Monthly Archives: January 2022

What They Fear

The Trump Cult, the MAGA crowd, feared this 50 years ago, and they fear it even more today. The educated, well-informed person of color, it’s why they work so hard to make it so difficult for us to vote. It’s why they want to return America to what they believe were the good old days. Don’t let them – VOTE, contact your Senator and Congress Person, and push them to action. Get involved in your local politics, from the school board to the Mayor. 2020 was a glimpse at what we can accomplish; let’s keep it up.

A House Built on Sand


A true leader does not pander to the fears of the masses; they do not make decisions that are counter to that which is beneficial to society just so that they can maintain their power, they do not possess an ego that prohibits them from listening to and accepting the advice from those more knowledgeable than themselves, they aren’t afraid to look those they lead in the eye and tell them the truth, even if that isn’t what they want to hear, they aren’t afraid to roll their sleeves up and do the hard work necessary to better the lives of society at large. 

Unfortunately, these leaders are in short supply today. Lies, corruption, misinformation are the traits of many of today’s leaders.  They are more anxious to spew out the viral soundbite than legislating.  They are concerned with only whatever it takes to advance their power.  These men and women are not leaders; they are frauds. They have built their power on sand, and when the rain falls, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and history has shown us it will, they will fall, along with those who foolishly follow them and great the fall will be. 

Live or Exist the Choice is Yours

Life is for the bold, for those unafraid to close their eyes and take a leap with the faith that they will land in success. Sure, you can go through life playing it safe, never taking the risk to reach for that dream that would make you truly happy. But that’s not living; that’s simply existing and make no mistake from the moment you were old enough to decide if you want to live or just exist, society has been conditioning you to believe that refusing to take a risk, never reaching for your dreams and playing it safe is the right thing to do. But ask yourself, when you’re old and thinking back on your life do you want to wonder what could have been if only you had taken that leap. 

Every Second of Every Day

Embrace every second of every day because the next second is not promised. 

Never let anyone or anything stop you from reaching for and achieving your dreams every second of every day. Let no one other than yourself say what you can or can’t do, what your limits are.  Only you can control your destiny. 

Embrace those you love every second of every day. You should never take those you love for granted and assume that they will always be there.  You should never be afraid to love someone because others say you shouldn’t. Your love is from your is yours, and it is from your heart; embrace it and act on it. 

Be thankful for what you have every second of every day while striving for more. Never let someone belittle you based on material goods or economic status. It is who you are, not what you have, that defines who you are as a person. 

To embrace every second of every day is to embrace happiness

From Till to Arbery a new day is dawning…Slowly but it is dawning.

Sixty-Six years

It’s an age that many Americans are still working.

It’s thirteen years less than the average life expectancy in the United States. 

Nick Saban, who will coach the Alabama Crimson Tide in Monday’s college football championship game, is four years older.

Legendary New England Patriot head coach Bill Belichick is three years older.

The point?  Sixty-six years is not that long ago.  But it was only sixty-six years ago, in September of 1955, that an all-white jury found Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam not guilty of Emmett Louis Till’s murder.   Till, who was only 14 at the time of his death, was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store.  Protected against double jeopardy, the two men publicly admitted in a 1956 interview with Look magazine that they had killed Till.  During the trial, Sheriff Strider welcomed black spectators coming back from lunch into the courtroom with a cheerful, “Hello, Niggers!” jury members were allowed to drink beer while deliberating.  Many white male spectators wore handguns into the courtroom.  Emmett Till’s murder only reinforced the notion that you could be subject to violence if you were black, and the law would not protect you.  According to Deloris Melton Gresham, whose father was killed a few months after Till, “At that time, they used to say that ‘it’s open season on n*****s.’ Kill ’em and get away with it.” [

Sixty-six years later, on January 7, 2022, Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and William “Roddie” Bryan was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole by Judge Timothy Walmsley in the death of Ahmaud Arbery.

Arbery was only twenty-five when he was “hunted down and shot” for the crime of running in a Georgia neighborhood in 2020.  The verdict and sentencing in the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery send a message that rings from sea to shining sea.  A message that sixty-six years after Emmett Till America, while still dealing with issues when it comes to race, it is a new dawn; No longer is it open season on African Americans now there will be consequences for your racist and vile actions.

Slowly but surely, the Coalition of the Righteous, a group united regardless of race, religion, gender, economic status, and sexual orientation, is rooting out those with hatred in their heart for anyone who does not look, sound, worship, love, or act like them.  As Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.