I can't say that I agree with much of what this writer is trying to sell. Clearly, there was a lot of great music done by black women in 2011 that was excellent. If he wanted to promote Heather Victoria, there are far better ways to do so. Mr. Tullis seems to base his assessment strictly off of the commercial success of the music produced by these women, which proves contradictory because I follow 9th Wonder and his artists fairly closely and have never heard of Heather Victoria.
There were several records/CDs that were released in 2011 that offer insight into "the Black Woman's World" and her struggles. Besides the aforementioned Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, Jill Scott and Ledisi released highly acclaimed music. Mary J. Blige released My LIfe 2. I'm guessing this wasn't hood enough for Mr. Tullis. Marsha Ambrosius released Late Nights and Early Mornings. There are many others that I can't pull off the top of my head right this second.
Perhaps Mr. Tullis should speak specifically to his experience or preference, and not for the "black girl" experience, which he has never experienced. We are allowed to grow and evolve. Everything doesn't have to be about heartbreak and pain, we do have some good times. Mr. Tullis, I'd invite you to come out of the past. If you're always looking back, you can't see the future.
You keep "preaching" about your tax money being used to fund abortions, but what about the others whose killing you've funded? Every time someone is executed, guess what, you paid for it. And don't give me that BS about they committed a crime and were sentenced by their peers. Let's just stick to the black-and-white of it. You paid to kill someone, period. It's been proven that many of those people were likely executed unjustly because our justice system is so flawed, and many jurors see life as you, in one blind, hypocritical manner.
You want to save the unborn and give them a chance at life... but what kind of life, or does that not matter? Foster care is strained. Have you ever thought about adopting any of these children you're saving? Doubtfully. Let's try and easy one, do you even volunteer with children? Did ever occur to you that some of these women are actually saving these babies from the nightmare of life? Did you ever consider that these children could be the product of rape, incest, an abusive relationship? Have you ever encountered a child who is afraid to go home because of fear? Nope, you only considered your own selfish point of view. If you're going to play the religious card, know that you can't judge. It's between that person and God.
too safe, too boring, too predictable, too plain, too white... yet, it seems like mediocrity is here to stay. The DPAC is thriving! The amphitheater in Charlotte has great shows on a nightly basis. I've looked at the line-up for Raleigh's sham and pathetic is being nice. The name of the amphitheater should be "Nostalgic"... Cypress Hill, Heart, Barenaked Ladies. My guess is that they don't want to sell out any shows during the first season. If they set the bar too high, it will hurt a lot more when they crash... not if.
I don't think any of these entities are taking a common sense approach to rail transit. Raleigh/Wake County doesn't want to contribute to Durham but isn't the goal to decrease traffic on I-40? It's very puzzling as well that Chapel Hill isn't even mentioned in the conversation, yet they're having monthly meetings on how to ease traffic congestion. A light rail system may cost more upfront but it would be more beneficial in the long run.
In the short term, the focus should be on improving the regional bus service, which is abysmal at best. Triangle Transit shouldn't have anything to do with any rail conversations until it can streamline and use more common sense with bus service. CAT, DATA, and CH transit have far superior operations and handle a greater volume of riders.
I know exactly where you're coming from. Trust me, being a few shades lighter will not help you. I'm female, 5'6", and affectionately characterized as being a "red bone". I've been followed. I've had a state tropper get out of his car and question me. White women, by far, are the worst. They have a great way of making you feel like you've just been paroled and not fit to be amongst the general public. All I can say is good luck. At least, you're being proactive about living healthy.
First, I would like to congratulate Mosi Secret for an excellent piece. Every effort was made to present every point of view. Second, I am highly discouraged by the comments made by "No Thugs" and Tre Benson. It saddens me that you both were so narrow-minded and prejudicial to even read the story for correct information. It's people like you who stole this young man's life. Guilty or not, it is clear that this young man was not afforded his constitutional rights. A person who watches Law and Order could have done a better job at defending Mr. Daniels. I'm more disappointed in the lack of due diligence of the Durham Police Department. Eyebrows???? Who makes a positive identification off of eyebrows? That is laughable at best. I don't know Ruth Brown, but I hope she's found a way to reconcile this in her heart. I'm sure she knows who really robbed her. She should ask Mr. Daniels for forgiveness. One day, she'll have answer for what she's done.
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