Dr. Umar Johnson “The Influence of Ebonics on the Hip-Hop Culture” Ebonics Conference
This video brought me back to a “Black people don’t vote” meeting held in one of the most federally reliant cities in the Capital Region, NY. The message was, African Americans do not vote, therefore if you are arrested and not a registered voter or have not recently voted, – you are disregarded. Another was, African Americans do not have collective issues such as other communities and groups. One of the attendees, a young child replied that her mother, with a Master’s degree, could not find employment – “because she is Black.” The room went silent.
The speaker moved on with his agenda, pushing forward “his” chosen candidates, which was really the point of this advertised “empowerment” meeting. Who were these candidates? One woman who the speaker noted refused to personally address African American speaking engagements – the other, a woman who personally told me, when asked two years ago, how she stood on African American issues that she was only concerned with women and seniors. I left the meeting assured that these candidates would be elected on the African American vote since they were advocated through white Democratic-manufactured Black community leaders.
None of the current local or world issues was addressed at this meeting. The audience sat fearful of offending the speaker, thus projecting animosity towards the only Black city council official who had organized this meeting. The question begs, how is a city with a dormant Affirmative Action program addressed by hiring more white women, limited access to private industry employment, currently publicized race-based physical and psychological workplace attacks, and an African American community held hostage by Black representatives to manage city-wide issues affecting their health and well-being? This video may be a start. It has been proven that churches, the old stand-by, are not the answer. Community groups throwing civil service jobs, poverty programs and bread to the hungry are not the answer. One woman stated, “The birds are getting fat,” after shouting, “bread, bread, bread.” Black history month is coming fast upon us. Are we going to dig out worn photos of historic Black firsts in American establishments and politics? Or are we finally going to hold ourselves up to the mirror? If not now, then when?
Social therapists do not view mental health as a medical dilemma, but rather, as a cultural, social, and developmental task of supporting people to grow emotionally and relationally. We take the “do not stigmatize/do no harm” posture very seriously, and will not relate to other humans as broken, or label them as mentally ill. We reject the conventional medical model Doctor/Patient hierarchy. We also reject diagnostics and the goal of getting “maladjusted” people to “adjust.” Interestingly, this creates space for both client and therapist to partner together in shaping the help clients’ needs and wants. This approach helps clients develop as leaders and creators of their lives.
Still relevant ’92 Panel Discussion that deals with blacks in business.
Money gives a sense of pride to some. It is a means of expressing love to others. Our money relationships can be positive depending on our motivations.
“I started thinking about everything in my life that I pay for – from my home to the food I feed my kids. I love my kids and I love my home and when I pay money to house and feed, I am really expressing love. I am Paying Attention with love in the form of money. That is the only thing that is really happening. Money is simply a means of expressing love. From this moment on, every opportunity that I have to give money or pay with money, will be intentionally Laced and Graced with unconditional love, gratitude and appreciation.
Here, I thought I was the one giving, but I received a great deal more than I gave.”
Watch Rand Paul speech interrupted by protesters here: http://bit.ly/YqPS4O
Howard University, 4-10-13
The Church of Scientology is invading the Black Community with the help of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Jazzologist and Radio Host Lofton Emenari, III interviews Activist and Scholar Ishmael Bey and Journalist and Author Leila Wills on September 21, 2012.
- Farrakhan: Only unified black community can end the violence (suntimes.com)
- Farrakhan focuses on economics in Chicago speech (sacbee.com)
- Farrakhan: Whites Promote Birth Control For Black Women Because They Fear Being Minorities (myhoustonmajic.com)
Force warns C. Africa rebels against advance (via AFP)
The commander of multinational African force FOMAC on Wednesday warned rebels in the Central African Republic against trying to take the key town of Damara, saying it would “amount to a declaration of war”. Damara is the last strategic town between the Seleka rebel coalition and the capital Bangui,…