Learn How To Manage Your Time Wisely– Millennial Style!

We have all heard the old saying “time is money”, and we have usually heard it from our parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. Basically, anyone from the baby boomer generation. The older generations tend to believe that a person can only focus on one thing at a time. Well, times have changed and we now live in a society where being a good multitasker is valuable. The concept of time management is evolving as more and more millennials flood the workforce. This article will give you three tips that will help you manage your time and become an expert at multitasking like a millennial.

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Music Industry Veteran Shanti Das (@ShantiDas404) Teams Up with the American Heart Association!

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Music Industry Veteran Shanti Das teams up with the American Heart Association to Recruit Volunteer Ambassadors to Drive Healthy Living in Urban Communities! (Atlanta,GA, January 18, 2017) – Music industry mogul Shanti Das and the American Heart Association teamed up to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke in the urban communities. The campaign launched on Monday January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

 

Das, who is one of the newest national ambassadors for the American Heart Association’s EmPowered To Serve movement, is featured in Take Me Home, a short video docu-series produced by the Association in collaboration with MIRAR. The video, which also includes singer/actress  Demetria McKinney (House of Payne, Saints & Sinners, RHOA 7), chronicles Das’ life growing up in a food desert in Peyton Forest, a community of Atlanta, Georgia.

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“After learning about the social determinants of health, I decided to learn more about how that may have impacted the community where I grew up. In the process, I learned that I basically grew up in a food desert, which is a community without easy access to healthy food options. This is driving a lot of health issues in my community such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke,” says Das, CEO and founder of Press Reset Entertainment.  “In fact, I found that 2 million Georgians, including 500,000 children live in food deserts. There are more than 35 food deserts just in the perimeter of Metro-Atanta.”

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Susan Kelechi Watson of NBC’s This Is Us Hosts Private Press Dinner {Event Recap}

In celebration of the return of NBC’s THIS IS US, cast member Susan Kelechi Watson hosted a press dinner at STK in Atlanta this past Monday, January 9th.

Some of Atlanta’s most influential press were in attendance including, Jubilee Magazine, Ice Cream Convos, YBF, and of course HeyMikeyATL.

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Press were granted the opportunity to take photos, interview, and most importantly, wine and dine with Watson as she sat with each guest and gave a glimpse of what’s to come in the continued season.

Watson is quite the fan favorite on This Is Us but many would be surprised to know that she almost passed up on being Beth. Producers wanted to fly her out last minute to audition for the part but Watson was in a rut from a bad audition she had a few nights before and hadn’t read the script yet.

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“It was my birthday and I was on my way to get facials with my friend and I asked her if we should still go get facials and she said ‘No, go home and read the script,'” Watson recalled. “So I went home, read it and immediately fell in love and called my team and said I’ll be on that plane.”

Watson plays Beth Pierson, the devoted and level headed wife of one of the Big 3, Randall and though she’s been able to keep calm in the midst of the unexpected turbulence caused by her in laws, this upcoming season will show how the chaos takes its toll on her character and we can’t wait to see it!

Be sure to catch Susan Kelechi Watson on This Is Us every Tuesday night at 10/9c on NBC.

So…You Think You Shouldn’t Vote?

It’s about that time! Election Day is right around the corner, and many Americans are choosing not to exercise their right to vote. I have listened to different individuals’ reasons for not voting this year, and instead of brushing them off, I had a conversation with political strategist Ericka Claudio to get some answers! Ericka only reassured my feelings on the importance of voting, and I hope that after reading this article her words will have the same affect on you.

A Little About Ms. Claudio

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Ericka Claudio is a political operative that jump started her career earlier this year on the Bernie Sanders campaign as a national organizer. Previously, she’s worked on local races for local candidates such as Mayor Kasim Reed and Jason Carter. She currently serves on the US Senate race for Jim Barksdale and wants to express the importance of voting down the ballot this election. After traveling the country and the state, she’s talked to so many discouraged voters but makes a good case for why our votes matter now more than ever. 

First, Ericka and I spoke on the importance of voting, not only for the President of the United States, but also for your statewide and local candidates. Here’s what Ericka had to say:

Why Local Elections Are So Important

EC: Think of the federal government as the CEO and think of voters as the day-to-day people on the team who work on the ground. When a new CEO takes office, there are a lot of people that you have to go through to get anything done. Think of your local statewide candidates like your governors, mayors, state legislatures; those are like your supervisors and team leaders – people you go to to get work done. Without those people there’s a big disconnect between the CEO and the every day team player. I use that analogy to basically say that your local statewide elected officials are the people who can get access to federal influence.

A good example of this is – the HealthCare Act passed; it is a law and has provided millions and millions of Americans access to health insurance that otherwise would not have that access. However in the state of Georgia, because we have a Republican control state Senate and we also have a Republican governor we have not accepted money from the federal government to expand Medicare Medicaid for Obama Care to work in Georgia. A lot of Georgians ask, “what happened to affordable healthcare act I thought I was supposed to get insurance?” but the state has not accepted the funding, and it’s free! It’s free for the state to accept the money from the federal government but because the state government is so anti-“whatever” they have refused to accept the money to make Obama Care work, and as a result millions of Georgians don’t have health insurance to this day. That’s a good example of why it’s important to participate in your local and statewide elections because yeah getting a federal win when it comes to gay marriage, raising minimum-wage and affordable healthcare is great, but unless your state and local officials are on the same page with what’s happening on a federal level there is a huge disconnect as far as if we’re able to reach those benefits. 

You can name any headline that’s happened in the last year like police brutality for example, federal government can’t do anything about police brutality at a local level because it’s a state right. Each city and each municipality has control over their police department. Just like when a man got lynched in Piedmont Park people were wondering why Obama wasn’t talking about this stuff and it’s because well it’s really not in their control. It’s more of an issue for Mayor Kasim Reed and Governor Deal. That is something that our local and state officials control. 

All these things that happen at a level that impacts us immediately, are at the local and state control.

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Arielle Johnson (@AmalgamPhilly), First Black: Female Comic Book Store Owner To be Featured on ‘Invincible Iron Man #1′

Arielle Johnson, is excited about being able to add a very personal and special comic book to her collection. The young owner has been collecting comic books for years and what better collection than a comic book that you are featured in. Johnson’s Comic Book store holds the distinction of being the only comics shop on the East Coast owned by a Black woman!

 

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Arielle Johnson (33) who is the founder and president of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc. in Philadelphia will appear alongside Marvel’s superhero RiRi Williams on a variant cover of “Invincible Iron Man#1.”

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Johnson said she owes the collaboration to her colleague Randy Green, whom she said spearheaded the project and conceptualized the cover.

“When the email went out about potential variants for stores, he was really excited and took it upon himself to work out the [details]. It was really his hard work,” she told ABC News. “I knew what it was supposed to look like, but having the actual art in front of you is so much different. It’s really exciting.”

Not that she hasn’t earned it. Johnson opened Amalgam last December, becoming the first black, female comic book store owner on the East Coast. However, her obsession of all things geek really began around age 10 or 11, when she discovered “X-Men” character Storm. Johnson credits the character, one of the first black, female superheroes, with being “the bridge that got me into this world.”

“To think I made it a decade-plus and I had never seen a black, woman superhero is crazy because little white boys have so many [with whom they identify]: ‘I want to be Iron Man!’ ‘I want to be Batman!’ ‘I want to be Superman.’ ‘I want to be Han Solo!’ When you are a person of color, you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel to find someone you can identify with. I always felt like I was watching other people’s adventures,” she explained. “Being introduced to Storm was a pivotal moment for me because had I not come across her, I might have grown out of my love for [comics].”

 

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Cyberbullying Harms Twitter’s Reputation: Normani Hamilton Takes Stand Against Social Media Trolls

The bullying problem on Twitter has gotten out of hand and now it could affect the company’s bottom line. Twitter thugs are known to insult users, make fun of people, and even go as far as make threats to users’ lives. The site has not done much to combat the issue. Now, the company is paying a hefty price tag for allowing the abuse and harassment to continue. Several successful companies expressed interest in buying the social media company, but have abandoned the idea due its reputation. Disney was one of the companies considering to buy Twitter, but backed out of the deal to protect its “wholesome” image. Bloomberg reports indicate the company feared the bullying and disrespectful comments would tarnish its brand. Salesforce also decided not to proceed with a deal; citing the companies values do not match its core values.

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The bullying and harassment issue has plagued the social media company for years. High-Profile users such as Normani Hamilton, 1/5th of girl group Fifth Harmony, deactivated her page for a while because the comments trolls were uploading became unbearable for the singer. She stated she could no longer subject herself to the racist bullying and hate.

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