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Shani wins Gold!

In Sports on February 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

Shani Davis of the U.S. waves to the crowd after defending his Olympic title in the 1,000.

Davis clips Mo for 1,000 speedskating win- [Vancouver Now]
Davis wins gold in Men’s speedskating- [The Wall Street Journal]
USA’s Shani Davis wins gold- [USA Today]

Defending Desiree

In government on December 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm

The Black Socialite has an excellent op-ed piece about the recent brouhaha concerning Desiree Rogers and the media’s attempt to “put her in her place”.  For the most part, I found that the article was wonderfully written.  It seems quite evident that the media (including, unfortunately, some blacks in the media) cannot seem to handle the fact that Ms. Rogers is talented, smart, rich, and beautiful.  Now, considering the economic climate Ms. Rogers must be careful to balance her love of fashion with the need to be sensitive to the current financial pressures that many Americans are facing.  However, the current crisis with the White House Party crashers was a security issue, first and foremost, that has nothing to do with Ms. Rogers as a person, only with her understanding of proper White House party-planning protocol.

My only critique of the article is The Black Socialite’s statement that ” So, if you truly support this Administration… criticize in private and praise publicly.”  Ladies and gentleman, we cannot be equal in some ways and not be equal in others.   Petty gossip and unwarranted negativity whose purpose is to tarnish the image of a kind of African-Americans we rarely see in this country is one thing.  Questions concerning protocol, policy, and propriety are another.  We should hold this administration to the same standards we would any other. However, I understand Black Socialite’s call to not stand for those in the media who continue to try to tear down members of our community who we should above all continue to be proud of and promote.

New Orleans Notes: Recommendations for President Obama

In U.S. on October 5, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Barack Obama elected 44th president of the United States

Will he tour the disappearing wetlands? Check out America’s most sweeping experiment in education reform? Meet with some of the 1 million volunteers who have come to the scene of the nation’s costliest disaster?

So far, the White House isn’t saying what will be on, or off, the agenda when President Barack Obama visits New Orleans in the middle of this month.

But lots of people are making suggestions, some even asking members of the Louisiana congressional delegation to do a little personal lobbying on their behalf.

Continue reading on Nola.com.

Related: President Obama to Visit New Orleans in October [Nola.com]

Eat and Drink Black

In Business on September 19, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Selena Cuffe of Heritage Link Brands

Heritage Link Brands is the only U.S. company dedicated to importing and distributing wines produced by black South Africans.  Run by Selena Cuffe, an African- American Harvard Business School graduate, the company’s sales surpassed $1 million in 2008 and revenue increased 50% this year.  Pair the wines with Bryan Terry’s vegan recipes in Vegan Soul Kitchen.

 

Voices Of Power: Jarrett on Her Relationship with the President – washingtonpost.com

In government, Uncategorized, Women on June 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

Obama Governors

The oh-so- glamorous Valerie Jarrett speaks to the Washington Post about her role in the White House and her relationship with the Obama family.

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Sometimes You Just Have To Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

In U.S. on May 31, 2009 at 9:39 pm

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From NOLA.com

Eastover Resident Opens Health Clinic In New Orleans East

From Diversityinc.com

How I Helped Raise $500,000 in Scholarship Funds for my HBCU

We Are on a Roll: Ursula Burns, First Black Female CEO to head Xerox

In Business, Women on May 27, 2009 at 12:44 am

 

Ms. Burns is making waves (and history) at Xerox

Ms. Burns is making waves (and history) at Xerox

It’s only the middle of the week and the excellent news of keeps pouring in. I happened to see a copy of the Wall Street Journal at work today with Ms. Burns’s picture.  This fabulous woman of humble beginnings has worked her way up from intern to CEO of Xerox.

I find curious that the New York Daily news article quotes Ms. Burns as saying, “My perspective comes in part from being a New York black lady…” when a similar comment by Supreme Court Justice Nominee Sonia Solomayor has sparked cries of racism.  

I personally see nothing wrong with being honest about your cultural background affecting the way you see things and do business.  Whether you come from privilege or from the projects, there is an expectation of your life experiences guiding your decision making process.  

Ms. Burns is an inspiration to women and people of color everywhere.  I commend her wonderful achievements and thank her for opening the door for countless women of color behind her.  And oh, love the power fro.

Daily News- Ursula Burns to head Xerox…

Astronaut Charles Bolden first African-American, 2nd Astronaut Nominated to Lead NASA

In U.S. on May 25, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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If confirmed, Charles Bolden would be the first African-American head of NASA.  Who says African-Americans don’t excel in the math and science fields?

 

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