Controlling the Narrative

Originally I was going to spend way too much time talking about the Wendy Williams movie, when I heard that news series New York Times Presents did a story on Britney Spears. Then all of sudden everyone was talking about Britney. Intrigued with the idea of framing the narrative, I checked out the story.

Welcoming 2021

First Deliberately Dope is welcoming a new member, my sister Charlie! Her addition is so organic. I don’t recall when, but sometime last year my sister was included in my morning phone calls with Latrice. Our conversations would cover everything from what is going on in our personal lives to hot topics. Charlie will cover two her passions – legacy and finical security. Secondly we are adding a podcast! “Saturday Morning Coffee is Dope”, just like our weekly blogs, we will be discussing hot topics and picking one of our post from the week and doing a deep dive. Needless to say, I am excited.

Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom

The second half of this blog will contain spoilers.  Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom was part of a series of ten plays written by August Wilson. Written in 1982, this story takes place in Chicago in early 1927. The setting was a day in the life of Ma Rainy and her band’s recording session. I wasContinue reading “Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom”

Lazy vs Depression

What happens to a hypochondriac, introvert during a pandemic with a history of depression? Well you get me struggling with the dark comfort that depression sometimes offers. Today was a perfect sunny 88 degrees and I had to force myself to take a shower, put on semi clean clothing to pick up a Walmart curbsideContinue reading “Lazy vs Depression”

Sad Mother’s Day

One thing everyone has or had is a mother, so Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that everyone loves to celebrate.   Even when your mother has passed, it can be sad but still a celebration to the woman who gave you life. What about when you are estranged from your mother?  Mother’s Day isContinue reading “Sad Mother’s Day”

How are YOU doing?

As we enter into week forever of the pandemic, I want to ask “How are you doing?”. For me I miss my routine.  Early morning workout, getting the kids off to school, work, cooking dinner and relaxing with either a book or television in the evening.  In other words, I missed being busy!  But doContinue reading “How are YOU doing?”

Day 28

Unlike the movie, 28 Days Later, day 28 of stay orders is pretty uneventful.  By now I am no longer glued to CNN/MSNBC 24 hours everyday all day.  I’ve gone back to diversifying my news sources.  I am listening to reliable podcasts, reading news papers (well, on my iPad), checking the CDC website for updates.Continue reading “Day 28”

Hot Fucking Flashes

The change aka menopause has taken up residence in my life. I knew there was a chance menopause early due to a partial hysterectomy in 2014. In 2018, I thought I was starting because I was experiencing hot flashes. My doctor ran a test that determined my “levels” are still in a normal range. ButContinue reading “Hot Fucking Flashes”