Monday, June 30, 2008

He speaks the truth..... Maybe it's too true! Peace Trevor Winston Lee
The brown paper bag test was a ritual that was once used by black fraternities and sororities and other organizations to determine social ordering based on skin color. Basically it went something like this. Anyone whose skin was darker than a brown paper bag was ineligible to join. I'm sure you're wondering why... why would African Americans use this form of oppression at all, let alone on their own people. The reason that Frantz Fanon (psychologist) came up with is that members of an oppressed group will frequently internalize the attitudes of their oppressors and then direct that aggression at each other. Don't you find it a little strange that some sororities and fraternities have a majority a members that are light skin, and others that have a majority of members with a darker complexion. I'm not trying to bash black sororities and fraternities, I'm just sayin....
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Alright, so the word Mentor came from the Greek character Mentor. Odysseus, father of Telemachus told Mentor to watch after his son while he was gone. Mentor's main purpose as a teacher was to introduce Odysseus's son Telemachus to homosexuality. I mean that's just foul! Lol So if somebody out there is calling you his or her mentor, just say, "Uh.... teacher will do.... yeah, your teacher will do just fine!" A Special Safehaven215 Shout out to Iamwe for that knowledge. They are always kicken the realest of the real when it comes to the truth. Check em out!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"Equal justice cannot be achieved in an unequal society. The justice system in American society merely reinforces those inequalities."
-Randall G. Shelden
There are two major reasons why society is always concerned with today's crime rate. The first reason is to maintain order in the world we live in. The second reason is simple. For a crime to be committed there must be a criminal and a victim. We the people are the potential victims that these criminal acts will be carried upon. Though these are two legitimate reasons why we should always be concerned with crime; crime also directs attention away from more threatening crimes that have ultimately put this country in the position that it is in today. For some reason this smoke screen of street crime has brainwashed all of us forcing us to think that this is our greatest criminal danger. The most common definition of the word crime is quite simple-the breaking of a law- this broad definition does not and cannot label all of those who have committed a crime. What this does is allow those who have power to chose what is a crime and what is not! It is in our human nature to in no way give ourselves a disadvantage no matter what the situation may be. My point is that those with power will make the rules (laws) so that they will conveniently lie in their favor. We (those who are not in power) must suffer because most things that we need to survive have been engulfed in penalties, licenses, fees, and taxes preventing us to live our lives. Now we are forced to violate these laws because we are trapped by these rules, and have no other choice. Those in power say, "Why do they behave that way!" "They are heathens!" "They act like animals!" Why? The reason they say this is because they don't live our lives! There is not a complete absence, but a huge difference of struggle in their lives compared to ours. They simply have not been forced in certain positions......yet! That's besides the point though. The point is that if we did not commit these small crimes, what would distract us from seeing exactly what was really going on! Why is gas about to hit five dollars a gallon? Why is it that we are still in Iraq? I'm curious, I'm sure you are too, but they can't tell us the reason why because they are too busy telling us about Jerome and Chris Jenkins who robbed a liquor store for three hundred dollars! Not telling you that Jerome and Chris just got laid off, and have to pay child support or they're going to jail! I'm not trying to justify anything I'm just saying that there are two sides to every story, and finally I'm ready to hear the other side for once.
Peace Trevor Winston Lee
"We must not say that an action shocks the common conscience because it is criminal, but rather that it is criminal because it shocks the common conscience. We do not reprove it because it is a crime, but it is a crime because we reprove it."
-Emile Durkheim
Imus...Imus...Imus! I don't know what to think about this scenario. I mean, the whole Rutgers women's basketball thing was a little out of control, but this is a little different. Listening to his explanation of his slip up in the video below makes me wonder if this time there was a method to his madness. I don't know! What do you think?
Peace Trevor Winston Lee
"Wawa" is Native American for geese. Some lady at Wawa just dropped that knowledge on me today while I was in line gettin my sandwhich. Thanks lady. I figured that it had something to do with geese, but I had no clue that it was Native American! Learn something new everyday. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Have you ever noticed why some neighborhoods look like junk yards? Well different segments of the population such as poor minority groups have a disproportionate amount of exposure to environmental hazards. These overwhelming amounts of trash and toxic wastes that pollute our environment are located where poor people, especially people of color live. When patterns like this occur in other countries, or even in your neighborhood the proper term for it is called environmental racism!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee
Iight so safehaven 215 has been up for about eight months now, and I figured that it was time to give you guys out there some structure.... consistency.... more.... more of me I guess! I will attempt to touch on issues that really reach out to my audience. You know, really touch on issues that I feel are important, and have huge roles on my life and maybe even yours in one way or another! I would love for you to leave feedback on these issues so I can get a idea of how some people may feel on particular subjects! I thought this "Sociology With Safehaven" would be good so I could really get an idea of how people feel on certain issues. "Sociology With Safehaven" will pop up once every week, lets say every Sunday so I can give you guys a week to to either think about the topic, and to see if it may affect you in any way. This opening topic will be on Racial and Ethnic Inequality! The terms majority and minority simply show that there are power differences. Those holding power in our society today are the majority group. The majority group establishes a system of inequality by dominating less-powerful groups! (the minority) I'm curious to hear whether or not if you ever truly feel the power or lack of power of being either part of the majority group or the minority group! Whether its in school, work, just out in public, or whatever. I am also curious to hear if it slowly takes a toll on you personally, and how do you react. I guess how you react is more on the psychological part of it, but still I'm curious to get an idea of how you deal with it. I hope that this can be the beginning of a good thing!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Just stumbled across these two masterpieces! I'm doing my research now on the artist. When I do find out who did these two pieces there will be a post dedicated to the artist! Believe that!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Food Deserts

A food desert is an urban area with little to no access to foods needed to maintain a healthy diet! What replaces these healthy foods are a plethora of Chinese stores, McDonald's, KFC's, and numerous other pizza stores. Everyday you may see your brother, sister, son, or daughter sit and have a meal from one of these fast food restaurants at least three to four times a week! Why is it that the dinner time has slowly been taken away from inner city families. I think that it has to do with the lack of family values, parenting, and access to healthy food in large quantities. Four wings, french fries, and a 2 liter soda for $4.50 is hard for a supermarket to beat, especially when inner city mother's are trying to raise two to three kids. Like I said there are a lot of reasons why things have gotten so bad, but the first step is always knowledge of the situation at hand. This lack of access to healthier food has been broken down into three different ways; financial access, physical access, and food knowledge. One of the main reasons people eat the way they eat in the city is because its convenient money wise. You can get a lot more for your buck at your neighborhood corner store. People also may not have the physical access to reach good supermarkets, produce stores, etc. These stores may be too far from where you live, the shopper may be elderly or infirm, the area is hilly, public transportation links may be poor, and also we the buyers may not have a car. Lastly a large majority of people simply do not think that eating healthy is important. When you think about it, its really sad because a lot of people are trapped in these food deserts and don't even know about it! Like I said earlier, you have to have knowledge of the situation first before you can make any kind of change. Take care of your bodies yall!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Anchormen Are Hilarious!

Real Fake

There's always 2012!

Try Try Again! Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Is $200,000 Rich?

Maria Bartiromo anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo" just recently showed which side she is going to take in this years upcoming election! She recently was quoted in a magazine discussing the "lives of Manhattan's affluent and socially powerful." Maria Bartiromo warns readers that under Senator Barack Obama that "income tax is... in for a bump. Right now income tax is 35 percent, Obama wants to take that to 39 percent…We’re talking about people who make over $200,000. That’s not rich. So it’s actually going to impact more people than you may think." OK with the economy the way it is today $200, 000 may not make you rich, but it definitely means you are living pretty comfortable! ThinkProgress brought up a very good point when they said that the McCain campaign has a bad perception of what average Americans really make in this country! According to the 2006 census, if you had an income of $174,012 you were in the top five percent of income earners! What Maria Bartiromo didn't mention is that she makes a seven figure salary, and just got another $500,000 for the book she just released titled Use The News. The simplest way I can put it is, if your income or your parents income is anywhere under $100,000 vote for Barack Obama because if you don't this nation will not be the place to be for people like you and me!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Boon Doc

Look out for Denver's own Boon Doc! An up and coming producer with a unique sound and crazy swagger! My homie Ramon introduced me to one of his many youtube videos today! With influences from the great Dj Premier, all the way to Philadelphia's own Jazzy Jeff it isn't hard to see how his passion for music is so easily fueled. Boon Doc has just scratched the surface with this music thing in my eyes, and hopefully we will be hearing big things from this young talented producer! A safehaven shoutout to Boon Doc, keep up the good work homie! If you want to here more from Boon Doc just click here to jump to his myspace!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Monday, June 9, 2008

Gotta Rich Uncle?

If you guys are tired of the stress and frustration that goes along with financial aid, filling out fafsa's, and student loans then do yourself a favor and check out "myrichuncle!" MYRICHUNCLE helps students avoid those obstacles that we face year after year when it comes to paying for college! They have a breakdown of the FAFSA, financial aid, and they even have their own federal loans, and private loans! This year when I did my FAFSA for the upcoming year it was too easy! It's like having the person who created the FAFSA right next to you! If you haven't checked out this site already, please do because it will save you a lot of time and money!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Estevan Oriol

Estevan Oriol! I mean, after looking at his photographs I was at a loss for words! They say a picture says a thousand words, but in my opinion his say many more. Because of the relationships that he has built with so many people and different cultures he is able to get shots that absolutely nobody else can get. What makes Estevan's photographs so unique is that he shoots things for exactly what they are! No sets, no coverups, and no editing. What you see is exactly what you get! This guy is truly talented! To stay updated with his latest work and projects check out his blog!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Victory Speech

Yes, it has been a long and grueling primary election for the democratic party, but I am happy to say that this part of the journey is finished. Yesterday on (June 3 2008) Barack Obama clinched the necessary amount of delegates to secure his position as the democratic nominee! Now that Hilary is out the way we have one final obstacle in defeating John McCain! His victory speech that he delivered yesterday was simply amazing! Check out the video above! Congrats Barack!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Monday, June 2, 2008

Bware Speed Reading Video

My homie told me about this video! He found it on YouTube! It supposedly increases your reading speed and comprehension with some practice! I tried it, but my eyes started to hurt! Lol Try it! I'm curious to hear how you feel about the video!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee

Sunday, June 1, 2008

James Bennett

With numerous pieces in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Sports Illustrated, and many other magazines, James Bennett is one of the most skilled artist that I have ever seen! James Bennett began his professional career shortly after he finished his education at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has received recognition from the well known Hamilton King award, the Stevan Dohanos Award for Best Illustration, and many other prestigious awards! He later worked for six years at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and also was an instructor at the University of Arts here in Philadelphia! He started painting at the age of 14, and began drawing earlier before that! This guy is a true genius! Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Peace Trevor Winston Lee