Day: January 6, 2017

Post-election blues

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My artistic interpretation of some Trump voters now that we’re beginning to get a glimpse of what’s in store for the next four years. A cabinet dominated by mega-millionaires who will be more beholden to Wall Street and the companies that have been shipping jobs overseas (the Foreclosure King will be in charge of the Treasury), a President-elect who is now floating the idea that we’ll use US tax dollars to build his wall between the US and Mexico and get the Mexicans to pay later (this is the guy who is famous for not paying his own bills), and looming crises brought on by tweeting, ranting, and otherwise being a not-so-nice member of the world community.The image of someone sitting around naked, but pretending to be clothed in finery, was too much to resist. And, of course, we must not overlook the possible reaction from the man who started it all. “The evil, unfair media misquoted me.”

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This Month In Black American History – Rev. Abraham Lincoln DeMond

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A predecessor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident


On January 1, 1900 The Rev. Dr. A. L. DeMond welcomed the new year and the new century with a speech which he delivered at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (later to become pastored by Dr. Martin Luther King) in Montgomery, Alabama. Were it not for the Emancipation Proclamation Association publishing his speech pamphlet form, we might never have learned of Rev. DeMond or of his speech titled “The Negro Element in American Life, An Oration.”

Those members of the Dexter Avenue Baptist congregation in attendance on New Year’s Day in 1900 were treated to an oration which honored past and contemporary African Americans who championed freedom for slaves and civil rights for freedmen, as well as those African Americans who served in the U.S. Congress and in state legislatures, who advanced the education of African Americans, and who were great lawyers, doctors, military officers, writers…

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Review of ‘Code Name: Kawaii’

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Kiki Claymore, granddaughter of a famous spy, is recruited to join Task Force 10, a group of female secret agents who are sent on the most dangerous missions. Resistant to authority, and lousy with weapons, she’s an unlikely recruit, and worse, there’s a mole in the organization exposing the task force’s operations to terrorist, and the other members of the team aren’t too thrilled with her presence.
Code Name: Kawaii by Shane O’Brien MacDonald is a pretty fast-paced action novel with not one, but ten strong female characters. A bit one-dimensional in many ways, but for fans of the action genre, they do what action heroes are supposed to do—they kick butt.
An interesting novel, with an interesting theme, but technically a bit flawed. First, the characters, Ridley, Kiki’s boyfriend, and Digby, her boss, are introduced in the same chapter by last name only, and not clearly differentiated, which caused me to have to turn back a few pages to sort them out. There are a few grammatical glitches: just one example, ‘only her and Ethel were,’ instead of only ‘she and Ethel were.’ Finally, while choppy prose is okay for fight and action scenes because it conveys action, the entire book is a bit choppy. There are places, for instance, when Kiki is meeting with her grandfather just before he’s killed, when a slower pace would have increased the impact of part where he’s killed.
I give the author high marks for coming up with an interesting theme, but I can only give him three stars for execution.