I always know it’s March when the anniversary of this rap icon, the Notorious B.I.G, comes upon us. March 9, 1997, I remember it well. Not only is my birthday in March but, in 1997, I was in my last year at Kent State University, a graduating senior. Tupac had just been killed in the Fall of 1996. This all happened 24 years ago. What a crazy time in #HipHopHistory #OneMoreChance #StillMyFavorite #the90s #BiggieSmalls #BabyBaby
In recent years we’ve seen reading and books take many forms, from the likes of a company, Amazon, selling books online to reading books on electronic devices to listening to books via audio apps, reading, thankfully, is still a thing! I, for one, have let my love for reading, fall by the wayside over the last few years, however, for 2021, I am vowing to read more. My favorite reading material today includes multicultural literature, poetry, cookbooks, and magazines. But when I was younger, I had different reading tastes. Also, if you are 40 and over, much of what we read was required reading for class.
I was a Scholastic junkie back in the day. As a poet, my favorite book was Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield and the Shel Silverstein books, including Where The Sidewalk Ends. For fiction, I loved To Kill A Mockingbird and the older Judy Blume books like Superfudge. And I’m dating myself, but back in the day many of the children’s movies were often accompanied by a recording (on LP record) and a read-a-long book. I had alot of those.
I saw this discussion in a Facebook group @bgrtbookclub (Black Girls Read Too) and thought I would borrow it and continue the conversation here! Whether it’s ONE book or a LIST of books that launched your love of reading, please share. Can’t wait to see your books! #LetsDiscuss #40AndOver #moderndayadulting #ReadABook #readingisfundamental
NEW PODCAST EPISODE. Word of the Year: Detour. This episode is all about greetings in the new year, reflection on past memories, getting through the holidays without loved ones, praying for the homeless and hungry, and committing to fitness in 2021. Thanks for listening. #podcast #40AndOver #GenerationX #the40andoverproject #Pandemic #Goodbye2020 #NewYear #WordOfTheYear #podcastingwhileblack #blackpodcastnetwork https://anchor.fm/the40andoverproject/episodes/Word-of-the-Year-Detour-eov2qh
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK
Where do I begin? In the words of Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On?”, is all I can come up with. Today is the day we commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood for Nonviolence, Unity, Equality, and Love. Dr. King was all about Change and it came with some Controversy. Change is NEVER easy, for anyone. However, in the last few weeks, in fact, last few years, many of the tenets on change, and how we should deal with it, that Dr. King taught, have not been demonstrated by our national leadership. And this lack of character in times of change, has unfortunately, trickled down to the masses, leaving many of them feeling, somehow disenfranchised and dissolusioned about their privilege and place in society. I’m sorry you feel this way. But people who look like me have been disenfranchised for the entirety of our presence in this place we call America, by people who look like you. The difference: Dr. King, John Lewis, and others, practiced peaceful and nonviolent protest, even in the wake of violence against them, from others. They got in, what John Lewis called, “Good Trouble”, because equality, is a right, we all should advocate for and this is the concept that the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have continued to keep alive in order to make change in our law enforcement system. This is how Stacey Abrams made change in Voting Rights and elections in the state of Georgia. Nonviolence. Peace. Social Justice. Simple. What many of you showed us by storming the Capitol Building, was how intolerant you are of change and it scares me how much some of you want things to remain the same, frozen in time. That’s not how change works. And until you see America as a place that belongs to all of us, everyone who lives here, even those that don’t look like you, change will continue to be a burden to you instead of being seen as something to make both our lives better. That’s a battle you will have to deal with on your own. Until you figure it out, we’ll continue to work on making Dr. King’s dream come true because we still have a ways to go, with or without you. #MLKDay #LoveThyNeighbor #ChangeIsGood #LoveNotHate
NEW #PODCAST EPISODE. Quarantine Like A Rockstar. Citing an article from March 2020, written by Courtney Dabney called, “It took a pandemic but Generation X is finally getting love”, listen to my commentary on how proud I am that my generation is thriving and surviving during the pandemic. #40AndOver #the40andoverproject #Podcasting #blackpodcastnetwork #podcastingwhileblack #womenwhopodcast