Saturday, December 08, 2007

Praise God!: Two Years in the Game and Still Running...

Peace and blessings,

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has visited the blog, commented on the blog, or referred this blog to someone else over the past two years. I plan on finishing out this year (end of December) and beginning the next year (January) real strong, so stay tuned. In the meantime, stay blessed, encouraged, and speekonit...

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

On the Grind...





Peace and blessings,

Due to finals time, I'll be on this paper-writing grind for the next couple of weeks or so, so bare with me with the posts and updates. In the meantime, I would appreciate it if folks would hit up the blog, leave a comment, or spread the word about the blog, to commemorate the blog's two year anniversary this Saturday (12/08). Take care, stay blessed, and thanks for the continued support!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Spirit of Laughter

Peace and blessings,

I thought I would share these videos with you because they are pretty funny.


The first one is about the comic Michael Jr.'s experience jogging one night:



The second clip (comedian Tim Hawkins) is about what would happen if major corporations high-jacked some worship songs:



The third clip (Tim Hawkins) is about holding hands in church:



The final clip (Tim Hawkins) is about our food prayers:



What do you think? Funny? Not really? So-so? Take care, stay blessed and speekonit...

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Random "Why" Question of the Moment





Peace and blessings,


For those who know me, they know that I tend to be very contemplative and ask a lot of questions (I actually considered majoring in philosophy in undergrad). Some of the questions I ask are real deep and have a real purpose. Other questions are not necessarily deep in the "what's the meaning of life" sense, but I find them interesting enough. Therefore, "Random 'why' question of the moment" is dedicated to those questions that we may find interesting in the "non-meaning of life" sense. Feel free to e-mail me or post questions you have have as well. The only guideline is that they are not offensive or derogatory in any way, and that the language is clean. Also, feel free to offer what you think are potential answers to some of these questions, making sure to abide by the same guidelines. I'll leave you with a question that has been on my mind for a while. Stay blessed, encouraged, and speekonit...



Why do most stalls in (male) public bathrooms contain profanity and/or offensive and derogatory writing on them?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

What Are You Thankful For?



"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;his love endures forever."
-Psalms 107: 1 (NIV)

"In that day you will say: 'Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.'"
-Isaiah 12:4 (NIV)

"Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before."
-Daniel 6:10 (NIV)

"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened."
-Romans 1:21 (NIV)

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
-Phillipians 4:6 (NIV)



Peace and blessings,

Although I reject the historical associations that today may elicit (e.g. the "good" relationship between the Pilgrims and Native Americans), I believe that we should take time out of our busy lives more often to step back and 1) acknowledge the things that we are grateful for and 2) to thank the God, because it is only through His grace, love, and mercy that we can even have anything to be grateful for in the first place. I must note that I am not suggesting that those who feel they have something to be grateful for are "on God's team" and those who do not feel they have something to be grateful for are not. All I am asking is for us to see if, despite our situation, there is anything that we are grateful to God for. I am currently trying to get in the mindset so I can be like "God, if you don't bless me anymore in my natural life, I thank you because you've already done more than I could have ever imagined." I figure the sooner I get to that level, the sooner I can stop "tripping" over the little things in life and start showing more gratitude. Please take some time to think about what you are grateful to God for and post it here. Not just today, but as often as possible. Take care, stay blessed, and speekonit...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Discussion On Some Basics of the Bible




Peace and blessings,

Below is a conversation on what appears to be a Christian TV show and/or station, and a Professor of Religion about the
  • relevance of the bible.

  • Check it out and share your thoughts. Take care and have a blessed day.



    The Complexities and Challenges of the Jena 6 Case

    Peace and blessings,

    I've have been meaning to post these updates for a while, but I just never got around to it. I'm sure there has been many more updates since I first found this information. With that said, I wanted to say a couple of things about the Jena 6 case. In addition to this case being about issues of race and justice, there are a couple of peripheral issues that are related to these more obvious ones. One peripheral issue has to do with how people are going to interpret and respond to the media's portayal of the case. Since Jena 6, there has been a couple of incidents regarding some kind of physical and allegedly race-motivated treatment. The
  • incindet in Palmdale
  • involves a student getting apprehended by a security guard/police officer, and the
  • incident in Norfolk
  • involves a White male getting beat up by some African American males. In light of Jena 6, I think there are a couple of reasons why these incidents are occurring. One potential reason is that some people may want to use this opportunity to get on TV or gain some kind of recognition, or have an agenda that includes minimizing certain viewpoints and maximizing others. Another possibility is that the climate of the Jena 6 case has kind of set off a "chain reaction" in a sense such that similar events may start occurring in various places around the country.

    The other peripheral issue has to do with the our "human-ness." I think that there's a tendency to view people who receive mass media coverage and are portayed as victims as almost above human such that their conduct has to always be "squeaky clean." To address this issue, I think it is important make a distinction between siding with a cause because you believe in your heart it's the right thing to do, and siding with a cause because of the principle(s) or "big picture" that to you, the cause represents. Although I would like for the two to always go hand in hand (e.g. the actors in a cause always behaves in a way that is consistent with those principles that the cause represents), I know that sometimes that is not the case. For instance, when the rumor surfaced that
  • one of the Jena 6 was on video flossing some cash,
  • I would argue that most people (myself included) dropped their heads when they saw it and felt a wave of disappointment. However, the truth is that there are times when we act in ways that appear contradictory to how we are supposed to act in certain situations. The point is that whether or not it is actually one of the Jena 6 in the video should not divert attention from the principle(s) or "big picture," which in this case is the pursuit of authenitc justice for all races.

    I'm not sure if these two peripheral issues I raised makes sense, but I just wanted us to look at the Jena 6 case, how it's being portrayed in the media, and how people are reacting to the case and the case updates. By acknowledging the complexity and challenges of the Jena 6 case (and any other nationally televised issues of similar importance for that matter), it could help us make more informed decisions about the case and the side of the particular cause we are aligning with. I'm not trying to discredit these other incidents, and my heart and prayers go out to all the victims and families who have been treated unfairly by law enforcement or the justice system. All i'm saying is that with a case so politically, socially, and morally charged, we should be aware that there are plenty of latent effects that result in these situations, and thus stay pray'ed up so that the "big picture" does not get distorted or diluted by virtue of all these other incidents and rumors that come up. Whether or not these incidents are true, the important thing is that we do not lose sight of the big picture.

    What do you think? Take care, God bless and speekonit...

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    News Updates: Priest Involved in acts resembling Genocide in Argentina; Torture Complaint Filed Against Rumsfeld; Aliens Anyone?;





    Peace and blessings,

    Below is some information about a Priest being convicted of some "shady business" in Argentina, Rumsfeld being accused of being responsible for torture, and some astronomers are trying to doing some serious long-distance "calling." Take care, have a blessed day, and speekonit...


    1)
  • Priest Convicted in Argentine "Dirty War" Tribunal


  • 2) American and European rights groups
  • file a torture complaint
  • against former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

    3) Astronomical observatory specifically designed to
  • listen for alien beacons
  • Sunday, November 11, 2007

    Contemporary/Country/Rock Christian Music Section Added!!!

    Peace and blessings,

    As promised, I've just added a section on Contemporary, Country, and Rock Christian music. It's located right under the Christian hip-hop section. I've only included reviews and samples to albums that I have purchased and have heard. However, a few of the artists previewed below (e.g. Jars of Clay, Casting Crowns) have newer albums out. Below are samples to some of the albums I've heard and can attest to. I recommend that you cop these albums because the music and messages are good, especially Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, and Switchfoot. Check them out and let me know your thoughts? Any songs you're feeling? Not feeling? Why or why not? Enjoy, stay blessed and encouraged, and speekonit...


    1)
  • Redemption Songs
  • by Jars of Clay










    2)
  • Coming Up to Breathe
  • by Mercy Me







    3)
  • If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something
  • by Rebecca St. James









    4)
  • Lifesong
  • by Casting Crowns












    5)
  • Look to You
  • by Hillsong










    6)
  • Nothing is Sound
  • by Switchfoot








    Friday, November 09, 2007

    The Truth of Inconvenience





    "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,'
    declares the LORD."

    -Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)

    Peace and blessings,

    No this post does not have anything to do with Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth," but you have to like my play off of the film's title right, lol? I just wanted to share a few thoughts about an experience I had Wednesday night. After I got out of class, I got something to eat before I started walking to my car. Because of the crazy parking situation near campus, I park about 15 minutes (walking distance) from campus and just walk it, because it's all day parking. As folks living in the Bay know, it is starting to get pretty cold at night. Once I got to my car, I noticed that my gas light came on. My initial thought was "man, I really don't want to stop for gas on the way home." Therefore, I prayed to God that I could make it home without getting gas, and I would get gas tomorrow. The reasons I really didn't want to stop for gas were:

    1) I was a little under the weather, so, given that I was just walking in the cold for the past 15 minutes, I noticed that the cold weather was starting to get to me, so I wanted to get home as soon as possible. Furthermore, I really didn't feel like standing out in the cold pumping gas.

    2) On my way walking to the car I picked up a broccoli and cheese soup bread bowl from Quizno's (yes, I had to give you the specifics because it is off the hook), and I wanted to get home before it got cold.

    3) I knew that I had a lot of work to do when I get home, and I know that the longer it took me to get home, the more likely I would want to chill and procrastinate when I got home. I know how I operate, and if I don't "strike when the iron's hot," then I get complacent.

    So as you can see, stopping for gas that evening would have appeared to me to be an inconvenience. As soon as I start driving, the gas light goes off and I'm feeling optimistic about my chances of getting home before the gas tank gets really low. However, this optimism quickly waned, as right before I approach the freeway onramp, the light comes on again and the gauage looks real "suspect." Huffing and puffing under my breadth, I turn into the gas station to get some gas. Before proceeding with the story, it is important for me to let you know about my "gas station steez." For people who know me (or at least have visited this blog) know that I am a hip-hop head, and have a substantial collection of Christian hip-hop. Given my views on
  • mainstream media's "haterism" towards Christian hip-hop,
  • I make an effort to really blast my Christian hip-hop while I'm cruisin' in Justice (the name of my car). In addition, I tend to blast my music while I'm pumping my gas, while either having the window rolled down or leaving the driver's door open, lol. Normally I do this without giving much thought to those around me. My reasoning being that since we get bombarded daily with garbage that passes for good music or hip-hop, blasting my Christian hip-hop is an act of resistence, as well as my way of introducing people to a healthy alternative they may know little or nothing about.

    This particular time at the gas station, however, was a little different. As I was pumping my gas, I became overly conscious of my blasting of my Christian hip-hop. I admit that this is a result of two ethnic and age steretypes that I held at the moment. Because the woman pumping gas next to me appeared to be a middle aged Asian woman, I automatically assumed that 1) she may not be a Christian and that 2) she would not be interested in being on the receiving end of me blasting my music. I was wrong on both fronts. While pumping gas she asked me who was I listening to. I told her that the artist was Flame and the album as
  • 13 Letters
  • by the 116 Click. After telling her what the song and album was about (the 13 Pauline letters), she said it was good hear something different type of music. I offered to give her my copy (because those who know also know that I keep my originals at home, lol), but she said no thank you, but nevertheless indicated that she was feeling the concept of the music. She then told me that she was on her way to her church to hear T.D. Jakes speak. So hear you have it, a presumably middle aged Asian woman and a young adult African American male chopping it up about Christian hip-hop and church at an Oakland gas station at night. Tight huh? After we parted ways, all I could do was thank God because not only was I trying to avoid going to the gas station, but I had a complaining spirit once I got to the gas station. Nevertheless, God once again reminded me of the above scripture, and that sometimes times of inconvenience (perceived or actual) are in fact opportunities to learn a little more about Him, His children, and ourselves.

    This experience really taught me about the importance of viewing situations as opportunities for God to work in our lives. Who knows, maybe our encounter had to do with breaking down stereotypes and embracing the
  • diversity of God's kingdom?
  • Regardless of the meaning of the encounter, one truth is in fallible: God knows what's best for us better than we do! What do you think? Have you had any similar "interesting" encounters? Has there ever been a time when you didn't want to do something, but once you did you realized that God revealed something to you or about you in the process? Take care, have a blessed weekend, and speekonit...

    Tuesday, November 06, 2007

    Ideologies of Intellect

    "One of the world's most eminent scientists was embroiled in an extraordinary row last night after he claimed that black people were less intelligent than white people and the idea that 'equal powers of reason' were shared across racial groups was a delusion.

    "James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unravelling of DNA who now runs one of America's leading scientific research institutions, drew widespread condemnation for comments he made ahead of his arrival in Britain today for a speaking tour at venues including the Science Museum in London."

    "The 79-year-old geneticist reopened the explosive debate about race and science in a newspaper interview in which he said Western policies towards African countries were wrongly based on an assumption that black people were as clever as their white counterparts when 'testing' suggested the contrary. He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade."


    "Dr Watson stated at the weekend that he is 'inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa... because all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really'. He went on to argue that although one hopes that everyone, regardless of ethnicity, has equal powers of reason 'people who have to deal with black employees find this not true'."



    Peace and blessings,

    The following excerpts were taken from the first two articles below. I heard about
  • James Watson's
  • (link to bio: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1962/watson-bio.html) comments a few weeks ago. In terms of his claim that there may be differences between the intellect of Africans and that of Europeans, I don't see a problem with that statement per se. Given the different experiences of people who grew up in different environments (e.g. Africans, Asians, Indians, Europeans, etc...), I think it is plausible for there to be some differences in intellect to a certain extent. Much of our cognitive development and how we approach and solve problems in influenced by the environment we grow up in and how we interact with that environment. Therefore, insofar as different groups of people lived in different environments, I would expect to see some differences in how their cognitions and their approach to solving problems, namely because certain problems are more or less salient in certain environments, and therefore the type of environment we grow up in will determine the nature and extent of our interaction with that environment. The problem I have is with his statement that Africans are less intelligent that Europeans, because to utter such as thing suggests that certain peoples' intellect is "better" than others. All men were created in God's image (Genesis 1:27) and He shows no partiality (2 Chronicles 19:7; Job 34:19). Furthermore, He instructs us to not show partiality towards our fellow brothers and sisters (Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17). Despite these instructions, however, there appears to be something in our sinful nature that makes it easy for us to not only make distinctions between one another, but to associate value judgments based on these distinctions. Now it's obvious that God created a wide variety of difference cultures and ethnicities, and we should celebrate these differences as reflecting God's beauty and brilliance. The problem comes when we attach more value to certain groups or characteristics than others, because then we are showing partiality.

    Another issue I have with Watson's claim is that his so-called evidence is suspect. For a world renowned molecular biologist to claim in 2007 that Africans are not as intelligent as Europeans, and to base this claim on IQ tests in the 1990s that showed some differences between racial groups, is problematic. For one, many have argued that IQ tests are flawed and biased. Also, I don't see how he can have the audacity to suggest that Africans are not as intellegent as Europeans, given that many humanity's intellectual contributions to the understanding of the world (e.g. science, philosophy, mathematics) either originated or was epitomized and "borrowed" from the Egyptians, who are North Africans. Lastly, no one can dispute the fact that life began in Africa, which would explain why Africa is home of the first university in the world, the
  • University of Timbuktu.

  • In the book Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children (Gloria Ladson-Billings, 1997), the author recalls a teacher who told her students in her math class about the African Orgins of Algebra, and how the first definitive evidence of the use of Algebra were found in the writings of Ahmes, an Egyptian mathmetician who lived around 1700 B. C.

    In closing, I just pray that we get to a point where we can celebrate difference as one of God's may gifts to human kind, and to view these differences not as our limited, flawed nature wants us to view them, but how God our Creator views them. Given that we did not create any aspect of our being (e.g. brain), we are in no position say one group's intellect is better than another's. To start passing value judgments on people's intellect is to suggest that we know everything there is to know about intellect, and history clearly shows us otherwise, lol. What do you think? What are your thoughts on Watson's comments? Do you think that groups of people can generally differ in their intellect? Stay blessed, encouraged, and speekonit...

    1)
  • theory on race and intelligence


  • 2)
  • The basis for Watson's assertion


  • 3)
  • Watson responds to critics


  • 4)
  • Watson's institute does not cosign on his theory
  • Sports Edition: The Detroit Pistons



    Peace and blessings,

    I must admit that this post is nothing more than a shameless plug for the Detroit Pistons. I know they haven't won the title in three years, but I really have a feeling that as long as they stay healthy, the title's theirs. Below are a couple of Pistons-related articles, as well as two videos. The first video takes us back to that glorious 2003 -2004 season when they dethroned the Lakers. The second video features two of their top rookies this year, Rodney Stuckey and Aaron Afflalo. I think it's going to be the Pistons versus either Phoenix or Houston, with Detroit winning in 6 games.

    Who do you think has the best chances to take it all this year? Take care have a blessed day and speekonit...



    1)
  • Rasheed equates NBA to wrestling


  • http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21505333/

    2)
  • Pistons confident about this season


  • http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071030/SPORTS0102/710300307








    Friday, November 02, 2007

    Health Nutz, pt. 2: Joy in the Midst of Pain






    "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

    -James 1:2-4 (NIV)


    "Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly."

    -Phillippians 1:12-14 (NIV)


    "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus..."

    -Phillippians 2:3-5 (NIV)
    "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

    -Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

    Peace and blessings,

    About a couple of weeks ago, I
  • posted a piece
  • about this notion that one of the latent results of following Christ is that our lives will be healthier mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. For this second installation of this piece, I want to focus on mental health. Anyone who looks at the news on a somewhat consistent basis knows just how many "issues" we as a human race have to deal with. From broader issues such as racism, materialism, poverty, conflict, famine, and political corruption to the more individual -level issues such as anger, jealousy, lust, deception, selfishness, close-mindedness, apathy, and so forth, it is apparent that there can be dangerous consequences for being consumed by any of these things. Further, given that each of these issues can affect how we view ourselves, others, and the world, it follows that being consumed by any of these things can also have detrimental effects on our mental health. Studies have shown that stress may affect the
  • heart
  • and may also make us more susceptible to contracting
  • an infection.
  • Furthermore, it is now being argued that the pressures of consumerism may contribute to
  • stress in kindergarten and elementary school-aged children
  • . In other words, that stress is no joke mayne!

    A few weeks back I was reading an article on stress and coping for my public health class, and the authors discussed this notion of positive reappraisal as a healthy response to stressful or potentially stressful situations. In a nutshell, positive reapprasial is the act of discovering opportunities for personal growth (an perceiving actual personal growth) in the midst of experiencing a stressful or potentially stressful situation. Furthermore, it involves seeing how one's own response can benefit other people (Folkman and Moskowitz, 2004). When I read this, I immediately thought about how we as Christians (as demonstrated by the above scriptures) are supposed to give God the glory in the midst of our trials and pain, knowing that we have the victory and He will bring us through. Reacting this way not only strengthens our faith in God and better equips us to handle future situations, but it also ministers to those to whom we may be connected and/or have influence. As I continually get reminded of God's love and grace towards me, I am gaining a better understanding of why it is so important for us as Christians to handle situations in a way that gives God the glory. For one, I think that because of how badly the Christian faith has been distorted and mis-appropriated (historically and presently), we as Christians are probably the most watched group in the world. People are waiting for us to fall or slip-up so we can be called hypocrites and for our faith to be discredited. Second, I think that one of God's primary purposes for us is so bring about character change, so that we become better people. Now I am not suggesting that everything that we go through is "caused" by God because I personally don't believe that. What I do believe, however, is that there are times where God puts us in certain situations to show us some things that we need to see in order for us to be the people He has called us to be.

    To conclude, I pray that when we go through trials, we ask ourselves "What would Jesus do? How can I respond to this in a way that gives Him glory? Who will I influence by my response?" By doing so, I think that we, as well as those around us, will be better off spiritually, mentally, and physically. What do you think? How do you tend to handle trials? What works for you? What doesn't work? Until next time, stay blessed and speekonit...

    Source: Folkman, S. & Moskowitz, J. T. (2004). Stress, positive emotion, and coping. In T. Oltmanns & R. E. Emery (eds.), Current Directions in Abnormal Psychology (p. 83-87): Prentice Hall.



    Thursday, November 01, 2007

    News Updates: Brittany Spears' CD Pics; Marriage Formula





    "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved."

    - 1 Corinthians 10: 31-33 (NIV)


    Peace and blessings,


    Below are a few news updates. The first link discusses Brittany Spears' pics for her new album, which includes in seductive positions with a man acting as a Catholic priest. I want to make a couple of brief comments about the pics and why I have issues with them. For one, despite what the headlines say, it should be assumed (unless evidence proves otherwise) that the man in the pic is merely acting as a priest, and is not actually a priest. I know on the surface this disctinction may be seem unnecessary to make (e.g. A real priest wouldn't put themselves in that position to begin with), but I felt that I had to put that out there. Second, I feel that another disctinction must be made between the notion of human susceptibility to temptation, and how that temptation is portrayed by forms of media such as these pics. My problem with these pics is not based on a belief that priests are too "holy" to be tempted. On the contrary, I believe that we are all tempted, and to the extent that we are earnestly trying to follow Christ through our living, we are tempted more. However, the problem with how temptation is portayed in these pics is that Brittany and the priest are positioned in a way to where Britanny (via her "seductiveness") is in control, and the priest is at her mercy. Therefore, people who look at these pics first glance may only see a priest being seduced, and this pic alone is powerful enough to influence some viewers' perspective on God and faith more broadly. In particular, these pics may further contribute to the growing perception of Catholicism as "suspect" given the incidents of the sexual molestation of children. While these incidents are evidence that even priests can succomb to sin, the "big picture" doesn't end there. The big picture is that our susceptibility to sin is more proof that we need God, and that even if there is a time where we succomb to temptation, that God can, in the words of Marvin Sapp, make us "stronger," "wiser," and "better." It's funny how when it comes to people of faith, the moments of weakness are always heavily publicized, but the examples of righteous living (e.g. promoting social justice, representing the faith, healing hearts, minds, and souls, loving and caring for others) rarely gets media attention. But it's cool, because as Jesus' prayer told us what to expect:

    "I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."

    -John 17: 13-15 (NIV)

    Furthermore, whether or not it's true that
  • Brittany Spears actually claimed to be the anti-Christ while attempting to commit suicide,
  • the constant media headlines "detailing" her life shows that she is really going through some personal, spritual warfare and need to kept up in prayer. I also find it ironic that the same media what kicks her when shes down is the same media she is in turn using to "get back up."

    The second clip is about a mathematician who claims that through a mathematical formula, he can characterize marriages and "predict," with extremely high accuracy, whether a marriage will succeed or fail. I found this funny and interesting. What do you think? Take care, have a blessed day, and speekonit...


    1)
  • Brittany's pics stir controversy


  • 2)
  • Marriage formula
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2007

    Blackout: "Thinking Outside the Box" News Edition




    Peace and blessings,

    Below are some examples of modes of thinking that I think provide a positive alternative to many stereotypes that seek to label and confine us. Also, links to these websites have added to the right. What do think of the idea behind the book? The websites? Take care, have a blessed day, and speekonit...






    1) Info on the recently released book
  • More Than Entertainers,
  • which seeks to provide black youth with an overview of the many different careers that we as black people have, and to encourage them to think about as well as seeing themselves being successful. The book can be purchased through
  • Black Career Book



  • 2) A
  • new website

  • created by a black woman, for women in the ministry.

    3) A
  • website
  • aimed at altering the common stereotypes of black males.

    4) A
  • website
  • by a black male who offers information, tips, and resources for black entrepreneurs.

    Thursday, October 25, 2007

    News Updates: Southern Cali Wildfires; America a Nation of Fear?; God's Love for us as Individuals





    Peace and blessings,


    Below are a few news updates. Please pray for those who have lost homes and/or loved ones during these fires. Also pray for our country. Take care, have a blessed day, and speekonit...



    1) The Wildfires that recently hit Southern California
  • may start to get under control


  • 2) A very insightful article about
  • the power of fear especially within the U.S.


  • 3) An article about how
  • God loves as individuals,
  • and how we can learn to better love ourselves. God is good because earlier this week my friends and I were just talking about doing away with guilt, and forgiving ourselves for our transgressions once God has forgiven us.

    Holding it down: Blair Wingo




    "When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of Man is?'
    They replied, 'Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.'

    'But what about you?' he asked. 'Who do you say I am?'

    Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'

    Jesus replied, 'Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.'"

    - Matthew 16:13-17 (NIV)

    Peace and blessings,

    I came across this video on Godtube of
  • a poem by Blair Wingo,

  • Which I think is entitled "reintroduction to Christ" or something to that effect. In the poem, she touches on the various popular/mainstream conceptions of Jesus Christ (JC), and how they all get it wrong. She reminds us of the importance of seeking the JC of the bible, not the JC that fits our level of convenience. Check it out, spread the word, and share yout thoughts. What do you think? Do you think that Jesus is often mis-characterized in popular discourse/the mainstream? If so, why do you think this is so, and how can we as Christians respond? Have a blessed day and speekonit...

    Note: If the link does not work, then go to Godtube.com and type in "allow me to re-introduce the Christ" or "Blair Wingo."


    Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    Of Water and Diamonds





    "Cecil Rhodes sold war and genocide into the countryside just to get his shine on/I fear what the beards and his peers use to do/before the world really knew just to get they mind on/making paper with slave labor/and hittin' little kids with lifetime bids/making them cut and shine stones/inflatin' the price and making 'em look nice/and I wasn't thinking twice when I was puttin' mine on/ about a young shorty in Sierra Leone/ or other conflict countries that people call home/I figured I would never go to Angola/so it never did affect me/there maybe indirectly/ that my necklace was funding a rebellion or a military cool/ started by militias that don't believe in following none of Geneva's rules/I was brushin' off the haters, tryin' to be cool/didn't have a clue that rapper was helping the rapers raiders of the villages/pillagers of the schools/shooters of the innocent/torturers of the witnesses/burners of the businesses and my bracelet was the fuel"

    -Lupe Fiasco, "Conflict Diamonds"


    Peace and blessings,

    While reading chapter four of Adam Smith's "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776)," he concludes with an interesting distinction between two forms of value. While there are other things in his general argument about economics and the accumulation of weath that I disagree with, I found his distinction between two types of value important to our understanding of how things are generally valued within the U.S. today. One way a commodity is valued is through it's utility. For example, he uses water as an example as a commodity whose utility is unparalleled by another other commodity on earth (e.g. water is essential to all life). The other way a commodity is valued is through it's worth in an exchange. He uses the example of a diamond because throughout history and currently, people have went to great lengths and trade many goods to acquire these heralded stones. He furthers suggests that these two forms of value are often in opposition to one another, such that water (except in areas where there is a significant shortage of drinking water) has little to no worth in an exchange, and diamonds have no worth in actual utility (e.g. the worth an meaning attached to them is purely symbolic).

    As illustrated with the above quote, I figured that this distinction between something that is essential to life and something that is purely not, is important for two reasons. For one, the significance attributed to diamonds and the lengths that people were willing to go to acquire them, goes back many centuries. In addition, I would argue that the weight given to diamonds has increased since then, and infused within American culture in such a way that the acquisition of diamonds is nearly synonomous with that of diginity and self-worth.

    1) More information on
  • Cecil Rhodes,
  • a British man who captialized on Africa by seized control of some diamond mines and used the money to further expand colonialism. When you click on the link, scroll down past the maps, and he is the first guy pictured there.

    2) Also, below is a
  • freestyle
  • by Christian hip hop artist Japhia Life, that addresses conflict diamonds as well. Check it out and share your thoughts. What do you think about the "diamond situation" in the U.S.? Around the world? Do you think the significance attributed to diamonds is "out of control?" If so, what do we think we (individually and collectively) can do about it? Stay blessed and speekonit...


    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    Changed My Life Man (Glad to Be His Child)!

    Peace and blessings,

    I think a friend of mine sent me this link a couple of months or so ago, and I was blown away. It's beautifully done and the message couldn't be any more powerful. This skit was uploaded to Godtube May 31, 2007, and has since been viewed over 3 million times. That's around 750,000 views per month! Ok, enough with the math. I really want to give it away and just tell you what it's about, but it's better if you just check out the
  • Lifehouse Everything skit
  • and see for yourself. Also, share your thoughts on the skit after you check it out. Take care, have a blessed day, and speekonit...


    Sunday, October 21, 2007

    Health Nutz, pt. 1





    "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."
    - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)




    "You know, we're not just staying pure, because we're afraid we'll get pregnant. Not as believers. The world, they don't do it because they fear circumstances. We don't just stay pure because we're afraid of getting a disease. Now these are things that you got to factor in. But that ain't the only reason we're not doing this. We're staying pure because we love God."

    - Da Truth, from "Fourplay (Interlude)" off of his album, "Moment of Truth (2004)"


    Peace and blessings,

    While sitting in my public health course one day, I had an interesting revelation. During our many discussions and readings about the health issues facing us as humans (i.e. diseases, mental illness, physical illness), it hit me: to be a Christian is to be a health nut. As illustrated by Paul's letter to the church of Corinth, our bodies are temples purchased and set aside for use by God. Further, I am convinced that the extent to which God can use our bodies as vessels to do His will (e.g. spreading the love of Christ and thus changing the world) depends (at least in part) on how much we value and take care of our physical and mental selves. Now I must clarify that by taking care of our physical selves i'm not suggesting that we need to all be lean and/or thin, nor am I suggesting that for us to be overweight or have meat on our bones means that we are not taking care of ourselves. This is not what I mean at all. Instead, what I am saying is that as we ascribe to the Christian faith and doctrine, we are inevitably promoting our overall health.

    A few examples of the behavioral requirements/implications of our faith serves to illustrate this point. Preserving sex until marriage has obvious health benefits on two levels. On a physical level, a sexual relationship within the context of a godly marriage reduces the chances of contracting a STD. If both spouses were virgins prior to getting married, then this risk is practically non-existent. On a more social level, I believe that because sex establishes just as much a spiritual connection as a physical connection, that bonding with someone on that level can potentially have negative consequences if we're not careful. For instance, engaging in many sexual relationships may make it difficult to have meaningful relationships, given how one may have to struggle with these physical and spiritual connections they have with all of these people. Therefore, it may be hard for us to recognize the person we are supposed to spend the rest of our lives with, when we are still connected to these other individuals from previous relationships. Other examples of health - promoting behaviors that we as Christians are required or at least encouraged to practice include avoiding "greedy" behaviors (gluttony, etc...) and avoiding the use of faculty-altering substances. I think that consuming our temples with greedy behaviors and faculty-altering substances also makes our temples too "cluttered" to be used by God.


    The above quote by Da Truth makes an important disctinction regarding this issue. Although there are these and many other health benefits that result from walking the Christian walk, it is important to know that these benefits in themselves are not our motivation for engaging in health - promoting behaviors. First and foremost, engaging in health - promoting behaviors should follow from the gratitude for being redeemed by Jesus Christ, and the desire (via love) to live a life pleasing to God. Because God is like hecka smart, and thus He cares for us better than we care for ourselves, it "just so happens" that by serving Him, we are also promoting our physical and mental health.

    On a related note, here's an article discussing the potential of
  • religious faith being linked to good health.


  • As another point of clarification, I do not wish to come off as judgmental or as if I don't have flaws, because Lord knows I do! I just want to put this topic in the open as it's been on my heart for a while, and I pray that it's received in good spirits. With that said, what do you think? Stay blessed, encouraged, and speekonit...

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Contemporary Christian Music Section Coming Soon!!!

    Peace and blessings,


    I will be adding a "Contemporary Christian Music" section to the site soon. I'm a hip-hop head to the heart, but I also go hard on that Contemporary tip. Below are a few songs off of Casting Crown's "Lifesong" (2005), courtesy of
  • GodTube.
  • The first video is a live performance of the title track, "Lifesong." The second is a picture slideshow to their song "Praise you in the storm." It's funny how God may put a song on your heart, and initially you don't know why that particular song resonates with you soo much. It's not until later that you realize why that song has such a powerful meaning to you. Does anyone else have a song like that, or is it just me? Another song like that for me is Deitrick Haddon's "Amen" off of his album "Crossroads" (2004). Anyway (my bad, got off topic there for a second), the third video is actually a music video for the song, "Does anybody hear her?" It speaks to the issue of how people can "slip under the radar" if we as Christians are not on our grind. On a lighter note, I think the dude's steez who is dancing in the club during the second verse is straight comdey, lol! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself). Enjoy, share your thoughts, and speekonit...








    Monday, October 15, 2007

    Technology and Society, pt. 2






    Peace and blessings,

    In light of pt. 1 of this topic, I wanted to let you know about some alternative technological websites that provide alternatives to Youtube and Myspace. As mentioned in pt. 1, I don't have anything against Youtube and Myspace in themselves, as I use both of them. I just wanted to put people on to a couple of other sites that are more Christ-focused. The first is
  • GodTube,
  • which is clear in the name is like a Christian Youtube. The other site is
  • Cool Christian Friends,
  • which is like Myspace. Below are four videos put together by the
  • Community Christian Church
  • in Naperville, IL, which are parodies to the MAC/IBM commercials. I like the concept behind these videos. The first one deals with clothing conventions, the second deals with "advertising" Christ, the third deals with music, and the forth with the holy spirit.











    What do you think of these videos? Of
  • GodTube
  • and
  • Cool Christian Friends?
  • Have a blessed week and speekonit...

    News Updates: Income Gap Out of Control; Life Imitating Art?





    Peace and blessings,

    Below are a couple of news updates. Take care, have a blessed day, and speekonit...



    1)
  • The income gap is getting more out of control


  • 2)
  • Murder inspired by a movie?
  • Saturday, October 13, 2007

    News Updates:Racism at Teachers College; Social Justice and Christianity; Jena 6




    Peace and blessings,

    Below are a couple of news updates. Have a blessed weekend and speekonit...



    1)
  • Mychal Bell ordered back to jail


  • 2)
  • Noose found on the door of a Teacher's College Professor


  • 3) An article dicussing the
  • similarities and differences between social justice and Christianity,
  • and how to avoid the "good person" paradigm.

    Friday, October 12, 2007

    Technology and Society, pt. 1






    "She's so young with so much pain/there's so many things Shante wishes she can change/
    So what she does is spend hours of the day/meeting new friends in her own little place/
    Just today she counted and 300 friends/most of them young, but yet some were older men/
    But it's ok/Shante says that's safe/her own little place to get away, her myspace"

    -Flame
    "Myspace" off of the album, "Our World Fallen"

    Peace and blessings,

    I was in class a few weeks back and came across a very interesting article. The article explored the potential causes for adolescents choosing to participate in risky health behaviors, such as substance use, sex, and so forth. The author, Laurence Steinberg (2007) presents a neuroscience perspective on adolescent risk taking, which argues that choosing to engage in risky behavior is largely depends on which networks in your brain are more salient during a given period in your lifetime. In other words, the argument is that there are times in our lifetime when the socioemotional network (SEN) in our brains, which operate primarily on emotion, arousal, and impulse, is more salient than the cognitive control network (CCN), which primarily deals with thinking things through, weighing the costs of our decisions, and thus regulating our behavior. This is what is believed to being going on in adolescence (Steinberg, 2007). One of the findings which supports this perspective is that in general, antisocial peer pressure is most very influential in pre-adolescence and mid-adolescence (i.e. around puberty), where the gap between the SEN and CCN is the largest, in favor of the SEN. Therefore, because peer pressure can appeal to one's emotional arousal (i.e. a person getting "hyped" up when your peers are encouraging him or her to do something), it's no surpsrise that many of the risk behaviors adolescents engage in are also often shared by their peers. As people move into late adolescence and adulthood, the CCN becomes more and salient, helping one to make decisions that take the costs of one's behaviors into consideration (via logic, reasoning, reflection, ect...) (2004, cited in Steinberg, 2007). The implication from this article is that because since the mere presence of peers provides rewards (e.g. encouragement, arousal, approval) for one's behavior, then this social influence will be more important in an adolescent's decision to engage in risky behaviors than any other rewards the adolescent would factor into their decision when alone (Steinberg, 2007).

    Given that I am in the social sciences (education and human development), this article was of great interest to me because it presented a perspective on pre-adolescent and adolecent behavior that I have not been exposed to. What really interested me as a developmentalist is the idea that during adolescence, whether or not adolescents are making decisions in a solitary context (i.e. alone) or social context (i.e. in the presence of peers) can have a profound impact on the decisions adolescents will generally make. With the advancements in technology and the mass incorporation of these advancements into just about every aspect of many societies, it seems like the distinction between the solitary and the social has been blurred. For instance, with the development of the internet, and most recently Myspace, Facebook, and Youtube (just to name a few), one can be in a solitary context (e.g. in one's room by oneself), while at the same time communicating and participating within a social context via the internet (e.g. video chatrooms, being apart of various Myspace and Facebook networks and groups, etc...). This idea of simultaneously being in a solitary and social context makes this issue of technology and society an issue of great importance. As an avid internet user, I personally do not have an issue with things such as Myspace, Facebook, and Youtube, because I use all three. However, I wonder about what having this kind of social access does for younger children and adolescents, especially when they are being exposed (via observing the behavior of others, the TV, etc...) to certain themes, images, and behaviors at a younger age. I know what my mentality was during pre- and mid-adolescence, and let's just say that my having access to these social mediums back then would have been "all bad." Like with anything else, I think that these technological advancements can be beneficial in may ways. However, if not used properly and if unchecked, these mediums can be detrimental as well. Everytime I sign on to my Myspace page i'm presented with images and adds that I don't need to see. And i'm just signing on to check my messages! As more people are becoming connected through these mediums, it is important that we are conscious or and careful of how we use them, and especially how the youth are using them (or whether or not they should be using them at all). Most importantly, we must stay prayed up that God gives us discernment as to how to use these mediums to further our relationship with him and for the betterment of our fellow brothers and sisters, especially for the youth. If not, then we must ask ourselves: Are these technological advancements really "advancing" our society?

    Below are a couple of articles I came across related to this issue. Also below, is a live performance and audio track of the song "Myspace" by Flame, who addresses the Myspace phenonemon. What do you think? Take care, stay blessed, and speekonit...


    1)
  • A teen who made a fake ASA Coon page on myspace


  • 2)
  • Schools and libraries respond to the Myspace phenomenon








  • *Steinberg, L. (2007). Risk taking in adolescence: new perspectives from brain and behavioral science, CURRENT DIRECTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 55-59

    Tuesday, October 09, 2007

    Jena 6 and the Little Rock 9





    Peace and blessings,

    Below are videos from "Democracy Now's" special on the Jena 6 and the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine (parts 1-4), and video of parents of 2 of the 6 speaking out. The incident of the Little Rock 9 have made their way into classrooms across the country, thanks to Facing History and Ourselves'
  • study guide for teachers.
  • Speaking of the Little Rock Nine, there's a lady in my church who went to high school with some of the parents of the Little Rock Nine. Talk about history! Also, it appears that
  • some students may be mocking the Jena 6 case.
  • I don't know for sure if they are mocking the Jena 6, but the clip is suspect nonetheless. Come to think of it, I wouldn't be surprised if they were. As always, feel free to share your thoughts on the recent developments of the Jena 6 case, and/or the Little Rock Nine. Stay blessed, encouraged, and speekonit...














    Sunday, October 07, 2007

    Where's the National Attention and Response?: The Case of Dunbar Village, pt. 2



    Peace and blessings,

    Last week, I included an article on the incident in Dunbar Village, a housing development in Florida. The argument made at
  • What About Our Daughters
  • was that given the other incidents involving criminal acts and/or the lack of justice that have received consistent, national attention, the Dunbar Village incident should have received much more coverage and elicited much more reaction from the nation's leaders than it has. Now by "attention" I don't mean we should be bombarded with the incident constantly. I am referring to attention in a more moral sense, as a reminder of how bad we can treat one another if we are not constantly guarding our mind and spirit. On a personal note, I think this argument is valid because it seemed like since the initial article in which I heard about this horrific event months ago, I haven't really heard much more on the issue. For one, no one should have to experience what that woman and her son experienced. I will continue to keep them in my prayers and pray that God restores their life two-fold. I equally pray for the young men who committed this crime, because the nature of this act is proof of the spiritual warfare that exists, and we must constantly guard ourselves. I pray that they seek Christ, receive forgiveness, forgive themselves, and transform their lives according to His will (Romans 12:2).

    Hearing things like this truly hurts my heart. One cannot read about this incident and not feel for the victims. The more I think about it, the more I am perplexed as to why there is not more of a national response on behalf of leaders to not only bring closure to this issue and to do what's needed to help out the victims in any way possible, but also to make sure that we as a nation, as people, are more careful about how we treat each other, and more aware of our need to pray for and look out for each other. In a nutshell, this should not have happened. Below are a few articles on the incident. Even in writing this post I am late and behind in terms of the most recent updates, so I'll make sure to provide updates as I find them. Let me know your thoughts on the issue. Take care and speekonit...


    1)
  • Info center for the Dunbar Village Incident


  • 2)
  • Family discusses details of the event


  • 3)
  • Pharmacy donates medicine to the mother and her son


  • Thursday, October 04, 2007

    News Updates: Hate Crime in the Town?; NBA player hurt by the condition of his hometown; Rescue efforts for miners in South Africa





    Peace and blessings,

    Below are a couple of articles last week that caught my attention, as well as an update on the rescue efforts for the miners who were trapped in a gold mine in South Africa. Continue to stay blessed, pray'ed up, and speekonit...


    1) As of last week, cops are probing
  • a hate crime in The Town



  • 2) Also last week, an article came about discussing
  • Samuel Dalembert's trip back home to Haiti.


  • 3) And this week, the rescue efforts for the 3,000 plus miners trapped in a gold mine in South Africa
  • started
  • and
  • ended
  • successfully, praise God.

    Tuesday, October 02, 2007

    Where's the National Attention and Response?: The Case of Dunbar Village, pt. 1

    Peace and blessings,

    With all of the attention given to Jena 6 and the influence of hip-hop on the youth, you would think that we as a nation would have hightened senses to ALL immoral and heinous acts which threaten the human condition. Unfortately I was wrong. As someone who is always on the internet and checking e-mail (and therefore always coming across national news headlines), I don't understand why I am just hearing about this issue. Now a couple of months back I read an article on a woman who was raped and her child watched, but I'm not sure if this is the same incident. The point is that this issue needs to get more attention. Big props to
  • What About Our Daughters.
  • for working to put this issue in the forefront of America's consciousness. Here is
  • an update on the situation,
  • and below is a video tralier about the incident at Dunbar Village and the lack of response from national figures and organizations. More on this issue is coming shortly. More info on this issue, as well as how to get involved, can be found at
  • What About Our Daughters.


  • In the meantime, stay blessed, encouraged, and make sure to keep the victims, the suspects, and the situation in prayer. Share your thoughts and speekonit...


    Important Perspectives: Jena 6, Racism in the Church, Anti-violence protests in Chicago, and more...

    Peace and blessings,

    Below are a few articles that I came across, which offer some important perspectives on many of the issues facing us as God's children. In addition to reading about these and other issues, I also encourage us to continually and fervently take these issues up in prayer. Take care, stay blessed, and speekonit...

    1) A Bishop and pastor discuss
  • how the Jena 6 case may reflect larger racial issues that are affecting the body of Christ



  • 2) An Op-ed contributor to the NY Times
  • argues that the racism within the justice system is only a fraction of the larger issues plauging black families.


  • 3) The Million Father March comes to the West Coast, holla! Videos on the Million Father March in Sacramento, CA, and the Black Cross March protesting youth violence in Chicago:
  • Click Here




  • Saturday, September 29, 2007

    Jena 6 Updates



    Peace and blessings,

    First off, I wanted to say thanks to those who have sent me updates and information regarding the case. Please continue to do so as this case unfolds. Below are some links to some articles that provide some updates on the case, as well as offer some different perspectives in which to view the situation. Although I did not include the article, the courts ruled that Mychal Bell's case is to be decided in Juvenile court. I am particularly interested in people's reactions to the last article, and context in which the DA brings Jesus Christ into the picture. Do you agree with the DA, with the Minister who somewhat disagreed with the DA's statement, or both? Take care, God bless, and speekonit...



    1)
  • A stranger reaches out to Mychal Bell and his family
  • by posting his bail.


    2)
  • How remnants of the Jim Crow era are still alive
  • and coming after the youth.

    3)
  • A critical look at the 9/21 protests in Jena
  • and the complex ways in which racism has and continues to plague Jena, and thus America as a whole.

    4)
  • A detailed summary of the Jena 6 case.


  • 5)
  • The Congressional Black Caucus gets involved.


  • 6) DA who prosecuted the Jena 6 says that
  • the protests in Jena were safe and peaceful because of the 'Lord Jesus Christ.'
  • Friday, September 28, 2007

    International Day of Peace in "The Town"


    Peace and blessings,


    "God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God."

    -Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

    About a week or so ago, I posted a piece on a postive dialogue that took place between
  • a Christian, a Muslim, and an Atheist,
  • and discussed a couple of ways in which this dialogue can hopefylly be indicative of inter-belief discussions that need to take place in this increasingly diverse country and world. As of last Friday, 9/21, another example of hope emerged as the
  • International Day of Peace was held in Oakland, Ca.
  • The event, which was held in downtown, brought together different organizations and faiths (e.g. Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders to name a few) to pray (and fast) for and promote peace in Oakland.




    This event was part of the larger
  • International Day of Peace,
  • which was established via the passing of a resolution in 1981, and updated on 2001 to be held on September 21 of every year. This day of peace,


    “Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.”
    Quote taken from
  • World Peace.




  • For anyone who attended, please share your thoughts on how the event went. For those who did not attend or who are hearing about this for the first time, what do you think about the idea? What does/would peace look like to you? Personal? Domestic? Global? Stay blessed, encouraged, and speekonit...

    Wednesday, September 26, 2007

    Heavy Rotation: Christian Hip-Hop in 2007

    Peace and blessings,

    I must say that 2007 has been a great year. Not just because biblically "7" represents the year of completion and freedom (i.e. the year of Jubilee), but also because of the abundance of lyrically and musically solid Christian hip-hop that has came out this year. Although I'm sure there is a ton of good Christian hip-hop that has come out this year (check the website links in the "Holy Hip Hop Resources" section to find out for yourself), I can only speak on the albums that I have personally copped and listened to. Therefore, below are five albums that have been released in 2007, each accompanied by a lyrical quote from the album. A couple of these quotes, as well as the reviews to these albums (which can also be found in the HHH Resources section), are courtesy of
  • Rapzilla,
  • and excellent site for all things Christian Hip Hop. Feel free to share your thoughts on any of these albums that you may have. Until next time, stay blessed and speekonit...




    1) "Open Book" by Da Truth




    From the song "Star Struck:"

    "No, He’s not common at all/ All eyes on Him/Hold your jewels, we gotta priceless gem/Who else can pay the price for sin/ Nobody, and build a whole body/Like a private gym/ Nobody, nobody but Him/He’s Superman but godly, embodied in Clark Kent/ yeah, He came to save the day/ Why would you trade Him to play/ In a crooked world that is fading away?/ Candy paint and wood grain decay, ok?"


    2) "HIStory: Our Place in His Story" by Cross Movement



    From the song "Spare Change:"

    "We lost Truth in this period/and proof is so mysterious/losing absolutes is so serious/how we think we gon' live when everything's relative/is anybody curious?//without a standard of Truth society's deranged/that's why I'm up in your ear begging for change."



    3) "13 Letters" by 116 Click





    From the song "Evolution:"

    "I was a slave to the night life, sex and the chronic/the unki-jerk(?), mad dog, gin and tonic/then God pulled my heart strings, yeah He's harmonic/now i'm gonna live forever I'm bionic/put death in a joke hold and slammed it like onyx/so we can slam dance in heaven it's ironic/after years of research these scientists couldn't figure/how I acted like an ape but evolved from a sinner"



    4) "Our World Fallen" by Flame



    From the song "Call Him:"

    "Let's take a look at the fall man/the One who came down, put His foot on the raw land/gotta question 'do you know who you are man?'/or do you assume that you can do what the Lord can?/I know it's hard fam, trying to live life/lookin' to the left and nobody is livin' right/lookin' to the right everybody is livin' wrong/like we livin' in a movie and doin' it to a song/are your influences throwin' you a zone?/influencin' you to want to do what you're most prone/you Christ He left His heavenly home/not just that, He left his heavenly throne/just to bring Ebony home/or whatever your name is/He definately claims His/plus exhanges filth to anguish/guilt and pain/and makes us stainless"



    5) "The Process of Illumination and Elimination" by Everyday Process





    From the song "Holla at Me:"

    " I guess to say that the Rock's in the building/2000 years flawless He's still rockin' His children/A monument like Plymoth Rock for His Pilgrims/In fact, the impact has got me rocked for a million/Strict life and I don't play in the streets/strict diet, I stay away from the sweets/excuse me kid if he don't eat the king's meat/I'm on my Shadrach tell them boys go 'head bring heat"