Rickey Smiley Saying What Someone Needs To Say

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40 minutes breh?
Yeah my Colin Powell instincts started kicking in after five minutes. I understand what he is saying because he’s been having some issues with some people from his family.. whats that the old saying...oh yeah “you could take the horse to the water but you can’t make the horse drink the water”
 
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Pastor prepares eulogy for daughter killed in Birmingham park shooting: ‘She was loved and cherished’
Updated Apr 06, 4:10 PM; Posted Apr 06, 4:10 PM

Patton Park Shooting April 4, 2021

By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com
The Rev. Michael Yarbrough has delivered many eulogies over his nearly quarter of a century as a pastor, but the Birmingham pastor said he’s depending on the Holy Spirit to give him the words Saturday when he pays tribute to his slain daughter.

“It probably will be hard, but it won’t be me,’' said Yarbrough, pastor of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

“I’m going through the process of working on my eulogy and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. I’m praying that he’ll hold me up.”


Yarbrough and his wife, Sonya, were home Sunday night when a friend showed up at their house with the worst news any parent can received. Their only daughter, 32-year-old Areyelle, had been shot and killed when gunfire erupted at Birmingham’s Patton Park on Easter night.


“We were oblivious. We were not aware than anything had transpired there,’' Yarbrough said. “She broke the news to us and took us out to the park.”


Areyelle was one of six people shot Sunday night, and the only to die. She was pronounced dead outside of a vehicle, and those who were with her said she was shot while trying to protect some of the children who were with her.


“She left here doing what she did – she was trying to protect little kids that was with her trying to get down.”


The Rev. Michael Yarbrough is preparing a eulogy for his daughter, Areyelle Yarbrough, who was fatally shot in Birmingham's Patton Park. (Contributed)


The Yarbrough’s were not allowed to get close to their daughter but were shown a photo of her to confirm her identity. The pastor said her death it a blow.


“It hasn’t hit me yet. We’re still in a dream world,’' he said. “I went through this three years into preaching with my father, who had a massive heart attack while he was driving. I eulogized him too. You’re just on autopilot. I’m doing everything I need to do with much prayer.”


The gunfire rang out about 7 p.m. Sunday at the east Birmingham park. Five other people were wounded, ages 21, 17, 15, 14 and 5.


The 5-year-old, Justice Holness, was shot in the lungs and the bullet also and fractured his collar bone. His left lung received the most damage. He was taken off the ventilator Tuesday and responsive and talking. His mom said he is expected to make a full recovery. All of the victims are stable.


An eyewitness said there were roughly 1,000 people in the park, many of them grilling and eating with their families.


She said two women were sitting on top of a blue Dodge Charger when someone opened fire, striking the Charger and the two women. The witness said one of those women is the person who authorities say was shot in the chest; the witness said the other was Areyelle.


The witness said one person opened fire, and then multiple people started shooting in different directions. She saw people running and leaving, so police and ambulances were having trouble getting in. “They didn’t even know what they were shooting at,” she said, estimating that about 100 shots were fired.


Birmingham police Sgt. Rod Mauldin said investigators believe an altercation among a group of males led to the shooting. The majority of the victims are believed to have been innocent bystanders. No arrests have been made.


Comedian Rickey Smiley earlier Monday announced a $5,000 reward for information in the case, and the Birmingham Urban League also is offering a $5,000 reward. The Carlos Chaverst Foundation is offering a $500 reward, and C4 Mentoring is offering $300. Combined with Crime Stoppers, the reward is nearly up to $16,000. Crime Stoppers said they’ve received dozens of tips so far.


“This is something that’s impacting everyone in the community,’' said Crime Stoppers Sgt. John Pennington. “It’s Easter, people are celebrating a religious holiday and for something like to happen is your worst nightmare.”


Areyelle was a graduate of Alabama A&M University graduate and currently working on her MBA. She was a manager over 12 employees at the Jefferson County Department of Revenue where she headed principal accounting for business and sale tax licensing.


“I am devastated to know the life of one of the county’s brightest employees was taken,’' said Jefferson County Commission Pro-Tem Lashunda Scales. “My condolences to her family and friends. We must stop the violence.”


Yarbrough described his daughter a loving and caring young lady. “She was always outgoing, never met a stranger. She had friends everywhere,’' he said. “She always had a radiant smile and a lovely personality. She was loved and cherished by many.”


“She loved children. She has a ton of children that are not her own,’' Yarbrough said. “Everyone else’s kids always adopted her as their mom, auntie and friend.”


Yarbrough said Areyelle had just taken the test for the position of deputy director at work. “So, she was in the pipeline for that. She was always very aspiring,’' he said. “She wanted to open her own business. She talked to me about that Sunday morning.”


Yarbrough keeps telling himself what he’s told others during his decades of grief counseling. “It’s all in God’s hands. It was already pre-ordained. There was nothing we could do to change it,’' he said. “We all have an expiration date on this planet. We don’t know how and when we’re going to leave, but we are going to leave.”


“Her expiration date was Sunday,’' he said. “She left in a violent way, but it was quick.”


“If you believe in God, only your faith will get you through,’' Yarbrough said, “because God never makes a mistake,’' he said.


Though grieving, Yarbrough said he has no hard feelings for the people who did this. “What they did was tragic,’' he said, “but as I said, that was the way she had to go, and the time.”


He said he’s heard from friends, family and even strangers from across the U.S. since Areyelle was killed. “If her loss of life will help to try to make a change and bring a stop to this violence, that’s a plus,’' Yarbrough said. “She made her stamp.”


Viewing for Areyelle will be held Friday at Davenport & Harris Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Kingston. The funeral will be livestreamed on Davenport & Harris’s Facebook page.


Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Birmingham police at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.





 

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Yeah my Colin Powell instincts started kicking in after five minutes. I understand what he is saying because he’s been having some issues with some people of his family.. whats that the old saying...oh yeah “you could take the horse to the water but you can’t make the horse drink the water”
i actually started to skim through....ended up listening all the way thru. started in the car. I feel his pain. that shit wit his nephew I believe is crazy
 

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i actually started to skim through....ended up listening all the way thru. started in the car. I feel his pain. that shit wit his nephew I believe is crazy
That is why I said that horse to the water comment because of his nephew. A few days ago I heard about that situation and Ricky did all he could do with that man.....at the end of the day he made his own decision.
 

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Man its called posting courtesy. Give a summation and/or timestamp. I aint watching 41 minutes of this nigga tryna figure out the message you want delivered.
You know you didnt even have to post a response, you could have just clicked the back button. I do it all the time. Furthermore, I'll be damned if I do any of that stuff you talkin. You can post youtube URLs from any point in a video, but I chose not to because the WHOLE video is worth watching, IMO. THATS WHY I POSTED IT


c'mon man, dont be dense
 

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The first sign of you are getting too old? complaining about what young people do today as if the same shit wasn't being done when when you were younger. This dude don't remember the crack era? People getting shot because someone scuffed their shoes by mistake.

Jeri Curls....enough said

Not knocking his message. But us older folk need to stop pretending like we didn't do dumb shit when we were younger too.
 

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I knew it was bad when I got off the Tallapoosa st exit headed to my moms house. There were about 30 cops over at that park. I know violence can happen anywhere but the parks here in Birmingham have always been a congregation of idiots. East Lake, George Ward, Patton Park all have get togethers ending in shootings.
 

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as a 40+ year old homeowner wit his shit together, I couldnt give half a fuck about these lil pill poppin, tight pants wearing, shootin shit for no reason ass niglets. Its long, but a good listen.

Coon talk...

You can't have it both ways bro, if you don't want the crime you gotta change the whole culture... no N word, no rap music, no independent thought and dating and all that stuff, no disrespecting your fellow brother or sister over appearance or income...

Until you ready to do all that these videos are just coon talk... same nigga will turn around and pick on black people, broke niggas, use black culture for money for whites, no cap

None of these hollier than thou negroes is gonna sacrifice to really fix the community so it's just coon talk until then
 

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The first sign of you are getting too old? complaining about what young people do today as if the same shit wasn't being done when when you were younger. This dude don't remember the crack era? People getting shot because someone scuffed their shoes by mistake.

Jeri Curls....enough said

Not knocking his message. But us older folk need to stop pretending like we didn't do dumb shit when we were younger too.
This it's what I've been saying for years. We can't convince ourselves that we can't tell these young kids anything. Those who want to hear it will listen, and you can usually tell who those people are.
 

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This it's what I've been saying for years. We can't convince ourselves that we can't tell these young kids anything. Those who want to hear it will listen, and you can usually tell who those people are.
Same crime happening today, happened back then it's just much more money in reporting it now so it seems highted but it's really not, it's money.

People will ask questions and some rich folks will create jobs for these kids in school, it's all business

We're simply the face of it as always.... good or bad blacks are always the face of any change in this country....
 

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Same crime happening today, happened back then it's just much more money in reporting it now so it seems highted but it's really not, it's money.

People will ask questions and some rich folks will create jobs for these kids in school, it's all business

We're simply the face of it as always.... good or bad blacks are always the face of any change in this country....
Also, we are our own gatekeepers now.
 

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I think he shook because he like a lot of people been viewing the world through his heart and not his eyes. You have be aware and say fuck other people’s feeling when it comes to your safety. People who want to have pride for they people and open themselves up to everybody find out the hard way.
 

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Ricky mad as hell. He going all the way off. He's just saying what I feel all the time.

EDIT: He really should have stopped before he got to 38:21. He'll be in a lot of trouble for that part.
 
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There's a lot of truth in his rant but let's not lose focus. Some great comments in this thread as well. Especially @xxxbishopxxx. I've been hearing these rants since the 70s. Nothing has changed. I like how he made a point to call out some of his own peers. These fucked up youngin's don't just fall out of the sky. Gen X has fucked up and they need to be checked just as bad as their kids. Smiley needs to tread lightly though. The last thing we need is a Pound Cake 2.0 speech. Respectability Politics should be strictly an internal discussion. Crackas love to see us wag our fingers at one another. It absolves them from their obvious blame. Kudos to Rickey Smiley for saying what needs to be said but there's a whole lot of others that deserve blame as well. Not just young thug niggas and young hoz in the streets.
 
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Bottom line is I do not associate with any black male under the age of 30. It's simple as that. Black men do not like each other. Black men do not have respect for each other. You can be driving your car and these crazy niggas will mean mug your ass for no reason. As a 47 year old black man I have lived My Life by this Creed. That's even including my fraternity Brothers. If you want to stay away from the majority of gun violence if you are black, simply stay away from association with any black man under the age of 30. I know that's hurtful to say however, it is the truth rather we want to admit it or not.
 

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Bottom line is I do not associate with any black male under the age of 30. It's simple as that. Black men do not like each other. Black men do not have respect for each other. You can be driving your car and these crazy niggas will mean mug your ass for no reason. As a 47 year old black man I have lived My Life by this Creed. That's even including my fraternity Brothers. If you want to stay away from the majority of gun violence if you are black, simply stay away from association with any black man under the age of 30. I know that's hurtful to say however, it is the truth rather we want to admit it or not.
 

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40 minutes is a grip to say the same thing over again

BUT

He ain't telling lies. It's not just the bodies, WE don't feel safe around US in any aspect- living, chilling, partying, and so on and so on.

When me and my now ex-wife we're looking for somewhere to buy a house it was known not even look at black communities or Hood adjacent. My apartment was broken into while I was deployed and of course no one saw anything so the first thing I did when I got back was move to an apartment out of the hood and then look for a house out of the hood.

We didn't want somewhere that was going to be hood in 10 years and in doing that in 10 years (actually 11, I bought my home in 2010 and it's now 2021) it paid off. The value of my home went from $160,000 to $308,000 because of that decision

Now, for those who live in or around Cleveland, we remember circa 1985 when East Cleveland was decent, it's now trash. We remember when Warrensville was beautiful, it's on the down turn.

A friend of mine lived in Richmond Heights, a largely middle class, upper middle class Black neighborhood and what I see riding thru there is hood shit

But why? Hood shit from the kids when the parents busted their butts to be the Huxtables. Their kids want to be hood, little ghetto thugs. They worked hard to give their kids a nice neighborhood, a better community and their kids respond by turning it into Hood adjacent.

So many Black people are convinced that poor, ghetto, negative ahit is the only way to identify with Blackness. If you speak properly, "You talk white" if you dress with your clothes pulled up and nice you're a square and you "Think you better than us"

Blackness it's not synonymous with hood or ghetto or thuggish behavior. You can be black if you listen to country music you can be black if you dressed like Carlton on Fresh Prince.

Nothing you do can take your Blackness away from you. Even Candace Owens and her ridiculous self-hating black ass is still black , but so many black people feel that Blackness is synonymous with that negative shit. That's just part of it
 

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Yea he speaking the truth.

What he's really saying is that these black women are raising these lil kids to be emotional punks. I won't put it all on the women but you can tell thats what he's getting at.
 

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Yea he speaking the truth.

What he's really saying is that these black women are raising these lil kids to be emotional punks. I won't put it all on the women but you can tell thats what he's getting at.
And he wouldn’t be wrong if that’s what he’s saying.
 

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The first sign of you are getting too old? complaining about what young people do today as if the same shit wasn't being done when when you were younger. This dude don't remember the crack era? People getting shot because someone scuffed their shoes by mistake.

This post made me laugh out loud......You said he acts like he doesn't remember the crack epidemic like if you do you remember the time he is talking about....

The shit he is talking about started during the 80's and has gotten worse every year...

When he came up this bullshit wasn't going on......When he came up even the thuggest thugs on the block showed respect to their elders on their blocks .

This shit wasn't going on when he was talking about.
 
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