March Against Injustice: Photo Credit ~ Ruth Carter

21 July 2017

SIDEBAR SELECTIONS: WEEK OF JULY 28 - August 7, 2017



Melodic Backdrops:  'Sweet Love' ~  Anita Baker

Archival & Recent Reads:  'White Rage" ~ Carol Anderson

Site Pages/Topic of Interests:  Guaranteed Rights for All/Response To Comedian's Trans Murder Comments - Janet Mock
 
Selected Interviews/Lectures: Faith Jegede: What I've Learned From My Autistic Brothers


Round Table Issues/Opinions



Featured Website:  'Feminista Jones'
Sites of Interest Addition:  Black Voices (Huff. Post)
 
 
 

30 June 2017

SIDEBAR SELECTIONS: WEEK OF JULY 1-5, 2017


Featured Archival Post:  Black People & the Haunting Duplicity of July 4th

Featured Website:  "The Hill" ~ Rep. Barbara Lee ' Lone Opponent of Afghanistan War Feels Vindicated'

Independents/Cinema/Shorts:   "The House on Coco Road" 

 Interviews/Panels/Lectures: Democracy Now!  "No Is Not Enough" ~ Naomi Klein

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"

* The Blog Roll and Sites of Interest authors continue to update at varying times, however, the above are those that I've selected for the week.  Please let me know what you think of this new approach to highlighting the sidebar.  My e-mail address is also on there.  Thanks


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. 

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