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Recently, I saw a post about Frank Ocean, a known singer and ghostwriter for many artists, stating that he had written a blog revealing his sexual preference. I overlooked the decision; as I could really care less, plus I really did not believe that one would write a blog revealing such information to the entire world. All in all, I soon learned that one of the artists that I highly respected lived an alternative lifestyle and may have even expressed affection for a male through his music played throughout speakers around the nation. Perplexed by these statements, I read the article for myself and sure enough a five-minute post on who Frank Ocean really was as a person appeared on my screen.

Since I still did not believe this, I went to his twitter, followed him, and read a few tweets, but nothing revealing this information was posted. Suddenly, I saw a flood of retweets from his (Frank Ocean’s) account with the negative statements that people were making about him. In a sense, I felt bad, but I mean why would he even retweet those things? One would believe that he would not even care. He is a noted artist, wealthy, has many friends, family, and seemingly achieved the “American Dream.” People disagree with him all the time, so why is this affecting him so much. His tweets were just depressing. But I’m like this is Frank Ocean, the guy that is very cool and a group member with off the wall Tyler the Creator, who oddly expresses himself through his abstract lyrics and videos. The impact of this statement could devastate Frank Oceans career, but he has received support from many well-respected artist; Rev Runn, Russell Simmons, Solange Knowles, Meshell Ndegeocello and a few others so maybe he won’t be effected by this revelation after all he is a great artist. “No Church in the Wild, Swim Good, Novacane, Thinking Bout You, and his recent single, which is ironically entitled Sweet Life Ft. Lupe are just a few of his well-known singles that I’m sure you have heard one time or another and enjoyed.

Besides, living that lifestyle in one of the most hyper-masculine careers that one man can be apart of, he is really no different from many openly gay actors, comedians, and those in other entertainment professions; but many others as well as myself still look forward to his album “Channel Orange.” I’m sure it will still have record sales and many say that the hip-hop community will look at this to gauge (no pun intended) the buying audience. This announcement comes at an interesting time, was this a ploy for sales as well similar to the Kanye v. 50 Beef?! Well the hip-hop community is still a bit silent on the matter being as Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye and a few others still have yet to speak on the matter.

This May, June, and July has brought forth surprising announcements regarding this controversial issue in our American society. Recently in an interview with Robin Roberts, President Barack Obama stated:

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” – President Barack H. Obama

This statement came as a surprise since the President’s view and stance on this issue has been “evolving” for many years. The President, however, repealed the well-regarded “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that excluded those who lived alternative lifestyles from serving within the military. He received a lot of attention then, but not as much as the endorsement of same-sex marriage has brought forth both media wise and monetarily. Was this an attempt for the President to increase re-election efforts, or was it an honest evolution of thought on the topic? Most pundits think that it is a mix of both, which has brought forth much speculation because although the President made this statement the decision, yet the decision still lies in the hands of the states and 31 currently stand against it. Though the President has not created any legislation on the matter, he right now faces criticism from a not so surprising group of people known as “The Black Church.”

The Coalition of African-American Pastors commonly known as (CAAP) is one of the leading groups right now composed of over 1,300 pastors devoted to “defending the sacred institution of marriage.”  These men are standing against the statement that President Obama made and has demanded that the administration meet with them and withdraw their support on this issue. Now this is where things get very touchy regarding this issue.  The black church is one of the most well-respected institutions within the African-American community, and has always encouraged political activism from the pulpit, “Get out and Vote, Stand for Something, Seek Justice.” Many of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches were from behind the pulpit where he sought “Justice for All,” but where would Dr. King stand today on this civil rights issue? For, against, or neutral, we may never know. One thing we do know is the principle of “separation of church and state” exists for a reason.

Let us take a look at The Black Church for a moment. Most of us have been to church in a black community, but if not here’s a visual of what one may see that is not acceptable. From a pulpit view of the sanctuary you may see a prostitute, stripper, college professor, engineer, business owner and/or a retired vet on one pew. The church has promoted the invitation of all to come into the sanctuary for worship hoping that one may become a better servant and devote their lives to Christ. From a pew prospective there are contradictory practices that seems to be acceptable through silent disagreement within this same church. On any given Sunday throughout the nation in a black church one can identify an obviously openly gay male choir director, usher, secretary, food server, choir member, praise dancer and general members, but nothing is really ever said about these things its one of those things we overlook. Though this is pervasive throughout the churches in which these very ministers come from, they seek to sweep around the front door of the White House, before cleaning the choir stands and other ministries by their pulpit. I’m not here to take sides either, but that’s something to think about ministers. These are the members and representation of many of the churches, yet it is their service to God that’s important and not their private lifestyles that I suppose eliminates this issue. Or, do you not want to insult the grandson or daughter of the oldest member of the church? When the issue stems from within its justified, but as long as its far away it’s deemed unholy. The truth of the matter is as it has been so eloquently stated, “Obama is our President, and not our Pastor.” I think that as influential as this administration has been, to encourage your flock not to participate in the civic engagement they fought for, for many years is outright dumb, yes DUMB. In my opinion, this might as well be a black tea party sub-group that is full of hypocrisy. You support the President as he sends soldiers overseas and kills a man (Osama Bin Laden), you support him through his open support of abortion, yet when he SPEAKS on marriage… you become an activist. So it’s ok for those with alternative lifestyles to fights overseas, kill overseas, abort children, but not get married (give me a break). Stand against everything or nothing at all! If I don’t get an AMEN from the church, I’ll just listen to Meek Mills it’s fine.

Living in America makes you think critically about your morals and how the allowances of the liberties within our country may conflict. Remembering that America is a melting pot, Frank Ocean is a citizen and Barack Obama is the President. I think that as a member of a “underserved group” of people he may benefit from knowing the Presidents views on his beliefs. However, he (President Obama) does represent us all, and this is a democracy so constitutionally speaking what the majority says should be the law, as long as it’s equal and just for all, but therein lies the premise of this issue.

I’m not seeking support of my opinion on this matter, but these last few months has encouraged dialogue from all perspectives on such matters. President Obama supported the issue, Frank Ocean revealed his lifestyle, and The Black Church well they’re working it all out. Where do you stand on this issue, or do you feel that this controversial blog title was a ploy to grab readers??

I just want to know that the flag that I pledged allegiance to from kindergarten through 12th grade will truly one day provide “Liberty and Justice For All.”

Submitted to the Scholars,

In Leadership, Love, and Service.

K. Colbert (The Urban Philosopher)


On June 27, 2012 many Americans woke up awaiting the supreme court decision regarding the constitutionality of the “Affordable Health Care Act”. However, in the City of Houston, Texas (the fourth largest city in America) the radio waves were flooded with the celebration of “DJ Screw” a noted artist who created the “Chopped and Screwed” technique infamously used by Disc Jockeys (Djs) throughout the nation.

This celebration brought forth great memories and radio stories of how this one man made such a great contribution to the music industry, yet while our ears were tuned to the local R&B stations our eyes were awaiting the decision to be announced from the Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS).  En route to work, I tuned into the CNN live broadcast via my iPhone to ensure that I didn’t miss one of the most important SCOTUS decisions since Bush v. Gore. This important announcement would really play a key role in the outcome of the November elections, so I had to ensure that I did not miss anything.

I got to the office, sat down and read various site discussions: Facebook posts, twitter hashtags and all types of social media statements. Then the announcement came (Supreme Court Strikes Down #Obamacare) man I thought this is really bad, how do we recover from this and the anchors were just raving about how this was a direct blow to the President. I must admit I was saddened, but luckily that report was incorrect and President Obama’s “Affordable Health Care Act” passed in a 5-4 decision with unlikely support from the Chief Justice; ‘Mr. Right Wing’ Republican himself, John Roberts.

This decision protected the great securities provided to us within the very detailed legislation; especially the mandate that allowed teens to stay on their parents insurance until the age of 26. This was a major accomplishment that I know we really will not appreciate until many years from now. It’s funny that this is the day that was selected in the movie Back to the Future ,  maybe they knew something we didn’t (just kidding) although that date is very ironic. After calming down from such a high because of this landmark decision, little did I know that there was another storm brewing with the walls of the congress.

Just hours after this successful announcement congress took a vote to hold the first African American Attorney General (Eric Holder) in contempt of congress(What?!). I remember previous new cast about the Fast and Furious investigation, but seriously the documents were sealed by the President of the United States move forward tea party, it’s called executive privilege. So this is when I just decided to log into youtube and play some of Dj Screws old gray classics because in my opinion we had been “Chopped & Screwed” as a party. The Congress took the vote even receiving democratic support from a few representatives to hold the Attorney General in contempt of congress. It was clear that this was going to be a ‘tit for tat’ day in Washington.

As the vote was taking place the Tri-Caucus took a stand and walked out during the vote and spoke on what had just taken place. So the political pundits got to speaking on what was meant by this unprecedented act of congress and Eric Holder  gave a marvel statement:

“Regrettable culmination of what became a misguided and politically motivated investigation”in the midst of a high-stakes election year.”

“Today’s vote may make for good political theater in the minds of some, but it is, at base, both a crass effort and a grave disservice to the American people,” the attorney general said in a statement. “

This vote was 258-95 and 17 democrats who swear that their votes weren’t driven by the pressures of the National Riffle Association (NRA) even joined in on this vote. Attorney General Eric Holder was clearly aggravated by this immature attempt to obviously deter him from tending to the true issues that will soon arise such a voter disenfranchisement, suppressions and other tactics that will show there face before the November elections. It clearly makes no sense to pursue such a minute matter in such tumultuous times within the nation.

On June 27th, 2012, history was made, but the misguided, partisan driven politics further revealed its face hurriedly to deter future progress. In November, we must be focused on electing progress for our nation and the future generations. Our educational systems cannot take another below, our neighborhoods and communities can not afford to remain dilapidated due to the outsourcing of jobs, our children cannot continue to receive unjust sentencing for crimes equally committed in more affluent communities. We must stand against these injustices and exercise our right to vote every time the polls open. June 27th, 2012  we were chopped and screwed by the assumed blind scales of justice. I often feel as if lady justice is not so blind and society is not as race neutral as we would desire, but I’ll remain faithful to the documents that govern our land encompassing the audacity of hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Although the Victories of the moment take us to the mountaintop, it is the Vice’s of our nation that pull us into the valley.

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Submitted to the scholars,

In Leadership, Love and Service.

K. Colbert (The Urban Philosopher)