Let’s #AmplifytheAwesome

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Sorry for the delay party people. Life has been real, but now more than ever we need quality content, good vibes, and positivity. If you are a person of color that’s a content creator and working to make the world a better place let us know. We at Second City Chronicle are dedicated to inspiring Millenials, business owners, and creatives on how to become successful at their craft and elevate their skills to the next level.

If you’re serious about making a difference let us know. If you know someone making moves and chasing their dreams let us know.  We thank the team at @BlackComicsChat podcast and all the creators they have chatted that have been a source of inspiration. Also, thank you @Ebonstorm for saying the hashtag #AmplifytheAwesome. Spread the word to your fellow creators that we’re back. Now let’s make a difference together. #AmplifytheAwesome

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Three Last Minute Gifts for Christmas

Christmas is almost here and I’m sure that you’re looking forward to spending time with your family and those closest to you. Recently I’ve been trying to think of gifts that could be considered thoughtful and affordable.

I spent some time researching different gift options and I was surprised by the what gifts were trending. Eventually I found some interesting gifts for those shopping on a budget as well as gifts for those who are fans of Josh Whedon. Here’s a few gift ideas to consider:

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If you’re feeling generous.
  • Gift Cards- They might seem like an obvious choice, but how many times have you passed a rack full of gift cards at Sams Club when you’re about to check out your groceries? If you have a friend who’s a coffee lover, pick up a $15 Starbucks card. If they’re not a fan of coffee, but love the movies then treat them with an AMC gift card. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy eating some delicious popcorn or nachos?
  • Cookie Tins– You can feed your families sweet tooth with this option. Plus the various assortments available allow for a nice combination of a gift that is affordable yet unique for the extended family. No longer do you have to worry about the hassle that comes with baking a tray full of cookies and then packaging. Instead remember to keep it simple this year by purchasing a few tins. And the best part of this gift is most cookie tin packs shouldn’t be too expensive in case you have to do some last minute splurging on the kids or other immediate family members.
  • Gas Cards- These might be a bit harder to find, but if you drive a car or someone you care about does I’m sure they will appreciate it. In the past we’ve all joked about gas prices being too high, but couldn’t you benefit from $25 card to put in your car’s tank.This gift could be exactly what someone needs to get to their next destination.

Whether you buy your family and friends a bunch of iPads, Wii U’s, or ice cream makers don’t forget the real reason for this holiday. To often we’re persuaded to spend our money on materialistic items instead we forget about how we spend our time. As a result Millennials are usually criticized for being too obsessed with their devices, but let’s change that this year by spending our time with our families instead of in our phones.

Would it really kill you to turn off your smartphone for an hour or so during this winter holiday? I’m sure we’re all guilty of forgetting how important having a human connection is because our busy lives. Yes, there are times it might seem almost impossible to unblur the lines between work and private life thanks to social media, but just this once I’d like you to try and enjoy the holidays by spending it with those around you and not just with your friends in cyber space.

Feel like sharing your secrets on Awkward?

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While I was watching TV towards the end of the week I heard about the new app called Awkward, which allows uses to record video confessions and share them with their friends via Facebook and Twitter. At first glance this seems like another app that was being thrown into the ever expanding library of social media. In the days that followed I discovered how some users were intrigued by this app.

After reading  an article on Mashable about Awkward I began to wonder if this new tool for video sharing could bring about some other unsavory consequences. The article mentioned how hackers could hack the blurred screen option to reveal the identity of the confessors to the rest of the world. After reading that I was a bit surprised that early users were so addicted to using this new form of social networking.

Maybe I’m a bit old school, but I thought socially awkward or embarrassing moments were limited to only a specific set of individuals. Before YouTube it used to be if someone  did something goofy or something that was considered a bit left field of normal they’d  be laughed at for a couple of weeks. Now if someone is making a  fool of themselves their moment of shame can become their 15 seconds of fame thanks to the Internet.

It’s understandable how Millennials can be drawn to it, but the concept seemed a bit flawed. Mashable even asked what happens if your “friends” discover your Awkward video and they recognize it’s you or co-workers? Isn’t living through an embarrassing moment enough the first time without sharing  it again with 2,000 followers or Facebook “friends”?

What happens when someone discovers a way to turn  an anonymous confession into a public confession? The end results could cause a  lot of damage to the unsuspecting user in both their personal and social life depending upon their confession.  We live in a culture of over sharing which seems like a side effect of out hyper connectivity.

At the moment it seems like there are too many unanswered questions associated with the app. It might have the potential to become as successful as YouTube or Vine videos, or this app could bring as much controversy as Facebook and their privacy changes. Will you be downloading Akwward and share your confessions with your friends?

Is it cool to be a Nerd?

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During the weekend, I reflected on a conversation that I had with a colleague about how being a nerd is cool. We live in a world were computer geeks, programmers, and masters of code are treated like rock stars. It seems surreal that when a person is referred to as a nerd they’re now viewed as less of an outcast and more of a quirky innovator, maybe this all has to do with our culture? Continue reading “Is it cool to be a Nerd?”

Mother’s Day & The Perfect Gift

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Mother’s Day was this past Sunday and during the holiday weekend I saw many people out with their families.  I couldn’t help, but notice the huge crowds in the city it seemed almost unbelievable how many people were taking their mother’s to the movies or going to an earlier dinner. Gift buying during this holiday can seem tricky when you probably considering that you want to buy mom a new purse, a beautiful necklace or even an iPad (if she’s tech savvy enough).

That might be okay for some mother’s, but what do you get for the mom that’s not into materialism?

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