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Canadian Poet Dwayne Morgan to release children’s book (@dwayne_morgan)

332158_304613556216017_1718980657_oPopular Canadian Poet Dwayne Morgan will be releasing his first children’s book this Sunday. The book is entitled “Before I Was Born” and it is about a fathers love for his daughter.  The official launch of the book will take place between 4 and 6:30pm on Sunday, February 15th inside Harlem Lounge, which is located at 67 Richmond Street East in Toronto, Ontario.

To hear the story, pre-order, and/or make a donation towards the project, please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-before-i-was-born-children-s-book

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POPE FRANCIS HIRES THE AUTHOR OF HARRY POTTER TO REWRITE THE BIBLE

10Pope Francis has hired famous and revered children’s author JK Rowling to rewrite the Bible. For those not familiar with JK Rowling, she is a British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history and have been the basis for a series of films which became the highest-grossing film series in history.

It is being reported that a source close to the pope said that the reason for rewriting the Bible is because “sales of the Jesus Christ action figure have dropped by over 200% in the last 10 years, they are in need of new, compelling and toy-friendly characters…like the dinosaur in Toy Story.”

MJ Magazine thought it important to share this story because according to Black Demographic dot com, 83% of Black Americans are Christians and the numbers increase dramatically in the Caribbean.

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Yasiin Bey FKA Mos Def speaks on America’s current Upheaval (@MosDefOfficial)

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Where are we? We’re at critical time. We’re at watershed moment for humanity. I imagine we’ve been here before and I imagine we’ve probably been here longer than we realize. I think many of us are becoming even more aware of where we are. And the urgency to change this miserable condition on this earth” (as Malcolm X said) is occurring to many of us and reaffirming itself.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It’s an opportunity for necessary change. Positive change. And it’s not necessarily convenient or comfortable. As I’m sure is with any period of growth.

I read somewhere that in order for an arrow to fly the bow has to be drawn back. There’s some pressure involved and I think we’re all feeling that pressure. Some of us are more aware of it than others. Some of us are trying to drown it out. But we all feel it one way or another in indelible ways in these times and days.

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”

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Sign Petition to take the “Ferguson Case” to the Supreme Court

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The case of Michael Brown, more often known as the ‘Ferguson Case’, has received national attention since Michael Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson. Multiple eyewitness accounts, as well as video footage, contradict statements released by the Ferguson Police Department claiming that the murder was justified. Many media accounts attempted to paint Michael Brown as a ‘thug’ as a way to justify his murder.

Michael Brown was an 18 year old Black boy. This case was brought to the Ferguson Grand Jury, and it was reported on Monday, November 24th, that there would be no indictment of Darren Wilson. Darren Wilson’s escaping of indictment, despite the fact that he murdered a teenager, was unjustly decided. This case must be brought to a higher level of court, where a higher level of justice can be fought for.

Please click on the following link to sign a petition requesting that the case be taken to the Missouri Supreme Court;   https://www.change.org/p/the-supreme-court-of-missouri-take-the-case-of-michael-brown-popularly-dubbed-the-ferguson-case-to-the-missouri-supreme-court-with-ferguson-officer-darren-wilson-as-the-accused?recruiter=187392771&utm

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Hip-hop Artists plans nationwide boycott of Black Friday (@QtipTheAbstract)

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Several hip-hop artists are reaching out to their fan base asking them not to support America’s annual Black Friday shopping spree this year. This is in reaction to the verdict handed down in the Michael Brown killing.

Late last night in Ferguson, Missouri, Darren Wilson a white police officer was acquitted of killing an unarmed Black teenager. The two got in an altercation earlier in the year which resulted in Darren Wilson firing approximately six shots at Michael Brown. The boy died and his body was left lying in the street for about four hours.

The verdict has people from all over the world weighing in. A few hip-hop artists, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli and others are asking their fans and supporters not to buy anything this Black Friday. The idea is that if you want to get the attention of the powers that be in America’s unjust system, the best way is to hit them where it really hurts, and that is in their pockets.

The twitter hashtag for the boycott is #NotOneDime #BlackFriday. If you really want to let your voices be heard regarding the Michael Brown killing this seems to be a very effective way, STAY HOME ON BLACK FRIDAY