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Diversity in the Workplace

Recently, the Huffington Post  released an article titled Job Interviews, Diversity and the Feminist Woman of Color written by Ashley Velez.

The author challenges the socially accepted standards of professionalism set by Eurocentric views as she begins to interview for corporate jobs.

While we see a growing number of naturalistas taking roles of leadership in the corporate world, there unfortunately is still an invisible systematic mountain that is placed before women of color to climb.

I am impatiently awaiting the day when I see women wearing hijabs, locs, etc to work or on TV without people making them feel like some kind of spectacle.

Let’s focus on a woman’s knowledge, work ethic, and skill as preliminaries for professionalism instead of the way she looks.

Has your place of work ever made you feel as if your natural self was unacceptable or unprofessional? What did you do to challenge those standards?

Gentlemen, feel free to chime in as well. Many of you face the same natural struggle in the workforce. We want to hear your stories.

Check out the article and leave your thoughts on our Facebook page.

 

 

DJ Just Roc Featured on HuffPostLive

DJ Just Roc Featured on HuffPostLive
Recently I had the honor of being part of the Huffington Post, Marc Lamont Hill show online at huffingtonpost.com. I had the opportunity to not only watch an exclusive unedited Interview of one of the greatest rappers Scarface, but also I was able to ask him a question and interact with him for a little bit.
It’s always fantastic to see some of your favorite artists while growing up in a uncut interview to experience their true beliefs and opinions on certain topics and the interview between Marc Lamont Hill and the rapper Scarface was no exception. I also like Scarface because he curses like a sailor at times which is just an expression of his true feelings about the certain matter that he is discussing.  In the interview they touched on subjects such as some of Scarface’s thoughts on Hip Hop today, His life and his Career, & his thoughts on innocent black lives lost.
The question that I decided to ask Scarface at the end of the interview was “Do you think that you should play more of a role in cultivating/mentoring the new artists that come out now because you’ve been in the game so long?” His response was “What I do is I mentor kids on the football field. I’m a coach for a youth football league. I wanna get them here and take them to College. You have to grow them from the roots up”… “As far as me mentoring rappers if you call me and need some advice on what to do and what not to do then I can definitely help them there.”
My thoughts on Scarface’s response to my question is that I completely agree with him. What I deciphered from his response is… that you can’t try to help change a grown person who is in their ways. It starts from the bottom which means the kids. You have to help start mentoring and teaching kids at a young age in order for them to be successful. But if any rappers need any help as far as what to do and what not to do in the rap game then he will definitely help them.   ScreenShot Scarface
This was definitely a great experience and I can’t wait to do it again. It’s kind of different for me seeing that I’ve worked at the radio station for 9 years so I’m use to being the person that interviews the guest. Nonetheless it was fantastic.
Make sure that you check me out DJ Just Roc each & every Saturday night from 8p-12m w/ Adri V & Selecta Preece on wdkx.com & if you’re in Rochester Ny 103.9 WDKX FM. Also make sure that you follow me on Twitter & Instagram @DJJustRoc & also @Wdkx on Instagram & @1039WDKX on Twitter.

 

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Marietta G. Avery

Family and friends are welcomed to attend the wake and services for our dear Marietta Avery

Wake
Date:  Monday, April 20th

Location:  Mt Vernon Baptist Church -
351 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 454-5622

Time:   5p – 8p

Service
Date:  Tuesday  April 21st

Location:  Mt Vernon Baptist Church -
351 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 454-5622

Time:   11am

Open Registration for ArtSmart and Youth Sports Summer Camps Begins

Youth Sports Camp: located in  Genesee Valley Park.

ArtSmart Camp: held at Lake Riley Lodge in Cobb’s Hill Park.

When: Both camps are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from July 6 through August 21.

Ages: Kids 6 to 13 years old.

Price: The fee for City youth is $85 per week; $130 per week for non-city youth. Siblings can join in the fun for a discounted rate of $20 per week.

To register, pick up a registration packet at any City R-Center or download one at http://www.cityofrochester.gov/summercamps

Registration forms and deposits can be mailed to the Bureau of Recreation, 400 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14613. Registration forms can also be picked up and dropped off at the Bureau of Recreation office at the address above.  The Bureau of Recreation office is open Mondaythrough Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 428-6755 for more information.