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When I went to San Miguel Arena on Friday, July 5th I knew nothing about J’Ouvert or the Caribbean community in Houston. Once I arrived, I saw swarms of black people pouring into the streets from every direction, with cars parked on the sidewalks, in grassy fields, the driveways of surrounding homes and businesses, or anywhere a car could fit without the guarantee of being towed before sunrise. Thousands of men, women, boys and girls anxiously shuffled towards the single arena entrance, the majority of them dressed as if they were headed to the beach, with tank tops, flip-fops and swimsuits. But there were no lakes or oceans nearby, only the sea of black bodies flooding in and around the stadium walls. I’ve been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras and I’ve been in Brazil post-Carnival, but I had never seen such an enthusiastic turnout of the black community for a single festival. Inside I was immediately greeted by the bouncing rhythm or reggae music blasting from a truck piled 20 feet high with speakers, and around it people were grooving, some of them rolling on the ground carelessly and others dancing in groups with their faces speckled with different colors of paint and their hair white from sprinkles of baby powder. 

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The failure to invest in Black males threatens America’s real-world economic future and national security, experts say.

“We have to realize that we are moving backwards and the country has to realize that the greatest national security and economic security threat is not from some outside enemy, it is from our failure to invest in these children and spending all this money on prisons instead of schools,” said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children with a focus on poor and minority children. “The Black community has to raise a ruckus; nobody is going to do it for us.”

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As teenagers, everyone wants to be the next Lebron, Will Smith or Beyonce. We all want to be successful. But, are teens really willing to do what it takes to be successful?  I believe that many of us want to be at the top, but are not willing to do what it takes to get there.

Everyone has a different meaning of success. Some say it is how much money you make and  how popular you may be.  Others believe success is when you reach a certain goal in life. First Lady Michelle Obama once said that success isn't about how much money you make, but rather about the difference you make in people’s lives.

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Hmmm… I know this headline has probably gotten some people's eyes bucked and their eyebrows raised, but although there are distinct comparisons between the NBA and slavery, there are also undeniable similarities.

Back in the slave days, slaves were sold at an auction. Slaves waited around hoping NOT to get picked.  They stepped on the podium, where the slave owners would inspect them.  They checked for injuries and how good they looked. Slave owners didn’t just want anybody; they wanted the best.  Who could work the hardest?  Who was going to make them the most profit?  In approximately two minutes, the bidding would start…

Just like in the days of slavery, the NBA sends their men to camps, where they showcase their skills to see who the best is.  Team owners don’t just want anybody; they want the best.  At the NBA draft, players wait around hoping to get picked.  Whomever the owners believe is the best player, always gets picked first and then millions of dollars are spent on them.  But before players are chosen, the owner only has two minutes on the clock to pick their player and make their announcement…

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Pssssst!!!  Wanna know why I am whispering?

I'm trying not to make too much noise, so that your slave master doesn't catch me talking to you about this escape plan that I'm attempting.  You see, as I look at the various things taking place in America, I can't help but to get gravely concerned.

What things, you might ask?

I'm talking about the current plight, condition and mindset of Black people in this country, whereas it seems we have managed to catapult ourselves back in time, to a place that I could have sworn we had left behind.  I mean, it's as if Black people have allowed themselves to get voluntarily captured and become collective “modern-day slaves” all over again; trading in our former physical shackles for some new and improved, mental ones.


The Issue: Abortion is believed to have “infected” many African-American communities decreasing about 1/3 of our current population. Being a minority race, this controversial subject brings about a great argument. Texas abortion restrictions are on the verge of closing abortion clinics. Many women who are asked their views on abortion choose the liberalist standpoint of pro-choice, and disagree strongly with the government regulating/restricting what goes on with their bodies.

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Governor Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas and former presidential candidate, has announced that he will not be running for re-election in 2014, bringing an end to his record-setting tenure as the chief executive of the Lone Star state.

The 63-year-old Perry is considered to be one of the most powerful Texas governors to have ever held the office, serving nearly 13 years as governor and having never lost an election during his 27-year political career. Perry has been governor since December 2000 when George W. Bush left to become the nation’s 43rd president.

Perry’s announcement comes nearly 18 months after dropping out and ending his bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, due to committing many high-profiled political gaffes. He’s best known for saying “Oops” during a live televised Republican debate where he forgot the third of three federal agencies he said he wanted to eliminate if elected.


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