*“…the beautiful thing about being broken is that it allows you to pick up the pieces of your life, if that’s the route you want to go.”
That’s a quote from the introduction of Ruth Pointer’s unflinchingly candid, heartfelt new memoir Still So Excited, which she published earlier this year, as she celebrated her 30th year of sobriety.
You’ll remember Ruth as one of the founding members of the legendary singing group The Pointer Sisters. After reading her book, you’ll never forget her.
Along with co-writer Marshall Terrill, Pointer, 70, lovingly walks the reader from Oakland, California where she and her siblings were raised, to her father’s church, to early stardom. She hysterically tells of family times both good and bad, detailing tiffs and rifts with her famous siblings, including Bonnie who left the group in the 1970s, before they achieved their biggest successes. Continue reading →
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.
*Let me start with a disclaimer: I’m not even gonna front: I am probably the least political person out there. But at the same time and in the same breath I have always been a deep thinker; not afraid to speak my mind or give my opinion, which makes my being a writer no mistake. So when I sat front and center to watch the 1st presidential debate on Monday between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republic nominee Donald Trump, I did so against my liking, but knew that eventually I would have to hunker down and come to terms with the fact that, if you’re going to vote (and I am) you’d better sit your ass down and tune in to what these two candidates are actually saying.
Let it be known that I, not unlike many faced with making a choice in THIS election, am not head over heels about either candidate. I know that many people are voting for Hillary Clinton because they liked Bill. And many are voting for Donald Trump because they hate Obama.
It’s downright scary how frivolous and cavalier people given the power to vote have the potential to be…Kind of like many of the people given a badge and a gun.
Dead means gone forever.
Generally, by now, I have a clear-cut favorite . And if hate wasn’t such a strong word, I’d probably use it towards ‘The Donald.’ I knew immediately I would never respect a presidency he led. Actually, I thought his interest in running was a joke at first, and it was only after he was actually nominated that I realized it was not.
*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) presents REEL BLACK MEN a Short Film Showcase and Discussion on October 1, 2016 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038 and will screen 8 short films written, directed and/or produced by Black Filmmakers. Screening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a Q&A with the directors, writers and cast immediately following. Reel Black Men Film Festival screening and dialogue is an opportunity for emerging African American male filmmakers to showcase their skills, talent and vision through film screenings, while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process.Reel Black Men will screen the following films:
1. Showtime by Charles Little II
2. Joy by Solomon Onita Jr.
3. Sistah Did What? by Michael Blackman
4. Injustice by Keith Offutt
5. This Is How I Want To Remember H.E.R. by Kali Baker-Johnson
6. Protect and Serve by Aaron Andrews & Lauren Bogholtz
*As if burglarizing this woman’s property weren’t enough, these brazen thieves weren’t even in a hurry to leave. After neighbors claim they saw people taking bins of clothing out of Jamie Barnes’ South Memphis, Tennessee apartment, Barnes returned home from a short trip and found a man and woman on her couch having sex!
You can just feel Barnes’ frustration as she speaks to the media following the incident.
*The biggest political nightmare of Hillary Clinton’s lifetime could have occurred last night. During the first of three scheduled presidential debates, a different Donald Trump could have showed up: measured, informed, poised, articulate, and ready for the Oval Office.
Trump managed to hold it together for about 10 of the 90 minute, uninterrupted broadcast, although he gave viewers a hint of the misogyny he’d bring to the White House. After referring to Hillary as “Secretary Clinton,” he condescendingly said “Is that OK? I want you to be happy. It’s very important to me.”
Trump started by trying to attract voters in states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania who are frustrated by the loss of manufacturing jobs. He sounded almost semi-literate, but he quickly devolved into…Donald Trump.Continue reading →
*Whew. I need a minute and be forewarned, you might too. The article you are about to read may easily be mistaken for a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock film detailing something Norman Bates-style. But alas, it’s not. Here goes: A fully intact skeleton, still wearing clothes, was found on the second floor of a woman known to be a hoarder.
The “body” may have been there for as long as 20 years, according to NYPD.
The real-life discovery was made by accident on September 15 by Josette Buchman, the sister-in-law of Rita Wolfensohn, an elderly woman who resides in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. Buchman had gone to the home to pick up mail and some of the woman’s belongings to take to her in the hospital.
Wolfensohn is legally blind. The skeletal remains were of her son.
Authorities say there is a good chance she didn’t even know the dead man was in the house.
Police sources told The New York Post that the “completely intact” skeleton was dressed in jeans, socks and a shirt, lying on its back on a thin mattress on the floor. Continue reading →
*Kate Pierini Debernardi had just come from dinner with her son. She decided to check her emails while they waited for the BART train. But then her son yelled, “Mom! Someone just jumped down on the tracks!”
“I looked up to see a shirtless black youth on the tracks … mumbling incoherently,” Kate wrote on Facebook.