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A Father’s Day Message for Real Fathers

Male parents don’t always get the attention on Father’s Day that mothers get on theirs. Nevertheless, many children, young and grown, who know and love their fathers acknowledge them with a card, a gift, a phone call or a visit. And those of us whose dads are no longer alive simply acknowledge them in pleasant memories.  

It used to be traditional for men to hand out cigars following the birth of  their baby, but considering today’s anti-smoking campaigns and the extenuating circumstances under which some children are born, I don’t think the celebratory cigar is handed out anymore. Still, expectant fathers eagerly anticipate their child’s birth and claim bragging rights. They take pride in showing off their newborn and anticipate the day when that smiling child looks up at him and says “Happy Father’s Day, daddy.”

Unfortunately, not all men who call themselves father earn that right.

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Justice for Trayvon Martin

 “Each time a person stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~Robert F. Kennedy

The media  — social and broadcast — is carrying the torch for Trayvon Martin after the Sanford, Florida police officials let it drop.  Now the movement to get justice for Trayvon is raging across this country faster than a California wildfire.

Even before the unarmed, 17 year old was shot on February 26th, Blacks who live in Sanford voiced frequent complaints of bias against the local police.  Now, a month after Trayvon was killed, the U.S. Department of Justice and a special prosecutor appointed by the governor have been drawn into the furor surrounding a law upheld by states across the U.S.  A law that some feels mean Stand your ground – Black man down.

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Reasoning the Why?

Do you ever feel that life is just one huge medley of question marks? It isn’t only the who, what, when, and where that haunts us, but those everlasting why’s seem to dominate. How often do we wonder why? Why this? Why that?  Trying to learn the underlying reasons for major occurrences in our life make some whys important to us. On the other hand, there are the insignificant whys that simply raise our curiosity. For instance . . . 

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She’s Baaack!

Casey Anthony, the infamous mother, who last year was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, has resurfaced. A video diary, purportedly filmed on October 13, 2011, and placed on the Internet on Wednesday, has given Anthony another opportunity to grab the media spotlight and the attention that many believe she craves.

If reading the comments posted on various websites since the video surfaced is any indication,

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Michael Jackson’s Children — Who Are They Really?

Considering the countless millions of Michael Jackson fans out there, I know that this subject will touch a few raw nerves, but I am going to raise it anyway. 

Since MJ’s unfortunate death, we have seen more of his children than ever before. And I will bet my collection of Jackson 5 albums that I am not the only person who – whenever I see Paris, Prince (Michael, Jr.)  and Blanket on TV – wonder whose children are they? Not only do the three of them look nothing like MJ, the siblings don’t even resemble each other.

When I told a friend that I was writing a post about MJ’s children, her immediate response was, “Leave them alone. They are wonderful, healthy children. When the children are older, they may begin asking themselves, ‘Who are my biological parents? How did I get here?’ In the meantime, people should just leave them alone.”  Spoken like a true Jackson fan. Well, I too am a fan, but one with a very inquiring mind.

According to whomever you choose to believe, MJ’s children were born of

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