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Stop Tripping & GO SEE Birth of a Nation

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Ascellia Arenas

Go see it…for no other reason than Parker produced a slave narrative that reveals the pluck and gall of a man defending the honor of his father, mother, wife, daughter and self, against the power that belittled and enslaved him in the name of God. If you believe boycotting this film is just and fair, why didn’t you boycott “Beyond The Lights,” (2014)? The woman who accused him of rape committed suicide in 2012. In no way am I excusing rape culture, nor am I defending it. However, if you watch the film you will see that the woman is  symbolic and highly  revered in so many ways. 

In the film, Nat encourages Sam to purchase Cherri because he wanted to prevent her from being defiled/raped by slave owners.

Nate Parker was acquitted of rape in 2001, “in a swift” criminal trial, according to several articles. Parker has since been in 24 films. He has participated in over 100 interviews. I find it odd that when he takes on the charge to finally depict the story of The Nat Turner revolt, here comes some “well informed” person to roll out his criminal past and then, low and behold, he and his film are buried under the newspaper clippings of something sent specifically to distract from the message​.

Nat Turner was supporting his slave masters’ farm by preaching the Bible to neighboring slaves. The slave masters paid Sam Turner to bring his slave, Nat, to use the bible and religion to justify slavery and to keep the slaves in compliance.

The film never had the chance to thrive. Before you pass judgement on this man, because you want to go with the flow and join the bandwagon; GO SEE THIS FILM.
  

  

Folks, don’t fall for the banana in the tailpipe. THEY  don’t want you to see this movie for the same reason why we used to get out of school for “Columbus Day”.  Historical depiction of the atrocities levied by one race against the other is uncomfortable for folks to accept and acknowledge. 

Shall I bring up another uncomfortable comparison??? What about …..

How many people boycotted Woody Allen for crimes he was actually found guilty of?

Woody Allen…and he was actually found guilty of the crime he was accused of…Im just saying…stop tripping.

Hi, Mr. Fenner 

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“Hi, Mr. Fenner 😏😏😏”

By, Ascellia M. Arenas
Earlier this week the amen corner got together to body shame Patrice Brown, #techerbae; but, nobody seems to be irate about the buff, tattooed NY elementary school teacher, Jamel Fenner. Women are salivating, sending him meals, and hoping their child gets in hot water at school just so they will have a reason to have a private conversation with him.  Fenner is also a semi-pro boxer and, according to his social media accounts, a single father.  
Get this, his Instagram, name is “imwhygirlscheat” and has almost 12,000 followers. He appreciates the marijuana and partakes of a toke right on his public Instagram page along with pictures of his well chiseled shirtless body. Interestingly, he is applauded for doing the job that most refuse. He’s even considered to be a “father figure” to his young students. 

  
Why can we see him as being a happy, healthy human being with a full and rich life in addition to being an educator as his profession? Why aren’t we wagging our fingers at him for having his shirt off on social media? Why do we condemn Patrice Brown for wearing a body flattering dresses? She even wears them with a cardigan and boots, for crying out loud?  
I’m calling a flag on the play here. This is another example of the double standards that are overlooked or considered acceptable in our society. If a man does it, it’s okay, but a woman can not. Pure BS… But Jamel is fine as frog hair though 😜

 

Celli Arenas

    
Mother, writer, teacher, and bonvivant. Follow me everywhere @Cellibration 

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“Teachin’ Ain’t Easy”

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“Teachin’ Ain’t Easy”

By, Ascellia M. Arenas

9/15/16

Alabama State Grad, Brown, Is Being Body Shamed

It wasn’t even two months ago when the world was salivating over, “Mr. Steal Your Grandma”, Irvine Randle, a veteran educator from Texas. He was plenty sexy. Did his suit and tie make you feel uncomfortable or judgemental? Now we want to criticize and sexualize “Teacher Bae”, Patrice Brown? You see, Patrice Brown, is a young woman with shapely hips and ample breasts, long legs, and a very pretty face (that isn’t pancaked with excessive makeup). According to recent news, Ms. Brown has been reprimanded by the state of Georgia, for the use of social media, and dress code. In an interview on the Daily Dot, Brown shared her frustration about the situation and how she deserves to be acknowledged for her work as an educator. Brown says, “I just wish they would respect me and focus on the positive and what truly matters—which is educating the children of the future generations and providing and caring for them”. 

 

Brown is wearing boots and a dress with a hemline below her knees

 
The reality is that teachers are grossly underpaid, are given mandates and responsibilities that go above and beyond the expectation of many careers and professions that pay much better. This young lady is a college graduate and made the conscious choice and decision to be an educator. All the empty teacher positions in schools all across the US shows us that fact. For that reason alone Brown should be given accolades. 

 

Brown is shown here in a dress with long sleeves

 
 I did see some comparison photos of her dress (pink one) on “less shapely” models and it considered modest on them. After looking at other photos she posted, I really feel that she is being body shamed here. We can not continue to shame women about what they choose to wear. 

Brown compared to other women wearing the same dress. Photo from Hot 97 Instagram Account

While I agree, some things are obvious in regard to appropriate attire. We do have to encourage our young women to be professional and well dressed. Modesty is an important skill to develop and refine at any age. I really despise seeing bright, beautiful, vibrant young ladies dressed up like little old ladies. 

  
 

A young lady in her twenties does not look inappropriate in a form fitting dress with a sweater, cardigan, blazer, or scarf. She may consider “professionalizing” her look with tights/pantyhose and shoes that are conducive for a busy work day with 8/9 year olds. 
A reprimand isn’t really appropriate in this case. Had she been warned about her choice of clothing? If so, how often? Was there an opportunity to provide due process or for her to correct any legal matter she may or may not have violated? Now, can we also get a reprimand for teachers coming to work in stained and soiled clothing, tee shirts, jeans, (dirty) flip flops, hats, dirty/unkept hair, and body odor ? I think that it would be fair and unbiased to discuss attire and appropriate fashion for them too,  don’t you?

I say Ms. Brown has a few years before she starts wearing comfortable shoes and ugly sweaters. Leave #teacherbae alone! All of this attention may prematurely scoop her out of the classroom and into a career where she is better appreciated and paid for her talents. 

 

Celli Arenas


Mother, writer, teacher, and bonvivant. Follow me everywhere @Cellibration 

Wendy Williams Reconciles With Black America But, Is it Too Late?

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Wendy Williams Reconciles With Black America But, Is it Too Late?

By, Ascellia Arenas

7/18/16

Today is Wendy Williamses birthday so, let her eat cake. Last week Wendy Williams ate humble pie with a side of crow. She took it like a trooper though and ultimately won my respect. 

Williams invited Roland Martin, of TV One’s , “News One Now,” to her show to explain how and why her anti NAACP, HBCU, and JesseWilliam’s  acceptance speech for the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award, fell short of accurate. Watch here :

Martin explains the relevance of NAACP and HBCU’s

As a community we must first forgive each other and move forward together. I can’t tell you how many times people have turned their backs on me due to perceived foul. As a professional woman I have been insulted, called names and utterly disrespected by my own “peers” who have yet to apologize. So, clearly, the sense of entitlement and the idea that one’s opinion on a subject or person is valid enough to share unadulteratedly, is nothing new. 

Wendy Williams was at least woman enough to admit her failure, and apologize for her ignorance. Also, she was professional enough to do some damage control and allow someone, who knows more than she does, to educate her and her viewers. We can’t demand respect from others when we can’t even respect each other. 

This is how Wendy made it. She’s brash, she’s opinionated, and even when she’s loud & wrong, she can admit it and apologize. 

©2016 Cellibration Publishing

Sexual Intimacy: We Stay Connected to Past Lovers

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Sexual Intimacy: We Stay Connected to Past Lovers

By, Ascellia Arenas

couple problems“Oh, yes, I know ‘so-and-so’…We are just friends… ” the common reply of men and women who have multiple sex partners and don’t want to be cornered in to the “relationship” category for many and varied reasons. The reasons may be that she is financially insecure, he doesn’t like her family, she has issues and baggage from previous failed relationships, the excuses [reasons] go on and on.  The bottom line is this, and ladies and gentlemen take stock in the information I am about to provide here because yes, I am talking to you SPECIFICALLY.  If the man who shares your bed, bathroom, broom closet, backseat of your jeep, couch, or wherever you allow him to hit it and quit it, is not your “MAN”, you should think twice before answering that next “booty text.”  Yes, I said text because, if the guy I mentioned above is contacting you, he most definitely is texting so the real “woman”, can’t hear your conversation!  Vice-versa for women, as well. 

Ladies, “Scientists have discovered that a sizeable minority of women have Y-chromosome gene sequences in their blood. Y-chromosomes are the chromosomes that belong to men.” How do you think they got there?  Hmmmm….
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Some may say that the answer would be from pregnancy with a male son, every woman who has been pregnant still carries cells from her fetus within her bloodstream.  FYI- “cells from pregnancy will reside within the mother’s bloodstream and organs for the rest of her life. Even if the pregnancy was terminated or if there was a miscarriage these said genes would remain with the Mother.” (2015) The name for this condition, it is called microchimerism.  This does not explain the number of women who have never been pregnant nor have given birth to a son. 

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There was a study  conducted by immunologists at the Fred Hutchinson Caner Center in 2004. “In this study they took samples from 120 women who had never had sons. They found that 21% of these women had male DNA. The women were then categorized into 4 groups according to pregnancy history: Group A had only daughters, Group B had one or more miscarriage(s), Group C had induced abortions and Group D had never been pregnant before. The prevalence of male michrochimerism was considerably greater in Group C although it was still present in each group. Group A 8%, Group B 22%, Group C 57% and Group D 10%.” (2015)
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The conclusions of this study lists possible sources of male michrochimerism included, known pregnancies, miscarriages, vanished male twin, or sexual intercourse. So, this proves that through intercourse there is a potential for women to hold onto male genes and DNA within their organs and blood stream for their entire life! Think about that when you hook up with a guy at the club, or find a date off of backpage.com. Your sexual activity, or lack thereof, has a lasting effect on your DNA.

People who follow holistic medicine and who are naturalists, and spiritualists have known this-now scientifically proven fact, for centuries.  They believe that every time you sleep with somebody you are taking on a part of them within you. Not just their spiritual energy but their DNA stays, commingles, and becomes part of you. There is a stronger implication here, “as women [we] are capable of taking on actual physical DNA from the men that we sleep with.” 

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This is an important, eye-opening piece of information to happen upon.

Ineffect, science has put a whole new meaning on sexual intercourse, “it is a very sacred and spiritual act and should be completely regarded as such.” You can not think of sex as just being a physical function similar to eating, sleeping, or using the bathroom.  Reportedly, “many people are misusing sex and have forgotten what it is meant for and how important and consecrated it really is.” Many women have taken the social cues from mainstream media, music and entertainment and have desensitized themselves from the act of sex as, “not a big deal,” or “as a feminist act of freedom” to have indiscriminate sexual encounters and or casual sexual encounters with “friends”  and “associates.” Many men and women are giving away sex somewhat freely because of insecurity, or to please or impress the opposite sex without actually even realizing how irresponsible it is. 

Look at the high rate of unplanned pregnancies, HIV, HPV, chlamydia, and other STI’s, all because, at the time, it was “just sex.”  When we become indiscriminate in our practice of our human sexuality and when we are completely disconnected from ourselves, it doesn’t seem like it’s a big deal.  
Recently, comedian & Oscar winning Actress Mo’Nique and her husband, Sidney Harris, appeared on an episode of the talk show, “The Preachers,” and discussed their ideas about having an open marriage. 

 

click here to watch the clip of Mo’Nique and Sidney discuss open marriage

 
The couple host a podcast , “Mo’Nique & Sidney’s Open Relationship” where they discuss how their 10 year marriage has worked because of their honesty.  

Clearly, many people feel that casual sex and open relationships aren’t really a big deal…Oh, but it is! 

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In agreement with the author, I have always believed, the following sentiment:

“Now, being older and more connected to my spiritual self I realize that sex is not something that is meant to be thrown around and given out so freely, it is a sacred act that creates a bond between two people [who] love and care about each other. It is so important for us (humanity) to realize this. There is a lot of power and amazing potential within this act and it has the complete capability of connecting us with our true selves.”-Alana Ketler (2014)

In our lifetimes we have been faced with many personal sexual dilemmas, we have made fourth quarter decisions that coud have been life altering but because of our arousal, and or care and concern for our partner, we may have allowed the exchange of our spirit and our DNA.  When you lay down with someone you don’t love, you are carrying that negative spirit and you re becoming bound to that person.  In exchange of sweat, saliva, semen, breath, you are giving your sexual partner an intimate piece of you.  Sex is not a recreational activity.  It is sacred and has many physical, mental, and spiritual implications connected to it.  Unless you are willing to share LOVE on that level, keep your pants on and wait for who deserves you.

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©2016 Cellibration Publishing

Celli Arenas

Celli Arenas

Celli Arenas, published author, has been featured in several magazines, such as: MIA Magazine, Success Magazine, Legacy Magazine. She is the host blogger at cellibration, and hosts MIA-Live.net for BlogTalk Radio. Her books, “30 Days of Dynamic Pursuit” a self-help journal, and “Sidetracked: He Used To Love Me”, a coming of age novel, are both available at amazon.com.

Keeping It Real

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Keeping It Real

By, Ascellia Arenas

 

I have something on my mind

 
Okay, so I might be slightly annoyed but, just follow me for a moment, please. 
ALL OF A SUDDEN, everybody has a new stream of consciousness and African awareness but, we still talk trash about each other behind each other’s backs, we still block and prevent the progress of our supposed peers, we still maintain this elitist attitude toward each other (i.e. I’m better than, I’m smarter than, I’m more deserving of favor than because…)

Keep it 💯

1. Economic Empowerment-we spend money with our oppressors and expect that they will treat us better. This has proven false since the 1800’s but we keep investing our whole check in businesses that don’t even like us, let alone respect us. I will walk away from any business transaction where I am putting my money on the table at whomever’s shop and the person who is serving me doesn’t even acknowledge my presence, let alone my business. What you won’t do is disrespect me and put MY HARD EARNED MONEY in your bank account. 

2. FAKING IT-We smile in face and stab in back. STOP STEALING/ROBBING/KILLING people; ESPECIALLY our own. How could you in good conscience make a crappy deal with me and either steal my time, my resources, my knowledge, or my money? Brother…Sister…yes, you! 

3. Help Who? -When we have the authority and the ability to hire, invest, and /or support the business of OUR OWN FRIENDS & FAMILY,  we don’t. (((Crickets))) 
Stop the fakery and be real with yourself first. Change begins and ends within. If #blacklivesmatter Let’s really live and do for each other what we are begging others to do for us. They won’t respect us when we don’t even respect us. 

Really, I don’t care if you don’t like this post. I just felt it needed to be posted.  I just hope you read it and check yourself first. 
     

be. strong.

 

 ©2016 Cellibration Publishing

Wendy Williams Loses Chevrolet Sponsorship

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Wendy Williams Loses Chevrolet Sponsorship

By, Ascellia Arenas 

7/10/16

Earlier this week I reported that Williams was on the chopping block, well…

 Wendy Williams is eating those words that she made about HBCUs, the NAACP, and Jesse Williams’ BET Awards 2016 Humanitarian Award acceptance speech. On 7/7/16, during her ‘Hot Topics’ segment, Wendy criticized the relevance of HBCUs and the NAACP.
“On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP,” said Wendy.

According to sources at lovebscott.com Wendy LOST the show’s Chevrolet sponsorship as a result of her anti-HBCU and anti-NAACP comments. 

Wendy, Check Your Facts First

Roland Martin, of TVOne, blasted her for her comments and suggested that she, “pick up a book,” because her lack of knowledge surrounding the origin and historical relevance of such organizations. 

“In April of 2016, The Wendy Williams show earned an all-inclusive deal with Chevrolet, Carat Media and ACE Media Corp. to include on-air promotion of the 2016 Chevy Malibu. The activation included custom digital content, social media marketing, and was set to continue for the rest of the year,” reports include from lovebscott.com. That deal is now dead. Williams stands by her statements and refuses to apologize. 

 

Chevrolet Ends Exclusive Sponsorhip Deal With Williams

 
Notedly, Andrea Holmes Thompkins, President and CEO of ACE Media Corp (the company responsible for facilitating the Chevy partnership), graduated from Howard University. 
 

A Howard University Graduate Made Williams’ Deal Happen.

 
Not to start conspiracy theories of retaliation but, take note. Be careful about the words you use, the career you save may be your own. 

©2016 Cellibration Publishing