Hello you all. I hope that you are having a “wonder”ful week. I am good for the most part and making progress on the goals that I’ve set.
So, as I grabbed my laptop and coffee to begin writing this week’s blog, I remembered that today was the day that Wendy Williams was going to have the sit down with Hip Hop Journalist, Dee Barnes. Those who have been with me and Marilyn’s Café Society for a while know that I grew up loving and appreciating most music including Hip Hop/Rap. Needless to say, I quickly tuned in and began typing the blog. When the Dee Barnes segment started, I gave the show my full attention. I wanted to hear her speak; hear her full story; hear that she is now okay. I also wanted to hear how Wendy would handle the talk with Dee. And, she did not disappoint Wendy and Dee left us wanting to know, hear more of the story!
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s the back story. Dee Barnes is a pioneer Hip Hop artist and television host who was brutally beaten in the early 1990s by Hip Hop Icon, Dr. Dre because he was offended about how his group was portrayed in an interview that was conducted by Dee. (For the record, Dr. Dre is a changed man and has publicly apologized to all the women he abused in his past.) Now back to Dee, apparently, the backlash of the interview and the altercation resulted in Dee being black balled in the industry which led to the ending of her career. Over the years, she has been relegated to minimum wage jobs and infrequent freelance work. More recently, she faced eviction from her apartment so she started a GoFundme page and went public with her situation. This all got Wendy’s attention and resulted in today’s talk segment on the Wendy Williams show.
While watching Dee attempt to talk today about what happened to her, I couldn’t help but think about that question that has plagued the black community and, quite frankly, society in general. How can a man speak and be so violent toward, disrespectful to, and dismissive of their human counterpart, their gift from God—woman? And, more importantly, how could other women know about it and remain silent OR, worse, go along with it? Since this is a question that has been raised from way back when, many have attempted to answer it. The most popular answer that I’ve heard so far is this—many are concerned about their own social and economic standing. They don’t want to be shunned or black balled too. They don’t want to be the next victim so, they say nothing OR simply go along with it.
But God!!!! I know some of you all get tired of me bringing up God but how could you not see him operate in this despicable story. Dee was kept! God gave her the strength and courage to say something about her situation which, again, led to the outpouring of support that she is NOW receiving. I curtsy Wendy Williams for shining the light on Dee Barnes’ story and giving her and her daughter a place to live. I also raise my glass to Wendy for putting on her “Wonder Woman” business cape and offering her (Dee) a publishing and movie deal. #LikeABoss The results of this “lift” for Dee Barnes will no doubt change her life. She will now have financial security for her future and the future of her children. I trust that Wendy will fair well too. Blessings Abound with God Speed for both women.
Well, what a “wonder”! I ended up writing a completely different blog today. This is it!
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