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Serena Williams nude on cover of ESPN mag…

I was shocked to read that Serena Williams had done such a thing as allow any magazine or anyone photograph her…and put such a photo on the cover of their magazine.  I don’t care who they told me was going to do it.   They would have gotten a ‘no’ out of me.  And that would have been a definite ‘no’…and don’t ever ask me again…kind of  ‘no.’

This edition of the magazine had other athletes doing the same thing…I guess.  Well, kind of…sort of…some of them did have something on down bottom.  But not so for Serena.  She is totally nude.

I mean…how do you justify that?

I mean…I know that Serena is proud of her body. 

But evidently not proud enough of it…to not allow anyone to talk her out of her clothes for a few dollars.   And I don’t care how much anyone offered her…it was a ridiculous thing to do. 

Utterly, ridiculous.

I am embarassed for her…even if she doesn’t have enough sense to be embarassed for herself.  Some things are just plain dumb.  And that was a dumb thing to do on Serena’s part.

And I am not going to show that picture.  If you want to see it google it.   That is how I happened to find it.


Okay, I’ll give you the link…but not without duress.   Now, judge it  for yourself.   What ashame.  But I guess it was just a matter of time before it happened…given some of the photos that I have seen that Serena has taken…and some of  the  clothes she wears.|hp-laptop|dl7|link5|

I really didn’t like her explosion on the court where she yelled some vulgar  things at the lines woman.  But I can understand pressure…and having taken some things…until you can’t take them any more…and finally blow a gasket, as they say.   Been nice…and been quiet for some time…just riding along and taking it…untl you finally explode.  Because you just can’t take it any more. 

It happens.   I have had it  happen to me too.   I took things for a while…then became angry…and then starting tapping things and wanting to fling them over my should as walked passed them.  Yelling at the top of  my lungs…and feeling like I wanted to smash up the place.  It can get like that.    It happens.   But you don’t go on and do ridiculous things like stripping off all of your clothes and allowing your naked body being exploited by being exposed upon the cover of magazines.

How dumb is that?

At some point you have to take yourself seriously…even when nobody else does.  You have to.  And you take that attitude of pride and strength…mantain it…and walk around in it…and in your dignity…making others take you seriously too.  But you can’t do that by making a fool of yourself.

You do it by continuing to be your best.  By continuing to out perform them.  But you don’t start crackling and falling apart…into pieces.   Crackling and falling apart is easy.  We can all fall apart and go to pieces…and most of us have.  But sometimes you have to fight falling apart…and particularly in the public eye.  And especially among those who disrespect you…and don’t give you your just due.

But you simply cannot  fall apart in the public eye.  Or do stupid things.

You don’t set yourself up to have people to be whispering about you behind your back.

Nor do you set yourself up to have people smirking and smiling…and laughing at you behind your back…and in ways that are less than flattering.


How do you go into a room full of decent people and your naked body has been plastered all over magazine covers?

You can say-

“It was art.”

Maybe in Greece and Rome in the 16th through the 18th Century.  But not today.  A  nude body in…or on a magazine…or in a music video…is not considered art…not today.  It is considered what it is…sexual in nature.   It is not meant to bring about artistic appreciation…but bring about certain emotions…and desires.

So, why set yourself up for that, Serena?

It is not sexy.  And certainly not an intelligent thing to do.

And certainly not something to do for somebody who considers herself to be a role-model to young black women and girls. 

Definitely, not.

View Bernadine Smith's profile on FiledByAt any rate…that explosion of words directed at the lines woman… on the part of  Serena is going  to cost her more than the $5,000 fine levied against her during the US Open in New York City, this past summer.   It looks as though they are not going to allow her to play in the Australian Open either as an additional pentalty for her outbursts…and a supposed threat to kill the lines woman.  Or something that the lines woman claims she took as  a threat against her life.

DOUBLE CLICK a few times to see the below video…and just ignore the text which will appear in the box.

Both Serena and Venus are breezing their way through  the Australian Open… hopefully they will continue to do what  they both have more than proven that  they are exceptional at… and that is play great tennis.


I had said that winter was going to be early this year.   And guess what?

I was right.  Earlier last week it started snowing.  

Not only is going to be earlier this year…but it is also going to be a cold and snowy winter.  

So, I definitely hope that you are preping yourself for it.  Might not be a bad idea to start stocking up on some key things…like extra toilet paper, can goods, tea, coffee or hot chocolate etc….and can milk etc…for just in case.   And maybe a candle or 2…and matches. 

Hope you had a beautiful day.  I have been in for the past few days.  Been slightly sick…but God is yet good.  And I am getting stronger.

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Well, God bless

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3 comments October 23, 2009

Honor student killed…Derrion Albert …Chicago murder

I have long held Chicago as being one of the most dangerous places I have ever lived in.  The level and the types of crimes I found there far exceeded and surpassed any I had ever encountered anywhere else…including New York.

While following this story as best as I could…being that I no longer watch TV or ever take out the time to read any newspapers.  I was stunned while standing in the laundromat doing my laundry this week.  When the story came up as an indepth report.   But that is not what stunned me…but hearing that there had been 40 murders of young people in Chicago this year alone.  That was not only stunning but shocking to me.

How could a problem such as gang or teen violence be so far out of controll?

Though in Chicago…gang activity involves more than just teens…as 30 and 40 year old men…and I guess maybe women (and young girls)…are involved in gangs.  They actively recurit seeking out new members wherever they want to.

When I lived in Chicago, Dr. Reynolds (Dr. A. L. Reynolds of 6th Grace United Presbyterian Church) told me how they…some gang members had threaten to take his life.  And had annouced to him that they were going to come into his church to take who they wanted.  That is the kind of pressure that many face in Chicago.  They are under the constant threat of malicious malice by gangs…daily facing violence and all kinds of gang related activity.   With the gangs believing that they control everything… and everyone.

The problem is greater than the issue of ‘black-on-black crime.’   By far greater.  It is one of hate… and hating in particular of seeing someone… anyone raise above the preceived notions or standards of degradation… which many wallow in urban ghettos.

There has always been this problem of  black folks hating to see other black folks moving ahead…or getting further in life than themselves.  But I guess this trait is something which is in many…meaning that it is human in nature. 

When you consider history where several pockets of successful black folk, business owners, who were killed and burnt out of their homes and business prior to the 1960’s.  One such group was in Tulsa, Oakahoma, in 1921…and another in 1923 in Rosewood, Florida…as well as, other places.   But what happened to them happened because they were black…successful…and the communities in which they lived (their black communities) were flouishing… growing.    They became booming and profitable…too booming and too profitable.  

These 2 massacres, one known as the Rosewood Massacres and the other as the Tulsa Riots…were the burning out of and hanging of black folks.   They were not the acts of black- against-blacks.  But they were the product of white people against black people.   And these acts were very violent…and came about as a means of terrorizing the black people in their areas…as well as, a means to destroy everything that they had…and to  keep those ‘Negros’  in their  place.  Meaning…not thinking they were like white people…or equal to white people.  

I guess you could sort say that those boys that attacked Derrion Albert…beating him across the head with railroad irons, kicking and stomping at him…appeared to have had simular sentiments.  They wanted to keep him down.  Wanted to make an example of him…to others who might think like him…or desire to be like him.  Others who got ideas about learning…and achieving…and leaving the ghetto behind them.

Considering the nature of man…that we would all be salvage beast except for the grace of God.  When you think of  the type of violence that the kids regularly watch and have become desentized to via movies, television, videos and video games…there is little wonder that we are seeing all of what we are seeing today.   Kids out on the streets banding together to attack one another…whether it is East Coast or West Coast…or Central America…their is a big problem with it.   Kids taking pleasure is beating down somebody…and everybody running to watch.  Or walking into schools or in college classrooms and shooting down everybody.  It is all very much the same whether it be in Columbine, Colorado or South Side Chicago. 

Yes, there is a problem.  And it is neither black or white.  It is a human problem.

Out of all those people…who ran to help Derrion?

Out of all of those people standing around.  Who tried to help him?

No one.

In fact, it is said that Derrion…himself became an innocent victim…because he went to help someone else.

Let’s look at this….

Who did they kill?

Someone who they realized had a future. 

Someone whom they recognized was going someplace. 

Somebody who’s ambitions were greater than hanging out on the streets. 

Somebody who wanted to learn something… achieve something… do something with his life… more than what they were doing.

While they had made bad choices…lots of them concerning their own lives…and the direction that they were headed in.   Now with some on them on their way to prison behind their very senseless murder Derrion…a very innocent person. 

But was it necessary for them to steal somebody else’s dreams…or to want to?

To take away Derrion’s life…and try to defeat him by killing him…because he refused to submit to them…and the streets?

Because Derrion wanted more out of life?

 Becuse he saw where he did have a future…and could make something out his life?  

Because he chose to learn something…and then to do something with what he was learning?

It is kind of like those massacres which took place in Tulsa and Rosewood…and other placess…when you really look back on it.  They were about people who hated others because they became successfull…were progressing.  And that is why Darrion got attack too…and was eventually murdered.

He was progressing.  

Progressive…not stuck in a box.

Aspiring to be something.

He knew that there was more to life… lots more that it had to offer him… than gang life…and gang activities.

Derrion was a 16 year old honor student on his way to college.  He had visions of  making something out of his life.  He was on the path to going to college.  And gang life…and hanging out in the streets of Chicago just did not fit into his plans.

So, therefore, Derrion was a danger to them.  Because Derrion’s mind wasn’t warped by the reality of what was around him…into believing that there was nothing else…or something better.  That living as many lived around him…was all that there was.

And…so, they saw that Derrion was different and they killed him for it.  Like those progressive black communities of Tulsa and Rosewood…were burnt down and destroyed until there was no hope of them ever coming back.

Chicago skyline.The problem with Chicago…is that their gang problem should have been dealt with long ago.  In 1981 when Mayor Jane Byrne moved into Cabrini Green, a housing project on Chicago’s West Side…it was because people couldn’t even step outside of their apartments without becoming moving targets for target practice by the gangs which controlled their project.—1981.html

When gangs take over projects…hotels and are allowed to run wild and rule as they have in Chicago things can only get worst…and worst.  And they have…the levels of criminal activity in Chicago escalates from year to year. View Bernadine Smith's profile on FiledBy

There is little wonder why it was not chosen for the site of the 2016 Olympic Games.

I was living in Chicago when the World Soccer Games was held there.  It was beautiful and festive.  Though Chicago is always beautiful.  But until the issue of gangs and crime is seriously addressed in Chicago…the lives of those living there will continued to be threaten by senseless acts of criminal activity.

And as long as the gang issue is considered a ‘black issue’  or a ‘minority thing’ nothing will ever be seriously done about it.  

And that goes for gang criminal acts everywhere.


Today started off  dark and rainy.  Thought that it was going to rain all day…but the sun is out now.  But there are still a few dark clouds in the sky.  So, I guess it might start raining again later.  But I hope that you are enjoying your day no matter what the weather is.  And always keep in mind sunny or dark…that God loves you. 

I am not going to get rid of this picture.   And no, I will not get tired of looking at it.  

It really does make me think of the weather that will soon be on its way. 

Well, God bless

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Add a comment October 13, 2009

Michelle Obama’s Ancestrial History….

I find it very interesting that the New York Times would decide to send out some of their researchers to search out the lineage of the First Lady of this county.  What strikes me as being interesting about it is the fact that the New York Times would (1) decide to do such a research.  And (2) why they would have wanted to do it in the first.

I truthfully am not surprised that the search in Michelle Obama’s history un-covered some white blood in her family…and it really should not shock anyone.   Since she is an African American whose family roots do stretch back into this country as most African Americans…which mean back into slavery. 

So, why would it surprise anyone?

Guess it really didn’t.

What should  be the surprise really?

And this being so…most of us…African Americans have some degree of white people’s blood flowing in our veins.

For many years I used to look at the blond hairs which cover my arms…which particularly become very visable to me during the summer months…when I am a bit darker due to the sun tanning me…and think of one thing only.   Seeing those hairs for the first time…when I initially noticed them…it only made me think of the black woman who was probably raped by some white slave master.

Most black folks in America often chose not to recognize that we…most of us have some degreee of white people’s blood in her family lines.   Which we all have inherited for the most part due to situations centering around events in slavery and following it.   

So, yes… most of us have some level of white people’s blood flowing through our bodies. 

Now what?

Why would it be a surprise to discover this within the lineage of the First Lady of this country?

We don’t celebrate it…I mean what about it is there to celebrate?  

Or think about?

Or why would we want to even consider trying to find our ‘long lost white relatives?’  

In fact, we mostly ignore it.   It is very often overlooked.  It is something we…almost all of us would rather not think about.  Though we clearly recognize our history in this country.  And do so with for the most part…almost all of us…with pride…as through it all…we survived. 

Though historically, this country has tried to make us ashamed of our history…and particularly having been slaves here.  But around the world there have been many groups of people who have been enslaved.    But they were not threated as cattle…less than human. 

But there were things which happened during slavery that we try not to linger on.  And that is the breeding of African slaves like they were breeding horses…and including the inter-mixing of black blood and white blood…mostly through rape…that we do not celebrate.


Well, thinking of such things…   Well, it could make you very angry just thinking about it.

So, it really didn’t take a rocket scientist to guess  that the same would be true in the lineage of our current First Lady.   Just knowing that her family has been in this country for several generations stretching into slavery gave a sure clue that such might possibly be true.

So, the New York Times going back to explore the history of Mrs. Obama seems to me to be yet another racist thing being thrown at them.  Something meant to keep them in their place…rather than something to celebrate.  And something  whereby they can say-

“You’ve come a long ways, baby.”

“And look how far we’ve let you come.”

Who wants to hear that?

Nobody went back and did a historic search on the family lines of Jackie Kennedy or Barbara Bush.  So, why then did the New York Times decide it would be a good idea to go and do one on Michelle Obama…unless they are trying to make some kind of  a ridicuous point?

And that point was…or is meant to keep the Obama’s in check…by continually reminding that they are the product of white people…without whom’s blood maybe they might not be so smart…or so on point…so sharp…not lazy…can talk so well…and they don’t act like all those other negros.

There had to be an answer for it…as why they just don’t seem so black.  Why their daughters have such long hair.  You know…all that kind of crazy thinking.  Trying to seek out answers for why the Obama’s are so Obama.  So respectable and so acceptable to white folk.

Why doesn’t somebody give us a break.

If the truth be known most black people are decent respectable people…hard working people.   And if they weren’t…then we would all be in a world of trouble. 

Then too…in terms of smarts…   Almost all of the greatest inventions in this country were invented by black people, who because they were who they were reaped no credit…or payment for those things which we invented…or recognition.  Nor every saluted for their very great minds and things and advances that created for this country and many times for the world too.  

 Thus, we are not a bunch of  ignorant people.   And the vast majority of us can speak perfectly well without having everyone running to pull out some kind of Ebonic dictionary in order to understand us.

Oh, yes…   And some of those invention which I talked about…which we invented:  Well, how about blood plasma for one…Dr. Charles Drew.  Who died following an automobile crash when he was not allowed to reap the benefits of his own invention because he was a black man.  He died from lost of blood.

I can’t imagine coming up with over 100 things to invent using a simple peanut, but the brillant brain of Dr.  George Washington Carver did.

How about that little old thing that many of us love…called the a potato chip, George Crum (1853).    Imagine that?

And we all know who the Colonel Sanders is (KFC)…(Kentucy Fried Chicken)…but who knew about George Crum, the black man who invented the common potato chip?  

How about a device to help develop pictures…or adhere dye to your shoes and many other inventions…Clatonia Joaquin Dorticus.

The hinged drop door on the mail box…Phillip B. Downing

The gas mask…Garrett Morgan…who also invented a lot of other things too…like the traffic light.

Madame C. J. Walker…the first African American millionaire…she developed the pressing iron and many other beauty and hair products.

Then there is the water sprinkler, steam engins, the switching mechanism used on railroad tracks etc…. etc…etc… none of which is ever told in the history books of this country.  But the list of appliances, medical discoveries, engineering inventions and designs (Benjamin Banneker, designing Washington, DC and the White House), agricultrual advances  etc…including the creations of many inventions which were accredited to white slave owners, because slaves could not have ownership of anything.  And also because for many years in this country African Americans were not allowed to patent anything.

View Bernadine Smith's profile on FiledBySo, I don’t know…  

Maybe it was a good idea for the New York Times to go back into the history of  Michelle Obama.  Because I might not have otherwise have been motivated to have this conversation…by way of this blog.


Well, hope that you have a beautiful day today too.  It was nice out earlier…but now it has turned much cooler. 

I still love this picture.   I don’t think that I am going to get tired of it.   It really does make me think of the weather that will soon be on its way.  Does it do the same to you?

Well, God bless

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1 comment October 9, 2009

Michelle Obama on Sesame Street…

Thought this was too cute to pass up.

Hope you enjoy it as well.

And hope that you are having a beautiful day.

Most of the weekend it was cold.  But today is nice and sunny…and it is pleasant outside.  But I have already started eating oat meal…and drinking hot cups of tea.  When I get around to going to the grocery store I am going to make sure I buy plenty more oal meal, cans of milk, some sugar, a box of tea bags and stock on what else…but lots of Cream of Wheat.  I love the stuff…and eating it always reminds me of my father who used to prepare it for un on Monday mornings before we left out for school.

Well, here’s Michelle…and Elmo. 

My son used to love Elmo and Ernie the most when he was a child. He liked snickering like Ernie all the time…and he still does it. I guess they just never really grow entirely up. And neither do we.


Well, hope that you have a beautiful day today too. 

I just really love this picture.  It makes think of the weather that will soon be on its way.

Well, God bless

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