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Last year when Mary Jane premiered on BET the character seemed to have a great career, a great home, problematic family and a challenged personal life, but she was likeable. Sure she made some ill advised decisions, and in some cases they were simply dumb, but you still rooted for her. You wanted her to find that true love that simply alluded her, but this season is an entirely new ballgame. There is a thin line between the strong, black woman and the bitter black woman. The strong woman has obstacles in her life but she is a survivor. She is going to get it done, and she is simply not going to take no for an answer, but she knows things will get better because she is going to make it happen. There is a slippery slope from strong to bitter and this season Mary Jane has taken that slippery side and she is simply bitter. She is a woman in the midst of a self imposed war. Her adversaries are everyone in her life. She is at war with her on and off again love David, her family and her job. She has no allies and those who might want to be she has shut the door to their advances. The show is no longer fun. It is angst ridden and anxiety producing. Last night was simply sad. Some might call it a slice of life and if it is you can keep my slice.
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How did you feel when you watched the tape of the girl fight in the McDonald’s in Brooklyn? If you were repulsed then join the club, but millions of viewers seemingly enjoyed watching the girls give a 15 year old a beat down. The media is saying that this was gang related. Well that explains it. Except it does not. How did these girls arrive at this intersection? At what point did they think this kind of violence was acceptable? The disturbing thing is this type of violence is becoming more and more common. The ringleader of the girl gang has a history of violence which includes stabbing her brother and beating up her grandmother. If she treats her own family this way she truly had not problem inflicting pain on an enemy. So what is going to happen to this 16 year old and her band of delinquents? She is currently being held on $500,000 bond. Sure they will be tried in the courts and they will probably serve some time but is that the answer? Lock them up and throw away the key? So when they get out they are older and more bitter? As a mother I wonder what should happen to these girls? They are still girls. Can they be helped? Do they need incarceration or counselling or both? The ringleader of the group has a child. What’s going to happen to her? What do you think? Share your thoughts
Interesting article on Creflo Dollar ministry. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
A few months ago I was involved in a situation with a client. It became testy but the client finally saw it my way. Afterward I decided we could not work together again, but my husband questioned my decision. He said to me “you have got to recognize when you have won.” Too often we all get so caught up in the war that we can not and do not celebrate the victory. As I watch the protestors in Ferguson I wonder do they recognize victory? First we acknowledge the death of Mike Brown is a tragedy, but it put Ferguson on the map and shed a light on city and how it worked against the minority community. The Department of Justice investigated the city and since their findings have been made public the police chief, a city manager, judges and numerous police officers and city clerks have quit. Reform is in the air in Ferguson. So why are they still protesting? Why are they so angry? This morning NBC Craig Melvin asked one of the protest leaders what was their end game, and his response was “to continue”. At some point they are going to have to move from protest to governing and recognize while there is still work to do they made a difference.
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Pam Oliver will return to NFL Fox next season, she had the courage to take a step back and move forward
Last summer I read an article in Essence detailing how Pam Oliver was completing her last year on the sidelines for Fax NFL. She has been paired with Troy Aikmen and Joe Buck for years, but this year she was replaced by Erin Andrews. Oliver shared her hurt and disappointment but she worked her last year with another team and she impressed the suits at Fox. She gave it her all. She is an example that we should all follow. Yes there will be disappointment but to allow disappointment to effect your professionalism is career suicide. Oliver just signed a two year contract and she will continue providing sideline commentary for the network. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
When you watch this tape you feel for the victim. There is nothing that she could have done or said that would justify this savage beating. That is bad enough but what is equally if not more disturbing is to see all the people who watched this. No one including the McDonald’s crew felt the need to aid the victim. So you don’t want to get involved, but you want to tape? SMH
Rev. Willie Barrow died last night. She was a small woman who had a big impact on civil rights. She worked with Dr. king but she had a significant impact in Chicago. She and Rev. Jesse Jackson founded Operation Breadbasket. A program that helped feed the poor in Chicago during the 60s and 7os. During that time they had a radio show and every Saturday you would hear her booming, raspy voice. As a child I remember being impressed maybe even intrigued by this woman who had a place at the table when most women were still relegated to the kitchen. She will be missed.