FROGTOWN DIVA

Divas Don't Hop, But We're Hip!

FrogTown Diva

FrogTown Diva
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Toledo, Ohio, USA
Birthday
September 23
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Observations From the Swamp Many folks think we live in the nether regions of the earth here in Toledo, Ohio. However, Toledo is the birthplace of jazz great, Art Tatum, not to mention many other distinguished and accomplished AfrAms (African-Americans) who often remain unheralded and unrecognized in their home town. This swamp is a petrie dish swarming with undiscovered talent that the world may never know because there are too many slimey creatures down here in the swamp pulling down anyone who tries to climb out and come out into the warmth of the sun. This diva climbed into the swamp with one purpose - to rid the world of slime!

Prelude to Purgatory: The Final Injustice

(In Memory of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis Killed in Florida, and the Others Being Killed In Our Cities Every Day)

 

Heritage and History:

“Africa CALLS for Justice and Gets No RESPONSE”

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"Despite no real differences in participation in crime, African Americans, while representing 17% of the youth population, account for 45% of all juvenile arrests. Black youth are 2 times more likely than white youth to be arrested, to be referred to juvenile court, to be formally processed and… Read full post »

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper… Read full post »

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper… Read full post »

As if the title of my novel isn't controversial enough, I think my drawing of the vampire is scaring the beejesus out of people. One of my friend's asked -                                          … Read full post »

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It is 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama, the year marchers in the "Children's Crusade" were sprayed with water hoses and attacked by dogs; downtown stores were ordered to integrate lunch counters; Martin Luther King, Jr.wrote his "Letter From Birmingham Jail;" Governor George Wallace tried unsuccessfully… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2013 5:17PM

Looking back & moving forward

2012 was a busy year for me. Started back to school with high hopes that were quickly dashed when I was the only graduate assistant accepted to present research at a national conference in Burmingham, Alabama last November. I've been accepted to present my small research project locating community-ba… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2013 5:16PM

Looking back & moving forward

2012 was a busy year for me. Started back to school with high hopes that were quickly dashed when I was the only graduate assistant accepted to present research at a national conference in Burmingham, Alabama last November. I've been accepted to present my small research project locating community-ba… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2013 5:13PM

Looking back & moving forward

2012 was a busy year for me. Started back to school with high hopes that were quickly dashed when I was the only graduate assistant accepted to present research at a national conference in Burmingham, Alabama last November. I've been accepted to present my small research project locating community-ba… Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2012 1:03AM

First monkey brains, now penguins?

SOMEONE CALL PETA! 

This is just wrong!

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Despite the obvious political message, I loved "Happy Feet." Cute little penguins singing and dancing. What's not to love? And those mischevious little rascals in "Madagascar" that ended up with their own cartoon feature kept me in stitches.… Read full post »

I lost my beloved grandfather and first dog, a German Shepherd puppy named Tiger about the same time. Two years earlier I'd lost my baby sister to SIDS. Two more deaths were all I could handle. I'd already become withdrawn after being treated like I was invisible in the all-whiteRead full post »

JUNE 13, 2012 3:45AM

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My brother, James, had a boxer puppy he named Popeye. He now looks just like the one on "Saving Grace." Popeye grew a lot larger than James thought he would, so James was going to give him away. Then one day James started falling into a diabetic coma. Popeye kept nudging… Read full post »

For those who've waited breathlessly (both of you) to actually see a complete photo of me, here they are! 

But first... 

 Food photos! From our meet-up at my favorite Toledo restaurant, Ruby's Kitchen and from my mama's kitchen where I cooked a gourmet meal for my current beau. Enjoy s… Read full post »

My cluster grew in no time. The girls were first, cliqueish with their Izod polos and Dorothy Hammill haircuts, eager to join an exclusive group. Grapes were only allowed to play with other grapes during recess (they still had it in the early 1980s), sit with other grapes at lunch, and… Read full post »
His disability has given him super powers. His mental age will always be about seven due to the alcohol that impaired the development of his brain in his mother's sotted womb.
But that lack of development is his defense against developing his nearly seventeen year-old older brother's resentment towar/… Read full post »

My brother, James, now deceased, tried his hand at a number of things before using his natural oratorical skills honed in high school debate club until he was number two in the nation in Forensic Speech. Same thing in college. But James, who didn't finish college due to a much more… Read full post »

Not only was my now deceased best friend, Karen, a lesbian - she and her mate, Pat, had their holy union in the house Karen and I shared for seventeen years and I still have her copy of their wedding album - she was also a licensed and ordained pentecostal ministerRead full post »

My last post of an article about the destruction of the Greenwood neighbor, an affluent black community in Tulsa that was obliterated in a planned attack June 1, 1921, erroneously etymologized the word "picnic," associated with public lynchings where eating hot dogs, ice cream, watermelon were part o… Read full post »
I'm sharing this mostly unknown story in commemoration of an entire community that was deliberately destroyed in one of the worst acts of terrorism on U.S. history. I am not the author, but having lived in Oklahoma, I was familiar with the story. However, I didn't know all of the details… Read full post »
Leaving for Columbus after the meeting this morning. Haven't packed anything. So I'm up early this morning getting things together. Yesterday sucked me dry.
Had a 47-minute conversation with my supervisor last night who called after I sent her an email detailing my grievances.
As I suspected, my team/… Read full post »
Christians are accused of "magical thinking" in today's technological world where science performs the miracles and far too many people of faith seem to have none. People claiming to be Christians speak hate and far too often disobey Jesus' new commandment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.… Read full post »

 I attended church with my mother Sunday. It was my Mother's Day present to her. I was also curious to see what her anti-gay pastor would say about President Obama's support of marriage equality. But before he spoke, during prayer ministry a female associate minister mentioned the President indi… Read full post »