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NEW AGE RELIGION AND OPRAH! HAS OPRAH CHANGED HER WORLD VIEW AND RELIGIOUS VIEW???

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It really is quite simple.  Oprah has come to the top…sort of like Martin Luther King….She has been to the mountain top…and she has seen things most of us only dream about.  So what do we hold on to?  We hold on to our faith.  We will fight for our faith. Some people die for their faith.  What happened to Oprah you ask???  HAS OPRAH BACK SLID???

Oprah has been through a lot of negative experiences in life.  Her past sexual abuse experiences  have helped to shape her views of the world. 

I believe that her heart is in the right place.  However,  strick Christians would not agree.  However, is Oprah obligated to “preach” the gospel that she does not completely agree with?  Does Oprah call her self   BORN -AGAIN?  I do not believe that I have ever heard Oprah refer to herself as being, “SAVED” have you??? 

So why do we as minority folk,  African Americans…believe that Oprah is leading people astray?  You have to be a Pastor,  or atleast claim yourself to be a Evangelist atleast…inorder to lead people. 

Oprah Winfrey is a television talk show host.  She just happens to be African American,  she just happens to have come from a “Christian Background..”  But the last time I checked…most African American Denominations that are Baptist,  or other wise…believe that a SINNER must confess his sins to the Lord Jesus in order to be saved.  You should not term yourself a Baptist…if you have not confessed your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. 

Has Oprah ever discussed that on Television?  I do not believe I heard a show about her “confession of her sins and receiving the “SHED BLOOD OF JESUS” upon her life and soul for the REDEMPTION OF SINS…HAVE YOU?

So before you can call Oprah a LEADER IN THE CHURCH…you must examin her life as what we are so LOOSELY terming CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE….

What makes a person a spokes person of Christain Ethics….what makes a person a spokes person in the Christian Church….There are many who would argue that Gay people cannot be considered Christian.   So let us not banter the term of Christian around so quickly….

I believe that you cannot call Oprah anything until you have examined who she really believes her life to be patterned after.

Since Oprah does not have a congregation of followers…per se’  than let us assume that she is no different than the people that we have conversations with around the “water cooler”  or “water bottle”  at work. 

Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. 

Can you ram your religion down someones throat????

You must LOVE PEOPLE INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN….YOU CAN NOT CHASE THEM DOWN THE STREET AND SCREAM AT THEM.

Look at the Old Testament….the Prophets were always the first to get killed?  Why?  Because they told people things that they did not LIKE OR WANT TO HEAR!!!!

Some prophets were stoned to death.

Lets say Oprah started telling people to stop wearing body tatooes.  How well would that go over?

How long would Oprahs talk show last if she told people that they BETTER STOP HAVING SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE…OR SEX OUT OF MARRIAGE,  OR CHILDREN WITHOUT BEING MARRIED?

Oprah is trying to make a dollar…which is a freedom that we enjoy in this country!

Do you think she is trying to offend her audience and then loose her ratings and her beautiful homes etc., etc.,

Of course she is not going to say that.—So Oprah Winfrey is a DIPLOMAT….OPrah is a diplomat.

She will not change her views or discuss her personal relationship with God on major television networks…therefore she will only say things that will not offend …but bring people together.  Especially people who would not believe in God or even try to change their life style at all.

So in essence…CAN YOU CATCH MORE FLIES WITH HONEY…THAN WITH VINEGAR????

 Of course you can!

So, am I stating that Oprah is trying to EVEN CATCH ANYBODY AT ALL? 

no,  i DO NOT BELIEVE SHE IS ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THE WORLD THROUGH RELIGIOUS THOUGHTS…but she is trying to bridge the gap between good and evil deeds,  and helping the global commmunity.

I think she has a right to her PRIVATE THOUGHTS on this issue.  Does she have to confess her SALVATION in front of an entire nation? 

Has every Christian reading this blog…OPENLY CONFESSED YOUR SALVATION TO YOUR PLACE OF BUSINESS OR WORK LATELY?   HOW MUCH DISCUSSION ARE YOU ALLOWED TO ENGAGE IN BEFORE SOMEONE FILES A COMPLAINT TO EEO ABOUT INAPPROPRIATE RELIGIOUS TALK AT THE WORK PLACE? 

I believe that we can look up to Oprah as a role model for young African American girls and boys to follow down the road to success through hard work.  However,  I would not try to fit Oprah into the role of the CHURCH EVANGELIST at this time.

What do you think????

SUMMER FUN FOR MY SON!!

 

 

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UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

MY BABY JAY JEWELZ IS HAVING A GREAT SUMMER!!!

My child just returned from a USTA TENNIS SCHOLARSHIP CAMP IN NEW ENGLAND!!!`

HALLELUJAH!!!

LAST SUMMER HE DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! HE DID NOT GO TO AN AMUSEMENT PARK OR ANYTHING….NOT EVEN THE BEACH!

LAST YEAR SOMEONE HAD STOLEN MY LAP TOP COMPUTER.

BUT IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR  I PURCHASED THIS USED DELL FROM A MAN IN VALLEY STREAM NEW YORK. 

I HAD LOOKED UP USTA, OF WHICH MY SON IS A MEMBER…I FOUND THAT THERE WERE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR USTA KIDS FOR SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS.

WHAT A BLESSING AND A MIRACLE.

MY SON WENT AWAY TO CAMP IN PAWLING, NY FOR 13 DAYS!!!!

WOW!

IF YOUR CHILD PLAYS TENNIS ….JOIN USTA!!!! 

USTA IS GREAT!!!

MY SON HAS A MEDICAL PROBLEM…AND HE WAS AWAY AND

DID NOT HAVE ANY MEDICAL CRISIS!!!

THERE WAS A NURSE ON SITE, AND A DOCTOR ON CALL!

HE STAYED IN A DORMATORY IN A SMALL COLLEGE UPSTATE

HE PLAYED TENNIS, HAD SPORTS,  WENT TO MOVIES, WENT TO THE MALL,

HAD CABLE TV,  3 MEALS A DAY AND ALSO GOT CONSTRUCTIVE

INSIGHT TO HIS TENNIS SKILLS!

USTA IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION!

THANK YOU U

2nd installment: A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING!

This week   AUGUST 8, 2008 —

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is strange indeed..This JUST IN—AS REPORTED  IN NEW YORK CITY…BY 1010WINS RADIO………:

BERNIE MACK HAS PASSED AWAY.  I ENJOYED HIS television show,  the Bernie Mack show.  He interacted with his “wife, and adopted kids in a very natural way. He always brougth a chuckle and a smile to my tired work worn spirit at the end of the evening. 
 He had pnuenomia.  It will be  great loss to black comedians and all comedians.  As they say in the hood….WE JUST LOST ANOTHER OLE’  G!   (TRANSLATION–OLD GANGSTER)  SUPPOSEDLY A ENDEARING TERM.
HE also played in THE OCEANS ELEVEN, TWELVE, AND THIRTEEN MOVIES.  BERNIE ALSO DID A PERIOD PIECE REGARDING BLACKS IN SWIMMING COMMPETTION. Bernie Mack had a interesting way of pulling the audience into his world.  I liked him and I know the world of intertainment has suffered a great loss. —You will be missed Bernie,  you will be missed.
 

 

 

 

  Next,  I went to the movies the other night with my son.  We also took his friend Michael.  My son is fifteen…but he does not mind “Mommy”  taking him to the movies sometimes.  At times he and his friend Michael, contact their “girl” friends and guy friends from their  previous school Grace Lutheran of Queens Village, and they  go to the movies.

  But the other night it was our turn to go to see THE MUMMY!  It started out being a bit corny with the typical English husband and wife characters.  Then the interesting part….the Chinese Mummy played by Jet Li!.  It was rather interesting.   I had really planed on going to sleep during the movie. 

 But it actually kept my interest.  I liked the Yeti!  They were cute, appealing….and enjoyable to watch.  Great Computer work!  I loved the use of the TERRACOTA ARMY!  The ending of the movie was not as good as I expected.  It ended with everybody dancing.  BORING!   I mean,  like look…  This young woman who had been immortal and had guarded the Mummy,  now is dancing?!  Okay…what happens next?

 

 

 

Let’s move forward.  PAWLING NEW YORK.  Have you been there?  It is beautiful!  The Gordon Kent New England Tennis Camp is there.  My son received a scholarship from the USTA (United States Tennis Association–Eastern Division) — My son Jay Jewelz ( psudeo name of course)  was there for 13 days.  He came home a much darker kid,  relaxed,  happy, and begging for more next year! 

 He had won a mug for his efforts with name of the camp on it.  He received a t-shirt, a tennis baseball cap, thermos with the logo of the camp on it, and even a video of hisskill ability and training that he received.  They even had him dance a little on the video so you can see his happiness at being in that location.  My son wished he could stay a few more weeks. 

 That is the best option….better than the fresh air fund.  The tennis camp has goals, and ideals.  I was never comfortable with sending my son to the FRESH AIR FUND…. only because my child would be living and breathing the air of another family that I do not know.  But the Tennis camp was on the grounds of the TRINTY SCHOOL IN PAWLING NEW YORK. 

   My son and all the other over night campers stayed in dorms.  They took the kids to a movie (Batman),  the mall, they had parties for them,  and most of all…..played…tennis,  TENNIS,  TENNIS,  TENNIS!!!  5 HOURS PER DAY!!!!  He received personalized instruction also.  My son told me he took two showers per day,  had great food.  Jay Jewelz told me that the chocolate milk was great tasting. 

They woke up daily to the rolling hills and valleys of Pawling New York!  America the Beautiful!  I enjoyed the ride up there.  65 miles out of New York City!  I even enjoyed the ride to get there.  My son really loved it.  He met tennis players in their teens who were for Europe.  Some spoke French!

  What a great experience!!!  I am so thankful for the opportunity that my son experienced.  I will pay for the camp next year….Thanks USTA!—AND PARENTS….LOOK FOR FREE PROGRAMS IN YOUR NEIGBORHOOD FOR TENNIS!  IT IS WELL WORTH IT.  LOOK UP NYJTL.ORG—-THERE ARE MANY PROGRAMS OUT THERE. (New York Junior Tennis League) 

SEEK THEM OUT!  YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE HAPPY!!!

OBAMA WATCH….This is not news…but a discussion I had the other day while at work.  I was talking to a carpenter.  This man and I met and agreed on certain topics about life in our current world.  However, when he and I discussed Barak Obama…..this man actually stated that he believed that Obama was Muslim. 

 He was very concerned about this belief.  He said that is had nothing to do with race…but that he believed that OBAMA was muslim and that was a cause of concern for him.  I tried to explain that Obama was raised by his white grand parents in the United States. 

 This man did not care…he believed that he was musilim and did not have America’s best interest at heart.  I stopped trying to convience this gentleman that his views might be wrong….I let it go.  Instead we talked about road rage,  dog eat dog…rat race,  family,  maritial issues,  kids,  etc. 

But I just could not get over his belief that OBAMA is a closet Muslim.  This man showed real fear!  WOW!  Should I really be surprised? 

 Personally,  I have my questions about Obama but,  the name he was named by his white mother,  his mother was an anthropologist, who traveled the world,  his mother did not changer her religion,  he was raised in the United States most of his life…because he longed for stability….I wonder,  I wonder….”DO PEOPLE JUST WANT TO BELIEVE THE NEGATIVE OR WHAT?”

John Edwards and cheating on his wife?  What else is new?  I have not seen any politician who has not admitted to having cheating yet!  The worse of course is that Mr.  Edwards cheated while his wife was ill. 

 However,  my voice teacher who was married to a pscyhologist….her husband cheated also while she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. 

 It is unfortunate…but the human EGO…AND SEX drive do seem to have more control over all of us…than we would want.  I hope they can recover from this. 

MEDICAL MINUTE:   I have to tell you I had a MAMMOGRAM THIS WEEK!  I was more scared not to go…than to go. 

 When I heard that Christina Applegate had been coping with illness of breast cancer, and that my doctor had been after me to get it done….I finally gave in.  My selfesteem went up. 

 I felt relieved.  But I am still waiting for the test results.  I told several ladies at work.  Did you know that one woman asked for the information of where I went to get it done?! 

 Wow!  I did not realize that my actions could affect someone else!  So that is why I am telling you.  LADIES…TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODIES!  GO GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS DONE….It is not painful….it is uncomfortable…but I did not feel any pain. 

 The technician was pleasant and nice to talk to.  The woman was so professional I did not feel embaressed.  (((I do not like being disrobed—for any reason except the swimming pool)))—So please go….your life, my life depends upon it!

What is going on in Russia?  Stay tuned to your radio!!!—Cable tv etc.

Oh…did you notice the GAS PRICES?  I actually paid 4.13 at the pump.  Great….keep going down,  down,  down!

till next rant~~riveroflifelisajoy~

USTA! USTA!! USTA!!!! THE GREATEST SUMMER EVER! HOW A CAMP SCHOLARSHIP CHANGED MY SON’S SUMMER IN THE BEST WAY! NEW ENGLAND TENNIS CAMP! WOW! WHAT A BLAST!!!

MY SON HAS BEEN A USTA MEMBER…FOR SEVERAL YEARS.  MEMBERSHIP IS A ONLY $25.00.

 

I LOOKED FOR A SCHOLARSHIPPROGRAM.  I FOUND IT!

MY SON WAS ACCEPTED AND WENT TO THE GORDON KENT NEWENGLAND TENNIS CAMP FOR 13 DAYS!!!

IT IS LOCATED IN PAWLING —BEAUTIFUL PAWLING NEW YORK.  65 MILES OUT OF NEW YORK CITY!

BETTER THAN THE FRESH AIR FUND FOR AN INNER CITY TENNIS PLAYER OF 15 YEARS OLD!

WHAT A BLESSING!

THANKYOU USTA!!!

NEXT YEAR MY TAX RETURN WILL BE USED TO PAY FOR IT!!!

I WILL GIVE MORE DETAILS LATER!

`~~~~RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY

SLAVERY IN AMERICA: RECENT APOLOGIES AND THE DEBATE ON REPARATIONS

I am  a child of slaves.  I am a child of first generation black Americans to have their own New York City Home.  I am a child of a African American family to be the first  to go to college.  I am a mother of a black child who is first generation to play tennis as his major sport of skill. 

 I am African American wife of  a skizophrenic, (who has been missing for ten years).  I am an African American wife of a African American male skizphonprenic- who has not provided child support for ten years due to his missing status and the RULES that govern the Social Security Administration.

  I am an African American who can not get HEAP HELP (GOVERNMENTAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR UTILITY BILLS i.e. Gas and Electric) because the government states that SINGLE PARENT STATUS…EARNING $43,000.00 PER YEAR, PAYING $1600.00 for 3 bedroom apartment in New York City,  paying full utilties of building,  $158.00 per month car insurance,  extremely high milk, juice, fruit, meat,  vegetables,  personal care products,  clothing,  medical needs insurances,  life insurances on my self valued at over $100,00.00 disability insurances on myself (especially since my missing sick husband left me responsible for my child),  catastrophic disease insurances on my self.

Having detailed my financial condition as a 48 yearold African American Daughter of slave ancestors….It would appear that I have the same if not similar problems as my white counter part Americans in some cases. 

 However,  what makes me believe that I do deserve a form if not actual SLAVE REPARATION–is that I would have completed COLLEGE many years ago—if it had not been for BEOG/ PELL AND TAP GRANTS BEING DENIED!  

Those grants were denied me when I was 21 years old!  I had just been accepted into CBS Television Internship Program through Queens College in the Journalism department.  I was registering for my course that was applied to the internship and was told by the college that PELL GRANTS,  BEOG AND TAP Aide had been denied to me because I had used up all of my POINTS! 

 I did not financial aide available!!!  I had ignorantly retaken courses that I had failed  and then passed.  However,  my re-registering for those courses had caused me to use up my points. 

 My Academic Counselor named  Barbara Blank  did not guide me properly,  —I am truly not clear on how this terrible mistake occured.

  Whatever caused this terrible error…caused me to have to leave college after I had already completed 61 credits!!!! 

 The financial aide counselor had discussed the problem with my mother….my African American mother….another daughter of ancestral slaves….My mother whose parents had not been educated higher than elementary school in Virgina (Drakes Branch,  and Farmville Virgina to be exact). 

 My mother had an option explained to her by the financial aide counselor….”Refinance your house so that your daughter could finish college.”

  My mother, descendant of slaves flatly stated,” NO! I am not wasting my mortgage on that!”

  My sister, who did not complete college and who was 6 years older than me– had been whispering into my mother’s ears heavily.

  She did not want me to complete college…because she was jealous and she told my mother  that I becoming a CAREER COLLEGE STUDENT….LEARNING BUT NEVER GRADUATING.

  I was only 21 years  old at that time.  Also CBS television internship supervisor in charge of my internship had promised me a great future!  I had to compete against other people—HUNDREDS! .. inorder to get accepted into that internship!

  I had made an impression on the CBS Internship program…but now!  My financial aide points had run out from Pell Grant,  BEOG,  and TAP were no longer funding my education.

  I could not work to make enough money to pay for those classes,–tuition was a mere $900.00 back then….but it was still to high for a full time college student. 

The final outcome is this….I left college, unable to pay for it. 

 My mother,  daughter of Slave ancestry could not see the benefit of helping me to complete my education because her thinking back then was limited  and poisoned by my sister’s jealousy. 

 Thus  I left college, severly let down….my mother,  daughter of slaves told me to just get a job….My mother could not understand the circumstances that would notw shape my life and her’s forever!

I went to a business school,  I went to Taylor Business Institute!  I learned secretarial skills. ((question–why was I able to get a loan for a trade school and not a college???))

 I was hired by a temp agency and began the long road back to college.  I began paying for my classes one at a time….I was eventually hired full time by J. Michael Bloom Talent Agency. 

 My big mistake was that I got married.  The marriage did not prevent me from being educated…but I began to rearrange my goals around the marriage.  My husband and I did accomplish some goals like buying a house,  and having  a child. 

 My African American husband wanted me to complete college…but coming full circle my husband suffered catastrophic severe skizphrenia and left me with bankruptcy,loss of a home to foreclosure,  and a child to raise.

  I am currently working on a job for the past 19 years that has abosultely NOTHING to do with my original college related goals.  The job  helps pay for food, and rent–barely–. 

 I struggle due to the previous explained debts that I worry about daily. 

 HIND sight is not twenty-twenty for me. 

 I knew that my level of success would not be fulfilled if I could not complete that INTERNSHIP AT CBS AND REGISTER FOR MY CLASSES WHEN I WAS 21 YEARS OLD. 

 However,  not having an educated family,  that would understand the value of an education,  and the financial scarifices required to accomplish that goal…thus here I sit today….BLOGGING…out my frustration. 

My actual, blogging is healthy for me…but it cannot replace the years of economic success I have not ever experienced,  education,  and opportunities that I have missed out on.

  Blogging cannot give me financial power to help cover the debts that HEAP will not help me to pay …because I am just $50 or more dollars over their limit of assistance for a single parent with only 1 (one) child.

  I have been told that I have to have more children to be eligible to receive government assistance. 

The  goal in this article is to explain why SLAVE REPARATIONS would have helped a person like myself. 

 I have been working ever since I had to leave college. 

 Understand that I only left college because I had no money to pay for tuition.  They would not allow me to take a loan….my mother would not refinance her home (which she actually did refinance some years later…so she could make a basment apartment for rental purposes)—I have always pushed to further my education,  I recently partly completed a program NYACK Adult Continuing education–called ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGMENT…I have to pay off about $600.00 and complete three essays to receive my Bachaelor of Science in Organizational Managament. 

 I should have done this two years ago.  So what is the hold up you ask?  I have my child who has been suffering with seizure disorder increasingly over the past two years,  and I also am caring for my mother who has become an invalid and stroke victim over the past 4 years. 

So here I sit.   I am gearing up to complete my 3 essays in the next few weeks and receive my full credit and I can graduate in November of this year. 

I have traveled a long road.  I know there are many others who have traveled a long road as well.

  Do I believe that educational reparations would have helped me….OF COURSE IT WOULD HAVE HELPED ME! 

 My educational goals would not have been tied to my mother’s personal finances..and I would have been able to complete the internship at CBS in Journalism. 

What type of EDUCATIONAL REPARATIONS would I have used you might ask?  Here is my concept of the best form of education reparations for children of ancestral African American Slaves:

  • SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE AND RECEIVE GED/HIGHSCHOOL DIPLOMA
  • MAINTAIN PASSING GRADES IN COLLEGE
  • TAKE REMEDIAL COURSES TO IMPROVE ACADEMICS AND SUCCESSFULLY PASS ALL REMEDIAL COURSES
  • NO—-TERM LIMITS ON EDUCATION
  • STUDENTS MUST ENROLL IN COLLEGE CONSEQUTIVELY—UNLESS EMERGENCY IN FAMILY,  MEDICAL PROBLEMS, FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES TO BE EVALUATED BY REPARATIONS COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC REPARATIONS
  • SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE BACHELOR OF any ACCREDITED COLLEGE,  IVY LEAGUE,  CITY,  STATE COLLEGE PROGRAM
  • SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ANY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  • SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ANY TRADE PROGRAM:  ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, TRUCKING, NURSING, CAR REPAIR AND DESIGN, ETC.,
  • SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE PROGRAMS AND HAVE ACADEMIC GOALS,  AND JOB BOOKLET ON PERSONAL/INDIVIDUAL ASSESEMENT, and RESUME– COMPLETED AT THE END OF EACH SEMESTER.
  • MAINTAIN ATLEAST A — C– AVERAGE…WITH  EXPLANATION OF GRADES AND RESTRAINTS  AND DETAILING PROBLEMS RELATED TO COMPLETION OF ACADEMIC GOALS TO BE EVALUATED DIRECTLY BY ACADEMIC REPARATIONS COMMITTEE.
  • FULL TUITION PAYMENT FOR ALL AFRCIAN AMERICAN SLAVE DECENDANTS
  • FULL TUTITION FOR BACHELOR,  MASTERS PROGRAMS.
  • FULL TUTITION PAID FOR DOCTORATE AFTER PROVIDING 4OOO HOURS OF MENTORING,  PROJECT GIVE BACK, AND EACH ONE TEACH ONE PROGRAMS FOR SUMMER YOUTH AND YOUNG MOTHER PROGRAMS.
  • FULL TUTITION PAYMENTS FOR 2ND BACHELOR DEGREE FOR 7000 HOURS OF MENTORING, PROJECT GIVE BACK, AND EACH ONE TEACH ONE PROGRAMS TO BE DEVELOPED BY THE AFRICAN AMERICAN REPARATIONS PROGRAM.  
  • ALL CANDIDATES MUST SUBMITT DOCUMENTED PROOF OF 3000 HOUR AND 7000 HOUR GIVE BACK AND MENTORING PROGRAMS INORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE  FOR DOCTORATE PROGRAMS AND 2ND DEGREE PROGRAMS.
  • ALL GRADUATES ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 100 HOURS YEARLY TO TALKS AT ELEMENTARY EDUCATION,  JUNIOR HIGHSCHOOL EDUCATION, HIGHSCHOOL EDUCATION,  AND  COLLEGE PROGRAMS FOR MENTORING AND PASSING ON THE LEGACY OF THE BENEFITS OF EDCUATION AND TAKING THE RESPONSIBILITY OF REPARATIONS AND BECOMING SUCCESSFUL IN ATTAINING ACADEMIC GOALS THAT ARE A STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE IN THE AFRiCAN AMERICAN SLAVE DESCENDANTS.

This is my concept of proper reparations.  I would abide by these rules so that I could have the opportunities to pass on the goals and future that keep America growing and great. 

We as a American Citizens do not need a hand out!  We need a hand UP! Help me to educate myself so that I can help continue the legacy of Pride in the United States as a Super Power in the World.  Help me to educate myself  so that I can give back to the generations to come.

As it stands right now…I can only give this blogg!!!!

  I could do so much more if my education was free…but with RESPONSIBILTY AND DEFINITELY STRINGS ATTACHED.  The type of strings attached will cause success in the future decendants of slaves…but those decendants would eventually be called desendants of SUCCESSFULL AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO HAVE MENTORED, AND GAVE BACK, THEREBY ASSISTING THE UNITED STATES TO MAINTAIN ITS ECONOMIC STRENGTH,  EDUCATIONAL POWER,  LITERACY,  AND GROWTH IN THE WORLD. 

WITH EDUCATION….COMES AN EMPOWERED WORKFORCE THAT CAN STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY…..CRIME BASED ON ECNOMICS WILL GO DOWN IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES,  BLACK MALES WILL BE INSPIRED TO GATHER RESOURCES AND BECOME MORE SUCCESSFUL AND STRONG.  YOUNG WOMEN WILL GATHER RESOURCES AND BECOME MORE SUCCESSFUL AND STRONG.

The program of reparations needs to be looked at. 

 It may take many years for it to come about. 

 MOst likely not in my life time,  or even my child’s  life time. 

 But the concept does need to be addressed. 

 Maybe my concepts are not all acceptable… there may be better methods of ACADEMIC REPARATIONS.

IN CONCLUSION:

DO NOT GIVE ME THE FORTY ACRES AND AN MULE….

I WANT A FREE….RESPONSIBILITY ACADEMIC BASED REPARATION FOR DESCENDANTS OF AFRICAN SLAVES. 

(((JOBS WILL COME WITH AN EDUCATED WORK FORCE!!!))) 

 NOTE…MANY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES MAKE EDCUATION FREE  FOR ALL!!!!

REPARATIONS ON AN ACADEMIC LEVEL WILL IMPROVE  THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND ECONOMIC STANDING OF THE UNITED STATES AS A SUPER POWER  AND ALSOIN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AS WELL.

“`RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY

1st Sunday with Ice Cube…and Tracey Morgan—2008 Ralph and Norton Duo!!!

 

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I like to watch a good comedy.  I was shocked! 

 

Truly shocked. 

Tracey Morgan plays a “not so bright”  crime challenged man,  and his counter part…Ice Cube is just as crime challenged as Tracey Morgan.

  HOwever,  things work out in the end …in some type of fairy Tale ending.  They start out to rob the church,  situations get out of hand and circumstances change it all around and they end up saving the day for the Church they planned to rob.  Silly uh?

Also Cube’s baby Mama gets the money she needed– which keeps her from moving ‘DOWN SOUTH’ to her grandmother’s house. 

 So Cube gets to keep contact in with his son. 

 The church does not have to move out of the neigborhood they love and all is right with the world again~~~~~

….But as I said….it was an interesting combination of Tracey as comedian…and Cube a hard core…angry straight man. 

The funniest part of the movie was when they (Cube and Tracey) were sitting in the church during communion and then they ate the “crackers  for communion”  and then they drank…not sissped…drank several cups of communion wine. 

 Tracey explained that he had never been in a church service before (except for a baptism for which he could not participate because he could not swim.

–so he never went back to church again)….so Tracey asks for CHEESE WIZ for the communion crackers.

…such blasphemy!!!!

Oh, my goodness…my mother was laughing so hard….!

So go rent this silly movie!  It might even make you cry at one part.

Good Job Cube…stay away from those “”””ARE WE THERE YET??? “MOVIES—SEEK OUT SOMETHING WITH A PARTNER LIKE  TRACEY—-GOOD STRAIGHT MEN AND COMEDY SIDEKICKS NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE!

TILL NEXT MOVIE REVIEW~~~

riveroflifelisajoy!!!! 

SUMMER TIME, SUMMER TIME….SUM, SUM SUMMER TIME!!! WHILE AT THE BEACH….KEEP IT CLEAN….THE LIFE YOU SAVE MIGHT BE THE NEXT GENERATION OF FISH, FOUL AND HUMAN!!!

I receive my daily newsletter from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC!!!  I had to share this with you ….THINK ABOUT PLANET EARTH—-THINK ABOUT OUR OCEANS….DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A BUNDLE OF BAGS FLOATING IN THE OCEAN THAT IS KILLING OUR SEA ANIMALS AND CREATING MORE AND MORE FILTH????  THESE BAGS HAVE COMBINED AND NOW FLOAT IN A CERTAIN REGION OF THE OCEANS OF THE EARTH….HERE…LET ME GET THE PICTURE FOR YOU—HOLD ON A MINUTE…BE RIGHT BACK…

start of the Academy Award-winning movie “American Beauty,” a character videotapes a plastic grocery bag as it drifts into the air, an event he casts as a symbol of life’s unpredictable currents, and declares the romantic moment as a “most beautiful thing.”

To the eyes of an oceanographer, the image is pure catastrophe.

In reality, the rogue bag would float into a sewer, follow the storm drain to the ocean, then make its way to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that’s twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists.

The enormous stew of trash – which consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers – floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man’s land between San Francisco and Hawaii.

Marcus Eriksen, director of research and education at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach, said his group has been monitoring the Garbage Patch for 10 years.

“With the winds blowing in and the currents in the gyre going circular, it’s the perfect environment for trapping,” Eriksen said. “There’s nothing we can do about it now, except do no more harm.”

The patch has been growing, along with ocean debris worldwide, tenfold every decade since the 1950s, said Chris Parry, public education program manager with the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco.

Ocean current patterns may keep the flotsam stashed in a part of the world few will ever see, but the majority of its content is generated onshore, according to a report from Greenpeace last year titled “Plastic Debris in the World’s Oceans.”

The report found that 80 percent of the oceans’ litter originated on land. While ships drop the occasional load of shoes or hockey gloves into the waters (sometimes on purpose and illegally), the vast majority of sea garbage begins its journey as onshore trash.

That’s what makes a potentially toxic swamp like the Garbage Patch entirely preventable, Parry said.

“At this point, cleaning it up isn’t an option,” Parry said. “It’s just going to get bigger as our reliance on plastics continues. … The long-term solution is to stop producing as much plastic products at home and change our consumption habits.”

Parry said using canvas bags to cart groceries instead of using plastic bags is a good first step; buying foods that aren’t wrapped in plastics is another.

After the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned the use of plastic grocery bags earlier this year with the problem of ocean debris in mind, a slew of state bills were written to limit bag production, said Sarah Christie, a legislative director with the California Coastal Commission.

But many of the bills failed after meeting strong opposition from plastics industry lobbyists, she said.

Meanwhile, the stew in the ocean continues to grow.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is particularly dangerous for birds and marine life, said Warner Chabot, vice president of the Ocean Conservancy, an environmental group.

Sea turtles mistake clear plastic bags for jellyfish. Birds swoop down and swallow indigestible shards of plastic. The petroleum-based plastics take decades to break down, and as long as they float on the ocean’s surface, they can appear as feeding grounds.

“These animals die because the plastic eventually fills their stomachs,” Chabot said. “It doesn’t pass, and they literally starve to death.”

The Greenpeace report found that at least 267 marine species had suffered from some kind of ingestion or entanglement with marine debris.

Chabot said if environmentalists wanted to remove the ocean dump site, it would take a massive international effort that would cost billions.

But that is unlikely, he added, because no one country is likely to step forward and claim the issue as its own responsibility.

Instead, cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is left to the landlubbers.

“What we can do is ban plastic fast food packaging,” Chabot said, “or require the substitution of biodegradable materials, increase recycling programs and improve enforcement of litter laws.

“Otherwise, this ever-growing floating continent of trash will be with us for the foreseeable future.”

How to help

You can help to limit the ever-growing patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean. Here are some ways to help:

Limit your use of plastics when possible. Plastic doesn’t easily degrade and can kill sea life.

Use a reusable bag when shopping. Throwaway bags can easily blow into the ocean.

Take your trash with you when you leave the beach.

Make sure your trash bins are securely closed. Keep all trash in closed bags.

Trash is also a problem in parts of San Francisco Bay. For an interactive map showing some of the worst locations, go to www.savesfbay.org/baytrash.

– Justin Berton jberton@sfchronicle.com

This article appeared on page W – 8 of the

 

This article is important.  That is Why I am sharing it…..Think about the earth’s future…..contact Justin Berton….see what you can do to help….SAVE THE PLANET AND OURSELVES!!!!

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING!

 

 

 

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

Where should I start?  The news is too much!  I think we will start with Jesse Jackson.  He has let me down this week!  But jealousy is strange isn’t it? 

And what about the New Yorker Magazine…dicpicting Obama and his wife is such a terrible cartoon?  I never saw any American Presidential Candidate dipicted like that in all of my 48 years of age!  What a disgrace….so Satire aims and putting every sterotype out there and giving it voice????  So many negative thoughts come to mind.  Wow!

Angeloina Jolie!!!  The babies….strange that Baby Jesus had no bed in which to lay when he was born.  There was no fanfare and no one cared.  His parents actually had to leave their home and run for their lives.  So what gives with such twins?  What is the indication that a female actress who conceives a child or two has to be shut in behind closed doors to give birth to what?  A normal child or two?  What is the big deal? 

I just wonder about the values and ethics of what people consider important in this world today.   20 million dollars for a picture of  Angolina’s twins….I hope they donate that money to the poor and the helpless children in various countries that are eating garbage  out of the garbage dumps in Brazil,  China, Africa,  and then getting run over by “garbage” trucks.   What about  people who do not have health care.  Isn’t it odd how people can find money to waste…but not money to save lives?  How many years have they been having “JERRY’S KIDS”-  BUT STILL NO CURE???  How many more years are they going to  have  walks for everything to raise money for every type of known disease in the world…but they can quickly give 20 millilon without having a fundraiser to take a picture of two twins?  What is the difference anyway?  Why does it not seem strange that people…corporations will spend  large sums of money on someone because they bring in the MONEY????  CASH COW,  CASH COW, CASH COW!!!!

Hancock is a great movie with out really any point.  Like…who is Will Smith as Hancock….actually—like you know…they said that he was an “ANGEL”—WHAT TYPE OF angel?  A Judeo/Christian Angel?  and Greek Mythological Angel?  What type of angel….what is the history…is this a to be continued????

In the movie “Wanted” —Anjolina played a limitless individual with a secret sad past.  It was strange to see her play second fidel….but then she out does the cast at the end of the movie.  And who was that weak–yet strong actor as the leading man.  Movies have really taken a new spin on PLAIN,  BORING  LEADING MEN.   “Wanted” was good flick….but it was a bit weird with paraphin…or wax tub thingy!

And back to Jesse Jackson again!  Please Mr. Jackson….please stop talking so negative….do you really want to destroy the campaign of OBAMA?  Is it that critical to you that you could not win  when you ran for president.  Remember…Prophets are not loved by everyone.  MAYBE YOU WILL BE A PROPHET AND NEVER A KING….

So getting back to my little rant and rattle….

till next time river of lifelisajoy!!!!

Thanks Will Smith! You did it AGAIN! Great Movie….HanCock!–What is wrong with those HATER–MOVIE CRITICS ANYWAY?

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

Will Smith played the ALIEN  this time!  He was not the airplane pilot dealing with the aliens that were trying to take over planet earth in INDEPENDANCE DAY…but this time he was an out of control otherworldly being…being misinterperted as a HOMELESS  BLACK DRUNK WITH SUPER POWERS….So far from the truth.

  He instead was a being who had lost a literal sense of himself and was wandering the earth helping people but with a mega attitude and BAMBAM (a.k.a. Flintstones) way of grabbing issues by the tail (i.e. the poor whale that he “SAVED” from the beach by tossing it some many miles away and thereby knocking over a sail boat at the same time.) 

His clumsy,  mega attitude ways were disruptive and took away from people appreciating him for the good that he was doing.

The most bizarre twist of the story came from his alter ego…”alleged wife”  his opposite,  yet twin, or sister ( major issues in this concept) and how she was hiding from him in plain sight because she knew that they could not be together.  Which caused him to be out of control, feel alone and then become a problem to the world instead of a assistance with his superpowers. 

 Eventually Hancock comes to realize his value…but yet has to come to terms with this woman/sister/wife/twin/co-angel created by the gODS—!  At this point he is able to become the person he once was and realize that he cannot be with her, in order for them both to live on and survive. 

 His duty in the world is to care and protect it from severe evil.  So by the end of the movie he is ready to be the “man, angel,  person he was meant to be.  His wife/sister is supposed to be supportive from a distance. 

The unique part of the movie was the black and white concept that was ignored,  yet clarified by the two superhumans being OPPOSITES….i.e. opposites attract, but other than that. 

I actually felt a sense of closeness for the two superhumans…and the humanity and frailty of HANCOCK…who had been a desparately angry “person”–who had appeared to be a HOMELESS BLACK GUY—but turned out to be the  SUPER HERO OF THE WORLD….THROUGHOUT the generations of mankind.

Very interesting spin on  Superheros…indeed….he had the questions of human weakness but the supersonic power of a superhero. 

And as always…I love Will Smith’s interpertation of his charater.

I guess people always want to see a successful black man and then see him become a superhero.  At first I was offended too.  You know,  we want to see
a black person “be respected and all like that”—but take a step back…Spiderman had bad press from time to time too….so Really folks…Superheros…are just that Superheros…. The end of the day….I do not care  about the race of a person who comes to my aid…I just care that someone is giving me a hand…no matter what the circumstances!

Good look Will Smith….and thanks for making my son’s day!  Jay Jewelz LOVED the movie Hancock!  –and so did I!

riveroflifelisajoy~

Where Have I been?

Journey Behind the Falls at Niagara ...

 

I have been on a journey…

My friend

I have not been lost

intentionally

but a journey of length

and depth  has

challenged my

very heart and soul

I have gathered need

and gathered sorrow

My journey leads me

down dark alleys

bright rooms,

painful thoughts

and haunting fears

Tears are worthless

here on my journey

But the tears still come

and roll down my cheeks

like snowballs gathering

size and speed

My nose and face feel clogged

from the emotions spent

on this journey

Come free me my friend

from this torment

But I do not cry for myself

I cry for another

My son, my dear son

What will be?

Sickness again claimed

him on June 24 after

his American History

Regents exam…of which he

did receive an 88!

The victory of his passing

is overshadowed by the

illness that gripped him in

its stealy hands

I wish for him joy,

health, and happines…

I pray for him health, health, and more health

So that has been my journey my friend

Seeking health and strength for

the child of my womb

The child I had prayed for 15 years ago

is in a battle for his life….

So my journey is not a lonely one

but a hard. brittle, prickly one

Where have I been?  Right here,

at home, at work, but journey is a battle of

the mind and strength of the

spirit.

JOurney is to walk a walk of faith,

and endurance…

So I have not called you,  written you,

but I know you are still there.

I will not go,

while I continue this journey,  whose

destination I yet do not know.

-fini-

Riveroflifelisajoy

credit of waterfalls image…from aol journey images