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Midwest Startup Brāv Announces New Video Debut on The Crowd Funder Show on Fox Television.


Video will promote innovative solutions to violence, bullying, and other conflict.


Detroit, Mi. Friday, September 5, 2014


Laurel Dowswell, Public Relations Specialist  for Brāv, announces the release of a new video to be aired on September 7, 2014, to an expected audience of 9-15 million viewers across New York and Canada. The objective of the video is to promote awareness, build an international community, and engage potential sponsors and donors.


Brāv is an educational organization, leadership training and anti-bullying initiative that operates worldwide for the purpose of helping members of all ages to improve their conflict resolution skills, to reduce violence, and foster a community of compassion.


“We are excited about the potential of our platform to a worldwide audience. There is a great need for conflict resolution assistance for youth, and all ages. Our innovative solutions are fun, exciting, and can truly make a difference in our communities, one person at a time.”


The Crowd Funder Show, airing at 11:30 EDT, showcases individuals and groups in search of funding based on creativity, social relevance, and commercial viability. The television show provides a first of its kind arena to promote crowdfunding to a wide audience.


Ms. Dowswell will soon be announcing a new crowdfunding initiative launched in conjunction with other fundraising projects to support the current business model, and to invest in plans of programming within school systems, workplaces, and other organizations.


For further information, Laurel Dowswell can be reached at (313) 610-9961, visit, or contact via email at


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Do Negative Emotions Increase your Chances of Strokes & Heart Attacks?

Know anyone who has suffered a stroke or heart attack? broken_heart13What was their life generally like? Know of what they were going through, if anything?

Scientists have discovered that anger, anxiety, and depression affect the functioning of the heart as well as increases the risk for heart disease. Atherosclerosis is a process where blood vessels supply the heart and brain, and strokes and heart attacks are caused by progressive damage to these vessels. Atherosclerosis increases when there are high levels pro-inflammatory cytokines or chemicals in the body.

Some scientists believe there is a link between atherosclerosis and stress levels in the body. Ultimately, negative emotions are thought to increase the risk for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease by raising the levels of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body. These scientists believe in a link between negative emotions and stress because many of the same brain areas involved in these emotions are also involved in sensing and regulating levels of inflammation in the body and thus causing physical signs of risk for heart disease. 

Let’s find a way to decrease our stress through decreasing negative emotions often experienced with unnecessary conflicts with others.

More information: The article is “An Inflammatory Pathway Links Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk to Neural Activity Evoked by the Cognitive Regulation of Emotion” by Peter J. Gianaros, Anna L. Marsland, Dora C.-H. Kuan, Brittney L. Schirda, J. Richard Jennings, Lei K. Sheu, Ahmad R. Hariri, James J. Gross, and Stephen B. Manuck, DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.10.012

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Report: 1 in 13 U.S. kids (mostly boys) take psych meds

A new government report states that more than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties.


In addition, researchers discovered that 7.5 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 were taking medication for an emotional or behavioral problem. Also, many more boys than girls were given medication — 9.7 percent of boys compared with 5.2 percent of girls. Older females were more likely than younger females to be given medication, but the age difference among males wasn’t significant, according to the report.

White children were the most likely to be on psychiatric medications (9.2 percent), followed by black children (7.4 percent) and Hispanic children (4.5 percent), according to the report.

The study found that significantly more children on Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program were on medication f

or emotional and behavioral problems (9.9 percent), versus 6.7 percent with private insurance and just 2.7 percent of children without insurance.

Additionally, more families living below 100 percent of the federal poverty level had children taking medications for emotional and behavioral problems than those above the federal poverty level.

55% percent of parents reported that these medications helped their children “a lot,” while another 26 percent said they helped “some.” Just under 19 percent said they didn’t help at all or helped just a little.

Parents of younger children (between 6 and 11) were a little more likely to feel the medications helped a lot compared to parents of older children. Parents of males were also more likely to feel the medications helped a lot — about 58 percent of parents of males reported that they helped a lot compared to about 50 percent of the parents of females.

In addition, the study showed that parents with incomes less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level were the least likely to feel the medications helped a lot. Just 43 percent of those parents said the medications helped a lot, while about 31 percent said they helped some. More than one-quarter of these parents said the medications only helped a little or not at all.

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A Better Way to Handle Negative Memories

Icons 2-03How often in your head do you replay traumatic times…humiliating horrors…or painful pasts?

If you’re like me…and many others, it’s pretty often. Psychologists have argued in favor of a variety of theories to best deal with past emotions. This includes everything from getting lobotomies to physically remove parts of the brain to remove bad memories, to utilizing the avoidant theory, which is each time a negative memory occurs, simply stop thinking about it. Hard, huh?

A new way to deal has been suggested by researchers at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, led by psychology professor Florin Dolcos of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group. Their studies claim that once a negative memory enters your mind, recall the event holistically, which allows us to remember not only the bad, but the positives that occurred too.

For example, hurt after being called out at work for poor performance? Did your coworkers comfort you or did you rehash to your friends and were you then reminded of your accomplishments? Did you end up working harder to prove them wrong and triumph? Were you able to at least go home and enjoy a nice bath…or a really good meal…or dessert?

Recalling some positives surrounding our bad memories allows us to gain a more well rounded perspective on the matter.

Making us able to handle a bad thought a little bit better. Think about it.

More on the

“New study suggests a better way to deal with bad memories.” April 18th, 2014.

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Are you “Fragile”?

Be honest. How often do you grin and bear it when you would much rather scream, cry or hit the source of your troubles? We are all fragile…and it just takes one tap to wreck us like a glass fallen to the floor.

But…have you heard of the song t9“Fragile” by Tech N9ne ft. Kendrick Lamar?

Despite having almost 3 million viewers, “Fragile” remains an underrated song that touches on the aspects of human psyche and how constant derision affects it…to the core.

“Fragile” ultimately touches on the side that most of us wish not to admit to: we are all just that. Let’s get Brāv.

See for yourself:

Lyrics below:

[Verse 1: Wrekonize & Bernz]
You said you’d never ever break… down
But here I am sweeping… pieces off of the ground

You said you’d never, ever play… to crowds
But I’ve seen you hoping to play songs to them now
I’ve spent all night long scared of tomorrow, I broke my alarm
Everything is almost lost, pick it up slow, before it’s gone…

[Hook: Wrekonize & Kendall Morgan] We’re fragile
(Wish I’d have known)
I never thought I’d be so fragile
(You’re not alone)

If it didn’t break before, it’s about to
(We’ve been here before)
I don’t ever want to change
I’m fragile
I don’t ever want…
I don’t ever…

[Verse 2: Tech N9ne]
Some of the people appointed to give an opinion
Never do get it
I want you to come on and gobble a jimmy and… die
N9na be givin the remedy and why?
Critics are really the enemy and I
Can’t stand the way they slam today’s gifted

Effin’ incredible, get fanned away with grands to pay
This jam will lay scripted
Deaf and impeccable
Write a rhyme and I put everything in a flow
I’m the N9ne I’mma look very mean
When a foe scribe a line but he has never been at a show
By the times it’ll be better, leave it in the sto
Cause they wrote nothin’ but lies, quotes stuck in my eyes
Amateur writer dissin’
He’s a beginner and hopes for your demise,
 folks I’mma despise
Never do try to listen
It’s real – I’m mad
Clueless when you scribble on your pad
How you gonna criticize now with a chisel on your nads sizzling your ad
You don’t really get why I’m so pissed? Understand this:
I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my shit, yes I’m


[Verse 3: Kendrick Lamar]
Tell me that I’m famous
Tell me that my name is

Big as Venus Jupiter and then Uranus
Tell me that your anus got your head in it
I can smell the articles and know you’re heinous
Tell me that you love me, always thinkin’ of me
Unconditional, I’m hoping I’m your favourite

Grab a fishing pole and throw me with the sharks
That’s the feelin’ I get when you’re concentratin’
On this pen, on this pad

Tell me you’re willin’ to diss on my craft
Tell me the feelin’ of pickin’ apart this track
Puttin’ my heart and my soul in these lines
Tellin’ me platinum and gold all the time
Lookin’ to bury, a deep hole for mine
This is more than you, and this is more than you
And your entire building slanderin’ and abusin’
What I call the realest comin’ from a student

Told myself to use a poem as an UZI
Empty magazine, I seen a magazine
You seen my trigger finger, then I started shootin’
That was nicotine, I’m bout to smoke ’em all
And journalists involved should’ve known my music


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What Rocky Balboa has to do with Bullying

One of the most agreed upon best inspirational speeches ever comes from the movie Rocky VI. Rocky, a celebrity boxer, hits his son (who is clouded by the frustrations of living under his famous father’s shadow) with a string of words that not only seems to uplift him, but everyone who listens:

“[T]he time c[a]me for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started lookin’ for something to blame, like a big shadow.


Let me tell you something you already know.The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

What does this have to do with Brāv? Well, Brāv knows life isn’t perfect either, and we often have to go through a lot of unnecessary strife. As a result, Brāv provides the resources to keep on moving forward. Getting hassled or maligned? Don’t internalize it, weighing you down; let’s hash out our differences with Brāv. 

Like Rocky, Brāv encourages, “now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth! But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”

Brāv knows your worth. Brāv knows you’re better than that. Do you?

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How Bullies Getting Sued Affects You

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n New Jersey, a judge upheld the decision that schools, students and parents accused of bullying can be named in lawsuits. In defense, the schools involved in this particular case stated that they had notified everyone of the alleged bullying that was occurring, but the fact that there had been little to no resolution, still placed the particular schools, parents and alleged bullies at fault.

What does that mean for you? Well, it could very well mean that this new decision coming out of New Jersey could serve as an example for other states to follow. In addition, this determination could easily spread to other areas of life, including work place harassment, organization conflicts and more. That means there is a higher chance of you getting sued if you have been or are involved in a conflict or even if you simply own a business or work at a school where bullying and harassment takes place.

Bringing disagreeing parties to the table before conflict gets so out of hand that litigation is considered could prevent a lot of hassle, money and time in the long run.

Brāv provides this middle ground – an effective way to reduce the likelihood of any conflict increasing through the skill of a Brāv One intermediary who listens to each side of the argument. The best part is that all of this occurs within the comfort and privacy of your home or elsewhere.

Even more, implementing Brāv as a plan that your entire school, place of work or organization as a whole uses, allows for stronger accountability as everyone now has an opportunity to be heard, while adding the ability to create consequences unique to each school, work or organization if an individual is not cooperative.

The key is communicating to everyone involved and finding a solution in which everyone can live with. Let’s get brāv enough to reach a solution amongst our peers before suing is even considered an option.


More information on the New Jersey case:

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Does Current Media Glorify “The End Justifies the Means”?

Icons-04Watching today’s TV shows and movies including, “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter,” and “Mean Girls,” it would be hard not to see a pattern in the central themes. Each display fallible heroes. Each display utilizing illicit tactics in order to win. And we love them, not in spite of these flaws, but because of these flaws.

Think about it. Many of us enjoy watching what is most unbelievable to us in real life: the killing, the stealing, the ruining of others’ lives. Most of us probably would not be as extreme in our own lives, but we cannot deny the amount of inspiration we take from observing others – even if it’s fiction.

Similarly, many complain about co-workers on the job stealing their ideas and taking credit, or peers getting harassed when no one is around and other strategic ways to get over on another – without any remorse. Where are we getting these ideas? Why do many of us think that this is acceptable behavior?

While most of us know to separate media from reality, we still can’t help to secretly glorify many of the ill advised behaviors of our T.V. heroes.

Instead, we need to carefully think about why their behaviors are something we constantly celebrate and wish to emulate – either in full effect…or even just in our heads. Problems can only end if we really face them.

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