The Game of Supremacy Chess

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Have you ever won or enjoyed playing a game where the rules were not explained to you? Let’s try this another way, have you ever enjoyed a game where the people you were playing with started switching up the rules midgame leaving you at a disadvantage and them ahead? If I have to take an educated guess, I would imagine that no one loves a cheater or a manipulator. It is a manipulative move to not … [Read more...]

The Audacity of No Rebuttal

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  I am no stranger to a good debate. In fact, I quite enjoy a healthy conversation comprised of fact, experience and well-placed opinion every once and again. The operative word here is healthy and by healthy I mean all parties in the debate are allowed their perspective and are illustrating a unique perspective rooted in actual facts. I have often heard from colleagues, friends, and family … [Read more...]

#BlackBlogsMatter : Let’s Separate For Peace Sake

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As I continue on my journey of life, I find the one thing I consistently seek is peace. I enjoy peace in my relationships, peace of mind, peace in matters of the heart, and just general equilibrium as much as possible with most things in my life. Please do not discount the effort it takes for me to create my little oasis of life. I do so amidst a country in civil and moral upheaval. I keep the … [Read more...]

10 Perspectives to Digest for 2019

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We are entering the last year of the 2010s. One year from 2020, a year painted as the poster child of human advancement and something of a sci-fi fantasy. From all I can tell, we haven’t exactly accelerated into a Jetson reality of flying cars, robot maids, and buildings in the clouds, but we do have Sophia the first humanoid robot citizen of Saudi Arabia, the beginnings of currency beyond … [Read more...]

#Unleash18 Solve For Happiness, Change The World with Mo Gawdat

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"If we get AI right it is the last frontier for humanity. Everything beyond AI will invent and create on our behalf beyond that." ~Mo Gawdat, Former Chief Business Officer of Google X How does this statement sit with you? Right now, there is a lot of concern about artificial intelligence (AI) will impact work and more importantly our world. A lot of it is cause for concern and yet there is a … [Read more...]

#Unleash18 Humans + Bureaucracy: Control No More

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  “Bureaucracy is a global thing. “ ~ Gary Hamel, Professor at London Business School I had the opportunity to sit in on a Q&A session Day 1 with Gary Hamel, Professor at London Business School at Unleash 2018 in Vegas. Long before this Q&A, he had wooed me with his words and refreshing perspectives on the disease of bureaucracy as it pertains to the workforce. One of the … [Read more...]

The Challenge of Empathy

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  Before I get to my story, a quote from a 2017 Forbes article titled: "How Empathetic Are You, Really?". On empathy, the author Liz Guthridge says: "Being empathetic is similar to cooking. You may know the recipe for how to prepare empathy. But until you actually use the recipe a few times, taste the results, see how everyone reacts and adjust the recipe, you and your guests don’t … [Read more...]

The Existential Problem of Coonery

The Existential Problem of Coonery

Let's start by defining what a "coon" is. A "coon" is a black person who values what white people think of them more than they care to honor their culture and the suffrage of the racial group they identify with. A "coon" seeks to be accepted and praised by white people while seemingly enjoying any and all humiliation, marginalization, bias, prejudice or mistreatment expressed towards them by white … [Read more...]

The State of the Union on Wokeness

The State of the Union on Wokeness

This week's theme for #BlackBlogsMatter is "The Tao of Woke". As a result, I decided to speak about the state of "wokeness" and what it should mean for you as we continue to navigate difficult themes around race relations and society. The word: "Awake" is defined as: "to stop sleeping or wake from sleep". "Woke" being a derivative of "awake" must then be related to that definition. You are not … [Read more...]

Living in Color: Why I Stopped Caring About What White People Think

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  It must be a hell of a feeling when your skin, ideas, and presence become a golden ticket of Willy Wonka proportions in life. It must be nice to not only create the rules, systems, and standards but to actually be “the standard”. It is utterly astonishing when you can be given the space and grace to be both tone-deaf, ignorant, a disaster, and human all while stumbling towards what seems … [Read more...]