Today I Honor my Mother, Warnita Pleasant

The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites, and not because I am preparing myself to meet “my Boaz” like some of my single sisters patiently waiting on God to send them a Husband! Good luck with that if you’re in the state of Louisiana! black wedding The character that fascinates me in this book is Naomi because she gives a truthful close-up of a Woman dealing with a multitude of issues. I love the way Solomon describes a “Virtuous” Woman in Proverbs 31:10-31, but let’s be real; We all know Bathsheba went through some things prior to becoming a woman of virtue….OK! We all go through some things prior to becoming the women that God ordained us to be; and Naomi in my opinion, does not get enough credit for being a female genius who sat her problems on a chessboard and strategically played her opponents; grief, heartbreak, poverty, shame, and mental instability, and in the end she beat the odds for herself and the daughter she acquired. CHECKMATE!

Naomi is the female version of Job. She had a husband, children, and she even acquired two daughters-in-laws. Naomi was not familiar with struggle because her family had wealth. She was happy and comfortable until God allowed for that life to be taken away from her, leaving her with nothing but a loyal daughter-in-law named Ruth who refused to live her while she was down. A daughter-in-law named Ruth who with Faith, told her mother-in-law Naomi, that she would go with her and whatever God she served, she would serve him too!

So together they went back to the home of Naomi‘s DNA; Bethlehem. Naomi was so broken that when her hood starting noticing her she said, “Don’t call me Naomi, Call me “Mara,” because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.

I believe that all of us has had a Ruth 1:20-21 moment! This moment creeps up on us when our lives our out of control to the point of having us questioning where is our God, and why is he allowing these circumstances to occur in our life. We feel restless and peace is far from us, and that is why The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites because it reminds me that whenever I feel like changing my name to “Mara,” there is always a Ruth, or a person that God has ordained with the FAITH to get me to my next level.

Naomi ends up getting her daughter-in-law married to a King McDreamy, balling out of control, and in generations to come; bringing forth a boy named David who would slay giants, write a book that is of full of praise and worship, and become a King.

So today on October 03, 2014. I need my mother; Warnita Pleasantme and mama to know that The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites because MAMA, you are my Naomi! You have been through hell and back and yet you taught me about your God and I am alive because of that.

You are my Naomi, because you taught me that action speaks louder than words and I know how to recognize the people who were really sent for my good.

You are my Naomi, because you put aside you “Mara” moments to teach me how to genuinely love people.

You are my Naomi, because when I’m having a “Mara” moment, you speak my life and future back into existence.

You are my Naomi, because you embedded in me to never have a “poor old me” attitude and that is why I just can’t give up now (in my Mary Mary voice:)

You are my Naomi, because I am a Beast because of you. There is no topic, no title, no nationality or culture, that intimidates me.

For the rest of my life, I will follow you and I will serve the God that you serve. I will honor who and what God created you to be. I will be there with you on top of the mountains, or trapped in the wilderness. I will cut up and act a fool to get you back when you go into LALA land. I love you MAMA!

Happy Birthday:)

Meet Mary Pleasant – The Mother Of Civil Rights in California

Mary Pleasant

I researched Mrs. Pleasant’s story using the following link, As always feel free to check it out for more detailed information. Special thanks to Susheel Bibbs (aka Cheryl Susheel Bibbs) for bringing her story to life!

Called “the Mother of Civil Rights in California” from work begun in the 1860s, her achievements went unsurpassed until the 1960s. Pleasant was once the most talked-about woman in San Francisco. When other African Americans were rarely mentioned, she claimed full-page articles in the press. Her dramatic life was part of the story of slavery, abolition, the gold rush, and the Civil War; she helped shape early San Francisco, and covertly amassed a joint fortune once assessed at $30,000,000! Americans today deserve to know her because she could love across boundaries of race and class without losing sight of her goal — equality for herself and her people.

According to her various memoirs, Pleasant, was born a slave near Augusta, Georgia between 1814 and 1817, and according to ships records and confirming testimony, she arrived in San Francisco in April, 1852 to escape persecution under the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, for slave rescue work in the East. However, the courage to do that and other great deeds started in childhood.

At birth, Mary had no last name. In her first memoir she said that she was born the illegitimate child of a Virginia governor’s son (John H. Pleasants) and an enslaved Haitian voodoo* priestess, so Mary had to create names for herself. After witnessing the death of her mother at the hand of a plantation overseer, Mary had to make her way largely on her own. But, how did she emerge strong and able to love across racial lines from such difficult beginnings?

An account by Nevada writer Sam Davis, one of Pleasant’s biographers, infers that, in childhood, Pleasant was bought out of slavery by a sympathetic planter. No one really knows his name or if it this is true since Pleasant was a survivor who altered and embellished her story in several memoirs to offset the criticisms levied against her. However, her final memoir (Davis, 1901) says that this rescuer sent her first to New Orleans to work as a linen worker at the Ursaline Convent and subsequently to work as a free servant for his friend (Louis Alexander Williams), a merchant in Cincinnati. His promise was that, after she served the Williams for some time without pay, she would be freed. However, Williams, in debt and ultimately jealous of his wife Ellen’s affection for the girl, eventually placed Mary, not in freedom, but into nine years of indenture (Mary called it being “bounded out.”) with an aging Quaker merchant, (merely called Grandma Hussey) in Nantucket, MA. Indentured servants could be of any race, and Mary, a mulatto child who in her earlier years was very fair, was told not to reveal her race — a heavy burden for a girl of about eleven.

In Nantucket, Mary adopted Ellen Williams’ name, becoming “Mary Ellen Williams,” and she learned business as a clerk in Grandma’s general (huckster) store. Although she could not read or write then, she said in her final memoir, “I could recall the accounts of a whole day, and she [Grandma] would set them down and they would be right as I remembered ’em.” Mary grew smart and witty, and despite being “in service”, she grew to love her Quaker guardians. The Husseys, and later Capt. Edward W. Gardner and family, reveal in their letters that they grew to love her too. Mary also adopted abolitionist beliefs and the principles of equality that they taught her. So, in Nantucket Mary learned enterprise, equality, and love— In Nantucket, she took the shackles of slavery off of her mind!

Later in the 1840’s, when her service had ended, the Husseys helped the brilliant and talented twenty-something, young woman, become a tailor’s assistant in Boston. She also became a paid church soloist there. There Mary Ellen Williams soon met and married James W. Smith, a wealthy mulatto. According to a letter fragment by Mary (letter dictated to Mrs. S), James (part Cuban-mulatto, part white) was a contractor/ merchant who “passed” for white (Cuban) so as to serve as a Southern contributor to William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist paper and a rescuer on the Underground Railroad. Soon both Smiths served on that Railroad — the trackless series of homes and volunteers who helped slaves escape to freedom by various routes (tracks) to Canada, Nova Scotia, and Mexico.

James Smith’s “track ” took slaves from Nova Scotia to Virginia. He also owned a plantation near Harper’s Ferry, left to him by his white father. Smith staffed it with freed slaves (freedmen), whose freedom he helped secure. However, daring as he was, James was very restrictive of Mary. She says she still grew to love him. However, when he died suddenly (sometime between 1844 and 1848) some felt that it was by Mary’s hand. Nothing ever came of this accusation, however, but James Smith left Mary a wealthy woman. She eventually remarried, but she continued their slave-rescue work between New Bedford, MA, and Ohio out of her own inner calling. Mary says that, disguising herself as a jockey so that she could steal onto plantations, she soon became a much-hunted slave rescuer, and there is some support for this account.

Finally, in 1851, with slavers hot on her trail, she fled West. The route taken between 1848-1851 seems to have carried her to hide out in both Nantucket and New Orleans. In the latter, she lived with her second husband, John James Pleasance (“J.J. Pleasants” when Anglicized). Pleasants was not related to her father, John Pleasants, as some have alleged. In fact he told friends that the Pleasants name had simply been assigned to his father and that his real name surname was “Christophe.”

Once in New Orleans, JJ., a ship’s cook, took off to scout a safer life for them in California gold-rush country, but Mary stayed behind to own up her heritage by studying with the social/activist Voodoo Queen Mam’zelle. Marie LaVeaux. LaVeaux had invented a way to use Voodoo to aid the disenfranchised, and Mary, who should have inherited a voodoo priestancy from her mother, wanted to learn it. Said the only eye witness of this study, LaVeaux’s granddaughter, “She (LaVeaux) was teachin’ Mrs. Pleasants Voodoo so she could use it some way.” So, from Mam’zelle LaVeaux Mary learned to mentor her people and to use the secrets of the rich to gain aid for the poor — a “model” that would serve her well in San Francisco. Soon JJ sent for her (and her money, which, said Mary, he loved as much as he loved her), and being again hunted for slave rescuing, she fled to San Francisco, assisted by Marie LaVeaux.

Mary arrived in rough an’ ready San Francisco on April 7, 1852– a place with about 40,000 people, 700 drinking and gambling establishments, and 5 murders every 6 days. There were six men to every woman. It was not a safe place, but Mary was up to the challenge. Once there, she was forced to use two identities to thwart capture under California’s Fugitive Slave Act. Under this law anyone without freedom papers could be captured and sent into slavery. Mary had no papers. Still Mary, both as “Mrs.Ellen Smith” (white boardinghouse steward/cook) and as “Mrs. Pleasants” (abolitionist/entrepreneur) helped her people. As Mrs. Smith, she served the wealthiest and most influential men in San Francisco, and using their regard for her as well as the “LaVeaux model” of leveraging their secrets for favors, she was able to get jobs and privileges for “colored” people in San Francisco. It is said that for this they nicknamed her “The Black City Hall.”

In the “colored” community, in her true identity as Mrs. Pleasants, she used her money to help ex-slaves fight unfair laws and to get lawyers or businesses in California. She became an expert capitalist, owning every kind of business imaginable, and she prospered. However, her people suffered as European immigrations took the menial jobs once held for them and as anti-black sentiment and national depression mounted. So, in 1858 Mary decided to return East –not to live, but–as she once said in a letter — to help her former brother in law gain release from slavery and to help abolitionist John Brown end slavery forever.
In Canada, she and JJ bought land on Campbell St. to help Brown house the slaves that he planned to free near Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. His plan was to capture the Federal arsenal there with only 21 men. He would set up maroon-like militia made up of runaway slaves throughout the Virginia Mountains, as the Haitians had done. Then, he would ferret some slaves from there to Canada. Mary gave Brown money for arms and came back the following fall to ride (in disguise as a jockey) in advance of Brown to alert slaves near Harper’s Ferry of his coming. It was a good, but risky, plan, but, unlike some other Black leaders, Mary (believing that slavery had to be ended by force) was willing to help. “I’d rather be a corpse than a coward,” was always her motto.

Of course, Brown acted too soon and was hanged, and Mary narrowly escaped with her life. On her return, however (hunted for treason), she continued to fight, and after the Emancipation Proclamation and the California Right-of-Testimony of 1863 law, she declared her race openly. She orchestrated court battles to test the right of testimony, and in 1868 her battle for the right of blacks to ride the San Francisco trolleys without fear of discrimination set precedent in the California Supreme Court.

Mary Pleasant went on to become celebrated as a philanthropist and business woman and to amass a $30,000,000 fortune with her secret partner, Scotsman, Thomas Bell. In 1883 she even helped challenge the powerful Senator William Sharon in a scandalous case in the cause of Human Rights – She backed the plaintiff financially. Despite the fact that the plaintiff eventually lost this case, and Pleasant eventually lost most of her wealth, and even her good name through twists of fate, treachery, and the press, her legacy of love and courage lives on. In fact, her 1868 Trolley case set precedent in the California Supreme Court and was used to win a case in that same court in 1983. Pleasant was a winner!

Ginger’s Thought’s – This woman was awesome! Well she had to be; her last name is PLEASANT!

Zimmerman’s Fight Is Back On????

According to….

George Zimmerman’s celebrity boxing match — abruptly cancelled when the promoter pulled the plug yesterday — is back on again … promising to be a much bloodier event … according to a promoter who claims to have taken over the fight.

An online streaming service called says it secured the rights to a Zimmerman fight … after the original promoter, Damon Feldman pulled out because of threats made against his kids.

FilmOn says it’s gonna give the public what it wants — blood — and tells us DMX is out as the challenger because “much bigger names than DMX” want in.
“Ahhh FlimOn, what the public wants is justice!

The owner of FilmOn, Alki David, tells TMZ … the fight will no longer be a celebrity boxing match… “this is going to be like Fight Club … a very bloody event.” Alki says the fight will happen March 15 from a secret location … and all profits will go to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
“If it’s a secret then why all this media attention?”

But TMZ has learned the resurrected fight is not yet a done deal — we’re told FilmOn is still negotiating with Feldman for the rights and nothing has been signed.

Feldman withdrew from the fight yesterday after he said he was bombarded with threats. One Tweet said, “Somebody should kill Damon Feldman’s son and ask him would he put his son’s killer in a celebrity boxing match.”
“I concur!”

Feldman says he’ll reveal all tomorrow at a news conference.
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Ginger’s Thoughts – There are other ways to donate money to the Trayvon Martin’s Foundation, and this is not one of them. Zimmerman and the word fight does not belong in the same sentence. Let’s not lose sight, t

Marcus Garvey, GodFather of Civil Rights

I want to thank A Field website for sending me this Express Yourself link pertaining to the many accomplishments acheived by a Civil Activist Icon named Marcus Garvey.

I have copied the link for you, so feel free to visit this page; as well as the website, because you will find a range of interesting article.

M. Garvey

Marcus Garvey was one of the greatest black leaders we ever had. He organized more black people than any other black leader in the world. Marcus Garvey said that black people will never become successful depending on whites or other races of people, he said that as black people we must come together and do for self.

I’m going to list some of Marcus Garvey’s achievements:

1. Marcus Garvey built factories, and his factories made clothes and they also made black dolls for black kids to play with.

2. He built a hotel.

3. He built a chain of grocery stores.

4. His organization had their own trucking company.

5. He built schools.

6. He built restaurants.

7. His organization had their own printing press.

8. He started 3 newspapers.

9. His main newspaper was called the Negro World, and that newspaper was published in English, Spanish and French.

10. His organization bought 3 ships and they started practicing international trade and commerce.

11. Marcus Garvey’s organization owned office buildings.

12. His organization also bought an auditorium in New York, and that’s where Garvey did most of his speaking and that place was called Liberty Hall.

13. By 1922 Marcus Garvey organization had 6 million members.

14. His organization had over 900 branches in 40 different countries.

15. Marcus Garvey also started his own political party, and he named it The Peoples Political Party.

16. Marcus Garvey was the first black leader to teach black people to love themselves, and be proud of their heritage.

17. Kwame Nkrumah became the first president of Ghana, and he said that Marcus Garvey was his hero and his biggest influence. Nkrumah named Ghana’s shipping line the Black Star Shipping line in honor of Marcus Garvey. He also named Ghana’s soccer team the Black Stars.

18. Jomo Kenyatta became the first president of Kenya, and he also said that Marcus Garvey was a major influence on him.

19. Nnamdi Azikiwe became the first president of Nigeria, and said that Marcus Garvey was a major influence on him. He said that reading Garvey’s Negro World shaped his view.

20. Julius Nyerere became the first president of Tanzania, and he also said that Garvey’s teachings was a major influence on him.

21. Malcolm X parents were members of Marcus Garvey organization.

22. The honorable Elijah Muhammad the leader of the Nation of Islam praised Marcus Garvey. He said that Garvey was the forerunner and laid the foundation for what the Nation of Islam is doing. He said that they are carrying on the work of Garvey.

23. Marcus Garvey said that his organization employed 1000’s of people through the businesses that they created.

I obtained this information from using this link, Check out the link because is has two, detailed, pages of information regarding the life of Mr. Garvey; and trust me, it is very impressive!

“Marcus Garvey did all of that without any help from white people or the Government, and he did it with an 8th grade education. He did this during a time when there were no televisions or computers.”

Ginger’s Thoughts – Mr. Garvey’s picture should be in the dictionary next to the word, DETERMINATION! He did not stand for a movement; he was a movement! This man created his own political party….He became an entrepreneur in the days of slavery and segregation….He built himself up with an 8th grade education and no help from the government! I have been studying the wrong people., please bring put every book by Marcus Garvey in my cart..NOW!

Celebrity Match? I Don’t Think So!

I have not posted in quite some time because I am in the process of changing the direction of my blog. I believe that God gave me a serious case of writer’s block, so that I could re-focus my thoughts. My thoughts are currently focused on PURPOSE!

Purpose caused me to write about this Celebrity Match being promoted by Damon Feldman feldman for George Zimmerman.

When I first heard this, I was excited! The thought of Zimmerman receiving some form of punishment by a Black Man (funny how I already knew that it was going to be a Black Man) was orgasmic to me. When I heard that DMX was selected, I was like, “That boy bout to get them pit bulls put on his ass!” Yep, I went straight N.O. hood. I then visited other blog sites to see what my comrades were saying about this incident, as I just knew that majority of us would be in agreement…And I was wrong.

I have copied some of the responses that caused Ginger to re-think some of her thoughts:

These comments came from
“George actually fights, all right. He fights women, skinny 16 year olds, elderly father-in-laws, and now he’s looking to add middle-age crackheads to his list of epic throwdowns.”

“We need to stop this mess! Do not pay attention to this child killer! What is wrong with society? The more we pay attention to GZ, the more he will try and make money out of anything and everything. I refuse to watch this crap.”

“This is a mess! DMX needs to sit down. And George Zimmerman’s defense, during the trial, was Trayvon attacked him and fearing his life right? But now he wants to fight (and a grown man at that). GZ needs to go away. Go into hiding! He doesn’t even feel bad about being a child killer. SMH”

These comments came from
“I won’t support this trainwreck in any fashion, won’t view it, sure as hell won’t buy a ticket for it. It’s the only way to make an impression on these people, by not filling their wallets. Money is the only thing they care about so poor profits bug them whereas moral outrage never will because they could give a shit that the poor kid died. Are any proceeds even going to his mother? Doubt it”

“I want to ask Feldman if he would promote a fight in Auschwitz against a Neo-Nazi. Yeah, I didn’t think so. Because that is so sacrosanct but when unarmed black teens are gunned down, that is grist for entertainment.”


Made you think huh?


In closing, the case of Trayvon Martin affected many of us on a personal level. There is no right or wrong pertaining to feelings associated with this Celebrity Match, as we are all free to have our own opinion. t

Ginger’s Thoughts – I selected to sign the petition to stop this fight from occurring, and I encourage you to do the same. Let Zimmerman fight his conscious, and maybe DMX will read the comments spoken about him and run to the nearest rehab! The website information is listed below.
Sign the petition to stop the fight here:

Ephesians Chapter Six, Verse Four – The Power of DNA

I returned a phone call last week, and the information that I received felt like a key opening up closed doors of emotions that had been locked up inside of me for years. As my ears received audio through the phone, I felt a burning sensation inside of my heart and it caused invisible hurt to seep out of my chest. The pain caused my eyes to water. The opposite party continued to talk, and I only heard parts of it because my mind had become NASCAR and my thoughts were racing like Darrell Wallace Jr. I made it to the end of the conversation without being disrespectful; and then, I started cussing like a sailor immediately after pressing the end button because I was out of control angry.

That phone call I received was from a relative who had a chat with my father pertaining to an incident between him and I at a loved one’s funeral. My DNA basically looked me in face and ignored me as if Maury had told him that he was not my father! I shared this with my family and they of course shared this information with him. His memory of the incident was frazzled and so was his many explanations.

My number was given to him and I pray that he does not call because the Bible says it best; Let the dead bury the dead!

I was told to be the bigger person and to behave like a true Christian; however, I do not recall God sending David back to Jesse or his mother: I do not recall God sending Ester to find her parents: I do not recall God sending Ishmael to run behind Abraham as an attempt for equal love, and I do not recall God allowing Jabez the time to search for his father every day and hold up his destiny.

David said that when our mothers and fathers forsake us, then the Lord will take us up and my version of this verse; is that, God literally adopts us.

The title of this post stems from the Bible in the Book of Ephesians, Chapter Six, Verse Four. And it Reads:

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ginger’Thoughts – I know that Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant sounded great speaking of the Fatherless Children issues on the Life Class; however, I disagreed with many of the comments made. Being fatherless is not a handicap. Of course it is painful but you accept it and you move on! We are all born with a purpose and some of us were created to face mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional hurts because we will not hide it. Our pain was pre-destined to help others and we do it everyday! God sends us who we need every time and I would rather be unconditionally loved by him then partially loved by any man!

When fatherless children allow God to adopt them, they move from victims, to victors! David became a King, Ester became a Queen, Ishmael inherited his own nation, and Jabez, whose name literally means pain asked his Father:

1 Chronicles 4:10
10 Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border! May your hand be with me, and may you keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!”

So if God could bless that child, and allow that child to ball out of control, and comfort that child, and protect that child, and heal that child who was born into a life of pain; then he can do the same for the rest of his children:)

No Room For Pettiness


Blessed Father God, my love, my joy, my heart, my wellspring of everything good and tasty, I’ve come to realize something about you God, that I just love . .
There’s no room for pettiness in the divine plan.
I love that you keep it real with me God, and when I get petty, you let me know.
There’s no room for pettiness in a God-sized vision, the vision you planted in my heart before I was conceived.
There’s no room for pettiness in right relationships, the kind of relationships that stand on unconditional love and don’t abide foolishness.
There’s no room for pettiness in service to your people God, nor engaging in nit-picking nor wanting people to do anything other than what they’re doing.
I know now that small people focus on small things with small eyes.
There’s no room for pettiness anywhere in anything that’s God-ordained.
There is nothing about me that is petty. I was not created by a petty God. There’s no room for it anywhere in my consciousness.
Therefore I pronounce it, and all its pesky little relatives, including nit-picking, sweating the small stuff, back-biting, nail-biting, and noticing what’s wrong rather than what’s right, null and void, disintegrated and obliterated, never to return.
I’m grateful to be released from pettiness! That feels good!
In its place, Father, I choose to believe You when You whisper in my ear that I am created for greatness. I call up greatness and stand on greatness!
Thank You, God, for delivering me from pettiness and standing me in greatness!

I am free!

Rev. Valerie Love

Iyanla Vanzant, is a woman who has an impressive resume both educational and street, and she also has a show on Oprah’s OWN Network entitled, “Fix My Life!”
Ms. Vanzant is also a Minister! This message came from the heart of her Ministry and if you would like more information or would like to sign-up for her daily e-mails; I have provided the link for you to. Iyanla Vanzant’s Website

Ginger’s Thoughts – I once considered gossip to be a juicy and delicious dessert. As a sweet potato pie is a finale to a Louisiana pot of Gumbo, to hear or read about the fall of a celebrity or individual person that I do not particularly care for seemed to give me that same sort of delectable, sweet tooth, satisfaction as that pie, and I begun to crave more and more of it like a Minister addicted to porn, or a “fresh out of rehab” drug addict. A demand for any supply that can negatively kill you be it a physical, mental, or spiritual death, is always a click, a number, or a corner away. There is a place in all of us that need serious attention and work and this is the beginning of mines.