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Vanessa Woodard Byers
Miami, FL via DeFuniak Springs, FL
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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19th every year and is recognized as a state holiday or special day... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2023 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Memorial Day is an American federal holiday currently observed on the last Monday in May. The holiday remembers and honors military men and women who died while on duty in service to America. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Today is January 15, a glorious day in American history. It is the birthday of one of the most outstanding civil rights leaders of our time, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the anniversary of the founding of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2021 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Everyday Thanksgiving Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm ring's each morning, Thank you, Lord, that I can hear There are those who are deaf. Even though I keep my eyes closed tightly against the morning... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2020 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
As we awakened this morning, predictably not knowing the official results of the presidential election, predictably subjected to Trump declaring victory prior to all votes being counted, America has lost regardless of who is declared the winner. Until we address... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
On so many levels, this incident seems incredibly unbelievable but let's unpack this. On the night of July 31, 2019, Saluda County, SC police arrested Georgia Southern University (GSU) quarterback, Shai Werts, for speeding and cocaine possession. As Werts's arrest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Miss me with the hype about Donald Trump’s racist Twitter attacks on four outspoken rookie congresswomen who have been given the nickname, “The Squad.” These four duly elected women: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Tonight and tomorrow night, Miami, Florida will become the center of the American political universe. The Democratic Party will host two-nights of debates with 20 of 24 of their declared candidates. The debates will take place at the Adrienne Arsht... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Today, March 8, is designated as International Women’s Day. It is a day of global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity around the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
This really happened at a McDonald’s in St. Petersburg, Florida on Monday, 12/31/18. The customer who recorded the incident indicated it was over a straw. However, if you watch the video, there is clearly a straw on the customer’s tray... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Instead of writing about Christmas, Jordan Peele has me writing about the creepy trailer for his upcoming film, “Us”. This is his follow-up to his smash hit “Get Out”. If the movie is half as good as the trailer, he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Today is the day family and friends gather for Thanksgiving Dinner. For me, today is not about celebrating the pilgrims and Native Americans breaking bread together, we know what eventually happened to the Native Americans. Today, like everyday, I give... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
Three years ago today, Sandra Bland died while in police custody in Waller County, Texas. She had been arrested three days earlier for not using her turn signal. Never forget her. Don’t stop fighting for social justice. #SayHerName Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Vanessa: Unplugged!
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!