I No Longer Want to Be a Good, Strong Black Man.
Jan03

I No Longer Want to Be a Good, Strong Black Man.

By: @DerrickJaxn "Such a good, strong black man." (Insert smile and look of pride by loving family member or friend) I've always been humbled by those who'd call me that and still appreciative of the intentions behind it. I've even used the term myself without giving it much thought. But with recent event's cold cup of truth splashed directly into my eyes, I've realized that saying "good, strong black man" is just as destructive if not more so than the original N-word was. Have you ever heard of a good, strong white man or an educated white woman? Doubt it. Reason being, "white" without any other modifiers is generally accepted to be connoted with those things. On the flip side, why isn't black? If I have to modify the adjective to include educated, strong, "never been in no trouble", "with my sh*t together", what is it saying about just being default black? Dumb, weak, trouble-maker, worthless? And what is the difference between that and the original N-word? So when someone black gets killed, could that be the reason we have to verify the value of their lives with college degrees or intent on going to college, no criminal background, and vouchers from those close to them that they were good people? Trying to counter the notion that being black isn't synonymous with good qualities by listing them upon introducing yourself is to inadvertently condone and perpetuate that notion. I don't want to escape stereotypes, I want to do away with them. In the same way that as citizens we are innocent until proven guilty, as a black person, I want to be deserving of respect and appreciation until proven otherwise as well. It's going to take some time, but the reconditioning must start somewhere.We learned the current meaning of "black". Let's learn a new one. I am a black man. That, by itself, is more than good enough. -@DerrickJaxn Share this:TweetShare on...

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Don’t Get Mad At Donald Sterling
Apr27

Don’t Get Mad At Donald Sterling

Just like most of you, I saw the TMZ headlines, I listened to the audio of Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his distaste for his mistress's association with blacks, and I even turned to ESPN to see what the attitude of his coworkers were. On the surface, everyone seemed to be on one accord that this was a problem that needed to be handled swiftly from the words of Stephen A. Smith, Michael Jordan, Lebron, and every other employee of Adam Silver's. But what I also began to notice was that with so much focus on Donald Sterling and his racism, this issue was about to be vacuumed up with him alone as opposed to being indicative of a much larger problem that needs to be addressed. Donald Sterling is one tree, but there is an entire forest that we've been ignoring and will continue to ignore if we keep trying to throw this one man under the bus without uprooting everything he's planted in that will eventually sprout another him; this time more poisonous and harder to recognize. Sterling's distaste for blacks pales in comparison to many of his counter parts that are now distancing themselves from him. That's based on the fact that while we're happy about comprising 75% of the NBA's players, we're still only 1% of its owners. With all of the "progress" America has made, that can only happen with a concerted effort to ensure that it does. We're qualified to dominate this sport but just so happens that we're not qualified to lead from executive positions? Tell me this. Every ounce of wealth generated in this country started with the free slave labor. Jim Crow followed shortly after to keep blacks disenfranchised to make sure that wealth remained in the hands it had always been in. So, if we're really past all of that, then why does the ratio of those working for the money vs. those who actually have the money still look exactly the same? Because that money was passed down and preserved through the likes of Donald Sterling who says you can do what you want with blacks, but in this world it can't be made out to be that they're actually equal to you. They're good enough to make the money, but not to keep it. They're good enough to have as a mistress but not good enough to marry. Oh, what a Scandal that is(pun all the way intended). So while we've been celebrating the honor of finally getting to drink out of the same water fountains as everyone else and fake-outraging when Donald Sterling doesn't have the...

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How a Good Black Man Feels About Butt Implants
Jan29

How a Good Black Man Feels About Butt Implants

  Written by: Derrick Jaxn You may not know Blac Chyna, but chances are, your closest guy friend does(no shade intended). Recently, a mishap with her money maker sent her to the hospital and she's not alone. It's for that reason that I cease to be baffled at why this trend of getting butt implants is still so popular. I guess the just be happy with yourself spiel hasn't done the trick in convincing women of how beautiful they are without the gawking of Instagram's finest looking for a timeline strip-tease. So maybe seeing where being self-esteemless really gets you can help clear things up. Not all people in the media are devils despite what a lot of self-worth advocates will tell you. They simply reveal our identity as a society, and that's that perception is not only our reality, but a dream we'll do anything to make come true. The part of the "anything" they're concerned about is where you spend your money to make them moguls. As for those who also spend their health, that's a price they're willing to pay. So now there's a movement of paying for a fake ass and going to the gym in yoga pants to pretend you earned it by doing squats. Worse than the realization that you've been bamboozled this whole time are the drawbacks to getting injections and implants. Butt augmentation isn't something you pick up on your way home at the gas station. If it is, you've got bigger problems. Those procedures can cost you a lot more than just this year's rent. Ask Apryl Michelle Brown who lost every limb she has due to complications with her injections. Blac Chyna as I mentioned earlier is another one. Her butt is literally flipping out on her, but she's getting off easy, unlike Pebblez the model and her clients. Pebblez was charged with murder last year of a woman who came to her wanting her help. That woman was injected with concrete; yes, the stuff kids jump rope on. Of course we can say, "Oh why would she do such a thing?" and my guess is that it wasn't exactly in her plans. The same way you wouldn't plan for it either unless you had your own in-house chemical lab to test the solution. If not, then join the other 99% of women that's completely going off of their doctor's word that everything should be fine while they hand you a contract clearing them of responsibility in the event they're lying. If you can't afford that doctor and instead go to someone that your friend knows because they can...

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Jonathan Ferrell Goes to Police For Help, Gets Killed
Sep15

Jonathan Ferrell Goes to Police For Help, Gets Killed

(CNN) -- Police in North Carolina shot and killed a man running toward them Saturday morning -- but he may have just been looking for help after a car wreck. Officers responded to a "breaking and entering" 911 call at a home in Charlotte. The homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly. Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them. One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was "unsuccessful." Another officer then opened fire, police said. Officer Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of Jonathan Ferrell. Jonathan Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times. He was unarmed. Police now believe Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car. The crash Ferrell was 24 and a former football player at Florida A&M University. Police found a wrecked car nearby, indicating that he may have been trying to get help. "It was a pretty serious accident," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told CNN affiliate WSOC. The crash was so severe that authorities now believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window, affiliate WBTV reported. He ran to the closest house for help. The woman inside thought it was her husband. "To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize," Monroe told WBTV. "She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm, called 911." The man stood outside and "continued to attempt to gain the attention of the homeowner," a police statement said. The shooting There were three officers at the scene, but Kerrick was the only one to use a gun. He fired several times, police said. "The evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick and the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive," police said in another statement issued late Saturday night. "Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter. " All three officers have been placed on paid leave. A charge of voluntary manslaughter means the person used excessive force in self-defense, or carried out the act without intent to kill. Police called the incident "unfortunate." "It has devastated a family as well as caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety in our organization," a statement said. The reaction Friends expressed grief on social media, calling Ferrell a "brother" and demanding "justice." He had at least one brother, Willie, who played with him at Florida A&M. The university said it was "deeply saddened" at the loss. In...

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George Zimmerman In Custody for A Domestic Altercation
Sep09

George Zimmerman In Custody for A Domestic Altercation

(CNN) -- George Zimmerman was taken into custody Monday after an apparent domestic altercation at a home in Lake Mary, Florida, police said. "As of right now, he has been placed in investigative detention," Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said. Hudson said three parties were involved in the altercation. The incident comes two months after Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Hudson added that police are following procedure by placing Zimmerman in investigative detention. "Anytime we have anybody suspected of doing anything, we place them in investigative detention until a complete investigation has been done," Hudson said. Lake Mary is a suburb of Orlando near Sanford. Share this:TweetShare on...

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George Zimmerman’s Wife Files for Divorce
Sep06

George Zimmerman’s Wife Files for Divorce

"I have a selfish husband" "I don't think I ever really knew him at all" "He's verbally abusive" "He's acting 'brand new'" "He has a bad temper" Now this doesn't sound like good ole "Georgey" that we came to know and love over the past year. Nevertheless, those are exact quotes from Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman. She filed divorce papers Thursday against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, her attorney told NBC News. Watch her interview below. http://derrickjaxn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/George-Zimmermans-Wife-Shellie-Files-for-Divorce-Trial-for-Death-of-Trayvon-Martin-Strained-Marria-10Youtube.com_.mp4     Share this:TweetShare on...

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