Nordette Adams

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We say 'rabid,' you say 'feminist.' Rabid. Feminist. Rabid feminist, brought to you by Oxford Dictionaries

Google's dictionary, the one that pops up if you type a word in the search bar, is fast, convenient, and highly visible. I love the Merriam-Webster site, m-w.com, but sometimes, when I'm in a hurry, I love Google more. It, after all, draws the definitions it displays from a well-respected dictionary company, Oxford Dictionaries at...more

Just Add a Kid T-Shirt: My Last Post on "Black People Are Monkeys" (I Hope)

I hope this will be the last thing I ever write about the history of White people portraying Black people as monkeys, but unfortunately, at some point I'll probably have to write something on this topic again. This racist insult repeats, repeats, repeats. ...more
I'm commenting strictly from a business perspective and I agree that someone somewhere should ...more

The last post on "Black people are Apes and Monkeys," I hope

I hope this will be the last thing I ever write about the history of White people portraying Black people as monkeys, but unfortunately, at some point I'll probably have to write something on this topic again. This racist insult repeats, repeats, repeats. Did you hear about the Just Add A Kid T-Shirt debacle? . . ....more

The Leftovers' Promotional Song, Retrograde by James Blake (video), and What is The Rapture?

If you're haunted by the song played in HBO's promotion of its new drama The Leftovers, I'm not surprised. James Blake's Grammy-nominated song, "Retrograde," has that eerie, otherworldly, and soulful wail that may appeal to those with mystical leanings. And the video for the song seems as apocalyptic as the premise of The Leftovers itself. . . ....more

Bobby Jindal's Big Oil conflict of interest: Louisiana governor signs bill to stop lawsuits against oil companies

Two days ago I rolled my eyes at Gov. Bobby Jindal because of his appearance on Duck Dynasty. The man goes out of his way to identify with the extreme Right. . . ....more

Man jumps into Lake Pontchartrain, saves Causeway driver

As I drove across the Causeway Friday above Lake Pontchartrain in the middle of a rainstorm, I considered the possibility of my car careening over the rail due to an out-of-control-vehicle (that's a thing here, wondering whether you'll go over guard rail while crossing some body of water), and I thought, "Nobody would rescue me in this kind of weather." Cars flipping over the Causeway . . ....more

Elegy for Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

For Maya Angelou (1928-2014) Maya, about now would be time for me to learn to write an elegy, a form I've never tackled. You have joined the ancestors. In death, even, you urge a woman to learn. . . ....more

The Voice Crowns Josh Kaufman as Season 6 Winner

From the beginning, from the blind auditions on NBC's The Voice, I've preferred Josh Kaufman, but,...more

Usher and Adam Levine Cover D'Angelo's How Does it Feel aka Untitled (Video)

Yes, last night on NBC's The Voice, the three finalists performed (Christina Grimme, Josh Kaufman, and Jake Worthington), but seriously, two of the show's judges stole the night. Usher and Adam Levine covered D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," and um, what can I say but, "Damn! That was sexy." The women in the audience went out of their minds, screaming. . . ....more

The devil's coming round now honey: So, you want to write music for films.

So, today I learned about writing for music libraries, which is considered a viable way of making a living. And it's all due to a CSI promotion commercial. The song with the lyrics "The devil's comin' round now honey, you better lock your front door," appeals to me. . . ....more