The Bastardization of Mental Illness

Interesting and great read, and its time we all start calling things exactly what they are. This was a domestic terrorist attack and it was 100% clearly No debating very racially driven. We all have work to do America, and its time to stop chalking up tragedies like this to mental health. This is why a large amount of people who have mental Illnesses, or issues based on Mental health DO NOT COME FORTH, because they are afraid that they will automatically be associated with the Dylan’s of the world. Something needs to occur to fully test these criminals to be sure if their claims are true or false and until they do find out, they need not call a person mentally ILL and deal with the exact criminal offenses they’ve committed.

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by Maira Butt

The killer in the recent Charleston shootings is already having his horrific racist actions deconstructed under the guise of mental health problems. Already, his case is being treated as nuanced and complex, his history, upbringing, personality and background are being dealt with gently, with a judge even sympathising with his family for what he has done. And as always, we think, why does this same level of sympathy and empathy not translate to any for brown and black people? For any non-white, person of colour?

At the same time we are flaccidly unsurprised. Yet the gall with which the double-standards are being applied is becoming increasingly explicit, if it wasn’t so already. Dylan Roof decked out in a bulletproof vest was…

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Unmeasurable Love: Tribute to MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER 

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On May 11th, 2015 My Grandma Transitioned to Heaven, and although she was 91 It was Unexpected. SHE WASNT ILL, and other than her arthritis she pretty much had a clean bill of health. My family and I were able to speak with her on Sunday May 10th, “Mothers Day” not knowing that would be the last time that we’d all be able to speak to her. Preceding her death all of her funeral arrangements happened fast and being the only writer in my immediate family, I had been given the heart wrenching task of writing her obituary. However, after doing so, at approximately 4:00 am this poem entitled  ” Unmeasurable Love ” came to me after prayer, and listening to some Mahalia Jackson and last but not least Bill Withers Song entitled “Grandma’s Hands”. I hope everyone who reads this gets a sense of  the awesomeness that was my Grandmother who’s name is Novella Best. Yes, thankfully I was named after her as well as my Paternal Grandmother.

Unmeasurable Love

By Novella Dillard
A Grandmother is a special treasure,

Her impact on our lives can not be measured.
Shes often Drenched in Loving Care A Hug to give When Mom and Dad are not Near. This Loss of you is hard to bare,We couldn’t have imagined you not here.
But God had reminded us all, that in an instant he did call. No more Sickness, No more Pain, No more sadness of this life will reign.
For you have entered into heavens door. Where Joy and Happiness is Forever More. Though We will miss you for a Time your legacy will forever be in our hearts and minds
We will always remember how well you could Sew and How your phenomenal cuisine made our belly’s Grow. More importantly the memories of times you’ve helped to embed the word of God in our lives.
Nearly 92 years of Wisdom in Life, We Appreciate you, and you know you were loved. Until We meet again in the Heavens above We will all continue to share in your compassion and Love.
A Grandmother is a Special Treasure, and a Love like Novella Best’s can never be measured.

TOXIC PEOPLE

In recent years it has truly occurred to me that in order to move forward with your life and become a better version of yourself, you must rid your entire life of clutter.From your living space, all the way to the people that you surround yourself with. Letting go may be a hard task to do but you have to ask yourself, Do I need this? Is this person, or thing truly a blessing or have they often been a curse?

GROWTH : RESPECTING THE PROCESS

At some point in life we must realize that, just as we grow chronologically, we too must grow mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. All of these things come  a long in our lives in the form of a process. It is also  for those same reasons that age isnt always indicative of this, but the willingness to change/ grow  and implement such progression most certainly is. Often times we all become so self righteous and judgemental of others that we forget to check ourselves and clean up messes weve made along the way, and begin to rebuild. We also forget that a huge part of growing up and maturity is understanding that brief glimpses in others lives is hardly a reflection of their journey. We all see that it is quite easy to become hurt when someone else judges us based on our downfalls. It is also annoying when we are idolized based on the highlight reels of our lives. So how is it that one can -with these realizations- openly make assumptions or pass judgments? Especially when it is simply to tear down someone else based on their past  or their success. If there is anything that one must take away from reading this is; understand that growth is a process and not only must we all change for the better, but we must respect other people’s steps in their own unique  journies  to progression.

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Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

Great Piece and Analogy brought up in Kendrick Lamars’ Album “To Pimp A Butterfly”. This Proves Yet again how very Powerful and influential music truly is. With That Said, check out this piece by Brian Mooney and you will definitely learn Something!

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When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). My freshmen students were grappling with some big ideas and some really complex language. Framing the unit as an “Anti-Oppression” study, we took special efforts to define and explore the kinds of institutional and internalized racism that manifest in the lives of Morrison’s African-American characters, particularly the 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove and her mother, Pauline. We posed questions about oppression and the media – and after looking at the Dick & Jane primers that serve as precursors to each chapter, considered the influence of a “master narrative” that always privileges whiteness.

Set in the 1940s, the Breedlove family lives in poverty. Their only escape is the silver screen, a place where they idolize the glamorous stars of the film industry. Given the historical context…

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Im Back!!!!

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Not So much have I necessarily been “Gone” so to speak, but I’ve just been uninspired to write  and quite naturally at times afraid to POST.  Not so much afraid of my content choices, but rather the way each piece would be received or understood. I know what some may be wondering……. What brought you back? My answer; Four things 1) MY ability to express my views in a unique way 2) My Love for writing 3) My Randomness in my content that can occur as I further along my blogging Journey and Lastly 4) The fact that my Domain name was about to expire and I hadn’t written anything, since the day I actually opened up a WordPress blog  lol So now everyone that has decided to follow me Thank You, and to all of the other bloggers/writers of whom I’ve re-posted their work  , Thank You as well. So from Now on I will be posting regularly. So please continue to check in on my blog and hopefully you all will enjoy the posts that are coming through right here on http://www.novieblendz.com 

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Breaking Down Biggie’s “Ten Crack Commandments” Into a Business Philosophy

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If you’ve ever thought about running your our startup business, the insights shown in The Notorious B.I.G.’s 10 Crack Commandments lyrics are easily applicable to your business.

Maybe you have overlooked hip hop as a source for business wisdom. If so, you’ve been missing out on a wealth of smart strategy.

According to the Huffington Post, in a book by Ciara Pressler called “Exit Stage Right” it details that drug dealing could generate a marketable skill set. Here is the ten essential rules

1. Never let no one know how much dough you hold. 

Unless you’re going public, most people don’t need to know the details of your profits or cashflow. Biggie’s reasoning is, of course, that more money can bring more problems, including jealousy and even shady dealings by those who are less than trustworthy. On the flipside, if you’re still building your business, you don’t want to…

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Five Themes for Writers and Readers

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In the past, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite themes for longform enthusiasts and bloggers who just want to write. Today, let’s take a look at five free themes, launched in the past several months, that offer a distraction-free writing and reading experience.

Radcliffe

radcliffe readabilityRadcliffe combines bold typography with a clutter-free post layout, as shown above. Ideal for longform writing, the theme works blissfully out of the box for those focused on lots of text. The default headline font Abril Fatface is strong but not overbearing, while the Crimson font for your body text completes this pleasurable reading experience.

Calling out text in various ways also looks fantastic — for example, the blockquote styling is simple but sophisticated:

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But don’t be fooled by Radcliffe‘s simple design. Your photography has a place here, too: full-width featured images give your posts visual flair, while galleries also look lovely, as seen on Sage and…

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The Goal Game-Changer

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Happy weekend WordPressers! After a good week with some promising upcoming opportunities, I found an article that made me feel even more inspired to stick to my goals! This one is a game-changer for me!

The author sought mentorship from a co-worker, who asked her to make a list of goals for the year. The author did just that, and came back with a list of goals that we good, but wouldn’t be challenging to accomplish. She could do them without question. Her mentor suggested she edit her list to include goals that were a bit of a stretch for her. The author was skeptical, but brought back suggestions that she wanted to achieve, but wasn’t sure it was possible. And guess what? She achieved them.

The moral of the story is this: When you make goals that are a stretch for the position you’re in now, it stretches you…

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#OscarsSoWhite: ‘SELMA’ Snub and The Recovery of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the ‘Magical Negro’ Stereotype

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by Montré Aza Missouri 

On the night of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards in which critically acclaimed ‘SELMA’ directed by African American filmmaker Ava DuVernay and staring Nigerian-British actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. managed to walk away with only one award, despite nominations in several categories including Best Director and Best Actor, I knew that the dye had been cast for disappointment. The day the 87th Academy Award nominations were announced confirmed that. The handwriting was on the wall for this historical drama based on a pivotal point in the civil right legacy of Dr. King. The 1965 Selma to Montgomery March which ultimately led to the Voting Rights Act, protecting racial and ethnic minorities from voter disenfranchisement was signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson later that same year. The fact that a film directed by a black woman had managed to make…

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