Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I went to college for four years and graduated. I even started an online Master's program that I quit after successfully passing the first class. Now I'm trying to take advantage of the free Loyola University Law degree that I could get. I have been institutionalized!!! Oh no!
Now I act like I can't function without going to somebody's school or something. My dream was to be a songwriter/singer. I write plenty songs. I have a whole book full. I overflow with creativity, but I guess I don't believe in myself. (How many people you know can actually admit that!)
I don't give myself a chance. I guess it has a little something to do with people shooting down my young heart and aspirations, or just not supporting them. I realize that at some point I must grow up and choose my response-ability, and not allow the past to dictate my future.
I honestly did want to go to law school for quite some time. I guess that came about when I "decided" to give up on my dreams and instead help others achieve theirs by becoming an entertainment lawyer of some sort.
You know...contract law, copyrights, intellectual property, etc. It's not a bad thing to do, but, it should not be my main focus. Law school is always going to be there, and so will music, but the industry is not warm & friendly to people of a certain age group. I don't know. I guess I'll try the law thing, even though, formal education was supposed to only be the backup plan.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Look at those eyes. And that smile. She is beautiful.....
I can't say that I agree with how she was conceived in the mental formation, but I love her just the same. I have a new niece. My baby brother is a father now! I can't believe it. And me, 25 years old, and still no family of my own. It'll happen in time I guess. I'm not rushing.
It must be pure joy to hold such a precious creature in your arms and know that this is God's control. No matter how much we plan or plot, He is always the one who has the final WORD. He will always get the glory, and His WORD will never return to Him void.
So we can only prepare ourselves for what is in store, and pray that He guides us in all that we do. I love my family, and my new Maya!!!
Look at my beautiful niece!!!
"Do more than want..."
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Saturday, November 8, 2008
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Friday, November 7, 2008
5 BLACK PRESIDENTS
From the Book
The Five Black Presidents of The United States Of America
Joel A. Rogers and Dr. Auset Bakhufu have both written books documenting that at least five former presidents of the United States had Black people among their ancestors. If one considers the fact that European men far outnumbered European women during the founding of this country, and that the rape and impregnation of an African female slave was not considered a crime, it is even more surprising that these two authors could not document Black ancestors among an ever larger number of former presidents. The president’s names include Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Warren Harding, and Calvin Coolidge.
The best case for Black ancestry is against Warren G. Harding, our 29th president from 1921 until 1923. Harding himself never denied his ancestry. When Republican leaders called on Harding to deny the "Negro" history, he said, "How should I know whether or not one of my ancestors might have jumped the fence." William Chancellor, a White professor of economics and politics at Wooster College in Ohio, wrote a book on the Harding family genealogy and identified Black ancestors among both parents of President Harding. Justice Department agents allegedly bought and destroyed all copies of this book. Chancellor also said that Harding's only academic credentials included education at Iberia College, which was founded in order to educate fugitive slaves.
Andrew Jackson was our 7th president from 1829 to 1837. The Virginia Magazine of History Volume 29 says that Jackson was the son of a White woman from Ireland who had intermarried with a Negro. The magazine also said that his eldest brother had been sold as a slave in Carolina. Joel Rogers says that Andrew Jackson Sr. died long before President Andrew Jackson Jr. was born. He says the president's mother then went to live on the Crawford farm where there were Negro slaves and that one of these men was Andrew Jr's father. Another account of the "brother sold into slavery” story can be found in David Coyle's book entitled "Ordeal of the Presidency" (1960).
Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd president from 1801 to 1809. The chief attack on Jefferson was in a book written by Thomas Hazard in 1867 called "The Johnny Cake Papers." Hazard interviewed Paris Gardiner, who said he was present during the 1796 presidential campaign, when one speaker states that Thomas Jefferson was “a mean-spirited son of a half-breed Indian squaw and a Virginia mulatto father.” In his book entitled "The Slave Children of Thomas Jefferson," Samuel Sloan wrote that Jefferson destroyed all of the papers, portraits, and personal effects of his mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson, when she died on March 31, 1776. He even wrote letters to every person who had ever received a letter from his mother, asking them to return that letter. Sloan says, "There is something strange and even psychopathic about the lengths to which Thomas Jefferson went to destroy all remembrances of his mother, while saving over 18,000 copies of his own letters and other documents for posterity." One must ask, "What is it he was trying to hide?"
Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president from 1861 to 1865. J. A. Rogers quotes Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, as saying that Abraham Lincoln was the illegitimate son of an African man. William Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, said that Lincoln had very dark skin and coarse hair and that his mother was from an Ethiopian tribe. In Herndon's book entitled "The Hidden Lincoln" he says that Thomas Lincoln could not have been Abraham Lincoln's father because he was sterile from childhood mumps and was later castrated. Lincoln's presidential opponents made cartoon drawings depicting him as a Negro and nicknamed him “Abraham Africanus the First."
Calvin Coolidge was our 30th president, and he succeeded Warren Harding. He proudly admitted that his mother was dark because of mixed Indian ancestry. However, Dr. Bakhufu says that by 1800 the New England Indian was hardly any longer pure Indian, because they had mixed so often with Blacks. Calvin Coolidge's mother's maiden name was "Moor." In Europe the name "Moor" was given to all Black people just as the name Negro was used in America.
All of the presidents mentioned were able to pass for White and never acknowledged their Black ancestry. Millions of other children who were descendants of former slaves have also been able to pass for White. American society has had so much interracial mixing that books such as “The Bell Curve”, discussing IQ evaluations based solely on race, are totally unrealistic.
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REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL READING
FIVE BLACK PRESIDENTS
Morrow, E. (1963) Black Man in the White House. New York: Coward-McCann Inc.
Whitney, T. (1975) The Descendants of the Presidents. Charlotte, NC: Delmar Printing Co.
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Thursday, November 6, 2008
I had a little cold on November 4, 2008, that's why I didn't go to Bible Study or to an Election Watch Party. It was my brother's birthday and a time for change!!!
So, now that I'm back, let me say this first...
He is the president to all American citizens, the entire American race. Yes we embrace our differences in culture, color, ethnicity, gender, orientations, and the like, but to be an American is to be a part of a "race". No longer should we define race (I never understood it anyway) as a color or ethnicity, but as a national identity. That's just my opinion.
Obama did not come like the Messiah or W. E. B. Du Bois to save the Souls of Black Folk. He came to accomplish his mission, just like you and I should be doing. Let's leave salvation to THE ONE who can and has saved us from what really matters...eternity!
I had gotten so tired of hearing people tell me that because Obama was elected, that I should have a new hope in myself. That now I should realize that I can do whatever I put my mind to. It's almost to say that, "we've been telling you kids this since kindergarten, but now you can really believe it!" The last time I checked, I thought that I could do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I learned that from my mama and I always believed it. That's what gives me hope. I don't mean to take anything away from Mr. President Elect. After all, that's my president, just like the last 43 were.
I am elated that America voted for the best possible candidate, and saw past the issue of color. I really didn't think we could do it. As we all know, racism still exists. Stereotypes are exaggerations of realities and conditions, and people have made their remarks. It was like the OJ Simpson trial all over again. And I'm sure some white supremacist will use this election to prove that "they're taking over." And someone has said that maybe Obama will tell our young black men to pull their pants up, but LOVE is taught at home, just like everything else should be, including the pulling up of pants. Obama cannot teach us to love ourselves and to regard ourselves as Kings and Queens. That's society's job. I do pray that Mr. President Elect will continue to pay it forward, or pass it on, or give back, or however you'd like to describe it, as he has been doing. I believe in hope, I believe in change, but real change takes place in the hearts of men. For change you can believe in, that will never fail, look to LOVE.
I guess it's true about Oprah, everything she puts her hand to prospers. I need her connection!
Congratulations Mr. President. Thank you for adding to our legacy!