Creating community partnerships is my talent, I discovered this character trait 12 years ago while I was working on a production for a community organization and needed items that we could not afford. So I began bartering and trading and from there I saw how I could partner others up to achieve the same outcomes.
Candidates are filing paperwork to raise funds for their campaigns so that they can possibly work on our behalf. Now is the time to do your Due Diligence, due dil·i·gence (reasonable steps taken by a person in order to satisfy a legal requirement, a comprehensive appraisal to be undertaken by a prospective BOSS, especially to establish assets, liabilities and evaluate its potential.) Research the candidates one of the panels had a former business owner who ran his business into the ground and employed several tactics to keep him from making the clients that he fleeced whole again, and this is all public record. Another candidate for mayor was incapable of answering questions effectively and gave out names and phone numbers.
The Committee for a Better Atlanta, CBA hosted their annual Atlanta mayor, city council president and at large posts, forums which will deliver a report card on how well all candidates fared will come out soon. I attended this event in 2017 and was absolutely floored at how many candidates were UNQUALIFEID to do the job. But Atlanta seems to have about 750 votes that can win an unqualified candidate an election. I have often wondered if those are all senior votes. Kasim Reed, paid his campaign fees and formally announced his run for mayor after the CBA forum took place and immediately hosted a Birthday fundraiser in Buckhead this week. Please click on the hyperlink above or below and watch this forum for yourself and make an educated plan to vote for the best candidate by not doing so Atlanta will continue to get what we have and presently this is not working, later BOSSES.
READ ME, FOLLOW ME AND RESPOND TO ME and let’s discuss building great communities from within.
To not vote the entire ballot is like putting a bullet to our heads. We must learn to vote the entire ballot. On November’s ballot the Insurance Commissioner, is up for election, and they determine what our insurances and utilities costs will be and because communities of color are red lined and made to pay higher fees and costs for everything we must vote on these jobs and hire/ elect appropriately. Bosses, here is an area you must pay close attention and vote for who serves you best and can do the job better. Insurance and utility costs affect our funds and budgets daily and rarely ever go down in costs. As Bosses each of those candidates are applying for jobs and they have completed their interviews and now we must hire. The whole ballot must be accounted for we must do our due diligence on this matter as well. Please find out who is running and if you like them VOTE for them but never leave those boxes unchecked. There are many types of commissioners and we pay them a lot of money but we must also manage them too. There are many distractions for some of these elected/ hires like lobbyists and some elected/ hires are weak and can be bought which sells us out. So choosing the best and honest candidate should be high on our list of characteristics to look for in candidates. These ballots can be long and a little confusing but imperative to our everyday life that we choose these candidates wisely. Also pay attention to the Board of Education and Judge positions, all of these directly affect us more than government because these are lawmakers who create laws for our states, counties and cities.
Southwest Atlanta pays 9% higher cost for utilities simply because we are people of color and live in a predominantly Beautiful and Black AF community. Here is a little something to fortify your soul… Shout Out to Black Wall Street, 100 year anniversary of another hate filled tantrum put on by the KKK, facilitated by local government to SUPPRESS us … And still, we rise! Discover O.W. Gurley and the other serial entrepreneurs who built Black Wall Street.
Hello Bosses, last week’s little shake up in Atlanta city politics comes as no surprise. Politics is a long game and some of the players, wait for the right time to stroll in and walk away with victory. As you begin to look closer at the opponents in this long game of the 2021 Atlanta Mayoral race it is easy to see many telling signs in the beginning. 1. How many candidates are in the race or how few, that has more to do with one’s ego and the “I think I can do this job better” syndrome. 2. How few opponents are in the race; this is more about respect for the one’s whom have announced and the true knowing that they are the best person for the position.
Incumbent Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, has withdrawn from the 2021 race after stating that she would mount a vigorous race for a second term after Felicia Moore’s announcement.
The registered candidates thus far Felicia Moore and six others have officially joined the Atlanta Mayoral Race 2021. Bosses, please do your Due Diligence and research the candidates to see if they share in your values, needs and wants for Atlanta and yourselves. There is a lot of announcing and very few qualifications being shown off during this time of candidate interviews. Candidates are raising money, interviewing and unabashedly smiling into the camera but so few are qualified to do the job. Everyone is not a Maynard Jackson but for anyone that has a fraction of the experience and integrity please step up, please do so immediately. Four years is a short time for a true, long game.
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Registered candidates thus far Felicia Moore and six other candidates have officially joined the Atlanta Mayoral Race 2021. Bosses, please do your Due Diligence and research the candidates to see if they share your values and wants for Atlanta the same things that you do. There is a lot of announcing and very few qualifications being shown off during this time of candidate interviews. Candidates are raising money, interviewing and unabashedly smiling into the camera and so few are qualified to do this job everyone is not a Maynard Jackson but for anyone that has a fraction of the experience and integrity please step up, please do so immediately. Four years is a short time for a true, long game.
Natalyn Archibong shared her news online with her friends, cohorts, constituency, family and Atlanta proper. Ok, bosses this is our turn to do our Due Diligence and get to know council member Archibong, https://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/council-members/natalyn-archibong. Ms. Archibong has held her position for quite some time, let’s find out what she has been doing over on the eastside of Atlanta.
Third term for former mayor Kasim Reed, maybe?
Here is a good read, former mayor Kasim Reed, is considering the position and I think he could get it. I met him a few weeks before his first run and Mary Norwood was his only opponent at the time. I knew, I could not give her my confidence, my vote, which I hold dear. By the time the event was over I knew Kasim Reed would have my vote, he exuded confidence, that may have been ego but Atlantans LOVE him and hated to see him go plus he has major swag and black and white Atlantans, love that about him and when we needed leadership Kasim Reed showed up stood up and let all who questioned know not to try it. Yes, we like him. Bosses, do your Due Diligence, here… don’t you want to know what the former mayor has been doing over the past four years? Is he still married, how old is his daughter, has COVID19 been a time a reflection, if he were to become mayor again what would he do differently??? Also refresh your memory of Mr. Reed’s track record as former mayor all information is public and certainly interesting. Please remember campaigns are interviews and We The People, are interviewing.
Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, The Kingmaker.
Maynard Jackson ran for a third term and won. I am ready for the 2021 campaign season in Atlanta to heat up, it is always EXCITING, even when they lie, cheat, and steal their way into the job, which is the constituents’ fault for not doing our due diligence and selecting the most qualified person to represent us. If you don’t know, get to know Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Atlanta’s first black mayor.
If you did your Due Diligence, please share your thoughts about the candidate and possible candidate?
Supporters say it would sit above part of the Downtown Connector and span across 10 blocks.
The east side communities spent years planning and building concrete jungles and now they want to put a green space above it. Whoever thought of this is selfish, greedy and do not care that people are homeless, dying and hungry not to mention we have police on payroll that we pay and they kill black people. Can some great thought and time go into resolving that??? Let’s get real there is nothing about this project that will do anything to help us live better lives here in Atlanta. This is a big project that will make someone, rich. I have two words for this project, Piedmont Park. https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/proposed-midtown-green-space-could-cost-12-billion/85-5bf3e39c-8d44-44c1-bebb-7f2fef9d9c41?
The American Society of Civil Engineers earlier this year gave Georgia a C+ on its 2019 infrastructure report card. Here’s the breakdown:
Drinking water: B-
Parks and recreation: C-
Solid waste: C
The report card grade comes from a committee of 50 Georgia civil engineers using eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience and innovation. A score of D equates to “poor, at risk.”
Ok Bosses, which of the elected/ hires do you think oversees this type of infrastructure projects as a requirement of the position for?
Please share your responses and let’s take the mystery out of these positions and how they should work for, “We The People”.
The more we know and the better informed we are about political positions, the responsibilities of those positions, And the track records of the incumbent and candidates the process for voting will become much more discerning for us. and only then will we have safe and well maintained roads and infrastructure to travel to and from work on without feeling a need for a chiropractor and a mechanic. if we put the very best people in place who actually care about our quality of life.
What would this world be without little girls and then we become women, who we are not to be overlooked, treated sub- standard and when we make more money than our spouses then yes, he can stay home and reverse traditional duties because that is just a smart family move. Women are smart, savvy, forward thinkers, peacemakers, even if it is with a cookie and we get things done. Instagram has great short video’s #womenshistorymonth, we are doing great work in the world.
Kudo’s Lee Daniels for telling another great black story “United States vs. Billie Holiday”
@LeeDaniels retold the stories that I had heard about Billie Holiday and Lester Young and how they collaborated and adored each other. The friendship with actress Tallulah Bankhead, daughter of former Alabama Congressman for which Bankhead Hwy. in Atlanta now Hallowell was named. The story itself was just another of the unrelenting hate crimes against successful black people perpetrated by our government and we pay them to do it, that’s the kicker.
This is a must see, Andra Day, a play on Hoilday’, name was truly meant to play this role and has embodied Billie and all of the nuances of her singing style. The direction was really good, casting of some of Black Hollywood’s beloved young, old and up and coming all gave excellent performances. There are so many heart wrenching scenes and this is not anything like the 1972 Berry Gordy version which was more musical drama, this version is a bio -pic of the last few years of her life. Billie Holiday was a strong willed tough living, rough and tumble type of woman that did not allow men to push her around without getting pushed back, I admire her for that and loved the fact that Lady Day would not allow her music to be censored. Here is a good read, The LA Times article “What really happened when the FBI prosecuted Billie Holiday. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2021-02-27/united-states-vs-billie-holiday-strange-fruit-fbi
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Let’s get ready for local election 2021… The candidates have begun to announce their intentions and platforms for which they will campaign/ interview for the positions and “We The People” will need to begin the INTERVIEW process and begin our due diligence. We must research and refresh our memories of the service that the incumbents have performed in their positions that truly benefit the people. As well we must do the same for the newcomers on the scene. Here is a quick and fact based read from Saporta report, Municipal races key to mapping growth in your city, by Tammy Joyner, https://saportareport.com/after-a-contentious-year-of-elections-look-to-local-races-in-2021/atlanta-civic-circle/tammy/.
Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms Photo courtesy of NBC News
Atlanta City Council President, Felicia Moore Photo courtesy of Vote Local
Artist and activist Alex Barella, Photo courtesy of CBS46.com
The candidates thus far are Mayor, Keisha Lance- Bottoms (the Incumbent) for a second term, city council president, Felicia Moore and Alex Barella, artist and activist (the candidates) for Mayor of Atlanta. Last mayoral election there were twenty candidates by the qualifying time period where candidates have to prove they have the constituency (that’s another word for us), we are our candidates Constituents, supporters, electors, future BOSSES… Anyone can run for mayor the qualifications are simple. But we want to hire- elect leaders, so we must be more discerning in our choices. We should not allow a candidate to even think about getting a vote from us unless they have served on their neighborhood association, participated in their community organizations, lead on their NPU, helped clean our streets with us, attended our school board meetings and hopefully served on their board and, or, too and stood up and out as a leader long before they announce a run for anything. Also that candidate would have built their constituency during her time of service and would already know that he was tracking to be our representative, that is how this should work. We have the training book for them, and we/ BOSSES never monitor nor mentor them through training, so we MUST become better at our jobs and let’s be clear managing our elected -hires is, Our Job… as Americans. So while the candidate’s interview, campaign, flood our yards and streets with abundant amounts of signage (which said candidates should be mandated to pick up a day or two after the election) and ask for our vote over the next nine months, I urge you to find out who these people truly are and vote the best person for the job.
I am excited to hear the plans and ideas that a strong leader has for Atlanta as always, the cream will rise to the top. As you know campaigns can be very contentious, eye opening and true. I never knew that my community partner, in my head Tip Harris@TI, had a serious problem with a piece of legislature that truly took a shot at Atlanta’s culture. Here’s a good read just in case you didn’t know,Rollingout article, TI slams candidate Moore by Michael Harris. Use perspective while researching and decision making. Just for the record that would have been a NO for me as well, candidate Moore and not a good fight in the A, all you had to do was watch John Lewis dance to Outkast to know that was not the move. That was the sound I listened to as drove across country relocating from California to Atlanta, I guess you can say that Southernplayerlistic, sound drove me here and within months I was saying “I appreciate you” instead of goodbye.