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Reflecting on 2022…Lessons Learned…You Ready for 2023?!!

It’s the last day of 2022, we are almost there folks!! So the pandemic is still real, but somehow we are managing it. Let’s just say this was another unforgettable year!!

Definitely had some moments that shook the nation with such things as abortion no longer being a constitutional right, the ongoing war in Ukraine, the tragedy in Uvalde (TX), banned books, the retirement of a tennis legend Serena Williams, we got the slap of the century when Will Smith cold clocked slapped Chris Rock, and jaw-dropping seasons of Euphoria and Bridgerton.

In sports news, Argentina wins the World Cup, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl (along with an AMAZING halftime show-Hip Hop and R&B reigning supreme), the Houston Astros win their second World Series title…then you got the suspension of Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka (and his split from Nia Long), Tom Brady retired…back in the game and then divorced, Brittney Griner is released from a Russia prison and returns home to the U.S….and one of my fave moments the Golden State Warriors reclaimed the NBA Title throne!!

Lena Horne became the first Black woman to have a Broadway theater named after her…Two Literary Pioneers were honored with USPS stamps, Toni Morrison and Ernest J. Gaines!

In politics, for the first time in history the four largest U.S. cities New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston will all have Black mayors after this year’s midterm elections…Karen Bass sealed the deal with her historic win! And THANK GOD Georgia did not elect Herschel Walker into the U.S. Senate, we can all breathe a sigh of relief!

The elements are still having their way whether its the frigid winter storm in Buffalo, Hurricane Ian and Fiona, and heat waves coming in July, August and October!!

The Little Mermaid teaser trailer…Just wow!! I’m so ready!!…Also, definitely gotta shout out some good friends for putting me on to Billions and Yellowstone, talk about some good tv!!

Speaking of good tv let me just drop a few more nuggets:

  • Riches (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Reasonable Doubt (Hulu)
  • Abbott Elementary (ABC)
  • Blood & Water (Netflix)
  • Dahmer: Monster-The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix)
  • Wednesday (Netflix)
  • P-Valley (STARZ)
  • Raising Kanan: Power Book III (STARZ)
  • Final season of OWN Network Queen Sugar and FX Atlanta
  • Cherish the Day (OWN)
  • The Bear (Hulu)

Let’s Go To The Movies… I was so glad that the theaters have opened back up again, feels good to sit back and relax at my local AMC!!

  • The Woman King: Finally these stories are being told!!
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once: Brilliant movie that definitely did not get the pub it should have…such a good movie!!
  • Top Gun: Maverick: Now that was a fun ride!!
  • Descendant (Netflix): Gotta love history, especially when they speak the truth!
  • Confess, Fletch: Pure laughs!!
  • Bullet Train: Who knew you could enjoy a movie that is set on a bullet train…
  • Nope: Layered and complex!!
  • Prey (Hulu definitely knows how to drop those gems!!)
  • Devotion: A piece of history that I didn’t know about but glad I do now!
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: Not a dry eye!! Ryan Coogler & Ruth E. Carter you did it again!! Angela Bassett proved once again why she is that one!!

Remembering those we lost in 2022…Folks that definitely made some sort of impact on my 41 years of life!!

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  • Sidney Poitier (January 6th): The epitome of elegance and stage presence!
  • Lani Guinier (January 7th)
  • Bob Saget (January 9th)
  • André Leon Talley (January 18th)
  • Charles McGee (January 23rd): One of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen!
  • Cheslie Kyrst (January 30th): Mental Health is real!!
  • Ivan Reitman (February 13th): Ghostbusters!!
  • Johnny Brown (March 2nd): Ohhhhh “Good Times”
  • Traci Braxton (March 12th)
  • William Hurt (March 13th)
  • Madeleine Albright (March 23rd)
  • Gilbert Gottfried (April 12th)
  • DJ Kay Slay (April 18th): Ahhhh takes me back to my undergrad days
  • Naomi Judd (April 30th)
  • Bob Lanier (May 10th)
  • Ray Liotta (May 26th)
  • Sam Gilliam (June 25th)
  • Paul Sorvino (July 25th)
  • Nichelle Nichols (July 30th): SO Grateful and Thankful for the barriers she broke and the history made!
  • Bill Russell (July 31st): A legend in every sense of the word!!
  • Roger E. Mosely (August 7th): I will always remember those days of watching Magnum, P.I. (the original)
  • Olivia Newton-John (August 8th): Such a sweet soul taken from this earth!
  • Hanae Mori (August 11th): Haute Couture at its finest!!
  • Denise Dowse (August 13th)
  • Mikhail Gorbachev (August 30th)
  • Queen Elizabeth II (September 8th)
  • Ramsey Lewis (September 12th)
  • Pharoah Sanders (September 24th)
  • Coolio (September 28th): One more “Fantastic Voyage”
  • Charles Fuller (October 3rd)
  • Loretta Lynn (October 4th)
  • Angela Lansbury (October 11th): Murder Mysteries will never be the same!!
  • Leslie Jordan (October 24th)
  • Rev. Calvin O. Butts III (October 28th)
  • Takeoff (November 1st)
  • John Aniston (November 14th): Soap opera’s will never be the same!
  • Irene Cara (November 26th): I just wanna dance forever!!
  • Dorothy Pitman Hughes (December 1st): Co-founder of the prominent feminist publication Ms. Magazine
  • Kirstie Alley (December 5th)
  • Paul Silas (December 11th)
  • Stephen “tWitch” Boss (December 14th)
  • Franco Harris (December 21st): There will never be another “Immaculate Reception” … One for the books!!
  • Pelé and Vivienne Westwood (December 29th)
  • Barbara Walters (December 30th)
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (December 31st): The longest-living pope, having surpassed Pope Leo XIII in September 2020, known as “God’s Rottweiler”.

Beyoncé gave us her 7th studio album, Renaissance...Afrobeats continues to rise and I’m here for all of it! Usher’s Las Vegas show makes huge waves…Ari Lennox brought us Age/Sex/Location…And another bomb soundtrack from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever!!

The housing market was a win for sellers, but it looks like that is taking turn back for buyers (I hope so, cause your girls will definitely be looking in 2023). Twitter was bought by Elon Musk…We witnessed our first Black woman Supreme Court Justice, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson (RBG is definitely smiling)…and soooooo much more!!

For me 2022, was all about roller coaster rides of life. I had many valley lows and just as many high moments. Sold my house in ATL (the end of an era)…I dealt with with anxiety, some depression, some trauma, and deep loss. Losing my Uncle Oscar hit me deep in my core! And if I am being honest, I am still grieving and probably will for some time. He meant so much to me, he will never be forgotten. There is not a day that doesn’t go by where I just want to shoot him a ring and ask for him to pray with and for me. But when it is all said and done I know he is watching over me, smiling, and having a good laugh with my Grandma!! I definitely got a chance to travel and collect some more passport stamps. I went to New Mexico for the first time, tried real Belgium waffles IN Belgium (Twice)!! Presented at Wonder-Con (Anaheim, CA), gave a keynote lecture at Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium). Got to celebrate Black History Month twice once in the US and in London!! Went to the Roots Picnic in Philly…Celebrated many of my friends 40th Birthday’s….that was fun!

Even got me a new ride…a Christmas gift to myself!!

This year I got to spend a lot of time on several beaches and oh was that therapeutic (Thank you Turks and Caicos and Playa del Carmen)…Lord knows I love the water!!

…It was good to be back in the classroom for another semester with some AMAZING students!! I am truly grateful to have this job/career. I look forward to completing 2023 as I will (I’m claiming) get through my Third-Year Review and become another step closer towards Tenure!! Oh and I got boosted again! I launched a new project, Black Girl Magic in Media (BGMM) and let me tell you I am very excited about what is in store! Be on the lookout for what is in store!

I continue to learn more about myself…grow…find balance…navigate all the moving parts of my life…and taking one day at a time!

Let me just say I am also very thankful for my BFF family and friends!! I look forward to bringing you more good news and culture in 2023!!

~Dr. G

Posted in A Professor's Thoughts..., Holiday Celebration!!

Habari Gani?! Nia-Kwanzaa Day 5

Habari Gani?!! What’s today’s good news?

Today, we celebrate one of my favorite principals of Kwanzaa….Nia (Purpose). Through Nia, the principal seeks “to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”

Examine your ability to put your own skills and talent to use through service to your family and community at large. When we take time to reflect on our expectations from life, we can take the opportunity to discuss one’s desires and hopes with family and friends. On today, try to determine your purpose and how it will result in positive achievements for family and community.

In thinking about how you can reflect on Nia, consider these few practices:

  • Reflect on finding your purpose in life outside of your career
  • Add some books and movies that educate you about your ancestry and your history
  • Set short term and long term goals that will set you and your community on a path towards a more intentional and purpose-driven life.

What’s your purpose in life for today and in the future?

Posted in Dr. G's Weekly Hot Topics

Dr. G’s Weekly Hot Topics

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!! Got a new addition to the site for you all!! Everyday I find myself learning the latest trends in fashion, getting the latest news in media, uncovering the next great memoir, new restaurant openings, and where I should be traveling to next. It’s also necessary that I share this news as I am a huge proponent of showcasing the joys and achievements of what is happening in the world especially as it pertains to Black and Brown folks!! So I figured, why not share these with you and share in the wealth…I’m calling it Dr. G’s Weekly Hot Topics!!

Each week, much like the trailer alerts, I will share some of the top news stories with you! Without further ado, let’s see what is on the docket this week!

  • Black Brewers are changing the Washington, DC landscape of craft beer!! To date DC has three Black-owned breweries, making up 20% of the city’s total of 15 (Sankofa Beer Company [2018], Soul Mega [2018], and Urban Garden Brewing [2021]). Along with these breweries making their mark, DC Black beer fans can also bridge the brewery gap and build community through the Black Brew Movement. Our nation’s capital is shaping up to be another prime location for Black owned breweries. DC is truly taking a leading role with other Black-owned breweries in such places as Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and neighboring state Maryland. Who says representation does not matter in the beer game?!
Urban Garden’s flagship brand “Chamomile”
  • For all my travelers near and far, there is a new Black-owned travel bottle company, “Ries Beauty“!! Looking for a refillable, TSA-friendly bottle that will not leak all over suitcase, ruining your good clothes…Ries Beauty is the product for you!! Founded by a Black-woman Megan Graham, who was once the beauty market director at Vogue, Graham has created the first reusable travel bottle and has partnered with Sephora to launch the product. As told to WWD by Graham, “Ries is built for women and people in the way that we truly travel. Historically the bottles in the beauty industry have been build on single-use, cheap, inexpensive virgin plastics—they’re not built for the functionality that Ries provides.” Ries is available now on Ries-Ries.com and Sephora.com

Now these are some things we ought to be talking about and sharing with the masses!! And make sure you stay tuned next week for more Hot Topics!!

Posted in On the Desk..., On The Radar

Celebrating Jackie Ormes!!

Join WinC International (via their WinC Media Channel) and Hello Barkada on TODAY at 7 pm/ET as they celebrate cartoonist icon Jackie Ormes!!

“Cartoonists and history-makers Barbara Brandon-Croft (“Where I’m Coming From”), Bianca Xunise (“Six Chix”), and Steenz (“Heart of the City”) join Hello Barkada founder Christine Pasalo Norland to discuss the impact of the late cartoonist Jackie Ormes!”

Totally siked to see this event taking place!! As a huge fan of Jackie Ormes, there was no question that I needed to make sure I tune into this discussion!

This event is FREE and will be live-streamed!!

Here is an event you do not want to miss!!

You can RSVP for the event here!!

And if you want to get a head start on who Jackie Ormes check out the following site!

~Dr. G