Womanly Words Of Wisdom: Tina Turner

Q.  When you look back on your life, what is the legacy of Tina Turner?

A.  Endurance. I endured hardship all the way. My legacy is that I stayed on course from the beginning to the end because I believed in something inside of me that told me it can get better or that you can make it better. And I wanted better. So my legacy is a person that strived for wanting it better and got it.

On Gag Reflexes And Swallowing Fear

Pineapples! via Napua Weddings


I was going to include this in my weekly breakdown post, but realized it was going to be longer than a few sentences. I’ve bumped it up to post level.

I tried to stifle a groan and move on, but there’s been a dozen articles in response to some idiot taking up space at WaPo with an OpEd column who claims to speak for the GOP:

People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.

I laughed, not because I think it’s funny, but because Richard Cohen is ridiculous and now because so many people have written responses to one little blurb, this guy is getting the most attention of his career. For the record, he has clarified he likes interracial couples and LGBT folks. White people with black friends can never be racist, afterall! And I’m sorry to add to it, but there’s a bigger point to be made. He speaks the truth according to how some people in this country think – whether they’re in the GOP or not. Whether they’re white or not. Whether they’re women or men. And they can all #haveaseat as the kids say.

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Faith’s Weekly Breakdown

Foodie Corner

I’m trying to add as many extra vegetables into my diet without feeling like I’m force feeding myself to be “healthy”. It’s the gag reflex/resistance reaction. I’ve even tried the newer ‘vegetable’ pastas. I’m trying a mix of butter lettuce and mixed greens salads but adding warm food elements to match the change in seasons. I discovered quite by accident that arugula pairs very well with spinach (and the sweetness of baby spinach is an even nicer contrast) to bulk up a regular pasta dish. If you don’t have fresh spinach on hand, frozen works. I’m talking a simple linguine with tomato sauce deal. Add some fresh cheese to taste, mushrooms, meat if you’re inclined and/or a rainbow medley of peppers for more vegetables and nice contrasted colors. I think the peppery taste of the arugula adds a nice kick.

Or you can make a nice pizza instead (it’s a Swedish-based recipe, so be sure to convert to English and change the metrics).



How much do you love cheese? I found this Mozarella-making kit at Sur La Table.  http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-884304/Roaring+Brook+Dairy+Mozzarella+Cheesemaking+Kit


Creative Corner

A great conversation between Toyin Odutola and Solange Knowles on collaboration.

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So Twitter Owes Me Roughly $2K For My Tweets

Well, based on Twitter IPO last week at $26 per share, I’d rather have the stock instead of cash. The company has a valuation of nearly $25B. Yes, billion. 900 shares that will at least hold if not go up in value? Yes, please!





Since our use of social networking sites nets big profits to tech companies we should consider the intrinsic value of a Tweet, a Like, a Pin, a picture on Instagram and others. Time magazine has an interactive infographic where you can plug in any public account to calculate activity on Twitter and what value it brings.

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Faith’s Weekly Breakdown

Everything I’m sharing for this week’s breakdown could be its own separate post for the next three weeks. So take your time and dig in.


I’m trying to wrap my head around this discussion on the power of positive negative thinking. Huh?



Renisha McBride

Yes, it was the influence of racism coupled with easy access to guns and irrational fear that lead to this tragedy.  Racism fuels Stand Your Ground. It’s time to get real about the motivations behind this aggression. Please give what happened to her serious consideration and do not lump her with other people and other situations, namely black males. And it’s sad to say but this is also part of the backlash of the mass acceptance of criminality. It was mostly contained to black males, but it is now being extended to wreck havoc on black women. Coincidentally, the Wayne County Prosecutor is a black woman, with a reputation for being very skilled at her job and no-nonsense. Pleading this case based on race alone may not be enough of an incentive to get the office to prosecute. That would be a civil suit, where the burden of proof is much lower. Sad to say as well, but we don’t know if this is a viable criminal case. And prosecutors like to have winning cases to try. There’s nothing wrong with adding attention. So Thursday morning, I woke up to find my Twitter feed talking about a woman who had been shot and killed when seeking help after a car accident. The response was unprecedented. I’ve been discussing this with a self-described mixed-race woman in the UK who was outraged by this and wanted to make sure all of the American news media covered this. She read about it in British print media. You have to acknowledge the efforts of black women advocates who took to the Interwebs 6-7 years ago to discuss matters of importance with the welfare of other black women in mind. It has permanently changed the landscape of what is covered in the news and how it’s reported. CNN and some other networks had not covered the story until almost mid-morning/early afternoon but it had taken off through social networks for several hours. Also, some local residents held a rally Thursday evening to make sure this matter is addressed. Rallies are not effective tools, but the fact that people were concerned enough to act on behalf of a black woman victim is progress. Somewhat. I want to be sensitive to the family in case they read this, but we know part of the outrage has to do with the fact the man who shot Ms. McBride is white. And if you’ve been a long-term reader at this forum you know we’ve discussed the most violent and dangerous scenarios for black women by and large is within black neighborhoods, committed by black males. So, those people who are outraged about this also need to seek remedy for that. And help education more black women to remove themselves from toxic places and expand their social circles.

This Daily Show skit touches on consumerism, hypocrisy, racism and apathy with precision and humor…with black people! And some people are surprised that a man who expresses no remorse for being a drug dealer is all about the money?


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