In 2008, I was on the fence betweeh Hilary Rodham Clinton and then Senator Obama. I was anxious to see a women in the office but Barack did have the qualities of Statesman while Hilary had political expertise. It was quite the conundrum but as an election season I have never enjoyed one more. It was interesting to watch them debate, where issues were actually tackled (what a concept) and either would be a progressive move forward.. it was just amazing. Many of my friends were already in the Obama camp, actually they were voting for Michelle and he was just an extra little goody to throw in. I just get weepy thinking of all the emotions of happiness and hope that permeated, which makes 2016 a very sad year in comparison.
Anyhoo, what confirmed my affection and made me a pitbull for the Negro camp was ..Rev. Jerimiah Wright. As professed in Isaiah 54:17; "No Weapon formed against me shall Prosper"..what the Clinton camp used to destory made then Senator Obama stronger..in my eyes. I remember when the news broke a youtube clip of the infamous Rev. Wright giving his sermon at the Trinity Church in Chi-town. Only with a passing interest, I watched and fell inlove..literally and figuratively. As a more mature gentleman, also respecting he is a minister.. he was incredibly sexy.. but that SERMON. I found myself hating on the then Senator Obama, this was your minister and you didnt share?? Really Brotha??
The combination of theology, history, and political analysis..my heart leaped. I went back and watched more videos, watched him on Bill Moyers and the more I knew, the more I liked. He was presented as controversial, inflammatory and marred as race monger. Even my beloved President, then Senator Obama threw him under the bus to create a separation. Well, almost 10 years later, I was finally blessed to hear Rev, Wright at the Mt. Pisgah Church in the Republic of Brooklyn( of course). Mt. Pisgah is not my home church, there was a litle bit of travel to get there, feeling not so bright eyed and bushy tailed after a late night/early morning of fabulous Karaoke.
The sanctuary was packed, there was an overflow room but after 10 years I wanted to be in the same air space. I resolved myself to standing on side of the church with my less than comfortable booties but the Lord blessed my obedience with a last minute seat. After an afrocentric worship including the Negro National Anthem (with fist raised in the air..holla) the Man took the pulpit. At first he was much paler than I expected, like a brotha from the times of Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. He was also very soft-spoken, humble and time/life has etched itself on his body and seemed some of his spirit..after explaining this was a sermon from 30 years ago I was just like, "I am blessed to be here so I will just roll with it". His sermon was "What Makes You So Strong" based on Judges 16:4-31. Well, then the Liberation Theolgian was released, there were so many nuggets of gold I just cant share them all. One that stuck out to me was " be careful of too many ifs in a relationship, referencing Delilah with Samson..if you loved me you would..if makes it contractual,because Love is not a contract, its a convenant".. the foundation of his sermon was Samson's inablility to establish a relationship based on mature, responsible love as opposed to physical attraction. We all just hooped and hollered, between the guidance, scripture and just searing intelligence. The almost 60min preachin just flew by, leaving me wanting more of this fortifying word. ( You can listen on their website www.mtpisgahny.com) I was hatin on Barack even more, you had this for 20 years..I just get mad thinking about it.
Whatever the media chooses to portray him as, to me his a man who helped to shape a powerful Black leader with his uncompromising spritual philosophy and black nationalist viewpoint. There would have be no President Barack without Rev. Wright. The world may not know this, but this I know for sure. Leaving, I was elated and just as attracted to his sexy brillance as before. I see you Rev. Wright, and you are just the right kinda Pastor to me. #obama #theology #spirituality #revwright
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As I enter another Valentine's Day..as single gal I am in a weird place. I happily send or remark to friends Happy Valentines but inside I feel ..sad. I love everything about celebrating love, I know that this was created as just another way to make money off a day which initially honored a Catholic saint but I don't really care. Whats wrong with a day that celebrates the one that makes your heart sing, if your lucky. I think its lovely to send a note to the people you care about and say, hey bestie I am glad I know ya, love ya. We take the time to notice taxes, Presidents, why not the emotion that makes the world go around. It's also a marker of what is not present in your life. Whether its family, friends or that special someone you want to be entwined with.
When any part of of your love life is lacking, this holiday can really exacerbate those sensitive areas you would rather have untouched . If you are surrounded by people who are doing extremely well in all those areas of their life, it can either make you hopeful or homicidal with hateration. This is not a post of resolve but just the myriad of emotions this holiday can evoke for the single or attached individual. There are people who can hurt their union by not having the right present, no present or not enough verbal sentiment. There can be so much pressure to make this the best day, when its a day of acknowledgment but not necessarily magic. I do envy those with that special someone who will celebrate the wonderfulness of their significant other but no matter how things are in your life, there is nothing that can be the magical salve like a demonstration of love. Whoever and however it is expressed it takes the ordinary and makes a just a tad bit more extraordinary. For those who fortunate to be in the womb of love, enjoy and for the rest of others we will womb it up for ourselves. Happy Valentines!!!
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