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MOTHER'S DAY THOUGHTS

THE MOTHER-CHILD BOND

 A while back, I attended a college graduation ceremony and observed something that verified something I already knew; but hadn’t actually thought about. Seated in front of me was a young mother and next to her was her newborn baby. The infant couldn’t have been more than two weeks old as it sat in the plastic car carrier oblivious to the world. What I observed was this mother’s constant and deliberate…

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Added by SAM on May 12, 2017 at 8:08pm — No Comments

BLACK WOMEN AT THE 2016 RIO OLYMPICS

2016 RIO OLYMPICS- A SHOWCASE FOR U.S. BLACK WOMEN

So did you see the Black women athletes from the U.S.A. “show up and show out” at the Rio Olympics?  These women were real examples of the greatness of this country.  Black women won gold medals in gymnastics, water polo, shot put, boxing, the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay, and of course, basketball.

What was most impressive was how all of these women carried themselves with dignity and…

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Added by SAM on August 27, 2016 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Don't Forget the Achievers

In recent weeks we have seen the stories of the deadly confrontations between young Black men and law enforcement all over this country.  And in Baltimore we saw the anger and frustration of some of its residence manifest itself in the destruction of their own neighborhood.  I have heard some commentators opine that these actions are the result of institutional failures of government and business to address the systemic problems Blacks, and in particular, young Black males, face everyday in…

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Added by SAM on May 18, 2015 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Dr. King Holiday 2015

As we commemorate the 86th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King it is a good time to reflect on where this nation called the United States of America has come from and where it is headed.  Many of those who began the fight for civil rights have transitioned away from this existence and never had the opportunity to taste the fruits of their labor.  Civil rights advocates, from the national leaders to the local community, began a fight years…

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Added by SAM on January 18, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Songs with "Lady" in the title

Sometimes it’s good to take a break from the everyday of business and have some fun.  See how many R&B songs you can come up with that have the word “Lady” in the title.  Here’s what I came up with.

 

“Golden Lady”- Stevie Wonder

“Lady”- The Whispers

“Three Times a Lady”- Lionel Ritchie

“Elusive Lady”- Pockets

“Lady Love”- Lou Rawls

“Fall in Love, Lady Love”- The Dramatics

“Foxy Lady”- Jimi Hendrix

“You Are My Lady”- Freddie…

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Added by SAM on December 29, 2014 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Ruby Dee

As we acknowledge the life of Ruby Dee, I encourage you to visit IMDB (Internet Movie Database) and review the career Ms Dee crafted.  You will find some favorite roles that she portrayed, and you will probably be surprised by some others that she played.

Some of the most memorable roles for me include mother to Flipper and Gator in “Jungle Fever”, and in Mother Sister in “Do the Right Thing”.  She played these roles effortlessly seeming not to be acting at all.  One of her earlier…

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Added by SAM on June 16, 2014 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Lessons- Dr. Maya Angelou

The passing of Dr. Maya Angelou has generated feelings of sadness for many.  The personal revelation that she is no longer physically among us will make some feel forlorn.  But, there also exists a joy, not in her death, but in her life.  There are those whose continued existence is bolstered by some inspiration she gave them.  When they were down and out, some word from Dr. Angelou lifted them; gave them strength; brought them joy.  So while sadness may be expected, the joy comes from…

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Added by SAM on June 16, 2014 at 9:22pm — No Comments

How Would Dr. King Want You to Celebrate the King Holiday?

Have you ever thought about how Dr. King would want you to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday?  Would he want you to attend services where choirs sing songs of inspiration?  Would he want you to participate in programs where 6th graders reenact the Dream Speech?  Would he want you to go to lectures given by other civil rights veterans?  Would he encourage you to enjoy lunch and dinner specials at your favorite restaurant, or take advantage of the deals provided by…

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Added by SAM on January 19, 2014 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Only One Nelson Mandela Will Pass This Way

As the world recognizes the passing of Nelson Mandela, the tributes narrate how this former South African president’s life changed the world.  Superlatives such as courageous, brave, passionate, compassionate, intelligent, and inspirational have all been used to describe Nelson Mandela’s life, but there was one statement that caught my attention.  One tribute suggested that “there will never be another Nelson Mandela”.  And that is true; there never will be because that is how the Creator…

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Added by SAM on December 16, 2013 at 9:09pm — No Comments

MARRIAGE IS BUSINESS

In the movie The Marriage Contract, a couple receiving premarital counseling is told that they should prepare for marriage as if they were starting a new business.  The goals, roles, rules, and expectations should to be clearly understood before the two parties sign on the dotted line.  This is not to discount the importance of love, affection, or romance; those things matter, but in reality, two people coming together in a marriage are actually starting a joint business…

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Added by SAM on November 30, 2013 at 9:28pm — No Comments

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT VS. CHRISTMAS COMMERCIALISM

The argument about Christmas Spirit vs. Christmas Commercialism is not new.  Retailers have forever been seducing shoppers at Christmas time with all kinds of deals and specials.  Most often it was a sideshow that only temporarily distracted humans from the real Spirit of Christmas.  But today, it seems as though Christmas Commercialism, for many, is what Christmas is all about.

There is no doubt that the power of Christmas Spirit has long impacted the family of man.  Humans,…

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Added by SAM on November 29, 2013 at 7:21pm — No Comments

What Good Dads Do

Good dads change your diaper when it’s messy.

Good dads buy you a basketball or football even before you’re six months old.

Good dads pick you up from your first day of kindergarten.

Good dads take off of work to see your first-grade Thanksgiving play.

Good dads read your favorite story to you, even though you’ve heard it 77 times before.

Good dads coach your soccer team even if he doesn’t   like soccer.

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Added by SAM on June 15, 2013 at 2:11pm — No Comments

THE MOTHER-CHILD BOND OF LIFE

A while back I attended a college graduation ceremony and observed something that verified something I already knew, but hadn’t actually thought about.  Seated in front of me was a young mother and next to her was her newborn baby.  The infant couldn’t have been more than two weeks old as it sat in the plastic car carrier oblivious to the world.  What I observed was this mother’s constant and deliberate attention to this new person.  Every few seconds she would look inside the carrier to see…

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Added by SAM on May 12, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Black History Month 2013

Years from now History will recall that February, 2013 was the first Black History Month celebrated after the United States had re-elected its first Black president.  February, 2009 was also significant, but the re-election may hold more historical significance.

 

Black History Month is always an opportunity to reflect on what has been, and is the Black Experience in America.  It has been a turbulent existence; yet it is an existence rooted in resilience and…

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Added by SAM on February 11, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

African-American Female Television Actors

What do Tamara Jones, Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington and Megan Good all have in common?  All are actors of African-American decent who currently star or co-star in network (ABC, CBS, NBC) television series.  And we’re talking about drama series, not sitcoms.  I don’t believe that’s ever happened in the history of television.

 

We know Hollywood has difficulty creating original, positive roles for minorities, and it is rare for there to be so many opportunities at the same…

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Added by SAM on January 11, 2013 at 12:37am — No Comments

Choose to Vote

In its infancy, the lawmakers in the United States of America only granted the right to vote to a privileged few.  Males of European descent who had wealth were the only ones allowed to elect government representatives.  It took nearly two hundred years for the country to grow up and realize that a true democracy required that all of its citizens have the right to vote.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 guarantees that right; that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or financial…

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Added by SAM on November 6, 2012 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

Trust to Vote

When it comes to choosing those to represent us in government, I believe Trust is the most important characteristic of any candidate.  Beyond charisma, experience, knowledge, likability, or positions on issues, the people you send to Washington, the city council, the state legislature, or the school board, have to be people that you can trust. Trust trumps all other qualifications.

In order for a candidate to be considered trustworthy they must exhibit the following…

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Added by SAM on November 5, 2012 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Forward is the Only Option

On November 6, 2012, citizens of the United States will get the distinct honor of choosing their government representatives.  Millions will participate in the democratic process that will determine the future of this country.

While some proclaim that this election is about going back, the nature of life, as created by the Master, only has one direction…Forward.  You don’t get a “do-over” for yesterday.  Once born, you can’t return to infancy.  The clock doesn’t move backwards.  The…

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Added by SAM on November 4, 2012 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Crisis and Diversity

The United States embodies the definition of diversity.  From race, to ethnicity, to gender, to religion, to age, the U.S. provides a context where diverse groups can function within a common society.

And yet with all of the diversity, there are some basic needs that Maslow says binds us together. We all require clean air to breathe.  We need food for nutrition and water for hydration.  We all want to be safe, and we all need love and affection.  These are what we call the Human…

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Added by SAM on November 2, 2012 at 2:03pm — No Comments

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