Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Today I Have Been In Cuba-Hell!

OK, it has not been that bad, but the day has bore on longer than I have wanted it too.

The only thing that has been keeping me going is the faux martini glass that my secret santa gave me today.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Money is not just an issue.

Don't get me wrong, I love hanging out with fmily and friends.  Nothing more would please me more than taking a stroll through the park, taking in the sites of the city, maybe stroll through a museum.

But of late, my friends and family have had more important things going on intheir lives, leaving me to fend for myself.

That is were I am getting into trouble.

Despite my goals for saving money this month, I have some how blown right through that several hundred dollars in just a few weeks (but I did make some pretty fond memories while doing so).

Several year ago, I made an effort to save money but soon realized that I am not the saving type.

To combat my spending, I have steped up the number of articles that I publish in addition to adding two more services to my professional consulting business that I do on the side.

No big plans this week, safe for a community event that I volunteer for each year.  I may even save a few bucks and stay in to make some cash.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Week In Review: Real Heros and Wanna-Bes

This week we saw great examples of our nation's hero's take charge and give definitive answer to the safety and purpose of our nation.

And other, so called hero's taught us that we are only human and sex and money still have a way of over riding our mind.

Tiger Woods Turns His Back On The Sport He Loves
President Obama Gives The Best Speech of My Lifetime
Brian Kelly Abandons University of Cincinnati With Just 1 Game To Go
Sexy Legacy gets Voted Off SYTYCD

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Breakfast of Champions

This pictue of a bloody mary was taken at our local French eatery in my neighborhood during brunch with some friends in town visiting from Europe after "a night of 1,000 coctails".

Man I could sure go for one of these right now.

It's been one of those days.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

World AIDS Day 2009

Let's celebrate today by taking 30mins out of your day and go and get tested!

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Brooklyn Bridge's Little Brother

New York's Brooklyn Bridge was opened in May of 1883. Little do some New Yorkers know that the Brookln Bridge's designer, John A. Roebling created its little brother here in Cincinnati in 1856.

A Weekend For Champions

First and foremost, after using the methods that I learned in the book "The Gabriel Method", I have lost 6lbs in the past seven days.

I can honestly say it was because of the things that I learned in this book for two reasons; (1) I ate way too much food over the past week to loose it because of exercising and (2), it has been more than a year since I have been down to this weight, despite the intense workouts and dieting.

That being said, I celebrated a little too much.

Friday night, I attended and private party and then went on to, should I even say, a straight club. I have to say, for the past decade, I have avoided straight establishments because I did not want to change the way that I acted to appease other people. Friday, I felt every so comfortable in the presence of straights…in fact, they were sexier their gay counterparts. I was amazed of the swagger and fashion sense that they exuded.

Red and I hosted a small party on Saturday evening that ended very well (wink wink).

Sunday I ventured to a straight bar to watch the Bengals whoop up on some Browns. I did not go just because it was a straight bar, but to meet up with a Bret, a straight acting guy who I have been chatting with for about a year now, but have never had the courage to meet up with him BECAUSE he only goes to straight bars.

It was so much fun to actually watch a football game with other people who are involved with the game. So much better then hanging out at one of the cities gay establishments where there may be only two other people on a Sunday afternoon and you have to bend the server’s arm to get them to even turn on the game.

No big plans this weekend, but I will be working a boat load of over time in order to be prepared for Xmas shopping. Also there has been this cute guy checking me out at the gym. I wonder what will come about that.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Are Gay Men Smarter?

Just a question. What do you guys think?

I would have to say no, but on the other hand, those who are musically inclined or have a passion for the arts tend to score higher on standardized tests.

Would it be the same for gay men?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What I Am Reading Now

I am not too big on mind tricks and other mumbo jumbo, but in finding ways to loose weight, I stumbled upon this book and I have to say that it contains some interesting things.

I am loving on Lambert!

During most of my military career, I was a very closeted and very scared person.

Just a year or two out of high school, I had no idea how to express my feelings for men, or for anyone for that matter.

The weird thing is that it was MTV that help me out during those tumultuous later teen years, and helped me to find myself and let myself become more comfortable with my sexuality.

That is why this morning I am loving on Lambert.

Though it was not MTV and I did not actually watch his Loud and Out performance, music is yet again making me feel more comfortable about being out and proud.

Taking a page from Madonna or Brittany, at last nights AMA's AL strutted the stage with collared men, gyrated his pelvis with dancers and his band members alike and topped it off with a dead on lip lock one of his male band members.

This is a personal note to you AL- Keep doing what you do. You will help more people than they say you hurt!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hump Day Hottie

When paroozing Out.com, I came across this Latin heart-throbe. Supposedly, Tamar Novas is the new "It-Guy" in Spain. Check out more info and more photos on Out.com.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The "Beloved" Margaret Garner is Back In Action

“Beloved”, written by Toni Morrison and published in 1987, won the Pulitzer Prize and loosely follows the story of escaped slave Margaret Garner. Garner’s Medea-like heroics when she was captured in her attempt to escape from slavery threw the city of Cincinnati, OH to the forefront of the Nation’s attention.

Garner made the ultimate sacrifice and instead of seeing her child be taken back into slavery, decided to take the child’s life with her own two hands.

Morrison’s fictional reproduction of this real life drama was so popular; Oprah Winfrey redeveloped it into a screen play in addition to a Michigan Opera house creating a theatrical stage production of the novel in the form of an opera.

I became interested in the story for two reasons; (1) it was a true story and (2) the story occurred in the part of the country where I was from. In my infatuation with the story, I spent years researching all the nuances of the story to even traveling to the farm where Margaret Garner lived (yes it is still there). I even gave seminars on this topic, going over the similarities and differences in the real life story and fictional adaptations.

I have decided to reprise the seminar this upcoming Black History Month. There are few new developments that I have found, and I feel that it would be cool to remind people in this area of Southern Ohio that the Nobel Prize winning “Beloved” came from a story from this area.

View of San Francisco from atop the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Power of 7-4-0

While I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago, the style and vice of the city took hold of me in a way that only Rembrandt could describe in one of his paintings. OK….that may be a little dramatic, but I feel safe that you get what I am trying to describe.

During this time, ancient mantras and centuries old though processes exposed them selves to me and I began to take a novice interests, especially of the teaching of Buddha. This passing interest (which has not totally left my mind) opened my mind to the significance of “happenings” such as dreams and numbers.

Just after this realization and on the way back to the dumpy Mid-west, the numbers 7-4-0 kept appearing to me, and not in combination with other numbers and in this particular sequence. For example, 740 was the number of the cab that I took home from the airport. $7.40 was the exact amount that I paid for lunch and 740 was the number that I pulled with I was in line at the deli.

Before I make in predisposed sayings about what this sequence of numbers means and before I let you know how I have incorporated this into my life, I am going to do a little bit of research before I speak out of my ass…as I have done time and time again in the past.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Stop and smell the flowers

Taken in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Oct 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Hello" by Sam Francis (1923-1994)

Back in da Habit

(Russian Hill in San Francisco over looking The Golden Gate Bridge taken last week)

I know that I have not been updating ‘da NAMjA’ in the past few months, but just like chicken soup, a break is sometimes also good for the soul.

The break was also due to fact that I just began working in a new capacity at work (I am still in a cubicle though I will get over that) and I am a day removed from a week-long travel up AND down California's Pacific Coast.

Just before the onset of both of the reasons why I have not been blogging, I wasn't in the greatest place, both mentally and physically.

Over the past two months, not only have I been blessed with the opportunity to be transferred to a higher paying, more professional working environment, I have also been afforded to opportunity to experience San Diego beaches, central California's rolling hills and valleys, and also the uber-metropolitan antics that San Francisco nights (and in some case their days) have to offer.

It is a wonder how much a small excursion away from your normal day-to-day living, coupled with a slight change in your working environment, can open your mind and give you more of a reason to, for lack of a less dramatic word...live.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"Boy Party" by Jess (Burgess Franklin Collins)

It was my favorite painting in the Contemporary Collection at de Young museum in San Francisco.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

500 Ryle High students ill

UNION - About 500 of the 1,560 students at Ryle High School were home sick Tuesday, many of them with a low-grade virus, according to Superintendent Randy Poe.

Poe said what many of the students are suffering from is similar to what kept about 200 Gray Middle School students home last week. Gray is next door to Ryle, and many siblings of students at Gray attend Ryle.

Poe said attendance was up by about 100 students on Wednesday morning.
Poe said there are no plans to close Ryle, and whether extracurricular events will be postponed this week will be determined on an event-by-event basis.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cincinnati City Council Wanna-Be's Face Off

This morning on Channel 12's NewsMakers, four people running for this year's Cincinnati City Council seats squared off.

On today's program, Laura Quinlivan, Charlie Winburn, Bernadett Watson, and Tony Fischer all went tete-a-tete on issues facing the Queen City. From budget cuts to debate on the reamifications of bring a casino to Broadway Commons were all placed on the table.

Though Fisher and Watson made an acceptable appearance, the real fireworks came when Issue 9 and the street car was brought to the forefront.

Quainlivan made a valid and passionate argument about the necessity of an established transportation system, found in the street car, in addition to her publicly denouncing her approval for Issue 9.

This sentiment was also heralded by Fisher and Watson. The only opposition came from Winburn who repeated harped in the violence and crime that was prevalent in the proposed street car route.

In my opinion, here are my grades on the City Council Candidate's Sunday morning appearance:

Laure Quinlivan: A-

Charlie Winburn: C-

Bernadett Watson: B

Tony Fischer: B

If you mised it, form your own opinion by watching what you missed here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


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Is CIRV Really Worth It?

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CINCINNATI -- Oralen Buckner was robbed and murdered while waiting for a ride outside the Faye Apartments in June. More than a month went by without an arrest.

So the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, or CIRV, offered to get involved.

Oralen Buckner's homicide was solved thanks to help from CIRV.
Kenneth Buckner, Oralen’s brother, was skeptical. He didn’t think CIRV’s involvement would make any difference.

“No I didn't,” Buckner said.

But Buckner agreed to let CIRV hold a vigil for his brother, encouraging people to come forward with information about who killed him.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

My Newly Published Article 'How To Save Money In This Tough Economy'

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Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary dies

As Reported by The Associated Press
DANBURY, Conn. — Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died.

The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for several years.

Travers joined forces with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in the early 1960s.

The trio mingled their music with liberal politics, both onstage and off. Their version of "If I Had a Hammer" became an anthem for racial equality. Other hits included "Lemon Tree," ''Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Puff (The Magic Dragon.)"

They were early champions of Bob Dylan and performed his "Blowin' in the Wind" at the August 1963 March on Washington.

And they were vehement in their opposition to the Vietnam War, managing to stay true to their liberal beliefs while creating music that resonated in the American mainstream.

The group collected five Grammy Awards for their three-part harmony on enduring songs like "Leaving on a Jet Plane," ''Puff (The Magic Dragon)" and "Blowin' in the Wind."

At one point in 1963, three of their albums were in the top six Billboard best-selling LPs as they became the biggest stars of the folk revival movement.

It was heady stuff for a trio that had formed in the early 1960s in Greenwich Village, running through simple tunes like "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

They debuted at the Bitter End in 1961, and their beatnik look — a tall blonde flanked by a pair of goateed guitarists — was a part of their initial appeal. As The New York Times critic Robert Shelton put it not long afterward, "Sex appeal as a keystone for a folk-song group was the idea of the group's manager, Albert B. Grossman, who searched for months for 'the girl' until he decided on Miss Travers."

Their debut album came out in 1962, and immediately scored a pair of hits with their versions of "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree." The former won them Grammys for best folk recording, and best performance by a vocal group.

"Moving" was the follow-up, including the hit tale of innocence lost, "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" — which reached No. 2 on the charts, and generated since-discounted reports that it was an ode to marijuana.

Album No. 3, "In the Wind," featured three songs by the 22-year-old Dylan. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" and "Blowin' in the Wind" both reached the top 10, bringing Dylan's material to a massive audience; the latter shipped 300,000 copies during one two-week period.

"Blowin' In the Wind" became an another civil rights anthem, and Peter, Paul and Mary fully embraced the cause. They marched with King in Selma, Ala., and performed with him in Washington.

In a 1966 New York Times interview, Travers said the three worked well together because they respected one another. "There has to be a certain amount of love just in order for you to survive together," she said. "I think a lot of groups have gone down the tubes because they were not able to relate to one another."

With the advent of the Beatles and Dylan's switch to electric guitar, the folk boom disappeared. Travers expressed disdain for folk-rock, telling the Chicago Daily News in 1966 that "it's so badly written. ... When the fad changed from folk to rock, they didn't take along any good writers."

But the trio continued their success, scoring with the tongue-in-cheek single "I Dig Rock and Roll Music," a gentle parody of the Mamas and the Papas, in 1967 and the John Denver-penned "Leaving on a Jet Plane" two years later.

They also continued as boosters for young songwriters, recording numbers written by then-little-known Gordon Lightfoot and Laura Nyro.

In 1969, the group earned their final Grammy for "Peter, Paul and Mommy," which won for best children's album. They disbanded in 1971, launching solo careers — Travers released five albums — that never achieved the heights of their collaborations.

Over the years they enjoyed several reunions, including a performance at a 1978 anti-nuclear benefit organized by Yarrow and a 35th anniversary album, "Lifelines," with fellow folkies Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Van Ronk and Seeger. A boxed set of their music was released in 2004.

They remained politically active as well, performing at the 1995 anniversary of the Kent State shootings and performing for California strawberry pickers.

Travers had undergone a successful bone marrow transplant to treat her leukemia and was able to return to performing after that.

"It was like a miracle," Travers told The Associated Press in 2006. "I'm just feeling fabulous. What's incredible is someone has given your life back. I'm out in the garden today. This time last year I was looking out a window at a hospital." She also said she told the marrow donor "how incredibly grateful I was."

But by mid-2009, Yarrow told WTOP radio in Washington that her condition had worsened again and he thought she would no longer be able to perform.

Mary Allin Travers was born on Nov. 9, 1936 in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of journalists who moved the family to Manhattan's bohemian Greenwich Village. She quickly became enamored with folk performers like the Weavers, and was soon performing with Seeger, a founding member of the Weavers who lived in the same building as the Travers family.

With a group called the Song Swappers, Travers backed Seeger on one album and two shows at Carnegie Hall. She also appeared (as one of a group of folk singers) in a short-lived 1958 Broadway show called "The Next President," starring comedian Mort Sahl.

It wasn't until she met up with Yarrow and Stookey that Travers would taste success on her own. Yarrow was managed by Grossman, who later worked in the same capacity for Dylan.

In the book "Positively 4th Street" by David Hajdu, Travers recalled that Grossman's strategy was to "find a nobody that he could nurture and make famous."

The budding trio, boosted by the arrangements of Milt Okun, spent seven months rehearsing in her Greenwich Village apartment before their 1961 public debut.

Travers lived for many years in Redding, Conn.

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Obama scrapping missile shield for Czech, Poland

By Karel Janicek And William J. Kole, Associated Press Writers

PRAGUE — President Barack Obama has decided to scrap plans for a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland that had deeply angered Russia, the Czech prime minister confirmed Thursday.

NATO's new chief hailed the move as "a positive step" and a Russian analyst said the move will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.

Premier Jan Fischer told reporters that Obama phoned him overnight to say that "his government is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory."

"The same happened with Poland. Poland was informed in the same way about this intention," Fischer said.

Under the plan, which had been proposed by the Bush administration to defend the United States and its European allies against a possible missile attack from Iran or elsewhere in the Middle East, 10 interceptor rockets were to have been stationed in Poland and a radar system based in the Czech Republic.

But Russia was livid over the prospect of having U.S. interceptor rockets in countries so close to its territory, and the Obama administration has sought to improve strained ties with the Kremlin.

A top Russian lawmaker praised the move.

"The U.S. president's decision is a well-thought and systematic one," said Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. "It reflects understanding that any security measure can't be built entirely on the basis of one nation."

Fischer said Obama assured him that the "strategic cooperation" between the Czech Republic and the U.S. would continue, and that Washington considers the Czechs among its closes allies.

Fischer said after a review of the missile defense system, the U.S. now considers the threat of an attack using short- and mid-range missiles greater than one using long-range rockets.

"That's what the Americans assessed as the most serious threat," and Obama's decision was based on that, he said.

In Poland, officials declined to confirm Fischer's remarks, saying they were waiting for a formal announcement from Washington.

Obama took office undecided about whether to continue to press for the European system and said he would study it. His administration never sounded enthusiastic about it, and European allies have been preparing for an announcement that the White House would not complete the shield as designed.

Alexei Arbatov, head of the Russian Academy of Science's Center for International Security, told a Moscow radio station Thursday that the U.S. was giving in on missile defense to get more cooperation from Russia on Iran.

"The United States is reckoning that by rejecting the missile-defense system or putting it off to the far future, Russia will be inclined together with the United States to take a harder line on sanctions against Iran," he said.

The Czech government had stood behind the planned radar system despite fierce opposition from the public, which has staged numerous protests.

Critics fear the Czech Republic would be targeted by terrorists if it agreed to host the radar system, which was planned for the Brdy military installation 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Prague, the capital.

In Washington, Defense Secretary Robert Gates scheduled a news conference Thursday with a top military leader, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, who has been a point man on the technical challenge of arraying missiles and interceptors to defend against long-range missiles.

The decision to scrap the plan will have future consequences for U.S. relations with eastern Europe.

"If the administration approaches us in the future with any request, I would be strongly against it," said Jan Vidim, a lawmaker with Czech Republic's conservative Civic Democratic Party, which supported the missile defense plan.


Kole reported from Vienna. AP Writer Monika Scislowska in Warsaw, Anne Gearan and Desmond Butler in Washington and Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this story.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

H&M Comes To The Tri-State

How did this store sneak under my radar?
The first time that I visited this was in Philly and I fell in love.
It wasn’t until a year ago when I was visiting Indy that I was able to take in their wares again.
Just yesterday, I found out that this ultra hip store has a location in Kenwood AND in Florence Y’all…who knew?

Let’s just say, I will be there for their end of the month sales.

How to Save Money In These Tough Economic Times

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The last time that our country has seen this much financial distress the American people were getting ready to be thrown into the midst of The Great Depression. It can be proven with the recent nationwide debate on healthcare reform and the all time high in unemployment.

To combat the effects of the Great Depression, this county enacted the National Industrial Revitalization Act by the Federal Government, which completely shut down some financial institutions, in order to change its practices and protocol, leaving Americans with little or no access to the hard earned money that they entrusted.

Now that our economy is multi faceted and so intertwined, the government has power to make small changes in our economic recovery (i.e. Cash for Clunkers and the recent Bailout of some of the major banks), but a far reaching financial overhaul which was enacted in 1933 is almost impossible in this day and age.

This being said, most of the economic recovery responsibility falls on use, the regular citizens. We have to not only rely on our government to spur economic growth, but we must take it upon ourselves to take actions within our own economic situation in order to ensure financial stability and growth.

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The 'B' Is Buzzing

Over the past few years, the Ohio River banks have been in renewal mode. Despite the fact that it is still not complete after two decades of progress, it has not dampened the spirits of Greater Cincinnatians.

The latest river side community to take advantage of the renaissance along the mighty Ohio is Bellevue, KY. This city mimics that of a developing 3rd world county in both charm and rate of economic growth (that’s a good thing so you know).

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Movies U Gotta C This Fall

This past summer was one of the first times in a while that I was excited about going to the movies. Though I am a film buff, I reserve my trips to the cinema for films which have amazing special effects or high in action content.

This summer I was very impressed with G.I. Joe and the last installation of the Harry Potter series. But some of the softer films, I will wait until they come out on video.

This Fall is no exception.

There is a myriad of films in which I am interested in seeing, but right now, I definitely want to see the following in the theatres



Where the Wild Things Are


I Can Do Bad All by Myself

The latter of the four, I want to see in the theatre just for sheer laugh appeal.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Last Mac & Cheese Recipe You'll Ever Use

That is, if you are a single gay man.

Despite our area's great grocery stores like Kroger and Whole Foods, Trader Joe's seems to always come out of my mouth first when anyone asks me where buy groceries.

I have stumbled on the perfect Mac & Cheese recipe which all ingredients can be purchased with products at Trader Joe's


Friday, September 11, 2009

The Riverfront Plans To Bring Back The Beer!

So who said that Cincinnati abandoned its beer brewing heritage?

As The Banks project trudges along,

Greg Hardman, Christian Moerlein Brewing Company owner announced that he will be heading up The Moerlein Larger House (or should it be Hause) which will anchor the Central Riverfront park Development plans.

The restaurant/bar plans to be located and the bottom of Main Street just on the East side of the Great American Ball Park. It plans to include indoor seating for 500, including a 600 seat outdoor space.

Not only does it plan to be a great place to hang out and have a beer and grub, the building plans to be LEED certified , 3 stories in height, complete with a green roof, balconies and terraces with views of the new Central Riverfront Park, Ohio River, Roebling Suspension Bridge and Great American Ball Park.

Can’t wait to see it come to fruition!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Job Expo Aimed @ Vets

As repored on nky.com

FLORENCE - An event designed to help veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their spouses find work, start a business or further their education will be held Thursday at Turfway Park.

More than two dozen companies, organizations and schools are expected to participate in the RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to all veterans and military spouses.

"A lot of civilian employers don't understand quite fully what these veterans can offer them," said John Lundberg, a national career fair representative with RecruitMilitary and a retired Marine. "But they know what they do bring to the table is a great work ethic, the understanding of accomplishing a goal in a timely manner and being able to work with less than desirable resources and coming to work every day.

"Once they realize what skill sets they do have and how it's transferable it makes them then even more valuable."

RecruitMilitary is a Loveland-based firm owned and operated by veterans. It matches veterans with employers and has 68 career fairs scheduled throughout the country this year, Lundberg said. The events are produced in cooperation with the American Legion, HireVetsFirst and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, according to a news release.

Sharon Cohany, an economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, said Wednesday that the jobless rate last month for all military veterans was 7.7 percent. That translates into 933,000 unemployed veterans, she said. The jobless rate was even higher for those who served at any time since September 2001. That figure rose to 11.3 percent, or 185,000 veterans, in August, Cohany said.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Would You Kick President Obama Out Of Your School?

Over the past few weeks, we have heard opposition about President Obama’s speech to the young school children of this country.

Never mind the fact that the United States spends the most money per child in the world to educate them, yet we still fall severely behind the rest of the world in education, does anyone see the necessity of this Presidential proclamation to our schools?

Carter did it.

Bush Sr. did it.

What makes this time so much different?

To put icing on the cake, both the former 1st Lady Bush tagged teamed with Newt Gingrich to question the county’s opposition for the President speaking with the county’s children.

That says it all.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Report: DJ AM's death not suicide

As reported on UPI.com:

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Investigators are categorizing DJ AM's death in New York last week as an accidental drug overdose, not a suicide, law enforcement sources told TMZ.

DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein), a celebrity disc jockey, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Friday. He was 36.

An autopsy conducted the following day proved inconclusive. Officials said a cause of death will not be announced until toxicology and other tests are reviewed.

Sources told TMZ Goldstein, a recovering drug addict, developed a dependency on Xanax and other anxiety-relieving benzodiazepines after he and rock musician Travis Barker survived a Learjet crash that left four people dead last year.

Goldstein was taking the medication because he had developed a terrible fear of flying after the crash, but still needed to travel by air for work, the insiders told the Web site.

The prescriptions triggered a relapse, but Goldstein had not been abusing other drugs, namely crack cocaine, again long before his death, the sources said.

One insider emphasized the disc jockey's death had "absolutely nothing to do with his recent breakup" with a girlfriend as has been implied in some media reports.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

'Dancing With the Stars' Pairings Announced

Get up on the good foot!

ABC has just announced the celebrity/pro pairs for Season 9 of "Dancing With the Stars" (which premieres Sept. 21).

Here's a rundown of who'll be stepping with whom:
- Pop star Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff

- Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and Season 1 champ Alec Mazo

- "Iron Chef" star Mark Dacasos and Lacey Schwimmer

- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and two-time champ Cheryl Burke (hey, it had to be someone, didn't it?)

- Singer Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts

- Actor Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska

- Actress Melissa Joan Hart and two-time champ Mark Ballas

- Model Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani

- NFL star Michael Irvin and last season's pro dancer competition champ, Anna Demidova

- Model Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough

- "Ultimate Fighting" champ Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya

- Actress Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkoviskiy 

- Singer Mya and Dmitry Chaplin

- Reality star Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel

- Singer Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson

- Pro snowboarder Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower

Looking over the group, I think that Chris Carter may appear to have alot of promise, but I think his cockiness may over power his mombo.

Mya's dance background will give Emmy-nominated choreographer Dmitry some good material to work with.

One of the odd pairings is Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel— wonder if Louis' experience will combat her lumpy facade?

Can you tell that I love this show?
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pete Rose: Sinner or Saint?

Synonymous with the game of baseball, Pete Rose's name will, for a long time to come, be etched into the minds and hearts of Cincinnatians.

Whether its due to his record breaking 1985 home run which marked 4,192, surpassing Ty Cobb to become baseball's career leader in hits or the fact that four years later, he was permanently ejected from the game which brought him so much fame; you either love the guy to death, or wish that he would crawl under a rock.

The latter sentiment is mostly due to fact that exactly 2o years ago today, on Aug. 23, 1989, Pete Rose signed an agreement banning him from baseball after a long investigation which came to the conclusion hat Rose made wagers on the outcome of baseball games, which to this day he denies.

In today's Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Reds historian John Erardi speaks on whether Rose will be remembered for his on-the-field glory or his off-the-field shenanigans.

I say Pete should just "man up" and confess to the verdict.

It takes a lot of back room dealings and cover ups to be mistakenly accused of illegal gambling. Even if it is true that he never actually gambled on a game, he was too close to the action for it to be perceived otherwise.

Maybe if he came clean, the powers that be would show a little bit of mercy and let him return to being a part of the game of baseball. That's his best bet.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Afghanistan Vote: Threats and Empty Polling Stations

The streets of Kabul were eerily quiet on Thursday, as polls for Afghanistan's second presidential election since the fall of the Taliban opened to little fanfare and even smaller crowds. Children, taking advantage of the trafficless streets, flew kites. Watermelon sellers languished in the shade of their carts waiting for a sale.

The only customers were police, who were stationed at every intersection to inspect the few vehicles that passed their way. Kabul residents had been spooked by Wednesday's curious lack of violence and were apprehensive that the Taliban had planned something big for voting day. They were right to worry. Not long after polls opened, reports of explosions across the capital drove even the most courageous voters indoors.

Two improvised bombs went off at polling stations, with another five at important intersections, and in two other districts, gunfire among rival factions prevented voting for the rest of the day.

Read the rest of the article here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Announcing End of Summer Sale @ ION Consultants

Just wanted to give you a heads up about the "End of Summer" Sale going on at ION Consultants (http://ionconsultants.googlepages.com)

It has been said that there will be 50% off all professional writing services once it is announced later today through the end of the month.

Look for a larger announcement later today.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

5 steps to engaging your community

Today I attended a very informative conference put on by Cincinnati's People of Color Wellness Alliance (POCWA) who have a strategic plan to combat the problems that the Over-the-Rhine community faces.

Through out the day I learned some interesting things, specifically, the following 5 steps in creating a plan to combat some community's drug problem:

Step 1: Create an Assessment of your Community's Problems

Step 2: Analyze Your Individual Capacity to Address the Problem

Step 3: Create a Comprehensive Plan To Address the Problem

Step 4: Implement Plan

Step 5: Evaluate the Success of Implementation

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cincinnati Library Teaches Urban Gardening Tonight!

Main Library - Popular Library, 800 Vine Street · 513-369-6900
August 11, 2009 · 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Tonight at the Main Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library you can learn tips and techniques to help make city living more green!

It does not matter if you don't have a green thumb (Lord knows that I don't), you can still come and bring questions and pictures of your own space.

 Lisa Yunker of City Roots and David White of Outer Space Landscaping will jointly host the gardening talk.  Tonight's topic is "Harvest In the City: Enjoy your garden’s success and make the transition to colder months".

 This gardening seminar is free and open to the public and presented in partnership with the Downtown Residents' Council. For more information, call 369-6919.
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Cops Head To Court To Save Jobs

Its such a shame that we have to lay off police officers in the Queen City, but it's more of a shame that we further have to spend more funds, now that cops are going to court over these city mandated lay-offs.

Read about it in today's Enquirer.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

US Federal News Update (run down if you will)

Sotamayor is expected to pass Senate vote to become the 1st Hispanic American woman and only the 3rd woman appointed to the United States Supeme Court. Just like wth Obama's election, its been a long time coming.

In othe Senate news, "Cash 4 clunkers" is expected to pass for funding. Its sad the the government had to back this program, but its so much of a no brainer.

Former President Clinton gets thrown into the role of diplomat after his un-characteristic secure of two US reporters from the short grasp of North Korea. I wonder how Kim Jung I'll is spinning the former US Prez' un announed visit.

The Cincinnati Red won a game last night. Today should be a city holiday!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Being "Out" In Sports

Read my entirely published article here.

Sports have always been a hobby of mine. I was never been really interested in who received the most RBI’s for the season or which team managed to gain the most offensive yards rushing in one quarter. Statistics are what they are, just statistics.

I think the fascination with statistics come with the wanting for a measurable depiction of who is the ‘best team’ or who is the ‘greatest athlete’. Its amusing to me that statistics are such a big commodity in sports when most children are taught that being the best is not everything. It is the way that you play the game.

The competition is what draws me to sports, not who is the best. Even though the love of sports had driven me through high school and onto college intramural, I never had the drive to obtain more. One reason for this is my sexual orientation. Undoubtedly, there are hundreds of gay professional athletes in sports today.

They have been present for many years. Only until recently, did athletes start to come out of the closet to profess their love for the same sex. Even today, there is a handful for openly gay professional athletes in the worlds of sports. My love of the game and not the glory did not deter me from participating in high school sports.

It was only my size and physical prowess that stood in the way of obtaining the statistical majesty that so many pro-sporters long for. Not only was my size a hindrance, it was also the fact that I enjoyed the company of the same sex.

This, along with a number of other not so niceties that would not be appropriate in this forum, was one of the reason I had so much hassle in the locker room. My uncontrollable hormones kept me from participating in the homoerotic, yet subtly sensual after-practice shower shenanigans.

When on the football practice field, I refrained from the normal “slapping of the butts” because I felt embarrassed that my hand would linger a bit too long. My shying away from physical contact did not label me gay, but an outsider, incapable of becoming one of the ’in crowd’ and undeserving of approval.

Read my entirely published article here.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Cincinnati's Great Debate: The Street Car

The street-car issue has been splattered across the Cincinnati
blogosphere for some time now.

Again I have to reiterate that in my opinion, any city funds set aside
for this economic revitalization project is being spent on the street

Thispast Sunday on News Makers, the host interviewed Mayor Mark
Mallory which is where he set some things straight about funding for
the street car.

1.        Without giving exact numbers, the Mayor informed us that
most of the funds that will be used for the street car development
will come from the Federal Stimulus which is already ear marked for
transportation development.  Meaning that if we don't decided how we
want to spend it, that money will go elsewhere.

2.        The Mayor also named a dozen of other metropolitan cities,
which are similar to Cincinnati, who have benefited from the street
car and transportation development, or are in the process of doing so.

3.        The Mayor gave a strong case for the choice of route.  In a
nutshell, it has been proven that by connecting the two largest
employment hubs in the city (in our case, the University Heights area
and the Downtown Business District) economic development with flourish
along the path between the two (in our case, it would be

4.        One interesting fact came about, Cincinnati owns the Western
Southern rail line, and is leased to a railroad company.

What are your thoughts?  Still disagree?

Saturday, August 01, 2009

The Color Purple: A Movie Review

Read my entire published review here.

The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg, chronicles the struggles of a black southern woman growing up in the early 1900’s in a world riddled with prejudice, sexism and poverty. Whoppie Goldberg, in her first leading role, commands a list of quality performers.

Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Maya Angelou are all members of this 1984 drama, making it one of the first feature films with the majority of its cast to be African American, to transcend the racial lines and be considered a film worthy of Academy recognition. This being said, though Goldberg clearly commanded this stellar cast of actors, she was only nominated as ‘Best SUPPORTING Actress’ for her role.

The movie starts out in a lovely field of purple, where two girls are playing. They are playing the stereotypical ‘patty-cake’ game as done by most young children. The bright sun and field of purple help give a since of playfulness and innocence, and as the faces of the children are the only things that are shown, the two run to a clearing where their bodies are exposed, as well as their innocence.. We see that one of the children, Celie is with child.

The innocence is immediately taken away, which a fitting seg-way into the next scene is with is dark and dreary, of her giving birth to her child, which is immediately taken away by her father. The shocking truths do not end there. It just gets worse from this moment on. In the next few things, the story of Celie unfolds.

We quickly find out that her child that she had given birth to was her father’s child and sold away to family that was not able to have children. A suitor visits the home, in hopes of marrying Nettie, Celie’s younger and prettier sister, but Celie’s father is non too plus in getting rid of Celie first, and gives his consent to have her married, to a man how did not love her.

Read my entire published review here.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Marketing to the Gay Community

Originally posted Oct 3, 2006

Read the full article here.

In the ever-striating competition between big business competitors, many larger firms are looking for the next “un-tapped” market to sink their teeth in. This race for the best product is one of the reasons why the United States’ economy is so successful.

This is what we call competition and it drives most markets of today. It all started when Henry Ford invented the assembly line and soon after, many other adopted this new technology. The cell phone craze is another example.

Many cell hone companies are fighting for exposure because Mexico is a county that has yet been touched by the cell phone boom. Another market that is just beginning to be explored, and the one that we will talk about in this article, is the over criticized and under estimated gay and lesbian market.

One morning, driving in his car on his way to work, David Morganlander heard an ad aimed at gay man looking for a date. After hearing that commercial, it did not take Mr. Morganlander too long to decide that the time was right for national advertisers to target gays and lesbians on a larger scale.

Larger than they ever had before! In just six quick and easy months, Mr. Morganlander was president of marketing firm Qtopia Media. Mr. Morganlander’s newly formed company was designed to help other companies and their advertising agencies reach out to gay and lesbian potential customers and consumers.

By creating this firm, he joins an ever-growing roster of companies serving an increasingly large group of advertisers keen to reach the gay and lesbian audience. Like in the previous example of cell phones, the reason for advertisers' interest is the annual buying power of the approximately 15 million-strong gay and lesbian population.

This incredible number adds up to $485 billion, according to marketing firm Witeck-Combs Communications. In a suburb of Chicago, Ill., Oak Park real estate agent Donna Karpavicius decided to specialize in marketing to gays and lesbians.

Read the full article here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Wishes

Well...another year down and some would say another year wiser.

Though today is actually the day I turn the big three-one, yesterday some of my co-workers pitched in to purchase a gift certificate to my favorite coffee shop, Coffee Emporium and even decorated my cubicle withe flare.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cincinnati Police Fight Crime With Computers

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Top 7 Entertainment Weekly Options for the Downtown Cincinnati Dweller

Living downtown Cincinnati offers a plethora of different options when it comes to entertaining yourself. The things in which you involve yourself greatly depend on your interests.

Art lovers may spend most of their spare time at the Cincinnati Art Museum or the Contemporary Arts Center. Those eclectic theatre goers may sharpen their thespian teeth at Playhouse in the Park or maybe @ The Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati.

My tastes are a bit more inhibited. I tend to stay within my budget and attend ongoing events where I can get the biggest bang for my buck while being able to hand out with friends.

Monday – Neighborhood Night @ Nicola's
Nicolas offers a great happy hour on Monday night for downtown residents.

Tuesday – Visit your neighborhood library
Cincinnati Public Library has just taken a large hit in its budget. Show them how much you love then and visit your local branch at least once a week. Plus it’s free!

Wednesday - Part in the Park
I, personally, have never been to one of these, but I hear that it’s a lot of fun.

Thursday - Karaoke @ Below Zero
On the other hand, I have attended this event and would not be too far put out by saying that it is the best karaoke in Cincinnati!

Friday – Hang out with your neighbors at your local hole in the wall
Friday nights are synonymous for letting go of your weekly frustrations. What better way to do it than with your neighbors. My pick is Milton’s on Sycamore and Milton streets.

Saturday - Movie Night on the Square
Great way to use Fountain Square and grab a beer at the same time.

Sunday Mornings @ Coffee Emporium
What better way to spend the last day of your weekend than with a cup o’ jo and reading the paper and this neighborhood coffee shop.

So what do you think?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Cincinnati's 1st Gay BINGO

Last night Cincinnati held it's first ever Gay BINGO @ The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. The turnout was amazing. At the end of the night, every single seat was filled raising money for both Stop AIDS and The Ensemble Theatre. Here are a few pics from last night. Look for the rest of the night's photo on facebook.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My New Favorite Weekday Breakfast Place

Located just north of Media Bridges @ the corner of Race St. and Central Ave., here is where you can get one of the best breakfast sandwiches without having to spend 30mins waiting or breaking your piggy bank.

While you are in there, don't forget to pick up coupons for 50% off any of my services @ ION Consultants.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Totally Joe: A Book Review

Originally publishd Oct 5, 2006

Read the entre article here.

I first heard about this young adult book when I was looking over the list of books that won a Lambda Literature Award in 2006. This whimsical view into the life of a gay/questioning 12-year-old boy is conveyed by way of diary-like year long school assignment that called for the main character (Joe) to create an entry for each letter of the alphabet.

Without any pictures, one must use their imaginations to picture the purple hair, pierced ear rings and funky dress, bottomed out with checked shoes (well you do not have to imagine the checkered shoes, they are pictured on the front cover). You will also have to imagine the attractiveness of Joe’s on again off again pre pubescent love interest described in the book.

The cast of characters that surround Joe definite compliment his sometimes-degenerative appeal. A new age Rat Pack or Breakfast Club of the next generation is what I envisioned. A group of slumped over misfits who are bored with their current school situation and make fun of their teachers and classmates with witty banter and over analyzed rhetoric.

This whimsical account of adolescent life was written by James Howe, author of many other adolescently gay themed novels geared toward young adults, yet again brings to light the fears that many confused homosexual teenagers agonize over everyday the decide to walk out of their house and navigate through the world of high school, in this case junior high school.

Howe's previous written book, The Misfits actually inspired ‘No Name Calling Week’, a middle school and high school project for schools around the country sponsored annually by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

Read the entre article here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Newly Published! Michael Jackson: A True American Tragedy

Read the entire article here.

The Monday Morning After...

Monday mornings are always hectic here at the office which is why I treat myself with eating out for breakfast.

This morning, I tried Enzo's on Race St. For the first time in addition to my normal Coffee Emporium run.

I learned about Enzo's when I attended a photo signing which was held there this past Friday of some images of OTR, a photo montage being sold to raise funds for The Over-the-Rhine Chamber.

I am so ashamed I had not been there sooner.

Another bummer came yesterday @ Second Sundays on Main.  Though it was an amazing turnout and the weather was wonderful, my team lost in our attempt to win The Drag Races which were held there as well.

Maybe next year.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Beloved Margaret Garner Seminar

I am anouncing the new seminar/talkI am offering. For more information, click the following link or just read the post. http://ionconsultants.googlepages.com

Using the pieces Beloved, written by Toni Morrison and its adapted screen play and musical, this seminar examines the pivotal role in which Cincinnati played in the capture, expedition, and treatment of African Americans during the mid 1800’s.

During this eye-opening seminar, you will discover the truths and fiction in the story of Margaret Garner, a runaway slave, whose capture threw Cincinnati into the thrawls of national news, establishing some of the bases for legislation challenging the definition that a slave was property.

About the Presenter:
Kareem A. Simpson – Owner and operator of ION Consultants, and published author.

Published articles include (but not limited to):
“History of Jazz in Covington, KY” (The Covingtonian), “History of James Bradley” (The Anchor), and soon to be released Encyclopedia of Northern KY (“Rag-Time” Entry).

Scholarly Writings include;
“Information: The Perfect Economic Good” and “African Americans Capitalizing on the Changes Occurring in Academic Libraries”

Presented to the following organizations:
Beckfield College, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Gateway Community College, General Public, Holmes Alternative School, Kenton County Public Library staff, KY Association for Blacks in Higher Education, Two Rivers Elementary School and the Urban Learning Center.

If you are interested in having this seminar presented to your group or organization, please visit our website @ http://ionconsultants.googlepages.com or call 513.885.6740.

Friday, July 10, 2009

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

CityBeat Shows Little Love for Michael Jackson

In a print journal that boasts being one of the un-fettered voices of the city, you would think that CityBeat would have given more headlines given to the passing of, the way that Berry Gordy put it, "the greatest entertainer of all times."

But this may not necessarily be a bad thing.

In an upcoming article of mine, I am delineating the way that we ("we" being the public) tied the hands of media to dissect ever art of Jackson's life. Though the man may have strived to be the greatest entertainer ever, he did not ask for what came with the fame.

Over the past week or so, people's facebook and twitter status' (including mine) have shown how we felt for the fallen star.

CNN and Time Magazine have been capitalizing on the public display of mourning, giving more example of the tradegy-ization of Michael Jackson.
Al Sharpton put it so eloquently at the singers memorial @ the Staples Center when he professed to Michael Jackson's 3 children that his father was not strange, but it was strange what their father had to deal with throughout his life.

It may be oxymoronic that I continue to blog about the death, but, just like Michael Jackson, I too am only human.

Maybe I will write about this in Thursday night's writing workshop @ InkTank.

RedBox vs. Netflix: The Next Big Showdown

Over the past few months I have been seeing these red boxes popping up in local grocery stores around the Greater Cincinnati area.

In what seemed to be a systematic ploy to get me to begin using them, several of my friends and coworkers have admiting to poppin' in a buck for a movie as opposed to traveling down the street to BlockBusuter, Hollywood Video or their local branch of the public library for their movie selections.

A dollar does sound tempting for one nights' cinematic satisfaction, but the rub comes when it is time to return the film.

I have never been the best at returning things on time. Library books and movies have always been my biggest vice, which is why Netflix is so convenient.

No late fees and can return them when you want.

In fact, I have two films from the postal based movie company which I have been hording for the past few weeks and one that I have had for several months....pathetic, I know.

Though this is a great idea and I feel that it will do well, I am not sure that we will be seeing his little red boxes in t Pendleton area any time soon.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Only Just A Week Away

I last installment of the the Harry Potter series The Half Blood Prince will be out in just a few days and I plan to be front and center.

VP To Pay The Queen City A Visit Thursday

Vice President Joe Biden will come to Cincinnati on Thursday to see how $1.6 million in federal stimulus money will be put to work at a Northside development project.

I wonder what sound bites we are going to get.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Can A Public Library Go Private?

Read more here.

The Monday After..

This past weekend was a bit too short, but aren't all of them?

FRIDAY- July 3
Though Friday was technically a holiday, I made the ever damning decision to work the entire day because I had no plans until later that night....big mistake. There was very little time to get home and get ready for the first event of The Equinox.

The night, held at the former an soon to open Hamburger Mary's was great! It was a nice mix of out of towners and old faces that remembered the hay day of Hamburger Mary's before it was turned into Universal Grille.

I loved the was that the staff hammed up the fact that the building was still under construction by dawning construction garb as the served us.

After a full day of recovery, I hit up one of the best bloody mary bars in town at The Pub in Hyde Park. Check it out any weekend before 3pm...you will not be sorry you did.

Later that it it was off the the big Equinox shin-dig. The Grand Ballroom of The Millennium Hotel was decked out in swooping shades, back lit with red lights which faded to blue, then to yellow and so on.

The night was way to short...as most are. Great music and fun friends whom I had not seen in awhile all helped the night to be perfect.

A whole lot of nothing...can you blame me?

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Announcing "Beloved Margaret Garner" Seminar

I have added a new seminar.

For those who are not familiar with the story, Margaret Garner was a slave in Northern KY who escaped to Ohio.

Upon her capture, she murdered some of her children who escaped with her, throwing Cincinnati into the midst of a major court battle trying to iron out the definition of a slave; property or human.

Her story is most famously depicted in Toni Morrison's Beloved, and in the film baring the same name.

If you are interested in having this seminar presented to your group or organization or for more info about the seminar, click the following link: