FLIPSIDE : Abusing Their Authority

 

Violent crimes are up everywhere.  Some crimes are so heinous that it barely seems like reality when you hear what happend.  For that reason, I understand the apprehension of law enforcers.  But should I be so understanding?

There’s a very fine and fickle line separating the actions of police officers that are warranted and those that warrant outrage. Such is the case in Staten Island where Eric Garner died while being taken into custody by officers.  Perhaps the officers felt threatened. Maybe all four of them were threatened by Garner, who was large in stature, but  surely not large enough to handle all four officers at one time.You know what though?  Let’s just say for argument’s sake that he could have taken all four officers.  I think it was apparent that he was taken down by only one officer who broke him down into a choke hold reminiscent of classic WWF wrestlers. What the officers might, at that time refer to as resisting arrest, was undoubtedly a struggle to breathe.  After several pleas from Garner, the officer never let up.  Finally, Garner’s bod lay lifeless on the ground. How do you justify this?

Of course the color of the victim and the color of the officer stirs up already existing distatse on the tongues of many blacks who have been, or even percieved to have been the subject of such overzealous brutality.  Yes, I said brutality.   Now the divide between the black community and law enforcement grows even larger.  Our community doesn’t trust law enforcement and law enforcement doesn’t trust our community.  We have a toxic relationship.  In the end we both leave hurt.  How can we patch things up before things get even worse? Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE.

 

FLIPSIDE : The State Of Our Community

Far too often we hear news of murders, car jackings, and crimes that would make most CSI viewers cringe in disbelief.  Such has become the norm in our community.  The black community.  Unfortunately, our community has seemed to lose its sight of what originally was the foundation of our entire movement.  That foundation was and still needs to be unity.

Be it from years of captivity or adverse oppression, our black community has morphed into a unit that was once strong enough to march on Washington into what appears to be Wrestlemania.  What I mean by that is that it looks like a free-for-all with everyone out for themselves.  Could it be due to our years of oppression that we seem to care less about others, but only about ourselves as individuals?  Could it be that society has weilded its nightstick upon our skulls so repetively that our common sense has been spilled into the streets like the blood of Malice Green after being murdered by over zealous cops?  By all means, it can be both of those and countless other reasons, or as I like to call them…excuses.

Unfortunately, there are no excuses for murdering a child in cold blood as retaliation.  Nor is there an excuse to murder and burn the bodies of young women in trunks of cars.  When do we stop making excuses and start making examples.  The truth of the matter is that our family, our community has become so riddled with violence, drugs and often poverty, that not only the structure of family is lost but so is the phylosophy of life and living well that brought us through the Civil Rights Movement.

We look around the world and CNN suggests that there is so much unrest around the world that it almost becomes unbearable.  I have to admit that there are some terrible things going on ranging from young girls being kidnapped and commercial airlines being shot down by missles, but it’s always scarier when it’s close to home.  I sympathize whole-heartedly for the family and friends of victims of that Malaysian Airline crash, but can’t help to feel even more distraught about the vile demon here in Michigan who felt he needed to take the life of an innocent child for the disdain that he had for the young girl’s father.  Absolutely absurd and heart-breaking. The real question though, is where do we go from here? Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE!

FLIPSIDE : New Slogan For E-Block Radio Show Leads To Tee-Shirt Design

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Pardon My Eastside™  is the new slogan for the hottest cloud radio show on the planet, Straight From The E-Block Radio! The idea behind the slogan depicts the honesty, straight forwardness and culture conscious dialogue we at www.eblockradio.com broadcast every Tuesday night at 8pm! Created by Jamel Lett, a member of the E-Block Radio creative consultant team, the trademarked slogan is in the process of being translated into a tee-shirt designs and soon be available for purchase by our over 87,000 listeners!  To keep up with the progress of the availability of the new tee-shirts visit www.e-blockradio.com every week to track the progress and listen in on the LIVEST cloud radio show on the planet, STRAIGHT FROM THE E-BLOCK RADIO!

Ni@@as In Paris And Apparently In America Too

I was sitting on the couch last week enjoying my day off from the plantation and watching the mind numbing nonsense that we choose to call daytime television.  And it is then when I first caught wind of the Paula Deen infamous admission to using the N-word.  I was watching TMZ when I saw this and even though I was barely paying attention I heard enough of the segment to engage in its message. So reportedly, Deen had admitted to using the N-word and when asked if she would use it again she could not say for certain that she would not which leaves the wandering mind to believe that of course she would.

Suddenly Facebook and Twitter was overcome by ramblings of disgust.  Black people who have never heard of Paula Deen, or even watched the Food Network for that matter, declared that they could not support any longer a racist like Deen.  The Food Network reacted just as I would imagine, by stripping Dean of her show and her sponsors would follow suit soon after.  While the Deen scandal -I guess we’ll call it that – was unfolding, another story developed.  This time the story was that Deen had suggested that her employees dress like “slaves” during a wedding.  These allegations and Deen’s subsequent admission to such suggestions put her under even deeper scrutiny.  Suddenly media outlets  everywhere were teeming to the brim with headlines about Deen.  Do I think Deen is racist?  Possibly.  Do I think she was, in Wendy Williams’ words “stupid”? Certainly. Her actions have cost her a fortune and it will be hard to bounce back from the loss she’s taking now.  Unfortunately, while Deen was calling us the N-word, apparently so was the Supreme Courts.

Call it coincidence, but while our heads were turned toward the Deen debacle, the Supreme Court was actively de-bundling core aspects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This change is going to allow states to change election laws individually without approval from Federal government.  So what does that mean to you? This means that theoretically if Texas decides that in order to vote, you must have a valid driver’s license AND a passport then it can become a voting requirement even without the approval of the Federal government.  And let’s face it, that’s going to put a lot of people outside the voting polls because they don’t fulfill the criteria.

The states affected by this change are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.  There are other counties throughout the US affected as well including Brooklyn and  Manhattan according to the New York Times. So yes, we can raise a ruckus over Paula Deen.  We can be outdone by her supposedly comedic suggestion of her employees dressing like “slaves.”  But, don’t let the antics of a Food Network personality take your attention away from who is trying to make u a slave.  Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE.

FLIPSIDE : KnoW Justice, KnoW Peace

Jamie Foxx won an award at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night, but he wasn’t a winner amongst the critics who scolded his tee-shirt on Twitter.  Jamie Foxx wore a tee-shirt that read KNOW JUSTICE KNOW PEACE with pictures of Trayvon Martin and the small children who were victims of the school shooting in Sandy Hook.  At first glance, I think it serves as an awareness tactic when famous celebrities wear clothing that present issues that sometimes go unnoticed until it is brought to their attention by someone in the lime-light.  Of course Trayvon Martin wasn’t a victim of a school shooting, but nevertheless he was still a victim.  Obviously, not everyone believes that this is the case.

In response to Jamie Foxx’s tee-shirt many people went to TWITTER to bash not only Jamie Foxx for wearing the shirt with Trayvon Martin and the Sandy Hook victims, but going as far as to hurl racial slurs while doing ridiculing the tee-shirt.

I understand that as humans there will always be disagreement because we are mostly independent thinkers, but to respond like this is disheartening. Responses like this beg the question of whether or not there will ever be a total acceptance of difference.  What that means is that while there are more differences among us as humans than similarity, something perhaps innate pushes us to react toward one another with such utter disrespect.  Fortunately, this type of down right hateful gibberish is not common among all in society, but it is the few that hide beneath the shield of cyberspace and social media while shooting such insults from their mouths.

I dare anyone to try to convince me that racism doesn’t exist anymore…just check your TWITTER feed.  Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE!

SEE THE ORIGINAL POSTING OF THESE TWEETS RIGHT HERE >> http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/48020892347/jamie-foxx-attended-the-mtv-movie-awards-on-sunday <<

 

FLIPSIDE : Coco-Flo By Nicole Jackson

Coco-Flo By Nicole Jackson

 

Do you like to dance?  Do you like to workout?  Do you like to have fun?  Then you will love Coco-Flo By Nicole Jackson! Nicole Jackson, who is most often referred to as CoCo has taken her passion of dancing and dedication to fitness to the next level.  CoCo, who is now a licensed ZUMBA instructor, has always had a passion for dancing and has found a way to direct that passion in an effort to help others in their quest to live a healthier life.

Nicole Jackson

CoCo admits that instructing ZUMBA was not really something she had even thought about.  Somehow, perhaps divine intervention, CoCo woke up one day and decided that it was indeed something that she would set out to do.  With her tenacious attitude, she researched what she needed to do to make this idea a reality.  Soon afterward she was scheduling an appointment to get licensed now she is ready to bring the fun and benefits of ZUMBA to you!

Classes are beginning Feb. 5th at 9am at the TNT FITNESS STUDIO (4907 Schafer, Dearborn, MI 48217). For more information on scheduling and rates, you can contact CoCo by email at CoCoFloZumba@yahoo.com or call 313.459.1747!  Don’t forget to “LIKE” the Coco-Flo By Nicole Jackson Facebook Page to keep up with CoCo and her Zumba classes!

 

FLIPSIDE : The Man In Your Own Hood

With MLK Day among us and the second term of our President beginning on the same day, it gives us a lot to reflect on.  Not only are these two great men despite their color, but they are great men because of it as well. The black community has fallen short in several categories and I think this failure can be attributed to our failure to be men, fathers and husbands in our community.  The tree is only as strong as its roots and unfortunately ours have been severed by opression not only from others but from ourselves.

There are so many single parent homes in the black community that the two parent home has somewhat become peculiar.  With that said, there are many young boys who are raised in a single parent home where mom is the head of the household.  While there are plenty of strong black women who are more than capable of raising their own children and yours too at the same time, it is hard for them to truly emplore what it is to be a man.  Well, let me retract. What I mean is they know exactly what it takes to be a man or what a man should be, however they struggle with the way in which to mold an adolecent boy into that man. And hence we have a problem.

Sadly to say it is a vicious cycle.  When you have a father, in or outside the home, who had never had a man in his life to learn things about manhood, how hard do you think its going to be for him to successfully raise a young man?  The nature of this cycle is simplistic but complicated at the same time. In its simplest form, a man never learns how to be a man so he has no idea how to teach his son how to be one either.  The complicated side of it is that once the cycle is recognized – what can you do about it?

The first thing we have to do is get our community back.  If a man is lacking the experience to raise his son, then others in the community need to assist in an effort to make that young boy into the man that he needs to be in order to keep our community thriving into his generation.  The second thing we need to do as men is realize that it is not a sign of weakness to ask for that assistance.  The more we beat ourselves down with denial that we don’t need help from anyone, the more our community, culture and race will suffer.

The woman is the seed that flowers our existence, but the weight is indeed on the man’s shoulders to keep that flower growing and free from weeds and pesticides that threaten their existence.  Did you catch that?  What I mean is it is on our shoulders to keep our community together and get it going in the right direction. So of course the lack of experience and the the fear of asking for assistance can be a very restrictive shackle and chain, but it should never be an excuse to stop trying to break the captivity and pull our community up from the abyss that we are being swallowed alive by.

As we honor Martin Luther King Jr. and our President Barack Obama, please remember that although they are men of great strength, they too have had moments of weakness, but they never gave up despite the chains and shackles that threatened to keep them captive. Don’t let our chains keep us locked in a community that produces men who have no idea what it is to be a man….break the cycle.  Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE.

FLIPSIDE : Love And Happiness

Its a strange thing that happens suddenly.  I have even heard once or twice that it usually shows up when you stop searching for it.  Sometimes its right beneath your nose.  Other times its somewhere that you had never thought of looking before. Love.  One of the few four letter words that can go either way.  Often a lot of explicit language include four letter words and love falls into that category.  It can be beautiful, but it can also be painful.

What makes us devote so much time and anguish into the persuit of it?  Is it some innate behavior that we are born with?  So many people have survived heartbreak and vow to never love again only to find themselves soon back on the bandwagon.  It is a peculiar feeling.  A feeling that can only be explained by individuals that have experienced it, but even then it makes no sense.

It’s not a perfect science, even though we generally refer to the connection as “chemistry.” Oddly enough it is nothing close to being as exact as science or even math for that matter.  I cling on to the fact that it is indeed worth the sweat.  Worth the tears. Worth the failures.  In the end, I believe that it almost consumes our whole identity.  The need to find love and also be loved.

The scary thing is that some folks never find it or lose it because they never knew what to do with it.  Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE!

FLIPSIDE : An Evening With G – Note 7

LaRonn "Soul Deacon" Dolley

This past weekend I was able to witness a beautiful thing.  Sometimes its amazing how you can know someone for so long and never truly understand their passion for something.  Knowing all along that this person has talent, but never truly witnessing it.  I know it sounds like senseless babbling and to a certain extent, I suppose it probably is.  But this babbling was created when I saw a long time friend who has been a part of our family for so long that we refer to each other as cousins in his element, or as I like to say… “doin’ his thing.”

Saturday night I had the pleasure of seeing G-Note 7 in action.  If you’re not familiar with G-Note 7, then let me enlighten you.  This is a neo-soul group of instrument players and vocalists.  One of the vocalists is my cuz LaRonn “Soul Deacon” Dolley.  I was impressed by his spirit and performance.  The entire group is energetic and create a sound that may take you by surprise.  During the whole evening, I really could do nothing more than stare and clap in amazement at my friend, my cousin, my fam who has taken his passion and embraced it to a point where I wasn’t even sure if that was really him on the stage.  He did a wonderful job and it is clear that singing and entertaining is what he is destined to do.

I left the International Institute in downtown Detroit that night with a reassurance that passion and patience truly does pay off.  I recognize the passion in Soul Deacon’s voice and I know that he has been patiently waiting for his opportunity.  I suppose it is very true that God certainly has a plan and it is a beautiful thing when you recognize that plan and finally fall in line with your destiny.  Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE.

 

FLIPSIDE : Girly Girl’s ***FREE HOLIDAY MAKEOVER*** Giveaway

LIKE the GirlyGirl FB page and win a **FREE MAKEOVER**

 

Thank you to ALL of the nominations!!  The nominations are still piling in, but YOU STILL HAVE TIME!!! Do you or someone you know deserve a ****FREE MAKEOVER**** for the holidays?? All you have to do is LIKE the Girly Girl FB page and inbox us 3 reasons why you or someone you know deserves a ****FREE MAKEOVER**** this holiday season! Entries must be in by MONDAY DECEMBER 17th. HAPPY HOLIDAYS ~ GG

 

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