Meet Dr. K.E. Garland of http://www.kegarland.com! An incredible supporter of Authenticitee Speaks, Dr. Garland adds author to her resume with the upcoming release of her book, ‘The Unhappy Wife’.

A collection of fictionalized short stories based on true interactions, this wife of 20 years, professor and published writer has honed her craft with the intent of social change.

For more info, show her website some love and thank me later!

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CULTURES

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s so much beauty in diversity; in learning about and appreciating different cultures. I am captivated by the mosaic of all faces, languages and nations. However as an African American woman living in the States, there are times others send hidden signals that I need to stick with my own kind. I wasn’t raised that way. I have a problem with that. And though I have no one in my immediate circle that ignorant or narrow minded; I notice the larger my sphere of influence gets; the more I am expected to choose. Yeah, not the kid. Culture…I love it all.

If you’re not new to Authenticitee Speaks, you know I’m a native New Yorker; born and raised in Brooklyn all my life. In one of my earlier blogs, Barbra, Bob and Black Gospel, I poured my heart out about loving all genres of music. Everything from fellow Brooklyn native, Barbra Streisand to Reggae superstar, Bob Marley. Even at my all African American junior high school in the hood, I was taught Broadway show tunes. It was rough there. Loved the school, really loved the people; but hated the violence that would jump off at times. It was there that I first learned to despise Halloween with an intense passion. The neighborhood “welcome committee” wouldn’t just throw eggs at us; at times the eggs were boiled and the tomatoes that flew across scurrying crowds would have straight pins in them.

Fast forward to my culturally diverse and academically challenging high school. It was there that in addition to Spanish; I was required to take two years of Classical Latin for the Humanities program I was in. I however being an overachiever, took three years of Classical Latin. Well, that’s my way of explaining the second year being…let’s just say, less than stellar. Ah..talk about diversity! It was so well mixed. I loved it there. Hands down, a true representation of Brooklyn NY. Hands down, still one of the best memories of my childhood. Culture…I love it all.

Though the high school itself was a safe haven, violence still found its way around the school. During the winter break of our freshman year in college all of my friends met at the McDonald’s a few blocks away. We were meeting to catch up on old times before going to the Winter Concert at the alma mater we loved so much. At the last minute I was unable to meet them early and decided to go directly to the school. One of my closest classmates never made it to the concert. Tondelayo Nikita Alfredwho shared a limo with me on prom night, was murdered when some (insert explicative here) thought it was a good idea to spray a hail of bullets into a crowded McDonald’s. Two strays hit her chest ending her life yet my life I assure you, has never been the same.

In a day and age of disgusting, and in my opinion, satanically energized racism; its disheartening to see division everywhere. I am a woman who loves my heritage and culture as a proud African American. I adore my people and our varied shades, styles and hues. But I love and appreciate all cultures. I love learning about other points of view. I can’t stand being limited and I feel racism does just that. It divides and limits. You know, if you allow that to permeate your world, its a dangerous disservice to yourself and others. Its amazing to me how many feel that I should only love my own. Its a concept as a woman of faith, that I refuse to embrace.

You know whats funny (not funny)? My African American husband and I have two children together who look different from each other at first glance. My beautiful daughter is fair skin with hazel eyes and when she was younger, I was sorely offended when referred to as her nanny by strangers on several occasions. Two years later I gave birth to a handsome son with dark brown skin and people had comments about that from afar. Chosen by God to raise children in this wicked hour of nearsightedness, we are not in denial. We know that the pervasiveness of evil and the exposure to and of it is prevailing; however so is the love of people like myself. Culture…here’s to those of us who love it all.

 

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The phone call no mother wants to get is the one Sally Yabra received. Her world as she knew it forever changed when her handsome 19 yr. old son Jonathan Baksh died in a quarry related accidental drowning last summer.

Below you will find his story told in her words via Change.org where there’s a petition awaiting your signature to make a difference. I promised to share his story…and it’s an honor to do so.

Abandoned Quarries claimed the lives of over forty people in the United States last year alone, including my 19-year-old son Jonathan Baksh. He was an excellent swimmer, but was unaware of the dangers abandoned quarries pose, when he traveled out of state to go swimming with his friends. He grew up in an area where there are no quarries, therefore quarry safety education programs were not taught at our schools, and quarry danger was not common knowledge in our community.

Quarries and mines are a fundamental part of the economy and are located in every state in the U.S. Once they are no longer financially viable, they are often abandoned and naturally become filled with underground water. On a hot summer day, they may look like the perfect place for a swim, but they are dangerous and deadly.

There are over 500,000 abandoned mines and quarries in the U.S. and the Dangers associated with these quarries are:

– More dangerous than other bodies of water

– Often have beautiful and inviting waters

– Their increase in popularity is spread via social media without knowledge of the dangers

– Deceptively deep waters at extremely cold temperatures, which can cause sudden cramps when swimming

– Slippery slopes and unstable rock ledges

– Hidden underwater dangers such as sharp objects, old machinery, junk cars, debris, etc.

– Strong hidden under currents

– NO lifeguards on duty

– Rescue services are remote, and access is limited

The U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (msha.gov) created a program Stay Out Stay Alive which is intended to educate the public about the dangers of abandoned mines. Unfortunately, the program is underfunded and too many lives are lost each year because young people do not learn of the dangers which abandoned mines and quarries pose.

The Stay Out Stay Alive campaign is in place in the United Kingdom and it has been implemented to greater effect, bringing this lifesaving information to many more people, schools and communities. The same issues exist here in the U.S. wherever there are active and abandoned quarries, and we can all learn from sharing with each other. They have an active Facebook campaign page here: https://www.facebook.com/ StaySafeStayOutOfQuarries

Awareness of the dangers of ABANDONED QUARRIES has to be initiated in form of a public safety campaign. We request that the existing campaign STAY OUT STAY ALIVE – http://www.msha.gov be enacted as part of national awareness program in our schools similar to road safety or anti-drug campaign.

States with Most Deaths (2001-2013) via Geology.com

Ohio – 24

Pennsylvania – 19

California – 16

Arizona – 11

Indiana – 12

Illinois – 10

Iowa – 9

Missouri – 9

Wisconsin – 9

New Jersey – 9

Kentucky – 8

Massachusetts – 8

North Carolina – 8

Jonathan’s Story:

CBS 2 News

Fios 1 News

Inside Edition

Abandoned Quarries Awareness

Photo courtesy of Mineral Products Association of Northern Ireland. Many thanks to the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland for sources and information.

 

Much Love!

e

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