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Your Excuses Are Just That… Five Reasons to Vote This Election Day

Being a citizen of the United States and having this platform, I feel it’s my duty to remind you all the importance of voting in these midterm elections. If you are like me and were crushed by the abysmal turn the 2016 Presidential Election took, and loath the actions of Trump and the current political leadership, then this election cycle is not one to ignore. It simply isn’t the time not to exercise your right to vote.

Look, I’ve heard a ton of excuses as to why people don’t vote and don’t plan to do so this November. And no excuse (with the exception of death, being in a comatose state, or felony disenfranchisement) has ever been a valid reason not to vote. If you say you can’t vote because you are busy on Election Day, get an absentee ballot or vote early on a day where you have free time. If you’re a person that doesn’t vote because you don’t want to be called for jury duty, know that a survey taken states only 27% of the entire U.S. population has ever served on a jury. (If you’re a person of color and feel this way about jury duty, think about the innocent black and brown folks who go to jail because they were convicted by people that don’t look like them. Or think about individuals who get off for taking black and brown lives because black and brown folks like you won’t serve.)

The worst excuse I hear when it comes to why people don’t vote is, “my vote won’t matter” or “my vote won’t change anything.” This excuse annoys me because millions of people use it, equating to millions of non-votes. For those using this excuse, allow me to present five things currently at stake, and why voting is important this go around.

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Resisting Trump is a Very American Thing to Do

Hello folks!  As tensions continue to build between Trump and pretty much the rest of the country outside the confines of Capitol Hill, there has been a sentiment among some notable figures in America that people should get in line and support 45 in his presidency. That the American people should overlook his unapologetic insults toward nearly every demographic in the U.S.  And in case you’ve forgotten, allow me to remind you.

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Top 5 Moments from the 2016 BET Awards

The 2016 BET Awards has officially come and gone, and I most assuredly can say that I enjoyed it better than last year.  Now I may be a bit bias in saying that given my favorite performer ever opened this year’s festivities.  However, even when she packed up shop and high tailed it overseas following her epic performance, I was still more entertained than last year.  Heck, I barely paid last June’s show that much attention until Janet walked across the stage.  But this year, I was definitely more in tune with what was going on.  I think that mostly had to do with trying to see if BET would live up to the hype of its Prince tribute.  Whether or not it did in my opinion, the jury is still out on that.   While I expected more out of some performers, others lit the stage with fire.  Overall, it was way better than the Billboard’s tribute though.  So Anywho, check out my top 5 moments of the show.