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Actress Kim Coles Shares Her Insider Story Secrets To Going from “Overlooked to Booked”

Kimberly Coles is an actress, comedian and game show host. Kim Coles is most known for her role as a cast member on the Fox sketch comedy, In Living Color, and as Synclaire James–Jones on the Fox series, Living Single.

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In her latest venture, Kim Coles is combining comedy and inspiration to empower others with her unique program called Open the G.I.F.T.S.” Through speaking engagements, live events, workshops and products, the program inspires others to discover their own true “gifts” so that they may share them with the world.

Her Facebook Live video’s are full of helpful information to help writers, entrepreneurs and more to be successful! I found this video truly inspiring and I hope you will to!

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Young African American Author, George Stringer Is Helping Youth Cope With Peer Pressure!

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“Every Choice Renders A Consequence” – Author George A. Stringer

As a child, your parents usually chose your friends, and only allowed you to socialize, or play with certain children they knew and liked. But once you became older, you were able to gain the freedom, and responsibility of deciding and choosing who your friends were. You and your friends make a ton of decisions every day, and you influence each other’s choices and behaviors.

As you become more independent, your peers naturally play a greater role in your life. As school and other activities take you away from home, you may spend more time with peers than you do with your parents and siblings. You’ll probably also find yourself developing close friendships with some of your peers, and may feel so connected to them that they are like an extended family. These peers also influence you by the way they dress and act, things they’re involved in, and the attitudes they show. It’s just about normal for people to identify with and compare themselves to their peers as they consider how they wish to be or think they should be.

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After noticing the major influence that peer pressure was having within his local community with youth, a young author by the name of George A. Stringer decided to seek ways to inspire others through his fictional stories of hope. In his most recent book titled, “Why Me” he shares information about a young boy by the name of Adam who is trying to cope with peer pressure. The character, Adam, finds himself dealing with the challenges of starting a new school, and later wandering aimlessly toward the wrong group of friends, which leads to more life threatening problems.

We know that during the teen years it can be hard to handle peer pressure if you do not have the proper guidance at home from loved ones. The young author shared some insight about his book and how young kids could overcome the temptations of peer pressure.

What are some positive ways that parents can better understand what their teens are dealing with?

“The best way is to communicate with your kids. Sit down and talk with them. Don’t always yell at them, but take your time to encourage them whether through the bible or your own personal experiences. Let them know about mistakes you have made and the roads to not take. Also remember to get out and do fun things with your kids so they feel comfortable talking to you about what they are dealing with.”

The character Adam in your book has parents that are part of the ministry. Do you feel that kids growing up in church have a hard time expressing themselves to their parents that may be in the ministry?

“Yes and no, but the big issue I have found is mainly about being able to hang out with your friends. That is where dealing with growing up in the ministry for teens can sometimes be tough. I grew up in a small church, all I had was my brother and if you can hang out with other kids especially those in the church then it can be a big help.”

In his book “Why Me”, he expresses that the inspiration behind the book comes from the fact that most young people when faced with adversity tend to question themselves and their situation. Often they overlook the fact that the cause of those situations come from the bad decisions that they tend to make in life.  With his book, he hopes to take young people down a path of hope and inspiration with shared knowledge on how to overcome the most difficult times you can face as a teen in life.

Check out his book now by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

Oprah Winfrey Delivers A Touching Golden Globes Speech [Watch Video]

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Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday and delivered a moving speech that brought men and women in the audience to their feet.

 

Below is a full transcript of Winfrey’s acceptance speech.

“In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in “Lilies of the Field”:
“Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. It is an honor — it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for “A.M. Chicago.” Quincy Jones who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sophia in ‘The Color Purple.'” Gayle who has been the definition of what a friend is, and Stedman who has been my rock — just a few to name.
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.
And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.
Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man — every man who chooses to listen.
In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.”
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