I was awoken by my thoughts this morning. First, of anger. Secondly, with excitement and hope. These are all emotions that I regularly get as a revolutionary, often in confluence with one another.
In my half-sleep, I was upset. I read an article that was questioning the founding of an all-black political party. The party in question was New York’s Freedom Party. Helmed by activist New York City Councilman Charles Barron, the party is in fact a congregation of black and Latino/Latina radicals and progressives seeking radical transformation of New York State politics. Welcoming all races who are in a fight to bring equality and justice to the state (and ultimately the country), the Party is led by people of color who, inspired by the phenomenal Fannie Lou Hamer, are sick and tired of being sick and tired of other folks (and, in New York, they’re virtually all white politicians) politically controlling their lives but doing little of nothing to improve them. Putting matters into their own hands, Continue reading
First off, before I get into my spiel about the book that is making me all giddy with all sorts of thoughts about this political system of ours, I must thank Miss Iman. She has been sofareal about taking over the helm of The Power Mixer, as I’ve had to limit my involvement for personal reasons (nothing life threatening, thankfully : -). We talked today about her focus on getting it to a whole ‘nother level, so props to her for her continued hard work and dedication. *Hand clap*
Now, about this book I’ve been reading. I became super inspired to write about it just minutes before writing this and figured this was definitely the forum to purge my thoughts. I don’t know if y’all have heard a few folks out there lament about how things haven’t changed in America with Obama in and Bush out. Certainly race relations did not magically improve with Obama in the office, and I’d argue the election just exposed how terrible it really is. What people generally are complaining about are jobs/the economy, BP, and the like. To that, I’ll say “it takes time after 8 years of destructive behavior” and “really, you want to blame him for that?” respectively. What people are not calculating in these rants, however, is just how deep the crony-ism and elitism were in the Bush era, the general faulty acceptance since the Reagan years that elitist, not democratic principles, should govern the country, and the simple fact that not a damn thing was done about it. Rather, those principles just mutated like a cancer until the blow up that was “In these Hard Economic Times” , Financial Crisis, circa 2007 , exposing just a tip of the Antarctic upon which these principles of greed thrived.
While it was always my understanding that the Bush years were bad, it takes a certain level of authorship and journalism to revert my “I’ve heard all that ish before, now let’s do something!” back to my fundamentals of just being pissed the eff off with a side of oh hell naw!! So, the best way to funnel all this energy is with a story offered by this book (which put me in a state of “oh hell naw!!” merely 23 or so pages in).
Thanks to all for making this month’s Power Mixer another great session. Dr. Boone provided excellent, comprehensive insight and Nina Brown graced us with her lovely presence and interviewing skills!
Starting this month, and for future sessions, we will be highlighting businesses that attend and will provide a list of these businesses in a page called Business Directory (original, I know . Check them out and show your support for businesses that support us!
Also, another page has been created for a list of partnership organizations of The Power Mixer. These are organizations that help you actually enact the change we discuss during our mixers.
With that, we are pleased to announce that we have developed an official partnership with two Atlanta organizations! The Atlanta Urban League and the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition will be working with The Power Mixer, as we will direct attendees to their organizations while also potentially cross-promoiting our events. Check out the Doin Good in the Hood page to get their info. The directory will be updated regularly as we develop more relationships with Atlanta businesses and organizations.
Again, thanks to all for helping The Power Mixer grow. See you next month!
V-103′s Nina Brown
Super producer of the Frank and Wanda Morning Show
hosts a special edition of The Power Mixer
Get the ins and outs of the Atlanta mayoral race in a live interview with Dr. William Boone, co-author of the controversial memo on coordinating the Black vote for Atlanta’s 2009 Mayoral Race
Find out why he wrote it and what the race means to the Black community
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Doors open at 7 pm
Free entry. Free appetizers.
Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore & Cultural Center
946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30310
Business casual attire
Limited seating. RSVP Today!
In light of the upcoming Power Mixer topic, this Powerbroker Profile features Mellody Hobson, the President of Ariel Investments and listed among Time Magazine’s “50 Women to Watch.”
Check out this insightful and inspiring interview covering her entry into the financial services field, a sector in which Black people, and Black women in particular, are vastly underrepresented.
In their recent profile of the powerbroker, Fortune Magazine had this to say about Ms. Hobson:
In a world gripped by fear, Hobson’s words are a welcome tonic. A master networker, she has become one of the most recognizable names in financial services, often sought out by the media to help inform – and these days calm – investors.
Join us at the Shrine Bookstore and Cultural Center for September’s networking social as we discuss:
Making a Dolllar out of 15 Cents: Growing Your Money in an Economic Crisis
With Special Guest Belinda Pedroso
CEO of Ascension Financial & President of the League of Women Voters of Dekalb County
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Doors open at 7pm
Complimentary appetizers will be served
Space is limited. RSVP here
Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore and Cultural Center
946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30310
Read more about Ms. Pedroso after the jump
Each year, Ariel Investments teams with Charles Schwab to deliver the Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey. It consists of 10 questions testing your investment knowledge. Check out a past article detailing the findings from the survey. Click on “Quiz yourself” in the link below to test yourself!
Whether you score well or not, you can have your investment questions answered at the upcoming Power Mixer on Wednesday September 2, 2009. RSVP by clicking here: http://thepowermixer.com/rsvp/
The Power Mixer was started in 2009 to bring together powerbrokers from the business, political, and community sectors. This blog is an extension of the monthly networking event that takes place in Atlanta, GA at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore. Check out the “Why a Power Mixer” section for more info.
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