Posts Tagged ‘history’

Yes, I’m one of those people who watches movies for art and substance and RED TAILS is s true winner. 

Today was the debut of this George Lucas film directed by Anthony Hemingway and from my seat, it is a winner! The acting is superb and the cinematography puts you in the cockpits.  But most importantly, it brings a part of African American historty to life that our youth need to see.  It is truly a story about professionalism, skill, honor, friendship, excellence in the face of blantant racism and patriotism in the face of segregation and out right murder, lunchings and criss burnings back home! All that these men were can easily be pushed into some dark corners.

Don’t miss it.

Promo poster for the movie, no copyright enfringement intended.


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Though that marching band and twirling girls were all heated up, I was still really cold under my Anne Klein double lined trench coat!  Today, Saturday 14 Jan, is the opening to a week-long celebration starting next week in Eatonville Florida. The 10-block walk to reach the heart of Zora Neale Hurston’s hometown did not help me to warm up (actually, I’m still chilled). 
So, all of you Michiganders thinking of heading to Florida for fun in the sun, wait a week or so before coming to Orlando.  I hope it warms up before I leave!


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The Odu Ifa advises “When we arrive at a cool place, Let us rest fully.” 
So have I been doing in the shade of the palms and the warmth of the sun in Florida. 
While Wednesday was filled with
fun at Universal Studios (lunched at the Hard Rock Cafe), today was spent in pursuit of my African American culture.  Visited the Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park and went on to the ‘Wells Built Hotel Museum‘ in downtown Orlando whose hours were M-F until 5:00pm. But they were closed. We peered through the windows and their displays looked very interesting. But I suppose you should call before going.

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Here are two versions of Patrick’s Breastplate.  The prayer can be found in the ancient Book of Armagh, from the early ninth century.  St. Patrick, known as the Apostle to Ireland was born in Scotland in 387 and his full name was Patrick Francis (Cardinal) Moran.  I do believe that there is much more to each of the versions that I have here below; however, both can bring you to consider much about yourself and your world.  

Version 1:

I arise today through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun
Radiance of moon
Splendor of fire
Speed of lighting
Swiftness of wind
Depth of sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock.

Version 2:

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s Power to guide me,
God’s Might to uphold me,
God’s Wisdom to teach me,
God’s Eye to watch over me,
God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me,
God’s Way to lie before me,
God’s Shield to shelter me,
God’s Host to secure me,
   Against the snares of demons,
   Against the seductions of vices,
   Against the lusts of nature,
   Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
      Whether far or near,
      Whether few or with many.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat, Christ in the stern.

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

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