COMMENTARY

 

     One heck of an Olympics for women of color. 

 

2016 Rio Olympics Some women of color Winners

GOLD

Marathon - Jemima Jelagat Sumgong (Kenya)

1500m - Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Kenya)

10,000m  - Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia)

Boxing: Flyweight - Nicola Adams (U.K.)

Boxing: Middleweight - Claresa Maria Shields

4 x 400m Relay -  Allyson Felix;  Natasha Hastings; Courtney Okolo; Phyllis Francis

Basketball: Maya Moore; Seimone Augustus; Angel Mccoughtry; Tamika Catchings; Tina Charles; Britney Griner

4 x 100m Relay- Allyson Felix; Tori Bowie; Tianna Bartoletta: English Gardner

400m Hurdles - Dalilah Muhammad

Long Jump - Tianna Bartoletta

Gymnastics Artistic: Floor Exercise - Simone Biles

100m Hurdles - Brianna Rollins

Gymnastics Artistic: Vault - Simone Biles

4 x 100m Medley Relay - Simone Manuel

Swimming: 100m Freestyle - Simone Manuel

Gymnastics Artistic: Individual All-Around - Simone Biles

Athletics: Shot Put - Michelle Carter

Gymnastics Artistic: Team -  Simone Biles; Laurie Hernandez; Gabrielle Douglas

100m & 200m - Elaine Thompson (Jamaica)

 

SILVER

800m – Francine Niyonsaba (Burundi)

100m Hurdles - Nia Ali

Long Jump - Brittney Reese

400m - Allyson Felix

100m -Tori Bowie

Swimming: 50m Freestyle – Simone Manuel

Swimming: 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Simone Manuel

Tennis: Mixed Doubles – Venus Williams

4 x 400m Relay – Shericka Jackson; Novlene Williams-Mills; Stephenie Ann Mcpherson; Anneisha Mclaughlin-Whilby (Jamaica)

4 x 100m Relay - Elaine Thompson; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; Veronica Campbell-Brown; Christania Williams (Jamaica)  

 

BRONZE

Weightlifting - Sara Ahmed (Egypt)

Taekwondo - Hedaya Malak (Egypt)

Gymnastics Artistic: Beam - Simone Biles

200m - Tori Bowie

4 x 100m Relay: Asha Philip; Anyika Onuora; Desiree Henry; Christine Ohuruogu (U.K.)

100m Hurdles - Kristi Castlin

400m Hurdles - Ashley Spencer

Fencing - Team Sabre - Ibitihaj Muhammad

100m - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)

 

I believe the media ignored the significance of this in the 21st Century era Olympics. 

 

 

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My Epitaph

           The gift of life has become even more precious recently. Last year I began to have issues with eating and digestion. From then until now it took procedures and medication by my doctors to get me back to normalcy with a caveat. I have recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, in my case I also learned it is a genetic inheritance. Every day of eating and digestion without stress is a blessing. Feeling very mortal lately, when the time comes, I am saving my family and friends  many years from now the trouble of writing my Epitaph.

 

Spencer Moon (1948 – 20??)

He made friends; he made books; he made films; he made love, not warHe believed every moment with the breath of life is a gift.

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed.

Realize Your Energy.

Long live the living!

 

My Life Today

I have three books in print all on AMAZON with the latest (my fourth book) a collaboration with a true Renaissance man, Edgar Baines. It is titled COOKIE POWER: A Double Standard. It is about the changing demographics in the workplace and its adverse effect on Black men and we also deal with the saggin’ pants phenomena. Portions of the book can be read on its own website: http://www.cookiepower.net/

 

Book 5 a work-in-progress is about an ecology for the mind. Some information to be included will be a contemporary contextualization of idea’s from the Egyptian (Kemet) Heliopolitan Mystery School which was extant from 3500 B.C. - 1500 B.C. & time travel; UFO’s; The Tarot; Dark mattter; The Law of Consequences; multi-dimensionality.

 

Book 6 also a work-in-progress can best be summed up in its working title Cinema is art, movies are commerce. The Outline right now includes the following topics – Shakespeare in cinema: a diverse perspective; Black diaspora arts: The intersection of cinema & music; American Films and Filmmakers; Black author cinema; International Cinema; Documentary Cinema: not to be confused with “reality TV”.

 

The Past & Present Intersect Here

On my YOUTUBE Channel I’ve recently posted some of my films (1977-1991). The LINKS are on my website: 

http://spencermoon.com/index.php/film-maker

To view and listen to the films listed

pause the web music player.

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COMMON & JOHN LEGEND - ACADEMY AWARDS Acceptance Speeches

Common

First I would like to thank God, that lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform Glory on the same bridge that Dr King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on, 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the south side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life, to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings.

John Legend

Thank you. Nina Simone said it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events 50 years ago, but we say that Selma is now. Because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on. God bless you.

 

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 Talladega Roots

Art and great art is capable of creating at least for me an opportunity

tsee it as an expression of the soul in ways that make manifest the

divinity of the gift of life.

The exhibit currently at the High Museum in Atlanta

RISING UP: Hale Woodruff’s Mural ‘s at Talladega College  
(http://www.high.org/Art/Exhibitions/Rising-Up-Hale-Woodruff.aspx) is on tour for the next three years and scheduled to visit another half dozen cities did that for me today. I saw the divine spirit of life made manifest by the creator of these exquisite murals Hale Woodruff (1900-1980). 

 The home of these extraordinary works of art is Talladega College (1867-Today). I was born in Talladega , AL home of these remarkable national treasures. The color, composition, size, social/political/historic significance of these images are beacons of beauty for the Millennium. The Murals were created in the first half of the Twentieth Century but depict real history of the 19th Century from 1839 when the events took place more passionately than a movie Amistad (1997) or words of praise by curators, scholars and benefactors could ever convey. My life from birth in Talladega to now living  in Atlanta is inexorably tied to the brush strokes, the subtleties, nuances and rendering of life that flows like the blood in my veins and the breath in my body. I am a child of the Talladega Murals.

 Having lived in the South now some eight years I know that the differences between this part of the country and the rest of these United States is tied to these powerful and important images. I am often addressed as Mr. Spencer which is a social more carry over from another time when white men could only be addressed by their first name preceded by Mister. I know first hand how deeply the white Southern social political ethos runs even in the 21st Century. The Talladega Murals "...puts the bone in the back…” to quote Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995), black people can stand straight when looking at these images. I can never see myself or the South in the same way because of this great art. If I could get in H.G.Welles’ Time Machine surely being a mutineer on the Amistad is my first and only choice of where I’d like to travel in time.

Dedicated to Trayvon Martin (1995-2012 ) and social justice

 

 

 

6/8/12
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Fresh Scribe, a drum major for justice... 

 

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Troy Davis

 

“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me.”

 

Troy Davis (10/9/68-9/21/11)

 

          Tearfully, as a citizen of Georgia, I must apologize on behalf of the people of conscience who abhor the execution of Troy Davis. I did not intend to turn this site into a blog but my conscience compels me with this opportunity to reach a lot of eyeballs. I am embarrassed for those who are comfortable in their subjugation. Injustice and crimes against humanity need to be shown for what they are. I do not plan to die here. Some who read this will say if you don’t like it get out. Would that it could be so easy…

Please accept my apology for a clear indication in the 21st Century the forces of evil are more determined than ever to win. Not so fast! Tyrants and injustice are being laid low all over the globe. We need to let the evil-doers know don’t be so secure in your quest to wreak havoc and terror. We see you we know you and we will win those of us who believe Man is not an animal. The “Dream” is more sweet a song than ever before.

Fresh Scribe, a drum major for justice…

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