Rev. Jamal Bryant and Empowerment Temple Helping Freddie Gray’s family with funeral expenses

Rev. Jamal Bryant has been on CNN so much lately he should have his own seat. He has been speaking for Freddie Gray’s family. it is great to see he is also helping the family. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-empowerment-temple-sunday-20150426-story.html

CNN covered the Nerd Prom and forgot about Baltimore

Last night the local television stations covered some or all of the unrest in Baltimore. Several people were destroying property and creating an overall unsafe environment. Over the past week CNN has been the man on the street. They have been here talking to everybody. Friday they even interviewed a local actress who used to be on the HBO series The Wire. They were seemingly waiting for the other shoe to drop and that shoe actually did drop last night but the CNN cameras had shut down and gone home or did they go home? No they went to the prom? The Nerd Prom or the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. They went home got into their formals and tuxes and headed to DC. The unrest all of sudden became a subplot. Tomorrow Freddie Gray will be buried. Wonder if CNN will be back or maybe tomorrow they might be detained by something a little more important…prom pictures.

No Excuses for the Violence in Baltimore

Last night we watched people commit criminal acts on the streets of Baltimore. The people who committed these acts were not protesting the death of Freddie Gray. No they were out on the street “wilding”. So what do you call people who perpetrate these kinds of acts? Do you call them thugs or do you call them animals? Are they simply beyond redemption? When and if they are found should we lock them up and throw away the key? Or do we simply call them criminal? These people are not savages or animals they are simply people who made unwise choices. We have to watch the labels we attach to people. We need to address the behavior but we can’t afford to throw people away. People commit all kinds of crimes and they are punished for them but they are able to make a comeback and we need to look at the people from last night as people who have the ability to make a comeback. They have to acknowledge their deeds and in some cases accept the punishment for their deeds, but we can’t afford to throw them away.

Black Lives Matter and We Need the Police

Today I attended a forum, Saving Our Sons. I walked in the venue and there were all men except for the wife of the event host. I started to leave but she encouraged me to stay. I did and I am glad I did. What I heard was a lively discussion which included law enforcement, clergy, ex-offenders, young men and their fathers. The beauty of the discussion is that all parties were transparent. The police shared how they do their job and that at the end of the day their goal is to make it home to their families. No they are not looking for young black men to use for target practice. They told the young men best practices when interacting with the police. This was not a one way conversation. The young men shared their need for respect and the police acknowledged their concerns. One of the members of the clergy touched the third rail when he talked about black on black crime and the lack of parenting that is a very real problem within the community. The Freddie Gray death is a tragedy but how many families in that same community lost loved ones at the hands of someone who also lived in the community. The media have weaved together a narrative that brings in ratings: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Eric Harris and Freddie Gray. They all are black and they died at the hands of law enforcement and that’s what they share. Very different circumstances that have to be looked at individually. Black Lives Do Matter, but we need the police. Just let them take a day off and we will see just how much they matter too.

Franklin Graham protests University of Maryland cancelling “American Sniper” because Muslim students complained

FRANKLIN GRAHAM’S FACEBOOK POST
Can you believe that the University of Maryland canceled a screening of the movie American Sniper after Muslim students complained? This afternoon, I’m going to meet with wounded military veterans and their spouses who served this nation with honor–fighting to preserve our freedoms and many times shedding their own blood. Chris Kyle was an American hero. It’s brave soldiers like these that make all of the freedoms we enjoy possible. Shame on the University of Maryland for listening to these voices! If these Muslim students can’t support the military members who do their job to protect us, let them leave America and go to a Muslim country. God bless America and our heroes! SHARE this if you agree.

I read the post above and I was struck by the venomous tone. Schools are a melting pot of races and nationalities and schools have to be sensitive to diverse communities. Muslim students complained to officials at the University of Maryland about American Sniper. Graham said if they don’t like it they need to go to a Muslim country. Well if this is where they were born they don’t need to leave their own country. There are movies that some groups applaud and others are offended by that same film and their feelings should be considered and not dismissed, and not told to take a hike.

Why was CNN interviewing “Snoop” from HBO The Wire?

When a big story breaks in your town be assured the networks will follow. Baltimore is in the midst of the media whirlwind. Freddie Gray tragically lost his life while in the custody of the Baltimore Police. The media are standing around waiting for something to happen. The protesters have been peaceful and that is not news. News is a riot and there has not been on in Charm City. In an effort to get a scoop networks are interviewing anybody and everybody, but today I watched a CNN anchor interview “Snoop” from the fictional series The Wire. I will admit the actress does reside in the city but she had no new content to add to the conversation, but I guess when you are waiting for the other shoe to drop I guess you have to talk to anybody.

Why did Australian food blogger, Belle Gibson lie about having cancer?

Why did Belle Gibson lie about having cancer? One word FAME.  Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.today.com/food/food-blogger-social-media-star-admits-she-lied-about-having-t16971

A Celebration: Jacob’s Journey from Girl to Boy?

We are in the midst of a celebration of transexuals. Laverne Cox was the firsts transexual to be on the cover of time magazine. Jeffrey Tambour won an Emmy for his portrayal of a trans woman, and Bruce Jenner, Olympic decatholon winner is set to announce his trans status this Friday. What do all of them have in common? They are adults, and adults can make sound reasoned choices, but a 5 year old can not do this.  Most parents dictate the lives of 5 year old children. Children are often told what to eat, when to sleep, when to get up and what to wear, but this is a decision that the parents surrender to the child?  This week Kate Snow has been running a series of stories showcasing trans children. She profiled five year old Jacob who has transitioned from female to male, but does a 5 year old have the mental capacity to make this kind of decision? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.today.com/health/transgender-kids-mother-5-year-old-explains-her-decision-t16716

Baltimore Police Union President compares protesters to lynch mob

Freddie Gray is dead and the police have not told us why. The police union made there statement today. The police union president compared the peaceful protesters to a lynch mob. This is a case of the pot calling the kettle (you fill in the blank).

Creflo Dollar responds to critics…”you can’t stop me from dreaming”


Creflo Dollar say you can’t stop him from dreaming. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

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