Friday, March 23, 2012

"Justice for Trayvon" rally held at Paul Quinn College

Friday was the day to honor Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teen who was gunned down February 26 by a neighborhood watch captain.

About 500 people chanted "We want justice! Justice for Trayvon!" while holding Skittles candy and Arizona ice tea at Paul Quinn College in Dallas.

Martin's killer George Zimmerman has not been arrested nor charged with a crime because of a Florida law which is similar to Texas' Castle Law, allowing homeowners to shoot in self-defense.

Local radio station K104 FM also came to show support along with State Senator Royce West. The senator called for a review of the Texas law as he addressed the rally.

It was organized via social media between the aforementioned radio station and the president of Paul Quinn College.

If you want to be a part of change and get justice for Trayvon, sign the petition 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sanford police chief temporarily steps down

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee says he must "temporarily step aside" from duty. It comes one day after the city council voted 3-2 of a no confidence vote of Lee.

The police department has come under fire in recent weeks for its inadequate handling of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Martin was shot on February 26 while walking home from the convenience store to his father's fiancee's house. George Zimmerman, a SELF-APPOINTED neighborhood watch captain, says he shot the teen in self-defense.

Zimmerman has not been charged or arrested.

 Communities across the nation have protested in outrage with rallies and mailing empty Skittles wrappers to the police department.

One of the main issues with this case involves Florida's "stand your ground" law which states that a citizen has the right to use deadly force if he/she or someone else feels threatened.

The 911 tapes suggest Zimmerman was the aggressor after he ignored the dispatcher's request to not follow the teen.

However, the author of the controversial law says that Zimmerman is not protected.

The family of Trayvon Martin will have a press conference later today prior to a massive rally in a Sanford, FL park.

The FBI and DOJ will run a civil rights investigation in tandem with the Martin case.

CNN reports that a grand jury will convene on the matter on April 10, according to State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.

Monday, March 12, 2012

It's March....time for some Madness

The road to the Final Four began Sunday with the unveiling of the 68 teams who will vie for the chance to become national champion on April 2.

It's the most wonderful time of the year...well next to Christmas anyway.

Three weeks of seeing if your bracket was a success or a complete bust. Three weeks of upsets, buzzer beaters, and Cinderella stories.

Speaking of Cinderella, VCU, Wichita State, Murray State and Long Beach State make viable candidates for the glass slipper.

The most intriguing match-ups are Wichita State vs VCU and Vanderbilt vs Harvard.

It didn't surprise me that the top seeds in each region were Kentucky (South), North Carolina (Midwest), Syracuse (East) and Michigan State (West) even though me and most of America felt that either Kansas or Missouri was more deserving of a #1 seed.

It also didn't surprise me that teams who did what they were supposed to do such as beat quality competition get left out of the dance.

Such was the case for Drexel and Washington, who both won the regular season for the Colonial Athletic Association and the Pac-12, respectively. How can the committee penalize Drexel for losing the CAA championship game? That's complete hogwash.

How does BYU make the tournament? They didn't have any quality wins and had a losing record against St. Mary's and Gonzaga.

Moving forward, the committee did Kentucky no favors with its bracket. The overall #1 has Baylor, Duke, Indiana and defending champion UConn in its region. about a tough road.

Michigan State has by far the easiest road to the Big Easy but they may have to fight it out with #2 Missouri if both teams meet in the Elite 8. Roy Williams and his Tar Heels could also meet his former team Kansas in the Regional Final as well...which begs the question.....

Who do you think will make it to the Final Four?

Will all number #1 seeds meet in New Orleans?

Which #1 seeded team will bow out early?

Which mid-major team will make a run similar to VCU and Butler?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

"Take it Like a Man"

Good day to you my brothers and sisters in Christ. First off, I want to thank God for giving me another 24 hours  of mercy and grace.

I wanted to share something with you that I received Monday night during the all-male worship at my church.

Pastor Haynes dubbed the mini-sermon, if you will, "Take it Like a Man."

The message he gave was based off of a discussion concerning the many images that bombard young men in today's time, especially young, black men. Images such as those that depict us a being thugs or that the only way to succeed is through entertainment or sports.

The pastor gave this example of a study done many years ago where hundreds of people were placed in a crooked room with crooked images, sitting in a crooked chair and then were asked to stand up straight.

The surprising conclusion was that many couldn't stand up straight because they instead adjusted to the crooked images in the crooked room while only a few did the unthinkable and stood up straight in a crooked room with crooked images....which brings us to this text in the Bible.

In  Judges 6 and 7, the Bible tells the story of a man named Gideon, who was visited by the Angel of the Lord that he was called to save the Israelites from their oppressors. Gideon had his objections but the Angel called him a man of valor.

He then asks God how should he go about saving his people in Chapter 7 to which God answers by commanding him to form an army to fight the Midianites. When God saw the 32,000 men, He said to Gideon that it was too Gideon asks that all men who were scared to return to their homes so the camp shrunk down to 22,000 men.

God then has Gideon take the 22,000 to the river to have a drink and commanded him to separate those who lap up the water like a dog from those who bend down on their knees and cup the water with their hands.

 The number of men then shrank down to only 300. God wanted only 300 men so that the praise of victory will wholly be unto God. The activity and prudence go with dependence upon God for our help in lawful undertakings. When the Lord sees that men will overlook him and through unbelief, would shrink from perilous services, he will set them aside and do his work by other instruments.

He doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called! God will take a committed minority to battle a wild majority.

God doesn't want fearful and timid men, he wants those individuals who will fight the good fight with courage and bravery. It's time for the young people of today to take back our communities and become positive role models to younger individuals who look up to them.

 Gideon didn't think he was capable of defeating the Midianites but he put his trust in God and with His help, the Midianites were destroyed.

Whatever gift God has given you, cultivate it and believe that God will use you to become productive citizens and advance the Kingdom.

Will you be the one who will stand up straight in a crooked room or will you just simply adjust to the crooked images?

Remain Blessed.