the Clippings | What’s brewing with Starbucks #RaceTogether – Unlike our coffee, we don’t blend well?
March 20, 2015
The Clippings — What’s brewing at Starbucks? Can we #racetogether or nah?
Perhaps over the years of serving us coffee, Starbucks realizes, unlike our favorite beverages — we don’t blend well. All that tension in service lines probably comes not just from needing coffee. Lack of courtesy to each other and watching us huddle in our segregated groups might be reason for Starbucks to ask – Can we #Racetogether or nah?
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Hanging out with coffee drinkers of late, I’ve finally found the perfect beverage that takes me into Starbucks more and more – these few short months into my addiction. A time or two, I’ have wondered about race and prejudice from my trips get a coffee buzz — here in the south.
As someone who blogs about media and behaviors derived from how media is consumed, I know when I am in and out of my comfort zone — #MediaApartheid. Our consumption of media and coffee leaves a stain on our social interactions. Standing in line at Starbucks, I can tell their customers, for the most part, don’t consume what or how I consumed information. Can we #Racetogether or nah?
Instantly, I can tell from the startled white male, he might consume conservative content with his coffee. Or, the white female who can’t bring herself to become social, might love country music or watches daytime tv? Or the black female trying to blend her way through #corpnation might think we’re competing. And, never mind the brother who wants to be the only black person in the coffee shop. I just want my Mocha frappuccino with soy and whip and I’m out. Can we #Racetogether or nah?
Your coffee shop your turf. But what does your Starbucks say about you? Can we #Racetogether or nah?
Obviously we’re not blending well in such a shared space where everybody knows your name — it’s on your beverage – but what’s in your heart? I’m Yalanda with an A — it’s on my cup! Can we #Racetogether or nah?
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December 22, 2014
Buy Black — but not Jordans? I’m confused???
Legend Blue 11 Jordans officially released December 20th. Hopefully you were not in the stampede — and if you were — that’s your business — big business if you were selling them. But apparently, it’s nothing to bottom line of Black Business.
If rocking a new pair of Jordans this Christmas or posting your newly acquired haul on instagram — you already know — the ridicule cometh — depending on your income. The poor have become the punchline when it comes the most famous wardrobe staple. A product policed, available via life saving lottery — in another country this would be rice.
But I’m confused. Folks say buy black — but not Jordans? If the shoe fits, being that its the number one wardrobe staple for a lineage of men and women – sports fans and the like — how come every black business — or business for that matter, doesn’t sell them. Everybody still wants to be like Mike? I’d like to be as rich — and living outside the trauma of having to shop via lottery.
Buy Black — but not Jordans? I’m confused. So what other products have Black Americans so graciously placed their name, genius, endorsement, signature or license? One friend, Dea Win, quickly added to my query the following:
TYLER PERRY FILMS
My question back to her related to how upper class consumers avoided these labels as they were often associated and ridiculed as products highly consumed by the poor or knocked off for the poorer.
Why are we always criticizing shopping habits of the poor — when habits, especially bad habits, create the most wealth in America.
Buy Black – based on what habits? What solutions? What is the wealth stream besides wardrobe staples which could really facilitate economic development? Or should we just let it be?
Sneaker releases are what they are — for the sports fan who desires the most popular show known to man.
At least we aren’t being policed and lottery’d out for food — yet.
Yalanda P. Lattimore
Award winning veteran blogger, mom, author at http://DryerBuzz.com
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December 22, 2014
We’re giving it all away. There are several dynamics to perception of #wealthgap. First consideration to take into account — households and households’ median wealth. Blacks of certain incomes, or a considerable portion of certain age groups, mostly live alone as individuals outside of families or in splintered households — or file income taxes and answer polls as such. On equal foundation — the gap lessens.
Living separately, means spending more for same resources – mortgages/rent, groceries, utilities, etc. Additionally, investments, savings, and ownership which create wealth streams — remain non formative foundations of minorities.
Minorities are often told to own more, invest more, spend less. However, majority Americans don’t own businesses. Owning a business is not even part of the “American Dream” — “immigrant American Dream” perhaps — but not the American. American dream built on debt and consumerism. Buy Buy and Buy now — pay later.
African Americans often admonished for not buying black — where and from whom should we do this? Ever hear black own business commercials – few and far between right? When we do, it has to come at a level of a movement or revolution?
Naturally and indigenously (if that’s a word), we should want to put our money in hands that look like ours, with eyes that want to make contact, and smiles that greet us warmly. We should inspire to share our ingenious and see many an opportunity in the rampant vacancies of our communities. We should want to provide solutions which parlay into job opportunities for ourselves and offsprings. But when has any of that been part of the American dream — as least as it is discuss among us?
As long as it is not — the wealth gap will remain the same — a widening gulf — while measured by households and households’ median wealth. We are family — just not when it comes to wealth.
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December 9, 2014
Buzzing Opinion — The March on Washington happened three years before I was born. Dr. Martin Luther King was number 16 on the program. I have always been more partial to number 5, Mrs Medgar Evers (Myrlie Evers-Williams) who stood as a very recent widow in 1963 to bring “Tribute to Negro Women Fighters for Freedom”. Her husband, Medgar Evers, a world war II veteran and field secretary for the NAACP was murdered just a month before the march. In fact, there was death all around the march.
For 50 years we focused on a dream. Many who traveled to and those who spoke on the mall in Washington DC that day, August 28, 1963, experienced death by American oppressors. That year 1963, was a year of assassinations in what seemed to be a decade of murders plagued upon American citizens rising to prominence among their oppressors. It was a time that many simply call a movement — but drew casualties as if it were a war — death and murder.
In the past 50 years, those who continuously come to the forefront of leadership often tell their followers to WAKE UP! But what was it that lulled us to sleep? Was it King’s Dream?
The March on Washington was in August. Months later, an American president was assassinated that year. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, America’s 35th president, was murdered in Texas November 22, 1963. So there was death before the march and death after the march. Yet, when I search King’s Dream speech, there is no mention of the words death, murder, or assassination. Some might argue the meaning of death is there in parable form, but what about calling it what it is. What about ignoring it for 50 years.
What about calling a thing a thing! We’re often told to do things in remembrance of King’s Dream speech or Montgomery bus boycott, but why did it always feel like something was missing. It was. Just like King’s speech is absent of the words death and murder, our future now revisits history because of the absence of indictments.
Generations have been taught, for the most part, how the bus boycott had to do with wanting dignity in riding public transportation. We all know how history books are rewritten. But we can’t overlook any longer how death, murder, and indictments (or lack there of) coincidentally fall very close on the calendar. We have to revisit history as history keeps revisiting us. Did King’s Dream leave us in this nightmare?
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. (excerpt from King Dream Speech)
Guess what Dr. King, 51 years later a new generation headed to Washington December 13, 2014 — not for the March on Washington — that anniversary already celebrated with much pomp and circumstance — with women still nearly left out — and pretty much all the other speakers ignored. While two generations sleep in slumber of the Dream, another generation will call a thing a thing — death, murder and demand for indictments.
While some will channel Shakespeare a la King — others will hopefully bring home the message. President Barack Obama asked us to get Pookie and ‘em registered to vote. Well Pookie registered, voted, and now have started a revolution. It’s time to revisit history to stop history from revisiting us. If we wake up now from the dream — the nightmare should end.
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November 21, 2014
Bill Cosby Married Camille in 1964 #noshade but… Which came first — disregard for marriage or rape? Allegedly…
Buzzing Opinion — No shade or victim blaming but William Bill Cosby married his wife Camille in 1964. So which came first, disregard for marriage or rape? How does one find herself in company of a married man? Something about situations explained in allegations against Bill Cosby seem suspect which probably explains how Cosby has escaped them all these years.
But here it is again, back in headlines and playing out in court of public opinion. Opinions swirl around Cosby and his alleged victims leaving some of us peeking around at Mrs. Cosby and her ever present stand by her man grin.
Mrs. Cosby, does your husband harm women?
We wonder if Camille Cosby has a serious iron clad confidentiality agreement, prenup, or have found her own existence in shadow of Cosby’s alleged and much talked about transgressions. Standing by an Mr. Cosby and his transgressions has long since been Mrs. Cosby’s identity, even with her own astonishing accomplishments.
Which came first — disregard for marriage or rape?
Again, not to blame victims, but the man has been married since 1964? List of victims show Cosby has certain preference and power which makes it difficult to excuse away allegations. In a vein of the chicken or the egg, we ask — which came first, disregard for marriage or alleged rapes? How is it women, one after another, found themselves in each situation — with this well known married man — known for transgressions?
It’s not like the women remained silent either. These stories surface, get buried, and surface again with each generation. Each time, Mrs. Cosby stands by her man. She doesn’t leave – not in the manner some would like to see. Does she stay like Hillary, for money and power?
Mrs. Cosby, does your husband harm women?
Watching Camille Cosby during tense moments in Associate Press interview was odd. There she sat with a grin plastered across her face — leaving us only to wonder what she was thinking. Who grants an interview in middle of a rape storm? Oh they presumed power and privilege would prevail. At least, according to Bill Cosby — the instructions were not to ask because they don’t answer that.
I’m not your average Scandal viewer. I kind of have a problem with a woman standing by a man where other women are harmed. Why can’t we get an answer?
What am I missing? Did I miss more of the code? Is this how it is done or was done in their day by their generation? Everybody just remains silent — let life reveal itself through comic routines?
“No no we don’t answer that,” said Bill Cosby to AP. We don’t? We don’t talk about rape allegations? We just talk about art? But art imitates life. What has been the need for us to watch the Cosby Show for decades? Speaking of integrity, which Cosby points out in the interview of the reporter, what about his and hers?
I’m confused. Something in me wants to say to Mrs Cosby, does your husband harm women?
The saga continues…
October 30, 2014
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June 22, 2014
Debut – Don’t miss #DryerBuzzonWAOK Sundays. In our debut show we’ll buzz why men are mad at Meeks mugshot mania ans what “liking” the mugshot says about us. Plus why is it hard to believe #blackgirls run, golf, code and more. It’s all in what we choose to believe. Listen 4 to 7pm @WAOK.com
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- Visit to Center for Civil and Human Rights
- If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say…
- Central Park 5 Settlement
- Mug Shot Mania
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- Blackgirls run, golf and code – why do we need to brand it?
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Hair She Buzz: I am mad tired hurt exhausted sleep deprived and all cried out. What? You didnt know? | I’m a Woman
June 11, 2014
Hair She Buzz — I’m mad, tired, hurt, exhausted, sleep deprived, and all cried out. What? You didn’t know? Cause I’m a woman. As many love to put it — a strong black woman. Just once, I would like to fall like the chick in the weekly movie and have someone pick me up to carry me the rest of the way. Ain’t happening.
Every time a tear forms in my eye, I hear be strong. Nobody ever asks what’s wrong?
Thank God I take life in seasons. Already knew what was coming. Spring would be a rough season. People around me were falling apart. I was running from one to the other like a game of spinning plates. Black girls gotta be strong and ward off danger, hurt and pain. As Terri Williams says, “it just looks like we’re not hurting.” Well, I’m mad, tired, hurt, exhausted, sleep deprived, and all cried out.
I’m mad. By the time I got to the truth of the matter of the latest, only had only a couple of hours to pull the dagger from my heart and carve my way out of despair. Because life goes on. What a season.
I’m tired. If there’s a cure for this — I want it. Give me the pill — red blue — I don’t care. Put me back in the matrix. Too many glitches in this system — for strong black women — and not enough people giving any kind of consideration as to how we are impacted. There are no loving arms reaching around us.
I’m hurt. I know this is happening to you — and I look like I have solutions and will be stronger than ever — but it’s happening to me too. Do we have to do this now? Oh wait. I have no time. Dusts myself off.
I’m exhausted. After venting and tossing around hasgtag #GodGotJokes. I knew I had to pick myself up quick, before lightening struck me. I was becoming more and more angered. I asked myself, was I the person God wanted me to be — because that had to be the reason he took me out of the situation. God knows I’m an on-task on-point sister. For that kind of intervention, I had to be doing something wrong — oh right depriving myself. Saying one thing. Doing and accepting another.
I’m sleep and love deprived. Forgot I created hashtag #sleepwaterlove and people are following. Promised myself I wouldn’t compromise the equation. Balance was key. God won’t let us mask the task. We got to be fully in it. Putting my head to pillow at night deprived of sleep and love made me a fraud. Caused an unfamiliar ache that shouldn’t have been there. Time to go searching for answers and there it was — the truth.
I’m all cried out. This was my fall in the woods like the weekly movie. Unfortunately, when a black woman falls in the woods — it doesn’t make a sound. The I’s never turn to us. The me’s never turn to we. The she is on her own. Picking herself up, dusting herself off, and regaining her stride.
I rebuke strong. See me in these woods too. Feel my pain. Inquire about it. Take a moment to wonder how it affects me too. The world tells me — girl get up!
I turned to my favorite scripture on love to find a way back. Ran the test on all that I love and didn’t quite pass. But — the truth shall set you free. Coming out of these woods. This ain’t the trail I want to take.
Even though I’m mad, tired, hurt, exhausted, sleep deprived, and all cried out — I’m still patient and kind, but got to be honest — I do envy those who fall and get picked up. Meanwhile, I’ll keep running on my own strength.
To be continued… when I can say I’m out of the woods.
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May 21, 2014
DryerBuzz Entertainment Buzz — Politics: Last Chance to CHANGE America with Women | Midterm Election
Got a minute, then you’ve got time for a QuickBuzz from DryerBuzz.com – I’m Yalanda. Let’s get to the root of the story… the Obama story and women.
Are we headed for self destruction? Count it down — November 4th — time for women to hold the Obama administration, the house, senate, Governor’s mansion, state capitol, down to the dog catcher accountable. We are in the season of dog bites – no pun intended.
Time out for that tired speech from Obama administration about women and wage in a season of Breadwinning Women and Rise of Stay at home Moms. Can we move on to how more women than ever are fighting chronic health issues? Fighting from the brink of death to finding themselves in the pits of hell of debt. Thanks for Obamacare, but let’s make sure affordable healthcare has a leg and a legacy to stand-on after midterm elections.
Moms, we’ve educated our kids, now let’s make sure our midterm election selections set a path to a brighter future with less Student Debt and better Economic Well Being. This is not a love affair. This is war. Student debt burdens are weighing on the economic fortunes of today’s young adults — says Pew Research — reports also show a Record share of Wives are now more educated than their husband.
You’re a smart girl — now let’s vote like the voting block of women we’ve become. Spend the summer working and supporting choices. We hold the purse strings to American recovery. Women are the largest voting block in this country. Voting is only a small part of the process. Get to know candidates so they can get to know your demands. Let them know you’re more than a vote. You’re the brass ring holding their feet to the fire and we want accountability.
Obama administration has two years. Count it down. We’ve got enough Michelle Obama dresses and the arm muscles to prove. It’s time to be in that number — when women go marching in — to the polls — November — last chance to CHANGE America.
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