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Hate: A Pernicious Trait

As children, we do not ask to be brought into this world
Our cry for help is often unheard;
What would it take before you help the little boy or girl
Why must we scream and shout before we are heard?

In the world full of heinous hate

I sit with a servant’s heart
Because all I can provide is love, nurture, and a hot plate.

Why do the mean get meaner
Why do they prey on the innocent;
To break them down and make them weaker
Hate is not a badge of honor and should not be seen as decent.

I refuse to let the horrible memory take a hold of me any longer
I will walk in love, peace, and a sound heart
Because, in the end, it will make me stronger.

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Heroes Are The Ones That Live To Tell The Story

Have you ever felt like your patience was running thin? Have you ever felt like the closer you get to the things you want, the further success seems? Have you ever just been so tired of trying to figure out what happens next, that you go into shut down mode?


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2015 in review

Let me start off by thanking everyone who has read, commented, liked, share and supported this blog. It has been a roller coaster, but so much good has come from the encouragement and transparency of the posts written. So thank you to the person reading this! You matter to me!

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Break the Silence: Feel Something, Say Something

Have you ever felt like you were trapped; not physically but enslaved to your thoughts? Have you ever tried screaming for help, but it seemed like you were on mute? Have you ever found yourself apologizing so much for something you could not control? Have you ever been in so much pain that there were not enough words to articulate what you are experiencing? Have you ever just wanted someone to listen?

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Daddy/Daughter Panel Discussion 2

#ICYMI: Tune in for part two of the panel discussion as Gracies Award Winner, Elisa Tang, Carson Tang, Arielle Burton and Frank Burton Jr. discuss their experiences with Fran Spencer. There will be more stories and laughter. Listen Here!

More Than Just a Game

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This Little Light of Mine

Art therapy helped one little girl find the voice she had within.

5-year-old Iris Grace from Leicestershire, United Kingdom was diagnosed with autism in 2011. “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development,” according to the Autism Speaks Website. The disease affects a person in various ways, whether it is difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication or repetitive behaviors. Continue Reading!

Gone are the Days…

In a competitive world, employers are not searching for someone who specializes in one area but for someone who can do it all. This is seen in music, sports, acting and much more. Employers are not just looking for the best of the best but for those who can exceed expectations in all areas, especially in the journalism field. Continue Reading!

A Tribute to World Press Freedom

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May third is significant because it was a day created to raise awareness concerning the many countries around the world that do not have freedom of the press and how some regimes do not respect the freedom of expression. World Freedom Press Day is also a commemoration for journalists who have lost their lives, trying to exercise their right to free press.

The day is known as the World Press Freedom Day or simply World Press Day, which was adopted by the UN (United Nations) General Assembly in 1993. The UN General Assembly proclaimed the day after a recommendation from the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) General Assembly Conference in 1991.

World Press Day is a reminder to the world that there are countries whose “publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.”

It is a day where people from all backgrounds and countries around the world come together to inspire and develop initiatives that favor press freedom and evaluate press freedom worldwide. Below are tweets generated from people everywhere and their feelings toward World Press Freedom Day.

  1. Today is #PressFreedom Day: Freedom to receive & impart information & ideas through any media – art 19 #UDHR:
  2. On world press freedom day, let’s all take a vow: Sense not sensationalism, news not noise, credibility not chaos, journalism not jingoism.
  3. Today is World Press Freedom Day. Important to support journalists seeking the truth and exposing abuse of human rights and corruption 1/2
  4. Best wishes to all journalists for the World Press Freedom Day, press that strive for dignity & self reliance for the good of the country

At Hofstra University aspiring journalists experience and learn what it takes to be a journalist. Many understand the profession that they are entering cannot only be competitive but dangerous as events such as Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting and Boston Bombing.

Students also realize that journalists in other countries may not have the freedoms we have and that if everyone comes together, freedom of the press can be something all journalists have.

Recently Hofstra University’s Association of Black Journalists (HUABJ) visited the Newseum in Washington D.C. and had a surreal experience. Not only did members get to see the history of press but the harsh reality of those that have lost their lives trying to bring justice and awareness to all.

Below is a video of a typical day for a Hofstra journalism student and is to show how students are in training ground of not repeating history and making a better future for all.

Here is my tribute to World Press Freedom Day.


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