From the Ghetto to the Gold Coast

“16 Shots! 16 Shots ! 16 Shots!”  Finally a protest that will not be ignored!! I’ve been glued to my PC since viewing the horrific killing of Laquan McDonald. A young African-American shot to death 16 times which was captured on a police dash camera.  The video, albeit being shown a year later, has shaken up the city at large and  upset the masses.  When the advertisements began posting to my Facebook timeline about a “Blackout” on “Black Friday” needless to say, I got excited.  I’ve watched  the protests in Ferguson, Baltimore and New York.  I’ve read  the stories, I harbor sympathy for the victims and families all effected by the current situations happening in urban communities across the United States.  Usually when we decide to protest, we stayed within our confines allowing our voices to only be heard within the corner blocks in the neighborhood.  This time, we decided to ventured outside and took the fight Downtown,  on the Gold Coast and the Magnificent Mile, where this protest wouldn’t surely be forgotten.  Enough is enough as cliche as that may sound!  Shot a kid sixteen times?  No I didn’t know him,  but I have researched his background and he defiantly didn’t deserved to die that way.  The videos, interviews, pictures and conversations about the unfortunate event are priceless!  Hopefully one lost soul would become enlightened by these recent catastrophes will get help educated.  To those who are educated and may have forgotten about hard times were tough for us coming up, especially during the crack era must now WAKE UP!!  What happened to Laquan, can happen to anybody.

The Jolly Green Giant

Today I decided to visit a site referred to as the “landscape under the glass”, The Garfield Park Conservatory. I considered this place to be a hidden treasure on Chicag0’s west side. It consists of 8 sectors, the Palm House, Fern Room, Sugar From the Sun Room, Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, the Desert House, Aroid House, Show House and Outdoor Gardens. With a mission to explore, examine, experiment and explain our relationship with plants, the Conservatory serve as a botanical paradise to the lives of Botanist.

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There is no place like it on earth!!