The Great Debate of Cecil the Lion and The Dentist that Killed Him!


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This article may upset some folks but I had to talk about it in my way, there is this great debate over Cecil the Lion and the dentist that killed him, Dr.Walter Palmer in Zimbabwe. There are reports that he paid guides up to $50,000 to lure Cecil out of his safe park. I have been sitting back and not saying a word on this story purposely to really understand what happen and to just observe everything. I totally agree that this was a cruel murder of an innocent lion that shouldn’t have happen at all! However, my question to all the people who are protesting, sending nasty emails to Dr. Palmer family, and even publishing his home address online is what about the animals that we eat everyday like the fried chicken, beef meatloaf, and pork chops? I don’t think chickens, pigs, and cows died in an honorable way so we can have hamburgers! What about that famous Turkey or Ham for Thanksgiving? I am happy to see everyone take a stand in this type of animal cruelty against a lion that was just enjoying his retirement! I think what concerns me the most is that I see people across the globe standing up and sending tweets, LinkedIn messages, posting Pinterest pictures, Instagram Pictures, and Facebook messages and pictures in honor of Cecil. However, I haven’t seen this type of outrage or support when recently Sandra Bland ended up dead in Texas a week ago or even when Kathryn Steinle was killed in San Francisco a few weeks ago. Let me remind folks, Sandra Bland was the 28-year-old woman who was stopped for a moving violation which only warranted a ticket but was taken into custody and ended up dead 3 days later. Kathryn Steinle was a 32-year-old woman who was killed for no reason while hanging with her dad at the Pier in her hometown of Pleasanton, CA  in early July (i.e. the woman who Donald Trump is talking about). Both ladies had their whole lives ahead of them and yet there was very little global outrage when they were killed. It really made me question our society today in the way we value human lives. Two beautiful women got killed for no reason and the interest has been minimum compared to Cecile the Lion murder! The whole world is crying and screaming for justice in regards to Cecile but yet limited voices for Sandra and Kathryn! I got taken back by Jimmy Kimmel last night when he tried to hold back tears while talking about Cecil and asking people to donate in his honor. Where were the tears and request for donations when Sandra and Kathryn got killed?

I am one of the first to stand up against injustice and cruelty to humans or animals but let’s not act like Dr. Palmer is the first to hunt and kill animals. They hunt in the United States, United Kingdom, Latin America, and Africa. This is why we are able to wear leather, fur, eat meat, and use certain beauty products. He needs to be held accountable for his actions in killing Cecile but don’t expect me to march down the streets demanding justice when Sandra and Kathryn along with other people who have been killed or harassed for the color of their skin have not received justice! I think there should be harder laws that would give hunters time for killing animals like Cecil but I guess that would mean we all need to be in jail because we all have benefited in some way due to the killing of animals! I would like to see humans take a hard stand against the killing of other humans first because I am getting tired of seeing humans get killed like it’s hunting season!

I am glad Cecile is getting coverage and people are demanding for criminal charges in his death. No, I don’t think the dentist should be put on death row! I do believe that he should do some jail time and maybe contribute a certain part of his income to wildlife organizations for a certain period. I would just say stop publishing this man’s address because he does have a family who don’t deserve death threats or evil phone calls, stop protesting in front of his office or home, and stop all the name calling! Go change some laws and protest hunter associations, and also go protest the lawmakers who hunt for recreation!

Get My 5-Star Amazon Goodreads Book Giveaway!


I am promoting my new book by giving away 10 free signed copies of “Stand For Something or Stand For Nothing” on Goodreads. I have already received several 5-star book reviews on Amazon since my book launch on July 27th. The contest will run from Wednesday, July 28,2015-Monday, August 31st,2015. The winners will be selected on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 by the Goodreads staff. No purchase is required to enter. Please click on the link below to enter and be one of the first to read my wonderful and inspiring book. Good luck!

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President Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down


US President Barack Obama addresses African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015. Obama arrived at the African Union headquarters today, to become the first US president to address the 54-member continental bloc, at the end of a tour focused on corruption, rights and security. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINASIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images

I was reading today about President Obama giving a tough speech to the African Union today about African leaders needing to step down when their terms end. President Obama went on to say that stepping down would help the democratic progress in Africa. This was the first-ever address given by a United States President. He stressed the fact that Africa needs to end their cancer of corruption. He said that he doesn’t understand why the African leaders won’t step down. He went on to say that he loves being President but he can no longer run for a third term due to the laws and the United States constitution. President Obama said that the cancer of corruption is hurting Africa’s economic growth.

President Obama did go on to say that Africa has made great progress which is why American businesses were increasing U.S. trade with the continent. He told the African Union that the United States is a trusted partner of the continent. He also made a comment which was geared toward China, saying that “Economic relationships cannot simply be about other countries building infrastructure with foreign labor, or extracting Africa’s natural resources”. He also went on to say, “Real economic partnerships have to be a good deal for Africa. They have to create jobs and capacity for Africans. That’s the kind of partnership America offers.”

President Obama stressed that America is a solid security partner that would stand by Africa in dealing with terrorism and end conflict. He said that as Africa is standing against terror and conflict, the United States is standing with you in the fight! Everyone at the African Union address gave President Obama a standing ovation after his speech which touch so many issues that are happening in Africa. I agree that corruption is huge in certain parts of Africa and leaders of these countries need to be held accountable for their actions. A United States President can stay in their position for 8 years which is a lot to some folks! I don’t think the United States should enforce their beliefs on another country when it comes to presidency terms or running their country.

However, I do believe that Africa could be a really strong continent if the corruption stopped and the leaders invested in building businesses to help grow employment and opportunities. Africa has some really intelligent people within the continent and I would like to see them not be so dependent on the United States and Europe because they have the resources to be a strong continent. Africa needs to build its own infrastructure, build its own cures to Ebola, Malaria, and other diseases because they have brilliant scientists, doctors, and researchers. Africa has so many resources which is why America, China, and Europe are building and investing in Africa businesses now. I love the continent of Africa and I see hope there!

The people of Africa want to see higher employment, economic growth, and more business opportunities in their country because they typically don’t want to leave their homeland but they have no choice due to the corruption within the government. It’s time for the people of Africa to take a stand and demand better from their leaders. Almost all of Africa is free from British rule and some have been independent for over 40 years yet they are struggling due to heavy corruption, terrorism, and poverty which shouldn’t happen in a rich continent like Africa. I came across an article by AnswersAfrica that list ten problems with Africa which I truly believe is impacting the continent. I am attaching the article for your review. Let me know your thoughts on the motherland and President Obama speech to the African Union.

Link: http://answersafrica.com/problems-africa.html

Movie Theater Shooting in Lafayette, LA


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I am really bothered that almost anyone can still buy a gun and walk into a movie theater and just start shooting at innocent people who were just trying to enjoy themselves by going to a Grand 16 movie theater in Lafayette, LA to see “Trainwreck” starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. The shooter killed two people and wounded 9 other people. The shooter’s name is John Russel Houser who was a 59-year-old man from Alabama who had a history of mental illness and who has a criminal record for arson and who has a complaint for domestic violence. He was even ordered to be admitted in a mental hospital for stalking his daughter and other family members.

So the question is how did John Russel Houser get a gun legally? I thought there was a Federal database that is used nationwide when conducting background checks. In 2006, he applied for a gun permit in Russell City, AL and was turned down due to his prior arrest history. However, in February 2014 he walked into a pawn shop in Phenix City, AL and was able to buy a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun which means he was approved for the gun permit that shouldn’t have never been approved! It sounds like to me that the Federal database isn’t being updated on a regular basis. It also means that we have more people like John Russel Houser in this country who are walking around with guns and just waiting for that moment to so some harm to innocent bystanders.

For years we have heard the back and forth on arguments about people having rights to own guns and the lawmakers saying that they are trying everyday to improve laws so people like John Russel Houser won’t get a permit or gun legally. I believe in people protecting their homes and themselves but we should all agree that we need tough laws on background checks even if that means waiting for a few weeks to get approved for a gun permit so the Federal employees can double-check your application! We really need to hold our lawmakers and state senators accountable to keeping their words on gun control! There has been too many innocent lives taken because of mistakes like not updating the Federal database in a timely manner. I am still lost on how in 2006 John Russel Houser couldn’t get a gun permit but in 2014 he cleared with no issues. Did the database get cleaned out is my question?

This man sounds like his mental issues were getting worse just by hearing how people described his behavior in the recent days before he killed innocent victims. He was staying at a Motel 6 in Lafayette, 10 minutes away from the movie theater. CNN is reporting that he was living off of money that his mother gave him which was about $5,000. A few days before the shooting he already spent up the money and went to Cracker Barrel restaurant to see if he could work and earn money, and even offered to sell his car for $600. People reported that he was weird and talking really scary. I blame the mental hospitals and our lawmakers for allowing people to get away with violence like this! I think anyone that is struggling with on-going mental health issues should be followed up on periodically basis. I think that the Federal database should be updated immediately when someone is admitted into a mental hospital or released.

I think if everyone was doing their job that I would not have a reason to be typing about Lafayette tonight. My heart goes out to the two women that were killed and who will be laid to rest on Monday, July 27th. The shooter also killed himself which is a tragedy too because he probably had a lot of demons he was mentally dealing with and he probably needed help or should have been kept in a facility where he would not be a danger to himself or to the 11 victims he hurt.

It also appears that movie theaters nationwide may want to take a longer look at their safety measures especially since someone can just walk into a movie theater and just start shooting people…maybe metal detectors! It’s sad that we can’t even go see a movie without thinking about possibly getting shot or killed while watching our favorite actor on the big screen. I would like to know more on what went wrong with the Federal database and what are our lawmakers doing to help the mentally ill in the future. We can’t track every mentally ill person until they get committed, commit a crime, or get arrested but we should be able to do better to track the ones already in the system!

My book, “Stand For Something or Stand For Nothing” will release tonight after 10 pm PDT


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I am really happy, excited, and emotional to finally release my first book. The book is based on my mother and I taking a stand against discrimination and hate for being African-American. We stood up and fought against one of the richest men in the world…Donald Sterling. My mother was a tenant at one of his properties called the Ardmore Apartments in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, CA. This book also covers our life story which involves courage, sadness, tears, pain, strength, dignity, and overcoming life obstacles. I hope this book will encourage everyone especially women of color, young teens that are growing up in harsh environments, and anyone that just need to know that they are not alone in their struggle to keep fighting and never listen to people who want to belittle you, put you down, and think you won’t become something in life. I am a real life product that you can achieve whatever you want if you are willing to keep getting up when other’s want to keep pushing you down! I hope you read my book and get empowered. I hope you share our story with someone who needs some encouragement in life. I hope you enjoy our story and tell friends and family. My mother passed away over 12 years ago and I miss her a lot but I know she wants me to share our story with you.

The print version of the book will be available on Amazon and Kindle after 10 pm PDT tonight. I look forward to getting feedback and hearing your thoughts our story!

Take care & enjoy the story!

Ebony Jones-Kuye

Wow, Hulk Hogan and his racist comments!


FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo, former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, arrives for a news conference at the United States Courthouse in Tampa, Fla. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hogan. The company did not give a reason, but issued a statement Friday, July 24, 2015, saying it is “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide."  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

I am in shock about Mr. Hulk Hogan and his racist comments that he made about his daughter dating an African-American man. This audio recording happened about eight years ago per People magazine and The National Enquirer. This is what he said about his daughter Brooke dating an African-American man…”I mean, I’d rather if she was going to fxxk some nxxxxr, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall nxxxxr worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. Fxxking nxxxxr”.

I was raised on WWF wresting and watching Hulk Hogan come out and call his fans the “Hulkamaniacs” on Saturday mornings on TV in the 80’s and early 90’s. The “Hulkster” as he called himself was friendly, caring, and always trying to uplift the kids on TV. It is really sad to see Hulk Hogan be one the latest celebrities saying very racist comments toward someone of another race. I was hurt but not surprised! I think as humans we try to think the best of our favorite celebrities and so-called hero’s. However, they are people too! We must realize that they have to put on a show to keep fans and make money!

Hulk Hogan always had African-Americans around him from Mr.T to Dennis Rodman. He was always calling everyone “Brother” and shaking hands with everyone, no matter what color they were! “Oh well, it must have been an act for TV!” I am no fan of the “Hulkster” anymore after hearing these cruel comments! You can’t make racist comments on a recording and think they will stay hidden forever! I could understand if he didn’t want his daughter to marry someone who would take her money or use her. However,he went full-blown with referring that he had an issue with his daughter dating an African-American man unless he was making millions of dollars which is the most racist thing to say!

There is nothing that Hulk Hogan could ever say to me to forgive his comments because this wasn’t in the 1950’s, this was 8 years ago which mean he is speaking from his heart! I am very upset that Dennis Rodman would even speak up and support Hulk Hogan but I guess he feels that he is one of those rich African-American men that could date his daughter…Heck, Dennis doesn’t even date African-American women so this was no shock that he would rally around Hulk Hogan. It will be interesting to see what other African-Americans will come out and support Hulk Hogan and his comments in the near future. I think everyone should be held accountable for their racist words and I am happy that the WWE removed him from their website and their reality series.

What does “Black Lives Matter” mean?


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Over the past few weeks I have heard non-blacks say “All Lives Matter” which comes from the “Black Lives Matter” movement which was started after the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012. “Black Lives Matter” is used to express the frustration of African-American men and women being killed by the police and vigilantes. African-Americans are not given the same rights and dignity as White Americans. Every 28 hours an African-American man, woman, or child is killed by a police officer or vigilante. Over 1 million African-Americans are in jail in this country. African-Americans have the highest poverty rates in the United States at almost 28%. The median income for White Americans is $58,000 a year compared to the median income for African-Americans which is $34,500 a year. African-Americans unemployment is over 10% compared to White Americans at 4.6%.

Racism and hate are increasing on a daily basis towards African-Americans. There has been many murders across the nation and African-Americans are feeling like their cry’s are not being heard. I am tired of turning on my TV and seeing another African-American murdered by the hands of a police officer or vigilante. “Black Lives Matter” is an important movement that is also trying to stop the “Black on Black” crime in the African-American communities. The movement is trying to encourage African-Americans to value their lives, love themselves, and increase a sense of pride.

We know that “All Lives Matter” in this world because we are all human but there seems to a pattern of killing African-Americans with no regard to our lives. The only way that “All Lives Matter” in this country is by treating everyone the same, respecting African-Americans and treat us like first class citizens versus second class citizens, providing equal pay, stop discrimination in renting and home buying, and penalize law enforcement officers if they break the law by violating the rights of innocent African-Americans. I should not have to worry about being harassed or killed by the police if I am pulled over for a traffic violation like Sandra Bland in Texas on Thursday, July 16, 2015 and who ended up dead in her jail cell on Monday, July 20, 2015. I shouldn’t have to raise my daughter to fear the police because she may get beaten or killed. I shouldn’t have to worry that if I drive a nice car that the police will pull me over and harass me because they think I stole the car. Over the years, I have seen White Americans be rude and disrespectful towards law enforcement and never received the harsh treatment that African-American men and women receive.

White Americans look at the “Black Lives Matter” movement as racist, wrong, and non-American because they never had to wake up and think about how their skin color will impact their day. White Americans never had to worry about being pulled over for having the wrong skin color. White Americans never had to question if their skin color played a part in not getting a home loan or renting an apartment. When everyone is treated equal than we can say “All Lives Matter”, period! Until that happens I will keep saying, “Black Lives Matter!”

I may not be active within my sorority but I am posting this picture in honor of Soror Sandra Bland! We need answers surrounding her death! May she R.I.P. She is now in Omega Rho…SGRHO chapter for departed Sorors.


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Please sign petition to demand a federal investigation of her death, click on link below.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/federal-investigation-2?source=s.fb&r_by=13471262

 

MTV “White People” Documentary


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MTV will air a documentary called “White People” on Wednesday, July 22 at 8 PDT/7 pm CST which will focus on race and “White Privilege” in the United States. “White People” is produced by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. Jose went around various states to talk to White young adults and teenagers. “White People” is part of a huge MTV campaign called “Look Different!” Looking at the previews and clips of the show, it appears Jose is really trying to dig into what it means to be white, male, straight, and privilege due to the automatic birthright that you get being the so-called right skin color. The White young people in the documentary carry different viewpoints when asked about what it means to be White in the United States. One young lady in a clip said, “being White is like you own this country”. This documentary comes across very real and not “staged” like some shows that are trying to discuss race in this country.

I am looking forward to sitting down and watching this documentary. I am not a huge fan of MTV but I support any program that is trying to address racism in this country especially with our youth and young adults. I think it’s critical that we address racism and the reasons behind it. I am hoping that the show don’t make people feel guilty about being born White but to understand the privilege behind that skin color. I hope this documentary makes White people see why they are automatically privilege, why people of color (i.e. African-American, Latino, Asian,Indian) receive scholarships, why minorities have to work really hard to be accepted in this country, why we have the EEOC, and why it’s critical to understand the “Silver Spoon” that White people are automatically given at birth. Sure there are Whites that are born poor. However, even being a White poor male or female sometimes gets you better treatment than being an educated African-American in this country.

As an African-American woman who has lived in Los Angeles, CA for majority of my life, I have seen what white privilege does for someone who is not a minority. I have seen the way the police treats a White American woman versus the way I get treated, getting an apartment or buying a house is harder to obtain in a decent neighborhood because of my skin color, people assuming that you are a single mother when you discuss your child, and trying to get a job within Corporate America is like a pre-screening for the FBI because you have to get checked out even more than your White counterparts. I have been told so many times that I talk very well or very articulate. I have never heard a White person tell another White person that they talk very well or very articulate. I have had to prove myself for many years within Corporate America by taking on more projects, taking shorter lunch breaks, getting paid lower than my White peers for the same position, and stay late at work until everyone leaves so I won’t be judged for being the first to leave. I love being African-American but there is a fine line in the way you have to carry yourself in the workplace even by the way you wear your hair, nails, and the way to say things. Being African-American is beautiful and stressful at the same time. I am one person that encourage conversations on race to ease the tensions and to learn about each other if we really want to be “One America” down the line. We are not “One America” when people of color are getting beaten by law enforcement on a daily basis, getting killed, looked down upon everyday, not equally paid compared to their White counterparts, and getting judged before even talking. I am tired of being divided, being treated as a second class citizen, and getting emotionally drained due to seeing so much hate in the world for being a different race in this country.

I will watch “White People” Wednesday evening and give my feedback on the documentary. I am encouraging everyone to watch this show with an open ear and try to understand everyone in the documentary even if you don’t agree. I want to one day create a town hall meeting where every race can come and learn to appreciate our differences. United States is supposed to be a “melting pot!” United States would be really boring if we were all the same race! Please share your thoughts on MTV “White People”. Also, let me know your thoughts on racism in the United States or your experience with racism.

One Love!

Ebony

Let’s Talk about Donald Trump Running for President!


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Let’s talk about Mr.Donald Trump and his bid for president. Donald Trump is a billionaire worth $10 billion dollars which is reported in his financial records filed with the Federal Elections Commission as of July 15, 2015. He graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a hard worker that is good at building luxury hotels, golf parks, and building wealth through hard work. He owns the Trump World Towers across from the United Nations Headquarters, 50% stake in the Taj Mahal, prime Manhattan real estate, Miss USA and Miss Universe, Monday Night Raw wrestling, and he was the Executive Producer of “The Apprentice” on NBC for 12 years making over $200 million dollars.

Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States on June 16, 2015. I have grown up watching Donald Trump in the news and on TV. I never thought of him as a political leader. I thought he was joking when he made the announcement and would hopefully drop out the race after a few weeks. Donald Trump is a successful businessman to me but that’s it! Donald has been in the news since his announcement for president. He is causing headaches for both political parties. He is a Republican who has given money to both parties (Republican and Democrat) to help improve his business relationships over the past years which is why both parties seem scared to speak up against Mr. Trump. He has been married three times along with having five children and seven grandchildren. I don’t believe in judging someone because they have been married three times. We all make mistakes!

However, what really upsets me is that Mr. Trump has been making statements that come across very nasty and racist. During his announcement for president he stated that “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best, they’re sending people with a lot of problems, and they’re bringing their problems to the United States. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” This statement instantly made Mr. Trump look racist to me and to other people of color. I understand that the United States has a huge illegal immigration problem but making these type of comments just divide people even more.

Mr. Trump is a person that enjoys causing drama. I was hoping that he would be something different, challenge the status quo, and make people be on edge but never say cruel and racist remarks. I have Latino friends who work hard everyday. My friends also realize that there is a huge immigration problem in this country and they would like to see more law enforcement at the borders too! They want their children to have opportunities like any other American. Those comments from Mr. Trump isn’t needed especially when racial tensions are high across the nation. The African-American community was dealing with police brutality across the nation at the same time he made his racist statement. Two days later after his announcement, 9 African-Americans were murdered by 21-year-old white supremacist Dylan Roof while attending bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. I never heard Mr. Trump send any prayers of sympathy to the grieving families.

I am still waiting to see a candidate within any party to capture my attention. Donald Trump isn’t that great hope at all! He isn’t knowledgeable about foreign policies, never been a governor or senator, and never been in government. He would be great if I needed business advice or guidance in running a business. We need someone who is for all people…not for certain groups but for all Americans, period! Maybe Mr. Trump could be a Vice-President but never the “Leader of the Free World!” He is too inexperienced and scary. I don’t mean physically scary, I mean his words and comments that are very offending. I think he owes an apology to the Latino community but I don’t think that will happen. He is leading by 24% in the Republican party which means he is the #1 candidate for his party. People are listening because they do want immigration reform, low taxes, jobs in America and not overseas, and a combination of liberal and conservative viewpoints. However, there has to be a better choice than Donald Trump! If there isn’t a better choice than I won’t be voting in the next election! I am not impressed with Mrs.Clinton either! We need fresh talent with fresh ideas! Please let me know what your thoughts are on Mr. Trump and could you see him as the president? Also let me know why you like him or don’t like him!

Until next time folks!

Ebony