Archive for January, 2015
On Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 2007, I had the distinct pleasure to hear Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles. Memphis, Tennessee’s Rev. Kyles was an eyewitness to Dr. King’s assassination. As he spoke, there was complete silence in a capacity filled convention center (almost 5,000) in Columbus, Ohio. Had a pin dropped, we would have heard it! As Kyles related the events, I, and others were saddened when he spoke about Mrs. Lorraine Bailey.
“King wasn’t the only one to die at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. After he was killed, one of the hotel workers, Lorraine Bailey (who was also the wife of the motel owner and who it was named after), upon seeing King get shot, had a heart attack and later died from this. This was partially why there was such a delay in getting an ambulance as Lorraine was also the switchboard operator and so when Reverend Samuel Kyles attempted to call an ambulance using the phone in the motel room, nobody was at the switchboard to make that happen.” Dr. King meant a lot to so many people. The news of his death shattered the nation; it devastated the Black community. It killed Mrs. Lorraine!
Photo credit: www.yummies4tummies.com. Quote: 20 Interesting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Facts.
Before an audience of over 250, 000 people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech which was unequivocally one of the most defining moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Thank you Dr. King for opening the doors for me and others!
“So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire; let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York; let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania; let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado; let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia; let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee; let freedom ring from every hill and mole hill of Mississippi. “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”
Photo reprint: www.teachingamericanhistory.org (Excerpts from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, August 28, 1963, March on Washington). Reprint of SWTA’s article, January 20, 2014.
I was always familiar with Common, but when I saw him several years ago on the campaign trails with President Obama, I acquired a new found respect for his social consciousness style of rapping. I read his memoir, “One Day, It’ll All Make Sense.” I became so immersed in the reading that I couldn’t put the book down! Now, he has co-penned the song “Glory,” whose lyrics are as deep as the Mississippi River is long. He and his writing partner, our native son from Springfield, Ohio, John Legend have been nominated for an Oscar for best original song. What a combination; Common’s hip hop rap alongside Legend’s silky voice! Oh my, when Legend’s fingers glide across the ebony and ivory keys, he can make the baby grand piano boogie woogie! Having just won the Golden Globe, “Glory, ” from the movie, Selma will make your bones shout as it chronicles past and present day injustices; as it tells us that the answer for change lies within us! And nobody could say or preach “Glory” better than Dr. King! “Glory Hallelujah , Glory Hallelujah, Our God is marching on!” Happy Sunday!
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I am baffled! It is amazing how some people remain employed when they do no work at all. I’ll take that back! They do nothing productive. They do contribute to the company’s bottom line by adding unnecessary expenses. They do suck up to the boss who should know better or be tired of paying salaries and mounting expenses for incompetency. Forget it, that’s their business and problem! Why be concerned with persons who respond to simple questions with complex answers that need interpretation? It’s beyond comprehension. It’s both funny and sad! If the boss protects those individuals, who’s protecting the boss? I’m sorry! Forgive me. It’s none of my business if folks ignore the predictable outcomes, particularly when the tragedies of rebellion just sailed out of their neighborhood! Could the message be any clearer or is the visibly apparent left invisible for reasons unbeknownst to our naked eyes? I know not! The answer is blowing in the wind! None of the company’s intellects can figure it out; neither can Dr. Phil! Even Scotland Yard’s Sherlock is clueless!
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If there is a vacancy, I want the job!
There is speculation that the Cavs’ head coach, David Blatt may be fired! If that rumor is true, I am considering throwing my hat in the ringer. I can lead magnificently and will hire the right coaching staff to turn the 20-20 record around. My forte is leadership and I am a quick study! No one can draw “X’s” and “O’s” on a clip board better than me. Stop! I know that many may be thinking that I am not qualified to do the job. I beg to differ. Many other candidates have not had prior NBA coaching experience and have been offered head coaching jobs! Apparently, it is not a prerequisite. Facetiously, my son Scooter once told me that coaches are hired to be fired! If I can negotiate a substantial contract and if for any reason, I am let go, I’ll be millions of dollars richer for time that I don’t have to work. Smart thinking, right! Based on my business acumen and my experience dealing in the NBA arena, I am positively sure that I can lead King James and the team to victories and a championship. I would be the first Black woman to do so! King James, the Cavalier team and I can make history if I am given a shot! After all, the game is more than athleticism; it is a business. As a risk taker, I welcome the challenge! That’s all for now folks! Let’s see what happens …
Until then, GO CAVS!
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Integrating Steve Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” into our personal lives is not a bad idea. Habits eventually form our character. Though written from a managerial point of view, – Independence, Interdependence, and Continuous Improvements – are the pillars of Covey’s approach. They also work marvelously personally.
1. Be proactive.
2. Begin with the end in mind.
3. Put first things first.
4. Think win, win.
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
7. Sharpen the saw.
This professional / management philosophy has found a personal home with me. It adds up; it makes sense; it is effective; it works!
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Stay ahead of the game! Play ball in your own league. Do not stoop to others’ levels of stupidity and ignorance. If you bend down too low, they will drag you through the mud. Arguments with them are fruitless. Always stand high so that you can see low. If you stand high, you are at a height to see what’s ahead; not behind! You cannot win the game on their low muddy level. They are experts at ignorance, stupidity, and deceptions. Will Rogers stated, “An ignorant person is one who doesn’t know what you have just found out.” Be the whiz kid of knowledge and integrity. Let the ignorant self serving players throw the ball in their court. Eventually, they will “strike out!” You are in a purposed “league of your own.” Your integrity and character placed you there! Stay on your turf!
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Good customer service is worth the money that you spend! I have had enough with people being mean to me when I spend my money. Have you? Some are not pleasant. In fact, some can be downright rude! They snap at you like a barking dog. “Wolf, wolf!” Gee whiz … Please do not disturb their work day by asking a question or asking for assistance! A sales clerk recently told me, “Sorry, I’m about to take my break. Get somebody else to help you!” Those were her actual words; I kid you not! So I have made an executive decision. If discourteous conduct is shown to me again, I will shop elsewhere! I deserve better treatment for my patronage. I will patronize establishments that appreciate my business; where the sales associates speak, assist, and greet me with kindness. Bad attitudes should be left at home. I leave mine; don’t you? I cannot provide the clerks with customer service etiquette, but I can decide where I spend my dollars!
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Geico Insurance has scored big with their commercial jingle featuring Ickey Woods as he does his famous “Ickey Shuffle.” Woods in his #30 jersey dances up to the meat counter to get his cold cuts when his ticket, #44 is called. A former fullback with the Cincinnati Bengals, Ickey Woods performed his trademark “Ickey Shuffle” zone dance with every touchdown he scored; 27 in three years to be exact. Quite honestly, not being an avid football fan in those days, I didn’t precisely remember the 25 year hence Ickey Shuffle. The Geico commercial, which went viral, of course caught my attention and hilarity. I don’t know if Geico’s sales have tremendously increased, but everyone is talking about the commercial. Notably, the commercial’s proceeds are being used to aid the Jovante Woods Foundation founded to support asthmatic research. An asthma attack took Woods’ 16 year old son’s, Jovante’s life. Now, he is giving back by helping others; he has once again made a winning score! What a way to go Ickey! Touchdown!
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The movie, “Selma” is a must see! My emotions were definitely flying on a roller coaster ride as I watched the movie and witnessed the horrific and inhumane treatment of hatred, racism, and police brutality. There were moments that I actually teared up. I had flashbacks as I sat in the theater. I remembered Dr. King’s visits to Mississippi. I remembered the freedom riders (courageous Blacks and Whites) coming to Glen Allan, Mississippi; the Ku Klux Klan riding and burning crosses; our singing “We shall overcome,” and my Mother telling me that God uses people to bring his message! A Baptist pastor with a PhD known as Martin Luther King, Jr. definitely led his people as did Moses. He didn’t part the Red Sea, but he helped heal a nation of its bigotry. King, through his nonviolence stance and oratory skills helped people to visualize his Dream “when all – Black men and White men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing … Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty that we are free at last!” Love and prayer never grow old; it is needed today as much as it was needed during the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama! Happy Sunday. God bless!
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