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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

i have new favorite show! it’s The Voice on NBC.  this is not your run of the mill singer competition which seems staged and cartoonish.  The Voice producers searched for real singers whose talents go without question and had them coached by some of music’s best (judges-Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine). Each week singers compete with one another for a shot at the top record deal prize.  It’s so amazing to listen to the performances, all of which are available on itunes as downloads.  Viewers comment on the show live via text and twitter.  The show is really fresh and on the pulse.  

I’ve learned a lot about what it takes for a singer to succeed and I’ve watched on the edge of my seat as some singers have failed on stage because of fright.   Last week it was the battle of  the ‘shy’ girls.   Sarah Oromchi- 18 year old songtress vs. Xenia a 16 year old dynamite.  Both of them were visibly nervous and missed more than a bar or two.  Squeaky, pitchy and struggling to use their breath; what came out was average at best.   I couldn’t help but feel so sorry for them both, knowing they could have done so much more had they believed in their talent.  In the end, Xenia won that race but she won’t stand a chance in the next round if she’s matched with someone having more confidence.  

I know it’s often hard for teen girls to stand up and face the world with their heads held high.   I know it’s a challenge for teen girls to speak up for themselves and what they believe in. But just like those two teen contestants on The Voice,  there are once in a lifetime opportunities depending on your self-esteem.    You must believe that you can achieve in order for it to happen…

Tomorrow the competition continues…who’s gonna win your confidence vote? hit me up and let me know who you think rocks both inside and out!

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