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  • The Once Millionaire Drug Dealer, Rayful Edmond III Could Get Another Chance

    The Once Millionaire Drug Dealer, Rayful Edmond III Could Get Another Chance

    rayful_edmond_drug_dealerRayful Edmond III, the former drug dealer is incarcerated for the rest of his life. Illegitimately, Rayful Edmond built a multi-million dollar empire in Washington, D. C.  He started selling drugs at 19 years old and ended up earning over $70 million per month in drug sales and sold between 1,000 and 2,000 kilos in over a week.  He would pay his runners between $1000 and $5,000 per week.  One of his runners, a 17 year old made so much money he had 7 cars and pulled in over $20,000, monthly.  After so long of being a dealer, he got tired and desired to quit and go to college, but the money was an addiction.  He began selling drugs so his mother,  Constance “Bootsie” Perry could retire.   Although, it was said his mother, Constance “Bootsie” Perry, worked for the Department of Health and Human Services and his father, Rayful Edmond, Jr. also worked for the government, it was said they both were the first to teach Rayful Edmond about selling narcotics.  Constance sold  prescribed drugs on the street to big time drug dealers who cut it with heroine, but obviously was not making enough money.   He learned how to sell drugs at about 9 or 10 years old (as the story was told on BET American Gangster).  Rayful Edmond saw his mother financially struggle and desired to become a successful drug dealer to give her all the nice things she could have never afford to buy.  He monopolized his drug trade like Bill Gates of Microsoft.  Rayful Edmond was much respected on the streets from the time he graduated from high school.  Rayful would sometimes receive deliveries of a thousands bricks of cocaine at a time, but annually sold a ton of it.  He sold so much drugs to the people of D. C. decent hardworking people turned into crack attics.  He controlled around 40 percent of the cocaine traffic in D. C.   It was   estimated that his organization grossed more than $30 million in over four years.   It is a possibility, he sold crack to the former mayor of Washington, D. C., Mayor Marion Barry who was busted while smoking crack at a hotel.  Marion repeatedly denied to the press he had ever used drugs.  It has been said he was responsible for about 30 murders, but some people say he did not call the shots.  It was said Rayful Edmond was very disappointed of the murders and even admitted it to the person who was responsible for calling the shots. Rayful Edmond III does have another chance at life.  However, it takes a team of  strong attorneys (a dream team) to fight his case and prove he will not only be protected from enemies, but make a commitment to serve the African American community that still is hooked on crack cocaine.  All the money he made, he could make a commitment to legitimately earn so much money, he could invest in the black youth and teach African American men and women how to make a decent income.   As you know, the (black) attorney, Arthur Reynolds who was going to formally present his case was denied by the judge to do so, because the government  judged him as a co-conspirator and was forced to withdraw from the case .   At that particular time, there were particular people in the justice system who did not want Rayful Edmond to be found not guilty, so they wanted to make sure no one of power, no attorney who had a track record of winning prior cases would represent Rayful Edmond.  However, a team of attorney who are in agreement of Rayful Edmond chance at freedom could join together to represent his case and not only the black people within the area of Washington D. C. would pay attention to Rayful Edmond’s plan to reform the community, but African American all across America.  You may say why give Rayful Edmond another chance to be free?  This article is not so much focused on his freedom, but to get out to free others.  Do you realize the negative impact of Rayful Edmond could turn out to be a positive impact on the entire African American community.  It could very well happen.  Any man or woman who once had power to control a mass of people could do so in a way to make thing better.  Crack cocaine was a symbol to control black people and anyone who had so much control to make a profit off of it could hold national campaigns to turn oppose drug use.  A lot of times, the key is to use those who started an epidemic to end it.  Rayful Edmond has a voice to help end the illegal venture of narcotics.  Rayful Edmond has the voice to end the violence among African Americans.  Rayful Edmonds voice is important to the black community and there is no reason for him to fear anyone while getting prepared to cease those prison walls.  Because Rayful Edmond was such a powerful man who took control of the streets, he has a work to do and that is to show black people there is a better way to live and it is not selling or being hooked on drugs.  Rayful Edmond has a voice that could really stir up the black community for the better.  Because of his optimistic dream of once desiring to be great in his high school days, he can still be great and those who see him will realize it is never too late to change your life.  Someone, so great as Rayful Edmond was born for a purpose and it was not necessarily to be the man he used to be, a powerful drug dealer, but Rayful Edmond was born to show those in the black community who desire to change can do so and miracles do happen. If black ministers really want to help our society and desire to build up the black community, a good idea would be to come together to make sure Rayful Edmond III gets another chance at freedom.  Rayful Edmond could really have a ministry to spread the Word of redemption and his message can reach into the hearts of drug dealers and attics.  Black ministers whoever they maybe have the power along with attorneys to come together and make sure Rayful Edmond leaves the prison system, so he can help form the black community for a positive change.  You see, it cannot be just men like President Barack Obama who can spread the message of change, it has got to be men like Rayful Edmond who have made mistakes and have a testimony for the same sort of people to stop dealing and using drugs.  Often times, in order to help reform a community of people, they need someone who has a testimony in order to adhere their message.  President Barack Obama is a good example as a black man, but not necessarily a black man who has lived a lifestyle of a drug dealer or user.  Rayful Edmond needs to be the president of his own organization to help spread the message of change, because he could have very well changed by now and can tell others about it. Now in the nation’s capitol, Washington D. C., we have a black man who became the President of the United States who resides in the White House, a very positive example for black people to change.  However, President Barack Obama is not a black man who experienced a life as a drug dealer, user or any similar lifestyle.  President Barack Obama legitimately became successful while sharing his journey as the son of a white woman and African father.  President Barack Obama no doubt did struggle to complete his courses at Harvard Law School, but his story will not reach the hardened hearts of African Americans who were not so fortunate to achieve a dream of success.  Unfortunately, there are still thousands of African Americans who are pessimistic, because of their own past experiences of racial discrimination and black genocide.   Therefore, the life of Rayful Edmond has the advantage to be a testimony to many African Americans.  He witnessed the hardships of being raised by 2 black parents who struggled to survive, although they had legitimate jobs.  The life of Rayful Edmond needs to continue out of prison and his message of change will definitely have a positive impact on black America, like never before.  Black people will learn that selling drugs is not the only way to become wealthy and they can choose a legitimate business and make some sort of money, if they will remain focused on their positive vision.

  • Women In Unity: Surviving Breast Cancer While Obscuring The Truth

    Women In Unity: Surviving Breast Cancer While Obscuring The Truth

    breast_cancer_month_octoberBreast cancer is a spiritual matter just like any other disease, so if you are not a spiritual individual, please do not waste your time reading this article.  For this reason,  we must first deal with our spirits, before we can begin to heal.  This article is not saying that all women disrespect each other, but there is a high number of women who think nothing of verbally insulting or humiliating another woman, for what ever reason and we must begin search inside our souls to see, if there are things we may have said or done to cause women not to be in unity.  Many women who have died may have been the sweetest spirits.  There are many women who are dying of breast cancer who are very sweet; however, for many women who have been guilty of not being sweet spirits toward other women have only helped breast cancer to spread at an alarming rate.

  • Rev. Run is The Best Example of a Father For The African American Community

    Rev. Run is The Best Example of a Father For The African American Community

    rev_run_rundmcRev. Run (Joseph Simmons), younger brother of Russel Simmons was born Nov. 14, 1964.  He has revealed being an example of a great father on his family show, Run’s House.  He is happily and faithfully married to his wife, Justine.  Justine has her own line of jewelry, Brown Sugar.  Rev. Run fathers 5 beautiful children, Vanessa, Angela, JoJo (Joseph), Daniel and Miley; unfortunately, they lost their daughter Victoria Anne to a birth defect back in 2006, so they adopted their beautiful daughter, Miley.  Rev. Run is an executive of Phat Farm, the business of his brother Russel and Kimora Simmons.  He and along with his entire family has shown African American families can not only unite, but have a strong father to lead and guide them.  Unlike a lot of black men, Rev. Run has not been ashamed to identify himself as a black man, which could be the cause of a lot of failures among various black men of all ages.

  • Why Did Minister Brian Lee Radone Murder His Porn Star Girlfriend?

    Why Did Minister Brian Lee Radone Murder His Porn Star Girlfriend?

    brian_lee_radoneBrian Lee Radone, 48, grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and attended Bible school in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and a Master’s of Divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  He was once a contestant for a bachelor’s reality show.  He moved in with his girlfriend, Felicia Tang Lee, a few months ago.  Felicia Tang Lee was a famous porn star born in Singapore and she was only 31 years old.  Brian Lee Radone was a modern age preacher (the average minister today who believes anything goes as a Christian).   He pleaded not guilty to the murder and torture of his deceased girlfriend, Felicia Tang Lee.   Mr. Radone remains in jail on $2 million dollar bail and if convicted, he faces 25 years to life.

  • The Benefits of Longevity: How to Keep Your Body Fit and Young

    The Benefits of Longevity: How to Keep Your Body Fit and Young

    how_to_stay_fit_and_youngMany people always ponder on their earlier days as a youth, but fail to realize that age is just another number and they could very well look the way the did when they were younger, only if they work at it.  Many men and women think that saying, ‘age is just another number‘, is a myth, but it is true.  You are as young as you feel.  When Jamie Lee Curtis was on the Oprah Winfrey show, Oprah asked her, “how do you stay so young looking?”, she then answered, “oh I feel young and I believe, age is just another number.”   She was right, each year when you have a birthday, it is a blessed year and only a higher number; therefore, if you live your life based on your age, you will most likely feel and look it.  You must make a decision to live your life based on what and how you feel about yourself and just be grateful you are alive.  Believe or not, there was actually a time when it was popular to be older, then centuries later, it changed, it became popular to be young.  The question is, do you feel like you have to live your life based on popularity? If so, then it would be impossible for you to learn how to keep your body fit and to remain young, because your thoughts are responsible for the way you feel about yourself.  When you control your mindset, regardless of how the way the rest of our society views age, then you can train your body to remain fit and young.    Because the majority of people within our society are guilty of “Ageism (hatred and prejudice against older people)“, then this why there are a lot of people dying early.  For centuries, the thoughts of mankind have changed and disrespected older generations so much, people fear growing old.  The fear of growing old comes from how we treat ourselves.  For example, on the released tapes revealing Michael Jackson’s in depth secrets, he told his friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach he thought is was ugly to get old and he was afraid of aging.  Michael Jackson allowed his thoughts to rule how he felt about himself.  It may have been because of majority society’s ageism or it may have just been what he thought about age, either way, Michael had the power to control his thoughts.  One important thing to remember about growing old, the beauty in getting older is how we conquer negative thoughts and one of those thoughts is the fear of growing old.  Most likely, Michael Jackson would have been here, if he had chose to beautifully grow old and thought of it as beautiful and not ugly.  It is spiritually offensive to judge our years as ugly and when you do, naturally it will affect your body.  I do not care how much you exercise, eat right or take vitamins, you must choose positive thoughts about yourself as you grow older, gracefully.

  • Like Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt Has Contributed to Rebuilding New Orleans

    Like Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt Has Contributed to Rebuilding New Orleans

    Brad Pitt is helping rebuild New Orleans through his organization, Make It Right Foundation.Since 2007, Brad Pitt has been contributed to home construction in a section of New Orleans that was heavily damaged when Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. When Brad Pitt visited the Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina, he was hurt by all of the destruction.  He was annoyed by the nonchalance of some officials to address the situation. His foundation is called  “Make It Right”, which is also supported by community leaders and people all over the world have donated to his organization. Ellen DeGeneres has been one of his biggest supporters and she has raised over 1.2 million dollars for “Make It Right Foundation.”  Also big corporate companies like Brinks Home Security, Georgia-Pacific, Sustainable Home and Garden, Ferguson and many others have supported Brad Pitt’s Foundation.

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