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Don’t be fooled, this blog is still broken. What’s up TypePad?

I was feeling better since the TypePad customer service folks corrected my blog's display issue and then I clicked on a few links and…

Not Found

The requested URL /2007/10/california-wild.html was not found on this server.

Okay, now what's this all about? That's just one of the error messages. I don't know what's up but do I have to wait another 12 hours to get a staff response?

These emotional extremes are a bit much. I just want the damn blog to work the way that it used to. Is that too much to ask? Hello? I pay to use TypePad so I expect a much faster response to customer service issues; this ticket thing is not working for me. If I have to fix the blog issues then I may as well take my time and learn WordPress or outsource the WordPress blog design and setup. Hmmm…that doesn't sound like such a bad idea.

Connected Again and It Feels So Good

I'd not been able to connect online as usual and I do believe I suffered slightly from withdrawal symptoms. Even using my laptop with an air card just didn't cut it. After I was connected again, I then had to call tech support help me setup the wireless router. Aaarrrgh!

Anyhoo, I'm doing the dance of joy as I try to catch up with my e-mails, postings and other computer tasks. My down time allowed me to have lunch with friends and see Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married with a couple of my sorority sisters. I saw the movie twice; I'll post about that soon.

I'm back….


What’s your blogging style?

OK, I'm not bored but I definitely needed to take a break from my projects. I took one of those cute blog quizzes over at The site has quizzes on all kinds of topics. Some topics are just plain old weird but it's all in fun.

The latest quiz I took was on blogging style. Here's what it revealed about me.

Your Blogging Type is Confident and Insightful
You've got a ton of brain power, and you leverage it into brilliant blog.
Both creative and logical, you come up with amazing ideas and insights.
A total perfectionist, you find yourself revising and rewriting posts a lot of the time.
You blog for yourself - and you don't care how popular (or unpopular) your blog is!

You know what? It's eerie but the last two sentences are definitely on point. I'm really working on the rewriting bit. LOL Take the quiz, see how accurate it is about you and do share.

Get a Rush of Traffic to Your Blog

Have you noticed the BlogRush widget on the left sidebar of this blog? If you haven't, I highly recommend you check it out now. I'd seen it on a few blogs within my circle of friends so I gave it a try.

Now, I'm not about to try to convince you that I totally understand the credits earned and points for referrals…. blah… blah… blah. I can tell you that my blog traffic has tripled and my subscribers doubled. That's enough for me to encourage you to try BlogRush also.

The explosion of BlogRush literally caused its creators to put on the brakes for a moment and do a little tweaking. It seems some folks were "cheating" the system and others added the widget to blogs with less than quality content.

The folks over at BlogRush are tightening things up a bit so that violators won't be able to slip through as easily. They've also made the widget available in several flavors(colors). I love the colors so I may just change the color of my widget just for the heck of it.

The BlogRush setup is super easy. Give it a try and let me know if your blog gets a "rush."


Shh…I’ve Got a Secret!

Christy over at Christy's Coffee Break tagged me with the Best Kept Secret Award and I'm flattered. This award is given to bloggers who haven't quite been "discovered" yet but you admire their style, wit, etc.

You can't see, but I am so blushing right now. Thanks for the honor, Christy. Now, I'm to pass the award along to three to five bloggers I consider Best Kept Secret bloggers. For those of you who've been reading my blogs for awhile, you know I so have a problem narrowing you folks down for something like this.

Anyhoo, this time I'm going to select favorites that I may not have introduced you to before. In no particular order, My Best Kept Secret Award goes to:

South Side Star – The Qween's sense of humor and outlook on various topics are consistently entertaining. It's easy to just read the first part of her posts but reading the entire posts gives you the blog's real flavor.

odd time signatures - Love the depth and breadth of topics covered. The photos accompanying the blog posts are awesome and make the words reach out and grab you. The personal posts make you feel as though you actually know the family, especially "Sticks."

CNI Project – A blog not for the faint of mind or heart. There is so much information there that I could spend hours just taking in all of the information. Rico and the folks over there have done a fabulous job of presenting information on various topics. If you're into intelligentsia, CNI Project is a must read blog for you.

So, now the secret's out. Thanks to everyone who's been reading Vanessa: Unplugged! That thank you even extends to those of you who don't agree with my opinion. I still love you and there's nothing you can do about it! Ha!

While I'm in my KLS vibe, *adjusting my sunglasses*, I'm off with my fabulosity and I'll be back with you fabulous people tomorrow. Thanks, again, Christy!


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The Power of the People and the Campaign to Free the Jena Six

I am pleased to have been a part of the Afrosphere Jena 6 Coalition and the Day of Blogging for Justice. I know that we'll never capture the actual breadth of the campaign because many of my friends over at Yahoo 360 participated but didn't add their names to the list of Bloggers for Justice. My research also showed folks from throughout the U.S. blogging about this injustice.

As of this post, more than 139,000 people signed the petition on and almost 130,000 have signed the petition over at

Surely the powers that be are trying to figure out the win-win situation that satisfies blacks and the supporters of the Jena 6 while not alienating the racist whites that obviously influence Louisiana politics and politicians. Three nooses hanging from a tree is not a prank, it's a terrorist act. Call it what it is and punish the culprits.

The Jena 6 situation makes the U.S. look bad especially in light of other injustices such as Genarlow Wilson, Martin Lee Anderson, Marcus Dixon, Shaquanda Cotton, etc. As much as I love animals, when so much coverage is given to Michael Vick and animal cruelty and the Duke Lacrosse Case, why doesn't the media cover the Jena 6 and Genarlow Wilson?

Well, just as the mainstream can get on board when movements take a life of their own, so will traditional journalism. Remember how many times you received that hoax e-mail about Sinbad dying or that Tommy Hilfiger said he didn't want black to wear his clothes? Well, it will take that kind of enthusiasm to share independent news but we can do it.

Before I end this, I must give props to Yobachi over at for spearheading the Day of Blogging for Justice and keeping us updated with info.


Day of Blogging for Justice: Free the Jena 6!

Most of this post is from one of my entries a couple of weeks ago I am re-posting it today as August 30th has been established as a Day of Blogging for Justice to focus attention on the disparate, shameful punishment of six black students in Jena, LA.

This case of the Jena Six began almost a year ago and the media coverage has been abysmal, at best. If you are not familiar with this case, read the enitre post below and be sure to check out the videos. After you've done that, sign the petition online (I'm #24417) and spread the word about The Jena Six.

The Jena Six: An American Tragedy and a Shameful Reality

Six black students from Jena, Louisiana have been incarcerated since December of last year because of a protest and violence that ensued as a result of one black student sitting under the "white tree" at their high school. The "white" tree --- such a throwback in time. Many using the internet today will not understand or even get the significance of asking "permission" to do something that one takes for granted in the United States. We live in America where we all have rights, don't we?

Yeah, many of you black and white, especially if you're 40 years old or younger, probably thought 'old people' were just tripping behind all this racial stuff. You probably didn't want to read 'Roots', forget about watching it on television. Black people have Oprah with her millions of dollars, top-rated television show and other enterprises, right? Shoot, Denzel, Queen Latifah and Will Smith make millions from the big screen and Barack Obama is positioned to become the next president of the United States.

Then the reality checks kick in. Remember the derogatory words of Don Imus, murder of Martin Lee Anderson, incarceration of Genarlow Wilson, Marcus Dixon, Shaquanda Cotton and the Jena 6. Wake up. This is the real deal. This is the same shameful treatment of black Hurricane Katrina survivors portrayed as 'looting' for food and white Hurricane Katrina survivors 'finding' food. Give me a break. Remember Rosa Parks? Well, the Jena 6 is this century's Rosa Parks.

In Spike Lee's movie about Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke, actor Wendell Pierce made a statement about a permanent underclass in Louisiana. By this Jena 6 situation, I understand how the blatant, inhumane mistreatment of blacks occurred so easily in the New Orleans area immediately after Katrina. The courageous young black people in Jena took a stand. Right-minded folks must stand with them. Expose this shameful situation to the world. Ask the presidential candidates about the Jena 6 and Genarlow Wilson.

Watch the videos below for background information and to get brought up to speed on the Jena 6 case. Take action and spread the word about this story.

Call and write. Let your voice be heard.

The Jena 6 Defense Committee
PO Box 2798,
Jena, LA 71342

Murphy McMillan, Mayor
P.O. Box 26
Jena, La. 71342
Phone (318) 992-2148

To contact District Attorney Reed Walters directly:

Reed Walters, District Attorney
28th Judicial District
PO Box 1940
Jena, Louisiana 71342-1940
(318) 992-8282
Fax: (318) 992-4731

Please contact:

Senator Mary Landrieu
webpage contact link
(202) 224-5824

Senator David Vittner
webpage contact link
Phone:(202) 224-4623

Rep Bobby Jindal
webpage contact link
Phone: (202)-225-3015

Rep William Jefferson
Phone: (202) 225-6636

Rep Charlie Melancon
webpage contact link
Phone: (202) 225-4031

Rep Jim McCrery
webpage contact link
Phone: (202) 225-2777

Rep Rodney Alexander
webpage contact link
Phone: (202) 225-8490

Rep Richard Baker
webpage contact link
Phone: 202-225-3901

Rep Charles Boustany
webpage contact link
Phone: (202) 225-2031


Jena High School bans 'Free the Jena 6' T-shirts

JENA, La. (AP) - The LaSalle Parish schools superintendent says T-shirts supporting six black students accused of knocking out a white student, then kicking and stamping on him are a "threat to the order of the campus" at Jena High school. [MORE]

Did Civil Rights movement pass Louisiana by?

Racist incident leads to harsh justice for black students

August 30, 2007

When I ran across a tale on the Internet about six African-American teens from Jena, La., who are facing decades of prison time for allegedly beating up a white classmate, I couldn't believe their ordeal started with a tree.

A tree holds powerful symbolism for black people. While traveling in the South, legendary singer Billie Holiday saw a tree that inspired her to write "Strange Fruit," a song which contains references to lynching.

Still, it is difficult to comprehend that in 2007, black students at any high school in America felt compelled to go to a school official and ask if it would be OK to sit in the shade of a tree usually enjoyed by white students.

There's no dispute that is what happened on Aug. 31, 2006 in Jena, a town with a population that is about 85 percent white and 12 percent black.

A vice principal apparently told the students they could sit "wherever they pleased." And the next day, Sept. 1, 2006, three nooses were found hanging from said tree.

Just three years ago the nation celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruling that declared racial separation was inherently unequal. Yet, Jena High School seems stuck in the pre-civil rights era. [MORE]

Afrosphere Bloggers Ask Media to Cover Jena 6

The Afrosphere Jena 6 Coalition “ask that the mainstream traditional media step forward and discharge their duty to provide coverage of this vitally important event to their viewers and readers and act as “the fourth institution” of governmental “checks and balance” that constitutional framers intended the press to be.”

List of Bloggers for Justice

1. Wayne Hicks Cincinnati, OH

2. D. Yobachi Boswell Nashville, TN

3. Daz Wilson

4. Francis Holland

5. Jim D. Walton

6. Cooper

7. Yolonda

8. Vanessa Byers Miami, FL

9. Sincere

10. Pia

11. Adrianne George Sweden

12. Eddie Griffin Fort Worth, TX

13. PB Kansas City

14. Tom Autopref

15. Dave J. Haslett, Michigan

16. B. Medusa

17. Shawn Williams Dallas, Texas

18. Deidra Baton Rouge, LA

19. AAPP &

20. Invisible Woman San Fran, CA

21. Plez Atlanta, GA

22. Shanikka

23. Mahogony Diva

24. Saba


As expected, the media picks up Mychal Bell's juvenile history to distract from the nooses hanging from the "white" tree and the punishments applied to the black students and no punishment for the white students.

Prosecutor: "Jena Six" defendant had four juvenile convictions

8/25/2007, 6:36 p.m. CDT
The Associated Press

JENA, La. (AP) — The teenager convicted of beating a student at Jena High School in December 2006 had been convicted as a juvenile for attacking someone a year earlier, then committed three more crimes while on probation for that one, prosecutors say.

That makes Mychal Bell's aggravated second-degree battery conviction his fifth conviction for a violent crime, state District Judge J.P. Mauffray Jr. said Friday.

Because of that record, the judge said, he will not reduce the $90,000 bond he set for Mychal Bell, one of six black students arrested in the attack which left a white student bleeding and unconscious.


"We shall have to repent in this generation , not so much for the evil deeds of the wicked people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” --- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Shameless Blog Promotion: Oh, no! Another Meme

Blog buddy Danielle, author of Modern Musings, tagged me for a meme. It's not difficult and I'm not asked to reveal personal information. I think you guys probably know way more than you care to know about me anyway.

This meme is tantamount to shameless blog promotion so you know I'm game for that.

Now for the Meme:

This is a copy and paste promotional tag. The list builds as the tag is passed along, spreading the link love near and far.

If you are tagged, here are tips for compiling your post:

1. Select the names already on the list and when clicking to copy, select copy html.

2. In a new tab or window, Go into the html editor of your blogging platform and copy.

3. When adding your five, visit the tagged site, in a new tab or window copy the address from the address bar and link to the Blog title portion of the tag.

4. Go back to the tagged site and search either in the address bar on in the sidebar of the blog for the rss button that looks like this .

5. Click on it and on the page the left side at the top you will find the feed address for the tagged site.

6. Select and straight copy this, go back to your blogging platform and hotlink to the Subscribe portion of the tag.

Here are five blogs I'm tagging:

Thanks for allowing me to indulge and thanks to Danielle for this tag. Do check out the blogs listed and become a subscriber.




The World is talking. Are you listening?

I surfed over to Galba Bright's blog, Tune Up Your EQ, and found a link to a wonderful website, Global Voices. The folks over there produce a document that is a must read for any blogger that wants to really make a difference and advocate for a particular project, issue or position. Check out "Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents".

There are wonderful tips for creating a blog, blogging anonymously and making your blog shine, just to name a few. There's also a reminder of the global village cyberspace actually is. Do check it out and let me know what you think.

Yippee! I Blogged Everyday in July!

So far I've met my challenge to blog every day for a year. This has been loads of fun and I'm looking forward to eleven more months of blogging this year.

Thanks to those of you that have become subscribers.

Peace - Light - Love.