The days of thinking that thicker, big, or just plain plus-sized individuals are in the minority as it relates to size has changed for a lot of us. We are now the majority when it comes to our our dress, pants or waist size. Our growing girth often makes us feel secure as we look at ourselves in the mirror of life.
There used to be a time when "extra large" meant you had to shop at a specialty store to buy your clothes. Some of us were embarrassed to tell anyone where we bought our clothes. In most cases they already knew where we shopped because they shopped at the same store too.
What is it about Democratic presidents and black women that result in the women always being thrown under the bus? Black women gave President Obama 96 percent of their vote in 2012 – compared to 87 percent for black men – but somehow black women end up with tire marks on them.
Remember when the "first Black president," Bill Clinton, totally dissed Lani Guinier, the first black woman professor tenured at Harvard Law School?
WASHINGTON – In the late 1960s, black revolutionary H. Rap Brown, now known as Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, was often quoted as saying violence is "as American as cherry pie." More than 40 years after the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) firebrand made that pronouncement, the numbers supports his assertion.
According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, nearly 100,000 people in the U.S. are shot each year in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents or by law enforcement officials. Of the 31,593 who died in 2008 from gun violence, 2,179 were murdered; 18,223 killed themselves; 592 were killed accidently; 326 were killed during police intervention and 273 died, but the intent was unknown.
Channel surfing over the weekend, I stopped on a favorite old romantic comedy that was centered on a relationship that blossomed over emails. The movie isn't even all that old, yet its premise now seems almost ancient. Because as we all know, in today's world there is a plethora of ways other than email to connect socially.
Social media has exploded over the last 20 years. There is simply no way to avoid it; no matter how bah-humbug you may be over all this "new-fangled" connecting. (Mmm-hmm. You know who you are, Mr. and Ms. "You Can Call Me if You Want to Talk to Me").
By now, it's old news that Kasandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, who was her boyfriend and the father of her daughter.
By now we've read about how great a teammate Belcher was, how dedicated to his girlfriend and daughter. We've read his hardscrabble story of moving from the University of Maine, hardly a football powerhouse, to a coveted slot in the NFL. Belcher has been humanized, even enshrined, as his friends have talked about him not having a violent bone in his body.
What about Kasandra?
Do your days sometime feel like a blur?
Are you just racing against the clock to keep up with all the daily chores or projects before you each day: taking and picking up the kids before and after school, grocery shopping, answering emails and postal mail, paying those dreaded bills, and meeting all those deadline at work and at home as placed before you each day?
I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to be the same: "Republicans have to find a way to garner more of the Hispanic vote."
So, if I am to believe these so-called analysts, the black vote is irrelevant and non-existent. The black vote is rarely mentioned as being important to either party. Democratic analysts treat the black vote as just a given – blacks will vote Democratic. Therefore, there is no need to discuss them. In other words, they are taken for granted. On the Republican side, the black vote is simply ignored and considered a waste of time as I was told in no uncertain terms by some in the Mitt Romney camp.