30 June 2011


:) - I don't even know what to say

Thursday Flashback-

The lesser of 2 evils

US Airways, which operates a hub out of Charlotte-Douglass Airport, is accused of racism after it was discovered an unidentified white male wearing lingerie was allowed to fly six days before an African American college football player was not allowed to fly and arrested when he refused to pull up his pajama bottoms which were sagging below his waist even though the airline says it has no dress code. Joe O'Sullivan, an attorney for DaShon Marmom said, "A white man is allowed to fly in underwear without question, but my client was asked to pull up his pajama pants because they hung below his waist."

Jill Tarlow, an airline passenger took a picture on June 9 of an unidentified white male dressed in female underwear that flew on a US Airways flight. A US Airways spokesperson in defending the decision to allow the white male to fly said, "We don't have a dress code policy, obviously, if their private parts are exposed, that's not appropriate...So if they're not exposing their private parts, they're allowed to fly." The attorney for DeShon Marman countered by pointing out that his client’s private parts were not exposed and video surveillance tape will prove it. After refusing to pull up his clothing, Marman was arrested for suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction. Prosecutors have not filed charges in the Marman case and have until July 18 to do so.
The Marman case and similar cases involving clothing attire highlight the discrimination that mostly African American males and Muslims face when out in public. Philip Agnew, an African-American male was charged with trespassing after he refused to turn a hat he was wearing fully forward while patronizing the Epicenter located in uptown Charlotte June 2. Two African-American Muslims imams were removed from a Charlotte bound flight after an Atlantic Southeast Airlines pilot refused to allow the men back on the flight after they went through additional security screenings May 6.

I dont approve of EITHER of these as proper. It was said that DeShon Marman became upset and police were called. He was later arrested.

Ok, let's see it again;


What is the lesser of 2 evils?

22 June 2011

Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren't even there before. 
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
"And I think that's what our world is desperately in need of - lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about."

— Shane Claiborne

on today ,

19 1909,

Katherine Mary Dunham (June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was born.She was an American dancer, choreographer, songwriter, author, educator, and activist .Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century and has been called the "Matriarch and Queen Mother of Black Dance".[1]

During her heyday in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, she was renowned throughout Europe and Latin America as "that Black woman", and the Washington Post called her "Dance's Katherine the Great". For more than 30 years she maintained the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, the only permanent, self-subsidized American black dance troupe at that time, and over her long career she choreographed more than 90 individual dances. Dunham was an innovator in African-American modern dance as well as a leader in the field of Dance Anthropology, or Ethno choreology.

In 1992, at the age of 82, Katherine Dunham went on a highly publicized 47-day hunger strike to protest what she condemned as the discriminatory U.S. foreign policy against Haitian boat-people.

--courtesy blackfacts.com and wikipedia.org

He is

A Direct Message

 I was asleep:

He said to me:

" I'll hold your hand during the storm, if you promise to sit back and enjoy it. "     

and so I will do just that.  After all, worrying has never changed a single thing.   

Late nights


21 June 2011

what came to mind

when I saw this picture:

"Be still, and know that I am God"  - Psalm 46:10

Perhaps God put it in my mind so that I could calm down and relax,

or to tell you to calm down and relax when you read this. Either way, I try my hardest to listen to Him when He tells me something.

19 June 2011

Live through this

"It is infinitely easier to build a child than repair an adult."
--author unknown

take it scalding
take it hot
take it till it
hurts to squat.
a daily ass-beating;
that'll do
take it till u're
black & blue

take a beating
take it rough
take till you've
had enough
take all the above
but don't shed a tear
there'll be plenty plenty plenty plenty more
throughout the coming years.

take all the above
and seal it with a kiss:
God bless you
if you can love through this

Broken,  by   Alieux Casey for The Xande   (written in 1974)

(and I survived, barely)

Happy Father's Day, 
henry wesley casey

17 June 2011

Jill Scott talks about the song So In Love

(everything I've been through will be beautiful)- Jill Scott


I wish you knew good men existed & r not museum pieces to behold and marvel.

don’t overlook me.

I am here.

I am one of them.

in flesh and blood,





piece )


not the one with pants  intentionally down below my ass,
but where they belong,
& with a belt,
shirt and tie
and suit
with the hand raised.

seeking your attention
wanting you to pick me-


Friday Flashback - Shannon & En Vogue

16 June 2011


لاتبك على من لا يبكي عليك

DON'T cry over anyone who won't cry over you.
                                           --Arabic Proverb

15 June 2011

11 things I didn't know last week

                 1.  Ethiopia has its own calendar, and the current year is 2003

                 2.  When I speak Canadian French, people from Quebec understand, but people from  France have no  idea what I am saying. And when I speak French, people from France understand, but people from Quebec have no  idea what I am saying.

                 3.  Wal-Mart, Target and KMart, and I, were all born in 1962.

                 4.  Ray Charles had 12 kids.

                 5.  Wendy Raquel Robinson has run a school for 14 years; click here

                 6.  Lebron James couldn't live up to the hype.

                 7.  The Wisconsin high court would reinstate a contentious law that curbs the collective bargaining  rights of most state employees.

                 8.  A D'angelo song I never heard before

                9.   That I'm thisclose to  terminating my Twitter account today. It's a waste of time, and I don't care to know if someone just ate  the best cheeseburger in Johannesburg today or found a parking spot at a mall in Denver.

              10.   That I really can do the work of 2 people, and quicker ( a coworker went on  medical leave last week  for 5-6 weeks and I have to do her work and my own).

              11.   The roadblocks that upset me and make me want to give up always seem to be not as serious  as I thought it would be, a few days later. Sometimes they end up being nothing worth worrying about.

never too far away

14 June 2011

If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. -- Mother Teresa

13 June 2011

A quote I found today

                                     -- Terry Cole Whittaker

                                             I'm not sure I agree. I always want to know how people feel about me. That is, those people that I care about.  Otherwise, it is none of my business. In other words, I don't care.

What are your thoughts?

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
--Mother Teresa

Because God is already working on my battles:

while looking for something else, I found this

Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside of it.
 -- Rainer Marie Rilk

Nobody said it would be easy

11 June 2011

note to self

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

--Mark Twain

02 June 2011

Failures and roadblocks are God’s way of telling you to either try harder or try something else. Nothing more. Nothing less.

listening to...

01 June 2011

Note to self- Good Morning

                               Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.
                                        - C. S. Lewis

                       True dat.
                        I rely on Him 24/7. 
                             How about you?
Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
--Marcus Aurelius

the most important thing

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”

                                    --Morrie Schwartz

                    I agree.
                                      Don't you?