Wednesday, April 30, 2008

12 THINGS THE NEGRO MUST DO FOR HIMSELF by Nannie Helen Burroughs


1. The Negro Must Learn To Put First Things First. The First Things Are: Education; Development of Character Traits; A Trade and Home Ownership.
• The Negro puts too much of his earning in clothes, in food, in show and in having what he calls "a good time." The Dr. Kelly Miller said, "The Negro buys what he WANTS and begs for what he needs."

2. The Negro Must Stop Expecting God and White Folk To Do For Him What He Can Do For Himself.
• It is the "Divine Plan" that the strong shall help the weak, but even God does not do for man what man can do for himself. The Negro will have to do exactly what Jesus told the man (in John 5:8) to do--Carry his own load--"Take up your bed and walk."

3. The Negro Must Keep Himself, His Children And His Home Clean And Make The Surroundings In Which He Lives Comfortable and Attractive.
• He must learn to "run his community up"--not down. We can segregate by law, we integrate only by living. Civilization is not a matter of race, it is a matter of standards. Believe it or not--some day, some race is going to outdo the Anglo-Saxon, completely. It can be the Negro race, if the Negro gets sense enough. Civilization goes up and down that way.

4. The Negro Must Learn To Dress More Appropriately For Work And For Leisure.

• Knowing what to wear--how to wear it--when to wear it and where to wear it, are earmarks of common sense, culture and also an index to character.

5. The Negro Must Make His Religion An Everyday Practice And Not Just A Sunday-Go-To-Meeting Emotional Affair.

6. The Negro Must Highly Resolve To Wipe Out Mass Ignorance.
• The leaders of the race must teach and inspire the masses to become eager and determined to improve mentally, morally and spiritually, and to meet the basic requirements of good citizenship.
• We should initiate an intensive literacy campaign in America, as well as in Africa. Ignorance-- satisfied ignorance --is a millstone about the neck of the race. It is democracy's greatest burden.
• Social integration is a relationship attained as a result of the cultivation of kindred social ideals, interests and standards.
• It is a blending process that requires time, understanding and kindred purposes to achieve. Likes alone and not laws can do it.

7. The Negro Must Stop Charging His Failures Up To His "Color" And To White People's Attitude.
• The truth of the matter is that good service and conduct will make senseless race prejudice fade like mist before the rising sun.
• God never intended that a man's color shall be anything other than a badge of distinction . It is high time that all races were learning that fact. The Negro must first QUALIFY for whatever position he wants. Purpose, initiative, ingenuity and industry are the keys that all men use to get what they want. The Negro will have to do the same. He must make himself a workman who is too skilled not to be wanted, and too DEPENDABLE not to be on the job, according to promise or plan. He will never become a vital factor in industry until he learns to put into his work the vitalizing force of initiative, skill and dependability. He has gone "RIGHTS" mad and "DUTY" dumb.

8. The Negro Must Overcome His Bad Job Habits.
• He must make a brand new reputation for himself in the world of labor. His bad job habits are absenteeism, funerals to attend, or a little business to look after. The Negro runs an off and on business. He also has a bad reputation for conduct on the job--such as petty quarrelling with other help, incessant loud talking about nothing; loafing, carelessness, due to lack of job pride; insolence, gum chewing and--too often--liquor drinking. Just plain bad job habits!

9. He Must Improve His Conduct In Public Places.
• Taken as a whole, he is entirely too loud and too ill-mannered.
• There is much talk about wiping out racial segregation and also much talk about achieving integration.
• Segregation is a physical arrangement by which people are separated in various services.
• It is definitely up to the Negro to wipe out the apparent justification or excuse for segregation.
• The only effective way to do it is to clean up and keep clean. By practice, cleanliness will become a habit and habit becomes character.

10. The Negro Must Learn How To Operate Business For People--Not For Negro People, Only.
• To do business, he will have to remove all typical "earmarks," business principles; measure up to accepted standards and meet stimulating competition, graciously--in fact, he must learn to welcome competition.

11. The Average So-Called Educated Negro Will Have To Come Down Out Of The Air. He Is Too Inflated Over Nothing. He Needs An Experience Similar To The One That Ezekiel Had--(Ezekiel 3:14-19). And He Must Do What Ezekiel Did
• Otherwise, through indifference, as to the plight of the masses, the Negro, who thinks that he has escaped, will lose his own soul. It will do all leaders good to read Hebrew 13:3, and the first Thirty-seven Chapters of Ezekiel.
• A race transformation itself through its own leaders and its sensible "common people." A race rises on its own wings, or is held down by its own weight. True leaders are never "things apart from the people." They are the masses. They simply got to the front ahead of them. Their only business at the front is to inspire to masses by hard work and noble example and challenge them to "Come on!" Dante stated a fact when he said, "Show the people the light and they will find the way!"
• There must arise within the Negro race a leadership that is not out hunting bargains for itself. A noble example is found in the men and women of the Negro race, who, in the early days, laid down their lives for the people. Their invaluable contributions have not been appraised by the "latter-day leaders." In many cases, their names would never be recorded, among the unsung heroes of the world, but for the fact that white friends have written them there.
"Lord, God of Hosts, Be with us yet."
• The Negro of today does not realize that, but, for these exhibits A's, that certainly show the innate possibilities of members of their own race, white people would not have been moved to make such princely investments in lives and money, as they have made, for the establishment of schools and for the on-going of the race.

12. The Negro Must Stop Forgetting His Friends. "Remember."
• Read Deuteronomy 24:18. Deuteronomy rings the big bell of gratitude. Why? Because an ingrate is an abomination in the sight of God. God is constantly telling us that "I the Lord thy God delivered you" --through human instrumentalities.
• The American Negro has had and still has friends--in the North and in the South. These friends not only pray, speak, write, influence others, but make unbelievable, unpublished sacrifices and contributions for the advancement of the race--for their brothers in bonds.
• The noblest thing that the Negro can do is to so live and labor that these benefactors will not have given in vain. The Negro must make his heart warm with gratitude, his lips sweet with thanks and his heart and mind resolute with purpose to justify the sacrifices and stand on his feet and go forward-- "God is no respector of persons. In every nation, he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is" sure to win out. Get to work! That's the answer to everything that hurts us. We talk too much about nothing instead of redeeming the time by working.

R-E-M-E-M-B-E-R

In spite of race prejudice, America is brim full of opportunities. Go after them!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

UNSURPASSED ENTHUSIASM by Ralph Marston


When the going gets rough, that's not a sign that you must lower your expectations. It is precisely during such times that your best strategy is to raise those expectations.

If your goal is to merely get by, to do nothing more than just break even, there's nothing in it to motivate or inspire you. Set your sights on a destination so compelling that you'll be pulled toward it just by thinking about it.

Giving up and settling for less is never the answer to life's challenges. See those challenges as the tremendously valuable opportunities that they are.

Always, always, always there are rich rewards waiting for those who can produce and provide real value to life. That is even more acutely true in times of turmoil and uncertainty.

You have so very much to offer, for you are smart, experienced, adaptable, curious, open-minded and willing to make a positive difference. So by all means, get busy making your own unique contribution to life with every opportunity that comes your way.

This is your time to shine more brightly than ever before. Greet this day, and every day, with the unsurpassed enthusiasm of knowing what a truly grand opportunity is now in your hands.

Friday, April 25, 2008

GET UP!!! GET UP!!!

Get up!!!! Get up!!! It is not over!!! Press!!! Press toward the mark of the High Calling that is in Christ Jesus!!! Get up!!! Get up!!! You may be broken. You may have messed up. You may have fallen. But God can still use you. Get up!! Get up!!!

Her testimony is powerful!!! View the entire video.


Click here for the continuation of the message Video - 2

Click here for the continuation of the message Video - 3

A MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH

Prophetess Sharon Seay Eiland

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Podcast Alert: The Queen's Council is now prime time!

Greetings Everyone,

Tonight, we will conduct our second "The Queen's Council" show! Thank you to everyone who emailed us in support. We hope that this show will become one of the platforms to spread the word about The Black Female Agenda, and to start a real movement for black women to use our power to make America a more hospitable place for ourselves and our daughters.

Good news -- our show time has been changed to Tuesdays, 9:00pm.

Tonight, we want to talk about one of items of the Black Female Agenda: Media Integrity.

How can we loosen the stranglehold of stereotypical imagery of black women and girls in the media? What steps can be taken by our black queens, bishops, knights, and pawns?

Tonight will be the first of many conversations that we will have to start making changes -- instead of simply complaining -- in this area.

We will also discuss the Pennsylvania Primary results -- will this Democratic debacle finally be over? In light of the Black Female Agenda, why should black women care one way or the other?

To join us tonight, you can click the button below, or call us at

(347) 327-9459

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Monday, April 21, 2008

CHOOSE YOUR COMMITMENTS by Ralph Marston



You won't be able to commit to anything if you try to commit to everything. Be willing to say no to the things that are not really important, and you'll be able to say yes, in a big way, to those things that are most meaningful.

A few, carefully selected, quality commitments will bring much more value to your life than a whole calendar full of shallow, relatively meaningless ones. The depth and meaning of life's experiences matter more than the sheer volume of them.

Just because you're busy doesn't necessarily mean you're making real progress. Take some time to consider just where all that activity is taking you.

Life is filled with all sorts of wonderful opportunities for real fulfillment. There's no need to grab at everything that happens to come by.

Every single day is precious and unique. Spend each day moving life forward in a personally meaningful way.

Choose your commitments with care and grace, with love and purpose. Then you can truly know the joy of giving yourself fully to them.

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Sidebar: This is yet another great post by Ralph Marston.

How many of you commit to doing things that drain you of energy and destroy your mental health??

How many of you over extend yourself to the point of exhausation?

Why do we do such things??? Is it for love and acceptance??

From this day forward, let's commit ourselves to things that are more meaningul and bring out the best in us.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cerri Banks Named Interim Dean of William Smith College


President Mark D. Gearan has announced the appointment of Assistant Professor of Education Cerri Banks as Interim Dean of William Smith College. Banks succeeds Dean Debra DeMeis who recently announced that she has accepted a position as Dean of Students at Wellesley College. Professor Banks will serve in the role of Interim Dean for one year while the Colleges conduct a national search.

Banks holds a bachelor of science in inclusive elementary and special education, a master's degree in cultural foundations of education, a certificate of advanced studies in women's studies, and a Ph.D. in cultural foundations of education -- all from Syracuse University. At SU, she was a recipient of many awards including the School of Education doctoral prize.

Banks specializes in the areas of sociology of education, cultural studies, multicultural education and qualitative research. Her research interests center on issues of equity and culture in education, race, class, and gender analysis, popular culture, and social justice at all levels of schooling. Committed to educational reform and issues of diversity, Banks draws from educational theory, feminist theory, and critical race theory in her research and writing. Her forthcoming book, Black Women Undergraduates, Cultural Capital and College Success, will be published in 2008.

**Article taken from the Horbart and William Smith Colleges website.

BOOTY GOSPEL: TOO MUCH INFORMATION

Here is another Youtube video produced by Ringo4life entitled, "Booty Gospel."

Sidebar Question: Are there some things that are better left unsaid, especially when preaching?



Ringo4life's video contains a clip where Juanita Bynum admitted to masturbating.

Out of fairness, I am posting the videos containing Juanita Bynum's full statement, in context, regarding masturbation. Juanita's statement begins at approximately 08:38 on the first video and continues on the second video.

Video #1


Video #2


Okay, now here is Bishop Weeks' full statement, in context, regarding booty and masturbation.

Again, I ask: are there some things that are better left unsaid, especially when preaching???

I Found a Wife!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

"Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done."
**Excerpt from the hymn entitled, "Count Your Blessings" by Johnson Oatman, Jr.



A wise person once said that inner peace begins with counting your blessings.

In celebration of inner peace, please share your list of 10 blessings.

Friday, April 11, 2008

THE LAST LECTURE

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
—Randy Pausch

Professor Tracey, thank you for posting the link to THE LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch.

The Last Lecture (the short lecture)

THE LAST LECTURE (the full lecture)

SIDEBAR QUESTION OF THE DAY



Life is one big educational lesson.

How are you doing on the quizzes and exams of life?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Pray for Toni Braxton




It is being reported that Toni Braxton has been hospitalized with chest pains. Toni is currently the headlining act at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

I wish her a speedy recovery. Let's keep Toni and her family in our prayers.


TONI BRAXTON "HOW MANY WAYS" (Attorneymom's favorite Toni Braxton song)


Toni Braxton - Love Shoulda Brought You Home

Sunday, April 06, 2008

A MESSAGE TO BLACK WOMEN

While doing my weekly youtube.com stroll, I came across this video by Melosidad1 in which she chastises black women for dropping the ball when it comes to self love and loving black men.

Please review the video in its entirety and provide your opinion about Miss Melosidad1's assessment of black women.

Sidebar: I am sure that Shecodes, Professor Tracey, and Gina will appreciate Miss Melosidad’s analysis. LOL.

Warning: This video contains profanity.

Black Women Dropped the Ball(Attitude,Weave and Disrespect)

MOVE ON!! by Attorneymom



Philippians 3: 13,14
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Amen
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For those of you who are struggling to resolve or move beyond your past, I encourage each of you to keep it moving. Move on from your past. Move on from your perceived mistakes and failures. Move on from your hurts and disappointments.

The past is the past and there is not one thing you can do to change it.

Forgive yourself and let it go!!! Your destiny and health are depending on you.

Prayer: Father God, please help us to forget those things which are behind us. Please remove the fear, anger, hate and unforgiveness that prevent us from seeing and embracing (accepting) the good that is before us. And give us the strength to press toward the high calling of love, righteousness, peace and joy that is in the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray.

Sidebar: May your heart cherish love, your voice find laughter and your mind embrace peace.

GTR Voices of Praise "You've Been So FaithFul

Friday, April 04, 2008

CONFLICTING DESIRES by Ralph Marston

Sidebar: I admit that I post a lot of inspirational writings by Ralph Marston on Character Corner. I am waiting for him to sue me for copyright infringement. LOL. Nothwithstanding, I do enjoy his writings. I strongly feel that they should be shared with my blog family.
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You are highly skilled and experienced at fulfilling your desires. The problem is, many of your desires conflict with other of your own desires.

For example, a desire to continually consume junk food would be in conflict with a desire to be fit and lean. A desire to go fishing every day can undermine the desire to be successful in your career.

The challenge of achieving meaningful success and fulfillment is largely a challenge of prioritizing and directing your own desires. In fact, the challenges imposed by the outside world are often much less severe than the challenges of choosing between conflicting desires within you.

So how do you resolve the conflicts between your desires? First, accept each desire as it arrives, without judgment or resistance.

Then, remind yourself that you can choose to follow that desire, or to follow an alternate desire, or to follow no desire at all for the moment. Finally, know that you can quickly and easily let go of each desire.

See your desires as reminders and suggestions rather than imperative commands. Calmly accept and consider each desire, knowing that you always have a choice, and your desires will stop fighting against each other.

Copyright ©2008 Ralph S. Marston, Jr. All rights reserved.
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

Sidebar Question of the Day: What have we learned about ourselves and our community as it relates to educational and economic advancement since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

CELEBRATION OF LOVE

Well, you saw them bust a move with their sons in my "First Wedding Dances" post. Now learn the story behind the couple. It is a beautiful love story.



Sidebar: Can you just feel the chemistry between this husband and wife team?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I LOVE MY AUNT BOBBY!!!



ATTORNEYMOM WITH HER #1 AUNT BOBBY CELEBRATING HER 40TH BIRTHDAY.

This post is dedicated to my Aunt Bobby. I love my Aunt Bobby. God has blessed me with an amazing Aunt.

I would like to thank my Aunt for making my 40th Birthday really special. Her thoughtfulness and generosity touched my heart. Other than take a day off from work, I had no other plans to do anything special for my birthday. The next day, my Aunt, Uncle Jimmy, Cousins Tameka and Brianna had dinner together. When I arrived at the restaurant, they had decorated a chair with balloons and a birthday cake. I was truly touched. Not to mention that they also had two cards filled with money waiting for me. One of the cards played my favorite song "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong.



My Aunt always calls to check on me. She always begins the call singing, "Give God The Glory, Glory!" She has always been very supportive of me.

Thank you, Aunt Bobby, for piercing my ears as an infant (LOL) and making me feel special. I appreciate your love for me. Thank you for not being a fair weather Aunt. You are the Greatest.

FIRST WEDDING DANCES

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO ATTEND A WEDDING RECEPTION SOMETHING OCCURS THAT TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY!!!! LOL!! ENJOY!!!!!

NOW BUST IT!!!


IT'S JUST NOT A BLACK THANG!!!!


AW, SHUCKS!!!!

Never Stop Reaching by Ralph Marston


It is only when a seed grows that it can produce more seeds. It is only when you express joy and abundance in your own life that you can help others to know joy and abundance in their lives.

To make yourself miserable for the sake of helping others will serve no useful purpose at all. The best way to be of service to others is from a position of strength and fulfillment rather than from a position of weakness and despair.
The goals and dreams and desires that are so undeniably your own are yours for a reason. They are showing you, and at the same time compelling you, to make the most of your life.

It is not selfish to be your very best. What's truly selfish is to let your enormous potential go unrealized.

What have you always wanted to know, always wanted to have, always wanted to do, and always wanted to be? It is never too late to honestly answer that question, and to answer it with all the colorful detail and passion that it deserves.

For in the answer to that question is your own truly beautiful and unique gift to life. Never stop reaching for the best you can imagine; for when you fulfill your highest possibilities, you raise the whole world up with you

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