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I never thought the day would come when I would be really mad at the government for protecting our rights.  But today the Supreme Court went too far when it decided to throw out California’s ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, saying the law violated minors’ rights.  What’s the big deal you say?

Well according to a NY Times article, many of the games presented in the Supreme Court case are just plain horrifying…“The objective of one game is to rape a mother and her daughters….Soon, children may play three-dimensional high-definition games wearing equipment that will allow them to [actually feel the splatting blood from the blown-off head]”

Is it just me or should we continue to allow this type of legalise to bury the character of our Nation’s youth?   How wrong would it have been to ban the sale of these games to minors?  If cigarettes and alcohol are banned because they are harmful to the health of young people, why not video games.  The science is pretty clear cut, violent video games have a negative impact on the health of children.   Violence is a huge public health problem and is the leading cause of death for many groups of young people.  

Today, the Supreme Court decided they could care less about protecting the very youth they claim they are speaking on behalf of.  Shame on them…

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It’s no secret I just LOVE NBC’s new show, The Voice.  Tonight will be the elimination round to see who gets to the finals.  I’m really routing for the three teen girls on the show.; Casey Weston, Xenia and Dia Frampton. They all have such amazing talent and diverse styles. 

Check out the show tonight 8pm (est) and let me know who you are routing for…

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This foundation has a new summer leadership program for high school students.   Please forward to students who may be interested.  The application is due June 15th.
Cultivating Aspiring Leaders (CAL) is now accepting online applications for its inaugural Leadership Training Institute (LTI).  LTI is a four-part Saturday academy, which will be held in July at theNew Yorkoffice of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

 Members of CAL’s Curriculum Committee have created a program replete with comprehensive lectures, assessments, interactive learning, role-playing, and panel discussions.  All workshops are taught by leading trainers, speakers and professionals in business, law and other dynamic industries.

LTI’s curriculum includes, among other topics, a discussion entitled “*Use Social Media to Own Your Name: Brand-Building and Professional Self-Awareness*,” during which time the students will create a professional presence online and learn to defend against a negative online reputation.

Part I of LTI also includes a panel entitled “*Reach Back as You Move Forward: The Importance of Giving Back*,” which will feature philanthropic leaders such as Robert Reffkin, founder of New York Needs You, Joshua Mercer, founder ofSwish Dreams, and Chris Rolle, creator of the Hip Hop Project.

Also, Michael Melcher, Partner at Next Step Partners and author ofThe Creative Lawyer, will discuss leadership styles and positioning for success during Part II’s “*Your Leadership Brand: Understanding Your Values, Style, and Professional Identity.*“

During Part III’s “*The Power of Your Emotions: Emotional Intelligence and Professional and Personal Success*,” a panel of legal professionals will discuss how to work and socialize in difficult environments and not take things personally. Panelists include Rossie Turman, Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Alphonzo A. Grant, Jr., Special Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, and Vivienne LaBorde, Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Other presenters include Syreeta Gates, author of *Just Be Cause* and founder of the SWT Life, Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Professor at Columbia University, Patricia Louison, Assistant Dean of Georgetown School of Business, Ladell Graham, co-founder of Smith, Graham & Company, Investment Advisors, and more. Additional topics include public speaking, gender and business negotiations, building a personal board of advisors, ethics, entrepreneurship, dealing with bullying, and more. 

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. have at least one parent that is a member of an underserved racial
  minority group (African-American, Latino, Native American);

  2. be a high school rising junior, rising senior, or recent graduate;

  3. exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities, have strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrate maturity and well-roundedness.

All applications must also be:

  1. available every Saturday from July 9th to July 30th from 8:15am –4:15pm;

  2. able to travel independently to and from our Four Times Square location;

  3. authorized by legal guardian to participate in LTI.

Applications are due 5pm on June 15, 2011*.

Students may apply here!

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As excited as I am about the NBA finals, I’m not talking about Dallas vs. Miami…

I’m calling all girls to put your votes in for contestants on The Voice, my new favorite show.  Some of you wrote me to let me know your favorite female vocalist. I’m pushing for our shy girl Xenia!!!  Keep those comments coming…

Quarter Finals- Round 2 Tuesday June 14th 9pm (EST) on NBC

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