HELP IF YOU CAN

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While many people see the hurt and devastation that happened just days ago in Oklahoma and look away, there are many who want to know what they can do to help. I found this information that I want to share with you. If you can help, please do. I’ll leave you with this information:

American Red Cross
The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank. Fundraising efforts were buoyed Tuesday by a $1 million pledge from Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, via his family foundation.

If you’re searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well’s site. And please register if you’re within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this.

If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)

The Red Cross also accepts frequent flier miles as donations. Delta, United Airlines and US Airways partner with the Red Cross throughout the year, which uses miles to help get volunteers and staff to key locations during disasters. (Note: The donation is not tax-deductible as the IRS considers it a gift.) For Delta, email: delta.bids@delta-air.com with your SkyMiles number, the number of miles you want to donate, and specify the Red Cross as the charity. You can donate miles online at United Airlines Donate Your Miles and US Airways Dividend Miles.

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.

OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund
The state of Oklahoma, coordinating with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, on Tuesday established the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund to help “with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore and the May 19 tornado near Shawnee.”

Donations can be made online at UnitedWayOKC.org.

Phone: 1-405-236-8441.

There are many other organizations out there but before you donate to anyone, do your research. Be careful not to get scammed.

KEEP THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR PRAYERS

With a death toll of at least 51, President Obama has signed a disaster declaration in Oklahoma. This is the second tornado to hit Oklahoma since 1999. A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Okla., following the tornado Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. This is the kind of devastation that most of us only hear or read about. It is hard to begin to imagine your entire house being completely gone in seconds, or never seeing your child or parent ever again because strong winds blew them away. Just keep these people in your prayers.
(AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)
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PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS AT MOREHOUSE

This is a video of President Obama speaking at Morehouse College graduation ceremony in Atlanta on Sunday May, 19, 2013. There are several parts to this video but I won’t post them You can go to youtube to see the others if you so desire. Another outstanding story to this graduation is the fact that a father and son both named Dorian Joyner graduated on Sunday. The father had taken time off from school to pursue a career opportunity in computers. After more than 20 years, the father decided that it was time for him to complete what he started. Dad and son proudly graduated on the exact same day.
The school is one of the country’s leading leading historical black colleges and universities. Among its’ noted alumni are Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee, Samuel Jackson, and others.

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Pictured above: (left to right) Dorian Joyner Jr. and Dorian Joyner.

RIGHT TRAIN… WRONG TRACK

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You’ve got to read this story and tell me what you think. In the story, a Brooklyn, NY teacher has been fined $10,000 for her actions in trying to teach a bully a lesson about his bullying. She has the bully to stand in front of the class while his victim gets to hit him. Though I understand what she was trying to do, I don’t agree with her actions in this particular instance. She was out of line. Perhaps she could have called his parents in, had him suspended from school, or put other disciplinary actions in place to teach this student the same lesson without the violence. Inasmuch as she was trying to do the right thing, I think she went about it the wrong way.

A Brooklyn teacher got so fed up with a notorious 8-year-old class bully that she taught him a lesson in street justice — having him stand in front of the class while his latest bullying victim “hit him back” for all the abuse.

The kid clocked his tormenter — and the bully cried like a baby.

“Well, that’s what you get,” the teacher told the wild child, according to Department of Education documents.

DOE officials sought to can veteran PS 191 teacher Tamu Francis last year following the incident involving the bully.

The aggressor was on top of his victim throwing punches when Francis pulled him off.

TAMU FRANCIS “That’s what you get.”

After Francis got the two kids off the ground, that’s when she encouraged the victim to “hit him back,” say students at the Brownsville school.

In addition to making the serves-you-right comment, Francis also was heard telling the boy, “When you act like a dog, you get treated like a dog,” according to the arbitrator who presided over her termination hearing.

Francis denied the whole scenario other than the fight itself, saying that she tried to teach the whole class a lesson by asking the bully, “How would you like it if [he] was to hit you back?”

She says the victim misunderstood her point and got in a quick jab to the gut before she could protect the boy — but arbitrator Lisa Brogan did not find her story credible.

It didn’t help that Francis failed to report the incident to her superiors.

“The behavior is extremely disturbing . . . At best, it was a horribly misguided attempt to teach a lesson about bullying,” wrote Brogan. “She exhibited extremely poor judgment and made an enormous blunder by trying to mete out a certain brand of justice for the class bully.”

But because of the third- grade teacher’s 13 years with an unblemished record, she was hit with a $10,000 fine rather than booted last fall.

Brogan said the fact that Principal Elsi Capolongo allowed Francis to keep teaching after the incident — although in a different classroom — shows that she was not worried about a repeat incident.

The sympathetic hearing officer also noted that “by all accounts, [the instigator] was a bully and had behavior issues.”

A message left at a cellphone number listed for Francis wasn’t returned.

DOE officials said she has been a roving substitute since December

THE RIGHT PERSON WON

I have watched American Idol for the entire season and listened carefully to each singer. This has been one of those years that Idol featured some absolutely amazing voices. But none more amazing than the winner, Candice Glover. This girl can sing. During the course of the season, each contestant has to sing a song from different genres of music. The judges evaluated them and the public votes weekly. Eliminations are then made each week. She has been simply stellar throughout. In the video above, she sings her first single, I AM BEAUTIFUL. You’ll be hearing much more from her in the coming years. In the voice of Nikki Minag, GO………….. CANDY GIRL!

15 YEAR OLD EMANCIPATED?

Sometimes we believe EVERYTHING we read. Such is the case with celebrities. I hear so many people talk about what is going on in their lives until it is sickening. AND especially if it is negative, too many people are ready to ride that train. In the case with Will and Jaden Smith, the news as of late has been about Jaden wanting to be emancipated. Well, look at the video of Will and Jaden on Ellen… and hear the truth for yourself.
Will and Jaden Smith appeared on Ellen to promote their new movie, ‘After Earth’, and the subject of Jaden wanting emancipation came up .

Will tells Ellen it was a joke that was misinterpreted…

Jaden explains,

“I’m not going anywhere. The thing that people don’t get: Everything at his house is free. So I can get anything and everything that I want at his house, so I think Imma be there 20 or 30 more years.”
“He [Will Smith] says as soon as I have a movie that’s bigger than one of his movies I can get my own house.”
Will told Ellen the mix-up came from a joke he made in Japan.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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Domestic violence is one of those things that should not happen. BUT it does, and at an alarming rate. Statistics say that one in four women will be domestically abused at one point in their lives. That is really a shame. As a former police officer, I responded to many domestic violence calls. My take away from that experience was that you never know what goes on behind closed doors. This past weekend, I read a book written by a friend that talked about her experience with domestic abuse and I have to be honest in saying that I was SHOCKED that it happened to her. The book is called THE TURTLE STORY: 7 Steps to Breaking Free from Domestic Violence. It is written by Pauline Mansfield and it is remarkable. Not only does she tell her story, but she offers steps (seven of them) to help a person to get out of that situation. I highly recommend this book.
Yesterday, I saw a clip and read an article from Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday program from this past weekend. In the clip, Oprah talked with Dr. Maya Angelou about her experience with domestic violence. Read the article below:
In this clip from “Super Soul Sunday,” Dr. Angelou shares the shocking story of her abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, not only revealing an incident in which he beat her, but also alleging that he held her captive for several days before Dr. Angelou’s determined and heroic mother, Vivian Baxter, came to her rescue. This story, which Dr. Angelou also shares in her latest book, “Mom & Me & Mom,” shows just how courageous, passionate and powerful Vivian was, prompting Oprah to call it “the greatest story of all the stories.”
Dr. Angelou says that a “loving” and “wonderful” man she had been dating picked her up after work one day and drove her to a romantic spot in San Francisco. “I thought we were at a romantic place out by the bay,” Dr. Angelou says. “And he hit me with his fists — and he had been a prize fighter. He hit me, he beat me. Sometimes I’d go unconscious.”
The next thing she knew, Dr. Angelou had been driven to a restaurant, where the man showed off to other men what he had done. “He said, ‘This is what you do to a b- who’s cheating on you,'” Dr. Angelou recalls. What the man may not have realized was that the restaurant owner was a friend of Dr. Angelou’s mother Vivian. The owner called Vivian to tell her what had happened to her daughter.
“My mother went to her pool hall [that she owned]… and got the baddest, most scarred-up people she could find and she said, ‘I want you to come with me,'” Dr. Angelou tells Oprah.
What followed after they were able to locate a captive Dr. Angelou three days later was a dramatic rescue that prompts Oprah to say, “I wouldn’t mess with Vivian Baxter!”

TWO SISTERS REUNITED AT TRACK MEET

Some people may not believe in miracles. But if you ask these two biological sisters, Im sure they will tell you that they do. Both of the siblings were given up for adoption. They went to schools ten minutes apart. Both of them participated in sports and that was how they managed to meet.
At a Washington, D.C.-area track meet earlier this year, some girls on the Wilson High School team noticed that a girl on Friendship Collegiate looked exactly like one of their teammates. The two girls, Robin and Jordan, introduced themselves and chatted briefly. Only later did they find out that they’re sisters.

Once Jordan, a junior at Wilson High School, discovered that Robin’s last name was Jeter, she knew she was on to something. Jordan was adopted shortly after birth, but she knew her biological mother’s name was Jeter. Jordan put the pieces together, and as it turns out, she is nine months younger than Robin, who bounced around from her biological mother to foster care to a legal guardian.

“I was so anxious to know more about her,” Jordan, 17, told WUSA 9. “Where did she go to school, how old she was, what is she like.”

The sisters, who went to school ten minutes apart, have the same shoe size, double jointed thumbs and are hard to tell apart on the phone. They’ve become good friends, and together they’re hoping to discover whether they have any more siblings.