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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter Partners with The Mo You Know for the MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter, is proud to announce its partnership with The Mo You Know for the MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams, honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 2 pm at the Smith Recreation Center, located at 1520 Slater Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28301.

As we approach the Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 15, 2024, the Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is dedicated to commemorating the life and contributions of one of its esteemed members, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The chapter is collaborating with The Mo You Know, an organization committed to promoting awareness and education on social justice issues.

The MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams aims to bring together members of the Greek Organizations – Divine 9, and the wider community, to reflect on the enduring impact of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings and legacy. The event will feature a series of engaging activities, discussions, and performances that celebrate the values of equality, justice, and unity that Dr. King passionately advocated throughout his life.

Key details of the event:

  • Date and Time: Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 2 pm
  • Location: Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28301

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, proudly acknowledges its historic connection with Dr. King. His commitment to justice, equality, and civil rights aligns seamlessly with the fraternity’s mission to promote brotherhood, leadership, and service within the community.

The Mo You Know, founded with a mission to educate, inspire, and motivate individuals to make a positive impact on society, is excited to join forces with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter, for this significant event. Together, they aim to create a memorable and impactful MLK Day celebration that resonates with the spirit of Dr. King’s dream.

The MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to participate in the various activities and discussions planned for the event. By fostering a sense of community and shared purpose, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and The Mo You Know hope to inspire positive change and continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information and to stay updated on the event, please visit the official website: https://www.19aaa06.org/.

About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men. Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter, based in Fayetteville, NC, is dedicated to promoting brotherhood, leadership, and service within the community.

About The Mo You Know: The Mo You Know is an organization committed to promoting awareness and education on social justice issues. Through various initiatives, they strive to inspire individuals to make a positive impact on society.

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Cumberland First in Families to Receive Prestigious Recognition at The Mo You Know Day of Celebration and Dreams

Cumberland First in Families, a dedicated chapter initiated by military spouse Kechia Kinsey, is set to be honored for their unwavering commitment to families with special needs at The Mo You Know MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams. This momentous event, presented by Veterans Home Loans of Fayetteville, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 13th, at 2 pm at the Smith Recreation Center.

Cumberland First in Families, a vital chapter under the umbrella of the First in Families of North Carolina parent organization, stands out for its remarkable contributions to the community. Founded by Kechia Kinsey, herself a military spouse with a daughter, Kristina, who has special needs, the organization has played a pivotal role in supporting and uplifting families facing unique challenges.

The Mo You Know MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams is an esteemed platform that recognizes outstanding contributions to the community, and Cumberland First in Families is set to receive well-deserved accolades for their tireless efforts. The event, presented by Veterans Home Loans of Fayetteville, promises to be a celebration of unity, dreams, and the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For families with special needs, Cumberland First in Families has been a beacon of hope, providing essential support, resources, and a sense of community. The organization’s dedication to improving the lives of those with disabilities has not gone unnoticed, and this recognition at The Mo You Know Day of Celebration and Dreams is a testament to their impactful work.

The event will feature various activities and performances to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor those who continue to make a positive impact in their communities. Families with special needs are encouraged to attend this heartwarming celebration, fostering a sense of togetherness and appreciation for diversity.

As part of their ongoing efforts to support their mission, Cumberland First in Families is excited to announce a fundraising collaboration with Chuck E. Cheese scheduled for March 29, 2024, from 3 to 9 pm in Fayetteville, NC. This fundraiser aims to further bolster their initiatives and continue providing valuable resources to families with special needs.

For more information about Cumberland First in Families and their upcoming events, please visit their official website: https://fifnc.org/

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About Cumberland First in Families

Cumberland First in Families is a dedicated chapter under the First in Families of North Carolina parent organization, founded by military spouse Kechia Kinsey. The organization is committed to supporting families with special needs by providing essential resources, fostering community connections, and advocating for inclusivity.

About The Mo You Know MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams

The Mo You Know MLK Day of Celebration and Dreams is an annual event that celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognizes individuals and organizations making significant contributions to their communities.

About Veterans Home Loans of Fayetteville

Veterans Home Loans of Fayetteville is proud to present The Mo You Know Day of Celebration and Dreams. Committed to supporting the community, they strive to honor the values of service, unity, and dreams.

Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser

Cumberland First in Families is excited to announce a fundraising collaboration with Chuck E. Cheese on March 29, 2024, from 3 to 9 pm in Fayetteville, NC. Join us for a fun-filled evening of entertainment and support our mission to uplift families with special needs.

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Executive Consulting and Coaching Firm Takes Nonprofit Organizations Serving Veterans and Military Families to New Heights

Fayetteville, NC January 8, 2024 – Today marks a significant milestone in the world of military advocacy as Morhia Mote, a highly respected advocate for Veterans, Service Members, and Gold Star Families, launches a groundbreaking initiative through her new venture, The Resiliency Plan, LLC. With a rich background in military support, executive leadership, and extensive experience in various industries, Mote aims to revolutionize the landscape of nonprofit organizations through strategic consulting and coaching.

The Resiliency Plan, LLC with its online presence at http://KeepBeingResilient.org/, is set to be a beacon of support for those dedicated to serving our nation’s heroes. Their mission is to support veterans, military personnel, and Gold Star Families.

The Resiliency Plan is business built by Mote to offer services for everyone. This comprehensive platform offers a range of services including executive consulting, coaching for nonprofit organizations, and executive leaders. The goal is to empower organizations and leaders to achieve new heights to be innovative and inclusive while developing their capabilities for the benefit of their communities. Mote’s experience led to a feature in Convenience Store News around 2009.

Mote brings a wealth of experience to the table, having served as a military spouse, Gold Star Mom, and with a background as a former Hospitality Executive for renowned brands such as Hilton, Best Western, Yumm, and as an Event Executive at the Tacoma Dome overseeing events with audiences of up to 24,000 people.

Her diverse background also includes extensive volunteer work spanning over 36 years, ranging from FFA, FBA, 4-H, Churches, Celebrate Recovery Leader, Awana, City Boards and Business Associations, The Association of the United States Army, Spouses Club, Air Force Association, to being a former Staff Executive with the National Guard Association. Her commitment to community service has earned her recognition, including many awards and recognition.

With a passion for advocacy and a keen understanding of the unique challenges faced by military families, Mote is set to leverage her expertise to guide nonprofit organizations towards greater success. The executive consulting and coaching services provided by The Resiliency Plan, LLC will focus on strategic planning, organizational development, and leadership training, ensuring that these organizations can maximize their impact on the lives of those they serve.The target audience for Keep Being Resilient includes Veterans, Military Personnel, and Gold Star Families.

Nonprofit Organizations and Executive Leaders dedicated to supporting these groups, and Executive Leaders within all organizations can benefit by tailored consulting and coaching services, too.

The Resiliency Plan LLC aims to strengthen the backbone of the support system for those who serve our communities.

Mote expressed her enthusiasm for this venture, stating, “I am truly excited to launch The Resiliency Plan, LLC and contribute to the growth and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and leader’s serving our community. Through executive consulting and coaching, we aim to build resilient organizations that can make a lasting impact on the lives of world around us.”

As The Resiliency Plan, LLC begins this journey, it invites nonprofits, leaders, and advocates in the community to explore the services offered at http://TheResiliencyPlan.com/ and join the movement towards a stronger, more resilient support network for our fellow citizens.

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Andre Sansbury Jr. Expands “Purpose through Poetry” Program, Targets Educational Institutions

Fayetteville, NC December 25, 2023— Andre Sansbury Jr., a dynamic and passionate poetry major dedicated to teaching the art of poetry, is thrilled to announce the expansion of his renowned program, “Purpose through Poetry,” with a focus on reaching more schools and community organizations. Additionally, Andre is eager to enhance his marketing efforts to promote his poetry events and activities.

As a poetry major with a deep commitment to nurturing the poetic talents of students, Andre has successfully crafted a program that goes beyond the conventional boundaries of poetry education. With a desire to impact more lives, he is actively seeking opportunities to collaborate with educational institutions and community organizations.

“I believe in the transformative power of poetry and its ability to connect individuals across diverse backgrounds. ‘Purpose through Poetry’ is not just about teaching the technical aspects of poetry but fostering creativity, self-expression, and a sense of purpose in students,” says Mr.Sansbury.

To facilitate this expansion, Andre has launched a dedicated website at https://lost-voicesempire.square.site/ where schools, administrators, and community leaders can learn more about the program and explore potential collaborations. The website serves as a hub for information on Andre’s poetry workshops, curriculum offerings, and upcoming events.

In line with his commitment to fostering a love for poetry, Andre, better known outside of the school systems as Suave the Poet, is proud to announce a groundbreaking event, “Pull up Poet,” a stand-up poetry production scheduled to take place at Fayetteville State University on January 27th, 2024. This innovative production promises to captivate audiences with its unique blend of spoken word, storytelling, and performance art.

The “Pull up Poet” event is not only a celebration of poetic expression but also a strategic move towards increasing the visibility of Suave’s work. Suave the Poet is actively working to have the production aired on Amazon Videos, reaching a broader audience and providing a platform for aspiring poets to showcase their talents.

To make “Pull up Poet” a resounding success, Suave the Poet welcomes sponsorships and vendors who align with the vision of promoting arts and education. Notable partners for the event include the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Fayetteville State University.

For those interested in attending “Pull up Poet” on January 27th, 2024, tickets can be purchased online at https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/30441983/pull-up-poet-fayetteville-butler-theatrefayetteville-state-university.

Suave the Poet is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and looks forward to connecting with administrators at all levels of education who share a passion for empowering students through the transformative medium of poetry.

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Cande’s Barber Styling Studio Sets the Standard with Official State Registration in North Carolina

Fayetteville, NC December 23, 2023– Cande’s Barber Styling Studio, a dynamic barbershop seamlessly blending Philly flavor with Brooklyn craftmastery, proudly announces its official registration with the state of North Carolina. Boasting 13 years as a licensed cosmetologist and a decade of specialized expertise in hair cutting, Cande, the studio’s founder, is renowned for her proficiency in loc maintenance and male grooming. While catering to a diverse clientele, including men, women, and children, Cande’s ideal client is the modern businessperson sporting locs and a fade.

The official state registration marks a significant milestone for Cande’s Barber Styling Studio, underscoring its commitment to compliance, professionalism, and the elevation of the grooming experience. This step reinforces the studio’s position as a reputable and authorized grooming destination in North Carolina.

As part of its commitment to enhanced accessibility and client engagement, Cande’s Barber Styling Studio has launched its official website at [https://linktr.ee/cbs_studio]. The website serves as a comprehensive hub for clients to explore the studio’s offerings, learn more about Cande’s background and expertise, and connect on social media.

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Speaking of social media, Cande’s Barber Styling Studio invites clients to stay connected and be part of its growing community. Follow the studio on [IG:c.b.s_studio](https://www.instagram.com/c.b.s_studio/?hl=en-gb), [FB:Cande’s Barber Styling Studio](https://www.facebook.com/CBSStud10/), and [X: CBS Studio](https://twitter.com/DollfaceCande)[TT: cbsstudio](https://www.tiktok.com/@cbsstudio?lang=en) for the latest updates, styling tips, and exclusive offers. The studio is dedicated to fostering a virtual space where clients can interact, share experiences, and stay informed about the latest trends in grooming.

Beyond the digital realm, Cande’s Barber Styling Studio is gearing up to make a splash at upcoming tradeshows. The studio’s participation in these industry events is a testament to its commitment to showcasing craftmastery, sharing expertise, and staying at the forefront of grooming trends. Keep an eye out for Cande’s Barber Styling Studio at tradeshows, where they will bring their unique blend of Philly and Brooklyn styles to a wider audience.

Cande, the visionary behind the studio, expresses immense enthusiasm about the official registration and the opportunity to bring a touch of Philly and Brooklyn to the community of Fayetteville, NC. “We’re not just a barbershop; we’re a destination for those who appreciate the artistry in grooming. Our goal is to exceed expectations and leave every client feeling confident and refreshed,” says Cande.

For media inquiries, interviews, or more information, please contact:

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About Cande’s Barber Styling Studio

Cande’s Barber Styling Studio is a unique barbershop that seamlessly blends Philly flavor with Brooklyn craftmastery. With over a decade of experience, Cande, a licensed cosmetologist, specializes in loc maintenance and male grooming. The studio is now officially registered with the state of North Carolina, offering a range of services for men, women, and children. Stay connected on social media for the latest updates and styling tips.

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Unveiling the Exclusive 1910 Studio: Elevate Your Events in Raeford, NC

RAEFORD, NC —  December 17, 2023 1910 Studio, the crown jewel of Raeford, is thrilled to announce its grand opening on the upcoming New Year’s Eve weekend. Set against the backdrop of sophistication and innovation, the member-only lounge promises a haven for networking enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and those seeking a refined venue space for their events. With a commitment to providing an exclusive experience, 1910 Studio is poised to redefine the event landscape for individuals aged 23 and above.

Da’Nice Green, owner of  1910 Studio, expressed enthusiasm for the grand opening, stating, “Our vision for 1910 Studio is to create a space that transcends conventional expectations. We’re dedicated to offering a platform that fosters networking, entrepreneurship, and exceptional event experiences. The grand opening on New Year’s Eve weekend marks the beginning of an exciting journey for us and our members.”

Website: https://1910studiolounge.com/

Elevating Connections and Celebrations

As the demand for unique event spaces continues to rise, 1910 Studio emerges as a beacon for those seeking an elevated experience. With member-only access, the Green Velvet lounge ensures an intimate and exclusive environment where members can connect, collaborate, and celebrate life’s special moments.

Networking Opportunities

At the heart of 1910 Studio  is a commitment to fostering meaningful connections. The 1910 Green Velvet Lounge provides a dynamic setting for professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives to engage in purposeful networking. Whether you’re looking to expand your professional circle or explore collaborative opportunities, Green Velvet Lounge offers a curated space to facilitate connections that matter.

Versatile Venue Space

The venue’s design seamlessly blends modern aesthetics with timeless elegance, providing a versatile canvas for a variety of events. From weddings and corporate gatherings to non-profit events and social soirées, the studio’s flexible layout and state-of-the-art amenities cater to the diverse needs of its discerning clientele of Plan it Wright Events! 

Grand Opening Festivities

To celebrate its grand opening, 1910 Studio  has curated a spectacular New Year’s Eve weekend event. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the venue’s exquisite features, immerse themselves in the ambiance, and connect with like-minded individuals. The grand opening promises an unforgettable experience, setting the tone for the lounge’s future as a premier destination for discerning individuals and businesses.

Membership Benefits

Membership at 1910 Green Velvet Lounge comes with a host of exclusive benefits. Members gain access to private events, curated networking opportunities, and special discounts on venue bookings. The lounge is designed to be a second home for its members, a place where connections flourish, ideas come to life, and celebrations are elevated to extraordinary heights.

“We believe that every event should be an experience, and every connection should be meaningful. 1910 Studio is not just a venue; it’s a community where individuals and businesses can thrive. We invite those who appreciate the finer things in life to join us on this exciting journey,” added Da’Nice. 

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About 1910 Green Velvet Lounge 

1910 Green Velvet Lounge is a distinguished member-only venue situated in the heart of Raeford, North Carolina. With a focus on networking, entrepreneurship, and exceptional event experiences, the lounge offers a sophisticated space for individuals and businesses to elevate their moments. For more information about the grand opening and membership inquiries, please visit https://1910studiolounge.com/ or contact Da’Nice Green.

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The Smartphone App, Adult Real ID, is a Game Changer to Ensure Safe Encounters when Meeting Online Strangers in the Real World

In a world where the internet connects people from all walks of life, ensuring safety when meeting strangers has become a vital concern. The digital world, while a hotbed of opportunities, also harbors various lurking dangers including identity thieves, cyber criminals, and predators who create fake online personas to deceive others (known as catfishing). Catfishing is alarmingly common and can have devastating consequences including the threat of kidnapping and human trafficking for those lured into these schemes.

To address these alarming risks, Thomas Kopec and Jay Kanetkar, the co-founders of Adult Real ID, have developed this groundbreaking smartphone app that is revolutionizing the way individuals interact and meet strangers online. Recognizing these dangerous threats, Kanetkar, a former FBI agent, was inspired to take action. “In the FBI, I saw first-hand the risk that online predators pose to both children and adults. That’s why I knew I had to do something to address the threat,” he explains.

Adult Real ID is designed to keep users safe when meeting online connections and strangers. The app goes beyond mere identity verification. Kopec adds, “Our app keeps you safe when meeting strangers. It prioritizes user safety during face-to-face meetings, provides secure meeting arrangements, and offers emergency assistance features to foster a safer digital landscape for everyone.”

This innovative platform offers four key features that sets it apart in the world of online safety and secure meetings.

1. Connects with Verified Users. Adult Real ID allows users to connect with others by entering their badge numbers, a unique feature designed to identify and verify individuals. By connecting with verified users, the app significantly reduces the risk of encountering fake profiles or falling victim to catfish relationships. This feature serves as a crucial layer of security, providing users with peace of mind when interacting with new acquaintances.

2. Add Events and Meet with Verified People. Creating and attending events using the app is a powerful way to build trust and security within a community or platform. Event attendees have all undergone a rigorous four-step verification process, including inputting personal information, setting up profiles, uploading essential documents, and verifying their mobile phone numbers. Kopec says, “We created a more secure meeting experience and knew it was essential to go beyond identity verification and prioritized user safety during face-to-face meetings because it serves as an added layer of protection, ensuring that friends or family members are aware of the meeting arrangements and can intervene if necessary.”

3. Safety Image Feature. To enhance safety during in-person meetings, Adult Real ID has a Safety Image feature. When scheduling an event, members can select a safe image and after the event concludes, both members must log in within twenty-four hours and choose the same image to verify their safe return. This feature provides a tangible way to confirm the safety of both parties involved.

4. Warning Image Feature. In situations where safety is compromised, the app offers the Warning Image feature. If either party selects the warning image instead of the safe image, an immediate alert is triggered, notifying the app’s safety team who will alert law enforcement immediately. Both members receive two emails and text messages urging them to close out the event. Failure to do so prompts the app’s safety team to contact the user and, if necessary, their emergency contact, ensuring swift action in emergencies.

Already in use on high-profile college campuses across the country, the app has gained over 100,000 users. It has become an indispensable layer of security for students and anyone concerned about safety when meeting strangers, whether on the Internet or in real-life encounters. The app offers subscription plans starting as low as $3.00 per month, making it accessible to a broad audience.

In a world where online interactions are an integral part of daily life, Adult Real ID emerges as a beacon of safety, offering a robust tool to ensure the well-being of individuals as they navigate the digital landscape. This innovative app sets a new standard for responsible online connections, empowering users to interact with confidence, peace of mind, and, ultimately, changing the game in the realm of online meetings and encounters.

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OpenCanuck.com Launches Independent Media Aggregation to Preserve Canadian Media Diversity and Freedom of Information

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OpenCanuck.com Launches Independent Media Aggregation to Preserve Canadian Media Diversity and Freedom of Information

Vancouver, BC: OpenCanuck.com, an independent media platform, proudly announces the launch of its innovative initiative to aggregate content from prominent Canadian news sources, including CBC, CTV, and Global News. This strategic move comes as a response to growing concerns about the potential implications of Bill C-18 on media diversity and freedom of information in Canada.

Bill C-18 has sparked nationwide debate and raised questions about its impact on media independence, diversity, and the public’s right to access a broad range of news perspectives. In light of these concerns, OpenCanuck.com has taken the initiative to provide a solution that ensures Canadians have access to a wide array of news sources while maintaining an independent platform free from undue influence.

With its new aggregation feature, OpenCanuck.com offers users a single platform where they can access news content from multiple sources, including CBC, CTV, and Global News. This move aims to bolster media diversity by allowing users to compare and contrast different viewpoints, fostering a more informed and engaged citizenry.

Key Features of OpenCanuck.com’s Independent Media Aggregation:

Diverse Perspectives: OpenCanuck.com aggregates content from trusted news sources, enabling users to engage with a variety of viewpoints on critical issues.

Transparency: The platform provides clear attribution to each source, ensuring proper credit is given to the original content creators.

Freedom of Information: OpenCanuck.com remains committed to preserving Canadians’ right to access a wide range of information, fostering an environment of open dialogue and democratic discourse.

User-Friendly Interface: The website boasts an intuitive interface that makes it easy for users to navigate, search, and explore news stories from different sources.

Privacy Protection: OpenCanuck.com adheres to stringent privacy standards, ensuring user data is protected and not exploited for commercial or political purposes.

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“We believe that a diverse and independent media landscape is essential for a thriving democracy. With the launch of our independent media aggregation feature, we are taking a proactive stance in the face of Bill C-18, ensuring that Canadians continue to have access to a rich tapestry of news sources. Our platform empowers users to make informed decisions and engage in meaningful conversations about the issues that matter most to our society,” said OpenCanuck.com.

OpenCanuck.com invites Canadians from all walks of life to explore its platform and experience firsthand the benefits of independent media aggregation. By embracing this initiative, users contribute to the preservation of media diversity and the safeguarding of freedom of information in Canada.

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About OpenCanuck.com:

OpenCanuck.com is an independent media platform dedicated to fostering an informed and engaged Canadian society. With its innovative independent media aggregation feature, the platform aims to provide users with access to diverse news sources and perspectives, contributing to media diversity and the preservation of freedom of information.

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A story of a podcaster who lost his voice , but managed to make it through with his community.

Once upon a time, in the captivating world of podcasting, there was a remarkable host named Mike Martins. For years, Mike had graced the airwaves with his popular show called “Mike in the Night,” which had been airing since 2016. The show was a platform for engaging discussions, heartfelt stories, and a sense of community that brought people together from all walks of life.

One fateful night, during the recording of episode E511 titled “Headline News, Open Mic, Raven in Skid-row in Winnipeg: People Poorer, Colder, and Less Free,” tragedy struck. Mike woke up with a strained throat, his voice barely a whisper. Panic set in as he realized he had lost his voice—the very tool that had allowed him to connect with his listeners and share their stories.

Mike was faced with a heart-wrenching decision. Should he cancel the episode and disappoint his loyal audience, or should he go ahead and air it, knowing that his voice would be absent? Despite the immense challenge he faced, Mike’s determination and love for his listeners pushed him to make a choice—to go ahead with the episode and let his community know what had happened.

As the episode aired, the absence of Mike’s voice was palpable. But something incredible began to unfold. The episode showcased the deep bond that had organically formed among Mike’s listeners over the years. A sense of unity and support radiated through the airwaves, as one by one, callers dialed in to share their stories, words of encouragement, and love for Mike.

First, the raven—a regular caller known for his insightful contributions—called in. He shared a beautiful metaphor about the strength of a flock, highlighting how each bird played a vital role in the symphony of life. His words resonated deeply with the listeners, reminding them that even without Mike’s voice, they could continue the harmony of the community.

Then, Eduardo, a long-time listener who had become friends with Mike offline, called in. With a warm and gentle voice, he shared tales of their adventures, laughter, and the moments of support they had offered one another over the years. Eduardo’s call filled the void left by Mike’s voice, reminding everyone of the enduring friendships forged through the podcast.

Gold Dust, a listener who had overcome tremendous odds, added his voice to the chorus. He spoke of the countless times Mike had lifted his spirits and motivated him to keep moving forward. Gold Dust’s unwavering belief in Mike’s ability to overcome this challenge inspired others to believe in themselves and in their shared strength.

Supreme Cannon, an artist who had found his muse through Mike’s show, shared a moving poem that celebrated the resilience of the human spirit. His eloquent words flowed like a gentle river, soothing the hearts of listeners and reminding them that creativity and passion could transcend any hurdle.

Finally, in a surprise twist, Doctor Mysterio—an enigmatic character with a penchant for solving mysteries—called in. With his mysterious charm, he encouraged Mike to look beyond his voice, emphasizing that the power of his podcast lay not only in his words but also in the connections he had fostered. Doctor Mysterio’s call reminded everyone that the heart of “Mike in the Night” was not solely reliant on a single voice but on the collective voices of the community.

As the episode came to a close, a sense of awe and gratitude hung in the air. Mike was profoundly moved by the outpouring of support from his listeners, who had become like family to him. Their unwavering love and encouragement reminded him that he was never alone.

The following weeks were a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the “Mike in the Night” community. Listeners continued to call in, sharing their stories, supporting one another, and offering words of encouragement to Mike. Together, they showed that the power of a podcast extended far beyond the voice behind it—it was the connections, friendships, and shared experiences that made it truly special.

Mike’s journey of losing his voice became a turning point, not only for him but also for his listeners. It taught them the importance of resilience, community, and the incredible strength that lies within each individual. As the episodes continued, Mike’s voice gradually returned, but the lessons learned during that challenging time remained etched in the hearts of everyone involved.

And so, “Mike in the Night” continued to shine brightly, propelled by the love, support, and unbreakable bonds of the community that had grown organically since 2016. It was a testament to the power of connection, reminding us all that, even in the face of adversity, the human spirit can find solace and strength in the warmth of a shared experience.

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Adult Real ID Could Be The Solution to Three Dangerous Mistakes Made When Meeting Online Connections in Person

In today’s digital age, meeting new people online has become an everyday experience that can be a way to make new friends, business associates, and network with people who have similar interests. However, there is an unfortunate dangerous side when people trust strangers they’ve met in the virtual world since not everyone is who they say they are. 

The issue goes beyond social media as the film, Sound of Freedom, brings to light. In the movie, a talent scout convinces a father that his two children could have a career in modeling and invites them to an audition that appears legitimate with a printed brochure and auditions held in a corporate business setting. However, the story turns dark when the father of the children returns to find an empty room and his two kids missing. 

This sounds just like a movie plot except Sound of Freedom is based on the true story about a former DHS operative, Tim Ballard, portrayed by actor Jim Caveziel, who has made it his life mission to rescue kidnapped children sold into a nightmare no parent wants for their children.

Just like in the movie, social media users also fall victim to imposters who have created false profiles for fraudulent or deceptive purposes. Thomas Kopec and Jay Kanetkar are the Co-Founders of a revolutionary phone application, Adult Real ID, designed to keep users safe when meeting online connections. 

Katetkar says, “As an FBI agent, I saw first-hand the risk that online predators pose to both children and adults. That’s why I knew I had to do something to address the threat, especially when meeting strangers face-to-face.” In fact, Kopec and Kanetkar warn that there are three dangerous mistakes people make when meeting online connections in person.

Mistake #1 – Not verifying that an online profile is a real person before meeting them. This is a concern for adults and students who may be trusting of the person especially if they’ve developed an online relationship by exchanging private messages and texts. Verifying doesn’t simply mean that the person looks like their profile photo since they can create fake profiles with their photo (or someone else’s) and facilitate deception for the purpose of exploitation.

Kanetkar says, “One of the key features of Adult Real ID requires users to verify their identity to meet with other verified users to reduce the risk of fake profiles or catfish relationships. This significantly serves as a formidable deterrent for individuals with malicious intent.”

Mistake #2 – Not meeting an online connection in a safe and public location. It’s not just enough to meet online connections in a public location, but there are other factors to keep in person meetings protected. Kopec recommends, “It’s important to share your meeting details, including the date, time, and location, with trusted family, friends, and contacts, and we made that easy to do with the app. We knew it was essential to go beyond identity verification and we have prioritized user safety during face-to-face meetings because it serves as an added layer of protection, ensuring that friends or family members are aware of the meeting arrangements and can intervene if necessary, thus preventing potential abduction attempts.”

Mistake #3 – Not having an emergency plan if caught in a dangerous situation. It’s vital to have a predetermined action plan on how to respond to critical situations that may arise during in-person meetings. According to Kopec, The app is designed so that you use a meeting tracker to confirm the meeting has come to a safe conclusion. That means that the meeting must be closed out with a prerequisite chosen image. Users also select a pre-chosen duress image, alerting Adult Real ID‘s safety team to alert authorities if they’re in danger.” 

Everyone concerned about safety when meeting strangers masquerading as ‘friends’ on the Internet needs a powerful tool that ensures their well-being. Adult Real ID sets a new standard for responsible online connections and users can get a subscription for as low as $3.00 per month. The app goes beyond identity verification by prioritizing user safety during face-to-face meetings, secure meeting arrangements, emergency assistance features, and fostering a safer digital landscape for everyone.