Politics: Only In America
I often hate to discuss the political climate of America because it pisses me off. Every single bit of it. Even the eight years before the last 100 + days because they gave President Obama hell for being Black. Nothing was ever good enough or done well enough or sharp enough and no matter how great it was, they found ways to discredit him as an individual by questioning his academic accomplishments, nationality, citizenship and competency as a whole. Anyway……………..here I go!
Dictatorship On The Hill
We live in a world full of people who are driven by their prejudices. They thrive off of them and allow themselves to be full of hate. They discriminate based on half-truths and fallacies so that they can justify why they hate. It’s sad because those things are then filtered down to those they touch on a day to day basis but even sadder, they raise their kids to believe the same things. As the days continue to pass in this Trump Presidency, I am seeing people. Not that I didn’t see them before but they feel entirely justified in pretending that Alt-Facts are real facts and there doesn’t appear to be any reasoning with most of them or talking them out of their foolishness.
Trump: What's The Fallout
I was riding in this morning listening to Sirius XM Progressive (127) because in my loaner car they don’t have Urban View (126). I wish I knew the answer to why that was……..but either way, Stephanie Miller was a good second choice. Her and her staff had me cracking up because they were going in on this president elect. They kind of sound a bit like me and others I know when it comes to never accepting or admitting that they live in a country where Donald Trump is the president. He’ll never be my president. I’ll never accept that. And as much as I want to attribute it to those who treat my current nation’s leader so badly, it’s really because he doesn’t deserve the title.
Rocking Your 2016 Vote!
This election stuff is killing me. I’ve been taking my time with it and filtering the amount of foolishness I take in at any given time, but lately, it’s just been hard to avoid. I want to be as informed as anyone else who pays too much in taxes, has a decent enough idea of how politics plays a role in how they live day to day in their communities and just downright hates the corruption that we see in those we entrust our governing to. But in 2016………………there are just some things going on around me that don’t make a whole lot of sense at all and probably shouldn’t be happening if we were as progressive as we thought we were.
Soap Box Chronicles: Stand For Something
I have not addressed racial issues for several months on the blog because it was starting to become so repetitive and mundane to me if that makes sense. Saying the same things over and over again. Yelling the same slogans and asking the same questions. Questioning people who aren’t Black about their intentions and thought processes when it comes to racism and racial injustices in this country. Of course to no avail………..answers that made sense weren’t received. So I did what everyone else does after they’ve yelled for a couple of weeks. I stopped.
We Are Magic And We Are Real
I’m going to preface this by saying that writings like these come from my admiration of Black America. I strongly love and support my community as a Black Woman because that’s the only thing I know. I want the best for us just like any other ethnic group would want the best for theirs. That doesn’t mean I am racist because I’m far from it. What I am is aware of the world I live in and the world my son is growing up in and I would be a fool if I wasn’t. You are a fool if you aren’t. What I hope to achieve by the words that I put out into the universe when it comes to race relations is just to make EVERYONE more aware of where we stand. I want to increase the fire that is lying dormant inside of all my people because we forget The Struggle is still a struggle sometimes. I live in a nice neighborhood, have a good job, drive a nice car, and have several degrees……….but it doesn’t exempt me from being discriminated against or talked about or overlooked. Even when my white or other counterparts have achieved less than what I have achieved. I will always ensure that I speak my mind on these issues and do whatever it is I can do to make others want to get out here and do the same. Things won’t change if we aren’t moving towards the goals that will facilitate the change. We have to start there first.
Roots: Why I Didn't Watch
There are probably countless slave movies out there that have been made and regardless to the content or story line, it’s all the same to me. It’s the story of oppressed people who were enslaved, beaten, abused, disregarded, terrorized, held back, threatened, minimized, separated from their families, experimented on, raped……..the list goes on and on.
Colorism: Perspective On Dark Girls
The documentaries for Dark and Light Girls both debuted over a year ago and when they did, I was only able to get around to watching Light Girls. I much as my heart ached during both specials, truth is, I’m really neither of the two and fit comfortably somewhere in the middle. When I was growing up and even now as an adult, I am questioned about my blackness. People want to know if I am mixed with something due to my skin tone and hair because everyone seems to have a hard time believing that you can be black with what they consider “decent” hair and not actually be all one ethnicity. That probably annoyed me more than it offended me for a long time.......until it started to anger me as I become more aware. It's almost as if they insinuated that my looks mattered because I wasn't just a Black girl. Like mostly all of us, I have many things in my bloodline but identify as African American when I check the block. Without a doubt, I will always be proud of that.
To Motivate And Promote Pride. Is That A Crime?
Coolest Guy We Know, President of The United States, Guy We Will Miss Terribly…………..he's been giving commencement speeches at a few schools over the last few weeks but the one I adored the most was the one he gave at Howard University. One thing I will say is that though I haven’t heard it all, the sound bites I did hear gave me great pleasure because it enraged many white people as usual! He was completely authentic and real with a bunch of young Black Americans who are going out into the world and representing not just themselves and their families, but educated Black people as a whole. There will be a journey for each of them regardless to how easy or hard that journey will be so he made sure that they were clear to remember something very significant.........that they should celebrate their blackness. Period.
The Bathroom Law: Who Is It For?
It never ceases to amazing me the amount of people we have in this country who are completely ignorant when it comes to matters of social and racial justice.........among other things. Whether the news, talk radio, random people talking near you or people who are closely knit to you, the opinions that everyone shares are not always aligned with logic.
The Tokens Among Us
I will say that I was pleasantly surprised to hear that they chose Madam Harriet Tubman to grace the 20 dollar bill in 2017 (very disappointed that she will be sharing it with Andrew Jackson which is totally bizarre). Though there have been mixed emotions about it, it never for a second dawned on me that some of those reservations would come from African Americans….........not because we should support all things Black but because she was a strong, courageous, determined, outspoken, slave freeing pioneer of her time. Just an amazing woman to be a representation of our history on a widely distributed bill.
Soap Box Chronicles: In The Workplace For Us
We go to school, get degrees and start lasting careers so that we never have to bask in the glory of our humble (or not so humble) beginnings. My first job was Pizza Hut and I promise even at sixteen I had the same no nonsense attitude and mouth that I have now (though now I’ve earned it!) That attitude has helped me push forward in my education and my career accomplishing quite a bit in a short amount of time. I always felt that I needed to maintain the focus I gained so that I didn’t have to ever again fold boxes, take orders, prep pizzas or get stuck in the back washing dishes.
Abortion: A Woman Has A Right To Choose
There is a fine line between being up front and honest vs. being up front and honest when you are running for President of the United States. Donald Trump started something he won’t be able to get out of in this country. I’m not even quite sure why he said something so ridiculous. Any woman who decides to have an abortion is really the one responsible for the choice she is making. She’s making the choice for herself not to be a mother to that child. She’s deciding to terminate a pregnancy she decided she didn't want to move forward with. She’s deciding that she will allow her body and emotions to be strained and battered. These are her choices.
Black Community Issues: Remove Your Blinder Please
There are millions of people on this planet and there is only a subset of those individuals who hold on to ignorant ideologies of what it means to be Black, African American, or Negro in this country that we live in. There is another subset that doesn’t care to know because it isn’t there struggle so they live ignorantly as if race issues don’t still exist where we live. And there is another subset of people who don’t see why we complain, fight, argue, burn down buildings or riot because they think either we are fine or the reason why we’ve been oppressed in this country since we were brought here is because of us.
Implementing Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients
If you truly think about it, we all have our addictions. It could be shopping or eating or spending or cleaning or exercising or whatever it is that you are overly obsessed about. That compulsive behavior can lead to other more serious things like drugs and alcohol. This addiction has led many states to put in place a program that will make those who depend on government assistance to take drug tests in order to attain and keep it. It has become a very hot topic that has been swirling across the country for a very long time and when I first heard of it I had my personal opinion on it.
Black Boys Matter: Education In Our Communities
I am focused. I am ready to learn. Let’s turn up!”
As I mastered another day in the life of a social media junkie, I came across a tweet from Dr. Steve Perry (www.drsteveperry.org/), who I adore by the way, saying something profound as he always does. It was something along these lines: People continue to say that the educational system is failing us but that’s not true. It’s doing what it was intended to do. Provide quality education to some.
Soap-Box Chronicles: Why The Black Face For Nina Simone?
Let me first start by saying that I have had this very conversation with some of my fellow bloggers in our group on Facebook and I had this conversation prior to seeing the actual trailer for the Nina Simone Biopic that Zoe Saldana is playing in. Right off the bat I was in my feelings because she is in “black face”. This always ignites my fire when they find someone to paint because there are a ton of talented people out here that can play these roles without the makeup. After seeing just a snippet of the trailer, I was really done with whomever casted this young lady in this role.
Soap Box Chronicles: HBCU Integrity
I want to start off first by saying that I am by no means a separatist. Not at all. I love equal opportunity for everyone. The reason why there is so much separation in this country now is because there were people who believed that because we were different in whatever way that meant, we needed to be doing different things in different places. Some of those people still exist today but what can you do? You can’t make people come out of their old ways…………..stop being ridiculous and foolish…………..grow up and be realistic about the world they live in. It’s fear. That is what it is. Fear that they teach to their offspring because they want to keep that mindset going. Unfortunately I don’t see that really changing no matter how much the color of America has and will change.
Black History Daily
Black history month is quickly wrapping up for everyone that isn’t Black, connect with Black people on a regular basis or just has no interest and will be glad to have their social media feeds uninterrupted with awesome black history facts. For the rest of us, Black History continues! We get no days off so we will continue to connect on all issues daily that pertain to melanin infused skin! I love it!
Trump: The Primaries
Last year some coworkers and I were sitting in the office talking. We don’t do much work during the holidays in my office……………..So we talk a lot......... Anyway, we were sitting there having a very deep discussion that I was reminiscing about while looking at the primary information floating around. I’m not one to really talk about religion or politics in the type of environment I work in because it is run by those who don’t look like me or think like me in a number of ways. And not just that, I get really in my feelings terribly when we start talking about politics and religion (and I do this a lot with my friends.............we care because not only do we have a crazy level of tax responsibility but I have a child growing up in this world). I also haven’t learned to tone down when I’m passionate about something! Don’t judge me though. It's my truth.
Get Off Your Behind And Vote!!
I remember when Ms. Stacey Dash got her behind on National television and proceeded to tell America that the African Americans in Louisiana are uneducated and dependent on the system because Democrats have a plantation mentality. Whooooo Lawd I had to catch my breath while Mr. Joe was playing it on repeat that morning on Urban View. (Pay for SiriusXM y'all) I got in my feelings because she is generalizing a group of people as they always do when they are on tv talking about blacks. This also led to talks of the Affordable Health Care Act in which millions of Americans take full advantage of because it allows them the option of getting healthcare at a reasonable cost for themselves and their families while ensuring that if they are really sick, they still have coverage. I know there is some fluff in the bill and things that affect me personally as a homeowner, but every bill can be amended to deal with those things while maintaining the integrity of what benefits people the most. I would love to see them pull stats on who using OBAMACARE!!! I can bet money that it isn't majority poor blacks. I also made the point earlier that I have coworkers who took advantage of the marketplace because it was a better cost point than the packages provided by our companies. There isn't one single uneducated person working in or around my building so how do you explain that Ms. Dash? Are they slaves too? (She's a freakin idiot being used as a Pawn in the game)
Pro-Black: Black Panther Party Diversity
My passion for the black community is something I can not put in to words. Not because black people are superior but because as a black women, I realize our beauty, our diversity within our own communities, our brains, our creativity, our ability to love and forgive, our resourcefulness or ability to rejuvenate with little resource, our ability to give life and nurture, our ability to create and communicate across barriers……………we are awesomely dynamic on every level and much of that is seen in the day to day creations that many people across the world enjoy. It’s hard not to love being black even though history and others outside of the black community have done a number on us and robbed us of some of that joy we should feel always. I’m not anti anything. I’m just pro black.
Oscars So White: Diversity For Awards
I am not completely in tuned with the Oscars because I never feel like it is representing the gamut of things I pay attention to and watch. There have been so many movies that black actors have played in over the years that don’t even show up nominated in categories where they would clearly dominate if they did. Just like my best friend said, Angela Bassett played the heck out of her role as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to do With It but yet, Halle Berry gets one for being turned out in Monster’s Ball. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great actress but it’s a shame because she’s done way better films! Denzel tore up his role in Malcolm X but didn’t get an Oscar until he played a corrupt police officer in Training Day. Let’s not forget years before his role in Glory! (or the ton of movies that everyone else has done) I’m completely over it.