Category Archives: Leadership

Video Of Cosby On Black History, Motivation For Set Up? Sinbad Said Cos Was Disliked — Too Powerful

Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Must Keep ‘Cleaning House’ And Bring In New Cops

By Walter L. Hilliard III

So, unfortunately, Baltimore’s murder rate has spiked at 43 for the month of July, the highest number since 1972 when there were 45 homicides, according to the Baltimore Sun.  There have been 187 deaths in the city through July of this year, up from 119 as of this time last July.  And according to 32 pharmacies in the city, 300,000 doses of opiates were stolen during the rioting.  Some believe these drugs have emboldened addicts, and the perception or reality of a lack of police presence has motivated gangs to flex their muscles with one another.

Retiring Eric Holder Said It: Black People, You’ve Been ‘Had’ And Your Civil Rights Have Been Given To Gay Whites

By Walter L. Hilliard III

So retiring Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation’s Top Killer Cop, gave his final speech raving on about his, as well as his pappy’s (Obama), work with the LGBT community and said their issue is the main Civil Rights issue of this century.  What about Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and all the Black people killed by the police?  What about their rights?  Holder’s Justice Department did nothing about their Killers.  So the “We’re a nation of cowards when it comes to race” Attorney General Holder is “all talk and no action.”

Finally, Blacks/Black Churches Standing Up To Gay Community & Presbyterian Church Bullies

By Walter L. Hilliard III

 

Thirty-four thousand Black Christian churches (making up 15 denominations, representing 17 million Blacks), the Nation Black Church Initiative (NBCI), have had enough of being bullied by gay groups and their Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) group sympathizers and have broken away after PCUSA amended their constitution to include same-sex couples.

 
The NBCI President Reverend Anthony Evans said: “PCUSA’s manipulation represents a universal sin against the entire church and its members. With this action, PCUSA can no longer base its teachings on 2,000 years of Christian scripture and tradition, and call itself a Christian entity in the body of Christ. It has forsaken its right by this single wrong act.

 
“No church has the right to change the Word of God. By voting to redefine marriage PCUSA automatically forfeits Christ’s saving grace . . . . There is always redemption in the body of Christ through confession of faith and adhering to Holy Scripture.” Evans also said that their break from the PCUSA has nothing to do with gay marriage but everything to do with their changing the word of God. I’m not sure of the difference?

 
Although I grew up going to church and I pray daily, I am not necessarily a religious person who quotes the bible, so I approach the issue of gay “White” rights (are there really any other kind of rights?) from a commonsense perspective. I am Black and I do not like the way gays have compared homosexuality and their pursuit of gay rights to the plight of Blacks. And I have found it absurd that so many Black churches supported and allowed President Barack Obama to manipulate them into supporting their agenda to the peril of Black heterosexuality, and especially Black male heterosexuality  (which many of them fear).

 
Apparently, the disappointment with President Obama and how he’s treated Blacks over the last six or seven years is sinking in and Black people are starting to cool to not only him but also his gay agenda.  But now it’s too late; Obama has already done a number on us.

 

 

We, Black people, are always “running late.”  And when you’re always running late, you always finding yourself finishing last.

Preparation & Responsibility

By Walter L. Hilliard III

 

Many years ago, I sat in a college classroom at Kutztown University enjoying my exchanges with a “hippie throwback” professor who had fallen and was unable to climb out of the long gone ‘60s.   But his brilliance taught me a thing or two and laid titles on my views about a corporate-run American society struggling to stay on track on a runaway train driven by Wall Street and ignored by politicians.  And here we are today still licking our wounds after that train crash.

 

Yes, during and after college I was afraid, very afraid.  So I decided I’d had enough of self-important politicians speechifying about voting for them and decided that I’d go out into the Community and “do” what we vote for politicians to do for us.  Many moons and successful grassroots programs later, I still have little desire to talk with politicians.  I mean, have you ever talked to a politician (they’re all the same) and then have them give you that look, like, “Uhhh, I’m sorry, what’d ya say, I wasn’t listening?”

 

My Life Response:  “Uhhhm, sorry, I was simply asking you to get your ‘career’ out of my way so I can continue working.  Thank you.”

 

Activism and real grassroots programming is what’s missing in America.  And Barack Obama is viewed as Rock Star and a Messiah because too many of us have been “dressing in the dark,” waiting for someone to open up our minds and shine their light onto aspirations we don’t believe we can act on.

 

The thing about excuses: if you have them, you’ll use them.  Community and personal responsibility will always be our only saviors. Barack is not going to save us.

 

We all loved Michael Jackson for his talent and charity work, but he refused to grow up and take on his responsibility to be a man, always blaming his father, Joe Jackson, for his abhorrent behavior and unhappiness.  Swim around in your sorrows and life makes you pay.

 

Bottom line: after high school, you can start a family, fight in a war, or do anything you want to do so stop blaming your parents for your shortcomings.

 

Many of us are hiding our greatness in church pews and behind mates, but we will always be the leaders we are looking for.

 

Will Smith, a multi-billion dollar entertainer and businessman, said:  “If you stay ready you ain’t got to git ready.” Does Will know what he’s talking about?  Well, eleven or so of his movies have earned over $300 million, EACH, and every rap album he’s made has gone gold (500,000 sold) or platinum (one million sold).  And to think of all the rappers who had laughed at Will and said his rapping style was corny.  Ha-ha – I’d tell you their names, but . . . I can’t remember them?

 

Anyway, we should admire Will more for his community service projects, such as the New Village Academy he started in Calabasas, California, giving students with limited opportunities a chance to succeed in life.

 

Big Willie, or so he calls himself, said that what separates him from others is that he will not be outworked by anyone. “If we were both on treadmills,” said Will, “you’ll fall and give up before I will, or I will die on the treadmill.  While the other guy is sleeping, I’m working.”

 

What could you accomplish if your work ethic matched Will’s?

 

You Can Run from Your Greatness, but you Cannot Hide from Your “Self.”

 

There will never be anyone like you – your work can never be duplicated.   And don’t let fear, a self-fulfilling prophecy, hold you back.

What if Martin Luther King had ignored his desire to change America and said, “Nahhh, it’s too dangerous, I’ll just play it safe and chill in my church?”  Thus, there would be no Barack Obama.

 

And Dr. King didn’t have two brains. Would Martin accept your excuses?  I know your mama and friends are tired of hearing your excuses:  “But mama . . . .”

 

Are your dreams going to join the millions buried in the graveyard?

 

How do you awaken:  “Good morning, Lord!” or “Good Lord, it’s morning!”

 

And don’t let the unhappy people “gift you” their miserable reality.  Misery doesn’t just love company, it wants to move in.

 

Your Reputation Is Based On Your Preparation.

 

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

 

I remember – after agreeing to do a presentation for a few teachers – pulling up to the high school and asking my friend if there was a basketball game that night because of all the cars.  Needless to say, I discovered I was the only game going on that night when I walked into an auditorium filled with every teacher in the school.

 

I paused to smile at my friend, with revenge in my eyes, turned to the crowd, and gave one of my best presentations, ever.  I was prepared.

 

Talk Isn’t Cheap, It’s Free.

 

Talking too much is like Novocain, it numbs your sense of urgency to take the action your subconscious mind needs to help you develop the habits that will make you successful.  If talking alone made success a reality we’d all have everything we wanted.  “Don’t talk about it, be about it.” Waiting is a trap:  “One day I’m gonna . . . .”

 

“. . . You gonna, what – die?  Well, you got that right.”

 

Ouch!

 

When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail, and our world is the lesser for it.

 

Obama And Holder Can Cry Racism, But Obama Doesn’t Want To Hear Black Folk’s Crying Racism

Obama and HolderBy Walter Hilliard III

 

 

Isn’t it hilarious how self-serving President Barack Obama and his “political homey,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, are when it comes to their crying about racism about how difficult it has been to deal with Republican obstructionism as they have tried to carry out their government duties?

 
Holder said he and Obama have been victims of “unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity from critics . . . . Forget about me — you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee. Had nothing to do with me — what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

 
And not long ago, the president was whining about being sued by the RepubliCons, although he hasn’t directly stated that it’s because he’s Black in this particular situation; however, he did tell New Yorker Magazine in January of 2014: “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a Black president.”

 
Really?

 
In regards to other issues related to race, Obama and Holder haven’ done much of anything beyond paying lip service, but in Obama’s second term they have addressed prison sentencing disparities as they relate to mass incarceration in the criminal justice system. But even as they considered the sentencing of non-violent offenders who could possibly be released early, they then turned around and fought to limit the reduced sentencing changes to only apply to those who are locked up retroactive to 2010 only, meaning thousands upon thousands of Blacks will continue serving racist long-term sentences.  The changes only apply to the federal prison system, which houses 216,000 inmates, and the reduced sentencing will only affect about 6,500 eligible prisoners whose sentences will be reduced by an average of a measly 11 months. The purpose is to reduce the overall federal prison population and the associated costs, cost that take up about 25 percent of the federal prison budget.

 
Eric Holder, who isn’t quite as bad as Obama when it comes to addressing race, once called America “a nation of cowards” regarding their unwillingness to address race.  He also told ABC news that “This president has been treated differently. there’s a racial animus . . . . There’s a certain level of vehemence directed at me, directed at the president . . . talking about they want to take their country back.”

 
However, when Black people finally started complaining about how Obama was ignoring them during his first term, he had the nerve to play the Race Card on his own people at a Congressional Black Caucus event and us to “stop cryin’ . . . take of your bedroom slippers.“

 
Sure, we know that Obama and Holder are being treated in a racist manner by conservatives – even former President Jimmy Carter said the extreme opposition to Obama has to do with racism. However, the real question is what is more racist or anti-Black, Obama and Holder ignoring thousands of young Black men dying in inner cities because of gun violence, or the fact that their being criticized for racist reasons?

 

 

Of course the racist indifference Obama and Holder are showing to their own people dying in inner cities is worse.  Yes, finally we have a Black president and attorney general and they have done little to nothing to stop their own people from being killed.

 

 

Hypocrites!

Black NBA Players Need ‘Race On the Platter to Act’ – Then Back to Neglecting Black Masses

Stiviano, SterlingBy Walter L. Hilliard III

 

After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling because of his racist remarks about not wanting her to bring Blacks, including Ervin “Magic” Johnson, at games, NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neil said he gave Commissioner Adam Silver an A+; fellow analyst Kenny Smith said his instinct about how wonderful Silver was was correct; and Charles Barkley said “Wow!”

 

 

But nobody, initially, including most of the media and the players, through their rep Kevin Johnson, a former player and current mayor of Sacramento, California, demanded Sterling had to go, and if he did not, players and fans would begin protesting.

 

 

 

The reality is that the players, all 360 to 450 – depending on how many each teams carries, which can be 12 to 15 at any given time – are responsible for the league even existing. Yes, the greatest players in the world make it possible for not only the owners to make the money they make, especially from fans and TV contracts, but these mostly Black players, who make up about 80 percent of the league, are also making it possible for the NBA’s league office staff, which is only about 18 percent Black, to make a great living. It’s a situation that’s really no different than African slaves, who could physically deal with the sun’s excessive heat and resist disease, building America’s wealth by working in the tobacco and cotton fields for 18 hours a day.

 

 

 

However, what’s fascinating is it’s so easy for Black NBA players and the media to rally and criticize an overt racist owner like Sterling, but they never organize to speak up about anti-Black racism or social issues devastating the Black communities that produced and supported them when they were “broke nobodies.” And although many followed Miami Heat star LeBron James in honoring Trayvon Martin’s death by posting pictures in hoodies online, the effort was really weak because they continue to not put their money where their mouth is or go into these communities and support Black youth in curbing gun violence, poverty and unemployment.

 

 

 

But I must say it’s pretty funny to see bougie Blacks like Kevin Johnson speaking out against racism when he and his wife, Michelle Rhee, the former D.C. School head (and the woman who fired tons of Black teachers) are charter school proponents. Charter schools are typically privately owned business enterprises sucking funds out of the public or inner city school system, hundreds of which have been closed.

 

 

 

So the fact is that these Black “all of a sudden yaw want to fight racism” players are only demanding Sterling’s removal because he’s belittling them and their NBA Brothers, most of whom are rich, but they rarely have much to say about racism the rest of Black folks face in everyday life. Why haven’t they – along with Black entertainers – organized and attacked President Barack Obama to do something about the shootings and murders going on in Chicago and other major and minor cities? Why haven’t they organized and demanded Obama do something about double-Black unemployment, or the Prison Industrial Complex, or . . . well, you get the picture.

 

 

 

And why is it that the richest, most powerful Blacks are always the most scared group of Black people? Some say because they have the most to lose because they think White folks will take their money or halt their endorsements and other opportunities; however, nobody is really going into their bank accounts, and their whole “game” is about selfishness, not the well-being of the Black masses.

 

 

 

Point made.

 

Just a Quick Thought On White ‘No Blacks Allowed’ Music, Billboard, Rolling Stone, The Grammys, Etc…..

rihannaBy Walter L. Hilliard III

 

I was recently reading a Rolling Stone magazine article on a Black website discussing the sudden death of Rodney Bryce, DJ E-Z Rock, of “It Takes Two” fame, a song he created with rap mate Rob Base and producer Teddy Riley, when I decided to check out Rolling Stones website. As I scanned the headlines I realized that there was only one person of color among the 50 or so faces on the main page. And that one minority face was that of murderer Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriot tight end charged with killing his Black friend, Odin Lloyd.

 

 

I mean, who does Rolling Stone think they’re fooling with their “Whites Only” website?  But, then again, Rolling Stone magazine is simply doing what the Grammys, Billboard, and all the rest of the music business are does, but rarely get called out for, maintaining White supremacy through the exclusion of minorities.

 

 

Few know or remember that Rolling Stone magazine would not even put James Brown on the cover – until he he got into trouble with the police in the 1980s and was sent to jail.  How do you not put James Brown on your cover?  Huh?  Really?  You’re that racist?  Wow!

 

 

Yes, we’re talking about James Brown, an icon and the Godfather of Soul, and a very controversial socially conscious (?) icon who once even stopped a riot in Boston at a time when riots were going on in 150 American cities around the country after Martin Luther King was killed in 1968.

 

 

Black people, yaw better wake up and realize that we’re still on a plantation, a plantation that glamorizes a few highly paid slaves.  These slaves,  the Kevin Harts, the Puff Daddys, and the Rihannas of the world believe they cannot do anything unless White folks allow them to, whether it’s their agents, lawyers, record companies, or whomever.  And let any of these celebrity slaves start speaking up about racism or try to use their wealth and high profile to demand an end to racism in their industries and the larger American society — well, you’d better believe you wouldn’t see them in the mainstream media anymore.

 

 

Ultimately, at least our Black athletes and entertainers have a great deal more wealth and/or resources than you and I do, or “average Black folks,” so if so many of us can speak up, taking risks, why can’t they?

 

I would say things would be better when the tired old racist move on, but they are always training the next generation of young Whites to believe they are “entitled” and supposed to rule over Black people.

 

Don Lemon Says Al Sharpton ‘Is Not My Leader’

 

Don Lemon, Laura IngrahamBy Walter L. Hilliard III –

 

Why would Don Lemon, the light-skinned, “always criticizing Black people” Media Social Climber go on a conservative talk show and trash Al Sharpton?

 

Well, because he’s a Media Social Climber, stupid!

 

So Lemon, on conservative Laura Ingraham’s radio talk show, runs off at the mouth and says, “Many people think that African-Americans are monolithic and they speak with one voice and that there is one leader . . . I have nothing against Al Sharpton, I have no beef with him, but I don’t agree with everything that comes out of Al Sharpton’s mouth and Al Sharpton is not my leader.”

 

So, Lemon’s playing the ol’ “Black people are not monolithic” Card. However, isn’t the reality that we’re all Black, all were enslaved, all continue to be racially profiled by the police, banks, and everybody else – so why in the hell is it so difficult to agree that: “Hey! Get your damn foot off of our neck!”   That’s Commonsense Monolithic!  Lemon’s comment is a feeble-minded “White people gon’ get us” type of answer that Black people who have “Assimilation Flu” give, taught to them by the mainstream to make them feel like they have a shot at actually being “accepted” by Whites.

 

Thus, Lemon is a damn Wannabe!

 

Now, let’s get this straight, I’m no Sharpton fan. In fact, I probably despise Sharpton more than anyone except, maybe, Lemon, because he totally sold out Black people for an Uncle Tom president, Barack Obama, who does for everyone, except Black people.

 

But I will say this, at least Sharpton has done something for Black people – Lemon just showed up gay at CNN and got a job because of his sexuality, not his talent, obviously, and then got him a White boyfriend, kind of like a Black man becomes successful and gets him a White woman . . . uhhh, I guess that’s what he thought he was doing?  Also know that CNN loves him because he’s everything they want in a Black man, a non-threatening homosexual with a White boyfriend who will put him in his place if he gets out control.

 

I mean, are you realizing what’s going on in the media — that White men and women are so threatened by Black men, especially angry Black men, that they would send out an army of gay Black men as analyst, hosts, and guests.  Just watch MSNBC and CNN and you’ll clearly see what I mean.

 

Sad.

 

 

 

Obama Verbal Hennessy

Obama Verbal HennessyBy Walter L. Hilliard III –

Black people, the young and the old, love Hennessy like they love Cadillacs, reality TV (especially “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”), and fried fish with buttered bread.

But my question is can somebody drive Black people home, to the Promised Land after they’ve had one too many of Barack Obama’s shots of Verbal Hennessy? And on top of that, Obama done slipped em a Mickey and stole dey damn self-esteem, dey common sense, dey vote, and dey wallet!!!

You see, this love Black people have for Barack Obama is similar to the un-reciprocated love they have for Tiger Woods. The only difference between them is Tiger doesn’t say much, if anything, to or about Black people because he doesn’t need their vote. But I have no doubt that if a Black person happened to drive by Tiger’s house, Lindsey Vonn, his White girlfriend, would probably be the one to stop him from calling the Po Po. In fact, Tiger even told me (well, I was watching him on Oprah’s show) and Oprah he doesn’t like being identified as Black.

Still we love him, even if he doesn’t claim us.  The Black side of his family, his father’s side, of course, knows Tiger don’t mess wit’ no Black folks, either, unless your name is Charles Barkley or Michael Jordan. In fact, his brother, Earl Woods Jr., named after Tiger’s father, said Tiger ignores him and their sick brother Kevin, who happens to have multiple sclerosis.  But Obama claims us, at least in name/race, even though he’s all political floss and phony Black Swag gloss. Barack also likes to sang Al Green and take da-rock to da hole on the basketball court in his free time. So it’s probably just a case of the athlete and entertainer part of Barack “begging” him to claim us and not totally “let my people (Black people) go.”

I remember a Black female college student once told me she drank 28 shots of Hennessy . . . but some of her friends did even more shots. I can’t quite remember what I said other than “I don’t believe that . . . Nah, no way,” because my mind went numb after I was overwhelmed, having blacked out after I heard “28 shots,” after I came to “understand the words that were comin’ out of her mouth.”

And so it is that Obama, starting out as a community organizer, state senator, and eventually a presidential candidate, has been able to blend, ferment, mix, and create the perfect brand of Obama Verbal Hennessy: Black body language, preacher-like voice inflections, a pimp-like smile, and all this to alter the mood and mindset of Black America.

But the funny thing is that he sobers up when he’s talking to White folks, he has all his faculties together, kinda like how you’d be if you stopped at the store for some munchies and ran into your boss — you sober up quick, stand up straight, and clear you’re throat so you can speak clearly.

And, yes, White mainstream America is his boss, in his mind. This is indisputable.

And how else do we know Black America is high, high off of Obama Verbal Hennessy? Because what other people do you know that ain’t got no damn job (double and triple Black unemployment), are homeless (lost more of our homes than any other race during the financial/foreclosure crisis), are broke (Black wealth suffered its biggest drop, ever, under Obama), have just been hit in the head (police brutality), kicked in the ass (400 years of racial discrimination), and locked up (one and half million Black people in prison) would vote for a man that has basically said to Black people, based on his behavior towards us:  “Who Gives A Shit about your problems? Just get your dumb Black ass out there, stay in line, and vote for me!!!” And, oh, he actually did mean tell Black America at the Black Caucus annual dinner: “Stop Cryin’ . . . take off your bedroom slippers . . . .”

Yes, that’s exactly what he said — and we still went out and voted him into office for a second term.

So you know we gotta be high!

I would use Rodney Dangerfield’s line about we “don’t get no respect, no respect at all,” but this is worse — we’ve been abused by America, and now Obama and his Obama Verbal Hennessy.

You know, Black people, you can’t fly if you high. Yaw’ll jus’ can’t go ’round so down on yourself, beat up by 400 years of racism, and then pick up a bottle of Obama Verbal Hennessy, thinking you can drink away your problems, wake up in a drunken stupor, and everything is fine.

Why not?

Because:  “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” Frederick Douglass