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#1 Mogho Naaba

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 07:44 AM

Wasted Talents
God gave Black people 500 billion talents.
He gave Hispanic people 35 billion talents.
He gave Asian people 225 billion talents.
He left us alone for one year, and then returned to see what we had done with our talents.

God asked the Asian people, "What have you done with your resources.
"The Asians replied, "We created many businesses and purchased many franchises. We used our resources to assist our families and our Asian friends, helping them to get into business as well."
The Asians continued, "Lord, we knew that with 225 billion talents we could generate even more talents by pooling what we had and working together toward a common economic goal. We have doubled the amount you awarded us. We now have 550 billion talents. And to top it all off, our restaurants are going strong; everybody loves our food!"
The Lord said, "Well done, my good and faithful servants. I will make you rulers over many things."

God then asked the Hispanic people what they had done with their inheritance.
They gleefully replied, "Lord, You are really going to be proud of us. Upon receipt of our talents, we went to work right away and formed our own bank! . We ha ve one in Florida that ranks among the largest in all the land. And you know what else?
The interest we are making, will more than double the amount of talents You gave us."
As God nodded approvingly, the Hispanic people couldn't wait to continue.
"We opened fast food shops and sidewalk stands.
We sold fruit, enchiladas, and tacos.
We supported Hispanic doctors, lawyers, accountants, and all the
Hispanic businesses we could find.
If a certain business did ! not exist in our community, we pooled our resources and started new ones.
We have done very well, Lord, especially considering the short time we have been in this land."
And God said, "Well done, my good and faithful servants. I will make you rulers over many things."

Since God had given the most talents to His chosen people - Black people, He couldn't wait to hear what they had done with their 500 billion talents.
Like a doting father, He proudly asked them, "What have you done with your inheritance?"
After turning their music down in order to hear what God was saying, the Black people waved their hands in the air (like they just didn't care) and shouted, "Lord, we just threw the party of the century, and it was all good!
Look at those bad rides parked outside…
We bought them from the German people and the Japanese people.
Wouldn't You agree, Lord, that we did good deeds by helping to make them wealthy?"
Even God looked perplexed. He asked if there was anything else the Black people wanted to report.
"Oh yeah" You haven't heard the half of it, Lord. We're the most charitable people on earth.
We spent 95% of all You gave us with businesses other than our own.
We helped everyone. We didn't discriminate and we didn't playa-! hate."
Then one of the Black leaders spoke up. "You know how we like nice clothes, Lord. So, after the party, we went out and bought all of the latest styles with all of the right labels. You know what I'm saying? We just had to have it; we couldn't wait. Check us out."
Now, the Lord was quite concerned about His people, and their attitude regarding their talents...
Continuing to probe, and expecting to hear something that would make Him proud, God pleaded, "Surely you have done something with your inheritance to generate more talents for yourselves?"
The Black people looked around at one another, and one of their "leaders" stepped forward to sum things up.
"Lord we have the finest cars, we eat and drink only top shelf, and we meet in only the most elaborate hotels. Our children have several pairs of the latest gym shoes, we make the Baddest videos and we can throw down -- I mean dance -- with the best of them.
Even better than that, we have good jobs to earn back our 500 billion talents next year, so we will again be able to help all the other inhabitants of this land."

Sadly, God looked at His people and said, "With what you have done with your talents, you may as well have buried them in the ground. Because of your slothfulness and lack of good stewardship, I will give your future talents to those who have the least. You have gravely disappointed me by not adhering to one of my most important admonishments:

"To whom much is given, much is expected."

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 07:27 PM

QUOTE (PRINCE HAKEEM @ Sep 5 2006, 08:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wasted Talents
God gave Black people 500 billion talents.
He gave Hispanic people 35 billion talents.
He gave Asian people 225 billion talents.
He left us alone for one year, and then returned to see what we had done with our talents.

God asked the Asian people, "What have you done with your resources.
"The Asians replied, "We created many businesses and purchased many franchises. We used our resources to assist our families and our Asian friends, helping them to get into business as well."
The Asians continued, "Lord, we knew that with 225 billion talents we could generate even more talents by pooling what we had and working together toward a common economic goal. We have doubled the amount you awarded us. We now have 550 billion talents. And to top it all off, our restaurants are going strong; everybody loves our food!"
The Lord said, "Well done, my good and faithful servants. I will make you rulers over many things."

God then asked the Hispanic people what they had done with their inheritance.
They gleefully replied, "Lord, You are really going to be proud of us. Upon receipt of our talents, we went to work right away and formed our own bank! . We ha ve one in Florida that ranks among the largest in all the land. And you know what else?
The interest we are making, will more than double the amount of talents You gave us."
As God nodded approvingly, the Hispanic people couldn't wait to continue.
"We opened fast food shops and sidewalk stands.
We sold fruit, enchiladas, and tacos.
We supported Hispanic doctors, lawyers, accountants, and all the
Hispanic businesses we could find.
If a certain business did ! not exist in our community, we pooled our resources and started new ones.
We have done very well, Lord, especially considering the short time we have been in this land."
And God said, "Well done, my good and faithful servants. I will make you rulers over many things."

Since God had given the most talents to His chosen people - Black people, He couldn't wait to hear what they had done with their 500 billion talents.
Like a doting father, He proudly asked them, "What have you done with your inheritance?"
After turning their music down in order to hear what God was saying, the Black people waved their hands in the air (like they just didn't care) and shouted, "Lord, we just threw the party of the century, and it was all good!
Look at those bad rides parked outside…
We bought them from the German people and the Japanese people.
Wouldn't You agree, Lord, that we did good deeds by helping to make them wealthy?"
Even God looked perplexed. He asked if there was anything else the Black people wanted to report.
"Oh yeah" You haven't heard the half of it, Lord. We're the most charitable people on earth.
We spent 95% of all You gave us with businesses other than our own.
We helped everyone. We didn't discriminate and we didn't playa-! hate."
Then one of the Black leaders spoke up. "You know how we like nice clothes, Lord. So, after the party, we went out and bought all of the latest styles with all of the right labels. You know what I'm saying? We just had to have it; we couldn't wait. Check us out."
Now, the Lord was quite concerned about His people, and their attitude regarding their talents...
Continuing to probe, and expecting to hear something that would make Him proud, God pleaded, "Surely you have done something with your inheritance to generate more talents for yourselves?"
The Black people looked around at one another, and one of their "leaders" stepped forward to sum things up.
"Lord we have the finest cars, we eat and drink only top shelf, and we meet in only the most elaborate hotels. Our children have several pairs of the latest gym shoes, we make the Baddest videos and we can throw down -- I mean dance -- with the best of them.
Even better than that, we have good jobs to earn back our 500 billion talents next year, so we will again be able to help all the other inhabitants of this land."

Sadly, God looked at His people and said, "With what you have done with your talents, you may as well have buried them in the ground. Because of your slothfulness and lack of good stewardship, I will give your future talents to those who have the least. You have gravely disappointed me by not adhering to one of my most important admonishments:


"To whom much is given, much is expected."


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Where did this come from PH? It's BRILLIANT. I particularly liked when it got to the Africans, as referred to by 'His chosen people'. I loved that, and i'm not even of Godly persuasion!! And the bit i've bolded and coloured had me in stiches, especially the 'After turning their music down in order to hear what God was saying...'. Now that's ''satire'' Fantastic.


Can you tell me if it's yours, or if you got it from somewhere, i want to send it to a friend.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:09 PM

I got it from another forum and thought it was absolutely brilliant. It's sad, but so true.

I just hate the fact that other groups, particularly in the states, are making billions from our communities and sending their kids to colleges and universities in order to build their own homelands, yet so many of us equate success with having an abundance foreign material things while hardly any money from US is being poured into our OWN communities. We're just getting poorer and poorer and children in Congo and Sierra Leone are dying for us to wear all kinds jewellry yet these rappers are dumn enough to brag about it.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:55 PM

You know what that was a brilliant poem but it made me feel so sad. I was just dreading the part when it got to the African s because i knew it would say we had wasted our talents (even though that bit about the music was funny!)

This here poem needs to be printed out and distrubted around so that our people can see themselves. Do you think i would be allowed to do that? Once it had the authors name on of course.
SHINE ON, daughter of a thousand generations, send your light fourth into this tired world...
SHINE ON, mother of a thousand dreams tend to those dreams with strength and compassion...
SHINE ON, woman of a thousand hopes, show everyone the beauty within you - the beauty that comes from knowing who you are

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:41 PM

I don't think it will be a problem circulating it. I know it will hit a raw nerve in many though.

Edited by PRINCE HAKEEM, 07 September 2006 - 11:42 PM.


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Posted 08 September 2006 - 10:12 PM

QUOTE (PRINCE HAKEEM @ Sep 7 2006, 10:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just hate the fact that other groups, particularly in the states, are making billions from our communities and sending their kids to colleges and universities in order to build their own homelands, yet so many of us equate success with having an abundance foreign material things while hardly any money from US is being poured into our OWN communities. We're just getting poorer and poorer and children in Congo and Sierra Leone are dying for us to wear all kinds jewellry yet these rappers are dumn enough to brag about it.



QUOTE (Oshun @ Sep 7 2006, 11:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You know what that was a brilliant poem but it made me feel so sad. I was just dreading the part when it got to the African s because i knew it would say we had wasted our talents (even though that bit about the music was funny!)

This here poem needs to be printed out and distrubted around so that our people can see themselves. Do you think i would be allowed to do that? Once it had the authors name on of course.



I too knew exactly where it was going as i was reading it . It's very poignant, and i agree, sad, how can it not be? It's true.... and the ''turn down their music'' part is still making me laugh now, and the ''waving their hands in the air, (like they just didn't care)...'' isn't just a clever appropriation is it, because like you point out PH, the rappers bragging about their ''ice'' evidently do not (care).

Edited by blackberry, 08 September 2006 - 10:13 PM.





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