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  1. 5 hours ago, Pioneer1 said:

    I'm not sure what YOUR point is, but MY points remains the same that whether you are a professor with a Doctorate or a floor mopper who doesn't even have a GED.......if you aren't making enough money to live independently and support yourself YOU ARE NOT EDUCATED.

    Not being able to make enough money to independently support yourself involves so many extenuating circumstances that its ridiculous to make the above statement.  During The Depression people from all walks of life including highly qualified and educated ones were not able to make enough money to live independently.  How can you not take the economy and the stability of the government or even the health of a well educated person into consideration when making such  assertions? 


    You want to dumb down life. What your argument amounts to is that educated people who use their information to think creatively are to blame for uneducated people who are too ignorant to think in the abstract. You refuse to consider that education is one of the things that separates the winner peer groups  from the loser peer groups in the arena of success.  



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    7 hours ago, Troy said:

    I hear you.  If you don't do it I'll do it for you 🙂 It would be best with your input. 

    My input in readily available for the choices you make. You know i'm better at responding than initiating.  😉 

    7 hours ago, Troy said:

    It would be interesting to read you take on GOT after the series ends.

    I wonder myself what my final thoughts will be on GOT, whose characters have become like friends - and enemies to me.  I have my own theory of how it all will end but  i hesitate to reveal it.  Daenarys is my favorite character, naturally.  A strong woman.

    @DelanoI have access to American Gods because i have Starz but i've never watched it... Maybe i'll check it out.  As for me needing a worthy opponent, can a worthy opponent also be a soul mate?  😮 


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  3. Isn't the hook of this comedy that the  "little girl" character is actually a grown woman who through some fluke has suddenly become trapped in a 14 year old's body?  The kid playing this role is a very precocious young lady who is a co-producer of the movie and for whom it is a showcase to introduce her acting skills.  This film is a spoof not to be taken seriously.  

  4. "Game Of Thrones" is not for everybody.  The plot is intriguing, the acting and dialogue outstanding but the violence and sex are gratuitous.  Keeping up with the characters and story-line for a 10-year run of over 60 episodes is a challenge but i've binge-watched it in its entirety 3 times on HBO re-reuns during the yearly hiatuses, and i've found it to be well worth the wait for this final season which is off to an interesting start. I credit this epic with inspiring me to keep on living.  It ends in May, so i'm hanging on, hoping to even make it to August for my 86th birthday. 😱


    A lot of latecomers to "GOT" don't stay with it, and complain about various aspects of its production before dropping out.   Other people boast about having never watched one single episode of it, and i look at them, shrug, and say: "so what"?  I never try to persuade anyone to become a fan. You either like it, or you don't. 


    What with all of the frenzy over the releases from super hero movie franchises, and Star Wars reboots, people are hungry for escapism, yearning for somebody to come and save the world. Without even trying, Trump is a perfect anti-hero by default. As much as i try to tune him out, I really hate him and his supporters who are growing in numbers while Democrats chase their tails.  


    @Troy i m trying to muster up some energy and concentration to "do my thing". It ain't easy being a zombie.   😖 



  5. @Pioneer1You  have never lived in or around Chicago, nor Atlanta so your observations belong in the context of that.   And you are apparently incapable of comprehending the difference between upper class inherited wealth and second generation middle class affluence.  What might, though a stretch of the imagination, qualify for Chicago's black upper class did not make a bee-line for Atlanta (or are they summer homeowners in Martha's vineyard.) They stayed right here in the University of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood where the newly-rich Obamas and the prominent families of such people as Valerie Jarret  reside.  The majority of black people who migrated from Chicago to Atlanta, relocated for the weather and the lower cost of real estate, and they were average people.  The Chicago Defender is on its last legs like Ebony and other print media.   Hispanics and Arabs are not driving out or taking over black neighborhoods.     



  6. I'm just uninspired and unmotivated. 'Don't have anything to say and am becoming indifferent to all the crap going on in the world.  The whole political scene is cock-eyed and discouraging.   Elsewhere,  I couldn't care less about the fire that razed the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, a  fiery holocaust that  struck me as being karma for the hypocrisy and corruption within the Catholic church.


    i'm suspended in a zone which regularly reminds me of how out-of-kilter my sphere of existence is as things are still disappearing, then materializing in a familiar place days later, - this along with weird examples of syncronicity between unexpected occurrences.  I'm also like a time traveler as my memories and dreams constantly return to the distant past.  And the weather. Below freezing temps and ground covered with snow one day, then 70 degrees and sunny 2 days later...rash of fatal accidents in the area with drivers going the wrong way on Chicago's expressway, plowing into oncoming traffic...my grandson's dog becoming more attached to me, always wanting to hang out in my room...in-laws suddenly back in my life.   Craziness.   


    The return of "Game of Thrones" did break through and pique my interest, and looking forward to seeing how it comes out is one of the few things that captivates my focus, along with the Reconstruction era documentaries airing on PBS.  Oh, well. Hopefully, i'll snap out of it.  

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  7. Since Mellody is from Chicago, and her name was familiar to locals long before she married George Lucas, i have tried to track down her family history which is rather sketchy and vague, which makes me suspicious. I wouldn't be surprised if  she just happens to be an extremely bright girl who got ahead because of her scholarship and ambition, who may not have even been middle class in origin.  


    Chicago's black population  has no large  "old money" class.  What passes for its elite, doesn't go back more than 3 generations with a high percentage of this first generation drawing from  residents of "the projects" which, back in the day, were populated by respectable working-class people from the ranks of the great migration and who possessed middle class "values" but were employed in the service industries or at places like the Post Office  or who ran"on the road" as Pullman Car waiters or were employed in Civil Service positions after passing tests which qualified them for these government jobs.  They are who strove to send their kids to college and these college graduates in turn,  became the parents of what is now Chicago's  present young professional class which while affluent are not upper class.  


  8. Comedienne Tiffany Haddish, who is currently making it big in TV and film after stealing the show from her co-stars in the hit movie  "Girls Trip", grew up around south LA  and also claims to be of Eritrean heritage via her father. 





    Tiffany  Haddish dressed to honor her Eritrean heritage at a Hollywood awards show.

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  9. Yes, Nipsey's murder has had quite a ripple effect among the entertainment industry because he was doing so much good and giving back to his community.   TMZ is now reporting that the shooting was a result of a personal beef between him and Eric Holder, and that after Holder approached him in the clothing store Nipsey owned, he shot him and then stalked off. But according to witnesses, Nipsey hollered after him. "you may have shot me but you didn't kill me," whereupon Holder turned around and came back and pumped 2 more bullets in him before running back to the getaway car.  Had Nipsey, remained silent, he might still be alive, the word on the street is.

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  10. @Del i am actually losing interest in this situation.  It was just something that momentarily piqued my interest.  i don't see the relationship being resurrected,   We'll both probably kick the bucket before we meet again. LOL 


    No, i never did the driving when we dated.  Yes,  we were both rather opinionated and liking jazz was one thing we had in common. After he found out about my interest in writing, this seemed to appeal to him  He had just gotten discharged from the Army when we met  and he had settled in my hometown because he had a whole clan of relatives who lived there, having migrated from Texas a few years earlier. So i knew his people, but we didn't grow up together.    You don't have to make any special effort to further check him out.  My curiosity has waned.  Thanks for the input you have supplied.   


    A funny thing is happening as i write all of this..  My computer has started to act up, like there is something amiss with it  😲

  11. @Mel Hopkins @Troy @Del The ideas you expressed in your posts on this thread were so stimulating and enlightening and profound that i express my gratitude to you all for doing my thinking for me.  Obviously i agree with what you say. (i think there a correlation between my being able to acknowledge this and the fact that Pioneer has not injected his comments)   You have all on occasion, indicated that my perspective on a subject has grounded you.  But this time you deserve the kudos for creating a seat for me in the outside of the box arena. My final thought on the subject is that religion is a force that captivates and robs you of your freedom to  develop your own divinity.  The only ones empowered by it are the leaders who preach it. Truth is an orphan that everyone wants to adopt.   


    i just finished doing my income tax.  Because my pensions are not taxed enough, i usually end up owing money.  i could remedy this by requesting that the IRS take more money out, but i've just opted to make up the diference when i file. I do my taxes on-line for free courtesy of the Federal Government, my former employer, and it's a fairly simple process, especially since i don't itemize and i have complete health insurance coverage that i can afford.   I'd have to lie to get money back and I don't want to rock the boat.  Typically I pay back about $1,250.00.  This year, thanks to Trump's  tax break, i owed $935.00.  Big deal.  But i'm not complaining,  For some reason,  this doesn't affect my bottom line in any way.   I say this to say that i am somehow  nestled in a niche that keeps me under the radar.  Nothing that goes on in this world, so far,  has an impact on my life.  On all levels of my existence, i do as i please and manage to escape major repercussions or consequences.  All of my complaints result from my dismay over what other people are doing to other people in the realm of politics. All around me the world is in disarray and America in unrest.  But i am just a spectator. 


    From time to time i shift into a dimension where i am taunted by mischievous forces, but as much as this can vex me i find it to be a  intriguing phenomenon that introduces me to a invisible world full of wonderment and untapped power.   Life, if nothing else, is a fascinating challenge.

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  12. @Del No, he's not involved in education but there is some truth in the other observations you volunteered. Our encounter was a classic example of serendipity.


    I don't think either of us realized who the other was until after locking eyes and barely nodding, we melted into the crowd suddenly realizing who the other was, -  as an after thought.  This was at an old timer's banquet sponsored by our home town a month ago. I was distracted by reuniting with so many of my old friends and neighbors that it wasn't until a couple of days later when i mentally re-visited this episode that all of these memories of our long ago relationship came flooding back; little things; like how he was the first guy to have ever sent me flowers, how we had argued about the pronunciation of the name of a popular modern jazz artist of that day, how in a  test of wills, he had  apologetically accepted that "no" meant "no".  Under circumstances i can't clearly recall, he had also dropped off a gift before my wedding reception, - a decorative cigarette lighter which sat on my cocktail table for years, back in the day when everybody smoked. 


    I have bumped into him a couple of other times during our middle age decades, occasions where, in the company of others,  my casual attempts at making small talk seemed to leave him tongue-tied.  I know that he did marry and did do quite well for himself after relocating in the next town over from me where i believe he still resides. So we were in close proximity all these years, but never ran in the same circles. Why, seeing him again after all this time is now stuck in my head, is something i can't explain... 


    What really impressed me was what i noticed when he strode past me at the banquet, - how well he had aged, and how fit and able he appeared for a man who is a couple of years older than me!  i keep thinking that he is like someone who stepped out from an interval in my past when i was a single young woman in my 20s  exploring the dating scene, playing the mating game. Now, as a wistful old broad caught up in reminiscence, i am wondering what life would've been like had i gone in another direction. It's like i feel a need to dispel my malaise by abandoning  who i now am, in favor of who i once was, - a carefree girl caught up in the excitement of pursuing what life had to offer! 


    i am sharing this stream of consciousness drivel more for my benefit than yours, because i feel a need to  let it all hang out

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  13. Blake Griffin is just one and not a particularly typical version of the new breed of basket ball players out there who are the progeny of the symbionic hook-ups between black basketball players and opportunistic white women, wherein the black guys marry  white women to give themselves status among their peers, and the white women marry rich black athletes to get a meal ticket for life. Right here on the Chicago Bulls team is an example of such a coupling, a bi-racial player named Zack LeVine who has pale skin white but a black grade of hair. and definitely talks like a black person.  Black LA Clippers Coach,  Doc Rivers is married to a white woman and his son who plays for the NBA looks the same way.  As i say, there are quite a few of these hybrid players out there.   BTW, Blake Griffin was briefly married to Kim Kardasian, before Kanye. The Kardasian women  have a penchant for black basketball players, and a couple of them have babies by them.  As for Meghan Markel, her mother is a light-skinned black woman who has corn-rowed hair and wouldn't be mistaken for white. Nor does Meghan have straight white hair.  Hair is always the give-away. Below are pictures of Zack LeVine and Austin Rivers.


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    • 15 hours ago, Troy said:

      Cynique, you consume more commercial media than I. Contrived conspiracy or not, do you think mixed race couples are over represented on tv shows, film, ads, commercials comoared to there occurence in the real world?


      @TroyUntil you brought up this subject, i have never given it a thought.  So obviously it was not my impression that white men  occasionally paired with black women in the media are subliminal images that are part of a conspiracy.  To me, these examples were just token nods to diversity. And is there any scientific data that proves  black women have better and more productive wombs than Caucasiasn ones??


      One thing i have come to notice, is that light-skinned blacks and darker skinned ones see color differently. Darker skinned ones seem more color-consciously and  sensitive about their skin color and are quick to feel that lighter skin blacks have an advantage over them.  As a light-skinned black, i never think about this until it is brought to my attention by resentful darker skinned ones.  I guess this is what colorism is all about. Chris Rock just recently made a telling remark when he was a presenter at the NAACP image awards TV show.  In making a joke about Jussie Smolett, dark-sinned Chris cracked how Jussie was an example of light-skin and "good' hair gone to waste and how much better he would've fared  had he possessed these traits. Really?    I, myself, do not have a preference when it comes to skin color but i am picky about facial features.  i have a thing about noses and ears and prefer them to be well sculpted and in proportion.  i don't like spiked hair or Mohawks or bushy beards or small grubby fingers but i love buffed bodies.   Last but not least, i am turned off by someone who speaks Ebonics.   So, take that for what it's worth.  To each his own.  i'm an old lady who is old school and i realize my day is over when it comes to how people of color comes across.  There possibly is a trend afoot to tamper with the color of the species and personally I'd say this goal would at least eliminate the "bottom of the totem pole" position that, according to dark-skinned people, puts them at a disadvantage.  Whatever.




  14. The Universe seems to be in some kind of a transition. The unexpected is intruding itself upon the world. That's why Trump is successfully polluting the atmosphere  and America is being drawn into a vortex  of change. There's no contrived conspiracy; just occurrences following a course. No right or wrong; only  opposites.  Life is inexorably unfolding, and things are shifting because change is inevitable, Here on earth change is aided and abetted by the lure of computerized technology. I don't think Mankind has any control over how society is evolving. It's simply being swept along.  I, myself, am caught up in a sphere where everything is out of kilter. It's like unseen forces are toying with me.  As an example, Mel's on point response to the above posts by Troy and "non American black man", has disappeared... 

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