The Gentrification Conundrum

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As we get older and older and people become more and more volitile the idea of gentrification (gen – tri – fa – kay – shen).  Gentrification becomes more and more of a possibility in many cities across the United States as the millennials (mill – in – e – als) continue to graduate and enter the work force. The need to house them becomes more of a problem because unlike most groups, they aren’t looking to buy houses, they are looking to stay in the midst of downtown where the entertainment is going down.

Ironically most cities have lost the thrill of the downtown environment. Many cities abandoned that philosophy as strip malls and shopping malls emerged in the late 80’s early 90’s to accomodate Generation X. Unfortunately for many, of the patrons of that era, their offspring don’t entail the same visions and prefer more of a classic lifestyle of public entertainment than simplicity and private indulgement. Continue reading

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HB2 Robbed NC From A Memorable 2017

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All star weekend is upon us and it’s officially a bust for me. Why? Because it was supposed to be played in NC. It was supposed to be an event that would allow me to pay homage to my favorite era of players (classes of 02 and 03) as they get ready to pass the torch on to the next generation of great ball players.

Chances are this year will be the last one that any of those guys are All Star worthy with the exception of Lebron James. When you look at the roster, Melo was a late addition, D Wade didn’t get enough votes, Chris Paul is notably absent, Bosh no longer hoops, and D Howard is no longer the elite big man in the NBA. Continue reading

Small Town USA Is Becoming An Endangered Species

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Small towns in the United States have become obsolete. They are the real reason that the American economic system will never reach its intended potential. Sounds like rubbish to some, but the small town in the United States survived on blue collar workers who were willing to do things for small wages that were necessary.

From textile industry, oil fields, farming, or even cultivating resources the need for small town workers was always a bonus to the annals of American industry. So what happened? The answer to that is simple. Outsourcing. Continue reading

Effects of the Repeal of The Affordable Care Act

Just FYI regarding who all will ACTUALLY be affected by the repeal of The ACA…

This will affect many.
For those celebrating the forthcoming repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Just a reminder that even if you are safely ensconced behind employer-provided insurance, the protections set forth in the ACA apply to you, too–and if those protections are repealed along with the rest (or any part) of the program, you will also be affected. Continue reading

Saying Goodbye To History

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Today we say goodbye to a historical moment. We’ve witnessed a feat that I never imagined possible in my lifetime and I’m a mere 43 years of age. When I first began teaching, I would often say that the likely nature of there ever being a black president in my lifetime was pretty slim. I used to say this because growing up in the south, there was no way southerners would be willing to endorse a black leader.  Continue reading

Reflection

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Sometimes the simplest things in life are always missed. Too many times in our lives we don’t take the right path or do what’s right. Too many times we take the easy way out. It’s like growing up watching Different Strokes when Arnold was getting bullied by the Gooch and nobody ever really came to his defense.

As a people we decide what’s acceptable and what we will tolerate by our actions. As Chanda Little put it best when giving us an example. Let’s say we planned to meet at the corner store and walk to class together every day.  While we are on our way to class, a bully and his friends approach us and begin to harass your best Continue reading

Closing The Gap

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The world is getting crazier by the day. Too many people take for granted things that benefit them the most. They don’t capitalize on their rights to vote and they take their education for granted.

Access is extremely hard to come by in most instances. Getting the right to vote and obtaining quality education are not to be take for granted. Americans have fought viciously for the rights to do these things and yet generations of people have taken them for granted.

It’s time that we do whatever it takes to close some of the gaps that we have in society. There is a significant gap in economic conditions in American society. The only way to close that gap is to elect people that provide a platform for education and job advancement. The only way to qualify for that type of advancement is to be educationally prepared to make a difference. So step up and be a part of the solution and stop contributing to the alleged status quo.

In order to close the gap, there’s work to be done. Let’s get out and do it.