The open credits have ended, the scene begins with an action setting. The group of men are running for their lives, 4 white men and 1 Black man.
The troubled group find themselves cornered. They scurry to a small opening in the cave, and before a valiant attempt could be made, “Slash!“. The Black character is struck down, his death came quick! Not even 10 minutes into the movie.
It is almost the given in most action and horror movies. The spoken rule, that is openly discussed amongst “Black” Americans and the movie industry.
Even Black “A-List” actors are not safe from the proverbial “Chop!“.

Then there are the Heroin movies. The cast are primarily white with a disproportionate number of Melanin Rich characters. These movies will feature some world ending calamity or social destruction, where the white man or woman, “saves the day“. Yes, the white savior.

When there is a Black Heroin, he is; a homeless-drunk, the Spawn of the Devil or an “Undead” Day-Walker. He is more times over, created with massive character flaws.
To be fair, in the most recent Superhero movies, a lot of the known white superheroes have been cast with “Black” actors. A generous move to say the least.

One could ask, Why would a white writer, write a fantastical heroic movie about a black heroin in a predominantly melanin rich metropolis?
Where in that story could he/she relate?

So when a story is written about the riches, technologically advanced Nation in the world, led by, one of the world’s most intelligent minds, in a fictitious, secretly located area in Africa, one would expect such an epic story to be created by a Black man, right? Wrong.

T'Challa: Black Panther

T’Challa: Black Panther

The story of The Black Panther was a joint creation of Marvel’s Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (1966). This would be the first Black Superhero in a mainstream American comic. Everything about the Black Panther was original and unique from it’s back story to origin.

The creation of The Black Panther had no correlation with The Black Panther Party, which formed the same year (1966).

Black Panther quickly became a relevant character and superhero in the Marvel Universe, so how could anyone other than a Black man write such a progressive story and character?

T’Challa, a prince, who had risen to King (after the assassination of his father, T’Chaka, former King and Black Panther) of one of the most powerful nations (Wakanda: fictitious Kingdom in Africa) that operated in stealth in the continent of Africa. He would rank as one of the top 5 greatest minds in the world and considered an elite superhero, even defeating America’s Hero, Captain America.

Captain America Is Defeated By The Black Panther during An Invasion Of His Homeland, Wakanda.

Captain America Is Defeated By The Black Panther During An Invasion Of His Homeland, Wakanda.

Yet, this awe inspiring story was not the creation of a Black man.

The entertainment industry have been profiting quite handsomely for several years now off of many Comic Heroes and stories.
As mentioned, some of these stories have been altered (for self – creativity and progressive direction), at times, these changes have disappointed the loyal Comic Community and others have accepted it. From minor alterations to bolder decisions, there has been plenty of room made to constantly invoke new ideas.

Such as the direction, Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige had taken when hiring director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station and Creed) on-board.

Director: Ryan Coogler Fruitville Station And Creed

Director: Ryan Coogler
Fruitvale Station And Creed

Marvel explains that Black Panther will be one of the last superhero characters to get their own stand-alone film. Feige also admits that, “He’s [Black Panther] important” to the future of the Marvel Universe.
In addition to Coolger directing the film, Feige announces that Black Panther would be the first Marvel film to feature a majority black cast, with Chadwick Boseman (42) already casts’ as Black Panther.

“It was important they remained faithful to the comic and the character’s origins”, shared Feige.

For all Marvel fans, comic/action movie enthusiasts and Melaninated People this should be promising and exciting.

One would be curious to, Captain America star, Anthony Mackie‘s thoughts on the decisions and directions of Marvel’s selection of Ryan Coogler, as director. The actor made a statement saying, “The race of the director shouldn’t factor into the decision.

I don’t think it’s important at all (having a Black Director)”, Mackie expresses. “As a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct ‘Seabiscuit!’…
Comments like these weigh heavily in the Melanin community especially when, at times, they seem slighted against a shared race. Many times the vocal party would be labeled “cooning“.

What are your thoughts?

Black Panther is scheduled to be released on Feb. 16, 2018.

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At the most recent G20 gathering in Antalya, Turkey – Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had shared intelligence with the other G20 member states. The intelligence revealed the 40 countries from which ISIS finances the majority of their terrorist activities. The list reportedly included a number of G20 countries. Putin, in many ways placed all members on notice. An act that should raise many questions. Such as; who is ISIS really? Who are the purchasers of this “Blood Oil“? Is this why there were limits on oil trade, which kept prices high?

Putin continued his address discussing how imperative it is to cease the funding to ISIS, lamenting on ending ISIS illegal oil trade.

I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” explained Putin

I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” he said.
“The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers, so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon,” Putin shares.

Some armed opposition groups consider it possible to begin active operations against IS with Russia’s support. And we are ready to provide such support from the air. If it happens it could become a good basis for the subsequent work on a political settlement,” says Putin.
We really need support from the US, European nations, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran,” the Russian president added.

It is said that if you want to know who is in control, “Follow the money“. Putin believed it is impossible to defeat without cutting its financing. This was the focus at the  Summit. So when one follows the money one trail leads to the Islamic State, which benefits from an estimated $50 million a month from selling crude from captured oilfields in Iraq and Syria. These findings are based on Iraqi intelligence and U.S. officials.

So who is ISIS? Israeli Secret Intelligence Service

On July, 20th 1990, C-SPAN aired an interview  with Brian Lamb, Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, authors of the book “Every Spy A Prince“: The Complete History of Israel’s Intelligence Community. The book, based on one of Israel’s decorated spies who helped Israel win the six day War with Syria in 1967, describes how the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office officially refers to its subordinate organization “The Mossad” as the “Israeli Secret Intelligence Service,” or ISIS.

Israel has 3 major Intelligence Organizations. The first being the Mossad (in Hebrew it means Institute), it is their Foreign Espionage Arm, which would be comparable to the CIA. Then there is Aman, this is Israel’s Commanders of Military Intelligence. Aman would be the largest of Israel’s intelligence groups and considered the most important. Lastly; there is Shin Bet (Security Services), this is Israel’s domestic agency and would be comparable to the FBI. Out of the three agencies, Aman would be the most important. Some of their responsibilities are to survey their neighboring Arab Nations, gathering intelligence on their movements and armament. To sum, Aman would be one of the layers of defense to thwart and alert Israel of potential threats including war.

How important is Mossad, with such great responsibilities on the shoulders of Aman? Aman is overshadowed by the Mossad. This makes Mossad the second most important agency in Israel. It would seem as if they work co-dependently. If compared to the United State’s agencies, Aman would function similarly to the NSA and Mossad would be the CIA. Not to forget Shin Bet, the “ears on the concrete”. They work on terrorism prevention, political espionage and counter-terrorism on a domestic level.

When communicating with other Government Intelligence Agencies, according to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, they identify themselves as the “Israeli Secret Intelligence Service,” or ISIS.

Fast forward to today, and the US Government affirms that ISIS is an Islamic Terrorist group. Putin, at the G20 Summit in Turkey, declared that “ISIS is being funded by 40 countries”! ISIS Surprise

This would not be the first time agencies such as the CIA have had their hands in shaping, and training groups that would later be revealed as the next Terror Group; Al Qaeda, “an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.”

We encourage people to ask the right questions. Concerned one should be, when the narrative is always the same.

 

 

 

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The scale of Justice seems to always be off – balance.

From the arrest process to court hearings. Many can argue that they never had a fair – day in court.
Let’s face it, America’s system of Justice, systematically is unfair to minorities. Though this article is not written to point out all of those cases, trust that one would not have a hard time in finding the disparity.

This is why it is important for people to be active and vigilant in their communities. Ensuring and demanding for actions that better serve their families and communities by way of voting and electing those that represent the “face” of the community and have a positive interest in it’s welfare.
These steps can easily tip the scale of justice, forcing changes in the current climate of the Nation’s racial and judicial injustices.

This is highlighted by the actions of a Louisville, Ky. Jefferson Circuit Court Judge; Olu Stevens.
Judge Stevens was displeased with the disproportionate number of black jurors serving in his court.

Last week, the proceedings of a drug trial were halted and the entire jury panel was dismissed. Jdg. Stevens called for a new jury group to be selected.

Jdg. Olu Stevens

Judge Stevens expressed,

The concern is that the panel is not representative of the community.

A new jury panel followed despite objections from both the defense and prosecutor.
This would not be Jdg. Stevens first time dismissing a jury because of it’s “misrepresentation” or disproportionate number of minorities.

These actions have solicited the involvement of the Supreme Court, where it is going to determine whether the judge is abusing his power.

On Nov. 18th 2014, Jdg. Stevens felt it was, “troublesome”, that a 13-member jury chosen for a theft trial ended up with no black jurors. He would dismiss the panel at the request of a defense attorney.

Judge Stevens shared,

There is not a single African-American on this jury and (the defendant) is an African-American man, I cannot in good conscious go forward with this jury.”

The next day a new jury panel was selected.

“Jefferson County has long had a problem with minorities being underrepresented on local juries. Several black defendants have complained over the years that they were convicted by an all-white jury – not of their peers.

The Racial Fairness commission – a group made up of local judges, lawyers and citizens – has studied the issue for years, monitored the make-up of jury panels and found them consistently lacking in minorities.”

As Appeals Court Judge, Denise Clayton, explains,

Based on population the panel should be at least 21 percent African-American“.

Jdg. Clayton continues, sharing a previous panel selection case (October 12, 2015), where the percentage was 14.

So we’re not really hitting the numbers that we need to…“, concluded Clayton

Jdg. Stevens, rightfully, has shaken the courts and is forcing attorneys to be responsible.
In an interesting fashion, Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and Attorney General asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to look at the issue and see if Jdg. Stevens has the authority to dismiss jury panels “because of a lack of minorities”.

Should judges take it upon themselves to try and ensure a more representative jury?

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

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A question that will Provoke Thought and earn many responses is, Is My Blackness Offensive? Is all Fifty Shades Of Brown of it?
Which leads to another question… What “shade” was and was not acceptable the night Lin Mei and her 2 friends were not admitted into Club DSTRK, because they were, “too dark” and “too fat”?

"Refused entry: Zalika Miller (far left) pictured with her friends Reisha (center left), Tasha (center right) and Lin Mei (right). Reisha and Tasha were allegedly told they were "overweight" and "too dark" to enter DSTRK Night Club."

“Refused entry: Zalika Miller (far left) pictured with her friends Reisha (centre left), Tasha (center right) and Lin Mei (right). Reisha and Tasha were allegedly told they were “overweight” and “too dark” to enter DSTRK Night Club.”

The incident in which two young Black women were turned away at Club DSTRKT’s door for allegedly being “too dark” and “too fat”.

#DSTRKT, a popular Night Club in the West End of London, that has housed many “A” list celebrities, “has galvanized a strong social media following supported by the hashtag #DoILookDstrkt”

In the video below, Lin Mei, 29, describes the details of the night she witnessed her friends, Reisha and Tasha, asked to stand across the street from DSTRKT so the manager could look at them properly.

The two women were then allegedly told they were “overweight” and “too dark”!
This despite their names potentially being on the guest list

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Do you remember the incident that took place on July 09th, 2014, where Seattle resident; 69 year old, William Wingate was arrested by Seattle Police Officer Cynthia Whitlatch?

Well… “Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole signed off Tuesday (Sept.15th, 2015) on findings by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability that Whitlatch, 48, broke the department’s rules in the arrest.”
Therefore she was fired.

Seattle Police Officer Cynthia Whitlatch
Fired For Abuse Of Power

For those who have not followed this story…

SPDO Cynthia Whitlatch drove up on William Wingate, on the corner of an intersection, as he was peacefully doing nothing, using his club for support like a cane.
Whitlatch exits her cruiser immediately asking for Wingate to drop his golf club, “I am not going to take it from you but it is a weapon!”, Whitlatch claims.

Wingate questions the reason for her presence and refuses to release his club for support. Whitlatch demands that he drops the club again, she continues to inform Wingate that the entire scene is being recorded and escalates the situation by, falsely, accusing Wingate of swinging his club at her, “You just swang that club at me!” An appalled Wingate objects immediately and demands that she calls for another officer, “You call somebody I want a witness”.

“The white Seattle officer who arrested an African-American man she claimed swung a golf club at her was fired Tuesday for her racial bias and combative approach, the city’s police chief said.”

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To Catch A Predator: Poachers

Despite the many accomplishments, Man has proven to be the most violent and destructive “Animal” on the planet. The abuse, waste and theft of resources around the World is astounding.

With Africa seated at the top of the list in resources in the World, it is exploited heinously by many countries and nations around the world. Increasing the wealth of these nations…without regard and prohibiting the people of this glorious continent to “eat from it’s own plate“!

So there is no surprise that Africa rates equally as high with Poaching. From animal fur, body parts, organs to highly sort after Ivory. These Poachers are responsible for the illegal killing and endangering these animal’s very existence. Take the Black Rhino; “since 1960 their population has been reduced by 97.6%“, but change is coming!

This change is delivered in a powerful package; with the support of activist in the United States, “retired vets take part in an organization that puts their years of combat training to work”, aiding the African Park Rangers. Their efforts are focused on reducing the loss and ending poaching.

The achievement will be made by VETPAW (Veterans Empowered To Protect Wildlife).

Their highlight addition is;

Kinessa Johnson: US Army Veteran.

What is Kinessa and her team’s mission in Africa? Her focus is to train the African Park Rangers in areas of marksmanship, field medicine and counter-intelligence. With 187 African Park Rangers lives lost at the hands of poachers, prior to the aide, such training is crucial to everyone’s survival and, most importantly, maintaining the safety and protection of the animals and Park Rangers.

 

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Johnson and her team had set their sites on Tanzania, in March of 2015. After putting their plans into effect and due to their strong presence, a reduction in poaching activity was immediately noticed. This is why it was critical to train the Park Rangers and provide support.

Kinessa joined VETPAW because she loves animals, and because protecting endangered species is a cause that speaks to her heart. Kinessa explains, “After the first obvious priority of enforcing existing poaching laws, educating the locals on protecting their country’s natural resources is most important overall.”

Please take a moment to read the full article from the link above.

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‪Stop Thanking Veterans

You see them at Train Stations, Airports, Bus Depots…in the Malls or maybe in line at the grocery stores. At one point or another, you have engaged a conversation, or given the universal “Head-nod“. In these moments of brief or long interactions, one may have felt compelled to speak these 5 Words Of Death (Closing Lines)…”Thank You For Your Service“.
Grant it, the statement may very well, be coming from the most sincerest of hearts, but what are you really saying? What is the “Service” that you speak of? Is this really any different when one may ask someone (familiar or unfamiliar)…”How Are You Doing?“.

Let us be honest, do you really want to know how that person is doing? More so, do you really care? Recognizing the dynamics may be slightly different, the principal is the same. Also, what is the response one may expect or are prepared for. What “Service” are you thanking them for? For some, this expression of gratitude may be discomforting, even for the humble. We would like to recognize our ‪#‎Veterans‬ as “Selfless” individuals.

Many cannot and may never be able to comprehend the ‪‎valor and ‪‎sacrifice demanded upon these brave. Therefore is, “Thank You For Your Service“, enough?
As ‪Candice Horner‬ writes; “When people would say those five words to me, it would make me uncomfortable. I didn’t sacrifice much, and I lived a pretty cool life while stationed in ‪Japan‬. I felt their gratitude was misdirected; I never saw ‪combat‬.

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Candice Horner is a former Marine, RN and currently a Competitive Shooter (Winner of the Mammoth Sniper Challenge Extreme Tough Man Division). It is said that, the phrase is “inadequate; it’s empty“. So what would be the most appropriate thing to say?
Maybe sharing how your life was impacted by not just that Veteran’s service, but by the services of those who have and are currently sacrificing.

Stop Thanking Veterans for their Services and start Recognizing their Sacrifices, Acknowledging their Courage and Appreciate it’s Worth!
War stories are great…but life’s triumphs are BEAUTIFUL!

(Article Credited to Candice Horner)
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Garlic is a powerful Natural Antibiotic.

It is extremely effective! It kills a very large number of different bacteria. “Garlic is widely used in folk and traditional medicine for the treatment of many diseases and ailments.
The cultivation of garlic started about 5thousand years ago. It was used by the Romans, Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks, Jews, Arabs and many other cultures. Pythagoras called garlic “The King Of Spices”.

The earliest known references indicate that garlic was an important part of the daily diet of the Egyptians; An Egyptian manuscript from that period includes 800 drugs, of which 22 were made with garlic.”

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Garlic

  • Garlic prevents aging and clogging of both major and peripheral arteries.
  • The healing properties of garlic help reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the blood.
  • It is very important to know that garlic  strengthens the immune
    system, thus increases the body’s ability to withstand the harmful influences of the environment.
  • Garlic kills a large number
    of various bacteria.
  • Garlic helps protect against heart disease.

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Women have been experiencing Menstrual Pains for ages.
Some are mild discomforts as others are debilitating.

A woman’s menstrual cycle can dictate their lifestyle. Once a month being the dreaded anticipation.
So there is no surprise to the amount of Home Remedies and products available for women, to aide them through this hellacious period.

Regardless to whether the “girlfriend’s” technique is affective or the “pills ” don’t  work, it is important to understand the changes
that are taking place, why and what one can do to minimize or quite possibly, eliminate, menstrual pains.

At the top of the list…

Exercise and diet. Exercising, aside from increasing ones’ quality of health, is recorded in easing cramps during a menstrual cycle.
Proper exercise can also help with relieving Mental Stress as well. Stress being another symptom during a woman’s cycle.

Supplementation with vitamins and minerals is also beneficial during menstruation

So let’s understand how this works.

First we have water-soluble Vitamins; B-Complex and C. They dissolve in water and are not stored by the body.
Since they are eliminated in urine, we require a continuous daily supply in our diet.
Then one must understand that certain vitamins require the pairing of minerals to be truly effective.

So what can women do or use to help with; acne, depression, moodiness, breast – tenderness, cramps and nausea?

The complete B-Complex!

The B- vitamins, in general,
are involved in the building
of biological chemicals, and
B6 seems to have a special role
in the production of female Hormones.

The more B6 is around, the better your estrogen will work.

Herbal remedies such as; Chamomile, Fennel, Ginger, Cinnamon and Mint are used in different forms to ease cramps and other symptoms associated with menstruation.

Mint, Chamomile and Ginger can be used in teas… If smoothies are your thing, drop some cucumbers and beets in there. One would be surprised by the positive effects.

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What if…You had the power to do ANYTHING? What would you do?

These are the type of questions and more that are asked during this What If? Show.

In this show, a Florida woman engages in a light dialog with Show host, discussing a range of hypothetical topics, from; What if John F. Kennedy was still alive, or could there ever be a woman President and What if men could give birth?

Listen and watch this entertaining show as you hear a lot emotion and laughter being shared.

We Provoke Thought
Host: THE VOICE
Random call with a Florida resident
Subject: Random What If? Questions; What If Men Could Give Birth?
Audio: GOOD

 

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