Saturday, October 25, 2014

For Lack of A Better Title: Man, Just Read!

So, I'm a little early.

Two days from now will mark the fourth month of this blog!!

I know, I know, contain your excitement. It hasn't been THAT long, right? Most would even consider that a brief period. Do you consider that girl you were with for four months of your life a legitimate girlfriend? Does time even matter in a situation like that? I don't know, everyone has their own opinions.

Anyway . . .

 I'm getting away from what I came here for. I haven't been feeding this blog lately, though, at least not personally. It's been starving for content. I don't know, sometimes when it comes to saying things that you think is fit for the public eye, it becomes harder to muster up those creative thoughts. I think I've written something like this before. I have not personally putting content on the blog as much, and that's due to a very simple reason, time.

No, really, school has been taking up all of my time but yet I feel like I have so many periods of free time, yet those moments are spent doing something for school. Whenever I want to write, it's too late at night for me to put any real effort forth.

Or I may just be using that time to sleep or something else....productive of that nature.

I've really gotta stop complaining, it's all worth it, my degree will earn money, not this blog, not any real cash for that matter.

But, I love this and I love to write.

Really, how many people my age can say that they love to write? Okay, a lot, but you, whoever "you" are, you feel me, right?

Essays are a student's worst nightmare.

Okay, essays come in 2nd behind a test that you didn't study for.

But writing is something that is becoming second nature to me, I just wish I had more time to do it.

I'll leave it up to you guys. For everyone who reads this blog, thank you, you are appreciated, I just reached over 2000 views finally and while that isn't a lot, it's a big deal to me. Also for those who read, pass the link to your friends, I literally am tweeting about it every other day.

One more thing, if you're reading this, pass me some ideas in my comment box; whatever you'd like to see me elaborate on more, anything. It would be appreciated. Again, for all you readers and followers, more is coming soon.

Just wait on it! *Cues Migos*

Friday, October 17, 2014

Misc: October is the Month of Awareness

October is the month to bring out anything pink that you own in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. From professional sports leagues wearing pink wristbands and socks to homemade t-shirts of loved lost ones, everyone knows what the pink ribbon symbolizes. What goes under the radar is that the month of October is not only for Breast Cancer awareness but it is also the awareness, prevention, and history month for 17 other important issues and matters that is just as important as the fight to end Breast Cancer. Yes, that is correct, 17. From HIV/AIDS to Lupus, the month of October is a significant month for raising awareness and learning about many other diseases.

Below are a few facts for 5 very common diseases:

     Breast Cancer

o   1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
o   Most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
o   Second leading cause of death among women.
o   An estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die.
o   Estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed and more than 40,000 will die.
o   Once a month, women of all ages should preform breast self exams.


o   35 million people are living with HIV worldwide.
o   3.2 million children that are living with HIV contracted the virus from their mothers through pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.
o   There is no cure for HIV infections but effective treatment with antiretroviral drugs can control the virus so people can live and enjoy healthy, productive lives.
    • Knowing your HIV status can help prevent the spread to others and early detection can help prevent health complications.   
  Brain Injuries

o   Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
o   2.4 million people sustain a TBI in the U.S. each year, 475,000 children included.
o   52,000 people will die from TBIs
    • TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury related deaths in the U.S. 
   Down Syndrome

o   It is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. 1 in every 691 babies in the U.S. is born with Down Syndrome.
o   More than 400,000 people are living with Down Syndrome.
o   Life expectancy for people with Down Syndrome has increased dramatically- from the age of 25 in 1983 to age 60 today.


o   It is a chronic, complex and prevalent autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans.
o   Lupus is more common in women of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent than in Caucasian women.
o   Cause of lupus is unknown; many factors can trigger the disease.
o   Lupus is the leading cause of premature cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women.

            Bringing awareness to these diseases and many more is very essential. It is important that we know the facts, symptoms, causes, statistics, preventions, & treatments for all of these diseases. Making a difference, being conscious of our personal health, and being advocates for the finding of cures is what awareness is all about.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

History: The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense

The date is October 15th, 1966 and two civil rights activists echoed the words of rapper Rakim by “thinking of a master plan”. What was devised became the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense co-founded by college students Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California.

What later became known simply as the “Black Panther Party”, the paramilitary-style political organization’s main focus was to advocate the success of the African-American community. The organization aimed to create social programs for those aforementioned Americans in the wake of continued racial discrimination; it was the late 1960s and Jim Crow was still in full effect.

The Panthers lived by a code of Black self-determination, anti-capitalism and looked to achieve equal rights by the same principle contemporary and fellow activist Malcolm X taught, “by any means necessary”. They eventually became known as a Marxist revolutionary group, which calls for followers to essentially overthrow outdated principles by force, in other words, they aimed to overthrow the fundamental laws of Jim Crow. These teachings led to a mass arming of African-Americans, refusing to enter the military if drafted, disassociating oneself with all sanctions of so-called white America, releasing every incarcerated African-American, and calling for compensation monetarily for centuries of exploitation by white Americans.

Though the Black Panther Party shared certain philosophical ideas with other contemporary African-American culture groups, it quickly looked to set itself apart from them in a number of basic ways. The Panthers outlined a Ten-Point Program that was the guidelines the organization faithfully operated by. For example, whereas other groups named all whites as oppressors, the Panthers believed that there were in fact nonracist whites, and they looked to ally themselves with those people. The Ten-Point platform was composed of two sections, the first of which expressed what the Panthers immediately wanted from those they deemed as a racist hindrance to the success of African-Americans, or else. Secondly, the Ten-Point Program expressed what the Panthers believed in such as believing that the racist government has robbed them.

At the height of its influence, the organization’s membership was estimated at 10,000.

What also was a huge part of the Panthers’ existence in the 20th century was then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover declaring the organization as the greatest threat to national security and began his infamous COINTELPRO faction to infiltrate and destroy the organization.

Do not get it misconstrued, the Black Panther Party sought to leave a positive mark in the African-American community through their aforementioned social programs. Huey P. Newton and the Panthers started programs like the founding of the Oakland Community School, which provided high-level education to 150 children from inner city, impoverished neighborhoods and the Free Breakfast for Children Program that offered dances and training in martial arts.

The Panthers also were in control of their own newspaper, The Black Panther newspaper that disseminated news and information that was relevant to African-Americans and impoverished communities.

The legacy and influence of the Black Panther Party assumed this sort of character that often went beyond their support groups and programs for the organization. Though after the mid-1970s through the ‘80s, the Party began to recede. J. Edgar Hoover was successful in his COINTELPRO efforts but the real demise was due to the dissolving of the party’s leaders either due to reasons such as death like Huey P. Newton and Fred Hampton, exile like Assata Shakur or deciding to become a member of something not associated with the Panthers like Eldridge Cleaver.

The Black Panther Party’s triumphant trials and tribulations serve as an important part of an ongoing struggle of everyday people to achieve complete and uncompromising justice and human rights. Their lessons of things like the need for economic parity and attainable education for all are relevant and significant to the present day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quickie: The Return

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Mamba is back. Three words that will give any Los Angeles Lakers fan hope. Three words the basketball world has been waiting for. With only less than four weeks left until the NBA official regular season begins, the wait is finally over.

Kobe Bryant, shooting guard for LA Lakers, has been an idol to us all at one point of time. Whether it was during the "Shaq and Kobe" era or when Bryant brought back-to-back championships to L.A in 2008-2010 seasons, you couldn’t help but have the upmost respect for this incredible player. So when game 80 of the Lakers regular season versus Golden State Warriors on April 12th, 2013 happened, you couldn’t help but feel the pain as one of the greats went down on the court.

It was the fourth quarter, three minutes to go. Bryant tried to drive past opposing guard Harrison Barnes, got fouled, felt a pop, thought he got kicked and fell to the ground holding the back of his ankle. Bryant made a brave decision by getting up, limping to the free throw line to score his last two points of his season. Bryant had torn his Achilles, an injury that could possibly be career ending. Everyone was left with the same question. What is the next step for Kobe Bryant? Fortunately, Bryant was able to prove his doubters wrong and returned the following season. Of course, nothing goes as planned. Six games into the Lakers season, Bryant suffered a fractured knee, which would put him out for the rest of the season.

Without Bryant the Lakers went on to have a 27-55 overall record which turned out to be their worst in years, also missing the 2013-2014 playoffs. The retirement talks were endless for the superstar. Is it time for Bryant to hang it up? Bryant didn’t take too well to those rumors and tweeted out to his fans that retirement is nowhere near.

Bryant was limited to non-weight bearing exercises during his rehabilitation and took the reminder of the season and the off-season to heal, rest, and prepare for next season. Bryant says that he feels “more locked in now than he’s been his entire career”, his “spirits are fine, the focus is great”. Even though his minutes may be limited this season, Bryant is still expected to average some big numbers. Kobe Bryant is no longer the ├╝ber athletic physical specimen we all became accustomed to. What he is though is a tough guy who will beat you with his smarts and his infamous pull-up and fade away jumpers, something he's perfected since age began to creep up on him. Bryant says he plans to play in all 8 preseason games, the first of which he scored 13 points in 21 minutes. Greatness has returned to the court.