Coleman Young was Detroit’s first black mayor, and its longest running, serving from 1974 to 1994. He was a hero in metro Detroit’s African American community when I was growing up there. Young was renowned — or infamous, depending on who described him — for not shying away from public debates, be it on the air with prominent television news anchors like the late Bill Bonds, or at town halls with prominent Republican politicians from neighboring counties, like L. Brooks Patterson.
Boy, we could use a “Coleman Young” on the national stage right now, huh?
*President Barack Obama, during his farewell speech, said “If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere.”
Detroit’s Myya D. Jones, 22, has taken the president’s sage advice to heart. She’s running for the mayor of her hometown.
“I have always been interested in civil engagement,” Jones told Detroit’s Metro Times. “But I was turned off from doing politics because we had such a negative stigma around politics in Detroit.”
Now, she hopes to change that narrative, while she changes things in the city she calls home. Continue reading →
*Don’t you just love when an organization that is worthy of support let’s you know what you can do to help? And don’t you love it even more when it doesn’t include giving money?
The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival has applied for a grant with the philanthropic arm of the century-old check printing company, Deluxe Corporation Foundation. LAWTF will be awarded one of 10 grants in a Twitter-based competition called the “Short & Tweet” grant program.
YOU…yes you, can help this 23-year-old arts organization, that has given women artists from around the globe an onstage presence through producing one-woman performances, by TWEETING why you feel LA Women’s Theatre Festival would be a great recipient for the grant.
But here’s the thing…
You’ve got to do it NOW. Do it while its on your mind because all tweets must be received by midnight tonight, October 21, 2016.Continue reading →
*I’ve shared my home with a pit bull for seven years. If she’s at all indicative of the breed, they are the most misunderstood, maligned, lovable, loyal dogs in the world. Because of that loyalty, she will do whatever I tell her to do — even drop squirrels and feral cats from her jaws.In the hands of the wrong owner, she could have easily been trained to fight.
That said, a wholesale ban on pit bulls — which is exactly what had been proposed in Montreal, Canada — seems like a canine witch hunt to me.
The current city code does not include cats on its list of animals that need to be leashed.
I would think not!
Now, I’m more of a “dog person,” having only lived with one cat in my lifetime. (I don’t believe you “own” animals; you share a home with them.) Salem (he was named after the cat on the 90s TV show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) was one smart pussycat — the only one I knew who could fetch.
*If you’re not a sci fi super-nerd, skip this story! For the rest of us…read on!
Fans of CBS’ former Supergirl series just got their second summer gift. The first was the series being picked up by the CW. The show enjoyed a strong debut last fall, but suffered declining weekly audiences throughout its initial run. Many fans were left wondering whether the Girl of Steel would fly again next season.
(I could have wept when I first saw that image, prominent in Supergirl’s intro each week. Don’t judge.)
“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “We cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!” Continue reading →
*It may be easy to look at someone suffering from Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia, and think it is a choice they made.
Our minds may immediately shift to the belief that these people just want to be skinny. They are vain and feel this is what will make them beautiful.
They can change this if they really want to.
Oh, if it were that easy.
While these eating disorders may have started with the desire to “look better” — especially for those in the public eye who feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty — it certainly doesn’t end there.
And the most surprising thing to learn about this eating disorder is that it has absolutely nothing to do with food.
Do you really think that a grown woman who has allowed her weight to wither down to 40 pounds, is satisfied with the way she looks?Continue reading →