Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reflections on Debate; Round One!




Hillary remained cool, calm and collected and allowed trump to show/be the ass he is...

Her coolness forced him to damn near choke on his tongue. He wanted so bad to have her engage in his ignorance with him but she refused. She allowed him to ramble, at one point she asked us to listen to what we had just heard. He is such an ass, she didn't even have to go after him. He tripped over his own words...

She invoked Michelle Obama's speech which subtly reminded us of his wife stealing the First Lady's speech when she quoted that when they go low, the Dems stay high. Most times I criticize them for it but tonight it worked!

His water became his pacifier. Every time he wanted to go off, he sipped on that water. He had to restrain himself . rubio should send him a case of water as he did rubio after his gaffe with water...

Why would he bring up temperament? BAD Move!!! The audience even laughed...

She got him to concede that he hasn't paid taxes! Not to mention her 3 points on why he won't produce his taxes; he's a fraud who exaggerates his wealth, who has not paid taxes, who does not give to charities, who is indebted to banks and foreign entities and who is quite possibly a security risk...

She showed him to be a racist; 1973 Housing discrimination, stop and frisk

She showed him to be a sexist reminding him/us that he has called women pigs, slobs and dogs. He was foolish enough to bring up Rosie O'Donnell. Hillary reminded him of Alicia Machado, the beauty queen who has since become a citizen and who she reminded votes! Translation; she's a woman who votes who you insulted, women vote. She's a Latina, Latinos vote! And not for trump!

trump really put his foot in it when he taunted that she stayed home while he campaigned. She concurred that she did in fact stay home preparing for the debate, unlike him... She cold cocked him when she added that similarly she has been preparing to be President inferring that he is not! POW!!!

She did a rope a dope on him that was so good, Ali was cheering her on from Heaven!!! Easy to rope a dope when the subject really is a DOPE!

She did a good job! The yahoos are gonna vote for him no matter what. Those on the fence could not have been impressed with him. Hope they came to the side of the blue woman in the red suit!

She showed up decked out in republican red, throwing their colors in their face! She let them know that she was there to kick some republican ass!!! Mission accomplished! trump said she did not look the part, I beg to differ. She looked well rested and very prepared. She exuded absolute confidence and measured pride making her power statement in her red suit!

trump could never have been prepared for this or any other debate. One cannot learn in a few weeks, not even in a few years, that which he refused to learn or pay attention to over decades. That is what is so important to remember at the polls. While politics may be calling for a non traditional and novice candidate, being well read, literate, abreast of at least basic domestic and international issues coupled with a solid understanding of foreign affairs, is NON-negotiable. Campaigning to the unthinking who are not concerned about his incompetence is probably a better use of his time. He cannot play catch up in just a few weeks... 

GOOD JOB on Round One HILLARY! Now let's do our part, VOTE, as Hillary said, like our future depends on it because it does!!!


Monday, August 29, 2016

Peaceful Protest...




For all who would silence or condemn 49er Colin Kaepernick for sitting out the national anthem at a recent football game, remember our Brothas at the 1968 Olympics, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. They told them that the time and place they chose to exercise their first amendment right to peaceful protest was 'inappropriate" too. FORTY EIGHT years ago they protested to bring attention to the same issue, the state of Blacks in America. So tell me, when is the "appropriate" time and what is the "appropriate" manner to raise or bring attention to this very relevant matter? 

I await your response...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Question of Timing & Birth of a Nation

Harry Belafonte questioning the timing of the controversy surrounding the imminent release of Nate Parker's film, Birth of a Nation.

"And is this going to be the price that young black women and men pay for making films of substance?" he continued. "Are they going to dig in and get dirt instead of fruit? What are we doing here? And where is the voice that defends him if he in fact is worthy of defending?"


Once again, Harry Belafonte is right. This is a story that many don't want told. Nat Turner, a Black man enslaved by brute force and held captive by barbaric practices, dared to revolt and God forbid, killed a handful of those who killed, maimed, raped and forced into perpetual and brutal servitude MILLIONS of his people for a few hundred years. How dare he kill those "good, God fearing and loving white people". How dare he!

Nat Turner led a revolt in what is now known as the tidewater area in the state of Virginia in 1831. Eventually he was captured and made out to be a mad man, "lucifer" in the flesh. Slaves like Nat Turner who dared to revolt against their white captors were subjected to extreme and very public cruelty so to send an unambiguous message of fear and intimidation and to control the minds, break the spirit and deter the will of other enslaved persons who might also attempt similar brave and rebellious acts against their captors; persons for whom they prepared meals (why didn't they poison them or otherwise taint their food?), persons who tended to, hell raised, their children who would later also brutalize and enslave their nannies from whose very breast they fed (Did you see The Help?) and their playmates. They too would come to dehumanize their pseudo parents (I ask again, did you see The Help?) as did their barbaric birth parents. What other posture could they take and still live with themselves? It was about justification of their very survival, a survival dependent upon adaptation of very real and tortuous lifestyle. A lifestyle dependent upon cruelty and inhumanity surpassed by none. The stain of slavery in America remains one her greatest sins. MILLIONS of innocent Black men, women and children were brutalized, dehumanized and tortured - for centuries, by several generations! Marinate on that...  The truth of that story must never be told. No, not ever...  

Despite their own cruelty, to his captors, persons like Nat had to be sought out and demonized for their acts of bravery and heroism. Their stories must never be told as such. Never should Nats of the world ever be glorified for killing and maiming "good and loving" white folks who saved those "good for nothing, less than human and ungrateful" Africans from a life of savagery.

This remains the story of those who continue to feed the confederacy, those who still uphold and want to control the brush that will paint the picture of how their forefathers are depicted and characterized in history, those who don't want to be forced to take stock of the reality of the source of their bigotry nor the origins of their wealth, those who want never that Black Americans take pride in and know our history. There remain those with hate in their hearts. They are still among us, even running for the highest office in the land... IJS Folks...

WE, too however, are still among us, those who claim to be progressive, those who seek and/or know the truth. WE must control our narrative and how we are depicted. From all references, Nate Parker did a fantastic job with this movie and that is why WE must go to the theater en mass to support this film...

We should not only go see Birth of a Nation but we should also conduct field trips and sponsor youth events to take as many young people as possible with us to see the film, Black and White, then lead constructive discussions with them. Don't forget the gang bangers. Knowing our history is powerful and will shape our behavior. Read folks...

Nat of course was hanged but what I did not know until educating myself about his life is that his body parts were severed and given to angry and mad white folks to have as souvenirs. His fingers and toes were jarred like pickles. His skin was used to make purses. His hanging was surely a day of picnic and glee. Other enslaved Black folks were forced to witness. What kind of people are capable of such brutality you ask? Those whose offspring still live and breathe and who don't want you to see this film. They want that you always remember that other film about the birth of the[ir] nation...

Some have no remorse for what their ancestors did, others are filled with shame, many enjoy the blissful state of denial or prefer to forever remain un or misinformed, and then there are those with a vested interest in continuing to shape the minds of the living about the uselessness of Black folks and the justification of the deeds of their elders, their kin. Such people want never that we celebrate or glorify the likes of Nat and others who led revolts against their ancestors who kidnapped, raped, maimed and brutalized other human beings for centuries...

Remember WHY dylan roof chose that specific church to kill innocent worshipers in Charleston. Somebody taught him, but not Black children, the story of Denmark Vesey who was painted not as the hero he should be regarded, but instead as a horrible person who dared to kill white folks who trusted and believed him and even let him buy his "freedom"... How dare he...

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This film is not about Nate Parker 1999 but IS about Nat Turner 1831. STOP allowing yourself and OUR story to remain untold. Don't support that our history is silenced, derailed, untold, distorted or co-opted. No matter his youthful indiscretions, cuz' that is what Nate's transgressions would be if he was of a different hue, look around you folks, just last week a young white male college student, as was Nate in 1999, was basically exonerated for raping not one, but two unconscious women. Where is the outrage? Who is demanding that this judge and others like him be forever discredited or removed from the bench, denied their livelihood? Twenty years later will they be scrutinized? Will this young man still be held accountable for his "youthful indiscretions"? Doubtful... It will be but a blur, if a buzz... And who by the way ever called for a boycott of woody allen or roman polanski movies? Come on folks... Stop feeding the double standard used to keep us blind, obedient and in check. Instead control the double standard...

And let us not overlook the relevance of Nate being found innocent of raping a white woman by a white jury... That is just as amazing in 1999 as it would be in 2016. IJS... So don't get it twisted folks. Support Birth of a Nation. Control your own mind. Don't submit to being hoodwinked, bamboozled or brainwashed. We have moved beyond that. Haven't we? Question the timing of Nate's past coming back to haunt him. Ask yourself why and then get on the bus folks and go see the movie!!!

Thanks Harry for bringing it home. You are still a fearless and vocal elder and for you, I remain grateful!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Little Bit of Flavor...

Annie Lee


I am in African braiding hair salon. Goodbye Afro. The shop is shared with a Latin barber shop. Spanish music is playing in the background. The Muslim women kneel in separate corners in prayer. Other women are selling clothes, make up & food. A Brotha' came in selling earrings, another toothpaste. LOL! An Asian woman came in trying to sell Black people bootleg DVDs. Go figure. A lot going on in here...


The African women are loud and spirited, as are Black American women when we gather. They are however, seemingly more animated. They laugh heartily, talk all at once and very loud. Their language is foreign. Their spirit is familiar...

Uh oh, a Black American Sistah is going off because her braids, which are BEAUTIFUL, don't "look like the picture". I understood that. LOL! My African Sistahs however are holding their own, defending their Sister and her intricate corn row work. It looks like art work. It really does. I want to defend her too but I dare not! Staying in my lane! LOL!

4.5 hours later & voila, I am done! The joint is quiet. Most have left. Two customers remain, the now pleased Black American woman who admits that she will return and a young Latina woman who has never had braids before. Her scalp is killing her, she wonders how she will sleep tonight and tells me she has to report to work at Nordstrom Rack at 5am. Lord, she didn't say Nordstrom Rack? My weakness. I need not know that there is one here... I tell her sleep won't come easy tonight but assure her that she will be fine in a day or so...

Back into the Harlem streets. Wish I could find in this "city that never sleeps", somewhere to get a pedicure and eyebrow wax at 11pm. Not likely... I might walk home but as it is a little late, I'd better bus it...

Goodnight Folks!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Lift Every Voice!!!

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thomas blanton, convicted murderer of Four Little Black Girls in Birmingham is scheduled for a parole  (click to read story) hearing on this Wednesday, August 3, 2016. It is our responsibility to loudly object to his being released. His reckless disregard resulted in murder of  innocent children. He should die in prison... We must stand strong and vocal in our opposition of his release. Please take a moment to contact the Alabama State Parole Board and let them know. 
CALL TO ACTION:
We must join the Alabama NAACP and others and express our displeasure.
Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street, Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: 334.353.7771 - 334.353.8067
Fax: 334.353.9400
General Information: questions@paroles.alabama.gov
Victim Services: Victim.Services@paroles.alabama.gov
The Chairman of the Parole Board, Cliff Walker, is a Black Man. Give him the tools he needs to be encouraged to do the right thing and  deny this inmate'e release.  "... he has never accepted responsibility for the bombing or expressed any remorse..."  Let's respond in  kind.  Call, Email, Write! Do Something  to Lift Your Voice & Be Heard!!! 

Hearing Scheduled for Wednesday, August 3, 2016
BLANTON, THOMAS EDWIN JR   216691   08/03/2016

EXCERPT:
The president of the Alabama NAACP, Bernard Simelton, said releasing Blanton at a time when protests are occurring nationwide over police killings of black people would send a horrible message. NAACP chapters statewide are sending letters in opposition to Blanton’s release, and the Birmingham chapter is sending a busload of people to oppose parole, he said. 


Densie McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson

Be sure to do your part. Keep him incarcerated for their sake. 
Take Action! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What A First Lady!!! She Nailed It!!!

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Oh did you see our First Lady last night? They don't come more elegant, intelligent, proud, classy, unapologetic and confident than her!!!! Gotta' Love Her!!! Even Morning Joe, a staunch republican, is gushing over her speech this morning. trump has talked smack about everyone even he knows not to go after the First Lady! That's a testament to how she has carried herself, representing us proudly and to just how loved she is... BLACK GIRLS REALLY DO ROCK!!!


Mrs. Obama and the President and hopefully our First Daughters will pull out ALL the stops campaigning for this election because not only are we in a fight for ‪THE SOUL OF THE NATION‬, this is also a fight to preserve the[ir] president's legacy... I have faith that the American people will do the right thing.


Like Hillary or not, trump is NOT an option. He must NOT ever reside in the house that Slaves built! It would be a slap in the face not only to the honor of Slaves, but to the Obamas, to the nation and to the world. Eight years ago, America took several steps forward. We will not become an international laughing stock and take 100 steps backward. We will not allow the travesty of trump to become a reality. We must win!!!


Come on People. Get Registered or verify your registration NOW, not in October when it is too late to address errors. Get involved with your local campaign. Get out the vote!!!


GREAT start to what looks like a GREAT convention. Go Dems!!!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

In the Midst of the Noise...

I awake this morning in the midst of all the noise having ended one day losing a very dear Friend of almost 40 years and greeting another day preparing to say farewell to a very dear and loved one...

I awake this morning in the midst of all the noise looking for solace, peace and an understanding...

I awake this morning in the midst of all the noise of crazy politics, inexplicable and heart breaking killings, a disruption in world peace as we know it

I awake this morning in the midst of madness thankful for a better appreciation of what truly is important...

I awake this morning clinging on to life and wanting very much, at least for the moment, for the noise to just stop...

  

 












Love you Otis! Love you Clyde! Gonna miss you both like you will never know. Thanks for the love. Thanks for the memories! Happy that at least your noise has stopped...