Sunday, May 21, 2017

Change Has Gotta' Come...



NAACP President Cornell William Brooks was ousted; vote of no confidence. This surprised me. I cannot speak much on it with any specificity because I don't follow NAACP that closely. But history and my gut tells me that it was probably not a good move. NAACP usually gets rid of folks making a difference or seeking to implement change and keeps those who "kiss the way TOO MANY rings" and who preserve status quo.

Former Presidents Ben Jealous & Bruce Gordon immediately come to mind. I remember being excited by the potential of both their leadership. More recently Ben Jealous who resigned, was unquestionably overshadowed and/or expected to share his limelight/leadership with CEO Roslyn Brock. This seemed awkward and to an outsider, made no sense. The face of NAACP leadership was cloudy, murky, unclear. The same was true of Bruce Gordon's presidency. He resigned in what seemed similar frustration of being forced to share his leadership responsibilities with "too many chiefs". It was following his resignation that I first recall hearing of NAACP having a really humongous and difficult to manage board of directors that was criticized for interfering and impeding Mr. Gordon's attempts to make progress and advance the organization. I do not presume to have the facts in either of these cases but I have no doubt that push back from the old guard and their resistance to change is what drove two very genuine and committed men out of what should be a stellar, revered and leading civil rights organization. It is also what earned them a vote of no confidence and fleeing by much of what was an established and solid membership. Have they done it again? I don't know but certainly I hope not...

I was President of a local chapter. It was not easy... Not at all... That they have been perceived as out of touch and less relevant is not new news to the NAACP. Reportedly under President Brooks' leadership and undoubtedly because of radical changes in our government, membership has flourished for the NAACP and many other civil rights and/or social justice organizations; an increase of 87% in membership reinforced by an upsurge in donations of 200%. Let's see what they do with it.

While the NAACP has certainly earned it's rightful place in history as a dominant and leading civil rights organization, somehow they got stuck on taking their status. They began taking their supporters for granted and seemingly instead began yielding and became beholden to the influence of corporate sponsors. They stopped fighting to maintain their position as the leader of a movement. They stopped earning and staking their claim. I want to see them do well so I sincerely hope that the organization as a whole does some serious self assessment before moving on to select a new "leader". They have to commit to truly get out of their own way and genuinely support whoever they put in place to lead the organization into a new day, in a new way, and with a new voice...

That being said, I recently renewed my membership BECAUSE I want them to succeed and BECAUSE I DO respect their legacy, what they have done and where they have brought us as a nation. MAJOR, MAJOR props! I KNOW upon whose shoulders I stand. While I am hopeful they will find their way, in my heart I feel distanced and estranged from the image and philosophy they project. But still and always I remain respectful of their work and hopeful for their future. I am thankful for the NAACP and sincerely hope that in the spirit of that soulful hit song by the legendary, talented, late and great Sam Cooke, I sincerely hope they realize and truly embrace that
Change Has 'Gotta' Come, oh yes it does...

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Be The Flower...



As yet another Mother’s Day approaches I am reflective and thankful for my Mother. Thirty Mother's days without her and still I am filled with happy thoughts and fond memories of having had a Mother the likes of which some may never know. My Mother was my best friend, my confidant, she was my world... She encouraged me to be independent, to trust my intuition and to believe in myself. When times were tough my Mother taught me to appreciate the small things in life. She taught me that the glass was not half empty; but half full. It comforts me to know that when my Mother’s earthly journey ended, she was confident of my undying and unconditional love for her.


Familial relationships can be challenging, and I am by no means one to judge or to tell others how to manage them. Each of us has to do that which serves us best in our relationships with others, including family. On this Mother’s Day I remind you that if you are blessed to have a Mother who loves, cherishes and has sacrificed for you, do your damnedest to reciprocate...

Shower your Mother with petals of love and affection all the days of her life. Don’t wait for Mother’s day to give her roses. Make certain that when her journey ends and you give her flowers for but another reason, let only happy memories guide your grief. Leave no room for sorrow or guilt about what you coulda', shoulda' or woulda' done or said to or for her. Be the consistent and ever blossoming flower in your Mom's bouquet on this day and everyday you are blessed to have her... 

Happy Mother's Day Folks!







Sunday, April 30, 2017

Strong Black Men Are Real...



Got really disturbing news recently that someone I thought a really upstanding, proud, committed and strong young Black man to be loved and celebrated by our village literally just walked away from his responsibility, his Family, his honor and TWO young Sons he brought into the world. Just like that! What makes him think he has that luxury? I really want to know.

I reminded his young wife, who is as beautiful and kind as they come, that she is a solid Black woman who hails from solid stock and is firmly rooted in strong Black womanhood, that will sustain and carry her no matter how turbulent and rocky the storm, she WILL survive... I have COMPLETE confidence that although her dream shattered, her heart broke, she WILL land firmly on her feet! I assured her that like my Mother and far too many before her, she AND her two young Black Sons, will be just fine!

But come on my Brothas', Black Women are tired of being, having to prove that we are, super women. We hurt too... We just want to be women who are loved, cherished, adored, protected, respected as do all other women. We want, no we need, you to step up, not to be super, just to be men. You are not allowed to run and continue to present yourself in the world as upstanding and respectable when the the back drop is that when the going got rough and you CHOSE to abandon YOUR children, ESPECIALLY YOUR SONS. No longer can you, without responsibility nor accountability, sit back scratching your head, blaming their Mamas, the White man and anyone else who is convenient when OUR sons (and daughters for that matter) don't thrive, never get over your rejection, join a gang just to belong or to "learn how to be a man", become a statistic, follow your lead and abandon their responsibilities too! You're just not allowed... It is YOUR DUTY to break the cycle. Sistahs are tired! Good Brothas', we need you to take on the task of putting OUR bad Brothas in check! It is not our job. Handle your business!

And where is the village that produced this young man? Are the women demanding that he respect the Black Woman who he claimed to love and who bore his children? Are the men demanding that he step up and be the strong Black man they raised and exampled for him to be? I don't know but I do know that if ever the village needs to be real and present, it is now...

This is not an anti-Black man rant. Writing is just what I do and quite frankly I am tired of singing, hearing the same ole' song. We need a new song, new lyrics, written and sung by our Brothas. The young man I speak of here is an aspiring professional who is already well on his way, an HBCU grad, comes from an intact Family. He KNOWS better! The expectations were high. His wife, who I adore, is crushed and surely are his young toddler Sons who have not seen their "daddy" in three months! I HOPE he is reading this. Get over yourself young man! You made grown man choices. Now act like a grown man and handle your responsibilities and stop behaving like the overly indulged, spoiled baby boy child of the Family that you obviously are. It is NO LONGER about YOU. Really it isn't...


Friday, April 7, 2017

After the Strike...



There is no supporting trump's air strike of Syria. To do so would endorse and/or set precedent for his acting as a DICKtraitor. He ignored protocol and consulted with no one; not Congress, not our Allies and one must wonder if even with our Intelligence agencies. We must be careful not to inadvertently legitimize trump's efforts to be KING of America.

donald trump is a "person" of
questionable integrity,
questionable allegiance,
questionable loyalty,
ZERO compassion,
questionable character,
questionable intelligence,
questionable motive.

I do not trust ANYthing he does nor ANYone with whom he surrounds himself.

IF I had a draft aged child, I would channel the spirit of Muhammad Ali. I would rather put money on his or her books for commissary in prison than flowers on his grave for fighting some contrived war started by trump
- to show that his balls are bigger than some other world leader,
- to give a jolt to his approval rating, therefore his ego,
- so that he and his rich cronies, who DODGED THE DRAFT, and who will NOT send their kids off to fight, can get richer on the backs and deaths of the poor who they will dupe into believing they are defending the country for some patriotic good,
- to convince the nut jobs who voted for him that he is making America Great Again!

I would rather visit my kid in prison!!!

I do not like trump and I trust him and his motives even less. There is likely nothing he can do to make me believe that only days after declaring that they should fend for themselves, that miraculously, overnight, he gives a damn about their suffering or being tortured and killed, chemically or otherwise. These are the same people who still he refuses entry, thereby refuge, in the US.

NOT drinking his Kool-aid. NOT being distracted from issues at home regarding him, MOST members of his administration, their lies and their ties with putin and Russia who I would not be one bit surprised to learn colluded with trump in this show of force. We have been so duped by this ruthless and dangerous egomaniac until I don't put anything past him.

I believe him to be a traitor.
I believe his ultimate goal is to overthrow our government as we know it, as is defined by law to include the Constitution, the supreme law of the land.
I believe to support or legitimize him in ANY way is to be complicit in a coup of America...
I detest him...

Now what for the Syrian people? If only they could believe the US was REALLY concerned for their safety and had their best interest at heart. trump does not...

Stay Woke Folks! Don't be distracted. Don't stop resisting...

#RESIST

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Desperate, Dangerous & Delusional!!!

trump is showing just how DESPERATE, DANGEROUS and DELUSIONAL (DD&D) he is. So now POTUS, the real one, President Obama "wiretapped" trump towers??? SMH... trump is a KNOWN liar and ONLY a real DUMMY cannot see that he is throwing distraction into the atmosphere to deflect from the REAL issue at hand; that HE, HIS staff, family and colleagues were/are in bed with Russia, a KNOWN enemy of the US that this jerk wants to normalize as much as the repugs want to normalize him. Get him out of office. ASAP! The damage he is capable of is unimaginable and sadly maybe even irreversible...
   



CLEARLY trump watched RACHEL MADDOW last night and listened as she educated her audience on how it came to be that the Flynn transcripts leading to his demise even materialized. While American Intelligence agencies can legally listen in on conversations between foreign dignitaries/agents, once an American comes on the line, they are supposed to disconnect UNLESS there is a warrant and that person or his office is under investigation. It is called a FISA warrant and apparently is very secretive and hard to get. Perhaps, just perhaps, the Obama administration, committed to protecting the US from threat or harm, domestic or international, rightfully convinced some court that there was grounds for a FISA warrant involving trump and/or one of his cronies, thus the recording, thus the transcript! Have not the repugs used in their defense of Russian interference in US elections, criticism that President Obama knew about the interference and did nothing? Well maybe, just maybe he did and IF he did, TOUCHE' & THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT for taking such brave steps to protect us!!! 

It is no question that trump was/is in bed with putin. There is NO question that putin IS an enemy. Certainly trump has given us good reason to suspect him of treason and a planned coup of our government, at the least...

CLEARLY the orange wizard watched Rachel Maddow last night and is now sending his early morning tweets to do damage control, to deflect the spotlight from his own malfeasance and to throw talking points to the morons who follow him. I fully expect to hear versions of his comments reverberated ad nauseam throughout the day and on the Sunday morning circus, I mean Sunday morning talk circuit; especially FAUX "news". His tweets also suggest that he wants to see President Obama in court. Somehow I doubt that. He would be forced through subpoenas to reveal the hand he has so desperately tried to hide. If this is the doing of President Obama, he is brilliant and once again, the walking ego occupying the white house took the bait! JOB WELL DONE SIR!  





Forget the popcorn, Pass the gin and I don't drink! This guy is not only messy but an international embarrassment of monumental proportions. Get him out of office IMMEDIATELY!!!

He is DD&D!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rejecting The Orange Elephant...




Yesterday evening I watched on CSPAN-3 a rebroadcast of Monday's debate held by UK parliament regarding rescission of an invitation for a state visit extended to trump; the so called PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! Such a debate is about as "UNPRESIDENTED" as trump himself... Thankfully they voted to reject any semblance of embracing or giving any impression of approval or acceptance of the bigotry, hate and ignorance promoted by mr. trump While the state visit was upheld, parliament rejected him speaking to their body. Good For Them! 
 
So how embarrassing is it that any government, certainly a friendly government, is so disgusted by the PIG in the white house that this discussion was even necessary? What is wrong with that picture? How long will the American people tolerate a suspected traitor in the white house? How long will we deny the obvious and allow one to "lead" us who is an international embarrassment and who clearly does not have our nation's best interests at heart?

That our allies question, judge, mistrust, make mockery of American "leadership" IS the biggest of the elephants in the republican living room. They are in charge. They fed the beast as their ONLY means to recapturing the throne. How long will they continue to feed him and put the entire of us at risk? When and how will they deal with the orange one masquerading himself as a red elephant?

America is undeniably under a coup attack from within, undeniably with help from or masterminded by Russia. The state of America and our national security is in unquestionable jeopardy. A real, dangerous, very scary, creepy and mentally deranged subhuman occupies the white house. Most of America is astounded as is the rest of the world. Thank you GB for exercising sound judgment and denying him royal treatment while in your country. Royal he is not... Thank you for standing in resistance with MOST of America!






Footnote: Higginbotham is a British name. The Brits made me proud in their decision to reject trump! Their thinking is in line with The 96%!, Black women in America who also rejected trump! Proud to be in both numbers!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO! SEE THE MOVIE...


GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

I am happy to say that I saw this movie last night at Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem. EVERY seat in the theater was filled; all ages, mixed races. The audience was quiet and attentive, cheering and applauding as appropriate, definitely educated and hung around in groups discussing the movie after it was over. A new generation met James Baldwin and learned that what he spoke so many years ago still applies today.

I HIGHLY recommend seeing this film.
I HIGHLY recommend that you take someone from another generation with you.
I HIGHLY recommend white folks, especially republicans, see, contemplate AND discuss this movie...

To Black folks, try not to become despondent and less encouraged to keep up the good fight against the trump administration. You will be overwhelmed by a sense that we are spinning our wheels or merely treading water in terms of our struggle but don't be disillusioned. So much of the history in the film, still speaks to us today...

DO check it out during this opening weekend if you can. And certainly, Let's Talk About It...

Supporting Black History 365!!!