Bob Marley said, “Herb is the healing of a nation;” it seems a Harvard professor agrees.
On the East Coast, being fit is becoming the latest trend. (Thanks to the uncanny power of the internet) The average consumer is now more aware of the effects fast careless living. Well… day 1 on the West Coast has taught me that they (L.A. in particular) are way ahead of us. There is a beautiful balance here. For every In and Out Burger or Carl Jr. there is a local café that serves fresh healthful food.
Spotted on PRU… thanks to Joy Coleman
One of the best sermons I heard was in Baltimore City when an African American, female minister visited Heritage UCC & preached about the call for Christians to provide water to those who are thirsty instead of giving it to those who obviously have more than enough to quench their thirst. She reminded the congregation to help the needy and to try loving at least one person who is not – shall we say – easily lovable. We all know some folk(s) like that. She asked women to show sisters some love who are not in our sorority, family, and exclusive network of friends. Everyone was nodding and praising the Word and it transformed how I think. Can you relate?
Angola is Louisiana’s state penitentiary and is estimated to be one of the oldest and largest prisons in the United States with 5,000 inmates and 1,800 staff members. Of the 5,000 inmates, nearly 4,000 are African American. It is located on an 18,000 acre plantation, named after the area in Africa where the former slaves originated. Angola is still run as a working farm; Warden Cain once said that the key to running a peaceful maximum security prison was that “you’ve got to keep the inmates working all day so they’re tired at night.”
Some how, the media has crowned Al Sharpton as the “voice” on Black America. Since not everyone agrees with Mr. Sharpton’s views, let’s vote on who should be our representative voice in the media.
Millions of dollars are spent every year finding out what you want and developing creative ways to sell it to you. At the CIAA, corporate branding is everywhere. The most aggressive advertisements are by Ford, McDonalds, Coors, and Colgate. If you watch television or listen to the radio, there’s a good chance you’ve seen or heard one of the McDonalds’” Deeply Rooted” ads aimed at African-Americans.
Are these advertisements amusing and effective or polarizing and insulting?
While the rest of the nation was moving forward, electing an African-American to the nation’s highest office for the first time, California was turning back the hands of its West Coast clock-back to when marriage was solely defined as a union between a man and a woman.