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Freddie Gray is now a Martyr

On last night while watching the local news they showed a mural in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood. The mural is being done by a neighborhood artist with the help of Gray’s brother. It features a larger than life picture of Gray but I  was struck by the side images which featured Martin Luther King Jr. Gray has been elevated to martyr status. What happened to Gray was criminal. No individual should be treated like he was, but does that treatment erase any of his prior deeds. So often when someone dies everyone seeks to make that person the nicest person to walk the earth. perhaps you have been sitting at a memorial service and you heard all these wonderful things about the decedent that you wonder if you are at the right service, but it is another thing when you complete erase the person’s past because it does not fit in the newly crafted narrative, but i guess that is what happens when you become a martyr.

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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.

What does BET Being Mary Jane want?

The question for the ages is “what do women want?” Books have been written about it, panel discussions have attempted to answer the question, and neighborhood barbershops are abuzz with it every weekend, but no one knows the answer.The  answer is unique to every woman.   The series Being Mary Jane finale episode was on the other night. The lead character Mary Jane was being romanced by an older man. He prepared a special “Aladdin inspired” dinner for her. he decorated the patio area and used candles of various sizes to light the area. For all his efforts he was rewarded by hearing her describe his work as “corny”. Her callous matter of fact response left me asking the question “what does she want?”  Too often men are bashed for doing nothing, but too often women trash their efforts when they do too much. So what is the answer? Share your thoughts.

Senator Mark Kirk says people drive faster through black neighborhoods…speaks his truth, but this might be problematic

Politicians get in trouble when they speak their truth. Senator Mark Kirk floors it when he is going through black neighborhoods. Why? Fear. Not all black neighborhoods are crime conclaves, but there are sketchy neighborhoods populated by all ethnic groups. It will be interesting to see how Kirk and his team try to spin this.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/13/mark-kirk-black-neighborhoods_n_7056612.html

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.

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.

Donnie McClurkin gives his take on the Preachers of LA

The second season of “Preachers Of L.A.” is set to debut this week. Are you a fan of the show?

“I was very purposely silent last season, because four of the five of them I know. I am a pastor, I am a preacher, I am a Christian, I am a man who loves integrity and I was brought up and raised in a great home that taught me that what goes on in the home is not public knowledge. And it’s not good to air out … this depiction of people who we deem to be spiritual leaders and people who are supposed to be credible, and people who are supposed to be the strength in the community. We all have natural lives, every one of us, but there are certain things even in our natural lives that we don’t want our employees to see, we don’t want our friends to see. There are things that we keep hidden until we work them out. We would love the luxury of being absolutely transparent, but it will hurt the people who are looking up to us. Everyone’s entitled to it, but reality TV goes a little too far. And it goes too far especially when it deals with Christianity. With pastors carrying guns to mission work. Then my question is, “Why are you going? I thought you said that you had God? Isn’t God your protection?” And I think it’s more harm than good. Because if you have 1 million people viewing, that gives a bad depiction to 1 million people of the preachers who sacrificed every day and every week for the people. 99% of the preachers are not like that. Flossing their stuff and driving around in their Bentleys and Rolls Royce Phantoms, and living high on the hog. There’s no sin in that, but the Bible said all things are lawful, but it’s not always expedient. The servant lives better than the people he has called to serve. And that gives the wrong depiction

Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2014/08/donnie-mcclurkin-on-touring-with-fred-hammond-michael-brown-and-reality-tv/#XvzcFHPfxU1IGqyL.99

One Dead, 4 wounded at BET Awards Pre-Party

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-bet-awards-party-shooting-20140629,0,1768481.story

BET founder Bob Johnson appears on O’Reilly Factor and actually makes sense


When I first saw that Bob Johnson was discussing President Obama with Bill O’Reilly I must say I expected some Obama bashing, but I was pleasantly surprised by his comments and I must say I agree with him on some them. He points out the fact that unemployment in the black community is 14% and this country would not tolerate white unemployment at that rate. Compare that to white unemployment is 7%. Why aren’t black people calling for the presidnet’s head on a platter? They love him and they hope things will get better. O’Reilly attempted to bring the fact that there are fewer fathers in the black homes, but Johnson conceded that might be a factor, but it was not the only factor. Johnson made a number of other points worthy of discussion. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

“Squandered Opportunity” according to BET co-founder Sheila Johnson

This has to be from the land of Unbelievable. Sheila Johnson and her husband Robert founded BET (Black Entertainment Television). the network’s centerpiece for years was rump shaking, scantily clothed women bopping to the beat. Seductive videos all day long, but now that they have sold the network to Viacom. Sheila Johnson recently said ‘I think we squandered a really important cable network, when it really could have been the voice of Black America.’ What? Now that she has no powere over the network that she founded she now laments that BET is not a voice for the people. I guess this should be expected in the land of Unbelieveable.
Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2012/10/sheila-johnson-bet-co-founder-thinks-network-is-a-squandered-opportunity/#lIl3CkPH3kbtPTJ0.99

http://www.eurweb.com/2012/10/sheila-johnson-bet-co-founder-thinks-network-is-a-squandered-opportunity/