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By Marquesa LaDawn
NNPA Columnist

 
This week was interesting because all of my favorites seem to have something in common. It was about the struggle of “playing nice with others.” But before I go there, I have talk about the biggest story in Reality TV. I don’t usually write about the Kardashians but I had to say something with it being a big story – Bruce becoming Caitlyn!

I love it! Bruce making this big decision changed the world, not to mention his life. The perception of a transgender person has shifted. We’ve all been educated. I do think he was the ideal person to take on this mission. Yes, I know he has a lot of kids and was a married man. I can only imagine the emotional confusion that his family is experiencing, that being said, being famous is a good thing and a bad thing.

I admire how Bruce put his feelings aside for so many years for his family. But, he’s right, he’s got to live for himself and that means as Caitlyn.

I think he chose well!

The ladies let it all out on RHOA via Kandi’s family ski vacation. I must say, the Tuckers and the “old ladies gang” are addictive. This week, Todd is fed up with the family blaming him for well everything. He’s tired of Kandi accepting their issues. It was refreshing seeing Todd express himself to his relatives and hearing them say, the ladies are crazy.

Todd goal was to clear the air, knowing Kandi, will pretend everything is fine. Of course, Mama Joyce had to step in and blab about nothing. I loved how Todd ignored her with such class and continued to have his say. In short, let’s be a family and enjoy one another. Awww!

Of course the peace could not last for too long. Kandi’s best friend and assistant (two words that should never go together), got put on blast. Carmen, though a great friend, is a lazy assistant, which became clear and after watching Todd’s assistant shin. Kandi had to say something and it hit Carmen hard. First off all, this can of worms got opened by Kandi’s daughter pointing out Carmen and the other assistant’s not so polite attitude towards Todd’s assistant. Everyone then headed to bed and it happened. Kandi visited her team’s rooms and shared her frustration about not doing a great job. They listened, frowned and finally accepted the challenge to do better. Next week, we’ll see how Carmen does as she tries to make things better with Mama Joyce. Talk about being between a rock and hard place.

Meanwhile, the RHONY ladies were truly in fine form. Dorinda, the newest housewife, is tired of defending her relationship to the ladies and told them to back off! As much I love these ladies, they are not the most objective and here’s why:

 

  • Ramona was in denial a long time about the state her marriage and now its over.
  • Kristin, now in her second season, was portrayed as a wife with an uneven marriage. In other words, not much of a voice.
  • Luanne is newly separated from her boyfriend and
  • Bethenny is dealing with one of the most public and bitter divorces in housewife history.

 

Bottom line: Dorinda and these ladies, have great advice for others – but not themselves.

Dorinda, also hosted her birthday party in her gorgeous home in the Berkshires. What a huge house, I liked everything but the decor. This week was especially entertaining with Bethenny a/k/a B arriving. Gosh, I love her so much, but I’m worried. I don’t think she’s capable of playing nice with other women. I’m no psychologist, but her troubled relationship with her mom seems to make it hard for her to get along with other women.

Blood, Sweat and Heels was very interesting ….

The villains from last season are under fire, sort of started by the newest villain, Chantelle. Frankly, Chantelle, is bold enough to say something. I read her blog this week and she hit the nail on the head. Demetria wants to control her friend Geneva by playing an emotional game of threatening to not let her share her wedding day. Now, Chantelle called her out on this and she runs. She can dish it out but not take it in. What’s shocking is Melissa’s big shift. She was buddies with one group and now seems to be tied to another that includes Demetria.

I feel bad for Daisy, she’s dealing with cancer and the drama from these ladies. She tries to share her story and they can’t pay attention. Especially, Demetria, who claims some of the other ladies did not act right during her book signing. Daisy tries to tell her that her actions hurt, but she shot them down and left. I have a feeling a situation will come preventing her from just leaving but facing the music.

 

 

 

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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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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