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Toddlewood by Tricia Messeroux

Tricia Messeroux captured my heart after I saw her pics of children dressed up like celebrities after award red carpets like the Golden Globes, Grammys, and the Oscars.

Her creativity is amazing!  She gets people to make almost exact replicas of the stars’ clothes they wore and everything.  Just look!

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Tricia’s website is Toddlewood.com and it shows a lot of pictures and videos of her work including the recent award red carpets at this link here http://bcove.me/qqavxtm8.  She offers packages for taking pics at her studios as well.

🙂 Phee

Pics from rollingout.com, bellyitchblog.com, cambio.com, designemoda.com, herscoop.com, blindie.com, olisa.tv, pashwa.com, and toddlewood.com.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Crazy Kids Stuff Sips

 

Walmart Starts a New Trend

Walmart Starts a New Trend

If you missed it, Walmart decided to raise their minimum wage for its workers to at least $9 an hour.  I was like, praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.  Woooooo Hoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  LOL

I love me some Walmart but I also know they have had their fair share of not paying workers appropriately, discriminating against women, not paying people for all the hours they work, and offering shotty benefit plans.  As much money as they get from me alone, they should be able to pay more than a minimum $9 to be honest BUT we’re making strides with them.

Once the giant took a step, other companies decided to follow suit.  The article that I came across below from Yahoo Finance shows that TJ Maxx and Marshall’s will increase their minimums to at least $9 as well.

I love it!  It’s about time they ALL do something.  Now the fast food chains need to jump on board because they’ve been making money hand over fist at the same time paying people less than nothing.   Pretty soon people at McDonald’s will be making $20 an hour.  Hopefully then, that gives them an incentive so that they can get my freakin order right.

🙂 Phee

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/tj-maxx-marshalls-wal-mart-160801317.html

Feature pic from money.cnn.com.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Random Sips

 

Hair Crush

Hair Crush

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Banta knot outs are sooooo fly. I wish my hair was this thick.  One day…

😍KT

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Naturally Me Sips

 

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Motivation

Motivation
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HangTight with MarC on FB

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Healthy Sips, Random Sips

 

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Daily Inspirational Sip

Daily Inspirational Sip

Biography courtesy of wikipedia.org

Early years
Max Robinson (May 1, 1939 – December 20, 1988) was an American broadcast journalist, and ABC News World News Tonight co-anchor. He was the first African-American broadcast network news anchor in the United States and one of the first television journalists to die of AIDS. He was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.[1]

Robinson was born to Maxie and Doris Robinson in Richmond, Virginia, and went on to attend Oberlin College, where he was freshman class president. He briefly served in the United States Air Force and was assigned to the Russian Language School at Indiana University before receiving a medical discharge. He began working in radio early on, including a short time at WSSV-AM in Petersburg, Virginia, where he called himself “Max The Player,” and later at WANT-AM, Richmond.

Career
Robinson began his television career in 1959, when he was hired for a news job at WTOV-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia. He had to read the news while hidden behind a slide of the station’s logo. One night, Robinson had the slide removed, and was fired the next day.[2] He later went to WRC-TV in Washington, DC, and stayed for three years, winning six journalism awards for coverage of civil-rights events such as the riots that followed the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was during this time that Robinson won two regional Emmys for a documentary he made on black life in Anacostia entitled The Other Washington.

In 1969, Robinson joined the Eyewitness News team at WTOP-TV (now WUSA-TV) in Washington, D.C. He was teamed with anchor Gordon Peterson, becoming the first African-American anchor on a local television news program, and the newscast took off. During that time, he was so well-liked by viewers that when Hanafi Muslims took hostages at the B’nai B’rith building in Washington they would speak only with Robinson.

ABC News and World News Tonight
In 1978, when Roone Arledge was looking to revamp ABC News’ nightly news broadcast into World News Tonight, he remembered Robinson from a 60 Minutes interview, and hired him to be a part of his new three-anchor format. Robinson would anchor national news from Chicago, while Peter Jennings would anchor international news in London and Frank Reynolds would be the main anchor from Washington. Robinson thus became the first black man to anchor a nightly network news broadcast. The three-man co-anchor team was a ratings success, and launched spoofs regarding how the three would pitch stories to each other during the telecast by saying the other’s name: “Frank”…”Max”….”Peter,” etc.

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Robinson’s ABC tenure was marked by conflicts between himself and the management of ABC News over viewpoints and the portrayal of Black America in the news. In addition, he was known by his co-workers to show up late for work or sometimes not show up at all, along with his moods, and his use of alcohol escalated. In addition, Robinson was known to fight racism at any turn and often felt unworthy of the admiration he received and was not pleased with what he had accomplished. Together with Bob Strickland, Robinson established a program for mentoring young black broadcast journalists.[3]

During most of Robinson’s tenure, ABC News used the Westar satellite to feed Robinson’s segment of WNT from Chicago to New York. TVRO receiver earth stations were also coming into use at the time, and anyone who knew where to find the satellite feeds could view the feed. On the live feed, Robinson could be seen to have a drink or two, but never during the actual aired segment, which led some bars around the country to even have drink specials during the nearly 90 minutes, and inviting patrons to come in and see the “Max ‘R'” feed. ABC eventually caught on to what was happening, and even resorted to hide what was going on by supering a slide with the words “ABC News Chicago” on the screen during the live feed during times that Robinson was not live over the actual WNT broadcast. In addition, Robinson could often be seen being harsh towards those who worked around him during the live feed.[4]

Reynolds died in 1983, and shortly afterward Jennings was named sole anchor of World News Tonight. Robinson was relegated to the weekend anchor post, as well as reading hourly news briefs. He left ABC in 1984 to become the first black anchor at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He retired in 1985.

Personal life
Max Robinson was married three times. Two ended in divorce, one in annulment. His first marriage was to Eleanor Booker and they had three children: Mark, Maureen and Michael. His second marriage was to Hazel O’Leary. His final marriage was to Beverly Hamilton, with whom he had another son, Malik.

Robinson was found to have AIDS while he was hospitalized for pneumonia in Illinois, but he kept it a secret. In the fall of 1988, Robinson was in Washington to deliver a speech at Howard University’s School of Communications when he became increasingly ill. Robinson checked himself into Howard University Hospital, where he died of complications due to AIDS on December 20, 1988. Robinson denied being gay or bisexual.[5] At his service, he was eulogized by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. He was a brother to Randall Robinson.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Inspirational Sips

 

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Zendaya’s Dreadlocks Controversy

Zendaya’s Dreadlocks Controversy

Have you guys been following this dreadlocks controversy between teenage actress Zendaya and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic? Just in case you missed it, Zendaya showed up to the Oscars with fresh faux dreads. She wore them in a Lisa Bonet-esque up down style. They were actually cute. The dress she wore….meh. When speaking about Zendaya, Giuliana said, ” I love Zendaya’s style and I love when she has the little hair. She has such a tiny frame that this hair to me overwhelms her. I feel like she smells like patchouli oil, or weed. ” This comment drew backlash from Zendaya herself, other celebrities, bloggers, etc. When she said the statement, her co-host Kelly Osbourne looked very uncomfortable.

The next day Zendaya issued this statement via Twitter:
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Very commendable response by Zendaya. Very poised and classy. She mentioned other notable naturals and even her family members who also wear dreads. Phee and I discussed this and both agree that Giuliana’s comment would’ve been received as a joke if she were a comedian. Especially given the context of the show, Joan Rivers was notorious for making inappropriate comments, but she was a comedian. Giuliana is not. Giuliana did perpetuate a stereotype with black people wearing dreads. Which is always a no no, but I’m not going to petition for her to lose her job over it.

If and I say if, Zendaya was red-eyed, holding a blunt, walking with Snoop, then perhaps this lame joke would’ve worked. But, this was not the case. Zendaya looked clear-headed, elegant, and beautiful. Now, the dress in my opinion was not my favorite. It does look like a wedding reception gown. You can tell it was customized and she chose the appropriate accessories, but it doesn’t wow me. That’s just my opinion. A friend of mine told me I was wrong and the dress was gorgeous, but not to me and I’m sticking with it. Lol. Below is Zendaya and the original version of this dress. This is what Giuliana should’ve been speaking about instead of the gorgeous looking faux locs.

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Anyway, as I mentioned earlier Giuliana received some harsh response to her words. She apologized with an excuse on Twitter and then issued this apology.

Now, this was almost a damned if you do, damned if you don’t moment for her. Some people and celebrities don’t believe that her apology was good enough. What are your thoughts? Yes, she was probably coached, but if you are a celebrity wouldn’t that be the case? I mean, she says she learned a lesson and apologized. And she did it in a timely manner. Other people sound like they want her to kiss Zendaya and every other natural hair person of color’s feet.

Come on now. Again, I don’t think people should lose sight of the type of show where this comment was made. She just sucked at it. She’s not Joan. I do understand the racist undertones because one moment apparently she is praising Kylie Jenner for her locs and accusing Zendaya of basically being a pothead while wearing hers. That’s not cool, she should be called out for it and I hope within her apology this was part of the lesson she learned. Notice, Kathy Griffin’s agreement to the weed reference is rarely mentioned. Why? She’s that type of comedian.

Here’s another shot of her dress.

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Cocoa Drops, what do you make of all of this?

KT

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Naturally Me Sips

 

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Daily Inspirational Sip

Daily Inspirational Sip

Biography courtesy of http://www.anb.org

Randolph, Asa Philip (15 Apr. 1889-16 May 1979), founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and civil rights leader, was born in Crescent City, Florida, the son of James William Randolph, an itinerant African Methodist Episcopal preacher, and Elizabeth Robinson. The family placed great stress on education. Thus Randolph, an honor student, was sent to Cookman Institute in Jacksonville, Florida (later Bethune-Cookman College). Although greatly influenced by his father’s political and racial attitudes, Randolph resisted pressure to enter the ministry and later became an atheist. Upon graduation from Cookman, in 1907, he found himself barred by racial prejudice from all but manual labor jobs in the South, and so in 1911 he moved to New York City, where he worked at odd jobs during the day and took social science courses at City College at night.

The radical ideologies advocated by the Socialists and the Industrial Workers of the World, then at their peak of influence, helped form his philosophy. He met Chandler Owen, a student at Columbia Law School, and the pair worked out a synthesis based on Marxian economic ideas and the sociological theories of Lester Frank Ward: men could be truly free only if they were not subject to economic deprivation. Randolph and Owen joined the Socialist party and became soapbox orators propagandizing for black unionism. They opened an employment office in Harlem, began a training program for migrants arriving from the South, and tried, unsuccessfully, to organize black workers into unions. In 1913 Randolph married Lucille Campbell Green, a widow six years older than himself whom he had met while acting in Shakespearean plays for a Harlem theater group. (The couple did not have children.) The theater training accounted for Randolph’s Oxford accent and helped him hone his public speaking technique, while Lucille Randolph’s earnings as a hairdresser and beauty shop owner supported his subsequent undertakings.

In 1917 Randolph and Owen began publishing the Messenger magazine with the slogan the “only magazine of scientific radicalism in the world published by Negroes.” Although they were pacifists and were briefly jailed for their opposition to the First World War, the partners concluded that only force, economic or physical, could secure full citizenship rights for African Americans. They argued that only through socialism and labor organization could the race be upgraded economically. For expressing such sentiments, the Department of Justice labeled the Messenger “the most able and the most dangerous of all the Negro publications.” Later, as the Messenger began publishing the work of young black poets and authors, a critic called it “one of the most brilliantly edited magazines in the history of Negro journalism.”

Hoping to capitalize on the increased African-American vote resulting from the great migration of blacks from the rural South to the urban North, in 1920 Randolph, his wife, and Owen all ran for office on the Socialist ticket. The majority of African Americans remained unimpressed by socialism, however, and none of the three was elected. Nevertheless, Randolph and Owen started a variety of groups, such as the Friends of Negro Freedom, to draw African Americans into the labor movement. None was particularly successful, perhaps because they vacillated between integrating their organizations and making them racially exclusive.

Randolph’s intellectual clique became a victim of the postwar fear of radicalism that developed partly in response to the Bolshevik Revolution. Government repression of both black and white radicals ensued. In addition, the editorial staff of the Messenger became deeply divided by three major disagreements in the early 1920s. The issues–support for Marcus Garvey and his Back-to-Africa movement, the ever-widening gulf between West Indian and American blacks, and the rupture of the Socialist party over the Bolshevik Revolution–were interrelated. Garvey’s advocacy of racial separatism conflicted with Randolph’s promotion of working-class solidarity across racial lines. Because Garvey came from Jamaica, this rift degenerated into a West Indian versus African-American controversy, especially when Randolph and Owen mounted a “Garvey Must Go” campaign in an effort to have him deported. In 1919 most West Indian radicals went into the new Communist party, while most American blacks remained with Randolph’s socialist faction; but because of the party’s factional infighting, socialist financial support for the Messenger declined. These ideological wars made Randolph a confirmed anticommunist.

Randolph began writing for more moderate journals like Opportunity and in 1925 was invited to organize the Pullman porters. Because they had steady jobs and traveled the country, the porters were considered the elite of black labor. Yet since they were not unionized, they typified the large segment of exploited and underpaid black employees. As the one occupation where African Americans held a near monopoly, the porters offered possibilities for labor organization that Randolph’s previous targets had not, and because Randolph was not employed by Pullman, the company could not fire him. The Messenger meanwhile became the official organ of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP).

Seizing on their complaints of onerous work rules, Randolph educated the porters about the value of collective bargaining and trade unionism, giving them a keener appreciation of their unstable economic position as workers. Realizing that the strength of the union ultimately depended on its ability to correct grievances and provide job security, Randolph believed nonetheless that the primary issue was color. Pullman had previously dealt with labor unions, but to sit down and bargain with African Americans was a concept the company was not ready to accept. Amazingly, the brotherhood enrolled 51 percent of the porters within a year. Pullman, consequently, attempted to undermine the union with a series of retaliatory measures including frame-ups, beatings, and firings.

The failure of his efforts to obtain mediation under the 1926 Watson-Parker Railway Labor Act and his attack on the tipping system before the Interstate Commerce Commission forced Randolph into calling a strike in 1928; but striking went against the tradition of black labor. African Americans were accustomed to finding jobs as strikebreakers, and they were afraid that other blacks would be eager to take what was considered to be the plush job of a Pullman porter. In response to rumors that Pullman had nearly 5,000 Filipinos ready to take the places of brotherhood members, William Green, head of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), persuaded Randolph to postpone the strike. Membership in the union then dropped by half, publication of the Messenger ceased, and the telephone and electricity at the brotherhood’s headquarters were disconnected for lack of funds.

Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, Section 7A of the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 guaranteed labor the right to organize and select bargaining representatives without interference from the employer. As a result, membership in the BSCP increased. Aided by its new organ, the Black Worker, and William Green’s conviction that the brotherhood acted as a barrier to Communist penetration into African-American labor, the BSCP received a charter from the AFL in 1935. Finally, on 25 August 1937 the Pullman Company signed a contract with the nation’s first black union. A personal triumph for Randolph, the agreement brought an extra $2 million a year to the porters and their families as well as greater job security and the ability to bargain collectively for better working conditions.

The victory over Pullman gave Randolph enormous prestige in both the black and the white communities. In addition, Randolph courted journalists, thereby assuring that the brotherhood received publicity far out of proportion to its size. Over time, as Randolph used the BSCP for the foundation of all his civil rights organizations, the union came to wield influence much greater than its membership warranted.

To Randolph the brotherhood represented more than an instrument of service to the porters and a tool to wage a nationwide struggle to gain equality for African Americans. He also utilized it to stimulate black participation in unions and to fight discrimination in organized labor. Through the Black Worker, Randolph inculcated the porters with such middle-class values as abstaining from alcohol, owning their own homes, and sending their children to college as well as the necessity of supporting his civil rights activities.

By organizing and winning recognition for the BSCP, Randolph developed a loyal following. Known among African Americans as “Mr. Black Labor” and “St. Philip of the Pullman Porters,” Randolph also achieved recognition in the white press and became a prominent African-American spokesman in the public arena. He was appointed a member of the New York City Commission on Race, for example, and, in 1935, president of the National Negro Congress (NNC), an umbrella organization to help African Americans cope with the economic distress of the depression. The NNC unfortunately was soon rent by factional infighting, and Randolph resigned in 1940, charging the organization with Communist domination.

By the 1940s, defense preparations were pulling the country out of the depression, but blacks, denied defense jobs because of racial discrimination, remained on the relief rolls in inordinate numbers. When the Roosevelt administration proved impervious to their entreaties, Randolph, influenced by the sit-down techniques of the labor movement and Gandhian nonviolent tactics, conceived the idea of a march of African Americans on Washington to demand jobs and an end to segregation in the military. Fearing a black invasion of segregated Washington and realizing that without some tangible concessions he could not persuade Randolph to call off the march, the president issued Executive Order #8802 creating a temporary wartime Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC). Although the order did not include military integration, Randolph agreed to call off the march primarily because he was uncertain how many would actually march. Nevertheless, elated at the success of his strategy of mass nonviolent civil disobedience, Randolph decided to keep his organization, the March On Washington Movement (MOWM), intact to continue the fight for civil rights. The MOWM mounted a series of spectacular rallies in major cities in the summer of 1942 demanding racial equality.

Randolph declined a position on the FEPC and, in 1944, also refused to run for Congress. He chose instead to work for permanent fair employment practices legislation and to this end founded the National Council for a Permanent FEPC. Unlike the racially exclusive MOWM, the National Council was an integrated organization. It brought Randolph further notoriety but failed to achieve its legislative objectives.

When the Cold War caused President Harry S. Truman to ask Congress for a peacetime draft law, Randolph refocused his attention on integration of the military. He counseled young African-American men to refuse to register and be drafted into a segregated military establishment. In July 1948 the politically vulnerable Truman, needing the black vote for his close reelection race, capitulated to Randolph’s nonviolent civil disobedience campaign and issued Executive Order #9981 integrating the United States military. Under continual pressure from Randolph’s Committee Against Jim Crow in Military Service and Training, the military went from the most segregated to the most successfully integrated institution in the nation, demonstrating once again the effectiveness of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Randolph’s philosophy had a direct influence on the midcentury civil rights movement. After the 1954 Supreme Court school desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was organized by porter E. D. Nixon, who had been imbued with Randolph’s nonviolent egalitarian ideas. It was Nixon who tapped Martin Luther King, Jr., for leadership of the boycott. When southern school districts used delaying tactics to avoid implementing the school desegregation decision, Randolph mounted a Prayer Pilgrimage in 1957 that brought King wider media exposure. He then sponsored a pair of Youth Marches for Integrated Schools in 1958 and 1959 in the nation’s capital. Unlike Randolph’s proposed march of 1941, these marches were integrated demonstrations supported by black civil rights groups, white liberals, black and white church groups, and some trade unions. For the day-to-day organizing of the marches, Randolph teamed up with Bayard Rustin, who became his protégé.

Still vacillating between integration and separatism, in 1959, the same year he led the second march for integrated schools, Randolph also launched the all-black Negro American Labor Council (NALC) to fight racism within the labor movement. When the AFL merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in 1955, Randolph became one of the federation’s two African-American vice presidents. Largely through his efforts, the combined federation committed itself to a policy of backing racial integration with financial contributions. Randolph, however, had always been ambivalent about accepting white assistance, arguing that “where you get your money you also get your ideas and control.” He soon concluded that financial support alone was insufficient; the AFL-CIO was not doing enough to cleanse itself of racial discrimination. George Meany, then head of the AFL-CIO, remained unsympathetic, however, demanding of Randolph, “Who the hell appointed you as the guardian of all the Negroes in America?” Both because young African-American unionists did not think that the NALC was militant enough and because Meany resented the organization as a separatist movement, it never had the impact on federation racial practices that Randolph had projected for it.

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To counter the lack of African-American economic progress, in his capacity as head of the NALC, Randolph proposed a March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. The march came after the nonviolent sit-in movement, under the leadership of the Congress of Racial Equality and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, had spread across the South. At the same time, some blacks, especially youths outside of the movement, began responding to police brutality with violence, igniting demonstrations across the country and provoking white counterviolence. The older race betterment organizations, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Urban League, also found themselves contending for prestige and financial contributions with more activist groups like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Congress of Racial Equality. Nevertheless, all the groups worked together for the March on Washington. The integrated march, coordinated by Bayard Rustin, was far less militant than Randolph’s original 1941 conception. Still, the 250,000 marchers, about a third of whom were white, proved the efficacy of Randolph’s coalition approach. Although marred for Randolph by the death of his wife three months earlier, the march marked a high point of the civil rights movement. It did not, however, produce any immediate, tangible achievements, and the coalition quickly dissolved amid struggles over Black Power and racial separatism.

Randolph earned the wrath of more militant African-American groups when he signed the Moratorium on Demonstrations, the purpose of which was to ensure the reelection of Lyndon B. Johnson to the presidency in 1964. During the Freedom Summer of 1964, young people risked their lives in Mississippi to register African Americans to vote and, with local black activists, forged the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party as a challenge to the all-white state delegation to the Democratic National Convention. Further antagonism ensued when Randolph, along with Bayard Rustin, supported Johnson’s compromise of allowing only two delegates from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party to be seated at the convention.

Also in 1964 Randolph founded the A. Philip Randolph Institute to carry on his ideas and methods. The objective of the institute was to promote Randolph’s unique vision by strengthening ties between the labor movement, civil rights groups, and other progressive organizations. Through the institute Randolph announced his Freedom Budget for All Americans in 1965. A kind of domestic Marshall Plan, the budget called for a national expenditure of $18.5 billion a year over a ten-year period to implement its proposed solution to the economic problems of African Americans. The budget was based on the thesis that the only way to abolish poverty was to create full employment. By then, however, the country was deeply involved in the Vietnam War, and neither Congress nor the administration was interested in the wholesale budgetary and social changes that Randolph’s plan would have entailed.

His health failing, in 1968 Randolph retired as president of the BSCP and vice president of the AFL-CIO executive council. In 1978 his beloved union, which had supplied the core constituency for all of his civil rights organizations, was absorbed into the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks. Though they had softened, Randolph’s ideas and his rhetoric had not basically changed over the years. Yet the historical circumstances within which he operated had altered most significantly. The interracial class coalition that he endeavored to put together, along with his support of the Democratic party leadership, and his backing of the teachers’ union in the New York City Teachers’ Strike in 1968, caused black observers of the 1960s and 1970s to perceive Randolph as favoring the interests of organized labor over those of the African-American community. Although held in disdain by Black Power advocates at the time, within a decade of his death Randolph came to be regarded as a legendary African-American leader. His career demonstrated that blacks were not merely acted upon in an oppressive society; to a large extent they determined their own destiny. “Rather we die standing on our feet fighting for our rights than to exist upon our knees begging for life,” Randolph proclaimed. His virulent anticommunism contributed to Randolph’s vacillation between integration and racial exclusivity. Always fearful that the inclusion of whites would bring communist subversion, and wary that the tendency of whites to take over the leadership of interracial organizations retarded the development of black self-esteem, Randolph nevertheless believed in black nationalism merely as a short-term tactic to achieve the long-term goal of integration. He never wavered, however, in his belief that economics held the key to African-American equality.

A man of integrity, Randolph inspired great loyalty among his colleagues, black and white. Unique in that he made his reputation as a labor leader rather than by following the more traditional path to African-American leadership through the clergy, education, or organizational bureaucracy, Randolph attempted to establish a symbiotic relationship between the American labor movement and the cause of civil rights. His most enduring legacy, however, was the influence that his movements, ideology, and tactics had on the younger generation of civil rights leaders. They imbibed Randolph’s strategy of nonviolent, mass civil disobedience and put it into practice.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Inspirational Sips

 

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Commerical Sip of Today

This commercial was from the 2011 Superbowl also but they banned it from being shown due to the “violence” in it???  Oooooo K.   It was straight comedy to me.

🙂 Phee

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in TV and Movie Sips

 

What’s Your Jam Wednesday?

I’m back with my jam for Wednesday!

This one comes from my girl Sevyn Streeter and Chris Brown called “Don’t Kill The Fun”.  I think they make a really good song couple.

It just gets me groove when it comes on and I feel like dancing a little bit while I’m sitting in my car in traffic.

Enjoy!

🙂 Phee

YouTube post from Sevyn Streeter.

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I love me some old school hip hop. This just so happens to be one of my favorites. When I’m listening to Bonita Applebum by A Tribe Called Quest, I then have to play Slick Rick’s, A Teenage Love and LL Cool J’s, I Need Love. Each of these artists knew the right words to say to make a girl swoon. They were also great lyricists and told great stories. I miss hip hop like that. The Roots, Nas, Dilated Peoples, Wale, and Kendrick Lamar fit in with them perfectly. Anywho, enjoy my jam, Bonita Applebum!

🎧 KT

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Music Sips

 

Issues with 9-1-1 Finding You When You Need Them

Issues with 9-1-1 Finding You When You Need Them

Hi Cocoa Drops.

I have a serious issue to draw your attention to.

With the increase of cell phone usage and abandonment of having landlines in the home, it is sometimes difficult for 9-1-1 operators to know where a person is when they make an urgent call for help.  Last night there was an expose on 11Alive about this exact subject.  I found their article I want you to read when you get a chance at the bottom of this post.

Basically, you have to be sitting under a cell phone tower for them to be able to pick up your location but they can still be wrong about where you are.  The reporter in the expose literally called the 9-1-1 call center while IN THE call center and they picked up his location down the street somewhere!  He was in the building and they couldn’t pick up his location.  SMH

Here in Alpharetta, GA,(outlined in the article) a lady was driving in the wee hours of the morning delivering newspapers and she ran off the road into a pond of water.  She called 9-1-1 on her cell and told the dispatcher exactly where she was with the name of the street and everything but they could not locate her.  I was like, why can’t they use Google maps?  Google maps is accurate as all get out.  I’ve found my boyfriends every time I track them off google maps.  LOL.  I’m kidding.?  Seriously though, the 9-1-1 center could’ve used Google but she just didn’t and I was so upset to find this out because one little decision could have saved a life.  Isn’t that what 9-1-1 is here for?  The article says the call center is discouraged from using the app since it’s not linked to their computer software but sometimes you have to do what you have to do, point blank PERIOD!  What, are you going to get fired for saving someone?  If I were in the family, I’d have Gloria Allred on the line and sue the call center immediately for something that can be coordinated and should be for everyone.

Personally, I had a similar issue when I lived in Birmingham, AL.  I called 9-1-1 from my home but I got routed to the call center based on the county I pay 9-1-1 taxes to, not where I actually lived at the time.  I got transferred 2 times and finally to the right county but if I had a serious, serious emergency, I might have been dead by the time they got to me.

I always wondered why we can’t text 9-1-1 but during my research I found out that there IS text to 9-1-1 available in certain areas.    In order for us to be able to text 9-1-1 there have to be stations called Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) set up and they are not everywhere yet.  Click this link and go to “available here” to download the spreadsheet of the PSAPs to see if you have one nearby http://www.fcc.gov/text-to-911 . This will be great for all areas because then you can alert the police without putting the phone to your ear or if you can’t talk, its even better!  This website gives a lot of information regarding text to 9-1-1 and the progress it’s making in the United States.

Either way, we still need to address the need for 9-1-1 call centers to accurately pinpoint a person in need within a reasonable response time when they use their mobile device or computer.

http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/investigations/2015/01/31/911-location-problems-/22645139/

🙂 Phee

Pic from floridasoftwater.com.

Article from 11alive by Brendan Keefe and Phillip Kish, WXIA.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Random Sips