Monday, March 31, 2008

SEAN LEVERT DIES

BET.com is reporting that Sean Levert, formerly of the famous R&B trio Levert, died at 11:57 pm on yesterday. Sean was currently serving a one year and 10 month jail sentence for failing to pay $85,000.00 in child support. Sean, 39, was rushed to Lutheran Hospital from the Cuyahoga County jail infirmary after complaining that he was sick.

Sean’s older brother, Gerald Levert, who was also a former member of Levert, died suddenly in November 2006. Both Sean and Gerald were the sons of O'Jays' lead singer Eddie Levert.

Sidebar: My heart and prayers go out to the entire Levert family.

Levert - Casanova

Sunday, March 30, 2008

IN MEMORY OF GEORGE MARK WASHINGTON COOK


Dear Blog Family:

I would like for you to keep our Blog Sista, Pamela, in your prayers during her time of bereavement. On March 11th, her dad went home to be with the Lord. I would like to dedicate this post to his memory by sharing his Obituary with you.

Sincerely,

Attorneymom
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I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

(2 Timothy 4:7,8)
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Obituary For George Mark Washington Cook (February 21, 1931 – March 11, 2008)

He was born the 13th child of Georgia and John Cook on 21 February 1931. He was educated in the public schools in Pittsburgh, where he earned letters in baseball and basketball. He also was educated in the military. He joined the army in February 1948. He met and married Lillian Ray Thorne on 4 November 1949. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He went to Korea in June 1950. He was wounded in Korea in December 1950. He was Honorably Discharge from the Army and Enlisted in the Air Force, where he was the first black military man to work in the office of the Secretary of Defense during the Kennedy Administration. On December 8, 1959 his daughter Pamela Gail was born. He retired from the military with 20 years and 8 months of service. Then he work for General Research Corporation for 20 years, were he also was the first and only black Director in the company with 17 Directors. He was a Master Printer. During his employment with General Research Corporation he appeared in an ad for Xerox Corporation that was published in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, U.S. News and World Report, and 11 other major magazines. Then he was offered a position with NASA Headquarters to supervise their printing department in Washington, D.C. He became a committed Christian while attending the Refreshing Spring Church of God In Christ, Washington D.C. Jurisdiction in 1973. Soon afterwards he became a Deacon at the church. Later he served as the Chairman of the Deacon Board. In 1996 he was called to preach. In July 1997 he moved to Tulsa Oklahoma where he was ordained an Elder in the Church of God In Christ. For several years he served as the Financial Secretary of the Oklahoma Northwest Jurisdiction. The past few years he was a member of Love Tabernacle Church. He founded the Brotherhood Club where he always cherished his times with the men that participated. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years Lillian, daughter Pamela, and a host of nieces and nephews that will truly miss him.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Subject: The Dunbar Village Atrocity

Synopsis:

In the past week, a rapidly-moving viral email campaign was launched, and thousands of concerned black citizens spread the word about a shocking crime against a Black woman and her 12 year old son, in which crimes against nature were committed. (read more details of the crime here)

This email, entitled “Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women,” described a stunning betrayal in which the NAACP and Al Sharpton held a press conference and demanded bail consideration for three suspects in custody for the crime. (source1) (source2)

Concerned Black citizens all around the country were outraged by the actions of the NAACP and Al Sharpton, and many vowed to withdraw volunteering and financial support from these agencies “until they make the safety of Black women and children a priority.”

On March 24, 2008 an NAACP memo that attempted to defend this betrayal was sent to Beverly Neal, who is the Director of the NAACP’s Florida State Conference. The memo claims that the NAACP was brought into this fray by Rev. Al Sharpton. Moreover, the memo was written by Maude Ford Lee, who is President of the West Palm Beach Branch of the NAACP. (read the memo here)

On March 27,2008, activist Al Sharpton went on the air to clarify his position on the treatment of the Dunbar Village Suspects. He invited writer Tonyaa Weathersbee and blogger Arlene Fenton to his show, to discuss the matter. Rev. Sharpton claimed that he never said that the Dunbar Village suspects were being treated unfairly, and that he did not want bail for the suspects in question.

Ms Weathersbee and Ms Fenton said that their research indicated otherwise, as indicated by video footage, eyewitness accounts, and the reporting from the Florida Sun Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post.

At the end of the radio show, Al Sharpton strongly condemned any activity that would promote bail consideration for the suspects in question. Rev. Sharpton admitted that “if the suspects were white, he would have been there sooner.” He stated that this is a problem with many black civil rights organizations. He apologized and vowed to uphold his prior promise to advocate for the residents of Dunbar Village. He also challenged all activists, bloggers, and writers to be accountable to each other.

To date, the NAACP has not made an official statement denouncing the Dunbar Village Atrocity, nor have they officially expressed regret to the victim. The NAACP also has not officially retracted their statement requesting bail consideration for the alleged rapists/torturers. To our understanding, neither agency has contributed to the Victim’s Assistance Fund or created a reward program geared toward the apprehension of the remaining rapists/torturers.


Conclusion

WE ARE SATISFIED with Al Sharpton’s qualifying statements that he made on his radio show on 3/27/2008. We will watch to see if he fulfills his promise to advocate for the residents of Dunbar Village, and we are willing to assist any effort that promotes safer black neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, FL.


WE ARE NOT CONTENT with the reckless, irresponsible actions of the NAACP (West Palm Beach chapter). We continue to urge all black people, women especially, to refrain from volunteering or giving financially to this organization until they take our safety seriously.


WHAT WE WANT

We want law enforcement to make a concerted, sustained effort to apprehend the remaining suspects. We want to see a genuine reward system in place to encourage members of the community to come forward with the knowledge of the whereabouts of the remaining suspects.

We want the NAACP (West Palm Beach chapter) to reverse their position that the alleged rapists/torturers of this case should be considered for bail.

We want both the NAACP and the National Action Network to cease downgrading the gang rape/torture/atrocity of the Dunbar Village by comparing it to an unrelated gang rape, in which guns, maiming, and forced incest were not involved.

We want to see genuine victim advocacy in the form of financial support for the relocation, medical expenses, and mental therapy for the true victims in this case.


The Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund

Individuals who would like to donate money to the victims can go to any Wachovia Bank and donate to the St. Ann’s Victim’s Assistance Fund. Donations will go directly to the mother and her son.

St. Ann’s Catholic Church will also accept donations. Checks can be made payable to the "Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund - St. Ann’s".

Donations can be mailed to: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 310 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

If you would like to post this Open Letter on your blog, you can copy the HTML here:

(Blogger HTML) A New Underground Railroad is Born
(General HTML) A New Underground Railroad is Born

For more information about this Dunbar Village Campaign, you can visit any of the following blogs:

http://www.dunbarvillage.blogspot.com/
http://adifferentstory.wordpress.com/
http://anonymissblog.blogspot.com/
http://auntjemimasrevenge.blogspot.com/
http://blackfirewhitefire.blogspot.com/
http://blackwomenvote.blogspot.com/
http://charactercorner.blogspot.com/
http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/
http://episcopalienne.blogspot.com/
http://essentialpresence.blogspot.com/
http://focusedpurpose.blogspot.com/
http://h-essays.blogspot.com/
http://lareinacobre.blogspot.com/
http://mynewblog-ravenelvenlady.blogspot.com/
http://politicalseason.blogspot.com/
http://privyconcepts.blogspot.com/
http://thesowingcircle.blogspot.com/
http://tributetoblackwomen.com/news
http://web.mac.com/roslynholcomb/iWeb/Site/Blog/Blog.html
http://whataboutourdaughters.com/
http://whattamisaid.blogspot.com/
http://www.blacksapience.blogspot.com/
http://yanmommasaid.blogspot.com/
http://www.somethingwithin.com/blog

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

LIVE LIFE AS IT COMES by Ralph Marston


Life has a beautiful rhythm and pace. Live it as it comes.

If you try to outrun life, you miss much of its beauty. Instead of racing ahead to cover more ground, see the treasures that are right here and now.

Rather than resenting or regretting what has already happened, focus your thoughts on the good you can do in this moment. There are plenty of opportunities when you choose to see them.

If you're constantly chasing life, the best of it eludes you. Decide to do a little less pursuing and a lot more enjoying.

You cannot do all of this week's breathing, or eating, or sleeping in just one day. There's plenty of time to get everything done if you'll just stop wasting so much effort on jumping ahead.

Seek to live in harmony with the rhythm and flow of life. Live life as it comes, and it will come to you in great abundance.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY!!!



How are you enjoying your day? What did you do to celebrate Resurrection Sunday?

Enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women!



DEAR READERS:

This mass open letter is a call to action for all black people who care about the safety and welfare of black women and children in America. If you are concerned about the recent developments about Dunbar Village, please copy the post below, and email it to all of your friends and coworkers.

WE WILL NO LONGER BE SILENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN.

Copy and email below, and title your email: Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women!

Let us know in the comments section if you are supporting the movement to protect black women from black on black violence.

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Right-thinking black people everywhere are stunned by the recent betrayal of Al Sharpton and the NAACP in a situation that is just too outrageous to ignore.

This is a painful story to tell, but it's important for the moral, law-abiding majority of black Americans to understand exactly why Al Sharpton and the NAACP must be immediately stopped.

On June 18, 2007, a black woman was gang raped by 10 youths and forced at gunpoint to have sex with her own 12 year old son in a housing complex called Dunbar Village in West Palm Beach, Florida. The young men not only viciously punched, kicked and sliced this sister and her son with glass objects, but they also blinded her boy by pouring nail polish remover into his eyes.

The young men forced this sister and son to lay naked in a bathtub together, and attempted to set them on fire (they could not find matches). The youths boldly took cell phone pictures so that they could enjoy their violent, immoral and sadistic acts at a later time. The violence continued for more than three hours, and although this sister's neighbors heard her screams, no one called the police or came to her aid.

This sister and her son had to walk a mile to the hospital, because the assailants stole her car, and threatened to kill her and her family if she told the authorities.

Only four of the young men have been apprehended, while the remaining six are on the loose, doing Lord knows what in our communities. There is no manhunt for the remaining suspects.

As devastating as this story is, what the NAACP and Al Sharpton have done about it will simply take your breath away:

Not only did the NAACP ignore hundreds of requests to assist this woman because it was 'outside the scope of their mission', but they joined forces with Al Sharpton, and sent their lawyers to speak out IN SUPPORT OF THE RAPISTS.

You heard me right.

Even though there is conclusive DNA evidence and signed confessions, the NAACP and Al Sharpton are saying that it is 'unfair' to not offer bail to these four alleged rapists. They even had a press release about it.

IT IS TIME FOR SENSIBLE BLACK PEOPLE TO STOP THIS KIND OF NONSENSE ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Al Sharpton and the NAACP are banking on the belief that you and I will be just like this black woman's neighbors. Join me by saying NOT THIS TIME. We will not turn a deaf ear to when we hear calls for help from one of our sisters and brothers who are being victimized.

Stop the NAACP and Al Sharpton's National Action Network from committing this disgrace in our community. Just this once, let's stand up and be counted by saying that we demand safe neighborhoods for our women and children.

Here is what you can do:

1. Spread the word. Forward this email if your conscience and concern have been raised. Send it to every concerned black citizen that you know.

2. Demand an explanation from your local NAACP chapter about this case. Cancel your membership to these organizations, and write a letter explaining that you will return when they prioritize the public safety needs of black women and children.

3. If you do not belong to these organizations, call and write them to tell them of your outrage and displeasure:

NAACP National Headquarters
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore MD 21215
Toll Free: (877) NAACP-98
Local: (410) 580-5777

National Action Network
Rev. Al Sharpton
106 W. 145th Street
Harlem, New York 10039
212-690-3070
877-NAN-HOJ1


4. f you know an African American reporter or a black radio talk show host, forward this story them and ask them to follow up on it.

Each Friday at 9:00am, visit any of the websites below, which will give you an update on the status of this situation. DO NOT LET THIS GO. Let us start working for safer neighborhoods in black communities.


Read the history of the Dunbar Village problem here:

http://www.dunbarvillage2008.blogspot.com

ON FRIDAYS, CHECK THE NETWORK OF A NEW GENERATION OF BLACK ACTIVISTS:


http://blackwomenvote.blogspot.com
http://adifferentstory.wordpress.com
http://anonymissblog.blogspot.com/
http://auntjemimasrevenge.blogspot.com
http://blackfirewhitefire.blogspot.com/
http://blackwomenvote.blogspot.com
http://charactercorner.blogspot.com
http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com
http://episcopalienne.blogspot.com
http://essentialpresence.blogspot.com
http://focusedpurpose.blogspot.com/
http://h-essays.blogspot.com/
http://lareinacobre.blogspot.com/
http://mynewblog-ravenelvenlady.blogspot.com/
http://politicalseason.blogspot.com
http://privyconcepts.blogspot.com/
http://thesowingcircle.blogspot.com/
http://web.mac.com/roslynholcomb/iWeb/Site/Blog/Blog.html
http://whataboutourdaughters.com
http://whattamisaid.blogspot.com
http://whattamisaid.blogspot.com/
http://www.blacksapience.blogspot.com
http://yanmommasaid.blogspot.com
http://www.somethingwithin.com/blog

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Here To Do Great Things by Ralph Marston



You are worthy of all the goodness that life can hold. You are capable of making a valuable contribution to the moment you're in.

You do not need to beg for the kindness of others. For you have within you the ability to express and manifest enough kindness to fill your world.

There is no reason for you to feel sorry for yourself, and there is no point in acting in such a way that others feel sorry for you. For a world full of positive possibilities awaits you, if you will simply lift your head and open your eyes.

You have no cause to be ashamed of who you are or where you come from. For there is so much you have to offer.

You were born to do things that have never been done, to understand things that have never been understood. You are here in this place to express the rich and unique beauty that lives within you.

Don't let the silly little dramas of each day get you down. For you are here to do great things.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Superior Court Judge Stephen Womack dies


ALEX MacINNES/HERALD NEWS | 03/16/08 08:47 PM
PATERSON — Judge Stephen Womack, the first black man to sit on the bench in state Superior Court in Passaic County, died Saturday night at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

He was 65. He died from complications from a cardiac event he suffered March 7, when he was found unconscious at his courthouse desk.

Upon receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1968, Womack came to his adopted hometown to practice law. He would later involve himself in the community, which took great pride in his 1994 judicial appointment. Friends and colleagues described Womack on Sunday as a strong, committed family man who was fair but tough in his rulings.

“Although he was judge in family court handling primarily juvenile offenders, he was keen in getting them rehabilitated, getting them off the anti-social track and getting them on a more productive track,” said Superior Court Assignment Judge Robert Passero.

Stephen Womack, the judge’s youngest son, said his father was born and raised in Roanoke, Va., but came to Paterson at the suggestion of his cousin. Once here, Womack worked as an attorney at the Passaic County Legal Aid Society before joining Harry Lee Cornish, who later became a Paterson Municipal Court judge, in a law practice.

In 1976, Womack switched from private practice to work as an assistant public defender in Union County. About 20 years later, he was appointed to Superior Court, where he took up his post overseeing juvenile cases.

“He loved juvenile court, because he thought he had an opportunity to do some good and change people’s lives,” said his colleague Richard M. Freid.

“He was not a pushover, that’s for sure, but he had a huge heart,” said Freid outside the Womack family house on Park Avenue.

Womack is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children, Denise, Anita, Stephanie and Stephen; and a granddaughter, Ebony.

When then-Gov. Christine Todd Whitman appointed Womack, Al Moody, who worked with Womack on a youth rehabilitation program, said he was “elated.” The Rev. Albert Rowe of First Calvary Baptist Church called it an historic event for the local black community.

“He carried that mantle with the same dignity and same integrity that Thurgood Marshall carried his,” Rowe said of the country’s first black Supreme Court justice.

Womack’s son said that honor was something his father was proud of, but in the end, he just wanted to do his job well.

“He took pride in his work,” Stephen Womack said. “He was a great father. He was a great community figure without trying to be. There was no pretentiousness to it.”

Womack was also a religious man, but he never wore his faith on his sleeve, according to Freid. Womack told Freid that when he retired from the bench, he hoped to become a minister at the New Shiloh Baptist Church on Broadway, where he was a preacher and helped raise funds for a new roof.

Locally he joined the Paterson Task Force for Community Action and served at least two years as the chairman of Paterson’s Rent Leveling Board. After his appointment to the bench, Womack would speak to school and civic groups about the law and social problems.

“He was always willing to help a person,” Passero said.

— John Petrick contributed to this report.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

RIP Judge Womack

Attorneymom is deeply saddened by the passing of Judge Stephen Womack. Judge Womack was the first African American to be appointed to the Passaic County Superior Court (NJ) bench in 1995. I served as his first Law Clerk. This is the last photo we took together on last year. I am really devastated by his death. My heart and prayers go out to the Womack family (Mrs. Womack, Anita, Stephanie, Denise, Tyler and Eboni).

KIRK FRANKLIN - HOSANA

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Treasure in the challenge -- Ralph Marston



Today's Daily Inspiration

Treat your family as you would treat a best friend. Lord, help me to treasure my family with all of their imperfections as well as my own and cherish the time we have together.

The difficulty of the journey gives meaning and value to the destination. The more effort you put into achievement, the more that achievement is worth.

The problems and challenges are not there to stop you. Their purpose is to bring your commitment to the surface where it can come wholly and powerfully to life. The tasks that are the most difficult are the ones that make the greatest positive difference. Situations with the most formidable problems are where you find the biggest opportunities.

See the problems for what they are. They provide a clear, compelling path to strength of purpose, creativity, effectiveness, commitment and achievement.

Working your way purposefully and persistently through the challenges will create great and lasting value in your world. With each difficulty you grow stronger and more capable.

See the opportunities that the challenges provide. And make their considerable, substantial value your own.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bishop Thomas Weeks Pleads Guilty!!!!

Bishop Thomas Weeks plead guilty today to a single count of aggravated assault against his estranged wife, Juanita Bynum (Sidebar: Professor Tracey told me that I cannot refer to her as Dr. Bynum, and Ms. Bynum has stopped using the title of Prophetess).

Bishop Weeks was sentenced to three-year probation and must undergo anger management counseling. He cannot have any violent contact with Ms. Bynum. He also has to complete 200 hours of (non-church related)community service. If Bishop Weeks successfully completes the conditions of his probation, the aggravated assault conviction will be expunged from his record.

Sidebar: Get ready for the Teach Me How To Forgive conference coming to a city near you. GET READY!!! GET READY!!!! LOL

Deitrick Haddon - Heaven Knows



Listen to the words of this beautiful song by Deitrick Haddon. Heaven knows what is going on in the world. God has not forgotten about us.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Ayo - Life is real



My blog sista, Noway, sent the link for this video. I love the song. Thanks, Noway. You are great support.

Enjoy!!

Friday, March 07, 2008

THREE THINGS OF LIFE


Three things in life that, once gone, never come back:

1. Time
2. Words
3. Opportunity

Three things in life that can destroy a person:

1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Unforgiveness

Three things in life that you should never lose:

1. Hope
2. Peace
3. Joy

Three things in life that are most valuable:

1. Love
2. Family & Friends
3. Kindness

Three things in life that are never certain:

1. Fortune
2. Success
3. Dreams

Three things that make a person:

1. Honesty
2. Sincerity
3. Hard work

Three things that are truly constant:

Father - Son - Holy Spirit

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN (Author unknown)




I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels.

My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, “This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.” I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section. The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.”

I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section,” my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed “How is it that? There’s no work going on here?” I asked.

“So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.

“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings?” I asked.

“Simple,” the angel answered. “Just say, “Thank you, Lord.”

“What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked.

“If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep … you are richer than 75% of this world. “If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

“And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.”

Also …..

“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness …. you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. “If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation … you are ahead of 700 million people in the world.

“If you can attend a church meeting without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death . you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.

“If your parents are still alive and still married .. you are very rare.

If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you are unique to all those in doubt and despair.”

Ok, what now? How can I start? If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you want, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are. Attn: Acknowledge Dept.: Thank You Lord! “Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people to share it with.”

Monday, March 03, 2008

SERENDIPITY by Ralph Marston


Today's Daily Inspiration
Speak to God openly and honestly from your heart and then do not allow yourself to worry. Lord, You are my protection and my provider when I put my trust in you.

Good things will come to you in ways you could never anticipate or expect. Yet if you're constantly placing judgments, conditions and restrictions on your life, you'll miss out on most of those good things.

Being open to the abundance of life means being open to the unknown and unexpected.
If you hide away from what you do not know, you'll never discover anything new.

The world is constantly changing, and many of those changes can seem frightening. Yet within each and every change there is opportunity.

When the world changes, legions of positive possibilities are born. When the unexpected happens, there is much new value to be created.

Choose to welcome the constant newness that is essential to life. For it brings new ways to more fully express and fulfill your own unique purpose.

In every unexpected turn of events is a pleasant surprise waiting to be discovered. Open yourself to the freshness of each dawning moment, and find those magnificent treasures that have just been born.

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