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Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not."
Violence. We see it on the web, the local and national news.
It seems that either literally or figuratively, we all are getting a taste of the “apple pie” that H-Rap Brown (aka Imam Jamil Al-Amin), spoke of years ago. Make no mistake; within the context of that particular observation, this is far from a sweet dessert, but a bitter acrid cider of devastation and despair.
The well-publicized acts of violence capture the dreaded imagination and hysterical fear of the populace, and the intellectualization of politicians, sociologists and a host of “intellectuals”.
Of particular concern today, is what appears to be a rise in violent behavior by black people, both men and women.
What has happened over time?
Are black people becoming more violent than ever, or are we (including this writer), unwitting victims of a press propaganda machine that disproportionately focuses on violent crimes committed by black people, thus giving others’ a “pass”?
Do the YouTube and Worldstarhiphop videos speak to a complete social, moral, cultural and spiritual breakdown of our community?
What about black women? Are the caricatures in the Madea movies or in in Martin Lawrence sitcoms just comedy, or what many presume are accurate depictions of a “strong” black woman?
What are the factors in our violent behavior? Poverty? Lack of fathers? Diet? Music? “Leaders” who only seem to be concerned when the violent offenders are white?
We want to review these points and more, this Saturday, November 15th, on Critical Discourse
It's time to fire up the New York Mets Hot Stove.
Rising Apple staff writer Michael Lecolant will host tonight's 87th episode of the Rising Apple Report. Joining him will be Stephen Keane, proprietor of KranepoolSociety.com, and from GalForAllSeasons.com, Taryn Cooper.
They'll discuss the organization's potential strategies for improving the club this off-season, while also taking time to consider their limitations.
Congratulations are also in order, as Juan Lagares earned a Gold Glove, and Jacob deGrom became a finalist for N.L. Rookie of the Year.
A look back at the 1987 Mets season will wrap things up.
Tonight's Rising Apple Report launches at 9:00pm EST.
As always, all are invited to call and join the conversation. Please do, at 646-929-0337.
Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning their 3rd World Series title in the span of 5 years.
Tonight's Rising Apple Report will review their thrilling seven game victory over the relentless Kansas City Royals. RA staff writer Michael Lecolant will host this evening's roundtable, and will be joined by fellow writers Sam Maxwell and Rich Sparago.
Their guest will be Greg Prince from the website Faith and Fear in Flushing.
Episode #86 will also take an Amazin' trip down memory lane and revisit the 1986 New York Mets championship season.
The show starts at 8:00pm EST.
Of course, you're invited to join the discussion. The number to call is (646)-929-0337.
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