23 February 2020
B. Smith was a celebrated author, model, businesswoman, restaurateur and in the forefront of black women who helped break barriers for women of color in all areas of society. I posted an article when she and her husband wrote a book about their struggle with her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease; 'Before I Forget'. It is public knowledge on how her husband chose to handle this daunting disease and their life together...years after writing the book and much of it was controversial, however, let us celebrate her life well-lived before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Bountiful blessings B. Smith and rest in eternal peace.
22 December 2019
Let me begin by stating that when I began collecting my thoughts on the celebration of the holidays; the task seemed to take on more of an air of redundancy. As far back as 2011 and subsequent annual essays on the subject, there was always this foreboding and pessimistic view of the events of any given period. The concept of hope and the collective will of the majority of the American people and our global community who continue to be the champions for justice, compassion and mutual support --were always the redeeming factors. The events that have preceded 2020 prove to have set the bar at one of its lowest and the consequences are unparalleled. We have a president, recently impeached and a rogue administration and party threatening the very fabric of our democracy in ways that mirror old guard threats and challenges. There is no bottom to the inhumanity of this regime. The most touted concept of love must become a verb with active solution planning and accountability. We must get back to perfecting our union instead of totally eradicating it and one must not only wish for a Happy New Year but a just and humane one.
26 November 2019
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Ms. Norman' s majestic voice will be missed and the above rendition of "There is a Balm in Gilead" still brings tears to my eyes and a feeling of awe in my soul. The great ones are leaving us, however, her legacy of song and taped performances will be lasting gifts to the world.