All flight attendants should take notes

I swear, if you made it fun people would ACTUALLY PAY ATTENTION. And it could be helpful for visual and audio learners as well.

I hope my F.A. on K.A. will be this cool!

50 Beautiful Places to visit in South Korea

http://www.cnngo.com/seoul/visit/50-beautiful-places-visit-korea-873093

The Black Factor

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a widely known professor at my alma mater, Syracuse University who heads a website & daily newsletter containing issues, both great, good, bad, and unthinkable. I have subscribed to “Your Black World” for more than a few months now and have forwarded the link to a few people. However, with the passing of Dr. Watkin’s brother last night, the issue written about in this piece touches many people here in the U.S. The irony of the “life of a felon” piece he speaks of actually affects me directly with this whole going to Korea bit, but I won’t get into that here.

I thought I would share the link for anyone out there that would like to stay informed of what’s going home back in the U.S. to, for and by the Black community on both a large and small scale.

www.yourblackworld.com is where you can visit to check out the site and also sign up to receive updates straight to your email. While you may be away physically, spiritually it’s always good to stay connected to what’s REALLY going on.

Quick Note from Dr. Boyce:  I would like to say goodbye to Donald Couch, my older brother who just passed away last night.  Donald was technically my uncle, but I considered him an older brother from the way we were raised.  Donald had a difficult life, stumbling through various challenges in ways that are similar to what millions of other black men go through all over the United States.

I am firmly convinced that going to prison at the age of 18 is what threw my brother off for life.  After experiencing unspeakable atrocities during his incarceration, he was then given the life sentence of a felon who is denied opportunities to find gainful employment, to vote or to do so many other things that would be necessary for a person to get his life together.  I truly believe that going to prison killed him – his mind and spirit died 30 years ago and his body just died last night. 

So, if you want to know why I am the person that I am today, why I do what I do, and why I do it the way I do it, it’s in large part because of men like Donald Couch and the children that are left behind due to the holocaust of mass incarceration that is destroying millions of black families across America.  I dedicated my first book for black college students to Donald (he would try to sell copies of the book to young black men he met during day laborer jobs), and my book, “What if George Bush were a Black Man?” used Donald’s experiences as a consistent talking point. 

When my brother was away at prison, I would write long letters to him during class, accept his collect phone calls, experience severe depression when he was taken away and celebrate on the days he was released.  My development as a man, both good and bad, was heavily influenced by the fact that I am able to deeply empathize with countless numbers of children who cry themselves to sleep at night while their loved ones are locked away.  There are children in pain right now, whose futures are being destroyed by our inaction.  This is why we absolutely cannot wait when it comes to fighting for justice: Mass incarceration, prison torture, and marginalization of formerly incarcerated Americans must be brought to an end.

Take care, god bless and be educated.

Sincerely,

Dr. Boyce Watkins

Decoration ideas for that soon-to-come “apartment” in Korea

We can ALLL dream right. Now I know most of you are thinking this chic is on shrooms if she thinks this is what we’re gonna get once we hit the mean streets, BUT hear me out.

As a creative myself, I like to draw inspiration from many things. And this room above, while it is very small in its measurements, to the eye it seems to be quite big and comfortable. In this photo I found some ideas to incorporate into your soon-to-come living space.

1. If you can, paint that bitch! Bright colors like white, orange, yellow, peach with other warm tones will help your mood on less than perfect days and will also bring a light aura to the space.

2. Holler at some mirrors. As soon as you can, try and find some mirrors to place in strategic places throughout your space to make the room FEEL larger than we ALL know it will be!

3. ORGANIZE. ORGANIZE. ORGANIZE. Use your suitcases in a creative way as tables w/ a table cloth (see #5), chairs, stands, etc. to make a funky and effective way to use all the space and keep your “stuff” out of the way.

4. Buy a divider. You know the kind you can just stand up and it divides one part of a room from another… yea that! Get one. Most things such as beauty, decoration and even sometimes reality are all illusions, so why not keep the party going and give yourself a sense that you actually have a 1 bedroom with some privacy than a studio.

5. Buy some nice fabric while you’re still home to bring with you to hang as drapes to add some color or a particular vibe you feel most comfortable in.

These are just a few thoughts that came to mind when thinking about how I’m going to give my future space the vibe that I want and need to enjoy my 12 months.

If you have any more ideas, please share them in the comments. Your idea may help someone else more than you know!

June 27th

Time for fattening foods, a suspenseful movie and a day out with the babe…. Very sad that this may not be like this next year :/