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The Brightest Light BURNS Half as long

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All Eyez on Me, opened to $27 million this past weekend. The movie was so popular in my city (Baltimore) that we had to leave the first movie theater we went to because all showings were sold out.

I won’t be nearly as critical as some are about the film. I’m just happy a decent movie got made about him, with the exception of Jada Pinkett- Smith’s role. Sorry, but young Jada had a real edge to her. She had charisma and boldness, and in the 3 or 4 scenes that included her, it wasn’t portrayed.

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After watching the Tupac movie, it’s obvious that his talent made him a target. It’s because he was a bright light, he DIDN’T get a chance to burn. Someone was always trying to blow him out. Whether it was a record label, movie studio, lawyers, groupies, a club promoter, or jealous ones, Tupac had no choice to become a slave to his talent. Kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.

While we all know the end of his story ends tragically, it’s still hard to believe all he accomplished by the age of 25. It’s also hard to believe how much of a threat your success can be to the people around you. If they can’t control you or keep you in servitude, they no longer are willing to let your light shine.

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If I could speak to a young Tupac, I would encourage him to discover how to manage his passion for justice and his desire to be heard, instead of being managed by it. Without a doubt, I’m grateful for his impact and influence on music, but I would have reminded him that slow and steady moves with the right people is far better than fast moves with the wrong ones. I would also tell him that while he might be a musical genius, he’s still only human. A little spiritual guidance would have gone a long way.

Rachel Bryant Lundy



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“Here’s what police misconduct cases are costing taxpayers in big cities across the nation:”

Boston $36 million between 2005 and 2015.

 Chicago $521 million between 2004 and 2014.

 Los Angeles $101 million between 2002 and 2011

 New York City $348 million between 2006 and 2011.

  ~Nick Wing

 So far 560 people have been killed by police in 2016, and just in case you didn’t know why their has always been violence and suspicion associated with cops it’s because “many southern police departments began as slave patrols. In 1704, the colony of Carolina developed the nation’s first slave patrol. Slave patrols helped to maintain the economic order and to assist the wealthy landowners in recovering and punishing slaves who essentially were considered property” (Kappeler, Victor, E). There is obviously a strong correlation of the perceived value and mistreatment of a black person in the 1700’s and today’s police.

After attempting to wrap my head around the tragic murders of Delrawn Small, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and those similar to it, I’ve come to three powerful realizations. First, the Fraternal Order of Police is an extremely powerful entity in every city and state. Secondly, as a country, America would much rather pay off the victims of crimes committed by cops than actually hold them accountable and retrain their officers.  And lastly, while I love what the “First Family” represents and all the strides Black celebrities have made, they mean very little in times like these if they will not use their influence to help this cause.

While well founded, I hate my cynical attitude towards justice and racism in America. I was born in 1983, half my childhood in the suburbs, and was raised to love everyone. But, this isn’t the world my parents thought my brothers and I would end up living in. And, this is a harsh reality for those that thought moving to a decent neighborhood would protect their children. We are all aware that it doesn’t matter where you live, what you have, and even who you know because the entire country has gone mad and everyone is watching.



I’ve seen so much killing done by police officers, with no repercussions, that I no longer believe justice prevails if it involves law enforcement. What I have seen and what I am forced to accept is that money silences victims, and the legal system will continue to protect the real criminals. As a result, cities have to pay for lawsuits filed by families who know things won’t work out in their favor in the court room. This method of only paying off the victim’s families, instead of also addressing the issues the community will have to face due to the trauma inflicted is horrible for morale, the economy, and any signs of possible patriotism.

No President, Presidential nominee, or black millionaire has seriously tackled police brutality and the effects of it on our country. Is it because of fear of retaliation? We can recall when the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio dared to speak out about the unfair practices of some police, and they openly showed their disrespect for him with no fear of retribution? Or is it plain indifference, ignorance, and fear of actually being known as someone that cares about black issues, not just black votes and dollars.

When will we see that this dysfunctional systematic way of living in America only ends up depleting this country of the people that helped to build it, and deplete city’s of the resources that would have provided better schools, recreation centers, play grounds, after school care, sanitation departments, and neighborhood watch programs? Maybe that’s the plan.

Wake Up!

Rachel Bryant Lundy









I’ve been tired (please excuse my absence).

My city is sad, my country is sad.

I’ve been uninspired.  

Regard for the human life feels like it’s nowhere in sight, so let me just dive right in.

The right to bear arms dates back to the bill of rights from 1689. Overtime it has been added to numerous constitutions. On July 4th 1776, America was founded, and the right to bear arms was a part of our constitution. Just imagine how 18th century America was, as more people populated the landscape from Europe, as Native Americans were fighting to maintain their land, and as Africans were being displaced into it. You can imagine how the right to bear arms would be crucial to maintaining freedom, your home, protection from wild life, and dominance in society. Whoever had arms possessed the right to…. live. Now a days, it is a luxury, not a necessity.

While I am still in shock from the lives that have been taken, I want to approach tragedy of the mass shooting in the Orlando Night Club, Pulse with logic and rational thinking.  

A way to ensure the likelihood of this not happening again is to CHANGE THE LAWS. Shouldn’t “we the people” demand that laws are updated to reflect the times? As much as we all want to buy whatever we want, whenever we want, shouldn’t we be concerned with the greater good of society and not self? And, shouldn’t we not overlook that until the murderer carried out this unthinkable act, he hadn’t broken any laws. He was even investigated by the FBI more than once, and still getting an assault rifle was not against the law.  

Without a doubt, the amount of people murdered at one time increases the impact that is felt, because instead of mourning one, you are mourning several. However, we should be just as outraged by the murder of a person, or two, or three that happen every day in American cities. With all respect, I ask you is there any difference in a mass shooting of 50 people versus 150, or 300 lives killed yearly in one city? No, all of these instances should not be tolerated. If we don’t fix the route of this epidemic, we will become a country that choses it’s leaders out of fear. These leaders don’t bring progression, they bring tyranny.

I am praying for those that lost loved ones, but I am praying for a country to no longer react from horrors, but decide to actually prevent them.

Rachel Bryant Lundy