Now they are screaming and gyrating like demons. Slipping and sliding like serpents on their bellies in music videos. Old slave master from centuries ago with his chains in hand didn't die. He just came back wearing a suit and carrying a contract. "You want your forty acres and a mule, what you going to do for it?" He says. "Don't be mistaken, just because I put you on TV and made you "the first" of something don't mean I like you. I just realize you are a good working tool like my great grandaddy's farm hoes, rakes, mules, oxes, cows, etc."
Picture this, the nice, white missionary who saves those little black children with flies all around their faces and swollen bellies in another country on your TV screen. A great subconscious way of telling you, "Black people need white people to save them." Is it any different in the entertainment industry? The elitist gets his minions to go into the black communities to get that ugly looking, poor pitiful black boy who always wanted to be a rapper, basketball player or some other athlete who had a bad life and no daddy presence. Turn that "poor, sad-looking thing" into a suit-wearing puppet (not a man) who owns nothing, not even his name!
Idols of yesteryear have re-surfaced with a twist. They aren't made of brick or stone. Rather, they appear on the idiot box, the Internet even on your cell phone beckoning you to praise them. So what do some do? Stop what they are doing to go see who is on TV. "That's my girl! I love that man!" Tell the kids to shut up, "I'm watching my show! Go sit down somewhere kids!" Don't you love our black brothers and sisters when their shows are on! Some don't have time to balance a checkbook. Others always too busy to help the good people in their lives during their times of need. Yet, let a favorite show come on, some black folks got all the time in the world!
God forewarned us in his holy scriptures about idol worshiping, but folks don't listen. Blood is going to be sacrificed nationwide--the worst we have ever seen soon. Watch and pray and you will be surprised at what our Awesome Creator will reveal to you. All this Illuminati, New World Order talk and symbolism isn't being preached just for entertainment sake. God help us! We saw the pre-show when we watched the towers fall on 9-11 and the powers that be won't let us forget them either!
The chart-topping black musicians are the new slaves of the devil saying, "I sold my soul...make it rain, rain man...New World Order is here!" The all-star sports athletes are the modern day Uncle Toms who have been given orders to "take a dive, fake an injury, sit out this one." The actors and actresses are the mouth pieces for whatever agenda the elite want to promote they say things like, "So when I wrote the song I wanted to let my fans know...Really listen to the message..." They are chosen--the illuminated ones, because they have demonstrated that they can influence the masses. They are obedient. They are capable of being brainwashed, they follow orders, do you?
Both on a subconscious and unconscious level, the celebrities reel the sheeple (sheep-people) in to sell them on a product, a service, or a certain thought or idea. You are bobbing your head calling it "entertainment" while your subconscious is saying, "I need that..." whatever "that" is.
Do you want "in" their circles? Are you telling your children they have a chance to get in? Do you want to become a famous entertainer or are you helping lead a sheep to slaughter? You can't become famous by traditional means. Who do you know? What fraternity, degree or connection has your back? Do you have a long track record of selling out, snitching, and being disloyal to those closest to you? Who knows, you or your loved one just might make the cut. Then what? You start telling everyone in a song, a book, or on a TV show how you got played and how you want out.
Be careful telling your children, "You are going to have money one day! You are going to make mama rich!" You just might be your child's sacrifice.
And $80,000 isn't something that most people will have sitting in their bank account. And if you do not have the money in your bank ready to pay your school loans in full, you should take advantage of the African American grants that is available to you. Taking advantage of African American grants is much better than taking out expensive school loans that can easily put you into debt off the next 15 to 20 years of your life.
Don't you agree that it is much better to take advantage of free African American grants instead of taking out expensive school loans?
If you do, then you should be happy to know that qualifying for grants is rather easy as well. In order to qualify for such grants you will need to be:
1. At least 18 years of age
2. African American
3. College you are interested in must be in the U.S.
And if you meet these requirements you will have the chance to win as much as $10,000 for each qualifying semester. This is much better than taking out some expensive school loan that can easily put you into debt for the next 15 to 20 years of your life.
Stereotypes seem to be abundant when it comes to the dating world. So many people listen to myths, stereotypes and other false things and that ends up hurting them when it comes to finding love. If you are ready to take the plunge and start dating black women then it is time for you to stop listening to the myths and misconceptions about them. Black women are like any other woman and when you lump her into a stereotype you are just hurting yourself. There is a wonderful, beautiful black woman out there just waiting for you to give her a chance.
Here is the Trouble
When you listen to the rumors and you buy into the stereotypes about dating black women you are losing out. You are letting these false stories and ideas shade the way you think about this group of women. The truth is that black women are just women at heart. They are not much different than other women. It is very important, when you are searching for a mate, that you have an open mind. Do not let things you hear cloud your judgment. You need to be willing to get to know each woman for who she is, not for the stereotype that you think defines her.
There are actually quite a few stereotypes and myths about dating black women. These things can be very hurtful. They can prevent a man from meeting an amazing black woman. Here are some of the things you may have heard about black women.
The most prominent thing that is said about black women is they have too much attitude. If you take a step back and look at the big picture then you will see there are women of all colors that have big attitudes. It is not a black woman thing. Not every black woman has an attitude. One thing that may lead to this assumption is that many black women are very strong and independent. This is a cultural thing and it is not a bad thing. It does not mean that she has an attitude problem. Many men are simply intimidated by a strong and independent woman, so if that is you then dating black women may not be right for you. A strong and independent woman needs a man who is just as strong and independent.
Another hurtful myth is that black women all have multiple children and a lot of drama surrounding their kids fathers. This is a myth that is fueled by Hollywood movies and sitcoms and it is not true by any means. Get to know a real black woman and you will see this and many other myths falls flat.
Black women are beautiful. They are loving and caring. They are all unique individuals. It is common to lump women of a specific race or culture together and say they are all a certain way, but when you do that you are just limiting yourself. Not every black woman is the same. If you are interested in dating black women then you have to take the time to look at each woman as an individual and get to her for who she is and not just for the color of her skin.
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Sometimes we keep the drama going, by getting mama and ‘em involved. We start doing things prematurely without thinking. We may have cussed a few folks out or worse yelled at the Most High. We lose all self-control! We don’t see beyond our situations. We make things bigger than what they are. Then when it comes time to rejoice in the victories, we can’t even smile, not even a little bit, because we spent so much time worrying.
Some worries will occur in this life and we won’t always successfully get over them. However, when you find issues affecting the rest of your life, it’s time to check with a doctor, learn more about anxiety and depression, research natural remedies for worry, and most of all, plan to change some things in your diet and surroundings to keep some of the drama down!
If I had continued to think about the foolish, the weird, the strange and the “what-if” in my situations, who knows, I probably would have caused a heart attack. There just isn’t anything you can do about the things you have no control over--nothing! Yet, when it comes to yourself, you have all the power! You can make your feet walk away from a situation. You can pack up your bags to keep from hurting someone. You can create a plan to get you out of a miserable relationship, household, and/or job. Most importantly, you can pray.
I recall a phrase an uncle gave me once typewritten on paper, it read, “Rise Above It.” Whatever your “it” is in this life, rise above it, my friend. Whatever tool you need to get “above” utilize it!
1. Thoroughly wash/cleanse your face
Acne is caused when dirt/grease blocks your pores. Washing your face twice a day, preferably with an antibacterial face wash, will help to clean your pores. I wouldn't recommend soap as this can dry out your skin and cause excess oil to be produced. A face wash or cleanser containing 2% salicylic acid is ideal as it helps to prevent acne and remove build up of dead skin cells.
Pores can also be clogged up with dead skin cells. Using a gentle facial scrub will help to remove dead skin cells to make your face appear brighter and clear your pores. The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush is ideal for cleansing and exfoliating. Many acne sufferers have seen dramatic results in just 4 weeks by using the Clarisonic twice a day.
3. Don't touch your face
This one is extremely difficult but it is a must. Touching your face spreads bacteria from your hands to your face, which will clog your pores and cause more spots. Unless you have just washed your hands, keep them away from your face!
4. Don't squeeze your spots
This should really have been number 1. You should never attempt to squeeze either because you'll end up 1) spreading the bacteria to cause more spots and 2) causing the ones that are there to last even longer. It's really annoying to have the spot there but picking at it won't make it go any faster. Try dabbing a benzoyl peroxide gel directly on the spot and that will dry that sucker up in no time.
5. Watch what you eat
Cut down on sugar up your intake of fruit and vegetables. Replace soda with water and try to drink 2 litres of it a day.
Old Acne Scars
Now, those tips are great for preventing new spots and acne scars but to fade acne scars that you already have, a gentle skin lightening product will help to even out your skin tone and eliminate acne scars. When choosing a skin lightening product, especially for African American skin, be sure to select a product with no hydroquinone as this can cause more harm than good in the long run.
I understand the premise behind the video, but I don't know if I like the partnership. I mean we all know Eminem was an abused child turned grown man in a turbulent marriage. Yes, he has experience most likely being abusive too and yes, Rihanna as we all witnessed has experience receiving abuse. However, when two people are still walking on the dark side (look at their fruits) it's hard for me or anyone trying to walk in the light to embrace their so-called well-meaning message.
So I approach these entertainers (members of secret societies and other fraternal organizations) with a grain of salt all the while praying that despite all of the evil messages (prior to this song) they spread that some good will come out of a song like this and others.
The double meaning in the song "I love the way you lie" is a backward, confusing, and at times disturbing message in the sense that it is a play on the words. The message also brings a "dim" light to a dark situation. A twisted mentally abused victim has a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, so she or he has no choice but to just believe in a false love. From lies to physical beatings, through it all, he or she is saying, "I love you anyway...the lies, the sex, the cheating, the attention you give me whether good or bad!" A child, a fool, or someone who is simply lost in this world will sing along while their subconscious mind will receive the message, "It's okay, Rihanna and Eminem know what I'm going through!"
The point to keep in mind while you listen to this song, "They may have gone through the abuse, but they got out, but you...what about you?"
Let us all stay away from mixing love with foolish, twisted and downright ignorant messages no matter what type of symbolism or metaphor is used upon us. Those of us who know better, no how the Devil likes to play games with our minds!
A survivor of domestic violence.
How Nutrients Cause the Strands to Grow
There are several tiny blood vessels in each pore located under every strand. These blood vessels are attached to the tips of the strands. They transport vital minerals and nutrients to the roots, which causes the strands to grow. If the blood that is transported to the roots is rich with vitamins and nutrients, the strands will grow faster.
How Vitamin Deficiencies Cause Hair Loss
If the body is lacking in important vitamins and minerals, the strands will grow at a slower rate. Deficiencies can also cause the strands to shed excessively. This happens because if the strands do not receive an adequate supply of nutrients, the blood supply will shut down. This causes the strands to fall out.
Black Hair Growth Vitamins
Vitamin H, also known as biotin, stimulates black hair growth because it strengthens and thickens the strands. You can get biotin by taking a multi-supplement or by taking pre-natal vitamins. Many women who take pre-natal vitamins notice that their strands become fuller. You can also get biotin by eating eggs, liver, or rice.
Vitamin E stimulates the strands to grow because increases circulation to the scalp. This supports the flow of nutrients to the roots, which will cause the strands to grow longer. You can include vitamin E in your diet by eating green leafy vegetables, nuts, and raw seeds.
You can get your strands to grow even faster by eating foods which contain sulfur. This includes nuts, vegetables, and milk.
Drink Plenty of Water
Hair loss vitamins will work much better if you drink a lot of water. If you do not get enough water, your body will eliminate essential vitamins and nutrients through urine.
Did you know that you don't have to have a relaxer to straighten your hair? Your hair, natural and free from chemicals, can be bone straight. It doesn't matter how coarse your hair is, it is possible to straighten it without any chemicals! How do I know this? I have not had a relaxer for over 5 years, I wear my hair straight, and my hair is stronger and healthier than it has ever been. If you have really curly or thick, kinky hair, and you can't straighten it or have a hard time straightening your hair, I can help. I have very thick and very wavy hair and I like to wear it straight. The first thing you need to do is buy a good blow dryer. The strength of your blow dryer is essential to achieving a smooth, silky look. The next thing you need is a comb attachment for your blow dryer which can be purchased at any beauty supply store. You will need some sort of heat protector spray to protect your hair, and hair oil...I prefer kemi oil...also found at any beauty supply store. The last thing you will need is a good, ceramic flat iron. This kind of flat iron is much less damaging to your hair than a curling iron.
OK, now that you have all of the necessary supplies, it is time to get to work! First, make sure you wash your hair and comb it very gently. Remember that African-American Hair is very fragile and can break easily, especially if you have chemically treated hair. Be sure to comb the hair from the bottom to the top to avoid breakage. Next, divide your hair into four equal sections. Use a hair band (never a rubber band!) or clip to secure 3 of the sections leaving the fourth section out. You should attach the comb attachment to the blow dryer and it should fit easily with a firm push. Spray this section with the heat protector spray. Now you want to blow dry this first section of hair with the blow dryer and comb attachment until your hair is dry and as straight as you can get it. Repeat this step for the remaining 3 sections of hair, spraying each with heat protector spray. After you do this, run the blow dryer with comb attachment through all of you hair as if you are combing your hair. Take a quarter size amount of kemi oil and rub it through your hair and be sure to use a little extra on your ends. Then use the blow dryer again to evenly distribute the oil.
Now it is time to use the flat iron. Use the kemi oil sparingly as you flat iron your hair, concentrating on the ends. Be sure to set it to right temperature for your hair type. Start at the base of your neck and make a horizontal part about one-fourth of an inch thick. You will be parting your hair this way until you reach your front hairline. Next, starting at the end of the row, take a section of hair about an inch wide. Use the flat iron starting near the scalp and slide it slowly down that section of hair. If necessary, repeat this step. Continue to do this until you are done with all of your hair. Your hair is straight, smooth and silky!
First and foremost, the African-American church was developed out of slavery in America. Christianity as a religion was the moving force which started the church. As a result, the people in slavery gained strength from the invisible church in the South, the visible one in the North, and the independent African Methodist Episcopal Church. Furthermore, the community was and still is the church, thus making African-American lives the center of the relationship impacting the church.
Secondly, the education of African descendants in America started in the church, which has resulted in the finding of jobs by the church. Additionally, politicians normally visited the community churches for support and in return have used a quid pro quo system to gain votes for political jobs and appointments.
Furthermore, the first major African-American businesses came out of the church, such as Ebony and Jet magazines by the subscriptions from the members. The mortician and funeral services were also supported by the church, including the African-American baseball league which played after Sunday services. Based on these activities, the ministers were in the forefront of community leadership, administration, and support of the people in the cities.
Next, the ministers have proven themselves by supporting the community and the community has always looked upon its ministers for leadership and support. Naturally, it is obvious that the African-American ministers were elected to represent the community over white politicians because they were most trusted by the town's people. They were dependable and could identify quite easily with the struggles of the community and the people with whom they lived.
Traditionally, ministers such as: Reverend Dr. Floyd Flakes, senior pastor of Allen A. M. E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens, and President of Wilberforce University in Ohio, was elected as a congressman by his community. The Reverend Walter Edward Fauntroy, pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and a civil rights activist was also elected to the United States Congress by the African-American community. He was also a candidate for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., civil rights activist and Baptist minister was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988, and also served as shadow senator from the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997.
Additionally, the Reverend Andrew Young, politician, diplomat and pastor from Georgia served as Mayor of Atlanta, a Congressman from the 5th district and United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who served 14 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, also came from the African-American areas. Rev. William H. Gray III, Pennsylvania Congressman and former head of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) confided in the town's people. Last by not least, AME Church Bishop Henry McNeal Turner was elected to the Georgia Legislature in 1868 by the African-American regions. These are just a few of the ministers who were elected as political leaders by their community.
Recently, many have become disillusioned with the role of the African-American church and ministers. The issue surrounds the ineffectiveness of the church since the end of the civil right era from the 1970s which some stated has diminished. Many young men of African-American descent have now turned to Islam as a religion instead of Christianity for support. They have found more trust and confidence in Islam as a religion from Africa, and have viewed Christianity as a religion for Eurocentric people, whom invaded Africa, depleted its resources, and destroyed its kingdoms and dynasties.
Notwithstanding the elected offices, many African-American ministers have also served in high profiled positions across America. For example, Reverend Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton, Jr., Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and radio talk show host who ran in 2004 for the Democratic nomination for the U. S. presidential election. Sharpton was also licensed and ordained a Pentecostal minister by Bishop F. D. Washington at the age of nine or ten years old. Recently Reverend Sharpton has called upon the ministers across America to support him in his quest to obtain assistance for the African-American regional members who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, which he classified as an epidemic in the community, a cause that requires an immediate solution.
Obviously, the African-American communities have supported its ministers and vice versa. The church which was born out of slavery and protest is the largest institution of American-American life. The church trusted its ministers and placed them in positions of leadership with authority to advocate for their rights.
Additionally, the historical black colleges and universities (HBCU) were started out of slavery. The churches and ministers in positions of leadership advocated for the HBCU establishment. Those who were fortunate enough to attend colleges gave such credit to the African-American churches and the leadership of its ministers, other clergy, and general staff.
Taking a deeper look, the community trusted its ministers more than other business leaders. Religious leaders were more apt to get the nod for office when it was election time over a non-religious leader in the community. It was the African-American ministers the community saw on Sunday mornings, at funerals, holiday picnics, weddings, and other community leadership events. The ministers helped the community instead of selling to or selling out the community.
The trust grew deeper with the ministers for a variety of reasons. For example, the ministers and churches providing bread baskets, soup kitchens, jobs, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, baptisms and birthday parties which the people loved. Additionally, places of refuge, personal and professional counseling, general assistance, reference letters for employment, places to grieve from hurt, and the like were also provided. The ministers were available and responded positively to the community.
Whites were also more apt to support an African-American minister for public office over someone who was not a minister because of religious and trust reasons. They supported the minister because they identified with the virtues and morality of the position, and the person, as in relation to someone who was not in such a position of leadership and public trust.
Naturally, it is obvious as to why African-American ministers are elected as political leaders by their community. The church is the community and vice versa, which grew out of slavery and protest. The establishment of a trusting relationship has long been a strong bond in the community. Additionally, advocating for the rights of the people of the community has held the ministers in favor of their constituency. Furthermore, the sustainment of faith during slavery and the civil rights struggle placed the African-American ministers in the forefront for public office by the African-American people.
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