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#MillennialMonday News Roundup

Happy Monday!

Is it just me, or are we breezing pretty fast through the month of September? The first day of autumn is tomorrow, so that means summer is officially over my friends, :(

Check out the latest news, blogs and videos on the flyest generation around. Have a wonderful week!

*Monday Inspiration: “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise!” — actress Viola Davis tweeted this quote by the late Dr. Maya Angelou after the New York Times tried ALL of it on Friday.

Millennial on a Mission: Tre’vell Anderson

Happiest of Fridays to you!

As many of you know, I love Twitter. And fortunately for me, it has introduced me to a number of amazing millennials in the last year in a half that continue to inspire, motivate and encourage me to be great. Coincidentally, my soundtrack for preparing today’s Millennial on a Mission spotlight was Donny Hathaway’s ‘Young Gifted & Black’, which is incredibly fitting for a young man that describes himself as the ‘Journo of Culture Trends of Millennials.’ Not only does he keep his finger on the pulse of all things related to culture, entertainment, media, and technology, but he does it such a captivating and compelling way that adequately speaks to our generation and shows off his journalistic savvy.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Tre’vell Anderson.

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Although originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Tre’vell is from a little bit of everywhere. “My mom’s in the Army and we have lived everywhere,” he says.  “Multiple parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgina, Alabama, Texas, Kansas and even Germany.” He is a proud alumnus of the   headquarters of Black male excellence, Morehouse College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Sociology. After graduating from Morehouse in 2013, Tre’vell took his talents west to Stanford University where he received his MA in journalism this past June. At the end of this month, he will start his journalism career as a reporter for the L.A. Times in their Metpro Training Program.

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#TechTuesday: Meet Checky The App

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We’re all guilty of it: checking out smartphones multiple times during the day just to see if we’ve gotten another text or like on an Instagram photo. But have you ever wondered how many times you do that a day?

Well, there’s an app for that. The Checky App keeps track of how many times you check your iPhone or Android over the course of the day. Once you download it, you must keep it open (in the background) so that it’s able to monitor your touch. This can even be as simple as clicking your home button to view the time — Checky doesn’t miss a beat!

In an interview with TechCrunch, founder of the Checky App Alex Tew says that he has checked his phone as many as 100 times a day.

In my opinion, the true purpose of Checky is to make we smartphone users more aware of our dependence on these objects, and how we can learn to control our need to always “be connected.” While yesterday I only checked my phone 43 times (I downloaded it mid-afternoon), knowing that an electronic tally was being taken of my activity made me more mindful of how many times I picked up my phone — even it was to check the time.

Are you going to download Checky? Let me know and we can become accountability partners! ;-)

Chasity

(h/t TechCrunch)

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#MillennialMonday News Roundup

And the happiest of Mondays to you, my friend!

You know the drill — below are some of the top news stories about the coolest generation EVER. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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My Blog Is Three Years Old!

As I was scrolling through TimeHop (probably the coolest social media “time travel” app ever), this lovely little diddy popped up:

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It was three years ago today that I started chasitycooper.com. Back then, my sole purpose for the blog was to share my experiences living in Washington, DC as a recent college grad. Additionally, I shared my thoughts on happenings in the world of public relations and marketing, and spotlighted one or two of my peers. There was really no strategy behind it — I simply wrote whatever was on my heart.

Fast forward three years later, I’m so completely overjoyed and humbled to how much this brainchild of mine has grown. I’m a firm believer in putting forth 110% into something that you love doing. Granted, it’s not always easy being disciplined about writing 3-4 times a week, but the late nights and early mornings of brainstorming and editing drafts have totally been worth it. Blogging has been quite the teacher over the years, and to this day I’m still learning how to navigate my way around the blogosphere. Whenever you start something new, it’s always scary — but like Joyce Meyer says, “feel the fear and do it anyway!” This blog has truly been a labor of love, creativity and passion and after three years, I still remain excited to log-in to WordPress and type my life away. 😉

I want to take this time to thank each of you that take time to read my posts. I remain eternally grateful for your support and encouragement, and look forward to how much this outlet will continue to evolve. It’s not only gratifying to receive positive feedback on my content, but it’s humbling to know that people can relate to what you’re going through. I’d also like to thank those that have contributed their words of wisdom and expertise to the blog as well. I’m thankful to know such talented writers who know how to use their voices in an influential and relatable way. I like to think that I don’t write for myself — but really to voice the triumphs and struggles of the millennial generation. We’re just a powerful entity, and regardless of what the media has to say, our voice will continue to ring loud and make an impact on our society.

So here’s to three incredible years of blogging, and to many more to come!

Thank you,

Chasity

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How My AmeriCorps Experience Helped Shape My Career

This Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the first cohort of AmeriCorps members taking their oath of service. While there will be many celebrations now until the end of the week, I wanted to take time to express how my AmeriCorps experience had impacted my life and career.

A government-funded program. AmeriCorps is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service that focuses three different entities: VISTA, NCCC and State & National. While the VISTA program’s conception came in 1965 as a domestic version of Peace Corps, it wasn’t until 1994 that AmeriCorps became a fully operational program. Since then, it has grown tremendously and continues to be a premiere opportunity for Americans to give back to their communities.

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