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"Serenity" and "sirens" sound alike, if you squint. [Monday, Jun. 1st, 2009|03:37 pm]
The richest girl in town.
The San Francisco Chronicle is nothing but a chronicle of woe in ways that poke at me in a particularly personal way today:

- Ronald Takaki killed himself last week.
- Gavin Newsom is slashing funding for social workers, case managers, and services for those with HIV and AIDS, drug and alcohol addictions, and mental health problems.
- Apparently, "Electronic Arts and other video game publishers are turning to social networks like Facebook to broaden their audience." Sigh.
- And stress associated with the recession is leading to depression. Big surprise there.

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For the many people who have decided to chime in on what a black woman's hair does and doesn't represent, and specifically to those who claim that it's "just hair," I have two words for you:

Cynthia McKinney

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I'm somewhat surprised that waking at 6:00 in the morning hasn't been more painful, but I did it Friday and today with a minimum of whining.

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It's interesting working here in the Tenderloin. I'll give it that much. I think that's part of why Friday's bus ride to SF General is still nestled into my skull. It has to do with who the majority of the clients who come in for clinical studies on people with HIV and AIDS are--and how many of them have children, the high rates of transmission for young black women and Latinas, and a whole bunch of other things more specific to what that half-hour trip across town meant to me. I'll try to elaborate on this when I have more time and fewer brain bees.

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I'm off at 4:30, at which point I'll BART back to Oakland, study while doing my laundry, do a couple of run-throughs of my number for tonight's Hubba Hubba Revue, and rush to the Uptown.
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[User Picture]From: rivetpepsquad
2009-06-02 12:11 am (UTC)
And let me tell you, it sure is AWESOME over here in DPH-cuts land. OR MAYBE IT'S NOT.
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[User Picture]From: kitos
2009-06-02 12:17 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard that about Takaki. That makes me really sad. We used "A Different Mirror" as a text in one of my undergrad classes, and I was hooked. His writing was engrossing and exquisitely researched, and it's hard to get that balance right.
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[User Picture]From: lula_neith
2009-06-02 12:25 am (UTC)
How sad about Takaki. Oh, man. The budget cuts =/ It's about to drive me crazy! That and the absolute refusal to raise taxes on those who can spare it, leaving even more liquid money for those who spend it most -- being broke mofos like us. o_0 Annoying. Good luck with the studying! Take care of yourself. <3
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[User Picture]From: kelleah
2009-06-02 07:43 am (UTC)
Damn. America has lost two of its greatest living historians in one year. First, John Hope Franklin, and now, Ronald Takaki.
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[User Picture]From: fa_ikaika
2009-06-03 04:35 am (UTC)
RIP braddah Ron. I didn't always agree with him but the man was a pioneer.

Aloha 'oe
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