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About Me

I was practically born a member of the Democratic Party. I began registering people to vote while still in elementary school, often after Sunday school. I'm excited about the future of our party because good, in the end, always wins!

Journal Archives

Tamika Mallory," The Black Experience is Complicated."

Roland Martin, affectionately known as "Uncle RoRo", hosted Women's March co-founder Tamika Mallory on #Roland Martin Unfiltered. As usual, he brought the funk and allowed Ms. Mallory to speak for herself. She denies making any anti-semitic statements. Below is the interview in its entirety.

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

The truth of the matter is that you do not have to agree with everyone in all things. For example, some people don't believe in voting. Those whom choose this path find other ways to exact change. Although I disagree with this on principle, I try to work with people where they are.
Being black in America is complicated, indeed. There is a reason why black voters are among the most pragmatic in the democratic party. Strategy requires making/finding allies. This can make for some complicated pairings. Let's try to have some nuance and seek a greater understanding rather than stand ready to cast judgment.

Happy Founder's Day Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Happy Founder's Day Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

From aka.1908.com

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded on January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. Its founders were among the fewer than 1,000 Negroes enrolled in higher education institutions in 1908 and the 25 women who received Bachelor of Arts degrees from Howard University between 1908 and 1911. Nine juniors and seniors who constituted the initial core group of founding members and seven sophomores who were extended an invitation for membership without initiation comprised what are acknowledged as Alpha Kappa Alpha’s original 16 founders. Led by Ethel Hedgeman (Lyle), the nine Howard University students who came together to form Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority were the scholastic leaders of their classes. Each also had a special talent or gift that further enhanced the potential of this dynamic group.

The Original Nine: Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjorie Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Ethel Hedgeman (Lyle), Lavinia Norman, Lucy Diggs Slowe and Marie Woolfolk (Taylor)

Famous Members:

Sen. Kamala Harris

The late Maya Angelou

Actress Phylicia Rashad

The great Coretta Scott King

Actress and Comedian Wanda Sykes

Actress Loretta Devine

And all the pearlescent goodness pictured here....

A heartfelt thank you to all the pearls who have continued the work of lifting the community. Happy Founder's Day, ladies.

Happy Founder's Day Devastating Divas of Delta Sigma Theta!

Happy Founder's Day Devastating Divas of Delta Sigma Theta!

From the Founder's Day Statement:

"For the last 106 years, Delta has provided public service to communities here and around the world. Working
within our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust – Economic Development, Educational Development, International
Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health and Political Awareness and Involvement – the
Sorority continues to put forth relevant and relational initiatives. And, we can’t stop now! The nation’s social
and political climates call for our consistent engagement and participation as there are still underrepresented
populations that need our voice and underserved communities that require our helping hand. There is no doubt
in my mind that we will continue to answer the charge because that is who we are, and that is who we’ve
always been."

Famous Deltas:

Actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph and Angela Bassett

Johnnetta B. Cole

The late Gwen Ifill (pictured center) and Actress Susan L. Taylor (pictured right)

The late Natalie Cole

The great Betty Shabazz

The late Barbara Jordan

Roberta Flack

Too Much Excellence to List...

Congratulations, team crimson and cream. I pray that your organization continues to thrive and do good works throughout the world!

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Live

Lauryn Hill Remixes, "Nice For What"

So happy to have found this gem.

If You Could Pick A Song To Describe The President.....

I'd go with Runaway. How about you? Which song do you think best describes Trumplethinskin?

"So let's hear it for the douche bags. Let's hear it for the a$$holes" .......

15 Years Ago, Today

Spicybrotha and I were married.

I saw your smile, clear across the room and above all others, that day. Now, that's partially because you're super tall (well, mostly), but it's also because your smile is absolutely stunning. It flows freely, without any hesitency, and it just beams from the inside out.

I don't remember the music. I mean, I know what was playing, but I do not remember hearing it. All I remember is hearing and feeling my own heartbeat and wondering if THIS was normal.

I know there were bell ringers lining the aisles. There were 40 women in white surrounding us. Beautiful decorations, beautifully dressed attendants, everyone whom we love, mentors and spectators were all there and I saw none of it.

Then, I saw your smile. I don't think I even breathed until that moment. And once I gave you my hand......everything seemed real, again.

I love you, spicybrotha.


So you go to cash your check at the bank. You make sure to provide all requested forms of identification with no issues. You're probably in a great mood anyways because it's payday! Instead of getting your hard earned coin, they call your employers...

Okay....Since they can not make contact with your employers, they refuse to honour the check. You leave, without a fuss or scene, and they then call the police...... for YOU?!?

What. The. Hell.

Pioneer Ballerina Raven Wilkinson Has Passed Away At 83

From Essence.com

Pioneer Ballerina Raven Wilkinson Has Passed Away At 83

by: Rachaell Davis Dec, 19, 2018

The dance world is mourning the loss of pioneer Ballerina Raven Wilkinson.

A New York native who fell in love with ballet at the age of 5, Wilkinson is credited with being one of the first African-American women to dance for a major ballet company. She began studying at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1955 when she was just 20 years old. According to PBS, Wilkinson eventually left the prestigious dance theater after six years, during many of which she was subject to continued racial discrimination.

Original article here: https://www.essence.com/entertainment/ballerina-raven-wilkenson-dead-at-83/

One trailblazer, to another....

A mentor to fellow ballerina Misty Copeland, Wilkinson is credited as one of the first Black women to dance for a major ballet company.


We must tackle misinformation, to be sure. We must be sure to inform the ill or partially informed (I mean why would one choose to blame a first lady for her husband's policy and not the co-sponsor ,Joe Biden, or a person that actually voted for the same policy ,Bernie Sanders...right?).
Here's the thing, though.... there will always be tensions to exploit, folks manipulated by bad actors, last minute campaign surprises, and floods of misinformation. You're talking about thousands, Dream Girl. I'm talking about millions. Millions of American citizens were purged from voting rolls. Check some of the links in my responses. Take a few minutes and search it out at your leisure. The gutting of the Voting Right's Act has been devastating. Restricting access to the ballot, that's the game of our political opponents. And it is working.
Look at the state of Wisconsin. More than 200,000 people were purged from the voting rolls. tRump won that state by just over 22,000. That's what I'm talking about, Dream Girl.
Propaganda is going to be around. It's going to touch who it will. But our fundamental right to vote.....that's the prize.

All good points, to be sure.

The links posted show how hundreds of thousands were blocked from accessing the ballot. In Wisconsin, alone, more than 200,00 (mostly black and poor whites) were removed from the voting rolls. tRump only won the state by just over 22,000.
There will always be racial tensions to exploit (George Wallace us vs them populism), misinformation to spread (Hello, Faux News!), October surprises (Thanks, Comey!), and random idiots used by bad actors (Hello, Jill Stein!). The real prize has always been in restricting access to the ballot. Shaving a few thousand votes is small potatoes, bob. They successfully restricted millions of people from even voting! Measurably!

Check it! https://thinkprogress.org/states-purged-16-million-voters-from-the-rolls-before-the-2016-election-1c5688dcaad7/

We can not take our eyes off the ball. We need to look those Republicons in the face and say," I Know Your Game". Meet them and beat them.
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