Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Lacewell's Trep (Smart Smoothies)

[email protected] Wilmington NC 28401 US (910)352-3643


Lacewell's T.R.E.P.

T(utoring) R(esearching) & E(vent) P(lanning)

My Blog


view:  full / summary


Posted on May 4, 2014 at 9:41 PM Comments comments (2)
Marcus Lacewell

Donald Sterling is an American business magnate and former attorney. He is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers professional basketball franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Sterling acquired the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million, and as of 2014, the team is valued at $575 million by Forbes magazine.  Sterling has been the longest-tenured owner in the NBA since the death of Los Angeles Lakers majority owner Jerry Buss in 2013.

On April 25, 2014, TMZ Sports released a recording of a conversation between Sterling and a female friend, V. Stiviano. In the recording from September 2013, a man confirmed to be Sterling was irritated over a photo Stiviano posted on Instagram in which she posed with Basketball Hall of Fame player Magic Johnson. Sterling told Stiviano: "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people" and "You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want", but "the little I ask you is ... not to bring them to my games."

Clippers president Andy Roesen issued a statement the following day, indicating that Stiviano was being sued by the Sterling family and had "told Mr. Sterling that she would 'get even'" with him. A month earlier in March, Sterling's wife, Rochelle, had sued Stiviano for the return of a $1.8-million Los Angeles duplex as well as a Ferrari, two Bentleys and a Range Rover she said her husband bought for Stiviano.

On April 29, 2014, Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million by the NBA after recordings of him making racist comments were made public.
I am not choosing the side of 'right' or 'wrong', I am just explaining thoughts.  It is not only the fact discrimination.  The main problem arises after the white discriminating groups claim that discrimination is an idea of the past.  Then, there are situations like Trayvon Martin, Rodney King, Don Sterling, etc.  Very few situations reach the media.  There are stereo typing and discrimination are exercised everyday, but they are still claimed to no longer be practiced.

On the other hand, this country claims that everyone has a right to believe what they want; right or wrong.  Many people talk differently about someone, in the comfort of their own 'home' vs in their presence.  (Boss, teacher, associate, etc.)  Don Sterling did not-publicly-say anything public.  If everyone would be punished, immediately, for their non-public beliefs, there would be many punishments.  Don Sterling is being punished for his beliefs. 

Yet, the NBA has the right to 'accept' or 'deny' anyone's NBA involvement based on anything.  You do not have to do business with anyone that you do not want to.  It is known that the actions and beliefs of an organization's involved partner has a direct effect on the organization's reputation.  So, how do you view this situation?  Unlearn.

2014 Questions Civil Rights Act

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM Comments comments (4)
2014 Questions Civil Rights Act
Marcus Lacewell

   In 1964 Congress passed The Civil Rights Act. The provisions of this Civil Rights Act forbade discrimination on the basis of sex as well as race in hiring, promoting, and firing. In the final legislation, it was made unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions or privileges or employment, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, disability or national origin. Title VII of the act created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to implement the law.
   But, as time changes, laws lose their purpose, through interpretation.  It seems that businesses, and individuals, have found ways to still discriminate against race, color, religion, sex, disability and national origin while 'staying clear' of the Civil Rights Act.  I have witnessed and been a victim of this discrimination, along with many others.  But, companies can blame their actions on any illusion.
   The "lines" that separate race, color, religion, sex, disability and national origin has become less recognizable than in the past.  The Civil Rights Act was meant to decrease discrimination.  But, is it still relevant?  It seems that, now, the number of groups that are discriminated against has increased.  Therefore, creating the illusion of equality.  Unlearn.


Posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (5)
Write your post here.


Posted on March 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM Comments comments (2)
Belief Based Defiance
Marcus Lacewell

     As the belief of equality is not accepted, it seems that violence increases.  We have seen this from Harriet Tubman to Marcus Garvey to Malcolm X to The Black Panther Party of self-defense to etc.  Today violence still grows as the number of social groups increase.
      Though the number of social groups increase, along with their hopes of equality, society seems to always focus on the increase of violence.  But, as negative actions increase, opposing positive actions must increase.  Well, this sense of continuous balance is, also, a belief.
      Other than the violence increase, religion attempts to revisit social events.  We see this in movies, helpful actions, people trying to individually incorporate prayer in school and other social events.  It seems that free speech can act as societies defiance.  For example, we vote for laws that take religion out of schools.  Then, we complain when the laws are upheld. 
      It is very common for someone to see equality based-defiance as negative and religious- based defiance as being positive.  Why is that.  Just as the two past main groups, black and white, are being 'blurred' by social positions and homosexuality, equality-based and religious- based defiance are beginning to integrate.  Though society will continue to keep negative actions in the forefront, let's not forget about the progressing positive actions that are being done in the rear view mirror.  Unlearn.

Has Your Mind Changed or Just Your Body

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM Comments comments (3)
Oh Well
Marcus Lacewell
    Many people assume that heaven would allow them to be in their youthful form.  But, it is many people's youthful form that caused their sinful nature.  Youthfulness is not the only possible cause.  It, also, could be ability, atmosphere, etc.  This could be a final test, for many.  You could be put in the same situations, to see if you still allow it to cause sin.  This would test your true loyalty to God.  Would God say, 'Welcome, my good and faithful servant.'  Or, would he say, 'You will deny me three times, before the cock crows.'  Unlearn.


Posted on March 11, 2014 at 10:02 PM Comments comments (11)

                                Marcus Lacewell
    A politician is, normally, a person that is experienced in the art or science of government.  Yet, it seems that most politician, that are running for office, are experienced in problems.  Many politicians are passionate about the problems, that ail our society, but they lack ideas of possible solutions.  
    Politics, normally, act as a tool used to collect ideas to correct and cure society.  It seems that many politicians attempt to use incarceration as a tool to cure.  We see that incarceration only creates a cycle and does not cure.  This is why one of the most desired characteristics of a politician is creativity.  Unlearn.


Posted on March 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM Comments comments (6)
Write your post here.'Arms-Race'
Marcus Lacewell

    War, normally, form when at least two groups have conflicting ideologies.  Any strategist knows that your winning statistics decrease as you increase your war opponents.  Fighting one opponent can weaken you for the other.  The entire Cold War lasted four decades and the War on Terror has not ended yet.  So the War on Terror has a four decade possibility.
    There is a debat on the police having military weapons.  Usually, if you prepare for war, you are planning to go to war.  Like any war, this appears like an 'arms-race.'  There is no need for a country to attack us on U.S. soil because we are attacking ourselves. 
    During a war, normally, the side that loses the least wins.  But, we are on the same side.  Sound like a Dr. Seuss reference; (The Sneetches) Sneetches with stars on their bellies and those without.  Unlearn.

Black History Month (Partial Education)

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM Comments comments (7)
Black History Month (Partial Education)
Marcus Lacewell

It's amazing how the majority of this city's government deny Wilmington's  colorful history during the year.  This history and it's produced present is treated as a discolored flaw, 11 months of the year.  One month, of the year, this misconceived  flaw is treated as a badge of honor.  During this month, selective truths are told of Wilmington's history.  As many religions were passed down by 'word of mouth,' much of Wilmington's true history only exists in the mouths of a few.  But, the National Humanities Center provides the entire history.  An example of the partial history, that is rarely told is:

Black people persisted in trying to register or vote, while white people met them at the polls with racial violence. 

.... in 1898, a leading white man in Wilmington, North Carolina, proclaimed that he would drive African Americans out of politics, even if he had to “choke the Cape Fear River with the bodies of negroes.” After his party lost the election, he made good on his promise and led a mob that shot black citizens down in the streets. Then he fired city officials and seized the mayor’s office for himself. States also amended their constitutions to require segregation; municipalities passed laws that dictated where people could eat, live, walk, and stand.

The imposition of white supremacy and the violence that accompanied it sparked the Great Migration of African Americans to the North after the turn of the century. It became clear to black southerners that the federal government was not going to come to their aid if they remained in the South. A black woman who witnessed the Wilmington massacre wrote to the Attorney General of the United States and begged him to send a boat for their rescue. She asked him, “Is this the land of the free and the home of the brave? How can the Negro sing my country ‘tis of thee?”

I never understood the continuous response to this dark history: 'There were many mistakes made, in the past.  As a people, we have learned and realize our mistakes.'  It is not the history that I do not understand.  The constant sharing of the 'good' history, without showing the presence of resistance,  is what I do not understand.  If it is claimed that history holds many mistakes, why glorify part of this infested history.  This sends mixed signals.  We see this through apartheid, the Holocaust, etc.  Also, we see this unclarity through many, continuous, events of today.  Unlearn.

Get Your Blessing

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 10:31 AM Comments comments (5)
Get Your Blessing
Marcus Lacewell
Burger King's slogan is 'Have It Your Way.'  But, having it your way can sometimes lead you to a place that you don't want to be.  You don't have to be in Hell to be going through hell.
Most of the time, things that negatively affect our life span are perceived to humans as 'fun'.  Yet, we say that life is short.  In actuality, we make our lives short through our actions.  This is one example where we want to blame everything that is not ourselves.  When something that we perceive as negative happens, many times the blame should be directed to ourselves.  True, trouble falls on the just and unjust alike.  It is not the trouble that sets the two apart, but it is the way that they handle the trouble.
Sometimes your blessing is hidden in the middle of a hardship.  So, if you always try to avoid hard times, you are missing some blessings.  Most of the time, there is something intended for you to learn from every hardship.  I say 'most' because sometimes one person's disobedience can cause a hardship for many people that are not involved.
You may have been asking for a particular blessing for years.  You have waited for the blessing for so long, you have accepted that it will not come.  Many times you just need to change the glasses that you view the world through.  If you were to change the prescription, of your glasses, you may find that the blessing has always been available.  You just may not have been ready for the blessing.
The trials you overcome today, prepares you for bigger trials in the future.  So, if you are unwilling to deal with the trials of today, you are securing your failure in the future.  Unlearn.


Posted on January 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (7)
Marcus Lacewell
Matthew 18:23-33
King James Version (KJV)
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
I saw a movie that was taking place in the 1950's. In the movie, a man was meeting his fiance's parents for the first time. At first, the parents were thinking negatively about him and the situation because he was black and they were white. After a while, the man's humble character began to lose their negativity and gain their acceptence. At the same time, one of the parents fired one of their white employees because of the employee's negative thinking toward the relationship.
I saw this as unfair. I immediately thought of:
Matthew 7:5-7
King James Version (KJV)
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
I always thought that verse 6 is a verse that was not part of the original Bible: added later, by a person, incomplete or had translation issues. I say this because timing is everything. If you would 'cast pearls' before a person that never experienced hard times, they may discard them. But, if you were to 'cast pearls' before someone that is in a hard time, that may change their life. These two situations can happen to one person in the same day.
The movie supported my assumption. In the movie, the parent reacted negatively toward someone for thinking like the parent originally thought. If the parents would have originally received a negative reaction, they may not have ever reached acceptence.
(Back to verse 6) In Christanity, we are to strive to be like God. So, we are to 'cast our pearls before swine,' because we don't know when/if the swine may think of our pearls and change. ''''Before we were believers, we were 'swine.' In order for us to no longer be swine, someone had to 'cast pearls before us.' Unlearn.