Thursday, July 14, 2016

Devante Hill, Warrants weren't a Problem for Congressman Cohen

Devante Hill, front line in Baltimore, Maryland

The breaking news in Memphis, TN today is Minister, Devante Hill.  Hill, is a young African American activist, being credited with organizing a Memphis protest that shut down the bridge connecting Tennessee to Arkansas, this past Sunday.

He is also currently being detained for an active warrant.

Devante Hill speaking with local news reporter
after dropping off school supplies
A concerned citizen took the liberty of searching Hill's name in a warrant database.  Hill had two active warrants (one of which has been dismissed prior to this story).

Hill went to the courthouse to clear up the matters and is now being detained on one active warrant.

Hill's "criminal activity" has presented itself as a grand opportunity to discredit his involvement in the #blacklivesmatter movement and even has some people calling into question the Interim Police Director and the Mayor of Memphis.

How can someone, with active warrants, help shut down a bridge and then walk arm and arm with the police director and not be detained?

My question is, how can this young educated man, with warrants, who is clearly involved in activism, stand on the front lines and expect not to be detained?

The answer is, clearly, he must not have known.

And do we honestly expect that the Mayor or the Interim Police Director would have asked everyone they encountered Sunday night for their name and then proceed to look them up in the warrant database before engaging with them?

Or how about Tennessee's own Congressman, Steve Cohen?

According to the "Memphis Flyer", when asked how he felt about Sunday's demonstrations, Congressman Cohen stated he was proud of his summer intern, Devante Hill, and his involvement with the peaceful protest.

How could such a criminal get the praises of your elected official, let alone a summer internship with your local government?

If you're going to call into question the Memphis Mayor and/or the Interim Police Director, then also give your Congressman's office a buzz too.

Let's put our critical thinking skills to good use.  Should one man's plight speak for an entire global movement?

According to the Commercial Appeal, Devante Hill, won't let recent threats or the handling of his active warrants deter him from the issues at hand.

What about you?

Do you think Hill should remove himself from the front lines?  Do you think Interim Police Director, Michael Rallings, should have known Hill had warrants?

Does the recent news of Hill's warrants make you feel less supportive about recent protests?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Restrictions on Police Body Cam Footage : What it Means to You



 
 
The Governor of, North Carolina, recently signed a bill restricting access to Police body cameras and dash cam footage.  North Carolina isn't the only state that has done so.

With this bill in place, Police dashcam and body cam footage is no longer public record.  Which means this type of footage is now CONFIDENTIAL information, therefore the public will not be entitled to view it.  Just like the information you share with your doctor and/or lawyer is secret information between only you and them, the same will be true for police footage.

Under North Carolina's new law, only individuals that can be seen or heard in the police footage, or their representatives, can request to view it.  There is no guarantee that their request will be granted.  Before the request is granted these factors will be taken into consideration:

• If the disclosure would reveal information regarding a person of a "highly sensitive personal nature";
• If the disclosure "may harm the reputation or jeopardize the safety of a person";
• If disclosure would create "a serious threat to the fair, impartial, and orderly administration of justice"; and
• If withholding release is necessary to protect an active or inactive investigation, criminal or internal.

Governor, Pat McCrory, stated, "if you immediately release a video, sometimes it distorts the entire picture, which is extremely unfair to our law enforcement officials.”  He signed the bill stating that it would promote "uniformity, clarity, and transparency".

What this means for you is, if there is an officer involved shooting or incident in North Carolina, or any other state that has enacted such laws, you may not want to hold your breath waiting to see the police footage on social media.

What this means for you is, if you have the unfortunate opportunity to be involved in an officer involved incident, in North Carolina, do not immediately rely on the police footage to be released to you or your representative.  In the event you are denied release of the footage, based on the above considerations, be prepared to go before the Superior Court with your request.

Do you think the above considerations lean in favor of one involved party over the other?  Is favor fair?

Do you think these type of laws promote police transparency, why or why not?

Civilians still have the power to use their personal cell phones for recording purposes.  Do you think regulation of personal cell phone footage will be next?

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Vaginas, the Key to Gun Control!


Both purchasing a gun and getting an abortion are actions that can be taken legally.  But Pro-Life individuals are not afraid to show up and publicly voice their opinions against those who choose to abort.

What if another strong group of the public treated a person who wants to buy a gun like they treat the woman who leaves an abortion clinic?  Strangers would hold up signs bashing the gun purchaser and photos of deceased loved ones who died by the use of a gun, begging them not to buy one.

Bashing someone just for purchasing a gun, without knowing their intentions, sounds extreme when you think about it. 

Some argue that in this day and age where mass shootings are becoming common, and homicide rates don't seem to be declining, that we should be just as extreme when it comes to gun purchasing.

Representative John Lewis' argument this week, during the sit in on the House floor, was that we
Sit in on the floor of the House of Representatives
led by Representative John Lewis
should invoke common sense.  He and the others that joined in the sit in, want Congress to vote on a bill that would deny the purchase of a gun to the same group of individuals that are on the "no fly" list.  He also wants to expand the background checks for those who want to purchase guns.

The sit in ended without a vote on the matter. 

Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, publicly stated that the sit in was just a publicity stunt and that all the Democrats had to do was get 218 signatures on a petition in order to get the vote.

Sounds easy enough.  But, Democrats would need the additional votes of some Republicans in order to reach that number.

Polls show that a majority of the public agree that guns should be banned.

What do you think?

Are you satisfied with the current gun laws?  Do you believe we should at least take another look at the current laws?  Should those on a "no fly list" or FBI watch list be prohibited from purchasing guns?

What about liking abortions to gun purchasing?  Should we publicly shame and bash those seeking to legally purchase a gun just like women who seek to legally get an abortion?

Why or Why not?

And if Congress never votes on gun control, maybe vagina can really be the key to gun control with a good old fashion "sex strike".

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Happy Father's Day, Mom!

Should single mother's be recognized on Father's Day?

Year by year, I've seen this argument grow on social media.  It eventually developed into greeting cards for Mothers on Father's Day and just last year the following commercial:



The commercial was created by, Angel Soft tissue, to honor women who had to be both hard and soft, when it came to raising their children alone.  In the commercial several people speak on their mother, with one mother being a single parent due to the death of a spouse.

As much as the tear filled testimonials may touch some people's heart, some people are also totally against the idea of mentioning a mom in the same sentence as "Father's Day".

Technically a Mother can never be a Father, and most people believe there are just some inherent things that a Father can teach a child, that a Mom can not.

Greeting card for Mom on Father's Day

What do you think?  Is a greeting card for Mothers on Father's day completely inappropriate?  What about the commercial, did it make you cry or make you frown?

Should mother's be satisfied with their day and leave Father's Day alone?  Should public opinion force a child from a single parent home NOT to acknowledge the double role their parent plays in their life?

If you are a Father, are you offended by these celebrations?  Does it take away from Father's recognition?  Or, is it ok to recognize that every family is different?

Moms, how do you feel.  Most single parents say that don't want to be recognized on Father's Day.  What if your child felt the need to celebrate you on this day, how would you feel?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Celibacy: A Thing of the Past?



You may have caught wind of this story when it first made some national headlines.  A young African-American woman presented her father with a certificate of purity.  The certificate signifies confirmation from her OBGYN that she indeed kept her promise to remain a virgin until marriage.  Her husband was also a virgin when they married.  The couple, in their 20s at the time of marriage, dated for three years before tying the knot.

In an interview they spoke about the backlash they received on social media, "People just don't understand, so they question it" .  Some people thought her father required her to present a purity certificate to him.  In actuality, he did not require her to do so.  She was following her sister's example, who was also a virgin when she got married.  The young lady decided to take the pledge at the age of 13.

Her now husband said that she was upfront with the path she had chosen, and they admit they can't count the number of times they were tempted to have sex.  However, it forced them to become more creative in their times together.  They also made sure to surround themselves with people who would not put them in situations where they would constantly be tempted.

They believe anyone at any age, who values themselves can follow the same path.  "Save yourself so you want have to worry about protecting yourself", is what the husband mentioned as a great way to look at the pledge you are making.

What about people who are no longer virgins?  Does that mean they do not value themselves?  Social media is plastered with sex appeal.  Apps like Tinder are making hookups as easy as a swipe of a finger.  Could you reasonable expect your mate to wait?


Ciara and Russell Wilson made it public that they would not be engaging in sex unless they got married.  Now, having been dating for less than a year, the couple is now engaged.

Do you think their decision to remain celibate played a role in their decision to get married?  With the negative backlash, the now married couple received for being virgins, do you think waiting for marriage is a thing of the past?  Is it something you plan to teach your children?

Celibacy, is it too much to ask for?  Or, do you still believe in love and that the right one would honor your request?

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Change Gone Come: Harriet Tubman to Grace $20 Bill

To be announced, Wedensday April 20, 2016, Harriet
Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill (not actual image )

Although, Ms. Harriet Tubman, will not be the first woman to have her image placed on United States currency, she will be the first black woman to be pictured on currency, and the first woman to be pictured on paper currency.

Updates to currency are no longer huge surprises in the U.S., due to increased needs to create additional security measures for paper currency.  However, placing a woman on paper currency, especially a black woman, in my eyes is a huge deal.  Due to security changes that were scheduled to take place on some of the U.S. bills, women activist took the opportunity to press the issue of having a woman appear on U.S. currency.

It was argued that the U.S. currency should be more reflective of its country by placing the image of a woman on its bills.

Who would have guessed that we would be so progressive and place an anti-slavery activist on one of the most commonly used bills?  In a country where women are still fighting to receive pay equal to those of their male peers, I must say that I am impressed.

We won't see these new bills until 2020, which will also be the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.  It will take even longer for the bills to go into circulation.

***UPDATE**** the annoucement was made today that Harriet Tubman will indeed be on the new $20 bill. However, she will be sharing the bill, with now occupier, President Andrew Jackson.  She will be on front and he will be on the back.

What do you think?  Is change good or should we keep the images they way they are?  Do you think this is a step in the right direction for women's equality?  Do you think the Treasury made the right choice in picking Harriet Tubman?  What woman would you have suggested?

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Friday, April 15, 2016

U.S. Senate Refusing to go to Work

President Obama as he announces his nomination for
the Supreme Court
The United States Constitution is the "Supreme Law" of the United States of America.  This means that the Constitution sets the rules for each body of law and the groundwork for how laws should be interpreted.  It is the duty of the Supreme Court to determine what our Founding Fathers meant when they drafted the Constitution.

That is why it is such a big deal when cases reach the United States Supreme Court.  In other words, whatever the Supreme Court says, goes.

In the Constitution is where we find the "Appointment Clause".  Article II, Section 2, Clause 2, states , "the Appointments Clause, empowers the President of the United States to appoint certain public officials with the "advice and consent" of the U.S. Senate."

One of those public official appointments is to the Supreme Court.  In order for the now vacant Supreme Court Justice seat to be filled, President Obama, needs the Senate to fulfill its duty of "consent".  He has already fulfilled his duty by nominating Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

However, the Senate has yet to hold a hearing on President Obama's, nomination, yet alone vote on it.  And the kicker is, they pretty much aren't afraid to let it be known that they do not plan on voting on the nomination any time soon.


Senate members that oppose holding a meeting on President Obama's nomination argue that the appointment should be held off until after the next President is elected, in order to give the people a voice in the nomination.  They argue that because whomever is appointed as the next Chief Justice will serve until their death or until they voluntarily retire, the appointment should be made by our next President and not by a President that will be leaving office at the end of the year.

What do you think?  Should the Senate at least hold a meeting on President Obama's nomination?  Should it matter that he is leaving office this year?  Do you think a President, having held office for almost 8 years, would be better equipped to nominate a Justice, as opposed to a new President?  Do you think the new President, having been elected by the people of 2016, will be a better voice for the people in its nomination for the vacant Justice seat?

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Black Lives Don't Matter

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with what they have going on in the community.
"Black lives don't matter to black people with guns."  This is what Judge Edward McLaughlin told 24 year old Tareek Arnold, right before he sentenced him to prison for 24 to 26 years, for attempted murder.
Black lives don't matter to black people, so why should they matter to anyone else?  This has been the argument since the inception of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.  Critics of the movement have also gone so far as to ask, "Don't all lives matter?"  If you visit blacklivesmatter.com you will learn that "Black Lives Matter" is an affirmation.  They are affirming what we all should know to be true, that black people are human and contribute to society.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but by affirming one thing, you are not abandoning all other similar things to that of which you just affirmed.

Meaning, one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch.  Just because that rotten apple was red, doesn't mean all the other red apples are also rotten.  And just because I'm speaking up for all the red apples, doesn't mean the green apples are forgotten.  The green apples just aren't the ones that needed additional protection, at the time I chose to speak up for the red apples.

Black lives matter, same concept. 

But what about the rotten apple?  Shouldn't something be said or done to prevent others from biting into a rotten apple?  What if red apples have a tendency to almost, always be rotten?

Well, you would think that red apples are almost, always rotten, if all you ever see is red rotten apples.  If you've never seen a green rotten apple or a perfectly good red apple, then I would understand your hesitation to eat a red apple.

Our experiences shape our opinions.  And a lot of our experiences, in this day and age, come from the media.  Our phones are attached to our hands and information is available at the push of a button.  When something becomes national news, everyone has an opinion about it.  Some stories we hear over and over, and some perspectives are more dominant than others. 

That's why its so important to think critically and rationally about the information we receive on a daily basis.  We must attempt to take off our blinders and really think before we speak.  Do the facts add up?  Because this station reported on the story, does it make their assumptions true?  Will repeating what I just heard on the news offend others that I interact with?  Am I really getting the entire story from this news story?

To end on a brighter note, I want to show you some perfectly good red apples.  Check this video out.


THANK YOU, GENTLEMEN: A group of men showed up to cheer on and motivate students returning from Spring Break. LIKE AND SHARE if you think we need more positive role models like this in Memphis.WHY THEY DO IT: http://bit.ly/1RLsHIs
Posted by FOX13 Memphis on Wednesday, March 30, 2016


 

A group of black men, in Memphis, TN, recently put on their Sunday's best and spent their morning welcoming students back from Spring Break. In addition to visiting more schools, sending a deserving young man to prom in style, and preparing a "Juneteenth" celebration, the Men of Big Homies Inc., seek to promote self pride in the community. Their hope is to raise morale in the city and present the positive images you are missing in your everyday news.

Speaking with, Antwuan Williams, who founded BIG HOMIES, Inc. along with Tim Jones, made an interesting point. You never hear the term "white on white crime". Because we don't hear the term, does that mean it's not happening everyday? Because blacks do commit crimes against other blacks, should all blacks be silent about their deaths?

When was they last time you saw something positive on the news? When was the last time you saw a positive story and you shared it with someone else, or even commented on it?

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

North Carolina, Big Balls & the NBA



North Carolina is set to host the 2017, NBA All-Star games.  However, there may be one teeny tiny problem.

Governor, Patrick McCrory, signed a bill that overturned a Charlotte ordinance that protected groups that are discriminated against.  Some of those groups include transgender, lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.

Of the overturn protections, one of those rights allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender that they associated with.  Meaning, transgender men turned women, were allowed to use the women's restroom.

Now that the ordinance is overturned, transgender men and women are not allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they associate with.  They must use the restroom of  the gender that they were assigned at birth.

The NBA has deemed the new North Carolina laws discriminatory.  And as we learned from the Donald Sterling controversy, the NBA does not "play that".

You may or may not know, that, North Carolina, is the hometown of likely 2016 NBA league MVP candidate, Steph Curry.  Steph Curry, who has a bible verse, Philippians 4:13, (also my favorite scripture) printed on his Under Armour basketball shoe, hopes that some common ground can be reached in order to keep the All Star games in Charlotte. 

The All-Star game would definitely bring a boost of revenue to the city of Charlotte.  North Carolina
Ray Mccallum of the Memphis Grizzlies and the
"STAY WOKE" campaign.
would ultimately benefit from hosting the games in one of their major cities.

Should North Carolina be afforded the benefit of the revenue the All-Star games will produce, despite the messages it is currently sending to the LGBT community? 

Atlanta may be facing similar controversy, in a bid to host the Super Bowl, in their new billion dollar football stadium.  Georgia lawmakers recently passed a bill preventing the Georgia government from taking action against any organization or person with "a sincerely held religious belief regarding lawful marriage between ... a man and a woman.”  This could also promote discriminatory practices.

Should the North Carolina laws be a factor in the NBA's decision to keep the All Star Games in North Carolina?  Did you know that the NFL once moved the Super Bowl from Arizona to California, because Arizona refused to recognize MLK Day as a holiday?

In the wake of the Supreme Court's declaring same sex marriage legal, do you think times have changed? 

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Monday, March 14, 2016

TalkstillCheap tee Campaign: Stay Woke




      Remember the popular campaign "Vote or Die" that started in 2004?  The campaign was created to get young people to vote.  It sought to educate young people on how voting works and the importance of their participation.  A record number of youth signed up to vote in 2004. 

     If you are still not quite sure how voting works, read my blog post HERE. 
     The 2016 election is turning out to be one of the most violent races, I have experienced in my lifetime.  Not only are the Presidential Candidates taking the usual digs at each other, via ads and debates, but the public is
harshly bashing the candidates via social network.  There is even a way, via your Facebook account, to determine which of your friends support which candidate, so you can then "unfriend" them if necessary. The public is even going so far as to protest the appearance of Presidential hopefuls in their city.  The people believe the views of Presidential candidates are so controversial and their actions so disgusting, that they don't even want them to step foot in their hometowns.

     Just as you were challenged to "VOTE OR DIE", I want to challenge you to "STAY WOKE" this Presidential election year, 2016, and even beyond that! 

     STAY WOKE means, I'm aware of my surroundings.  I won't be misguided because my beliefs are strong.  Pointless rhetoric won't convince me to change my views.  Because the news is no longer talking about Flint, Michigan doesn't mean you no longer care that they are still in need.  When you "Stay Woke" you are conscious of the world you live in and you won't be easily swayed because you are abreast of ALL of today's issues.  "Reality" TV is not your only topic of discussion about what's going on in the World!

     Wearing this shirt tells your audience that you aren't an easy target.  You can't be fed lies and false promises and be expected to act accordingly.  You tell your audience that you are on top of things, be it business, personal, political, and/or spiritual.

     What does "STAY WOKE" mean to you?  Will you help me spread the word and make it clear that we are a conscious society. 

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gender Parity: Happy International Women's Day!

   

    March 8th is International Women's Day!  It was originally called "International Working Women's Day".  According to internationalwomensday.com the day is meant to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.  This year the pledge is to increase "gender parity".  What that means is, we still need to demand equality in terms of status and pay when it comes to gender differences.

      In honor of this day we can all make a pledge to do our part to accelerate gender parity.  A simple pledge says, when I recognize gender inequality I will speak up against it.  Even when its not apparent, if I know of an ongoing display of gender inequality I will take action for it to be addressed.  I will write to my representatives or email the CEO of a business.  I will even start a #hashtag on social media to bring awareness to surrounding gender inequalities.  Simple as that.

     And because International Women's Day is meant to celebrate women's achievements lets also take the time to do so.  Another simple letter or shoutout on social media can do the trick.  Sometimes its the smallest gestures that mean the most.  Let a woman know you are thinking of them and you acknowledge their accomplishments.  It could be just the boost they need to keep their work efforts going.

     What woman inspires or inspired you?  How did they do so?  Have a suggestion on how to accelerate gender parity?  Share you story and suggestions below in a comment.  If you have a woman that has inspired you, let them know on this site and then send them the link.  What you say and share will be a permanent reminder that they can always come back and read, whenever they need a little pick me up!

Happy International Women's Day!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Gabby Douglas: Walking In Your Purpose

    
Gabby Douglas, wins gold at March 2016 American Cup
     Guess who is still killing the gymnastics game?  Yep, Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabby Douglas.  Four years ago the "Flying Squirrel" took home the gold medal at the Summer Olympic all- around in London.  This past weekend Gabby won her first gold medal since the London games, while in New Jersey for the "American Cup".  With a noticeably taller frame and a hint more makeup, its obvious Gabby has grown.  And its obvious on the balance beam and the performance floor that Gabby is stronger and more confidant.  I mean look how she flips around on the floor with ease.


    Gabby says she feels like a brand new woman, mentally.  Sounds like confidence to me.  How awesome is it to live in your dreams.  You know you are walking in your purpose when you make what would seem like the hardest thing to the average person, look totally easy.  She has risen above adversity time and time again.  Remember the fuss surrounding Gabby and her hair during the 2012 Olympics.  I can't wait to see what the 2016 Summer Olympics has in store.  Until then, watch Gabby Douglas below on the balance beam.






     Do you feel like you're walking in your purpose?  How often do you feel like a champion?  Have you ever felt like a champion, a winner?   If you haven't, take a moment, review these video highlights and think about yourself.  What talents do you have?  What can you do to begin exercising those talents so you can walk in your own purpose?  Don't deprive yourself of personal victory and don't deprive those who are rooting for you to take your place on the award podium!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Celebrate what you got!

Ebony magazine cover featuring Gabi Fresh, Jazmine Sullivan, Danielle Brooks, and Chrisette Michelle
 
     Body image and self esteem are definitely topics that will be in my upcoming book.  In the age where social media is so prevalent, because our phones are always attached to our hands, battling the ideal body image may be even harder than it was when I was in high school.  Not only do we have the constant image of celebrities and models, but now we have the beautiful girl next door and the ugly duckling, turned swan, posted on our news feeds to see everyday.  However, that shouldn't matter, just like trying to keep up with what the jones' are buying, shouldn't be our goal.

Ashley Graham, plus size model
on cover of Spots Illustrated
    We were uniquely designed and created just as we should have been.  Who is to say that your "Jackson five nostrils" aren't beautiful?  Well, you can.  And only you.  If you have the desire and the means to make a change, then by all means, go ahead.  Just make sure you're not doing it to conform to some type of image that society deems to be perfect.  Because, society changes like the wind.  Like they say on "Project Runway", "with fashion, one day you're in and the next day you're out".

    Today your features may not be desirable, but what about tomorrow or next year?  When your
features are finally celebrated on the cover of a magazine be sure to acknowledge it.  Write it down, take a picture, or do something!  Hold it tight for those days when you think what you have is not enough!!


    Do you think social media plays a role in how we view our bodies?  How far should we go with making alterations to our bodies, if any?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ambitious : Ari Badd


Ok so ima share some of it with the world!
Posted by Ari Badd on Tuesday, December 15, 2015



  When I first started my blog, I used to do a weekly feature entitled "Ambitious".  My slogan was, "like djs break records, I break people".  Hmmmm, I still think that sounds good. LOL.  Anyway, I just loved the idea of coming across raw talent.  I wanted to applaud people that were using their talents to follow their dreams.  By sharing their story, I not only encouraged them to stay on their path, but I felt it also inspired others with similar dreams, to get started on their own journeys.

With that said, I recently came across the above video on Facebook.  I was immediately moved.  Not only was her talent raw (raw, as in, not obviously created for, nor by, record execs for radio play), but the messages in her rap were very relevant.  Hats off to this beauty for the confidence and the courage to share your talents with us, along with some innuendos for us to think about.

Thank you for allowing me to share your video on my blog and I wish you continued growth and success.  The artist can be found on Facebook, under the name "Ari Badd"

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Beyonce & The Super Bowl 50 Movement


Photo courtesy of Beyoncé's Instagram page

What better time for me to have a much needed dialogue with you, than right now, when so many discussions are being had about popular culture and how it influences our perspective and daily lives?

Talk is still cheap without critical thinking and action.  I am excited to see so many people voicing their opinions and defending their points of view.  Defending your point of view makes you take a moment to think about why you feel the way you do.  Although we may not want to admit it, and also may not be doing a good job at it, it also forces us to take into consideration other people's point of view.  With that in mind, lets get started!!!


Super Bowl 50 reached its peak in views between 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm ET, when Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé hit the stage to perform the halftime show.  Just one day shy of this performance, Beyoncé released a video for her newest single "Formation".  The imagery of that video, along with its plethora of interpretations, made its way to the football field.

The imagery of the video touched on several topics that have been deemed "political" by media outlets.  Those topics include, but may not be limited to: Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter, Hurricane Katrina, Illuminati, Ethnic features (hair and noses), Feminism, and Capitalism.  I'm sure some may argue I left out some things or added a few of my own.  However, art is left up to interpretation, right?

So what's the big deal?  Some argue that Beyoncé did too much by displaying messages of "black pride" and police brutality on the Super Bowl Stage.  Former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, went so far as to say her performance was an attack on police.  As if to say, if "black lives matter" then police lives do not.

Some argue that Beyoncé did not do enough.  By merely placing these images in her video and coupling that video with song lyrics that don't entirely focus on the thoughts these images provoke, Beyoncé is not really an "activist". 

So what say you?  Did this new single and/or Super Bowl 50 halftime performance launch Beyoncé into the "activist " stratosphere?  Is her single just a power move on today's sensitive subjects, in an attempt to profit off of more serious movements?  Is she that desperate for a coin to do such a thing?  Should we just take the video and the performance for what it is, entertainment?  Is there a thin line between entertainment and activism?  Should we expect our entertainers to step in?  If they do, do you think we would ever be satisfied with the work that they do, being that they are entertainers first?

The day before Beyoncé released her video, Tidal, a music streaming company run by Beyoncé's husband Jay-Z, announced that they would be donating $1 million towards the "Black Lives Matter" movement.  Does that affect your opinion at all?

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Kickstart!!


My Kickstart Campaign is now LIVE!!! To contribute to my campaign click HERE

About kickstart: It solicits supporters of projects.  Those supporters are known as "backers".  If you contribute, then you are "backing" my project.  Its all or nothing.  Meaning, if I don't reach my goal, I don't recieve any funds and your account is never debited.  When you back my project you are essentially making a pledge to help me reach my goal!

I am so excited to share this project with you and even more excited to get you involved.  I've taken a huge leap of faith to finally finish this project.  I've always had a passion for writing, which is evident by this blog site.

Some of you have been with me since the creation of this blog and have supported me in several of my endeavors.  For that, I am extremely thankful.  A lot of you know I went to and graduated law school.  Since then you haven't heard much from me.   You may have been wondering what I have been up to.

Well, my journey has been long and it has not ended with a bar exam, as of yet.  (I PROMISE THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL KNOW WHEN)

When I made the decision to go to law school, my entire intention was to be of SERVICE.  I wanted to be in a position where I could help people, who in most cases, wouldn't be able to help themselves.  I wanted to educate myself so I could help empower others. 

During law school, I loved the feeling of winning a case or helping someone feel safe by knowing the law and using its resources.  However, I was so tied down with reading, studying, working, interning, volunteering, and such, that my blog completely suffered.  I didn't have the time to, well let me take that back, I didn't make the time to keep up with my passion. 

Life happened.  It wasn't always pretty.  Some things distracted me, discouraged me, and threw me off course.  But, I've come full circle, now equipped with a law degree and a lot of life lessons. 

Help me share my journey.  Get more info on my project by visiting my Kickstart link and backing my project.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Focus Group #1

Hello Supporters,

Thank you for taking the time to come by and visit an old friend.  I need your help.  I am working on a project that will have a social media angle.  I think a very productive way to go about addressing topics that people would be interested in, is to conduct a focus group.  This first focus group may be one of several to come.

Please take a minute and comment on this post.  Tell me some things you like about social media and some things you do not like about it.  If you are active on social media sites tell me why.  If you are barely active on social media, also tell me why.  Just click on the pencil or type in the comment box to get started.

Thank you for your feedback! Have a great day!