J Boney Speaks

banner_jboney_colorCompetition, directly and indirectly is a beautiful thing.

It exposes haters and fakers, challenges slackers and those that have not had to really prove themselves and brings out the best in the realist.

But why do people run away from competition or get mad when others decide to jump in the game.

banner_jboney_colorI often wonder why many people become so fascinated with what happens to other people, particularly celebrities.

There is a reason that reality TV shows, such as Real Housewives of Atlanta, are so popular.

J Boney Speaks ColumnI am often amazed at the brazen audacity that many people have, that allows them to tell themselves that it is okay to deliberately seek out and harm another person.  

You read about story after story in the news about a crime or a murder being committed, along with other elements of hate being expressed. The Trayvon Martin shooting opened up a wound that has never healed in this country between whites and blacks, causing everyone to revisit an ugly past full of ugly actions toward blacks in this country.

v16_j_boney_speaksThe Civil Rights Act, and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole, came as blacks were decidedly concerned and vigilant about abolishing policies that made it lawful to mistreat abuse and even kill black people without impunity. The death of Emmett Till, the acquittal of his killers and the bold admission of guilt after their acquittal by these two white men who brutally murdered him for allegedly ‘flirting’ with a white woman, were the catalyst behind this increased effort to see change take place in our country.

Fast forward to today and the senseless execution of young Trayvon Martin, a young black teen, by a “non-black” individual, has literally rocked the nation and catapulted us into conversations once again about the racial tensions and disparities that have merely been swept under the rug for years as a result of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

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v14_racism_jboneyspeaksMost diseases are only detected when you go to a doctor and get tests done. The problem is, like most men in this country, people don’t want to go to the doctor.

One of the hottest topics in the black community and in the nation these days is surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting and non-arrest of his murderer, George Zimmerman.

It is difficult to say whether Zimmerman is a racist individual or not, but it is actions like his, led by racial profiling and stereotyping that make me wonder if you could be a racist and not even know it.

v14_trayvon_jboneyspeaksIt has been roughly a whole month since the senseless execution of young Trayvon Martin.

There have been rallies held all over the United States and people have been speaking up and speaking out.

People of all races have been wearing hoodies and packing skittles around to show their solidarity and express their support for Trayvon Martin and his family.

v13_treyvon_martinIf you haven’t heard about the tragedy concerning Trayvon Martin, you must be sleeping under a rock or something.

On February 26, 2012, a young black man was shot and killed as he walked to a family member’s home from a convenience store.  He was only 17 years of age.

banner_jboney_colorI thank God that He has given me the mentality of an overcomer and the internal drive to stay the course, no matter what comes my way. We all go through things in life that test us and challenge us in the most interesting ways.  

It is during these tough and challenging times that we are able to really find out what we are truly made of.  

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People often ask me, why I support women business owners the way I do.  

To me, I find it an awkward and odd question. I have never thought about the “why” behind my support and advocacy for women, as it is a part of my DNA.

It did, however, give me a moment to pause and think about why I support women.

v9_papparazziYou ever notice how people are quick to spread bad news about other people and things, more than they are quick to spread good news? Why is that actually? 

Is it something on the inside of human beings that love to hear gossip and spread gossip about other people? 


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