"Against brute force and injustice the people will have the last word. That is victory!" -- Che Guevara
In you I see infinity
You one of a kind
For true beauty is in your heart
Reflected in your eyes
That speak in volumes
About your tenderness and kindness
The light of genuine kindness
We are connected
Connected by God's invisible Hand
Thus we know your people
A people who had no rights
Some found a way
They were carried forth by unseen hands
To a land that held promise for something better
A chance for change
A chance for something better
A chance for something full and wholesome
A chance to experience the fullness
A chance to experience the fullness of joy
In 2013 I was in Turkey and you were on my mind. Partly because I could identify with the loss of your people. I could identify with their pain and their struggles. The reason we were able to move forward in South Africa is because we had people like Grandpa Mandela who recognized that peace at any cost is no peace at all. It is through this reasoning that he gave birth to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. And I was a huge part of that transformation, young as I was. It is true that God put perfect praise in the mouths of babes and sucklings. Can you imagine a situation where those who had caused so much pain and suffering where refusing to come forward thus, slowing down the healing process. Suddenly a 19 year old appears from nowhere and demands to be heard, and her testimony makes headlines in the newspaper of the enemy? The testimony circulates the globe at the speed of lightning. This is the Majestic God who doesn't care for outer appearances, who doesn't care for meaningless talk and what the world says. This is the God who is moved by the heart of Ubuntu.
In 1962 grandpa Mandela said;
"When my sentence has been completed I will still be moved by my dislike of the race discrimination against my people when I come out from serving my sentence, to take up again, as best I can, the struggle for the removal of those injustices untill they are finally abolished once and for all."
Spoken in court 7November, at the end of the Old Synagogue Trial, when he was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment on charges on charges of incitement and two years imprisonment for leaving South Africa without valid travel documents.
We learn that;
"Kardashian, who has supported recognition of the Armenian Genocide on numerous occasions, encouraged President Obama and the US government to consider its acknowledgement. On April 21, 2011, days before the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Kardashian wrote about the issue on her blog and sent a tweet to her fans."
"Armenian Genocide recognition refers to the formal acceptance that the massacre and forced deportation of Armenians committed by the Ottoman Empire in 1915–1923 constitutes genocide. The overwhelming majority of historians as well as academic institutions on Holocaust and Genocide Studies recognize the Armenian Genocide. As of 2014, the governments of twenty two countries, including Russia, France, as well as forty-three states of the United States of America, have recognized the events as 'genocide'.
The governments of Turkey and Azerbaijan deny the Armenian genocide."
We follow women who have made mistakes
Women fell down but rose and soared on wings like eagles
Women who share their truth with courage and boldness
So that we can learn and grow
Maya Angelou's truth is startling, rich
Captivating and just wholesome!
True power lies in that truth
Truth is love
Ms Angelou wasn't afraid to share with us that she was once a prostitute.
She is our guardian angel and a mother to generations yet unborn.
When she was awarded by President Obama the Medal of Freedom,
She said we were all her children and we better not deny her.
I'm reminded of Mary Magdalene.
The writer says;
"Everyone knows who this lady is, of course. She was a prostitute from the village of Magdala on the west shore of the Sea of Galilee who became a follower of Jesus after he had cast out seven devils; she was with him to the death and, according to the account in John, was the first to see the resurrected form. This is pretty much all the New Testament says about her and so most people think they know her. Well, a lot of men “knew” her in the Biblical sense. After all, she was a courtesan, but common men did not “know” her. She was not a common whore but a high class call girl who catered to the elite-both Roman and Hebrew. Even with this type of clientele, she still became a pawn in the attempt to trap Jesus. She was the very one who was taken before the council in the presence of Jesus. She was brought in and made to stand in the middle of the assemblage. Jesus was addressed directly, “Master, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. In the law, Moses has laid down that such women are to be stoned. What do you say about it?” It was a trap. They expected him to show compassion and thus be accused of advocating the breaking of the law of their religion. He fooled them. In effect he said, “That’s fine. Let the law prevail. Go ahead and stone her. The one who is without sin has the high honor of casting the first stone and begin the fulfilling of the law!” What he said as recorded in the New Testament was, “That one of you who is faultless shall throw the first stone.” According to other records, he said more but no matter. One by one members of the council tucked tail and crept away. Jesus looked up and there Mary stood all alone. Jesus said, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No, sir.” Jesus said, “Nor do I. You may go. Do not sin again.” Now you know that Mary was the one caught in adultery. The New Testament gives no evidence of this. It was in this incident that Jesus first met Mary.
There is still another surprise awaiting you. This Mary who lived in Magdala, and plied the oldest profession there, was-surprise-the sister of Martha, Ruth and Lazarus of Bethany. The rest of the family did not approve of her chosen way of life and so there was an estrangement. After this incident, Mary did “sin no more.” She had found one who loved her with no judgment or condemnation-accepted her as she was-and thus she dedicated herself to following him and promoting his cause. This complete about-face in life wrought reconciliation with her family in Bethany. She was the Mary who sat at Jesus’ feet to hang on his every word while Martha busied herself with things of the household. Martha was p.o.’ed and went to Jesus and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to come and lend a hand.” But Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are fretting and fussing about so many things, much of which is unnecessary. Mary has chosen the best way and it should not be taken away from her.” Now you know how attentive she was to his every word."
This I like a lot!
Oprah says Maya Angelou;
"Was an incredible role model for what getting older can be. Never a complaint about anything or anybody.
"Be patient with young people,"
She told us in Washington.
"Don't blame or judge them for what they don't know. Be careful how you speak to them. You were once, young too."
Oprah also says her all time favorite quote by Maya Angelou is;
"When people show you---or tell you---who they are, believe them the first time."
("Baby", she once chided me, "they show you and show you, and you still don't believe what you see. Why does it take you 29 times?" That conversation was life changing for me.)
I love this prayer, it is reminiscent of the love letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to his son's teacher, thus all of God's children who need guidance and unconditional love.
"May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer."
Masters of art have always depicted nudity in their master pieces. This is a celebration of a woman's feminine nature. I don't know what their motives were, however when but they seemed free, happy and uninhibited. It is in this light that I see and appreciate your nude photos as an artist. However I was reminded of a sad period in the chapter of our history.
A women's centre gives us a clear view about the story of Sarah Baartman.
"Saartjie Baartman was in her early twenties, she was persuaded by an English ship's doctor, William Dunlop, to travel to England to make her fortune. However, as a Khoikhoi woman she was considered an anthropological freak in England, and she found herself put on exhibition, displayed as a sexual curiosity. Dubbed The Hottentot Venus, her image swept through British popular culture. Abolitionists unsuccessfully fought a court battle to free her from her exhibitors.
Saartjie Baartman was taken to Paris in 1814 and continued to be exhibited as a freak. She became the object of scientific and medical research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality. When she died in 1816, the Musee de l'Homme in Paris took a deathcast of her body, removed her skeleton and pickled her brain and genitals in jars. These were displayed in the museum until as late as 1985.
After five years of negotiating with the French authorities for the return of Saartjie Baartman's remains, the South African government, together with the Griqua National Council which represents the country's 200 000 Griqua people, part of the Koi-San group, brought Saartjie Baartman back to South Africa. On Friday 3 May 2002, in a moving ceremony attended by many representatives of the Khoikhoi people, Saartjie Baartman was welcomed back to Cape Town. Her final resting place is in the Eastern Cape, where she was born."
How different is anyone who perpetuates exploitation in any way against any human being from the people who did that to Sarah Baartman?
￼I love--- love letters, this is quite special!
Father's Love Letter
Compiled by Barry Adams
You may not know me, but I know everything about you ... Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up ... Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways... Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered... Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image... Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being... Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring... Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived... Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation... Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book... Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live... Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made... Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb... Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born... Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me... John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love... 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you simply because you are my child and I am your father... 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could... Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father... Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand... James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs... Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope... Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love... Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore... Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing... Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you... Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession... Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul... Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things... Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me... Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart... Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires... Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine... Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager... 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles... 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you... Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart... Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes and will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth... Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus... John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.... John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being... Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you... Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins... 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled... 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you... 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love... Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me... 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again... Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen... Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father... Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is...Will you be my child? ... John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you... Luke 15:11-32
May God Bless you and your family Kim. I love Kanye's music. I heard the other day that he gave a Grammy Award to one of his friends who was also nominated but did not ultimately win one. Kanye could see that his friend was a bit heart broken thus he was moved by the power of love. How awesome is that? Isn't that the teachings of Jesus? That is Ubuntu Kanye. May God take you to even greater heights. Heights that are only known to God. What you gave your friend is far greater than a Grammy. You gave him love, for love is greater than silver and gold.
That which is
That which seeks the Master
Produces Masterful Artworks
That which resides in the
Light of the Most High
Unhindered by corrupt minds
That which glorifies God in all
Remains in God's eternal care
That ---is the eternal soul
That has no beginning
For it knows;
"It is not by might
Nor by power
But by my Spirit!"
For the serene knows;
"Cowards die a thousand deaths.
The valiant taste of death but once."
Phefumlela uthando phakathi kwethu
Phefumlela uthando phakathi kwethu
Ukususela kumzuzu omnye kuye komnye
Usibambe ngesandla sakho sothando"
Haven't I adored thee
Way before I created you
Haven't I called you by name
Haven't I the Grandest of plans for you
Didn't I plant those dreams in your spirit
You my beloved vessel
Born to set the world on fire
These Loving Hands of mine
Created you with loving kindness
You are the beautiful Art of my Hands
You are unique
There's never been anyone like you
There'll never be anyone like you
"I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant
The son of Shealtiel, declares the Lord
And make you like a signet ring,
For I have chosen you,
Declares the Lord of Hosts." Haggai
You my vessel
"You are here to enable the divine purpose of the Universe to unfold.
That is how important you are."
Inkokheli (Maverick Leader)
Sitsalwa nguMoya wakhe
Silangazelela ilizwi lakhe
Ukuze sidumise igama elingcwele
Ukuza kwabelana ngeendaba ezizukileyo zobabalo
Ukuza kuthandazela iimfuno zethu kunye
Ukuvuyiswa luthando lwakho nokuze
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
May God bless and protect your family forever more
Blessed is the fruit of your womb Kim
You and your family stay forever beautiful
I saw those gorgeous photographs of you, Kanye and Nori in denim shorts like mine
It made my day!
I just couldn't stop laughing
Look at Oodles Page
This BEAUTY PAGE touches me deeply It feels like a beautiful prayer
And it just makes me feel so good deep within
I needn't say what a deeply calming effect you have Kim
You sweet spirited
And I can tell you that
The entire universe feels this
You genuine and just so humane
Kind beyond measure
Its a blessing
For this God blesses you and your entire family infinitely
Like your song
Sending you all hearty smiles
Kim I have to tell you this story. One day we were walking about in Turkey, just exploring. A little girl who was with her mother suddenly runs to me. She demands in sign language that I open my hand. She places in the palm of my hand a blade of grass and demands;
Ha ha ha!!!
I couldn't exactly laugh while she was looking at me. Talk about broad day light robbery!
Lastly Oprah says Maya Angelo's greatest lesson to her is;
"You are enough!"
The first time she said that, the words felt strange. (She says)
"I'm enough.....of what?" I asked.
"You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it."
And this is the absolute truth!
"Money is not my richness. My richness is to walk on the earth barefoot." Bob Marley
May the grace of God remain in our hearts forever more.