Memorial Day ,Lets honor our Soliders!

Monday, May 30, 2011

 Happy Memorial Day to All, Lets Salute our Soliders :)

As many of us excitedly look forward to gathering with friends and family and enjoying the long weekend, it's easy to lose sight of the significance of Memorial Day.

But for military families across the U.S., especially those of the estimated 5,885 American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 10 years of war, it's a day to remember and honor those who have given their lives for our country.

For anyone in need of a refresher, Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Civil War soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery to honor their sacrifices. In 1971, federal law changed the observance of the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended it to honor all who had died in American wars.

Today, many cities celebrate Memorial Day with parades, speeches and the decoration of graves. At Arlington National Cemetery, an American flag is placed on each grave, and it's tradition for the president or vice president to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

As you make preparations for your weekend barbecues or camping trips, consider how you can do something for the soldiers who have done so much for our country -- whether by honoring a fallen soldier, supporting a military family or brightening the day of one currently serving.

Do you know the difference between a Winner and Loser ?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Striking Differences Between Winners and Losers

1Winners focus on solutions.Losers focus on problems.
2Winners take responsibility.Losers blame others.
3Winners find opportunities in crisis.Losers complain about crisis.
4Winners enjoy being in the present and learn from the past.Losers live in the past.
5Winners make commitment and keep them no matter what.Losers make promises that they always break.
6Winners think about how they can achieve.Losers give excuses.
7Winners make personal development a priority.Losers neglect personal development.
8Winners face their fear, accept it and take the leap.Losers dwell in their fear.
9Winners constantly expand their comfort zone.Losers stay in their comfort zone.
10Winners take action consistently.Losers refrain from taking action and lack consistency.

Winners take failure in their stride and learn from them.Losers fear failure and avoid them at all cost.
12Winners try different strategies when they are not getting the results they want.Losers do the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
13Winners set goals.Losers lack goals.
14Winners plan.Losers hate having a plan.
15Winners believe there are always things to be learn.Losers consider themselves as an expert even though they know little.
16Winners are humble.Losers are egoistic.
17Winners continue to hone their skill every other day without fail.Losers make little effort in honing their skill.
18Winners work hard.Losers avoid work.
19Winners give their best for the things that they decide to do.Losers work half heartedly in everything that they do.
20Winners are persistent and will do whatever it takes (ethical means) to achieve their goal.Losers give up when obstacles pop up.
21Winners manage their time well and indulge in high value activities that will bring them closer to their goals.Losers lack time management skills and indulge in time wasting activities like playing games and watching re runs for the umpteen time.
22Winners dream in the day.Losers dream in bed.
23Winners think about possibilities.Losers focus on obstacles that will stop them from achieving.
24Winners are certain.Losers doubt.
25Winners control their own destiny.Losers leave everything to their fate.
26Winners give more than they take.Losers take more than they give.
27Winners think whether the crowd is going in the right direction. If not, he will walk the other direction.Losers follow the crowd.
28Winners think and lead.Losers refuse to think so they follow.
29Winners listen.Losers fight for every chance to talk.
30Winners always find a better way to do things.Losers stick to one way of doing things.
31Winners spend money in seminars and classes to improve themselves.Losers think that spending money on seminars and classes is a waste of money and they prefer to buy toys that gives them instant gratification.
32Winners help others to win.Losers refuse to help and think only about their own benefit.
33Winners find like minded people like themselves that can bring them to greater height.Losers find like minded people like themselves that will drag them to failure.


Parting Words

Winners and losers are largely differentiated by their way of thinking. It means that if your thinking tend to be nearer to the Losers approach, it is possible for you to shift yourself back to the Winners way of thinking. All you need is to be 100% honest with yourself, admit that some part of your life needs to be change and work on it.

So which side are you on?

Smile , Be Happy !! :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Never Forget To Smile

People always say that happiness is contagious, but a new study shows that it actually IS. According to a recent study, those in a social network can spread their own happiness among people at least three degrees removed from each other. So if you’re in a good mood, chances are you can perk up the mood of your best friend’s cousin without even trying!
One would think that sadness is just as contagious, right? We all know the ‘rotten apple’ analogy.
Not so!
Apparently sadness spreads as well, but not as quickly. Though we wouldn’t recommend being in a bad mood under any circumstances.
To read more about this study, click here.
How do YOU spread happiness to others?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

One Good Man

 This is what you should want to be, what we should want to be around, what we should be drawn toward:

  • Spiritually Mature men are: Wise
Proverbs 1:5  “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.”
  • Spiritually Mature men are: Happy
Proverbs 3:13 “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.
  • Spiritually Mature men are: Blessed
Proverbs 8:34 “Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.”
  • Spiritually Mature men are: Just
Proverbs 9:9 “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
  • Spiritually Mature men are: Merciful
Proverbs 11:17  “The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
  • Spiritually Mature men are: Sowing righteousness
Proverbs 11:18 “The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.”
  • Spiritually Mature men are: Good
Proverbs 12:2 “A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.”

Maya Moore Becomes First Women's Basketball Player Signed To Jordan Brand

Maya Moore, the number one pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, has become the first female basketball player to sign an endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand, Nike announced today.

"As a student of the game, it is a dream come true to align myself with a brand that has a rich history in sports," said Moore, according to Nike's release. "Like most kids, I grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and continue to work relentlessly to reach his iconic status on the court. I'm truly motivated to take my career to the next level as a member of Team Jordan."  - Maya Moore

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Maya Moore made history once again when she became the first female basketball player signed by the Jordan Brand.

“I am thrilled to welcome Maya Moore into the Jordan Brand,” Michael Jordan, the NBA star who inspired the athletic clothes and shoes line said. “Not only has Maya proven to be a prolific winner on the court, but her hunger and determination to make an impact off the court makes her a valuable addition to the Jordan family. We look forward to working with Maya as she carries her success to the next level.”
Last month Moore was selected as the No. 1 overall draft pick in the WNBA by the Minnesota Lynx.During her successful career at UCONN, Moore led the Huskies to two national championships, three Final Four appearances and an NCAA record 90-game winning streak. She became the first player (male or female) to be named Big East Player of the Year her freshman season and is the only three-time Wade Trophy recipient. She was also a four-time first team All-American and set an NCAA record of 150 wins in 154 games.
“As a student of the game, it is a dream come true to align myself with a brand that has a rich history sports,” she said in a statement. “Like most kids, I grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and continue to work relentlessly to reach his iconic status on the court. I’m truly motivated to take my career to the next level as a member of Team Jordan.”
The Jordan Brand is a division of Nike Inc. Other representatives of the brand include Carmelo Anthony, Derek Jeter, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen.
The WNBA preseason starts Thursday, May 19 with the China National Team at Connecticut. The Minnesota Lynx play its first preseason game on Tuesday, May 31 against the Indiana Fever.

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The Daddy & Daughter Balls becomes more Popular !

Monday, May 16, 2011

Have you ever heard of “The Daddy and Daughter Balls”? If not, you are not alone. These balls have been quietly sweeping the nation. They are  used as teaching and bonding  moments to break the cycle of  young ladies who lack self esteem. Years ago it was part of common society that a young lady would have her first dance with her father. It was her introduction to polite society. Sometimes, it was just a social agreement  announcing that this young lady had a father figure in her life. Black Planet is fortunate enough to have a group dedicated to fathers called “Black Fathers In Atlanta United” who are helping to give a positive role modeling and support to those dad’s who are doing the right thing.
We show little to no regard for the fact that there are dozens of Father’s who are taking their role seriously and stepping up to the plate. Often it is just not a story that gets told or lost. Today, we change that with this story. 
We hear so much about the negative stories, that when there is a positive story it gets buried. Here is a story of Black fathers and their beautiful daughters that you may have missed.

We are so happy to have a dance with our father on numerous occasions , He is the best !!!

First Black Woman Ambassador For International Freedom Appointed

Suzan Johnson Cook is busy closing several doors in New York City, in preparation of opening one colossal door to the world.  Almost a year after being nominated by President Obama to serve as ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, she was finally confirmed by the Senate in April.

She’s the first woman and person of African-American descent to be named to this position.”It’s amazing, and I feel so honored to be nominated by the president and confirmed,” Cook said after giving her final sermon at John Street Methodist Church, a few blocks from New York City’s ground zero Wednesday.
This is not the first historical appointment for her,Suzan Johnson Cook, was the NYPD’s first woman and African-American chaplain in 1990. She has been described  by the New York Times as a cross between Billy Graham and Oprah, it was rather impressive she was so accessible to the Hutchinson News. But that revealed a quality that will serve her well traveling the globe promoting religious freedom. Cook is open to all people and every experience, large or small.
Just as she befriended this reporter 17 years ago when she was a White House Fellow in Washington, D.C., she remains open to everyone — those who might propel her career forward and the little guy, like me.

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Sunday May 15, 2011 NY Aids Walk , Join our team Just Cause!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

AIDS Walk New York is a powerful and inspiring day in Central Park and on the streets of New York City.

Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $116 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.

In 2010 alone, 45,000 participants, many of whom were members of 3,100 corporate and community teams, raised a record sum of over $5.6 million for GMHC and 39 other local AIDS service organizations.

AIDS Walk New York Information:
Date: Sunday, May 15


8:30 a.m. Sign-In
9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony Begins
10:00 a.m. AIDS Walk New York Begins

Location: The AIDS Walk will start and end in Central Park. Enter the park at 59th Street and 5th Avenue.

Length: 10 kilometers / 6.2 miles

For everyone who is joining TEAM JUST CAUSE,  Walk starts at 10am meeting up for 9am at our team station on Literary Walk enter from 5th ave and 65th street. Wear something RED- Team Just Cause #7374

To donate : Got to

We hope to see you all there!! Lets make a Difference!!!

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NBA Denver Nuggets Gary Forbes is Hungry for More in 2011-2012

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Written by Aaron J. Lopez

On media day 2010, rookie Gary Forbes sat in his assigned chair and watched reporters pass him by as they made their rounds on the Nuggets practice court.
To the uninitiated masses, he was considered little more than training camp fodder, someone who would be just another name on the waiver wire within a few weeks.
Forbes sat back and made mental notes. As a diabetic who went undrafted out of college despite being named the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, he was used to being underestimated and overlooked.
The NBA would know his name soon enough.
Over the course of the next several months, Forbes established himself as a legitimate NBA player who could provide defense, scoring and energy while playing multiple positions. He dressed for all 82 games and helped the Nuggets go 8-3 in 11 starts.
“I learned a lot,” Forbes said. “It definitely helped me going on to the future. I got better. I think it’s going to help me improve this summer and, hopefully, next year with the Nuggets.”
Like most rookies, Forbes experienced plenty of highs and lows.
He scored 12 points and went toe-to-toe with Dirk Nowitzki in his first career start on Nov. 3 and made a spirited bid for inclusion in the Rookie-Sophomore game during All-Star Weekend.
As part of his NBA initiation, he sang a memorable rendition of Happy Birthday to teammate Kenyon Martin on Dec. 31. His 9.5 points per 48 minutes ranked ninth among all rookies, yet he averaged only 12.6 minutes and did not play in 19 games.
While Forbes was grateful for the experience, his rookie season left him hungry for more.
“I didn’t get the whole vibe yet. I think something’s still missing,” he said. “I want to play more and contribute more. Once that happens, I’ll realize I played a full NBA season.”
Nuggets coach George Karl knew little about Forbes when training camp started, but he was immediately impressed with his hustle, athleticism and willingness to play defense.
“Gary was a pleasant surprise,” Karl said. “He earned the opportunity to be on the court, and he helped us win some games when we had injuries early in the season.”
After playing for modest salaries overseas and in the NBA Development, Forbes resisted any big-ticket purchases during his first season with the Nuggets. He still doesn’t have his own car, but he planned to take a quick vacation on Maui.
“The first time I’ve spent money on myself,” he said with a smile.
After a break from basketball, Forbes plans to return to the gym to prepare for an appearance at the FIBA Americas Championship with the Panamanian national team.
“I’ve got a lot to prove,” he said. “That whole not-being-drafted-thing is still lingering. When the NBA season starts, I’m going to try to make my name be heard real loud.”

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Healthy Living : FaceTime - Best-Ever Facial Products

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Reader Pick: Best Cleanser

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Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10
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