Friday, February 12, 2016

Black History Month Reception in Oakland, Wednesday, February 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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510-653-4085

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Beyonce's "Formation" - When Bey Stopped Being "Bae"



Funny how people often react to the truth.

It was all smiles when Queen Bey was "bootylicious" and demure and non-threatening.  

Oh, but look what happens when she shows America her black pride, her feminism, her intelligence and that she's happy with herself and her family.

Either people loved her Super Bowl 50 Performance, which followed a day after the release of her new single "Formation," or they hated it.  The people in the love category have no problem with facing the truths of racism, colorism, police brutality and the war on poor folks.  But the people in the hate category (think Rudy Guiliani and the likes) are quick to hit the "racism" button.  That's no surprise since they own it.

I don't think I've ever been prouder of Beyonce.  Not only did she show she's still got it.  She let the world know she got it, how she's going to keep it and cash it.

Because like she said "the best revenge is your paper."

Power to the People.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Inspired Luxe Pop-up at Thelma Harris Gallery, February 4th - 27th, Oakland, California


Thelma Harris Gallery
5940 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618



Gallery hours:
Tues - Fri; 11 - 6
Sat; 12 - 5
Sun, Mon - By Appointment

Thursday, January 7, 2016

"Best Friends Forever," a New Novella from Kimberla Lawson Roby



"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to your own understanding."  (Proverbs 3:5)

One of my very favorite things about Kimberla Lawson Roby's books is that she always incorporates God and Scripture into her work.  Many authors are afraid to touch on religion.  But it's clear to me that Ms. Roby knows from whence cometh her help and blessings.

This "bite-sized" offering is perfect for after the holidays when you might be feeling down, or maybe you didn't get what you were looking for from family and friends, someone ignored you or you're feeling like you're alone in your struggle.

Lose yourself in this book.  

Celine is worried that she's going to be facing her life-changing health crisis alone.  But the Lord said "Not so."  And when you can't depend on those that you've lifted up to return the favor, don't stop believing because help is on the way.

I don't want to "spoil" the plot line, but I will say this, "Men may come and go, but a true friend will be around forever."

Thanks, Kimberla for providing your fans with this encouraging read to start the New Year!

On sale now in bookstores, online in print and e-reader editions!

"Best Friends Forever," by Kimberla Lawson Roby.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

"Hey, Mr. Melody!" Heaven Just Opened the Door to a High Note. Natalie Cole's Music Will Live Forever.

Natalie Maria Cole
(February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015)
I can't stop thinking about how much wonderful music Natalie Cole brought to our hearts and homes.

It was as if her dad, the late great, Nat King Cole never really passed away.  And how ironic that she would leave this earth, just as we were listening to our last few days of "White Christmas."

Even though we knew she was quite ill and had fought tremendous odds, beating addiction and surviving a kidney transplant, whenever we saw her on TV, she always had a smile and was so poised and put together.

More than that, she was one of the first people that I can recall, you actually admitted that she wasn't perfect, that she struggled like all of us and that it's okay to fall - as long as you get up.  I remember reading in "Jet" magazine back in the day about how happy she was to become a wife and then a mother.

And, of course, there was the magical, almost "eerie" way she recorded with her dad, decades after he was gone.

But what I remember most is the fun and good times we all had dancing and singing along to her music.  

It sounds cliché but she truly is gone but will never be forgotten.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"THE COMMITTEE" BY TERRY E. HILL


"THE COMMITTEE" BY TERRY E. HILL
The Committee is a beguiling tale that twirls Illuminati conspiracy, New Orleans voodoo, American politics and a subplot gay affair in a delicious twist ofturbulence and turmoil. We find out that the secret society behind thecountry's biggest political ploys is a mysterious New Orleans family ofCreole women who head "The Committee." It is they who in fact controlthe white men mistaken to be the country's power figures! "TheCommittee" has selected every US president since James Monroe and controls much of the country's economy. When they make the decisionthat the United States is not only ready for a Black woman president,but also select her, the phrase, 'hell hath no fury like a womanscorned' takes on new and insidious meaning.
Camille Ernestine Hardaway is the first African American female mayor of LosAngeles and she has it all - stunning good looks, power, a seeminglydevoted husband and influential allies. "The Committee" has decided that she will be the first Black female president of the United States andwill stop at nothing to ensure their rising candidate reaches the WhiteHouse. Author Terry E. Hill sublimely works hypnosis with the writtenword as he winds the reader deeper down a sinister black hole with eachchapter. The Committee's lethal combination of manipulation, intimidation, mysticism and murder make for the most intoxicating political thriller.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Bright Side of the Steve Harvey Miss Universe Mishap



I haven't watched the Miss Universe pageant in years.  Certainly not in its entirety.  In fact, I had no idea it was even happening until my twitter timeline exploded.

I'm not one of those people who feels that beauty pageants have no real purpose.  I think that there are many good things that come from them, some of them, especially the ones that are geared toward black folks (like Miss Black America (does that still exist?).

Anyhow, my point is that it's very sad for the winner, the runner up and Steve Harvey.  Although, when I was growing up, Steve Harvey never would have been invited to host.  So, that's progress.  Right?

But what I see as the "bright side" is the fact that people like some of my co-workers, who shall remain anonymous, since they see us as anonymous, now know Steve Harvey.

Never mind the fact that he's a best-selling author, radio host, television host, and the list goes on.  Someone at work yesterday actually said, "I heard about Miss Universe and "the guy" who announced the wrong winner.
 

"The guy."  The guy whose net worth is upwards of $100 million dollars.

So, if there's anything good that did come out of the unfortunate mistake, now everybody knows Steve Harvey's name.