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Religion, Halloween and America’s Obsession with Fear

By Miguel Lloyd

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Admittedly we are getting ready to go through the one holiday that annoys me the most…Halloween. This is the day that people get all dressed up like ghost, witches, goblins and other demonic characters and all call it “fun.” This is the day that something that started as an honorable day of memorial, but morphed into a pagan ritual is used as another means for retail giants to make a little extra cash as they get ready for the real biggie with the guy with the jolly belly and red nose.

Well if you take a second look, this is probably just the day of the year that we, as a society, openly express our love for all things “dark.” With all the vampire, slasher and thriller movies and TV shows that come out weekly, you might say we celebrate this lifestyle daily. Even our longtime heroes like Batman, seem to be more appealing when he takes on his dark persona.

What is it about “fear” that is so intoxicating to us as a society? What is religions culpability in the exponential growth and popularity of this holiday? Are we truly making to big a deal about people just having fun? We’ll dig into this tonight. Our guest will be Rabbi Hyim Shafner.

Of course, as always, we will have our super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

Diddy’s Truth, he’s the best salesman in the business

By Miguel Lloyd

Recently in Atlanta, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, went on a bit of a tirade in a party that featured recently freed rapper, T.I during the annual BET Hip Hop Awards weekend. Its a pretty normal occurrence for the “in-crowd” to move around to these events wherever and whenever they are. NBA All-Star weekend, Super Bowl weekend, BET Awards, etc.

Well for 20 years, those weekends have always include Diddy. From his days as a party promoter when he was a student at Howard. For years, one of the biggest sponsors of parties have been liquor vendors. Hennessy, Crown Royal, Absolut, etc. would have their banners all over events, along with physical promotion teams to make their brands the drink of choice for the night. Well, Diddy has “one upped” that strategy. He’s selling it himself.

Combs has recently entered a joint venture deal with Diageo to create his own Vodka brand Ciroc. He now controls a considerable percentage of not only what the partygoers are listening to (Bad Boy Records), wearing (with his Sean John clothing line), but what they are drinking as well. It has helped him grab the top spot in hip hop royalty again this year (see Forbes list of artist who have made the most money in Hip Hop). Well, one party goer dared to challenge the pied piper of rap and received the wrath of Diddy. Insert tirade here (please beware of the language)

This performance was probably more about his sales pitch, than it was about being “tough.” Regardless if the partygoers were from Bankhead or Buckhead, Brooklyn or The Hamptons, the language of hip hop is toughness, even for a guy like Diddy who you will see all over the Macy’s Christmas ads in the next couple of months dawning a tailored suit and pearly whites.

Diddy is truly a master of disguise, and has profited mightily from it for years. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Miguel hosts, Life Full Circle Radio each and every Wednesday night at 7pm EST. Tune in!

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