Around the World in Eight Photos

GDAssociatesNY:

Great subject. A lot of new murals have been commissioned in our neighborhood, and we have been thinking of conducting a similar project.

Thank you for the inspiration.

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Join us as we explore the world though the street photography tag on WordPress.com. Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat.

On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic book. An avid photographer, Andy is also a regular contributor to The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Photo by Andy Towned
Photo by Andy Townend

We were intrigued by the untold stories in Michael Wilson’s photo, “the flower seller,” on his site, BrooklynBystander. Taken in Adelaide, South Australia, the photo below documents a brief moment of commerce. We look at it and wonder: who is it that these gentlemen bought flowers for — perhaps a friend, a relative, a lover, or maybe themselves?

Photo by Michael Wilson
Photo by Michael Wilson

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Three Quick Customization Ideas For Your Blog

GDAssociatesNY:

I worked with a writing specialist for one year, and it was a great experience. I learned that my writing had a lot of clutter. I was given to long-winded introductions that were not necessary. My coach would draw big X’s on my papers and say “get to the point”.

Writing for digital media does require clear and concise content. Also, instructions on how to properly use the features in WordPress is a big help.

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Looking to add a few custom tweaks to your blog? Interested in simple ways to personalize your site? Read on.

Display a Text Widget for updates

In the first Declutter Your Prose post, we suggested avoiding phrases like “Sorry for my absence, but I’ve been…” Readers reiterated this suggestion in the second post of the series, saying you don’t have to apologize for not posting, or explain to readers where you’ve been.

Instead of diluting a post introduction with this information, consider adding a Text Widget to the top of your sidebar for updates, like a “Where am I?” blurb for travel writers or a “What I’m reading now” message for book bloggers. You can use this space for general news or specific details about a project, upcoming event, and more. Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 5.37.42 PM

Get started: Go to Appearance → Widgets, drag the Text Widget to the area where you’d like it to appear…

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September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month

By Ginger Davis

SCD

The national Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), lead the initiative for Sickle Cell Anemia, also known as Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) to be observed national in 1975.  The organization and its members held events for an entire month, across the country to bring attention to SCD and raise awareness.

SCDAA succeeded in its efforts to gain recognition nationally for this genetically inherited disorder in 1983 when the House of Representatives passed with a unanimous vote, to have September designated as National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month. The resolution was then presented to President Jimmy Carter, to which he signed in August of 1983.

Since 1983, community-based organizations serving the needs of individuals and families living with sickle cell disease have been hosting events, namely, workshops, symposiums, conferences, walk-a-thons, and performances to raise awareness for sickle cell, and to raise funds to support research, public education and direct services to families.

Alpha & Beta Globin chains of the hemoglobin molecules.
Alpha & Beta Globin chains of the hemoglobin molecules.

Sickle cell anemia is a genetic anomaly that affects the beta-globin molecule in red blood cells. The effect is caused by the switching of two amino acids in the beta-globin protein chain.  Glutamic acid and Valine switch place and cause healthy red blood cells to turn into a sickled or  crescent shaped cells. The sickled cells become sticky and clump together in small blood vessel, causing what is known as a vaso-occlusive crisis. Crisis is the medical term used to describe tissue inflammation and pain caused by the sickling process.  SCD is a chronic illness that is emotionally and physically debilitating, as well as life-threatening.

Sickling or vaso-occlusive crisis can occur in muscle tissue, in bones, joins and major organs. This leads to damage and destruction of tissue due to loss of oxygen.  A crisis in the brain is a stroke. Sickling in the lung produces pulmonary infarction or embolism, the sane can happen in the liver or kidneys resulting in failure of these organs. Loss of oxygen supply to bone tissue is called avascular necrosis, which can lead to tiny breaks in the bone that will eventually case the bone to collapse.

Clinical Implications & Complications of SCD

Even with the potential for severe complications, people living with sickle cell disease can live a relatively healthy life with access to comprehensive medical care and holistic lifestyle.  More on that later…

I would like to share two great resources with you – a wonderful educational video created by the Science and Technology Academy of São José do Rio Preto, Brazil; and a friend’s website “Faces of Sickle Cell Disease”.

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Grand Lady of Comedy

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By: Ginger Davis

I had the opportunity to see Joan Rivers in person at the annual Matrix Awards Luncheon for New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) last year April.

Ms. Rivers was the highlight of the luncheon, where she served as the host. This amazing lady was nonstop funny. I loved her in-your-face, and self-deprecating humor. God bless Joan Rivers, mother, grandmother, comedian, business woman, fashion police commissioner, and role model. You will be missed.

Our condolences and best wished go out to her family.

Joan Rivers, Fashion Police

The Sweetest Thing

GDAssociatesNY:

Your reflection is lovely and causes me to think back on the birth of my children and the ensuing years parenthood.

Thank you for reminding us of the innocence, wonder and compassion of being a child.

We will share “The Sweetest Thing”, in hopes that it will help make the world a better place by restoring this sweet gift to all.

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Although it seems like eons ago, I remember being pregnant with my daughter. I remember those months of waiting, anticipating, worrying, and wondering. What would she look like? What would she be like? Would she have my laugh and her father’s head for math and directions? No, seriously … It seems like a silly thing, but a good sense of direction is important in life. I have been known to get completely turned around in the city in which I lived for a number of years. My father always told me I could get lost in a wet paper bag.

We all want the best of everything for our children. We probably wouldn’t ever admit this out loud, but we want them to be more beautiful than we ever were. We want then to be smarter. We want them to feel they can dangle the world at the end of…

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The Manifestation of An Artistic Mind

The Manifestation of An Artistic Mind
By Kymm Wallace

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Marc Von Munster enjoyed watching his parents get ready for events for parties and work related events. The process of preparation, selecting the right garments, accessories, grooming of their hair and watching him mom apply makeup was such an art form. “I felt like Alice in my own wonderland. I grew up wanting to be the biggest star in the world”.

He dream to become an apparel designer began at the tender age of 8-years old. “I remember my first experience with fashion happened when I saw Alexander McQueen’s 1998 show on the E! Network. I felt like my entire life changed after watching that show”, said Von Munster.

Red Jellyfish satin with leather collar & tool skirt.
Red Jellyfish satin with leather collar & tool skirt.

Von Munster, a native of Connecticut, moved to New York City after graduating high school to attend Art Institute College (AI).  He loved being in the city, experiencing the sights, sounds, colors and diversity of life. In New York, at AI, Von Munster felt as if he was in his natural element. “I put on performance art pieces when not in school”, said Von Munster. He left AI after the first year, took some time to soak up creative inspiration before returning to Connecticut and to attend Stanford Brown College, where he graduated 2013.

Marc Von Munster started a fashion blog, which he has been editing for 6 years, and has developed a great relationship with its readers.  He has been featured on “Gagadaily.com” and Mariahjournal.com.  Von Munster was also featured in a photo shoot for B1 Fashion, Art & Culture magazines, a digital publication providing a platform to promote emerging artists and designers.

Von Monster participated in an E! online contest, and made the top 20.  The winner of the contest received the opportunity to design a dress to be worn by a celebrity for the 2011 Oscars. 

Von Munster considers him-self an artist.  He has served as the visual director for fashion shows, enabling him to design collections, the stage for productions and films. In 2013, Von Munster designed a dress for Mondo from Project Runway for an aids awareness event.

Marc Von Munster sees himself changing the fashion world by bring stories in the form of garments to people, and freeing creative individuals for the fear of expressing themselves on their sleeves. “As a women’s wear designer, I am committed to helping women feel feminine and comfortable in my clothes, as women should in whatever they wear. I also want women to feel strong and empowered”. Von Munster intends to be a strong influencer for the outcast, because he understands living in that world. That says a lot about his intention to become a fashion innovator!

There is another little boy or girl somewhere, wanting to do the same thing Marc is setting out to do right now. With the great value his parents taught him, their support and that of his friends, Marc Von Munster is determined to show every child they can make it by living their dreams!

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The Brooklyn Music Festival Debuts at Commodore Barry Park

 

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The Brooklyn Music Festival Debuts at Commodore Barry Park

(Brooklyn, New York – August 8, 2014) Novas Entertainment Group NYC, LLC (NEGNYC), producers of The Brooklyn Music Festival (TBKMF), has giving us one more reason to love Brooklyn. Designed to celebrate the music and cultural contributions to the City of New York, The Brooklyn Music Festival will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene. Get ready for an afternoon and evening of live music, riveting performances and so much more.

“We are spreading LOVE the Brooklyn Way”, said Nova Bonilla, CEO and Founder of NEGNYC. With a lineup as diverse as Brooklynites, the festival will feature performers representing Alternative/Indie Rock, Disco, Funk, Country, Hip Hop, Latin and R&B music. “TBKMF has something for anyone who loves good music”, said Bonilla.  Come out and “Move Ya Body” to the music of (I am) Isis, The Paisley Fields, BU Marching Band, Prayala, Ty Black (Queen Blizzy), Melissa Otero, Vybz Evolution, Ciph Boogie, Erick Right and guest DJ Tony Touch.

The Novas Entertainment Group NYC is committed to providing affordable entertainment of the highest quality, delivered to the public with integrity and professionalism. In addition to bringing you music from top local emerging artists, TBKMF also lends its platform to supporting the missions of not-for-profit organizations.  This year we are proud to be partnered with Brooklyn Community Services (BCS).  BCS has spent 148 years helping children and families in NY’s largest borough to lead more productive and rewarding lives through its vocational training, employment, social and mental health service offerings.  TBKMF supports the BCS vision of “One Brooklyn Community”, and invites its sponsors, vendors and thousands of enthusiastic fans to interact with one another to build towards the success of this lofty goal.

With the diverse genres of music being represented in this event, NEGNYC believes this formula will give rise to The Brooklyn Music Festival as an annual event enjoyed by the tri-state area for many years to come.

The Brooklyn Music Festival is presented by, NEGNYC, .NYC, Sam Ash Music Stores, Daily News, Kings Plaza, Nestlé Nesquik, HIIT BK, RPMD Entertainment, GD & Associates, Enterprise Car Share, Marines Restaurant & Bar, Hollywood Music and Brownstone Music. Admission is free and donations will be accepted through The Brooklyn Music Festival’s website (www.tbkmf.com) and at the gate to support the mission of Brooklyn Community Services, and the production of this public event.

For general inquiries and information on sponsorship or vendor opportunities, call 1-888-506-5924 or email info@tbkmf.com. All press & media inquiries can be sent to Ginger Davis, at media@gdassociatesinc.com.

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How Many Calls Does It Take?

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   By Ginger Davis                    Photo by Luna

I recently attended a small business expo.  I was both business person seeking clients and possible collaborations, and a consumer scouting for vendors to provide support services.

There were a lot of companies like ours offering public relations and marketing services, web design firms, insurance providers and technology companies. I dropped my card into a few baskets or exchanged cards with exhibitors after being pulled into a booth to hear their rep’s elevator pitch. In these instances, I expected to hear from the companies that I had given my cards to. One woman, whose company had a very interesting personality profile software program, took the time to communicate with me via email, while on vacation at Lake Como, Italy. I ordered her to stop working and enjoy her present surroundings. Now that is a committed employee.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the calls and emails I received from premium exhibitors and sponsors who paid for the privilege of gaining access to the registration list to use in direct marking campaigns.

Weeks after the expo, I am still receiving calls and emails from companies I did not choose to engage with.

In all fairness, as a business in a competitive market like New York, aggressive marketing is a mandatory activity. However, how many unanswered calls and emails do you have to log before you accept that that prospect is not interested? I was hoping, by the fourth unanswered voice message, that the caller would get point. No such look. I finally called back to say that we were not interested and to please have our company’s contact information removed for their marketing list.

One could get annoyed by persistent solicitations, though if you look at things fairly and consider yourself and your company in the same position, persistence, tenacity, and the drive to succeed in your market will probably cause you to annoy a few people along the way.

The answer to the question of how many calls or emails is enough, has to be decided upon by the leadership of each company. Whatever limit you set can and should be superseded if the potential for success exists. Use your mission organizational goals guide your marketing efforts.

And, don’t be annoyed if we happen to call you persistently. Sometimes it’s just to say hello. http://ow.ly/i/6wHgs

 

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Why Are People Still Being Killed in the Name of God?

Meriam Ibrahim, Daniel Wani and Pope Francis in the Vatican.
Meriam Ibrahim, Daniel Wani and Pope Francis in the Vatican.

Written By: Ginger Davis

Why Are People Still Being Killed in the name of God?

I just read a story about Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was jailed and under the threat of execution, because she would not renounce her faith as a Christian.

Ibrahim, a 27-year old wife and mother was arrested after she was asked to renounce her faith and she

Ibrahim with infant daughter in Italian Airport
Ibrahim with infant daughter in Italian Airport

refused. She was charged with not complying with a demand for “apostasy”, the abandonment or renunciation of one’s political or religious beliefs.

On organization called Italians for Darfur, advocated for Mrs. Ibrahim and her family, and succeeded in gaining their release from Sudan. The couple, along with their two month old daughter and 20-month old son was flown to Italy where they met with Pope Francis. The Pope thanked Ibrahim for her determination and wavering faith while being persecuted.

Ibrahim, her husband Daniel Wani, and their two children have been given dual citizenship (American

and Sudanese).  They will be settling in the State of New Hampshire with relatives, who will help them build a life here.

Why in the 21st century are men still raising their hand in violence against others for how they choose to worship? What a person believes is purely personal, it also determines a person’s character and how they will choose to exist as a human being within their family and in society. Most people of faith are law abiding, compassionate, giving, and generous. Fanatics live on the flip side – judgmental sociopaths who feel compelled to kill in the name of God.

Daniel Wani  Meriam Ibrahim arriving in America.
Daniel Wani Meriam Ibrahim arriving in America.

What else needs to happen in terms of human evolution for people to stop killing for sport, religion, jealousy or boredom? How much longer is it going to take for the rest of the world to finally stand against genocide and subjugation in the Sudan and other countries, to bring the base-brain barbarians of the world into a future of everlasting peace?

Where is John Cabal and Wings Over the World when you need them?
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Highlights of the Working Mother’s 2014

Highlights of the Working Mother’s 2014 Multicultural Women’s National Conference

By Ginger Davis

The 2014 Multicultural Women’s National Conference, hosted by Working Mother Media and the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) took place at the New York Marriott Hotel July 16 -14, and was a stellar event. The conference was attended by professional women, and a few men, from all over the country and around the world. Participants came out to hear professionals in the field of corporate diversity practices such as Farah Bernier, Northeast Market Diversity Leader for PwC, Brian Baker, General Manager, Diversity Best Practices, and Deb Elam, President, GE Foundation & Chief Diversity Officer, GE.

Tara Jaye Frank, Vice President, Multicultural Strategies Hallmark Cards, facilitated the general presentation on “Framing Same Race Conversation”, sponsored by Prudential Financial. Usually people

Tara Jaye Frank
Tara Jaye Frank

shy away from talking about race. At the Working Mother Multicultural Women’s Conference, the discussions on race were both meaningful and extremely constructive. In fact, we came away with a stronger sense of commonality than stark differences. The topics of Branding and Self-Promotion, Office Politics, Negotiations, and Work Life Balance raised concerned and examples of experiences that were similar or the same for the Asian, Native American, Caucasian, Indian, African American, Latina, and Caribbean women who filled the rooms of the break-out sessions.

There were a lot of heads nodding in agreement during the talks of branding and self-promotion. From the youngest woman at the table, who is just starting her career in marketing, to the eldest veteran professional, many of us told stories of how we either received mediocre or low performance reviews, because women tend not to promote themselves (“I” accomplished…”). Instead, we have a tendency to be all inclusive and extol the accomplishment of our team or group and say “we”, in order not to appear self-centered or braggadocious.

Our group’s Thought Leader Sophia Jones, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion and External Relationships for

Thought Leader Sophia Jones
Thought Leader Sophia Jones

McGraw Hill Financial laid the foundation for the discussion on branding by explaining that branding is taking the opportunity to show who you fully are to others in the workplace. Being confident, comfortable in speaking up, proudly claiming your accomplishments, knowing when to speak and when to listen, and learning how to manage the concept of the “authentic you” in the workplace. Alexis, the novice, wanted to know the practical steps of self-promotion and how to place herself in the leadership development pipeline? That got the table buzzing and switched on that female nurturing instinct in all of us. One by one, every woman at the table, including me, offered suggestions and recalled experiences on how we learned by trial and error. The session moderator then guided all of the different groups to share what was discussed before directing us to return to our individual groups to complete the final exercise for this session.

Again, many perceptions about women based on race and ethnicity were shared. The percept that Asian woman “wore the pants” and ruled their homes was shared by African American Caribbean and Latin women. I said that I though all women ruled their homes and never thought of women’s leadership at home or in the community as being a specific racial or ethnic construct. White women talked about how they are perceived as being overly confident, aggressive, and successful professionals.

One Latina said that she wanted to become that way, and the Caucasian women at her table rang out, “so do I”!

The energy at the conference vibrated with excitement.  All of the women that I spoke with felt encouraged and validated.  Frustrations related to working hard and feeling unrecognized or under-appreciated at work dissipated somewhat.  The presenters offered examples on the difference between working hard and being productive.  Working hard in and of itself, does not lead to promotion and being tapped for leadership within your company.

These tried and true tips for workplace advancement:

  • Know and understand who you are.
  • Presenting your full “authentic self” in the workplace is not appropriate.
  • You will have to learn how to temper and adapt your authentic self to fit the political and cultural environment of your company.
  • Take time to study and learn all that you can about you company and how individuals are selected for leadership development.
  • Seek mentors, and choose a diverse selection of people to help you develop your career.
  • Step up to take on the jobs that no one else wants to do, and become an expert producing results.
  • Be aware of your physical, non-verbal presence.
  • During performance evaluations or when speaking with management a career advancement, use “I” more than “we”. “I accomplished…I lead my team to accomplish”.
  • Practice you pitch with your mentors to find that balance between “I and we”.

We are all comfortable with what we know of the world.  Let’s get comfortable learning about what we don’t know for our continual growth and development.

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