Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eshe ft. Omari Hardwick

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

-Nina Simone speaks of blackness


“A lot of people have a story and a background, but mine is painted on my body,” says  Chantelle Brown young-Winnie Harlow who also goes by Winnie. She was diagnosed with vitiligo (a condition in which the skin loses pigmentation in patches) at age 4. Teased and bullied, called ‘cow’ and ‘zebra’ by other children, she never let it hold her back from her dreams.

Now Chantelle is walking catwalks all over the world, doing photo shoots with top photographers, being a role model to many people and letting the world know that vitiligo can not stop her from realizing her dreams.

I think she is gorgeous

Just in case

This was the fortune I received when I went to my favorite Thai restaurant in town. I'm putting this in my wallet for safe keeping.

Just in case.

The way out is through





Proceed with caution

F x 3

#my faith

# my family

# my friends

(& facebook)

Monday, July 7, 2014

I remember now

I returned 

facing you

When you came running

towards  me.

you needed something

something that no friend or family member or other loved one
 wanted to provide.

But you know me;

I’m always happy to be of assistance.
i used to be one of those loved ones
(well- i thought I was)

And I didn’t recall why I left

So that you could retrieve me
like a battery that might still have a little juice left
or just enough for what you needed

but I had a bad feeling about you.
I didn't know why;
I couldn't put my finger on it 
until I did what you needed done.
the memory of you came flooding back
when you left.

I fell in your trap



now I remember:

disappearing after you got what you needed.
that which
no friend or family member or other loved one
wanted to provide.


now  I remember  why I walked away.

there was nothing to walk away from really.

you can keep the keys though.
i'll have the locks changed tomorrow.

I might even change my phone number.

--Alieux Casey-George

Back in the day

This was my song of choice for my vocal recital when I was in college. About 1983. i loved this song. My professor didn't like it. She wanted to hear ballads.
 From that point on I sang Luther Vandross songs.  For a duet my friend Cynthia and I sang Peaches and Herb's Reunited.

My Facebook status update regarding Halle Berry today

I will not be available to chat or instant message or email or communicate with anyone on wednesdays from 9pm to 10 pm PST, as I will be watching an hours worth of Halle Berry. 

Raphael Saadiq - Gonna Miss U - R.I.P. Bobby Womack (1944 - 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Maybe they had the day off

"Too often readers forget the stories of the congressional meetings behind the texts that reveal the political, economic, and racial motives of the slave owners and aristocrats who wrote both documents [The Declaration of Independence and The U.S. Constitution]...the Founding Fathers removed Thomas Jefferson's criticisms of slavery from later drafts of the Declaration of Independence...The most ironic early expression of anti-black racism and advocacy of the myth of white supremacy in the United States was inscribed by Thomas Jefferson in his 1787 Notes on the State of Virginia." -Bernard W. Bell (Pennsylvania State University)

"...[Blacks] are inferior to whites in the endowments of body and mind." -Thomas Jefferson ( Notes on the State of Virginia, 1787)

Friday Flashback

I'd like to fly away.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Can we please have one good thing without others taking it, grabbing it like a baton and running with it, winning with it, and acting as if they've had it all along? White privilege successfully floats people to the top of genres where black people  have fought for decades to be represented. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My earliest memory

I was three. Maybe two. It might be earlier then when this pic was taken. I'm not sure. A week after my sister was born I turned three.
She was a baby.
I remember smelling baby powder. The very first thing I remember, suddenly, like a camera coming into focus- my sister was on a bed, lying on her back. My cousin Joy was a little older then me. I think she was five. We were on opposite sides of my sister , looking at her, playing with her. I distinctly remember hearing someone - I don't know if it was my mother or Joy's mother, telling me not to tickle my sister.  I remember being curious about this little baby, my sister, and being happy. There was alot of happiness, in those days.

When I talk to my sister, that memory is always there, fresh.That bond we had- we still have today.

What is your earliest memory?

50 yrs ago today

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most significant civil rights achievements in U.S. history. This new law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; It ended school, work and public facility discrimination, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements.
Five hours after Congress approved the law, Johnson signed it, then turned and handed pens to various key figures in getting the legislation passed, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy. He went on to address the country in a nationally televised address, saying the law was a challenge for the United States to "eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country."
In observing the law's 50th anniversary Wednesday, President Barack Obama said "few pieces of legislation have defined our national identity as distinctly, or as powerfully."
"It transformed the concepts of justice, equality, and democracy for generations to come,"President Obama said.
President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Standing, from left, are Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill.; Rep. Clarence Brown, R-Ohio; Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn.; Rep. Charles Halleck, R-Ind.; Rep. William McCullough, R-Ohio; and Rep. Emanuel Celler, D-N.Y. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is considered one of the most celebrated legislative achievements in U.S. history. Signed on July 2, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, this law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements. (AP Photo, File)The Associated Press

Here are five things to know about the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was not the first attempt by Congress to pass sweeping legislation aimed at ending discrimination.
According to, legislation failed in the House and Senate every year from 1945 until 1957, when Congress passed, and President Dwight Eisenhower signed, a law allowing federal prosecutors to seek court injunctions to stop voting rights interference. That law, the Civil Rights Act of 1957, also created the Justice Department's civil rights section, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, then a Democrat, filibustered the bill for 24 hours and 18 minutes, the longest one-man filibuster on record.
That law was followed by the Civil Rights Act of 1960, which introduced penalties for obstructing or attempting to obstruct someone's attempt to register to vote or actually vote, and for obstructing federal court orders in school discrimination cases.
President John F. Kennedy first suggested the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a televised speech from the Oval Office. He said he would ask Congress "to make a commitment it has not fully made in this century to the proposition that race has no place in American life or law." Kennedy was assassinated before the bill could become law.
Johnson, in addressing a joint session of Congress on Nov. 27, 1963, said "no memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy's memory" than passing the civil rights bill.
Rep. Howard Smith, D-Va., chairman of the House Rules Committee, advocated adding the word "sex" behind "religion" to the original bill to address gender equality. "I do not think it can do any harm to this legislation; maybe it can do some good," he said. Some suggested that Smith, a segregationist Democrat, was actually attempting to kill the bill; He said his intention was to ensure white women got the same protection.
Segregationists and conservative Democrats supported Smith's amendment. Northern Republicans — who supported the bill — opposed the amendment out of fear that it could kill the entire bill. One woman lawmaker, Rep. Edith Green, D-Ore., agreed, saying it was more important to secure rights for blacks first.
"For every discrimination that has been made against a woman in this country, there has been ten times as much discrimination against the Negro," Green said.
Rep. Martha Griffiths, D-Mich., opposed efforts to take women out. "A vote against this amendment today by a white man is a vote against his wife, or his widow, or his daughter or his sister," she said.
The House approved the amendment.
Because of the Civil Rights Act, two civil rights activists with very different approaches, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, had their first and only face-to-face encounter. On March 26, 1964, King and Malcolm X were both in Washington for the Senate debate on the Civil Rights Act. According to Peter Louis Goldman, author of a book about Malcolm X, said the Muslim activist slipped into the back row of one of King's news conferences. When King left by one door, Malcolm X left by another and intercepted him.
"Well, Malcolm, good to see you," King said.
"Good to see you," Malcolm X replied.
They were photographed smiling warmly and shaking hands. As they parted, Goldman said, Malcolm X remarked jokingly: "Now you're going to get investigated."
In his autobiography, King said of the encounter: "Circumstances didn't enable me to talk with him for more than a minute."
Congress followed up with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which banned the use of literacy tests, added federal oversight for minority voters and allowed federal prosecutors to investigate the use of poll taxes in state and local elections. The law was prompted in part by the "Bloody Sunday" attack by police on marchers crossing a Selma, Alabama, bridge that year.
That same year, Johnson issued Executive Order 11246, which bans government contractors from discriminating in employment decisions, and requires them to "take affirmative action" to ensure that employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, created as a result of the 1964 law, came into being in 1965 to enforce federal laws making it illegal to discriminate at work. Most employers with at least 15 workers are covered by the EEOC.
Seven days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which provided equal housing opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.

—The Civil Rights Act of 1964:
—Civil Rights Legislation:
—House history of the Civil Rights Act: