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GlobalFusion Playlist: I Want To Thank You By Alicia Myers -Celebration of Global Pride and Rainbows

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Hope is a powerful weapon, and [one] no one power on earth can deprive you of“ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

It was beautiful to wake up today to a facebook timeline filled with Thank You’s . People just simply being thankful and acknowledging their lives and the people in it- in just saying thank you in love, sprit and hope! The kind that can not be taken away from you, when it is restored in heart felt thankfulness.

After a very heavy week of seeing FB timelines postings on hatred and lost of humanity on so many social, religious, civil, political and racial levels and the the lack of transparency  in the exercising of hubris in the hypocrisy of many global nations. It seemed to be an overall bad week in race and human relations globally which ended with one of the biggest celebrations for a rainbow nation. The world  continues to stay on alert- filled with love and hope that Madiba, known for his hope for a nation inclusive of all human beings in the best of our humanity- dubbed the Rainbow Nation- will continue to be given more life in his Rainbow Nation legacy.

As the world prepares for and debates about what a post Mandela rainbow nation could be and as the American LGBT community raises their rainbow flag in celebration of pride and the victory over DOMA, allowing their basic human right to legally acknowledge their love; I am hopeful that they wouldn’t leave behind those who still lack seek and are fighting for the acknowledgment of their deserving love in the equality of citizenship and humanity at home and abroad. As we celebrate Nelson Mandela as a global unifier who has given his life in the closest movement in a globally acknowledged civil rights movement since the  America’s Civil Rights Movement that is being claimed as the natural progression into the gay rights movement; Let us not forget South Africa’s Rainbow Nation of LGBT who face their fight in local and global silence with few celebrations to be thankful for apart from being allowed one more day to live without the threat of corrective rape and attempts to take their lives just for being gay. Even though South Africa became the first African nation to legalize gay marriage in 2006, still  in South Africa and all around the world it’s the same song showing that hatred is enacted and held in the hearts and hands of the people and not just laws.  The era of “Sun City” type of global voices in movements toward our collective civil rights when our artists and the people knew “what’s going on” seems to be passing them and so many all over the world by. A rainbow is nature and nurture’s beauty that is claimed by all and therefore should be nurtured by all.

Rainbow Nation is a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa, after South Africa’s first fully democratic election in 1994.

The phrase was elaborated upon by President Nelson Mandela in his first month of office, when he proclaimed: “Each of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.” READMORE

“ It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people….If people will not speak up for other people’s rightsthere will come a day when …no courtno law can save liberty when it dies in the hearts and minds of men.” Martin Luther King Jr

 

Who knows what will happen when the laws are actually passed?”

You know what will happen, right? It happened to South Africa, and it will happen to you.

Ready?

Wait for it…

A bunch of gay people will get married!

They will do so the same way straight couples have been doing for years: Privately, with their friends and family, without you ever having to know about it.

It’s what has happened in South Africa. Gay people got married. The girl who came in third on Idols, the South African version of American Idol, got married. Two men got married in a traditional African ceremony, wearing animal skins and killing an ox so that their ancestors could bless their union. An avid rugby player I went to high school with got married to his partner, whom he met while traveling. A friend of mine from college is thinking of proposing to her longtime girlfriend. Gay people got married, and some got divorced, and some are living right across the road — and my life has gone on as usual.

I understand the religious fears. I’ve heard the argument that the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah were “homosexual cities,” and that God decided to firmly and mercilessly “smite” them with fire. Therefore, by “endorsing” gay marriage or homosexuality, we open ourselves up to fire and damnation — a sort of condemnation by association scenario, I’m assuming. Well, that hasn’t happened over here yet. Seven years on, and the whole gay marriage thing is still as mundane as straight marriage. It hasn’t shaken the foundations of society, and there is no sign of fire raining down from the sky.READ MORE

 ”If democracy is ever to be threatened, it will not be by revolutionary groups burning government offices and occupying the broadcasting and newspaper offices of the world. It will come from disenchantment, cynicism and despair caused by the realization that the New World Order, means we are all to be managed and not represented.”– Tony Benn, British Labour Party member of Parliament

 

Lyrics to I Want to Thank You :
I wanna thank You, Heavenly Father,
For shining Your light on me;
You sent me someone who really loves me,
And not just my body…

He keeps me happy, so very happy, he loves me;
I don’t know how to be…
It’s been a long time since I had someone who loves me;
I owe my thanks to Thee…

I know it could not happen without Your love;
Ooh, without Your love, oh…

It took a long time for it to happen,
But I knew those nights I prayed,
That You would send me someone who’s real,
And not no one for play

I kept the faith and didn’t worry;
My nights grew longer than the days…
Until one day, it really happened:
He sent true love my way…

I know it couldn’t have happened without You;
Ooh, without You, ooh…

When the time is right, He’ll fill your life with love and care;
Believe, and He’ll be there…
Just do all right, don’t do no wrong, and the keep the faith,
For love will shine His light your way…

Thank You Father,
For shining Your light on me;
I prayed a long time for it to happen;
I did ’cause I believe…

He makes me happy, so very happy;
I don’t know how to be!
It’s been a long time since I had someone who loves me;
I owe my thanks to Thee…

I know it couldn’t have happened without You;
Ooh, without You, ooh…

I know it couldn’t have happened without Your love;
(My nights were long and blue, until He sent me you…)
Ooh, without Your love, oh, oh, ah…

I know it couldn’t have happened without You;
(My nights were long and blue, until He sent me you…)
Ooh, without You…

I know it couldn’t have happened without You;
(My nights were long and blue, until He sent me you…)
Ooh without You

I know it couldn’t have happened without You;
(My nights were long and blue, until He sent me you…)
Ooh, without You…
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