Book of the Month

Connections

In this adventure thriller, Connections, Sandy and her best friend found missing relatives, spied on cheating spouses and caught a few bail jumpers. This private investigator never imagined the bad guys would chase her.
Running for her life, Sandy Herrick discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.
As evil forces closed in on them, they have to determine who they trust and what they believe about each other. Would this be enough to save them?

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Everyone Should Have A Favorite

As a kid I loved cartoons. Anything animated was always acceptable because it was usually outside the norm. I mean the bodies were not perfect. They didn’t speak perfect. There was always room to improve. I seemed to have passed the idea on to the next generation because my daughter loved good animation.

I was raised on Flintstones and Jetsons, but my daughter had a whole new world of things to watch. It was worth it. In this episode we chat about cartoons.

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School House Rock X Infinity

Music and animation can get it done.

What twelve years of education and mandatory classes failed to do, can be done in a matter of moments with the right singers and directors.

And the answer to the unasked question is teach American citizens how government works.

In the new offering titled We The People executive producers President Barack and Michelle Obama, Kenya Barris and Chris Nee tell strong stories that explain the Bill of Rights, Immigration, Taxes and so much more. It reminds me of that Saturday morning cartoon School House Rock but gives me so much more.

The wide range of directors telling the stories made it interesting and made me want to see what each brought to the table. It was nice to see some of the characters in non traditional roles. It was good to see all types of people represented.

One of my favorite episodes was about taxes. Everyone hates to pay them, but love the benefits of them. We spend everything we got hitting those well paved roads across America. We love the library system, couldn’t live without some of the regulations. It is great that there is something that puts everything in perspective at a level that even a child can understand it.

I thought the art was beautiful. The music made me dance. It also reminds me to be an active citizen. As everyone should be. But also remember you need to be an informed active citizen.

We Love A Good Race!

It was a race like we had never seen. But it was worth it. But then we had to go back to an old favorite race. In this episode we discuss some shows where people compete in athletic competitions. I mean, we love sports.

You can listen to this episode The Race is On!

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She Paved The Way For Us

The movie Pinky was the epitome of her career.

Nina Mae McKinney played a supporting role in the movie Pinky, which was about a light skinned black woman who falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her race. McKinney played the jealous girlfriend to the light skinned African American woman who was played by a Caucasian actor, Jeanne Crain.

Nina Mae McKinney worked in a industry that chose to use Caucasian people to play African Americans for lead roles to tell stories ABOUT African Americans.

McKinney was born in 1912 in Lancaster, South Carolina. She moved to New York City at the age of 12 to join her parents who moved there to find better work like many others during the Great Migration. She loved performing an had been in plays at school. She debuted in the chorus line of Blackbirds of 1928 which starred Bill Bojangles Robinson. After that she landed a role in the movie Hallelujah by King Vidor, who was nominated for an academy award for directing.

She signed a 5-year contract with MGM after the success of Hallelujah. She did a few films after that, but the studio would not put her in a leading role which was frustrating after her success in the other roles. McKinney was stuck playing supporting roles. Like many actors of her hue, she found that the studio only wanted her in certain roles which were very career limiting. Imagine being called the Black Garbo, but not getting a chance to prove it. In 1935 she made Sanders of the River with Paul Robeson.

She and Robeson were promised the roles of the Africans in the movie would depict them respectfully, the film was later cut to change that. Even though McKinney was a triple threat because she could sing, dance and act, she was only offered roles as maids. She moved to Europe where she worked in nightclubs and theaters, doing an occasional movie. But eventually moved back to the United States in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland.

She played maids and sex workers because those were the roles offered to people of color during that time period. She would get an occasional role that was off that path. In 1949 she landed the role of the jealous girlfriend in Pinky starring Jean Crain, Ethel Barrymore and Ethel Waters.

In 1951, she performed her last role in summer stock. She moved back to New York City in 1960. She died in 1967.

She lived the best life she could and we are the better for it. In 1978 she was awarded a lifetime achievement in the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.