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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Hazing Must Stop

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As a distinguished member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., a college-based Greek Letter Fraternity, I am elated our leadership has chosen to finally combat the practice of hazing in our beloved organization. While I was being initiated into the organization, I never understood the behavior of some members who chose to physically punished the organization’s new initiates. I was very measured in how much punishment I would accept. As Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., (PBS), steps forward as one of the first Greek Letter Fraternities or Sororities to launch a national media campaign against hazing, I am proud to be a member of such an organization. Too many individuals have accidentally died being initiated into these male, female, black, white organizations. And, fraternities and sororities have paid too much money –  in lawsuits – to the families of injured or killed initiates. Hopefully, hazing as a mode of behavior for some individuals is finally a barbaric action of the past.

I never “gave wood” (my fraternal brothers would know what I mean) to anyone. It was my belief intellectually challenging a new initiate thinking was the best form of expanding his mind to the possibilities of word play. For example “knocking down the wall” not meaning physically pushing the wall over, but instead tapping on the wall from the top to the bottom. I witnessed many members who “gave and received wood” lack, miserably, in their commitment to our organization over the years. So, what was the purpose of physical hazing? Why are most of these organizations operating with about 15% of their initiated members financial or active in their activities? With the high-profile Florida A&M University hazing incident front and center in the news, I trust individuals will think carefully before using force or hazing to accept individuals into their organizations. I have always felt that anyone responsible for injuring a new initiate should be expelled from our organization. I am happy to see that day has come.

As the members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. launch our national Public Service Campaign on anti-hazing on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., my hope is that several of the other Greek Letter Fraternities and Sororities will follow our lead. Hazing as a behavior to justify one’s membership into our fraternity must stop.

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Save Africa’s Children

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Ten years ago, Academy Award actor and humanitarian Denzel Washington donated $1 million dollars to Save Africa’s Children (SAC), a non-profit organization founded by Bishop Charles E. Blake, presiding Bishop of Church of God In Christ denomination. Bishop Blake on one of his visits to Africa saw the need – 10 years ago – to help the more than 12 million African children who had become orphans, because of the AIDS pandemic. Bishop Blake believes “African-Americans must be for Africa what Jewish-Americans have been for Israel.” Fast forward 10 years later and SAC have helped over 200,000 orphaned, abandoned and impoverished children in 23 African countries.

Last Friday while having lunch at my favorite Brazilian restaurant, Wood Spoon, with my friend, colleague and brand expert Sheila Coates, author of the book Be Your Own Brand (BYOB), she reminded me of the importance of branding. Throughout my career in public relations, I have been an individual who executed my clients’ objectives behind the scenes. I learned to promote/market my clients, but never myself. As I was excitedly telling Sheila of my appointment as the chairman of SAC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration in December 2012, she calmly asked me, “why is this information not shared with your friends on Facebook? Have you tweeted about it?” I was speechless, because I had not mentioned a word of my appointment on any of the platforms Sheila named. We both smiled knowing that as individuals who helped brand our clients, we sometimes forget to promote ourselves during the branding process. I am honored by the opportunity, which has been granted to me, to be chairman of SAC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Because I am a board member of SAC and a member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, I received the honor humbly with thanksgiving. So for the next six months if you hear from me regarding SAC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, please note that I am graciously asking for your support to help orphaned children who need our support.

By the way, after 10 years of managing The Carter Agency in Pasadena, California, I just signed a contract with the Pasadena Unified School District to assist with the Architecture, Construction and Engineering Students (ACES) Internship Program. Sheila, thanks for reminding me to be my own brand.

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Men Educating Men About Health

There are many wonderful benefits living or working in Pasadena, California. Known as the Crown City, Pasadena is home to proportionally more non-profit organizations than any other city in California. Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH) is one such non-profit. MEMAH is comprised of men from different racial backgrounds whose mission is to educate men about health.
I first heard the words “Pink Slime,” also known as lean finely textured beef (LFTB) and boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT), a beef-based food additive that may be added to ground beef and beef-based processed meats as an inexpensive filler, more than a year ago at a MEMAH meeting. I am a vegan, so when Jim Morris, one of MEMAH’s founders, mentioned Pink Slime’s association with meat-eating, I felt relieved. The men who attend MEMAH’s meetings are very generous. They openly and candidly share information regarding their health issues and encourage those of us present to change our behaviors to effectuate positive results in our healthcare. No other place have I ever witnessed a group of men share such private health information. I learned quite a lot about men’s health from attending MEMAH’s seminars listening to the attendees, doctors and healthcare professionals who are presenters at the meetings. I recommend men, especially those living in Pasadena, attend a MEMAH meeting. You will be duly rewarded with invaluable information concerning your health.

On Saturday, June 3, 2012, MEMAH will be hosting “Get Healthy Pasadena 2012,” a full day of celebration at the Pasadena Senior Center which is located at 85 East Holly Street, Pasadena, California. Attendees will have the opportunity from 9 am to 5 pm to receive, free health screenings for prostate cancer, diabetes, blood pressure and stroke. There will also be free vision, hearing and dental screenings. Last year’s event screened over 1,100 individuals, which is the largest number of individuals the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Senior Center have ever screened at one time. Attendees will also be able to enjoy – throughout the event – live music, food booths and talks by top health professionals.

Whenever a group of individuals commit themselves and collaborate to benefit the community they live and work in, goodwill is spread to everyone who choose to engage with their  mission. MEMAH is certainly one of those organizations doing its part to educate men about their health. I trust you would support MEMAH’s mission to make a difference in men’s lives.

 

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Greed Is Not Good

Scenography for the movie Greed. 1926.Even the fictional character Gordon Gekko (played masterfully by the actor Michael Douglas) who coined the phrase, “greed is good,” in the critically acclaimed movie “Wall Street” realized “greed is not good” at the end of the legendary film. Mr. Gekko’s greed for money resulted in him being shamed and sentenced to a long prison term.
In the 21st century Global Business Economy, sophisticated and intelligent business men and women are embracing the practices of collaboration, engagement and sharing. Anyone in business who choose to ignore these tenets do so at their own peril. Chris Anderson, the creator of the concept, The Long Tail, is an innovative thought leader who has promoted the idea that we need more “options” and not “monopolies.” There is a profound reason why Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are setting the agenda as the world’s most innovative companies. These companies have realized collaborating, sharing and integrating are some of the most effective and progressive modes to succeed in the 21st century. The era of greed and monopoly is 20th century thinking and that line of thought is convoluted.

Sharing is the new model for anyone attempting to be effective, successful and smart. If one don’t believe my observation, then just pay attention to the “explosion” of the worldwide web, a sharing tool. Apple’s I-Phone shares the marketplace with Sprint’s Android Phones. Google’s Search shares the marketplace with Yahoo’s and Microsoft’s search engines. If some of the world’s biggest  companies comprehended sharing is important, then why are some business owners practicing the greed model?  Deductive reasoning predicates if a dog with a bone in his – pun intended – mouth is crossing a bridge and he sees his reflection in the river below the bridge, it would be unwise for him to snap at the reflection of the bone he sees in the river. Such an act would result in the dog losing the bone in his mouth into the river. This kind of greedy behavior never ends favorably.

In the present highly technological business environment where sharing, engagement and collaborations are much desired business practices, the businesses whose modus operandi is centered on greed are performing in a shortsighted and wrongheaded manner. Greed is not good.

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Don’t Have No Doubt

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I laughed. I cried. I got goose-pimpled. I rocked in my seat listening to the music. I was happy one moment and sad soon thereafter. Such was my emotions watching the long-awaited documentary film, “Marley,” this past Saturday at the Laemmle Cinemas in Pasadena, California. As I looked over at my date and seat mate, my wife Veronica, I observed she was experiencing the same emotions. In one of his last statements to his fans, the legendary poet, prophet, humanitarian, father, husband, brother, musician and Rastafarian Bob Marley remarked “don’t have no doubt.” Intimating those words in his letter, while receiving treatment in Germany for the cancer which had spread all over his body, he was assuring his fans even though he was ill, he was going to be well soon and they should not worry.

I am a huge Bob Marley fan. I was lucky to see him perform twice. If you did not get the opportunity to see Bob Marley performed, you missed one of the greatest performers of all time. If you don’t believe me, just ask Sly Stone, Bruce Springsteen or Lionel Richie. Bob Marley was, during his career, the opening act for their bands and the rest is music history. The film, “Marley,” is a must see if you enjoy organic storytelling and music. Bob was born on the island of Jamaica, West Indies and grew up a very humble individual. In his teenage years, Bob decided on a career in music. Bob Marley and The Wailers (featuring his two co-founders Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh) blossomed reggae into the mainstream of popular music. And, both reggae and popular music have since not been the same.

Bob Marley was an international star. He would have celebrated his 67th birthday this past February 6, 2012. He died at the young age of 36 years old. His essence, power and verve for music, justice, family, life and the Jamaican people have left an indelible mark on the world we live in.  Every country I have visited – without question – I always observed someone wearing Bob Marley’s paraphernalia. Even GQ Magazine in its May 2012 issue pay homage to Bob Marley’s fashion style. He was a visionary.

As I reminisce on one of the sub-plots of “Marley,” I am reminded that maybe, just maybe if Bob Marley had gotten “regular” medical check-ups after being diagnosis with melanoma, we might still be enjoying his live concerts today. All one has to do is look at Sonny Rollins, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney for proof that Bob Marley would still be rocking us today. “Don’t have no doubt,” Marley remarked.

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