Category Archives: Sociology

Birth of the Dragon: My Review of the Movie

birth_of_the_dragonThe new movie entitled, Birth of the Dragon, released today. I know there has been a bit of controversy between the filmmakers and Linda and Shannon Lee over the portrayal of Bruce. I must admit, I was a bit troubled by the first trailer of the film which seemed to focus on a supporting character, who was caucasian, rather than on Bruce Lee.

But I was still excited because it’s been years since a “Bruce Lee movie” had been made. (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, 1993 – which I really enjoyed).

So, as fan/admirer of Bruce Lee, I decided to go see Birth of the Dragon so I could make up my own mind, rather than merely listening to the critics. Here is the movie’s synopsis:

MUSINGS On A King’s Impact

Here are some of my musings on King’s impact. This is not polished and not complete, but they are my thoughts.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

Today is a federal holiday – more than a day off from work – but a celebration of the life, work and impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a preacher/teacher/speaker, civil rights leader, author, father and husband who helped to change the course of American society at a volatile time in our history. As I sit here thinking about his life and looking at my 15 month-old son playing on the floor, King’s legacy comes to mind. It’s been 44 years since King’s assassination in 1968, and we as a national and international community are still talking about his ability to galvanize and polarize a nation around civil rights issues and the true meaning of humanity, equality and justice.

FROM BULLYING TO BULLYCIDE

October is National Bullying Prevention and Awareness month and we must use this time to raise awareness about what happens all year long—every year—in our schools.  Asher Brown and Phoebe Prince lost their lives to bullying. Because of the increased frequency of this type of tragic outcome, the official term is bullycide: when a person commits suicide because of bullying.

WAKE UP!
I’m sure Asher and Phoebe are not the only youth to die within the past year, but their stories were covered by national media. So in a sense, they are the “faces” of a growing epidemic in our country. And their deaths beg the question: How many children have to die before we take bullying seriously?

The Death of Michael Jackson

THE DEATH OF A LEGEND

Some people are already tired of hearing about the death of Michael Jackson and the subsequent drama to determine what happened, who gets what, the state of his kids, etc… I don’t follow the news on Michael, every waking moment, but this is the price we pay when someone who’s rich and extremely famous suddenly dies. After all, Michael is one of the greatest – if not the greatest musical entertainer of this generation – who affected the lives of millions of people, with his music and life, across the globe. He wasn’t called the “King of Pop” just because he needed a title. He was undeniably the “King of Pop” (now people are asking who’ll be the next), so why would some think the news coverage to be too heavy? Anyway, I do want to share my point of view about Michael – now that things have simmered down just a bit.

Helping Our Young Black Men – Part 2

Click here to read Helping Our Young Black Men-Part 1

Any time I’m out in the community the question is often in my mind, how can we help our young black men? Just over a month ago I was on the shuttle between Grand Central Station and 42nd Street and Times Square.  A young black male got on the train, dressed like he was going to an interview.  He had an apple pie from McDonald’s, which he proceeded to eat.  When he was done, he threw the box and bag on the floor underneath his seat.

I quietly got his attention and asked him why he did that and told him that there’s a garbage can available just outside of the train’s door.  He looked at me and apologized for throwing it down on the floor, but would not pick it up.  When the train stopped, he got up and I picked up the trash and threw it in the garbage can that was no more than six feet from the train door.

Kevin Powell and Black Men in America

LAST NIGHT (Friday January 16th) I had the opportunity to hear Kevin Powell give a message on the topic, "Black Men in America: What Obama Means to Us."  Mr. Powell was the Keynote Speaker for a quarterly men’s gathering which took place at the Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle.  Let me tell you… it was one powerful presentation!  When he speaks, his humility, passion and intellect commands your attention.

For those of you who may not know, Kevin Powell is a multi-talented individual, working successfully in numerous areas revolving around Activism, Journalism, Business, Cultural Awareness, History, Politics and Entertainment.  He’s also the author of several books, the latest being The Black Male handbook .

His speech impacted the men who were present and gave us a lot to consider.  I thought about it all night and even went to sleep with it on my mind.  When I woke up, my next action was clear – I had to write.

Tuberculosis: The Next Pandemic?

PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:  It’s from James Nachtwey, an acclaimed journalistic photographer, and is about a new strain of Tuberculosis that is proving to be very deadly in 49 countries around the world.  

The problem seems so large and I as an individual seem so small.  It’s so easy to focused on our own lives that we are oblivious to countless others around the world who are suffering in ways we can’t imagine.  It’s easy to shut our eyes and close our ears and restrict our hearts on this issue, but this would be the wrong choice.  We are all created in God’s image.  We are all connected.

It could only be a matter of time before this form of Tuberculosis impacts Americans.  If it does… then we would want someone to listen to us and do something to help.   We CAN make a difference.  It starts with watching and sharing this video.  Then we can ask God and ourselves, what can we do to help?