How are you living? Do you have LOVE for Black people? How is this LOVE demonstrated in your WALK in Life? Are you all TALK or a MAN of Action? Are you hearing my questions today or are you reacting to what I ask? Why do some of you blame your Elders for your condition in Life? Before you blame others, are you taking advantange of every opportunity for advancement which has been afforded you? If the answer to my last question is no, then you have no one to blame for the condition in which you find yourself. It is not the fault of your mother, your father, or your extended family if you, as a person, are a failure in life. If you are not able to secure meaningful employment what job skills have you obtained training for? The way I was raised, I was taught to have respect for my Elders and that was one line that I was taught to never cross. If you were not raised in the same manner, then that says a lot about your upbringing, not mine. I was taught to stand straight, pull myself up by my own efforts and that grooming is important. Do not blame me if you are shiftless, a slouch, a slacker, or choose to be a teenis shoe pimp with role models such as 50 cent or Jay Z. If you think it is cool to walk with your *** showing and with your slacks hanging to your knees don't blame me for your bad taste in fashion because your statement makes you a follow fashion monkey mimicking a studio gangster. If you think that you have no right to respect your Elders and that it is the job of Elders to gain your respect...think again. I don't owe you a **** thing. I have put in my time and have made it against all adversity and survived long enough to be considered by some to be an Elder. I have survived because of the RESPECT that I demonstrated to My ELDERS and it is with their Blessings that I have survived when so many of my peers have passed on to their various "THUG MANSIONS". A sister told me last night to "Man Up" as I was discussing the nature of the conflict presently being demonstrated within our community. I would not be here today if I had not long ago "Manned Up". This is why I am speaking to you today, not as a Premium Member, but as one of the MASSES. You can take my words or leave them alone. Or you can debate or argue my points. One thing for sure. I am done arguing with you or trying to prove anything to you. I have put in more than enough time trying to educate and mentor your generation. I now encourage you to do the same to those younger than yourself rather than blaming an older generation for the miserable condition in which some of you find yourselves. Hotep! Omowale.