June 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM (athletics, childcare and child protection, current news, health care reviews, human life issues, late night studies, legal issues, medical concerns, public debate, social opinion, web gossip)
I was not sure that I wanted to go ahead with a post about this particular topic, yet after reading it a few times, I figured that I would blog about it. The story is intriguing, albeit highly strange, and yes, stomach-turning! However, I felt that the story needed to be read by others, so that the issue would be recognized, and that, hopefully, similar actions can be halted before they ever happen in the future.
This topic comes out of Minnesota, where what should be the culmination of classes is not the happiest of times for some cheerleaders, or of all students! Minnetonka, Minnesota, a suburban town of Minneapolis, is where Hopkins High School is located. It is in this town where eighteen year-old Montia Marie Parker has been accused of pimping her cheerleading teammate! Parker, at age 18, took advantage of a sixteen year-old cheerleader with a mental disorder by taking the girl to meet older men for sex trafficking!
Details were relayed, saying that Parker would converse with clientele via e-mail, telling them that she would bring the younger girl to them to provide actions of oral sex in exchange for financial compensation. Allegedly, one such incident occurred on March 5. Parker took the younger girl to meet with a male, and the act occurred, and Parker was rewarded $60 afterward.
It was the next day, March 6, that Parker attempted to get the younger girl from her school, they went to meet another man. This man wanted more than oral sex from the younger girl, and she would not do more, so they left his residence. However, in the midst of the younger girl being absent from school, her mother found out that she had been absent several times. This lead to the mother being a mother, doing some snooping, leading her to checking her daughter’s cell phone, finding text messages, and stumbling upon memos that lead to statements that included shocking things like prostitution! Mom then called the cops!!!
The mother had to clarify the situation, letting the police know that her daughter is a mentally disabled individual who “works with a social worker due to a developmental cognitive delay”. Parker eventually was arrested, after admitting to creating a website called Backpage.com, where she would have her customers to connect for late night compensation and copulation! Now, she is facing a minimum of fifteen years in prison, along with a $40,000 sex trafficking fine, and/or a twenty year sentence with a $50,000 solicitation fine. Pay up!!!
Montia Marie Parker
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Montia Marie Parker
The youth years are the first ones to learn
who your first real friends really are!
I do not agree with this sentiment, and I do not understand the rationale of the fecally-laden areas from which it came. It is truly disgusting. Yet, when I make myself actually sit and think about what is happening, I can try to realize this deal, and why it is causing such stir.
Gabby Douglas truly is a precious sight! Born New Year’s Eve 1995, this young athlete has captured the hearts and spirits of her followers within The United States, and likely around the planet. She began her movements toward gymnastic excellence at the age of six. Since 2010, Gabby has been an outstanding member of The United States Gymnastics National Team, through which she earned awards that include a silver medal at The 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships, a fifth-place designation at The 2010 Pan-American Championships, and recognition with The U.S. Gymnastics Team in the gold medal win at that competition.
Douglas has shown herself to be a superior athlete, she is currently displaying excellence of performance and character at The 2012 Olympic Games, and she is providing glimpses into what promises to be an excellent future of promise and success for herself. Yet, with all of that bright light beaming, there always seem to be rainclouds looming somewhere in the background.
Miss Douglas is inadvertently finding herself caught in the simple-minded fuss about her hair! Yes, in 2012, there are those whom choose to make a deal over her hairstyle! It seems that some people, reportedly and surprisingly, many of whom seem to be other African-American women, are unhappy with the way that Douglas has her coiff presented to the public.
Some of the fuss emanates from African-American women and men. There is discussion, debate, about how Douglas is wearing her hair in a braided style, which is both contemporary and traditional. It is probable that she is being reviewed among her cultural peers, being seen as a representative to the world on how African-Americans display and express their culture through personal presentations. Those commenting possibly out of envy, or some manners of spite, have made statements about how Douglas’ hair is unkempt, or that it is in need of perming!
Now, what is to be made of the mood behind comments aimed at the degredation of this young phenom who has captured the hearts and the spirits of so many people who are watching her? First of all, her hair looks nice! THEN, she has gone to perform in extremely challenging athletic events, most of which do not require or allow her to maintain supermodel hair presentations at all times. Despite all of that, Gabrielle Douglas has remained a dignified and well-kempt representative of our nation’s Olympic squad! Yet, no! You can not please everyone….
I was recalling this documentary (Rock-umentary…) Good Hair, which was an effort made by the African-American comedian Chris Rock to place humorous depiction upon a seemingly common view held within this segment of U.S. society. Rock took his efforts to interview several members of the African-American community, getting their opinions on inside views of Black hairstyles, as well as how they thought of the way their hair was done, and what they thought of other opinions on their varied curls and coiffures, braids and beads.
There seems to be an underlying sentiment within some areas of society, African-American and otherwise, that have tendencies to equate natural hairstyles with lesser ways of life for African-Americans. Some take these negative assessments as recollections of how Blacks were treated during the times of U.S. slavery, and how this hairstyle invoked images of lesser lifestyles among Blacks. Some may feel that efforts to reinvigorate views of African-American society are being made by those whom aim to gain greater levels of recognition beyond membership of a sometimes shunned cultural nook, or from those who do not immediately recognize the beauty and depth of traditions from a legendary ethnic history.
It would seem that Gabby Douglas is making an effort, intentional, or otherwise, to take part within the reinvigoration and renovation of African-American society. As many younger African-Americans are active in attempts to recognize their cultural heritage, and to display pride of it, Douglas seems to be participating in that endeavor, also. What better way to express your recognition of your cultural heritage, and to show pride of your ethnicity, than to present yourself in a manner representative to these things while upon a global platform like The Olympic Games?
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Work Your Hair, Gabby! You Are The Best!!!
I feel the need to give this man full congratulations! I am not sure that I can agree with the continued fuss about this man’s situation, or even if I would want to participate in it. All that I can say is that it really seems the he deserves full admiration and respect!
Oscar Pistorius is a 25 year-old Olympic competitor from Johannesburg, South Africa. He is one of 112 athletes from that nation who went to participate in The 2012 Olympic Games at London. Pistorius has achieved worldwide attention because of his participation in The Games, and the special manner in which he has been allowed to compete. Pistorius is a double amputee!
His situation is special because he had both of his legs amputated when he was eleven months old. Both of his legs were without fibulae. The remains of his legs were amputated beneath his knees one year after his birth. Pistorius was given prosthetic attachments shortly thereafter, allowing him to participate in athletic competitions!
Now, Pistorius has been dubbed as The Blade Runner! His efforts to become a regularly recognized Olympic competitor came after a decision granted by Switzerland’s Court of Arbitration for Sport during 2008. He did not qualify for the Olympic team that year, but Pistorius competed in The 2008 Summer Paralympics. There he won three gold medals in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 400 meter races, making him the winning leader of T44 athletes.
Pistorius was cleared to compete within The 2012 Games at London. His use of the Cheetah Flex-Foot artificial limbs allowed him to race against other runners. Pistorius not only achieved this goal, but he succeeded in achieving a Silver Medal. This will allow Pistorius to compete in today’s semifinal race!
Currently, Pistorius holds world records at Summer Paralympics competitions. He is the leader of the T44 athletes, having run within the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 400 meter races. Pistorius’ participation in these races has come with accolades and controversy because of his having been allowed to compete with the use of his Cheetah Flex-Foot articificial limbs.
Pistorius has J-shaped, carbon fiber, artificial legs attached just beneath both of his knees. His attempts at achieving Olympic competition status came with controversy because many felt that Pistorius’ use of the prosthetic attachments would give him an unfair advantage over racing competitors with naturally-attached legs. Some views chose to argue that the artificial limbs would provide advantage, not succumbing so easily to potential degradation that racers with regular legs might face.
He proceeded to compete for qualification within The 2012 Games, using his prosthetic legs on equal competition levels with other racers. Pistorius entered yesterday’s 400 meter race, and he finished it within 45.44 seconds! This was the second-place finish for that day.
Pistorius’ Cheetah Flex-Feet have come with much controversy and debate. Yet, I would have to say that his presence does display the will of the human spirit to advance, and to overcome adversity, despite any given obstacles. Pistorius has not allowed his disability to transform into disadvantage, nor has he allowed those whom chose to attempt blocking his progress (haters…) to keep him from achieving success. Best of luck today, Blade Runner!
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