Friday, January 20, 2006

"The Wicked" Wilson Pickett

Music really does define our lives, doesn't it? While civil rights brothers and sisters were marching and protesting, we were still shakin' it to the sounds that made us forget the torment and the struggle.

Working that "Jerk" and "Philly dog" and "Choo Choo" and "Mashed Potato" and "Watusi" while listening to Mustang Sally, or Engine Number Nine or Don't Knock My Love. Knocking On Wood in the Land of A Thousand Dances during the Midnight Hour just before we slide down to Funky Broadway. Did he really have to ask "Do You Like Good Music?" - definitely not!

No Boomers' ipod is complete without the wicked Wilson Pickett. Spotlight on Wilson Pickett now. I can hear those horn riffs now. Work it Wilson. Do that "Shing-a-Ling".

Wilson started his trip March 18th, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama and made his way to Memphis by way of Detroit. His strange, long trip ended in Reston, Virginia today.

I still think you gotta know how to "Pony" like "Bony Marony".

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Civil Rights Movement Veterans - CORE, NAACP, SCLC, SNCC

Once again three day weekends and sales at malls begin to blur what is really important. Many would like us to think that celebrating the birthday of an all too human civil rights front man is just something the greater culture submitted to for appeasement of their "coloreds". Now go back to your middle class lives and pensions and mega-churches and SUV's and jobs you should be happy and grateful to have . . . and most of all, be quiet.

Well . . . I never was too good at keeping quiet. How about you? I have been blessed to be of both African and Jewish heritage and the one thing I've been taught and believe in is "Never Forget."

It wasn't just Ms. Rosa on a bus, or Martin in jail. It was 'strange fruit', midnight raids, four little girls, three college boys in a car, burning churches - and bodies, being dragged from your family, being beaten to a pulp.

And all of this within our charmed little lifetimes. Our very existence is owed to the veterans of this movement.

January 15th should be the beginning of a holy remembrance complete with showing our youth the true meaning of what happened. Their posturing in oversized pants, thongs, platinum teeth, weaves and bling means nothing in the face of tar & bonfires, water hoses, billy clubs, or police dogs.

Visit this site.
Civil Rights Movement Veterans - CORE, NAACP, SCLC, SNCC

Browse the pictures with your children. Remember, recognize, feel, learn, and teach.

Be moved and continue The Movement.


Saturday, January 07, 2006

Vet Sues Michael Jackson for Unpaid Bills

Perhaps Mikey should sell or donate the animals to a zoo. His Neverland creation (along with the lost boys) has disappeared with the ether.
Vet Sues Michael Jackson for Unpaid Bills

Now really - is it typical of boomers to tend toward the 'Peter Pan' effect? Hmm . . . I dunno. I'm still a Toys 'R Us kid. LOL.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Fun Facts From Our Uncle . . .

9.1 million
Estimated number of baby boomers in 2004 who were (?) black (as if they weren't going to be black in 2005?). Also, 8.0 million boomers were Hispanic (of any race).

Who will replace black history makers?

MultiCultClassics: Essay 317

Lou Rawls: We'll never find another voice like his

A little outside the boom box, but influential just the same. A great voice . . .I can't imagine a UNCF drive without him. We'll miss you Lou. - Lou Rawls dead at 72 - Jan 6, 2006

Professor Kim's News Notes: Lou Rawls: We'll never find another voice like his

Primetime - Life After 40 Is The Best!

Primetime - Life After 40 Is The Best!

Welcome To Black Baby Boomer Central!

Yes, we've passed 40 and we are still "Doin' it and doin' it and doin' it well" (sorry L.L.). A lot of us are probably the first college graduates in our families. Some of us come from more well educated families - it doesn't matter. Black boomers are in the prime of their lives and this blog is dedicated to making it better. Come back often for news on lifestyles, wellness, finance, relationships, careers, and much more.

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