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Final Blog✌️: What is “Black Love”?

What is ‘Black Love’? Why is it that we feel the need to distinguish our search for love? Why do we try so hard to hold on to this idea of “black love” so passionately? We’ve seen article after blog post defending it along with some people that took the easy way out and demonized black women for attempting to preserve it.

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Adonis and Bianca with their beautiful daughter,  from Creed II

As a Black person, I have experienced, seen and been shown images from multiple medias a community that ranks highest in poverty, abortion and illegitimate births, the “black love” ideal is our fairy tale, as marriage and nuclear families are held as myths in my community. Its the sad truth that still bothers me, but what I can still do is strive for that “Black Love” that my mother and father hadeven if it was short lived, they were still friends after the love had died. The kind of love that you can find in a friend, not just in a lover. When I was young, I thought love had to include something sexual or something close to that nature but then as I got older, I found out that love does not have to include sexual activities. An example of this is seen in the movie, Creed, that features characters presented as a Black couple, the handsome Adonis and lovely Bianca, in which in one scene they share a loving moment where Adonis fixes Bianca’s braids. I felt as if this was nothing sexual but just pure and innocent love, the “Black Love”, that I could relate to as a Black woman and person from the Black community.

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Adonis fixes Bianca’s braids, from Creed

Across the blogosphere and magazines, we see that they often focus on “other” intraracial matrimony relationships. Until now, unlike African-American women’s publications, the popular publications such as Cosmopolitan and Latina don’t feel the need to print articles promoting “white love” or “Latin love.” In fact, we rarely or never see black men’s magazines and websites write anything relating to that topic either…

I mean, little black girls are not much different from their white, Asian and Latina peers in that we, too, daydream of husbands, green grass and white picket fences. Even with inside and outside efforts to not have black women be exposed to even more destructive behaviors, most of us know what real love is. We know its not a baby daddy/boyfriend of ten years that goes in and out of prison and we also know it’s not the pursuit of playboys or “thugs” more concerned with the “industry” life rather than our own hearts. So, in attempt to reset and re-establish our community’s future and fulfill childhood dreams, we remain true-blue to the belief of black love and are more than willing to wait endlessly, however patiently or impatiently.

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Just feeling and experiencing L-O-V-E is enough, it does not need race labels…

But, again, what is it we are trying to attain? And, is it really a black thing?

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In my mind, black love is (and will always be) Cliff and Claire Huxtable. It was fantastic to see that both of them were successful professionals (on television), but even more remarkable that their love went beyond skin color. The Cosby Show wasn’t  just about a Black couple and their family; it was a show about a loving couple along with their children and showed the experiences in their everyday family life, all of whom happened to be Black. Comparably, the Obamas (in real life) have achieved the same thing. The stability of their marriage is not blackness; it’s love and faithfulness—which I feel is key come what may of race.

Thank you for reading my final blog post for this year. I was finally able to finish it and publish it tonight! Love you, love you, love you, have a goodnight:)

Until next time,

G.

Recommended Restaurants in the Twin Cities

Do you know what are my favorite restaurants to eat at? I like to eat at places mostly in the Twin Cities such as Randolph Griddle, Snuffy’s, Daily Cairo Grill, Moose Country, Deg Deg Grill, Willos in Karmel, Rooster’s BBQ, African Deli, Afro Deli, Hen House Eatery and Hi-Lo Diner. For this blog I would to talk about what I enjoyed eating on the menu for my top 5 favorite restaurants and then recommend which place you could try a crack at first!

The first restaurant that I think you should stop by first on your list is Snuffy’s. Snuffy’s is a good place to get a  hamburger, fries and a malt shake with friends or even with the fam (family). The second place I think you could go to next on your food adventure is Randolph Griddle. Now, the Randolph Griddle used to be called the Copper Dome and what a great spot for a business breakfast, family or after an event. I was able to retrieve a video link from their Facebook page:

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You need to check it out! The third restaurant on the list that you could check out is Afro Deli, especially if you feel like grabbing something a little Middle Eastern but purely Somali cuisine. The food that you could try out could be their famous sambusas, some rice or falafel balls on pita bread as shown below.

The fourth restaurant I would recommend is Hen House Eatery in Minneapolis, if you are one of those people that feel like breakfast should be an all-day thing. The chicken and waffles dish is amazing and the chicken has the right amount of spice. The last restaurant on the list that I recommend you can try out with friends or a spouse. The Daily Cairo Grill is a small restaurant on Chicago Ave. in Minneapolis but its the perfect spot to come pick up quick food such as their very tasty sambusas and burs (Mandazi). The basmati rice is great and a good enough side dish to compliment the sambusa. When I also made my way there, I would sometimes get the chicken curry and the chicken is so tender. One last thing, if you could please get their tea with milk to drink with the meal or to end the meal off nice.

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The Top Five Restaurants I Recommend in the Twin Cities

  1. Snuffy’s – http://www.snuffysmaltshops.com/
  2. Randolph Griddle – http://places.singleplatform.com/copper-dome-restaurant/menu?ref=google
  3. Afro Deli – http://www.afrodeli.com/
  4. Hen House Eatery – https://www.henhouseeatery.com/
  5. Daily Cairo Grill – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daily-Cairo-Grill/116143618406863

 

#StopGunViolence

Do you know what one of the most leading cause of premature death in the U.S is? Well, gun violence is one of the most leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill at least more than 38,000 people and cause nearly 85,000 injuries each year. There is this organization called APHA is a longtime supporter of violence prevention policies, especially with gun-related violence and APHA acknowledges an inclusive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary for good causes.

The issue of gun violence is complex and deeply rooted in our culture, which is why we must take a public health approach to ensure our families and communities are safe. We must focus more on the emphasis on improving gun injury and violence research. Conducting research will be a good first step in figuring out what is wrong in the present and how to prevent future ferocities. There would need to be ongoing work needed to ensure firearms do not fall into the wrong hands and to allow access to mental health services to the ones who need it most. Mental health is a personal issue but it should be a private issue and it should be shared with the public.

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To represent and support the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C., animator Alex Clark used a bit of humor to explain gun violence prevention and hopefully, it will lighten up the mood of this post, enjoy!:

 

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Map of Number of Deaths by Gun Violence in 2018 in the U.S.
In my opinion, guns should not be allowed anywhere in the U.S. because these kinds of weapons can be easily obtained and some people that have the right to carry or not commit suspicious or heinous acts.
To end this on a good not, guns should just go. Period.  #StopGunViolence
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What is a National Emergency and President Donald Trump advocates “Bringing out the military”

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was “bringing out the military” to cease people of Hispanic origin from crossing the southern border into the U.S. He wants to declare a state of national emergency and in my opinion, I do not agree with this. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of national emergency is a “state of emergency resulting from a danger or threat of danger to a nation from foreign or domestic sources and usually declared to be in existence by a governmental authority.” He makes it seem like we are in immediate danger for allowing more people in this country that would not just like to better their own lives but as well as their families lives and I find this to be quite disturbing. This is disturbing due to the fact that he wants a ban for some countries but allows people from other countries to travel freely to and from the U.S. or give them a pass, so to speak.

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Trump had earlier this week repeatedly said he had put the military on notice for such an action, but his comment Thursday seemed to have a backlash. Does he not know that his comments and phrases have public repercussions?  I mean, its fine to voice your own opinions but everyone should have to say in the matter of whether this would be the right thing to do for not just the American people but also for others from different countries.

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A man holds a mask of Donald Trump during the Mexicans meet outside the United States Embassy to plan a welcoming and gather donations for the migrant caravan coming from Honduras on Oct. 23, 2018.

The president had stated a promise in a morning tweet that he made mentions of comments made by Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, on “Fox and Friends.” Judd, a recurrent guest on Fox News Channel, is the union representative for about 16,000 border patrol agents.

“Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council is right when he says on @foxandfriends that the Democrat inspired laws make it tough for us to stop people at the Border,” Trump tweeted.

Trump included, “MUST BE CHANDED, but I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!” he added, appearing to misspell “changed.” I feel like if you are going to state something that you feel strongly about such as illegal border crossing, please Trump make sure to proofread real quick or have someone in your office do it for you. I mean, Condoleezza Rice did the same for Bush when he was in office.

A small group of Honduran migrants trying to reach the U.S. border walk along train tracks in Trancas Viejas, Veracruz state, on Oct. 24, 2018.
 A small group of Honduran migrants trying to cross the U.S. border walk along train tracks in Trancas Viejas, Veracruz state, on Oct. 24, 2018

Trump has tweeted often in recent days about illegal immigration and the migrant caravan traveling north through Mexico. In which, I think that there is nothing wrong with this, because whose elder relatives from another country was not shuttled here, either by boat, plane or bus to travel together to reach this already great country?

He had said on Wednesday night at a rally in Wisconsin that the U.S. would have a “very secure border” and that the “military are ready” to help in securing it. I have no idea if he will actually put the things he commented on into action but if he does we as a people of the United States definitely let him get that far and should not completely blame him.

To add on to his claim, on Monday, Trump had tweeted, without evidence, that, “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” in the caravan and that he had “alerted Border Patrol and Military that” it was a national emergency.

Trump later admitted he had “no proof,” to support the claim:(

 

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/25/donald-trump-migrant-caravan-military-troops-mexico-border/1762704002/

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/18/trump-close-mexico-border-912278

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pentagon-send-active-duty-troops-border-logistical-support/story?id=58741906

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-says-he-s-bringing-out-military-secure-u-s-n924271

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-18/trump-vows-military-will-close-mexican-border-to-stop-migrants

Winter is Coming:)

Many of you think that I’m talking about Game of Thrones, but I’m talking about the season changing. During the past winters, we ‘ve had a lot of accidents and its due to a lack of preparation for changes in the weather. This winter we can change by preparing for the coming weather i.e. fixing the road, having ice salt for the roads, and also, drivers can prepare by getting good chains for the tires or winter tires, driving at the appropriate speed limit, having a shovel in the car in case they get stuck. Posted in the Personal Injury, “Icy roads- Ice can often be difficult to see on roads, especially when it covers the road in a thin layer. This type of “black ice” is very slippery, and drivers often do not account for it during winter weather, leading to accidents when they are unable to stop or turn in time.”

“Every year, more than 1,300 people die and more than 116,000 people are injured in car crashes that occur on roads that are snowy, icy, or slushy. These conditions can make roads especially dangerous, and accidents.” – Personal Injury

In addition, the state could also help road users by placing patrol at every highway in case they need assistance. This winter we can reduce the number of accidents caused road users by following the rules and regulations set down the government and also taking some precautions by watching the news to know where to take on the highways just to avoid accidents. Many accidents that have happened in the past were caused by lack of precautions such as driving at a low speed to avoid skidding, listening to the radios to know where the real-time accidents and road blockage are, inflating tires and avoid using parking brakes.

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In conclusion, many will think driving in the winter is not really safe but I think its the best time to drive because everyone gets to drive at the same pace. The winter season has its up and downs, and one of its downs is a lot of car accidents during the season. If we can follow the above precautions we can reduce the downs of the winter. Driving during the winter time takes a lot of hard work and only those that are strong enough can withstand it. I think this winter is going to be the “survival of the fittest”.

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Sources:

https://www.womansday.com/life/travel-tips/g2868/5-ways-to-avoid-getting-into-an-accident-this-winter/

https://www.grgblaw.com/wisconsin-trial-lawyers/avoiding-car-accidents-staying-safe-winter-weather

Budge Challenge App: Is this a new way to donate to meaningful charities?

Have you ever made a bet with your friend or significant other that was a win-win situation? Probably not—more like a win-lose situation. It’s okay. That is why in today’s post I would like to tell you about a win-win opportunity but with a charitable twist. It’s pretty neat app, called: Budge and you can create challenges about almost anything with your friends for great causes such as cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, or understanding climate change, or searching for extra-terrestrial life. I first saw this app on Buzzfeed: 25 Free Apps That Are Making The World A Better Place.

“Budge was born out of our vision that giving to charity should be a fun and super easy process,” said Hillan Klein, CEO and co-founder, Budge. “With this goal in mind, we set out to build a new culture in charitable giving specifically aimed at Gen Y by combining social gaming with micro-donations. We want to educate people that it’s okay to give in small amounts–casual deeds can truly have a meaningful impact.”

What has been usually done in the past is that the leaders of charities set up a table to have you sign and make a donation that way or hold special events that promote support by donations and then people can pay to enter the event. But I feel like by using those techniques to reach the charitable goal can somewhat take forever to reach because most people are going through a “Charity Fatigue”. In which, many but not all feel like that charity can be a bit too much and just feels sometimes forced. But with the Budge app, it feels less forced because you are donating money in a enjoyable way. Just like it states on the Cision website, “From there, it takes only a few seconds to create a “budge,” select a charity and challenge their friends. “Budges” can be anything – a game of chess, meeting for coffee, a pizza-eating contest, you name it.”

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Now, before you think or say that donating to charities can be a pain at times, especially for the reason that they usually require commitment and emotions run high as well as leave the wallet somewhat dry. I came across an app that includes fun ways to give to charity by interacting with friends with cool challenges. I can remember when donating was not as fun, specially when it came to church charities or food drives.

 

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I have used this app before with a couple of my friends and for one challenge I can recall is that we put in the challenge of not eating unhealthy foods and to drink plenty of water for 1 week or so, in which I won with another friend but the other friend lost. But we enjoyed it, because who really doesn’t like a challenge?

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First Blog- GW

Good Morning Everyone,

I have taken a blogging class before at Saint Paul College, and it was pretty interesting. I enjoyed the course, for the fact that we live in a world where technology is in our everyday lives. I went to that school for two years for graphic design, and felt good about, but I wanted to pursue something more on the lines of writing instead. I would like to learn more about blogging, and perhaps vlogging, too since I watch a lot of YouTube videos and I feel like I can use what I’ve learned in this course to make my own videos someday…

Hopefully, I won’t post blogs everyday but I still want to be able to post enough content to keep them interested in my channel:)

*The interests I could post about: food, mobile devices, apps, games, writing, sports, makeup, hair & nails, and fashion – clothing.

 

Thanks for reading,

Gianni