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That Pesky “N-word”

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It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.

Damn right he said it! POTUS Maximus has had it. I have had it! A young, white man sat in a church – at Bible Study no less – for an hour, then kills nine of the participants because they are Black. And people want to pretend that this country has no problem with racism.

Now everyone wants to talk about that instead of the issue at hand. Be lucky that’s all he said! He probably still has bite marks on his tongue…

 

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Father Daughter Time

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I love it…

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Family, Girls, Youth

 

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Top 10 for 2014

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I haven’t done this in a while, but everyone loves a Top 10, so I thought I’d oblige. Personally, I’m looking forward to 2015 because 2014 has been awesome for me! For anyone who is going through a rough time, be encouraged! Know that it is only a season and it will pass.

These are the top posts, as far as you are concerned!

10. Top 10 Reasons Why 2011 Sucked – Okay…I was in a place when I penned this post…

9. Fruitvale Station – No surprise that this made it with the last five months we’ve had. I’m looking for the corner, so that we can all turn it.

8. 100 Days – Civil disobedience…I love it! Approaching his birthday, guess who else would have loved it…(hint: January 15th)

7. Spare the Rod – WHOA!!!!! I got in trouble for this one. A mother didn’t like my opinion and yelled at me… How dare I share my opinion on my blog…

6. Turkeys Are Done – This is dedicated to all my breast cancer survivors and to those who lost the battle. Together we WILL Save the Tatas!

5. Rant: Bring Back Our Girls – And they are still gone…WTF!!!

4. Family Tattoo – Y’all know how much I love POTUS and the first fam. How much more regular can you be not wanting your daughters to get tatted up!!!!

3. Orange – This one surprised me. There must be some fellow “artistics” in the house!

2. RIP Mike Brown – The jury is NOT still out on this…no indictment. Let’s see if the Feds can do any better. Either way, this makes me sad and bone tired…but, I am inspired that so many, especially the young, are showing their outrage. Let’s keep on it and make some demands.

Drum roll please!!!

And the top post of 2014….

1. New Rules for Women in Combat – I must have some service members and/or families following my blog! I am honored and thank you for your sacrifice. It makes me feel good that an older post still gets so many views. A virtual salute to you.

#BringBackOurGirls #MikeBrown #HandsUpDontShoot #policebrutality #veterans #SaveTheTatas

 

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I Disagree with President Obama (this time)

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Anyone who knows me knows that I HEART Barack Obama! On so many levels, he captivates and humbles me. And I am indebted to him for the inspiration that his face alone lends to coming generations who will strive to follow in his footsteps.

With that said, I disagree with him on Sony’s decision to pull the movie, “The Interview.” I absolutely believe that it is the right thing to do; it actually should never have been made.

Let’s rewind.

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I are watching NFL pre-game coverage when we see the movie’s trailer for the first time. After it goes off, we slowly turn to each other with blank expressions. “Is that a good idea?” I ask, my rhetorical question hung in the air.

Fast forward to Monday when the shit began hitting the fan. Fast forward again to Thursday when news broadcasts were reporting the outrage coming from Hollywood citing censorship and First Amendment rights. A colleague of mine and I stood and stared at the television, silent. She turns to me and I say, “Lyn, am I crazy- am I the only one who thinks this movie should be pulled? And before you answer, we ARE talking about a comedy with a plot to assassinate a country’s leader, correct?”

“Don’t you know that assassination is funny?!? No, you’re not alone…”

Let’s put aside how this country or any other feels about North Korea and/or Kim Jong-un. How is it okay to make a movie with a plot about killing a country’s leader who is volatile, to say the least? Are there no better film topics? Is this advancing social commentary? I know every film can not nor is meant to be Oscar-worthy but aren’t we crossing a line here?  No, I have not seen the movie obviously, but it never would have been on my list.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Arts, Movies, Politics, violence

 

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Daily Indignities

It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress. – President, Barack Obama

I don’t have any Black friends, especially male, who have been spared the indignities (and much worse) shared by POTUS in this article… NONE. We don’t make this shit up.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Civil Rights, History, Race, Real Talk, Youth

 

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Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

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Launched the day after the two-year anniversary of the slaying of a hoodie-wearing teenager named Trayvon Martin.

I don’t care what anyone has to say about this program.  When I first read about it, it took my breath away…and still does…moved beyond words. I respect and admire our President for having the audacity of hope!

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Civil Rights, Family, History, Politics, Race, violence, Youth

 

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A President for the 21st Century

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Have you ever worked with someone or known someone who performs a task just because it’s always been done or because it’s always been performed a particular way, without regard for purpose or end goal? Who has no interest in the fact that it could be completed more effectively or efficiently? I am, by all accounts, an impatient person. So this makes me want to tear my hair out!

And this is exactly my feeling about Congress and this country, in general. And I can’t be alone. Partisanship aside…C’MON!!!

Last night, our President reminded this nation of who we should be if we would get out of our own way. Stop making everything so difficult and get to the job at hand. This is a new era with new challenges; stop dragging collective feet and invest in TODAY… the issues of today.

I was glad to hear the tone of a second-term President ready to exert executive power. Americans need jobs, our kids need access to education (Prek thru college), technology and innovation are critical, we can’t be bruisers and fight always and fair pay is fair. It won’t be easy, but it ain’t rocket science! And if it were, we have great minds who could figure it out.

It will take cooperation.

ACA was voted into law, get over it! America elected a Black president (twice), get over it! Marriage equality is here, get over it! Pope Francis is shaking up Catholicism, get over it! Women bring home the bacon AND fry it up in a pan, get over it! Young people don’t get mired down in race and culture; get over it! We need to take care of our veterans, get over it! We have to fix the planet that we hurt, get over it! People do not need high-powered, automatic weapons to hunt, get over it! Everyone in this country at some point was an immigrant, get over it!

WHEW!!!!

Now, can we get to the America that our President talked about? The one founded on opportunity, equality, perseverance and freedom? I would like to catch more than a glimpse before I die.

 

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The R Word

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My daughter and I attended the public inauguration ceremony yesterday with about one million other people from around the country. Although chilly, it was warmer than 2009 and you had much more personal space…thank goodness.

I can recall all the points during the speech that were punctuated by applause and screams from the crowd. It was telling to hear audience “boos” as certain Congressional members and “VIPs” emerged to take their seats for the ceremony. The biggest cheers were for Jay-Z and Beyonce and, of course, Michele Obama and POTUS Maximus. There was an eclectic and historic mix on that balcony at the west Capitol steps.

I never tire of hearing from my President and yesterday was no different. As a wordsmith, I love to dissect his speeches as I did yesterday. I purposely did not read any analysis so that I could give my independent and initial opinion. He spoke to the disenfranchised in our nation and to all creeds, colors, genders and orientations. Who else has EVER done that?

But what struck me most were his racial references and the allusions to the enslavement of Africans in this country. Up to this point, Obama has stayed away from references to race, particularly his own (other than his subtle yet powerful statement regarding the Trayvon Martin case) and politically I have understood why. However yesterday, there were references abound and it made me smile.

We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free.

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

Race is an issue that we shield our eyes from in this country. Perhaps it stems from shame, but it is high time that this country has to reconcile itself with race.

I love President Barack Hussein Obama, not only for the color of his skin but more importantly for the content of his character. There are many who will never understand the disbelief that I still feel that I lived to see a Black President and the gratitude that he has normalized that idea for my children, especially my son.

I am hopeful that the content of his speech is an indicator of what’s to come. That in this second term, POTUS Maximus will finally “brush his shoulders off” (headnod to Jigga).

 
 

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No Hopey-Changey Stuff Here

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the Obama effect was not ephemeral anymore, no longer reducible to what had once been mocked as that ‘hopey-changey stuff… It could be measured in wars stopped and started; industries saved, restructured or reregulated; tax cuts extended; debt levels inflated; terrorists killed; the health-insurance system reimagined; and gay service members who could walk in uniform with their partners. It could be seen in the new faces who waited hours to vote and in the new ways campaigns are run. America debated and decided this year: history would not record Obama’s presidency as a fluke.

– Michael Scherer, Time Magazine

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Civil Rights, Family, Health, History, Politics, Race, Youth

 

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Is America Changing?

The pundits have suggested it and posed the question.

I say yes…AND no.

Prior to Obama as POTUS, I did not pride myself as or even feel like an American. Let’s face it- my ancestors were not willing immigrants. But I can not articulate the pride I felt when a Black man was voted as our President in 2008; it is something that even today still stuns me. I never thought that I would be alive to see this. The impact that his face has had on the psyche of Black and Brown children alone is immeasurable. So for this monumental achievement and in this respect, I say that America has changed in a sense…

I will also say that the younger generations have changed especially over the last decade and are the fastest-changing. They are tolerant, diverse and enterprising. Their stamp was evident in 2008 as in this re-election of Obama; not to mention the passage of marriage equality in MD and ME, passage of legalized marijuana in CO and fighting the War on Women w/r/t reproductive freedom, equal pay, as well as healthcare and education access.

But…and it’s a big but…
The level of sheer hatred that has been lodged against this President harkens back to the good ole days. The thoughts that too many male, GOP lawmakers have about women and their bodies (esp. Akin and Mourdock)…the archaic ideas about immigration and people who look different (whew… yay Dream Act in MD!)… the obvious divide of the popular vote… It makes me say no, this country is not changing. There are people who are angry that Obama is leading the country and it frequently is not based on the impact his term has had on their quality of life.

When the pundits say it, they mean the racial composition and shifting demo- and psychographics. But real change moves us forward.

In the end, the people need to keep making their collective voice heard. We must make our representatives accountable for their performance…for the people! The politics (and hatred) cannot overshadow the good of the nation.

In the words of our President:

We rise and fall together as one nation.

 

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