There’s just something about skin. The epidermis can be a beautiful concept when we think of diversity and the artistic array of various ethnicities that make up our neighborhoods and communities today. Skin can produce sensation, sensuality and sexuality. It’s the ultimate source of attraction. But it also can serve as a detrimental distraction. The Bible admonishes us about giving in to personal lusts. James 1:15: “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Ladies, I get it. It’s your body, your clothing and the progressive culture we live in today will tell you that it’s your choice. But hear me out when I tell you emphatically, “YOU’RE HURTING ME!” The bikini’s, mini skirts, short dresses, cleavage-revealing blouses and tops are hurting me. Now a quick defense mechanism that can inserted here is that I would need to look away and not put myself in a predicament to where I could be enticed or tempted. But a one-dimensional assertion like that simply avoids the simple fact that I am human. My nature within itself draws me to the attractiveness of bare skin. And yes, I am a minister of the Gospel. I’ve been redeemed by the blood of Christ. Surely I should know better. God’s anointing doesn’t circumvent us from temptation. David killed Goliath, but his flesh got the best of him when he saw a beautiful woman sunbathing on the top of the roof. Joseph fled Potipher’s wife when she attempted to seduce him, but I’m pretty confident she wasn’t wearing a turtleneck and a dress all the way down to her ankles during her sexual pursuit. Sure, there may be a few who may think I simply battle with perverted thoughts every time I see a woman or that I should do a better job protecting my eyes and heart. There may or may not be validity to these perceptions, but it doesn’t eradicate the struggle that I and many other men face when they see a woman with minimal clothing on. Ladies, your skin should be reserved fro your husband, and if you’re not married, your body should be shielded away. Our culture tells us that individuality should be embraced and that we should respect other people’s lifestyles. Life is hard enough already and the road to heaven isn’t a walk in the park. Please do not add unnecessary hurdles with unmerited access to your skin. I’ll do more on my part by being more consecrated to things of the kingdom of God and not investing in the fashions of this world. But I need help. The male species needs help. Many men are struggling in their marriages and the mere sight of too much skin could cause them to make a costly mistake. Many single men are trying to save their purity for marriage, but too much skin can endanger that. Yes, we all have to be responsible and take accountability for our actions. But ladies, wearing clothing (or no clothing) that you purposely know will entice a man is spiritual and moral irresponsible. So I ask you kindly, but urgently. For the sake of my soul and others……please put more clothing on.
Planned Parenthood has resurfaced as front and center of the abortion debate when a video surfaced of Planned Parenthood executives discussing selling aborted fetuses.
Cecile Richards, president of the organization, said that all practices are within the law and ethical, but admitted the video revealed a lack of compassion:
“Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member’s tone and statements.”
Planned Parenthood should be defunded of federal funding for the simple fact that taxpayers should not see their money funded to the largest abortion provider.
In 2009 alone, affiliates performed 332,278 abortions and had only 977 adoption referrals. That means that over 97% of the services provided ended up being an abortion.
In 2012, Planned Parenthood made records, but the numbers are cringe worthy. They performed almost 334,000 abortions and saw revenues exceed $87 million.
Planned Parenthood has an extensive negative impact on the back community. While blacks make up for almost 12-15% of the U.S. population, Planned Parenthood clinic are located in 78% of minority communities.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, wanted to hide behind religion to cover up her bigotry and racism towards blacks:
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
If government is reconsidering the Confederate flag because of its oppression towards a certain segment of people, surely the funding of Planned Parenthood should be reevaluated in wake of its stance against humanity.
Many of us have become acquainted with something or someone that deals with race relations.
We celebrate Abraham Lincoln and his Emancipation Proclamation that declared freedom for slaves
We recall the moment Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the Lincoln Memorial and shared his ‘Dream’ for an united America.
We acknowledge Rosa Parks’ courage to defy racial hatred and demand equal rights for all.
But racial relations have seen progress take a back seat in light of events such as Ferguson and Eric Garner.
But according to one particular person, if there is improvements in race relations, it can be accredited to music.
Jay-Z, the billionaire hip-hop mogul, salutes hip-hop music as serving to bridge the racial divide:
“Before, people partied in separate clubs. There were hip-hop clubs and there were techno clubs. Now people party together, and once you have people partying, dancing, and singing along to the same music, then conversations naturally happen after that.”
The rapper went on to explain that musical artists have a way of making others forget about cultural differences.
It’s very difficult to teach racism when your kid looks up to Snoop Doggy Dogg.”
Jay-Z argues that with the exception of MLK and President Obama, hip-hop has contributed more to racial harmony than most cultural icons.
While one can understand the perception that dancing and enjoying a club-like atmosphere can be appealing to many ethnic groups, it behooves us to give this a thorough evaluation.
It’s doubtful that President Lyndon Baines Johnson was persuaded by hip-hop when he tapped Thurgood Marshall to be the first black Supreme Court justice.
It’s highly unlikely President George W. Bush relied on the influence of hip-hop when he appointed Gen. Colin Powell as the first black Secretary of State.
In terms of immigration and what it means for the Latino community, can one really turn to hip-hop to determine if one can gain access to the United States?
In general, hip-hop is a conduit to entertainment and lifestyles, but it will take more than a beat and lyrics to make historic gains and meeting the challenges to today’s complex racial issues.
Tags: black conservatives, Politics, race relations
Stacey Dash, the “Clueless” actress, made national news with her endorsement of presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.
Due to her conservative beliefs, the actress has expressed that she has faced backlash from her own family members.
From The Daily Caller:
“My cousin Damon and my brother Darien were role models to me because they were great capitalists. Now we’re not really talking because they were the ones who told me to keep my mouth shut.”
The 47-year old went on to say that even though many assume that she is inclined to think a certain way simply because of the color of her skin, many have voiced their support for her courage.
“Certain friends don’t speak to me any more either. But you know what? In the street I get approached by so many people of every color saying: ‘Thank you so much for standing up and being so brave.’’
Dash, who is also a Fox News Contributor, was named as one of Google’s Top-Trending Black Actresses in 2014. EBONY magazine downplayed the acknowledgement with a vicious swipe.
“Her conservative, clueless political slant sparked controversy time after time this year, making Dash notoriously trendy for all the wrong reasons.”
It is still very unfortunate that black conservatives are still being ostracized for their beliefs. I wonder if Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton will feel compelled to run to Stacey’s defense.
Don’t count on it.
Tags: George W. Bush, Paintings, Politics
It is no secret that George W. Bush has embraced painting since his exodus from the presidency. At his presidential library in Dallas, there is an art exhibit that displays some of the former president’s masterpieces, such as paintings of former British Minister Tony Blair and Russian President Vladimir Putin to name a few.
This time, Bush has expressed a new level of affection with his paintings with a more intimate and personal masterpiece: a painting of himself and his father, former president George H.W. Bush.
Bush unveiled his latest portrait during an interview with Savannah Guthrie of the Today Show, on his forthcoming book that gives an account of his father’s life. Ironically, Bush was more concerned with getting the features of the nose correct during the painting session.
Bush shows a great deal of candor when it comes to the relationship he has with his father. In an April 2013 interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose, he expressed his heartfelt appreciation for him. Bush stated that “in spite of his business, he took time to let us know how much he loved us, so my relationship with my dad is one based upon love and admiration.”
Bush’s new book, 41: A Portrait of My Father, is described by the 43rd president as “a love story.” At a time when partisan politics often serve to divide Americans, it might do our world some good to be reminded that family and relationships are still a vital part to our very existence.
The recent events that have occurred in Ferguson, MO, have caused the moral compass in our country to go in reverse. Various arrests, demonstrations, clashes with law enforcement and a grieving community have captured the headline news and inserted itself as the dominating story in our news cycles.
“Moral Monday”, which was on Oct 13th, consisted of religious leaders calling for unity. But in the midst of their rallying cry was a strong assertion of a particular divide: racism.
Bishop Wayne Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri articulated his thoughts about the racially-tensed event surrounding the killing of Michael Brown, a black teenager. “My faith compels me to be here,” he said outside Ferguson police headquarters. “I want to show solidarity, and call attention to the structural racism of St. Louis.”
Faith has indeed been an acclaimed component of the demonstrations in Ferguson. While the cities has hosted the visits of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, it has caused many to think that selfish ambitions, not faith, are the main reasons for their visit. This claim is validated by the annoyance displayed by a protester in Ferguson.
From The Blaze:
“We ain’t seen you!” the first protester said. “When you going to stop selling us out, Jesse? We don’t want you here in St. Louis! When you gonna stop selling us out, Jesse?”
This is an obvious call for the activation of faith-based ideals and not just sound rhetoric or a chance for a photo opportunity.
In these dark times, faith should be used as an asset, not a liability. The local community should be able to rely on the local church to serve as a beacon of hope and common sense. A good example of this is how faith played an integral part in wake of the Boston bombings in April 2013. The president, along with other political and religious leaders, were able to put politics aside and invoke faith as means of a concept of healing and unity.
For example, a local Methodist church in Ferguson served as an host center for protesters to showcase civil disobedience and to learn how to get arrested.
While emotions and tensions are definitely high, would it be more useful if the church called for obedience of the laws and the respect of law enforcement?
Social and cultural issues lie at the doorstep of the church, but it still requires civility.
The forgotten reality is that a life was lost. Whether it’s a white man or black man that is the recipient of death’s visit, it’s a sober reminder that faith can comfort and heal.
The community of Ferguson is looking for real faith—faith that collaborates with a desire to bring healing to a chaotic and disturbed society. That can only come with those who are willing to follow the principles of faith—love and kindness—and not just merely talk about it.
Sex sells. We get it. It’s hard to go to the supermarket without seeing a billboard with a woman scantly dressed or to watch a “family” show on ABC without seeing a television ad featuring a guy in Hanes boxers.
Not only does sex serve as a means of advertisement, but it diminishes the value of family and ethics when lust-craved pleasures take its course. When black America becomes fascinated with the release of sex tapes amongst black actors, it shows that the mind and conscious is being diminished by the amount of filth that it is being exposed to on a continual basis.
Let’s take a look at the dichotemy of black America.
According to Don Lemon of CNN, roughly 72% of children are born out of wedlock in the African-American community. This informs us that there is an high percentage of blacks who resist the moral notion of waiting until marriage to participate in sexual activity. While sex outside of marriage is rampant amongst many cultures, it is having an huge effect among blacks. Many are eager to have sex, but aren’t thinking of the consequences that follow. If impregnated, are the expenses available to provide for a child? If marriage is an eventual goal, how many sex partners will he or she have had before the vows are exchanged? Is sex the only thing a person believes they have going for themselves? Sex, while appealing, is highly complexing.
A bigger question that is looming over us: What is attributing to the high percentage of children born out of wedlock, which in essence is an high percentage of sex outside of marriage? One specific angle to address is entertainment.
The entertainment industry is serving as an cultural disease in the black community. The message is pretty much “Embrace sex.” Let’s look at a recent movie, entitled “Addiction,” that promotes erotic sexual behavior.
It’s a film that focuses in on betrayal, lust, corruption and deceit. It’s about a married woman who finds life is a little less adventurous when it comes to sexual gratification, so she ventures into an adulterous affair. It’s not like we haven’t heard enough of this already. Whether it’s a politician that cheats on his wife, or a pastor that resigns form his church due to infidelity, or a TV showed named Scandal, sex is a visible beast that is destroying black families and it’s doing it rapidly.
Crystal Shaw King from EBONY provides additional information on the sex-laced film: “There’s sex… lots of sex. And in this era of #LessClassicallyBeautiful, it sure does feel good to see some very classically beautiful men and women doing the grown-up all over the place. And that’s no exaggeration: We’re talking countertops, showers, car hoods, bathroom stalls… Yeah, it’s that kind of movie.”
Movies, in their entirety, cannot assume all the blame for the sexual appetite. The music industry has had its fair share of influence.
Music, especially rap, that degrades women and showcases explicit sexual material, encourages young people to engage in sexual acts sooner rather than later. Many songs are known to mention private parts and this sends a message that it is acceptable to degrade your body and sleep around with merely anyone.
From Daily Mail: “Those who frequently listened to songs by artists such as rapper 50 Cent and the Ying Yang twins were more than twice as likely to have had sex compared to those with the least exposure.”
While the desire for a sexual utopia looms large over today’s black generation, the cultural and moral deterioration is looming much larger.
If the black community is looking for inspiration, there’s plenty of options. Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Ben Carson, Bill Cosby, and last but not least , President Barack Obama.
Black americans should look to morality, not sexual degradation, as a source of upward mobility.