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Life Expectancy: 71.4 (1999)
Death Rate/100,000: 1,147
Leading Cause of Death:

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  2. Cancer
  3. Stroke
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  5. Diabetes
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  8. Lung Disease
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  10. Influenza and Pneumonia

Source: National Vital Statistics Report

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Penn study to determine why African-American males have worse outcomes from prostate cancer.
Compared with Caucasian, Asian, or Hispanic men, African-American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer in the world, are stricken at a younger age and, once diagnosed, are more likely to suffer bad outcomes from the disease – including death, impotence and incontinence.

Minorities Feel Cheated in Health Care: U.S. Survey
Reuters Health Monday, 9/22/03
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. blacks and Hispanics feel they get worse health care than their white compatriots, according to a study published on Monday, a feeling supported by scientific evidence. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, finds that blacks and Hispanics are up to three times more likely than whites to feel that minorities receive a lower level of care. Just one in five whites felt minorities got shortchanged, the survey, done by the Harvard University Forums on Health, Health Affairs, The New America Foundation, and other groups, found.

Heart Risk Undertreated in Black Women By Karla Gale
Monday, 8/25/03
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Black women with heart disease are twice as likely to have a heart attack or die from the disease as white women, and this can be traced in part to differences in the medical care they receive, a new study shows. Even so, after taking treatment differences into account, black women are still 50 percent more likely to have a heart disease "event.".

10 Myths about Dieting

  10. DIETS WON’T WORK... 

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African Centered Scholarship Under Attack

South Africa's mad scientists: Doctor testifies he designed germs to kill blacks.

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Check this out... Taken from Toronto Star

South Africa's mad scientists:Doctor testifies he designed germs to kill blacks.

CAPE TOWN (Reuters-AP) - The former South African government tried to develop a bacteria that would kill or make infertile only black people, the scientist who set up the apartheid regime's secret poison factory said yesterday. Dr. Daan Goosen told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that a major thrust at the secret laboratory had been the infertility project.

"We realized we might not achieve 100 per cent sterilization," he said. "It was not thought to get rid of all the black people, just to curb the birth rate." The truth commission has been listening to evidence this week about the South African government's secret biological and chemical weapons program >during the apartheid era. Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu said the testimony was the most shocking he has heard as chairman of the commission, which has taken statements from hundreds of >witnesses since 1995. "Here are people of high intelligence, coldly and clinically in white laboratory coats, working on things they know were meant to be instruments of destroying people," Tutu said in an interview. The infertility project was set in motion by a message from an unknown source in Europe claiming to have a bacteria that could selectively kill "pigmented" people, Goosen testified.

The lead was never pursued when officials got wind that it might be a trap. However, the work already done on the project at the Roodeplaat Research Laboratories had made good progress. No attempts were ever made to harm blacks as a result of the project. He said the laboratory had also made poisons ranging from cigarettes laced with anthrax to beer, orange juice, whiskey and chocolates containing a range of toxins. One witness testified this week that a shirt infused with poison - one of the tools developed by scientists - was given to a black activist who then lent it to a friend. The friend wore the shirt and died. "The key was that a toxin should not be detectable, but if it was detectable it must not be traceable to clandestine application,"

Goosen said. He acknowledged that he had been wrong to work on the projects, but blamed the hysterical political mood of the time for his misjudgment. "It was a time of conflict. Communism was coming. It was total onslaught," he said. Any researcher who broke ranks faced possible assassination, scientist Schalk van Rensburg said Wednesday.

"We had been told in no uncertain terms, if you let the side down you are dead," van Rensburg said. Goosen, was fired in 1989 after a falling out with Wouter Basson, who headed the program. He said scientists often were asked to design toxins for use against specific targets.

"We were very concerned that it should be used against the enemy, legitimate targets," Goosen said, adding the name of imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela had been discussed.

"I personally had discussions with Basson that if you had to release him (Mandela) it would be good if he had a disease so that he would not long be a problem," he said. Van Rensburg described plans to poison Mandela, before he became president, with thallium, which can cause brain damage. The plan was never carried out.

War On OUR Black Scholars.


It is my honor to give a word of empowering advice, before you read this article. As you read this alarming article, you read with the knowledge that YOU, have the POWER OF ONE, to totally counterattack this war on OUR Black Scholars.

My Brothers and Sisters, each of us are responsible to have our own library of African and African-American books and share what we know to everyone who wants the knowledge and enlightenment. Each of us are responsible to purchase the books of our powerful authors who are now doing our own research.


As Elders in the community, through a RITES of PASSAGE PROGRAM, we pass on our special knowledge, enlightenment, enthusiasm and passion for our people to our children for the continuity of our community of the African Diaspora! Join this RITES movement. [email protected]

As others try to stop us, lie about us, disseminate false information about us through whatever means, YOU have the power to continue to move toward enlightenment!!! A +1 and a -1 = "0" Send our enemies LOVE +1+1+1+1+1+1 which neutralizes their -1. There is NO COMPETITION!!! We continue to LOVE OURSELVES and move forward.

Literally, we move in an opposite direction from our adversaries!!! I describe this process in my book, Superlearning 2000 published by Milligan Books of Los Angeles. Place all those who want to harm you in a PINK LOVE BUBBLE. Breathe deeply and visualize yourself in a Pink Love Bubble from the Loving Light of GOD, then breath out and FEEL the Love for yourself first. Then Breath in and visualize your adversary in whatever form it comes in (person, video, movies, documents...) in the PINK Love Bubble, and as you breathe out see it float away!! Say the affirmation< "This upset has no meaning to me, I let go and rise above that upset to a time and place where it has no power over ME!!I AM FREE!! BREATHE TWICE!! to seal this act!! The Time is the PRESENT MOMENT, the Place is in the LOVING LIGHT OF GOD! We are safe and free to move into enlightenment.


Peace and Blessings,

Elder Emily-Diane, Chairwoman Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Foundation


Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 15:42:17 -0800

From: shelley v corbin

Hotep (Peace) Brothers and Sisters:

Have you heard about the movement to prevent African-centered historical information from reaching our people - particularly brothers and sisters on the college campuses? An article called "African American Racism in the Academic Community" can be found at:

Barry Mehler, who wrote the article, is the founder of the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism (ISAR). ISAR staff have worked with Congress and the Justice Department. They maintain an on-line archive to promote research on "academic racism." They monitor "campus racism" and are supposed to be a resource center for legislators, journalists and civil rights groups. Guess who he's monitoring?

Mehler's main objective seems to be to rid the college campuses of our African-centered scholars and speakers. He has worked to have African-centered materials banned.

He's part of Clinton's Initiative on Race. (

Maybe God Is Trying To Tell You Something!

Hi everyone, this is a copy of my column unedited. Thank you all for reading

and passing it along to other sisters. God Bless-- Anfra



Sunday, October 4, 1998



Are you trying to find happiness, joy and peace in your life? You thought you'd find it when you got that promotion on your job. You put in all the long hours and went that extra mile, gave 110% and finally after being passed up over and over again you get it. Striving for that promotion was your idea of happiness and success and would finally validate you as a person. What you find out oh to soon is that you're still empty, working even longer hours and giving more that 110% just to prove you deserved the promotion. MAYBE GOD'S TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING!

Maybe you feel a need to lose weight, dye your hair or get a make over in order to be happy. You constantly shop and buy the latest designer clothes, dine at the finest restaurants, but when you come home, hang up your new wardrobe and look in the mirror you're still empty. You're still searching and not satisfied with the new and improved look. MAYBE GOD'S TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING!

The relationship you're in gives you physical satisfaction and pleasure and keeps the loneliness away, but deep down inside you know you're living a lie. You're involved with the wrong man and just don't know how to let go. He keeps telling you that he loves and needs you, but your heart is empty and your spirit's weak. You're always trying to justify your relationship with him. MAYBE GOD'S TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING!

In order to find happiness, joy, and peace the first thing to do is GIVE UP! Yes, surrender your will to God totally. Accept who you are and where you are and be happy. Happiness is not a pursuit, a constant need to change, grow, elevate or consume. Happiness is a "state', a consciousness and awareness of the presence of God in your life. Joy and peace are sister and brother to happiness, love is the mother and God is the father. God loves to give you happiness, joy and peace! Until we learn to first honor and obey our Father, we'll forever be in constant pursuit of happiness and endlessly feeling empty and unsatisfied with our lives.

Maybe God's trying to tell you, "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all things will be added unto you." Maybe God's trying to tell you, "He who finds a good woman has found a good thing," or maybe just maybe God's trying to tell you, "Charm is deceptive, beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." MAYBE GOD'S TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING SISTERS! Think about it!!!


I would like to take time to thank the hundreds of sisters out there who are forwarding this email on to your families and friends on-line. Thank you for all of your responses, comments, greetings and words of encouragement.

Sisters around the world, from Korea to the Virgin Islands have responded to this column. And because of that You Are My Sister is now being turn into a book. A how to guide on spirituality and self-empowerment. Please keep sending your responses I look forward to reading them all.

God Bless and remember You Are My Sister.


Author & Inspirational Speaker

Dilbert's Words of Wisdom

1. I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow, isn't looking good either.

2. I love deadlines,especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.

3. Am I getting smart with you? How would you know?

4. I'd explain it to you, but your brain would explode.

5. Someday we'll look back on all this and plow into a parked car.

6. There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a suitable application of high explosives.

7. Tell me what you need, and I'll tell you how to get along without it.

8. Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

9. Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he isn't there the first time you need him, chances are you won't be needing him again.

10. I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

11. Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?!"

12. My Reality Check, bounced.

13. On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

14. I don't suffer from stress. I'm a carrier.

15. You're slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.

16. Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, 'cuz, like, you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

17. Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

ABC's of Friendship


>>> A Friend....

>>> (A)ccepts you as you are

>>> (B)elieves in "you"

>>> (c)alls you just to say "HI"

>>> (D)oesn't give up on you

>>> (E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)

>>> (F)orgives your mistakes

>>> (G)ives unconditionally

>>> (H)elps you

>>> (I)nvites you over

>>> (J)ust "be" with you

>>> (K)eeps you close at heart

>>> (L)oves you for who you are

>>> (M)akes a difference in your life

>>> (N)ever judges

>>> (O)ffers support

>>> (P)icks you up

>>> (Q)uiets your fears

>>> (r)aises your spirits

>>> (S)ays nice things about you

>>> (T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it

>>> (U)nderstands you

>>> (V)alues you

>>> (W)alks beside you

>>> (X)-plains things you don't understand

>>> (Y)ells when you won't listen and..

>>> (Z)aps you back to reality


A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift,

A friend is someone we treasure for our friendship is a gift

A friend is someone who fills our lives with beauty, joy, and grace

And makes the world we live in a better and happier place.

Pick-Up Lines


1. Just call me milk. I'll do your body good.

2. Your body's name must be visa. 'Cause it's everywhere I want to be.

3. Can I buy you a drink, or do you just want the money?

4. I may not be Fred Flintstone, but I bet I can make your Bed Rock.

5. I may not be the best looking guy here, but I'm the only one talking to you.

6. My love for you is like the energizer bunny. It keeps going and going.

7. Yo Baby, you be my Dairy Queen, I'll be your Burger King. You treat me right, and I'll do it your way... right away.

8. I'd like to screw your brains out, but it appears that someone beat me to it.

9. If you were a new hamburger at McDonald's, you would be McGorgeous.

10. Is that Windex? Because I can see myself in your pants.

11. I wish you were a Pony Carousel outside Walmart, so I could ride you all day long for a quarter.

12. Wanna Play House? You be the screen door and I'll slam you all night long.

13. Guy: "Would you like to dance?"

Girl: "I don't care for this song and surely wouldn't dance with you.,"

Guy: "I'm sorry, you must have misunderstood me. I said you look fat in those pants."

14. Excuse me, do you have your phone number. I seem to have lost mine.

15. I'm new in town. Could I have directions to your house?

16. If your left leg was Thanksgiving and your right leg Christmas, could I visit you between the Holidays?

17. I love every bone in your body - especially mine.

18. You might not be the best looking girl here, but beauty is only light switch away.

19. Hi, I'm a necrophiliac. How good are you at playing dead?

20. I can't find my puppy. Can you help me find him? I think he went into this cheap motel room.

21. The fact that I'm missing my teeth just means that there's more room for your tongue.

22. Guy: "Haven't I seen you someplace before?"

Girl: "Yes, that's why I don't go there anymore."

African American Association of Innkeepers

African American Bed and Breakfast Inns,and Spas/Resorts

Below is a list of Black owned bed & breakfast inns and resorts in the United States.

Akwaaba Mansion Brooklyn, New York (718) 455-5958.

Apache Canyon Ranch Canoncito, New Mexico (800) 808-8310.

Blue Rose Anacortes, Washington (888) 293-5175.

Cape Babs Cottage 23 Blueberrylane East Falmouth (Cape Cod), MA 02536 (888) 811-2280.

Bonnevue Manor 33 Beaty Avenue Toronto, Ontario M6K3B3 (800)-ONTARIO

Cottonwood Hot Springs Spa and Motel, Cottonwood, Alabama 1800-526-SPAS 600 Hot Springs Rd. 36320

Henderson House Columbus, Ohio (614) 258-3463.

Hillside Inn East Stroudsburg, PA (717)223-8238 PR 6,Box 6000

Kings Lodge P.O. Box 492 Otisville, New York 10963 (914) 386-2106.

Lagniappe Guest House New Orleans, LA (800) 317-2120.

La Maison al' Avenue Jackson 1740 Jackson Avenue New Orleans, LA 70113 (504) 522-1785

La Tienda InnSanta Fe, New Mexico (800) 889-7611.

Martha's Vineyard Resorts and Racquet Club, P.O. Box 255 Boston, MA 02130 800-874-4403

Mill Creek Farm P.O. Box 816 Buckingham, PA 18912 (800) 562-1776

Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast 914 Vickers Avenue, Durham, NC 27701 email: [email protected] (919) 687-4366 or (888) 437-6333.

Nixon's Farm 2800 Rt. 32 West Friendship, MD 21794 (410) 442-2151A

Parker Gardens Bed & Breakfast East St. Louis, Ill (888) 298-3834.

Shearer Cottage P.O. Box 1063 Oakbluffs, MA 02557 (508) 693-2634

Somewhere Bed & Breakfast St. Louis, Missouri (800) 730-2PAM (726).

Twin Oaks on Martha's Vineyard Island P.O. Box 1767 Vineyard Haven, MA 800-696-8633.

The WeekenderHog Hammock Community , Sapelo Island, GA 31327 (912) 485-2277

The White House Berries Inn Route 8 Bridgewater, NY (315) 822-6558 (315) 822-6778

The Wise House945 Niskey Lake Circle Atlanta, GA 30331 (404) 691-9473

The Woods House 333 N. Main ST Ashland, OR 97520 (800) 435-8260

Children's Letters To God / A Joke A Day

Dear GOD,

Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?




Dear GOD,

Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't You just keep the ones You have now?




Dear GOD,

Who draws the lines around the countries?




Dear GOD,

I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay?




Dear GOD,

What does it mean You are a Jealous God? I thought You had everything.





Dear God,

Did you really mean "do unto others as they do unto you"? Because if you did, then I'm going to fix my brother!




Dear GOD,

Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.




Dear GOD,

It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad! He said some things about You that people are not supposed to say, but I hope You will not hurt him anyway.

-Your friend (but I am not going to tell you who I am).



Dear GOD,

Why is Sunday school on Sunday? I thought it was supposed to be our day of rest.

-Tom L.



Dear GOD,

Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before, You can look it up.




Dear GOD,

My brother is a rat. You should give him a tail. Ha ha.




Dear GOD,

Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.




Dear GOD,

I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big, but not with so much hair all over.




Dear GOD,

I think the stapler is one of your goodest inventions.

-Ruth M.



Dear GOD,


I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world.

There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.




Dear GOD,

If You watch me in church Sunday, I'll show You my new shoes.

-Mickey D.



Dear GOD,

We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school they said You did it. So I bet he stoled your idea.

-Sincerely, Donna



Jay-Z, The Kids And All His Niggas Blow Up On Chris Rock

By Davey D


Maybe it's me. Maybe I'm missing the point, but last night I had an experience that left me disturbed. I watched the wonderful PBS documentary Africans In America which chronicles the horrors of slavery. I watched the show and I came away proud knowing that a lot of my forefathers and foremothers did not go out like punks. They fought they resisted and they showed some amazing resilience which allowed us as a people to survive. I watched the show and left me with a lot to think about. It was deep.

So afterwards I switched the channel to catch the Chris Rock Show. I think Chris is funny and I like the fact that he can get political. But last night I really wanted to peep out the show cause Jay-Z was on and he's only done one show here in Northern Cali. He unfortunately came out here during the height of the East/West Coast drama and folks was trying to heat up on him while he performed. So I wanted to see how the man with the number one album in the country would get down. So Jay-Z hits the stage to perform his hit single 'Hard Knock Life' which uses the chorus from the play 'Annie'. He's surrounded by about a dozen beautiful young brothers and sisters. I'm saying to myself this is cute.. Jay-Z has the kids singing the hook to the song..He does the song and I notice that Jay-Z is not using profanity.. So I start to give him props.. I expect the Chris Rock Show to get raunchy and raw.. I have no problem with that. But I was happy Jay-Z showed that respect and didn't do the unedited version of his song with all those little kids sitting on stage with him. I felt he was being responsible. Then it struck like a searing knife. My admiration quickly subsided and turned to anger when out of Jay-Z's mouth came the infamous 'N' word.. Over and over again he used word.. He paid tribute to his 'Nigga' Notorious BIG. He asked all his 'Niggas' to put their hands up.. He gave big shout outs to all his Niggas. He dropped the word several more times in the song while all the beautiful kids who looked like they couldn't be older then 10 or 11 sat on stage swaying to the beat of the music.

So here I am watching Jay-Z performing the number one song in the country right now. He's doing a clean version of the song while at the same time letting the word 'Nigga' fly left and right. Yes, he used the word 'nigga', the word that white and Asian kids feel comfortable using when referring to each others and even to us. Not only are folks comfortable but now a lot of people feel it's their God given right to use the word Nigga. If you don't believe me.. you should check out all the letters I got and view some of the responses people left on my web site's Hip Hop Message Board. Last week I put up a set of rules to prevent spamming. I asked people not to post any porno pictures and to not do multiple posts. I also suggested to people that they think twice before using the N word. I wrote that it's an offensive term for many people including myself. For many it's the ultimate disrespect in which lives were lost and blood was shed. I understand that a lot of folks use the word as a term of endearment. But you never used the word in mixed company.. And if you did it was usually placed in a certain context and laced with political overtones.. i.e Richard Pryor. Well needless to say I got emails from as far away as New Zealand from angry folks who did not understand why I was trippin'. Can you imagine that.. I'm accused of trippin' for asking people to refrain from using the word Nigga. I got emails from white kids who tried to explain that they only use the word when they're rappin' on the mic.. Others explained that they're down with hip hop and the streets and their 'close' Black friends don't mind. I had brothers explain that they use the word 'cause that's how they talk. 'I was raised that way and I can't help it the word just automatically slips out while talking' I wrote back to a few and asked them if they spoke that way on their job in front of their bosses..

Some wrote back and said they did.. and that their bosses didn't seem to mind. I must say I was blown away. I didn't realize ignorance was that widespread. Others wrote and stood behind the guise of free speech. Then why not use another word with racial overtones.. Why not say 'What's up my chink?' 'Or all my true Kikes throw your hands in the air?' 'Or let me give a shout out to all my white trash honky President Clinton? Why just use Nigga? To all the free speech proponents.. I asked where were they when Michael Jackson was forced to recall a million or so albums and re-record a song minus the word Kike which is an offensive term to the Jewish community. Where were the free speech proponents when Puffy dropped the phrase "stacking chips like Hebrews' on his hit song the Benjamins"? Where was the free speech proponents when Dr Dre bleeped out the word 'dike' in his song 'Dre Day'? People didn't raise up a storm. People weren't running around proclaiming free speech, and no one was angry saying 'this is how I talk'. But step to people about the word 'Nigga' and people act like you're pulling teeth. Of course I got the usual explanation of 'Nigger' and 'Nigga' being two different things.

The most telling letter came from an angry writer who identified himself as a white kid from the UK. He angrily implored as to where did I get off beefing about the N word when it's in every rap song he listens to, and every single Black person he knows uses it like its part of their name. He went on to add that he uses the word because he hears it so much. He concluded that before I go around telling him to stop using the word.. I should 'talk to my own people' and tell them not to go on tv and records and use it all the time. I was told to get "Over It" and stop making a big deal out of nothing. So all this resonated in my mind while I watched Jay-Z perform his supposedly radio friendly song in front of all those kids. I sat there while all those youngsters soaked those words up. I was reminded of the time Puff Daddy got on stage after doing a gospel tribute and asking 15 thousand people to put their middle finger up and yell 'F--k You Nigga'.

I was mortified to see all these little Black, brown, yellow and white kids. Many whom were with their parents look around to see if they should do like Puff.. I was reminded of eerie silence and discomfort caused by Mase during our recent Summer Jam concert when he started tossing that word around 22 thousand people.. All the non- Blacks looked around to see there was gonna be any beef if they followed Mase's lead and used the word.. Luckily Mase's back up rapper caught on and then asked all the 'Brothers' in the house to raise their hands.. I recalled the anger I felt when TLC went on stage during the MTV Awards and gave shout outs to all their 'true niggas'?.All this resonated in my head along with the back drop of that stunning documentary on slavery I had just seen. It was in the back drop of Oprah's movie 'Beloved' and it was in the backdrop of realizing that last night was the eve of the 3rd Annual National Day Of Protest Against Police Brutality. How many brothers have been unjustly stopped, harassed, brutally beat down and killed by some cop who only saw a Nigga in front of him.. Oops I mean' Nigger' there's a difference.

Racist cops don't harass Niggas only Niggers is how some folks would try to explain it. Well enough has been said.. I was disappointed that Jay-Z went out like that.. He refrained from cursing but continuously used the word Nigga in front of all those beautiful kids.. I have no idea what the kids' parents were thinking.. Maybe this will be the next generation of kids who don't mind some white kid walking up to them and going "What's Up My Nigga.." Or maybe it's me.. Maybe I'm just out of it completely.. Perhaps I need to get off that Malcolm X stuff and just allow myself to be a True Nigga from the streets who ain't afraid to get down and dirty and ruthless. Being a strong proud Black man ain't the thing to do no more.. and it's obvious not of concern to many of us.. Parents we got a lot of work to do with our kids. The Jay-Z's of the world are letting them know it's ok be Niggas.. But try not to curse..Let me know if I'm off base on this one.


1) Nice bible

2) I would like to pray with you

3) You know Jesus, Me too

4) God told me to come talk to you

5) I know a church where we could go and talk

6) How about a hug, sister?

7) Do you need help carrying your bible? It looks heavy.

8) Christians don't shake hands, Christians gotta hug

9) Oh you are cold, Eccleseasties 4:11

10) Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?

11) What are your plans for tonight? Feel like a bible study?

12) I am here for you.

13) The word says "Give drink to those who are thirsty, and feed the hungry", how about dinner?

14) You don't have an accountability partner? Me neither.

15) You want to come over and watch the 10 commandments tonight?

16) Is it a sin that you stole my heart?

17) Would you happen to know a Christian woman that I could love with all my heart and wait on hand and foot?

18) Nice braclet. What would Jesus date? I mean "do"

19) Do you believe in Divine appointment?

20) Have you ever tried praying at a drive in movie before?

21) Excuse me, I believe one of your ribs belongs to me.

22) My friend told me to come and meet you, he said that you are a really nice person. I think you know him. Jesus yeah thats his name.

23) You know they say that you have never really dated, until you have dated a christian.

24) Yeah I predicted David over Goliath.

25) What? Friends listen to Amazing Grace in the dark.

26) We have to hold hands when we pray so the circle won't be broken.

27) God has used you to teach me what true love really is.

28) Christians kiss before parting -- it's an old Jewish tradition.

Hood I.Q. Test

1. You've ever used an album cover or old envelope for a dustpan.(5 points)

2. You've ever put foil on your TV antennas to get better reception.(8 points)

3. You've ever had to use pliers to turn your TV on.(7 points)

4. You had to come in the house when the street lights came on.(6 points)

5. You had a candy lady in your neighborhood.( 5 + 5 extra points if your house was the candy lady)

6. If you can count more than five police cars in your neighborhood on a daily basis.(3 points)

7. If you ever had to pick your own switch or belt.(3 points for each)

8. If you've ever been beaten with an extension cord.(15 points)

9. If you have ever had to walk to or home from school.(2 points)

10. If you've ever passed someone a note asking "Do you like me à" or "Can I have a chance? à", check _yes, _no or _maybe.(7 points)

11. If you have ever used dishwashing liquid for bubble bath.(9 points)

12. If you have ever mixed up some Kool-Aid and the found that you didn't have any sugar.(4 points(add 4 if you put the pitcher in the refrigerator until you got some sugar)

13. If you have ever played any of the following games (2 points each): (hide and go seek, freeze tag, captain or momma may I?, or red light..yellow light àStop!)

14. If your neighborhood had an ice cream man.(2 points + 2 if he rang a bell)

15. If you remember any of the following candies (1 point each): cherry clans, lemonheads, Alexander the grape, ring pops, Chico sticks, baked beans, candy cigarettes, powder packs with the white dip stick, big league chew, jolly ranchers, jaw breakers, and candy necklaces.

16. If you refer to Now and Laters candies as "Nighladers".(6 points)

17. If you've ever run from the police on foot. (5 points + 5 if you got away)

18. If you remember underoos or the Wonder Woman bra and panty set.(6 points + 4 if you owned some)

19. If you've ever had reusable bacon grease in a container on your stove.(5 points)

20. The batteries in you remote control are held in by a piece of tape.(5 points)

21. If you've ever used any of the following for drinking glasses (3 points each): jelly jars, mayonnaise jars, mason jars, or peanut butter jars.

22. You've ever covered your furniture in plastic.(2 points)

23. The heels of your feet have ever looked like you had been kicking flour.(1point)

24. If you have ever worn any of the following fragrances (1 point each): Brute, Hai Karate, Jean Nate, Old Spice, Chloe, English Leather, Stetson, Charlie, or Faberge'.

25. You've ever used tussy.(9 points)

26. You've never been to the dentist. (10 points + 10 if you've never been to the doctor.)

27. You've ever wore clothes with the tag still on them.(4 points)

28. If you're acquainted with someone with a name as follows (3 points): kay-kay, lee-lee, ree-ree, ray-ray, etc.

29. You have ever paged yourself for any reason.(3 points)

30. You've ever worn house shoes outside of the house.(2 points)

31. You add "ED" or "T" to the end of words already in the past tense (for example, Tooked, Light-Skinneded, kilt, ruint, etc.) (3 points)

32. You pronounce words like this (1 point for each example you can think of): skrimps or strimps, skreet, axe (ask), member (remember), frigerator, etc.

33. You use nem' to describe a certain group of people (for example à Emma and nem' or momma and nem') (6 points)

34. You've ever had a crack across your windshield and never bothered to get it fixed. (3 points)

35. You've ever driven on a donut more than 2 weeks after your flat. (4 points)

36 You've ever asked a perfect stranger to take a picture with you and told your friends it was someone you dated.(3 points)

37. Your child drops his/her pacifier and you sanitize it by sucking it. (7 points)

38. If you've ever ran a race barefoot in the middle of the street at approximately 11 at night.(10 points)

39. You've ever left a social gathering with a plate.(1 point)

40. You leave a restaurant with silverware, sugar, and/or jelly.(8 points)

41. You think "red" is a flavor of Kool-Aid. (4 points)

42. You can't hold a glass because of the length of your nails. (3 points)

43. The gold teeth in your mouth spell words. (8 points)

44. You don't have your own place but your child has a leather coat and a pair of Jordan's. (5 points)

45. If you've ever had to get to the driver's side of the car through the passenger side door.(8 points)

46. You have ever slept in a chair to avoid messing up your hair. (7 points)

47. You constantly hit *69 and ask, "Did you just call here?" (10 points)

48. You won't answer the phone if you don't recognize the number on the caller id box. (7 points)

49. You know a child who can't speak, but can do the "bank-head bounce." (15 points)

50. You think Tupac is still alive. (20 points)



0 - 30 - You have enjoyed a nice sheltered life in the suburbs.

31 - 60 - Hood movies have given you a little exposure.

61 - 100 - You may have visited the hood a few times or on weekends.

101 - 130 - You probably spent a few years in the hood, and moved to the suburbs.

131 - 160 - You're the genuine article. You are no stranger to hood life.

161 - 200 - You are definitely, without a doubt an expert on life in the hood.

201+ - Congratulations! You are Ghetto Fabulous!

Instructions for Life

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

2. Memorize your favorite poem.

3. Don't believe all you hear.

4. Don't spend all you have.

5. Don't sleep all you want.

6. When you say, "I love you", mean it.

7. When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.

8. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

9. Believe in love at first sight.

10. Never laugh at anyone's dreams.

11. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

12. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

13. Don't judge people by their relatives.

14. Talk slowly, but think quick.

15. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"

16. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

17. Call your parents.

18. Say, "God bless you," when you hear someone sneeze.

19. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

20. Remember the three R's: respect for self; respect for others; responsibility for all your actions.

21. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

22. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

23. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

24. Marry a person you love to talk to. As you get older, his or her conversational skills will be as important as any other.

25. Spend some time alone.

26. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

27. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

28. Read more books and watch less TV.

29. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.

30. Trust in God but lock your car.

31. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil, harmonious home.

32. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with a current situation. Don't bring up the past.

33. Read between the lines.

34. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

35. Be gentle with the earth.

36. Pray. There's immeasurable power in it.

37. Never interrupt when you are being flattered. Say, "Thank you."

38. Mind your own business.

39. Don't trust a person who doesn't close his or her eyes when you kiss them.

40. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

41. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.

42. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes stroke of luck.

43. Learn the rules, then break some.

44. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.

45. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

46. Remember that your character is your destiny.

47. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

GOD'S Cover Letter

To Whom It May Concern ...

I heard you were considering a new manager in your life. I would like to apply for the job. I believe I am the most qualified candidate. I am the only one that has even done this job successfully. I was the first manager of human beings. In fact I made them, so naturally I know how humanity works, and what is best to get people back into proper working condition. It will be like having the manufacturer as your personal mechanic.

If this is your first time considering me, I would just like to point out that my salary has already been paid by the blood of my son, Jesus on the cross of Calvary. What I need from you is the acknowledgment that the price is sufficient to pay for all of your sin and your independence from Me. I need you to believe this in your heart and to tell somebody else about your decision with your mouth.

The next thing I ask is the right to change and fix your life so you can learn how to stay close to Me. I will make some major changes and revisions. They are not for you to worry about. I need your permission to execute these changes, in My way and in My time. I will change your desires and give you the strength to make the changes.

Please keep your hands out of the way. Don't try to help me and Don't resist me. I really do need your full commitment and cooperation. If you give me those, the process can go smoothly, without delays.

Yours Sincerely,


P.S. I created the heavens and the earth. I AM.






All over, Every Place 00000

Phone: (123) 456-PRAY



From the beginning of time. Before the beginning of time. From everlasting to everlasting. I made time.



All Powerful



Created the universe, put the galaxies in place, formed man. Established heaven and earth by My spoken Word and am currently holding up the world by My power.



I AM and I have all knowledge.



Love, light, and life (1John 4:16, 1John 1:5, John 14:6). A representative, but by no means conclusive list of other character traits follows:

Wisdom James 1:5

Comfort 2 Corinthians 1:3

Truth John 8:32

Healer 1 Peter 2:24

Strength Phil. 4:13

Forgiveness 1John 1:9

Provider Phil. 4:19

Mercy Ephesians 2:24

Good Matt. 19:17

Peace Romans 14:17



Willing and ready to take over your life. Able to put your life together again. Will bring all of who I AM into your life. Can start now. Will transform your life if you let Me.



Work in your life has already been paid for through the blood of My Son, Jesus. Your only responsibility is to commit initially and on a daily basis. To trust and obey what Jesus has done and wants to do in your life.

Other references available upon request.


If we could, at this time, shrink the total earth's population down to the size of a tiny village of precisely 100 people, keeping all of the existing human ratios the same, that village (earth) would look like this:

There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 people from the Western Hemisphere (both north and south) and 8 Africans (from the continent).

70 would be non-white; 30 white.

70 would be non-Christian; 30 Christian.

50% of the entire village's (world's) wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people.

All six of them would maintain U.S. citizenships.

70 would be unable to read.

50 would suffer from malnutrition.

80 would live in sub-standard housing.

Only 1 would have a college degree.

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective the need for both tolerance and understanding becomes glaringly apparent.

Peace on earth!

> > Emergency Phone Numbers
> >
> > When in sorrow, call John 14
> > When men fail you, call Psalm 27
> > If you want to be fruitful, call John 15
> > When you have sinned, call Psalm 51
> > When you worry, call Matthew 6:19-34
> > When you are in danger, call Psalm 91
> > When God seems far away, call Psalm 139
> > When you faith needs stirring, call Hebrews 11
> > When you are lonely and fearful, call Psalm 23
> > When you grow bitter and critical, call 1 Corinthians. 13
> > or Paul's secret to happiness, call Colossians 3:12-17.
> >
> > For idea of Christianity, call 1 Corinthians 5:15-19
> > When you feel down and out, call Romans 8:31-39
> > When you want peace and rest, call Matthew 11:25-30
> > When the world seems bigger than God, call Psalm 90
> > When you want Christian assurance, call Romans 8:1-30
> > When you leave home for labor or travel, call Psalm 121
> > For a great invention/opportunity, call Isaiah 55
> > When you want courage for a task, call Joshua 1
> > How to get along with fellowmen, call Romans 12
> > When you think of investments/returns, call Mark 10
> > If you are depressed, call Psalms 27.
> >
> > If your pockets are empty, call Psalm 37
> > If you loosing confidence in people, call 1 Corinthians 13
> > If people seem unkind, call John 15
> > if discouraged about your work, call Psalm 126
> > If you find the world growing small, and yourself great, call Psalm 19
> >
> >
> > Emergency numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is
> > necessary. All lines are open to Heaven 24 hours a day! Feed your
faith, and doubt will starve to death!

The Kidnapped African Would Not Die! By Herbert Harris, Jr.

As the period of the great captivity draws to a close, there is
a deep yearning to re-establish that ancestral connection between
Africans of the Homeland, who were spared the middle passage,
and the kidnapped Africans who now populate the shores ofAmerica.

The Kidnapped Africans began their involuntary journey
into the great captivity afflicted with the endless horror of being
taken in the night from their families and loved ones. They were
dragged across Mother Africa in chains, in pain, in fear of a terrible
bondage from which there was no escape but death.

Mighty warriors were hunted and trapped by godless
cowards without valor, respect, or conscience. Descendants of kings
and prophets were captured in nets, placed in chains, then subjected
to the operation of a coward's vanity and ego.

Oh! it must have been some feeling of vile exhilaration for
the vicious slave hunter to watch proud African men of royal
descent broken down, beaten, and tortured to the rhythm of constant
pain systematically inflicted.


Beautiful African women were kidnapped from the bosom
of Mother Africa - torn from her magnificent breasts and taken
across an ocean of tears to a hostile land which gave her no respector praise.
In the new world, the Kidnapped African was whipped,
tortured, and mutilated into submission or death. They who
survived this cruel destruction of body, mind and spirit became the
slaves of America. This dehumanizing process transformed the
Kidnapped African into human property to be possessed and used at
the whims and fancies of a heartless master.


The transformation of the Kidnapped African into the
American slave had as its intent the total destruction of the African
mind, consciousness, and spirit. Penetrating every level of existence,
the vicious slave master attempted to destroy all that made the
Kidnapped African human.

The male was valued for the strength of his back and the
power of his seed, The female was valued for her fertile womb and
the lustful pleasures which could be taken at will. The family was
destroyed by separating the men, women and children.


Then, the final indignity was inflicted upon the Kidnapped
African. Rewriting this bloody saga of captivity and affliction, the
ruthless slave master attempted to close the eyes and minds of his
human property to the past and land from which they had been
stolen in the night - hiding forever the greatest wrong ever
committed by one people against another.

The pain and horror of the captivity were replaced by
endless pages of silence and insincere apologies. The muffled
screams of Black men hanging were drowned out by pompous
speeches loudly proclaiming the American dream for all.


The faint remembrance of the African Homeland was
deeply buried deep within their souls - deeper than the whip could
reach - deeper than the hangman's noose - deep within the bosom oftheir God.

Mother Africa is now calling for her sons and daughters of
the captivity to unite once more with the sons and daughters in her
bosom, to begin again to build another dream which will never bedestroyed.

The Kidnapped African who did not die, heeding the call of
the eternal mother, is now set free to remake the universe in the
image of good, in the image of God, in the image of the distant
glory from whence they came.


(c) 1993, 1999 LifeSkills Institute, P.O. 302, Wilmington, NC
28402;800-775-0712, ext 8140
Herbert Harris, Jr. is a syndicated columnist and the author of "The Golden 12: Universal Rules For Achieving Success" (Marlowe & Co.)


THE FIRST SECRET ---- The Power of Thought.

Love begins with our thoughts. We become what we think about. Loving
thoughts create loving experiences and loving relationships.
Affirmations can change our beliefs and thoughts about ourselves and
others. If we want to love someone, we need to consider their needs and
desires. Thinking about your ideal partner will help you recognize him
or her when you meet him or her.

THE SECOND SECRET ---- The Power of Respect.

You cannot love anyone or anything unless you first respect them. The
first person you need to respect is yourself. To begin to gain
self-respect ask yourself: "What do I respect about myself?" To gain
respect for others, even those you may dislike, ask yourself: "What do
I respect about them?"

THE THIRD SECRET ---- The Power of Giving.

If you want to receive love, all you have to do is give it! The more
love you give, the more you will receive. To love is to give of
yourself, freely and unconditionally. Practice random acts of kindness.
Before committing to a relationship ask not what the other person will
be able to give to you, but rather what will you be able to give them.
The secret formula of a happy, lifelong, loving relationship is to
always focus on what you can give instead of what you can take.

THE FOURTH SECRET ---- The Power of Friendship.

To find a true love, you must first find a true friend. Love does not
consist of gazing into each other's eyes, but rather looking outward
together in the same direction. To love someone completely you must
love them for who they are, not what they look like. Friendship is the soil
through which love's seeds grow. If you want to bring love into a
relationship, you must first bring friendship.

THE FIFTH SECRET ---- The Power of Touch.

Touch is one of the most powerful expressions of love, breaking down
barriers and bonding relationships. Touch changes our physical and
emotional states and makes us more receptive to love.

THE SIXTH SECRET ---- The Power of Letting Go.

"If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you it's
yours, if it doesn't it never was." Even in a loving relationship, people
need their own space. If we want to learn to love, we must first learn to
forgive and let go of past hurts, and grievances. Love means letting go
of our fears, prejudices, egos and conditions. "Today I let go of all
my fears, the past has no power over me-today is the beginning of a new

THE SEVENTH SECRET ---- The Power of Communication.

When we learn to communicate openly and honestly, life changes. To love
someone is to communicate with them. Let the people you love know that
you love them and appreciate them. Never be afraid to say those three
magic words: "I Love You." Never let an opportunity pass to praise
someone. Always leave someone you love with a loving word - it could be
the last time you see them. If you were about to die but could make
telephone calls to the people you loved, who would you call, what would
you say and. .. why are you waiting?

THE EIGHTH SECRET ---- The Power of Commitment.

If you want to have love in abundance, you must be committed to it, and
that commitment will be reflected in your thoughts and actions.
Commitment is the true test of love. If you want to have loving
relationships, you must be committed to loving relationships. When you
are committed to someone or something, quitting is never an option.
Commitment distinguishes a fragile relationship from a strong one.

THE NINTH SECRET ---- The Power of Passion.

Passion ignites love and keeps it alive. Lasting passion does not come
through physical attraction alone, it comes from deep commitment,
enthusiasm, interest and excitement. Passion can be recreated by
recreating past experiences when you felt passionate. Spontaneity and
surprises produce passion. The essence of love and happiness are the
same; all we need to do is to live each day with passion.

THE TENTH SECRET ---- The Power of Trust

Trust is essential in all loving relationships. Without it one person
becomes suspicious, anxious and fearful and the other person feels
trapped and emotionally suffocated. You cannot love someone completely
unless you trust them completely. Act as if your relationship with the
person you love will never end. One of the ways you can tell whether a
person is right for you is to ask yourself: "Do I trust them completely
and unreservedly?" If the answer is "no", then you must think very
carefully before you make any type of a commitment.

Picnic = "Pick A Nigger"


>> This e-mail is being sent to you as a public service announcement a as
>> information in the form of a little known Black History Fact. This
>> information can also be found in the African American Archives at the
>> Smithsonian Institute.
>> Although not taught in American learning institutions and literature,
>> it is noted in most Black history professional circles and literature
>> that the origin of the term "picnic" derives from the acts of lynching
>> African-Americans. The word "picnic" is rooted from the whole theme of
>> "Pick A Nigger." This is where individuals would "pic" a Black person
>> to lynch and make this into a family gathering. There would be music,
>> food, and drinks,a "picnic." ("Nic" being the white acronym for
>> "nigger.") Scenes of this were depicted in the movie "Rosewood."
>> We should choose to use the word "barbecue" or "outing" instead of the
>> word "picnic." Please forward this e-mail to all of your family and
>> friends and let's educate our people.

I appreciate the e-mail on the word "picnic"; however, the information is incorrect. the word picnic originated in france in the early 1600's and was introduced to the western culture (England) in the early 1800's (not in the early 1900's as your e-mail indicated). the word 'pic' does refer to celebration, but not from picking people of african decent, instead it refers to picking food amongst a festive occasion the word nic' doesn't have a profound meaning therefore it just sits there the word that you're referring to is "pic-a-ninny" and not picnic speak to the elder members of your family (for those that are currently living) and they should provide additional insight on the subject. I apologize for countering your e-mail message; however, a rumor will eventually become the truth if you here it enough.

take care of yourself -


This is Why I am ALWAYS tired !!!




For a couple years I've been blaming it on lack of
sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I
found out the real reason:

I'm tired because I'm overworked.

The population of this country (USA) is 237 million.

104 million are retired.

That leaves 133 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million
to do the work.

Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal
government, leaving 19 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2
million to do the work.

Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for
State and City Governments and that leaves 1.4 million
to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in
hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.

That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.

And you're sitting at your computer reading jokes!

Current Net Hoaxes, Urban Legends, and other digital lies..

Hoax = False, deliberately deceptive information, including pranks
UL = Urban Legend: a popularly believed narrative, most likely false
Rumor = Questionable or erroneous information forwarded with gusto
Junk = Flotsam and jetsam of the Net


Free Car from Honda [Hoax]
Find out right here how to get a brand spanking new Honda Civic just
forwarding a chain letter.

Microsoft/AOL Merger [Hoax]
Another bogus "email tracking" offer.

Eddie Murphy Mistaken for Mugger [UL]
New email versions of this old urban legend have Eddie Murphy and
Jordan scaring the heck out of white people on elevators.

'Toilet Spiders' Kill 5 in Chicago Airport [Hoax]
The deadly "arachnius gluteus" rears its ugly head across the U.S.

Attempted Child Abduction at Sam's Club [UL]
Three email versions are now circulating of this decades-old (and
urban legend.

Y2K 'Quick Fix' for Windows [Hoax]
Bad advice on how to make your computer Y2K compliant. Microsoft has
labeled it a hoax.

809 Area Code Phone Scam [Rumor]
True. This email alert originated in a reputable newsletter and warns
a known telephone scam.

Free Gift Cards from Old Navy [Hoax]
Latest version of the same tired prank.

Free M&M's for the Millennium [Hoax]
Just for forwarding a chain letter? I think not.

Free Clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch [Hoax]
A prank, basically a sequel to the "free clothes from The Gap" chain
letter below.

Free Clothes from The Gap! [Hoax]
Yet another "email tracking" prank. Forward this message and get a free
Hawaiian shirt from The Gap. (Not!)

Free Computers from IBM! [Hoax]
Latest entry in the "email tracking" hall of fame.

ATM Envelope Poisonings [Hoax]
False rumor declares that a bank customer died after licking a
cyanide-coated deposit envelope.

Procter & Gamble is Run by Satanists! [UL]
An oldie hits the charts again due to P&G's recent lawsuits against
for allegedly spreading false rumors.

Janet Reno Defines 'Cultist' [Hoax]
This utterly bogus quote attributed to Janet Reno several years ago is
still circulating.

'Cough CPR' Can Save Your Life [Rumor]
According to the American Heart Association, the "live-saving"
advocated in this email is not recommended in the absence of medical

Cell Phones Cause Gas Station Explosions [Rumor]
According to available sources, this email rumor has a theoretical
in fact.

U.S. Postal Service Plans to Tax Email [Hoax]
They're at it again! The post office, we're told, wants to place a tax
every email delivered.

Anti-Perspirants Cause Breast Cancer [Hoax]
This false rumor has been thoroughly trounced by medical professionals.

Microsoft Combats AOL/Netscape with 'Email Tracking' [Hoax]
Sorry, folks. Microsoft will not be handing out cash to everyone who
forwards this message.

Waterproof Sunscreen Causes Blindness in Children [Rumor]
Recycled 1998 warning alleges that children have gone blind due to
exposure to waterproof sunscreens.

Febreze Warning [Rumor]
An email warning in circulation since January warns that the fabric
deodorizer Febreze is toxic to pets.

Petition Against 'Ban' on Religious Broadcasting [Junk]
This petition, accusing Madalyn Murray O'Hair of asking the FCC to ban
religious broadcasting, is just as false now as it was when it first
appeared 25 years ago.

Canada Considers Email Tax [Hoax]
A new variant of an old Internet legend riles Canadians.

Free Beer from Miller Brewing Co. [Hoax]
Further adventures in "email tracking."

LSD & Strychnine on Pay Phone Buttons [Rumor]
More pay phone hysteria, courtesy of the Internet.

HIV Needle-Stick Incidents in Dallas and Denver [UL]
New versions of last year's email rumors.

Shampoo Cancer Warning [Rumor]
This chain letter falsely claims that sodium laureth sulfate, an
ingredient found in some brand-name shampoos, is carcinogenic.

Toxic Tampons [Rumor]
Two versions of this email alert are circulating, one more fraudulent
than the other.

Missing Child Alert - 'Andrew Russell Steinmetz' [Junk]
Another defunct alert. Andrew Steinmetz was kidnapped by his father,
recovered safe and sound by authorities in February.

Missing Child Alert - 'Krystava Patients Schmidt' [Junk]
A message still circulating many months after the fact pleads for help
finding a missing child, but the youngster is safe and sound.

Aspartame Warning [Rumor]
Overblown email flyer dating from 1995, alleging that NutraSweet causes
just about every malady known to humankind. Scientists balk.

The Y2K / VCR Conspiracy [Rumor]
Are VCR manufacturers hiding a simple solution to the Y2K bug?

David 'Darren' Bucklew Chain Letter [Hoax]
This one's a rewrite of the old "Timothy Flyte" chain letter just as
bogus, just as annoying.

Petition to Save PBS / NPR / NEA [Junk]
"The Case of the Pointless Petition" a cautionary tale.

Corpses of Children Used to Traffic Drugs [UL]
An old urban legend (c. 1973) dressed up in new clothes for the

Racial Indicators in Social Security Numbers [Rumor]
Did the government secretly "color-code" your SSN? Plus, alleged racism
in Microsoft software.

'Class Project' Chain Letters [Junk]
You've missed your chance to help these youngsters learn geography
email server was shut down due to overload.

NUD - 'No Urban Dictate' [Rumor]
From David Spalding's 'Hoax du Jour' Do some corporations apply racist
criteria when deciding where to advertise?

Y2K Bank Scam [Rumor]
Based on conflicting reports from bankers and the media, we can
confidently say that this rumor may or may not be true!

'Video Clip' Chain Letter [Hoax]
The "coolest chain letter ever" claims that a funny video will appear
your screen if you forward it to 11 people.

Procter & Gamble's Killer Sponges [Hoax]
A new email alert claims that "pot scrubbers" from P&G contain a toxic

'Slow Dance' Chain Letter [Hoax]
Another opportunity to help save the life of a dying child who doesn't

'Guinness Book of Records' Chain Letter [Hoax]
Just forward this message and get your name listed in Guinness along
with a million or so other folks.

Walt Disney Jr.'s 'Email Tracking' Giveaway [Hoax]
It's running rampant again! This hoax declares you can win $5,000 or a
trip to Disney World just by forwarding a chain letter.

Petition for Afghan Women's Rights [Junk]
Not a hoax, but a sincere effort gone astray.

Marilyn Manson, Puppy Killer [Rumor]
Rumors that the rock star abuses animals in his act are untrue, says

Long Distance Rates for Internet Access? [Rumor]
A "new" old rumor the U.S. government is going to make us pay long
distance rates for Internet access.

Hypodermic Needles in Pay Phone Coin Slots [UL]
Malicious drug addicts are out to kill us! Also: update on possible
copycat incidents in Virginia.

'Welcome to the world of AIDS' [UL]
Email scare story randomly chosen victims are being injected with the AIDS virus in crowded theaters and night clubs around the world.

More AIDS/HIV Sneak Attacks [UL]
A new email variant of the "AIDS pin prick" legend.

Tommy Hilfiger Made Racist Statements on Oprah [Rumor]
That's what the email rumor claims, at any rate. This outright lie dates back several years.

'Inside Edition' Mall Abduction Scams [Rumor]
This "warning to women" claims that elaborate scams are being used by abductors to lure female shoppers out of malls and into waiting vans.

Bud Light 'Gay-Friendly' Ad [Rumor]
Duelling email forwards attempt to scare you into voting yea or nay on an ad campaign that most of us will likely never see.

Blue Mountain Greeting Cards 'Virus' [Hoax]
According to this false AOL rumor, electronic greeting cards from Blue Mountain are infected with a virus.

The Great 'GAS OUT' [Junk]
A rather silly chain letter attempting to rally Americans to protest the rising price of gasoline.

Dave Matthews Chain Letter [Hoax]
The latest variation on the "save a dying child" chain letter purports to have the enthusiastic support of musician Dave Matthews.

Another Close Call at the Mall [UL]
A murderous, well-dressed "good samaritan" supposedly lurks in the parking lots of shopping malls just about everywhere.

Deadly Rat Urine on Soda Pop Cans [UL]
Three variations of a new cautionary tale making the email rounds since October.

Cockroach Egg Tacos at Taco Bell [UL]
A fast-food horror story, as told in six different locations around the U.S.

Headlight Flashing 'Gang Initiation Rite' [UL]
Urban legend from the early '90s re-emerges as a frightening email alert.

Snakes in Burger King's Ball Pit! [UL]
Email version of an old amusement park legend, in the form of a warning to parents.

The 'Blue Star' LSD Tattoo [UL]
Email alert claims that colorful cartoon stickers laced with LSD pose a threat to children everywhere.

The 90# Telephone Scam [Rumor]
A half dozen or so variations of this alert have been in wide circulation since last February. The scam is real, but it does not affect typical residential phone customers.

Black Voting Rights to Expire in 2007 [Rumor]
This email alert, bouncing around the Internet since January, 1997, has most of the facts wrong.

Petition to Save AOL Instant Messages [Hoax]
If it sounds familiar, that's because the same hoax went around last year; and the year before that; etc. etc. 'Free Stock' Chain Letter [Junk]
The good news is: it's not a scam or a hoax. The bad news is: the offer has expired.


A.I.D.S. Virus Warning [Hoax]
According to the bogus alert in constant circulation, this email-transmitted virus will completely destroy your computer!

Bud Frogs Screen Saver Warning [Hoax]
Newly tweaked to deceive you, this one-year-old virus hoax is still going strong.

The Craig Shergold Chain Letter [UL]
Story of the little boy whose life was saved by a chain letter that won't die.

Gerber Savings Bond Giveaway [Rumor]
Fax and email alerts falsely claim that Gerber Products Co. lost a class action suit and now must pay out restitution to millions of American children in the form of $500 savings bonds.

The Jessica Mydek Chain Letter [Hoax]
Jessica Mydek, a seven-year-old girl dying of cancer, does not exist, nor will the American Cancer Society contribute money to research in her
name every time this chain letter is forwarded. (Also see the many Mydek copycats: David Lawitts, Tamara Martin, Rick Connor, and Timothy Flyte.)

Join the Crew/Penpal Greetings/Undeliverable Mail [Hoax]
Three aging virus hoaxes that won't go away, now most often circulated in "combination alerts."

Kidney Thieves [UL]
The venerable organ snatching legend erupts in Austin, Texas. This hysterical warning is a hodgepodge of various mutations of the legend cut-and-pasted together.

'Need some extra $$$ for the summer?' [Hoax]
Make millions just by forwarding this chain letter! Funded by "National Banks everywhere!!" Teaches kids how to manage money!!!

Neiman Marcus (Mrs. Fields) Cookie Recipe [UL]
Posh department store charges $250 for a cookie recipe; victim gets even by sharing it with the world. All the ingredients of a legend!

The Timothy Flyte Chain Letter [Hoax]
Also known as the "David 'Darren' Bucklew" chain letter another variation on the "save a dying child" hoax.

Veterans' Dividend Hoax [Hoax]
Bogus offer to U.S. veterans involving alleged dividends on insurance policies.

by Dr. Maya Angelou

BECAUSE, we have forgotten our ancestors, our children no longer give us honor.

BECAUSE, we have lost the path our ancestors cleared kneeling in perilous undergrowth, our children cannot find their way.

BECAUSE, we have banished the God of our ancestors, our children cannot pray.

BECAUSE, the old wails of our ancestors have faded beyond our hearing, our children cannot hear us crying.

BECAUSE, we have abandoned our wisdom of mothering and fathering, our befuddled children give birth to children they neither want nor understand.

BECAUSE, we have forgotten how to love, the adversary is within our gates, and holds us up to the mirror of the world shouting, "Regard the loveless."

THEREFORE, we pledge to bind ourselves to one another, to embrace our lowliest, to keep company with our loneliest, to educate our illiterate, to feed our starving, to clothe our ragged, to do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters.


IN HONOR of those who toiled and implored God with golden tongues and in gratitude to the same God who brought us out of hopeless desolation, we make this pledge.


For all those who have seen the show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", I'm sure you have wondered what the show would be like if it related to Black people. Well, here's your chance to play: WHO WANTS TO BE A BLACK MILLIONAIRE?

Someone who is jealous is often referred to as what?
A. A Buster
B. A Mark
C. A Pimp
D. A Player Hater

What substance is often found in a container on or near the
A. Pickles
B. Used Grease
C. Jalepeno Peppers
D. Mayonnaise

How would you describe someone's skin when it is lacking
A. Ashy
B. Musty
C. Flashy
D. Musky

Which is not an official Kool-Aid flavor?
A. Grape
B. Red
C. Pink Lemonade
D. Orange

Which civil rights leader can be found on the front of many
church fans?
A. Malcolm X
B. Jesse Jackson
C. Martin Luther King, Jr.
D. Al Sharpton

What hairstyle did the 80's duo Kid 'N Play popularize?
A. Jheri Curl
B. Finger Waves
C. Dredlocks
D. High Top Fade

In the sitcom "Good Times", what incident prevented the
character Keith from entering the NFL?
A. Tripped over J.J.
B. Shot in a gang fight
C. Fell down a Cabrini Green elevator shaft
D. Overdosed on heroin

What actor starred in the 70's movie "Shaft"?
A. Ron O'Neal
B. Rudy Ray Moore
C. Richard Roundtree
D. Richard Pryor

Tupac Shakur's mother's first name is?
A. Afeni
B. Athena
C. Assata
D. Amel

What was the name of the best friend of the character Lamont
on the sitcom "Sanford & Son"?
A. Eight Ball
B. Rollo
C. Corn Bread
D. Ray-Ray

Chris Rock's film debut was in which movie?
A. Friday
B. New Jack City
C. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
D. Harlem Nights

What phrase was coined by W.E.B. DuBois?
A. The Talented Tenth
B. The Five Percent Nation
C. Forty Acres and a Mule
D. The Few, the Proud, the Brave

Who invented the stoplight?
A. Thomas Edison
B. Garrett Morgan
C. Alexander Graham Bell
D. Elijah McCoy

Which former Black Panther became a registered member
of the Republican Party?
A. Stokely Carmichael
B. Bobby Rush
C. Huey P. Newton
D. Eldridge Cleaver

Which singer never recorded for Motown records?
A. Aretha Franklin
B. Diana Ross
C. Tammy Terrell
D. Martha Reeves

Answers below:


$100 = D
$200 = B
$300 = A
$500 = B
$1000 = C
$2000 = D
$4000 = A
$8000 = C
$16,000 = A
$32,000 = B
$50,000 = C
$100,000 = A
$250, 000 = B
$500,000 = D
$1,000,000 = A