Love

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. 

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your won estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, be leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans Chapter 12:9-21 New American Standard Bible 

 

 

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Activism, celebrity and angst

The biggest reason I find opposition to those high level pop stars is because though they might have fought to get where they are, they have become corporate puppets.

We need a cultural revolution. Not for the sakes of our pockets, but for our humanity. They took the drums of all native people when they invaded, why? Because it was our heart beat. Our communicator. Our joy in times of war, fear, hope and pain. 

Many of us have a bit more education and idea of self worth than those big companies are marketing these artists and brands to. We all have gifts, if you say  you want justice, why are you supporting those who are only helping to reinforce beauty standards that are killing our young woman, greed that has filled the hearts of over men-lack of spirituality in any of us. 

Pop music has always been a business and always will be-but what has it done for our classrooms? What has it done to educate our children of their history? What has it done to fuel economic change? It has fed us the power of the system that was never made for us. It contributes to the flaws in our system by doing nothing but saying-“Join us”. Just because it’s the way it is doesn’t mean it needs to stay the same. 

Why am I not impressed that Beyonce gave school supplies? Because that is only the cosmetic problem. 

Any dermatologist worth their spit will tell you its about skincare & health. We all know we should drink water-but Pepsi taste better. Let’s stop covering up, concealing the real problems and do the work to address them. It’s not a quick fix and it may not make you rich in things or money-but we can’t take that with us can we? 

Jeanette

I haven’t posted in a little bit. Things in this world are changing. More and more, we are seeing the true colors of the people we share this world with. I’ve always been an advocate of peace, love and hope. I’ve been going deeper into my studies with God, deeper in my studies of self and working out ways to use my gifts for the greater good of the world. I want a mentor, a manager. I want a team that will take me where I want to go. Speak and workshop in places that need to be changed. Start from the ground up. There are dreams that are within me, and I believe God has blessed me with what it takes to make a change. I believe he has done that with all of us, but some of us are not walking in our destiny. 

I want you all to hear me. 

I love you. 

I am a complicated melody (which is why that is tattooed on my back) I am not just how I look, I am not just my families lineage. I am not just my studies. I am the sum of all of that and more. My confidence in myself has grown. 

I’d like to share something that I just posted on facebook. 

You can comment and add and discuss. No slandering of character or defiling of the humans that we share our air with please. 

“My people, don’t let the fact that you don’t see other people fighting, or being mad about ‪#‎Ferguson‬ the way you are divide you from what we need to do. We need to stick together and try and help. Our presence and gifts in this world make a difference. Don’t get caught up in dividing ourselves, get caught up in loving and creating a plan and sticking to that plan. We are multi-faceted people with talents and destinies beyond our wildest dreams. Be the love and the peace that you wish to see. Then do something about what hurts you. This is not a time to argue, this is a time to be about CHANGE. ‪#‎changeisgonnacome‬ ‪#‎sticktogether‬ ‪#‎community‬‪#‎educate‬ ‪#‎donotpacify‬ And love doesn’t mean sit back and pat someone on the back. Love doesn’t mean letting people walk over your beliefs. Love means doing it out of a selfless wish and desire to make our world a better place for all. Do not let the oppressed become the oppressor. Let us not speak of oppression again. That is the goal.”

Fighting the Good Fight: Is There a Place for Activism in Academia?

Wonderful article. I am not in STEM, but as a student and faculty member in a college department, I feel the need to bring these things up because so many of my students could have been Mike Brown, and still could be. What can we do? What do you feel is appropriate?

Fannie Lou Hamer hands up

Photo of Mississippi voting activist Fannie Lou Hamer, June 1963.

Written by Dr. Erika E. Alexander

“But you see now baby, whether you have a ph.d., d.d. or no d, we’re in this bag together. And whether you are from Morehouse or Nohouse, we’re still in this bag together.” — Fannie Lou Hamer

With the recent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent civilian protests and militarization of the Ferguson Police department, I’ve been feeling a type of way. I’m feeling tired and sad. I’m thankful that I get to hug my own Michael Brown every day, but afraid that at any moment that privilege could be taken away. But most of all, I’m frustrated. Frustrated that unarmed black people keep getting killed by police and vigilantes, and then slandered in the media. Frustrated that 50+ years have passed since the civil rights movement, and I will…

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What will it take?

What will it take? 

Police brutality against the people of color in this country. Children. 

What will it take? 

Hate because of differences. 

What will it take? 

Discrimination because of who you’d rather hold hands with. 

What will it take? 

The gap between wealthy and poor grows each day. 

What will it take? 

Religious wars. 

What will it take? 

What will you do? 

I do apologize!!!

My dear friends! What a week it has been!

Let’s start with the good-Last Thursday I had a show at The Lounge at The Space at Westbury. This is the new venue in my hometown. There was an amazing turnout, amazing energy and the music was some of the best I’ve done…EVER (I feel like) I’m not sure if it was because of the amazing musicians I had with me, David Rosenthal on guitar, Coleman Bartels on drums, Darell Hunt on Vocals and Chris Berry on Vocals. Here are some photos from the event, shot by Nancy La Lanne.

 

Before this show, I cracked one of my teeth, a combination of grinding my teeth and a cavity (not having health insurance sucks… anyway) I let it go, hoping that I’d be able to get it pulled the Saturday after the show so that I could also see my brother off for his move to Georgia. Well, my tooth wasn’t having it. I was in the ER on Saturday, with prescriptions and a whole bunch of pain. Monday morning I was scheduled to see the dentist. I went in, the asked me to come back that afternoon to have it removed. Before I left, they noticed a rash. Apparently I was allergic to the antibiotics I was taking for my infection. Oh, did I mention that the tooth was infected along with my cheek and jaw? Yeah… no fun. Then I found out they gave me double the amount of prescription that I needed. So, I go home, try and take some medicine, and before I look, my brother’s dog is eating my 600 mg Ibuprofen…. Off to the Vet hospital we go. Thousands of dollars on a credit card later, the dog is home, I am home. I must say, there was a lot of negativity in these past days. I still don’t know how my bills are going to get paid, but today, for some reason (praying and listening to amazing friends) I feel better.

With all of this happening, I’ve realized several things:

1. I can’t do it alone, I’ve just got to be better at picking the right people to help me.

2. I need to treat myself the way I treat other people. I am my own Honey.

3. Health comes first (I signed up for Medicare in Ohio)

4. Though it’s hard to see God in all the trials, He carries you through things to strengthen you for HIS plan, not yours.

Thanks guys for being patient with me. I’m finally not dizzy while sitting up. Time to turn up! Sike, Time to write papers!

Jeanette

Photo Credits: Nancy La Lanne, nancylalannephotography@gmail.com