History of Watch Night Services

The Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as “Freedom’s Eve.”
On that night, Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free .

When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God. Black folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year’s Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year.

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When You Believe…

sem·i·co·lon

ˈsemēˌkōlən,ˈsemīˌkōlən/

noun

a punctuation mark (;) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.

Every tattoo on my body has some personal meaning to it. This is a marking that, unless I have it covered, I will bear for the rest of my life as a message to the world as to what I am about or was going through at the time. This is my newest addition.

As an mental health advocate and survivor of suicidal thoughts and depression I chose the word believe with a semicolon replacing the letter ‘i’.

This tattoo encourages me to bel;eve that things will be better and that this is not the end of my journey.

It’s one thing to just say aloud or to myself that even though times are hard that they will be better and things will be okay. It’s a total difference when you actually bel;eve that things will be better or different.

The bel;ef in a better way is what makes it happen. When you truly bel;eve that you will be okay, you will be. You have to bel;eve.

Do Black Lives Matter?

Black Lives Matter TooI guess black lives don’t matter as much as an animal’s. I’ve seen more coverage of Cecil the Lion’s death than that of Sandra Bland and the countless other black lives that have been lost. Crazy. People care more about a lion than they do about another fellow human being. I’m sure it is sad that this guy killed a lion for sport, but damn we’re talking about a person being killed for no reason while in police custody. Where is the nationwide overall outrage?

I saw Jimmy Kimmel get choked up about it on his show the other night but not even mention the black lives that are taken by the hands of the police. It really does feel like we don’t matter. Is it that this is occurring so much that we have become desensitized to it. Somewhat immune to it, as though it is a natural occurrence.

I know I know, “but why can’t we be outraged at both”? You can be but that is not necessarily the case. While, yes there are some people who are outraged at both situations but the majority of people are more upset about the lion than the people. That doesn’t mean that they don’t feel some type of way about the humans beings that are being killed but to show so much furor and anger over this lion and not a peep about any of the black lives that were lost gives the impression that they don’t give a damn about the black lives. So they don’t matter. This is the perception and as we all know, perception can be reality. If we perceive that you don’t care about us and whether we live or die than it becomes the reality.

#blacklivesmattertoo

Selma – Review B+

I have finally been able to see Selma. I know I’m really late but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I saw it. I think that Selma was a really great film. Well written and directed. The pace of the film seemed right on pace. I’ve heard people say that it was too slow and some to say it seemed rushed but I feel like it was just right. I think that there were a few historical inaccuracies but this is a drama that is ‘based on a true story’ and not a documentary. Some liberties are to be expected.

Overall this was a great historical film and a must see. I give it a B+.