If You Are My Brother

Yesterday was a great deal to take in. A fire destroyed a London apartment building. A shooting occurred at a UPS Store in San Fra.  Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and several others were was wounded from gun fire during congressional baseball practice. Too. Much. Tragedy. How do we deal with it all? Social media (Facebook anyway) was largely quiet outside of major news…

What I Learned in High School

The formative years of high school taught me many lessons – most of which were about girls – that I carry with me daily. One such lesson came when I was a sophomore. I had to use the bathroom, and asking teachers for time to perform this biological task proved to be tedious. So, I had…

What is Racism: Short and Sweet

I was in recent discussion with a peer about the convoluted subject of racism. Long story short, a church in my city was vandalized with graffiti. They drew swastikas, KKK, and wrote “Nigger” on the siding. I posted the local news article on Facebook with the sarcastic comment, “But….. this stuff doesn’t happen though.. 🙄🙄🙄”.  Discussion ensued…

Shoes and Other Feet

Leggings have taken over the fashion world. It’s absolutely nothing to see a woman walk around in leggings or jeggings. From what I understand, they are comfortable and low maintenance. Some women make them fashionable mixing different boots, flats, and cardigans to dress them up. Other women use them as loungewear. Whatever the case, leggings rule…

It’s Been Awhile

Readers of A Fresh Voice, It’s been awhile. It’s been a long while. How’ve you been? I have been busy. Every year we read our Bibles through in 90 days. So, from January to March I have a task to complete. As staff is required to finish reading in order to work in our positions,…

100 Days War

President Trump has been in office for the first 100 days of his four-year term. Are we better off than when we started? No. Not yet anyway. I’m trying to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt. Not because I, in any way, agree with what he’s saying, but because the success of my…

Time to Rise

Easter 2017 has successfully come. This is an especially busy time for me. I have many church duties that magnify when Easter comes around. Instead of focusing on the great task, I rely on God to get me through. He blesses me through the fast-paced week that lies before me. For that I am thankful….

What It Is

The name of my game is treating people right. That’s it. If you ever want to know where I’m coming from, then there it is. Every single position I take is rooted in treating people in the right manner. How would Jesus view me in this situation? Am I treating this person with respect? Would…

The Definition of You

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been attacked just for being me. How I walk, talk, and dress. Being a black kid from North Dakota. Or, just being from North Dakota period. Being a single parent kid. How I play basketball. How I play the organ. The fact that I like wrestling or even…

Why Black History Month is Relevant

In the good-natured American way, Black History Month is questioned more and more each year. It seems as though a certain sect of people find this month to be useless and, well, racist. Yes, folks. People consider Black History month to be racist. It’s as if a whole month dedicated to the history of one…

The Code of the Gym

I’ve been going to the gym for about five years now, and I absolutely love it. I’m there like clockwork 3-5 days a week. It’s my release. The ability to release stress after a long day of work is rejuvenating. I’ve been in the gym for almost five years now. It took a while for…

Off Limits

This past weekend was political warfare in Facebook land. I wholeheartedly participated.  Posts regarding the Women’s March dominated my newsfeed. Long think pieces for and against the protests (or protesting in general) explained how people felt. The same people echoed their usual sentiments. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer entered the press room and proceeded…