Monday, March 23, 2009

White-Black Wealth Gap Grows

As I read my daily news this morning this fact caught my eye. "For every dollar of wealth held by the average white family, a black family has only a dime." No big surprise but apparently the gap is getting bigger not smaller. Maybe this can be blamed to people of color being targeted for subprime loans? Blacks not investing into savings? The real change we need is economics 101. Its time we become smart about our money. I always have believed in the saying work smarter not harder. This can be true to this issue in so many ways. We need to become asset builders and not waste our money on cars and rims, clothes and $100 shoes. Honestly, where does it get us in the long run? True we have a lot of rich black people but when it comes to wealth we have to look way down the line to the Oprahs when it should be all of us.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Another Wrestling Death

Pro wrestling is a big thing to me. Many don't seem to understand why I like it so much. I have been a fan since the late 90's during the WWF's Attitude Era. Thing have changed a lot since then.

Wrestling is a male soap opera and really a chance to escape life. In many ways wrestling mimics are own lives. Like any form of entertainment, you watch it to enjoy it and feel a part of it. That's why I was saddened to hear of the death of yet another wrestler. Andrew Test Martin was just four days shy of his 34th birthday. I am going out on a limb here and say he probably died of some drug related problem. He was suspended from the WWE before for drug issues. However Test isn't the only one to fall to this problem.

Martin is the fourth former professional wrestlers to pass away in the Bay Area
in the past two years.

- Scott 'Bam Bam' Bigelow, 46, was found dead of a drug overdose in his Pasco
County home on January 19, 2007.

- Mike Alfonso - who wrestled under the moniker Mike Awesome - committed suicide
in his Hillsborough County home on February 17, 2007. He was 42.

- Brian Adams, 44, died of a drug overdose in his Tampa home in August 2007. He
performed under several names in his professional wrestling career, working
mostly as a tag-team wrestler.

In February 2003, Curt Henning, who wrestled as 'Mr. Perfect,' during his stint
with the WWE, was found dead in a Tampa hotel room. He was scheduled to wrestle
at the Fairgrounds the day he died; the official cause of death in that case was
determined to be cocaine intoxication.

And of course no one can forget the heinous Chris Benoit incident.

I hate it when people say "wrestling is fake." Yes it is scripted but those people put their bodies on the line when they perform. Yes those chair shots are not always real but like in anything mistakes happen and as a result their bodies take beatings. Im not justifying the drug use but we must come to understand what these wrestling entertainers go through. They spend most of their time away from their homes and families on the road entertaining us.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Your Degree versus My Degree

In these hard economic times, a degree seems to be the only way to attain a decent paying job. With that said, does it matter what school you got the degree from? I was having a conversation with someone on BGC which went as follows:

BGC'er: Sometimes I feel as tho I sold myself short by going to Morgan
Me: Imma tell you like my grandmother told me. Going to any school of higher learning is an accomplishment in itself. As long as you get that degree it doesn't matter what school name is on there. U just goaa make it work for u.
BGC'er: grandmother is very wise....I never really thought of it like that.

Now it would be nice if we all could have a Harvard or Princeton, even Morehouse on our walls but that isn't the case. So no one should ever sell themselves short because they think they chose the wrong school. It's all about what you make of it. Morehouse or Harvard didn't become great schools just because of the name. It was the students that put these school on the map.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Is Being Gay A Sin?

I wrote this blog a couple of years ago on Yahoo 360 and I wanted to post it here since it is still relevant to many.

Finally what you all have been waiting for the blog on is being gay a sin. This series is expressing mostly christian views and beliefs on homosexuality. Alot of what you will read is a collection of views found on this issue. Enjoy!

These two topics have recently seemed to be mutually-exclusive. Members of the religious right say that one cannot be a good Christian and be homosexual while some members of the gay community say one cannot be an honest homosexual and Christian. Both of these statements are false and show a good deal of ignorance and fear on both sides of the issue, please read on.

Homosexuality is not unique in its status as an issue some people use to justify their hatred and/or repression of others. Throughout the history of this country, the world, and the church there have been other issues that were divisive in nature: anti-Sematism, slavery, and female clergy to name a few.

How many of you or people you know are left-handed? A minority - it is a biological variation, being right-handed is the "norm" and many lefties find that functioning in a right-handed world can be difficult. The early church actually shunned such people and attempted to force everyone to use their right hand as using one's left was considered to be against God's will and the work of the Devil.

Many non-gay Christian leaders, speakers, and followers mistakenly use certain Biblical passages to outrightly condemn homosexuality. These passages: Sodom/Gomorrah, Leviticus, Letters of Paul and Jude are used out of context without proper understanding of their original language6 (see Below), their historical surroundings, their intended purpose, and their intended audience. These failures to simultaneously examine the part while holding the whole, provides for a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of The Word.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

In Memoriam: The Rev. Gloria Bowden

Today marks the 4th year since the passing of Rev. Gloria Bowden, someone who I had the pleasure to meet during my freshman year in college. Gloria as we called her, was one of the most open hearted people that I've ever met. When I needed to buy shower shoes and a robe for the campus showers, she gladly took me shopping to get the items. Many others around her can count of the countless times she was there when there was a need. During my second semester return back to college I called on her for a ride from the airport and although she could not pick me up herself she sent someone to get me. Apart from that, Gloria was one of the people who helped me find myself during those early years. She embraced us all as her kids, whether white or black, gay or straight, male and females alike. She is the main factor behind why I joined the Episcopal Church. Other than the glamour of the service, Gloria was the embodiment of what a true Christian should be like. Open and giving without asking in return, loving and caring, steadfast and true. Unfortunately Gloria succumbed to cancer at a young age 4 years ago today, right before my Episcopal confirmation. May the Lord let his countenance shine upon her as I know she is in a better place.