TheCosbyKid

I'm not your regular Huxtable…

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Thought on CNN’s Black in America 2

leave a comment »

CNN has decided that the first Black in America wasn’t enough, so it hashed out a sequel. I don’t really remember much of the first series, but it raised my interest 1) because I’m black and 2) I live in America. “What did CNN know about me, that I didn’t” I thought to myself before viewing the two part series.  From watching it, not much. It wasn’t so much that it wasn’t a well thought out television series, it was more that it wasn’t exactly what I had expected from it. For some odd reason, I was thinking that they would have polls and data about black people and I guess a timeline of “the black man’s rising.” Instead, it was show that followed a couple of black families and showed their stories,but not my story.

So here comes round 2, I’m definitely aware of what I am walking into, but still not because remember I forgot what the first one was about. As I sat on my couch and opened up a bag of popcorn, I was suddenly drawn into the 1 hour program (it was in fact 2 hour, but i didn’t feel like I would connect with the 2nd story so I stopped half-way). It was the tale of a group of kids from the less celebritized portions of New York and how their life had come to a sort of crossroads. Even though all these kids were in school and had no criminal problems, they had a lot to overcome being from inner city Brooklyn New York.  One example was Latoya Massie who seemed to be an average middle schooler, but was once homeless with her mother who had disabilities and now they were receiving aid from the government to afford to live in their Brooklyn. Her and some fellow students were given the opportunity to travel to South Africa for “Journey for Change” a youth empowerment program set up by activist Malaak Compton-Rock (Chris Rock’s wife).

It was touching to see how viewing other families who were less fortunate than them gave them the drive to want to help more. They went to several homes of families who were affected by aids and others who didn’t have enough money to buy books and uniforms to go to school. Soledad O’Brian did an excellent job with the portrayel of growth amongst the youngsters, but in the end there wasn’t a happy send off. Although, Latoya Massie  had left South Africa with a new vision and began excelling in classes, the other children had not yet unleashed that spark that they received through the program.

In the end, it kind of made me question on whether or not it was worth it. The whole point of the “Journey for Change” program was to inspire these kids do want to do more than just hope for a basketball scholarship or to just manage in life; it was to create future leaders. It’s still premature to say that program wasn’t able to affect these kids, but it was slightly disheartening to watch the end results.

Advertisements

Sarah Palin Resigns!(?)

leave a comment »

Written by thecosbykid

July 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Posted in Politics

Tagged with ,

Some Easy Way to go Green This Year

leave a comment »

Now, I’m a college student and feel that going “green” will not only save the environment but it will also save my pocket. Here are some easy ways for the everyday person to go “green.”

PLANT A VEGETABLE GARDEN. Of course, not every college student has the luxury of living 30 minutes away from the fam like I do, but anyone can grow a little green ( I’m not talking about that green). It doesn’t even have to be a vegetable garden, just plant anything. For one, it’ll make your room smell a whole lot better and secondly, it’s a chic magnet. If you can’t grow a plant, how can you grow a family. lol.

BLACKOUT! Choose one day out of the month to have a blackout.  Turn off all the electronics and try to remember life without the laptop, cellphone, and ipod.

ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS. Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.

RUN LAUNDRY ON COLD

USE MICROWAVE.It actually save you 66% more energy than the oven.

RECYCLE

DO THE TAP THING. Bottles water isn’t what its cracked up to be. For one, it is overpriced. Secondly, it is a waste of plastic. Lastly, it might not be as beneficial as you think. tap water is more regulated than bottled water and some bottled water is just tap with a clever name.

Written by thecosbykid

July 3, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Solidarity!

leave a comment »

The folks at Formula Werks have been affected by the current situation in Iran. And through that have been inspired to create their new “Solidarity” t-shirts. The proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International. Check them out at http://www.solidaritymatters.com/.

Written by thecosbykid

June 18, 2009 at 12:27 am

A Brief Look at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

with 2 comments

For most people in the United States, especially those born in the 80’s, the country of Iran is a new discovery. A decade ago, if one asked the average American citizen about their knowledge of the country, most would come up with a blank or announce, ignorantly, the similarity of its name to that of another Middle Eastern country. But since 2005, Iran has made its mark in the American psyche, namely the president and his remarks on the West and Israel. With growing nuclear capabilities, Iran is becoming an important entity in the world. It is imperative that Americans educate themselves about Iran’s leading man, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: his rise to power, his beliefs, and why he’s become the most televised man of Iran.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, born Mahmoud Saborjhian, would come from humble beginnings with his father being a blacksmith. His family’s name Saborjhian would be changed for economic reasons to Ahmadinejad, meaning ‘of the race of Mohammad.’ In a way this last name would strengthen his belief of the importance of Islam. At the end of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, a 22 year old Ahmadinejad would became a member of the Office for Strengthening Unity, which was an organization that disapproved of students supporting or allying with a growing group that advocated the overthrowing if the Islamic Republic government in Iran. This stance on how the government should work would continue to his run for presidency. His campaign, for president in 2005, was based on keeping these revolutionary and Islamic principles.

He was the only presidential candidate that spoke against the United States. America was a bully to the world, especially the Islamic world and in no way would he support them. It also didn’t help that the United States was supportive of the nation of Israel. On October 26, 2005, Ahmadinejad gave a speech in Tehran entitled “World Without Zionism.” In that speech he would proclaim that Israel needed to be “wiped from the pages of history.” During this same time, Iran started putting effort in creating nuclear power for “peaceful purposes.” It may be true that Iran is building nuclear power to strengthen their economy, but with statements that called for the elimination of Israel it is understandable that many would be worried.

Whether Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an evil man is up for dispute. My personal feelings are that he is not. For one, he has not necessarily done anything for us to fear him. Also even though he speaks so openly about Iran’s nuclear power, he doesn’t have power of it. It is in fact an issue that the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) handles. He does have extremist ideas, but there are many lunatics that live among us. The only difference between them and him is that he is the president of a country.  I’d also like to add that presidency in Iran doesn’t hold the same weight s it does in the U.S. He doesn’t have nearly as much power as Barack Obama. In a way the President is the spokesperson for the country. And thus far, Mahmoud has been a bad spokesperson and needs to get laid off for a more well mannered candidate.

Written by thecosbykid

June 17, 2009 at 9:30 am

Trouble in Tehran: The Times They Are A-Changin’

with one comment

While many American are worrying about whether or not John and Kate will stay faithful to one another, citizens in Iran are wondering whether the Iranian government was being faithful to them. On June 12th, Iran held its 2009 election between incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the opposition candidate Mir-Hossen Mousavi. The results should Ahmadinejad winning by a landslide victory (62.3 percent to Mousavi’s 33.75 percent), but the people of Iran and most of the international community find that hard to believe.

The news media had been reporting for weeks that this election would be on of the closest election in years and that the outcome was too close to call before the physical election took place. Mousavi was seen as the candidate to improve how the world viewed Iran. For years, Iran has been the Black Sheep of the Middle East in the eyes of America. Amidst Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s anti-U.S. and anti-Israel rhetoric, many western countries feared the growing nuclear capabilities of the Middle Eastern nation. Ahmadinejad has also been blamed for Iran’s deflating economy and the limited civil liberties bestowed upon Iranians. There was hope that Mousavi would be the candidate to fix these problems.

When the results were read stating that Ahmadinejad had won by such a large margin many believed that the elections had been rigged by the government. Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council remarked.

“This was a selection, not an election. At least authoritarian regimes like Syria and Egypt have no democratic pretenses. In retrospect it appears this entire campaign was a show: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wasn’t ever going to let Ahmadinejad lose.”

Thousands of citizens went to the streets of Tehran to protest the results and what started out as a peaceful demonstration has now been compared to the 1989 protest in Tiananmen Square. “Death to the dictator!” can be heard in every corner of the city. Many are calling to annul the election results and have another election with the U.N. being accountable for counting the votes.

What the Iranian government will do is uncertain. What the Iranian government should do is obvious. If the elections results were legit then there should be no problem in conducting another election. Even if more supporters of Mousavi come out this go around, Ahmadinejad “won” by such a large margin that it wouldn’t matter. Right?

Written by thecosbykid

June 15, 2009 at 1:49 am

Obama’s Weekly Address-June 13th 2009

leave a comment »

Written by thecosbykid

June 15, 2009 at 1:43 am