J Boney Speaks

banner_jboney_colorAlright, I’m fresh off another trip to the 42nd Annual Leadership Conference (ALC) put on by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The Annual Legislative Conference brings together policy-makers, educators, business and industry leaders, celebrities, media, emerging leaders and everyday Americans to discuss and solve issues that are important to all Americans. The conference is recognized as one of the most important gatherings of African-American leaders in the nation.

banner_jboney_colorOkay, so help me out here. Indulge me please. “It’s the AS I SEE IT!

As I see it, it is VERY CLEAR and QUITE SIMPLE that Black people had better wake up and get actively involved with politics, because if we don’t we we will be on the outside looking in, with our hands out begging for a seat at the table.

And yes I said “BEGGING!”

v38_chickenOkay, so help me out here. Indulge me please. “It’s the economy, stupid,” is an often used phrase that derived from campaign strategist James Carville. Carville’s original phrase was meant for the internal audience of Bill Clinton’s campaign workers in order to keep the campaign on message.

We have been seeing folks on all sides of the political spectrum, bicker and squabble over who is to blame for the current economic crisis here in the United States. The main thing that seems to get lost in the entire conversation, however, is the subject that’s most important……the economy!

v37_speak_welfareNow let me preface this piece by making a few key factual points before I dive all the way in on this article.

First off, I’m a Black male. Not a surprise to most, but maybe a surprise to some. Secondly, I am a gainfully employed Black male, working for myself, having owned my own business since 1997. Lastly, I am an Independent voter. I vote my conscious and my principles and no party has “ownership” over me.

v36_boney_speaksI have a quote for you that I just LOVE!

“Don’t let anybody make you do something you do not want to do. Don’t allow someone to utter ‘yes’ for you while you’re still undecided (say “I’ll think about it”). And do not allow anyone to ever tell you that “No” is not enough. It is.

No,’ is a complete sentence.

Saying no is a right we all have. Use it.”

- Anne Lamott

Don’t you just love that quote?

v35_hook_upI found myself viewing one of my favorite movies, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” a parody of blaxploitation movies that was written by, directed by, and acted in by Keenen Ivory Wayans. There were some many iconic actors in the movie, but one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie is when Isaac Hayes, who played the character Hammer, was about to serve one of their first rib joint customers. It was that first customer, played by Chris Rock, who had one of the most memorable exchanges with Hayes in the entire movie.

v34_boney_speaksEvery four years, people from all over the world get to witness one of the greatest tests of the human will and one of the most spectacular competitive events known to man: the Olympics.

Both the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics, which alternate every two years between each other, take place every four years respectively and have over 13,000 athletes competing in 33 different sports and nearly 400 events. The Olympic Games bring everyone across the globe so many memorable and inspiring moments, from the traveling and lighting of the torch, to the Olympic flag and Olympic rings, to the opening and closing ceremonies, to the awarding of Olympic medals, to the athletes who compete in those various sporting events.

banner_jboney_color“O, say can you see........”

These are the words that mark the beginning of the national anthem of the United States of America and the official tune that is played at the raising of the U.S. flag: “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

All one has to do is go back down memory lane to remember the rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed by Whitney Houston 10 days into the Persian Gulf War, at the beginning of the Super Bowl in 1991.

banner_jboney_colorBeing Black is one of the many blessings that God has bestowed upon me. I call it a blessing, because my skin is not my sin, contrary to how many people seek to define it.

Racism, however, is alive and well and has become more prevalent and blatant in the United States since the election of President Barack Obama. President Obama has been blatantly disrespected and his culture mocked by many people in this country, because he is a black man in America.

v31_jbspeaksIf you haven’t heard by now, the Penn State football program was hit with a litany of penalties that were handed down by the NCAA for its handling of the allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of molesting several boys over a 15-year period. That is a stiff price to pay by any football program and one that is unprecedented. While I wouldn’t wish that type of punishment on any football program at any university, I must tell you that I believe it was justified and the right thing to do.


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