America- The Land I Love

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How can you love a face you’ve never seen and not love its people.

Here we are America…2103 with the most recent deaths yet still on my mind, are of two beautiful young men…Kendrick Johnson and Trayvon Martin… Honestly, I feel as if I know them in a strange kind of way- The images are forever imprinted in my heart of the savage way in which they left this earth. Breathless…My heart continues to ache for the survivors of these young men. Have mercy on them Lord, as well as for the parties responsible for their murder. Yes, I pity them because at the end of the day, it’s God’s wrath, His vengeance against any which oppresses and murders his sheep that shall reign.
Kendrick Johnson, 17 and an athlete, was found January 11 headfirst in a rolled wrestling mat at a Lowndes County High School gym in Valdosta, Georgia. When I first began following this story, I cried… (Really sensitive-cry at the drop of hat);once I dried up the tears, I begin to think of his parents as well as the implications surrounding Kendrick’s death, how did he die? It was obvious from the photos that he was beaten severely…who assaulted this child? Before his eyes glazed over, before his last breath, who and what did he see? Yes, he was someone’s baby…even now, I can’t bring myself to get past the timing of his death. Am I the only one who sees this for what it really is? This child was murdered while in school, under the protection of cameras and other adults. He was then stuffed and thrown away like a piece of trash- I wondered when did the thought occur to kill him? Was it after the savage beating? Why was he killed? Was it because Kendrick, a handsome young prince, attracted the eye of a young girl of another race? I can’t help but wonder if other teen-agers killed him or if it was the act of a “protective father” whose mind was intent on showing Kendrick a lesson for conversing with his daughter. Had Kendrick lived, I’m certain he could tell the entire story…

While surfing the Internet during the exhumation of Kendrick Johnson’s body, I stumbled upon a video on you-tube. I can’t find it now, but…frankly, the video upset me. Apparently, a wrestling coach, felt compelled to utilize the limited information given to convince anyone who would listen, that Kendrick was not murdered. The coach in the video, stressed that Kendrick simply lost his shoe and tried to retrieve it, and in doing so caused his death. Did I mention he sounded like ‘the grand wizard’ himself. I wish I could find that video. He actually used a young man to give visual to his words, by asking him to try and retrieve a shoe in a mat of similar size and dimension (he actually sounded too familiar with the entire process). He then instructed the young man to scream, and let’s see if anyone can hear you. To be honest, I only heard his voice…and thought it strange that he wasn’t in front of the camera the entire time of the video, since he was so eager to convey Kendrick’s death was “just an accident”, nothing more (his wording).

Satan, with his cronies Jim Crow and Willie Lynch have been upset for quite some time now and he is seeking retribution within the African-American society. Let’s be honest…every time a young black child is missing, or murdered of late-normally there is more to it than meets the eye. The racism and the “good ole boy network” continue to attempt to get by in 2013 my people… and it is robbing our community right before our very eyes. Clearly, this air of superiority, this air of supremacy cannot continue, not if we are striving for unity within this civilization of man. The beast (satan) along with his imps are either reformed or voted out of office…it’s that simple.

The death of Trayvon Martin, 17-year-old occurred in Sanford, Florida…George Zimmerman was not convicted in the televised case for the murder of Trayvon because he was standing his ground, according to the Florida law. It’s obvious that law needs to be repealed. When there’s a law in a state which supports murder of any of God’s children, I feel truly sorry for the law-makers. Romans 13 teaches us exactly what Paul intended for authority when it comes to the government…God made the law and God made man. Seriously, what do you think happens to one who doesn’t effectively create the law for the good of all? Think about it…if any law is created from a malicious heart designed to hate and oppress a people, no matter the race, sex, nationality, or education-WE, my people, have a problem.

Peace
©KLS 2013

A New Document Reveals The Names Of 4,000 Black People Lynched In The Jim Crow South

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Jim Crow in the south. . .SMH

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It’s been revealed in a new document from the Equal Justice Initiative that during the Jim Crow South era 4,000 Black people were lynched. Nearly every name was written as a part of the research file, as another 700 more of other racial backgrounds were included in this huge blemish of American history.

The numbers are a part of EJI’s in-depth piece Lynching In America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. The approximate number of lynchings are 3,959, from 1877 to 1950. Georgia executed the most people with a whopping number of 586. Mississippi is second with 576. Louisiana is third with 540. An even more specific, and shocking, detail EJI discovered was that in Florida, their lynching rate was the highest “per capita (meaning on average) with 0.594 Black residents being lynched annually per 100,000.”

Like our history classes taught us, a majority of the “reasons” behind lynchings were for…

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Little Known Black History Fact: Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes was a literary giant who found fame during the rise of Black art and culture known widely as the Harlem Renaissance. As a leader of that movement, Hughes’ legacy is set, but his work transcends the period.

The legendary poet’s 113th birthday was this past Sunday, prompting many to look back at the brilliance of his career. Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, but he was primarily raised by his grandmother in Lawrence, Kan. Hughes’ lineage includes slaveholder as both paternal great-grandfathers were slave owners. His maternal grandmother was of mixed race, and one of the first women to attend Oberlin College. Hughes’ mother was born to a mixed race abolitionist father.

Hughes’ father left his mother and fled to Mexico shortly after he was born, reportedly tired of the racism he faced in the States. While her son lived with his grandmother, Hughes’ mother…

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Lil Wayne Files Lawsuit Against Birdman’s Cash Money Records

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Taking flight? Wow. . .talk about a empty nest!

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Friends no more?

Lil Wayne is not playing with Cash Money Records. He’s planning his great escape from the record label where he spent his entire career.

Weezy plans to take Nicki Minaj, Drake and Young Money with him when he finally bounces from the record label. Birdman will be hung out there to dry.

But of course this isn’t the only thing he’s plans to take from his former mentor. Wayne filed a lawsuit against Birdman for $51 million.

Wayne was supposed to get a $8 million advance when he begun recording “Tha Carter V” in December 2013 and an additional $2 million when the album was complete a year later. He hasn’t received anything.

Birdman has basically shelved the album, and Wayne is ready to release it. He’s planning on walking in order to do that, but once again, not alone.

Although Birdman helped mold Minaj and Drake’s…

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Little Known Black History Fact: Friendship Nine

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I so love how blackamericaweb celebrates black history with these black history facts! Thank you blackamericaweb!

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The Friendship Nine, a group of young activists who who jailed and charged for trespassing after a nonviolent protest of segregation, can now rest knowing their names have been cleared. In a long road to justice, the Friendship Nine’s convictions were thrown out of court by a South Carolina judge, cementing the legacy of the brave men.

The Friendship Nine – John Gaines, Thomas Gaither, Clarence Henry Graham, W.T. “Dub” Massey, Robert McCullough, Willie McCleod, James Wells, David Williamson, Jr., and Mack Workman – were named thus because eight of the men attended Friendship College in the town of Rock Hill. Gaither did not attend the school and was a field organizer of the CORE organization.

On January 30, 1961, the Nine traveled as a group to the Whites-only McCrory’s establishment and staged a sit-in at a lunch counter that caused quite the stir. Inspired by other sit-in protests in…

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Irma P. Hall On Growing Up In Beaumont, Starring In New Faith Based Film

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I do love her! Look forward to viewing Steps Of Faith.

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Legendary actress Irma P. Hall welcomes the Tom Joyner Morning Show to her hometown of Beaumont, Texas. She was born in the Southern city although she was raised elsewhere.

“I was born there, and was there the first seven years of my life. That’s where I started everything,” Hall says.”One day when I was growing up in Chicago, I tried to catch a freight train trying to get back to Beaumont. But it wasn’t going anywhere, because it wasn’t connected to nothing,” she laughs.

Best known for her roles in the movie Soul Food as Big Mama and The Ladykillers with Tom Hanks, Hall says that her hometown is what helped propel her to succeed. Hall is working on faith-based and family films these days. She just finished a film called Steps Of Faith, an independent film starring Charles MalikWhitfield, who played Otis in The Temptations

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Little Known Black History Fact: Dempsey Butler

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No matter the time of day, there’s ( I) always time to read about Black History.

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The city of Camden has been best known in recent years for its high poverty and crime rate which has become a thorn in the side for those who love the city. However, there are several examples of Black history worth noting in the southern New Jersey city just outside Philadelphia. One example is the efforts of businessman Dempsey Butler.

Butler, born free in 1820 in Virginia, became wealthy by way of his businesses and investments. Butler used his money to support the efforts of the Underground Railroad and civil rights activities in Southern New Jersey. He came to Camden when he was in his 20s and invested in real estate, building a Masonic Hall, churches and other establishments.

At the time, Jim Crow laws were the order of the day and Blacks in Camden and its outskirts faced threats of death and violent white lynch mobs. Butler stood tall…

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