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Trump’s transgender ban Tweet blindsides U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff

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President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday stating he will ban transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. armed forces.   The implications of the president’s statement could affect military personnel in uniform and thousands of others hoping to serve.

Trump said the military would not “allow or accept” transgender service members, reversing a policy begun by the Obama administration last year. At the time of Trump’s tweet, it wasn’t immediately clear about the status of transgender service members currently in the military.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff, including Chairman General Joseph Dunford, according to CNN reports were blindsided by Trump’s transgender ban.  They were adamant in stating they were also unaware of Trump’s plan to tweet about a ban on transgender service members—the latest indication that top military leaders across all four service branches were blindsided by the President’s announcement.

Amid the firestorm in Washington surrounding the Russian probe, Trump’s tweet came less than a month into the six-month delay set by Defense Secretary James Mattis to review the US military’s policy on transgender service members.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

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General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a written message on Thursday to military leaders that there has been no change yet to the military’s policy on transgender personnel, despite plans for a ban announced by President Donald Trump.

“There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

It wasn’t immediately clear when Trump’s decision might be implemented by the Pentagon.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is out of Washington on vacation this week, and the Pentagon appeared caught off guard by the president’s tweet. Military officials referred all questions to the White House.

“We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement. “We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future.”

Democrats in Congress and several senior Republicans offered strong support for transgender individuals serving honorably and condemned Trump’s tweet.

“Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving,” McCain said in a statement. “There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military – regardless of their gender identity.”

McCain said the Defense department is conducting a study on the medical obligations, impact on military readiness and other questions regarding transgender individuals who want to join the military.

“I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress,” McCain added.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, (R-UT) also announced the president’s opposition.

“I don’t think we should be discriminating against anyone,” he said. “Transgender people are people and deserve the best we can do for them.”

The LGBT community vowed to go to federal court to challenge Trump’s decision on transgender people in uniform.

“We are going to fight for them as hard as they are fighting for the country,” the OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a Washington-based group that seeks LGBT equality in the military, said in a statement.

The legal group estimates about 16,000 transgender individuals currently serve in the military. More recently, the Pentagon commissioned a June 2016 RAND Corporation report studying the effects of integrating transgender service members.

Estimates at the time of the study show between 1,320 and 6,630 active duty transgender personnel, and between 830 and 4,160 in the reserves. The midrange estimates were for 2,450 active duty and 1,510 reserve duty service members. Estimates vary widely, from approximately 1,300 to 16,000 members of the armed services who are transgender.

“It is difficult to estimate the number of transgender personnel in the military due to current policies and a lack of empirical data.” Instead, they base their numbers on multiple surveys and estimates.  “As a result, much existing research relies on self-reported, nonrepresentative survey samples,” the study notes.

Last July, the Pentagon lifted a long-standing ban against transgender men and women serving openly in the military, removing one of its last discriminatory hurdles and placing protection of gender rights on par with race, religion, color, sex and sexual orientation.

Trump’s announcement reversed a policy announced by then-President Barack Obama in June 2016 that ended the service ban on transgender Americans, which remained in place after Congress repealed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law for LGBTs in December 2010.

The policy part of the Obama administration’s Force of the Future initiative aimed to make the strait-laced, male-dominated U.S. military more inclusive. In 2015, the administration opened all combat positions to women and in 2016 appointed the first openly homosexual Secretary of the Army, Eric K. Fanning.

By LeNora Millen    07-27-17

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Maybelline New York Announced Josephine Skriver as Global Spokesmodel

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Maybelline New York, the World’s leading cosmetic brand, announced recently with excitement, Josephine Skriver is the Global Spokesmodel for Maybelline.

Josephine has risen to the top of her industry, through years of dedication, hard work and hustle in the Big Apple and around the world. She is well-known International Model with a Loyal Fan base, recognized by her philanthropic work, down to earth personality and immense success in her modeling career.

“Being a part of the Maybelline New York family is a dream come true! I have been wearing Maybelline since I was a little girl,” said Josephine.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Josephine as part of our Maybelline family,” said Leonardo Chavez, Global Brand President, Maybelline New York. “A Partnership with Josephine was completely organic because she resonates with our global customer and is a dynamic and fresh addition to our roster of talent. She embodies determination, grit, energy and spirit, while having a true connection to New York and the dream of making it happen in this city.”

Josephine is excited to continue her work with Maybelline New York this Spring, appearing in her first campaign for the brand for the launch of Super Cushion 2-in-1 launching in May 2018.

For More Information visit www.maybelline.com

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Informer – This is a Mind Shift

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We have all had moments of defining ourselves by our stories.  For many of us, this is the only way we know how to explain who we are, through our stories.  We tell them repeatedly.  Churning them in our minds, over and over again.  Explaining them and valuating them to expound on why we do and think what we do.  Clarifying to others in order for them to see why our story is a commodity.  Stories that illuminate why we are strong, resilient, persistent, purposed, important and valued.  All these traits birthed and utilized to define who and what we are.  I am not saying we should not do these things.  We should take account.  Mostly for ourselves to help remind us that nothing has truly defined us, destroyed us or prevented us from self-actualizing. 

However, I find that too often, we become victims to the stories.  We self-define ourselves in line with our strengths, our culture, our ethnicity, our religion, our weaknesses and other traits the stories unveil.  I find that many of us never go beyond those defining moments and memories.  We hold on to them and stake them with flags of self-discovery.  Finding refuge, celebration, and relief of the claim, that today, I know who I am.  The flag stuck soundly in the story as if land conquered and made claim to.  From that moment on, we sit on the land I call moment and tell the story of how we got there, what happened there and why we are still there. We become synonymous with the story.  We see no separation between our existence and definable moments.

I question today why revelations are turned into definitions of self?  Are we really defined by the land of experience we lay claim to?  Are we defined by the revelation the stories reveal?  No, we are not defined by anything.  We are informed of all things.  I am no more defined by being a woman or being of African descent than I am the land my home resides upon, the car I drive, the losses I experience or the degrees that hang on my wall.  These things inform who I am and who I attempt to become.  They inform my walk, possible encounters, and impediments, uniqueness’s, gifts, talents, and influence.  None of it defines.  I am undefinable.  I am above definition.

We are beyond definition.  Every time we define ourselves, we limit who we are and our possibilities to become.  When we allow things to inform us of who we are and what we will do or encounter, it allows us a freedom to question and navigate around and through various life happenings. Why?  Because without definition, there is no tethering to any one moment.  Informing allows us to be made aware.  It directs and the breeze of empowerment from what we become aware of moves us further down the path of life.

To allow definition means to allow self to be stuck.  Stuck speaking and living through those defining moments, identities and ideologies of what was.  When defined by those things outside of us, we lose our power to be, to change, to awaken, to separate and recreate as the creator that we are. 

Today I inform you that you are beyond definition.  I ask you to destroy the dictionary life experiences and encounters have solidified in your hand that tether you to yesterday.  A land that has withered and deteriorated with time, no longer benefiting you.  Realize you are an encyclopedia, informed by each day, each year, each decade, and forever evolving.  Always becoming renewed and expanded upon.  The knowledge that comes from the informing permits you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Authorizing you to make a more informed and better choice today and masterfully form tomorrow.  We are not defined by anything.  We are informed by everything. 

 

 

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Old School Dating VS. New School Dating

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Photo Credit: Jessica Stibbs from Nubian Message

Do you know the difference and are willing to make a change?

By Shanti Bloodworth

I remember when my grandfather use to tell me all the stories about how he had to work hard just to take my grandmother out on date. Back in the 1940’s they did not have cell phones that included FaceTime and texting. You literally had to meet the woman’s parents first just take to take her out for coffee. Now, men can meet a woman randomly and never have a full understanding where she came from. Who do we blame? Do we blame the media, technology, or ourselves?

I am going to blame all three aspects that has changed the way dating is taking place. Social media is the new dating app/meeting new people. Technology has us so lazy to the point we just talk on the phone with our partner more than having an in-person conversation. Lastly, we have to blame ourselves for the change of dating. We can still go back to the basics of dating with purpose. In today’s society, women are accepting being the Side Chick and men are accepting being treated like a sex toy. Below I have created a list of old school dating tactics that we should start back doing in 2018.

 

  1. Him walking to your home door to pick you up
  2. Bring a small gift such as flowers
  3. Dress to impress: Blazer with some nice slacks (men) & Knee length dress with 2 inch heels (women)
  4. Verbally ask them out on a date: Not Via Text, Facetime, Email, or Social Media
  5. Always open every door for her
  6. Your Dating Elevation Pitch: If you run into someone while out on a date, introduce your date to your friend.
  7. No Sex: Flirting is fun while on a date with each other but does not mean you have to hit the bed in the next two hours. Always respect each other!
  8. Cell Phones Off Limits: Put your cell phone away! No need to check your emails, text your friends, or scroll through your Instagram account. Enjoy that little time with each other.
  9. Homemade romantic gestures: My grandfather use to make my grandmother cute cards saying how much he misses her. The smallest thoughts would take you a long way guys.
  10. Having a Purpose: Make sure the both of you are on the same level with each other. After you spend so much time with each other, please do not be afraid to ask if you’re a couple.
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