Al Green

Good Evening on this Monday! How is everyone doing? I hope to find each of you doing well. I’m sure you can tell by the title of my blog post that I recently saw a documentary on Al Green. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Al Green, he is a famous rhythm and blues singer with a voice that is both soulful and unique. He’s been nominated for numerous awards, has won numerous awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame thanks to that amazing voice his. Keep reading because I’m going to post one of my favorite songs by Al Green in the end…

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If you are a part of the Black community, you also know something else that Al Green is known for. Hot Grits. Yes, you read right. You see, Al Green was a very handsome man who had plenty of women after him. Black, White, Hispanic, Asian you name it. He had women that wanted him and wanted him badly. Despite his great success as an amazing soulful singer and artist, many within the Black community can’t help but to also think of hot grits when you mention Al Green’s name. Why? Because his girlfriend at the time, Mary Woodson, poured hot grits on him because he refused to marry her. All of this took place on October 18, 1974 at Al Green’s Memphis, Tennessee home.

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The incident left him with severe burns and it affected him emotionally, mentally and of course physically. To make matters worse, after Mary poured hot grits on him, she went to another room in Al Green’s house and committed suicide. How sad. It’s bad enough he suffered severe burns on his body and had to be hospitalized for months to recover, but he also had to deal with the suicide of a woman he once dated. To me, that is beyond tragic.

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After the incident, Al Green stated that he struggled with the incident and contemplated walking away from music entirely because he blamed himself for the incident and Mary Woodson’s suicide. Since the incident, Al Green went on to make many more hits and solidified himself as one of the world’s greatest soul singers. Nowadays, Al Green spends very little time touring and quietly resides in Memphis, Tennessee. He no longer prefers the spotlight that garnered him much fame and made him millions of dollars over the years. Click here for one of my favorite Al Green songs.

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Until next time…

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The Best Question Ever! 

Good Morning! Happy Friday y’all! I hope you plan on doing some amazing things today. Inspire and be inspired! You get what you give! 

This writer woke up to one of the best questions ever and I could not wait to answer it. I was asked, “What do you hope to accomplish with your first book series The Chronicles of Neffie when it’s released next year?” Is that not an awesome question? Seeing how The Chronicles of Neffie was picked up for more literary / editorial reviews, I had to push it’s release back to accommodate reviewers. Still hoping for more five star reviews!

My answer to that fan-tabulous question is this:

I hope that The Chronicles of Neffie will do more than entertain. I hope that it will do more than just inspire. My hope for The Chronicles of Neffie above all else is that it will change lives. I once had doubts about writing a novel series loosely based on my Great, Great Grandmother’s life as a slave and slavery, but that only lasted for a few seconds.

I AM a descendant of slaves who fought for their freedom and survived unimaginable things just so I could be here today. They changed my life through their perseverance and survival and I hope to change other people’s lives by sharing this story. My ancestors can longer tell what all they went through, but I can. I owe them that and so much more.

Until next time… 

An Ancestral Ode

It is Sunday and you know what that means? It is time for a Sunday blog share. I am coming to you today with an ode / poem that I penned about my Maternal Great Grandmother. I love my lineage because those who came before me were incredibly strong, beautiful and unique in their own special way. I am who I am because of them. They are one of the reasons why I write and why I will continue to write. 

Check it out and as always, enjoy! 

Until next time… 

ROOTS: An Undeniable Piece of American History

Yes, I know that I am late posting my thoughts on ROOTS, so please don’t hold it against me. I have been so busy with work lately that my writing and my blog posts have been slipping. With that being said, let’s get to it. Let me first start off by saying the cast of ROOTS did a phenomenal job so whoever did the casting, big KUDOS to you. For those of you who may not know, ROOTS originally debuted as a miniseries in 1977 and it was based on Alex Haley’s novel ROOTS: The Saga of an American Family. I tried watching the original ROOTS many, many years ago, but I never could finish it. To be quite honest, it was a little hard for me to watch. When I found out that a remake of that award-winning series would debut on Memorial Day, I convinced myself that this was something worth watching no matter how uncomfortable or how painful it may be. Let’s face it, slavery in America did exist for a very long time and there is nothing you nor I can do about that horrible fact.

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Roots

Watching ROOTS was like watching a piece of my own family history play out in front of me and I honestly lost count how many times my heart broke. I can’t imagine how it must have felt to be betrayed by your own people, ripped from your own land and force fed a culture that was foreign and unknown to you. Not only that, to be treated like an animal or even worse than an animal because your skin color happened to be different. I find that to be shameful and inexcusable. To add insult to injury, countless families saw nothing wrong with reaping the fruits of their slaves’ back-breaking labor. I find it disgusting how they obtained their riches through the blood and sweat of countless slaves! It angers me at times to know that those before me were treated so harsh, so unjust and just plain cruel.

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Representation of a Slave Ship

I experienced a range of emotions while watching ROOTS and when it was all over, I felt empowered, even inspired by the resilience, strength and determination of those before me. It was a constant struggle for them to stay alive let alone survive, and I know that I am here today because of them. It is amazing how countless slaves lost their lives because all they ever wanted was to be FREE. I know one thing, I will never take my FREEDOM for granted. This miniseries will stay on my mind for a while, but I am glad that I watched it. We can’t change the past, but we can definitely learn from it.

Until next time…