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Actress GABRIELLE UNION says STOP THE JUDGMENT in her “Keep Looking In The Mirror” – R.I.P. Manto Msimang, Chris Henry



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Gosh, American actress, Gabrielle Union’s letter is so universal in its tone and appeal.

I mean not just regarding the coverage on Tiger Woods (Athletic of the Decade – AP) and the late NFL Cleveland Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. But over in South Africa, media personality Gareth Cliff made some really “insensitive” remarks about the former South African Health minister Manto Tshabalala Msimang’s recent passing away on Twitter…

It is common knowledge that Health Minister, Manto’s policies on HIV & AIDS were not the greatest [actually detrimental…] However, I think South African media personality, Bonang Matheba’s response to the above said it best….

So when I ran into Gabrielle’s write-up on Global Grind, I thought she captured the fact that we have lost sight of what life and love is all about in this “celeb-drama-fest” of a culture we live in! Check it below…

with US actress, Gabrielle Union in NYC for Fashion Week

Today we lost another young, talented, black man. Like so many men and women in this world, Chris Henry had seen his share of trouble and adversity…and just like so many other men and women in this world, he realized it’s never too late to turn your life around.  How many more lives need to be lost before we realize that as good Christians (as many of us like to call ourselves), spiritual beings or just plain old good folks we need to STOP THE JUDGMENT and try to lift each other up when we’ve fallen off the path.

Why are we all so quick to stop looking in the mirror at our own troubled lives…bad credit, lack of education or job skills, poor choices with the opposite sex, trying to live like Diddy when our homes are getting foreclosed, gossiping, jealous ranting or hating, or even not communicating with loved ones…its soooooo much easier to be obsessed with Tiger and Elin than dealing with our own troubled relationships…why get counseling for your daddy/mama/brother sister/relationship issues when we can hunt down a distraught woman and her 2 young children like animals??!! Why worry about how to pay for healthcare when we can laugh and joke about Lindsey Lohan. Journalists COULD do their jobs and sift through fact from what’s in the National Inquirer but why when it’s sooooooo much easier to print lies/half truths or straight up fairy tales to sell newspapers or magazines…forget about journalistic integrity when you’ve got to compete with the internet…who needs truth and compassion when we can’t wait for the next senseless tragedy or starlet scandal??!!

When will we come together and demand more from ourselves…more love and less hate…more fact finding than dirt digging…more lifting each other up and figuring out a way for life to improve than kicking people when they’re down…hold yourself to the same high standards we set for people on TV that we’ll never meet and don’t put food on our tables…be the person you always wanted to be…I’d like to think we were all born inherently good and on occasion make mistakes…stop looking in your neighbor’s backyard or Tiger’s or the girl who got the guy you liked or the dude who got the promotion you thought you deserved…we can only control ourselves…KEEP LOOKING IN THE MIRROR…that’s where the answers are that can truly change your life. In fact, lemme get off this damn blackberry and help my niece figure out how we’re gonna pay for college next year…Tiger can’t help me with that…that’s all me  smile,  peace and love and many blessings!!!

-Gabrielle

PS…my sister always says that bad things happen everyday to ppl all over the world…you don’t own the rights to adversity…whatchu gonna do now??…u betta stop bitching and get to work on urself! Kinda harsh I know but those words got me through the worst times of my life…I’m sharing now with you guys! Happy holidays…spread the love…it will come back to you!

Yeah Gabby! Love this! What do you guys think?

Peace, love & a whole lotta hair grease [smile!]

Source: Global Grind

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