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25 November 2016

Calling for the Elimination of the Antiquated and Unfair Electoral College

THE DAILY KOS featured an article by Chris Bowers on the need to challenge those who want to adhere to a system that has cheated at least two contenders, in recent history,  from the white house.  The popular raw vote of the people dismissed and as a result a man who by far besmirches what the Presidency and America should be about gains power.  A new coinage of PTSD has emerged...Post Trump Stress Disorder for many especially those of color and immigrant groups.

May I suggest you read:

23 November 2016

THANKFULNESS/GRATITUDE/THANKSGIVING UPDATE

 This is a re-posting of a compilation of former Thanksgiving messages .  Once again, we are at the crossroads of human suffering with a lot of recent trauma related to President elect Donald Trump, killings of unarmed black youth, pathological hatred,  justice denied, overall escalation of human misery, global wars, persecution, genocide and the unremitting and daunting effects of poverty. The latter is just to name a few.  In the midst of all this...we continue to  publicly celebrate the rite of Thanksgiving.  Acts of kindness still abound, many people are doing well despite the hardships expressed which is usually the case.  "Many things are true at once" , however, we must not forget or fail to continue to advocate and diligently work for changes that enhance humanity and lend to making subsequent Thanksgivings more meaningful.
 
"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.  Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." ~ Henry Van Dyke ~

'Together We Give Thanks' ~ Kathrerine Roundtree
It's that time of the year again and I find myself still trying to reconcile the concepts of being thankful or grateful for what we have and frankly what we hope that we'll keep and certainly relieved that things aren't as bad as they are for much of humanity. "Fearing to lose what you have is not the same as appreciation" ~ Terry Guillemets ~
I've written several posts on this holiday from different perspectives including that of some Native Americans.{ See link 'National Day of Mourning.'} There are the exasperated  sighs  from  folks who find some form of gratitude or thankfulness in the most dire circumstances when they encounter people like me. Their perceptions are that we are the ones hardwired to focus more on the maladies of humankind instead of being thankful for those blessings that others share or for those who are doing relatively well despite their problems.  The consideration of societal and individual limitations coupled with solution building can enhance one's ability to be truly grateful in the face of dreaded happenstances.  As a collective we should give thanks.  I do believe that.
There is, however, a passage from one of Dr. King's sermons that reinforces my perception that we should always shine a light on and work towards the resolution of the suffering and injustice that much of humanity endures on a daily basis. The celebrated day of Thanksgiving is no exception.  The passage reads: "The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me? But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"


With that said; I  enjoy reading articles and collecting quotes on thankfulness and gratitude. Many of them made a distinction between being thankful and having gratitude.


14 November 2016

We've Lost Another Analytical Journalist of Integrity and Excellence




Noted Journalist, Television Newscaster & Author

SEPTEMBER 29, 1955 ~ NOVEMBER 14, 2016






We will miss you and your in-depth reporting and assessments on domestic and global issues.  Bountiful blessings to you, your family and friends.

 

20 September 2016

Anticipation: The National Museum of A-A History & Culture Opening

Founding Director:  Lonnie Bunch

September 24, 2016 marks the opening of a project that has been in the works for many years: The National Museum of African American History & Culture.

The scholar featured above, Lonnie Bunch, has steadfastly worked on this project for 10 years with the assistance of many.  He has met his goal of creating a museum with the huge task of presenting the black experience in America... the good, indifferent, bad and ugly.  The task was multi-fold; educative, devastatingly truthful, entertaining as well as empowering through artifacts, exhibitions, personal mementos and documents. This herculean display of the arduous plight of a people forced into slavery and their ongoing resolve to fight for dignity and full citizenship over the centuries merits not only our engagement but global participation. He didn't soft-pedal the experiences of Africans and their descendants which may or can be offensive to some, yet, has managed to be inclusive of all Americans through the lens of black experiences in this country.

Dare I say...that this will be a dynamic museum with historic,current and future events to show and tell! 

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24 August 2016

THANK YOU MR. CURRY: GOD SPEED & A SAFE JOURNEY!

" I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith".
~Timothy 4:7 ~
February 23, 1947 – August 20, 2016
There are a number of articles written about George Curry's multi-layered and illustrious life as a crusader for many in the black community with a focus on those issues, in particular, that have had a negative impact on us.  He was an outstanding and accomplished journalist and mentor for many in the field of journalism. His intent was to always make things better. What I remember the most about this amazing gentleman was his creative endeavor from 1993 to 2000 as editor-in-chief of Emerge, the magazine. I subscribed to this magazine until it became defunct.  Mr. Curry was according to his fellow journalist, Roland Martin 'heartbroken' when it folded.  He never gave up on the mission of that endeavor and had revived and continually supported before his death, Emerge Digital.

This giant was one of a kind and his "being" will be missed by those of us who admired his journalistic talents, truth-telling and dogged integrity when addressing those pressing, disturbing and at times catastrophic issues that black folks have endured over the years from those outside and within our communities. 

There is one personal and anecdotal share on the respect and recognition this noted journalist received when invited to speak or perform leadership roles in the field. My daughter upon graduating from high school attended a program for young folks who were interested in writing/journalism.  One of the major southern newspapers were co-sponsors and he was invited to speak to their group and discuss mentorship among other issues.  She spoke of how much he was admired by the veteran writers, editors and newspaper folks.  The fuss that went into making sure "things were right and tight" before he got there left an indelible impact on her.  She was certainly impressed and is now an author and adjunct professor at Medgar Evers College and truly understands the mission he set forth in claiming and constantly improving our institutions, e.g., HBCUs and the black press.


04 August 2016

Women of Color Trending in Fencing & Gymnastics: Olympics 2016

'BLACK GIRL MAGIC 2016'

Ibtihaj Muhammad - Sabre Fencer
It's been a eye-opener for this senior citizen to find that there are African-American women perfecting their skills in fencing and honing their craft to the point of participating in this year's Olympics.  I have a sense of pride and curiosity as to how they were introduced to the sport and what was it about fencing that piqued their interest. Ibtihaj Muhammad is a lovely Muslim woman from New Jersey and 2007 graduate of Duke University.  From what little I've read and of course the source; it was her religious beliefs and strict dress codes that led to a sport where she would be fully covered. She's been a member of the United States Fencing Team since 2010.  Competing with her skills is the fact that she is the first woman to wear a Hijab to the Olympics.


Nzingha Prescod - Foil Fencer

Nzingha Prescod is returning to the 2016 Olympics after competing in the 2012 at age 19.  She's from Brooklyn, N.Y. and is a recent graduate of Columbia University.  The accolades and awards cited on her bio are many.  She has continued  to hone her skills during the interim and she as well as Ibtihaj will keep us spellbound  as they both compete for the gold. 
    

Three Gymnasts of Color Lead 2016 Team

There are many black female athletes competing at the 2016 Olympics. As the world witnesses this 'magic' in traditional and non-traditional sports; our young girls will know no limits!    



Simone Biles (bio)


Laurie Hernandez(bio) 

Gabrielle 'Gabby' Douglas(bio)













UPDATE:


Photo Credit:  —Mike Blake / Reuters
*Gabby, Simone, Laurie, Aly & Madison