Sunday, August 28, 2011

Trentonians Vacate the 'Island'

TRENTON-- Area residents were told to evacuate the city's 'Island' Sunday morning in response to heavy rain and flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. Citizens that lived on the Island were transported by the police department to nearby shelters, while their cars were towed to a central location for safe keeping. 

Anwar's Reflections -- a Trentonian affiliate-- was on hand to capture the aftermath of the storm. Trenton's mayor, Tony Mack, held a press conference Sunday afternoon at a West Ward firehouse. He and other city officials were on site to give concerned citizens updates on what they were doing to address the aftermath of the storm.

At the press conference, Trenton Police Director Joseph Juniak, said that this was a major flood incident for the city of Trenton and that he did not expect the Assupink River to overflow 6 or 7 feet over its normal flood zone. He went on to say that the storm caused a lot of problems in the South Trenton area and Nottingham Way area. He implored citizens to bear with he and other city officials as this is a long term process and commitment.

Fire Department Director Qareeb Bashir said he and the emergency department have added additional personnel on the street and have deployed four different squads to cover the city's four wards. He went on to say that, "We have major flooding in the Ferry Street section of South Trenton and major flooding around the Mulberry Street area.  People are actually being rescued, but we're on top of it".

Mayor Mack told onlookers that he and his staff were doing everything in their power to make sure everyone has access to information regarding the flooding incident. City Council President Kathy McBride said that city residents could call a central phone number to report any concerns they experienced.

Residents that live on the Island were also on hand to talk about their experience. One person, Beth, said that she had experienced floods before in Trenton but that this storm was not that bad. She went on to say that she was not going to leave her home. Someone else said that she had set up a tent outside her home Saturday night and that it was left intact. Another city man said that he would only leave his 'Island' home if he saw water coming toward his street.

Each individual I spoke to said that the police department did a good job when it came to letting people know they need to evacuate the area.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Trentonians Say Celebrating African American Culture Is Not Limited To February

TRENTON-- Trentonians and tourists alike attended the city's first ever African American Pride Festival located in Cadwalader Park this past Saturday. Rich historical artifacts were on display, tender ribs were simmering on the grill, and soulful music was playing in the background as members of the audience danced to the beat.

The inspiration behind the city's first ever African American Pride Fest came from Trentonian columnist LA Parker. The columnist looked at Trenton as a whole and saw that events celebrating African American culture and history were lacking and threw the idea out there for people to think about. His idea turned into a reality this past Saturday.

Vendors, families, and entertainers alike were all on hand to take in the festivities. Trenton's own Wise Intelligent of the well-known hip hop group Poor Righteous Teachers performed. Dr. Jack Washington, an area historian, recited Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic I Have A Dream speech. Ghandi, host of the city's well-known GPS (Ghandi's Poetry Spot) located at Cafe International was also on hand to introduce the city's youth.

Anwar's Reflections --a Trentonian affiliate-- attended the festival to hear what people thought about the event. One event goer, Christian from Ewing township, came with his friends and said that he enjoyed the festival because he really liked the cultural artifacts on display. Another event goer, Sharon Shivers, came along with her family and said that she liked the vendors that came out to the festival and that all in all, the event was successful. One vendor at the event, Shiela Wilson, who sold hand made jewelry, said that the festival was very positive and that she was impressed with how everything turned out.

Another vendor, Maria from SUA Enterprises, said the show's turnout was fabulous and that everything was very good. Butta, a local lochtechian (an individual that specializes in treating natural hairstyles), said that she enjoyed the event as well. Divine Allah, former city council candidate and community activist, said that the festival is important because "we need to showcase our experiences here in America". In a video below, he describes the horrific story of Emmitt Till.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The New World Order has that "Old World " odor

The New World Order has that "Old World " odor.

 Isn't it strange how what's old is presented as what's new. According to Webster's New World Dictionary, the word "niggard" is a term of Scandanavian origin. The word means to be covetous or stingy. Another definition of the word is to be grudgingly reluctant to grant (to give). And what is it that is grudgingly being granted ? Care for the least in our society, and COMPASSION.

Scripture tells us that during the life of the humble Galilean the tax collectors and the Sanhedrin were considered to be "gatekeepers" of their times. They were also the accepted, selected and protected social elite ( lawyers, scribes and priests) who, with the protection of the state, professed a belief in The Creator of All Life. They were the exclusive arbiters of the Mosaic Law, yet they gave their allegiance to Caesar. Also , in those days , "the poor" consisted of the elderly, shepherds, widows, the sick and children. Little mercy or compassion was shown towards one's neighbor , due to the veil of suspicion , the fear of terrorism and rebellion that existed during the era of the PAX ROMNA. That was then. What about NOW?

Has America shown compassion in relationship with her huddled masses yearning for a better life, or have we been witnesses to the CREMATION of CARE in HD (high definition). Today, we have been observing an evolution in consciousness that is taking place in the HUMAN RACE throughout the world . However, our s/elected leaders have paid little to no attention to this phenomenon. In fact, many are ignorant of this evolutionary activity.

This shift in consciousness is the result of a fundamentally deep evaluation regarding relationships , called the inward, or involutionary journey of the soul, meaning the process of quiescence, Self reflection and alignment with Source. Unless there is an involution within people there can be no evolution in society. That is to say that without peace of mind in individuals, there can be no peace in the world or in our environment.

Yes,there are people of other nations, ethnicities, cultures and different skin tones (pigmentation variations) that exist amongst us. But these variations are a necessary result of regional adaptation. However, different does not mean deficient, and as a species among other intelligences , we are learning to be much more allowing of others who appear to be different from ourselves. This realization has become much more prevalent, especially among the youth of today. But there is stiff resistance coming from "the RACE HATERS" who possess enormous wealth and buy people's souls.

It seems that the commercial airwaves are dominated and manipulated by facile forces of state. These are what one call "THE RESISTERS" who resist the power of love and the quietness of peace. Rather, it seems that they encourage, embrace and promote the cacophony of chaos, war, deceit, scorn, cynicism, fear, organized mayhem, and the culture of death. There seems to be a deliberate decision of tapping into the anger, suspicion and fear that exists in certain segments of the society, so that those who are most susceptible to this frequency can continue to practice their destructive and eventual self destructive agendas.

And to what end? As the mighty O JAYS sang, "for the love of MONEY. It is written that "the love of money is a root to all kinds of evil "( 1st Timothy 6:10 ). It is at this point that I would like to share from my perspective, that there is but One Presence in the Universe....God The Good. No matter what others may say or do,the salvation of mankind is the LIGHT of Knowledge. Not intellect, but Supeme Intelligence. This gift of SUPREME INTELLIGENCE or the LIGHT of KNOWLEDGE was given to every human being.

Many of us talk about it, but few of us pay much attention to the Way of Knowledge. Our Emotions play a guiding role in this Way of Knowledge. And were we wise, you and I would begin asking questions about how we feel regarding our thoughts and ourselves.

We might also desire to explore the pillars that uphold our lives. These pillars give strength , balance and certainty to our lives. These are the Pillars of Relationships, the Pillar of Work , the Pillar of Health and the Pillar of Spiritual Development. Just as the legs of a table, these pillars provide the basis for how we as a people will navigate the difficult times ahead, how we individually and collectively as members of the Human Race will navigate the great waves of change that are already in motion.

Even though the light is dim, it is still present. It will dispel benightedness. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. So let us show LOVE to that person in the mirror we see every day, and extend that love to our neighbor, for with LOVE and FAITH in the CREATOR of ALL LIFE and in the FAMILY of MAN we can never be separated, not even by death.

Now will the real "NIGGARDS" please stand up? Of course not .... they're hiding behind the political executors of their estates.

The Professor