Week in Review

Weekly Political Report: Race “Does” Matter in America (The #Ferguson Shooting Ed)

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Living By The Spirit’s Power

Sunday Praise: When The Spirit Moves You


This week I will be providing little content as possible. I am in the process of getting ready for law school. In the meantime, please visit my previous posts and YouTube videos, which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

Next week, I will be making a public announcement via YouTube about my agenda for the fall–including my website, “Prince’s Daily Journal.”

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Living By The Spirit’s Power


So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-26‬ NLT)

Whenever I am lost or confused of God’s plan for my life, I will read this verse. The power of the Holy Spirit will never be bound by any law because it is the law–and there is no guilt when you let the Holy Spirit guide your life versus the spirit of sin.

Recognize what is clean and what is dirty. Knowing what you want from life will help you make a clear decision as to what spirit you want to be guided by.

So this week, choose the Holy Spirit and let it guide you to peace and happiness.

Weekly Political Report: Race “Does” Matter in America (Ferguson Edition)

Each week I write a political issue that affects you and the world around you.

This week’s “Weekly Political Report”: Race “Does” Matter in America (The Ferguson Edition)

This post was inspired by my mentor Dr. Cornel West

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(Photo credit: Flickr User Joe Topichak)

mike-brown-headshot-smallerOn Aug, 9th 2014, America and the world witnessed yet again the death of another unarmed African American teenager by the hands of a law enforcer. Michael Brown, a 18 year old, was fatally shot by 28 year old police officer Darren Wilson, and has started an uproar in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Now in its 11th day, there has been no sign of peaceful resolution, to either curb the violence between Ferguson citizens and police officials or reduce the armory and weapons of the police force (military tanks, tear gas, etc.)

While its still unclear of what really happened between the teenager and the police officer, Americans are stilled faced with this divisive status quo:

An unarmed black male shot (multiple times) by an armed white police officer–no sugar coating.

Rather than talk about the evidence of this case or the witnesses’ accounts of what actually happened, I will instead talk about why “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” from a political stand point and what must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again–using concrete facts and examples.

Why Does Race Matter in America?

From a political standpoint, we are a nation of immigrants and “Race” implicitly drives the day in America–whether it be socioeconomic status, jobs, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, the justice system, etc.. We come from different walks of life in different shapes, sizes, faiths, and shades of color. And what Americans (and citizens around the world) need to have is “perspective”–recognize that each race has a history of discrimination and not be so quick to “brush it off”.

This incident of Michael Brown is a tragedy and comes from a long history racial discrimination which young black men and women in America have been wrongfully targeted by law enforcement or the justice system for no reason except for the color of their skin–dating back to the Civil Rights and Segregation era. And it is because of the unwillingness of people (like the law enforcement) to not recognize this history, that we see “Race and Police Brutality” again and again in the post-Civil Rights era (like Rodney King) and today’s culture (like Trayvon MartinEric Garner). The history is there, and will repeat itself until it is recognized. Brown University and other sources have published this report:

  • St. Louis. situated just below of Ferguson (where the shooting took place) is the 9th most segregated metro area in America, as of 2010. (Brown University)
  • In a town that’s over 60% black, Ferguson has: a police chief and a mayor that is white, only one city council that is black, one school board member is black, and just 3 out of 53 police officers are black. (US Census; City of Ferguson; Ferguson)
  • In 2013, Ferguson police officials have arrested 483 black people while 36 white people were arrested–and when Ferguson police officers arrest and search black people for contraband, only 1 in 5 are caught with them verses white people in Ferguson which is much higher, 1 in 3 (Missouri Attorney General)

These are the facts (no sugar coating) and you cannot deny them. Few Americans, who will see this, won’t view it as a big issue (versus what is going on now in Ferguson, Missouri). But, politically speaking, if you have a body of government that is disproportionate to the size and views of one minority population (a minority which can be categorized by gender, race, or creed) in one particular region, it’s a big issue! Political unrest is bound to happen, example being today. This is a political issue as much as it is a racial one. However, the core reason why I think “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” (which goes back to having “perspective”) is the current crises in Iraq.Image:

In July 2014, I did a radio talk at UR Business Network on the collapse of the Post-Iraqi War government. And what I said in that talk, as to the reason “why the new Iraqi government collapsed?”, is that the Shia government (the current Iraqi Government) marginalized their minority tribes (in Iraq:) the Sunnis and Kurds–especially the Sunnis with heavy armor military presence and force. This in return led to the growing opposition of the Shia government!

The political disaster in Iraq is happening in the same fashion as Ferguson, Missouri. You can call the Mike Brown shooting “a freak accident” or “self-defense” all you want, but given the concrete facts from credible sources and the political perspective, that “having a disproportionate government–overwhelm a minority population–is bad”, the Michael Brown shooting incident cannot be brushed aside nor can “Race” in America.

Not to say that the government in Ferguson, Missouri will collapse, but the elements of political terror and unrest will continue unless there is a solid conversation on “Race” in Ferguson and a body of government that will represent all minorities–which is similar to what America is doing in Iraq today.

What must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again?

First, bring Darren Wilson to trial and let the system work under Eric Holder’s watch. Two, Ferguson citizens and the police force must establish a truce of non-violence (during and after the Michael Brown trial) and start having a serious dialogue on racial disparity in their city–re-evaluate the current city government (and law enforcement) and find ways to discourage racial profiling and encourage racial diversity that will reflect the minority population of Ferguson, then, Three, have Perspective!

The sooner Americans, and citizens across the globe, have this “perspective” (or “perspective” in general) the better. The city government of Ferguson, Missouri, by all means, must not reflect the same intrusive acts done by the current “collapsed” government in Iraq–it cannot oppress or overwhelm any minority population by military tanks or force.


We are Americans and we treat Americans as our own–Michael Brown is an American! Like it or not!

Mistakes have been made in the Michael Brown incident, but Ferguson and the State of Missouri can still resolve this matter by reducing the huge racial disparity in the workforce and have a government (and police force) that is reflective of the African-American community.

The ultimate goal, in my opinion, is to set up a training course, for law enforcement and Americans, on “Racial Harassment” (like “Sexual Harassment”) that will teach people the existence of racial discrimination in America and learn how to conduct themselves in a professional manner to prevent acts of racial prejudice–and I call on President Obama to enact this legislation.

For more people and politics go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com

Here is a source where I pulled my facts from: Ferguson is 60% Black. Virtually All its Cops are Black (Mother Jones)


FYI: This will be my last Weekly Political Report for Fall 2014. For more of my political editorials go and click on “Weekly Political Report” located on the right hand side of this page below my profile pic. You can also go to Archives which is located above, next to Home Page, read more of political editorials

If you like this editorial, please send it to friends and family, so we can stop the violence in Ferguson, Missouri

Also here are two YouTube videos, that I found very helpful, to explain the war in Iraq and an idea of a training course on “racial harassment”.

This video is part 2 out of 5 videos of an documentary done by Bill Cosby. I recommend you watch all the parts.

Week in Review

Prince in The City (YouTube Channel):

Asante Sefa-Boakye, Waterpolo Team Captain and Student at Cal-Lutheran

“How to Blog” w/ Prince in The City

Prince in The City Radio Show:

Dr. Sariel Birnbaum speaks on the War in Gaza


Leland Cheung for Lt. Governor

UncategorizedFinally Made It Home!Back on that Boston GrindTime for Reflection (#RIPRobinWilliams #RIPLeeThompsonYoung)My Acceptance to Suffolk University School of LawValerie and Geo’s Wedding Day!


This week I will not be providing any content on my site at all, except from last weekend. So please visit my previous post(s) by clicking on any one of these links above–and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and follow me on Instagram!

Here are some of my photos that I captured at Valerie and Geo’s Wedding!

Congratulation To You Both!

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Valerie and Geo’s Wedding Day!


Today is my cousin Geo and his fiance Valerie’s Wedding Day! And I have traveled all the way from Boston to New York to celebrate their special occasion.

As such I will be posting videos and pictures onto my Flickr Account, where you will see all of my wedding photos in one place, as they happen.

To check out some of the photos now, click on the link below.

Geo and Valerie’s Wedding Day!

Congratulations to The Happy Couple!!!!

If you wish to learn more about them, and send them a congratulatory note go to www.valeriaandgeo.com

Also check out my photos from my earlier excursions of New York City!

Prince’s Travels: New York

“How to Blog” w/ Prince in The City

This video was inspired by a fellow blogger who asked me “how do I center myself and clear my thoughts before writing?” And I can tell you that there is no right or wrong answer to this question.

The best answer is that you have to put into perspective of riding a bicycle for the very first time. Like Einstein once said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” I believe that if you keep blogging, keep writing, on a topic that you really enjoy eventually you will find your center, and blogging will then become second nature to you. So keep at it!

Another best piece of advice comes from my good friend and phenomenal photographer Jon Medel who said that you have to fall in love with the process–and don’t get bogged done by finishing product. If you were go to my webpage and see my photos from his camera lens, you can see why people from all over San Diego and Los Angeles flock to him.

For more people and politics go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com

Prince in The City: The War in Gaza, with special guest Dr. Sariel Birnbaum

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On each and every show I don’t just provide you news in the City, but current events around the world–and how they impact you and the world around you. And on this show, I talk with Dr. Sariel Birnbaum, Middle Eastern media specialist and visiting professor at San Diego State University, to break down the war in Gaza and the deep rooted history between the Israelis and Hamas.

DSC_0114 Douglas GuthrieDr. Sariel Birnbaum received his PhD in Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a fellow at the Hebrew University’s Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace. He has written and published numerous articles on the Middle East, (such as “Revolutions of the Arab World,” “Image of the Jew in Arab Cinema”, and “PLO, Hamas, and their historical narratives”) and I was fortunate enough to have him call-in from Jerusalem, to explain the current situation in Gaza–which he said it had a long history of autonomy struggle (between Israel and Hamas) and that Hamas is using Gaza to launch missiles and tunnel attacks at Israeli villages.

hamas-620x425Hamas, known today as a terrorist organization, has been deeply rooted in Palestinian political affairs. It was established in the year 1988 and rose into power in 2006, when they won the Parliamentary elections. They worked alongside the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization–another radical political faction of Palestine), for sometime after the election, but they later took them down by throwing them off of skyscrapers and shooting them in the knees. Today, Dr. Sariel says, Hamas has gained complete control of the Gaza strip and is making it difficult for lasting peace in the region because of their constant deference of peace talks with Israel and use of missiles, which Israel is responding back with their missile defense system.

When I asked Dr. Sariel who is to blame for the the overwhelming number of Palestinian casualties, he said Hamas because they are using its own people as body shields, when they launch missile rockets, (at Israeli villages) from highly dense populated areas in Gaza.

If you have any questions or concerns about the war in Gaza that you would like Dr. Sariel Birnbaum to answer, contact him via email at sarielb@gmail.com. He will also be teaching a course on Israel-Arab relations in the Middle East at San Diego State University this month! If you are in San Diego or a SDSU student, please contact him to learn how you can sit-in on one of his classes.

To listen to this talk, click on the link below.

Prince in The City: Dr. Sariel Birnbaum speaks on the War in Gaza

(Update: As of Aug. 8, 2014, Isreali troops have now destroyed terrorist tunnels and are no longer in Gaza)

For more information on Dr. Sariel Birnbaum go to jewishstudies.sdsu.edu/visiting_prof.htm

Disclaimer: Prince’s political opinions and the opinions of others, have no affiliation with UR Business Network.

My Acceptance to Suffolk University School of Law

20140813-183653-67013316.jpg After much anticipation, contemplation, & deliberation. I am pleased to announce that I will be going to Suffolk Law School this fall to pursue my Juris Doctorate–which is right in the heart of Boston!

I would like to say “Thank You” to God, my family, and all of you who have supported me and prayed for me during this process. Not only am I a political correspondent but a law school student too!?! Man I have to say, “this year will be an exciting year!”; I am really thinking about creating a new website called, “www.princesdailyLAWjournal.com” lol. However, I do recognize that this year, especially being the first year of law school, will be challenging–so I will not be investing too much time on my website when school starts.

Here is a special list of people, that I want to thank, who made this achievement possible: Mom, Dad, Suneal Bedi, Esq. Mark Fisher, Victor Marsh, Hon. Judge John A. HoustonDrew Dudley, Trimaine Davis, LaDarrel HagansSharine Jones, and my LSAT tutor Lee Spriggs (I could not have done it without you)!

Thank you Suffolk University again for accepting me and I am looking forward to a great and academically challenging year!


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Prince in the City w/ Asante Sefa-Boakye, Water Polo Team Captain and Student at Cal-Lutheran University

In this interview I get to really connect with my little brother Asante and learn just how he went from sitting on the bench to being team captain in the rigorous sport called “Water Polo”.

Asante started playing water polo when he was in 8th grade–and at that time, he says, he really wasn’t the most “athletic” individual in the water. Backpacking off of his older brother, Asante did everything he could to avoid getting in the water. However, it would not be until a few laps around the block with his team, which he always he came in last, that he decided to turn his life around and be the best athlete that he is today.


“Never give up and keep working hard. The more work you put in, the more reward you will get in the end; it will pay off. Everything does work out in the end.”

Today Asante is training for his last water polo season at Cal Lutheran University this fall, as Team Captain, where he is also completing his major in Psychology. And he credits all of his success to his dear mom, Elizabeth Sefa-Boakye, who motivated him to play the sport that he so loves today.


His future aspirations is to play pro at either Australia or Spain!

If you wish to contact him for training tips or comic routine advice, you can do so via Facebook at www.facebook.com/asante.sefaboakye

For more people and politics you can also go to my radio show “Prince in The City” at www.urbusinessnetwork.com