Friday, November 28, 2008

Greed Wal-Mart Style: Save money. Live Better & Lose Your Life.

A Wal-Mart employee from a temporary agency was killed on Black Friday after an "out of control" throng of shoppers eager for post-Thanksgiving bargains broke down the doors at a Long Island, New York store and knocked him to the ground, police said.

Nassau police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the store doors at the mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the man to the ground as he opened the doors. The 34 year old man was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 6 AM.

Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said as the man lay injured on the ground, shoppers continued to go into the store, simply stepping over him. Shoppers were described as acting like "savages." "When customers were told they had to leave, that an employee had gotten killed, people were yelling 'I've been on line since yesterday morning,'" she said. "They just kept shopping."

Police said criminal charges were possible in the case, but Fleming said it would be difficult to identify individual shoppers. "The safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority," said Dan Fogleman, a company spokesman.

In my opinion, Wal-Mart and its intense greed is purely to blame for this tragedy. There is no reason this retailer should have had to open at 4 AM in the morning because it is common knowledge that this retailer is operating in the black already. Greed is the basis for creating a buying frenzy of these unsuspecting consumers and costing this youg man his life.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Chittlin' Hunting Chicago-style

I am on the hunt for a serious plate of chittlins to round out my Thanksgiving meal. I can't cook them because my sense of smell won't allow it. However, I would travel near or far for this delicacy. It seems these days you can't find nobody willing to separate with a plate. It's just ridiculous.

Folks used to call each other and brag about how many pounds they was cleaning and invite you over. Nowadays, folks is eating chittlins on the DL and ain't tellin nobody. Howabout it? Can a sistah get an invite for some chittlins on Thanksgiving? Holla atcha girl!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy Birthday, Naimah!

I wish we could do what they do in Katroo.
They sure know how to say
Happy Birthday to You!
In Katroo every year,
on the day you were born,
They start the day right in the
bright early morn.
When the birthday Honk Honker
honks high up Mt. Zion,
And lets loose a big blast on the Big Birthday Horn.
And the voice of the horn calls out loud and it plays,
Wake Up! for today is YOUR day of all days!
Happy Birthday Na'Imah
Dr. Suess--your friend to the end!

Happy Birthday: Roland Martin, Dr. Condoleeza Rice, and Prince Charles

An outstanding Secretary of State, British Royalty and a prolific U.S. journalist. What do they have in common--all Scorpios. Tell me you guys, Is it true what they say about y'all?

Happy Birthday to each of you.

Happy Birthday Rev. Run!

Run DMC was one of my favorite rap groups of all times. I saw them live twice. Today, Joseph Simmons is 44 years old. He is accomplished, kind and God-fearing. His family calls him, "blessed." Isn't that all that matters--at the end of the day?
"May your spirit keep the freedom of a butterfly in spring,

and may your heart be filled alwayswith the joys of simple things.

May your essence claim the freshnessof the new laid morning dew. All of this... and my Birthday wish for you.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Jennifer Hudson is Mourning in Luxury...

This is the lobby of Trump International Hotel and Tower, the tallest condominium and hotel building in Chicago, Illinois. It is owned by real-estate mogul Donald Trump. It is on prime Chicago real estate and has some of the the most breathtaking views of the city. It is a long way from Chicago's Englewood community.
Only the most exclusive clientele can afford to stay here or to purchase a condo here.
It has been reported by People Magazine that actress Jennifer Hudson and some of her relatives have been staying here free of charge since her mother, brother and nephew were slain. She is mourning the loss of her loved ones in a very exclusive manner. She is reported to be protected and very safe in these accommodations according to Donald Trump.
There is great irony in all of this tragedy, and God will naturally get the Glory--however, isn't it amazing how rich people can be accommodated for free in luxury situations that they can surely afford to pay for--but in many instances a person without money and in dire need under the same circumstances would not have this privilege? It is great to find favor with the rich & famous. Even mourning can be done in elegant style.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Governor Palin--May I call you, Sarah?

While 'chillaxin' in Wasilla, Alaska, (a place most of the world had never heard of until someone discovered it hiding under a rock this past August) Governor Sarah Palin says she wouldn't hesitate to run for the presidency in 2012--if (and only if) it's God's will.

Palin also said that she resents rumors that were spread about she and her family during the campaigns by staff of Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain.

She has said that she thinks that the economic collapse had "a heck of a lot more to do with the Republican campaign collapse than me personally."

"I'm like, Okay, God, if there's an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray--don't let me miss the open door."
Governor Palin--May I call you Sarah? Can I be real with you--woman to woman?
The fact that you are back in Alaska, chillin' instead of planning a move to Washington, D.C. could be seen as a sign from God to you--Stay home, Sarah.

I do not believe that you will be prepared to run the United States in 2012 or 2016 or as long as you have underage children. As a Christian and a Mom, I took exception at your even wasting the citizens of the United States' time when it was obvious that your family plate and the responsibilities as governor were all that you could handle.

At the moment you have an unwed teenage daughter, a young daughter and a special needs child. God gave you these responsibilities. This is your open door. Take this opportunity to walk through it and appreciate your job as a mother.
I, for one are happy to see you go home. God works in mysterious ways.

Barack's election night pics

Greetings from "Obamaville"!
These personal Election nite pics were sent to me and they are real cool. Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How Cool is the Idea of an Obama White House?

America, Look at this picture. This is a perfectly balanced photograph. It is equal in all ways--including the status' of the two men who are in the picture.
Hold Up--wait a minute. I am reacting in a very curious manner I am totally interested in everything about this White House power transition as if somehow I have a personal stake in its success. And why don't I hate Michelle Obama? I have never been a 'hater' historically--but if I were going to become one now, it would be understandable wouldn't it, America?

Look at these two World Leaders--Bush and Obama.
What are they talking about? It is reported that President Elect Obama commented that the Oval Office was "nice". And what about the 'bat-phone'--aka the Presidential hotline? If it rings at 3 AM in the Oval Office, how will the president hear it? Is that why Sen. Hillary kept referring to the 3AM call? Did she know from experience that President Elect Obama could never hear it ringing because her hubby, President Bill Clinton couldn't either?
America, Isn't this a cool group shot? Doesn't Michelle look stunning in that red dress and heels? Don't the Bushs look elated? Could it be that they are ready to get the hell outta Dodge?

Look at how comfortable Michelle Obama looks 'cold chillin' in this room. Aren't you glad that the Obamas already have lived in a mansion and won't have to feel as though they're movin on up like 'George and Weezy'? What are these two women discussing? What if living at the White House were optional and not mandatory?
Wouldn't it be cool if at the end of the day Michelle was telling Laura Bush that she felt that this house was just way too big and museum-like (55,000 sq ft) and that the furnishngs were just too old and antiquated (needing about $5 or $6 million in rehab) just to come up to MTV's Cribs status; therefore she wasn't feeling it?
What if Michelle wanted the option of having a new White House built altogether in a different more exclusive neighborhood? What if she were appalled and taken aback by all the indigent and homeless people that camp around the White House in the parks and benches near there?
Wouldn't it be cool if all of the richest people they know donated money to have this new White House built for them as a tribute to Pres. Obama's Change legacy? And what if everyone who voted for him gave $5 towards new furniture? Now how unique and sharp would the interior of that house be? And if it were built for the Obamas specifically with private money they would never have to move--even after 8 years, right? Wouldn't that be cool?

President Bush and President-Elect Barack Obama take a brisk stroll down the Collunade to the West Wing of the White House where the Oval Office is located. As I watched the two men strolling I couldn't help but notice Barack's 'ball-playa' swagger. That man put the 'C' in confident, class and the'C' in cool. He's so in tune with how he should play his role as the Leader of the 'Free World' (will someone tell me why America is called that?) that he is wearing the customary power blue tie. Men, take note--President Barack Hussein Obama is a trendsetter who is bringing Change and sexy back to the White House.
I love this guy!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Senator Obama Goes to Washington--Next on Cribs...

After taking his daughters to school and a morning workout, President-elect Barack Obama headed to O'Hare International Airport this morning for a trip Washington to meet President Bush at the White House.
How normal of a morning is that? he is excited because he has never been to the White House. I haven't either, but my girlfriend, Princess Zulu has.

Last night, me and two of my girlfriends decided to drive to the Hyde Park neighborhood where he lives just so we could see what the changes are.
Beginning two blocks north of his home on a quiet residential street, there were news trucks lining both sides. For this neighborhood--that's not normal. As we inched closer to where he lives the headlights began to reflect the barricades that block entrance to his block. men dressed in black approached each vehicle. I had my girlfriend turn off the street so we wouldn't have to go thru the search procedures. They are serious about protecting President-elect Obama and his family--I'm glad about that.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pinch Me...Am I still in the United States of America?

I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it! I'm about to lose control and I think I like it! --The Pointer Sisters lyrics
This morning I awoke and felt like jumping up and down with glee! Someone who is my real choice for President of the USA has actually won. A regular ordinary person who will go on to do extraordinary things. He still needs our support and prayers. I will gladly do my share.
I'm so euphoric and elated!
Am I dreaming or what? If this is a dream--please don't wake me.
Do ya feel me?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Obama Headlines Across the World

People love Obama. Please pray for him daily. That he uses wisdom in his governing of the United States and that he does not become intoxicated nor over-dose on 'power'.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

You Go Condi! First and Foremost You're a Sistah!

Dr. Condaleeza Rice is a 'bad mammajamma' She is the most powerful woman on the planet. She is currently the Secretary of State--appointed by President George W. Bush. She hails from Birmingham, Alabama (same as my pastor) and she is an African American. Her political affiliation is Republican--and she is the best at what she does. I am so proud of her. I took special delight in reading the press briefing from the Secretary of State's Office which I receive each morning from her office, where she congratulates President-elect Barack Obama and pledges her support. She will go down in history as one of the greatest statesman to ever serve the United States. World Leaders call her a 'black queen'. She is stylish, classy, and would never look into a camera and wink--while on official duty. Did I mention she's a lady, too?
I have included her official statement on Obama's win. Atta girl, Dr. Rice!

An emotional Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reveled Wednesday in Barack Obama's election, calling it an "extraordinary step forward" for the nation.
A child of the segregated deep South who became the highest-ranking African-American woman ever in American government and was once considered a potential Republican presidential nominee, Rice called the Democratic president-elect "inspirational" and said his victory was proof of America's promise.
"This was an exercise in American democracy of which Americans across the political spectrum are justifiably proud," she said.
"As an African-American, I'm especially proud," said Rice, her eyes glistening with emotion, "because this is a country that's been through a long journey, in terms of overcoming wounds and making race" less of a factor in life. "That work is not done, but yesterday was obviously an extraordinary step forward."
"One of the great things about representing this country is that it continues to surprise," she told reporters at the State Department at a hastily arranged briefing just hours before leaving Washington for the Middle East on a peacemaking trip. "It continues to renew itself. It continues to beat all odds and expectations."
Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., at the height of the civil rights struggle, Rice herself overcame numerous obstacles and stereotypical low expectations. She speaks frequently about how improbable her rise to the corridors of power may seem. But she also notes that she succeeded the first black secretary of state, Colin Powell, and the first female to hold the job, Madeleine Albright.
"You just know that Americans are not going to be satisfied until they really do form that perfect union," she said, referring to the preamble of the Constitution, which begins: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union ..."
"And while the perfect union may never be in sight, we just keep working at it and trying," Rice said.
Aides said Rice would likely call Obama, as well as vanquished Republican presidential nominee John McCain, later Wednesday.
She said McCain had been "gracious" in defeat and called him "a great patriot."
"I want to note that President-elect Obama was inspirational and I'm certain he will continue to be," Rice said.
She never said who she planned to vote for, but had hinted broadly that she would support McCain by repeatedly stressing that she is a Republican.

Change Has Come to America...Meet the new 'First Family' of the United States of America

My options were many. I had three invitations to election night viewing/victory parties all in downtown Chicago. I'm leery of huge crowds even though the idea of being in the energy was inviting. I opted to stay at home and take a nap so that I could stay awake and see the results with my husband and 3 sons.
Four hours later when I awoke from what was supposed to be a 45 minute 'cat-nap', I tuned in to election coverage and was awed by what I saw. A peaceful, patriotic, sea of people in Grant park. This was more people in one place just standing still than I'd ever seen in my life. People of every size, shape, height, and ethnic heritage. Suburbanites and city-dwellers; old and young, men and women, boys and girls. Kids and babies were perched on top of the shoulders of their parents--given a joyful reprieve from going to bed early on a school-night.

When the polls closed on the West Coast and the election results were shown, Senator Barack Obama was declared the winner at about 10pm CST, with 280 electoral votes. The crowd erupted in a resounding roar and my spirit literally left my body briefly and soared through the air. I prayed to go high enough to see the face of God. When I landed I did see His face--in all the tearful faces involved in a giant flag-waving, celebratory hugfest
Senator Barack Obama had been elected President of the United States of America in a landslide victory. What a beautiful day to be alive. Change has come to America.
Here are a few lines from his powerful 16 minutes acceptance speech in Chicago, Illinois to a crowd of over 150,000 in Grant Park. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The moment was sacred.

OBAMA: If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Down to the Wire...Obama or McCain

I'm so excited and happy to be alive today! This is the day that the Lord has made and I shall rejoice and be glad in it in its entirety. I am sitting at my desk and feeling free in deed. I am praying for the best man for the job to be elected on tomorrow. I am believing God that there be no election day 'shenanigans' that will change or hinder this outcome. I pray God's blessings on both these men and their families. And I'm thanking God in advance for no hurt, harm or danger to come to anyone as a result of this campaign and election day process.

We are down to the wire people--in Jesus' Name.

Barack Obama's Granny Transitions Just before Election

The campaign just confirmed that Obama's ailing grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise him, died today. She was 86 and had been battling cancer. Last week, the candidate took time out from campaigning to fly home so that he could be by her bedside in Hawaii. The Obama campaign had hoped that she would live to see the outcome of the election.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, it took Obama a while to come down from the plane and the traveling press weren't sure why. Reporters now believe he had recently received the news.
Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, released this joint statement about their grandmother: "She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure."

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Denyce Graves is Outstanding as Margaret Garner

Last night I attended the opening of "Margaret Garner" an Opera at Chicago's Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University. It was awesome in a historical kinda way. What I thought was great was the diversity of the audience. This is a great time in Chicago--still one of the most segregated places in the United States. It is important that the history of slavery in the United States stop being treated like a four-letter word. We need to talk about it. We all need to learn about it and then the healing can begin--truly.
I highly encourage everyone to attend this performance because it is an excellenet production--complete with sir-titles for those of us who don't speak opera.

The Story--
The opera begins in darkness. A group of slaves, begging for deliverance from their suffering, gradually becomes visible.
The scene shifts to an auction being held in Kentucky in 1856. In the crowd is Edward Gaines, a native of the region but absent for twenty years. When Maplewood Plantation is brought to the block, he interrupts the proceedings, asserting that it cannot be sold as it belonged to his deceased brother. Gaines is dismayed to learn that the townsfolk don’t remember him, but no one disputes his claim, so he acquires Maplewood. As Gaines signs ownership papers, he is captivated by the singing of Margaret Garner, one of the slaves. He nostalgically recalls his childhood, and promises himself that this time the townsfolk will not forget him.
The slaves return from another day’s toil in the fields. Cilla, the mother of Margaret's husband, Robert, joins the couple for supper; their spirits are light-hearted until Casey, Maplewood's foreman, arrives with shocking news. Robert is being sent away that night to another plantation, but Margaret is to remain at Maplewood — where she will work, at the Master's request, in the main house.
Gaines hosts a lavish reception to celebrate his daughter Caroline's marriage. An argument erupts between Edward and his new son-in-law, George, about the nature of love; to break the tension, the newlyweds begin a waltz. After the dance, Caroline asks Margaret, now the house servant, for her views on love. The guests are outraged to hear her solicit a slave's opinion, and leave abruptly. Offended, Gaines lashes out at Caroline. Later, Gaines lingers, unseen, to watch Margaret clean the parlor. He accosts her, forcibly dragging her away.

Anticipating a visit from Robert, Margaret goes to Cilla's cabin. She becomes agitated when she finds her packing and the children missing, until Cilla discloses that Robert plans an escape attempt that evening. Margaret is overwhelmed when he arrives and confirms the news, but disconcerted that Cilla refuses to join them. Casey suddenly storms into the cabin; a struggle ensues which ends with Robert strangling Casey to death.
Robert and Margaret escape from Maplewood, and are living in an underground shed in Ohio. Robert asserts that freedom and dignity are nearly theirs. But Gaines suddenly arrives to claim his property, and captures Robert. Margaret attempts to burn Gaines with fiery coals, and witnesses his men lynching Robert. Enraged, she murders her children so they will be spared slavery's horrors.
Darkness again envelops the stage briefly. With defiant grandeur, Margaret then embraces her life's circumstances.
Gaines transports Margaret back to Kentucky to stand trial for the “theft and destruction” of the children, considered his property. Caroline protests that Margaret should properly be charged with murder, for the children were human beings. The judges sentence Margaret to be executed for theft. When Caroline begs her father to seek clemency, Gaines realizes he must choose between the love of his radical daughter and a traditional way of life.
Great sorrow fills the air as the townsfolk await Margaret's execution. At dawn, she is led to the scaffold. Gaines runs in, waving a document — the judges have granted Margaret clemency! On the gallows, Margaret expresses her desire to live peacefully in a just world, and then seizes “freedom” by hanging herself. Edward realizes that peace never will be his. Although he made the "right" choice — to fight for Margaret's freedom — he did it for the wrong reason: he wanted to win his daughter's respect. The onlookers proclaim a need for repentance, and pray that Margaret's final journey home is a peaceful one.
— Mary Lou Humphrey

Mad Enough to Kill a the Name of Jesus

People are very stressed out. I read this on the newswire this morning. What would make this brotha react by shooting the "Man of God?" Could he have discovered that there is a difference between speakin those things that be not as tho they were...and lying?
Yesterday, a gunman fatally shot a Cincinnati minister, Rev Donald Fairbanks, Sr. and wounded a church deacon, Dowdell Cobb just after the two men arrived at a northern Kentucky church to attend a funeral.
The gunman chased one of the men to a nearby park, where he shot Fairbanks a second time. Frederick L. Davis, was charged with murder, first degree assault, criminal mischief and violating an emergency protection order.
Fairbanks, pastor of Cincinnati's New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, died later Saturday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. In June 2007, Fairbanks filed a complaint accusing Davis of making threatening phone calls to his wife.