Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
We raised their children to be what society call acceptable. We cook meals made appointments made sure every body were taken care of. Now we look back at our life and don't see the men that we help along. Were y'all at? Why must we travel on with out you. What made me so not like by you? Why are so many mature black women by them selves at this stage of life? Have we given up to much during our younger years? How can we tell our young women of today that the pay off might not be what they expect?
“Essence when used to define a person is viewed as the real or ultimate nature of an individual, and all the elements that make up the essential nature of their being.”
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Should an openly gay man become a Boy Scout Leader? In my opinion "HELL NO". They are talking about putting a ban in place so an openly gay man can't be a Scout Leader.
Scouting ought to be about building character, not about sex. Period. How many parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual orientation." NONE!
A small minority of the population, just because of their sexual choices, is mounting a multi front attack to secure legitimacy, mainly through the courts, for their choice of an immoral lifestyle.
"Well, the ban in scouting applies to scout leaders. When you have a clearly open homosexual scout leader, the scouts are going to talk about it. And they’re not there to learn about that. They’re there to learn about what it means to be loyal and trustworthy. What do you think should and openly gay man be a Boy Scout Leader? Would you allow an openly gay man to lead your son?
I don't want no angry white woman in office, I have dealt with enough of them in my work place doing the years. Too me white woman are the hardest to work with. It 's like they have something to prove to somebody. They can be wrong and don't want to admit it. She has shown a side of her that fits that mold. She seems to be having PMS in a bad way. She might need some HRT I don't know but she is some what angry. Ms. Clinton just don't strike me as been the one to hold that seat. I believe it would be hard working with her. In my humble opinion.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
philanthropy professionals recognize that "African Americans as a whole give a larger percentage of their income to charity more than anyone in other group."
Most churches also donated to the United Negro College fund, local police and firefighter associations, the NAACP, the Urban League, and other groups. These organization are ok but they should not be put above the needs of the people in the community.
Some congregants give out of appreciation to God and a sense that the entire community deserves uplifting.
Our Lord came to save the world, not just save the church. What do you think about the church record on giving and service to the community? What else can the church do as far as community services? Are you part of your church outreach in your community?
Monday, February 25, 2008
That second session was nothing but Clinton supporters. Especially Ms. Shelia Jackson she spelled it out that she is chairman of something I can't remember what it was. And Mr. Dick Gregory, I don't get that.
Maybe next year we will know how this one affected/effected our lives. Personal I thought it was a waste of time. Did you watch it yes/no? If so did you learn anything? Mr. Smiley says we can do it in love. I didn't see too much love Saturday but thats my opinion.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Were is the message in todays music?
A Negro Spiritual is a song created by American slaves before emancipation, often expressions of religious faith, and quite often served as political protests veiled as assimilation to white, American culture.
How many Negro Spirituals do YOU know?
Here are a few deep, heartfelt Negro Spirituals that can help you feel more connected to the essence of the black experience in this country. Many of the Negro Spirituals are sophisticated in their lyrical content and contain hidden references and codes to passageways via the Underground Railroad.
(Wade in the Water)
If you don't believe I've been redeemed
God's gonna trouble the water
I want you to follow him on down to Jordan stream
(I said) My God's gonna trouble the water
You know chilly water is dark and cold
(I know my) God's gonna trouble the water
You know it chills my body but not my soul
(I said my) God's gonna trouble the water
(Come on let's) wade in the water
Wade in the water (children)
Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water
“Wade in the Water” contained explicit instructions to fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture and the route to take to successfully make their way to freedom. Leaving dry land and taking to the water was a common strategy to throw pursuing bloodhounds off one's trail. “The Gospel Train”, and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” all contained veiled references to the Underground Railroad, and Follow the Drinking Gourd contained a coded map to the Underground Railroad. The title itself was an Africanized reference to the Big Dipper, which pointed the way to the North Star and freedom.
Other Negro Spirituals include:
"Steal Away (to Jesus)" This is one of my favorites. I love to here James Cleavland sing it.
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
"The Gospel Train"
"The Drinking Gourd"
"My Good Lord Done Been Here"
"Roll the Old Chariot Along"
"My Good Lord Done Been Here"
Saturday, February 23, 2008
SPRING is on the way, good. I just don't want to see half naked women butts. I don't want to see young women drawers. I know that I must be old fashion but I just don't think that it is pretty. We want to talk about young men sagging their pants what about young women showing there back side. Spring is in about 2 weeks away. People start breaking free of winter clothes. Shirts up their back so you can see navel rings tattoos and string drawers. Some one call this look whale tail if you think about it look like a whale. My question is it sexy YES/NO? Is it gross YES/NO? If you wear thongs do you have to show them? Do we need a guide for wearing thongs?
The Associates Press reports that the lawyers for Juanita Bynum are stalling divorce proceedings against her estranged husband, Bishop Thomas Weeks III. If Ms. Weeks want her husband she needs to get back with him and stay out of the media. All I am saying is we can change our mind if we so wish. I don't understand what's the problem is. If Ms. Weeks no longer wants to be married give the man his papers so he can move on. I think they have brought enough shame on the church. The lawyer for Bishop Weeks said that they have been trying to get her side of the story for 4 months but she keeps changing her appointment.
Bynum filed for divorce from Weeks on September 27, 2007. She cited “cruel treatment” and said the marriage was “irretrievably broken” about a month after he was accused him of attacking her in a hotel parking lot in Atlanta. If she filed papers in Sept. and has not done anything since then what is the problem?
Sen. Barack Obama has introduced his wife, Michelle Obama, as “my rock”—the person who keeps him focused and grounded. According to Michelle, she’s just making sure he’s “keeping it real.” Mrs. Obama covers the Feb. 25 issue of Newsweek. She responds to reports of emasculating her husband: “Somehow I’ve been caricatured as this emasculating wife,” she tells Newsweek. “Barack and I laugh about that. It’s just sort of, like, do you think anyone could emasculate Barack Obama? Really now.” And mentions how she met her husband: In 1989, she was assigned to mentor a young, unconventional summer associate by the name of Barack Obama.
Friday, February 22, 2008
by:Dr David Jeremiah. When something is being prune it is ugly but, when the process is over it is a beautiful sight. Can you think of a time the Master Gardener were pruning you? It didn't feel good did it? I don't think the process supposed to feel good. The process is to make us better than we were before the process started.
Last night’s debate in Texas was supposed to be a make-or-break thing for the candidates, namely The Ice Queen, but according to the analysts, it did neither. They both had some shining and weak moments. My man Obama came out looking stronger in the plagiarism argument after Clinton likened it to “Xeroxing” and drew boos from the crowd, which seemed to be pro-Clinton most of the time. Also, by suggesting that Hillary Clinton is accusing the millions of voters, not to mention newspaper editorial boards, who support Obama of being “delusional” every time she refers to his candidacy as lacking any substance and being strictly about words, he put The Ice Queen in her place. Did you watch the debate? Who won? Who lost?
When God called Job "the greatest....among...the people of the East" (Job 1:3) the title was well-deserved. Job, whose name was synonymous with integrity under fire. Job had 10 children, vast land holdings, servants and incredible wealth. Then without warning he lost everything including his children and his health. How could anyone endure this without becoming bitter? yet Through all of this Job did not sin nor....blame God. Today is not a good day for me I am discourage. I am thinking about how Job can through and moved on with life in spite of the trials he faced.
What was Job's secret? I see 3 possibilities (1) He recognized God's right to control events in his life. (2) He looked for wisdom in the adversity. (3)He acknowledged his limited understanding. Because Job had a personally relationship with God, he could handle anything that came his way.
Can you see God when Satan is attacking you and yours? Do you have that kind of relationship were you know what you know? I ask these questions because I am at a place were my faith is being tested right now. I never been here before and it is painful. How do you stay the course when the very ground you are standing on is sinking? Have you ever just wanted out?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I read a article dealing with the current state of gospel music. Gospel Music is a business. When did this happen? Today's Gospel Music is more about talent and money than about the anointing and spreading the Gospel. I am having a hard time listening to today's Gospel Music. It just don't have the power it once had.
Once upon a time you could be going through testing and the message in the music would help build your faith but not today's music. Why have the Gospel Music artist sold out the power for money? I am trying to think of some artist that is still true to the music but I am not coming up with any. I think the music is to commercial but it could be me. Can you name an artist that has not sold out? I am at this moment loving Praise and Worship. New Breed, Martha Muzzin , Vikki Yohe, CeCe Winans. Now the Georgia Mass Choir had one of the most powerful albums every. Great music especially in trying times. How do you feel about Praise and Worship Music? What about Choirs? I know we are all different
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I found this article about payday loans and was shock to see how they have taken advantage of poor, elderly , and disabled people. One recent morning, dozens of elderly and disabled people, some propped on walkers and canes, gathered at Small Loans Inc. Many had borrowed money from Small Loans and turned over their Social Security benefits to pay back the high-interest lender. Now they were waiting for their "allowance" -- their monthly check, minus Small Loans' cut.
The crowd represents the newest twist for a fast-growing industry -- lenders that make high-interest loans, often called "payday" loans, that are secured by upcoming paychecks. Such lenders are increasingly targeting recipients of Social Security and other government benefits, including disability and veteran's benefits. These people always get paid, rain or shine. Government beneficiaries will always have money, every 30 days.
The law bars the government from sending a recipient's benefits directly to lenders. But many of these lenders are forging relationships with banks and arranging for prospective borrowers to have their benefits checks deposited directly into bank accounts. The banks immediately transfer government funds to the lenders. The lender then subtracts debt repayments, plus fees and interest, before giving the recipients a dime.
As a result, these lenders, which pitch loans with effective annual interest as high as 400% or more, can gain almost total control over Social Security recipients' finances.
Data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows many payday lenders are clustered around government-subsidized housing for seniors and the disabled.
But by the late 1990s, the federal government began requiring that Social Security beneficiaries receive their benefits by electronic depo sit to a bank account, unless they opt out. The number of recipients with direct deposit soared to more than 80% today, up from 56% in 1996. Citing taxpayer savings and greater security and convenience for recipients, the government is making a fresh push to get the remaining holdouts to participate.
With direct deposit, Social Security recipients could now more easily pledge their future checks as collateral for small short-term loans. What can be done about Payday Loans? Do the government need to put an end to this practice? What do you say?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I thought it was some what different I have never seen Ushers dress in this way. I am more used to seeing ushers in white dress and white shoes or black and white.
Me myself I like to see uniform in church. It's just something about it. To see this early on Sunday morning and see a warm smile you can't help but feel welcome.
We all have visited churches were the ushers look like they have been sucking on lemons the night before. If you were welcome at the door with a smile and a nice uniform would you feel better even if that was not the case?
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Experience:-------- I have not found that yet. If someone knows were that information is let me know. I think if you are over 70 you should not be allow to run. If we consider 65 as retirement years and then we become eligible for SS then 70 is to old to run for president. That is my humble opinion. What do you think should a person be allow to run for office at that age? If no is it consider age discrimination?
That happen to me yesterday. I am a very easy going person but don't push me to the point of wanting to do bodily harm. My supervisor is a young white boy from Arkansas"Red Neck"his uncle own the company. He is 20 years old and has no experience dealing with people. what do he know about people nothing.
Just because you put something on paper,don't necessary mean it will work. I tried to tell this young fool that but, when you are the one in authority you can't here from people that you feel is beneath you. He comes by and tells me Ms. Ann I want you to put your work on this cart because you are taking to much time getting supplies. The problem with that is it's time consuming to do . You will do it. No! you do it.
He goes an start the process of showing me I was going to do it. I made a chose to move on. It is hard to work with silly people. If I don't respect you as a person I can't see working with you. Don't get me wrong I know the difference between prejudiced and racism. He and his uncle are nasty people. My spirit hurts every time I head that way.My husband and I have made the decision to move to Jacksonville Fla. Change might be good for me. How do you deal with crazy people? Have you meet people that are down right butt holes? Leave me a comment.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Why do people assume that the black women's butt is some kind of sign of a black women's sexiness and attractiveness? What if she didn't have a butt would she still be attractive and sexy? This thing about butts just came into play a couple of years ago. Now you got people getting butt implants, come on.
I think we should be concern about this trend. This could become dangerous to black women every where. More rapes from both black and white men. So, just because it's admired today's what about tomorrow when it's no longer in style? Black men magazines feature woman with Big Butts all in your face.( Buffie the Body, Deelisha) White men are purchasing the same magazines and most likely they are the ones you will sit across from interviewing for a job.
How do you think they see us? the sista with the big butt. I have nothing against the 2 name people above. I don't understand when will we think about what we are doing and how it will affect us in the future. Why make a documentary about a woman behind? Some one is pimping the Black woman body and she don't even no it. That is a shame. Think about what Imus said it was stupid but it's that image. Here is a trailer for a documentary call Venus Lives. View it and leave me a comment.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Therefore the mind has to be reprogram. Some songs that I have not heard in years but, can hear them now and still know every word to them. If I here, Midnight Train To Georgia.( I got to go hay, on that midnight train to Georgia) see what I mean?
I have a love for worship and praise music now. It is nothing wrong with secular music. To move forward you have to turn it off. Do you songs stay in your mind long after you have turn the volume down? What kind of music person are you?
I don't care that Suze Orman is gay. She is on top of the personal finance game and making big money to boot. Through her presentation on Women and Money I've learned to value my time and talents and not give them away.
Thanks, Suze Orman!
We judge people quickly with out knowing them but in this case we got to know Suze before she came out. So, do you think by her establishing her self made it easy for her fans to accept her advice with out question her sexuality? Now that you know her life style would/could you receive advice from her?
It's 2008 and far more women are single either through divorce or have never been married. Many women, though single, are also mothers. I know we can use all the help we can get. I might would have handler my money different if Suze was around doing my early years. What do you think?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
One of them is when the two sisters are separated from each other. Can you wrap your mind around losing your only love one? The other one is when Oprah was beaten by that mob. She was asking them to get her babies out of there. Even today something change and something stay the same.
Old men molesting young girls is still in our mist. So is the attack on black women. She was attack not because she was black it was because she had a strong opinion and voiced it. Is the Color Purple timeless? Did you like the movie? Is it part of your DVD collection?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I sense there is some hate going on against the senator from Illinois. I notice that more of our prominent black leaders ( John Lewis, Andrew Young, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson , Dr. Cornel West, Maxine Waters and yes others. O yell! Tavis Smiley, been drinking that hater o aide. Don't get it twisted! we can vote for who we want too. My thing is don't ask Obama to do something that he can't do. I have no problem with Tavis or any of the others that has been mention.
The rumor is that Tavis has something personal against Obama.The rumor is that Tavis wanted Obama to make the Covenant With Black America a part of his national campaign platform. Come on Tavis the O man can't do that. You see what happen in South Carolina. They will start labeling him the black candidate. Mrs. Clinton's have been saying some shady thing. What about some of the comments that was made in South Carolina? Nobody ask her are call her on them. Why? If she gets the Democratic nod will she make The Covenant With Black America part of her Platform?
If she won't why do you want Obama to do so? Let me guess. He is black. We need change. The Change Obama is talking about. The Clintions have too many ties with the Democratic Party Machine. What do you think? Is Tavis Smiley wrong for asking Obama to do that? Should Obama consider adding the covenant to his platform?
Monday, February 11, 2008
While there are million of African Americans in this country, few go through the checkout without sneakin’ a peak at the Ebony Magazine. Don’t let those circulation numbers fool you, black people religiously read it, without fail.
In Our Life Time is the name on the publication. Do you see Obama being president in our life time?
Do You Know Any Body On Drugs? If so, do you have compassion for them Yes/No? Please leave a comment. All comments are welcome.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Here are the words posted on Obama’s church web page: We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black . . . We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.
My question is any thing wrong with that statement?
Why can't we give recognition to our home land with out being call a racist? I found a article on a site and the person was upset that Obama's church has that posted on it's web page. I have no problem with that statement, do you? Because Obama embraces his African side is that the reason some of us can't support him? I have seen Obama
standing with his grandmother what a beautiful sight to be hold. She reminds me of my own granny. A face were time has stamp it place on it but, still loved.
I am African American an not a shame of it . I have read other articles were some of our own people have a problem being call African. You can have all the problems in the world with being called African but a thing is what a thing is. If you have African blood running through your veins (hello!) you are AFRICAN get over it and embrace who you are. It's not going to change. Born African you going to die African. Move on to something you can change. Like picking the next president.
Carter G. woodson, the founder of Black History celebration, knew the importance of knowing one's self and history. Today we celebrate Black History here at The Old Black Church. Let us extend this Occasion to a daily celebration of who we are and whose we are. We are noble, elegant creatures of God. We have a past, a present, and a future in Christ Jesus.
To the pastor, officers, members, and friends of The Old Black Church greetings and blessing in Jesus name! We celebrate the heritage of your family and our collective families.
The hymn writer says, "we've a story to tell to the nations!" We have many stories to tell about God and the Bible, about ourselves, our culture, out realities. Telling stories helps us to build community; we reflect the lives of one another and celebrate similarities and differences. Today we celebrate the sharing of stories of an African American experience. WELCOME, WELCOME.
O God of life and history, who acted in the beginning and acts today, we praise your eternal mercy and justice that sustains us in our strength and frailty. We thank you for the lives of slaves, who praised your name despite the tyranny that oppressed them. We thank you for those who always protested injustice and rallied for change and transformation in the home, church and society. Help us to name the evils of the past and present. Empower us, O God, to never deny who we are, and to know just how beautiful You have made us. Help us, dear author and finisher of our faith to have a true sense of the accomplishments of Africans Americans to have a vision of possibility for life health and strength in Jesus name AMEN.
No weapon that is fashioned against [us] shall prosper and [we] shall confute every tongue that rises against [us] in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, say the Lord.(Isa. 54:17)
Walking up the King's Highway
Everyone has a load to bear,
as we march to Zion,
but more of us carry the Lion's share.
We must do our part
to give the message from the heart.
In a world where there is much despaire
We often forget to share this hope
As tell it we shall,
Do your Church Celebrate Black History?
Comments are welcome.
This is one of my favorite shows on Wednesday nights. I think a person of color has been in all episodes. This season person of color was put out early in the show. Last year Michael Knight won the fan favor. His collection was great. I read some where that they use decoys to throw the views off. I hope that Christian the young man on this season is not the decoy because I have pick him to win it all. What he did with those 505 jeans was great. He has a gift that is out of this world. I am hoping he win.
Do you watch the show if so, who do you see as the winner? It comes on Bravo at 9:00. It is a great show if you like reality TV. Christian design a prom dress for a client who happen to be black and she kinda gave him hell . She had her mine already made up about what she wanted but I guess he had his mind about what he wanted so they kinda clash. The judges got on to him about not taking control of the situation.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Ouija boards, tarot cards and horoscopes are all ancient methods of divination that are still popular today. Growing up this was not allowed in my home.
Any thing that was not Bible or the Bible spoke against was not allowed. We could not have playing cards either my pop's said they was used for gambling so we couldn't have them. I saw and touched my 1st Ouija Board in my freshman year in school. We could bring games from home to play during PE. Someone brought a Ouija Board. When it rules and all was explained it scared me. I never for got how it shock me up. Back then I was scared of funerals and any thing that had to do with spirits.
Friday, February 8, 2008
You know some movies you just can't stand to watch because you already no it's not a good movie. For me it would be white Chick.. It's been playing in my area for a couple of weeks now. One thing is I don't like the actors the Wayans Brothers. They can not act and they are not funny, to me. They look so silly trying to act like white women. Do you have a movie that just don't set well with you? If so which one was it?
Thursday, February 7, 2008
A site called http://wealthymen.com. Created for women who are looking to “meet men who make over $100,000.00 a year.” Call me old fashion but, come on.
Once upon a time women didn't want the world to know that they were after a mans money. But things have changed, alot. Were is the shame in this? What about love? Would you advertise on a website like http://wealthmen.com for a man? Do you see any thing wrong with doing this? Is any shame left in Woman? Is this a form of prostitution?
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
- Lent is a forty-day period before Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday. We skip Sundays when we count the forty days, because Sundays commemorate the Resurrection. Lent begins on 6 February 2008 and ends on 22 March 2008, which is the day before Easter. during the Season of Lent.
In many countries, the last day before Lent (called Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, or Fasching) has become a last fling before the solemnity of Lent. For centuries, it was customary to fast by abstaining from meat during Lent, which is why some people call the festival Carnival, which is Latin for farewell to meat. Do your church celebrate the Lent Season? Do you have something you want to repent of?
"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat.
O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant my feet!
Our God is marching on.
Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah!
Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on."
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Blog family you all know that my son is incarcerated and waiting for his sentencing. The system is messed up. He could only have stuff that was still in the original package. 6 white tee shirts, 6 pair of boxers white, 6 pair of socks white, no gray on the toe. Clear deodorant , stamps and 1 box of envelops. They provide the ink pen which are collapsible He can not receive any more items. Ok I took him a pair of sneaker they would not even except/accept them because they were not new. You have to take the strings out of all shoes. They can not call unless they buy minutes from a company call inmate solution. They charges 3.00 for 15 minutes. Do you think that young black men has made the prison system a profitable business? I say it is because a small town about 50 miles for my city just built a prison 1 year ago and is in the process of adding 450 more beds. Some thing is wrong with this picture. This I will say, the generation that is coming after this one has a lot of cleaning up to do.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Asked for his views on the senator from Illinois, who like himself has an African-American father, ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic, Woods replied: "I've seen him speak. He's extremely articulate, very thoughtful.
"I'm just impressed at how well, basically all politicians really do, how well they think on their feet. Especially those debates. It's pretty phenomenal to see them get their point across.
"But I just think that he's really inspired a bunch of people in our country and we'll see what happens down the road." What do you think do this sound like an endorsement for Obama yes/no? If so is Tiger making a statement by doing so?