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In response to Ms. Brazile is reclaiming HER time!
In today’s Corporation clap black news, I got to read an excerpt of Donna Brazile’s new book called, “About Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.”
It has been said that “perception is our reality”, however, sometimes our perception lack facts. Now, I’m all for good sipping tea; but Ms. Donna Brazile’s tell-all book is nothing more than revisionist recaps of “yea girl, I’m in my feelings, unemployed, and I gotta get my coins by any means necessary.” (Kanye Shrug)
I have followed politics since I was a sophomore in college. Impressionable and not well versed on how and where I stand on issues; I saw this woman, a BLACK woman on TV speaking for Al Gore as the campaign manager. I was like yes, finally a black woman who I get to see on a national stage that is passionate about politics just like me.
We all know what happened after that campaign, but I became a fan of Ms. Brazile. Every time I watched cable news, I was so eager to hear her commentary on today’s events. I was disappointed when learning that during the 2016’s presidential election that during the Democratic primaries; she furnished debate questions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign when she and Bernie Sanders were debating at a TV One town hall debate. It was reported that Wikileaks hacked into the DNC computers systems and released the emails publicly. The real culprit in this was Roland Martin, who gave Ms. Brazile the debate questions since he was the moderator of that particular debate. Then, Ms. Brazile passed it on to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Listen, Donna, I get it. You worked your ass off to get to where you were. You saw an opportunity, and you went for it even though it goes against what you believe. If you’re a student of history, you will understand the motives of those obsessed with power or those who want to be closely associated with it. Yeah, she was on CNN as a political analyst, but she wanted more. And I ain’t mad at her for that. But Donna girl, you can’t do it like white men. They have Privilege and status and WE don’t. So the first person that they will throw under the bus (drum roll) you, the black woman.
Everyone knows that making sausages are messy. But when it gets on that plate, it looks and tastes good. I’m all about making coins; understand that while you’re making coins and burning bridges, you better hope it’s a large pretty coin. See Debbie Wasserman Shultz has been quiet since she stepped down. She’s still employed and in Congress, just saying.
I wish Ms. Brazile the best, but let this be a lesson to all, keep your integrity at all costs. The bottom line is the Democratic Party has to unite because we can’t have another 7 years of this tyrant rolling back social progress just because he feels like it.
Like my girl, Francine says, “Girl, think long term.” Donna should have had a friend to tell her that.
Amy is a freelance writer that loves all things political, fashion, art, and social justice. She resides in NYC and works as a therapist.
By Francine Holmes
Yes!!! to all of it, from the moment I read the piece that Donna Brazile wrote for Politico Magazine “Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC” and some of the backlash from it. I knew that my perspective on this matter was not going to be spiritless. I am channeling …?? I am not sure who just yet with this, but whoever she is, she is not having any of it! and neither is Ms. Donna. She is reclaiming her time, burning remaining bridges, she is going to tell it, and she is going to TELL IT ALL!! I am buying “HACKS” TODAY!!! As obvious by the title, I want to know what really happened? no pun intended; after reading Hillary’s book. Granted Hillary gave some side eye worthy ‘reads’, but honestly, the ‘Tea’ was not that hot, and the ‘Lemonade’ was crystal light!
Now I know auntie Donna is in her feelings about her unfortunate fall from grace, so I expect her tea to be piping HOT! And why wouldn’t she tell us all of the backroom deals?
This woman compromised her integrity and illustrious career for Hilary Clinton!! All too familiar for the black woman to take action at her own expense to protect or to save the white woman! Why? Because she probably had unrealistic expectations that her gesture would have had a different outcome! Where is Hillary? You ask!? What is she doing with her residual clout, to reinstate Ms Brazile back to some semblance of respectability after she fell on that sword for her !? I can guarantee Ms Brazile’s advance for her book, or speaking engagements fees aren’t anywhere near what they would have been, had she not handled that grenade and destroyed her career! Yeah!! Am all out of metaphors!!! At this rate she no longer has allies, so what other choice does she have but to write a tell all? And I can’t wait!!
By Francine Holmes
Jollof rice is a common dish in West Africa, with many names and of course many variations on the recipe based on the region. Senegal is said to have actually devised this wonderful staple dish; The name Jollof rice originates from ‘Wolof’ the name of the people of Senegal and Gambia and they call it ‘Theiboudienne’. The following West African countries have an adaptation of Jollof rice; I know with certainty and have had Jollof from Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Ivory Coast; I have yet to have it from Togo, Cameroon, Mali, Gambia and Sierra Leone. There has been some contention among us, west Africans as who makes the best Jollof. #JollofWars.
The Jollof Festival in NYC took place on July 23rd, at 2pm at 26 Bridge Dumbo, Brooklyn NY; is meant to bring people together to provide all an opportunity to sample the dish and to then decide on a “winner”. Also present were vendors of all sort of African and African inspired goods. To name a few: Nafis Original African Hot Pepper Condiments and Sauces, have wonderful vegan dishes to sample. WC Artistry had an array of accessories. As well as Dabota Collection with journals with African print covers along with women and men clothing line and many more.
It was a wonderful event, Nigerian Jollof won, and that is all I will say about that! (I am not bitter at all). I look forward to the next one.
by Francine Holmes
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