TRANSITIONS: Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell (b_Christopher John Boyle)Chris Cornell, American musician, singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist transitioned last night, May 17, 2017.  He was born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle, Washington on July 20, 1964. Cornell was a key figure in the grunge rock movement of the 1990s as the primary songwriter, lead vocalist/frontman and rhythm guitarist of Seattle-based grunge/heavy metal/alternative rock/hard rock bands Sound Garden. Soundgarden, founded in 1984, became the first grunge music band to sign to a major recording label. Soundgarden’s success would help usher in a new genre of music and pave the way for acceptance and success of other grunge/alternative heavy metal/alternative rock/hard rock bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains (all three which are personal favorites)  and others. In 1990, Cornell would found and serve as lead vocalist to the Seattle-based grunge/alternative rock band Temple of the Dog. In 2001 Cornell, with a few members from the rap metal/funk metal/alternative metal band Rage Against the Machine (RATM) founded the now-defunct (?) hard rock/alternative rock/post-grunge, “supergroupAudioslave, based in Glendale (Los Angeles County), California. For more than three decades, in between band hiatuses and/or break-ups, musician Chris Cornell had been known for his numerous solo works, collaborations with other rock bands and music artists, and soundtrack contributions.

As of this writing, details regarding the sudden and tragic death of musician Chris Cornell continue to come in to news and music entertainment sources. Main sources like the Washington Post, the Associate Press, and Variety have reported that Cornell died Wednesday night, May 17th, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan while in the middle of a national tour. He was 52.

(NOTE: Details of this transition biography were retrieved from multiple sources for informational purposes and for posting to this blog and to my social media pages.)

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TRANSITIONS: Carrie Fisher, ‘Star Wars’ actress

carrie-fisher-actress-in-star-wars-rfxp-prodCarrie Fisher, American actress known famously for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars films and who was an author, screenwriter, producer and public speaker, transitioned on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. She was the daughter of famed Hollywood actress/entertainer Debbie Reynolds and American entertainer Eddie Fisher.

Fisher was born Carrie Frances Fisher on October 21, 1956. She died in Los Angeles, California following a massive heart attack. Carrie Fisher was 60 years old.

– RobFather X

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Election Fight Night 2016

Today is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I voted earlier this afternoon. Mind you, I had planned not to be like many other people and brag about performing an expected civic duty of every American citizen. However, since I have a few other things to say, why not make an exception and blog about it? And so, here it is.

hillary-clinton-donald-trump-presidential-nomineesFrankly, I couldn’t care less to learn whether Person X voted. So fuckin’ what? As far as I’m concerned, if you’re age 18 or older (especially if you’re a person of color), are not serving time in prison, not tied up in a basement, not in a coma, not living the last few hours of precious life on your death-bed, and… if you have a sound mind to understand certain things of this American  country (and in the world) and can read and write, then I say that if you call yourself an American, you’re expected to vote – either by absentee ballot or in person at your assigned polling place. There’s simply no other excuse for any American not to vote in any election.

I was happy to see many fathers bring their school-aged kids with them to the polling place in my neighborhood so they could watch their fathers exercise their constitutional right to vote. However, I’m still unhappy about the fact that my polling place has always been in a church. UGH! I’ve never liked that sort of thing nor do I think it’s appropriate, especially considering that churches do not pay taxes into the community or the federal government. As an American and as a former Christian-turned-agnostic-turned-atheist, I’d like to see that shit changed and changed immediately. Until the Johnson Amendment is repealed or done away with, religious places of worship and schooling have absolutely no place in anything political. None whatsoever! Government leaders and civil service department appointees who are responsible for choosing polling places need to change that shit. Places like public schools, public libraries, school gyms, municipal administrative buildings and courts – each which are public places that is funded and supported by tax-payer money are the only and the most appropriate places to place public voting booths.

ANYWAY…
Aside from the internet, both radio and television stations and networks are delivering the expected minute by minute/hourly election updates. It’s become a bit annoying, if not stressful, to watch and listen to news correspondents and political experts sound a bit overly excited – not just about the electoral votes of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and about the happenings in congressional races but about [what I consider] certain insignificant things. For example, the comparing of the election results of 2016 with that of four years ago and how White college-educated women voted versus how White non-college women voted. Is it me or has anyone else ever noticed that the media never measures how college-educated women – or men of color vote in elections? I suppose people in my ethnicity and those in other non-White ethnic groups aren’t believed to be college-educated or something. I dunno. I think that sort of measuring is racially and gender biased. Another annoying thing for me is getting constant text message updates on my phone from the Associated Press and from other news sites to which I subscribe.

I’m turning it all off!

CHECK IT: Doctors often sedate or put you to sleep when performing a colonoscopy…at least that’s what the doctors at the Veterans Administrative hospital did to me when I had one a few years ago. During that procedure I don’t recall ever dreaming or feeling anything being stuck up my sexy brown ass; I just remember waking up in a room different from the one in which I was put to sleep. By choosing to ignore the presidential election results…. at least until after midnight (EST) tonight, I’m putting myself to “sleep” or in an election fight night “blackout mode”. After having to endure this awful election year of watching several presidential candidates (none of whom I ever cared for to be the next president of the United States) just insult, lie and hate on each other and, in the process of all that happening, also watch my beloved country become further divided on so many levels, I can say with complete certainty that Campaign/Election 2016 was the worse presidential campaign election period I have ever witnessed to date. I could use a few hours break from this present political reality.

Wake me when it’s all fuckin’ over.

– RobFather X

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Good TV: ‘Greenleaf’

This show called Greenleaf; Wow!!

If you have ever regularly attended or are long-time members of a predominately Black/African-American church or, if you’re like me – a person who grew up in a family of relatives who are ministers and/or who hold positions of power, importance and influence in the Black church, then you might be able to relate to many of the negative – yet often true – aspects of this television show about a powerful and wealthy family who run a huge predominately Black/African-American church.

Greenleaf (OWN network series)

I got drawn to this show shortly after it premiered this past June (2016) from reading some of the Facebook postings of excitement made over it by my friend Christian Mosby; posts which piqued my curiosity about the show. (Thanks Chris. Now I’m hooked!) Some of the scenes and “mini-plots” in Greenleaf remind me of the realities I’ve witnessed firsthand and/or knew about which occurred in a few of the well-known Black churches in Philadelphia that I either attended or had held membership back in my pre-atheist days.

SERIES PLOT: (from  the websiteGreenleaf follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family with scandalous secrets and lies and their sprawling Memphis megachurch called Greenleaf World Ministries which has predominantly Black/African-American members. Cast members of this well-written show include (click the names to see photo and bio):

  • Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf, charismatic and manipulative leader of Greenleaf World Ministries. (Keith David has always been one of my favorite actors. In fact, he’s one of the main reasons I’m watching this series.)
  • Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf, who is Bishop Greenleaf’s wife and the family matriarch;
  • Merle Dandridge as Grace ‘Gigi’ Greenleaf. She is Mae and Bishop’s middle daughter who returns to home twenty years after escaping from the family;
  • Lamman Rucker as Jacob Greenleaf, the eldest, ne’er-do-well son of the Bishop. (Lamman is another favorite actor of mine.)
  • Kim Hawthorne as Kerissa Greenleaf, Jacob’s ambitious and controlling wife.
  • Deborah Joy Winans as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee, the youngest daughter of the Bishop and Minister of Music. (Yes, Deborah is a member of that famous gospel music family!)
  • Tye White as Kevin Satterlee, Charity’s husband;
  • GregAlan Williams as Robert “Mac” McCready, as Lady Mae’s brother;
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  • Benjamin Patterson as Noah Kendall, the Greenleaf Estate manager and Gigi’s ex. (I have long had a man-crush on this fyne brotha (who is also a model), since I first saw him in the recurring character role of Guy, in the now-defunct Noah’s Arc television series years ago.)

Former daytime TV talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is an executive producer and has a recurring role in the series.

Greenleaf premiered on June 21, 2016. You can catch the series Wednesday nights on the OWN [Oprah Winfrey Network] network. Check your TV local listings for broadcast time. Previously aired episodes are on your cable channel’s On-Demand feature and found online at the Greenleaf website or click here. As of this writing, the Greenleaf series is still in its first season. Enjoy!

– RobFather X

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Orlando Massacre Victims at 49, not 50

I’m still seeing postings from social media users who are saying that fifty (50) men and women were killed in last Sunday’s massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Perhaps it’s insignificant but I think details and facts – no matter how minute, are important in situations like this.

Unless any one of the other 53+ people who were wounded or injured in that incident happen to die from their wounds – and I certainly hope each of them survive and has a healthy recovery – although reports say there are a few in that number who remain on the hospital critical condition watch list, the official death count of human victims in that massacre is still at forty-nine (49), not 50!
Orlando massacre victims (49) (14JUN 2016)
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies do not consider the perpetrator or antagonist killed in any crime a victim in their death count. This is why they [the FBI] do not – and neither should we – consider Orlando assassin and domestic terrorist Omar Mateen, a victim in that incident. I say this so that in our social media postings and social discussions we can correctly state the true number of people killed in that massacre.

Now, click here  or click the photo above to link to an interactive website slide of the still photo from the New York Daily News. The slide shows the name, photo and profile of each of the persons who were murdered Sunday June 12, 2016. Lest there being any misunderstanding, the photo and slide show photos of people; human beings of flesh and blood who, regardless of their sexual orientation, had been living members of our society. They were people who had simply been having a good time; enjoying the American freedom of having a good time with friends, acquaintances and strangers… until their lives were suddenly snatch away needlessly and tragically by… a bullet.

– RobFather X

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