A Family Conversation: The Cousins Go All Around Robinhood’s Barn With Music From 1983 & Gramp Ruins Donuts FOR-EV-AH

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


Very strong adult language

Caution: This is a long one


In this post, the cousins are talking about:

  • Partying in a hole in the wall with NO floor in the back of Alabama
  • Costee J McNair– DJ extraordinaire
  • Shanghai and big cousins blocking 
  • LadyG causes a ruckus at the club
  • Vanity vs Mary Jane Girl
  • James Mtume is deep go Google him
  • Back to Mary Jane Girls
  • “Daddy, how you know that song?”
  • “Doo Doo Brown”
  • Uncle Charlie…and The GAP Band (Acronym for Greenwood, Archer and Pine streets in Tulsa, Oklahoma) aka “Black Wall Street”
  • Tell me if you still care….Ron “hangs out” with a friend
  • The Lord giveth us thine BASS!
  • Kashif and the Unsung curse
  • Sentence fragments in music
  • Heffa is the highest of compliments for a singer from Black people
  • Ron places “The Manhattans” in yearbook stone
  • Aretha tells you ALLLLLLLL something 
  • Atomic dog and them Q-Dogs
  • The Isley’s were the shit and Chris Jasper was that guy! An innovator! 
  • Ron’s voice, Ernie’s guitar and Chris Jasper’s classical training and composing make The Isley Brother’s sound
  • Otis Day and The Nights
  • Animal house was funny until it wasn’t–yeah, we see you
  • The New Edition movie was good as hell
  • In ‘83 nobody cared about your grief, counselors be damned!
  • Gramp takes Ron’nem on a trip and ruins donuts forever!
  • Tack doesn’t want any death on his food!
  • Music is memory
  • Music therapy–fine, but give me R&B
  • There’s a deep and important memory locked in the second verse of…
  • He liked-ded it!


My Jams 1983

Ron Brown courtesy of The Time Tunnel


Thanks for joining us on this trip.

Be here next Friday for an all new conversation with your favorite crazy ass Georgia cousins!


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A Family Conversation: The Khobar Towers Attack (1996) Family Love and Connection(Part II)

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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Contains Adult Language

Listen to the first part here.

In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about:

  • The rest of the letter
  • Changing education and career plans
  • Deadlifts and The Iron Cocks uncle whose nephew idolized him
  • Ron’s PTSD due to the attack aftermath and his duties as a Medic
  • “Monuments to procrastination:” The precursor to THIS blog!
  • Ernest Hemingway’s “little sister”
  • God’s timing
(2003) The precursor to Seek The Best Blog: This was going to be Ron’s spot to highlight some of his writings in the family newsletter that I created. I called his column: “The World According To Ron Brown.” Sadly, back then, it didn’t go anywhere–but, alas, God’s Timing!

A Family Conversation: The Bass and The Tweeter

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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In today’s conversation, we use my post “Pandemic: The Winds of Change” as a conversation starter on :

-The fact that nobody knew more…. back in February

-The “bass” and the “tweeter”

-Cult of personality 

-Not the norm

-Cheat if you can’t win 

-Stupid ass look

-Done with Covid

-Breaking all manner of ethics

-From 44 to 46

-The pandemic is just the canvas

-Foreboding for the clairsentient

-2020 the year of clarity

-Day by day til better days

-Missing checks and balances, was it intentional?

-All hell breaking loose

-Find a fool leave a fool

-A level of abnormal-ness

A Family Conversation: There is a Point to This Thing

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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This week, we continue our commentary on current events during this pandemic season.

Fortunately for you, we took the long way around and started talking about “The Twilight Zone” and other such stuff.

Yep! We got sidetracked, per usual.

But, believe it or not, there really is a point to this conversation.

As with parts 1 and 2, we used my post “Pandemic: The Winds of Change” as a conversation starter.

Tune in next Wednesday for the final post in the AFC “Pandemic” series.

A Family Conversation: The Cousins Discuss the Pandemic Part 2: Don’t Panic…The Stock Market

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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In today’s conversation, we use my post “Pandemic: The Winds of Change” as a conversation starter on who’s making money during this time (and prior) as well as who is NOT…and hasn’t been for a LONG time.

Listen in as we discuss:

  • The importance of NOT “panicking”….. the stock market
  • How a pandemic is fruitful for a select few
  • Crazy logic when it comes to holding Trump accountable
  • The fact that most of us are “fans” on the sidelines
  • Reaganomics and how it stunted our growth
  • Benefits for American workers vs. workers in other countries
    • In the audio, I meant to say that you must be laid off and actively seeking a job… not fired
  • Our refusal to be guinea pigs for a fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine
  • The Scientific Method/Listening to Scientists
  • Normal + Coronavirus = ?

Tune back in next Wednesday for Part 3

References from the audio

In this video, an American expat shares her experiences moving from the U.S. to Europe (including key differences): Life in Sweden/ Germany

In this link, pay attention to Table 15 (Wealth Inequity -Concentration of wealth in the U. S. between 1983-2007). Important statistics from Stanford Center of Poverty and Inequality

This article explores financial actions of U.S. Senators after January briefings on Coronavirus

A Family Conversation: The Cousins Discuss The Elusive American Dream

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

“A Family Conversation” is published on Wednesdays.

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Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech:

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

If you are interested, you may read the full speech transcript here.

Now…

Observe as I switch my focus from the words of a King to a topic that appears to be totally different.

I’ll begin “the switch” by asking…

Isn’t it funny how the lyrics of a song can mean one thing in one context, and another thing in a different context?

That very fact inspired Ron to post two throwback jams from one of the most prolific songwriting duos of all time, Valarie Simpson and her late husband Nickolas Ashford.

And so….

This week, Ron and I discuss the song lyrics from Ashford & Simpson’s “It seems to hang on” and “Found a cure.”

Listen in as we flow with the lyrics into conversations on :

  • Dealing with the ever-present albatross of discrimination.
  • Interacting with people who either intentionally or unintentionally invalidate our experiences of prejudice.
  • Maintaining a hopeful optimism that one day America will live up to its greatest potential by adhering to its own assertion that “all men are created equal.”
  • A Divine prescription for the cure that we need; hint, it’s been there all along.

Enjoy,

Adult Language and Situations

Pt 1

Pt 2

To listen to a deeper conversation click here for parts 3-5