Posts tagged “technology

“You don’t have to get a seat at the table you can buy your own table” –IMAN @ the #EssenceCarnival #NYC 4.27.19 – 4.28.19

#YoungLoudProud went to the first ever Essence Beauty Carnival In New York City this past weekend. Check out the highlights for some of my favorite moments:

 

Thank you Essence. As an entrepreneur and a young black woman who is very new in the beauty game, I am truly inspired after hearing all of the panel discussions and key note speakers.

I mean, I had the opportunity to be in the same room as IMAN (such an iconic legend) and Ciara (one of my absolute faves ever), and to hear all of the GEMS they were dropping; I just can’t express how motivated I am to push #MystikyMaquillage Mystiky Maquillage & Young Loud Proud forward! #youngloudproud

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An ode to the girls whose future(s) didn’t pan out as expected: How many times can a person reinvent themselves? #YLPtalk

“I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I mean, I don’t know who I want to be exactly.” –Me, almost a year ago.

First I wanted to be a Veterinarian, then I settled for a position as a Vet Tech, then I was destined to work in forensic, I declared Biology as my major, I was going to be a midwife, no, a prenatal nurse, No! A social worker, that’s it!! Then I thought, let me work according to my strengths, so, I’m good at writing so I might as well become a journalist. How’s the pay? Anyone can be an entrepreneur and own their own business…that’s what I’ll do to make up for the slow trickling pay! Matter of fact, I’ll travel the world and show off the “Young Loud Proud!!” So there we have it, I’ll become a writer and publish my own magazine “YLP.” (This is where I am right now. I am content with this, promise, but I’ll elaborate more on this piece.)

This is an ode to the young girls whose future(s) didn’t pan out as expected.

Get ready for a roller-coaster ride:

I’ve changed my major in college, my goals, and my ideas (of what success and happiness will look like in my life) so many times. I think it’s safe to assume that after 26 years on this earth (almost ten years (since age 16) of planning my life out) I’ve finally found what/who I want to be as a “grown up.”

It seemed to be so easy for some people. Some people dream of being a doctor and just like that they begin their journey, but for me, it’s never been that simple, and now I understand why.

I’m multi-talented, and I’m capable of creating my very own avenue to feel accomplished and fulfilled by combining my interests and strengths. It just took a while to figure out what they were and how to make myself work for me. If only I were able to identify my true passion early on instead of trying to be what everyone suggested or thought was good for me. I’m finally finding myself, recognizing my strengths and finding what makes me happy.

I realized at a young age that I had a strong passion for animals and I desired to be a part of the Veterinary care system.

I fell in love with a German Shepard named Smokey when I was six years old. My grandparents rescued him from the SPCA, and as soon as I laid eyes on him, I claimed him as my own. Shortly after we adopted our dog, he was due for a few vaccines, so I decided to tag along to his Vet visits. The feeling of helplessness swept over me as we convened in the hospital; it was fast-paced and a bit overwhelming, but it was a feeling that I will never forget.

I demanded that the Veterinarian let me assist him to do whatever it was to keep my dog in a functional status. Once it was explained to me that it was only a routine visit and my nerves calmed a bit, I began to ask a ton of questions. I saw the collaborative help from the Veterinarian and Veterinarian technicians as they worked through Smokey’s visit and I wanted in! I admired the Veterinarian and Veterinary technicians on their gentleness, kindness, efficiency, and practice.

I perused my interests in Veterinary care by attending Walter Biddle Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences, completing four years, and graduating with a diploma in animal science. While in High school I was a current member of the Horse club, the small animal science team, and also a member of the aquatics division. During high school, I had the opportunity to explore the Veterinary care field further by acquiring a part-time position at the Mount Airy Animal Hospital.

Working as a kennel assistant was my first real job when I was only 14 years old. I worked in the boarding facilities within the animal hospital, and in the three years that employed, I was able to gain an abundance of experience in caring for sick animals within the hospital and also learned a ton of lessons on the strength it takes to be young and professional at the same time.

I experienced monitoring the health status of various species such as cats, dogs, and birds. I also assisted the Veterinarian and Veterinary technicians with appointments, administration of oral medications and surgery. Also, I groomed animals, provided comfort for boarding pets and got the chance to interact with a diverse group of individuals. Attending to sick animals and giving them comfort was exactly what I envisioned myself doing in the future.

I got the first glance at what a Veterinary Technician entailed and the success of the practice within the field of Veterinary care. This was my first experience and a stepping stone to what I THOUGHT I ultimately wanted in a career.

(Honestly, after this experience I really just wanted to own my own hospital/business because working in some underdog positions, as young people, can be discouraging especially when working with people who think they’re better and may treat you like crap.) I always thought “as an employer, I want to hire young people and help them grow professionally instead of trying to tear them down.”

But anyway, after High school, I attended Widener University with a major in Biology. I wanted to major in Biology and incorporate that later into my career goal in Veterinary science but realized it was not suitable for my goals. I concluded that I enjoyed the hands-on aspect of my previous job and wanted to peruse a position closer to what I experienced. Even though I began to feel lost and like I was not on the right path, I excelled in my academics and had an overall great experience proven by my academic record and personal growth. After a year of completion, I moved on to acquire a position at the University of Pennsylvania in the hopes of gaining more experience and ultimately fulfilling my career goals.

Right now my official title is a Vet Tech Sr. -I am currently a Diagnostics Health Monitoring Technician at the University of Pennsylvania. I am responsible for the health surveillance and viral testing of sentinel animals through ULAR’S research program at the University of Penn’s campus. In my working career, I gained my LAT through AALAS and am now a certified Laboratory Animal Technologist. My interactions working alongside my successful peers at the University of Pennsylvania and Principal Investigators have had such a positive impact on me. This position has helped me develop personally and has helped my growth within Veterinary care.

I am working with animals, hanging around medical professionals, providing training and one on one support to individuals while writing my life away; I even have a hand in producing my department’s newsletter. So I have a chance to work with animals, which I am passionate about, animal care and I love to write so I should be content right? Wrong!

I once asked a question: How many times can a person reinvent themselves? I didn’t receive one response from the Twitter community so, I just assume that means as many times as you want (bish).

Perspective. It’s all about perspective. I called 2016-2017 my quarter life crisis year. For an entire year, I let so many terrible thoughts fill my head that I could never pick or stick to any one thing and the truth is that’s OK.

I realize changing your perspective and reinventing yourself is needed and growth is truly everything. I realized that although my young life hasn’t panned out exactly how I pictured it, it’s falling into place rather nicely.

I’m not saying I’m living the dream (yet) I’m only saying that I’m not as bad off as I tried to make it seem and guess what YOU’RE NOT EITHER!!! Everything takes time to fall into place but hold on girl, hold on.

How young were you when you got your first job? Where was it? How was the Interview process? What were the requirements? Were there generational differences? What was your first impression of the current staff? Are you skipping around trying to find what you’re truly passionate about? Are you like me??

I WANT TO HEAR FOR YOU! Email me: proudloudyoung@gmail.com

Give me #BlackExcellence but make it #YLP

I can’t help but to SHOUT OUT the #YLP kings & queens and their incredible stories (below).

There were so many noteworthy #blackexcellence posts being shared all over my social media timelines/dashboards/feeds/etc. this week!!

Thank you all!!!

From the people who post/repost, to the people being shouted out- who are out here putting in the work, paving the way and grinding! You fuel this blog:.

(*for the past 30 years 🤔)

I found all of these to be so inspirational and motivating and at the end of the day that’s why this blog YOUNG LOUD PROUD even exists, so again, thank you all.

If you have a personal story or someone you want to SHOUT OUT for being #YLP don’t be afraid to email me: proudloudyoung@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you. 💪🏾❤️🙌🏾💕✨

The immediate aspect of receiving information has created an impatient society #YLPtalk

The immediate aspect of receiving information has created an impatient society. The live broadcasting of the news, via video, has taken away censorship which has affected human empathy among viewers.

Compared to the past, our society does not have to create our imagery or rely heavily on a professional to deliver information; this has negatively affected trust. We are in a society of go-getters for information.

The Internet has become a source of continuous information and the capability of access is a new concept which is not easily adaptable to without effects. The use of social media has become very popular as the delivery of information is quick and available through various technological devices.

“Most young people are using online technologies as a way to connect with their real-world friends, with a small portion-17% of 12 to 17-year-olds using online social networking to build networks of new friends. (p.17)” Society has advanced in technology since the introduction of the printing press, making digital technology a primary means for communicating especially among youth.

There is a permanent nature that has come with digital technology never seen before. “Once information is online, it is not easy to remove it completely. Even if you eliminate the information from your profile, saved or cache versions may still exist on other computers. (p.39)” Everything that is put onto the internet or in the digital world lasts forever, in some form.

This is a complete distinction between the initial idea of media to the present. Even with the advancements of the telephone to the cell phone. The first invention of the phone did not include storage features. The telephone has advanced into a technological device capable of storage, phone calls, applications, access to the Internet, pictures, video, emails, in some cases word documents. “To remove data from your phone, you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remove your SIM card as well as any inserted memory card in your phone. “(p.43) There is a complete process for removing any information.

The development of digital technology has opened the door and created new job opportunities. In return, many print media companies have seen downfalls in profit.  Major corporations have tried to transition and adapted to digital technology. The majority has created platforms, corresponding applications, and secondary sources/outlets for the public. The developments in digital technology increased the engagement in news stories. Often news outlets will provide direct links for live updates via social media.

 

Media. (2016). In S. Bronner (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American studies. MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved from http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/jhueas/media/0

Unethical Behavior in social media (against minorities) and how it’s really affecting us #YLPtalk

A brief rant on a controversial issue: Unethical Behavior throughout social media against minorities and how it’s really affecting us.

Compared to the past, our society does not have to create our imagery or rely heavily on professionals to deliver information; this has negatively affected trust. We are in a society of go-getters for information.

The use of social media has become very popular as the delivery of information is quick and available through various technological devices.

In turn, the immediate aspect of receiving information has created an impatient society. The live broadcasting of the news, via video, has taken away censorship which has affected human empathy among viewers.

“Most young people are using online technologies as a way to connect with their real-world friends, with a small portion-17% of 12 to 17-year-olds using online social networking to build networks of new friends. (p.17)” Society has advanced in technology since the introduction of the printing press, making digital technology a primary means for communicating especially among youth.

There is a permanent nature that has come with digital technology never seen before. “Once information is online, it is not easy to eradicate it. Even if you eliminate the information from your profile, saved or cache versions may still exist on other computers. (p.39)” Everything that is put onto the internet or in the digital world lasts forever, in some form.

This is a complete distinction between the initial idea of media to the present. Even with the advancements of the telephone to the cell phone. The first invention of the phone did not include storage features. The telephone has advanced into a technological device capable of storage, phone calls, applications, access to the Internet, pictures, video, emails, in some cases word documents. “To remove data from your phone, you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remove your SIM card as well as any inserted memory card in your phone. “(p.43) There is a complete process for removing any information.

The development of digital technology has opened the door and created new job opportunities. In return, many print media companies have seen downfalls in profit. Major corporations have tried to transition and adapted to digital technology. The majority has created platforms, corresponding applications, and secondary sources/outlets for the public. The developments in digital technology increased the engagement in news stories. Often news outlets will provide direct links for live updates via social media.

The Internet is the main source of receiving information, and the capability of accessing explicit content in the news is a new concept which is not easily adaptable to without effects.

How many times can I watch people being shot and killed before entering a state of depression????

Unethical behavior and the unjust treatment of minorities is a controversy continuously in the media. Back in 2016, (right around the time I launched YLP) an African-American woman entered into a Kentucky courtroom after being denied feminine hygiene products and pants for three days. According to the Guardian, it was unclear whether the woman was fully dressed at the time of her arrest or remained in the same condition.

This was one of the first cases I really weighed in on social media and gave my two cents graciously. I remember being so disappointed in the different comments/views relating to this story. Unfortunately, I got into so many arguments with the Internet trolls, but I learned my lesson; I’ll keep my opinions and save my energy for this blog, YLP.

Honestly, I could fill my entire blog with different cases of injustice against people who look just like me (I’ll actually go more in-depth about the most current cases in another post).

Social media has morphed into a medium in which uncensored content is uploaded, exposing the injustices of many people, in this case, a woman of African decent The content that is caught and exposed to the public is a form of propaganda; social media is not a credible news source however, MOST people consume so much of it, making it hard to argue that point.

The use of social media ranges from professional to personal use, and the content is timeless. The use of social media has advanced from popularity to commonality. It has become contact information for personal and business professionals. Even some professional business cards feature Twitter or Instagram usernames and links.

We live in an opinionated generation by far. Sometimes it can be bothersome to see the frustration and the aftermath of so many hurt people in society. With all of the technology, video, audio, and footage there are emotional effects and reactions for some people, and there is still the denial of injustice with people; masking or making excuses for the unethical behavior. Social media is also breeding ground for other attacks such as cyber bullying which has also had a huge impact on young people.

People believe that the issue is with social media itself and some people believe racism and injustice will simply disappear if social media shut down today or tomorrow.

Think I’m lying? Refer to: criminal law in North Carolina banning video recording of law enforcement for more info. This idea caters to the idea that the issue is the content and not the activity, acts of violence, excessive force, discrimination, and flat out racism against minorities.

Media. (2016). In S. Bronner (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American studies. MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved from http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/jhueas/media/0

 

What exactly is this “Mass Media” we’re consuming? Is it toxic or what?

What is Mass Media? Is it contagious? How much media should you consume on a daily basis? Should you care?

I’m glad you asked!

Mass media can be defined as “technology that is intended to reach a mass audience. It is the primary means of communication used to reach the vast majority of the general public.” (Coleman, 2016) Mass media is the source(s) that commonly provide news and information, heavily relied on by the public at large.

Mass media quickly adapted to the use of technological innovations to communicate information and to provide instant access to information, allow commentary, and to provide live news broadcasting. These uses have created convenience but have also negatively affected society. The immediate aspect of receiving information has created an impatient society. The live broadcasting of the news, via video, has taken away censorship which has affected human empathy among viewers.

Common forms of media include print, electronic, and digital. There has been a complete transition from the way news has been communicated and shared in the past and how it is shared now. The most common/traditional type of media is in the form of print; including newspapers, magazines, books. Now there are electronic media via television, and digital media via technological devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. Compared to the past, our society does not have to create our imagery or rely heavily on a professional to deliver information; this has negatively affected trust. We are in a society of go-getters for information. I think the older generation is most comfortable with traditional forms of media and probably have a harder time transitioning from print to technology primarily, to access their news. This is a comparison to the younger generation who usually is hard to tear away from their cell phones.

New developments, including the Internet and technological devices, have created competition for print industries. People migrate toward what is modern and technology appeals to today’s society. Newspapers and magazines are most affected by online sources of information. As a result, many media companies are losing money and seeing a decline in sales and production. With everything almost at the click at a mouse or readily available through applications via smartphone use, print materials are slowly phasing out. Some print industries, specifically magazine companies, are incorporating new technology and gone beyond tradition. Most magazines have created social media platforms and launched websites to provide corresponding information found in their print materials. For example, Essence magazine has a website which users can access to follow up on stories, further research, subscribe to future articles, and receive incentives. There are also applications (apps) available for download.

The Internet, smartphones, computers, and instant gratification are some of the biggest advancements in technology. The advancements in technology have allowed people to access information easily, news, and socialize in a variety of forms. The biggest advancement is the Internet by way of smartphones, computers, tablets, applications and other technological devices. The idea of instant messaging and providing information with the click of a button also stemmed from the various advancements in technology. The Internet has been the biggest breakthrough in media as information is made available to everyone most conveniently. Computers and the Internet are presently the common means for accessing media in today’s society. Society has seen advancements in other sources of media compared to their first introduction including televisions radios.

Electronic and digital media is made available to the masses for the masses via technology. Digital technology has been an advancing format. It began as a primary storage system to having the capacity of spreading information to the masses via the Internet.

Some media is negatively influencing society as Unethical Behavior in entertainment remains popular. Common media displays, desensitizing the public, has caused an increased intolerance for unethical behavior. There is history with unethical behavior in entertainment inclusive of video games, movies, and sports. Constant viewing of these acts has the potential of desensitizing individuals, creating a tolerance for similar real-life incidents in media.

Modern video games encourage violence which strengthens the relationship between media influence and unethical behavior. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Brutal Kill) is a modern video game for PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The game advertisement depicts a series of violence. The intensity ranges from robbing stores to stealing cars, and the brutal assault on women. There are graphic sexualized displays of violence toward women including arrest, capture, and excessive force. It was disturbing to see how this game would be played across the nation as entertainment. These images are familiar in today’s media. As people have been accustomed to violent and unethical behavior in entertainment, there is a tolerance for publicly displaying uncensored, violent content via social media. As people have been accustomed to violent and unethical behavior in entertainment, there is a tolerance for publicly displaying uncensored, violent content via social media.

Although the unethical behavior is not new, it is being thrown into the spotlight. As unethical behavior is becoming noticeable different laws and restriction have been set in place to limit the propaganda; preventing social media view. For example, North Carolina’s governor banned police body camera footage from the public view. The idea of restricting the exposure to the public does not fix the controversial issue but suppresses it.

Technology has the potential to exploiting controversy through viral media. Unethical behavior, in a variety of forms, is occurring at a rapid speed throughout the nation. With the help of technology and social media, the public can view many of these occurrences in the news. Viral media is popular and has become a standard resource for news. Technological savvy people are exposed to this media as it is a quick way of spreading information. The advancements in technology, combined with social media, is proving unethical behavior exists and with the click of a button it is shared as entertainment. The nature of this controversy is explicit, uncensored, and on public display through media.

A lot of media coverage involves police related controversies due to claims of violent and excessive force and injustice. Injustice is evident through shared content of the physical encounters with suspects, sometimes leading to the deaths. It has become common to view uncensored, violent and the unethical content and spread it through social media causing controversy.

Although unethical behavior is not new, it is being thrown into the spotlight. As unethical behavior is becoming noticeable different laws and restriction have been set in place to limit the propaganda; preventing social media view. For example, North Carolina’s governor banned police body camera footage from the public view. The idea of limiting the exposure to the public does not fix the controversial issue but suppresses it. The Rodney King murder which occurred in 1991 showed the violent, unethical behavior and excessive force used by law enforcement. This was a time when social media, the Internet, etc. was not familiar or accessible, however, unethical behavior was recorded and released to the public.

The issue isn’t technologies, social media or the ability to share content. It is in the actual unethical acts and the fact that some people find no foul in it. The immediate removal of unethical behavior in entertainment and social media would be a positive effect in the way it is perceived. The issue is not with social media it is with the content created and viewed and an increase in conversation due to the exposure via social media. Eliminating social media, restricting the sharing of unethical behavior (videos), enforcing laws to limit the distribution of police content will not fix the problem. For example, Twitter users can report material that is offensive or should be censored. However, it is based on content laws, privacy act, basically up to Twitter personnel to make the judgment of whether the content should be removed; this is also biased. There are already restrictions set in place, but there are still issues with people exhibiting unethical behavior and finding it in entertainment or used as entertainment. Entertainment has made unethical behavior in ways acceptable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

 

Coleman, . (2013-2016). What Is Mass Media?. Retrieved from http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-mass-media-definition-types-influence-examples.html

Coyne, S. M. (2007). Does media violence cause violent crime? European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 13(3-4), 205-211. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10610-007-9044-5

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