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By Marquesa LaDawn
NNPA Columnist

 

Yes, I miss The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but I getting my fix with Kandi’s spinoff show.

Kandi is almost perfect until you get her around her family (The Tuckers, Moma Joyce and gang, plus the assistants) all headed on a “ski trip.” I hate to say this folks, but most Black folks do not ski. Anyway, it’s less about the skiing and more about the family dynamics.

I love that Kandi called it first on her Bravo blog by saying, “watching my family on the ski trip, reminds me of the Beverly Hillbillies.” The aunties expressed dismay with a lot of things, especially the sleeping quarters. I have to agree that expecting folks of that age to walk far is not realistic, but it did not stop there – they had to share all frustrations. This included Kandi being a bit absent from their lives. Really? She is a newlywed with a new stepdaughter and grieving husband added to an already busy life. Did they forget that she was humiliated by her own mother’s behavior towards her marriage and the aunts did not help? I have to give it to Kandi for handling the situation with class. Yes she tends to sweep things under the rug, but she just apologized and kept it moving. I have a feeling disagreements will not end as smoothly in the next episode.

Meanwhile, The Real Housewives of New York prompted a question: Why is it that brilliant, almost perfect, business women struggle so much in personal relationships? This seems to be a trend, really. (In the interest of full disclosure, I also struggle in this area. And like B, I’m working on it). B started this episode not being very tolerant. To be brutally honest, some folks have weird things that they do that you just have to comment on. Heather, loves to use urban terms like “hola” and “mama” for her friends, and the list goes on. And when you anger her, she becomes a thug girl.

Even so, it seems to go against her look and lifestyle. This makes it tempting for folks like B and others to make fun of her. It doesn’t bother Heather because she’s secure and knows it gives her “flava”! Back to B, she’s not feeling Heather or any of the newer housewives. She’s very direct about letting them know that they must earnher trust. Some may say this seems a bit mean, but if you look at her childhood and on-air therapy sessions, she acknowledges that she’s messed up. It was nice to see her talk things through with her stepfather, after 20-plus years of zero communication. She wants her daughter to experience a total family from her side. In spite of her big issues, she’s still Skinny Girl Perfect.

This episode showed the ladies at a boxing match and it was weird seeing perfectly coiffed ladies getting sweat all over them. It’s always interesting to see how these relationships evolve. It looks like Luann and Carole will not be great friends anytime soon. We all know it’s because of Carole’s relationship with Luann’s nieces ex-boyfriend that happens to be at least 30 years younger. Looking forward to next week when they really talk this out!

 

My new favorite Queens of Drama

I’m so hurt that my girl, Vanessa Marcil (from General Hospital and Beverly Hills 90210), lost it. I guess I believed her perfect character on GH when, in fact, she’s more like her flawed character from BH 90210. She’s easily irritated and throws tantrums at the drop of a dime. She finally lost it in the week’s episode and ran away. I’m praying for you girl! On another note, Donna Mills had to come down a few notches from the Abby Ewing ladder. She did not want Vanessa to know she was needed to keep the project. I think she’s a little scared that the network will not go for her replacing Vanessa. We will see.

 

The Braxton’s are back and its saucier than ever…

I was curious to see if Tamar would behave better now that she has a new talk show. It’s too soon to tell, but I see the sisters are accepting one another’s flaws and choosing to move on. The perfect marriage is anything but… Trina, is getting divorced for the third time. It looks like a battle between her and her ex will color most of this season. We are in for some interesting Fireworks!!

 

A quick word on Blood, Sex and Heels…

 My girl Mia, so perfectly tall, is not ready to be alone. She started dating a guy she considers boring. But, I’m happy with her this season because of her support for Daisy as she deals with cancer.

 

 

 

Marquesa LaDawn is a professional businesswoman who escapes the pressures of living in New York City by retreating into the real world of reality TV. Follow me on twitter @realityshowgirl and subscribe to her podcast at www.RealitytvGirl.com.

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Richmond Art Center Announces Trio of Winter Exhibitions

Community members can check out Art of the African Diaspora Jan. 18 through March 18 in the RAC’s Main Gallery, with the opening reception being held Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. The exhibition will spotlight the work of more than 120 artists of African descent “through representation, professional development and building a creative community,” per the RAC.

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The Remembrance Project (left). Caption 2: Amanda Ayala Ancestor Wheel 2020 (center). Fulfillment by Cynthia Brannvall, 2021 (right). Images courtesy of the Richmond Art Center.
The Remembrance Project (left). Caption 2: Amanda Ayala Ancestor Wheel 2020 (center). Fulfillment by Cynthia Brannvall, 2021 (right). Images courtesy of the Richmond Art Center.

 

By Kathy Chouteau | Richmond Standard

The Richmond Art Center (RAC) has announced its lineup of three winter exhibitions, including Art of the African DiasporaConnected Always and The Remembrance Project, on display at its galleries Jan. 18 through March 18, 2023.

Community members can check out Art of the African Diaspora Jan. 18 through March 18 in the RAC’s Main Gallery, with the opening reception being held Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. The exhibition will spotlight the work of more than 120 artists of African descent “through representation, professional development and building a creative community,” per the RAC.

Artists Derrick Bell, Cynthia Brannvall, and Pryce Jones will be featured in the exhibition and community members can find the Art of the African Diaspora print catalog at the center for info about open studios and satellite exhibitions off-shooting from the RAC event. Learn more about the exhibition https://richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/art-of-the-african-diaspora-2023

Amanda Ayala’s exhibition, Connected Always, will take place in the RAC’s South Gallery Jan. 20 through March 11, 2023. An opening reception is set for Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m., while a free Ancestor Wheel Workshop and artist talk open to everyone will be held by the artist Saturday, Feb. 18, 12 – 2 p.m.

Connected Always will see Ayala — who identifies as a Xicana indigenous visual artist — explore our ancestral connections through her latest works. The interdisciplinary Santa Rosa artist runs workshops “that combine artist liberation and social justice for people of all ages,” per the RAC, and will have one as part of her continuing Ancestor Wheel project during her RAC exhibition. Find out more about Ayala’s exhibition at: https://richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/connected-always/.

The third winter exhibition, The Remembrance Project, will be shown in the Community Gallery Jan. 18 to March 18, with the opening reception being hosted Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. The Remembrance Project Workshop will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 from 2-4 p.m. and a book talk with Sara Trail will happen on Saturday, March 4, from 1-2:30 p.m.

The Remembrance Project is not only “a cloth memorial of activist art banners commemorating the many people who have lost their lives to systems of inequity and racist structures,” per the RAC, but also two special events for community members — the aforementioned workshop and book talk.

The Social Justice Sewing Academy is presenting the cloth memorial, which has been created by volunteers nationwide “to help educate and inform communities about the human impact of systemic violence,” said the RAC.

The community can coalesce with others fighting for social justice and remember those lost to violence, while also learning about the academy’s work, through two related special events. A workshop on Saturday, Jan. 28 will blend craft, art and activism, while the founder of the academy, Sara Trail, will give a talk and book signing of her work Stitching Stolen Lives on Saturday, March 4. The events are free and available to community members of all ages. Learn more about The Remembrance Project at https://richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/the-remembrance-project

The RAC is located at 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the exhibitions and events are free and open to the community.

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Parade Planned to Honor Historic Pinole Valley High School Football Season

The Spartans football team captured its first ever state title last fall, defeating Mendota High 34-21 in the Division 7-AA California State Championship. The victory marks the first time a West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) school has earned a high school state football title.

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Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.
Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

By Mike Kinney

A parade is being planned to celebrate the Pinole Valley High School football team’s historic championship season, Principal Kibby Kleiman said. School officials are considering holding the parade on Feb. 4, 2023, although an official date has not yet been confirmed.

Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

The parade will start at the Pinole Valley Park and will proceed to the Pinole Valley High School football field. The high school’s marching band, cheerleading squad and color guard will participate, along with clubs and service organizations connected to the school.

“It will almost be like a mini homecoming event,” Kleiman said.

The Spartans football team captured its first ever state title last fall, defeating Mendota High 34-21 in the Division 7-AA California State Championship. The victory marks the first time a West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) school has earned a high school state football title.

Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

Photos courtesy of Pinole Valley High School.

The Spartans earned their bid to play in the state championship after defeating Justin-Siena (Napa) 7-0 on Nov. 25, 2022, capturing their first North Coast Section title in 43 years.

Kleiman noted the team will also be recognized in a ceremony at Pinole City Council in February.

“We could not be prouder of the level of support coming from the community and the school,” he said. “It is wonderful to feel valued and honored. We are extremely proud of our Spartan football team!”

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Activism

PRESS ROOM: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Set for Jan. 16 in San Leandro

The event commemorates the birthday of this great American leader and his lifelong work toward equality and peace. This year’s event will be held at the Marina Community Center, located at 15301 Wicks Blvd., and includes live entertainment and student performances for the oratorical contest. Light refreshments and crafts for kids will also be provided with free admission for all those who wish to attend.

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The event commemorates the birthday of this great American leader and his lifelong work toward equality and peace.
The event commemorates the birthday of this great American leader and his lifelong work toward equality and peace.

SAN LEANDRO, CA —Mayor Juan Gonzalez and the San Leandro City Council are pleased to invite the community to attend the City of San Leandro’s annual celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event commemorates the birthday of this great American leader and his lifelong work toward equality and peace. This year’s event will be held at the Marina Community Center, located at 15301 Wicks Blvd., and includes live entertainment and student performances for the oratorical contest. Light refreshments and crafts for kids will also be provided with free admission for all those who wish to attend.

San Leandro students in 3rd through 12th grades are invited to participate in the oratorical festival and poetry slam. Students can win gift card prizes in their grade category ($100 first place, $50 second place). Prizes are made possible by the San Leandro Optimist Club.

For more information, contact Liz Hodgins at 510-577-3473 or ehodgins@sanleandro.org.

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