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Monday, April 14, 2008


congrats on the show spn!

Posted by bbeard on 04/14 at 08:40 PM in Blogging
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Interesting Anniversary Today

The ASPCA is 140 years old today. I just had to compare...the NAACP is just about 100 years old.  Makes ME wonder.

Posted by SerQet on 04/10 at 07:38 AM in Blogging
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Chandra Leigh Brown is a guest on

Hear a portion of her story and why she was recognized as the “International Chairperson for the Disabled 2006” for her hard work since her brain injury in 2002.

Posted by SPN on 03/26 at 09:21 AM in BloggingReligion / SpritualityPersonal
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Monday, March 24, 2008

I’m on display at the Ocean County Library.

For more information about these and other photos, please view and visit the following slideshow.

Posted by SPN on 03/24 at 09:26 AM in PhotographyArtPersonal
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rabbinical Board Gets Its First Black Member


Rabbi Capers Funnye says his mother came to understand his embrace of Judaism. Courtesy of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

The Bryant Park Project, March 20, 2008 · Capers Funnye is an African-American man who went from being a Christian in the segregated South to the first African-American rabbi to sit on an all-white rabbinical board. A leader of Chicago’s Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, he’s also the first black rabbi elected to the city’s Board of Rabbis and one of 27 black rabbis in the entire country.

Funnye says his move to Judaism began at the age of 17, when his pastor urged him to become a preacher. That pressure, he says, inspired a youthful exploration of other religions. As he began to embrace Judaism, he says his mother was distraught. “She thought that I was abandoning God,” he says. “Finally, she came to the conclusion that I really wasn’t abandoning God. ... Jesus was a Jew. Jesus was a rabbi. And so, in fact, as she learned more, she embraced the idea more.”

Posted by SPN on 03/23 at 02:50 PM in BloggingReligion / SpritualityNews
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

2008 - Uncle Tom Award

With so-called black men like this, we don’t have to look for white people to take us down.  This is the most despiscable thing I’ve ever heard.

Oh by the way, Fox calls this man honorable.

Posted by Nuttshell on 03/11 at 10:36 PM in BloggingReligion / SpritualityPolitics
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Monday, March 10, 2008

Hairy Situations on the Wire

The following news article was published in the Baltimore Sun.  I have been a fan of the HBO original television series since the very first episode in 2001.  Everything that is good and bad about the city of Baltimore has been realistically portrayed in this fictionalized television program.  The some of the actors were a virtual who’s who’s of local Baltimore lore.  A member of my church who was also the Commissioner of Police had a brief role as a homicide detective after he was fired from his real job by the mayor.  Another former police commissioner after serving time in jail for misappropriation of funds had a recurring role as a police detective.  The former Republican Governor of the State of Maryland played a security guard.  The pastor of the most prominent AME Church in the city had rare opportunity to play himself.  The first elected Black major played the role of a lawyer.  I could go on and on.  The point being real life celebrities acted in roles for which they were very familiar with.  The writers were a former newspaper reporter and a former homicide detective.  Real stories about real people, played out in a real city with a fictional story that paralleled actual events.  Great theatre!

Stylist remembers hairy situations on ‘The Wire’By Janice Kinigopoulos
Special to the Sun
March 9, 2008

In 1980, when a tube of Lancôme lipstick sold for $8 instead of the current $25, I was selling cosmetics from behind the counter at Bloomingdale’s in White Flint. I never thought years later my job would take me to a filthy alley in Baltimore where I would switch up lipstick for a comb and fake blood to embellish a fake bullet hole I had created earlier that morning on an actor’s head.

But 20 years later, that is exactly where my makeup career took me—to decaying alleys, boarded-up houses and other precarious places in Baltimore for HBO’s The Wire.

In 1984, I moved to Baltimore and before I could say “Charm City,” I was doing 1776 peasant hair on a made-for-TV movie shot in Fells Point called Liberty. Funny thing was, I replaced a hairdresser, not a makeup artist, but it didn’t matter. Even though I had never gone to hair school—that happened years later—I loved the challenge. From that moment on, I was determined to be a hairdresser for movies.

As time passed, I worked on demented things (Blair Witch 2), fluffy things (Disney’s Tuck Everlasting), romantic things (Runaway Bride). By default for that picture, I became Richard Gere’s personal hairdresser. My biggest challenge was running my hands through his hair without smiling. I also worked on period things (Washington Square), a black superhero thing (Meteor Man) and David Simon’s TV project before The Wire called Homicide: Life on the Street. (My first official tear sheet of a fashion shoot I did was for The Sun in 1985. I rushed to the 7-Eleven at midnight to buy the paper so I could see it.)

Believe me when I say I learned on the job. Once, on a film called Wide Awake, M. Night Shyamalan’s second movie, I was coloring the hair of actor Robert Loggia to make him look older. I literally applied the mixture, left the trailer, called 1-800-CLAIROL and asked what to do next.

By the time I got the call in 2001 to be the key hair designer on The Wire, I was ready. I knew taking this job would be life-changing. Even though, by then, I’d been in the film business for two decades and had worked on several projects with African-American actors, this show would be different. It was unlike anything I’d done—a predominantly black show to be shot in struggling neighborhoods in Baltimore. I knew I needed to tap my “I can do this” vibe and rise to the occasion.

Posted by Wayne McDonald on 03/10 at 01:19 PM in Blogging
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Monday, March 03, 2008

My daughter is a champion.


She entered her first dance competition and came away with;

1. One First prize trophy
2. Two gold ribbons
3. Two first place ribbons
4.  A future Star award.
6.  One Gold medal

I have no idea how she did all of this seeing that she competed in only two dances.  She was in a solo dance and a trio.  For some reason the judges felt she was awesome.

Posted by SPN on 03/03 at 02:41 PM in BloggingArtPersonal
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Monday, February 18, 2008

The Cooper Concerns

Published: February 5, 2008
New York Times

I’m not a Hillary-hater. She’s been an outstanding senator. She hung tough on Iraq through the dark days of 2005. In this campaign, she has soldiered on bravely even though she has most of the elected Democrats, news media and the educated class rooting against her.

But there are certain moments when her dark side emerges and threatens to undo the good she is trying to achieve. Her campaign tactics before the South Carolina primary were one such moment. Another, deeper in her past, involved Jim Cooper, a Democratic congressman from Tennessee.

Cooper is one of the most thoughtful, cordial and well-prepared members of the House. In 1992, he came up with a health care reform plan that would go on to attract wide, bipartisan support. A later version had 58 co-sponsors in the House — 26 Republicans and 32 Democrats. It was sponsored in the Senate by Democrat John Breaux and embraced by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, among others.

But unlike the plan Hillary Clinton came up with then, the Cooper plan did not include employer mandates to force universal coverage.

On June 15, 1993, Cooper met with Clinton to discuss their differences. Clinton was “ice cold” at the meeting, Cooper recalls. “It was the coldest reception of my life. I was excoriated.”

Cooper told her that she was getting pulled too far to the left. He warned that her plan would never get through Congress. Clinton’s response, Cooper now says, was: “We’ll crush you. You’ll wish you never mentioned this to me.”

Posted by Nuttshell on 02/18 at 01:38 PM in Blogging
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Transcript of Lawrence Lessig Obama video

Lawrence Lessig has posted a video on why he is for Barack Obama. SJ Klein, Madeleine Price Ball and I just finished transcribing it. Lessig’s video, and our transcription, are available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

“A request”
I received a strange request from someone I didn’t know in my inbox the other day — a letter asking me to make a video “enumerating why I support Barack Obama”. As Julie Cohen wrote, “Many of my smartest friends have been recently leaning towards Clinton” and that, she said, was because “I believe that his speeches are not detailed enough regarding his policy strengths” and she concluded “now is the right time for you to make a video, I know you can change a lot of minds.”

Well I doubt I can change a lot of minds, Julie Cohen, but I do agree with you that this is an extraordinarily important election.

But it’s important not because of the details about Barack Obama’s policy strengths. I believe his policies are strong, especially the policies I know something in particular about — his technology policies are extremely strong. But policy differences between these two candidates are actually quite small. As the New York Times said in their editorial endorsing Hillary Clinton, “On the major issues there is no real gulf separating the two.”

Posted by Nuttshell on 02/18 at 01:15 PM in Blogging
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