Wednesday January 6,202, will go down in Infamy. It was the day trump supporters who had just left a rally organized by trump and his allies, incited a mob to stage a hostile take-over of the U. S. Capitol in Washington, DC. From all accounts this was an insurrection and a coup. All 435 members of Congress and 100 Senators, including the vice-president, a trump loyalist, were inside. Was this mob trying to simulate the George Floyd protests? What was their agenda? Did they have a civil rights grievance or did they just feel left out, because after all they are white, they were not shot at, beaten or rubber bullet pelleted. From all indications, barriers were removed, police took selfies with them while they robbed and pillaged the bastion of American democracy.
In the age of the coronavirus, questions surrounding the safety of returning to office spaces abound. Under new ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the EEOC, employers are entitled and required to ensure safe workspaces.
U.S. Congressional leaders have reached agreement on a $900B package to provide the first new aid in months to an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate’s top Republican and Democrats said on Sunday, but it remained unclear when Congress would vote to seal the deal. After living in a global pandemic for almost a whole year, people have been evicted, experienced job loss, unspeakable mourning, and the like. Now we are supposed to be grateful to our elected leaders for providing starving constituents a paltry $600 while said politicians earn $130,000 per year.
The coronavirus pandemic had unleashed a bonanza for untested contractors riding a wave of unprecedented demand and scarcity of everything from hand sanitizers to ICU beds. So far the administration of Donald Trump has ah fed out at least $5.1 billion in no-bid contracts to address pandemic, federal data purchasing shows. The VA , far more than any agency appeared to be awarding contracts to little-known vendors in search of Poe.
Westport, Connecticut is one example of a wealthy suburb that has surrounded itself with invisible walls to block access to affordable housing. The otherwise politically liberal date has kept its low-income housing concentrated in poor cities, an imbalance that hasn’t budged in thirty years. Zoning boards rely on regulations often containing coded, racist language to block the construction of privately developed duplexes and apartment building within their borders. The impact is most felt by Black and Brown residents of Connecticut, who live in some of the nation’s most segregated neighborhoods.
In past decades, families who have often declined to write an obituary how their relative died when there was stigma attached to the cause of death-AIDS, opioid overdose, or suicide for example. But as the public becomes more aware of mental illness, drug addiction, infectious disease, obituaries now give way to candor. Such is the case for deaths resulting from coronavirus. Families and friends write in the terrifying final days of their loved ones, while urging people to take social distancing and mask-wearing seriously. Will this candor of mourning loved ones lead people to listen and obey covid-19 mandates
What message Does the historical date of 14 July 1789, Paris France hold for us today? A group of angry people, angry at the establishment, seething with resentment, attacked a state prison on the outskirts of Paris. The thing is the people were not attacking to set the seven prisoners free, the people wanted access to the bullets and ammunition stored inside the prison. Sounds familiar? People want access to power over their own lives, what will stop them from storming any city or legislature or governmental authority in an effort to reclaim their ‘mob’ power
In a stunning rebuke,MasterCard and Visa have stopped allowing usage of their financial services at PornHub. MasterCard in a statement on Thursday evening said “ confirmed violations of our standards prohibiting unlawful content on their site” which prompted the company to terminate the acceptance of its cards on the site. In a separate statement, Visa said “We are instructing the financial institutions who serve MindGeek to suspend processing of payments through the Visa network” pending the completion of its investigation. About darned Royal time.
Visa and MasterCard said they would investigate their financial ties to MindGeek, the parent company of the adult website, PornHub, after The New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof reported that the website included videos of child abuse and non consensual sexual violence.
The police department in Jackson, Mississippi is facing a sharp rise in homicides and a major budget cut. To combat these issues, city leaders are expanding police surveillance powers to allow residents to send live feeds from popular doorbell security cameras directly to the city’s command center. Citing concerns about privacy violations, civil liberties advocates warn that the technology could lead to increased police scrutiny of people’s everyday-activities and more arrests for low-level offenses.
Duncan Kirkwood is speaker, U.S. Army veteran, author and all-around empowerment speaker. A husband and father of three, Mr. Kirkwood uses the power of words and a resilient mindset to overcome life’s toughest adversities. From building a spirit of gratitude to letting go of the past and discovering your purpose, Mr. Kirkwood’s tools for leading a fulfilling and successful life are in high-demand and they are just what we need for this holiday season. A proud Alabama Star Alum , Duncan Kirkwood can be found on Facebook, Instagram,YouTube, and Twitter.
In America 1 in 7 persons aged 13-24 is living with HIV and does not know it. Criminalizing sex workers, people who use drugs and people in same sex relationships does not stop AIDS. We need to take away the inequalities in healthcare and level the playing field so folks in Southern States with high infection rates can have access to testing and treatment. This is a #downtoearth approach to a pandemic.
Researchers at CNBC report that allowing to resume (after several jurisdictions lifted the short moratoriums imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic) led to as many as 433,000+ additional cases, and as many as 10,700 Coronavirus-related deaths in the United States between March and September
This year, our rituals have changed. Due to the trumpvirus, who has become the uninvited guest at our Thanksgiving table, has caused our annual family gatherings to look a little different. Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🦃🍽
Computers Are Creating Stunningly Real, Fake People
Today, you can buy an image of a fake person online—and use that person’s appearance on real websites.
Advances in technology allow artificial intelligence to create fake people. Computers can make these people appear old or young, with any gender or ethnicity of their choosing. These simulated people are popping up all over the internet as masks used by real individuals with nefarious intent.
We talked to Marion Jones,an expert in drug abuse recovery who has a message, during this season for anyone struggling with addiction.. The elections are long over. What is left are administrative functions of certifying the results that take place in States’ Board of Canvassers. The president, however is probably the only person in the country who seems to think the results will be overturned as he continues with a flurry of frivolous lawsuits. While he’a trying to keep the national conversation about him, sort of irresponsible and ridiculous for a man his age, the coronavirus rages. More people are on ventilators, hospitals ICU’s are at full capacity, and the death rate is anticipated to get higher. His ignoble presidency is ending the way it started, with media coverage as a grand dame throws another temper tantrum to get attention. The nation collectively so desperately wants to say, ‘Bye, Felicia..
It was a Trump Campaign promise in 2016 to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as ObamaCare. Republicans throughout his four year tenure in office had promised that ObamaCare would be repealed. In this lame duck session of Congress and now having packed the SCOTUS with their appointees, Republicans are about to further do themselves in; canceling the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a pandemic. This is political theatre at it’s best.
The U.S. reported it’s 10 millionth case on Sunday, with the latest million added in just 10 days, as most of the country struggled to contain the outbreaks in the third and most widespread wave of infection since the pandemic began. Case reports have soared in the last week, shattering records. The U.S. alone accounts for about one-fifth of reported coronavirus cases in the world.
By now,we are all aware that the elections are over and the voice of the people have spoken. President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect, Sen. Kamala Harris have won the necessary electoral college votes to propel them into the White House. The sitting President’s refusal to accept the Will of the people is problematic. His neophytes and surrogates are busy planning and strategizing to disrupt normal life for all Americans.
It ceases to amaze: immigrants and in particular, immigrants of color, consistently vote Republican, despite the Republican Party being anti-immigrant, racist, and prejudiced to those very same individuals.
With Biden’s narrow win in Michigan, many are looking to Wayne County, the Blackest county in America, for delivering the Midwestern state to the Democrats. Residents of Macomb County, a county outside of Detroit that is the third largest county in Michigan, found themselves in shock as Wayne County turned the entire state from Red to Blue.
In today’s final showdown between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, our country decides history- and chooses whether Black, Brown, poor, and immigrant people will live and have access to healthcare, a living wage, and affordable housing
With videos circulating all over social media of MAGA supporters using their cars to run potential Democratic voters off the road-and police nowhere to be found-research is showing that in 6 of the previous 7 elections, Democrats have won the popular vote. So how have Republicans managed to maintain their grip on political power? The answer is alarmingly simple: Voter Suppression. Concerted public policy geared towards restricting access to the polls during each and every election. How can Democrats and Democratic electors work to abolish the electoral college, thereby eradicating voter suppression?
We have been in the grip of a nightmare called a pandemic for several months. As 2020 draws to a close, we are seeing lockdowns, first experienced when the pandemic began in March and now at the end of the year, here we go again. America is on the brink of change. After a Summer of strife and marches and protests against racial i justice, the change will not just take place with the elections, but the ensuing months afterwards.
Jerry Falwell, Jr has sued liberty University, alleging the evangelical school founded by his late pastor father damaged his reputation in a series of public statements that followed his resignation as president and chancellor in August amid a series of scandals. The lawsuit filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court on Wednesday includes claims of defamation, and breach of contract. It alleges that Liberty officials accepted what Falwell says are false claims about his involvement in an extramarital affair between his wife and a business partner of the couple’s and ‘moved quickly’ to destroy his reputation.
With the recent revelation that Ice Cube-rapper,actor,and African-American icon is ‘working with’ Jared Kushner on a ‘Platinum Plan’ to supposedly enrich the Black community, many are calling into question the legitimacy of Ice Cube’s intentions. As a former rapper whose songs often decried White politics, now Ice Cube finds himself allying with- and legitimizing- the ‘rugged individualism’ narrative parroted by the wealthy white elite.
With Amy Coney Barrett now a United States Supreme Court Justice, women across the country are in jeopardy of losing access to safe, legal abortions. Conservatives are of the mistaken belief that banning abortions mean that abortion procedures will cease everywhere. What folks fail to understand is that legalized abortion means that abortion procedures are safe, and that they follow prescribed medical guidelines to keep those who undertake the procedures safe. Amy Barrett and the majority Conservative Supreme Court are now threatening to rip those safeguards away.
Being white in America means being the least qualified person in the room but having the most prestigious-and most senior position. Positions that Blacks and people of color have to be routinely over- qualified and supremely educated for. Ms. Barrett has only two years experience in private practice, has never tried a case nor argued an appeal, and only became a judge for the first time in 2017. A Black woman or a woman of color in Ma. Barrett’s position would have to have twice the qualifications just to secure a position of senior partner at large law firm. Aside from the implications of what a majority Conservative Supreme Court means for working class and Black people in America, what else does Ms. Barrett’s astrominical rise to the most powerful court on the planet mean for advancing the goals and agenda of white supremacy.
Today, people are self-governed. That means we elect or choose our leaders. In Biblical times, God appointed leaders by speaking through Prophets and directing them to whom to appoint. God doesn’t speak through prophets today to dictate the choice of leaders. People choose their leaders. Is it a right to choose our leaders? Who declared conservativeness as a human value that is better than any other? And that that said value is ordained and sanctioned by God? The values of faith, family, love of country and worship of God are human values, not confined to conservatism. Using conservativeness to suppress people’s rights to abortion, and choosing a partner is the suppression of human rights. Just like using conservativeness to defend voter suppression is the suppression of people’s rights to choose a leader. God has nothing to do with that.
It’s twelve days to the November 2020 elections and our nerves are fraught with so many plays on how the election could turn out. What if Trump is re-elected? What if Biden wins? What will it mean for Black Americans and racial violence if white supremacy gains ground in the white house. So many ways that this could play out it’s nerve-wracking but what about our own lives and our what if scenarios? Are we playing to win?
Halloween 2020. What’s that going to be like? In this episode we talk about how to survive the next 10 days and do Halloween, 2020 style. I plan to be #WonderWoman and I think we should all hit up online stores and get our costumes and do Zoom parties trick or treating for whatever the hell these militias are planning. Let’s show them how to have fun, right? Before the elections, lol I don’t know about you, I need a break from the 24 hour news cycles of doom and gloom, geesh
With less than twenty days to go to the November elections, a covid19 positive president is holding rallies that from an outsider’s perspective seem like political suicide; the Michigan Governor who is under attack from domestic terroists and, and a president who continues to fan the flames of domestic terroism with his political rhetoric, endangering the life of the Governor, those around her, and all of us. It seems the President has abdicated the office of the presidency and is living in an alternate reality; like a reality show, where everything works out at the end of sixty minutes. Real life,however is different, no wonder we have chaos.
My guest this morning is Atlanta Film- maker Mackleen Desravines (@yonimackie) on twitter, whose film “Smoke” is currently available on Amazon Prime. The film explores the trial of a Detroit-area man who had killed his pregnant girlfriend, served time in jail was released, married and killed his young children with his new wife. The film maker details why she chose this story.
What an amazing year 2020 has been. So many of us find ourselves fighting depression. How can we get pass this? In this podcast learn of the 7 ways Harriet uses to cope with depression. It’s going to be allright!
Forced sterilization policies targeted minorities and those with disabilities and was widely accepted well into the 20th century. A 1907 Indiana Law informed the Nazi 1933 Third Reich Law on Eugenics. In North Carolina, a state that had the 3rd highest rates of sterilization- 7,600 people from 1929-1973. Eugenics, a term coined by Francis Galton in 1883, applied ides of biology and genetics to human reproduction. Ouch....
A recent study by MIT confirmed what we have always known; that systemic and structured racism exist, even in how much we pay for our mortgages. Black homeowners pay more in mortgage insurance and property taxes than whites do. The result is Blacks have less savings and wealth accumulation than whites
‘You have been tried and found wanting’. Daniel was an Old Testament Prophet. The King, had a dream in which he saw a hand writing words on a wall. Daniel interpreted the dream and the prophecy was fulfilled. Daniel 5:17-30
Storming the Capitol. Instigate a civil war. Abducting a sitting governor ahead of a presidential election. Those were among the plots described by federal and state officials in Michigan on Thursday as they announced terroism, conspiracy and weapons charges against 13 men. At least six of them, officials said,had hatched a plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who has been a focal point of anti- government views.
A white male professor from the University of New Hampshire has been booted from the classroom for posing as a ‘woman of color’ the latest in a growing trend of race fakers. Craig Chapman allegedly secretly tweeted under the name The Science Femme and handle @pinney_the to rail against the left, transgender and even people of color to his more than 13,000 followers.
For most Black Americans descended from enslave Africans, there’s no way of tracing back where their ancestors came from. The slave trade ripped families apart, and records from slave ships and plantations often identified enslaved people with multiple or incomplete names. Given this systematic erasure, the story of Clotilda, the last slave ship to reach the U.S., occupies a profoundly unique place in the history of the transatlantic slave trade. Timothy Meaher, a white Southern planter was the owner of the ship who went to Benin, West Africa to bring Africans back to Alabama to be sold and distributed. Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the ship, realizing they could not go back to Africa after the Civil War, asked Meaher for land to start their own property, and created African Town, 3 miles from downtown Mobile, Alabama and told his story to Zora Neale Hurston. Descendants of Timothy Meaher are alive and well today and are worth close to $55M. Their wealth built upon the backs of enslaved people, whom he used a $20,000 loan to buy .
Grief in this country has always had an equity problem, and 2020 has only amplified the issue, as Black deaths have come in back-to-back blows, from the coronavirus, police brutality, and the natural deaths of those we care about. In June, a Washington Post poll found that 1 in 3 Black Americans knows someone personally who has died of Covid-19. The death rate among Black individuals is up to 10 times higher than among white individuals. We’ve lost mothers, fathers, siblings, uncles, aunts, pop-pops, nanas, play cousins, friends, and neighbors as the pandemic ravages our community.
The President has the coronavirus. He and top aides along with members of the Senate, intent on appointing a justice to the Supreme Court took part in an event where it seemed the coronavirus was rampant. The next 48 hours are critical in determining what happens next. Will the President emerge healed from the coronavirus after an experimental was administered or will the virus win?
U.S. President Donald Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, the deadly virus has swept the world. With Trump and his followers claiming the the virus is “nothing to be worried about”, where will the country go now that the leader has tested positive for the virus.
Many Americans watching the presidential debate earlier this week remarked at the irony of three, elderly white men debating on the merits of the Black Lives Matter movement- with not one actual Black person in sight.
We were joined this morning by UK journalist, Denis Campbell who shared some perspective on ‘The Cost of Racism’. A new report exposing the high cost of racism in the U.S. show States with the lowest IRS tax audit rates tend to be home to middle income, largely white populations: places like New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. On the other hand, Humphreys County, Mississippi, a rural county populated by mostly impoverished Black American residents, who work as fishers, is the most heavily audited county in the entire country
Amid raging debates over how Britain reckons with its imperial past, a new report published by Britain’s National Trust identifies over 93 places that were built, benefitted from, or connected to the spoils of slavery and colonialism. They include Chartwell, Winston Churchhill’s former home in the southeastern county of Kent, Devon’s spectacular Lundy Island, where convicts were used as unpaid labor and Speke Hall, near Liverpool, whose owner, Richard Watt traded rum made by slaves and purchased a slave ship in 1793 that trafficked slaves from Africa to Jamaica. As modern-day contemporaries grapple with the implications of a long history of slavery and colonialism, this reports highlights another blood-soaked form of racism.
With thirty five days to go to the November general election, America is burning. The impact of the Breonna Taylor verdict, has seen a nation torn apart by a man hell- bent on retaining power, doing everything to stoke the fires of racial unrest. The people are dissatisfied, and are vowing to vote out an unpopular leader, whose program of race-based politics has left America burning; from within, her scars made public for the whole world to see and her reputation tarnished and without the prestige she’s accustomed to. World leaders and people in other countries are probably praying for America right now. Watching as the politics of hate has left this once great nation tarnished and burned, in the dust. Jesus, Take The Wheel
The Windrush scandal, along with the Black Lives Matter movement have altered the perceptions of the English ‘mother country’ . Windrush refers to the name of the ship that took Caribbean migrants from nation states like Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, Trinidad & Tobago to Britain, from 1948-1971, to ease the shortage of labor after WWII. Britain through a public policy of making the UK a ‘hostile immigration’ environment for illegal immigrants, confused the Windrush generation with being ‘illegal’. Undocumented does mot mean illegal. That’s what the British government found out. But the cost of another white supremacy policy leaves Black people in the dust.
Join us as we talk with Shawn D. Rochester, author of “The Black Tax”, has quantified the cost of racism in the United States: $70 Trillion since the start of slavery. Today, he says, the Black Tax is perpetuates by discrimination- Black people are hired less frequently, paid less, and have less access to wealth-building tools like affordable mortgages.
Black Americans face a staggering wealth gap. The most recent statistics show that, in 2016, a typical middle-class white family in the US had $149,703 in accumulated wealth, while a middle-class Black family had only $13,024-meaning Black families have 8.6% of the wealth of white families. According to Shawn Rochester, author of “The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black In America”, the cause of this gap can be traced back to slavery.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought supply chains to the forefront, whereas previously, many were accustomed to it running in the background of everyday life. But for supply chain leaders, the pandemic has shifted focus from business as usual to crisis management, and planning for more robust supply chains in the future.
The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the most tumultuous years, ever. Political backtracking made the coronavirus a public health threat to Americans, and a debacle for an incumbent president, who otherwise would have won re-election. But, the economic fall-out from the pandemic of the coronavirus has left some Americans, homeless and jobless, widened the wealth gap, systemic racism in healthcare caused the deaths of more Black Americans this year from the coronavirus, in addition to police violence, which made American streets a public display of the march for justice and equality. What do you do? Stand Firm. Stand firmly in what you believe and what you know will happen. Good will overcome evil, systemic racism will be crushed by the power of your vote, and righteousness will return to the land.
Top Congressional Democrats are calling for a federal investigation after a nurse who worked at an immigration detention center in Georgia filed a whistleblower complaint alleging a lack of medical care and unsafe work practices that facilitated the spread of Covid-19. She also says that immigrant women received questionable hysterectomies, an allegation that lawmakers seized on in statements issued just this week. These shocking accusations come on the heels of America’s long, sordid history of performing forced hysterectomies on minority women.
More than 500 firefighters are battling the El Dorado blaze east of San Bernardino, California. More than 3,000 residents of several communities in the area, have been ordered to evacuate as more than 7,000 acres of land, burn. The fire is only five per cent contained. Officials point to the smoke generated by a pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party as the cause of the blaze. Gender reveal parties, held during pregnancy to unveil the sex of the expected child, are sometimes announced by pink or blue smoke fireworks. With thousands of people now facing imminent homelessness, the relevance of these gender reveal parties are now being called into question.
Centuries of Christian tradition are hotly debated as to whether Jesus’ bachelorhood was a reality or fiction. Jesus’ bachelorhood formed the basis for priestly celibacy and His all male apostolic group provides justification for the exclusion of women from church leadership positions. But the so-called ancient papyrus that details jesus’ alleged marriage-a-papryus discovered by a mysterious group of individuals is being called into questions as ‘fake’.
America is burning. Wildfires on the west coast is a threat to life and property. Racial unrest from coast-to-coast and the government is campaigning instead of addressing climate change that has now become climate crisis,and systemic racism which has given us the Summer of Strife. As we head into Fall, the coronavirus is fast on our heels and is posing a health threat to those on the west coast; inundated with smoke, which makes them more susceptible to lung infections like the coronavirus.
Child Protection System scans file-sharing networks and chat rooms to find computers that are downloading photos and videos depicting the sexual abuse of prepubescent children. The software helps establish the probable cause needed to get a search warrant. The tool helps police focus on the most persistent offenders and offers a way to quickly crack down on an illegal industry that has proved resilient against law enforcement efforts. But some civil liberties experts have raised concerns about the mass surveillance enabled by the technology.
“I Can’t Breathe” were George Floyd’s last words. Doctors writing in the New England Journal of Medicine are using those same words as a refrain to lay out how systemic racism has negatively impacted the health of Black Americans and how this is the moment to change it. Black doctors are now calling on health-care systems to take the lead in advocating against police brutality, to diversify their work forces to better reflect their patient population, and to incorporate addressing racial health disparities as part of clinicians’ training.
A consistent subset of people fatally shot by police are women. Since 2015, police have fatally shot 250 women. Like Breonna Taylor 89 of them were killed at homes or residences where they sometimes stayed. The names of these women are often not well known as the men, but their deaths raise the same questions about the use of deadly force by police. Although Black women only account for 13 per cent of the female population, they account for 20 per cent of the women shot and killed and 28 per cent of the unarmed deaths.
With so much going on, protests, systemic racism, Christian leaders caught with their pants down, we are in a unique position. We need a fast, maybe God will see our fast and answer our prayers for solutions to the issues facing us.
A Professor of African and Latin American studies who portrayed herself as Black has now revealed she has been lying. Jessica A. Krug, an Associate Professor at George Washington University, has written extensively about Africa, Latin America, the diaspora and identity, all while claiming her own Black and Latina heritage. But in an article published on Medium.com on Thursday, Krug revealed the truth: She is white.
Nearly 60 per cent of the cases of missing and Murdered Native-American women are homicides, and 31 per cent involve girls 18 and younger, according to data analyzed by the Sovereign Bodies Institute. Nearly three-quarters of the cases had victims who were living within the foster care system when they went missing. The vast majority of cases in the U.S. remain unsolved. Advocates point to the lack of comprehensive state and federal data on missing and murdered Native Americans, as well as a general lack of awareness and poor record-keeping as reasons why so many cases go cold. Adverse relationships with non-Native law enforcement agencies only exacerbates the problem, and many worry that Native American persons will continue to suffer from these oversights.
According to a recent study in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences,the planet could see a greater temperature increase in the next 50 years than it did in the last 6,000 years combined.. By 2070, scientists predict that the kind of extremely hot zones, like in the Sahara (that now cover less than 1 per cent of the earth’s land surface), could cover nearly a fifth of the land. This shift in temperatures could place one of every three people outside the ‘climate niche’ where humans have thrived for thousands of years. While many people will stay and suffer through the heat, hunger, and ensuing political chaos, others will be forced to migrate.
A record- breaking 197 people in Maricopa County, Arizona died from heat-related causes in 2019 alone. So far in 2020, the Maricopa County Health Department has confirmed 30 heat-related deaths, while investigating an additional 243. Over the past 30 years, heat has accounted for more fatalities on average than any other weather-related disaster in the U.S., according to the National Weather Service. And although these deaths are more likely to occur in desert cities, the warming climate that helps drive them will likely only get worse.
In an age of uncertainty, after race wars, and the shooting of unarmed protesters, the March on Washington, a Republican convention that looked the haves and the haves not, we find ourselves asking, what’s coming?
The Rev. Stricjavvar ‘Strick’ Strickland, of Kalamazoo’s Second Baptist Church, has been charged with 11 felonies connected to alleged incidents spanning from August 1,2015 to August 31,2018, according to a probable cause affidavit filed last week in Kalamazoo District Court. The Rev. Is accused of sexually assaulting four male victims between the ages of 15 and 17 by paying said boys to have sex with his wife while he watched on.
Giancarlo Granda, a business parameter of Jerry Falwell Jr, aka ‘the poolboy’ has come forward to say he had a years long relationship involving Falwell’s wife and the evangelical leader himself. Jerry Falwell, Jr is a staunch Trump supporter, and, until today, was the President of Liberty University, a private evangelical Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia. Mr. Falwell is a staunch critic of gay marriage, and some go as far as calling him a racist bigot in line with his father, Jerry Falwell Snr., who was the Founder of Liberty University. But is this heated controversy really about the tangled sexual relationship between the Falwells and their ‘business partner’? Or is it about the hypocrisy of a conservative President who regularly condemns homosexuality vis-a-vis their support of a President whose administration denies rights to LGBTQ persons while they themselves participate in illicit, homosexual affairs? In this episode, hear a caller talks about his experience in being solicited for sex by a powerful white male to have a ‘mandingo party’ and have sex with his wife while he watches-
There is a lot going on. Political leaders are absent of leadership, homelessness is on the rise across the country as evictions post-pandemic, take effect, no job prospects for many, and we learned this week that the postal service transports live chicks for rural agricultural producers, and have been doing so since 1918. But they want to shutter the postal service. Will Jesus, please take the wheel in America?
The ERA, initially drafted by women’s suffragist, Alice Paul in 1923, was finally approved by a Democratic-led congress in 1972. But the Amendment, which was first written only two years after white women were granted the right to vote, fell just three states shy of being officially added to the Constitution- and millions of Black women, women of color and working class women did not get the protections afforded by the Amendment. Today, the ERA is just one state away from being added to the Constitution. But with the workplace, property, and divorce rights of millions of women in the hands of a Republican-led Senate, will the ERA finally be enshrined in the Constitution once and for all?
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. And imitation of Black women’s style is exactly what one sees when they open their Instagram app, or turn on their TV to the latest music video, or flip through a magazine. But being placed on such a high pedestal of admiration is dangerous, because when you deify someone, you strip them of their humanity- and strip yourself of any obligation to respect that person for the human being they are. In this episode of Down To Earth, we will discuss how the so-called ‘appreciation’ of Black Women’s style treads awfully close to ‘appropriation’ of Black Women’s style, and outright dismissal of Black women’s humanity.
Dr. Monica Williams, an associate professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa who focuses on the impact of racial trauma on people of color, has developed the TSDS or Trauma Symptoms of Discrimination Scale-, a tool for measuring anxiety-related trauma symptoms due to racial discrimination. True enough, people of color, Black women in particular, suffer from traumatization due to ongoing mistreatment in the workplace., including feeling isolated, embarassed and powerless. Fearful that something bad might happen as a result of past discrimination, Black women in the workplace carry past experiences based on racial discrimination to their new jobs- even when their new jobs don’t show any signs of discriminatory behavior.
These are trying times. The news of the day leave us feeling dispirited and uncertain. But the Lord promises in His Word, that if we look to Him, He will sustain us, despite plagues, disease, economic turndowns, we have to accept that God is in control, despite who seems to be holding the wheel. We take comfort from the Scriptures, that tell us in Psalm 100, that His truth endures to all generations. Times past, and time to come, know that God is in control.
August 2020. Who would have thought that America, would be handling an out-of-control virus, despite having the resources to curb it, and a president and political leadership, seemingly oblivious to the people’s cries. In the midst of a pandemic, that landed on our shores, we find large segments of the American population, jobless and homeless. Thirty four million people set to be evicted as of August1st, 2020. Here enters God, telling us that it is only for a short while and it will bring about a mighty deliverance, just for a while, weeping may endure but know that there will come a turnaround. Lift up your head, O ye Gates! Lift up and look up, God is coming to the aid of the people
What will people do? Millions of Americans who lost jobs due to the pandemic, now face housing uncertainty as unemployment benefits approved by Congress is about to run out. Some conservative activists think unemployed Americans should not receive benefits at all. Others including elected representatives believe that the $600 weekly benefit included in the Cares Act should be reduced to $200. What will people do as they face housing uncertainty due to joblessness which caused unpaid mortgages, un-paid rent and unpaid utilities.
We live in times that demand answers from our leaders. Where there is a deficiency of leadership, we turn to the ultimate One, God. He points us to the Scriptures in Proverbs :3- It exhorts that in times of difficulty, Trust in Him.
Insurance Companies are quietly influencing change in police departments around the country. It’s the way in which police who are authorized by cities, to operate. Police Departments must carry liability insurance, so how does the insurance company influence change? Large payouts from lawsuits result in a loss for the insurer, therefore they send consultants who advise police departments, on how to mitigate violent encounters between themselves and the communities they serve. In the era of Black Lives Matter and calls for police reform, this is mind-blowing.
Our nation is caught up in a vortex of politics, pandemics and protests. It seems everything is out of control, a nation on the tipping edge of a cultural revolution. Where is the direction coming from? The Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to “Trust in the Lord” .
Women exposed to air pollution and high temperatures are more likely to have premature, and low birthweight babies. Pregnant women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have children who are premature, underweight or stillborn and African-American mothers and babies are harmed at a much higher rate than the population at large, according to sweeping new research examining more than 32 million births in the United States. The research adds to a growing body of evidence that minorities bear a disproportionate share of the danger from pollution and global warming.
With unemployment at historic highs and more than 20 million individuals out of work, the country’s housing crisis is only getting worse. In April 2020, 1 in 3 Americans did not pay rent, and, despite moratoriums to protect against evictions, renters are still being evicted. Groundbreaking data suggests that individuals face increased housing hardship such as evictions, delayed rent or mortgage payments, and unexpected utility payments and home repairs during the pandemic. Particularly at high- risk for evictions are Hispanic/Latinx populations, and as always, African-American populations as well. What are our elected leaders doing to curb this crisis?
Isaiah 43:2 This is an incredible promise for us. No matter what we go through, God Himself says He will be there with us. Even though we will experience hardship, it is important to note that God promises to go through these times with us.
Guillen, 20, had been missing since April and was last seen in the parking lot of her barracks at Fort Hood on April 22, according to the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). Her remains were found June 30,2020. Guillen was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory room where she worked. Her body was transported from the military installation by her killer, according to details her family learned during a meeting with Army Investigators, Thursday. .
Researchers in Houston say there is growing evidence that a mutated coronavirus strain is more contagious than the original virus in China. New research findings show that the newer strain is more transmissible; a summary of the data suggests that this new strain is far more infectious than the original. With most of the country rushing to reopen, and with most people packing holiday resorts over the holiday weekend, what do these new findings mean for those of us trying to return to normalcy?
For White Americans, the Fourth of July represents freedom in all it’s forma. But for Black Americans, that same holiday means nothing more than a day off from work. Freedom, as White Americans enjoy it, is a notion predicated on the continuous, systemic subjugation of Black Americans at every turn, emotionally, financially, and legally.. What then does this holiday celebrate? And to whom does this freedom apply?
The country has been set ablaze with protests against police brutality and racism. Among the voices calling for change, are those that call for police departments across the nation to be defunded, and for city budgets to allocate more funds to education, housing and healthcare.
Did State governments reopen their states too quickly? The worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus has now surpassed over 500,000 or half a million,,cases, with more than 10 million confirmed diagnoses. More than a quarter of those deaths have been in the United States alone. Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the actual figures in many regions are probably 10 times as high as reported. Were our governments too quick to reopen states? Are we now facing higher numbers than ever before because our elected leaders put the value of the economy over the value of human life?
Statues honoring past slave holders and violent colonizers should be torn down-post haste. On it’s face , America is a progressive country centered on ideals such as liberty and freedom for all. But liberty and freedom for whom? Statues around the country have been erected over time honoring people who owned slaves, people who colonized indigenous communities, and those who terrorized people of color throughout the world. Why are these monuments allowed to stand in a country built on the notions of justice and liberty?
The protective measures mandates by state governments to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus have quickly turned into heated debate topics between political factions. From refusing to wear a mask in public to demanding states’ ‘reopen’ their economies, many are finding that the mere mention of Covid-19 sparks intense discussions. Will we move past treating a deadly, highly contagious infectious disease as nothing more than a political opinion?
Matt 6:10: God’s Will is unshakeable, unmovable, and irrevocable. Come what may-financial strain, physical abuse, racism, uncertainty, illness-God’s Will shall be done. But how is His Will carried out? By surrendering our will, our desires, and our longings to the Supreme Will of God, we can live a life of peace, serenity, and wholesome fulfillment.
As a former principal, Dr. Roma Benjamin completely understand the struggle parents are facing with remote learning consuming the educational world thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Benjamin theorizes that the achievement gap between white and Black students will continue to widen during the pandemic, as Black families often lack the technological resources-: a computer, access to the internet- which will result in Black students struggling to stay on track.
Rayshard Brooks, a Black man from Atlanta was killed over the weekend in an officer-involved shooting. The Fulton County DA revealed that Mr. Brooks was stomped on and kicked after he had been shot. People are asking Why?
A newly implemented law in Michigan allows State Police to swab drivers’ mouths to determine if they’ve been using drugs. Officers who are trained ‘drug recognition experts’ collect oral fluid if they suspect a driver is impaired. Police use a portable device designed to detect if a driver has certain drugs in his or her system- including marijuana, methamphetamine, heroine, opiates and cocaine. But could this law just be another way for police- whom critics are calling to defund and outright abolish- to unlawfully profile Black drivers? Is this new law an overreach of state powers that grants police further breadth to detain and arrest?
Barbara Fedida, is the ABC News Senior Vice-President of Talent and Business. As such, she has unusually broad power; her influence goes far beyond her job description, with recent reports indicating a string of racially insensitive comments, phrases, and actions towards Black and other minority employees. But the question is, how has Ms. Fedida been allowed to continue her employment- and her reign of terror- at ABC for so long?
Today’s evangelical preachers range from prosperity gospel messengers to hell & brimstone condemnation zealots. These preachers have successfully manipulated the word of God to exclude the very people Jesus died for. Evidence of this exclusion can be seen by the large number of non-Christians who refuse to attend church because they feel as though there is no place for them in the body of Christ. It is our job as Christians to undo the distortion of God’s message and to restore the Church to its former glory: a safe place that provides comfort for all people from all backgrounds.
Dr. Steve Perry is an education reform activist whom the likes of Oprah, Steve Harvey, and Bishop T.D. Jakes call on to offer insights on children and their education. As Founder & Head of five successful Capital Preparatory School campuses located throughout the Northeast United States, Dr. Perry uses his passionate voice to advocate for the academic and administrative success of both students and teachers alike.
Today, #GeorgeFloyd, a Black man killed by former police officer, Derek Chauvin, is being laid to rest beside his mother. You will remember George called for his Momma as Chauvin kneeled on his neck for 9 mins. In the wake of George’s death, there have been widespread protests against police violence directed at Black people . But who is rioting? Protesters appear to be peaceful, all the while police are teargassing, and serving volleys of rubber bullets at protesters.
An estimated 1.8 billion girls, women, and gender non-binary persons menstruate, and this statistic has not abated just because we’re in a global pandemic. These persons still require menstrual materials, safe access to toilets, soap, water, and private spaces in the face of lockdown conditions; conditions that have all but eliminated privacy for many populations.
Breonna Taylor would have celebrated her 27th birthday today. But her life was violently cut short in March when Louisville, Kentucky killed her in her sleep, in her home, after entering the wrong apartment looking for a man who had already been arrested earlier that day. We must remember to uplift and amplify the voices of Black women killed by state-sanctioned violence at the hands of the police.
With the entire country ignited over the death of George Floyd, activists are calling on political officials to bring about sweeping legislative reform that would hold police departments accountable. But the radio silence from elected leaders has some questioning whether the change we need is the change we’ll get.
Shana Donahue, a Washington, D.C. teacher and Youtube personality known for her natural hair channel “Napp Queen,” and her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Fleetwood, were former high school sweethearts. When Shana broke off the engagement after complaining to colleagues that Fleetwood was abusive, Fleetwood stabbed Shana to death in her D.C. apartment. Now, Shana has joined the endless list of Black women who have died from intimate partner violence.
As people march across the country to protest the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed African American Minneapolis resident who died after a white police officer kneeled on George’s beck for almost ten straight minutes, many are finding the radio silence of wealthy Black celebrities, who themselves profit from the aesthetic of Black suffering at the hands of a systemically racist system, curious to say the least.
Fasting is the right and proper way to observe your faith and to dissolve every tie that binds you to burdensome yokes. By fasting, you break the attachment to everything that is not enjoined and authorized by the word of God, leaving only the yoke of Christ to carry you.
Amadou Diallo was just 23 years old—and unarmed—when the New York City Police Department fired 41 shots towards him, 19 of which struck the Guinean immigrant. In the ensuing trial, the four officers who fired the 41 shots were all acquitted. Today, the country is reeling from the heartless execution of George Floyd, an African American Minneapolis resident killed by an officer. Even if the officer is charged, can we expect that he will actually see jail time? Or will history repeat itself, as in the case of Amadou Diallo?
The story starts off as most police killings do: Police in Minneapolis were called about someone trying to pass a counterfeit bill at a neighborhood grocery store. Two officers responded, and what we know next comes from a widely circulated video showing a White police officer pinning down an African-American man, named George Floyd with a knee on Georges’ neck. Five minutes into the 10 minute video, Floyd is motionless- and dead, even as the officer’s knee remains on his neck. Now, George Floyd joins the ever- growing list of Black lives lost to unnecessary police violence.
What is often overlooked in the push for criminal justice reform are how ordinary American citizens wield the power of the police state against vulnerable members of marginalized communities. For White people, the police—and 911 phone calls—are tools used to arbitrarily enforce a White supremacist racial order. For Black folks, such tools are largely unavailable—and when used by racists, these “tools” often result in the violent loss of life.
Every person who has a vision of a work that God would have them do is inspired by the prophetic wording of Habakkuk’s 2:3 “appointed time” verse. But what some people often forget is that said appointed time requires your discernment—and your silence.
Low-income communities of color are exposed to significantly higher levels of pollution. As a result, these communities suffer from higher levels of lung disease and cancer than White communities. In the age of the Coronavirus, scientists are scrambling to make a connection between long-term exposure to air pollution and the disproportionately high rates of Coronavirus in minority communities.
In light of recent social distancing orders, tensions between the New York Police Department and Black and Hispanic neighborhoods are on thin ice. Some believe that police are engaging in a racist double standard similar to that of “stop and frisk”: arresting minorities for violating social distancing orders while ignoring White residents committing the same violation.
Habkkuk 2:20 is a legendary Bible verse that reminds us to reverently worship the Lord in His temple. While we wait for the manifestation of His miracles, we must be silent so that our spirits can hear His divine guidance.
Just after midnight on March 13, the Louisville Metro Police Department entered 26-year-old Breonna Taylor’s apartment and opened fire, killing her. But the police had the wrong apartment, and neither Breonna nor her boyfriend, who was with her, had any criminal or drug history. What’s worse? The man the police were looking for had already been arrested earlier that day. Now, Breonna Taylor has joined the ever-growing pantheon of Black women who have needlessly lost their lives to police violence.
LaShaun Suber is a CDF Career Consultant, Professional Recruiter, and Mentor working in the employment industry specializing in helping professionals secure the next level in their career. LaShaun’s specialty lies in empowering ambitious professionals with compelling, confidence-boosting strategies to pursue their ideal career paths.
Many scientists say that the much-feared “second-wave” of the Coronavirus may not wait until the Fall—in fact, that second wave may come on the heels of states lifting social distancing requirements far too soon.
The virus that causes COVID-19 can be found in the semen of patients who have recovered from the disease. Although researchers say more tests are needed to provide conclusive answers, these findings raise new questions about whether the novel Coronavirus can be classified as a sexually transmitted disease.
When the majority of a population becomes immune to an infectious disease through herd immunity, the disease is less likely to spread. But in the case of the Coronavirus, will herd immunity be enough to curb the proliferation of COVID-19?
Richard Phillips was sentenced to life in prison in 1972. Until the Michigan Innocence Clinic represented him in 2017, Phillips would spend what legal observers say is the longest known wrongful prison sentence in American history.
Almost 4,000 residents of Detroit nursing homes have tested positive for COVID-19. 1,000 Detroit-area senior citizens have died from the virus. While some experts point to the lack of testing as the reason why so many senior citizens have died, others insist that the poor sanitary conditions in these facilities are entirely to blame.
Keeping our mental health sound during these uncertain times is paramount to remaining positive. Matthew 6:34 tells us that we should be anxious for nothing—and in the face of confusion, we should stand strong on God’s word.
About one out of five confirmed virus cases in Ohio is now connected with the state’s prison system. At least 2,400 inmates in the system have tested positive, and seven have died of either confirmed or suspected Covid-19 infections.
In an effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, universities around the country sent residential students home from their dorms. But for some LGBTQ students, being forced to return home has left them with a difficult choice: go back into the closet, or face a life on the streets.
Matthew 6:13 NKJV : Deliver us from the evil one” . The Lord’s Prayer serves as not just a moral compass, but also as a message of hope. In the heart of the #coronavirus pandemic, we must remember that God’s word tells us that He will deliver us from evil;the horrors of Covid-19, the trauma of death all around us, and the ineptitude of our political leaders. Rest assured that in the midst of all this confusion, the Lord our God will deliver us from all evil.
With social distancing due to the Coronavirus mandating that everyone except “essential workers” stay home, we want to know: what makes an essential worker, essential? For today’s show, we have retired Circuit Court Judge the Honorable Wade McCree back again to discuss the legal definition of “essential worker.”
Today’s show features Reverend Horace Sheffield of Detroit, who argues that racial disparity, implicit bias in healthcare, and a profound lack of access to proper testing are all reasons why Coronavirus mortality rates are higher among African-Americans, as compared to other minority populations.
Are the racial disparities being reported in Detroit’s #Coronavirus statistics accurate? In Michigan, Black folks make up about 57% if those who test positive foe #coronavirus, and roughly 78% of those who have died from Covid-19. Wit Detroit being approximately 79% African-American, where is the disparity in death rates that experts say exist?
Strip Clubs Want A Bailout Feat. Retired Circuit Court Judge, Hon. Wade McCree. A company spearheaded by the owner of a national strip club empire filed a federal lawsuit alleging that strip club workers are being unlawfully blocked from. $349 Billion emergency lending program designed to help businesses affected by the #coronavirus. A regulation in the federal Paycheck Protection Program prohibits loans to businesses that provide live performances of a ‘prurient sexual nature’.
Disruptions from the coronavirus epidemic could lead to increases food insecurity. The United Nations warns that a protracted pandemic crisis could put a strain on the food supply chains across the world, increasing food insecurity to millions. Although the issue is not food scarcity as much as it is the world’s measures in response to the fast-spreading virus.
#EasterSunday2020 is rather unusual due to #covid19 preventing gatherings of people. The Lord’s Prayer can be found in Matthew 6:12. This prayer perfectly summarizes our faith and what is expressed in the Gospels. On his reflection on this prayer, St. Cyrian of Carthage, a thirs century Bishop wrote “My dear friends, The Lord’s Prayer contains many great mysteries of our faith. In these few words there is great spiritual meaning, for this summary of divine teaching contains all of our prayers and petitions.
With more than 42,000 inmates, Arizona has the highest incarceration rate in the western United States and the fifth highest in the nation. As cases of #covid19 soar in the nation’s cramped, overcrowded jails, the state is among several facing intense criticism for what civil rights groups, families of prisoners and corrections officers say is a haphazard response.
In an attempt to slow the spread of #covid19, non-essential businesses have been closed. Beauty supply stores and hair salons, barber shops, spas, and the bedrock of our beauty care regimens have been deemed non-essential.
America’s farmworkers are caught between Coronavirus fears and feeding a nation with a staggering population. People across America have rushed to grocery stores to panic buy food to tide them over while hunkered down from COVID-19 stay-home orders. But agriculture has been deemed an essential service by the federal government—which means that for farmworkers (most of whom are undocumented) , social distancing is virtually impossible.
In the midst of the #coronavirus pandemic, a dangerous new trend is spiking- uptick in domestic violence reports. While many individuals are safely sheltering in place, at home, domestic violence victims are trapped with their attackers.
Even if you’re already backing up your digital files, do you have a backup plan for your one of a kind documents and photos that you have only on paper- like birth certificates, marriage licenses, and military discharge papers?
Across Europe, affluent city dwellers have fled the epicenters of the #Coronavirus crisis to their second homes, where proximity to the sea lessens the discomfort of confinement. But in doing so, fears about the possible exposure to the virus by residents with access to few hospitals and limited incomes have flared.
Proverbs 18:10 teaches us many things, the most important of which is that none but the Lord can be our protection, especially during these times. In fact, the classic verse, which tells the name of the Lord is a strong tower, and those who run into it are safe.
They hopes to secure jobs on political campaigns, at fashion brands and law offices, and in sales and finance, they’ve had internships canceled and interviews postponed, wandered through empty job fairs and seen recruiters ignore their anxious emails ... When the coronavirus pandemic forced college students across the country to leave campus in early March, the abrupt departure was especially painful for seniors, It meant rushed goodbyes, canceled graduation ceremonies and an overwhelming sense of loss
In an effort to ensure healthcare workers on the frontlines of the #coronavirus outbreak have proper access to personal protective equipment, authorities at both the state and federal level are asking doctors and patients to forego ‘nonessential’ operations
The secular world has failed to provide answers-or understanding-for the coronavirus’ impact. As a result, mullions are turning to their faith. Believers worldwide are running afoul of public health authorities’ warnings that communal gatherings, the keystone of so much religious practice, must be limited to combat the virus’ speed.
The Bible tells us not to be anxious, but is this actually a reasonable demand in this current day and age? How is it possible to be completely free from worry and stress when there’s so much to deal with? Phillippians 4: reminds us to be anxious for nothing
In 2018 1,600 women and girls were killed in their beds, while at work, in yoga studios, by fathers, ex-boyfriends, husbands, cousins, sons, neigjbors and strangers. Femicide is the killing of women because of their gender
Thanks to poverty, geographic isolation and inadequate healthcare, Eastern Kentucky has the highest rates of cancer. Kentucky is number one in mortality rates of cancer per capita in the United States . Eastern Kentucky, a rural part of the state marked by abject poverty and soaring unemployment fares no better, facing significantly higher rates of mortality and morbidity from heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and cancer
When your world turns dark and your journey turns rugged, where do you turn for help? What is your source for the confidence you need to face the headwinds of life? Psalm 121 encourages us in such times. It reminds us where our help comes from and infuses us with confidence: “My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth”
The expression of a new culture against silence and machismo taking root in Mexico, a culture in which women ate demanding equal treatment. This expression comes in light of a newly classified form of crime known as ‘femicide’, or the killing of a woman or girl in particular by a man on account of her gender. In other words, Femicide is the murder of a woman simply because she is a woman.
Science has long told us that your organs play vital roles in keeping your body healthy, What spirituality tell is, however is that your organs are just as important to your spiritual health as they are to your physical health. For example, pain in your shoulders and arms can indicate some resentment and bitterness in the person experiencing the pain.
The Diet industry is consistently scrambling to encourage society, to lose weight, even when doing so is not in one’s best health interests. There’s only so many ways to rephrase the concept of ‘eat less crap and get some exercise’.
Black women are starting businesses at the fastest rate of any social group. Since 2007, the number of companies owned by African-American women has grown by an astonishing 164%. Nearly half of women owned business in the country (44%) are controlled by minority women. Minority women are still being locked out when it comes to accessing capital. Data from the Federal Reserve shows Black Women are more likely than whites to not access credit. In fact, women and minority business owners are denied loans and pay higher rates of interest.
More and more offices in Corporate America have adopted a work culture strongly influenced by the casual, laid-back attitude of technology start-ups. Unlike the offices of yesteryear, where employees clocked out at 5Pm sharp, and serious formality- referring to the boss as “Mr” so-and-so, business professional dress everyday, keeping family life separate from work life- today’s modern office touts open floor plans, first-name basis with the manager, and sweaters and jeans everyday. Has this integration led ro a workplace that is too casual? Or are these efforts a positive way of improving on the drudgery of the 9-5
If you decide to see a psychiatrist for any mental issues you may be suffering from, there is a near certainty that you will be prescribed a neurotoxic psychiatric drug, according to new data. The more drugs that people are prescribed, the more difficult it becomes for them to appreciate what is happening to them or muster the will power to protest. Is lack of empathy to blame for the tendency of psychiatrists to just prescribe medication for their clients’ problems? Or is the pharmaceutical industry and their belief in profits-over-people the true cause?,
Race science or the pseudoscientific belief that empirical evidence exists to justify racism, racial inferiority or racial superiority, is making a startling comeback. Although all human genomes are 99.5% identical, it is nonetheless true that the remaining 0.5% can vary in ways that correlate to geographical ancestry. Those correlations, however, so not strictly map to social categories . With ethno-nationalists touring race science as an absurd means of celebrating people who are of Northern European descent as inherently superior to those of other ethnicities, it begs the question: just how soon can we bury race science once and for all.
In the Summer of 2016, Gos gave Johnny Taylor a prophecy. After the presidential election that Fall, so the prophecy went, God would position Johnny and his group of friends to do great things. One Monday night, Johnny and a small, informal prayer group met to pray in the back room of a small Christian gift shop called Grace 251. Within a few days, johnny recalled, he opened his Bible and noticed a small spot of oil. His mother assured him that the grandkids hadn’t been near the book during their most recent prayer group meeting. Thus, the oil could only have come from God.
Traditional phone culture is slowly disappearing. The telephone swept into American’ lives in the first decade of the 20th century. At first, no one knew exactly how to ‘telephone’. Now we sue other forms of communication such as text messaging, twitter, instagram and of course, face time!!
In a notification sent to customers obtained by Daily Beast, ClearviewAi said that an intruder ‘gained unauthorized access’ to its customer list, which includes police forces, law enforcement agencies and banks. Listen to a previous #episode of this podcast on 1/29/10 in which we talked about the likelihood of the software being hacked!
If you’re a working woman, you’re likely inundated with advice about how to ensure that gender double standards don’t affect your career. The message says be assertive but when we do we are called aggressive while men can be aggressive and hailed as the hero.
What is the cause of mental health problems among poorer people? Can higher crime rates, lower educational performance and higher rates of mental illness be cured by simply handing over more money? Research generally says the answer is yes. According to data from Duke University, the stress of poverty puts people genetically predisposed to develop an illness or disorder at an elevated risk.
In temples, mosques and churches, China’s religious believers have jumped into the national battle against the #coronavirus. They have offered prophecies and prayers, services and ceremonies, as well as donations totaling more than $30M.
To study American history is often an exercise in learning partial truths and patriotic fables. Textbooks and curricular throughout the country continue to center the white experience, with Black people often quarantined to a short section about slavery and quotes by Martin Luther Kin jr.
Pelvic exams necessitate physical inspection of the most sensitive areas of a woman’s body. The exams are typically conducted while the patient is awake and consenting at a gynecologist visit, to screen for certain cancers, infections and other reproductive health issues.
When most Americans think of foster care, they think of children waiting years in homes or institutions to return tot heir families or to be placed foe adoption. But every year, an average of nearly 17,000 children are removed from their families’ custody and placed in foster care only to be reunited within 10 days, according to a Marshall Project analysis of federal Department of Health and Human Services records dating back a decade.
Facebook groups dedicated to health misinformation are being used to to share potentially dangerous advice. The mother of a 4 yr old Colorado boy consulted a Facebook group called ‘Stop Mandatory Vaccination’ one of the largest known health misinformation groups with more than 178,000 members, after the boy was diagnosed with the flu. According to the mother’s post, the boy was prescribed Tamiflu, by a doctor, but the mother refused to have the prescription filled. The boy who was running a fever and a seizure, later died .
Racial covenants, or clauses in real estate contracts that prohibit the sale or rental of a property to a person who is not Caucasia an, can still be found in modern contracts. These covenants specifically batted non-whites from buying property undesirable, affluent neighborhoods .
Caroline Flack, the 49 yr old former host of the wildly successful British reality show ‘Love Island’, committed suicide the day free Valentine’s Day . Her death came on the heels of a public breakup with her boyfriend,27 yr old Lewis Burton,, who had accused her of assaulting him; the accusations resulted in Caroline being charged with his assault.. At the time of her death,she was facing an upcoming trial stemming from the assault allegations.
A recent NBC News investigative reporting reveals the number rod Native American Indigenous women who are dying in childbirth . In this episode Harriet tellers her own story of implicit bias that impacted her pregnancy and almost caused the death of her and her baby in a Florida Hospital.
The island nation has a long and shocking history of it’s residents identifying as white. More than three quarters of Pierre Ricans identifies as white on the last census, even though a large portion of the island has roots in Africa.
The National Center for Homelessness in Education is reporting an increase in homelessness among public school children for 2017-2018 school year. There ‘a been a 137%increase in students who described living in unsheltered spaces like abandoned buildings and cars
School districts across the country are incorporating the controversial software despite objections from citizens and parents. The Lockport School District in Lockport, New York (20 miles east of Niagara Falls) has incorporated facial recognition software to monitor people on the property of it’s eight schools, becoming the first known public school district in New York to adopt facial recognition and one of the first in the nation.
White slavery has its roots in slavery that took place after ‘chattel slavery’ The myth of white slavery surrounds the forcible use of white women who were abused and violated and the outcry against their treatment , but the same Christian evangelicals who cried out against ‘perceived white slavery’ did not cry out against chattel black slavery of black women who were sexually abused and violated.
While Christians are largely of one kind that human and sex trafficking are wrong, the strategies we use to accomplish an end to these horrors vary. Social purity movements led by middle-class Christian evangelicals are after all rooted in assumptions that a woman’s natural moral nature should be pure, pious and submissive.
The human trafficking of indigenous peoples in the Americas, began with Christopher Columbus, and continues today where indigenous women and children are disproportionately affected by human trafficking and primarily sex trafficking .
The people least surprised by medication mix-ups are the pharmacists working in some of the country’s biggest retail chains. Many pharmacists at popular drugstores like CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens describe understaffed and chaotic workplaces where they say it has become difficult to perform their jobs safely., putting the public at great risk of medication errors.
Advocates for slavery reparations have spent decades calling on the U.S. government to assess how such a policy could be implemented. A 30 year old Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 40) , has never reached a vote. According to an Associated Press poll, while 74% of African Americans favor reparations payments , 85% of White Americans oppose it. Although the public remains unloved, for some African Americans in Chicago and at Georgetown University, reparations are within reach.
Why as a Christian country are so many of our people locked up? What happens to the children of incarcerated parents. A non-religious organization in Detroit aims to fix that . There are 2.7 million children in America whose parents are incarcerated.
While driving through a dangerous curve in East Texas in 2016, James Fulton turned into oncoming traffic and killed 20 yr old Haile Beasley. Despite James crossing over two lanes of traffic, at the scene, the detective failed to take a blood draw of James and he was subsequently let go.
A tech startup in Australia developed a facial recognition software sold to American law enforcement agencies. The company uses your pictures uploaded to sites like google, facebook and YouTube . This makes your privacy a thing of the past
More than half of luxury condo units remain unsold after five years on the market. While 80,000 homeless people sleep in New York City’s shelters or on it’s streets, the average price of a newly listed Manhattan condo is $3.77M.
At the height of the #opiscrisis, should California lawmakers classify a common painkiller as a carcinogen. A state law known as Proposition 65 says California must warn people of any chemical known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Acetaminophen, an over-the-counter painkiller is the basis for more than 600 prescription medications, could be added to that list. Over 133 studies about acetaminophen were reviewed, with only a few concluding that use of acetaminophen led to increase in the risk of cancer.
Jealousy is defined as resentment against a person enjoying success or advantage while envy is defined as covetousness towards someone else’s advantages, success, possessions, etc. These emotions lie at the very antithesis of all that Christ taught us. As Christians, our goal is to love one another, as Christ loves us.
Angola is a southwestern African country rich in diamonds and oil preserves but mired by corruption, grinding poverty, widespread illiteracy and high infant mortality rate. Angola is the native country of one of the world’s richest women, Isabel Dos Santos, a billionaire whose father was president rod Angola from 1975-. Her father under his tenure gave her access to the country’s resources which she used for her own benefit
Political divide shape what students learn about American history. Conservatives fight for schools to promote patriotism, Christianity, and the founding fathers. The political left pushes for focus on marginalized groups of history, like women, enslaved people, and Native Americans. Analysis king some of the most popular textbooks used in California and Texas a New York Times analysis discovered hundreds of differences- some subtle others very extensive. On complex political questions, textbook publishers are caught in the middle.
Although most college-educated people follow political updates by reading articles online, they mostly consume political information only as way of satisfying their own emaotional and intellectual needs. Political hobbyists learn and talk about big, important things, and debate the issues on their abstract merits, as opposed to engaging in politics via being a member of union, belonging to an organization, or attending political meetings.
With immigrants and refuge populations growing across the U.S. the conversion of vacant Christian churches into new places of worship can preserve historic architecture. But what of instances where those former churches are now used as community centers. It begs the question did the Christian Church miss it’s mark in addressing the needs of the community it serves. Was the church relevant to it’s community
More than 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017. Along with other so-called ‘deaths of despair’ -alcoholism and drug overdoses- Suicide is slowly growing into a public health crisis . Researchers estimate that a $1 increase in the minimum wage corresponded with a 3,5% decrease in the Suicide rate for those with a high school education or less, with the effect being moat pronounced during times of high unemployment.
As we celebrate the life and work of #MartinLutherKing, the great American Linerator, we are urged by the words of Jesus Christ , Him who gave His life for freedom , in Luke 4:18. He taught us the He had come to set the oppressed free.
After failing to accurately bring down property values in the years following the #GreatRecession, Detroit overtaxed it’s homeowners by at least $600M, according to an investigation by The Detroit News. Many faced tax foreclosures. Of the more than 63,000 #Detroit homes with delinquent debt, more than 90% were over-taxed by an average of at least $3,700 between 2010-and 2016. Although Detroit City Hall completes a 2017 state-ordered reappraisal of every residential property to correct the problem, the pain of the City’s past mistakes still rings clear, especially for Detroit’s Black residents who have resided in the City for decades.
That finding was among several troubling conclusions in analysis of death certificates published last week by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism. In fact, the rate of alcohol-related deaths amongst women rose 85% between 1999-2017.
Coined in 1903 by African American Scholar, sociologist, writer, and philanthropist, W.E Dubois, the #talentedtenth concept was the idea that 10% of African Americans had the opportunity for upward mobility through higher education. Consequently , this 10% were morally obligated to be the rising tide that lifted Black people out of their intended status as permanent second class citizens.
Is heaven real? Recently we discussed the story of 6 yr old Alex Malarkey, a boy who after narrowly surviving a car accident that left him a quadriplegic, became the center of a media storm when his father Kevin published a bestseller describe Alex’s experiences in ‘visiting heaven’.
Over the last week, Mississippi’s state prisons have exploded with gang warfare, riots, disorder, and killing. Despite the state having the third highest incarceration rates in the country, Mississippi’s state prions still experience extreme staff vacancies, a long record of violence, frequent inmate escapes, inadequate healthcare, and institutions where criminal gangs are tolerated.