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On this date in 1989, Brooklyn Rapper Lana Moorer aka MC Lyte dropped her second full-length studio LP Eyes On This.

Released on her family’s First Priority imprint through the parent company Atlantic and produced by her brothers Audio Two, King of Chill, and Nat Robinson, Eyes On This was Lyte’s introduction into stardom, with the NYC skyline(including WTC) and two ’89 Porsche Carreras on the album’s cover as proof.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE LATE MR. OVERTON: THE 112-YEAR OLD VETERAN

Barack Obama with Richard Overton and Earlene Love Karo

Richard Arvin Overton was born May 11, 1906  and passed December 27, 2018. He was an American supercentenarian who at the age of 112 years, 230 days was the oldest verified surviving U.S. World War II veteran and oldest man in the United States. Overton was hospitalized for pneumonia in December 2018. He was placed in a rehabilitation center, where he died on December 27, 2018, aged 112 years old.

In this short film, Overton’s genuine sincerity, hope and love for life permeated through the screen. Although he jas passed, Richard’s word’s and wisdom live on. Check out some of these jewels he dropped in the film and as he said if you don’t listen, that’s your bad luck!”

White people have gentrified Black Lives Matter. It’s a problem.

In July, a woman folded her body yoga-style onto the asphalt of a Portland street, her breasts and vagina exposed before a line of police officers. She said the movement for racial justice provoked a “very deep feminine place” within and that her “nakedness is political.” We don’t know the woman’s identity, but she has called herself a “non-Black person of color.” Some on Twitter described her actions as “stunning and brave.” I found it a grotesque display of privilege.

Black Lives Matter was once shunned by the white establishment. But now, it’s chic. And that’s a problem.

Here in Washington, where the phrase is plastered on the street that runs perpendicular to the White House, white Black Lives Matters protesters joined Black colleagues in shouting at a restaurant patronwho had declined to raise her fist in solidarity. One of the white people there, Chuck Modiano, 50, a journalist, told me: “In the moment, it was hard for me to understand that though she said she supported BLM, she did not raise her fist.”

BLM banners fly from homes in Silver Lake. BLM posters are taped to the windows of Portland coffee shops. BLM hashtags fill users’ bios on Twitter and Tinder.

Institutions including Uber, Airbnb and the National Football League have embraced Black Lives Matter. (Yes, the same NFL that shunned Colin Kaepernick four years ago for kneeling in protest of police brutality now issues calls to “end racism” in their endzones.)

This jolt of white solidarity is not imaginary. According to a June pollfrom Monmouth University, 49% of white Americans now say police are more likely to use excessive force against a Black culprit. In 2016, that figure was 25%. But will it last?

White people have been involved in Black liberation efforts for centuries, from abolition in the 19th century to civil rights in the 20th, according to Hasan Kwame Jeffries, a history professor at Ohio State.

Some white supporters bolstered the original Black Lives Matter movement, which emerged in response to the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014. And in this second big wave of BLM protests that began in May after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, an unprecedented number of white people flooded the streets.

Young people like me (I’m 25) were the largest age cohort among the protesters. One reason young people protested is that they had been cooped up in their homes due to the global pandemic, said Douglas McAdam, a sociologist at Stanford who studies social movements. He told me that the dire economy, coupled with disdain for the current president, is also a factor in a large number of young people in the streets.

In other words, it can be hard to disaggregate young people’s rage about the loss of life, hope, jobs and opportunities from their righteous solidarity with Black protesters.

But Jeffries told me that, in broad terms, there is a distinction between the motivations of white and Black protesters.

Historically, when Black people protest, they are responding to intolerable and immediate injustice — say, the water crisis in Flint. In contrast, Jeffries said, white Americans tend to protest over more abstract goals — like the Occupy Wall Street protests against economic inequality or the melting of Arctic glaciers — and are driven by the “fierce urgency of the future.”

“What you’re willing to sacrifice, demand and compromise is going to be different,” Jeffries said. “There is a shared sense of the problem but your immediate objective is fundamentally different.”

This is certainly true for AJ Lovelace. The 28-year old activist filmmaker felt the marches over the summer started off coherent and then devolved into being performative.

“It was obvious to me that people were out there to say they were out there,” Lovelace said. “White girls would agitate the police and then cry when they responded. This isn’t how a protest works.”

“Saying Black Lives Matter is about the present,” Lovelace said. “If we are alive and breathing now, we are entitled to having a future. And I feel like white people get caught up in the game of politics and they lose the focus that this is not just about that. What it is about is changing a racist and oppressive system so there can be real measurable equality and equity,” he said.

“It’s bigger than one presidential candidate,” he added.

As a Black woman, I agree. It’s hard for white people to grasp that Black people have suffered from systemic racism under every president, including Barack Obama. Black America knows this struggle began long before Trump and will persist once he’s gone.

William Sturkey, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that when Black liberation movements emerge, there always “comes a point when white allies realize the gravity of the movement and want to make sure they are on the right side of history.”

“Their presence in the civil rights movement did help shine more of a light on protests but it overshadowed the courage of the original Black activists,” he said.

White co-optation can overshadow those involved in grassroots efforts, and it creates the illusion that “everyone was part of this movement the whole time,” he said. After the dust settled in the 1970s and public opinion shifted, everyone claimed to have been a civil rights activist.

Anti-racist author and lecturer Tim Wise said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the onslaught of white faces in crowds but also “nervous about what happens when people who really up until May weren’t particularly engaged in this issue are all of a sudden ‘ready for the revolution.'”

Wise said that while protests can be cathartic, “95% of what needs to happen is not in the streets.”

That’s true. Most of what needs to change happens in a civic setting often void of TV cameras. And it is an improbable place for a white woman spreading her legs for the whole world.

It’s going to take drastic changes in policy and laws. It will also require everyone’s attention.

Jeffries told me that if history shows one thing to be true, it’s that white attention and sympathy for Black social justice is fleeting. It wanes when cameras disappear.

I fear that may be happening now.

According to a June poll, 45% of white people surveyed found racism to be a “big problem.” By early August, that number had fallen to 33%.

I suppose I’m not too surprised … because … white people.

Why were police at Breonna Taylor’s home? Here’s what an investigative summary says

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A detailed investigative report written more than a month after Louisville Metro Police fatally shot Breonna Taylor in her apartment on March 13 provides the first comprehensive look at the narcotics case that brought officers to her door.

Though police recovered no drugs or cash from the 26-year-old emergency room technician’s apartment in Louisville’s South End, the May 1 police report shows how officers linked Taylor to a narcotics investigation centered 10 miles away — largely through evidence that has since been challenged.

Why police targeted Taylor’s apartment for a “no-knock” search warrant after midnight has been a key question in the case since her shooting became a national rallying cry for racial justice in May.

After police used a battering ram to break open Taylor’s front door, her boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired a single shot, which police said struck Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the femoral artery.

Mattingly, along with detective Myles Cosgrove and now-fired detective Brett Hankison, returned fire, killing Taylor.

Police had search warrant for Taylor’s address

Misinformation shared on social media suggested the officers showed up at the wrong house, but police had a search warrant signed by Circuit Judge Mary Shaw for Taylor’s address and for her.

The eight-page LMPD report reinforces, however, that Taylor was not the main target of the narcotics investigation, which initially centered around other individuals accused of selling drugs.

The report’s author was Detective Joshua Jaynes, who secured the March 12 warrant for Taylor’s home and four suspected drug houses.

The report also shows that LMPD’s new Place-Based Investigations Squad spent about 2½ months conducting heavy surveillance.

Taylor was linked to the suspects in that investigation, according to the report, because a car registered in her name stopped in early January at one of the properties being watched.

Moreover, it states that Jamarcus Glover, a convicted drug dealer and Taylor’s former boyfriend, picked up a package at her home Jan. 16 while police were watching him.

The report further says: 

  • It was Mattingly, the officer who was shot at Taylor’s apartment, who asked the postal service whether Glover was receiving packages at Taylor’s apartment. Jaynes wrote in a March 12 sworn affidavit for a search warrant that he had verified that Glover was receiving packages at Taylor’s home through a postal inspector (a Louisville postal inspector later told WDRB news that wasn’t true). 
  • Glover listed Taylor’s home as his address on a Chase bank account, and a search warrant for the account was executed on March 19, six days after her death. 
  • Glover listed Taylor’s phone number as his when he filed a complaint against a police officer in February for towing his red Dodge Charger for a parking violation.

Jaynes is on administrative reassignment pending an investigation of “how and why the search warrant was approved,” interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said in June.

The May 1 report was co-signed by Detective Kelly Goodlett, another Place-Based Investigations officer who also authored a controversial 39-page LMPD report written after Taylor’s death that detailed her ties with Glover, the main suspect in the narcotics case.

Glover told The Louisville Courier Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, in an Aug. 26 interview that Taylor had nothing to do with illicit drugs. He also denied that Taylor had been holding money for him, despite telling a caller that she was during a taped phone conversation March 13 at Metro Corrections.

Police suspected, according to the May report written by Jaynes, that Glover “may be keeping narcotics and/or proceeds from the sale of narcotics at (Taylor’s apartment) for safekeeping.”

A property seizure log completed after searching Taylor’s apartment following the shooting listed no drugs or money.

The report also reflects that the investigation into suspected narcotics trafficking continued beyond the execution of search warrants and Taylor’s death on March 13. 

What happened after Breonna Taylor’s shooting?

After March 13, detectives watched pedestrian and vehicle traffic through the pole camera at Elliott Avenue, which they said indicated narcotics trafficking continued. 

“Although the traffic isn’t as heavy as it was before, it is apparent that these individuals are still selling narcotics from this location,” Jaynes wrote. 

Over the next few weeks, detectives conducted at least three traffic stops on vehicles leaving the Elliott Avenue home — once for failing to wear seat belts and another for an improper turn — and found drugs in the vehicles. 

One of those traffic stops prompted Goodlett to write an April 8 note to the city’s public nuisance and Metro 311 email accounts, documenting the property’s latest infraction — it’s “strike 3.”

City documents show that Goodlett and the Place-Based Initiative officers had worked closely with city Codes and Regulations Department personnel for months to keep tabs on the Elliott Avenue house.

On Jan. 22, the property owner, Law Mar Inc. and Gerald Happle, received its first notice of criminal activity “constituting a public nuisance.”

On March 17, following the March 13 warrants, the property was formally deemed a public nuisance.

Read this: What to know about the investigations into the police shooting of Breonna Taylor

Happle called the next day to ask about donating the house.

The city gave Happle an order to vacate the home on April 13. By then, Happle already had given his renters notice to leave the home and signed an application to donate the house to the city.

On April 22, detectives executed another no-knock search warrant on 2424 Elliott Ave. — the third in five months.

Police found crack cocaine, suspected ecstasy or MDMA, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, Jaynes wrote. 

The same day, with the aid of the city’s Codes and Regulations Department, police cleared and boarded up 2424 Elliott Ave. 

On June 5 — what would have been Taylor’s 27th birthday — Happle signed over the deed on the house. 

One Question, “Are you going to set aside time for serving Jesus Christ?”

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“So, when someone asks if you are going to exercise your right to think about this question., “Are you going to set aside time for serving Jesus Christ?

To ease your discomfort before you within the moment, you’re likely to answer a question in a way that affirms your ideal self. Acknowledging your intention increases the likelihood that you’ll change your behavior.”

From researches that I have done and experiences I have had in life,I have discovered that certain questions when ask in a particular way, it makes people  to rethink things and sometimes critically look at themselves.There is something very sticky about direct questions that went ask it earnestly  influenced people to stop themselves. I mean literally,stop!

I have always considered myself to be very motivated and a pretty steady type of person.Not only am I good at doing that, I was born like that if that makes sense.well,I didn’t think that someone would ask me a question that will hunt me a long time in my life.It was the way it was asked that hits me so hard.It was said very direct and fearless but also with realness.To be earnest,I have heard it repeated many times to others, but it didn’t recurred to me how powerful of a question it was.When it was said to me,I guess it was the best way to motivate someone like me to  be empower to change my daily life.I believe Question like, “Are you going to set aside time for serving Jesus Christ?”

 The question comes all psychological and physiological gredient.You should know what I means? I take that back,ok,let’s ignore these big medical terms and let’s use the layman’s term.Just imagine the impact it has upon a person mental and physical state. A Question like this creates discomfort and we know discomfort motivates people to change or resent change. I know it for a fact.I know someone who refuses to make any health changes until they realized that a life threatening situation begin to develop that may affect their breathing then they start to take their health into account.

“There have been countless studies that have shown me, and one special study concluded that, questioning effectively produces consistent and significant change across a wide variety of behaviors. Direct questions influenced people to cheat less and exercise, volunteer, and recycle more.

The key is to ask a person a certain BIG question that forces that individual to choose a definitive yes or no answer (as opposed to an open-ended question).”

President Trump and White America enjoys when Black Americans are suffering and dying.

Can we say by now it is evident that White Police in America don’t like blacks.We can also say that White Police fears those who are black and brown people in this country.From the look of things that is happening across this country with White police killing black and brown for no reason(s),it has to be due to certain level of fear they’ve,and who really knows what it might be.

It was written in an undisclosed article online that states,”YOU ONLY KILL US(BLACKS) AND OTHER RACES.” I thought is was an earnest express or statement to White Police and White America as well.That saying came about after an LAPD Officer shoot a black Man 20 times in a bicycle.I had to pause for few minutes on this one.Who shoots a running man 20 times? Or who shoots an unarmed man 20 times?
The most recent incident after kneeling of Minneapolis Police on the neck of the late George Floyd (R.I.P) happened In Wisconsin where Jacob Blake was Shot unarmed walking away from those White Police officers.He was gun down as like shot 7 times in the back in from of his children,and as we speak, he is unable to walk.On that note, within that same state a white teen walk with rifle shooting innocent people and never got shot or killed by Police.

Another innocent death that isn’t mentioned at all is the dead of Matthew Felix by Suffolk county police, who shot the young black teen to death just because he was black, but according to police he was reaching for a gunNow many times have Police officers making these excuses for wrongful killing of black males.I can’t leave out the killing in Louisiana went a black male was shoot eleven 11 times.The family of TRAYFORD Prellerin still crying out for Justice.
What isn’t surprising to many Especially black People in America is President Trump disregarding black lives and respecting White lives.I think that is the most disrespectful thing one can ever do to country they claimed to govern.President Trump and rest of White America enjoys when Black Americans are suffering and dying.The entire world sees it and recognized it.

What do terms like systemic racism, microaggression and white fragility mean?

As we’ve noticed in America and globally from protesters crying out and demanding deeply entrenched forms of racism be rooted out, the demand phrases commonly heard throughout the Blacklivesmatter movement as well as global mainstream of dialogue.Systemic racism. White privilege. Institutional racism. Microaggression. White fragility.

Understanding the meaning of Systemic racism,White privilege, institutional racism, microaggression and White fragility can help us fully grasp how it affects society or certain communities or skin color.

 “I don’t need you to feel my pain I need you to have influence with those who are responsible for my pain to help address the issues.”said Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Here’s a breakdown on the phrases by those who are seeking to dismantle racism.

Systemic racism: Refers to the rules, practices and customs once rooted in law.Practice of denying financial, government and other services to people in certain neighborhoods or communities based on race or ethnicity.This means that, when people of color who live in redlined communities get ready to sell their homes, they receive far less in proceeds and have far less capital to leverage.these communities tend to have a lower tax base and as a result, their schools have fewer resources to educate children of color. That puts those communities’ kids behind their white peers academically, epidemiology, sociology and African American studies experts told ABC News.

Separating people out in this way makes it easier to deny certain zip codes and neighborhoods resources such as grocery stores, bicycle lanes, public transportation and more by making the argument that those residents don’t need or can’t financially support such amenities so why even bother building them, Bailey said.

Many researchers and experts say in many ways systemic racism is like a large spider web — with each corner and fiber representing government and social systems — all supporting the overall integrity of the web.

The dismantlement according to experts are impossible “systemic racism means looking at systems that reproduce racism, law enforcement, real estate, education, health, all of it, ” Neal said.

Structural racism— The term refers to “A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with ‘whiteness’ and disadvantages associated with blackness. Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead it has been a feature of the social, economic and political systems in which we all exist.

 

It functions much as the sections of a spider web, each touching the next, she said.

“It’s when black kids are disproportionately put into special education classes, become disruptive out of boredom, are expelled from school, and then they are criminalized as adults,” Sewell said. “Once you get in that space of being in prison it locks you into a trajectory in life of competing for resources. Once you have the mark of a criminal, it invades every aspect of your life. You can’t get an apartment or a job.”

Structural racism is currently playing out in the ways people of color who disproportionately make up the invisible army of workers — all now deemed “essential” to help the nation reopen are being impacted, Bailey said.

Institutional racism If systemic racism is the large spider web, and structural racism the sections of the web that touch, then institutional racism is the threads that run throughout.It is racism that occurs within social and governmental institutions and refers to the blocking of people of color from the distribution of resources in a systematic way that benefits whites.

The impacts of institutional racism start as early as when a child of color is born, and even when that child is in the womb, experts said.

“Institutional racism results in data showing racial gaps across every system. For children and families it affects where they live, the quality of the education they receive, their income, types of food they have access to, their exposure to pollutants, whether they have access to clean air, clean water or adequate medical treatment, and the types of interactions they have with the criminal justice system.

“White privilege is not worrying about what type of mask to wear or whether to wear one at all because coronavirus doesn’t impact your community as much. Or not worrying about getting shot by the cops if you’re pulled over. Or not having to think about someone following you around the store. White privilege is not that white people have no problems and blacks have all the problems,” she said. “It’s that blacks have unique and historic challenges all tied to the color of their skin.”

Privilege is born out of a hierarchal system where some people have more advantages than others. They do stuff like ‘I don’t like this conversation about leashing my dog so I am going to call NYPD and play the white damsel in distress role.A prime example with be Amy Cooper who called cops on Christian Cooper, who is black and was bird watching, was “an African American man threatening my life.

White fragility Refers to the negative emotional reaction some whites have when racism on various levels is called to their attention by people of color, sociology and African American studies experts said.

“White fragility is based on people of color having to couch statements and feelings for the comfort of white people,” Bailey said. “When you’re trying to describe a system where there are inequities built into it, people start crying and talk about their experience and it acts as a barrier to people of color sharing it with white people because they can’t handle it.”

While it is normal to feel upset when confronted with uncomfortable truths and perspectives, white fragility supports racism because it shifts the power dynamic in an insidious way, Neal said. All of a sudden, the conversation becomes less about what the person of color experienced, but the white person’s reaction, and, in so doing, is an attempt to undercut the validity of the person of color’s experience.

“It’s the whole ‘I can’t believe you accused me of that. I’m not a racist’ defense. it forces black people to be in defense positions because of white people’s hurt feelings” Neal said. “What you end up managing is their grief and trauma which become a bigger issue. If you are an African American who raises issues of racism or discrimination, you always have to consider how white people are going to react and then how people react to that reaction.”

White fragility can have an especially negative impact in work and social spaces, experts said.

When confronted by a person of color with their experiences of racism, white fragility can manifest as ‘Oh she was being so aggressive and so unprofessional. I don’t think she is a good fit here anymore’ and therefore have retaliatory impacts for someone’s employment,” Bailey said, adding “We should not have to cater to the comfort of white people. We shouldn’t limit justice based on the comfort of white people. White fragility is that inherent sense that you have to take care of white people and their feelings.”

Microaggression This refers to the “quotidian racial slights that accumulate and make a person feel marginalized,” Gillespie said.

Microaggression can manifest in myriad ways in every day interactions and communication as the “small actions, comments, snide or snarky expressions that show their value in a structure,” Gillespie added.

For example, it can present as not directly answering a black colleague who raised a question in an email chat or meeting and instead directing your response to someone else who is white or perceived as less challenging to your beliefs, Neal said.

It can also occur when a person of color is deliberately left off such email chains or meetings, he and other experts added. It’s when the white manager takes certain staffers out for afterwork cocktails and never invites the staffer of color.

The problem of lack of diversity in workplace settings also presents through microaggression as well, experts said, pointing out that when it comes to taking in experience gleaned from minority-owned or focused companies or attending historically black colleges and universities, sometimes that experience is viewed as somehow less valid.

During a hiring process, you may be hiring a number of different candidates. Those hiring panels are usually mostly white, maybe one token person of color. They’ll have two candidates one white, the other a person of color, both equally qualified. You’ll hear that other person ‘is not just the right fit for our organization,’ ” Bailey said adding “It’s a microagression a lot of people of color experience every day. Then, for the sole person of color in the room, the onus is on them to say ‘What do you mean not the right fit?’

“And then they question ‘why don’t we have a diverse staff?’ “

Microagressions also occur in other spaces such as classrooms, television casting, bars and other places, experts said. They point out that asking where someone of color is “really from”, constantly mistaking one person of color for another or suggesting that they look like another person of color and having an expectation that a person of color should sound a certain way are all common microggressions.

Gillespie said common microaggressions include “not speaking to people of color in the hallway or in meetings when you speak to others. Telling a black person, ‘you are so articulate.’ Telling someone who is Asian American or LatinX that ‘you speak English so well.’ If you are a teacher that makes basketball references and always look over at the black kid.”

“The example of the black girl on the reality show who is going to be a “trouble maker”, grabbing your purse in a store when a black teen walks by, all of these are microaggressions,” Gillespie said.


5 Five Reasons!Don’t push it off; put the Lord first.

I’m one of those special type of person in the world who will tell you the truth and nothing but the truth so help me,God.

#1  When you put Him first, THE LORD DIRECTS.

  • “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” (Proverbs 3:6 LIVING)
  • “I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress.” (Psalm 32:8 LIVING)

#2  When you put Him first, THE LORD PROVIDES.

“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”  (2 Chron. 16:9a NASB)

#3  When you put Him first, THE LORD PROTECTS.

  • “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7 NIV)
  •  “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” (Psalm 91:4 NLT)
  • “God’s looking after me, keeping me safe in the kingdom of heaven. All praise to him, praise forever! Oh, yes!” (2 Tim. 4:18 MSG)

#4  When you put Him first, THE LORD CALMS.

“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:7 AMP)

#5  When you put Him first, THE LORD HELPS.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

No problem is too big for God’s power. Don’t underestimate the greatest of your Heavenly Father.

“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NASB) What a picture of God’s sovereign authority and His great love for people! The needed supply is unleashed with your willing choice to seek Him. Stubborn refusal restricts you from the very resource you so desperately need.

Don’t push it off; put the Lord first.