23 June 2017

SELECTED SIDEBAR UPDATES: WEEK OF JUNE 23-30, 2017


Melodic Backdrops:  Best Smooth Jazz ~ Sunset Lounge

Archival & Current Reads:  'No is Not Enough' ~ Naomi Klein

Selected Interviews/Lectures:  'Emancipation from Mental Slavery ~ Dr. Grills

Round Table Issues/Discussions:  'Anti-racist author Tim Wise: White America desperately wants to be numb, and Donald Trump “is a walking, talking opioid” '

Featured Website:  'The Mighty' ~ "It's time We Talk About Chronic Illness and Suicide" ~ Jordan Davidson

Independents/Cinema Shorts:  Shadow & Act Review: 'Welcome to Refugeestan' 


13 June 2017

SIDEBAR SELECTIONS: WEEK OF JUNE 12-17, 2017


Melodic Backdrops:  Smooth Jazz Session Mix 102 

Archival & Current Reads:  'Hunger' Review by Roxane Gaye 

Selected lectures/Panels:  TEDWomen:  Roxane Gaye ~"Confessions of a Bad Feminist".
Ta-Nehisi Coates:"We Accept Violence Against African-Americans as Normal" 
                          

Featured Website:  MsAfropolitan 

01 June 2017

SIDEBAR SELECTIONS: WEEK OF JUNE 01-06, 2017

Selected Interviews Feature:  "The Power of Privilege: Tiffany Jana @TED 

Melodic Backdrops:  Smooth Jazz..The Lost Tape 

Site Pages:  Goodreads Review:  "Race and Reunion"

Round Table Discussions/Opinions:  "Melissa Harris-Perry: How to Save the N.A.A.C.P. From Irrelevance"

Featured Website:  John Pavlovitz 


21 May 2017

SELECTED SIDEBAR UPDATES: WEEK OF MAY 22-29, 2017

Selected Interviews Feature: 'Trevor Noah and Chimanada Ngozi Adichie Interviewed'.  An example of how we can debate without  rancor and disrespect.  Humor and points of view worth considering.

Goodreads Review:  Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. 



Current Reads:  'White Rage" by Carol Anderson is a well researched assessment on the dynamics of race in this country & the cyclic flashpoints that threaten white supremacy.

Round Table Opinions/Discussions:  Maxine Walters on Jeff Sessions and his history of and current oppressive practices towards people of color.

Featured Website:  'Whispers of a Womanist '.  This is a young sister with a sophisticated and progressive take on the dynamics of race, womanism and LGBTQ issues.  Topic ~ "Devaluing Race: A Contemporary Obsession".

Blog Roll:  'Indomitable': Chauncey interviews a former FBI Counterintelligence Agent and his assertion that Russian could have infiltrated the White House. 

Independents/Cinema Feature:  Shadow & Act Recap and Trailer on Whitney"Can I Be Me"

07 May 2017

Is Blogging Passé?

A former New York Times article posed the question, "Aren't blogs passé"? The same thing has occurred to me intermittently.  I wonder how effective my personal blog has been and if indeed after 170 posts, it has run its course.  The reader comments have been sporadic with a few articles garnering a sizeable number that were thoughtful and offered another way to view. At one point I lived for those and learned that the lack of comments didn't necessarily mean that the articles weren't read or thought provoking. The visits have diminished as well which is not a good sign.

Of late, some of my favorite bloggers have 'deserted' their blogs with the latest entries usually published in 2015 or the beginning of 2016.  Ta-Nehisi Coates,whom I followed on a fairly consistent basis stated that he missed blogging but inferred that it was waning and it's my belief that other social media was complicit in this phenomena.  There was also his other interests that took a considerable amount of his time.  This was disheartening for me because I looked forward to personal assessments of current events from people from all of walks of life. I made some wonderful acquaintances and exchanged stimulating points of view which broadened my perspective globally and on the domestic front.  The hubris that comes with age and experience living through different eras enhanced my sense of sophistication and knowledge on world and domestic events.  As a student of history; especially African, Afro-American and European history, I always felt that the more you know the more there is to learn. The dynamics of the times and analyses from younger intellectuals have given me hope for the future this includes my daughters.  Oh the lively debates and conversations...I live for them!
  

I'm still on the fence regarding the usefulness of continuing with  my blog. While I have been sporadic in publishing posts my sidebar is updated on a weekly basis I really appreciate the forum and it's really hard to let go.  Joshua Becker  poses an argument in favor of personal blogging citing this quote: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth.  Becker's article rings true in many ways.

It's noteworthy that I have embarked on another interest.  Since November  2016 I've been curating a daily paper (Monday-Friday), Viewpoints, with articles from many sources of my choosing on: current events, African and Afro-American culture, science, technology, politics, the arts and women's issues.  I can vet the sources and select topics shared by professionals, pundits and those I've come to know through the blogosphere with my own brief commentaries.  Brief being the operative word. The paper is also shared on social media, e.g., Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. 

Blogging is my first love and if nothing else this post serves as a catharsis and one of several  means to decide whether or not I will definitely shut down this venue and spend more time on the daily paper. At any rate, I will continue to visit and support those blogs that I find interesting and thought provoking. The blogosphere is massive and the competition to advance ideologies and relate the goings-on in many fields is fierce and can be overwhelming at times. 

13 April 2017

A Tragic End for Celebrated Justice Abdus-Salaam

It was shocking to read about this well respected woman of color and an inspiring force for justice was found dead on the shores of the Hudson River.  She was featured in my May 1, 2013 post when Governor Cuomo selected her for the New York Court of Appeals. Details are sketchy at this point and there was some speculation that she may have committed suicide. As a society, we've lost a woman who fought for fair sentencing and handling of the many criminal cases she's had to decide over the years.  Judge Abdus-Salaam was 65.

I truly hope she is resting in peace and power for whatever the circumstances were that culminated in her death by homicide or suicide; it's a devastating blow to all that is good about humanity.

04 April 2017

Commemoration of Dr. King's 1967 Speech: "Beyond Vietnam"

A brief and personal note:  It's amazing to me how things seem to change and still remain the same. As a young woman I witnessed those times and as others were so upset that Dr. King was speaking out against the war in Vietnam; I and many other young adults were cheering him on. In the spirit of true honesty, he was also pigeonholed by those in the black community who had given up on non-violent means of fighting oppression. My philosophy about "civil rights" had morph into "human rights" which broaden my concern for humanity beyond our shores and Dr. King had made that transition as well. He paid dearly for it and was forsaken by many of his cohorts, colleagues and fellow domestic freedom fighters. It was a difficult time for him and a loss for humanity.
 
A scholar and minister of faith, Rev. William Barber  with his fusion politics and fight for the poor and oppressed requires our attention and support during this space in time.  His eloquence and  ability to focus not only on defining the problem (s) but solution planning brings renewed energy to the movement.  His 'Beyond the Dream'  events speech at Riverside Church this past Sunday to commemorate Dr. King's speech there April 4, 1967 was soul stirring and intellectually grounded within his own terms, vision and context of the times.  

 The link {below} is a documentary celebrating this memorable speech and man of truth, forethought and moral clarity. His undying love for the oppressed and their right to become free and fully functioning citizens of these United States and the world strengthens the legacy 50 years later.  

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