Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Friends of Faith" Present Dr. Condoleezza Rice - An Event to Benefit Underserved Women with Breast Cancer

"An Evening with the Honorable Condoleezza Rice"

Presented by Friends of Faith, Inc.

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Monday, March 29, 2010
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Friends of Faith, Inc. 510-834-4142


TICKETS: $250 VIP (includes reception and Photo Op with Professor Rice)

$100 and $50 General Admission

For VIP tickets, call (510) 834-4142 for more information. VIP tickets will be held at the door.

All other tickets are available through:
City Box Office
(415) 392-4400
Visa or Mastercard only

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"My Times In Black And White" by Gerald M. Boyd

"My Times In Black and White - Race And Power At The New York Times"

So many books. . .so little time. This is the latest book I'm reading. I'm always reading five or six books at once.

For those who don't know, Gerald M. Boyd, was a journalist who became the first African American metropolitan editor and managing editor at The New York Times.

Under his leadership, the New York Times would earn Pulitzer Prizes, but as fate would have it, all did not end well.

Mr. Boyd "resigned" in 2003, after the fallout of the Jayson Blair (another African American "journalist," and I use that term loosely) plagiarism scandal. Unfortunately, Gerald Boyd got caught up in the corporate version of "driving while black."

The book's introduction, written by Gerald Boyd, is a story all its own.

This is a "must-read," especially for those of us (and aren't we all guilty at some point or another) who think that success is defined in large part by career.

Mr. Boyd died in 2003, at age 56, from complications due to lung cancer.

For me, this is one that is hard to read - hard to put down.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Princess Noire - The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone"

by Nadine Cohodas

From the author of Dinah Washington's biography, "Queen," comes the story of Eunice Waymon - better known as Nina Simone.

"The gifts that would turn Eunice Waymon into Nina Simone (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003) were apparent by the time she was three, though the passions, the mood swings, and the ferocious intensity that marked her adult life were buried for years under hter talent. She was born on February 21, 1933, the sixth of eight children, in Tryon, North Carolina, . . ."

A must-have for the African American home library.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

I Get By With A Little Help from My Friends

Do you ever think that sometimes you just can't get through another day of the workplace. . .er. . ."drama," to put it nicely?

I was having one of those days and then randomly my ipod landed upon Twinkie Clark's powerful rendition of "Endow Me."

This is a selection from her CD recorded in Charlotte, North Carolina, entitled "Twinkie Clark and Friends."

What a powerful, gifted singer.

I think I'm going to get through the afternoon.

Peace and Blessings.


Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark is a two-time Grammy Award winning American gospel singer, composer, musician, and evangelist. She is a member of The Clark Sisters, an influential gospel vocal ensemble active since the late 60's.