Music is always the sun to any rainy day, happy tuesday!

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R&B artist, John Legend, sings “All of Me” to his wife on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” A perfect description and sound of love

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College Graduates are Indentured to Serve!

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Very good friend and poet of mine, Rob Gibsun, performs in CUPSI 2013 in a piece he calls “College Grad.” He explores the way in which we are trapped into a system to work our entire lives to pay off never ending debt. His talent and delivery empowers us all to rethink. Click the video to hear for yourself.

Comedy as means of healing, is this really that funny? Or does it uphold a certain structure?

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I have to admit this is a serious matter, but does the stage determine the seriousness? Who is Bill Burr’s audience and what “really” makes this comedy so “funny”? Is this true? Is this form of entertainment destructive, helpful or neither? I find it problematic but I must admit his delivery does make him funny.

Putting Yourself First

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“How you treat yourself is how you treat God”- Iyanla Vanzant

Vanzant says that “When you start sacrificing yourself for other people you make them a thief” because they’re taking from you what you need. Sometimes the best time to spend is with yourself and learning to do this is best because they you will be able to more effectively put yourself in the position of service.

Womanism

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Womanism vs. Feminism, a class and racial difference. The question then becomes what then is a “Black Feminist?”

A Feminist Theory Dictionary

“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender” -Alice Walker

Womanism is a feminist term coined by Alice Walker. It is a reaction to the realization that “feminism” does not encompass the perspectives Black women. It is a feminism that is “stronger in color”, nearly identical to “Black Feminism”. However, Womanism does not need to be prefaced by the word “Black”, the word automatically concerns black women. A Womanist is a woman who loves women and appreciates women’s culture and power as something that is incorporated into the world as a whole. Womanism addresses the racist and classist aspects of white feminism and actively opposes separatist ideologies. It includes the word “man”, recognizing that Black men are an integral part of Black women’s lives as their children, lovers, and family members. Womanism accounts for the ways in which black women support and empower black men, and serves as a…

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Is it still March Madness with the women’s team….where’s your bracket?

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Is it still March Madness with the women’s team….where’s your bracket?

We pay  so much attention to men’s basketball that we forget about the women, who sometimes play better games. Why does 95% of the revenue of sports come from men, can women not be aggressive on the court and have respect and be “ladies” off the court? Read!

To Go Natural is To Be Nappy to Assimilate is to be Professional and Happy.

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“I am going to strongly encourage you to consider the school’s request and at least shape or have her hair cut. That I believe would resolve the issue,” said Pastor Carl Stephens in an email to the parents of the victim, Vanessa VanDyke (CNN). Image

 

Vanessa VanDyke of Orlando, Florida is a private school student at Faith Christian Academy and was constantly bullied by many of the other students for her ‘natural hair.’ The only solution that was brought to VanDyke to fix the problem of the teasing from the other students was for her to compromise herself to satisfy the student body, instead of the students being apprehended for their discriminatory prejudice behavior.

 

The issue lies in the fact that the first reaction of the school was for the student to fix her “flaw,” not for the bullies to neither refrain nor learn from their prejudice behavior. Because VanDyke is presented as not assimilating to the white American culture, her image comes into question instead of the gazers eyes that have been placed upon her. According to CNN, the school’s student handbook says that students’ hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction. The mother of VanDyke, Sabrina Kent said, “A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another…you can get a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”

 

The consequences of the victimized child was that she was given one week to either make the decision to “tame” her hair and remain at the school, or keep the hair and leave the private school. Then several days later, due to the attention of the issue and backlash of the surrounding black community, the school took back their ultimatum of expulsion however VanDyke was still presented with the option to keep her hair under the consequences of having to relocate to a different school. However, according to a statement sent from the school, “ We are not asking her to put products in her hair or cut her hair. We are asking her to style her hair within the guidelines according to the school handbook.”

 

America is teaching the child ways of non-verbal required assimilation. The question then becomes; is it really a melting pot, or is the melting pot just not hot enough for right now? The truth is, more often than not this kind of incident occurs. Thus, to question if this is a normal behavior by society is out of the question. There has always been a yearning for assimilation to the white culture within every “American” culture. It’s more common to hear an employer tell their employee that they must cut their hair or “tame” it, especially among those of Afro-decent in order to work for a certain company because the hair doesn’t “look” professional.

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