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Polite On Society Seventh Year Anniversary Celebration!

Polite On Society

Polite On Society

Good evening my readers! As you know, I have been doing this blogging thing for a hot minute. I look up, and next month it will be 7 years. On May 17th, 2009 to be exact was when I first started Polite On Society. Over the past years, POS has grown, and has been a platform for independent Black authors, publicizing information for the Harlem community, and contributing to the literary scene of NYC. It’s been such an interesting journey, and I would like for you to share the moment with me if you’re able.

In collaboration with Calabar Imports, I am having a 7 year anniversary event on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 from 6pm-8pm

If you plan on coming, please do register via the Eventbrite page: Polite On Society 7th Year Anniversary

Also, here is the FB page for the event too: 7th Year Anniversary of Polite On Society Celebration

I will be talking about the blog, what motivated me to start it, and having a question and answer session for people who are interested in picking my brain about the ins and outs of social media. I will also have my books available there, so I guess it will also be part of my Spring tour. Did I mention it’s free admission?

So yeah. I am looking forward to this. I want to say thanks to everyone for the support, and hope to see some of my day one supporters there. Yes, the site is named after me, but it’s not just about me. (That don’t stop folks from going to Huffington Post or Drudge Report, just saying *smile*) The journey continues, and I have no intention of leaving folks hanging.

Just had to share this news. It’s going to be an interesting May. Peace, until next post!

-Marc W. Polite

 

Why Harriet Tubman on A $20 Is Just Symbolic

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Good afternoon folks. Maybe I am a contrarian, but I have to come out and say that this latest news about Harriet Tubman being put on a 20 dollar bill isn’t that big of a deal for me. If I have to be one of the few to say it, then I will.

The fact that this kind of symbolism keeps happening shows that real change is hard to fight for. We can get Harriet Tubman on a 20 dollar bill, but can’t put away a cop for killing an unarmed Black person. Okay, America. When I say that, I mean no disrespect to the legacy of Harriet Tubman. Don’t put me in that Russell Simmons category.  It’s just that I can’t get “happy” about this when Akai Gurley’s murderer got off yesterday with 800 hours of community service and 5 years probation. I can’t bring myself to celebrate a symbolic “win” Talk about the commodification of the struggle. That’s a thought piece just waiting to write itself.

 

 

Hillary Clinton Wins New York Primary

Well, it looks like the pandering did work. As many of you have heard, Hillary Clinton handily won the NY primary last night. Looking at the the exit polls, it is really discouraging. Very few people are enthused about this outcome. But, unfortunately, it was expected. However, last night I saw way too many stories of voter shenanigans floating around. Also known as “voter irregularities” these hurdles to voters were numerous yesterday. With reports of 125,000 voters “missing” from the rolls, its hard not to look at this skeptically.

Apparently pandering is the new way to connect. Mentions of hot sauce in your bag, struggle salsa (and mangled merengue) are ways to lock up votes. Even when your husband doubles down on calling Black youth “superpredators” Unbelievable. Are we ready to talk about switching to open primaries now?  It looks like neo-liberalism wins, again. Oh well, Clinton and Trump it is. Dominoes anyone?

 

 

My Walking While Black Experience Today

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Good evening folks. Today, I had an experience with a police officer that was just odd. First of all, I am alright and I was not detained or anything like that. It’s just that this occurred today, and I need to talk about it.

I was walking up Amsterdam Avenue, heading to the local eaterie to get a tuna salad. Normal pace, just minding my business. I hit the corner, waiting for the light to change. I just felt a presence of someone behind me, and when I turned around, a police officer was there. Because I have been in similar situations like this before,  I didn’t panic. I just looked at him, and turned back around waiting for the light to change.

I had no idea how long he was following me. However,  another individual who was walking in the same direction noticed the cop shadowing me. We spoke about it afterwards, and both noted how odd it was. After going into the shop, and getting my food, I decided to walk down Convent Avenue back to campus. I didn’t feel comfortable walking the same route I came. Why risk it?

I have thought about this incident the whole rest of the day. Maybe the cop realized when I turned around,  he was tailing the wrong person. I don’t know. I am just glad that I didn’t get a text message and pull my phone out of my pocket while he was following me. He might have thought that I was reaching for something,  and that wouldn’t have ended well.

I’m sharing this happenstance not to say “woe is me” or any of that. I am sharing to show how random these encounters are with police. It’s random, and pervasive at the same time. It can happen damn near anywhere, with no type of warning. This is why I do what I do with my platform.

Even a fairly mundane thing like a trip to the local eatery to get lunch can leave room for you to be targeted. Maybe I will just bring my lunch tomorrow instead…

Marc Polite to Participate in Panel Discussion at BloggerWeek 2016

Marc Polite FB BannerGood evening, my readers. There are no primaries this week, and the Democratic debate isn’t until Thursday. As a result, it will be a slowed down week in news. Outside of Hillary Clinton attempting to downplay the controversy over a remark Mayor DeBlasio made during an event, not much else is happening.

Times like this are when I alternate between blogging the latest in politics, and promoting what I have coming up next. As stated in the title of this post, I am letting you all know that I have been selected as a panelist for BloggerWeek 2016 in Washington, D.C.

For those who may be interested, the title of the panel I will be on is: “Economic Justice in a post-Obama Black America” It will be part of the program at the Digital Media in Social Justice Symposium to be held at Busboys and Poets. Yeah, I know it’s a heavy and controversial topic. However, the political animal in me won’t run away from it at all. Yes, the event itself is not until August, but me being the kind of person I am I’d rather let folks know about it sooner than later. I intend to utilize some of the things I mentioned in my book, as well as gathering additional info. As I watch what happens in these primaries, and analyze it, I am sure to come across more observations. Also, I will be collaborating with Yalanda Lattimore, the founder of Dryerbuzz for this discussion.

For those of you who may or may not remember, I participated in a BloggerWeek panel back in 2015 titled “From Blog To Book.” I am honored that I was asked back. For those who have not seen that panel, it is available via Youtube. Also, did you know my notes from last year’s panel are available on Slideshare? Now you do. Feel free to take a look at them, if you feel as though they would help you. It’s time I start gathering up my research. Peace y’all.

-Marc

 

We Are All “Superpredators” Now

Good morning all. I had some more thoughts to add from yesterday’s Bill Clinton blow up. It appears that even our “friends” are allowed to criminalize and dehumanize Black Americans as long as they can justify it. Activists shouldn’t run away from the fact that mass incarceration compels one to defend those who have been unjustly criminalized.

As the shockwaves continue, I find my outlook confirmed. I caught some flack for saying in public spaces that I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton even if she was the nominee. It would mean making peace with a center-right/neo-liberal outlook.  In all likelihood this incident won’t make die-hard Clinton supporters change their minds. But, for principled progressives, it points to a political dilemma.

These primaries are showing a struggle within the Democratic Party. Either millions of Democratic voters are stuck with a status quo, middle of the road politics, or it will be forced to move left and re-embrace tenets of compassionate Liberalism, social democracy, and Keynesian economics. If not, it’s a question as to whether who is really welcome or wanted in the party.

What a week.

Bill Clinton’s Tirade Against Black Lives Matter

This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. After another loss to Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin, now we have a rally with former President Bill Clinton totally losing it. The footage is in circulation across the net, and Bill is ranting in defense of the 1994 crime bill. He basically defends Hillary’s use of the loaded term “superpredators.” He goes so far as to say that BLM folks are defending thugs and murderers.

At a time where people are questioning the whole system of mass incarceration and the legislation that established it, how can we be “confident” that the Clinton campaign is going to facilitate any reforms when one is doubling down on heavy handed, harmful policies of the past?

The Clinton’s have done a lot of damage to the Black community,  here and abroad *cough* Haiti *cough* but Bill wants to play up Africa. Okay.

This primary is indeed getting ugly.  That’s politics. People are saying that it’s “gone nuclear” but this was bound to happen eventually. This will all make for a very spirited debate next Thursday in New York.

Author Profile: Andrea C. Imafidon

Andrea C. Imafidon, author

Andrea C. Imafidon, author

The life of an entrepreneur can be a challenge. Balancing a business with your passion requires much of an individual. For perspective on this, we reached out to author and blogger Andrea C. Imafidon. Andrea gives us insight as an entrepreneur, blogger, and speaker. She will be a speaker at BloggerWeek 2016 later this summer. Andrea is also the creator of Brown Girl From Boston.

 

Polite On Society: What motivated you to write your book?

Andrea Imafidon: I was motivated to write “Turning Your Passion Into A Paycheck” because I have learned how to turn my passions into a paycheck. I was motivated to write my book because I always had side hustles to compliment my main hustle and wanted to share my knowledge of the power of side hustles and supplementing your income.

I understand the power of having multiple streams of income coming into my household and wanted to help others especially African-Americans to turn their skills, talents, and passions into a paycheck instead of throwing money down the drain and living paycheck to paycheck. This book was also inspired by a previous tele-class that I taught on turning your dream into a profit, in which I was teaching people how to create various source of income through something that they truly encourage doing each and everyday. You can turn anything into a profit these days.

POS: In embracing your passion, do you feel there is a danger at times that the process of turning it into a profit will drain your enthusiasm? 

AI: I have so many passions in which I protect all of them. Some passions that I have are just passionate hobbies and wouldn’t want to profit from them because I just enjoy them such as listening to Hip Hop. I love Hip Hop but I can’t see myself being a Hip Hop journalist because I would have to listen to all kind of wack Hip Hop and would automatically have my enthusiasm drained trying to comprehend what the heck these new ages “Hip Hop artists” are trying to convey to the listeners. I know my lane and I stay in it.

As far as my other passions, such as blogging, speaking,  helping people to map out their business ideas, or problem-solving, I love doing those things and have no problem profiting from them. When I blog, speak, or problem-solve personal and professional issues for people, I profit from my passions in a holistic way. I am part of the healing process, the transformation process, and the breakthroughs that bring me so much enthusiasm. My inner wealth, enthusiasm, and knowing what lane to stay in to create and profit from my passion, protects me from burnout. My business is my livelihood and I stick to blogging/writing, coaching/consultant, and speaking to profit from. I have tried to profit from all my passions at one point because I was desperate and needed money. I was in way over my head and I have failed because I realize that I cannot do any and every business idea that comes in and out my mind. I have to pick and choose wisely and stay in my knowledge lane.

POS: How important is it nowadays to have multiple streams of income? 

AI:

It is essential to have multiple streams of income. No one should depend on one source of income because anything can compromise your main hustle such as illness, termination, starting a family, economy, gentrification, systemic racism, workplace racism and the list goes on and on. Having multiple streams of income give you power, it gives you a voice, provide freedom and independence. We need multiple streams of income to build strong economies, create jobs for our community, and rebuild and restructure communities and neighborhoods that are disenfranchised and being taking over by gentrification.

We live in an expensive and materialistic society in which the cost of living is high while your paycheck is barely allowing you and your survive to live a quality of life. You have debt such as student loans, credit cards, and personal debt that is holding people hostage to working multiple low wage jobs, limited of time to enjoy life, and you are basically paying bills and waiting to die. I have decided a long time ago that me and my family were not about that life. I remember walking off my “lucrative and good” job because I couldn’t take the workplace discrimination from my supervisor. My husband and I had enough saved to make it for six months and on top of his salary. I had to tap into my side hustle of resume writing, partaking in paid focus groups, and other odd gigs to survive while figuring out our next move.

There are so many talented and skillful people who are not getting paid what they are worth on their jobs while being mistreated on their jobs. I truly believe that we all have the skills to pay the bills and live a prosperous and abundant life. We have to tap into our skills, strengths, and passions and profit from them. You are planning to fail once you start depending on that one paycheck. We have to move beyond fear and start creating multiple streams to create generational wealth for our children, their children, and their children’s children. You cannot create wealth depending on a paycheck and you cannot create wealth working for someone who wealth is set for 400 years.

1 Year Anniversary of “Everything To Learn, Nothing to Teach!”

Everything to Learn, Nothing To Teach

Everything to Learn, Nothing To Teach

Hey there, again. I know I just dropped a post like 2 minutes ago, but I have something else to say. Today marks the one year anniversary of my second book, “Everything To Learn, Nothing to Teach” It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year already. Dang. So for this occasion, I wanted to drop a little podcast about it. Peace, and thanks.

-Marc