by Cheryl Lakes
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is featured on the cover of Time magazine’s Oct. 3, 2016, issue, showing just how far reaching the conversation started by his kneeling protest during the national anthem has grown. Kaepernick first captured at the end of August, when he sat during the national anthem of the third preseason game of the year for the 49ers on Aug. 26 to protest the treatment of minorities in the United States and police brutality. While he sat during the first two preseason games, he wasn’t in uniform and the protest went unnoticed. But in the month since his protest has captured attention, the message has been heard loud and clear.
Good Idea? Actor Isaiah Washington is calling on African-Americans to protest the recent killings of black men by police in a very different way. Washington took to Facebook on Tuesday to suggest that African-Americans across the United States boycott showing up for work on Monday to show that black lives matter in the wake of recent police brutality. “Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted, would pick ONE DAY to simply ‘stay at home’ from every single job, work site, sports arena and government office in the United States of America,” he wrote to his thousands of followers. “I’m very sure that within 72 hours from Wall Street to the NFL…Black Lives Would Matter. September 26, 2016 is THE DAY,” the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star continued.
At Last! The officer who fatally shot an Oklahoma man with his hands up now faces manslaughter charges after video of the killing called her account into question. Prosecutors in Tulsa County announced Thursday that Betty Shelby would be charged with a first degree count for shooting unarmed Terence Crutcher in the chest as he stood unarmed next to his car. Crutcher’s death Friday night and graphic footage of the slaying released by the police led to Black Lives Matter protests in Tulsa and other cities across the country. Shelby, a five-year Tulsa Police veteran, is white, and Crutcher, a 40-year-old father of four, was black. The officer told investigators after the shooting that she feared for her life, though a probable cause affidavit says that she “reacted unreasonably by The officer told investigators after the shooting that she feared for her life, though a probable cause affidavit says that she “reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation” and “becoming emotionally involved to the point that she over reacted.” A lawyer for Shelby said that she fired at the man with his hands up when she thought that he was reaching into his SUV, though footage appears to show that the window was not open.
The Singles Scene
My new boyfriend lives with another woman.
Q. I have been dating a guy for three months, who has turned out to be the best boyfriend I’ve ever had. He claimed to be single and unattached, but I found out recently that he lives with a woman he has been engaged to for almost a year. Everyone says I should leave him alone, before I end up getting hurt. MORE
Jeff and Marie hooked up after being on a double date with other partners. They exchanged glances all evening and ended up exchanging numbers under the table, while their unsuspecting dates chatted away. When they began seeing each other, Marie dropped her longtime beau and told him she had met someone else. Jeff, however, continued to see his girlfriend along with Marie. MORE
Overheard Over Dinner…
“Some women make guys lie by insisting on having their way. If a man doesn’t call, they call him persistently and insistently. When they do this, they force us into a corner where we either have to lie to get out or be hurtfully blunt. Most of us choose to lie.” MORE
Chavion – “So far this year I’ve gone out with three guys in a row who ‘left their wallets at home.’ The first guy discovered his error on our way into the theater. The second guy discovered his mistake on our way into the restaurant. The third discovered his after the check came after dinner. I’m happy to say that in each case, I refused to help out and I never heard from any of them again. But the date that stands out the most was the guy who took me to the movies on a first date and got up during the showing to go to the men’s room. MORE
10 Ways To
Keep It Tight…
by Jake Stoner
There is a lot to be learned about relationships. However, I’ve discovered that good relationships come from an acquisition of personal skills that are necessary to fully enjoy the company of someone who has captured your heart and mind. The following are some steps that have been tried and proven to cut frustration, stress and aggravation down to a minimum and replace them with cool, unruffled behavior that is guaranteed to prolong the interest level on both parts. MORE
Is Your Friend’s
Ex Fair Game?
When a friend confessed that her new secret lover was actually the ex-fiance of one of our best friends, I was shocked. We had all been close friends since high school, and I couldn’t believe it. We were at lunch when she whispered, as if someone else might be listening, that she had been dating him for the last eight months, and hadn’t told a soul. MORE
14 Ways To Tell
by Theo McNee
Think about your current relationship. Are you really getting the payoffs you want? Are you really happy? Or, is it one-sided with him/her reaping all the benefits, while you float in and out of misery? Check the following statements that apply to you and see if you’re where you ought to be! MORE