Monday, August 20, 2012

Todd Akin and Legitimate Rape






    "In an effort to explain his stance on abortion, Representative Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, provoked ire across the political spectrum on Sunday by saying that in instances of what he called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy" (Eligon and Schwirtz, 2012). 
      
     It has been a long time since Americans were as disgusted and appalled by another human being. Todd Akin's statement is both disrespectful to victims of rape and humans in general. To think that a heinous crime such as rape can have a positive attribute is a prime example of extremist logic. 
      It is sicking to think someone can be this heartless and cold to the realities of rape and rape culture in this country. This is a complete lapse of good judgment and is very unbecoming of someone vying for political office. If this is Akins true view of the world, he should not be in a position to influence decisions that affect the lives of Americans. 
      This is America and in this country, you say what you want and feel, just be prepared for the backlash. Whether positive or negative.  
 Eligon, J., & Schwirtz, M. (2012, August 19). Senate Candidate Provokes Ire With ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment. Retrieved October 28, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/us/politics/todd-akin-provokes-ire-with-legitimate-rape-comment.html 

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Unstoppable Sisters






Venus and Serena Williams have done it for a 3rd time, making history with their 3rd doubles Gold medal win at the Olympics. The London 2012 Olympics have been full of many historic first and runs. This is but the latest.

Congratulations to the Williams sisters and to Serena, for winning Gold yesterday in her singles match.

Go TEAM USA!!!

Recharge your Sunday





     However, you plan to spend your Sunday, remember the most important thing to do is recharge. Recharge your body, heart, and mind. Monday is right around the corner and you'll be starting a whole new week of life. So if you have the opportunity to rest and relax, make sure that's what you do. 
      Whatever you do to take your mind off of things do it. Some folks go to church, some spend time at their local coffee shops, some read, I'll be spending mine writing and solving mysteries with my daughter on Micky Mouse Clubhouse. 
      Without at least one day to recharge, we are failing ourselves and letting our body know that we don't care about our wellbeing. We become depressed, fatigued and easily susceptible to things we'd usually be prepared to tackle. 
 How will you spend your Sunday? 

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan





     Music is life, there really is no other way around that fact. In our quest to set the mood, focus our thoughts, be party animals, or just enjoy the sounds as they vide into our ear, music has always come to our rescue. In this essay, I want to recognize two of the greatest guitarist to ever do it. They were and still are at the top of their game, even though both died at a young age. These two individuals made such an impact on the Rock world, their names will forever be ingrained in the history of music. 
      James Marshall Hendrix was born on November 27th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. "Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar" (Morris). Jimi is often mentioned amongst the greats or as the greatest guitarist of all time and his influence on music will be felt possibly for the rest of known time. Unfortunately, the life of the musical genius came to an end on September 18th, 1970, but his fans and music fans, in general, are left with an eclectic mix of blues, ballads, rock, R&B, and jazz that makes Hendrix one of the most popular figures in the history of rock music. 
      Stevie Ray Vaughn was born in Dallas around 1955 and picked up his first guitar at age 7. "With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the ’80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as jazz guitarists like Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre" (Hopkins, 2010). Vaughn was the answer to the fledgling blues scene for a whole decade in the 1980's. After a concert in East Troy, WI in 1990, Vaughn and a few other band members boarded a helicopter that crashed shortly after killing him and 4 others, he was 35. 
      These 2 artists chose to follow their own heart and soul. They produced music that has and will influence artist for years to come.  "Little Wing", a song which is my personal favorite from the 2 artists, is a testament to the skill of both guitarists and the variety of music they offered.  
 Hopkins, C. L. (2010). Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day by day, night after night. New York: Backbeat Books. 
 Morris, D. (Ed.). (n.d.). Jimi Hendrix Biography - The Official Jimi Hendrix Site. Retrieved October 28, 2016, from https://www.jimihendrix.com/biography/

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Congrats Gabby Douglas





Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old sensation from Virginia Beach, Virginia, wowed the Olympics and silenced critics with her Gold medal performance in the London 2012 Olympics. 
Douglas is the first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning US team at the 2011 World Championships.  
Congratulations Gabby for your storied performance that is sure to be in the history books for years to come! Thank you for being an inspiration to young girls everywhere! #BlackGirlMagic

Welcome





Hello, world! Welcome to The Audacity of Thought. I'm Tony Lavale Jefferson, Jr. and on this blog, the goal is to raise awareness of literature and issues of the forgotten in a fast paced world. Issues such as literacy, poverty, minority opportunity, racism, domestic violence, and revamping education are just a few issues in a myriad of problems facing the least fortunate. Thank you for your support over the years and I have also conveniently attached a link to my former blog Poetic MindState. Once again thanks for your support and enjoy!