*They learn early don’t they? We’d like to think of children as these young, innocent and pure people; and they are, until taught otherwise. Then they can be cruel — even in elementary school — where a white kid stood in front of 10-year-old Taylor Armbrester, a Black kid, and read the following poem.
Actually, Taylor, while speaking to AL.com, said there were three different poems.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, I am white, you should be, too.
The second was…
Roses are red, violets are blue, I am white, why aren’t you?
And the third…
Roses are red, violets are blue, God made me pretty, what happened to you?”
Hmm…wonder where this elementary aged white kid got this idea from? Not to mention the poems. Continue reading →
*Expectant mothers, you gotta love ’em. Just because they may be in the hospital preparing to give birth obviously doesn’t mean the multi-tasking goes buh-bye. You may recall a week or so ago we wrote about a school teacher working on her lesson plan while she was in labor. Now a video of a woman dancing to Bruno Mars’ hit, ’24K Magic’ after being in labor for 19 hours with no results, has surfaced and boy, has it gone viral!
Remember this woman’s beautiful pregnancy photos was featured on EURweb — along with those of Beyonce — a few months back? On April 15, Azja Pryor and her Fiance and business partner, Cherif Ndiaye, became the proud parents of a little princess named Iman Joelle. The baby was born at a healthy 7-lbs. 15-oz somewhere in between the 19th and 20th hour.
Pryor, a health coach, gained 38-lbs. during her pregnancy. But get this: she lost 30 of them within TWO WEEKS after giving birth. See more on her healthy weight loss in her post further down.
She credits the success of her healthy pregnancy to living a clean and active lifestyle. In fact, the first ultra-sound shown to the parents of their little girl had them asking the doctor…
Wait. Is that her arm raised up in the air?
They both laughed when the doctor called it an affirmative! The little girl was exercising already!!
Over the past 9-months of her pregnancy, Pryor has been very transparent to her legion of social media friends. Several times a week it was not surprising to see posts where she shared her challenges, along with uplifting affirmations and words that generally spoke on the importance of maintaining a healthy body and a healthy mind. She and her fiance also continued to share their hiking videos and meal suggestions.
Researchers say interventions should come earlier in life for disadvantaged children
*(HealthDay News) — Teens and young adults who come from troubled backgrounds have a greater risk of killing themselves, a new study suggests.
Kids exposed to suicide in the family, parental mental health disorders and substantial parental criminal behavior had the highest suicide rates, the study found.
The findings “emphasize the importance of understanding the social mechanisms of suicide and the need for effective interventions early in life aimed at alleviating the suicide risk in disadvantaged children,” according to study author Charlotte Bjorkenstam from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and her colleagues.
The research included almost 550,000 people from Sweden born between 1987 and 1991. The study participants’ health was followed until age 24. During the follow-up period, there were 431 suicides. Continue reading →
*July 13 will mark two years since the death of the woman whose racial profiling incident sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. Sandra Bland was 28-years-old when a police officer in Texas Waller County pulled her over for not signaling a lane change. Something that would — or dare I say, should — under normal circumstances, have resulted in a fine or even a warning, escalated into a major event that would ultimately turn fatal. Little reminder is needed as we recall the horrific way that Bland was forcefully removed from her car by the cop because she wouldn’t extinguish her cigarette. Moreover, as seen on a recording by a dashcam video, she was threatened by an obviously short-tempered officer who pulled a stun gun or her and threatened, “I will light you up!”
When the incident hit social media emotions ran high. But they reached a boiling point when Bland was discovered hung in her jail cell three days later and her death was ruled a suicide.
Adding insult to injury, the arresting officer, a state trooper named Brian T. Encinia, had attempted to justify the arrest by charging Bland with ‘assaulting a public servant.’ But thanks to the video, a perjury charge and subsequent trial held Encinia accountable and he was ultimately fired for the way he handled Bland’s arrest.Continue reading →
*Huh? You obviously read the headline. I’m not offended if you were puzzled. I had the same feelings writing it. Or should I say, rewriting it. You see, when I read about the response Alyssa Wilson’s school administrators had when she was brave enough to complain about the recent sexual harassment she had gone through, I was stopped in my tracks by their response.
Talk about blaming the victim.
Why the hell would they give a contract to Wilson? No, what the hell is a CONTRACT doing in the mix anyway?
“There is no way a contract is going to help me and keep me safe, or the other girls that attend Las Vegas High School,” Wilson told Yahoo Beauty via Twitter when messaging about the incident. “There needs to be more actions done than just a piece of paper.”
Previous to the Yahoo Beauty followup, Wilson had made her feelings known by posting this photo and comment on her page.
“So you get sexually harassed at school and all you get is a contract????”Continue reading →
*I grew up hearing clichés like “it’s never to late,” mainly from well-meaning people who were good at talking the talk even if they didn’t walk the walk. But I’ll save all of that for my therapist…
That particular cliché — it’s never too late — I took to heart, and reenrolled in college after having dropped out a handful of years earlier when my eldest daughter was born. There was almost a decade between my initial enrollment in college straight out of high school and my earning that BA…
*The element of surprise has been a hallmark of superstar Janet Jackson’s 30+ year career.
If you’re too young to remember, Jackson’s landmark 1986 Controlalbum, with its defiant distancing from her famous family, surprised even her most ardent fans.
I was one of them; I’ve loved that girl since she was little Penny on Good Times. I still can’t look at a clothes iron without experiencing a little anxiety, and I still have an emotional reaction whenever I see actress Chip Fields!
As I think about it, the launch of Jackson’s recording career was a complete surprise, with her having spent the first years of her career focused on acting instead of trying to compete with her incomparable older brother, Michael. Beginning with her eponymous album, the youngest Jackson delivered passable pop with an urban edge that suggested there was something more to come.
At the age of 19, Jackson fired her father (he’d been her manager) and shocked the entertainment world as she emerged from Michael’s enormous shadow via a series of huge hit records, courtesy of wünderkinds Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Continue reading →
*Abuse shown towards ANY child is enough to make you mad as hell; but let’s keep it real, seeing a white woman laying a wooden paddle to the behind of a 10-year-old Black boy is going to raise more than a little hell.
And hell it has raised. To the tune of more than 70,00 views and growing in a very short period of time.
Thanks to the quick efforts of a concerned citizen sitting in her car, a video was taken and uploaded to social media. The video was obviously started late based on the comments that the woman shooting it makes. Her remarks as she appears to be speaking with someone either in the car with her, or she is speaking to the camera, makes us think that the woman has been hitting the child for a while before she gives him one last hit and he falls to the ground. She then throws the paddle into the jeep. Continue reading →