Friday, December 28, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
On Saturday night, I received a text from a friend wondering if there were any truth behind news that Whitney Houston, the legendary singer, had died. Upon subsequently checking the news outlets on my laptop, I was smacked with confirmation that the 48-year old entertainer had indeed passed away. I returned her text with this shocking news and went about texting others, wondering if they'd heard as well. Of course, in this age of instant communication, they had, and the tributes flooded in. For many of us who were children of the '80's, the death of this singularly talented woman, whose powerful vocals were a regular part of our youth, this comes as an acute loss and she will be missed. Rest well, Whitney, you and your music are eternal.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The madness that is the new conservatism rages on. Here for your reading pleasure is the brand-spankin' new version of the peculiar institution that a Tennessee faction of the Tea Party is trying to sell us. Tea Party Groups In Tennessee Demand Textbooks Overlook U.S. Founder's Slave-Owning History
Friday, January 20, 2012
Etta James, the legendary blues singer, has died. The belter of such hits as the rocker "Dance with Me Henry" the sassy "W-O-M-A-N" and the now-classic ballad "At Last" succumbed to leukemia at age 73 in a hospital in Riverside, CA. Ms. James was born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA and beginning at around age 14, embarked on what would become an illustrious career. During this career, she won 6 Grammies, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is survived by her husband Artis Mills and her two sons Donto and Sametto, and despite whatever personal tribulations she may have experienced in her life, the most important thing to recognize is that she has left the world a more soulful place to live. Thanks, Etta.
Last year, Jamie Hein, a 31-year old white landlord at a Cincinnati, Ohio duplex was found guilty of violating Civil Rights law by posting a whites-only sign on her swimming pool after one of her tenants brought his biracial daughter to swim, using the justification that blacks and biracials use hair products that would cloud the water. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission found her guilty of violating civil rights law and last Thursday she lost on appeal. So happy for small victories in the face of those who would try to hold us back.