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Queen Bey Reigns!

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Okay look, It’s no secret that I am a bonafide Beyonce Knowles-Carter fan. And just like my own two daughters, Na’Imah and Na’Tifah Williams, I think she is a pretty, talented and smart young woman. Forbes Magazine says that she is mega-rich and I like that, too. Other than the music that she releases, the videos and performances I’ve seen, her recent documentaries and Oprah interviews I’ve watched, and the media stories I’ve read, I do not know her and haven’t met her. In fact, i don’t have any friends or family who have told me they know her personally. Do I think she is an angel–no I do not and I don’t think my daughters are either. Which brings me to this point:

Why the hoopla over her most recent release, ‘Bow Down’? I am about as over this song as I was an equally silly song she recorded back in the day with Destiny’s Child called, ‘Bootylicious’. Is ‘Bow Down’ more stupid than than the other one?  And what about the fact that America’s darling Beyonce, married America’s bad boy of hip hop, Jay Z? How many other celebrity women marry bad boys?  I’d say just as many as us regular women who prefer bad boys.  My point is that we shouldn’t be shocked at what an artist says or does while performing their craft. We don’t know them as people, only celebrities. Right now we’re shocked at hip hop artists, but does anybody remember the kinds of stuff that Prince, Rick James, Barry White and Marvin Gaye used to sing about doing to women?

Just because we happen to be fans of a celebrity does not mean we know them as private   people. Hear me when I say that celebrities have both a public brand and a private persona. They are usually very different and reserved for their close friends and family circle. Fans tend to be so star struck that even when celebrities tell us who they are, we won’t believe them. Prime example–“Jenny from the Block,” a song released by singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, explaining how we should not be fooled by the material things she has, that she is the same person. There are a lot of “Jennys from the block, including Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, comedian Mo’Nique and the late Whitney Houston, to name a few. Evangelist Juanita Bynam, Evangelist Denise Matthews  (Vanity), and Minister Helen Baylor are prime examples of women with upstanding public images with testimonies of redemption from past ways.

Beyonce is doing her own thing right now and not taking ‘Sasha Fierce’ too seriously, all the while staying in the media and running all the way to the bank.  At the moment she is the most successful female recording artist, live performer and actress– Let her reign in peace.

 

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Now its Time to Say Goodbye: Annette Funicello

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On Monday, April 8, 2013, Annette Funicello died at age 70, after a long bout with the debilitating disease, Multiple Sclerosis. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but in my heart and mind she was simply Annette–my favorite Disney Mouseketeer.

Although she would go on to become a singer and actress, starring in beach movies with Frankie Avalon, it was her appearance between ages 12 to 16 years on the Mickey Mouse Club TV show that stands out in my mind. And the famous anthem the Mouseketeers all sang at the end of each broadcast seems so appropriate in the wake of her death.

“Now it’s time to say goodbye to all your company. M-I-C-“See ya real soon!”  K-E-Y “Why? because we love you!” M-O-U-S-E. Rest in Peace, Ms Annette Funicello.

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US Navy Blue Angels Grounded for 2013

ImageThe US Navy Blue Angels squadron won’t be a part of the Virginia Beach air show in September 2013. In fact, they won’t be appearing in any air shows this year as all scheduled appearances have been canceled due to Government budget cuts. The US Navy announced yesterday that it was cancelling all air shows it had scheduled for the rest of the year. There were 32 performances remaining. At a cost of over $100K per air show event hosted by a Navy base, current defense policies cannot support the expense. Out reach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government.This is terrible news. i am disappointed to learn that they will not perform for the remainder of this year.

The Blue Angels are the most exciting flying squadron I have ever seen. I first became a fan while living in Chicago and attending the annual summer Air and Water Show held at the Oak Street Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Last year I saw them perform at the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Their precision flying is so awesome. In fact, they flew so low in tandem over the tree tops, until I could see the pilots. It was a most thrilling spectacle. I suggest that Congress and the President return to the drawing board and figure out how to keep the Blue Angels flying. This current development is politikking me off!

 

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General Colin L. Powell Celebrates 76 years of a Great Life

Image General Colin Luther Powell, retired U.S. 4-star general and diplomat celebrates his 76th birthday on April 5, 2013.  Born in Harlem, New York, he was the first Black American appointed as U.S. Secretary of State and the only Black American to serve as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The post is the highest military position in the Department of Defense.

I became aware of General Powell during the Desert Storm operations in Iraq. I was very proud to see a Black American in military leadership and as a 4-Star general, especially in lieu of my many relatives who have served in the military as career soldiers and enlisted men.

In 2000, President George W. Bush appointed General Powell as US Secretary of State and at that time this was the highest rank in civilian government ever held by a Black American. Prior to that appointment, General Powell served as National Security Adviser in the Reagan Administration.

General Powell, a conservative Republican, was encouraged by Republican Party leaders to run for President of the United States. I was excited by this idea as he has led an exemplary, scandal-free life and possessed the leadership experience. He declined to run for personal reasons and in 2008, he endorsed a Democrat,  Senator Barack Obama as President.

Happy Birthday, General Powell.   You are a living, military and world history icon and one day I hope to interview you for a feature story in person.

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Farrah Fawcett: My favorite Angel

gal_fawcett_25Actress Farrah Fawcett whose layered blonde  swimsuit poster transformed the “Charlie’s Angels” star into a ’70s icon, died Thursday. She was 62.

I fondly remember taking the gorgeous picture of a red swimsuit-clad Farrah Fawcett to the beauty shop and showing the pic to my beautician and saying, “I wanna look like her.” She was talented and gorgeous beyond belief. Women and men adored her.  She seemed sweet enough–after all she use to be married to Lee Majors the 6 million dollar man.

Farrah Fawcett waged a courageous three-year battle against anal cancer and died shortly before 9:30 a.m. in Santa Monica hospital. The Texas-born actress chronicled her valiant fight for survival in a two-hour documentary.  ” Farrah’s Story”.

Rest in Peace, Farrah.

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Man, If only My last Name was Obama…

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I was just sitting here thinking how cool it would be if my last name was Obama–legally.  Not sure I could have survived it when it was being rhymed with ‘Osama’ but certainly now it would be cool as hell.  Just think, when calling in and making reservations at hotels and swanky restaurants how great the service would be these days. Plus, I would probably never have to buy another event ticket or wait in line at a club or disco.Barbara Walters Interviews the Obamas for a Thanksgiving specialI could be like Will Smith’s character in Six Degrees of Separation–one who pretends to be related for gain. I could be one of his sisters from Kenya, Dr. Vanessa F. Obama.  Whatdya think? Plus, he could never possibly know all of his cousins, right? The cool thing is that I could even be half Japanese and my last name could still be Obama because its both a Japanese and an African last name.  Oh well, I was just brainstorming on  ways to attend the inauguration… lol

Holla atcha girl!

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“Queen of Africa” Silenced: Miriam Makeba Dies

"Mama Africa"Death of Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba, passed away suddenly in Italy at age 76 after performing in a concert on November 9th. She was a musical icon who inspired South Africans during and after the fight to end apartheid in her native country.

After being banned from apartheid-era South Africa for her outspoken political views for more than 30 years, Makeba was able to serve as a source of inspiration and hope for South Africa’s oppressed by reaching them through her music. After the fall of apartheid, she returned to play a positive role through her music in the newly democratic South Africa.

Makeba was the first African woman to win the prestigious Grammy Award and also earned the affectionate title of the “Queen of African Song.” A world renown singer, she shared the stage with musical legends and sang for world leaders, including U.S. President John F. Kennedy. She will be missed by many the world over.

 

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