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    Jet setting, globetrotting, landlocked seafaring, book peddling recovering broadcast journalist wordsmith who dreams vividly and commits it to white space.

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  1. Really? I can understand from an emotionally-invested perspective … But from a legal standpoint the PA Supreme court got it right. We still have rights under the constitution. So if prosecution wants to keep playing these shoddy legal maneuvers, then those guilty of crimes will be on the street. Especially since, the more money you have the better access you have to exercising legal rights. Now if you’re broke and black, the wheels of justice turn slowly. Did you see the story of a Black man who was finally exonerated after serving 34 years in prison? If he were wealthy he would have never served a day.
  2. OMG! It’s so rare to see my face in another person! And we even wore our hair the same! Aside: Funny thin is I kicked Italian Victor’s azz when he called me a n-er. We were rolling around in the school yard until Mr. Weintraub with the awful toupee finally pulled us apart. Then Mr. Weintraub whispered to me “Your mouth finally got you in trouble” My 4th grade teacher hating on me! lol… But I digress. This video made me cry. When you grow up in certain neighborhoods, like those children you’re so innocent, so sheltered. You think the whole world is beautiful. You think every black kid lives the same life you’re living - and you think every white, brown, beige, person is loving you too. Then one day, you ride your bike smack into hate. You’re never the same. My Afghani friend calls it the “full stomach syndrome.” Those black kids had full stomachs until that day. Those white kids were filled with even more hate. That was they day they leaned their parents were liars. Thank you for calling me out @Pioneer1 -I didn’t know this happened in Rosedale. My college sweetheart grew up in Rosedale right around this time. His father was an engineer. He never talked about this time period, although he lived through it. Now, I understand a little more about his life before we met. wow. just wow.
  3. No, not them. My former co-worker was a NYer from Harlem. And he was around our age or a little older. But I remember Willie Tyler and Lester - so it was really inspiring to see another brother come up in that field too.
  4. My daughters would say, “this dude sounds “kinda rapey.”” Our social media generation - millennials & Zs are very in tuned to language and phrasing. Have you ever told your daughters about going out after dark alone, or showed concerned about provocative outfits they’ve worn or wanted to wear? Have you warned them about certain types of boys? - If you’ve ever discussed any of that with them - you’ve taught them how not to get raped. Don’t you think we’re way past the time of teaching boys NOT to rape through the same type of messages we share with girls? I’m not trying to convince you though. You and I both grew up on the tail end of the age of “let boys be boys” I’m offering a perspective that you may not have considered.
  5. @Pioneer1 and that was the lesson I leaned when I was almost 17-years-old. It was the best lesson I learned about men, and women for that matter. I will never forget him - and i’ve searched the internet to find him - but I think he left the entertainment business. He was an excellent ventriloquist. Yep he was a Black ventriloquist with a Black puppet. I get her confusion. And this illustrates my point perfectly. A good man who is NOT a monster would get her help - NOT drugs. Like I wrote, the Cosby I met isn’t the monster we’ve come to learn exist. I get it.
  6. If we teach boys not to rape it wouldn’t’ be necessary to determine whether a woman is less sophisticated or promiscuous. We already know, as a man, he would not attack her under any circumstance. Her state of mind is only an extenuating factor if she’s unconscious or under the influence. But he wouldn’t need to worry because he wouldn’t put himself in the position to harm her. Sadly, this society doesn’t teach boys to be mindful of their behavior. We teach girls to be responsible for their own behavior, and the behavior of boys and men. So, yes it needs to be said over and over. Boys who learn not to rape girls grow up to be men who won’t rape women. As for your question, I couldn’t think of one reason to be alone with Cosby in his hotel room. But even if I were, I’d expect him or any man to respect my boundaries. i’d respect his just like I did on the plane. He invited the crew (men and women) to take pictures with him.
  7. I met Bill Cosby on one of my flights. He was one of the most gracious and accommodating passengers I flew with. His personal assistant was a black woman. You may have seen her on his perp walk to and from the court. The man those women identified as a rapist is not the man I met that day. I believe those women. If Cosby told the truth in his deposition - then he didn’t drug them without their knowledge. Sexual Assault is tricky. We women say no, or want to say no but sometimes we feel guilty for putting ourselves in a situation where a man can harm us. It is f-cked up some men are monsters. I was in that situation when I was a teen crushing on a cute boy who was nearly a man. (18 yoa) I thought he was a good boy. He wasn’t. It took another man to keep him from sexually violating me. Thank goodness for “iron sharpening iron.” A man protected me from a monster. I told all the other girls who knew him to stay away from him - I told them he was a predator. I TOLD. I also learned how to use my sexuality to get what I want from men. That’s the trade off for innocence lost or almost lost. BUT I didn’t file charges against him. Do you know my dad was a cop? I could have had all of NYPD on him. BUT I felt ashamed for putting myself in that position to like and trust a predator. This is why some women don’t come forward until 50-11 years later. Then it’s too late. I believe the PA Supreme Court Justices got it right. I also believe we must teach boys not to rape.
  8. Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned Cosby's sexual assault conviction. He is set to be released from prison as early as TODAY The new ruling bars any retrial in the case according to CNBC reporting. HOLY COW. I did not see that one coming!~
  9. @Delano here it is!
  10. I think they are both freemasons. This would mean the imagery doesn't belong to either - it is sign - a signal to their rise in the group.
  11. I was reminded of this thread after reading @Cynique 's interest in bio-centrism
  12. THANK YOU! I miss your thoughts so much! I'm so glad you're still in this dimension too! Oddly we knew this to be true before it became a field of study - remember the saying "You'll see it when you believe it" I've always believe that to be the truth of this wacky universe. I remember us talking about on this platform too in @Delano's Magick thread. I also responded here. "Unknowable . " It is always good to hear from you!
  13. I hope @Cynique wrote this book during the lockdown!
  14. From left: abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass, educator and writer Booker T Washington and American writer and sociologist WE Du Bois. Photograph: Getty
    Not so fast: Prolific Black Authors left out of a soon-to-be-published book of writers covering the past 2500 years.  The Guardian reports with too Black voices missing from the nearly 750 page book, a major US publisher cancels publication. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/16/whos-missing-top-author-stirs-anger-with-too-white-history

    1. richardmurray


      Al Sharpton said something a while ago, on a show on PBS, 
      This is the main strategic reality with black people in the anglophone<USA/UK/South Africa >, and is replicated by black people in other phones. In the article both David Olusoga or Hakim Adi display an idea that history in college should be of a certain moral code. The industry of history need to have a moral code. 
      The moral code is: history is only valid when absolutely truthful or fully comprehensive to all people. 
      Richard Cohen's book is not fully comprehensive, by absenting the stated works in the article or the fact Cohen needed to make additions to the book which were not suitable to the usa based book publisher. 
      But, do all histories have to be absolutely truthful plus fully comprehensive, to be histories ? 
      If a black person writes a history book and displays the names of all the peoples of Africa during the invasion by white european communities; if said black person gives details to each african community from eating ways to names to art styles, to religions as how influenced by invaders as comprehensive as possible. Is said book false when the white european invaders are mentioned only as blood suckers from northern lands. 
      By Al Sharpton's words, by the philosophy of the Black historians in the article, the answer is no. But is it?
      I found the show , find the quote in capitols 

  15. I’m sure it’s no surprise I believe this too. It is how some people can be a “pariah” at one time and then all of sudden find themselves celebrated. I think Jay Z is one of the notable people who have found out how to change his “fate.”
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