Thursday, July 04, 2013

Fleeting Freedom

Many Americans celebrate July 4th as the nation’s Independence Day, but for many African Americans, Juneteenth is the holiday that celebrates freedom and emancipation from slavery. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, however the official end of the Civil War was not until April 1865. In light of the slow methods of communication and minimal number of Union troops to enforce Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Texas slaves continued to live in bondage until June 18th, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 troops arrived in Texas to enforce the emancipation of slaves. On June 19th, legend says that General Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation to everyone while standing on a villa. That day has since become known as Juneteenth, a combination of the word June and nineteenth. Former slaves in Galveston, Texas rejoiced in the streets with jubilant celebrations that became the start of the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery.


Our struggles today are still related to freedom. While we have made extraordinary gains, too often many in our community are left lagging behind the majority population in not only resources but the information necessary to gain those resources. Research shows that while white Americans have on average double the income of black Americans, they have more than six times the wealth. The report demonstrates that wealth inequality is actually increasing, not decreasing over time. Recent developments including the erosion of protections afforded by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 should serve as a cautionary tale that we must remain vigilant in our quest for true freedom.


As we head to the backyard for hot dogs and burgers on this 4th of July, take a moment to reflect on the real meaning of freedom in 2013.


What is your definition of freedom?



 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Weapons of Mass Distraction

This year’s presidential campaign has been dubbed by some in the media as the campaign about nothing. With all of the issues in need of attention, many of them specific to the African American community, it appears that the safe road to the White House is to focus on negative ads and weapons of mass distraction in the nine key states.
Recent distractions have seen us debate Joe Biden and his talk of “putting us back in chains,” Todd Akins theories of “legitimate and illegitimate rape” and a woman’s ability to shut down an unwanted pregnancy. Mitt Romney‘s religion, tax returns, and views on abortion  are all off limits and questioning President Obama’s commitment to  a Black agenda is a taboo worthy of banishment  from the Democratic Party.  Any talk of a third party is considered blasphemous and challenging our candidate or political party of choice is somehow unpatriotic. The cable news channels play the distraction game 24/7 to gain access to candidates while subjecting us to whatever the party surrogates decide to serve up as their daily playlist of attack sound bites and innuendo. All the while, Super PACS, with their unlimited resources flood the airwaves with their fabricated versions of mass distraction.


If we fail to challenge our candidates to address issues of substance, we are destined to be no better off four years from now. We have an opportunity on a local and national level to force these politicians to truly earn our vote. We must no longer allow ourselves to feel guilty for lobbying on our own behalf. The old adage that when America catches a cold, African Americans get pneumonia is still true.Will we demand a new tomorrow or will we sit idly by watching the weapons of mass distraction on TV for the next four years? Tune in!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Declaration of Independence

Independence Day, a federal holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain is celebrated every July. While America celebrates July 4th as the nation’s Independence Day, June 19th is recognized by many African Americans as our unique Independence Day, celebrating freedom and emancipation from slavery.
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863. In light of the slow methods of communication and minimal number of Union troops to enforce Lincoln’s Proclamation, Texas slaves continued to live in bondage until June 18, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 troops arrived in Texas to enforce the emancipation of the slaves.


Legend says that General Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation to everyone while standing on a villa June 19th 1865. That day has since become known as Juneteenth, a combination of the word June and nineteenth. Former slaves in Galveston, Texas rejoiced in the streets with jubilant celebrations that became the start of the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery.


Today, information travels at the speed of light, but we so often are still the last to get the news of issues that affect our very being and existence. I encourage you to join me in a declaration of independence from a lack of information and misinformation. We cannot afford to sit back and wait to be freed from the social ills that affect us as a community.


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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Still Standing


Last month, I encouraged and challenged our listeners and readers to ‘Stand Our Ground’ in demanding justice in the case of Trayvon Martin. I thank each and every one of you who took the time to stand tall with thousands across this country that attended vigils, marched, signed petitions, made phone calls and prayed for the arrest of Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman. Well, Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second degree murder. Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey stated that her decision to prosecute Zimmerman was not affected by politics or protests. She stated that “we do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition” While I accept her contention that the decision to prosecute Zimmerman was based on the evidence, it is difficult for me to believe that nationwide protests and two million signatures on petitions didn’t lead to this decision that was not even on the table until the former Sanford Police Chief and local prosecutor were pressured to step aside.

What do we do now? This case may linger for months. We cannot afford to stand down while we wait for the scales of justice to level. We have to turn our attention to the politicians and corporations that support “Stand Your Ground” which in some form or fashion is THE LAW in 25 states. We must be vigilant in our efforts to overturn “Stand Your Ground” and unjust voter ID laws in our state legislatures.

Activism is finally alive and growing among the disenfranchised. In addition to the Trayvon Martin case, we have seen what pressure can do to affect change. Who would have thought that public outcry would force the powerful and formerly secretive American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to disband its task force responsible for Stand Your Ground, Voter ID initiatives and Prison Revitalization? Who would have thought that ALEC, the right arm of the National Rifle Association would experience a mass exodus of corporations including Coca Cola, Pepsi, Kraft Foods, Wendy’s and McDonald’s? The threat of boycotts forced these companies to do the right thing even when in some cases they did it for the wrong reason. We need to continue to STAND OUR GROUND now and at the ballot box this November.Those that are hell bent on taking us backwards should be reminded of the adage “Whatever you do in the dark will surely come to light”

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stand Our Ground!

Let me begin by offering my most sincere condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin. I cannot imagine the anguish and pain they must be experiencing after his senseless murder by what appears to be a vigilante neighborhood watchman in Sanford Florida on February 26. I am saddened and angered beyond description every time I think about the death of this seventeen year old young man who lost his life apparently for nothing more than Walking While Black.

Let the truth be told that had Trayvon not been African American, it is highly likely that he would have made it back home safely to his family in time to watch the second half of the NBA All Star game on TV. Just picture it, a white kid strolling along in a gated community wearing a hoodie, jeans and tennis shoes with a bag of skittles and ice tea – would not have been targeted and followed for looking “suspicious” or that “something being wrong with him”.  So, why is it that in 2012, Trayvon was not afforded that same right? Why is it that Trayvon’s parents have not been afforded the results of whatever investigation by the Sanford Police that would justify that George Zimmerman acted in self defense and feared for his safety?

For those of you that will accuse me of rushing to judgment, my response is based on the facts as we know them at this time. If anything, the Sanford Police Department rushed to the judgment of a seventeen year old who had never had any brushes with the law. I invite anyone to come to a different conclusion based on just a few of the facts of the case listed below. What’s wrong with this picture?

•    Zimmerman was armed with a 9mm weapon. Trayvon was in possession of an iced tea and a bag of Skittles
•    Zimmerman called police to report suspicious activity of a young Black man “walking around looking about”
•    Zimmerman pursed Trayvon Martin against the instructions of a police dispatcher.
•    Zimmerman told the dispatcher that Trayvon was running away, that “these assholes they always get away” and went on to describe him as an “f---ing coon” .
•    Reportedly, the police reportedly tested Trayvon for drugs and alcohol. Zimmerman was not tested
•    Trayvon weighed 140 pounds. Zimmerman weighed 250lbs.

The Sanford Police department will have Trayvon’s blood on their hands until justice is served. It is an outright injustice to his family and every African American on the face of the earth that the Sanford Police department allowed Zimmerman to walk free.  Just as disturbing is their blatant justification of Zimmerman’s actions as self-defense. Had 17 year old Trayvon been white, weighing the evidence of a bag of Skittles and an Ice Tea verses a 28 year old man with a 9 millimeter --- I have no doubt that the series of subsequent events would have occurred quite differently. First and foremost, I believe the department would have held Zimmerman in custody at least until they were able to identify Trayvon and make contact with his family. The true colors of the Sanford Police department are crystal clear. They must be held accountable for their apparent racial bias and disregard for real justice to this point.

Just as it took nearly a month before the death of Trayvon to capture national media attention, it won’t be long before it is out of the spotlight. Like our forefathers during the civil rights movement, we have to continue to stand strong for Trayvon and his family. It is when the cameras are off that the struggle begins. Let’s show those who would like for this matter to go away quietly, that we are going to stand our ground no matter how long it takes until justice is served.

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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Stop The Craziness!

The Republicans never cease to amaze me. They have shown that they are willing to go to any length to destroy and discredit President Obama.  They have mustered up everything imaginable including using the Catholic Church to counter President Obama’s commitment to health care reform by framing his goal to provide free contraceptives to women as some form of campaign against religion and the tenets of the Church.  Pimped by Republicans, Catholic leaders found themselves in the middle of a political firestorm after complaining that the new policy would force them to go against the teachings of the Church. Considering the lack of outrage from rank and file Catholics, I dare say that there are far more pressing issues Catholic leaders really should open their eyes and raise hell about before attacking the President. The President heard their concerns and offered a compromise that apparently satisfied everyone except the Grand Ole Party of “NO Obama”.

 At a time when there are millions of people out of work and families losing their homes, what is it going to take to get Republicans to stop playing games with our lives? In my humble opinion, Republicans should feel indebted to the American people to clean up the mess left by President Bush even if it means working with THIS President to do so. Continuing to “Just Say No” is just crazy and unacceptable.   We can’t afford to allow this type of rhetoric to become the new political norm.  

Perhaps a better question is what are we going to do to get the “crazy” out of politics and start dealing with real issues? Have you been paying attention to the “wild and bizarre out of touch with reality” GOP presidential wannabes?  We can no longer leave it to the media to discern the craziness and denounce those not worthy to remain or be elected to govern soundly on our behalf. The time has come for the sane to sift through and weed out the cuckoos in our political midst. Whether jobs, education, foreign affairs, war or even contraceptives, at the end of the day, it’s our lives and the lives of our children that are really at stake.  

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Really?!!!

 The 2012 presidential campaign is in full swing. Code words and racial baiting are once again dominating our political landscape. Gingrich, who proposed poor kids clean toilets at school, has now labeled President Obama as the best “Food Stamp President” in history. Santorum doesn’t want to make Black people’s lives better with food stamps while Romney talks about entitlements and an Obama European style “welfare state.” And they each want to be president of the United States – Really?!!! Just imagine if then Presidential candidate Obama had decided to played the race card in 2008 – Do you think he would be President Obama today?
 Pay Attention America!  We’ve been there and done that countless times before. Let’s speak up and speak out against racial and class warfare – especially when it comes to those that want to be or are in political positions that can determine the direction of our country.   

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

The Christmas Season is one of my favorite holidays. I have come to enjoy it even more since I no longer put myself in the position of trying to play Santa for each and every family member and person that may have crossed my path since last Christmas .It seems as though the Holiday shopping season starts earlier and earlier each year. Many malls were already adorned with Christmas Trees, wreaths and the sounds of carols in the background as early as Halloween. There will be no more shopping for me until I drop, trying to find that perfect gift for family and friends that in many cases end up being returned or exchanged on December 26th anyway. Oh, and how about that pressure to find a Secret Santa gift for the co-worker or boss that I really didn’t know and honestly sometimes didn’t even like. Sound familiar?
Personally, this yearly ritual took the Merry out of my Christmas because I allowed myself to get caught up in the hoopla and mass marketing of those MUST HAVE gifts and electronics. Retailers are on a mission to convince us that THEY are the reason for the season and stand ready to accommodate us in many cases 24/7 until Christmas Day. Each year I would find myself completely worn out from all the shopping, but even worst, in a pool of credit card debt that would take me a year to recover from and then …… the cycle would start all over again. The cycle ends for me THIS YEAR!
More importantly the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ has been lost in all the hustle, bustle and materialism. December 25th is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ- the gift of love. In honor of Jesus Christ - give the gift of love and your time. That’s the true spirit and meaning of Christmas and the Real Reason for the Season!       
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Too Arrogant

Many of the prophetic words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an icon and legend, resound more relevant today than yesterday. When I think about what’s going on in our country, a profound statement by Dr. King comes to mind - “God has a way of standing before the nations with justice and it seems I can hear God saying to America, you are too arrogant ….” This statement bears truth as we are fighting four wars abroad while continuing to ignore the wars right here at home.

 The America of the people, for the people and by the people seems to have been taken over by big corporations that are controlling the political, judicial and media strings of this country. Think about it! Our economy is still on life support thanks to the “Too Big to Fail” financial corporations. Millions are still unemployed, losing their homes while many of those responsible for this horrific crisis continue to earn million dollar salaries and bonuses thanks to their political cohorts in Congress. These same elected officials need to do a better job of explaining their pledge to retain the Bush tax cuts and corporate tax loopholes in the midst of our trillion dollar deficit. Where are the promised private sector jobs that were supposed to trickle down from the Bush tax cuts for the rich? Why must the unfair burden of sacrifice be on the middle class and working poor who in essence have already been robbed of the American Dream while corporate America thrives and the unemployment rate continues to climb?  President Obama has stated that “… our economy as a whole just isn’t producing nearly enough jobs for everyone who’s looking.”  Just how long are we, the American people going to remain silent and allow corporate America and their elected cronies to destroy this country?

 Let’s stop trying to be the global police force and bring our troops home so that we can focus on our  domestic wars against a failing economy, unemployment and all of the other social ills affecting just about everyone who does not have the good  fortune to be in the top 1% of U.S. wage earners.  Then, let’s roll up our sleeves and get down to the nitty gritty and start to speak up, speak out and change the direction and arrogance that has permeated, and as of late, dominated the political landscape of our United States of America.            

 Live Life with a Purpose

 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Take a moment today to reflect on the service men and women that have fought and sacrificed  to keep us safe and free.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Playing the Race Card

“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” a statement that certainly bears truth. Since day one in office, the citizenship of the First African American President of the United States has been in question. A scrutiny all too familiar of a time when Frederick Douglass, along with many of our ancestors, were made or obligated to show “free papers” to prove freedom. More often than not slaves on assignment by their masters were confronted and had to have papers to document their whereabouts.  So, why is it that in 21st century, President Barack Obama, the leader of the free world, is perceived by some as not only unworthy of his office but in certain circles not even worthy of being a citizen of the country that he was elected to lead?  I am not playing the race card, just acknowledging that many of those behind the birther movement ARE playing the race card.

The President of these United States released his “papers” of citizenship in hopes of placing the matter behind him only to find that the questioning turned to more questions. Now, there are questions about his academic records and whether his credentials were worthy of the prestigious Harvard Law School. What’s next,  baptismal records?  In my humble opinion, the President should not have yielded to pressures from the birthers. Instead, he should have focused his attention and efforts on jobs and restoring our economy, ignoring the persistent belittling and blatant disrespect by those still stuck in what they perceive as the “good ole days” of this country’s racist history.

One would think the Obama led mission leading to the annihilation of Osama Bin Laden by Navy Seals would and should have been an uncontested defining moment for the Obama presidency, but that moment has again been revised by his detractors.  Doing what they do best, the hate mongers have reached back to the past and credited George Bush for the intel that led to the capture of Bin Laden.  Sarah Palin, reportedly after acknowledging the mission’s success stated, “And we thank our president. ... We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory.”  Really ???

Unfortunately, there are those with such deep rooted racial hatred that will never accept or respect President Obama, or for that matter, any American of African descent- no matter the accomplishments or credentials. With that said, the President should borrow a lyric or two from Cee Lo Green – either version would suffice! 

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Deja vu

The recent military mission in Libya involving US service men and women has sparked debate and confusion among many Americans. While the mission’s overall humanitarian goals should be applauded, I believe the use of such force should be initiated only after ALL diplomatic options have been exhausted and there is evidence of an eminent threat to life and /or American interests.

The decision to bomb Libya has generated more questions than answers, including how the decision to enter Libya was deemed more urgent than similar scenarios in Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East. That said, the recent uprisings and civil unrest throughout the Middle East have drawn the attention of all who value free speech and liberty. The President’s decision to lead the initial efforts to establish a No Fly Zone over Libya and to lend covert support to the rebels has caused many to question not only what’s next, but whether picking sides in a civil war may eventually place American interests at an even greater risk in the future.

There have been numerous and mixed opinions regarding this issue from respondents here on Tanyafree.com. Personally, I am not convinced that the United States should be engaged in another front with troops already on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

While I must admit that I am in no way an expert in foreign affairs, IMHO, the United States should have abstained from the United Nations resolution that authorized the allied air strikes against the forces of Libya joining the ranks of China, Russia, Brazil, and Germany, India.

Isn’t it ironic that U.S. forces started bombing Libya on the same date that the war in Iraq began 8 years ago? An old adage comes to mind -

“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it." Is that what we want?

Live Life with a Purpose!                  
 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The power of power

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Living in the Twilight Zone

Art is sometimes known to imitate life with a twist of exaggeration, whether on the big screen or small screen. But when life starts to imitate art, I’m compelled to ask the question – what’s going on?
Some may remember the popular television series “Twilight Zone” that ran in the late 1950’s. This bizarre drama portrayed ordinary people with ordinary lives that found themselves confronted with surreal situations that challenged their will to survive as well as their sanity.  In the episode “The Self Improvement of Salvadore Ross,” a self-centered man, used magic to make trades with people for his own personal gain.  In “The Brain Center at Whipple’s,” a corporate owner laid off workers replacing them with machines.

The present state of our country along with the lack of humanity and in many cases just the lack of plain common sense in today’s society have turned our lives into a real life surreal drama. The Twilight Zone TV show analogy is quite fitting considering today’s challenges just to survive and maintain one’s sanity in light of the turmoil of our economy, too big to fail Corporate America, costly and senseless wars, political madness, escalating tension in the Middle East and on and on and on. Let me not fail to mention our newly elected crop of public teacher bashing, budget slashing, union busting Governors jockeying for their daily five minutes of primetime exposure on all of the networks.

Is it me or does it feel like we are all in the middle of a present day Twilight Zone episode?
I say that it is high time for this episode to come to the caption that reads “The End.”

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Is this really America?

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Living Life With A Purpose 365

Black History Month is a well deserved opportunity to recognize and celebrate our legacy. While Black History month allows us to spotlight our history and accomplishments, it shouldn’t be limited to just one month. This month for the most part will be dedicated by many to the obligatory tributes to Dr. King, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass with nods to President Obama, Oprah, and a few other notable luminaries.

Our contributions as a people deserve much more recognition than a month of token references and selected TV specials featuring the who’s who of African American entertainers, actors and sports figures while the rest of the year’s focus of the media tends to be relegated to unflattering images of criminality on the evening newscasts followed by hip hop images of scantily clothed video vixens and wannabe thugs on cable music channels. 

What started eighty four years ago as “Negro History Week" by Dr. Carter G. Woodson is long overdue, in my humble opinion, to evolve to the ultimate level – a celebration lasting 365 days each year. I am not proposing that we censor the negative images in our community in need of attention, only that we demand a balance in the portrayal of our community to the community at large. We need to shine the spotlight on the shining examples of   positive imagery in our community. We should always honor our rich history while we commit to highlight the accomplishments of our present day heroes and the future luminaries and dignitaries in the making.

Live Life with a Purpose!  

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Join the Conversation Today

 

 

The Inaugural Show was great! Thanks to our callers, our Facebook fans, Twitter followers, engineers, producers, and studio guests, George and Wes of "An Hour With Us". We did it! Now let's do it again!
Tune in on Wednesday at 2:30 pm for more Political Straight Talk.
 

Topics for this week will include:


A critique of the President’s State of the Union Address with Republican and Tea Party responses.

President Obama plans to answer questions in a live YouTube interview from the White House on Thursday January 27th.What would you ask the President?

Join me as we enter the "Tanya Free and Friends Twilight Zone” for a peek into the bizarre of today’s politics
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Here's Your Opportunity!

President Obama will answer your questions in a live YouTube interview from the White House on Thursday January 27th.

Here’s your opportunity, what question would you ask the President? 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Our topics will include:

How do you think the tone of political discourse will be affected by the Tuscon tragedy?
Reflections on the timeless words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,
Politicians in the crosshairs, Palin on the Defense, and much more!

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Memorial in Tucson

President Obama’s Speech 

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Stop the madness!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Time of Prayer

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Arizona, I offer my continued prayers for the successful recovery of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and to each of the 20 wounded victims. I extend my condolences to the families of U.S. District Judge John McCarthy Roll, Gabriel Zimmerman, Pamela Simon, Dorwan Stoddard, Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, and Phyllis Scheck.

God’s Peace be with us.

Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 YEAR IN REVIEW

The year 2010 can be best described as a social and political rollercoaster. This wild ride has taken us from rallying to assist victims of the devastation in Haiti earlier this year to ending the year pledging our support to the people of South Korea facing threats from their neighbors to the North. We experienced the highs of health care and financial reform in early 2010 that brought us back from the verge of financial ruin and ended the year applauding the repeal of DADT and ratification of the START Treaty. We struggled through the many downs of 2010 including the BP Oil crisis, the resurgence of Islamophobia, the politics of fear and the ever present bigoted hate speech fueled by an ever increasing number of extreme talk show hosts and right wing media outlets.

Many of you joined the conversation on TanyaFree.com debating issues ranging from sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to questioning the celebration of Confederate History Month in Southern states. We followed the emergence and influence of the Tea Party and monitored their significant influence on November’s midterm elections. Our TV, radio, Facebook and Twitter friends followed with intensity the shenanigans of every politician from Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle to Alvin Greene and Charlie Rangel. We watched with curiosity and disdain as the saga of the NAACP, Shirley Sherrod and Andrew Breitbart unfolded before our very eyes.

TanyaFree.com took us on the road this summer to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally and Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. We were honored to have the privilege to interview real Americans and participate at the One Nation  Working Together Rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This year has given us so much to discuss that it would be impossible to even scratch the surface in this mere space. Take a moment to reflect on 2010 by reviewing the archives of TanyaFree.com to get a quick glimpse of what has been one heck of a year in American politics. I would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to watch and listen to our broadcast, visit and comment on our sites and most importantly, took the time to get involved. Your support and encouragement has afforded me the opportunity to not only continue, but to expand the conversation in 2011.

I am excited to announce that I have accepted the challenge from many of you and the always supportive staff and management of WCLM Radio and have agreed to host The Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show Wednesdays at 2:30pm beginning January 19.

Get ready for the ride! Join me as we strive to continue the conversation in 2011 every Wednesday on WCLM 1450AM and www.wclmradioonline.com

Live Life with a Purpose!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Doing the right thing

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Front and Center

Last week there were several issues in the news that if I could personally talk to the parties involved, I certainly would have taken the opportunity to do so. First, U. S. House Representative Charlie Rangel, who was found guilty on 11 out of 12 ethics violations, has been all over the media regarding his perceived unfair House censure. One media source raised the question whether “… Rangel deserved censure?” A mere rebuke before members of congress for violations that include tax matters, I think - NOT!  There is no question that if you or I committed the same violations, it would likely result in a far more severe shake –up that could possibly reach the level of criminal status.
 
Then there is Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who was finally arrested last week, accused of rape as well as possibly facing an indictment for espionage by the US. The allegations of rape being echoed around the world, according to various sources have been described as “sex by surprise” which is “a violation of a Swedish law against having sex without a condom.” Is this all they have to justify an international man hunt with the intensity of the search for Bin Laden? Time will tell if the proposed indictment for espionage will justify the international efforts .Until then, I find it hard to join the crusade, to quote Julian Assange, “[to]… shoot [the] messenger for revealing [an]uncomfortable truth.”

In other news, President Obama is taking a beating over the Bush tax cuts deal with the Republicans. The President’s agreement to extend the Bush tax cuts for two more years for everyone in exchange for a thirteen month extension of the unemployment benefits along with other tax allowances has been rejected by his own party as well as many progressive media outlets.

Constant sound bites of his 2008 campaign pledge that he would “eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy" has been playing like a broken record since he made the compromise deal. In two news conferences held by the President, he admits not being able to secure his campaign promise without it resulting in dire consequences for the economy and middle class. Let’s face it, the President’s chances of getting the party of NO to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy are about as good as a snowball’s chance in …! Whether or not the Bush tax cuts are extended or allowed to expire, the wealthy will remain wealthy. The same does not hold true for those that are struggling and would be devastated by the elimination of their unemployment benefits.

I agree with the President, this is not the time to score political points at the expense of millions of struggling Americans.           

Live Life with a Purpose! 

 

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Enjoy the Party!

It’s that time of year, when most of us will attend a company Holiday party or two. It is one of the ways companies try to show their appreciation for their employees and one of the few times when both the upper echelon and real working folk break bread together. Considering the company dollars being spent, the bosses will be expecting a show of appreciation with everyone in attendance. Visibly there might not be an attendance sheet, but rest assured that there will likely be a mental attendance sheet being maintained and in many cases used to measure and assess team players and future leaders. 
 
Whether it’s a formal or informal affair, make a great impression with the appropriate dress attire. As simple as that sounds, it’s always better to fair on the side of conservative instead of too casual, trendy or flamboyant. Save that newly purchased club gear for its intended destination; THE CLUB.

While you know that I am a proponent of freedom of speech, it might be a good idea to keep the conversation light and topical. The party is probably not a good time and place to share all of your political views or to weigh in on the latest office gossip while cozying up to your coworkers’ significant  other after one too many of those colorful cocktails with the pretty little umbrella.

Keep in mind that this is a company function and your actions shouldn’t result in you being embarrassed and pigeon holed upon your return to work on Monday morning. You shouldn’t have to sneak in the back door upon your return to work trying to avoid a play by play recap of your high jinks from your coworkers. Believe it or not, there are stories of actual career ending gaffes during what was supposed to be a happy holiday event. 

Bottom line, have fun and by all means remember that this is a WORK function.

‘Tis the Season,’ Enjoy the party!  Live to work another day!

Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Friday, December 03, 2010

Please, Mr. President

Check out several messages to the President, for him to stand up and "stop playing nice."    

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Focus

Hot Button News You Can’t Use issues have replaced legitimate stories of unemployment, foreclosure, and the economy. The new Republican majority of deficit hawks, while short on details to grow the economy, have put everything in the budget on the table to cut and slash except of course, defense and what they determine to be mandatory spending. While we were discussing holiday travel, turkey pardons, airline pat downs and Black Friday predictions, the rest of the world was on alert as the North Koreans were busy launching a deadly attack on South Korea.

The House of Representatives left Washington to enjoy their holiday after failing to work out their disagreements on how and whether they should even extend unemployment benefits to millions of unemployed Americans. Our disconnect with reality is destined to lead us to more gridlock, government shutdowns and possible elimination of many of the programs and benefits that we rely on and desperately need in these difficult times if we fail to focus and make our concerns known.

This is Tanya Free, Live Life with A Purpose! 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Be Thankful ...

Thanksgiving - it’s a day off from the hustle and bustle and all that’s going on in the world. It’s a big Family and Friends day that will have many traveling near and far to be with loved ones and to eat like it’s the last supper. But before we pass the turkey along with all the fixings, let’s all take a moment to reflect on the original intent for this day and give thanks.

Since 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast as a symbol of cooperation, the pilgrims gave thanks to God for a successful bounty of crops. Likewise, we all have something to be thankful for whether the bounty is plentiful or sparse.

Revive that spirit of cooperation and gratitude by being a blessing to someone else. Help someone that is less fortunate and can’t afford a turkey and all the fixings. Visit, call or invite someone to dinner that may otherwise be alone or less fortunate. 

With a heart of gratitude and like the words of a familiar tune, “…be thankful for what you got.” 

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Thanks to everyone who helped make the WCLM/TanyaFree.com Thanksgiving Dinner giveaway a success!

Have a Safe, Enjoyable and Meaningful Thanksgiving!   
 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Voice of a disappointed American

A story that describes many Americans.  www.tanyafree.com   

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Letter to the President

November 15, 2010

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
 
Greetings President Obama,

I was fired up in 2008 with great anticipation that you would be steadfast without wavering in bringing about the change that we, the American people, elected you into office to execute. Given the mound of problems inherited from the previous administration, I want to thank you for an outstanding job of rescuing our country from a full blown depression. Without any help from the Party of NO, you have accomplished a great deal Mr. President. I commend you for the passing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the passing of health care reform, financial reform and a host of other significant bills signed into law along with the appointments of two female justices to the Supreme Court. There is still much to be done starting with job creation, which I believe should take precedence along with the extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation, considering the approximately 15 million unemployed Americans.

Mr. President, from day one in office, you have attempted to extend an olive branch to the Republican Party – but to no avail. The Republicans have stood firm in their mission of being the party of NO for the past two years. I subscribe to the notion of bipartisanship, but not when it is detrimental to your goals and the welfare of the American people. I believe it is time to move on for the sake of the American people and the country.

The next two years are going to be just as difficult, in light of the results of the mid-term elections. With all due respect Mr. President, you are going to have to put on your political boxing gloves and fight for the American people. I honestly believe that the American people will stand firm with you and support you if you have to throw a political punch or two in what is sure to be a high stakes championship match. We cannot afford to allow the Republicans to take this country backwards.

There are those in the GOP whose stated mission is to make you a one term president. Whether or not you elect to run again, please stand strong with the American people and make history again! Let it be said that you were not only the First African American President, but an African American President whose legacy was truly one of positive change and extraordinary leadership.

Godspeed Mr. President.

Fired Up!

Tanya Free 

Last week, I encouraged supporters to write a letter to the President. Have you written your letter to the President? Let your voice be heard.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Honor of Veterans

Check out why we salute our veterans The Story of Veterans Day     

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

From day one in office, President Obama’s efforts to work with Republicans have proven futile. Now that the Republicans have gained control of the House, the President has once again gone out of his way to extend an olive branch. Predictably, the Republicans have responded with a crystal clear message that civility and compromise are not on their agenda. Senate Minority GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has thrown the first punch with a blatant outright attack stating that the GOP's mission is to make sure that President Obama is a one term president. They will succeed if the President continues to be fainthearted. The midterm election is evidence that the ‘bend over backwards’ compromise approach doesn’t work, and in fact has only played to the advantage of the President’s critics and detractors.  

The President is behind in points and can’t afford to lose any more rounds if he wants to secure the much needed support of the American people and his legacy. The President is going to have to STAND UP to the GOP without backing down, contrary to those that think he might come across as an angry black man if he takes a FIRM stand. Really! So be it, if it means fighting to create jobs to put the vast majority of Americans back to work, restore the housing market to one of trust and integrity, and eliminate don’t ask, don’t tell and all of the other issues that we elected him to address on our behalf.  
  
President Obama needs to know that we won’t stigmatize or stereotype him for any political punches he throws on our behalf. For the next two years, starting now, he has to stand up and fight, and we MUST stand strong with him. Join me by sending the President a message that we want him to put on his political boxing gloves and continue his fight for the American people. The Right has been loud and extreme. We have to be louder with the - Truth. 

Join me! Join the Fight! Show Your Support!

Email the President at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact or write:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Good Life

Have you ever once been sitting in a restaurant where they pull out your chair and the hostess places a napkin in your lap and several servers are assigned to your every need? Dining with great company in a festive atmosphere is definitely an example of living the good life. But just imagine that while you are wining and dining you just happen to get a glance of an individual digging through trash for their next meal. Surely this real life image would spoil even the most festive occasion.

Unfortunately, this very real scenario reflects the economic divide in this country between Wall Street and Main Street. Surely, Wall Street is still wining and dining, despite the economic turmoil that has snatched the certainty and foreseeable opportunity of the good life from those of us on Main Street. The good life for many of us on Main Street has been relegated to a matter of survival. Census Bureau reports reveal poverty rates in 2009 to be the highest since 1994.

While Wall Street and political leaders are partaking of the good life, it’s high time for us on Main Street to come to terms with holding our government responsible and accountable so that we can all have the opportunity to live the good life. It seems as though constructive criticism too often has been replaced by propaganda, innuendo and in some cases, outright lies. In the midst of our anger and frustration, it appears as though we have barricaded ourselves in our various political parties of preference. It seems as if we have lost touch with the fact that we are all in the – SAME small boat – weathering the – SAME storms of unemployment, foreclosures, health care and access to a quality education. Case in point, several rallies were recently held at the Lincoln Memorial involving opposing groups attended by thousands of us from Main Street America who share many of the SAME issues and concerns.

It should go without saying that “Together We Stand, or Divided We Fall.”

Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Know before you go

We are all busy and may have every intention of voting, but that’s not good enough. In less than a week are the mid-term elections.

Plan ahead and know your rights before going to the polls. For instance in Virginia, know that you can cast your vote as long as you are in line by 7:00 pm before the polls close. Again, in line by 7:00 pm before the polls close.

If you have questions about any part of the voting process, and/or need a demonstration on how the voting equipment works you have the right to seek help from the election officials.

Here in Virginia, residents should take identification, but if you forget you must sign the “Affirmation of identity” statement before voting. Please be aware that you can not be turned away for failure to have ID.

If you have any problems regarding your eligibility to vote or the casting of your ballot – do not hesitate to ask the election official to call the General Registrar’s office before you leave the polling place. Again do not leave without the General Registrar’s office being contacted.

Make sure your vote count – know your voting rights. In Virginia visit the State Board of Elections at www.sbe.virginia.gov  

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It really does count!

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. There is a lot at stake. Despite the predictions of the media pundits that have all but officially declared the victors – we cannot allow ourselves to be discouraged or complacent. Your vote does count. It really does! The right to vote, letting your voice be heard should never be taken for granted. Choosing not to vote really shouldn’t be an option.

There are countless issues facing our country. For the millions of unemployed and underemployed it’s – Jobs. For the millions of uninsured and underinsured, it’s - Healthcare. For the children in struggling urban and rural public school systems, it’s - Education.

Our individual needs and priorities may vary, but collectively, we CAN and WILL overcome the obstacles that for too long have prevented real change. We must get out and vote for those candidates that will commit to work with our President to fulfill the promise of change that will get us back on the road to long term prosperity.

Join me on November 2! VOTE!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Not for Sale!

The mid-term election campaigns are in full swing with negative ads, media hype and spin. In a tit for tat kind of way, the candidates will duke it out to be the last man or woman standing, which unfortunately is likely to be determined by who has the biggest purse.

For an economy supposedly rebounding from a recession, the enormous amount of money being spent is obscene. How does $140 million dollars strike you?  California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has reportedly already spent this record amount averaging over three million dollars a week. It seems like such a waste in light of the fact that we, the voters, learn little or nothing about theses big spenders other than their net worth and price tag that they and their benefactors are willing to pay for power.

We have to do our homework and dig deep beyond the big bucks, glitz and negative ads to sort out the best candidate. There are some things money shouldn’t be able to buy! A political office should be one of them. 

Don’t be bought, cast your vote for the candidate worthy of your vote!   
       
Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

One Nation

It was truly an honor and pleasure to join the tens of thousands on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the One Nation Working Together March on 10. 02. 10.  Americans of every political party, age, faith, sex, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation and ability were invited and welcomed fueled by hope, pride and determination to move our country forward.

I watched in awe as the energy and enthusiasm grew to heights not seen since the months and days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election. I believe 10. 02. 10 was the beginning of a movement – a movement to reclaim the dream of jobs, justice and education for ALL –a movement to end the gridlock on Capitol Hill and most importantly - a movement to the polls on    11. 02. 10.

It is not too late! Capture the spirit of One Nation Working Together. Join the movement and march to Election Day on      11. 0 2 .10 and beyond to move our country forward!

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One Nation Working Together March

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Curve Ball

Reality shows must be a dime a dozen. It seems as though there is at least one on every network every day of the week. The lives of those that were once famous to those aspiring fame and fortune have sparked such a fascination that much of what is seen and sometimes scripted for effect is actually perceived to be reality by many. Reality TV is perhaps entertaining to some and should be accepted as such. To be honest, I am not a fan of reality shows.

True reality comes when the cameras are off and there is no censoring or editing of what is said or done when life throws us a curve ball. The shocking experience of a longtime employee suddenly laid-off or a family losing their home are devastating circumstances.  When our backs are up against the wall and the possibilities appear bleak, chances are our thoughts, feelings and actions may not be suitable for primetime.

While we can’t always be our brother’s keeper, there are some real life circumstances that affect us all collectively one way or another. Unfortunately, the loss of jobs, long term unemployment and foreclosures have for too long been chalked up and somewhat dismissed as just a statistic. If we to start to treat others as people rather than numbers, we have a better chance of collective progress. There are those in our midst that choose to blame the unemployed for being unemployed! Somehow misfortune is now categorized as laziness. The REALITY is that many are suffering from no fault of their own. The REALITY is that many companies are also suffering from no fault of their own.

True Reality should spark great concern and serve as a catalyst for real change.

Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Get Off the Sidelines!

Last week’s post focused on doing our homework before choosing a candidate for the upcoming midterm elections in November. The political pundits on TV are already predicting the outcome of seats and which party will be in control of Congress on their newly enhanced computer generated color coded maps and graphics. Depending on your choice of cable news channels and their selected pollsters, you may get the opinion that the outcome is inevitable and predetermined.

 Wait a minute; this is September, not November. The outcome will be determined by those of us that will be committed to the work of electing politicians that will represent what we feel will be in the best interest of all Americans, not just those privileged enough to have lobbyists working the golf courses in the Metropolitan DC area to effect their brand of change.

Doing your homework is the first step. The next step is to get involved in a campaign. What can you do to support YOUR candidate? Making a donation, volunteering at a campaign office, making calls, or maybe just placing a sign in your yard can and will make a difference. Politics, no matter how dirty a game it can be, is definitely not a passive game. Midterm elections may not have the glamour and intrigue of a Presidential campaign, but arguably is just as, if not more important. What you get out of your elected officials is directly attributable to what you as a voter are willing to do to make a difference.

Get off the sidelines! Get involved! Make a difference! Start today! Contrary to what you may hear on cable news. It’s still September!

Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lesser of the Evils

In the upcoming election there will be 435 House, 37 Senate and 37 gubernatorial seats up for grabs. Democrats, Republicans and Independents are once again vying for our support with the ceremonial kissing of babies, handshakes, smiles and lip service. Thanks to the media, we will again be inundated by sound bites, many times pulled out of context or no text at all that amounts to no more than cheap PR and propaganda.

Keep in mind that the smiling and inviting candidate on the campaign trail has proven many times not to be the same individual we eventually send to Capitol Hill. Current congressional leaders on both sides have been a disappointment to the American people with their endless political rhetoric, posturing and gridlock.

Spending billions of dollars, Democrats, Republicans and Independents will undoubtedly come out swinging and slinging- mud while failing to deal with many of the issues of substance and truth that matter to constituents. Oh, let’s not forget about the endless phones calls to sway or confirm our vote. Did I miss anything?     

Unfortunately our choices seem to have been relegated to the lesser of the evils. It’s critical that we do our homework and be well informed of the positions and history of the candidates running to be elected to office on our behalf. We will be in a much better position to determine fact from fiction when the spin doctors take over our airwaves.

Let’s rewrite the script and demand substantial answers to the questions that we have previously allowed our candidates to avoid or dance around. We can no longer blindly accept campaign rhetoric from either party on face value alone!
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Live Life with a Purpose!  

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A National Day of Service and Remembrance

Watch as President Obama marks the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as a National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives. www.tanyafree.com

"Not Today,Not Ever"

Watch the latest video on www.tanyafree.com as Pastor Terry Jones cancels burning

 

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Back to School

I went to an athletic outlet store recently to purchase some tennis shoes.  I suddenly found myself in the midst of the annual “back to school frenzy.” Parents and kids alike appeared dead serious about the purchase of the newest trends in footwear. I was lucky to squeak out with a basic pair of sneakers that will have to do for now.

As a parent, I can relate to and remember the enthusiasm of “back to school” shopping, trying to make sure that my children had all of the required school supplies and necessities while trying not to succumb to the materialism of all of those “must have” fashion trends of the day.

School shopping and preparation is not even half of the battle. The real battle and challenge is for parents to find a way to be involved year round in their child’s academic progress including extracurricula activities, and maybe most importantly parent - teacher contact and regular collaboration.

Parent participation from elementary school through high school is a long, crucial and critical requirement for parents. I understand that working parents today have countless other day to day responsibilities, making the tasks of checking homework daily, contacting teachers, and going to parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings certainly a challenge. We must continue to remind ourselves that slacking off, quitting or giving up should never be an option for us parents just as it should never be an option for our kids.

Education is undoubtedly, one of the BEST investments that a parent can make in their child’s future. Let’s work to maintain the enthusiasm of “back to school” all year long. This is the one investment that will generate returns for a lifetime and should never be left solely in the hands of teachers and school systems.

Live Life with a Purpose! 
 

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

IT IS WHAT IT IS

Less than a month since the Shirley Sherrod incident, here we go again reacting to another racial incident in the spotlight. The N-word, a word supposedly buried a few years ago is back in the spotlight with a vengeance. I guess Dr. Laura didn’t get the memo of its death since she boldly used the word on her radio show a record eleven times. She made the point that rappers and comedians use the N-word and thus supposedly gave her the “right” and the comfort level to use the word several times with ease. 

There are those in the African American community that want to gain power over the N-word and redefine it as a term of endearment. REALLY! If that’s the case, the word then becomes open game to be used across racial lines. So when a white person says to a black person “What’s up my N-----?” No harm, no foul - RIGHT?  Sorry, I’m not feeling it by any means. 

While I can understand the efforts of trying to turn a negative into a positive, I believe that there is TOO much pain, blood and history tied to the “N” word to ever be considered acceptable for use by anyone. I challenge anyone to tell me how the “N” word has empowered any person of COLOR anywhere from the classroom to the boardroom. It seems as though the only person empowered by this latest incident is Dr. Laura, who while walking away from her radio show, made it clear that she is not quitting or retiring and stated that her intent is to be “stronger and freer to say the things that I believe need to be said for people in this country."

As a person of color, I find no power or endearment in the word. The “N” word will only continue to stigmatize all African Americans, not only in the media and justice system but society as a whole.

The dictionary is full of original words of power and endearment. Pick one. How about love?
 
Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Politics of Fear

There has been a subtle shift in the conservatives’ “Politics of No” back to the “Politics of Fear” evident during the Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks that led us  into the Iraqi war searching for those elusive and subsequent non-existent weapons of mass destruction.

Sure, there is the ever present fear of Iran and Korea and nuclear proliferation, but this new era of the “Politics of Fear” seems a whole lot more personal and mean spirited. The new fears of illegal immigrants taking our jobs and having “anchor” babies to drain our federal resources from hardworking Americans is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s add the fear of Muslims, Gays and Liberals and yes, fear of this Black President. Why it is that almost two years after the election, there are those who spend every waking hour to not only question the birthright of immigrants, but the citizenship of the President of the United States?

Armed militias and tea baggers insist that there is a socialist agenda, and that our democracy as we know it is in jeopardy while the level of hate speech is at an all time fever pitch. We must realize that fear is only a distraction from the issues at hand. Many hardworking Americans of all colors and faiths have real fears of job security and meeting the basic needs of their families that need to take precedence over trumped up fears designed to control the upcoming midterm political landscape.

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Or is it?

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Peace and Harmony

There appears to be a trend in our society toward a lack of respect, human decency, peace and harmony.  We seem to have become so causal that we have lost any semblance of respect and regard in the way we treat each other. The sensationalism of the recent altercation between a flight attendant and passenger that resulted in the attendant verbally abusing the passengers and exiting the flight via the emergency chute with beer in hand is the latest example of how we make heroes and celebrities out of those who revel in antisocial behaviors.

While many in the media and others seem to be amused by the flight attendant’s flippant attitude and behavior, thankfully this incident didn’t result in the loss of lives, unlike the recent situation in Connecticut involving a disgruntled employee that went on a shooting rampage that did result in the loss of lives including his own. 

Let’s not allow rude and outrageous behavior to become the norm in our society.

Live Life with a Purpose!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It's a Victory

The highly publicized and debated proposed Cultural Center and Mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks was approved unanimously by the New York City Landmarks Commission, despite critics including national right wing political figures Gingrich and Palin, who feel that the center would be a betrayal of the victims of the attacks. Donna Marsh O’Connor, spokesperson for the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, founded by family of those killed in the attacks, praised the decision stating, “We believe, too, that this building will serve as an emblem for the rest of the world that Americans stand against violence, intolerance and overt acts of racism and that we recognize that the evil acts of a few must never damn the innocent.”

The September 11 attacks were an assault on every American and brought about an albeit brief, national sense of unity and solidarity regardless of race or religious preference. How can we in good conscience justify the vilification of all Muslim Americans for the acts of nineteen radical terrorist extremists?  

New York Mayor Bloomberg said it best, "It is my hope that the mosque will help to bring our city even closer together and help repudiate the false and repugnant idea that the attacks of 9/11 were in any way consistent with Islam."

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Elena Kagan sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Watch as Solicitor General Elena Kagan becomes the 4th woman in history to be sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Let's Talk

In less than a fraction of the time spent covering Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan and the Tiger Woods drama, the media seems to have already moved on, past the Shirley Sherrod story and the racial tension that appears to be on the rise in this country. Take note, it’s all too easy to just sit back and wait for another incident to occur that the media deems newsworthy. Surely nothing will change if we continue this reactionary cycle and fail to address the issue beyond the short lived spotlight of the media. 

Ms. Sherrod’s story revealed that despite the pains of past prejudices and injustices, reconciliation and harmony are achievable through understanding and dialogue. Ms. Sherrod made a conscious decision to put aside her initial misgivings and worked diligently to save the farm of the Spooners. Mr. and Mrs. Spooner, likewise many years later, did the right thing as well by choosing to enter the spotlight to defend the character and speak out on behalf of Ms. Sherrod when she was unfairly forced out of her job with the USDA. I believe that the relationship between Ms. Sherrod and the Spooners is more reflective of the real America than not.

I wonder, what would happen if the NAACP, in an effort to forge a relationship, were to actually sit down with the Tea Party for an honest, open and civil discussion? In this era of reality TV, this would be a meeting worth televising during primetime. 

It is time for us all to reach across racial, economic and political lines, and to start talking to each other - instead of about each other. Nothing happens until someone does something.
 
Live Life with a Purpose!   

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Take a Stand

I would like to thank Fox News and Andrew Breitbart for introducing us to the remarkable Ms. Shirley Sherrod .What was intended to be a racial firebomb quickly turned into a dud while revealing the true colors of those that are quick to spread misinformation and malicious innuendo. 

Giving credit where credit is due, I would like to sincerely thank CNN for giving Ms. Sherrod a platform to unveil the whole story, not an edited distortion of the facts. A  21st century Rosa Parks, Ms. Sherrod stood firm without wavering or backing down from  Breitbart, Fox News, the NAACP and the White House. WOW!

Let’s face it, racial tension is on the rise in America. This is not the first time and chances are not the last time that the right wing media and extremists will choose to fan the flames of racial discord. This was certainly a teachable moment and it is my sincere hope that the lessons learned will lead us to a legitimate, open and honest discussion of race relations.   

We should all, regardless of race or political affiliation, emulate the courageous and steadfast nature of Shirley Sherrod and come out of the shadows to take a stand for justice and equality for all.    

Live Life with a Purpose!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Don't Fall for the Hype!

Last week’s NAACP resolution demanding the repudiation of the racist elements of the Tea Party has caused not only a media frenzy , but sparked disagreement and debate among many in the community as to whether this fringe subset of the Republican Party is even worthy of the attention of the nation’s preeminent advocacy organization. While the merits of the resolution can be debated, the highly documented presence of bigotry and racism within the Tea Party is not even worthy of debate despite the denials from Republican and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and other Tea Party leaders.  

While the media drew attention to this one somewhat controversial resolution, the NAACP passed 75 resolutions ranging from education, immigration and jobs to fixing our broken criminal justice system that have failed to receive the attention and in some cases even a mention in the mainstream news media outlets.

Let’s not get distracted by the hype. 

Live life with a purpose!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Deserved and Earned

It is a shame before Almighty God how many of our brave military men and women have been treated after risking life and limb for their country – the United States of America.  Without question, every branch of our military deserves our utmost honor and respect. While our elected officials are quick to publicly salute and applaud our military, the true appreciation deserved is a far cry from reality.

Troubling reports have surfaced recently indicating as many as 1800 Veterans may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Missouri due to improper protocols involving the cleaning of dental instruments. It’s a mishap similar to an incident in a Miami VA hospital where approximately 2400 veterans may have been exposed to infectious diseases as the result of improperly cleaned endoscopy equipment. Did we not learn anything from the scandal of neglect and disgrace at Walter Reed Army Medical Center?

Our veterans have earned and deserve lifelong entitlements including access to the best healthcare, support services and retirement benefits available equal to our elected politicians that sit on the Hill discussing war strategy. What’s wrong with this picture?

It is appalling that many of our veterans across this great country have been reduced to panhandling and living on the streets. I challenge you to find any former congressional leaders that are homeless, living under bridges holding signs begging for change.

What will it take for Congress to finally enact meaningful reform in our VA system?
        
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Fair and Balanced

There appears to be a growing number of political pundits that are of the opinion that President Obama is not fit to be President of the United States. Without shame, the critics have been outright malicious and disrespectful toward this President. The JOES’s have been coming out of the woodwork, with apologies from Joe Wilson with his infamous “You Lie” and Joe Barton with his accusation of an Obama “shakedown” of BP.

Could you imagine the media firestorm that would have erupted if then Senator Obama had publicly admonished George Bush before a joint session of Congress because of his disapproval of the Iraq war? Somehow I think that an apology would not have sufficed and all would not have been forgiven and forgotten.

In fairness, it’s sometimes difficult to determine if fellow Democrats are friend or foe.  It’s amazing that a party in the majority can’t seem to unify with constant infighting between splinter groups consisting of progressives, liberals, and blue dogs.  

Despite lukewarm support from his own party in conjunction with the Republican Party of NO, President Obama deserves credit for his leadership and guidance through one of the most difficult economic times in this nation. This administration has tackled Wall Street, health care reform and expanded hate crime legislation just to name a few, all while winding down the Iraq war and managing an offensive front in Afghanistan and overseeing the largest of oil spills in history.

I believe that our current state of divisiveness is due in part to the distortion of the facts by the right wing media outlets. Since there are those that are hell bent on wanting the President to fail and the media’s lack of any semblance of “fair and balanced” reporting – it has become long overdue for those of us that can discern fact from fiction to support this President.

If we are not willing to get behind him and this administration, I say we don’t deserve this President – President Barack Obama.

Live Life with a Purpose!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Born in the USA

"…the rockets’ red glare, bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there..."                                

We are approaching July Fourth 2010, a day of planned fireworks, parades and concerts to honor and celebrate our freedom and liberty. I find it ironic that while we are enjoying our hot dogs at the ballpark wrapped in red, white and blue, lawmakers in the State of Arizona will be putting the finishing touches on proposed legislation to deny birth certificates to children who are born in the USA to illegal parents.

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which by the way overruled the decision that denied citizenship to African Americans, clearly states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

Conspicuously absent are cries of foul play from the new crop of constitutionalists who regularly accuse the Obama administration of planning to strip them of all of their constitutional “rights”. It is now time that WE cry Foul! Why is it that states’ rights trump the Constitution when it is aligned with right wing ideals? Which group of Americans will be next on the exception list?

A quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln says it best, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

Live Life with A Purpose!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Make this Right

For over 60 days and counting, the BP oil spill crisis has been front and center with disturbing images of oil soaked animals and threatened pristine beachfronts.

But what hasn’t been as transparent is the outreach from BP to the families of the eleven killed in the explosion. Family members recently asked President Obama to “support efforts to update federal law limiting the amount of money the families can collect.” 

Thanks to pressure from the Obama administration, BP has agreed to establish $20 billion in compensation for all whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by this disaster.

BP has pledged in ads that “We will get this done. We will make this right.”

Our elected officials must continue the pressure to ensure fair and equitable compensation to the families of those who lost their lives as we travel down the road to “make this right” 
    
Live Life with a Purpose!                   
 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Surprise,Surprise!

Last week’s primary elections in several states resulted in very interesting results. It was a big night for women in California, where two Republican women beat out their male counterparts in both the congressional and gubernatorial nominations. In the fall, Republican Carly Fiorina, Former Hewlett-Packard CEO, will run to unseat Democrat Barbara Boxer in the Senate while Meg Whitman, eBay CEO will challenge Democratic nominee Jerry Brown in California’s gubernatorial race.      

A strange upset in the South Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic Primary has drawn a different type of attention leading to calls for a federal investigation. Alvin Greene, an unemployed “mystery man” believed to be a “plant” with no fundraising, campaign ads or website defeated Vic Rawl, a retired Lt. Colonel in the South Carolina National Guard, former judge and four term state lawmaker.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn expressed concern stating, "I believe there's a coordinated effort to circumvent state and federal laws and seriously subvert the electoral process.”

Watch the video. You be the judge! 

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Comparing Apples to Oranges

George W. Bush is a president that seems to have been quickly forgotten by some and rarely mentioned at all by others. It’s as though his presidency never existed. Oh, but it did! If for no other reason, a reflection of his presidency can certainly put things in perspective as to where we have been and where we are now especially sense there are many who insist on comparing President Obama’s handling of the BP oil crisis to Bush’s Katrina.  

Tragically, lives were lost in Katrina and in the BP oil explosion. However the nature and handling of each incident are on opposite ends of the spectrum. How can one honestly compare the slow and haphazard response of the Bush administration during the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina to the Obama administration’s response to the crisis in the Gulf that was created and mishandled by British Petroleum?

The CEO of this multinational multibillion dollar oil company has reportedly admitted that “it was probably true that BP should have done more to prepare for such an emergency.”

While critics are spending their time resurrecting the Bush presidency in an effort to tarnish the Obama administration, millions of gallons of oil are continuing to spill daily as BP tries to find a fix while applying band aid after band aid.

Let’s reflect but keep it in perspective.         
         
Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Break the cycle

The November mid-term elections are heating up between not only Democrats and Republicans, but a new crop of independents representing Libertarians and Tea Baggers. 

The atmosphere is so toxic that even those with the best intentions seem destined for corruption. The intoxicating perks of medical and retirement benefits, kickbacks,  power, and  influence have created a cycle of consistent campaigning and a singular focus of “keeping my job” by any means necessary.

Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to keep a job that allows you to set your own salary and benefits for life? Is it me or does it seems like a vicious cycle of the same game with different players? 

Until we the voters break the cycle – nothing will change. Let’s stop re-electing politicians that fail to produce real and visible results. It’s time to stop settling for the lesser of evils.

Let’s fix the problem and break the cycle in November.

 Live Life With A Purpose!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Take a moment today to reflect on the service men and women that have fought and sacrificed  to keep us safe and free.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Just the Facts, Please!

Weeks after Arizona’s mandate eliminating ethnic studies, Texas takes center stage with a new social studies and history curriculum that has sparked scrutiny and national debate due to its revision and just plan “distortion’ of the facts.

The new curriculum adopted by the conservative Texas Board of Education amends and rewrites hundreds of items including not only the civil rights movement, but the teaching of slavery as well.

We cannot allow this new wave of political revisionists to deprive our future leaders of the truth. History is history and no matter how you slice or dice it, the facts are still the facts, PERIOD!

Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP said it best, “The school board members are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.”

Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Suspect

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman recently introduced a proposal to revoke the citizenship of any American suspected of supporting terrorist activity. Despite being short lived in the media, it’s a topic that should concern all Americans. The suspect will be assumed guilty and stripped of Miranda rights and tried in a military tribunal instead of civilian court. The push to revoke the citizenship of any American suspected of terrorist activity is certainly an open door for error and abuse.

Imagine, just being at the wrong place at the wrong time could make any American a suspect. Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence of all Americans until proven guilty?   
 
Live Life with Purpose!  

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The struggle continues

Economic sanctions are beginning to take shape in opposition to the controversial immigration bill in Arizona. The law is considered discriminatory or as some would call it, “racial profiling” legislation. More than eighteen labor and civil rights organizations have joined forces urging corporations and organizations across the country to refrain from transacting business and holding conventions in Arizona.

Boycotts are nothing new to Arizona. The state resisted the Martin Luther King Holiday signed into law by President Reagan in 1983. Significant boycotts led in part by Coretta Scott King, including the NFL Players Association decision to move Super Bowl XXVII from Arizona to California resulted in the loss of millions of tourism dollars, eventually leading to the passage of the King Holiday in Arizona in 1992.

It appears that Arizona’s unfavorable track record when it comes to people of color continues.  Remember ASU refusing to award President Obama an honorary degree? Now there is news that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just signed a bill targeting ethnic studies.

I think I’ll be bypassing Arizona.

Live Life, with a Purpose!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Don't Compromise

The world is ever changing and operates on a fast track traveling at the speed of light. With the help of advanced technology, access to information, goods and services is as convenient as the click of a button.  24-hour news outlets keep us up with the latest via our BlackBerry or iPhone while allowing us to follow the every move of any person of interest through the ever growing lists of online social networks.

Many things have and will continue to evolve – but our moral and ethical values should never change or be compromised. We continue to be bombarded with news reports of ethical lapses ranging from moral breaches of the clergy to fat cat bankers reveling in the losses of its consumers and investors.

Has our need to achieve and excel in this fast paced society replaced the need to be civil and respectful? While evolving technology continues to change our way of life, we need to make sure we don’t completely lose all respect for humanity.

Live Life with a Purpose!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sharks!

Recently, the U.S. Treasury unveiled the new Benjamins.  A redesign of the $100 bill with advance security features developed to impede the likes of sophisticated or crafty counterfeiters. The Treasury Secretary says the bill “… incorporates the best technology… to ensure we’re staying ahead of counterfeiters.”  But while the government is protecting us from counterfeiters on the prowl to bamboozle us out of our hard earned Benjamins, there are other predators on the prowl that we need to warrant safeguards against.

The derailment and near collapse of our financial system personally is still an open wound. Like so many, watching my retirement funds drop zeros, moving the decimal point substantially left has shaken my confidence and trust as a consumer, investor and taxpayer. In addition, an epidemic of foreclosures has continued to plague our neighborhoods.

Then to top it all off, the predators responsible for the collapse are still resisting regulation that is long overdue. House Republican Leader John Boehner claims that  President Obama’s reform measures are “a government takeover of the entire private sector.” These claims are even more ridiculous, especially in light of the recent investigation into fraud involving Goldman Sachs. For the record, no entity should be too big to fail!

Regulatory reform and oversight that actually protect consumers, investors and taxpayers from the too big to fail predators on Wall Street needs to happen - NOW! Whether it’s Main Street or Wall Street, a predator is still a predator. 
 

Friday, April 23, 2010

In Memoriam

Legends that Lived Life with a Purpose  

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Do you swear...

Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you GOD?  Unfortunately, these words seem to lose their meaning in many instances outside of the courtroom.

On April 15th, the filing deadline for American taxpayers, the Tea Party chose to spend the day protesting taxes and rallying against the Obama administration that has, (for the record) REDUCED the tax burden for the majority of taxpayers. This same administration has been forced to address the effects of eight years of a downward economic spiral inherited from a Bush administration that engaged the country in war that has cost thousands of precious lives and millions of dollars under the false pretense of “weapons of mass destruction.” It is amazing how those who voted not once, but twice for George W. Bush are now protesting a deficit inherited from the failed policies of his administration, and behaving as though those eight years didn’t happen.

Let’s tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth – So help our country!
 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fact or Fiction

It’s becoming extremely difficult to distinguish between news, infotainment and pure entertainment. Now that Tiger Woods is back on the green, you would think that the media’s obsession with Tiger’s personal saga would be over, but no, the evening newscasts covered the Master’s Tournament with the zeal of ESPN. There is something gravely wrong when the media indulges us with news that we can’t use opposed to in depth accounts of critical issues that should be front and center, warranting more than just a casual or courtesy mention. 

At the other end of the spectrum is conservative talk /entertainment radio, a forum perpetrating as legitimate news that capitalizes on political rhetoric, innuendo and in some cases outright lies. With millions of viewers and listeners that seem unable to discern fact from fiction- this can be toxic.

There is growing political tension in the air that’s dividing the country. Unfortunately, it won’t attract the level of mainstream media attention as that of Tiger Woods, while conservative talk entertainment outlets continue to do what they do best – misinform and mislead.   
 
  

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

School Reform


Desperate times calls for desperate measures is the cliché that describes the way school systems across the country are being affected by budget woes. The result of countless school closings and the elimination of teaching positions are devastating but there is a silver lining. In most cases, attention is being drawn to struggling and low performing schools, many with declining enrollment. Detroit, Kansas and many other school systems are aggressively identifying waste and unnecessary spending within school districts leading to a re-allocation of funds and personnel.

School officials can’t do it alone. It’s imperative that parents and citizens work together with their respective school boards to ensure that even in these tough economic times, a good quality public education is and will be available to our future leaders.     

 

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter

President's weekly address: Holiday Greetings 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ejection from the game

In professional sports, when a player displays unsportsmanlike conduct or inappropriate behavior, there are penalties and possible ejection from the game. In an effort to preserve the integrity of the game, hefty fines and/or suspensions are levied. But in the game of politics, we’ve lowered the bar, if it even exists at all. When did inappropriate outbursts and discourse resulting in civil unrest become patriotic or the American way? It seems as though we expect more of our athletes than those elected to represent us in Congress. 

Many of these elected officials are up for election this November. Politicians that have fanned the flames of hate, racial tension and civil unrest among the likes of tea baggers through direct lies and misrepresentations should be penalized. The integrity of our electorate cannot continue to be compromised by those determined to take us backwards.

The penalty for these politicians must come from the ballot box. Political jockeying has already begun for the upcoming November elections. It’s time to make the call and eject those that have exemplified Un-American like conduct.
 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Playing the Race Card

In the minds of many, President Obama is considered the black President. Personally I find that disrespectful and offensive on many levels. Hasn’t he earned the respect to be addressed in the same manner as the 43 prior Presidents, which weren’t tagged by their ethnicity or heritage?  President Obama is the 44th President of the United States, period. 

Contrary to what some folk think that because the President is black, African Americans deserve preferential treatment while others believe that he should not address any issues affecting African Americans for the fear of being too “BLACK,” whatever that means. This goes against our endless fight in this country for justice and equality for all people. In fact, such mindsets feed into the fears of those on the opposite side of the spectrum of racial disparity. Our expectation has and should always be of inclusion and never at the expense of any American.

It’s no secret that much of what’s going on in Washington as well as the country is a lack of respect for the President motivated by bigotry. The images and threats of violence displayed at recent rallies seem to emulate the chants of hate not seen since the 1950s and 60’s.  The argument that many of these protests and rallies are based on policy differences alone lack creditability and only fuel hostility and resentment. We must not allow those that are committed to the failure of this President to prevail.

Putting the race card aside, let’s work with the 44th President of the United States to move our country forward.
 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

President Signs Historic Health Care Reform Law

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Service with a smile

What ever happened to the values of honesty, integrity and competence? There was a time when consumer protection and company goodwill went hand in hand. It’s when a company or business guaranteed their product or services and valued their customers and customer service meant talking to a competent individual offering service with a smile. How many times have you been subjected to rude store clerks, and less than competent telephone customer service reps?

Isn’t it time we stop accepting this behavior as the status quo and support only those businesses that deliver and ensure quality products, service, and displays an authentic appreciation for our patronage? Our buying power determines the success and continued existence of these businesses. Let’s make them earn our support.    
 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cease the political nonsense!

If you lost your job tomorrow, how soon do you think you could find comparable employment?  What about health insurance? Could you afford the cost of COBRA? These are life changing questions that both working Americans and millions of laid-off Americans are faced with and challenged by instead of the pursuit of the American Dream.

Despite Democratic and Republican rhetoric and gridlock, the loss of jobs and lack of adequate healthcare is not limited to any political party.  In my experience, I don’t recall anyone asking me my political affiliation before handing me my pink slip. 

Let’s send the message to our political leaders that the opportunity to achieve the American dream must not be hindered by political posturing and demagoguery.
 

Friday, March 05, 2010

What a gift!

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Standing on the shoulders of giants

The celebration of Black History Month has ended for another year. We celebrated our history and rich legacy and were inspired by the many stories of triumph over tribulation. Will we pack away the momentum or will we forge forward with a plan to make history?

Let us honor the victories of those pioneers who paved the way by doing our part to elevate ourselves to the next level. This is not a pull yourself up by the bootstraps message, rather a reminder that we collectively, standing on the shoulders of giants, must be in control of our destiny. Not everyone will lead a movement, be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the next leader of the free world, but it is how we handle the daily hurdles and obstacles that will define the next generation and generations to come.

Let’s keep Black History, past, present and future alive!
 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Common Sense

Across the country, a smoke-free environment has become rather commonplace in the workplace, hospitals, restaurants, bars and taverns. While we have rightly cleared the air of these environments, another social concern has arisen. There is a growing trend among lawmakers to join the bandwagon of several states that allow concealed weapons in public settings including the workplace,  parks, college campuses and yes – restaurants, bars and taverns.

The thought of allowing concealed weapons in these public settings seems to be more of a threat to our public safety than being exposed to second hand smoke. We would be best served to place some 21st century common sense to an 18th century ideal.
 

Friday, February 19, 2010

Giving it back

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Man of Honor

The world celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from a Cape Town, South African prison last week. Mandela, the first President of South Africa to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, served 27 years of isolation and hard labor convicted of charges related to his efforts against apartheid.

From prison to the presidency, influenced by Mahatma Ghandi, Mandela has been the example of reconciliation and negotiation, leading the transition to a multi racial democracy in South Africa. He has been the recipient of over 250 awards over four decades including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. Our elected officials would be well advised to emulate the leadership and commitment to freedom and fairness of Nelson Mandela.
 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Can't buy ...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Our Legacy

Black History Month has brought the usual influx of documentaries, movies and special programming designed to showcase the legacy of African American culture. A people who have been stripped of so much of its history are deserving of this opportunity to celebrate its contributions to the world this month and all year long.

The push by some to deemphasize Black History on the road to a so called color blind society will only lead to further dilution and minimization of the contributions of African Americans. The month should serve not just as a history lesson, but an opportunity to celebrate, evaluate and define our future history. What achievements of our generation will be included in the history books of future generations? How will we be judged on our efforts to bridge the racial and economic disparities of our times? 

The legacy of Black History Month established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson should continue and be used as a tool to advance and evolve to not only highlight how far we have come, but serve as a road map to where we are headed as a people.
 

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Safety first

Friday, February 05, 2010

Making a difference

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Black History

February is Black History Month and it is fitting that we honor the father of black history, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  Historian, author, journalist and Virginia native, born ten years post slavery, Dr. Woodson’s life marks great strides in our history. Beating the odds of oppression and poverty, Dr. Woodson carried the torch of higher education, being the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Passionate about the preservation of African American History, Dr. Woodson, the founder of the Journal of Negro History, Negro History Week (precursor to Black History Month) and the Negro History Bulletin, dedicated his life to the study and celebration of black history.

Dr. Woodson contended that African American contributions “were overlooked, ignored and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them.”

Let us ensure that the rich legacy of African American history is never lost, minimized or marginalized.
 

Friday, January 29, 2010

Doing right

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Free Speech

The Supreme Court recently ruled that corporations can have free and open rein to support or oppose political candidates with unlimited financial and marketing resources. In essence, the ruling reversed a campaign finance regulation that capped corporate contributions and marketing of presidential and congressional candidates. The danger of this ruling is equivalent to the deregulation of our banking system that resulted in the near collapse of our financial system and subsequent economic turmoil. Imagine the same thing happening with our political system, if those on Capitol Hill are bought and paid for by corporate America. Whose best interest do we think will be served?

The President and congressional leaders are vowing to fight back against the ruling. Members in both houses of Congress are considering legislative measures. Since the Supreme Court ruled that federal restrictions on corporate money for campaign advertisements violated corporations’ free speech rights, an amendment to the First amendment is also being considered.
 
This fight affects us all and is going to require each of us to get involved so that we as citizens aren’t stripped of our voice in this country. We cannot afford to sit back only to discover in hindsight that we’ve turned over control of our democracy to corporate America.   
 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weekly Presidential Address

Watch  President Barack Obama  as he addresses the Supreme Court decision to further empower corporations to use their financial clout to directly influence elections here on TanyaFree.com

 

Friday, January 22, 2010

What an adventure!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Help

Last week, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake that nearly wiped the country off the face of the earth. Countless men, women and children were crushed by collapsed structures while others were trapped to their death unable to be pulled out of the rubble.   Considered one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, reports indicate, the  country of more than nine million inhabitants is in a state of disarray with the loss of homes, hospitals and government structures.

Haiti is no stranger to strife and turmoil. It was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post colonial independent black led nation in the world and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave revolution.

It is unfortunate that with hundreds of thousands dead, and the world trying to maneuver through the logistical nightmare of delivering aid, the usual suspects including Robertson and Limbaugh continue the barrage of insensitive comments and criticism. The much needed U. S. and global relief efforts will be needed for not months but years to come. We can not allow the crisis to be lost in the ever changing media news cycles. Be advised and aware this incident will also attract the ever present scam artists that prey on the good intentions of those seeking a way to assist. Check out the charity to make sure your donation reach those in need.

The Haitian people are a resilient people. May we continue to offer our prayers, support and well wishes to them at this most unfortunate and defining period of history.
 

Monday, January 18, 2010

"Build the Dream"

Construction on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial has begun on the National Mall. Check out the progress and then take the virtual tour.  

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Getting Our Money Back from Wall Street

Watch this week's Presidential Address on www.TanyaFree.com

 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.

        Life Lived with a Purpose!   

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…The chain reaction of evil—hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars—must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Words of the great civil and human rights icon,                  the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Born January 15, in Atlanta, Georgia, we honor this prominent leader who stood steadfast against the darkness of inequality, injustice and hatred in America. Keeping and staying with his message, Dr. King’s life and legacy exemplified hope and peace for all mankind.

Dr. King’s profound words of wisdom: “I have a dream that…one day [we] will not be judged by the color of [our] skin but by the content of [our]…character” remain as relevant and needed today as yesterday. Just this week, headlines revealed  Harry Reid,  majority leader of the Senate stated  that then 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama could  win because of his “ light skinned” appearance “with no negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

In honor of Dr. King, it is incumbent upon us to stay vigilant and keep the dream and his legacy alive.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

Friday, January 08, 2010

React

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Nothing happens until ...

There are more than 300 million people in the United States represented by 100 U.S. Senators, 435 House Representatives and the President of the United States. Only approximately 1% of the population reportedly earns more than $500,000 per year representing the wealthiest segment of our population. Our electorate, many of whom fall within that elusive 1%, were elected to represent the best interest of all 300 million of us or at least the vast majority. With 15.4 million unemployed, 11.5 million underemployed and 3.9 million foreclosures - where’s the commitment?    

After trillions of dollars were committed to the bailout of the financial community, lending and services to the 99% of us including many small and emerging businesses is slow to come and in many cases nonexistent. At the same time, Wall Street hasn’t skipped a beat with awarding millions in bonuses. Again, where is the commitment?

If hindsight is 20/20, much of the same is what we can expect from our political leaders, Democrats and Republicans alike. Their political rhetoric orchestrated in more long and drawn out congressional hearings, hashing and re-hashing the financial disaster and excessive bonuses won’t stimulate the economy or create jobs and Wall Street remains Wall Street. It is without question that we, the American people have had enough.

With little to no help from mainstream media, movements are taking shape. Efforts are being organized by hard working Main Street America to fight back against Big Bank greed and corruption. “Debtors Revolt” and “Move Your Money” are two of those initiatives.  Again, they won’t attract mainstream media attention, but there is power in numbers – especially when it’s 300 million strong.

Kudos to the 1% that are doing well, but it’s the 99% that are struggling to stay afloat with the least chance at the American dream – that’s skewed. Let’s commit to change by sending a message to Capitol Hill and Wall Street. 
 

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Presidential Address on TanyaFree.com

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Let's get started!

The New Year is upon us, a time that signals new beginnings. Most would agree that 2009 was a heck of a year, to say the least, but who isn’t ready to start anew? Keeping with ritual, many of us will make New Year’s resolutions vowing to lose weight, stop smoking, get out of debt, find a better job, go back to school, be less stressed, or start enjoying life. Whatever the goal, change is not always easy, especially when it comes to self improvement. It’s going to take more than energized thinking motivated by New Year’s enthusiasm to get started and progress for more than a few weeks, if that long, without running out of steam. So, what’s your plan when failure comes knocking? 

One of my goals for 2010 is a writing project. I’m bound and determined not to live in a would’ve, should’ve’, could’ve mold, in essence - procrastination. Being in the same place next year without any progress toward this goal is NOT an option. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

New Year’s resolutions are seldom thought of in terms of community service. With all that’s going on in the world, consider getting involved in the community or charitable organization. Help out at a school, shelter, hospital or charity. Perhaps write a check with all of the money that will be saved from cutting back on the fast food, cigarettes and the rest.    

Let’s truly make 2010 a year of change. I predict that you will feel great when you start enjoying life, get out of debt and have a little extra money in your pocket, all while feeling pretty darn good about sharing yourself in the process.

Happy New Year!
 

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Weekend Jazz from Tanya Free and Friends Jazz Radio

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Enjoy this classic Christmas video here on www.tanyafree.com  I invite you to share your Christmas greetings here!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Spirit of Christmas

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

True Meaning

Christmas is big business with the fantasy of Santa Claus and the swapping of a gift for a gift. Despite economic woes, retailers and merchants go to great lengths to lure shoppers with lower than low discounts, igniting the hustle and bustle that will have many people shopping until they drop and up to the hour on Christmas Eve.

There is nothing wrong with fantasies and giving as long as the true meaning of Christmas is not lost. Remembering as a child, before racing to see what Santa brought me for Christmas, my parents made it a “must” that my siblings and I said a prayer of thanks to almighty God for our gifts before we found out what gifts were awaiting us.

December 25th is the day set aside to celebrate and honor the birth of Jesus the Christ - a gift of love to all. In the spirit of Christmas, let’s reflect on the priceless gift of life before we begin to unwrap the gifts under the tree. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thank God!

 

Friday, December 11, 2009

At the end of the day

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Keep it real!

Sensational stories of fame and shame have permeated the airwaves over the past few weeks.  There is nothing wrong with entertainment, but when disguised as legitimate news just to fill 24 hour news cycles - it’s senseless.  Remember the hours of major media coverage of what we thought was a boy drifting away in a balloon. Fearing the worst, we watched with anticipation as emergency rescue units scrambled to save the little boy only to find out that it was a stunt by parents whose goal in life was to be in a reality show and conquer their five minutes of fame. Then there are the Party Crashers, a far more serious issue that’s being down played in the media.  The wannabe socialites succeeded in crashing the President’s state dinner and actually got close enough to shake hands with the President.   Chances are, thanks to the media, the couple has turned into the next “Jon and Kate”. Now, for the next few weeks, we will be subjected to Tiger Woods TV 24/7!

While these candidates for the Hall of Shame are dominating our airwaves, we have had mass murder at a military base, Secret Service security lapses, the watering down of healthcare reform, ethical and criminal investigations of politicians and most recently the President of the United States has ordered an additional thirty thousand troops to war in Afghanistan.

We can’t get rid of sensationalism in TV. We all need a distraction every now and then, but in its proper place – entertainment news and the tabloids.  We are in trying times and knowledge is power! Be informed! Speak out on those issues that affect you and yours. Collectively, let’s stay focused and informed on the real issues affecting our lives.   

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Pushing Forward on Jobs in America

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Enjoy Responsibly!

Despite being in the midst of an economic recession, the holiday shopping season is now in full swing.  Thousands camped out to take advantage of those wee hours in the morning Black Friday bargains.  It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialization of Christmas that have many people buying things they really can’t afford  only to find themselves knee deep in debt. Christmas will come and go and they will still be in a pool of debt. This is not a good position to be in with the uncertainty of the economy, wave of company layoffs and financial institutions tightening lending and being merciless on irresponsible borrowers. With housing down, rising fuel prices and consumer confidence flat, we should not allow ourselves to get caught up in the artificial hype of the season.

The Federal Trade Commission recommends making a list and setting a budget, shopping around and comparing prices online before buying. Visit the Federal Trade Commission website http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt082.shtm for the entire list of tips for Holiday Shopping on a Budget.

Avoid the hustle and bustle and remember the reason for the season. Be responsible - plan ahead, use cash when possible and be creative. Giving of your time and talents are much more valuable to family and loved ones than any store bought gift. Have a peace of mind well after the holiday lights have dimmed for another year.   
 

Friday, November 27, 2009

Shopping Tips

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a safe,enjoyable and meaningful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Take a moment ...

Have a safe, enjoyable and meaningful Thanksgiving!     
 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tanya Free and Friends Jazz

Enjoy this video and listen to  Sunday Chill Jazz Mix all day on Tanya Free and Friends Jazz Online!  

http://www.live365.com/stations/tanyafree

Friday, November 20, 2009

Not too proud to beg

Check out today’s inspiring story on making a difference “two feet at a time.”     www.TanyaFree.com

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Underestimated

Turn out for the Virginia gubernatorial election a few weeks ago was very low.  There were reports that roughly 1.8 million voters showed up compared to the over three million that voted in last year’s presidential election. Personally, it took me less than 5 minutes. However, for whatever reason, many people view gubernatorial and local elections to be less important. Well that’s not true. Think about it for a moment, the issues and concerns addressed as well as the decisions made by the governor bear a direct and immediate affect on residents of the state. Some may recall earlier this year when the federal government handed out stimulus money to the states, several governors including Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana adamantly rejected stimulus funds that extended unemployment benefits to many that had been affected by the economic downturn and massive layoffs. More recently, there have been reports of Governors Perry of Texas and Pawlenty of Minnesota threatening to reject health care reform if passed. Virginia Governor elect Bob McDonnell has reportedly expressed similar views.               

Elections on federal, state and local levels are all very important. We should never take lightly the power and authority delegated to all elected officials. There is too much at stake! 
 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Jazz Chill Mix from Tanya Free and Friends Jazz

Check out this classic video and listen all day to the Sunday Chill Mix on Tanya Free and Friends Jazz Radio!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

March on!

Check out today’s amazing video, an example of great role models.  www.TanyaFree.com  
 

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

At this point

Right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks former President George W. Bush vowed to capture Bin Laden “dead or alive,” tough talk that many of us supported without question. Fast forward eight years and over 1400 deaths, Bin Laden remains at large.

President Obama has to make a major decision regarding whether to send more troops to Afghanistan and when. General Stanley McChrystal submitted the request for 40,000 more US and NATO troops to defense Secretary Robert Gates in September.  The Pentagon has reported that Gates himself has yet to decide whether the troops are needed. President Obama has stated that he would review and evaluate the entire matter before making his decision.

While John McCain and prominent Republicans are urging the President to make a swift decision, Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly advocated for a strategy that would focus more narrowly on al Qaeda targets with air strikes. The President obviously has some of the best military strategists and political advisors in the world at his fingertips, but nothing takes the place of citizen input, including the mothers and fathers of our brave young men and women that may be placed in harm’s way.

Although the final decision rests with the President, it is incumbent that we let our concerns and recommendations be heard. Now is the time to speak up and speak out. Take a minute to contact the President and elected officials and let your voice be heard.    
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact 

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm 

http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml

 

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Tanya Free and Friends Jazz Video of the Week

Watch,enjoy and check out more Sunday Jazz on Tanya Free and Friends Radio Online! http://www.live365.com/stations/tanyafree

Friday, November 06, 2009

At the Ranch

Check out today’s rare story.        www.TanyaFree.com

Embedded video from CNN Video

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Too Much Hassle!

Prior to the meltdown of Wall Street last year, I can recall receiving an influx of credit card offers in the mail almost daily. Well, the offers have come to a screeching halt and now it’s a challenge just to keep up with sudden adjustments to the terms and conditions. I think most would agree that the days of having a credit card as a luxury are long gone and that it is more of a hassle since credit card companies seem to have taken a page out of the loan shark handbook. 

The banks have no compassion and no shame with their tactics. This is evident when interest rates are increased drastically without just cause and arbitrary increases resulting in unmanageable minimum payments. It is even more apparent when a credit limit is lowered without notice and the user learns of the change when the charge is declined at the cash register. Needless to say this can be quite humiliating.

Despite legislation being passed, the banks won’t cease to find loopholes and continue on the path of gouging. Take the time to read your statements thoroughly each month for changes. Let us all think twice, three or four times over, before whipping out that credit card. Like loan sharks, the banks will show no mercy under any circumstances for anyone’s inability to pay on their terms.      
 

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Tanya Free and Friends Jazz Radio presents Sunday Jazz

Check out this video and listen all day to Tanya Free and Friends Jazz Online www.live365.com/stations/tanyafree

Friday, October 30, 2009

Miracles do happen

Check out this Friday’s amazing video.   www.TanyaFree.com

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Doing it right and Doing it well

Those of us that are fortunate enough to still have a job and or business during these uncertain economic times and unprecedented unemployment should aim professionally to do a job right and do it well. Exercising this simple standard can determine the outcome between success and failure.  Unfortunately, somewhere along the way we have become complacent with just “doing it.”   

Some would argue, “What difference does it make as long as the job gets done?” Well, the difference is evident in the teacher that’s able to educate and challenge the minds of our students versus a teacher that is challenged by the students and  hanging on by a thread to get through the day, perhaps the year, just being a babysitter. It’s the difference  in a company that pays, hires, and trains employees to be  professional and competent versus a company that hires convenient and cheap labor that can just barely “do it” leaving much to be desired. We have, perhaps more often than not, dealt with an employee with more attitude than skill or knowledge.        

The message here is to strive for excellence in our personal work ethic, whether it’s a temporary part time position, career dream job or your own business enterprise. Expect the same level of commitment, competence and customer service from those individuals and businesses that you frequent as you do of yourself. Don’t allow your hard earned dollars to be disrespected and more importantly don’t sell yourself short by not giving one hundred per cent of your efforts and talents to your chosen career path. Let us all “do it right” so that we can collectively “all do well.”
 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Jazz Video

Check out this video and Sunday Jazz Online on Tanya Free and Friends Radio http://www.live365.com/stations/tanyafree

 

 


Chet Baker Live in "So What"

"The Night Of Jazz" | MySpace Video

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Make Your Influence Positive"

Check out today’s video message. It’s food for thought.   www.TanyaFree.com
 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Call To Action !

This fast paced lifestyle of ours has unfortunately led to a lack of cohesiveness and connection in our neighborhoods. Many of us now may only know one or two people at most in our building or block. The days when neighbors sat on the front porch and watched and looked out for the kids coming home from school have been replaced by many latch key kids coming home alone to an empty house. While I realize that traveling down memory lane can result in selective memory, I sometimes find myself wishing for the days when parents were responsible for all of the kids on the block and the days when teachers would request and expect parents to ensure that homework was completed and behaviors were in check.

Today’s parents are in a position where they have to do everything necessary to make ends meet including working long hours and multiple jobs. While I know that looking back through rose colored glasses won’t change where we are today, the principles of personal and collective responsibility are in desperate need of a resurgence. Let me acknowledge and congratulate the majority of good and responsible parents who are there for their children and their neighbors kids every day and remain great role models in our communities even in these trying times.

Unfortunately, in too many instances, the concept of personal responsibility appears to be rapidly disappearing in this age of passing the buck. Why is it considered taboo by some to suggest or even discuss the fact that we as a whole can do a better job of accepting personal and collective responsibility for our lives, destiny and more importantly those who depend on us for guidance? Daily news broadcasts give us images of youth violence, gang related activity, teen pregnancy and school dropouts. We blame the school systems for failing grades, but how often do we as parents show up for PTA meetings and school board meetings to express concerns. We blame the police for violence in the streets and judges for the high rate of incarcerated youth and rap videos for displaying graphic portrayals and glorification of thug life but leave the supervision of our kids to the streets and cable TV.

Add the troubled economic climate, rising unemployment and underemployment to the mix and life can appear to be overwhelming. So what’s next, some of us blame the President, government and anyone else we can think of. There is enough blame to go around, from failing schools to corrupt politicians to greedy Wall Street executives. But at the end of the day we all have to look at what we can do to improve our little piece of the world. Let’s admit and acknowledge that we are a part of the problem whenever we expect someone else to make things better for us. We cannot afford to make excuses for a lack of personal responsibility. Celebrities like Bill Cosby have been lambasted for suggesting that there is a lack of responsibility in our communities. Some have suggested that our dirty laundry should not be aired in public. I say it is aired every night on the 6pm news. There is a lot of wisdom in an old childhood saying," whenever you point your finger at someone, there are four fingers pointing back at you."

Take responsibility, be a part of the solution. Take this opportunity as a call to action. I invite you to share and post your feelings on personal responsibility.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Jazz from Tanya Free and Friends Radio Online

Enjoy the best in straight ahead,bebop,blues and classic jazz 24/7 at  http://www.live365.com/stations/tanyafree 

 

Friday, October 16, 2009

Untouched

Check out this Friday’s miraculous and amazing story.   www.TanyaFree.com 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Simple hygienic habits

Since April we have all been on preventive alert against a new viral strain and growing pandemic called the swine flu, now referred to as the H1N1 virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been a total of 9,079 people hospitalized and 593 deaths associated with the H1N1 virus between April and August. Every year approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized and an average 36,000 die from flu related illnesses. These numbers are estimated to double this season with the H1N1 virus. It’s imperative to take proactive measures to decrease the chances of getting the virus. 

Basic habits such as hand hygiene can help stop the spread of germs. Experts recommend washing hands frequently and thoroughly for 15- 20 seconds especially after sneezing or coughing. The CDC reports, one of the main ways the flu spreads is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes “known as droplet spread. It is explained that this happens when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person moves through the air and are deposited on the mouth and nose of people nearby. With this in mind, always cover a cough or sneeze. Have tissues available to avoid coughing or sneezing in one’s hands. Wash your hands or use alcohol based disposable hand wipes every time you cough or sneeze.

These are a few simple hygienic tips. For more preventive information click the following links:

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/vaccine_keyfacts.htm
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/swine-flu-prevention
http://www.flu.gov/
 

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Jazz Chill Mix on Tanya Free and Friends Radio

Check out this video on TanyaFree.com and listen to a laid back cool mix of the best in straight ahead,bebop,blues and classic jazz every Sunday at http://www.live365.com/stations/tanyafree

Friday, October 09, 2009

Cheers!

Check out Friday’s “Feel Good” story.   www.TanyaFree.com 

 

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Front End Makes a Difference

It’s terrifying when children aren’t safe in their own neighborhood and their school district is a combat zone. Such was the case with Derrion Albert, an honor student who was confronted by violence on his way home from school. Less than a month into the new school year, Derrion is the third student homicide in Chicago.

Touched by the death of this young man, the brutal murder of Derrion struck a cord nationally. Appalling raw video drove home the widespread youth violence that plagues our communities.  Check out your local news and there’s sure to be a report of youth violence. We’re just usually spared the graphics. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), homicide is the second leading cause of death among youth in this country. Among African Americans it’s the leading cause of death. It’s time to stop ignoring the facts. We’re long overdue with getting to the root of the problem.

Chicago, like many localities, plans to allocate millions of dollars to target at risk youth. Intervention programs targeting at risk youth help but cannot solve the problem alone. In addition to these efforts, we must address the problem on the front end and that starts - at home. There is a proverb that says, “Train up a child in the way that he should go…”   With this in mind, parents have the ultimate responsibility to teach and instill positive values in their children. That's where it should all start.   

Sunday, October 04, 2009

TanyaFree.com Sunday Jazz

Check out this week's Sunday Jazz video featuring the Bobby Hutcherson Quartet .Listen to the Sunday Jazz Mix on Tanya Free and Friends Online http://www.live365.com/stations/tanyafree

 

Friday, October 02, 2009

Rising Star

Check out today’s TanyaFree.com good news video.  

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/race/2009/09/jonathan-mccoy-stop-using-the-nword.html  (campaign speech)

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Race to the State House

The Virginia gubernatorial election is less than 2 months away. Vying in the race for governor are candidates Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell. Aside from the carefully scripted speeches, feel good photo opts and bombarding ads we should be able to answer the question who are Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell prior to their ascension to the office of governor?

Neither candidate is new to the political arena. Creigh Deeds served formerly as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, followed by being a State Senator. His opponent Bob McDonnell served formerly as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates as well and then as State Attorney General.  An evaluation of their political resumes would tell us more about their position on important issues that concern the majority of us – jobs, taxes, education, health care and the list goes on.

Let’s not be guilty of going to the polls uninformed or just going with the flow and allowing our vote to be taken for granted. Let’s search the net to learn who candidates Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell really are, as action speaks louder than words.    

      

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Jazz

Check out this video jazz clip and  the Sunday Chill Mix on Tanya Free and Friends Jazz Radio Online ! Home of the best in straight ahead,bebop,blues and classic jazz!

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Church Ladies

Have you seen these ladies? Check out today’s TanyaFree.com good news story.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Do the Right Thing!

November 4, 2008, marked a milestone in the history of our country, a moment that those who survived the Civil Rights Movement didn’t think they would live to see. A milestone they thought was the impossible - an African American became President of the United States. Despite this great milestone in our country’s history, there is something I didn’t think I would witness in this day and time –an uprising and resurgence of deep rooted racism. 

On April 4, 1968, the day of Dr. King’s death, I was too young to understand the complexity of racism but old enough to sense the tensions of the times. Well, it feels like déjà vu with the outright racial threats and attacks against the first African American President. We’ve come too far to allow those that are stuck in yesteryears’ hatred to take us ALL backwards. 

Like President Carter, we have to speak up and not allow the voices of racism to feed the media with false justifications for their actions. Nor should we allow conservative talk and media outlets that are guilty of ideological race baiting to go unaccountable for their actions. We have to use our buying power to discourage sponsors from running ads with any of these outlets. The campaign has already begun with an organization known as ColorofChange.org.    
         
Call or email political leaders and the media. Tell them to stop the rhetoric and cheap propaganda and do the right thing. Let’s unseat those leaders that fail to denounce racism.

Stand up and let’s deal with the truth!     

 

Monday, September 21, 2009

More troops?

It has been eight years since the 9-11 attacks by Al-Qaeda terrorists. There’s debate on the Hill of possibly sending tens of thousands more American combat troops to Afghanistan.

How do you feel about the war in Afghanistan?   

Friday, September 18, 2009

Racism from a different perspective

Check out today’s article on Tanyafree.com, courtesy of my dear friend Sheila. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Let the truth be told

Last week the President gave an encouraging speech to our children, followed by a powerful address to congressional leaders and the American people on health care reform. Both talks sparked outrage and outburst. I’ve asked and am compelled to ask again, where were these folk eight years ago, when this country was on automatic pilot and spiraling out of control?

Now that we have a President that’s trying to restore and move the country in the right direction, there are those with lingering resentment, hostility and are down right bitter and itching to have this President out of office with or without cause and by any means necessary. When did it become accepted protocol for a congressman to disagree by calling the president a liar during an address of a joint session of congress? What happened to respect for the office of the leader of the free world? Remember the Dixie Chicks, the singing group that was lambasted and blackballed for showing opposition to the former administration and accused of being unpatriotic?

Shouldn’t there be the same measure of repercussion or consequences for anyone that disrespects the office of this President and those that follow? 

Friday, September 11, 2009

Back in the Game

Today is “Good News” Friday on TanyaFree.com. Check out this story of hope and triumph.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Excuse me, please!

A few days ago, I stopped by a local car wash. While my car was going through the wash cycle, I stepped outside to the waiting area where there was limited seating. Being busy, all the seats were taken. But, as my soul mate and I were standing, a young man got up and offered me his seat. WOW! A rarity in this day and time when it seems as though we have become a society where politeness and common courtesy are no longer the social norm. 

Rude seems to be the adopted attitude of our society. Words such as thank you, please, and excuse me are at the opposite end of today’s standard of conduct. Whether in a personal or business setting, we all too often shift automatically to defense mode where there is a quickness to shoot someone the finger, cut another driver off in traffic, or pass by a person without saying excuse me. Personally, this is unnecessary stress. Offering a smile or a seat in a crowded room, giving the other driver a break, or offering a pardon is harmless and might make a positive difference in someone else’s life.

Those of us from the old school shouldn’t abandon what our parents, grandparents and even teachers taught when they often said “mind your manners.” A statement that was a reminder of behavior expected. Sadly, it’s an expectation that appears to be obsolete to today’s generation. Fred Astaire said “the hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” So, it is really up to us to go back old school to “mind our manners!”
 

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

18 minutes with the President

The President’s nationwide speech to school students has sparked enormous controversy. The White House posted an advance copy of the 18- minute speech for those with concerns.

What do you think about the President’s speech to the nation’s school students? 

Monday, September 07, 2009

Have a Safe Labor Day !

Enjoy!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Attitude of Gratitude!

The things we sometimes take for granted are a treasure to others. Check out this video on Tanyafree.com and I think you will agree.     

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

A Priceless Investment

Summer is winding down, the NFL pre-season is in play along with being a few days away from Labor Day. The start of a new school year is a sure sign that it’s over. With the excitement of back to school shopping, the economy will get a boost.  Second only to Christmas, back to school spending generates the second largest annual sales in retail. That’s great news for the economy, but results from an educational perspective are not as favorable. According to the U.S. Department of Education, academic achievements of children in other countries surpass ours in reading, math and science.     

While many kids want the latest in footwear and urban gear, the best investment a parent can make in their child’s future is in their education. Making sure our kids have access to adequate study aids including a computer or laptop, electronic calculators and that ever growing school supply list should take priority.

With all the distractions our kids face today, let’s help our kids buckle down. Improve development of study skills by scheduling daily uninterrupted study time after school. Mom and Dad, we have to closely monitor our kid’s progress in school. Check within your community to see what after school programs are available for latch key kids if you can’t be there. We can’t expect the school systems to be the answer to all things educational, but rather a partner and tool in the process. 

A good education is priceless. Let’s work together to invest in our children’s academic achievement.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Reality Check

There is a passage in scripture that says “my people perish from lack of knowledge”. On the surface, this fits the civil unrest erupting at Town Hall meetings held around the country about healthcare reform. Forums that started out as civil Q&A town hall meetings have turned into hostile shouting matches. Of course, we are not going to all agree 100 percent on everything, but we should and must be able to agree to disagree civilly with each other. In order to be on the same page, we have to dispel fact from fiction.

There’s a lot of miscommunication circulating through various sources of the media, talk radio, and even politicians. Let me just say that no matter the outcome of this issue, we should be taking names and note the untrustworthy actions of those political leaders that are leading us down this path of lies and deception. 

Ignorance is bliss when discourse is fueled by misinformation. Ridiculous claims that health care reform will promote euthanasia, reduce Medicaid, or bring about a government takeover of health care and, more outlandish, that reform will give the government access to personal bank accounts and take away the right to own a gun – this is all false and deceptive. With the internet, there’s no excuse in a time where information is readily available on any and everything inquiring minds want to know.

Set the record straight by sharing factual information. Get the facts at www.whitehouse.gov for a Health Care Reform Reality Check. We can’t afford to fall prey to the conservative hype, fear tactics, and false blame game rhetoric. We’ve been there, done that! Remember the so called weapons of mass destruction?  Don’t just take my word for it, check out the facts for yourself and help speak and spread the truth.   

LIVE LIFE WITH A PURPOSE, UNTIL NEXT TIME, BE FREE!  

 

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wassup!

Wassup at TanyaFree.com?

Unbelievable ! Bank Sold Woman’s Home by Mistake . Comment on this story or on any issue of your choice. What’s on your mind? 

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Buyer Beware!

We are constantly lured by advertisements offering so called free giveaways or deals that sound too good to be true. Just ask the shoppers that placed orders for the 52’ inch flat screen TV for $9.99 at Best Buy. This was apparently a fluke. According to the fine print, Best Buy reserves the right to “revoke offers or correct errors.”  While this issue is harmless for the most part, this is not usually the case in terms of loans, credit cards etc. 

How many times have you received an offer for a new credit card account at a very low interest rate? After months of charges, the initial introductory rate is adjusted to an exorbitant rate with the details buried in the fine print. The card member agreement, a binding agreement between the card issuer and customer, provides the terms of a credit card account. Or more simply put – it’s the information that can really cost you a lot more money because the devil is in the details! It is important to understand the terms of the agreement, especially if there is language that is unclear. Don’t sign anything until you completely understand all the terms and conditions.   

Protect your hard earned money. Take the time to read the fine print. 

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wassup!

Express yourself on the subject of your choice. What’s on your mind?
A 52 inch flat screen TV for $9.99? Watch the video and you be the judge. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Before vs. Now

There has been a lot of talk regarding President Obama’s first 200 days in office, talk that has taken us away from the big picture.  Two hundred days ago, the administration inherited a $1.3 trillion dollar deficit, rising unemployment, a banking system on the verge of collapse and ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two hundred days later, our involvement in Iraq is winding down and our new targeted commitment in Afghanistan is showing progress. The American Reinvestment Act has made critical investments in our economy, resulting in record profits on Wall Street, resurgence in the auto industry and a lower jobless rate for the first time in a year. Efforts are underway to continue the stabilization of the housing crisis and healthcare reform is pending. Our relationships have improved greatly around the world and communication in some instances restored.        

There are many who say that this administration is too ambitious and taking on too much at one time. I say that you play the hand that you are dealt. Now is the time to show your support if you believe the country is making progress. I agree with the group Organizing for America that we must continue to invest in and improve our efforts in healthcare, energy and education while restoring fiscal accountability in spending.

Don’t believe the media hype, the town hall disruptions, arbitrary poll grades, threats and misleading information regarding healthcare reform that is all designed to derail the progress made over the past 200 days. Compare the last 200 days with the preceding eight years. You make the call.

Show your support, stand up and be heard. We voted for change, not the status quo.
 

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

National issue over and out

Racial profiling is nothing new and there is no question it exists. But, what a difference a few weeks can make or does it? Aside from who acted stupidly in the Gates vs. Crowley incident, for about two weeks, the issue of racial profiling sparked national media attention. Like surround sound, nearly every media source ran with the story on whether the ordeal was really an encounter of racial profiling. But, when the President weighed in on the situation with unscripted remarks, the media took a turn that diverted from the issue of racial profiling. 

With the help of the media, Crowley became the victim with the police unions calling for an apology from the President. The mounting tensions, played out in the media, gave way to the meeting at the White House, a meeting the media called a summit. A true dialogue on racial profiling was minimized to an off the record beerfest. While the buzz was centered on what type of beer Gates, Crowley and the President would be drinking, inconsistencies in Crowley’s report were unfolding. The 911 caller came forward to clear the record that she never identified or used the word “black” during the 911 call. It was too little, too late since the media had moved on to other issues.               
 
Two weeks of what appeared to be a national breakthrough on how people of color are interrogated, detained, or harassed simply because they are being profiled by a one size fits all stereotype got derailed by the media, perhaps by design. It’s unfortunate that a national dialogue did not prevail. Chances of a real summit may be better served between local police departments and citizens.
 

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What’s good...

With the uncertainty of the country’s economy, the American Dream seems far reaching for those of us that play by the rules. Yet for a select few, there appears to be no barriers, despite economic turmoil. But what is good for the goose should be good for the gander or better yet, what’s good for Wall Street should be good for Main Street. These are corny clichés – but you get the picture. In essence, we have two Americas, one living the dream, the other the nightmare. 

Last week, main street workers making minimum wage received an increase of $.70. While this is an improvement, it is hardly an adequate living wage. At the same time, employees on Wall Street will get a hefty increase as it is reported that $74 billion has been set aside for pay increases. There is something terribly wrong when such tremendous wealth doesn’t trickle down and flow across all of America.     

While Wall Street and the banks are booming, there are already signs that they are up to their old tricks. Beware! There are lending institutions that are switching to variable rates to avoid the upcoming mandate of a freeze on existing balances. Let me say that I am all for a free market society and happy that some segments of the economy are improving, but not when it is at the expense of consumers and on the shoulders of taxpayer dollars. Government is not the answer to all of the ills of society, but when such an imbalance has wreaked havoc on our economy, it’s critical that government intervene to level the playing field between Wall and Main Street America.  Far better regulations that don’t play into the hands of banks and other big business are needed, especially if we expect a full economic recovery. Shouldn’t that be the American way? 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Healthcare Reform, Make it Happen!

Healthcare reform is the latest battle on the hill. President Obama has declared “those who are betting against this happening this year are badly mistaken. It will happen this year.” There should be no question that reform is much needed and long overdue. According to U. S. Census reports, nearly 45 million Americans are without healthcare coverage and with the uncertainty of the job market and the high cost of COBRA, thousands more will be without coverage. Even those who are fortunate enough to still have a job will find healthcare expenses increasing while coverage diminishes. The point of contention with insurance carriers is too often the ambiguity regarding approval and authorization for pre-existing conditions and particular medical procedures. Despite the millions of dollars deducted bi-weekly or monthly from pay checks, many remain underinsured, having to pay out of pocket to meet high deductibles - a Catch 22 for about 25 million Americans. Again, we need an adequate health care system that is available to everyone, regardless of employment status, that is not cost driven.

The United States National Health Care Act, H.R. 676 proposes that every person living or visiting in the United States receive a United States National Health Insurance Card and ID number. This program will cover all medically necessary services with no co-pays or deductibles. Under the proposal, families and businesses will receive more and pay less. Visit www.Healthcare-Now.org and www.healthreform.gov  to learn more about the bill. For an inside perspective of our broken health care system visit http://www.tinyurl.com/l3hwd8

The complexity of this task will require bipartisanship effort with both Democrats and Republicans rolling up their sleeves to make it happen. Now is the time to let our congressional leaders know that we, the American people deserve a better health system that is no less than our elected leaders are privy to, which - by the way,is paid for by the taxpayers. So contact your congressional leaders at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov and let them know that we are holding them accountable to get the job done and done right.     
 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Be Free!

July signals the end of the first half of 2009. On July 4th, we celebrated Independence Day. Many of us enjoyed the day cooking out, at the beach or relaxing. But as we move through the rest of the year, let’s declare a more personal independence. Declare freedom from anything that hinders you from living debt-free, stress-free, smoke-free, overweight-free or whatever. What is it that you would like to be free from? A question that’s usually thought about at New Year’s, when many of us make resolutions.  Let’s not wait until 2010 to pursue the freedom and independence from all that keep us from living at our best. In hindsight, over the past six months, what has kept you from being the best that you can be?
 
Life is short and time waits on absolutely no one. Now is the time to make the next six months your best. 
 

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hot Off The Press!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

What is it about ... ?

Despite the fact that death is certain, there are some people that seem larger than life and immortal. The death of Michael Jackson came as a shock to us all. Remembering young Michael when he and his brothers were known as the Jackson 5, with favorites like “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There,” the heartthrob group back in the day. What young girl wasn’t deeply infatuated with the Jackson 5 while letting her imagination run wild?

With fond memories of Michael, the media has deprived fans of the opportunity of remembering the legend for his hall of fame talent and humanitarianism. Unlike the respectable distance the media reserved for Farrah Fawcett who died hours before Michael and Ed McMahon, both icons in their own right, had considerable drama in their lives as well. Many in the media have exploited Michael’s death turning it into a media circus. Prior to learning when and where his memorial service would take place, they couldn’t seem to refrain from releasing private information regarding Michael’s will,  a distraction since inquiring minds want to know who is and isn’t getting what. Even though the media is at fault, isn’t the family drama around a death a sad statement on us all.

What is it about death that so called friends and kin folk show up out of nowhere to stake a claim of entitlement to the deceased and their possessions? Where were these individuals when the lives of Michael, Anna Nicole, and so many others were spinning out of control? This is an all too familiar scenario that holds true for many of us in and out of the spotlight.  
 

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Sarah Palin Update

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Enjoy Your Fourth of July!

Be Safe,Be Happy, Be Free!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Focus On The Road

Effective July 1, Virginia joins several states and the District of Columbia that ban text messaging while driving. The law will challenge many because it is not uncommon to see a driver trying to maneuver and text message simultaneously. Those that are guilty disregard and jeopardize the safety of us all.  In an ABC News report, Michael Pina of AAA stated “Clearly, the problem with texting is the same portion of your mind that you need to be using when you’re focusing on the road is the same portion that you’re using when you’re texting.” The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reports that inattention is the leading factor in most accidents. About 80 percent of accidents involved driver inattention within three seconds of the event.  

 

Carelessly, the lives of so many can be changed in a matter of seconds. Two examples of several incidents include the case  of a 49 year old driver who was sentenced and convicted for taking a life after slamming into several vehicles while texting several bill paying transactions. The other case involved an accident that claimed the lives of the driver and four other high school students.  Records indicate a text message was sent by the driver thirty eight  seconds prior to the tragic crash.

 

Text messaging is great technology, just not while driving.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wassup?

Thursday is your day to be a guest blogger. Express yourself on any subject of your choice.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We are not there yet !

African Americans have made great strides since the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties and sixties. We can eat in the restaurant of our choice, shop and live where we want, for the most part. There are many in our midst that  suggest with the election of Barack Obama, that our time has indeed arrived and the need for  affirmative action and groups like the NAACP and Urban League has passed. But don’t be fooled by the radical extremism that has been overshadowed in many white collar circles by conservative talk outlets that preach a new, sometimes very subtle message that implies that their rhetoric has nothing to do with race, but conservatism.

A quick reality check is as close as the headlines and hidden stories in the news  the past few weeks. Several stories that jumped off the pages of my newspapers:

1.Guard killed during shooting at Holocaust museum
2.GOP Activist Likens Gorilla to Michelle Obama
3. Ex-Employees claim racism in Wells Fargo subprime loan push
4. Racist e-mail aimed at Obama raises hackles in Tennessee   

Just recently, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano came under sharp criticism by conservatives when she addressed the potential increase in recruitment of right-wing extremists being tied in part to the nation’s first African-American president. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that in 2008 there are as many as 926 active hate groups in the United States, a fifty percent increase since 2000, with 26 operating in Virginia. 

To sum it up, racism is alive and well. There is still work to be done. Just as our ancestors stood strong in unimaginable struggles, we can never become complacent but must stay focused and committed to continuing the fight for justice and equality. We’ve come a long way, but we are not there yet!       
 

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Have A Great Day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A big to-do!

June 21st is Father’s Day – a day to celebrate the fathers that accept responsibly the role of fatherhood. But just like on Mother’s Day, there should be a big to-do on Father’s Day as well. Just as flowers, gifts and things are in high demand on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day doesn’t seem to command the same attention. Gifts and gadgets for dad aren’t flying off shelves and seating with no waiting at eating establishments usually isn’t an issue like it is on Mother’s Day.

Too often we hear that there is a lack of positive fatherly role models. I respectfully disagree. Let’s not accept the media’s image of the deadbeat dads, especially the all too often negative portrayals of our black men solely as blinged out rappers, thugs, gangsters and hustlers. We need to do a better job of highlighting the positive presence of the father and father figures in our midst that live up to the expectations that define a father’s role. We should be talking about the dedicated and responsible fathers that work EVERYDAY for the well-being and interest of their children.   

Being a father is no easy task. So, on Sunday roll out the red carpet in honor of your father or the father figure in your life. Make a big to-do and shower dad with just as must heartfelt gratitude as mom receives on Mother’s Day. 
   
Much respect to the fathers and father figures that are handling their business. To the fathers that recognize that they can do better, it’s never too late to get it together. 

Have a Great Father’s Day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Why all the fuss?

Last week, the President and the First Lady flew to New York for an evening out. The First Couple had dinner in Greenwich Village prior to attending the Broadway show “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”. It’s refreshing to have a President that’s publicly passionate about his other half who is unequivocally his soul mate. The first couple share a bond that one hopes is forever strong and won’t give way to infidelity and public scandal.
                         
So, what’s all the fuss over the President and First Lady’s date? For the record, the President picked-up the tab for both dinner and the theatre tickets. Although these were minimal expenses, Republicans would have us believe that the expenses were funded by our taxpayer dollars. Expenses associated with the presidential escort, security and travel is and always has been standard operating procedure whenever any first family leaves the White House, whether it’s a visit across town or across the Atlantic. Why now is the cost of protecting the leader of the free world, the focus of endless discussion by many Republicans and conservative talk outlets?
 
Playing on our emotions, the critics were quick to scrutinize the President for spending taxpayer dollars in light of our economic turmoil and the current collapse of GM. The President has been dealing with these problems along with a host of others since the day he has taken office. President Obama is human and is entitled to take a break to get away from it all, something Bush 43 did not hesitate to exercise as he traveled far and often.  Reportedly, the Bushes traveled hundreds of times to their ranch in Crawford Texas and the presidential retreat at Camp David.

Again, why all the fuss over the President and First Lady taking a moment to get away from it all?     

Friday, June 05, 2009

Fridays at Sunset

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Virginians, it's that time again!

The Virginia gubernatorial election for 2009 is scheduled for November 3rd. Candidates from both the Democratic and Republican Party have already begun the fight vying for our vote. If you haven’t been bombarded with phones calls from the campaign office of the candidates soliciting your support and vote, likely you will be in the months ahead. For the record, I’m not endorsing any particular candidate or party at this time.

Former Attorney General Bob McDonnell received the nomination of the Republican Party on Saturday. The Democrats will choose their nominee on June 9th. Seeking the Democratic nomination is former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe, former State Delegate Brian Moran and State Senator Creigh Deeds.

Virginia is one of two high profile gubernatorial elections this year. Our decision should not be based on the amount of money raised, commercials aired or robo calls received but rather where the candidates stand on the hot button issues affecting Virginians. Much is at stake in this election .The next governor will be in power when the ever important congressional lines are re-drawn. Among other concerns, where do the candidates stand regarding the need to create jobs, health care, education, improve the environment, developing alternative forms of energy and state budget shortfalls? 

Virginians, take a moment to visit each candidate’s website.

http://www.bobmcdonnell.com/ 

http://www.terrymcauliffe.com/ 

http://www.brianmoran.com/  

http://www.deedsforvirginia.com/.  
 

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Have you heard Sunday Jazz?

Sunday Jazz on Tanya Free and Friends is a cool mix of classic and contemporary jazz artists. Sunday Jazz. all day every Sunday.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Michael Vick - second chance?

Michael Vick, former NFL quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons committed a horrible crime and there is no denying that. Vick was released from a federal prison last week and the media attention, anger and outrage is just as intense as the day Vick was first arrested. It’s a persistent thorn hindering his chances of returning to the NFL.  Reportedly, prior to any decision being made on whether Vick will be allowed to return to the game, PETA is calling for the NFL commissioner to require Vick to undergo a full psychiatric evaluation. Such interference and ridicule is absurd. What does one have to do with the other at this point? Justice has been served and the former NFL quarterback has served 21 months in a federal prison. Although the remaining months will be served on house arrest, unlike Bernie Madoff, he won’t be confined all day in luxury. Vick will be working for a construction company at $10hr. In light of making millions, how humbling is that?
 

The media and the special interest group PETA can be an unrelenting force to reckon with and circumvent. That’s the challenge confronting Vick. But it’s time to move on and let the former NFL player restore his career.  I wonder if the ridicule and resentment be the same had the situation involved one of the Mannings, Favre, or Brady? I doubt it, considering the arrest a few weeks ago of a deputy sheriff on charges of animal cruelty and dog fighting which didn’t seem to capture a fraction of the degree of media attention or outcry from PETA. Where is the request for a psychiatric evaluation?

 

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, lobbied for Vick’s NFL suspension and the severing of corporate sponsors. He met with Vick and as a result, Vick asked for an opportunity to work with the Humane Society in the fight against dog fighting. Pacelle agreed to give him that opportunity. Unlike the Humane Society, it’s a shame that PETA, who seems only to be using this opportunity to further its own self interest, hasn’t put forth similar good will. With or without PETA, the NFL should follow the Humane Society’s lead. For the record, the NFL has given second chances to drug abusers, bar brawlers, wife beaters and the list goes on.

 

Michael Vick, in two months will have served his time and is taking further measures to show that he is worthy of a second chance. Just as we have all fallen short at times, Michael Vick should have the opportunity to make a living and provide for his family like any other American citizen. He has not only served his time, he has accepted responsibility, faced financial ruin, humiliation and more as a result of his mistakes.

 

In this land of opportunity and second chances for politicians, clergy, movie stars and the like, why are only CERTAIN athletes the subject of such scrutiny and disdain?
 

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

Take a moment today to reflect on the service men and women that have fought and sacrificed  to keep us safe and free.

Tanya Free Experience Destination Jazz

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Jazz

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stay in the game !

For those of us that have worked diligently and would like to retire with a little financial dignity – it’s difficult. The days of long term employment accompanied with good health and retirement benefits are a thing of the past. Those were the days when our grandparents and parents held on to a job for 25-30 years until retirement. Many were fortunate enough to enjoy the fruits of their labor with a handsome retirement package. Those days are so over once downsizing, reorganization, or to put it more bluntly, lay-offs became the corporate whip. Millions have been struck by the whip and have changed jobs numerous times which has affected health, retirement and other benefits. With the uncertainty of the economy and the current stock market ,there are no sure bets.

This too shall pass, but until it does, now might be a good time to focus on your God given gifts and talents. Tapping into your entrepreneurial skills or training for a new career path might be the door that leads to new opportunities. Before you work your plan, plan your work. What do you have to lose? 

 Despite the times, don’t sit on the sidelines watching the game of life pass you by.            

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tanya's Tips

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bill Overdue

President Obama is pushing for credit card reform and wants the senate to pass a bill called the Credit Card Holders' Bill of Rights. A bill designed to protect consumers from sudden rate hikes,unfair penalties and hidden fees that seem to have become a standard way of business in the credit card industry. A measure for consumer protection is long overdue. 

If the bill passes the senate, where it awaits action, it should be put into place with the same urgency taken to rescue the banks. Consumers are struggling to stay afloat and like the banks shouldn't have to wait until 2010 or the distant future before the bill goes into effect. A delay just gives the credit card companies more time to continue hiking interest rates,fees and any other new tricks they can get away with until consumer protection is in place.

President Obama wants to sign the legislation by Memorial Day. The President declares " There is no time for delay ... we can't tolerate profits that depend upon misleading working families. So if you have had enough of the high credit card interest rates,fees and sporadic practices, take a moment to contact senate leaders at www.senate.gov and let them know that there is no time to delay.

 

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Blue Monday

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Weekends on Tanya Free and Friends

Spend a part of your weekend listening to the best of straight ahead,bebop,blues and classic jazz from yesterday and today.Saturday features the likes of Dave Brubeck,Art Blakey,Dizzy,Cannonball and more.This Mother's day session of Sunday jazz is a unique laid back collection featuring,Miles Davis,Charlie Haden,Chris Botti,Dinah Washington , Carlos Santana and a few surprises.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Wassup?

What's on your mind?

Big Band Thursday on Tanya Free and Friends

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Still Mother's Day

Sunday is Mother's Day - a day well deserved. But, this special day doesn't begin to convey the honor due. Being a mother is a real challenge and becomes more challenging as society and the world changes. For instance, there was a time when many mothers were stay at home moms, like June Cleaver, and didn't work outside of the home. Today, the majority of mothers are Claire Huxtables in their own right without missing a motherly beat. The challenges of motherhood are always front and center.

Motherhood is a lifetime job with a 24/7 to do list that seems endless. Even on Mother's Day, mom is on call and is subject to being summoned to duty at anytime. But, unless it's something that can't wait, hold all requests and give mom the day off. Shower her with some TLC. Pamper mom while barring her from doing anything other than the desires of her heart.

Mothers are special and should be honored and cherished everyday. So, after all the cards, flowers, balloons and other gifts and gadgets have been given and the clock strikes twelve midnight - it's still mother's day.

To all the mothers and mother figures - Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Move on!

The release of CIA documents on the interrogation tactics used during the Bush administration is the latest battle up on the hill between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats are pushing to seize an opportunity for political genocide against Republicans with the prosecution of former members of the Bush administration. Aside from political rhetoric and a long drawn out legal battle at taxpayer's expense, what is there to gain? What is the significance of prosecuting subordinates of the Bush administration, if the buck stops at the top?

As the skeletons of the Bush administration come out of the closet, neither Democrats nor Republicans can afford to re-hash and cast judgment now. Both parties are responsible for the way history has been written. It's the here and now that matters. 

Let's hold them accountable,www.senate.gov,to move forward on far more pressing issues. We need both parties to focus on writing a brighter future for our country. 

Friday, April 24, 2009

FYI - credit cards

Credit cards

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Back to basics

Layaway – something today’s generation knows nothing about, but some of us are old enough to remember and aren’t too proud to admit it. I have to say, layaway was my lifeline back in the day.  Wherever I shopped, they had to have a layaway plan because it was the only way I could afford to shop. I had the layaway plans of each store down to an art. Knowing how much I had to put down, how long I had before I had to get it out, and if I defaulted, how much I would get back and how much the merchant would keep.

Looking back, layaway taught me how to plan ahead. If I wanted something and wanted to have it before the season ended or just before the holidays, I would lay it away several months in advance. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I lived within my means. I wouldn’t layaway more than I could afford to pay bi-weekly.

Layaway is a thing of the past since we have become more of a “got to have it now” society, due in part to our over dependence on credit cards. Of course, the credit card companies want us to have it - at ridiculous interest rates and fees. Now with the uncertainty of the economy and credit freeze, it’s cash and carry.  Personally, that has been a good thing. Like layaway, I’m living within my means. How are you adjusting to the credit freeze??

Thursday, April 09, 2009

There are still good people in the world.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A Cold Case

There is a term used in law enforcement known as cold case, which is when the trail of a case becomes cold and there are no leads that would contribute to the apprehension of the party responsible for the crime. I believe such is the case with regards to the September 11 attacks here in America. At the time of the attack, I supported President Bush in the pursuit to capture Bin Laden by any means necessary. But, it appears that was all talk and the issue quietly became a cold case.

Since we didn’t wage war on al-Qaeda from the onset of the attack, a re-evaluation of the cause is needed because so much has changed on many levels over the last eight years. We are near the end of the war in Iraq – a war that lasted much longer than anticipated. There is the potential threat of North Korea that recently launched a nuclear missile.

Despite the President’s efforts to seek support from NATO allies, European leaders have declined to join American forces in combat. America needs to prioritize it efforts and ascertain whether entering into an extended engagement against a defiant al-Qaeda in Afghanistan alone is the right strategy at this time.  

Contact our political leaders (www.whitehouse.gov , 

 www.senate.gov , www.house.govand tell them how you feel about it.   

 

   

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Destination Jazz

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Face to Face

The world is ever changing and operates on a fast track that’s traveling at the speed of light. With the help of advanced technology, the internet is nearly a one stop shop with access to information, goods and services that’s as close as a click of a button. With gadgets like the iBook, Blackberry, iPod and other PDAs, it’s convenient and easy to access worldwide social networks such as Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and the rest. It’s technology that seems to be a necessity in order to keep up with the world. Look around, it’s almost impossible not to see someone talking on a cell phone, surfing the net or texting.

 

But while we are keeping up, something else is happening and that’s the fundamental change in the way we interact and communicate with each other. A concern for today’s youth is that they are perhaps more accustomed to texting and using a form of communication that consists of less than perfect grammar to say the least. As parents, we can’t allow modern technology to rob our young people of the fundamentals of communication and the ability to communicate face to face.

 

Let’s make time to talk to each other, tech free!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Destination Jazz

 The Tanya Free Experience"Destination Jazz" broadcast can be heard heard every Saturday at 6pm on WCLM1450AM and  available here by clicking the link to the left.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Stop the Madness!

 

 

It has been said that AIG is too big to fail. Since it is being sustained with taxpayer dollars, hasn’t it already failed? And even after pumping about $170 billion in rescue funds – the Wall Street giant’s condition remains fatal. I think it’s time to take AIG off of life support – taxpayer life support.

Currently, AIG is too big for the government to regulate. This is evident with the $165 million bonus debacle – causing much public fury. With the help of the media, the government has given us lip service as usual. In this case, AIG’s CEO Edward Liddy is in the hot seat and was interrogated by the House Financial Service Committee. Briefly, President Obama accepted responsibility and acknowledged that the “buck stops with [him]”. Then, Senator Chris Dodd confessed his involvement and that of the treasury department. Wanting to appear as though they were addressing the problem, House Representatives voted to ridiculously tax the executive bonuses, after the fact.Once said and done, emotions are still running high.

Some are threatening to take matters into their own hands, causing possible safety issues for those employed by AIG. This is totally wrong and by no means addresses the problem. Why direct anger to employees of AIG that did nothing but accept a paycheck that was promised?

I think we’ve had enough. It’s time for the President and congressional leaders to stop writing blank checks and do what we elected them to do – that’s to regulate with checks, balances with accountability. 

Now is the time to write the President at www.whitehouse.gov and congressional leaders www.senate.gov  and www.house.gov to voice your concerns. This is not a Democrat or Republican problem but it’s an issue that affects us all. Let’s make our political leaders earn our vote.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Jazz

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Texas Chuck

 

Chris Brown and Rhianna, the "Octuplets' mom" and now the arrest of Anna Nicole's boyfriend - is sensationalized news or drama that has received more attention than it deserves. But where is the media? When Chuck Norris perhaps better known as "Walker - Texas Ranger" suggested to Glenn Beck that Texas would be well in its right to consider secession from the United States of America. 

Norris posted a commentary stating "That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, If the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state."

While admitting that he was joking about running for the position of President of Texas, Norris went on to say "From the East Coast to the Left Coast," America seems to be moving further and further from its founders' vision and government."

Where has Norris, the conservative that supported Mike Huckabee in the last election, been the past eight years? Why is it that this member of the party of "Country First" now thinks it may be time to cut and run? What has changed in the past few weeks?

Read the article  and  let's keep our eyes and ears open on those issues that may not be front page news, but raise concerns.

 

 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tanya Free Experience

Check out this week's installment of "Destination Jazz" here at the link to the left. Remember,a new show debuts each Saturday at 6pm on WCLM1450AM in RIchmond,VA

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

DADT

 

Long over due, legislation is being introduced to end the "Don't ask, Don't tell" (DADT) military policy. California Rep. Ellen Tauscher re-introduced the bill, expressing to House colleagues that "It makes no sense to discharge capable service members for something as irrelevant as their sexual orientation." She's right, especially with the country fighting two wars, there's certainly a need for new enlistments especially when so many of our service men and women are being repeatedly deployed.

The President, during the campaign,pledged to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, but it won't be easy as the policy remains controversial and politically sensitive after 16 years. The opposition argues strongly that an open gay and lesbian enlistment policy will create unnecessary homophobic stress, affect morale and cause a disruption in unit cohesion. These are valid concerns, but this is the military. The order from the top down must be that discriminatory behavior will not be tolerated.

An individual's sexual preference shouldn't be a factor or a hindrance to any one that wants to join the military to serve their country. But we've been here before with discrimination against blacks and women in the military.

According to reports, there are over 60,000 gays and lesbians currently serving in the military on the frontlines, in the trenches and making the ultimate sacrifices just as their heterosexual counterparts. DADT is unconstitutional and it's time our political leaders get it right.   

Monday, March 09, 2009

Unbelievable!!!

In the words of Marvin Gaye ,"What's going on?" that a pastor is shot and killed - in church  - on Sunday morning during a sermon. Gun violence of this type has plagued workplaces, schools and campuses and now a church. It is very disturbing that not even a place of worship is immune from such violence.

Just think there are states considering legislations that would allow concealed handguns in church. Had others been armed during this tragic church violence, more injuries and lives may have been lost had an exchange of gun fire ensued. It's perhaps a matter of time before parishioners will have to walk through metal detectors, subject to pat downs and tightened security.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family of Pastor Winters and Members of First Baptist Church in Maryville,Illinois. And believing in the scripture that  "... all have sinned and fallen short", I pray for the gunman's repentance and that he seek forgiveness in addition to justice being served. 

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Destination Jazz Radio Show

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Who's the boss?

 

Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, opened a can of worms that exemplified his weakness. During an interview, Steele describes Rush Limbaugh as an "entertainer" that can say some ugly things. That took courage for Steele to take on this issue, though he put it in mild terms. More fitting, he is a conservative radio talk show host that says bitter and destructive things that extend beyond the boundaries of entertainment.

With such great influence amongst the base of the party, many are calling the entertainer the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Steele refuted the claim and made it clear that he's the leader of the Republican Party. REALLY? Well, succumbing to ridicule, Steele does an about face and in essence explains that his comments were not an attempt to diminish the voice or leadership of the radio talk show host. He further claims the radio talk show host to be a very valuable conservative voice of the party.

Michael Steele, the first African American leader of the RNC, whose mission is to transform the Republican Party, is proving to be insignificant - as the Republican Party remains under bitter and destructive leadership.  

Friday, February 27, 2009

Destination Jazz

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Priority check!

 

During the past presidential campaign, "country first" is one of the platforms used by the Republican Party. But away from the campaign trail, the GOP's due diligence to put country first is hard to spot. Despite the President's efforts to reach across party lines for bipartisanship in terms of the stimulus bill, not one Republican in the House of Representatives stepped forward, and only three Republicans in the senate were courageous enough to step across the aisle.

Now that the stimulus bill has passed and signed by the President, Republicans continue to stonewall efforts to put country first. Republican governors of Louisiana, Alaska, Idaho, Texas and South Carolina have each expressed their intentions to reject stimulus funds for extended unemployment benefits for their state. Unless the state of each governor is somehow not a part of the economic turmoil, the governors fall short in their decision to act in the best interest of the people in their state. They appear to be focused on the best interest of their political future and that of their party as a whole. Thus, the governors won't dare go against the grain of their party, not even for the sake of putting the people of their state first. Just ask Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist who has been ridiculed for his recent support of President Obama and the stimulus bill.

Governor Crist  in an interview on "Meet the Press" defined himself as "... a Florida Republican. ...we work together in a bipartisan fashion to do what's right for the people."  That's putting country first. 

   

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Destination Jazz is On Demand

This week's session of The Tanya Free Experience"Destination Jazz" as heard Saturdays at 6pm on wclm1450am.com is available On Demand at the Destination Jazz link to the left!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Update: NY Post cartoon

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

RHETORIC

 

"Politics aside" - words congressional leaders of both parties often say followed with words of blame towards each other for all that's wrong with the economy,followed with more words to discredit each other. Political rhetoric that's both divisive and distracting to the crucial issues we're facing right now. It is time and energy wasted, as we the American people hangin the balance of uncertainty in a troubled economy. People are hurting, and are getting desperate just trying to survive.

Recently, while attending a town hall meeting, President Obama received an emotional plea for help from a woman living out of her car - an alternative that has become far too common for so many Americans. But what's so remarkable is that her plea did not fall on deaf ears. Within two days, Florida Republican Nick Thompson offered the woman housing.

In a simliar matter, a man crawled on the roof of his house in a desperate plea for help to keep him and his family from becoming homeless. His cry was heard by Carson ,California Mayor Jim Dear. Arrangements are in the works to help the family keep their home.

So,what is it going to take for more Democratic and Republicans in Washington to put politics aside - and pull together, in a joint effort to restore our country with ownership from both parties? Imagine if both parties were to really abstain from blame,divisive and distracting games. Bipartisanship, service to the American people and a more effective government would stand a better chance.   

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Help is on the way for small businesses

 

Stimulus

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Destination Jazz is on Demand !

This week's radio broadcast of The Tanya Free Experience "Destination Jazz: as heard each Saturday on WCLM1450am.com is available on demand. Follow the link to the left to listen while surfing the web.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Time for an Overhaul !

 

Every now and then I like to enjoy a tasty treat. A peanut butter cup is one of my favorites, but not so much lately given the peanut salmonella outbreak that has claimed eight lives and at least 500 related illnesses. It's disturbing to think of the lives lost and those whose health have been affected by the outbreak, especially stories that involve children hospitalized because of salmonella poisoning. It could have been avoided had the salmonella contaminated peanut plant in Georgia - not partake in producing peanut butter in a plant that wasn't safely equipped to make peanut butter in the first place and had they discarded the finding of all contaminated peanut butter. According to reports, without regard for consumer safety, the company knowingly distributed the contaminated peanut butter. 

The matter also lies at the hands of the FDA's failure to pursue a tip from a whistleblower five years ago about the plant's possible contamination. Even worst, the FDA's last inspection of the plant took place in 2001- and at the time- they discovered several violations that had gone unaddressed for the past eight years. 

The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation with regards to the peanut plant. But what about the FDA? Like the SEC, the Food and Drug Adminstration is another ineffective governmental agency in need of an overhaul. As a consumer, we deserve far better safety standards,monitoring and regulations over our food supply. 

Saturday, February 07, 2009

This week's installment of Destination Jazz is available on demand

This week's installment of the Tanya Free Experience "Destination Jazz  " as heard on wclm1450am.com is available at the link to the left.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Don't Hold Your Breath !

 

First Tim Geithner then Tom Daschle and a new name added to the list, Nancy Killefer, all with tax issues. Killefer was chosen by President Obama to be the first Chief Performance Offiicer, which consists of managing government budget and spending reform. On Tuesday, Nancy Killefer withdrew her nomination followed hours later by another withdrawal - that of Tom Daschle, whose nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services - came under much scrutiny after learning of his unresolved tax problems. I believe Killefer and Daschle made the right call. Along with being an embarrassment, there is something wrong when our lawmakers fail to yield to the same rules and regulations that the rest of us have to abide by, especially when it comes down to taxes. A task that has its own season and cut-off date that one would dare not miss if they want to avoid an encounter with the IRS.

Being a political leader is an honor that should be held with accountability and integrity, but we shouldn't hold our breath.

    

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

First Daughter Doll Update!

 

Dolls Retired ! Case Closed !

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1410199,CST-NWS-doll03.article

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Unacceptable!

While Wall Street is purchasing private jets,$90,000 area rugs,$14,000 waste baskets and awarding themselves $18B in bonuses there are family members burying loved ones that were struggling to survive but didn't. The growing number of deaths triggered by unfortunate economic circumstances is tragic and very disturbing.  

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/26/ap/national/main4753974.shtml?source=search_story  

 http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/01/29/ohio.family.dead/

Everyday thousands are experiencing the pinch. Just this week alone a record number of jobs were lost.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/26/news/economy/job_cuts/index.htm

http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/27/news/economy/tuesday_jobs/index.htm?postversion=2009012717

 

http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/30/news/economy/job_loss_roundup/index.htm?postversion=2009013014

The President lashed out at Wall Street calling it "outrageous." It is far beyond that, it's unacceptable and enough is enough. In the real world,when a company fails Heads roll, especially after squandering taxpayers money to top it all off. This action needs to be taken before any more money is even considered being given to Wall Street or any corporation that's failing. Otherwise, let them suffer the consequences of their own demise.  

As a concerned citizen, it is my duty to stay in touch with the President and congressional representatives I campaigned and voted for. I've hesitated to express my concerns but as the saying goes, there is power in numbers. Now that we have a President with a open door policy that invites us to be a part of changing things. Visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/   http://www.senate.gov/  http://www.house.gov/  and let your voice be heard.

 

 

 

 

This week's installment of Destination Jazz is available on demand

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We've Got Work To Do !

 

There is so much going on in the world today. The economic crisis in the midst of it all, is of great concern and of high priority for most of us. There is media coverage practically everyday of the hundreds of people losing their jobs. Joining approximately 2.6 million others who lost their job last year alone. I feel their pain - as I've been there and know individuals having a difficult time finding work. Frustrating to say the least. Even those that are still fortunate enough to have a job, there is a sense of uneasiness- wondering each day whether it's their last day of employment. This rampant wave of losses affects us all one way or another. 

President Obama 's economic plan acknowledges the urgency of creating jobs by investing in alternative sources of energy, the rebuilding of our infrastructure including road improvement, bridges and schools.

It's plan and simple, we need jobs. But, we must be willing to explore new careers and job opportunities. Be open to change. 

 

Sunday, January 25, 2009

My new myspace page is a work in progress!

Join me at  www.myspace.com/tanyafree

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Destination Jazz

This week's installment of the Tanya Free Experience "Destination Jazz  " as heard on wclm1450am.com is available at the link to the left.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States. An amazing day that I am personally grateful to witness. With tears of joy, I could not help but to think about those that sacrificed and fought for this day. I am so proud of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They are real people that have played by the rules of education,hard work, faith and integrity. They are true role models of the American dream, which is empowering for us all,especially African Americans. 

A true testament that by the grace of Almighty God ,all things are possible.

God Bless President Barack Obama,First Lady Michelle Obama and their two precious daughters Malia and Sasha and the United States of America.

 

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Destination Jazz

Check out this week's installment of the Tanya Free Experiencce"Destination Jazz" heard Saturdays on wclm1450am.com.

 

Friday, January 16, 2009

Done Deal

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/16/us/politics/16stimulus.html?ref=politics

It's a Miracle!

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/15/new.york.plane.crash/index.html

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Senator Burris

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20090115/Senate.Burris/

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Its Our Turn and Our Time !

Join me every Wednwsday for Tanya's Tips

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

They want more ...

 

More and More

Vulnerability at the top!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123180675543775591.html

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mission Accomplished ??????

Bush on the Defense

Saturday, January 10, 2009

This Week's Tanya Free Experience

 WCLM1450AM   Richmond VA every Saturday at 6pm

Friday, January 09, 2009

Impeached!

Blagojevich Impeached !

Here We Go Again!

Drama in Baltimore !

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Listen to this week's Tip!

Wednesdays

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

A horrible tragedy!

http://www.comcast.net/articles/finance/20090106/BUSINESS-US-MERCKLE/

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Destination Jazz

I have just posted this week's broadcast of The Tanya Free Experience"Destination Jazz" as heard on WCLM1450AM in Richmond,VA.Click the icon to the left and follow the link to listen while surfing. Let me know what you think and feel free to request your favorite jazz artist for upcoming shows right here.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

2009 is the Year...

It's a New Year, a time that signals new beginnings to endless possibilities. Last year was a tough year - who isn't ready to start anew? Change is on the horizon because on January 20th, President-elect Obama will take the oath of office, a day that will truly mark a new beginning to endless possibilities for our country and around the world.The inauguration itself will be like no other as millions from both near and far will be traveling to witness this momentous and historic occasion. Formal,...

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Happy New Year!

Many thanks to each of you for your support in 2008. Have a Healthy,Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Listen to this week's tip !

This week's tip is entitled "2009 Resolutions" I welcome your feedback and plans for the New Year!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Destination Jazz

Check out the latest installment of "The Tanya Free Experience Destination Jazz" as heard on WCLM 1450 AM Richmond,VA by clicking the icon to the left.Enjoy and by the way,I do accept requests and shout outs.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Where's the humor?

Is this supposed to be funny?

Good Riddance!

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/26/bush.poll/index.html

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas !!

Have a Merry and Safe Christmas !!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Listen to today's Tip

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tanya Free Experience

This week's session of The Tanya Free Experience "Destination Jazz" as heard on WCLM 1450AM Richmond,VA is now available ON DEMAND!  Click the Destination Jazz link to the left, listen ,enjoy and feel free to come back here to let me know how you liked it.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A sign of the times!

Seattle Times

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another Stimulus Package!

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20081217/Obama.Stimulus/

Tanya's Tip

Check out this week's tip  "Out of the Loop"

Read http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aGvwttDayiiM&refer=exclusive

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Jesse Jr. UPDATE

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20081217/Illinois.Governor.Jackson/

Is it racism?

 

Barkley

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bizarre,Bizarre!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7782422.stm

Saturday, December 13, 2008

BUSTED !

 Ex-Nasdaq chair arrested for securities fraud

http://money.cnn.com/2008/12/11/markets/madoff_fraud/index.htm?postversion=2008121206

 

 

Friday, December 12, 2008

Say it ain't so Jesse Jr.!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-blagojevich-jackson12dec12,0,6420556.story?page=1

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1327730,CST-NWS-jackson12.article

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Listen to this week's Tip

Trickling Down!

Tanya's Tip on the Jack Gravely Radio Show Today!

Tanya's Tips on Wednesday at 10:40 am and Question of the Week Thursdays at 10:40 am

http://www.allnews990.com/

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Governor Blagojevich Arrested !

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28139155/?GT1=43001

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Listen to this Week's Tip !

This week's tip is entiltled Get A Grip !

Monday, December 01, 2008

What a shame!

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20081201/Wal.Mart.Death/

Friday, November 28, 2008

Richmond,VA Jeffferson Davis Statue Update

 

Jeferson Davis

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Listen to this Week's Tip !

This week's tip  is entitled  BE THANKFUL !

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Check out this week's Tip !

This week's tip is entitled  UNITED !

Contact your legislator at www.senate.gov  and www.house.gov .

Friday, November 14, 2008

It's a wrap!

The election is over and President-Elect Barack Obama will be our next president. So, why is Sarah Palin constantly in the media spotlight, granting interviews that she shunned during the campaign like the plague? Even Republican candidate John McCain has been low key.

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Check out this weeks tip !

This week's tip is entitled  Bailout !

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It's time to pull 'em up!

 

Pull 'em up

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Office of the President- Elect

http://change.gov/

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

My Tip For This Week!

Please check out this week's tip   PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!!!  Please leave your comments!

President Elect Barack Obama

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/us/politics/05elect.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Move Forward Vote!

Tuesday November 4th is Election Day, a very critical one. Our country has suffered a tremendous setback from a lack of government leadership and accountability that has us engaged in an ill-conceived war, a mortgage crisis, economic turmoil, bailouts and golden parachutes for Wall Street and the list can go on. Reversing this downward spiral is going to be difficult to say the least --- but which candidate is really about change that can get us out of this mess?In my assessment, Senator John...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

November 4 , 2008

This week's tip is entitled  November 4, 2008. Feel free to comment here and check out previous tips by clicking the link to Tanya's Tips Radio Archives.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

G. O. P . "Greed Over Principle"

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20081028/Stevens.Senate.Race/

Change is imperative! What do you think?  

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hookers Get Out The Vote in San Francisco

 

Feel free to weigh i

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

By Any Means Necessary

I have posted my Tip for the week, "By Any Means Necessary!" Listen to previous tips by clicking the Tanya's Tips Radio Archives link and and  post your opinions and comments here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tell it like it is !

Have you heard this week's Tanya's Tip? Check out   Tell it like it is!  by using the link to the left and let me know what you think.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Deserve to know!

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings this week into the investigation of what went wrong on Wall Street and who should be held accountable.Unlike the continuous major media play by play of the proceedings, approval and signing of the $700 billion bailout plan, the congressional hearings in the scrutiny of Lehman’s collapse and the cause for AIG’ rescue did not capture the same intense media coverage. Billion and billions of taxpayer dollars have been approved...

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Let's get it started!

In light of all that has occurred over the past seven years, and now with the recent financial crisis, we can’t afford another fours year with a president that is out of touch with the American people and the issues of America as a whole. We have to reject the political rhetoric that far too often becomes the platform of a presidential election. Negative attacks along with media propaganda and hype won’t change the issues and are only a distraction to what’s really important....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Richmond VA Mayoral Elections

For information on upcoming candidate forums go to http://richmond.va.lwvnet.org/

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Double Trouble

Our nation’s financial system is in turmoil and so is our government, if the truth was actually told.

 

How do we fix this mess and get our country back on track?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The chaos continues!

Earlier this week, there was major chaos on Wall Street when the financial crisis of Lehman Brothers, American International Group and Merrill Lynch caused the stock market to tumble. The turmoil raises very serious concerns about the stability of our financial system and its impact on the U.S. economy. Merrill Lynch, the world’s largest brokerage firm, on the brink of insolvency was purchased by Bank of America. Then, Lehman Brothers, the 158 year old investment bank filed for Chapter 11...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Epidemic (Click To Respond)

Check out my latest radio tip for this week entitled “Epidemic”. Click Tanya’s Tips on the left and check it out. Give me your opinion.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Let's put it in perspective!

Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, came out swinging in her acceptance speech at the Republican Convention last night. She energized the Republican Party with a speech many thought was a grand slam. There is no doubt that Palin is an intelligent woman, has a sense of humor and is qualified to be John McCain’s attack dog. But let’s put it all in perspective. Sarah Palin delivered a well crafted political speech filled with harsh attacks against Democratic presidential nominee Barack...

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Cast your vote!

November 4, is an important and critical election for all of us that’s sick and tired of the declining state of our economy and nation as a result of the current administration. Now is our chance to turn things around by exercising our right to vote. Getting registered is the first step. For those not registered or have questions, visit the Virginia State Board of Election’s website @ www.sbe.state.va.us. October 6th is the deadline for registration. If you are not registered you cannot...

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Focus on what counts!

Sarah Palin’s family issue with regards to her pregnant daughter has no place in the political arena and should definitely be off limits despite the relentless media coverage.This is strictly a family matter and is no ones business but the Palins. From now until November 4th,we the American people have to focus on what counts and not allow the media to distract us with irrelevant issues.Allegations circulating that Sarah Palin tried to have her former brother-in-law, an Alaskan state trooper,...

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Tanya Joins Love Broadcasting

Tanya Free is proud to announce that Tanya’s Tips can now be heard every Thursday on the Community Connect at  www.lovebroadcasting.net beginning September 4 2008.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Children are children!

Senator Barack Obama, his wife and two daughters have been featured in countless magazines, and news shows. Their beautiful daughters Malia, 10 and Sasha, 7 are children that look like children. It is refreshing to see little girls wearing clothes and participating in activities that are age appropriate. Both girls play soccer, tennis, take piano lessons, gymnastics, dance and theater classes. They should be considered role models for our youth today, instead of the young hip hop so-called icons...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Know before you vote!

On November 4, 2008, the American voters will be going to the polls to participate in an important and critical election. Since neither Senator Barack Obama or Senator John McCain are perfect, the question is which candidate, as president, is most likely to bring about change for the good of all Americans as a whole? Both candidates are out on the campaign trail styling and profiling before the cameras, being politicians talking to the people and shaking hands. Is this really effective? What can...

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Jefferson Davis Statue

Oh, how I imagine the rejoicing of our ancestors “who fought and paved the way” for Senator Barack Obama. This month it will be forty five years since Dr. King gave the “I Have a Dream Speech” which speaks to … no longer being judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. The first black presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for the presidency of the United States is a manifestation of the dream.Even though the race between Senator Obama...

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Brett Favre saga is over

For weeks, there has been a love fest between Brett Favre and the media. The question is what was so important about Brett Favre coming out of retirement that warranted the amount of media attention it received? Was his tantrum to reinstate his status with the Green Bay Packers really news worthy? Or watching a play by play of him and his wife getting off his private jet and into an expensive Escalade of any interest to those of us that work hard everyday hoping for the opportunity to retire with...

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