GOOD NEWS!!! Sexual assault has been in the news a LOT lately, thanks to high profile news items like the Brock Turner rape case and the remarks a United States presidential candidate has made. Unfortunately, especially in the latter case, there seems to be a lot of finger pointing and bickering and yelling without any sort of satisfactory resolution to the matter. Thankfully, in a RARE vote of bipartisanship, both houses of Congress have come together to pass a bit of legislation that will make it easier for rape victims to have free access to rape kits and for those rape kits to not be destroyed until the statute of limitations has run out. And that’s why it’s today’s GOOD NEWS!!! Check it out:
Today’s BEST. THING. EVER!!! As most of you know if you follow my podcast, music always and forever will be my first love. It touches me in ways that no other art medium ever can. So this story really touches my heart. I had no idea it was going on in Atlanta back in September or else I would have already featured it on my page. But apparently it’s a yearly thing so maybe next year I’ll feature it while it’s still going on.
Anyway, check out this article and then go to pianosforpeace.org to find out how you can get involved. *sigh* I miss music. But I can still enjoy music through the creativity and passion of other people. Check it out:
Today’s BEST. THING. EVER!!! gives me all kinds of feels. And I’m going to be 100% real in this post. When I think of meditation, when I think of yoga, when I think of holistic living I don’t immediately think of inner-city kids. I don’t think of black people in general. And that’s REALLY sad and ironic because I’m a black man myself. STRAIGHT outta the ‘hood. And I’m ALL ABOUT holistic living and meditation. (Haven’t quite gotten into yoga yet, but God’s still working on me. LOLOLOLOL) Instead, when I think of all of the above I think of skinny, well-off white women who have nothing better to do with their days than shop, work-out, do yoga and drink a green leaf smoothie afterwards with their girlfriends. I know, it’s VERY cliche’ for me to think that way. But it’s just the way it is.
So to actually see three men (yes, MEN! – two of them men of color) actually go back to the neighborhood they were brought up in Baltimore and do this kind of work with the most at risk elementary kids in school is absolutely inspiring to me. And for the record it’s not just the neighborhood, it’s the HOOD. One of the men says, “The reason they call it the ‘hood is because all the neighbors moved out.” One of the men says the kids they work with are living in a real life war zone, so it’s no wonder the kids they encounter are living with some sort of PTSD.
The other thing that strikes me about this video is it’s people of color that are trying to bring in a holistic way of living into the lives of the children they work with. Again, going back to the vision in my head of wealthy skinny white women doing yoga, that’s what I think of when I think of holistic living. Even though I’m as black as black can be and I’m working on being as holistically healthy as I possibly can be. So to see other people of color doing something to make their old neighborhood a better place to live in a holistic kind of a way is like a breath of fresh air to me. Yes, there are people of color who think outside of the box. Yes, there are people of color who want to live a balanced life. Yes, there are people of color who want to be as holistically healthy as possible. And they don’t have to live in Beverly Hills, drive Teslas and aspire to be a Kardashian. They’re everywhere. They’re your next door neighbors. They’re your co-workers. They’re your friends. They may even be members of your own family. You don’t have to look towards the rich and powerful to see people living a lifestyle that’s balanced and holistic. All you have to do is look out your front door.
And that’s why it’s today’s BEST. THING. EVER!!! Check it out:
LOOK what I got through the mail today!!! SQUEEE!!!! I am SO EXCITED!!! I wasn’t expecting to get the deck so quickly after I ordered it! And so I’m debuting it THIS WEEKEND at the Desserts & Divination event here in Oklahoma City! If you’re in the Oklahoma City area this weekend and would like a one of a kind reading, stop on by the Desserts & Divination event (link below) and say hello! SQUEEEEE!!!!! I’m having a TOTAL NERD-GASM!!!!