Some Black folk can be a piece of work.
Over the years I have experienced some things because I have been actively engaged in community activism and political activism. I understand why some black folk do what they do but it does not make it right. One must look over some things and keep it positive.
I have always heard that some black folk are like crabs in a bucket. I came to that conclusion years ago that some black folk are scared to speak out, jealous, envy and can be just plain mean. Maybe they have a reason for that but I can’t think of any reason I have to be any of that. Some black folk especially church folk that read the bible or have heard scriptures have heard that we should be our brother’s keeper. But some folk especially church folk get amnesia when it comes to certain scriptures.
Somewhere around 1988 I joined Black Workers For Justice that was housed in Rocky Mount and then I joined the NAACP housed in Rocky Mount in 1992. I joined both to be a voice for the voiceless especially the youth and the elderly. I pledged to myself to advocate for school issues, work issues, political issues and other. I have been fighting all of these years for folk even some ungrateful folk who had and have a problem with me for being outspoken but they reaped the benefits. Too bad everyone reaps the work of those who advocate for change and for better. I was named militant by some black folk who wanted me to shut up because they were afraid how some white folk would look at them. I was named a racist by some white folk who were not used to a young black male being outspoken but some white folk have reaped the benefits of my advocacy as well.
I have experienced the behavior of some black folk and I understand why young and older blacks do what they do. It seems that when they are doing great things they are never recognized for their works so it leaves them without motivation. It is sad that folk don’t get recognized by local folk but outsiders see the work and recognize them.
I am going to use myself as an example because I can tell my story better than anyone and I am going to tell it now because some folk will try to tell it after I am no longer.
Over the years some black folk said we needed our own black media. Well I took it upon myself back in the early 90’s to start doing a newsletter and then several years later. I was introduced to blogging by a former Rocky Mount Telegram reporter that came here from Boston Massachusetts and a white female friend advocate out of Greensboro that I met on Facebook. When I post on my blog it is shared to my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. I video meetings and events and take photos that I share on my social media and YouTube pages.
I have been sacrificing my time and resources since the late 80’s out of my pocket spending resources that I needed to have been holding on to since my wife has not worked since we have been married in 1997. Had several setbacks taking some medical leave without pay and just missing time out of work when mom was terminally ill in 1997, during the flood of 1999, dad had 2 hip replacements during the 2000’s along with a truck accident and then 2 more floods within a years time. Even going through my personal struggles I still assisted others during that time.
I look at how folk recognize folk who receive a salary for what they do while you have some folk like myself out here struggling trying to provide a service out of pocket and folk don’t see the need to have an appreciation service and/or make donations to the work they provide. Although I have struggled over the years trying to provide a service I have also donated/or provided a service to others even those who have never donated to me.
Folk you need to look at who are doing some great things in Edgecombe County. Because of the works that some are doing, Edgecombe County has been and continue to be recognized.
Folk we got to do better. If we are going to say we are our brother’s keeper then we need to start showing folk some love and stop just providing lip service.
I have folk whom I network with and those are the folk I am going to make sure I take care of. You see when we network together that is a savings and money do not have to be a part of the equation. However if you don’t ever do anything for me but I am doing things for you that cost money and my time then that is a problem.
As I say, “I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!”
The Gate Keeper response: Interesting meeting. Sources say that the closed session was supposed to have been about taking actions against a police that is supposedly under a felony investigation in Wilson NC. We will have to wait and see.
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I offer videography to capture your event, funerals and etc. I try to produce a quality video and the main thing to try to get the product to you within 24 – 48 hours but my focus is the same day if possible. An organization or a group should incorporate a pay plan into having their event as they charge for their event say for instance a banquet. A church or other say for instance having a choir anniversary or other, need to include in their budget to pay for the video.
Folk need to understand that videoing is time consuming. If your event is 3 hours long then look at the time and the equipment one uses to capture the event. Folk it do not stop there so if your event is 3 hours long then one has to take 3 hours plus to prepare the original DVD so that copies can be duplicated so therefore in my case my camcorder runs another 3 hours while using a DVD recorder/player to produce the original DVD. After the original DVD is prepared I then make duplicate copies on my laptop or laptops according to how many duplicates needed. I buy a 100 pack of DVDs to prepare DVDs, labels for the DVD/s on my laptop so therefore it takes labels, ink and a printer. Videoing package in my opinion is worth atleast $300.00.
I also can promote/share your event on YouTube which is also time consuming. I have to upload video to Adobe Software and for a 3 hour event it takes around 6 – 8 hours plus or minus and then it takes around 3 – 5 hours plus or minus to upload to YouTube. To promote you video on YouTube in my opinion is worth $100.00.
For an event of 1 hour to 3 hours you are looking at a donation of between $200.00 – $300.00 and if add the YouTube 1 hour to 3 hours you are looking at an additional $50.00 – $100.00.
I offer photography to capture your event, funerals and etc. I try to capture quality memorable moments and when you look at the photos it tells a story. I do no develop photos and I transfer the photos on a SD-Card whereby you can print them off on your computer and/or take them to Walmart, Walgreens or other to have them developed.
I will post the photos on Facebook so that you can promote/share your event with others. A donation of $100.00 – $200.00 according to what you are looking for as it relates to capturing your event via photo. During a 1 hour to 3 hours event I may take around 100 – 400 photos or more.
The DCN News Blog Online TV is ready to capture your event today. Folk need to understand the events need to be documented so that events can be a part of history that can be passed on from generation to generation. Funerals to me is something I feel folk ought to take advantage of to document family history. It is sad that many times family do not attend a family reunion but they will attend a funeral of a family member. Also during a funeral most of the immediately family be so emotional that they do not remember what the preacher preached and do not remember seeing half of the people that came to support. When one goes back and look at the video it helps with bringing closure to losing a loving one and to have family members documented so that the family members can be documented and passed on from generation to generation.
If I can be of assistance to you please contact me at (252) 314-5484, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or inbox me on Facebook. According to what you may be looking for I also have a pool of other videographers/photographers members of the group The Koncept that may be available to you as well.
So d all has said Voter Id is a problem!
Really! It appears that the problem is d all not counting all the Votes!
So damn the folk go vote but then d all hide the machines so Votes will not get counted.
So who is the problem? Yous got it damn d all!
Note: I love playing with words try to be comical but yet get my point across.
Politics I love it! I love it because it is real and folk can hate it all they want. They can say they don’t want to get involved but the problem with that is you are automatically involved. You see everything political.
Folk you better get involved or be left behind. Being involved can be time consuming and that is why it is my desire to be able to get up in the morning and be on top of what is going on politically. Why? Because folk are making decisions on what affects me daily. So therefore I want to be a part of the decision making by speaking out on issues and holding folk accountable for their actions.
Elections were held across the nation on Tuesday and some folk were knowledgeable of what was happening but many were not. Some folk get mad when folk be at the polling sites passing out literature about candidate telling them who to vote for. But there are more folk who don’t know that do know and they welcome the literature. I have folk that reach out to me asking me do I have literature and to just say can you tell me who I need to vote for because they trust in me. I count that as an honor and a pleasure to have folk who be watching what I do that I don’t even talk to on a regular or have never talked to but they follow me on social media.
There is a lack of political forums held leading up to election time and I plan on trying to change that in the future. You can never have too many forums to educate folk about what is going on around them. Folk need to know whether they like it or not.
Folk just because you don’t like politics the world don’t stop and others are making decisions for you. If you don’t want to get involved directly, get involved indirectly by reaching out to folk that you know are actively engaged. Trust in these folk until they give you a reason not to. Although I am actively engaged I don’t know it all so when there is something I need to know I reach out to my resources. Resources can be better than money sometimes.
Everything political the church, the job and the way you live.
I challenge you to get involved today directly or indirectly because politics is the way of the world. So as long as you are in this world you are affected by politics.
Curmilus Dancy II