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  1. Field & Track Women—Hairstyles I just want to reflect on something else today because I am weary of all of depressing media hype about mass shootings and killing Black people. So, I want to share something about spectator about spectator sports, and something that I like to watch that inspires me to be active and set goals for getting better physical, mental and emotional health. The competition has begun! A few days ago, the recent track and field meets have showed up on my channel and I am amazed at these awesome and powerful beauties. And at first glance, it may not seem to be the main focus, however recently, what seems obvious to me would be the significant differences in the hairstyles displayed of some of the top Black female athletes from the recent past. Is this a brief trend? In the past few widely internationally broadcasted events, some athletes on the starting lineup were pictured with flamboyant and brightly colored or long, blonde, and bone-straight hairstyles. Obviously, it was done so to make a statement just as in the past some athletes donned unique and ‘signature’ uniforms and I am reminded of the late and incredible Flo Jo. But so far, in the few competitions that have occurred recently no one has started the line up as in the past events. My all-time favorite Track and field Olympian, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, whose other devotion, her hair salon back in Jamaica, stepped out recently with on the field with a lovely dark and braided hairstyle. Shelley-Ann Frase-Pryce No matter though, she looks adorable and so elegant in whatever style she has worn, IMO. Another ‘new’ world favorite athlete, Elaine Thompson-Herah has seemingly burst onto the world scene out of nowhere and now has become a household name for many. She steps onto the field with the most lovely and classy type hairstyles recently but, for me it’s her glow and her smile that shows her beauty. Elaine Thompson-Herah And to my surprise, our own American athlete stepped out with a beautiful appearance, Sha’Carri Richardson. She already wins hands down on being a beauty anyway though, but she also came back on the field with a blast. Richardson came in second behind Thompson-Herah in one of her races. Sha'Carri Richardson These recent and awesome women of the track and field today, have inspired me to contemplate and do more research history about how Black African women have had to deal with so much controversy over our hair. And what new stories I have found! But as for now, due to so much talent today and the new winners, it gives me great inspiration to add some more new favorites to my list and to share. Some of these athletes have consistently dominated their race so well, that it can be expected that they will be celebrated for a long time. Like Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce who has become a legend of all times, however, there are some new wonders. Of course, my other all-time past favorite also competed recently, Allyson Felix, and it was said that this would be her last time. But now, there are a few more lovely superwomen to cheer on such as that pretty girl, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, the lovely Swiss’ Mujinga Kambundji, Jamaica’s doll Shericka Jackson, our lovely New Jersey lady Athing Mu and the smart beauty who just dominated her race, Gabby Thomas and more. Ironically for me too, would be that although the past hairstyles have been eye-catching, what seems more amazing would be the age of some of these athletes who have dominated and won the foot race. This has given me the most inspiration to believe that I can get up and do something healthier to combat my health problems today. In my middle age though, I sometimes look back in time when I was younger and imagine myself sprinting that fast, but at the end of my dream I always have this re-occurring imagery of me coming through the finish line with a complete horrendous falling to the ground with a horrible horse-like uncontrollable breathing and inevitably ankle-rolling into a blundering crash with my arms flinging wildly and hitting the ground first with one knee and then enduring a complete earth-smacking, elbow-knee roll, covering a large area before finally coming to a miserable end. This fear sort of reminds me of a time when, as a gymnast, my coach believed that I was a sprinter and so, she one day abruptly surprised me and moved the springboard far away from the horse and told me to sprint into my vault. I panicked. I was so angry at her and imagined that I was going to crash into that horse and kill myself. I pulled if off successfully to my shock and surprise. But now, I have also considered being inspired by an older group of athletes who run the marathon too. Nevertheless, the older track and field stars deserves the glory that they have earned! Allyson Felix not only gave birth, but she stepped onto the field at the age of 36. And incredibly all of the women trailed far behind the Jamaican wonder Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce who stepped up to the challenge at the age of 35 and after she also gave birth recently. But now, I have a new favorite that stepped onto the field at the age of 29 and some sports experts believe that she stands to improve her time. This amazing PEARL recently came in close behind her American teammate, Sha’Carri Richardson and in another recent race, she stayed in second place behind Fraser-Pryce until the last moment, Jenna Frandini. When I think about this beauty, I think about Delano who also has some pearls in his life. Jenna Frandini replaced Richardson in the Tokyo 4X 100m relay and led our U.S. team to claim the silver. Recently, Frandini clocked in at 10.75 in a 100m race. It’s impossible not to watch her run over and over and over again and not spring up as she approaches the finish line. Like Elaine Thompson-Herah, it seems as if Jenna Frandini might become another household name. So I would love to share some brief clips and videos of my inspirations. At 35, Jamaica's Fraser-Pryce holds off deep field of Americans in Prefontaine 200m | NBC Sports 210,578 views May 28, 2022 https://youtu.be/nfbJeOCU0pc 2015 Beijing Olympics—Allyson Felix, Jenna Frandini, Jasmine Todd and English Gardner take the Silver! Jenna Frandini & Gabby Thomas in the Tokyo 4x 100 relay—Silver June 4, 2022 – Jenna Frandini Jenna Frandini 2015 100m Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Still Dominating At 35-Years-Old
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  2. "Guns aren't the problem. Bullets are," is a quip attributed to Chris Rock - before Will Smith introduced him to the damage an open palm to the cheek can inflict. Duh. And what is all this talk about a race war??? In response I have 2 words. Stefan. Nels. Can you picture these 2 black men on the same side, following orders from the same general in a battle to defeat the white forces? It would be the equivalent of what happens on this board with Nels firing the duds that hamper Stefan's sharp shooting. Their foe would win in no time because the black army would be in disarray. The common foe of racism is not enough to unite blacks into a cohesive force because black right wingers and black left wingers are not on the same page. Poles apart. Think Candance Owens and Stacey Abrams. The only viable showdown between opposing forces would be a clash of ideologies because this is what is presently dividing the country. And what birds of a feather flocking together amounts to are 2 tribes. And what, pray tell, would we call these 2 tribes???? Hummm, let's see. How about - Liberals and Conservatives? Liberals and Conservatives as in Democrats and Republicans. Which brings us full circle - as the world turns. i don't anticipate a race war. When America collapses, it will be a free-for-all. And who knows? The great melting pot might simmer and give democracy another try. But, what do i know? Back to my cynic's corner.
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  3. IF you want to know more about it, a warning it is prefaced by my prose, click the link https://aalbc.com/tc/profile/6477-richardmurray/?status=1945&type=status
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  4. @ProfDMy answer to your "begging question" is an unpopular one, - the response I've been giving for years. There are plenty of black inner city kids who exist under the same conditions as the wayward ones yet, unlike them, don't pack guns or engage in illegal activities or join gangs. in fact, they are often the innocent victims of the bad apples. What causes this problem? The one thing that racism doesn't play a role in; that which has almost become a right of passage among black girls: achieving the status of a "baby momma", something that is unfortunately not synonymous with being a good parent. Yes, these divas with the long glittering nails, braided hair extension, and curled false eyelashes can and do provide their kids with a lot of material things, but ask anyone who teaches school in the ghetto about the unruly little monsters with belligerent or negligent young single mothers. Listen to the reports about how these kids use profanity and flip gang signs and pretend that pencils are guns. I don't waste my energy finding excuses for them. I save it to admire those who are lucky enough to survive and achieve in spite of the obstacles. Thanks to their home environment. Lotsa of luck in solving this cultural dilemma.
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  5. Italians are Europe's honorary Black people. The cars the clothes the mob, that aesthetic.
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  6. Thank you, this post brings some much needed light. Del In one of my visits to Switzerland I met a Swiss man whose father was African. I also met another biracial Swiss person in NYC. So thanks @Chevdove. Keep on Keeping on
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  7. Repost videos -- edit Jenna Prandini Finishes Behind Sha'Carri (10.75) in 100m at Star Athletics (June 4, 2022)
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  8. While I usually stay out religion discussions, my inner comedic will not let an opportunity pass. Genetics would suggest that a lot of dysfunctional people would be born out of those unnatural unions. @Chevdove, don't be offended my sista....I remember the last time I interjected humor in your scholarly work. OK...back to my corner of what black folks need to do in terms of racism, entrepreneurship and self-defense.
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  9. @Delano THANKS! This was a great break down.
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  10. All you guys jolted by the sporadic incidents of mass shootings of black folks by white mental cases, have been spared the reality of what is happening in Chicagoland on a daily basis. Here, the only ones murdering black folks - and wounding and killing law enforcement officers in the course of traffic stops are black males. Among this element, it has also become standard procedure for arguments, be they ignited by road rage or personal beefs, to be settled by gun fire. When it comes to the ongoing crimes of car jackings and robberies, they are committed by black or brown males who are all armed with guns. Gang drive-bys also contribute to the mayhem. What easy access to guns has done is enable a significant portion of America's black male population to live and die by the trigger, and to survive off the loot of their crimes. Glamorizing black gun owners as Minute Men at the ready in case of a race war is like something out of a Spike Lee movie, starring Samuel L. Jackson. Fiction. Institutionalized racism is real and needs only an excuse to annihilate threats to its power.
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  11. Voting is almost as good as buying a politician. https://www.fusionparty.org.au/
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  12. They practice and stay ready for war whether it is blowing up federal buildings to storming the US Capitol and mass shootings. I would not advocate that level of extremism. It makes zero sense to tear up the place where one lives and/or to destroy people for no reason. But, that's why my message is about being able to defend ourselves. We do not have an idea or a clue of what these clowns will do next.
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  13. Texas has open carry gun laws and people do not seem to be afraid to live there. A loaded gun isn't the enemy. We should be more concerned about who is strapped and their ideology and intentions. Solve the problem of racism white supremacy and the number of firearms can be reduced.
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  14. Well, it depends; here in the south you'd probably be in the majority. If you've every been robbed you know the robber generally uses the element of surprise where is gun is of little use. Now you could of course shot the person in the back as he leaves. But is killing someone over some personal items worth someone's life? As far as having a gun for home invasions which rarely when you are actually at home. The gun is more likely to be used by a kid to accidentally kill himself or someone else that stop a criminal who is breaking into you home. Buy hey if keeping a gun under your pillow at night or on your person as you are out and about makes you feel safe -- by all means get a gun. I just think you'd be better off and safer spending your money on a book. As far as preparation for the race war. We don't manufacture or own guns shop in large numbers, so our supply would be quickly eliminated. We are also outnumbered and out gunned. ...why am I even entertaining this idea -- there ain't gonna be no race war y'all.
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  15. @ProfD You might have missed the scores of photos on the Internet years ago with pro-gun advocates waltzing through their cities and towns with assault rifles slung over their shoulders. Some of these were Black, but in some areas they were legally able to do this. A home defense system would have not have stopped the Buffalo, N.Y., mass shooting. This is why I pushed back against calls for Blacks to arm themselves. It's also because most who support this idea do not specify what they really mean. If you're going to own a firearm, then you would want an open carry permit. Because without one, you're at the mercy of whatever knucklehead could care less that you're' a living, breathing human being. But never forget, White cops will be more inclined to shoot at you if they even think you have a gun. This is why I push back against Blacks buying guns unless they are for home protection. The Buffalo, N.Y., Tops Supermarket had an armed security guard. But when a mass shooter has already donned body armor, unless they're shot in the head it will difficult to stop them. This proved to be true in Buffalo.
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  16. H8ll to the naw. A teacher has zero business making a male wear a dress. Not for any reason. Not even if he begged her to let him do it. In addition to racism, I also take issue with this pussification of our society. Masculinity is under attack. Some men are allowing it. Athletes are physical specimens. Yet, these *dudes* are wearing tight pants and leggings and some are wearing dresses too. I recently saw a picture of an NBA basketball player wearing an outfit that I could only shake my head. I'm willing to bet they would not wear that same sh8t and walk into a penitentiary. As a caveman alphamale, I will never acquiesce to anything that emasculates manhood.
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  17. These two comments basically explain everything including the use of phenotype (race) to enslave and more recently marginalize people. I do not believe racism is inherently human. People of the same so called races have rained all kinds or havoc on each other using a variety of reasons to justify their evil. ------------ I was pleasantly surprised to see both @Cynique, @Chevdove, and @Pioneer1 contributing for the first time in a while (at least of the posts I've gotten to -- I'm way behind). I've been kinda scarce myself -- busy with website, traveling, and major life changes.
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  18. Par for the course. A racist young White man takes a newly bought assault rifle and mows down Black people in the only big supermarket in their Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood. And then a question is asked: "Who's to blame?" My money is on the dude who did the shooting. No one else. He visited White Supremacist Websites, even made a scouting trip to the area and thought his murderous act would generate a huge groundswell of support. It actually did, but we saw only a glimpse of it. So, what do Black people do about the massacre? Start a debate. Does anybody really think that if even half the Black people in that Elmwood Village neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., owned a gun they would have been able the stop the mass shooter? Nope. One would have had to actually be in that parking lot when Peyton Gendron exited his car or been in the aisles of the Tops Supermarket. And that's assuming they actually knew how to fire their weapon. And could aim it correctly. But that's not the issue. Strolling around with guns will not keep Black people safe. Nor will keeping guns hidden in our homes. Ending a knee jerk devotion to racist Republicans will help. But only real Black Unity will effect genuine change. However, with so many of us chasing after elusive riches from Cryptocurrency, supporting Trump and the vilest of his minions and paying lip service to the truly suffering among us, not much will change. So who's to blame? The answer to that question should have been added to the Black Agenda. Because yakking away with each other does nothing. Just as Congress yaks away - but nothing even resembling a workable solution ever comes out of the talks. And that's what everyone wants. A Solution. Not assigning blame.
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  19. If President Biden actually forgives student loan debt...this will partially come true for those who went to college in the past. I still blame Reagan for the end of free college tuition
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  20. Richard Murray Like I was telling a brother earlier this morning..... Befor Black folks can control anything in America, we must first learn to get control of OURSELVES. Black Americans are some of the most emotional people on the planet. Quick to get offended, get angry, be petty, cave in to lusts and immediate desires instead of practicing delayed gratification. As a community we need to mature to the point of discipline.' I can even argue maybe too many black adults lie to black children about the past. Absolutely. They lie to them because THEY were lied to by their parents, and that habit probably started in slavery when the slave master started lying to them. But also, they lie out of pure laziness. They don't know the answer, too lazy to find out, so they MAKE UP and answer and lie to their children about it....and that lie is often passed down generation after generation. I will like to add, black entertainers in the usa have another issue. As entertainers they all to often live by salary to whites with money who govern the system. sequentially, black entertainers are simply not in a strong enough space in their individual lives to risk communicating to black betterment without concern to white backlash. I concur that many entertainers in their actions show a lack of knowledge to the black populace, or black culture or black history. But I want to add, most black entertainers live with a mask on. And make their individual profit in the least secure financial place, which is the arts. I concur to your point but we black people tend to forget, real estate/manufacturing/energy sector, these industries are not dominated by whites by accident. And unlike entertainment...which often relies on talent and innate abilities for one's success....those industries are usually developed only through careful study and discipline. Something our people need to learn as a community. Stefan Does anybody really think that if even half the Black people in that Elmwood Village neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., owned a gun they would have been able the stop the mass shooter? Nope. One would have had to actually be in that parking lot when Peyton Gendron exited his car or been in the aisles of the Tops Supermarket. And that's assuming they actually knew how to fire their weapon. And could aim it correctly. You make a good point However my question is..... As he was being hauled away in a police car with only a relatively FEW cops around him (less than 12) and I saw a HUGE CROWD of Black folks standing around who pretty much knew what he did....and many of those in that crowd DID have guns on them and in the car because in the inner cities of the United States quite a few Black folks DO pack guns (legally or illegally)....so why didn't THEY do something to him on the spot??? They KNEW what he did and they had the ability to over power the cops and rip him from limb to limb....but they didn't. I didn't see anyone throw as much as a ROCK at him. After seeing the blood of their grandmothers and aunts spilled all over the supermarket...what did this crowd of negroes do? They just stood around staring and let the cops peacebly haul him away. What does THAT say about those people? Does that sound like people of honor or people who deserve respect to you? What do you think goes on in the minds of Black women SUB-CONSCIOUSLY to see that the blood of elderly Black WOMEN can be spilled by some shaggy haired White kid and the Black men just stand around looking confused?
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