For the second year in a row, Canva has no pictures of Kwanzaa,  the holiday that promotes and builds community among African-Americans and those with African descent.

This was last year’s (2014) search on Canva:

Last year's search for Kwanzaa images on Canva.

This year’s search on Canva:

This year's search for Kwanzaa images on Canva.

It doesn’t get better when I search for “Kwanza” either.

Kwanza search

The above search results are an insult. They also are disrespectful.
If I wanted to search for anyone in a Santa hat, I would of typed it in.

Hey, I don’t need a Santa hat, because I already have one. A chameleon, really?

How much would it had took to have someone, anyone, to create images for Kwanzaa? We know Canva had Hanukkah, as well as many Christmas and holiday images.

If its one thing I learn is is you can’t find it, you have to create Kwanzza images myself. Stay tuned.

I hope Canva doesn’t go for a three-peat next year.


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It’s not often that I pull the angry auntie, or tia card (depends who you are talking to.)

This all started a long time ago, when women weren’t allowed to do certain things.

Fast forward to today.

At the recent #140edu conference in New York City, Lynn Langit (@llangit) – co-founder of Teaching Kids Programming was told as a young woman,

“Oh honey, girls don’t do math.”

The kettle was getting warm.

Then later in the week, Webgrrls posted about how one of the reasons girls and young women don’t go into technology  is that it can limit their dating potential.

The kettle was boiling.

Finally, JCPenny was selling these “I’m too pretty to do Homework T-shirt  and “My Best Subjects” to little girls.

These definitely caused the kettle to blow!

The power of the Internet did save the day and the retailer, decided to stop selling the Homework T-shirt.

With September being Women of Achievement Month, we should look to examples of women how have paved the way like Ada Lovelace , Sophia Germain and countless others. I hope that we can point to more pioneering women who are continuing to lead the way.

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i am sorry

No, I’m not asking you.

Lately, I’ve been inundated by emails from former vendors asking me to please reconsider doing business with them again.

Its at times like these I remember why I discontinued their service.

If companies send these types of emails too often, it can be cause for folks to unsubscribe.

Instead of asking, why not offer complementary useful information?

Of course, if there are burned bridges that cannot be repaired, there is no use crying over spilled milk. Just say “thank you” for the lesson and move forward.

However, if you still have customers that haven’t used your services, try being friendly and rebuild that trust.

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I have been telling my friends and colleagues about my Virgin Broadband Service and would like to refer others.

When I called Virgin Mobile directly, they said that the account is only limited to phone customers. What gives? Do broadband customers don’t count?

Anyway, I just sent a tweet over:

@virginmobileus Why don’t you extend your referral program to broadband devices? This is not good business.

We’ll see what develops.

Posted via web from nextSTEPH’s posterous

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Its that time of year again. Everyone is declaring what they want to accomplish in the coming year.

Personally, I decided not to use the word resolution, but instead use the word goal.

A goal can be adjusted. A goal can also be broken down. A resolution is set in stone and it causes pressure to get it done or else.

I didn’t accomplish all my “declarations” from last year. At first I felt bad about them,  but at least I made progress on them, which is better than doing nothing at all. After all, who says that you stop working on them at the stoke of midnight?

There are many post out there that cover tips for achieving the “R” word.

So instead of asking “What are your resolutions for the coming year?”, I’m going to ask what steps are your taking toward your goals.

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One thing I have learned not necessarily through business, but through volunteering is that if there are too many cooks in the kitchen, walk away and do what you know best instead of trying to be all over the place.

Its good to be helpful, but sometimes being helpful can do more harm than good,which leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

At the end of the day, at least one can go to bed knowing that they at least tried to make a difference.

Posted via email from nextSTEPH’s posterous

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