Category: Parenting Written by Amber Bogins
Jupiter Strong and The Lunch Lion, by Frank Edwards and Kelly A. Abel, is the story of 5-year old Jupiter Strong's first day of "kinneygarden". Awash with excitement, she can hardly wait to begin her day! However, Jupiter's older brother has mischievous plans! He convinces Jupiter that she is in imminent danger by way of "The Lunch Lion" who lurks in the cafeteria, waiting for unsuspecting kindergarteners.
Jupiter uses critical thinking, a sense of self worth and deductive reasoning to unravel the mystery! The storytelling style is modern, easy to read and perfect for family story time! The artwork is captivating and reminiscent of gallery ready portraits. With each turn of the page, readers of all ages are invited a bit closer to connect with and get to know the Strong Family.
Author Frank Edwards, comments, "You must be the change you want to see in the world. It was from that mindset the Jupiter Strong series was born. The goal is to create marketplace viable content, that children will love and parents will appreciate. Our focus with this series was to showcase images of African people in dignifying terms. The world of Jupiter Strong is our contribution to the rebuilding of the global African. From our series, children will learn critical thinking skills, self love, communal responsibility and have fun doing it!"
Each story is socially relevant, and pointed. The ongoing theme is Black love, Black family Pan-Africanism and the destruction of negativity.
He adds: "Conceived of love, carried with love and delivered with love: Jupiter Strong."
Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 14:23
Category: Relationships Written by Amber Bogins
(Renown Marriage Expert Hellen Chen talks 'don't point a finger but lend a hand' in a marriage workshop.)
Entitlement is defined as the guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights (Wikipedia).
In recent years, this term has surfaced in many political discussions as many Americans are finding that entitlement programs encourage non-production and non-contribution, a departure from the initial objective of helping the underserved.
In fact, a whole generation of Americans – Generation Y – has been labeled as the 'entitlement generation' and the overwhelming criticism is that this generation has been raised on conspicuous consumption, without making any worthwhile contribution back to society. It is the prevalent "you-owe-me" attitude that is preventing many young adults nfrom learning about accountability.
So does 'entitlement' creep into the marriage institution as well?
A survey done by the National Institute of Marriage, among 270 people, revealed that one of the items people want most out of their marriage is "unconditional acceptance."
Husbands and wives would like their better halves to accept who they are – with no condition imposed upon them.
So does that mean that most people would like another to accept their faults, and yet accepting another's faults is not part of the discussion?
Marriage expert and bestselling author, Hellen Chen, whose relationship advices have been published in publications in 18 countries, chimed in, "It is a typical reaction among quarreling couples 'Why should I change? Why can't he or she change first and be nicer?' What most people do not realize is, you can insist another person change for you. But you will also have to be prepared that in that insistence, this marriage could be lost and still the other person did not change."
It is no difference than insisting the welfare system to give entitlements first or while working, insist not to do more than the scope of one's job, curbing the willingness to over-contribute. Unfortunately, in the free market, there will always be someone who is more willing to contribute more and who could take over this job position. The result is no job.
"Giving is a very natural part of all of us. Since when we were young, we give – whether it is giving smiles at our mom or caring for another person, children can do it unconditionally and without hesitation." Said Chen.
According to Chen, wrong education has taught men and women to start minding who had given more, to compare vigorously -- lest one "be seen as the fool by giving too much."
In a recent article from Huffington Post, gray divorce – divorcing after 50 - is a trend that has reached record heights for baby boomers.
Chen has counseled many men and women in their marriage issues. She has often heard this type of argument as shared by an attendee of her marriage workshop.
"I have been making money to support the family and raise my children. My husband's business is not financially sound and so the whole family's finance is resting on me. It is unfair to still expect me to be a loving wife when I get home. I am just so exhausted." Said Lan, who has been married for 30 years and whose is considering to divorce her husband due to his infidelity issues.
"There is no right or wrong in love, what is fair or not fair. This is not a case where one could judge like in a courtroom." Said Chen, "We are being conditioned to always look at what we lose – whether it is pride or money or reputation etc. But we do not look at what we gain when we do practice understanding and extending our hand out to another."
In addition to being interviewed by over 200 media publications, TV and radio networks around the world, Chen has devoted her time to hold Love Workshops to give singles and couples a hands-on opportunity to practice the skills they need to create a happy marriage.
Chen cited the often overlooked fact that no one is born to be a natural wife or husband. And that if one would spend time to learn about how to drive a car or new computer programs, why wouldn't one spend time to learn how to manage a life-long affair like a relationship?
In conclusion, Chen said, "We are familiar with JFK's famous quote 'ask not what your country could do for you.' In the case of marriage, giving is not about compromising or being seen as the fool. It is often about rising above our often self-imposed limitations. And guess what, the person who gives will always end up as the winner."
Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 12:41
Category: LifeStyle Written by Michigan Chronicle
Legendary jazz guitarist and R&B singer George Benson, accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), has a jazzy evening in store with “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” The performance, presented by Meadow Brook Music Festival as part of its Belle Tire Concert Series, will take place on Thursday, June 27, at 8 p.m. at Meadow Brook located at 3554 Walton Blvd in Rochester Hills, Michigan. This concert is sponsored by Audi.
Nat King Cole broke barriers and literally changed the face of music. Two decades later George Benson did the same by redefining the world of jazz by garnering the first platinum jazz album in 1976. In the universe of masters and mentors, the torch has never been passed as impeccably as from Cole to Benson.
With Cole’s spellbinding voice and his unforgettable catalog of classic songs in the ’50s and ’60s, he paved the way for the level of tremendous international crossover success that dynamic ten-time Grammy winner Benson earned in the ’70s to the present.
The keys were ambition, accessibility, all-around quality and strict attention to the wants and desires of their audience. In honor of this, George Benson delivered an album he has literally been preparing for all his life, “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.”
At various points along the four-decade continuum of George Benson’s career, he has been heralded as an unparalleled jazz guitarist and a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication. However, he regards himself as an entertainer in the broadest sense of the word.
“It’s a very simple equation,” the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master says of the longevity of his career and the ten Grammy Awards that have punctuated it along the way. “In the end, it’s about the songs and the stories. That’s what keeps the music fresh for me. That’s what keeps me coming back. If you come up with a great melody and put the right lyrics to it, I’m immediately excited.”
Tickets to see George Benson at Meadow Brook Music Festival range from $15 to $45. Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster by visiting ticketmaster.com. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 08:57
Category: Food Written by Michigan Chronicle
Ice cream is the perfect pairing with cake, so it’s a natural that Just Baked, metro Detroit’s specialty cupcake shop and bakery, would add it to its sweet menu. But Just Topped is all about the toppings.
Just Topped will feature all homemade toppings prepared by Just Baked such as four varieties of warm sauces (milk, dark, caramel and peanut butter) and 15 dry toppings including granola, brownie bits, cookie crumbles, cake pieces, samoa and shortbread. Just Baked has teamed up with Royal Oak-based Ray’s Ice Cream to develop exclusive ice cream flavors for Just Topped such as red velvet, birthday cake and cookies and cream and white chocolate raspberry, as well as traditional vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and butter pecan.
Launching first at Just Baked’s Detroit location (719 Griswold in the Chrysler House) on June 17, Just Topped will roll out to additional locations in Canton, Macomb Township, Southgate and Troy by June 24. Other stores, including Ann Arbor, Grosse Pointe, West Bloomfield and Royal Oak, will add Just Topped to its menus later this summer. The Detroit store will offer $1 one-scoop ice cream cones on June 28 to celebrate the new product line.
“Just Topped is something we’ve been working on for a while and what makes it so special is that the ice cream is a vehicle for our yummy homemade toppings,” said Pam Turkin, founder and owner of Just Baked. “There are endless combinations and customers are going to have a lot of fun creating their sundaes.”
Since its founding in 2009, Just Baked, a specialty cupcake shop and bakery, has been has been serving up its sweet treats exclusively to metro Detroit residents and visitors at 17 retail locations throughout Southeast Michigan.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 07:01
Category: Parenting Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Parenting, the process of promoting and supporting the emotional, physical, social and intellectual development of children from infancy to adulthood. It is the committment to provide for our children their basic needs, like home, food, clothing and to protect them from harm - whether physical or psychological. However, what happens when our actions as parents harm our children?
Have your children experienced abandonment, neglect, felt unloved or have our children become labeled because of our actionss or lack or action? Has our influence on our children caused them sor If childhood hurts remain, be assured that you have a heavenly Father who hears - when sorrow cries.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
University of Michigan-Fairlane Center
Dining Room D
19100 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
Speaker Minister Barbara Smith
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 14:14
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