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Saturday, December 28, 2013

UPDATED: Attention All Christians Kwanzaa Is Not A Religious Holiday It Is A Cultural Holiday That One Chooses Whether To Celebrate.

Personally, I don't celebrate Kwanzaa, not that it's a bad thing to celebrate. It's more about how and where I was raised . I am from LA  (lower Alabama) need I say more. So this celebration was never mentioned or practiced in my community back in the day.

The only holiday we celebrated in December was Christmas. That's what I love about America, you can choose which holidays to celebrate and which religions to practice. Therefore, if you want to celebrate Kwanzaa by all means do so.

It' almost impossible for us to disconnect spirituality from our culture. It  seems as if it's o­ne and the same.
Kwanzaa, a nonreligious holiday created in the 1960s to celebrate African-American culture, is increasingly taking on a spiritual dimension as Christians and Muslims blend Kwanzaa traditions with aspects of their faith. Kwanzaa, is a seven-day celebration that begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan 1.

 It was developed in the wake of the Watts Riots in 1966 by activist and California State University professor Maulana Ron Karenga as a way to emphasize black culture and pride. But what started as an intentionally non-religious holiday is taking on a religious hue as more churches - Roman Catholic and Protestant, traditionally African-American have adopted the holiday.

That has sparked debate within some Christian communities that Kwanzaa, with its secular emphasis, has no place in church. At the same time, more public schools have begun to include Kwanzaa in December celebrations and lessons, angering parents who complain that it is unfair to include Kwanzaa while "watering down" the religious meanings of Christmas and Hanukah.

The official Kwanzaa website, however, maintains that Kwanzaa is a "cultural choice" distinct from religious observance. Who celebrates Kwanzaa and why? Does it belong in the public school curriculum? How true has Kwanzaa remained to its original principle of black pride? What role does it play in churches?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Judging The President!

Last night someone asked whether President Obama race had played a role in his actions following his election as the first African-American president. The President answer that his administration, “has been dominated by me trying to figure out how we’re going to fix the economy, and that affects black, brown, and white.” The president said “while there was “justifiable pride” in the historic step of his election. That lasted about a day. . . . Right now the American people are judging me exactly the way I should be judged. Which, Are we taking the steps to improve the financial markets, create jobs, get businesses to reopen, keep America safe? And that’s what I’ve been spending my time thinking about.” This is truly what Dr. King envisioned. Barack Obama will be judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. It is his character and his ability to lead that got him elected to the presidency. We want the president to be judged on results. While his presidency is indeed historic it must still be productive. So the president’s response to this question was dead-on right now the color that affects all Americans is green, and the lack of it. So that is what the president will and should be judged on.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Church Is A Mirror Of Our Community.

When I heard that Bebe Winans was arrested on domestic violence charges.... for allegedly shoving his ex-wife to the ground during a heated argument... I am kinda waiting for the church community to speak out against this behavior, or will they?.... I don't see that taking place any time soon do you?....fact is domestic violence is a issue among the church community. Why do the church community be fronting like every thing is alright when in reality it's not? Why do some pastors say they believe in the teachings of Christ, but behind closed doors do something total different? We are taught in a biblical marriage the husband loves the wife like Christ loved the church.... we know how much that was because He gave His life for it. Therefore, you should not find a follower of Christ teaching hitting ,shoving, kicking or attacking his wife. The church community sometimes love to misquote the Bible by saying that the wife “submit” to her husband because the “Bible says so.” This incident is nothing new to The Black Church. Growing up in the deep South I have never heard a sermon on Domestic Violence. But I have seen wives of deacons with black eyes. There are some pastors in some churches who can not preach against domestic violence because they are doing it. Domestic Violence is one of the black churches worst kept secrets. some women we are aware of and some not.....Some chooses to stay and endure believing God wants them to. If there is anything good that can come out of this is maybe more churches will start looking at this problem that plagues our community. If it's in the community it's in the church.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

"Thakful Thursday" (Question) Why Are We Killing Our Selves Over This?

The number of overweight adults and children in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate.the term for more obesity has been described as a “global epidemic” by the World Health Organization, and studies find that over 60 percent of American adults are over weight or obese. At particularly high risk are black American women. The American Heart Association estimates that approximately 77 percent of black American adult females are either overweight or obese.

Being extremely overweight or obese dramatically increases the risk of diabetes ('A condition in which the body\'s cells are less responsive to insulin. This causes more insulin to be released by the pancreas, resulting in too much insulin circulating in the blood. Moderate weight loss and increased physical activity can help type 2 diabetes. There are two components of metabolic syndrome which also includes high blood pressure and abnormal Studies find that black American women are 60 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome than black American men. The syndrome, in turn, can lead to complications from diabetes (such as blindness or nerve problems) and heart attacks. Black Americans also face a greater risk of strokes particularly if they have high blood pressure.

Again we are killing our selves with a fork or spoon. What do you think, should this be preached from the pulpit on Sunday morning that this to is a sin of glutton? Too crave food to the point that it kills us is a sad thing. So, what can we do about all the information we already have at our disposal? Stop eating our selves too death.