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Veterans talk colonialism, “protect and serve” at Standing Rock

by Brian A. Wilkins
December 7, 2016

From L-R: myself, Steve Wilkerson, Art Grayson, Don Brisson and Jeshua Sosa.

BISMARCK — Art Grayson joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 19 because he was looking for something that would give him a good education and provide a diverse experience. He served out of Coronado, Calif. and was deployed in S.E. Asia and the North Arabian Gulf, with his longest deployment being six months long. He operated nuclear reactors in the Navy and today is supervising a reactor at MIT for work. Grayson is also a graduate student at Harvard studying neuropsychology. But his current career and studies did not stop him from traveling more than 1,800 miles from Boston to the Standing Rock Reservation this past weekend. read more

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Co-Creation: History And Future Of Collaborative Creativity

Greenwood District of Tulsa, Okla., aka "Black Wallstreet" was built by newly-freed enslaved Africans in the late 1800s. It was firebombed by the National Guard and Oklahoma Police in June of 1921.
Greenwood District of Tulsa, Okla., aka “Black Wallstreet” was built via co-creation. Newly-freed enslaved Africans who came together to build their lives in the late 1800s. The city was bombed and destroyed by the National Guard and Oklahoma Police in June of 1921.

The definition of co-creation is simple to decipher in its face. Co-creation, like it sounds, is collective creativity between two or more people in a collaborative space. Those people can include business stakeholders, trained professionals in various disciplines, consumers or members of communities.

A 2009 white paper by market advisory firm Frontier Strategy Group defined five guiding principles of successful co-creation: inspire participation, select the very best, connect creative minds, share results, and continue development. There are many examples from as far back as the 17th century in the United States that fit these parameters. But it’s only been in the past couple decades that co-creation as a concept in business and mainstream vernacular started picking up steam. read more

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Personal Response: 7 Biggest Risks of Raising Black Children in a White Environment

My homies and I. Circa 1979.
My homies Joe, David, Patrick, Greg, Geoff, Grant, and I. Circa 1979.

This interesting article “7 Biggest Risks of Raising Black Children in a White Environment” was published on Atlanta Black Star January 19. My hometown, Marshalltown, Iowa (population about 24,000 back then), was 95-plus percent white when I was born and raised (1970s, 1980s, early 1990s). The Des Moines schools I went to after my parents were divorced around 1987 were at least 60/40 white/black, give or take. I was shuffled back-and-forth between the two towns after 7th grade, thus I have a really unique perspective. read more

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Joseph Philippe Laroche And Juliette Lafargue: The Real Rose And Jack In Titanic

January 19, 2015

Mr. Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (R) with his wife Juliette Lafargue and their two daughters Simonne and Louise.
Mr. Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (R) with his wife Juliette Lafargue and their two daughters Simonne and Louise.

The fictionalized story of poor vagabond Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and 17-year-old aristocrat Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) falling love on the Titanic won James Cameron a Golden Globe for Best Director. The film also won Best Motion Picture, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. Titanic was also nominated for 14 Academy Awards, winning 11. The original film and the 3D version released on April 4, 2012 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of RMS Titanic sinking, grossed over $2 billion globally, making it the 2nd highest earning film of all-time to Cameron’s other blockbuster, Avatar. read more

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5 Revealing Statistics About Dating

May 4, 2014

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Photo via BlackandMarriedWithKids.com
Black women more attracted to her own race than other women. Photo via BlackandMarriedWithKids.com

A good number of Americans prefer the single/dating life, while others like committed relationships with each other. Granted the latter group is still a slight majority, according to data by Static Brain via the US Census. But these five statistics tell a lot about love and relationships in America.

1. Data compiled from Facebook’s app “Are You Interested” found that Asian and Latina women preferred white men over their own race. Both white and black women preferred their own race, but black women had a 50 percent higher response rate to black men than white women did with white men. read more

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Common Core Standards And Customary Units: Match Made In Hell

May 4, 2014

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Photo via Bay Area Speech Language Learning Associates.
Photo via Bay Area Speech Language Learning Associates.

For those unfamiliar, the Common Core Initiative is federal legislation that standardized learning and graduation requirements in English and mathematics for most U.S. public schools. It’s endorsed by both the bipartisan National Governors Association (NGA) and non-partisan Council of Chief State School Counselors (CCSSC).

Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who’s also the former Chairwoman of the NGA, is widely regarded as the architect of Common Core, which school districts across the country began adopting in 2009. Parents all across the country are complaining to their local school districts about assignments being impossible to teach to a 2nd grader, while other parents call it “ridiculous” and completely unnecessary. read more

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The U.S. Economy And M3 Seven Years Later

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced in September that QE3 will continue indefinitely.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced in September that QE3 will continue indefinitely.

There was once a time when any amateur economist could determine the country’s solvency simply by obtaining money supply reports from the Federal Reserve and crunching the numbers themselves. Investors could see which countries are receiving U.S. dollars and how much, before deciding to purchase international bonds or U.S. Treasurys. But those days are long over and the world’s economy has become a guessing game even to seasoned monetary minds.

It was November 2005 when lame-duck chairman Alan Greenspan, in relative anonymity, announced that the Fed will discontinue publishing the M3 monetary aggregate, effective the following March. The press release also indicated that the Fed would discontinue publishing Eurodollar derivative swaps and all other large time deposits. read more

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