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Vuyanzi
Vuyanzi

Vuyanzi is a Certified Life Coach, Speaker and Author. She is also the host of the Black Leading Ladies on Purpose podcast and Vuyanzi Coaches on The Coach Channel launching in July of 2020.
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Schedule In Advance

It’s difficult generating content. I understand – I do it for myself and my customers on a regular basis. But once it’s produced, you have got to get it in front of them.

I recognise numerous individuals who produce content in sort of a “simply in time” way. They paintings on time limits that either creep up on them, or come rushing at them like a freight train. I may be like that, too. Especially when a customer wishes the content published straight away.

But I’ve observed a better manner. A lot of my content is now produced in advance. Some instances it’s only some days, once in a while it is months in advance, but those are the extremes. I usually try and have whatever I’m running on – whether it’s writing, video, audio, or images – achieved far enough beforehand of time that I can make tweaks if I ought to. Between 2 and four weeks.

It’s genuinely one in all the largest demanding situations I actually have with a number of my customers. There’s continually something that receives inside the way of them generating their content. Hey, as I stated it takes place to me, too.

I want to inspire you, like I do with my clients, to begin working on longer manufacturing schedules. As long as you are the one controlling the guide time table, you could start pushing some of your content material off a chunk. Even if it is only a few days, permit yourself wait to “push the button.” Unless you are developing something it is either time-sensitive – like a film review or touch upon a news item – try and produce it earlier and permit it relaxation.

The first aspect to begin you at the direction is a listing. Write out the entirety you understand you will need to provide as a long way earlier as you could. If you very own a retail store, you know while your largest sale days are next year. Go beforehand, listing out the advertisements you will need to make for those dates. Making this listing can even alleviate at the least a number of that “oncoming teach” feeling!

Once you have got the list, you should realize the date on which the occasion desires to arise. If you are setting a chunk in a person else’s media, there is probably a submission date. For example, in case you need to put in writing an article in your local each day paper on the way to appear on July 4th, the very modern you may want it there may be June 27th – per week prior to book. Some lead instances are absolutely months earlier!

Now, start running on the piece it’s needed soonest. Maybe you need a blog publish for subsequent week. Sit down and write it! You might need a video clip for subsequent month. Shoot it nowadays! The greater time in advance you could produce content material, the higher off you’re because the submission date attracts near. You have time to revise your piece, if wanted. Polish it. Re-write, re-shoot, re-edit, re-paintings. But give yourself a “due date” it really is lots earlier than the ebook date.

Once you get that piece done, begin on the next.

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Police Violence Against People With Disabilities

Latrea Wyche/Contributing Writer

In recent months, law enforcement across the country has come under fire for incidents of police brutality within African American communities. The brutal death of George Ford has caused America to take a closer look at the people who are armed with the charge of “protect and serve” but instead chooses to shoot and kill. Police brutality is nothing new, and this not just an African American thing, people with disabilities have had to deal with some of the same treatment. According to a report done by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a disability organization, proposes that while police interactions with minorities draw increasing scrutiny, disability and health considerations are still neglected in media coverage and law enforcement policy. I know you are probably sick of me making everything about people with disabilities, but these are the un-talked about issues that our community faces on a daily, basis but yet, they receive no attention.

When police officers encounter a person with a disability, they do not have the proper training to handle the situation. That’s where it all starts, training. with such a large population of disabled people in America, it would seem like common sense to me, for police officers to receive some type of training on how to handle a person with a disability. For example, when arresting a deaf person or a person with a hearing impairment, cops should not cuff them with their hands behind their back because in most cases, they use their hands to communicate, it would be kinda difficult to communicate with their hands behind their back. Another question how many police forces in America offer basic sign language courses, some would argue it would be a waste of time, but you never know as a cop when you might have to stop a deaf person, and just imagine how much more comfortable that person would feel knowing that you are able to communicate with them.

According to a database maintained by The Washington Post, in 2018, at least 139 people with mental illness have been shot and killed by cops. based on the research I conducted, a large number of people with disabilities that are killed by cops have some form of mental illness. “Police have become the default responders to mental health calls,” write the authors, historian David Perry and disability expert Lawrence Carter-Long, who analyzed incidents from 2013 to 2015. They propose that “people with psychiatric disabilities” are presumed to be “dangerous to themselves and others” in police interactions. So, the question now becomes what do we do with this information, how do we use this information to better our community…..knowledge is power the more knowledge we have the more powerful we are.

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Black Disabled: our place in Hollywood and Mainstream Media

Latrea Wyche/Contributing Writer

This article came from two very different places: one, me sitting at home watching a program on BET called “Black Girls Rock.” While watching this show I began thinking, why is there no representation of African-American women with disabilities, or just African Americans with disabilities period represented in mainstream media or in Hollywood. The more I thought about it the angrier I became. As an African-American woman with a disability, I want to see all aspects of me represented – and this includes in the mainstream media and Hollywood.

Sometimes I feel that African-American Hollywood events are not welcoming of African-American people with disabilities. By not actively promoting that African-American, disabled actors to play character roles of a disabled person, Hollywood continues to give an inaccurate representation of African-Americans with disabilities and takes away jobs from African-American actors with real disabilities. For example, Ray: The story of Ray Charles, Ray Charles was played by Jamie Foxx who did a wonderful job, but why couldn’t the director find an actual African American blind actor to play the part? think about how much more realistic it would have been because you would have received the experience first hand of what a blind person in the music industry deals with verses a representation of a blind person.

To me that like choosing a caucasian to play a role that was meant for an African American actor, a caucasian person has no idea what’s it is like to be black just like an able body person has no idea what it’s like to be disabled. Think of the little African American disabled children that seeing someone that looks like them on the screen, which gives them hope that it could be them one day.

My second reason for writing this article is, the feeling like I am not accepted by my culture because I am disabled. which would explain why there is no representation of African Americans with disabilities in mainstream media or Hollywood, because we are not accepted in our own culture. This not me having a pity party for myself as some would think or me feeling sorry for myself. The above statement is based on my first-hand experience and not just my experience but the experiences of many African Americans with disabilities. When I make statements like that, I usually get “don’t lump us all in the same category” or my personal favorite “some may not understand disability,” it’s 2020 we all have resources available at our fingertips to educate ourselves about various disabilities, not understanding is no longer an excuse.

Latrea Wyche

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Black and Disabled in America: The unheard population

Latrea Wyche/ Contributing Writer

This is an issue that I have been speaking on for years, the struggle of being a woman of color, and having a disability. The experience of disability is different for members of the African American community, just as I am sure the experience of disability is different for the members of various other sub-communities. For the sake of this article, we will be focusing on the African-American community. From birth, African- Americans are born into a world that does not make all needed resources available for them to flourish and succeed the way other groups have. There is a link between students with no-apparent disabilities, (I want to pulse right here for a minute, just because a disability is not apparent does not mean that someone does not have one. The thing that people need to understand about disability, is it manifests itself in various forms. We are not always going to be able to look at a person and recognize whether or not they have a disability). where there is also and over-classification of impairments with challenging behaviors that place them on the fast track of the “school to prison pipeline”.

For those who are not familiar with the “School to Prison Pipeline”, this system is defined as the disproportionate tendency of minors and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to become incarcerated, because of increasingly harsh school and municipal policies. We already know that more than half of the prison population are African- Americans males. Every 1 out of 15 African- Americans males are imprisoned each year compared to 1 in 106. It has been learned that 1 out of 3 African- Americans males can expect to go to jail and some point in their lifetime. Our society focuses on the word “criminal” not really trying to gain an understanding of the larger issue that lies within these institutions. A surprising fact that I just learned while doing this research, 60% of the inmate population has some form of a learning disability. The struggles inmates face on a daily basis vary, however, they share the common experience of having their disability either undiagnosed or ignored. In many cases we see inmates being reprimanded and disciplined for inappropriate behavior and not following rules and regulations of the facility. Most of the time their physical or cognitive impairment is not taken into consideration and unfair punishment is served. This again highlights the school to prison pipeline due to the simple fact that while attending school their disabilities went unnoticed or diagnosed incorrectly. This inmate population is then composed of a group of African-Americans who are left to navigate their world with a known or unknown impairment whether it is physical or cognitive.

The next question becomes what can we do about this? I believe that prison reform is just one part of the problem, we have to also look at our education system as it relates to disability and preparing children with disabilities for the real world, Are we providing them with the tools and techniques needed to survive in this ever-changing world?. Another piece to this puzzle is home life, as an African-American parent of a child with a disability what are you instilling in that child? What are you telling that child about him or herself? And lastly, as a community, we need to become more educated about disability. It is 2020 there no reason that we should still be using the excuse that “I don’t understand disability.” These are some of the things to think about as we continue to move toward the future.

Latrea Wyche

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How to Practice Radical Self-Care

The last two weeks have been a trying time for me. Following the death of George Floyd, I was numb for days. I could not feel yet I was upset. About a week later, the dam completely burst for me. It led to a pouring out of emotions mixed with truth in several areas of my life. The fact is I had to rethink my approach to established relationships and connections.  I am aware of my blackness daily yet my blackness became more tender and palpable than I have ever felt it before. 

“Radical self-care” was a term that I had only heard just weeks before and, now, I know why. I would have to apply it for myself.  It was a GirlTrek interview with Angela Davis and Nikki Giovanni and T. Morgan Dixon asked Angela Davis about the practice of radical self-care. I researched this expression and found that Audre Lorde coined this phrase. Here is the full quote:

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

–Audre Lorde

I thought this message hit home when I found it but, after the events, on May 25, there was a whole new meaning for me. I am black. I am a woman. The intersection of these two identities hit home too. (Check out my podcast episode on intersectionality.)  Knowing that, inherently, there is a double bias, how do I take care of myself? I still have to show up as a Life Coach, a support to others. I still have to make positive impact in the lives of others, how do I do this? The answer is to implement this practice of self care on a radical level.  

I am working this out daily but here is what I have thus far…

  1. Speak my Truth: I did another post about this and since then I have had to up level my role as a Purveyor of Truth (Listen to my speech as a Purveyor of Truth).
  2. Commit to Your Empowerment: Figure out how you need to get your fuel at this time. Is it a 21 day meditation with a group? Possibly a book? Maybe even intentional meetings with other like minded people to build each other up.
  3. Sweat it out: The visual effects of exercise on our bodies may be obvious however the effects on the inside are that endorphins are released in your body and this makes you feel good and it also keeps you focused and alert. For me, this helps.

So, in this time of great shifting for many of us, Black Leading Ladies, how will you practice “Radical Self-Care”?

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Life Coach Vuyanzi
Life Coach Vuyanzi

Vuyanzi’s greatest teacher has been faith.  Her passion in life is to help Black Leading Ladies over 40 to discover their greatness after a shift in normalcy. Vuyanzi is a Certified Life, Career, Executive Coach. She is the host of the Black Leading Ladies on Purpose podcast. Vuyanzi is the co-author of 4 books being released this year and is working on her own for release in August.

GO-GO MUSIC DOCUMENTARY,THE BEAT DON’T STOP

Content Courtesy of TV ONEWATCH TV ONE’S GO-GO MUSIC DOCUMENTARY,THE BEAT DON’T STOP, PREMIERING DURING BLACK MUSIC MONTH ON SUNDAY JUNE 21 AT 8 P.M./7COriginal Documentary Highlights the Official Sound of Washington, D.C. and Features Doug E. Fresh, Backyard Band, Junk Yard Band, Trouble Funk, E.U., TCB, TOB, Beat Ya Feet Finest, Maiesha and the Hip Huggers, and Many More
(SILVER SPRING, MD) – June 9, 2020 – TV One celebrates Black Music Month with the debut of its original documentary, THE BEAT DON’T STOP, airing on Sunday, June 21 at 8 P.M. ET/7C, followed by an encore presentation at 10 P.M. ET/9C. The long-awaited documentary was a year in the making and highlights the history and legacy of Go-go music. It features trailblazers, legends and stars who have championed the sound throughout the decades. The film also delves into the evolution of the Go-go culture, celebrating the legacy of the Godfather of Go-go music, Chuck Brown, and the pivotal role Radio One played as the original broadcast platform for the music genre.

Additionally, it examines the passion that fueled social movements, including the internationally recognized Don’t Mute DC, which emphasized the music’s power and influence amid a rapidly changing cultural landscape.  THE BEAT DON’T STOP pays homage to the unique contribution of Go-go music to the musical landscape.

It features a host of celebrities, artists, music historians, and community leaders including rapper Doug E. Fresh; band members from Junk Yard BandTrouble FunkE.U.Backyard BandTOBTCB and Maiesha and the Hip Huggers; the dance crew Beat Ya Feet Finest; music historians Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and Kato Hammond; music journalists Ericka Blount and Alona WartofskyDon’t Mute DC organizer Ron Moten; Moechella organizer Justin “Yaddiya” Johnson; talent promoter and former MCA Records executive Bo Sampson; music producer Tone P; Radio One Personality Angie AngeDJ Flexx; hip hop artist DJ Kool; and many others.  Big Brother Konan who hosted the first daily radio show in the country dedicated to Go-go music, on Radio One station, WOL-AM, also lends his account to this comprehensive look at the social power and influence of this unique art form. ”

Go-go music is the indigenous sound of Washington, D.C., which emerged out of underprivileged neighborhoods during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s. It was largely blamed for the rise in crime and violence that paralyzed D.C.  THE BEAT DON’T STOP takes viewers through that history and addresses how the music served as a platform for African Americans to elevate and address issues such as class struggles, gentrification and the music’s impact on black culture. THE BEAT DON’T STOP is executive produced by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes. For TV One, Deirdre Leake-Butcher and Tracey Uy served as Executive Producers, with Bo Sampson of Bodacious One Productions serving as Co-Executive Producer. Nile Cone served as senior writer and producer.

Susan Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting, Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production, and Michelle Rice is General Manager. 

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For more information about TV One’s THE BEAT DON’T STOP, visit the network’s www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #THEBEATDONTSTOP.
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