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For the Love of the Game (and kids)

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Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end, Chris Long, is playing for free. Good for him.

And he was part of an important meeting about racial injustice and NFL players’ right to express their frustration with that injustice. Good for him.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2017 in Career, Civil Rights, Education, Race, Sports, women

 

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Chi-town’s Finest

Part of me wishes the officers would’ve taken this picture in plain clothes away from the precinct, yet identified themselves as Chicago police officers. Then we could witness the real basis for the reprimand that they still would’ve received. Perhaps it would lose some of its visual power but the truth would be plain.

#ColinKaepernick

 
 

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Dear FLOTUS: Various ‘Love’ Letters

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A beautiful dedication to the First Lady of the United States.

Thank you New York Times.

 

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Women’s Equality Day

Supposedly, that’s today… Is it really or just a hashtag?

Yesterday, I bumped into an acquaintance that I hadn’t seen in a while; she is blessedly pregnant. She is going on 40 and never thought she would have children because that’s what she’d always been told. 

As I shared a bit about pregnancy and motherhood, I asked her how she was doing.

It’s been interesting.

She said that about three or four times, but with a smile so I wasn’t worried. What she said next changed that… her employer does not have maternity leave. 

[A quick aside: I worked for an employer with no maternity leave, however this was a small non-profit and there was short-term disability after seven days.] But we are talking about a large, stable organization. 

Not only is there no maternity:

  • There is no STD until 90 days;
  • Can’t use the sick leave bank (even as a participant) unless you have a cesarean; and
  • You can’t have leave donated to you.

Her plan: bank as much leave as possible until December, tap her savings and get back to work as soon as she can.

But they have FMLA so at least she’ll have a job to come back to…

It’s 2016 y’all! Happy #WomensEqualityDay!!!!

 

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Emojis Strike Again

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Last year, emojis scored the Word of the Year. Then, we learned of more globally-inclusive and representative icons to complete our digital chats.

Well now, we have female emojis that move away from the stereotypical. Thanks to some designers at Google, these female empowerment emojis could be coming soon.

The team chose professions dominated by women as well as ones that show a rising female workforce, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Department of Labor.

Since 78 percent of women use emojis, we want what we want…

more female emojis

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Career, Girls, women, Youth

 

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Walmart Reneges

Are we surprised?!!?

Former DC Mayor Vincent Gray sold out getting a higher minimum wage for DC residents to get Walmart to build in Southeast DC. For nothing… there will be no more stores built in DC.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2016 in Career, Politics, Youth

 

Glimmer of Hope in Dark Times

shoepaintingI’ve been having a hard time staying positive and seeing the light in this world of ours. Everywhere you look there is violence, despair and hate. But lately – no doubt due to the holiday season – I’ve learned of a few people who refuse to give up or give in.

Maurice Kie, Life Pieces to Masterpieces in DC: A young man and after-school program uses art to help young children cope with living in neighborhoods stricken with gun violence.


Tiffany Anderson, Jennings School District in Jennings, Mo.: A school superintendent who actually cares about the students and implements innovation RESULTS to real problems.

Amy Peake, entrepreneur in England: Empowering women in other countries with employment by making a necessity – sanitary pads.

Journalists out there: we need these stories YEAR-ROUND! Apologies that we make Amy Peakeyou think we only want “reality”,
depravity, terror and salaciousness.

To anyone reading this post, you’re welcome. 🙂

 

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Radio Silence

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I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long without posting.

Sometimes the world becomes overwhelming and I become withdrawn. Like I need to recharge or reboot to successfully interact. I usually write poetry to get back to an even keel, but the words did not come…

I’m searching for higher ground.

 

Who Is Robin’s Publicist?

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Growing up, I was a Hall of Justice girl. Wonder Woman was the ultimate with her invisible jet, fashionable cuff bracelets and cute crime-fighting outfit. Wonder Twins came in a distant second.

I am two generations post comic books so I don’t recall when I was first introduced to Batman and Robin. I found them very boring and dare I say it, Robin was just plain sad. A sidekick in yellow tights without superpowers.

Fast forward a few decades. My son’s FAVORITE show is Teen Titans Go. The premise: five teen-age superheroes who live in a tower and fight crime. You’ll never guess who their fearless leader is- a teenage Robin. He is cool, somewhat annoying, but respected by the Titans. And my son loves him. So much so that he and his friends fight over who will be Robin while playing the 4th iteration of Lego Batman. Let me be clear: they don’t want to be Batman.

Next, there will be a Marvel blockbuster for Robin. It’s coming…

Which brings me back to the beginning. Is it Olivia Pope? Judy Smith? Whomever it is, they have successfully revived his career.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Career, Fun, women, Youth

 

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Happy Mothers’ Day

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So after I ate my annual Mothers’ Day breakfast-in-bed courtesy of my daughter, I lazily watched my favorite: home renovation tv.

Just in time for Mothers’ Day, I stumbled upon Two Chicks and a Hammer. It is a new home rehab show featuring a mom and daughter duo in Indy. Karen and Mina rehabilitate devastated homes (17 in their town) and now they’ve moved on to the next town.

They are super cute. I could NOT work with my mom, but it works for them. And I loooove seeing women who are proficient with power tools. They are literally breaking down walls that still define gender roles! Love it.

Check them out on HGTV
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#TwoChicksandaHammer

 

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