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The Magnificent Seven

I love Denzil Washington. He was brilliant in Malcolm X, Glory, and many other movies. But have any of you seen his new movie? It’s The Magnificent Seven. Now, I love those old shoot em up movies and TV shows. But the other actors didn’t give the new movie any justice. Compare Denzil’s movie with the original. I think The Magnificent Seven with Yul Brynner was much better. It was also the original. I loved Yul in The Ten Commandments and The King and I too. But all the actors were outstanding in The Magnificent Seven including Yul. But don’t forget the theme songs!

Shows like Bronco, Sugarfoot, and Maverick have been back on TV on and off for years.

Unfortunately, the actors in the remake weren’t as good, they didn’t help Denzil much at all because they aren’t as good as he is. Well, that’s my opinion and I hope that most of you will agree.

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I find co-writers interesting. They share some of the work. Especially if the book is thick that has lots of pages. If it’s about science or something technical then you may enjoy more because you’ll read from two perspectives. They also share the profits. I may go in more detail on this matter at another time.


The Real Nessie?

Scientists have known since 1966 that the fossilized remains of Storr Lochs Monsters were discovered on the Isle of Skye. So, now they tell us. They claim this creature lived in Scotland 170 million years ago. We’ve heard these claims for a long time, but how can that be possible? Tests show that DNA cannot last more than 10,000 years, certainly not millions. Getting life back into those molecules or cells is something scientists have no idea how to do. Yet, we continue to read that it’s possible. The fact is that creationists are in a better position than evolutionists on these matters.

And scientists continue to find Mokele-mbembe, a giant turtle, a lower jaw of a duckbill dinosaur, and other creatures that aren’t suppose to exist today.

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You must work together

Sitting over there, all cool and collected. Threads? Isn’t that old? Well, call it whatever you want. Create your own. Why pay all that money on a product that was taken from the streets? Where did they get their ideas from? Look at all the beautiful talented designers from your neighborhood. Why not buy theirs? Oh, it’s this or that. Stop making excuses. You’ll help build your community up. Too many are in bad condition. Wasted away. Well, look at businesses and local associations in communities around the country. They have the same problems. But someone cared enough to start doing something about it. They banded together and started working with the police department. It can be done and it continues to be done.

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Are You Secured?

The best anti-virus program may not get rid of all trouble, but it’s sure better than having none. There are banks that operate without updating their systems. So why won’t Congress work with the President to get an actual bill passed on information sharing? It’s a good question that some of us know the answer to. But we continue to hear more about threats from China and others. What will it take for Congress to do the right thing?

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Writing Sources

Writers keep a portfolio of work, but it’s good to keep them updated. Resumes, cover letters, assignments. If you have an agent, he or she has connections that should help speed things along. But we careful, check them out. Writer’s Market or Literary Market Place are good sources for markets and finding an agent. But you’ll probably find Literary Market Place at a local library because the book is quite expensive ($399.50 US annually). In the meantime, keep writing.

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Does it take all that?

You know we, as women are use to wearing make-up. It’s older than ancient Egypt. We love looking good and not just for ourselves. But I don’t wear as much as I use to. When I go out, I usually put on my favorite lipstick and that’s all. I don’t even wear earrings as much anymore. I prefer a more natural look. Years ago, when I worked in sales for a line of women’s products, I wore the whole bit; eye liner, eye shadow, foundation, and lipstick. But I’ve grown away from all that. I loved wearing makeup then and it was required. You do what you have to do.

Back in the 60s, it was hard finding the right shades for women of color. The foundation was too light or too dark for our skin tones. I still see black women in movies and on TV wearing face powder that is too light for their complexion. That’s a shame. I saw a commercial where a light skin woman was wearing purple lipstick. Just recently. That didn’t happen 10 years ago. Some black women complain about other black women wearing red lipstick. It looks fine on some women no matter what their skin tone is. Some women look fine without make-up period. Their skin is so clear and smooth.

Magazines help. Ebony, Vogue, Essence, the list goes on. Ask your sisters or a beauty expert at a favorite store. But some of the same styles are still being sold because a lot of women don’t want to change. You can’t fix something that isn’t broken. If something works for you, why change? Even though, companies sure do. And that burns me up. I look around and what happened? My favorite color has been taken off the market. The company went out of business or that particular shade didn’t sell well. The same applies to most of anything that we buy even food. Take for instance, Lay’s potato chips. It’s a snack food. I don’t know of any potato chip that still taste as good as it use to. And that includes Lay’s potato chips. The only brand that they make that still taste as good is their corn chips. So much of our food has changed.

But let’s go back to make-up. Do your own thing. Just don’t look silly by wearing something you know doesn’t look right. It’s fine to be different, some great things have come along that way.

The point is, if you want to wear make-up then go ahead. I was only speaking of how different it is and has been for black women in particular. So, don’t write back and say, ”You didn’t include other women.” Now, I hope that has been straighten out.