Black Vegans Rescue Soul Food From Hungry Appropriators

They do it because they understand fully the importance of protecting one’s foundation.  How can you build it you dont have a foundation, and how can your building stand if the foundation is destroyed? Black Vegans and Holistic Practitioners definitely understand that their roots are based in Soul Food cooking – I’m talking about the…

James Copes,The Mayor of Oakland’s Eastmont Mall

Two Sundays ago, I decided to go out in search of a bookstore to browse.  I’m a hardcore bibliophile and was seriously jonesing for some book spine reading action, so I first went online to see what bookstores are actually left.  Ever since my beloved Stacey’s Bookstore of San Francisco closed down, and also even…

Straight Outta East Oakland

I have recently read “Straight Outta East Oakland“, by Rev Harry L. Williams, a hard hitting and profound story about a young man from the deep ghetto, who has a strong desire to go to college, but no resources to fuel his hope. The young man, Firstborn Walker, is highly focused on going to college in the neighboring…

Love Never Fails Us!

About three months ago, I started attending a human trafficking training seminar hosted by Love Never Fails,  and held at Allen Temple Church.  This was an intense 8 module course that would disseminate much information on the inner workings of this wicked and fast growing industry.  Love Never Fails set up the courses to give each participant the skills and background understanding to  becoming a highly effective, sensitive and…

The Incomparable Glide Memorial Church of San Francisco

Last Sunday, Aug 26, I visited the famous Glide Memorial Church in San Francisico, CA.  This church has been a bastion of good works and is well known and loved the world over!  Yet, it’s interesting how I have never been there before in my life, especially since I was born and raised in San Francisco within a mile of…

Erykah Badu Speaks Healing

Like I’ve said before, Erykah Badu tried to tell you!  She ain’t no joke. On and on, and on and on My cipher keep moving like a rolling stone… She and her cipher still messing people up.  It’s all good though.  But right here in this clip, she’s on a mundane tip – trying to teach the Creator’s righteous…

Deltas, Black Women, Love, Power and Respect

There was a mash up between the Honorary Delta  Rae Lewis-Thornton and the Delta Sigma Theta Leader Rose McKinney.  In the end Sister Rae was booted out of the honorary membership.  As I listened to the video that Sister Rae posted, I got the feeling that I understood what may have happened, even though I don’t know the…

Will The Funk Be Stolen Once Again?

I pledge allegiance to the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk.  I promise to funk One Nation Under a Groove, and to get down just for the funk of it. Now that you know where I stand, let me tell you a tale of chasing the funk.  I remember clearly when the Mothership…

Do The Poor Have Any Social Responsibility To Their Communities?

I had an interesting conversation on Facebook with some powerful men and women of God recently.  People from a range of social backgrounds.  BTW, click their links.  They are dedicated workers in their communities for social uplift.  Deacon Lyles is blessed with the homilist’s gift, and I’m a proud member of his Sunday School Class #9!  Though we didn’t…

Sinead O’Connor, You Better Preach!

Sinead O’Connor recently put forth an open letter concerning the issue of Trayvon Martin’s murder.   Sister girl preached a sermon worthy of Dr. Jeremiah Wright!  A true prophetic justice sermon of the best of our black tradition. Sinead is known for being a little fiery anyways.  I always did love her. I would like to…

The Redemption Of Black Manhood

Does Trayvon Martin = Emmett Till? Emmett Till was a young boy, just at the cusp of his manhood.  Just learning how to appreciate the beauty in a woman, and to articulate his appreciation.  He was murdered in cold blood for trying to pass the threshhold towards the goal of his black manhood.  He was forever denied the chance to…

Too $hort Speaks on Rap, Teen Violence and Misogyny

Too $hort “tussles” with the issues of how his “rap game” has put forth devastating messages that have a horrible impact on the thinking of our children.  Many rappers of his genre have to wrestle with their consciences as they learn just how much power and influence they have on the minds of the youth. Too $hort is wrestling with it:…