Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Now, we got the NAACP in LA.....well they were getting ready to honor this dude again for his support of the NAACP. Well, it seems that Donald Sterling's racist attitude has been this way for years. He has been sued by the Department of Justice and his former General Manager. He has expressed disparaging comments against blacks and Hispanics.
He has no respect for blacks, none at all.
I do not know who I am most disgusted by; Donald Sterling's racist views or the NAACP in LA inadequacies. For years, I had respect for the NAACP, for years. Now, I am concerned about their leadership. Their willingness to sell an honor for the all mighty dollar. No investigation about the honoree. None at all.
Now for the black folks that defend Donald Sterling, I just do not get it. He has a right to say what he wants. But to speak ill of the very people, the very race of people who made him a billionaire, is just flat out wrong.
Something needs to be done and done now. Racism never went away folks. It really did not. We are not free. Racism still exist in the minds of people who truly believe that if you are a person of color, you are worthless and dumb. That cancer like thinking is resonating in our young people. We don't speak out because we are afraid to lose our jobs, our livelihoods and our reputations.
We can no longer be House Negros and protect the white man! If you are a racist, I want you gone from my sight. I will call you out. I will dismiss your presence. I will fight your cancerous movement. I will stand against your outrageous behavior. Will you stand with me?
Adventures of Vick the Communication Diva
Monday, April 28, 2014
Do you renege often? Do people hesitate to ask you for help? Remember your word is you Brand! It illustrates who you are.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
This morning, I learned that a former co-worker's cancer came back. Last week, I learned that a friend had made her transition after battling cancer.
Last year, I learned two of my favorite sorority sisters were battling. ...Cancer.
I am sick of Cancer. Cancer SUCKS!
I was diagnosed with stage one ductual carcinoma on 2/26/08.
When I heard it, it was like I was in a tunnel. I got angry and dubbed myself the breast cancer annhiliator. I decided that I would fight. I decided I would fight. I decided that I would speak out. I decided that I would encourage and empower others by sharing my warrior spirit.
I created a logo. A logo that encompasses all the cancer ribbons, a sword and a crown. I wanted to illustrate that powerful warrior spirit.
On yesterday, I received my registered trademark. It became real. No more piece here..piece there assistance.....No No...I am launching my mission to spread my warrior spirit to fight mofo cancer until that bitch succumbs.
Adventures of Vick the Communication Diva
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
You ever been scared. Has a situation or person just shook you to your core? Now dig this; has a situation you left and had to revisit upset you?
I know, I know, why are you going back to the situation if it upsets you? Cause you are compelled. You feel the need to address it. Advocate for someone or something. You feel compelled to be an agent of change. Perhaps your reason isn't so noble; perhaps the way the situation ended badly and you need to fight for a better solution. Perhaps you just need to have your voice heard.
I am there. I am compelled to revisit a situation for a cornucopia of reasons. Number 1; the situation ended badly and I need to have my voice heard. Period. Point Blank. Now if I end up being an agent for change in the process...cool, but You WILL Hear Me!!
Perhaps that is why I am scared. I was hurt by the actions taken against me. I was aghast that this could happen to ME!!. Passion and insecurity colored my brain and covered my soul. I could not think. Although, I knew what to do, inertia set in. I procrastinated. I bitched about it. I followed the timeline and met deadlines; but I made feeble attempts to prepare my case. THEN, every communication from the entity I am battling, HURT. Why, does it hurt? I did not get it. How, can someone or something that no longer had power over me, be so powerful? Simply, because I allowed it.
We are so quick to give our power away. We communicate that we are powerless in our inaction, feeble actions, whining, bitching and procrastination. Well, you know what ,I AM TAKING MY POWER BACK. How am I doing this? I am confronting it. I am owning the outcome. I am bracing myself and facing the situation. My dad used to say, a mole hill to someone is a mountain to someone else. He also used to say, climb the wall, go around the wall or kick the mother fucker down!!
So, Today, just for Today take your POWER BACK...do not allow anyone, any situation to make you feel weak, worthless or powerless. This is your world and they are just a squirrel trying to get a nut.
I am owning Today....will you?
Adventures of Vick the Communication Diva
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Fast forward to Today. I am gathering information for another project. I speak to my sistah girls this morning and instantly I am hit with the following: LOVE-BOOM!! * SUPPORT-BOOM SHAKA LAKA*FAITH-BOOM SHAKA LAKA BOOM!!
As I move on into my day, I meet with one of my sistah girls in her office and her boss, who is also a close friend of hers, walks into the room. She speaks LIFE INTO THE ROOM!! You ever heard someone speak life. It is wild. It is exhilarating. She asked me if I knew my purpose. I said yes. She said good. She did not ask me what my purpose was. She just asked if I knew it. You see, you got to know your purpose. Too often, we seek confirmation of our existence when our confirmation is already here, simply because we exist.
When we walk by Faith and not by Sight, We honor our purpose. When was ask for what we truly know that we deserve, We honor our purpose.
Do you know your purpose? Do you have friends that hit you with the right stuff? Do you have friends that speak LIFE ? If you don't, wellllll perhaps you need to rethink your circle.
Adventures of Vick, the Communication Diva
Monday, April 21, 2014
The wand, their mouths and their insightful words. Then you have "The Fight."
A wig is snatched. Someone is kicked off the show. 911 is called. Someone is arrested.
So folks is this is how we become stars ?
Fighting is never cool. Certainly cat fighting is never cool. Was this necessary?
I know that we all were drawn to it, I mean that pays the bills for Bravo. However, is this really were we have come to? Selling our souls to the all mighty dollar.
The O'Jays sang : " For the Love of Money." Perhaps, we really need to rethink, how we as black women wish to be portrayed on TV. We complain about the angry violent black woman moniker, yet we show them every day on TV that it is true.
Violence is never best. Picking on someone is not cool. Using insightful words to anger is not cool either.
Consider the 3 T's . Tone, Tempo and Timing and maybe you won't end up on video looking like a fool being pimped like a Pro.
Food for thought
Adventures of Vick the Communication Diva.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
On Friday, the DAY of the forum, I learned that the moderator would not be able to attend at ALL! Ok, no time to collaborate with the team. I had to make an executive decision. I would moderate both forums. Was, I nervous.....YYYYYYYEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!! However, it was a Change that I needed to handle.
Now, its ShowTime! Due to traffic, the President of the National Pan Hellenic Council of the Peninsula was late. She had the programs and name tent cards. We started the school board forum late. It worked out. The candidates at both forums were great. There were no problems. Everything was smooth and important issues were discussed. The forum was well organized and it showed. Voter Forum
Change reared her shimmering head and I coped. Change on Friday was an Opportunity for me to display my gifts and walk in my purpose.
Saturday, I was scheduled to facilitate a Restoration of Rights forum for the women of AKA, Zeta Phi Beta and Delta Sigma Theta. I had changes to announce! I was excited to see so many people come out in the rain to learn how they can gain their power back, how they can fully engage in community and how they gain their Voice back. The changes were well received. The audience was engaged and was honored to be there.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Well yesterday, I was thrilled to be at the table with other key players and stake holders in this process and was able to hear the News! Changes are on the table, Effective April 21, 2014. The changes are as follows:
- Persons convicted of Drug Offenses are now classified in the Non-Violent Category. What that means boys and girls is that they request to have their rights restored on-line. This means that if you were convicted of distribution or manufacturing of Drugs, you no longer have to wait. You can submit your information now. Now you still have to have paid all your fines and be off probation or parole( off papers)...but this is monumental!!
Vickie R. Wms-Cullins Restoration of Rights
Vickie R. Williams Cullins Restoration of Rights
2. The other change on the table, is for the Violent Offender Category. You no longer have to wait 5 years to apply to have your rights restored, you only have to wait 3.
Now you may ask , why if obtaining your rights so important. Reason being , because it gives you power. What power, you might ask? It give you the Power of The Vote. If give you the opportunity to impact how your Country, State and City is run. Who runs it, shoot it might even be you, who is in Charge.
Now, is your opportunity to become informed, attend Tonight's Voter Forum @ Newport News Waterworks James Room City Center, 700 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606. @5:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
All communication is not verbal, some communication is silent but just as powerful. For good or bad!!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I have always been an advocate for Voting. Always! My mom often shared how in 1955 in Malvern, Arkansas, she went to the court house to register to vote. Now that was no small feat. The very idea of thinking about voting for a black person was dangerous. We have all heard the stories of many heroes, white and black who died for the right to vote. My Mom had courage.
Fast forward to April 15, 2014......... The men and women of the National Pan Hellenic Council of the Peninsula are sponsoring a Voter Information Forum. This Forum will give citizens in Hampton and Newport News and opportunity to hear what their candidates plan to do for their city. YOU have an opportunity to pose a question. Fifty-nine years ago, my mother and other African Americans WOULD NOT have had an opportunity to ENGAGE with their candidate. Most certainly a organization comprised of African American organizations would not have had the opportunity to host such a forum.
Now make no mistake, this is not about black and white; it is about Power & Knowledge. Your Voice, Your Vote is powerful! Use your power wisely. Be informed!!
"Those too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." Plato
See you @ tonights Voter Forum
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I purchased tickets to a comedy show before I left to attend a statewide sorority meeting for the weekend. I returned on Saturday afternoon. My Hubby was irritated. I was too. I was tired as well. We get to the Funny Bone and I discover I had bought tickets for the wrong night. Really, REALLY! $60.00. My Hubby says attention to detail babe. Think of this transaction as a contract. Attention to DETAIL. Agghhhh. He was right.
Review-check-review again. Communication is transfer of information. What if this had been a million dollar contract and the submission deadline had been missed?
How terrible would that have been?
Adventures of the Communication Diva
Friday, April 11, 2014
Today know that you are enough.
If today, you do not have enough strength to accept them, call someone. Text someone. Facebook someone. Inbox someone. Tweet the world. We have lost enough of the special ones, we cannot lose you too.
The facilitator asked her assistant to order lunch. The facilitator said order 5 sandwiches cut in 1/2 so they will be a total of 10. Assistant said ok.
Then the assistant asked the facilitator again what to order. The facilitator repeated her direction.
$ lesson for the day
Communicate with purpose
Know how the other party receives and processes information
Money is time and time is money
Adventures of a Communications Diva
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I am a bold, bodacious, intelligent, effervescent woman who believes in the power of COMMUNICATION.
What is communication? Simply, it is the transfer of information. Easy, right? Nooooooooooo. That is why you need me.
Through this blog you will learn:
The Power of Communication
The Need to Communicate effectively
How to Communicate
Ways to Communicate
How to have The Difficult Conversation