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Ms. goclark picked up her phone one afternoon and it was my friend Gloria on the other end.
We were two young ladies that had loads of thrilling times in our close to Hollywood home town -- Los Angeles.
That day, in the mid 70's, “Halle Berry Looking” Gloria called to ask me if I would go with her to meet Stevie Wonder.
I instantly believed she was kidding ~ to my surprise, she was not.
She came to pick me up and soon we arrived at a small recording studio not far from the Sunset Strip.
We entered the studio and there he was ~ my all time favorite singer was being introduced to me!
He walked as if he could see and took us over to a small piano and he started playing "Isn't She Lovely, Isn't She Wonderful"... My feet felt like they had left this earth.
We were mesmerized as we watched him record, not realizing that we were witnessing magical musical moments that people would have given their eye tooth to see.
We met the other musicians and we stayed until they wrapped up the session for the evening. Goclark and Gloria drove home on a cloud.
About two weeks later, Gloria called to tell me that Stevie was giving her a Birthday Party - I laughed until I cried. I thought she was playing but she was not....
Stevie had told her to prepare a list of about 50 friends and he would give her the location address closer to the date.
We made the calls, not telling the guests about the Wonder Part and on her Summer Birthday evening,with Gloria's Boyfriend as our driver, we arrived at a charming Beach House in Malibu.
The stars sprinkled the sky - the scene reminded me of a chapter in Cinderella. We parked the car and our wide eyes saw a wooden dance floor on the beach, a table covered with luscious delicacies, a Combo ready to play the latest hits and fancy dressed waiters preparing to serve us.
We were Dancing With the Stars that night!
That was way before cell phones so we took turns serving as look outs for Stevie.
About an hour into the party, Gloria came over to whisper to me that Stevie had arrived! She had me walk over to the Limo to see him. He was excited like a kid when we described the setting.
He did not get out of the car, he gave Gloria a kiss on the cheek, sang the first four lines of the traditional Happy Birthday Song and using that famous smile, he was gone into the night.
We both stood there in shock because we didn't think that he would leave that way. We thought he would want to meet our friends and maybe sing for all of us.
It was several years later that the memory knocked me off my feet! I finally realized that he must enjoy making people feel terrific. It must be awesome to have enough money to do EXTRA SPECIAL ACTS OF KINDNESS for your family and friends.
One thing for sure ~ he made both of us have a Cinderella Evening that we will never forget.
Happy Birthday to Stevie Wonder!!
Happy Birthday, Happy birthday
Happy Birthday To Ya ~ Happy Birthday!
As I recall they hated Carter with a passion and dogged him throughout his term in office - he is/was a smart,decent man.
They talked about his Mama, called his brother and his other family members "trash." Even talked about precious Amy!
Let us not forget that they could not stand Clinton because Democrats loved him so much. Surely he was not the first President to "have sex with A female that was not his wife."
Democrats had to fight like hell to save his Presidency while we saw the "Monica Kiss in a crowd" photo 24/7.
Question: Where is Monica now, she sure is quiet. Suppose they realized that they didn't need to bring her front and center now, Hillary didn't win. I believe they would have been just as evil to HRC. These people are MEAN and want POWER and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.
There were tiny rumors that GW and Condi (a "Black" woman) had an affair. Crickets in the M$M about it, crickets.
I have vivid memories of seeing Condi and George, in the Rag magazines - maybe on TV in a quick "let's move on" 5 second mention,looking like they were on a date at the baseball game and his WIFE - Laura, was NOT with them.
Condi was in a sleeveless dress with a sweater tied around her bare shoulders like she was with her husband/boyfriend/whatever.
She even referred to him as "her husband" at a party(it was in Vanity Fair) and CRICKETS again from the MSM.
On the other hand ~ if we think the 24/7 coverage about the silly Lady in her Red Dress that got into the WH was bad -- it would be a horror story if they ever saw Obama do anything that could be considered "Not Appropriate" with another woman White or Black or anything.
I was too young to know what they did to FDR with his love life but the way they smeared Clinton was horrible. White Water or what ever it was called was always front and center. Then the friend that committed suicide ( can't remember his name) that was front and center for days. I cried everyday.
Now let's take Clarence Thomas, a "Black" man ~ he should not have seen the light of day on the Supreme Court!
I say that and I am African American.
He continues to serve and even though the Democrats tried their best to "grill him" he still got the position.
Anita Hill was not telling Lies on him and they knew it but they still won the day ~ the dogs!
Look how that one vote from that one "African American?" so called Justice has affected our lives in a negative way.
Look how they allow 'Lil Mike Steele to remain as the Head of their party. Crickets from them about Michael Steele. They hate him I'm sure but they put him there to use him to make Black/White America think Republicans like Black people. They are that stupid and on the other hand, they may just be that slick because "Lil Mikie is still in his position. The difference is HE does what THEY want him to do, they pull his strings.
They are so afraid of President Obama because he won the hearts and minds of millions of people all over the world and they are still in shock that they let the Power get get away from them.
Do they plant the seeds of hate about President Obama because he is Black, that may play into it but IMO, it is at least 90% about the POWER that he holds that they can't believe they don't have now.
There is a very hard to get book on Amazon that after 1 year of waiting I got a used copy for $21 , " The Six Black Presidents = Black Blood, White Masks."
When you read it,you will see that Obama probably has more WHITE BLOOD than six of the Presidents that our history books told us were "Real Americans" and pure White.
Even during those times, there were writers that called them names , posted pictures of them with Negroid features, terrible terrible things were said. The difference is that news did not move through the internet.........
Here are the names: Thomas Jefferson, Jackson,Lincoln, Hannobail Hamblin( Vice President/1 term,Warren Harding, Dwight D. Eisenhower
AND Name Withheld - the authors listed "the 7th or Eighth Black President.
I was in college and my sorority was having a Convention in Philadelphia.
Dr. King was the guest speaker and he was magnificent, simply the greatest speaker I had ever heard.
He spoke in a huge Baptist Church. The Church was packed, my AKA Sisters were lining the walls.
After his speech, the President of the Sorority asked all of the undergrads to form a line.
Then she announced that we were all going to meet Dr. King!
There must have been 100 of us.
When my turn came,he asked me my name and repeated it as he looked right at me.
He had the most magnificent brown eyes,gentle and sincere.
It was as if we were the only two in the room.
He held my hand and asked me what I planned to do after I graduated from USC.
I told him that I wanted to be a teacher.
He never took his eyes off of my eyes and he said, "You will be a GREAT Teacher young lady!"
He stated it as if he WILLED it to happen.
I carried his words with me everyday that I was a Teacher, a Reading Specialist, Gifted Coordinator for 50 schools in the Urban Area and a Principal.
Meeting Dr. King was a defining moment in my life.
Happy Birthday Dr. King, you would be very proud of me!
He was 11 when he died.
1. One evening I was sitting on the couch watching television. All of a sudden I thought I was having a heart attack. Like Superman ~ Muffy jumped in my lap and started licking me all over my face -- I mean frantically!!! He would not stop!!
When he did stop,he was panting he was so exhausted.
When he stopped I realized that the attack had stopped but I still called 911.... They found out that it was a reaction to a Medication I had been taking.
He just sat there looking at me and sitting right at my feet. He would not take his eyes off of me.
2. I had a pet sitter for Muffy and she told me that when her dog had seizures Muffy would put his paw on her 60 pound dog's paw until the seizure was over.It was hard to believe.
Later she told me that she had told Muffy to come and get her whenever "Baby" was having a seizure. Muffy would rush to find her.
3.One night I was doing the Prep for my colon test.I had to run to the bathroom when the medicine started to work.
You know how that goes -- I staggered out of the bathroom and Muffy had mirrored my experience! He has runny bowels like I had never seen him have ever!
4.The sitter told me that one evening Muffy ran up the stairs barking out of control. He kept barking until she followed him down stairs. He led her to the kitchen and somehow gas was escaping. My Little Muffy led her to it.
5.I had some female surgery and was sent home from the hospital with all those wires etc. I was afraid that Muffy would get wrapped up in the wires but he never did. He sat by me and/or followed me night and day.
I was so afraid that while I was sleeping he would accidentally touch me and bother the stitches - he never did. The Dr. said I would be able to go back to work in about 6 weeks. One morning I woke up and Muffy was walking across my stomach! Nothing hurt! I was well almost six weeks to the day.
6.My Mother was called in the middle of the night - her best friend had died. Mom was not crying but she went to bed and I went to bed in my room. I woke up and looked for Muffy in his favorite spot at the foot of my bed. He was not there -- he was with my Mom. Snuggled up close to her. I tried to get him to go with me but he growled at me as if to say " How Dare You!" He slept with her for 4 nights. How did he know that she was grieving?
When the Vet realized that Muffy had only a few days to live, he gently told me that he found it worked best for the owner to be there when the final Medication was given.
I told him I couldn't bear to watch but I found myself holding Muffy in my arms following the Vet. I looked and my 88 yr. Mom was right behind me.
The doctor gave him the Med and Muffy never took his eyes off of me.
He looked directly at me as if only the two of us were present. He
licked my nose and he went softly to sleep.
I can't stop crying now but through my tears I am so moved that so many people will be helped by this finding. This News would make Muffy so happy! He is probably saying, " I tried to tell you we could do it!"
each event was so heartbreaking.
The hurt within our community for the senseless killings of ALL of the leaders named was one long nightmare.
I say ALL because, among the college age students there were many that truly followed Malcolm X and what most of White America( at that time) called " radical" leaders as well.
For the young African Americans, those were the days of "Black Power" as well as " I Have a Dream" and certainly, every Black American that I knew LOVED JFK and RFK, loved them!
Angela Davis and many others were telling us to stand up and say,
" I'm Black and I'm Proud." Jesse Jackson was telling us to say it with him...
" I AM Somebody!"
"I may be poor but I AM somebody!
"I may be BLACK but I AM Somebody...!"
When John Carlos raised his hand at the Olympics, we were watching it in my living room. All of us started jumping around hugging each other and saying , " Yes! I'm Black and I'm Proud!...."
Looking back at those times, speaking for my circle of friends, we became strong Civil Rights supporters and wanted to prove to the world that " Black Was Beautiful." As I reflect on it, I recognize that ALL of the Heroes that were senselessly killed, became our heroes for life and that even includes Malcolm and Company.
There may be some here that will want to put down Malcolm X but in our community, he represented our anger and encouraged us to be strong in our beliefs for our people.
And remember, Malcolm was the thorn that gave MLK the liberty to be "more acceptable" to many in the Majority community. Their families were/are still great friends.
We were probably the first generation of African Americans that was truly PROUD to be Black. That was a major plus for us as a people. We wanted to be "BE" somebody ~ and most of us can look back and say that those role models were a major force in shaping our success in life.
PS/ One more Memory ~ I Met MLK and I will hold that Memory In My Heart forever....
My Sorority was hosting their National Convention in Philadelphia. All of the undergrads in attendance were invited to a Church to hear a major speech given by Dr. King.
To be in his presence was magical.
At the end of his speech, the National President asked all of the college young ladies to form a line to meet Dr. King.
We were so excited and we all lined up to shake his hand.
He was magnetic. When my turn came, I was immediately drawn to his eyes. They looked right at me and his eyes and his words almost willed his words to happen.
MLK said to me: Young lady, I am pleased to meet you. What college are you attending and what is your major?
I said: Dr. King, I want to be a Teacher after I graduate from USC.
He said, with his eyes looking right at me, as if he willed it to happen: Young Lady,you will be a GREAT Teacher!"
If I may say so myself, he was right! : )
I'm rushing to go to a wedding ~ excuse any typos
My parents were always honest with me and helped me to keep my eyes wide open in situations that may not be welcoming because of my Race.
That said, they were equally as quick to point out the good that I should look for in people of all races.
Just one example: There was a contest in all the elementary schools (colored) in Baltimore.It was a contest to select the Best Poem to present to Marion Anderson. At the time she was known all over the world but when she came to Baltimore, she could only perform for a White Audience.
I wrote my poem about Miss Anderson and I won ` I was 8 years old!
As the winner, I was invited,with my Mom, to see Marion Anderson in concert at a downtown auditorium, my mother told me that it was "Only Whites" and she explained to me what " NO Negroes" meant to our people.
I was so excited and my mother dressed me up with a pretty bow and a beautiful dress. My grandmother spent at least one hour curling my long black hair with a round wooden stick. The neighbors came to watch her and I was getting more excited by the minute.
Everyone in the neighborhood and all my relatives came to see me and waved goodbye as we drove off, they gave me little flowers and sweet gifts -- I was a star!
When we entered through the stage door, we were taken to meet the great Marion Anderson! I was thrilled and recited my poem to her. She was so gracious and kind. It was magical.
I thought we were going to have a seat and watch the performance but to my surprise, we watched her sing on the stage side of the curtain -ironically, better than a front row seat. She was able to see me clap for her and she would give me lots of smiles when she would exit the stage after a select number of songs.
It was a once in a life time experience.
As I write this, I have an even stronger feeling that she must have told the manager....if I could not sit in the audience, she wanted my seat to be as close to her as a seat could be.
When her performance was over, she hugged me and told me that she was so pleased that I came to see her.
It took a few more years before people of color could sit in an audience downtown or even to sit on the main floor to see a Movie, we only were allowed to sit in the balcony.
I'd like to think that Marion Anderson and a little brown skin girl with her sweet Mom, had a lot to do with the barriers coming down.
Posted by goclark in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Nov 20th 2008, 08:26 AM
I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired of all of us that have forgotten that McCain - Palin could have been walking in our WH and not caring one bit what we care about,not one damn bit.
We are such ABUSED CHILDREN that we now lack the ability to trust anybody, not even the WINNER that pulled our party through some terrible waters!
WAKE UP little children(and that includes me) and realize that Democrats WON, America WON, the World WON!
Because Progressive Democrats donated, clicked on the web news polls, GOTV,called our Congress members and cheered his victory, we think WE can run the White House.
Progressives are acting like WE were the only ones that sweated blood to get Democrats elected.
The homeless lady in downtown LA that saw me in my OBAMA T-shirt and gave me a $ to send to him has as much right as I do to a "Piece of Barack."
Do we have the right to be disappointed that OUR pick was not HIS pick?
"Ya bet ya!"
But at least we don't have to be looking at Traitor JoeBob and Howdy Dowdy with their side kicks --- the Alaska Hillbillies, e v e r y d a y!
WAKE UP Progressive Children, WAKE UP!
Posted by goclark in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Oct 23rd 2008, 10:03 PM
I'm not saying that I want her to drop out -- she is the Gift that Keeps On Giving.
I was just curious......
Let's be careful what we wish for.
This is a MUST,MUST see!
Get your tissues ready.
Clay Aiken does a beautiful job.
Please K and R
Dear Nancy and Co.,
I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of you and that table!
Please tell all of your cronies that THEY need to take their feet off the table and put IMPEACHMENT on it!
I don't care if we don't have enough votes!
No guts no glory Democrats!
Please DU, please think of some ways to give Nanco a spine!
I would love to send her a thread of replies that would let her understand that we need some action!
Since she can't seem to figure it out,we can.
History majors, please help me.
I am over 60 years old and I can't think of a President in my life time, or an administration, that messed up everything that they touched --- education, social security,the war, the diplomacy etc. etc. etc.
Maybe they messed up a War or there was a depression or there were Civil Rights issues but for ALL OVER messing up with a President that belonged in Rehab--- please help me with some details to hold on to during these last two years.
This Resident seems to have his fingerprint on every thing!
I am reminded of the expression, " You Can't Make Chicken Salad out of Chicken S---!"
When the high raking military MEN (I have not seen even one woman) speak before congress how many are Minorities? Women?
Are any of the Generals in Iraq Minority/Women? I don't see any Spokespeople that happen to be African American/ Latino? Asian? Women?
Am I missing photo ops with Minorities/Women as spokespeople for the group? Every time I see anyone speak it is always a White Man.
Are White Men the only people fighting in Iraq? Are they the only people dying in Iraq?
Maybe the color is not working on my TV.
Maybe because they are all wearing pants, I can't tell the men from the women.
Need link to determine the % of Minorities in Prison .
It would help if the percentages are state to state as well.
Thanks for helping!
I sincerely would like to have positive feedback on what members of DU believe would bring PEACE to the Middle East.
Please let this be a positive thread.
In fact, if WE can't discuss some logical ways to end the violence and give all sides JUSTICE,that really is a shame.
Thanks a lot and PEACE!
ps/ If someone has a plan that you don't like, please don't bash the view of that person.
That is not productive in my view.
RepubliCONS are so smart, they have taken ownership of our beautiful flag and it has worked for them.
Why don't we wear LITTLE FLAGS on our suits?
We better put them on because when they wear them and we don't, it sends a signal to the brain ~ they love America, Democrats don't.
I am on my same soap box....
Why do we let Falwell own Jesus? He does not!
We have let them own Jesus and we have put them down for it.
I am a Christian and I will not continue to let them own Jesus! At every opportunity I remind everybody that I can that RepubliCONS do NOT own Jesus!
Wake Up Democrats, wake up!
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