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KKK

 

It’s been awhile since I wrote in this blog. It’s appeared to me that some Americans have become concerned about foreign Muslim terror cells coming into this country and killing, and slaughtering innocent lives. What’s been more present is the fear factor among some people who has created this hysteria. Even though among the 14 people killed in the recent San Bernardino killings, two of them were black, it has certainly been more fear mongering from the conservative pool which a majority of those voters are white.

I watched a recent short documentary on the KKK, which seems to be rekindling their old flames of hatred, bigotry, violence, ignorance and yes terrorism. It seems idiosyncratic that pundits on tv and newspapers jump to the word terror the second they get a whiff of a Muslim sounding or influenced name. On the other side of the coin, Dylan Roof the man who executed nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church didn’t get that same label. It seems the characterization of that name was just out of reach for America to grasp, not to African-Americans whom never forgot about these types of attacks. In the weeks following the shooting in Charleston there were 6 arson fires in the St Louis area. Most of them were set on black churches. For me, how I see it African-Americans have been living with domestic terrorism far as long as the first slave ships entered into “Turtle Island“(taken from the Aboriginal Creation story).

The issue is it’s not just a few church burnings that keeps black people in fear and delirium. It’s the domestic terrorist groups like the KKK and the White Knights that have woven their hatred in secrecy into different factions of society. One thing that should become unquestionable is the fact since blacks and other minority groups are fighting a war against hate mongers, is that two offensive fronts have been put in place. The ones we see everyday are what I would call your classic bigot in the spotlight. This includes, the likes of Bill O’ Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others who spew hatred the myth that the “White Man” is losing the country to N#$%% and Sp&^%, Jews and of course the Sand N%$%^.

These guys on the front lines of their views represent a portion of the country that feels affirmative action, welfare and other government programs are only out to help minority groups, even when the numbers prove they themselves are the top beneficiaries. More importantly than that are the racists and domestic terrorists that are hidden in the shadows and remain elusive. These men and women are more dangerous than any pundit, because just like the War on Terror, you don’t know who to look for and distinguish the rest from who are the real enemy.

One such case came to light back in 2006 when the FBI released a seven page document that revealed White Supremacist groups have actively pursued positions in law enforcement. Now, this may be new information to the mass public, but if you say this to anyone in a local black barbershop, you won’t even get a side look. This information has been long suspected among blacks, but my concern lies in what other pockets of government and public service could a potential White Supremacist be lurking. Could it be a congressman/woman, a judge, a doctor who you rely on on the operating table. The scary truth is as long as we don’t know anyone could be an agent. Like Neo from the Matrix fighting the agents, we just don’t know until they reveal their true selves.

One potential ally took a bold stance a month ago and released the names of possible affiliated KKK members. Anonymous who stated, “We are trying to change our world…”, even if this list is bogus, it does present evidence a chaotic coadjuvant relationship in positions of power that seems to create the balancing act circus that minorities have become uncomfortably accustomed to. The saying the pen is mightier than the sword speaks to the policies that were put into place that laid a foundation for the discriminatory practices such as Redlining, Sharecropping, Jim Crow among others. Black unemployment is at epidemic levels, black business ownership is way below any other race and house ownership is down as well. While walking into a massacre is probably the scariest scene one could ever encounter, we can’t undermine the back door meetings and operations that continually to plague communities that are underserved, set aside and forgotten about.

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I can't breathe

Last Saturday was one of the most amazing experiences of my life on earth to date. I decided I wanted to be a part of history and march along fellow supporters to end this domestic terroristic sub-culture that tosses out cases of black men getting killed with no penalty or punishment of the police officer. Even now there are details behind the shooting and killing of Mike Brown that the prosecutor suppressed that directly conflicts with the narrative that suggests Darren Wilson’s life was in danger at the time of the shooting.

Man in chains

The march began at Washington Square Park, I got there around 3pm because I got off at the wrong stop and missed my scheduled train into Penn Station from LI. I remembered being nervous I was going to miss the crowd, but when I finally got into the city and arrived at West 4rth street I felt relieved. I could see large pockets of people gathering and soon saw the protests signs and heard the megaphones and the chants against racism and support for Eric Garner and Mike Brown.

Once I was inside the park I saw different organizations and that were there for this day. Among the most vocals were members from LRP-COFL.org, Answer Coalition.org, National Liberty Alliance, 100 Blacks for Law Enforcement. I also bought a newspaper called Revolution,  which covered protests from NY to Mexico and all around the globe. I was only in the park for about ten minutes gathering newspapers and fliers when the crowd was moving toward the streets. It was there that I saw the awesome power of our civil liberties at work.

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What was silence, turned into chants organically into the crowd that crescendo into overwhelming applause and cheers. “Hey hey, Ho ho, these racist cops have got to go!” “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” “Show me what democracy looks like, This is what democracy looks like!” “No justice, No peace!” “Eric Garner, Michael Brown,shut it down, shut it down!” I could see the faces of the onlookers and police by the barricades. Some were there just to see what the fuss was about, others showed support on their way to work or wherever they needed to be. Often they chanted with us and gave more power to the message that #Alllivesmatter even if the court system doesn’t see it that way.

The feeling was incommunicable in words. There was an inseparableness that I felt that I only experienced online until this point. I’ve seen past rally’s and protests and knew people of all economic and racial backgrounds were there. I even knew about the global support for Ferguson and Eric Garner, with the different hashtags #crimingwhilewhite, #blacklivesmatter, #Icantbreathe, but to witness first hand and be a part of the warm fellowship left me in state of awe.

I was surprised by this generation’s resilient and remonstrance spirit. All I have been told and thought is since first hearing about Michael Brown, is that this was gonna wash over America and end in a another church hymn with the packaging of we shall overcome during a pastor’s congregation meeting. This generation, to me now shows the spark of the young Malcom X’s, Martin Luther King’s, Cesar Chavez, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Stonewall Inn protests for Gay Rights. I was also humbled by the compassion of the buildings and businesses on the streets we marched on. Many of them held signs and banners that gave this movement life, “#BlackLivesMatter” and the diversity among the crowd couldn’t have been a better representation of what this country should stand for more often.

I remember feeling like since we’re all here for once cause, then I surely can stand up for another cause, even if it was not my own. I don’t have to be gay to stand alongside someone who is and fight for them. I don’t have to be an immigrant to know that they also deserve to be treated better in this country. During the marching and chanting, it become a jovial occasion, realizing the power of force and the message we are sending around the world and to Washington and every political office in this country, that change is coming, so either help us do it or get thrown out of office for someone who will.

I saw mother pushing baby strollers and fathers holding their children on their heads so they could see the signs and helicopters passing over us. I saw old, young, any color of race and nationality and sexual orientation. I saw some Latino sisters and brothers chanting along with us in Spanish and with a sign written in Spanish, which I couldn’t make out entirely, but I did see one part I recognized #Alllivesmater!

There were moments of silence, but the energy never wavered, even after hours of walking and I really didn’t even know where we were going, but I wasn’t going to stop. A gentleman finally told we were heading for the first precinct. “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now”, “I Can’t Breathe” were also very powerful outcries in the crowd. One man who introduced himself as David asked to interview me during the march. He asked a couple of questions about me and why I was there to support and if I have any personal stories that fit the profile of being discriminated against. I told him the story of being pulled over at 2am for a broke license plate light, that ended in a 35 dollar ticket. I didn’t know about a license plate light to know I needed one at the time. I know it wasn’t a story that ended in a violent beating with night sticks or even getting shot over it, but I felt they pulled me over because I was driving while black through a prominently rich white neighborhood on my way home from work.

By the end of the day I was tired, hungry, cold and had been holding myself from going to the bathroom for almost four hours, but I didn’t want to leave. It wasn’t until I reminded myself that I had to work later that night, that I finally trotted back to the subway to make it for my shift. I don’t know if anyone took pics of me, since I didn’t have a camera phone, but I recorded audio of the event on my phone. I plan to go to at least two more protests this year. My agenda this year now to support the fight against climate change and a wage increase.

With the midterms just a day away I thought it might be a good time to bring up a topic that really doesn’t get much media attention as it should. Whoever you were going to vote for or have voted for in the past was probably because of some key areas you sided with your candidate. The public usually chooses candidate based on the issues that matter to them. If an election team can show you in comparison to another candidate’s their likability in certain areas that are also coextensive to yours than you more likely to vote in favor of the person whose interests you share. Simple, right? No one doubts the polls and charts and graphs that are totally accredited.

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The agency GCHQ according to The Intercept has tools that can manipulate internet traffic and spread preselected messages across social media. Documents provided by Edward Snowden show how GCHQ has the ability to plant false stories and accusations into the internet , tweaking the results of online polls, inflating pageview counts, and censoring videos that are deemed extremists.The information provided below was provided by ZDNet:

— Astral Projection: Remote GSM secure covert Internet proxy using TOR hidden service

— Poison Arrow: Safe malware download capability

— Airwolf: YouTube profile, comment and video collection tool

Birdstrike: Twitter monitoring and profile collection

Glassback: The technique of getting a target’s ISP address by pretending to be a spammer and pinging them; the target does not need to answer

Miniature Hero: Active Skype capability; a provision of real-time call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) as well as bidirectional instant messaging and contact lists

— Photon Torpedo: Technique to actively grab the ISP address of an MSN messenger user

— Spring-Bishop: Finding private photos of targets on Facebook

— Bomb Bay: The ability to increase hits to websites, thereby increasing rankings

— Burlesque: The ability to send spoofed SMS messages

Gestator: The amplification of a given message, usually a video, on popular multimedia sites like YouTube

— Scrapheap Challenge: An amazing tool used to spoof emails from Blackberry targets

— Sunblock: The capability to deny functionality to send/receive email or view material online

— Underpass: This can change the outcome of online polls (it was previously known as Nubilo)

— Warpath: The mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations (PSYOPS) campaign

— Husk: A secure, one-on-one web-based dead drop message platform

The document then quotes: “fully operational, tested and reliable,” adding, “Don’t treat this like a catalogue. If you don’t see it here, it doesn’t mean we can’t build it.” Further, the document notes: “We only advertise tools here that are either ready to fire or very close to being ready.”

In 2012 Facebook increased the number of hard news feeds at the top of almost 2 million of its users. This was done three months prior to Election Day. As a result, voter turnout and engagement was at an all time high. There was an experiment based on adding the “I’m Voting” button to a user’s feed. Out of the 61 million users, a group of 600,000 users were shown the button, but not the info if their friends had voted and the results they found were that 20 percent of the users who saw their friends using the I voted button also would use the button as opposed to 18% who didn’t get the I voted message from their friends. The study also concluded that Facebook increased voter turnout 340,000 of .14 percent of the total voting age population in 2010.

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9 million people clicked on the button on election day back in 2012. There are no stats on the effect of Facebook on the election turnout,but it did introduce another kind of polling. Academics and Facebook scientists revealed that they altered the emotional content of 700,000 users news feeds. The data showed that the user would likely post four more negative words per 10,000 written after one positive post was removed from their feed. The public should be fearful since Facebook can use algorithms and data to manipulate people in ways they don’t understand. Sociologist Zeynep Tufecki calls this learning how to “engineer the public” without public knowledge. There are not protocols in place for Facebook to be transparent so these tactics may have already played out in past elections and upcoming ones as well.

Statistics can be made up on the spot. 86% to be exact, according to truthpizza.org and the other 24% can be misleading. It seems that the sampling can play a huge role in statistical manipulation. If you take five people and ask them about Barack Obama and they have really nothing flattering to say about the current President of the United States then based on those five people a poll can say Barack is not well liked. What I didn’t tell you is that these five “random” people were chosen based on their bias views on the President. They were pre-selected based on their past voting behavior which was most likely conservative republican, who voted against Barack in the past. So don’t let the polls fool you. Another concern is about generalization in statistical polls. Some false generalizations may come from a stat that is used when, for example, ask another 5 random people (for real random this time) and you find out of the 5, 3 people think education is the most important issue in the election. Based on that it would be safe to assume that a majority of the whole out of the pool you sampled from also think education is the most important issue, when in fact it could have been number three on the list. See how that works!!!!

We also have to take into account poll questions that can be misleading as well. If I ask you, “Do you think it’s fair to increase taxes to help the moochers get more in welfare money? Hmmm, what would say? Suppose I asked you the same question this way. “Do you think it’s fair to increase taxes to help the homeless, veterans, disabled and less fortunate? What answer would you say now? Get my point? So clearly it’s how the questions are asked that makes a difference. Another way would be asking multiple questions from one side of an argument, then asking the poll responder about the same issue. This can also influence poll responses favorably or unfavorably.

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It can also be misleading using factual information. How can that happen? Let me explain If tell you taste testers say an increasing number of people believe Burger King has the best tasting french fries. Then, someone else says there’s an increasing number of people who believe Wendy’s has the best tasting french fries. You might think, both can’t be true, wrong. If I increase the survey responders than the original than poll before me and notice a 30% increase in survey size and they both have a noticeable difference in size of people who like their product it’s a win win for both fast food companies. You also take this group of stats.

January $ .76
February $ .54
March $ .51
April $ .63
May $ .80
June $ .91
July $ .76

You could easily say from March to June the prices jumped from .51 to .91 cents or an increase of 78%… Zooooinks!!!!! That’s a lotIf you include the whole, you’ll find that there is no increase. Other, aversion, you need to look at is if someone points out a ranking, such as he’s the second highest paid actor in Hollywood. They never really state that if an actor get revenue from the film alone or has a hand in writing it as well or producing the film. Watch those ranking stats. If I say Tupac was the greatest musical artist to come out of California. You might take me seriously since I said musical artist, but there many more types of musical artist than just hip hop. Qualifiers can be misleading as well. Last using percentages instead of actual number can work for or against the narrative. If I say 27 urban males were killed this year due to violence in my town. If I say 6% of urban males in my town were killed due to violence you can sense the difference. Now what if I said that the time span for the measurement was over ten yrs, doesn’t that alter the polls?

The moral of the story is that these polls and statistics we put emphasis on can be misleading.

 

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Since the beginning of mankind there has been very two distinct roles for human beings. Women had the role of childbearing, care givers, keeping house, cook and sometimes educator. During the hunter gatherer time period men were the main providers of food. They would catch and kill wild game and teach their children what plants and wildlife was safe to eat. Around 1.8 million years ago this was the way societies were run. For hundreds of thousands of years, this worked, until technological advancements made it capable to build dams and wells to keep running water a vital component to survival. With the ability to navigate and steer the flow of water, it was made possible to build towns, cities, economic systems in place where you can buy and trade goods. I know you’re like thanks for the brief history lesson,but where is this going?

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My point is once we became able to build up civilizations and left our hunter gatherer ways for the industrial age that’s when the gender roles started to unravel. Men no longer expected to hunt for food and teach their young. You had supermarkets and schools for that. Women started advancing in the workplace steadily after the World Wars. Recently, we’ve had more acceptance with gay rights in American society, which is a good thing. I wonder though, that the trade-off for the heterosexual male to accept women and gays in modern society is to slowly chip away at the idea of the alpha male and make it obsolete. Let me explain

During the hunter-gatherer time you were regarded as a man when you able to become the protector of the family and feed them as well. Today, in modern society you are considered a man when you move out on your own, pay your bills and have a job with a livable wage. The issue with this, is there are less and fewer jobs that can provide sufficient income. Fewer men are moving out on their own in their twenties and postponing this right to passage until their 30’s and sometimes 40’s. It’s also not cool to have facial hair or any excessive amount of hair on a man. Men need to be clean-cut a shave to make it in today’s business world. The only time you see a man wearing a beard is usually in a movie when the main character has “let himself go”. They’re usually getting over a drunken night and in some ratty apartment. Somewhere between the neanderthal and the modern age man, facial hair became taboo.

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Jobs

The job market has changed significantly over the last couple of hundred years. During the early stages of America, men would usually handle the construction work, police work, firemen and other hard labor. Today, a good job is behind a cubicle or in staff meetings eight hours a day. The participation rate of men 25 to 54 is 97.7% in the workforce. In rate steadily dropped to a record low of 88.4% in 2012. Median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27% after accounting for inflation.

Males account for 70% of all D’s and F’s in public schools, while also spending an average of 13 hours a week on video games adding up to over 10,000 hours of video games by age 21. Also, SAT scores have been the lowest ever in 40 years for young men and only 43% of men are enrolled in college. I just feel like the alpha males have become rejects of society and the dominant accept type of males are usually the nerdy, non-athletic, metro-sexuals. They’re usually non-violent and non-threatening and thirty to forty years ago they would be outcasts.

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Clothing

In hip hop, there is no escape from society’s pressure on change on males to become more andr0gynuous. More artists are wearing skirts, skinny jeans that looks like it could cut off circulation anywhere in your leg. Rappers like Kanye West, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Diddy have all been seen wearing a skirt and other women’s clothing. Not to mention that Lil Wayne and Birdman have been seen kissing on a few occasions, but still hold onto the notion that they are completely straight. I don’t get it. To add onto that an aspiring artist name Young Thug reportedly called Birdman his lover on instagram and wears dresses and paints his finger nails.

Marriage

Women 35 to 39 years old are 6.4 times more likely to keep their husbands last name. It seems women who are younger than 35 are most likely to keep their own name.

In conclusion

It seems that the beer drinking, physically strong, vocal males have been watered down and no longer have a voice. Even the action movies are steering towards picking actors that are not the traditional tough guy. Shia Lebouf was in 3 Transformers movies and he’s not the ideal action hero you think of saving the day along with mountain sized machines. Shows like Scorpion on CBS, The Mentalist, Person of Interest and others shows that highlight the intellectually gifted over the brawn muscles and high sense of morality that often clashes with protocol.

 

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In the age of social media and where youtube views going viral is the only important thing going in the teenage mind nowadays. What happens when something is written that could have remained just  thought in your head. Or maybe a violent visual could have not been seen. Nowadays a posting on facebook/instagram can lead to jail time and videos with guns as props will bring charges as well.

Most recently a group in Virginia calling themselves the “Stain Gang” were recently arrested for weapons possession and trespassing. The Stain Gang were recording a rap video which featured them waving guns and even driving a stolen vehicle at the time. The vehicle in the video matches the description of one stolen in the area at the time of the video, but has yet to been positively I’d . Hampton police spotted the gang which consists of three individuals whom only one is of legal age, driving on the property of a local Boys and Girls club.

I agree these young men should feel some weight under the law,maybe some community service a few mandatory programs they have to be in accordance with. Here is where I really am struggling with the law once again. Some states and politicians want to put rap lyrics into the court room as admissable pieces of evidence. At the beginning of the year there was a trial in the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The case that made this new breakthrough involved a man named Vonte Skinner who was involved in a shooting back in 2005. When the trial occured in 2008 the prosecution used 13 pages of rap lyrics written by Mr. Skinner in their case, even though these lyrics were written years before the crime happened.

In the hood, I am a threat / It’s written on my arm and signed in blood on my Tech” — a reference to a Tec-9 handgun. “I’m in love with you, death.” These were some of the lines mentioned in the trial, and eye witnesses who changed their stories more then Aesop’s fables reimagined the jury found Skinner guilty of attempted murder and sentenced him to 30 years. Luckily for Skinner in 2012 the court’s decision was overturned in light of the rap lyrics should have not been admitted into court. “We have a significant doubt about whether the jurors would have found defendant guilty if they had not been required to listen to the extended reading of these disturbing and highly prejudicial lyrics.” The state appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court.

In that year alone there were 18 cases with similar circumstances where 80% of them were allowed to use rap lyrics as evidence. The common tactic is using the rap lyrics as a autobiography even when most of the time Rappers use rap names and use their fictional stories as first person narrations embellishments of a harsh, loveless lifestyle where money, sex, violence are the tools and power and fame are the goals. At the same time does anyone think of Michael Jackson as an actual “Smooth Criminal” or the Rihanna shot a man down in her song “Man Down” or even Eminem’s many songs about killing his ex-wife.

In the 1990’s the issue was brought up by Stuart Fischoff a psychologist at the California State University of Los Angeles. A study found that when individuals were read violent rap lyrics by the suspect versus when they were not read, the jury were more likely swayed into thinking the suspect was guilty even when they were all presented with the same biographical information. Unfortunately in Nevada in a case under the same circumstances the use of the rap lyrics as evidence was upheld in court. In his memoir Decoded, hip-hop star Jay-Z wrote, “The art of rap is deceptive. It seems so straightforward and personal and real that people read it completely literally, as raw testimony or autobiography.” As Nielson and his research partner Charis Kubrin note in their paper, “Rap on Trial,” “If rap lyrics are treated as mere diaries or journals, no special skill or training is necessary to analyze them, and consequently juries may hear false or misleading testimony about rap from witnesseswho lack the basic qualifications to offer it.”

If your a believer in the first amendment than you are more likely to be on the side of the using all lyrics in music for prosecution purposes. One test done back in 1996 used violent song lyrics and told one group they were country song lyrics, while telling another group they were folk song lyrics and then the last group was told they lyrics came from a rap song. Not surprising to me at all, the group who thought they were reading rap lyrics found them more offensive and a bigger threat to society than the folk and country song lyrics. It seems stereotypes control perception and this is dangerous when thinking of using rap lyrics in court that will be used to convict someone. “I’m just not convinced that using traditionally white forms, for example country music, or using novels against white authors would work,” Nielson says. “There is something about rap music that gives it this special treatment. It’s been negated as an art form.”

It’s not just rap lyrics creating controversy, but postings on your favorite social media site ,maybe used in court against you as well. Could an instagram pic you post  end up with 142 counts of felony charges ? If you’re a man named Dupree Johnson in Florida then that’s a yes. The Sheriff in Palm Beach County, Fla. viewed Johnson page and had known he had a rap sheet consisting of grand theft, burglary and felony possession of a firearm.  After seeing the pics the sheriff put together  search warrant for Johnson’s home in Lake Worth, Fla. The police confiscated a glock, a stolen tec-9 9mm pistol, electronics, firearms and $250,000 dollars in stolen jewelry. The police believe Johnson may been involved as many as 40 burglaries and 55 others in Boynton Beach, Fla. Johnson is behind bars in lieu of $60,000 bail and his Instagram page “Duce22ceritfied” is no longer working.

Here’s another story to let you know how easy for someone to get caught is through social media. A man in Pa. posted a picture of himself mocking police, but the joke was on him when he was caught. Anthony J. Lescowitch Jr. 35 was wanted for aggravated assault and other charges from back in July in Freeland. The borough police weren’t having any luck finding him so they posted a picture of him on the department’s facebook page and within three minutes he was found. Here’s where things get stupid, Lescowitch himself posted the pic mocking his own picture.  The police then knew they had his attention so they posed as a female on facebook and gained Lescowitch trust to began a conversation that lasted 30 minutes and enough information was gathered to lead to an arrest. Lescowitch was charged with assault for an incident back in July 14 2013  when four individuals used physical force on the victim and then he was robbed for $53 dollars and then the victims ATM card was used later for a withdrawal of $100 dollars.

 

 

This past year has been huge for women breaking the glass ceiling and I wanted to take the time out and bring recognition to those who have broken barriers.

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Vice Admiral Michelle Howard- The U.S. Navy confirmed their first EVER!!!!!! female four star admiral. Not only the first female, but also the first African-American to be named  Vice Chief of Naval Operations. This is not the first for Admiral Howard, back in 1999 she was the first black woman to command a navy ship the USS Rushmore. If her impressive military accomplishments weren’t enough, Howard led a U.S. command ship against Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. The mission Task Force 151 became the rescue mission Richard Phillips the captain for the Maersk Alabama. Her voice can be depicted in the film “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks.

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Caroline Kennedy -WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed the daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.Caroline Kennedy won the Senate’s unanimous endorsement late Wednesday shortly after it voted to end a partial shutdown of the government and extend its borrowing authority.Kennedy was nominated for the ambassador’s job by President Barack Obama after playing a role in his re-election campaign. At her confirmation hearing last month, she promised to carry forward her father’s legacy.Japan is the U.S.’ fourth-largest trading partner and home to the Navy’s 7th Fleet and 50,000 American troops. Kennedy’s father battled Japanese forces as a Navy officer in World War II.-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/caroline-kennedy-confirmed_n_4112126.html

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Marjorie Scardino– Twitter added former publishing executive Marjorie Scardino as it’s eighth member board of directors. She is the first woman to be assigned such a high profile role in the social networking company. Prior to her role with Twitter she ran an economist group which is well known for its industry profiles. As the leader of one of the biggest publishing companies, Scardino was able to build relationship with some of the biggest advertisers on the planet.

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Mary Barra– General Motors named it’s first female CEO Mary Barra for the auto manufacturer. “I think it is fantastic, and it indicates the openness of even the most traditional corporations to look for leadership from all sources, including from women,” said Marcia D. Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, an advocacy group. “I think it is particularly heartening to see a corporation like GM do that, not only because of the traditional image we have of the male CEO at car companies, but also because of its global reach.”“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” Barra, a 33-year employee of the company, said in a statement. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”

Catherine Samba-Panza

Catherine Samba-Panza-The mayor of Central African Republic’s Bengui Catherine Samba-Panza became the first female president. With her winning 75 votes over 53 against her opponent Desire Kolingba who was the son of a former president. “I’m launching a resounding appeal to my anti-balaka children who are listening to me: Show your support for my nomination by giving the strong signal of laying down your weapons,” said Samba-Panza, who is Christian but did not campaign on a religious platform. The 59-year-old called herself “the president of all Central Africans, without exclusion”, and said her top priority was “to stop people’s suffering, to restore security and the authority of the state across the country”.

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Inga Beale– Lloyd’s of London named its’ first CEO for the 325 year old insurance market. Beale has held senior roles previously in the insurance industry such as Zurich Insurance and General Electric. “Until we get more women around the decision-making table women are unlikely to get enough encouragement to really aspire to reach senior positions in the industry.” Beale’s appointment speaks to the current climate of adjustment companies are making to meet the expected mark of women representing 25% of the boards by 2015 set by business secretary Vince Cable.

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Janet Yellen– The senate recently confirmed Janet Yellen as their new federal reserve chairperson. The first time EVER!!!!! a woman has held this position in the 100 year history of the reserve or any major central bank.  “Too many Americans still can’t find a job and worry how they’ll pay their bills and provide for their families,” she said at her White House nomination. “The Federal Reserve can help if it does its job effectively.” Even with the glass ceiling right above her head she became the first democratic nominee to run the fed since 1979.

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Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd– Alabama State University is gearing up for its first EVER!!!!! female president. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd will be the president of her alma mater in the next month. Boyd who is a 58 year old engineer comes to Alabama from John Hopkins University in Baltimore as the executive assistant to the Chief of Staff in applied physics lab. Only 20% of universities have a female president which makes Boyd’s position that much more recognizable. “Dr. Boyd is an alum. She’s very eager to turn the college around,” says Malveaux. “These jobs as HBCU presidents are really opportunities and challenges to serve and I think that probably outweighed ……………..

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Sasheer Zamata- The first SNL African-American female in six years to become a cast member is a Indianapolis native by the name of Sasheer Zamata. Sasheer appeared in a few different skits during her debut including alongside Drake for a skit for rap stars early careers. She is the first black woman that has been a cast member since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Zamata is a graduate of University of Virginia and a performer for the Upright Citizens Brigade, two things that veteran cast member and 30 Rock creator both share. “She’s very much like Tina,” says UVA Prof. Richard Warner, who taught both women. “She’s a social critic and she’s a feminist.”