Turning the Page to 2014….

Turning the Page to 2014….

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A new day is dawning.

2013 has been one heck of a ride.

In the year of Suit & Tie and Blurred Lines, twerking & selfies, major issues took center stage. To name a few:

  •  The Zimmerman trial and the continuing debate regarding Stand Your Ground laws;
  • Gun ownership  and the safety of our children due to highly publicized school shootings (resulting in some new legislation);
  • Stop & frisk in NY;
  • Facebook bullying and liability for the consequences;
  • Hacking vs. whistleblowing, with Snowden dealing a severe blow to President Obama’s administration and the way the NSA does business.

Looking at the cultural aspects of things, the death of Nelson Mandela ended an era, and created a vacuum in some ways.  Who will unite us in the same way? His funeral had a cross section of political and religious beliefs, all united in their grief of the loss of such a great man, an icon.

The untimely death of Paul Walker of Fast and Furious fame reminded us how short life is.  He was going to take time off after Fast & Furious 7 to spend time with his daughter.  This is a reminder…tomorrow is not promised, live TODAY.

For me professionally, it was a great year. Highlights from this year included my legal commentary regarding jury selection on the Rick Party afternoon drive show of Hot 105.1 during the George Zimmerman trial, the publication of my articles by a variety of online news outlets, including Essence.com, along with a great discussion on NPR about racial profiling while shopping.

On a personal level,  I lost 20lbs on Weight Watchers and enjoyed my second year of marriage to my soulmate.

But, most importantly, I started this blog.

I feel blessed and excited for what the new year will bring. Thank you to all who have supported, encouraged, proofread, and shared.

Next year?

I don’t do resolutions…they always seem to get broken.  I set INTENTIONS.

I intend to learn tennis, and to serve a wider community by providing quality opinions through writing and other media.

Wishing you and yours all the best for the New Year!

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Mandela, Music and Me

Mandela, Music and Me

 

In these last days of mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela, I wanted to share one of my memories.  Growing up in New York, there was a Caribbean radio station called WLIB. At that time, the station did not broadcast 24 hours a day.  When they signed off, they would play the song “Free Nelson Mandela”. It was part of the soundtrack of my life.  Then one day…Mandela was free.  The freedom cry became real.

 

So while reading this article from the LA Times, I took a look at the video of Amy Winehouse performing that song with the band at Mandela’s 90th birthday party.  I had chills (partly because of her amazing voice, gone too soon), but then began to cry from the memory.

Rest in Peace Madiba…you affected so many, and in such a positive way….

 

The Loss of a True Hero

The Loss of a True Hero

I feel such deep sadness at the passing of Nelson Mandela.

To me, he was a model of strength, perseverance, and above all, forgiveness. He forgave those who imprisoned and tortured him for 27 years, freeing his mind to do the unimaginable: uniting a deeply divided country.

RIP Madiba. You served God, country and humanity well.

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