Status Throwback: SWV – Use Your Heart

C. Swails

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The Limelight: Lena Horne 1917-2010

Today we celebrate the life of singer, dancer and actress Lena Horne. She was the first Black women to sign a long-term contract with a major recording label. Horne was 92 years old.

C. Swails

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The Rumor Mill: Are We In Store for Men in Black 3?

by: RM

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It looks like Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will be coming together once more to make Men in Black 3. It is even rumored the movie will be in 3D. Comlumbia Pictures announced that this sci-fi flick will hit theaters May 25, 2012.

Source: E! News

Cultivate It: Spoken Word Ode–From Sons to Mothers

For this occasion, the blessed holiday that is Mother’s Day, some of the men of The Left Side Poets came together to put into words their love for their mothers. The Left Side Poets met in the spring of 2008 at Hampton University.

Hope you enjoy it. And if you do, be on the lookout for their first book, The Left Side Poets Present: Strange Fruit, which drops in the fall.

I, Her Son
By The Left Side Poets featuring Ronald Clark, Terry Odis, Tolani Oyefule and Martin Tucker

Art by Dominique Roberson

Her womb fostered my growth in its infancy
protecting my innocence
she was the first person to love me.
This is that, scaredy-cat ride home
where anguish hacks through my curls
I took that beating like the best of mice
with no hole in the wall to zip up my jaw
I needed you.
My back to the wall she reaches me
talks through cellular frequency
though I’ve never been afraid before, never like this.
No, not like this.
Held me in her arms,
lying down the foundation for my strength
she is the reason I made it to manhood
I just couldn’t disappoint.
Her eyes follow me,
taking in her own doing
she sculpted me in a cloak of her values.
I cry, her voice brings peace to me
my silence ceases, she beckons me
to move forward.
In return I give my word,
that I will stay.
Stay the man that she created
Stay the bold and caring soul
Stay the child with endless passion
with resolve as yet untold.
I needed to
sift through these blessed eskimo kisses
that fit the description of medicinal schism
from yesterday
sandbox amnesia.
She, the kindest complexion
utter peace begets her face.
Even when my world is broken,
and I, strangled in my place.
This mother’s day,
I have the privilege of seeing
four generations of mothers.
The oldest of which, doesn’t speak,
but I’m convinced, that God has hidden his smile behind her eyes
she’s my great-grandmother.
Her daughter, my grandmother,
is the strongest woman I’ve ever met.
I’m convinced that God has dipped her in resilience
because everything life throws at her has been devoured
without her flinching.
She’s eaten cancer for breakfast
a brain tumor for lunch
and bad knees for dinner –
she’s having Satan for a midnight snack.
My sister, at five-feet even
bears the weight of the world on her shoulders
with a baby on her hip
now tell atlas to do that.
I can’t wait to find a woman as strong as you
so I can make her a strong mother too.
Then there’s my mother
who uses her heart and soul as ingredients in all of her meals.
She fills more than just bellies, she mends spirits
I guess that’s why they call it soul food.
I stay on her mind,
as she does on mine
tissue in her hand, hours before a tear drops
she is God’s manifestation of his love.
A woman who shoulders loads Samson wouldn’t try
parts seas of despair with Moses’ rod
her hugs melt away layers of insecurities.
She is always there to listen
although I doubt and may not see,
she is steadfast in her offer
faultless belief in me.
I wanna raise daughters like you
the four of you together are more beautiful than
a month of sunrises that I pray I am able to behold again.
Gracefully entering the different phases of life,
as you age, I return the favor
of your protection,
healing wounds with reciprocation
and yet,
when the call for love is made
and request given for one
I will answer resolutely
Her, a goddess
I, her son.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Give Them N***a’s A Show

Image courtesy of Access Atlanta

Image courtesy of Access Atlanta

 Reality shows have become the new standard for entertainment in television. The Food network to TV Land, there are few networks that do not offer some form of a reality show. The Real World and Survivor are widely noted for being the catalyst in the reality TV movement. While there are many shows that offer a range of ignorance for viewers to indulge in, there seems to be an increasing trend in reality tv shows aimed for black audiences. VH1 may be the starting point for the black reality show explosion, as they greenlight shows for every  black person imaginable. The infamous Flavor Flav and his quest for love was the first step in the black reality show trail. Flav’s dating show led to Ray J receiving a show, and from there VH1 opened to Salt-N-Pepa, Fantasia, a single Chili from TLC, NBA groupies divorcees Wives, Terrell Owens, and the list goes on.

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Status Profile: Lisa Salters

By Melva N. Lloyd

For years, the sports world has been a pirmarily male-dominated arena – both on and off the court or field.  Sure, the WNBA has gained popularity and reconigition since the first game tipped off in 1997 and Venus and Serena have brought a new meaning to the term tennis racket, but outside of female athletes, sports announcers/broadcasters/reporters all seem to sound the same.

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Most sports fanatics can pick Marv Albert or Mike Breen’s voice out of a crowd of thousands and even they sound similar.  But for those of us (women) who like to watch football or basketball as much as the next guy, it has been harder to relate to a television personality who shares the same interest in sports.

For me, I’ve always admired Tina Cervasio, Heather Cox and even Cheryl Miller, and if you aren’t familiar with those names, you might want to utilize Google.  But over the past ten years, a seemingly “new” face emerged in the sports reporting world; Lisa Salters.

A Penn State alum with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, Alisia Salters was born and raised in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. During her time as a college student, she played guard for the Penn State Lady Lions from 1986-87, where she holds the distinction as being the shortest player in the schools history – standing tall at 5’2″. 

Flash forward to 2000 and Salters finds herself as a member of the ESPN team where she started as a general assingment reporter and has worked her way up the professional totem pole, serving as a sideline reporter for Saturday Night Football and lead sideline reporter for the NBA on ABC.

But her accomplishments don’t stop there, Salters is a featured correspondant on ESPN’s E:60 and she was even nominated for a Sports Emmy Award for Ray of Hope – a story about Jason Ray, an organ donor and UNC’s mascot who died during the NCAA Tournament after he was hit by a car before a game.

 The forty-four year old hasn’t always reported solely on sports-related events.  While she has covered the murder trials of both O.J. Simpson and Rae Carruth, Salters was an LA-based correspondant for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, reporting on the Oklahoma City Bombing and the crash of TWA Flight 800.

As an aspiring sideline reporter, it always encourages me to see women, especially women of color, thriving in such a competitive field.  From Lisa Salters to Sage Steele, they took their passion for sports to the next level and bring a smile to work everyday while doing so.

Be sure to check out Lisa Salters during this years’ NBA Playoffs on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and TNT.

Today in History 5/5/10

Get ready to take a trip in the ‘Status Media time machine’.

May 5, 1862: On this day the Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla, creating the holiday known as Cinco de Mayo.

May 5, 1862: The Battle of Williamsburg begins, also known as the Battle of Fort Magruder.

May 5, 1961: Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7, becoming the first American to travel into space.

C.Swails

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