Monday, August 22, 2016

George E. Curry (February 23, 1947 – August 20, 2016)

George Curry(right) pictured with fellow Knoxville College alums, the late Vernon Jarrett and veteran newswoman Barbara Rodgers (photo taken in 2002 at the NABJ Convention, courtesy of Barbara Rodgers)

George Curry, journalist, publisher and civil rights activist died Saturday, August 20, of heart failure.  
Curry was editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine in the '90s and was in the process of raising funds to relaunch Emerge in digital format.  Curry was the first African-American elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Curry was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and graduated from Knoxville College in Tennessee.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

"I Almost Forgot About You" by Terry McMillan


One thing I can never forget is my very first Terry McMillan novel.  It was "Disappearing Acts."  Who could forget Zora and Franklin?

I really feel like I've "come of age" both literally and figuratively with her novels.

And while I'm a woman of a certain age, I really don't think you have to be an particular age, or a woman, to appreciate the way she tells a story.

There's something that's so comfortable, while remaining literary, about her books that make you keep coming back for more.

It's obvious that the author does her homework in detail and her descriptions of the San Francisco Bay Area make you feel like you're walking the streets and driving the hills right alongside "Georgia," the lead character.

No doubt about it.  Terry McMillan just gets better with time.  And so does her writing.

In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life–great friends, family, and successful career–aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile. 
 
Big-hearted, genuine, and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction. It’s everything you’ve always loved about Terry McMillan.  ("I Almost Forgot About You" From Penguin RandomHouse)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Republican National Convention - One Party I'm Happy Not to have been Invited to Attend



I think of myself as a political person.  I try to keep up with current events.  And, like anyone who's paying attention, I'm freaked out about the upcoming presidential election.


I'm also mourning the impeding loss of the smartest, hippest and most compassionate First Couple to occupy the White House.  As the legacy of President Obama starts to wind down, I think it's safe to say that we'll never have another POTUS that is as comfortable in the barber shop as he is on "the Hill," and there will almost certainly not be another FLOTUS who is just as comfortable with heads of state as she is with Beyoncé and Jay-Z.


However, this week's shenanigans, and I do mean shenanigans, make me so happy to be a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party.  Donald Trump (or as I like to call him "Donald the Chump") and his crew are making me embarrassed for them.  Even if they don't have the common sense to be embarrassed for themselves.


I will admit that I've enjoyed watching the evening recaps.  At the end of a long day, I can use a chuckle or two.


And, while I can't blame Ivanka Trump for endorsing her dad, I don't think I'll ever buy a pair of her shoes again.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Baseball, Hots Dogs, Apple Pie and Brownies!" Luv's Brownies' 20th Anniversary Reception and Benefit Clothing Drive with San Jose Giants




Let's go out to the Ball Game!

Luv's Brownies Commemorates its 20th Anniversary with a Reception and Benefit Clothing Drive at the San Jose Giants Game on Thursday, August 4th, from 6 to 8:00 pm.

For details, visit:  LuvsBrownies.com



INVITATION:

On Thursday, August 4, 2016, Lacy will observe the occasion by hosting a 6:00-8:00 p.m. meet & greet, which will include a clothing drive, free brownies for donators, pictures and a limited number of game tickets (San Jose Giants vs. Stockton Ports) at San Jose Municipal Stadium, home of the San Jose Giants, the Class A minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major league baseball team.



“We are excited to celebrate this 20-year milestone with Luv's Brownies, " said Juliana Paoli, San Jose Giants Senior Vice President of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer. "We have enjoyed having Luv's Brownies as our official brownie partner for the last five years and counting.”



Attendees who donate items for the clothing drive will each receive a free award-winning (“Best Sweet” Dessert Award International Hospitality Convention - 2004, 2005), heart-shaped Luv's Brownie. "OMG!  These are the best brownies ever - sugar free or not! I’m in LUV!" remarked very happy customer Pamela Z.



Luv’s Brownies will also give away a limited number of free tickets to that evening's baseball game.

   Click here to RSVP reception: luvsbrownies20th.eventbrite.com/?s=67517082
      print & bring event ticket

   To reserve FREE ticket to the game (San Jose Giants vs. Stockton Ports),
      email info@luvsbrownies.com. Pick up game ticket at stadium will call!!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

"A Sinful Calling" by Kimberla Lawson Roby


Get Ready.  The Black Family is back.

If you thought they were scandalous before, you ain't seen nothing yet.

 I'm sure we all know people, at least I do, who say "I've been called to preach."  

And your first thought is, "Who called you??"  I get that it's not our place to judge the heart or intent of others.  However, with megachurches and storefronts popping up every day, all over the world, you can't help but wonder, if God is truly calling all these people.

And there you have the basis for Kimberla Lawson Roby's latest novel in the Curtis Black series, "A Sinful Calling."

It mixes equal parts of love, marriage, religion, lust, sin and all the other things we encounter in our everyday lives.

Another great read from this New York Times Best Selling Author.

"Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister, and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of a 1,000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago-consumed with money, power, and lots of women. His family may have let bygones be bygones, but they continue to keep their distance. 

Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. She and Levi are truly happy, however, guilt from her betrayal of Phillip and its aftermath casts a shadow over their wedded bliss.

But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don't see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone . . . and for very good reason."

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

BET Networks Premieres "Music Moguls" and "F" in Fabulous - If You Don't Know, Now You Know!



BET Networks Premieres Two New Series
"Music Moguls” and “F in Fabulous”


Tuesday, June 28 Beginning at 9:00 PM ET/PT
                        
“Music Moguls” Premieres Tuesday, June 28 at 9 PM ET/PT on BET
#MusicMogulsBET
   

   
“F in Fabulous” Premieres Directly Following with Back-to-Back Episodes Beginning at 10 PM ET/PT on BET
#FInFabulousBET

   
“Music Moguls” showcases the lives of some of the most recognized moguls in the industry on their endless rise to the top. As artists themselves, Birdman, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, and Damon Dash bring their unique blend of smarts and creativity to the stage, to the boardroom, and the streets, as they try to balance the concerns and obligations of family with the never-ending demands of the music business. From grooming new talent to building new empires these moguls dare to do whatever they need to do to stay at the top of the game. (from BET and L. Plummer Media)
 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

"The Greatest of All Time" - Muhammad Ali, A Proud, Free Black Man

January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."  

The greatest "spoken word" poet of our time has died.

It's taken me a few days to actually sit down and write about what the passing of Muhammad Ali (née Cassius Clay) means to me and that's mainly because I think until today I've been in denial.

Although, we had all seen the effects of Parkinson's on his body for over two decades, he left us with so many quotes and poems and memories, it didn't seem that he would ever really be gone.  But, he is.  And we're all better people for him having graced this earth for over 70 years.

Muhammad Ali came of age in an era when it wasn't popular for a black man to "speak his mind."  Or, speak, at all, for that matter.  But, speak, Ali did.  And speak.  And preach.  And predict.  And he did it all with a freedom, poise, confidence and power like no one had before or has done since.

His popularity spanned generations.  In fact, my great-nephew who isn't even two years old yet, can often be seen sporting a baby tee-shirt with one of Ali's quotes emblazoned on his tiny chest.  Obviously, he doesn't know who Ali was, but one day, maybe he'll look back at his baby pictures and be grateful that his dad thought it important that he "put some respect on Muhammad Ali's name."

He was right.  He was so pretty.  And smart.  And the greatest of all time.