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Quote of the Week: “On Children” by Khalil Gibran

June 13, 2009

Khalil Gibran is a poet, philosopher, and artist…born in Lebanon (1883 – 1931). He is one on my favorite poets. My father introduced me to him when I was a child.On the ocassion of Byron and Kenya’s baby shower today and because they asked me to offer a blessing or a prayer, I hope to …

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Quote of the Week: Powerful People

June 8, 2009

“Powerful people never have to prove anything to anyone, and by extension, powerful people never apologize to powerless people for the actions they take in order to stay in power.” ~ John Henrick Clarke (Historian, Author, Professor)

I’m Sweatin’ Youssou N’Dour

June 8, 2009

I’m embarrassed. Saturday night was the first time seeing Youssou N’Dour perform. I knew him by name, knew he was famous, knew he was widely respected, and that he played in Brooklyn and/or NYC often. I also knew that I would, one day, check him out. That was it. I caught his show at BAM …

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“Identify yourself, please.”

June 6, 2009

In the “Two Lesbian Women of Color Beat Down by NYPD!” post that I announced earlier today, there’s an acronym in that announcement that might stump you, as it did me: LGBTSTGNC. When I was in college I once saw a slogan posted on one of the bulletin boards: “DEFINE, EXPLAIN, CLARIFY.” That’s all it …

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Two Lesbian Women Beat Down by NYPD

June 6, 2009

Important News That’s Been Circulating…Especially on Facebook: No Justice No Peace!! Protest the NYPD’s 77th Precinct’s Racist and Homophobic Attacks Against Lesbians of Color On Saturday May 16, 2009 two Lesbians of Color were brutally attacked outside of the Ife Lounge in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. After being beaten by several officers yelling sexist and homophobic …

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AKILA WORKSONGS Honors Esther Armah

April 24, 2009

[from my Put On BLAST! (TM) email service] Peace, Fam. I am happy to announce that on Sunday, May 3, 2009, AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. will honor Esther Armah with its 2nd Annual Founder’s Award. Ms. Armah is an international journalist, playwright, and radio host on WBAI 99.5 FM Radio in New York. Deeper than that, …

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My “Going Away” Party

March 21, 2009

Today is the first day of spring and I had a going away party recently. I learned the hard way that I had to do something bold to sweep away the things, the people, and the energy in my life that were eroding me. My extra special guest was Tardy. You know Tardy, don’t you? …

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In the beginning there was the word

March 9, 2009

Words are the units of language that we use to carry meaning, to ascribe value, to speak or write our truths. Throughout the history of the world, words have been perceived to have a sacred power, one that could be constructive or destructive. Like living beings, words have an origin and a history. They change …

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My Article In Today’s New York Daily News

March 3, 2009

“Economic crisis a good time to reestablish real priorities”New York Daily News, March 3, 2009 (Brooklyn Edition, Page 6) Nearly 2.6 million people nationwide loss their jobs in 2008. Roughly, that’s equivalent to every man, woman, and child in Brooklyn. In this economic crisis, people are losing more than their ability to make ends meet, …

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I’m With Boycotting Barnes & Noble, If…

March 3, 2009

This image has been circulating around the Internet. I saw it on Facebook this weekend and I got it twice this morning. Rightfully so, there is a call for a boycott of this bookstore. The claim is that this picture was taken at a Barnes & Noble in Florida and that we should boycott all …

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I Am Not Blogging!

March 1, 2009

Remember Richard Pryor’s classic piece about his children lying? (see Jan. 13 entry or go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x541sggu4x4 Well, that’s how I felt about previous announcements about me re-launching my blog. I’ve had my blog for years. My interest in “blogging” would shift as easily as my moods, but I’d always encourage my clients: You just …

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Quote of the Week: “Closer” (From My Daddy)

February 28, 2009

“You’re closer to your goal today then you were yesterday, baby.” That’s what my loving father used to say as words of encouragement to his weary daughter trying to get through college. Thank you, daddy. That helped more than you know.


February 27, 2009

I was on a panel with Playthell Benjamin and Mele Mell yesterday at LIU. The topic was THE DILEMMA OF BLACK LEADERSHIP IN THE OBAM ERA. I was invited by my friend Curtis Stephen, a distinguished journalist and former student there. It’s been a long time since I’ve been around people and immediately wanted to …

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Quote of the Week: “You Look Like a Hoochie Mama”

February 24, 2009

That’s what one of my mentorstold me upon seeing this photo: “It’s the boots.” she said. I hollered! It’s a different look for me, yes (for those who don’t know me, I’m a jeans and tee-shirt kind of woman). But hoochie mama…don’t think so. In fact, only two women that I know objected to this …

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An Apology From The Post…Really?

February 19, 2009

This morning, Ariel “Asho” Fernandez sent me a link to the New York Post cartoon. I saw it and was like, “Oh My God! What the hell….?” I was speechless and hurt…and pissed off! Then I came to my senses and all I could yell was “It’s The New York Post! What can we expect?!?!” …

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Quote of the Week: Life Lessons from Jenny B. (Moms)

February 16, 2009

“You can’t say you love me and *?@! me over at the same time.” “Call it crazy when you see crazy coming!” “You have to deal with some people with a long-laddled spoon so they won’t bite your finger.” Jenny B. on the finer things in life: One day I’d asked my mother about the …

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As We Prepare for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2009

i just can’t get enough of this picture!

Quote of the Week: “You must be the change…”

February 10, 2009

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (aka Mahatma Gandhi)

Quote of the Week: Your Data

February 7, 2009

“Back it up!” ~ everyone who has every lost their computer files

Quote of the Week: “Always Do Your Best”

January 29, 2009

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz“The Four Agreements” * I LOVE this book!

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