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Chile where is Momma Dee at when you need her??!!

Miss VA aka Veteran Affairs turned a routine checkup into a situation that almost left me looking like a gay pirate. Let’s start at the top. July 12th, 2018 96 degrees, and the quarter tank should’ve let me know that the day was going to be something serious. I’ve been trying to avoid getting care from the VA because I’ve heard so many horror stories but working for yourself comes at a price. I’ve been paying out of pocket for health insurance and it is quite expensive, shout out to capitalism. I injured myself while serving in Iraq back in 2010 which allowed me to get VA services. So after months of debating, I finally made an appointment and had to wait almost 2 months after making the appointment.

That Wednesday started off late because it took me nearly 40 minutes to find parking. I wasn’t aware that this day would tell me a lot about myself besides I should watch what I eat and get more sleep. That day I found out that my smiles are sometimes hiding the depression I’m experiencing and I’m not doing a good job of maintaining it.

Since this was my first time being officially seen they wanted to do blood work. I’ve been curious if I might be diabetic considering it’s in my family. So I headed to the laboratory to get my blood drawn. Now I’m terrified of needles, but I just turned my head and let them go to work. I always prefer a woman because, as proven by my past experiences, men don’t show care. Of course I had a man draw my blood and, of course, he makes jokes about me possibly fainting. Little did he know I would and it would be serious.

I proceeded to tell him that I felt light headed and I was losing feeling in my fingers and he told me to breathe, I did and don’t remember anything else. I woke up with my leg kicking and head laying face first on the floor. The staff rolled me over and started to apply pressure to my head. I was confused and shocked. It took a minute for me to realize that I did in fact blackout. I also didn’t realize that I cut myself pretty bad twice on my face to the point that you could see my nerve.

They rushed me to the emergency room and eventually stitched me up. I lied in the hospital bed wondering how did something like this happen to me? I’ve had blood drawn throughout my military career so why now? Something deep down in me started to say that I haven’t been taking the best of care of myself. Not getting enough sleep, and depressed about situations that I can not control but truly affect me each and every day.

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I’ve been fooling everyone but my body and she gave out on me and dragged the shit out of me. I am not superhuman. I know some of us to like to think so but we’re not and sometimes it’s important that we let people know we need help. How do you say it though? I debated with myself how to tell the people who enjoy my content and silly Facebooks that I flew too close to the sun. I posted about the accident but the response was limited until I posted a picture of the injury. That’s when everyone was concerned. It seems that most are reactive rather than proactive. I had plenty of support during my time at the hospital. 3 of my friends came and visited and made sure I made it home safe. I, Justin James, wasn’t used to being helped because I’m always the one helping.

Even now I feel bad because I haven’t posted much content other than a couple of live videos here and there. Then the voice in the back of my head, as well as close friends, reminded me that if I don’t take care of myself there won’t be a Justin to post any content.

Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve taken a break from creating content besides For The Culture Podcast. I’m feeling great now, I’ve worked on my diet to include more water intake (especially considering the summer heat) and including more fruits in vegetables in my diet. I’ve also started to make sure I get more than a couple of hours of sleep and I can feel the difference. I’m also making sure my friends know what I am feeling. Sometimes it is difficult to be serious when you’re the one who is telling jokes. I sometimes feel trapped in something I created. It makes me think about Robin Williams and how he felt before he was a victim of suicide.

I’m not sure where I would be without my family, friends, and supporters. This is why I feel it’s important that we check up on the people around us. I can’t imagine where I would be without my support system.

Thanks to you for taking the time to read this and to those who reached out. I truly appreciate it.

 

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Not On Our Watch! Howard Uni President Bans Campus Colonizers

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As a response to student reports of unauthorized use of The Yard, Howard University President, Wayne A.I. Frederick has released a statement demanding pet owners respect the campus.

An email sent to Howard University staff and students notified them of the President’s decision to mark the private institution’s grounds off limits. Calling the quad a “treasured site”, Frederick affirmed the community’s desire to keep the area “pristine and symbolic of all that Howard University represents.” Acknowledging the history of residents’ visitation to the campus, Frederick referenced the community relationship before making a formal decision.

“At the beginning of my presidency we held regular meetings that included students, faculty and members of the Advisory Neighborhood Committees to cultivate a town and gown relationship. I recently reached out to our local ANC and Councilwoman to engage in a dialogue. We recognize that service animals are a necessary aspect of modern-day life and we will accommodate them as needed. We appreciate pet owners respecting out campus by not bringing pets onto the private areas.”

Last week, reports of residents from gentrified surrounding areas mistreating the northwest Washington D.C. school made waves on social media. Insensitive comments regarding who was privileged to access the campus sparked public outrage among those who wanted to protect Howard’s 152-year legacy.

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Keep Walking, Colonizer! Howard University Students Say Neighbors are Disrespecting The Yard

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White people’s sense of entitlement knows no bounds and has now extended to the campus of famed HBCU, Howard University. The 152-year-old private educational institution located in D.C. has been misused by residents who believe The Yard should be accessible to them as a dog park or outdoor gym.

Students of Howard University have taken offense to colonizers and gentrifiers in northwest Washington D.C in recent years. As wealthy, White residents continue to flood areas surrounding the university, they take liberties they have neither earned nor deserve on the school grounds. Students say they “find it very disrespectful” and have noted a marked increase of such behavior throughout their attendance.

Where students would have seen one or two out-of-place dog walkers on campus in a week, they see two each day. Graduating senior, Briana Littlejohn, spoke with The DCist, about the residents’ use of the campus, stating, “You know this is a university. You know this is a historically Black university. And you feel so entitled that you’re just going to walk your dog there?” Many other attendees feel the same, but their outrage has recently been met with unreasonable alternatives by residents.

Speaking with Fox 5 correspondent, Tisha Lewis, Sean Grubbs-Robishaw who lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood said the following:

“So, they’re in part of D.C. so they have to work within D.C. If they don’t want to be within D.C., then they can move the campus. I think we just need to work together and I don’t think it should be a he or there or here…It’s our community and that’s how it should be.”

Sean Grubbs-Robishaw,

Grubbs-Robishaw admits to using the grounds as a shortcut to get to the McMillan Reservoir, a popular spot for walking/running. But his argument conveniently glosses over the fact that Howard University is a private institution while also disregarding its status as a historically Black university.

The campus has been mistreated by those new to the area as a location for picnics and other abuses. The university has yet to directly state that such activities are prohibited by residents, Alonda Thomas, a spokesperson, has said there is no policy prohibiting dogs and that the campus is “open”, meaning anyone has access to it.

Do you think the disrespect that Howard University campus is receiving is related in any way to the #DontMuteDC protest? Do you think the campus should be closed to the public?

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Recent Surveillance Video Shows Exposes CPD Corruption

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Chicago Police School Brutality

The Chicago Police Department is heavily invested in the recovery of investigation funds they believe were wasted on Jussie Smollett…all while simultaneously covering up the assault of 16-year-old Dnigma Howard.

A new surveillance video obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times reveals two police officers brutalizing a teenage girl. Officers Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp dragged 16-year-old Dnigma Howard down a flight of stairs, punched her, and tased her several times. When they began using the stun gun, officers held Dnigma down by standing on her chest. This new evidence completely contradicts initial reports made by the officers who were assigned to the school the teenage girl attended.

The initial account states that Officers Pierre and Tripp were called to escort Howard from the school grounds following her suspension. Stating she resisted by kicking, biting, and spitting at the officers, Pierre and Tripp blamed Howard for a loss of control, alleging her actions caused all three of them to tumble down the flight of stairs. After receiving treatment for their injuries, Dnigma was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery. However, the charges were later dropped in less than a week.

During the encounter Dnigma’s father, Laurentio Howard, could be seen near the confrontation. However, Laurentio says he was instructed not to intervene. In addition, school faculty or other security officers were not sought to assist with escorting her from the property. Several students also witnessed the events, as initial footage recorded by cell phone captured the officers tasing Dnigma.

The City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and officers Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp have been named in a federal suit for the violation of Dnigma’s civil rights. Exposing further concerns of police presence at schools, a report issued by the Inspector General in 2018 shows officers lacked training regarding how to approach conflicts with students. At this time, both officers are no longer working at the school, but remain employed within the 11th District.

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