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Thursday, December 27th, 2007


by A.man.I

I’ve decided to take a break from blogging for the rest of the year. Thanks to all of my friends, family, and folks out in the blogosphere who take the time to read or watch My Urban Report.

2008 is going to be a great year, and I look forward to sharing my adventures with you.

Please feel free to watch one of my podcasts, check out the archive, or visit a link on my blogroll.

BTW there was an interesting article in the AJC about bloggers who are getting a small piece of the media pie. Read more.

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007


From GFabToons


Sunday, December 23rd, 2007


by A.man.I

Though hip-hop artists often get a bad rap for obscene lyrics, negative images, and real life troubles, Chris Bridges also known as Ludacris is doing his part to give back to the community, and make the holidays special for 150 Atlanta area youth.

This year the Ludacris Foundation organized a winter wonderland at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center. The kids watched a movie, enjoyed a pizza party, took pics with Santa, and with Luda.

Ludacris’ mother, Roberta Shields is the President of the non-profit, and sat down with My Urban Report to talk about the event. During a Q&A with reporters, Luda was asked what he wanted for Christmas, and said he’d rather give than receive.

Link to the Ludacris Foundation’s website.

Watch below.

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007


by A.man.I

I believe we all should do our part to promote literacy. Here’s a list of the books I’m reading, or have read this year. The list is in no particular order.

1. Come on People – On the Path from Victims to Victors: Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.

Some folks are highly critical of Cosby who has become outspoken and critical of problems in the community. In Come on People, Cosby and Poussaint share their vision for community and family building. The book explores the complex issues affecting the community, and offers advice on how the negative situations can be reversed. It all comes down to love according the authors.

2. The Long Tail Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More: Chris Anderson

If you’re in business, or thinking about starting one, this book is for you. The Internet has changed the game in so many ways. The “hit” culture in America is being transformed by niche markets. In other words, if you can find the right niche product there’s the potential to make some serious bread. Anderson does a great job of breaking down the concept of the long tail, and how businesses can benefit.

3. Will the Real You Please Stand Up. Fran Harris, Ph.D.

I can’t say enough good things about this sista. Harris is a former WNBA star, a lifestyle coach, and a media mogul in the making. Will the Real You gives some great strategies to tap into your inner genius. The main theme repeated throughout the book is, learn to release your ego… change will follow.

4. The Intentional Millionaire: Fran Harris, Ph.D.

This is the first book I read by Harris. Prosperity and financial freedom is already yours. Learn how to tap into the power that will attract big bread. I interviewed Harris about some of the concepts she writes about. Watch the interview here.

5. Money for Retirement – Five Easy Steps to a Financially Secure Retirement: Ronald G. Escoffery

This book is written for middle aged folk who may not have planned for retirement. Escoffery presents a step-by-step plan to help people in their 50′s build wealth. The suggestions are good for people of all ages.

6. Think and Grow Rich: Napoleon Hill

I’m in the process of reading this book for the second time, and I’ve bought it for some of my closest friends in the past. If you don’t believe you can think and grow rich, think again. I suggest you buy this book for yourself.

If you’re still shopping for that right gift, give a book.

Friday, December 21st, 2007


by A.man.I

CNN anchor Tony Harris recently sat down with My Urban Report.

Harris is a 30-year TV veteran who most recently worked at Atlanta’s CBS 46 as the main anchor, before making the move to the network in 2004.

He talked about his early days in the TV business, citizen journalism, diversity, and his top story of the year.

Wach below.

Thursday, December 20th, 2007


by A.man.I

NavigationArts offers some interesting social media predictions for 2008.

For other thoughts, check out the Vocenation podcast here.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007


by A.man.I

TheFieldNegro writes about gun safety in response to a story of a four-year-old boy who shot and killed himself with his father’s gun in Philly.

The child’s father was apparently playing cards, and left the gun in a jacket pocket upstairs. You can imagine what happened next.

This is the kind of environment we are creating for our children. This is the world we are giving them to live in. I have said this before, but it’s worth repeating: If people are going to be just sperm donors and not real parents, what’s the point in having children in the first place? If you can play cards and party with your friends while you know you have a loaded Glock and a four year old in your house, you might as well pull the trigger yourself.

This is a situation that is repeated all over the country. Kids and guns are a bad mix, always.

ElectronicVillage recently joined the LinkedIn social network, and shares his first impressions.

It appears to be a place for serious networking. I’ve used it to re-connect with some of my buddies from my undergraduate days at UC Riverside. I also used it to get an answer to a question about migrating from my Outlook calendar to the Google calendar. I received six legit answers to that question within about three hours.

It seems the EV was hesitant to join LinkedIn, but I believe there’s nothing wrong with social networks.

I too am a member of LinkedIn, as well as MySpace, and Facebook. I believe each has strengths. I use MySpace to promote MyUrbanReport and keep in touch with my family and friends. My contacts on Facebook, and LinkedIn are more on the professional tip. I almost forgot about YouTube, the mother of all video social communities.

Though many folks believe that MySpace is for kids, it’s a great place to network if you’re a musician, filmmaker, or looking for like minded folks. Facebook is known for the applications, and some of the apps can be used for commerce.

I have a few professional connections on LinkedIn, but other than adding folks, or writing an occasional referral, I haven’t delved to deep into the site’s features. The LinkedIntelligence blog is a great source for everything LinkedIn.

Social networks are a great tool to connect with people, you can promote a brand, service, or product, or simply send an e-mail, but they don’t replace good old fashioned hand shaking.

RhymesWithSnitch posted a couple videos of rapper Bow Wow going on one. He apparently thinks that he lacks respect. I thought rappers are supposed to entertain, and the gangstas get the respect.

Fabriceexcellent uploaded the videos of Omarion and Bow Wow to YouTube. Check out part one below. The interviewer is obviously trying to be funny, and Bow Wow gets heated.

Monday, December 17th, 2007


The GeorgiaPodcastNetwork posted a podcast of Tom Brokaw’s recent visit to the Atlanta Press Club. Brokaw formerly anchored the NBC Nightly News, and worked at WSB-TV in his early TV days.

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