Talking about fighting for your rights

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Who..what! White militants taking over a federal building in‪#‎Oregonunderattack‬ with rifles and semi automatic weapons. Hold up! “Where they do that at?”. Last time I check Bill Cosby, and cops shooting unarmed black men took over my timeline.

Black folks we need to check our agenda..something is not right here.

We don’t own shit and constantly being deprived in all sort of ways.

I guess we are asking for to much. They gave us an opportunity to education, jobs, nice homes and vehicles. They included us in their society and offer us a taste of their lifestyles. What else you want? Its all your fault, you have choices right…yeah right. The land of milk and honey for whom?

Now go ahead black militants and hold down a federal government building with armed weapons and watch grenads launches and wipe out the 1st, 2nd and 3d lines.

It just don’t make any sense…I guess I’m a complaining ignorant monkey.

Thanks America.

Let see who gets the last laugh

 

GUNMEN SEIZE FEDERAL BUILDING IN OREGON “A group of gunmen seized control of an empty federal building in remote Burns, Oregon, on Saturday, announced they planned to occupy the facility for ‘years’ and called for ‘patriots’ to join them — and bring more guns. The men now occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building include at least two sons of Cliven Bundy, the rancher whose legal battle with the government over grazing rights culminated in an armed standoff with federal authorities near Bunkerville, Nevada, in 2014.”

A Militia Has Taken Over A Federal Building In Oregon

Talking about fighting for your rights…we need guts to to organize like our white counterparts. This is news that can wake up America and remind us how our founders came about making this country Free!

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HIP’s LOCAL CELEBRITY SUCCESS, MARCH 2013: HONSON LUMA, MPA

Honson Luma is a Family Investment Specialist II who is originally from Miami, Florida. Honson received a B.A. in Political Science/Public Administration from Florida Memorial University, a Masters in Public Administration from Sojourner-Douglass College, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership at Morgan State University.

Growing up, although Honson traveled a familiar path commonly frequented by minority males in urban communities, he began to choose a more positive route in life as he began to reach manhood. He personally decided to stop complaining about the major problems in the urban community and embarked on a newfound journey to begin the mission of providing aid in resolving those very problems within inter-city communities. He began working for an organization known as Working America which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. While employed with the organization, he worked directly with the community and helped to inform people about local issues that plagued intercity communities. He also worked for the Association for the Community of Reform Now (Acorn) where he worked closely with citizens to educate them about political issues and the importance of voting. Additionally he served as an agent of change while working for Little Haiti Housing Association Inc. where he helped people in low income areas purchase affordable housing. His assistance and guidance providing residents the comfort they needed throughout this process and he provided citizens with foundational knowledge regarding handling day to day challenging situations. That particular opportunity propelled him toward an employment opportunity with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. While there he helped place families and the homeless in adequate and affordable housing.

Relocating to Baltimore, Maryland afforded Honson many opportunities in the educational arena as well. Honson later accepted a position with the Baltimore City Public Schools System as a Para Educator. It was in a particular inner city middle school in Baltimore City that he revived and spearheaded a program called Best Man that focused on connecting and reengaging minority males to education. Honson is currently employed for the State of Maryland as an Income Maintenance Specialist II, where he directly assists individuals within communities obtain social services and various government assistances such as childcare vouchers, medical assistance for the elderly, and other general welfare needs such as food stamps, etc. Over the course of his budding career, Honson has proven time and time again that our world matters, our community matters, and that we all in some way or another can actively strive to be agents of change for the betterment of mankind. Mr. Luma currently resides in Baltimore City, Maryland.

Professional Affiliations

Space Age Investment Group (SAIG);

Baltimore City Young Democrats;

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

***snapshot interview***

HIP: What has been your motivation behind helping others and how do you implement and promote your strategy in doing so through your current works and affiliations?
HONSON: I always keep in mind that we all are humans. I respect others so I can get the same respect in return. I believe that we all reap what we sow. Therefore, I help others that are in need and give courage to the weak. So when I’m in need and seek for strength, it can be granted. Very critical.

HIP: How have you allowed your personal goals and aspirations serve as an example of how one accomplishes and sustains true success in life?
HONSON:I think we all hold a special key to our destiny. It’s just the matter of locating the key and combination of what you call success. Your purpose driven life. What is your purpose in life is what I ask myself and continue to be driven by that thought every day. I know once one locates this rare find then truly one will cease to worry about what will come or what will be, but live peacefully. Success is not about being rich and having an abundance of material possessions. However, it is an active service to one another that brings true delight to oneself.

HIP: What challenges can you share with others that you may have experienced while getting to where you currently are professionally?

HONSON:When I was growing up there were not as many resources that were available to encourage success as there may have been in a middle or upper class community. With so many negative factors against me I became the statistic that I read about in school.

I grew up in Miami, Florida, which at that time was considered the poorest city in the United States because of lack of affordable housing and neighborhoods infested with drugs. I grew up in Little Haiti but many cities had the same problems such as, Liberty City, and Over Town. Presently, these cities are suffering from gentrification. Ever since I was a young boy, I was told and taught that I would be a failure in life. Books that I read in school informed me that black men who grow up in urban areas would end up with a criminal record or dead by the age of twenty-five. Furthermore, the literature also informed me that young males between the ages of twelve and twenty-one who live in urban areas are most likely to become arrested at least one time for a violent crime or for a drug related activity. Even though there are many negative factors that play a role in a young male’s life who lives in an urban area, those factors were never discussed in school.

There was a time when I admired people in my neighborhood for having nice cars and nice clothes because many expensive material possessions were not frequently seen in my community. I had to reflect on why and how they obtained these material possessions. Many of the people that acquired expensive possessions obtained those items with illegal activity. I came to a point in my life where I had to make a decision. I wanted to acquire wealth, power, and respect. I had to decide if I wanted to acquire these things the positive way or the negative way.

HIP: How have those challenges benefited your strides towards success and commitment to community?
HONSON:When I think about great men like Martin Luther King Jr., I am inspired to hold on to my dreams and make my dreams come true. I have a dream of becoming a great leader through impacting the community in a positive way. I would also like to become a leader who seeks justice for his people who are disenfranchised and misinformed. In the past there were times when I did not have the confidence I have today, but there were positive people in my community, such as teachers and community leaders, who helped to improve my self confidence. In return, I was able to dream again and have some of my dreams come true. Therefore, I would like to give the community the same hope that was given to me.

HIP: What encouragement can you offer to our readers who regarding the empowerment of success, endurance and the power of leadership?

HONSON:Well, I would like to close out with this quote by Orson F. Whitney, “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.” And my friend, this sums up my whole point, life is not a straight path there’s curves, bumps, forks, and circles. No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.

HIP: JUST POWERFUL!!! We truly hope that this interview has not only blessed someone who is in search of knowledge and inspiring motivation, but also someone who can relate to its message of endurance and forward motion with the end of the journey in mind. Mr. Honson Luma, HIP Enterprise appreciates your generosity of time, but more so, we thank you for your wisdom you’ve provided during this snapshot interview on today. We have no doubt that your efforts will go unnoticed and it is our hope that your stride encourages another who may be at the breakout or breakthrough of self-discovery or self-reflection to own their own destiny and decide the course. Know that you are an example and we appreciate your contributions of yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever.

We sincerely hope that our readers additionally appreciate both your vulnerability and authenticity during this interview and special thanks to our readers for visiting once again. You are our reason for persisting and we hope that we’re doing all we can to keep you HIP, elated, and motivated!!!! Please know that you’re your comments and feedbacks are always welcomed. HIPpies, let’s hear it once again for HIP’s Local Celebrity Success for March 2013… Mr. Honson Luma! As always…. #getHIP #stayHIP

**For more information or to connect with Mr. Luma, do so by visiting his website at http://www.spaceageuniversity.com or http://www. honsonluma.wordpress.com. Honson is also available on Twitter at @hluma1980

The so called fiscal cliff is over!

 

Alright, now that the so called fiscal cliff is over, we can rest knowing that the measure that sought to maintain tax cuts for most Americans but increase rates on the wealthy passed the Democratic-led Senate overwhelmingly early yesterday”. Sounds like great news! However, did any one sat down and think about the impact this may have on the poor & the middle class? I bet not. This is just ole common sense to me, the rich only main concern is to gain profits on goods distributed. If taxes are going to impact profit margins for the year than the rich only choice, is to raise price on goods. As African Americans in the United States, we are the major consumers and we will continue to over spend while wages are sustained. So before you decide to throw a party on this huge “milestone for middle class” think about what this will mean to your savings this year when doing transactions at the grocery store. I certainly will be watching consumer prices this year and be frugal. Like I say this year, my motto is to INVEST, SALE & SAVE!!!!

 

 

 

God Bless America.

 

The Role of Social Media In Community Colleges: A Strategy for Increasing African American Male Student Engagement and Persistence

The new phenomenon of digital learning and the future of higher education is the new topic of the 21st century.  It is amazing to learn about new development of open-source learning, virtual learning concepts that were already in place and students who are already benefiting from that experience of learning thorough social networking.  A growing  movement is taking place, from MIT, Stanford, and many more colleges worldwide including entrepreneurs are looking towards social media to transform higher education (Kamenetz, 2010).  I’m so much more excited and optimistic about the future of education, that I know start to view education and technology in a different way.

During the last ten years a mass of different social media applications has flooded the world wide web, enabling users’ creativity to discover and share new information (Davis III, C.H.F., Deil-Amen, R., Rios-Aguilar, C., & González Canché, M, 2012).  To me that indicates that there is a great opportunity to expose this new learning  opportunity to African American males that is lacking to “achieve the dream” in our community colleges. We must find alternative means to engage African American male students  through social media by incorporating real learning communities via the web.

Research Questions

R1.      What is the frequency of  African American male  community college student usage of online social networking for:

a. General purposes?

b. Academic purposes?

Technology & Research/Self Evaluation

Summary:
In a pursuit for a new direction while being unemployed, I have regained my momentum for being hopeful of the future. I finally devoted some time seriously over the past weeks in narrowing my dissertation topic around the concept of the future of higher education for black males in the age of digital learning. As a doctoral student, I am often lonely and bombarded by everyday life. In turn, I may lose focus on my mission and my vision. In addition, I often times acquire a lack of motivation. With this self observation, this had me thinking about looking a little deeper of what was happing to me.

In doing my research, it is mind boggling to see the vastness of literature out in cloud-space about the new phenomenon on digital learning and the future of higher education. I was amazed to learn about open-source learning, virtual learning concepts already in place and students who are already benefiting from that experience of e-learning. Learning such theories in this course have helped me to ignite my enthusiasm to do research and to develop my own application concept of the future of open source learning. As a future doctorate in education, who is learning about analyzing and synthesizing, immediately I begun to realize that I was beginning to view education and technology in a different way. In the beginning of the course, I was pessimistic about my pursuit in higher education, now I am optimistic about the future of education.

Debate:
In terms of putting it all together – this “big thing” which is the claim of the extinction of the face to face learning and bringing the global education together through social media, sharing of networks –open source, cloud base everything and so forth. It is the debate assignments in cohesive with my cohort which shade great research theories on the favor that we affirm the future of higher education will change as we know today. To include more open source learning in cloud in K-12 education and community colleges. According to Dembicki (2012), the “cloud” is bringing changes to distance education. In the 1990s, emerging software companies were the forerunners in online education, developing proprietary learning management systems (LMS) to serve colleges and jostling for clients.

Today, “cloud” computing delivery and storage of an array of computing services on the Internet coupled with the increased use of mobile devices and other changes in the industry are poised to again alter the face of online education. To me that indicated that there is a great opportunity to expose this new learning theory to the population that is lacking to “achieve the dream” in our urban cities. We must find alternative means to engage our students through online media by incorporating real learning communities.

Technology applications project:

The opportunity to be creative in a class project gives a student ownership of his/her project. This freedom enables the student to put all his/her best foot forward in meeting deadlines and producing quality work. I received much satisfaction from this course assignment, I learned that if I have an imagination I can put my imagination to work and it can become a reality using the resources that are as widely available over the internet for free.

Therefore, for my class project, I decided with the knowledge I gained from the course I would create a website that represents what is happing now in the future of higher education on open source learning. Although the popularity of open source learning have yet to accept this concept, there is much literature and full open networks with free access to their learning resources right now. My technology application is a development of Space Age Invesment Group/ Consultant in collaboration with Space Age University-www.spaceageuniversity.com.

Space Age Univeristy is a student campus network, an online community for college students to share important information facing them at present time. Space Age University enables students to quickly make campus friends on their campus and other campuses across the United States, sell or trade items such as books, electronics and other miscellaneous items. The student campus network goal is to shape the future of college and university campuses and to create a profound impact on almost every aspect of campus life. They can interact with peers on campus to engage in a positive setting using social media.

Conclusion:
A wide array of black male images in media music, movies, and television programs take characteristics of black culture, tie them to anti-school identities, violence, and misogyny, and use them as forms of entertainment. Why not get this same idea that seem to overtake our youth in our schools and create a social hub for the students to meet to share their experiences and learn from other student globally to get a much richer experience in the means of incorporating curriculum that is highly engaging using media and other forms of virtual class concepts. It’s already happening as I type. If the universities and colleges don’t take the charge to revolutionize education to reflect the times, somebody else will.

Dare to Dream Big

On August 28, 1963 in Washington D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech entitled “I Have A Dream.” He delivered a speech that was inspired by his dream for the future. Even though many may have perceived his dream to be unattainable he stood with confidence and spoke about his dream as if he knew it would one day become true. In return, a couple of years later his dream became a reality. When I think about great men like Martin Luther King Jr., I am inspired to hold on to my dreams and make my dreams come true.