Wonder Women

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!

Hey remember to tune in Saturday, April 20th, 2019 for the next show on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

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It’s A Small World After All

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Earlier this week as I wrapped up my conversation with a friendly middle-aged man from Brazil, I realized that I have met and/or have friends or associates from all continents of the world with the exception of one.  I’ll let you take a wild guess at which of the seven that I have not met anyone. LoL  Anyway, my new acquaintance told me that he lives in an area that’s similar to a suburban area here in the United States and that its near the ocean.   He went on talk about the natural beauty there and how the weather is just about perfect year round. Well, needless to say, after listening to him, I’m now feeling that I’m just one more polar vortex away from relocating!!

You know, I’ve met and have friends or acquaintances from all over the world; and the one commonality that they all have is their sincere openness to connect with others and/or me specifically.  Most that I’ve met over the years, didn’t care that I was a woman or “of color”.  They just wanted to talk about their home country and learn more about the United States of America and its people.  Imagine, if we all shared that same honest interest to connect with each other as well as people from other countries; the title of this blog would ring true.

Speaking of connecting, be sure to tune in next Saturday, March 16th, 2019 as I connect with a young lady from the continent of Africa.  Also, by this Thursday my next Karioke Moment“ will be posted at https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

Hurt People, Hurt People.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Hey there.  I made it to the blog again!  This time it just took a week.  What prompted this blog?  Well, I recently watched the “Surviving R. Kelly Docu-Series” on Lifetime TV and was moved to comment.

As I reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. (today is his actual birthday), it pains me that we (as a society) are still addressing acts of disrespect and cruelty towards children, women, and fellow human beings in general.   Dr. King championed the fight for civil and equal human rights for all and specifically African-Americans.  The result?   Legislation and laws were passed to ensure that we all could walk in Godfidence knowing that we are all equal and must be treated accordingly.  Dr. King and other freedom fighters sacrificed so that we could live out our God given dignity, respect, and the right to pursue and achieve our dreams.

Imagine that while some were in the process of reaping the benefits and/or taking advantage of opportunities created as a result of the hard fought civil/human rights work, a 7 year old African-American boy experienced his first sexual violation within the walls of his own home by a trusted member of his family. These unspeakable human violations would go on for another 6 or 7 years. Imagine the hurt and emotional scars.  No one protected him.  No one came to his rescue.  No one but God.  His mother made sure that he and his brothers went to church.

Some how.  Some way.  This man-child discovered his gift of music.  Along the way, God placed a mentor in his life who not only helped him hone his gift of music but also reinforced his belief in God and the Gospel.  As he began to make music professionally, all he could produce, arrange, and write about was what dominated his thoughts.  What he learned about way too early in life.  Sex.

It is my understanding that sexual abuse and traumas can often stunt or alter an individual’s brain development, particularly emotionally.  If professional help is not sought OR divine intervention doesn’t happen, a person can easily begin to replay their childhood traumas.   Worst case scenario, the one who was hurt begins to hurt others.  Hurt people.  Hurt people.

Did R. Kelly hurt those women as alleged in the docu-series OR was he living the “rockstar” life in every sense of the word and they were willing participants?

Tune in this Saturday, January 19, 2019 at noon for the rest of the commentary.  https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety

Until then, be sure to Live. Laugh. Love.

Peace,

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Hi guys!  I’m back again with more recaps for older radio shows and blogging.  Finding time has been a challenge but I thank you all for your patience.   Here’s how the Veteran’s Day show went down.

1st hour ONLY show.  Sharon Wilson-Foster of the National Hook-Up of Black Women was the in-studio guest.

On this day in history…

*In 1921, U. S. President Warren Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

*In 2001, President George W. Bush and leaders from around the world gathered in New York City to honor those who lost their lives during the 911 terrorist attack.

Sharon took on Born on this day-

*in 1744, Abigail Adams, wife, confidante, and advisor to U.S. President John Adams

*in 1929, LaVern Baker, pioneer of the R&B sound.

*in 1962, Demi Moore, actress

*in 1974, Leonardo DiCaprio, actor

During Café News, I reported that more than 600,000 Americans signed up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act in the first 4 days of the new enrollment period despite the Trump Administration’s effort to undo much of the 2010 law.  Also, during a speaking engagement at an Axios event in Philadelphia, the former founder of Facebook and Napster co-founder, Sean Parker, admitted that Facebook was created to become addictive.  Be sure to check out the audio here

Speaking of Facebook, Café Talk’s topic was…Are you addicted to Social Media?  Sharon and I chimed in and read a few social media responses to the question.

I then chatted with Sharon about her role with the NHBW-Joliet which led to her talking about the upcoming 26th Founders Day event (the Gold Star Gala).  Click here for the audio.

The sixth – 12 Saturdays Til Christmas Gift Bag was then given away!  I also reminded everyone to mark their calendars for the 10th annual Christmas Celebration Broadcast.

MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2017

Well hello there!  I truly hope that the new year has been good to you!!!  Yes, I’m finally back to the business of recapping the shows and blogging.  Tonight I will get as many of the older posts up as possible so that I can get to blogging about current situations and broadcasts.

1st hour show ONLY. –In-studio guests: Brianna La’Shay, co-host and Jim Chuporak of Just Us and Just Jim, singer and entertainer.

On this day in history…

*In 1879, James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio, patented the first cash register, known as Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier.

*In 2008, Barack Obama, a Democratic U.S. senator from Illinois, was the first African American elected president of the United States, taking 338 electoral votes to 161 for Republican John McCain.

Brianna shared Born on this day-
*journalist Walter Cronkite in 1916
*former U.S. first lady Laura Bush in 1946 (age 71)
*comedian Kathy Griffin in 1960 (age 57)
*actor Ralph Macchio in 1961 (age 56)
*actor Matthew McConaughey in 1969 (age 48)
*entertainer/actor/songwriter/hip hop mogul, Sean Puffy Combs in 1969 (age 48)

Café News

*EMP Drills taking place by the Dept. of Defense on November 4-6th.

*The Attorney General of South Dakota has sent a request to the United States Supreme Court to review whether it can collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers and 35 other states have backed their request. Typically, an online retailer only has to collect sales tax in states where they have a physical presence, such as a storefront or a distribution center. That loophole cost states $17.2 billion in lost sales taxes last year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And now they (meaning the states) want to collect.

*After 10 years, the iPhone still has the juice! USA Today is reporting that by the time the iPhone 10 went on sale Friday morning, buyers everywhere filled whole city blocks waiting in line at their nearest Apple Store.

Café Talk – How much was the biggest tip that you left a waitress/waiter while dining out?

Inspiration behind Cafe Talk is a article that I read in USA Today about the big $1,000 tip that a waitress received from Christie Teigen!  We all chimed in and read a few social media responses to the question

We chatted with Jim Chuporak about his singing career, singing groups, and upcoming performance with the Christmas Celebration Broadcast.  I can’t wait for you all to hear him!

The fifth – 12 Saturdays Til Christmas Gift Bag was given away!  Then, we quickly took a look at what was trending on Social Media.  Number one trending…EMP Drill Days!

 

MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Thank you everyone for your extreme patience in waiting for the weekly recaps. Know that I’m diligently working to catch up. Here’s what happened on this show.

Cafe Talk: Halloween is just a few days away, share the last or most recent time that you were truly afraid.

1st hour:

Just a couple of items were highlighted during the “This Day In History” segment–

In 1636, Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. It’s now known as Harvard University.
In 1919, Congress passed the Volstead Act that enforced the constitutional amendment that prohibited the use of alcoholic beverages. The ban on booze lasted more than a decade. Then in 1933, Congress finally repealed the Volstead Act.

Brianna shared celebrity or famous birthdays before I touched on a few Cafe News items–

Airline travelers can expect an increase in ticket prices due to the rising cost of fuel. Most major airlines reported an increase in fuel prices as high as 20% in some cases in the last year.
Ecommerce titan, Alibaba has purchased 49% of the Brooklyn Nets valuing the NBA team at $2.3 billion dollars.
Next month we’ll welcome in Election Day (for some), Veterans Day, and the Thanksgiving Holiday. But few of us know about November being National Novel Writing Month. Author, world-traveler, Kay Bolden, stopped by to remind us about the nanawrimo.org site that helps individuals get started on their novel. Brianna and I took the challenge to write a novel in 30 days. Ha! We’ll see how that works out. You all can go to marilynscafesociety.com for the audio.

The Cafe Talk segment was fun! Brianna and I shared as well as read comments from Facebook. I then opened the phone lines for a lucky caller to win the 12 Saturdays Til Christmas Gift Bag. Congratulations to Brian S. of Joliet, IL for winnnig!!

Before closing out the first hour, I reminded listeners about the upcoming 10th Annual Christmas Celebration show set for Saturday, December 2nd, 2017.

2nd Hour

Entertainment Talk included banter about Dancing with the Stars; Justin Timberlake performing at the 2018 Super Bowl Half Time show; Janet Jackson’s State of the World Tour landed in Chicago; movie director, Ava DuVernay and the creators of the first Sesame Street muppet on the autism spectrum were awarded the Smithsonian magazine’s American Ingenuity Awards. Other 2017 recipients include, musician, John Legend; and NASA scientist, Natalie Batalha. A total of eight recipients were honored in categories that include technology, performing arts, visual art, life sciences, physical sciences, history, social progress, and youth.

After Passion for Fashion, which included talk about Halloween makeup and fashion, we talked more entertainment. Before closing the show, we shared important Halloween information,

Be sure to tune in next week and follow me @marilynscafesoc on Twitter.com and Marilyn’s Cafe Society on Facebook.

Peace.

MCS Radio Show Recap- Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Hello,

It’s wonderful to be back on the air for 2 hours!  Although, I must say I have enjoyed the faster pace of the one hour shows lately.  If you missed us then here is what you missed…

Café Talk:  Have you experienced OR witnessed a major party blooper? 

1st Hour– This Day In History and News

Sharman Strode, entertainer and lead female singer of the Shindigs joined me in studio; and Brianna is back!

*In 1879, after 14 months of experiments, Thomas Edison invented the first practical electric incandescent lamp.

*In 1996, the Dow Jones Industrial average of 30 major stocks topped the 6,000 mark for the first time.

*In 1922, Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist and candy company employee started Sweetest Day.  He wanted to bring happiness to orphans, shut-ins, and the under-privileged. So, he started giving candy and small gifts to them.

Sharman presented the names of those who were born on this day.

For audio, go to www.marilynscafesociety.com.

News:  

*Swiss Re, one of the world’s biggest re-insurers, reported that the insurance costs of the 2017 hurricanes and earthquakes in the U.S. and Mexico, could hit 95 Billion dollars.

*The National Association of Realtors recently reported that the U. S. home sales rose slightly last month as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey.

*And, speaking of the U.S., according to the Motley Fool, overseas visits to the United States has declined.  Data collected from the National Travel and Tourism Office showed the year-over-year change since the beginning of the new millenium.  Key events seem to play a role in this decline.  Click here for more…www.marilynscafesociety.com.

Brianna, Sharman, and I chimed in on Cafe Talk by sharing Facebook posts.  I referenced a survey conducted by BJs Wholesale Club which indicated that some 65% of Americans say that they have witnessed a “party blooper”.  Examples include, running out of food or drinks, OR not having appropriate activities for children.

Before wrapping up the hour, I finally introduced Sharman Strode as the second singer to sign on to the 10th Annual Christmas Broadcast.  She shared that she began performing in her high school swing choir and then went on to sing on various praise and worship teams in local churches.  About 10 years ago, she started performing in a 60’s cover band and for the last 6 years have been performing as lead female singer for the Shindig band.  She’s also a keyboardist.  For more information, go to the special events page of www.marilynscafesociety.com.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

Brianna and I covered Entertainment Talk with ease.  DWTS update: Sasha Pieterse joined the others who have been sent home which include Barbara Cocoran, Debbie Gibson, and Derek Fisher.

*Top most talked about TV shows include, The Mayor, This is Us, The Good Doctor, Wisdom of the Crowd and others.

*Movie talk…Brianna did it!  Yes, she went to see the “It” movie!  Click here for audio.

 

The Passion for Fashion segment featured…

Winning this Fall with Jewel Tone Colors.  Ruby reds.  Emerald Greens.  Topaz Yellows.  Torquoise Blues. Sapphire Blues.  Brianna opted to sport her jewel tone color on her finger nails.  Take a look…

Photo Credit: Brianna Lashay

For the rest of second hour talk, be sure to visit marilynscafesociety,com.

Remember to tune in next week for another exciting show.  Also, follow me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and find me on Facebook @MarilynsCafeSociety.

Peace.

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Hey Friends,

So much has happened in the world and the United States in the past few weeks.  I hope you’re doing well in your own private lives.  Have you considered how to process all that has happened?  Well, my in-studio guest for this Saturday’s show stopped by to share some interesting, common-sense ways to protect our mental health.  Here is everything that you missed…

Café Talk:  Has the current issues and news been overwhelming for you? What’s bothered you the most?

1st Hour– This Day In History and Top News

The fabulous Kay Bolden–Author, Travel blogger, accidental Farmer, and former CEO of Warren-Sharpe Center joined me in studio and helped present the “This Day In History” segment.  Below is a brief version.

* In 1846, a dentist in Charleston, Mass., William Morton extracted a tooth with the aid of an anesthetic — ether. It was the first time an anesthetic had been used to extract a tooth.

* In 1962, in an effort to desegregate the University of Mississippi , James H. Meredith, an African American, was escorted onto the campus by U.S. marshals.  This action set off a riot in which two men died before violence was quelled by more than 3,000 soldiers. Meredith enrolled the next day.

*  In 1993, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck India’s Maharashtra state, killing nearly 10,000 people. And some 30,000 were injured. The disaster primarily affected the Latur and Osmanabad districts.

For audio, go to www.marilynscafesociety.com.

Top News was brief:  

On Tuesday, Twitter representatives announced that the microblogging site will be testing a 280-character limit for tweets, doubling its current 140-character standard.  A small selected group of tweeters are currently testing the expanded space.   The Twitter product manager, Aliza Rosen, and senior software engineer, Ikuhiro Ihara, wrote, “Although we feel confident about our data and the positive impact this change will have, we want to try it out with a small group of people before we make a decision to launch to everyone.”

I also information about the Great Shake Out event.  Remember to register and participate in the Great Shake Out earthquake drill at 10:19am on 10/19.  To register, just go to www.shakeout.org/centralus.

Kay and I handled Cafe Talk by sharing Facebook posts and by referencing her article in the Times Weekly Newspaper that addressed the topic at hand.  There she wrote about the stress that news, events and too much information can have on us and ways the experts said we should handle it.  Here’s a couple…

• Limit the time we spend on news and social media. Recalibrate settings on Facebook so political posts don’t rise to the top every 5 minutes. Stay informed, but don’t get bogged down in online arguments.

• Plan and focus on things we enjoy, whether that’s taking a walk or reading a romance novel. It may be escapism, but it gives the brain a rest.

For the full article and tips, go to thetimesweekly.com.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

I must admit that Entertainment Talk was a bit sketchy as I didn’t have time to watch television this week.  Nevertheless, I pulled out all stops to bring it to you.  DWTS on Monday night was dynamic.  Couples in jeopardy were Cheryl and Terrell Owens; and the Shark, Barbara & Keo.   Sadly, Barbara was voted off.  On Tuesday night, which was Latin Night and Caliente;  Debbie Gibson voted off.  Nick Lashay & Peta were in jeopardy too.

*This is Us Season 2 premiered this week and set a new high for the TV series in the key demographic, according to a new report by Nielsen overnight rating report.

*Season Premiere of SNL is tonight with Ryan Gosling as host and Jay-Z as performer. For more details, click here for audio.

The Passion for Fashion segment featured…Denim and More Denim.

Skinny jeans, ankle jeans, novelty jeans, high-waisted jeans, destructed jeans, jeans with patches and more.   Below is a few pictures.

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Photo credit:  curvatude.com

For the rest of second hour talk, be sure to visit marilynscafesociety,com.

Remember to tune in next week for another exciting show.  Also, follow me on Twitter @marilynscafesoc and find me on Facebook @ Marilyn’s Cafe Society.

Peace.

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show Recap – Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hello.  It’s high school football season so expect some preempted or shorter shows during the next few weeks.  This was one of the show’s that was short.  

Comedian, Rashad Clarke joined me for this one (1)  hour show.

On this day in history…

* 1934: The Detroit Lions plays its first NFL game the team was formerly called the Spartans and was located in Ohio. 

* 1952:  Rocky Marciano knocked out world heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott. 

Rashad shared that the KO happened in the 13th round.  And Rocky went on to be the only heavyweight champion in boxing history to retire without a defeat or draw as a professional boxer. 

 Top News was very brief…

*Natural Disasters happening around the world, earthquakes in Mexico and the 3.6 magnitude quake that hit California; tropical storms and hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee (fissiled out), and now Maria in the Atlantic (Caribbean Islands), Gulf Coast, and Eastern Coast of the US..  Prayers out  to all those affected.

Café Talk:  What’s your favorite sport? 

I shared that my favorite sport was Football!!!  I know.  Some of you no better and are probably scratching your head right now.  And, you should be!!!  Rashad reminded me and everyone listening that my favorite sport is actually Basketball!!!  You see, he and I had been talking about Football prior to the show and so, Football was on my brain.  LoL (Laughing out Loud)   Anyway, I’m excited about the NBA season starting in the 2nd week of October.

I talked about Sylvia Fowles being named the WNBA’s 2017 MVP.  She received 35 of a possible 40 first-place votes, finishing ahead of New York’s Tina Charles (three first-place votes) and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker (two). She is also the second Lynx player to win the award, following Maya Moore (2014). 

It’s been reported that the Lynx center has had her nose broken once, had it bloodied a handful more times. Along with being elbowed, pushed and shoved seemingly more than anyone else in the league.  So this makes this MVP win all the more sweeter.  If the name sounds familiar, yes, she played with the Chicago Sky for 7 seasons before being traded to Minnesota.  

The WNBA finals will start tomorrow.  It’s the LA Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx in Minnesota.  Sunday at Sunday, Sept. 24th at 2:30pm CDT on ABC.

Rashad shared that Football is indeed his favorite sport.  His favorite team is the Chicago Bears.  He and his comedy colleague, Brandon Andresen, talked about the Bears, the Colin Kapernick situation, and Fantasy Football.

Entertainment Talk was also brief…

*DWTS premiered Monday and will be back on next Monday and Tuesday with an elimination each night.

 * The Voice,” which has won three Emmys for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s new season.

Superstar singer, songwriter, actress and pop-culture icon Miley Cyrus returns as a coach this season with Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe-winning recording artist and Broadway star Jennifer Hudson taking a red chair alongside the show’s returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly.  Premieres Monday, Sept. 25th on NBC at 8/7c.

Before signing off, Rashad let everyone know that he’ll be performing Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 8 pm at 12 Handles in Crest Hill, Illinois.  Show up and support.  This is not a free event.

Be sure to tune in next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show.  The audio for this broadcast will be posted in next day or two.

Peace,

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show Recap: Saturday, September 9th, 2017

I’m not on the radio today (Sat., Sept. 16th) so I thought I’d take a little time to catch up on all the radio recaps.  Well, there is just last Saturday’s show that needs to be posted.  As for the audio from the last couple of shows, listen, it’s being worked on.  And, thank you for letting me know that you actually listen to the recaps on the website.  Oh, quick update on the Christmas Broadcast—the song submission and show sponsorship deadlines have been extended to the end of the month, September 30, 2017 so please reach out to producer@marilynscafesociety.com for more information.  Also, be sure to tune in to the show each week because the 12 Saturdays til Christmas countdown will start soon.  Remember, we’ll have Christmas gift bags to give away each week as we countdown til Christmas.  Not only is Christmas a Holy time!  It’s also fun!

And now for last Saturday’s show recap…

Café Talk:  Back to school time!  What was or is your favorite subject in school?

1st Hour– This Day In History and Top News

Brianna popped in to co-host with me.  Here’s what we cooked up and served.

On This Day In History…

*In 1776, the 2nd Continental Congress officially changed the new American nation’s name from United Colonies to the United States.

*In 1850, California became the 31st State in the U.S. of America.

*In 1998, Four tourists who had paid $32,500 each were taken in a submarine to view the wreckage of the Titanic. The ship is 2 miles below the Atlantic off Newfoundland.

Go to www.marilynscafesociety.com for audio.

Just two stories for Top News:  

*The aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma; and potentially, Jose and Katia tops the news.  Also, in a related story, five former U.S. presidents recently announced that they would team up to create the “One America Appeal” to raise money for storm recovery as Texas and Louisiana seek to regroup from Harvey and Florida and the Atlantic coast brace for Hurricane Irma.  The former presidents include Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.  Online donations can be made at OneAmericaAppeal.org.  And, current president, Donald Trump showed his support by tweeting:  “We will confront ANY challenge, no matter how strong the winds or high the water. I’m proud to stand with Presidents for #OneAmericaAppeal.”

*We all heard about the president’s recent decision to end a groundbreaking program implemented by the Obama administration in 2012.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides nearly 800,000 recipients the ability to attend school and work without fear of deportation.  After a social media and media uproar, President Trump later said that he will revisit the matter if Congress does not develop and pass a new program for young immigrants. Here’s a call to action from the American Assn of University Women…Call your representative and tell them to protect Dreamers and pass the Dream Act today! Go to aauw.org for more information.

Joliet District 86 Superintendent, Dr. Theresa Rouse joined me in studio for Café Talk. It was truly a treat to talk with her.  We talked about educating millennium children; what’s new at District 86; and shared quick tips to having a successful school year to parents and students.  We also discussed Howard Gardner’s theory of initially seven and now nine intelligences or learning abilities.  Some may remember that Soul and I shared this theory last year on the show.  Here they are—musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. He later suggested that existential and moral intelligence may also be worthy of inclusion.  Oh, by the way, English Literature and music were my favorite subjects in school.  Brianna shared that Science and the extra-curricular activity of making school announcements over the PA system was her favorites.  And Dr. Rouse said that music was her favorite subject.

For audio, click this link www.marilynscafesociety.com.

2nd Hour – Entertainment News and Passion for Fashion

Entertainment Talk included the announcement of the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars line-up; Janet Jackson and Beyonce along with other celebrities visit Houston hurricane victims and offers help; discuss Stephen King’s “It” the movie; Chris Rock in town for weekend performances; and Brianna shares her recent experience in Chicago enjoying Aladdin the Broadway Musical.  We touched on this in the first hour with Dr. Rouse— XQ Super School Live presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation aired across all the networks 2,5,7, and Fox.  Chance the Rapper opened. Viola Davis shared her childhood experience and how teachers made the difference in her life.  We all agreed that to Rethink, Reimagine, Rebuild public high schools as well as elementary & middle schools is long overdue.  Click here for audio.

Passion for Fashion segment.  Natural Hair dominate runways during New York Fashion Week.  Short afros.  Medium length afros.  Big afros.  Braids.  Dreadlocks.  And, more!!!  Take a look.

Photo credits:  www.refinery29.com, Vogue, Beauty-Stat, and GlamForce/Gail O’Connor

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Oh and somewhere along the way, a lucky caller won a pair of tickets to the Colors of Christmas concert that is set for Friday, December 15th at the Rialto Theater in Joliet, IL.  Congratulations, again, Larry!!!

Listen, be sure to tune in next Saturday for another edition of Marilyn’s Cafe Society radio show; and remember the new OR returned show time at 12:05pm (Noon) CDT! Tell a friend!

Peace and Love,

Marilyn