Saturday, June 14, 2014

Save Annie - help a sweet pit bull stay alive

I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner! Okay, I do, I almost never write posts on this blog anymore.

The story: my boyfriend and I recently moved to Oakland. Overall, it's been a bit of a bumpy adjustment. Monday was made even bumpier because someone decided to leave a dog in our yard. Because we can't have pets and because the other person in the duplex has a young son, there was no way we could keep her. I do wish we could foster her. Oakland Animal Services (OAS) picked her up on Tuesday afternoon, and, as it's a kill shelter, she's on borrowed time.

I named her Annie as in Orphan Annie.  She's a very sweet pitbull that's gotten a bad start.  Dealing with this shows me the massive bias that breed is up against. I'm trying to spread the word every way that I can.

This is an appeal for help. The benefit of her being at OAS is we have confirmation that she wasn't micro-chipped and that health-wise she's in good enough shape not to be put down immediately. Her number at OAS is ACR 17331.

She's anxious but she was very sweet with my boyfriend (he was the one who found her and took care of her the day she arrived.) has offered to provide free training, support and promotional assistance as appropriate to anyone who can foster her. Read more about their work at the link!

What I'm hoping for is for someone who is in the pet rescue community to get wind of what's going on. I figure they're best suited to help and would be more effective in finding someone that could foster her. The trick to to making that happen is getting it out to as many people as possible. Hence this blog post.

Please help spread the word via your social media accounts. Here is my write up about her on Google Plus and there are a few more pics of her there:

Here are links on other social sites:
Even if all you can do is share, that helps; and I appreciate it!

If you're interested in how it all turns out tune in to the FB thread I posted. I'm putting updates there as we go.

Thanks so very much. :) #SaveAnnie


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Playing around with Tint!

I found a new social application, Tint, that lets you integrate your various social streams into one layout. I think it's great. Here is how it looks with my Pinterest and Instagram streams. (I'm much more active on Pinterest these days, but came back to Instagram when they added video.)


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

October Surprise - HuffPost Live

Well, this is interesting. I was on HuffPost Live again this week.

This time we were talking about politics, which if you read my blog a bit you'll know I'm pretty passionate about and, at times, quite active.

The topic was about the "October Surprise" theory. I'm not exactly sure it's just a theory because there always seems to be something that comes up right before an election. However, is it intentional spin?
There is such big money in American politics now that I have to say I think the spin is intentional.

For what it's worth though, I also hope that voters are just as cynical as I am and take surprises with a grain of salt. It would have to be a pretty significant one for me to go, "okay, I'm switching my vote". I think that's the same on both ends of the spectrum. Of course, those in the middle and those who've not decided are the ones they're trying to reach.

You can watch the video below. You can also find it here on the HuffPost Live site.

BTW, I really like the HuffPost Live segments I've seen and have been on. They've managed to get some pretty good hosts.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Diva Is Code For Bitch - HuffPost Live

Indeed my SEO is strong. (Thanks to Stuart Tracte, a dear friend, for that wonderful quote which totally applies here.)

The HuffPost Live folks found an old blog post of mine from 2006 where I commented at length on the negative stereotypes that come at you when you're a black woman: "I Got a Woman" - Black Women and Negative Stereotypes.

I, along with true blue experts, discussed the implications of the current "feud" between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minjai on the HuffPost Live site today: Diva Is Code For Bitch.

My opinion?  Yes, they're fighting for real BUT the producers knew there was tension and they intentionally let it escalate.  It's not unheard of that shows do this to get press mentions and, hopefully, increase their ratings.

The deeper implications, however, is the dehumanization of black women.  As I wrote in 2006, we're always cast in this role.  That's why there have been many times I've been justifiably mad but I've held back.  Why?  Because black women get mad at every little thing, right?  We're horrible to deal with and will pop off at the slightest provocation, right?  Well, wrong, but with that being the perception it's something you keep in mind when you are upset.  I don't let it silence me to the point that I don't stand up for myself, but the blow back I get is way more intense than what women of other races get.  (Maybe one exception would be the fiery Latina stereotype and how that impacts Latinas.) 

As I brought up during the discussion, you've got tons of examples of women of all races feuding.  Shows like Mob Wives has an all white cast as do some of the Real Housewives shows.  You don't see anyone generalizing from those shows that all white women are argumentative bitches.

Anyway, you can check out the segment below or here at the link.  Enjoy and let's hope my SEO continues to be strong for years to come.


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