Akilah Johnson: Google’s Big Winner

Akilah Johnson Doodle

Akilah Johnson was “surprised and overwhelmed” when she learned that she was a national finalist in the “Doodle 4 Google” contest; Akilah is a sophomore at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast Washington and has just been named Google’s big winner in the national contest, topping the 53 state and territory champions.  Her work had been culled from about 100,000 student entries (Johnson, 2016).


 All of the finalists accomplished some very great and notable works. I posted this one because it is a power narrative – a departure from the deficit narrative of young black students. This is a great example and display of talent.  I love it.  Period, Case-Closed!


Johnson, A. (2016, March 21). Google. Retrieved from National Finalists: https://www.google.com/doodle4google/gallery.html

The Voice of Wisdom

The voice of wisdom is soft and deliberate. S. Barry Hamdani from Ascend to the Secret Place.


I have long desired wisdom – to know.  Even in my experiences and observations and reading and praying for wisdom, wisdom always showed (manifested) when I least expected.  Or should I say, I had learned, but did not know that I knew, until application.  In other words, it is one thing to KNOW it, but something completely different to DO it!  If he or she is NOT good for you and you know this – then LEAVE!  Does this make great sense to you? – Period, Case-Closed!

Wisdom (Pt2)

(continued from Pt 1)

When summer came we’d take a ride

Expecting us soon he’d wait outside

Smoking his pipe sitting on high

Seeing us safe he’d smile and sigh


I wanted so much to be like him

The way he held when times were dim

Whenever he’d stop or take a brake

I’d ask him questions of roads to take


He explain the difference of now and then

The things I’d need in life to win

Unlike me, I fought the land

In years to come you’ll fight the hand


Claiming your place in society

Focus unlocks reality

Prepare to be what you hope to see

Life’s not easy it’s not suppose to be.


By the Leon Thomas

Wisdom (Pt1)

My world was safe as it opened slow 

A wealth of wisdom on how to grow

A shining light when things were good

When times were tough he bravely stood


He couldn’t read or write his name

Yet reached the goals for which he’d aim

His era in time was common labor

He earned his way but not of favor


A chiseled brown and bronze like hands

All the things you’d call a man

His word and integrity were enough

When year’s were lean and times were tough

(continued at Part 2)

And We Call Ourselves Christian?!

The United States imprisons for more people, both in absolute numbers and in the rate of incarceration, than any other country in the world (Soltis, 2011).

Black Male Jail 1


We must work to design a new conception of justice in the United States.  What we have currently does not work.  The research states that is does NOT work.  In this so-called “Christian” nation, we are very quick to punish rather than to rehabilitate.  So quick to retaliate versus vindicate or rehabilitate!  Remember back in the day, when someone would do something to you, our response was ” Imma get you!”  I think our “justice system” is true to its word in demonstrating “Imma get you!”   And we call ourselves “christian”.  – Period, Case-Closed!

Soltis, K. G. (2011).  Mass Incarceration and Theological Images of Justice.  Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.

Collateral Harm of Imprisonment

Collateral Harm1I recently read an article entitled, “The Harms Beyond Imprisonment:  Do We Have Special Moral Obligations Towards the Families and Children of Prisoners?”  We must consider several collateral harms, including decreased psychological well-being, financial costs, loss of economic opportunities, and intrusion and control over their private lives (Bulow, 2013).



The overall question is whether the harm inflicted on individual lawbreakers through the act of legal punishment is justified and why (Bulow, 2013).  I might add another question:  Is harm inflicted “moral”?  Since the children are not those whom have committed the crime, my answer to the question in the title of this post is a resounding YES! – Period, Case-Closed!


Bulow, W. (2013). The Harms Beyond Imprisonment: Do We Have Special Moral Obligations Towards the Families and Children of Prisoners? Ethic Theory Moral Practice, 1-2.


Some Whea, Ova the Rainbow

Somewhea Ova the Rainbow-1

Somewhea, ova the rainbow, way up on high, there’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby, somewhea the skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.  – Yes, somewhea Ova The Rainbow!

Somewhea ova the rainbow, you’ll find loved ones like our maternal and paternal grandmother’s, my godmother Ruth Dewalt, my Aunt Francis, my best friend Ricky Huff (he was so, oh so funny), Rick Freeman, Gregory Smith – they are all there in this place – Ova the rainbow.

Somewhea ova the rainbow, I have heard there is peace amongst all people – no racism, no sexism, no churches, no political parties, no al Quaeda, no hungry children, there’s no religion, no time clocks, taxes, jails, nor graveyards.  There are neither hospitals, ambulances, nor crooked police over there – Ova the rainbow. 

The African slaves would sing, moan and/or groan about this place ova the rainbow.  They sung about this chariot that would swing down low and take them – Somewhea ova this rainbow.

Come on, will you go with me there – to create this beautiful place, over the rainbow, on earth?!  Humph!