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  • J'Sticks 9:59 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Jayson Blair, Jsticks, Mental Health, , Recession-proof   

    Ex-reporter Jayson Blair now working as life coach 

    Jayson Blair knows his new profession — life coach — smacks some people in the face like a bad punchline.

    “People say, ‘Wait a minute. You’re a life coach?’ That makes no sense,'” says Blair, the ex-journalist best known for foisting plagiarism and fabrications into the pages of The New York Times. “Then they think about my life experiences and what I’ve been through and they say ‘Wait a minute. It does make sense.'”

    Blair, 33, resigned from the Times in 2003, leaving a journalistic scandal in his wake. The resulting furor led the paper’s top two newsroom executives to resign. Blair wrote a book, then mostly disappeared from view.

    For the past two years, he has been quietly working as a certified life coach for one of the most respected mental health practices in northern Virginia.

    “He can relate to patients just beautifully,” said Michael Oberschneider, the psychologist who hired Blair and urged him to become a life coach. “Sometimes you just meet people in life who have these electric personalities. Well, Jayson is now using his talents for good.” [SOURCE]


    There’s so much that could be said about this…

  • J'Sticks 10:25 pm on August 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Interesting Articles, Jsticks, , ,   

    For Your Reading Pleasure… 

    CNNs Don Lemon

    CNN's Don Lemon

    The Great (Late!) Brown Hope

    by Danielle Belton

    People will listen to a black person sing (Beyonce), watch a black person dunk a ball (LeBron), a black person act (Will Smith) and a black person be president (the O-Man), but when it comes to your average, shouty, loud, political gabfest, TV Land is often as white as pure Colombian Cocaine. Not surprising considering things only recently got all “gendered” up with additions like MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, CNN’s Campbell Brown and FOX News’ Greta Van Sustern (the original!). Heaven’s to Besty, it would be too much to ask for post-racial America to give some minority a shot at screaming at people for an hour.

    Not that a network or two hasn’t tried. CNN gave Roland Martin a shot during Brown’s pregnancy break, but that went unmercifully bad. Ratings continued to be low (and still are low with Brown back), and Martin was politely push back down to second fiddle pundit status. CNN also gave comedian D.L. Hughley a show.

    I’m still trying to bleach that one from my mind.

    The problem seems to be that the networks (or in this case – network, re: CNN) seem to be stuck either playing it safe or swinging for the fences an never any in-between. Everyone else, even the so-called “Liberal” network MSNBC seem anemic to the notion of minority show hosts. The closest they often come is using former MTV/NPR reporter Alison Stewart as a seat-filler for Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow when they go on vacation.

    Since no one asked me, I’m just going to tell the networks who the top six minorities are who would make “good TV” and can shout just as loud as the competition. Get out your pens and pencils and get your lawyers to start mulling over their contracts … now. READ THE REST HERE


    Party On, but No Tweets


    THE invitation, by e-mail, was clear.

    “You are cordially invited to Protocols NYC, an off the record, no tweeting, no blogging, no photos, salon.”

    What did they expect guests to do with themselves?

    Protocols, held every two weeks since September in a small private penthouse in Murray Hill, is hosted by five Manhattan news media types who each invite two guests. The idea, according to a host, Michael Malice, an author and blogger, is to let invitees talk fearlessly in the present.

    “We are fighting against this whole idea that everything people do has to be constantly chronicled,” Mr. Malice said. “People think that every thought they have, every experience – if it is not captured it is lost.”

    In an era, when a stray gripe about your boss can land you on an industry blog, when waking up hung over can frantically send you to Facebook to untag your name from photos of the previous night’s frosting-wrestling contest, when shots of you in unflattering jeans become part of your permanent Google search results, there are signs that some are tired of living their lives on the Web. READ THE REST HERE

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  • J'Sticks 12:18 pm on July 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Jsticks, Philly, Pool, , Swimming   

    Pool Kicks Black Kids Out 

    More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason.

    “I heard this lady, she was like, ‘Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?’ She’s like, ‘I’m scared they might do something to my child,'” said camper Dymire Baylor.

    The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise. (More …)

    • Haughville 2:49 pm on July 8, 2009 Permalink

      Doesn’t suprise me one bit…I wouldn’t want my kids in a space that they’re not welcome…I’d chuck my chin up and leave, find a new spot for the kids to swim, and touch base with an attorney and a few media outlets…I don’t think this type of thing should be suprising…hate never dies.

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