Facing Toubab

Let’s take a journey across the vast open seas, the graves of mass deception where many of my Kinsman lay.

We move freely as the wind ushers us in her direction. At least so it appeared until we transcend the deep to find the skeletal remains remaining.

To face the truth and lies Toubab brought and brings. To face our past and present sins.

Ever present is the belief that (WE) are “Free At Last…” as Martin Luther King Jr once said in times past.

No more chains except on our doors. No more whips except what we intend to drive. No more fields except those in which we work.

Free we are,  still at work for Toubab. To have our own and still not share. To have our own but only part of a share.

Our names engraved on doors and still we are free , but how can it be in this land from whence we come not.

Many say “I was born here”, not in the land, but being born here you became a part of the plan.

Free you are and still you remain. Yet you respond “I remain because I have the choice”. As such whence cometh gain.

If truly free then why not go? Remain here and still you’re the love below. Here there cries like cymbals rung

our ancestors blood from the ground chants freedom songs.

Same universities, social classes, same titles. “Yet still” I say, who is the boss when the titles fade away?

Only Toubab remains because we are free, but not in our own land this place of iniquity.

We are free, but not in the mind henceforth lacking the will to understand.

Mental Imprisonment is truly the worse of its kind. Break the cycle, break the design.

Remember your ROOTS “Kamby Bolongo” endured; across it you were born free

freedom is YOURS!

BY: D’andrea Lewis

The Lesson Of A Breakup

     Some people enjoy what they call “living the single life”, while others are in pure denial because they truthfully feel alone. What about the other group? What about that bunch that enjoys the bliss of being in a relationship? That bunch that finds happiness in going to the cinema, amusement parks, sitting on benches in the summer watching sunsets, romantic walks at night on the beach and so much more.

 

     Does that mean that single people don’t have any fun? Nay, of course they do. However there is a difference when such moments are shared with someone that you care for romantically versus running the gauntlet of life wild with friends. A result that for the single individual marks feelings of loneliness after the fun is had, and friends go there separate ways.

     So what happens when the oh so famous couples of the world split, break up, or as some see it fall apart. Yes the same couples who flaunt there impressions of love on everyone leaving them no choice, but to watch the channel. If only there was a universal remote to tune in to something more desirable, or better yet turn the program off. Truthfully that’s what it has become these days. Love that is, just another program in the lives of individuals so conditioned they miss out on the honor of a true human experience.

     Love exists for the single individual as much as it does for the couple. What sets them apart is how one interacts with the impressions it leaves behind. True love comes from God, and being that he never changes, does love really? So instead of judging (singles) those trying to enjoy their (couples) version of love learn from it, and vice versa couples.

     It is amazing that when most couples split oft times, only one of the individuals seems to do most of the mourning. On occasion it’s both whereby others will say “they loved each other”. “It’s so sad that it didn’t work out, they are both good people”. Therein lies the evidence of how we view love many a times. When two mourn it is seen as genuine, but when one does there isn’t much weight given to the experience. Pitty that such err in ways should occur.

     When one loves genuinely it does not require the receiver to love back. Love is giving without expectations. It teaches, and causes it’s subjects to grow. Thus two individual being great people does not guarantee them being great together.

The significance of loving alone affords one the opportunity to appreciate another when such a love comes. They do this by first learning to love themselves. Thus loving together (in a relationship) builds and experience that can’t be had alone. Losing such a gift is not the end of the world however.

     It is only the beginning to a new adventure. A journey that has never taken place anywhere before in time. Each persons travels is unique within its own right. So instead of looking at what seems to be a loss, realize the gift that was given freely. You have been taught and did not see. Your eyes were closed and now they see. The mind was asleep and now you have awoken. The dream state has gone leaving only the conscious individual. Such moments as you begin to cherish them can leave you breathless, yet fulfilled. You are not alone, and you have not lost.

     The gain now recognized is that the next best thing could be just that, God’ best fit for you. The past experiences has in its expiration left doors opened that a more positive and accomplished life can usher in anew.. It could be the also be the opposite of course, but all in all you will have had what most people miss out on, the opportunity to love. Live, Love, Learn, Teach, and grow for each day you have been given is love. Praise God for his mercy and grace and don’t give up. for the journey has just begun.

 By: D’andrea Lewis

Frequent Attacks from the Animal Kingdom

Have you been to camp lately? Do you live near the woods?, or do you like sailing? The ever present turmoil’s of a modern life fills many with hopelessness, and dread requiring much need rest. Many venture out to seek it. Some of us just turn on the television and sit in a dark room damaging our eyes and intellect striving not to be alone or bored. It is an adventure taking a day off to enjoy the visual aspect, and calm that nature brings to one’s mind. What happens then when nature in an instant sends us running, but this time not for the hills? What Happens when nature itself strikes back?  In recent news we have seen reports of Black Bears attacking campers and even a Whale attacking  a yacht off Cape Town.

black-bear Mother black bears are notoriously protective of their cubs, who stay with their mothers for about two years.

Photograph by Norbert Rosing

 

Whale Attack  The picture apparently showing the moment before the whale hit the boat

                   This Image belongs to BBC

 

According to National Geographic  ursus americanus or black bears “live in forests and are excellent tree climbers, but are also found in mountains and swamps. Despite their name, black bears can be blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon, or even (very rarely) white. Black bears are very opportunistic eaters. Most of their diet consists of grasses, roots, berries, and insects. They will also eat fish and mammals—including carrion—and easily develop a taste for human foods and garbage. Bears who become habituated to human food at campsites, cabins, or rural homes can become dangerous and are often killed—thus the frequent reminder: Please don’t feed the bears!”  Even though the are black I guess they wont discriminate when it comes to food.

BBC reports state “A couple on a whale-watching trip off Cape Town, South Africa, say they had a lucky escape when a 10m (33ft) specimen leapt on to their yacht. The southern right whale, a species known for poor eyesight, snapped the mast before sliding back into the water, said Paloma Werner. She and her partner had just seconds to take cover, she said. A nearby tourist caught the moment on camera. "I still like whales," Ms Werner told the BBC afterwards.The southern right whale navigates by sound, leading Ms Werner to suspect it was an accident."Our boat’s engine was off and so the whale just didn’t know we were there," she said."We were just the wrong boat, in the wrong place at the wrong time."

A very well put statement from Ms. Werner. I would have probably yelled “I read Moby Dick and am not captain Ahab. In all seriousness though a thirty three foot whale leaping at you is no laughing matter. In events like this one the real thing to do is pray.

From these reoccurring events, it seems as if the animal kingdom is attacking humanity. Are they really considering that they are in their natural habitats, their homes? If man can barely coexist with one another, how then can we expect man to meliorate that relationship with nature? Yes you might say that we need to go out to relax, find food and to care for nature itself. You may even be aware that the scriptures in Matthew 24:16-17 state “Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:”  All this is very true, but what gives man the right to mistreat what the creator himself has made so beautiful for man and animals to enjoy?

Far too often we see occasions of animals abused from the smallest puppy beaten, to an elephant killed for its ivory tusks. These repeated acts of aggression from humans towards nature, and its inhabitants is costing us all dearly. Selfishly mankind seeks comfort more than survival and destroys the natural resources of this earth. Now that our supposed stock pile of resources is being depleted, we intend to encroach on nature to support our habitual trends of want. Greed and not necessity is fueling this growing dilemma of man vs. wild. Who will win?

Troubled times will come and is in fact here, but according to the Bible, there is a time and place for everything.  You must search the scriptures for the answers. Stay informed so that you’re not in the woods by yourself, ahead of the pack. We have been given instruction on the appointed time to move. Yes experiences whilst in nature  can be inspiring and bring calm to one’s life, but be considerate. “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” Matt 6:28-29. There are two roads, one that leads to destruction and one that leads to salvation in Christ Jesus. Which one do you choose?

Moments Away: Coronal Mass Ejection to Hit Earth

In a few moments a large scale event will take place and many of us are unaware that they occur and have occured many times. This time however it will hit our Earth and will be visible. These event are called CME’s or Coronal mass ejections. According to http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/sunearthsystem/main/News080210-cme.html “Coronal mass ejections (or CMEs) are large clouds of charged particles that are ejected from the Sun over the course of several hours and can carry up to ten billion tons (1016 grams) of plasma. They expand away from the Sun at speeds as high as a million miles an hour. A CME can make the 93-million-mile journey to Earth in just three to four days.

When a coronal mass ejection reaches Earth, it interacts with our planet’s magnetic field, potentially creating a geomagnetic storm. Solar particles stream down the field lines toward Earth’s poles and collide with atoms of nitrogen and oxygen in the atmosphere, resulting in spectacular auroral displays. On the evening of August 3rd/4th, skywatchers in the northern U.S. and other countries should look toward the north for the rippling dancing “curtains” of green and red light.

The Sun goes through a regular activity cycle about 11 years long. The last solar maximum occurred in 2001 and its recent extreme solar minimum was particularly weak and long lasting. These kinds of eruptions are one of the first signs that the Sun is waking up and heading toward another solar maximum expected in the 2013 time frame.” Coronal Mass Ejection or CME On August 1st, almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity. There was a C3-class solar flare, a solar tsunami, multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more. This extreme ultraviolet snapshot from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the sun’s northern hemisphere in mid-eruption. Different colors in the image represent different gas temperatures ranging from ~1 to 2 million degrees K. Credit: NASA/SDO
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This information that we are provided about CME’s intrigues the scientist in many of us, and sparks or curiosity of the unknown in others. These very events might even go as far as to scare the day lights out of some. Some are afraid of these phenomenon’s and others less fearful seeking the knowledge thereafter. I believe the reasons why they are fearful is due to the fact that they have no knowledge of these events except for the Hollywood theatrics that unfold on screen times oft. Although there are factual areas of information presented in these films as well as from the scientist of our time why should we be afraid? We are warned in Matthew “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. Jer 29:8; Eph 5:6; Col 2:18; 1Thess 2:3; 1John 4:1; [Matt 7:15]; [Luke 21:8]; [2Thess 2:2]; [Heb 13:9];
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Jer 14:14; Jer 23:25; John 5:43; [1John 2:18]; [1John 4:1]; [2John 1:7];
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Isa 19:2;
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. Matt 10:17; Luke 21:11-12; John 15:20; John 16:2; Rev 2:10; [Mark 13:9]; [Luke 21:12];
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 2Pet 2:1;
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 2Tim 3:1;
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matt 10:22; Mark 13:13; Luke 21:19; Rev 2:7; Rev 2:10; Rev 3:10;
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Mark 13:14; Luke 21:20; Dan 9:27; [Luke 21:22];
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: Acts 1:12;
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Dan 12:1;
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. Mark 13:21; Luke 21:8; [Luke 17:21]; [Luke 17:23]; [2Thess 2:3]; [1Tim 4:1];
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Deut 13:1; 2Thess 2:11; [1John 4:1]; [2John 1:7]; [Rev 13:14]; [Rev 19:20];
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. Luke 17:23;
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Job 39:30; Luke 17:37;

I seek not to leave out the essence of this powerful message, but I don’t believe it is necessary to explain further what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has already done. I choose to present all these verse’s because I believe that none of this information should be left out. True knowledge comes from Christ alone and although many of the media hysteria’s and scientific data today can be proven, no information can be more true than what Christ Jesus gives us.
We are so over flooded with information that the bits that slip through the curtain are jumbled and disorganized.

The reason is that we use technology in this modern era to process what our brain was used to doing. It’s not that we are incapable but more so we are dumbed down. We are competing against man and machine. Although technology might give an answer in record time, the human mind would do the same in the time God hath allotted to man. We are constantly searching for answers and we want a reply instantly. The scriptures state that we should seek the kingdom of god so that all else will be added unto us, that we should keep watch and that we should pray without ceasing.

In these ways I believe we will find the answers to our scores of questions. Just think what a joy it will be to live the way God has commanded us so that we may join and sojourn forever in the Holy Place we know as heaven. The questions that we have unanswered no man may be able to reason enough an explanation but with God all things are possible. Keep your faith trust in the Lord and ask him when he returns. May to Grace that abounds in Christ Jesus his love and mercy govern over all of us who faithfully follow him. Be not afraid Trust God.

The Man You Taught To Be A Man

It is now 5:00 PM as I begin to write to you. First I would like to say that most of the things I have learned in my life, I have learned from women. Yes the good and the bad things. Once again I am hearing the same rant in my ears. Rant: “I work all day, am tired, I never get time for myself, I feel unappreciated, am still single, will I ever fall in love, I work so hard and for what. This is all coming from the women in my life. Friends near and far, ones I have just met, and relationships past and present. What I have realized even more this day is that our faith as individuals is being tested on a daily basis.

Recently on a Christian retreat in a quite little inn just off in Connecticut, a seminar opened my eyes to our womens struggles. I was told that “the women do most of the work in our churches”.  I taught to myself…what a true statement. I have listened oft times to the constant battle of the sexes. Interestingly enough the rants are usually about me, or at least my gender populations lack of initiative.

Sometimes I wondered why it is you come to me with your problems? Problems about me because I am a man to. Do you know that we (men) dont always get to express ourselves the way we would like. I say that because when we do you will listen, empathize, until eventually you get annoyed, you feel sorry for us, or in your minds we start to look weak and become excuse makers. I know all of you are not that shallow. We won’t go to other men easily because many of us are full of it and would probably laugh or give poor advice to certain situations.

Not that I don’t care, but I ask again…why complain to me? The reply goes “your not like other guys, your different”.  Am I really all that different? I may say or approach a situation differently to another man, but that’s because I am “ME”. The reality is that every individual is different and although wired differently men and women, we have a lot in common. I too have been disappointed in life. So many times wanted to give up, and even thought to myself…”what’s the point?”

When I am down these same women who rant and rave teach me to hold on. Their words “trust in God, your strong, am here for you, read this passage (bible), You can’t think like that, It’s going to get better”. Then when they feel broken, like giving up, or just down right stressed out, they won’t even let the men whom they are there for, HELP THEM!!! I say “read this passage, am here for you, it’s gonna get better”, and it’s I don’t want to hear that now, I don’t feel like reading God’ word, or I dont want to pray.

Now see I have a problem with that because these are all Christian women in my life. Men are supposed to be strong, be there for our women, and take care of them. What happens when we are not allowed to do these things. Don’t strip me of my man-hood, take away my dignity when am there because when am not the criticism comes. Again I say Men not the little boys and excuses you’ve had in your past. You don’t like to be categorized so don’t categorize me. I am not HIM, and you are you are not HER. I am not responsible for his mistakes, nor you hers. What has happened to your faith WOMEN?

When did you all forget?, as good as many of you are, there are good men out there as well.  I can’t fill that void nor you mine. When did you all forget what you have taught me? Yes you are human, life is hard, but your a child of God. As long as you make the conscious decision to serve him you will work more and harder than others, you will be appreciated today and forgotten the next, you will feel tired, lonely, suffer (in our human logic, never more than Christ did on the cross), even feel bored and depressed.  The struggles will be for God’ name sake, but the minute you forget that life will eat you alive.

What I have learned is that in my struggles I must and should praise God, as well as in the good times. No matter what you want in your lives remember (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Mattew 6:33. May God’ richest blessings be poured out on all of you, and above all may God’ will be done in all our lives. I amassed this knowledge from God and from YOU (WOMEN), and life experiences. So please don’t give up on God now and don’t give up on me.

Sincerley, The Man You Taught To Be A Man

God is the Creator of All That Is

We consider ourselves better, more intelligent, technologically advanced, developed and developing. So to ask the question we say, “how is it that those we look down on, those unable to count pass the integer three (3), residing in the jungles of this modern world of old, survive daily?” Well to say the least I suggest they do so in various ways that most of us, the so called civilized would with out much thought overlook.

Forming groups of progress, individuals with a purpose within the body of a people, a government in it’s own rite, enables those governed by beliefs in it’s authenticity to find food and jobs as well as build homes (communities for survival). They train the young in the ways of the old, as in their ways of doing things to carry on their existence. They adorn themselves with jewels, piercing their bodies in forms demeaning or down right sick to the sight, at least in our view. They even worship, yes worship the rain, the sun, or the earth according to their customs. Customs usually based on where they believe their resources come from.

Some how these primitive beings as they are called in the media and our civil minds acknowledge this great truth. Truth that demonstrates through everyday struggles and a strong belief in their (government) community as well as each other, their accomplishments were not made alone. Yet “We in civilization”, those of us who say we believe in God with even more knowledge continually sin and make haste to do the things we auth not do. Really,we are more intelligent?

“How blind they are in the jungles” we say. When really they are still wise to the fact that man must worship, and who better in their minds than whom they believe provides. Many people in civilization (our societies) believe as do I that God provides and still we fall short of his glory. The bible tells us we will fall many times, and that the way (road) to salvation is long and narrow and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction. We must repent and consider the lily’s of the field and judge not lest ye be judged first. What matters most is what we the people of the world believe. Be it Primitive or Civilized the belief is still OURS.

Michael Jackson Media Hysteria

The Life of A Man World Renown was filled with so many people and yet  the man himself was quite alone.  I will say that it’s understandable that many are saddened by his passing, but we have to acknowledge that Michael Jackson is and was human like anyone else and therefore mortal.   As for the Child Molestation claims, it’s an issue that should be given rest considering Mr. Jackson is already gone.  Please do not misconstrue my opinion regarding such claims, because if Mr. Jackson did solicit these acts it’s completely unacceptable, immoral and wrong on so many levels, and I detest acts of any nature harming children.  We the public are not made to know for sure that he was in fact a pedophile because the courts ruled otherwise. However sharing our own opinions I can only hope that many of us will see that only God can judge him.

To those who love him, idolizing a person doesn’t bring them back although respecting and loving appreciation for their work is an entirely different matter.  Although entitled to their opinions those constantly tainting Mr. Jackson’s name and leaving nothing but trails, reminders of a trouble individual should not think lightly of their negative remarks. The reason being is that since he is believed to be guilty of molestation we, at least some of us hold him accountable for his actions even in  our thoughts despite what the court rules. With that being said WE The People are responsible for our very own actions as well and that means the opinions that we share . Opinions are our very own, but once shared they become someone else’s idea leading to even more opinions on a said subject. Persecution does nothing now except makes those doing it no different than the individual accused if in fact guilty.

The reports encircling Michael Jackson’s death is non stop phenomenon reaching the far corners of the earth on every communicative device known to man. With the news their comes questions with little answers.  A complex web of lies it would seem and still we the public are unsure. A medical doctor doing compressions on a bed with the excuse of a frail patient (Mr. Jackson), and the time it took to reach out for assistance as Mr. Jackson was in desperate need, seems an irresponsible act for a medically trained professional. Yet we see the same unwarranted actions repeated by his father promoting his record company at such a tragic time on Monday June 29, 2009 outside Jackson’s Home. Wheres is the remorse on both parts, Doctor and Dad? As reported by CNN maybe just, maybe Joe Jackson is grieving as he says on the inside but what a way to demonstrate such grief. It would seem as if the profit’s from Michael Jackson’s death are at the fore front for these people, the same people who repeatedly in front of network cameras say they love him.

Questions, questions, questions…..when will Michael Jackson be truly laid to rest not idolized, or forgotten but appreciated for his contributions to the music world and the lives of the individuals he has touched? Appreciated for his humanness which comes with integrity but fault accepted or denied the masses, may the deceased rest in peace by Gods good grace.