HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL

Ih he were alive today, Michael Jackson would be celebrating his 55th birthday. Michael is responsible for some of the most inspiring and outstanding performances ever seen. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest entertainers ever. I have so many memories of watching him shutting the place down, all the way down. This is a 1995 video of him doing the same.

A DREAM

Posted below is a music video by Common entitled “A Dream”. It is imperative that you continue… to hope and dream. I have started a foundation called The R.O.A.C.H. Froundation (Reach Out Always Create Hope). The foundation is established upon the belief that hope is an essential component for the vitality of human life. This post is in hopes that you will continue to keep your dreams alive.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Today is August 28, 2013. This day marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his rousing “I Have A Dream” speech. Today, Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter will all speak at the the Lincon Memorial (the spot where King delivered his speech). It will be interesting to see what they have to say. Below is a video of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Lewis, who marched with King, spoke at the march that was held this past weekend.

THE BUTLER IS #1 AGAIN

I’ve finally gone to see “Lee Daniel’s The Butler”. This was one of those movies that a lot of people won’t go to see because it is packed with so much truth. And you know what they say, the truth hurts. “The Butler” served up a number one dish again for the second week in a row. If you haven’t seen this movie, I encourage you to see it and remember to take your kids as well. This movie is power-packed with so much history as it tells the true story of a butler who served under, I think, eight Presidents. There were several notable performances. Forrest Whittaker adn Oprah Winfrey are definitely standouts. Can you imagine the stories that the real life butler can tell? At any rate, I am posting a video to give you some background of the making of this movie. Go see it as soon as possible.

HEY, I’M STILL ALIVE!

This is one of those weird stories. Can you imagine burying a relative and then they turn up alive 13 days after their funeral. This happened to one family in Philadelphia. Read on and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Does that family get a refund? I doubt it. This one is a nightmare all the way around.

By Matt Picht
Thirteen days after saying their final farewells to a Sharolyn Jackson, a Philadelphia family got a pleasant surprise when they found Jackson alive and well.

The fifty-year-old was pronounced dead after a body matching her description was found on a street corner on July 20. (Via Daily Mirror)

The body was identified as Jackson by her son and a friend, and was buried under Jackson’s name on August 3. (Via Legacy)

But just 13 days after her funeral, Jackson’s son Travis discovered his mother alive and well at a psychiatric institution in central Philadelphia. (Via New York Daily News)

Jackson’s father, Dave Minnie, told KYW about the moment he learned his daughter was alive after all.

“You know how you feel that you’re just about to get over it? That she’s dead, and then Travis comes here with the news that she’s alive.”

Jackson’s family was obviously overjoyed to have her back, but the question remains: who is buried in Jackson’s grave? The Daily Mail says authorities are trying to find that out.

A writer for The Stir comments the mystery woman the Jacksons laid to rest must put a bit of a damper on the family’s reunion.

“Sure, your mom is OK, but who knows who this other woman has left behind … and they haven’t even had the comfort of being able to say goodbye to their loved one. Talk about a mixed blessing!”

Authorities are now seeking a court order to exhume the body. The unknown woman died of natural causes on July 20.

REMEMBERING THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This video is being posted to assist in helping to remember the March On Washington in 1963, 50 years ago. This march was definitely a defining moment in American history. If you aren’t in the area and can’t or choose not to go to the march this weekend, try checking out Lee Daniel’s “The Butler”. That will give you a look back into our history.

50TH ANNIVERSARY-MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This is the weekend for the festivities to begin in the DC area. Last weekend,the festivities were kicked off in Atlanta. Check out the events listed here in the DC area:
August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the inspirational I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fifty years ago, more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington DC for a political rally which became a key moment in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Dr. King inspired millions across the world with the delivery of his famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Following is a guide to events, exhibits and attractions that commemorate the March on Washington and this pivotal time in our nation’s history. Please note, there will be two commemorative marches, one on Saturday, August 24 and one on Wednesday, August 28.
Rallies and Special Events
Concert: Reflections on Peace from Gandhi to King
August 10, 2013, 8-10 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at a free multi-cultural concert experience of sacred classical music, traditional Sri-Lankan and Indian sacred songs, traditional hymns, and African-American gospel songs.

50th Anniversary March on Washington
August 21-28, 2013. A full week of events will be hosted by the King children, the remaining four of the original six organizing organizations and the last living organizer, Congressman John Lewis as well as other organizations like National Action Network. The main event will include a commemorative march and rally along the historic 1963 route on Saturday August 24. The Marching route begins at the Lincoln Memorial, proceeds south to travel along Independence Avenue, with a stop at the Martin Luther King Memorial and then proceeding on to the Washington Monument. The rally will be held at the Lincoln Memorial from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Among the speakers and groups are Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till; Congressman John Lewis; Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader; Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; Randi Weingarten- President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Lee Saunders- President, AFSCME; Janet Murguia- President, The National Council of LaRAZA; Mary Kay Henry- International President, Service Employers International Union (SEIU); Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association (NEA); and many others. Participants are encouraged to take public transportation to the march and rally. The closest Metro Stations are Foggy Bottom, Smithsonian and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington Memorial Bridge will be closed to vehicles most of the day on August 24th.