AABoomer John Thompson, Veteran Tech Exec, Now Microsoft Chair
By: Mike Siegel: The Seattle Times
With Microsoft’s appointment of John Thompson as chairman to replace co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s largest software maker is looking to the veteran technology executive as the main outside voice in its new leadership structure. Thompson was the lead independent director heading the board’s search for a new chief executive, resulting in the appointment of Microsoft insider Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer, the Redmond company said in a statement Tuesday. While the naming of Thompson and Nadella, who were already involved in Microsoft’s transition, signal continuity, it’s also the biggest break in the company’s history as the Gates-Ballmer duo who have been in charge for more than three decades step aside.The former CEO of Symantec Corp., Thompson, 64, is stepping in at a crucial point as Microsoft remakes itself to better compete with rivals including Apple and Google. In picking Thompson, the board is betting that he’ll be able to use his experience running a security-software company to help turn around Microsoft.
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AABoomer Clarence Thomas Says Race Was Less of an Issue in Jim Crow Georgia
By: Keith Brekhus
Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told college students that Americans are too sensitive about race. More astonishingly, Thomas went on to express a sort of revisionist nostalgia for segregation-era Georgia. Thomas exclaimed: My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. He then went on to trivialize systemic racism by equating it with a mere slight, were someone gets their feelings hurt. Drawing a false equivalency between racism and routine everyday slights familiar to people of all races, Thomas adds : Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them left them out. That’s a part of the deal.Thomas also went on to state that Northern liberal “elites” treated him worse than the folks in Jim Crow Era Georgia. Certainly Clarence Thomas has polished his conservative talking points. His nostalgia for the Jim Crow Era South sounds eerily similar to the remarks made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson about “racial harmony” in the pre-Civil Rights south. It is not clear whether Thomas is being disingenuous or if he actually believes his tripe that race was not as much of an issue in the segregated 1960s South as it is now.
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COMING HOME: It Takes a Village to “Raise” Residual Wealth
I decided to relocate back to my birth-home area of the Southeastern, United States. No, not
really. I left part of me in the suburbs and the rest of me returned to an urban city. That part of
me was wary, tired, and fed-up with the pre-prescribed formula of who and how folks are
supposed to act. The part of my life that had fled in search of the status consciousness I grew
up being groomed for. Well, time and circumstances enticed me home, that is when it got real
interesting, and I mean REAL…
My personal “stuff” is irrelevant to the point-of-view I would like to share. And yes, I do realize
that ALL my writings are just that “a point-of-view” but that’s why I write. Maybe you should if
you have something to say to try to be a part of the solution; but I digress, anyway…
My repatriation “home” presented a common story for millions of baby boomers returning to
their roots caring for aging parents and “didn’t quite figure out the formula of American
success” struggling family members. Or… maybe they were not sincerely invited.
Whatever the situation, the story I am speaking of is becoming a huge bowl of baby-boomer CULTURE SHOCK!
We look around and say, “Wow! Nothing has changed!” Really? In 40 years? How can that be?
How can I have experienced such a full, rewarding LIFE and return home to Bookie still hustling
on the corner? What happened? Oh, I see…these people are/ were caught in a vacuum. This
kind of vacuum results in the gradual and sometimes swift removal of resources vital to the
sustainability of a community. The physical resources that help create and retain residual
Residual Wealth is a term I coined to explain HOW wealth remains and is maintained within a
community while being siphoned into its families, businesses, schools, community centers,
foundations, social institutions, and churches. We all understand these resources are vital to
the healthy development of ALL children! “So you mean that is why Pookie the Bookie is still on
the corner?” Yes, and the fact that Pookie may really be the trifling, conditioned person waiting
on his lotto ticket that begins to form after many years of acclimatizing. Yes, something like
At the Human Communication Institute, LLC, understanding WORDS matter and the word
RESIDUE is a huge one for us. Residue explains all the left over stuff that forms our opinion of
others, our surroundings, and OURSELVES. “Do I really deserve the American dream?” Sadly,
too many have been told enough times in enough ways that they are not. So…How does this
From a Human Communication point-of-view, we understand the enormous power of
“personal suggestion” that says you are what you think and say you are. I recently experienced
a life-altering battle in my own life where I went very quiet about it. I fought and won the battle
with God’s help, and I truly believe that part of the miracle was NOT voicing it to others.
COMMUNICATING INTO THE FUTURE
If you remember last month’s prequel to this article, Passing Down Generational Poverty, I
discussed how the residue of impoverished thinking and words create a poverty mentality in
our children. This is a TRUTH. Stop poormouthing our children into poverty just because we did
not dream bigger, work harder or KEEP HOPE ALIVE longer because the deck was stacked
against us! This type of residue is defeatist at its best. Believe in a new day! It is here if you say
What thoughts are you thinking, then opening you mouth and speaking? ps
I could stop right here and state this one scientific mould theory (linguistic determinism)
explains an individual’s entire life. Residue creates and maintains YOUR REALITY! However, we
understand it is not that simple because of the myriad of voices and factors adding to that one
LIFE, thoughts that create self-image and hope (or the lack thereof) for the individual and
collective future. It does take a village. That is why I came home. Back to a birth-place suffering
from the plight of suburban flight, gentrification, and the resultant lack of residual wealth.
Residual Wealth is only possible with people that have passed down the residue of thoughts,
words, and actions of wealth building! Have you been the beneficiary or creator of residual
wealth? Well, (and you know where I am going) YOU CAN! Instead of the wealth formula some
have resorted to - “beg, borrow, or steal” - use and create a new residual model of wealth. You
are reading the right publication established to help you do just that! The “old” folks KNEW the
wealth formula of land and property. Many of them survived the label and abuse of being used
as property. They came out of that negative residue with a determination to own 40 acres and
Side Note: Anyone know someone that got a piece of this residual wealth? Ok, let’s talk later!
Again, I digress… Because we do not need to readdress the past wrongs, we need to address
the current and future RIGHTS!
To the “new” Americans, wealth was land and property! And yes, the practices were
questionable and sometimes downright evil! Those that engaged by “hook, crook, or cranny”
are NOW PASSING DOWN RESIDUAL WEALTH! How are you doing? (And you know HOW we say
it!) How many of us have truly THOUGHT into existence, SPOKE into existence then ACTED into
existence, residual wealth while not wasting it on riotous living but handing down the residual
effects of hard work and smart investment? Many getting our “groove on” as we flee and stay
away from the aunties, cousins, neighbors, children still striving for their piece of the American
I fully understand this wealth is not available, nor offered, nor cared about by too large a
majority of people. The question remains though, how does this affect the quality of life for
future “welfare” mentality generations of all colors and hues? Plus, don’t abdicate your village
responsibility because of the “others”! That’s not YOUR FAMILY OR VILLAGE! By the way, the
others have been “taking care of their own” for a long time, look around, and REMEMBER the
GET UP! Pass down the residual thoughts of good health, prosperity, education, investment,
self-respect and village love (my brother’s keeper)! We are moving in times where those of us
who remember to BE DO HAVE will be very happy and maybe safe because we did!
BELIEVING IS SEEING, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! ps
Instead of our children ALWAYS asking, begging and stealing what they want, teach them BY
EXAMPLE to grow residual wealth by investing early and knowledgably with those introduced
through vehicles like THE POWER IS NOW!
I will never forget as a young adult when a lawyer knocked at the front door of our home many,
many years after my earthly father passed away. He had a check for my mother written out for
several thousands of dollars to help her through what dad felt might be the more lean and
relaxed years of her life! Dad of course did not realize “times” would have changed drastically
and she would still be raising us not so grown folks and helping to raise others grans! I cannot
tell you the utter surprise, wonder, and joy my mother and family felt when we realized my
daddy understood the principle of “residual wealth”! It was a good day because it taught us all
valuable lessons AND… more than a few bills were paid and good times returned, at least for a
moment. We are still learning. That is why I am writing this article! I have work to do because
MY village is suffering. How about yours? The villagers are gathering and we need your
involvement! Let us communicate and create residual wealth!
Jamilla Smith: 12/27/2013 by: BE TH3 CHANGE
It’s about that time of year where people start thinking about the changes they’d like to make in the New Year.
Just about everybody makes a goal or two, but how many people actually see their goal(s) through till the end? Not many. Once the newness wears off, people get bored, and most people will return to their old habits or make excuses as to why it can’t be done right now. Prime example, look at the gym right after the New Year vs. the gym in February or March, the drop-off rate is astounding!
I feel like… “People have good intentions to succeed, but most don’t have the follow through to get there.”
So what can you do to ensure a greater success rate? Create a process that works for YOU! There are tons of goal setting methods out there, but if it doesn’t fit into your life seamlessly; it won’t work – period. I want to share with you my goal setting process for 2014. Here it is in 5 steps:
1.) Start early. I think the earlier you start the better (I actually began planning on Dec. 7th). Start thinking about the goals you made for 2013 and whether or not you accomplished them. If not, you may want to carry that goal over to 2014, or you may want to scrap it altogether. Basically, this is where you brainstorm. This process can take a couple days, or a couple weeks depending on the types of goals.
2.)Identify your goals. Write them down AND identify the steps you need to take to achieve each goal (this step is very important). Writing down a goal without identifying the needed steps, is like trying to get somewhere you’ve never been without directions – it’s nearly impossible. You can also organize your goals into categories (e.g. health, business, financial, etc.) if you want. I like my shyt organized, so that’s what I do. Bonus: Also, I chose to create a goal board. A goal board is there to remind you of what you need to accomplish. Look to this as your To-Do List to becoming a better you.
3.) Create inspiration boards to keep you motivated. I’m sure you’ll have a mix of long-term and short-term goals. Any goal can take a while to reach, and at any point on your journey, you can become discouraged. Inspiration boards are there to keep you inspired to reach your goals. So when you find yourself feeling like, “F*ck this damn goal, I’m close enough!” Look at your inspiration boards to give you that encouragement. It’s merely one way to motivate yourself. You can put whatever you want on the boards; quotes, pics, words, objects, whatever, it’s yours, so make it DOPE! (Yes, all my boards have “spiration” Bizspiration, Hairspiration, Fitspiration…’cause it was catchy!)
4.) Create achievements and rewards. Me personally, I’m putting these on a board. These are there to chart your accomplishments and remind you to reward yourself for each goal attained. Since this is all about YOU, you determine what the reward is. It could simply be the achieved goal itself, new shoes, a new tee ( ), or a trip somewhere. You know what you like, so you decide. Also, keep the rewards pertinent to the goal – remember there’s levels to this shyt! The bigger the goal, the bigger the reward! Spoil yourself, you deserve it.
5.) Display your boards. Hang them around your room, your house, kitchen, bathroom, anywhere that will ensure they get looked at EVERY DAY.
Remember, this is just one goal setting method. This may, or may not work for you, but find something that works for you so you can accomplish all that you set out to! Stay motivated, be inspired, BE TH3 CHANGE.
AABOOMERS.COM MOURNS THE LOSS OF FELLOW AABOOMER, JAMES “UNCLE PHIL’ AVERY
James Avery, who played Philip Banks–or Uncle Phil–on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died on New Year’s Eve, it has been reported.
He was 65. “Fresh Prince” star Alfonso Ribeiro confirmed Avery’s death on Twitter.
“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly,” Ribeiro, who played Cartlon Banks on the show, wrote on Twitter.
On Facebook, Ribeiro wrote that the “world has lost a truly special man. I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed. Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be missed.”
Sources told the TMZ website that he died in a Los Angeles-area hospital last night. He recently underwent surgery for an illness that was not disclosed.
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