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Inspiration, World

Stability & Motion

  Stability: You In my previous entry "Beautiful Silence" we discovered the importance of finding your strength in solitude. Beyond the clutter you find stability. A clear and positive mind results in a powerful and active person.People you admire could relay the importance of mental clarity. To achieve it they meditate, workout, and do outdoor activities. Unfortunately, you will still experience personal setbacks and the "usual" imbalances, because this is life. You can still make it a good one with work. Life is not a synonym for easy, vacation, or carefree. Our connection to nature helps us maintain mental stability. It gives us the strength to go within ourselves to reaffirm our positive beliefs and positive certainties. Your challenge is to meditate outdoors for 15 minutes.
Thank you, Chester.
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Thank you, Chester.

Your light shinned brighter in my life than I realized. I will miss your voice, your joy, your passion, and your inspiration. You helped me write my piece and my peace for years. I honestly don't see that changing. Your music will guide my pen and my fingers the same way they have since I began. Thank you for staying with us as long as you could meanwhile giving everything you've had. Love Always, Veronica ✌❤
Resurfacing
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Resurfacing

"The hardest part of ending is starting again." - Chester Bennington A since of calm lingers in the air, giving its most tantalizing dance to the shattered remains of millions. It stays just out of reach, providing false hope and shaken prayers. The world rests on a continuous loop of sorrow and heartbreak, manmade disasters and natural ones, personal torment and bullying, starvation and gluttony. What we have become is an echo of the very wild animals our race hunts for skin, hair, and organs. This reality falls on deaf ears in place of "entertainment". For decades society has been force fed images and thoughts that don't reflect their true selves (the soul self). Within that is the fear of erasing everything and starting again because there is seemingly no "real" source to start from.
History Repeats and Repeats
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History Repeats and Repeats

"It is the good fortune of many to live distant from the scene of sorrow; the evil is not sufficient brought to their doors to make THEM feel the precariousness with which all American property is possessed." - Common Sense, Thomas Paine (1776) History Repeats... I allow many things to resonate with me before I speak on them. This was drafted on June 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm and may not have seen the light of day had I not meditated on it. I've come to a point in my life where I don't want to bombard my readers with the media's sorrow, especially when it's fueled by fear. A lot of what we see on the news is about scaring people and making them feel pity, disdain, or concern which distracts them from their true purpose. I feel a great loss when any soul is lost, but I simply ask that ever
The Origin of Black History Month
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The Origin of Black History Month

Where I went to school, the origin of Black History Month was never mentioned. We were simply made to learn about 4 or 5 historical black figures that our school deemed fit. We never truly got into the heart of the celebration. This video below goes into the origin of National African American History Month. The following is an excerpt from History.com: The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. ORIGINS OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH The story of Black History Month b
Black History Is More Than A Month
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Black History Is More Than A Month

For a while I debated whether I would mention "Black History" this year. In my life my nationality is celebrated on a daily basis. My family, friends, those I encounter are all walking, breathing, working celebrations. We strive for greatness in all we do without hesitation. We move about our days with pride, courage, and a smile to boot! Whenever an accomplishment is made that could not be possible without the brave hearts of past, our hearts echo through time to give thanks. Every instance someone of another race waves politely or holds a door open for us, I celebrate. For me, Black History is more than a month - it is 12 months 365 days, 52 weeks, 8,760 hours of gratitude and faith in the future. In elementary school Black History month is a productive time where all races are educated
Toy Soldier
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Toy Soldier

Step by step Heart to heart Left, right, left We all fall down Like toy soldiers  Bit by bit Torn apart We never win But the battle wages on For toy soldiers - Martika - "Toy Soldiers" I am not a toy soldier. It's ranting time. If you've been a consistent reader of Newsletter 22, you know I speak from the soul and the heart. Sometimes things cross my mind that I can't disregard. Sometimes I feel some people are greedy and they are the very ones leading the blind. When I look at certain corporate level companies and fashion designers and how people cherish them, I can't help but take into account how folks mindlessly purchase products. Sure, we all could use a computer and phones, that's fine. I also can't say, "Hey stop using your money like that." Not my place. Nor would I
Wild Tiger Number Rises In India
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Wild Tiger Number Rises In India

"We have lost 97% of wild tigers in just over a century. However, the wild tiger number rises in India." The largest of all the Asian big cats, tigers rely primarily on sight and sound rather than smell. They typically hunt alone and stalk prey. A tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat at one time. On average, tigers give birth to two or three cubs every two years. If all the cubs in one litter die, a second litter may be produced within five months. Tigers generally gain independence at two years of age and attain sexual maturity at age three or four for females and at four or five years for males. Juvenile mortality is high however—about half of all cubs do not survive more than two years. Tigers have been known to reach the age of 26 years in the wild. Males of the largest subspec
5 Interesting Facts About Black History
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5 Interesting Facts About Black History

Below are 5 interesting facts I chose for Black History Month. We know there are thousands upon thousands, but here's a few that may have gone over people's heads because our schools probably didn't share it with you. Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. John Mercer Langston was the first black man to become a lawyer in Ohio when he passed the Bar in 1854. When he was elected to the post of Town Clerk for Brownhelm, Ohio in 1855 Langston became one of the first African Americans ever elected to public of
Bayard Rustin, Thank You
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Bayard Rustin, Thank You

In 2013 I mentioned Bayard Rustin in an interview. Considering it's Black History Month and he played an integral part in our history, I wanted to help bring him to the forefront. Share this with your friends, and remind them that we got here with the help of strong, versatile, and unique people who had us in their mind without even knowing who we were or what we would become. Don't waste it. Do not...waste it. Love Always, Veronica ✌❤ * * * * * * * "Who Designed the March on Washington?" by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Originally posted on The Root If you had been a bus captain en route to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963, you would have known who its organizing genius was, and you wouldn’t have been surprised to see his picture on the cover of Life magazine
Cats in Peril
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Cats in Peril

I wanted to share an article about a situation that is near to my heart. It involves a beautiful race. A creature nearing extinction. An estimated 3,000 - 3,200 remain to date. It is the wild tiger. * * * * * * * "Tiger Farms Stoke Chinese Demand for Tiger Wine and Rugs, Putting Wild Cats in Peril" was written by Simon Denyer To the thump of loud dance music, four tigers roll over in succession and then raise themselves on their haunches. A man in a shiny blue shirt waves a metal stick at them, and they lift their front paws to beg. The “show” takes place twice a day in a gloomy 1,000-seat auditorium — empty on a recent afternoon except for one Chinese tourist, two reporters and a security guard, its uneven floorboards, broken seats and cracked spotlights painting a picture of negl
Nan Pwem Lapriyè Ki Pa Gen Amen
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Nan Pwem Lapriyè Ki Pa Gen Amen

"Nan pwem lapriyè ki pa gen amen." [There is no prayer without its amen.] Amidst the uplifting roar of laughter and immense smiles I've found myself stunned by worlds I had only met through news broadcasts and columns. Jamaica, Haiti, Grand Cayman. In 6 days time I didn't even scratch the surface of the history and current conditions of three places thriving only in darkness and surviving solely on faith. It is remarkable how these deplorable and heartbreaking territories are surrounded by beauty yet buried in misery. The poverty level is as sickening as the near non-existent healthcare services they are provided in Jamaica. With 78% of their population representing the masses and 18% barely making it in middle class as well, that leaves just 4% upper class individuals (most of which are
Pride & Respect – ENDA
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Pride & Respect – ENDA

I do not follow politics much, but I do follow that which pertains to the safety and well being of my people. Workplace discrimination toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people was addressed today. A bill referred to as Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) earned 60 of the necessary senate votes to surpass its initial hurdle. Millions of our family and/or friends have been denied the bare minimum in terms of security and now the veil has dropped and rights are being realized.   Verbal and physical abuse, being turned away from jobs (you all saw the 'Gay Need Not Apply' tweets?), denied benefits, harassed, fired... The conduct of management can be intimidating for most people because we rely so heavily on income, and without it we cannot survive so we tread lightl
Anti-Gay Violence
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Anti-Gay Violence

"The Most Homophobic Place in the World" The legacy of DEAN MORIAH and DWAYNE JONES. On July 21st a group of individuals attacked gender-nonconforming Dwayne Jones. He was shot, stabbed, and left for dead on a road near the party he had earlier attended. He was only 17. On August 23rd another group attacked two men they perceived as gay following a car accident. Five days later, yet another mob repeatedly stabbed and set aflame a man they alleged to be gay, called Dean Moriah. He was 41. All of these hate crimes involving homosexuality occurred in Jamaica. These unlawful acts occur so often it leads one to believe without a doubt that their authorities are doing nothing to end it. Perhaps they truly aren't trying. It is not my place to decided that though. This is simply the kind of
Equal Marriage Ignored By Major Media Outlets
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Equal Marriage Ignored By Major Media Outlets

Can we talk? I mean really talk? About equal marriage... Guys, the LGBT community has come a very long way and it has taken years to get where we've gotten. Still, people try to hold the LGBTQ family back, and suppress the dynamic steps we've taken as a whole. They also ignore those who actively make changes to support us.  BBC News, Channel 4 News and other media outlets failed to give sufficient coverage of this week’s historic passing of same-sex marriage in Parliament. Needless to say, some of my friends "across the pond" had no idea this even occurred. And I'm talking about my friends who have made it a habit to watch the news and read the newspaper...We are talking hardcopy articles here! I would like for you guys to read this article: here. Benjamin Cohen, founder of Out4Marri
A Generation Desensitized
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A Generation Desensitized

A Generation Desensitized Yesterday afternoon I was trolling through an app on my phone called IFunny. Usually it throws me into an array of flashbacks involving the days of *Nsync, Pokemon, Nano Pets, and Gameboys, but yesterday...none of that happened. Actually, not a single thing I came across had a trace of hilarity. As a matter of fact, that day was a high contrast to the ones before it. It was like...super duper opposite day. No fun stuff, just some random things to upset you. There was plenty I was discouraged about, and yes I know it is a "ya dig" updated by a bunch of young bored adolescents who have nothing better to do. That's all the internet really is. A bunch of people congregating digitally because they have too much free time. By too much I mean so much that these kids