The U.S. Presidency and Race Relations

On November 6th the United States went to the polls and elected President Barack Obama for a second term in office. Just four years earlier history was made with President Obama becoming the first person of color to attain the nation’s highest office. The moment Obama signaled his intent to run for office, the issue of race became the focal point of many political discussions.

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Tribute to an uncle and lessons to live a better life…

Live, laugh, love, are three words we hear often, as we seek to remind each other of the frailty of life and the need to live it to the fullest. The journey along this pathway of life leads us to many turns, and hills; it is filled with laughter and tears, and at times the sense or wanting to give up. However throughout life we are blessed to encounter people who make our journey a little less daunting. Some people we meet along the way and become friends, others walk into our path for a moment, and then they leave forever. Then there are those people that walk with us every step of the way, they are what we call family. Our family is a gift, unlike friends, they are not people we chose, they are people we grow to depend on, people we grow to share our roadway of life with, people who will be there for us when the world seems to disappear. Our experiences with these souls are what create memories, and it is our memories that allow us to relive each moment in life for as long as we desire. Our memories bring back laughter, our memories bring back moments we seek to capture, moments that remind us that each day is indeed a blessing. Continue reading “Tribute to an uncle and lessons to live a better life…”

The Cookie that Changed my Life

So I have been working feverishly to try and understand how after loosing a tremendous amount of weight, I gained back almost 50 pounds. Yes that’s right, you may now pick up your jaw from the ground. After about a year of flaunting my new slim and slender body, I began an unhealthy relationship with a friend from my past, well more like a frenemy (that’s friend/enemy for the non-Jamaicans ), let’s call her Miss. Macadamia Nut. Others call her a cookie, she sits in a small container in most Subway stores, waiting for the committed dieter to come in her path.

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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”

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”