Thursday, December 11, 2008
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Monday, December 8, 2008
"When I asked them why they like doing it, they said it helps them relax and forget about their problems," said Ms Nhlapo.
"When you look at them, just a few seconds after taking it, they are in another world," she added.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
You can expect to see a weekly, if not daily post about the Obamas. I, like many others, am obsessed with this family.
Barack and Michelle have done Essence Magazine before. But not like this. They look positively Presidential. And look at the wisdom in Obama's eyes. It's like he's larger than life. On top of the world.
As if the couple didn't exude strength and power already, after this cover you are really forced to take notice.
Radiant. Ravishing. Real. This is us.
Monday, December 1, 2008
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Monday, November 17, 2008
Damn, the economy is really shot to hell.
With all problems that the US is facing now because of this economy crisis, and because millions of jobs are being cut at lightening speeds, it was only a matter of time before unemployment funds would begin to run out as well.
Last month, unemployment offices in Michigan, a state which already had a high level of unemployment, has begun to borrow money. According to a report by the CNN, other states (such as California, New York, Indiana, etc.) face insolvency by year 2009, which is right around the corner. Not good.
Think about it. What would you do if you got laid off from your job? But you couldn't receive unemployment? Like most, I'm having an extremely tough time saving anything from my paycheck, so what happens next?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Is it just me or does O'Reilly really just seem like a wife beater? I really try to give him the benefit of the doubt but he's just an aggressive white man who throws temper tantrums when he's wrong, and when I look at his eyes, there's just something....not quite right...almost, well, evil.
He was a little bit more subdued on the Daily Show last night while promoting his new book. But he still tries to bully Jon Stewart in a subtle, condescending, take over your show as if it were mine, kind of way. As he's done with David Letterman and the ladies on the View.
With an ego like that it's no wonder FOX just offered him millions more to be the host of the O'Reilly Factor for four more years. Unfortunatly though, this is what the other side of the country is hearing. And it's really sad too because most of these rednecks, only know black and white; war and peace; good and bad. They don't question anything or see any gray area. And that's the type of people who O'Reilly and others (Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, etc.) prey on and go after.
Catch The Daily Show.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
According to the Washington Post, there have been murmurings of Hillary Clinton in the running for the Secretary of State spot. Great idea. Although people might not think that the Clinton's name should be anywhere near the White House, I happen to think that this is a wise and strategic decision on Obama's part.
I'm really starting to get adjusted to this newfound writing schedule. I've been writing since 2nd grade. But I just have never really thought to share it. I used to think that people who blogged were kind of selfish, and almost a little self indulgent. Just a way of shining light on themselves, similar to AIM, twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc...all of which you can tell everyone what you're doing at any given time (which I'm completely guilty of! lol)
But I realized that by reading more and more blogs of different variety, I started to like or dislike the writers. It becomes personal.That in itself intrigues me.
People follow you, they follow your perspective as if they know you, and soon it becomes a common name in household or roundtable discussions.
But I know now that blogging is a GREAT form of self reflection. A good time to sit back and reflect on the array of ideas that arouse our intellect. It's truly a sign of the times.
However, I'm still in an entry-level position.
So let me officially welcome you to the Common Sensus, my collection of individualisms. My time to be me.
- Lady D
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
That theme echoed this weekend in DC when Essence magazine held a conference for young women. Some in school, and some recent graduates. A few workshops, some motivational speaking, and a some great financial and life tips for the future. Afterwards, me and some friends of mine got together and had a conference of our own.
Otherwise known as the get together, live, laugh, love, sip, eat, cry, and scream about our lives conference.I saw my sisters from other misters who I havent seen in a long time and something always strikes me about these women when I'm around them.
They are SO AMAZING.
I must admit my sistagurl energy isn't always as high when I'm in NY. I'm not alone, but there's just something missing. I learn new things, butI can't trade passing fancies or cute cliches. I don't always have people to cry too or people who can understand where I'm coming from. And what I miss most? The conversation. The real, gritty, funny, true stories that only a sistagurl conference can provide. I always come away feeling like I can take on the world, like all I need in this world of sin are me and my girlfriends!!! Ha.
I advise anyone who doesn't have a sistagurl relationship to get one quick fast. Its absolutely necessary to keep real people in your circle, ones who will lift u up, tell you when ur shit stinks, and jump in swinging when some shit goes down.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I really can not believe this. I mean when I saw it on CNN last night, I thought I was being punked. At 11:00pm on the dot....Barack Obama, the son of an AFRICAN man, was elected President of the United States. Barack Obama, a man who's background is mixed in so many different cultures, rode this path to the white house and hit victory. Barack Obama, a 47 year old black man, married to a gorgeous, educated, eloquent, black woman with no remorse and all the love in the world for her. This is the man who America (and numerous outher parts of the world) chose to represent us.
Change has come.
I listened to that song. Along with Nas, Black President, and Young Jeezy's, My President is Black, but when I heard Otis Redding crooning out Change Gon Come! I broke down. I BROKE... DOWN... It hit me. How many people have died for this moment, how many black people were hung in trees, how many men, women, and children were sold into slavery, beaten, tormented, raped, and lost all their hope for this. very. moment.
I watched Roland Martin, CNN analyst, try to hold his face together while analyzing the polls, and Oprah in the crowds of hte Chicago stadium looking on as if she has seen a new beginning...but when I saw a quivering Jesse Jackson wading in what seemed like a river of his tears, i knew it meant something. Not that I chose Jesse Jackson as the sole model of black people. Certainly he is not. But there was something in his face, something that said we finally had made real progress, and that we had done it as a nation who was willing to put the hatred of racism and the injustice of greed and pride behind us.
White people said we couldn't do it. There are still pockets of hte country who are probably kicking themselves in disbelief. Just watch those bastards on FOX news; watch those rednecks in states like Kentucky, and West Virginia who said they didn't believe.
As I write this I am holding back tears. Tears of a generational divide, not yet closed, but slowly progressing. And tears of a true humbling force of nature named Barack Obama who has stepped up and conquered elitism, prejudice, and the system.
I can tell my kids they can be anything. I can look myself in the mirror and say I can be anything.
I am so proud. I am so proud. I AM SO PROUD.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Who the hell does Sarah Palin thing she is???
It was bad enough that McCain almost lost all of his sanity by making the decision of choosing Sarah Palin, a 44 year old woman, who was supposed to offset Barack Obama's appeal to younger voters and women who were for Hillary Clinton. He so clearly would have done much better off with a more qualified candidate... But of course he chose the last person from people'e minds, matter of fact he chose the person who no one knew existed. Sarah Palin.
Now at first I thought, who the hell is Sarah Palin? Alaska? You shuffle through the names and that's what you end up with?
I'm not even going to get into the background on her, go be an informed citizen and read up on that on your own time on NYTimes, Huffington Post, Politico, etc. etc...but I will say this.
Number one. Republicans got this shit all fucked up. I'm not knocking who she is, because she IS making history, (but then again Hillary and many, many, other woman before her did that as well..) and I don't knock anyone's hustle, let alone their vision for the country (albeit there is no vision at all, but we'll get to that later...) She is a woman, and it's about time women start stepping up their A game.
But, she is no Hillary Clinton and she is NO Barack Obama. She's a person who is trying to exemplify a VP...without knowing what a VP does...(read up on Adam Brinkley), a person who is trying to bullshit the American population..AGAIN..., a person who is regurgitating McCainisms and saying what she thinks people want to hear... Serious News flash.... It's 2008.
Was it just me? Or when you watched the speech did you hear the harsh, blatant, disrespectful tone to Barack Obama?? Using phrases such as, "a small time mayor is sort of like a community organzier except you have actual responsibilities" and " this is a man who has can give a whole speech about the war in Iraq and not even use the word victory even when talking about his own campaign".
Really Sarah? You're fuckin kidding me right? Ok, let me break it down to you sweetie, since you think this bad ass act you portray is going to shy real men and women away from the issues, and away from the reality.
Reality Check number one. Let's define a community organizer. A community organizer gets children off the streets and into the classroom. A community organizer puts the poor, marginalized, and unfortunate people first, and does all he or she can to help see that they get the care and support they need, which could be through job training, child care services, help with housing, food on the table, a proper education.. etc. HOW DARE Sarah Palin, stand on stage on her high horse....or moose... and belittle someone like that. I don't care who she is, I don't care where she came from or what the hell she thinks this election is about. But she needs to sit down, collect her fuckin thoughts, and get her shit together. She' s lucky Michelle Obama has way too much class to fly into St. Paul just to fuck her ass up.
But nevertheless, what does that say about this woman who wants to assist in running our country?? What does that say about John McCain as a president that he lets her get up there and completely demean the very foundations that aim to support those who cannot support themselves. News flash honey, you're turning away the very supporters who's vote you hope to get.
She's bitch made. Because of course while she was up on the stage ranting about her love for this country, trying to sound patriotic and strong by putting down other's work...she revealed the type of person she is...the type who doesn't give a fuck about the average American person. The type who does not give a fuck about you, me, or the future generation.
Reality Check number two. Victory in Iraq??? Barack doesn't mention victory unless it has to do with his own speech? Are you fuckin kidding me? What is there to be victorious about? We went off the course of attack back in 2002, and we've waged A HELL OF A LOT of wars in the past century with countries just on the strength American interests. This war in particular we've put millions of lives in jeopardy, millions have died, and millions will continue to die if we don't put an end to this war and save who we can.
She points out, as does John McCain on numerous occasions, as did Bush on numerous occasions...that terrorist states are actively seeking nuclear seeking weapons. I wonder why tha tis Sarah?? Is it because we as a super power have alienized and attacked countries because of our hunger for warfare and our bullying attitude that cause us to inflict our "democracy" and our "truths" on other nations? Or maybe because other nations know that in oru quest for world domination, we let some people do what they like..and others hmm...not so much of the time.
You know, the last time I read a book, I learned that Israel, who we are so fondly backing with more money than we have given to ANY OTHER COUNTRY, has nuclear weapons. They're backed by the Israel lobby who gives millions of dollars and gifts to anyone who supports them and the US Presidency.. so ultimately we support Israel and we go against anyone who opposes them. So I'm pretty damn sure that nuclear weapons are not the reason for going into Iran..and we definitely know it wasn't the reason for Iraq. Read up on it: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/mear01_.html (it's a long read, but it's worth it.)
I'm gonna need for Sarah to sit down, clean her glasses, and read a damn history book, she might realize why Barack is a hell of lot more careful, as all officials up that white house need to be, when deciding how to run this government.
Yes, indeed, Sarah Palin is certainly the female version of McCain, and I don't like it. Now, i'm 22 years old and honestly over the past year or so I have been sucking all of this information about the election like a sponge, and it's caused me to read up on my history, and really become an informed citizen...so the final thing I must say is this.
Why is Sarah Palin barring the press from asking the real questions? I'm not getting into any of her policies or what she's done and hasn't done...once again...read up on it yourself..But do you know what her camp said?
She doesn't want to be judged by the media, and made to look unqualified.
Sarah...maybe it's because you have NO experience dealing with real people other than your family and of course....the 800,000 in Alaska...compared to the billions of people in the U.S. Or maybe it's because her idea of questioning wouldn't completely suit her style, which is to speak with thinking. It just might blow the fuckin hat off the whole game plan, when people finally realize who she is. Or hey, maybe she's scared that she'll get the same treatment as Barack Obama who was made a fool of by his relationship to Wright, disrespected by FOX all up and down this damn place, and basically was told 'hey you, stop being an intelligent negro, sit down and stay in your place.'
She's bitch made. Plain and simple. And she needs to get her shit together asap.
Personally, i don't care about her baby with down syndrome. I'm sorry but I don't give a damn. I could care less about Bristol and who she's marrying and if she's having a baby or not. This is not a soap opera Sarah, this is real life, a real election, and I'm a real person who wants to know what you intend to do with this country, and how you are going to lead us out of the mess that Bush administration has created the past eight years.
Don't be condescending. Don't lie to me. I care about the future...
So, let's be real here, and let's try to be a woman about this shit. We can't bully people around anymore. We need clear concise plans, and not rhetoric that are used as blinders to the American population to cover up for all it's damages and faults. It's time to be a grown up. After all, it is 2008.