Talking With Your Kids About Race, Racism, Police Brutality and Protests in the Wake of George Floyd’s Death

“I can’t breathe.” Once again, those nightmarish words are forced upon us, unleashing a new wave of anguish, sorrow and fury within our black communities, on social media and as well as the world. Do you know the numerical significance behind “08:46”? For a harrowing 8 minutes and 46 seconds, that’s how long it took for Derek Chauvin, the officer who can be clearly seen in witness videos pinning George Floyd to the ground, to cut off Mr. Floyd’s circulation before he died on May 25, 2020. Mr. Chauvin, who is white and now charged and arrested, kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for the entire duration, even after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness. The most disturbing thing about Mr. Chauvin, is that he remorselessly peered into the video as if he wanted the entire world to know exactly what horrible deed was done. It literally made my blood boil and I often wondered what I would’ve, could’ve or should’ve done if I was in that predicament.

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Happy New Year 2020: We All Want More, But What Is It That You DON’T want?

Happy New Year friends and family! I hope you brought in 2020 with abundant energy and positive thoughts. As I read over some of the posts left by my friends, family members and inspirational people that I follow on my social media platforms, I noticed there was a common theme. We all want better health, lucrative opportunities, increased prosperity, world travel, more quality time spent with our loved ones… and then there’s still YOU.

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Ralph Gilmore: Father, Artist and ‘Mayor of Harlem’ (Circa 1/6/15)

Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia from time to time. I think at this point, most of us are aware of a widely used acronym on social media called, “TBT,” which stands for Throwback Thursday. Throwback Thursday is the name of a weekly social media posting trend or popularized hashtag that people from all over the world use online—specifically on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, to share and look back fondly on some of their favorite memories—hence the “throwback” theme. With that being said, I want to share a proud moment of mine in which an article was written about me in the oldest Black newspaper in the country, The New York Amsterdam News.

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Midterms 2018: A Chilling Reminder Of Why We Must Vote On Election Day

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“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power.” — Michelle Obama

Hey good people! As you read through my latest post, I hope you’re all in the best of love, health and happiness. I can never expressed that enough. It’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been experiencing some up and downs in life and just trying to make the best of any circumstances I’ve had to deal with this year. From time to time, life tends to throw you a curve ball and it’s basically up to you to not allow your emotions to get the best of you and to remain positive in any situation you are dealing with. I’m not ashamed to admit that I believe it’s fact that with God, all things are possible and there are no problems or struggles that are bigger than Him. Maybe that’s why humanity struggle with so many issues nowadays.

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My Open Letter of Gratitude to Former President Barack Obama (From Ralph A. Gilmore)

Dear Former Mr. President,

Ever since the day of your farewell speech, I’ve been meaning to put something together to honor you in my own way.  I’m not sure how much traction this post will get or even have the slightest possibility of my words reaching your vicinity.  If, by some miracle, you happen to come across this post, I want to start by saying, “thank you!”  I am proud of you and your wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama for all you’ve done for America and as well as the rest of the world.  Being a father myself, the main thing that I admire about you is that before anything else, you are a devoted and involved father, a loving husband and you always gave a sense that you was never above anyone else.  You proved by leaps and bounds that you are truly a man of the people.

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“Terror has no religion.” “The whole world is my native land.” “I love Brussels.”

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The above words were some of the many messages of solidarity, defiance and peace that was inscribed in chalk on the city streets of Bourse Square after the Brussels attacks.  Make no mistake… this was a cold, calculated attack– in which ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) is claiming responsibility for this heinous act.  It’s scary to think how this could have happened anywhere in the world.  Tokyo, Madrid, Moscow, Toronto, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York City… just pick any city with a major media and cultural market.

Most of us get on social media and scream, “when will it end?”  “We need to come together.” “We want justice, equality and peace.” “Why won’t humanity love and respect each other for their religious, political, social and sexual preferences?”  Correct me if I’m wrong, but the only thing that arguably makes us different from each other is the language we speak and the God(s) we pray to.  Once we get a universal understanding that we are all the same, society will always suffer under a state of separation.  Perhaps, that’s the biggest issue that plagues humanity right now and could possibly signal the end of our existence.

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Kevin’s Story: No More Bullying! | Fundraising Campaign

Kevins-Story-No-More-Bullying-Suicide-Jordan-Gilmore-Author-BooksI’m so proud to announce my collaboration with GoFundMe and to be able to share my daughter’s book that she wrote, ‘Kevin’s Story.’  It’s a short story that involves the lessons learned when it comes to bullying.  Some of you might not know this, but bullying is a serious issue that quite often leads to suicide.  It not only happens here in the United States, but also in different parts of the world.

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Welcome to my new blog: The Perennial Aesthete

Hey good people! Your friendly neighborhood Ralph A. Gilmore is here. You might need to sit down and read up on all the awesome news I’d like to share with you in my very first post on my new blog, The Perennial Aesthete.  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to finally have this baby up and running!

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