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

Little Known Black History Fact: Richard Potter

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KaLaSta:

Wow…this is some great information!

Originally posted on Black America Web:

Author J.K. Rowling‘s fictional boy wizard Harry Potter is an internationally known character, but few probably have heard of a famous trickster in America who shares the same last name.

Richard Potter is hailed as the first African-American magician and the first to gain fame doing so. Potter was born in July 1783 to his father, a British tax collector, and his mother, a servant, in Massachusetts.

Because of his father’s standing, Potter was educated in Europe and lived with his father for much of his life.

Historians note that Potter’s specialties were ventriloquism, hypnotism, knife-throwing, and other daring acts. Potter entertained audiences in the New England region and Canada before taking his act on the road.

Potter toured along the East Coast, but ran into several instances of racism in the Deep South.While on a 20-day engagement in Alabama, Potter endured his most trying tests, but walked away…

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Pit bull attack leaves one person dead

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KaLaSta:

SMH…how sad.

Originally posted on FOX10 News:

LAMAR, Miss. (AP) – One man has died and another is in custody following a weekend dog attack in Benton County.

The sheriff’s office says David Glass was attacked by three pit bulls at about 1 a.m. Saturday. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Glass was found about four hours later and reportedly told Sheriff Arnie McMullen what happened before he died Sunday afternoon.

The attack happened at the intersection of Sexton Road and Highway 7 in Lamar. The unrestrained dogs, owned by Eric Hodges, were outside when the incident occurred.

Sheriff’s investigator David Murphy says Hodges was arrested on a charge of manslaughter by culpable negligence. Bond information was not immediately available. It was unknown if Hodges has an attorney.

An order also was issued for the dogs to be euthanized.

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AG Holder Announces Grants For Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention

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KaLaSta:

“Domestic violence is more than a crime against just the victim. It is a crime against all of us as a society. And our collective response must treat it as such.”–Attorney General Holder

Originally posted on Praise 104.1:

Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Changes In Prosecution Of Low Level Drug Offenders

Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured) announced Monday a new grant program aimed at bolstering efforts to prevent domestic violence homicides. The Justice Department will give a combined total of $2.6 million in grants to four sites to implement a two-year model of reduction of the homicides.

RELATED: Biden: Young Men Need To Stand Against Domestic Violence

The sites that have been selected are: Pitt County, North Carolina; Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Contra Costa County, California; and the Borough of Brooklyn, New York. The grants will fund screening models and evidence-based strategies that will aid in identifying potentially lethal actions by spouses, unveil ways to scale down the violence, and end the occurrence of death in these matters. The National Institute of Justice will evaluate the models in the respective areas and use the data collected to form nationwide domestic violence homicide prevention models.

“Domestic violence is more than a crime against…

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Smokey Robinson: “God Saved Me From Cocaine”

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KaLaSta:

My parents introduced me to Smokey Robinson back in the 70’s-they love Smokey Robinson. I love Smokey Robinson and am thankful for the introduction! God loves Smokey Robinson… Praising and thanking God for your deliverance Mr. Smokey Robinson!

Originally posted on The Yolanda Adams Morning Show:

Smokey Robinson Performs At The Greek Theatre

Smokey Robinson has written some of the most beautiful and tender pop songs of the modern age, but he didn’t get where he is today by being soft.

When he first met Berry Gordy – the man who would found Motown, with Smokey standing right alongside him from day one – Gordy rejected all but two of the dozens of compositions in the young writer’s notebook. Smokey, now 74, wasn’t offended; he could take the criticism. How else do you get better, to the extent that you can write classics such as My Girl, The Tears Of A Clown, The Way You Do (The Things You Do) and countless more?

Smokey gave a full interview and account of his career’s highs and lows to ‘The Telegraph’. He even discussed his addiction to drugs an why he has avoided alcohol.

In 1981, Smokey was again very popular – Being With You…

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Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force For Michael Brown

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KaLaSta:

Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown- A Powerful Movement.

Originally posted on Black America Web:

NEW YORK (AP) — Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting death, channeling hip-hop’s earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice.

“It’s really important to see hip-hop’s role of being some grown-ups and doing some really stand-up, grown-up stuff,” Public Enemy’s Chuck D, one of rap’s most powerful voices, said in a recent interview. “These people have actually stood up … and that has to be saluted.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said he’s impressed with rappers such as J. Cole, who released a heartaching, tearful song called “Be Free” inspired by Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot to death by a Ferguson officer on Aug. 9.

Others in rap also have lifted their voices: Talib Kweli, like J. Cole, marched in…

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Teacher Suspended For Making 6th Graders Re-Enact #MikeBrown Shooting

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KaLaSta:

This is a very sick situation. . . why can’t the teacher conduct skits like this in schools all across America? I salute the teacher for the reenactment! We need more teachers like her!

Originally posted on Praise 104.1:

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An unidentified sixth grade teacher at Brantley Elementary School (pictured) in Selma, Ala., was reportedly suspended, after she instructed her students to re-enact the Michael Brown (pictured below) shooting in class, according to The Selma Times-Journal.

SEE ALSO: N.Y.C. Marches For Michael Brown, Protests Against Police Brutality

The teacher was outed, after Jessica Baughn posted on the town?s Facebook page that her son, Jimmy Griffin, and his classmates were made to act out the disturbing turn-of-events surrounding the Brown case. The boy also reportedly told his mother that the White students in the class got to take on the roles of the police force in Ferguson, Mo., where Brown?s murder took place.

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Brown, an 18-year-old soon-to-be college student, was senselessly gunned down on August 9th, after he and a friend were walking to his grandmother?s house.  A Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, approached Brown to reprimand him about walking…

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