Thursday, October 3, 2019

Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce's 16th Annual Business Awards Luncheon

Thursday, October 24, 2019

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Scott's Seafood Restaurant

Jack London Square, Oakland

Click HERE for Tickets and Sponsor Information

A CDA Consulting Group Presentation


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Jessye Norman - In Memoriam

Jessye Norman (September 15, 1945 – September 30, 2019)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Rest In Peace, Toni Morrison

February 18, 1931 - August 5, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Elaine Welteroth's new book "More Than Enough"

I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Elaine Welteroth, former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief in person last night in San Francisco.

What an inspiration to all women, especially, young women of color.

I tagged along with my daughter.  Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

If you don't know, Elaine Welteroth, it's the perfect time.

She's got a new book out, "More than Enough."

Available in all formats on amazon and in bookstores everywhere.

Beauty, brains and black girl magic.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

When Tales are better left Untold - Queen Sugar's Season 4 Premiere

By now you've all caught up with the first episode of Season 4 of "Queen Sugar" on OWN TV.

I caught up this weekend.


Talk about telling tales out of school, with the release of Nova' upcoming novel, "Blessings and Blood," it seems there is about to be more blood spilled than blessings realized.

If you watch the show, you know that Nova Bordelon (played by Retina Wesley) almost never apologizes for anything she does. She's definitely a "free spirit," but in the latest episode we see more of her self-righteous side than we've seen before.

I've always thought her character loves her family more than anything, which is why I don't see how she possibly thought that airing all of the Bordelon's "dirty laundry" was a good idea.  

In my opinion, it's not even good to tell all of your own secrets.  Especially, when other people are hurt by your truth.

In the case of Nova's novel, it's not even her truths that are causing the damage.  They aren't even her truths to tell.

One thing is certain, this has started off to be a nail-biter of a season.

Stay tuned.  

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and chicory and have a beignet or two standing by.  It's getting good.

Queen Sugar on OWN TV, Wednesdays 9 ET/PST

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Harvard University Will Not Renew Contracts of First African American Deans of Winthrop, Robert Sullivan Jr. and Stephanie Robinson

Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr.
First of all, I'm no fan of Harvey Weinstein.  His abuse of power, sexual misconduct and assaults and reign of terror over Hollywood went on far too long.

That said, I'm having difficulty with Harvard University's decision to bow to pressure from what has undertones of a "mob mentality" of activists using the "me too" movement to oust the first two African American Deans at Harvard's Winthrop.  

Granted, I haven't investigated the story enough to know all of the underlying details, but it would seem to me that Harvard would support Mr. Weinstein's constitutional right to legal representation.  

Harvard's decision not to renew the contracts of husband and wife Winthrop Faculty Deans Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. and Stephanie R. Robinson seems to have been heavily influenced by a campaign led by student activist, Danu A.K. Mudannayake, a student from Sri Lanka, who has been a very vocal opponent of Dean Sullivan.

This story will surely gain more national momentum both inside and outside of academic circles in the days and weeks ahead.  

This case bears watching.  

Stay woke.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Movies by Us, for Us - Rest in Power John Singleton

John D. Singleton
January 6, 1968 - April 29, 2019

When I  heard the news last week that John Singleton had suffered a stroke, my heart sank.  

I know first-hand about African American men having strokes at a higher rate and earlier age than their white counterparts.  

We can definitely do some things like watching our blood pressure, getting regular health screenings and the like, but considering how tough it is for Black folks in this country and in the world overall, sometimes everything we do isn't enough.

Yesterday, when the family announced his passing, I immediately reflected on the time I was watching "Baby Boy" for the umpteenth time, and my then 15 year old daughter said "What movie is that?"  My astonished response was, "Baby Boy!"  "You haven't seen "Baby Boy," it's a classic!"

And every thing that John Singleton touched was an immediate hit.  A classic.  Movies for us, by us, featuring us - something no one other than Spike Lee was really doing at that time.  Now we're blessed with Ava Duvernay and many others since, but John Singleton was a trailblazer for sure.

His movies made us feel important and noticed and heard.  And while tragic in the story lines, they felt good.  "Boys in the Hood," "Poetic Justice," "Shaft."  

John Singleton was the man.  

Sending warm thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fans around the world.

Gone too soon.