Old School Video of The Week: Kool & The Gang – “Take My Heart”

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The year was 1981 when Kool & The Gang released the single, “Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want)” It)” from the album Something Special. James Taylor with his smooth lay back delivery enhanced the track. Kool & The Gang owned the entire late 70’s and 80’s, and the group’s talent has made them iconic in every sense of the word when it comes to R&B.

The single reached #1 on the US R&B Billboard charts.

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Would You Trust This Racist FDNY EMT To Save Your Life?

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Salvator and Joseph CassanoOPINION – Being white sure reaps a lot of benefits. Take Joseph Cassano, 26, for example, who is the father of former FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. Salavatore’s son at the time went on a racist tirade and was an EMT at the time, who was fired several months ago after he released a series of racist tweets:

I like Jews about as much as hitler #toofar? NOPE.”

It gets more disturbing:

“Getting sick of picking up all these Obama lovers and taking them to the hospital because their Medicare pays for an ambulance and not a cab.”

If one is Jewish or what he calls an Obama lover (one knows what that means) and need an ambulance and Cassano shows up, one is better off immediately looking up to the heavens for help, than allow that man to render first aid. How can anyone trust this EMT who is clearly racist, to do his job effectively when patients are what he calls Obama lovers and who clearly despises Jewish people?

“I am very grateful to get an opportunity like this,” Cassano said in an interview with the Daily News. “I’ve apologized for those comments and I am still apologizing for them today.”

Apologizing means nothing (anyone can apologize) his thought patterns are a cause for a concern, nevertheless. Cassano also demonstrates that he is probably remorseful because he got caught. I’m sure Cassano is fully aware he has to be careful, voicing his displeasure toward people who don’t look like him. All Cassano is going to do, going forward, is hide his bigotry (like the rest of this racist nation to avoid detection).

The racist attitudes a lot of these young people have exhibit has got to be taught at home and the source for Cassano’s recent racist tirade, is more than likely from his household. Cassano’s own dad who was appointed by former Mayor Bloomberg probably taught him these things and he just spreading his racist rhetoric all over social media, friends, family and co-workers. Can one imagine Cassano’s own father’s racist attitudes as he led the FDNY, now that’s troubling?

I’m not the only one that finds Cassano’s rehiring to be inexcusable:

The Vulcan Society — a group made of up of African American firefighters in New York City — is not pleased with the rehire, with President Regina Wilson saying, “Everybody deserves a second chance, but he doesn’t deserve a second chance with the FDNY.”

“It’s a step backward for the department,” Wilson said.

The FDNY never stepped forward since its inception. They are still stuck in their racist ways and it is reflective on their hiring practices (which they got sued for). Many people have made mistakes, especially in their early twenties and can’t get a second chance. Those that made mistakes like drug possession are giving years upon years of punishment, and are labeled a “thug”. When one gets out of prison they are experiencing “invisible” punishment (can’t get a job, can’t get financial aid for college). Why should Cassano get another opportunity? Because he is white, no other explanation is needed to figure this one out. That’s how this country operates, by evoking white privilege.

The FDNY, which includes the EMT are known for their racism and appears to be proud of it. Just look at the racial make-up of the department. The “good ol’ boys club” is well crafted to look after their own, even after they showed the world how racist they really are, they always get second chances.

My question is this: would one want Cassano to give them first aid in a life or death situation? I would take my chances with the grim reaper than have that guy lay a hand on me, and New Yorkers should feel the same way. If one was to find out what area Cassano is assigned too, one better make some noise because I wouldn’t want that racist anywhere near my demographic.

Man, it sure is good to be white huh?

-Ms Scripter

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Episode 31: The Charleston, S.C. Massacre & Black Appropriation Episode

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In this episode Debbie and Chris with guest host John discussed the Charleston Massacre. They also touch on Black appropriation with the news concerning Rachel Dolezal. The topic of the confederate flag and this weeks NBA draft.

-Ms Scripter

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The Top 5 Reasons Why I Shredded Your Resume

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Shred job applications.

Shred job applications.

I have written posts about resumes and how one should conduct themselves in interviews countless times. I have reviewed resumes for nearly two decades and have conducted job interviews for that same length of time. With that being said, I am dishearted at the fact that many people just don’t know what a resume should entail once one decides to email it to a potential employer.

Once I receive an email, either through Monster or to my direct email address to review. I pick out the best ones, but I’m often horrified that many people still do not know what not to do when creating a resume. This is why many of the resumes that I receive might end up being placed in the shredder.

Here are the top 5 reasons why I shredded your resume:

  1. Spelling errors: Please have someone proofread one’s resume before submitting it to job sites for potential employers to evaluate. I see countless spelling errors throughout one’s resumes, and it is more than likely a reason employers will not take one seriously enough to think about giving them an interview, yet alone hiring them. It is better to have more than one pair of eyes reviewing it because they will likely catch an error that one did not see. If it’s for a management position one is applying for, more than likely the shredder will be having a rendezvous with the resume.
  2. Inappropriate email address: Gmail is free, so why can’t one just create an email address that is appropriate and professional. I’m not going to entertain an email address that has a stripper name, or any other sexually explicit name. I saw an email address on a resume that stated: BlackNHung@such&such.com (I changed the actual address to protect the innocent). What do I look like emailing someone with an email address like that? Inappropriate emails addresses are unprofessional, and it indicates to potential employers that one is unprofessional themselves.
  3. The resume looks like a four-page letter: The last time I checked four-page letter was a song composed by the late Aaliyah. I’m sure Aaliyah didn’t equate that to writing one to replicate a resume. A resume should never exceed a page, one should learn how to minimize the jobs so that they fit on one page alongside their education. Also, I don’t need to see paragraphs after paragraph on how many recommendations and awards one receives. Keep it simple with enough detail, but don’t over exceed it. I don’t want to be flipping though page after page of one’s work experience.
  4. Too many jobs listed: I don’t need to read 100 jobs on one’s resume. A good seven years of work experience would suffice. If one had an overabundance of jobs within that seven-year period (say one is hypothetically in their 30’s or 40’s) that indicates one is not stable in a job environment. Some jobs one can leave off a resume, but I should never have to read a long list, which turns a potential employer off. I am looking to hire someone who will more than likely stay longer than five months – try a few years!
  5. Lying: Please don’t lie to oneself and this includes the topic of education. If one is three credits away from receiving one’s bachelor’s or master’s degree, then you didn’t get a degree. Stop saying you have a bachelor’s because when it’s time to prove that one does have a degree, and one can’t come up with proof;  that can cost one a job. Also, stop lying about a job one had that one never obtained in the first place. That’s what checkable references are for, if the references can’t be verified, then one’s job history is null and void. Some companies (most notably if one is applying for a city, state or federal job) usually request the potential employer print out all the jobs that one have accumulated from the social security office.

Take this time to review one’s resume and change anything that may apply to this list. One does not want to have their resume end up in the shredder due to these mistakes, which could have been avoided. Happy job hunting!

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: Jeff Redd – “You Called And Told Me”

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Jeff ReddThe year was 1991 when Jeff Redd released one of the R&B anthems of the summer in the title track, “You Called and Told Me”. The single was released off the movie soundtrack for Strictly Business starring Halle Berry and Tommy Davidson.

Jeff Redd not only had a few hit records, but played an immense role in propelling Mary J. Blige’s career, which we now know has been stellar ever since the early 90’s.

“You Called And Told Me”, was one of many R&B songs that made its way onto the charts. Reflecting on the 90’s it’s safe to say the current state of R&B has not been the same and appears to be on the point of extinction.

-Ms Scripter

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I Know A Riot Took Place And All, But How Did Freddie Gray Die?

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OPINION-It’s been a while since, the Baltimore Police Department came into contact with Freddie Gray, which was on April 12th and his death on April 19th. Gray was on his bicycle and made eye contact with police and ran. The police gave chase, arrested him for carrying a switch blade. Fortunately, someone captured Gray screaming in pain as the police were dragging him into the van. Gray died and it was reported that his spinal cord was almost severed. Questions still remain and once again accountability concerning the police as a whole has been placed in the spotlight. What was the probable cause for attempting to stop Gray in the first place?

Gray was buried this week, protests have been ongoing, but the media only showed up when a riot ensued. I’m not going to touch on the riot too much because it’s bigger than Freddie Gray. It’s about the economic depression that has left the people of Baltimore in the urban community (especially the youth) at a boiling point. Opportunities are non-existent, and these young men and women have lost hope and Gray’s death in police custody was the match that united a firestorm concerning decades of oppression by the hands of the police. Jobs are outsourced and sent oversees since Ronald Reagan was President. Mass Incarceration rates have quadruple, police have become more militarilistic, and abusive toward citizens especially poor Black people. I understand a lot of the frustrations that the youth are feeling, it’s just unfortunate that folks who are in a higher tax bracklet sit in their posh apartments and houses and turn their nose and only focus on the youth burning down CVS – instead of the root of the problem as to why they felt the need to burn that CVS in the first place.

Police brutality in Baltimore is nothing new, the law suits that are paid out are astronomical:

The money paid out by the city to cover for the brutal acts of its police department would be enough to build “a state-of-the-art rec center or renovations at more than 30 playgrounds.” Instead, the money was used to cover for the brutal acts of the city’s police department and ensure they remained well beyond any semblance of justice.

Where are the Baltimore Police Department with the investigation concerning Freddie Gray’s death? Mayor Rawlings-Blake who was quick to say that they will investigate those “thugs” who participated in rioting by using video surveillance to bring them to justice. Where is her sense of urgency to bring those “thugs” who had a hand in Freddie Gray’s death to justice? If one wants to be consistent about crime, appoint that sense of urgency toward everyone even if it is folks who wear a badge and a uniform.

It is taking way too long for this investigation to be completed and the public informed of their findings. A civilian who was suspected of causing the death of Gray would have been processed and book for murder, in less than 24-hours. These six police officers who was in contact with Gray had ample emough time to get their stories together and was rewarded with a suspension with pay scenario (that is starting to get real old by the way). It does not take that damn long to figure out what happened to this young man. I’ve seen this stalling scenario played out time and time again and everyone is rather tired of it. If the police would have taken a page out of South Carolina’s playbook when Walter Scott was shot in the back and killed while running away, then the anger wouldn’t have boiled over this quickly. Don’t get it misconstrued, Baltimore is tired of the overall state in which they live so the boiling point would have bound to happen eventually. Let’s get back to how South Carolina handled things. They promptly did an investigation once the video of Scott’s death was aired and charged the police officer involved with murder. Of course, without video of Scott’s murder, it would have more than likely been justified, but that’s a whole different argument.

This investigation is taking way too long, we should never give a person(s) that may have killed someone else  special treatment beause they wear a police uniform. It’s disrespectful to Gray’s family and the entire community, and the community is tired of this non-sense. Baltimore police announced that will turn the investigation over to the state, but it still does not make much sense as to why this investigation is taking so long. Are we playing hot potato, or puff – puff pass? They are insulting one’s intelligence because we seen how this gets played out time and time again. We know a riot took place in Baltimore and many of us understand why, but how did Freddie Gray die? That’s the question that many of us are still waiting to be answered…

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Old School Video of the Week: Tears for Fears – “Head over Heels”

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The year was 1985 when Tears for Fears released the song “Head over Heels” from their classic album Songs From Big Chair. The 80’s were the place to be to listen to a lot of the British bands that had crossover appeal here in the United States and Tears for Fears was no exception. “Head over Heels” debuted #12 on the U.S. Billboard charts.

Songs From The Big Chair was Tears for Fears second album released and the most successful. When one thinks of pop culture in the 80’s Tears for Fears, coincide with the 80’s era immensely.


-Ms Scripter

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S. C. Police Officer Charged With Murder, But Wait There’s More…

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Officer SlagerOPINION- A white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder after the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott was captured on video. The video was then sent to the NY Times, which led to the indictment, The video shows, Scott fleeing from 33-year-old Officer Michael Slager. As Scott was running away, he was shot multiple times in the back. Slager promptly cuffed the dying man, and another police officer arrived at the scene a short time later. Here is what was reported by the NY Times and Slager’s version of events:

The confrontation started when Slager had reportedly pulled over Scott because of a broken taillight. It escalated into a foot chase as Scott allegedly fled because there were family court-issued warrants for his arrest. Slager pursued Scott into a grassy lot and claimed that he fired his Taser to subdue him.

Moments later, Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to the Times.

The shooting death of unarmed Black men and women or police brutality is an everyday occurrence in the Black community. To be honest, it’s an epidemic.  When I hear another Black person was killed by the police, my first reaction is of course anger, but then I go back into a “nothing going to happen to these officers” mode. All we do is march and make a hashtag of the victims and then wait until another unarmed Black person is killed by the police, and the routine is reenacted again. We are constantly reminded when reading the paper or watching the news that these police officers are rarely indicted. Even if they are indicted, they usually get away with a classic, not guilty verdict, and can continue to work and torment more people of color.

There is more to this case; that stands out to me:

  • Why Officer Slager didn’t give chase but instead took the easy, coward and unjustified way out by shooting Scott in the back? Slager also could have simply called for back up since, they already have Scott’s car and other relevant information.Officer Slager, scatters away from Scott (as he lays motionless on the floor) and retrieves what we believe is a taser and calmly drops it near Scott’s now deceased body. Maybe because a guy like Slager is nothing more than a white supremacist with a badge.
  • Another officer who happens to be Black stands there and appears to silently co-signs as Slager obviously plants evidence on Scott. There was a verse by Ice Cube when he was with N.W.A. that goes as follows:

“But don’t let it be a black and white one. Cause they’ll slam ya down to the street top. Black police showing out for the white cop.”-Ice Cube

My continous glaring observations and suggestions:

  • That Black police officer had an obligation to report Slager for planting evidence. Since that unidentified officer failed to do the right thing and evoke his blue wall of silence, he should also get arrested and kicked off the force. I’m sure his police report supports Slager’s initially statement, thus charges should be also handed down. Why have someone work to serve and protect in the community turn a blind eye to murder. Clearly, he is unfit to be a police officer. That goes for any so-called “good cops,” who refuse to say anything when their fellow police officers break the law in their presence.
  • The DOJ needs to investigate that entire North Charleston, South Carolina police department. Officer Slager more than likely is not the only police officer who clearly does not follow procedures and commit crimes, while wearing a badge. Slager was way too calm after the shooting, so it appears to not be the first time he planted evidence or participated in an excessive use of force. Every arrest Slager has been involved in should be revisited. If he was comfortable planting evidence on a dead body, I’m sure he was comfortable planting drugs, guns, etc. on citizens that resulted in convictions.
  • It’s scary when eye witnesses are not believed when they were quoted as saying Officer Slager was shooting a fleeing suspect. Only when the video of the actual shooting was brought to life, then a murder charged was handed down to Officer Slager. My question is if there was no video; Officer Slager more than likely would have took a paid vacation, until the situation died down. A community eyewitness testimony is never good enough it appears, unless it is used against anyone other than a police officer.
  • The man who filmed the video, should obtain an attorney and remain anonymous. Once word gets out, about the identity of the one who filmed this graphic video, I’m sure he will be harassed. Just look at Orta as an example (the man who filmed Eric Garner’s death), he is jail now, and the evidence against him is flimsy. More than likely Orta is in jail because he provided the video that showed the evilness of some of these police officers. The man who filmed Scott’s dying moments, is a hero like many others who had the courage to video tape police misconduct.
  • Ambulance chaser Al Sharpton and his Action Network lawyers are not needed here. All Al Sharpton is concerned about, is making money off of Black lives. How about dedicating all that passion and insert it in President Obama’s face for strong legislation against police brutality? Until then he can go ambulance chase somewhere else.
  • Lastly, just imagine if Mike Brown’s dying moments were captured by someone in Ferguson. I wouldn’t be surprised if Darren Wilson would be in the same predicament as Officer Slager. I also wouldn’t be surprised like eyewitnesses have stated that Mike Brown did stop and had his hands up, before being shot to death multiple times by Wilson. Of course, the grand jury didn’t take eyewitnesses testimony as solid evidence to hand an indictment.

Black people have to understand, when it’s all said and done one can’t fully trust the police in this country. The police department was not designed to help us. The police were designed to do what exactly it was meant to do in the very beginning of the slave patrol – which is to oppress people of color and the poor. The good cops are just as bad as the rogue officers, when they don’t speak up. Let’s just hope this indictment is not in vain because we have seen things on video and no justice has been rewarded for the family. I want to see this police officer go to jail for many years and maybe then some of these bad officers will think twice about inflicting their barbaric ways on citizens. Let’s not get too excited nevertheless, I don’t trust the system, that same system that has continuously protected police officers like Slager.

-Ms Scripture

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Episode 27: The Anthony Mason Episode

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This is episode 27 and in this episode Chris, John and Debbie discuss the news.  We highlight the passing of R&B group Brownstone member Charmayne Maxwell. We also discuss the Kid Rock controverasal  comments about Beyonce and other news. Lastly, we dedicate the podcast to the passing of Anthony Mason former member of the NY Knicks.

Songs used in this podcast:

  • Brownstone -“If You Love Me”.
  • 1994 NY Knicks Theme

-Ms Scripter

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Common & John Legend Was All I Wanted To See During The 2015 Oscars

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common-and-john-legend-at-2015-oscarsOPINION-I didn’t watch the Oscars last night. I attempted to watch it, but ten minutes in I felt the desire to watch Netflix. I didn’t miss much, with the exception of Patricia Arquette’s speech concerning equality for women. It’s a shame in 2015 we still asking to be treated fairly, but that is what happens when one continuously vote for individuals who do not share one’s passion.

The other highlight that I missed and wanted to see, was Common and John Legend’s performance for the song “Glory” for the movie ‘Selma’. Many people are upset that the movie Selma could only muster a best song award and was notably left off for nominations for other categories. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, clarified this lack of acknowledgment during award shows back in 1993 with the song, “Award Tour”.

“I never let a statue tell me how nice I am.”-Phife Dawg

We have to stop begging for white validation at these award shows. I watched the movie Selma, and it was one of the most profound movies of 2014. It was well directed, the acting was exceptional and should have received the accolades that it deserved. My question is, when has any movie in which Black actors played powerful characters, without the need for the white savior has won an award? Better yet, the Black actors must be docile, or downright evil, never an uplifting character without the white Knight and shining armor to come to the rescue.

A perfect example, of not receiving accolades when a Black actor doesn’t have a white savior in the movie is Denzel Washington’s performance in Malcolm X. Washington’s character came to life with so much intensity that I felt I was watching the actual Malcolm X on the screen. If one is aware of Malcolm X’s biography, one knows he didn’t need that white savior to have an impact and continues to be an inspiration after his passing. Washington won “best actor” for the movie Training Day playing a rogue cop. Washington had to play a bad guy in order to be recognize, huh? We should never scream or protest when we aren’t recognized, just to sit at their table. We know in the hearts and minds of those who saw Selma. That Selma was the movie of 2014, we don’t need to possess that gold naked man to validate that claim.

Common and John Legend’s performance of the song “Glory” was exceptional. Unfortunately, I had to wait until the performance reached YouTube for me to grasp the riveting presentation. What I did notice is that the crowd was also touched by the performance, and showed their emotions by giving the duo a standing ovation. The lead actor David Oyelowo who played Martin Luther King Jr. cried after the performance. 

Common and John Legend won for best song and took that opportunity to touch on social issues, during their acceptance speech. I love when entertainers utilize their platform to address social issues. Here is both Common and Legend’s transcript of their acceptance speech:

“First off, I’d like to thank God that lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform “Glory” on the same bridge that Dr. King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life to those in F”-rance standing up for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope. Welded with compassion. And elevated by love for all human beings.”-Common

 

 “Thank you. Nina Simone said it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the voting rights, the act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on.”-John Legend

I made the right decision, by not watching the 2015 Oscars. According to the buzz, I didn’t miss anything. The host Neil Patrick Harris performance was something I am glad I avoided. By the way, someone needs to address Harris about his covert racism and shaming concerning Octavia Butler’s weight. Harris took Butler’s character in The Help and attempted to transition that in real life. If Harris wants someone to watch his brief case, that is what Price Waterhouse is known to do, not Butler. Harris used Butler as a form of entertainment, at her expense. Nothing was funny about that and he comes across as an idiot that should stay in his lane. Hosting isn’t one of Harris’ strong suites – he isn’t funny. Hopefully, that asshat is not allowed to host the Oscars (or any award shows) ever again.

In case one was watching something else entirely, (I don’t blame many of you) here is Common and John Legend’s riveting performance at the Oscars:

-Ms Scripter

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