2019 has been one helluva year for me…

  • I reached a milestone age and learned that yeah, your vision really starts to go.
  • I graduated from an Ivy League institution with a graduate degree in journalism.
  • If that wasn’t enough, I invested in myself ($) on a whim and took a certification test only days later. I passed. My resume’s value increased greatly because of it.
  • I bade adieu to 14 years of steady, but non-professional-building, employment.
  • I lost my father due to his badly damaged heart after he and I recently reconnecting.
  • I quickly landed, and quickly ended a working situation where I knew my mental health would have been jeopardized.
  • At his funeral, I learned that my father had replaced the guilt of abandoning me and my sister with another family that were/are far more devoted to him than I could ever be.
  • I was unemployed and realized I couldn’t provide for my family. I felt like a failure.
  • I looked for, then landed some gig work. I gained new friends, new sources of income, and newfound knowledge of how valued my skills are.
  • I landed new employment, and boy do I look forward to it. I start in the New Year.

Basically, I learned a lot about myself.

I learned about what I stand for, and what I don’t…

I don’t stand for career saboteurs nor for those who can’t/don’t/won’t see me in leadership positions. I learned the differences between having a boss and striving to become a leader.

I learned that I can keep a big secret. My former employer had no idea I was pursuing a graduate degree even though I traveled a few states away on a near-bi-weekly basis for over 2 years.

I learned that even when life gets really bad, you’ll make it to the other side… as long as you want to.

I’m not alone in this tough journey called life. I’m glad I’m still here. God willing, as it’s only 2:15 PM EST as this is being posted, I will see 2020.

Consider this my “HELLO WORLD”.

Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of attempting to blackmail him with more explicit photos


Via Mike Murphy, Editor, Market Watch

Amazon.com Inc. founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer of politically motivated blackmail late Thursday and published a threatening email from an executive at the supermarket tabloid’s parent company.

‘Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten.’ – Jeff Bezos

To read the rest of the story, click here: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/jezz-bezos-accuses-national-enquirer-of-attempting-to-blackmail-him-with-more-explicit-photos-2019-02-07

Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Bezos to divorce after 25 years of marriage

Long story short, Jeff Bezos may no longer have the “World’s Richest Man” title after his split from MacKenzie Bezos.

Washington state has communal property laws, meaning any assets that were gathered during the course of the marriage will be split.

The Amazon executive stated on Twitter he and his wife, MacKenzie, have already separated. The two were married in 1993 and have four children.

For more information, click here: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-his-wife-mackenzie-divorce-n956621

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos

NYPD officers yank baby from mother in Brooklyn, NY

If you saw a mother sitting on the floor with her infant because there were no other available chairs as she waited for child care assistance, in a civil world, you would either offer her your chair, or you would take the initiative and locate a chair for her. Unfortunately, these aren’t civil times and on Friday, the New York Police Department proved their actions against the mother was not too civil either.

Disturbing video shows 23-year-old Jazmine Headley screaming on the floor of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) office in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, as multiple NYPD officers forcefully removed her 1-year-old son, according to media outlets including The New York Post.

Nyashia Ferguson, who goes by Monae Sinclair on Facebook, captured the incident on video and posted it online as reported to NBC.

Ferguson, who recorded on her cell phone, said Headley sat on the floor because there were no seats available.

Staff at the SNAP center called the police, who say Headley refused to leave once they arrived, according to CBS New York.

The video shows the 23-year-old screaming, “They’re hurting my son!” and “I’m begging you” on the floor of the SNAP center as a team of police officers yank at her baby boy.

“She’s got a f—— baby in her hand,” another person shouts as the officers continue to tug at the child and Headley maintains her grip.

A crowd gathers around the chaotic scene with a number of onlookers recording on their smartphones. At one point, a female officer takes out a stun gun towards members of the crowd. Headley exits the building in handcuffs, the video shows.

Headley was charged with criminal trespassing, acting in a manner injurious to a child, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, reported The New York Post.

Ferguson’s video has been viewed more than 200,000 times since Friday — and shared nearly 7,000 times.

It caught the attention of Corey Johnson, speaker of the New York City Council, who tweeted that the video is “unacceptable, appalling and heartbreaking.”

New York Attorney General-elect Letitia James told CBS New York that “no mother should have to experience the trauma and humiliation we all witnessed in this video.”

“Being poor is not a crime,” James told the outlet. “The actions of the NYPD in this video are appalling and contemptible.”

In her interview with WABC, Ferguson lamented that the situation didn’t end in a more peaceful way.

“I was just so disgusted and scared,” she told WABC. “I thought the cops supposed to help you — they just straight up came and attacked the lady.”

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