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Tshaka “Villain McBeardface” Armstrong
Once you understand the nature of a thing, you know what it's capable of.
Once you understand the nature of a thing, you know what it's capable of.

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I have one of those app ideas which resolves a life issue I've been dealing with, but that would help a lot of people. It's very simple, one of those "why didn't I think of it?" type things, but I want to create it myself.

Anyone with experience in mobile app dev, multi-platform, which online course or tutorial would you point someone to who has little or no experience with code/dev?

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There are old injustices in this country which are the ghosts that haunt current perceptions of what American justice really is. Until these ghosts are put to rest, there will never be any room for America to truly say that we are the land of the free in word and in deed.

Countries around the world still go after Nazi war criminals whenever and wherever they find them. WE HAVE PHOTOS of the American "nazis" that lynched, murdered and maimed black men, women and youths. Unlike their victims, these people have lived full lives free from the legal repercussions of their heinous acts.

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Sigh. I'll still go see it, but....

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I'm sorry, I'm going to put this in really strong terms because it needs to be. Affirmative Consent. Without it, what you have is murky, could be rape... a violation of your person. THAT is what our govt. HAS BEEN ALLOWING but is NOW TRYING TO MAKE POLICY.

BREAKING: Congress fast-tracks resolution to allow internet providers to sell consumer data without permission.

"Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) offered similar criticism. "Big broadband barons and their Republican allies want to turn the telecommunications marketplace into a Wild West where consumers are held captive with no defense against abusive invasions of their privacy by internet service providers,” Markey said. "Consumers will have no ability to stop Internet service providers from invading their privacy and selling sensitive information about their health, finances, and children to advertisers, insurers, data brokers or others who can profit off of this personal information, all without their affirmative consent."

h/t +Tara Tiger Brown

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On this international women's day, we're going to hear about women who were the first in their fields, doctors, lawyers, engineers, mathematicians, but I want to recognize my mom Leilani Miller.

Society would call her a "homemaker" but that wouldn't begin to tell her story. From home, she ran successful businesses; some I didn't even find out about until I got older. She wasn't a "housewife," but CEO, COO of "Armstrong Industries." For many years she ran a successful daycare center out of our home which provided classes in the arts for the children in attendance and was so successful that it, to a great degree, enabled our lifestyle; we wanted for very little. There were times I remember that some of the children would be with us later into the evening so that their parents could work longer hours. She supported other women in this regard. Mom has done so much for the communities she's lived in and supported women in general as they pursued their dreams that I wanted to take the time to write this because there are women who will make contributions to society who will be recognized some day, like Katherine JOhnson who enabled Americans to reach the moon, but women like my mom who has enabled thousands to reach for the stars will never see the same public recognition or accolades.

As we strive for equality in the workplace and to truly honor women in society, let us not also forget or devalue those women who choose not to enter the traditional workplace. Equality is ultimately about choice, about options. Let's honor and support all that women bring to our society regardless of from where they choose to bring it!

Thank you mom!

image: momma "watching a movie" on the couch with the kids about 10 years ago or so.

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"African Americans are only 13% of the population but represent almost HALF of INNOCENT DEFENDANTS WRONGFULLY convicted of crimes and later exonerated since 1989."

In my travels, engaging people on the interwebs, I often see from my former LEO friends and military buddies a concern for personal responsibility and the state of America. From many conservatives and GOP idealogues, I often see these comments about black people being such a high percentage of murders, robberies, etc.

I often rebut that with the reality of unfair policing and other social maladies which are the result of racist power structures in America. If the below chart doesn't speak to that, I don't know what does.

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I see people saying often that Trump has done more in 40 days than most Presidents. He's had A LOT OF MOVEMENT and chatter, but is any of it really impactful, productive, or positive? How much of what we're seeing is smoke and no heat or fire?

Here is one such case of smoke. Only time will tell if there's any fire, but I'm not counting on it. Remember that HBCU story I posted recently? ANOTHER HBCU President has weighed in on exactly what took place at the White HOuse when KellyAnne Conway did the whole knees on the couch thing.

" But, instead of the long-awaited executive order containing or signaling any of those outcomes, the key change is a symbolic shift of the White House HBCU Initiative from the Department of Education to the White House. It is not possible to measure the impact of this gesture anytime soon, if ever. "

So, in this thing that received MAJOR media attention, all Trump really did was move the HBCU initiative from the Dept. of Ed to HIS OFFICE. So, now instead of being under DeVos, HBCU's are directly under the thumb of Trump. THAT'S IT. He's done nothing that benefitted HBCUs, YET.

Here's the President of Morehouse College's full statement:

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Today marks the 52nd anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination. Our govt has told so many lies about this brotha, but #YouGonLearnToday

The theory of many, including myself, is that he was killed because he was actively seeking to unite Africans across the diaspora in similar fashion as the Jewish people across the diaspora. Our government didn't and to this day, doesn't want that. Enjoy!

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Sexism, misogyny and some serious HR violations.

In the span of 24hrs this story appears to have gone viral. They say tech is democratizing, but every time I see stories like this I'm reminded that WE are the ones responsible for making anything equal. Tech is an inanimate object with great potential but what we do with it is what matters.

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This was awesome! I've watched several videos of Milo debating persons of color and each time he smashes them but it's because they keep setting him up with softball opponents. Milo didn't confront this panel. This panel put Milo in his place. Notice how silent he was when a man with real military experience began speaking on Wikileaks and Russian hackers. Yeah. Imagine that.
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