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It’s. About. Time.

The U.S. Justice Department has charged four Louisville police officers in connection with the murder of Breonna Taylor. One charge is that the officers falsified evidence in order to obtain the search warrant. Think about that…

 

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Podcasts: love ’em or hate ’em?

Everyone has a podcast these days. You can find them on just about every topic: some have a very niche target say, Stephen King book fans or Queen Sugar enthusiasts, and others have a broader audience of self help or a celebrity’s musings.

Yours truly in Delaware last fall for my girlfriend’s podcast Grown Women Shit.

I remember prior to the pandemic, I had never listened to any! Can you believe it? I can think of at least two people in my circle being horrified and wanted desperately to help me find my show(s).

Now, I’m about to dip my toe in… My significant other and I have been saying for at least the last year, when we moved to Costa Rica we would launch it. Well… we’re here! We’ve known each for 31 years (whew, that doesn’t sound right!) and we’ve had some great conversations. Some have been filled with laughter, others not so much. So we’ve decided to take our show on the road!

Talk to me! Tell me if you do podcasts or not. Let me know some interesting topics that you haven’t heard discussed and would like to. Please be respectful. 😉

 

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Love Versus Hate

The level of hate that it takes for an 18 year old to shoot a bunch of strangers in a grocery store! WOW… it is mind-numbing…

Radio Raheem with the story of love and hate from Do The Right Thing.

And of course, it’s not the first time. I don’t think people realize what it does to you: the daily reminder that people hate you for a trait that is predetermined. We were born in this skin.

We know what he was being taught at home. The difference it would make if parents taught love versus hate.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2022 in Civil Rights, Family, Race, violence, Youth

 

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Two years and counting

Breonna Taylor, her mother and her sister smile for the camera.

Twenty-six year old Breonna Taylor was killed in her apartment on March 13, 2020. She and her boyfriend were sleeping when plain-clothes police stormed in with a no-knock warrant. Her boyfriend thought they were intruders and shot one in the leg.

Breonna was shot six times and died on the scene. Never mind the shady circumstances of the warrant… Nobody has been charged with her murder, however one officer was charged with three counts of “wanton endangerment” of the NEIGHBORS. He was found not guilty.

Two jurors have spoken out and said that the jury was never presented with homicide charges against the officers. Other jurors believe that the Kentucky Attorney General (and yes, him being Black makes it worse) and police department are covering up the truth.

BTW – many jurisdictions supposedly outlawed the no-knock warrant since the killing of Breonna Taylor. However, another young, Black person, Amir Locke, was asleep and killed in his Minneapolis apartment while police raided with a no-knock warrant. The Minneapolis mayor had issued a moratorium on such warrants prior to his killing.

I believe that police have the authority to do whatever they want. There are no consequences for killing civilians, especially when they are Black. The use of lethal force is the initial response be it bullets, hands or knees, no matter the circumstances. And it keeps happening.

There is a systemic problem that nobody is truly working to correct. Let ’em march, cry and keep saying their names.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2022 in Civil Rights, Race, Real Talk, violence, women

 

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Stranger Fruit

In 2022, our fruit doesn’t hang from Southern trees. It lies rotting in streets, alleys and fields. We seldom know who plucked the precious fruit… or it goes unpunished.

 

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Passion Project

Many people don’t know that I am the executive director of a non-profit based in Delaware called Empowering Single Moms, Inc. I am that behind-the-scenes person who maintains the website, conducts intakes, brainstorms, creates content and strategic plans.

Dr. Crystal Edwards is the face and personality and my long-time college friend. She is a brilliant educator and speaker who is all about public service. We were both Single Moms at a relatively young age who leaned on each other when it got rough, which was often. We needed an organization like ESM.

We were both Single Moms at a relatively young age who leaned on each other when it got rough, which was often. We needed an organization like ESM.

We create a network and community for Single Moms who often feel (and sometimes are) alone. Our programming is developed to support them in their journey to create better lives for themselves and their children. It’s alot of work and we sometimes take two steps back for every one step forward. However, the reward is transformative for all involved.

Check us out and share with a Single Mom who could benefit. (Our service region is limited to Philadelphia, PA and a few counties in Delaware and Newark, NJ). We could always use volunteers and donors!

empoweringsinglemomsinc.org

 

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So What?!??

Here’s the thing… they’ve been held accountable. That’s it… I guess it’s progress; let’s see how sentencing goes. Simple truth: George Floyd should be alive.

But a systemic problem still exists. They all thought that they were within their rights as officers. They showed no humanity and failed to recognize it in this man that lay dying at their feet. You can’t even argue the bad apple theory because this scenario of police brutality and police fatality repeats itself. People, Black people, are being killed by police and this country’s institutions (Fraternal Order of Police), the justice system says it’s acceptable.

Unfortunately, it will happen again and we will be “saying their names.”

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2022 in Civil Rights, Family, History, Race, Real Talk, violence

 

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I Almost Cried at My Desk

Obviously it’s been a while since I’ve posted… I have to say that this world had been getting the best of me and I just didn’t have the energy.

But this…

What’s sad is this shit happens several times everyday across this country. So why did this story make me so sad? I’m not sure. Maybe it was some of the comments that were posted by people saying that the police did what they were supposed to do. And why wouldn’t someone think that who has never had to endure the small and large indignities that we suffer everyday because our skin is black/brown/tan? People have no frame of reference and will never be able to wrap their minds around it. They have no idea of how afraid that young man was although he had committed no crime, even with his grandmother that close by.

That young man has to live with that experience and the reason it happened. They can wave it off because at least he’s alive, right? At least they didn’t shoot him.

That officer apologized to his grandmother; he didn’t even have the grace to apologize to this young man that his partner had cuffed in the back of a squad car.

Actually, I think it’s the look on his face that breaks my heart.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2018 in Civil Rights, Race, Youth

 

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For the Love of the Game (and kids)

chris long

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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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

pink-rose-cascade-cakeSCOTUS will hear this case today. If you haven’t heard about this case, then Google it today and pay attention to the decision when it is handed down.

A cake shop refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because it violated the religious beliefs of the owner. This violates the state’s civil rights law.

The fact that it made it to the Supreme Court is telling of our social climate. This is the epitome of a legal “slippery slope.” Stay woke!

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Civil Rights, Family, History, Politics, religion, women

 

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