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STEREOTYPES DO NOT Limit or Define Black Men | Juan Gilbert, Ph.D. | by Granvel Johnson

The Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and the Associate Chair of Research in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida

“Dr. Gilbert has research projects in spoken language systems, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, Ethnocomputing (Culturally Relevant Computing) and databases/data mining. 

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Plans of Victory by Kaize Adams

Every New Year things always seem the same. Everyone tries to get fit, keeping the gyms packed for the first three weeks of the year. Everyone is talking about New Year’s resolutions- that many don't keep. Everyone wakes up on January 1st feeling that they have a fresh start to new possibilities. For some it’s a fresh start, to others it’s a false start, and to a few it’s a continuation of goals from the previous year that will finally be accomplished. To all, the New Year is a new opportunity to move forward, make changes for the better, and create a fresh start for another twelve months. 

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Learning Never Stops by Kaize Adams

booksIn May 2008, I graduated with my Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. I was ecstatic! AGGIE PRIDE! I’ve been in college for 10 years. NO MORE SCHOOL…. so I thought.  So when August came, for the first time in forever, I didn’t have to get ready to go back to school. I was a working professional. So all of those years of school paid off and had completed my degrees and was finally in the position to work without having to go back to classes, books, and homework.  I thought I would not feel anything after graduation but each year that has followed, the nostalgic feeling of the familiar still comes over me in August and September when I see the school buses on the road, hear about football practice beginning, and see Back to School sales.

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What are you waiting for? by Jesse Duckworth

now or later2At one time in your life you were so excited about your future dreams to be a doctor, lawyer,teacher, etc. Now the only dreams you have are the ones before waking up in the morning. What happened that caused you to put your dreams on the shelf and settle for less or nothing at all? Was there a significant event or did someone say something to discourage you? There are many other things that I’m sure could have happened but I’m here to encourage you to not give up or even wait for someone or something to cause you to pursue your dreams. After reading this I believe that the greater one inside of you will wake up and your goals and dreams will become a reality.

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Self-Control by Kaize Adams, Ph.D.

self controlWhat do discipline, commitment, responsibility, achievement, success and sustainability all have in common? Two words: Self Control. Self Control is restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires. Every man has to exercise self-control at some point in his life. He has to exercise self-control of his mind, body, words and actions. Self Control or temperance is a fruit of the spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23). Is self-control possible? Yes it is, but it is a choice an individual has to make and a behavior that they constantly have to be conscious of.

Usually self-control is practiced in expectance of a reward. If you sacrifice your time by studying hard, you will get good grades in school or if you train hard in basketball practice, you will win games. Hard work pays off usually. However, in order to endure for the reward you have to practice self-control by disciplining yourself to face the rigors and challenges that will help you reach your reward. Self-control is evidence of faith in our lives. If we trust and believe for those things that are unseen we exercise our faith and don’t take our eyes off the prize no matter what we may face. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 states, “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.”

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Reconnection by Kaize Adams, Ph.D.

open roadOne thing I enjoy is jumping in my car on sunny day, turning on some good music and just cruising on the open road. No specific destination, just enjoying the ride and the music. For me it’s relaxing and it’s comfortable. I feel free and peaceful.

Another thing that makes me feel free and peaceful is when I worship God and get lost in adoration towards him. My worship is a personal time where it just him and me. There are no rules. It is truly a flow. Sometimes there is music and sometimes there is complete silence. It is just I lying before God and I’m praying, singing, or simply just being still and listening to God.  Worship allows me to completely free my mind and talk, pray, listen, and commune with God.

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STEREOTYPES DO NOT Limit or Define Black Men | Roland Fryer, Ph.D. | by Granvel Johnson

Roland Fryer
Award Winning Economist 

Dr. Roland Fryer is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard. He is also an associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, founder and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard, and a former junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. 

 In 2007, at age 30, he became the youngest African-American to ever receive tenure at Harvard. He was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow and received the 2015 John Bates Clark Medal. Fryer is widely regarded to be one of black America and Harvard's rising stars, having published numerous economics-related papers in prominent academic journals over the past few years.The New York Times ran an extensive profile of Fryer, entitled "Toward a Unified Theory of Black America," in March 2005 that dealt extensively with Fryer's rough upbringing: Fryer's mother left when he was very young, and his father, who beat his son, was convicted of rape,effectively leaving Fryer to fend for himself. Fryer became a "full fledged gangster by his teens"

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The Connection by Kaize Adams, Ph.D.

One thing I enjoy is jumping in my car on a sunny day, turning on some good music, and just cruising on the open road. No specific destination, just enjoying the ride and the music. For me, it’s relaxing and it’s comfortable. I’m able to once again connect with freedom and peacefulness.

Another thing that makes me feel free and peaceful is when I worship God and get lost in adoration towards him. My worship is a personal time where it’s just Him and me. There are no rules. It is truly a flow. Sometimes there is music and sometimes there is complete silence. It’s just me laying before God, and praying, singing, or simply just being still and listening to God.  Worship allows me to completely free my mind and talk, pray, listen, and commune with God.

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Detox by Kaize Adams, Ph.D.

Detox. Letting go. Cleaning up. Pruning. Purging. Getting rid of dead weight. Cleansing. Whatever you may call it, there comes a season in life where we all have to cleanse. Living in this natural world we see that things get dirty, worn down, and old, and it takes effort to maintain and keep our environments and our belongings up. We take a lot of effort in keeping things clean. Springtime is near and most people traditionally take time out after the long cold winter to do Spring Cleaning. Spring Cleaning usually encompasses a thorough cleansing of the home from the top to the bottom. Usually nothing is left unturned. Old things are cleaned up, repaired, discarded, put away till the fall or winter or given away. After cleaning is done, we are ready for a fresh start.

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