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Uphill Battle with Love & Money

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Do you remember what happened to Jack and Jill? It seemed like they had good intentions, but they were doomed from the start! First, people don’t typically go up hills to get water. Water is usually found at the bottom of a hill. Although the logic is faulty, I love this nursery rhyme! Many lessons can be gained from learning the lyrics. When I read a recent news story about Lauryn Hill, I thought about this nursery rhyme.

Lauryn Hill is an extremely talented artist who has mastered singing, songwriting, acting, and much more! She made her solo debut in 1998 after venturing out from the Fugees. I can vividly recall many of the songs of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Her acting in Sister Act 2 has been viewed by people of all ages. For some reason, Hill has experienced numerous problems within the past few years. She had five children with her longtime boyfriend, Rohan Marley. Throughout their relationship, rumors persisted that he never divorced his first wife.

After reportedly ending his relationship with Lauryn Hill, Rohan married Brazillian model Isabeli Fontana. He also claimed that Lauryn Hill’s sixth child was not his. Her latest troubles involve tax evasion! As a result of not paying nearly one million dollars in taxes over the past ten years, a judge recently sentenced her to three months in prison. Despite paying most of the money to avoid going to prison, the judge did not relent. He insisted that she serve time for disregarding the law for so long. I am saddened by the turmoil that she is experiencing.

Lauryn Hill is a mother who seems to be very dedicated to her children. She was also scheduled to perform in a concert, and she recently signed a contract with Sony. I feel that her financial troubles are taking a toll on her talent. In addition, her emotional situation with her children’s father appears to be complicated. I hope that Lauryn Hill will get the assistance that she needs. Then, perhaps, her battle will not be uphill.

If you have dealt with tax issues and/or poor decision-making, please comment.

Photo of the Week: Will Smith’s Amazing View on Money

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Ask.com offers this definition of an Internet meme, “An Internet meme may take the form of an image, hyperlink, video, picture, website, or hashtag. It may be just a word or phrase, including an intentional misspelling.”

I have seen this meme posted on Facebook by many different people. So, I have a few questions:

1. Grammar Police, what do you think? Does grammar (on memes) matter?
2. Money expert, Dave Ramsey, has a very similar quote. Who do you think originated it?
3. If they are not earning it, what do you think people are doing to make money?
4. Since so many people like this meme, what the world needs now is ___!

My Reasons for Blogging

blog1imagePut your money where your mouth is! Idioms can seem idiotic at times; however, this is one that I love! Why? I have been talking about, thinking about, and praying about writing a blog for two years. After much research and consideration, I am doing it! I have finally jumped into the pool of web journalists! While some people do not consider blogging as journalism, I will be writing current material that I hope will be of interest or appeal to a wide audience.

Deciding on what to write about has been a journey. I have varied interests which made it difficult to select one topic. Providence led me to my first love: Economics! Observing some of my students’ decisions to purchase snacks over school supplies continued to gnaw at me. I wondered when (or where) they would learn to make better financial decisions. The local newspapers continued to print numerous bankruptcies, charges of fraud, etc. I continued to read national news articles about financial disasters that celebrities were experiencing.

When I read about the craze of people eating money, my stomach soured. The photos could be humorous, but financial problems are no laughing matter! It might all be in good fun, but (without any disclaimers) it teaches irresponsibility. So, here I am! I plan to show people of color the importance of financial literacy. Many of us have become experts at earning and spending money. Our growth as a people will only occur as we learn how to better manage our money.

Are we investing our money? What are we doing to turn the money we have into more money? What are we doing to help others achieve financial independence or survival? How should we respond to financial problems? Talk is cheap! It is time for us to stop talking and start doing! Well, I am starting today! This blog will be a vehicle for expressing my thoughts, helping people in my community, and making a difference in the world.

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