What Jesus Are You Talking About?

I wrote this in  2016 but it’s even more relevant today.

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I know this lady who was raised in a very depraved environment.  She, her mother and her siblings were treated as if they were the private property of her ‘father.’

This young lady had been worked, raped and nearly beaten to death.  She was not allowed to go to school so she never learned to read.

Throughout her teen years, her ‘father,’ who had been her main abuser, gave his friends permission to violate her in any number of ways.  As a result, she gave birth to six children; each with a different man. Her father sent several of the children away because he said that it wasn’t his responsibility to feed them.

Sadly, the young lady was never told of their whereabouts. Before long, she and her remaining children suffered the same fate.

This young lady, who had nothing but the clothes on her back and three children in tow, did…

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Find Your Unique Way To Help!

Dear Friends,

If you, like me, are watching current events in the United States with feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness and the like, why don’t you consider reaching down into your personal “toolbox” to find your own unique way to help.

If you are unsure of where to start, look no further as I have culled together (below) some specific areas in the African American community that need YOUR immediate attention, talent, skills, knowledge and abilities.

This list is, by no means, the end all, be all.

However it does include areas that I, as a black woman, consider to be high-priority.

In essence, my goal here is to point you to the issue so that you can further research them and find your way to help!

And so…..

Family, Mothers and Fathers, please teach your children to be courageously kind and compassionate.

Teach them to value all human life! Not just certain ones.

Professionals, Scholars and Students of Law, Medicine, Education, and Journalism, please lend your knowledge!

We need your help!

Writers, Researchers, Photographers, Video Journalists, Counselors, Coaches, Social Workers, Marketers, Salespeople, Artists, Entrepreneurs, Computer and Technology experts, please lend your skills and abilities.

We need your help!

If you have extra money to spare, but are unable be more active, then give money to those who can be more active.

We need your help!

To my international readers, if America chooses NOT to change systemic racism, please consider helping us find a new place to live a better life!

We need your help too!

Everyone, I implore you, please find your own unique and productive way to help your brother.

Links to Specific Areas that Require Concentrated Assistance for African Americans:

Disparities in Health Outcomes and Access to Care

Source : Kaiser Family Foundation

Statistics on Violence

Source: Healthy People 2020

High Maternity Mortality

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Maternity mortality in black women

Even economic background can’t seem to help us overcome the stress of being black in America. A must read!

Source: Harvard University School of Public Health

Disparities in Education

Source:  United Negro College Fund

Contrary to popular belief, all black children do NOT automatically get United Negro College Fund Scholarships! These funds are tied to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. For more info click here!

Food Justice

Black Farming Leah Penniman Soul Fire Farm

Source: University of Vermont

Environmental Racism

Source: NYU School of Law

Black Health and Black Wealth

Pages 15-16 are very telling regarding wealth

Source: U.S. Congressional Black Caucus

Black Codes

This explains how blacks were jailed for bogus “crimes” like vagrancy in order to be used for free labor in prison camps. This is the beginnings of over-representation of African Americans in the prison system.

Source: Equal Justice Initiative

From Slavery to Mass Incarceration

Source: Ben and Jerry’s (Of all people, LOL!!)

I’ve just put my own M.Ed. and B.S. degree to use in order to find my way to help!

LadyG loves YOU! I DO!

Now get out there and help!

Halloween 2018 Final Shenanigans with Pictures!

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LadyG as Queen of Earth! She looks a bit miffed 🙂 LOL!

(Excuse any typos, we’re in the thick of it!)

So, now that we have settled on the fact that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, it seems most appropriate to share some scenes from my 2018 Halloween shenanigans.

Now…

Let’s start with a bit of charity.

Earlier today, I spent this afternoon giving candy to kids at the local children’s hospital.  It really was very humbling—it reminded me to appreciate the health and wholeness of my own children.

If you ever get the opportunity to do something like that please do. Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming and the kids are always in need of good cheer.

Naturally, I could not take any pictures for privacy reasons.

And so….

After that, I came home, ordered Pizza, pulled out the six (6) carmel-nut candy apples that I got from Kroger for…..wait for it….$2.00–that’s right, I said TWO DOLLARS.

Anyway, I filled a cat-faced “cauldron” with candy for trick or treaters.

Of course, I baked some cookies; that’s a given!

Best believe, my house is a freaking mess; but we are having a ball!  BTW, my Dad is here!  He never misses Halloween at my house!

Next on the agenda was to cue up Youtube to watch an old cheesy ABC Halloween movie from 1985 called “The Midnight Hour.”  I love that movie! How many of you remember that one? if you do, please hit me up in comments because most people have never heard of it but I love it!  1985….the good old days!  Here is the link

After that, we’ll watch:

Fat Albert’s Halloween Special

Garfield Halloween

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

and finally, Ichabod Crane (Disney’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

And we EAT!!!!!

And so it goes…every year on Halloween!

Enjoy the scenes!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!