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Vanessa Woodard Byers
Miami, FL via DeFuniak Springs, FL
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Crystal Mason, a 43-year-old, Black mother, was sentenced to five years in prison for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election. At time time of the election, Mason had served three years in prison for income tax fraud. Her mother... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Today is the first day of the week long celebration of Kwanzaa. It is a Pan-African holiday based on seven principles with seven main symbols that is celebrated for seven days starting December 26. A candle representing each principle is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Stoking the flames of racial hatred and fear. Donald Trump continues to distract and divide Americans while pandering to his base of white voters by verbally attacking well-known blacks. President Barack Obama, Jemele Hill, Colin Kaepernick, Marshawn Lynch, Steph Curry,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
It’s sinful, shameful and un-American how our Republican-controlled government is trying to force the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill on the American people. Without proper vetting and analysis, the Senate will soon vote on this bill. Do they know what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
It had been almost twelve years since I'd waited in line for gasoline. I don't remember if it was late night or early morning but I do recall a man knocking on my car window because I'd fallen asleep and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
"…heroes are waiting to be recognized, and music is waiting to be made." - Marlon Peterson He doesn't say he was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. He referred to himself as garbage. He cleverly shares with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
On this day, we celebrate Memorial Day in the United States. While it was designed as a solemn celebration of those who lost their lives in military service to this country, it has evolved into a weekend of parties, vacations,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
If you live in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia, please get out and vote for Jon Ossoff tomorrow. The District consists of many of the northern suburbs of Atlanta and includes portions of eastern Cobb County, northern Fulton County,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Wait a minute. You cavalierly give alternative facts, won’t show your income taxes; block news outlets you don’t like, squander the public’s money going home every weekend, blatantly make money off your new elected office and we are supposed to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Every American-born and reared Black person over the age of 55 was very likely admonished, as a child, to not embarrass the race. The admonition was usually delivered prior to participating in an activity in which white people would be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
So, here we are. It’s Saturday, January 21, 2017. The day after Barack Obama’s last day as President of the United States. As much hatred as that man endured. The disrespect from American elected leaders. The persistent obstruction by Republican... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
So this was yestersay's news conference with Donald Trump. The first conference since he won the presidential election. It was all that Americans expected. It's troubling to fathom four years of this sideshow. This guy seems like a snake oil... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Merry Christmas to everyone! Today we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. More time, energy and money will be spent on buying toys for children and gifts for loved ones than for the real reason for the season.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Reading the headline announcing the death of iconic, trailblazing journalist Gwen Ifill made me nauseous. Although I’ve never met her, I felt as though I’d lost another family member. I loved watching her on television. Whether she was delivering the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
It’s still very disturbing and shameful that it is reported that election polls predict the presidential race is too close to call and in some battleground states, including my home state Florida, Donald Trump is winning. Jesus, take the wheel.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Retired FSU football coach Bobby Bowden endorses Donald Trump for President of the United States. So, at a rally in Tampa, Florida last Monday evening, legendary Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden formally endorsed Donald J. Trump for President... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Second presidential debate, Sunday, October 9, 2016, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. You know the old saying that politics is never personal? Well, that was not the case last night at the second 2016 presidential debate. When presidential candidates, Hillary... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Keith Lamont Scott with wife and son. Source: GoFundMe The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department finally released video of the CMPD confrontation with Keith Lamont Scott. The gut-wrenching video of a portion of the incident filmed by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia, was released... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
The Ryan Lochte Rio Olympics scandal continues to be prominently featured in the media with the latest news of two of his major sponsors, Speedo and Ralph Lauren, severing ties with the athlete because of his shenanigans in Rio. US... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Here is video of President Barack Obama's speech from last night's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The President is inarguably an awesome speaker/communicator but this speech made me sad. Has it hit you yet? The thought that this man will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
A year ago, today, America mourned the massacre of nine worshippers at the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Not much has changed regarding gun control laws since the day when Dylan Roof wanted to start a race... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Enjoy this speech, in video and text, by Donovan Livingston, Ed.M.'16, student speaker at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s 2016 Convocation exercises. Instead of a traditional speech, he chose to communicate via spoken word and he is awesome. Lift Off... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Today is May 1st. We are starting the fifth month of the year. I don’t know where the time has gone with all of the items remaining on my open items list. But today is the day that I designated... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Newly redesigned $20 bill will feature Harriet Tubman on its face and Andrew Jackson on the reverse side. Yesterday, Black folk in the US went absolutely crazy celebrating the announcement that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
At least three Democratic voters were told there were only ballots available for the Republican race at Precinct 321 in Winter Haven, Florida. The voters, including Teresa Wibert, showed up to participate in Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary Election on March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Vanessa: Unplugged!