African-American Billionaire Robert Smith Offers Full Scholarships for Education of Chibok Girls Who Escaped Boko Haram


Happy News for the end of 2016 and the start of 2017!! Hallelujah for the Chibok Girls!! Let’s keep praying and advocating for the release of the other young ladies!!

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (C) poses on October 19, 2016 with the 21 Chibok girls who were released by Boko Haram last week, at the State House in Abuja, Nigeria. Speaking at the presidential villa in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja, Buhari addressed the girls and their families saying ‘we shall redouble efforts to ensure that we fulfil our pledge of bringing the remaining girls back home’. (AFP/Philip OJISUA)

article by Mfonobong Nsehe via forbes.com

American billionaire Robert Smith has offered to sponsor the education of 24 girls from the Chibok community, including the 21 girls who escaped from Boko Haram captivity in October this year.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Nigeria’s President, announced this on Tuesday during a media briefing with journalists at the State House in Abuja, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. Shehu said that the girls will be admitted…

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African-American New Year’s Traditions


 

 

Food Traditions

Pig Feet, Black Eyed Peas and Greens

The Black Eyed Peas are Greens symbolized Good Luck and Prosperity. Greens being the color of money in the United States. Not too sure about the Pigs Feet or as some Southerners call Trotters as it did not bring the pig good luck!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/a-new-years-tradition-born-from-slavery/2011/12/21/gIQA63UfKP_story.html?utm_term=.05f7970cd326

http://americanfood.about.com/od/resourcesadditionalinfo/a/New-Years-Day-Tradition-Black-Eyed-Peas.htm

I stopped eating Pigs Feet years ago and I’m too lazy to cook the Black Eyed Peas or the Greens.  The only Black Eyed Peas I’ve encountered recently is the singing group!! LOL!

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Cleaning your entire house and washing all your clothes!

http://www.blackenterprise.com/news/hot-topics/9-new-years-eve-superstitions/

Yes folks today every Black Person in America is doing their laundry including yours truly! I suppose right now my room is fairly clean. This morning I cleaned Sylvester’s litter box and emptied the trash. But I suppose I take after my mother Mable Palmer who was the Cleaning Queen of the World. Mom would turn the house upside down cleaning.  I believe the cleaning of laundry and house brings a fresh clean start to the New Year!

When I was in Spain the tradition was to eat 12 grapes all at once which I did in December 1979 and as I recall 1980 was a good year for me.

About two years ago I went to my Japanese friends Buddhist Temple on New Years Day to celebrate Japanese style. That was enjoyable!

Please share any food, cultural or spiritual New Years Traditions you have or practice!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Caturday for 2016


Sylvester

 

Laurie Berkner – The Cat Came Back

 

Felix the cat (original theme song)

 

 

Bible Hope


 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/hopeful/#like-250630

Hopeful

Bible Hope

Hebrews 11:1

King James Version (KJV)

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

James 2:18-26

King James Version (KJV)

18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

 

 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 52


 

 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 52

Share Your World – 2016 Week 52

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What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?

I’m Lactose Intolerant so I cannot eat ice cream any more but when I was young and healthy I Loved Chocolate Ice Cream.

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to? 

A Visit to Saratoga Springs to “Take the Waters.”  Soaking in these healing mineral waters is supposed to help arthritis. My joints pain me constantly so I would Love to spend time at Saratoga Springs for my Birthday in Feb. 2017.  Due to finances I have not had a real vacation in years. Of course this Saratoga Springs fantasy vacation won’t happen as I cannot afford to travel or spend my small salary on hotels but I can dream. Who knows maybe I’ll receive a Miracle Vacation Trip to Saratoga Springs for my Birthday!! LOL!!  🙂  😀

http://www.saratoga.com/guide/health-mineral-springs.cfm

http://www.saratoga.com/things-to-do/spas-wellness/

Have you ever been drunk?

Yes. Back in my Army days. However after a really bad experience with Southern Comfort which resulted in my room-mates stripping me naked, marching me down the barracks hallway and throwing me into a cold shower I’ve only gotten buzzed but never falling down drunk ever again. My saving grace of that incident is that there were no computers, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or any other type of social media in the late 1970s!!

Complete this sentence: My favorite supposedly guilty pleasure is… 

Sleep. I’m always tired. Exhausted.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Grateful I was able to spend time with my brother Stephen. Also grateful that the holidays are over so I can be Free from Tension and Anxiety.  I’m not looking forward to anything for the upcoming week. Basically I’m doing the same thing I did in 2016 Going to Work and as I work on Holidays I will be at work tomorrow.  What’s the expression; “Different Day. Same shit.”  There is nothing special or significant about 2017. It’s just an extension of 2016.

There is a meeting with the manager and Director of Stephen’s Group Home coming up on Friday, Jan. 6th but I’m not looking forward to that as once again I’m trying to fix ongoing problems with this particular manager who is incompetent.  This will not be a happy nor successful meeting as the woman and I don’t get along and I’ve made numerous complaints against her. I don’t expect any solutions to come from us having a sit-down as I don’t intend to compromise when it comes to Stephen’s care.

 

 

THERE IS SOMETHING SAD ABOUT TODAY AND THAT IS OKAY


Brice word’s touched my heart and fit my mood since the passing of my co-worker and buddy David. His death will be on my mind for a long time.

FLASHLIGHT CITY BLUES

there is something sad about today and that is okay
the sun decided to sleep in
the cars they don’t move quickly down their thick lines
the news radio is solemn and uninteresting
in the shower i found myself staring at the drain for way too long
catching up on silly thoughts in my mixtape head
and that is okay
this is all okay

the dynamic of human emotion is dynamic
the hedonists maybe will be filled with disappointment on this one
but not every day is a party
maybe today was the day i was designed to count the sidewalk blocks
as i walked by hundreds of displaced human beings attempting to sleep in the entry ways of local business shops

it is a mistake to think your existence is one of exuberant joy
your existence is rocket ship, yes, probably
but so many tiny broken hands pieced together…

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