Our first live public hangout – Midterm Elections Aftermath.

This week we looked at what went on, or did not go on during the midterm elections.

Mia_Love_by_Gage_SkidmoreMia Love is the first female black Republican (Mormon or otherwise, but she is Mormon) to serve in the House of Representatives. She has been elected to represent Utah’s 4th Congressional District and formerly served as the mayor of Saratoga Springs. Diva in Demand had great respect for the life her parents built as Haitian Immigrants with ten dollars in their pockets. I shared that respect, but voiced a concern that the primary characteristics highlighted in the bid to raise money for her campaign were not her proven experience or leadership, but merely the fact that she is black and female. With no Federal legislative experience or academic credentials, she purports to be the CBC’s worse nightmare and pledges to turn things upside down. We all agree that she isn’t going to make the waves she thinks she will.

We talked about the great number of people who sat out the midterm elections, which tend to be lower voter turnout elections in general. It is still important to vote, even when the president is not being reelected.

?????Melette shared a news story with us about Lincoln University President Robert R. Jennings expressed, at the female convocation of that school, his concerns about women who make false allegations of rape because of a consensual sexual encounter that produced less than favorable results. Melette and I had strong negative feelings about the potential impact of the speech upon women who find themselves the victims of attacks, while Diva in Demand pointed out that false accusations do happen and perhaps the president could not find any other way to reach the female student body as a whole. Jennings later said that it was not his intent to discourage anyone from reporting a rape.

sigma pinWe closed with commemoration of the fact that Wednesday, November 12, 2014 will mark 92 years of service for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. The sorority, of which all of us are members, was founded by seven educators on the campus of Butler University at a time when racial violence and discrimination was a grim reality in our nation. Diva and Melette challenged our sorors and viewers to serve our fellow man in celebration of the achievements of our beloved Sigma.

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Midterm elections are coming.

votebuttonOn Tuesday, November 4, precincts across the country will be electing state and federal representatives during midterm elections. GOP candidates are attempting to connect their opponents to the less popular policies of the Obama administration as Democrats continue to portray Republicans as greedy and out of touch with middle America. Regardless of party affiliation, it is most important that everyone registers and votes.

Happy New Year!!!

I can’t believe it’s here already!

Our show kicked off with a short discussion of how we spent our holiday breaks. Melette spent her holiday with her family and I spent my holiday with mine. Everybody had a wonderful time and a blessed Christmas. I loved her story about how her father’s excitement over his Christmas presents. Not much has been going on in the Pacific Northwest, but lots has been going on in the Research Triangle.

The Wake County Public School System has hired a new Superintendent, who has no education experience, but sometimes maybe that is a good thing.

Melette also mentioned this year’s Women’s Empowerment Conference, Radio One Raleigh’s largest and most anticipated event. Each year it is presented at the RBC Center. Women attend the conference to network and glean inspiration. Then she announced the key note speaker – Steve Harvey. I had to catch myself, because when I think of Women’s Empowerment Conference, I usually imagine a woman delivering the key not address. Melette said that past speakers have included Queen Latifah, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad and women of that caliber, so why Steve Harvey? I think his first book said a lot that needed to be said about dating and the way some women navigate their relationships, and he has done great community service, but I would not want to see him as the key note speaker at a women’s empowerment seminar. Melette agreed wholeheartedly.

We talked about the reading of the constitution, and how the republicans objected to a full reading of the constitution, which would have included things like the three fifths clause, which stated that vote of slaves constituted three fifths of one vote of whites. After the reading was under way, a classless person in the gallery felt the need to heckle the president in the house of representatives. I know that some republicans and tea partiers pride themselves on being coarse and uncooth, but it does get old.

Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice, came up. While I was happy about his opportunity and the fact that he has been clean for two years. I sort of wondered about his nine children and the impact that his life choices hadĀ upon them.

We took a moment to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, which is a laudable achievement, indeed.

While we were on our hiatus, we got the sad news of Teena Marie’s passing. While it was announced on Twitter that Chuck Berry had died, he is recovering from an on-stage collapse.

We closed the episode in tribute of Teena Marie with “Portuguese Love”.

Cheers!

This evening we celebrated the end of our second season and gave special shout-outs to Melette’s father, who will be celebrating a birthday tomorrow and our chat room guest, Show stopper 2 (Coya) on her birthday. A lot has happened between last season and this, including the departure of one of our original hosts. Melette and I are really thankful for all of our listeners, callers, chat room guests and show guests this season. On our shows, we’ve discussed everything from the state of American politics, the Haitian Earthquake, the violence in Jamaica, the controversial law adopted by the State of Arizona and last, but not least, the BP Deep Horizon Oil Spill off of the coast of South Louisiana. We celebrated the achievements of great black citizens in this country in February and mourned the loss of too many luminaries. Without you, our readers and listeners, we know this would not have been possible. Thank you so much for your part in all of this! Have a wonderful Summer! Wear your sunblock! We’ll be back August 12. Join us!