Saturday Silliness: Whovian Edition! (Re-blogged)

I have to wait until December to see new episodes of Doctor Who. Here’s a repost of a few funny pics and memes, just because!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Now that the new season of Doctor Who is in full swing, I figured that it was time for a bit o’ Whovian humour! Here we go…Allons-y, Geronimo, and…RUN, YOU CLEVER BOY!!!

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Friday Funtime & Sepultura’s Slaughtering Spree!

I’ll let the title speak for itself! Enjoy the scenery while I finish up some posts…are you ready for Sepultur’a unchained? I doubt it, so just be forewarned…ROFL

Some Saturday Scenery…

Here are a few random photographs and screenshots by yours truly, just because!

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Random Funnies

It’s Friday, and these funnies were too good to pass up!

Here’s a little bit of music to start the weekend off right.

Men At Work: “Down Under

 

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Friday the 13th…February 2015!!! *** UPDATED 15 February ***

 

Well, here it is – the first of three Friday the 13ths which will occur this year. The next one will be next month, in March, and the final one will be in November. I always try to write something on Friday the 13th, so here are some of my percolating thoughts!

February is the shortest month of the year, and marks Black History Month here in the States. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on 25 March, 1965. “Bloody Sunday” occurred earlier that year, on 7 March. Peaceful protesters were regularly met with brutal violence, simply for wanting to be treated like human beings…and, sad to say, we are still crying out to be treated with dignity and respect. The more things change, the more they stay the same. People go out of their way to insult murder victims like Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown, whilst bestowing heroic honours upon their killers – and others demand that we support those killers blindly, saying that we are being hateful for demanding justice from those who claim to uphold ‘law and order!’ Ye gawds…

Speaking of unjustified heroic honours, a movie was made about a sniper because his death, while unsurprising, was certainly under odd circumstances. If he had been killed in action, we wouldn’t hear a word about him. For some reason this paid killer, upon return to the States after ‘fulfilling his duty,’ had the brilliant notion of treating PTSD by taking patients on visits to a gun range. A former soldier who was receiving this ‘treatment’ chose to shoot the sniper and one other person; his murder trial is now underway. What fascinates me about this whole thing is how a hired killer is labeled a ‘hero,’ while the man suffering from PTSD has been smeared by the sniper’s widow, the military, and the NRA. I had the opportunity to see a rather interesting email which claimed that the soldier had “only served 6 months in Afghanistan” and “claimed to suffer from PTSD,” implying that he couldn’t possibly have PTSD because his military service wasn’t long enough or something. I guess that means that nobody in New York City should have PTSD from 9/11…it was a relatively short occurrence! Anyway, the timing of the movie means that the soldier might not get a fair trial, as opinions have already been swayed by the movie and various conflated emails that circulate in certain circles.

Various awards shows have been airing – I ignore that useless shite, but still hear of the moronic hoopla surrounding those train wrecks/circuses. Things like attention-whore and noted gay fish Kanye West jumping on the stage to interrupt someone’s speech or something like that – as if he gives a flying fuck about PoC anywhere! Oh, right…he was ‘defending’ lily-white Beyoncé…never mind, then. Also, there are people bitching about how ‘white’ the Oscars are. Um…no shit, Sherlock! Do you REALLY expect anything different from ‘Holly-white’?!? Stop the madness and the insanity…don’t do the same thing over and over and expect a different result! If you keep supporting racist institutions and establishments and think they’re “diverse” because they hire Latinos and people from India, then you are incapable of critical thought…just my opinion. The sole purpose of ‘Holly-white’ is to shove the invented heroism, beauty, and ‘goodness’ of whites down the throats of every culture in the world…it’s a sad and somewhat frightening thing.

Brian Williams is now a ‘disgraced anchorman,’ whilst the flap about Bill Cosby seems to have died down somewhat. Larry Wilmore’s show, which is now in the time slot formerly held by Stephen Colbert, is quite good – I enjoy it. Meanwhile, Jon Stewart announced that he is leaving the Daily Show later this year. It’s a shame…I’ve enjoyed every year he’s been on it, and only started watching it when he took the helm. I hope a suitable replacement is tapped to keep it going – Jason Jones would be ideal!

***ADDED SUNDAY, 15 FEBRUARY***

VACCINATIONS DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM!!! I neglected to mention this initially, but better a day or so late than never! There’s been a lot of talk swirling around the measles outbreak, pitting morons who don’t believe in vaccinating their kids against those who feel that booster shots are necessary. The people who are against vaccinations are morons, for the same reasons that those who scoff about ‘global warming’ and humanity’s impact on the ecosystem are morons: they wave away scientific evidence and opt to believe the nonsense and pseudo-science spouted by complete and utter whack-jobs. Who is this Holly-white cunt who has written all of these ‘informative’ books about autism? Where are her medical degrees? What facts has she collated about what contributed to her child’s issues, and what were the sources of those facts? Does she have breast implants, and were they present before pregnancy? If so, did she breast-feed? What medications did she take before or during her pregnancy? See, I have a theory about why autism is more prevalent in modern society, and it has nothing to do with vaccinations – it has to do with unstable people procreating, and people taking unnecessary medications during pregnancy. See, it used to be that people who had behavioural ‘issues’ were simply not seen as marriage material – unless, of course, they came from a wealthy family who could essentially ‘buy’ a spouse for their difficult daughter or sullen son. Children were expected of these unions, so the genes for unstable moods get passed down. Fast-forward to the 1980s: the wonder-drug Ritalin was introduced as a means to control ADD and ADHD, which was suddenly the childhood epidemic du jour. “Oh, doctor – my little boy is running around and bouncing off the walls and furniture! He’s acting like…a LITTLE BOY! What do I do?” “Well, ma’am, just give him this Ritalin – it will calm him right down.” Yeah, prescribing medications to children for acting like children…that made perfect sense, no? On top of that, how many women with ‘personality disorders’ took medications like Paxil, Xanax, or Zoloft whilst pregnant? Sure, doctors said that those drugs wouldn’t be harmful to the fetus – but they said the same thing about an old anti-nausea drug called Thalidomide a few decades back, and look how that turned out. At any rate, vaccinations do not cause autism. It’s brain science, not rocket science. Look at this over-medicated society – what do YOU think? Go get those damned booster shots already! Don’t tell me you would rather see your child or young relative die of tetanus, or see polio make a comeback? Sheesh…get a real statement from a real physician that you know and trust. It’s that simple.

On a sadder note, It breaks my heart to know that Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, has been in hospital for some time now, in a comatose state. I wish her a full recovery and hope that people who care for her well-being are looking out for her. She has much to live for – for all of its ills, this is a beautiful and magical world.

Also, I’m disappointed in the decision by the Little League to strip Jackie Robinson West of their championship. How cold and callous to wait six months after their victory to pick over their roster and decide that the team was invalid for no reason. Sore losers from nearby Evergreen Park decided to be like RethugliKKKans dismantling the Affordable Care Act – they are nothing more than racist fuckwads who couldn’t handle being soundly trounced by a team that was obviously better (42 – 3). Shameful.

***END OF UPDATED PORTION***

I can finally take these shoes off and get to gaming! I have a pair of shoes that are the highest heels I’ve ever worn, and it’s been a while since I wore anything with a heel over 3” – so I have to wear them for about 15 minutes per day whilst sitting down (of course) so that my feet adjust to the shape. I’ve had surgery on both of my feet to remove bone spurs, so it is a bit of a task – my right foot complains when I put the shoe on, and I can only stand in them for a minute! They are beautiful shoes, though…so it’s worth a small bit of discomfort to look good. Certainly not going under the knife like all of the plastic freaks out there… *SHUDDERS*

Today is Friday the 13th – tomorrow is Saturday the 14th, which also happens to be Massacre…I mean, VALENTINE’S Day…so have a great weekend and a wonderful, ‘romantic’ day, dear readers!

A Torrential Flood of Verbosity!

Wow – here it is, the New Year…2015, which marks the Year of the Sheep (19 February).

Much has been going on in the world and many of those events have been tragic, saddening, disheartening, enraging and dismaying. The white sniper in Pennsylvania was caught and taken into custody, alive and well…as expected. No surprise there. Michael Brown was laid to rest at the end of August, and his murderer was given a pat on the back and cleared of any wrongdoing in November. Eric Garner’s killer was also found to have ‘done his duty’ – but really, we all knew that was going to happen. The victims are getting younger and younger, too…in Cleveland, a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed by a cop for…what, exactly? Some sweaty neo-nazi on some ‘news’ show claimed that it was justified – but I didn’t see where there was any threat to the cop’s life on the tape that was aired. A woman in Seattle was beaten by police for no apparent reason other than the colour of her skin. A mentally challenged 17-year-old girl died after being arrested by police and they ‘detained’ her. A 17-year-old boy was hung in North Carolina and the claim was ‘suicide,’ but the knowledge that he had a relationship with a 31-year-old white broad, on top of every other inconsistency surrounding his death, makes it very suspect…it’s almost a given that he was lynched. The woman herself should be questioned, IMHO. There’s a whole lot of wrong goings-on, there…meanwhile, cops are pissed off that people are asking for justice and accountability, and screeching that those who do so are ‘anti-cop.’ Sounds like the equally ridiculous assertions made by racist fuckwads that ‘anti-racism is anti-white.’ Insanity abounds as people hold President Obama personally accountable for everything, yet will never demand that white politicians take responsibility for the KKK and their ilk. Mindless cop-supporters have the gall to hold up signs that say “Stop the Hate” – how fucking laughable is that? As far as I’m concerned, the police force in this country is a terrorist group, just like ISIS or Al-Qaeda; we already know that a majority of the officers are members of all-white ‘unions’ and other organizations. I thought we were fighting a ‘war on terror’ – why don’t we start doing that inside our own borders, first? Hell, on 6 January, some racist fuckwad set off a bomb behind NAACP headquarters in Colorado – why has nothing been done about that? This country was founded on genocide…why do people act as if that isn’t a factor in ALL of this? I hope many people are having open, honest discussions about this over this weekend leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Yesterday, 15 January, marked his birth anniversary – he would have been 86 years of age.

Speaking of ‘terror attacks’ – and I see how redundant that term really is – the nation of France is being lauded as ‘strong’ and ‘heroic’ after some fanatics killed some employees of a satirical newspaper there. “Je Suis Charlie” is the new chant on everybody’s lips, and people worldwide march in solidarity for freedom of speech. At the same time, those who denigrate President Obama are castigating him for not being among those other leaders; personally, I commend him for not standing with hypocrites. Do you really believe that the leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, or Pakistan give a flying fuck about freedom of speech?!? Countries where journalists are jailed, bloggers are caned, and women can’t ride a freakin’ bicycle in public – do you REALLY believe that the leaders of those countries stand for freedom of speech and expression? I write, and had journalistic aspirations in my youth, so freedom of speech is important to me. On the other hand, I wouldn’t shed a tear if a similar thing occurred at the FauxNews studios…a few less hate-mongers in the world would be a good thing, no? Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, and I adore satire – MAD Magazine was my favourite for the ages! Speaking of satire, my biggest fan-troll tried to accuse me of not knowing what satire is, simply because I don’t like Seth McFarlane’s hateful, racist depictions of Black women. News flash, little troll: Racist stereotypes ain’t satire! Methinks you tried to project your ignorance upon me, and guess what…it didn’t work! Have patience, though – you will get a post solely dedicated to you, one of these days – I just haven’t been bored enough yet to shred your silly comments that you desperately attempt to post.

Digressing…hackers supposedly brought Sony studios to its knees and (almost) managed to stop a fully-produced movie from being released in theatres. I personally think that all of the hooplah was part of the biggest, most elaborate advertisement for a movie to date – let’s see how much they charge for the straight-to-DVD release; we know that Amazon.com will be the willing distributors, since they only want to prevent book sales…and speaking of Sony, how about that ridiculous cunt who decided to make some foul, racist statements about what movies she ASSumed the POTUS would prefer to watch – when caught, she did the typical white-trash move of begging Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for forgiveness. Um, hello? She should be begging President Obama, the First Lady, and Sasha and Malia for forgiveness! She insulted the First Family, not Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson!!! Neither of those men are the sole representatives of the ‘Black community’ – get a freakin’ clue! Ye gawds…and speaking of the First Family, I want to say a hearty “STFU!” to one Michael Huckabee. It’s nunya-fucking-beeswax what music Sasha and Malia listen too. Don’t get me wrong; I personally can’t stand Beyonce or anything she stands for – she certainly doesn’t represent me or any Black woman I know – but you know what? That isn’t the issue. Mike Huckabee should focus on his own family and kids! I fail to see how the President and the First Lady are reprehensible parents, simply because of the musical tastes of their daughters. Speaking of daughters, what music was played by Dubya and his unstable wife, Laura during their administration which led to their little angels, Barbara and Jenna, to go full-slut-hog-wild back in Y2K? There were some VERY scandalous images online at the time, but I think they now exist in the same plane as Dick Cheney’s home. Hell, Dick himself is most likely enjoying those very images as I type this!

Bill Cosby is being destroyed by allegations that are older than I am, by a woman who claims that he drugged and molested her when she was 15. Other women have since come forward with their own claims, which are fairly damning on their surfaces – who would have thought that Beverly Johnson would be one of those accusers? I have my own questions that I’d love to ask each accuser in person, but I won’t have the opportunity, and others won’t bother to think to ask them. So here they are: where were the parents of that girl? Cosby didn’t wave a magic wand or rub a lamp to get the girl in his proximity, so…how did she get there? She wanted to meet a celebrity and was willing to do anything, right? If women put themselves in situations because they’re seeking fame and fortune, then shouldn’t they take some personal accountability for being there in the first place? Similarly, all of those sluts who had nude pictures ‘accidentally’ leaked into cyberspace aren’t as indignant over their supposed loss of privacy as they claim – they are ‘actors,’ after all! No, women who make money by taking off their tops at the drop of a hat, or who are famous for making some pathetic sex tape that ‘accidentally’ gets ‘leaked’ on the interwebs, need to STFU and continue to use their mouths for what got them to the top in the first place…I have no sympathy. And don’t give me that ‘sisterhood’ bullshit, please! It doesn’t exist, much as I’d love to believe in it. Go ahead and accuse me of blaming the victim…I could care less. Rented opinions mean nothing to me. I will say that Mr. Cosby’s wife and daughters are the only women he need answer to and apologize to – period.

The race / colour debate continues to rage on…Idris Elba will play James Bond – and have shitloads of love scenes with white females. The new ‘Annie’ is Black…but of course, Jamie Foxx as “Daddy Warbucks” gets to have love scenes with a white woman. Black men still have no problems with being the ‘token,’ and Black women are seemingly undeserving of love – we simply get used, abused, and tossed to the side. Even more depressing are the writers and producers who claim to show the ‘Black Experience,’ yet they are SO “blinded by the white” – whether it’s someone’s skin colour or the substances they’re snorting or smoking – that they keep on keepin’ on with the same tired-ass, stereotype-filled themes. This opinion piece on Al-Jazeera scratches the surface of what I’m speaking about, but shows like ‘Empire,’ any of Tyler Perry’s shite, or the latest big-screen drivel such as ‘Lucy’ or ‘Jupiter Rising’ make me want to vomit with rage. Steady, Sepultura, steady…soothe thyself…

*SIGH* I think I’ll go to the battlefields of Cyrodiil and take my frustrations out on the avatars of others…it works.

Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe

Body Count: “Institutionalized

Celtic Frost / Therion: “To Mega Therion

Wednesday 13 “Bad Things

Rob Zombie: “The Great American Nightmare

2014-2015…Happy New Year!!!

Howdy all…been very, very, busy of late – and the news has been so gawd-awfully depressing, I just can’t watch it for awhile…I get too sickened and angry, and just can’t think properly….and that’s no time to speak, for me.
I have plenty to say, never fear….just not today. The new year will see more of me, whether I (or anyone else) likes it or not!
For now, enjoy the selected songs below – and of course, belated blessings for Mabon, the Winter Solstice, and every pagan holiday in between…spank me, I’ve been SO bad!
Santana: “Winning
Van Morrison: “Wild Night
Patti Smith: “People Have the Power
King’s X: “Over My Head

Weekend Musings: 24th February 2013

There’s a full moon tomorrow and my creativity has been peaking! It ebbs and flows with the tides, it seems…so, here are some random ramblings and myriad musings, as befit the title of my blog! Join me on my wanderings, won’t you?

First off, a fantastic songstress has passed away at the age of 78: Cleotha Staples of The Staple Singers. The chart-topping group had eight U.S. Top 40 singles in the 80s, including I’ll Take You There and Let’s Do It Again. I absolutely LOVE “I’ll Take You There” and will link to it at the end of this post in my requisite song list! Cleotha and her sisters Mavis, Yvonne, and Cynthia, have dynamite voices which you will hear in the song. From the BBC:

“Cleotha Staples, a member of the chart-topping gospel group The Staple Singers, has died at the age of 78.

The family group had eight US top 40 singles in the 1970s, including the number ones I’ll Take You There and Let’s Do It Again.

They enjoyed success on the Stax label and Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label.

Friend and publicist Bill Carpenter said Cleotha suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Her sister Mavis paid tribute to Cleotha’s “soothing” voice.

“A lot of singers would try to sing like her,” Mavis said in a statement. “Her voice would just ring in your ear. It wasn’t harsh or hitting you hard, it was soothing. She gave us that country sound.”

The group, which also featured father Pops, sister Yvonne and brother Pervis, began singing in church in Chicago in 1948.

They were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and received a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 2005.”

She was the eldest sibling of (number) and the founding member of The Staple Singers. From the Huffington Post:

In a family of vocalists, it was Cleotha Staples’ smooth and velvety voice that helped set apart the sound of the influential and best-selling gospel group The Staple Singers.

Staples, the eldest sister and member of the group her father Roebuck “Pops” Staples started in the 1940s, died Thursday at age 78. She was at her Chicago home and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past decade, said family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter.

The group included sisters Pervis, Yvonne, Mavis and Cynthia, but Cleotha was the backbone, defining herself by being the “strong, silent type,” said Carpenter, author of “Uncloudy Day: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia.”

Rest in peace, sweet lady – you join the talented masses who will serenade us until the end of time.

Cleotha Staples: 1934 – 2013

Eunice Kathleen Waymon, a.k.a. Nina Simone: 21 February 1933 – 21 April 2003

Next, a belated tribute to one of the greatest songstresses and piano players of all time: Nina Simone – I wanted to give special thanks to hunglikejesus; if I hadn’t read his tribute to her, I would have forgotten to post it completely. Check out his blog post about her: he has some incredible pictures!

This beautiful, talented sister was born on 21 February 1933, and left this world on 21 April 2003 – a sensitive, soulful Piscean! From Wikipedia:

Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her stage name Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

Born the sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist.[1] Her musical path changed direction after she was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, despite a well-received audition. Simone was later told by someone working at Curtis that she was rejected because she was black.[2] When she began playing in a small club in Philadelphia to fund her continuing musical education and become a classical pianist she was required to sing as well. She was approached for a recording by Bethlehem Records, and her rendering of “I Loves You Porgy” was a hit in the United States in 1958.[1] Over the length of her career Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958—when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue—and 1974.

Her musical style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, Johann Sebastian Bach,[3] and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic contralto. She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical.[4] Her intuitive grasp on the audience–performer relationship was gained from a unique background of playing piano accompaniment for church revivals and sermons regularly from the early age of six years old.[5]

In the early 60s, she became involved in the civil rights movement and the direction of her life shifted once again.[6] Simone’s music was highly influential in the fight for equal rights in the US.[7] In later years, she lived abroad, finally settling in France in 1992.”

I’m ashamed to have forgetten her, because she was the direct inspiration for my desire to play the piano. My captors parental figures, especially ‘Medea’, crushed my love of playing any instrument by forcing unreasonably long practice sessions. For example, when I got home from school and completed my homework, I immediately had to practice the piano for an hour, followed by an hour of practice on the clarinet. I switched from band to choir after that, because I enjoyed singing and could do that anytime, anywhere! Being in school plays and sports allowed time away from home as well…

I digress – Nina Simone influenced me in many ways, and I list her as a ‘Notable Black Woman’ who deserves many acknowledgements for her lifetime accomplishments. Again, she is one who is pushed aside in favor of no-talent hacks like Beyonce, Britney and Nicki. Her name should be synonymous with musical appreciation and talent that transcends all barriers! More from Wikipedia:

“Civil rights era (1964–1974)

In 1964, she changed record distributors, from the American Colpix to the Dutch Philips, which also meant a change in the contents of her recordings. Simone had always included songs in her repertoire that drew upon her African-American origins (such as “Brown Baby” and “Zungo” on Nina at the Village Gate in 1962). On her debut album for Philips, Nina Simone In Concert (live recording, 1964), however, Simone for the first time openly addressed the racial inequality that was prevalent in the United States with the song “Mississippi Goddam“, her response to the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four black children. The song was released as a single, and it was boycotted in certain southern states.[18][19] “Old Jim Crow”, on the same album, addressed the Jim Crow Laws.

From then on, a civil rights message was standard in Simone’s recording repertoire, becoming a part of her live performances. Simone performed and spoke at many civil rights meetings, such as at the Selma to Montgomery marches.[20] Simone advocated violent revolution during the civil rights period, rather than Martin Luther King‘s non-violent approach,[21] and she hoped that African Americans could, by armed combat, form a separate state. Nevertheless, she wrote in her autobiography that she and her family regarded all races as equal.[22]

She covered Billie Holiday‘s “Strange Fruit“, a song about the lynching of black men in the South, on Pastel Blues (1965). She also sang the W. Cuney poem “Images” on Let It All Out (1966), about the absence of pride she saw among African-American women. Simone wrote “Four Women“, a song about four different stereotypes of African-American women,[18] and included the recording on her 1966 album Wild Is the Wind.

Simone moved from Philips to RCA Victor during 1967. She sang “Backlash Blues”, written by her friend Langston Hughes on her first RCA album, Nina Simone Sings The Blues (1967). On Silk & Soul (1967), she recorded Billy Taylor‘s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” and “Turning Point”. The album Nuff Said (1968) contains live recordings from the Westbury Music Fair, April 7, 1968, three days after the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. She dedicated the whole performance to him and sang “Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)”, a song written by her bass player, Gene Taylor, directly after the news of King’s death had reached them.[23] In the summer of 1969 she performed at the Harlem Cultural Festival in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park.

Together with Weldon Irvine, Simone turned the late Lorraine Hansberry‘s unfinished play To Be Young, Gifted, and Black into a civil rights song. Hansberry had been a personal friend whom Simone credited with cultivating her social and political consciousness. She performed the song live on the album Black Gold (1970). A studio recording was released as a single, and renditions of the song have been recorded by Aretha Franklin (on her 1972 album Young, Gifted and Black) and by Donny Hathaway.”

How insulting, and unsurprising, that a white actress by the name of Zoe Saldana was tapped to play this iconic woman in a movie. I can’t understand why actress Jill Scott defended this choice, but since she is lighter-skinned and straight-haired herself (and gets plenty of work because of it), it comes as no shock. ABC World News reported on 26 October 2012:

“From the image of Saldana, 34, wearing an Afro wig and what appears to be a prosthetic nose and skin-darkening makeup, it’s apparent that the film’s director, Cynthia Mort, is aiming for Saldana to look as much as possible like Simone…Everyone from singer-actress Jill Scott, who some suggested could play Simone, to her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, has chimed in.

Reps for Saldana and Mort did not respond to ABCNews.com’s request for comment.

Kelly, an actress and singer, told The New York Times last month, “My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark.”

“Appearance-wise, this is not the best choice,” she added, referring to the casting of Saldana.

Scott was more supportive.

PHOTO: In this composite image a comparison has been made between Nina Simone, left, and actress Zoe Saldana.
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Casting Zoe Saldana, right, as Nina Simone has sparked controversy.
“Zoe is an incredible actress. I think that she’s a fine actress,” she told website Hello Beautiful.”

Forgive me while my eyes roll back in my head, almost irretrievably!     🙄

This beautiful woman deserves to be recognized for who she was – a beautiful, DARK-SKINNED SISTER with NATURAL HAIR, FEATURES, and BEAUTY! “White-washing” her is insulting and should be denounced.

I’ve been doing posts about notable Black women, but I will also do posts about notable Black men – and I will continue doing this even when ‘Black History Month’ ends! I want to spread positive, uplifting knowledge and information about all Black people, and not just during the shortest month of the year…it should be done year-round. It may seem small to some people, but having positive, historical Black people being elevated as the role models, heroes and heroines, inventors, pioneers, and icons for all Black children to see and emulate is a good beginning, IMHO.

With that – on with the music!

First, one of the best songs by the Staple Singers, in a tribute to Cleotha Staples.

The Staple Singers: “I’ll Take You There

Next, my four favourite songs by the legendary Nina Simone. I’d say that I’m 80% ‘Peaches’ and 20% ‘Aunt Sara’…you can figure that out for yourselves, if you’re so inclined…

Nina Simone: “Mississippi Goddam

Nina Simone: “Brown Baby

Nina Simone: “Feeling Good

Nina Simone: “Four Women

Music: “Bittersweet Symphony” – The Verve; “Hook” – Blues Traveler

Here are a couple of good songs…enjoy.  I got a standing ovation and $20 when I sang ‘Hook’ at a karaoke bar in Seattle, back in the late ’90s…

The Verve: “Bittersweet Symphony

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
You’re a slave to money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet yeah,
No change, I can’t change I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold I am here in my mold
But I’m a million different people from one day to the next I can’t change my mold No, no, no, no, no
Well I never pray But tonight I’m on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now
No change, I can’t change I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people from one day to the next I can’t change my mold No, no, no, no, no
I can’t change I can’t change
‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
Try to find some money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the things meet yeah
You know I can’t change, I can’t change I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people from one day to the next I can’t change my mold No, no, no, no, no
I can’t change my mold no, no, no, no, no,
I can’t change Can’t change my body, no, no, no
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
Been down Ever been down
Ever been down Ever been down
Ever been down
Have you ever been down?
Have you’ve ever been down?
(Sex & silence, melody & violence…sex & violence, melody & silence…)

Blues Traveler: “Hook

Respect The Goddess!!

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Aahhhhhh…refreshing…one of my favorite seasonal ales has hit the shelves!  Spring Reign is smooth and mellow – the perfect suds to suck on at the end of a long motorcycle ride!  😎
“Four wheels good – two wheels better!  Four wheels good…TWO WHEELS BETTER!!”  LMAO

We went on the ‘Spring Opener’ run over the weekend, and the weather cooperated just fine…here are some pictures of all of the bikes that were there.  In this pic, you can just pick out the front end of our bike, if you look closely:
Photos: Motorheads rev up for 'Spring Opener' ride
http://www.katu.com/news/local/Photos-Portland-motorheads-rev-up-for-Spring-Opener-ride-144250175.html

See the red-and-white helmet near the center of the picture?  Look for the bike with the spinger front-end (and if you don’t know what that is, Google it!), right next to the yellow one…that’s our Thunder Mountain chopper.  No, that ugly-ass helmet isn’t mine…we carry ours with us to use as bumpers in crowds, and defense weapons if necessary.  Anything and everything can be utilized, no matter where you are…I’m much more concsious of defensive tools and exit routes when I’m in a crowd, as of late.

Updated Thursday, 2012_03/29 @ 11:32 a.m. (PST)

Sing it, Macy!  😎

Macy Gray sings “Teenagers” on Conan O’Brien

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