*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!
*I saw the film Birth of a Nation last night, and without giving any spoilers, I was struck by the “each one, teach one” action that eventually became a prominent piece of the film. So when I came across this story about a man named Kyle Johnson; who has had some bad experiences with cops, and because of this, he now wants to be one, I thought back to last night and the film.
It’s not often that people see how bad things are, and instead of complaining about them, decided to take it on and do it better.
That’s what Kyle wants to do: Be a cop…a good cop.
I don’t know if being a good cop would be my first, second or even third thought if I, not unlike Kyle, had at one time had my head bashed into the grass by some cop with “anger issues.” Those were the words an officer used as he apologized to Kyle Johnson for the actions of his quick-tempered partner. Continue reading →
“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.”
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?
*Want to know what some white students really think about Black people? Tell ’em EVERYBODY came from Africa! Black. White. Hispanic. Asian. Mixed.
Then just sit back and watch them scatter! That’s what happened at Texas State University when Dr. R. Jon McGee, a seasoned anthropology professor offered what is known as the “Out of Africa” theory. (Scroll down to see a photo courtesy of Twitter user).
According to The Tab, when the professor asserted that all living beings originated in Africa, the white students got up and walked out…in droves.
But that’s not all.
The white students who stayed behind reportedly started yelling “Black Lives Matter,” according to the news site reports. And others went into some serious dialogue with one another. Continue reading →
*A Motown legend is calling. Will you answer? See message from Motown’s ‘Original A&R’ man below.
I had the pleasure of interviewing William ‘Mickey’ Stevenson recently for an upcoming EURweb feature about his involvement in the upcoming “50th Anniversary” celebration of the late C. Bernard Jackson‘s “Inner City Cultural Center” taking place on November 4-6, 2016 in Los Angeles.
In the process of that interview (look forward to the feature soon) I learned of this casting call and wanted to pass it along to you.
*We’ve got approximately 21 days before we head to the polls to choose a new POTUS, but President Barack Obama is working up until the very last minute to reform the criminal justice system he began working on months back. But the issue has been with him for much longer. And according to an article in The Washington Post he shared…
“Since my first campaign, I’ve talked about how, in too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being a pipeline from underfunded, inadequate schools to overcrowded jails.”
And he made good on his word in August 2016, when he commuted the prison sentences of federal 214 inmates (in a single day) who were locked up on drug charges — some of whom were to be locked up for life.
And as of this writing, according to The Daily News, the total number of commuted sentences has gone up to 775; with 102 of them occuring just last week.
But POTUS says he ain’t finished yet! Before he leaves office he aims to reform the amount of child support payments prisoners are carrying in debt.
In an August statement, Justice Department deputy Sally Q. Yates said, “In just the first eight months of 2016, the President has more than doubled the number of commutations granted in all of 2015. But we are not done yet, and we expect that many more men and women will be given a second chance through the Clemency Initiative.” Continue reading →
*You know the saying: Don’t get it twisted? Well that may as well be a flight attendant’s motto because their job requirements or what they actually do is so much more than asking if we’d like “coffee or tea?”
Business Insider decided to delve into exactly what it is that a Flight Attendant does, and put the word out to flight attendant’s everywhere for input. Approximately 60 flight attendant’s responded and the things they shared will blow your mind.
Talk about a position being UNDERESTIMATED!
First let me say, I looked everywhere to see what a “bomb stack” is…you know, the term I mentioned in the headline? It came from a direct quote one of the flight attendants sent in (See slide #8).
“Think of anything that could possibly happen anywhere — if it happens at 37,000 feet in the air, guess who is taking care of it? We do much more than hand out cokes, but unfortunately that is what the public sees, especially if they only fly domestically.”
“I know how to build a bomb stack, and if it came down to it, I could deliver your baby.”
“We are trained to protect the flight deck at all costs.”
From what I can tell (and I welcome comments on this from folks who know) it may be a shelter to protect if a nuclear bomb or something of a devastating nature occurs. What this would actually look like 37,000 feet up is both of our guesses?Continue reading →