Experience the Award-Winning Mentorship from Celebrity Family Education Consultant, Mrs.Queenie Johnson

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What if the way you operated your business could transform your life and in turn, your children? I’m Mrs. Queenie Johnson, the Founder of The School for Brilliant Thinkers, and I’m here to help you make that happen. I’ve always believed in limitless thinking.

​Growing up as the oldest of five in a blended family, I learned about the power of ideas and manifestation early in my childhood. This combination of spirit, grit and confidence that my parents taught me about the difference I can make in the world is exactly what I teach other moms. I take an integrated approach by showing entrepreneurial and confident Moms like you how you can radically soar and create the future you always wanted by living your soul’s deepest calling.

My supreme goal is to help you up your personal game, while creating an environment where you can model entrepreneurship and genius not only in yourself, but in your child. Mama Be Brilliant Luxury Camp was designed to support you in mapping out your genius plan for both yourself and your child. I want to help you become a firestarter: a pioneer of God-Centered Leadership in your home, classroom or office

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Congratulations to 2017 Villager Award Recipients

“The Villager Awards” – Celebrating Those Who Lift as We Climb!
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This weekend hundreds of attendees turned out for the 2017 Villager Award Gala at the Long Beach Hilton, hosted by Afram Global Organization Inc, The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. to honor recipients for their 2017 Villager Awards.

Congratulations to all these exemplars of “Lifting as We Climb” – 2017 Villager Award Recipients as they are shown above preparing their official group photo:  Major General Mary Kight – US Air Force Retired, Dr. Gail Thompson, Rufus Thompson, Paula Wood. Rev. Dr. Leon Wood Jr., Melanie Luja, OShea Luja, Dr. Joseph Morris, Ivy Goolsby, Naomi N Rainey Pierson, Dr. Berenicedeaguiar Silva, Lynette Jackson, Eddie Williams.

The Village P. r..o.j.e.c.t.s is a project group of Afram Global Organization Inc.  Founded by Dr. Gloria Willingham-Toure, their mission is “To create environments in which persons from diverse circumstances and experiences can come together and co-learn with each other in a way that bridges the opportunity gaps, retains the respective cultures, and ultimately benefits society.”

 

Learn more about the work of http://www.villageprojects.net/founder.html

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SPMG MEDIA – TODAY IN HISTORY: Poet Countee Cullen was born in Louisville, Kentucky – 1903

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Poet Countee Cullen was born in Louisville, Kentucky. “Countee Cullen was perhaps the most representative voice of the Harlem Renaissance. His life story is essentially a tale of youthful exuberance and talent of a star that flashed across the Afro-American firmament and then sank toward the horizon,” writes the Poetry Foundation.

Abandoned as a child, he was adopted by Rev. F.A. Cullen, minister of a large Harlem congregation at the age of 15. Cullen excelled in his studies, specifically poetry and debate, while attending DeWitt Clinton High School in Manhattan. In 1922, he entered New York University and won the Witter Bynner Poetry Prize among other prizes. Cullen, whose best-known works include Black Christ, Copper Sun, and The Ballad of the Brown Girl, had great success during the 1920s but scandal over his sexual orientation would overshadow his creative work in the 1930s. In the final years of his life, he found success as a playwright, including “The Third Fourth of July,” a one-act play printed in Theatre Arts in August 1946. He died from uremic poisoning, an illness commonly associated with kidney failure, on Jan. 9, 1946, at age 42.

 

SOURCE: POETRY FOUNDATION

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SPMG MEDIA -TODAY IN HISTORY: The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by the U.S. Congress

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The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by the U.S. Congress on May 30, 1854. It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The Act served to repeal the Missouri Compromise of 1820 which prohibited slavery north of latitude 36°30´.

The Kansas-Nebraska Act infuriated many in the North who considered the Missouri Compromise to be a long-standing binding agreement. In the pro-slavery South it was strongly supported.

After the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed, pro-slavery and anti-slavery supporters rushed in to settle Kansas to affect the outcome of the first election held there after the law went into effect. Pro-slavery settlers carried the election but were charged with fraud by anti-slavery settlers, and the results were not accepted by them.

The anti-slavery settlers held another election, however pro-slavery settlers refused to vote. This resulted in the establishment of two opposing legislatures within the Kansas territory.

Violence soon erupted, with the anti-slavery forces led by John Brown. The territory earned the nickname “bleeding Kansas” as the death toll rose.

President Franklin Pierce, in support of the pro-slavery settlers, sent in Federal troops to stop the violence and disperse the anti-slavery legislature. Another election was called. Once again pro-slavery supporters won and once again they were charged with election fraud.

As a result, Congress did not recognize the constitution adopted by the pro-slavery settlers and Kansas was not allowed to become a state.

Eventually, however, anti-slavery settlers outnumbered pro-slavery settlers and a new constitution was drawn up. On January 29, 1861, just before the start of the Civil War, Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state.

SOURCE: THE HISTORY PLACE

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AAA elects first African-American woman chair

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Valerie Daniels-Carter was elected national chair of the American Automobile Association at the auto group’s 114th annual meeting last week in Boston. She is the first African-American woman to chair the national AAA organization.

Daniels-Carter is co-founder, president and CEO of V&J Holding Companies Inc., the nation’s largest female-owned franchise organization, based in Milwaukee. She has been active with AAA for 22 years and served on multiple board committees, including Dearborn-based AAA Michigan — The Auto Club Group, the second-largest AAA club in North America. She has played a leading role in raising the association’s collective preparedness in cybersecurity.

Daniels-Carter, who also serves as a director on the board of the Green Bay Packers and various other corporate boards, started her franchise empire with one Burger King restaurant in 1982. She built her company into a 137-unit, multibrand organization that also includes Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, Coffee Beanery, Nino’s Southern Sides, My Yo My Frozen Yogurt and Pizza Hut.

“As a visionary and committed AAA leader, Valerie will serve the organization well, building and expanding upon the trust our members have placed in the brand for more than a century,” Marshall Doney, president and CEO of AAA, said in a statement.

In a Q&A Friday morning, Daniels-Carter discussed where AAA is and where it is going.

What is the significance of your election as the first African-American female chair? 

I represent an opportunity to support women in leadership. The retail buying power of women is in excess of 60 to 70 percent. I have been involved with AAA for more than 20 years and (AAA) did the right thing at the right time. We have had an African-American chair before. I am the first African-American female.

What are your top priorities this year?

My top priority is to ensure that AAA remains the undisputed leader as it relates to customer superiority and roadside assistance. We are always looking for opportunities in other business lines with travel and financial services.

How is AAA doing with membership growth? 

My other priority is to grow the brand. We are at 57 million members. We want to be 60 million members by 2020. We need programs and strategies … to get to those members in place.

What programs is AAA focusing on to generate additional members?

We envision AAA being the leader in roadside services, mobility, discounts and rewards, and in collaboration with other organizations that we partner with. We also are moving in mobile technology areas.

For example, AAA has rolled out a digital auto loan application and a mobile app for discounts to Dunham’s Sports, Hard Rock Café or Papa Johns.

AAA has been trying to address younger drivers who may or may not have automobiles. How does your growth and mobile strategies address millennials?

We want to be relevant for all our members. Our last several reports showed millennials and other younger drivers are still buying cars. But we want to make sure we have preferred services for the young generations, especially those who chose alternative transportation. We want to leverage partnerships with car sharing services, (and) the taxi business, that are transporting millennials.

Do you have partnerships with Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, Turo or other car sharing services? 

We will do that. We haven’t formally signed any car sharing agreements. It is possible in the future.

What other partnerships have you signed recently?

We just signed an membership discount agreement with Sprint. We also have been very proud of our Service Tracker app that allows you to track a call you made on your mobile phone to see where the tow vehicle is. This has been a huge customer service win for us. It gives individuals comfort to know when they can expect services.

What about autonomous vehicles? Does AAA have a strategy how to insure them as more come on the road? 

We still have a ton of work to be done in that area. There continue to be redesigns of autonomous vehicles from Google to car manufacturers. We have time to confirm our strategy as autonomous vehicles evolve.

SOURCE: CRAINS DETROIT BUSINESS

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Disney Dreamers Academy Celebrates 10th Event and Welcomes 1,000th Dreamer

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Recently, Disney marked another milestone occasion at Walt Disney World Resort with the 10th annual Disney Dreamers Academy. With the completion of this year’s event, more than 1,000 teens have now completed the program designed to unlock the potential of high school students by inspiring and educating them on how to dream big and achieve those dreams.

This year’s 100 participating students, also known as Dreamers, were selected from among thousands of applicants from across the nation to travel all-expenses-paid to Walt Disney World, where they became the newest members the program’s legacy.

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In celebration of the 10th annual event, alumni from each previous class of Disney Dreamers Academy were brought back to share their stories and provide mentorship. Using the tools and inspiration they received from Disney Dreamers Academy, they’ve gone on to become a Hollywood choreographer, a captain in the U.S. Army, entrepreneurs, humanitarians and more.

A variety of guest celebrities joined Disney Dreamers Academy to celebrate its 10th year and share their advice for dreaming big, including NFL Quarterback Cam Newton, Empire actor Bryshere Gray and actor Tamera Mowry.

Other highlights from the 10th annual event included:

  • Dreamers learning the process for designing attractions and programming robots with Disney Imagineers
  • Intimate networking opportunities with top professionals in their fields including President of Essence Communications Michelle Ebanks, noted educator and author Dr. Steve Perry and multiple Disney executives
  • A candid and moving spoken-word poem performance by Dreamer William W. about overcoming his personal hardships as a student, followed by his classmates rushing the stage to embrace him in a group hug
  • An emotional commencement ceremony featuring an inspirational speech from ABC News Correspondent T.J. Holmes and a special surprise performance by the legendary Patti LaBelle

Check out this video of some of those memorable moments and more.

 

U.S. students ages 13-19 interested in the 2018 program should keep an eye on DisneyDreamersAcademy.com, as well as Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy and Twitter at @DreamersAcademy, for information on how to apply for next year’s event.

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SPMG EVENTS: “INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL” Stage Play

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Saturday June 3rd @ 4pm

Friday June 9th @ 6:30pm

Saturday June 24th @ 5pm

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This one woman show brings Harriet Jacobs’ 1861 autobiography to life, which includes the arduous 7 years she spent hiding out as a fugitive in her grandmother’s attic. Her narrative reveals in shocking fashion the traumas of slavery, particularly for women and children.  The audience will be moved by Harriet’s Jacob’s powerful story of resistance, hope and freedom.

“Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” is adapted and directed by Wynn Handman as part of American Place Theatre Literature to Life. It is adapted from Harriet Jacobs’ autobiographical 1861 novel of the same name.

This stage presentation tells Jacobs’ story of growing up in slavery, culminating with the seven years she spent hiding in a cramped attic.

“It’s excerpts from the novel — I would say we do about the first half of the book,” she said. “We always encourage people to read the story to find out what happens next in her life. It’s a complete story … her journey continues from where we leave off on the stage.”

It’s the story of an enslaved woman who feels strongly that the institution of slavery is wrong and how she fights to free herself from her enslaved position, she said.

“It’s a story of survival and perseverance,” she said. “I think she’s a hero. She’s a flawed person. She’s not without fear, she’s not without discouragement, she’s not without doubt.

“But anyone that overcomes something or fights for a better life for themselves, or better circumstances, within that fear or doubt or discouragement, there’s perseverance. There’s moments of being courageous … and doing the impossible.”

One of the reasons she wrote the book was to reach white northern Christian women because she felt she could reach them, and they in turn could reach their husbands, Armstrong said.

In the narrative, Jacobs — whose names herself Linda Brent — addresses the struggle female slaves faced, including sexual harassment and abuse, and even motherhood. It was one of the first books to speak of the female slave experience.

“She wanted to … get out what the real story was; not what the papers gave you, or what Southern slaveholders gave you. She wanted to take you on that journey, and she’s not apologetic about it,” Armstrong said. “What it must be like to not only have any control over your own body, but you can’t even guarantee that your children will be with you. Because you are property and you live in fear of that happening to your children as well.”

People are generally taken aback after the show, she said, because they didn’t realize the extent of the horrors that slaves faced.

“Many of them take that emotional journey that she takes too,” she said. “I hope they leave wanting to learn more about Harriet Jacobs. Which I think is great. I don’t know if she ever thought that over 150 years later, her story would still be told. She was a private woman. She didn’t necessarily want to publish her story … but knew it would be good for the abolitionist movement.”

The show runs about an hour, and there’s an opportunity for the audience to speak with Armstrong afterward. She has done her best to research Jacobs’ life and hasn’t fielded many questions about the slave girl she can’t answer.

SOURCE: Article – THE COURIER NEWS

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How to Let People Know You’re Safe During an Emergency

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In the wake of an attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that left 22 dead and over 50 injured, Facebook activated its Safety Check feature, giving users in the area the opportunity to assure friends and family they were safe.

When in a situation like a bomb explosion or mass shooting, getting yourself to safety should be a priority, and you should only alert others to your situation when you are completely out of danger. It’s a safe bet to assume the majority of people at a pop concert are plugged into Facebook and other social media platforms, but there are other, more effective ways to alert your family and friends about your well-being in a time of crisis. In fact, the best methods of letting your friends know you’re safe might be built into your phone.

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According to Facebook, the Safety Check feature is activated when “a lot of people are…

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