Naomi Osaka Tells Ellen DeGeneres What Serena Williams Whispered To Her

Naomi Osaka dropped by “The Ellen Naomi Osaka dropped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, opening up


Naomi Osaka dropped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, opening up about everything from her historic U.S. Open win to her celebrity crush.

The 20-year-old, who is of Haitian and Japanese descent, became the first-ever Japanese-born Grand Slam champion Saturday after defeating her idol, Serena Williams. Her victory, however, came amid a firestorm of controversy after Williams angrily confronted chair umpire Carlos Ramos and received three code violations.

By the time a tearful Osaka appeared for the trophy ceremony, the crowd loudly booed ― prompting Williams to embrace her young rival and whisper into her ear.

“She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me,” Osaka told DeGeneres. “At the time, I did … think that they were booing at me. I couldn’t tell what was going on, because it was just so loud in there. It was a little bit stressful.” DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, opening up.



“Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.”
Pema Chodron

James Alan McPherson

James Alan McPherson was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1943, and raised there. His background was lower-middle class, and he grew up at a time when Georgia’s public schools were still segregated. He enrolled in Morgan State University in 1963 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College in 1965. During the summers of his college years, he was a waiter in the dining cars of the Great Northern Railroad, an experience that allowed him to see what the world was like beyond the segregated South, influencing his sense of social justice and providing the breadth of experience from which he has drawn to craft his fiction.

After college, McPherson attended Harvard Law School, receiving his law degree in 1968. While still in law school, he began writing fiction. His story “Gold Coast” won a contest in the Atlantic magazine, which gave him encouragement to abandon his law career. McPherson’s first short story collection, Hue and Cry, was published in 1969 by the Atlantic. He taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the 1969–1970 year while enrolled at the University of Iowa, where he received a master of fine arts degree from the famed Writers’ Workshop program in 1971.

After 1969, McPherson worked as a contributing editor of the Atlantic. His collection Elbow Room, which contains this story, was published to critical acclaim in 1977 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year. McPherson has been on the fiction writing faculty of the Iowa Writers Workshop since 1981 and has been a Behavioral Studies fellow at the University of California, Stanford, since 1997. In 1981 he won a MacArthur Foundation grant. He has contributed essays to numerous magazines throughout the years. In 1998 he published Crabcakes: A Memoir, his first book-length publication in over twenty years. His essays are collected in A Region Not Home: Reflections from Exile, which was published in 2000.image

Teacher Diversity

Does The Race of the Teacher Really Matter for Students’ Learning?

Recent research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender. Yet most teachers are white women.

As students have returned to school, they have been greeted by teachers who, more likely than not, are white women. That means many students will be continuing to see teachers who are a different gender than they are, and a different skin color.

Does it matter? Yes, according to a significant body of research: Students tend to benefit from having teachers who look like them, especially nonwhite students.

The homogeneity of teachers is probably one of the contributors, the research suggests, to the stubborn gender and race gaps in student achievement: Over all, girls outperform boys (with an exception in math in certain districts), and white students outperform those who are black and Hispanic.

There are many things that contribute to children’s academic achievement, including teachers’ experience and training; school funding and zoning; and families’ incomes and home environment. But studies have shown that teacher diversity can also make a difference in students’ performance and their interest in school.

It’s particularly true for boys, and black boys. Research has found that they are more affected than girls by disadvantages, like poverty and racism, and by positive influences, like high-quality schools and role models. Yet they are least likely to have had a teacher that looks like them.

Fear- Boyace Van Harlan Jr.,PhDp

image“F E A R has two meanings….
Forget everything and run.
Face everything and rise.
The choice is yours.”
Zig Zagler (via luna—belle)
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“Fear is not your enemy. It is a compass pointing you to the areas where you need to grow.”
Steve Pavlina

Whatever you are fearing today face it head-on!

Know that your God is with you. He will never leave nor forsake you. Find your center and stay there. Be solution oriented. Search your faith files and find examples where He did it before. If He did it then He can do it again. Go for it. Don’t doubt ,waver, or vacillate.

Don’t Complain- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

imageMy father took the opportunity to make almost every situation in my life as an object lesson. One of his choice admonitions was to never complain. He often said that when you complain you open yourself to more misery. You say to to God I don’t trust you please give more experiences so that I may learn this lesson well.

“See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim.” Your situation will never change for the better until you can accept what is.

Choose Your Battles- Boyace Van Harlan Jr.,PhD

“It has nothing to do with effort. Just turn away, look between the thoughts, rather than at the thoughts. When you happen to walk in a crowd, you do not fight every man you meet, you just find your way between. When you fight, you invite a fight. But when you do not resist, you meet no resistance. When you refuse to play the game, you are out of it.”

Make the simple life your choice. Every battle is not your own. Choose to walk away and live another day. The big fish does not become big by eating every thing that comes his way. After all, some meal may be only camouflaged bait! Just walk away! Live to see another day!