Category: Pop Life

Charlie Wilson: From Down For The Count To “In It To Win It”

Charlie Wilson: From Down For The Count To “In It To Win It”

| March 11, 2017 | Reply

All mouth, no action.” “Talk is cheap.” “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hear me.” Quotes like these are easy to say…..until you become wounded by someone’s carelessly-spoken words. Sometimes it’s an ill-timed joke, other times a piercing verbal barb wrapped in the guise of “bless your heart.” And then […]

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The Ties That Bind: How Family Impacts Your Relationships

The Ties That Bind: How Family Impacts Your Relationships

| February 25, 2017 | Reply

Whether you’re single, coupled-up, or walked down the aisle years ago, nearly everyone has heard persistent myths about marriage: “Happy couples never argue.” “Love is all we need.” “I can change him/her.” Then there’s one that has been disproved time and again, yet people think that saying the words to their significant others will make […]

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Love’s In Need Of Love Today: Sweet Sentiments & Hardened Hearts Don’t Mix

Love’s In Need Of Love Today: Sweet Sentiments & Hardened Hearts Don’t Mix

| February 11, 2017 | 1 Reply

Roses, chocolate hearts, teddy bears and cards full of sweet sentiments about love and tenderness. Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, and every retail outlet since January has been awash in reminders at every turn. Darius is a young man now, more consumed with his part-time job, friends and college courses than collecting Valentine cards. His […]

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“……Boy We Hate Your Ways”: A White Reader Wants Unity On Her Terms. Or Else.

“……Boy We Hate Your Ways”: A White Reader Wants Unity On Her Terms. Or Else.

| February 8, 2017 | 1 Reply

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” Alice Walker All respect due to A Tribe Called Quest, I actually heard “We The People” bumping in my head as I read this woman’s letter: ‘Gigi’ (name changed to protect her ig’nance and entitlement) apparently read my article about […]

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The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

| January 28, 2017 | 2 Replies

On Jan. 20, the United States witnessed the inauguration of its 45th President. Many greeted the new administration with joy and celebration, but for others, Saturday held the moment they truly looked forward to. Not because of the back-to-back parties, brunches and formal dances to attend, but for the chance to accomplish what the overwhelming […]

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Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Impact of the Obamas

Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Impact of the Obamas

| January 20, 2017 | 1 Reply

It was a phrase first made famous in a Malcolm X speech, then within the dialogue of Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 film of the same name: “Do the right thing.” The words, though simplistic, symbolize the need to make tough choices in turbulent times. Pushing forward with optimism into uncharted territory takes wisdom, courage and […]

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Losing Our Rhythm: Broken Hearts & Silenced Voices In 2016

Losing Our Rhythm: Broken Hearts & Silenced Voices In 2016

| December 31, 2016 | Reply

On Feb. 3, 1959, a trio of young rockers—-J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly—-simultaneously lost their lives in a plane crash shortly after take-off. The day became a tragic anniversary in the annals of music history and became known to fans of rock-and-roll as “The Day The Music Died.” For those […]

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Overlooking Racism, Enabling Racism: Helping America (Freely) Hate Again

Overlooking Racism, Enabling Racism: Helping America (Freely) Hate Again

| December 17, 2016 | Reply

In the 1984 comedy film, Beverly Hills Cop II, Eddie Murphy’s character, who was under surveillance, kept a pair of cops from following him by sneaking out of his hotel, running across the street and putting a banana inside the tailpipe of their vehicle. Hours later, he’s relocated and told, by the new undercover cops, […]

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