I’ve actually been doubling as a photographer and blogger while making moves to relocate in August. Needless to say, I’ve been more of a photographer and less of a blogger. Maybe you’ve noticed.
There have been so many things I have wanted to blog about in the past month, so I’ll save you all some reading and give you some cliff notes:
You may be a racist…
1. Being white and growing up with black people does not make you an honorary black person. I don’t know where people get that shit from. As such, being white and having only black friends doesn’t make you using the terms, “my nigga,” “my nig,” “dis nigga right here,” and any other variation of the word, “nigger” OK. If your friends are cool with it, dope, but tread light and probably not at all when you venture outside of your circle. We’re not really that evolved yet.
2. White people: Asking a black person at your job if they have ever heard of or listen to some mainstream rapper, goes under the umbrella of “asshole” and “racist.” We’re not “homies.” I’m not your “homeboy” or your “homegirl.” You never ask your fellow white co-workers if they have picked up the new Snoop Dogg, so why would you assume I did? Black people are not as one dimensional as you’d like to believe. And yes, I did pick up the new Snoop Dogg album—bitch.
You may be going to hell…
1. Eddie Long settled his law suit out of court. Please don’t act like you’re surprised. Pastors, preachers and priest can and will engage in pulpit pimpery. People get ganked for their paychecks every Sunday without questioning where and how their money is spent. We trust our pastors because their oratorical sermons are magical and give us hope. But they’re human, and as much as we’d like to believe that they are disciplined from their “worldly” desires and humbled by a higher authority, sometimes they’re not. Sometimes they’re fraudulent. Sometimes they’re shopping your sons (and daughters) for their own personal pleasure. Settlements are not always indicative of guilt, but Eddie? We’re on to you!
2. It’s been said before, but in the spirit of Eddie Long’s expensive suits and his, probably very expensive hair-piece, made from only the finest of sheep ass wool, I have to address mega churches: I’ve never understood the need to have such large churches. Logically, I get it, you want to reach more people, you want to accommodate those people who want to support your agenda or ministry. I grew up in relatively small church. My pastor knew everyone by name. He drove the same red Oldsmobile to church until he died. He lived in the same house in the hood until he died. When he started losing his hair, he didn’t wear a toupee (I’m just hatin’ now). All money that came into the church, went to the church. His relationship with god humbled him.
I understand every Pastor can’t be like my pastor (and I still call him my pastor although I am far removed from any church). Some men and women take on their ministry as a full time gig and are allotted a salary like any other professional. I guess that’s cool. But I think to be paid by your church to the tune of acquiring private jets, mansions, thousand dollar suits, expensive jewelry, and expensive cars is gluttonous. And I don’t care what TD Jakes says, you may get thousands of dollars for speaking engagements, TV show appearances and book signings, and you may file that under “god seeing fit to bless me,” but it epitomizes greed and over consumption. You’re sure that’s a good look? Well, praise god.
Shit, maybe I didn’t save you any reading.