Show of hands; how many of you have seen your names on that outstanding Hylton-Joyce Family Tree (now filled with over 3,500 names)? My apologies to the historians, especially Cousin Lawrence Hylton, but I took liberty and created a very, very, very rough (short) video and slideshow teaser for those who have not seen the tree yet! A better version is coming soon. http://roanokerelatives.weebly.com/hilton-side-family-notes.html. It is my understanding that it will be on display in Charlotte, NC at the 2013 family reunion. I know this teaser is rough and unpolished, but what the hey. Thoughts about the tree or my efforts to spread the word?
As you know, many businesses now, before hiring people, also check us out on Facebook, on LinkedIn, on Youtube, etc. When was the last time you “googled” your own name on the Internet or did a keyword search about yourself? For myself, I just typed in “Keith Orlando Hilton”. What did you find when you typed your name? And would you hire yourself based on what you found? :)
I have lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, New York and California. When I first posted this question, someone emailed me and said, "what are you trying to do, start a revolution?" I replied, "No, I am just trying to create some honest dialogue...long overdue." Race is still such a big issue in this country and beyond, yet we rarely even honestly talk about it with our own white and other non-black relatives and friends. We have many white relatives and friends here on Facebook, which is a very, very safe environment, yet we avoid this big elephant in the room. Why is this? Second and third questions; What are your thoughts about race and racism or the Trayvon Martin murder in Florida. These questions are asked directly to our non-black relatives and friends (and some of my students who know how I love to provoke discussions). Of course anyone and everyone can add insight to this topic. By the way, even though true friendships transcend color, it is too easy to just say, "I don't see color." :) Thanks, KOH.
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