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Saturday, January 31, 2009

"The Spook Who Sat By The Door"

The worst possible outcome for Republicans is for Limbaugh to become the voice of the new Conservatism. But by picking Steele was a poor attempt to color the republicans as inclusive. We no that Steele is the crab they will use to compete against Obama and the Democrats. Picking people based on there color took place alot during the late sixties. Do the republicans think we don't remember? That was around the time most all the fed agencies needed a dark person after the civil rights movement. Jesus Christ, I did not realize that this party was in that much trouble, but after this move it is quite obvious. You chose a man who has no creditability in the black community, he has zip, none. If you were going to front an African American, you should have chosen one with pull in the minority communities. The Republican Party now wants to get black people to think it's suddenly different because a black man is now the chair of the RNC? Please we "ain't" stupid!

We no that the overwhelming majority of Republicans are white, middle-class, suburban and scared to death of anything beyond their , gated-community but yet they pick a black man to be the head of the RNC. Yeah, they may think it's great and feel all good inside that a black man is head of the RNC --now let that same black man move into their neighborhood, and all you're here is how far the value of their house will drop now that "the neighborhood is going to hell". Micheal Steele is no more than Hannity in black face.

Me Time!

Today marked the day that I have committed to weight loss. Not only have I FINALLY decided to begin running for my life again. I must also give up some foods that's I am addicted to, mainly Sugar. Yesterday I had a visit to the Dr office and my blood pressure was extremely high. I have never had problems before now. My mother died from a masses heart attack at 70 years old. The Dr. let me no that most likely I had the same gene. My bottom number was too high; it was over a 100. He informed me that salt must be remove from my diet and stress from my life. I made up my mind that it’s time for some serious changes to occur in my life. Well I already no what works for my body type that's a combination of weight lifting and running or speed walking. But, I am afraid to run in Jacksonville because of all the senseless crimes. Please don't show me a treadmill, "hate it" I have never had a fear to cripple me like living in Fl has. I no I must adopted a more healthier lifestyle. I’m going to try to take better care of my body; not just by exercising but by eating healthier also. I hope one day to see my Gabby grow up.

Friday, January 30, 2009

What'ca Go'in Do Church?

With murders among African American youth rising at an alarming rate, the intervention of urban churches and ministries is needed more than ever. This is an eye opening article....

You Can Pay For School But You Can’t Buy Class.

Will someone explain to me how a stripper routine becomes part of a cheer team routine? I remember the last school event I attended in which the students, cheerleaders and dancers performed, as the crowd cheered. These girls were dropping it “like it‘s hot.” It was some what embarrassing for me to watch. I was wondering when will the athletic departments start putting stripper poles on the fields and courts to accommodate the cheerleading routines at our schools? What ever happen to the educational missions of our schools? The great Hip-Hop philosopher, Jay-Z said in a popular song, “you can pay for school but you can’t buy class.” That quote came to mind when I read this article. This is a school-sponsored athletic event and when you see these scantily clad cheerleaders performing a dance that could easily be imagined at a strip-club. Who is influencing our youth? While Jay-Z videos may have inspired these sexually explicit routines, our schools’ cheerleader and dance team instructors, as well as parents, apparently or ok with this foolishness.( video )

Have We been fooled into thinking that education is simply about how well you can read, write or compute? What about values? You can look at a school dance routine and kinda see were it's value lie. If you want to see the quality of how these skills are applied in relation to values, you might want to check out the schools dance routines.
Don’t get me wrong. We need cheer leading and dance teams. Cheer leading is one of the most popular sports in high school and college. I also believe dance and cheer provides a wonderful outlet for girls and boys who want a casual artistic experience. Cheerleaders and dance teams keep students physically active and occupied. They facilitate school culture and increase spirit. These activities belong in our schools. But, renditions of BeyoncĂ© and Brittany needs to remain on MTV.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Satan's Only Weapon Against Us Is Through The Mind.

My heart goes out to Ms. Bynum II it oblivious that she has some issues she's dealing with. And we are instructed to have compassion for one another. When Ms. Bynum was introduce to the church world in 1994 or 1996 she was a powerful and anointed woman of God. I have attended many of her conferences over the years and I believe at that time she had a powerful word for her audience. I believe she's still a powerful tool to be used for kingdom building. It's something about her gift to draw and attract people.

Any way, I believe at this present time Ms. Bynum battle is in her mind. And, it's the battle that Everyone has to fight and that's the battle to stay sane . We don't keep ourselves in spite of what we think. It's He that sits on The Throne that allows us to recognize our feet from our head. Our thought life determines where we are in all things. When we meditate on what is wrong or the negative side of a situation, we become blinded by the problem and never see the escape available to us. (look at the man in cal. who killed his family) Our Heavenly Father has given us a way out , and that is through studying and meditation of the Word of God. (Hosea 4:6) We have to learn how to apply Bible knowledge to our lives, if we want to win the battles of life. God instructs the Believer on how to control their thought life by utilizing His whole armor. (Ephesians 6:10-17). Believers must recognize that we are in warfare everyday, and that the battlefield is our minds. The whole armor of God has been provided to help us guard against the enemy of our mind--Satan. That's why I have a problem with The Prosperity Gospel; it doesn't teach of the many attacks we will encounter in this life. If Satan can put thoughts, ideas and suggestions in our minds, then he can control our actions. We must come to understand when we're ignorance of the Word there can be no Victory over life's battles.

It's critical that we acknowledge that the warfare is not against physical forces but against powers that have authority in the spirit realm. Satan's mode of operation has not changed. He continues to use the same mind game that he used on Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1). We are going to have to recognize his deceptive ways and stand against them with the Word of God. Our battle is clearly spiritual. Satan launches assaults on the mind in order to affect the spiritual aspect of our lives. The mind is like the door through which the enemy has access. If Satan can influence our thoughts, he can control every aspect of our lives. Therefore, we must examine every thought that comes to our minds. Are they the fiery darts, the evil day and or the wiles of the devil? Every thought has either a life or death component attached to it.
Once a thought is allowed to have access in our lives, it begins its subtle work.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Aretha Franklin Hat And The Uninformed White American.

I've read various accounts of what some journalist and commentators had to say about Aretha Franklin hat during the Inauguration and quite frankly, I am not surprised at all. When you consider how much attention Aretha Franklin hat has received. One journalist even went so far to say that Aretha was trying to make the Inauguration "all about her" by wearing such a huge, attention grabbing hat.

Please! this proves the point that African- American has spent so much time learning about others culture(his-story) when in re- turn no one has taken time to learn about African- American culture or history. You got Ellen DeGeneres and others making stupid remarks about Aretha's hat because they don't understand our culture. When in reality "church hats" are deeply rooted in black, southern culture. If you grew up in the South are African-American that's just something you witnessed at church services weekly. Please It's , no big deal. Aretha Franklin could have worn any hat on that day and it would have gotten attention from uninformed people. Any way, people are now clamoring for this hat. It don't matter if some thought it was appropriate or not we people of "color get it." Video

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Joseph Lowery Earned His Right To Give That Benediction The Hard Way

Yes! Joseph Lowery earned his rights the hard way therefore, he can end a service the way he deem appropriate. I don't understand why The World daily and others are giving idiotic Rush Limbaugh's some attention. It's about Joseph Lowery's benediction from the Obama inauguration. Now, Rush and the other small minds are claiming that "outrage is about erupt " from his followers and hatemongers. This is how Pastor Lowery's ended his prayer:

"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around - when yellow will be mellow - when the red man can get ahead, man - and when white will embrace what is right."

Obama reacted to the benediction with a smile.The crowd cheered and scream with a loud "Amen." However, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Lowery's prayer "offended" and was "far more memorable than the inaugural address by President Obama." It was nothing wrong with that prayer.

Rick Warren was there to speak to the mainstream white evangelicals and I had no problem with that .So, why is there a problem with having Lowery there to speak to his generation, the struggle and the black church? They each had an audience, and they spoke to it. There isn't just one accepted way Christianity or religion can be expressed and Rick Warren is not the only voice at the table. Most white American should have learned early on during the Rev. Wright foolishness that older black Americans represent a different church, period.

Joseph Lowery earned his right to give that benediction the hard way. Does anyone think the civil rights struggle is over just because Obama got elected? His benediction was totally appropriate.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sara Palin The Banner Of Conservatism!

How about we talk about Bristol Palin an Levi Johnston. You know --they're still single? What were/are they waiting for? There's really no good reason why the two haven't married yet. Levi Johnston isn't off to war, serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, or anything like that. Well, they have yet to get married. I wonder how Palin supporters who claim to be conservative think about their precious former VP candidate.

Remember during the campaign that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston were going to get married. So, now we should look the other way regarding them, while we continue to look at the single motherhood of the rest of America. Why is this my business, you ask? And please Hush -up! with they're kids and they're private people. Well, those kids put out press releases to People magazine and everywhere else, starting a bidding war for the photos of their kid (which got them $300,000), and, as we all no , during the campaign the two said they'd get married, which they have yet to do. And it's our business because the mother and woman whom people are holding up as a conservative family values person, has demonstrated that she actually isn't one. Sara done went and got her- self a book deal but, at the same time saying leave my family alone.

I am certain Palin's book would sell, but I am a bit surprised by the way she is seeking out media attention when she has claimed that they have misrepresented her and her family. She does not want the media writing about her children but she uses them to demonstrate her family values when it suits her media purpose. Is it fair to ask the media to leave them alone when it is negative attention, but to use the media to promote their ideal family for positive attention? I have a hard time respecting this woman. I'm sure the same people who blindly follow Sarah Palin and think she's G-d will attack me for daring to point this out. You know, the same people who bought Ann Coulter's latest book and cheer on her chapter echoing--that single mothers are a national problem, not a solution. But I guess that means single mothers other than those with the last name Palin. This is, after all, the same Ann Coulter who call Sarah Palin her conservative of the year. Ann Coulter is a hypocrite! She can call other single mothers, "selfish". But, she won't dare say it about Sarah Palin daughter who's a baby mama, also.

Somethings Are Just Common Sense.

On last Friday the Supreme Court rule on a school district case in which a 13 year old girl was strip-searched by school officials looking for contraband ibuprofen. The school has a zero-tolerance policy on all medication, whether over-the-counter or prescription, without prior written permission. The girl was stripped after another student was caught with a 400 milligram ibuprofen tablet and accused her of being the source. Now the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of the student, noting that:
Common sense informs us that directing a 13-year-old girl to remove her clothes, partially revealing her breasts and pelvic area, for allegedly possessing ibuprofen ... was excessively intrusive.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, the young lady and her family sued, and a federal appeals court in San Francisco, California, ruled against the school.

The court said the school went too far in its effort to create a drug- and crime-free classroom. “The overzealous of school administrators in efforts to protect students has the tragic impact of traumatizing those they claim to serve. And all this to find prescription-strength ibuprofen.”

Imagine that, school officials demonstrating a lack of common sense when drugs are involved. I don't get the "zero tolerance" thing or how it works.What do they cover? "What is" Zero Tolerance?" Some cities have signs posted before entering the city limits stating that they are "Zero Tolerance."

This case is a perfect example of why Zero-Tolerance is a foolish concept especially for Schools. How you going to strip-searching a 13 year old girl, mine you, not for a gun, not for a knife, not for heroin, but for the 1 Advil Extra Strength Caplet. In the U.S. we now have schools where teachers are afraid to give a crying student a hug, for fear of a sexual harassment claim, but the school can force them to strip to their underwear and reveal their privates to be sure they don't have aspirin.

Ibuprofen, for crying out loud.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Michelle Obama Under Fire for Not Wearing Black Designers.

Please! This is ridiculous. Yes, she's a black women and the historical moment of having a black First Lady and Prez can not be understated but, do she OWE every thing shes do to the black community? I say NO! She and Barack have made it a point to not look through a "black" lens and neither should we. She should wear what she wants and what she thinks looks good for HER without having to think of what statement it sends. She is NOT the voice of Black America and neither is Barack. She just HAPPENS to be a black woman. Period! Honestly, I think this whole "Under Fire", attack on Michelle Obama, is really silly for the Black Artist Association. She has the right to choose who's ever garments, whether their Black, White, Asian or Spanish Heritage. This is not good for a country that is beginning to move in a positive direction, honestly BAA needs to get a gripe and get away from that type of mentality. Like President Obama Said, Enough of these CHILDISH GAMES, it's time to get down to business, for real! Give those Designer's their just dues, they designed really nice garments - and if Mrs. Obama was pleased with them then O well.
Isabel Toledo, who designed Michelle's lemon-yellow inauguration day outfit is a Cuban-born American. Jason Wu, the young designer who created the gorgeous gown Michelle wore to the ball is a Taiwan-born designer. Narciso Rodriguez is the son of Cuban immigrants. I also love the dress she wore to the prayer services.

Keeping The President Safe.

There are some really hateful people out there who would wish to do harm to our new President . I would caution them about trying it. I believe the video is meant to scare the "Hades" out of anyone with that idea. Any way have you ever wondered what all those extra SUV in a Presidential or VIP motorcade are? You no! the ones with blacked windows that no one gets in or out of. Wonder no more… They have a 6 barrel 7.62 mm or 308Win mini Dillon gun… which fires over 3,000 rounds per minute.The gun can be deployed in less than five seconds and shoots 4,000 rounds per minute. The wipers need to be run to remove spent casings when the weapon is firing.The vehicle is also armor plated. If that weren’t enough, the gun can instantly pivot 360-degrees… so good luck out running it.

This is a Dillon M134D Gatling Gun tucked away inside the Secret Service Yukon XL that follows Obama’s state-of-the-art Cadillac limousine (with five-inch-thick bulletproof armor) in the presidential motorcade.

On - Line Funeral!

We've seen how you can plan your funeral online, which seems like a reasonable thing these days given that you can plan just about anything else on the Internet. Without a doubt, one of the most popular areas of the Internet is streaming video, as we saw Tuesday when millions watched President Barack Obama take office on the web. In November, we also learned from 19-year-old Abraham Biggs that you can broadcast your own death live online. However, did you know that you can now attend a funeral online? That's a service currently offered by a funeral home in Columbus, Ohio (as well as a few other places), and it's a service I think will become rather common as people become less inclined to travel. If not mistaken I believe Streaming Faith broadcast Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson services live.

This service help families to create a private Web site that hosts video of the funeral as it happens, some companies offer technical services and advice for funeral directors. Some services help family or friends for whom travel is impossible or impractical, including one case where a soldier deployed in Iraq was able to view his grandmother's funeral in North Carolina. Right now, adding online streaming to a funeral package is free in some places but could cost about $300 in others. Questions: (1). What do you think of the idea? (2).Would you consider it for a love one?(3). Do you take photos during a funeral?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Aaron McGruder Doesn't Consider Obama Black

Aaron McGruder asserted that Obama is not black because he is not a descendant of a slave. "The person who is one of us in the White House is Michelle Obama and "her momma"," McGruder said. I really don't like the gettho term he us to refer to The First Lady mother. Anyway , there’s alot wrong with McGruder’s statement. If we used his standards there would be a great deal of us that aren’t “black”. How many of us for sure no we're descendants of slaves? That's what I thought! We assume it to be true. Mr. Mcgruder Let’s say Mr. Obama was on the Southside of Chicago. Would the cops shoot him? He’s black! So, Mr. McGruder we are black rather by slave or not. I’m considered black by America’s standards and so is President Obama. More here........

Politically Correct Parents Ditch Offensive Traditional Fairy Tales.

Some parents are ditching fairytales, believing they are politically incorrect or ‘too dark’ to read to children, a survey has found. One in ten parents even said Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs should be re-titled - because ‘the dwarf reference is not PC’. Rapunzel is considered ‘too dark’ and Cinderella outdated, because she is forced to do the housework.

The poll of 3,000 British parents, carried out by TheBabyWebsite.com, revealed 66 per cent believe traditional fairytales have stronger morality messages than modern equivalents. A fifth of parents said fairytales were no longer politically correct. I don't think these parents will be reading their kids any Bible stories, do you? Read more…

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Freedom of Religion Is..........

Encompassing ALL Americans, of all faiths, as well as those with no faith. That's what Freedom of Religion is all about. Thank you, Mr. President! The clergy were Protestant, and so was the new head of state. Therefore, the inauguration Tuesday of President Barack Obama aimed for a much broader audience. In his address, Obama referred to God and Scripture, saying, “the time has come to set aside childish things,” from 1 Corinthians.

The President reached out to all Americans whether secularists, Christians, Muslims, Jews , Hindus or nonbelievers Which I thought was remarkable.I think Pastor Rick Warren, whose participation drew the most criticism from liberals and gay rights groups, directly invoked Jesus as expected in his invocation. I read somewhere that he also quoted from the most important prayer in Judaism, the Sh’ma, when he said, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One,” and he called God “the compassionate and merciful one,” a phrase from Muslim devotion. Pastor Warren prayer was very much inclusive of everybody.

Rev. Joseph Lowery, a United Methodist who is considered as one of the bricks of the civil rights movement, focused on poverty and social justice. He called the stage where Obama took his oath “this mountaintop,” a reference to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech. Prayer has never cause this much focus at any event. Most Prayers at these events draw little attention but this inauguration event was different. Is it because faith/ religion were part of President Obamas start early on? The President spoke of his faith openly during the election and yesterday it came full circle.

For Sale!

A 22-year-old woman is selling her virginity online — offering her body to bidders nationwide in an auction that reportedly has netted a $3.7 million offer and the law isn't doing a thing to stop her.

The FBI isn't interested. The U.S. attorney doesn't care. Everything is fine by local police, and she isn't breaking any laws.

That's because Natalie Dylan, a made-up name for a real 22-year-old California college grad, is marketing her maidenhead in Nevada, where prostitution is legal. Some religious legal groups are objecting to the sexual sale, saying they are concerned that its influence may reach beyond the borders of the "Battle Born" bordello state. Coming from the dear old south we southerns had a lot of superstitions and saying ( like, don't buy new shoes for a funeral).Growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. I once heard her say a woman should never go hungry nor her seed beg for bread. That "saying" always puzzle me, but now I get it. She said women are born with a money maker. Now I never thought of that until reading this article about this young lady. I wonder is Natalie Dylan from the south? Many years ago women would/ did sell their bodies to feed their family. But today they are selling it to pay for an education. Wow! how time have brought about a change.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

America The Land Of Plenty.

This has been circulating on the internet for almost two months. In case you haven’t see it, it represents a superb illustration of the uneven distribution of the world’s food resources. It shows a series of families from around the globe, posing behind a pile of food that constitutes their entire food consumption for a week. Wow!

Many things can be discerned from the excellent posed photos. Germans sure drink a lot of bottled beverages. Americans like to eat delivered pizzas. Sicilians are fond of bread. Mexicans eat lots of luscious looking fruits and vegetables, but they wash them down with massive doses of Coke. Finally, the family from Chad will break your heart, eating a mere $1.23 worth of food in a week’s time, as compared with over $500 for the German family.

The originator of the comparison seems to be the website of the Canadian-based homeless nation.org. It's an inspired idea--to better understand the human diet, explore what culturally diverse families eat for a week. Any way the pictures says it all.

When you compare the two pictures what's in your heart?

The Promissory Note

King's dream speech spoke of a "promissory note" given by the nation's founders to guarantee everyone life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That such a note waited so long to be paid to African-Americans proved to be the nation's deepest scar. At noon on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, the promissory note will receive a hefty down payment. For when Barack Obama takes the oath of office as the nation's first African-American President, a portion of King's dream will have been realized - that people "will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." We had another dreamer in scripture by the name of Joseph. His dreams included stars and sheaves of grain favoring him over others. Hidden from Joseph was the painful path by which the dream would be fulfilled. Some lies a pit and treachery..... Years passed, but Joseph clung to his dream, as did Martin Luther King, Jr. Maybe another part of King's dream can now be fulfilled as well. May all of us be able to "sit down together at a table of brotherhood."

Monday, January 19, 2009

Kurt Warner Gives Thanks To Jesus Christ, His Lord and Savior.

In a world that is getting uglier and uglier with a skyrocketing divorce rate among athletes. With some athletes getting drunk, high, arrested, and getting women pregnant out of wedlock and giving their wives STD. It’s refreshing to see a man like Kurt Warner who seems to treasure his wife. During the on field interview with Terry Bradshaw after the game, when Warner does what he usually does in interviews; ( the hubby told me that) he first give thanks to Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. I doubt seriously that the Creator of the universe has any favorite sporting teams. Any way, I applaud any man who will hold Christ up as a banner of their faith before thousand of people and show that much respect to his own wife. I read a article which stated that the Warners’ marriage has endured a period in which they got by with the help of food stamps, and their family has expanded to include seven children. Kudos to Kurt Warner. More Here......

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tim Tebow A Banner For Christ.

I never heard of Tim Tebow until a couple of months ago. His name is spoken alot around the Jacksonville area . I am not a sports fan or a follower of U.S. college football. Which I have good reasons for (too many games) ,anyway ,I start paying attention to the talk of Tebow who's a star quarterback for the University of Florida Gators. Tebow exemplifies how a serious Christian can tackle two of the ongoing struggles facing the faith in today’s world: How to live “in the world” without becoming “of the world.” Matt 5:14-16

He's a solid academic student, he decided last week to return to school for his senior year rather than make the tempting jump to the NFL. Last year, when Playboy magazine wanted to include Tebow in its prestigious annual All-American football line-up, he refused. That’s because he lives his Christian faith in every way he can. On the black eye strips that players wear to cut down glare, he puts Scripture verses.

He never gives an interview without prominently mentioning his gratitude to Jesus, and he doesn’t stick it in at the end of the sound bite where it can be edited out, either. The fifth child of home-schooling parents, he travels with his mother and father’s missionary organization every year to the Philippines to do missionary work. He regularly speaks to thousands of students a year, to prisoners, and to sick children.

As Tebow puts it, he isn’t mixing religion in with his sports. His No. 1 goal is to share his faith. Football just happens to be the way he’s doing it.

Could 2012 Be The End Of God's Grace To Man Kind?

I recently received an e-mail from a Mayan calendar disciple: “The Mayan long calendar predicts 2012 to be the date the gravity of the planet Venus negatively affects the moon’s lunar trajectory and causes disruptions in the weather patterns on the planet Earth which is cause by Global Warming. We need to re-engineer the moon’s orbit back to a position agreeable with life on earth. This should be the sole focus of Global Warming talks and endeavors.”

Now we have this growing hysteria over 12/21/2012. Some people are going to make a lots of money over it and sell some books and trinkets. When 12/22/2012 arrives, fresh and new like every other day, they will head to the bank to count their money. One thing for sure no man knows the hour nor the time when the Son of Man shall return. Setting times and dates is God’s territory not man’s. It is arrogant to play loose and fast with the things of God and to pretend we know what He does. I do however believe that it’s quite possible this generation could be the last generation before God closes up this Age of Grace. So what about Doomsday 2012? From my study of it, it is based on the Mayan calendar, some quatrains by Nostradamus, and other various rumors and theories. the Mayan Calendar which predict a comet collision, grand astronomical alignment, or some other cosmic makeover will happen to Earth on Dec. 23, 2012. So the bottom line is that no ancient calendar, or soothsayer can predict when the cosmic end will be. Read more…

Here is the site December212012.com.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Violence At The Showing Of The movie Notorious

The movie Notorious (Fox Searchlight) a biopic about the life of rapper Biggie Smalls, has opened well-above industry expectations with about $9M on Friday and, as that could mean about $29M in ticket sales over the 4-day MLK weekend. But there will be no more tickets sold at the Grand 18 at Four Seasons Station theater complex in Greensboro, NC. More Here.....

I never understood what Biggie contribute to the community in order to have a movie made about him. Because I am not of the Hip Hop generation is one reason I don't get it. Every thing that I have read or heard about him has center around crime and violence.
Some people saw Biggie as simply a drug dealer turned rapper but he was also a man, son, father and friend. I was hoping the movie would show the human side of him. I thought maybe showing the different aspects of him as a person and making him more real that violence wouldn't show up.
I guess I was wrong!

President-elect Obama Have Chosen Who Will Break Bread At His Inaugural Services.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee have chosen who will participate in the Inaugural services. It look like the committee was trying to include ALL. I must say it does my heart good to see that President-elect Obama's friend Rev. Otis Moss Jr were invited to take part. I see the pick of Rev. Otis Moss Jr as representing The Old Black Church of years ago. Also it says that Obama recognize what role The Old Black church played in shaping his life. Retired Rev. Otis Moss Jr., who was senior pastor of emeritus at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, is one of several prominent clergymen and women who will participate in a National Prayer Service in Washington, D.C., next Wednesday, the day after Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. The service is a tradition that dates back to the inauguration of George Washington, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, and will be held at the National Cathedral. With scripture readings, prayers, hymns and blessings delivered by faith leaders from across the United States, the service marks the close of inauguration festivities. Moss will provide the opening prayer. Other clergy with roles in the service will come from additional Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu faiths. Admission is by invitation only. Bishop T.D. Jakes, the Dallas mega church pastor, will preach at the private church service that President-elect Barack Obama will attend the morning of his inaugural, The Associated Press has learned.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Michael Steele And His Party.

In a November interview with the Washington Times, African American Republican Michael Steele claimed that Republican leaders "don't give a damn" about blacks.
During last week's debate between Steele and five other candidates for Republican National Committee chairman, he continued the sentiment by accusing his party of "rolling out" black members as tokens, for media consumption. Article here!

My take is that No special effort should be made to convert African American voters because they are African Americans. The GOP needs to explain its philosophy and convince people, all people that its is for their benefit. I agree the Republicans do need a fresh face, and more importantly, they need someone who can go to the inner city, into the Black community, and into the Latino community and talk about why Blacks should vote for conservative measures. I don't believe it Mr. Steele, because his image among the black community is not one of like.

News "FLASH" as long as African American see hate as the root of the party it's no way I can vote for it again ( I voted for Bush) . Don't get it wrong! Democrats have the same problem but, have mastered hiding it. Any way when you have the root of the Republican party like, Sara Palin, Russ Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Hannity as the repersenters of the party. You can forget it. Honestly, Colin Powell said it best "hate must not be embraced."

Thursday, January 15, 2009

God Is Still In The Miracle Working Business.

Hallelujah to the most High. Two days after Jayne Soliman was declared brain-dead, her grieving husband saw her life-support machine turned off. In a moment of unbelievable poignancy, he was then given their baby daughter to hold for the first time. Doctors had kept 41-year-old Mrs Soliman's heart beating after she suffered a brain hemorrhage.

For 48 hours they pumped large doses of steroids into her body to help the baby's lungs develop. Then they delivered baby Aya Jayne by cesarean section. At 26 weeks, she weighed just 2lb 11/2oz. The tiny infant was placed on her mother's shoulder for a moment before being handed to her father, Mahmoud Soliman.

Aya - her name is a word from the Koran meaning miracle - is now doing well in hospital while 29-year-old Mr Soliman struggles to cope with the misery of suddenly losing his wife and the joy of becoming a father.

'It was Jayne's one true wish to be a mum - and she would have been a great mum,' he said at the couple's home in Bracknell, Berkshire. Mrs Soliman, formerly Jayne Campbell, was British Free Skating champion in 1989, the same year she was rated seventh in the world.

She went on to become a figure-skating teacher and had a spell in Abu Dhabi, where she met her Egyptian-born husband-to-be. Law graduate Mr Soliman said that when they met it was 'love at first sight' despite her worries over their age difference. She converted to Islam before their wedding. Upon their arrival in Britain Mr Soliman began studying for a business masters degree. Mrs Soliman had been healthy throughout her pregnancy, and continued working as a coach at Bracknell Skating Club. She was on the ice last Wednesday before she suddenly collapsed in her bedroom after complaining of a headache. She was flown by air ambulance to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but hours later, in the early evening, was declared brain dead.

Doctors told devastated Mr Soliman that an aggressive tumour had rapidly developed in her brain in just a few weeks - and had suddenly ruptured a major blood vessel.

But although she had suffered brain death, her heart could still be kept pumping on a life-support machine, and the doctors were hopeful her daughter could be born.

A mother's body remains the best incubator for a baby, even if she is brain-dead, but it is still wise for birth to be carried out as soon as the fetus is considered viable because infections can develop and spread to the baby. He wept as he recalled his wife's final hours. 'The doctors told me there was nothing they could do for Jayne but they needed her to stay strong for 48 hours to help our unborn child. 'Her heart kept beating strongly for 48 hours and her body never gave up.'

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: New Surgeon General?

Apparently Dr. Sanjay Gupta, of CNN fame, has accepted the job of Surgeon General. And now the news media is talking about how appropriate this choice may be. But, Rep. John Conyers has written a letter to Democratic colleagues urging them to join him in publicly opposing the nomination of Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General.

Even doth , Conyers, the veteran Judiciary Committee chairman, writes that Gupta "lacks the requisite experience needed to oversee the federal agency that provides crucial health care assistance," and requests that fellow Democrats join him "in signing a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama that Dr. Sunjay Gupta not be nominated for the post". Now, I believe it can't possible be all about experience because president-elect was lacking in experience also.

It's more about him accusing filmmaker Michael Moore of inaccuracy
"when the truth was that on every one of the allegedly fudged facts, Moore was actually right and CNN was wrong." Gupta and CNN would later acknowledge making a mistake and apologize on air. Others have questioned whether he is the right conduit for Obama's health care agenda, and whether or not he has ethical conflicts of interest stemming from the corporate sponsors of his show.

He's a medical doctor. And he clearly knows what the issues are since he is on the front lines with daily news deadlines which also means he can communicate and hustle......probably all qualities that will serve him well as Surgeon General. I think it is quite fine that the choice is not a government official. It is kind of refreshing, actually. Especially when you consider government officials came up with a "donut hole" for medication coverage for seniors. That program would never had sold in the private sector. CNN's Dr. Gupta is known for promoting a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise for longterm health.

Michelle Obama Making Ways For The Dark Skinned Sister.

"Well, you know it goes back to the very beginning. If you were light skinned you were in, if you were dark skinned you were out. It very well works that way in the industry. You see very [few] dark skinned people on top of the game. Most of the superstars are very fair or mulatto people".

That was a statement made by singer Angie Stone during the summer of 2008. Ms. Stone caught alot of heat for her statement(some say the problem was her attitude and music)but too her it was her skin tone. I don't no any thing about the music business but I do know about life. If you grew up were people address you by your skin tone rather than your name you might understand Ms. Stone better. What if everyday of your early life people call you names like blackie, tar baby ,or black gal? You might be able to relate to Ms. Stone with a must clearer understanding. My 1st cousin who skin tone is about the same as Ms.Stone,can easily understand. Talking about catching hell growing up she caught it. She develop and attitude too and I understand why. I beleive if interviewed today Ms.Stone might have a different out look.

Any way too,see 1st lady Michelle Obama with her dark skin tone i
s another reason so many dark skin women have fallen in love with her. She represent them in a way. She doesn't look like every other black woman in the media. When I see Michelle Obama on the cover of magazines and on TV shows, I think, wow, look at her and her dark skin. And I don’t mean any disrespect to my sisters who are light, brown or blue black , but gee, it’s nice to see a dark skinned sister get some attention and for her to be called beautiful by the world that is wonderful.

Now,that just doesn't happen every day,not in America. If a dark skinned woman is seen as beautiful she’s “beautiful for a dark skinned woman”, and not just beautiful. I believe Mrs. Obama will give dark skinned sister a reason to be more confident in their appearance and looks. Does this mean that the hue war between dark skinned and light skinned women will magically disappear? Honestly, NO!. This has been going on for hundreds of years, and in my opinion too long. I am praying and believing that Michelle Obama, being in the position that she's in will help unite all shades of black. Maybe with Michelle being the 1st lady with dark skin cream lightening will disappear, what you think? There's a new book out: Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ten Commandments.....Ebonics Style!

1. I'm God. Don't play me.
(I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any other gods
before me.)

2. Don't be makin no hood ornaments
and charms outta me, or like me.
( Thou shalt not! have any graven images)

3. Don't be callin' me for no reason
(Thou shalt not use the name of the Lord thy God in vain)

4. Y'all betta be in church on Sunday
and not just the Sundays when
it's Mother's day, Easter
and Christmas
(Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy

5. Don't dis or cuss out yo momma...
and if you know who ya daddy
is, don't dis him neither.
(Honor thy father and thy mother)

6.Don't be goin' on no drive bys.
(Thou shalt not kill)

7. Stick to ya own Boo.
(Thou shalt not commit adultery)

8. Don't be borrow'n stuff and
don't give it back.
(Thou shalt not steal)

9. Don't be snitchin' on the brotha'
man to save your behind.
(Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy brother)

10. Don't be eyein' (skeeming) yo
homie's crib, ride, woman,
or nothin'.
(Thou shalt not covet anything that belongs to thy brother).

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The African-American GrandMother.

We in the African-American community has always looked to the grandmother as the caregiver and conveyor of traditional values in the African-American family. Through slavery it was the grandmother that set standards for suitable behavior throughout the family. That's why I am not surprise that Michelle ask her mother to come aboard and help watch Malia and Sasha. Grand mothers were considered by African tradition the guardians of the generations. While the black family has undergone dramatic changes in the past few decades, the one thing that has remained constant has been the role of grandmothers to enrich lives, generation by generation. They remain an important source of knowledge and stability in Black families. Grandmothers help us understand the past and encourage us to hope for the future. They preserve and strengthen the values we hold most dear - compassion and generosity; responsibility and tradition. I remember the song Bill Withers had called “Grandma’s Hands." Hands that picked, taught and praised. I don’t have Grandma anymore, but I have a lifetime of memories. When I get to heaven I’ll look for Grandma’s hands.

But the traditional African-American grandmothers role has change alot through the years. For many different reasons culture, HIV/AIDS, street violence and drug addiction. To most of our grandmothers today it's a burden and it's beginning to show. The traditional grandmother role is coming to an end. I remember going to visit my granny every Sunday after church. My grandmother role was not my caregiver she was my granny. Her house is were you got to spend the night and get some granny love. This role for many African-American grandmothers has move from the giver of love to caregiver and provider of social and emotional support.

The single parent home, is adding to the end of the traditional grandmother role. In my opinion a grandmother is the life support system that every working mother needs and they are reliable. My grandmother raise 2 of my cousins because their mother died when they were babies. Grandmothers today suffer more stress and health issues because of more and more dependence on them. Some grandmothers are still being mothers to their own children. Today younger grandmothers may not play the traditional role in their family for years down the road. Because of their age, employment and an active social life which could keep them from being the traditional grandmother that many children need. So, I think Malia and Sasha has gotten a great deal an old fashion grand mother.