Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

20th Anniversary of the Death of The Notorious B.I.G.


Is it an awful thing for me to say that I never really understood or appreciated "Biggy" when he was alive?

To be honest, most of his music was a little too "raw" for my tastes at that time.  I was in the throes of being a new mom and probably didn't think it quite appropriate to blast his music in the car or house with a small child around.

However, now that I'm a "grown-up" (as in "of a certain age"), I actually get what he and the other rappers of his time (RIP Tupac) were trying to say through their music.  And I also understand what led them to share their art in the form of hip-hop.

You never really realize how great people are until it's too late.  That's the wonderful thing about art though - it never really dies.

Long live hip-hop.

Rest in Peace, Christopher George Wallace.

(May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Copycat" by Kimberla Lawson Roby


Have you ever had a copycat?  I know I have.  

Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery, but when does it cross the line into "obsession?"

Although, we've all been just a little jealous of something or someone at one point in our lives, how we handle that most normal of emotions is what makes all the difference.

I've never been one to covet other people's things or become envious when a friend has success in life or work or love.  Quite the opposite.  We should want our friends to do well.

Unfortunately, not everyone knows what to do with those unhealthy pangs of jealousy and actions often spiral out of control and enter the danger zone.

Kimberla Lawson Roby, one of my very favorite authors, hit the nail on the head with this one.  This is a departure from the "Curtis Black" series, but a very deep look at what is sometimes at the root of "unhealthy competition."

Enjoyable and enlightening.

Online and in bookstores now.

Click HERE for a listing of Lawson Roby's book signings and appearances.

Befriending Traci Calloway Cole is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. Traci is the kind of woman Simone wants to be-in every way possible. She begins copying her role model. Not because she wants to be Traci. She just wants to be exactly like Traci.

Traci doesn't worry, though. She knows Simone doesn't mean any harm and that her mimicry is only sincere admiration. Until she discovers how far Simone's obsession has gone.

It is then that Simone's entire world begins unraveling, and dreadful secrets from her past are exposed with no warning. Secrets that she'll do almost anything to protect.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Grammy Award Winning Singer Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 to February 12, 2017)


Al Jarreau with Barbara Rodgers (1978) (Photo Credit:  Jim Dennis)
Al Jarreau pictured with his wife, Susan, and friends in Rochester. (1978)  (Photo Credit:  Jim Dennis)

 
Al Jarreau and Jim Dennis (1978)

Al Jarreau who won seven Grammy Awards died on Sunday, February 12, 2017 in a Los Angeles hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music. 

Among Jarreau's many hits was "We're In This Love Together."  He also sang the theme song for the television show, "Moonlighting."

Jarreau is survived by his wife Susan and son Ryan.  Private memorial services will be held.



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

If Donald Trump Wants to Ban Muslims - Are African Americans Next?



I think the climate post-election has not only gotten more frightening, it's gotten to be downright disgusting.

The news of this past weekend which shook up the travels plans of many and pulled the scab off of racism at the knee, caused me to wonder, 'What's next?'

If Donald Trump wants to "Make America Great Again," which in my opinion is code for "Make America White Again," are we slowly but surely witnessing the rebirth of segregation in the US?

It's time we all opened our eyes widely and realized that we're going to be part of the solution or part of the problem.  Because we're not really free unless we're all free.

And I'm not feeling very free right now.