Friday, May 27, 2016

Ursula Burns, Longtime CEO of Xerox moves on (or got moved)

Ursula Burns. This pioneer will be stepping down come year's end as Xerox makes a play to stay relevant with its products in this digital age of impatience.

Whatever they do, this woman was there from the early days of Black interns (1980). She has been moved to head up another division and be chairwoman to the company. I see it as business speak for DEMOTION. Her absence shrinks the ranks of Black female CEOs in big business to ZERO. NIL. ZILCH.

I wonder whose newly-graduated wunderkind needed a job from daddy. So much for seniority and expertise.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

OUTLANDER''S Jamie, Clare, Frank/Black Jack – A menage across time?

All right. I’m gonna put it out there. And I am not the first person to see it. The principals in OUTLANDER are part of a really effed up menage a trois. Takes a big, ole breath* Clare has sex with 20th century Frank. Clare has sex with 18th century Jamie. 20th century Frank has never had sex with 18th Jamie, BUT…20th century Frank ‘s ancestor, 18th century Black Jack, has had sex with Jamie (Rape is the correct term; can’t put lipstick on that pig; also add in mental abuse).   And Jamie? Well boyfriend has had 18th and 20th century Clare, never been with 20th century Frank and was raped by 18th century Black Jack. Let’s just say he has been had by all.

It’s a fan fic writer’s wet dream. I am certain myriad sexual permutations, of Clare/Jamie/Jack/Frank, exist out in Cyberland. Horrid, humorous, nice, hard-core. I am certain some version exists where they all get along, hop between dimensions and live in some happy, BDSM-lovin’ household where their sole concerns are:"are there enough bannocks and rope?" 

I am also certain some soul has found a way around the space time continuum so he/she can pen a version of Jack swiving his descendant, Frank. With Frank liking it better than being with Clare. Oh, I am sure imaginations have run amuck.

Yep, it’s Jamie, Clare, Frank/Black Jack for the win, in a crowded marriage ‘til death do they part and beyond, for diehard fans/fan fic writers.

Write On. Write On, gentle writer. Um, er, just don’t show me. 

the dysfunctinal mess known as a "love triangle."

Retro Rights - Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X

I've highlighted both of these people before and rightly so. I'm highlighting them again. Today is the birthday of both Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X. Two folks from really different backgrounds who found common ground in fighting for social justice. Ms. Kochiyama was a "guest " at one of the American internment camps set up for the corralling of Americans of Japanese descent when WWII broke. Not seen as "American" these citizens were herded into these camps. UGH! The one her family was sent to was in Jerome, Arkansas. It fashioned her view of justice the rest of her life. She became instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s. Ms. Kochiyama passed in 2014 at the age of 93. Google honors her today with their doodle!

Malcolm X was born this day too. He would have been 91. See my thoughts on him in a previous post.

So different. So alike. Happy Birthday to both!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dr. Marie M. Daly - the 1st African-American female to earn a Ph.D in chemistry in 1947

Born April 16, 1921. Dr. Marie M. Daly.

Very sweet-looking lady. Extremely intelligent lady. What a wall of ignorance she must have encountered in her pursuit of education and in being a trail-blazer.

info courtesy: black america web

Sunday, May 8, 2016


happy mother’s day flowers

Happy Mother's Day to all! Even if your mom is no longer in this realm, if you are one or are hoping to be one, or are seen as one.

I'll let you in on a little secret. Matilda, known as Mattie in my sci-fi series THE FELIG CHRONICLES, is the mom of my heroine, Tina. This ultra-cool, frank mom is fashioned on my mother. Matilda is every inch the re-incarnation of my mom. My mom, Pearl, passed in 2004 and it was a rough transition for her. It hit me terribly hard. To get through my grief, I wrote, and in writing I was able to live and and breath again. I honor the memory of Pearl by putting her on the page. And she does not fail me in death just as she didn't in life. When penning Mattie, I was able to smile again because her actions, manners, appearance, speech and mindset ARE Pearl. My mom was a straight-shooting, take-no-prisoners, cut-the bs type. But she was loving, meticulously turned out and understanding. Just like my grand (her mom), Pearl could smell a lie a mile away. She imbued me with the same ability. I miss her but whenever I write another installment of my series, Mattie channels Pearl perfectly. Thanks, Mom. I love you. Happy Mother's Day!    

Friday, May 6, 2016

THE PORTALS PROJECT - The brainstorming result of 3 Sci-fi authors (No, not me but I am in this anthology project)


Hey Folks! I've been sitting on this for a few weeks but now it's OK to spill. I am one of the Sci-fi romance authors featured in the Portals Project. These 4 volumes contain the first chapter of a SFR author's book, be it the first in a series or a standalone. Heat levels range from mild to super hot. These samplers give readers a taste of an author they might have been interested in reading but was not sure about buying. Kinda like a "portal" into a genre and/or a new-to-you writer. And what are the best parts? It's 4 volumes long (or short, since they only contain the 1st chapter of a book); they are in digital formats and they are FREE! Learn all about it at the link above.

The power team of authors Laurie A. Green, Veronica Scott and Pauline B. Jones accomplished this task. Thank you, ladies. My contribution is in the first book up - PORTALS, VOLUME ONE, out May, 17th. Delve into a portal and get lost!