Sunday, April 20, 2014

BOBBEE BEE: STAND BY ME


BOBBEE BEE: FIGHT LESS; LOVE MORE

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In the midst of counseling sessions, I have discovered that many married couples have never received instruction in conflict resolution strategies, they resort to settling their differences by fighting.
Here are four fighting styles to avoid with dealing with conflicts or problems. Many couples begin their marriages eager to live the fairy tale they've read about, watched on the big screen, or listened to while dancing to their favorite love songs.


Movies, books, and songs can paint a picture of martial bliss that has very little to do with REALITY. In REALITY, when a couple says "I do" and attempts to live out their fairy tale of a happily-ever-after marriage,it isn't long before REALITY sets in, and they realize life is not a fairy tale.
It takes a tremendous amount of work and effort, by both parties, to achieve martial bliss.

FOUR IMPROPER FIGHTING STYLES



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The Eskimo Style In this case, one or both spouses freeze up after an argument and ignore the situation altogether, hoping time will take care of it.

parents_0003 They withdraw emotionally and nurse their wounds.

This is more commonly known as the silent treatment.
As a result, one or both parties become bitter because a mutual resolution is not reached.

The Cowboy Style

This is the "shoot 'em up an' leave 'em for dead!" style.
In the heat of passion, couples tend to say things they do not mean, words can hurt, causing a lot of damage to a marriage and severely limiting any chances of reconciling differences.
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The Houdini Style
When conflict arise, one or both parties become escape artists.
He or she does not like conflict and will avoid it as much as possible.
Rather than face an issue head-on, this individual will just leave.
Often this spouse will turn to destructive behaviors such as drinking, excessive shopping, sitting in front of the television for hours, or overeating. He or she will do whatever it takes to avoid dealing with the situation.


The World Boxing Association Style
Here we have one or both parties handling conflicts with their fists.

He or she may begin to deal with an issue rationally, but anger often takes over, and the individual becomes physicallly abusive. 

This spouse may be an abuser who is in need of counseling.
No matter what situation you may face as a couple, realize that fighting is not the best way to resolve conflict. Pray about it and seek God's wisdom in every circumstance.
From Winning in Troubled Times: God's Solutions For Victory Over Life's Toughest Challenges by Celo Dollar.


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BOBBEE BEE: YOU HAVEN'T LEARNT YOUR LESSON YET?

alg_adultery-485x400This article first appeared on BASN on Feb. 10, 2010. But due to the recent sex scandal involving New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, we felt it was worth republishing.


"I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did was not acceptable." -- Tiger Woods.


By Eric D.Graham


NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) -- As Tiger Woods tries to deal with his promiscuity and possible divorce with his wife Elin, he is probably seeking advice from his agents, PR people, marriage counselors, and old golfing buddies. But I honestly believe he should just sit down and read the Book of Proverbs in order to gain a "little wisdom" about his current situation. The Book of Proverbs is one of the books of "wisdom" of the Old Testament that contains instructions for us to live by in our daily lives.


The instructions are practical and not complicated and easy to follow. For this reason, I recommend that the Book of Proverbs be required reading for every professional athlete, school teacher, movie star, business man, politician and student.


For instance, Chapter 10 verse 1 simply states: "A wise son makes a glad father but a foolish son is the grief of his mother."


This is quite simple, but so true.

tigerBecause one of the greatest sights in sports history was when Tiger was captured by the cameras hugging his father, Earl in a warm embrace with tears running down his face as he won his first Masters at 21 years old at Augusta.


Now, that was truly a picture of a proud father. But that memorable moment of sports history has been replaced with the painful expression on the face of Tiger's mother Kultida Woods as she leaves the airport while being harassed by paparazzi after her son's sexual affairs were leaked to the press.


Let's remember, there is nothing new under the sun.


So even though, we are discussing Tiger Woods scandalous affairs, the wisdom in the Book of Proverbs applies to you and I as well.


Let's continue.


Proverbs Chapter 5: verses (1-5) states: My son pay attention to my wisdom. Listen to my words of understanding. Be careful to use good sense and watch what you say. The words of another man's wife may seem sweet as honey. They maybe as smooth as olive oil. But in the end, she will bring you sorrow.


mcnair-love-triangleNow, former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick should have paid attention to these words before he lied under oath about those steamy text messages to his chief of staff Christine Beatty.


Kwame' Kilpatrick however is not by himself because former Tennessee Titans All-Pro (QB) Steve McNair, who was killed in a bloody murder suicide at the hands of his mistress Sahel Kazemi, also failed to listen to the wisdom in the Book of Proverbs.


For instance, Proverbs 5 (5-8) states: "She is on the way to death, her steps headed straight to the grave. She gives little thought to life. She doesn't even know that her ways are wrong. Stay away from such a woman."


Isn't it amazing how accurate these scriptures are?


Even in 2010, these scriptures paint a perfect picture, especially in the case of Tiger Woods.


Let's see what Proverbs says about Tiger Woods, who allegedly had unprotected sex with hardcore porn-star Joslyn James.


"Stay away from such a woman. Don't even go near the door of her house. Or you will give riches to others. And the best years of your life will be given to someone cruel.


Let's examine the word cruel.



Another word for cruel is merciless, cold-blooded, heartless, meanness, sadism, or savagery. Do you remember 1988 when, then, R&B Bad Boy Bobby Brown had a hit song entitled "Don't Be Cruel" with lyrics that sounded something like this:


"We used to hang out tough. Just kickin' around. We discovered a love that had never been found. You gave me your heart, I gave you my mind. But a true love affair we could never find. Although I want you bad, I can let you go. Cuz' there's a lot of girls out there that won't say no. Roll to the fact that I want you Jackie. I want you more than human eyes can see. But you had to start illin', tryin' to make a killin'.Thought about the dollars I make, And you were willin'."


Damn, that's prophetic.


cheat Because Miss.Joslyn James had her own press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred demanding that Tiger Woods apologize to her face-to-face. Recently, Ms. James also appeared on Inside Edition reading all her private text messages that allegedly Tiger sent to her. She also made a shocking claim that she was pregnant with Woods' babies.


The first pregnancy, she claimed to have had a miscarriage. The second pregnancy, she claimed to have had an abortion.


Now, that's cruel.


Unfortunately, everybody, who's connected with Pro-golfer Tiger Woods, is trying to cash-in on his adulterous affair, lawyers, magazines, news programs, talk-show hosts, psychologists, photographers, sports writers and even rappers.


Yeah, rappers.


Recently, on FUSE TV's Hip-Hop Shop hosted by music journalist Toure', New York rapper Maino revealed that he has a new song entitled "Get 'Em Tiger" which he hopes to get one of Tiger's mistresses to appear in his videos.


Now, that's a low, down, dirty shame. But don't be surprised, however because that's exactly what the Book of Proverbs said that people would do. "Strangers will enjoy your wealth and what you worked so hard for will go to someone else."


Reportedly, if Woods' wife Elin Nordegren divorces him she could receive more than half a billion dollars.


Wow!!


Now that's some serious cash. Woods, who reportedly is "close friends" with NBA legend Michael Jordan, should have learned from his double-dealings which cost him around $168 million when his wife of 17 years Juanita Vanocy divorced him.


Woods, however is no different from any other man, who has cheated on his wife and felt that they would never get caught with his hand in the "cookie jar"


clint Whether it's Presidents John F.Kennedy or Bill Clinton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, ex-presidential candidate Gary Hart, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, or South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. Because what is done in the dark, will come to the light.


The Book of Proverbs, however cleverly states it this way. "The Lord sees everything you do and he watches where you go. And an evil man will be caught in his wicked ways; the ropes of his sins will tie him up. He will die because he does not control himself and he will be held captive by his foolishness.


Tiger definitely was a fool. But regardless of whether, it was Tiger Woods, Charles Barkley, Pastor Jim Swaggart, or former NY Governor Elliott Spizer, all of them fell victim to beautiful women.


Their lascivious appetite for sex, however led all of them to pay for prostitutes in order to receive sexual pleasure.


In chapter 6 :( 25-26) the Book of Proverbs warned us about dealing with these seductive street walkers. "Don't desire her because she is beautiful. Don't let her capture you by the way she looks at you. A prostitute will treat you like a loaf of bread. And a woman who takes part in adultery may cost, you your life."


je The last verse is a powerful one "A woman who takes part in adultery may cost you your life."


Ask NBA Hall of Famer, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, whether this verse is true?


Because on November 7, 1991, like Tiger Woods, he also held a press conference to announce that he was HIV-positive.


But despite Tiger Woods' shortcomings and infidelities, the world shouldn't hate him. Neither should they hate Senator John Edwards. Or Talk-show host David Letterman.


Or Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, who also like Tiger held a press conference admitting his adultery.


For Proverbs states in Chapter 6 (30-35): "People don't HATE a thief when he steals because he is hungry. But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole and it may cost him everything he owns. A man who takes part in adultery has no sense, he will destroy himself. He will be eaten up and disgraced and his shame will never go away."


This is so true.


The shame and disgrace may never go away from Senator John Edwards or Tiger Woods.


Their images maybe tarnished in our eyes forever.


So, for the next politicians, business executives, CEOs, educators, athletes, religious leaders and all men in general (myself included), take heed to the wisdom given by the Book of Proverbs.


"Be faithful to your own wife......"


So simple, yet so true.


NOTE: It seems as if most of the men mentioned in this article have bounced back from their affairs. This includes Michael Jordan, who recently got re-married, Tiger Woods, who got his swing back plus a new girlfriend U.S. Skier Lindsey Vonn, and former South Carolina governor Mark Stanford beat out Elizabeth Colbert, Stephen Colbert's Sister, for Congress in South Carolina.


Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television, with a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com or go to www.bobbeethehater.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 13, 2014

BOBBEE BEE:WHAT IS LOVE?

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails...But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7,13

Love is patient, True love is unconditional, that is, it does not depend on the attributes or lack thereof of the person loved, therefore, it is willing to give as much time necessary, and as much space as necessary for that person to grow Love is kind and is not jealous; Love seeks to give others something of benefit for their welfare, and consequently, rejoices when they do benefit.


Love does not brag and is not arrogant, To lift one's self up in reference to others leaves no room for unconditional, graceful love. does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, To act inappropriately, shamefully (morally, especially in the area of sexual purity) is not in accordance with true love. Love never seeks it's own gratificaiton but rather the interests of others. is not provoked, Selfishness seeks to manipulate others by stimulating certain selfish emotions. Love will not do this to others, nor will it let it happen to itself. does not take into account a wrong suffered, Forgivenss. Let it go. Bitterness is the acid. You are the container. Get rid of it or it will kill you. does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;


Love does not somehow gloss over things that are going to be hurtful. True love originates from the truth. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. If love really is unconditional, it will hold any weight, face any doubt, persist through hopelessness, and last any trial Love never fails... If it did, would it be love? But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. Someday, faith will not be needed, for we will see God. Hope will not be needed, for when everything is fulfilled, there is no need for hope. But love, yes, to it there will be no end. If it did, it wouldn't be love. If you like what you are learning, please send comments to lbiass34@yahoo.com

BOBBEE BEE: FROM PARENT TO CHILD

From Parent To Child
I gave you life but I can not live it for you.

I can teach you things, but I can not make you learn.

I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.

I can teach you right from wrong, but I can not always decide for you.

I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I can not make you beautiful inside.

I can offer you advice, but I can not accept it for you.




I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you selfish.

I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor.


I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you.

I can tell you about drinking, but I cannot keep you pure.

I can tell you about the facts of life, but I can not build your reputation.'

I can tell you about drinking, but I can not say no to you.

I can tell you about drugs, but I cannot prevent your using them.
I can teach you kindness, but I can't force you to be gracious.
I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make your morals.
I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God's family. I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.
I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Jesus your Lord.
I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you Eternal Life.

BOBBEE BEE: WHO IS THE REAL BOSS?

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By Gat Turner

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful. May this letter find you in the best of health and spirit.

Peace,

I felt compelled to write this letter because it seems that everybody is screaming that they are a “Boss” in the rap game today, & some of the brothers (and sisters) have become quite clever & adept in their declaration of this title. Dons, Bosses, & Generals are just a few of the titles that these kinds of rappers claim, denoting their authority, leadership and ability to call shots and command allegiance by an untold amount of soldiers, both seen and unseen. I am an admitted fan of gangsta movies like the Godfather Trilogy, Scarface, Goodfellas, Casino & even “hood” favorites like New Jack City, Paid In Full, and Belly.

I study these films, not because I enjoy the sex, profanity, & violence, I am a fan of these films because I like to study the underlying principals in the movies.

I like to analyze the principals behind of the rise and fall of the protagonists in these films.

In The Godfather I, it was fascinating to me identifying the intangibles that made Don Corleone powerful.

It was not just his wealth that made his network viable, but it was also how he leveraged his money to work for not only himself, but also his “Family”.

His power was also in his political contacts, his sacrifice and his charity.

Interestingly, both Godfather I & II opened with a wedding scenes, that were also obscure invitations to those in the family, (or close to the Family) to petition the Don for a favor. These favors ranged from monetary loans to political accommodations.

These scenes showed how when the Don bestowed his benevolence upon you, there was also an unspoken understanding that in the future, there was a possibility that you may be called upon to reciprocate his graciousness.

The Don sacrificed for you, and because of this act of beneficence, you felt obligated to be at his disposal. Many people misinterpret this type of loyalty solely as fear.

With just minimal study of the Godfather Trilogy, I recognized all of the principals of Kwanzaa displayed throughout the stories. I could easily demonstrate how every boss/don commanded Unity (Umoja), had Self Determination (Kujichagulia), inspired Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima), pooled their resources for Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa), had a single driven Purpose (Nia), then demonstrated Creativity (Kuumba), & showed Faith (Imani) when pursuing that purpose.

These principals are all active ingredients in the recipe of any Gangsters’ success story, and the violation of these principals is always the undoing of not only the protagonist, but also the entire Family.

Gat, why are you talking about this “gangsta shit”? I am talking about this because it is all that I hear on the radio stations, it is all that I see on the rap video shows, & this is all that I read about in the Hip Hop publications.

It seems nowadays that as soon as we gets a cash advance, we are screaming that we’re a “Boss” & promoting this so called gangsta culture!

Well it’s time for us to examine the people who are claiming to be “Bosses”, and see if they really are.



















It is common knowledge that many rappers and record execs do live lavish lifestyles. As the late great Notorious B.I.G. once said, “Money, clothes and hoes is all a nigga knows…”

IMG_0049It is also common knowledge that many of these so-called “Bosses” place hefty bets well into the 100’s of thousands of dollars on boxing bouts, Super Bowls, & NBA Championships.

I’m sure that there will be some mind blowing wagers on this year’s Final Four, but before you place that bet let me have your attention for just a second.

If it be the will of Allah, you may have a change of heart with what to do with your money, by the time that I’m finished this letter.

On February 26, 2012 a young man named Trayvon Martin was murdered in cold blood and his known killer remains at large.

There have been a number of substantial demonstrations in the streets across America in protest of this injustice.

Our people are outraged at how this travesty has been handled. The New Black Panther Party even scraped up $10,000 and offered it to anybody who had knowledge of the killer’s whereabouts so that they could make a citizens’ arrest.

Well, most of the “Bosses” trick that measly amount of money off at the strip club in one a night “making it rain” or “buying the bar out”.

Many underground artists have made songs, written poetry, used their cameras, pencils and paintbrushes in tribute to our slain brother. As much as we rap about killing each other in the mainstream, it seems that at least one of you would have had the courage to make a “Kill George Zimmerman” song. The fact that no one has done this, shows me that we aren’t as ignorant as we pretend to be.

Gat Turner, are you advocating that someone kill George Zimmerman?!

All of you scared to death Negroes calm down. No, I’m not advocating the murder of George Zimmerman… not yet at least. My point is simply that we are very vocal, bold and careless with our speech when it comes to “Beef” with each other, but we are very cautious, fearful and reserved when it comes to “Real Issues” that affect our community, our people, and our fan base. I would like to see some of these “Bosses” or “Dons” offer some form of support to Trayvon Martin’s family, whether financial or even just a comforting word would mean a lot to a mourning family in their bereavement, & it would make a tremendous impact and statement to your fans.

I will acknowledge that some of these so-called “Bosses” have donned hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon’s family and their supporters, but hell even babies & puppies have done that. Gat, why are you calling out these so called “Bosses” in general, and Rick Ross in particular?

I am calling them out because it’s time. I can’t say this for sure but I wouldn’t doubt that Trayvon has purchased at least one record by a so called “Boss”.  
I singled Rick Ross out in particular because he is actually from Florida, the state where Trayvon’s murder took place.

He is probably the most successful of all the rappers that come from there, & many would argue that he is the most talented.

He is also most known for being a “Boss”, or at least proclaiming to be one.

Gat, do you expect Rick Ross to become an activist? No I don’t. I wouldn’t expect to see Don Corleone holding a picket sign yelling, “No Justice, No Peace” either. Do I expect him to give a damn? Yes I do, if he’s indeed what he proclaims to be.


A true “Boss” is always concerned with that which is not in order around him, because it affects him, it affects his family, and affects his business.


There is no way that Don Corleone would allow some Blackman to wander into his neighborhood/territory and kill some Italian child for nothing & that crime go unpunished.


He would be involved. (I will leave the level of his involvement to your own imagination.)


If one is truly a “Boss”, everything that happens in his jurisdiction has to go through him. Any criminal activity taking place in his territory, he has knowledge of, because it first had to go through him.

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Any politician seeking office, first sought his endorsement.

Even religious leaders and activists have to seek his blessing, in order to demonstrate or officiate in an area that he has carved out as his own.

If you are not garnering this type of respect from your followers, fans, and communities please stop false flagging, because you are confusing the people.

Hell, even the poet/emcee/spoken word community in my hometown (Milwaukee, WI) can call on a hundred men for a worthy cause.

farrakhan-sacrificeHow much more should a “Boss” be able to do with millions of dollars in his war chest, and millions of fans at his disposal? Before I continue, I think that this title does deserve a little clarity. It is important to note that just because one has sold dope before he/she made a record, doesn’t make him/her a “Boss”. It makes you a former dope peddler. Just because one has excess money that they choose to squander on loose women, expensive alcohol, & drugs, this doesn’t make you a “Boss”either. It makes you a trick, an alcoholic, &/or an addict. If you have killed someone that looks like you and gotten away with it, that doesn’t make you a “Boss”. It makes you a murderer and an agent in your own genocide. Finally, nice clothes, cars, homes or material possessions don’t make you a “BOSS”.


It just makes you a nigga with a lot of expensive toys… I am not disillusioned. I know that we have come a long way from the likes of a Nina Simone, Paul Robeson, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and a Tupac.


There are indeed those of us who are out here striving to follow in there footsteps, but you may never hear us on your radio or see us on your television. The enemy has gotten much wiser in his efforts to keep the people focused on filth and indecency so that they remain ignorant.


zmPerhaps it is not even fair for me to expect today’s “mainstream” artists to pick up the torch and carry on where the aforementioned artists left off. It is however fair for me to expect them to represent the Truth in their music, & to step up when the opportunity presents itself for them to be what they claim they are. In this case, many are claiming to be “Bosses”.


Though I admit to admiring some of you self-proclaimed “Bosses” for your lyrical creativity and swagger, there is one thing that history has made very clear and very evident…. YOU ARE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!


This is the Smokin’ Gat! #justice4trayvonmartin

Sunday, April 06, 2014

BOBBEE BEE:WHOSE JOB IS IT?

THIS is a story about four people named EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, AND NOBODY. There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was sure SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that, because it was EVERYBODY'S job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn't do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

BOBBEE BEE IS ON THE BLOCK!!

by Eric D. Graham

You have seen them before standing on the street corner shirtless, pants sagging flexing their new sense of manhood, posing in positions of power pretending to be "tough".

Their maschoismo mannerism mimic their favorite rappers, athletes, wrestlers, and "street" soldiers.

They are the"despised and rejected."

They are the LOST SHEEP.

Their beautiful brown faces frown up with frustration, their eyes illuminate with pain as they "mean mug" a world filled with hate and corruption.

They were born in a so-called "civilized" world builded on racism, imperialism, militarism, and materialism.

They are the by-product of fatherless homes, poverty, poor schools, mis-education and MTV.

They are harassed by crooked cops, crucified by the media, "criminalized by Hollywood, "dumb-down" by teachers, suspended from schools, locked up in prisons, and HATED by the world.

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But they are our children: our sons, our grandsons, our cousins, our nephews, our future fathers, our daughters future husbands, our future leaders, teachers, scholars, and revolutionaries.

They are BLACK, BOLD AND BRILLIANT.

They are BOBBEE BEE!!!
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BOBBEE BEE: 6 Issues Black Professionals Face in The Workplace

6 Issues Black Professionals Face in The Workplace

Nepotism and White Privilege 

Structural racism and sexism within society has meant that opportunities to gain access to the “right” schools or professions has been closed to the majority of people of color for generations. Although recent gains in education and professional advancement have made rising to the top possible for some minorities and women, it is nevertheless difficult for them to create the connections needed to enter the highest levels of management.

Isolation 

People of color too often feel that they have to hide their true selves at work, according to “Vaulting the Color Bar: How Sponsorship Levers Multicultural Professionals into Leadership,” a new research report from the Center for Talent Innovation.

More than 35 percent of African-Americans and Hispanics and 45 percent of Asians say they “need to compromise their authenticity” to conform to their companies’ standards of demeanor or style.
Forty percent of African-Americans — and one-third of people of color overall — feel like outsiders in their corporate culture, compared with 26 percent of whites.

Assertiveness Without The Perception of Anger

African-American men and women struggle with the conundrum of how to be assertive without courting the historic stereotype of the “angry Black.” They often worry whether they are perceived as being demanding and confrontational.

As a result, people of color start to be less of who they are at work.

Overall, people of color are 37 percent more likely than whites to feel that they need to compromise their authenticity at work to conform to conventional standards of executive presence.

“You’re like a chameleon, constantly changing the way you are,” observes an African-American network television manager.


Lack of Critical Performance Feedback

Studies show that “minorities aren’t given the critical feedback they need to succeed on the job because people have concerns about being seen as racist,” says Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Ph.D., a research fellow at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. “Meanwhile, they are consciously or unconsciously evaluating you against their own personal stereotypes about Black people.”



This creates an incredibly hostile work situation, where people are perceived as something that they may not be. In addition, without the accurate feedback, performance does not improve at the expected rate.


Blatant Discrimination

In the words of federal researchers,  the “playing field is still far from level.”

A recent government study of employment data concluded, “African-Americans continue to suffer the most severe extent of intentional job discrimination.”

The study, which examined 200,000 of the nation’s largest and mid-size companies, found that overall African-Americans have a 41 percent chance of being discriminated against at work, no matter what their level or industry. Black professionals and managers in corporate America stand a nearly 30 percent chance of being discriminated against on the job.



Five-Year Meltdown

Some successful Black 30-somethings joke about the “five-year meltdown.”  It takes about five years after business school for Black executives to feel as if they are trapped in a cage, as  their optimism dissolves and hope shatters. It usually begins when they notice the slow pace at which they are moving up the ladder.

Then comes the continual battle to earn respect in the office as a Black executive. In addition, they face the daily struggle of trying to fit into corporate environments that reward conformity –  a formidable task for any group that stands out.


The internal torment can be stressful. Young Black executives can still succeed in the office, but their spirits can become damaged.  They may become angry and fed up, the culmination of  which occurs when they start asking themselves the question: What am I doing?
Information obtained from the AtlantaBlackStar.com

BOBBEE BEE: Ukraine and the Pathology of the Liberal Worldview: An African American Perspective

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

This is a bogus process that has nothing to do with justice, human progress and certainly not liberatory revolutionary change for the majority of the people in Ukraine.”
 
Reading the March 2 editorial in the New York Times on the so-called revolution in Ukraine, I couldn’t help but marvel at how easily elite opinion makers in the U.S. can call for the use of public resources to bail out the people and government of Ukraine without significant opposition or even serious questions.

The Times editorial forcefully argued that in response to the “revolution” in Ukraine, Western powers must “provide prompt and substantial assistance to the Kiev government.” This sentiment was also voiced by a number of conservative Republicans who normally pretend to be fiscal conservatives, at least when it comes to state expenditures for working class and poor people in the U.S.



In response, the Obama administration is calling on Congress to agree to a long-term aid package for Ukraine and announced a short-term billion dollar aid package.

Yet, when it comes to crisis situations like extending unemployment benefits to the 1.3 million people who lost them in December or the forced bankruptcy of Detroit, a major city that happens to have an African American majority, or maintaining food assistance for the working class and poor in the form of the food stamp program, elite opinion in both parties has embraced the “common sense” position that significant reductions in public expenditures and services at every level of government are a reasonable and unavoidable necessity.

The Times editorial further argued that since President Yanukovych left the Ukrainian treasury bare, the West should provide immediate assistance. But what about the people in Detroit, whose government coffers were left bare as result of the predatory looting by big banks that targeted African American families with sub-prime loans and floating interests rates that resulted in them losing their homes? Where is their relief?

And when those same banks seized the properties of more than 100,000 families through foreclosure and then refused to pay property taxes to the city of Detroit—helping to create a fiscal crisis for the city—where was the Federal assistance to replenish the city’s coffers?
 
What about the people in Detroit? Where is their relief?”
 
They call President Yanukovych a dictator, but curiously, there was no outcry against the governor of Michigan when he engineered the passage of an anti-democratic piece of legislation that allowed him to impose a one-person dictatorial regime over the people of Detroit. Referred to as an “emergency manager,” he was granted the power to nullify decisions of the elected city council and mayor and seize overall control of institutions of local government. The main objective of the “emergency manager” is to ensure that the banks that looted the city will get a return on the 22 billion dollar debt that the city accrued.



But the elite do not call that process anti-democratic or dictatorial. Why? The explanation for this myopia an apparent inability to see a double standard is not just capitalist avarice and cynical ruling-class self-interest. It is rooted in the pathology generated by the disease of white supremacy.
Let me elaborate. What many conclude is hypocrisy—a gap between high-sounding rhetoric and actual behavior—is not hypocrisy at all, but rather a cognitive deficiency.

It is the same cognitive deficiency that allows Secretary of State John Kerry to state without any sense of irony, in response to reports that Russia might be moving troops into Crimea, that “You just don't, in the 21st century, behave in a 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretexts." If someone had reminded Kerry that it was the “trumped-up pretext” of weapons of mass destruction that was the basis for the illegal invasion and destruction of Iraq by the U.S., he probably would not have been able to cognitively process the contradiction.
Kerry’s comments are representative of a liberal, Eurocentric consciousness in which the same standards of measurement don’t apply to Westerners because they are the standard. It is not just arrogance but an inculcated sense of omnipotence in which the Western worldview, values and interpretations don’t just reflect universal reality, they are the only reality that counts.

It was the ‘trumped-up pretext’ of weapons of mass destruction that was the basis for the illegal invasion and destruction of Iraq by the U.S.”

When President Obama and members of the corporate elite condemn the Russians for violating international law, the contradictory nature of that position is clear to those of us who are the ongoing victims of Western oppression and whose lives depend on seeing reality as it is.

From our point of view, it is absolutely bizarre that the same country that violates the sovereignty of other states worldwide with drone strikes, military interventions and political subversion can actually suggest to the Russians that it runs the risk of being a “pariah” state.

The U.S. is playing a very dangerous game by attempting to implement its strategy of encircling the Russian Federation. But the Russians also played a very dangerous game when they decided not to veto U.N. Security Council resolution 1973, which gave NATO colonial gangsters the green light to destroy the Libyan state, and then pretended to be surprised when NATO did just that. The aggressive encirclement of Russia by NATO is now a case of the chickens coming home to roost.

Perhaps the Russians did not fully understand what those of us from the African American community have always understood—that U.S. geostrategic decision-makers will ally themselves with right-wing forces if it will help them maintain the hegemony of their empire, from racist nationalists in Ukraine to rightist Islamic fundamentalists in Syria.



The rise of right-wing racist political movements is not seen as a real threat for decision-makers in the capitals of Paris, Washington and London. But when the right-wing forces that they support in the Ukraine start to pass laws that strip away the rights of people to practice their culture and use their language, the character of that revolution becomes clear for those of us who experienced the underbelly of the great “American” revolution.

The frantic mobilization of public funds to assist the “revolution,” the unrestrained political support for an illegitimate government, and the easy dismissal of racist and anti-Semitic extremism coming from significant elements in that “revolution” all suggest that this is a bogus process that has nothing to do with justice, human progress and certainly not liberatory revolutionary change for the majority of the people in Ukraine.

The ideological confusion among the left in the U.S. is total.”

 
A cardinal principle of the African American revolutionary tradition is to be in solidarity with people(s) engaged in struggles against oppression anywhere in the world. However, we are also always aware of the international balance of forces and the efforts by Western imperialism, our principle enemy, to confuse and ideologically disarm normally anti-imperialist forces with the appropriation of the vocabulary of social change and mass struggle. In that regard the enemy has succeeded:

Employing the language of humanitarian concern and subtle appeals to a defense of the liberal state and the Western civilizational project, the ideological confusion among the left in the U.S. is total.

When U.S. radicals and progressives are unable to make a distinction between the right and the left and align themselves with a movement in Ukraine that has as its main objective to become more European and capitalist, and at the same time amplify the critiques of the rightist forces in Venezuela who want to murder the embryonic revolution in that country, the backwardness of radical thought in the U.S. is on full display.

In the U.S., where an African American is being murdered by police forces and vigilantes at a pace of one every 28 hours, where a million of our folks are entombed in the dungeons of this nation’s prisons, where state laws are being employed to deny us our democratic rights, where ex-panther Eddie Conroy is finally released from prison after 44 years, still leaving dozens of our political prisoners who are going into their fourth and fifth decades in prison, African American radicals must be clear on the principal enemy and the principal contradiction.

And for us, the enemy and the principle contradiction is not on the other side of the world in Russia.
Ajamu Baraka is a human rights activist and organizer. Baraka is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C. and editor and contributing columnist with the Black Agenda Report. His latest publications include contributions to two recently published books “Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA” and “Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral.” He can be reached at ajamubaraka@yahoo.com and AjamuBaraka.com