Painful Parody and Sickening Satire – Leslie Jones Never Forget Saartjie Baartman

Never Forget Saartjie Baartman

Never Forget Saartjie Baartman

I didn’t watch Saturday Night Live on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  I often do watch. So I missed the original airing of this piece by Leslie Jones.  Now do know I am not one for the overly foul comedian so there may be some bias in my critic and assessment.  


Leslie Jones’ slave monologue on ‘SNL’ sparks backlash

Leslie Jones’ slave monologue on ‘SNL’ sparks backlash

Nevertheless, here’s the problem with this piece by Leslie! Timing, delivery, and her locus of control. This is what I have termed #PainfulParody and #SickeningSatire. She actually has spoken some truth mixed with a whole lot of falsehood and low self-esteem. Leslie Jones actually raised some points that could and should be considered. Yet when you mix a painful past with parody your outcome will oft-time not be a glowing repartee of funny.  For me she missed the mark.  

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update featuring Leslie Jones

To me it is evident that she began this work from a point of pain. She then grossly delivered it at the wrong place and time. While some of what she said bears consideration how and where she said it reduced any appreciation for facts or truth in this satire.

We as Africans in America, We as Black people, We as the progeny of the stolen and captured Africans brought to the shores of North America must show respect and deference to our ancestors struggle. This skit stopped short of showing any of the aforementioned.

We should never forget the life and suffering of Saratije Baartman for her story is known yet need be more wide spread.  Saratijie Baartman was known as The Venus Hottentot her family was murdered, she was captured and stolen from her homeland.  She was then featured and parade as a animal at the fair throughout several places in Europe.  When she no longer provided a draw for her captures and many abusers she was forced into a life of prostitution where she died.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there so-called scientist of the day took her body and dismembered her and investigated her body for “scientific inquiry” only to place her body once again on display even after her death.  The degradation and humiliation is enough to last for centuries so we need absolutely no more!

Read more on Saartjie Baartman here!

‘Hottentot Venus’ Goes Home

A Life Exposed


Saarti Baartman Saartjie Baartman - Known as The Venus Hottentot

Saarti Baartman
Saartjie Baartman – Known as The Venus Hottentot




Spring Time in Chicago – It’s All About Rose Magnolia’s For Me!!!

It’s finally beginning to feel a bit like Spring in Chicago to me! You may ask me why and I will reply, “It’s all about the Rose Magnolia Blossoms!”  I first noticed this tree when I was very young there was one house about three blocks north of my parents home that had this great and beautiful tree.  I would look at it and admire it every time I went to the store for my mother, yet my enthusiasm for this tree is nothing like it is today.

In this phase of my life, this tree is something that I actually find extreme joy in seeing.  I look for them when I travel through the city. I have found plenty from Roseland to Rosemoor to Beverly.  I think I actually know the location of every tree in my immediate vicinity. I think that these owners of these trees possibly find me peculiar because I stop to admire the trees.  I take pictures and just find myself in absolute wonder standing beneath this great tree.


Rose Magnolia Tree Not In Front of My House

Today, I found an abandon Rose Magnolia Tree and I was able to get a clipping.  Yes, I got a clipping! No, I will not tell you how I managed to do this! 🙂 I also will not share the location of “My” tree!  I am wondering if I can root it and Bonsai it.  I only know that Bonsai exist I don’t know how to Bonsai so I do not even know why the notion of Bonsai has entered my mind. Nevertheless, I will try to root this clipping and grow a little sapling.  I’ll keep you posted on my sapling Bonsai project.


My Rose Magnolia Clipping


Tepals of the Rose Magnolia

Magnolias don’t have petals they have Tepals. I learned from reading Dr. Bishop’s article that the rose magnolia flower meaning is associated with nobility, perseverance, dignity and a love of nature.  In art, specifically Chinese art, the magnolia is used as a symbol of feminine sweetness and beauty. In China, magnolia flowers are symbols of purity and nobility. In Japan, the magnolia is used as a medicinal and ornamental plant. Hanakotoba in Japanese means “The Language of flowers.” The flower is called Mokuren in the Japanese system of flower it means “Sublime, Love for Nature”. Magnolias are associated with the life force and are often presented at births.  You can learn more about the rose magnolia meaning from Dr. Kitty Bishop on All Things Healing. 

I was recently traveling along with a friend who was interested in the infamous “red light cameras and speed cameras” yet I was interested in rose magnolia trees.  My friend didn’t like my exclaiming, “there’s another one!!!” with great enthusiasm when he was looking for cameras he found my enthusiasm for these trees to be a bit annoying. Nevertheless, I will keep sighting rose magnolia’s while they are in wondrous bloom! Hey slow down and look for Rose Magnolias too and you won’t have to look for red light and speed cameras!

Enjoy the lovely blooming beauty of my favorite spring time bloom!

Asante Sana Mrs Macabee! – The person who taught me about Kwanzaa

I first celebrated Kwanzaa in Elementary School. I was introduced to Kwanzaa by Mrs. Macabee at John T. Pirie Elementary School. I think I was in second grade.


She prepared a book for us about Kwanzaa. She taught us songs. We had a Kinara and a cornucopia full of fruits and winter squash. She placed a candle every day. We flipped a page every day and learned the Nguzo Saba – The Seven Principles. I also remember coloring the pages.


We faced the East every morning and sang the Black (Negro)  National Anthem“Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson. I never forgot Mrs. Macabee and I often wonder where she may be.

Asante Sana Mrs. Macabee!!!

If you would like to learn more visit Dr. Maulana Karenga official site.
Kwanzaa has seven basic symbols and two supplemental ones. Each represents values and concepts reflective of African culture and contributive to community building and reinforcement.

Lectora Version 11 – Web and Social Objects

Web and Social Objects.


Provide opportunities for social and informal learning using the Web Objects available in Lectora.


        Embed a Web Window so that you only have tomaintain dynamic content in one place.

        Add an All in One Share button, or individual Twitter,Facebook, and Google+ buttons so that users can easily share links to a page of content.

        Use an RSS Feed to incorporate current topics in yourtitle.

        Create advanced functionality with the HTML Extension.Use it to add your own JavaScript, HTML, and Cascading Style Sheets.

Signage and Violence in Chicago

All of the signage and money in the world will not stop these killings in our neighborhoods.  We who are the people, the neighbors have to change our “Hoods” into “Neighborhoods” where we are neighborly to our fellow man.  It is us that must make a change in our mentality. We must began to love, care and respect one another the foundation of being “Neighborly”. 


Are blacks abandoning Christianity for African faiths?

Add your Anthropologists say these examples of religious syncretism are nothing new. Black slaves, particularly in present-day Haiti, hid their African spiritual practices from slave owners by disguising and incorporating them into the Roman Catholic religion they were often forced to accept. In fact, voodoo orishas, called loas or lwas, were reconfigured to mirror Roman Catholic saints and vice versa. So Papa Legba (a powerful spirit intermediary) became St. Peter, St. Lazarus or St. Anthony. Ayizan (the loa of trade and marketplace) became St. Clare of Assisi. here… (optional)

Black to the land: Project explores connections between race and place

Add your thoughts here… (“The mission of The Black/Land Project is to find and share stories like Whatley’s as a way of helping black people transcend what Smith calls “historical trauma.” In this country, race has always been intrinsically tied to land. The laws surrounding black land ownership — from the early 1600s up through the modern practice of redlining — are part of that history, as, of course, is the experience of forced agricultural labor during slavery.)”

Early Adopter Beware: 7 Huge First Gen Products

Early Adopter Beware: 7 Huge First Gen Products

Who are you on the Innovation Adoption Life-cycle?

“Early Adopter” is a term coined from the work of Everett Rogers Diffusion of Innovations (2003) 5th ed.  It is included in a breakdown of how the general public responds to the adoption of technological innovations.  You will often see these terms broken across a bell curve and divide to represent the rate of adoption of the new technology innovation.

1. Innovators 2.5%

2. Early Adopters 13.5%

3. Early Majority 34%

4. Late Majority 34% 

5. Laggards 16%

I guess I must admit that I am an “Early Adopter” how about you?