The Travesty That Is The Trayvon Martin Case

**Deep Sigh**

I have come back to this blog spot to report some news that is tragic or stupid and in most cases, tragically stupid.  But the news for the past few weeks has been a tragic travesty.  I am referring to the Trayvon Martin case.  Unless you have been under a rock or in a bomb shelter someplace you must have already heard about this case.

17-year-old African-American, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed inside a gated community by a Hispanic man named George Zimmerman who was part of a neighborhood watch.  Trayvon was on his way from the store and had a pack of skittles, a can of iced tea and was talking on the cellphone at the time.  Trayvon was on the phone with his girlfriend and told her that some guy was watching him.  I will not review the entire story because I am sure that you have heard much of it already.  But I will say that the shooter STILL HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED!  Trayvon was wearing a hoodie HOWEVER please be advised that he put the hoodie up after he realized he was being watched.

The shooter, Zimmerman has said that Trayvon looked suspicious… really???  This story has inspired the Million Hoodie March for justice.

This story is sad, disturbing, and disgusting on so many levels.  Is this the POST-RACIAL America we live in?

Please take a moment to review the links.  The links review the Trayvon Martin case, The Million Hoodie March, and The Stand Your Ground Law.

  1. ABC News : Trayvon Martin Case: Timeline of Events
  2. CBS News : Twin Investigations Open in Trayvon Martin Case
  3. US News/MSNBC : Trayvon Martin’s Final Phone Call
  4. FOX News : Trayvon Martin’s Alleged Attacker Not Covered Under Law
  5. LA Tines : Self Defense? Trayvon Martin Was Using A Cellphone
  6. CNN : Lawyer: Girl On Phone With Trayvon Martin
  7. NY Daily News : Million Hoodie March Takes Union Square In Protest
  8. NBC New York : Trayvon Martin’s Parents Attend NYC Million Hoodie March
  9. CBS New York : Million Hoodie March Held In Union Square
  10. Chicago Tribune : An Invitation To Murder?

Be informed, be educated.  Trayvon Martin’s family deserves justice.  Trayvon did not have to die…

Skittles and Tea is NOT a weapon…

Regina

Jakadrien Turner leaves Dallas and Lands in Colombia??

I hope you saw the news article about the Dallas teenager who has been missing since 2010 but was actually deported to Colombia.  It has been all over the internet today, so I decided to post about it after the crowd died down!  If not you can read it HERE and HERE.  Now you may be thinking, “OK, this is Texas, they have an abundance of illegal residents, so what, one of them got sent back”!  BUT, this was a 14-year-old AFRICAN-AMERICAN teenager, who DOES NOT EVEN SPEAK SPANISH!  So you may be scratching your head (Much like I was doing when I first heard this mess!) and wondering how the heck does something like this happen??

Well it starts with a teenager who is distraught over the loss of a grandfather.   Then you add the tragedy of divorcing parents.  And on top of all of that you add a dash of obvious discontent (since she was running away I assume the discontent part).  You can also add that she obviously had no adult she thought she could talk to about her issues and mental state.  The story goes like this….

Jakadrien Turner ran away from her home in Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas in November, 2010.  The reason she ran away is being indirectly attributed to the loss of her grandfather and the divorce of her parents.  (But I of course believe there is something missing from this portion of the story).  Jakadrien ran as far as Houston, Texas.  In Houston, Texas in April 2011, Jakadrien Turner was caught shoplifting.  Jakadrien gave the police a phony name and when that name was run it came back as belonging to a 22-year-old, illegal immigrant from Colombia.  Here is where the story gets asinine…. evidently her finger prints were taken but there was no follow through.  Despite the physical differences between a 14-year-old and a 22-year-old, despite the fact that this African-American girl spoke no Spanish (Uh, coming from Colombia, yes I expect that you should be able to speak spanish!), and despite the fact that no follow through on the fingerprints or paper work was completed, Jakadrien was deported to Colombia (Yes, SOUTH AMERICA!) by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  This young lady even had her information posted on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s website, See posting HERE.  But no one bothered to check for that.

So after all of that, I wonder who will be demoted behind this fiasco.  Yes I said demoted because since this is a young African-American girl I do not think anyone will loose his or her job over this but someone will likely be demoted. (Sad, but true, This IS America…).  Jakadrien’s grandmother found her through Facebook.  Jakadrien is now being detained in a Colombian “facility” by Colombian officials despite American authorities from the U.S. Embassy trying to retrieve her. (Maybe someone should call Tom Cruise and his Mission Impossible crew, they seem to get results!).

So as a parent and a grandparent I have some questions/concerns about this story… (Yea, besides the obvious question about the OBVIOUS INCOMPETENCE of the U.S. Immigration officials…)

  1. Where are Jakadrien Turner’s parents?
  2. Why is the grandmother the only one looking for her?
  3. Why did she REALLY run away?
  4. Did she have a mentor, teacher, confidant, or ANYONE that she could have talked to?
  5. Why is this 15-year-old girl now pregnant?
  6. Who was Jakadrien living with in Houston?
  7. Is she hurt? Was she damaged in ANY way?
  8. And lastly, we need to address her running away and her lying about her identity which helped land her behind in Colombia, South America in the first place.

But all the madness and questions aside… I pray that baby girl is returned home safely.  I pray that she receives the counseling, healing, and restoration that she needs.  I pray that her and her family are restored and mended to wholeness.

Smooches!

Regina

President Obama, Student Loans and Me…

WOW!  It has been 6 months since I posted here.  I would love to tell you about all the FABULOUS things I have been doing and why I have not been posting on this blog but frankly the reason I have not posted in 6 months is….. I forgot my password.  Yep, that is it, I simply could not remember my password or user name.  It has taken me a while but things are back in order now!

However I have been slowly but surely closing in on that Bachelor Degree of Human Services Management that I have been working towards.  July 2012 is when I will be done and my degree will be official.  My youngest daughter is a high school senior and is set to graduate in June 2012.  Of course this means student loans.  So not only will I be liable for my student loans but I will also be entering the realm of her student loans. Yaayyy.

I pray that the news article I read on MSNBC.com helps me when I need it.

According to MSNBC.com, “Obama said it’s never been more important to get a college education, but it’s also never been more expensive. Obama said his plan will help not just individuals, but the nation, because graduates will have more money to spend on things like buying homes” (MSNBC.com).  Read the article in its entirety HERE.

Let Us Pray…

Regina

Bullying In The 21st Century

I do not know when it happened. I do not know why it has become so prevalent. I do not understand why it is a national phenomenon. When did BULLYING become such an epidemic???
Bullies have always been around and almost everyone has had an encounter with one on some level. Either you saw someone get bullied, you got bullied OR you were (are) a bully. So, bullying has been part of our nature and history for some time. I remember getting chased home from school by a bully. This boy chased me for about 5 blocks from my school P.S. 224 all the way to my building. He finally caught me right when I got to the building and beat the snot out of me. His name was Todd and he was the lunch Lady’s son. We eventually became friends but I still remember that beating.

However this generation has taken bullying to extraordinary new heights. Children are KILLING THEMSELVES over bullying! We now have CYBER BULLYING, DOMESTIC BULLYING, POLITICAL BULLYING, all in addition to regular bullying. Technology has made bullying even easier.
What can be done to stop this phenomenon?



Even social networking platforms like facebook have addressed the bullying topic with the following posts.

A15-year-old girl holds hands with her 1-year-old son. People call her a slut no one knows she was raped at 13. People call another Guy fat. No one knows he has a serious disease causing him to be overweight . People call an old man ugly. No one knew he had a serious injury to his face while fighting for our country in the war. People call a woman bald but they don’t know she has cancer .Re-post this if you are against bullying and stereotyping.

~OR THIS VERSION~

The Girl you just called fat? She has been starving herself & has lost over 30lbs. The Boy you called stupid, he has a learning disability & studies over 4hrs a night. The Girl you called ugly. She spends hours putting make-up on hoping people will like her. The Boy you just tripped. He is abused enough at home. There is a lot more to people then you think.
I leave you with this video.

Be A Blessing To Someone Today!

Smooches!

Regina

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Are YOU Impacting The Next Generation?

Good Morning All!!

It seems like forever since I have updated this blog! I have been uber busy! We moved to a new section of Texas a month and a half ago, I am still bombarded with school work, I closed my in-home Child Care business, and my baby girl is now a senior in High School! So life has been steadily moving forward and those were some of the highlights!

The actual reason that I am blogging today is because I saw a video yesterday and then a different video today that I think would be interesting conversation starters for the urban community. Though both videos have different subject matter initially they both share a common thread. They both deal with sex but in a very different way. Sex, Quick cash, Babies out of wedlock, have been ongoing issues in certain communities. This is a vicious cycle or in the words of my “saved” folk, a generational curse. What are YOU doing to break the curse/cycle??

Watch the videos and then answers these questions…

Is this an effective way to reach our youth?

Do you think videos like this teach a lesson or glorify a stigma?

Do you talk TO (not preach at) your child about this type of subject matter?

What are your personal thoughts on video #1?

What are your personal thoughts on video #2?

(Please post your feed back on this blog page)

~The following videos may contain subject matter not suitable for young children~

**EXPLICIT WORDS CONTAINED IN VIDEO #2**

VIDEO #1

How To Love – Lil Wayne

VIDEO #2

Swipe Your EBT (It’s Free) – Chapter

WE have a responsibility to educate, protect, nurture, and empower the younger generation. How are YOU impacting the lives of that generation??

Smooches,

Regina

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Youth In The Church

Church + Youth = ???
What does Church plus Youth equal? It should equal breakthrough, it should equal deliverance, it should equal Youth who are on fire for the Lord. However sometime the youth of the church get lost, overlooked, left out. They are often not taught the value of bringing their service to God’s kingdom. Often they are NOT taught that GOD values them and their gifts and their talents that they bring to the table. This is why I believe a lot of youth are lost in the world. Adults make their children come to church and when they get there they are ignored. They are Preached at, Yelled at, Talked at, but rarely ministered to. If God gave us all gifts and talents what makes adults think that youth have to wait until they are older in order to use their gifts? With today’s technology the youth if today come with a skill set that we never had back in the day!
Satan is snatching up our kids and using them to further his own goals. We are leaving our youth open to attack and ill prepared to fight spiritual battles. Youth should not be sequestered to the church basement and left to run a muck. They should be trained and taught just as we are so that they are prepared to serve God and give HIM their best. I am tired of seeing youth with talents and gifts using them for ill gain. Bring those gifts HOME and use them to help strengthen the BODY OF CHRIST! Youth should be serving right along side the adults, giving God their best!

We have to keep the our youth active, engaged, and invested in the church (Church meaning Body NOT just building!).
Last month March 4, 2011m the Potter’s House of Fort Worth held a Youth event called IGNITE. Ignite was a Youth Event for ages 13-25 held on March 4, 2011. Purposed to edify, uplift and bless God through dance, spoken word, song, music, and other forms of artistry! I believe there is another youth event in the makings. I will keep you updated on that! Pastor Faison is endeavoring to teach the youth to ignite their lives for Christ. It was awesome to see the array of youth who came out to use their gifts and talents to not only edify GOD but to help usher others into the Kingdom. Their were over 300 youth in attendance and various artists who shared their craft with us!

Those who ministered were:

Ange-Aimee, Anointed Flames, Big Nick, Chinessa, Flight Squad, GFSoldier, Hoszia Hinds, Jordan Baker, Kelsee Starr, Kingdom Impact, Loren Perry, Marc Q, Ordered Steps Productions, Sade Lee, Samiya Coooper, Solon’n, Steps of Praise, and YoungPraise!

I applaud these youth for using their gift to God’s glory! The bible says in 1 Timothy 4:12-15,

12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

Let me tell you, those who came out were blessed and had a fabulous time in the Lord!
I have a few shots of the event as well as a youtube video!
IGNITE Youth Event

Photo Slide Show of IGNITE

If you take your children to church urge them to get involved! Let them see YOU involved! YOU, the parent are the first teachers/role models! One of Pastor Faison’s favorite sayings is, “It’s NOT what we SAY, It’s what WE DO”! So if you want your youth to be involved, to impact the world for God, they have to see YOU impacting the world for God! The Father wants your service in the House!

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Baby Accidentally Drinks Alcohol

My son was asking me if I heard about this story this morning and I had not, but then when I logged on to the computer it was one of the top stories on CNN.com. Read the story HERE.

As seen on CNN.com,

(CNN) — A 15-month-old was hospitalized after a behind-the-bar mix-up at a Michigan Applebee’s restaurant that left the toddler sipping alcohol instead of apple juice.

Police were called to the Madison Heights restaurant on Friday evening after the parents of Dominic Wilson Jr. noticed their son acting strange during a family dinner.

“He was saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to the walls,” said Wilson’s mother, Taylor Dill-Reese, 18. “He laid his head down like he was sleepy, then woke up and got really hyper.”

At first, Dill-Reese blamed his odd behavior on lack of sleep. But at the end of the meal, she said Wilson’s father was stunned by what he tasted after taking a sip of his son’s juice.

The juice was an alcoholic concoction that was stored in a mislabeled container, according to a Madison Heights Police Department news release.

“The container was apple juice but it had margarita mix in it,” Dill-Reese said.

Wilson was immediately rushed to the hospital, where his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.10, Dill-Reese said.

“They said if he had drank that whole cup he would have died,” she said, adding that she and her family will never return to the eatery.

“It was unreal,” she said. “You don’t expect to go to a family restaurant, and your 15-month-old gets served alcohol.”

Dill-Reese said the child is doing OK but they are taking him to see a doctor because he’s “not eating like he used to.”

Dill-Reese said she and her boyfriend — both of whom are under 21 and not legally allowed to drink — were both drinking smoothies during the meal.

“Obviously any situation like this is unacceptable,” Applebee’s officials said in a statement. “We are working with local authorities and conducting our own investigation to assess exactly what happened.”

Police have deemed the incident an accident.

Now I understand that both parents are young, but if it were me I think I would be sitting in a lawyer’s office right about now.  I understand it was an accident but, accidents do not just happen they are caused!

WHAT WOULD YOU DO??

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