Saturday, January 29, 2011

Meet The Parents - - - Jay-Z

*Thoughts by B. Brown (BREG)

I believe when someone is dealing with a young person in a situation that is good or bad, once you meet the parents, you will have a better understanding of why the kids conduct themselves the way that they do.

We as parents must be there for our children physically, so that they can literally feel us. We must be there for them emotionally, so that we may help them develop into outstanding adults. Our presence alone will help them achieve certain milestones in their lives.

Jay-Z's song "Meet The Parents" is a great story song from his album the Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse album. Checkout Jay-Z's breakdown of his song:

....... And the title to the song has dual meanings, too. The song is about a son meeting one of his parents, but it's also a more general introduction to the listner: It's impossible to understand this generation of kids, the hip-hop generation, till you meet the parents ... (*From Jay-Z's book DECODED; pg. 211)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Time to Take a Stand

*Thoughts from B. Brown:

As you have read me blog or speak about in person before, we must improve our supervision and communication with our children. As parents and adults, we cannot be the last one's to know about our children being bullied and harassed, and we also don't want to miss or ignore the fact that our child could be the bully! We must be involved in our children's daily activities and school life. Our presence must be felt in the school systems by attending PTA Meetings regularly and other school events. Building relationships with our children's teacher's and administration is key to catching issues at the very beginning and resolving the issue as soon as possible.

Dr. Steve Perry (Essence Magazine; Feb. 2011; pg. 58)

I believe that bullying has increased in the Black community because we've developed a perculiar comfort level with violence among our teens. We party to songs that have the most violent language directed at Black people this side of the antebellum Ku Klux Klan. So is there any surprise our children would take to bullying their classmates? Parents have brought me e-mails and Facebook messages authored by sixth graders that are the vilest and most horrible statements I have ever read or heard. These little e-mail gangsters are using words to rip through their classmates. This is a true sign that the baton of self-hate has been passed to the next generation.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

It's Your School!

By: B. Brown

There is no doubt that there needs to be serious education reform in probably all of our public schools around the country, but I must admit that there are policies and rules in place that need to be enforced and in a lot of cases, just promoted to the students, teachers and parents!

One of the issues that is getting a lot of attention these days is "Bullying." Even BET's 106 & Park will be doing a special on bullying this upcoming Thursday (1/13/11). Please check it out.

Our young people have been marginalized, and many of them do not have a clue on what they are supposed to be doing with their lives because we as parents and adults have not taught them & showed them what to do and how to do it. That's our responsibility! We must send our children to school to get an education, point blank!

Young people, here's a way that you can step up and help keep your school be safe and help create and maintain an environment of learning. Talk and build relationships with school staff, parents/guardians and other adults so that information is given and received freely and continuously.

The State of Georgia even has a HELPLINE to report weapons/violence/gang activity at your school. You may call 1-877-SAYSTOP (1-877-729-7867)

*This call is anonymous and toll free.

A lot of people believe there is nothing they can do, but let me tell you something, there's something each one of us can do!

"O, let's do it!"

Thursday, January 6, 2011


By: B. Brown (BREG)

Happy New Year!!! It is always great to start a new year and give thanks to the Most High for Blessing us with another year of life!

I am very excited about the opportunities out there that will positively impact my business endeavors in 2011, and I am looking forward to helping as many people as I can gain affordable access to the legal system and help as many people as possible protect and grow their businesses, be it an artist, a plumber, etc.!

One of the things that makes me feel very good thus far in 2011 is the Ted Williams story. Here is a man that would be considered down and out, but he continued to share his talent and gift with everyone he came in contact with and now he is receiving a second chance at life. May God continue to Bless him and keep him as he moves forward in his soberiety, re-connecting with his family and career. God is good!

Remember, "Big journeys begin with a single step!"

Have a great 2011!

One Love!

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