Tag Archives: Black People

What does Donald Trump have in common with the Confederate battle flag?

Donald Trump has been saying outrageous and obnoxious things for years. His attacks on the president were enough for me to stop watching and purchasing all things Donald, but people ignored or applauded his statements. He has touted birther conspiracy theories for years. NBC was his platform and he frequently appeared on the Today Show, and he was a Fox Morning News favorite. So why is Trump a problem now? It’s like the Confederate battle flag. People have been complaining about that flag for years and their cries were ignored, but now everyone is seeing what others saw for years, and calling for the removal of the flag. Trump did not wake up the day he announced his candidacy and start spouting out obnoxious statements. He has been doing this and saying these things for years, and people are acting like they just heard them. The Hispanic community is now the biggest minority community in this country and they are mad and they are not taking it anymore. They flexed their muscles and NBC blinked. NBC his willing co-conspirator has finally found their alliance with the Donald problematic. It is sad that so many of us came to that conclusion along time ago.

Marriage Equality Won but what about Religious Freedom?

Marriage Equality advocates are celebrating all over this country. They are free to marry in all 50 states. That’s the law and we are a land governed by laws. The Supreme Court said it and that makes it so, but what if your religious beliefs conflict with this law? Your religious beliefs should not be compromised by this law. You are still free to believe that marriage is between a man and woman, and as a minister you should not be compelled to perform same sex ceremonies. You also have religious freedom and that has to be respected too, but if you have a business that caters to the public you can not use those beliefs as a means to discriminate. I’m not a psychic but I predict the lower courts are going to be very busy as we navigate between the law of the land and God’s law.

What is the role of women in the black church?

Yesterday I along with the rest of the country watched the funeral of Clementa Pinckney. The bishops adorned the stage and one woman bishop sat among the sea of maleness. I had to leave to run errands but when I returned the homegoing was still going on. As I watched the participants share their memories of the slain senator I was struck by the fact there were no female voices among the chorus of well wishers. This was a man who by all accounts touched so many people but we never heard from a woman. The family has the right to have whoever they please speak at the funeral of their loved one but this is not a post questioning their choices. this is a post questioning the role of women in the black church. This is not unique to the AME this is pervasive within all denominations. The black women in the church is relegated to sporting big hats and the hankerchief big and long enough to cover her from her stomach to her knees. It can also be used to throw it over any woman slain by the spirit who is not wearing the requisite length dress when she falls out at the alter. What is the role of the woman in the black church. Is she just there to be the amen corner? To occasionally sing a song? Do the announcements or read a poem? Are the women satisfied being the backdrop in the drama? Share your thoughts.

POTUS delivers powerful eulogy replete with song


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Black Girls’ Advocacy Group Celebrates 30 years with Debutante Cotillion

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Contact: Elleanor Jean Hendley, Teenshop, Inc., 215-851-1842, teenshop1985@gmail.com

PHILADELPHIA, June 23, 2015 / Christian Newswire/ — On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Teenshop, Inc. celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a Debutante Cotillion. The formal gala mirrored traditional African American cotillions that place an emphasis on community service, achievement, manners, fashion and etiquette. Elleanor Jean Hendley, Teenshop’s founder and CEO, beamed with pride as the beautiful debutantes and handsome escorts waltzed to classical music. “I am so proud of our girls and thrilled to watch them take steps both literally and figuratively toward becoming successful women as they pursue their goals,” stated Hendley, a former Debutante Cotillion Queen. Mistress of Ceremonies, Cherri Gregg, Esq., Community Affairs Reporter for KYW News Radio and president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and Master of Ceremonies, Solomon Jones, WURD Radio Host, Daily News Columnist, presented each young lady to a room of over 600 guests from across the country. Debutante Cierra Beckett, who will be attending the University of Pittsburgh in the fall said, “Not many girls can say that they were able to participate in a Debutante Ball. Teenshop has taught me how to be a productive member of society.” The Teenshop program is an innovative series of workshops, field trips, college tours, and community service projects designed to encourage academic excellence and promote abstinence. Membership is limited to students thirteen to eighteen who are not parents. Workshops are held every two weeks on Saturday mornings from September to June under the direction of a five-member volunteer team of career women. The adult workshop presenters are experts in their diverse fields, including financial literacy, social graces, health and fitness, arts and culture. Next up for Teenshop is its 7th Residential College Prep Summer Program for Rising Senior Scholars held at Bryn Mawr College in Montgomery County, PA beginning July 12th. This year for the first time, the week-long program will be open to girls nationwide. ABOUT TEENSHOP – The Philadelphia-based college prep program was founded in 1985 by Elleanor Jean Hendley, an Emmy Award-winning former CBS 3 TV news journalist. More than six thousand girls have been enrolled and all graduates matriculate to college. A total of five chapters are located in Philadelphia, PA, Camden, NJ, and Los Angeles, CA.

For more information: PHONE: 215 – 851-1842
WEB: http://www.teenshop.org EMAIL: teenshop1985@gmail.com

Papa Pope on How to Handle the Confederate Flag


Watch the clip and share your thoughts. Please note there is some profanity in the clip.

Why would Henry Louis Gates risk “Finding Your Roots” for Ben Affleck?

Did Skip Gates just get caught up on celebrity? His show has been put on hold. Wonder was it worth it? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/business/media/citing-ben-afflecks-improper-influence-pbs-suspends-finding-your-roots.html?_r=0

Don Lemon asks is the N-word offensive…yes and Don Lemon is too


Last night Don Lemon kicked off his show by holding a poster with the N-word emblazoned on it. He first showed the confederate battle flag then the sign. He was trying to make a point in a provocative way and he achieved his goal but at what cost. Did he go too far to prove his point? Should his bosses at CNN have approved this display? Share your thoughts.

Happy Fathers Day …Let’s Celebrate Dad

FROM FATHER’S DAY 2010
A few years ago we were planning a Father’s Day program at church and we were saying that the fathers needed to be given an instructional sermon. After the discussion my pastor asked us a simple question. He asked “why do we celebrate moms on Mother’s Day, but on Father’s Day we choose to lecture them?” We had never looked at it quite that way we were lecturing them. That is what I feel we have been doing to black fathers for years. The community and the media have fashioned an image of the black fathers and so many have collectively bought into the myth. Don’t get me wrong I know there are many fathers who are not truly fathers they are merely “babby daddies”, many who frequent the Maury Povich Show. Last year we heard of Desmond Hatchett of TN, he has fathered 21 children by 11 different women, and he is only 30 years old. He works a minimum wage job and is not financially able to take care of them. Although he is a sensational case, he is not reflective of black fatherhood. There are thousands of black fathers that work everyday and take care of their children. They love their children and spend quality time teaching their children how to be better people. This group is ignored by the mainstream, but they are there for their children everyday. So today let’s celebrate dads. I especially celebrate my late father who taught us at an early age how a man should treat his wife and daughters, and to my husband and father of my children who instills wise counsel and good values into the lives of our children. It is a hard job, but so many of them do it well, and today is our day to just say thanks.

We Shall Over Come…At This Point I’d Settle for We Shall Coexist

We Shall Overcome is the go to song whenever there is a civil rights conflict. The people stoicly sing it as an anthem that projects hope and resolve, but is it realistic? Do we actually know “deep in our hearts” that overcoming is an option? As i have watched the Charleston coverage this week I am struck by the fact that we are quoting Dr. King’s words of 50 years ago and they seem relevant in 2015. That does not give me hope it gives me a sense of despair. I’m not one of those people who say nothing has changed since King’s death, but we have to accept there are some deep seated thoughts passed on through generational lore that will not change. Grandparents and parents pass on their life experiences to there children and children take that to heart. The South Carolina Church killer spoke about things that the killers of Emmit Till probably said to him as they tortured him to death over 50 years ago. Racism is real and lives today among us. Not just in the South but everywhere. Not all racist are killers and not all racist would self-define. We can’t change the hearts and minds of everyone and singing We Shall overcome might give a sense of peace while we sing it but after the last note is uttered we walk back into the real world we need to find a way to simply coexist.

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