Aug 30, 2007


Hey Icon I would be sorely remiss if I didn’t include my God Mother (She doesn’t know that she is), Mentor and She-Ro; in the Savvy Sisters, Savvy She-Roes.

I’m only going to tell you a little bit about Dr. Maya Angelou because she has done sooooo many things that it would take a book to include them all.

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, MO. She is a Writer, Poet, Educator, singer, dancer, actress, producer, director, and civil rights activist and most recently the spokesperson for the American Red Cross.

She attended public schools in Stamps, Arkansas and San Francisco, California. Dr. Maya has been honored by numerous academic institutions throughout her career and awarded several honorary doctorates, but she never received a college education.

Among her academic honors are a Yale University fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship, a position as writer in residence at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, a lifetime chair as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University and many visiting professorships at universities throughout the United States.

Dr. Angelou speaks fluent English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and West African Fanti.

She has been widely recognized for her creative writing achievements.

Dr. Angelou has authored twelve best-selling books including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and her current best-seller A Song Flung Up to Heaven.

In January 1993, she became only the second poet in U.S. History to have the honor of writing and reciting original work at the Presidential Inauguration.

What makes Dr. Maya my mentor and she-Ro is that among all she is; she is very well spoken, and every time you listen to her you are going to learn something. Here are just of few of my favorite quotes:

“Success is internal, being able to look in the mirror when you brush your teeth and like what you see, and not drop your eyes. Liking yourself, and liking the person you want to be and liking the person you're trying to become. And that is it. That puts you at ease in any company. Whether you're black in white company, or white in black company, you're at ease. Christian with Jews at ease, because you know your heart and you know how you feel. That is true success.”


“I'll tell you my secret about writing and my encouragement to young men and women: READ. If you want to write, read, and here's a gem of a hint: read and read aloud. Go into your room and hear how your language sounds in your mouth and in your ear. Let it out because poetry in particular is music written for the human voice.”


“I have a mission, which is to teach.”

Dr. Maya sounds a lot like me. Maybe that’s why I love her so much. You are my Savvy She-Ro.
HP's newest commercial with Serena Williams is really kinda cute. I think it is probably my favorite one to date.

Aug 29, 2007

TONI BRAXTON DOES NOT HAVE BREAST CANCER




Singer Toni Braxton denies published reports that she has breast cancer. Braxton issued the following statement on Tuesday to Access Hollywood:



"There has been a rumor circulating that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. After feeling something uncomfortable in my left breast, I went in for a screening. I was very fortunate that they did not find anything and I am in great health. However, I encourage women to take their annual tests and suggested precautions to prevent this disease that continues to affect so many women."



SENATOR CRAIG (R) OF IDAHO: I AM NOT GAY



CNN.com is reporting that Sen. Larry Craig said he "overreactted and made a poor decision" in pleading guilty to disorderly conduct after his June arrest following an incident in a Minneapolis, Minnesota, airport bathroom.


Tuesday in his first statment on the arrest, the Idaho Republican said he did nothing "innappropiate."


"Let me be clear: I am not gay and never have been," said Craig, who has aligned himself with conservative groups who oppose gay rights. Continue Reading

CASTRO CALLS CLINTON-OBAMA TICKET "INVINCIBLE"



In an editorial in Cuba's communist party newspaper, Granma, the ailing dictator said the pairing of the two White House hopefuls seemed "invincible," according to an English translation on the paper's Web site.


Castro, who has overseen communist rule of Cuba since 1959, did, however, make it clear that he is no fan of the two Democrats' support of democratic reform in Cuba.

Other Stories:

-Let those who are without sin cast the first stone.

-Taliban free 8 Korean hostages

-Now that's one lucky dog

-Southerners read more books than the rest of the country (Yippee!!!)

Aug 28, 2007



On September 20th, there will be rally for Mychal Bell--the first of the Jena 6 to be convicted--whose scheduled to be sentenced on this day.

ColorofChange.org is requesting you to RSVP if you can attend this event.

Mychal is facing 22 years in prison and he needs all the help, support, and prayers that he can get.

Our presence in Jena--in large numbers--will help focus media attention on the situation in Jena, escalate pressure on Louisiana public officials, and most importantly, show the families of the Jena 6, especially Mychal Bell and his parents, that we will stand with them in the face of this injustice.

James Rucker, the Executive Director of Colorofchange, wrote

" On July 31st, with only a few days to prepare, 300 people from across the country rallied at the Jena Courthouse. We delivered a petition signed by 43,000 ColorOfChange.org members to the District Attorney demanding that he drop the charges against the Jena 6. It was a powerful day that made it clear that the Jena 6 and their families won't have to fight on their own. Since then, more than 100,000 people have taken action and contacted the Governor, media attention to the case has grown, and we have an even bigger opportunity to make a profound impact."

RSVP
Once you're confident you can come, please rsvp at the following:
http://colorofchange.org/jena/rsvp.html

If you have questions, you can send them to jena@colorofchange.org.

If you can't come, don't worry. Just go to http://www.colorofchange.org/ website and sign up. They will send out emails and updates on how you can help and get involved.

For more infor on the Jena 6 please click here
Lord bless her heart...baby girl is really trying...SMH!!! I guess we need to reexamine that "No Child Left Behind" policy.



Tennis had it's own Jackie Robinson and her name was Althea Gibson. This Florida A&M University graduate (you know I had to add that) went on to take the tennis world by storm becoming the first African American to win championships at Grand Slam tournaments such as Wimbledon, the French Open, the Australian Doubles, and the US Open in the late 1950s.

In 1957, she was the first black to be voted by the Associated Press as its Female Athlete of the Year. She won the honor again in 1958.

Althea was also the first African American on the LPGA tour (yes, the sista was a golfer also).

So as this year's US Open begins let's remember and not forget this great woman who paved the way for athletes such as Venus and Serena Williams, Arthur Ashe, and Tiger Woods. This year marks the 50th anniversary of her breakthrough performance at the US Open in which she became the first black player, male or female, to win the tournament.

Now this sister definitely belongs in the Savvy She-Ro Hall of Fame.

For more information on Althea Gibson click here
On this date August 28, 1963 was the day that transformed America. On this day thousands from around the nation gathered for peace and equality. People of all races stood together as a united front to support sweeping civil rights measures. It was called the March on Washington. It also marked the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech “I Have a Dream”. There had never been anything like it before, nor, anything like it since. It was an extraordinary day that left an even more extraordinary legacy.

Aug 27, 2007




Common feat Lily Allen - Drivin Me Wild
Check out the new video from Common feat London Pop star Lilly Allen, Great Video with an even greater message!!
I happen to be talking to the Icon the other day and we both had the question: What is Black Enough? We laughed; had a few jokes; (most we couldn’t print here) but, with all seriousness decided that the Educator should research it. Well, after researching it I still do not have a clear understanding, because the whole thing is so ridiculous, that if these “so called” media personalities; journalist; {black and white) alike and “black leaders do not stop asking if Barrack Obama is “Black Enough” I’m going to jump off the side of a building. But, I digress. Anyway, here’s what I uncovered:

It is our tendency as black people to ask these kinds of questions to those among us who, for whatever reason, have the ability to relate to people of other races and cultures as not being “Black Enough,” it’s like if you appeal to white folks, then there must be something wrong with you."

When White America embraced you and feel comfortable with you than you are not “Black Enough”.

That if your life doesn't have the same back story of the rank-and-file African Americans then you are not “Black Enough”.

Being raised by a white mother somehow does not quaifly you as being “Black Enough”; even though your father is African.(I guess we have forgotton about the quarter of black blood rule). The assumption is that you can’t truly understand the experience of growing up like other blacks, in an impoverished, urban, mostly segregated environments.( I would think that someone of mixed race would have a greater understanding, because of not being “white enough”; but that’s just me.)

The "Black Enough" question proceeds from the fact that some black people have subconsciously bought into centuries of racist rhetoric that holds black, to be synonymous with ignorant , poorly educated and scorned by whites.


What I know for sure is: Being “Black Enough” is spoken from the mouths of ignorant people. There is no level of blackness that would justify one’s acceptance for being black.

And that: Being black in this country now means; regardless of your beginnings, you might one day be wealthy; successful; and running for president.

Being black could now mean you were educated in an all-white school, raised by a white mother, and go on to fight for black causes.

Being black in this country means that you may have grown up in the inner-city, and been told that you had no opportunity or hope of making anything of yourself, but you fought your way out through hard work and perseverance, and later became an Engineer, an Educator, a Talk Show Host, or anything else you could imagine.

Being black in this country now means, you may be born of a white mother, and because of your mixed heritage, you devoted your life to public service to help all people, no matter their race.

So there is no standard for being Black or being “Black Enough”. We need to stop putting ourselves in a box, see situations for what they are, and react accordingly.

I believe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best; “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”(Letter from the Birmingham Jail)

In a sermon just two days after he was accused of beating his wife in a hotel parking lot, Bishop Weeks told his congregation that he blamed the devil for what happened on that fateful morning in the Renaissance parking lot.

Now isn't that interesting...Michael Vick should take note.

Read more about this story here

Aug 26, 2007

Terrance "T.J." Aeriel was one of the four victims of the execution-style killings that took place in Newark, NJ. This young man had a very bright future ahead of him and it is too bad that it was taken away.

Here is a very fiery sermon he gave while he was still in high school. Please enjoy and be blessed:

Timeless Music.......Words, seemingly used in reference to those artist who have trail blazed through an art form which has spanned over generations, ethnicity, and genre. Those artist mostly never saw themselves as legends until a new generation comes along and finds imitation is the best form of flattery. But lets be clear every artist has been inspired from their four fathers or mothers that laid the foundation before them...., and yet how do they still find a way to carve their own path? "I just try to write songs that are honest to me. Songs people can remember and pass on to their kids, songs that will stand the test of time." Emily King.

Spoken from the mouth of a 21 yr old native New Yorker, who honestly never had to go far to gain her musical birthright, born to jazz singers she learned at an early age what she was born to do.....music. From that knowledge she took the world's other great song book called life and chose to follow her path into creating her own voice on her upcoming release, "East Side Story". Many on first listen may draw comparisons to Ms. King's label mate the incredible Ms. Alicia Keys, because of her social conscience yet soul stirring sound. Though the two seem to be cut from the same cloth, Emily King shouldn't be considered just a replicated version, but clearly viewed through her own lens of "A young girl, trying to find her way" according to Emily herself. With her new single "Walk in My Shoes", Emily expresses that she is striving not to be put into a box, but rather is trying to stay true to what she knows....and that's just Emily. Only time will tell how this young songbird's story will be told generations from now, but one thing that is for certain is that she has begun the first chapter and it sounds like its gonna be a good read.

Look out for Emily King's upcoming release...."East Side Story" www.emilykingonline.com, www.myspace.com/emilykingmusic



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Aug 25, 2007

There is so much wrong with this video that I don't even know where to begin. I guess this is the way certain people see us. This is why black people should be angry about the images that are portrayed of us. Make sure you peep out when she goes to talking about "Fried Chicken". Black people need to wake up.



I have been wanting to post this video for some time and I finally got around to doing it. With Obama's "blackness" being called into question, I thought I would post a meaningful video of the brother. It is not this man's "Blackness" that we should be discussing. That is just another trick to distract us from the real issues. If we are going to debate anything about this man it should be his policies and not whether or not he is "black enough".



Wow I really cannot believe it has been six years today that we lost the beautiful and talented Aaliyah Dana Haughton. There are a lot of Aaliyah imitators out there today, but there will always only be one 'Baby Girl'. So in the memory of this late great artist who we lost much to soon I give you these videos to remember her by. Let's us not reflect on her death, but celebrate her life.


Are You That Somebody



One In A Million

Aug 24, 2007

Megachurch founding pastors to seek divorce The power couple behind Tampa's Without Walls do not say what is behind their breakup.
By SHERRI DAY
Published August 24, 2007

TAMPA — Megachurch pastors Randy and Paula White stood before their congregation Thursday night and made the announcement that many in their flock feared had been coming for months. They are divorcing.

"It is the most difficult decision that I have had to make in my entire life," said the Rev. Randy White, 49.

"I take full responsibility for a failed marriage -100 percent. I don't blame Paula, and I don't blame other parties. But as the man of the house, I take full responsibility for that." He praised his wife, calling her an exceptional woman and a great preacher and wife.

Standing by his side and appearing to fight back tears, the Rev. Paula White called the decision to divorce "one of the most painful of our lives."

"But God always comes to you in the dark places of life," White said, standing beside her husband in the pulpit. White, 41, also offered a note of optimism.

"It's not the end of the story for Randy or Paula or maybe even Randy and Paula," she said. The couple, who have both been married and divorced before, did not say what caused their breakup. They also did not detail if they had filed for divorce. They have grown children from previous relationships but none together.

Word about trouble in the couple's marriage has circulated for months. The Whites' disparate ministry paths have fueled much of the concern. Randy White, a bishop at Without Walls International Church, has been spending time in Malibu, Calif., in hopes of establishing a ministry on the West Coast. Paula White, the church's senior pastor and a sought-after televangelist, keeps an apartment in New York City, where she recently opened a new ministry and self-help center in July.

The couple, arguably the most prominent evangelical partners in the state, said they made their announcement at Thursday night's service to tell their church "family" before word of their separation appears in the local and national media.

The Whites' split calls into question the future of the 22,000 member megachurch, which the couple founded as South Tampa Christian Center in 1991. During their announcement, which came just before the sermon, the Whites sought to put those concerns to rest.

Randy White said he would continue to lead Without Walls and would focus on being a "great pastor" and a "great dad."

Paula White said she would also continue to preach at Without Walls when invited by her husband. She also said Paula White Ministries would continue to be based in Tampa.

Several hundred Without Walls members were in the audience for the announcement. As the Whites spoke, some people in the crowd cried. Others appeared stunned, noticeable by the audible gasps in the cavernous sanctuary.

Warming herself outside the church, one woman said "God knows best," before being told by another member to avoid talking to the media. At least one Without Walls member said the church was hurting and lashed out at a reporter for being on site to witness the announcement.

The church broadcasts its services via the Internet at www.streamingfaith.com. But last night's announcement was not aired. The video of the broadcast was interrupted without explanation and resumed after the announcement.

Inside the church, the preacher for the evening, the Rev. Tim Storey, sought to offer direction to a stunned congregation. "How many of you feel sorrow tonight," Storey asked the crowd. Hands shot up around the sanctuary. "We should. But God is still good."

Okay this is just getting ridiculous. What is really going on in the world of faith and why does it all appear to be taking place in the same week?
Her estranged husband, Thomas W. Weeks, has been charged with felony aggravated assault and making terroristic threats after he allegedly struck her in a hotel parking lot.

Weeks, a 54-year-old bishop who shares an international ministry with his wife, is expected to turn himself in to Atlanta police Friday, his lawyer said.

police said Bynum, 48, has been whisked away by family as they decide what to do next.

Read more at AJC.com
The following statement was released today by Juanita Bynum's record label Flow Records:


“I am currently recovering from all of my injuries and resting well. There are so many great things happening for me in my future, and so much to look foward to concerning my destiny, this too shall pass."


"The bible says in Proverbs 4:25 'Let your eyes look right on with fixed purpose and let
your gaze be straight before you.'


"Thank you for your concern and please continue to pray for my recovery!"

Aug 23, 2007

Domestic Violence Facts:

That it is estimated there are 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend per year, and that one to three million women are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.

That around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.

That nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.

That thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.

That Black women and men suffer from the highest rates of domestic violence. "Black females experience domestic violence at a rate 35% higher than that of white females, and about 22 times the rate of women of other races.

That Black males experience domestic violence at a rate about 62% higher than that of white males and about 22 times the rate of men of other races.

Why are we so violent? We need to do better.

If you are in a violent relationship and need some help to get out please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224 or visit their website for more information www.ndvh.org.
We have been robbed of our history, robbed of our languages, robbed of our cultures, and lost our true knowledge of self. The history of Black people in American has been reduced to one month and that month is the shortest of the year. We are the world’s original people, kings and queens, the wellspring of humanity, and yet we have been tragically torn apart and dispossessed of our true selves in this country. We can only begin to reclaim our truth of our history by reading, researching, and passing on of information about ourselves. We are a powerful people who came from adverse circumstances to become rich, wealthy and healthy people. Imagine; if we only knew half our history what we will become. Self-Knowledge is the key to self preservation. I challenge you today to start researching your history, it is time for us to learn who we really are and make America take notice.

Aug 22, 2007

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is more in depth about the bizarre story involving Rev Bynum and her estranged husband Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III.

By SAEED AHMED
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/22/07

Juanita Bynum, a preacher whose fiery and frank sermons about women's empowerment have won her a national following, was attacked by her husband in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel early Wednesday morning, police said.

Bynum, whose ministry is based in Waycross, and her estranged husband, Thomas W. Weeks III, had met up at Renaissance Concourse Hotel near Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to try to reconcile, Atlanta police said. But while at the parking lot about 4 a.m., the two got into a physical fight until a bellman at the hotel pulled Bynum's husband off her, Officer Ronald Campbell said.

"She was bruised up and battered," Campbell said. "She had purple bruising around her neck and upper torso."
The husband, who is also a preacher, left the scene. No charges have been filed against him, according to police.
Police found out about the fray from a staff member at Piedmont Hospital, where Bynum was taken for a checkup. She could not be reached Wednesday night.


Continue Reading at Atlanta Journal Constitution

ATLANTA (FOX 5) -- Atlanta police said Wednesday that well-known television minister, Juanita Bynum, became the victim of domestic abuse after her husband savagely beat her in a hotel parking lot Tuesday night. A relative of Reverend Bynum told FOX 5 News that the Reverend Bynum and her husband, Bishop Thomas Weeks, are in the middle of a separation.The relative said the two agreed to meet Tuesday night in the dining room of the Renaissance Hotel near Hartsfield-Jackson airport.The meeting reportedly did not go well and ended with Bishop Weeks leaving abruptly. The relative said Reverend Bynum followed him to the parking lot where the two exchanged words. According to an Atlanta Police Department report, that's when Weeks allegedly attacked her. In a statement to police, Reverend Bynum said her husband, Thomas Weeks, "choked her, pushed her down, kicked her and stomped her in the Renaissance parking lot." Ronald Campbell of the APD said a bellhop at the hotel saw the attack, intervened and stopped it. Officer Campbell said Reverend Bynum suffered multiple bruises and swelling and required hospitalization. Reverend Bynum is being kept at an undisclosed location. Police are searching for Thomas Weeks.

TO BE CONTINUED...
One in Four Americans Read No Books in Past Year
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2007

By: Alan Fram, Associated Press

WASHINGTON - (AP) There it sits on your night stand, that book you've meant to read for who knows how long but haven't yet cracked open. Tonight, as you feel its stare from beneath that teetering pile of magazines, know one thing -- you are not alone.


One in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and seniors were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.

The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year -- half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven.

-Continue reading at Black America Web



This article puts forth a very serious claim, that if true, explains a lot about the state of the youth in this country. It will also explain why the majority of African American children cannot read above a fourth grade level. There is no comparison of the knowledge that is gained from a book as opposed to television or any other medium. We have to do better and demand better. I mean honestly how hard is it to pick up a book and read...SMH. You can't say that you can't find any book of interest because the range of topics covered by books are endless. So do me a favor, yourself a favor, your kids a favor, our race a favor, the teachers a favor, this country a favor, this world a favor READ A BOOK!!!

A true Savvy She-Ro Ms. Mellody Hobson was born in Chicago, IL, and is the youngest of six children, raised by a single parent (mother), graduated from St Ignatius College Preparatory in 1987 and attended Princeton University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy.

Ms. Hobson started at Ariel Capital Management as an Intern and fell in love with the business, she is now the President, and Ariel is one of the largest African American owned money management and mutual funds companies in the country. The company has over 21 Billion dollars in assets.

Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America in which she has a segment affection ally called “Mellody’s Money Mondays”. She is also a director of three public companies; Dream Works Animation SKG, Inc., The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation.

Her professional and civic leadership have brought her to the forefront of media attention. In 2004, The Wall Street Journal profiled Ms. Hobson as one of 50 Women to Watch, and TIME magazine identified her as one of 25 business influentials setting the global standards for management, ethics, marketing and innovation. The Ariel Capital Management Company started the Ariel Community Academy; an Inner-city Chicago School that teaches elementary school students how to invest.

Ms. Hobson has numerous tips on how to make, save, invest, budget and spend money. There are six books Mellody says you must have in order to make money; (1) A Random Walk down Wall Street, (2) Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, (3) One up on Wall Street, (4) Good to Great: Why some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, (5) Money Ball and (6) Succeeding Against the Odds. You can find more tips from Mellody at ABCNews.com type in “Mellody’s Tips.”


Mellody is a defender of entrepreneurialism and she thinks it should be for everyone. She believes entereprenurialship can change the gap between the rich and poor. Her aim is to make the “stock market” the subject of every dinner table conversation in the black communities. The stock market represents a major source of wealth creation in this country. A lot of research has been done and concluded that African Americans have been largely left out. Due to many factors such as; lack of knowledge, lack of exposure, and lack of diversity in the industry. She states, “African-American children don't grow up knowing mutual fund managers”. She believes the stock market represents the best performing type of investment, and will continue to do so over the long term.

Ms. Hobson believes you should make the stock market a part of your long-term investment strategy, and that it doesn't take a lot of money. You can invest as little as $50 a month, so don't sit on the sidelines because you think you can't afford it. Think long term of the benefits of compounding, learn to ride the ups and downs of the market, and most of all have patience.

Words to live by… Ms. Mellody Hobson you are one Savvy Sister.

Aug 21, 2007



Being the reggae lover that I am, I absolutely love this song. I also love the video. There's nothing better than seeing beautiful images of black women.

This song is off of Richie Spice's latest album "In The Streets To Africa".

For more information about this artist please check out his myspace page.


Join Barack Obama at FAMU in Tallahassee this Friday, August 24th.

Supporters, community members, and friends are coming together at Gaither Gymnasium to support Barack Obama and our movement for change.

Here are the details:
Barack Obama in Tallahassee
Florida A&M University
Gaither Gymnasium
1835 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Friends - $20 Students - $10 with valid student ID
Purchase your tickets online and join Barack Obama for this special event:
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Does this cartoon offend you? Well, according to an article on jacksonville.com this editorial cartoon was not a laughing matter.


Expressions of outrage came quickly, including from the local president of the NAACP.

"Highly offensive and racist," is how Charles Anderson described the cartoon.

It was wrong to suggest that the growing "Don't snitch" phenomenon is limited to the African-American community and use of the terms "ho" and "nuttin' " were over the top, according to Anderson. Phyllis Hall said everything about the cartoon was offensive.

"Most of us are tired of the crime," she said of Duval County's murder rate, which is the highest in the state. "But I don't think demeaning the culture of a race of people is necessary."

She wanted to know who was responsible for allowing the cartoon to get into the newspaper.
Mike Clark, the editorial page editor, reviewed and approved the cartoon by longtime Times-Union cartoonist Ed Gamble.

"Using the word 'ho' was bad judgment, and I regret that I did not edit it out,' " Clark said.
The cartoon came after police assertions that a "Don't snitch" culture has impeded efforts to solve crimes in Jacksonville. A CBS 60 Minutes segment last Sunday focused on the growing problem, especially in inner-city neighborhoods, and how some rap artists have encouraged it.

"The object of the cartoon was to comment on the rise of a no-snitching culture, something that is widely in the news today," Clark said.

"Cartoons, by their nature, take broad strokes that can be interpreted differently," he said. "There was certainly no intent to offend the many law-abiding Jacksonville citizens."
Gamble conceded that the term "ho" is demeaning to women, but added, "I was making a point that rappers are demeaning to women."

He is troubled by the influences of such things as offensive rap lyrics, drugs and no-snitch messages, Gamble said, and his commentary is meant to focus on those issues.
Among the outraged was Juan Gray, chairman of the Jacksonville chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

"This does nothing to mend the divide that seems to be growing wider in our community," he said.


I for one can see the satire in the cartoon, but I can also see how this could come across as offensive to some. But the fact that Cam'ron went on 60 Minutes and said "Even if I knew a serial killer live next door to me I would not snitch...I would just move." These types of comments and others like them have left the door open for this subject to be fair-game by the media.

Aug 20, 2007

Hurricane Dean

The storm know as Hurricane Dean has blossomed into a catergory 5 storm on Monday--the highest on the scale.

Other News:

-Prosecutors offer Michael Vick 18-36 months in prison

-West Palm Beach Rape Suspect Held Without Bond

-David Banner clarifies frustrations with Al Sharpton


Aug 18, 2007

This case is gaining steam and if we keep being persistant we can free these kids.





Here's a clip of Al Sharpton at a rally for the Jena Six. There's a lot of people that have something bad to say about Al Sharpton, but you have to admit that he was out front on this one before a lot of people.



NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) -- Two people were arrested Saturday in connection with the triple killing in a New Jersey elementary schoolyard, law enforcement sources said.
Five people have been arrested in the case, and police are hunting a sixth.

"We will not rest until this case comes to a point where we know we have all those involved apprehended," Newark Mayor Cory Booker told a news conference Saturday. "We will ensure that the killers are captured."

One of the two arrested Saturday -- Rodolfo Godinez -- was described as a "principal player" in the schoolyard slayings.



Godinez -- a 24-year-old Nicaraguan immigrant -- was arrested in Prince George's County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., law enforcement sources said.

Continue Reading



AP Photo: Rodolofo Godinez


This is just an example of what happens on a case when the press gets involved. I'm pretty sure that if this case had not gotten national attention there would not have been one arrest made. I have to applaud the authorities on this one. They really stepped up to bat and are making a strong effort to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice. I know that there is nothing that could ever make these families whole again, but maybe some swift justice could bring them some peace.


ABOUT THE SISTER STUDY: This long-term breast cancer study conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences — is focused on women whose sisters have or have had breast cancer. This is the final year for recruiting participants; the study still needs about 11,000 more women. Women of color and those ages 65-74 are especially needed.

Requirements: Participants must be between 35 and 74 years old and have never had breast cancer.

How it works: Researchers plan to track the women for at least 10 years, studying how environmental and genetic factors contribute to breast cancer. Women will be asked to answer questions about their health through phone interviews every two years and undergo a physical when they sign up. Study participants will not be paid.

To participate: Go to www.sisterstudy.org or www.estudiodehermanas.org or call 1-877-474-7837

Aug 16, 2007

That according to Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, it has become such commonplace for teens to experience drug use, drug abuse and the selling of drugs in high school, that for most teens they are not that concerned about it. We’ve reached a point in America’s high schools, where getting high, getting drunk and selling drugs are so common that drugs are now imbedded in the high school experience. Sisters; please take note of your child’s/children’s behaviors. Talk to them about Drug and Alcohol use and abuse. The better informed they are, the better chance you have they won’t get involved in the use and abuse of these drugs.


A lot of people like to hate on Al Sharpton, but you have to admit the brother is speaking truth in this video.
I was not going to post on the whole David Banner/Al Sharpton feud, but after reading David's open letter on Eurweb.com I can no longer resist. I am going to save my comments for the comment section and perhaps a future post further down the road because this letter is so long I don't want people getting crossed eye trying to read all this stuff. But the one thing comment that I can make that David needs to holler at Dr. Julia Hare and get some clarity to what is really going on or perhaps he just needs to look at this video of her at the State of the Black Union.

Here is his letter in it's entirety (sorry so long, but it is what it is):

Wrote A Letter To The Government The Other Day!
Stop Attacking The Kids

To all the black ‘so called leaders’. Al, Oprah, Jesse, etc, etc, etc… I’m saddened by your current direction and current ‘pet projects’ you guys have taken under your wing at the expense of Young Black America. As an urban professional living in this crazy world, I dare ask, who are you leading? I listen to what you say, I hear you complain about the youth, and about the direction of our lives, the kids, and where Black America is going and yet I still ask – who are you guys leading? And most importantly, where are we going? Do we know the goal we are trying to reach before we get there? Have we identified our end before articulating our means to an end! Who are you REALLY reaching? Why do you feel the need to attack the young generation for the things we are doing? "WHO DID WE LEARN THESE THINGS FROM? We are trying to have fun in the midst of our traumatic circumstances. People are trying to make a living by any means necessary, people are voicing their experiences, people are speaking the truth about situations and honestly the truth hurts and sometimes it’s ugly. If music/hip hop/ rappers are wrong with the language they use, the images they portray in their videos – then come talk to us – I use the term ‘us’ as a collective because I’m defending what I have a passion for so this also involves me. Pull us to the side and say “hey kids, that’s not the way to go” and then we can say “change what we see daily so we cansing and rap about the roses and not about the bullets”. We will say, help give us better situations to create better verbal material”. Don’t just go running off to the media to air the dirty laundry of the family and not expect us to fight back in some kind of way. What you are doing is wrong and it’s pissing off a lot of people with less money and camera
time! Young Black America’s problem is not Hip Hop or the music, Young Black America’s problem is Old White America. In the young black community, there is a growing level of resentment toward the ‘so called leaders’ because you guys DON’T WANT TO REALLY FIX OUR PROBLEMS.

You guys don’t really want to be on our side fighting for better school systems, more after school programs, more money for college funding! Where areyou leaders at when there’s a need to break down to freshman in college on how not to get caught up with credit cards by singing up for an MBNA card, with high interest rates that eventually screw up your credit and makes it that much harder for you to become a homeowner after you graduate college pending you can find a job in your field after you’ve spent all this money in student loans! Where are those seminars? Dubois had it right when he spoke of the Talented Tenth! Rally around us to help teach us about THIS life! It’s not our fault that the world is messed up and filled with debauchery. It’s not our fault that our communities are screwed! The problems in our community should not fall on our lap. And if you begin to hold us accountable for simply our words – then I will begin to hold you accountable for your actions; or lack there of. Right is right and wrong is wrong. You as our leaders should have taken a better approach to gaining the attention of those that you are dissatisfied with and had a conversation with them. You don’t scold your child in public without fair warning!

Al Sharpton: You run around towns and cities speaking words of wanting to better our community by cleaning up the airwaves. You hold rallies in front of radio stations saying turn off the music and clean the airwaves. You want to shut down local stations that are playing urban music when most of these local stations house and employ the same people in your community – the black community. When you visit any station in any city (big or small) playing urban/rap music, the staff is generally black. Now if those stations were to ever shut down – where do those employees go? Al, if you are for the people, where was your rally when the 3 college students were executed in New Jersey by black men. Where is the rally atfor those families and that neighborhood??? I don’t see you out there asking for justice yet that incident happened in a black community. If someone was to rap about “how f**** up black on black crime is and how even if you go to college you aren’t safe on the streets and nigga’s aint’ s---” – that kind of tone is offensive to you and you want to stop that! If that’s the truth, then why are you censoring it? No, you need to stop the crime before it happens so that there is no gangster song about a gangster situation.

Oprah: You recently you held a town hall meeting dedicating 2 days of talk to have an open forum about the “Nappy Headed Ho” comment from Imus. Everyone had their 2cents to say and yet the people that needed to REALLY be there were not at all on your panel of ‘experts’. The questions all were about “why use the word ho or b**** or nigga etc” yet the rappers in question ala Nelly, Snoop, Ludacris weren’t anywhere present on your panel. In my eyes you had all the wrong people on there representing and speaking on behalf of other people. Common is great but he’s not gangsta. If you had a problem with the true content of rap songs then where were those that do that kind of rap 100%?

You want to talk about change, and about having us not call women in rap songs “bitches” and “hoes” but one thing I noted, you had all men on your panel of executives. Russell is wonderful but he’s not the Zenith when it comes to new school rappers or their new school mentality. Kevin Liles is great but what happened to Sylvia Rhone the head of the label that Nelly is signed to, or Kathy Hughes the head of Radio One or Deborah Lee the head of BET. If the problem really was about women and the “bitch, ho” term being used, where were those ladies to speak on their stance on this issue! They are the ones with the ultimate say pulling all the strings and yet they weren’t dully noted as absent from your panel! Oprah you are suppose to protect us, I can find more harm being done to the black community by the movies and sponsors you promote than any rap song.

Just like your son or daughter, niece or nephew… rappers are just kids growing into their own. They aren’t always right, but they aren’t always wrong either. If our path is misguided, then help us get back on the right road. I’m young, I’m black, and I’m a hard worker. I’m from the hood where mother’s leave their kids in the hands of strangers and never look back, I’ve been with killers, dope dealers, b******, church folk, grandparents, bad parenting from good parents, pushers, junkies, robbers, middleclass workers, but that’s the life I’vebeen around. Gunshots and church hymns usually go hand in hand in most neighborhoods. The grim reality for a lot of kids out there living alone is that life is harsh and cold; kids grow up faster than they want to because they are forced too! Kids are growing up in situations that are f***** up. So the songs we listen to mirror the things we see, the things we dream about and the fantasies we have! Don’t change the songs I listen to, change the circumstance from which it comes from---then the situation will be better!

Growing up in this world of hip hop it’s disheartening to see our ‘so called leaders’ leave us out to dry. Fine you don’t like what we say. Fine disagree with our choice of topics; however, the things we talk about aren’t new. We didn’t invent the term pimps, pushers, hoes, tricks, doobies, nigga’s and gangsta’s. Hip Hop didn’t create that. Those words were left here for us to use by you guys, your generation. This life we are continuing to live was handed to us by the people before us who didn’t do much to clean it up. There may never be a time that we agree on anything, but there is always room for change. As a family – we will agree to disagree but it’s the synergy in which we do it. If you are on one extreme tangent, and I’m on another, we will never meet eye to eye. At the same time, I will not allow you to bash, yell, condemn, and have a condescending tone on my source of refugee and happiness. As you leaders call out the hip hop community saying that we are wrong for what we do and how we do it, I am CALLING EACH OF YOU OUT saying you are wrong for what you are doing to us. How dare you guys not call Nelly, Snoop, Lil Wayne, David Banner, Jim Jones, Akon, Rick Ross, Fabulous, 50 cent, Young Buck, Bun B, Too Short and say lets talk this through. Do you even know who ANY of these people are??????? You are so disconnected from us that we don’t even look at you for guidance. If you really want to change something, start by changing your dialogue. Don’t talk at us, talk to us!

-DAVID BANNER

Aug 15, 2007

This is really interesting. I really don't know what to say on this topic, but I know this brother, Reuben Armstrong, better watch his back because people don't play about their pastors. It's going to be very interesting to see how TD Jakes, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, and Joel Osteen respond to the claims that are being made by Mr. Armstrong. I'm not saying that Mr. Armstrong is necessarily right, but I do think what he is saying is worthy of discussion.

UPDATE:

Check out my Exclusive Interview with author Reuben Armstrong here


For more information about the book 'Snakes In The Pulpit' and the author Reuben Armstrong please visit:
http://www.snakesinthepulpit.com/


By Saeed Ahmed The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, who as a teacher, psychologist and historian shaped the minds and laid the groundwork for future African-American students, died Sunday while on a trip to Egypt. He was 73.

Since 1980, Dr. Hilliard was the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University. He died two days before classes were to begin at the university.


Asa Hilliard, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, died two days before classes were to begin at the university.

Dr. Hilliard reportedly died from malaria. "We're not sure officially that it was malaria, but we believe he had contracted it in Ghana," said Andria Simmons, a spokeswoman for Georgia State. "They haven't done an autopsy to say for sure."
Dr. Hilliard was in Egypt with a group of students, but they weren't from Georgia State, Simmons said.

He frequently conducted annual study tours to Egypt to show its connection to the rest of Africa and its impact on the world.

State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) described Dr. Hilliard as an intellectual who was as comfortable at a working man's kitchen table as in the classroom or an academic's salon.
"He was very down-to-earth," Mr. Fort said. "He was not a scholar who looked down on people."

Reared in Texas and Colorado by parents who divorced when he was a youngster, Dr. Hilliard grew up the oldest of eight children. His late father was a high school principal. His mother is a Pentecostal minister.

Dr. Hilliard and his wife, former East Point Mayor Patsy Jo Hilliard, lived in an upper-middle-class neighborhood near Washington Street since they relocated to the state more than 20 years ago. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Hilliard often was called upon by school districts, public advocacy organizations, government agencies and private businesses to validate testing, advise on African content in curricula and identify biases for training programs.

He served as an expert witness in several cases that have resulted in the elimination of admissions tests as the sole criterion for college admission and led to the revamping of achievement testing.

Dr. Hilliard wrote more than 200 research reports, books and articles on testing, ancient African history, teaching strategies, African culture and child growth and development.
He was a founding member of the National Black Child Development Institute and the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations.

Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Hilliard spent 18 years at San Francisco State University. He was chairman of the secondary education department, dean of education and a consultant to the Peace Corps.

Dr. Hilliard earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling from the University of Denver, where he also taught in the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. He received a doctorate in educational psychology there, as well.

Rest In Peace Dr. Hilliard and Godspeed.

How to Decide if an ARM Is Right for You?

By: Janet Wickell


An adjustable rate mortgage, called an ARM for short, is a mortgage with an interest rate that is linked to an economic index. The interest rate, and your payments, are periodically adjusted up or down as the index changes.

ARM Terminology Index
An index is a guide that lenders use to measure interest rate changes. Common indexes used by lenders include the activity of one, three, and five-year Treasury securities, but there are many others. Each ARM is linked to a specific index.

Margin
Think of the margin as the lender's markup. It is an interest rate that represents the lender's cost of doing business plus the profit they will make on the loan. The margin is added to the index rate to determine your total interest rate. It usually stays the same during the life of your home loan.

Adjustment Period
-The adjustment period is the period between potential interest rate adjustments.
You may see an ARM described with figures such as 1-1, 3-1, and 5-1.
zSB(3,3)
-The first figure in each set refers to the initial period of the loan, during which your interest rate will stay the same as it was on the day you signed your loan papers.
-The second number is the adjustment period, showing how often adjustments can be made to the rate after the initial period has ended. The examples above are all ARMs with annual adjustments--meaning adjustments could happen every year.
If my payments can go up, why should I consider an ARM?
The initial interest rate for an ARM is lower than that of a fixed rate mortgage, where the interest rate remains the same during the life of the loan. A lower rate means lower payments, which might help you qualify for a larger loan.
How long do you plan to own the house? The possibility of rate increases isn't as much of a factor if you plan to sell the home within a few years.

Do you expect your income to increase? If so, the extra funds might cover the higher payments that result from rate increases.

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Dear Essence:
I was so thrilled to see the preview of your latest issue with one of my favorite singers on the cover on so many different blogs, but imagined my shock and disgust when I saw the caption above the lovely Ms. Scott's head read Video Vixen Returns: A First Look At Her New Confessions. How could a magazine that purports to be a leader on women's issues, and one that constantly takes Hip-Hop to task make such a mistake by doing a feature story on Karrine Steffans a.k.a. Superhead? Does this not make you (Essence) a hypocrite? Is it acceptable for a woman to exploit herself for profit, but not acceptable when a man does it? What kind of message are we sending young girls? Forget about doing something productive and responsible with your life, just go out and sleep with a bunch of celebrity men and it can land you in the pages of Essence and on the Oprah Winfrey Show. We keep talking about a change needs to come, but that change starts with us. We as women have to demand better of ourselves and the people who claim to represent us, and holding someone like Karrine up as an example is not the way to go. Just as much as the rappers are a problem the women who voluntarily do these videos are just as much a problem, but I don't see anyone talking about them. We have to keep in mind that no one put a gun to these women's head to force them to sell their soul for some glitter and gold. Not all these women are the victims of sexual abuse or any other form of abuse. If we are going to discuss the problem and have a proper dialogue we have to discuss all segments of the problem, and man are not the only ones who are contributing to the problem. A lot of us, as women, need to take a look in the mirror and realize that we have a contributed a lot to the exploitation of women. It's only until we do better that we can truly demand better because in the end we all have to be held accountable for our actions.

UPDATE:

Now after receiving my copy in the mail (I have been a loyal subscriber for quite some time now) I must admit that I was thoroughly surprised. Someone must have thought that featuring Ms. Steffans in Esssence was not a good look for the magazine just like I did because the above caption had been replaced by Special Investigation: Help Find Missing Black Children. I am so happy that Essence saw the err of their ways and made a change before the issue hit newsstands.

Aug 14, 2007


"Brother my brother oh how I love thee let me count the ways..."

The Savvy Brother of the Month is none other than Mr. Warren Balletine. Now if you do not know of this Chicago borned brother please let me enlighten you.

Mr. Ballentine has said that his goal in life is to be a 'servant leader', and I definitely believe he is fulfilling that goal. By replacing Dr. Michael Eric Dyson on Syndicate One (which is owned by the great Cathy Hughes) to host his own show called the Warren Ballentine Show, he is beginning to fulfill this goal.

The Warren Ballentine Show features Warren Ballentine, "The People's Attorney." The listeners he calls his "Truth Fighters" have an open and frank discussion each weekday about legal issues, politics, education, religion, sex, and anything else that's topical. During his three hours of "thought radio," Warren shoots straight from the hip and inspires his listeners to not just complain, but to take action to solve problems. The show airs daily from 10am -1pm. ET, and online at http://www.truthfighters.tv/.

Mr. Ballentine was born and raised on Chicago's South Side. His love for law took him to Ohio Northern's School of Law where he received his juris doctorate. He took every course he could that revolved around family, entertainment, and criminal law. That passion led him to become the servant leader he is today. He has worked as a Prosecutor and as a Guardian ad litem before going into private practice and has tried a multitude of cases including: Murder, Discrimination, Sexual assault, Police Brutality, Drunk Driving, Drugs, Gang violence, and all Domestic Relations to name a few.

Today, Mr. Ballentine is an attorney, and the host of the Warren Ballentine Show a nationally syndicated show heard Monday thru Friday. Warren is also the host of Court Radio on XM satellite station 169 the power Monday thru Friday. He has a show on am 1390 gospel radio Monday thru Thursday from 5pm to 6pm in (Chicago) and is also on Sunday nights in Cleveland, Detroit, Miami and Chicago giving free legal advice.

He is an accredited motivational speaker for children; and is heavily involved in community renewal. His great will to succeed is birthed from a foundation passed on to him from his mother, grandmother and aunt. These three women can be held responsible for instilling in Warren, his moral values and belief in self. His quote to live by is simply "An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere."

You can find more info on Warren Balletine at http://www.truthfighters.tv/ or call him at 1-877-373-9766.


Tyler Perry is touting this as the best movie he ever made. I will definitely be going to see it when it comes out on October 12th. I believe in supporting my people, and he definitely has some Black Star Power in this one.


Hey Icon; since I like educating people, I decided I would just do the research for the people, on Dr. Julia Hare.

Dr. Julia Hare, born in Tulsa, OK; is an educator, dynamic motivational lecturer, relationship expert, author, social commentator and educational psychologist.

Her formal education includes a B.A. in music from Langston University of Langston, Oklahoma; a M.A. degree in music education from Roosevelt University located in Chicago, IL and a Ph.D. in education from the California Coast University in Santa Ana, CA.

During graduate school, Dr. Hare taught elementary school in Chicago, IL integrating music into the student's lessons.

As a speaker, Dr. Julia Hare has electrified such forums as Tavis Smiley's "State of the Black Family/Union" conferences, the San Francisco unveiling of The Covenant, the annual Essence Empowerment Seminars, at the Essence Culture Festivals, the Congressional Black Caucus panels and many other audiences around the country.

Dr. Hare, along with her husband, Dr. Nathan Hare, formed The Black Think Tank located in San Francisco, CA. Their consulting firm focuses on issues affecting the black family.

Dr. Hare and her husband also co-authored books that enlightens and empower black people they include: The Endangered Black Family; Bringing the Black Boy to Manhood: The Passage, The Miseducation of The Black Child, Crisis in Black Sexual Politics and How to Find and Keep a BMW (Black Man Working).

When asked, what is it you want for African-Americans?
She stated; “I want for us the same rights that most people here enjoy and nothing more than we deserve and are owed. I want us to become an independent, self-sustaining people and to challenge the system that will spend enormously to incarcerate our men, devastating our families, but not to help Black men recover from the devastation caused primarily by the system. I want to see an African-American in the White House, a Black woman on the Supreme Court and in the Senate, Black children—all the nation’s children—have quality education and a curriculum that includes the contributions African-Americans and other groups have made to the world.”

Wow, Dr. Hare that’s the same thing I want.

Dr. Julia Hare makes us think on things and reminds us of things we'd much rather forget; but also makes us laugh; and audiences find her unforgettable.

I would describe Dr. Julia Hare as a lady who is not afraid to speak truth to power, has a clear understanding of what is going on and who doesn’t get credit for her ability to move people toward change.

CNN.com is reporting that Mattel, the maker of Barbie and countless other toys, are recalling 9 million toys that were made in China due to the hazards they present to children. If you have children or are like me and have countless nephews, nieces, and god-children this is something you seriously need to check into.

I don't know what China has against us, but there seems to be some really shady practices going on that has been affecting us (Americans). First, they poisoned our food and our pet food, then our toothpaste, and now they are messing with our children's toys...SMH. Lord what's next...I hate to even think about it.

For more info on the Mattel Toy Recall click the following link:

Aug 13, 2007

This has to be one of the funniest stories I have heard in a long time...SMH. I just can't understand how Mr. Greer was so stupid, and now he is suing 1-800-Flowers for his own stupidity. He keeps saying that the address that they sent the thank you note to was not his address, but obviously he put it down as his billing address because they didn't just pull the address out of thin air. They probably sent the thank you card to his billing address because what is the point of them sending a thank you card to his girlfriend's address. He just needs to take this L(oss) like a man and keep it moving. What you do in the dark will eventually come to the light.

Click link below to read about this story in it's entirety:
http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5042730.html


Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead!!!
These are the words that come to mind when I heard the news that Karl Rove, Bush's senior political adviser, was stepping down at the end of August. Though I hate a lot of the things that Mr. Rove did over the years to keep his boy in office, I must admit that I have to respect his political mind. The man is a political genius I will give him that. How else can you explain him making someone like George W. Bush president? The man has to be a genius or we as Americans must be some of the most gullible people on the planet (I'm leaning to the latter, but I will just keep that to myself).

The timing of Karl Rove's departure is very suspicious especially since he gave the same old tired line about him wanting to spend more tume with his family blah, blah, blah. When the truth is that the only reason he is stepping down is because he is trying to avoid congressional scrutiny over those lawyer firings.

All I know is that the whole thing is suspect to me. I don't put anything past Karl Rove. The man doesn't do anything without a hidden agenda.

Click the following link to check out more on this story:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/13/rove.resign/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Aug 12, 2007

At the annual State of the Black Union hosted by Tavis Smiley Dr. Julia Hare put it down and told it like it really is (she is definitely a sista after my own heart). If you are not familiar with Dr. Hare I suggest you google this sista and find out what's really going on. She is currently the director of the Black America Think Tank. Do your research and become familiar with this sista.

Aug 11, 2007

I think the lyrics in this song speak for themselves. This song is almost twenty years old, but yet the meaning is just as meaningful and powerful as today. Let's us reflect on these lyrics and think about how we can be proactive, instead of reactive, to changing our community (Fist in the air).


Due to the recent violence and the outpouring of blogging about it. I thought it fitting that I include a quote by Kahlil Gibran a writer whom I go to for understanding and comfort in times like these.
“Yet who also is aggrieved and outraged?
And how shall you punish those whose remorse is already greater than their misdeeds?
Is not remorse the justice which is administered by that very law which you would fain serve?
Yet you cannot lay remorse upon the innocent nor lift it from the heart of the guilty,
Unbidden shall it call in the night, that men may wake and gaze upon themselves.
And you, who would understand justice, how shall you unless you look upon all deeds in the fullness of light?
Only then shall you know that the erect and fallen are but one man standing in twilight between the night of his pigmy-self and the day of his god-self,
And that the corner-stone of the temple is not higher than the lowest stone in its foundation.”

Aug 9, 2007

My girl Jilly from Philly is back with a new banger. It's nice to see Real Music on the rise again. This is definitely going to be my theme song for the rest of this year and perhaps next year. 'Go 'head and hate on me hater...' I just love it.

Check out her latest video below then go to her myspace page to download a free copy of 'Hate On Me':




For more info check out http://www.myspace.com/whoisjillscott

Aug 8, 2007


Constance Baker Motley was an African American civil rights activist, lawyer, judge, and state senator.


A woman of firsts, Constance Baker Motley, born in New Haven, Connecticut was the ninth of twelve children.

With financial help from a local philanthropist, she initially attended Fisk University, a historically black college in Tennessee, before deciding to move to an integrated university. Motley graduated from New York University in 1943, and then received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 1946.

Her legal career began as a law clerk in the fledgling NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where she worked with Thurgood Marshall, Jack Greenberg, and others. The LDF's first female attorney, she became Associate Counsel to the LDF, making her the NAACP's lead trial attorney. As the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's lead counsel, she participated in writing the briefs for Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., etal, the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case that ended school segregation.

She went on to break down other gender and race barriers as the first African-American woman elected to the New York state senate (1964) and to the Manhattan borough presidency (1965).
Appointed to a judgeship for the Southern District of New York in 1966, she became the first African-American woman on the federal bench and, in 1982, the first African-American woman to serve as chief judge. Motley assumed senior judge status in 1986, and in 2001, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Citizens' Medal in recognition of her achievements and service to the nation.

Motley was a prominent honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Motley died of congestive heart failure on September 28, 2005.

Motley has been quoted as saying: "Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade."

Don't you wish we had a woman like this today with all that is happening to African-American Woman in this country right now.


The execution style killings in Newark, NJ got me to thinking. When is enough really enough? Everytime we hear about a senseless act of violence that takes place in our community you always hear someone say that enough is enough. But is enough every really enough? How many lights of our best and brightest have to be snuffed out before we really get fed up? How many heartbroken mothers and fathers have to don the color of mourning before we wake up and realize that it is we, as a community, that must step up and solve this problem. The government is not going to save us. President Bush is not going to save us. And it is not Cory Booker's job alone to save us, we have to save ourselves.

It is we, as a people, that must get fed up and take back our communities. It is only when we become fed up that we can stop the terrorism that is going on in our community. It's okay to protest the lyrics that are going on in rap music that degrades women, but when are we going to protest the amount of black on black crime that continues to rise in our neighborhoods. Where was the outrage when the Haitian mother was gang raped in West Palm Beach, Fl and then forced to perform oral sex on her twelve year old son. We should have been protesting then. Where was the outrage when over 22 students were killed in the span of one school year in Chicago? It is one thing to be angry about white on black crime, but where is the outrage when the offenders looks just like us? I say enough is enough.

We can't keep sacrificing our children and pretending as though it is not happening. What affects the least of us affects all of us. Just because a lot of these tragedies take place in lower income areas does not mean it doesn't affect all of us as a whole. This is one of those things that we must be united on. We have to stand together and demand better for our communities and for our children. If not us then who?

So now God has three more angels: Terrance Aeriel, Iofemi Hightower, and Dashon Harvey. I pray that their souls find rest in the bosom of our heavenly father, and I will continue to pray for their families in their hour of grief. I will also pray for the recovery of Natasha Aeriel. May God be with you my sista as you go through this very difficult time in your life.

Aug 7, 2007

That food from other countries are not inspected by the FDA and we as consumers do not know which countries our food is coming from, even though a law was passed saying all food should be labeled with it’s country of origin.

Aug 6, 2007

NEWARK, N.J. - Three friends were forced to kneel against a wall behind an elementary school and were shot to death at close range, and a fourth was found about 30 feet away with gunshot and knife wounds to her head, police said.

All were from Newark and planned to attend Delaware State University this fall.
Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow said authorities didn't have any suspects or a motive in the killings late Saturday. None of the victims had any criminal record, she said.


Continue reading at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20145099/


I am just speechless by this entire thing.
"On July 22, Trinity Baptist Church in Hackensack, NJ, was the scene of a brutal assault on the pastor's wife. According to the NY Daily News, Theresa Whitfield, 38, the wife of Rev. Jonathan Whitfield, needed 2,000 stitches after being slashed and stabbed with a box cutter in the basement bathroom of the church.

According to the authorities, during the 11 a.m. service, parishioner Yolanda Cooper, 40, grabbed Whitfield's hair, pulled her to the ground and began slashing her face, neck, chest and thigh with the box cutter. Whitfield was with her baby daughter in the bathroom at the time of the attack."


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You know it's a sad day in this country when you are not even safe in Church. The lady was in the bathroom with her daughter and this chick just comes in and stabs her. Now can you please tell what she did so bad that this woman had to attack her with a box cutter. I just understand the people in this world today.