True greatness is when your life matters beyond people who share your DNA. First Lady Michelle Obama is one of those people. The Meaning Of Michelle features 16 writers sharing how her journey has impacted their own journeys. This anthology was written by people from all walks of life. Writers include Ava Duvernay of Selma and Queen Sugar fame, noted chef Marcus Samuelsson and New York First Lady Chirlane McCray. The First Lady Obama brought strength and grace to the White House and she refused to bow down to those who tried to pigeon hole her into any tired stereotypes. She never forgot her roots and she always kept it real. So many of the essays share this common thread and this book is a love song to a woman who means so much to so many. We will miss Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, but we can pick up this book and remember the woman who took a little of the Southside of Chicago to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and made it work.
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Civil rights icon is questioning the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency. Is this helpful? No. Like it or not Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president next week. He won the most electors and he will be occupying the oval office. When someone of Lewis’ stature makes a statement like this it adds fuel to the fire. It was wrong when it was done to President Obama and it is wrong now.
Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
Terrance Crutcher was a man trying to get home and he didn’t. We heard police officers who were in a helicopter talk about how he looked like a “bad dude”. Why did they say that? He was a bad dude because he was big and black. His physicality is reason enough to classify him as bad. Crutcher is dead and now we are witnessing the demonizing of the victim. Shoot first and create the narrative to justify the killing. We have seen this play out before. Trayvon Martin , Eric Turner, Freddie Gray and now Terrance Crutcher. Sure they were killed but they were “bad dudes” and we have the post-mortem narratives to prove it.
What Do you Have to Lose and Vote for Hillary Clinton or you insult my legacy…which one of these is insulting?
A few weeks ago Donald Trump appealed to black voters by asking them “what the hell do you have to lose?”. Many in the community including me found his approach insulting. He was not presenting a positive message. It was a message seemingly tailored to one segment of the black community, but Saturday night President Obama seemingly took a strange turn. The first part of his speech worked but the “insult to my legacy” was downright myopic. So I should vote for Clinton to preserve his legacy? I get the underlying point a Trump presidency would undo gains made but voters vote for candidates that will work hard to make life better for others not to preserve a legacy. It is also interesting that throughout his presidency and his run for the office President Obama has tended to lecture the black community rather than appeal to our better angels. Please tell me who else he has used this approach on? Share your thoughts.
Donald Trump was famous before he embraced the birther movement, but when he did he became a cult hero. This has been going on for over 5 years but now all of sudden he says the President was born here. What is making him move from the extreme to the mainstream? Votes. Who will fall for this nonsense? Share your thoughts.
Flint pastor Faith Green Timmons stops Donald Trump from electioneering in her church. Trump politely stops. Good for her.
This is a sad election. Two deeply flawed candidates are running for the highest office in the land. We are all flawed but we are not all running for the presidency. Hillary Clinton called 1/2 Donald Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables.” That is wrong to label a group in this way, but where were the outraged right when Trump utters deplorable things about so many other great Americans? Manafactured outrage is rampant on both sides and we the people are left to wonder how we this deplorable election end.
Words to remember in the voting booth.