Monday, June 29, 2015

We Need to Take A Moment and Listen to some Songs in The Key of Life ~ Stevie Wonder

Life. A precious gift. Something to treasure.

"Sometimes our pains and trouble can make you wish you were born in another time and place...But you can bet your life and that as twice as double, that God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed. So make sure when you say your in it, but not of it, that you're not making this place sometimes called hell. Change your words into truth and then change that truth into love, and maybe our children's grandchildren and their great-grandchildren will tell...and I've got to say Always - Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key of Life "As"

Love & light,

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The King of the Jungle - Hear Him ROAR!

This week was really an unusual one. Got good news (friend is getting married) and bad news
(the death of a friend). What with all that's happening in the news - the shooting of
9 innocent people in Charleston, NC. - I could go on and on.

What I wanted to say is, who ever you are, know that you've got to do whatever it is that you want to get accomplished, as soon as you can.


Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

Thank you, all of the men that decided early on to marry, have children and stick to it -stay with it - committing yourself to your family. A big shout out to all of the step-fathers, uncles, cousins and brothers who have helped out as a father figure to their siblings - No one said it was going to be easy - being a parent, but it is so rewarding!

The King of the Jungle and his Cub - ROAR!
So, to all of you men who have stepped up to the helms, helping single mothers raise their children, being the father figure that is so so needed in every child's life - hats off to you.

Children who have been raised by men with true grit are so grateful and thankful to you.
In that regard, that's why I say, everyday should be Father's Day!

With love & light,

Friday, June 19, 2015

150th Anniversary of Juneteenth Celebration - 6/20/21st 2015 @ Leimert Park

Black Arts Los Angeles (BALA), 6th Anniversary, in full swing.
Join in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth
in Leimert Park. #BALAEvent2015
Black Arts Los Angeles (BALA) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is throwing there 6th Anniversary of there stepping into the ring, and including the 150th Juneteenth Celebration, in honor of the fact that according to the Emancipation Proclamation, all slaves in America were free.

The battle of Antietam (a.k.a. Sharpsburg) set the stage, providing the necessary Union victory needed  to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

Henry Louis Stephens, untitled watercolor (c1863),
black man reading a newspaper w/ headline
"Presidential Proclamation/Slavery".
Images courtesy of Houghton Library, Harvard University The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863. The writing on the bottom of this copy, in the hand of Charles Sumner, a senator from Massachusetts, states that this was an “official copy from the Department of State.” The document is part of the Houghton Library collection.
The facts are, President Lincoln, via an executive order, issued January 1, 1863, changed the legal status, as recognized by the US Fed Government, of 3 million slaves in the designated areas of the South, from "slave" to "free". The ratification of the 13th Amendment,
Dec 1865, made slavery and indentured servitude, expect for those duly convicted of a crime, illegal, everywhere subject to the Unites States jurisdiction. 

African American Men - Military Service in the Civil War

considered the Emancipation Proclamation the crowing achievement of his presidency/career.
Quiet as it's kept, President Lincoln had to issue the Emancipation Proclamation twice.

Fast-forward to today. America, the Beautiful. We've got work to do. 

As the late, Dr. Maya Angelou said in
"Still I Rise"  -
 "Out of the huts of history and shame -
I rise. 

I am the dream and the hope of the slave -
I rise.
I rise.
I rise. 

Love & light.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


What a wonderful, empowering way to celebrate Juneteenth in San Francisco!
Get your tickets now for the #SFAACC Juneteenth Business Awards Luncheon, at the
San Francisco Marriot Marquis.

Hope to see you there!
Love & light,

#SFAACC Juneteenth Celebration