Happy 100th, Ella! American Musical Legend Ella Fitzgerald Born on this Day in 1917


Happy 100th Birthday to Ella Fitzgerald! ♡

 

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy Legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald (photo via npr.org)

article by Tom Vitale vianpr.org

Ella Fitzgerald, who would have turned 100 today, was one of the most beloved and versatile singers of the 20th century. In a career that spanned six decades, Fitzgerald recorded hundreds of songs, including definitive versions of many standards. Along the way, she influenced generations of singers.

But the first thing that strikes you about Fitzgerald is that voice.

Cécile McLorin Salvant, who won a Grammy last year for Best Jazz Vocal Album, says a combination of qualities made Fitzgerald’s voice unique. “When you hear the tone of her voice — which has kind of a brightness, kind of a breathiness, but it also has this really great depth, and kind of a laser-like, really clear quality to it — it hits you,” she says.

Salvant, 27, says she learned to sing jazz standards by…

View original post 481 more words

Memphis High School’s Graduating Class Earns $80 Million in College Scholarships


Outstanding! ♡

GOOD BLACK NEWS

(L to R) Dillard University’s associate admissions director Christopher Stewart and Zariah Nolan, Whitehaven High School senior and future Dillard University Student, taken from Nolan’s Twitter on April 24, 2017. (photo via colorlines.com)

article by Sameer Rao via colorlines.com

Seniors at an almost-exclusively Black high school in Memphis, Tennessee, earned more than $80 million in university scholarship offers.

ABC News reported Friday (April 21) that more than 40 Whitehaven High School students contributed to this number with at least $1 million in offers each. A call to determine the total number of students who earned scholarships was not immediately returned. Per the Tennessee Department of Education’s website, Whitehaven’s student body is more than 99 percent Black.

One student, 18-year-old Zariah Nolan, earned nearly $9.6 million in scholarships, including 17 full-ride packages. Nolan told ABC News that she applied to nearly 100 colleges across the country using application packages like…

View original post 120 more words

Watch “Lucille Ball in Vitameatavegamin” on YouTube


 
I had to riff on this famous Lucille Ball episode.  Those who have been following me for the last six months or so know of my Vitamin Quest. Sometimes you just gotta laugh at efforts to get and stay healthy.

Today I was thinking about something new my supervisor had suggested for me. She is a kind, compassionate, gentle young lady who looks out for my health. We also share many laughs together during our museum night shift. 

I bought: ‘Vega Protein Smoothie, Choc-a-lot, Pouch, 9.2 oz’ by Vega.

Enjoy I Love Lucy Laugh fest. 



Aftermath


 

Yves Tanguy

 

Are we getting rid of family items as well.  So the family is not involved. She had no immediate family and the few cousins disowned and abandoned her years ago. Did what was expected of her only to be shunned. Minus the body at least the apartment is neat and clean. Like she knew she was gonna die. Heart burst. Plus a cerebral hemorrhage. Literally died of a broken heart. Her soul died years ago just waiting for her body to follow.

After being married several years the husband suggested she should go on holiday to her birth country. About two months into her vacation her in-laws called saying maybe she should not return. Alarmed she took the next flight out homeward bound only to arrive at the house and find that her adoring husband had rented it out to a swingers club. She no longer had a home.

Never got to go to the Ashram, the Retreat, Spa or Warm Springs……….Forgotten.  Fear. Frustration. Failure. Flaws. 

asylum, cover, covert, harbor, haven, protection, refuge, sanctuary, shelter ~~ None.

For her no celebrations. No honors. No medals. No rewards. No accolades. Only a pine box. nameless. In Potters Field.

God. She must have been laying there at least two weeks. Found dead on Christmas day. Nobody ever bother to call or knock on the door. Smell alerted her neighbors. Decomposed blob. Nice Holiday gift for the Coroners office. Off to the city morgue with what’s left of this one.

Forty years ago families looked after each other. They cared about each other. Now you throw your family member into a hospital, hospice or nursing home and forget about them. Not your responsibility. After all you have your life to live. Why bother with the elderly, disabled or poor.  Nobody wants the broken and damaged. Broken toys belong in the dumpster. They mean nothing.  Crime clean will wash away the trauma.

Vanish into the mists of time.

Just remember that the cheapest coffins are hidden behind the ficus.

He left a book behind for his family. A how to book. You know Death hacks. Then he blew his brains out. Brain matter on the floor, walls and ceiling. Part of his face was found on the drapes. Kid found him. Beside him a child actor photograph of himself that a fan wanted autographed. Show ends. Reason for being ends. Purpose ends.

Six months later the wife hanged herself. Poor kid. In six months lost both parents. Only left a suicide manual. Suicide hacks.

Welcome to the Land of the Fucked.

That’s a wrap. Time to bounce. Yandy, I’m hungry. Whatta ya say we stop for a burger and fries move onto the next poor slob.

 https://youtu.be/x7BeGDZewHshttps://youtu.be/RFSWW4O6QNM

 

 

 

 

 

Painter Barkley L. Hendricks Dies at 72


https://hyperallergic.com/373045/painter-barkley-l-hendricks-dies-at-72/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Painter%20Barkley%20L%20Hendricks%20Dies%20at%2072&utm_content=Painter%20Barkley%20L%20Hendricks%20Dies%20at%2072+CID_1b93ad54592e7bfbde802ea51e77e67a&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter&utm_term=Painter%20Barkley%20L%20Hendricks%20Dies%20at%2072

New York Today: Our State Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa – NYTimes.com


https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/nyregion/new-york-today-our-state-poet-yusef-komunyakaa.html?emc=edit_ur_20170424&nl=nytoday&nlid=58215227&_r=0&referer=android-app://com.google.android.gm

For the last week of National Poetry Month Let’s Welcome New York State Poet Laureate. 

Share Your World – April 24, 2017


 

Share Your World – April 24, 2017

Share Your World – April 24, 2017

share-your-world-syw

This photo is from Cee Neuner

 

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

My preference would be Snapple but since I must cut back on sugary drinks I just drink water or tea.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. 

Hang Glide or Bungee Jump. Since I’m terrified of heights I would never do either of these things.

If you could be given any gift what would it be?

Health and Wealth.  I’m really worried about when my rent increases next November. I’m working serious overtime now just to pay my rent and bills which is not good for my health. I try to put that situation out of my mind as there is nothing I can do to change things.  Whatever happens, happens.  Rising rent is something over which I have no control.  However as those of you who have been following me for a while I’m doing my best to get control over my health. Eating better. Drinking more water. Taking Vitamin supplements and when possible getting exercise.

 

Reviv Wellness

http://revivme.com/new-york-city/

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive?

I work nights so I’m awake. Prior to my changing to the night shift I worked days and suffered with insomnia. I’m a chronic insomniac. I get very little sleep. Also the nature of my job (museum guard) often requires me to be up for 48 hours straight. I catch up on sleep on my days off.

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

 

I got to participate in a clothing challenge for Ladies over 50 which most of my readers saw this past weekend. Dressing up in various eclectic outfits was lots of fun and helped boost my self-esteem. It was an exercise meant to uplift our spirits. During the workweek I wear a drab blue museum guard uniform. At the job I’m just another cog in the workplace wheel of machinery. For this fun challenge I got the opportunity to express myself through fashion. I mix and match my Funky Fresh Fashion to please myself and through this expression shows that just because you’re past 50 does not mean you gotta dress drab or plain. I enjoy color because Color Pops and bright colors are uplifting.

Thank you Blogging Buddy Madelyn Griffith-Haynie!!  Please check out her blog at your next opportunity!!  She is wonderful!!

https://addandsomuchmore.com/

 

Looking forward to my vacation and Stephen’s birthday which is May 3rd. My baby brother will 56 years old.

Baby Brother then and now