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Friday, November 2, 2018

THE O'JAYS RETIRING? NOOOOOOOOO!

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Pardon my absence. I've been toiling over 4 WIPs and not getting anywhere in them. Though, I must say my 1st effort in horror is moving along.nicely. So here I am to take a break and soak up inspiration. Actually, to inhale gummy bears and blackberry tea. Well enough about my travails.

Noooooooooo! Say it ain't so. One of my hometown R-n-B groups is retiring! I've been listening to their smooth tunes for over 4 decades and now they are gonna rest their pipes.☹ Yes, THE O'JAY's are calling it career and leaving the stage.All the members are in their 70s and have been at it for SIXTY YEARS but they STILL can blow!

They will be going on a farewell tour come May 2019 and will be releasing their final album, THE LAST ALBUM. But to wet out whistles until it drops, they released a single from the album called ABOVE THE LAW. Listen at the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHSK71l7lbk

It has the WHAT'S GOING ON vibes of Marvin Gaye and the same type of message. Oh, man. I'm gonna miss these icons.

I say Happy Retirement! to Walter Williams, Eddie Levert, and Bobby Massey and past member Bill Isles. Fourth member William Powell died in 1977.

I can't say I have a fav song by them. They are ALL so damned good. Damn. They were part of the many-layered soundtrack of my reteen and teen years.

THE O'JAY'S retiring? Damn..I'm getting old.

Okay. okay. Okay. I lied. Here's an oldie but a goodie. The intro, the outfits, the foot work. They are everything.         

BACKSTABBERS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfznbRucAhE

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PS The group had their lawyers send the then Presidential candidate Donald Trump a cease-and-desist letter to stop using their song FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY during his campaign.

Way to go, men!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Henrietta Lacks, the hubris of both John Hopkins University and the NIH and the medical community

https://blackamericaweb.com/2018/10/11/little-known-black-history-fact-henrietta-lacks/

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This is no surprise. U. S. scientists have always used poor populations on which to test out new drugs or procedures or simply play God. This usually meant BLACK populations but could include those seen as disposable too - The mentally challenged. Any woman back in the day seen as "loose." Any non-White person. Any person who was termed "retarded." The list went on and on  And the atrocities continued into the mid 70s in lots of states.

One instance happened at a hospital where my mom worked as a nurse in the the late 60s to early 70s. To her horror, she noticed that young Black women with two or more children, who came to the hospital to deliver another child, were allowed to remain in the hard labor stage without anything to take the edge off. Hours would go by. She saw these women scream in pain and she would attempt to ease their pain only to be shooed away by the attending.Why was this allowed to happen? Because the state had on record that these women were either unmarried, or of "low I. Q." or were "poor with what was seen as too many kids." Most were on public assistance.  They were seen as unworth and their wants unimportant. So, making them miserable during labor meant a doctor could swoop in, like a White knight, at the last minute with a paper for them to sign to get "pain relief." In actuality, the fine print also stated that while delivering the relief and the patient's child, he could STERILIZE her too!

My mom left that hospital. I'm certain she was threatened not to talk or else. After that, every woman she could reach in our neighborhood she told  not to deliver at Such-An-Such Hospital and to have someone to read over anything anyone hands them at another

Researchers are notorious thieves. There. I said it. They are forever looking to hone in on each others work and steal the limelight, credit and any funds. I know believe me. I worked at a company full of the fragile souls

So, the disrespect shown to Henrietta Lacks when she was alive and after her death and to her family is par for the scientific world. These types love to point fingers, be holier-than-thou because they are doing it for humanity, yadda, yadda, yadda. Please shut up..

It is shameful that the Lacks family is not being paid for their loved one's contributions to society. Literally her contributions, her tissues (The HeLa Cell line) have been sold around the world for cancer research and for AIDS research. Procedures or treatments developed in the last 40 -50 years, were made from her stolen flesh, her amazingly aggressive cancer cells that live to this day in some Petri dish in labs around the globe. These finds have made scientists worldwide hella rich and the Lacks family has received not a coin.

So, if you or your loved one survived cancer in, say, the last half a decade, get down on your knees and thank the Lord and a little Black baltimore housewife named Henrietta Lacks.

You owe her.

P. S. John Hopkins University who STOLE her tissues will name a new campus building after Henrietta. Big whoop! Pay her family, thieves!

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Yeah. It might get old but not for me!

IT'S SEPTEMBER SO THAT MEANS IT"S EARTH, WIND AND FIRE TIME!

What can I say? You missed a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you never saw this group in concert.

The thrill when the house lights went down. The emcee's voice reciting that famous preamble as the that pyramid floated down from the rafters!.The audience screams! Maurice in his jumpsuit. The rest of the costumes. It was a good era.

Oh yes. It's that time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs069dndIYk

and a bonus track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=god7hAPv8f0
Earth Wind and Fire Tickets | Earth Wind and Fire

Earth Wind And Fire LET'S GROOVE Best Of 17 Song Collection NEW SEALED CD 5099748651129 | eBay

Frank Yerby, Black novelist whose bestseller was adapted for the big screen in Hollywood

https://blackamericaweb.com/2018/09/05/little-known-black-history-fact-frank-yerby/

Author Frank Yerby Pens Seven Novels In Seven Years - Jet ...

Ever read or heard of the book "The Foxes of Harrow?" It was a smash bestseller back in 1946 and was purchased by a Hollywood studio the same year and was given the H'wood treatment in 1947. It was released as "The Little Foxes."

It was a damned good movie about the in-fighting, treachery and greed of a rich, prominent, White Southern family. My mom loved that film because one of her favorite actresses was in it - Bette Davis. Rex Harrison starred too. I saw it years later and have to admit old Bette put the work in and commanded every scene she was in

But more interestingly, the book it was based on was written by Mister Frank Yerby. A Black man who probably would have had to sit in the "peanut gallery" (the upper mezzanine where it was hard to see the total film as the top part of the screen was partially covered by the friggin' curtains above it), that lovely viewing area to which Black folks were relegated in a movie theater at the time.

Yerby, a Georgia native, a graduate of Paine College and Fisk University, took up writing after he dropped out of the University of Chicago's doctoral program in education. Wow. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during THAT conversation with his parents.

Anyhoo, Yerby beat the odds and wrote 33 books, mostly centered on White Southerners and established a track record of success.  He left America (um, I wonder why) and settled in Spain. He remained there until his death

Works

The Foxes of Harrow
A Woman Called Fancy
Pride's Castle
The Voyage Unplanned
The Girl from Storyville
Fairoaks
The Dahomean ( 1971 release considered to be his best work)
and many more

Frank Yerby

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The "Negro Motorist Green Book" gets the Hollywood treatment

https://blackamericaweb.com/2018/09/07/little-known-black-history-fact-the-real-story-behind-the-green-book-movie/

I'd have no problem with the "Green Book" making a return. If you didn't know, The "Green Book" was a guide named for its originator, Victor Hugo Green, for Black folks only, published by Black folks only, that listed safe places to stop for gas or food or lodging on road trips. It listed "Blacks Only" vacartion spots too. My grandfather used it in planning all our trips here in the States, especially on the ones down South. We were not insulted that the "Green Book" was needed. It helped him make safe choices in lodging and gas stations that were Black owned or would serve us. More importantly, it kept us safe from nutcases who thought harming vacationing Black folks would be a lark.

But the "Green Book" died as did Black establishments that catered to Blacks once the Civil Rights Movement licked in. Shame. Some of those resorts were gorgeous but couldn't survive because former patrons flocked in droves to now permitted but previously forbidden  places. Places that wouldn't have pisssed on them if they'd been on fire previously but now had to grant them access.

I don't recall mt grandfather flocking to those places as he always used to say, "Why would I give my money to people who don't want me in their establishment? Makes no sense. And I surely don't want them fixin' my food."

Wise man.

As for this movie. It should be interesting. Hollywood loves dramas with Black people when they are being treated crappy. Otherwise, it's comedies all the way. In any case,  I do like Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen

The Negro Motorist Green Book - Wikipedia

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Aretha Franklin - The G. O. A. T. of all music

https://blackamericaweb.com/2018/08/17/little-known-black-history-fact-aretha-franklin/

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So much to be said about Miss Franklin. Not enough room to say it in.

Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942 and went home August 16, 2018.

She's been admired, studied, praised and copied and she will continue to influence future generations of performers.

She was the 1st woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

She never was contracted by Motown. Atlantic Records and Capitol Records was where the magic happened. An unbelievable catalog which SHE owned! Not some third party with an agenda.

“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” were born. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Ain’t No Way,” and “Chain Of Fools” and on and on.

In life, she didn't do things by halves. So in death expect no less.

Her funeral will be in her hometown of Detroit, MI. on August 31st, 2018. I predict it will be several hours long. Whatever the length of the service, please don't invite Madonna to speak.

Rest In Power, Queen.

Aretha Franklin | Music fanart | fanart.tv

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Was the Lone Ranger based on an actual badass named BASS REEVES, the 1st Black Deputy U. S. Marshal west of the Mississippi?


The Life and Times of Deputy U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves ...

BASS REEVES.. Think DENZEL WASHINGTON in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! Hold that image.


Was BASS REEVES the inspiration for the dictional LONE RANGER? I used to be glued to my TV on any given afternoon after school watching episodes of the "Adventures of the Lone Ranger.' The masked man atop his steed, Silver who'd he urge to "Hi Ho, Silver! Away! And let's not forget his "faithful Indian" sidekick, Tonto. Hey, I loved the show. What did I know? It was entertainment. Clean and wholesome. But that's how deceptions work. They are attractive and showy and go down smooth like the sweetest medicine. All the while, the truth the deception is based on is never revealed

But folks somewhere, somehow, always have the receipts!

Enter Bass Reeves. Born into slavery in Crawford County, Arkansas, legend said he beat up the son of the man who owned him after a round of cards. That's bold and brave and very badass. he escaped into Indian Territory where he stayed several years learning many nations languages. Father of 11 children with his 1st wife, killer of 14 assailants in self-defense and a record 3,000 arrests under his belt, the man was bigger than life. So, why wouldn't he have been the model for the LONE RANGER? It's a disgrace the TV character could not have been Black. But then again, White audiences would have smashed their TV sets or had the vapors. A little like many did when Barack Hussein Obama was elected President. Twice.

But I digress.

Yeehaw, Mofos!

Anyhoo, read more about Bass Reeves courtesy of Black America Web at the link below

https://blackamericaweb.com/2018/08/03/little-known-black-history-fact-bass-reeves-2/


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