It has been noted that Sam is "the latest high-profile athlete to come out as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered). Others include the NBA's Jason Collins, the WNBA's Brittney Griner, WWE's Darren Young, UFC's Liz Carmouche, MMA's Fallon Fox and Major League Soccer's Robbie Rogers." In the African American community, the conversation about sexual orientation is often not discussed. At least in a positive way. For many African American youth who are gay, having a professional athlete who reminds them of themselves could have a significant impact on their self esteem and mental health. In my previous blog, my co-author (David Goode-Cross) and I discussed several ways parents can cope with their child coming out. Given Sam's decision to come out, many ponder why now? In the African American community, many people decide to not be open about their sexuality for many reasons. For those how are privilege to "pass" (exhibit typical heterosexual characteristics and … [Read more...] about Black and Gay: Is the NFL Ready to Accept an Out Player?
Source: Pixabay One might think, due to the attitude of the new Presidential administration, that “soft” is out and a hard-nosed, in-your-face, get-it-done attitude is in. That’s not true when it comes to businesses seeking the best talent in a tightening labor market; soft skills are in high demand, but low supply. What are “soft skills” and why are they called such? Wikipedia gives a nice definition: Soft skills are a combination of interpersonal people skills, social skills, communication skills, character traits, attitudes, career attributes and emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) among others that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills.] The Collins English Dictionary defines "soft skills" as “desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal … [Read more...] about Why Soft Skills Mean Hard Results in Business
Source: Esther Lim/Wikimedia Commons There's an ongoing debate among coaches about how best to nurture young athletic talent... Is it better to coddle and smooth the road for potential superstar athletes by pampering them like thoroughbreds; or to take a more hands-off approach that fosters self-reliance by allowing the young athlete to learn through trial and error as he or she navigates potential obstacles on the “rocky road” to becoming a champion? A new study reports that learning how-to navigate the “rocky road”—which is often riddled with small doses of “trauma” both on and off the court—was a key part of shaping the attitude, mindset, and gestalt of athletic superstars. In fact, the researchers found that the number one commonality among athletes who achieve greatness was that they had a rocky road on their ascent to the top. The April 2016 study, “Super Champions, Champions, and Almosts: Important … [Read more...] about Unexpected Lessons on Greatness From Super-Champion Athletes
In the midst of the raid, the owner Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek, tries to tell the officers that she is a United States citizen only to have an officer give her this vitriolic tirade which was caught on surveillance video: Police officer: “You’re not f—— American! I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f— you came from!” Klyzek: I’m a citizen, OK?! Police officer: “No you’re not! No, you’re not a citizen! No, you’re not! No, you’re not! You’re here on our borrowed time. So mind your f—— business before I shut this whole f—— place down. And I’ll take this place and then whoever owns it will f—— kill you because they don’t care about you, OK? I’ll take this building. You’ll be dead and your family will be dead.” The video was released in May of this year after the owner sued the Chicago police department of a … [Read more...] about Asian-American or Never American