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Meet the first African American champion in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee!

Zaila Avant-garde, 14, of Louisiana USA, won the event in Lake Buena Vista, Florida becoming the second Black champion in the bee’s 96-year history. The only previous Black winner of the spelling bee was Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica, who won the event in 1998. Her win is significant to us, because black children were often excluded from participating on the national stage, even well after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Schools were ordered to racially integrate in the late 1950s, but this did not prevent white supremacists in governing positions within these schools to purposely exclude black children, by cunningly finding ways to make it difficult for black children to advance in the contest.

During Zaila’s spelling stint, she appeared virtually unaffected by stage fright. In fact, the only bump in her night came when she spelled “nepeta,” a genus of Old World mints.Chaitra Thummala, 12, of San Francisco, was the runner-up, and Bhavana Madini, 13, of New York City, placed third. The winning word was of course, an unusual one. “Murraya,” which is the genus of a fragrant tropical Asiatic and Australian tree.

She has been competing in spelling bees since she was 12, and participated in the 2019 Scripps Spelling Bee but did not place, and last year’s tournament was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This now 14 year old also shares her love for spelling with basketball. She holds three marks in the Guinness World Records for her basketball prowess, according to the Times-Picayune. She owns records for the most bounce juggles in one minute with four basketballs (255), set last November, and most basketball bounces in 30 seconds (307), also with four basketballs, also set in November. In January 2021, she tied the record for most basketballs dribbled simultaneously by one person, bouncing six at once to share the record with Joseph Odhiambo, of Mesa, Arizona. She got her first record in 2019 for the most bounce juggles with three basketballs in one minute, finishing with 231.

Avant-garde said she hopes to become an NBA coach someday or work with NASA, the Times-Picayune also reported. She added that she might also pursue neuroscience, a topic she learned about while listening to the NPR podcast “Invisibilia.”

With her talent on the court and her otherworldly intellect, Zaila serves as real inspiration to black children, like Venus and Serena Williams have been to a new generation of Black women tennis champions. Remember the The against-all-odds success story featured in the 2006 fictional film “Akeelah and the Bee?” Now we have Zaila and the bee, and her inevitable success will play a significant role in fostering a new generation of black success stories.

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Four Powerful E-books for today’s Entrepreneur

It is safe to say that you are searching for guidance in the entrepreneurial market, thus improving your life?

We’ve incorporated a rundown of the best Ebooks by famous business pioneers, writers, and fruitful business visionaries, loaded with reasonable guidance on turning into an industry trend-setter and discovering your energy through significant work. With these books, you also can assemble your own business and flourish.Entrepreneurial Success:

1. Entrepreneurial Success:

To own a successful modern business, you must stay ahead in the social media game! This Amazing Bundle comes with all this!

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The entrepreneurial industry is one that attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year. Everyone wants to own their own business. Everyone wants to reap the rewards that come with independent success, including financial freedom, more time to spend with your family, and the ability to work for yourself rather than someone else. This eBook provides a step-by-step system to program your mind for success.

Price: $4.99 USD. Click Here for your copy.

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This powerful guide will provide you with everything you need to finally get rid of procrastination and time-wasting and start living the life you want.

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Knowledge is power, and once we understand the root causes of unhappiness, we are well on our way to overcoming it. Or, at the very least, mitigate its effects.

Within this guide, you will discover everything you need to know to create happiness every day of your life and what not to do, leading to stress and anxiety.

Topics covered:

  • Figuring Out Which Goals To Set
  • Use Daily Rituals to Fine Tune and Achieve Your Goals
  • Measure Your Success to Boost Your Motivation
  • Learn When To Scale Up
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3. Social Media Marketing Bundle

To own a successful modern business, you must stay ahead in the social media game! This Amazing Bundle comes with all this!

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  • FREE Resource Cheat Sheet with external links
  • FREE Mindmap to track your progress

Social media marketers and business owners! Are you tired of scrolling through your feed wishing you had a bigger audience but uncertain about how to go about getting more? Discover How You Can Increase Your Social Media Presence, Create Unique Content, Build a Bigger Audience, and Sell Your Products and Services With Ease.

It may take a lot of planning, but do not be afraid: take the opportunity to develop a social media marketing strategy, and make your online business reach new success levels!

A common problem that many of us have is expecting our content to go viral and for our follower count to grow immediately. Many people spend an average of 3 hours on social media per day, which increases depending on the demographic.

In reality, posts rarely go viral without many hours spent researching, strategizing, and planning the most exciting and effective content to share with their engaged followers.

Understanding social media marketing will have numerous benefits relevant to many aspects of business in the twenty-first century.

Some of the valuable information that you will learn from this eBook include:

– What social media marketing is

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TikTok marketing is the hidden key to reach out instantly to widely scattered customers & boost ROI in a convenient manner. Included in this bundle are:

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TikTok Marketing has become the best technique for marketers to make the most from their advertising efforts, and if not given adequate importance to, it can prove fatal for your business. Not only does it give you more opportunities to enhance your credibility, but you can easily stay on top of the minds of your targeted audience on a long-term basis. Guys, TikTok marketing is the hidden key to reach out instantly to widely scattered customers & boost ROI in a convenient manner. Included in this bundle are:

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Meet the 2 year old prodigy who’s IQ is catching up with Albert Einstein’s!

With a name like hers we shouldn’t expect any less. Kashe Quest may look like your typical 2 year old, but this child wonder has earned her name being written in the world’s record books. She can name all of the elements on the periodic table, identify all 50 states within the USA by shape and location, learn Spanish and decipher patterns, according to her parents. A Los Angeles Native, Kashe was accepted into Mensa, a club only for those with the highest IQ (Intelligence Quotient) scores. She is now it’s youngest American member among 130,000 members worldwide.

(Mensa’s requirement for membership is a score at or above the 98th percentile on certain standardised IQ or other approved intelligence tests, such as the Stanford–Binet Intelligence Scales. The minimum accepted score on the Stanford–Binet is 132, while for the Cattell it is 148.)

Kashe Quest was born in 2019 to Sukhjit Athwal and Devon Quest. Athwal is of Indian heritage and Devon is African American. Devon is a UCLA School of Law magna cum laude graduate. She may not be your ordinary 2 year old, but her parents are on a mission to ensure that she experiences all the joys of childhood without being separated from a child – structured environment. Sukhjit, who is a trained educator, created her own pre-school called Modern School House. Here, Kashe will be able to interact with children her age, all while learning at her own pace.

Kashe with mother, Sukhjit Athwal

At a tender 18 months, her parents confirmed the advanced mind power of their child during a routine visit to the pediatrician. Once Kashe’s parents revealed their daughter’s skills, the doctor advised them to consult a psychologist, who confirmed her sky-high intelligence by administering a Mensa test. 

Sukhjit and Devon have taken the role of parenting Kashe quite seriously, and effectively communicating with their daughter is of high importance to them. They often shower her with words of reassurance whenever she gets frustrated doing a task. Kashe reciprocates by offering her own words of encouragement. “If she sees me trying to open a jar of pickles, she’ll come over and say, Dad I’m so proud of you!” 

Kashe’s Parents, Sukhjit Athwal and Devon Quest

Both parents admit that they have a huge responsibility on their hands raising Kashe. “She will wake up on a Saturday and say, ‘I want to do elements,’ or ‘I want to do states.’ However, this is a proud moment for them and they are more than willing to support her growth.

Fun Fact: Albert Einsten’s IQ is commonly cited as being 160, but that’s just an estimate; it’s unlikely that he ever took an IQ test during his lifetime. See 35 People with Higher IQs Than Einstein.

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4 ways Discipline can help you live a Happy and Wealthy Life

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, 18th NOVEMBER, 2020

Many of us can remember at least one point in our lives where we felt as though we were being told what to do. We were held accountable for our actions to the point where we felt like our freedoms were being infringed upon. For some of us, we would not have realized it because it had become the ‘norm’ for us. How about school, where we had to speak using only our ‘inside’ voices when interacting with our peers? We had to learn and recite specific words, sing specific songs at specific times during the day. We were made to assemble and not speak while being addressed. Do these thoughts stir up certain images in your mind? When we entered the world of work, we soon learned that this world was not much different. We had to arrive on time or our superiors would begin keeping a keen eye on us, watching out for another slip up. We had deadlines to meet and leaving the job at our own leisure would have given us a definite red card.

Can you think of any others? These scenarios all point to one word. We will explain the meaning of the word using the definition provided in the Merriam Webster dictionary: Discipline: 2. to train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control.

Some of you would cringe at the very thought of the word discipline, but don’t get lost in a word. For many others, this same discipline has been the fuel that has propelled them toward abundance, both in their personal and professional lives:

Stronger Relationships

Discipline can be viewed as training to develop one’s moral character which in turn will help to produce a particular type of behavior. Relationships should help us become better versions of ourselves. Discipline comes in handy in our relationships because it is a practice of care and respect for others and self. Some of the evidence of discipline in relationships can be found in :

  • Consistency (something that men and women so desperately crave from their partners)
  • Fidelity (self-control)
  • and quality time (through proper time management)

Higher Net Worth

If you study any billionaire in the world, you will discover that they have the most powerful discipline habits. Discipline teaches us to be systematic when working toward life’s goals. With self-discipline, you master the power to follow through with your decisions. It is therefore one of the most important requirements for success. It has always been said that the secret to success lies in your daily routine. Without discipline, there can be no routine. We would all operate as chaff in the wind, moving in every direction but up! Sound Discipline is the key to:

  • Proper time management,
  • Accountability,
  • Personal growth and many other productive assets.

If you are chaotic, that means that you don’t have a schedule for the day, week, month and year. You basically don’t have a plan. Sooner or later, life will wear you out.

Discipline means that you will do what you know you have to do, even when you are not in the mood of doing it.” 

Healthier Body

This one is certainly a no-brainer. Most trainers have reported having an uphill climb when it comes to getting some of their clients to wake up on time and make it to the gym for their daily workout. This is actually why people hire trainers in the first place. They NEED someone to hold them accountable. Otherwise, they most likely wouldn’t stick to their workout routine and their body goals would never be achieved. The same holds for healthy foods. That slice of cake looks pretty tempting, but I have to stick to my diet, so salad it is! So many of us have had these same pitfalls and are still reeling from the consequences of our lack of discipline. So much can be achieved if we practice the things that we’ve already made up our minds to do:

  • Healthier sleeping patters (stick to a schedule!)
  • Healthier Food choices (say No to that last slice of pizza and mean it!)
  • Regular workout routines (don’t skip leg day!)

Healthier Mind and Spirit

Finally, and probably the most important benefit of all is a healthier mind. A healthy mind can only be maintained if all the previous points are achieved. Lack of discipline fosters laziness, low self-esteem, unachieved goals, broken relationships and unhealthy life patterns. None of these cater to a healthy mind or spirit, but self-discipline certainly does. It can give you:

  • Higher self esteem
  • Better vibration
  • More focus

Lack of discipline can leave a trail of chaos, anger and emptiness. We must therefore make it a priority to teach the younger generation to foster self-discipline within their daily lives. We do this by example. We also do this by giving them routines to follow. Reward their efforts, and show them that action and inaction both have consequences.

Freedom and discipline are directly proportional to each other. Freedom is the basic right to do what we want. The catch is, that if we want more freedom in our lives then it must be preceded by discipline.

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How To Break The Generational Curse of Poverty in 5 steps

“Change starts with us”. It’s a small phrase, but holds so much power when it comes to many facets of life. It’s even more powerful when we speak of breaking generational curses. But what are these ‘curses’ that we speak of? Do they refer to some type of “hoodoo voodoo” handed down upon us because of some long forgotten evil done by our ancestors? Is it something taboo? According to The Gospel Coalition, a “generational curse describes the cumulative effect on a person of things that their ancestors did, believed, or practiced in the past, and a consequence of an ancestor’s actions, beliefs, and sins being passed down.” An example of a generational curse is divorce”. This may all be true, but for our purposes here, let’s focus on actions and beliefs.

We see it over and over in every day life. The constant negative patterns in families that seem almost inescapable. They seem to imprison some or all members of the same blood line from the day they were conceived until the day they die. Drug addiction, failed marriages and relationships, abuse, mental illness and poverty are some of the major evils that have contaminated the lives of the families around us. For some of us, these are evident within our own families. Many might argue that poverty itself can cause a domino effect to most of the other social ills, so therein lies our focus.

Although slavery was abolished decades ago, in many black communities the effects of poverty are still very much evident. It is time to unlearn some of the negative beliefs and actions that may have become a part of us before we perpetuate them to the next generation. The steps below are not 100% failsafe, but they are certainly approved to set the pace for healing and renewal.

A. WITH THE HELP OF AN ELDER IN YOUR FAMILY, DRAW A GENOGRAM.
An example of a financial genogram

genogram (pronounced: jen-uh-gram) is a graphic representation of a family tree that displays detailed data on relationships among individuals. In the example shown above, the illustration focuses on the habits of each person in your family tree.

Here are some questions you may ask:

  • Were there any wealthy people in our family?
  • Were there any persons who were in continuous debt?
  • Who in our family got a divorce?
  • Who had several children they couldn’t take care of financially?
  • What type of jobs did everyone end up settling for?
  • Was there any history of a family feud/enmity in our family?

Once you have a list of questions, start by filling out the answers you know. There is not a right or wrong way to do this, so choose a method that makes the most sense for you. Once you’ve written down the information you already know, call your relatives to ask for answers to the remaining questions.

It isn’t necessary to speak with everyone on the tree, but talk to as many people as possible so you can better understand who they are and their behavior patterns. The more information you have, the more you’ll understand trends and generational curses that have impacted you.

2. TALK WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.

This may be one of the toughest things to do, but without communication, there can be no healing! There are some secrets so hidden within families that they’re inevitably taken to the grave, and the struggle continues. The only way to start the healing process is to lay the cards out on the table. Though the cards may be bitter, our children deserve to know what they may need to work on and what habits they need to unlearn. The keys to breaking generational curses reside in Truth. Without truth, there can be no change.

3. SEEK SUPPORT.

If there are secrets and habits within your family that need immediate attention, seek help! There has always been a stigma within the black community when it comes to counselling, but a counselor can help you process your thoughts and emotions in a healthy way and help you identify generational curses manifesting in your family. Thankfully, there are professionals available to fit every person, budget, and schedule. If you are religious, you can seek the help of a pastor. The right pastor can incorporate what is both divine and practical and organize an effective intervention for your family. Many of the answers we need are one consultation away, but fear of judgment has crippled many. It is this very fear that can end up keeping us in the same downward spiral throughout generations. If you find it impossible to overcome this fear of one on one counseling, there are many qualified online counselors to choose from.

4. EDUCATE.

Education can come in the form of periodical family meetings, talks over dinner or you can take the next step and talk to your children specifically about finances. If you are not sure that you are equipped enough to educate them, there are many online resources that can help you. We took the time to highlight a few exceptional publications that you can take advantage of:

These insightful and age appropriate finance books are just a few of the many volumes written by Dr. Boyce D. Watkins. He is is an American author, economist, political analyst, and social commentator. During his academic career, Boyce Watkins was a visiting scholar with the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School Of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.

As an adult, if you are excited to start this learning journey yourself, there are many audio books and paper backs to choose from. We recommend these for starters:

5. CELEBRATE!

The final step we recommend is that you celebrate! Celebrate those wins, no matter how small. As you transition away from the generational curse of poverty, do one small thing to celebrate your victory. You have now positioned yourself to break financial barriers within your own lineage. May your name be written in history as the one who broke the mold, and led your bloodline to generational wealth!

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How to get a High Paying Job in Tech

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JULY 02, 2020

Top paying tech positions are going unfilled due to lack of skilled tech workers. Now is a great time to:

  • Learn to code,
  • Get a job in tech,
  • Learn to create apps,
  • Own the Tech you create.

According to Glassdoor, you don’t need to be technical to land a job at one of the top tech companies, but for those who develop their technical skills, the rewards can be vast! As an added bonus, there are a wealth of free online courses available today.

Their latest report breaks down the highest paying tech jobs in the industry, based on an average salary. Here are the top 10:

10. Information Security Engineer: $131,300

9. DevOps Engineer: $137,400

8. Enterprise Architect: $144,400

7. Technical Program Manager: $145,000

6. Software Architect: $145,400

5. Applications Architect: $149,000

4. Infrastructure Architect: $153,000

3. Software Development Manager: $153,300

2. Data Warehouse Architect: $154,800

  1. Software Engineering Manager: $163,500

How do I start?

Lean to code for free! There are free courses available for beginners and intermediates that can kick start your new career.

Some of these programs, like Scratch, allow the student to program their own interactive stories, games and animations and share their creations with the world. Scratch is designed specifically for ages 8-16, but it is generally used by people of all ages.

Get your children started with a great interactive learning experience on their journey to coding. Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, Go, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, Swift, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. All the courses on Codecademy are free. The free course catalog features hundreds of hours of content that help learners develop skills in their desired programming language. However, CodeCademy offers a “pro” option that allows tailored lessons and tutorials for the user as well as live tutoring.

Check out some other interactive learning platforms:

Is coding hard to learn?

According to Paul Larkin of Career Karma, the simple answer is “No.” “Coding is not hard to learn. Much like learning any other skill, it will require time and persistence. How hard it is to learn will depend on the programming language itself and what kind of software you’d like to make.

If you love the idea of having a great income while doing something fun and interactive, a job in Tech may just be right for you! You may just have the next big idea sitting in the corners of your brain. Start the ball rolling by learning to code.

How long will it take to learn?

According to Joshua Weinstein of Career Karma, The following table sums up the duration, however, “Generally, it takes about 3 to 6 months to learn the basics of coding. You can learn coding faster or slower depending on your pace.

LEARNING METHODTIME TO LEARN CODING
Self-Study6 – 12 months
College Degree4+ years
Coding Bootcamp3 – 6 months
Summary of time it takes to learn coding according to learning method

If you have no interest in Tech, learning to code is still a great choice!

  • It will make you more self sufficient: No need to wait around for technical assistance when you need it.
  • It will teach you how to think. Heather Stenger, Senior Director of Communications at American Wood Council states: “Coding forced me to start out with a plan, identify potential trouble areas, and troubleshoot, troubleshoot, troubleshoot.”
  • It will improve your collaboration and communication skills. Many tech courses require collaboration as Projects are rarely created in a vaccum.
  • It can take your present career to new heights! Coding can open a whole new world of options for you, and your new skills will mostly like prove very valuable to your employer.
  • If you’re thinking about starting a new company, having technical knowledge can make your startup more feasible, and can be the factor that gets you that launch!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to break barriers, and learning to code may just be one way for you to attain financial freedom.