James Earl Jones & Danny Glover reads excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (July 5, 1852). –DemocracyNow: July 5, 2004. It is a dramatic reading from excerpts of Howard Zinn’s “The People’s History of the United States”
Did you know?
– Only John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The others signed later.
– The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
– The White House held its first 4th July party in 1801.
– The English word “barbecue” came from the Arawak Indians of the Caribbean. The barbacoa was a green wood grating upon which meat strips were placed to cook or dry over a slow fire.
The best gift you can give your children this Father’s Day is some valuable lessons in money smarts…teach them how to read the stock market pages, open a savings account or show them how you operate the family budget. Use my book Money Matters 101 as a resource. It’s all in there. Available from the MONEY Matters 101 FB page and Amazon.
The Plessy & Ferguson Foundation joins with McKenna Museums and Le Musée de f.p.c. on the 120 th Anniversary of the Plessy Decision, June 7, 2016, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
(Le Musee de f.p.c., 2336 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA)
On June 7, 1892, Homer Adolph Plessy was arrested for sitting in the “white” only car on the East Louisiana railroad, defying a local segregation ordinance. He later became the plaintiff in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court where the Justices decided against him in the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896. May 18th marked the 120th Anniversary of the decision which legalized forced separation of the races.
Historians, legal scholars, and civil rights activists will discuss New Orleans at the forefront in the fight for civil rights. A relative of Homer Plessy, Keith Plessy will discuss his efforts to secure the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Homer A. Plessy. There will also be a special presentation by the American Judicial Alliance and entertainment by Carl Leblanc. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP http://www.facebook.com/plessyandfergusonfoundation
The 452nd anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth is coming. He is not only known as a timeless playwright, but also as a prolific inventor of words. :
Bandit- Henry VI, Part 2. 1594
Critic- Love’s Labour Lost. 1598.
Dauntless- Henry VI, Part 3. 1616.
Dwindle- Henry IV, Part 1. 1598.
Elbow (as a verb)-King Lear. 1608.
Green-Eyed (to describe jealousy)- The Merchant of Venice. 1600.
Lackluster- As You Like It. 1616.
Lonely- Coriolanus. 1616.
Skim-milk- Henry IV, Part 1. 1598.
Swagger- Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1600.
Shakespeare must have loved the prefix un- because he created or gave new meaning to more than 300 words that begin with it. Here are just a few:
Unaware- Venus & Adonis. 1593.
Uncomfortable- Romeo & Juliet. 1599
Undress- Taming of the Shrew. 1616.
Unearthly-A Winter’s Tale. 1616
Unreal- Macbeth. 1623
(Grammarly.com-Guest post from Mignon Fogarty)
Dee-1 -Sallie Mae Back
Few rappers likely know Louisiana’s education system as well as Dee-1. The New Orleans-raised rapper, whose real name is David Augustine, used to teach middle school in Baton Rouge. Then, in 2015 he signed a major label record contract with RCA’s Inspiration imprint and went on tour around the country.
Still, New Orleans is home and with many questions about the future of TOPS and higher education on the table during the special legislative session at the Capitol, Dee-1 used his music to draw attention to one of his concerns: student loans.
In a new music video posted to Facebook on Feb. 11, Dee-1 celebrates paying off his student loans, dancing at a toga party, celebrating in front of Tiger Stadium, rhyming Equifax and eating ramen noodles.
Since posting to Youtube and Facebook, “Sallie Mae Back” has been viewed about a million times.
In text excerpts in the video, Dee-1 explains what inspired it: “After making the minimum payment on his loans each month (well, some months, lol) Dee-1 signed a record deal and decided to use a chunk of his money to completely finish paying Sallie Mae back.”
Research shows that reminding yourself that a good moment will end and that you need to enjoy it while it lasts actually makes you happier.