Conversations Of A Sistah, Relationships

What You need to know about family…Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


There’s the whole family, that one family, the extended family, the immediate family, the close-knit family and those who make up the family; either way we all have one or we all have some. My extended families have always been close, depending on whose side of the family you’re talking about.

My father’s side of the family was always peace makers, while my mother’s side was all hell takers. Meaning, they’d take you to hell by the way you would be provoked into responding to them. Some of them are loud, wild and bodacious, while my father’s side of the family, were always quiet, easy going and mellow. When my father’s family get together you can expect laughter, a good time and cheers, while from my mother’s side, discord, whispers and tears. My brother would always say, at one of their barbecue’s you don’t know whether to pack a pistol or bring the punch.

Well this weekend, I’ll have the esteemed pleasure of hosting our family reunion here in the great state of New Jersey, where we have relatives traveling from near and far. And despite the frustrations and challenges of bringing everyone together, there’s something I have learned about family.

Joined me tonight at 8:00 PM on “Conversations Of A SistahviaConversations Liveas I talk about family… A topic for which we all can relate….And if there is anything you’d like to share about your family, I’ll be taking your phone calls at 1-347-426-3645.

See you on the air!!!


Texas Mom Shoots Kids After Being Denied Food Stamps

A Texas woman who for months was unable to qualify for food stamps, pulled out a gun in a state welfare office and staged a seven-hour standoff with police that ended with her shooting her two children before killing herself, officials said.

The children, a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, remain in critical condition and had just moved to the Texas area with their mother Rachelle Grimmer in July.

Grimmer first applied for food stamps in July but was denied because she didn’t turn in enough information, Texas Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said.

Goodman didn’t know what Grimmer specifically failed to provide. In addition to completing an 18-page application, families seeking state benefits also must provide documents proving their information, such as proof of employment and residency.

Goodman said Grimmer’s last contact with the agency appeared to be a phone call in mid-November. When the family entered the Laredo office on Monday shortly before 5 p.m., Goodman said Grimmer asked to speak to a new case worker, and not the one whom she worked with previously.

Shortly thereafter, Goodman said, Grimmer was taken to a private room to discuss her case. She said it was there the mother revealed a gun and the standoff began.

Goodman said it’s not unusual for caseworkers to confront angry or confused benefit-seekers, but that it’s very rare for a situation to escalate to violence.



“President Barack Obama Is Not A Fan Of The HO-Dashians”

Did I say the HO-Dashians? Oh I meant the Kardashians.

We might live in a Kardashian nation, but President Barack Obama (like me) isn’t a fan of reality Television’s slutty family!

Michelle and the President don’t like Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13, keeping up with Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian. Thank God the President of these United States “has raised a standard of living” with his young daughters.

The Kardashian clan in my opinion, does not set a positive example for young women; nor are they role models in today’s troubled society.

Unlike a lot of parents today, the Obama’s are not allowing reality television to dictate to their girls. They regulate how much Television their daughters watch and what they’re allowed to see. Michelle and Barack are interested in how their girls are influenced and the lessons they learn in the long run. 

If only we had more parents in 2011 who patterned after the first lady and Presidents standards and expectations of who they allow to influence their children; we’d raise a real “standard of living” in this country.


“Black Women Have Highest Rate of Children with Different Fathers”

Yeah., this is the same conversation with a different title.

According to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1 in 5 American Moms have kids with different birth fathers. And as usual this new study shows that black women have multiple father family structures.

Also according to this study, 59 percent of black women have children with more than one father, while Hispanics come in second place at 35 percent and whites come in last at 22 percent.

Esteemed psychologist of the “Today Show” and resident psychologist of VH-1’s “Daddy Day Camp” Dr. Jeff Gardere, sees it “as a phenomenon based not just on poverty and racism, but more on the issues of lower marriage rates, higher divorce rates, less available men who are willing to totally commit and women who can either go it alone or manage the situation with multiple fathers.”

I think I can speak for most black women that no one plans to have children by different men. For many of these women, the children produced with different men occur in unplanned pregnancies.

Dr. Jeff Gardere said there is a flip side to this issue is, black men will date the Mother of their children for years with no intent to marry them. These men love their children and take care of their responsibilities, but when it comes to making the relationships they have with their baby mama’s official, there’s a lot of backpedaling.

So the question is, why are men comfortable “dating” their baby mama’s for 10 years and never making it official, causing many of these kids to be born out-of-wedlock? Growing up in single parent households.


“Waiting For Daddy”

Sasha and Malia Obama are pictured here, waiting for “their daddy” President Barack Obama to come home from a day’s travel. 

These pictures were forwarded to me by a loyal CEO blog reader who would like to remain anonymous.

Sasha can’t wait to leap into her father’s arms.

Aw., now we see she greets her dad with a warm hug.

Is it me or is Sasha too big for President Obama to be lifting? I know she’s the baby and all but that little girl is growing.

There is nothing like a daddy’s love!!!

That Malia is shaped just like her mom Michelle….

I wonder how many kids are waiting for their fathers to come home today?

Thanks to my reader for these beautiful pics. 🙂