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PROTEST IS THE AMERICAN WAY.

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Last week we loss the comedian, civil rights activist, and nutritionist, Dick Gregory.  He was in his eighties and lived a meaningful life that touched millions.  I remember as a child sneaking and reading my father's paperback copy of Gregory's provocative work "Nigger, an Autobiography.  It was a straightforward reflective masterpiece that epitomized America. Until the end Gregory maintained the fire in his belly that governed over everything he shared with the masses. He didn't turn into one of those elderly men that lost their ability to challenge the establishment.

I say all this as I watch Jim Brown turn his back on Colin Kaepernick.  Brown a man that stood with Ali and other great athletes during the civil rights movement belittling Kaepernick for taking a stand on his beliefs;  a non-confrontational, personal stand that Colin took when he chose to sit or kneel during the national anthem.  He committed no crime.  Yet Brown who has a terrible history when it co…

WE GON BE ALRIGHT BUT TIGHTEN UP YOUR WALLET

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The presidential election is over and half the country is extremely distraught about  the outcome. That is normal because their are distinctly several Americas. We are the United States of America in theory only. Election 2016 is now history and we have no choice but to move on.  The Democrats fucked up.  They did not listen to all the voices in their party. I am a native New Yorker that has witnessed Trump's arrogance and total disregard for others, most of my life. I know what we are getting. He will pretend to be presidential and thoughtful over the next few months but true character always shines through.  As for Hillary she thought that Democratic nomination was her birthright. I remember the Clintons wanting President Obama to step aside and wait his turn.  I ain't forgot. Hopefully this is the final chapter in politics for that couple.  There is no denying I am disappointed by the election's outcome because just the sight of Rudy Giuliani makes me want to regurgita…

THE POWER OF THE "P"

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First I will start off by saying the Republican party ain't shit and NBC is pathetic.  I received this flyer from the New York Republican State Committee yesterday in my mail as NBC's infamous Access Hollywood tape is being played over and over again on the news. The salacious 2005 recording has garnered nonstop exposure as everyone listens in on Trump's secret "locker room banter" at the age of 59 or 60 with the annoying wannabe-pimp, Billy Bush. The Republicans are outraged that The Donald would talk about women in such a vulgar manner.  The standout comment being on the tape "grab 'em by the pussy," has them acting like they have only the word pussy used to describe an actual cat.  Meanwhile, the network that aired Trump's "Apprentice,"wants us to believe they miraculously found that, more than a decade old, tape a few days ago.

I am not naive and I know that some men/boys may explicitly talk about degrading women when they are out…

THANK YOU COLIN KAEPERNICK

"And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave". You won't hear those words during Whitney Houston's historic rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.  These words have been edited out but they capture the essence of the United States national anthem.  Francis Scott Key the author of the Star Spangled Banner was a racist.  He was a slave owner and as an attorney he prosecuted abolitionist.  Yet all across the United States Black Americans stand for the national anthem some with our hand on our heart and some without; oblivious to the origins of that song.

Blacks are the most patriotic Americans you will ever find…

THE GREATEST!

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The greatest boxer and athlete that America has ever known made his transition to the other side on June 3, 2016. Muhammad Ali was a charismatic, beautiful, defiant icon that graced the world with his presence. He was not just a sportsman but an international figure that shook the world to its very core.  This strong powerful black man was unapologetic about his proclamation that he was "The Greatest". "It is not bragging if you can back it up", he boasts.  And yes he backed up every bit of his braggadocios exclamations.

I was born after he demolished the former heavy weight champion Sonny Liston.  That iconic picture of Ali triumphantly standing over the crumpled Liston is my only memory of it. His heroic stand against the Vietnam War and his call for the civil rights of all people was etched in the history books when I became aware of him.   I do remember as a little brown girl in Brooklyn waiting to see the Thrilla in Manila; Ali and Frazier's anticipated b…

THE THREE REASONS I WILL BE WATCHING THE OSCARS

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I am all for boycotts to a make a stand against a social, economic, or political injustice.  The boycotts and sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement are perfect examples of making significant change by agitating the powers that be.  Those actions were for life or death issues.  Boycotting the Oscars is not. 



1.  Chris Rock is hosting.  He was hired way before Mrs. Pinkett-Smith decided her husband was shaded by not receiving a nomination for the concussion film.  I will not pass up a chance to see the brilliant and prophetic Chris Rock on stage.

2. Hollywood.   The movie industry is the problem for the lack of diversity in Hollywood not the Oscars,  You can't blame the child for failing if the teachers did not provide him with the knowledge required. Those who feel Hollywood has left them out have to make there own way.  People of East Indian descent did not wait for white Hollywood to capture them in film.  They created their beloved Bollywood.  The Nigerians have done the same wi…

Bowie's Star Shined Bright

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The passing of David Bowie last Sunday saddens me.  It is as if a light that illuminated the universe has dimmed.  I can't say I am a mega fan who owns every Bowie album or that I even got to see him live and in concert.  Despite that his music was part of the soundtrack of my youth.  His passing like Michael Jackson's makes me nostalgic for the way things were.  I am after all an eighties kid who grew up watching Bowie on MTV; the station that originally wouldn't play black artists but was fine playing the rock artists that were influenced by black music.

The Blues gave birth to a child and it was called Rock "n" Roll.  Bowie knew that and he respected those artists that paved the way for him.  One of my favorite songs of his is the rhythmic masterpiece, "Let's Dance".  I remember hearing it on R&B friendly radio stations WBLS and WKTU in New York city right along with a play list that included Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.  It was quite …