Two Years In, So Much Still To Learn…
Oct21

Two Years In, So Much Still To Learn…

Dear ColorBlind Magazine Reader, By the time you read this letter, it will either be the day of our two year anniversary (CB Mag was founded October 22, 2012) or sometime afterwards. I must let it be known however, that this letter was not written until the eve of the two year anniversary. Why is that significant? Because I can honestly say that until today, I was unsure of what to write or how to address our readers. But, now as my creative juices are flowing, and this letter comes to pass, it excites me (and scares me a little) that new ideas are emerging to make ColorBlind Magazine better. My bio that’s found on the “About ColorBlind Founders” tab on this site may make it appear that my success thus far in the world of journalism was destined. I have no comment on whether or not that is true. However, I do know that my success in the business world is a daily learning process. There are many ideas and concepts (some worthy of consideration and others not) that are either thought of or presented to the magazine team, and its takes persistent effort to weed through that ones that will hinder the growth of the publication. Along with the numerous ideas come the times when life get in the way, and I have to be my own cheerleader, confident that our loyal readers appreciate ColorBlind Magazine  and this keeps me going. The readers along with the absolutely amazing, and yes I do mean ABSOLUTELY AMAZING  magazine team, serve as a reminder that this publication is bigger than me. Actually, it’s not about me. It’s about others, and it’s an opportunity to give and to give back. Thank you to everyone for allowing me another year to do what I love. All the best,                                                 Leah T. Johnson ColorBlind Magazine  CEO/Co-Founder   ...

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Evolution of Communication
Oct17

Evolution of Communication

Did you hear the one about the unstamped letter? You wouldn’t get it. Remember the good old days when you would get things in the mail? And I’m not talking about your inbox. I’m talking about the mailbox where a physical human being, called a mailman, hand delivers a piece of mail to your place of residence. You might be thinking to yourself, “I get things in the mail all the time; coupons, magazines, bank statements, etc.,” but I’m not talking about that kind of mail either. I’m talking about a letter that someone sat down and took the time out to write you. This whole thought process came about when thinking about the communication anniversary that just passed on October 9th. It was the anniversary of the first two-way telephone conversation that happened in 1896. (I wonder what that conversation was like, “can you hear me now? Good.”) Now, the postal service was created well over 1,000 years before the first telephone conversation (dating around the year 550 B.C.), but it got me thinking about all the ways we used to communicate, how we communicate now, and how fast technology has grown since that first phone call. Before the phone, we had smoke signals (dating all the way back to 150 B.C.), carrier pigeons, the invention of the Guttenberg printing press in 1440, and Morse code. Those were some of the big stepping stones for communication before the telephone. Once the telephone was invented technology in communication skyrocketed!  We had the inventions of commercial radio (1920), television (1925), the word processor (1964), email (1965), and the internet (1969). More recently we had instant messaging (1996), social networking sites (2002), and microblogging (such as twitter, in 2006). We went from having a few ways to communicate, to having infinite ways of communicating. It used to take (at the minimum) minutes to contact someone and now it takes mere seconds. Pretend you lived during the time before the telephone. Want to know if we won the war? Don’t worry, you’ll find out in about six months after the fighting has already stopped. Advancements in communication has helped out tremendously. It has put us in the know and in the now. Can you imagine not having all the ways to communicate that we have today? How long would it take for us to find out about the outbreak of Ebola? Months? Years? After a significant number of the U.S. population has already died from it? I think technology is a great thing and the advancements that we have made in such a small amount of time in regards to communication are...

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Author Barbara Barnes addresses self-esteem issues with EYE Evolution support group
Oct13

Author Barbara Barnes addresses self-esteem issues with EYE Evolution support group

Hampton, VA (BlackNews.com) — Many support groups offer just that-support, but Barbara Marie Barnes of EYES Evolution helps women to go deeper. Via her self-esteem support group, she attempts to help those who feel the need to eradicate their low self-esteem issues and have fun while doing so. She’s the first to tell you that she’s not against traditional support groups. She says: “Whatever helps one to heal, sans self-medicating is fine. Some women have to purge their emotions in that type of environment. So yes, do what works for you. “Most people would never admit to having low self-esteem. They believe that it makes them appear weak she says. Having low self-esteem is one of the major causes of depression, suicide, suicidal attempts, drug abuse and alcohol addiction. Yet people decline to admit they have it, nor do they want to talk about it.” Barbara knows full well what it is like to feel the painful effects of low self-esteem. Of course she knows. She’s been there, done that… wrote a book on the subject. She’s the author of the book titled, Pretty Ugly – How Low Self-Esteem Almost Ruined My Life. In the book she paints the picture of a once happy little girl who morphed into an unhappy, self-loathing and suicidal child who grew into a dysfunctional suicidal adult, racked by depression, domestic abuse, low self-image, drugs, alcoholism, homelessness and more. The good news is that she can relate how she climbed out of her dungeon of hopelessness simply by taking one step at a time. It wasn’t easy and it was done by her conscious decision to diligently go after a better life. She begs the question: “Who wants to constantly live like that – day in and day out for YEARS and YEARS? I just got so sick and tired of being sick and tired and crying all the time! I had to do something! I had to find a way to get relief, without attempting to end my life. I started reading everything I could get my hands on dealing with self-improvement. I went to seminars. I read and read some more. It was a very long process which was due to my own sporadic efforts. I work on myself to this day.” She continues: “There are multitudes of women out there who can relate to my story and some who are still experiencing some of those same challenges. They have nowhere to turn. They pretty much internalize everything. They feel very alone in the world. This is definitely not healthy or good for your self-esteem. Not discounting what men go through, but women go...

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Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Oct02

Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ColorBlind Magazine supports the initiative to make people more aware of the disease. Here’s a website to offer information and programs during this important month. ...

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