*Prior to 2008, Barack Hussein Obama did what I’d thought was impossible, or at the very least improbable during my lifetime: he, an unapologetically brown-skinned man, got elected President of the United States. In doing so, he began an eight year journey that led our country to a better place, while affirming a declaration my mother made to me when I was a little boy about everyone being able to be president. Continue reading
*My eyes are sore from all the tears as we continue to watch the goodbye tributes to President and First Lady Obama, Malia and Sasha across social media platforms.
Recently, Jimmy Fallon had guests tape messages to the FLOTUS. They poured their hearts out while looking at a large picture of her on the wall. Little did they know, she was closer than they thought..
As NewsOne reports, tears began to flow as FLOTUS emerged, sometimes so taken by what was being said, right in the middle of their message.
“For years you have shown our nation countless times that through dignity, compassion and respect we can overcome any hardship,” one woman who burst into tears once she realized the First Lady stood in front of her said. Continue reading
*Some serious marijuana activists are going all out to ensure the place of marijuana in Donald Trump’s administration. They will be handing out 4,200 joints to the people — for free — to be smoked at exactly 4-minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s speech.
Hot dang! Even the non-smokers will leave with a contact high!
Let’s hope Trump himself takes a toke of something before he delves into his “Inauguration Speech.” From what he’s shown us of his public speaking prowess, would that really be so bad?
Oh hell, why not just have one in-hand DURING the speech!
Let’s face it: A Barack Obama he is NOT.
You might be wondering “what’s the message here?” Especially since the generous givers are not calling this an anti-Trump stance; but a “protest.” Continue reading
*I have never been prouder to be an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Starting next semester, students in Damon Sajnani’s class, “The Problem Of Whiteness,” will discuss the problems caused by white people. The course’s published description is a hoot.
“Have you ever wondered what it really means to be white?” the description reads. “If you’re like most people, the answer is probably ‘no.’ But here is your chance! Critical Whiteness Studies aims to understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy.”
The course explores how white people “consciously and unconsciously perpetuate institutional racism.”
Now hear me: the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public university. Only 2% of their current student body identifies as African American and more than 75% are white. (That, sadly, hasn’t changed in the decades since I was there.) And they are hosting a class on the problems caused by white folks. I love it. Continue reading
About 83% of Americans identify as Christians, which has led many to believe that the United States is a Christian nation.
Around the holidays, the religious conversations are intensifying. There are many conservative Christians becoming righteous about the “War on Christmas.”
Churches across the country will sing about the little town of Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born, but fail to realize where exactly Bethlehem is.
Bethlehem, located south of Jerusalem, is a Palestinian city, and is home to the largest population of Palestinian Christians in the sovereign state, with an upwards of 38,000 Christians living in the city and surrounding area.
Under Israeli occupation, Palestinian Christians are suffering just as the Muslims are. While evangelical Christian conservatives overwhelmingly support the Israeli occupation due to strong skepticism towards Islam, many fail to recognize the other groups in play in the area.
*You know how some folks totally freak out when it comes to clowns. I kind of get it. Some of that makeup can be downright scary if you catch a glimpse of one out the side of your eye. But our beloved POTUS, Barack Obama, is not so moved about clowns. It’s the snow man that creeps him out. When talking to PEOPLE magazine he said they have “a kind of Chucky” affect.
Chucky. That red-haired, freckle-faced monster doll that kills people.
As if this wasn’t enough, some of the White House staff got the funny idea to use this to creep Mr. Obama out more by positioning a snow man rather conspicuously outside of his office window…in a creepy sort of trolling kind of way. Continue reading
*The legendary Sweet Honey In The Rock and the equally legendary San Francisco Symphony are joining forces on December 23rd.
That really should be all it takes to get you to get your tickets. But if you need further persuasion, keep reading! Just a few minutes with founding member Carol Lynn Maillard and you realize that Sweet Honey’s holiday performance in the city by the Bay isn’t to be missed.
“A little more than half of the show will be a cappella, and the other half is done with a bass accompaniment,” Maillard said. “It’s gonna be such an amalgam of different styles and sounds!We’ll perform some traditional material that people know, some songs from the African American spiritual tradition, some quartet songs, and some covers from Marvin Gaye. We’ll also perform some stuff from our latest recording.”
*Our national nightmare continues…
Disney CEO Robert Iger recently told investors that its flagship park, Walt Disney World in Orlando, is preparing to add an animatronic Donald Trump to its iconic Hall Of Presidents.
I’d say that the Donald Trump we’ve just elected is just as much of a reasonably lifelike but ultimately hallow replica of a world leader as Disney’s popular robots are, but that’s low hanging fruit so I won’t say that.
“Smooth transitions are good,” Iger said after President Obama met with Trump immediately after this month’s
“I will say on the smooth transitions front, we are going through a smooth transition as well. We have already prepared a bust of President-elect Trump to go into our Hall of the Presidents at Disney World.” Continue reading