#BlackHero Thurgood Marshall

#BlackHero Thurgood Marshall

Brown v. The Board of Education… Need I say more? Thurgood was a Supreme Court justice in the highest court of the land. Dedicated to justice, equality, fairness and freedom for all.

“None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”

Bill Strickland: Rebuilding America, one slide show at a time

Bill Strickland: Rebuilding America, one slide show at a time

I randomly saw this TED talk yesterday on the plane from Orlando and it definitely left me inspired and excited about the adventures and projects that I am working on. BELIEVE! 

Edward James Olmos on Education

Edwards James Olmo’s is speaking TRUTH! Very true and sad reality. I can honestly say I really didn’t care about school until I had the option to write a report on Louis Armstrong in the 11th grade. A teacher made the entire class write a report on an influential figure who was not white. Too often we are only given surface level stories about entire races of people, because its easier to place the unknown into a box and categorize them as being the same. Through education we have the opportunity to share knowledge and promote collaboration, to end the fear and xenophobia. 

Edward James Olmos on Education

Henry Rollins X Pharrell Williams – Back and Forth

This was AMAZING! I am too inspired! EDUCATION! That is the answer. Hearing this conversation makes me realize I am not crazy! GREAT interview!  

Henry Rollins X Pharrell Williams – Back and Forth

Time to Level Up (Written By AmbassadorNique)

I’ll keep this one short and sweat since most of my writings tend to ramble on. I’ve done a decent job of staying committed to my goals thus far, but now it’s time to level up and take it to the next level. The plan is to move to a weekly budget, I should be able to save more money now that my credit cards will be paid off. I would like to start waking up and hitting the gym 3 times a week, and taking my home workout more seriously and be more consistent about the workout and going to sleep earlier. I also need to diversify my dishes and more food uploads. My last GRE Prep class is tomorrow morning and a practice exam has been scheduled for March 9th (should probably find a sooner one). Time to TURN UP!

I’ve been doing a better job of genuinely keeping a positive attitude at work and going out of my way to take advantage of networking opportunities. I definitely need to find more productive ways to use my free time.

Relationship wise I’ve recognized my girlfriends love languages are quality time and acts of service, but I need to do a better job of not letting small things lead me off course of building the foundation we are trying to build for ourselves. I am also working hard to continue to work on progressing in my personal maturity and communication. A friend of mine told me the other day “I would hate to date you because you always seem like you are thinking 10 steps ahead of everyone else.” A gift and a curse I suppose, but I will try to be sure to use those 10 steps to aim for happiness. (**sidenote** Valentine’s day is next week… hmmmmmm…..)

My tax return is on its way and will serve as emergency savings only. No big plans to buy anything or take any trips. Paying off debt slowed me down from my savings for Japan but this will start this month! August is getting closer and Mt. Fuji isn’t getting any smaller!

If you’ve made it this far I hope you too are being realistic about your goals. Continue on your marathon, and best of luck to you on accomplishing your aspirations.

-Ambassador 

Lately… (Written By AmbassadorNique)

Man, I feel like I’ve been flooding the blog with posts lately. I guess it just means I am inspired more than ever to share the great things around me. Life is good and a little over a half a month in I am still on my mission to better health, a vow to continue to be educated, and to make better financial decisions. Some of my goals were re-arranged but ‘tis is life and as with anything adjustments must be made. 

 

As I mentioned in an earlier post my Japanese language class was canceled 2 weeks ago, and the Masters program that I had been waiting to apply too turned out to be not as great as I once thought it would be after sitting in their first informational. I opted out of starting a GRE prep course next month, and decided to start a less expensive one that started this past Saturday. This program saved me money and fit a lot better in my schedule. So instead of focusing on Japanese my main focus now is this exam. My biggest challenge now is relearning and memorizing math concepts that I have not had to use or see in YEARS! (HEEELLLLP!!) IMPOSSIBLE is nothing right? At the end of the day I can either make excuses and complain or I can face this issue head on! 

 

I’ve been reading a good book that was given to me by my friend Kim called, The Slight Edge. She would be a bit disappointed to know I havn’t gotten as far as I would have liked, but I will continue to read it today for quite some time I hope (as I wait for my GRE prep book to come in the mail from Amazon since I ordered the wrong year last time).  The book so far is good and touches on ways to stay disciplined and be successful in life, relationships and financially which is what I am about!

 

I’ve been going to the gym and its working out really well. My ease back into the routine is getting better. I recently had a fail moment where I went to eat out friend. After eating it I felt so disgusted that I now vow not to eat fried chicken again. At least form that establishment, Grandma’s ONLY!!

 

Today I was afforded the opportunity to attend a workshop called Nothing About Us Without Us done by Seattle community organizers John Paige and my friend LuLu. The workshop was done very well! Sadly we didn’t have much time so we were unable to go into greater detail about a lot of things. Nevertheless I really enjoyed being there and learning many new things and seeing a few old faces whom I was able to catch up with as well. I was able to get a real sense of what’s going on in the community and it seems that as much of a progressive city as Seattle is their has been a racial undertone for quite some time that continues to get ignored. One of the most interesting discussions was the discussion of red lining (in short.. the way blacks and other people of color were kept out of living in  what was supposed to be “desegregated” housing). We talked about how it still goes on today with fraudulent housing loans from banks, lack of employment, affordable housing, and gentrification. 

 

I had a great conversation last night with a good friend of mine who is from LA about African American communities, racism, classicism and education and how they play significant roles in what’s going on today. We both agreed that while there are leaders out there a lot of times they do not get the deserved credits, but instead society has a tendency to refer back to figures like Martin Luther King and not look deeper into the present leaders or the women that actually were the backbone of the civil rights movements and movements going on today, or any of the other key players. 

 

Sorry if you made it this far I know it was very random, but hopefully if you’re still reading you’ve learned something and you care…

 

-Ambassador

I Vow… (Written By AmbassadorNique)

For the past few months… maybe even years… I’ve been in search for ways to apply the knowledge that was placed upon me via a college education, my environment, and life experiences. With the economy only getting worst since my graduation the dream that myself and many of my peers bought into becomes less possible as each day passes. The dream that we would be able to take our diplomas into the real world and change it for the better, and not starve while trying to make this happen.

Over half of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. Wow… Post undergrad I expected to be greeted with open arms with options of where I could take my talents, however I was met with a student loan debt that I hadn’t begun to understand. Wishful thinking I suppose. A private loan from Wells Fargo that I still cannot afford, and a government loan. 

3 1/2 years later the struggle continues. After a day of listening to hiring managers from some of Seattle’s largest employer’s, it became clear that they to had no new answers for recent college graduates.

I never like to bring up a problem without doing my best to create some sort of solution. I’ve looked high and low for answers, hints and tips of how I can use the talent and knowledge that I work so damn hard to accumulate. After listening to so many people, their opinions, their stories, and points of views it is time I focus more of my energy and time on ways I can create an answer of my own. I must work harder, work smarter, work longer, and increase the level of passion. Fears must be faced, sacrifices must be made, and money must not be a main objective. I must do what I want, how I want too. I must surround myself with like minded individuals who too are dedicated to their passions. I must Invest in entrepreneurs, inspiration, and most importantly myself.

As the stop watch on life continues to get closer to its point of expiration what is important to me is legacy, knowledge, happiness, my message, truth, longevity, and equality. I cannot promise that it will always be pretty, but I will give my all… In a world where ugliness and perception is valued more than love and truth, if it is meant for me to go against the grain, than I must. It is my right to live life, with liberty, in pursuit of happiness…

-Ambassador