posted by mboyd / January 26, 2016
Knowing what lane you are designed to operate in is so very important to your success and the rate by which you achieve it. There is nothing worse than a luxury vehicle trying to handle an off-road obstacle course. The luxury vehicle is almost certain to sustain some element of damage to the frame. It just wasn’t built for that. So too, a plane attempting to use a highway causes disruption for everyone involved. The road simply wasn’t designed to handle a plane.
“I’ll never again be in someone else’s lane, trying to work someone else’s grace.”
– Pastor William Murphy
Life is the same way. Playing in lanes that we are not designed to be in, or operating as if we are something or someone we are not is almost certain to lead us to turbulent times. The frame of a plane and a truck may be made with similar material. They both even have windows, and windshield wipers, tires, and lights. But rest assured, trying to operate them the same will surely lead to a crash or even a fatality.
Today, know your lane. If you fly, stick to the runway. If you drive, stick to the highway. Your blessing, your freedom, your peace, and your progress…are all in your lane.
Stay in your lane, and receive your gain.
posted by mboyd / January 22, 2016
If you live in Philadelphia, you are very familiar with Anthony Clark. For those just hearing this name for the first time, let me fill you in. Clark serves as one of our City Commissioners, charged with ensuring the integrity of our voting system in Philadelphia. During elections, every voting machine, precinct placement, literature concerning where to vote, and the ads that give polling locations, fall under his office. His duties also include setting up workshops teaching others how to vote using the machines. All of this isn’t an issue. The issue is the fact that Clark doesn’t show up for work! He is often no where to be found, does not use email, and has not voted in over 4 years! Imagine that. The guy who leads the office to ensure integrity in voting…DOESNT VOTE.
However, even that is not my issue today. See, I know what Anthony Clark has done. I KNOW his actions have been out of pocket. But I have serious issues when a white congressman goes on record and says that a grown black man told him that he was going to be a “good boy”. That’s just a bit extra.In fact in today’s climate, that is struggling with being political correct, and sensitive to cultural demands, it is beyond me how anyone could call a person of another race…a “boy”. Especially when someone has years of experience in the media…one has to wonder quite frankly, if this statement was deliberate.
Judge for yourselves.
“He said, ‘I’m going to show up, I’m going to be a good boy’ – same thing he said last night. I don’t believe him,” Brady said.
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posted by mboyd / January 20, 2016
Ok. OK! So we rally to get an Academy Award. You get your Oscar. Then what? Because if you still don’t have diversity in the green lighting of projects, if you still don’t own distribution channels, if you still don’t own or have ownership stake in major production houses, then all you get is a 52 fake out.
There’s nothing worse than getting a shiny fork and plate and a seat at the table, only to realize no one is passing you any food.
posted by mboyd / January 19, 2016
I’ve watched this OSCARS saga unfold and to be truthful, I’m not sure that I’m mad at them. I think a membership full of white males very well may choose to include films and actors that fit a comfort level that suits them. Let’s be honest, Creed was as “Philly” as Rocky has ever been. They couldn’t relate to dirt bikes, love stories centered in the hood, having a deep convo with your new found love at Max’s Steaks, or the challenges of being a black boxer trying to make it in this city. So they voted for the thing that made them comfortable in the film: Rocky.
What I’m truly more disappointed in, is the fact that we let BET be sold to Viacom, and we didn’t keep control of its programming. I’m disappointed in the fact that the BET awards have gotten worse every year, disappointed that we haven’t come up with our own prestigious awards show by now for film, disappointed that we didn’t see the danger of funding programs like Citas World, BET Uncut, Love & Hip Hop, and many others, instead of spending the money to combat not a growing problem in Hollywood, but one that has existed since time immemorial. I’m not sure we should be asking for inclusion here. They didn’t ask for inclusion in our predominantly Af Am voter based awards.
I think the solution has and always will be…create your own, celebrate your own. NEVER wait for another to do it for you.
posted by mboyd / January 4, 2016
I tell people all the time…life is short. And if you multiplied your days (365) by the years that you have been alive…you would quickly see how short life is, and how important it is not to waste time.
The graphics in this article helps to visualize my point a bit more clearly.