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May 16, 2016

Black Panthers Documentary

When I first started my undergraduate studies under the criminal justice major, I was required to read a book titled, Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt written by Jack Olsen. This book was life changing. It painted a completely different picture of the Black Panthers and what they stood for. Since then I was completely obsessed with the activism of the Black Panthers. To me, they were the epitome of advancement of the colored people. 

  • They knew their rights inside and out.
  • They were self- educated on the history of Black Americans.
  • They created programs to feed children breakfast.
  • They had drug prevention programs for addicts.
  • They were aggressive and not once did they express an agenda to discriminate against other minorities.
May 16, 2016

What does Mel Jackson think about politics?

"We have to stop looking for white saviors."

 Dr. Umar Johnson
By this blog, you probably have an inkling as to where I stand when it comes to race and politics. Dr. Umar Johnson does an amazing job further expressing my opinion on this issue. I don't trust our government. This country was built on oppression and those who are in power have done a lot to sustain our role as minorities. 
May 16, 2016

War on Blacks: Nixon’s war on Drugs racially motivated

For years, there have been conspiracies that there was an agenda to incarcerate and annihilate the black race. In the late 80’s we learned that the CIA implanted drugs into the Black communities. We learned that both the FBI and CIA tapped the phones of...

March 29, 2016

Black Spending Power: Using our Buying Power to end Racism!

black spending power

Purchasing power is a license to purchase power.

Raoul Vaneigem

Last year was a very exciting year for Black Americans and minorities, in general. It was a year of struggle and triumph, a year to evaluate the lack of diversity, and a year of open dialogue on how we can change our underprivileged circumstances. Minorities are more popular and more influential than they’ve ever been. Something in the air smells like change and we’re very confident that we will see this change in 2016.

March 29, 2016

Beyond Black History Month

Cheering for diversity

Black History Month is a great symbol of race relations in this country. For centuries, we've always had to belittle our experiences for the sake of Caucasian comfort.

  • We ignore racism because we don't want whites to feel guilty for what they did to our people. 
  • We deny our culture and assimilate to satisfy the white standard of how one should act.
  • We allow ignorance and generalizations so that we don't offend their ignorant perspectives. 
March 29, 2016

Keys to Success: Reading for Pleasure

 

Malcolm X

One of the most influential books that I've ever had the pleasure to read is the The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley.  While, I appreciate Spike Lee for his incredible interpretation of the life of Malcolm X, it was this book that brought his story full circle. It has to be one of the top  non-fiction stories of our time, describing the complexities of a man who had to discover his activism.  The media tries to portray him as a deviant who was angry and filled with violence but through this book, you learn about how he grew and learned from his experiences. Prior to his death, he was extremely enlightened. I learned from this book as soon as I opened the first chapter and am indebted to it's knowledge and historical importance. 

It's interesting because everyone wants to know the key's to success. This book was my first key. It's unlike what everybody else considers success because it's not based on material but the success of the mind and self empowerment. In fact, my keys offer self awareness and fulfillment in life, two things that can create a sturdy foundation and enough confidence to be successful both financially and mentally.

If you want to ride with me on this success train than join me in the path that we can create together. Read below and unlock your first key.

March 29, 2016

What’s happening in Flint?

If there is any reason why you should vote, the above video is a great example why people need to get out and vote. I say this because there are so many politicians who are at fault for this water crisis and it is a clear example of neglect and recklessness.

In 2014, the city officials of Flint decided to change their water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Their goal was to save millions by using local water supply instead of contracted water from Lake Huron. 

March 29, 2016

The Power of Melanin

For centuries, black people have been socialized to feel ashamed of our skin. It has been the cause of ridicule, discrimination and self-hate. Even if you're not a victim of self-hate. There are children who are growing up thinking that white skin is most ideal. Below is a video where young black children are expressing their bias toward a white skin tone.

It's extremely disheartening because our skin is the complete opposite of what we've been told. It's not dirty, ugly or evil. In fact, the darker the skin the more superior the genetics. Now when I say this, I'm not talking about a superior race. I'm referring to our skins ability to keep us youthful, healthy and beautiful.

Humanity says that our skin is bad but biology says otherwise. This is why we want to teach you about the health benefits of your dark tone. Not only is your skin beautiful but it is a gift from our ancestors that keeps us safe. If interested, read more after the break.

March 29, 2016

Fast Food is damaging our community

Fast Food Is Awful

Fast food has become a common staple of the American diet. It’s fast, it’s cheap and it’s delicious. In fact, studies have shown how junk food affects our bodies. According to research, it has an addiction comparable to cocaine. Not only has it played a dramatic role on our health, it has altered the chemistry of our neurological system.

March 2, 2016

Healthy Lifestyle 101: Nutrition

Child eating healthy

There are so many benefits to eating healthy. Not only will you look great but you’ll feel amazing. Healthy nutrition can be the prescription for decreasing stress, increasing energy and uplifting your mood. In fact, those who eat well add nearly 14 to 20 years onto their life.