Alaa Murabit on What Islam Really Says About Women


Women must be at the table and reclaim human and religious right!

JoAnn Chateau

“Alaa Murabit’s family moved from Canada to Libya when she was 15. Before, she’d felt equal to her brothers, but in this new environment she sensed big prohibitions on what she could accomplish. As a proud Muslim woman, she wondered: was this really religious doctrine? With humor, passion and a refreshingly rebellious spirit, she shares how she discovered examples of female leaders from across the history of her faith — and how she launched a campaign to fight for women’s rights using verses directly from the Koran.” — TED

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The Daily Prompt ~~ Always Something There to Remind Me


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Always Something There to Remind Me.”

Naturally I had to start off with the signature song in sync with the Theme.

Naked Eyes- Always Something There To Remind Me

https://youtu.be/blwc8myYLWA

Let’s turn the dial on the Wayback Machine to 1964. St. Albans, Queens 115th Road & 196th Street.

Defiant DeBorah
Defiant precocious DeBorah

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – Dancing in the Street (1964)

Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Now an 8 track Flashback to my Army days in Augsburg, Germany as a member of the 569th PSC. Hanging out at the NCO Club with my girls! Memories!

Deborah Ann Palmer U.S. Army 1977-1981
Deborah Ann Palmer
U.S. Army 1977-1981

Bringing the Funk with Parliament!

Parliament – Flashlight

Time to Shake Your Groove Thing!

Peaches & Herb – Shake Your Groove Thing

Get Real! There’s a Party Over Here!

Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real

Yes I was a Disco Kid back in the day!

Anita Ward – Ring my Bell (Original Disco Version)

Let’s Slow it down a bit. Slow jam on the dance floor of the NCO Club Sheridan Kaserne Friday and Saturday nights.

Heatwave – Always and Forever

Back to my Old ‘Hood’ Jamaica, Queens!

Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica

Rivers of Ecstasy


http://www.thaliatook.com/AMGG/oshun.php

OSHUN

Ibeyi – River

https://youtu.be/lHRAPIwsS5I

Afro-Caribbean Religions | The Digital Caribbean digitalcaribbean.commons.gc.cuny.edu
Afro-Caribbean Religions | The Digital Caribbean
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Oh Great Goddess Oshun Let Me Come to Your Waters that You May Wash My Soul.

Capture me in Your Ecstasies!  Wash over Me washing away the filth of modern life, Corporate America, capitalism, greed, anxiety and pain. Flow through me Queen of the Rivers with your cleansing floods. Casting off shadows I dive deep into your essence. Through the sweetest of baptisms I am made whole.  I hear the voices of my ancestors calling me. Calling me back home.

My mind touches the picture. Spirit possess me. Visions reach across centuries and your mind is at one with mine. I feel your emotions. Your fears. Your voice crying out across time. Ancestral spirits rise up from seas, oceans, rivers crossing the veil to those still earthbound crying, “Hear Our Voices! Be Our Conduit to the Future!”  Orisha speak through me! Orisha Speak through me!

Middle Passage and Trail of Tears join forces!  Come forth with Power and Grace!

I eagerly await your knowledge, wisdom and energies O’ Goddess of Creativity!

Female Ancestor from my Dad's side, Name lost to Time
Ancestor known only to God.

Ibeyi – River (RLR Remix)

Oshun « Brandon Valery brandonvalery.com
Oshun « Brandon Valery
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Igniting an Unexpected Flame


Heat

Normal morning bagel run.

Saw him. He smiled, stopped & waited for me.

I was pleasantly surprised.

We walked and talked about the new building.

He made my day.

Still wondering what’s behind the smile. Why stop for me? Am I so special?

Little does he know that he has created a shelter of possibilities within my mind.

Perhaps there will be an Act II.

Shall I have pleasures once more or is this another sweaty middle-aged fantasy?

Hot Flashes need new memories.

Maybe I won’t have to eat myself into oblivion after all.

Share Your World ~~ 2015 Week #29


Share Your World – 2015 Week #29

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #29

imagesAs a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

At first like most little girls I wanted to be a Mommy, then as I got older an Artist and later on a Writer. Never married so no children. I am a writer and an artist of sorts. I work as a security guard in a museum so I’m a starving artist/writer.

What was your favorite food as a child? Do you eat it now? 

Chocolate and yes I still eat it. Fried chicken. I still eat that too even though I’m not supposed to but life is no fun without some food vices.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’d go out at midnight to the darkest, most nitty gritty rough neighborhoods in New York and take photos.

Would you rather forget everyone else’s name all the time or have have everyone for your name all the time?

Actually neither one. However now that I am older I do forget people’s names but I remember faces very well. Guess that is just aging. For some strange reason at work I get called Barbara, Brenda, Michelle, Pamela every name except DeBorah even though I’ve worked there over 7 years. Also the supervisors and the Dispatch office gets me mixed up with other African American female guards in the workplace. Sometimes I feel like saying, No We Don’t All Look Alike!  But I correct them right away.  I wish they’d just look at my ID card then there would be no confusion.  My Asian co-workers have the same problem. People on the job mix up the Filipinas and Chinese women all the time.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m grateful for having the opportunity to take some wonderful pictures of Central Park and the New York skyline. Also I got some good news today so I’m looking forward to a special gift in the mail.

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Gonna Make you Sweat!!


C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat

https://youtu.be/LaTGrV58wec

Just walking from my house to the laundromat to pick up my laundry I nearly became a melted pool of dark sweet chocolate. 95 degrees in Brooklyn, NY! Gives new meaning to the song, Gonna Make you Sweat!” Bring on the Ice Cold Water and Cool Refreshing Gatorade!! LOL!!

I must go out again for kitty litter! If only I could teach my cats Sylvester & Weezer to use the toilet!

Photo courtesy of Howtomeltchocolate.com
Photo courtesy of Howtomeltchocolate.com