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Rest in Paradise Dr. Sister Maya Angelou

It is with sadness that I write this blog post. We as a world, have a lost a Matriarch. Award-winning author,  world renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou, passed at the age of 86 on Wednesday May 28th.  Dr. Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson lit up our lives with her eloquence as a "Phenomenal Woman." She told us that "Still I Rise,"  and revealed and dealt with teen pregnancy, rape, and abuse in the autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."    In her early years she was a cast member of the opera "Porgy and Bess." Her work and accolades are so numerous. She directed the hit film "Down in the Delta,"  and accepted a lifetime professorship in American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina.    I remember growing up and learning of Dr. Angelou and reading her work. She encouraged me to break the bonds of slavery in my own personal life and gave me strength from her work.    We ha…

North Carolina Passes Amendment 1

Welcome to the Bible Belt of the South.  Apparently as of Today North Carolina has passed the notorious Amendment 1. It was promoted as a ban on Same Sex marriage however here are some more things on how it screws traditional marriages, healthcare, as well as domestic violence protections. The ACLU made a list of how sucky things are about to get:

Domestic violence laws protecting people in an unmarried partnerships might be weakened. (This claim has been debated by both sides, and it's still unclear exactly how the law would impact domestic violence victims. Opponents of Amendment 1 say many of North Carolina's domestic violence laws offer special protections to victims who have an established relationship with their abusers. So if the amendment narrows the law to legally recognize only marriages, it might weaken these protective laws for unmarried partners. Supporters of Amendment 1, such as Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr.,contest this claim. Berger said …