Podcast Update: No Justice No Peace

#podcast #update #listen Before you write the Black Lives Matter Movement off, just remember, if freedom is what you celebrate, you must understand that both the celebration of freedom and an effort to move the needle of what it means to be free forward, can indeed coexist, because, well…. This is America. I originally blogged about this topic on the 4th of July this past summer, but I wanted to share the topic, No Justice No Peace, on the podcast because I believe it is a topic that is relevant year round. Thank you for listening and please share.
https://anchor.fm/the40andoverproject/episodes/No-Justice–No-Peace-eka2v8

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The Kamala Effect

A couple of months ago, former Vice President Joe Biden announced his running mate for president as the current Senator Kamala Harris.

Harris already made history as the first Black woman to run for and be elected to become the Attorney General of the State of California, the largest legal system in the United States.

Harris has made history as the first African American woman to run for and receive the nomination for Vice President on a major party ticket in the United States

Harris has made history as the first Asian American woman to run for and receive the nomination for Vice President on a major party ticket in the United States.

Harris is also making history as the first member of one of, what we know as “The Divine Nine”, historically Black Greek-Lettered organizations to run for a major party’s political office on the national level. She is a member of the first Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

And yes, we’ve turned the world pink and green with pride in our Soror Kamala Harris and all of her accomplishments, as she not only symbolizes what women can do, but also what Black women can accomplish in this place we call the United States of America. And as a woman who was born on the cusp of Generation X (she was born in 1964), she is doing the damn thing for women in their early 50s (black don’t crack right!)

But unfortunately, American history has another very ugly past….it’s negative and derogatory treatment of African American women. And the affects of that history has not been lost on those of us who are charged with carrying on our legacy into the 21st Century. It seems that for every first we put forth, there’s a racist/sexist that is not ready for it and as a result, publicly makes us aware of their disdain for our achievements.

Not long after Joe Biden’s announcement about Kamala Harris as his running mate, Barry Presgraves, Mayor of Luray, Virginia said this, “Joe Biden has just announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick.” And while this is not a shocker because many white men in America often do this whenever their world of privilege is upheavaled. It’s incredible how public and how non-fearful and unapologetic this person was. That should scare all of us in 2020.

This was my reply to the mayor’s comments on Facebook: To the mayor of #LurayVA who wrote the “Biden has chosen Aunt Jemima” comment about Kamala Harris who is now apologizing, saying, “that’s not what’s in my heart”. Yes, it is in your heart. If not, you would not have written it. And just so y’all know, just like Beyonce, the Kamala beehive is ready to take on anything y’all got cause we know the racists and sexists are coming out the woodwork and to those of you who are already in elected positions, disguising yourselves like this mayor as being #ForThePeople, who are really only out for people who look like you, we see you, and you’re time is up! But guess what, we will swat you like the annoying little racist gnats, that we know you are! Your words will not deter us! It’s on. Bring it! #BidenHarris2020

As we know, these types of comments will continue to rev up, the closer we get to the election. Case in point, following the Vice Presidential candidate debate between Kamala Harris and the current VP Mike Pence, the man known as president, I like to call him 45, commenced to his normal tyraid of misinformation on FOX News and called Harris a Monster…..Let that seep in….. This person, who is supposed to be the leader of the free world, who is supposed to provide words of wisdom and encouragement in the time of a pandemic, is calling a woman, a Black woman, a Monster. He is the worst. But this is what he does, especially in the shadow of successful, strong women, he calls us names. And he especially treats smart, successful Black women with a deep seded, historical, vitriol that comes from the times of the plantation. He will continue to be disrespectful and I have no doubt, that it will only get worse, as November fast approaches.

So, if his behavior and the behavior of other hate-filled politicians and organizations is something that makes you cringe, there is only one solution. VOTE like your life depends on it on November 3rd!

RIP to The Notorious RBG

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for women’s rights during her entire career, both as a lawyer, and as a judge on the highest court in the land. And while her passing is sad as well as a big yikes during this very volatile political climate, as we head to the polls to vote for our next president, let’s remember the rights she fought for that benefit not only women, but children, and the many men who have benefited from and supported the women in their lives. Also, as you take a look at the list, if you are anything like me, I hope you are also astonished and insulted that these were rights that were denied to women but I will say, that given America’s sexist and racist history, I’m not shocked. At 47, I’m forever grateful to Justice Ginsburg and I look forward to continuing to have the right to voice my opinion regarding women’s rights and social justice issues for as long as I have breath to do so.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a leading force in securing the following rights for women:

  1. the rights to obtain a mortgage without a male co-signer
  2. the right to open a checking account without a male co-signer
  3. the right to start a business without a male co-signer
  4. the right to get a credit card without a male co-signer
  5. the right to get a credit card without a male co-signer
  6. the right to obtain a business loan without a male co-signer
  7. the right to obtain a job without gender based discrimination
  8. the right to obtain/retain employment wile pregnant
  9. the right to obtain birth control without having to obtain a husband’s permission
  10. the right not to be forced to provide proof of sterilization to obtain/retain employment
  11. the right to pension benefits equal to male workers
  12. the right to equal consideration to be executors for their children’s estate
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The day I became a Mom. A Plant Mom.

At 47, I’m what you call child-free so I don’t have kids, cats, or dogs but now I’m a #PlantMom, all gifted to us at my mother’s homegoing this summer. Let’s hope I have inherited my mother’s #greenthumb, I’ll keep you posted on their progress! I’ve even given them all fun names: Tupac, Kamala Ivy, Lil Kim, Shakira, JLo, Biggie, and Queen Bae (names in that order, see photo). Let’s call it a little self care.

#gardening #gardenlife #plantsofinstagram #planttherapy

PODCAST. #SummerRemix. We’re Not In Our 20s Anymore #ThrowbackThursday

Repost of the 40 and over project podcast, Episode 5. #ThrowbackThursday

As we get older and our bodies change, the notion of having fun also changes. Some of us, unfortunately can’t do the same things we used to do in our 20s, in our 40s. How has that affected your social life? How does if affect how you approach attending reunions, college gatherings, going out with your friends, etc? Please share here and be sure to join the Facebook Discussion Group, http://www.facebook.com/theclique

SHARING. Love letters from Tupac, crown worn by Biggie offered in 1st-ever hip-hop auction at Sotheby’s

As an old school Hip Hop head, imagine my delight when I heard about this on the news this morning!

SHARING FROM KTLA.COM

Rivals in life, the rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur are being united for an auction at Sotheby’s, the first-ever dedicated hip-hop auction at a major international auction house. Bidders will be able to vie for the crown worn and signed by the Notorious B.I.G. during a 1997 photo shoot held three days before he was killed in Los Angeles. They’ll also get to bid on an archive of 22 autographed love letters written by Shakur at the age of 15-17 to a high school sweetheart. The auction will be held Sept. 15 and features over 120 hip-hop-related lots. The items can be viewed in person — reservations are required during the pandemic — at Sotheby’s in New York City and the exhibition will also be available to the public online via its digital gallery. “The impact of hip-hop is everywhere — sneakers, clothing, jewelry, art, music. I wanted to have a sale that really recognized how massive that impact really is,” said Cassandra Hatton, the Sotheby’s senior specialist who organized the sale. The estimates for the headlining lots — $200,000 to $300,000 for the crown and $60,000 to $80,000 for the letters — are low, with the hope that the auction house can attract first-time bidders and show it is not just a stuffy place for multi-million-dollar watches and paintings. Onetime friends who became rivals in a hype-fueled war between the East and West Coast rap scenes, Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. — also known as Biggie Smalls — were gunned down within months of each other. Both crimes remain unsolved. The crown has been in photographer Barron Claiborne’s possession since he captured Biggie for the cover of Rap Pages magazine. Claiborne had provided the prop, hoping to portray Biggie as the king of New York. Sean “Diddy” Combs, owner of Biggie’s label Bad Boy Entertainment, was with the rapper on the photo shoot. “I’ve seen the crown. Everybody’s seen the crown. It’s so famous. It’s so iconic. When I was first thinking of doing this sale, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to track that crown down?’” Hatton said. “I’ve sold all sorts of wild things. But this is a little different.” Shakur’s letters — many on lined stationary pages with neat hand-lettered script — were written in 1987 and 1988 to Kathy Loy, a fellow student at the Baltimore School for the Arts. The 42 pages chronicle their approximately two-month long romance, including a letter of regret for breaking up sent a year later. Loy provided the letters for auction. “I’ll always be there for you,” Shakur wrote to her in one. In a poem, we writes: “Everything is so beautiful/since I fell in love.” The trove also reveal his friendship with fellow student Jada Pinkett Smith, who he mentions in one letter: “Jada told me she can see how much I love you.” What interested Hatton most is the tone of the letters. Unlike Shakur’s tough public persona, the letters reveal a “sweet, poetic, sensitive young man.” “There are definitely moments that made me blush reading the letters — he is a 16-year-old boy after all,” she added. “But he is very respectful. He advocates for clear communication and boundaries and wants to define relationships.” The auction continues Sotheby’s recent trend toward embracing items prized by popular culture, including hosting the first dedicated sneaker auction at one of the big auction houses in July 2019. A pair of Michael Jordan’s signed, game-worn Nikes was recently auctioned by Christie’s for a record $615,000.

Love letters from Tupac, crown worn by Biggie offered in 1st-ever hip-hop auction at Sotheby’s

Join Me for Shut Up & Write! Virtual Events

Calling all writers!

Join the #HostessWithTheMostest as I kick off my @shutupwrite #VirtualEvents, TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND AT 6:30PM EST. And the best part, it’s FREE! Be sure to RSVP at @Meetup using the link below (to get access to the Zoom info). Bring your snacks, bring a cocktail, but most importantly, bring your writing project (book, poetry, blog, dissertation, letter to your grandma, whatever!) #shutupandwrite
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