Sunday, April 29, 2012

April 29, 1992

In case you forgot:
On April 29, 1992, when a jury acquitted three white and one Hispanic Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King following a high-speed pursuit. Thousands of people in the Los Angeles area rioted over the six days following the verdict.

On March 3, 1991, Rodney King and two passengers were driving west on the Foothill Freeway (I-210) through the Lake View Terrace neighborhood of Los Angeles. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) attempted to initiate a traffic stop. A high-speed pursuit ensued with speeds estimated at up to 115 mph first over freeways and then through residential neighborhoods. When King came to a stop, CHP Officer Timothy Singer and his wife, CHP Officer Melanie Singer, ordered the occupants under arrest.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This Crazy World

Since I was in High School I always said I wanted to have 5 boys (never wanted any girls because I figured that was too much work). But as I got a little older that number decreased from 5 to 2 or 3 boys. But within the last year my desire to have ANY kids is slowly diminishing...

I would hate to bring a Black male into this world knowing how he could potentially get treated because of his skin color. It makes me nervous to think that my son(s) could possibly be treated like Rodney King, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, and all the other countless Black men who have been harassed & stereotyped because of their race.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Black on Black Crime

I find it interesting that we all can get together to support Trayvon Martin's family, and protest when the Police use excessive force on our Black males; yet Black folks can not stop killing each other...

Monday, April 16, 2012

Watch What You Say...

This was emailed to me, and I agree with it completely!

The tongue which we mainly think of for tasting, can speak tales, troubles, torment, terror, trickery and  transgression.  But the same tongue can also speak, truth, triumph, thanks, thoughts of good and not evil, tolerance, and transformation.  This same tongue can teach the unlearned ,  touch the untouchable, and  tame the untamable.   

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Representando: Raspados!!!!

“You have yet to assimilate to Panama’s urban culture if you haven’t come to appreciate raspados, those fruit-flavored shaved ice cones that provide quick relief from the heat and an income for countless citizens making their living in the informal economy.

The 'whole works' is a cone of shaved ice, flavored with juice or fruit flavoring, topped with powdered malted milk and sweetened evaporated milk. Some people like just the ice and fruit flavor.

The health authorities do pay attention to these folks, both through educational outreaches and occasional inspections. No system is perfect, but the fear of street food that’s well placed in many other Latin American countries is inordinate in Panama.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kim Osorio: Straight from the Source

In my quest to read a new book every month, I recently finished "Straight from the Source," by Kim Osorio. She was the editor of The Source magazine at a significant time in Hip Hop. The book was written after she had stepped down as editor of the magazine and filed sexual harassment charges against the magazine's owners/creators, Dave Mays and rapper Benzino.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Be Healthy: Parsley

Though traditionally overlooked as just a garnish, parsley is a giant amongst other herbs in terms of health benefits, and in such small amounts too. Here are six reasons why a sprinkle of parsley can not only make your meals tastier, but also your body healthier.

Studies show that myristicin, an organic compound found in the essential oil of parsley, not only inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs), but also activates the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which helps the molecule glutathione attach to, and fight against, oxidized molecules. Myristicin can also neutralize carcinogens like benzopyrene in cigarette smoke that can pass through the body, consequently fighting against colon and prostate cancer.