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Books / 'Unbound' by Tarana Burke
« on: September 16, 2021, 05:36:25 am »
Thursday, 16th  September   ~Two Thousand & Twenty One
Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
by Tarana Burke

From the founder and activist behind one of the largest movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the "me too" movement, Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about her own journey to saying those two simple yet infinitely powerful words—me too—and how she brought empathy back to an entire generation in one of the largest cultural events in American history.

Tarana didn’t always have the courage to say "me too."

As a child, she reeled from her sexual assault, believing she was responsible. Unable to confess what she thought of as her own sins for fear of shattering her family, her soul split in two.

One side was the bright, intellectually curious third generation Bronxite steeped in Black literature and power, and the other was the bad, shame ridden girl who thought of herself as a vile rule breaker, not of a victim.

She tucked one away, hidden behind a wall of pain and anger, which seemed to work...until it didn’t.

Tarana fought to reunite her fractured soul, through organizing, pursuing justice, and finding community.

In her debut memoir she shares her extensive work supporting and empowering Black and brown girls, and the devastating realization that to truly help these girls she needed to help that scared, ashamed child still in her soul.

She needed to stop running and confront what had happened to her, for Heaven and Diamond and the countless other young Black women for whom she cared.

They gave her the courage to embrace her power.

A power which in turn she shared with the entire world.

Through these young Black and brown women, Tarana found that we can only offer empathy to others if we first offer it to ourselves.

Unbound is the story of an inimitable woman’s inner strength and perseverance, all in pursuit of bringing healing to her community and the world around her, but it is also a story of possibility, of empathy, of power, and of the leader we all have inside ourselves.

In sharing her path toward healing and saying "me too," Tarana reaches out a hand to help us all on our own journeys.

Friday, 18th June  Twenty One
How the Word Is Passed
A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
by Clint Smith

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves.

It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving more than four hundred people.

It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it.

It is the story of Angola, a former plantation–turned–maximum-security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay.

And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of confederate soldiers.

A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted.

Informed by scholarship and brought to life by the story of people living today, Smith’s debut work of nonfiction is a landmark of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.

Books / 'While Justice Sleeps' by Stacey Abrams
« on: May 11, 2021, 12:43:21 pm »
Tuesday, 11th May  Twenty One
A Constitutional Quirk Inspired Stacey Abrams' New Thriller, 'While Justice Sleeps'
by Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Stacey Abrams shares about her new legal thriller 'While Justice Sleeps'

“Now it’s out in the world and I’m so excited to have it out!”

A Supreme Court justice is gravely ill, ideological control of the court hangs in the balance — throw in a ruthless president and an international conspiracy, and what you have is the plot of Stacey Abrams's new novel, While Justice Sleeps.

Yes, that Stacey Abrams, the Georgia politician, and she's written a thriller ripped straight from the headlines — inspired by a conversation over lunch with her mentor.

"One day she was just musing about this strange phenomenon in the Constitution, and she asked me if I had ever thought about it for a book," Abrams recalls.

"And I said, no, I'd never really given it thought that Article III, which is the only provision in the Constitution that gives someone a lifetime appointment, has no failsafe for a person being physically unable to do the job."

This is far from Abrams's first book.

She's been writing romance novels since her time at Yale Law School — but she managed to write this new thriller in the midst of the 2020 election cycle, in which she played a pivotal role.

"Luckily, I started the book more than a decade ago and I had an extraordinary editor," she says.

"I would tell him, just ignore the pings on your computer that will happen around 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. — and we we were able to get it done."

On why writing is important to her

I love writing. I learned to write almost as soon as I learned to read. I went through a teenage phase where I wrote Christian rock and country music. Turns out those are not genres for me, but I see it both as a passion, but it's also an avocation. I used to say when I wrote my romance novels, I could pay car notes but not buy a car. And now I'm in a place where the purchasing power of my writing is slightly higher and I appreciate it.

On the main character, a Supreme Court clerk named Avery

Avery is smart and guarded. She's cynical, but she loves her friends. She's got a mother who struggles with drug addiction and she's her mother's primary caretaker. She is also driven and wants to be more than her circumstances would suggest she could become. And when she comes into work one morning, she is summoned to see the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and learns that she has been appointed the legal guardian of her boss, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and the swing vote for major cases.

On what political thrillers say about the nature of government

The nature of government, the nature of bureaucracy requires that we relinquish so much information, but there is always embedded in there the possibility of someone misusing what you provide. As someone who was a bureaucrat who's read these copious reports during my time as a program analyst for the OMB, there's a lot of information out there and we may choose to allow more access, but it needs to be a choice as opposed to something that just happens around us.

I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am someone who recognizes that fiction, good fiction relies on getting as close to the truth as possible and then twisting it into suspense, fear. And it has to seem like it could happen if it's going to work.

On recent republican efforts to restrict voting

Well, I want to push back first on the notion that this is simply a Democratic versus Republican debate. The challenge is that these laws do not use partisanship as their language. They target communities based on their behaviors. And what we have seen happen in Georgia, in Florida, what they did in Iowa is to identify behaviors that they found to be anathema to their victories. While the targets may be communities of color or young people or the disabled, eventually the harm is to all of our communities because we are diminishing the ability for our fellow Americans to participate in elections. And that's what should be frightening to all.

Communities of color have disproportionately been supportive of Democrats and thus have become a target of Republican changes to voting rights. But what I worry about is that rather than both parties having to compete based on their ideas and their policies, we are instead seeing a rigging of the game, a changing of the rules, because that's easier than actually having to argue for a community to support your ideas.

On the viral video of her response to Senator John Kennedy, and the possibility of being underestimated

I can't speak to Senator Kennedy's intent, what he expected of me in terms of my performance. My hope is that what people saw and what they respond to is that I'm not simply engaging in hyperbolic denunciation of these laws, that I know what I'm talking about. And I think for especially for women and women of color in particular, we are expected to know what we're talking about with a degree of specificity that is often not expected always of our counterparts.

When you are fighting for something, when there are those in power who do not want you to have it, you have a superior obligation to try to demonstrate the importance of change. And I find that the best way to do that is to have all the information at my disposal and to tell a good story about why it needs to be done differently.

Books / The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
« on: May 10, 2021, 03:08:56 pm »
Monday, 10th May  Twenty One
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
by Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public.
From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem:


But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color.

Racism has costs for white people, too.

It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all.

But how did this happen?

And is there a way out?

McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Maine to Mississippi to California, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm—the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others.

Along the way, she meets white people who confide in her about losing their homes, their dreams, and their shot at better jobs to the toxic mix of American racism and greed.

This is the story of how public goods in this country—from parks and pools to functioning schools—have become private luxuries; of how unions collapsed, wages stagnated, and inequality increased; and of how this country, unique among the world’s advanced economies, has thwarted universal healthcare.
But in unlikely places of worship and work, McGhee finds proof of what she calls the Solidarity Dividend: gains that come when people come together across race, to accomplish what we simply can’t do on our own.

The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal.

McGhee marshals economic and sociological research to paint an irrefutable story of racism’s costs, but at the heart of the book are the humble stories of people yearning to be part of a better America, including white supremacy’s collateral victims: white people themselves.

Books / Let's Talk Race by Fern L. Johnson and Marlene G. Fine
« on: May 10, 2021, 11:59:19 am »
Monday, 10th May  Twenty One
Let's Talk Race
A Guide for White People
by Fern L. Johnson and Marlene G. Fine

Let's Talk Race confronts why white people struggle to talk about race, why we need to own this problem, and how we can learn to do the work ourselves and stop expecting Black people to do it for us.

Written by two specialists in race relations and parents of two adopted African American sons, the book provides unique insights and practical guidance, richly illustrated with personal examples, anecdotes, research findings, and prompts for personal reflection and conversations about race.

Coverage includes:

  • Seeing the varied forms of racism
  • How we normalize and privilege whiteness
  • Essential and often unknown elements of Black history that inform the present
  • Racial disparities in education, health, criminal justice, and wealth
  • Understanding racially-linked cultural differences
  • How to find conversational partners and create safe spaces for conversations
  • Conversational do's and don'ts

Let's Talk Race is for all white people who want to face the challenges of talking about race and working towards justice and equity.

Books / ROXANNE GAY - Best Selling Author
« on: April 07, 2021, 10:58:10 am »
Wednesday, 7th April  Twenty One
Roxane Gay Is Practicing Saying No
by Mattie Kahn

Roxane Gay is the kind of person people turn to for advice.

She doles it out on Twitter to her 830K followers.

She and the writer and professor Tressie McMillan Cottom cohost a podcast titled Hear to Slay—taglined “The Black feminist podcast of your dreams.”

And she is the Work Friend columnist for the New York Times, where she addresses a broad mix of workplace dilemmas. 

To someone else who is feeling anxious about measuring up in a still-new job, Gay skips the usual chatter about building up confidence with self-help books.

“If you can, please do see a therapist to work through these anxieties, which are completely understandable but holding you back,” she writes.


Now Gay—who is also the author of such beloved best-sellers as Bad Feminist and her memoir, Hunger—is sharing her wisdom with a new audience.

Last month MasterClass announced that she would teach a course on writing for social change.

The class is billed as a chance to help subscribers have hard conversations about social issues, own their own identities, and navigate writing about trauma.

Glamour sat down with Roxane Gay over Zoom to ask her advice on—what else?—work, of course, but also her home office must-haves, her go-to gifts, and the best Instagram follows.

Her first childhood dream job

I wanted to be an emergency room physician.

I wasn't allowed to watch medical dramas on television, but I would see glimpses and it seemed exotic and exciting.

I thought that it would be great to help people.

Her first actual job

I was a dishwasher in the high school dining hall.

How she deals with disappointment

I allow myself to feel what I need to feel when I’m rejected or when I don’t get an accolade that I very much want.

If people don’t respond to my work the way I had hoped and I recognize that I have to sort of do better, I just allow myself to feel what I need to feel about it.

I wish more writers would do it. Don’t do it in public, but, you know, you have friends for a reason.

I try to just allow myself to sulk or to be hurt or disappointed or mad, and then I get over it and I just decide,

“Alright, onward. And I’m going to do better next time.”

How she learned to set boundaries at work

I don’t know that I have, and I’m still trying to fix that.

I think that we have a work culture in this country that does not encourage boundaries.

I think people are often expected to go above and beyond in ways that are really relentless simply because we’re told that’s what makes us good citizens.

We all buy into that—this idea that we can be better and we can do more.

I succumb to it as much as anyone.

So I’m trying to figure it out, and these days I’m trying to practice saying no.

I’m trying to say no more, and it’s really hard.

Part of the challenge is that people are really resistant to hearing it.

People sometimes see a no as a challenge.

They see no as this sort of call to arms.

When I say no, I actually just mean, no.

It’s not an invitation.

So in addition to learning how to set boundaries, I think the better question is, How do we teach people to respect boundaries?

The best piece of money advice she’s ever gotten

Ask for significantly more than you think is too much.

If you’re a woman, it still won’t be enough.

Every single time I have found that to be true.

I love to think I’m a very good negotiator.

I will negotiate a contract of some kind.

And then I will find out what white writers are paid or what men are paid, and I’m like, “Wow.”

I think it’s good advice for women.

You may not always get the answer you want, but we don’t ask for what we deserve—or the better word might be what we merit, what we’ve earned.

As often as possible, I hold the line.

Here is what my rate is.

If you can pay it, we’ll make wonderful work together.

And if you can’t, that’s totally fine, but you will not be working with me.

The hardest lesson she’s learned at work

Sometimes an employer will simply refuse to pay you what you’re worth, and then you have to make the difficult decision.

That certainly happened when I left Purdue [University].

I was drastically underpaid and not by a little bit.

When I brought it to their attention and showed them the comps of my peers with fewer books at other institutions, they came back with a raise that was ridiculous.

I realized they were never going to see my worth, even if every other institution did.

That was a really painful lesson.

It’s not that I thought I was that great, but I certainly knew that I brought a lot to the job and that I enjoyed it.

I decided to leave, even though it was terrifying and remains terrifying to not have a day job.

Sometimes you learn those lessons the hard way, and it’s okay.

Her favorite low-stakes treat

On a great day, I allow myself to just not open my laptop when I’m done working.

No more looking at an electronic device.

I will read or watch a movie.

I will just allow myself to shut down and do something enjoyable

Her go-to thank-you gift

This is going to sound really bougie, but Hermès scarves.

If you send it with a gift receipt, if the person doesn’t like what you’ve selected, they can exchange it for a scarf that they do like.

It’s more personal than a gift certificate, and I always make it clear: Do not feel wedded to this.

I will not take it personally if you do not like this.

Swap it for something you do like.

When I’m on a tighter budget, I like to do like custom stationery.

That’s really nice too.

Books / Children's Book Author Beverly Cleary passes away At 104
« on: March 26, 2021, 05:04:35 pm »
Friday, 26th March Twenty One
Children's Book Author Beverly Cleary passes away At 104
by NPR

Children's book author Beverly Cleary passed away Thursday in Carmel, California, her publisher HarperCollins said.

She was 104 years old.

Cleary was the creator of some of the most authentic characters in children's literature — Henry Huggins, Ralph S. Mouse and the irascible Ramona Quimby.

Generations of readers tore around the playground, learned to write in cursive, rebelled against tuna fish sandwiches and acquired all the glorious scrapes and bruises of childhood right along with Ramona.

Cleary's simple idea — to write about the kids in her own neighborhood — ensured that her books have never gone out of print.

"I think children want to read about normal, everyday kids. That's what I wanted to read about when I was growing up," Cleary told NPR's Linda Wertheimer in 1999.

"I wanted to read about the sort of boys and girls that I knew in my neighborhood and in my school. And in my childhood, many years ago, children's books seemed to be about English children, or pioneer children. And that wasn't what I wanted to read. And I think children like to find themselves in books."

Her writing style — clear, direct, uncomplicated — mirrored the author's own trajectory.

Cleary was still a young girl when she decided to become a children's book author.

By the 1940s she'd become a children's librarian in Portland, Oregon, and she remembered boys in particular would ask her:

"Where are the books about kids like us?"

There weren't any, so she sat down and wrote Henry Huggins, her first book about a regular little boy on Klickitat Street in Portland.

Henry Huggins was a hit upon first printing, but her readers wanted to hear more about the little girl who lived just up the street.

Ramona Quimby, the most famous of all of Cleary's characters, was unforgettable.

Mischievous, spunky and a hater of spelling, Ramona would be the first to tell you she's not a pest — no matter what anyone (especially her older sister Beezus) says.

In the opening chapter of Ramona the Pest, Ramona responds to her big sister:

"I'm not acting like a pest, I'm singing and skipping," said Ramona, who had only recently learned to skip with both feet. Ramona did not think she was a pest. No matter what others said, she never thought she was a pest. People who called her a pest were always bigger, so they could be unfair.

Cleary's memories were cinematically detailed.

In her autobiography, A Girl From Yamhill, she wrote about clamping around on tin can stilts and yelling "pieface!" at the neighbor.

She was an only child, who grew up in Portland during the Depression and still remembered when her father lost his job.

"I was embarrassed," she recalled.

"I didn't know how to talk to my father. I know he felt so terrible at that time that I just — I guess I felt equally terrible. And I think adults sometimes don't think about how children are feeling about the adult problems."

Cleary used her crystal-clear recall to capture the tribulations of young children exquisitely in her books.

"I'm just lucky. I do have very clear memories of childhood," Cleary said.

"I find that many people don't, but I'm just very fortunate."

Barbara Lalicki, who edited the 1999 Ramona book, Ramona's World, said Cleary steered the field of children's writing away from fantasy and historical fiction.

She was a "pioneer," Lalicki said, in this "rooted-in-reality kind of book for children.

Cleary's books racked up awards and were constantly reprinted and re-illustrated.

Librarians kept shelves devoted entirely to Cleary's books, and teachers read the books aloud to their students.

For about 30 years — despite objections from publishers who wanted her focus on writing more books — Cleary answered all of her fan mail herself.

"I learned a lot from children's letters," Cleary said.

"Dear Mr. Henshaw came about because two different boys from different parts of the country asked me to write a book about a boy whose parents were divorced. And so I wrote Dear Mr. Henshaw, and it won the Newbery."

Longtime children's librarian Nancy Pearl remembers hearing "a wonderful, possibly apocryphal story" about Cleary going to speak to a class of second- or third-graders:

"This little boy kept raising his hand, he had so much to ask her, and he said to her, 'Mrs. Cleary, I understand how you write your books. ... But where do you get your paper?' ... I think that's how involved kids get in those books."

Even with all the modern-day distractions — video games, music, movies and more — Cleary believed kids would keep on reading.

"I don't think anything takes the place of reading," Cleary said in 2006.

In one letter, a little girl said that reading in her room by herself was "like having a little television set in your head."

Decades after they were written, Cleary's books still ring true for children.

"I think deep down inside children are all the same," she said.

"They want two loving parents and they would prefer a house with a neighborhood they can play in. They want teachers that they can like. I don't think children have changed that much. It's the world that has changed."

And Beverly Cleary, with her honest, straight-talking heroes and heroines, certainly changed it for the better.

Books / Sulwe by Lupita Nyongo
« on: March 23, 2021, 09:13:54 pm »
Tuesday, 23rd March Twenty One
Lupita Nyong’o Children’s Book ‘Sulwe’ Getting Adapted Into Animated Netflix Musical
by Rebecca Rubin

Lupita Nyongo’s children’s book “Sulwe” will be adapted into an animated musical for Netflix.

Written by Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, the book follows a young Kenyan girl named Sulwe, who wishes for her dark skin to be lighter.

One night, Sulwe is visited by a shooting star sent by the Night that opens her eyes and changes her perspective.

“Sulwe” is a story about colorism, self-esteem and understanding that true beauty comes from within.

“The story of Sulwe is one that is very close to my heart,” said Nyong’o, who will serve as a producer on the film.

“Growing up, I was uncomfortable in my dark skin. I rarely saw anyone who looked like me in the aspirational pages of books and magazines, or even on TV. It was a long journey for me to arrive at self-love.”

She continued, “Sulwe is a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colorism, to have understanding and empathy, and an invitation for all who feel different and unseen to recognize their innate beauty and value. I am thrilled that the book is being adapted into an animated musical that we hope inspires children all around the world to celebrate their uniqueness.”

“Sulwe” is one of many animated features in the works at Netflix, a growing list that includes Richard Linklater’s

“Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure,” Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” adaptation, Wendy Rogers’ “The Magician’s Elephant,” Minkyu Lee’s “The Witch Boy,” an Aardman sequel to “Chicken Run.”

Earlier this year, Nyong’o read “Sulwe” as part of Netflix’s Bookmarks, a live-action series that features prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children’s books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience.

The episode with Nyong’o is available on Netflix and Netflix Jr. Youtube channel.

Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” and recently starred in Jordan Peele’s thriller “Us,” has several projects lined up, including the spy thriller “355” and the Trevor Noah biopic “Born a Crime.”

She’s also reprising her role as Nakia in the sequel to Disney and Marvel’s superhero smash “Black Panther.”

Sports Talk / KIM NG MLB General Manager
« on: March 23, 2021, 07:36:51 pm »
Tuesday, 23rd March Twenty One
'I Feel Like It's Me'
by Stephanie Apstein

Suzyn Waldman, the Yankees’ broadcaster, cried when she heard the news.

Mariana Patraca, a Latin America operations assistant with the Diamondbacks, parked and sat in her car, scrolling through Twitter.

Andrea Nuñez, a strength and conditioning coach in the Angels’ organization, summoned all her self-control to keep from jumping up and down at Disney World.

Eventually they—and other women around baseball—found time to pause and consider the moment:

Kim Ng had just been named general manager of the Marlins, making her the first woman in major American men’s professional sports to hold that position.

The Women in Baseball WhatsApp group almost melted its 80 members’ phones.

“It’s huge for all of us,” says Patraca.

“For the ones who are dreaming, for the ones who are working in baseball and for the little ones who want to get there.”

According to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport’s 2020 report card, women made up just 20% of MLB team vice presidents this year, and there were 21 women in on-field coaching or player development positions.

(That figure is up from three in ’17.)

The pipeline for women is narrow, because most girls do not play baseball.

And even if they do make it to professional baseball in some capacity, they face challenges both common in other industries (”assertive” comes off as “bossy”) and not (some clubs have no women’s locker room facilities), all while navigating an institutional culture that often prioritizes the way things have always been done.

The group text began last summer as a reaction to this reality.

It functions as a combination of networking opportunity, discussion board and cheerleading squad.

Its members were so excited about Ng’s hire not just because a woman shattered one of men’s sports’ highest glass ceilings.

They were so excited because of which woman did it.

Ng, 52, has spent 30 years in the game, starting as a 21-year-old intern holding a radar gun for the White Sox.

The Yankees made her, at 29, the youngest assistant GM in baseball in 1998.

She became an assistant GM and vice president with the Dodgers in 2001, then moved a decade later to the league office to work as the senior vice president of baseball operations.

Over the years, she has interviewed for at least five other GM jobs: with the Dodgers, the Mariners, the Padres, the Angels and the Giants.

A few months ago, Rachel Balkovec, a 33-year-old hitting coach in the Yankees’ organization, and herself the first woman to hold her position, emailed Ng:

“Thank you for doing work before I was born.”

Nuñez says, “The most important thing for us is to not be hired to be a check mark. I don’t want you to hire me because I'm going to give you a check mark on your diversity list. For the most qualified candidate for that position to happen to be a woman and a woman who achieved so much, that is amazing. That is exactly the hire we want.”

“She’s just fukkin' earned it,” says Balkovec.

“There’s no other way to say it.”

The reaction across the sport varied by generation.

Jean Afterman, senior vice president and assistant general manager of the Yankees, and Raquel Ferreira, who holds the same title with the Red Sox, have known Ng for decades and were thrilled for her specifically.

The younger women saw themselves in her.

Balkovec has been open with her friends about wanting to lead a team some day.

One of them, Rachel Folden, a hitting coach in the Cubs’ organization, texted her:

“When you get to be a GM, you’re gonna have company.”

And Ng, the first MLB GM of East Asian descent, is especially significant as a woman of color.

“It’s important that we don’t lose sight of that,” says Andrea La Pointe, a minor league operations assistant with the Angels.

“I’m sure that not only has she faced sexism, she’s also faced racism.”

Nuñez has spent her whole career trying to teach people that there is a tilde in her name, so she was delighted when she realized that, despite having read Ng's name many times, she had rarely heard it out loud and needed to confirm how to say it.

“I can’t wait to find out how to pronounce it and correct everybody who says it wrong!” she says.

(It’s ANG.)

Most years in early December, you can find Ng seated at a dais at MLB’s Winter Meetings, speaking on a panel about diversity and inclusion.

Her copanelists change, as do the topics, but one thing remains the same: the rapt attention of the young women in the audience.

Afterman, Ferreira and Ng form something of a triumfeminate, the inevitable go-tos for perspective on women in baseball.

“I intentionally go to the Winter Meetings even when I don’t have to,” says Balkovec.

“Just to see them and hear them talk.”

René Rismondo, who works at the players association, wrote “at least 10” reports on Ng through high school and college, she says.

When Rismondo started in the industry, her mentors reminded her to keep her childhood fandom to herself.

It wasn’t hard to keep quiet about her love of the Mets.

It was hard to keep quiet about her admiration for Ng.

When they met at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Rismondo considered saying something but decided not to.

“I didn’t want to be weird,” she says, laughing.

Eve Rosenbaum, the Orioles’ director of development, worked under Ng as an intern in the commissioner’s office in 2011.

Rosenbaum still has the notes she took as Ng gave her advice on the final day of the internship.

The one she turns to most often is:

“Write down your opinions and then write down what the results are. And then change your opinion.”

Rosenbaum keeps one list in her phone of swing characteristics and statistics she expects will produce a good player, and another of prospects she expects to shine or fall flat.

She checks occasionally to see how her opinions are holding up.

Whenever Patraca feels frustrated, she reminds herself that Ng once counseled her to let her work speak for itself.

I’ll do my best, Patraca thinks.

And I’ll be fine.

Melissa Lambert, the assistant director of behavioral science for the Royals, has never met Ng, but she tries to emulate her.

“She’s not a flashy person,” Lambert says.

“But she’s well respected in the game. You look at her résumé: She’s worked her way up the ladder.”

The lesson she takes from this, she says, is that she can find success in the game if she works hard and remains patient.

Many women in the sport can point to individual words or ideas like this.

But for many of them, just knowing that Ng is there means more than anything else.

“She has been deeply impactful to me,” Balkovec says.

“I don’t think she even really knows that. She and Raquel and Jean have really impacted my idea of what’s possible for me.”

MLB posted an image of a young girl watching news coverage of Ng’s hiring.

Many other women in baseball retweeted it and posted it on Instagram.

They loved the idea that little kids—”girls and boys,” Afterman points out—will now be able to see that women belong in baseball.

But they are also happy that adults will see the same thing.

“It’s also important to remember that there's a lot of us that are right there,” says Jen Wolf, the Indians’ life skills coordinator.

“It's not just about this new generation of people that are coming into baseball. It's also about the women that are in the game right now that are ready to step up. And it's amazing that Kim is the first one, and we're so excited for her. But it's almost as important that there's a second, third and fourth female GM.”

Afterman laughs at that idea.

“There are some men in the game that are probably terrified that there's going to be a flood of girls,” she says.

But she hopes that the Marlins’ decision makes it easier for other franchises to take that step.

“Kudos to them,” she says,

“because I think it takes foresight and intelligence to recognize somebody's talents and to hire the best person for the job and not give a s--- about the other stuff. And I think that there's been perhaps a failure of that kind of courage in other organizations.”

Most of the women currently working in the game have experienced a day a bit like Ng’s Friday: an announcement of their new job, followed by an inundation of messages.

They were always thrilled to see how much their hire meant to people they knew and even to people they didn’t.

But, Balkovec likes to say, when she was hired, she felt a bit as if she were a sophomore in high school and everyone were trying to throw her a graduation party.

Getting the job is a good first step. But then you have to do the job.

Ng alluded to that feeling in her press conference Monday.

She said that when she got the job, she felt as if a 10,000-pound weight had been lifted from one shoulder.

About half an hour later, she realized it had been transferred to the other one.

“Her hard work is just beginning,” says Claire Smith, who in 1983 became the first female MLB beat writer when she covered the Yankees for the Hartford Courant and was inducted into the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

“Kim’s going to be the living embodiment of something my dad always said to me: As an African American, as a woman, you have to prove what you’re not before you can prove what you are.”

The world will be watching as Ng tries to guide the Marlins to a title.

They finished 31–29 last season and made a surprise charge to the playoffs, where they eventually fell to the Braves 3–0 in the Division Series, and they boast a talented young roster.

But Ng must also contend with an ownership group that slashed payroll and fired many longtime employees when it took over in 2017 and has not yet shown a willingness to spend.

Being a GM is hard under the easiest of circumstances, and trailblazing is not the easiest of circumstances.

Most of the women in baseball on that WhatsApp thread—and beyond—have been around the game long enough to have a good idea of what's coming.

“This is a very tough business if you’re female,” says Waldman.

“It's still a tough business, although everybody is patting themselves on the back.”

Still, they believe Ng will make them proud.

Once she stopped crying Friday, Waldman sent Ng a long text of congratulations.

It ended: “Now get to work. You have a team to run.”

« on: March 13, 2021, 05:45:33 pm »
Saturday, 13th March Twenty One
by Nate Scott

Marvin Hagler v Thomas Hearns in 1985

On Saturday evening, Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s wife announced to social media that the legendary boxer had passed away at the age of 66.

“Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire,” Kay G. Hagler wrote to his official Facebook page.

“Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Hagler was the undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, an incredible run that saw him successfully defend his title 12 times.

His 52 knockouts in 67 career fights (78%) remains a high mark for middleweight champions.

Hagler, who legally changed his name to Marvelous Marvin, will perhaps best be remembered for what many people consider the greatest boxing round in history, his first round against Tommy Hearns in 1985.

Entering the bout, it was being billed as “The Fight.”

Afterwards, it was renamed “The War.”

Watching the highlights will show you why.

Books / 6 Dr. Seuss books that won't be published anymore
« on: March 10, 2021, 11:21:44 am »
Wednesday, 10th March 2021
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore because they portray people in 'hurtful and wrong' ways
by Amanda Watts & Leah Samelash

Conservatives have recently seized on a decision earlier this month by the business that preserves Dr. Seuss' legacy to stop publishing six books they say "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," with fox news personalities and some republican lawmakers claiming it's the latest example of the left's "cancel culture," even though the decision was made by the publisher.

Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," the business that preserves the author's legacy said.

The titles are:

"And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street"

"If I Ran the Zoo"

"McElligot's Pool"

"On Beyond Zebra!"

"Scrambled Eggs Super!"

"The Cat's Quizzer"

In a statement, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said it made the decision after consulting educators and reviewing its catalog.

"Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises's catalog represents and supports all communities and families," it said.

The announcement was made Tuesday, the birthday of the famed children's book author.

Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, is one of the best-known authors in the world, the man behind beloved classics like "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," among others.

Over 650 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, the Washington Post reported in 2015.

But Dr. Seuss had a long history of publishing racist and anti-Semitic work, spanning back to the 1920s when he was a student at Dartmouth College.

There, Dr. Seuss once drew Black boxers as gorillas and perpetuated Jewish stereotypes by portraying Jewish characters as financially stingy, according to a study published in the journal "Research on Diversity in Youth Literature."

That study, published in 2019, examined 50 books by Dr. Seuss and found 43 out of the 45 characters of color have "characteristics aligning with the definition of Orientalism," or the stereotypical, offensive portrayal of Asia.

The two "African" characters, the study says, both have anti-Black characteristics.

Two specific examples, according to the study, are found in the books "The Cat's Quizzer: Are YOU Smarter Than the Cat in the Hat?" and "If I Ran the Zoo."

"In ("The Cat's Quizzer"), the Japanese character is referred to as 'a Japanese,' has a bright yellow face, and is standing on what appears to be Mt. Fuji," the authors wrote.

Regarding "If I Ran the Zoo," the study points out another example of Orientalism and White supremacy.

"The three (and only three) Asian characters who are not wearing conical hats are carrying a White male on their heads in 'If I Ran the Zoo.' The White male is not only on top of, and being carried by, these Asian characters, but he is also holding a gun, illustrating dominance. The text beneath the Asian characters describes them as 'helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant' from 'countries no one can spell,'" the study authors wrote.

The study also argues that since the majority of human characters in Dr. Seuss' books are White, his works -- inadvertently or not -- center Whiteness and thus perpetuate White supremacy.

Earlier this week, a school district in Virginia made headlines for allegedly banning books by Dr. Seuss.

But Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), located in Ashburn, said it is not banning books by the famous children's author -- it's just discouraging a connection between "Read Across America Day," which was created to get kids excited about reading, and Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Both fall on March 2nd, and have often been "historically connected" to each other, the district said in a statement.

"Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss," LCPS said in its statement, which links to a School Library Journal article from 2018 about the National Education Association focusing its Read Across America efforts "on Diversity Not Dr. Seuss."

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Feel The Funk / Prince Markie Dee Passes Away
« on: February 19, 2021, 03:31:12 am »
Friday, 19th February Two Thousand and Twenty One
Prince Markie Dee [of the Fat Boys] Passes Away

February 19th, 1968 - February 18, 2021

Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys has reportedly died at the age of 52 from congestive heart failure, reports AllHipHop.

His passing was also confirmed by the likes of Questlove, Fat Joe, and Run The Jewels’ El-P, who all took to social media to mourn his death.

Born Mark Morales, Prince rose to prominence with The Fat Boys alongside Kool Rock-Ski and the late Buff Love in the early 1980s.

They would become one of the first rap groups to release full-length albums and achieve mainstream popularity, finding success alongside groups like Run D.M.C. and Whodini.

In 1984, The Fat Boys emerged with their Gold-certified self-titled debut album, which is heralded as a hip-hop classic.

Its release would kick off a string of Gold albums that included 1985’s The Fat Boys Are Back and 1988’s Coming Back Hard Again.

The group’s lone Platinum-certified album arrived in 1987: Crushin’, responsible for the group’s high-charting song, “Wipeout,” which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Despite the group’s success, The Fat Boys broke up at the turn of the decade.

Prince Markie Dee went on to be a successful producer and solo act in the 1990s.

He dropped his debut solo album Free in 1992, which also birthed his first No. 1 single, “Typical Reasons (Swing My Way).”

He also wrote and produced songs for Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Father MC, Mariah Carey, Craig Mack, and more.

On a more recent note, he served as a radio host and DJ for Rock The Bells, who shared their condolences in a tweet saying “voice and his presence can never be replaced.”

Books / A Promised Land by Barack Obama
« on: November 17, 2020, 07:35:18 am »
Tuesday, 17th November 2o2o
One-on-One With Barack Obama
by Michael Harriot

Because he’s been pretty low-key about it, you might not be aware that a promising politician that we’ve been keeping an eye on released 'A Promised Land' on Tuesday—a book that offers a firsthand account of Barack Obama’s journey to becoming America’s first Black president.

When The Root discovered this information, we thought we’d help the little-known former senator overcome the lack of media coverage.

It wasn’t that we were impressed by his ability to type complete sentences that didn’t contain the words “powerful” or “bigly.”

However, after the success of Michelle Obama’s Becoming, we just didn’t want the rest of the Obamas to refer to the former president’s fourth literary offering as “his lil’ book or whatever.”

To help get the word out, Mr. Obama agreed to answer a few of my/The Root’s questions looking back on the Obama years and the time that followed.

Here are his unedited responses:

Up until the day you won, even the concept of a Black president was an almost laughably unthinkable goal. What is the one thing that convinced you that you were the person who could do it?

Well, I wasn’t sure I was the person who could do it. Who knows, right? When you run for president, it’s a long shot, even if your name isn’t Barack Hussein Obama.

But here’s what I did know: That if I won, the day I raised my hand and took the oath to be president of the United States, the world would start looking at America differently. And kids all around the country—Black kids, Hispanic kids, kids who don’t fit in—they’d see themselves differently. Their horizons would be lifted, their sense of what was possible expanded. That, alone, was reason enough to give it a shot.

And I also thought about the civil rights generation of heroes: Dr. King, John Lewis, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, C.T. Vivian, Dorothy Height, and so many others. They were the ones who made it possible for me to have the luxury of even considering running. And that’s why, when that day came—and I raised my hand on the steps of the Capitol—I told John Lewis I was there because of him.

Which policy or policies of the Obama administration do you believe had the most impact on the lives of Black Americans?

Here’s the big picture: I’m proud of the work we did to lift Americans’ prospects across all races. And after entering office in the middle of a huge recession, we righted the ship with the economy, put folks back to work, and became the first administration to pass comprehensive healthcare reform after decades of trying. And because Black communities are often harder hit by many of these large-scale trends—inequality, joblessness, lack of health insurance—these interventions can have a real effect.

More specifically, we brought Black unemployment down from close to 17 percent when I became president to less than 8 percent when we left. We made sure healthcare was not a privilege for a few but a right for everybody—and secured coverage for 20 million Americans, including nearly three million African Americans. After my eight years in office, our high school graduation rate was at an all-time high, including for Black students. Obviously, we still had more work to do when I left office, and that’s still clear today on these and so many other issues.

As the millions of Americans who’ve raised their voices this year show, our criminal justice system is still broken. But we did begin to bring about some change during my two terms—reducing the federal prison population, ending the use of solitary confinement for juveniles, and banning the box for federal employers. We also reinvigorated the Justice Department’s civil rights division and created a twenty-first-century policing task force that brought together Black Lives Matter activists, police chiefs, academics, and others to come up with recommendations to make sure the law is applied equally across communities. And through My Brother’s Keeper, we brought new opportunities to young Black men across the country. I was particularly proud of the fact that, in my last year in office, we lifted millions of people out of poverty.

Now, a lot of the progress we made has been under assault the past few years, and this pandemic has hit Black folks especially hard. Which is why, even though this election is over, we can’t stop making our voices heard on the streets and at the polls, so we can realize the change we still need to make.

Looking back on your first presidential campaign, which political event or incident do you point to and say: “If this had or hadn’t happened, I would have never become president.”

Well, every winning campaign looks like it’s run by geniuses, but the truth is, there are always a bunch of events that could go either way. What matters is how you respond to them.

I first learned this during my campaign for Senate in 2004—when a series of events you definitely don’t have the time for me to go into sort of cleared the field for me. And then, when John Kerry asked me to speak at the 2004 Democratic convention, that was another pivotal moment, because it gave me a big platform to introduce myself.

The presidential campaign had too many events like that, too many inflection points, to list. But one thing that shaped my candidacy, which definitely didn’t feel like a blessing at the time, was how talented my opponents were in the primary. Going through that grueling process to become the nominee made me a better general election candidate and a better president.

Of course, there was the moment when people seized on some remarks my former pastor had made. That was painful. But it also gave me a chance to speak honestly about race in a way I think a lot of Americans found refreshing in a presidential candidate.

Then, during the general election, obviously, the biggest event was the financial crisis. Six weeks before the election, the bottom really fell out of the economy—and I wanted to make sure that I acted in such a way that folks would start seeing me not just as a candidate but as a president.

How did being a Black person in America prepare you for being president?

To be a good president you have to understand what folks are going through (and that’s a big part of the reason why I know my friend Joe Biden is going to be such a good one). The point is, issues can’t be purely theoretical—you’ve got to have some lived experience, to understand what’s going on in Black families, the kinds of conversations that are taking place, rather than just understanding our communities as another line of data on a chart.

My time as an organizer on the South Side of Chicago was particularly formative in this way. It’s an experience that gave me a firmer footing not just in my own racial identity but also in the common threads that unite us all, as Black folks and as Americans, even as there is no single way to be Black. I came to love the men and women I worked with back then—the single mom living on a ravaged block who somehow got all four children through college, the laid-off steelworker who went back to school to become a social worker. Through them, I saw the transformation that took place when citizens held their leaders and institutions to account, even on something as small as putting in a stop sign on a busy corner or getting more police patrols.

So I learned more about not only the lives and stories of folks on the South Side but also the promise and struggle at the heart of our democracy. It’s something I kept with me each day as president: that I couldn’t be satisfied simply seeing things through my own lens; I had to make sure I was thinking about what others are seeing and feeling, as well.

You are a former president and you are unquestionably the predominant role model for a generation of Black people, both of which come with a certain amount of public scrutiny. But for one day, you get to be an anonymous, everyday American who can go anywhere you want and do anything. Describe that day.

You know, honestly, I’d just take a walk. Go to the grocery store. Go out to dinner with Michelle. Maybe get some ice cream. Around my second or third year in office, I’d have this recurring dream, maybe once every six months, where I’m walking down the street and head into a coffee shop or a bar or something and nobody recognizes me. It was great!

What I really miss most are the virtues of anonymity. It’s not so much a security issue as it is the tyranny of selfies. Don’t get me wrong, people could not be nicer, and I love having a cool conversation. One of my favorite parts of campaigning, which I also miss, was being able to go into people’s living rooms, meeting them on their front porches, and they’d tell me about their lives. But I’m not about the selfies.

I guess that’s a high-class problem to have. As a friend once told me, it’s just the price of living out your dreams, which is a pretty good way of looking at it.

'A Promised Land' is available at Black-owned bookstores everywhere.

...and probably some white ones, too.

Books / 'The Purpose Of Power' by Alicia Garza
« on: October 24, 2020, 05:46:22 pm »
Saturday, 24th October 2o2o
'The Purpose of Power' by Alicia Garza
by Michel Martin, Christianna Silva and Meghan Sullivan

Alicia Garza was an activist and organizer for more than a decade back in 2013 when her social media posts — along with the hashtag drafted and shared by her fellow activists Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometti — helped start what is now the global Black Lives Matter movement.

It is one of the most visible social justice movements in the world, and since its creation, Garza has continued to work and think about how both liberal and conservative movements start, thrive and evolve.

She builds upon that work in her new book, 'The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart', which is part memoir and part instruction manual for creating a movement.

"What I wanted to do was have this book be a tool that we can use to better understand what our role is in making change and how we can use our talents, whatever they are, to contribute to a movement that can change the world," Garza told host Michel Martin in an interview with NPR's All Things Considered.

Garza reflected on her past two decades of activism, the lessons she learned while building the Black Lives Matter movement and the upcoming election, which she calls "one of the most important and most consequential in a generation."

"It's my hope that people who put their hands on this book will have some tools to use to counter the devastating things that are happening in this country right now and will be able to do so not just before the election, but after," she said.


On writing the book

You know, I've been an organizer for 20 years, and seven years of those two decades have been involved in helping to build the Black Lives Matter movement. And so, you know, one of the things that I've learned over the last seven years is that there is such a hunger for better understanding how movements happen. Can you turn hashtags into movements? What is the way to use social media to bring people together? Can influencers also be organizers? These are all big questions that I that I get every single day. And so what I wanted to do was have this book be a tool that we can use to better understand what our role is in making change and how we can use our talents, whatever they are, to contribute to a movement that can change the world.

On what she learned from her mom that shaped her activism

My mom, she was my superhero. And my earliest memories of my mom are waking up in the middle of the night as a kid and walking with bare feet on the carpet towards the light and the kitchen, which was always on late at night. And I would walk into the kitchen and I would see my mom at the kitchen table, and she'd be sitting there in front of one of those calculators that had the receipt tape. And there would be bills spread all around. And she'd have her coupon book and she'd be clickety clacking on that calculator and she'd have her checkbook next to her as well. And she was really trying to figure out how to make ends meet.

And my mom is somebody who had so many talents, and she is a woman who got pregnant with me. She was in a relationship and that relationship fell apart before I was born. So here she was having to figure out not only how to make ends meet, not only how to pursue her own dreams, but also having to figure out how to raise a young Black girl child in a world that does not love Black people. And looking back on that, what I realize is that one of the things — one of the many things — my mom taught me was about resilience and dedication.

But frankly, the earliest lessons I have of my mother, I think, are really what feminism looks like in practice. And I know that there are black women all over the country who, like my mom, are up late at night trying to figure out how to make it work, try to trying to figure out how to make ends meet, but also trying to figure out how to pursue their dreams. And so much of my work has been guided by my mother — and wanting Black women like my mom who are superheroes for the people in their lives to be able to pursue their dreams in the daytime and not just late at night when everybody else is asleep.

On how this year strikes her in terms of Black lives

This moment strikes me as phenomenal. And when I think about what I've been able to see in my lifetime — I've been alive when we had the first Black president in this country, that this country's ever seen. I have now been alive to see and to be a part of the smallest part of two massive explosions of this movement, which has, of course, become global.

This year, my reflections have been that this movement has now kind of embedded itself in the muscle memory of this country. And it's been this year that this movement has really spread, and spread beyond people who are already involved to people who may have been standing on the sidelines or maybe even people who thought that this movement wasn't necessary.

On the successes of the Black Lives Matter movement – and what still needs to be done

In the book, I talk about how movements are not reserved for those of us who want to see peace and justice and liberty for all. Certainly, we're in the midst of the victories of a conservative movement that has been gaining steam, has been broadening and also becoming more extreme in its perspective.

Sometimes we think that building movements is about finding the people who agree with you. And actually what the conservative movement has done very well is they've certainly been able to be united around a series of core principles — but they're also united around the fact that they want complete and total power. And this is how they are able to push through any disagreements in their quite broad coalition. And so on our side of things, I think there's something to be learned from that.

Certainly, we're not trying to mirror the practice of the right — we've seen the destruction that that has brought into our communities. But there is something very, very powerful about remembering that the goal here is not to find smaller and smaller groupings of people who agree on everything. The goal here is to push towards victory. And I think what victory looks like in this context is having political power so that we can have power in every aspect of our lives. That means engaging in and I'm contending for power in the in the electoral arena. But it also means creating the kinds of coalitions that are unlikely. It is that wide range of perspective that makes those coalitions quite powerful.

On why Black Lives Matter has not been more focused on responding to political attacks against the movement

You know, I have some good news, which is that some of those things are actually happening now. You know, I started an organization in 2018 called the Black Futures Lab to address that gap of, you know, having a legislative agenda that really talks about how it is that we make Black Lives Matter from city hall to Congress. And to date, we've organized nearly 70,000 Black voters around that agenda, and those Black voters will be using this agenda as they are voting in this election, which we both know is one of the most important and most consequential in a generation.

And at the same time, I think, you know, your point around the deliberate targeting of Black Lives Matter and using this movement as a political football in now two election cycles is something that we need to pay attention to. And the notion that we don't challenge it and haven't challenged it I think remains true today. Donald Trump is saying egregious things about Black Lives Matter. He's talked a lot this year about creating task forces to investigate Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization. I mean, literally at this point, it's not even dog whistles. Like I say in the book, there's bullhorns that are being projected from this president around what he plans to do if he takes the election to our movements.

On why she's not encouraging more people to run for office, or running herself

I'm not opposed to any kind of elected office. However, it's not really where my focus is right now for myself. I'd much rather focus on developing people's capacity to fill those roles. And I think with the 20 years of organizing experience that I have, I think I'm a good asset in that direction.

... And the reason that I didn't focus so much on pushing people to run for office in this book is because I think there's a lot of books out there that talk about how to do that and why that's important. But there's even fewer books that actually talk about and demystify what it means to join a movement. I certainly make the argument that there are many ways and many lanes inside of a movement and many ways to be a part of one. And I think I do a good job of saying that there's no one best position to play your role from. We actually need many roles, so we need people in elected office and we also need people who are outside pressuring the people who represent us and making sure that they know that there will be consequences if they disappoint us.

On how the Black Live Matter Movement has changed her

I would just say that one thing that has changed for me is I've had many disappointments in being a part of movements and being an organizer. I've lost campaigns that I had my heart set on. I've been disappointed by people that I've worked with or organized with. And those moments used to really shatter me.

But I think I've learned how to have a soft heart and strong boundaries. And part of having a soft heart is really remembering and believing, right, hat change is not supposed to be easy, but change fundamentally is supposed to inspire you to keep going. And knowing that the failures that we will inevitably have can ultimately lead towards victories if we just stay committed.

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Feel The Funk / Pamela Hutchinson of The Emotions passes away
« on: September 20, 2020, 07:05:53 pm »
Sunday, 20th September 2o2o
Singer Pamela Hutchinson of The Emotions passes away
by Emeka Dibia

The iconic group The Emotions has lost one of their voices this weekend. 

Pamela Hutchinson passed away on Friday according to a post made on the group’s official fakebook page.

The post told fans that their “beautiful sister” will now “sing amongst the angels in heaven in perfect peace.”

“In loving memory, we are saddened to announce the passing of our sister, Pamela Rose Hutchinson, on Friday, September 18, 2020.
Pam succumbed to health challenges that she’d been battling for several years,” the post read.

“During this time, the family kindly asks for fans and friends to respect our privacy. We appreciate all kind words, photos, and videos you may want to post for our beloved Pamela and of course your loving prayers. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. We love you, Pamela!” the post continued.

Hutchinson, though the youngest of the trio, helped shape the group’s unique sound.

The Emotions originally launched as a gospel group, known as the Hutchinson Sunbeams who traveled with their father Joe Hutchinson.

The Sunbeams sang on Jerry Van Dyke‘s “Children’s Gospel” television show and even toured with New Orleans native and famed gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.

When the group added an R&B/Soul feel to their music, they dropped “Sunbeams” and became The Emotions.

The grew a large following in their hometown of Chicago and the rest was history.

VH1 listed The Emotions as one of the most influential girl groups of all time.

Music lovers spanning several generations probably know the group for one of their best known hit singles, “Best of My Love.”

Pamela Hutchinson was 61.

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