Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Can You Hear Me Now?
By Gartrelle W. Sexton, Esq.

Happy Tuesday good people. It's been a while since I've been able to voice my thoughts, I hope everyone is doing well and your car didn't get stolen or you didn't get shot while just standing on a street corner.

MY MAN Bill Cosby has pissed some people off with his remarks about the Black community. I intended to say a lot about this situation but I have had this discussion too many times already. I'll just say this, Bill was RIGHT. Instead of being mad about poverty, poor family values, and poor education, some Black people are mad at Bill for simply saying that these things are problems in our community. You may not agree with the way he said what he said, but what he said was right. I don't want to hear anything about "What is Bill doing?" or "What about Fat Albert?" Bill has done more than his fair share for our community. Don't ask "What is Bill going to do?" What are WE going to do?

Now, I'm going to take this in a totally different direction. Cell phones. More specifically, ring tones. If you are not a 15 year-old girl with posters of B2K or Lil Bow Wow on your wall, there is no reason to turn your phone into a jukebox. It's not cute, it's not cool, it's not "just something to do." It's ANNOYING, it's LOUD, and it's just downright DUMB. You are GROWN, a simple "ring, ring" or "beep, beep, beep" will suffice. (To that big dude on the Metro that has George Clinton's "Flashlight" for your ringer, give it up. The Mothership landed in 1978 and unfortunately for me it didn't take you when it left.)

This Cell Phone Rant was sponsored by The DC Drug Dealers Chapter of B.E.E.P. Brothers Embracing the Existence of Pagers.

Randumb Quote of the Day: "Fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It's like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house. If you can't control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you. If you can control your fear, it makes you more alert, like a deer coming across the lawn." --Mike Tyson (Yeah, Mike Tyson said that. It even made sense up until the part about the deer.)

I will leave you with an African proverb that I hope will prove inspirational for you:

Every morning as the sun rises, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows that it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be eaten.
Every morning as the sun rises, a lion wakes up.
It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
Regardless of whether you are a gazelle or a lion, when the sun comes up you better be running!

Happy trails to you until we meet again...

Live from Barnes & Noble
by Salvador Gabor

This is Salvador Gabor, always on a quest to find the best educational tools and resources to enlighten you good folks on what this world beholds. I am in the Barnes & Noble on Alabama Ave. & Wheeler Road in Southeast D.C.. I know some of you may be saying to yourselves...."Aint no bookstore on Alabama & Wheeler????" Well dont judge a book by its cover and definitely always know that a crackhouse is not always JUST a crackhouse. When they are not using bookstands to snort on, books occupy those spaces as well. Well anyway as I sit in this crackhouse/barnes & nobles, waiting from my man to chop up his dope so we can go to the Run & Shoot and play some ball I ran across a book.............

"The Passion of Edmonds" is a great book to pick up. It is a book that entails the life of Rayful Edmonds, one of the greatest narcotic leaders of our time. Who else do you know that can literally throw away millions of $1 bills? Who else do you know that would give you a $100 Bill to go to the store and argue you down because you GAVE them back their change? We're talking about some major hustling baby. Im talking bout '88 Audi's in '86. Gucci flip flops and shirts when everybody was wearing coca-cola shirts.

This book has inspired many young hustlers to be about their paper and get this fetti thats to be made in these here streets. This book has been the foundation for a new religion in D.C.............."The Nation of Edmond". Not to be confused with The Nation of Islam. "The Nation of Edmond" (Pronounced Ed-MOND), has thousands of young kids feeling that they can be millionaires from crack sales. I wont give away the story at all but trust as a young writer once stated........

"Everybody wanna be Scarface but, they aint see the end of the movie"
-Jayson Phillips-