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#FridayReads: White Trash by Alexandra Allred


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It all started when someone called an African American toddler “cute little niglet.” White Trash was created in tribute to this unknown child. It has a hilarious cast and shocking storyline based on real people and true events in a small rural town in Texas. When Thia Franks returns to her home of Granby, Texas, the very place to which she’d vowed never to return, Granby’s worst and best elements force the new single mother to face both her past and her destiny.

At first, it seems that nothing has changed: Chester Kennedy’s goats continue to run rampant through the town, Officer Tina Wolfe stands accused of racial profiling the growing Hispanic community, Thia’s gun-wielding neighbor believes a squirrel has it in for her, and the town’s local newspaper owner prints only what she believes the citizens should know.

But when a young black man—an upstanding and popular citizen of the small, east-central Texas town—is brutally murdered, everything changes. Everyone is being watched. Everyone is being judged.

White Trash is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud book that also serves as a bitter social commentary on American hypocrisies and prejudices. As Thia Franks comes to terms with the murder, and the small police department works the biggest whodunit in Granby history, a startling underworld of domestic abuse, gunrunning, drug use, illicit sex, and child molestation is revealed.

While the murder is horrendous and some of the citizens of Granby are appalling, many stand up for what is right, and the total package is endearing. You’ll want to read White Trash more than once in order to capture all of the tale’s insights as it neatly summarizes the reality of every American small town peopled with neighbors you can’t get away from, you can’t stop talking about, and you may not want to leave.

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Sheela Sheena Langeberg – Multi Disciplinary Artist & Small Business Owner

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Name and Occupation?

Sheela Sheena Langeberg – A Multi Disciplinary Artist & Small Business Owner

What do you love most about being a woman?

I love being a woman because there’s nothing like it in the whole wide world. The fact that there’s this special beauty and humbleness that’s only granted to women, being it either physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually is really amazing! To me, being a woman means having a lot of abilities, cleverness, smartness, sharpness and swiftness.

Women are sacred. They have this power that’s only associated with their gender that can never be copied or altered. Women can be gentle and vulnerable and yet, they have an incredible strength, patience and tolerance. They are quick thinkers and multitaskers. Women are wise, sensitive and at times dangerous. To be able to carry a life inside you and give birth to another human being and be part of God’s all creation’s scheme is pretty magical!

I’m never attracted to women romantically, but I think women are sexy and attractive. My mother and the women in her family for example, are incredibly sexy and attractive. l love being a woman because womanhood is captivating, hilariously entertaining and spellbinding. As a woman I’m intuitive and connected to things and situations around me for most of the time. I’m also connected to the planets as well as the cosmos. I’m a woman, mother, sister and friend. I’m a leader, happy and free.

What do you hate about being a woman?

If I had power or an alternative, I’d abolish the monthly periods. I hate having them every month!

Who or what influences you?

I’m very much influenced by my mighty mother and the village women.

Tell us something about you that would surprise us: 

Some people think I’m extraordinaire. Some say I’m a genius. I have to just laugh.

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Jai Stone – Emotional Nudist, Socialpreneur, Speaker & Author


Name and Occupation?

Jai Stone – Emotional Nudist, Socialpreneur, Speaker, Trainer & Author

What do you love most about being a woman?

Girly, sparkly things like jewelry, glitter nail polish and shiny shoes.

What do you hate about being a woman?

Being boxed into stereotypes that determine what is and what isn’t lady like.  I prefer to define my own definition.

Who or what influences you?

Other women who live organically like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. I love women who don’t apologize for who they are.

Tell us something about you that would surprise us:

I am an introvert.  I simply love intimate evenings at home with just me and my boo!

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Dangerous Dame: Meet "Pawn Stars" Associate Producer, Nawara Blue

What is your job on the show?
I am the associate producer for History Channel’s Pawn Stars. The production company I currently work for is Leftfield Pictures.
What makes Pawn Stars different from other shows like it?
In my opinion, Pawn Stars was the first of its kind. Although there are hundreds of reality television series, most of them deal with character’s personal lives. Pawn Stars does focus on a family and the many characters it has, but the real stars are the amazing items that come in to the pawn shop and the stories behind them. It is entertainment at its best! And the great part is you don’t feel objected or less intelligent after watching an episode. You actually feel pretty enlightened.
Any wild moments with the cast?
The cast is great and we always have a good time. It’s almost like an extended family—and family business stays in the family 😉
Any future plans to have a show of your own?
Not as of yet, I am still learning the tricks of the trade and to be honest I just got in this industry. I’m taking one day as it comes.
Do you ever want to be in front of the camera?
Never say never. As long as what I am doing breeds positive content and it is a great representation of me and my family, it’s all good with me.



Black History Month Spotlight: Rod Jenkins

Name and Title: Rod Jenkins, Co-Everything Kiss Me Comix

What do you do and why? Kiss Me Comix is a Graphic Adventure Story Publisher, who provides adventures featuring Characters of Color (African-American, and Bi-racial) in positive roles, to empower, enlighten, encourage, and entertain not only African-Americans, but a world-wide reading audience.

What mark have you left on Black history? As a Member of the Black Age of Comics, we continue the legacy of those who have tried to bring Black characters in strong positive roles to the reading public despite a continual system that seeks to suppress such a movement.

Why is celebrating Black History important to you? The struggle for equality is not over, and the advances that have been made are slowly being taken for granted by younger generations, who don’t realize that what ‘freedoms’ they have can be legislated away at any given time. Until those freedoms are ingrained into U.S. Constitution as fact, African-Americans will never truly have equality.

Who or what do you honor most in Black History? We honor all the men of women in our Black History past who fought much tougher odds than what we face today and won, without them our future would not be as bright nor would we have an advantage to pursue growth on a local, national, and global scale.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Vangie Williams – Author of The Broken Life Journals

Name and Title:  Vangie Williams author of The Broken Life Journals

What do you do and why? I am a genealogist, historian, and author. I love all elements of my life but none more than history, especially the history behind the history, the families who lived and died for the history. It is my mission to tell the history through my books and hopefully, television and radio show.

What mark have you left on Black history? Broken Life Journals the books and genealogical research. Proving our people with the world’s history and their family’s history.

Why is celebrating Black History important to you? Black History Month is a catalyst for parents of all races to take the opportunity to educate their children of the past. Black history is often the history that other races want to know.

Who or what do you honor most in Black History? To honor black history, I write historical fictions that have positive roll models both black and white who stand for strength and intelligence beyond their time.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Deborah L. Parker

Name and Title: Deborah L. Parker, Author, Speaker and Principal Consultant, The DPJ Training Group

What do you do and why? I conduct seminars on leadership, diversity and communications for organizations to enhance their employee’s knowledge and performance. This work allows me to share my gifts of teaching with insight from everyday situations at work and community. I also write articles on the same topics and blend in my love of history and observances of people. In both, I rely on my mistakes as ways to help others achieve and be inspired!

What mark have you left on Black history? Personally in my family and hometown I’ve had some firsts (graduated college, became an army officer, wrote a book) I’ve shared black history with colleagues in former positions where I coordinated programs that showcased local and national heroes and sheroes. As an aunt I’ve taken my nephews and nieces to historical sites and bought them books or other items to help them know and treasure our culture.

Why is celebrating Black History important to you? There are many proverbs, scriptures and other writings that point to the value of knowing your history on many levels. And I’ve discovered how true that is for your personal, family, cultural and religious foundations. This knowledge has been a source of pride and inspiration for me as I deal with life’s adventures and adversities. Many have faithfully gone before as they persevered and laid the stepping stones for me to have a better life.

Who or what do you honor most in Black History? First I honor God’s providence in all things. I give much appreciation to my late mother who blazed her own trails as a determined single parent of four children, went back to graduate from high school after giving birth to me as a teenager, became a homeowner while working at a factory and taught me in sometimes tough ways to move forward in spite of. To my deceased grandparents I honor their wisdom. For the “greats and famous” I honor their work despite many obstacles to press for freedom and all that is right and guaranteed for humanity.

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St. Jude Makes Me Cry at 2am

As I watch late night televison, starting at approximately 2am, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital commercial comes on and a beautifully haunting tune is hummed throughout the entire commercial without any accompaning dialogue. Combined with the images of sick children the melody will instantly sadden you and it might even make you cry.

I have come to dread seeing the commercial because it tugs at the heartstrings, but I find the song to be so beautiful. I done some research and found out the name of the song is, “Lullaby”, and that it’s performed by Pink Martini.


Satan + Marilyn Monroe = Dangerous Lee?

“You’re just wonderful, a Satanic Marilyn Monroe for the new age!”

– Act of Dog

This quote comes from a Gothic person and it was meant as a compliment, so I will take it as that. It’s something that I’ve never been told before, so when I first read it I was taken aback a bit. Furthermore, I thought Marilyn Manson already held this title. Being compared to Satan is never cool, in my opinion, but again I had to consider the source and I can be a lil’ devilish 😉

What do you think?

He made history while kicking Tina's ass!

Regrets In Black History!

Whenever I hear someone say that there should not be a Black History Month, I get upset. Why? First of all, Black History Month ain’t hurting nobody. What we need to do is get rid of Columbus Day or Thanksgiving! Secondly,  Black Americans don’t have much that we claim as ours in this country, and when Carter G. Woodson conceived Negro History Week in 1925 it was about raising awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization. For that fact alone, we will always need Black History Month. We (Black people) should be glad that we have it and respect it for what it represents.

It’s not about relegating Black history to one month or separating Black history from White history. It’s all history, but not everyone knows everything that we as Black people have contributed to American history, including myself. I’ve learned some things about Black history in the last few years that has given me a huge sense of pride, dignity, and strength. I am constantly learning about many things in life and hope that I will continue to do so until the day I die. I never want my mind to close.

We can talk until the cows come home about how we all need to come together and stop referring to each other as Black, White etc…but that’s a pie in the sky utopia thought. It’s a fantasy. Racism is real, and comes in many forms.

Everyone needs to be aware of Black history. White history is drilled into us all the time and I rarely hear anyone complaining about that; but that’s what we’re used to and we have accepted it. Black history is often left out of textbooks, so this month will most likely be the only month that our children will learn about Black history along with all their peers in the classrooms.

Of course, Black history should be taught and spoken about in the home outside of February. For many Black families it is, but for many it is not. I’ll also go out on a limb and say that White families have the same story, or they don’t discuss Black history at all. If it wasn’t for the month of February, Black people/history would be totally disregarded.

Before I go any further I want to point out some Regrets in Black History:


No explanation needed. He has gone from being a sports hero to a common criminal.


Another man who was a sports hero and is now considered one of the biggest whores in the world. His taste in women makes it even worse.


Not really very important in the grand scheme of Black History, but some black people still love him despite the fact that he was caught on tape having sex with underage girls.


Anyone want a pubic hair in their Coke? He’s ridiculous for so many reasons.


He made history while kicking Tina’s ass!


Again, not a very important person, but he was responsible for a very important person in Black History, Michael Jackson. Whenever Michael’s death is mentioned, this man’s face will be shown. Not a good look.

Who do you think should be added to the Regrets in Black History list?

I just realized that there are no women listed above. I along with a friend, Lamont Wright, sat up and thought about who in black history we wish we could “give away” and all we came up with were men. Men, please get it together!

Speaking of women, there is also Women’s History Month. Are you men going to complain about that? Do you guys understand that women are also considered a “minority” and many of our contributions to the world are overlooked as well?  Rightfully so, there is also American Indian Heritage Month. All three groups share the fact that they have been oppressed throughout history.

Until we “all just get along” and are treated equally across the board, Black History, Women’s History, and American Indian History months should be recognized, respected, and highly regarded.