Posts Tagged ‘black man’

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As February comes and goes, all type of black quotes will cross your eyes.  One that recently stood out was from a lady by the name of Harriett Tubman “I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”  An interesting statement that really bought forth the concept of this post.   I began wondering just how effective could she have been if everybody realized the zoo they were en-caged in during that time.  The question and title came to my mind who was worst? Fast forward to 2015 I see the concept sadly still exists.  As I look around there are quite a few happy slaves that see no problem with captivity. 

The happy slave, the biggest wild card in any arena.  See the happy slave has no alliance to the their ownself, the cause or the master. The personality  of the happy slave is hard to determine at first but I’m sure we all know or have experienced  this kind of person that I am referring to.

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3 imageFinally I have returned to BLWN, and clearly I took more than a hiatus. For that I apologize, I don’t realize how many people the lack of our writings effect. As I navigate through my daily movements and get away from the website, I manage to come across somebody asking ‘when is our next post?’ ‘when should I expect something?’ ‘is anything in the works?’ and reluctantly I reply something is on deck. Which in actuality is the truth, my mind is always racing and I have plenty of posts I just don’t sit down and write them. For those people who keep me on my toes thank you kindly. A lot of persistent people our there challenging me and staying on the look for something new. With that said July is a long time many topics were missed and left untouched by the duo here at BLWN. I’m working on writing to everyone more often. If you’re still following we are still here. 2015 will embark on our third year of having the website up and we have had great feedback. Unfortunately we have not put the required effort to keep everyone entertained. Looking forward I will aggressively work on getting back to everyone more expeditiously. Three being the third year is for me. Taking a walk through my thoughts, experiences and understandings is my plan for the website this year. As a duo our lives are constantly changing and our views on the world expanding. With that said I look forward to the new challenges life has to offer. It’s entirely too many things going on that I have not touched on.

Three years is a long time, many changes have occurred during that time. (more…)

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Hey what’s going on good people, it’s one half of the crew returning. I was told to step my post game up since I stay away too long. Realized I do need to get on my grind for you guys. With that said, let me get on it. As always I was having an interesting conversation with peers. The topic of choice was about cultural dynamics and the togetherness noted throughout different communities. The conversation progressed into several subtopics and the hierarchy found throughout different cultures. Based on the title of this piece I am sure everyone is wondering where I am going with this whole concept. Of course my wheels were spinning again causing me to come on BLWNL.com and talk my talk. Walk with me for a minute as I travel this path.

Given that I am an African-American male in my late 20’s I tend to view life as it relates to me first. Then I try to see life from a different perspective and combine the two ideals. As previously stated the conversation was about different cultures and I became so intrigued and disappointed at the same time. The concept of strengthening a community from within appeals to me as a community driven person. As I sat down and viewed other cultures, ultimately I had to compare my own. The black community or African American community is that of which I have always identified, so I speak from what I know. The Jewish and Asian cultures are two of which I believe are structurally intact. They come in, set up shop, profit, bring family in, move on to the next situation. The Jewish as well as the Asian also assist others that may not be family. Meaning if they identify with you they attempt to help you succeed in some form or fashion. I respect that 100%, something unfortunately I feel the African American community has gotten away from.

Naturally everyone has heard the cliché of “crabs in a barrel” but what does it really mean. For those of you whom have been living under a rock all of your life, picture this concept. (more…)

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. ”  Martin Luther King Jr 

Hey good people, one half of the team returning to talk to everybody.  In honor of MLK day, I figured I could drop a little knowledge for everybody.    Martin Luther King, Jr. day was first observed on January 20, 1986.   A day to take time and pay homage to a great person with great beliefs.  In memory of his movement,  I have the I Have A Dream Speech in its entirety.   I realized I did not read this whole speech until I was in my early 20’s.   Made me wonder how many people have not seen the entire speech.   As with anything, my wheels got to spinning.   So enjoy!

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. (more…)

Love is one of the most powerful things to encompass this Earth. People search hell and high waters to find their true love. People work job after job until they find the career they love. People go to school for decades to learn information about a subject they are passionate about or love. True love can give you a feeling of utopia almost unmatched in this world of ours.

Everybody wants, yearns and will give or do just about anything in this world to achieve true love. But the problem is most people don’t understand when to love and to when to let go. Shoot most people don’t even know how to love to begin with. And maybe that’s the biggest problem, who teaches people how to love? How do you know when you are receiving the right love? How do you know if the love you are giving to other people is the right kind of love? (more…)

I love watching movies, so new movie previews will always catch my eyes.  As I look around to see what new movies are out, I see that Tyler Perry has a new Madea movie in theaters.  As of   June 29  ,Madea was in full effect yet again, I can’t wait to see this.  I hope everyone can hear the joy I have looking forward to Tyler Perry putting on another dress, and exaggerating the essence of a black woman.   Normally Madea movies don’t really catch my eyes, but this time it caught my attention for all the wrong reasons.   Usually when I see Tyler Perry wearing these old lady dresses, it’s normally surrounded by African-Americans; this time I noticed a few white faces in the bunch.  The last couple of Madea movies have seem to really push the bar of cooning to another level.  Once you cross the realm to cooning with other races, I feel things are starting to get carried away.  I was thinking out loud when this post first came to mind, and as I did my friend said ” why do all these black male actors/comedians throw on dresses at some point in their career?”

Great question good brother!! As soon as he asked it, I began to think about all the greats have played a woman at some point in their career.   During this conversation he made reference to something Dave Chapelle said in an interview a few years back on Oprah.  I have a link to the clip I’m referring to, but essentially the segment was about how a film director/writer wanted him to wear a dress because “it would be hilarious.”   http://youtu.be/Nk8eBn1D7zk He ended up turning down the role after a few times back and forth with the producers.  In this clip after Chappelle finishes, they show clips of every black male actor who has thrown on a dress throughout their career.  The list is genuinely pretty long, and interesting to me.   It has become the norm for black actors to throw on the dress and over exaggerate the woman character.   Another part of the discussion with my friend, was about the concept of being manipulated. (more…)

Now me personally, I love my black women. Let’s just get that point out there. It’s almost sickening how much I love my black women. Now I don’t know what they did to me, but all I know is now I’m not attracted to other races of women very much. It’s nothing against other races of women, I see some white women or spanish women every now and again that makes me say to my mans, “Hmmmm, niceeeee…” But then I will turn around and see a beautiful black women and say to my mans “Yooooo, she’s gorgeous dog, give me 3 and a half minutes, maybe even 4, she going be wanting to marry a….”, well you all get the point. Point is I’m extremely attracted to black women and other races of women not so much so. I wish I wasn’t wired this way but I am. It’s cool though, black women haven’t let me down yet, so I will keep rolling the dice in dealing with them, hoping I don’t crap out.

The reason I am writing this blog is about the increase of interracial relationships. When I was younger, it seemed like a myth or strange if a white person and black person dated each other, let alone get married and have children with each other. I grew up in the hood of Southwest Baltimore in the 90’s, the chances of you seeing an interracial couple on your block was about as high as you seeing a black president of the United States at that time. And since then, we now have a black president of the United States, so I guess it’s not that odd seeing interracial couples in abudance now. CNN has an article out recently and it basically says that interracial couples have increased since 2000. Here are some numbers they threw out: KEEP READING

 

So seeing that it’s not only Black History Month, but the month Cupid flies around with his chubby cakes and shoots people with love arrows, I figured we venture to the left and give an uplifting post of black love. Below is a quote from one of the late great men of the African American race, Marcus Garvey.

A happy but miserable state in which man finds himself from time to time; sometimes he believes he is happy by loving, then suddenly he finds how miserable he is.  It is all joy, it sweetens life, but it does not last.  It comes and goes, but when it is active, there is no greater virtue, because it makes one supremely happy.” – Marcus Garvey …KEEP READING!

Since 1976 Black History Month has been celebrated annually every February.  The month of February was chosen to collaborate with the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abe Lincoln. This is also the month is which is the original black history week took place, the powers that be agreed to extend the week into a month.  For years many have argued about the month of February being the shortest of all twelve months, alluding to being ripped off. I could understand this, but I don’t think having a month that extends to the 30 or 31st will make a world of difference.

The real problem that I see is the lack of history being taught.  There is little to no celebration that occurs during this great month.  I can’t speak for every city around the country, but I know in my city of Baltimore, I have to search for events.  Many other holidays are celebrated in plain sight; local news stations updating you on the events, the newspapers highlight major activities, all type of things. Unfortunately none of that is happening out here…. Yes there are things to attend, but not for the everyday person to notice.  … KEEP READING!

The Struggle…, The Grind…, we have to struggle so that when we grind we can appreciate the sunny days and clear skies. I have been down as of late due to some personal reasons that I will not discuss this blog, but sunny days are ahead and I’m ready to get back on my blogging grind. Today we will discuss the enigma that is the Black Man. I feel that we possess all of man’s greatest strengths and at the same time all of man’s greatest weaknesses. Take me for example, a young, educated Black Man living in White America trying to take the knowledge I have learned through the years and using it to help mold and shape younger Black Men into the greatest creatures on this God given planet. Sounds very intellectual doesn’t it? … KEEP READING!