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November 22, 2009

Sarah Palin, Going Rogue, everyone’s to blame!

Filed under: News,Politics,Uncategorized,women — noirwomannews @ 7:45 am
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Sarah Palin’s heads across the country promoting her new book “Going Rogue”, which blames everyone for the problems she had during the campaign from Katie Couric to John McCain himself.

Truthfully few took her seriously in the first place, candidates for public office have to be looked at seriously, and no matter what excuses Palin delivers in her book “Going Rogue’, the truth is she was not ready and not qualified to hold the office as vice president.

Part of me really just wished she would have been honest and admit to the facts which were she was not knowledgeable on political issues, policy or even some current events.

There is something respectable about truth and accountability from those running for office. Palin would have gained additional supporters to her team with truth instead of excuses. Politicians do it all the time as the learn from mistakes and continue to seek office in the next election.

 However there is a problem at starting at the top and working your way up when it comes to knowledge. Maybe you need the basic skill set and the other things come along the way

It’s Katie Couric’s fault Palin didn’t know the name of  one single newspaper or magazine during her infamous interview last year. As for most of her other issues they were the fault of McCain’s handlers who treated her as a robot and she had no choice but to jump and ask how high? 

There is no doubt that it was hard for her being a female candidate, but Hillary Clinton was also a female, yet she was able to speak clearly and intelligently on issues concerning the government and Country.

Maybe Palin should simply say the truth, she was in over her head and no one including McCain say the train wreck awaiting which would  follow the announcement of  her as his selected running mate. 

Everyone is not suited for every job in life, or sometimes preparation is required in advance to make a solid respectable attempt. basically, not many people wanted anything to happen to McCain with fear of Palin as number one in life for the oval office.

The smoke has all cleared, and actually even I like Palin better these day’s, because it was never personal, but during the election it was like watching a crash over and over again wanting to jump in and save her from herself.

McCain and his camp were responsible, but it was for placing her in that position in the first place, especially when there were women who could have served them better based on experience and knowledge of government.

That poor Sarah song is old, she is nice and funny and certainly we all have areas where we are smart, but politics is not her area of expertise and the sooner she admits this, or works to change this by studying issues, current events and government, Palin would get more  respect from women and also be seen as a candidate serious enough to claim her faults and take this time to work on her politics.

 Every day women fight the fight and lose battles based on gender, but her problems were not that she was a woman, it was the material she herself presented which was used against her instead. If a man said he could see Russia from his back yard and used it as an example of his foreign policy knowledge, he too would have made the news in a negative light. It wasn’t always get her because she is a woman, sometimes it was amazement of the answers being delivered to media.

The same looks that hurt her based on lack of knowledge on issues got her there in the first place. Unless Palin  really believes McCain’s selected her based on her knowledge of policy. Truthfully she would have to know she was selected because she was a woman. Plain and simple.

Palin does have a future within her party , but what role she will play if anyone’s guess, but her in a political office would require a make over which seems impossible if the person refuses to be accountable for her actions and words during the campaign.

This would mean not blaming others for her lack of knowledge in government or world affairs, and simply state this is an area she is working on and has learned much since the election.

 Apparently her current handlers are not teaching her the art of public relations. Humility and honesty plays out better than the blame game,  adult women can’t blame everything on men, especially when they stay in the game til the end.  Palin waited to the games was over to call out foul! She displayed a confident fiery attitude often in public, now we are to believe she was meek  and vulnerable and  everyone made her do things she didn’t agree with, and say things she didn’t want to say?  Right!

Oprah say’s leaving feels right!

Filed under: Business,News,Oprah Winfrey,women — noirwomannews @ 6:17 am
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There had been speculation for sometime that the queen of daytime television was not going to continue her successful talk show, and Oprah Winfrey made that announcement this week on her show, vowing to end her show after the magic number 25-year in 2011.

The queen commands media attention as everyone tries to figure out what she will do after ending the Oprah Winfrey Show. The list is long on possibilities seeing that she is a business woman with interest in media holdings including show’s of Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and Dr, Oz. She also has a radio show, a succesful magazine “O”, and is planning to launch a new television cable network under her brand as the OWN network a fifty percent  partnership with The Discovery Network.

After twenty something years of daytime success with her show, she want’s to move on at what she considers the right time, saying ” it just feels right in my bones and in my soul.” 

Most realize that this is just a new beginning and that Winfrey will still be around stronger than ever as she puts her midas touch on her new network venture, which was not mentioned during her announcement on her show Friday.

The networks are the ones ot watch as they look to fill the shoes of the most successful daytime talk show in history. Which many say just won’t happen. Sure someone will host a show and garner decent ratings, but will that someone become a media queen or king? Probably not.  There are also the questions of does it have to be a male ot female, some say ot doesn’t matter, yet I disagree. Part of the magic of Oprah was her being a woman relating to other women just like her in some way. She is every woman on some level which made her easy to watch and listen to as a friend.

That magic is her personality and ability to give of herself even when it hurts. The ability to be truthful about herself and her thought on others. The most magical part of Oprah is  her ability to be vulnerable one minute, and the next show strength in uniting a fight for a cause near and dear to her heart.

The magic is a sincere human quality of wanting to change the world by making it better every single day, that’s her ongoing drive because she cares  deeply and without judgement as she has said and displayed by her ability to interview a king or a homeless person making each feel important for that one hour, that’s the magic and not something anyone can successfully achieve. 

There will be many fighting for that daytime title, and another show will land in the time slot, but Oprah is a brand and it took all of those years to build that brand, so a newbie has to have that staying power to even come close to the numbers generated by Oprah.

Shaniya Davis, another child lost to violence

Filed under: News,women — noirwomannews @ 5:42 am
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There is a problem in our society when women are being abducted, raped and or murdered, even worst children are facing the same disgusting fate in alarming numbers as victims.

 There are often reports of child abduction and rape which is horrible and shouldn’t happen to any child. But in the case of little 5-year-old Shaniya Nicole Davis its her  mother who is said allegedly sold her 5-year-old daughter into sex slavery in order to pay off a drug debt according to news reports.

 This is where my understanding escapes me completely,  looking at a photo of Shaniya Nicole Davis warms the heart of a mother, father or anyone with humane emotions. So the though of such cruel acts like rape and murder makes one sick to the stomach and extremely difficult to grasp.

watching news clips of adult black male walk into a hotel holding a 5-year-old with possible intent to violate her is beyond belief. That vivid photo leads most to tell themselves something other than the fate of rape and death awaits this little girl. Thers is something about being human that won’t let any other thought compute.

What type of mother would allow such a thing? Animals are more protective of their young,  they instinctively guard them and will kill to protect a puppy, tiger or cub.

The basic instincts of a mother is to protect, yet today there must be something in the water, because mothers are sometimes minus the mommy gene. Yet many of these women choose to have babies, sometimes multiple in numbers which they fail to take care of properly.

Which is the case of this little girls mother who is also reported to be pregnant with another child by her current boyfriend, which  is scary if she had anything at all to do with the death and rape of her 5-year-old daughter.

What type of man could look at a little girl and harm her so viciously? There is no excuse and maybe our focus on understanding these crimes override the fact that someone is dead, and for the victims and family that’s final, nothing left to discuss on this important point.

 Shaniya was a beautiful little girl and there was a sparkle in her eyes in those photo’s. She was life for her those that loved her and a whole world of people who watched the news hoping for a positive outcome to this story.

The mother called 911 hysterically telling of a daughter escaping from the house as she repeatedly said the little girl could open the door. As a mother at 5am five-year olds are not as a rule up wondering the house to leave. They are usually frightened around that age. This was just one alarming part of listening to the tape, the other was her voice and tone going from hysterical to calm all throughout the conversation with the 911 operator. It doesn’t matter if she gave this child to someone or let them walk out the door with her in arms, she is responsible as the mother. Her responsibility  morally and legally was to provide for and protect her child.  

Someone has to answer for Shaniya’s  rape and murder and it should be all that took part in the act leading up to the brutal ending of a little girls laughter and her life.

There have been reports that the family has had police at the home of Shaniya’s mother in the past due to drugs. There are also reports that social services had also had been looking into the family.

Well, maybe they looked but a child is dead, and maybe police came, but a little girl name Shaniya Nicole Davis was failed by all  system’s in place to care for her, including her mother.  Sadly her story is not unique. 

 There is something wrong when women and children are violated repeatedly and nothing is being done to stop this type of violence which is rarely reported unless national news brings it forward. Maybe crimes against women and children have to become an important part of  the law carrying sentences that at least will make a criminal think twice.

The current laws for crimes against women and children allow for little tim served in most cases, and its that perception we give to the public which fuels these types of crimes as something less than a criminal act. Rapes are not reported by news and under reported by victims. That say’s something about the hierarchy, only with recent national cable news shows has heavy attention gone to crimes against women and children.

September 16, 2009

Simpson’s Ex wants to tell all!

Filed under: Features/ Celebrity,News,women — noirwomannews @ 10:26 pm
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Christine Prody the Ex girlfriend of O J Simpson has a need to tell all after a long term relationship with a man she knew had been accused of allegedly murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

Let’s get this straight, she is terrified of Simpson, yet she dated him knowing his history. Regardless of the fact Simpson was found innocent he had been on trial and most women would see this as a red flag, Proceed with caution if you must. Yet its difficult to find a reason that would lead one to enter into a relationship with Simpson at that time unless the big picture of potential money from telling your story was the motivation in the first place.

Not one that is a Simpson fan, but women like Prody who make unusual choices in dating men accused of murder have to know that there is only one reason for a relationship with someone with Simpson and it had to be a long term goal to benefit. Funny, he had to go to jail in order for her fear to kick in and want to tell all. Please.

Obviously this is a trend with high profile murder cases, because Drew Peterson also had no problem in the world of dating after reports that he allegedly killed his second and third wife. Most people have a difficult time finding the romance when the potential for the person you love to do harm is so high.
Dating men that are accused of murder may not be the best life choice, and those that do probably need to tell all to a therapist prior to getting into this type of relationship

February 9, 2009

Jennifer Hudson’s delivers emotional performance!

Filed under: Jenifer Hudson,News,women — noirwomannews @ 6:54 am
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Jennifer Hudson delivered an amazing heart felt performance during last nights Gammy Awards presentation.
Hudson snagged a Grammy of her own for her latest self titled CD, and performed a song which ultimately brought tears to her eyes. “You pulled me through” was her song selection, and Hudson thanked her family with her and those up in heaven.
She is an amazing woman that has shown the world how to cope and overcome adversity. Fans and friends have prayed for the actress following the tragedy late last year which took the life of three of her family members. Hudson  time off to be with her family and privately mourn. Hudson also performed the national anthem during the super bowl, this was her first public performance which preceded the grammys last night.
Friends and fans were happy to see her out sharing her talents and wish her the best as all continues an amazing career.

February 5, 2009

Singer Etta James unhappy with Beyonce!

Filed under: Beyonce,Features/ Celebrity,News,Politics,women — noirwomannews @ 11:23 pm
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Beyonce Knowles is by far the most applauded female singer today, but most would understand why legendary singer Etta James was upset that Knowles performed a rendition of her most popular song “At Last for the historical dance of President and Mrs. Obama during the Inauguration’s Neighborhood Ball.

Etta James 71 is an icon and history maker who endured levels of sacrifice that a young artist like Knowles could never even began to understand. It is a natural understanding that James would expect a certain level of respect as the woman responsible for a song which has stood the test of time through generations as a popular love song and in some case wedding anthem. This could have been avoided if someone either in the planning department or from Knowles management reached out to James and informed her that her song would serenade the first couple.

“At Last” was obviously a song with great sentiment to the first couple and my guest is that it was the original rendition that attracted them to the song and not the recent re-make performed by Knowles which was well executed according to her talent and personal interpretation of the ballad. However the original version of the song still delivers from a depth a young artist could have never achieved, this has nothing to do with talent, its about life experiences from an era that no longer exist, and life experiences of a woman living through that era beginning in the 50’s and delivering a beautiful song from her own pains, joys and definitions.

Knowles also will become a historical woman having paved a way through her numerous success, but that one built on the song “At Last” belonged to James and it is unfortunate that she was not allowed to perform the song for the first couple. Knowles could have performed as well, just one of her own songs and not that of an icon still around and able to sing her own song to the first couple.

In all fairness this was probably an over site where the song was selected and because Knowles is so recognized as one of today’s most popular artist it was she that was asked to perform for the first couple and James may not even have been thought of because she has been out of the public light for sometime. Even with this said industry persons such as in the Knowles camp were well aware that Knowles just portrayed James in a movie which she received pretty good reviews, and the role played would not have existed for her acting star to shine without James having created a life story to have such historical value today.

As for James she owns the song in talent even though she does not have official ownership as a songwriter, which technically her permission was never needed, but when it comes to history there is a certain amount of responsibility, even rappers reach out to artist seeking personal permission before sampling certain songs of legendary singers, their rap and hip hop music recordings. As this is black history month this is a good time to say it and hopefully artist will respect those that came before them in this industry enough to consider the work, the journey of that artist and find an amicable way to blend your talents with someone else’s ownership of personal brand.

December 10, 2008

Oprah Talks Weight!

Filed under: News,Oprah Winfrey,Uncategorized,women — noirwomannews @ 5:17 am
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Oprah Winfrey joins women around the world with weight struggles as she confessed to her own unhappiness with her weight, she has gained forty pounds over the past two years and shared her story with readers of O magazine.

Winfrey is rich and famous but with all of that she too joins millions of women around the world looking to control weight. She has had a history of going up and down in weight like many women, but hers has been a public experience watched by millions of viewers of her day time talk show.

There was the amazing looking slim Oprah wearing those hot Calvin Kline Jeans in 1988 when she walked onto the stage carrying a red wagon with 60 pounds of fat which represented her weight loss. Later she gained all of the weight back and some with her heaviest been 232 ponds in 1992. She often spoke of weight as a personal struggle on her show and sought out ways to control herself and create a healthier self and to encourage others to diet and exercise. Winfrey has had several trainers and chefs working with her to achieve and maintain her optimum weight. She even ran a marathon.

Oprah talks of being diagnosed with a thyroid problem which at times made her fearful toward working out, yet she does not blame the disease on her weight gain, instead she blames her own addiction to food and says he is working to get healthier. This time she is not so focused on looks. Although she was not too happy about not being able to wear the dress she visualized for president elect Barack OBama’s swearing in as the nation’s 44th president. Whatever she wears she will look great and she will be stunning on such a momentous occasion in the nation’s capitol.

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