Tuesday, September 18, 2007
An interesting Blend....News in my world(s)
Its so hard to think straight! So much is going on I can barely keep up. Somehow I feel its all related, but I can't stop time so as to figure it all out. Anyways, here's what'up in my hoods....
* The high holidays are rolling. We just had Rosh Hashanah, the new year. This is the time that Hashem (G-d) opens up the good book of life and name names. I hope mine and everyone's name is in there. I hope we all have another chance to be the team we could be. A team of devoted servants of Hashem doing His Will and spreading the Good Word.
* Yom Kippur is coming up. That's when we fast and pray and really try one last time, before the good book of life gets closed and sealed, to make sure we're in there! I don't fast well. But i'm eating healthy and trying to prepare myself for that day.
* Next will be Succot. This is the time of year we build booths (called a succah)and dwell in them. They are to remind us that its not our material things that we depend on; rather its the Almighty. More on that later.
At the same times all this is happening, we have entered a Shmittah year. Every seven years, we are commanded to basically, leave the land alone! The fruit and vegetables that the land produces becomes a free for all -unless its owned by a non-Jew (lol, then we can't just up and take his stuff).
Meanwhile, in other parts of the world.....
* Black women in America are making revolutionary changes. It all started with simple blogging and has escalated to serious undertakings and changes.
It started with one lady complaining about the plight that the African American culture has dwindled to. Nowadays, someone says "a black person" and almost immediately images of some guy with gold chains, gold teeth, fingers twisted in all sorts of contortions and 'interesting' English coming out of his mouth is what people imagine.
That is the image the media wants everyone to see. And that image sells! Its so wild, its entertainment.
Meanwhile, black women have been pining for realness. Wanting to have decent husbands that do not adhere to the propaganda of the media (copied from groups here and there who actually DO live like that). Wishing their children wouldn't watch those kinds of messages on television or hear those types of messages on the radio, etc.
So this lady wrote a blog about how black women should not sit around waiting and pining and hoping for that hopeless hope that black men will also decry what's going on with their image, or that day when many of the men in the black community will stop chasing 'other girls' or that day when many of the men will be more commited to marriage, taking care of their children, etc. Instead, she recommends that they find good suitable partners elsewhere. That they date outside of just African American men. Oh boy! did that start a ruckus. People's true colors really began to show! Many black men wrote hate mails to her, even suggesting that if there isn't enough black men then they should share and stay put! Some resorted to visited her blog with nasty messages, etc. But it didn't stop that lady. On the contrary, now her readers are starting blogs of their own about the topics that they really had hoped to hear about but, before now, only depended on mainstream media to satisfy (which they never did!).
Even more! Women are mobilizing and being pro-active. There was a recent protest against BET, an all black cable station that seems to loves to portray black in their most stereotypical positions. You can read more about that here. These blogs are getting media attention AND are shaking the media, the black community, and possibly the nation as a whole, big time.
Goodness, what changes are happening. Its like Hashem, being the orchestra conductor, so to speak, is changing the music into high tempo!
Posted by Miriam at 3:24 AM