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Precious. We All Are!

This is not the post I originally had written for today. I wrote a post about Ronald Reagan replacing President Grant on the fifty dollar bill which you will read on the 13th.

I’m actually writing this with tears still falling from my eyes. Why are people so cruel to one another? Why do we hurt the ones we are supposed to love? And by supposed I mean, inherent, normal, instinctively, purposefully.

I just finished watching a movie called Precious. I know that Precious is just a movie but it got me to thinking. People treat each other even worse than what I saw in the movie and what adults get away with in the way we treat children is sometimes a crime. As I stated before, I was moved to tears many times during the movie. This is a crazy messed up world we live in. We pour out our hearts and open our wallets when nature destroys whole communities and that is great. What about human nature?

What about the nature of man? We are by far the most destructive force on this earth. I’m not talking about deforestation or pollution either. I’m talking about hatred and prejudice and gossip and strife and jealousy and mental and physical cruelty and abuse. I’m talking about the kind of destructive force that makes a person feel less than an animal because the words we speak or the deeds we do hurt our fellow man, our children, family and friends or even strangers.

Our thoughts and our tongues are perhaps more responsible and are to blame for more murders and deaths than tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes, tornadoes and earthquakes combined. The words we speak can murder the person we aim them at.

The words we speak are powerful and can kill a person’s spirit. The words we speak can and sometimes do affect a person for the rest of their life. We can never know the outcome of the words we speak. I looked for a quote on words and this is the best that I was able to find. It’s from the Bible. Religion and God have been coming up a lot lately in my life.

James 3:5-6

In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things. A large forest can be set on fire by a little flame. The tongue is that kind of flame. It is a world of evil among the parts of our bodies, and it completely contaminates our bodies…

So I guess once again my parents were right when they told me and my sister, “If you don’t have something nice to say to someone, then don’t say anything.

I didn’t read the book and I don’t know how well the movie compares to the book. As far as I’m concerned none of that matters. Precious was a hard movie to watch and a harder pill to swallow, but it’s therapy perhaps we all need to endure. Rated R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language.

Love and peace my friends.


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Oprah Winfrey To End Show In 2011

CHICAGO << HARPO STUDIOS >> My sources have confirmed (I’ve always wanted to say that), that Oprah Winfrey is calling it quits sometime in 2011. She has been a fixture in millions of homes for more than 24 years and she deserves a break.

Yes, I’m a guy who watches Oprah. I watch her whenever her topics and or guests appeal to me. I don’t watch her just because she is on everyday. I watched when she first introduced the world to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. I recently saw the brothers Jackson comment on Michael’s This Is It film. The show I think I remember most is the tribute she did for Black women, young and old who made it possible for her to be who and where she is. The younger generation of Black women who can achieve so much more than she did because of the older generation. I watched as Alicia Keys, and Gabrielle Union paid respect to women like Maya Angelou, Gladys Knight and Cicely Tyson. It’s both amazing and pitiful that there is a need for such a show.

I watched Oprah tackle tough subjects like incest, drugs, prejudice and weight loss. I saw the show when Oprah yelled, “You get a car, and you get a car, and you get a car!” After 25 years there are far too many to remember. I respect Oprah Winfrey far more than most. She didn’t take the Maury Povich route, she never went Jerry Springer and she honored the man, Phil Donahue who owned the number one spot when Oprah first started. Others have come and gone, Sally Jesse Raphael and Rosie O’Donnell to name a few but Oprah has remained true to herself and true to her audience.

Oprah plans to make the announcement today live on her show. The Oprah show is shown in 145 countries worldwide and an estimated 42 million viewers a week watch here in the United States.

Don’t be discouraged though. It has been speculated that Ms. Oprah will start a new talk show on her newly formed Oprah Winfrey Network. It is a venture with the Discovery Channel. Don’t worry about Oprah’s bank accounts either. She worth 2.5 billion according to Forbe’s magazine and has earned 275 million this year alone, helped by Harpo Studios production of The Oprah Show, Dr. Phil Show, The Rachel Ray Show and most recently, my favorite The Doctor Oz. show. I think Oprah should end her last show in 2011 by saying, in the words of the Terminator, “I’ll Be Back!”

How many of you read those three words with Arnold’s accent?

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