Mar 31, 2008

I am a supporter of Barack Obama because I believe he is the right person to lead the United States at this time. He offers a rare opportunity for the country and the world to do better. It is a deep sadness to me that many of my feminist white women friends cannot see him, cannot hear the fresh choices toward movement he offers. That they can believe that millions of Americans choose Obama over Clinton only because he is a man, and black, feels tragic to me.

When I have supported white people, it was because I thought them the best to do the job. If Obama were in any sense mediocre, he would be forgotten by now. He is, in fact, a remarkable human being, not perfect but humanly stunning, like King was and like Mandela is. He is the change America has been trying desperately and for centuries to hide, ignore, kill. The change it must have if we are to convince the rest of the world that we care about people other than our (white) selves.

True to my inner goddess of the three directions, however, this does not mean I agree with everything Obama stands for. We differ on important points, probably because I am older; I am a woman and person of three colours (African, Native American, European); I was raised in the south; and, when I look at the world after 64 years of life, there is not one person I wish to see suffer.

I want a grown-up attitude to Cuba, for instance, a country and people I love. I want an end to the war immediately, and I want the soldiers to be encouraged to destroy their weapons and drive themselves out of Iraq. I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behaviour to the Palestinians, and I want the people of the US to cease acting as if they don't understand what is going on. But most of all I want someone with the confidence to talk to anyone, "enemy" or "friend", and this Obama has shown he can do.

It is hard to relate what it feels like to see Mrs Clinton (I wish she felt self-assured enough to use her own name) referred to as "a woman" while Barack Obama is always referred to as "a black man". One would think she is just any woman, but she is not. She carries all the history of white womanhood in the US in her person; it would be a miracle if we, and the world, did not react to this fact. How dishonest it is, to try to make her innocent of her racial inheritance.

I can easily imagine Obama sitting down and talking to any leader - or any person - in the world, with no baggage of past servitude or race supremacy to mar their talks. I cannot see the same scenario with Clinton, who would drag into 21st-century US leadership the same image of white privilege and distance from others' lives that has so marred the country's contacts with the rest of the world. But because Clinton is a woman and may be very good at what she does, many people (some in my own family) originally favoured her. I understand this, almost. It is because there is little memory, apparently, of the foundational inequities that still plague people of colour and poor whites. (Source)
Know the Truth
Dear Player,

Q. Do men believe that withholding the truth is the same as lying or are they equally deceptive? And if so, why do they feel the need to basically volunteer lies? I am confused as to why in the beginning of a friendship men feel the need to lie or just withhold information about their involvement with other women. If we both agreed to be friends and with that be completely honest, why is it that they feel you can't handle knowing there are other women. Not that I expect him to give a play by play or rattle off every woman or friend he talks to or is involved with but if somehow it comes up just be honest. If you can't hang because you have another honest. Don't lie or just don't answer all night when we normally talk constantly and act as if I wouldn't notice you are acting differently. Men seem to feel that if they just don't talk about the other women that we wouldn't know which is still deceptive. It gives a false perception of the friendship and where it is going. Let me know the whole situation so that I can have a realistic view of what this is. If we are just friends why would he think I can't handle knowing the full truth.?

A. Dear Know the Truth

There’s an old saying that 'we' men live and die by and it goes something like this: “What she doesn’t know won’t hurt her.” Sounds to me, like you guys need to go back and re-evaluate this friendship. Obviously, for some reason your friend doesn’t think you can handle the truth. My question to you is: If you and this young man are indeed JUST friends why are you so broken up about why he’s lying about other women? My point is, I think you really like this guy more than you are admitting. In your writing, you make a comment that’s suspect to me: “friendship and where it is going.” What do you mean by where it’s going? Hell, I thought you guys were just friends! Look, I personally think, you gave up the COOKIES and thought you could handle just being friends with ya boy. It never works that way (especially if it’s good). Understand this, if you slept with this man, he has the best of both worlds. Consequently, because of a man’s greed for a woman's affection, he’s going to ride it out as long as he can. All the signs are there you just choose to ignore them. Baby girl, all I can tell you is if one of your female "friends" got caught lying to you would you be this upset? So maybe in your eyes you guys are more than just friends. I think the real reason you are upset is because you want more from this man.

-The Player

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know why this case didn't receive the attention of Laci Peterson and other similiar cases.

WALKER COUNTY, Texas -- A missing pregnant woman has been found dead nearly 60 miles from where she was last seen alive, deputies told KPRC Local 2 Monday.

Walker County sheriff's deputies said Tierra Lechall Adams' body was discovered about a half-mile east of Interstate 45 near Pinedale Road near Huntsville, Texas, on Wednesday.

Huntsville, Texas, is about an hour north of Houston. The city is home to Sam Houston State University and the unit where Texas executes death row inmates.

Adams, 25, was last seen on Jan. 28. She was expected to give birth to a baby girl on Valentine's Day.

Investigators have not said if Adams was still pregnant when she was found.

Deputies said that clothing and tattoos on the body led to her identification. The cause of her death is under investigation, officials said.

Rose Adams-Itive, Adams' mother, said her daughter's boyfriend, Neriah Roberts, told her that the two got into an argument after he caught Adams smoking in his house and he dropped her off in the 12200 block of North Houston Rosslyn Road near State Highway 249 at 1 a.m. on Jan. 29.

Houston police said Roberts gave them an initial statement but refused to cooperate with the investigation. (Source)

R&B artist Sean Levert reportedly was found dead in a Cleveland, Ohio, jail over the weekend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Levert was being held for allegedly failing to pay about $80,000 in child support.

Levert, 39, was the son of O'Jays lead singer Eddie Levert and a member of the R&B group LeVert with his late brother Gerald Levert and Marc Gordon. Gerald Levert died Nov. 10, 2006.

In addition to his music career, Sean Levert also acted occasionally, appearing in the movies "Dope Case Pending" (2000) and "New Jack City" (1991). (Source)

Holly and Rodney Peete w/ children

Will Smith w/ Jaden and Willow

Tracey Edmonds w/ son

Akon w/ sons
Here is Nia Long with her son and the Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. I have always admired Nia's understated elegance. She looks fabulous as usual.

Mar 29, 2008

Mar 28, 2008

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I know, I know...I'm an Obama groupie what can I say!!! I hope you enjoy the videos.

Videos courtesy of Priscilla's Musings
"Black Americans were a founding population," she said. "Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That's not a very pretty reality of our founding."

As a result, Miss Rice told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, "descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that."

"That particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for who we are today," she said.

Read the rest of what she had to say here.

Mar 27, 2008

This is my favorite song off of Keyshia Cole's album 'Just Like You'. This is a very beautiful video. The video was shot in Hawaii and it is based on the poem "Footprints in the Sand".

PHILADELPHIA - A federal appeals court on Thursday said former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal cannot be executed for murdering a Philadelphia police officer without a new penalty hearing.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Abu-Jamal's conviction, but said he should get a new sentencing hearing because of flawed jury instructions. If prosecutors don't want to give him a new death penalty hearing, Abu-Jamal would be sentenced automatically to life in prison. (Source)

ATLANTA - Rapper T.I. was expected to plead guilty Thursday to federal weapons charges and will face prison time, according to two people familiar with his case.

The 27-year-old singer, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was expected to be sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service talking to youth groups around the country, followed by about 12 months in prison, according to two people familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plea deal had not been finalized yet Thursday morning.

His prison time could be increased or reduced, depending on his fulfillment of the terms of the deal and good behavior, the two people familiar with the negotiations said. His talks to youth groups are supposed to be about the pitfalls of guns, gangs and drugs. (Source)

Look like Mr. Harris had some pretty good attorneys working on his behalf. To go from 10 years to 12 months is what I would call "beating the system." He came off great with this one. I just hope he learns a lesson and stay out of trouble and make his money.
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America's history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another's truth.

Dean J. Snyder, Senior Minister
Foundry United Methodist Church
March 19, 2008 (source)

Mar 26, 2008

There really must be something to this Leap Year stuff because I swear everybody and their mama is coming up pregnant. The latest star to get a visit from the stork is none other than Ms. Laila Ali. The 30 year reported to Essence that she and her husband, retired NFL player Curtis Conway, expect the child in the fall. Congratualtions to them both.

Mar 25, 2008

Boy, just when you thought corporate greed couldn't sink any lower; Wal-Mart goes and proves you wrong. The corporate giant is suing Debbie Shank to recoup money they spent on her through her medical expenses. Shank was injured in a car accident eight years ago. The accident left her brain damaged and bound to a wheel-chair. Her family also had to place her in a nursing home.

What makes this story even more tragic is the fact that the Shanks lost their 18 year old son, Jeremy, in the Iraq War.

Eight years ago, Shank was stocking shelves for the retail giant and signed up for Wal-Mart's health and benefits plan.

Two years after the accident, Shank and her husband, Jim, were awarded about $1 million in a lawsuit against the trucking company involved in the crash. After legal fees were paid, $417,000 was placed in a trust to pay for Debbie Shank's long-term care.

Wal-Mart had paid out about $470,000 for Shank's medical expenses, but in 2005, Wal-Mart's health plan sued the Shanks for the same amount.

The Shanks didn't notice in the fine print of Wal-Mart's health plan policy that the company has the right to recoup medical expenses if an employee collects damages in a lawsuit. (Source)

Things just seem to keep getting worse for the 'Hip-Hop Mayor' of Detroit. Kwame Kilpatrick became the first sitting Detroit mayor to face criminal charges --- eight felony counts.

Although he is facing some stiff charges, the mayor has vowed that he will not resigned. He said that he expected "full and complete vindication" of the charges.

Kilpatrick along with his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, were both arraigned today. They each were released on personal bonds of $75,000, and preliminary examinations for each were set for June 9.

During Beatty's arraignment, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Moran raised a question about whether her lawyer, Mayer Morganroth of Southfield, has a conflict of interest because he also represents Kilpatrick and the city in a lawsuit over the death of stripper Tamara Greene, who was rumored to have danced at a rumored wild party at Manoogian mansion.

Where it all began

The charges stem from a Free Press investigation that showed Kilpatrick and Beatty lied last summer in a police whistle-blower trial when they denied having a sexual relationship, and gave misleading testimony about the firing of Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown.

On Jan. 23, the newspaper published excerpts from nearly 14,000 text messages from 2002 and 2003 that contradicted the pair's testimony. The text messages were sent and received on Beatty's paging device, which was leased by the city and paid for with city funds.

Monday afternoon, Kilpatrick and Beatty, arriving in separate vehicles, turned themselves in at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Westland to be booked on the charges. They were fingerprinted, their mug shots taken, and then released. The news media were kept far away. Both are expected back today for arraignment in Detroit's 36th District Court.

The charges against Kilpatrick are conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, two counts of misconduct in office and four counts of perjury. Beatty faces seven similar charges.

Perjury, the most serious, is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The conspiracy, obstruction and misconduct in office charges each carry penalties of up to 5 years in prison upon conviction. (Source)

Do you think Kwame Kilpatrick should resigned?

Mar 24, 2008

Dorothy Dixon ate what she could forage from the refrigerator upstairs, where housemates used her for target practice with BBs, burned her with a glue gun and doused her with scalding liquid that peeled away her skin.

They torched what few clothes she had, so she walked around naked. They often pummeled her with an aluminum bat or metal handle.

Dixon -- six months pregnant -- died after weeks of abuse. Police have charged two adults, three teenagers and a 12-year-old boy with murder in the case that has repulsed many in this Mississippi River town.

"This is heartbreaking," police Lt. David Hayes said. "It was almost as though they were making fun of the abuse they were administering. This woman was almost like living in a prison."

Investigators put much of the blame on Michelle Riley, 35, who they said befriended Dixon but pocketed monthly Social Security checks she got because of her developmental delays.

Dixon saw little, if any, of the money, Hayes said. For months she weathered the torment to keep a roof over her head and that of her year-old son, who weighed just 15 pounds when taken into state custody after his mom's death.

"I've never seen an almost conspiratorial effort by a group of people to continuously torture someone until she finally died, then not really show any remorse," Hayes said. "It was just a slow, torturous, tragic way to die. I highly doubt Dorothy Dixon even knew she was dying."

Riley, 43-year-old Judy Woods and three teenagers, including Riley's 15-year-old daughter, LeShelle McBride, are charged with first-degree murder, aggravated and heinous battery, intentional homicide of an unborn child, and unlawful restraint. Riley's 12-year-old son is charged as a juvenile. (Source)

Click here to read the story in it's entirety.

Boy, when it rains it pours, but in the case of Kwame Kilpatrick it seems to be a monsoon. CNN is reporting that the mayor and a former aide are being charged with perury and obstruction of justice.

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and an ex-aide have been charged with perjury and obstruction of justice after prosecutors said sexually explicit text messages between the two contradicted their sworn court testimony.

Kilpatrick, who is married, has been snarled in a well-publicized sex scandal since January after The Detroit Free Press reported he exchanged romantic text messages with his then-chief of staff, Christine Beatty.

The paper reported in January that in an analysis of nearly 14,000 text messages on Beatty's city-issued pager, it found some from 2002 and 2003 that indicated the two were having a romantic affair.

The newspaper report contradicted testimony Kilpatrick gave last August in a court case brought by police officers against the mayor and the city of Detroit alleging the mayor retaliated against the officers for their role in investigating his office. Critics alleged that Kilpatrick committed perjury in the case and called for his resignation.

In testimony during that case, Kilpatrick and Beatty both denied having a romantic relationship. Beatty resigned as Kilpatrick's chief of staff on January 28.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said she charged Kilpatrick and Beatty with multiple counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office in a 12-count indictment. The most serious charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Worthy also said others may be charged in the case. She asked Kilpatrick and Beatty to turn themselves in by Tuesday morning. (Source)
Q. From Sweet Lady:

Why is it that men have a problem being consistent? If you say you are going to do something why can’t you just do it? If you say you’re going to call, CALL. I don’t understand. It’s not rocket science. If you start off doing something in the beginning of the relationship why can’t you keep doing it? I just need consistency. Is that too much to ask for?

A. Wow... First, let me apologize for all the men who are guilty of this including myself. No, your not asking a lot unless it is Football season...LOL!!! Men have some bad habits that I truly believe is hard for us to let go of (much like women and shopping). The thing with a man calling when he is supposed to call (as you so eloquently put it) could have a lot to do with that brother's memory. Maybe he forgot to call. That is an honest mistake that a lot of people make. Why didn't you just call him and see what's going on? You never know what could have been going on with that man, but you allowed your pride to step in so you didn't call him. Now I'm not saying that every man's inconsistency can be blamed on memory lose sometimes it can be as simple as the man is not as into you as you are in him. Trust me if you are someone this brother is really feeling, he will make time for you and do all the things you think he should do. Now I have to ask whether or not you do the things for him that you were doing in the beginning of the relationship? Do you wear the same lingerie for him that you were wearing in the beginning? I know you are wondering why I am saying this, but really it is pretty simple (as you said 'It's not rocket science'). A relationship involves two people and those two people have to make compromises in order for the relationship to grow and prosper. The things that you did to attract that man is the same thing you need to do throughout the relationship just as he needs to do in order to keep you. If either one of you start doing something in the beginning you need to keep that up. But let's be real, a lot of things some men do in the beginning is so that they can get you and get you in their bed. We know that women are down for all the romantic stuff and that's why we do it. Some men won't admit this, but I'm going to put it out there. A lot stuff men do is to get you in bed point blank. You need to address this problem with your man and if he isn't willing to do anything to change it then get to stepping.

The Player

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Mar 23, 2008

There have been so man misconceptons of Trinity United Church of Christ that a member of the church decided to start a blog to enlighten the masses about the truth of his church. Please click here to enlighten yourself on this phenomenal church. Since the mainstream media will never issue you the complete truth it is your job to enlighten yourself to the untruths that are perpetuated by this society that we live in. Listen to Rev. Wright's sermon the Audacity to Hope (this is where Barack Obama got the title of his book from).

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Please check out the Trinity blog and become enlighten.

If you can't view youtube at work please click here to listen to the audio of Dr. Wright's sermon.

Mar 22, 2008

Aaliyah - The One I Gave My Heart To

Monica - Why I Love You So Much

Brandy - Have You Ever

Mar 21, 2008

Looks like the people over at Faux News are in disagreement over the coverage they have given the "typical white person" statement that was made by Sen. Obama. You have to watch the two videos below. This is better than Young and the Restless if you ask me. Victor Newman ain't got nothing on these guys when it comes to acting.

Chris Wallace chastises the crew of "Fox an Friends"
Roland Martin posted the fiery sermon performed by Rev. Jeremiah Wright on his blog for Essence. It's call "The Day of Jerusalem's Fall." This just proves how the media will take something out of context and try to destroy someone's good name. We all should be ashamed of ourselves for buying into the propaganda and allowing it to sully not one man's name but two. We and the media owe the Reverend an apology. His sermon was on point and very truthful. Please listen to it in it's entirety below.

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Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
My favorite actress finally got her just due and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now if only she can get that long elusive Academy Award that she so richly deserves..

Mar 20, 2008

(CNN) -- On three occasions since January, Sen. Barack Obama's passport file was looked at by three different contract workers, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

The contractors accessed information in the file in an unauthorized way, he said.

Two contractors were fired and one was disciplined by the contractor's company, McCormack said.

He said the contractors are not linked.

The State Department hires contractors to design, build and maintain their systems and help employees with searches. McCormack said two of the contractors in the Obama case were "low-level" personnel and the other was in a mid-level position with no management role.

The breach seems like "imprudent curiosity" among the contract workers, said McCormack, adding that senior management at the State Department was not aware of the incidents until Thursday afternoon. Breaches occurred January 9, February 21 and March 14.

Obama's campaign is asking for a complete investigation to find out who looked at Obama's passport file and why.

"This is an outrageous breach of security and privacy, even from an administration that has shown little regard for either over the last eight years," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton in a statement.

"Our government's duty is to protect the private information of the American people, not use it for political purposes."

The White House declined comment Thursday evening, just hours after the State Department upper management learned of the breach. (Source)
Anonymous wrote:

Q. .My best friend and I have been friends for years. I love her like a sister and she means the absolute world to me. She has been with her boyfriend for about three years. They seemed like the perfect couple, but recently when I went out with some of my other friends to a club I normally don’t frequent, I saw my friend’s man boo-ed (hugged) up with another woman. He didn’t see me, but I definitely saw him. I want to tell my friend so bad, but I know how this story ends. The woman always resents the friend. I don’t want to lose my friend, but I feel sick every time I see her with her man because I know what kind of dog he really is. So, should I tell my friend what I know about her man, or should I just mind my own business. I am so torn on this one. I hate being in this predicament.

A. Anonymous,

I pretty much know what it is you want to do. So, I’ll make this short and sweet. There’s an ole saying that I often hear “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” To be honest with you, your friend may end up resenting you. However, as a friend (a person who gives assistance; a patron; a supporter) it is your duty to let her know that her man is a DAWG. Put yourself in her situation……Need I say more. Depending how close you guys are I don’t see her resenting you, but then again; if this brother is putting it on her then you may be in trouble. Believe it or not there are certain levels of friendships we asscoiate with: Inner circle, Good Buddies, Significant others, and activity partners. From what it sounds to me, you and your friend have an inner circle friendship. Inner circle friendship, as understood, is a distinctively personal relationship that is grounded in a concern on the part of each friend for the welfare of the other for the other's sake and that involves some degree of intimacy. We all have that friend that we can confide and believe in no matter what. If this is the special bond that you guys have, then you're good. Remember, in the long run, when you are doing the right thing it doesn't matter what happens because in the end you can look yourself in the mirror knowing you did the right thing.


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Model Selita Ebanks looked absolutely adorable in her turquoise babydoll minidress at Kimora Lee Simmons new fragrance launch for Baby Phat Fabulosity at the Madison Room - New York Palace in New York on March 19, 2008.

Mar 19, 2008

New York, NY – The Stay Strong Foundation unveiled its plan to launch a national campaign entitled “Healing Starts With Us.” On the heels of Terrie M. Williams’ latest book, BLACK PAIN: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, emerges a powerful movement aimed to provide a support network that encourages open dialogue about emotional distress within the African American community.

The impetus of Williams’ book, which fuels the campaign, came in 2005 after she shared her own personal battle with depression in ESSENCE magazine. With over 10,000 letters from people relieved to speak about their pain for the first time, the urgency to educate, bring awareness and transform the lives of individuals who suffer through episodes of emotional distress became an urgent call to action.

There is a stigma of shame related to mental health issues in Black and Hispanic communities. “This taboo topic,” says Williams, “is linked to most street violence, drug/alcohol abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse as well as physical health problems such as obesity and heart disease. We’re afraid to talk to a therapist—we’re afraid to talk to each other and the silence is killing us. According to the World Health Organization Report on Mental Illness, by the year 2020, depression is projected to become the second largest killer in America behind heart disease. Ultimately this work helps us to recognize what depression looks, feels and sounds like and offers solutions.”

The event was hosted by Susan L. Taylor, founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement and editor emeritus of ESSENCE, and Geoffrey Canada, educator and founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone. Attendees include Academy Award® nominee Ruby Dee, John Amos, Mo’Nique, Terry McMillan, HBO’s The Wire co-stars Jamie Hector and Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Madeline McCray. Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington paid special tribute to Malcolm X. (Source)

To learn more about Healing Starts with Us please click here.

Yesterday, Sen. Obama did one of the most courageous things I have ever seen a politician do: he tackled the issue of race. His speech was both eloquent and thought provoking. He challenged us all to hold a mirror up to our own face and confront the prejudices that resides in all of us. He also touched on the fact that white people need to acknowledge that the racism black people scream about is real and not just a figment of their imagination. This was the part that really made me emotional. To hear someone voice that which has been in my heart for all my adult life was something, I have to admit, that made me cry. The songwriter wrote "We shall overcome someday...deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome one day." I have to admit that deep in my heart I didn't believe, but when I heard the words spoken by that brother I felt a glimmer of hope flicker in my very cynic heart.

So tell me do you think Obama's speech will begin a real dialogue in this country about race or will it be like everything else and get pushed aside?

Mar 18, 2008

"Black is the new President"
We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy.

Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation's original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least 20 more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.

Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution -- a Constitution that had at its very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.

Click here to read the rest of his magnificent speech. I will post a video as soon as possible.

Mar 17, 2008

As someone who proudly attended a Historically Black College & University (FAMU), I knew absolutely nothing of this story. It was through watching 'Black Magic' on ESPN that I first learned of the Orangeburg Massacre that took place on South Carolina State University's campus. Many know of Kent State, but very few know about what happened on that fateful night of Feb. 8, 1968 when three students were killed.

If you missed 'Black Magic' on ESPN I suggest you check your local listings and try to see when it is coming on again. You really missed a treat if you missed this documentary.

Please click here to learn more about the Orangeburg Massacre.


Did you know that in order to vote in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania you have to be registered as a Democrat by March 24th. Because Pennsylvania is a closed primary, registered independents and republicans cannot vote in the Democratic primary. Please pass the word to anyone that you may know that lives in the Keystone State.
Q. You meet a good woman who has her stuff together. You click with her and see yourself with her. She is not the typical woman that you would date based on her physical appearance but she has all of the qualities that you find in a good woman. Why can you not commit?? Men say they want a good woman but when one comes along, they just ignore her and keep on using that "Player's Card".

- A Damn Good Woman

A. First of all, I think you know why the brother won’t commit. Please understand this; we do want a good woman. However, a good woman includes being appealing to the eyes. We sometimes may not want to admit it, but it’s the truth! Let’s face it, it would be nice to be with someone you can say “DAMN MY BABY LOOKING GOOD” day in and day out. I'm not trying to take a way from your beauty because I’m sure you’re a beautiful individual, but if you’re not the typical individual he would date then you might wanna look else where. He’s not ignoring you…………He’s just not interested. Don't take it as rejection just consider it a blessing in disguise. If he can't appreciate you for who you are then he doesn't deserve you anyway. Stop trying to force something that shouldn't be. Stop wasting you time on a man, that if you get him, is not going to appreciate you. If I was you I wouldn't even be sweating this dude. The bottom line is, when God created you, he did so with a plan in mind. I say this to say once you let him order your steps then some one will eventually come along and appreciate all the things that you bring to the table. My pastor once said (YES, I GO TO CHURCH) when we go through, go through with the understanding that “Everything is working for your own good." So, flip the script on him and let him go!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember as a BLACK WOMAN: YOU ARE A QUEEN! And every queen deserves a king that will respect her for who she is.


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Mar 16, 2008

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A suburban Atlanta school system should lose its accreditation on Sept. 1 following allegations against its school board of financial mismanagement and unethical behavior, a national accreditation commission ruled Saturday.

The ruling, if it stands, would mean that seniors who graduate starting next school year from the 50,000-pupil Clayton County school district will no longer be eligible for the HOPE scholarship, which uses state Lottery proceeds to give Georgia students who earn and maintain a certain grade point average free tuition to state colleges.

Losing accreditation also would jeopardize federal funding and student acceptance into college. And without accreditation, if legislation pending in Georgia passes the state Board of Education would be able to take over control of the Clayton school board.

The vote, at a meeting in Chicago, was 33-0 in favor of stripping the district of its accreditation, said Mark Elgart, head of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which recommended the action its national commission took.

The vote was largely expected.

Reached Saturday night at home, Eddie White, vice chairman of the Clayton school board, would not say if the board will appeal the ruling.

Elgart said the only way for the school district to overturn the vote is a successful appeal to a panel appointed by the national accreditation commission or to comply within the next 5 1/2 months with a series of strict recommendations.

Elgart sounded doubtful the school system will be able to comply with the recommendations, which include addressing conflicts of interest, ethics issues, fiscal mismanagement and attendance records that were allegedly modified to show higher attendance rates.

"Unless there's significant outside support and intervention, the school system cannot satisfy and repair this situation in a sufficient way," Elgart said.

White said the school board recognizes the stakes.

"SACS made some recommendation for us, and we will respond to those nine recommendations," he said.

A scathing SACS report released Feb. 15 alleged that one Clayton school board member had a football coach fired for not handing over a game film featuring her son, and another spent more than $500 of school money at an Atlanta hotel.

The state is investigating the election of the board after allegations that others also do not live in their districts.

This is the second time in five years the school district has been dinged by SACS. In 2003, it was put on probation for issues similar to those detailed in the Feb. 15 report, but the problems were addressed and the system was cleared.

SACS has stripped a district of its accreditation only once before in the past decade. If it happens to Clayton County, it would be a first for a Georgia school system. (Source)

Mar 14, 2008

The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days. He's drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.

Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.

Because these particular statements by Rev. Wright are so contrary to my own life and beliefs, a number of people have legitimately raised questions about the nature of my relationship with Rev. Wright and my membership in the church. Let me therefore provide some context.

As I have written about in my books, I first joined Trinity United Church of Christ nearly twenty years ago. I knew Rev. Wright as someone who served this nation with honor as a United States Marine, as a respected biblical scholar, and as someone who taught or lectured at seminaries across the country, from Union Theological Seminary to the University of Chicago. He also led a diverse congregation that was and still is a pillar of the South Side and the entire city of Chicago. It's a congregation that does not merely preach social justice but acts it out each day, through ministries ranging from housing the homeless to reaching out to those with HIV/AIDS.

Most importantly, Rev. Wright preached the gospel of Jesus, a gospel on which I base my life. In other words, he has never been my political advisor; he's been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn.

The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.

Let me repeat what I've said earlier. All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn. They in no way reflect my attitudes and directly contradict my profound love for this country.

With Rev. Wright's retirement and the ascension of my new pastor, Rev. Otis Moss, III, Michelle and I look forward to continuing a relationship with a church that has done so much good. And while Rev. Wright's statements have pained and angered me, I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States.(Source)

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ESPN's 'Black Magic' is a two-part, four-hour documentary that will chronicle the story of basketball's "painful journey from segregation to integration and pays homage to the unsung black college basketball players and coaches who helped force change -- on and off the court."

Produced by Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, the film airs at 9 p.m. EST this Sunday and Monday. Part One of the film airs after ESPNU’s "Bracketology" program, which analyzes the 64 teams selected to NCAA’s men’s basketball tourney. Part Two will be shown following ESPN’s live coverage of the NCAA Women’s basketball tournament selection. To read more about the documentary click here.(Source)

Mar 13, 2008

Basketball phenom, Lebron James, has managed to do something that a lot of black women haven't done. He, appearing alongside model Gisele Bundchen, is the new cover star for U.S. Vogue. Hey, I guess we can take comfort in the fact that someone of color has finally appeared on the cover again...SMH.
Actress/Singer Vanessa Williams served nothing but classy elegance at the 33rd Annual March of Dimes Beauty Ball:

Mar 12, 2008

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Ms .Understood wrote:

Q. I have been a relationship with a wonderful man going on three years. The topic of marriage has been coming up a lot lately, but I am having my doubts. I mean don’t get me wrong the man is perfect in every way. He’s a good provider, he’s smart, caring, loving, and everything I’ve every wanted in a man. I know you are probably asking what the problem is, but please let me explain. See my problem is our love life or lack there of one. Whenever we do have sex I’m lucky if it last five minutes. He gets his, but I never get mine. It’s like he doesn’t even try to make an effort to please me. I try to bring it up but he always get defensive and says that my only focus is sex and how I always focus on the negative and not the positive. Even my girlfriends have told me I am crazy. “You have a good man,” they would say. Am I crazy for wanting to break up with a perfectly wonderful man simply because he is unable to give me the pleasure I so richly desire? I don’t want to cheat on him, but I don’t see any other option other than to break up with him. Am I putting too much emphasis on sex in my relationship?

A. FIVE MINUTES, Hell Naw……. Damn, you need at least a good 20 minutes to get yours (that's if a brother knows what he is doing)!!!! LET DAT NEGRO GO!!!!!!!!! Ms. Understood, it really doesn’t sound like he’s so perfect to me. In the past, I’ve been with a number of women who either had a boyfriend or were married. Most, if not all, were unhappy with their significant other because he was garbage in bed. For some odd reason, men are having a hard time understanding that GOOD sex is a must for the majority of women out there. Look, you can have all the silver and gold in the world, but if your mate isn’t putting that thang on you, you will cheat sooner or later. Don’t settle! Love what you like! But on the flip side, make sure all options are explored before you make any drastic decisions. After all, a good man is hard to find. However, your happiness is what counts; don’t sacrifice it for anything!!!!!!!! As for your friends, don’t let their opinions shape your decision because in the end you have to live with the decisions you make. Besides, if they feel like everything out weighs good sex then they haven’t had good sex. By the way, you complaining about lack of sex is a positive and not a negative. Some women won’t complain, they’ll just hold it inside and then eventually they find themsselves in the arms of another man. Brutha man needs to be grateful that you care enough about the relationship to come to him with the problem. Little does he knows, good sex will keep him in da game!!!!!!! Don’t let him take you for granted anymore! He needs to go above and beyond in pleasing you and that icludes oral sex (yeah, there are some bruthas who do it). If he is not willing to do these things then ride out!!!!! Remember, your Happiness [an emotion in which one experience feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense joy] is what counts! Just DO YOU!!!

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Mar 11, 2008

Instead of shutting up and crawling back into the hole from which she came, Geraldine Ferraro chose to try to defend her statements referring to the only reason Sen. Barack Obama is in the position that he is in is because he is black and lucky. You can always tell how people really and truly feel when they start losing. That little ugly head of racism always tend to show itself. Here is what she said to the Daily Breeze of Torrance, California:

"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says, 'Let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world,' you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up," she told the Daily Breeze of Torrance, California. "Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?" (Source)

Now instead of denouncing Geraldine's statements, the Clinton campaign are now defending the statements and are accusing the Obama campaign of playing the race card. Clinton's campaign manager Maggie Williams said that the attacks from the Obama camp were "false, personal and politically calculated attacks on the eve of a primary."

I mean the audacity of these people. They are trying to hedge their bets on this idea of divide and conquer. They think by dividing the Democratic party it will work in their favor. It just goes to show that the Clintons are more concern with winning than the party [Democratic]. I guess they forget that Blacks are key in the Democrats winning in the General Election. This marginalizing of the Black vote is disgusting. I guess they think the reason Obama won Utah, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Hawaii, Wyoming, etc. has to do with the black vote also. Give the man credit and stop marginalizing his victories as though they don't mean anything.

If black people stay home trust me, and you can quote me on this one, the Democrats WILL NOT WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION!!!

They have great acoustics in that bathroom....

The former congresswoman and vice-presidential nominee had some very pointed things to say about Obama's candidacy. I just don't understand why these people don't shut up. They are willing to do anything they can to slight Obama's candidacy as something that is just chance or because he is black. Here is what she had to say:

"I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama's campaign - to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against," she said. "For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she continued. "And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept." Ferraro does not buy the notion of Obama as the great reconciler.

"I was reading an article that said young Republicans are out there campaigning for Obama because they believe he's going to be able to put an end to partisanship," Ferraro said, clearly annoyed. "Dear God! Anyone that has worked in the Congress knows that for over 200 years this country has had partisanship - that's the way our country is." (Source)
Boy the last few years have been really rough on politician wives. Boy these ladies are really put through the ringer, but through it all they always manage somehow to stand by their man. I just really want to know what is going through that head of theirs when they are standing there. So I decided to do a Stand By Your Man Awards contest. Here are the nominees:

1. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and wife

2. Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer and wife

3. Former governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey and wife

4. Louisiana Senator David Vitter and wife

5. Sen. Larry Craig and wife

And the Stand By Your Man Award goes to..........Drum roll please.....

Mrs. Vanessa Laine-Bryant. I know she is not a politician's wife, but still no one has mastered the art of standing by their man better than this chick. Say what you want about Vanessa, but she earned that $4 million dollar ring just from this press conference alone and when she started patting his hand.