Monday, October 29, 2012


As the World now knows, Barack Obama has Made History as our 
First African-American President.
After The 8 Years Of The Bush-Cheney Disaster
Now You Get Mad?

  • You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
  • You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .
  • You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got ousted.
  • You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
  • You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
  • You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.
  • You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.
  • You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .
  • You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
  • You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.
  • You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
  • You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.
  • You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.
  • You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
  • You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.
  • You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.
  • You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.
  • You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.
  • You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from  the Bush Administration caused U.S. Citizens to lose12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected 
President and decided that people in America deserved 
the right to see a doctor if they are sick. 

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, 
torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your 
tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick...Oh, No!!
P.S.  This one definitely needs to be shared with Friends and 
Re-iterated by Best3Concepts

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Real Talk: Is Fat the New Black?

I cringed reading the Sunday New York Times article, “Black Women And Fat” by Alice Randall. To be fair, the entire article is not cringe-worthy. Randall is a Black woman “battling” to loose weight, and as she advocates “doing better,” she’s adopted a healthy living plan that includes Zumba workouts in her living room and an eating plan for her family that excludes sugar and salt. Her changed lifestyle is one that all overweight women of any color would do well to abide by.

Where I took issue though was Randall’s justification for why Black women are fat. Four out of five “middle-age” Black women are “seriously” overweight, according to Randall, and she points to a Black male preference for women that weigh over 200 pounds and Black women’s obesity as a political statement for the reasons why. I take issue with that because it’s just not true.

Sure, most Black men appreciate curves – thick thighs, ample breasts, wide hips and a rotund posterior. By the reigning mainstream standards, women with the curves that our culture appreciates would be considered “fat,” and there’s a valid argument to be made that given a firm build and a trim waistline that they shouldn’t be. But let’s be realistic: the vast majority of Black women who are pushing 200 pounds or are over it, are probably overweight and at minimum, a little unhealthy. Two-hundred-plus pounds isn’t exactly fitting with the “brick house” ideal that Rick James crooned of, with a “winning hand” of 36-24-36 measurements.

I’ve interviewed thousands of men about topics pertaining to women in my near-decade long career as a dating and relationships expert, and while I often hear an appreciation of curves, guys are very specific in drawing the line between curvaceous and fat, which a woman likely is if she’s topping the scales at 200-plus. When asked, Black men often list “in shape,” “works out” and is “conscientious of her health” in their top five of their ideal woman, i.e., she’s not fat. Trying to justify a health-impairing weight as “Black men like it” isn’t just inaccurate, it’s co-signing a life of diabetes, heart disease, and possibly, an early death. I just can’t get with that.

Let’s also be clear on this: there are multiple reasons Black women are overweight — from unhealthy eating habits passed down through the generations to lack of exercise to being uneducated about what “healthy” actually is to “food deserts” where convenient access to healthy food is hard to come by. But our fat – not our curves — is not a political statement, rallying against a “Twiggy”-like boyish frame. Thick thighs and a trim waist? Fine, I’m convinced. But the elevated numbers on two-thirds of Black women's scales, isn’t Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists on an Olympic podium, Malcolm X on a megaphone, or “We Shall Overcome” on the Washington, D.C. Mall. It's fat, that's all — more calories in than expended out.

Demetria L. Lucas the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life in stores now. Follow her on Twitter at @abelleinbk
Common....make up your minds...Small, Medium or Large???  We are all Beautiful!

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