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Quote of the Week: Zora Neale Hurston

November 13, 2008

“Honey, de white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tub find out. Maybe it’s some place off in de ocean where de black man is in power, but we don’t know nothin’ but we see. So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh …

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My Letter to the President Will Have to Wait

November 7, 2008

What Man Is This?

November 2, 2008

This is the last weekend before the BIG election and the country seems well-poised to elect into the highest office in the land a Hawaiian-New Yorker-Chicagoian born of a Kenyan man and a white woman from Kansas. What has America come to? Could it be that the collective “we” are at the highest point of …

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Quote of the Week: Sun Tzu, Author of “The Art of War”

October 30, 2008

“The general who advances without coveting [wishing for excessively] fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.”~ Sun Tzu

Black, White, Whatever” by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

October 30, 2008

This is absolutley one of my favorite poems. Thank you Kelly for sharing this!

Quote of the Week: Sun Tzu, Author of “The Art of War”

October 22, 2008

Timeless: “Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate. ~ Sun Tzu was a Chinese General, military strategist, and author of …

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Quote of the Week: Julia Cameron

October 15, 2008

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist Way, is one of my favorite authors. Here’s a gem from her: “Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough – that we should try again.”

Enjoying Lexus

October 15, 2008

Quote of the Week: Audre Lorde

October 9, 2008

“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”~ Audre Lordewriter, activist

“That One” “You People” “Toby” It’s all the same!

October 9, 2008

In July 1992, Presidential Candidate Ross Perot was at an NAACP event. He made a statement about who gets the short end of the stick when an economic downturn happens in this country. “I don’t have to tell you who gets hurt when this sort of thing happens – you people do. Your people.” In …

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One of the 99 Million Reasons I Love Prince!

October 6, 2008

Here are lyrics to one of my favorite Prince songs. I first heard this about four years ago and have owned it for three. Shout out to Basir on WBAI Radio FM (Pacifica Radio) where I heard it first on his show (non-commercial radio is the best)! After that, I was a woman on a …

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Quote of the Week: Maya Angelou

October 2, 2008

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou

“Kindly Say Your Number Twice”

September 30, 2008

If, for some archaic but occassionally useful reason, you are going to leave a voic email message for someone, leave a short but informative one. And if you are cold-calling and we (the world outside your world) don’t know you from a can of paint, then be smart about your communication. The smart communicators leave …

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Hello. My Name is JJ and I Am So Important to You

September 25, 2008

it is a myth that woman talk more than men. OMG! i am on the train headed to the congressional black caucus in washington, dc. (from new york city). there is a young guy sitting across the aisle and one row behind me. from the moment he stopped to unload his bags to the time …

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Quote of the Week: On Houses (Kahlil Gibran)

September 24, 2008

Greed is money’s biggest client. Comfort is the context. The money-changers (Wall Street) have built houses made of straw. Read this week’s quote from Khalil Gibran: “And tell me, people of Orphalese, whathave you in these houses? And what is ityou guard with fastened doors? Have you peace, the quiet urge that revealsyour power? Have …

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“How Racism Works”

September 24, 2008

“How Racism Works”(One of the gems I found floating around the Internet. Simple but true.) What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review?What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class? What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said “I do” to?What …

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Quote of the Week: James Baldwin

September 11, 2008

“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” LEARN MORE about JAMES BALDWIN, a masterful writer.

~ In Memoriam: Oni

September 8, 2008

Quote of the Week: Harriet Tubman’s “Keep Going”

September 5, 2008

Hillary Clinton got it wrong. Here is the quote that has long been attributed to Harriet Tubman: “…If you are tired, keep going;If you are scared, keep going;If you are hungry, keep going;If you want to taste freedom, keep going.”

What Desperate Looks Like

September 1, 2008

My most dreadful love relationship showed up when I was in my twenties. I was lonely and very fearful that I would never find a boyfriend. At 25, I had never been in a serious relationship, had kept my virginity until I was a sophomore in college with very few sexual experiences to follow, and …

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