RIP @Joan_Rivers – You’ve made many laugh and shocked others but you always kept it real!

I just learned that Joan Rivers passed away today (September 4, 2014) at 81 years of age.

From news reports and being a fan over the years, it’s obvious that she lived a full life and though she was getting on in years she was always vibrant and seemed very strong.  This is just another example of how precious every moment of life really is.

The only reason I’m shocked is due to the fact that I just watched her last weekend on Fashion Police giving her  honest, often jaw dropping and hilarious opinions on the fashions from the Emmys and VMAs.  I was even commenting on how she had more energy than me.

Though the news saddens me as I can only imagine how she will be missed by her loved ones, I can only pray to spend the next 50 years of my life doing something that I love.

If you get a chance, read her story, it’s interesting how much she went through and endured to become one of the most well-known female comedians world-wide.

Here’s Joan at her recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

@MrChuckD & #Public were ahead of their time… #StandYourGround is a Joke!

I’ve been a huge fan of #PublicEnemy for years and like their song “911 is a joke”, this “Stand Your Ground” law is a joke.

Though I may be far removed from it as thankfully we don’t have such a law in Canada, watching people literally get away with murder disgusts me.

Ignorance isn’t bliss.  It’s just ignorance.

I wrote this for all those who were ignorantly mistreated, beaten and killed with no regard to the content of their life.

Fruit of the Sycamore Tree.

What’s swinging over there in the breeze?
That’s the fruit of the Sycamore Tree.

Why does the fruit hang so low?
The shell of a man is a heavy load.

His body stretches like the branch of the tree.
Trying to reach out…trying to be free.

Free from hatred, anger and tribulation.

Free from the cowardice of a misguided nation.

The fruit of a sycamore tree is  bittersweet. Through anger it releases a soul of peace. – end

Today, the Sycamore tree is masked in this “Stand your Ground” law.  Young men are still being lynched.

Lynched by the laws of injustice.

With a heavy heart I say #RIP #NelsonMandela – @IdrisElba #Mandela:LongWalktoFreedom

English: Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gaute...I heard the sad news that anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, Nelson Mandela passed away today.  He was 95.

I was 15 when I first heard the name Nelson Mandela. A reporter on the TV announced “Nelson Mandela has been released from prison”.  I remember the day vividly as this was also the first time I had ever seen my father cry.  My heart sank because I had never seen him shed a tear for anything so I couldn’t understand what just move him to tears.

When I asked him what was wrong my father simply said…’You’re too young to understand’ and wiped away a single tear.

I continued to watch the news that evening to learn why my father had been so touched by this story.  My Dad would have been 28 when Mandela was put into prison so he remembered when they ignorantly stripped Mandela of his freedom.  Fast forward to twenty-seven years later where my father was watching the same man who stood up for his beliefs, a man who looked much older and leaner, who had been battered and abused to say the least, was now walking out to his freedom.

It was on that day that  I took it upon myself to learn about Mr. Mandela and it opened my eyes to his journey.

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in conditions that would be deemed inhumane today.  He spent 27 years of his life imprisoned for standing up for his people and for what he believed was morally right. Twenty-seven years of not knowing if he would have to spend twenty-seven more years imprisoned.

This man is a true hero and legend because with all he went through, he remained determined and was resilient. Though I’m certain there were many dark days where he questioned ‘why’, he never let the walls of injustice imprison his mind or soul.

Shortly after his release,  I had the privilege to hear Mandela speak at Queen’s Park in Toronto.  I was still too young to fullly comprehend all that this man had done for humanity but in my heart, I knew that I had to witness this man’s greatness for myself. It’s a moment that will stay with me for life.

Though it is always a sad day to hear when anyone dies, we must rejoice that this man existed and that are able to talk about his legacy and all that he has done for countless people around the world.

Mr. Mandela, this is for you.

Rise up

Cries of pain from a nation unheard…rise up

Fear that hope is lost…rise up

Life for freedom..rise up

Freedom for life…rise up

Hope that is fearless…rise up

Cries of joy heard from a nation…rise up

#RIP Nelson Mandela.

Here’s the full speech. Nelson Mandela delivered this speech at the Nelson Mandela: An International tribute to Free South Africa concert on 16/4/1990, at Wembley stadium, two months after his release from prison on 11/2/1990. (speech starts at 5:36)

My boyfriend (a-hem…though he doesn’t know it) Idris Elba brings light to Nelson Mandela’s struggle in “#Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”. I’M looking forward to seeing it and honouring Nelson Mandela’s life!

RIP #TrayvonMartin – Gone Too Soon.

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

I’ve kept quiet for too long about the recent ‘not guilty‘ verdict of George Zimmerman. 

For years we’ve watched how “Justice” serves the public. 

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for standing up in what he believed in.

Martin Luther King was put in prison for a march promoting non-violence

Officers in LA were found ‘not guilty’ for relentlessly beating Rodney King which was caught on video.

George Zimmerman was found ‘not guilty’ for killing a young kid because he looked suspicious.

My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin‘s family. It’s one thing to have your child die before you. It’s another to lose your child to a tragic yet avoidable death, to hear him scream for help and watch the killer walk away free to do it again.

I’m sick with this sort of injustice.  How is a jury of all women George Zimmerman’s peers?  How can they truly, in their heart believe that this demented man (who is clearly not 100% there) is not guilty of pursuing this child after he had been advised not to. 

They really tried to make Trayvon look like a bad seed.  But first, he’s a kid…you show me a person that has never made a mistake in their life and I’ll show you a confounded liar.  Secondly, is anything that Trayvon did worthy of death?  Convicted pedophiles and rapists are able to walk the earth among us. But this child had to die for being a young black kid walking while with a hoodie? Is this a new offence I’m unaware of?

Since when do security guards walk with guns?  Perhaps things are different in the US but with all the gun violence in the world today, security companies really need to check out who they’re giving guns to and making it legal for them to kill at their discretion.

#RIP Trayvon. Everyone, we must work together to ensure this young life wasn’t taken in vain.

Martin Bashir really sums it all up right in his “Clear the Air” segment. 

@michaeljackson #gonetoosoon but will forever live in hearts

Cover of "King of Pop: Japan"

True Story – On June 23, 2009 I was speaking with a friend who said he would be sad if a certain comedian died.  He then asked me which celebrity I would miss.  Without hesitation I answered “Michael Jackson“.  There was no second guessing, not even ‘you know who else I would miss’. It was one answer. Michael Jackson.   So as you can image, I was stunned when a mere two days later, I was sitting in my car, listening to the radio and hear the song playing stop midway through with breaking news via TMZ that “Michael Jackson has been taken to the hospital”.

Though I was shocked to hear it, I figured he was exhausted from preparing for his upcoming show and I was confident he would be fine in a few days. Besides, this was coming from TMZ. Don’t get me wrong, I like watching their show now and then but it’s no CNN.  Little did I know how much that report would affect me and how I would have a new-found respect for TMZ (well…sort of).

I immediately called a good friend to tell her the news.  Years prior, she had warned me that she would be devastated when MJ dies.  She would wear the leather red jacket and silver glove, listening to his old records (yes vinyl) in his honour.  I called her to notify her of what was going on.  The first thing she said – “I’ll believe it when CNN reports it”.  The final reports came in that the King of Pop was dead.

We all know how the rest pans out.  Needless to say, I could go on and on about how many memories I have from all Michael’s songs.  I’m a child of the 80’s so I lucked out with experiencing a lot of “firsts” from him.  I still remember the first time Michael ever did the Moonwalk on the Grammy’s.  My family was in awe of how cool it looked to see him glide backwards across the stage.

Yes, many of today’s performer’s have perfected and even improved on to it but without Michael, they wouldn’t have had to up their game to the level they’re at today.  Just as Michael studied and admired James Brown, you can see the love and respect that the Chris Browns and Ushers of the world have for MJ.

I could write endlessly about his music but I’ll stop (for fear of starting to ramble on and revealing deep dark secrets that have nothing to do with this at all).

I have too many “Favourite” Michael Jackson songs to mention.  So here are some that are high on my list.

Rock with You

Don’t Stop ‘Til you Get Enough

The Grammy Performance of Billy Jean – 1st Moonwalk (at 2:37)

@BlueJays #Lovethisteam I knew you’d make us proud!!

The original Toronto Blue Jays logo (1977–1996)

The baseball season started a few months ago and with a solid team of players, there was a lot of pressure on our Boys of Summer!

I heard comments from people already convinced things weren’t looking good for the Toronto Blue Jays because they weren’t winning games from the start.

Well, today made it their 11th straight win and  I know there are many more to come.

I’ve been watching the full games when I can or on the #Jaysin30 recap version (on SN1 – RogersTV) and I love how these men have developed a genuine bond!

I’m looking forward to taking in a couple of games this season!  I have a good feeling about this…I know the Jays are going to win the World Series!!  As the only non-US franchise to appear in a World series (winning in both 1992 & 1993), it only makes sense that they do it again!

Got Blue Jays?!

At the plate with his bat, he steadies himself, waiting for the right hit.

On the mound, with a nod, he winds his arm to throw the game’s first pitch.

The ball speeds by with sonic force and  leaves a trail of smoke behind.

The umpire catches it and yells out “Ball” the batter sees what the pitcher has in mind.

The game is intense. Everyone’s on edge. Our Boys in Blue are in the lead.

It’s no surprise they do it again, they’re on their way to the World Series!