What’s in it for African-Americans if Presdent Trump is succesful in banning Muslims and deporting Mexicans?

President Donald J Trump might get his way and deport millions of Mexicans and ban millions of Muslims from entering the United States. Despite massive protests around the country, he might be able to fulfill his promise made to his supporters to bleach white the colors of American citizens. What’s in it for African-Americans if he succeeds?

Estimates say that there are nearly 4 million Mexican workers in the United States. Large numbers of Mexican workers work on farms, in restaurants, in home remodeling, and in landscaping. Some people argue that Mexicans are taking jobs away from Americans while others say that Mexicans are working jobs that Americans do not want. What do you say?

Muslims, however, account for the growing number of 7-11 and Dunkin Donuts owners. Muslims have been successful in setting up real estate and retail business in Black neighborhoods around the country. Does this bother you?

I must ask this controversial question: Would you, as an African-American, be willing to work on farms, in restaurants or in landscaping? Sure, many of you would say “yeah” to owning businesses, but would you, yours kids, friends or relatives be willing to work jobs where your hands get dirty?       

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I can answer the question for myself. I’m willing to work any job that I am physically able to do. But what about you? If the 11 million undocumented Mexicans were deported today, would you be willing to work the jobs they leave behind?

(Ron Alexander is a journalist/book author based in Miami Florida. Please follow my blog. Please visit my website at BuyRonsBook.com)

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Got debt? Talk with the Credit Woman!

The economy is improving, but many people are facing huge debts ruining their credit. Bad credit leads to higher interest rates when buying a car or home. Record numbers of people are considering filing bankruptcies to wipe away debt.

Tara Colquitt, a credit counselor, says that “filing bankruptcy has consequences and should not be the first option to remove a blemish from a credit history.”  She says that “other options should be explored before taking the extreme step of marching into court seeking to restore good credit.”

Tara’s company, The Credit Woman, has been in business for ten years helping people to improve their credit. She states that the six most prevalent reasons why people fall into debt are:          

Death, Divorce, Unemployment, Under Employment, Catastrophic life changes,  Lack of financial education

Unlike other credit services, The Credit Woman’s focus is on behaviors, not debt. According to Tara, “the behaviors are an addiction to impulsive spending and not budgeting.”  What makes The Credit Woman unique states Tara “is that I provide my type of therapy that helps my clients to learn and practice new behaviors to avoid falling into debt.”

“There are no substitutions for using good judgement,” states Tara. “Modifying bad spending habits not only helps people get out of debt, but to stay out of debt as well.”

           To reach Tara Colquitt, visit her website at: TheCreditWoman.com

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Reader upset with me

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Recently, I sent an email appealing to my friends and family to donate to my campaign raising money to bus 1000 people to Washington to protest President Trump’s intention to have taxpayers pay $15 billion to build his wall. This erupted a firestorm! More than a few of my contacts fired off emails demanding that they be removed from my list of contacts.

One such email came from Rich who writes:

“It was great when you were selling your book  Cherished Diamonds. I sent many people your way and appreciated your attitude about pretty much everything. Now that you have gone political, please remove me from your email list.”

Rich goes on to say that “The problem is more than half of America agrees that we need the wall, not only to keep America safe, but to keep jobs in America and keep the infiltration of criminals and drugs coming over that infamous border.”

I support Rich’s constitutional right to express himself. But must he be dishonest in doing so? Several recent polls clearly show that President Trump’s approval rating is 43%, making him the only president in US history to have an approval rating below 50%. More then 50% of Americans reject Trump’s wall.

I don’t know Rich’s political affiliation. He could be either a democrat or republican, a liberal or conservative. Yet his defense of President Trump’s wall and Muslim ban using false data– or not not using data at all– is strikingly similar to Donald Trump’s tendency to cite facts and polling that d0es not exist.

(Ron Alexander is a journalist/book author who resides in Miami. Florida. Visit his website at BoyRonsBook.com)

 

Al Jarreau: The Acrobat of Scat

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Back in the late 70’s, I met this guy Al Jarreau. I was just getting my journalism career started in Philadelphia. Likewise, his career was beginning when he came to Philly to perform at the club, Just Jazz.

I was at Just Jazz to write a review for the Philadelphia Tribune. I hadn’t heard of Al, so I assumed that I wouldn’t be impressed with his performance. Wrong!

The first thing that I observed about Al onstage was his warm personality, his cool, laid back demeanor and the meticulous care he gave to every lyric, every song, the way he engaged and drew the audience into his music. I sat spellbound! His vocal scating would earn the title of “the acrobat of scat.”

The song that stood for me was Susan’s Song, which talked about his relationship with this amazing woman in his life. Being young myself, I didn’t understand how deeply a man could love a woman  until I heard Al sing.

I interviewed him after the first set. Again, I was spellbound. He was so friendly, all smiles, and unpretentious. I developed a friendship with him that would last for years.

It’s not surprising that Al would later earn a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Iowa. The same sensitivity required in counseling is the same empathy and compassion he infused into his music.

I have met and interviewed many artists over the years, but few were as personable and friendly as Al Jarreau.

(Ron Alexander is a journalist and book author based in Miami, Florida. Visit his website at BuyRonsBook.com)

Do you have a “Bullet Proof Soul”?

 

You’re probably asking yourself what is a Bullet Proof Soul? Singer Sade wrote the song. The context of her song is that throughout life we are going to encounter people who will seek to take away our joys in life.

Take my life for instance. I was embroiled in a 20-year addiction to crack/cocaine, beginning when I was 35 years old. My addiction nearly took my life when I attempted suicide. Family members–my mother in particular–never missed an opportunity to criticize my addiction and lifestyle.

Eventually, however, after many years of running in and out of rehabs, I finally got it right. God helped me to clean myself up from drugs. The process of deliverance and recovery didn’t come easy. I relapsed several times before I could finally lose the need to get high. Today, I am 14-years clean.

God’s miracle in my life came with disillusionments, challenges and disappointments, the top of the list being that my mom cannot let go of my past mistakes and transgressions. Our conversations are laced with persistent reminders of my dark past, going back 50-years or more, of everything she perceived I had done to her.

Yes, she speaks of things when I was a mere ten years old! Her language is blunt, cold and insensitive. I made the painful decision to stop communicating with her because of her inability to embrace the new life given to me by God.

Sade’s Bullet Proof Soul song refers to being hit with a “slow bullet.” She sings about “love being use as gun” My mom’s slow bullet was her unrelenting assaults on my life, never recognizing, acknowledging or accepting that I am a new and better man. She is, in Sade’s words, “trigger happy.”

(Ron Alexander is a Journalist/Book Author. Buy his books at BuyRonsBook.com.)

President Trump hates credible polling

Recently, I sent an email appealing to my friends and family to donate to my campaign raising money to bus 1000 people to Washington to protest President Trump’s intention to have taxpayers pay $15 billion to build his wall. This erupted a firestorm! More than a few of my contacts fired off emails demanding that they be removed from list.

One such email came from Rich who writes:

“It was great when you were selling your book  Cherished Diamonds. I sent many people your way and appreciated your attitude about pretty much everything. Now that you have gone political, please remove me from your email list.”

Rich goes on to say that “The problem is more than half of America agrees that we need the wall, not only to keep America safe, but to keep jobs in America and keep the infiltration of criminals and drugs coming over that infamous border.”

I support Rich’s constitutional right to express himself. But must he be dishonest in doing so? Several recent polls clearly show that President Trump’s approval rating is 43%, making him the only president in US history to have an approval rating below 50%. More then 50% of American reject the Trump wall and Muslim ban.

Rich’s defense of Trump ignors crediable polling. Whether Rich is a democreate or republican, liberal or conservative, he sounds strikenly similar to President Trump’s use of polling numbers and facts that don’t exist. Credible polling is consistently showing that President Trump is out of step with American voters.

(Ron Alexander is a journalist and book author based in Miami, Florida. Read hos books at BuyRonsBook.com)

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Things Your Know Before You Go Online To Date

Online dating has exploded over the past ten years. There are many reasons why men and women turn to online dating, the most prevalent reason being that middle-age, eligible bachelors and bachelorettes don’t hangout in clubs and bars. They work demanding work schedules that do not allow time for meeting people in traditional ways or they simply don’t want to engage in the vulnerabilities that come with being on the dating scene.

Whatever the reason for going online to date, there are pitfalls to be leary of. Some people seek a relationship that leads to marriage, while other people want to date or only want purely sexual relationships.

How do your protect yourself from sexual or financial predators? How do you increase the odds that you find someone who shares your common interest in developing a meaningful relationship?  How do you weed out the people who play games? Take these steps:

  1. Write a profile that clearly reflects your character and values
  2. Clearly state the type of relationship you are seeking
  3. Don’t appear desperate for a relationship
  4. Don’t post pictures that are sexually suggestive
  5. Accurately describe your body type and weight avoiding sexual connotations
  6. Share your contact information only with people who are willing to chat with you first online before talking with you on the phone
  7. Don’t engage in sexual conversations
  8. Question marital status
  9. Discuss your family values, religion or faith, church attendance or affiliation
  10. Trust your gut

Women are particularly vulnerable on dating sites.Following these steps will greatly improve your chances that you will attract people who share your values. Remember that people are using dating sites for different reasons. Finally–and most importantly– take dating sites seriously when you only have a reason to.

(Ron Alexander is Journalist/Book Author. Visit his website at BuyRonsBook.com. Contact him directly at 267 721 9551)