Combat Veterans push-ups challenge – Day #3

Our challenge is to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness for combat veterans. There are 22 vets a day that are committing suicide, and this is a small way to raise awareness for that issue. You start tomorrow! The rules are simple:

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Combat Veterans push-ups challenge – Day #3

Our challenge is to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness for combat veterans. There are 22 vets a day that are committing suicide, and this is a small way to raise awareness for that issue. You start tomorrow! The rules are simple:

  • Once you're nominated your 22 days start the following day.
  • Every day you record yourself doing 22 push-ups. Try your best to reach 22. If that means doing assistant (from your knees) push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break that's fine but try to get them all done in one video.
  • Every day you must nominate a different person. Try to choose people you think will want to do this and/or have the ability to do it.
  • And finally, have fun with this. This is a simple and fun way to get the word out about a matter that more people need to be aware about. All these brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and it is sad that so many veterans feel that suicide is the only way out.

"Thank You to all veterans for what you have sacrificed for our freedom and liberty."

Combat Veterans Push-ups Challenge – Day #2

our challenge is to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness for combat veterans. There are 22 vets a day that are committing suicide, and this is a small way to raise awareness for that issue. You start tomorrow! The rules are simple:

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Combat Veterans Push-ups Challenge – Day #2

our challenge is to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness for combat veterans. There are 22 vets a day that are committing suicide, and this is a small way to raise awareness for that issue. You start tomorrow! The rules are simple:

  • Once you're nominated your 22 days start the following day.
  • Every day you record yourself doing 22 push-ups. Try your best to reach 22. If that means doing assistant (from your knees) push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break that's fine but try to get them all done in one video.
  • Every day you must nominate a different person. Try to choose people you think will want to do this and/or have the ability to do it.
  • And finally, have fun with this. This is a simple and fun way to get the word out about a matter that more people need to be aware about. All these brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and it is sad that so many veterans feel that suicide is the only way out.

"Thank You to all veterans for what you have sacrificed for our freedom and liberty."

U.S. Women National Team [USWNT]

Soccer has come a long way in the United States. I remember when I first moved to the United States, living in Philadelphia, PA. I couldn’t find a park with a soccer field, or kids playing soccer in the street. American Football and Baseball were dominating all kids gathering and I knew nothing about both sports.

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U.S. Women National Team [USWNT]

Soccer has come a long way in the United States. I remember when I first moved to the United States, living in Philadelphia, PA. I couldn't find a park with a soccer field, or kids playing soccer on the street. American Football and Baseball were dominating all kids gathering and I knew nothing about both sports.

uswnt_celebratesLuckily, when I left Philly for Florida to attend school, I was able to get back to my favorite sport. Attending an international university such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University had exactly what I needed; fellow football lovers from all across the globe. I was quickly drawn into intramural teams and joined the all African Black Starz team, which was made of African students attending the school.

We competed against teams from the middle east, Asia, Europe, and South America; I have to say, we were pretty successful at the game. I strongly believe football is for Africa lol.




In my senior year, I had multiple opportunities to actually join soccer leagues. One chance was in Miami, Florida and the other was in Los Angeles during my internship with B/E Aerospace, Inc. I resisted the urge to drop out of college on my last year and decided to focus on getting my degree instead. I strongly believe I could have been successful on either life paths (as a soccer player or an Aerospace Engineer). I chose the later and I'm grateful for it.

To close the loop, one of my dream goal is to coach a youth soccer team in the future. In the meantime, I enjoy playing the game with coworkers every week and teaching my kids how to play.

Hope Solo

Hope Solo

I have to say I've seen the evolution of soccer since I first moved in the States in 1996. I believe credits are due to the Women's National Team. They've been increasingly playing at a higher level every year and their successes have brought many supporters in the US Soccer program. The Men's team also contributed a lot, but never really maintained the fire as the women's team. One thing that I've learned from living in the States, we, Americans, love to win and be on top. The USWNT have been able to provide just that for Soccer. I believe they are still ranked as the number one team in the world.

I personally find myself drawn into watching their game more often then the Men's national team. I hope that Hope Solo will return! She's the best goalkeeper in my books and I strongly believe the federation made a mistake on banning her from the USWNT.

Combat Veterans push-ups challenge – Day #1

Your challenge is to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness for combat veterans. There are 22 vets a day that are committing suicide, and this is a small way to raise awareness for that issue.

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Combat Veterans push-ups challenge – Day #1

Your challenge is to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness for combat veterans. There are 22 vets a day that are committing suicide, and this is a small way to raise awareness for that issue. You start tomorrow! The rules are simple:

  • Once you're nominated your 22 days start the following day.
  • Every day you record yourself doing 22 push-ups. Try your best to reach 22. If that means doing assistant (from your knees) push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break that's fine but try to get them all done in one video.
  • Every day you must nominate a different person. Try to choose people you think will want to do this and/or have the ability to do it.
  • And finally, have fun with this. This is a simple and fun way to get the word out about a matter that more people need to be aware about. All these brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and it is sad that so many veterans feel that suicide is the only way out.

Why I didn’t go to church Today – Black Lives Matter

I usually don’t like writing blog posts in response to current events, because I believe everyone needs time to think and reflect before speaking up (or in this case, writing) about any hot topics, because words are spoken and they will never be unspoken. Out of our mouth comes the power to give life and at the same time the power to take it away.

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Why I didn’t go to church Today – Black Lives Matter

I usually don't like writing blog posts in response to current events, because I believe everyone needs time to think and reflect before speaking up (or in this case, writing) about any hot topics, because words are spoken and they will never be unspoken. Out of our mouth comes the power to give life and at the same time the power to take it away.

NYC action in solidarity with Ferguson. Mo, encouraging a boycott of Black Friday Consumerism.

NYC action in solidarity with Ferguson. Mo, encouraging a boycott of Black Friday Consumerism.

So, I took some time to reflect and think about all the recent events in regards to police shootings across the United States, and the way trust to law enforcement has been degrading (vanishing), especially among black communities.  I wanted to make sure that my silence in this matter was not being misunderstood. Sometimes, when you stay silent, you indirectly let the world decide for you.

I asked myself today these simple questions hypothetically, thinking about my family:

  1. Dad, were you there when all the protests about #BlackLivesMatter were taking place?
  2. Dad, how did you feel about it?
  3. Dad, what did you do about it?

Then I realized that I was already at that stage, as I watched my children listening and reacting to the news and asking "Why did they shoot him??", and "someone else died again? Why?" The final straw was when they asked me "Why is the police shooting Black people?"

As a father, a black man, a lawful abiding citizen in this country, a respectable community member and a Christian, I felt like my silence to this matter was being misunderstood as my acceptance to this reality. Call it whatever you want, the truth of the matter is that as a Black man in America, I am worrying about the future if we stay on the current path. There is injustice, but this is at a different level than I've ever realized. Something needs to be done and quickly.

All pastors and other community leaders need to take the necessary steps and address this issue at their churches and local community gatherings, because your silence will be interpreted as your acceptance to this injustice.

Local law enforcement need to step up and talk to their communities; organize events and community outreach meetings to let the community know that they are their guardians, not their enemies. Restore trust. This goes to all communities, even where this issue is almost non-existent, because it's all a matter of time. This is a nationwide plague that needs to be eradicated before it becomes a norm (and we are almost there already).




Finally, us, the household leaders, fathers and mothers, need to help our children understand that there is a problem in our society and the grownups are working to try to resolve. Don't spread your anger onto them; you are just propagating the issue. Instead, make them realize that the problem exists and everyone needs to help solve this. Keep on loving your communities, all your neighbors and spread peace and love instead of segregation and hate.

My family matters to me as much as yours matter to you. And right now, as a black man, it's not a pretty picture of the future being painted for mine.

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The recent shooting at Tulsa, my own town... it could have been me laying dead there. My old 2001 Toyota (that I love dearly) could have broken down in the middle of the road. A police car would have pulled over (and I would have probably been happy to see a law enforcement coming to help me in my situation). I would have probably freaked the hell out seeing the police officer drawing his gun towards me (I still can't justify why he would have his gun drawn out). Before you know it, I would be laying on the floor dead after being shot when I was just afraid and confused (the media would have talked about the fact that I didn't follow the police commands). Then the police would have started looking into my history to justify the reason why I got shot (Sorry, I don't own a gun, I don't do drug, I don't smoke anything, I'm not a big and tall scary dude, etc.... but wait, I did get a ticket once in my life driving above speed limit when I was a teenager...yeah, that could be it). Luckily, my friends and coworkers can speak of my character and the fact that I'm a good citizen with normal flaws like anyone else (Sorry, no... that's not a good news to portray. The media wants to dig deeper and find my past darkness somehow... tracing my life actions all the way back to my childhood in Africa).

La Familia

Ethan drew this a long time ago and I keep this in my journal every time I travel. It reminds me that there is more to life than work. Family always comes first no matter what. We work to provide to our family. We fight to protect our family.

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La Familia

Ethan drew this a long time ago and I keep this in my journal every time I travel. It reminds me that there is more to life than work. Family always comes first no matter what. We work to provide to our family. We fight to protect our family.

Family

La Familia

This priceless drawing also make me at peace because he drew us all "smiling" and happy. That's how he sees our family and he is absolutely right. It's good to know that they are happy. Sometimes life may seems chaotic and we tend to question our decisions and judgments whether or not we made the right call... At the end of the day, my barometric meter  is the state of my family: Are they happy?  If they are, then it doesn't matter the little hiccups in the journey; we're on the right track.

Forever – KiddBone

I had a lot of fun producing this video clip. Awesome artist and great song.

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Forever – KiddBone

I had a lot of fun producing this video clip. Awesome artist and great song.

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Comics – Breaking News

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