Monthly Archives: August 2018

Quick Take: Momentous Anniversary


Debbie says:

On this day, August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black teenager from Chicago, was kidnapped, tortured, and brutally murdered in Mississippi, for allegedly “flirting” with a white woman (who later denied the story).

His mother, Mamie Till, insisted on a open-casket funeral. Horrifying images of his drowned body were published, and were a major factor in galvanizing the Civil Rights movement.

His murderers were acquitted of any wrongdoing. They later confessed to the crime.

Laurie’s Memory Landscape photograph “Handkerchief” includes the last year he was alive, and invokes her memories of that time and of how little has changed.

On this day eight years later, a quarter of a million people gathered in Washington to demand change. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech that day.

Many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been dismantled. Black men and women face fear of white violence (both police violence and civilian racist violence) every day in America.  The struggle waxes and wanes.

Rest in power, Emmett Till. Rest in power, too many to name. Black lives still matter.

Quick Take: Serena Williams’ Catsuit, Tutu, and Style


Debbie says:

Last week, Serena Williams was told by the administrators of the French Open tennis tournament that she couldn’t continue to wear her Black-Panther-inspired catsuit, even though the suit was designed with compression stockings to help prevent the life-threatening blood clots she suffers from.


She did wear the suit this year, but was told it will not be allowed in the future. She has worn very similar suits to the past three French Opens, but this one was banned on the grounds that “one must respect the sport.”

I might say the sport should respect Serena …

Anyway, she is now appearing at the U.S. Open in a … Louis Vuitton designed tutu. With compression fishnet stockings!

Fashion sense, medical necessity, complete readiess to disregard stupid rules … and incomparable tennis prowess. That’s Serena!