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Lena Dunham says “Speak Louder”


Lena Dunham is speaking out RE: Harvey Weinstein and the Silence of Men. The American actress, writer, producer, and director is is best known as the creator, writer and star of the HBO series Girls, for which she has received numerous Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe Awards.

“When we stay silent, we stay on the same path that led us here.
Making noise is making change. Making change is why we tell stories.
We don’t want to have to tell stories like this one again and again. Speak louder.”
~ Lena Dunham in NY Times Op Ed piece


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“It’s Almost Like Praying” ~ New Music video for Puerto Rico Relief

Lin-Manuel Miranda knows what to do with a global platform. I love him for that.

His new song, “Almost Like Praying” was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. He brought together a bevy of stars for the effort ~

The artists: Jennifer Lopez, Fat Joe, Camila Cabello, John Leguizamo, Rubén Blades, Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Anthony Ramos, Ednita Nazario, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ruben Blades, Juan Luis Guerra, Joell Ortiz, John Leguizamo, Rita Moreno, Alex Lacamoire, Pedro Capó, Tommy Torres, PJ Sin Suela, Dessa, Gina Rodriguez, Gloria Estefan






President Jimmy Carter: “Become a dutiful giver”

The past two weeks I’ve been in my hometown, Albany, Georgia, and today marked the 96th anniversary of my late father’s birth.

Most fittingly, I spent the morning in Plains, Georgia — a 45-minute drive from Albany — at the Maranatha Baptist Church; the home church of President Jimmy Carter and Former First Lady Rosalynn. The elegant country brick church sits in an old growth of pecan trees. 

By some miracle my friend Flora and I were up before the crack of dawn and on the road by 5 AM arriving at the church by 6 AM to park in the dark and wait to lineup. By 8:30 we had passed through The Secret Service “wanding” and joined over 320 others (a few church members, mostly visitors) in the sanctuary for President Carter’s Sunday school class. It was well worth the trip.

“We must look for opportunities to share what we have with others.”  — President Carter

The pastor, Brandon Patterson from Nashville, Tennessee, is only 23 years old. His sermon (Ruth 2:4-23) urged us to “become partners with God in this blessing business”.

President Carter spoke briefly and with heartbreaking sincerity about how we should try to have peace with North Korea; then moved on to his lesson: Giving & Serving (Romans 15:25-23), two things the Carters know much about.

“Take a look at yourself this morning and ask: what can my gifts accomplish? Why was I created?”                                           

He wanted to know if our lives were filled with joy, peace, happiness and purpose? Do we have peace? If not, it’s our fault. Starting right now we must ask; “What kind of person do I want to be?” Who is it up to? Nobody but ourselves. 

I was awestruck, sitting in the pews of the beautiful humble sanctuary with soft green walls, facing a beautiful hardwood cross carved by President Carter and placing my offering in a wooden collection plate he also carved (and signed on the bottom with his initials: JC).

This was a beautiful way to honor the birth of my father, Silas Jones, who grew up a few miles south of Plains in Putney, Georgia.

 I agree with my friend Flora Devine: who kept saying throughout  our drive back: “President Carter is a national treasure.”

Must-see Film ~ Screening in Albany, Georgia: Tuesday, 9/12/17


Albany Civil Rights Institute Presents Award-Winning Civil Rights Documentary & Discussion Featuring Several Black Albanians, Filmmaker

The Albany Civil Rights Institute will present an award-winning civil rights film, featuring multiple black Albanians, who fought on the front lines of the bloodiest campaign of the entire Civil Rights Movement.

                  The Institute will present the hour-long documentary, Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 That Transformed America™, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at 326 Whitney Avenue, Albany, GA 31701. The program will feature filmmaker Clennon L. King, and is free and open to the public. Read more…

Wisconsin Skies

Greetings from the land of cheese, corn fields and restroom door art that looks nothing like me.

Traveling along Hwy 29 into Chippewa Falls, we were mesmerized by the early September skies ~ like driving through a Renaissance painting.

Delicious sandwiches at Marieke Gouda Farm in Thorp, Wisconsin.

The 1963 Leesburg Stockade Girls

Summer, 1963 ~ Photo by Danny Lyon from his book: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement  ©1992

Even though I grew up in the 60s only 11 miles as the crow flies from Leesburg, Georgia, I only learned about this event in 2005 while visiting my hometown of Albany when I saw the photo above and several others at the Albany Civil Rights Museum (now Institute). In 2011 during a trip back home to research my novel, Peach Seed Monkey—yes, still a work-in-progress—Dr. Carol Barner-Seay, 4th from the left in the photo, granted me an interview. I published a post last July on this event and am gratified to see the undertold story finally getting much deserved attention. Read more…

 Another Hallelujah


Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
Working on a novel is like having a newborn: it lets you know when something’s wrong and you can’t ignore that cry. When there’s a mess you change it and you forget to brush your teeth because personal hygiene falls by the wayside while you are in service of a new life. Read more…

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