Black History Month 2015: Condoleezza Rice

10 02 2015

“Race is a constant factor in American life. Yet reacting to every incident, real or imagined, is crippling, tiring, and ultimately counterproductive.” Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice grew up in the Jim Crow South, so she knows of what she speaks when she talks about reacting to every incident of racism and marginalization. As the first female African-American National Security Adviser, and the first African-American female Secretary of State, she was constantly criticized by her own people because she chose to be a Republican and part of the administration of an unpopular president, and also because she refuses to play the victim.

The so-called civil rights protesters and #BlackLivesMatter activists could stand to take a page from her book. In my article, #BlackLivesMatter–a hashtag bandaid over the gaping wounds of Black problems, I posit:

“Protesting is an American right, whether over social media or done in an orderly fashion as is happening now in the cities of New York, Boston and Chicago over the Garner decision. Here is the problem: it is not Blacks being targeted by a white, militaristic police system or a justice system that is fatally flawed. It is Blacks’ devaluation of their own lives and the refusal to deal with systemic issues in urban communities.

“Had #BlackLivesMatter remained a consistent mantra over the last 50 years, we would not have the fatherlessness, crime, and poverty that perpetuate the vicious cycle of violence, excessive policing, and loss of life.

“Enough Black leaders have pointed to poverty, lack of fathers, and the street culture as causations. So why do we keep harping on race and an “other”, rather than truly addressing what we have pinpointed is the true problem?”

Read more here at Communities Digital News.

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Black History Month 2015: Zora Neale Hurston

5 02 2015

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“It would be against all nature for all the Negroes to be either
at the bottom, top, or in between. We will go where the internal drive carries us like everybody else. It is up to the individual.”

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora is one of my favorite writers. Her language is beautiful, uplifting, elegant, and scarcely seen in modern literature. Literacy across the board is becoming a thing of the distant past, much to the detriment of of our people.

I explore this a bit more over at Communities Digital News, Black History Month 2015: Let’s promote a return to literacy:

“Sadly, the richness of literacy exhibited by her and her contemporaries—like Langston Hughes, who would have been 113 this week—is sorely lacking in today’s literature. Do our young people even know the names of these and other great writers, or the titles of their works? If the crisis in our culture is any indication, we are failing our children by starving them of the substantive words and sweeping vision of great writers while spoon-feeding them the steady pabulum of gangster rap and reality television.”

Read more here.





In My Orbit: 2014 in Review

29 12 2014

Despite my recent neglect of the blog, viewership has still grown. Imagine what would happen if I actually posted more often? Perhaps a 2015 goal.

I am still going like gangbusters at Communities Digital News discussing politics and pop culture. Read my latest, Should Maria Shriver welcome Miley Cyrus for the holidays? For those of you who say, “Who cares?!”, It goes beyond the ex-Mrs. Schwarzennegar or Twerking Miley.
Read all about it at http://www.commdiginews.com/author/jennifer-oliver-oconnell/#xLxCEmgazVbhmx4W.99

Some photo highlights from my year, and many thanks to Sarit Photography and Yoga and Body Image Coalition for helping to make my 2014 magical!

Christmas 2014 Collage Church Collage Movieguide Awards coverage NBC Universal Collage TT 2014 Collage TWT Collage YBI Collage

It’s been a very good year–Happy 2015 to you all!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 790 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.





In My Orbit: Growing Ebola concerns and the pandemic on our doorstep

2 10 2014

Anyone else believe our government is handling the Ebola crisis effectively? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Since the announcement of Thomas Duncan as our first Ebola contagion on United States soil, my suspicion antenna has been raised. The more I read from sources that don’t include the mainstream media, the deeper my suspicions become. Here are a few articles that I think shed more light than the legacy press and our government wishes to let out:

The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media: Despite the fact that this guy is hawking his wares, he makes some valid points that don’t require much digging to verify.

Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip: No joke. When you’ve lost the medical community, you know you’re in trouble. Plus the fact that Mr. Duncan was not diagnosed and quarantined on his first visit to Dallas Presbyterian was due to lack of recognition, preparation, and information sharing by the triage nurse. Yeah….

Speaking of the medical community, Dr. Gil Mobley, a Missouri microbiologist and emergency trauma physician traipsed through Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in full Hazmat gear with “CDC is Lying” emblazoned on the back. He is protesting how the CDC and federal authorities are handling the outbreak, in his opinion, the CDC is “asleep at the wheel.”

I could not agree more. I listen to these “experts” in Dallas and from the CDC trying to be reassuring, and they act like they don’t even believe what’s coming out of their mouths.

Read on:

Doctor dons Ebola protection suit to protest ‘asleep at the wheel’ CDC

…and view on.

My plan is to stock up on some Colloidal silver, and see how much disaster prepping I can do. This craziness, coupled with the southern border crisis that brought who knows what disease over with all the illegal children, and we are prime for some sort of pandemic soon.

In more reality-based information, I wrote about the beheading in Moore, Oklahoma at Communities Digital News. It truly is time to wake up America.

Time to stop denying Islamic Jihad is on America’s doorstep.





In My Orbit: Communities Digital News Hour

7 06 2014
Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Girl’s writing as part of Communities Digital News is reaping dividends. My latest column, White House Prevaricator Jay Carney calls it quits, has gotten tremendous response. So tremendous that I was asked to be a guest columnist on the Communities Digital News Hour yesterday to talk about White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s resignation, the role of the White House Press Secretary, his or her relationship to the Washington correspondents, and how technology has altered that role and potentially may bring it to obsolescence.

I am about 15 minutes in, after the discussion on Bowe Bergdahl—which is also well worth your listening:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/communitiesdigitalnewshour/2014/06/06/commdiginews-hour-talking-bowe-berghdale-jay-carney-normandy-and-fathers-day

News Podcasts with Communities Digital News Hours on BlogTalkRadio.

Hope you enjoy your listen, and enjoy your weekend!







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