The Time Traveler, The N Word

16 02 2010

The nigger word was concocted during a time in our history when being Negro, Black, or African-American was considered ugly, unacceptable, and inferior. It’s traveled with us for centuries, like a black plague it’s a vital reminder of the anguish and degradation that our fore-fathers’ had to endure on a daily basis. Through time-travel it has been desensitized and transformed to what some consider is a less harsher term; nigga word was born. For quite some time it has appeared in our talk music and dare I admit this, used as a term of endearment towards another person. It’s on our streets, out of the mouths of our people, so it was no surprise to me when John Mayer used the term nigger during his March 2010 Playboy Magazine interview. What was shocking was how he used it…nonchalance, like an everyday word to describe the homeboys at the corner store. I actually think John thought it would impress his interviewer that he knew some slang…or not! For John Mayer, this slip of the tongue is something that will become a bashful incident; but for us, it’s a wake up call. Whether the blatant ‘nigger’ or its derivative ‘nigga’ is used, it still leaves an uncomfortable stench that fills the air when spoken and a constant reminder that we will never overcome the pain of our past until we bury this word and discontinue it’s usage.


One Size Doesn’t Fit All

10 02 2010

It wasn’t until my adult years that I began to pay attention to politics and how it affects the world. And it wasn’t until Barack Obama became President of our country that I really cared. So it’s really needless for me to admit that when the Obamas’ are present, they always have my undivided. Mrs. Obama delivers such poise and elegance when seen. She is not only a striking partner to our President but an equally intelligent lawyer and style maven. Michelle Obama’s fashion is like an awesome runway show and I’m in the front row! Did you see the hair in these videos? I’m still in awe of her beautiful coiffed bob which was reminiscent of silk! First Lady has it going on!

But on the real, Michelle Obama is also making history alongside her husband. She is the first, First Lady cast in the forefront and her projects are missions on cultivating a healthier future for all of us. Childhood obesity is a serious issue that has been ignored far too long. It’s painful to witness children battling an addiction to food or junk food for that matter when this behavior could have been curved or ultimately ceased. Not only does this impede their lives but it also leads to detrimental health issues. This in turn affects our health-care with the requirement of treating illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, respiratory problems, and even cancer. Mrs. Obama states, “there is no one size fits all solution here,” which I feel is a powerful message for us to end condoning this behavior with our children. She continued to stress with implementing tactful discretion like portion control and opting for beneficial substitutions are wise choices. Encouraging a more active livelihood for our youth is another solution to the goal. Michelle Obama, I applaud you for your work in making this change happen!