Monday, November 13, 2017

U.S.A is still a young country

Jut a reminder that the U.S. is still a very young country, and we all know young people make mistakes. If you don't believe me, may I remind you that there are still some children whose parents fought in the civil war 150 years ago, STILL ALIVE!

There are still children whose PARENTS were slaves still walking this country!…/…/slavery-was-very-recent

Food for thought....

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Anti-Social Media: the age of hate

“Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration”

Social: living and breeding in more or less organized communities especially for the purposes of cooperation and mutual benefit

The purpose of social media was help us get more connected, to share, collaborate, etc.; especially with people who lived far away. There is nothing social about the way we see it being used today:

·         Cyber bullying
·         Hate Speech
·         Shaming

These are just some of the daily things that happen on social media, and it seems like we are at the point where this kind of negativity is overtaking the positive aspect of what it was created for.

What is interesting is that people feel safe behind their computer screen, they say things to people virtually, that they would never say face to face. They feel powerful behind their anonymous keyboard personas, and unfortunately, even the most sane people can fall into this trap.

How many of you have commented on a post that was so outrageous you felt you had to say something? Did you change the poster’s mind? Did you truly feel better after commenting? Did you find yourself getting sucked into a back and forth cyber war?

The term “keyboard warrior” is recent, and it describes these cyber nuts who use the internet as their platform for hate. They have even infected our political discourse and debased it to the point where there is no discourse, just dysfunction. We cannot even have civil online conversations with other groups about the important things that affect us anymore!

I do not know what the solution is, but I know that ignoring an issue does not make it go away.

Remember the word social in social media, attempt to think of society at large when you post. This is not a kumbaya article, just a plea for sanity before we are all irreversibly gripped by madness.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The importance of follow through: thoughts from an educator

Saying what you mean, and meaning what you say; that is something we should all be striving for in life. It is even more important when you are hiring people, writing recommendations, mentoring people, etc.

I have said it before and will say it again, everyone’s time is valuable, including the person applying for the job. What kind of relationships are you building with a non-caring attitude?

This is more than just communication (which many people do not truly understand), this is about effective communication.

Lessons from an MBA program.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Can you not just enjoy the music?

I picked up a part-time gig at a concert venue. I get to listen to world class musicians in every genre for free and I get paid for it. Something has been bugging me though, and it is the excess appearance of cell phones while the music is playing.

You have a Grammy award winning artist in front of you, and you are watching the concert through a cellphone?! Are you kidding me?!

I know your social media is so desperately in need of an update, and everyone must know you are listening to awesome music; but the trouble is you are not listening.

Try leaving your cell phones at home for a day and go out and have fun. You might actual enjoy some of that music.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The silent trap of job boards

When you are looking for a job, besides networking, everyone signs up on job boards. I just realized I have never met one person who said that they have gotten their job from a job board directly.

I would love to be proven wrong on this.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

PS. All of them claim to be the number one place to get a job, interesting

Monday, September 4, 2017

A black man undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson | TEDxMileHigh

Sharing today:

Curious about his haters, Theo E.J. Wilson did the only reasonable thing – he went undercover and joined their ranks. In this insightful and downright hilarious talk, Theo shares some surprising discoveries about both sides of the aisle. Slam poet Theo E.J. Wilson, a.k.a Lucifury, is a founding member of Denver’s SlamNUBA team, which won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. He began his speaking career with the NAACP at the age of 15 and has always been passionate about social justice. Theo is currently the Executive Director of Shop Talk Live, an organization that uses the barbershop as a staging ground for community dialogue and healing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A truth that will not be admitted: An Educator’s point of view

For some reason, I keep seeing red herrings and non-sequiturs being thrown into discussions of “race and racially charged incidences”, and before anyone starts saying we are all one race, just know that I am using the term for educational purposes. Also, know that many Americans do believe we are different races, and that is a pity.

When you compare the KKK: “The Ku Klux Klan established in 1865, with its long history of violence, is the most infamous — and oldest — of American hate groups. Although black Americans have typically been the Klan's primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics”

To the Black Panthers:

“The Black Panther Party (BPP), was established in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The two leading revolutionary men created the national organization as a way to collectively combat white oppression, after constantly seeing black people suffer from the torturous practices of police officers around the nation”

And to BLM:

“Black Lives Matter is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. BLM regularly holds protests against police killings of black people and broader issues of racial profilingpolice brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system

Comparing these groups are not like comparing apples and oranges which are both fruit, it is like comparing apples to chickens.

This is an apple:

This is a chicken:

They are nothing alike except they are both carbon base life forms.

·         Police brutality is real

·       Justice is not equal (Gregory Gunn. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Terence Crutcher just to name a few). Police are rarely held accountable for killing civilians, especially black men.

There are so many stats, and most of them are ignored unless it benefits those in power. What happened in Charlottesville, VA was terrible not just because of the violence, but also because Americans died fighting those Nazi ideals, and yet we ae letting them on the street? Those Nazis showed up armed but were not arrested? Etc.

America, at some point we have to face our past and truly confront it, and it will not be pretty. This is not only living memory, but people are living it. Telling people to “get over it” does not help and is insulting.

Think America! Feel! Act!

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam