LinkedIn – Invitations – Grooming

Background

As times goes by I find myself really been impressed in someone’s work or really just want to keep in touch with them post our current interaction.

Other times it is someone I worked with in the past and I need to ask them a quick question and so I seek them out via LinkedIn and send them an invite.

 

Linked-In

It is easy to keep some of the unrequited invites along much longer than one should.

 

Invitations Sent

Here is the the current link to the Invitations Sent Manager – Link.

Invitation Sent List – Current as of 6 AM Oct 29th, 2017

Invitation Sent List – Select

Review and select the ones that have been languishing a while.

Thanks goodness length of pasture is noted.

 

Invitation Sent List – Number of Invites Withdrawn

Invitation Sent List – Current as of 7 AM Sun Oct 29th, 2017

 

Summary

Image

Textual

“A certain man prepared a great banquet and invited many guests.
When it was time for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’…

The Loving Decision

Background

June 13th, 2017

50 years ago [ today ], the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Loving — Mildred and Richard Loving, who successfully sued the state of Virginia, forcing it to recognize their interracial marriage. That landmark case overturned laws against interracial marriages all across the country.

 

Videos

  1. The { } And
    • Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch
      • Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil
        Mia & Khalil, a father and daughter separated for years by the federal prison system, discuss the hardship that has defined their relationship. 9 year old Mia bravely opens up about what it meant that her father was incarcerated, and Khalil, now a criminal justice reform activist at JustLeadershipUSA, can only admire how strong his daughter has become.

        • Videos
          • Smaller Clip
            Published On :- 2017-Oct-4th
            Link
          • Full
            Published On :- 2016-Oct-10th
            Link
      • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention
        • Video
          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 1)
            A Guyanese transplant to New York, Khalil came of age as an inmate in maximum security facilities during his twenties. After his release, he dedicated his life to education, social justice and his family, only to be taken away by immigration detention, and possibly deported after 25 years in the United States.
            Link
          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)
            Following his session of The Window, Khalil, was at a loss of words processing the amount of love and support his family and friends showed him during their reflections of his struggle in Immigration Detention. Here is what he finally said about the eye-opening experience.
            Link
      • I Went To Prison And My Dad Never Called. Now I’m Calling Him. | MORAL COURAGE EP. 35
        • Channel :- MoralCourageChannel
          Published On :- 2015-Oct-5th
          My entire incarceration I never received one letter, or a visit, or a call from my father. This video follows my journey to reconnect with him in a meaningful way.
          Link
    • How Will We Raise A Biracial Kid? | {THE AND} Keisha & Andrew
      Keisha & Andrew are back with {THE AND} after a year, still laughing with and at each other. But things get real as they confront their fears of the future, like having a biracial child in the #BlackLivesMatter era (Part 1 of 2) | Watch Part 2: http://bit.ly/KeishaAndrew2
      Publisher :- The Skin Deep
      Link
    • Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama
      David & Adama, friends through the hardest of times, look how far they’ve taken their unlikely pairing since they first met. Adama, wrongfully imprisoned by the US government at age 16, wonders if American society will ever truly be comfortable with her religion, and David admits that his proudest moment in life wouldn’t have come to pass without her.
      Published On :- 2017-May-17th
      Link
    • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah
      • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah | Being Muslim in America is Hard Sometimes
        Francesca & Azzah, close friends and recent graduates, discuss the shifting social climate in the United States and its impact on their friendship. Azzah shares growing concerns about her identity as an immigrant and Muslim woman to Francesca, who relied deeply on Azzah during the rough patches in her life. Filmed in July 2016, this dialogue between two young women of color is more relevant now than ever.
        Publisher :- The Skin Deep
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-8th
        Link
  2. The Loving Decision
    • We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
      Link
    • Features
      • Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen & Janey Langhart Cohen
      • Vaughn J. Buffalo and Gail Russell Buffalo
      • Enroll McDonald and Klara Glowczewska
      • Rev. John Janka and Rev. Jacqui Lewis
      • Chris Connolly and Joy Connolly
  3. Amanda Roman Leak, Ryan Leak
    • The Surprise Wedding ( Shorter Version )
      Station :- Amanda Roman Leak
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
      Link
    • The Surprise Wedding
      On June 7, 2013, Ryan Leak proposed to his girlfriend. Her dream was to get engaged and married on the same day, and so later on that night… He had planned her surprise dream wedding. We have always talked about what we want our special day to be about. And for us, we want it to be about something bigger than ourselves. Recently, we were moved by an organization called A21 who fights sex trafficking all over the world. And so the idea for this day was: There’s 27 million girls caught in sex slavery, and every single one of them deserves their own dream wedding. And so we asked all of our guest at the wedding to give to A21 instead of getting us traditional wedding presents. If you’d like to learn more about A21 and join our guest in giving, go to: http://bit.ly/1g7zrye
      Link
    • Viral Video Newlyweds Credit as Inspiration
      Link
    • Chasing Failure
      Link
  4. Adanna & David
    • OUR WEDDING VIDEO | AdannaDavid
      Hi guys, the video from our wedding is finally up. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed the day! Love, Adanna & David Check out our ‘Bei-de’ Jewellery collection: https://stilnest.com/adanna-david
      Published On :- 2014-Nov-29th
      Link
    • Adanna & David dancing to Afrobeats
      Published On :- 2017-Jan-17th
      Link
    • Adanna & Adamma
      • MEET MY TWIN SISTER – TWIN TAG | AdannaDavid
        A lot of you have requested for me to do a ‘Twin Tag’ while my twin sister was visiting.
        Published On :- 2016-March-13th
        Link
  5. Ruffine & Nicolas Delfosse
    • Opening Wedding Dance – Ruffine & Nicolas (Etta James – covered by Beyoncé, Bracket, P-Square)
      Published On :- 2015-Sept-5th
      Link
  6. Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
    • Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
      Publisher :- How he asked.com
      Published On :- 2016-Nov-7th
  7. Cedric Thompson Jr and Charlotte Paguyo
    • An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story
      Thank you Ced and Charlotte for letting me be apart of this beautiful moment. “An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story”
      Link
  8. Love Without Borders
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 1
      In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, we gathered eight multicultural couples to talk about their experiences in America.
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
      Link
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 4
      Multiethnic Couples Talk About Their Weddings | Love Without Borders S1 EP4 | BRIDES
      Link
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 5
      The One Thing You Should Never Say to Multicultural Couples | Love Without Borders S1 EP5 | BRIDES
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
      Link
  9. Christopher M. Harris & Britt Harris
    • Stories
      • After US Army Specialist Christopher M. Harris was killed in Afghanistan, his wife Britt asked his fellow soldiers to reveal the gender of their unborn child
    • Participants
      • Christopher M. Harris
      • Britt Harris
    • Videos
      • Troops reveal gender of fallen soldier’s baby
        Link
    • Dates
      • Deceased :- August 2nd, 2017
  10. Crystal and Joseph
    • Crystal and Joseph were married at Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, Maryland.
    • Wedding Blog ( Link )
    • Stories
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
    • Participants
      • Crystal
      • Joseph
    • Videos
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
        Dates Published :- 2017-June-24th
        Link

 

Indepth

The { } And

Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama

  1. Adama
    • Koran
      • After every hardship there is ease
      • Black, Woman, and Muslim
      • I have to go pass those strikes
  2. David
    • Adama granted Asylum

Khalil, Chamika, Mia Cumberbatch

The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)

  1. Did not want to call him father
    • I was fearful that if I gave him that title, he wouldn’t live up to it
    • But, the reality is that he has done that and so much more
  2. Brother
    • Met each other in a very dark, a very dark place
    • We did not have anything to offer each other, but friendship
    • But, he took that
    • And, we have both survived it, because of the camaraderie that we have
  3. Fatherhood
    • Change my legacy
    • Change my legacy about Prisonhood
    • Coming closer to that goal
  4. Friendship
    • Dickson
      • Believe in me, even when I did not believe in myself
  5. Friendship
    • Seeds
      • Support
      • Criticism
      • Inspiration
    • Becoming
      • Husband
      • Father
      • Advocate
    • Mirroring
      • Joy
      • Inspiration
      • Gratitude

Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil

  1. Mia
    • What scares you the most
  2. Khalil
    • I will look back on my life and wish I was a great parent
  3. Mia
    • There is no change to make you a great parent, you are actually a great parent

 

 

Pledges

There are many pledges we make in our lives.

One of the wives featured in the HBO documentary, “We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)”, said “Being married to John keeps me accountable. I cannot do they…They are.  I wake up to this guy.  My husband.

Here is hoping you have set some traps in your life that forbade you from Saying They, and even more Lividly Living against “They”.

 

Here is what 826 days sober looks like

Background

Some stories grab you and you feel good at seeing people pulled out of HELL.

Here is one of them.

 

Here is what 826 days sober looks like. Left is me June 11th 2014, on the right is me today. Recovery is possible!

 

The left picture was taken on July 11th, 2014 and the right picture was taken on Sept 14th, 2016
Link

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pInterest – Getting help with creating pins

Forward

On my way home this evening, found a little time to catch up on the Book of Nahum.

The edition I am reading is “Men’s Devotional“. And, I stayed on the commentary provided by C.S. Lewis; it is titled “Retribution’s Good Element“.

I really feel in love with C.S. words and sentence structure.  And, wanted to share via pInterest.

pInterest

But, never one gifted with artistic ways, I knew I would stumble with trying to design “Word Art” on my own.

And, so googled for tools that can help.

Here are some web sites that provide assistance with creating images that can be availed as pins on pInterest.

 

Tools

Tool Link More
Quotes Cover Link
Recite Link
Canva Link Requires Registration
Quozio Link
PixTeller Link

 

 

Sample Pins

QuotesCover

PainSometimesGivesTheOnlyOpportunity-20160813-0813AM

 

Recite

WeHaveAllWeWant

 

pInterest Boards

  1. Daniel Adeniji
    • Smith Wigglesworth
      Link
    • C.S. Lewis – Retribution’s Good Element
      Link
    • Autumn October
      Link
    • Nabeel & Michelle Qureshi
      Link

LinkedIn – Customization – Who can view your Connections?

Background

Ever few weeks, I receive an unsolicited requests to add a new person to my LinkedIn Connections.

I review it and if I know that person, I add them in.

Depending on my gut feelings, I will either add an invitee I do not know, or sit on it for a while.

If I oblige a requester that I do not know, I will more likely than not, message that person and try to determine what is the basis for their invite.

Yesterday

Yesterday was one of those days where I added someone and shortly thereafter messaged them to find out why they sent me a request in the first place.

I have yet to hear back from the person, actually a company.

 

Glad

I am glad that my Linkedin Connections are better protected than I am.

 

Connections Visibility

I will suggest that you manage your connections visibility by accessing

https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/connections-visibility

     PrivacySettings-ConnectionsVisibility

 

I have opted to not share my Connections with anyone outside of Self.

The other option, likely the default option, is to allow “Your Connections” to view each other.

WhoCanSeeMyConnections-Dropdown-YourConnections

Nice GUI

I like the GUI work that some of the Web Sites are employing.  No Save Button.  Make changes and they are auto-saved and you have a visual object to indicate that things are taking of.

PrivacySettings-ConnectionsVisibility-Saving

 

Help

Web sites evolve and if the link referenced above should change, please use the Help button to seek follow-up advice.

Here is the URL to Help.

Searched Item

who can see your connections

LinkedHelp-WhoCanSeeYourConnections-v2

We opted for “Controlling who sees your Connection ListLink.

Lupe Fiasco – “The Come Up”

Prelude

Again, it has been that kind of a couple of weeks….

Here is Lupe’s Take

https://www.facebook.com/LupeFiasco?fref=nf

To rappers from a rapper…simply write your own rhymes as much as you can if you are able. Ghostwriting, or borrowing lines, or taking suggestions from the room has always been in rap and will always be in rap.

It is nothing to go crazy over or be offended about unless you are someone who postures him or herself on the importance of authenticity and tries to portray that quality to your fans or the public at large. Then we might have a problem.

Some of the most pivotal moments in rap have been ghostwritten verses.

This leads to a bigger point.

Rapping is not an easy thing to do. It’s takes years of work and trail and error to master some of its finer points. Respect from other MC’s comes in many formats. Sales, live performances, realness etc but the one thing that is the most important is the raps themselves at least in the eyes of other serious rappers.

The phrase “I’m not a rapper” gets thrown around as if it’s a badge of honor. And that’s fine. If rap is a side hustle for you or just a come up then by all means may the force be with you.

But I know a lot of MC’s where rap is the first love and the first thing they think about when they wake up and the last thing they think about when they go to sleep.

Rappers who pursue the art form with this level of intention may not become rich and famous off selling their raps to a wide audience but that has never been an accepted metric to begin with in terms of quality or level of skill.

The vast majority of rappers will never sell 100 records in their lifetimes let alone millions. But that’s not the point, the point is that what pursuing the craft gives us in terms of the intangibles is something that record sales or fame could never represent. We achieve a mastery of language and poetics that competes on the highest levels of discourse across the entirety of human history. We express ourselves creatively and attain a sense of liberation and self-esteem via this sacred mode of creation and communication.

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Modern Radio and the commercial realm of music has injured rap. It set up ambiguous rules and systems for success that don’t take into consideration the quality and skill of the rappers craft.

It redefined rap as just a being beat driven hook with some words in between and an entire generation has surrendered to chasing the format instead of chasing the art form.

While mastering any format should be the pursuit of any self-respecting rapper including the commercial format it must be kept clear that it is just one of many formats and that you should strive to master all of them.

The art form is kept alive and progressive in the activities of the tens of thousands of rappers around the world who are everyday trying to think of that next witty bar. Trying to put that crazy verse together while at work. Trying to find that word that rhymes with catapult so they can finish off that vivid story rap about their childhood.

Meek Mill struck a nerve accusing Drake of having a ghostwriter and the entire rap world reacted on all sides of the fence because rap is alive. It’s active and it feels.

Its rules and traditions are vibrant and responsive. I enjoy both these brothers music and find inspiration and appreciation from both of them.

I remember being in Toronto at Goodfoot years ago and it was a stack of CD’s on the counter and the guy behind the counter was like “Lupe you gotta take this CD.  It’s my mans mixtape.”

I didn’t really pay it any mind I took it to the car and looked it over and just kind of set it aside focused on other things. I vividly remember saying “what kind of rap name is Drake?” The rest is history.

Once while in Philly I went to do an interview in a shabby and very hood basement studio complex. I peeked into one of the rooms and it was this tall kid with his shirt off bouncing up and down in the booth with an energy that was electric. I gave him my regards. He gave them back. I think I mentioned something about him cutting his dreads. As I left I remember him rapping something about being a boss. The rest is history.

At the end of the day, for better or worse, rap is alive even if some of its greatest moments are written by ghosts.

 

Video & Lyrics

Lupe – The End of the World – Video

Lupe – The End of the World – Lyrics

 

Quotes

Oprah Winfrey

You ‘re built not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more

Gossip means we haven’t emboldened ourselves to talk directly to the people we take issues with 

50 Cents

I always ask people about their bad experiences, for some reason they will offer you more details. I think it is internally, their connection to the painful portion of it.  They will give you a blueprint of what not to do consistently.  ( Interview )

Boy George

What’s really sad is that a lot of very talented people are being forced to do things that are very embarrassing and I don’t intend to be one of them.

I don’t want to be a figure of disappointment.

I’ve had to write in a different way because I’m not in a bad place and I’m not heartbroken, so there’s no one I want revenge on.

Ravi Zacharias

Where destruction is the motive, unity is dangerous. Where good is the motive, unity is phenomenal

John C. Lennox

We thought we could get rid of God and retain a value for human beings. We were wrong. We destroyed both God and man.


Postlude

Here is my take.  I hope someone tried to take something from you this week. And, it made you so mad, you recommitted.

Some people think they deserve the “take down”.

So here is to bowing low to group prayer, shedding light on the gossip, finding an honest way out, getting stronger, and starting the heal.

 

Last Word

Wish I could get the last word, but the “kids over here wear crowns” crooner insists that been Over his dead body.

And, so here is a yield and letting him have the last word…

Seen what you’d do for fame, what would you do for freedom?

 

Visible Thinking

Background

Early this year, we had a day set aside entirely for team building.

There are so many things to share when a group locks itself away from his normal working environment into hopefully a nice settling off campus.

 

What was shared?

Making thinking visible

How do we make our thinking visible.  And, how to encourage others, likewise  ….

Here is what the facilitator shared:

  • Make your own thinking visible

    • Share opinions
    • Provide reasoning
    • State disagreement
  • Help others make their thinking visible
    • Seek information from others
    • Ask others for their reasoning
    • Examine Others
    • Ask others to state disagreement
  • Help move group to agreement 
    • Summarize agreement and disagreement
    • Recommend compromise
    • Check/Poll for agreement
    • Establish next steps

 

Apology

Again, these are not my words, but someone else.

I am openly sharing it in hope that it help others.