Alter Ego’s – by: Eugenia Parker

Alter Ego's - by: Eugenia Parker

I read this and had to share with all my ladies out there who at one point of time, felt these things….

“It’s been too long and I’m lost without you …” sings Aaliyah in my ear. I begin to sing along but the tears running down my cheeks soon betray the little bit of strength my voice boasted just a few minutes prior. Fuckin’ shuffle feature; one minute you’re attending a one-woman party to the tune of Collie Buddz and Sean Paul and the next, you’re literally singing the blues.
So here I am again: wide awake at 2:00 am, not a soul to speak to and absent his embrace. The roses he brought me have made habitable the bereft wasteland that is a lover’s empty bedroom, but even they appear to be crying with me now. Today, at least a hundred times I’ve reassured myself that estrangement is best. I did the, “now Eugenia, be realistic” thing in my head so many times, it has to be unhealthy at this point.
The real problem: this realism never lasts through the night. Busy days escort the spiritual to the rear as practicality takes precedence, but darkness always sees my spirit back to a position of power. Every evening, my spontaneous, ever-certain alter ego howls at the moon as Venus beckons her to welcome nightfall and the desertion of her sister’s battered rationality.
But moon rarely answers. It’s busy she suspects. Busy bringing in the tide of spirits the world over. So, with certitude clutched in hand, she waits patiently for the night moon to bring his alter ego (he who made floral that which was once a wasteland) back to shore.
Still, she fears the mortality of such confidence. Will this yearning yet consume her? If only moon would hasten its exercise and bring his lips to hers. Night would bleed into day and she’d sing him such a song.

Brown skin.
You know I love your brown skin.
I can’t tell where yours begins.
I can’t tell where mine ends.


George Zimmerman Murder Trial Opens with Profanity, Knock-Knock Joke

George Zimmerman Murder Trial Opens with Profanity, Knock-Knock Joke

The second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman for killing unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin has opened in Florida. During opening statements Monday, attorneys on each side cast conflicting views of Zimmerman’s motives on the night of the shooting last February. Prosecutor John Guy said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had profiled the 17 year-old as suspicious and chose to assume the role of a police officer and follow him. He quoted Zimmerman’s own expletive-laced words to a dispatcher.

John Guy: “Good Morning. ‘F—ing punks. These a—holes always get away.’ Those were the words in that grown man’s mouth as he followed, in the dark, a 17-year-old boy who he didn’t know. Excuse my language, but those were his words, not mine.”

These were prosecutor John Guy’s concluding remarks at the end of his opening statement Monday.

John Guy: “We are confident that at the end of this trial you will know in your head, in your heart and your stomach that George Zimmerman did not shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him for the worst of all reasons: because he wanted to.”

Defense lawyer Don West argued that Zimmerman killed Martin because he feared for his life after the teenager smashed Zimmerman’s head on the sidewalk, which he suggested constituted a deadly weapon. West told a knock-knock joke toward the beginning of his remarks, a move for which he later apologized.

Don West: “Knock, knock, who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? All right good, you’re on the jury. Nothing? (audience laughs) That’s funny.”


Jay-Z deal with Samsung for new album release

Jay-Z deal with Samsung for new album release

Jay-Z’s latest business deal with Android involving his upcoming album is a win for the company, the rapper and African Americans, writes Jamilah King for Colorlines. The business mogul clearly knows his audience: Young black consumers love their smartphones, and blacks are more likely than other groups to report favoring Android.

Jay-Z is teaming up with Samsung to release his new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail”, on July 4. The new release will be free for the first one million Android users who download an app for the album. It’s a unique partnership and the first of its kind. TechHive points out that for Samsung, “It’s a chance to be associated with one of the coolest cats in pop culture and to showcase the company’s ability to compete with iTunes radio.”

Jay-Z fans should find this free download a small token of generosity. Hopefully the album shows a more matured and conscious artist.


Soledad O’Brien’s Niece Has the Highest GPA at Harvard

Soledad O’Brien’s Niece Has the Highest GPA at Harvard

Ellie Hylton is the kind of student that legends are made of. She is graduating from Harvard University, which is enough to impress anyone. But Ellie is special, even among Harvard graduates. Besides graduating summa c*m-laude with a degree in Sociology, this young student also has the highest GPA in her entire class. As a result, she’s been awarded the Sophia Freund Prize.

Ellie is also described as sweet, humble and kind. She also happens to be the niece of CNN”s Soledad O’Brien.

Ellie recently did an interview with, during which she described who she is and what she believes. She says that both of her parents were alums of Harvard, and that she decided to attend the university after doing a visit with their track team.

My parents never pushed Harvard. I did visits at several schools during my senior year of high school, and I eventually did an overnight visit with the track team at Harvard. I really liked the people that I met during that overnight trip.

She says that despite the fact that she puts high expectations on herself, she didn’t feel any added pressure from her parents. Her parents seemed more focused on helping her find ways to be happy and well-adjusted, rather than put pressure on her.

I never felt pressured to achieve anything because of what my parents have done. In fact, my parents almost never talked about Harvard while I was growing up. Throughout my four years of college, my mom and dad were pretty relaxed about all things academic. They encouraged me to do my best, but they never set specific expectations for me.

Ellie says that the way she managed both track and academics was by being careful with her time. She left the track team at the end of her sophomore year due to injuries, but before that, she kept a hectic schedule. Despite these challenges, Ellie was determined to succeed academically and be the absolute best student she could be.

I actually left the track team at the end of my sophomore year due to injuries, but before that, I relied on my experience from balancing a busy schedule in high school. I took my classes earlier in the morning, in order to free up my schedule for homework before practice. I learned to use my free time efficiently; I made a lot of very detailed “to-do” lists. I also took many classes that I enjoyed, so studying wasn’t always a miserable task.

Ellie says that the way she remained academically motivated was by finding subjects that she was passionate about. This played a role in allowing her to study topics that she found interesting, which helped her to deal with the monotony.


Coalition of Concerned African Americans Marches on the White House

Coalition of Concerned African Americans Marches on the White House

A contingent of African Americans concerned about the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration marched this week on the Obama White House, demanding that attention be paid to the devastation taking place in “Dark Ghettos” across America. Dr. Ron Daniels, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others came together to speak on the issue of mass incarceration and the impact that it’s had on the black community.

Thus far, the Obama Administration has been relatively silent on the incarceration problem. Two years ago, the president pushed forward with the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the crack-to-powder disparity from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1. But some say that this is not enough. Darrell Padgett, a former inmate who studied law and wrote legal documents requesting his own release, says that many of his friends behind bars aren’t able to benefit from the Fair Sentencing Act, largely because the legal standards are too difficult for them to meet, or they can’t afford the representation necessary to secure their release.

Padgett also speaks candidly about the torture that he and other inmates regularly endure for doing things as simple as learning too much about the law. According to Padgett, when he began studying the law and working on his own case, his legal books went missing and he was sent to solitary confinement.

In the middle of the night, I was awaken by a gang of prison guards. The guards instructed me to get dressed and to back out of the prison cell with my hands behind my back. Immediately, I knew this was a “set-up.” So I inquired. I was informed that I was being placed in solitary confinement because the investigative services of the prison had information that I was planning to murder a prison guard. With allegations of such magnitude, I realized that I could be hidden in solitary confinement for years.

That possibility became real to me after I was placed in a prison cell where a prisoner had been strapped to a concrete slab in the same way that it is alleged that Jesus was nailed to a cross.

America incarcerates more of its citizens than any country in the world. African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the disparity. Incarceration is linked to juvenile delinquency of the children of inmates, the spread of disease, poverty, urban violence and a whole host of issues. The coalition is seeking to confront the matter directly and are asking that President Obama lead the way.


Our governments No Privacy Act

Our governments No Privacy Act

FBI Director Robert Mueller has defended the Obama administration’s mass collection of domestic phone records, saying such practices are legal and done in the interests of national security. Speaking before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday, Mueller also confirmed the administration has launched a criminal investigation into Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked the secret documents about NSA spying.

FOURTH AMENDMENT [U.S. Constitution]

‘The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.’

President Obama and General Keith Alexander say the records being obtained are not names, locations and actual recording of our personal phone calls. But only the phone numbers and duration of calls.

Yea right Mr. President!!!! NSA (National Security Agency)wiretapping Verizon customers. In the June issue of InfoWars Magazine, Kurt Nimmo reveals that Google has not only been spying on users, it’s collaborating with the CIA in the process. “[Google and the CIA] recently decided to back a company called Recorded Future. It specializes in analyzing websites, blogs, social networks, and Twitter accounts to establish relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents.”

Nimmo also reveals that the CIA’s venture capital firm, In-Q-Tel, provided seed money for Keyhole, Inc., a software development company specializing in geospatial data visualization applications. “Keyhole, Inc., was acquired by Google in 2004 and provided Google Earth with its 3D earth visualization.”

And in March, Google agreed to pay $7 million to settle complaints about unauthorized data collection. The company was accused of data theft when it used Google Street View to gather massive amounts of personal information of Wi-Fi users.

Edward Snowden may go down in history as one of this nation’s most important whistleblowers. He is certainly one of the bravest. The 29-year-old former technical assistant to the CIA and employee of a defense intelligence contractor has admitted to disclosing top secret documents about the National Security Agency’s massive violation of the privacy of law-abiding citizens.

Our government labels people terrorists and uses these records to do so. When will the government be for it’s people fully and faithfully?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust these entities, people, corporations who all seem to have the same agenda. Control of the people…

Stay aware*

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#Millionhoodies Trayvon Martin Not to be Forgotten

#Millionhoodies Trayvon Martin Not to be Forgotten

Today 6:10:13 @ Vernon & Crenshaw in Los Angeles, Leimert Park > 4pm / March for Justice @ 5pm / Rally @ 6pm > May call 213-840-5348 for more info!

Black names not to be forgotten. Too many young black and brown men racially profiled, put in jails, beaten and killed daily. The new age Jim Crown is the prison industrial system that keep our people behind bars and not able to be a part of this so-called democracy.

Open your eyes, minds & stay aware of what is going on around you.

Be sure to check out the Chris Ness Skittles x Ice Tea video:


Albino Models Making Their Mark

Albino Models Making Their Mark

Finally the fashion world is discovering what we have known for ages that-Beauty is found in all shapes, sizes and colors. It also can be colorless, which is the point being proven and celebrated through a wave of models with albinism — a condition affecting melanin production that results in little or no pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes.

Models like Thando Hopa, 23, Stephen Thompson and Refilwe Modiselle, 27 are just a few albino models making their names known in the fashion world. Fellow fair-skinned models Shaun Ross and Diandra Forrest have also found success gracing the catwalks and striking a pose for the world’s top design houses.

However, the idea of colorless beauty hasn’t been embraced — especially not in Africa. In many countries within the continent, individuals born with albinism endure persecution and prejudice, and some are even hunted by witch doctors as they believe that albinos have mystical or disease curing powers.

The South African model Thando Hopa is attempting to change that. Hopa who has been deemed “the new face of fashion” and “fashion’s new colour.”

[“I now realize that I have a platform to inspire young girls, and as someone who never had a role model who looked like me when I was growing up, I now hope to be able to show that albinism can be beautiful and is just another kind of normal,” says Hopa.] We think they are Beautiful, simply beautiful!


Brittney Griner Lands Nike Contract to Model Mens Wear

Brittney Griner Lands Nike Contract to Model Mens Wear

Brittney Griner caught the attention of the masses when she was a college basketball at Baylor University. Currently she is a player with the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association and now she is joining another team: Nike’s.

Brittney has been tapped to model for the sports brand. She will become the first openly gay athlete to sign with Nike.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there, the 6’8″ Brittney won’t be styling in sports bras, she’ll be modeling men’s apparel. The contract supposedly reflects Griner’s more androgynous clothing style and according to ESPN, the style is being picked up by more and more major sports companies, so naturally Nike wanted to be the first to tap the niche market.

I love this! Why should a woman who feels comfortable in so-called men’s clothes have to wear anything else but that. Society has accepted lesbians, gays, trans-sexual people to a certain extent and it is time to open all doors and minds when it comes to human’s. We are bleed red, we all love, we all breath the same air and want to be accepted, whether its from society or our own family.

So much hatred comes from closed minds and the wrongs things being taught. Change is definitely needed across the lands for a better world.

But, on a bigger and worldwide issue is:
Nike’s Indonesia contractors are accused of horrific labor practices that range from vicious name-calling to physical injury, running sweatshops that would be illegal back in the bucolic burg of Beaverton, Oregon, where Nike has its corporate HQ.

According to the AP report, the 10,000 workers in the Taiwanese-managed plant are mostly women who earn 50 cents an hour. “They throw shoes and other things at us. They growl and slap us when they get angry. It’s part of our daily bread,” said a 23 year-old worker from the embroidery division.



Good News: Black Women Enroll In College More Than Any Race And Gender

Good News: Black Women Enroll In College More Than Any Race And Gender

For the first time since the US Census has collected data around educational attainment and enrollment, in 2011 African-American women’s enrollment in colleges has hit a record high. According to the analysis of the most recent census data, nearly 1 in 10 of every African-American females are enrolled in colleges and universities, suggesting the prohibitive barriers to entry typically associated with women and minorities may be finally eroding in post-secondary settings.

The “enrollment status of the population”— an annual report from the US Census Bureau’s CPS (current population survey) estimates the percentage of a groups educational attainment by age, s*x and racial categories—hit a record 9.7 percent in 2011 for Black Alone and Female metrics, according to the report. This represents a 31 percent increase from 2000 reporting of 7.4 percent.

The average percentage enrollment for the U.S. population is 6.9 percent (6.3 percent for males, 7.5 percent for females.)

The college enrollment rate is one measure of a country, group and individual competitiveness. The rising enrollment rate over the past decade suggests that while factors as the economic downturn, and unemployment and underemployment rates for college graduates remains high 52 percent (Andrew Sum: The Nation’s underemployed in the “Great Recession” of 2007–09,) increasing tuition costs and long-term student debt, most Americans still perceive college attendance as a value-added proposition to becoming competitive . The report shows enrollment for all groups increased 18.9 percent from 2000 to 2011.

African-American Women

The percentage difference between African-American Women and the next closest group is striking and now marks the first time this group (or any other group) has surpassed Asian Males. Black Female College Enrollment at 9.7 percent is a full percentage point above the next group which represents an 11.5 percent enrollment rate above Asian Females. This statistic is equally impressive in that in one year, Black Females and Asian Females surpassed Asian Males as the leading group in College enrollment (U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey: October 2010.)