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Happy 40th Soul Train

It is Saturday morning, and I know many of my fellow Americans, of a certain age, regardless of race, share the same memory of Saturday morning cartoons and the show that marked the end of those cartoons. Soul Train. Born in Chicago in August of 1970 and later syndicated in 1971, Soul Train soon laid its tracks down across the country becoming known as the hippest trip in America” (does that line always come out in Don Cornelius’ voice in your head too?). Although the last original episode was broadcast in 2006, we can still take a ride on the Soul Train courtesy of YouTube and Centric. As always, we wish you love, peace, and SOUL! 



Texans, Stand Up!

I was born and raised in Texas but now live in Brooklyn. Every once in a while I think about what it would be like to move back there and then I hear about some crazy bigoted, hate-filled, ignorant something going on in the Great State. I wonder why the koo-koo Texans are so loud and powerful and the sensible ones so quiet? And then I see something like this, Texans standing up for gay parents, and it warms the cockles of my Texan heart. Go, Texas!


Happiness Really Is Contagious!

Today’s Harpo Hookup” was the last time anyone will have the opportunity to get hooked up on The Oprah Show. Over the years at the end of each episode, I always walked away with a happiness headache. This episode was no different. I will miss it.


Speaking Up on “The Apprentice”

I read this on my Twitter feed a moment ago:


i'd respect @ & @more if they publicly rebuked Trump's anti-Obama ugliness  

That would be amazing and powerful! If Star Jones and Lil’ Jon fucked the frail shit (to borrow a lyric from Jada Kiss’s We Gon Make It)! Although I’m not a fan of Star Jones, I’m sure that she could come up with a sharp and eloquently delivered statement and Lil’ Jon could top it off with a Ye-ah!” or O-K! And then they could turn around and walk off the set. Bam! I’m dreaming, I know, but let me just enjoy it for a moment.


Freedom Riders

From the Presidential Proclamation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2011 as the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides.  I call upon all Americans to participate in ceremonies and activities that honor the Freedom Riders and all those who struggled for equal rights during the civil rights movement.”

How wonderful that the first black President of the United States of America is the author of this proclamation! Oprah had surviving Freedom Riders on her show today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their heroic efforts to end segregation and terrorism in the post-Civil War American south.

I don't think I would have had the courage to participate in the Freedom Rides of May 1961 but I am grateful and ever thankful that they did. I'll be watching the premier of the documentary Freedom Riders” on PBS with tissues handy.