African American News – Black News – Colored News – Negro News http://www.aframnews.com African American News & Issues - Black News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:15:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 A SIBLING RIVALRY http://www.aframnews.com/a-sibling-rivalry/ http://www.aframnews.com/a-sibling-rivalry/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:15:39 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18333 “ If you fall in life make sure you fall on your back because if you can look up – you can get up”

~ Bryan & Ryan Carrington

It all started in Acres homes a minority neighborhood in Houston TX. They were born and became instant rivals let’s take a look into the life of Ryan and Bryan Carrington twin brothers who lived their whole lives as rivals, but have a very close and loving relationship.

They both had a love for sports growing up in a single parent household didn’t stop their journey to become who they are today. They are the middle kids out of four children one older brother, Byron and one adopted younger brother. They were both great athletes although Ryan claims to be the best athlete of the two, however, Bryan has all the accolades.

While they both took different routes to reach success, it all started by them attending different high schools.

 

 Ryan attended Klein Forest and Bryan attended St. Pius X. Bryan received a scholarship to attend St. Pius X to play football he also excelled in academics. While Ryan stayed at Klein forest with a friend. Bryan started his journey in high school going on recruitment trips with team mates, while glancing around to find talent in his team mate he left St. Pius X and attended University of Houston where his journey took a detour, falling behind in class, skipping class and was very immature. He didn’t know how to maintain in a big university. Bryan then took a job as a bartender for a few years, while bar tending, he had a wakeup call he knew he could do better. So, he went back to the University of Houston to finish what he started. He began to work with the sports program as a under grad working closely with the new football head coach Tom Herman. Although it was hard trying to survive as an undergrad he struggled not having a paying job, he stayed focused and continued to reach his goal and his hard work didn’t go unnoticed. The new football coach really liked his character and his hard work and commitment to the program. When Coach Herman took the head coaching job at University of Texas he took his number one Undergrad with him and promoted him to assistant director of player personnel. He basically recruited players to attend the football program. Although he was struggling and trying to maintain as an undergrad with no salary, his main goal was to be a part of a number one recruitment class.

 

While his twin brothers journey was a bit different but somewhat similar, Ryan attended Paul Quinn University in Dallas. Once in college, his journey took a similar turn when he pledged to a fraternity. He became a party animal and forgot why he was in school, grades started to drop even though he was class president. He traveled to different cities partying and living the frat life but losing his credits for class. When he hit the bottom, he decided to take school serious again. The president of the University took him under his wing and mentored him, he put his college career back on track he worked so hard to continue his journey to success. His hard work also didn’t go unnoticed it paid off when a program was named in his honor “The Carrington plan”. A program designed to help students who fell off get back to their goals.

 

He took part in a program called Lead Capital, that took twenty-five students to attend a leadership program in which he received to internships for General Motors and Sam/Walmart. He took a management job at Walmart in New Caney for two years. Then he took a job teaching after talking to a good friend who was a principal at Sam Houston High School. Although money was good at Walmart distribution center his heart wasn’t into it, so he went on to get his teaching certificate and applied for teaching jobs.

 

While at a job fair he met the principal of Crosby High School. He took a job at Crosby where he became a teacher and the audio and video director. He would sort through game films to send to colleges and send clips to various sources. He is also the coach of the freshman boys’ basketball team.

 

When Ryan took the job at Crosby Bryan was still an undergrad struggling to make it, didn’t have much money or none at all. But in comes big brother (by 1 min) although Bryan never accepted the fact that he was older by a minute.

 

Ryan made sure his brother could take trips and they had fun together Ryan didn’t care about the money he spent on his brother because he knew his brother would make it and soon be making good money. The both lived by a saying that their mother, Diane Shepard use to say to them “we all we got”. Which comes from a movie about brothers in which the saying was “ I am my bothers keeper”. I didn’t ask if they ever saw the movie, but it’s clear they lived by the phrase “we all we got”. By talking to them I know that they are each other’s keeper. They have a unique relationship, the love they have for each other runs deep, but the competitiveness with each other still makes them want to be the best and keeps them striving to be the best at what they do.

 

While Bryan wants to be the head coach of a major university and make six figures, Ryan wants to one up his brother and be the person doing the audio and video for a NFL franchise. They both expressed how they want to take care of their mother so she wouldn’t have to work again. Although the love runs deep the rivalry never end!

The sports corner with Jay the Barber!

By: Jermaine Hayter

 

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Understanding the Law: Expunction and Non-Disclosure Orders http://www.aframnews.com/understanding-the-law-expunction-and-non-disclosure-orders/ http://www.aframnews.com/understanding-the-law-expunction-and-non-disclosure-orders/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:30:49 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18298
Attorney Krystin Collins is a native of the Acres Homes Community. She is a graduate of Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and has been a licensed attorney since 2009. She may be contacted at 713-984-2006 or krystin@susielaw.com

Have you been arrested or convicted of a crime? Is the stigma of a criminal record making it hard for you to obtain employment or secure a residence? If so, under Texas law, you may eligible to have your criminal record sealed through an Order of Non-Disclosure or to have your arrest record Expunged.

Order of Non-Disclosure

An Order of Non-Disclosure is available to individuals that successfully complete a deferred adjudication.

Deferred Adjudication: is a type of community supervision where you plead guilty, but       you are not found guilty upon successful completion of the deferred adjudication.  Conditions of a deferred adjudication may include: community service, drug and   educational classes, regular visits with a probation officer, etc.

If you successfully complete a deferred adjudication for a criminal offense classified as a Class B misdemeanor or above, you may be eligible for a Non-Disclosure.  I specifically say that you may be eligible, because Orders of Non-Disclosure are not available to those receiving deferred adjudication for offenses such as:

1) kidnapping;
2) sex crimes;
3) abandonment or endangerment of a child;
4) injury to a child, the elderly or disabled;
5) a violation of a protective order; and
6) stalking or crimes involving family violence.

Once an Order of Nondisclosure is granted, the Order prevents law enforcement agencies, jails, courts and other public information agencies from releasing your arrest information to private third parties. The Order does not prevent law enforcement agencies or courts from sharing the information with one another.

Expunctions

The only way to completely remove an arrest from your record is through an expunction. Expunctions apply to the arrest itself and are filed in civil court opposed to Orders for Non-Disclosure which are filed in criminal court.  Expunctions are only available to individuals that have been arrested and their case has subsequently been dismissed.  Unlike Non-Disclosures, you are not eligible for an expunction if you were punished by jail time or community supervision; your case must have been dismissed or pardoned  to be eligible to have your arrest record expunged.

Please consult with an attorney before pursuing an expunction or non-disclosure to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the law and that your rights are being protected.

 

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“I SEE BLACK PEOPLE” http://www.aframnews.com/i-see-black-people/ http://www.aframnews.com/i-see-black-people/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:47:22 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18325 Prejudices, Fears, Jitters and Knee-Jerk Reactions Prove Deadly To Blacks

 

“What we’re seeing when it’s a black person, the bias kicks in that they’re aggressive, and that they can be violent. The officer’s bias kicks in, and he begins to accelerate this scenario in a way that shouldn’t be.”- DeLacy Davis, founder of Black Cops Against Police Brutality

 

 

HOUSTON- The public release of a dashcam video depicting the shooting of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer is an omen that relations between the community and police are moving in the wrong direction and likely to get far worse.

The video and report by Police Officer and shooter Jeronimo Yanez both demonstrate a lack of respect for the lives of Black males and is indicative of the overall attitudes that have evolved in police departments around the United States.

“There is no move to fix this and the worst is yet to come,” said the Hon. Robert S. Muhammad, Nation of Islam Southwest Regional Student Minister, Muhammad Mosque No. 45 in Houston.

“There is no justice for us. The deck is stacked against us. There are also elements in police forces that are racist and have the tendencies to kill us (Blacks).”

With the cases piling up of Black men and women being gunned down by police at alarming rates and the failure of the justice system to indict and convict police officers, it leaves many scratching heads about the lack of concrete and constructive dialog and action to stop the bloodletting.

 

Death in Seattle

One of the latest shootings reported is in Seattle Washington. This police shooting left Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of three, dead. The two Seattle police officers had been called to Lyles’ apartment so she could report a burglary.

According to reports, there was some interactions between Lyles and police prior to the shooting. Before the shooting, there was an alleged commotion lasting about 16 seconds, and then police fired the gunshots that killed her.

Investigators are now looking more closely at whether the officers could have done more to de-escalate the situation.

So far, 416 people have been shot by police in 2017.  Only Black newspapers, talk shows, family members and supporters are sounding off on the senseless bloodshed and lack of concern for Black lives on the part of police.

Crying and grieving parents petition the public for changes, but the appeals fall on deaf ears. That gives way to anger, riots and uncalled for retaliation against police because leaders are not leading or moving to stop the killings.

“You can’t reform or retrain a reprobate and racist mind,” Muhammad said. “This is a race war and has been underway for 500 years and the goal is to wipe us out ( Blacks) by any means necessary.”

Yanez had fatally shot Philando Castile, who worked for a nearby school, during a traffic stop outside the Twin Cities.  The officer said Castile kept moving even though he told him not to, reaching down and putting his hand on something.

 

Transcript Snapshots Officer Atttiudes

In the video, which is less than two minutes, Yanez initially approaches Castile for having a taillight out in his car. Castile tells the officer he has a firearm, and is warned by Yanez to not pull it out. Castile says he is not, yet Yanez starts yelling and allegedly grabs for his gun, shooting Castile seven times.

Yanez was recently acquitted of manslaughter for shooting Castile, and was offered a voluntary separation agreement from the local police department.

Appearing on News One Now, Howard University professor Greg Carr, Ph.D., J.D Carr said it’s clear that the not-guilty decision was fueled by the negative bias towards African Americans from law enforcement. “Juries are put in difficult positions because the prosecution, including the judge, are against black people. We’re not baffled – we’re outraged. The bottom line is this – you’re looking at a country that is terrified of black people, has always been terrified of black people. This is not going to be solved in the courts.”

What is more disturbing is Yaniz explanation which still is not a reason to kill Castile.

 

According to Yanez, before he opened fire, Castile kept moving his hand. From the transcript:

“I, believe I continued to tell him don’t do it or don’t reach for it and he still continued to move. And, it appeared to me that be had no regard to what I was saying. He didn’t care what I was saying. He still reached down. … And, at that point I, was scared and I was, in fear for my life and my partner’s life. And for the little girl in the back and the front seat passenger and he dropped his hand down and, can’t remember what I was telling him but I was telling something as his hand went down I think. And, he put his hand around something. And his hand made like a C shape type um type shape and it appeared to me that he was wrapping something around his fingers and almost like if I were to put my uh hand around my gun like putting my hand up to the butt of the gun.”

Police Panic Deadly

That part of the transcript is eye opening and says it all. “ I was scared”

Scared of what? So Black men are being shot, killed and murdered because a police officer is “scared”

during a simple traffic stop trouble call in the Black neighborhood.

“First of all, the officer panicked. The split-second decision making that police officers have to make in a shoot/don’t shoot scenario – he accelerated it instead of de-escalating it. When you look at his partner on the sidewalk he seems as though he’s in a whole other video, because he doesn’t react as an officer who sees or feels or believes that there’s a threat that is imminent,” according to DeLacy Davis, founder of Black Cops Against Police Brutality and a civil rights attorney. Davis, who appeared on News One Now and Roland S. Martin, is extremely troubled over the video and the overall attitudes of police toward Blacks.

Nekima Levy-Pounds agreed. “It was baffling to know that the jury watched this particular video over and over and over again and still came to the conclusion that Yanez was not guilty in this particular scenario,” she said. “Beyond that, Philando Castile went above and beyond what the law requires in even reporting that he had a firearm – that’s actually not required under the law in the state of Minnesota.”

Levy-Pounds is former president of the Minneapolis Chapter of the NAACP.

 

Solutions

Muhammad makes it clear that  one way to stop the killing is to reduce encounters with police.

It becomes obvious that these meetings with police on traffic stops or trouble calls are increasingly a problem as many Blacks end up dead, just calling in for the ones who are support to be sworn to “Protect and Serve” all citizens.

“It is time for us to patrol our own streets and communities,” he said. “It is up to us to make the places where we live safer and decent to live. You reduce the contact with police and you reduce the incidents of deadly violence against us.”

He also added that Blacks must wake up to the realities of the race environment and climate we live in and take steps to be as asset to the solution over being a liability and contributing to the demise of the Black community.

Recent Houston crime reports and attacks saw the untimely and tragic deaths of two young Black infants killed at the hands of Black men committing crimes in the neighborhood.

“It is sad to see that some of us are helping the situation with the homegrown violence we commit against one another,” Muhammad said. “We must depend on ourselves and the guidance from God to help save ourselves from this great judgment that is upon us.”

By: Darwin Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

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William H. Cosby Jr.- Remember The Good in This Great Legend http://www.aframnews.com/william-h-cosby-jr-remember-the-good-in-this-great-legend/ http://www.aframnews.com/william-h-cosby-jr-remember-the-good-in-this-great-legend/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:57:14 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18314
By: Darwin Campbell
Author of column series “The Black Whisperer”

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”Comedian Bill Cosby

When it comes to Comedian Bill Cosby, Black America needs to remember his positive contributions to Black culture.

Cosby’s trial in Pennsylvania on rape charges ended with a hung jury, but what is troubling is how people are hung up on the witch hunt and failing to respect the life and body of work of an outspoken Black icon.

 

The Cosby Factor

Growing up, admittedly I watched and was influenced by shows he produced and that played a  partial and valuable role in the Black man that I am today.

It was critical growing up without a father to see a positive Black role model like Cosby providing some key information about surviving the streets, making positive decisions and ways to enjoy childhood without drugs, gangs or violence.

 

 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

During each episode, Fat Albert and his friends (aka The Junkyard Gang), dealt with an issue or problem commonly faced by young urban children, ranging from stage fright, first loves, medical operations,  hygiene to more serious themes (though toned down for younger children) including vandalismstealingracism, smoking, being scammed by con artistssexually transmitted diseaseschild abusekidnapping, drug use, gun violence and death.

At the end of most episodes (with some exceptions in the case of particularly serious themes), the gang would sing a song about the theme of the day.

The lessons of life that Cosby shared are priceless and great for this generation today that seems to be living life without a solid moral compasses to guide them through difficult middle school and high school years.

It is unfortunate that the emphasis of the media is on targeting and vilifying Black role models who have stumbled in life. Let me be the one to note that plenty of White role models and leaders have “dark” and questionable pasts, ie King David,  President Donald Trump, Actor Errol Flynn, Actor Rock Hudson, Singer Curt Cobain, Filmmakers and Producers Roman Polanski and Woody Allen to name a few

 

Unapologetic Trailblazer

Cosby’s positives helped shaped a lot of lives of millions in the post 1970s- 1980s era and that influence continues to help some navigate through some of life’s biggest challenges. He embraced being Black and relished his role in reshaping thinking about Black people.

Cosby’s work is still useful instruction for generation in need of moral and spiritual development. It still holds little life gems and never used inappropriate words spoke in blue or negative stereotypical dialects. He was just simple funny in a respectable way. Parents could even let the children listen.

Let us not forget his role as a trailblazer in comedy and for helping to lift the negative stigma against Black men that helped opened the door for many Black television and movie stars today.

Cosby Notables

In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight Gold Records, five Platinum records and five Grammy Awards.

His role on TV’s I Spy made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards.

In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, a gentle, whimsical and hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom and brought back a faltering NBC television network.

Like it or not, its portrayal of an upper-middle-class black family, the show was uplifting and inspirational for African-Americans because it gave us hope that I could dream, set goals and achieve great things, as well as shed light on how Black men and women could be the example of family together and raise children together in a positive light. That had a great influence on how I shaped my thinking and I have raised six children successfully.

Also, with hit movies like Uptown Saturday Night and best-selling books like Fatherhood, Cosby is simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts.

Cosby will always be known as one of the great Black teachers, stand-up comedians and actors of his time. May the positive lessons be remembered and retaught for many generations to come

 

Whispering Wisdom

Cosby’s public successes span five decades and virtually all media, totally remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from poor humble beginnings. He is a great example to follow.

We all have sinned and made mistakes and bad decisions from time to time.

Don’t let the White media destroy the positive image of a Black man whose body of work is far greater than a few issues with women in his personal life.

“He who is without sin…Cast the First Stone…..”

 

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Community Gathers to Search Door-to-Door for Young 20 Year-old Woman Missing from GreensPoint http://www.aframnews.com/community-gathers-to-search-door-to-door-for-young-20-year-old-woman-missing-from-greenspoint/ http://www.aframnews.com/community-gathers-to-search-door-to-door-for-young-20-year-old-woman-missing-from-greenspoint/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:20:30 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18309 “I believe we must all come together and search for Shapammala because one missing daughter is one too many.” says Pastor E. A. Deckard

HOUSTON, TX – A missing daughter from the Houston Area shocks the local community. An anguished family and their pastor are hoping a public appeal will bring Ms. Shapammala Buckner safely home.

Pastor E. A. Deckard, Derick Muhammad of the No More Bloodshed Movement, the family of missing Shapammala Buckner, 20, and other concerned citizens of the local community will gather today at 6:00 p.m. at Forest Pointe Apartments: 13030 Northborough Dr., Houston, TX 77067 to host a press conference and aide in the search for Ms. Buckner. After the press conference, the community plans to go door-to-door searching for Ms. Buckner.

Missing person was last seen on 05/21/17 at her apartment complex located at 13030 Northborough Dr, The Forest Pointe Apartments. The missing person has not been seen or heard from since. If seen or located please contact the Houston Police Missing Persons Unit.

WHO: Parents of Missing Daughter & Community Leaders

WHAT: Press Conference and Search

WHEN: June 20, 2017

WHERE: Forest Pointe Apartments – 13030 Northborough Dr., Houston, TX 77067

TIME: 6:00pm

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Hon. Albert Ely Edwards- The Modern Father of Juneteenth in Texas http://www.aframnews.com/hon-albert-ely-edwards-the-modern-father-of-juneteenth-in-texas/ http://www.aframnews.com/hon-albert-ely-edwards-the-modern-father-of-juneteenth-in-texas/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:03:28 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18267 State Representative, Hon. Albert Ely Edwards was born in Houston, Texas on March 19, 1937. Edwards is the sixth child out of the sixteen children born to Reverend E. L. Edwards, Sr. and Josephine Radford Edwards. He graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School and attended Texas Southern University, earning his B.A. degree in 1966.

At the age of forty-one, Edwards entered politics and was elected to the Texas State Legislature from Houston’s House District 146. His first major goal was to ensure the establishment of a holiday that recognized the emancipation of slavery.

In 1979, legislation recognizing Juneteenth Day, initiated by Edwards, passed the Texas State Legislature and was signed into law.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday in fourteen states of the United States. Celebrated on June 19th, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas.

While serving in the legislature, Edwards also founded his own real estate company.

Though deeply involved with local issues, Edwards remained active in many issues outside the Texas State Legislature. In 1983, Edwards was appointed as a member of the board of Operation PUSH. Edwards also served as the Texas State Director of Reverend Jesse Jackson’s two presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988.

In 1986, Edwards also founded Operation Justus, a community faith-based organization that serves as a referral service for persons with social problems and concerns. Edwards was also arrested in Houston and went to jail for peacefully demonstrating against apartheid in South Africa in 1987.

During the Bill Clinton administration, he was often invited to the White House as the guest of President Bill and Hillary Clinton. I

In May 1994, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the African American Biographic Association in Atlanta, Georgia . Al Edwards was elected Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus and held that position for six years. He was Vice-Chairman for ten years.

Reverend Edwards received his Doctorate of Divinity from World Bible Christian University in San Antonio.

In 1999, Al Edwards was appointed Chairman of Texas Emancipation Juneteenth Cultural and Historical Commission by Governor George Bush. While serving in the legislature, he has had the distinct honor of serving with Governor George Bush, who would later become the President of the United States of America.

Edwards left the Texas legislature in 2007 after twenty-eight years of serving the people of District 146. As a veteran member of the Texas Legislature, Edwards served on three influential committees. He was the Chairman of the Rules and Resolutions Committee, Chairman of Budget and Oversight of the Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Appropriations Committee.

Source: The HistoryMakers, August 10, 2007.

 

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LIGHT SKIN VS DARK SKIN – The Hidden Divide http://www.aframnews.com/light-skin-vs-dark-skin-the-hidden-divide/ http://www.aframnews.com/light-skin-vs-dark-skin-the-hidden-divide/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:44:54 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18279
Since the days of slavery, skin color has been used as a tool of separation and preferential treatment within the black community. The residue of the “house” versus “field Negro” divide has long remained with us, even as we celebrated black pride in the ’70s and hip-hop culture in the ’80s. House slaves were usually products of a relationship between a master and a female slave, so they tended to have lighter skin.

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Why Don’t Blacks Support Black-Owned Businesses? http://www.aframnews.com/why-dont-blacks-support-black-owned-businesses/ http://www.aframnews.com/why-dont-blacks-support-black-owned-businesses/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:22:31 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18243
Roy Douglas Malonson, Chairman

Carter G. Woodson once said,

“At this moment, then, the Negroes must begin to do the very thing which they have been taught that they cannot do.”

 

This statement is one that I have found to be true and can be related to a variety of issues that plague the African-American community. However, in this editorial I have chosen to correlate it to the fact that Blacks do not support Black-owned businesses nearly as much as we should.

Many members from the African-American community will yield off millions of reasons why they do not like to support Black-owned businesses, but I can think of millions of reasons why we should. In my opinion, there really is no good reason or justification when it comes to supporting your own. I suppose part of the reason why I find it hard to understand this type of mentality; is because I have always made it a mission of mine and have always chosen to embrace and support my own. Throughout the years, my wife and I have had the opportunity to host various functions. In planning and coordinating these events, of all of the services that we knew we would have to obtain, we have always considered those individuals and Black-owned businesses that are located within the community.

We MUST Understand the significance of circulating the Black dollar within the Black community. It is a sad reality that far too many our Africans living in America choose to go outside of the community to throw money away to those who do not look like us, care for us, or even have our best interest at heart. To that regard, I will even go as far as to state that if there is one thing that I have to be envious about in respect to other races and ethnicities; it is the fact that they support their own.

As it is, America has become a melting pot of collective races around the world. However, there is one commonality amongst most races throughout the nation, with the exception of African-Americans. That is, that they seek out and find members of their perspective ethnicities to support the businesses and services that they provide. I always state that we as a race of people have two of the most powerful tools that a person can have, “our money” and “our vote”. Therefore, we should be careful who we give them to, because whoever we give our “our money” and “our vote to are amongst those that we empower.

Although I am stressing the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses, I do understand that there are elements associated with some of our Black-owned business owner that leave room for other Blacks not to support them. So for the sake of those who know that my wife and I have been Black-owned business owners for three decades; and would say that I am being impartial, I will address the flip side of this element. In questioning a wide variety of African-Americans from different classes within our race, it has been said that there are good reasons why Blacks refuse to support other Black-owned businesses.

One of the top reasons that several people gave for not supporting Black-owned businesses was contributed to the lack of professionalism and poor sense of customer service skills, demonstrated within certain businesses. Other reasons such as: they do not know where to go to find Black-owned businesses, they sell inexpensive products for expensive prices, there is no appreciation for the customers and a couple people complained that the business hours conflict with the actual hours that the businesses are open. I will admit that some of these reasons are good excuses not to support a business. But at the end of the day, I still believe that they are just excuses for not supporting your own. Because many of the businesses that members of our communities support are amongst those who barely even know how to speak or write English; so I doubt that there is very much customer appreciation going on there, especially when the owners can’t even speak native language of the country. But, you never hear Black folks complaining about that, because they just want the services that these businesses provide.

While, I am not justifying the operations of Black-owned businesses, I am just saying that there is never really a good reason to not support your own. At the same time, I would like to make an appeal to our local Black-owned business owners to step up your game. Just as I always write and tell our Black preachers and politicians that they must be held accountable to the tasks that they were elected to do, the same rule should apply to our Black-owned businesses. We have to wake up and realize that we must value our patrons and give them a reason to return to our establishments’. It also wouldn’t hurt to support the local Black media to let members from our community know where you are and what you have to offer.

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AMERICA!! Are we really that angry? http://www.aframnews.com/america-are-we-really-that-angry/ http://www.aframnews.com/america-are-we-really-that-angry/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:46:42 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18223

  Attack and Shooting Only Fallout Symptom of National Frustrations
From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to the floor of the Capital in Austin to a normally tranquil neighborhood and quiet baseball field in Alexandria Virginia, it appears no one in
America is safe from the wiles of hatred and anger.

How Anger Can Turn Tragic

The news is full of daily fodder involving the fallout from anger men and women making statements of frustration with the world and its politics.

The latest being identified as shooter at the Alexandria baseball diamond was 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois. Hodgkinson, who was White, formerly ran a home-inspection business, had been living out of a van in Alexandria for several months and had a history of anger and railing against the Republican Party.

According to some reports, he publicly criticized Republican members of Congress and called President Trump a traitor. He also belonged to a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party.”

After shooting Congressman Steve Scalise and several of his staff members, the former supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign bid, was shot by a special detail from the Capitol Police agents and died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The shooting attacks on members of Congress appear to be a problematic symptom of something much larger going on in the psyche of Americans Black, White and Brown.

A President’s Appeal

In an effort to change the focus and redirect the nation’s mindset, President Donald Trump made appeals for a reboot, calm, prayers and unity.

We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country,” Trump said in a press conference after the attack in Alexandria. “…We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”

A group of experts recently made comments about their take on anger in America and surprisingly enough, much of what is happening is being taken seriously and personal among the most visible leaders of the nation.

PinPointing The Problem

Many citizens are living lives unaware of the storms of anger, frustration and hate building around them.

There are angry people on freeways, supermarkets, on buses, in cinemas, at restaurants…

I believe that we are getting angrier as a nation – that we are more likely than ever before to both feel angry and to express our anger,” Psychologist Sandi Mann expressed in her comments on an anger nation in Why Are We All So Angry These Days, Huff Post United Kingdom, 26 March 2013. “This is (happening) despite the increasing ‘zero tolerance’ exhibited in many workplaces and organizations that remind us that ‘abuse towards staff will not be tolerated.”

Mann, who at the time served at University of Central Lancashire, Director of The Mind Training Clinic, indicated that on of the reasons for our increasing rage are, in her view, twofold; on the one hand our expectations have risen steadily and on the other hand, so have our stress levels. Those raised expectations mean that as a society, we have much higher expectations of our world; and we believe we have the right to expect things to go well, indeed, to be perfect.

When, as is inevitable, reality falls short of these expectations, we feel that we have the right to get angry about it. We have the right to get annoyed and demand redress – immediately!” she added.

The fallout of such reactions has created the environment we see with immigration, police shootings, climate changes, Russia, brutality, street protests and individual “lone wolf” attacks in an effort to garner attention and underscore the discontent with a sitting president, parties in Congress, state legislators, governors, police or other entities affecting everyday life in our communities.

Bunkered and On The Defensive

Ninth District Congressman Al Green, who recently received threats for calling for the impeachment of President Trump, is confident that Congress will unite and not be intimidated by the actions of the angry or terrorism.

An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. We have set aside all of our differences and stand of common ground that unites all of us,” he said. “While the victims of this tragedy, included a member of Congress, everyone should be safe and secure. Days like this should be a reminder that it does not matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican.”

Each year, members of the Senate and House play to raise money for D.C. charities. The Democrats and Republicans each form their own teams and face off against each other, but the game has been beloved as an increasingly rare civil rivalry among Congress members.

The game had been founded with congressional cooperation in mind. John Tener, a Republican who joined the House in 1908 after a baseball career, proposed the match as a way to heal the infighting he saw in his own party at the time. He figured Republicans would finally get along with each other if they had to work together to trounce Democrats on the field.

The focus is on new protection and appeal for calm nationwide.

There is no place for such senseless violence in our country…” said Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson “…It is in this American spirit that I ask for all Americans to unite in offering their prayers and well-wishes to all those affected.”

Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee condemning the senseless violence a renewed the awareness needed to focus on anger and the rampant gun violence plaguing America.

We don’t yet know all of the facts surrounding what happened, but the acts of today bring to light the necessity for enhanced security for members of Congress,” she said. “This is a very important time to address the seeming anger of so many Americans with a spirit of caring and action for the basic needs.  We have to heal this nation.

Anger Factors Magnified
Dr. Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D. addressed the reasons for today’s rage in Why Are We Americans So Angry in a Psychology Today Post, dated Apr 30, 2013.

She received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.  She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University

According to Saedi, the growing discontent in the nation continues to get worse. Shootings, bombings, are not independent random events, but a symptom of a much larger epidemic that is now at play.

“We feel wronged, threatened, insulted, and find experiences in our environment that confirm this,” she commented. “If you want to feel insulted, there are numerous ways to ensure this does in fact happen to you… We are a nation where many of our citizens are overworked, exhausted, financially strapped, alienated, and disconnected. We clock in day in and day out, and very often are left feeling unappreciated and uninspired. Of course we would be upset, agitated, and angry. Does this justify hatred, threats, and malice?” She adds. “Of course not.”

In his times, Time Ideas, Jan 05, 2016 Rabbi David Wolpe, said Americans have and live some version of the “Whig interpretation of history,” a theory identified and criticized by the historian Herbert Butterfield almost a century ago that sees history as an ever-increasing march to enlightenment. If you believe that things should get better and better, then it is infuriating when they do not.

“Americans are angry,” said Wolpe. “They are angry about schools, shootings and taxes and mistreatment and undeserved privilege and discrimination and government.”

Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, the author of eight books and has been named one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post.

According to Wolpe, our understanding of unfairness, from childhood the sense that someone has received more than we have arouses anger and this poses a danger whenever goods are unevenly distributed, as they are in every society that has ever existed.

In modern capitalist economies, the resentment is exacerbated by politics, vast wealth and everyone’s easy glimpses into the worlds of the “haves.”

The restless drive to betterment has made unimaginable luxuries, such as having access to all human knowledge in your pocket, a commonplace even for many of the poor.

“Angry protests have often resulted in improved conditions. But when dissatisfaction becomes anger, it is less likely to be useful than polarizing and injurious,” he writes. “When both parties are angry, fewer are likely to find middle ground. If the only way people feel they will be heard is when they are angry, then our public discourse will be an arena for shouting past one another.”

Net results is gridlock, no progress and more frustration that eventually boils over into the streets or manifest itself in the form of shooters and acts of terror.

The Saedi Solution

Dr. Saedi asks what do we do with all of this anger?

“We let go. We forgive. We meditate and pray,” she said. “We surround ourselves with loved ones.”

According to her, Americans are made up of many parts and sides and we all have parts of all of us that could be made softer and kinder.

“We can learn to see the good in each of us that exists and teach our children to do so,” she said. “Or, we can continue to get angry, bully each other, make threats and demands. It is our choice.”

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“Stop This Crazy Thing” http://www.aframnews.com/stop-this-crazy-thing/ http://www.aframnews.com/stop-this-crazy-thing/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:45:57 +0000 http://www.aframnews.com/?p=18103 A historically black college in Memphis recently held a “black-on-black crime forum”

By: Darwin Campbell
Author of column series “The Black Whisperer”

exploring causes and solutions, but it was the term “black-on-black crime” use that dominated the discussion.

The goal was to defer the term as old and archaic and blame the media for coining and using the phrase “black-on-black crime” in the first place.

It concerns me when the purpose of a gathering of “eggheads” seems to raise more questions and make more excuses than providing solid useful substantive answers for issues affecting the Black community.

My Juneteenth Wish is That Black People Get Off The “Jetson Treadmill” & Stop Making Excuses

Who Needs “Dum-Dums”

The Illinois college professor and author of the 2005 book “Inventing Black-On-Black Violence” traces and blames the earliest uses of the term to the media — a magazine long-serving African Americans and a major Chicago newspaper.

David Wilson, a geography professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said an article in Jet magazine in the 1970s about the emerging trend of “black-on-black violence” in American cities was the first source he found to use the phrase.

The second, in 1980-81, was a five-part series in the Chicago Tribune called “Winter Wave of Violence” that was widely read, Wilson said.

“What fed into the process I think was the 1980s. The rise of Reagan and neoconservatism and that political persuasion was especially strong at asserting the reality of this thing called black-on-black violence,” Wilson said.

He thinks the term helped drive the neoconservative political agenda in the 1980s and helped fuel filling prisons with what critics call “mass incarceration” policies.

Black Community in Real Crisis

One man said “It’s so easy to get a gun or an AR-15 or an AK-47 in your community, but it’s difficult to get a driver’s license or a voter’s registration card or a quality education, those are the crime challenges that we face.”

Nationwide, a black perpetrator was responsible in 90 percent of murders of black victims, and a white perpetrator was responsible in 82 percent of murders of white victims, FBI statistics for 2014 show.

There are real visible problems affecting our communities nationwide. We are robbing each other; We are killing each other; We are hurting one another; We have absent fathers; We have unemployment, gang influences and violence and breakdowns in family structures that have impacted who we are and in the process of defining who we are becoming as a race.

Hopelessness is at an all time high while the presence of character and values in youth are at all time low.

Take Responsibility/Blame is a Losing Game

By our own hands, we have caused our people to take a brutal beating in the community and as a result of allowing those slip ups, the Black community has sown the wind and we are now reaping the whirlwind.

It is pitiful to make excuses for our bad behavior over just taking full responsibility for the parts we have played in creating a generation that has little respect for God, Church, Black History or the old grandmothers and grandfathers, great aunts and uncles living amongst us.

The elderly are here to teach us about life…if we are willing to hear them, listen and learn.

Unfortunately, these living libraries are being burned daily and losses mount as more and more of these great and wise ones are lost to the ages, leaving the unlearned, unwise, untested younger generation to fend for itself and live parasitic lives at the expense of hard working people still living in the community.

It is time to get off the “Blame Game” wagon and stand alongside and support those true social justice warriors working in the streets to make a difference.

For far too long, Black Pastors, Black elected officials and community leaders have talked and talked and walked and walked and walked and accomplished little… The Result – Same old problems, even few solutions.

Don’t Be A George Jetson

The Black community it trapped on the “Jetson’s Walking Treadmill and like George Jetson, we are trapped going nowhere fast and all we are doing in yelling to God, Government and Churches to save us yelling,“Help! Stop this crazy thing! Help!!!” But it keeps going, going and going without relief in sight.

Want to stop police shootings, blighted neighborhoods, drug and gang violence and Black-on-Black crime?

One suggested things could get better if: “It would better if there is a massive job creation program, where everybody who wanted to work in the black community… if we were able to get decent employment, many of the problems like ‘black-on-black’ violence would disappear.”
That is a noble idea…but before all that.

The Black community needs to stop living life on the “Jetson Treadmill” now and chart a new course for success and a new direction filled with positive thinking, action, optimism, hope, faith in its own, Black history education and a hands on approach to parenting, education and community action.

This Juneteenth season with the focus on Uhuru freedom, we can start fresh and make that difference.

Step off “The Jetson Treadmill”.

That’s when change starts taking place.

 

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