A Message to Michael JacksonWritten by Peggy Butler
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Thus my message to Michael is: Stop hanging out with kids. If you want to get your freak on, find someone who can take it as well as give it. Does phrase mutual satisfaction ring a bell? And speaking of satisfaction, is it possible to change your skin back to its original color? You, my brother need a tan in worst possible way. Lastly, accept fact that you are no longer megastar who once sold millions of records. Like artists before you, and those who are to follow, all good things come to an end. And your reign as “King of Pop” has reached its finale. And if you don’t believe me, just look at sales of your last album. Dismal numbers aren’t they?
Oh by way Michael speaking of cynicism, African-Americans detest way you play race card. You see it was only when you were arrested that you suddenly discovered your “Blackness”. What happened? Did inmates remind you that underneath those layers of chemically bleached skin, you are still a “Kneegrow?” That’s why if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll concede that you only turn to Black community when it suits you. But soon as things return to normal, or as normal as they can get in your world, you dissipate into your Caucasian chamber and peer lovingly into a sea of White faces.
Like it or not Michael, it is you who must realize that you have become your worst nightmare. Admit that and maybe you can restore some credibility to your career. And while you’re admitting things, ask yourself how many 45-year old men hold hands with boys and give them milk and cookies in bed? I don’t know about you, but if they want milk and cookies that bad, let their parents give it to them. Or have you added pastry chef and milk server to your resume? And on that note I will end my message. Now Mike let me ask you a question, how’s that for a dose of reality?
A freelance writer since 1989, Butler has written for various magazines and Internet publications including Impact Press, Africana.com., TimBook Tu, and The Black World Today. Moreover, Butler who lists collecting 60s memorabilia among her hobbies, writes news, features, sports and entertainment articles, as well as commentaries and humor pieces. Currently, she is a contributor for Theblackmarket.com. Website:www.Psbwrite.com
5 Interviewing Tips To Get That Job!Written by Marie Magdala Roker
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Know what to say.
Most interviewers ask same standard questions about your strengths, weaknesses, former employers, work history. If you are being interviewed by several people, this might be a good cop, bad cop situation. Pay attention to who is playing bad cop, they are looking for signs of weakness and dishonesty. To be well prepared, before interview, write out all your accomplishments, both personal and professional. List your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest, it’s easier to remember truth than it is a lie. Extra Tip: Write out situations in which you have demonstrated: leadership skills, determination, stress management, creativity, and flexibility. Be prepared to answer question: Why do you want this job? If you’re not sure, reevaluate your decision. If you arrive a few minutes early, review what you wrote in waiting room before interview. Great list of interview questions: http://www.indiana.edu/~libpers/interview.html
Ask For The Job
You get what you ask for.
The most important step in interviewing process is one most people miss. ASK FOR THE JOB! Most interviewers are waiting for that closure. If you have done everything exceptionally well during interviewing process, but have not asked for job, you’ve just wasted an interview. Asking for job shows potential employer that you are assertive, confident and right for job. It might feel uncomfortable, but this is your only chance to ask for something you really want. Make sure your voice is firm and you make eye contact. Think of it as your closing argument, you’ve got to win over jury. You should also ask interviewer if he or she thinks you are right for job. Even if they tell you something unpleasant, think of it as a lesson learned. However, do yourself a favor and ask for job. You deserve it!
Marie Magdala Roker is a Family Coach and Certified Breakthrough Parenting Instructor. She is completing her Masters in Health Education at Columbia University's Teachers College. She helps parents to reclaim their lives and students to unlock their academic potential. She is committed to helping build healthy families, one family member at a time.