As the weekend echoed with sports broadcasts, routine TV programming, and Columbus Day sales, the 20th Anniversary of The Million Man March was unifying the cries of thousands of voices that, if heard, would have caused its own roaring reverberation around the world.
Unfortunately, the silence of these voices—which are reflective of millions of frustrated and oppressed American citizens—has been largely maintained as none of the nation’s major media outlets provided live coverage.
It’s sad to see the lack of coverage of the #MillionManMarch. The media doesn’t want you to consume real truth and discover the power you have as a citizen of this earth. It was such a blessing and a life changing experience to be at the #MillionManMarch in Washington DC. Minister Farrakhan spoke the most truth and will forever be thankful for being present at such a powerful event. Go Online, check out his speech and thank me later. Love! Fuse ODG #NewAfricaNation #ThisIsNewAfrica #TINA #JusticeOrElse
Could it have been the lack of violence? The absence of hate or negativity? The potential for an unusual depiction of minorities coming together—in peace? Whether there was a reason or lack of, much of Black America expressed their dismay on the social media pages of many news outlets, as well as through their own personal pages.
#SMH @ The #media. #STOP trying to #Brainwash us with #NegativeNews and #START covering the #Positive. We are #Tired of your #Tactics!!!! #Justice WILL #Prevail!!! #MillionManMarch 2015 A photo posted by A’Mirrah Elise (@amirrahelise) on Oct 12, 2015 at 6:56pm PDT
If they didn’t hear the cries, we heard them. As they are reminiscent of a vaguely familiar, yet rusty tune that emerges at the edge of a broken cliff just before realizing it is a part of a persevering mountain.
The historic Million Man March had first taken place in Washington, D.C. on October 16, 1995. It was spearheaded by religious leader, Louis Farrakhan, in order to place black issues back on the nation’s political agenda and combat negative stereotypes particularly about black men.
With a similar but broader mission, the 20th Anniversary of The Million Man March was led by the theme “Justice or Else,” and included an agenda to rally not just for Black Americans, but for Mexicans, Native Americans, Women, the Poor, the Incarcerated and other oppressed groups.
The turnout was massive, with thousands upon thousands of attendees that included an array of women, men and children all black, red or white.
The parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance as well. The tragedy of Trayvon Martin is what sparked the inception of the Black Lives Matter activist movement, a movement that Farrakhan praised and referred to its creators at the Anniversary March as, “the next leaders of the civil rights movement.”
Given the success, timely relevance and historic value of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, it’s a wonder to a nation in civil unrest that those who were not able to attend had to struggle to find any kind of coverage on every outlet available, including television and digital media platforms.
It serves as a reminder of why supporting black, as well as small businesses and media platforms is so essential to the integrity and health of our nation. It also serves as an additional reminder that maybe our past leaders were right when they said, “the revolution will not be televised.”
Regardless, cameras there or not, we must continue to all work together to create a better future for not just ourselves but for all future generations to come.
Now signing off with the reminder: Don’t wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and let the world catch up to you.
Drake Releases Most Important Project of His Career
Today Drake released the visual for his song, “God’s Plan”. In this video, it showcases Drake giving back to communities, schools & even families in more ways than one. Whether it was signing checks for scholarships, paying for grocery bills or just handing stacks of cash to families, the 6 God decided to use the million dollar budget given for the video to instead, give it all away.
It’s empowering to see celebrities use their platforms for good and to give back to those in need.
Drake, in case no one has told you yet – you’re doing amazing sweetie.
‘The Real’ Surprises Staff Member at Community Academy of Philadelphia
Jeannie Mai, co-host from The Real took over Philadelphia to surprise a special staff member from the Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School. The Assistant Operations Manager, Vilma Ray (also known to everyone as grandmom Ray) has dedicated over 16 years of her life serving the children and staff at Community Academy. She’s held multiple jobs for the school, to name a few – she’s driven the bus, mowed the lawns, cleaned up after students, supervised discipline room and the federal lunch program. Regardless of whatever the job was, big or small – she’s said to have completed each task with a smile on her face.
“Momma Ray is a miracle worker” – Alberta O’Brien, High School Principal.
Everyone that comes into grandmom’s Ray life, she is known to impact them in an empowering way. When needed, she is always a ray of sunshine and the backbone for everyone. It is because of this, Jeannie Mai came to the school to surprise and honor grandmom Ray for her years of service and commitment. Grandmom Ray originally thought she was randomly selected to play their infamous “Dimestore to Deluxe” game but little did she know there was a huge surprise for her at the end. Check out the segment of #TheRealOnTheRoad Philadelphia below:
Why Being Kind is Too Much Sauce
You’re probably already aware that your smile could change someone’s day. We hear it all of the time: Smile. Be kind. Be courteous. Use manners. But would you believe it if I told you that your smile could change someone’s life?
It can. Because it’s not just the smile, it’s also what comes with it. The confidence, the happiness, the positive vibes and energy that are released into world that may translate to a silent affirmation for someone else.
Smile, because you never know who’s watching feeding off of you. It’s a small act of kindness with a big impact on both the giver and the receiver.
And when it comes to small acts of kindness, too often we underestimate the power of them.
When you do things that aren’t required of you in hopes of helping or uplifting a person you know nothing about, not only does it become infectious, but the world finds a way to bring that goodness back around to you.
When Florida State University football player, Travis Rudolph, recently ate lunch with Bo Paske, an autistic boy who sat alone in the cafeteria, he could not have fathomed the national attention that small act of his was about to garner.
Not only did he help to bring more awareness to the autistic community, but he changed the lives of both Bo and his mother, and caught the attention of the media and sports community that will only prove to be beneficial to his career.
And all of this sparked from a picture he didn’t even know was being taken.
Again, you never know who’s watching you.
The powerful possibilities that come with randomly doing something nice for people are endless and rewarding. You could simply change their day by lifting their spirits or you could change their way of thinking about both the world and others.
Not only are acts of kindness significant, but they’re really easy to practice. Here are five ways you can be kind to someone today:
- Hand write a thank you note: handwritten anything is becoming so rare that taking the time to do so in the form of a thank you note will be sure to linger in the mind of the receiver.
- Support a dream or positive venture: You see it on your Facebook or Twitter timeline all of the time. Someone asking you to “like” their new business page or fill out a brief survey for their new idea. How long does it really take to do something like this? Do it.
- Compliment someone: You never know the kind of day someone is having. Write a compliment on your waiter or cashier’s receipt. Tell your coworker how great they are at their job. Tell the person on the train next to you how much you love their hair.
- Tell someone you appreciate them: It’s so easy to go on about our days expecting to receive certain things from certain people. Whether that’s money from mom or an invitation from your friend, tell that person you appreciate them for playing a positive role in your life.
- Smile: Like Nike, just do it.
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