The African Renaissance Monument

African Renaissance Monument-0Rarely do I find anything on social media worth paying attention to these days, however, I was pleasantly surprised this morning while scrolling through my Facebook timeline to come across these pictures of the African Renaissance Monument.

The 492ft statue was designed by Senegalese architect Pierre Gouidiaby and is located on top of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles in Dakar, Senegal. The bronze statue is said to be the tallest in Africa and reportedly taller than the Statue of Liberty and Christ the Redeemer combined.

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It was blustery cold outside; 17 degrees I think. But I was present, in the church’s basement, when New York City’s top cop, Commissioner Bill Bratton was brave to admit to a mostly black audience in Jamaica, queens, at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York for a Black History month event, February 2015, that police played a part in some of the darkest moments in black history. The worst parts of black history were possible due to the racist culture and nature of the police. Slavery, The United States original and greatest sin (colonizing Indians on reservations came later), sat on a foundation that was codified by laws—LAWS !!! And then enforced by the police, slave catcher, etc. He went on to discuss how Peter Stuyvesant, a Dutch settler used black slave labor to build New Amsterdam (now called Manhattan), then he build a police force. He acknowledged the distrust seeded historically by the role of police in enforcing laws that were the foundation of slavery and Jim Crow discrimination. And he talked about the risk that attitudes born of policing neighborhoods where most crimes are committed by blacks can unconsciously harden into bias against all blacks. And ever since then, the stories of police and black citizens have been intertwined, again and again…and it was always bloody, most times, ending in death. I started to cry. A stranger—parishioner patted my shoulder to calm me down!!!!
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I am so angry, I can chew rocks!! When will Blacks stop being America’s boogyman? There are still people out there who feel that the Brown shooting was self-defense… white people. Such people may even feel that Rodney King’s brutal beating and the killing of Amadou Diallo and Eric Garner were justified… white people. The young man in the Brown shooting was UNARMED—not a knife-wielding, gun-toting, muscle-bound hulk. I thought that the police were only supposed to use their firearms as a last resort or when there is no other way to stop an individual from causing deadly harm to the officer or to another person, particularly with a weapon… white people. Basically, an individual’s defense is supposed to be comparable to the degree of harm he or she is confronted with… white people. There are those who feel that unarmed minorities cannot be subdued without killing them… white people.
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The Value of Black Women In America


The latest hot topic and matter of flaring debate, all over the country, has been that of the most recent exposure and occurrences of domestic violence cases. It was in reaction to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodwell’s pick of members to serve on the Domestic Abusive Leadership Team; a team in which lacks the representation of African American women who have been victims of domestic violence, and in addition to a recent article that labeled Shonda Rhimes as an “angry Black woman”, that probed TV One host, Roland Martin, to comment and discuss the devalue of Black women in America.
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Female Hostility In The Workplace

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Upon entering the work force after a few years off from mourning the death of my mother, I was delicately warned by several individuals, that I was older and smarter now; that I needed to understand that I WILL become a threat to most as I re-enter the workplace…especially white women.

During those few years unemployed, I spent the majority of my time developing my own non-profit organization. I spent countless hours at the university library, self-educating myself on how to start and run a small business. Within one year, I completely legalized and filed with the state of Nebraska, The Beauty Is Skin Deep Movement, Inc. which is a non-profit organization designed to eradicate the general perception of women of color living in America through programming and other educational outlets.
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To Riot or Not to Riot: That Is The Question


The aftermath of 18 year old Michael Brown tragically being gunned down by a St. Louis police officer, after visiting his grandmother’s home in Ferguson, Missouri, has been nothing less than a mass pandemonium for the past two days.

As I awoke Monday morning and started to check my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, I came across many posts regarding the tragic occurrence and it appeared as if many people were angered, frustrated and fed-up with these unjustified episodes of white men with guns, feeling as if they have the power and the authority to kill unarmed and non-threatening young black men.
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Has God Abandoned Us?


It is said that the root causes of all our difficulties is: human selfishness, mistaken order of values and sin. We need a new way of thinking about ourselves, about our relationship with the world and with God. In the news and daily publications, human suffering, violence, starvation, poverty, disease and war are reported daily—not to mention the pollution of our waters, air and land.

When God created us, he envisioned a world of beauty and harmony; he created the world, making it every part an expression of his wisdom and love. Humans were created in his image and likeness; he gave us dignity, an immortal soul, self-awareness and freedom. But we sinned by disobeying him, and thereby rejecting his design for creation. So the original harmony of creation was destroyed; that was the first sin…not when Cain killed his brother Abel, Genesis 4:8.
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THE PAJAMAS PARTY – The Holy Trinity of Slob Wear


This trend started about 14 years ago and I was hoping that it would pass—but it hasn’t. Just like the sagging pants below the buttocks didn’t, and that trend began about 25 years ago. What is up with the teenagers or even the young adults, in the inner cities, wearing their PJs in the streets? Everywhere I look in my neighborhood, people are making themselves at home—on the streets (no
pun intended if you are homeless). When did this look become so fashion forward? It is the equivalent of:
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