“Is It Just Us” – Fair & Thorough Aggregation Site for Black Americans (becomes friends with ModState)

“Our News for Our People”

While we haven’t entered into the depth of discussion to which opportunity afforded with newfound network allies OverWatch, it pleases me greatly inform our readers and fellow network members of an early yet blossoming affiliation with Is It Just Us.

Founded, engineered and operated by Mr. Clark A., Is It Just Us emphatically delivers on its purposeful claim to not be about making anyone’s life harder. This might seem a bit odd from a media perspective, but with a little bit of reflection, the truth is that many media outlets, be they in print, radio, online or otherwise, do in fact make reality more difficult to perceive and discuss with any real accuracy and/or lasting impact. With his splendid work to date via Is It Just Us, a very difficult symbiosis is struck between passion and truth with a disarming elegance that, while not readily apparent upon the first seconds of arriving at the site, thoroughly permeates every significant aspect of this man’s work.

Before I joined the Navy and repeated to my fellow service members during my five years enlisted, I long since have adhered to a commitment that I reminded those around me of during my time in service and reiterate today with this proud revelation of our newest network ally: I have long since held a fervent desire to be a friend to and help, in any way possible, to improve the circumstances of all Americans, but in particular my friends in the black community.

As I’ve said to many of my friends in said community and others, I acknowledge that at first glance I might seem a walking stereotype: a Caucasian (French, Hebrew and a bit of British make up my ethnic heritage) Christian male from The Deep South (New Orleans) who aspires in business. Sure, it’s a brief assessment that, as I implied previously, if one did with Is It Just Us would rob the same individual conducting the assessment of far deeper meaning and opportunity for long-lasting friendship.

It is true what I’ve said about my ethnicity and my religious background (currently Lutheran intent upon conversion to Roman Catholicism), but anyone with any degree of familiarity of New Orleans is aware that, in many ways, it can be as Southern only as its geography. That’s not to say New Orleans is without sin or that being from the Deep South is horrid. However, in many ways the Big Easy is akin to a city in Western or Central Europe in its carefree, laissez faire (live and let live, i.e.,) attitude and slower but steady pace to life. I grew up in a family and a region where my friends were from all different backgrounds and, epitomized this way: I never had to tell my parents that my black friends were coming over or that I was eating dinner with a friend who was gay. They only wanted a heads-up that I had friends en route or that I wouldn’t be home as early as usual so that they knew to either A) prepare more food and drink or B) not worry when I didn’t show up at the usual time. Like all other humans, my parents aren’t perfect any more than they raised a perfect son. But they did raise a son strives to be an honest citizen who contributes strongly to the world around him to the best of his ability and to give everyone a fair chance and to be a friend who all that will be friends with him.

In being an economics major over halfway done with my studies at Penn State, I see massive opportunity in New Orleans and the greater South Louisiana area for positive change and growth for an economy that is diversifying far beyond tourism and oil. Outside of California and New York, the three areas that are burgeoning tech entrepreneurial hubs are Portland, Oregon, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (where my father was born) and New Orleans, Louisiana. Our cost of living is lower, our people very warm and overall far different from the truly scattered (yet abysmal) crime one sees in news coverage. I continue to contend, however, that in Los Angeles where high-speed chases make the news, that no one is shocked by murder and trafficking. In New Orleans, however, murder still makes for emotional, tear-jerking headlines.

With that, just as we are pleased in going forward with our newfound allies from upstate New York, OverWatch, as the audio engineers of our multimedia current events coverage, so we are equally thrilled to be engaging in a network alliance with Is It Just Us as part of a long-term, unrelenting effort on the part of both ModState and its newly-formed parent company (which will absorb the LLC and hold the .com and logo as trademarks; more on this to come) as well an extension of my decades long (and decades to come) commitment to being entrenched with our American brethren in the black community. I personally have long argued against the entrenched handicaps inflicted upon various sectors of our society in the penal system, in the education and career process, and in the greater realm of our society.

Tonight I stand more determined than ever to be a positive agent for change and the furtherance of the well-being, physically, emotionally, spiritually as well as financially (to the best of my ability) of my fellow Americans all-around, yes, but especially for my brothers and sisters in the black community. It is, therefore, with great joy and anticipation of wonderful things yet to come that I proudly am able to reveal this newfound friendship that, if I’ve my way, we’ve only just began to see the potential of, with Is It Just Us.

Thank you all for your attention, and thank you, Mr. Clark A., for joining hands with us and allowing us to be a part of your journey, as I hope you will be equally enthused about being a part of ours. Good night, and may God bless and keep you all.