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
Asana.com is a great PR tool for scheduling projects, group/ project management, time management and reminders for keeping you on track. I also like the page set up and it’s easy maneuverability, one page you can see all of the projects you have going and any pressing issues that need to be managed are always front and center on your screen. I am using the one month free trial and I really like it. I think Asana has cracked the code on great PR tools, this is how to really Boss Up.
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.
I know you all probably have this contact information but I wanted to be sure of it. You should also know that the Republicans are meeting and discussing who to pick off next and certainly creating more opportunities to subvert our vote. Senator Warnock stated” I’m proud that the very first bill I am cosponsoring in the U.S. Senate is the For the People Act, a pro-democracy reform bill that strengthens the Voting Rights Act and ensures every eligible voter can participate in our democracy. The For the People Act includes provisions to increase election security funding and expand vote-by-mail. It will stop bad actors from arbitrarily purging voter rolls, and help get dark money out of politics. This act will strengthen our democracy – plain and simple.”
Senator Jon Ossoff
Democrat- Georgia 825 B&C Hart Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Ph# 202-224-3521
During the 1870s, more than a dozen African American men, many of whom had been born into slavery, were elected to the U.S. Congress. It was a period that ended all too quickly.
And these men were Republicans, this is some interesting history. I would love to know your thoughts on these representatives and how America continues to make the same mistakes and it’s all about race.
Voters suppression has been a practice of steady and constant knee on the necks of people of color and Civic Education is the #1 Voter Suppression tactic of all time. Here is a good read, The State of Civics Education by Sarah Shapiro and Catherine Brown, https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education-k-12/reports/2018/02/21/446857/state-civics-education/. Shapiro and Brown state “some schools only require one course in Civics while some schools offer a wide curricula of Civics.” Few states provide service-learning opportunities or engage students in relevant project-based learning. In addition, few students are sufficiently prepared to pass the AP U.S. government exam.
I am not a big Rap fan but I understood everything DJ Yellow, said….
Voting is a Rites of Passage 18 year olds should look forward to, but if you are not taught, typically you do not vote. We The People can correct this wrong b demanding higher standards and a more vigorous Civics Education curriculum in all schools not just some. https://twitter.com/SherylB53564074.
Civics Education is a Right and vigorous instruction must be included in all public school curricula if we are to educate, inform and train our youth to lead. #BOSSUPAMERICA.
And that is clearly Voter Suppression, so once again the elected/ hires put this in place to deprive people from voting and of course it is people of color because some schools do teach a vigorous curricula of Civics Education. Here is a good read with stats, measures and key factors, https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education-k-12/reports/2018/02/21/446857/state-civics-education/, The State of Civics Education by Sarah Shapiro and Catherine Brown, go on to state “While this research highlights that no state currently provides sufficient and comprehensive civic education, there is reason to be optimistic that high-quality civics education can impact civic behavior.” and “Teaching Tolerance also funds school-level, classroom-level, and district-level projects that engage in youth development and encourage civics in action. Shapiro and Brown also stated “Few states provide service-learning opportunities or engage students in relevant project-based learning. In addition, few students are sufficiently prepared to pass the AP U.S. government exam.”
Voting is a Rites of Passage, all 18 year olds should look forward to this citizen action, but if schools do not teach it then they do not.
Typically I am not a big Rap fan but I understood everything that DJ Yellow, said… We must vote every election and vote the entire ballot, It all matters.