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

Aretha Franklin Reveals Which Beyonce Song She Loves [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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The Queen of Soul speaks!

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Aretha Franklinwill always be the Queen of Soul, but one day she will pass the torch to a new generation of soul divas. She tells “The D.L. Hughley Show” she respects both Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson as artists. But listen to the audio player to hear which Beyonce song she loves in this exclusive interview.

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In addition, hear the soul diva discuss new music she’s working on with Babyface and Andre 3000. Plus, find out what she said when asked about Diana Ross and Patti LaBelle in this edition of This or That!

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Watch The 20th Essence Festival All-Star Tribute To Yolanda Adams! [LIVE STREAM]

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#ESSENCEFEST What a beautiful tribute!

Originally posted on The Yolanda Adams Morning Show:

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Yolanda Adams will be honored at the 20th Essence Festival in New Orleans by several of her friends and peers, and you can watch it here! Donnie McClurkin will host the tribute, and scheduled performers include Erica Campbell, Kim Burrell, Michelle Williams, Jonathan McReynolds, Kierra Sheard and more.

Congratulations to Yolanda Adams on this awesome honor!

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James Fortune’s Daughter Jaylee Sings Michelle Williams “Say Yes”! [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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How beautiful! Sing baby!-!

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Too cute! James Fortune?s 7-year-old daughter, Jaylee called into ?The James Fortune Show? for this edition of My Baby Can Sing! Listen to the audio player to hear her sing Michelle Williams? new hit single ?Say Yes?!

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‘Designing Women’ star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

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Eternal Rest. . .Meshach Taylor

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LOS ANGELES — Meshach Taylor‘s agent says the actor who appeared in the hit sitcoms “Designing Women” and “Dave’s World” has died. He was 67.

Agent Dede Binder says Taylor died of cancer on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles.

Taylor’s mother, Hertha Taylor who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 17, was reportedly by her son’s side when he passed along with his wife and children.

Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on “Designing Women” from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on “Dave’s World.”

Other series included “Buffalo Bill” and “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.”

His movie roles included a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 comedy-romance “Mannequin.” He also appeared in “Damien: The Omen Part II.”

Taylor guested on TV series including “Criminal Minds,” ”Hannah Montana” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

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Rest In Peace: Legendary Soul Singer Bobby Womack Dead At 70

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I remember watching that particular episode of UNSUNG. . .Bobby Womack and The Valentinos were so talented!

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The legendary soul singer Bobby Womack passed away this evening at the age of 70. A representative from Womack?s label, XL Recordings, confirmed the sad news to Rolling Stone. Although the cause of death is unknown, the singer had suffered health problems throughout his life and seven year storied career.

Womack began his career alongside his brothers, and formed Curtis Womack and The Womack Brothers. Signed by Sam Cooke in 1960, the brothers initially struck fame with gospel hits, but blurred genre barriers with secular and pop tunes under the new band name, The Valentinos.

But Womack is perhaps best known for his biggest solo hit, ?If You Think You?re Lonely Now,? released in 1981. Unfortunately, Womack battled drug addiction, and he did seek help in a rehabilitation center. For years he suffered from diabetes, colon cancer, pneumonia and Alzheimer?s disease.

Despite his health issues, Womack was…

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