Saturday, February 24, 2007

Black spending in the USA.

Next time you see that ‘player of the year’ flashin’ in that 2005 Chrysler 300 sittin’ on 23’s while he’s pulling it into a parking stall of a rented apartment, hand him this article.

Doesn’t matter, the ‘player probably won’t read it.  This was emailed to me several months ago from a cousin.

USA Today article on Black Spending Habits:

These are tough economic times, especially for African-Americans, for whom the unemployment rate is more than 10%. Alarmingly, rather than belt-tightening, the response has been to spend more. In many poor neighborhoods, one is likely to notice satellite dishes and expensive new cars.

According to Target Market, a company that tracks black consumer spending, blacks spend a significant amount of their income on depreciable products.

In 2002, the year the economy nose-dived; we spent $22.9 billion on clothes, $3.2 billion on electronics and $11.6 billion on furniture to put into homes that, in many cases, were rented.

Among our favorite purchases are cars and liquor. Blacks make up only 12% of the U.S. population, yet account for 30% of the country’s Scotch consumption. Detroit, which is 80% black, is the world’s No.1 market for Cognac.

So impressed was Lincoln with the $46.7 billion that blacks spent on cars that the automaker commissioned Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, the entertainment and fashion mogul, to design a limited-edition Navigator replete with six plasma screens, three DVD players and a Sony PlayStation 2.

Posted by SPN on 02/24 at 03:52 PM in Blogging
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Friday, February 23, 2007

Summit for Islamic Reform

I just hope that the “reform” is reasonable and doesn’t itself take on a radical tone.
I am sad but not shocked not to see the inclusion of Imam M.D. Mohammed though. But this looks like it’s going to be an “immigrant”, Arab/Asian Muslim thing (not that that’s totally bad). I’ve often said that “they” should take the lead in the media after 9/11 since they’re going to bear more of the suspicion.
I wish them as best as I can and I hope it turns out well for us all.  - Cricket

The Free Muslims Coalition brings to your attention a Muslim reform summit that will
held in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 4-5.  This summit is open to all people and we
encourage you to attend the summit which will be covered by CNN’s Glenn Beck show and
other media personalities.

Muslim thinkers will be asking what went wrong? How did Middle Eastern cultures
transform from the openness and intellectual ferment of the medieval period to the
closed theocrat societies of today? Where are the secular voices of the Muslim world?
Now, bold critics of orthodoxy are calling for sweeping reforms from inside Muslim
societies. With the intent of catalyzing a global movement for reason, humanist values,
and freedom of conscience, delegates from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq,
Pakistan and Bangladesh will assemble March 4-5 in St. Petersburg, Florida for an
unprecedented Summit (see

Posted by cricket on 02/23 at 11:02 PM in Religion / Sprituality
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

“We Held Out Our Eyes Delirious With Grace:” The Meanings and Significance of August 8th


By george white, jr.


Robert Booker, a Knoxville native and independent scholar, recalled that August 8th “was like the 4th of July for Blacks” in the area.  Chilhowee Park, one of the major recreational centers in the city, was racially segregated and designated “for Whites only.” However, Booker stated that “the 8 th of August was the only day that Blacks could use Chilhowee Park.” According to Booker, on the evening of August 7th, families would place watermelons on ice and the next day cut them open as pigs slowly roasted on grills.  “It was a day of celebrating emancipation,” he remembered.

Shirley Tyler of Paducah, Kentucky said that during their August 8th celebrations, they had family reunions, picnics, and games for children.  Just last year, Paducah’s Auguts 8 th festivities featured a parade and banquet.  Mrs. Tyler said that “the 8th of August was the day when the news reached the people and the slaves were told they were freed.”

Margie Staggs grew up near Caruthersville, Missouri and her earliest remembrance of August 8th celebrations comes from 1915, when she was 5 years old.  Black folks there had church programs and picnics and no one went to work.  “It was a Black holiday,” she recalled. 1

Posted by SPN on 02/21 at 05:40 PM in Justice / Injustice
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Monday, February 19, 2007

Bennie Jett hated her name.

I was partially to blame because I loved the Elton John song and sang it often.  Usually when she was present.  ca.1982 35mm Pentax ME Super 50mm lens morning light

Posted by SPN on 02/19 at 10:05 AM in PhotographyHigh School Memories

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Study: Adoptive parents more invested

Children get more time, financial resources than with biological moms, dads
The Associated Press
Updated: 5:04 p.m. MT Feb 12, 2007

Just reporting the news...of course as an adoptive parent, I’d like to resemble that.

NEW YORK - Adoptive parents invest more time and financial resources in their children than biological parents, according to a new national study challenging arguments that have been used to oppose same-sex marriage and gay adoption.

The study, published in the new issue of the American Sociological Review, found that couples who adopt spend more money on their children and invest more time on such activities as reading to them, eating together and talking with them about their problems.

“One of the reasons adoptive parents invest more is that they really want children, and they go to extraordinary means to have them,” Indiana University sociologist Brian Powell, one of the study’s three co-authors, said in a telephone interview Monday.

“Adoptive parents face a culture where, to many other people, adoption is not real parenthood,” Powell said. “What they’re trying to do is compensate. ... They recognize the barriers they face, and it sets the stage for them to be better parents.”

Posted by Nuttshell on 02/13 at 03:27 PM in Blogging
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Monday, February 12, 2007

Family Ties

I’m big on genealogy and I came across the following autobiography of a cousin-by-marriage—Howard Jenkins, Jr.

He was the first AA appointed to the National Labor Relations Board.  He also taught at Howard University and also helped to write the briefs for the landmark Supreme Court 1954 case Brown vs. Board of Education.  See his web autobiography at

Posted by Nuttshell on 02/12 at 03:21 PM in Blogging
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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Door Latch. (High school memories)


Posted by SPN on 02/10 at 01:44 PM in PhotographyHigh School Memories
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