Wednesday, November 28, 2007

More on Africa.

Well, well, well, so AIDS was overestimated? (not by too much it seems).

Check out the Jerusalem post for more info.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

HTML Stuff: Part 1

Hopefully nobody was misled in thinking I would be "teaching" HTML. The truth is I only wanted to put up a sort of cheat sheet for everyone. I hope y'all are not disappointed with that.

Here is a wonderful site that actually does teach about HTML. If my memory serves correctly, I think this is where I learned most of what I know. Its Dave's Site.

Okay. Anyway, some beginners stuff: Whenever we want to give a command to the computer to do something using HTML we use a TAG. Tags are enclosed by these: < > and there is always a closing tag like this < / >.

For example.

b = for bolding.
To bold a letter, word, etc: here is how the tags would look:
< b> the word is between the beginning tag and the closing tag. < / b>

the beginning tag: < b> tells the computer that whatever comes after this tag must be in bold. the end tag < /b > tells the computer to stop the command.

Same goes for italicizing:
< i> word. < /i>

adding a link:
< a href="the address here" > link < /a >

caution: I added all the spacing in the tags so that it will come out that way, but when writing a tag you don't put all those spaces.

Time for Meme!

I was tagged by AttorneyMom so without (any more) further ado, here's my meme:

The rules of the game are:

A). Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog...

B). Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself...

C). Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs...

D). Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.




7 Random /weird facts about me:

1)French was my first language, but now i'm forgetting it all.
2)I was such a nerd in high school, I almost NEVER took off my coat!
3)The first time I ever got drunk was after I got married and felt I had someone I could trust around me.
4)I have a short fro.
5)Blogging too much turns my house into a mess. Gotta keep it in check!
6)I almost never take off my watch (its water proof)even in the shower.
7)My comfort food is: eating a piece of peanut buttery bread dipped into a warm glass of milk.

Now for the hard part. Tagging 7 others:
Halima
Classic One
Grata
Anxious Black Woman
Mes Deux Cent
The Diva
Amazing


*whew!* It was about time I got to it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Some new blogs i've discovered! Yes!



Another great blog I forgot to mention!

Amazing's second blog: Everything Wrong in Black America




whew! BW are seriously blogging! lol

coming soon: super basic html tips for the total beginners.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dunbar has gone CRAZY!

Something has got to be done ---quickly! Either because Dunbar Village is in the spotlight or this is just how things are -too many crimes are just going on at such a rate, I am left bereft of words.

It starts with the horrific rape of a Haitian woman and terrible sexual assault on her son -IN THEIR OWN HOME. This heinous crime brought Dunbar Village to light to the general public. Who know what else had been going on.

Then came the boyfriend who went after his "girlfriend" with a crowbar. The same crowbar he used to break into her house!

Then I hear about a young 15 year old Haitian girl raped at knife point on her way to the grocery store.

My heart screams. I moan from the depths of my soul. Please God, see our suffering and bring salvation!

If you can't think of what to do to help, then just moan. Moan from the depths of your soul and God will hear and WILL respond. There comes a time when words are just not enough to express what needs expressing.

First act of Activism

I just wanted to thank Gina from WAOD, Symphony from Essential Presence and Attorney Mom from Character Corner for showing me their strength and waking up that activist in me. I try not to sit in the sidelines as much now, but I do pick and choose my battles.

One thing that bothers me in the Jewish world is some people find it necessary to use derogatory terms when talking about other people. As if they are so good and anyone else is crud. Well there is one particular derogatory word that is used for black folks that I dislike. (please note: the majority of my experience has been quite pleasant and welcoming, so don't use this to generalize that all jews are...whatever).

Now I know I can't stop everyone who does use that word to stop, but to see it on a public forum in a website giving advice was just too much for me. And on top of that the website owner had the chutzpah to even include the N-word. Normally, I would shake my head (SMH) and never go to that site again, but the new improved Miriam decided NO WAY!!!! I wrote him an email stating my disgust. And just for good measure emailed all my other black Jewish friends to pounce on him as well.

Lo and behold I got this email back!

Here is a copy of his letter and the corrected Q&A reply:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Miriam,

First of all, I apologize for the delay in responding. I get hundreds of Spam and have a hard time finding the real emails.

Now that post you sent me below was nutty. I have no idea what my brother was thinking. I erased it immediately.
I apologize.

I've never seen it before and I can't believe he actually wrote that.

I don't know what to say. I am flabbergasted!

Your comments 1, 2 & 3 are all 100% accurate. I will speak to him and make sure this does not happen again. He lives in Lakewood and I guess he lives in some kind of a bubble.

Sorry,

XXXXXXXXX

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The new posted reply on his website concerning the word usage:

Is the usage of "shvartze" or any deragatory racial term approporiate behavior for a Torah Jew? Is using negative racial sterotypes considered halachic behavior? I'd like to hear a halachic opinion, if one exists (and your personal opinion if it differs).

Reply: We treat all people with respect. We should not be using terms that insult others. No matter what color, race or type.
AA

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Perfect YouTube....

I am still searching that perfect YouTube for my kids. I'd like to find one about teen or preteen black girls just laying about in their friends bedroom and chatting about some whatever. Then they all decide to do each other's hair.

They put some nice (POSITIVE LOL) music on and each one taking turns doing the other's hair and the camera flashes to different scenes....the shock, "oh naw! that's not a good style on me!" or an enthusiastic "hey, I like it this way!" and laughter laughter laughter.

Then by the end of it all they stare in the mirror looking gorgeous all dressed up (well, they HAD to to match their well done hair) make up and all and then the mother comes in after some forwarning knocks.

"the room is a mess!" She hollers as she looks at all the magazines, bottles, clothing strung about. Then she looks at the girls, "But I see you girls did a great job on yourselves!"

story for sale!!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dunbar Village Protest

I just want to send a shout out to Shane (a.k.a. black sea goat) on his bold step to take on Al sharpton on the silence about the Dunbar Village horror.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Let Africa Die?

Hi all,

In the recent months I have read some of the most shocking information ever. I am still reeling from it, but I thought I'd blog about to get some other input and also to clearly think it through for myself.

Everyone has heard by now about the epidemic of AIDS in Africa. If I am correct, AIDS is an immunal deficiency disease in which the body sorta has a problem fighting off bacterial infections, etc.

I stumbled across Bernie's blog in which he suggested that we "let Africa die" I couldn't believe my eyes. Someone should write this? With all due seriousness? What happened to compassion? Morals?

Then I began to wonder -really wonder as in not just a passing thought in my mind but to seriously wonder -why is AIDS spreading SO FAST in Africa? Either there are just a whole load of homosexuals very active and very happy going about their business or there are too many heterosexuals that are shady with their marital responsibilities, or too many 'trigger' happy singles involved in drug use and sex.

Often I didn't want to think this through because all options looked bad on Africa. In my mind, Africa the continent has had enough bad raps. I didn't WANT to believe this.

Also I had a hard time believing it because the more I learned about modesty as a Jewess, I have also learned that many tribes in Africa keep somewhat similar laws: separation from the husband during menstruation, a whole ritual cleaning process. Attempts are made, albeit gruesome in my eyes, to curb promiscuity. Meaning, purity has some value to the Africans.

So how do I account for the news of AIDS I'm hearing left, right and center.

Well, recently I stumbled across another piece of interesting information. What caught my attention was the question mark. The piece was called "AIDS in Africa? " I'm thinking, what's the question?

So I read the article. Y'all are welcome to read it too: here.

Basically, its saying NO REAL TEST HAS BEEN DONE TO PROVE THAT AFRICANS HAVE AIDS! That they do a simple obervation or minimal testing of symptoms and even though those same symptoms could be attributed to TB, malaria, and other disease that Africans have been dying from routinely, because of the great scare about AIDS -these DISEASES HAVE NOW BECOME MARKERS INDICATING THAT THE PERSON HAS AIDS.

In other words, It used to be that if you had high fever, were coughing up shtuff, etc they'd test you and see you had TB. End of story, pass on to see if you can get treated or pass away. Now, if someone has say TB symptoms, that in itself is used as an indication that the person has AIDS. Thus lumping all the malaria, TB, and actual AIDS patients together making a whoopingly overwhelming picture of AIDS in Africa.

Some sick stuff. Somebody tell me things have changed! Or maybe I should hope that this is correct? Well, I am going to do some more reading on this but, I just get angrier and angrier that people come into other cultures with their own prejudices in tow and just decide that this is how its gonna be.

And so, what is the solution? Proper testing and letting the deaths be called for what it really is instead of lumping it all as one cause?

All the more reason why blacks (Africans, African Americans, Caribbeans, etc etc etc Lord knows there are many many different blacks in the world) MUST have their own doctors, their own scientists, their own to look after their own interests.

ADDENDUM: I don't want to be misled. And I don't want to mislead others. If the info stated here is wrong (I am not a doctor nor an expert in bacteriology or virus by any stretch of the imagination) please CORRECT ME. Thank you.

More on this topic 


Woweee! check this out!



Yay! a movie about normal black folks just doin they thang! hip hip, Hooray!!!

I hope many will show support for this movie and get entertained in the process!

Bummer for me...I don't know if it will be playing in Israel. Now that is messed up!


Hat tip: What About Our Daughters

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Quotable Quotes

"Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum hatred for a minimum reason."


Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Hat tip: A Simple Jew

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Nice Music..



Hey folks! I just can't get enough of this video and song, so I thought i'd put it up for convenience. Enjoy!

Hat tip: YankeeNaijaChick

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Progress....!

Hooray for Gina at What About Our Daughters. Looks like the fight against alleged black image degradation (from the likes of Viacom's BET) is going mainstream. The New York Times have picked up the story . You can read the story here.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Activists, Bloggings, my part

Some of my favorite blogs are:




What is it that I like about these blogs? Is it the fact that seem to be making a difference in the lives of BW in America? Are they making a difference? Are they just documenting what is transpiring?

I'm not entirely sure. I do feel that these blogs wake up something inside of me. The part that believes that one person -if backed by the Almighty- CAN make a difference in the world for the good. The part that feels maybe I, too, can make a difference.

Then of course, I have to deal with all the negative thoughts that gets attached to it. "Aw, you just want the honor!" negative voice #1 says. And then, to prove that I don't want the honor, I don't do anything. But that's just what the neg. thinking wants to happen. So, I am entertaining, giving attention to, and feeding that little part of me that hopes to make a difference.

"Look at the loooong road in front! Do you really think you can do a THING?" So, negative voice #2 comes in. It was waiting to see if i'd get pass voice #1.

Sure enough it does look daunting. Especially as I am all the way in Israel. I feel I don't have the backing of all my Sistahs (I sure hope one day that BW will truly look out for other BWs) backing.

sigh. What can I do. I don't seek out things to be an activist about, but if it falls on my lap, I will try to be strong and not remain silent.

Checking up on the Man

After reading Ruth's intense post as she gives a final good bye to a toxic man, I thought I'd post this for all.

When checking up on a man, yes, use all the references he gave, but then....send the dogs!

Ever wonder why there are so many people just waiting to say gossip? Always got some DIRT on somebody?! What is their purpose? Well, its for just this purpose:

Get them to dig up info on your guy. If the info is something you can handle, all good and well. If its just too D I R T A Y, then you'll know to let the man go!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Interesting Movie coming out....

Why Did They get Married?

Its about eight married college friends who reunite for their annual retreat in the snowcapped mountains of Colorado. They come expecting fun and relaxation, but get an unexpected surprise: When two more people enter the picture, it leaves several of the people asking themselves why they got married?

See the trailer here.

Quotable Quotes

From Sangraneth:

"it seems quite obvious to me the one thing that black men and black women have most in common. Black men and black women both love black men."