Go “PINK”!

Happy Monday, All!

Today is Columbus Day and schools and government offices as well as most banks, I believe, are closed. Last week, I had forgotten to mention and acknowledge October as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” … better late than never … hmmm. I was speaking with a survivor of this disease last week and when I mentioned to her that I didn’t remember this celebration, she simply said, “I did!” It is a disease that hits many many women, and, I remember last year in one of my writings, I mentioned Richard Roundtree, better known as “Shaft” for many of us old schoolers, and the fact that he, too, had breast cancer and is a survivor. Apparently, this condition does not discriminate.

Now, yesterday when I was watching NFL Football games, I did notice all of the “pink” on the players, referees and coaches. There were pink shoes/cleats; head scarves, wrist bands and arm bands; towels; insignias on the jerseys and helmets; even one referee I noticed had a pink whistle and cord! Now THAT’S awareness. The Urban League of Broward County also had a book presentation from three African American women authors last Friday, and, their theme was also in pink. At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last week, there was also a huge event acknowledging efforts to identity and cure this omnipresent disease. Go PINK!

So many exciting games were televised yesterday and we got to see Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints break a half century record held by Johnny Unitas for the most consecutive games with touchdown passes. In addition, I got to see the NY Giants win and to see Victor Cruz dance salsa in the end zone three times after catching touchdown passes. Of course there were other games and big time plays, even the Dolphins won, too! Yet, the story that caught my attention was the one of a son of Mexican immigrants to Detroit, MI, “Rodriguez” as he has come to be called at age 70, whose acoustic guitar and folksy music was better know in the apartheid-ridden South Africa than right here in the USA. His story was presented on “60 Minutes” last night and had me on the verge of tears several times. To know that his music had become the background for the lives of many South Africans who opposed “apartheid” while he worked as a day laborer (been there done that!) in Detroit was impressive. Then, when he was finally “re-discovered” by a film maker who went broke trying to do a movie on him and finally went to producers who embraced his project, “Rodriguez” began a tour here in the USA! How nice it must be to be a part of a story like that, he and his daughters and their humility struck a true chord of humility in my heart.

May we go forth this week, and honor this month’s theme of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” … and be at peace with ourselves and each other!

Namaste,

John I. Cook, Director

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. vee
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 15:06:50

    Like others in that time, he was cheated out of his royalties. His stuff is in every house in SA. Apparently, he sold about 500,000 units. And no one in South Africa Ever seen him, til his daughter ran across a webs site dedicated to him and let them know he was still alive, and let him know he had a fan base in SA. Hence the film “LOOKING FOR SUGAR MAN”.There were rumors that he, set himself on fire on stage or, shot himself on stage. Neither were true he was working raising a family, unaware that he was a star in South Africa a Continent away

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