Category Archives: Keepin’ it 150

29May/16
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Pristine emphasis on vocals and an impassioned improvisatory delivery,

When given a chance to see a shooting star no one turns down the shot. The chance to see something rare and special draws us in every time. That opportunity has been afforded to us once again, from a truly unique soul. Enticing Resultz was exposed to a songstress who’s clearly here for a purpose. Imani Nakessa, the old soul in a young voice. First hearing her talents years ago, then through the Howard Gospel Choir, and now her videos on YouTube. Ms. Nakessa is always busy and pushing to make her brand of music stand along that of the greats.

While out the day with Imani, she expressed the hope that people would learn to be themselves unapologetically after hearing her. Rooted in gospel from church as a young woman, the spirit is felt when she lets loose. “My grandmother was quiet and strong. Taught me to also have strength in myself.” Learning from both her mother and father that who you are is a reason and a purpose for it. Nakessa feels she knows the purpose for her angelic vocal skills. “Focus on instilling the youth with the knowledge of self and excellence to develop them into those who will build stronger communities. Help make sure they understand that the focus is not to gain white approval, but to build and operate as our own unit as an actual community.”

With vision and dedication she hopes to reach those goals without fear. Imani displays fearlessness with her execution in song and presence, that spirit is all based in her faith, her name literally means “Faith has brought prosperity.”

Not really into today’s scene of hip hop and R&B , Imani draws inspiration from the history in her craft. Black artist and nature being her biggest influence, the sound she supplies is a reminder and refresher for those who yearn for when soul music had soul.FB_IMG_1462388923389

” As of right now there are very few “artists” making real hip hop these days. In my opinion, hip hop and real r&b, not this new age foolery they are claiming to be r&b, will make a huge come back and when that iconic moment hits I would love to stand and be a part of that but as of right now hip hop has gone into hiding working in secret to blow all this other mess away.” Billie Holiday is one of those role models that girls today need but do not have , except for women like Nakessa, who draws strength not from today’s biggest pop artist. Yesterday’s stars still twinkle at her through their music. The twinkle shines through her obviously when you listen to the way she croons Stevie Wonder’s “A ribbon in the sky”.

Growing up differently with two brothers and young sister, whom all are musically inclined also along with her mother. The formula for singing and expression was instilled from birth. “I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember so it’s just something I’ve always done. A gift bestowed upon me that can be utilized to heal, to educate, and unify.” The purpose of it all for young Imani is to make a better situation for her people through music directly.

I asked her about an artist responsibility to speak on social matters and if it does matter. “I do think it is culturally important for artists to speak on social issues because at some point you have to realize that your influence is very great and for you to stand with those who stood with you before you reached the status that you have it builds necessary strength among communities.” Those morals and foundation are usually avoided by today’s top selling artists in fear of losing endorsements. That relentless love and undeniable talent will continue to move Nakessa forward with her purpose and find a way to liberate all those that hear her wonderful voice. Keep your ears pealed.

 

Columnist/Enticing Resultz Magazine

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24Feb/16
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Black Lives Do Not Matter

 

 

 

Black Lives Do Not Matter

 

When is enough really enough? Sometimes pain is necessary. Sometimes you have to break the bone then reset it to ensure proper healing. A reminder is at times needed to shake off contentment. More often than not kindness is usually regarded as weakness. Passiveness is used against the non-violent. These are things we already know. We know times are bad or even worse, they’re crazy.

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Lately there’s been more noise than usual about police brutality in our nation. More noise than heard in almost 50 years, but is the noise enough. How effective are the old tactics nowadays – if ever they were. Changes are made in paperwork being legislation and laws. These changes are the talk of the day, but what progress is being made concerning police brutality?

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Dogs, batons, water hoses, guns … These were used in 1963 against people not yet even twenty years of age. Over half a century later and recorded killings of blacks due to police hands are higher than ever. Fifty-three years later and the Voter’s Rights Act that those teens were marching for has been gutted and repealed. Bloody Sunday in Selma, where people were beaten by police and hospitalized in 1965 not even fifty years passed before what they were persecuted for is nearly abolished. What “progress” has really been made?

 

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Now , 2016 …. We face a situation that must be dealt with , it’s been ignored long enough. Last year a study by The Washington Post tallied almost 2 officer involved shootings per day. That’s more than twice the rate the government had recorded over the past decade. At the same time over the last two decades police fatalities, injuries, and assaults are dropping steadily. It’s becoming more safe for officers and more dangerous for citizens at the hands of officers.

An American citizen is eight times more likely to be killed by police than a terrorist, including Isis. Currently there’s a murder at the hands of police every eight hours.

When did this become ok? How is our justice system this corrupt, yet unmeasurably unopposed. The fact is we have been holding the truth in our hands for years. Blacks have been speaking on police issues over 60 years yet they were ignored, because it was happening to “them” and not “us”. The biggest evidence that black lives don’t matter is the fact that after televised abuse and dogs feeding on the skin of black teenagers we had to wait six decades to even be able and say “Black Lives Matter” then be heard. African-Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites or any other minority. African-Americans are twice as likely to be killed by police while unarmed.

 

This is not new. This is not a phenomenon. This has been happening since 1704 when the first slave patrols were instituted to recapture runaway slaves. Lots of slave patrols actually became police departments in America. From their beginning police in the United States were established to control blacks and recapture runaway slaves. This explains the psychological effects the badge can have on someone, power drunkenness and loss of moral compass. Misconduct complaints are filed on average against 205,200 police officers a year. The court cases to defend these officers are an expense of taxpayers, 1.8 billion dollar annual cost.

The money aside for a second , there is a systemic issue that helps understand why we have the highest amount of civilian deaths at the hands of police officers and also the highest incarceration rate, 2.3 million with 1 million being black according to NAACP.

 

These numbers represent one of the few areas still left that America leads the world in. It’s unacceptable, but yet we accept it everyday. We accept the fact that it takes 1,000 citizens to be killed by police before one indictment is handed down. We now must indict the system. We the people must look at the rate of prosecution for police and demand more. This atmosphere of “kill and get away with it” has to finally be put to an end. The same thing that was on signs over 50 years ago remains on them today, these tactics are not working – never really have. Why ? They don’t really care about us. A recent Princeton study of 1,800 public policies over the last twenty years shows that the wants of the average American only have a minuscule insignificant effect of policies that are enacted. Government is owned by big business, so our demands fall on ears stuffed with hundred dollar bills. We the people have to indict the system that allows this perversion to rot away our trust in a government we pay taxes to. We are not truly represented in any of the 3 branches of government.

 

 

 

 

We the people indict the system for murder in the first degree.

We the people indict the system for miscarriage of justice.

We the people indict the system for perjury.

We the people indict the system for prejudice and discrimination.

We the people indict the system for cruel and unusual punishment.

 

1.2 million law enforcement officials occupy the United States of America.

In 2015, 1,202 people were killed by them. In 2014, 1,110 killed also. We have a case to be heard. Evidence to be presented;

 

Exhibit A: for the people: In a recent survey of police officers in America 43% stated “always following the rules is not compatible with getting the job done.” This speaks to how duties are conducted when the shift begins. A man heading out in the squad car with this outlook on his job is more prone to cutting corners and bending any rule.

 

Exhibit B: The same study found 588,000 officers feel for a criminal to be punished they must take the law into their own hands.

Vigilante mentality occupies nearly half of our entire police force. No thoughts on justice or fair trial first. A mind set like this is what leads a traffic stop to a crime scene.

 

Exhibit C: 52% agree it is not unusual for officers to turn a blind eye to improper conduct of officers, 300,000 have actually witnessed other officers profiling and didn’t report it.

Those vigilante officers are enabled by comrades whose silence is their muted form of participation. Accessories to the crimes committed, oath breakers themselves as they watch their brothers become corrupt in front of them.

 

Exhibit D: The fact the United States government has been found guilty in court for the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on December 8, 1999.

The conspiracy was proven in court and unanimously found guilty by 12 jurors. One of the greatest examples of a Christian, of an American, and of a man that we have in modern times was systematically conspired against and taken away from us by our very own government. The evidence shows that our case holds and that an indictment is past due.

 

No laws enacted, no legislation passed, no changes made. Our tactics no longer have even the smallest effect on how politics plays out today. Presidential candidates can speak on it and entertainment can exploit it, but we need more then conversation now. Actions speak louder always – now they’re the only thing that speak at all. Federal investigations into Ferguson and Chicago show us enough proof that there are clear and present racial motivations behind over half of the police stops conducted. Blacks and minorities are intentionally targeted to secure funds and make quotas for officers. We the people of this great nation can not stand for this. This can not be tolerated or allowed to persist. La’Quan McDonald, a boy killed in Chicago by police after being shot 16 times. His family had to wait over a year for charges to be filed against the police because audio on the dash cams had been intentionally tampered with. The minor changes made to better protect the 99% aren’t given a chance to be effective.

 

We the people are dying.

We the people are not being heard.

We are not being seen.

 

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This is now at a point where it’s our fault. We have yet to update our tactics, we have yet to try new matters to garner attention. Misconduct continues to grow in more areas than just brutality. Sexual assault is the second highest form and growing. Whether it be the raping of 13 black women or forcing prostitues to have sex while all while on duty like in Oklahoma and Nashville respectively. These cases are becoming more frequent, yet and still no changes made. How many deaths must we literally see, last words heard, gasps for breath denied. At what point is it the fault of the people because of our own fear? When is it our responsibility more than the department’s? When is it on is to do more .. More than marches, sit-ins, die-ins, and signs. Are these just our way to act like we have a say so – to act like we care? These redundancies; are they from lack of leadership or courage? Have we lost our heart, has our spirit been quieted forever? Resigning ourselves to a life lived in the shadows, where we have to tell our children to be careful because of their color then not having an answer when they ask is why it is the way it is. Have we accepted this second rate way of life – the tiny 99%

 

There are only tyrants when people enjoy tyranny at some level of society. There is only justice when people no longer seek justice to be absolute. Sometimes the pain is necessary to remind people of their power. Sometimes the pain is required to awaken sleeping Giants. We the people have a case to indict those that are meant to serve the public. Public servants are there to ensure we are respected, protected, and informed. If there is failure in this then reform and change is needed immediately.

 

When the people that built a nation are the target of that nation what does that say about the morals and principles of said nation? When the people that contributed inventions, labor, blood, tears, and countless babies on a countries behalf are not respected and acknowledged for such sacrifices made then those people must ensure by their own means that those sacrifices are remembered and paid the appropriate appreciation. We the people have failed. Failed our ancestors, our children, and ourselves. We have failed to be all we can be. We, the children of God, have failed for the last time. An indictment is to be handed down – from the citizens of the United States of America to the government. We demand acknowledgment, change, and reform. Due process to a speed trial is demanded. It’s been long enough – from Fredrick Douglas , Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Marcus Garvey, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, John F. Kennedy, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Hutton, all the way to Sandra Bland. Enough has been enough. When will black lives finally matter? More importantly, why haven’t

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black lives mattered from the beginning … Why are black lives hated so much?

 

Journalist- Brandon Alexander
Dedicated to the parents of the forgotten , may they live forever

 

 

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24Feb/16
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The preoccupied

 

Why is life the way it is?
Why would the world want to be preoccupied instead of adventurous? Meaning enslaved in work.
So busy one can’t even recognize the obvious in front of their eyes. Unaware that they can’t find the explanation of life.
Life is such a beautiful creation.
So what if the formation changed everything one did day to day?
Would it scared them?
Or make them want to learn more? Dig so deep in finding the meaning, it changed every one in existence. Preoccupied.
Taking one out of there content habitat.
Preoccupied.
Taking the lies they’ve been told and turning them into truth.
Would they ask themselves  questions and demand all the answers.
Help found the problem and solve the solutions.
Preoccupied.
Or would it terrify them to the extreme then make one commit suicide.
Knowing the knowledge one can’t unknow.
Or maybe everyone has too much understanding of this animation.
Is it that horrifying?
One must be subjugated in fantasies to keep them from the veracity. Preoccupied.
One rather just die obliviously.
Insensible is for the ignorant.
Put it in a book and they won’t read it. Preoccupied.
Put it in a book and they’ll stay unmindful.
Got you right where I want you.
Blind and distracted.
Life is this way now.
So get back to work and stay preoccupied.

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24Feb/16
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So many Questions

 

Within in this article I’m going to ask a lot of questions. These are questions that seem to be on everyone’s mind. I’m going to give my opinion on some of the questions.

Why is it okay for motorcyclist to not wear helmets? When it’s more dangerous if they are in an accident they could have severe injuries to their heads. But we as motorist have to wear a seatbelt or get a ticket. When cars are more safe that a motorcycle when it comes to accidents. Who ever passed this law needs to rethink it. I feel that it should be our choice if we want to wear a seatbelt or not.  

Why do we have to pay for car insurance? I feel it should also be a choice whether we want insurance on our cars or not.  What is the purpose? If I never have an accident then the insurance companies are getting rich.

Why is mandatory that we now have to have health care or we will be fined? Health care should be a choice because not everyone can afford it. The affordable care act is really not affordable if you have a big family. Now if the government wants to give everyone free healthcare then it would okay.

Why is it that medical marijuana is legal in many cities and states but the government can still come in raid the facility?  Why have the people vote if it doesn’t mean anything.

Why do men get paid more that a women doing the same job? When is this double standard going to stop? A woman is just as good as a man or better. I’m just saying.

Why are fast food restaurants only paying minimum wages in communities where the cost of living is really high? I don’t see them getting $15hr but a least $10hr so they can be able to pay rent and utilities.

Why is everything always a race issue? When it comes to law, a person of color will get all day for a crime. But a person of non-color (white) gets a slap on the risk. An example would be that white kid that killed three people while drunk driving. He gets probation because a psychological explanation call spoil syndrome. WTF … really. Now let that been a black child he would have got all day.

Why is college tuition so high? I thought education is supposed to be free.

Now the ultimate question is:  Why are the American people taking Donald Trump serious?How is he in the top running for president for the Republican Party? He speaks on no issues but building a wall to keep the Arabic people of the United States. If that’s not prejudice then what is? I’m going to leave this question open to see how the American people feel about this

 

Columnist/Enticing Resultz Magazine

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31Jan/16
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The saddest thing is to be a minute to someone, when you’ve made them your eternity. ERMAG understand there is a arguing for metrical compositions (Poetry) can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.

The distinguished art of metrical composition is the act of expression put through the vernacular jungle. The pen becomes the machete that slices its way through emotion and thought; clearing a path to spiritual enlightenment. Expanding the method of understand and feeling- bring about a new sight. The third eye is used to properly read and digest the soul spelled out on page. Deeper than intellect and higher that emotion – this is the process of divinity made physical.

Now let’s break it down to the essence. One first finds the objective laying in the mind – what is wishes to be expressed to the world. The heart begins to configure the imagery so the portrait will remain balanced and precise. Only then does the spirit take over – letting all the water colors of your energy focus on taking it all to a hidden place. A dissolute wilderness that has only been seen by the eyes of the master. It’s there that the pen is found and the creator begins to work in full harmony with self and surroundings. These moments are those of pure beauty emitted through burst like a star being born, Scriptures scribbled in solitude grow legs and walk into the ears of strangers Hands form to grasp the hearts and minds It just takes time.

The stage is set, the lights are luminous, and the mic is on.

Columnist/Enticing Resultz Magazine

email: enticingresultz@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EnticingResultz

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13Sep/15
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“Discipline or Disqualification? Discipline is Better!”

I Corinthians 9:24-27 [NKJV] “ Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.   But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

 

The thrill of the game, the adrenalin rush, the pulse pounding impact of the watching the last few moments of a close game between rival teams. The spike in blood pressure; the blood curdling and agonizing scream you hear when our team loses …you would think that folk were playing the game themselves.

 

Yes, SPORTS … if not yourself, the average guy you know loves sports. Get this … with no compensation of any kind and with no physical value being obtained from it whatsoever, most of your friends are hooked on sports like powerful drugs! In fact, depending on the season, may I suggest that some of your friends may even live for the game!

 

Think of all of the time and money spent on one’s favorite sport and what they will do just to support or connect with their favorite athlete or team. For most of us our connection to sports starts pretty early in life. Whether “pee wee” league or intramural level, many of us tend to take our sports pretty serious.

 

Gratefully, if you watch them closely, there are so many powerful, life lessons that can be learned from the athlete and regardless of sport, one thing the athlete teaches us is how to utilize discipline in our lives.

 

See it is the athlete’s daily dose of disciple that keeps him from becoming disqualified. So, with this thought in mind, can we change sports for just a moment?

 

The sport for now is life and if you don’t mind I need to ask you a few serious questions to see what kind of athlete you really are:

 

How are you playing your game? Are you even in the game or are you still on the bench? [Out of fellowship]

Are you studied up on your winning plays? [Bible study]

Have you been coming to practice and grinding it out like you are supposed to or have you been taking short cuts? [Sin]

Are you a team player or has it been all about YOU? [Pride]

How’s your diet? Are you eating the right things; body , soul and spirit?[Meditation]

What kind of godliness in your life are you exercising? Have you set proper boundaries to maintain favor with God and man? Are you doing what it takes to earn the respect of your family, friends and those who depend on you? [Real fans]

Do you keep yourself in check with proven, winning strategies or do you let anything go in your life? How do you handle those temptations that run across your mind from time to time? How do you handle your own shadows? Your own past? Your own secrets? Your own skeletons? Your own insecurities? [Humility & Accountability]

 

 

See, there’s a lot of stuff that can get you disqualified from the game …. How will you handle those?

 

Before I go, allow me to offer you this thought; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem, stay with the discipline! Know this; All great athletes do and it will be no different with you. In fact, being disciplined will even be more important for you in life than it will be for your favorite athlete in the game! Make no mistake about it, you will always have the MOST to win or lose and YOU will always be the real star.

 

So, I say to you, let your light shine bright as it ought to and as long as it has been ordained to by living with discipline that at times may seem painful.

 

The reality, however is that you can choose discipline or disqualification BUT discipline is BETTER!

 

Stay in the game CHAMP.

 Paster MEL

Mel Keyes, native Brooklynite is the pastor of The Joshua House of Worship, a multi-cultural and multigenerational congregation located on the west side of San Antonio, Texas. He’s been married to the lovely Kendra Keyes for twenty five years, with three children and two grandchildren. He is a graduate of The Baptist University of the Americas and Dallas Baptist University. He is the author of Hell To The

Know, How To Get From The Hell You’re Living In To The Life You Were Meant To Live.” Mel is also the founder of JoshuaGenerationRadio.org. as well as his life coaching practice “ Master Keyes Coaching & Consulting” and A Director With Total Life Changes. Determined to build his life on vision, Mel lives his life around three core principles of his personal vision for Ministry, Entrepreneurship & Leadership:

To passionately serve God, my family, friends and others around me through strong, loving, disciple making MINISTRY.

To empower armies of disciples through life transforming ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

To change the world around me through learning and practicing Christ centered, servant LEADERSHIP.

www.pastormelkeyes.com

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14Jul/15
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Taking Care Of Self II

On August 18, 2014, I posted, “I chose to begin taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP as another way to take back control of my life.  As a man of color who is also same-gender-loving the odds are against me in quite a few ways.  Instead of allowing the world to get me, I’m taking a stand with my health.”  Well it is almost a year later and I am still taking PReP but my reasons have changed slightly.

 In late March 2015, I attended the YBGLI (Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative) Policy & Advocacy Summit in Baltimore, Maryland.  As I tell people this was my first “big boy” conference where my limits were pushed, emotions discussed, and where I had the opportunity to create bonds with some of the most brilliant young minds of my generation.  My greatest take away from this experience was that I too am BRILLIANT.  For many years, I battled with the internal struggle of accepting that I am not what I have been led to believe and more over that I do not have to feed into what society’s ideals of what a professional young black same-gender-loving man is or looks like.  Three days of challenging myself from early morning to late into the evening brought me a rejuvenated sense of self-love and respect for others experiences. Featured image

(SideBar: Room 1217 was all I could ever ask for!  Thank you to everyone who graced that room with their presence.)

The experiences that moved me most were the stories of the gentle-persons who were Living with HIV.  Working in the HIV/AIDS field for almost a decade did not prepare me for the amount of HIV status disclosure I went through during those three days.  I am forever grateful for the eye-opening personal experiences that were shared.  There was one young man’s testimony of his diagnosis that had me in tears when he said, “I wish things like PReP were available to me before I was diagnosed.”  In that emotional moment I had to reflect on my own sh#%. Yes, I was taking PReP, but my own adherence to a drug that was not –and is not- always available to everyone was at the time rocky at best.

Over the next few weeks, I took a hard look at myself thinking over the choices that led me to deciding to begin PReP; my circumstances had changed.  I had been consciously practicing abstinence and saw no risk factor that attributed to me needing to continue with PReP.  I stopped cold turkey…remembering that while not instantly unprotected, if I chose to have unprotected sex my extra helper would not be there anymore to aid me in my hour of need.  As life would have it a situation occurred where unprotected sex did happen and all I could think about was that little blue pill.

Thankfully still negative, the realization that I had come to was that in this life we can’t do everything alone.  While wise enough to not use protection, I hadn’t.  I began PReP again and this time I saw it as not only my aid; No instead PReP is now my wake up call to a reality that I need to protect myself for myself and stop putting my life in others hands.  No longer do I have the mindset that if I desire to stay negative I am doing my part by popping a pill, leaving myself open for STDs including HIV, and putting trust in my partner to be ‘condom ready’.

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” –William Ernest Henley


Be Well and Prosperous,

 
Christiawn “The_Ramblr” Emmanuel
“Professional Expressionist and Lover” 
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01Jul/15
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Why Do We Have To Go Through These Changes?

I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook and I stumbled across a stat about relationships. The question was “Why do beautiful women put up with the wackest dudes…?” I thought to my self..then I replied..”This is true…I wonder why too…but my take on it is that some of the most BEAUTIFUL women have low self esteem. And when these men approach them it’s because they are showing their ‘representative’. Some men are real slick with it…especially if the women are baring their soul to them initially.. Most women are craving love so badly that they don’t set standards or even have them for that matter and are looking through rose colored glasses…so when these men come along they sound like a dream..and they do everything to hook the women so when that initial phase is over…the real person comes out..by that time feelings are involved and the woman may look at him as an investment and women most often don’t want to lose investments….there’s more but that is a summation of what I see and hear..  I try to school these young ladies..I have been through it…so I know what it is…my generation barely made it..but I feel sooo sorry for these generations that are coming up…no real solid foundations to hold onto…they are just out to get what they can get..” This also brings me to a video of Tina..one half of the gospel duo, Mary Mary; that has gone viral over the last couple of weeks, See Here. It shows her being caught up in a moment of rage over her husband’s cheating affairs. At first I was judgemental because I couldn’t understand how could someone of that stature air out her dirty laundry on reality tv..after all it’s a little different than some of the other reality shows that I have seen (we’ll save that for another day). The truth is I’m glad that she did because it erases some of the stereotypes that women in the gospel world face in their own personal lives. Most people forget that yet they speak in tongues, and sing you to life; they also deal with some of the same issues that we normal folk deal with. I think the problem of putting them on a pedestal alienates them from having real feelings, real issues, etc. The problem is not having the issue, but the reaction that you have to the issue. Yes we know in church the we are taught to forgive, love thy neighbor, turn the other cheek…but when issues arise do we really seek the face of God? Or do our natural carnal selves kick in? The Bible speaks of having on the full armor of God…but in times of hurt and pain do we really? I think part of the problem is that we as humans are constantly evolving…each generation has its own coping mechanism to the changing systems that preceded them…and setting their own individualism at the same time….it’s the survival of the fittest….All in all in the process of evolution..what happens externally happens internally as well… Perhaps there is a change in “role” dynamics? Are there undercurrents of feminism displayed in the raising of fatherless men? Hence the term “b%$#&a!#ness” ? Or…or is it the Freudian theory that references that men are attracted to women that resemble (features, mannerisms) their mothers, and women are attracted to men that resemble (features, mannerisms) their fathers?  Are men and women upholding the standards of their parents? Well what happens if there is lacking on either side of the equation? Is there a missing quotient? Do we just add in the factor that’s missing? Or do we look for examples and mimic them from our “community”

Watching this video, I can actually say that I’ve been there. I’ve been broken down to a level this extreme. Maybe even more extreme. I don’t care how strong you are. If you love a person (think you are in love), then you will go through hell and hell some more. Most women are programmed from a young age to stick by their man, the more you stick by him, he will change.That’s not true unless he wants to change. I can actually say that I don’t have that baggage anymore. I left that type of relationship a long time ago. So any man that I date or have a relationship with in this present day, I will not allow him to break me down to that level. It’s a mutual thing. If you love me and adore me then it is reciprocated wholeheartedly. No games, no half-assed attempts, and no side pieces.

What are your thoughts?

Shanell Monique is a Licensed Cosmetologist with over a decade of experience. She is Editor-in-Chief of Enticing Resultz Magazine, Hair Artist with Glam elite Enterprise, also a Published, Avant-Garde, Freelance Hairstylist, Educator and former Salon Owner of nine years, Nurse for 15 years. For more info read about her Here 

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30Jun/15
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Identity Mistake or Identity Fraud?: NAACP Dolezal

In the exploitation of Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP President, a new word is introduced “transracial”; the question now becomes, can we all just up and change our race if we wanted? The answer to that question is no, so that word becomes obsolete in the Black communities.

Cultural identity is described as the identity or feeling of belonging to, as part of the self-conception and self-perception to nationality, ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality and any kind of social group that have its own distinct culture. This is something that Black people have struggled with since our ancestors were brought over to this country. It is no secret that there are individuals outside the Black race who may identify with our culture and some individuals who would like to identify with the Black culture, so they study the history and trans-generational aspect of the Black race.

Wanting to identify and studying the Black culture is not the problem; Dolezal identifying with the Black race is not a problem. The problem exist when the boundaries of truth, trust, and justice is violated. The problem is when she intentionally lied about herself being raised as a Black woman for many years. She has potentially stolen the identity and occupied the space of a real Black woman who has struggled in this country because of the color of her skin.

NAACP has supported Dolezal through this scandal as they should but the question remains did they know her race; and if so, did they know that she was profiting from passing herself off as a Black woman? The issues that surround this uproar is that Dolezal has been occupying a space of a real Black woman sharing her story, she has potentially occupied an opportunity and jobs that a qualified Black woman could have fulfilled, she has potentially damaged the trust and relationships with the NAACP and the people, she has increased the tension that exist between races. This is not due to her identifying with the Black race, but because of her lying about who she was.

Black people have a hard time already being accepted and to have someone intentionally pass themselves off as Black just to be accepted is deceiving and can be looked at as infiltrating. She may have served as a great President with the NAACP, but at what cost? What are your thoughts and concerns?

Marquetta Turner has her MSW from Wayne State University. She is affiliated with various organizations that support communities and fight against social injustice. These organizations are National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Association of Black Social Worker (NABSW),  Suicide Prevention at WSU and, former Network (V.P.). She’s been a temporary voice of reason co-host to online radio show at See Here and an ongoing motivational speaker to a Social Work writing workshop. She is experienced, working with hospice patients, the mental health population and presently working with the Family First Program providing family preservation services and resources at Black Family Development as an intern. Marquetta is working toward completing her Autobiography as well as developing her own non-profit organization within the city of Detroit.

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25Jun/15
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Life is a Beautiful Struggle….

“Life is a beautiful struggle..People search through the rubble for a suitable hustle..”

Talib Kweli
“I Try”

I remember my guidance counselor in Jr. High school asking me to write a speech. Well I couldn’t think of anything to write. Not one thing. She told me something that cured my writers block. “Just start writing..you can choose a title and edit later.” I didn’t totally understand, but I did start writing the first thing that came to my mind. I built a storyline around it..and it was easier to choose a title. Because I had the subject matter I could choose any title that I wanted, the hard part was done. She loved it. It was used for an important ceremony. I’ve applied so much of this to my life..I guess my guidance counselor and Nike was onto something “Just Do It”

Your gift will make room for you..there is a market for that..get into an unfamiliar place within yourself and do the work required..watch the results..

Less is more…we get so caught up in the details and specifics sometimes and miss the point of why something was supposed to be done…FB_IMG_1435196439151

The difference between yesterday and today is the amount of information we can grasp at a rate/second and the amount of cameras that can open you up to criticism…this network is more dangerous than guns themselves…there is nothing new under the sun unless it’s man made..

People take life too seriously…we are supposed to but the reality is we were put here for a purpose..to serve the purpose..and affect the world..in a good way..unfortunately the balance of scales..in religion, doctrine, philosophy, etc. We will not have light without dark. The problem is where ever the scales tip…too much of anything can be chaos…share your gift…you don’t know what or who you are helping..as stated in the butterfly effect a.k.a. chaos theory…in short..what you do today..does affect your tomorrow..

Someone said….”I know how to swim….”.. my reply…”But what if you get a cramp?”, moral of the story…do what you do..but always prepare for the worst…

Confidence is sexy…no matter what the world is doing around you…OWN IT! “Those who can, do..those who can’t, teach.” Then there are those that do both. I know what I just said..don’t read too far into it..Live..Love..Prosper!

Shanell Monique is a Licensed Cosmetologist with over a decade of experience. She is Editor-in-Chief of Enticing Resultz Magazine, Hair Artist with Glam elite Enterprise, also a Published, Avant-Garde, Freelance Hairstylist, Educator and former Salon Owner of nine years, Nurse for 15 years. For more info read about her Here.

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