1. August 2013
Iyanla Vanzant’s show on OWN, “Iyanla Fix My Life” has set the once popular and spiritual guide back on center stage and in the center of a new, possible, controversy.
Vanzant is now chastising black women for their nearly consensual role in their own exploitation. It’s probably a good guess that through her in-your-face counseling of the women of reality shows like Syleena Johnson and Evelyn Lozada, Iyanla and Oprah’s special on back-biting and/or gossiping women, and an episode of her show where she heals the relationship between black women that attempted to run a website together that she got fed up! (more…)
29. July 2013
The talent on the streets of America should be reflected on the show America’s Got Talent, but there are plenty of acts we catch in the downtown Metropolis of most major cities.
One unidentified father and son made the rounds on YouTube and Facebook when they were posted a few years ago drumming on buckets in front of Chicago’s famous Wrigley Field. The son is a 3-year-old phenomenon that has obviously been trained by dad…quite successfully. The video, while it may have been posted back in 2009, is still amazing as it has popped up on Facebook over the weekend. (more…)
23. July 2013
George Zimmerman is not the only criminal in Florida. The state’s government is having their feet held to the fire for the way they’ve chosen to translate the Stand Your Ground law into the acquittal of Zimmerman and false imprisonment of Marissa Alexander.
The EURweb reported that Mary Mary have joined with Stevie Wonder to boycott Florida until they abolish the law. And the call to action has been heard and more of music’s heavyweights are answering the call and cancelling their concerts and standing with the socially conscious, legendary balladeer, according to veteran White House correspondent April D. Ryan of the White House Report. (more…)
16. July 2013
During Apartheid in South Africa, African Americans and others were a part of a campaign to divest from the country. Government sanctions were not the only U.S. entity to pull out of a relationship with South Africa, many people, especially African Americans, and students from all types of colleges, via various organizations, stopped supporting those companies with South African interests.
Stevie Wonder has been a crusader for justice for many years for every humanitarian and civil rights effort imaginable. He was a central figure in supporting the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King on his birthday by creating one of the most popular songs in history. But now his focus is on the Trayvon Martin murder and acquittal of George Zimmerman. He now vows that we won’t have to worry about spending another dollar on one of his shows in Florida because there won’t be any. (more…)
14. July 2013
The George Zimmerman case ended with a “not guilty” verdict that those in favor of justice are not happy with, but the reaction from the civil rights organizations and the community will not allow this to be the end of the story.
Former White House adviser, Van Jones, who resigned under duress over his past activism as well as “crude” remarks he made about Republicans, took to Twitter on Sunday morning after the verdict came in and posted a powerful picture of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., in a hoodie similar to that Trayvon Martin was wearing the night he was gunned down by George Zimmerman. (more…)
14. July 2013
Most mothers think they have given their child a name that they can be proud of. Some names have nostalgic or honorable meaning because they are taking on the name of a relative or parent. But, then you have names that, well…..
Anyway, no matter what a child’s name is it has no bearing whatsoever on who the child is…or their parents. Kate Hopkins is a British reality TV star that does not approve of her children interacting with or having a relationship of any kind with a child with what she calls a “low class” name like Tyler, Charmaine, Chantelle and Chardonnay. She believes that their names say something about their parents status and their intellect, yet her own children are named: Poppy, Maximillian, and India! (more…)
10. July 2013
As the George Zimmerman trial comes to a close, the authorities are already suspecting there will be trouble …and lots of it.
The expert predictions given thus far believe second degree murder will be hard to prove with the evidence and testimony that has been given by forensic specialists. And as we all know, this high profile case has the country on edge and most awaiting the verdict. But the fear is that with such a pressure cooker percolating there may be riots that exceed those sparked by the Rodney King case where all officers connected with the beating of the century were acquitted. (more…)
5. July 2013
As the Trayvon Martin trudges on, the witness that will not be forgotten is Rachel Jeantel. And since her courageous testimony, more of their relationship is uncovered and just how important her testimony was for her.
Through Jeantel’s attorney, Rod Verdeen, she revealed that her friend was “one of few guys that didn’t make fun of her.” Jeantel is Hatian and Dominican and her first languages are spanish and creole. The defense attorneys twisted her testimony and her inability to not read cursive very well that launched a nasty tirade of criticism that she obviously has dealt with for a lot of her life. Verdeen said:
“All right, so when I hear these folks jumping all over her and castigating her in the court of public opinion, it makes me say to myself, now see this is why people do not want to come out and be witnesses in cases when they see things happen because they’re going to be ridiculed and just castigated in the court of public opinion.” (more…)