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Well, this is somewhat of a surprise.
Gospel duo Mary Mary has opened their lives to the public with two season of their WE Tv self-titled reality show but there’s one thing that we had no knowledge about: one of the sisters has dealt with her husband having an affair. This according to Vibe Vixen.
Tina Campbell, the more boisterous one of the Marys admitted in the June 2013 issue of Ebony magazine that her husband, musician Teddy Campbell, had an affair and her reaction was one most of us have seen on shows like Snapped:
“Once I became aware [of the affair], I initially wanted to kill my husband,” she admitted. “I was considering adjusting the will, the living trust and all that kind of stuff. I did physically try to stab him. Several times…I never got to the point of physical harm, not really, but my words…My words hurt.”
It should be pointed out that so far, that is the only snippet that has been released about the interview. There’s not been any word on when this affair happened , if there was a reason stated (yes, we know cheating is a choice but some people give reasons for their affairs) or how they got through it.
During season one of their show, Tina and Teddy took a carriage ride and Teddy expressed that he’d not been as happy in the marriage due to Tina’s heavy schedule in the group. It was in that moment that Tina decided to devote more time to her husband and family.
The June issue of Ebony hits newsstands on May 7th.
Are you surprised by this revelation?
Recently Philippe Dubost wrote what has been called the “best resume ever.” Dubost created a fake interactive Amazon page, selling himself like a bestselling book.
More and more people like Dubost are using social media and the Internet to boast their jobs skills in hopes of landing a job. And now, employers are seeking people through the same media. As USA Today reports (via The Huffington Post), some companies are evaluating job seekers based on their tweets.
So toss out those prepared resumes and get a great virtual one. In fact, Time reported in 2012 that a recent Jobvite survey of over 1,000 companies showed that 92 percent of employers said they will use or already use social networks as a means of finding potential employees. Also, according to Time, recruiters are not only advertising job openings within social networks, some sought out shared connections on those networks and are even messaging potential candidates directly.
So can you get noticed in the sea of online resumes? Use every possible social media to establish yourself as ideal candidate. Maintain a blog, keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, and post evidence of those professional skills you’re selling, such as a YouTube video of an impressive speech for work, explains Huff Po.
But also be careful of what you post if you are using social media as a way to show off your professional skills. “Forbes reported last spring, one in five technology industry executives admitted that a candidate’s social media profile was the reason the candidate wasn’t hired,” reports HuffPo.
Has a potential employer reached out to you via Twitter? Let us know if you’ve had any social media success stories.
Do you secretly dream of stardom but can’t put the “p” in pitch? Lucky for you, you don’t have to be prolific actress or soul-shaking vocalist to make it in the show business. Plenty of work goes into making stars shine. There are countless jobs just off the stage and beyond the spotlight. If you want to be a part of creating entertainment, but know center stage isn’t for you, consider job options that play on other strengths.
This Black History Month, we celebrate some of pop culture’s most influential movers and shakers who have changed the landscape of the world of entertainment. From the first African-American billionaire to the one of the hardest working men in radio, African-Americans have pioneered various media outlets, some even simultaneously.
Here are only a few of pop culture’s African-American innovators in the areas of music, television and film. We threw in a bonus, above: Michael Jackson. Besides his singing career both with the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist, and his investments across the music industry (including The Beatles portfolio), he invented the moonwalk, a move that continues to mystify and inspire dancers good and bad around the world. Check out this slideshow for more on the late, great MJ.
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Everyone is looking for great advice when it comes to careers and personal finance. Always. In the African-American community, there are several super-smart bloggers who have figured some things out and are willing to share the wealth, figuratively.
Looking for a new job? Want to branch out and start your own? Having trouble saving money or getting into investing? Check out these nine blogs and hopefully you can learn about something new.
In 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) as “a force for desegregation.” As we honor Dr. King this weekend, not much has changed for the Girl Scouts.
Currently, there are 2.3 million girl members (and 890,000 adult members) of the Girl Scouts, with 11.3 percent of girls identifying as black or African-American and 11.6 percent as Hispanic, according to membership data from GSUSA.
Diversity within Girl Scouts has been around since founder Juliette Gordon Low started the organization in 1912, said Michelle Tompkins, media manager for GSUSA, and diversity included girls from different socio-economic backgrounds, religions, and girls with disabilities.
“The first troop itself had girls who were orphans and were from the local synagogue,” Tompkins added. “We like to say the Girl Scouts has a history of diversity and inclusion that has been in our DNA.”
Additionally, leadership at the organization also reflects a more diverse country, with current CEO Anna Maria Chavez, a Latina, and national president of the board Connie Lindsey, an African-American.
Attracting a Diverse Membership
“All of our national programming is girl driven and we take program ideas to the girls themselves so they can inform them,” explained Andrea Bastiani Archibald, a developmental psychologist and senior researcher of field-testing for GSUSA. “When we are developing a new national program, we will over-index in girls of color and other segments we are not reaching,” to help understand more of what would attract them to Girl Scouting.
The organization works hard to not only attract girls from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds, but also different socio-economic statuses and from both rural and urban areas.
“We’ve created a lot of membership resources, program resources, and marketing resources that are specifically targeting underserved populations, including Hispanics, African-Americans, and in some cases Asian and Native American girls,” added Gregory Jackson, implementation consultant with the Girl Scouts.
He also noted that GSUSA partners with organizations such as the historically black sorority Sigma Gamma Rho or the African Methodist Episcopal Church, to provide volunteers and role models who represent the underserved populations and come from similar communities. The sorority, he said, is a great example of showing younger Girl Scouts how they can grow up to attend college and study courses including STEM programs, and the church has offered to let local troops meet at their buildings, connecting the community.
Sometimes this diversity has been a challenge to the Girl Scouts, as when transgender girl Bobby Montoya wanted to join a troop in Colorado in early 2012.
Archibald said each recent situation is different and the organization handles each individually, while leaving the final decision to the local council: “If the child is living culturally as a girl, for example, and has been going to school as a girl, we would welcome and want to place them in the best possible situation.”
Diversity Benefits Students in School and in Scouts
In November 2012, research from the National Coalition on School Diversity found that diverse schools provide benefits for students of all races and socio-economic backgrounds.
“Wide-ranging and probing discussions occur in diverse classrooms that help generate creative, high-quality solutions to problems,” the Coalition wrote in a press release about the findings. “Racially integrated schools are associated with reduced prejudice among students of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, a diminished likelihood of stereotyping, and more friendships across racial lines and higher levels of cultural competence.”
The Girl Scouts provide a similar atmosphere for encouraging growth in diversity. In a recent survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, girls were willing to talk about and promote diversity among their friends and families. In the survey, 58 percent of girls said they try to listen to and value other people’s ideas, 49 percent said they try to make friends from different backgrounds, and 43 percent said they speak up when they hear someone being picked on because of their differences.
“Through our program experiences, girls come to value diversity and different ideas and different background and different experiences because it is built right in,” Archibald said. She spoke of a very diverse Brownie troop she visited recently, which she described as “a force to be reckoned with in their community. You could see they embrace differences and they appreciate differences and approaching problems differently. They came to work effectively on a team and take on different roles.”
Leading Girls Into the Future
The Girl Scouts are also working on getting diversity in the workforce, by preparing girls for leadership roles. Archibald said that GSUSA has been working to get more systematic with its leadership programs and help make the programs fit with a more modern leader.
“We try to tailor the leadership experiences we offer to what girls need for life skills—healthy relationships, advocacy, in tackling challenges in their community, in their ability to identify community needs and create sustainable solutions to problems,” she said. “Skills that they can use today, in age appropriate way, as well as take with them for tomorrow.”
Michael Watson, SVP of human resources and diversity for GSUSA, looks at the long-term effects of getting girls and young women ready for careers and leadership positions: “We are a pipeline of talent for the nation. One of the critical issues that this nation will face over the next 10-15 years is ‘will we have the talent needed to provide the engineers, the doctors, the nurses, the welders and the like? And if we don’t have enough women in that pipeline, from every different background, we are not going to be able to compete internationally and that is going to hurt our entire economy. What we do in Girl Scouts is very important in terms of preparing girls from all backgrounds and preparing them for all careers.”
What do you think? Were you a Girl Scout? How did that experience shape who you became as an adult?
Behind The Click: Oracle’s Other Oracle Jennifer Sherman On How To Bring More Women Into the Tech Field
Happy New Year and welcome to the first Behind The Click of 2013! I’m happy to bring you a profile on someone who I’ve just discovered…
Though CEO Larry Ellison usually gets most of the media props as Oracle’s head honcho, Jennifer Sherman should definitely be on your tech radar as well. She is proving that, yes, Virginia, there are women of color at such giants as Oracle and doing great things in the process. Sherman is senior director of applications strategy at the company. We’ll get into more about what all that entails in just a bit. But her international background is just as, if not more, compelling.
Current Occupation: Senior Director, Applications Strategy, Oracle Corporation
Favorite website: I’m remodeling my bathroom right now so Pinterest is my new best friend.
Favorite read: Fiction – Song of Solomon; Nonfiction – The Soul of a New Machine
Recent read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
2013′s ultimate goal: I want to make this year as fabulous as possible. That probably means ordering champagne on Tuesdays, smiling at strangers, accepting compliments wholeheartedly, and telling people how much I value them.
Quote Governing Your Mission or a Quote that Inspires You:
We can choose to be audacious enough to take responsibility for the entire human family. We can choose to make our love for the world what our lives are really about. Each of us has the opportunity, the privilege, to make a difference in creating a world that works for all of us. It will require courage, audacity and heart. It is much more radical than a revolution – it is the beginning of a transformation in the quality of life on our planet. What we create together is a relationship in which our work can show up as making a difference in people’s lives. I welcome the unprecedented opportunity for us to work globally on that which concerns us all as human beings.
If not you, who?
If not now, when?
If not here, where?
Madame Noire: I love how you have lived in many different places. Your background growing up seems fascinating. How did you end up being raised in India, West Africa, and the Middle East?
If you’re looking for a new job, or just interested in what careers are hot right now, look no further than the technology space. With innovation coming through new hardware and software advancements, jobs in this field are varied, intriguing, and fast growing. Here are nine jobs that are making waves as we kick off 2013.
Behind The Click: Ayori Selassie Came From Humble Beginnings to Work for Forbes’ Most Innovative Company
So here we are! Our last “Behind The Click” profile for 2012. (Don’t worry… there’s a special year-end piece in the next few days as well as much more to come in 2013).
Ayori Selassie is helping us wrap up this year with a bang. Not only is she a product manager at SalesForce.com (voted most innovative company by Forbes magazine), but she also has some very special involvement with a particular part of the U.S. State Department (of which I’m a huge fan). Read on to find out about this very busy and talented member of the technorati!
Current Occupation: Product Manager, SalesForce.com
Favorite website: Mashable. “Great resource for tech, startup and innovative stuff in general.”
Favorite read: Women Who Run With The Wolves by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes. “The fables, folk tales and stories in this book (less so the analysis of the stories) helped me recover from a failed marriage engagement and learn to trust my gut. I still refer to these stories for personal experiences and when giving advice to other women.
Recent read: Rebuild the Dream by Van Jones. “He is one of my role models.”
2012′s ultimate goal: Taking my daughter to see our nation’s capital. I did that in October and will be doing it again for her birthday with a very special surprise visit to a very important place. I’ll have to let you wonder about that!
Quote Governing Your Mission:
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
LdC: So, let’s always start with the basics. Give me a bit about your background.
Whether or not you are currently looking for a new job, having a polished and prepared LinkedIn profile can be a good thing. By having this more professional page on a social network, it allows you to build working and career-focused relationships online as well as off. Then, when you do decide to make the next job move or are looking for your next client, it can be an invaluable resource.
Fill out all your information.
This is the first step on LinkedIn, but many people often only fill out their basic information. Have a professional photograph, include descriptions of your past work, connect with previous companies, add education and volunteer experience, and mostly just make sure your page looks full and complete.