No, it’s not Wednesday, but since we are in election season, I felt it only right that I re-share with you guys, so you don’t forget. If you don’t vote, hopefully you’ll change your mind after you read this. And I implore you to pay attention to the candidates. Not only do you need to listen to what they are telling you, you need to do your own research. As your parents told you, don’t believe everything you hear.

Southern Girl in the City

As you all know (well if you didn’t before you do now), I work part-time as a beauty artist.  (Yes, I’m a hustler.)  During a conversation last week with my manager, he told me about this song titled “Strange Fruit“, but he couldn’t remember who sang it.  He suggested (almost demanded :)) that I look it up on YouTube that same night.  And I’m glad I did.  The song, originally a poem written by Jewish teacher Abel Meeropol from the Bronx in 1936, was made famous by Billie Holiday.   If you haven’t heard it yet, listen here.

Right, pretty powerful-and horrific-and disturbing.  Just 71 years ago this song was recorded and the lynchings of Blacks in the South was an all too real horror that many of our family lived through. 

Why bring this up you ask?  Well, after the victory of extreme right wingists and candidates of…

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FAMU, FAMU I Love Thee

On this day, in 1887, my beloved alma mater, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, was founded.  Twelve years ago (Gosh, I’m old), I stepped on FAMU’s campus as a wide-eyed, naive Southern girl who was excited about all of the possibilities the next four years would bring.  I laughed, I cried, I partied, I joined organizations, I pledged, and I graduated.  Although I haven’t lived in Tallahassee since 2004 and haven’t been back since 2008, a little piece of me has stayed on the highest of seven hills.

FAMU has such a rich history.  And despite the setback we’re (because once a Rattler always a Rattler) going through right now, alumni and students alike have a love for that school that has yet to be rivaled by any other institution of higher learning.  While I have great friends from high school and my hometown, it’s the people I met during my undergrad years that I talk to on a regular basis and are some of my best friends.  Just last night, I had dinner with a group of girlfriends, complete with two fellow FAMU alum.  And it’s safe to say that no matter where you go in this country, heck even this world, you are sure to find a Rattler.

So, today, I salute you and I celebrate you FAMU.  And this weekend, we are going to kick some Bison butt on their own turf. 🙂  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Re-Post “The Carmen Jones Effect Part 2”

So, I was looking for the posts I have done on voting and came across this one. I think it relates closely to “The Other Woman” and deserved being re-shared.

Southern Girl in the City

Happy Wednesday!  No Way Back Wednesday post.  I have something I want to share with you guys that I was supposed to share yesterday.  Since I was MIA, you’re getting it today.  And I’m not sure how witty this post will be, but I needed something catchy that started with a “W”. *shrugs*

On Monday evening, I had the pleasure to hang out with two of my favorite sorority sisters, AT and TJP.  Over hair, food, celebrity gossip, and personal anecdotes, we began talking about Brad and Angelina.  (I don’t think I have to use last names.)  We discussed the fact that they have a beautiful family, give back effortlessly, but they’re not married.  We also discussed the fact that “marriage” seems to be a dirty word.  Everyone (well most people) are happy with shacking up or running around seeing how many people they can be with.  The topic of…

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