Saturday, June 23, 2007

Man Up Brothers

"Then the Lord (Father God) said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." - Genesis 4:6-7 NIV (emphasis added is mines)

Just thinking out loud about the sad state of affairs with brothers these days. And since "I am my brother's keeper," I'd like to share some brief thoughts on Eddie Murphy and Isaiah Washington, two brothers that are in the news for trying to dodge accountability these days (like far too many of us do, and don't get it twisted anglos, etc. - y'all behaving like "males" instead of "men" too these days). Remember, it's not a color thing, it's a brother thing, but as Public Enemy famously said, "Brother's gonna work it out!"


How sad it is that Eddie Murphy, like far too many of us brothers needs the municipality (powers that be) to get him to accept responsibility for his lack of testicular fortitude in acknowledging his child with former Spice Girl Melanie “Mel B” Brown?

The irony is that as disgusted as we may individually feel about Eddie’s paternity denial, the reality is that this is a manifestation of too many brothers spending their lifetimes hearing nonsense like, “Mommy’s baby, daddy’s maybe.” Brothers, we need to stop complaining about the repercussions of our indiscretions. It's time to stop placing our legacies in jeopardy by allowing our flesh to rule our lives. Let's learn to control yourself or our lower “selves’ will control us.

SOME BROTHERLY ADVICE: Brother Eddie the Word of God says in Proverbs 12:19 says: "Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only for a moment." Let's watch what we speak with our lips brothers, because these children that we deny responsibility for will grow up and we will reap what we have sown with our irresponsibility by denying our fatherhood of them. For us to deny our children is to deny ourselves. The children didn't place you in the did.


Why is actor Isaiah Washington now in the media willing to blow the whistle after the fact since he lost his acting gig on “Grey’s Anatomy”? The role player recently said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, “They fired the wrong guy,” Washington insisted. “I have to clear my name. I'll start from the beginning. I'm telling everything. So here's the truth.” Then he proceeded to tattletale like a 'dry snitcher' about behind-the-scenes mishaps. My question is: Brother, where was your outrage when you were getting paid? Stop, fronting now that the whip is upon you and take it like a man Toby.

SOME BROTHERLY ADVICE: Brother Isaiah the Word of God says in Proverbs 14:15 "A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps." We know you're sinking (losing your gig) but are you thinking about the standard of disloyalty that you are showing to future employers?

Let’s Man Up and Stand Up: “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you and you shall answer me.” (Job 38:3)

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