Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year's!!!!!!

Happy New Year Wish

My Happy New Year wish for you

Is that 2011 is your best year yet,

A year where life is peaceful,

Filled with lots of love,

And your reach your dreams and goals.

May 2011 be a year in which you cherish

The past year’s memories,

And welcome each new day with a smile

and a happy heart.

I wish for you a Happy New Year

With family and friends.

And when it’s done, I wish you

can look back on the new year

with a smile on your face and

joy in your heart.


A Lady's Perspective

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

May the Love that begins in your heart brings Peace to you, your family, and friends throughout the coming year.

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!

A Lady's Perspective

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Berry/Proulx Project - "Christmas"

The Berry/Proulx Project

D. Channsin Berry and John Proulx Release Christmas Album

The Grammy® Award Winning song writing duo of Berry and Proulx is set to release their first independent project.

The musical team of Berry and Proulx (pronounced “Prue”) is preparing to release their latest collaboration of Christmas memory. Berry and Proulx joined forces for the 2006 Grammy awarding winning song “These Golden Years” for Nancy Wilson’s “Turned to Blue” CD, placing them firmly on the turn table of the jazz world. This Christmas treatment, simply titled “Christmas” is on target to become a new standard.

“Christmas” featuring vocals by Howard Hewett and Sherry Williams and an instrumental featuring jazz guitarist Brian Nova, provide the flavors of Christmas past and present with the joining of their well developed strengths. Proulx’s romantic music compositions blended with Berry’s fireside lyrics provide this generation with a fresh foundation for their Christmas memories. This CD is music for the season and the heart.

“Chann” began his career at WBLS radio in New York and has moved forward hitting San Francisco’s Bay Area and subsequently being culled by the Walt Disney Studios. He has also written music and/or directed videos for artists such as Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Rosie Gaines, Greg Walker, and jazz vocalist Mary Stallings.

John, a MAXJAZZ artist, is currently working on his third solo project. From his formal education at Chicago’s Roosevelt University’s, School of Performing Arts, he moved to Los Angeles, emerging as a multi-talented jazz singer/pianist/composer. John’s “Baker’s Dozen-Remembering Chet Baker” features legendary musicians Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera, and the great Dominick Farinacci. In addition to his own trio he has performed with Anita O’Day, Natalie Cole, and Marian McPartland.

The Berry/Proulx Project has “More, MORE!” written all over it!

“Christmas” is being offered for download beginning November 1, 2010 on CDbaby, iTunes, and

For additional information contact:

Margaret R. Jamison

Thursday, September 23, 2010

10 Major New Health Reform Benefits Take Effect Today

This story about the Health Reform Benefits is from The Huffington Post. Written by Rep. John B. Larson, Chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives

Major new health reform benefits take effect today to help keep health insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.

Read the Story

Saturday, August 28, 2010

This Day in History - Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King, and President Obama

August 28th marks three significant moments in American history, the death of Emmett Till(1955), Martin Luther King's March on Washington(1963), and then Senator Barack Obama accepts the DNC nomination for President(2008). For me, August 28th will always be remembered for those historical events, nothing can take that away.  I honor these men because they are connected.

Emmett Till, was killed at age 14, for reportedly whistling at a white woman at a grocery store in Mississippi. Till was badly beaten and shot in the head. His body was retrieved three days later from the Tallahatchie River. Till's mother had a public funeral, with an open casket, to show the world how ugly America was and became a motivating factor for the Civil Rights Movement.

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, leader of the Civil Rights Movement, led a March on Washington and his gave his most memorable "I Have A Dream" speech. Martin Luther King, sacrificed his home life and his life so that we can have equality, justice, and an opportunity for a better life. He raised public consciousness about the civil rights movement and showed the world that America was not living up to its own creed, “All Men are Created Equal.” How can America preach democracy to the world and deprive its citizens their rights.

Martin Luther King, Jr. established himself as the greatest orator in United States history. King’s “I Have a Dream’ speech still send chills down my spine. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will always have a special place in my heart. I will make sure that my children will know about Dr. King and his contributions to the world, how he paved the way for us. God willing, I will be in Washington, D.C. on the day Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Memorial is unveiled.

Without the historical events of Emmett Till and Martin Luther King, there would be no President Barack Obama. The dream King envisioned partially became a reality two years ago today, when then Senator Barack Obama accepted the DNC nomination for and utimately becoming President. The election of President Obama does not mean America is post-racial but it is a start in a new direction. We still have more work to be done. I voted for Barack Obama and don't have any regets. The problems America is facing started long before Obama became President and cannot be solved in a few years.

So for me August 28th will always belong to the Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King, and President Obama. Thank you gentlemen! I am forever grateful.

Love Always,

A Lady's Perspective

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Quote of the Day

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Leimert Park Book Fair and Art Walk

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Leimert Park on the Vision Theatre Back lot, located at 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard. The family-oriented event is held in the heart of Leimert Park, which is considered the center of the African American arts/intellectual scene. The event is free and open to the public.

Founded and produced by Cynthia E. Exum and Associates in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, 8th District and in association with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Eso Won Books, the fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book fair is a family-oriented event held in the heart of Leimert Park. Corporate Sponsors include Nestle USA, The Gas Company, Time Warner Cable, Xerox Community Involvement Program, Strategic Counsel PLC, McDonalds and KABC-Channel 7 with additional support from community partners – the Leimert Park Village Business Improvement Association, the Leimert Park Village Merchant’s Association and the Walt Disney Company. Additional information can be found at the book fair’s official website:

Leimert Part Art Walk
The Leimert Part Art Walk will be held this Sunday, June 27th from 10:00am - 10:00pm.  

Leimert Park Village known for it’s long history of being a center of African and Black American arts and culture is inviting the public to share in a day of art exhibitions, music, fashion, food, drumming, spoken word and shopping.

Come to this FREE all day event featuring Kaos Network, Cinefreestyle, the Vision, The World Theatre, EsoWon, Lucy Florence, young and old, new and established. Art exhibits up and down the street at various open spaces and the Leimert Park Village Drum Circle.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Quote of the Day

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, aunts, stepmothers, godmothers, and to anyone who has opened their hearts and giving love to a child. Ladies, you are the teachers of humanity. You deserve to be honored everyday. God Bless!

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


April 22, 2010 marks the 40th Annual Earth Day. Earth Day was designed to bring awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment.

Visit Earth Day Network to get more information.


Monday, April 5, 2010

To Be Or Not To Be, That is the Question

Senator John McCain in an interview with Newsweek's David Margolick, said "I never considered myself a marevick. I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities."


Hey Sarah Palin, how's that flippy floppy stuff working out?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Quote of the Day

No one can give us wisdom. We must discover it for ourselves, on the journey through life, which no one can take for us.  Sun Bear

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

We Connect Weekend with First Lady of California, Maria Shriver

WE Connect Los Angeles Weekend
With First Lady of California, Maria Shriver
Friday March 26th through Sunday March 28st
At The Forum
[3900 West Manchester Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90305]

Friday: 3:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00 – 7:00pm
Sunday: 11:00 – 3:00pm

What Can You Do At This Event??

· Free Tax Preparation
· Web Connector
· Job Search & Resume Assistance
· Foreclosure & LOSS Mitigation Counseling
· Pre-Purchase Home Ownership Counseling
· Rental Counseling
· Free Food Distribution
· Flu Shots
· Food Stamps
· Medi-Cal
· & Much More!

Lead Partners:

Santa Ana WE Connect Neighborhood Center/Legal Aid Society of Orange County (Hosting Partner), Intuit, LA Works, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Employment Development Department, Operation Hope, 211 L.A. County

For more information call (916) 447-4099 or

email or

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Quote of the Day

The difference between an opinion and a conviction is that you hold one while the other holds you. Anonymous

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 10th

All women need to know about the human immunodeficiency (IH-myoo-noh-dif-FISH-uhn-see) virus, or HIV. HIV causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, a disease that weakens the body’s ability to fight infection and certain cancers. Having unprotected sex is the main way HIV is spread. It also is spread through injection drug use or from mother to baby during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.

Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States. More and more women have become infected with HIV since it was first reported in the early 1980s. Today, about 1 in 4 Americans living with HIV are women. It’s time for women to get tested.

The statistics are alarming. But there is good news. Taking some simple steps can protect women from getting HIV — or prevent women from passing it to others, including their children. Also, while there is no cure yet, many women with HIV and AIDS are living longer and stronger lives thanks to a number of new treatments. A wide variety of government resources also are in place to help people living with HIV.

Testing positive
Testing positive for the HIV can bring a range of emotions, such as panic, fear, and anger. But many HIV-positive women find that after some time, they are able to manage their condition and live life to its fullest. If you have just tested positive for HIV, don't give up hope. See Living with HIV/AIDS to help you find a doctor and the support services you will need. Keep in mind, there are people who care about you and want to help you, even if you have no insurance or money. You don't have to go through this alone.


The Red Pump Project

Sunday, February 28, 2010


by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7th marks the tenth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD); a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment among Blacks in the United States. The theme for NBHAAD 2010 is "HIV/AIDS Prevention: A Choice and a Lifestyle.”

African Americans and HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in African American communities is a continuing public health crisis for the United States. At the end of 2006 there were an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV infection, of which almost half (46%) were black/African American. While blacks represent approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population, they continue to account for a higher proportion of cases at all stages of HIV/AIDS—from infection with HIV to death with AIDS—compared with members of other races and ethnicities. The reasons are not directly related to race or ethnicity, but rather some of the barriers faced by many African Americans. These barriers can include poverty (being poor), and stigma (negative attitudes, beliefs, and actions directed at people living with HIV/AIDS or people who do things that might put them at risk for HIV).

As the impact of the epidemic among African Americans has grown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health agencies, and African American communities have stepped up efforts to address the crisis. One of their efforts includes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. For 10 years, a group of national organizations, in partnership with CDC, have created and implemented activities focused on motivating African Americans to get tested and learn their HIV status, as well as educating community members about the importance of HIV prevention, early detection, and treatment.

This year’s theme focuses on encouraging African American communities to actively think about HIV/AIDS, its impact on the community, and prevention efforts and strategies available. A wealth of HIV prevention information is available, and African Americans need to receive that information to better protect their health and the health of their loved ones. A collaborative response by many is necessary to decrease the burden of HIV/AIDS in the African American community. Therefore, CDC and African American leaders from business, civil rights organizations, entertainment, government, and the media are speaking out and taking action. When people affected and infected by HIV take collective action against the spread of this disease, our power to control this disease increases.

Together, we can prevent HIV/AIDS, one voice, one experience, one community at a time.

This information is from the CDC website. Click CDC to find additional information.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Today would have been Martin Luther King's 81st birthday. Martin Luther King, Jr. sacrificed his home life and his life so that we can have equality, justice, and an opportunity for a better life. He raised public consciousness about the civil rights movement and showed the world that America was not living up to its own creed, “All Men are Created Equal.” How can America preach democracy to the world and deprive its citizens their rights.

Martin Luther King, Jr. established himself as the greatest orator in United States history. King’s “I Have a Dream’ speech still send chills down my spine. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will always have a special place in my heart. I will make sure that my children will know about Dr. King and his contributions to the world, how he paved the way for us. God willing, I will be in Washington, D.C. on the day Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Memorial is unveiled.

Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King for making life better. I am forever grateful.

Love Always,
A Lady's Perspective

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Check out D. Channsin Berry's documentary on Sam Cooke in Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, airing Monday, January 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS. I had the opportunity to see the documentary and learned new things about Sam Cooke's life and tragic death.

Check out the interviews of people involved in the documentary. Congratulations Chann!!

Check PBS for local listings for times.

Friday, January 1, 2010


The first day of a new year is always exciting. It represents a new beginning a chance to make a change. As I look forward to the new year, I can only hope that whatever happens I will be mentally, spiritually, physically, and financially ready to handle life's changes.

Predicting the future is impossible but preparing for life is not. There are some changes I will make this year, God willing. I plan on making the most of each day.

I hope 2010 brings you a year full of life's joy, blessings, and love. January 1st is the start of a new year, but every morning is the start of a new day. Live for each day and not for every new year. Enjoy life!

I believe that we can solve the issues that affect us all by having constructive dialogue. Thank you for visiting A Lady's Perspective and leaving comments.

Happy New Year!


A Lady's Perspective