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WHO WAS RECY TAYLOR? OPRAH MENTIONS ALABAMA WOMAN IN GOLDEN GLOBES SPEECH

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Recy Taylor was an African American woman from Abbeville, Alabama who was blindfolded, abducted and raped on her way home from a church service in 1944 by six white men when she was 24 years old.

The rape was extensively covered in the black press at the time and a catalyst for the civil rights movement.  The N.A.A.C.P. sent a young activist from its Montgomery, Ala., chapter named Rosa Parks to investigate. Taylor’s attackers were never prosecuted.

According to The New York Times, the all-white, all-male grand juries refused to indict the men despite one of them confessing, which was the case with most incidents involving black victims during the Jim Crow era in the South.

The Alabama Legislature passed a resolution apologizing to Taylor in 2011. On Jan. 7, 2018, Taylor was recognized by Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globes as an inspiration and someone “you should know.”

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men,” Winfrey said. “But their time is up. Their time is up.”

In her speech, Winfrey drew distinctions between the climate Taylor lived in and the climate today—using Taylor’s story as an example of why change is necessary.

“She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by the brutally powerful men,” she said.

Watch the official trailer from documentary on the rape of Recy Taylor below:

Video Courtesy of WideHouse

The Rape of Recy Taylor mentioned earlier in this report, follows the true story of a young woman who was gang-raped by six white males in 1944 Alabama while walking home from church. They threatened to kill her if she spoke up.  Despite the life-threatening risk posed to any black person who stood up for their rights in the Jim Crow south, Taylor did not hesitate to seek justice immediately.

During her iconic Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey highlighted Recy Taylor’s story and said she was a woman “you should know.”  (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

It wasn’t until historian Danielle L. McGuire published the book “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power” in 2010 that the case gained the attention it deserved.

In 2011, the Alabama Legislature called the state’s failure to prosecute Taylor’s attackers “morally abhorrent and repugnant,” the Times reported.

Though systemic oppression denied Recy justice and minimized her to the margins of civil rights history, women in entertainment are now using their platforms to try and rectify that. Oprah’s speech seemed to be partially inspired by Buirski’s film, which not only preserved Recy’s story in her own words but spoke to the larger tradition of how black women have always lead the charge on human rights issues in this country despite facing disproportionate risks for doing so.

From the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott to women of color heading the Black Lives Matter movement and Anita Hill pioneering the legal battle against sexual harassment in the workplace, society’s path forward hinges on black women’s leadership.

Taylor died on December 28, 2017, in a nursing home in Abbeville, Ala., just before her 98th birthday. Her brother said Taylor’s death was sudden, and she had been in good spirits just the day before.

@LeNoraMillen    01-08-18

 

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Cannabis and Your Voice

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Today’s the day, that’s right 4/20…Can we be real for a second and talk about the elephant in the room for a few minutes? I’m talking about that green sticky stuff with the funny smell when lit. Some people call it Pot, Grass, Herb, Mary Jane and remember back in the day some people even called it Reefer? For the purpose of this article, I will refer to Marijuana as “weed”. I wanted to talk about the possible effects that weed can have on your voice. Before we get into this very interesting and controversial topic let me be clear, I’m not here to judge or point figures, nor pick sides to each is own. I’m here to point out some facts and perhaps give you something to chew on, pun intended LOL!

Taken in a public store in a state where “Weed” is illegal…

Many of you know that April 20th often just referred to 4/20, international “Pot” holiday, originated by five high school students from California in 1971. The story itself is pretty fascinating but whats even more fascinating, to me is how it quickly became an international holiday all over the world. If this subject tickles your fancy, you’ll have to do a little research to learn more.

As I look through different articles looking for the long and short-term effects weed (the most used illegal drug in the world ), I was surprised at the small amount of information I found about the cause and effects with emphasis on the voice. I found this interesting because many of you already know artists and musicians are often perceived as heavy drug users of many different kinds, not always weed. While we often hear about and are driven to focus on harder drugs, weed it’s often accused to be the gateway drug. We all know or have read about singers, rappers, actors, pastors, even former President Bill Clinton was accused of using the drug many refer too as “weed” but don’t fret, he didn’t inhale…

Okay, here goes the tea… Regardless of how you smoke weed, (or any other substance) rather it’s in a vaporizer, pipe, blunt or old fashioned joint, any inhaled agent has the ability to over time damage the overall quality of your voice. Just as caffeine, heating/cooling systems and allergy medication, and even sleeping with your mouth open at night dry your voice and sinus completely. Dryness in your throat causes a plethora of problems you might not even be aware of some of which include difficulty swallowing, coughing, heartburn and body aches, just to name a few. Some studies show that a vaporizer is safer because the substance isn’t burned and fewer toxins are actually produced. However, other studies shown say that any smoke at all inhaled has potential to damage your voice.

Marijuana is now legal in nine states for recreational use and other 15 states for medical purposes, weed has quickly become in higher demand among the states that haven’t been considered for legalization, as of yet… You can cut the tension with a knife among both citizens and legislators when this touchy subject resurfaces. 

Fully stocked up help citizens celebrate 4/20 in a state where weed isn’t legal

We live in a stressful world that seems to be constantly on the move, with pressures of becoming bigger and better by the microsecond. People who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD and health problems, particularly pain and much more is at an all-time high in our nation as a whole. From the stress of raising a family to the stress of being an entrepreneur creating your dream job, weed has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions of people all over the world swear by the substance called “Marijuana”. In a small serve, I conducted today, some claim they couldn’t, and some even stated they wouldn’t live without. Weed helps “take the edge off and calms me down at the end a stressful day,” several people said from my serve, verbatim.14-20 people I asked, (would like to remain anonymous) admitted to consuming daily.

I served:

6 Singers   (2 college students)

4 Males     (over age 60)

3 Mothers (between 25-44)

7 Professional “White Collar” (Unisex ages 23-52)

All of which had valid reasons why consume daily, all of which were compelling. The other six had various reasons for daily use from chronic pain to high anxiety. At the end of the day, we all must do what we think is best for our overall mental health and well-being. Being a person who was without a voice for almost three years, I tend to examine things a little differently than I once did, especially when it comes to my voice. 

 

 #thatsall ♥

 

-Deonna Cattledge 

Deonna Marie | The Gift of Voice, Professional Classical Singer, Vocal Coach, and Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

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Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas. She was 92.

“A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92,” reads a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush.

FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, former President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife, Barbara, are greeted before a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the former president was admitted to an intensive care unit, and Barbara was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Bush passed away shortly after deciding to forgo further medical treatments for her failing health.

Having been hospitalized numerous times while battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she decided Sunday that she wanted to be “surrounded by a family she adores,” according to an earlier statement released by Mr. Bush’s office. (More)

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The ‘Beyhive’ is Swarming-The Politics Behind Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella Performance

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The 'Beyhive' is Swarming-The Politics Behind Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella Performance

Cedric Nettles Exposure Magazine/Entertainment Editor

The ‘Beyhive’ is swarming once again as Beyonce’ makes sure that the notion of  ‘blackness’ is not hidden from society and the history books. Her dazzling performance paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities in only the way she can.  From controversial Super Bowl performances that challenged mainstream America til it was red,white, and blue in the face, to this year’s Coachella performance, Beyoncé goes in.

 

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Black schools matter. That’s what Beyoncé said, in so many words, throughout her Saturday night Coachella performance. It was no ordinary show when she stepped on stage wearing a dazzling band leader number before what has been one of her best performances ever.

Her show was replete with a long list of references to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The high-energy majorettes, marching band, step show and probate that were part of her show are all prominent on HBCU campuses across the U.S. It was “one band, one sound” as 100 black band members danced while playing instruments typical to those at your average HBCU homecoming.

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