Do You Know These Black Environmental Activists? You Should | Care2 Causes
When Black History Month rolls around each February, the media tends to highlight notable African American contributions in sports, politics, art, and music. Who gets left out? Black environmentalists.

This Black History Month, we’re psyched to see some of the awesome work African Americans are doing for the environment.

From San Francisco Bay to the Bronx, these eight environmental leaders are impacting environmental health, climate change awareness, urban agriculture, and more.

If only Hamilton had been as oblivious as Usnavi
  • Maria Reynolds:Now, what can I say or do to possibly repay you for your kindness?
  • Alexander Hamilton:...How do you get this gold shit off?

There is so much power in storytelling and there is enormous power in inclusive storytelling and inclusive representations.
Kerry Washington 

Kerry Washington directed by women filmography:

Lift dir. DeMane Davis & Khari Streeter - 2001
Wait dir. Trudie Styler - 2005
The Dead Girl dir. Karen Moncrieff - 2006
Night Catches Us dir. Tanya Hamilton - 2010
Peeples dir. Tina Gordon Chism - 2013

Dear all the WOC representing in these TV shows who constantly receive unwarranted and pointless hate,

“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches." 

-Dita Von Teese

In other words, don’t change. You’re wonderful. There will always be people who don’t appreciate you. Don’t pay attention to them. Let them think what they please. YOU KNOW YOUR WORTH. And I, among others, know it too. <3


Met Gala 2015

So I already expected that a majority of the night’s guests would not have worn an interpretation of the night’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” theme. The red carpet seemed more like a showcase of the designers’ best. 

Seen here (from top to bottom): Rihanna definitely won the night in an exquisite Guo Pei design; Cher made an appearance in Marc Jacobs; Tom Ford’s red gown stood out among all the other red gowns; Francisco Costa just wanted to make beautiful dresses for Lorde, Chiara Ferragni and Kendall Jenner; and a picture that represented both the outlandish and the demure looks that the Met Gala brought - Karen Elson in Dolce and Gabbana, Lily Aldridge in Carolina Herrera, Kerry Washington in Prada, and Sarah Jessica Parker in custom H&M.  

Scandal Review Episode 404 Like Father Like Daughter

This episode left me verklempt last night. All my cans had canned and I had no cans left. Or something.

Whodathunkit? Four episodes in, and I’ve liked all four episodes so far. Actually I LOVED 404. It had everything, and my Olivia Pope was back. Even seeing Jake on my screen couldn’t spoil this episode for me.

What I hated

1.  That both Daddy Pope and Jake Ballard are still freaking alive after this episode. FML.

2.  Every scene with Jake. Every single one. Even the one where he was being taken away by Rowan’s minions. If he’s on my screen, I’m hating him.

3  The fact that B613 are failing at the basics. 

If the mission is to kill Jake Ballard, why is that motherfucker still breathing?

4.  Fitz roughly grabbing Olivia after she reveals that she went off with Jake. 

That scene was definitely a “fuck you” to the fans who railed against Jake choking Olivia. Quite frankly, I’m surprised that the writers didn’t have Fitz do the same thing, or worse. I guess, even they don’t want to push the fans too far.

5.  Jake telling Tom to cut a deal and tell the truth.

Jake, sit all the way down. If your stupid self hadn’t blabbed to Rowan that you knew what he’d done, you’d have been able to quietly collect the evidence that you needed against him, and shut him down once and for all. Instead, your ass has gotten Tom murked for sure, so

6.   Rowan winning. Again.

Ugh. I seriously can’t wait until his ass is grass in a cemetery.

What I Mildly Disliked

1.  The Fitz and Olivia kissing-in-the-Oval-Office scene.

Tell me that I wasn’t the only one screaming, “Noooooo, don’t do it!!!” when Fitz went to thrust his pelvic bone at her. It just felt like the worst timing ever. Don’t get me wrong, Kerry and Tony sold that scene, and they had more chemistry with just their noses touching than Kerry and Scott do, even when they’re simulating full on sex.  But yeah, my inner-Olitz shipper isn’t interested in seeing them get sexual with each other until that man divorces his wife. The back and forth is simply beyond the pale. Shonda, sweetie,  either shit or get off the pot, because this crap is driving us all crazy.

2.  Abby -

She got on my nerves this episode. She really needs to get over herself now. So glad Cyrus read her ass backwards and forwards. That part made it onto my Like list.

3.  Cyrus shooting his mouth off about secret service while his man whore was lying on the bed next to him.

Who is this man and what have you done with the real Cyrus Beene?

4.  Jake being That Basic Bitch and not forcing Fitz or Olivia to listen to him about Rowan. How come he slammed poor David’s head against the table when he refused to give him the B613 files, and he couldn’t even man up enough to open his mouth and use his words? Man, you are basic as hell.

5.  Mellie grabbing Olivia like it was Black Friday and the iPhone 6 had just been reduced to $9.99.

What I Freaking Loved

1.  That somehow Shonda managed to get Prince to give them permission to use his song ‘Controversy’ on the show. A-Mazing.

Gotta love this.

2.  Olivia be Gladiatin’ like a beast. Instead of drankin’. She was fixing people, and doing a great job.

I love that Karen  called Olivia. Anything that serves to aggravate Mellie is like manna to my soul.

What’s that now? Four cases out of four that she’s fixed without looking a fool at the end of it? Season 4 is going well people, so far so good!

2B.  This “Bitch, what the fuck?” look right here;

It wasn’t a verbal read, but it still made me deliriously happy. 

3.  Olivia going off on Cyrus on the phone while he was busy enjoying that double crossing man-whore was everything.

4.  Cyrus reading Abby for filth.

“There are things that happen in this White House with this particular president that you will NEVER EVER know about. Some of those things, many of those things will involve Olivia Pope. Several of those things WILL make it hard for you to do your job and you are a patriot and you are a fighter and you will soldier on. And as for feeling small, I don’t do that to you. I suspect that jealousy does that to you. My advice on that is this: you are not Olivia. You will never be Olivia and hating Olivia for your own shortcomings will not change that fact. Also, have you ever stopped to think about what it must be like to actually BE Olivia Pope? Doesn’t seem like much fun.”

I am over Abby being salty about Olivia.

Bitch you’re not Olivia, and you never will be.

Did you guys see that smirk on Quinn’s face when Cyrus came and deflated Abby’s massive ego? Yeah, loved it.

5.  The ‘Who Did Karen Grant Go To Paris With’ montage.

This was such a hark back to old OPA, and for the first time in two seasons, this season, I didn’t miss Harrison.

6.  Fitz asking Olivia where she went.

I was disappointed that Liv lied to him, but I got it, that was not the right time to let him know that she’d been off pretending to be somebody else with Jake.

That scene was heartbreaking and beautiful, and that’s where their personal interaction should have ended.

7.  Cyrus low-key shading Mellie “Hello there Mellie, you got some new boots on there, new color?" 

I roared.

8.  Fitz reading Mellie for filth.

“I have dealt with Drunk Mellie and Smelly Mellie and Screw Everything to Hell Mellie and Crybaby Mellie and Eat Everything That is Not Nailed Down Mellie and I have not complained. But I will NOT put up with whatever righteous, History-Rewriting Mellie you have going on right now. This is NOT your family. You are NOT the mother. Not since Jerry died. Since Jerry died, you have abdicated your role. You have mothered NO one. You hold NOTHING together. You pick up no pieces. You know how I know this? Because Baby Teddy thinks his mother is Nanny Jen. And Karen spent last night in a threesome with two guys doing a move on her they like to call Eiffel Towering. You know how I know that? I saw the sextape they made. So you should be DAMB glad she called Olivia because Olivia Pope is fixing this mess that you made. This mess that WE made.

I know that I share some guilt. But you wanna know the difference between you and me? All day, every day I am running a country. I am grieving for the loss of my son but I am also running a country. All day every day, YOU are sitting around in booties and a dirty robe eating chips and getting drunk at 11am!”

Whooo, that read was so harsh and deep that even I felt hurt by it. Man that bitch deserved it and more though. Yep, I will never be here for Mellie and her pain. Come at me.

By the way, Nanny Jen? What the freaking hell happened to Marta? Teddy stays having more substitute mothers than is strictly appropriate.

9.  Olivia reading The Morgans for filth. 

“I am going to DESTROY you. That family lost a son! These are children, you sick sons of bitches! Kids experimenting. And you’re exploiting them. That makes you child pornographers. Kiddie porn starring your very own flesh and blood. I’ll manufacture [evidence]. I’ll pay eyewitnesses. I’ll plant stories. I’ll do anything and everything to assassinate what little character you have and I won’t give it a second thought because you two are the absolute WORST kind of people! The kind who have everything but still want more.

I have the head of every news organization on speed dial and they will run the hell out of the story of the rich parents who sent their son to have sex with the President’s daughter just so they could blackmail the White House and in the blink of an eye, everyone you now consider a friend will erase you from their memory. And every family in America will hate you. FOREVER. Forget about ever leaving your house again because they will know our faces because I will make sure that they are etched into the American memory. Because that is what I do. And there is no one better in the entire world at it than I am.”

This was the Olivia that we met back in season one, she’s been missing for way too long. I was so happy watching that scene that I actually cried. 

Do not mess with Olivia Pope bitches!

My Predictions:

1.  Poor Tom gets killed - probably off-screen. I can’t believe that he’s the one that the writers had kill Jerry. Damn it, there’s no redemption for him after that so he has to die, but I for one will be sorry to seem him go. I’m so pissed that we’ll still get to see Hal. *Sob*

2.  Jake Ballard will live to be the hero of the hour because apparently the writers aren’t through trying to make this motherfucker relevant. I can’t.

3.  Karen will get pregnant as a result of her trip to ‘Paris’  with the two boys, and she will have no idea who the father is. That is way too juicy a story line for the writers to leave alone. At least then we could be assured that we wont be getting a Who’s The Daddy plot featuring Olivia in the future. Better it be Karen than Liv. 

Overall Verdict

The entire episode was so damned good, definitely the best one since 752 (episode 219) in terms of the overall story telling and plotting. Everybody had their role to play and they played it well. Kudos to you Mark Fish, you can sit with us.

Next week Zahir McGee is at the writing helm. Brace yourself people. Olivia might end up on her knees scrubbing the White House floors and letting Abby and Mellie kick her every time they walk past. Tin hats at the ready for Olivia fans. It probably wont be pretty.

And because I don’t want to leave you guys on that depressing note, here’s a gratuitous shot of Jamie and Claire from Outlander sexxing:

And here’s Jamie’s sex face:

Whooo weeee!!! Glorious!

I feel so much better now, you?

Surfbort. Lol.

I have always loved QSL cards, the postcards produced and exchanged by CB radio operators, but never tried to collect them. Collaborating with Jordan Smith of the amazing blog 73sand88s really deepened my love of these things and I recently picked up a small stack of them on eBay. Here’s an undated card by Motor Mouth and Babblin’ Brook (Steve & Karen Brooks) from Spokane, Washington. You can pick up the Public Collectors booklet on QSL cards that Jordan Smith authored here.


La Familia Verde

karen washington, urban farmer

This week on Just Food Stories, Jacquie & Alison welcome guests Karen Washington and Nadia Johnson to the show to discuss what they have done for their communities by introducing gardens into their neighborhoods. After the break, Nadia tells us about starting the New York City Food Forum, and explains how successful the event was and how beneficial this movement is for communities across the city. Later, Karen tells us the most important changes she would like to see in the food & agriculture communities in New York. This program has been sponsored by Heritage Foods USA. Today’s music provided by The California Honeydrops.


“The administration needs to come forward and protect community gardens in NYC.” [27:30]

Karen Washington on Just Food Stories

The Farm Bill Course at NYU

For those of you interested in learning more after last week’s talk on Food Justice and the Farm Bill, Marion Nestle provides the syllabus for her course on the subject at NYU. 

And for anyone in and around New Haven, the second talk in our Food and Justice speaker series happens next Monday, September 26 at 5:00 pm in the GM room at 55 Hillhouse. Karen Washington, of Just Food, and Michel Nischan, CEO of Wholesome Wave, will talk about Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, discussing how urban farming can reform our food system by ending food deserts, creating green jobs and helping build community in urban neighborhoods.