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Today is the day we celebrate our great leader which is a little saddening when you think about the times we are living in. It feels as though our “Great America” has reverted back to the times when fighting for civil rights was a major necessity, where the voice of Dr. King resonated around the world awakening the minds of our youngest leaders. As we read the feeds of our social media today, we are reminded that the fight for equality for black America is not only ongoing but is more relevant. I am reminded how far we have come but also, great expectancy, that we still have a ways to go when in 2018 we are still celebrating “the first black ….” anything. Today I am reminded just how black people are viewed around the world as “monkeys” not only by H&M on a sweat shirt or at a soccer game where a banana is thrown at Dani Alves during a match in Spain or at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our need to speak up and take a stand is correspondingly necessary in the struggle for racial and gender equality, for freedom of speech, and basic human policies. Our progression for a great nation has been stunted and crippled by our current democracy where we allow a raciest dictator to rule over the land of the free and the privileged and entitled to roam unrestricted to pillage the poor. On this day, I implore you to reflect on how you as an individual has and will keep the dream alive. Whether it’s in your own home, in your own community or on a grand scale as a public servant – how are we contributing to “The Dream”? In the meantime, the staff dedicates this week’s magazine to the memory of our leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. Until next week, continue to be blessed and most importantly be a blessing to someone else. Deirdra “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
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IN THIS ISSUE 06
THE TRUTH ABOUT DETOXING Cleansing and detoxing can be misunderstood. Here is some good information to help with your detox.
WHY JANUARY 1ST Kahlil educates us on how it has been the norm to start the new year on January 1st.
NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST Help with guiding you through your travel needs.
ON THE COVER Artist Derek Russell
WEEKLY GOSPEL PICK
WHAT IF MARTIN LUTHER KING LIVED TODAY
Our book guru reviews this weeks choice - We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories by Gabrielle Union
DJ Las Las' pick of the week
Black Cesar explains what Dr. King's life would be in present day
TOP 10 TRACKS Check out what's on deck with DJ Henroc's top 10 club tracks
THE TRUTH ABOUT DETOXING HEALTH
When used in the context of your diet, the words cleanse and detox are sometimes misunderstood. To clarify, commercial cleanser and "detox" products are full of sugar and empty calories. For most these "detox" products causes more bad than good. First understand that our livers and kidneys
Here are a few recipes to start with your detox: CUCUMBER LEMON WATER - the lemons help to kick-start digestion as well as flush out toxins and the vitamin C will also brighten up your skin. Ingredients:
are our bodies natural detoxers therefore drinking and eating foods that claim to do the work is redundant and most importantly a waste of money. Don't get me wrong there are times where we do have "waste" that don't sit well with our bodies, however, we can eliminate it from out bodies by flushing them out simply by drinking plenty of water. That's where detox water—or infused water —comes in. This will easily take the place of that expensive, sugary "juice". Simple fruits, vegetables, and herbs infused water recipes "detox water" may not fully rid your body of all the necessary toxicans but will kick-start your metabolism, in a natural and unharmful way. Many are also packed with natural antioxidants to reverse cell damage. Plus, the increase of water with the anti-inflammatory ingredients will decrease any blotting you may have.
1/2 cucumber 1 lemon A few sprigs of mint Water Wash and slice the cucumber and lemon, and rinse the mint. Place cucumber and lemon into a water jug. Fill the jug with water, mix, and leave to steep overnight in the fridge. You can keep topping off the jug with more water for a few days until you need to change the fruits/herbs.
STRAWBERRY BASIL WATER - Strawberries are
GINGER MINT WATER - Ginger can be used to
high in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and
ameliorate a variety of ailments like an upset
many other nutrients, according to Group. Basil
stomach and a sore throat because of its anti-
has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
10 fresh, whole strawberries
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
2 lemon wedges
2 inches fresh, peeled ginger root
Freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon
2 lemon/lime wedges
Handful of fresh basil leaves
10 to 12 fresh mint leaves Pinch of Himalayan salt
Directions: Start with one gallon of purified water
Bonus: a dash of peppermint essential oil
(room temperature is fine). Combine the other ingredients in a glass container, stir gently with a
Directions: Start with one gallon of purified water
wooden spoon, and refrigerate for three to four
(room temperature is fine). Combine the other
hours to allow all ingredients to mingle. Serve and
ingredients in a glass container, stir gently with a
wooden spoon, and refrigerate for three to four hours to allow all ingredients to mingle. Serve and enjoy.
D R .
K I N G ' S
D E A T H
BY KAHLIL HAYNES
On April 4th 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, the preeminent American civil rights leader in the United States, was murdered while on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis TN. For the past 5 decades, numerous official and unofficial investigations have attempted to answer the many open questions surrounding his assassination. At the time, a small-time escaped convict named James Earl Ray was identified as the lone gunman and was serving a 99-year sentence for the killing up until his death in 1998. But over the years, not only have question haunted the now closed investigation but new details and evidence continue to emerge. In March 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Memphis to support a garbage workers strike. On March 28 King led 6,000 protesters on what set out to be a peaceful march. But it wasn't long before the peaceful civil action turned violent as members of the Memphis police dept fatally clashed with demonstrators as a 17-year-old black kid was killed, and local businesses were looted. King vowed to return to Memphis on April 3, with the intention of leading a second, hopefully non-violent march. On April 4, a few minutes before 6 PM, King walked out on the balcony outside his secondfloor room at the Motel. He was said to be talking with members of his entourage in the parking lot below.
At one minute past six, a single shot rang out mortally wounding Dr. King, forever changing history for the entire country. Almost immediately, public suspicions about the investigation of King's death grew. About 6 months previous to King's murder, another champion of civil rights, President John F. Kennedy, Jr was also assassinated in broad daylight in an area saturated with multiple police agencies by a lone gunman. The similarities were almost as unbelievable as the act itself. Over the years, the government pushed back against any idea that there was any open question about Dr. King's death or any hint of a conspiracy, but the questions wouldn't go away. In 1979, the House of Representatives created a committee to look at the investigation of Dr. King's murder and the prosecution of the only accused gunman. They concluded that James Earl Ray was the only gunman and that there was no conspiracy. Yet questions still remain.
The actions of police authorities have also been called into question. Despite having police officers almost immediately on scene, no ambulance was called for the mortally wounded King. (The switchboard operator at the hotel died of a heart attack with in seconds apparently of King being shot and no one in his group could dial out to get an ambulance) Also, no APB (All points bulletin) went out concerning the gunman even though a description of the supposed escape vehicle was already available. No highways or airports were shut down in the For one, police report arriving at the scene within surrounding areas. On top of all that, the crime scene itself was tampered with, the officers two minutes of hearing the shot. There was no 'cleaning' areas of the room that Ray had sign of the shooter nor the white ford mustang supposedly rented. Ray was later reported to have driven from scene. Additionally, a suspect who supposedly The lack of police action on the day of the went to the trouble of creating not one but several aliases to hide his identity during actions murder was also highlighted by the fact that both that could be connected to the murder, allegedly the FBI and CIA admitted to having active agents not only in the area but in Dr. King's entourage left the murder weapon in plain sight one door itself. Yet no official statement about their down from the location the shot supposedly involvement was ever given in a time frame that came from, conveniently wrapped in his own would have allowed their additional information belongings. An engineering firm hired by the to shine a brighter light on crime and congressional committee determined it was highly unlikely that Ray would have had the time prosecution. Many of the agents who were to shoot King, gather his belongings and escape involved are now dead. The day after King was shot, U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark without being seen in the two minutes before announced that there was no evidence of a police arrived. conspiracy despite the complete lack of any investigation at that point. It's interesting to note Ray admits to being in Memphis at the time of that some of those involved went on the create the assassination and that he bought the rifle their own books and documentaries about said to have killed King. Ray claimed after he recanted that he had been led to believe the gun questions surrounding King's assassination. was to have been part of an arms deal involving (READ MORE) an associate he'd met months before in Montreal called Raoul. He also says that at the time of the murder, he was several blocks away in the Mustang. Officials maintained Ray was a lone assassin. For one, Ray almost immediately recanted a confession he gave to the murder when he was first caught. He stated that he was a small part of a larger conspiracy and had been set up as the fall guy for a murder that, at the time, could have led to mass rioting and civil unrest if no suspect had been found. He named elements of the CIA and FBI as being in on the conspiracy. Details surrounding the activities of the gunman and authorities have only given weight to his assertions.
Additionally, when Ray was finally caught, he was found thousands of miles away in London, at Heathrow airport apparently on his way to Belgium, traveling on a forged passport. Ray was a small-time crook who had escaped from a Memphis prison for a petty larceny. It's doubtful he could mastermind the assassination of such a public figure and an international escape all alone.
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“Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost.” (J.R.R. Tolkien) Some who wander do it for the love of traveling, the thrill of seeing new places, and meeting new people, but for some traveling can be extraordinarily stressful. They find that the planning, the scheduling, and the mad scramble that occurs when the plans get off track as they sometimes do is more stressful than the benefits they foresee from the trip itself . Vacations, in fact traveling in general, do not have to be stressful. Vacations are intended to help you de-stress. However, often times there are so many vacation options that your mind starts spinning. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people say that they needed a vacation to recover from their vacation and mean it!
Who Am I? My name is Martha Dockery. I am a certified Travel Planner. I love to plan vacations and I travel every chance I get. I'm often asked where is my favorite destination. It's always so hard to pick just one destination when your life is travel, but when I am forced to choose I would choose Cuba every time. There is so much history packed on such a tiny island. The people who live there are dynamic, warm, and hospitable. It’s thrilling to see and ride in their vintage 1950’s era American cars and see the ingenuity they’ve employed to keep the cars running for so many years. Cuba has a rich culture which includes music, great rum, and even better Cigars.
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ON THE COVER ARTIST DEREK RUSSELL
I bring my unique combination of talent, personality and high energy to every painting I participate in. I'm a storyteller - only I tell my stories with a shower of brash, vibrant color. When I paint, I enter into a space where time seems to stop. And I connect to the root energy of my subjects. With a working knowledge of color application and balance, I begin with an observation of the design and composition, the negative and positive shapes, then apply my colors with a sensitive hand. I utilize textures to help create a mood, and a variety of strokes, including impasto to emote strong emotion. By varying the direction of brushstrokes, I am able to add character, movement, energy, and life to the painting. I usually paint on Masonite or MDF board coated with a polymer ground and covered with oil and acrylic paints, all in vivid color. When viewing my work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward my painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.
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I have developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, I am able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.
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OUR BOOK GURU ISATTA THORLU-BANGURA I love reading books and judging them. I am told not to judge a book by it’s cover, so I judge the content and then judge the cover (often times when the content is trash the cover is as well). The majority of the books posted will be reviews, better yet judgments. I feel as a book consumer, the best thing one can do is review the books they read in order to inform the author of what their consumers like and what their consumers dislike. I rate books based on the Goodreads star system, I don’t do half stars because…meh. Join me as we explore another fascinating read...or not
THE ABOMINABLE BOOK GIRL BOOK BLOGGER: ISATTA THORLU-BANGURA One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies— instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: "It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real." We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union is this week's Book by our very own Abominable Book Girl. Check out this week's review and her thoughts on this week's book.
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WHAT IF MARTIN LUTHER KING LIVED TODAY BY BLACK CESAR I was asked to contribute this week by All Nite's MzLadyEbony. When I asked “Well what would I write about?” she responded “What do you think Martin Luther King would be doing if he was still alive?”. Reverend King was 39 when he was assassinated on that Memphis hotel balcony and would be the ripe old age of 89 had James Earle Ray's bullet missed. I think one of the main reasons King was taken from us was because of his effectiveness. His position of nonviolence and fighting hate with love style to combat injustice of every kind were winning battles. The Montgomery bus boycott though small in nature, was major because it showed with the right organization, change can be made when you effect the only thing that people in power truly understand which is money. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was major in that it made overt racism illegal. No more could black people be out right denied employment, housing, services and education solely based on race. Racism changed from overt to covert. It became taboo to call you, a black person “Nigger” to your face, but you were still treated like one on the low. Fifty years and ten Presidents later overt racism has slowly become the status quo again since 9\11. Trump has made it ok to let America hate again. If Brother King was still alive there would’ve been a lot of things that he would’ve responded to and addressed as we should’ve in his absence. Please forgive me because this will be the beginning of the rant portion of this piece. “I’m finna go in!”
I’ll start with the opiate epidemic of the 60’s and 70’s that went rampant in America’s ghettos of New York and Chicago and every other major swell of poor black people following the end of the Vietnam War which he also was publicly against. I’m not referring to this dilemma spilling over into white middle and upper-class homes that all of a sudden became so important, but a blind eye was turned when it was decimating black families. The crack epidemic of the 80's King would’ve laid at Regan's White House doorstep especially after it became public that he chose to allow poor black neighborhoods to be infested with narcotics just to fund a war in Nicaragua. He’d of held Regan accountable for the “War on Drugs” that he himself played a part in starting and then penalizing the victims of that war with the 3 strike laws and mandatory minimum sentencing laws of the 90’s. When the owners of Timberland and Tommy Hilfiger made it public of their dislike of black people wearing their brands, King would’ve been able to organize successful boycotts of both clothing lines and anyone else who disrespected us but took our blacks dollars in the same motion. I think there would’ve been a relationship between Dr. King and Minister Louis Farakhan. Both men have some of the same ideals in regards to Black entrepreneurship, infrastructure, education, economy and so on and bringing back the thriving black communities of Black Wall Streets Tulsa, Ok, Rosewood, Florida and Durham, North Carolina.
Violence toward black men by police he would of addressed like the Rodney King beating and the Amadou Diallo murder. Fast forwarding to the deaths of Travon Martin, Sean Bell, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Grey, Sandra Bland and the countless other examples of black men and women dying at the hands of law enforcement, racism and white supremacy. He’d of told us there was nothing new about this unbridled evil that was prevalent in his time when they allowed everyday citizens to attack protesters like the freedom riders and those that participated in the sit in movement. How Medgar Evers was murdered and Emmet Till was murdered and how the Scottsboro Boys case looks a lot like the Central Park Five and the Jena six when nobody was going to jail when black men were actually beaten, hung and castrated and black women were being raped and brutalized and nothing was being done. He would’ve definitely made a connection of the violence and inequalities and injustices of the 50’s and 60’s to the violence, inequalities and injustices that are taking place today. And he would’ve made it paramount that these things be addressed. Martin Luther King would’ve pulled George W. Bush’s coat about Hurricane Katrina and how people were treated like refugees in their own country. He’d of supported Jesse Jackson's run for presidency in the 80’s and would’ve been supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement and he’d of gotten Obama to do something for black people during his terms as president. If Donald Trump was still president Dr. King would’ve called Trump the outright racist that he is and would intern organize black people to use their trillion dollar buying power to improve their own standing in the world. He’d address how black people are covered in the media and entertainment (ain’t nothing he can do about mumble rap). I know I’m all over the place but the point I want to make is that Dr. King was not only our conscious and moral compass, but his dream gave momentum to the affirmations that we as black people didn’t have to continue live and be okay with the conditions we were in and more importantly we can change them. On a broader point there was a reason why there was so many assassinations during the time of King's death. Both Kennedy’s, Dr. King and Malcom X were all apart of slowly shaping a new social consciousness and for that those men died. With King's dream we all went to sleep and every now and then we shoot straight up out of our nightmare only to tuck ourselves back in when we get comfortable with something trivial. We need a new King. We need a new dream and ways to see them fulfilled and not deferred, because everyday Trump is looking more like Freddy Kruger to me and life like the upside down.
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Today we observe Martin Luther King's Birthday! Check out what our writers had to say about this day. Take in some detox and travel tips t...
Published on Jan 15, 2018
Today we observe Martin Luther King's Birthday! Check out what our writers had to say about this day. Take in some detox and travel tips t...