NBA 2017 Rookie of the Year

Monday night’s NBA Awards was an incredible star studded evening. Drake played comedian and host, while Nicki Minaj performed with 2 Chainz. Since you’ve most likely been following the basketball season, you’ve seen a rise in popularity of the Milwaukee Bucks. The klout the Bucks have gained this season has grabbed my particular attention because I love un-trends and buzzer beater games. Talent without [too much] hype is where some of the best games take place. And although the Bucks tend to have a niche fan base, their determination on the court speaks for itself.

With that said, the Milwaukee Bucks have been relentless this year in their rise to the playoffs and Brogdon, undoubtedly played a major part in that success. Of course, his teammates are also to thank (i.e 2017 Most Improved Player, The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo) but when a rookie dunks on Lebron James, and hits 87% of his free throws, there’s no denying star quality.

On Monday, Brogdon’s hard work, patience, talent, and sportsmanship, when he accepted the much deserved NBA Rookie of the Year award, lending his success to faith, his mom, and God. Brogdon is the first non-first-round draft pick to win the award.  I’m fortunate enough to have met this kind gentleman and couldn’t be more supportive of his and all of the Milwaukee Bucks’ success.

 

Check out the full list of winners here.

What do Dollar Tree, Nickelodeon, Dumpster Diving and Home Depot Have in Common?

An Earth Day Activity!! It’s Earth Day! Yayyy!!!

Making the best impact you possibly can on the environment is not trendy anymore. It’s critical. While I’m no gardening aficionado by any means, I am dedicated to the environment – trees,  air, sustainability, and our water supply.

It’s not complicated, being water and energy efficient with a dash of anti-hazardous waste dumping should be a political and global priority.

With the latest natural disaster being Louisiana and the two manmade disasters – Flint Michigan and Water Protectors on Standing Rock, taking an active role in showing gratitude and improving your environment is more important now than ever.

In the mid to late 90’s it was cool to clean up and care. Nickelodeon hosted The Big Help, Jerry McGuirea national campaign driven by pop culture American sweethearts, to clean up parks and towns like nobody’s business for a week.   It was cool. And yes around approximately nine years old, I actually went. (I believe my mom has my autographed T-shirt somewhere)

Perhaps that’s why nearly a decade later, what companies and cities are doing to practice environmental consciousness, gains my absolute respect and further inspires me to do what I can.

Here are a couple businesses doing good for the earth-

1.) The New York Times building in Times Square is energy efficient. The ceramic rod casing allows for energy efficient lighting and air conditioning. Check it out: here

2.) Drexel University‘s award-winning Lebow Hall as a green roof, high-efficiency mechanical equipment, daylight sensors to control artificial lighting and those water saving toilets.

3.) All the B Corporations out there donating time and resources to environmental nonprofits!

4.) And last but not least, me!

No i’m kidding. I’m not a business mogul yet, but I have been collecting wood on random trash days so I can build a garden in my cramped North Jersey backyard and repurpose good materials.

I’m kind of a repurposing fanatic. I’m not great at it but I try, and with city living being tight, making the most of what you have can actually go a long way.

Being a grad student in the United States is tough right now, and I have found that even trying to garden is a huge relief and really challenging at the same time. I don’t have a lot of money, want to cut down on waste, engage my artsy creative side, and practice what I preach – why not start the spiritual journey of gardening.

I bought some spinach and oriental poppy seeds in January and starting practices one of several attempts.

I highly recommend splurging on a few things from Home Depot -small pots (.97), one big pot ($6), two small flower trays ($4 ea.), a bag of decent soil ($4) and a rose bush or lavender plant ($9).  Roughly less then $30. Shave off one flower tray or bush and you’re closer to $20. Lavender is more of a medicinal recommendation. But the bottom line is take few dollars and give it try. Also, don’t treat it as a one-day activity, tend to it daily and look for changes or if the soil is wet enough. Read the seed packets to know when something should be happening or how much sun is appropriate.

Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for simple opportunities to repurpose. From left over Folgers coffee containers, banana peels, or other peoples wood disposals. Reduce, reuse recycle!

What I had/used over the month-long+ course of collecting:

(2) Different sized wood pallets (seriously look around and you will see them everywhere and unless they’re piled up next to a dumpster, I always ask when I can)

(4 – 5) Bricks , it literally started with me finding a regular red brick in the middle of the street but I think you can buy them at Home Depot for .97.

(1) Christmas Tree from 2016 – seriously everyone should cut up their Christmas Trees and build a garden or reuse the branches to put under your garden bed …p.s. I believe Christmas Trees are considered “organic matter.” (I’m cutting mine eventually)

(4) Planks of wood from someone’s house in NJ – Although it was out for trash, I still asked. Ironically there were more pieces but I’m not that tough.

(3) Poland Spring water containers – they serve as very primitive rain water catchers which then is used to water my plants. Did you know filtering rain water is better to drink than tap? True story.

(2) Bags of rocks from dollar tree to create “drainage” for my plants. Seriously $2.13 goes a long way.

(1) Iron Bookshelf my dad threw out months ago (yes, I even scalp my family)

(1) Light weight work gloves from dollar tree or wherever

(2) Solar lights from dollar tree

(4) Home Depot pots and other plastic pots from previous tenant

(1) And a bag a decent dirt. I recommend Vigorito #3.77

Happy Earth Day!

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Ever wonder what those arrows on every single piece of plastic in your house means? Find out: http://naturalsociety.com/recycling-symbols-numbers-plastic-bottles-meaning/

Equal Pay Day and Driving Progress

2017 has been nothing short of a venti sized espresso of executive orders and government tyranny against women, schools, non-millionares and U.S. immigrants. Fortunately, Twitter to reminds all of us social media users, including brands, how happy we can be that equal pay day is trending and it’s wonderful idea. Great.

So then why isn’t America doing it? The Washington Post found that  women earn slightly over 3/4  of what men earn and Forbes found that that is the case for doing the same job…. AS OF 2016. Like literally a year ago almost to date. Pretty tragic and seemingly an advantage for a half-hearted publicity stunt. Sure – draw attention to the problem, but are you going to prevent it from being a 2017 or 2018 recurring statistic?

Audi says no it isn’t. During this year’s Super Bowl, the auto manufacturer seized an opportunity to make a national commitment to give equal pay for equal work. Airing this basic-rights commercial in an era of tense political climate, is a big deal. The goal of this commercial isn’t to have women flock to Audi for a job, but to encourage other companies to step the hell up, and of course, to let women whom may be luxury car hunting know – “we got your back, ladies,” cough cough. Audi made a declaration that it doesn’t need government inspired change, it’s making a public promise to change – brilliant. And being that this wasn’t unveiled on out-of-nowhere social media holiday, equal pay day, I feel it was a good moment to encourage a mass audience of over 111 million viewers, to think about who the women are in their families and be active in their professional advancement one way or another.

 

 

 

 

A New York Gem

My favorite place on the eastern seaboard is Bryant Park. Located a few blocks from Times Square on Avenue of the Americas, Bryant Park, the backyard of the New York Public Library (the lot as a whole is my favorite), is the most peaceful place. During the summer they have a wide range of free and social activities  that manage to occur without disturbing the peace. I encourage you to bring a book and a snack because one could stay here for hours.

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See you in D.C. : Women’s March on Washington for All

I think after this I can call myself a civil rights activist. Being a wonderful woman and having the rights to my own body is a right not a privilege. And after marching against global warming, and for black lives matter, I’m finally marching for equality of all shades – marriage, salary wages, opportunities, religious freedom, and the betterment for future generations.

Why education isn’t our common ground and most dedicated “nothing but the best” focus as Americans and Politicians is like totally inexcusable. Totally.

You know a country is in bad shape when history classes are the enemy of Conservative legislation, public schools are on the endangered species list, and for-profit charter schools  that produce low test scores and embezzlement scandals, make up over 6,000 schools in America. Like seriously – where am I?

The Washington Post, found women earn only 79 percent of what men earn, and Forbes reported that women still earn less than men, even in the same job role.

That’s not “fake news” it’s real statistics.

ANYWAYS! On January 21, 2017, a day after we officially become the Divided States of America, I’m joining more than 2.5 million women (nationally) at the Women’s March on Washington. I couldn’t be more excited to march with my sisters. Something about taking part in a march on Washington D.C is really empowering. To me, It’s saying we’re here, we’re watching you, you’re out numbered, and we’re not going down without a fight.

I think the thing that waters down my pride about marching, is how many women young and old, think the million of us activists are marching for abortions and not healthcare. Politfact revealed that 97% of Planned Parenthood services are mostly Mammograms and preventive care.

But, why am I marching? I want to know why women’s health is more debated on than the well being of the American school system. And why are there so many women against other women in the belief that lawmakers know more than a woman herself?

Is it the lack of education or the wrong education? Sorry, Trumpettes, women have marched for women’s rights in 1970, 1978 and more. So this isn’t because Hillary won the popular vote and Trump won the electoral college, so please throw the “sore loser” elementary banter away. It’s bigger than that.

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It’s almost 40 years later and women need permission to go to one of the best and safest women’s care specialists in the country and people can’t marry who they want to marry.

Deep down I pray for the safety and support from our new White House-elect.

If there happens to be any teen girl reading this and need help for ANY reason, Planned Parenthood is a safe haven to discuss assault, pregnancy prevention, vagina uncomfortableness, bullying, or to LEARN more about the female body (like if your parents don’t talk about it). You can visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/ and find your nearest center.

Us proud feminists, men, women and gays, will be marching with flags a blazin’! See you there!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSerZR1bf1Y

Women’s March on Washington Info: https://www.womensmarch.com/event-details

Remembering Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

I was wished a “Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.” The gesture was considerate with all good intent but this is not a happy day. This  day is a reminder that “This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But 100 years later, the Negro [the woman, the minorities, the gays, the children, and the student] still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later…

…the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men – yes, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. ”

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speech: http://www.npr.org/2010/01/18/122701268/i-have-a-dream-speech-in-its-entirety

Although I’m tired of marching, and yes I have marched a few times, I will march on Washington with my sisters to show that we deserve better than the 2017 president-elect.

What is the purpose of journalism?

I consider myself a writer… because I write. I have two degrees in communication and writing is an integral part of that. I’ve also wrote for two college newspapers.  So here I am a journalism and media cocktail and with 2016 being all but an absolute horror, and journalism going under siege, I had to remember – what exactly is journalism?

The American Press Institute says the purpose of journalism (journalists/news reporters) is to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best decisions about their lives, communities, and governments.

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed.” -Denzel Washington

“In our society, now it’s just first — who cares, get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true. Just say it, sell it.”

 

My Favorite Victoria Secrets Fashion Show Moment Ever

This VS Fashion Show performance was so fun, flawless, and sexy. Confession: It also made me a Bieliber. I’d be lying if I said I don’t perform to this song all the time – either in my apartment Cameron Diaz/Charlie’s Angels style  or while I run in the park. Victoria’s Secret “PinkBall” segment in 2012 just truly stands out as my moment of every girls dream come to life with the best soundtrack.

Check out my favorite VS Fashion Show moment to date:

 

 

*Dec 2016 is about to start!! Let’s go!*

Open Letter: America, You Fools

November 9, 2016

Dear America,

Donald Trump will never be my president. He has no respect for presidents before him, nor does he have a drop of genuine human compassion. He won commander-in-chief, fairly, by electoral vote. I do not deny that part.

I will not salute his hatred, bigotry, or predatation on the disadvantaged middle class.

As I sob and sob and sob, there are two things I have going for me. One- I have no kids, so I can leave and seek asylum in another country, if that’s the way it works but ultimately you can run but you can’t hide. Two- I have several degrees that might be worth something someplace.

In a way, it sets us free.  No more tactics for growth. No more progress. No more hope for a better, racist-free, adequate-waged, informed, strengthened society.

The beautiful country and planet we once had, is now in the hands of monstrosity. Between coal, oil drilling and women’s equality, we are headed for decay. Those of us bearing the weight of trying to relay messages that an experienced woman with friends in several places is the only one who can salvage us, lost.

Correspondents like Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Bill Maher, Viceland, Van Jones, Occupy Democrats, Now This, Up Worthy and various other fact stating progressive outlets, did the reporting mainstream media neglected to do- cover policy not antics. Therefore, we’re unable to break the looming shell of illiteracy that plagues our nation.

Instinctively, I want to blame independent party voters. They are among the most identifiable group who hijacked votes in crucial states in order to “restore” 5% of the independent party for the sake of trying to attain funding. It was the wrong time in the wrong place.Your beliefs in a rogue democracy have dragged the world to its grave. Congratulations. We told you Trump supporters would over shadow your vote… we told you their dedication to Trump’s ego and lies, are stronger than ANY reason. And now, independent voters made the biggest mistake of all of our lives.

However, we, the greater gooders, were failed by so so so many others. Namely,

  • Blacks who were under the impression that voting for Hillary was the wrong vote to cast because of her husband or the ambiguity of what she brings to the table. In my personal opinion, the majority of people no matter what color or party they are, choose their own ignorance. Also, Blacks who were for Trump. Why is this a thing? Because eliminating an already tanking social security and wages is not worth your vote? Why did black men vote for Trump? You and your families are most at risk for incarceration, and if they’re already incarcerated they’re not getting released. Congratulations, you’re now a slave again. You’re ungrateful and a disgrace to all the educated black women/men who have struggled for decades to end systemic racism. You opted not to elect a figure who would improve that legislation.
  • Moms and women, the 42% that voted for Trump for whatever reason. You voted against maternity leave and equal wages. Is that because you’re a stay at home mom or one making less than $12 an hour, or because you think every woman should be a mother so the ones enjoying a parentless life are a slap to your family? Or are you just a helpless victim of male domination. How could you take the opportunity away from a generation of women wanting more time off, for dads and moms with their infants… How could you honestly cast a vote believing that Hillary, a mother, grandmother and literally a child activist was the wrong choice?
  • Floridians who are brainwashed. Mostly the FCC failed you for allowing your governor to censor the information but climate change and global warming. Your state is experiencing shrinking coasts and drastic storms. Florida is singlehandedly the first state, after Louisiana, to experience the travesty of climate change. Blacks in Florida, thousands who chose not to vote, how could you do that to Trayvon?
  • Young people, ah yes, the non voters. They couldn’t put aside their pride or cell phones. They “don’t want a government” or “are sick of the establishment.” Then exactly why are you here? Why are you a student? Why are you an employee? Why haven’t you started your own business? Because you can’t do it alone you fools. You’ve grown up in a land that has forsaken education to repaint the United States as perfect. Congratulations, you put the worst threat to the United Stated and the world to become up as commander-in-chief. You’re officially more controlled  by “the establishment” than ever before and that land and many others you abandoned, is about to sink. You chose yourself over peace, you still feel good about that. Or is ignorance still on fleek?
  • Hispanics, although many turned out in record numbers, 28% of Hispanics voted for Trump. Are other latinos not worthy of the path of success you’re clearly enjoying?
  • Michigan, a clearly decaying state, while it held on tight until late hours, you chose quite frankly just elected contaminated pipes over a rescue mission.
  • Lastly, many of us raised in the catholic church, but are now ambitious were let down. Anyone who voted for Trump voted for the perpetuation of hate and greed. Pope Francis, an avid philanthropist and the leader of the Catholic Church, said “the man is not a christian.” The ungodly words that have come out of his mouth “I can shoot someone and the middle of fifth avenue and no one would care.” “I moved on her like a bitch, she was married.” “I would date my daughter” the greed of Donald Trump not paying 19 years worth of taxes…. He definitely has given anything to the church… What happen there? Eliminating Planned Parenthood means more than the 10 commandments, because assault is all too preferred in the church. Why are you so blind to the belief that Christ died for our sins and only God shall judge?

Why is it that people want to see it all go under. In the most literal sense, our seas are rising and the world is drowning or suffocating. The progress we’ve made in terms of affordable health care, a condition that only plagues America. The regression we’ve made when it comes to education. Why is it that people chose to be less than great? Why doesn’t love trump hate? Why?

The democratic counter argument that America is already great is a lie. I wanted to believe we could win with that but It’s a bold-face lie. America is not great, that’s how Trump won. America is good but we are not great. We are less educated than other countries, we lack the socialism necessary to balance the economy and its clear that professionalism means nothing when it comes to holding the highest office.

Melania Trump may be our only hope. Real talk. It’s clear she wants to do the right thing but is anchored by the disease of her husband. Donald Trump will never be my president. He is the president of the United States but he is not my leader.

In her concession speech Hillary Clinton quoted Galatians 6:9 saying “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Powerful but still heartbreaking words for the majority of us…

“To all the women and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and me, I want you to know nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

And to all the little girls who are watching this – never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity.”

As I continue to live in what is now a foreign nation to me, I will try to remember Hillary’s empowerment and Obama’s clear soothing clarity. As I transition into becoming a hologram of the yester-American, I will attempt to cast an open mind but ultimately it is the coming of Christ himself that will save me and maybe a few other from complete despair.

I wish you all the best.

Love and light,

Meagan K. Cunningham

Still With Her … Elections 2016

Well here it is, November 8, 2016, the night before (blog later continued on the night of) the most vital election of our time. An election that can decide whether nations go forward economically…. or backward developmentally.

This election week is like running into a police station after being chased by the scream killer on Halloween night – you’re safe. Oorrr suddenly ….the cops  at the station whom were protecting you, hear something outside and instruct you to “stay here.”

It literally feels like a horror movie. The nation is just as divided as it was in 1959, only now, people who shouldn’t be so disillusioned, are out of their minds.  The United States has four candidates for president Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Donald Trump and Jill Stein.

Gary Johnson knows no foreign leaders. Jill Stein is down to talk about whoever and 9-11 and Donald Trump is a reality TV star.

Clinton, despite having for over 23 years of experience on Capitol Hill, is fighting like hell for the United States’ Commander in Chief  against a real estate businessman/ reality TV star.

For the past few years, America has been on the brink of a total social and environmental meltdown to say the least.  Wages are low and unequal, but cost of living is high, blacks are being inexplicably gunned down by law enforcement, and massive floods and droughts caused by coal and are happening frequently ….not to mention terrorism is alive and well.

AAANNNDD there are a million x million people whom  want to see it all get worse. Seems like decency and respect  for anything has become public enemy.

Moms are voting to not have extra time home with their new born babies. It’s mental.

United States is losing their marbles.

It’s daunting and completely uncomfortable.

There’s a good number of us I pray who want to get the earth right. With NASA reporting conditions of the world, we pray the vote withholds.

Nov. 9th ….

Why? Why would Florida do it? Because they’re brainwashed that sea level rise is not affecting their coasts or are they dragging the world down in it?

No U.S. coastal living. No Texas? Surely their crops are suffering.

However, One Fox News female guest reporter gave me hope bringing my dreams in politically correct terms saying “politicians are buying on Hillary selling on Donald Trump.”

Ana Marie Cox, Trevor Noah Comedy Central – “We’re more racist, more sexist, more divided than I’d like to believe. I’m heart broken.”

11/9/2016  11:28…

Don’t you see… we really are stronger together.

–Meagan K. Cunningham

Alton Sterling Will Live On

 damn. a young boy crying for his father…. shakes me up a little. </3 i am a positive person. a friend to all, even the judgmental ones. In a world where there is so much distance created by smart phones and mass media, what the hell do I have to lose having a 40 minute conversation with someone walking their dog. time? Well time is of the essence and a gift not afforded to many so might as well lend an ear or a shoulder. Here it is this kid is falling apart but trying to be a rock next to his mother…. I started going back to church (a really great one too) like two or three months ago. The world is a tough place man. Especially for an unconditional lover and optimist like me. I literally have cried for people I don’t know. Also for people who support these kinds of brutal acts. The victims and the perpetrators. I struggle to come to terms that we are not on our own clocks and free will means that hate has a place too.
It’s really rough but I pray everyday that one day this will stop. the hunt for black blood will stop and that #terror will end. I know that peace will come. I know it will. God is watching. + With social media now the world sees how “beautiful and free” America is and trust me, they know the mockery. Sad we have to go through this. We’ve had great leaders die in the name of civil rights and we will continue to press on in your name. To #AltonSterling‘s son…. I’m sorry you lost your dad, little brother. I really am. This will not go unnoticed and your dad did not die. His life will be remembered and his name will be resurrected in the talks to come. #restinparadisealtonsterling #blacklivesmatter #yourdadmatters

Chris Rock For the Win: Oscars 2016

I think Chris Rock just became a hero.

Here it is the biggest night in Hollywood, glitz, glam and the truths of #OscarsSoWhite, then consequently #HollywoodSoWhite, has gained national attention and social momentum. In the crux of the hype? The host.

After a particularly painful past few years of people of color being subjects of violent police brutality and judicial injustice and two weeks after Beyonce’s (pro-black not anti-police) Super Bowl performance; a black Chris Rock is given the mic to open a legendary televised all-white award ceremony, in a predominantly all-white room and address the concerns of a famous and non-famous mourning black community WHILE hosting a program that at the end of the day needs to make its ratings. Chris Rock had a huge responsibility on his shoulders this Oscars around.

The articles were out, “The Oscars place all hope on Chris” etc. etc. etc.

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My thoughts? -What the hell are they hoping for? The damage is done, the secret’s out. “You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube” as my professor says.

To top it off, out of all people? Chris Rock. Gag me.

Admittedly, Kevin Hart would be a worst host for this, but they couldn’t get someone else?

John Legend has a soon-to-be-dad glow so that’s a no go. Will Smith, well with Jada somewhat leading the celebrity Oscar boycott, Will’s probably not a good idea.…. Who else? Common brings a little too much of something, wonderful man – but he’s has an air that white Hollywood might not be feeling. Bernie Mac, rest his soul, may have been a great option.

Ok ok ok… The Academy needed someone strong, serious, and seasoned but really funny – Chris Rock FTW. However, he doesn’t really pull me to the screen. I like him, he’s a go-with-the-script kind of guy. Animated but not that bold.

Then I read a tweet, or the tweet read me?

 

Wow, that’s it. Granted, Chris Rock’s unusual semi-silence and ABC’s constant repeat promo lead me to believe there may be something more in-store but it just didn’t occur to me that that’s what every one of us (the hurting, the uncertain, those seeking light) wanted. I wanted him to address the elephant in the room. So at 20:28 I tuned in to The Oscars. “Lights, camera, action” and five, four, three, two…..” It was like I could feel the jitters of Chris Rock’s gut as the pre-roll sizzle reel ended.

Out walks Chris.

click link and scroll down –

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/02/28/how_chris_rock_s_opening_monologue_addressed_oscarssowhite_video.html

I felt saved. I felt vindicated in a sense that Chris Rock made that opening work in ways no one else ever would. He had poise, delivery, personality, humor, and history. But most importantly, he was able to communicate to his peers and The Academy emotion and a call to action.

On the behalf of  The Academy, pinning all hope on Chris Rock, is weak and unrealistic. Take some responsibility for the decisions that were made to exclude minorities in this production. Clearly this has been thought out over the course of six decades.

However, I look forward to the changes that have been promised. Tonight’s intro was a moment I felt a part of and I thank Chris Rock for making that happen and making it real. Oscars 2017 be ready.

***Disclaimer: I wish I could embed the video but The Oscars made the video private or n/a on YouTube (so you have to watch in on their site with their advertisements and WordPress doesn’t allow for embeded codes from other sites***

 

 

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

On Oct 12, 2015 it is to my great knowledge that Indigenous Peoples Day is taking momentum. Complex Magazine reports that “Portland, OR – Lawrence, KS – St. Paul, MN – Bexar County, TX – Anadarko, OK – Olympia, WA – Alpena, MI and Carrboro, NC” have all joined in the new celebration of Natives, instead of celebrating the man who is single handedly responsible for their genocide.

Sarah Adams Cornell, a Native American advocate, pleaded to Oklahoma City Council early September- “the fact that our country, our state and our city celebrate this holiday [Columbus Day] around this man who murdered and enslaved and raped indigenous people and decimated an entire population, is something I’ve struggled with for a long time.”

You’re not alone, Sarah.

Best laid out in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, How is Columbus Day still a thing?

image source: The Washington Post

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