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A new begin

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on July 1, 2013 at 11:34 am
is another opportunity!

is another opportunity!

I’ve said it time and time again
Mondays are great for a new begin.

So pick up your cross & go out and win!
You’re not alone on this road – for I am your friend.

I’m praying for the Martins and George Zimmerman.
I pray we collectively find room for  a new begin.

Always do what you can to help someone else.
Knowing the good that you do, will return to yourself.

KARMA is what it is. And no one is above her.
I’m Qui
Putting in what I want out of it. Today I’m a hugger. 🙂

Are you in need of a positive friend?
Link arms with me and lets conquer a new begin.

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Saving Our Sons

In Communication, Networking, News, Self Improvement on June 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Amy DuBois Barnett is the Editor-in-Chief of Ebony Magazine and she wrote an awesome Editors Letter in the June Issue (now on news stands) titled: SAVING OUR SONS. Not to be confused with Advice to Black Boys which was written by Michael W. Waters but the piece is all the more relevant as it pertains to arming our African-American sons with basic advice they NEED-TO-KNOW.

I’m an avid Ebony Magazine connoisseur, and when I read something great – I have to share it. Today Amy shares her experience with Max (her 6-year old son) and a traffic cop… Perhaps I should let Amy tell the story in her own words, and she wrote…

ne evening, I was stopped by the police for making an illegal right turn at a stoplight. It was nighttime, it was raining hard, and Max, my 6-year old son, was in the backseat, distracting me with some chatter about who knows what. I didn’t see the No Turn On red sign and whipped around the corner, right in front of a parked patrol car. Though I was shocked to see the flashing lights in my rear view mirror, I decided to use it as a teaching moment.

After I pulled over, I explained to Max, “Mommy made a bad turn and now the policeman is going go come over and ask me what happened. It’s the policeman’s job to protect us by making sure everyone does the right thing. His job can be very scary if someone is doing the wrong thing, so we have to show him that we are good guys. Watch what Mommy does and how nicely I speak to him. And I’m going to keep my hands where he can see them so he doesn’t think I’m holding anything bad.” When the officer walked over, I kept both hands on the steering wheel and said, “Good evening, sir. What have I done wrong?” After he explained and asked for my license and registration, I told him, “No problem, sir. My documents are in the glove compartment, so I’m going to reach down and pull them out now.”

Of course, Max had questions when the officer went to his car to run my information: “Why did you keep calling him sir?” and “Why did you tell him you were going to get your gloves?” I laughed but made sure he understood that my intention was to show respect and to not give the officer any reason to think I was going to hurt him. At the end of my explanation, I looked my son in the eye and said, “If a policeman thinks you don’t respect him or that you’re not a good guy, he might get scared and decide to hurt you. And lots of people are like that: They get scared of big, strong boys for no real reason, so you must always be very careful so that everyone understands how nice you are.”

This incident occurred before Trayvon Martin was killed for walking while Black through a White neighborhood. Like every other African-American –and certainly mothers of Black boys— I have felt a mixture of sadness, terror and disbelief regarding the shooting and slow pace at which our legal system reacted to the situation. I look at the pictures flashing across my screen of Trayvon with his sweet baby face and think how much they look like my little boy and how precarious life is in this country for all our sons if this young man could be gunned down while on an errand to buy candy for his little brother.

We all have a responsibility to protect our boys and to give them the best possible chance at growing up to be healthy, productive members of society. In this issue of Ebony we talk to young men from across the country about their own feelings of vulnerability. Powerful stuff. We also spoke with Trayvon’s parents about who their son was and about their incredible persistence in keeping his story front and center until official action was taken. In my own home, I will continue to teach my son how to behave when he is in situations that could be dangerous for him. Right now, he’s too young to absorb the racial aspect of the lesson, so I will keep impressing upon him that everyone must know he is a “good guy”. But later, I will be very clear that as a gentle and sweet and well-meaning as he may be, someone else may view him as the enemy just because he is Black.

Stay strong, fam. E-mail or hit me up on Twitter to share your stories, and to tell me how you’re going to protect our sons.

—Amy DuBois Barnett
Editor-in-Chief

We are TrayVon

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics on March 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

TrayVon and I have a lot in common
Our melanin does summon
all kinds of stares
and standing neck hairs
on the back of some necks;
a prejudice vex.

The law is written like a bad riddle;
George shot TrayVon who packed tea and skittles.

TrayVon was 17 and I’m a few years older.
I’m a parent like Sybrina — and the world feels colder.

I’m sure when TrayVon was a baby – no one made Sybrina smile more.
She never expected him to beat her to his eternal resting snore.

His father: Tracy Martin exhibits a strong front indeed.
28 days ago he buried his young male seed.

TrayVon wasn’t selling, packing or smoking weed.
George had a racial issue and to hate he did heed.

George is on the run, as we go over this wrongful death tally.
George should be under arrest says the 25 thousand from yesterdays rally.

Geraldo took to FOX NEWS and addressed the racial fire
by saying TrayVon was shot because of his hoodie attire.

His hoodie attire? Is Geraldo on drugs?
Wearing a hoodie does not warrant a 9mm slug.

What on earth could TrayVon have done to save his life
Besides running and yelling “HELP” in the dark of the night?

Florida’s STAND YOUR GROUND LAW is now under review.
Several states including Texas and Arizona house a similar law too.

Ooo.
What on earth are we going to do?

TrayVon is beloved. TrayVon is gone.
I’m Qui
Showing my support by putting this hoodie on.
Falling for nothing – In UNITY I’m strong.

Put a hoodie on if you understand what I mean.
It’s not just a racial issue, but a RIGHT and WRONG thing.