She Bop!

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In the early 1980’s a vocalist wrestled her way to the top of the charts. She was unique. She was outspoken. She opened up herself and sang songs like “Boy Blue” and “True Colors” bringing a raw unfiltered experience to a world that was grappling with the onset of the new epidemic AIDS.

Cyndi Lauper has never ending strength with her support for those in need. Those underserved. Those at risk. Those marginalized. And she has never thought once about not being that advocate. It is her true heart.

“What’s going on”? Is an anthem, a remake of a Marvin Gaye song, that sang a new truth into the words that “Only Love can Conquer Hate”.

I want to thank Cyndi for all her support to those of us who have needed and are still in need.

If you would like to show your support, I invite you to support her True Colors Fund https://truecolorsfund.org/

 

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A Man Can Not be Numbered

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The title clarifies that as Shia LaBeouf is my second blog about people who inspire and share, that number places him in no different position to any other human that will or shall exist.

I envy the stage your life is currently playing on. It is an elevation that is above any of our human frailties to withstand for extended periods of time. I admire  your idealism, and that your identity is much more complicated than what we see on the screen.

Your voice spreading virally around the globe is a phenomenon that at your age, in my life couldn’t have fathomed. The dichotomy of its defiance and love show what is in your heart and gives me hope that our struggle will not fail, falling to the  side of the road in rocky soil where it’s seed will dry up.

Your voice continues the dialogue of a place that most of humanity has been affected by. Your voice speaks of what happens when no one speaks.

The holocaust came about not just from a single man that wrote of hatred, that spoke propaganda, that bullied opposition and spread fear. It was a voice that believed he had a destiny. That he and those like him were superior. The words had the power and the man abused the words for personal gain, personal glorification.

“He Will Not Divide US”! is today’s conversation about a man that in too many ways similar. A man that bullied the top politicians of one of America’s most powerful political parties into irrelevancy. A man who bear false witness against another man that he believed was inferior to him because of his race and religion. A man who manipulated media and usurped the power of the greatest nation on earth for his own glorified sense of self.

I am thankful for you, Shia LeBeouf, for your courage. For calling him out. You are affecting a mass conversation and message that I am dedicated to continue sharing in your movement until this man is removed from office. Until his power to tear apart the fabric of Americas Constitution and values is stopped.

#HeWillNotDivideUS

Mark Hamlett

Ugly as Hate

Hate cannot be singularly defined. It is an ugly monster that seethes its way to the surface in many different forms.

Hate is the tantrum we have as children because we don’t get our way. And, it is the boil that burns when the tantrum does not have a healing end.

Hate is brought on by jealousy, a feeling of losing the grip on something we believe to be ours. When acted upon swiftly, jealousy may become a crime of passion.

Hate is a defense mechanism that hides our fears of not understanding something, of change, of shame. Ones actions can lash out in bullying, sulking or spite.

Hate is pride, believing that oneself is somehow more important than another. Actions taken will belittle, be condescending or inconsiderate.

Hate is arrogance. An egotism that can bring about separatism, war and holocaust.

Hate is an intolerance that embeds itself in the psyche losing rational thought. This is what we see in our leaders when they refuse to work together for the good of the people. It is what brings about bigotry. It is what births injustice.

It is what takes our freedom from us.

Intolerance has no love
Intolerance has no love