Sunday, March 2, 2014
This is the first time in recent memory that I recall being excited about the Academy Awards.
Honestly, I've always considered it to be tailored to a white audience. Oh, sure there have been a few times in history where one of our own has taken home the Oscar, but for the most part, it's not about us. And, no Black movie has ever taken home "Best Picture."
So, tonight, I'll be watching, hoping and praying to see history made.
I admit, I haven't seen every movie that was nominated but I've seen more than half, and I don't think there is one that deserves the Oscar more than "12 Years A Slave."
While excruciatingly painful to watch, it not only delivered a great story, it hit a home run on every cinematic level.
So to the Academy, I say, "Here's your chance. Tonight is your chance. Do the right thing."
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Saturday, February 22, 2014
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Sunday, February 16, 2014
I'm not sure how I missed this book when it was first released. It must have been one of those months when I didn't get around to reading my Essence magazine.
Thank you, Amazon "Kindle Deal of the Day" for featuring this book a few weeks ago. Now, I want to go back and read everything Ms. Jones has written.
Not to give anything away, but James Witherspoon is one man who can keep a secret. At least from his wife. Well, one wife, anyway.
I'm not spoiling anything by telling you that James Witherspoon is a bigamist. In fact, the author reveals that detail at the very beginning.
What happens after is a tale told in fiction, but played out in real life, so many times.
One thing we do really well is keep secrets. We all have "family secrets" about cousins or uncles or aunts or even parents that we'll take to our graves. But some things can only stay hidden for so long. Because I really do believe there are "six degrees of separation."
And even though the book has its share of sadness and sorrow, there are plenty of laughs and lighter moments.
And if you're like I was and don't know who Tayari Jones is, now is the perfect time to find out.
Visit her website for a look at all of her work and her upcoming appearances.
About "Silver Sparrow"
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY: 16th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Business and Community Recognition Awards, Friday, March 14, 2014
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter (NCBW/OBAC)will host its 16th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Business and Community Recognition Awards Fundraising Luncheon, on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, located at 55 Fourth Street. Guests will enjoy a VIP Reception, exhibits and book signing at 10:30 a.m. The luncheon and awards program follow promptly at 11:30 a.m. Tickets and corporate sponsorship information are available on the NCBW website: www.onehundredblackwomen.com.
We proudly honor the first African American female self-made millionaire and business leader, Madam C.J. Walker, with this annual luncheon. In remembrance of her hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, we will recognize four outstanding women who are making an impact in our community:
Madam C. J. Walker Corporate Award -- Kim Winston, Sr. Manager, Gov. Affairs, Starbucks
Madam C. J. Walker Entrepreneur Award -- Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls Code
Madam C. J. Walker Pioneer Award -- Alecia DeCoudreaux, President, Mills College
Madam C. J. Walker Advocacy Award -- Gloria Lockett, Executive Director, CAL-PEP
Keynote speaker is the Honorable Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, who upon acceptance of an appointment as Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court became Georgias first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014
It's February again. Time to have "the talk."
While some will argue that we've come a long way from 1926 when Carter G. Woodson created "Negro History Week," a fraternity in Arizona still found it okay to host Martin Luther King events just last month, which were so offensive in nature, that I won't get into details.
However, their "celebration" and continued misconceptions, falsehoods, stereotypes and biases (remember Barney's New York?) prove that we're still not where we should be in 2014.
I applaud corporations who still consider African Americans to be a part of the "diversity" category and even host company-sponsored Black History Month events. As long as they keep it classy.
And to those who stand around the water cooler and complain that there's no "White History Month," I say "Read your history. Study the facts. Take time to learn something you didn't know. Enjoy the music, literature, dance. Celebrate the contributions that Black Americans made to this country and the world. They are many and varied."
Black History is rich, unique, welcoming and fun.
All you nay-sayers, sit back and enjoy the ride. Lucky for you it's the shortest month of the year.
In the infamous words of the "Godfather of Soul," "Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud!"
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Dr. Charley Hames, Jr. Announces the Board of Directors of The Oakland Chapter of National Action Network, Jazz Sunday and Launch Party (Special Guest the Reverend Al Sharpton)
|To be held at the Private Residence of Carl Hackney|
(Address Given Upon RSVP-Valet Parking Available)
Tickets are available for purchase today at:
Space is limited.
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