Friday, January 15, 2010
Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. We celebrate his life and legacy on the third Monday of January. Take time today, to educate a young person on his life and his teachings of non-violence and service. View my post from earlier this week to find some activities you can participate in on or near January 18, 2010, which is this year's celebratory day for Dr. King. If your city is not listed, you can take the ideas of other organizations to create your own educational or service activities.
Reflect on the dream, and CREATE YOUR OWN!
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
So lately there has been a lot of talk about Popular artists being devil worshipers. Most commonly, Jay-z, Beyonce and Rhianna. Some people have taken these artists lyrics and appearance and given them their own interpretation. Unsurprisingly, this belief has a lot of following. Even some of these artists own fans not support these allegations, and no longer listen to their music. The debate seems to get stronger and stronger with each newly released single and/or video. You can find several of these videos on Youtube. Check out the following video, its just one that I found that was not extremely long and addresses more than one of the views and displays some "evidence" people have found to suggest some artists are a a part of a secular cult.
How does this make you feel? Do you believe it? Disturbing at all?
Some speculate over the "roc nation" symbol always being placed over the left eye (I never noticed that before), J'HOV, Jay-Z referring to himself as God (Jehovah), and recent lyrics "Jesus cant save you, life starts where the church ends.."
Below is a interview, where Jay-Z finally addresses the rumours. In the video he confesses that he does not believe in Religion but he does believe in "One God". He does not believe in hell and he does not believe that there are different Gods, such as God, Allah, Jehovah, Buddah. He believes different religions just separate us all, but there is indeed just ONE. Which one he believes....he did not confirm. Check out his response below.
Jay says he is just an entertainer and the rumours are ridiculous.
I recall doing an interview in college, and creating an autobiography for a lady who is an advocate of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and transgender rights. She recalled a quote that her religion professor gave her in college, and it sticks with me to this day.
"Religion is for those who do not want to go to hell, Spirituality is for those who have already been there."
I think this quote also hits close to how Jay-Z is attempting to describe his beliefs. Religion is more of an organized belief, where as you may believe you have to follow a certain routine (i.e. attend church 3xs weekly, pay tithes, visit sick and shut in, make the ultimate journey to the top of a mountain, routine meditations, fast at certain times of the year) in order to be a "true" believer or demonstrator of faith. Whereas spirituality is more of a personal connection, where one defines and creates their own relationship with a spiritual entity. Having been through hell and back, you may have a stronger sense of where your spiritual guidance comes from.
Therefore, you can go through the motions, attend church every week, say a prayer or two, or even pay your tithes, but if your spirit isn't in it, if you do not truly believe in a divine entity and express that believe through your living....then what is the purpose.
I say that, to say this, you can watch all these youtube videos on Jay-Z and other artists, and either continue or stop listening to their music, BUT their music/actions won't have anything to do with your religious or spiritual journey. Only you can decide how much you allow someone else's views and opinions to dictate your own.
So, where do you stand?
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Haiti was hit with the strongest earthquake to hit the nation in over 200 years. It is said to have left damages worse than a war zone. Haiti is the western Hemisphere's poorest country. The earthquake has affected over 3 million people, in a country that has a population of about 9 million. The earthquake hit several homes and buildings, including the National Palace (which is now crumbled), and the Headquarters of U.N. Peacekeepers. Tens of thousands have lost their homes and the death toll has reached over 100,000. Citizens have piled bodies along the streets of the capital, and some still cry out when bodies are discovered under collapsed buildings. Several peacekeepers from other countries, such as Brazil and China, have also died or been injured, due to the earthquake.
Due to the devastation of many buildings, including hospitals, a lot of the victims can not be helped due to the limited resources. Airports have now been opened to recieve aid. The U.S. has offered its full assistance. Food, water, and aid is tremendously needed.
NOT EVERYONE CAN DO EVERYTHING, BUT EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING! Here are some ways you can help, near and far. Know someone in Haiti? You can also use the below information to try and track them down. Please spread the word and share this information with all you can. Check the ways you can contribute Below.
How you can help!
- Send a text to his Haitian charity, Yele, to donate $5 to the savaged country. (The number is 501501.)
- Donate $10 to the Red Cross. Text “Haiti” to the number 90999.
- The American Red Cross also is accepting donations through their International Response Fund. Donations can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575
- Donate at savethechildren.org or make checks out to "Save the Children" and mail to: Save the Children Income Processing Department, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, Conn. 06880
- UNICEF. Go online to unicefusa.org/haitiquake or call (800) 4UNICEF
- Direct Relief International. Donate online at directrelief.org.
- Mercy Corp. Go online to mercycorps.org or mail checks to Haiti Earthquake Fund, Dept. NR, PO Box 2669, Portland, Ore. 97208 or call (888) 256-1900
- To find information about friends and family in Haiti: The U.S. State Department set up a toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747.
PRAY FOR HAITI
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This track features Nicki Manji and J Holiday. Lloyd was recently featured on the latest Young Money track "Bedrock". You have to love this guy's voice. I bought his first album "Southside", and I still listen to it this day. He kind of fell off after, and I wasn't moved to buy his second album, although I am a huge fan of the record "You" that features Lil Wayne.
Anywho, this track is a sultry sexy ballad/club banger, that has a nice UGK sample. I'm not really a fan of Nicki Manji, her verse is "ok" on the track and J. Holiday does his thing. Either way, I'm sure you will enjoy the track (I ALWAYS PICK THE DOPE ONES)! The music player is back for this track, so just click the play button below to listen.
Hey, tell me what you think about TURN IT UP TUESDAYS, the songs and the artists. If you ever feel inspired to give suggestions, while listening to any of the songs, please leave it in a comment on the post. Thanks!
Monday, January 11, 2010
The third Monday of every January commemorates the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King's birthday is January 15, 1929. This year MLK day falls on January 18. We celebrate his legacy and should take this day to participate in Service and educational events. Below are some events that will take place in two prominent MLK cities. One of these cities being, Memphis,TN, the home of the National Civil Rights Museum, (original location of hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was slain). The other city is Atlanta, GA. This is where Dr. King's living memorial rests, also where he grew up, attended college, preached, and established a lot of his non-violence work.
- 1/16-1/18 Volunteer with "Hands on Atlanta"
- Imagination Children's Museum will hold a MLK Day Celebration, which will include the creation of a "Cloud of Dreams Wall Mural"
- Visit the King Center for a MLK DAY celebration and discounts on Admission
- Ebenezer Church will hold its annual celebration with several notable public speakers
- 1/18- Morehouse College Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Help Construct the Mo' Better Food Educational Park / Farm
Volunteers are needed from 9:00 am- 6:00 p.m.
- Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia (South of Atlanta) will hold its Annual Freedom Run 5k and 10K
- Hosea Feed the Hungry will also be accepting volunteers for several different projects throughout the city (www.hoseafeedthehungry.com)
- 1/16- National Civil Rights Museum: MLK Youth Day 10am-2pm for ages 3-10, festivities will include art, music, games and a birthday cake
- 1/18- National Civil Rights Museum: $2 admission 8am-6pm, will include live music, speeches, and drama performances
- 1/18- Children's Museum of Memphis 10am-3pm MLK Birthday Party, will include face painting, arts, crafts, excerpts from Dr. King's speeches, and a "Peace Quilt"
- 1/18- Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns special MLK game that will be nationally televised
1 p.m. - MLK Jr. Day High School Classic (Melrose Golden Wildcats vs. Germantown Red Devils)
3 p.m. - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sports Legacy Symposium presented by the Hyde Family Foundation featuring Oscar Robertson and Alonzo Mourning
4:30 p.m. - Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns - This game will be televised on the TNT cable network.
To kick off your Holiday with a bang, for those of you who do not have to work on Monday and will be in Atlanta, check out this party. Some of the proceeds will be donated to a worthy cause. Nothing wrong with having some fun. It is an all black affair, come network with some of Atlanta's finest. Not to Mention, I will be there!
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If you know of anymore events and volunteer opportunities please feel free to post the information as a comment for this post. If you ever have any volunteer/service opportunities you would like to share, ALWAYS contact me. I'd love to post it for you.
Democratic Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid has been apologizing profoundly, the last few days. A comment made by Reid in 2008 during the Presidential Campaign, in regards to President Obama has recently surfaced. In a book by Time Magazine's own, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, entitled "Game Change", Reid commented on Obama's chances at the Presidency.
Senator Harry Reid was quoted as saying, Barack Obama's electoral chances improved due to his "light skin" and his speech that had "No Negro Dialect", unless he wanted to have it. Reid says his comments were meant as Praise and has also stated he was "wowed" by Obama's oratorical gifts. Since the surface of these comments, Reid has thus apologized and released the following statement:
"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans.
President Obama, quickly accepted Reid's apology and says he "considered the book closed". Rev. Al Sharpton has also come to the support of Reid, although Reid
did not select the best word choice in this instance, these comments should not distract America from its continued focus on securing health care or creating jobs for its people."
Critics of this circumstance believe Reid quickly apologized, only due to his heavy race for Senator re-elect. Other critics simply agree with Reid, and believe he spoke only the truth, and that President Obama's light skin and oratory skills did render him a "Racial Pass". To these critics President Obama does represent the opposite of all the negative notations placed on stereotypical African-Americans (i.e. dark skin equals aggressive, distrustful and broken speech), and therefore did provide him with the advantage needed to run a successful campaign.
What do you think? Did Obama win his Presidential election with the help of a "Racial pass" or was his character and campaign run in itself, enough to put him where he is today, IN THE WHITE HOUSE?