• Mirrored Image of the Past
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #10: Lifestyle)


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    I see myself in people, the thoughts the vision and even the lack of confidence that is covered and molded by attitudes and insecurities. Our negative world teaches us to not be kind, but to be selfish and cruel. The greatest challenge I faced was humbling myself and learning that it’s not what happens to you, but how you respond. That’s everything.

    Inevitably something is going to happen an life takes its course but it’s a different feeling knowing despite what people think about u you continue to be you and do good. I believe I was chosen to live this. No one knows what plan is in the works and I can already see it manifesting. I just hope that ignorance doesn’t stop their growth, the growth of a race, or the growth of endless knowledge to which we are exposed.

    As a writer, and even more now as a thinker, we are a a critical part in history. A part where we are viewed as the new age, the “millennial” of present day, which allows my mind to imagine the many works we can do together. I am inspired to do more for our culture and community, why you may ask? It’s simple, genetics! We are descendants of Kings and Queens. The help that we need is not money or houses or jobs. It’s the…(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • Comeback Power
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #9: Lifestyle)


    Comeback Power


    As the semester begins and the routine turns back into reality, I find it is important to have a vision and goal going forward.

    I believe the reason we settle for things that we know do not benefit our lives is because of fear, doubt, and the harsh reality of failing. When you realize your ability and worth, you expand your vision and look within and resolve to yourself that you have something within you that can enable you to be stronger and more powerful than anything around you.

    “Come Back Power!”; something inside you that can enable you, that forces you to be better and stronger than anything out here.

    Surround yourself with those people who feed your success and vision.  If you are serious about your success, get serious about effort to make that dream come true.

    Once you know who you are, you(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • FOCUS
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #8: Lifestyle)


    2011 All-Star Awards Presenter


    I am a living witness that if you continue to press on and don’t give up, your dream will become a reality.  If you put your effort and energy into anything, it’s possible.

    I believe I was put on this earth to inspire people and give them that undying hope that if I made it through situations then surely you can. I don’t sell dreams of making millions of having fancy cars, there’s no substance in that. I want you to be inspired and passionate to the point, success is all you think about, you no longer settle for mediocrity!

    We live in a generation of “talkers.”  We talk about how good we want to have it, but what real steps do we take to make this dream a reality?  Your focus should be on what you constantly can’t get off your mind. You should have a WHY for everything you do.

    This life of which we are a part gives you a platform to do and be anything you desire, but it won’t ever happen if you don’t put your all into everything you do. If you’re worrying about what this person is doing or how a situation has impacted you, you’ll(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • What Does It Mean To Be A Man?
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #7: Lifestyle)


    Alpha Phi Alpha® Fraternity, Inc., Clark Atlanta University


    What does it mean to be a man?

    Does it mean to think concretely into the ideas of what it means to be a man?  Is it about who inspired the role you take as a man and who assisted in that development?  What being a man means to me, no matter color or ethnicity, is that you are of the male sex and you also carry yourself as you were taught when you were raised.

    The male role is so strong in today’s society that we are often looked at to lead.  Whether it’s within the household or with parenting a child, the male, at least in my family, has played the role of disciplinary just as much as a mother.

    Sadly, many of the men have no examples within their own home to show them, so their idea of being a MAN in today’s society is guided by a television and advertising markets or some other model that could care less about the development of a man while watching their show or buying their clothes.

    Its tricky how societal beliefs can change how being a man is defined or standardized in a way so bad that we can’t be unique men without being looked as “less than a man.”

    When I was growing up, I…(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • The ‘Letter’ That Reshaped History
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #6: Lifestyle)


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    I still believe one of the greatest things a human can posses is knowledge, and it is with this knowledge we understand the root of many of our issues today and stop the cycle known as oppression.

    To deeply and richly understand history and the development of today’s norms, classes and statutes, we are to look at the pioneer.  The British slave owner who had that much hate for African-Americans as a people, came up with a “fool proof method” of how to control and enslave a vulnerable population for years to come.

    This explains our hatred for one another because it had been instilled in us.

    We have been conditioned even within our own culture to dislike our race, discredit our history.  The only real changes we are seeing are the ones who are fighting harder to stay the same. David Banner said that the black population is the only race who takes advice of how to get out of oppression from the very people who oppress us.

    The deeper issue is(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • Securing Your Legacy, Part 1 of 2
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #5: Lifestyle)


    Securing Your Legacy


    Like many of Americans we all believe in being great individuals both socially and career wise. However, even fewer really work towards that goal of greatness.  For those who doubt themselves (we all do) here is some encouragement on this Monday; we all have the ability to change someone’s life.

    How you choose to affect that person is solely up to you. That’s the power we have. When you appreciate this gift, you have this overwhelming amount of urgency to help those who in many situations cannot help themselves. Here are three questions to ask yourself as you go about your day.

    1. At this very moment, what could I be doing toward fulfilling my current goals? Have I reached the place of complacency or am I still hungry, fighting for what I want?
    1. Am I making the…(CLICK HERE to Read More…)

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  • Hate is Too Great a Burden to Bear
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #4: Police Brutality, Race Relations)


    Hate is Too Great a Burden to Bear

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    I can’t breathe!“, “Don’t shoot!”  “It’s a toy!

    Both were cries heard by two African-American males who were killed by police officers, Eric Garner and John Crawford III. When we think about government and those who are in place to protect us, never would we have thought that this type of betrayal and savage behavior would come from those we call on for help. Let me enlighten you for just one moment.

    These crimes toward unarmed African-American men and women cannot be downplayed by the crimes we commit on one another. Which is what the media will always argue, that in itself is another issue that is never ending. While some cities and states have gotten better regarding homicides, others still do struggle tremendously.  We have a long road ahead to be able to reach the expectations we all have of non violence of any race or ethnicity.

    Now that I have cleared that path, we have more digging to do.  The underlining argument and focus in this article is this:

    In the recent months and weeks, we have seen a flash back of the same brutality and injustice we saw during the 60’s. Power hungry, out-of-control police officers using their badge to justify deaths, beatings and behavior unbecoming of an officer that has taken an oath to defend, serve, and protect.

    We know we have a issue when…(CLICK HERE to Read More)

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  • I Want My Cut
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #3: Sports, Politics, Business)


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    In a multi-billion dollar industry, athletes around America are feeling used as sort of the ‘poster boys’ for their school by creating massive revenue. Student who play sports and are on athletic scholarships are disciplined for selling autographs, trading memorabilia, and other items for cash that the school is not providing for them.

    The NCAA® is the only business where you make billions of dollars but you don’t pay the people.  The great debate of whether or not college athletes should be paid for participating in sports has become more and more talked about with the recent stories of student athletes trying to earn money from autographs given to fans in exchange for cash.

    The NCAA® stresses the importance of the college athletes remaining students first and athletes second and the NCAA® in no way believes that paying their athletes is morally correct.  There have been many proposals as to how this can possibly work for athletes to get paid to avoid the lying in sports.

    Experts have said that although the probability of athletes getting paid is unlikely there are still ideas to somehow give players an incentive that is not monetary but valuable.  Kansas State University head coach Bill Self says(CLICK HERE to Read More)

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  • Rural -vs.- Urban Setting
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #2: Lifestyle)


    Rural vs. Urban Setting


    Though we are aware that are differences between living in the urban and rural areas, people often times based opinions off stereotypes that may have been told to them.  In this specific case there are many differences that comes with living in both these setting and I think it is good and bad.

    In the article I found, a teacher was beaten by one of her students in her own classroom.  Now this is not totally surprising coming from a large city that is often known for the violence that swarms the city.

    In comparison, I came across another article of a teacher from a school where my sister attended called Reginald F. Lewis H.S. where a student attacked her teacher after the student refused to sit down.  The story was made headlines on the Today Show and questioned whether this violence was proved by peers and if such violence was not the first to occur.

    My personal opinion is that…(CLICK HERE to Read More)

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  • Social Media and Social Control: Virtue or Vice in the 21st Century
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #1: Lifestyle)


    Social Media and Social Control


    Social media takes the same social skills we have used for thousands of years.  Many of the modern social activities and events even suggest that we as Americans rely even heavier on social media to do just about everything.  We see how technology has eliminated our need or desire to search in depth for things we do not know.  Often times our eyes are focused on our phones rather than social interactions with friends or employers.  In a technological world we are slowly becoming ” tools” by which the old way of doing just about everything is controlled through Internet and media.

    In the African-American culture, we take a look at how media can portray us even in the most unfortunate situations and usually those are the only ones that catch most of our attention.  Great examples would be how violence amongst African-Americans and police are almost always referred back to how blacks have an image; that which is portrayed by the media to be unruly, incompetent, and unable to listen to authority of any kind.  Now we hear common cliches such as…(CLICK HERE to Read More)

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