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Do African Americans Support The President Because He Is African American? [POLL]

Well it is another Know Thyself Community Wednesday and on Monday I blogged about statements made by Stacey Dash and her support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Now Stacey is also of Mexican heritage, she was called everything in the book after posting, “Vote for Romney—the only choice for your future.”

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Are Today’s R&B Artists and Rappers Redefining What Soul Music Is Or Killing It? [POLL]

Soul music originated in the 1950s and early 1960s, combining a mixture of African-American spirituals and rhythm and blues music. People of African descent have always used music to reflect their circumstances and experiences. In fact, Soul music solidified black pride and culture—the key terms here are BLACK PRIDE and CULTURE!

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Crip Walk Controversy! Was Serena Inappropriate?

Some people are up in arms about Serena Williams' crip walk after she won her Olympic gold medal the other day.

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Chris Reynolds Family Vacation in Kemet
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Chris Reynolds’ Vacation in Kemet, Day 12 [KNOW THYSELF EDUCATIONAL TOUR] [VIDEO]

During the first few days of our vacation, there was a lady in our group that had got information about me and what I do at WBLK.

She heard about the Know Thyself Campaign on the station and told Jim Smith (who is from Buffalo and on this tour) that she had come home on the Know Thyself Educational Tour to spread the ashes of her two sons, 17 and 18, who were killed by violence in the street, into the Hapi (a.k.a Nile River).

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Chris Reynolds in Kemet a.k.a. Egypt
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Chris Reynolds Vacation in Kemet (a.k.a. Egypt), Day 10 [KNOW THYSELF EDUCATIONAL TOUR] [VIDEO]

Our morning started out with a 5 a.m. wake-up call, followed by breakfast at 6 a.m., when all luggage had to be outside the room for pick-up. At 7 a.m., we were on our way to Aswan, the land of Nubia -- but not before we made two stops.

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Chris Reynolds Kemet Vacation
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Chris Reynolds Checks in From Egypt with Jim Smith [KNOW THYSELF EDUCATIONAL TOUR] [VIDEO]

A few weeks ago while I was on the air, I received a call from Jim Smith asking me a few programming questions, one of which had to do with the Know Thyself campaign.

As we continued to talk, I mentioned to him that I was planning a two-week vacation in Kemet

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Chris Reynolds Checks in from Among the Pyramids in Kemet (a.k.a. Egypt) [KNOW THYSELF EDUCATIONAL TOUR] [VIDEO]

While my family and I spend our vacation time on a tour in Kemet -- now known as Egypt -- we're bringing updates to the WBLK audience as part of the "Know Thyself Educational Tour." The experience has been amazing so far, continuing our journeys to gain knowledge of self!

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The Virtual ‘Know Thyself Educational Tour’ in Kemet (a.k.a. Egypt) [VIDEO]

It all started in March 2009. While watching from the 13th floor of the Rand Building here in downtown Buffalo, I saw a large group of high school students fighting and behaving in a very demoralizing and degrading way at the corner of Washington and Broadway. I remember the saggin' pants, the disrespect, the lack of discipline and low moral standards!

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Civil War-Era Slave Auction Re-Enacted At St. Louis Courthouse
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What is “Juneteenth” All About and Why is it a “Portmanteau”?

A "portmanteau" is a word that's formed from the combination of two separate words...for example... SMOKE & FOG = SMOG!  How is that relative to Juneteenth?  JUNE & NINETEENTH = JUNETEENTH! June 19, 1865 marked the day that the state of Texas finally recognized the freeing of slaves.  Texas was the last state in the Union to recognize The Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves and was signed three years earlier by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862.  

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Is it Important for Our Children to Know About Juneteenth? [VIDEO] [POLL]

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. In 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this announcement came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which became official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865 and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

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Why Does The Church Not Matter As Much Today As It Did Back in The Day? [VIDEO] [POLL] KTSCW

A recent article in the Buffalo News reported that nearly half of all Buffalo-Niagara residents consider themselves unclaimed by an organized religion. Not saying that they are atheist, but simply that they do not identify themselves as a follower of a specific religion. This trend is not only in Buffalo, but on a national scale it was reported that "As much as 16 percent of the U.S. population—about 34 million people—professed no religious affiliation in 2009 according to the American Religious Identification Survey study. That number is up from 29 million in 2001 and from 14 million in 1990".

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Flashback, 1921 To My Hometown Of Tulsa Oklahoma [VIDEO]

 

The recent murders that occurred in my hometown of Tulsa Oklahoma this past weekend prompted me to write about racial tension that still occurs in this nation.

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