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Commentary: When Will America See What Is Now Clear

roxy2Let me begin with where the story should end. The GOP is changing the rules they made up and jumping through hoops to protect #45. He has upset the world as we knew it and he is embroiled in investigations from all quarter by nearly every agency while he continues to scream Fake News. But more importantly he continues to use the tried and true fallback position that Obama or Clinton did it, which is the real fake news.

There can now be no doubt: The Russia meddling story is not just smoke but fire. Donald Trump Jr.’s documented interactions with Russians during last year’s presidential campaign are abnormal and alarming. An incriminating email chain has made it impossible for the administration to deploy its always flimsy argument of last resort; that the whole story is just “fake news.”

So now all that we have heard about Trump, Trump Jr., Flynn, Pence, Kushner, Manafort, and the rest of his crew appears to be involved. Following a string of misleading and false statements, Americans must also wonder: Were other Trump associates involved? Did other meetings take place? Was President Trump aware of them? What more did the Trump camp know about Kremlin support for the Trump campaign? Then there is this recurring question: How long can the rest of the Republican Party prioritize partisanship and agenda over decency and patriotism?

What we can clearly see from all of this is who the real terrorists are – the GOP! These so-called patriots are akin to terrorists for upholding these crooks who participated in the American coup! We must remember that 45 is the man who came to political prominence for his racist views (the fake birther claim) of the only black guy who held the office before him. At the very least these activities were and are unethical but the GOP claims it is 21st-century politics!

The emails were released by the younger Mr. Trump after he learned that the New York Times was about to publish them. They show that in June 2016 a publicist who had been involved with Donald Trump’s 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow offered the president’s son “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton].” This “very high level and sensitive information” would be from “the Crown prosecutor of Russia,” an apparent reference to Russia’s prosecutor general. It would be passed on as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

Donald Trump Jr.’s reply was damning: “If it’s what you say I love it.” In subsequent emails, it was explicit that he would meet with a “Russian government attorney” in order to get the information. The younger Mr. Trump and his apologists claim that he responded as would any campaign operative seeking dirt on an opponent. When an ethical operative confronted by a foreign power’s attempt to meddle in this way in U.S. elections would refer the matter promptly to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Instead, the younger Trump was enthused, drawing Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner into a meeting with someone he believed to be a Russian government attorney.

What now? The president’s sole comment on the matter, relayed Tuesday by deputy press secretary reported: “my son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency.” What he is saying is I am white and therefore I am right. Even with all the evidence, it will take his whole presidential term to resolve any of this!

So now the Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), must finally decide: Is this really okay? Are they really prepared to debase themselves in defense of a president whose closest advisers may have welcomed underhanded interference in America’s election from a hostile foreign power? Let me sum this up by saying the White House is nothing more than a house of lies! I would compare this gang to terrorist folks who created the confederacy during the Civil War! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


The Day After The Celebration

triggeredOn the day after “they” celebrated “their” freedom; nothing has changed! We must not lose sight of the fact that black people or women were not included in the Constitution. Every day of our lives the people of America has been bombarded with the phrase “America is the land of the free” or home of the brave and my favorite “we are FREE” when the truth is we are not and most have never been anywhere to compare what is true or real while most are not really that brave.

The so-called founders and signers of the Declaration of Independence were highly imperfect men. Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Southerners were rank hypocrites for declaring that “all men are created equal” while owning men, women, and children as their slaves. John Adams was sour and disputatious, and later as president would sign the Sedition Act cracking down on criticism of the government. John Hancock was accused of amassing his fortune through smuggling. Benjamin Franklin could have been described as kind of a dirty old man.

Yet they laid out a set of principles, later codified in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights amazingly transcended their flaws. At this bizarre moment in history, it is useful to remember that the ideas and institutions of the American experiment are much more powerful and enduring than the idiosyncrasies of our leaders.

I call this moment bizarre for obvious reasons. Thomas Paine wrote in December 1776: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Looking at today, we have a president who neither understands nor respects the basic norms of American democracy. Make no mistake: Donald Trump is a true aberration. There is no figure like him in U.S. history, for which we should be thankful. However, the more disparaging fact is that he is just the latest vision of what these men were like!

I would argue that men like him, for rich – white men, always manipulated the system in America and always under the guise of Christianity for the so-called Christians. Just like his forefathers, 45 only purpose is to rob the people and to benefit a few like him and his children. Frankly, America’s history is dismal filled with the horrors  of slavery being the worst. Then Jim Crow, segregation, and the evils of today. Not to mention that there have been many bad presidents – yes – but never have anyone seen one like this! America has fallen and it looks like the end is near! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


The Must See TV That Wasn’t Recap

th (4)Party-like activities related to the Senate Intelligence Committee interrogation of former FBI Director James B. Comey was a joke and belied the gravity of the proceedings. The supporters of 45 seemed shocked the Comey called the President a liar; he is and we knew it! Like they don’t! Forget the firing of the FBI Director; everything this guy has said to date has been a lie. Maybe because a powerful white man is saying it to the world means something.

Wait for it; however, Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said, “I can definitively say that the president is not a liar.” But her words didn’t blunt the implication of Comey’s charge. The truth is that nobody can trust a word of this guy says. They see it and know it. So what is this grand conspiracy to cover-up his obvious fallacies?

Comey’s testimony really did not tell anybody much of anything except what we already knew that the crooked president puts loyalty to him above loyalty to the Constitution. What I heard in the testimony sounded like something the boss of a company would say to an underling who is expected to grovel to keep his job. Comey didn’t grovel, thus he’s out of a job. So the bully fired him!

The question now is whether Trump’s actions amounted to obstruction of justice. Of course, it does – it would be for President Obama, which may be the only destination distinction between the two men; their race! Nonetheless, even if Trump avoids obstruction charges, his behavior has been outrageous. It evokes memories of another president who put himself above the law and paid by having to resign in disgrace.

I am going to make a bold statement here; I would rather they not impeach this man because he should be battered and bruised politically and become a stain on the pages of history – a disgrace! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Celebrate Black Music Month

This month, Black Music Month, is as profound to the African America Diaspora as Black History Month. We are the inventors and creators of sounds that changed world cultures.

If we were to begin way back in the cradle of civilization centuries ago it all began with the drum. When we were captured and brought to the so-called New World we brought with us the rhythms that dictate our souls. It is a fact that African American people are responsible for the great music known as Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Soul, R&B, Rap, Hip Hop, and just about every musical sound we hear that featured and directly speak to the glorious past.

During the despicable era of slavery and segregation prior to the Civil Rights Movement the hallowing sounds of gospel music delivered an in-your-face sound that fed the souls of a people and that outlet produced some of the most timeless music ever created. Before I go further, let’s remember that it was Michael Jackson whose music video was the first black music to air on MTV.

This brings me to historic and game-changing record label – Motown and its founder Mr. Barry Gordy. Let’s be honest, can you imagine a world without The “Motown Sound”. For many who don’t know or have forgotten, prior to Motown Records rarely did you see the face of an African American on the cover of an album or black music heard on white radio. The music we enjoyed was called “race music” and it was segregated in the same way America was prior to 1959, when Motown was founded. Prior to Motown Records few black performers enjoyed anything close to crossover success. By the way, an album is what was used to play music before CD’s.

Motown was the first record label owned by an African American to primarily feature African-American artists and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as The Motown Sound, which was a style of soul music with a distinct influence. From its Hitsville U.S.A building on 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan that served as Motown’s headquarters produced the most universally recognized stable of songwriters and performers of our time or anytime.

The music produced by Motown made a nation of people living in this nation without a nationality proud with its awe-inspiring run of hits that spoke to the essence of our souls. Form a tiny little basement studio we were introduced to Michael Jackson, the Supremes, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, the Miracles, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Four Tops, the Commodores, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Rick James, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Teena Marie, DeBarge, the Jackson Five, Martha and the Vandellas, the Marvelettes and Motown’s Funk Brothers studio band; just to name a few of the artists that graced our souls and touched our hearts making us proud.

Many of Motown’s best-known hits were written by Smokey Robinson, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield and the songwriting trio of Holland-Dozier-Holland who became major forces in the music industry. For example, it’s a known fact in the music industry that in order to get a number one hit song someone would have to write more than thirty songs. Holland-Dozier-Holland had a string of more than fifty hits in a row with some becoming number one with several different artists like the hit “I heard it through the Grapevine”. This is profound and will never happen again. No songwriter will ever achieve this feat – guaranteed.

Although Mr. Gordy sold Motown and it’s now in the hands of others its legacy resides in a very special place in my heart. I’m sure with you and millions around the world as well. So again I say, thank you Motown for the music, the love, the magic, and the many great memories.

Lastly, to the legends who are no longer able to perform for us today – thank you for your contribution – Rest in Peace. My guess is that they are walking around heaven all day singing with gleeful harmony the same way as it touched our souls when they were with us in this earthly realm. It must make haven more glorious and wonderful than I could ever imagine. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

JUST A SEASON


Minister Malcolm X: Explains The Job Of The Media

012_1000Malcolm X was murdered in 1965 and at some time before his death, he gave this power powerful message talking about the situation of his day. He was insightful enough to warned black people that those same situation will continue to exist as long as there is an America. As you watch the daily news accounts through any medium – you will see this is true!

Black people are not immigrants, illegal or otherwise, and because the Africans were taken by force from their homeland black people are prisoners of war and have been oppressed prisoners from the day they  landed on the stolen land that is American soil.

Look at how the media handled the Ferguson situation or any other uprising involving black people. They demonize black people or the victim of crimes inflicted upon them. This speech was given over fifty years ago, change the names of some of the places being invaded then to those place of the wars today. It will sound like he was talking in today’s time. He explains what it means when they say “American Interests,” which is coded speech to say in the interest of the white man.

Brother Malcolm told us about the role of the media and how it disguises and creating the facade of the American dream through images, media, statistics, framing, projection, black life vs. white life, reverse racism, and the myth of black on black crime. Nothing has changed!!! The biggest problem is simple; black people expect white America to change their hearts. To you black people, as long as you are silence – know that it is an act of betrayal!!!

The leadership of the 1960s and so many before them were killed, lynched, and put in jail not just to stop them, rather to kill hope. All you need to do is understand history and you will understand the playbook used then and now. I say, you can take my life but you can’t take my soul, which is African by nature! And that is my thought provoking perspective…


Manufactured Perception: Don’t Believe The Hype

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The reason there is such a thing as media is to control the minds of people. It is designed for the purposes of propaganda! The media is the most powerful form of persuasion and illusion. This is true in all forms, and it is not designed for truth! Propaganda wins the day, and it is the media’s job to subversively control your thinking. You know the old adage “if you control what a man is thinking. You don’t have to worry about what he thinks.” In order for media to work effectively, imagery is the key. Most are designed to produce “fear”.

You see imagery is important to your minds interpretation. When you watch a program, you are made to believe whatever it is – is true. When you know, it is designed and created specifically to inject something into your brain, which the brain conceives as reality. When you watch television, they call the show “a program” – got it! This is the only truth in media; they are telling you that you are being programmed.

Just look at commercials, they make you fall for the obvious – lies. For example, look at a medical or drug commercial. The pills they are trying to sell makes you think it will heal your body. All while telling you at the end of the commercial the numerous side effects that may affect or kill you, if you take the particular drug. Yet, people take the drug anyway.

There are other forms as well – like movies; they rewrite history all the time, and most believe it as truth. Religion: they made you believe in a white deity when you know that the man’s image could not have come from that region of the world. In fact, the picture you see was painted sixteen hundred years after the fact.

This brings me to the bloodsuckers of the ignorant, which is the news that comes from your daily news stations and daily newspapers that have convinced you that when you read it or see it – it must be true! These vehicles are the most dangerous of all media. The people who infect your minds with their views of truth are nothing more than intellectual masturbators and conscience pimps. Did you know that the daily newspaper is written on a fifth-grade level? This is significant because it speaks to the intellectual capacity of those who read its messages.

This brings me to the situation and recent events pertaining to the killings of unarmed black people, for virtually nothing. Since the death of Michael Brown, like all the other black men murdered, the media leaks lies and so-call evidence have been presented by the media suggesting that it was the victims for their own death. The St. Louis newspaper, as well as the entire government apparatus, operates on the same principle established by Missouri’s infamous Dred Scott Decision that said, “There are no rights of a black man that a white man is bound to respect”.

This apparatus feels that there is no probable cause to arrest the cop’s who kill unarmed black people in the street animal. This concept is similar to the rash of nearly weekly deaths of black men and women under cover of law that have occurred over the past year or more.

Let me give you an example, there was a man [Pro Football Player] named Plaxico Burress, who shot himself; yet, they found probable cause to arrest, convict, and incarcerate him in prison for about three years. However,  a cop shooting an unarmed black kid – not enough to charge!

Media is a tool of the system. Therefore, until and if there is a trial, be very aware of what they tell you about the events in this matter, and, in fact, every instance of so-called news. People we are about to witness the biggest fraud since the Rodney King incident. I say this with much pain and sadness because it appears they are signaling “there will be no charges” in this case – like the others.

They, the powers that be, think it will just go away – but NOT THIS TIME! This just might be the event that sparks what Gil Scott-Heron was talking about when he said “The Revolution will not be televised” but it will. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


The Bigger Criminals

With all that talk about crime and abuse by black millionaires in professional sports. I came across these statistics. Why is this not an issue or at least part of the discussion?

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