A Message to Michael Jackson

Written 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. Doesrepparttar 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 inrepparttar 125430 worst possible way. Lastly, acceptrepparttar 125431 fact that you are no longerrepparttar 125432 megastar who once sold millions of records. Likerepparttar 125433 artists before you, and those who are to follow, all good things come to an end. And your reign asrepparttar 125434 “King of Pop” has reached its finale. And if you don’t believe me, just look atrepparttar 125435 sales of your last album. Dismal numbers aren’t they?

Oh byrepparttar 125436 way Michael speaking of cynicism, African-Americans detestrepparttar 125437 way you playrepparttar 125438 race card. You see it was only when you were arrested that you suddenly discovered your “Blackness”. What happened? Didrepparttar 125439 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 torepparttar 125440 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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Tip 4

Be Prepared

Know what to say.

Most interviewers askrepparttar 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, beforerepparttar 125429 interview, write out all your accomplishments, both personal and professional. List your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest, it’s easier to rememberrepparttar 125430 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 answerrepparttar 125431 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 inrepparttar 125432 waiting room beforerepparttar 125433 interview. Great list of interview questions: http://www.indiana.edu/~libpers/interview.html

Tip 5

Ask For The Job

You get what you ask for.

The most important step inrepparttar 125434 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 duringrepparttar 125435 interviewing process, but have not asked forrepparttar 125436 job, you’ve just wasted an interview. Asking forrepparttar 125437 job showsrepparttar 125438 potential employer that you are assertive, confident and right forrepparttar 125439 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 overrepparttar 125440 jury. You should also askrepparttar 125441 interviewer if he or she thinks you are right forrepparttar 125442 job. Even if they tell you something unpleasant, think of it as a lesson learned. However, do yourself a favor and ask forrepparttar 125443 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.

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