In the mid 90’s hip hop artists, WuTang defined the acronym for C.R.E.A.M. – cash rules everything around me, get the money, dolla, dolla bills y’all! Fast forward to almost 30 years later, ‘Merica is showing us more than ever that if you don’t have money, you will forever be at the bottom of the totem pole.
Now, let’s be honest here, did I believe every story? Not quite. Do I believe something happened in their interaction with R. Kelly, yes. Do I believe that they were offered fame and was preyed upon by their desire for that fame? Yes. Do I believe that he had a team of players that helped him do the most unimaginable to young girls? Yes. Were their families offered sums of money with a promise that their daughter would be taken care of? Yes. Each woman that had a personal interaction with R. Kelly, had a story to tell. Who am I, or should I ask, who are we as a black culture to not believe in their experience? Within the black culture, we tend to be very suspicious of stories we hear and I don’t know why or when this started.
There are seven and maybe even more types of meditation out there in the spiritual realm. I’ve read up on each of them and thought the following would fit me the best:
Mindfulness Meditation – being fully present within my thoughts…
There is a list of things I do on my phone before the final alarm goes off to tell me to get my ass up before I’m late to work. On the weekends or days off, that constant view of social media before wiping the cold out my eyes or emptying my bladder is an issue. Why do we connect to the outside world in this way? It’s a drug, at least I think so. This unplug challenge came at a great time, this weekend I will go silent and do things not connected to a hashtag.