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Danae Mines is the first woman to be featured in FDNY Calendar of Heroes. Annually, the Foundation arm of New York’s fire department produces a calendar of shirtless firemen to raise money for fire safety programming and education. Mines was the first woman to audition for a spot and she got it!

I appreciate the fact that she is wearing clothes…

I wanted to show representation of the 41 women that are on the squad. The guys were really excited and they wished me good look. They actually thought I was going to automatically get it.

Wanna order? Visit http://www.FDNYFoundation.com

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in History, women

 

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Recycled Homes Hit DC

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The ultimate in recycling could create a new topic of discussion for affordable housing.

Amidst the plethora of residential development underway in the Nation’s Capitol is an apartment building made of shipping containers. Although these homes have popped up all over the nation, this is a first for us. This unique building is being erected in Northeast DC area, near Catholic University.

Units will be available in September 2014.

Other homes around the country.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Family, Home ownership, Politics

 

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She Paved the Way

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Alice Coachman Davis, first African-American woman to win a gold medal at the U.S. Olympics, died Monday at the age of 90. Known for the high jump, Davis became a medalist at the 1948 London games.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Civil Rights, History, Race, Sports, women

 

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Pre-college Blues

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I am extremely proud of my daughter, as she prepares to begin the next phase: college. Nadiyah is headed off in seven short weeks and I have been excited for her. This was a great time in my life and I’m sure it will be for her.

With that said…I want her to leave…now!

I’ve had folks tell me that students do this to make it easier for them to leave. I’ve had folks say that kids get scared and anxious and lash out. Perhaps it’s a mixture of both and then some. I have never been as upset with her as I’ve been over the past month. Now let me state for the record that my daughter is only 17 and not past the hormonal teenagery bitchiness. BUT- all of a sudden – she does not listen, she does whatever she wants and cares about nobody but herself. The most interesting part is she’s only this way at home…interesting may not be the best word. Last week, I had a Bernie Mac out-of-body experience and all I wanted to do was “bust her head to the white meat!”

Seriously…I’m not liking her.

 

Archie Must Die

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I’ve never followed this comic or any other for that matter… I honestly didn’t know that Archie still existed. However, this story caught my eye.

Publisher and co-CEO Goldwater announced that the main character Archie Andrews will die in this Wednesday’s issue. Archie will die trying to stop an assassination attempt on the comic’s openly gay character, Kevin Keller, a military vet and senator who supports increased gun control. Goldwater says that they thought that saving Veronica or Betty would be predictable and not as impactful.

The goal? The hope is that the issue serves as “a lesson about gun violence and a declaration of diversity…”

WOW. Well, the best comics have always provided social commentary and/or satire. Apparently Archie is all grown up.

 

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Arts, Civil Rights, Politics, Youth

 

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Moving Toward Living Wage

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Today the minimum wage increased $1.25 per hour in the Nation’s Capital,  moving many residents closer to a living wage.

On average, this means about $100 more per week for a family of two. There is still a ways to go, but I am glad to see the initial steps. This does NOT include restaurant workers because they receive tips (but no sick leave…smh).

Baby steps…

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Career, Family, Politics, Youth

 

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