I was once told, "Be what you are looking for. If you want friends, go be a friend; if you want love, go love someone and if you want happiness, go make someone happy."
As I have reflected on this simple, but yet profound statement, I have found most of the major black organizations are woefully hypocritical. They refuse to be what they are looking for.
H2D Entertainment, with founder, Sylvester McCracklin, and co-founder, Constance McCracklin, is using arts and entertainment to help power a campaign dubbed S.C.R.A.M. – Stop Child Rape And Molestation.
The objective is to build a bridge of awareness and empowerment of victims who have experienced rape and molestation. Victims are encouraged to understand that they can be healed and delivered.
Thanksgiving is observed each year in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. This year, Thanksgiving is celebrated on Nov. 22 in remembrance of the Pilgrims who left England to escape religious persecution and in order to give thanks for their bounty and good fortunes once they settled in America.
When I think of Thanksgiving Day, I think of family, gathered around a table that groans with turkey and dressing, green beans and candied yams, mac and cheese or whipped potatoes, and lots of other goodies. I look forward to seeing folks I haven't seen in a while, savor the food and fellowship, bring in the late evening over coffee and pie. Nobody is rushing out to go shopping – most people save that for the Friday after Thanksgiving, often called, Black Friday, because many stores find themselves in the black after the profligate shopping that day.
Millions of Black American families observed Thanksgiving this week. We have much to be thankful and grateful for. Yet we should also be cognizant of the challenges and struggles that lie ahead in the pathway to future economic empowerment and social sustainability not only in America, but throughout a changing world. This is a time for reflection, self-assessment, self-improvement, and collective development and progress.
Thanksgiving Day is upon us. But not all people will be in a celebratory mood. If you're homeless, this time of year conjures up pain and despair. You're living on the brink with little assurance, if any at all, that life will begin anew unless there is government or public assistance.