Democracy off the Rails

Wednesday started off in a positive note in the midst of the maelstrom of heartache and headache that the past year has been for a black person living in 45’s America. For those unplugged, yesterday Doug Jones won Alabama’s Senate seat after a highly contested battle against Roy Moore.

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The Time has Come!

Take a deep breath, now pleasantly release a sigh of relief. It’s Good News Tuesdays and we’ve got good news!

Here’s a little hope for humanity.

After yet another tragic mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas last Sunday where 26 people were killed, people nationwide have run to the support of the victims.

Through nearly 15,000 donations and 17 GoFundMe accounts, over $1 millions has been raised to help the victims with medical and funeral costs.

It does not stop there!

Trey Ganen, owner of Trey Ganen Designs says he wants the victims to know, “We’re here for you.” So, Monday the casket maker  released a video that went viral, offering his services completely free! Talk about helping hand!

If you’d like to join here a list of the Sutherland Springs victims and how to help: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/nation/2017/11/07/texas-shooting-donors-raise-money-victims-sutherland-springs/841125001/

What a turn around!

Two years after former TV anchor, Chris Hurst watched as his girlfriend was fatally shot on-air, he claims a win over a three-term incumbent state delegate in rural Virginia.

While it was expected for Gurst to run on stricter gun safety measures, he simply supported them and centered his campaign on other issues including expansion of Medicaid and increased school funding.

Hurst defeated GOP Rep. Joseph Yost with a 54%-46% lead, numbers that are almost identical to Democratic candidate Ralph Northam’s margin of victory over Republican Ed Gillespie. Here’s an interview after his win with MSNBC.

 

The VA is on a roll!

An openly transgender democrat and former journalist defeated incumbent Republican candidate Del. Bob Marshall, known as the self-proclaimed ‘Chief Homophobe.’

Danica Rome is set to make history as the first openly transgender elected official.

Del. Marshall has served in Virginia’s House of Delegates since 1992. He introduced a ‘bathroom bill’ earlier this year requiring people to use the restroom according to the corresponding gender on their birth certificate. Luckily, the bill never made it out of a republican-led committee.

 

And that is Today’s Good News!

 

#BeMagnificent🔆

 

The Good News: McCain Mans Up

While I don’t want to get to political on this beautiful Tuesday Thursday evening, I think its important to acknowledge when someone in the government is getting it and guess who’s come to the dark side?

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Looking at America on the 4th

In honor of the fourth, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what it means to be American. From the very first moment I think about the red, white, and blue, I also must think about the color of my skin, Black. What does America mean to me?

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Ultimate Wishes for Changing America Pt. 1

Yesterday I wrote about Religious Bystanders in Politics and racked my brain thinking of the different fields that need immediate change. Last week, a close friend asked me if I had the power to make anything I say come true without consequence, what would I do?

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Religious Bystanders in Politics

This weekend I spent a lot of time just existing. It’s good to take some time off of writing to recharge the battery and refill the heart. In the midst of that, I found myself hurting. The more stories I read of misfortune, the more my heart hurts. I really question shouldn’t every Christian feel the same?

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Ubuntu: The Essence of Humanity

One of the most eye-opening moments in my life was when I was sitting in the audience of Marc Lamont Hill speaking on Martin Luther King Day. I initially didn’t know what to expect but he eventually let me stunned as he ended the speech about activism and the concept of Ubuntu.

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Women in Politics

While I have been studying politics for nearly four years at this point, I am still a relative neophyte to the national players and inner-workings of Washington. Recently, I was asked, how do I feel about women in Politics? In short, I love women in Politics.

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Letter to A Black Son in America

A few months ago, I wrote a Letter to My Son, a lot of it was about how to be a healthy man, devoid of toxic masculinity, highlighting some of the most important lessons I’ve learned. Today, I write this one to him when he gets older. P.S. You can check my letters to my daughter and black women here.

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Personal Police Stories & Blackness

There is a common misconception in the media about black people and the police. Some people trust them, some hate them, and some are indifferent. Growing up in Detroit, I was indifferent. A lot of my personal interactions were good. Police came to school to talk, Police Athletic League, and some of the officers I knew. Yet, the hardest part was knowing that I was lucky.

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