Up Stairs Lounge

To those who loved the Up Stairs Lounge, it was a kind of paradise.A gay club that doubled as a church, it was a sanctuary in 1970s New Orleans at a time when homosexuality was considered sufficient grounds for deportation, in a city where assaulting gay people was sport for college fraternities and local ordinances made it unlawful to rent or sell homes to “sex perverts.”
It was a place of assured discretion and warm, easy brotherhood. The bartender kept a microphone behind the bar to announce regulars by name à la Ed McMahon (“Heeeeerrree’s Luther Boggs!”). Read More

President Barack Obama

On March 22, former President Barack Obama wrote a letter to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a mass shooter killed 17 people in February. In the handwritten letter, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama wrote they were inspired by the student’s bravery and praised them for calling an end to gun violence. Letter from former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama – March 10 “To the students of Parkland — We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. Not only have you supported and … Read More

Driving While Black

Police stopping black and brown people based on racial profiling reasons is so commonplace- Driving While Black – is often referred as “DRB”. The term Driving While Black is an inclusive term meaning any non-white person. Certainly our Hispanic, Asian, Native American and Gay – Lesbian brothers and sisters experience their unfair share of outright police racism. Driving While Black racism is not restricted to the United States. A well known and highly recognizable Canadian broadcaster. Marci Ien is co-host of daily television show -The Social. She wrote about her most recent driving while black experience. Driving While Black in Canada We recommend you read Ms. Len’s article in full. … Read More

Diversity – Starbucks

Two black men were arrested while sitting in Starbucks waiting for a friend to join them.The reason? A Starbuck’s employee called police because the men had not ordered anything, had used the restroom and were sitting at a table. Consequently,the employee determined the two men were loitering. What Happen Next at Starbucks ? Did an employee approach the two men and ask if they wished to order or to offer assistance? No.It was obvious two well groomed black men sitting quietly at a table were “loitering”. Solution: Call the police- Six to arrest two men. Oh. were there other people nearby ? – yes,in fact several white people sitting quietly … Read More

Starbucks Apology

Last week, the arrest of two black men sitting in a Starbucks store waiting for a friend went viral, thanks to Melissa DePino. Her video of the arrest continues to show the unjust treatment of black and brown people in our country today. While patrons pleaded with officers that the men did nothing wrong and their friend arriving during the commotion; they were lead out in handcuffs. Arrested for waiting while black. Now the Starbucks apology! Kevin Johnson, the Chief Executive came out on Saturday promising to make the men right. Mr. Johnson said Starbucks would review its policies and increase training of partners regarding police assistance. The over reaction first, then the … Read More

When Did “Diversity” Become A Bad Word?

In the early 1990’s, there was a push in Corporate America to hire more non-white males. Since then corporations have made a point to become more diverse. But in the last year, there has been a change in the attitude of our country. There is a struggle against diversity and inclusion, and a fight for separation and bullying.  We see this more and more with discrimination lawsuits from White and Asian males.  Case in point, Google is being sued by former employees for discriminating against hiring white and Asian men. But Has The Diversity Push Changed Anything? No! In 2018, we are still seeing corporations “talk about” pushing Diversity and Inclusion in … Read More

Diversity Matters SNAP

The Trump administration is proposing drastic changes in the “food stamp” program, now called SNAP. People getting that aid would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy. Low-income Americans who receive at least $90 a month — just over 80 percent of all SNAP recipients — would get about half of their benefits in the form of a “USDA Foods package.” The package was described in the budget as consisting of “shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables.” The boxes would not include fresh fruits or vegetables. Trump is proposing a full-scale redesign of SNAP, which provides an … Read More

Good Old Boys

Who has not heard the term good old boys ? It’s a commonly used American slang that can have both positive and negative meanings depending on context and use.  A formal definition of good old boy would include words such as “a man who embodies some or all of the qualities considered characteristic of many white men of the southern US. Good Old Boy Network – Real world The good old boys network is essentially cronyism; the awarding of jobs to friends or people you know, regardless of whether or not they are the most qualified candidate. People typically think of cronyism as an issue with government, but it runs … Read More

America White Again

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed President Donald Trump’s immigration framework, calling it part of a “campaign to make America white again.” She nailed it. On Friday,January 26, Ms. Pelosi stated wrote in a statement, Dreamers are hostage to a hateful anti-immigrant scheme,” Pelosi wrote in a statement on Friday. “The 50 percent cut to legal immigration in the framework and the recent announcements to end Temporary Protected Status for Central Americans and Haitians are both part of the same cruel agenda. They are part of the Trump administration’s unmistakable campaign to make America white again.” Not everyone agrees -take Sen. Joe Manchin ( W-WV ) Make America White … Read More

Race bias

Race bias is often at the forefront of hiring minorities. Daily news regarding race bias in discussions of policing, immigration, hiring, housing or placing “a knee during the playing of our National Anthem” is commonplace. President Trump is all in for creating America White Again. Even though there is almost a daily occurrence of race bias incidents in national new broadcasts, most White Americans remain convinced race bias is no longer central to one’s opportunities in life. According to a Pew Research poll in June 2016 their study shows many whites believe these daily racial conflicts represent the actions of a few bad apples. They feel these sporadic events aren’t … Read More