Black Women

Denise Bolds Gives Her Observations from the Democratic National Convention

Denise Bolds, the host of Black Motherhood Empowerment on Blog Talk radio, shares her experience at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.  Bolds was able to raise enough money to attend the convention and is back to share her experience.   Denise was also a delegate from the state of New York.   Bolds is a firm supporter of ...

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Meet the New Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias is going to be redone with just a bit more color.  The show is set to debut on Lifetime on Sunday, October 7, at 7 pm and the cast looks outstanding. Queen Latifah, Felicia Rashad, and Jill Scott are just three of the big names that will shine on the show.  The show is a television adaptation of a play that was a huge hit in the 1980s.  When you think about Steel Magnolias on the big screen, you’re likely to think about Dolly Parton and the other women in the original.  In this case, the show is going to be different. Directed by Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun), the film will feature Queen Latifah taking on the role of ‘M’Lynn’ and starring alongside Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashadas ‘Clairee,’ Independent Spirit Award nominee Adepero Oduye as ‘Annelle,’ Tony Award nominee Condola Rashadas ‘Shelby,’ with Grammy winner Jill Scott as ‘Truvy’ and Golden Globe and multiple Emmy-winner Alfre Woodardas ‘Ouiser.’   Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Steel Magnolias is executive produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere (Single Ladies) and Shelby Stone. Leon directs from a script that has been adapted for television by Sally Robinson (Iron Jawed Angels) and is based on the play and screenplay by Robert Harling (The First Wives Club). Read more

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Study Shows Professional Black Women Face Harsher Criticism On The Job

Although women are making significant strides in corporate America, black women are facing harsher penalties than other leaders when organizations fail. It’s a dismal reality that professors Ashleigh Shelby Rosette of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Robert W. Livingston of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management say exists whether an organization is performing negatively or not. Rosette and ...

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Dallas Police to Prostitutes: Jail or Jesus

The city of Dallas, Texas is known for many things, amongst them, the Dallas Cowboys and all the oil money. Lately, though, there has emerged a dark side to the city with illegal activity on the rise. Because of the easy access to highways and commercial routes, Dallas has attracted a lot of illegal activity, especially prostitution. Speaking to CBN News, Dallas Police Lt. Mike Coleman said, “We’re in the south central part of Dallas. We’re very close to one of the major truck stops. There’s hotels; there’s a lot of traffic. We’re next to a major thoroughfare next to I-20, and so you get a lot of transient people that come in and out. It’s a fertile ground for prostitutes.” The Dallas Police Department has taken drastic measures to tackle the problem that they are having with the high incidence of prostitution. The department is giving the prostitutes an opportunity to get off the streets and do something better with their lives rather than send them to jail. Coleman is head of the department’s Prostitution Diversion Initiative (PDI), which is a partnership between Dallas police, Religious Organizations, Social Services and other organizations that focus on helping the prostitutes get off the streets. The PDI program came about when the department kept arresting the same people for prostitution over and over again. Says Coleman, “It allows us to move the prostitutes from the wheel of going around in the criminal justice system on a regular basis to moving into a recovery mode. [We] realized we were not going to arrest our way out of this.” The police treat the women as victims instead of criminals when they arrest them, explained Coleman, saying, “When you treat them as a victim, that’s what allows them to get the services that they need for whatever is ailing them, be it drug addiction, be it whatever counseling needs they have, for whatever it is that’s causing them to be engaged in this lifestyle.” Every month, one night is spent at a mobile command center close to a local truck stop and police arrest “night workers” who find a lot of their “clients” at the stop. The women are then given the option of going to jail or starting a new life through the program. Although the PDI 45-day program does have religious partners, the program does offer non-religious ways for the women to turn their lives around. Only those who are facing misdemeanor charges can participate in the program which offers services such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation and counseling. Renee Breazeale, a community liaison for PDI, notes that most of the street walkers are women who have endured many years of pain and suffering before turning to prostitution. “Eighty to eighty-five percent of them will acknowledge and are able to articulate childhood victimization, sexual abuse, physical abuse, exploitation, deprivation,” says Breazeale.

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Woman Pulls a Gun on a Congressman at Church

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican out of South Carolina, was shocked to find himself faced with a citizen brandishing a gun at him.   Gowdy was waiting outside the First Baptist Church parking lot for his daughter to finish service when a woman came to the car and told the Congressman to stop following her. Gowdy denied that he was following the woman and claimed that he was just waiting for his daughter.  That’s what led to the woman getting angry and pulling out the gun.  All of this was the way it was told by Gowdy’s spokesperson, Josh Dix. The Congressman then put the car in reverse and drove away, with the woman chasing him.  He then reported the incident to the police, leading to the woman’s arrest. Gloria Yvonne Brackett was charged with carrying an illegal firearm, according to the Associated Press.  She is not known to have any link to the congressman before the incident.  Maybe she can use the mental health services at the county jail, since she clearly has some paranoia issues.  

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Against All Odds: Serena Williams Pulls off Miraculous Comeback to Win the US Open

Serena has made herself into the Queen of Tennis for 2012 by winning yet another Grand Slam title.  Williams clinched both a victory in the US Open, as well as player-of-the-year honors by defeating the world’s #1 ranked player, Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.  The match was closer than previous outings during the tournament, but Williams walked away with the victory. Williams started the tournament as a #4 seed, which was lower than usual for her.  This is the fifth major win for Williams in recent months, after winning the singles and doubles titles at both Wimbledon and the London Olympics.  There appears to be nothing that can stop her. In this tournament, Williams had to actually make a comeback in order to win.  Down 3-5 in the final set, Williams used the strength of a black woman to fight for the victory against all odds.  This was the first women’s final to go all the way to the end since 1995.  It was also the longest duration finals match since 1981, lasting for 2 hours and 18 minutes. “Oh my god,” said Williams after her shocking win. “I honestly can’t believe I won. I really was preparing my runner-up speech, because I thought, ‘Man, she’s playing so great.’ ” Williams turns 31 years old this month, but plays tennis as if she were still 18.   She is coming off a year-long break due to numerous injuries and medical problems, including two foot surgeries and a hematoma in her stomach. In spite of her obstacles, Williams has risen to greatness.  She is now secure in her spot as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

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Two British Policewomen Fired for Calling Black People Gorillas

By: Victor “Doc V” Trammell Two female officers with the London Metropolitan Police Department have dismissed from their posts after one of them was caught referring to black people as gorillas and monkeys. The racist conversation involved Special Constable Rosanna Garofalo (pictured above) and WPC Joanna Sugda (pictured below). A colleague of both women anonymously left and iPhone in a locker that recorded them laughing and making inflamatory statements about blacks while at work. Garofalo and Sugda were changing clothes in a dressing room at the Islington Police Station in March and Garofalo was recorded saying black people “all look the f*****g same. They just all look like monkeys.” The findings of this case are revealed as the Independent Police Complaints Commission reviewed 96 complaints between April 1st and June 1st of this year. Joanna Sugda is also heard on the recordings laughing as Garofalo went on to disrespect a co-worker saying “she had a face like a gorilla” and “is so f*****g ugly.” Sugda agrees with Garofalo but laughs again saying, “You can’t say that.” Garofalo is appealing the decsion to fire her and released the following statement: “In relation to the language used in our recorded conversation I state that it has been taken out of context. I am not a racist and still do not believe the conversation we had to have any racist connotations.” London’s mayor Boris Johnson has been an outspoken critic of racial discrimination in the city’s police department. At press time, the decision to dimiss the two female officers has been upheld.

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Man Murders Woman After She Confesses to Being HIV-Positive

Police are saying that a woman was stabbed to death after she admitted that she had HIV.  Cicely Bolden had sex with Larry Dunn, and Dunn says that the woman didn’t tell him that she was HIV-positive until after the two had intercourse. Dunn is being held on 500,000 bail in the Dallas County Jail. The woman was found by her two children, who are 7 and 8 years old. “The kids was crying and I ran in there to see what’s going on. I seen her laying on the side of the bed,” said Latoya Arnett, Bolden’s neighbor.  “It’s like, every time I close my eyes I see her,” said Arnett. Police say that the killing happened somewhat casually and directly.  Bolden confessed to being HIV positive after the two had sex, which led the man to go into the kitchen, grab a knife and stab her. Dunn simply told police “she killed me, so I killed her.” “How did he know he had it? How did he know?” asked Arnett. “In this case, the person was killed because of their real or perceived, and we don’t know, HIV status. This is a classic panic defense. Why wasn’t the guy taking his own precautions? He could have been wearing a condom,” said Rafael McDonnell, Resource Center Dallas Communications and Advocacy Manager. Texas is one of the few states that doesn’t require those who are HIV-infected to notify their partners of the infection. Also, if you test positive, you are only required to notify former partners, but not future ones.  Texas also does not send you to jail for infecting someone with HIV.  However, some judges starting to make exceptions. “However, we have seen cases, very recently in fact, where someone who is HIV positive has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon because of their HIV status,” said McDonnell In 2009, Pillippe Padieu was convicted of six counts of aggravated assault after infecting six women with HIV.  This case is similar to that of Craig Lamar Davis, a married pastor in Atlanta Georgia who was arrested for sleeping with women without telling them that he is HIV positive.  Davis’ accuser, Ronita McAfee, wrote an open letter to the public describing her experience with Davis and warning others to be careful about sleeping around in an era of high STD infections.  

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Tatyana Ali Campaigns for Obama in Essence Magazine

Tatyana Ali is out working hard for the Obama campaign, seeking to get the black vote out for the president.  The job has been difficult for Obama surrogates, since millions of people are far less inspired than they were in 2008.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to try, and Essence Magazine is on board as one of the allies to help the president to get the job done. This week, Ali wrote an article for young black women called, “What Hurts My Sister, Hurts Me.”   Ali says that after being inspired by the speech by first lady Michelle Obama, she felt compelled to speak to her audience about the importance of voting for the president.   Ali first says that the Republican Party is harmful to her and other women by turning back the clock on women’s rights: It enraged me to see women at the Republic National Convention last week stand beside men who have promised again and again to take us back into the dark ages when it comes to reproductive rights, access to education, access to adequate health care and arts funding. I thought about it long and hard and then I realized that many of these women of means have no idea what their sisters who live blocks away in neighboring districts will have to go through if these men are elected to office. The idea of not being able to afford contraception, or potentially life-saving tests like cervical cancer screenings, pap smears or mammograms, is so foreign to them that they could laugh and clap in Tampa all the while knowing that these policy proposals loom in the horizon. Ali then argues that the main difference between herself and Republican women is a matter of class.  She says that women of means don’t quite understand what poor women experience.  This is an odd reflection from Ali, who has long been among Hollywood’s wealthy and elite, but some among the wealthy still identify with those who are struggling.  Making  series of compelling arguments that support the Obama campaign, Ali makes her case for why it is unreasonable to consider the Republican option: Think about it. If you cut access to adequate health care by repealing the Affordable Care Act, gutting Planned Parenthood and turning Medicaid into a voucher program, you are essentially pinning low income and middle-class families to their current economic reality. How can a woman move her family into higher economic strata, generationally speaking, if she has no access to contraceptives? Ali shows special concern for the Republican desire to cut funding for the arts.  She says that cutting the arts is harmful to humanity and that such moves should be stopped, no matter what the cost of doing so. The arts provide a glimpse into other worlds of thought. They have the potential to create empathy in us for people in circumstances our own life experiences would never allow us to understand. They have the power to galvanize us into collective action and give hope and strength in the most intimate ways.  

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House Rules For Malia and Sasha Obama Revealed: Are They Too Strict?

House Rules For Malia and Sasha Obama Have Been Revealed Over The Years First Lady Michelle Obama has been very vocal over the years about the house rules she and President Barack Obama have implemented for their two daughters: Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11 . Writer Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, has compiled a list of house rules that First Lady Michelle Obama has said in various interviews throughout these past few years. Some of the rules challenge the girls to focus on academics — even when they’re away from school. Other rules challenge the girls to be responsible and consistent. In short, the rules are: 1) Non-School Related Reports:  The girls must write reports about what they’ve seen on their trips, even if it’s not required by their school. 2) Limited Cellphone Usage:  Malia may use her cellphone only on the weekends, and she and her sister cannot watch television or use a computer for anything but homework during the week. 3) Athleticism:  Malia and Sasha have to play two sports: one they choose and one selected by their mother. 4) House Chores:  Malia must learn to do laundry before she leaves for college. 5) Healthy Eating:  The girls have to eat their vegetables, and if they say that they are not hungry, they cannot ask for cookies or chips later. Although many people have questioned whether or not the First Lady’s rules are too harsh, she believes they’re basic. “ They’re not little princesses ,” First Lady Michelle Obama said of her daughters. “ It’s just basic rules, boundaries, and expectations that we would have normally .”  Below are some additional rules and further explanations for the aforementioned rules that First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed over the years. They must do their chores.  Though the White House has a large staff, Malia and Sasha have chores of their own. “ They have to make their beds, they have to clean up their rooms ,” First Lady Michelle Obama said last year. “ They have chores to do, and they don’t get their allowance until they can prove that they’ve done their chores for the week .” They can’t watch much TV.  ” We have clear rules about screen time and TV time. None during the week if it doesn’t involve schoolwork ,” Mrs. Obama said. They’re allowed some TV time on the weekends, but even then “ I try to fill up their weekends with a lot of stuff so they wind up missing that, too ,” she confided. “ It’s like, sports and games, and then, oh, it’s bedtime, so sorry you didn’t get your TV time in .” No R-rated movies for pre-teens.  While Malia, 14, has gone to a few R-rated movies (after they’ve been vetted by her parents), Sasha, 11, is not allowed to watch R-rated movies at all, and even kid-centric TV shows get monitored. “ Nowadays, sometimes what’s on the kid programming, some of that teenage programming is pretty high-level stuff, too ,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. “ So you find that you have to constantly just be engaged with them and hear what they’re learning and talk to them about the shows that they’re watching .” They can only have healthy snacks.  ” We have fruit. We have some cereals, some crackers, nuts, dried foods that are out ,” Mrs. Obama said. “ We try to put out healthy snacks in clear containers, because seeing dried fruit gives the kids the idea, ‘Oh, yes, if I’m hungry I could really have this or the nuts or the soybean things.’ And my whole thing is if you’re really hungry, you can have that. If you don’t really want it, then you’re not really hungry .” They must play a team sport . “ Sports is an expectation, and we say it’s an expectation because it’s about good health ,” Mrs. Obama said. “ It’s about learning how to play on a team, learning how to lose, learning how to win gracefully, learning how to trash talk and not get your feelings hurt .” First Lady Michelle Obama believes individual sports are great, but “ I think team sports are important particularly for girls, where they learn the camaraderie of being dependent on other people for the victory ,” she said during an interview in April. “ And I think my girls need to learn how to compete. Whether they choose to do it long term, I just think it’s an important opportunity for girls to have. ” Quitting is not allowed.  ” Kids tend to quit when it starts getting hard, which means that’s when they’re starting to learn something ,” Mrs. Obama said during an interview this  year. “ And that’s the tough time to continue to make them go to that tennis lesson. Even though Malia was complaining about it, she now loves tennis. And now she’s saying, ‘Well, I’m glad you made me keep taking tennis .’ ” First Lady Michelle Obama fears making her daughters unsuccessful. “ They’re terrific girls. They’re poised and they’re kind and they’re curious. Like any mother, I am just hoping that I don’t mess them up ,”  she said during an interview. “ Even when times are tough, in the end you are as happy as your least happy child .” Do you believe the Obamas are too strict on their daughters?

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