Monthly Archives: July 2013

Hello America! How is Your Democracy Hangover?

Dear America, you’ve done some pretty great things in the past so many I can’t even recall.  But these last ten or so years have been brutal.   America, don’t take this the wrong way but you’re just not up to snuff.  Seriously.  Have you taken a good look at yourself lately.

First you’ve lost all sense of the phrase: Freedom and Civil Liberties.  Practically ignore the numerous abuses we’ve committed against foreign nations not to mention ongoing hunger strikes at GITMO cuz Brian Williams can’t stomach real news nor can the rest of the American public and now your very own Supreme Court is divided about pretty much everything except that corporations are people too.
And now, the summer of 2013, our almighty Supreme Court has decided to keep up with appearances to maintain the1965 Voting Rights Act…kind of.  The Supreme Court’s decision kept pretty much the shell of the 1965 Voting Rights Act but gutted its key provision.  Ginsburg (a lady Associate Supreme Court Justice) wrote, ” the sad irony of today’s decision lies in its utter failure to grasp why the Voting Rights Act has proven effective.  The pre- clearance provisions, now eliminated, are what made the law so effective.”
So, people of color in America, don’t worry about all this gerrimandering stuff going on.  Just be open to long lines — that take hours to get through– the next time you’re lucky enough to exercise your right to vote.  Thank god racism is dead in America.
By the way, The Voting Rights Act was necessary in 1965 and remains so in the 21st century.  That’s what Paula Deen said…I think.

My Mother Gives Me Advice…

“All of a sudden you’re fifty, then sixty, then sixty-five, then…I really don’t want to discuss this.  Getting older is a real disappointment.”

I get it.  I just turned “Hollywood Forty”.  I am not sure quite what age that makes me but somehow “forty” sounds rather “romantic” right?   My friend Renee, she live in Queens with her snappy linen dressing actor slash husband and beautiful daughter in an apartment that is seconds away from the subway station reminds me, “Forever Twenty One” is demeaning to women.  I’m not twenty-one.  I’m…” and I quickly covered her mouth before she unttered the truth too loudly.  Sure you can go online and pretty much “Finger Google” anyone, not sure if that’s the correct Norman Cllature. I am not even sure if Norman Clature is the correct Norman Clature…whose to know?

The point is that getting older is something that sneaks up on some of us.  Take me for example.  I have just survived a landmark birthday with hardly a whimper.  It came.  I enjoyed it in the most unlikely manner and celebrated it with my mom and sister.  I think I invited them to my private backyard birthday happy hour because they’re both older than me and that always feels good to be the youngest.  Voila.  Happiness comes in the most ridiculous ways.

“Desperate Mexican”

From “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry and star Eva Longoria bring to Lifetime a show that stars a cast of Latinas. Finally.  Viva!  At long last.  The new series is all about a bunch of “Devious Maids”.   Wow, it is so nice to know that in the 21st century the stereotypes of the Hispanic population are alive and well in Hollywood.

Some people say to support “Devious Maids” otherwise it will take longer for executives to embrace diversity in future programming.  While others say this show is nothing more than a humiliating depiction of Latinas who are left to play two-dimensional characters that are either over sexed or over sexed.

Can we help it that we are curvy sexy women who like to clean homes and care for the dominant cultures babies?

I look forward to the day when I’m cast as the hilarious female that just happens to be Mexican and the only cleaning up I do is removing my make up after a day on the set.