Conversations Of A Sistah, Health, Health & Fitness, New Book Release

​“You Just Don’t Wake Up Strong” …Author Fabian Thorne Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


Conversations Of A Sistah is back!!!!

And to kick off tonight’s online show our special guest is an athlete, a trainer, and an advocate for fitness. Against all odds, he’s a goal driven businessman, a son, a father, a mentor and man on a mission not just to inspire boys and men but any and everyone who has ever had a dream, a goal, a wish, or a hunger to be a better, stronger and successful individual. He’s trained professional athletes as well as personal fitness training. He’s a motivational speaker and fitness is his drive!

“You Just Don’t Wake Up Strong”

You Just Don’t Wake Up Strong” is his new book which is a testament to both his failures and his successes in life. From being told by doctors that he would never be able to play football, to becoming the number one top-performing player at Delaware State University.

Everybody is on a fit kick” these days and working to make it a healthy choice and lifestyle change.

Check out Mr. Thorne here in one of his many boot camp videos.

Tune in at 6:30 p.m. EST on “Conversations Of A Sistah” as Host Tracy L. Bell will sit down in our studios with Mr. Fabian Thorne  delve into his book, hear his plans, what motivates him and his upcoming endeavors.

This is an opening show you won’t want to miss!!

Follow all “Conversation links” in this post to access the show, in the meantime sound off below!!!

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Good Cooking, soul food

Thanksgiving came early


It was a family thing on Sunday as we were invited to this Queens home for dinner. This is always an invitation you don’t want to miss when summons to Queen Mamie’s inner court of kitchen and dining. Why? Because this woman can cook!!!!

Known for her tradition of cooking, she always captures the moment and opportunity to gather family and friends around her table of good fixing which is always prepared to perfection and with love.

Although we witnessed part of the meal prep on Saturday nothing compared to the finishing touches met well with taste. When I tell you Thanksgiving came early, please believe me. The shock of it all was met with delight. There was Turkey, gravy, stuffing (to freaking die for), mac and cheese, corn, okra, cabbage, string beans garnished with garlic, yams, corn bread, rolls and pound cake for dessert.

Now anyone who knows soul food, knows that stuffing a.k.a dressing and mac and cheese is pretty much a standard part of the fixings. But Queen Mamie’s dressing and mac and cheese was stacked and layered like a cake and was mouth watering upon taste.

I have never had dressing the way this woman made her dressing yesterday!! The hint of walnuts chopped fine in the mix toppled with her gravy, had me kissing her hands at the taste of such perfection. Each vegetable danced to its own taste, as her cabbage chopped so fine you would miss it when it was met with her string beans that folded to perfection as the garlic garnished danced on-top.

My mom said yesterday “We are all so blessed” knowing women who use their gifts and talents in the kitchen like Queen Mamie to gather friends and family with the love of food, they so effortlessly cook.

The gathering was lovely, the fellowship was real, now can you imagine what her kitchen is like when Thanksgiving day is actually here?

Hail to the Queen she shines all year!!!

Racial Profiling, Racial tension, Racially motivated, Racism in America

‘You don’t belong in this building’: White man pulls GUN on black students at Florida A&M


This is the terrifying moment when a white man pulls out a gun on a group of black students who were waiting for a friend to let them in to his college apartment block.

Footage posted on Twitter shows a man, identified as Don Crandall, blocking the entrance of several black Florida A&M University students to the Stadium Center student accommodation in Tallahassee last Saturday.

In the clip a group of students including Isaiah Butterfield, who filmed the incident, can be seen in a heated conversation with Crandall who at one point pulls out a gun.

Crandall had reportedly confronted the students as they waited outside the block for a friend to let them in to attend a party.

‘Find another elevator, you can’t get in this one,‘ Crandall can be heard saying as he blocks their way into the building.

‘Why not? Do you own the building?‘ the students asked.

‘Because you don’t belong in this building,‘ he replied, before adding, ‘You ain’t got a key for the building, you don’t belong in the elevator.’

Footage of the incident was posted on Twitter by Butterfield and is being investigated by Tallahassee police.

‘We are sick of the discrimination,’ Butterfield wrote alongside the tweet.

‘Never thought I’d have a personal experience with racism like this, this man pulled a gun on us because we were walking up to my friends apartment w/o a key.’

Butterfield later told ABC News he believed Crandall had been trying to ‘provoke’ the students in order to use his weapon.

‘Once we found out he had the gun, it turned into a whole different situation,’ Butterfield said.

‘We really think he was trying to provoke us to the point where it got violent so he could retaliate with the gun. I knew that if this dude even feels threatened, he’s going to find any excuse to pull the trigger.’

Twitter users later identified the man in the video as Crandall, the manager of a local hotel Baymont by Wyndham.

In a post on Instagram, the hotel confirmed his identity and said that he was no longer working there.

A spokesperson for Stadium Center also confirmed that Crandall did not live in the apartment block.

The Baymont by Wyndham hotel confirmed their former manager Don Crandall was the man involved with the incident. Notice they said “FORMER” Crandall was fired immediately.

Arrest Warrant, Crime, Police brutality, Police Shooting

Dallas Cop Charged with Manslaughter in Death of Accountant


A Dallas police officer has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a 26-year-old accountant. An independent investigation by the Texas Rangers determined there was enough evidence to charge Officer Amber Guyger, who shot Botham Shem Jean at his own apartment door on Friday, Sept. 7.

Jail records show Guyger was arrested on Sunday, Sept. 9., and released on $300,000 bond.

Guyger, 30, who is also known by an alias Amy Gyger, was a member of the Dallas police force for four years. She was the only female member of an “elite critical response team of about 10 officers who make high-risk arrests in the division’s crime hot spots.”

After working a 15-hour shift (including overtime) on Friday, Guyger arrived home around 7:30 p.m. (CST) at the upscale South Side Flats apartments located several blocks from police headquarters.

She reportedly parked her car on the wrong floor of the parking deck, and walked to Mr. Jean’s apartment, which was one floor up from hers and the only apartment in the hallway with a red doormat.

When her key didn’t work in the lock, Mr. Jean opened the door, startling her.

According to the Dallas Police, Guyger, who was described as “tired,” was “confronted” by Mr. Jean when he opened his door.

No words were exchanged before Guyger unholstered her service weapon and shot Jean, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Friday.

Guyger’s key was still in Jean’s door lock when police and paramedics arrived.

Building management said the doors can be unlocked by a key, an electronic keypad and a key fob which is uniquely programmed for each door.

When Guyger tried to turn her key, the electronic keypad flashed red — indicating she was at the wrong door. But she continued turning the key until Jean opened the door.

A neighbor several doors down from Jean’s apartment claims she heard a cop yelling “Open up! Open up!” prior to the gunshot.

Jean was an accountant who worked as a risk assessment associate for the consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Dallas.

He hailed from a prominent St. Lucian family of politicians and government ministers. He graduated from Harding University and he also studied accounting and mathematics at St. Mary’s College. Jean was a Young Leaders president, a member of the debate team and he sang in the choir.

He also mentored youth at the College Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas.

Hundreds of mourners turned out on Saturday for a “celebratory prayer vigil” at Dallas West Church of Christ on Sunday. Mourners included his mother, Allison Jean, who arrived on Saturday from her native St. Lucia.

“Botham loved God. Botham loved you. Botham loved mankind,” Allison Jean said. “Botham is singing with the angels, and I want to be in that choir. I want to see my son again.”

Celebrity Deaths, Dearly Departed

Aretha Franklin Laid to Rest in style


As thousands of mourners line up to bid a final farewell to the Queen of Soul, as she lie in repose at the Charles H. Wright museum of African American History in her hometown of Detroit.

The Queen of Soul is wearing Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps that match a tea-length ruby red dress made of lace – with a full tulle skirt and chiffon overlay, said Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home. The dress has beading on the bodice and shoulders, and a boat neck collar with a chiffon bell sleeve altered by Swanson, who is also a seamstress.

The music legend is wearing custom-designed beaded earrings.

Franklin is resting in a solid bronze Promethean casket plated in 14-karat gold. It is the same type of coffin in which singers James Brown and Michael Jackson were buried, according to The Telegraph of Britain.

The interior is finished with champagne velvet. Franklin’s title, “Queen of Soul,” and her name “Aretha Franklin,” are embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread.

Tributes will be held all week in her honor with a private funeral service to follow, which is scheduled for Friday August 31st.