Wednesday, 17 September 2014 07:35
I stopped at a local pizza restaurant to order and pick up a pizza the other day and there were three young Black women to pick up their food. For ten minutes, out of their mouths, I overheard some of the foulest and vulgar language I have ever heard. They were talking about some guy and his cars and looks. The N-word and S-word were prominent in the conversation. They left and the air was still filled with the memory of their vulgarity. As a father, grandfather and Christian, I could not help but think, is this what our generation has fought for, giving our young generations the right to express themselves in ways that should be embarrassing?
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 06:41
I applaud anyone who is in the business of empowering youth. I have strong feelings about who and what should be in the recipe when it comes to interacting with our youth. One of the first things should be a life that is an example of what you want the youth to achieve. For me, that includes an entrepreneurial spirit that can be shared with them. Prime examples are demonstrated by Homeboys Industries. Others are the Salvation Army and the Amish. These examples each have a component that teaches the youth a moral code and a trade to support themselves and their families. I believe the moral code is based on the Holy Bible. I have watched, read, and observed the development of wealth by some and, sadly, the passing down of a legacy and tradition of poverty.
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 20:00
When my granddaughter, Ifetayo Sangode Oliatan, came to me a few weeks ago and asked what I knew about organizing marches and rallies, I didn't think much about it. Later, when she came and asked about different leaders in the Pasadena community and whether I knew how to reach them, I figured that something serious was up. My constant advice was, you are a senior in college and you need to concentrate on getting through school.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:20
Ferguson, Missouri is home to Charles Blow, writer for the New York Times, quoting James Baldwin who said, "The most dangerous thing in the world is a Black Man with nothing to lose." Officers with gas masks and automatic army weapons prepared to fight the Black citizens seem to be operating from that perspective. The citizens, operating from built up anger, come to a head with the manner in which the officials of the city of Ferguson, Missouri are treating the police officer who shot Michael Brown six times killing him in the middle of the street, in the middle of the day.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:17
This week was the passing of another birthday for me. Ten years ago my brother passed away at 63. This week, I attended a funeral/home-going celebration of the life of a friend, Brenda Marsh Mitchell. My birthday was a day to prepare a project for my youngest son and his family. I have been blessed with three sons and seven grandchildren. Thank you God, thank you God! I am proud that I have been blessed enough to have something to be a blessing to my sons and their families.
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