NSLS

NSLS stands for National Society of Leadership and Success.

In order to be invited into this society, you have to have excellent academics or great leadership skills.  I was invited to join this society back in January for my academics (3.60 GPA).  YAY!!!  I became a member when I accepted the invitation.  In order to be inducted into the society, I had to do a certain number of steps (orientation, leadership training, etc). Induction opens up every benefit that the society offers from mentors, jobs, events, and on. Last Saturday, I completed my last step for induction and I’m so happy.  I’m hoping this will open doors for me and get me into the role that I desire most.

Quick tidbits for those that don’t know:

School: Keller Graduate School of Management (DeVry) – MBA program 

Major: Business Administration (which is also what I got in Undergrad)

Focus: Marketing 

So, if you’re in school and the school has a chapter of the society, become a member.  It’ll help you see who are you are as a person and leader and connect you with others with like minds.
Ttyl!

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That Pepsi Ad

OK!  I had been hearing about this commercial all day so I had to take a gander myself at all the hoopla. I must say that I am quite perplexed at the direction of this commercial. Here is my unsolicited 2 cents…

Pepsi, I love you BUT I am going to boycott you for a little bit.  I will drink Pepsi over Coke any day, but this recent ad with Kendall Jenner was created in distaste.  I understand that the message that YOU might’ve wanted to convey was not understood, BUT you should’ve thought of whom this ad would’ve impacted.  No one wants to hear, “oh you are being too sensitive”, or “you do not understand the point”, or anything within the realm of its US instead of YOU.  There are SERIOUS things happening in the streets all across the country (in the world) as I know you are aware with the press coverage.  Recently (and throughout time), protests have been used in order to bring awareness to abuse and brutality against people of color.  It has been used for Women’s rights, Gay Rights, equal pay, etc.  You are using that exact tactic to sell soda (or pop, whichever you call it).   You know very well, a cop is not going to stand-down for a can of pop.  An African American woman who was non-threatening, wearing a dress and her hands in clear sight during a BLM protest was handcuffed and put in jail (image below).  You portray an image of Kendall Jenner (who is not a person of color) walking up to a cop and he does not flinch.  He just stands there waiting for her to walk up with an unopened can.  Really?  What image do you think that portrays to the public?  If that was a person of color walking up with that can, it would’ve been seen as a weapon.  Then, that traditional crap line would’ve followed, “I felt my life was in danger”.

Personally, I would have preferred to have seen some of the protesters in the front lines wearing Pepsi t-shirts and carrying a banner with the Pepsi logo and some verbiage to the point of the protest.  Every person behind them is wearing some of the colors of Pepsi, hats, scarves, make-up, or whatever to show unity through the brand giving hi-fives, dabs, and passing out  “flyers”.  When Jenner’s role joins the protest, show some of those scenes of her interacting with the other protesters.  Then, the “march” stops in front of a wall of officers as if they (Pepsi) are taking a stand with the people.  The last scene would have been Kendall cracking open a can of Pepsi and taking a drink.  That would have been more powerful.  That would have been understood.  There were people dancing like this was a party.  Was this a parade or a protest?

Did anyone consider that this could be disrespectful to any of the consumers or was the thought in the room just about the bottom line?  I truly believe that this was created with no malice, but you should’ve asked somebody.  I’m sure you wanted it to be upbeat, but since when is a protest upbeat?  I mean, really.  There could have been preventive measures in place to diminish the backlash (especially) when things are so tense. It would’ve been evident that there was full consideration in every aspect of the advertisement.

To you Ms. Kendall Jenner, Kendall, sweetheart…  Next time (if you didn’t this time), question the direction of the commercial, ad, or whatever.  If you questioned and felt it was OK, then fine.  You were the face of that Pepsi ad and you are shouldering some of that backlash because of it.  This ad placed you in a position that you do not care about the issues that plague communities around the country.  People are being beat just for doing less than what your role did in that commercial.  No one fully understands a person’s plight until you stand in their shoes.  Sweetheart, it may have been innocent, but if you look at the history of how things go, it could have been seen as a mock.  In essence, we all want to do and be a part of great things, but do we do them knowing it will offend someone especially a race of people that are already being treated as inferior?  As a person of color, the things I experience in the office (today and in years past) would make your head spin.  I’ve had brothers brutalized by officers with no recourse.  (I have photos to prove it.)  If we do not unite as a people (no matter the color, gender, etc.) then we are doomed to continue to run within the hamster wheel.  We will never push forward if everyone does not play their part and take a stand.  Look at what happened to Colin Kaepernick.  He is being blackballed at every corner and yet he still pushing forward and helping others.  What can the powers that be do if everyone with a little bit of money and power actually stood up to the injustices that surround them daily?  Honestly, honey, you don’t need the money (*smile*).  We, unintentionally, devalue people through our actions.  So, it may be great to be a part of this huge Pepsi opportunity, but at what cost do we turn down opportunities in order to get to a better place in life?  Certain circumstances are out of your control, but what do you do when you have the information in front of you beforehand?  In this day, we are now looking at decisions that are considered life or death, literally.

 

Live in love! Make smart Choices! Ask the simple and hard questions!

TTYL

WindyCityChic(k)

 

'Gorgeous, legendary': Black woman in flowing dress facing police in Baton Rouge wows social media

Good Ol’ Customer Service

You can see clear as day that the box states “Classic Accessory Band”.  If a replacement peg and band is supposed to be sent, where is the peg?

I went out the other weekend and SOMEHOW my fitbit was not on my arm.  So, the next morning, I reported it as lost.  The fitbit rep tried to tell me that my warranty does not cover replacements BUT they can offer me a promo to get a discount on a new fitbit.  Umm…NO!  I barely had it a month and it is already falling off of my arm.  I wasn’t doing anything ridiculous so how did it fall off of my arm? So once I expressed my deep disgust with the “promo offer” she placed me on hold.  After a couple of minutes, she comes back and says OK – we are able to send you a NEW fitbit free of charge this one time.  OK cool!  She takes all the information like color and band size.  It took over a week to receive.  When I get the package, I get the above image.

It’s like, Com’ on man!  So, I called them AGAIN today.  I spoke with a another Rep by the name of Lisa who was able to make sure that the tracker I was supposed to have received today is received no later than this coming Tuesday.  I even got an email of the order she placed and I will receive an email on when it ships.  Thanks Lisa!

Point of Story: Make sure the person you are talking to COMPLETELY understands what you are asking.  Now, I have to wait 3 more days to have something I should have today.

 

TTYL!

 

WindyCityChic(k)

Negative news

Ok! *deep breaths*

I am sick and tired of the negative news with the atrocity that was the Presidential election.  Ok! Ok! I know some people are extremely upset and some are displaying hateful actions in their excitement for the win.  Look!!! I voted for Hillary BUT I wanted to “feel the Bern” – lol.  It is what it is.  Now… If it was Bush, I could stomach it BECAUSE his views weren’t radical and didn’t incite violence.  I fear for the lives of so many people that it hurts.  I am a Black Woman and I fear for the lives of White, Black, Asian, Latin, Native American, and the LGBT community.

We, as the people of America, did not have control over what happened.  God did!!! He is the ruler of ALL things.  He chose President Obama to be in office for 8 years so we can have some resemblance of peace.  With Trump going into the Oval turmoil will follow. This is not to say that this is what he wanted BUT he is promoting it which makes him part of the problem. It has already been a problem since his win last week.  This was never truly a safe country, but you slept a little bit better knowing that people (for the most part) were staying in their lane.  Now, you have no clue who might come out the shadows just to hurt you.

It’s like what did we do to you to make you hate us so much? I can answer that for you, but I literally want you to think about it.  Do you not understand that black America alone controls over a trillion dollars annually in the economy? what do you think Latin America puts into the economy? Asian Americans ? Native Americans? White Americans make double what black people make. What would you do if all these people you hate actually left the country and went elsewhere? You would probably look like McDowell County in West Virginia but all across the country. This means, you need us whether you want to admit it or not.  You don’t have to though.

We just want to be left lone.  Is that too hard to ask for? I’ll answer that for you – NO!!! This treatment didn’t happen when The Obamas took the White House. If it had, the whole world would’ve lit up with it plastered all over the media.  In saying what some have called us, it doesn’t look like we are the animals/criminals … IJS!!!

Live in peace people.  You don’t have to like eachother but at the very least respect each other.  Remember, you get what you give!!!

Ttyl!!

TCF Bank

Today, I’m celebrating my niece birthday.   As I checked my funds for the festivities,  I see there were overdraft fees.  Wth?  $187 of charges.  I called customer service to “discuss” my discovery. They say regardless of the earlier charges when this one particular charge hit, all the others hit and put my account negative.  Now, even though she sees that my account was fine when I did those initial charges,  I’m still liable for all of those overdraft fees. (That one charge was an auto charge from Experian, to keep an eye on my credit).
After 15+ yrs, I’m leaving TCF Bank.  In all of these years, I’ve never had 5 overdraft fees all at once.  They were my go-to bank for a very long time. I always used them as my primary account. Now, i see they are robbers.  I must go!!!

Ttyl!
I’ll keep you posted

Windycitychic(k) 💜