The Modern Day Minstrel Show

A friend posted this video on her Facebook timeline, remarking “Now that’s real talent!” Without a doubt, both Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. were world class entertainers. However I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of offense; in that seeing two grown Black men tap dancing is just a little too reminiscent of a minstrel show…

Pinterest Is Cool, But Is It Needed?

About two months ago, I opened a Pinterest account. At first, I really didn’t get it. However with all of the recent buzz about the site, I decided to give it another go about 3 weeks ago. This time, I created some of my own boards and started following some of my friends from Facebook…

Outlook Means Everything

Last week, I was talking to a co-worker with pre-teens about youth and angst issues. As a pre-teen, I experienced a lot of angst at the fact that I was being raised by “old-fashioned” Grandparents that never let me do anything fun…and also the fact that me and my relatively young mother did not get…

Who Do You Work For?

Years ago, when someone asked you “Who do you work for?”; it was a very easy question to answer. You worked for someone…a person or a business, and that was that. Nowadays, the question can be a bit trickier. Even in my old position at California University of PA, I worked for them, but because…

Being a Black Student at WVU

When I decided to go to West Virginia University, it was a very haphazard decision. I had applied, I was accepted, and it had a decent reputation…so I enrolled. To be fair, I at least took a tour of the place before paying my first tuition payment. But I did not look into the culture…

5 Customer Service Lessons I Learned From Being A Waitress

My new job as a customer service representative (which sounds menial, but really isn’t) has shifted my professional views a teeny-tiny bit. What is interesting is how many of my peers pity me a bit for having to deal with “the customers” so much. I on the other hand am not deterred by it at…

Esther was not the scariest thing in “The Orphan”

I’m really not into horror movies…especially the new ones. To me, being afraid, startled and disgusted isn’t really my idea of good entertainment. However my BF loves them…so for him, I’ll indulge. A couple of nights back, we opted to watch “The Orphan”; a horror movie that actually caught my eye due to the villain’s…

It’s Tu B’Shevat!

Tonight it is Tu B’Shevat; one of those obscure holidays that most people don’t know about and/or don’t know what to do on it (including us Jews). It’s not one of those holidays that has a lot of traditions, rules, or sentimental ties about it. But it is one of the four Jewish “new year”…