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By Marquesa LaDawn
NNPA Columnist

 

Control Issues Out of Control

My Southern sistahs on Married to Medicine had a hard time this week. Emotions got the best of them, especially Lisa Nicole. The empowerment diva sensed she was walking into a bad situation and that’s exactly what happened. Quad invited Lisa Nicole to a meeting in the name of peace or so she says. But the meeting was anything but!

It started with Quad sharing her thoughts about Lisa digging into her past by getting a background check and ended in a brawl with Lisa Nicole responding full force because of triggers thrown by Quad. Triggers included a battery charge in her past, though she was never arrested. Along with the deepest scar of all, her husbands cheating, resulting in, we’re told, a child. Later, we learned it wasn’t his kid. Quad left with a cut on her face and Lisa left with a broken spirit.

The women learned of this “meeting that went bad” at Dr. Jackie’s event. Speaking of the Dr. J’s event, I’m also one of those folks that’s a bit irked by people who try to “help” overweight people without understanding the struggle they go through. I see your heart Dr. J., but be careful about preaching on a pain you can’t relate to.

 

The Real Housewives of New York City (RHONY) also had some control issues…

Skinny Girl Bethenny Frankel decided to make a scrumptious meal for the ladies. While prepping away Ramona coaster popped in and said I think we’re heading out to have lunch at a cool restaurant. Of course, this sets off Bethenny, which sets off everyone. What I found cool about this interaction is they fought, yelled and then made up. It was friendship at its best.

While having this great lunch, I loved it when Ramona shared her book idea and know-it- all Bethenny piped in with “this is how it is” advice that turned off Heather and Carole. Pissed off, they begin to discuss among themselves and Bethenny overhears and decides to confront them and then, you guessed it, they fought, yelled and made up.

This episode ended with the ladies headed out for the evening and Ramona still in her “I’m ready to piss everybody off” mood. Carole and Heather and a couple of the other ladies make the rounds that include chatting it up with the handsome owner, only to get abruptly interrupted by Ramona-coaster, as she decides she wants his attention. Really!

This craziness continues next episode. I can’t wait!

There was an entirely different episode of (Real Housewives of the OC) filled with emotion. After last week’s disagreement between Shannon and Meagan, the ladies decided to put their anger aside and give this new relationship a shot at Shannon’s game- themed party. During the party, Vicki, the queen of the OC, got news that would change her life forever. Her mother unexpectedly died and she learned the news from her daughter over phone. She fell to the floor and reverted to a 5-year old crying for her mother in a matter of minutes.

It was excruciatingly painful to watch. I cried so hard for her and immediately called my parents and told them I loved them. It was sadness, pain and realness rolled into one. This scene made me think of how the producers must have felt as this happened and how they made the decision to air this. I did find out via blog, that Vicki gave her permission. We love you Vicki, you have our sympathy.

I have to tell you about one of my fav’s, Big Brother; it’s now getting good. They actually have twins acting as one person. If they are successful fooling the other housemates for a certain period of time, they get to both play as individuals. I heard from the streets they may be exposed this week. Ooh, I can’t wait. Also, my favorite houseguest on the show, Dey, is causing drama. She is a Tamar wannabe, emotional and all. She’s smart and not so smart. She’s also in danger of being voted out if she does not improve her social game. Please! Keep her in Big Brother. We have the Barbie and Ken houseguests who are in power and they want Dey out. We will see!

Looks like my Braxton girls will finally have it out. I wish that Tamar will say I’m sorry and learn to listen. I understand ya, girl. I had to learn myself. I also hope that Tracy, shares with her sisters her need to feel supported. But don’t get your hopes up.

 

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 my podcast at www.RealitytvGirl.com.

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Art

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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