Monday, September 18, 2017

Tom Lee - Worthy Negro

A week and one day ago, I visited Memphis Tennessee.  My significant and I partook in the TSU vs. JSU festivities (Southern Heritage Classic).  The weekend was mostly for my soul mate to enjoy.  I’m not that big on football any longer. The day of our departure, my significant other wanted to visit the riverfront.  I was okay with that.  It’s a beautiful site and also now, named the Tom Lee Park.  I wasn’t aware that the name of the river park is named Tom Lee Park and that Tom Lee is a black man.  Discovering Tom Lee was another black history moment for us.

We took the opportunity to view and read the statues/monument of Tom Lee.  He was an honorable man of integrity from what I can see and understand.  But here’s what got next to me and my significant other.  On the monument, Tom Lee was a, “a worthy negro.”  When I read that part, it took me off guard with a head role and all.  It stated, exactly that he was  “ a worthy negro” because Tom took it upon himself to rescue several white men who capsized in 1925.   

That’s good, I suppose.  We were very flabbergasted at the wording, “worthy negro.”  Hmmm.  If he’s a worth negro, what are the rest of the negros?  Unworthy?  I feel that this monument is dated and should be changed to say, “he was an honorable man of integrity.”  Yes; I understand that in the days of old black people were called negros.  We went from the n-word (still considered the N-word) to negros.  From Negros to colored.  From colored to black people.  Now, society in America is so stupid because descents from slaves referred as “African Americans.”  Yes, people; that is stupid.  Very stupid.  In order to be called African American, you must be born in Africa. It’s obvious that blacks at one time stolen from Africa, but they were not born there.   If you are born on American soil, you are American.  It doesn’t matter your parents’ origin. The first slave bone in America is American.  However, that is another blog for another week.

Getting back to Tom Lee; I’m still perturbed over the term, “worthy negro.”  What negro has ever been unworthy?  I just would like to know. Because during slavery, and during Jim Crowe, we Black people had no choice in following the rules.  Even if blacks followed the rules, they were either beaten, hung, raped, sodomized, or castrated.  So, if Tom Lee is a worthy Negro, what are blacks considered modern day?

Think about it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It did happen

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the civil rights museum in Memphis.  I’m on my second visit, but it still seemed like the very first time.  It’s amazing how much occurred in America’s past that people seem to have forgotten. Maybe we haven’t forgotten, but we want to overlook because what occurred was too horrible.  It’s not a vivid of the imagination. Slavery was real and a horrific time in history.  


My significant other wanted to visit the Civil Rights Museum, but I must admit.  I was hesitant because it is awful to believe and think of how this could have ever happened – how people succumbed to this atrocity. Still today; no apologies, no retribution to the descendants, and people still do not recognize us as being a citizen.  When I say us, I mean any descendant of slavery, which is truly unfair.

Getting back to the Civil rights museum, I recommend any one of any race, creed, a religious or political background to visit.  It is something that will make you think just a little different, that’s if you have any humanity within your heart.  We took several pictures and discussed the when, why, where, and how of it all.  It is still painful to see and to think of even at this particular moment.

However, I do not feel this is a place for children to roam or visit unless their mind is ready for this sort of thing.  Several children that were playing appeared to me (in observance) that this was not a big deal.  They went from room to room, dancing, laughing, as if it was all a big joke.  I often marvel if parents or schools that bring children at the museum explain what it’s all about.  Once again; I state that children should not attend unless their mindset is there or understand.  Until parents explain to children what happened and how real it is, there is not a particular point in having that sort of field trip.

I know that It has been a very long time since I shared something on my blog.  Life has kept me quite busy for the past years, but I’m back.  I will continue to share each month my thoughts and new adventures because I’m sure there are more to come.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Removing Slavery from History

It’s been a while since my last blog.  I've been busy and trying to get away from blogging. I do enough writing and talking to do without blogging, but I felt compelled to let my fingers do the walking once again. 

First of all, let me explain.  This blog is about the history of slavery.  I’m speaking about the history in reference to Africans enslaved in America.  It’s bad enough that people descendant from Africa and Slavery are being wiped out or not recognized presently.  But to take us out of the history books is a crock of Bull.  My son is soon to pass to the fourth grade.  

My son is home-schooled and in the process of transitioning to the fourth grade.   I had noticed in his social studies there were several pages in reference to the colonization of America, indentured, servants, Inuits, and the massacre of the several tribes of the “Native Americans.”  There is a very small section in reference to slavery.  Yes; I was appalled.  How dare the school system leave out such an important part in history?  In case everyone has suddenly forgotten the Africans and descendants of Africans endured over five hundred years of hard labor without restitution.  These people are the forefathers of descendants from Africa that were stolen and placed in America. If you are a person of color, you are a part of the reconstruction of America. 

Now, everyone is trying to remove slavery from the history books.   I give my son extra information on a daily basis in reference to slavery. I also give him pertinent information on how and why people are called Black and why people are called White. On Dark Mantis Enterprises website, a person is featured in reference to people descendant from Africa. What we call “Black History” is very much a part of American history. Parents should demand that slavery be an intricate part of student's studies through the entire school year. Thank goodness that I have the mind, spirit and perseverance to teach my son the truth and tell him all that was left out in his home-school social studies in reference to Slavery.

Do you talk to your children about slavery and what it did and the full effect it has on the culture and society of descendants of Africans today?  If you don’t, you should be ashamed of yourself.  The Jewish community discusses the Holocaust.  Descendants of Africa should talk about slavery every single day.  There were several Holocausts that took place since the first, middle and last passage.  If we are eager to teach about the colonization of America, let’s tell the entire history such as facts without glamorization about slavery.

Think about it.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Taking Time to have a little fun

I haven’t blogged in 6 months because I’ve been constantly busy.  I say that I’m going to add to my blogs, but time doesn’t permit.  I must blog this time and it’s in reference to what we all should do; take time to relax and have a little fun.  We are a social media society; texting, chatting, FB, twitter, and, etc.  We never take the time to push aside the technology and relax.  Each and every day I’m either at my laptop, smart phone or computer emailing, responding to emails, working on a book and or setting up for my next show.  In addition to those tasks, I’m a caregiver, and parent of 2.

On Memorial Day weekend, I took the liberty to walk away from all of this with a friend.  I must say that we had an excellent two day get-away from all of the technology and work.  I never felt so rejuvenated in all my life and now plan to do it again with my family of course and with friends.  My friend and I had planned to attend the music fest in Huntsville.  It was a first for me and for her.  The hotel accommodations were splendid and every place we needed to be was within the area.

Before we partook in the festivities of the blues/music fest, we visited the Botanical Gardens in Huntsville.  The Alice in Wonderland exhibit was at the Botanical Gardens.  We felt like children again.  We seesawed, played on the swings, took pictures of the beautiful flowers and scenery and enjoyed the Butterfly house.  Before we had realized we had spent, 2 ½ hours at the Botanical Gardens.  We learned, played, captured and relaxed. 

As you can see in our picture, we were feeling the bliss at the moment.  This is something that we take time to do at least once a week. We promised ourselves that we should take time out every other month.  We had our smart phones, but we pushed away to enjoy life.    

I recommend that everyone should push away from the technology and have some fun. 

Think about it

Monday, February 3, 2014

First Blog of 2014

2014 is 34 days old, and Friday, January 31st 2014 was also the Chinese New Year- the year of the Horse. Is 2014 what you expected or do you need to wait 6 more months before you decide? So far so good everything is working out for me, and I can’t complain. It’s best to smile and be happy than to frown and make you sick. January 31st was a particularly significant day for me, and I took the time to celebrate with my family.

 If you follow Chinese astrology, the Zodiac sign of this year in the horse. People born under this zodiac sign have ingenious communication techniques and are always the limelight in their community. They are adept, kind, cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy, but stubborn.

 For 2014 people born under this sign of the horse will be easily offended and will not keep a harmonious relationship with their colleagues. People under this sign will often be in doubt leading to a gradual loss of confidence. This is also an unstable financial year. Financial suggestions for this year are to be careful to make any financial investments.

There are other predictions for this year under the sign of the horse, but why beat a dead horse? All in all, people should be careful and weigh the pros and cons no matter what sign you fall under. Any and everything can happen, but if you keep a calm serene spirit, you may concur all.

I vowed to do something or learn something new each month of this year. So far I've
kept that promise. In this realm, we do not know how much time we have. Of course, there is more time than life, and we need to live it full of joy, love, laughter, and learning and sometimes endure the pain.

Think about it

Until the next blog…

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last blog for 2013

It is now the end of 2013 and whatever problems you have at this particular time, it’s a little too late in the day to change before the clock strike’s twelve or is it? I thought it would be in my best interest and for my own self-gratification to write my last blog for 2013. It’s been a while since I’ve let my fingers do the walking on the keys of my keyboard and type away and release my cracken of a blog. I’ve shed many tears, and had many regrets as well as blessings for the year 2013. All I know is there is no time to feel self-pity or depressing thoughts coming into this new year; 2014. Tonight I’m going to party like its 1999. I do know this; if you are one of those who want to sleep the New Year in, shame on you. You should only be doing such if you are a child whose bed time is at 8 or 9, the sick and or the elderly. The saying goes that whatever you are doing the night before the year end, you will possibly do throughout the new year; something close to that. I do not plan on going out with that stigma. I’m going to spend time with family and very close friends. I’m throwing out all the old and beginning the year as it is; new. If there are any thoughts of regrets and disappointments I’m putting it all to rest. So far I’m ending this year pretty good and I plan to continue the New Year in this same position; blissful. I was a sleeping uncaring person for 10 months. I’ve now awaken out of my coma. If you are one of the lonely ones, get up, get out and do something even if you go into the next room and turn on the television. You can’t start a new without new thoughts. You can’t clean a filthy room by leaving the filth inside. Think happy, breathe happy, and feel happy. Do not sit on your talent. If you don’t know who or what you are, find your purpose. Happy New Year and many happy thoughts to all!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Boycott while protesting

I haven’t blogged in a while because my heart was not in it. I didn’t feel the urge to type and talk about what people should know or do not want to know. I live in a world filled with foolishness with that seems to have no end. My co-worker and I were discussing the hot topic of the weekend; Paula Dean. We discussed the hoopla on how she referred to blacks as Niggers and how black people that work in her establishment were underpaid. As for me, I was not a bit surprised. She’s from the south and her great grandfather owned slaves. Her fans still loves her, and that’s the way it is. If she had made a derogatory statement against the Jewish people or homosexuals, would her fans still adore her? However, my co-worker/associate/friend begins to discuss to me what took place in her community over the weekend. A convenience store owned by Arabs in her community, in Nashville Tennessee is not very kind to black people. The owner of this convenience store refers to black people as slaves. Apparently he called a young black man a slave and this black man attacked him. My co-worker informed me this is something that happens often. I asked, “Why are you and everyone in this neighborhood still patronizing this store”? My co-worker informed me that she would no longer patronize this particular store and she asked if everyone else did the same within her neighborhood. By the way; the store is named “Obama Market”. I believe that was the owner’s method of mockery to make the people in that community believes that he likes black people. I suggested that her community boycotts this store. I proceeded to type up a flyer stating, “Do not patronize the Obama Market (listed the address) because they refer to black people as slaves”. I told her that the only way that this boycott will be affective if everyone sticks to their guns and stay away from that store. I reiterated; do not buy from that store under any circumstances. Pass by the store as if it is the plague. It is too late in the day for such nonsense. Black people aren’t some new discovery that arrived from Mars. Black people were stolen from their land, stripped of everything – their language and culture just to become slaves. That is a heartening situation that no one wants to explore, but keeps reminding black people of our degradation. I’m not prejudiced and I’m most certainly not a racist. I don’t have the money or power to be racist. I don’t count how many friends or associates I have, black, white, blue or pink. I don’t believe it’s fair to make racial slurs or refer to a people that was subjected to years of turmoil (and still today) due to the color of their skin. If you’re not black or have a black child, you will never know how discrimination hurts. I don’t want my children to experience this so I keep them away from people as much as possible, but I can only do this for so long. Eventually they will have to see and experience the hardship of this world and it breaks my heart thinking about it. It’s cruel and inhumane to treat people with such hate. It’s amazing how people are so protective of animals, but don’t give a damn about people. The only way for this owner to know what he has done is to attack his wallet. Protesting is not enough. You can march and picket until the cows come home, but when you stop the cash flow, it’s priceless. Just ask Paula and others that took that path. This world was made for all people not for one race. People need to understand that this is a melting pot. If our creator didn’t want us to be different, everyone would look the same. I do believe that would be a bit boring. Think about it