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It has been a big year for emoji.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then turn off your flip phone! But for the rest of you, who knew that emoticons were going to mature onto such a global stage?!? I surely did not, but then again I’m not immersed in the tech world. However, it is evident that if one does not think globally about technology then that could be the demise of an upcoming product/software/idea.

With Word of the Year under its belt, emoji is taking on other challenges that have cultural significance. Who knew that this popular symbol would be tackling religious, political and social issues?

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Fun, Politics, Race, religion, Youth

 

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Crime and Punishment, Part II

Didn’t mean to leave you hanging!!

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The judge found my daughter not guilty of APO.

I was not permitted to remain in the courtroom until closing arguments. I was also able to hear the judge’s ruling and his reasoning for it.

Crime and punishment was at the core of what the judge said that he was looking to hear.
1. Did the alleged bite that my daughter gave the transit officer occur AFTER and as a result of her being hurt by the officer?
2. Was the force used against her excessive for the “offense.”

He stated that he now knew the answer to both of his questions. He chastised the officer for not being truthful and cooperative in his testimony.

I’ve never heard the phrase escort someone to the ground. I don’t even know what that means. Be truthful, you threw her to the ground then put your knees in her back.

The judge then stated that after obliging the prosecution and giving consideration to granting more weight to the cop’s testimony, he did not appreciate the number of times his answer was “I do not recall.”

You do in fact recall, but wouldn’t answer the questions. You heard this young lady telling you that you were hurting her.

I was only on the stand briefly and kept my cool. I wanted to grab the prosecutor by the neck, but luckily she did not approach. She tried to minimize the photos of bruises on my daughter’s arms, leg and wrists that I took which were entered into evidence. Obviously did not work. FAIL Ms. Prosecutor!

I am so truly happy with the outcome because although truth was on our side, the law was not. Her attorney argued using exceptions to DC law on assaulting a police officer. They include when someone can not breathe, they believe their life is at risk (and I forgot the third). It is now wonder that Mr. King reportedly began his opening with three phrases:

Help. You’re hurting me. I can’t breathe.

I have so much more to say on this issue, but for now I am grateful.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Civil Rights, Family, Girls, Politics, Race, Real Talk, violence, women, Youth

 

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Nos pensées sont avec toi

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Posted by on November 15, 2015 in Family, Politics, Reflection, violence

 

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Crime and Punishment

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We have a serious problem in this country because all too frequently they are mismatched.

My daughter and I have received a flagrant introduction to the justice system. The justice system assumes that anyone whom becomes engaged with it is familiar…

Today is my daughter’s trial. Another sentence I never saw myself forming. We are trying to get an APO charge dropped from July when she was roughed up and arrested for unknowingly not paying the complete Metro fare. She was assaulted, arrested, had to spend the night in jail, shackled and arraigned and now is on trial.

The fact that she has to zig zag between exams from here to Philly is infuriating! Her focus should be on school. Was what she has already endured not enough?

Here I sit, in the hall of the court building, waiting to testify. Friends and family are in the courtroom for support since I can not be present, lest her testimony impact my own. So I wait…

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Girls, Motherhood, Politics, Race, Real Talk, women, Youth

 

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Radio Silence

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I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long without posting.

Sometimes the world becomes overwhelming and I become withdrawn. Like I need to recharge or reboot to successfully interact. I usually write poetry to get back to an even keel, but the words did not come…

I’m searching for higher ground.

 

I’ll Light Your Ass Up

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That’s what the trooper said to Sandra Bland before he yanked her from her vehicle.

We lit her up in our own way to push for justice.

#SandraBland #SayHerName

 

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A Red Flag

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When I saw it in a vehicle’s back window or on a rusty bumper, I knew what to expect. If it was displayed in a shop window, I knew to steer clear especially south of the Mason – Dixon. It was literally and figuratively a red flag. But at least when I saw it, I knew to be cautious…

I’m glad there was a decision today in South Carolina to remove it from statehouse grounds. You won’t change hearts and minds, but you can do what’s right. I’m kinda shocked, but stranger things have happened.

Given the recent terrorist attack on a place of worship, killing nine people, it’s right. Those who want to continue to “honor their heritage” can still do so. Because I know how to read a red flag.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2015 in History, Politics, Race, violence

 

That Pesky “N-word”

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It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.

Damn right he said it! POTUS Maximus has had it. I have had it! A young, white man sat in a church – at Bible Study no less – for an hour, then kills nine of the participants because they are Black. And people want to pretend that this country has no problem with racism.

Now everyone wants to talk about that instead of the issue at hand. Be lucky that’s all he said! He probably still has bite marks on his tongue…

 

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No Repeat Performances

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I recently mustered the courage to watch 12 Years a Slave the other night. I never made it to the theater after repeated postponements and taped it on the DVR a few months ago. Excellent movie, but I will not watch it again. My daughter came downstairs as I was watching it. After catching a glimpse of a scene, she confirmed what movie it was and scurried back upstairs. She saw it at the movies; no repeat performance for her either. So I’ve added it to my list. Great movies, but I will never watch them again.

  1. Boys Don’t Cry
  2. Million Dollar Baby
  3. Rosewood
  4. Hotel Rwanda
  5. Boy in the Striped Pajamas
 
 

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