Category Archives: Perspective

Police Officers Buy Bike For Teen Who Walked Two Hours To Work

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*Every time I see a picture of a white police officer with a black teen, lately, it seems one has a gun pulled on the other — or one’s on the ground dying.

As BeBe & CeCe Winans famously sang back in the day, “Love Said Not So!” 

During his routine night patrol, Officer Kirk Keffer spotted Jordan Duncan walking down quiet street in northern California.

“The street that I caught him on is really dark, and there’s no sidewalk.  And he was dressed in all black,” said Keffer, who stopped his car to question Duncan, 18.

I know.  You can almost see the kid’s black hoodie, can’t you?  You think you could write the end of this story, don’t you?   But keep reading.  Trust me.

Duncan explained that he’d just gotten off from his graveyard shift packing boxes at a nutritional supplement company, and he was just making his way home.  Typically, the seven mile commute would be easy, but it had recently become a two hour slog by foot.

“My car broke down,” Duncan explained, “so I figured I had no other way to work.  I didn’t want to burden others by asking for a ride.”

Officer Keffer was astounded by the story, and Duncan’s pending uphill walk home.

“So I said, ‘If you don’t mind, hold on a second.’ I went over to my front seat, cleared it out, and asked him if I could give him a ride home. He’s like, ‘You can do that?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I can do that.'”

Warms your heart, doesn’t it, especially in our current political and social climate?  A white cop asking a black kid if he can help him.

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4 Videos You’ve Just GOT to See!

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*Here is four inspiring videos of amazing, cute and adorable incidents that will warm your heart, put a smile on your face, and help you to not feel so bad about being at work (Of course work must not be SO bad. You’re taking a break to watch this…Heh. Heh. Heh).

Tina Levy is a mother of 5 children. She put her 11-month-old child on the changing table and turned her back for a second. In that brief time, the baby falls — more than 4-feet — off the table. But watch what happens just before he hits the ground.

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Woman’s Lost Dog Found and Returned…Nine Years Later!

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*This story may inspire all pet owners whose precious family members got lost by mistake. Amy Baca’s  Lhasa Apso, “Brownie,” ran out a door that was left open accidentally in 2007, and the family searched  far and wide before giving up any hope that he would be found.

Fast forward nine years later, when Baca received a message on Facebook from Kathy Hamel, owner of Arizona Shih Tzu and Small Breed Rescue.

The dog had been left in front of a tattoo parlour, and some kind soul dropped him off at Hamel’s rescue facility.

Fortunately, the dog had a chip. But Hamel wasn’t sure it would be of much use after all this time, as owner’s move and contact info becomes outdated. Thankfully, Baca had registered her information with more than one agency, so once the chip was discovered, Hamel was able to move forward in attempts to reach her.

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Harry Belafonte: What Do We Have to Lose? Everything!!

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Activist and Artist, Harry Belafonte

“O, yes,

I say it plain,

America never was America to me,

And yet I swear this oath —

America will be!”

— Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again”

What old men know is that everything can change. Langston Hughes wrote these lines when I was 8 years old, in the very different America of 1935.

It was an America where the life of a black person didn’t count for much. Where women were still second-class citizens, where Jews and other ethnic whites were looked on with suspicion, and immigrants were kept out almost completely unless they came from certain approved countries in Northern Europe. Where gay people dared not speak the name of their love, and where “passing” — as white, as a WASP, as heterosexual, as something, anything else that fit in with what America was supposed to be — was a commonplace, with all of the self-abasement and the shame that entailed.

It was an America still ruled, at its base, by violence. Where lynchings, and especially the threat of lynchings, were used to keep minorities away from the ballot box and in their place. Where companies amassed arsenals of weapons for goons to use against their own employees and recruited the police and National Guardsmen to help them if these private corporate armies proved insufficient. Where destitute veterans of World War I were driven from the streets of Washington with tear gas and bayonets, after they went to our nation’s capital to ask for the money they were owed.

Much of that was how America had always been. We changed it, many of us, through some of the proudest struggles of our history. It wasn’t easy, and sometimes it wasn’t pretty, but we did it, together.

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5 Reasons Why Friends May No Longer Call ‘Your Evil Ass’ … And Remedies to Turn it Around!

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*Oh girl, fix your face. Have you forgotten how to smile? Did you wake up one day, look around, and realize your phone has not rang (not counting telemarketing calls) in more than a month? Come to think of it, no one has stopped by, sent you a text or email to see how you’re doing or invite you out, or even checked in on social media.

Damn.

Where have all your homies gone…and why did they leave you?

Of course I’ve got some thoughts on the matter. Some are harsh, so please accept my apologies in advance.

Or not.

Here are 5 reasons (and remedies) that will only work if your ass ain’t too proud to accept them, as to why you find yourself by your damn self more often than you’d like. Continue reading

Sucka for a Great Dog Rescue Story, This One about ‘Boo’ is Just for You (Video)

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*It baffles the mind as to how anybody could abandon their own pet. I mean, one grows so attached to an animal you chose to be a part of your family. They are nothing but loyal; and even when they are mischievous, we get mad but can’t stay mad. So after seeing a photo of a dog named “Boo” who was allegedly left behind by his owners, but continued to sleep outside on a mattress — seemingly waiting for them to return for him, all I could do was weep.

With two adorable, full-grown pitbulls already in my household, I knew taking in one more was not an option. And further, because of the erroneously bad reputation of these dogs, I didn’t think Boo’s chances for being rescued were that great.

So I was ecstatic to learn that someone who also saw the picture of Boo, and heard his story, took heart and came along and got him.

Now Boo, who was so grateful when the rescuers showed up, he offered no resistance and thanked them with sloppy wet kisses, has been given a forever home!

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Watch! 6 Foot Long Snake Slithers From Under Hood Of Moving Car

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*That headline alone creeps me out.

On his commute home in Clearwater, Florida, Tim Mokwa watched a six-foot long black snake emerge from under the hood of his Hyundai.

Mokwa did what every other red-blooded American male would do.

Except me.  I’d have screamed like Mariah and given my heart and soul to Jesus.  

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Dude immediately pulled into a parking lot, pulled out his phone and took pictures and a short video of the embodiment of Satan slithering on his sedan’s hood.

“I did close my AC vent,” Mokwa admitted.  “I was like, ‘I do not want it to sneak in this car.”

I would think not, dude.

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Church Apologizes For Banning Fat People

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*My late father never cared much for people’s feelings when it came to speaking his truth.

He once told me that, in his opinion, “church folk” only knew how to do two things: eat fried chicken and wait for Jesus to come back.

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Dad would have had a field day with this story!

A non-denominational Christian church in suburban Portland, Oregon is apologizing for banning overweight and obese people from its worship team.

“Weight is something that many people have to deal with,” the guidelines read.  “Make sure that you are taking care of your temple, exercising and eating properly.”

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The church later apologized, writing on its website “Forgive us if we offended anyone. That certainly was not our intention.  These guidelines have never been used to discriminate against anyone and have never been enforced.”

Why have guidelines if they’re not enforced?  Questions that make you go “hmmmmm.”

And there’s no such thing as a fat man or woman of the cloth, right?

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