New POTUS

I know I am about a month late but we have a new POTUS elect and we gotta talk about it. I am not in denial just distrust…

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Gun Control

After another school shooting, America is left mourning the loss of innocent victims and the conversation of gun control is yet again at the forefront of our discussion. Some say the 2nd Amendment should be left untouched and others say just enforce the law in place. However, it is harder to get a driver’s license than it does to get a gun. Shouldn’t something be done to protect the right to life?

Let me know your thoughts!

The Pope Takes America

In case you were living under a rock this past week you may have missed the big hoopla about the Pope visiting the United States.  It was a pretty big deal. The first family greeted him at the airport, he made a house call over at Capitol Hill, spoke with the folks at the UN and chilled with the those less fortunate. Outside of having mass and christening babies, he made a few speeches that ruffled people’s feathers.  Okay the truth is, I have no idea if these people were really offended or maybe it was just a slow news cycle.  The topic at hand was “is the Pope too liberal?”

I don’t know why we are so quick to make everything a political agenda. The Pope is not running for president of the world, he’s not out trying to topple governments.  He’s just spreading the gospel. I’m not sure he wants you to “give and give until we are poor” just more like be more conscious and practice true religion of taking care of those less fortunate (James 1:27).  These folks making me preach and it ain’t even Sunday!

Take a look at the Weekly Update for Sweet Tea and Sass and let me know what you think.

The End of Times

As promised long ago, I have decided to implement a weekly video blog (I hate the word vlog)! Sometimes the things happening in the world is overwhelming and I don’t feel like writing about it but you know I’m still going to have an opinion regarding these things. Insert Video Blogs—because even if you don’t care what I think I find this process cathartic. Let me vent folks so I don’t rack up bills going to talk to a therapist.

If you enjoy this video, please leave a comment and share with your folks.

P.S. Shout out to my business partner Dion at LackToast Entertainment for directing and editing the video. Also its all his fault my necklace was twisted throughout—he failed to tell me. I may need to hire a wardrobe person!

Media Lies

In the past few years, our country has been ravished by images of unarmed black men losing their lives at the hand of police officers. At first these high profile cases would simply garner the attention of the media, people would debate whether or not prejudice played a role, the officer involved would either not be charged or get a slap on the hand, people would be shocked and life would continue as normal.  As these images became more and more frequent, people have taken notice and taken a stand against such brutality.  As in tradition in the United States—from the Tea Party, the Revolutionary War, the Woman’s Suffrage Movement to Civil Rights—Americans of all races have united and marched against injustices. Thousands gathered together to peacefully protest.

But let the news tell it…

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I don’t know if media is even trying to be accurate in reporting or if they are simply going for ratings. Everything seems to be over sensationalized.  I can’t tell if I am watching a tele novella, TMZ or news.

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There are so many issues with the way news outlets have chosen to cover the victims of police brutality and the subsequent protest.  Let’s start with the first issue.  Victim shaming—generally when a black person has been apprehended (and in this case killed) by police officers, media outlets begin to question the victim’s motives and history. Often times, these victims are labelled as thugs- which often translates to a bad person not worthy of living.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/media-black-victims_n_5673291.html

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If this reporting was standard across the board, I could accept the language used. However, it has been proven that white serial killers are treated better in media then other people of color. There is usually no speculation as to whether they are given respect—a dead man can’t get the same love.

There is also an issue in how media treats the uprisings.  Instead of covering the powerful peaceful images—news channels are quick to cover the small majority of individuals causing havoc. Again if the news treated all fire starting, car flipping, and couch burning incidents were covered the same way.  But sadly, they aren’t.  When these same exact events happen after sporting events it is just chalked up to being passionate about sports. Talk about double standards. thatsmessedup

So people can be passionate about their sports team winning or losing but you can’t be outraged about the increasing numbers of unarmed people being killed by policeman? Our priories are screwed!