Will Cam Newton’s appeal extend beyond Super Bowl 50?

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been front and center in the media coverage leading up to Super Bowl 50.

Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton has been front and center in the media coverage leading up to Super Bowl 50.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Super Bowl 50 is days away and as the Carolina Panthers prepare to face the Denver Broncos, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been the centerpiece of media sessions. Newton has had to answer copious questions about being an African-American quarterback, his on-field celebrations and his personality, among other things. Newton’s responses are now being commonly accepted and it seems he is as well, a huge change from how he was covered earlier in his career.

Newton with one of his signature celebrations after scoring a touchdown

Newton with one of his signature celebrations after scoring a touchdown

In the first two seasons of Newton’s career with the Panthers, there was a lot of losing and blame to go around for those losses. The former Number one overall draft pick and Heisman Trophy  winner found out the hard way that every aspect of his game would be scrutinized as the team struggled. Newton was even called by former teammate Steve Smith, Sr. and current head coach Ron Rivera, “Mr. Mopeyhead” for the way he apparently sulked when the team struggled. Reflecting on that difficult period, leading into his third season, Newton said:

“It was very disgusting. That’s as blunt as I can be. I could say other words as well. We went back on YouTube and looked at Cam Newton’s post game interviews. I was like “oh my God,” I see what people see. I see how people are viewing me. When they see this selfish player, or see this childish temper tantrum that I was throwing, I’m like “that’s why people look at me like that”

Newton (l) and Rivera (r) have grown together to help lead this team to the franchise's second super bowl appearance.

Newton (l) and Rivera (r) have grown together to help lead this team to the franchise’s second super bowl appearance.

Newton’s third season was in 2013, a year in which the Panthers won their division with a 12-4 record and earned a first round bye. Though they lost in the second round of the playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers, the team has grown together and has not missed the playoffs since that season.

While Newton has been clear in recognizing the need to mature on and off the field, it is clear that he has the support of his team and in particular his head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera has been the Newton’s head coach since he entered the NFL. Rivera’s past experience as a player for the Super Bowl winning ’85 Chicago Bears has helped shape his view of how to govern his team. Rivera has admitted that he embraces players individuality as long as they work together as a team on the field.

Newton (l) and Manning (r) are the first pair of former #1 overall selections at quarterback to face each other in the super bowl.

Newton (l) and Manning (r) are the first pair of former #1 overall selections at quarterback to face each other in the super bowl.

The Broncos and their top rated defense hope their quarterback Peyton Manning has one more vintage performance left in him to help pull off the upset over Newton and the Panthers. Manning, for his part acknowledged how much he has had to change this season stating, “I haven’t been stubborn. I have been flexible.”

Newton has been given the opportunity to have his personality and style of play embraced by his organization over the last few seasons and the results have been resounding. The Panthers enter Super Bowl 50 with a 17-1 record and the overwhelming favorites to win it all. With this being the fourth straight Super Bowl with an African-American starting quarterback, maybe there is growing acceptance for different ways to win at the quarterback position.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr., is a senior writer at OnPointPress.net and a Licensed Insurance Professional working with HealthMarkets.  Contact me directly at (470)755-9940 for your health insurance questions and concerns.

3 Tips to assess and achieve goals

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By Carmen Glover

As we welcome the month of February we also have the opportunity to assess the level of progress that we have made with our resolutions and goals for 2016.

If you have started slowing down with your exercise regimen, reverted to poor eating habits, procrastinated with your job search, slacked off with writing your book or completing time sensitive projects now is the time to regain momentum. Yes, it’s easier to state what needs to be done than it is to follow through but you can get started by following these three quick steps:

Document Priority Goals:  Determine what your realistic goals are and write them down in order of importance. To avoid clutter and confusion do not include farfetched ideas that cannot be reasonably achieved within your timeline.

Develop A Plan And Timeline: Remember that any goal that lacks a meaningful timeline is a wish or a dream. In order for you to develop an effective plan of action you need to embrace the concept of including specific, do-able timelines.

Start Small: Although you might be running behind in terms of what you hoped to achieve by this point, don’t lose heart. Reboot your goals, tweak your timeline and breakdown the tasks into smaller items. As soon as you achieve one goal, reward yourself and move on to the next.

While it is discouraging to be somewhat behind in what you set out to achieve, don’t use that delay as an excuse to stop. Focus on what you want to achieve and then go for it–OnPointPress.net–

Michael J. Feeney, former NYABJ president, dead at 32

Michael J. Feeney, former president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) has died. He was 32.

Michael J. Feeney, former president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) has died. He was 32.

Michael J. Feeney, who recently ended a four-year term as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), died yesterday at age 32.  Read his obituary from the New York Daily News here http://nydn.us/1TvEGPl.

The OnPointPress.net family joins the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) and the entire world of journalism in mourning the loss of a gifted, caring, passionate and visionary journalist and human being. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

The value of mentoring is unrivaled

Being a caring mentor to a child could be the difference to that child's future achievements.

Being a caring mentor to a child could be the difference to that child’s future achievements.

By Carmen Glover

For the entire month of January, the act of mentoring is celebrated under the umbrella of National Mentoring Month. Also, on January 21, mentees were encouraged to thank their mentors for Thank Your Mentor Day.

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One of the strongest indicators of career success for many professionals is the involvement of caring mentors. When a child shows interest in a particular career path pairing that child with a mentor often sets the stage for that child to explore, at an early age, whether or not that career path will be viable.

When a teenager begins to consider career paths and is exposed to individuals who are doing well in that desired career path, as well as being paired with a mentor, it cements confidence. As that teenager enters college, trade school or other forms of educational endeavors, the comfort that the adolescent will benefit from a professional who can provide honest feedback, guidance, resources and introductions to others who are excelling in the career field of choice, provides dividends that are priceless. When a worker is paired with a mentor regardless of that worker’s age or stage on the career continuum, that act paves the way for the worker to navigate steps and climb the career ladder with greater dexterity and speed than before.mentoring1

I have benefitted from mentors throughout my professional career and for that I am immensely grateful. Not only do I consider my most enduring mentor to be caring, effective and helpful, I consider him to be a lifelong friend. Similarly, I have been a mentor to several younger professionals both in the field of media and education. The experience has been rewarding, especially when I see the mentee excelling in a chosen career.

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If you have never mentored a younger professional, consider doing so this year. Conversely, if you have never had a mentor, I suggest you diligently seek one without delay. The relationship between mentor and mentee is usually fulfilling and satisfying both professionally. Try it for yourself and share your experiences with us.–OnPointPress.net–

Jamaican foundation gifted by D.C. group

Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (centre), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, and His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS) present a cheque for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks (right), Founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, yesterday (Thursday, January 21) at the Ministry’s Headquarters in New Kingston. The Foundation was selected as a beneficiary of the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, held in May 2015 in Washington D.C.

L-R: His Excellency Ralph Thomas, Jamaica’s ambassador tot he USA and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC,  minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, present a check for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks, founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation on Thursday, January 21, at the Ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston.

January 23, 2016, Kingston, JA: Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade handed over a check for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks for her Nathan Ebanks Foundation on Thursday, January 21 at the ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston.

On hand for the presentation were Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and His Excellency Ralph Thomas, Jamaican ambassador to the United States of America and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS). The check represents part proceeds from the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, which was held in May 2015 at the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Christine Staple Ebanks (right), Founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, presents a copy of her book “Raising Nathan” to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (centre), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, while His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS) looks on, yesterday (Thursday, January 21) at the Ministry’s Headquarters in New Kingston. The Nathan Ebanks Foundation received a cheque for US$4000 after being selected as a beneficiary of the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, held in May 2015 in Washington D.C.

Christine Staple Ebanks , founder and president of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, presents a copy of her book “Raising Nathan” to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (center), minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, while His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), ambassador to the USA and permanent representative of Jamaica to the Organization of American States (OAS) looks on.

The Nathan Ebanks Foundation, which was recommended by the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the OAS, was selected by OWA as one of 3 beneficiaries chosen in 2015 to receive a donation to assist in its mission of capacity building of parents, teachers and other caregivers of children with physical and mental disabilities

Minister Nicholson thanked the foundation for “playing its part in raising the public awareness level of children with disabilities.” At the same time, Ambassador Thomas in congratulating the Foundation for being selected noted that he looked “forward to the report of the positive impact that the project, funded by this donation, will bring to these special needs children.”

The Nathan Ebanks Foundation was co-founded in 2007 by Christine Staple Ebanks and her husband, Robert, whose son Nathan, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at nine-months old.  The foundation’s mandate is to ensure that all children, particularly children with disabilities and special needs, are included, empowered and supported in their efforts to access and participate in holistic development, on the journey to realizing their full potential.–OnPointPress-net—

Take time to solidify your brand

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By Carmen Glover

What is your brand? What is your identity? What skills do you possess? What skills do you have to offer to potential clients? Who are you? What is your life’s purpose? What is your passion? What drives you? What goals will you tackle with enthusiasm this year?

Before you can provide excellent service to a potential client, it is important for you to be able to offer compelling answers to those questions. After all, how can you begin to define, establish and solidify a brand or strategy for others if you have not developed one for yourself?

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Take the time this week to assess yourself and examine those questions. As you slowly arrive at the answers you will find it easier to carve out your personal niche. which is fundamental to your ability to branch out and help others develop their own brand and identities.

Don’t delay, research and develop your brand and identity today. Once you have done that, move forward with purpose, urgency and determination. Yes, the year is young, but there is a lot of work to be done and time is of the essence. Share your progress with us so that we can continue to cheer you on..–OnPointPress.net–

 

Embrace new opportunities, goals, methods in 2016

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By Carmen Glover

As 2016 gets into full swing, undoubtedly you find yourself pondering a new direction in several areas of your life–job, career, relationships, education, diet, weight and other unfulfilled goals such as travel and entrepreneurship.

For many people, a new year offers the opportunity to shed circumstances, people and methodologies that no longer suit them. For others, it provides the impetus to act on decisions that were made the previous year but which they lacked the courage and discipline to put into place.

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Regardless of what category you find yourself, take the time to harness the range of opportunities that a brand new year offers. Let 2016 be the year that you brush off long dormant dreams, unfinished projects and un-expressed goals.

Let 2016 be the year that you live up to your life’s purpose and achieve your goals in an unmatched way. But don’t forget to seek guidance from your source of faith while relying firmly on your supportive network. Keep us abreast of your progress!–OnPointPress.net