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President Obama’s Farewell Speech And Transcript


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


Obama’s Farewell Speech

President Obama’s Farewell Speech And Transcript

It may be tagged the most emotional farewell speech in recent time, the outgoing President of the United States of America, Barack Obama gave his farewell speech from the office he has held for 8 good years.

While everybody knew that this day would come, most people wished it wouldn’t as tears were rolling from faces as the first African-American said his goodbye from the most powerful office in the world.

Just in case you missed the live broadcast of President Obama’s Farewell speech, we have the video and the transcript of his speech for you below. You may want to grab some tissues if you’re very emotional. Read and watch below.

Watch the Video and Transcript of Obama’s farewell speech below.

“It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, tonight it’s my turn to say thanks. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life. It was in neighborhoods not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills. It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss. This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.

After eight years as your President, I still believe that. And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea – our bold experiment in self-government.

It’s the conviction that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It’s the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy, can form a more perfect union.

This is the great gift our Founders gave us. The freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, toil, and imagination – and the imperative to strive together as well, to achieve a greater good. For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom. It’s what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande, it’s what pushed women to reach for the ballot, it’s what powered workers to organize. It’s why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan – and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well.

So that’s what we mean when we say America is exceptional. Not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change, and make life better for those who follow.

Yes, our progress has been uneven. The work of democracy has always been hard, it’s always been contentious, sometimes it’s been bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back. But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some.

If I had told you eight years ago, that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history. If I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, take out the mastermind of 9/11. If I had told you that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens – if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high.

But that’s what we did. That’s what you did. You were the change. You answered people’s hopes, and because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.

In ten days, the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected president to the next. I committed to President-elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest possible transition, just as President Bush did for me. Because it’s up to all of us to make sure our government can help us meet the many challenges we still face.

We have what we need to do so. We have everything we need to meet those challenges. After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and most respected nation on Earth. Our youth, our drive, our diversity and openness, our boundless capacity for risk and reinvention mean that the future should be ours.

But that potential will be realized only if our democracy works. Only if our politics better reflects the decency of our people. Only if all of us, regardless of our party affiliation or particular interest, help restore the sense of common purpose that we so badly need right now.

That’s what I want to focus on tonight – the state of our democracy.

Understand, democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders argued they quarreled, eventually they compromised, they expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity – the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.

There have been moments throughout our history that threatened that solidarity. The beginning of this century has been one of those times. A shrinking world, growing inequality; demographic change and the specter of terrorism – these forces haven’t just tested our security and prosperity, but they’re testing our democracy as well. And how we meet these challenges to our democracy will determine our ability to educate our kids, and create good jobs, and protect our homeland.

In other words, it will determine our future.

To begin with, our democracy won’t work without a sense that everyone has economic opportunity. And the good news is, today, the economy is growing again; wages, incomes, home values, and retirement accounts are all rising again; poverty is falling again. The wealthy are paying a fairer share of taxes even as the stock market shatters records. The unemployment rate is near a ten-year low. The uninsured rate has never, ever been lower. Health care costs are rising at the slowest rate in fifty years. And I’ve said and I mean it, if anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system – that covers as many people at less cost – I will publicly support it.

Because that, after all, is why we serve – not to score points or to take credit, but to make people’s lives better.

But for all the real progress we’ve made, we know it’s not enough. Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class. But stark inequality is also corrosive to our democratic idea. While the top one percent has amassed a bigger share of wealth and income, too many families, in inner cities and rural counties, have been left behind – the laid-off factory worker; the waitress, the health care worker who’s barely getting by and struggling to pay the bills – convinced that the game is fixed against them, that their government only serves the interests of the powerful – that’s a recipe for more cynicism and polarization in our politics.

There are no quick fixes to this long-term trend. I agree that our trade should be fair and not just free. But the next wave of economic dislocation won’t come from overseas. It will come from the relentless pace of automation that makes a lot of good, middle-class jobs obsolete.

And so we must forge a new social compact – to guarantee all our kids the education they need; to give workers the power to unionize for better wages; to update the social safety net to reflect the way we live now and make more reforms to the tax code so corporations and individuals who reap the most from the new economy don’t avoid their obligations to the country that’s made their very success possible. We can argue about how to best achieve these goals. But we can’t be complacent about the goals themselves. For if we don’t create opportunity for all people, the disaffection and division that has stalled our progress will only sharpen in years to come.

There’s a second threat to our democracy – and this one as old as our nation itself. After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America. Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society. I’ve now lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were ten, or twenty, or thirty years ago, no matter what some folks say – you can see it not just in statistics, you see it in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum.

But we’re not where we need to be. All of us have more work to do. If every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hard-working white middle class and an undeserving minority, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves. If we’re unwilling to invest in the children of immigrants, just because they don’t look like us, we will diminish the prospects of our own children – because those brown kids will represent a larger and larger share of America’s workforce. And we have shown that our economy doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. Last year, incomes rose for all races, all age groups, for men and for women.

So if we’re going to be serious about race, going forward, we must uphold laws against discrimination – in hiring, in housing, in education and the criminal justice system. That’s what our Constitution and highest ideals require. But laws alone won’t be enough. Hearts must change. They won’t change overnight. Social attitudes often take generations to change. But if our democracy is to work in this increasingly diverse nation, then each one of us must try to heed the advice of a great character in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

For blacks and other minority groups, it means tying our own struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face – not only the refugee, the immigrant, the rural poor, the transgender American, but also the middle-aged white guy who from the outside may seem like he’s got advantages, but who’s seen his world upended by economic, cultural, and technological change. We have to pay attention and listen.

For white Americans, it means acknowledging that the effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn’t suddenly vanish in the ‘60s; that when minority groups voice discontent, they’re not just engaging in reverse racism or practicing political correctness; when they wage peaceful protest, they’re not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment that our Founders promised.

For native-born Americans, it means reminding ourselves that the stereotypes about immigrants today were said, almost word for word, about the Irish, and Italians, and Poles. Who it was said were going to destroy the fundamental character of America. And as it turned out America wasn’t weakened by the presence of these newcomers; these newcomers embraced this nation’s creed, and this nation was strengthened.

So regardless of the station we occupy; we all have to try harder; we all have to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do; that they value hard work and family just like we do; that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own.

And that’s not easy to do. For too many of us, it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or on college campuses or places of worship or especially our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions. The rise of naked partisanship, increasing economic and regional stratification, the splintering of our media into a channel for every taste – all this makes this great sorting seem natural, even inevitable. And increasingly, we become so secure in our bubbles that we start accepting only information, whether true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that is out there.

And this trend represents a third threat to our democracy. Politics is a battle of ideas; that’s how our democracy was designed. In the course of a healthy debate, we’ll prioritize different goals, and the different means of reaching them. But without some common baseline of facts; without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent might be making a fair point, and that science and reason matter, then we’re gonna keep talking past each other, and we’ll make common ground and compromise impossible.

Isn’t that part of what so often makes politics so dispiriting? How can elected officials rage about deficits when we propose to spend money on preschool for kids, but not when we’re cutting taxes for corporations? How do we excuse ethical lapses in our own party, but pounce when the other party does the same thing? It’s not just dishonest, this selective sorting of the facts; it’s self-defeating. Because as my mom used to tell me, reality has a way of catching up with you.

Take the challenge of climate change. In just eight years, we’ve halved our dependence on foreign oil, we’ve doubled our renewable energy, we’ve led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet. But without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change; they’ll be busy dealing with its effects: more environmental disasters, more economic disruptions, waves of climate refugees seeking sanctuary.

Now, we can and should argue about the best approach to solve the problem. But to simply deny the problem not only betrays future generations; it betrays the essential spirit of this country, the essential spirit of innovation and practical problem-solving that guided our Founders.

It’s that spirit, born of the Enlightenment, that made us an economic powerhouse – the spirit that took flight at Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral; the spirit that cures disease and put a computer in every pocket.

It’s that spirit – a faith in reason, and enterprise, and the primacy of right over might, that allowed us to resist the lure of fascism and tyranny during the Great Depression, that allowed us to build a post-World War II order with other democracies, an order based not just on military power or national affiliations but built on principles – the rule of law, human rights, freedoms of religion, and speech, and assembly, and an independent press.

That order is now being challenged – first by violent fanatics who claim to speak for Islam; more recently by autocrats in foreign capitals who see free markets, open democracies, and civil society itself as a threat to their power. The peril each poses to our democracy is more far-reaching than a car bomb or a missile. They represents the fear of change; the fear of people who look or speak or pray differently; a contempt for the rule of law that holds leaders accountable; an intolerance of dissent and free thought; a belief that the sword or the gun or the bomb or the propaganda machine is the ultimate arbiter of what’s true and what’s right.

Because of the extraordinary courage of our men and women in uniform, because of our intelligence officers, and law enforcement, and diplomats who support them, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eight years; and although Boston and Orlando and San Bernardino and Fort Hood remind us of how dangerous radicalization can be, our law enforcement agencies are more effective and vigilant than ever. We have taken out tens of thousands of terrorists – including bin Laden. The global coalition we’re leading against ISIL has taken out their leaders, and taken away about half their territory. ISIL will be destroyed, and no one who threatens America will ever be safe. To all who serve, and who have served, it has been the honor of my lifetime to be your Commander-in-Chief, and we all owe you a deep debt of gratitude.

But protecting our way of life that’s not just the job of our military. Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. That’s why, for the past eight years, I’ve worked to put the fight against terrorism on a firmer legal footing. That’s why we’ve ended torture, worked to close Gitmo, reformed our laws governing surveillance to protect privacy and civil liberties. That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans, who are just as patriotic as we are. That’s why we cannot withdraw from big global fights – to expand democracy, and human rights, women’s rights, and LGBT rights – no matter how imperfect our efforts, no matter how expedient ignoring such values may seem, that’s part of defending America. For the fight against extremism and intolerance and sectarianism and chauvinism are of a piece with the fight against authoritarianism and nationalist aggression. If the scope of freedom and respect for the rule of law shrinks around the world, the likelihood of war within and between nations increases, and our own freedoms will eventually be threatened.

So let’s be vigilant, but not afraid. ISIL will try to kill innocent people. But they cannot defeat America unless we betray our Constitution and our principles in the fight. Rivals like Russia or China cannot match our influence around the world – unless we give up what we stand for, and turn ourselves into just another big country that bullies smaller neighbors.

Which brings me to my final point – our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted. All of us, regardless of party, should be throwing ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions. When voting rates are some of the lowest among advanced democracies, we should be making it easier, not harder, to vote. When trust in our institutions is low, we should reduce the corrosive influence of money in our politics, and insist on the principles of transparency and ethics in public service. When Congress is dysfunctional, we should draw our congressional districts to encourage politicians to cater to common sense and not rigid extremes.

And remember, none of this happens on its own. All of this depends on our participation; on each of us accepting the responsibility of citizenship, regardless of which way the pendulum of power happens to be swinging.

Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power – we the people give it meaning with our participation, and with the choices we make and the alliances we forge. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. That’s up to us. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured.

In his own farewell address, George Washington wrote that self-government is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty, but “from different causes and from different quarters much pains will be taken…to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth;” and so we have to preserve this truth with “jealous anxiety;” that we should reject “the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest or to enfeeble the sacred ties” that make us one.

We weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character aren’t even willing to enter public service; so coarse with rancor that Americans with whom we disagree are seen not just misguided, but as malevolent. We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others; when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt, and when we sit back and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.

It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we in fact all share the same proud title: the most important office in a democracy Citizen. Citizen.

So you see, that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you. Not just when there’s an election, not just when your own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking with one in real life. If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Stay at it. Sometimes you’ll win. Sometimes you’ll lose. Presuming a reservoir of goodness in other people, that can be a risk, and there will be times when the process will disappoint you. But for those of us fortunate enough to have been a part of this work, and to see it up close, let me tell you, it can energize and inspire. And more often than not, your faith in America – and in Americans – will be confirmed.

Mine sure has been. Over the course of these eight years, I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve mourned with grieving families searching for answers, and found grace in a Charleston church. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, I’ve seen wounded warriors, who at points were given up for dead, walk again. I’ve seen our doctors and volunteers rebuild after earthquakes and stop pandemics in their tracks. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work in peace, and above all to look out for each other.

That faith I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change – that faith has been rewarded in ways I could not have possibly imagined. I hope yours has, too. Some of you here tonight or watching at home you were there with us in 2004, in 2008, in 2012 – and maybe you still can’t believe we pulled this whole thing off.

You’re not the only ones. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side – for the past twenty-five years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.

Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, you are smart and beautiful, but more importantly, you are kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.

To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: you were the first decision I made as a nominee, and it was the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our lives.

To my remarkable staff: For eight years – and for some of you, a whole lot more – I’ve drawn from your energy, and every day I tried to reflect back what you displayed: heart, and character, and idealism. I’ve watched you grow up, get married, have kids, and start incredible new journeys of your own. Even when times got tough and frustrating, you never let Washington get the better of you. You guarded against cynicism. The only thing that makes me prouder than all the good we’ve done is the thought of all the amazing things you are gonna achieve from here.

And to all of you out there – every organizer who moved to an unfamiliar town every kind family who welcomed them in, every volunteer who knocked on doors, every young person who cast a ballot for the first time, every American who lived and breathed the hard work of change – you are the best supporters and organizers anyone could hope for, and I will forever be grateful. Because you did change the world. You did.

That’s why I leave this stage tonight even more optimistic about this country than when we started. Because I know our work has not only helped so many Americans; it has inspired so many Americans – especially so many young people out there – to believe that you can make a difference; to hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic – I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, and just, and inclusive America; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, that it’s not something to fear but to embrace, and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands.

My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.

I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.

I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

Yes We Can.

Yes We Did.

Yes We Can.

Thank you. God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.”

How Did Black Friday Get Its Name? The Story Behind The Big Shopping Event


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


black friday

Black Friday: the term has become a worldwide terminology associated with crazy sales given by both walk-in and online stores. Some stores have even given the shopping event its own name, for example, Konga.com, which named their black Friday sales Yakata.

But has black Friday always been associated with discounted shopping?

The first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was applied not to shopping but to financial crisis: specifically, the crash of the U.S. gold market as far back as September 24, 1869.

Records have it that two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers.

By the late 1980s, retailers found a way to turn “Black Friday” around and consumers no longer thought of the day as something negative.

The most recent repeated story behind the post-Thanksgiving shopping-related Black Friday tradition links it to retailers.

As the story goes, after an entire year of operating at a loss (“in the red”) stores would supposedly earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, because shoppers blew so much money on discounted merchandise.

Though it’s true that retail companies used to record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting, this version of Black Friday’s origin is the most accepted in the retail world.

The result was the “red to black” concept of the holiday mentioned earlier, and the notion that the day after Thanksgiving marked the occasion when America’s stores finally turned a profit. (In fact, stores traditionally see bigger sales on the Saturday before Christmas.)

This version of the Black Friday story stuck, since then, the one-day sales bonanza has become a household event.

Although “Black Friday” is known as a time where retailers experience major profits, the Saturday before Christmas is reportedly the most profitable time for stores. Nonetheless, every year on the day after Thanksgiving, consumers converge on stores trying to find the best deals.

Social Media – When The Devil Decides To Expose You In Public


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


Top social media platforms

Social media is probably one of the greatest evolutionary things that happened to the world in this century. The phenomenon has countless advantages and disadvantages which are dependent on how people use it.

I was surfing through my Twitter page this morning and came across a week-old post that cracked me up. I’m sure my colleagues would wonder why I laughed so much over whatever I could be staring at on my computer. Clearly if you look through the pictures below, you will understand.

This is not a move in any way, to judge the poor guy who has switched his account to private, after the backlash he was getting as a result of his ‘sincere’ comment on Tumininu Idowu aka ‘Miss Officer’s picture.

I don’t think it is wrong to express yourself on social media, but the manner in which you pass your message should reflect what you front to the people. You can’t claim to be a ‘bad guy’ and be posting ‘holy things’ online – that’s kind’a contradictory and misleading, if you catch my drift.

Social media may seem virtual, but the fact is – it is controlled by real people. If I don’t know you on social media, there’s someone on the same platform that knows you, even to your house and church. Be yourself and you probably won’t have to delete your comments or switch your account to private, because of anybody.

That’s how @Koyomo made @miss_officer_ a superstar on Instagram, raising the likes on that picture to over 2,000… probably the highest she’ll ever get on her page in years to come.

Wait a minute! What if somebody hacked Koyomo’s account at the time? Ok never mind. Bye!

Post by @Miss_Officer_ and comment strip.

Post by @Miss_Officer_ and comment strip.

Koyomo's Instagram posts

@Koyomo’s Instagram posts

See What A Woman Wrote Before She Died Of Cancer


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


Heather McManamy and her daughter, Brianna

I came across this letter on Facebook, written, (but not published) by a woman, Heather McManamy, who was diagnosed of breast cancer in 2013, but died some weeks ago at the age of 36.

Before she passed on, Heather wrote a letter and mandated her husband, Jeff McManamy to post/share it on her behalf via Facebook.

This letter left me with mixed feelings… I recommend you read it too.

Hello all,

I am posting this on behalf of the love of my life. These are her words. Much love to all.

– Jeff McManamy

“So…I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, apparently, I’m dead. Good news, if you’re reading this, is that you are most definitely not (unless they have wifi in the afterlife). Yes, this sucks. It sucks beyond words, but I’m just so damn glad I lived a life so full of love, joy and amazing friends. I am lucky to honestly say that I have zero regrets and I spent every ounce of energy I had living life to the fullest. I love you all and thank you for this awesome life.

Whatever religion brings you comfort; I am happy that you have that. However, respect that we are not religious. Please, please, please do not tell Brianna that I am in heaven. In her mind, that means that I chose to be somewhere else and left her. In reality, I did everything I could to be here with her, as there is nowhere, NOWHERE, I would rather be than with her and Jeff. Please don’t confuse her and let her think for one second that is not true. Because, I am not in heaven. I’m here. But no longer in the crappy body that turned against me. My energy, my love, my laughter, those incredible memories, it’s all here with you. Please don’t think of me with pity or sadness. Smile, knowing that we had a blast together and that time was AMAZING. I fucking hate making people sad. More than anything, I love making people laugh and smile, so please, rather than dwelling on the tragic Terms of Endearment end of my story, laugh at the memories we made and the fun we had. Please tell Brianna stories, so she knows how much I love her and how proud of her I will always be (and make me sound waaay cooler than I am). Because I love nothing more than being her mommy. Nothing. Every moment with her was a happiness I couldn’t even imagine until she came crashing into our world.

And don’t say I lost to cancer. Because cancer may have taken almost everything from me, but it never took my love or my hope or my joy. It wasn’t a “battle” it was just life, which is often brutally random and unfair, and that’s simply how it goes sometimes. I didn’t lose, dammit. The way I lived for years with cancer is something I consider a pretty big victory. Please remember that.

The McManamys

The McManamys

Most importantly, I was unbelievably lucky to spend over a decade with the love of my life and my best friend, Jeff. True love and soulmates do exist. Every day was full of hilarity and love with Jeff by my side. He is genuinely the best husband in the universe. Through all my cancer crap, he never wavered when so many people would want to run. Even on the worst days you could imagine, we found a way to laugh together. I love him more than life itself and I truly believe that a love like that is so special it will live forever. Time is the most precious thing in this world and to have shared my life for so long with Jeff is something I am incredibly grateful for. I love you, Jeff. I believe that the awesomeness that is Brianna is our love brought to life, which is pretty beautiful. It absolutely breaks my heart to have to say goodbye. If it’s half as sad for you as it is for me, it breaks my heart over again because the last thing I ever want to do is make you sad. I hope that with time, you can think of me and smile and laugh, because, holy shit did we have a breathtaking life. Go google Physicist’s Eulogy and know that it is a scientific fact I will always be with you both in some way. I know that if you just stop and look hard enough, I’ll be with there (in as non-creepy a way possible). You’re my world and I loved every second we had together more than words.

Friends, I love you all and thank you for the most wonderfully awe-inspiring life. And thank you to all of my amazing doctors and nurses who have taken such incredible care of me. I don’t doubt that my team gave me every possible good day that they could. From the bottom of my heart, I wish all my friends long, healthy lives and I hope you can experience the same appreciation for the gift of each day that I did. If you go to my funeral, please run up a bar tab that would make me proud. Heck, blast “Keg on My Coffin” and dance on the bar for me (because there had better be a dance party at some point).

Celebrate the beauty of life with a kickass party because you know that’s what I want and I believe that in a weird way, I will find a way to be there too (you know how much I hate missing out on fun). I look forward to haunting each one of you, so this isn’t so much a goodbye as it is see you later Please do me a favor and take a few minutes each day to acknowledge the fragile adventure that is this crazy life. Don’t ever forget: every day matters.”

The End.

Should Entertainers Be Worried About Buhari?


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


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Words by James Silas

Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari has officially been declared winner of the Presidential election. He is now the president elect of the federal republic of Nigeria. The final mandate will be conferred on him come May 29, 2015.

Now, the fact is that, a lot of people did not support or vote for Buhari, the same way a lot did not vote or support President Jonathan,  but the end result is that Nigerians were given an opportunity to exercise their civic right and choose between two candidates, after which, the one with the most votes won the election. This does not in any way connote that somebody lost the election; maybe a few political parties did, but above all, Nigerians made a choice and democracy was enacted.

On the other hand, some or probably most entertainers took sides to support their favourite candidates, and we can’t pretend like we don’t know that Jonathan had a lot of entertainers on his side. It is understandable that most Nollywood actors supported him because he also supported a handful of Nollywood related projects during his tenure. Actress, Omoni Oboli premiered her movie in Aso Rock. I mean, that’s a big deal; how many ministers of the federation launched personal projects in Aso Rock in the last 5 years? So if some entertainers can get that much access to the presidency, then it is only logical to want GEJ in power for another four years.

Before I go further, please note, that this short article is just an expression of a harmless curios mind.

We will all agree that so many people have their opinions about Major General Buhari. Actually, it is difficult to write or call his name without using the titles ‘Major General’ or ‘General’ and that’s one of the problems many have with him. On a personal note, this point is baseless because the man retired from the army about 30 years ago and since the saying goes, ‘once a soldier always a soldier’, we can as well leave the titles right where they are.

I was just wondering what could be going on in the minds of those entertainers that supported President Jonathan during the campaign and election period.
Do they feel bad for him?

Have they called him to ‘sympathize’ with him? That’s none of my business, I guess.

I was also wondering what Buhari has in mind. Does he listen to Nigerian music? Does he watch Nollywood movies and does he even know who Sammie Okposo and Amaka Igwe are?

One of the reasons why some Nigerian entertainers support politicians is to either get generous handshakes in return or to plant their political ambition outside entertainment… or what else? Most of these guys will deny this fact, but how many movie makers had access to the said $200 Million grant that the government put down for the entertainment industry in 2012.

What has the government done about the lack of screening centers for movie makers?

What has been done about piracy?

The questions will take too much of our time…don’t even let me paste more.

Nigeria will transit to a new dispensation in a few weeks from now, and the problems of the entertainment industry are still where they are. I am wondering if entertainers would come together regardless of which party or who is in power, to demand for what the industry needs.

I know some entertainers, especially musicians, supported Buhari by affiliation with Fashola, Tinubu and Ambode. It is however, unknown if they will be able to use that opportunity to influence the president to properly enforce the piracy/intellectual property law. The problems of the entertainment industry can be dealt with, but it requires a level of attention from the people in power. If a scape goat is single handedly picked for an offence like piracy, others will sit up. There can’t be punishment without a crime; therefore, prosecute a suspect and sentence him to jail, so that other perpetrators will get the ‘memo’ that says “this piracy party is over”.

I want to believe that Nigerians, especially the entertainment industry understand that the change of government cannot be a hindrance to what is obtainable. This is a democratic government and if entertainers could access Jonathan during his tenure, then Buhari would not be an exception. However people got access to the presidential villa in the first place, they will and should proceed to the same address to demand the required change Nigeria’s entertainment industry needs.

Who says Buhari cannot have a ‘Beats by Dre’ headphone? D’banj can hook him up; I’m sure he’ll like it.
Let’s not make assumptions; let’s not be afraid of the voted one. Nigeria is a growing democratic nation and this recent election is a proof that our democracy has grown notches older from what it used to be. So embrace it and make the best of what you can.

This is a personal opinion; feel free to air yours on the comment strip.

James Silas

Around The World- A Strange Mannequin Called “La Casa De Pascualita”


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


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We paid a visit to ‘La Popular’, a well-known bridal shop in Chihuahua, Mexico, and found a strange mannequin by the name, “La Casa De Pascaulita”. Although many versions of its origination have been talked about, but the most popular version is that the original owner of the shop mummified her daughter after she died on her wedding day.

Taking a closer look at the Mannequin, it can be seen that it doesn’t look like one made of synthetic material as it has some fine expression lines and look way more “human”.

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A close up on the hands

Looking closely at the almost “human” palm, which is filled with little lines and fine hairs is sure to leave you with a few unanswerable questions.

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Another shot at La casa De Pascualita’s hands.

It is also known that the wedding dresses worn by Pascualita are changed frequently and very discreetly, only by the owner of the establishment and a few staff.

Considered as a saint by the local people in Chihuahua, Mexico, prayers are offered in its presence to ask for special favors on matters of the heart.

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La casa De Pascualita in the shop at night

Rumors say she changes positions during the night, either tilting or bending her elbows in a bid to stay comfortable and it’s been reported by some locals that she follows them with her gaze when they pass by at night.

Story: AROUND THE WORLD – A STRANGE MANNEQUIN CALLED “LA CASA DE PASCUALITA”

INTERNSHIP 101: 6 STEPS TO TAKE YOU CLOSER TO THAT DREAM INTERNSHIP


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INTERNSHIP 101: 6 STEPS TO TAKE YOU CLOSER TO THAT DREAM INTERNSHIP

Finding opportunities to intern could be a daunting task, especially when you have no clue on how to go about it. It requires some research, planning, and making smart ‘moves’ that will eventually pave the way and take you a step further in landing yourself the dream internship you’ve always wanted.

Here are 6 tips to get you started on the journey to find a great place for your internship.

1 START EARLY

To find internships, inspiration could easily be drawn from the popular saying; “The Early bird gets the worm.” It is known that many leading companies set deadline dates for entries when it comes to internships.

Companies like Google leave their internship positions open for about two months, apply early once you know the time of your internship is around the corner, and don’t wait till it’s a week to the “D-day” as the position may already be filled by then.

2 NETWORK

Despite the fact that networking has been a great tool for career opportunities, only recently has the true power have been revealed, thanks to websites like LinkedIn, Opportunity, Partner Up and even Google plus. A custom search on any of these platforms is sure to get you started with leads.

Also, we advise you to speak about your internship with your friends, family and career counselors, some of them may be in good positions to share tips and leads that could be helpful.

 

3 CONTACT EMPLOYERS
Potential interns worry about contacting employers directly for fear of spoiling the chances of a possible placement. No rule actually spells it out that you are not allowed to contact an employer. As long as you remain within the confines of professionalism, it’s okay to do so.
A simple phone call to their front desk or the use of a contact form on the company’s website could do the trick.

 

4 ATTEND CAREER FAIRS
Check websites with job categories that are relevant to your geographical area. It’s likely you will find listings of career fairs scheduled to come up and make sure you’re present at these job fairs. Again, ‘Networking’ is the ‘key’! Don’t just sit at the fair, get around, mingle and start career driven conversations with potential employers and entrepreneurs present at the job fair.

One thing you know for sure is that everyone present is interested in discussing issues related to career advancement. You just might find the right company looking for an intern.

 

5 APPLY AS A VOLUNTEER

Before it’s time for your internship it’s always a good idea to apply as a volunteer, you could do this while on a break even as a freshman in college. Volunteering is a great way to build your resume and gain skills employers seeks in candidates. Even better you get to meet people who could refer you for an internship or a job in the near future – like when you need it the most, based on your performance as a volunteer.

Look around on the internet for companies looking for volunteers. They could either be NGO’s or international bodies.

 

6 CHECK OUT RESOURCES ONLINE

Putting your resources to great use is a skill that cannot be overemphasized, visit sites that share stories about how other interns got an opportunity to intern.

Forums like “Quora” and “Nairaland” are some of the best places to start as they have a wealth of relevant resources.

Also check “Vacancy” pages of company official websites that interest you frequently and visit websites like Jobberman, Careers24 and Alljobsafrica for openings.

Don’t forget to subscribe while you’re at it. Good luck!

QUBE247 MUSIC APP


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


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So there is a new way to enjoy quality sounding music and it’s totally legal!

Qube247 is the brand new mobile application that gives you access to enjoy a variety of African music selections from the East, West, North and South.

It also has an online radio that gives a variety of entertainment. Ranging from music to comedy and even thought provoking and very engaging talks on issues affecting the peoples of Africa.

The application in its beautiful torques sea green colour is very attractive and the logo is an original to the brand.

This is one application that truly provides accessibility to sweet African music.

 

THE NEW BLACKBERRY PASSPORT


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The BlackBerry was released on September 24, 2014, the Passport is inspired by its namesake and incorporates features designed to make the device attractive to enterprise users, such as a unique square-shaped display measuring 4.5 inches diagonally, a compact physical keyboard with touchpad gestures, and the latest release of the company’s BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Reception to the Passport was mixed; critics praised the quality of the device’s design, screen, and keyboard for meeting the company’s goals of creating a business-oriented device, along with an improved application selection through the integration of Amazon’s Appstore for Android (taking advantage of the Android software support provided by BlackBerry 10) alongside BlackBerry’s own store for native software. Criticism of the Passport was focused primarily on its irregular form factor in comparison to other phablets, making the device difficult to carry and use one-handed due to its increased width, while its keyboard was also panned for having an irregular layout in comparison to past BlackBerry devices.

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