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Monday, January 18, 2021

The King I revere

By now you all know how I feel about MLK DAY. 

His name is MARTIN LUTHER KING. Not MLK. Happy Birthday, sir (Actually, it's the 15th).

The day has been watered down and diluted and hijacked!

That said, hear from the man himself how he'd done a 180 on his original stance and was closer to Malcolm X in his thinking. 

This interview with Sander Vanocur was done 11 months before King's murder.

This is the KING I celebrate. 

Listen and learn.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xsbt3a7K-8




Friday, January 1, 2021

KINDRED, AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY, THE 1ST BOOK IN MY HISTORICAL ROMANCE SERIES IS NOW IN PRINT!

 After finally getting the print rights back to KINDRED, AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY (Book One in my "LOVE VANQUISHES ALL historical romance series), I am able to offer a print version of the book. My original publisher still offers the digital version but does not do print for an ebook unless A LOT of ecopies have been sold.

So, after being asked by people who had the ebook, "When will a print version be available?"I took matters into my own hands.

BOOM! Here it is:

I went with Ingramspark. That outfit is the distributor and handles all with supplying books to bookstores. So, if you want to purchase a physical copy of the book, go to your favorite brick-and-mortar bookstore and order it. It won't be on the shelf as shelf space is precious in a bookstore and booksellers want books by BIG NAMES on those shelves. Known moneymakers. Best-selling writers.

Lil, ole me is an unknown. So, if you want it, walk in and order it! BUT if Amazon is the only bookstore you bother with, wait until next week. By then Amazon should have updated its book inventory, and then you can order a print copy. Either way, I'd be ever so grateful. Thanks!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

HAPPY FRIGGIN' NEW YEAR! 2021!


 Yeah. It's been a bitch of a year but we got through it.

Trump World.

The sentiment behind "BLACK LIVES MATTER. (YES. I agree whole-heartedly with the meaning but the intent of the folks behind the  movement? No! 

Ahmad Awbury. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Too many more to name.

The Pandemic.

So much nothing from a useless Congress. People around the world are getting paid throughout this pandemic and the U. S. is haggling over whether or not we should get another $1200 buck check after 10 MONTHS of nada! By the way, they voted to give us 600 measly bucks. Yippee, right? Not!

My two-cents on the way a lot of people handled this pandemic: BADLY! 

You had people out in the Hinterlands of America (who saw on the news that Blacks were being made the face of this scourge), defiantly, decide that COVID 19 was a hoax, but a "hoax that for some reason was chiefly eating Black and Brown foolks. So, these denizens of the Hinterlands deduced the "hoax" wasn't about them. So they partied like it was 1999 at their local bars. UNMASKED. Didn't social distance and sure as hell didn't wash their hands. They felt invincible because IT was only getting "those people."

WELL.

PLAY STUPID GAMES; WIN STUPID PRIZES.

And unfortunately after each beer pong encounter, each ball game, each pool party, and a few weeks after each fish fry, it was revealed to most that they'd left each get-together with a lovely parting gift - COVID-19.

So, it's been quite Karma-ish that the HEARTLAND got bitten in the backside by the COVID bug.

See, Black folks have always gotten a lick and a pray when it came to health care in the U. S. OR have been medical guinea pigs with EVERYTHING and its mother tried out on us before the "dominant" society is treated with the bonafide cure. Medical abuse leads to ignored health issues when you aren't really interested in the subject's health. Important ills go untreated when your goal is something else all together. Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. all are dismissed or over treated when the subject being worked on seen as simply a means to an end for others. That's why Black people are skeptical to get the COVID-19 vaccine. There is this seemingly over zealous push for us to be near the front of the line. It's view as suspect. Special attention from a source that has NEVER cared about our health. But with this Jiffy vaccine, we are suddenly Priority One? I'm good. Let someone else have mine. I'm perfectly happy with the protocol my naturopath gave me.

Nope.Rushing to get vaccinated won't stop one from getting 'Rona. One still could catch a mild form of it even though one has been vaccinated. So still take precautions.

But I digress. 

The year is over in hours and I am looking forward to better times. I appreciate everyone who has visited this blog this year. Thank you! I wish you all a wonderful 2021. Expect great things and you will receive them.


HAPPY NEW YEAR! BE SMART! BE SAFE!




Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Hi! I'm still here. My move kicked my backside but I'm still standing with the help of "QUIET STORM music.YAAAAAAS!

 I'm back again! 

Like I said, I moved last month and it has been a bitch! I'm the type who has to have at least ONE room all together before I take a break. In this case, the room I chose was the living room. IT IS DONE! Now I can rest and unpack the rest of the place on a two box per week basis

To relax while I chill out, I've discovered the new and improved "THE QUIET STORM" radio channel. TQS was a concept birthed by a Howard University student when workers at the university's radio station went on strike. The young communications undergrad (Melvin Lindsey), armed with a stack of his own LPs took over the booth and played "slow jams"to fill the void. His smooth voice capped it off. His voice was the personification of that Smokey Robinson lyric "soft and warm, like a quiet storm." An innovation and a hit were born and WHUR (Howard University's radio station's call letters) has never been the same.

He played Chaka Khan, Angela Bofill, The Brothers Johnson, Herbie Hancock, The Delfonics, Earth, Wind and Fire, Phyllis Hyman, Michael Henderson, The Emotions, Randy Crawford, Labelle, on and on. He even played the "B" sides to their records. These were artists who were NOT getting the wide air play they deserved and he found a home for them

Lindsey was "THE QUIET STORM" and by the time he'd left WHUR, the concept had swept the nation and soon every urban radio station had either a drive time slot or an evening slot for TQS. Even after his departure from WHUR in '85, other DJs kept his signature sound at the station. 

He made his mark. He made history and a legacy and it continues today. Thank you, Melvin!

Give the sound a listen. You'll never be sorry you did.

http://thequietstormstation.com/

http://listen.streamon.fm/whurhd2



                                Mister Melvin Lindsey

Thursday, November 5, 2020

This time 55 percent of voting White women, as opposed to 53 percent in 2016, cast their ballots for Trump. Shocked? Not shocked.

 https://www.dailydot.com/irl/trump-white-women-exit-polls-2020/



Why am I NOT surprised? 

Of course the majority of white women who voted did so for Trump. In him they see their father, their uncles, their grandfather. Hell, I am sure many are dating, engaged to or married to a boorish cretin like 45. They've grown used to making excuses for these guys because though they are uncouth, slow, crass and unsophisticated, the same guy knows how to stick it to others to get what he needs for himself. And the woman in his sphere benefits from his dealings. She is no victim; she is right in there beside him in the mire wallowing in her share. 

Look at Melania. No victim she. Right in there with the Donald for all the perks and baubles. As much of a "birther" and bigot as her slovenly mate. She eats heartily at the table of patriarchy (Lord, I hate using these jingoistic terms, but hey, it fits  and explains the reason for 55 percent of voting White women casting their ballot for 45. 

I suppose they bought his line about Black and brown people invading their suburbs and devaluing their real estate and robbing and raping them. I say quit letting your college-aged kids, or your retirees, or YOU from GENTRIFYING the inner city's Black and brown neighborhoods. Which raises rents, or property taxes, and forces out the original dwellers. The only place the Black and brown can afford then are those old-assed, half-empty apt. complexes in YOUR 'BURBS. So they are relegated to those environs. I see it all the time and it has been happening in France for decades. The rich and those who can afford it, live in the city. The poor are forced out to the farther arrondissements. 

Yeah, so many of these broads might lament, "Patriarchy is keeping me down!" when hubby or boyfriend or daddy ain't in ear shot but not nare one would ever think of chucking Tad or Dad when he is the one that trees bend to shade when he passes by. Naw. They like a winner who can command all. 

Patriarchy may chafe and suppress but it pays so well in comfort and recognition. Slave masters of old didn't do it all by themselves. The slave mistress, his wife, reaped the rewards of his deeds too. Look, some broads outwardly act like Offred, but inwardly love being Serena Joy. 

I mean what would Chelsea Cheerleader be without her all-American Big Man on Campus on her arm?

Just another chick in a tight top and a short-assed skirt with pom poms and a short shelf life.

Amirite?




Wednesday, November 4, 2020

I'm BA-A-A-ACK! AND I SURVIVED ELECTION NIGHT!


 Biden/Harris


No. I had not left. I'm in the midst of a move and it's been tiring and frantic. I simply had no time to post. BUT...Here I am one day after this nation's presidential election. Still no winner announced. It's like waiting for the votes to tabulated for a victor on The Voice or American Idol or any other of those competition reality shows. Which would suit the Mango-Man-In-Chief quite well. It's right up his alley. Lots of tweeting and bloviating about a "rigged election." Yes, Don, we know. That's why that Coney-Barrett robot/chick was confirmed to become a justice so fast. It's all about you taking umbrage with election results if you aren't the winner, or if it's too close to call. You rushed and packed the court with another conservative judge to try and ensure a positive outcome for you if recounts have to be challenged and decided. 

OLD DON THE CON. Never learned how to play fair. Or nicely with others.

You haven't changed one iota from your shyster days of  not renting to Black people, or steering them to one of your crappily maintained properties. But you and Daddy got sslapped with a discrimination lawsuit. A FEDERAL matter and you and Pops had to PAY for your bigotry. New York has been on to you. It didn't vote for you in 2016 and did a repeat this year. Same with New Jersey. Only righteous rubes voted for you. Not city slickers unless they were stinking rich.

I voted for Biden/Harris with all their flaws. C'mon Blue Wave!. 

The only way I'd have ever voted for you, Don, would have been to vote you OFF THE ISLAND! Game show tactics your rudimentary mind understands.


Trump/Pence


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Two losses in the R&B world - Pamela Hutchinson of the Emotions and Edna Wright of Honey Cone


Pamela (center) with her sisters, Wanda and Sheila

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Tb80rmPt4 "Best of My Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=god7hAPv8f0 "Boogie Wonderland

Just as folks were celebrating "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire last week, a woman who sang with the dynamic 70s group, the Emotions, AND who sang with EW&F on their hit "Boogie Wonderland" passed away after a long fight with breast cancer.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/21/entertainment/pamela-hutchinson-emotions-death-scli-intl/index.html



Lead singer Pamela Hutchinson of the Emotions passed at age 61 on Friday September 17th. She and her sisters, Wanda and Sheila formed the group. In '77 they won a Grammy for "Best Performance by a Duo or Group for their big hit, "Best of My Love."







                        Edna Wright




Second loss was Edna Wright. She was the lead singer in the R&B group Honey Cone. Pictured in the center above, she left this mortal coil at age 76 on September 12th. She was the sister of singer Darlene Love, famous in her own right. Honey Cone's biggest hit was "Want Ads" and "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show."



Rest in Power to both divas!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gfzj2EOing "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2cQ47VVzU0 - "Want Ads"

(Oh Lord. I remember wearing those hot pants. They were all the rage)