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Wordle: Purple Rain Lyrics Wordle: ME Blog Wordle: Blogroll Wordle: Movie Greats

These were created with a unique ‘toy’ that generates word clouds. The first one is the lyrics to Purple Rain. The second is the About Morning Erection page. The third is the Blogroll page and the fourth one is a collection of some of the movies I have on DVD.

I came across Wordle a couple of days ago and have since created about thirty of them. I found one that had already been made on Facebook of the Declaration of Independence but I just thought it was something a graphic artist had made.

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Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat “King” Cole, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death; he is widely considered one of the most important musical personalities in United States history.

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A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement

Recently (Christmas 2009), I came across a singer, Yolanda Adams. I inexplicably am drawn to her music now and I don’t even like gospel music. I heard her singing Christmas tunes in the car last year and was hooked. I went to my Facebook page today and there in the corner was an ad for In Performance at the White House tonight at 8:00 pm on PBS.

I decided to write about her because you might also be interested in someone who is genuinely a great songstress regardless of the genre of music they gravitate towards. Some people sound wonderful recorded with computers fixing all their errors and no talent voices, but she is the real deal. She sounds even better live. I also decided to write about this because it fulfills my daily requirement of posting Black History. The White House performance is a salute to the Civil Rights Movement. If you get the opportunity check out the broadcast. If you are interested in Yolanda but are unable to watch the show, you can go to YouTube and check out one of my favorite songs by her. I first heard it on Iron Cook American’s website. It’s a rather new site and he asked me to promote it. Give him a visit.

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Shame On You Go Daddy.com

With the Super Bowl fast approaching I was reminded of the GoDaddy.com commercials I have been seeing all season long on ESPN, Fox and CBS during football games. I cannot fathom why these networks would allow such a obviously sexual commercial to be aired during a time when male and female children are sitting in front of the TV with their parents or worse, by themselves.

I am not a prude, but I know if some of the things that were made available to me  when I was a kid, were not within my grasp, I wouldn’t have been the hyper sexual teenager I was. I’d be fine with that.

Hollywood keeps shoving sex and violence down the throats of minors and we wonder why teenagers act the way they do. I hope I’m not the only one who feels this way.

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Garrett Morgan was born in Paris, Kentucky on March 4, 1877. He was an inventor and best known for inventing the Gas Mask. His ‘lesser’ known inventions include the zig-zag stitching on modern day sewing machines and the traffic light. His invention made driving safer for the drivers as well as pedestrians.

On July 25, 1916, Garrett Morgan made national news for using his gas mask to rescue 32 men trapped during an explosion in an underground tunnel 250 feet beneath Lake Erie. Morgan and a team of volunteers donned the new “gas masks” and went to the rescue.

Make sure to stop back tomorrow for a truly great post from our guest blogger, JeLisa Sterling-Smith from …And The Lived Blogging Happily Ever After. Hear JeLisa confess to never wanting to get married – EVER and how the love of her life changed her tune. Be warned… It’s Mushy!

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