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.

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. http://youtu.be/jpw8AU3wMsM (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. 

#RIP #JamesGandolfini – My heart goes out to his loved ones

James Gandolfini

Sadly, it was reported that James Gandolfini a.k.a. “Tony Soprano” passed away of a heart attack yesterday.  Though I didn’t know him personally, it always saddens me to hear when someone passes away, especially when it’s so unexpectedly. 

My heart goes out to his loved ones left behind.  Having to deal with such a sudden death is devastating. 

I feel, sometimes memories can be both a blessing and a curse.  A curse as it will make you think of times you enjoyed and will no longer have.  But the blessings outweigh everything.  Being blessed with someone who has brought a smile to your face and joy to your life is often worth more than anything that money can buy.

MPine Barrens (The Sopranos)any people knew him as “Tony Soprano“, a mob boss he portrayed convincingly well.   What I was surprised to learn was that he’s appeared in over 40 films and a number of television shows over his acting career.

When I think of the Sopranos, I always think of one of my favourite episodes.  “Pine Barrens“.  This is an episode I can watch time and time again, enjoying it every time. 

To his family and friends:

Keep your head up and look to the stars. The ones that shine brightest are our loved ones looking back and watching over us. #RIPJames

#BreakingNews – What’s going on? When will this stop?!

Santa Monica College has just been locked down due to a shooting. 

This is too common – what’s being done?  Should people of every age be in fear of educating themselves? going to the movies? going to the mall?

How do we get to the source of the problem? This is more than a cry for help. What can we do??

source: www.cnn.com

#BreakingNews… #Forgive my ignorance

It’s been a while since my last entry. BUT that’s not a bad thing. Sometimes silence is worth a thousand words.

Have you ever felt like you just want to stop watching news…period.

I know it’s a bit ignorant of me as the reality is, bad things happen. Someone had to endure it so it’s almost rude for me to want to change the channel. But for five minutes, I just want to be ignorant. Though the message above may not show it, I am a compassionate person so when I see others in pain, it’s as though I can feel it myself.

I read a very disturbing article in the Toronto Star last weekend. Not the weekend that just passed, the one before – and it still comes to mind quite often! I felt bad for putting the paper down because I was closing my eyes to someone’s pain. However due to feeling sick at what I was reading, I couldn’t finish the article. I don’t get what’s happening in the world and a part of me doesn’t want to, for fear of possibly making sense of it all.

Because I have elderly parents (though they don’t look old enough to be elderly), their television only shows one channel, CNN. Really? Maybe one day I’ll tell you the insanity of hearing Wolf Blitzer, like he’s sitting right beside me because the TV is so stinkin’ loud! Those are words for another day.

Today, before I tune out the news, I would like to send my deepest sympathy and regrets to those who have been affected by the bombing at the Boston Marathon earlier this afternoon. Such a tragedy. Such a shame.

#Forgive me of my five minutes of ignorance.

What did you learn at school today…

There are no words to express how heavy my heart is for those lost in yesterday’s tragic and senseless act of violence in Connecticut.

They were just children. Every life is valuable but taking the lives of innocent children? It’s like killing a baby bird in the nest. They never had a chance to fly.

My heart goes out to the parents and loved ones of those who lost their babies and family to this tragic event. I never want to know the feeling of – getting a call that an incident has occurred and then finding out that your heart and joy has been taken from you.

People are griping about gun laws. 

I don’t believe that’s the issue here…it’s the people using them.

Yes, I agree it may be too easy to get a gun in the US but the reality is, if someone wants something, they’ll find a way to get it. Legal or not.

In my opinion, we need to be more aware of various signs of mental illness. It doesn’t happen overnight. We need to be more in tune to those in our lives.

In no way am I defending the actions of those involved, this display of total disregard of life was beyond sickening. I’m just saying we need to be aware of the people in our lives.

From children with ADHD and Autism back to adults with Menopause and/or Midlife Crises’… these are are all form of mental illnesses. We need to be mentally aware.

Nonetheless, yesterday’s event was heart breaking and my heart breaks for all those affected.