Lunar Eclipse: Blood Moon 2014

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I used a Fuji Camera to take these pictures of my first lunar eclipse.

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Lunar Eclipse: Blood Moon 2014

I used a Fuji Camera to take these pictures of my first lunar eclipse.

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2014 MLK Day of Service

The 2014 MLK Day of Service is almost here – and Americans across the country are rolling up their sleeves in service. Are you ready to get out and serve?

Making time to volunteer for the 2014 MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Whether you plan on grabbing a paintbrush, mentoring a young person or helping to clean up a public space in the next few days, know that what you do makes a world of difference.

Still looking for a way to participate? Sign up to volunteer with a project in your area.
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MLK Weekend 2014

Be sure to share your thoughts and photos from your volunteer service that day:

•​Tweet using the hashtag #MLKDay

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Ras Kass Is Back and Still a Threat w/ Barmageddon

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Ras kass-hankerchiefHKR 08-07-2013:
Ras Kass
is one of the dopest lyricist to ever bless the mic and sadly he’s way underrated and not fully appreciated. His first two albums ‘Soul on Ice’ and ‘Rasassination‘ are considered underground classics. Later Ras went on to make a name for himself as being part of two super groups, one being the 4 Hrsemen featuring him, Kurupt, Killah Priest and Canibus. The other was the Golden State Warriors featuring him, Xzibit and Saafir.. Both projects looked promising but didn’t really take off the ground.

While Ras was generating major buzz as being a rhyme spitter not to test, he was sadly generating a lot of noise around record label politics. In fact the drama around his 3rd album Van Gogh seemed to overshadow his accomplishments. For the most part Ras was at war with his record label which was Capitol…

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In His Own Words: How Richard Pryor Felt About Black Women.

In his own words explaining what he thought about Black women.

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Stanley Tookie Williams III

Rehabilitation from founding gang member to Nobel Peace Prize nominee not enough to make it off Death Row alive.

“Williams message denouncing gang life and promoting peace with rival gangs did result in a truce. The Tookie Protocol for Peace is credited with settling disputes. Nobel Peace Prize nominee for Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir. Williams was nominated from 2001 to 2005 for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 2005, while his case was under US Supreme Court review, Williams, 53, received “The Outstanding Character of America Award” for his work from death row, and a President’s Call to Service Award, certificate of achievement and commendation letters from the president, former Senators Bob Dole, and John Glenn, honorary co-chairs of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. William A. Harrison, of West Monroe, La., a minister at The Old Catholic Orthodox Church, nominated Williams for the award, “People can be redeemed. It doesn’t matter where you come from, you may be on death row, but to be able to lend something that people can say, ‘this has inspired me to change my life.”

In 1998, US District Judge Stephen Wilson stated Williams’ conviction was based on circumstantial evidence and had witness credibility problems. There were no witnesses to the motel murders, and the only witness to the Owens killing, was the accomplice. The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the prosecution relied on witnesses with “less-than-clean backgrounds” and rewarded them for testifying against Williams. Since Williams maintained his innocence, he would not apologize for the crimes. Clemency was not possible.

Williams was the 12th person executed since CA the death penalty, was reinstated in 1977. The entire procedure took longer than usual. The execution team took about 12 minutes to find a vein in Williams’ muscular left arm. While the personnel were probing, Williams repeatedly lifted his head off the gurney, winced visibly, and at one point appeared to say: “Still can’t find it?” LA Times

 

A tape played Williams’ final words:
“The war within me is over. I battled my demons and I was triumphant. Teach them how to avoid our destructive footsteps. Teach them to strive for higher education. Teach them to promote peace and teach them to focus on rebuilding the neighborhoods that you, others and I helped to destroy.”

Williams’ ashes were to be scattered in South Africa.

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Back To Reality

What this verdict means is that being black makes you more likely to be a threat so when asked by Joe Public to identify yourself and explain why you are outside as follows:
Don’t make eye contact
Apologize for making them feel as if their life is in danger
If event ends in the death of the black person then you must have done something wrong. A good nigger neither fights nor flees because causing a person to feel as if their life is in danger has its effects.
Now back to reality…
My parents made sure that we knew that there would be people who considered us as threat solely because of the color of our skin. To try to change their mind would be a waste of time. We were also taught to never start a fight but if someone hit us we were to hit them back. We were also taught that if we are doing nothing wrong then we were never obligated to answer any adult who questioned our identity or what reason we had for being there.
Like Trayvon, I will continue to never waste time by bowing down just so the next person won’t fear someone they never should have feared from the start.

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