Monday, January 25, 2016

Introducing the Series Plank and Pray Journey to InnerCore Work

Introducing the Plank and Pray series day 1 of 21 Introduction to Plank and Pray series Day 1 of 21 look out for the Photo bomber click on either one of the links below. Then cut a paste the link with in the text below and you will be directed to my Facebook page to view my series of messages #innercorework

I started this series from a challenge thrown down by my wife to plank and Pray now I see it has become a video series a journey to the inner core of my soul. God be praise. Watch and me and my special guest did deep into the physical core to find our inner Core strength. This first one is features a classic photo bomb by my # 3. Enjoy the rest of the series here:
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Friday, January 22, 2016

White Privilege ii by Omar A. Muhammad, Th.M

"We take all we want from Black culture but will we show up for Black Lives!-- Macklemor, White Privilege ii

Today I listened to one of the most famous hip-hop artist today, a white brother named Macklemore. The quote above was taken from his recently released song presented in the original spirit of Hip Hip called White Privilege ii. 

It is a hauntingly honest reflection and critique of his white privilege. Macklemore correctly labels and analyzes the root and foundation of white privilege namely, White supremacy. By doing so Macklemore affirms The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation. Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation

it appears that Macklemore agrees with and confirms the work of Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, author of the seminal 1991 work The Isis (Yssis) Papers: She like Macklemore maintains that white supremacy is the foundation of racism in America and the world. 

I am proud of this young man who has broken his silence and have taken a stance for justice, peace and the well being of all humanity. 

I will use this song and share it with my children and students because of it usefulness to raise the right questions for us to address the core issues of racism. Keep Going young brother Macklemore and crew. May God continue to give you courage and opportunity use your voice, position and privilege for good.  Guidance and protection. 

Big shout out to Russel Simmon who introduced me to this song on his Twitter feed @uncleRUSH follow him and this link to hear the song for yourself. 

Let's continue to raise our collective voice until racism is defeated and not just #BlacklivesMatter but All lives Matter. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Live the Dream on Periscope: Monday Matters w/Pastor Omar

On this Monday I did not allow the distractions of the modern world to take me away form celebrating the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.  In the past I allowed the celebration of Dr. King's Holiday to be co-opted by the interest of others. My former jobs made me come into work by trying to make me feel  guilty with word's "like its at day on... for volunteerism rather than a day off.. That was all good but I volunteer through out the year. I always felt cheated when they forced me to work on Dr. Martin Luther King's National Holiday.  So, some how I would always end up volunteering my youth at the local  Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles. This is where God gave me the idea that it's time to stop dreaming and put our faith in action to proactively change the conditions of the people that Dr. King loved so much. It always disturbed me how some employers would make all the other holidays a paid day off from work but. They would make employees take their other paid leave days for the holiday celebrating the Life of a hero, a Decedent of American Slavery, a "Black Man." To me that's a form of subtle racial oppression used by cunning people to take the value out of the Holiday.

I guess I am so sensitive to this National Holiday because I had a part in it becoming a National Holiday. I lived on the East coast at the  time. We made an annual pilgrimage to Washington D.C. To petition the Federal Government to make Dr. King's Birthday a National Holiday. We would conduct economic boycotts and stage large marching demonstrations. I will never forget the day in which we were marching in DC. At this time I was a Howard University student, We were marching in the deep cold of a DC winter. My feet were freezing they were so cold that I began to second think my commitment to stay until the end of the march, but late in the march as we were staging for closing words. The genius Steve Wonder came to the stage. He started singing the famous birthday song as a dedication to Dr. Martin Luther King. The words were so moving that it actually warmed my heart and the hearts of those who were marching in solidarity. At that mystical moment, the enduring song not only got locked into our collective conscious and hearts it became a stable at our birthday parties.  It must have also touched the national leaders because, republican President Ronald Reagan signed the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday into Law.  Yes... in hind sight he may have also been encouraged by our effective economic boycotts.

Today I did not get distracted. On this MLK Day I allowed the Spirit of  God and Dr. King to lead me  into deep reflection. Its my tradition to Listen to Dr. King speeches on this day but today I was lead to focus on one sermon, of  Dr. Kind "Why I Am Opposed to the Viet Nam War." This message motivated me in a strange way. I was lead to extract quotes and principles out of the message for use on social media and to guide my faithful expression of social action against injustice.

Its strange how things change over time. I used to think the Dr. King was a weakling for allowing other to hit, spit on, stab and shoot him, but now I recognize he was indeed operating with supernatural power as a true disciple of Jesus even as his white christian brother cast doubt on his calling and ministry.He continued to stand courageous even while in prison, read a Letter from a Birmingham Prison, Dr King  for all this and more I  Thank You Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for your LIFE and ministry. You showed us the way... My God bless his name and soul for ever. Happy King Day... Live the Dream.  

The Sleeper Must Awaken to Live The Dream

         Today I meditating on the legacy of #Dr.MartinLutherKing, I'm  challanging people who follow me to reflect deeply on the following message by Dr. MLK Jr.  Why I Opposes to the Vietnam War.

This message is significant because of  its important content,  it reveals the heart of Dr. KING. It's because of the stance Dr. King took here, dark forces speeded up the process of his assignation.

Listen to discover Why he was killed. dr. kKing saw the direct correlation between our governments use of violence and the use of violence in our nation and nation. 

I know by reflectively listening, we can learn from Dr. King  how to use our religious faith in God to bring about positive change in our world.  With the tools extracted from this message we can project the principles presented in the message on to our times. THEN we will be equipped take a  proactive stance to incorporate the motivations of Dr. KING'S  heart into our own heart and raise our collective voice as inheritors of the #MLKDAY legacy. 

Do not be afraid to participate in civil unrest for righteous causes. Remember there is protection in numbers can. They not kill us all. We must wake up and Live the Dream. 

Below you will find a link to the entire speech of Dr, King. He said himself that this is a departure from His normal preaching messages. Yet I believe God took over to bring us a Word with the heart of God in Dr. King.
Check out this video on YouTube:

Friday, January 15, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday 2027

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s actual Birthday. I was reflecting on the first day I heard  Steve Wonder's birthday song. I was a Howard University student, we were marching on Washington DC Mall to get the attention of President Regan to make Dr. King's birthday a national holiday.

It was cold day with ice on the ground. But when Steve Wonder came out and sung this song. Our hearts were strangly warmed and then  we had a sound for our cause.

Please reflect on the lyrics as we approach the national holiday.

Steve Wonder had a vision too as to how we could commorate this holiday. He saw a global party celebrating world peace. His vision is far superior to what's its becoming a day of voluteer work. "A day on instead of a day off." Some employers don't even resoect the national holiday and requrier their employees to work denying them the time to reflect on the life and work of Dr. MLK JR and it's impact on our life and destiny.

We really need to think about how WE will celebrate our hard earned holiday. By the way I'm thankful for former President Ronald Reagan for signing off on Dr. King's National Holiday.

Check the video below and reflect:

Watch "Happy Birthday (Steve Wonder) Lyrics" on YouTube