Book Excerpt Of The Week: “Interiors” By: Iyanla Vanzant

Interiros Iyanla Vanzant “Your spiritual gifts are determined by your purpose. Your purpose, which is reflected in all that you do will unfold from within as a talent or inclination to do a certain thing. Your purpose gives your life meaning and is revealed as a function of your consciousness.

On the other hand, you may choose to reject your spiritual purpose. You may choose to live in doubt, fear, hate, anger, and limitation, without ever realizing a day of fulfillment. Yet, you must realize that when you insist or persist in doing things to satisfy your physical senses and human mind, you fail to connect with your spiritual power.

The choice is yours, spirit will never supersede your conscious right to choose. It will, however, provide you with every opportunity to surrender and go within, to find your truth and evolve.” -From, “Interiors” By: Iyanla Vanzant

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The 2008 not guilty verdict in the Sean Bell case evoked outrage, emotion, and debate. It is not an anomaly that the police officers involved in the Sean Bell slaying were acquitted of all charges on all counts in State Supreme Court. I could run out of ink printing the names of people who have been victimized by the inaptly named justice system.

The American justice system has been especially terroristic towards the African American community. Many community members can cite historic and personal accounts to prove this. Therefore, it would be foolhardy (at the least) to turn to a system that has methodically oppressed us, and request that they free us. We can only free ourselves through extreme discipline and intelligent planning.

As a community we have been too compliant with leaders who organize ineffective, delayed reactions. The only strategy that can save us in this last hour is one that calls for a collective code of conduct that will be conducive to improving the conditions of our community, and shifting the paradigm of how we are treated by outside entities. The first step of this code of conduct should be based on economics.

The old adage of “money talks,” still reigns true in the new millennium. Any political scientist worth his or her library card will tell you that: “Economic powerlessness equals political powerlessness,” and conversely “economic power equals political power.” This means that if we continue to allow our wealth to be extracted from our community, we will remain impotent.

The power of the collective “Black Dollar” is often discussed. However, that power has been left unchanneled. Today is the day to change that. A one-time boycott is not going to bring long-term change and respect to our community. Our community has launched boycotts before. Our success and ascension will be based on what we consistently do. For this reason, we should initiate “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS.”

BUY BLACK FRIDAYS is a small step towards our community acquiring power via controlling our economics. Every Friday, people who acknowledge the injustice and oppression that the African American community has been consistently subjected to should do one of the following:

Option #1: Spend $0 on Friday
Option #2: Spend no more than $10 on Friday
Option #3: Only Shop at Black Businesses on Friday
[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE OPTIONS CAN & SHOULD BE EXERCISED ON A DAILY BASIS. However, we can all at the very least focus on Fridays. This way we can take a collective stand and build our collective discipline. Please remember that this is only Phase 1!].

To the people who are tempted to label “BUY BLACK FRIDAYS” as racist, I say this: In the big scheme of things, this is about right & wrong, justice & injustice. The African American community is a strong, proud community that has endured the brunt of America’s iron fist. We must stop the pounding. I feel that any fair-minded individual will concur, and join in.

ANY business that is privileged to enjoy the support of the African American community MUST return that support.

I thank you in advance for your effort and dedication.

-Elsie Law AKA Starface

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Did Nina Simone Know Dr. Frances Cress Welsing?

Jazz Singer Nina Simone DiesIn the acknowledgements section of her autobiography, Nina Simone thanks a “Frances Welsing.” I wonder if Nina Simone was referring to the great psychologist and author of “The Isis Papers,” Dr. Frances Cress Welsing. Nina Simone was a political activist who had friendships with a lot of scholars and great thinkers. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched if these two women were friends.

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