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Mo’Ne Davis called slut by Bloomsburg University Baseball Player…he is kicked off the team, and she ask team to give him a second chance

Disney is making a movie about Mo’Ne Davis the baseball sensation when Bloomsberg University player Joey Casselberry heard it he took to Twitter and called Davis a “slut”. He was dropped from the team and Davis asked the University to give him another chance. The University stands by its decision but the bigger question for me is why would a college student refer to a child as a slut. The word is ugly, but I wonder if he meant it in its truest sense of is this just the coursening of our language? Did he actually think the tweet was acceptable or is this just a 140 character fail?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/23/mone-davis-tweet_n_6923590.html

When did Sweetie Pie’s Become so Political?

A few years ago I encouraged people to watch Sweetie Pie’s on the OWN network. It was a fun show that featured a family running a restaurant. It was actually drama and crisis free, but the show has gradually taken a change over the years. Familial relationships have been frayed to the point of brokenness. More people have been brought on the show with the obvious motive of creating chaos, and tonight the show is tackling the Ferguson Mike Brown situation. Sweetie Pie has shifted and it is a radical shift from escapism to realism.

Does Freedom of Speech Still Exist?

Are we really free to speak our mind? We as a country pride ourselves in the concept of freedom of speech, but lately when someone truly expresses an unpopular opinion they risk being pummeled or boycotts if they are famous. People are becoming afraid to actually say anything for fear of offending. Jay Leno shared a story of asking one of his interns to pick up lunch for him. The intern asked him if he wanted Mexican, and he said he did not like Mexican and the intern’s reply was “that’s racist”. Really? no he just preferred not to eat Mexican food, but that is how branding starts. The intern shares the story with one of his friends and Leno is a racist. Washington Post writer Johnathan Capehart is being called a “house Negro”, because he questioned the “hands up don’t shoot” Ferguson narrative which has been dismissed by the DOJ. So for sharing an opinion not popular with some he is now a race traitor. We are living in the either or universe…you are either with us or against us. So we still have freedom of speech but we have to be willing to defend the right.

Starbucks, Black Lives Matters, Hands Up Don’t Shoot, I go to UVA, Lynching all in a week

This week Starbucks wanted to initiate a conversation on race. Social media immediately mocked the effort. some joked and said all they want from Starbucks is coffee, and they wanted it quickly. They did not have time for a conversation. Some belittled the baristas and doubted if they could facilitate such a discussion. Others took the racial route and said black people would want to hit the barista if they said the wrong thing. Well, when you look at this week you have to see somebody needs to start the conversation. The DOJ report refuted the “hands up Don’t Shoot” narrative. A black man was found lynched and we saw a UVA honor student was brutally thrown to the ground as he was arrested. The student sustained a head injury that required 10 stitches. That case is still unfolding but we also heard the student call the policeman a “racist”. Why did he call him that? Did the cop say something to the student or was the policeman’s whiteness enough to justify the name? Yes, we do need a conversation. Maybe Starbucks is not the venue but we need to reserve a space somewhere.

Empire, you had me until the girl fight

Tonight we like millions of people watched the Empire finale. I have enjoyed this show. It has been a hilarious, over the top, escape from reality. Big personalities, crazy plots, dysfunctional families and memorable music, but tonight it was punctuated with violence. Why did “Boo Boo Kitty” and Cookie have to fight each other? I am sure many people greeted this fight with laughs and high fives, but did this need to happen? Last week we saw several girls viciously beat a girl at a NY Mcdonald’s. The fight was taped and has been seen all over the world. The girls involved have been arrested and they are facing the possibility of extended time in jail. If you have seen the tape you will see their behavior was also greeted by laughs and camera phones. Some will say the Empire fight was almost comic relief, but two black women fighting should never be a punch line, and it will only stop if we stop laughing.

Is Social Media an enemy to the church?

Over the past few days I have been struck by the role social media has played in the church. Sadly, the church rarely gets attention from the media unless something untoward is going on. Last week it was Creflo Dollar’s desire to purchase a $65 million dollar jet. Yesterday someone posted a video of a young lady who is a member of Bishop Charles Ellis’ church. Ellis can currently be seen on The Preachers of Detroit, a reality show on Oxygen. The young lady claimed there was corruption in the church and she had recently been removed from the “armor bearer ministry”. (people who aid the pastor or pastor’s wife). The young lady had been removed from her post. Maybe she tried to meet with the church hierarchy, but she also made her case to the world. So many people saw the tape that the Bishop felt the need to post a response via social media. When did church business become subject to the scrutiny of non-church members? Everyone has an opinion but why? The why is because people feel the need to post everything. From what they eat, drink, wear, go…everything. Social media affirms the greatest of the everyday. Who knows how this situation will be resolved? Stay tuned the former armor bearer is probably posting her rebuttal as I type this post.

Does Raven Symone make controversial statements to simply get attention?

Read linked article and share your thoughts.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/raven-symone-michelle-obama-ape-782797

Has BET Being Mary Jane simply become another bitter black woman?

Last year when Mary Jane premiered on BET the character seemed to have a great career, a great home,  problematic family and a challenged personal life, but she was likeable. Sure she made some ill advised decisions, and in some cases they were simply dumb, but you still rooted for her. You wanted her to find that true love that simply alluded her, but this season is an entirely new ballgame. There is a thin line between the strong, black woman and the bitter black woman. The strong woman has obstacles in her life but she is a survivor. She is going to get it done, and she is simply not going to take no for an answer, but she knows things will get better because she is going to make it happen. There is a slippery slope from strong to bitter and this season Mary Jane has taken that slippery side and she is simply bitter. She is a woman in the midst of a self imposed war. Her adversaries are everyone in her life. She is at war with her on and off again love David, her family and her job. She has no allies and those who might want to be she has shut the door to their advances. The show is no longer fun. It is angst ridden and anxiety producing. Last night was simply sad. Some might call it a slice of life and if it is you can keep my slice.

McDonald’s Brawl: What should happen to these girls?

How did you feel when you watched the tape of the girl fight in the McDonald’s in Brooklyn? If you were repulsed then join the club, but millions of viewers seemingly enjoyed watching the girls give a 15 year old a beat down. The media is saying that this was gang related. Well that explains it. Except it does not. How did these girls arrive at this intersection? At what point did they think this kind of violence was acceptable? The disturbing thing is this type of violence is becoming more and more common. The ringleader of the girl gang has a history of violence which includes stabbing her brother and beating up her grandmother. If she treats her own family this way she truly had not problem inflicting pain on an enemy. So what is going to happen to this 16 year old and her band of delinquents? She is currently being held on $500,000 bond. Sure they will be tried in the courts and they will probably serve some time but is that the answer? Lock them up and throw away the key? So when they get out they are older and more bitter? As a mother I wonder what should happen to these girls? They are still girls. Can they be helped? Do they need incarceration or counselling or both? The ringleader of the group has a child. What’s going to happen to her? What do you think? Share your thoughts

Should Creflo Dollar ask members to buy him a Gulfstream G650?

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Interesting article on Creflo Dollar ministry. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/03/you_better_fly_commercial_creflo_dollar.html

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