Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Black Business Association Honors Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn @ City Club On Bunker Hill, LA, CA

Last evening, the Black Business Association, held a private reception for The Honorable Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn, at City Club On Bunker Hill.

There was a wonderful turnout of people from all across the USA, there to welcome Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn, who was nominated as a member of the Federal Communications Commission on June 25, 2009, and sworn in by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a five year term, which runs until June 30, 2012. President Obama, swore in Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on August 3, 2009.

Commissioner Clyburn has a long history of public service and dedication to the public interest. Currently, Commissioner Clyburn is the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She owned and operated the family-founded newspaper following her graduation from the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance & Economics.

Prior to her swearing in as Commissioner, Ms. Clyburn served for 11 years as the representative of South Carolina’s sixth district on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC).
She was sworn in for her first term in July 1998, and was subsequently reelected in 2002 and 2006. She served as chair of the PSC from July 2002 through June 2004.

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It was an honor to meet so many amazing people -Assemblymember Steven C.Bradford, former FCC Commissioner, Rachelle Chong, Vice President of Government Affairs, California Region - Comcast Cable, Kim Anthony, President of Urban Leadership Network, from the Honorable Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's office - Linda Smith, Managing Director, Public & Private Partnerships, Office of Economic & Business Policy - Small Business, James V. Burks, Special Projects, Community Arts Division and Marilyn F. Solomon, MBA OBE, Solomon Leadership Foundation SLF, Honorable Judge Kevin Ross and the lovely Marva Smith Battle Bey, Executive Director of the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation.

I'd like to thank Steven D.Turner, managing director, Slaton Group - for the invite - it was a lovely!
Angela Kronenberg - Wireline Legal Advisor, Office of Commissioner Mignon L.Clyburn, you are awesome!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Branford Marsalis Quartet | Orange County Great Park

There are so many wonderful things happening here in Southern California this summer!

Today, July 9th, the Orange County Great Park marks the debut of two new Park developments in Orange County, CA - The Palm Court Arts Complex and the North Lawn sports field, which are both part of a $70 million Western Sector Park Development Plan, which will eventually increase the size of the Park to more than 200 acres. The Orange County Great Park is actually larger then Northern California's historical Golden Gate Park located in San Francisco (which is 200 acres, and was built in 1093). The Orange County Great Park is considered to be the largest park built in the 21st Century - amazing!

Want to listen to some live Jazz? The incomparable Branford Marsalis Quartet will be performing at the Orange County Great Park on August 6, 2011 @ 8:00 PM - Branford Marsalis Quartet Orange County Great Park.

I tell you, thanks to The Orange County Great Park, the summer of 2011 offers everyone in Southern California a fun activity filled summer!


(Great job, Brendan McDevitt! I'd like to wish Brendan and Avis' eldest son, Jordan, a Happy Birthday! You are a blessing and a joy, Jordan McDevitt!)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Haters A Poem by Maya Angelou

A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their
Time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.
They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever
Good enough!

When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters…

That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your
Blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t handle seeing
You blessed…

It’s dangerous to be like somebody else… If God wanted you to be
Like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them! Right?

You never know what people have gone through to get what they

The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they
Don’t know my story….

If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you
Can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!

We’ve all got some haters among us!

Some people envy you because you can:
a) Have a relationship with God
b) Light up a room when you walk in
c) Start your own business
d) Tell a man/woman to hit the curb
(if he/she isn’t about the right thing)
e) you are a strong person and don’t let people run you over
f) you have a strong and loving marriage and they can’t get in-between spouses to spoil it

Haters can’t stand to see you happy.
Haters will never want to see you succeed.
Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be
On our side (like some family and friends).

How do you handle your undercover haters?
You can handle these haters by:

1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are

2. Having a purpose to your life: Purpose does not
Mean having a job. You can have a job and still be

A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be.
Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you

3. By remembering that what you have is by divine
Prerogative and not human manipulation.

Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live…when its your
Time to leave this earth, you want to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my
Life and fulfilled my dreams, Now I’m ready to go HOME!

When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, ‘Don’t look at
Me…Look at who is in charge of me…’

Pass this to all of your family & friends who you know are
Not hating on you including the person who sent it to you.

If you don’t get it back, maybe you called somebody out!
Don’t worry about it, it’s not your problem, it’s theirs.
Just pray for them, that their life can be as fulfilled as
Yours! Watch out for Haters…BUT most of all don’t become

Maya Angelou