That is to say, Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane joins the panel with Bill Maher and discussing gay rights & religion. On a weekend where I just watched Religulous on NetFlix, this is the perfect icing on the cake of my Bill Maher worship. [Pun intended]
Conservative Christians have been up in arms over a certain PC game "pushing the homosexual agenda". The game in question? Classic board game The Game of Life.
Hasbro's PC version of the popular Milton Bradley board game - where the objective is to drive your little car around a track that represents your path through life, moving from "leaving school" to "marriage" and "buying a house" until "retirement," collecting pegs to represent your spouse and children, while trying to build up enough money to retire rich - was first brought to the attention of the Conservative Christian site World Net Daily by a concerned mother.
After her six year old asked how come she could marry a woman, concerned mom shrieked to WND, "I had no idea how insidious they were being with pushing the homosexual agenda."
WND's position is this is "too mature" a theme for kids. But, getting married and having kids the traditional (good ol' hetero way) isn't. Once again, knowledge is being attacked by the narrow-minded cretins on the right who flock to sites like Town Hall, WND etc for their daily dose of intolerant stupidity, and the mantra: Yes, by all means, let your kiddies grow up to be big ol' homophobes like their parents. It's the American way. ~~
There is no limit to the number of ways in which you can create real value. Breathe deeply, smile lovingly, and just do it.
The moment you're in is plenty. The place where you are is an ideal place from which to move forward. Instead of punishing yourself with regret, delight yourself with the possibilities. Get busy creating and living a beautiful now.
Yes, you are ready to be your best. Let go of the doubts and let it happen.You can create your very own future, and you are doing so even now. Take this opportunity to fill it with what you know to be good and valuable and meaningful.
There is immense beauty in you that you have not yet seen. Share it with the world and live the joy of discovery as that beauty continues to unfold.
I just wanted to take this time to express uber gratitude to my partner, Dammeon, for being so thoughtful last week during spring break. He so graciously surprised me everyday with either a present, an event or a romantic evening all in celebration of his love for me. Initially, we were supposed to travel that week, but I opted not to take the vacation time. So on Monday he sent to my office a bouquet of flowers and a balloon with a note that read: "Here is your spring break madness. Although we couldn't travel anywhere, we can make the best of our love in Atlanta." Then Tuesday I came home to dinner and romance. Wednesday he surprised me with a trip to the rollerskating rink. Thursday was a repeat of Tuesday with more dinner and romance. And Friday he threw a surprise party for me all in the name of love. It was beautiful. I want to thank everyone who attended and all that helped him set it up.
Dammeon has always shown me such awesome generosity and consideration when it comes to loving me, and I wouldn't trade him in, regardless of his flaws. Although honoring him in this little blog post doesn't amount to all he did for me, I still wanted to mention it to the world because I never want it to seem as if I'm taking his munificence for granted. If I could, I would give him anything he asks for. I'm working hard to make that dream come true.
As I watched him prepare to shoot up on the bathroom floor, I felt a mix of fear, horror, fascination and arousal.
He didn’t tie that rubber thingy around his arm like I’d seen Diana Ross do in Lady Sings the Blues. Then again, this was no movie.
“You’re beautiful,” I said. “So fuckin’ beautiful. Anyone ever tell you that?”
His eyes cut up to me and sparkled; his thuggish craftiness faded. He could have been a wholesome, doe-eyed Norman Rockwell painting.
“Yeah," he smiled, displaying teeth surprisingly white. “Sometimes.”
He wasn’t a junkie anymore, just a beautiful young man sitting on the floor next to my toilet. Or maybe a handsome leading man, playing the hell out of his junkie role: Wardrobe had done a great job of making him disheveled, and make-up was on point too, giving him that hollow, hungry look.
But as our eyes locked, I saw the real José. I wanted to bend down and kiss those lips, stroke that angular cheekbone. I wanted to peel that dirty oversized shirt from his lanky frame, massage him with lavender oil; wanted to loosen that ponytail, so I could brush his black mane until it gleamed like it was meant to. And then his hair could hang wild, savage, and tickle my flesh as I held him close, kissed him, made love to him, again and again.
“Why you wanna watch this shit, pa?”
“I don’t know,” I responded. He was so young, so classically handsome. I heard myself saying, “With your looks, you could be . . . do anything you want. Why this?”
His innocence faded, the cameras stopped and the leading man stormed off the set. He slapped his arm like a baby’s butt and said, “Same reason you wanna watch.” ~~
I am so excited to share that CHUMA SPIRIT eBooks is about to release Taylor Siluwé's short story collection entitled Dancing With The Devil on February 26th. Taylor is an exceptional writer, who deflty uses erotica to craft a meaningful message around homophobia, religion, loneliness, and love. This is certainly a book to be lauded. Let's all support Taylor . . . especially after he stayed up all night into this morning creating his YouTube promotional video for his book.
Below is the synopsis:
The phrase ‘Dancing with the Devil’ evokes images of fiery rituals where witches and demons cavort under the cold moonlight. But that’s science fiction. That’s the sort of craziness that led to innocent people being burned at the stake. In real life however, the expression does mean cavorting with dark forces -- just ones inside our own heads.
Centered around a single protagonist, from Breeding Season where we spy a high school crush gone wild, through Beneath Paradise where sex and salvation’s all-out war leaves a young friendship on the battlefield, to the cautionary tales Pretty Young Gangsters, Dancing With The Devil and When Romeo Wakes, each of which peep into the darkest part of obsession’s needy heart.
This collection of stories deals with those sometimes sexy, sometimes darkly disturbing moments when our inner Devils come out and dance.
Still, years went by -- four now -- and despite being featured on America's Most Wanted several times, the monster who dismembered 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell on or around Valentine's Day is still free.
This man is still celebrating his birthday, Christmas, sitting down to dinner with his family on Thanksgiving, and possibly even bouncing babies on his knee. Desire Brazell used to bounce baby Rashawn too, but now she just needs to know who murdered her son.
As Valentine's Day approaches, again, with still no justice, its up to us to light a fire under this case. Lots of things have happened this year we never thought we'd see -- like the election of Obama. Let's focus on re-igniting this cold case now with the knowledge we can accomplish the seemingly impossible -- for Rashawn, to give his mother, Desire Brazell some peace and closure, and for all those who need to know that Black Gay Lives do matter.
The Noah's Arc alum is one of my favorite OUT & PROUD actors -- His latest screen turn is in He's Just Not That Into You.
Well... Dixon Gaines over at Queerty writes a hilariously scathing review of the flick and its portrayal and perpetuation of gay stereotypes.
I haven't seen the flick, and after this review I'll wait to catch in on Netflix, but it seems that the Sex & The City spawned flick isn't showing a true appreciation for our big ol' gay dollars.
Love you, Wilson. And all my embattled OUT performers of color more than I can say.
Although its not your fault Boo, I'll have to catch this one later. We have to draw the line somewhere. How long can we be snippy sex-crazed caricatures with one hand, while asking for normalcy and respect with the other? ~~
This year could be yet another historic flashpoint for gay, black and black-gay entertainment should Noah’s Arc: Jumping The Broom manage to grab either Best Independent Motion Picture and Outstanding Writing for a Motion Picture that it is nominated for during the live telecast on the FOX Network Thursday, February 12, 2009.
TO HEAR THE AUDIO TO THIS VIDEO, PAUSE THE MUSIC PLAYING ON THE JUKEBOX IN THE RIGHT SIDEBAR
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization GetToKnowUsFirst.org produced five 30-second commercials featuring gay and lesbian families, with the message "Marriage promotes families. Support marriage equality." The ads, while not tied to any current election, are the result of California's passage of Proposition 8 in November. The group aired the spots in 42 of the states' 58 counties -- everywhere the initiative passed by 50% or more -- during Tuesday's coverage of the Presidential Inauguration. KABC is the only station that refused to sell the ad space.
The rejected ad profiles two African American men raising five children ages 6 through 25. Ironically, the family lives in Los Angeles.
Bobby Griffith's four-year struggle with being gay and trying to live a Christian life ended on Aug. 27, 1983.
On that day, the twenty-year-old California man backflipped off a freeway overpass in Portland, OR., timing his leap so his body would be struck and killed by an oncoming tractor-trailer. For four years before his death, his religious mother encouraged him to "cure" his homosexuality through prayer. Bobby also kept an extensive diary during those years, which chronicles his highs and lows.
Prayers for Bobby
When: 8 p.m. Saturday (re-airs at 7 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Tuesday)
Dale Madison and Kareem Ferguson, who are two of the most beautiful people I have encountered, are involved with this project. If you are in the Los Angeles area, please respect and support by seeing The Panty Man.
It just never ceases to amaze me how little integrity means in the world these days. It is a seldom thought and even less seldom displayed in action and attitude. Most of us are so caught up in just getting by, we don't stop to consider what is right; we only think about what is most expedient. When I say us, I have to acknowledge that I, too, have been caught up. But honestly, over the past several years after living so long shackled to expediency and convenience, and quite frankly fear and weakness and paying the prices, I have made great efforts to live with integrity because living without it made me a person I did not like, love, and appreciate.
Have you ever been at work and you know something is just dead wrong? Everybody has a complaint about something, but nobody wants to do anything about it. When you step up and become proactive about it, the complainers protest: "Why are you trippin'? It has nothing to do with you and me so just leave that alone?" But we all fail to realize that one day it will be about us!
Written by CHRISTOPHER HICKS-MARSHALL a.k.a. CHUMA
When Whitehouse.gov was erected on Inauguration Day, I took the time to read the agendas that the new Obama Administration plans to pursue. I was delighted to discover under the civil rights agendas something that is usually not underscored in presidential politics, and that is "Support for the LGBT Community." Yes everyone, it's right here. Read it for yourself.
"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect." -- Barack Obama, June 1, 2007
This new administration promises to Expand Hate Crimes Statutes, Fight Workplace Discrimination, Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples, Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage, Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell, Expand Adoption Rights, Promote AIDS Prevention, and Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS.
All I can say is that I absolutely love Obama. Hats off to him. Now let's just see it all unfold.
In the meantime, below is a survey for all those that have an opinion about this. Please let me know what you think.
As I read today's CNN commentary by Democratic strategist Donna Brazile regarding the inauguration, I felt a profound sense of pride and emotion. To think that today Barack Obama became our first African American President is a bit overwhelming for me as a black man. With all that I know about the racial prejudices of this country, I never would have thought this day would have arrived in my lifetime. For all, this is a day to rejoice, as quoted by Ms. Brazile below:
"This is the day for which so many prayed, so many marched and so many more sacrificed. This is a day of jubilation and celebration. This is the day to rejoice and recommit ourselves to restoring the American dream for us all.
"For too long, race has been the stain on the American fabric. As Secretary Condoleezza Rice reminded us, race has been our "nation's birth defect." At times during the long primary and general election, race became a subtle distraction -- but the American people rejected it and it was never the primary issue.
"Nor was it the primary issue for Americans who voted for Barack Obama. The vast majority of those who voted for and against Obama did so based on the content of his political prescriptions and platform -- not the color of his skin.
"A lot of lessons were taught November 4. Obama's election revealed the possibility of three new truths for African-Americans: White America may not be as racist as African-Americans thought they were; a solution to our country's lingering racial problem may eventually be found; and the Rev. Martin Luther King's dream that one day all people will be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin is alive and within reach." Read thefull article here.
My company was gracious enough to host a viewing of the inauguration in the company dining room. For the first time, the clamor of silverware and the chatter of those that came there to feast was not heard. As eyes were fixated on Obama eloquently delivering his moving speech, the togetherness of silence unified everyone in the room. Eyes widened, tears fell, and smiles drew themselves on faces glowing with hope. It was a monumental moment, and everyone there was indelibly transfixed. I wonder if anyone else there almost forgot to breathe, because I did. :-)
If you missed the speech, or just want to watch it again, here it is below. Make sure you pause the music playing on the jukebox in the right sidebar in order to hear the speech.
This was originally posted last year for Black History Month by Fisiwe Zwana-Freeman, but considering today is Dr. King's holiday in celebration of his birthday, I decided it befitting of a repost. Enjoy.
Written by FISIWE ZWANA-FREEMAN
For the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, I reflect on what the anniversary of this era really means.
In my adult life, I must admit, I haven’t been all that diligent about celebrating the life of the great Rev. Dr. King. As a child, my parents made it a practice that we do something as a family to pay homage to the life of a great person who sacrificed his life for our sake. Whether we went to a community event or held one at home, we always did something because they felt it was important, no . . . imperative that we acknowledge; that we not forget and not take for granted what Rev. Dr. King had done for us all.
Today I reflect on what the good Rev. Dr. King has done for me and I only cursorily think of the many marches and protests, the days and nights he spent in jail, the countless meals with his children that he missed advocating on behalf of families in peril and the plethora of articulate speeches that he made in front of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people. These things, I admit, are amazing things.
instead of promises. You are not known by the promises
you make, but rather by the value you create.
Actions do indeed speak louder than words. Every positive, productive
action builds your credibility and polishes your reputation.
The way to be impressive is to do impressive and valuable things.
Instead of wasting your time posing as a successful person, get busy
with the real and persistent efforts that will truly make you
True accomplishment is infinitely better than the mere appearance of
accomplishment. The way to gain the sincere respect and admiration of
others is to make positive and valuable things happen.
Those who shout loudly and yet do nothing will eventually be ignored
or laughed at. Those who work quietly and consistently end up gaining
the greatest influence.
Instead of just talking about it, step forward and do it. Without
saying a word, you can make yourself heard with the quality of your
Written by CHRISTOPHER HICKS-MARSHALL a.k.a. CHUMA
When a person can shed their protective layers to the point they are completely naked, and above all, transparent, there is much to commend about them. In a world where we are expected to portray particular contructs of class and perfection to be accepted and loved, it isn't easy deconsructing those boundaries that safeguard us. At the risk of cruelty, judgment, and ostracization, when a person can be courageous and gracious enough to live their life completely in the light with the intent to be an example to others, that person deserves a veneration of highest distinction.
I nominate Justin B. Smith to be recognized with such honor because he has chosen to humbly blog an HIV journal chronicling his personal experience of living with it. I applaud him, and I invite you to do the same by supporting his journey.
In the "About Me" section of his blog, Justin says the following:
"My name is Justin B. Smith, I'm a Black Gay man living in Laurel, Maryland and I am HIV+. I've decided to share my story because I feel it's important that people who have unprotected sex know what they might be getting themselves into. People have asked me why I am doing this, why have I put my personal business out like this. I tell them it is to help educate people, to make them aware and to make them think twice about having unprotected sex. This is my personal journey that needs to be told to help the community. HIV is neither glamorous or a rite of passage. Watch the Journal and think twice. In the words of Pedro Zamora, "I'm not dying. I'm living with it."
All I can is this: Even though I have not met Justin personally, I know I love him with all my heart for exemplifying his love for others. This man is an paradigm to us all.
Written by CHRISTOPHER HICKS-MARSHALL a.k.a. CHUMA
IGNORANCE! IGNORANCE! IGRNORANCE! Although this season's Kwanzaa is now in the past, the principles are meant to be practiced throughout the rest of the year. But how could this be possible when ignorance is the purveyor of some people's thought process.
My partner works at a public school as a social work intern, and he is surrounded by other black social workers and psychologists, of course holders of masters degrees and Ph.D accolades. But even with all that education, ignorance still surmounts!
Today in the presence of my partner, one of these matriculated fools had the nerve to say that Kwanzaa was stupid because it's one of those man-made things. Sadly, her colleague agreed. He watched on in awe and pissivity as one of them went on to say that she once gave someone a Kwanzaa gift as a joke, but the receiver of the gift mistook her insincere gesture seriously with great appreciation, leaving her disappointed that her joke didn't succeed. WHAT!! She took Kwanzaa as a joke! How dare she commit such mockery????
Now when he told me this story, I became livid. This lady had the nerve to say that Kwanzaa was stupid because it was man-made, even though the other holidays are as well, believe it or not. I know everyone wants to believe that Jesus was born on December 25th, marking the Christmas holiday, but this is just not true. That is a date that was created by man, and so was the holiday. But to go into the evidence of that would be a whole other article, and I just don't have the time right now.
The bottom line is this. Black folks are always willing to accept the traditions of western culture, but are never open to creating or accepting many of their own. For centuries, we have been brainwashed to promulgate western culture's values, such as many of the holidays (which are man-made). But as soon as a prominent and righteous black man decides to create one that exemplifies principles such as Unity,Self-Determination,Collective Work and Responsibility,Cooperative Economics,Purpose,Creativity, and Faith, one of us calls it stupid. But we would rather embrace Christmas which clearly promotes commercialism, greed, poor management of money, and materialism, all wrapped up and masqueraded behind the birth of Jesus. How ridiculous and shameful. WTF!!!
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As a person who has a father who worked really hard to make sure my life was fortunate and fulfilled, I can really appreciate this open letter that Barack Obama wrote to his daughters entitled, What I Want For You -- and Every Child in America. He's a very honorable father, and I would be remiss if I didn't post this. For this, he should be greatly admired.
From the pulpit of Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, Rev. Al Sharpton called out the Mormon Church and other conservative faiths for mobilizing to support Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage in California while refusing to be as involved in any other social concerns.
“It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when the they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners,” Sharpton told a packed audience on Jan. 11.
“There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people’s bedrooms and claim that God sent you,” Sharpton added.
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Talk about denial! George Bush defended his administration regarding their response time during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath in New Orleans, obviously feeling as if they did a great job. Give me a break! I'm sure I'm not alone when I say this man truly deserves a sledge hammer taken to his head because we all saw the macabre on television as all those people were abandoned for days before any federal and military assistance arrived. So many deaths could have been avoided, and to this day much of New Orleans is dilapidated and suffers in post-Katrina neglect. We live in a sick world when a president can commit such treason against his country and is able to be redeemed from it without any charge or penalty, to the point where he is allowed to stand at a podium and defend himself. OFF WITH HIS HEAD, I SAY!!
To kick off this groundbreaking introduction, I am excited to bring to you my third book, My Ancestors Traveled Them Home. As a sufferer and survivor of death and bereavement, I used memoirs and poems to speak about the demise cancer imposed on my mother and my favorite aunt, and the anguish I suffered when AIDS took the life of one of my closest friends. Despite enduring melancholy, loss, and hopelessness, with the help of the ancestors and my imperiled loved ones, I realized that death is merely an entryway to everlasting existence in a different form. I hope you will consider reading my book, which at times can be heartbreaking and painful, and at other times triumphant as I discovered a celebration of the afterlife through the power of love.
Also, (with the exception of The Third Eye of a Butterfly) every book from Chuma Spirit Books that was previously published in paperback is now available in ebook format, as well. All you have to do is go to Chuma Spirit eBooks to download free sample versions and preview our ebooks for consideration of purchase.
As a free gift to you, whenever you buy an ebook, you will receive a complimentary paperback copy of my very first book of poetry, The Third Eye of a Butterfly. Just follow the instructions on the website to redeem your gift. Also, coming this year, Chuma Spirit Books will be releasing other books of poetry, short stories, novels, erotica, self help, creative thesis, and memoirs from me and other amazingly talented authors. Go to Chuma Spirit Publications for more details about these announcements.
Now, more than ever, I value the crispness of a new day.All the juicy details complete with challenges and unpredictable endings.
Sounds a bit dreamy does it?I want to experience the dream of life at every waking moment.The sound of a heart beating at work and rest is so lovely.The art of listening is pure magic.Life is amazing and I want to touch it adventurously.Fly by the seat of my pants (sometimes). Do something I never thought I would do (sometimes).And taste something decadent that will question the dimensions of my waistline (sometimes).I want to trust life.Remember that feeling?
I fondly recall how much fun it was to roll a hula hoop around my hips as a child, jump double dutch, or run down the street screaming like my underpants were on fire.I felt free.There is something about "play" that is so liberating.In the madness of adult responsibility, I still find time to play and remember childhood freedom even though the playing field has changed.Okay, so now I go to the park and sprint until I am winded or jog across the Brooklyn Bridge and watch lovers kiss as I ponder the beauty of life. I also write love poems daily and journal my discoveries.Something I also did as a child!
Shared with you by CHRISTOPHER HICKS-MARSHALL a.k.a. CHUMA via AOL Health
I was haunted by insomnia and decided I would read some articles on the internet. I came across this wonderful and beneficial article on AOL Health. Anything that educates about good health and well being always fancies me, so I figured I would share it with you. Check it out.
How To Fix Your Broken Brain
By MARK HYMAN, M.D.
Boost Your Brain Power Most of us have experienced conditions such as depression, anxiety, memory problems and trouble focusing or just plain brain fog. We think these problems are all in our heads. However, in his pioneering new book, "The UltraMind Solution," Mark Hyman, M.D., explains how the real causes of these problems are in your body, not your head. By simply addressing the underlying causes of mood, memory and behavior problems you can boost your brain power and have a calm, confident, focused and happy mind.
Written by CHRISTOPHER HICKS-MARSHALL a.k.a. CHUMA
First, let me thank Terry Howcott for bringing this to the attention of the Yahoo group I am a member of. She is most certainly a truth figher.
Second, well I must say that we must certainly praise the advancement of technology and the cell phone's ability to record and film incidents. In this case, it was not used to exploit, but to capture the truth--a truth that has been historically covered up for years: police brutality and bloodshed.
In this video reported by KTVU.com in California, a police officer stood over an unarmed, handcuffed, 22 year old, African American man lying on the ground face down and fatally shot him in the back, where the bullet ricocheted to his lung area, killng him instantly, according to this article. A barbaric execution in the worst degree, proving this officer needs to be arrested and charged as a criminal, for once innocent bystanders had the opportunity to film what is usually pushed under the rug and pardoned by our screwed up judicial system. It would be an absolute transgression of covetousness if this infraction is excused and this officer is set free.
I am just totally saddened and digusted. Watch here: http://www.ktvu.com/video/18409133/index.html, and make sure you pause the music on the jukebox in the left sidebar so that you can listen to the video without any interference.
Sometimes its too much. Convincing people you are worthy of the same rights and respect as they are should be a no-brainer. It's not. Obama's historic inaugural preparations are underway; in less than a month an alleged man of god will give the invocation, despite taking numerous repugnant positions in the past - not the least of which equating gay sex to pedophilia. Some say he didn't really mean it that way. It doesnt' really matter. It was a ham-fisted analogy which exposed his ugly heterosexist heart -- in his eyes, we (gays) will never be as good as them (straights).
Watching Taylor Swift sing this song (yes, I love country music) and visually capture the magic that LOVE can be and wrap it in a fairy tale, all I could think was they wanna keep it all to themselves. That bastard Warren, the ex-Hitler-Youth turned Pope, and countless other wannabe men (and women) of God want to keep all this magic and fantasy and fairy dust to themselves. They want to rob us of our fairy tale love stories; force them back into the shadows and alleys and dark corners of our past.
I've made my position on Warren very clear. Now is not the time to burn effigies. As a black man I wanna celebrate this event in just 21 days. I wanna cry hot tears because its been a long time coming.
Then, President Obama, after all the confetti is swept away we're coming to take our love stories back -- because everyone deserves a fairy tale. And like my grandma used to say (and its oh so fitting here!) - "You can believe that like you read it in the Bible." ~~
And yet, they decapitate homos. This just makes me shake my head. And of course, 'The Kingdom' is our friend.
Cuba is still isolated and we can 't legally get a good Cuban cigar because ... what, I can't even remember. Human rights abuses? No, can't be that, there's nothing more abusive than marrying off 8 year old girls like the country America's been pal'in around with. *sigh*
So. Crazy. Makes me wanna run away to a deserted island and live out my days sipping rum from a coconut. ~~
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them." -- George Bernard Shaw
Dancing With The Devil
by Taylor Siluwé
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A SOCIO-ANTHROPOLOGICAL CROSS GENRE THESIS DEALING WITH RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER
COREY delivers a defly written post entitled Audacity of Change regarding his feelings about Obama becoming our president. Check it out at his blog, I'll Keep You Posted.
December 17, 2008
QIANA MARTIN, DREAM FULFILLER
One of the most thoughtful and spiritually grounded people I know, Qiana Martin took a risk and jumped on an opportunity to go to Brazil to fulfill a dream many would be fearful to try. In these profoundly dreary economic times, quitting a job at a prestigious law firm to pursue a passion is rare and courageous. Read her story here.
December 16, 2008
MARCOS LUIS, THE ART OF GIVING
My buddy, Marcos Luis, runs an Open Mic Showcase in Alphabet City, and he's being featured in an online blog called NewYorkNightsOnline.com. He's a really special person who wants nothing but to give back to the artistic community. Check out the article here.
December 8, 2008
CLEO MANAGO, LEADING MAN
Acitivist, Cleo Manago is honored as a 2008 Leading Man in Instinct Magazine.
Odetta, the singer whose deep voice wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and became an accompaniment to the black-and-white images of the freedom marchers who walked the roads of Alabama and Mississippi and the boulevards of Washington in quest of an end to racial discrimination, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 at the age of 77. Read more.