When we were young the term “Floodin’ ” meant someone was wearing some serious high waters, you know, pants that stopped way above the ankles so it seems that they would only be good in a flood, hence the name.
Tonight, as so many thoughts rush to my head, the term “Floodin'” means I am overwhelmed and I know I cannot take up a lot of your time, so I have to talk fast:
The National Black Weekend
This past 4-day weekend, which I have dubbed the National Black Weekend, featured a spirited King Parade (see my video interviews below) AND that day where the first African American president assumed his role and hit the ground running. My day was book-ended by appearances at Derrick’s Jamaican Cuisine–the morning shift and the evening shift and deep discussions into the night.
The next day was rehashing everything in class with my students, then Thursday was picking up the son from South Africa and being riveted by the video and pictures and stories he brought back.
Today (Friday) was volunteer tutoring (we are still on Winter Session) and busy, I got up because my thoughts are floodin’.
Tuesday was beautiful
Son Ayo was there, right in the midst of everything, and phoned in a report as was BFF Paulette who was there with her sister front and center (well, close to it). Walking partner Rene was there and I felt such a connection by having these people so close to me giving me feeds. Check out Rene’s pics here:
Even Jaaye was giving reports of how it was to watch the happenings in South Africa. The professional pictures we have been seeing online are superb.
So of course, I continue to listen to those pundits who are naysaysers and of course I expected that from Rush Limbaugh, but to hear that from KPFK was a real buzzkill. Roseanne Barr has a show on that listener-sponsored station and every caller she fielded had something negative to say about Barack’s time in office, saddling him with problems that have existed for decades. “Well, as long as black people are still at the bottom in Philadelphia and other urban areas I don’t see his presidency meaning much…” (paraphrasing). The man was in office two days! Gee whiz!
My 8 year old son wishes he were Black
This is what Larry King blurted out on his eponymous show when interviewing Bob Woodward. This really irked El Rushbo but made me laugh because how many of us or our children have longed to be white when we realized who got all the cool stuff and opportunities. This pissed off some of King’s listeners folks no end. LOL
Lots more thoughts but we’ll chat later
I could go on and on, but I am listening to the Kevin Ross show on Blog Talk Radio (www.threebrothersandasister.blogspot.com), planning my next video piece, pulling together my syllabi for next semester, and contemplating a New Year’s fast. Molly Bell always says we’ve got to keep fasting and praying. Well, I pray but I really need to fast. It clears up everything: skin, thoughts and scalp. Plus I bought a new juicer so this gives me an excuse to put it to good use. Stay tuned!