Sunday, February 25, 2018
Authors Posts by Drea Maria

Drea Maria

God's Kid. Editor-in-Chief of Syllabus Magazine. Concerned Citizen. Gamecock. MBA. Made in Charleston.

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The story of Shondell Williamson has become a real-life nightmare to many women across the world.  These women are not only victims of domestic violence, they are victims of what social media has deemed “the fragility of the male ego”.  With this fragility comes, jealousy, hate and violence.  These domestic violence victims are members of an unfortunate class of women who have been scarred by their abusers for life – both internally and externally. They are acid-attack survivors, and they have joined forces for one cause only – to tell women to leave abusive relationships NOW!

In Williamson’s case, this 26-year-old mother of two boys did leave her abuser, 34-year-old Alfred DeYounge.  However, months after the breakup, DeYounge disguised himself as a woman and stood outside of his ex’s home.  Williamson had just had a conversation with DeYounge, where he made it seem as if he was at home.  As she approached the “woman” outside her home, she slowly realized it was her ex, carrying a white bowl. Inside this white bowl was a corrosive substance that he threw on her, thereafter quickly escaping in a nearby car.  Williamson was rushed to the hospital, given a bath and treated for injuries which included first degree burns to her face, hands and abdomen. She was also unable to open her left eye, and at the time it was unclear if the eye was damaged.

Shondell Williamson warns women who are currently in a place where she once some words of encouragement, she warns, “just dont stay any longer, just get out of it fast.”  She also has words for men and young boys who suffer from a violent and fragile male ego, “we are like your mothers, if you don’t raise your hand to your mother, why are you raising your hand to your woman”, she asks?

Unfortunately, this type of attack against women is not new.  Acid attacks against women are happening all over the world.  There is even a campaign #SkillsNotScars that helps acid attack victims to find work.  Once these women’s faces have been destroyed by men they thought loved him, many of these women suffer financially because their scars make it difficult for them to find work.  The organization, Skills Not Scars empowers women and gives a platform for employment.

#SkillsNotScars is empowering acid attack survivors by helping them get jobs.

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Although this horrific act of violence was committed against Shondell Williamson, she continues to be positive, she believes she is a living testimony and that God has spared her life for a reason. It is obvious that her life will be used to save other women who are victims, or potential victims of this type of violence.

Thank you Shondell.

Click here to find out more about the #SkillsNotScars organization and how you can help. 

God's Kid. Editor-in-Chief of Syllabus Magazine. Concerned Citizen. Gamecock. MBA. Made in Charleston.

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We are here.  We are sitting, waiting, watching, reacting, in this thing we are calling the Trump era.  At times it feels as if we are watching ourselves on the latest VH-1 reality show, except – this is not a show;  it’s our lives.  School districts across the country don’t seem to have a good grasp on how to handle education, or the lack thereof.  Citizens seem to be at odd against their local police throughout America, and we don’t know if politicians are working for us, or if they’re looking out for themselves.

As a citizen, these issues seem to be spilling over and manifesting into anger, frustration, and hatred in many forms.  However, most folks are simply going to social media to express their concerns.  I have blogged often about how annoying it can be when people take their issues to social media, but don’t show up in the community to act on the very thing their complaining about online.  Complaining about politics and not doing anything about it seems to be everyone’s new favorite past time.

Today I watched the video below and was completely impressed by comedian Dave Chapelle.  As an A-list celebrity, currently on tour, with a multi-million dollar netflix series about to hit television, one would assume that Dave wouldn’t concern himself with what is going on in local politics. However, if we made that assumption we would be wrong.


In the video, Dave addresses an incident with the police is his quiet town of Yellow Springs, Ohio.  Although Dave does thank the police department for protecting him many times, he called them out for a New Year’s Eve incident that involved police unsuccessfully using tasers in a partying crowd.  Chappelle called it a, “huge gaffe”.

Dave Chappelle, being a multi-millionaire, taking the time from his very busy schedule to attend a local city counsel meeting simply made me ask the question, “if this guy can attend a city counsel meeting, then what is everyone else’s excuse?”

Don’t get me wrong, using our social media voice is cool and all – i mean taking that 45-seconds out of the day to whine about Trump is great, BUT the number one, most effective way to participate in the system is to SHOW UP.  Also, yes – these meetings are boring, they are sometimes painful to watch, and often – they can embarrassing to watch.  However the only way to stay informed and have the ability to 1) voice your concerns, 2) take info back to your community, 3) take action when real action needs to be taken, is to show up.

Also no! I do not attend every meeting, every week – and shout out to those of you that do, and continue to hold it down.  But, even I know that I can do better – i’ve attended a few meetings this year already, but if i have some spare time i should attend more, and/or log in online since my local meetings are live streamed over the internet.

In the video Dave address council by stating that when he was younger, the citizens in his community new the police officers, knew their names, and their families.  However, “now we are being policed by what feels like an alien force,” he says.  Dave urges the council take advantage of the opportunity to show the world that, “local politics reigns supreme – especially in this Trump era.

He is right! Local politics are even more important now than they ever have been.  It’s time for everyone to step it up, even a little.  If you haven’t gone to any meetings, start with one per month.  If you go to at least one per month, try attending two or watching online  – and then take that info back to your neighborhoods, share the details of the meetings on your Facebook status, discuss it on your podcasts, use the info to write letters/make phone calls to your local elected officials, and then create your plans for action.  Now is the time, step up – or shut up.

God's Kid. Editor-in-Chief of Syllabus Magazine. Concerned Citizen. Gamecock. MBA. Made in Charleston.

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While most of us have never heard of Tomi Lahren, the talk show host took some time to scold Beyonce and her half-time performance. We all know that when it comes to the Black Lives Matter movement, many of our Caucasian cohorts hate the movement and what it stands for. Yes, they hate that black people are expressing the fact that black lives really do matter, police brutality is wrong, and black people deserve a trial by a jury of their peers and they do not deserve to be gunned down in the street by a trigger-happy police officer.

The following morning, after Lahren’s dramatic rant, Charlemagne gave Tomi “Donkey of the Day” during his morning show on The Breakfast Club. Tomi received this title because the rhetoric many people are using against Beyonce’s performance was that she is honoring the Black Panthers – which they have chosen to call a terrorist group. In 2016 this type of rhetoric should not work, but of course, people are falling for it and are currently gathering at an Anti-Beyonce rally on today in protest of this performance.

Most of us understand the Black Panther Party was started as a defense against the thousands of murders of black people here in America. The movement was not built to use violence; however, violence would be used if it was necessary. The government used the same tactics against the Panther party that they used against Martin Luther King in order to demonize their efforts. We all know that Hoover along with the F.B.I. took extreme and illegal measures to discredit King (Read This NY Times Article).  These same lynch-men used whatever measures necessary to discredit, vilify and destroy the Black Panther Movement (Read This Atlanta Black Star Article).

Unfortunately, people like Tomi Lahren are using the same propaganda in 2016 that the government tried to use against King and the Panthers in the sixties.  Calling them a terrorists group, saying that they are out to kill the police, and many other factors that are simply not accurate are being used today to sway simple people who are too lazy to study the history of the civil rights movement for themselves.

Last week Charlemagne The God and Tomi Lahren went toe-to-toe in a discussion about Beyonce’s Superbowl performance, the Panther Party and other topics.  While Tomi led and ended with the only civil rights leader they know anything about- Martin Luther King and the only subject that they feel safe talking about “nonviolence”.  Charlemagne attempted to get her to understand that the Bey’s performance  was not ANTI-POLICE it was against POLICE BRUTALITY.  The dialogue was one of those discussions that people say Americans need to have more often, however it was obvious that Lahren was not letting up against her original rant, and Charlemagne was never going to cosign anything she said.  Let’s just say they agreed to disagree.  Check out the full interview below.

God's Kid. Editor-in-Chief of Syllabus Magazine. Concerned Citizen. Gamecock. MBA. Made in Charleston.

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The Dangers of the Purple Drink

The Dangers of the Purple Drink

We can preach to you all day and yell, Don’t Drink this $#*!, but we know that’s not going to happen. However, what we can do is give you the info you need, so that you can make wise decisions about your health and your life.  What we know right now is that Lil Wayne is still in Cedar Sinai hospital in critical condition after suffering from a series of seizures, allegedly caused after over-dosing on Lean.  What you may not know is that this drink can be deadly, and/or cause serious health issues.    So before you partake in this or any drug, especially if you already have other health issues such as asthma or sleep apnea, get the facts first.   Here are 10 things you may not know about Lean:

God's Kid. Editor-in-Chief of Syllabus Magazine. Concerned Citizen. Gamecock. MBA. Made in Charleston.



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