Monday, April 03, 2006

Morning Edition - 4/3/06

Wedding Date; Lessons Worth Learning
In between clubbing, late mornings and a slight hang-over, I sat for Wedding Date, a movie starring Debra Messing – Grace, of Will and Grace fame. At first glance, the premise of the movie is slightly pathetic in that it gives credence to the victimized mentality that you have to save face in the wake of a heart-shattering break-up. Kate Ellis (Messing) must attend her sister’s wedding in London following being dumped by her fianc√©. The catch is that the best man at the wedding is her ex. To look good to her family and friends and show her ex what he’s missing, Ellis hires an escort to accompany her to the nuptials. The escort, Nick Mercer, played by Dermot Mulroney, is the embodiment of a mature man – sexy, smart and charming. Her ploy to fool everyone back-fires and the plot twists set to change her life as she knows it and restore her faith in all that is true. Short of being preachy, the movie highlights some very real insecurity we all have and gives great lessons on how to overcome them. Maybe it was the hang-over or just my heightened emotional state this weekend, but I shed a couple of tears by the end of the flick. A definite 4 out of 5 stars as a nice evening rental on a bad TV night.

Little Debbie Needs a Big Beat-Down
Debbie McGeorge, 46, was arrested after a neighbor tipped police off that McGeorge was stashing her disabled 27-year old son in a trailer home in Pensacola, Florida. When police arrived they found the man wearing an adult diaper that was heavily soiled; sores covering his body. He was said to have been in the trailer over 16 days without any food, water or a means to change his diaper. The windows were nailed shut and the door was bolted. The man suffers from cerebral palsy. McGeorge is being held at the Escambia county jail. The man is recovering at a local hospital.

Black-Out in NYC
New Census data shows NYC is quickly losing its black population to other states with better financial prospects. There are an estimated 30,000 fewer blacks living in NYC today than there were in 2000. Moreover, NYC hasn’t seen a decrease in blacks of this magnitude since the Civil War era. Blacks who move out of the NYC area are not moving to nearby suburbs like their white counterparts, but are moving south to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

On Blast
Do you really care? Is it important that you live in the same community of people of your own race/culture? Do you believe it is important that you see yourself in your neighbors? Would you consider relocating to an area that had no real representation of your race?

Keep passin’ the open windows…


Tammy said...

NO, I need to see my black folk, but I also dont want to live where there are only black folk. As a mother it was important to me that my sons be able to interact with people of all races.

petite morceau said...

It isn't important to me that I live in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.

Eventhough I grew up in a predominantly Cuban-American neighborhood, I never though of myself in terms of ethnicity. To my knowledge, I've never been discriminated against as a Cuban-American and quite frankly never even thought about the possibility of being discriminated against. I guess I just don't think in those terms.

I presently have and always have had friends of different races because I don't limit myself to only "hanging" out with my own kind, which I think is extremely stifling as well as boring.

Anonymous said...

I feel the opposite. I don't want to live around a lot of people of my race. I am an African American woman and I REFUSE to live around a lot of blacks.

petite morceau said...

Forgot to add to my previous post that I do feel a special connection with Cuban-Americans and Latinos in general.

Because of my very fair skin and light-colored hair I am often mistaken for being Irish-American or just "white" lol. Having said that, I have noticed that often when dealing with Latinos who think I am "white", they treat me with much more warmth and hospitality when they find out that I am Cuban-American.

caspar608 said...

I don't care WHAT you are as long as you are CLEAN and keep your children in check.
Hector and I watched the steady and heartbreaking decline of University Avenue due to the filthy lifestyle of new immigrants who never knew what it was to have garbage collection or a sense of responsibility for one's surroundings. I can understand that it must be terrible living in a third world country, but if you are given the opportunity to live somewhere better than from the horrible conditions you lived in before that does not translate into throw the soiled diapers out the window and wait for the stray animals to dispose of...
If my neighbors know how to mind their business when necessary and are pleasant, thats great! If not, well then you can either kiss my ass or leave me alone.

caspar608 said...

speaking of Hector...
I was mortally wounded this weekend, but I lived anyway and I asked you to call me but you didn't so just like my hand you are now CUT!

Cocoa Rican said...

My goodness… I leave you alone for a couple of minutes and you manage to almost amputate your hand trying to open a can of peaches… geez! You can’t cut me off… I’m your life-long stalker. Besides, I haven’t checked my home voice mail in 4 days… don’t ask!

As for the On Blast… I want to live in a neighborhood with beautiful, healthy, open-minded black men, 25-55 years of age. How’s that for specific? Basically, I want the female population in my neighborhood to be next to ZERO, the black male population to be virtually 100% and the ratio of married to single to be about 60/40. I want my immediate neighbors to be single black men under 50 – preferably gay, but we’ll settle for gay friendly.

Hey, has anyone thought about developing an all-black-male compound? Oh wait… that would be jail. :)

Just Me said...

I don't mind living around black/White people. I care more about the care of the neighborhood. I've lived and now live in a perdominately white neighborhood and they don't seem to my mine color. They are always talkative and want to help with any major work that anyone may be doing.

On another note:

Hector you need you azz kicked.

Tammy said...

Hector the blast is not about fantasy land! It's about reality, wit yo selfish azz self! Besides you cant live without women shut up.

Cocoa Rican said...

Okay, so maybe I went a bit overboard on my “fantasy land” idea of my perfect neighborhood. I’ll also admit that I can’t very well live without women around… I mean, who will I spend half my life giving advice to? All said, my “fantasy island” is simply a wish list of sorts… call it Cocoa’ s Little Chocolate Kiss. (LOL)
Besides, after living in the closest thing to it (DC) I’ve come to realize I truly lose my mind when I’m around that many men of color and a heavy dose of testosterone. Tam, don’t be callin’ me out just cuz I went MLK on your azz and “Had a Dream.” LOL

Anonymous said...

I am glad to have made the choice to move to a culturally diverse community. I am a black woman born and raised in Soufeas DC. The latino brothers think I am latina until I open my mouth. Besides, with the hispanics now being the minority majority, within 10 years they will probably be the majority, and my children better learn early to relate to all cultures.

I wonder what the majority will conjure up then to keep themselves on top. Maybe the house immagration bill will pass instead of the senate bill. Another subject another time.