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Phaedra Park’s husband Apollo arrested for fraud for the second time!!!! UMPH!!!

Uh oh! The husband of the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Phaedra Parks is in boiling hot water after surrendering to police on Jan. 24 on charges for bank fraud and identity theft.

As a star of Real Housewives of AtlantaPhaedra Parks is no stranger to drama, but this latest scandal is likely too much for her to handle. On Jan. 24, her husband Apollo Nida was charged with bank fraud and identity theft, and he is again facing jail time. C’mon, man, we’re waaay too old for this mess. I mean, seriously.  Again? Fraud?! REALLY?!

Apollo is being charged for allegedly creating fake companies, enabling him to access databases to find individuals to rip off, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. He allegedly also opened fake bank accounts under those individuals’ real names and funneled stolen U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds into those accounts! C’mon, son!

Apollo was reportedly implicated by a former accomplice, Gayla St. Julien, who was arrested in September 2013 (of course). Gayla allegedly told police that Apollo was the one who orchestrated the fraudulent schemes, adding that he pocketed the most money. Once his accomplice got arrested, Apollo should’ve started shredding and getting his house in order.  We all watch CSI! *smh*

Apollo turned himself in to the authorities on Jan. 24, but accordingto my infor he’s since bailed out for 25,000.

This isn’t the first time he’s gotten in trouble either.  Ya’ll remember that the RHOA husband was previously imprisoned from 2004 to 2009 for breaking federal racketeering laws related to auto title fraud. He and Phaedra married after he got out of jail in 2009, and they have two children together.  You’d think he’d have more motivation to stay on the right path.  Just because your wife is a lawyer doesn’t give you a free pass to act up.  As a matter of fact, if he keeps acting up, being that she’s now trying to be a funeral director, she’ll have him covered when he finally gets out of prison.  LAWD JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL!

Are Phaedra and Apollo going to be able to smooth talk their way out of this one? WHAT DO YOU THINK?



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Debt paid to society….Or is it?

In any civilization that I know of there are laws that govern the land.  If an individual breaks the law(s) of the land they will be held accountable for those actions.  A debt (to society) is created and payment must be made (prison, jail, probation/parole, and fines/fees/restitution).  That makes sense if that were all to it. What happens when that debt is paid though?  Let me attempt to break this scenario down to its simplest form.  If you purchase a car (cash or credit) upon payment of the loan you receive the title.  If you purchase an item from the store you get a receipt saying that the item in question was paid for.  When a person is released from prison/jail and completes all stipulations in connection with their sentence they receive paperwork of completion.  Does that mean that there debt is paid in full?  Well I guess it depends on what state they reside in.  If you look at the map below you’ll see exactly what I mean.

*Note Virginia changed their laws earlier in 2013

There are some states where the returning citizens (ex-felons) may obtain there civil rights back after completion of their sentence which may be prison or jail while other states may require completion of probation/parole also (or any combination of the aforementioned).  Florida on the other hand in one of the harshest.  In Florida after completion of the sentence a returning citizen (ex-felon) must wait 5-7 years depending on the charge to APPLY to get there rights restored.  After the application is submitted the clemency board doesn’t have a specified time in which to respond to the applicant. It is often times puzzling why so many obstacles to voting occur in Florida.  When no direct answer can be found all one can do is look at what is going on around the state and make an educated guess as to why returning citizens or any citizen of Florida for that matter have such a hard time participating in the electoral process in that state.  To be honest voting rights isn’t all returning citizens lose in Florida.  Many returning citizens find it very difficult to find employment and even if/when employment is found certain apartments don’t allow them reside there regardless of their ability to pay.  Which leads for many to have to return to environments that they planned to avoid. What happened to rehabilitation you say?  It probably went out of the window when profits came into play.  Profits in prisons you ask?  Yes!  There are companies that operate private prisons and there stock is trades on the stock exchange.  The GEO Group is based in Florida and trades on the NYSE.


GEO Stock Price


Free Labor

In addition to that there is Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) which also owns and operates prisons for profits.  With the money that these companies make them often times spend some on lobbying efforts which are depicted below.

CCA Lobbying Expenses

Sounds like a market has been created to KEEP individuals inside prisons and out of the electoral process.  For years many thought it was a public safety issue but now it seems as if mass incarceration is a deliberate trend with the USA leading the world in that trend.

Worldwide pie chart

With that being said there are organizations that are working at a feverish pace in order to reverse this trend.  By educating the public on what is going on behind the scene. As well as building the returning citizens up thereby giving them hope and pride in themselves which will in turn allow them to fill that void in the families that miss them and lift up the neighborhoods that need them.  I believe this last photo sums it up so eloquently “Let My People Vote” which should be a fundamental right for all citizens!



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Will Obamacare help or hurt you?

Less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law, according to a new poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, will help some people, with 37% saying the law, which is gradually starting to kick in, won’t help anyone.

According to the poll, four in 10 say the new law will make their families worse off, while 41% believe it will have no effect.

Seventeen percent think the measure will be a good thing for themselves or their families.

The poll’s release comes on the same day as a key element of the health care law takes effect, as Americans without insurance can begin enrolling in state insurance exchanges.


And it comes hours after the shutdown of the federal government courtesy of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law.

According to the poll, 36% say they won’t benefit from the new law but other families will. If you add to that the 17% who believe Obamacare will help them personally, the survey indicates that most Americans see some good coming from it. Some 37% say no one in the country will benefit from the measure.

As the exchanges open for business, 52% say the health insurance system created by Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen, with 45% saying the system will eventually work.

If you’re uninsured now, you have 179 days left to get insured or face a tax penalty!


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15 Year Old Black Student Jaylen Bledsoe Builds Multimillion Dollar Company In 2 Years

Few entrepreneurs can say they’ve grown their business into multi-million dollar enterprises in just a couple years. Far fewer can say they’ve done so all before even graduating high school.

Jaylen Bledsoe, 15, of Hazelwood, Mo., however, is just that rare breed of high school sophomore. He started his own tech company that specializes in web design and other IT services, Bledsoe Technologies, when he was just 13 years old and worked toexpand it into a global enterprise now worth around $3.5 million, Fox 2 in St. Louis reports. The local news station followed up with Bledsoe on Monday after first interviewing the teen back in March 2012. Since that first interview, Bledsoe has grown his company from two workers to about 150 contracted employees in order to meet demand.

Meanwhile, Bledsoe has pursued other, more traditional goals for a high school kid. He’s held leadership roles in a variety of student organizations, such as president of the Student Council and the Parent Teacher Student Association. Outside of school, he’s served as the chief technology officer of St. Louis Volunteen, a program to promote teen volunteerism, according to Patch. He was even partly responsible for bringing vegetarian options to his former middle school’s cafeteria.

“I don’t see many eighth graders do the things that he does but it’s all his doing,” Curtis Bledsoe, Jaylen’s father, told Patch in 2012. “I’m very proud of him.”

Jaylen said an interest in web design, which he first discovered while attending classes at his school’s gifted-education program, was the foundation for his business. But he says it’s taken a lot of hard work and courage, too.

His most important advice for young entrepreneurs? “Take risks,” Bledsoe, who plans to attend Harvard University before becoming a copyright lawyer, told Fox 2. “As a minor, there’s nothing you can do that will shoot you down for too long. You can always jump back up and keep going.”

These are the kinds of stories I love. You go BOY!!! (Martin Voice!)


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Is your social networking profile costing you a job?

Do you sometimes judge people’s profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking websites? “Mike is always partying.” “All Kathy does is post pictures of her cats.” “Troy’s status updates always piss me off.”

Well guess what, prospective employers are doing the same thing to you. They’re checking out your social media profiles, and if they see something they don’t like, it may end up costing you a job. According to a new survey I recently checked out on CareerBuilder.com, 39 percent of hiring managers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 37 percent this year alone. Forty-three percent of those hiring managers say they have found information that has caused them not to hire a candidate, up 9 percentage points from 2012.


The content that gets you in trouble

If you’re worried about what kind of message your profiles could be sending employers, you should know what turns employers off the most. According to the survey, employers removed candidates from the running based on a variety of concerning content, including:


  • Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos/information — 50 percent
  • There was information about candidate drinking or using drugs — 48 percent
  • Candidate bad mouthed previous employer — 33 percent
  • Candidate had poor communication skills — 30 percent
  • Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc. — 28 percent
  • Candidate lied about qualifications — 24 percent


How your profile can help prop you up

Before you run to your computer and remove yourself from every social networking site you’re on, keep in mind that your online presence can positively impact your job prospects too. If what you have on your pages is attractive to employers, it may help solidify their decision to hire you. Nineteen percent of hiring managers say they found something that has caused them to extend a job offer. Top mentions include:

  • Candidate conveyed a professional image — 57 percent
  • Got a good feel for candidate’s personality — 50 percent
  • Candidate was well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests — 50 percent
  • Candidate’s background information supported professional qualifications — 49 percent
  • Candidate was creative — 46 percent
  • Great communication skills — 43 percent
  • Other people posted good stuff about you — 38 percent


Employers are using all the tools available to them to assure they make the correct hiring decision, and the use of social media continues to grow. For job seekers, it is essential to be aware of what information they’re making available to employers and to manage their online image. At the same time, hiring managers and human resources departments must carefully consider how to use information obtained from social media and whether it is relevant to a candidate’s qualifications.

Sending the right message on the social media sites you use:
When hiring managers use social media as a screening tool, they’re trying to get a sense of your behavior and personality outside of the interview. They want to see if you present yourself professionally and if you’d be a fit with the company culture.

If you’re unsure of whether your profiles are setting you up for job-search success or failure, try some of these tips:

Search yourself: The easiest way for employers to research your online personality is a search on Google and other sites. Try it out for yourself so you know exactly what they’ll see, and remove any digital dirt you wouldn’t want a potential boss to encounter. Some browsers may save information about you, so search from a public computer to be sure you’re getting the right results.

Read your privacy settings: Social media sites change their privacy settings often, and occasionally this leads to a change in your personal settings. It’s good practice to check in on the privacy settings for all of your accounts regularly.

Showcase your talent: This is your opportunity to provide evidence that you are as exceptional as your resume says by posting awards and accolades you’ve received, volunteer activities, accomplishments you’re excited about, etc. Employers often search social media to learn more about your qualifications or to see that you are well-rounded, so be sure to put that information front and center.

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