Celebrate Unity: The 2012 Olympic Games

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics is just hours away. As we wait for what may be considered the greatest games on earth, we again get to pause for a moment and think about our greatness as a people; humanity. Every 4 years we get an opportunity to sideline the politics of our globe and instead celebrate the potential that exists within the human race. We celebrate country, we celebrate individuality, and most of all we celebrate togetherness. The opening ceremony, and indeed the Olympic Games, demonstrates what it’s like when the world throws a party. We smile together, cry together, and sense a certain pride and joy as we watch our athletes compete. Continue reading “Celebrate Unity: The 2012 Olympic Games”

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The Real Jamaica: Welcome to Jamrock

I began writing this portion of my blog at 35 thousand feet as i journeyed towards my homeland. My excitement built with each passing minute as I thought about reuniting with my family after 8 months, and getting the opportunity to participate in Jamaica’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The event was even more meaningful because I decided to take a friend along with me. Continue reading “The Real Jamaica: Welcome to Jamrock”

The Past Came Rushing Back: The Role of Religion in protecting the Abuser – Pt. 2

This is the second installment of a two-part series. For background information please refer to part 1 of the identically themed article. 

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:19-21

What Would Jesus Do?

Not long after we left the police station trying to process the events that had unfolded, my mom began to feel a sense of guilt. The countless calls she received from her church friends planted in her mind that maybe I perceived Nate’s approach incorrectly. Continue reading “The Past Came Rushing Back: The Role of Religion in protecting the Abuser – Pt. 2”

The Past Came Rushing Back: The Role of Religion in protecting the Abuser – Pt. 1

He held my hands and told me it would be okay, every hurt I had been through would be washed away with what was about to ensue. That was the guarantee that my molester gave me moments before he would proceed to take advantage of me. Being a defenseless child I endured every moment of it, and ironically at times I would ask to be molested. Why? Overtime I accepted the words of the offending party, I bought into the myth that sexual molestation was my escape from reality, even at the tender age of 4.  Continue reading “The Past Came Rushing Back: The Role of Religion in protecting the Abuser – Pt. 1”

Leadership: Learn to Build People Up and not Tear them Down

Today I want to take a brief moment to address the issue of leadership and teamwork, and the importance it plays not only in your academic career, but throughout life. Leadership first and foremost should not be seen as a position of ultimate dominance, but rather a position of ultimate service. Through leadership it is your duty to serve those whom you lead. Intertwined in the ability to lead, must be your commitment to invest in those around you, and to build a strong team of individuals in order to accomplish any task set before you. A true leader knows the value and the necessity of teamwork, without which, no one would be successful. Continue reading “Leadership: Learn to Build People Up and not Tear them Down”