“God is ALL. Energy is ALL.” – Amani Abdul
Life’s experiences provide us all the opportunity to grow from and with them or to fold and be nonexistent. The purpose(s) for which a person lives and thinks he or she exists for may either be predetermined, self-identified or a mystery. Amani Abdul’s new book “Chasing Peace: Freeing Your Spirit And Releasing Your Soul” (2017) allows the reader a front row seat as to how her life evolution enabled her to not only find peace within herself but to also be a golden beam of inspiration for all people she has encountered and interacted with during her journey. Written in five parts, Abdul details how specific instances in her life guided and cultivated her into the woman which she is today. A Detroit, Michigan native, Abdul’s journey has taken her from the Motor City to various cities on the eastern coast of the United States of America, currently residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. One of the points of emphasis touched on throughout the book is how your internal structure as a human being has a tremendous effect on the outside structure and outward mechanisms of an individual. A tremendous faith in GOD, a continuous identification of positive and negative energies and a self-developed mindset to seek righteousness in all things are what drove Abdul’s pen in creating this book. Abdul details how the lives of other people which she encountered living in Detroit and Washington D.C. provided a blueprint for how and how not to go about certain things in life.
One of the most resonating parts of the book is “Part II: Recognizing The People In Your Life, Their Roles And Purpose Or Part In your Story.” The more we live, the more people we will encounter in life that will serve some type of purpose. The purpose is usually identified after a period of time or after that person is no longer a part of our lives. Abdul thoroughly details her personal encounters with different people and how each person played a unique role in her life journey. Writing a book based off of personal experiences (both good and bad) is not easy to convey to a reader in an effective, inspirational format, yet Abdul thrives off of engaging the reader’s mind with her factual experiences and gained wisdom. A great read, “Chasing Peace” flows like a greatly directed movie with multiple life gems on each page.
It’s the time of year where everyone has a reason to forget the problems of the world. You can ignore the Presidential race and the racism in the USA. Protests and marches can be put on pause for the next six months. August is the prelude to September and September means football.
I can see the smiles on American faces at the mention of the word football. Football is without a doubt the American game. Baseball may be the game of history, but football is the game of today. Football is dominant in American culture and practice starts in August.
Football will soon begin to consume a major portion of the evening newscast. If your city has a NFL team, chances are the lead off story will be about that team. If your city has a NFL team and a successful college team nearby, the newscast will be a sportscast. This is the power of football in the USA. People will still pay attention to the political scene but they will do so with a divided eye.
There are pundits who believe that football should be banned. The concussion issues that plague football players are well documented. This event will probably never take place. Can you imagine a Saturday afternoon without college football on television? I won’t even task your brain to try to imagine a Sunday without the NFL. No matter the health risk it poses, football generates billions of dollars. The social aspect of the USA without football would be incomplete.
Footballs exhibit of power and brutality appeals to the masses. People love to see their favorite gladiators go at it every weekend. Whether it is on a high school or pro level, people love football. Football has become the number one pastime for the American public. With the political and social scenes in turmoil, football is needed more than ever in the USA.
Football can pull together people of all races for 60 minutes. The white racist will cheer the black running back for his favorite team. The black person who hates whites will root for the white quarterback of their favorite team. During a football game the issue of race takes a back seat in people’s minds. The desire to see ones team win becomes the dominant thought process. Race may affect the officiating, but the fans usually are on the same page. Maybe the USA can learn from this?
If people of all ethnic backgrounds can come together and agree to be Packer fans why not agree on social issues? All races of people attend football games on every level. This is especially true for big colleges and the NFL. The home fans are united in the agreement that they want the home team to win. Why not feel the same way about the human race? If people can pull together to cheer Notre Dame, I’m sure they can pull together to ensure the well being of all citizens.
With the sad state of affairs in the USA today football is a blessing. It will give people a chance to safely funnel their energy into a game for release. It is better to have people ranting at television screens than police in the streets. Lord knows it is better to see Deion Sanders clowning on television than Al Sharpton the clown.
Football season is here. Fans of teams in the AFC West and the ACC should worry. The Oakland Raiders and Miami Hurricanes are returning to dominance. As they say, it’s payback time. There is one thing everyone will agree upon. Football is one avenue where black lives matter.
I have heard some interesting things in the past ten years. I once heard that the world was coming to an end because of a mathematical equation. I heard that fluoride in the drinking water was for mind control purposes. I recently heard something that had me laughing. I heard an African American talking about revolution.
Tears came to my eyes when I heard an African American man stating the revolution was coming and race traitors were going to pay. These were not tears of joy but of laughter. I found the statement and the lecture the man was giving comedy at best. I wiped my eyes then went and interrupted his speech. “Who are the sell-outs?” I asked. The man proceeded to name the usual suspects, the token African American. I interjected, “Does this include the idiot thug who brings the community down?” The man just looked at me.
The African American woman that the man was talking to looked at me with interest. I went on, “You are talking about fighting a war, what army fights with sick soldiers?” The guy started sputtering, “Once African Americans bond together…” I cut him off. “Bro before you bond with anything or anyone you have to bond with yourself. Furthermore African Americans need a purge before they can do anything.” I then walked away. I understood what was going on and why. The man watched too much television.
The Revolution. Ah how sweet those words sound to a militant mindset. I can hear the rhetoric from ages gone by as if it were days past all over. “I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” Angela Davis said this statement in regards to African American plight. With that in mind what is happening around the USA today shouldn’t shock anyone. African Americans never changed the things they claimed they couldn’t accept. In return after almost 200 years of so-called freedom African Americans are still facing the same issues.
Police killings are nothing new in the USA. Police kill a high number of both white and black males in the USA. There is one statement that groups like Black Lives Matter need to address before confronting the cops. African Americans kill African Americans. The culture of African Americans in the USA is one of self-destruction. The music industry that African Americans have created is fashioned on black on black violence. If African American lives are worthless to African Americans why should anyone else hold them in value?
Huey Newton once said, “Too many so-called leaders of the movement have been made into celebrities and their revolutionary fervor destroyed by mass media.” If you look at television today this statement rings true. The masses of people are looking to glory hounds for leadership. The old make a stand; go to court and be persecuted blueprint has never created a successful leader. If African Americans were honest they would realize preachers haven’t been very great at leading. No one is bashing Martin Luther King Jr. so calm down. The point is that the people on television are just that, people talking on television. If they were really going to change African American destiny would Caucasian owned networks make them famous?
“Any person who is extolling African Americans to use violence against the government in 2016 is an Agent Provocateur.” This was the last thing I told the African American male and female. There are countless programs in place in the USA to detain unruly populations of people. Go to the Internet and Google concentration camps in the USA. I know you can’t believe everything on the World Wide Web. In this game of life and death, freedom or incarceration can African Americans take the risk?
Only one hip hop group has ever had there actual song used as an intro to a television sitcom; A Tribe Called Quest. “The Wayans Brothers” used A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation” as their theme music for the opening credits. Historic in many aspects in regard to style, lyricism and sound, A Tribe Called Quest was everything to hip hop; not only for the music, but for the culture. Phife Dawg formed A Tribe Called Quest (originally called Quest) with Q-Tip in 1985. Metaphors and similes over a smooth jazzy bass line is what ATCQ brought to hip hop in the early 90’s and their sound is timeless. Great art is forever, and though gone in the human form, the contribution to not only the world of hip hop, but the world of music from Malik Isaac Taylor a.k.a. Phife Dawg will remain forever.
Beautiful harmony resonates with all that have ears. Tweet’s newly released album “Charlene” encompasses the magic with which she has blessed us with vocally throughout her entire career. Each track on the album has it’s on unique sound while also being autographed by her signature voice. Treat your ears, spirit and soul to the timeless sounds of Tweet.
Kobe Bryant torched the Minnesota Timberwolves for 38 points in the Lakers 119-115 victory over the Timberwolves last night in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. This game against Minnesota marked the last time Kobe Bryant would face off against this team, a team he has had many great games against. One thing that was missing from the night was the other high school to pro sensation, Kevin Garnett who sat out the evening with a leg injury. Enjoy the highlights of Kobe’s vintage performance as the Lakers ended a 10 game losing streak.
Erykah Badu’s newest release “But You Caint Use My Phone” is classic Badu in its purest form. The sound of not only the tracks over which she harmonizes but also the delivery with which she massages our ears and minds is classic. Creativity and a smooth groove define the record as Badu not only gifts us with her magic but she also collaborates with her son’s father Andre 3000 on the track titled “Hello” on this LP. This album is a must have for all Badu fans and for anybody that loves pure goodness on the microphone.
On June 7th Allen Iverson turned 40 years old. In wishing the NBA legend and future hall of famer a happy birthday we wanted to share some vintage A.I. with you. Enjoy this 40 point performance from The Answer during his rookie season in the NBA.
With the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega fight finally upon us, for those who are fortunate to be in Las Vegas this weekend it is sure to be a magical time. For the rest of the boxing fans and casual observers the rush is on for last minute fight plans. Do you know of anyone going to Vegas? Where are you watching the fight? What am I going to serve? Can you believe how much the fight costs? Who do you think is going to win? These are common questions people are asking themselves preceding the fight; however, what we should be asking ourselves is why do we want our fighter to win.
While most will attempt to give you technical reasons why they believe one fighter will win, when it comes to the sweet science, boxing has very little to do with it. When you trace the historical biases boxing has deeply rooted itself in, one can understand why boxing spectators are so segregated. Political agendas were infused into the American boxing scene as early as the 1910’s. WASPy Democrats narrowed the entry of Republicans, who were supported by African Americans post- Civil War. The two parties continued to battle in the political realm on through 1930’s when a nationalist sentiment took over. This conflict gave boxing the red and blue corners that are in use today.
Religion has been a divisive force in US boxing. Catholics were the controlling entity in the early 20th century. Catholics, who were also primarily Democrats, precluded Jews, African Americans, communists and many others opportunities to gain strength in the national boxing landscape. One only has to look at boxing’s first great champion, Jack Johnson, to see the racial history of boxing. A bold, braggadocious and determined boxer from Galveston, Texas went on to win the heavyweight title despite fighting on the black circuit early in his career. The white champion Jim Jefferies refused to make the fight with the “Galveston Giant” before the pressure and attention of Johnson became to much to ignore in 1910.
Upon examination it is not difficult to understand the boundaries embedded in boxing. Many of the issues in boxing are set due to the temperature of the nation at the time. However, new ethos are developing within the combative sports culture such as MMA vs. Boxing, male boxing vs. female boxing, and the classic rhetoric of nationalism. Each of the these cases give further credence to fact that boxing has and seemingly will always be carried on the backs of prejudices. The challenge in examining this construct lies in the sentiment of prejudice, very few people are readily to acknowledge that prejudices are alive and present in their own thought process. Think back to your middle school dance— when you arrive girls are on one side and boys are on the other. People tend magnate toward like people and that line of thinking usually derives from prejudices, it is how we are indoctrinated from youth by our parents. Survey the crowd wherever you are watching this mega fight, notice the passion by the onlookers and you might see a systemic unfriendly truth. Clear lines of delineation based in prejudices define boxing just as in society today.