Friday, August 26, 2011

She's A Bad Mamma Jamma - CNN's Sara Sidner

Have you guys been following Sara Sidner's coverage of Gadhafi on CNN?

I remember her from her days as a local reporter for KTVU in Oakland.

Wow. Sister-Girl is a serious journalist. This last week, while at home, I've watched her reports from Tripoli.
Do your thing girl but stay safe!

God Be With You!

Dedication of MLK Memorial Postponed Due to Weather Warnings

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Nick Ashford Dead at Age 70

I could hardly believe my ears when I heard the news last night that Nick Ashford had passed away from lung cancer. Even though none of us are immortal, didn't we just think that Nick and Valerie would be that one immortal duo?

Honestly, they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

And talented.

Before they began performing as a duo (something that was discouraged and not supported by Berry Gordy), they were already penning hits for other artists. Remember, Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned!" Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell ("Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing").

I can't even begin to imagine the void in Valerie's life right now. I mean, we'll all miss him. Even those of us who didn't even know him personally but came to believe we did through his music.

Blessings and condolences to all of his friends, family and fans around the world.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fall Into A Good Book - Kimberla Lawson Roby's "Secret Obsession" - In Bookstores Next Month

September is just around the corner. And so is another great read from Kimberla Lawson Roby.

"Secret Obsession" - to be released September 2011

A sister's jealousy pushes a family to the edge, exposing life-changing secrets and, ultimately, the beauty and power of forgiveness, in this new novella from New York Times bestseller Kimberla Lawson Roby, author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black series.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Terri J. Vaughn Take Wings Foundation

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Another Case of "Driving While Black"

Just reading this story made me cringe.

OAKLAND -- Two men were illegally strip-searched by Oakland police in public and will each receive at least $100,000 in damages, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Spencer Troy Lucas and Kirby Bradshaw had their pants pulled down on a busy West Oakland street in 2005 by officers who had stopped them for no lawful reason, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel wrote in a ruling after a bench trial.


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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rest In Peace, Bubba Smith

Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith
(February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011)

Professional football player turned actor ("Police Academy") died at his home in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Meet Miles Morales from Marvel!

Meet Miles Morales, the all-new Spider-Man debuting in Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 in stores tomorrow

Miles is half-Hispanic, half-African American.

Now that's what I call politically correct.

Go, Marvel!

Monday, August 1, 2011

"The Help" Movie Opening August 10 in Theaters Nationwide

When I first heard about the book, "The Help," from a Caucasian friend of mine, I thought to myself, "I don't want to read that book. It's going to make me mad." And, so, I didn't.

When my friends told me how great the book was, I still resisted. But now that the movie is set to open in a little more than week, I can't wait to see it. It boasts a cast of excellent African American actors that don't get nearly enough time on the big screen.

My question is - why are White women so anxious to see it? I'm so sick of hearing my co-workers say, "I can't wait to see "The Help!"" Do they find the storyline flattering? From what I've heard from those who have read the book, and from the trailers I've seen, it doesn't paint White women of that period in the best possible light. Or, do they long for a time long ago when they could sit on their butts and shop and yak on their rotary phones while "the help" took care of their children and chores?

Maybe I'm just a little bit sensitive about things with all the budget debates and next year's election on the rise and the Tea Party and Boehner and all the politics that are hitting me in the face every day.

I'll see the movie. But I have a sneaking suspicion I won't be attending with any of my co-workers. And I might just have to pull out my dashiki.