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Mr. President, I want to talk to you about the Jackson 5

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My wife and I recently saw the Broadway Musical “Motown.” Motown wasn’t just a musical, however, it connected to the history of America through the sounds of Motown. We loved the show, all the acts and all the songs. However, we were pleasantly surprised that the greatest and loudest applause both during and after the show was given to the performers performing as the Jackson 5.
 
As I looked around, the audience was a mix of 50ish folks like my wife and I and 20 somethings. As we drove home my wife and I started reminiscing about “growing up with the Jackson 5.” What we discovered is that history has not really given the Jackson 5 their just due as it relates to the impact they had on African-Americans as well as the rest of the nation in the early 1970’s. In this article I want to correct this oversight.

This Week’s DVD Releases

dvd 600“I Spy: The Complete Series”
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IU6HQ4O/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

“Classic Drama Collection” [Emma/Jane Eyre/The Woman in White/The Lady’s Not for Burning/The Woman in White]
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00J3M53Q2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power”
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00K0PA9ME/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

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Should you wash that?

washit 600From hands to hair to clothes to food, keeping things as clean as possible is a very basic, and very essential, part of staying healthy.
 
But do you really know the what’s, how’s and how often’s of cleaning up?
 
How Often Should You Wash…Your Face?
 
 
Dirt, oil, sweat, makeup and bacteria can prevent your skin from being clear and healthy. In general, you should wash your face twice a day, morning and night, with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type.

My Brother’s Keeper: Stop writing letters and start doing the work

gettowork 600Over the past few days my Twitter feed has buzzed about the letter signed by 1,000 women and girls urging President Barack Obama to broaden his My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The letter and subsequent commentaries attack the president, accusing him of any number of sins for not including women and girls in this program. Yes, the issues facing women and girls of color are significant, and while ignored in research and programming as the letter states, they do deserve attention and focus.
 
And that’s my problem with the letter. In short, would this letter have been written if this initiative had never been announced? I mean, the hash tag #WhyWeCantWait is problematic because people have been waiting for years. When it comes to waiting, #YesWeCan! And did.

Republicans should learn from Cantor’s mistake

rayjack 600The recent defeat of House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent shock waves throughout D.C. like I have never seen before.  But, in Cantor’s defeat, I see great opportunity for the Republican Party to make inroads into the black community.
 
Cantor represents Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which is a suburb of Richmond.  According to the 2010 U.S. Census, it has a population of 757,917 (74.3 percent white, 17.1 percent black), median income of $ 64,751.  In other words, it is the definition of a middle-class district.  The district is rated as a solid Republican (R+10).