Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Jan• 31•18

“One of the outstanding tragedies of the world is the fact that most people never engage in the work for which they are best fitted by nature.” -Napoleon Hill

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The Quote Every Teacher & Parent Should Consider

Written By: Elsie Law - Jan• 20•18

“The force of education is so great that we may mold the minds and manners of the young into whatever shape we please and give the impressions of such habits as shall ever afterwards remain.” -Atterbury

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Book Bits: “Defending The Spirit: A Black Life In America” By: Randall Robinson

Written By: Elsie Law - Jan• 19•18

Defending The Spirit Randall RobinsonHere are some interesting tidbits from “Defending The Spirit: A Black Life In America” By: Randall Robinson:
• He was referred to as a “boy” by young white farmers when he was well into middle age.
• He discusses what it was like to be one of a handful of Black students attending Harvard Law School.
• He was drafted into the U.S. Army after he dropped out of college. He discusses his experiences in the army during the Vietnam War.
• He discusses his experiences with racism and racial politics during every of his life.
• He poignantly discusses the illusions created by segregation.
• He discusses the stellar achievements of his siblings.

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TODAY IS BUY BLACK FRIDAY

Written By: Elsie Law - Jan• 19•18

PLEASE PASS THIS ON! (EACH ONE TEACH ONE OR TWO!) THIS IS PHASE ONE ON HOW WE CAN HELP TO STRENGTHEN & EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY:
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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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Jan• 19•18

“What do we really know about anything, anyway? Who deploys the information products that we get to select for consumption?” -Randall Robinson

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How Big Is America’s Opioid Problem?

Written By: Elsie Law - Jan• 11•18

According to the September 2017 edition of National Geographic magazine:
• In the United States, every 25 minutes, a baby is born addicted to opioids.
• In 2015, there were 33,000 deaths due to opioid overdose. A 16% rise from the year before.

According to a recent New York Daily News article:
• In 2016, in America, opioids killed more people than car accidents, guns, or breast cancer.
• In 2016, “in total, 22 states and Washington D.C. had overdose opioid deaths higher than the national average of 19.8 fatalities per 100,000 people.”
• Since 2013, synthetic opioids “have killed an average 88% more people each year.”

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Jan• 11•18

“’Hot heads’ go with ‘cold feet.’ He who loses his temper is usually a bluffer and when ‘called’ is a quitter.” -Napoleon Hill

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Book Bits: “The Mother Of Black Hollywood: A Memoir” By: Jenifer Lewis

Written By: Elsie Law - Jan• 03•18

Jenifer Lewis The Mother Of Black HollywoodHere are some interesting tidbits from “The Mother Of Black Hollywood: A Memoir” By: Jenifer Lewis:

• She got a role on Broadway 11 days after moving to New York City.
• Like any other Black person in America, she has faced racism. She details some of her encounters with racism.
• She survived an attempted rape after moving to NYC.
• A large portion of her career was spent being the “Queen of High-Camp Cabaret.” She has more than a few “dalliances,” and she recounts many of them in this book…Her actions become understandable when she reveals her childhood abuse, and her mother’s reaction.
• She hilariously tells how she got to be front and center at Barack Obama’s Democratic Party nomination acceptance at the DNC.
• She talks about her encounters and relationships with many artists, and legendary people, such as: Whoopi Goldberg, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lena Horne, Gregory Himes, Tina Turner, Shirley Chisholm, Phyllis Hyman, Carmen McRae, Bette Midler, Prince Albert, Della Reese, Jon Voight, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Rock, Jane Pauley, Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, Nina Simone, Sidney Poitier, Norman Lear, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Lynn Whitfield, Cree Summer, Robin Williams, Tupac Shakur, Barbra Streisand, Dick Gregory, Whitney Houston, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Isabel Sanford, Naomi Campbell, JFK Jr., Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne. (Note: These aren’t salacious stories. She says her book is not a “tell-all.”)
• She discusses how therapy helped her heal and grow. She also talks about being diagnosed with a mental illness.
• She discusses creating her acclaimed one-woman shows.
• She discusses becoming a mother to a little girl.
• She emphasis that her book isn’t a tell-all; she knows the damage gossip can do. Her book isn’t gossipy, and the reader gets a sense that there are a lot of stories she’s keeping to herself. However, she gets the point across regarding her life experiences, and lessons.

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Quote Of The Day

Written By: Elsie Law - Jan• 03•18

“Too many people in a heterogenous society shouting and acting on too many combustibly conflicting narrow-minded beliefs can produce chaos and disintegration.” -Randall Robinson

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The Collateral Damage Of Police Terrorism: Erica Garner

Written By: Elsie Law - Dec• 25•17

Erica GarnerErica Garner is reportedly on life support in a Brooklyn hospital.

Erica Garner became a very vocal advocate against police terrorism after her father, Eric Garner, was killed by a NYPD officer who had inexplicably placed him in an illegal chokehold while he helplessly gasped, “I can’t breathe.”

After her father’s death, Erica Garner courageously fought ceaselessly for her father’s murderer to be punished. She spoke out about the justice department’s apathetic investigation into her father’s murder. She also lambasted NYC’s mayor for his refusal to release Officer Pantaleo’s (her father’s killer) NYPD disciplinary record. Erica Garner also could often be seen standing with the families of other victims of police terrorism.

All of her tireless efforts since the 2014 murder of her father, in addition to the grief of mourning her father, has doubtlessly taken a toll on Erica Garner, as it would anyone. Most can only imagine the physical, mental, and emotional trauma this woman and her family has endured over the past few years.

This morning, the New York Daily News reported that Ms. Garner has suffered her second heart attack in the past few months. The news source has also stated that Ms. Garner is in an intensive care unit in a Brooklyn Hospital. Please pray for this courageous mother o two and her family.

#TheseAreOurHeroes

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