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55 Till Now

August 28th marked the infamous anniversary of Emmett Till’s murder in Money, Mississippi.

A new documentary debuting in November, 55 Till Now examines the kidnapping and murder of the 14 year-old. This documentary highlights the perspective of Mayor Johnny B. Thomas who was a child in that community when Till was kidnapped. Thomas shares how the impact it had on his life. Director, DeShaun Davis seeks to educate and increase dialogue through this film. The tagline reads, “Pursuing Healing Over Justice.”

I remember seeing archival photos from the funeral in which Mamie Till insisted on an open casket so people could “see what they did to my baby.” I saw those pictures as a teenager, but the image of his bloated face is seared into my brain. Writing this post, I stumbled upon it again and it made me physically sick.

Till’s murder became a lightning rod in the fight for racial equality and civil justice. Visiting his grandmother for the summer, the Chicago teen was lynched for “being inappropriate” with a white woman at the local corner store. Till was taken from his bed by the woman’s husband and his brother; the boy was savagely beaten, shot in the head and tossed into the Tallahatchie River with a metal fan strung around his neck to weigh the body down. Till was found three days later; his killers were later acquitted.

In 1993, author Bebe Moore Campbell penned a novel, Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, loosely based on the Till murder. Set in the ’50s, it imagines the back story and aftermath of the community and families impacted, spanning three decades. This fictional tale beautifully and intricately intertwines lives as well as race and class. It is spectacular and one of my all-time favorites. I have read it about four times and think it’s time to dust it off.

 

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The Elephant in the Room

The week of the GOP convention and I have been silent which is, let’s say, uncharacteristic… I am just sooo tired, I can not even begin.

I just want everyone to try honesty. This country has been headed toward the abyss for decades now: the economy, politics, education, healthcare- all of our major systems. In 2009, there was “a perfect storm” of events the likes of which no President has ever experienced. So if everyone could stop repping their party for one second and consider what occurred, they would probably be overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of it. Yet, historical progress was made in the areas of education, healthcare, veteran support, military operations and civil rights.

And now there is an attempt to pin this country’s descent on one person. Ridiculous. Is it that people are that gullible, that hateful or a combination of both?!? Because from where I stand, many of us need a civics refresher course if we think that the President has limitless power to make changes and decisions ALONE. That list is defined- it’s called checks and balances people so we can maintain democracy.

Is there work yet to be done. Yes, enough to go around. Enough for Congress to actually do their jobs to do what’s best for their constituents rather than special interests and top PAC donors. Enough that voters should do their homework and think about what will be best for their families and communities. Enough that we should consider voting records and accomplishements versus advertising budgets.

I try to remain optimistic but I am not blind. There has been so much thinly-veiled hatred over these last four years that I am ashamed and disgusted. This country is on the verge of being dragged backward which is not a positive direction for my family and cohorts.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Civil Rights, Family, Politics, Race, Rant, women

 

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Not a Burrito Fan

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(Gotta love the tagline…)

I have seen the ridiculous lines snaking out of Chipotle, especially when I worked in downtown, DC. I don’t like burritos and the layered bowls so I never understood. But I thought the rounding up (or down) practice was interesting

Chipotle lovers, what say you?!??

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Fun

 

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Better Late Than Never…

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Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will swear in Montgomery County, Maryland’s first African American, female district court judge today. Karla Smith is a former prosecutor and assistant state’s attorney. Prior to this appointment, Smith headed the county’s family violence court, prosecuting for violations of child abuse, domestic violence and elderly abuse.

But she claims motherhood as her primary role.

 
 

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Don’t Worry, I’m On the Pill

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Soooo, a birth control pill for men. Scientists from Baylor College of Medicine are that much closer to a pill with temporary or reversible impact on fertility for men. The drug, JQ1, blocks a protein that is needed to produce sperm. Scientists published today in the journal Cell.

Now, I have to say that I am impressed by the achievement- it was just a matter of time. But in reality, I don’t know that I would leave that responsibilty to a man. I’m just sayin’, if he doesn’t take out the trash, we’re annoyed. I just don’t know if there will be a market.

It is promoted as being an alternative to a vascetomy but temporary. Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I don’t see it being comparable to the women’s pill…

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Family, Health, Motherhood, Relationships

 

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Top Ten of the Olympiad Rollercoaster

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1. Pistorius doesn’t get to run in the 400 relay after all that work. But wait, he will…

2. Phelps gets out-touched by .05 seconds by Le Clos in the 200 fly.

3. US women’s teams meet up in the gold medal round of beach volleyball. The Golden Girls win their third consecutive gold medal.

4. US men’s basketball squeaks past Lithuania 99-94 in an early round.

5. Fifteen year-old phenom Ledecky steals the 800m freestyle, just in time to get back to high school.

6. After making history to win the 2004 gold and fighting through multiple injuries, Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang, doesn’t finish his heat.

7. Aly wins the bronze after an inquiry following the individual balance beam event. And then the gold!

8. Weiber doesn’t make the all-around for women’s gymnastics. And we kept hearing about it…

9. Orozco on the US men’s gymnastics team falls flat on the vault, literally.

10. Lolo doesn’t medal…so close but yet so far!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Fun, History, Sports, Youth

 

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Moonwalk Meets Swimming

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I think synchronized swimming is kinda weird but I’m mad I missed the Russians’ tribute to MJ.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Fun, Music, Sports, women

 

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Cover Girl

Strong, beautiful and sexy.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Girls, Sports, women, Youth

 

Girls, Girls, Girls

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I have been remiss in my Olympic coverage. Women have been mentioned but not the subject of my posts!!

There is so much to talk about.

GABBY! Did what she came to do, positive attitude intact. I was annoyed with all the talk about Weiber not making the all-around, I thought it detracted from Aly and Gabby. It’s the Olympics- you have to bring it! However the girls of Team USA put it all out there and brought home gold after 16 years. After disappointment in the all-around on one of her best events, Aly has a gold to make her feel better. (shhhhh)

Venus and Serena win doubles gold, shocking… Serena earns her first indivodual Olympic gold.

Lolo Jones, another heartbreak. I was rooting for her. (shhhhh) Sonya Richards-Ross claimed her gold with her winning smile as did Ennis for Great Britian, making history. Ethiopian runner Dibaba kept gold in the fam with her 10000m dominance. It didn’t matter that the women from Afghanistan and Quatar did not move on to semifinal heats in track and field, the fact that they had the courage and wherewithall to continue their sport makes my eyes well up.

Missy Franklin astounded us wuth her speed and composure taking home several medals, including gold. And a 15year-old Katie Ledecky unseated a champion in the 800m freestyle. If Ye’s time crushed Lochte’s, then maybe thay 16 year-old is a beast! Do we jump to doping solely because a girl can’t do that?! Whatever you can do, I can do better…

I ❤ May-Treanor and Jennings!!! Will we ever get enough of them? Even with their ridiculous bodies in bikinis?! Their indoor volleyball counterparts are also setting up for the gold (tee hee hee).

We are waaaaaay beyond Title IX.

Stay tuned for more Olympian women posts… I can’t fit it all in here…

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Civil Rights, Girls, Sports, women, Youth

 

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A New Memory for Grenada

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I cheered Kirani James on last night as he ran for his country. Not only did he win gold in the 400m, it was the first for Grenada.

It reminded me again of how much appearing and especially winning at the Olympics can mean to small, poor and/or war torn countries. My daughter and I reflected on it last week as we watched the track and field events begin and female athletes appeared for the first time ever to represent their countries.

That is not to minimize the experience or achievement for other athletes, but I think another “layer” was certainly evident when James spoke of his country.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Civil Rights, Girls, Politics, Race, Sports, women, Youth

 

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