One person — one article can change a life.

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As a gawky teenager I was saddled with low self-esteem, high anxiety and little self-confidence. The good news is my situation changed for the better through writing.

But writing was not a natural talent I discovered until one person changed my outlook. That’s when “The Power of One” principle first impacted me. There was one special high school teacher who saw a flash of talent in me that I didn’t see myself.

In hindsight, this educator had a profound impact on my career trajectory.

It was during an English literature class when one high school teacher helped me realize my…

How to shine in media spotlight…

Have you ever been caught off guard at work by an unexpected media inquiry?

The emergency request from your organization’s press office sounds something like this:

  • We have a major media inquiry from The New York Times [insert other media] about the [insert technical or legal issue] and we need you to speak to the reporter ASAP…

Being a diligent team player you agree without hesitation, knowing full well how closely the press shop works with executive leadership. Thus, you have little choice but to comply, lest you risk potential blowback from your boss and the C-suite.

Another surprising situation…

Facing Facebook data fiasco…

Facebook’s ongoing privacy scandal reveals how not to address a global crisis communications conundrum.

As a result of Facebook’s (FB) data fiasco and subsequent coverup, the social media giant is facing an ongoing negative news cycle with no end in sight.

So how did this happen? Let’s take a look back…

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed to fess up to all the facts at the outset of the crisis.

Zuckerberg denied the reality and totality of Facebook’s privacy breach when news first broke in March about Cambridge Analytica’s (CA) surreptitious harvesting of user data. In fact, FB reportedly…

Assessing the Partner Program…

I used to write a lot on LinkedIn prior to joining Medium. But that was when LinkedIn’s “Pulse” publishing platform was at its pinnacle of popularity for freelance writers during 2014–2016.

Unfortunately, publishing on LinkedIn then took a turn for the worse. This was due to unexplained radical restrictions affecting notifications, groups and other features. User engagement for independent writers soon evaporated as editors promoted and featured hand-picked “INfluencers” in LinkedIn land.

That’s when I began experimenting with writing on Medium.

I published my first article here in October 2016 as my frustration with LinkedIn Pulse boiled over. But Medium…

Be part of the solution to stopping the stigma

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In case you missed it, May is Mental Health Month. This is a nationwide effort to raise public awareness and help end the stigma for people with mental illness.

“More than 300 million people around the world suffer from depression and almost 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, the second leading cause of death in 15–29-year-olds,” according to the World Health Organization. “Fewer than half of those affected by depression receive treatment and in many countries the figure is less than 10%.”

Perhaps you, a relative, friend, co-worker or acquaintance are dealing with a challenging mental health issue…

An illuminating case for passing the Sunshine Protection Act

Sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains horizon (distance), Virginia. Photo by author.

We have all heard the 17th century English proverb: “The early bird catches the worm.” But what was true in prior time periods is not always the case in our modern 21st century Information Age.

Today, time zones have been eviscerated for some workers, as the world is increasingly interconnected 24/7 via mobile, digital and virtual technology. That’s one important reason why we should not have to agonize every year over changing the clocks to “spring forward” in March and “fall back” in November (see four factors below).

Most Americans pushed the clocks forward one hour on March 14 —…

It’s your constitutional duty to remedy sedition by president if House sends articles of impeachment

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Dear Senate Majority Leader McConnell: the House of Representatives will soon vote to approve an article of impeachment against President Trump, as Vice President Pence refuses to invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to remove him from office.

The House is ready to impeach Trump for his seditious act of inciting an insurrection against Congress to prevent a peaceful transfer of power and otherwise illegally attempting to overturn the presidential election results.

Trump’s unprecedented lawless actions — including, but not limited to, intentionally inciting violent riots outside and within the U.S. …

Expel Evil Entity from White House to Preserve and Protect Democracy

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As today’s chaos at the U.S. Capitol unequivocally demonstrates, Donald Trump is a lawless and rogue president who represents a clear and present danger to our democratic form of government.

Trump is a grievous tyrant who has deceived his followers and decimated the presidential oath of office to faithfully uphold the Constitution and serve “We the People”.

Now it’s past time for the U.S. Congress — in addition to Vice President Pence along with the Cabinet — to swiftly implement the appropriate constitutional remedies to remove Trump from office, as prescribed via the impeachment process and the 25th Amendment, respectively.

Professor Issues Call to Action, Debunks Common Myths in Higher Education

Professor Elwood Watson holds his latest book, “Keepin’ It Real: Essays on Race in Contemporary America” (Photo Courtesy of Dr. Elwood Watson, East Tennessee State University)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — As America continues to grapple with Covid-19 and issues of racial injustice, historian and author Elwood Watson, Ph.D. of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is calling on academia to prioritize ethnic studies programs to improve higher education and cross-cultural competence for the benefit of all students in today’s increasingly diverse society.

In recent articles published by Inside Higher Education, History News Network (part of The George Washington University) and, Dr. …

Joins the Current Research Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities

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BHOPAL, India — The Current Research Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (the journal) has announced the selection of Elwood Watson, Ph.D. as the new co-editor in chief. The journal is a distinguished international publication comprised of editors and contributors from dozens of major colleges and universities worldwide.

Dr. Watson teaches African American Studies, Gender Studies, Popular Culture, and Post-World War II U.S. History at East Tennessee State University, where he has worked as a professor in the department of history for 20 years. …

David B. Grinberg

Strategic communications consultant advancing social justice and corporate social responsibility | former career spokesman at U.S. EEOC | DC-based, NY-bred

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