Nearly 500 student athletes from more than 100 Alaska communities gather for the opening ceremonies of the 2017 Native Youth Olympic Games at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on Thursday, April, 27. (Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media)The 47th Native Youth Olympic Games got underway in Anchorage on Thursday.Listen nowAbout 500 student athletes are in the city representing their schools from more than 100 Alaska communities. After months of practice, the NYO Games are their state championships for 10 competitive events, including the stick pull, wrist carry and high kick.The games run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage. There are also events outside the athletic competition, including a Pilot Bread recipe contest and blanket toss. Admission and parking are free.Marjorie Tahbone, a former athlete and coach, said the competitive events are like most sports — kids get involved for fun and fitness — but they also have a connection to the past and the often unforgiving environment that is home to Alaskans.“All of these games have a significant purpose, and all of the purposes have to do with survival,” Tahbone said. “All of the games were meant to test your abilities and skills and also prepare you for being out on the ice or being out on the land and hunting and just for survival in general.”The student athletes said Thursday that they appreciate the cultural significance of the games, but they’re also in Anchorage to have fun and make new friends.That includes Palmer 7th grader Mia Weiss who is competing in the wrist carry.It’s an event that taught Weiss, who stands about 4-foot-7, that she has a special ability.“Because I’m really short,” Weiss said, laughing. “It’s like NYO is different from any sport. It’s really cool, because if you’re different sizes, you can find an event that fits you.”
In a world where technology has pretty much taken over, I’ve been seeing lots of complaints about how relationships are functioning from both my peers and admittedly myself, but have we been doing it all wrong?Black Enterprise caught up with Relationship Expert, Kevin Carr after he conducted his TED Talk at the TEDxWilmingtonSalon, and he gave us some tips on how to adjust accordingly to the modern day dating era or get left behind. During the talk, Carr starts off with a less than inspirational opening, “here’s the bad news, dating is dead,â€ but keep reading because I assure you, it gets better. With the invention of dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and social media, where does that put all of the single candidates when it comes to dating? Carr believes that we need to embrace these apps and use them as a tool. “To give you an example of where we are, I met my significant other on Instagram,â€ said Carr. “There is still a stigma, to an extent, around meeting people online and things of that nature but, I think these tools are meant to be a bridge for people. Yes, we should utilize all of the tools but, we still have to be social, go out, meet, greet, shake hands and kiss babies, so to speak.â€(Image: William Harper/Kevin Carr)He advises that if you talk to someone via an app and if you guys seem to be vibing, you get off of it as soon as possible and meet in person. “Organize a simple meetup; coffee. Let’s actually have a conversation. That’s how we determine if we actually connect to each other.â€Carr also thinks that you shouldn’t be concerned if, after the initial meetup, the guy/girl continues to text you versus calling you which, in the past would trigger an immediate red flag. “I’m a texter, I don’t want to talk on the phone every day for five hours so, I think it depends on each individual being able to be self-aware enough to know the things that they need,â€ says Carr. In other words, if you need to talk and the other person is into communicating via text messaging, find a middle ground, or find another suitor.Â So, these are ways that technology can assist the relationship, but what about the ways that it hinders the relationship? “Too much dependency on technology can hinder our ability to create relationships,â€ said Carr. “Again, it’s just a reminder that you have to use technology as a tool. All these things are tools. We still have to go through the work of creating the relationships that we want.â€In addition, “not being caught up with what we see online, as in social media. We’re basically seeing highlights of people’s lives but we don’t see when they have those difficult situations, so it’s important to not fall into the comparison trap,â€ stated Carr, i.e. this person may look and feel amazing online but you still have to take the time to get to know them. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/date-digital-age/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/date-digital-age/ This Week in Tech Racism: Week Ending April 8, 2017How to Prepare Your Finances to Invest in Real EstateMighty Writers Shows That â€˜Write Makes Mightâ€™ (Image: William Harper/Kevin Carr)Another tip that I found to be super effective while you are in the dating phase and building up that level of trust when you are currently getting to know someone is putting the technology away. When you are face-to-face, there should be no disruptions, no phones, laptops, smartwatches, nothing. That’s the time that you should be authentically getting to know the individual.Â So what does that all mean for the traditional courting process? Does that mean it’s time to re-evaluate our approach when it comes to dating? “The way we met and courted each other five to ten years ago doesn’t exist anymore. I can remember when I first started dating having to drive to somebody’s house and pick them up. I don’t even own a car anymore. I live in the city. I take Uber so we might have to Uber somewhere. It’s important that we evolve as life evolves,â€ said Carr.To hear more of Carr’s modern day dating advice and to watch the complete TED Talk, click on the video below. Sequoia Blodgett is the Technology Editor for Black Enterprise, Silicon Valley. She is also the founder of 7AM, a lifestyle, media platform, focused on personal development, guided by informed, pop culture.