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Delaware Supreme Court overturns cinema ruling

In February 2011 on March 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

The Delaware Supreme Court overturned a decision by the state Human Relations Commission that the manager of a Dover cinema was racist when he used a “condescending tone” in telling a crowd of largely black patrons viewing a Tyler Perry movie to silence their cell phones and remain quiet.

The commission also ordered the Carmike 14 Theater to pay nearly $80,000 for violating the Delaware Equal Accommodations Law after it determined the October 2007 announcement — which was not regularly made in that way in other theaters — “insulted, humiliated and demeaned” patrons in that manager David Stewart had singled out a black audience at a “minority-themed” movie.

Court papers note that extra security also was brought in that night and guards were double-checking ticket stubs as audience members entered, which the plaintiffs said further added to the humiliation.

The Supreme Court, however, tossed out that finding and the fine late last week, ruling there was no racist language in the announcement, no specific group was singled out and the non-racial explanation for the announcement — that it was part of a since-discontinued company policy at sold-out shows to ensure that all patrons would enjoy the movie — was reasonable.

The court also noted that the then-director of the state Office of Human Relations was in the crowd that night, announced to the theater that she was offended and organized patrons to file the complaint with the Human Relations Commission.

The incident happened Oct. 12, 2007, at the sold-out 7:15 p.m. showing of the movie “Why Did I Get Married?” where the cinema was showing the picture in three theaters simultaneously.

The warning about cell phones was shown on the screen and then was delivered in person in the largest of the three auditoriums by Stewart, according to court papers. Some patrons later said Stewart’s tone “was offensive and condescending, as if he were speaking to children.” And because the crowd, which had been well-behaved to that point, was “90 to 95 percent” black, some felt it was racist because it implied that blacks did not know how to behave in a movie theater.

One patron told the commission she had been to hundreds of movies at the theater and never before heard such an announcement. At least two other patrons testified that they were not offended.

The Supreme Court noted that immediately after someone complained to Stewart, he returned to the theater and apologized, explaining the announcement was company policy. Realizing the crowd was upset, he also waited at the exit door after the movie to thank patrons for attending.

Stewart later explained that there was extra security that night because of a recent robbery at the theater, and on that night he asked one of the security officers to check ticket stubs to help direct patrons to the correct theater since the movie was being shown on three screens.

One person in the theater who stood up and announced her opinion that the manager’s actions were racist was Juana Fuentes-Bowles, then the director of the state’s Human Relations Division, according to the ruling. Fuentes-Bowles, who apparently did not announce her title but said she was “an attorney or someone who worked for an attorney,” then collected names and phone numbers of patrons who were offended. A division employee then called patrons and organized a meeting, including Fuentes-Bowles, after which a complaint was drafted.

Fuentes-Bowles also initially signed on to the complaint with 33 others, but later took her name off it so she would not be “a distraction,” according to the ruling.

In 2008, a three-member panel of the commission ruled that the announcement violated Delaware’s equal access law — though everyone in the theater was still able to see the film — because the circumstances were hostile and one that any reasonable person would find objectionable.

The commission then awarded each of the people who complained $1,500 in damages, fined the cinema $5,000 and ordered it to pay more than $20,000 in the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs.

Fuentes-Bowles left her position with the state in May 2009 and could not be located for comment this week.

Christopher R. Portante, a spokesman for the Delaware Department of State, which oversees Human Relations, said the department “stands behind” the commission’s decision.

While the commission determined that the theater’s explanations were “not credible,” a three-judge panel of the state Supreme Court ruled the commission failed to adequately explain why it came to that conclusion and added that the commission “legally erred” on several important points.

Justices Randy J. Holland, Carolyn Berger and Jack B. Jacobs ruled the non-racial explanations for the announcement were reasonable and pointed to uncontested evidence that a week earlier Stewart had made the same announcement at a showing of the movie “Halloween” to a largely teenage audience.

Matt Neiderman, an attorney representing Carmike Cinemas and Stewart, declined comment Tuesday.


Obama Says Qaddafi Must Leave ‘Now’

In February 2011 on March 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

Barack Obama

WASHINGTON – Ratcheting up the pressure, President Barack Obama on Saturday said Moammar Gadhafi has lost his legitimacy to rule and urged the Libyan leader to leave power immediately.

It was the first time Obama has called for Gadhafi to step down, coming after days of bloodshed in Libya. Gadhafi has vowed to fight to the end to maintain his four-decade grip on power in the North African country.

“When a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,” the White House said in a statement, summarizing Obama’s telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Until now, U.S. officials have held back from such a pronouncement, insisting it is for the Libyan people to determine who their leader should be.

Obama commented a day after the administration froze all Libyan assets in the U.S. that belong to Gadhafi, his government and four of his children. The U.S. also closed its embassy in Libya and suspended the limited defense trade between the countries.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced further sanctions Saturday, revoking visas for senior Libyan officials and their immediate family members. She said future applications from those blacklisted for travel to the United States would be rejected.

Gadhafi “should go without further bloodshed and violence,” Clinton said in a separate statement.

Obama has been holding a series of discussions with world leaders about the unrest in Libya. The administration is hoping that the world speaks with a single voice against Gadhafi’s violent crackdown on protesters, and the president is sending Clinton to Geneva on Sunday to coordinate with foreign policy chiefs from several countries.

The U.S. tone shifted sharply on Friday after Americans in Libya were evacuated from the country by ferry and a chartered airplane.

Shortly after, Obama signed an executive order outlining financial penalties designed to pressure Gadhafi’s government into halting the violence.

Past Medical Testing On Humans Revealed

In February 2011 on March 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

ATLANTA — Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.

Much of this horrific history is 40 to 80 years old, but it is the backdrop for a meeting in Washington this week by a presidential bioethics commission. The meeting was triggered by the government’s apology last fall for federal doctors infecting prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala with syphilis 65 years ago.

U.S. officials also acknowledged there had been dozens of similar experiments in the United States – studies that often involved making healthy people sick.

An exhaustive review by The Associated Press of medical journal reports and decades-old press clippings found more than 40 such studies. At best, these were a search for lifesaving treatments; at worst, some amounted to curiosity-satisfying experiments that hurt people but provided no useful results.

Inevitably, they will be compared to the well-known Tuskegee syphilis study. In that episode, U.S. health officials tracked 600 black men in Alabama who already had syphilis but didn’t give them adequate treatment even after penicillin became available.

These studies were worse in at least one respect – they violated the concept of “first do no harm,” a fundamental medical principle that stretches back centuries.

“When you give somebody a disease – even by the standards of their time – you really cross the key ethical norm of the profession,” said Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics.

Some of these studies, mostly from the 1940s to the ’60s, apparently were never covered by news media. Others were reported at the time, but the focus was on the promise of enduring new cures, while glossing over how test subjects were treated.

Attitudes about medical research were different then. Infectious diseases killed many more people years ago, and doctors worked urgently to invent and test cures. Many prominent researchers felt it was legitimate to experiment on people who did not have full rights in society – people like prisoners, mental patients, poor blacks. It was an attitude in some ways similar to that of Nazi doctors experimenting on Jews.

“There was definitely a sense – that we don’t have today – that sacrifice for the nation was important,” said Laura Stark, a Wesleyan University assistant professor of science in society, who is writing a book about past federal medical experiments.

The AP review of past research found:

-A federally funded study begun in 1942 injected experimental flu vaccine in male patients at a state insane asylum in Ypsilanti, Mich., then exposed them to flu several months later. It was co-authored by Dr. Jonas Salk, who a decade later would become famous as inventor of the polio vaccine.

Some of the men weren’t able to describe their symptoms, raising serious questions about how well they understood what was being done to them. One newspaper account mentioned the test subjects were “senile and debilitated.” Then it quickly moved on to the promising results.

-In federally funded studies in the 1940s, noted researcher Dr. W. Paul Havens Jr. exposed men to hepatitis in a series of experiments, including one using patients from mental institutions in Middletown and Norwich, Conn. Havens, a World Health Organization expert on viral diseases, was one of the first scientists to differentiate types of hepatitis and their causes.

A search of various news archives found no mention of the mental patients study, which made eight healthy men ill but broke no new ground in understanding the disease.

-Researchers in the mid-1940s studied the transmission of a deadly stomach bug by having young men swallow unfiltered stool suspension. The study was conducted at the New York State Vocational Institution, a reformatory prison in West Coxsackie. The point was to see how well the disease spread that way as compared to spraying the germs and having test subjects breathe it. Swallowing it was a more effective way to spread the disease, the researchers concluded. The study doesn’t explain if the men were rewarded for this awful task.

-A University of Minnesota study in the late 1940s injected 11 public service employee volunteers with malaria, then starved them for five days. Some were also subjected to hard labor, and those men lost an average of 14 pounds. They were treated for malarial fevers with quinine sulfate. One of the authors was Ancel Keys, a noted dietary scientist who developed K-rations for the military and the Mediterranean diet for the public. But a search of various news archives found no mention of the study.

-For a study in 1957, when the Asian flu pandemic was spreading, federal researchers sprayed the virus in the noses of 23 inmates at Patuxent prison in Jessup, Md., to compare their reactions to those of 32 virus-exposed inmates who had been given a new vaccine.

-Government researchers in the 1950s tried to infect about two dozen volunteering prison inmates with gonorrhea using two different methods in an experiment at a federal penitentiary in Atlanta. The bacteria was pumped directly into the urinary tract through the penis, according to their paper.

The men quickly developed the disease, but the researchers noted this method wasn’t comparable to how men normally got infected – by having sex with an infected partner. The men were later treated with antibiotics. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, but there was no mention of it in various news archives.

Though people in the studies were usually described as volunteers, historians and ethicists have questioned how well these people understood what was to be done to them and why, or whether they were coerced.

Prisoners have long been victimized for the sake of science. In 1915, the U.S. government’s Dr. Joseph Goldberger – today remembered as a public health hero – recruited Mississippi inmates to go on special rations to prove his theory that the painful illness pellagra was caused by a dietary deficiency. (The men were offered pardons for their participation.)

But studies using prisoners were uncommon in the first few decades of the 20th century, and usually performed by researchers considered eccentric even by the standards of the day. One was Dr. L.L. Stanley, resident physician at San Quentin prison in California, who around 1920 attempted to treat older, “devitalized men” by implanting in them testicles from livestock and from recently executed convicts.

Newspapers wrote about Stanley’s experiments, but the lack of outrage is striking.

“Enter San Quentin penitentiary in the role of the Fountain of Youth – an institution where the years are made to roll back for men of failing mentality and vitality and where the spring is restored to the step, wit to the brain, vigor to the muscles and ambition to the spirit. All this has been done, is being done … by a surgeon with a scalpel,” began one rosy report published in November 1919 in The Washington Post.

Around the time of World War II, prisoners were enlisted to help the war effort by taking part in studies that could help the troops. For example, a series of malaria studies at Stateville Penitentiary in Illinois and two other prisons was designed to test antimalarial drugs that could help soldiers fighting in the Pacific.

It was at about this time that prosecution of Nazi doctors in 1947 led to the “Nuremberg Code,” a set of international rules to protect human test subjects. Many U.S. doctors essentially ignored them, arguing that they applied to Nazi atrocities – not to American medicine.

The late 1940s and 1950s saw huge growth in the U.S. pharmaceutical and health care industries, accompanied by a boom in prisoner experiments funded by both the government and corporations. By the 1960s, at least half the states allowed prisoners to be used as medical guinea pigs.

But two studies in the 1960s proved to be turning points in the public’s attitude toward the way test subjects were treated.

The first came to light in 1963. Researchers injected cancer cells into 19 old and debilitated patients at a Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital in the New York borough of Brooklyn to see if their bodies would reject them.

The hospital director said the patients were not told they were being injected with cancer cells because there was no need – the cells were deemed harmless. But the experiment upset a lawyer named William Hyman who sat on the hospital’s board of directors. The state investigated, and the hospital ultimately said any such experiments would require the patient’s written consent.

At nearby Staten Island, from 1963 to 1966, a controversial medical study was conducted at the Willowbrook State School for children with mental retardation. The children were intentionally given hepatitis orally and by injection to see if they could then be cured with gamma globulin.

Those two studies – along with the Tuskegee experiment revealed in 1972 – proved to be a “holy trinity” that sparked extensive and critical media coverage and public disgust, said Susan Reverby, the Wellesley College historian who first discovered records of the syphilis study in Guatemala.

By the early 1970s, even experiments involving prisoners were considered scandalous. In widely covered congressional hearings in 1973, pharmaceutical industry officials acknowledged they were using prisoners for testing because they were cheaper than chimpanzees.

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia made extensive use of inmates for medical experiments. Some of the victims are still around to talk about it. Edward “Yusef” Anthony, featured in a book about the studies, says he agreed to have a layer of skin peeled off his back, which was coated with searing chemicals to test a drug. He did that for money to buy cigarettes in prison.

“I said ‘Oh my God, my back is on fire! Take this … off me!’” Anthony said in an interview with The Associated Press, as he recalled the beginning of weeks of intense itching and agonizing pain.

The government responded with reforms. Among them: The U.S. Bureau of Prisons in the mid-1970s effectively excluded all research by drug companies and other outside agencies within federal prisons.

As the supply of prisoners and mental patients dried up, researchers looked to other countries.

It made sense. Clinical trials could be done more cheaply and with fewer rules. And it was easy to find patients who were taking no medication, a factor that can complicate tests of other drugs.

Additional sets of ethical guidelines have been enacted, and few believe that another Guatemala study could happen today. “It’s not that we’re out infecting anybody with things,” Caplan said.

Still, in the last 15 years, two international studies sparked outrage.

One was likened to Tuskegee. U.S.-funded doctors failed to give the AIDS drug AZT to all the HIV-infected pregnant women in a study in Uganda even though it would have protected their newborns. U.S. health officials argued the study would answer questions about AZT’s use in the developing world.

The other study, by Pfizer Inc., gave an antibiotic named Trovan to children with meningitis in Nigeria, although there were doubts about its effectiveness for that disease. Critics blamed the experiment for the deaths of 11 children and the disabling of scores of others. Pfizer settled a lawsuit with Nigerian officials for $75 million but admitted no wrongdoing.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general reported that between 40 and 65 percent of clinical studies of federally regulated medical products were done in other countries in 2008, and that proportion probably has grown. The report also noted that U.S. regulators inspected fewer than 1 percent of foreign clinical trial sites.

Monitoring research is complicated, and rules that are too rigid could slow new drug development. But it’s often hard to get information on international trials, sometimes because of missing records and a paucity of audits, said Dr. Kevin Schulman, a Duke University professor of medicine who has written on the ethics of international studies.

These issues were still being debated when, last October, the Guatemala study came to light.

In the 1946-48 study, American scientists infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis, apparently to test whether penicillin could prevent some sexually transmitted disease. The study came up with no useful information and was hidden for decades.

The Guatemala study nauseated ethicists on multiple levels. Beyond infecting patients with a terrible illness, it was clear that people in the study did not understand what was being done to them or were not able to give their consent. Indeed, though it happened at a time when scientists were quick to publish research that showed frank disinterest in the rights of study participants, this study was buried in file drawers.

“It was unusually unethical, even at the time,” said Stark, the Wesleyan researcher.

“When the president was briefed on the details of the Guatemalan episode, one of his first questions was whether this sort of thing could still happen today,” said Rick Weiss, a spokesman for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

That it occurred overseas was an opening for the Obama administration to have the bioethics panel seek a new evaluation of international medical studies. The president also asked the Institute of Medicine to further probe the Guatemala study, but the IOM relinquished the assignment in November, after reporting its own conflict of interest: In the 1940s, five members of one of the IOM’s sister organizations played prominent roles in federal syphilis research and had links to the Guatemala study.

So the bioethics commission gets both tasks. To focus on federally funded international studies, the commission has formed an international panel of about a dozen experts in ethics, science and clinical research. Regarding the look at the Guatemala study, the commission has hired 15 staff investigators and is working with additional historians and other consulting experts.

The panel is to send a report to Obama by September. Any further steps would be up to the administration.

Some experts say that given such a tight deadline, it would be a surprise if the commission produced substantive new information about past studies. “They face a really tough challenge,” Caplan said.

men in hospital bedsIn this June 25, 1945 picture, army doctors expose patients to malaria-carrying mosquitoes in the malaria ward at Stateville Penitentiary in Crest Hill, Ill. Around the time of World War II, prisoners were enlisted to help the war effort by participating in studies that could help the troops. A series of malaria studies at Stateville Penitentiary in Illinois and two other penitentiaries were designed to test antimalarial drugs that could help soldiers fighting in the Pacific. Shocking as it may seem, government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. (AP Photo/File)

New Zealand Earthquake Kills 145 With More Than 200 Missing

In February 2011 on March 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

New Zealand earthquake

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Fresh aftershocks sent masonry tumbling among rescuers in New Zealand’s quake zone and a cat sparked false alarms Saturday of a possible survivor, as the disaster’s death toll rose to 145 with more than 200 missing.

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Grim assessments emerged for the fate of the central business district in devastated Christchurch, with engineers and planners saying it will be unusable for months and that about a third of the buildings must be destroyed and rebuilt.

On the outer edge of the district, Brent Smith watched in tears as workers demolished his 1850s-era house, where he had run a bed and breakfast and where antique jugs and a $6,000 Victorian bed were reduced to shards and firewood. His three daughters hugged him, also weeping.

“You don’t know whether to laugh or cry but I’ve been doing more of the latter,” Smith said.

Prime Minister John Key, who spent some of the afternoon speaking to families who lost loved ones in the disaster, called on all New Zealanders to hold two minutes of silence next Tuesday to remember victims and the ordeal of the survivors.

“This may be New Zealand’s single-most tragic event,” Key said.

Key said the government would announce an aid package Monday for an estimated 50,000 people who will be out of work for months due to the closure of downtown.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker assured relatives of the missing — including people from several countries who have converged on this southern New Zealand city of 350,000— that every effort was being made to locate any remaining survivors of Tuesday’s 6.3-magnitude quake.

No one was found alive overnight as a multinational team of more than 600 rescuers continued scouring the city’s central business district, although a paramedic reported hearing voices in one destroyed building early Saturday, Police Superintendent Russel Gibson said.

“We mobilized a significant number of people and sent a dog in again — and a cat jumped out,” Gibson said, adding that a rescue team removed “a significant amount of rubble to be 100 percent” certain that no person was trapped inside.

Police have said up to 120 bodies may be entombed in the ruins of the downtown CTV building alone, where dozens of foreign students from an international school were believed trapped.

Still, Gibson said rescuers weren’t completely ruling out good news.

“I talked to experts who say we’ve worked on buildings like this overseas and we get miracles. New Zealand deserves a few miracles,” he said.

The King’s Education language school released a list of missing people presumed in the building: nine teachers and 51 students — 26 Japanese, 14 Chinese, six Filipinos, three Thais, one South Korean and one Czech. An additional 20 students were listed with “status unknown.”

The death toll rose Saturday to 145 after additional bodies were pulled from wrecked buildings, Police Superintendent David Cliff said. More than 200 people remain missing, he said.

At Christchurch’s iconic cathedral, workers had just begun work on its ruined bell tower late Friday when fresh aftershocks sent more masonry tumbling from the building.

Rescuers were immediately withdrawn while the safety of the 130-year old church was reassessed and a new plan made to reach as many as 22 people who may be entombed inside.

The city’s central business district will take several months to recover, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said, adding that “most of the services, in fact all of the services that are offered in the CBD will need to relocate elsewhere.”

Damaged buildings will need to be bulldozed and rebuilt “so that people can have confidence about coming back into the area to transact any business that’s here.”

One in three of the central city’s mostly brick buildings were severely damaged in the quake and must be demolished, earthquake engineer Jason Ingham said.


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Cornell Student’s Body Found In Frat House

In February 2011 on March 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

George Desdunes, a 19-year-old Cornell University sophomore, was found dead in a fraternity house on Friday morning. An immediate cause of death was unclear, but the police are allegedly ruling out the possibility of suicide.

The Cornell Daily Sun reports:

Desdunes was found unresponsive in the SAE house at 7 a.m. Friday. He was transported to Cayuga Medical Center, where he later died, according to a statement from the Ithaca Police Department.

The investigation is continuing, and a forensic autopsy will be conducted at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton on Saturday. The Ithaca Police Department is leading the investigation, with assistance from CUPD and the New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit, according to the IPD statement.

Desdunes was a Biology major from Brooklyn, NY. Anyone with information is asked to notify the Ithaca Police Department at (607) 272-9973


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In February 2011, Women Empowerment on March 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I RISE…Encouraging Self Empowerment, Self-Esteem, Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth Reclaiming Authentic Power & the Goddess Diva Within!

Posted by Towana Hodges  March 2, 2011

LOVE being a WOMAN!  We are intelligent, graceful, VERSATILE, CREATIVE sexy, FEMININE, Curvy, Nurturing, Healing, BEAUTIFUL, GENTLE, supportive, TENACIOUS, sassy, spunky, FUNKY & FLY! Yes there is EVERYTHING beautiful about being a WOMAN who celebrates her Womanhood……LOVINGLY & Gracefully. Celebrating you…celebrating ME. Real Talk DIVAS: ARE you LIVING or JUST existing? Are you TEACHING or just doing? Are you experiencing your PASSIONS, CREATING your DREAMS, your LEGACY? Are you BITTER or have you HEALED enough to TRULY experience LOVE? Are you BEING you or FITTING IN? Are you GIVING yourENERGY to complaints, negativity, depression, pessimism OR are you experiencing LAUGHTER, LOVE, & LIFE? A REAL Queen stays in rein evenwith minor distractions. So you already know I am loving LIFE in every position possible.

As Women we should be working on the weaknesses of today’s woman?

1.Building Self esteem.

2.Excepting Responsibility for our own choices and actions.

3.Taking care of ourselves as well as care of those around us.

4.Refusing to be vunerable with each other.Fear of appearing weak.

Some women sell themselves short and second guess themselves too much! That lack of self-confidence along with the poor perception ofsuccessful women and disproportionate household responsibilities holds back so many women from achieving what they could have achieved. I believe today’s woman has little or no access to certain vital traditions that have enabled our ancestors to raise their children withcertain values and attentiveness that’s required to raise emotionally sound children. Too many kids are without direction and it’s becausethey have no sense of REAL culture and traditions. Everything today just seems so generic and frivolous! I was born in the 80’s but my upbringing has allowed me to see the past and incorporate it into the present. Not meaning to be so vague and also not to imply that all women should lead the same lifestyle……Simple household tasks like cooking seems like it’s becoming extinct. Lots of women no longer know how to hold down a household so we have McDonald’s for dinner, nasty homes & kids running around w/ith no manners or home training. I believe that’s a major weakness and the “woman of today” may beg to differ. Building stronger community between one another,sharing valued information on education, health,wealth. We must open the door for learning, teaching,growing & sharing. Inspiration come in all forms, it is up to us to seek it and mold it into the creation we want it to be. Bring out the creativity and strength in others. Lead by example. We DIVAS can do seminars on ethics,etiquette & self-esteem among our little DIVAS.

A WOMAN should have a CIRCLE of SISTERS (friends) that she can EMBRACE, BUILD, CRY, SHARE, LAUGH & LOVE. We all have them..those friends that are’nt quite your friends! Frienemies = friends you know don’t really like you and you don’t like them either,fake friends you have for selfish purposes.But it comes a time when WE ALL AS WOMEN MUST RISE ABOVE THE BULLSHIT!  When we SAY things LIKE “I CAN’T STAND FEMALES” or Idon’t DEAL with “WOMEN”;we TEACH that SAME degenerative behavior to OURDAUGHTERS.We should be trying to establish a SISTERHOOD bringing ALL women into QUEENS through love, training and culture. We won’t be productive without unity. A community without SISTERHOOD is destined to BE DYSFUNCTIONAL.  WE are the FIRST teachers. We are the mothers ofcivilization the foundation of which the world stands. We are NOT in COMPETITION with each other. We need each other! Join Us DIVAS on our CREATIVE LOVE JOURNEY . Creating, Expressing, Affirming, Manifesting, Doing, Growing, Learning, Nurturing, Accepting, Receiving, Dancing, Singing, Committing, Experiencing, Trusting, Leading, Following, Regenerating, Freeing, Thanking, Sharing, Kissing,Hugging, Seeing, Hearing,Enjoying, Speaking, Arousing, Meditating , Praying, Changing, Loving…..Living!  “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching”.

”Aspire to Inspire before you Expire”! This is the Moment…This is the TIME!


Comments comments (2) DIVA COMMENTS:


Allisha LaVonne Brizant –  I love this ladies and it’s very eye opening,true and most of all positive! Yall are right when you say that too often as women we’re in competition with each other and hatin’ on the next sista cuz she fly or whatever frivolous reason because all too often we allow men to pit us against each other. What’s funny is at the end of the days, more times often than not, men stick together and women has segregated themselves..because she has longer hair, or more men like her, she dresses nice, she has money, etc. You’re right is BULLSHIT!! I’ve always hated the term that I’d hear (even from some of my own girlfriends and family), “I don’t like women, or I don’t F with too many women”. A lot of times I’d sit back and observe that person,and the reality is they don’t like themselves or want to deal with a woman like themselves. It’s crazy. Like I continually say if you go into anything with negative PRE-conceived ideas it will remain that way and you will get out of it exactly what you’re putting in! I, for one, choose to be my sista’s keeper and although we can’t save them all..wedamn sure can set an example.