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Proud Mama: My Daughter Leni’s First Guest Post on Wendy Jane’s Soul Shake

17 Jul


my daughter, Leni

Ever since I can remember, my mom has never failed to inform me on race and black culture. I even questioned my mom, when I was about 5, if my grandpa was black because he’s not pasty like me. I wasn’t confused. I didn’t really think anything of it. I just wanted to know if he was black.

When I first found out what racism was, I didn’t understand. I understood what it was but I didn’t understand why. When I first got a gist of learning about racism, it was most likely around the time they taught about slavery in school. That’s when I started to notice it more in my school.

My middle school was not as diverse as my high school is. My middle school is on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island, where the majority of the kids are […]

A Vigil for Michael Brown…And All The Other Young, Black People Whose Lives Were Wrongfully Taken

15 Aug

Michael Brown vigil


Michael Brown Vigil

Providence, RI Vigil For Michael Brown

I never considered myself political, and I’m not sure I do now–I don’t really understand how politics work, and I haven’t spent time going to political rallies or protesting (except for in the early 90’s I went to my first and only one–to protect the Roe vs. Wade law in Washington D.C.).  I haven’t been a part of organizing against anything,  and don’t even venture into political discussions.  I tell myself, if anything, I’m a humanist, which I’m not sure I even know what people would say is the definition of that is.  My definition is  that I care about all human beings and their right to live a respected, dignified life, with equality and fairness for all people.

Yet, last night I found myself at my first vigil.  It was a vigil to honor […]

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Two Songs By Aloe Blacc (and an aside with Bruno Mars)

6 Apr

aloeblacc-vfno-rome-livincool.com-5-of-8I just bought Aloe Blacc’s new CD, Lift Your Spirit, and there are so many good songs it was hard to select just one, so for now I’m posting two.  Aloe’s collection of sounds range from Motown to R&B to inspirational anthems, every one of them worth a listen.

My first selection Can You Do This? is a super-fun retro dance tune in which Aloe has his eye on a gal he might like but first he wants to know if she can dance.

I love the song on it’s own, but I couldn’t help but think of how when  watching the most recent Billboard Music Awards, Bruno Mars came on and sang Treasure, and I said to myself, “my next man has got to be someone who I can dance with–he has to be able to do this–the Bruno Mars move my eye happened to catch at the moment I had that thought.

I’m not sure if I will honestly make my next potential mate pass the Bruno Mars Treasure dance test–do you think I should?

Here’s Aloe Blacc with his song test, Can You Do This?


Whoa!  I just found something out.  I’ve been listening to this next tune while driving and really like its groove, but then I watched the video, and was blown away by its message.  I don’t want to give it away, but it relates directly to my recent blog post, I Should Tell You About Everett Company, Stage & School’s The Freedom Project (Instead Of My MJ Magazine.)

Aloe Blacc says Love Is The Answer.  I say I can’t love Aloe Blacc enough.

(VEVO disabled the embed function for this video, but please click on the link below.  You won’t be sorry you did.)




SOURCE:  www.youtube.com, Bruno Mars, Treasure, Billboard Music Awards, posted by TheRegD

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