NFL Saga Wife Beat, Kills Teammate While Driving Drunk, Sexual Assaults, Wife Killed And The List Goes On But It Is All About Patriotism

Reposted from Larry Johnson Facebook page, a good read!

“Ray Rice beats his wife unconscious, nobody boycotts the NFL.

Josh Brent kills his teammate while driving drunk, nobody burns their tickets.

Ben Roethlisberger is accused of multiple sexual assaults and still has a job in the NFL.

Rae Carruth murders his wife to avoid paying child support, nobody walks out of a football game.

Aaron Hernandez commits two murders, nobody burns their tickets.

Greg Hardy was hired by the Dallas Cowboys during his suspension for beating his girlfriend, where was everyone’s moral outrage and boycotting then?

But players take a knee in silent protest as granted to them under the rights covered by the First Amendment, people burn their tickets, boycott the NFL, threaten players lives and livelihood.

Boy, we have some messed up priorities.”

This isn’t about Patriotism, it’s about Capitalism!

Keep Hope Alive by William Reed Columnist

Where have all our young men gone?  An overwhelming number of black males go either to prison, or politics.  The routes are similar, but entrepreneurial-oriented John Hope Bryant is a young black people need to get to know.  The fifty-something head of Operation Hope exemplifies the entrepreneurial mindset blacks need to know and emulate.

These days most blacks’ vision of empowerment is through the route of elective office.  While our race’s “talented tenth” spend time, energy and money posturing to run for office;” what blacks really need is tutorials on effecting economic empowerment.  Blacks that continue to repopulate and celebrate career politicians, by repeatedly sending them back to office, need leadership beyond the realm of politicsJohn Hope Bryant, founder and CEO of Operation Hope, can illuminate the path toward liberation for blacks. The author of numerous books highlighting that true power comes from economic independence, not in politics; John Hope Bryant is showing blacks the way to more prosperity.  Bryant’s economic message is spelled out in “The Memo” publication.

Blacks need less politics and more economic empowerment strategies.  Small is the number of blacks that see business as empowering activity.  Too many blacks want a change to come about in our economics without changing dysfunctional practices.   One such habit is elevating politicians to celebrity statuses. Conveners of church or organizational conferences and seminars should pare down their Rolexes of politicians and broadcast news readers in lieu of experts like John Hope Bryant, an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion and economic empowerment.  Bryant is focused on making free enterprise work for all and believes people have potential to prosper, with “a hand up and not a hand out.”  Bryant is responsible for the modern “Silver Rights Movement” and highlights the importance of investing in African American-owned institutions; and blacks’ entrepreneurial ventures in our own neighborhoods and making informed decisions with finances.

Bryant founded Operation HOPE, Inc. following the 1992 Los Angeles Rodney King riots.  The organization has an $8 million annual operating budget and Bryant a million dollars plus personal net worth. Bryant’s teachings remind blacks to “Keep Hope Alive.” Through Operation HOPE and its partners, Bryant is responsible for more than $2 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship and community development in under-served communities across the U.S.   Operation HOPE operates partnerships in more than 300 U.S. cities.  Bryant’s projects have served more than 1.5 million clients with government to private sector partners.

“We have to find the hope, the life purpose, and reason to live” says Bryant.  He has etched out a leading role in financial literacy.  This book will “get your mind right” teach you clear ways to make changes to how you view money”“ so that it becomes your friend and not something you chase, briefly acquire but can never hold on to, and fall into the same poverty trap that your loved ones have generation after generation.”

We hope to help African Americans by pointing them in Bryant’s direction to help them move away from “civil” rights leadership to “silver rights.”  Bryant says blacks will never advance “unless we start implementing new ways of thinking.”  In The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation Bryant teaches readers five rules that lay foundation toward achieving financial freedom.  Surely, more blacks can develop viable plans to get them out of poverty and desperation by subscribing to Bryant’s works.  Bryant admits, “There is inequality in America.”  And, “theirs is systemic racism that benefits people who seem to be handed everything in life, but you cannot do anything about that. You can’t take their money or privilege away…nor stop their rich relatives, spouses and employers from over paying or spoiling them.  You cannot make these people care at all about you, nor your inability to pay bills on time.” 

Bryant provides an example of ‘civil” and “silver rights” coming together, as operator of HOPE Inside Atlanta on the campus of the King Center and as anchor tenant of the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Complex.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via

Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission Hosts Municipal Candidates Forum Tuesday October 17 2017





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

6-8 p.m.

Location: Edgecombe County Administration Building

Here’s your opportunity to meet the candidates

Ask questions


Thursday, October 19, 2017

ELECTION DAY – November 7, 2017

North Carolina GOP Moves Forward With Attempt To Take Control Of State Courts

“It’s a huge development and it’s part of an ongoing diabolical plan that the Republican leadership have been promoting and implementing to take over one branch after another,” said Bob Hall, head of Democracy North Carolina.

By Sam Levine

North Carolina Republicans, who have been reprimanded by federal courts for targeting minorities with voter ID restrictions and gerrymandering, passed legislation last week to eliminate primary elections for state judges next year in what critics say is a blatant and brazen attempt to take control of the state’s courts.

Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the bill on Monday, but Republicans have a supermajority in the state legislature and can override the governor’s veto. (HuffPost)