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019
The two most acclaimed in vocal groups of our era have come together for the first time in history for a stellar performance recorded live at the Music Center at Strathmore. The project is called “The Summit” and it features both Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer singing their well known songs both individually and collaboratively. Both groups are well known in a range of genres including jazz, swing, pop, R& B and gospel.
You'll hear unexpected twists and innovative vocal arrangements on this collection. Don't sleep on either of these groups. This marks Manhattan Transfers 40th Anniversary. Members of the Transfer are Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, Cheryl Bantiyne, and Trist Curlers. Their original founder is Tim Hauser, who they pay tribute to on this recording. Take 6 members currently are Claude Mcknight, Mark and Joey Kibble, David Thomas, Alvin Chea, and newer member Khristian Dentley.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 1
Keyboard extraordinaire Bobby Sparks has finally released a solo project after performing with the group Snarky Puppy for numerous years. He also has played keyboards for Prince, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Ray Charles and was the music director for Kirk Franklin for at least 20 years. His remarkable keyboard skills have earned him a place in the hearts of his audience as well as the high profile musicians he's worked with. Now he comes to the forefront showcasing his mastery of the keyboard on this new project “Schizophrenia” The Yang Project. “Schizophrenia” is the appropriate title for a collection of diverse styles ranging from heavy funk influences reminiscent of the early George Clinton, and Parliament idiom to James Brown/Macao Parker style horns. When Listening to the various tracks on this creative masterpiece of music it becomes obvious how Spark’s years of experience have paid off. The project opens in typical P-Funk Sci-Fi style with “With “Birth of Sparkchild”. The highlight of the track is the metallic sounding voice narrator that introduces track and starts us on the musical journey. We are then taken to the title track “Schizophrenia” with it’s avant guard flavored funk riffs. “Bobby Sparks Sr's Famous Chili” features bass icon Marcus Miller, Keith Anderson, and Mark Latteri.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 31, 2019
The Yellowjackets present a vocal perspective on their latest offering “Raising Our Voice”. Featured vocalist Luciana is Souza. The group is not normally known for including a vocalist, as the focus is mostly on the instrumentals. Nevertheless Luciana Souza’s voice is showcased on seven of the thirteen tracks on this project, some of which are covers of earlier Yellowjackets compositions. Pieces like “Man Facing North” (originally from the “Like A River” project) are given new life with the inclusion of Souza”s astonishing voice mastery.
Read more on Scoop USA Media, December 14, 2018.
Eddie Henderson is joined by a some well known heavy weights of jazz including Donald Harrison (saxophone), Kenny Barron (Piano) Essiet Essiet (on bass) Mike Clark (on drums) and of coarse Eddie Henderson on trumpet. Eddie Henderson has been on the scene since the 70’s playing with the likes of Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis. He started his own electric fusion band in his early days only to return to straight ahead jazz later on in his career. In addition to his jazz life he earned a degree in psychiatry.
Read more on Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018.
From a “Smooth Sunday” to “George The Duke the godfather of Gospel Jazz, (as he's often referred to) Ben Tankard is back delivering the jazzy inspirational flavor he's always been known for. His cover of the Herb Alpert’s hit “Rise” is currently leading the Smooth Jazz Charts. Joined by Marion Meadows on saxophone, rise brings back a pop culture favorite as well as a personal favorite of Tankers himself. Other guests on the project include Paul Jackson Jr (on guitar) featured on “More Rain”. Kirk Whalum joins Ben Tankard on a cover the William Murphy composition “Its Working”.
Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 18, 2019
Tia Whitfield, founder of Retro Rewind, a thrift store on wheels, shared how she fused her faith with fashion in the creation of tailoring a progressive niche of her own.
With an extensive background in high-end sales, as well education in both Fashion Merchandising and Business Administration, the fashion and commerce industry would be her calling. Vintage women’s union labels in particular played a role in her passion for the intricate designs of 40s, 50s, and 60s. “It inspired me to want to wear and be more conscious of women [made fashion]. Especially now that we are getting more into what we have done,” she expressed.
Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 7, 2019
Vibrant and determined Tamara Dumas, long-time radio host at West Philadelphia’s Scribe WPEB 88.1 FM radio, shares her ambitions that have inspired her to tackle the horizons of a new creative project- taking her radio platform to broadcast television. Stay tuned to her journey by catching the host on Instagram @tamaradumas.
What drew you into the field of public media?
I just needed an outlet - something to take my mind off the stuff that was going on while caring for my ill mother. A friend of mine used to have a mentoring program at the station, so I was already familiar. One day, I saw a pamphlet and I went and spoke to one of the DJ’s. He liked spinning his records, but not doing any talking - he had announcements he had to read about different events going on in the neighborhood and seeing as he didn't want to do that part, I would read the announcements and he would be on the turntables.
Read More Scoop USA Media Digital July 5, 2019
The Federal government’s largest drug law enforcement branch recently hosted one of the city’s largest ever youth summit’s on drug prevention and awareness, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, on Temple University’s main campus.
The emcee/hostess for the event was Jennifer Lewis-Hall, local television news anchor/public affairs director of PHL 17-Television.
Approximately 300-400 youth attended the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) “2018 Youth Drug Summit” – this was the DEA-Philadelphia Field Office’s first foray in producing and executing a major public summit aimed at youth.
Read Scoop USA Media, December 7, 2018 edition
Healthy personal relationships are significant for anyone that’s dating or married. Although dating and marital relationships are personal, the extent of how healthy and prosperous the relationship is often impacts the level of productivity of personnel in the workplace. Happy dating or married personnel are usually productive and engaged workers. But people who are in estranged dating or marital relationships are often distracted employees and their quality of work suffers. How does divorce impact professional workplace performance? Let’s explore this.
Read more on Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018.
The holidays are extremely festive for most, but dreaded by others who feel an overwhelming sense of loneliness.
Loneliness has nothing to do with the absence of people in your life. You can physically be around and engage a lot of people every day, but if you are disconnected spiritually and socially, then you are truly alone.
In his Psychology Today article, '10 Surprising Facts About Loneliness,' Dr. Guy Winch says that "over 40% of us will feel the aching pangs of loneliness at some point in our lives."
Dr. Winch goes further to explain that "Loneliness does not depend on how many friends or relationships you have. Loneliness depends entirely on the subjective quality of your relationships—on whether you feel emotionally and/or socially disconnected from those around you."
Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019
"Sorry, you're overqualified!" Many high talent people have had their high hopes dashed in job interviews by this crushing rejection statement. What's bazaar is that high talent applicants are being rejected for being 'qualified' - duh! I may be in the minority, but I always felt that this was the dumbest basis for disqualifying job applicants.
Read more, Scoop USA Media, January 18, 2019
As a seasoned and successful career specialist, I work with a lot of high talent applicants, young and old. One grave disappointment in this line of business is working hard to set someone up for referred employment in their area of interest and expertise, they go to the interview and turn down the job offer you worked hard to get for them, and later, they call you to request assistance in finding them work! Sadly, such occurrences come with the territory in this line of work. Some people call this burning a bridge, yes. But in some cases, the client innocently doesn't know better.
Certain career coaches may write-off a client committing such a faux pas, but in my years of doing workforce readiness/career development work, each case should be judged on its own merit, and for some clients, more patience and in-depth career coaching may be the remedy to help them recognize seizing on growth opportunities. Especially, when you have no other options.
Yes, you may get burned by some clients, but don't let that harden you to immediately write them off. Instead, in a courteous professional manner, probe the client for an explanation; seek to understand their logic; discuss alternative options; empathize; but most of all, provide more mentoring/coaching to help them cultivate sharper/wiser workforce decision making skills.
Here are some extreme reasons some experts suggest burning a bridge might be the right thing for a client to do in certain extreme circumstances…
1. The job is so toxic, you can’t tolerate one more day withstanding all the bull crap you have to deal with, the work environment is literally making you sick (mentally and physically). “If your health and well-being are in danger, it doesn’t matter if you’re burning bridges,” shared Dorianne St. Fleur, Human Resources professional and career strategist, in an article by Anisa Purbasari Horton, Assistant Editor for Fast Company’s Work Life section.
Read More Michael Robinson, Scoop USA Media, July 19, 2019
Approximately 10,000 men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., are expected to descend on Philadelphia this week for their 84th Grand Chapter Meeting-2019 Conclave, July 27-August 3, 2019! And if the Sunday kick-off is any indication of the week long Kappa festivities, the city’s going to be lit with excitement and financial windfall in hospitality spending.
On Saturday, July 27, 2019, the Nupes, an alternative name for Kappa members, held a health fair at the School District of Philadelphia main building and made a generous $75,000 donation to Philly schools.
Sunday, July 28, 2019, the Nupes gathered for Sunday worship at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, in West Philadelphia (Rev. Ralph E. Banks, Senior Pastor). Vine Memorial member Doug Harrell, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Polemarch (President), was host of the festive worship service. The guest preacher was Rev. Dr. Donald Moore, Senior Pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, in West Philadelphia. VIPs in attendance included State Senator Vincent Hughes; Rev. Dr. Wilson Goode, Sr., former Mayor of Philadelphia; Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation; Craig Chisholm, Northeastern Province Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Rev. Michael Robinson, Director of Community Outreach and Hiring for Temple University’s Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative; and Thomas Battles, Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The church was packed to the rafters with undergraduate scholars and alumni members of the Fraternity.
Read more Michael Robinson, Scoop USA Media, August 2, 2019, page 7
Philly truly is The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, the congregants of Greater Enon Missionary Baptist Church held their 4th Annual Backpacks and School Supplies Give-Away event, August 25, 2019, at 1854 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia.
“Over 200 inner city youth in North Philadelphia received brand new school backpacks stuffed with school supplies, equipped to start their year off with classroom essentials,” said Rev. Michael Robinson, M.S., Senior Pastor of the church and annual event organizer.
The stuffed school backpacks were distributed in the afternoon, after the 11am Sunday worship service. As the kids and families lined up outside to file into the church to receive their backpacks, the middle school and high school kids were able to participate in arts and crafts activities outside while being treated to free pretzels, pizza and water ice.
Read More Michael Robinson, Scoop USA Media, August 30, 2019 page 3
The city celebrated a milestone recently, the 7th Annual Founder’s Day Anniversary celebration of WURD/96.1FM & 900AMRadio, one of a few African American owned radio stations in America. This annual tribute celebrates and advances the legacy of the radio station’s founder, the late physician/business entrepreneur Dr. Walter P. Lomax, Jr.
The celebration was held at the Free Library of Philadelphia main location at 1901 Vine Street, Friday, August 23, 2019. The celebration included a job fair, resource agencies, informative and interactive workshops, provocative panel discussions, special VIP guest interviews, a masseuse, catered food, and a social mixer with DJ.
One of the special VIP guests was Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, the 19th largest school district in America. Hite is a strong supporter of WURD, a station that represents the voice of Philly’s African American community. Hite shared that, “We have to talk more about communicating and demonstrating the value of public education, the value of children learning within the context of their culture. And learning about the history of Philadelphia as it relates to their communities, their ancestry – not being told through some other filter, but being told through the actual Black voice itself – that’s important to me as an educator, father and grandfather.”
Read More Michael Robinson, Scoop USA Media, page 9
The anger in my voice defines the hatred I’ve built for burdens I’ve been given by society. My ears are tormented by the extreme pain of violence and threats that damage my ability to hear as if I’m not screaming out in shame.
I am shamed. My brothers fight for another chance of life and breath that has been stolen from them. As demands by our society that say their voices don’t matter, they are viewed as just children and that don’t know any better. Meanwhile my sisters face the stigma of being young mothers and welfare recipients lacking education and are judged by devaluing defacement.
What, or better yet who is the face of the youth? Is it the rappers we idolize, speaking on the difficulties of life and growing up in poverty, when they only stand for what’s right when they are directly affected?
We stand for the justice, and cry out how we hate crime, but we’re the ones single handedly causing the cries.
We are causing our families, youth and peers to fear walking out of their houses. Our kids cannot experience life as a child. Placing a bullet proof vest on the tops of our chest, our eyes can’t see the sight or beauty of our lives, and we fine tune with Drake and Meek. Their talents are where we dream to be, but we can’t achieve the heights because our tears aren’t free. It cost to be a child, it cost to be let out, when safety is defined by being confined to house. It’s like being caged in a jail waiting to be let out.
Somehow, our cries aren’t being heard, and our demands are shattered by the demands for us to grow up faster than expected, idolizing the models in the videos and street life plastered as the “High Life” all over the TV.
When I think about the demands and needs for us, I consider the foundation, where it begins. Being 29, I am not so much a youth myself, but raising a son has heightened my concerns.
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This column is part of a series of columns written by Shawmell Johnson. Shawmell is a product of North Philadelphia who has obtained her Master's Degree in Psychology. She has devoted her column to sharing a message of success through the eyes of a young adult who has seen life from both sides. To read more of Shawmell's column "My Choice, My Voice" read the October 12, 2018 edition of Scoop.