CeCe Winans Sets Record Straight About Her “Support” of Donald Trump

“I refuse to choose sides. I live for an audience of one.”

By Michael P Coleman

Gospel legend CeCe Winans found herself in a fiery furnace over the weekend, when news of her having allegedly participated in President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign circulated on several mainstream and social media sites.

I have had a couple of occasions to speak with Winans, and I’ve not known her to shy away from a question — or a controversy. For the most part, she didn’t disappoint Tuesday afternoon, as she sat down with Dr. A.R. Bernard to clear the air and answer queries from fans and critics.

During the 30 minute Instagram Live conversation, Winans distanced herself from Trump’s camp, while stopping just short of telling fans who she’d be voting for this fall. She became quite animated when addressing direct questions about her personal political affiliations.

“I refuse to choose sides,” Winans earnestly said. “I live for an audience of one. It’s not religion for me. It’s a relationship with Jesus Christ. I’m a believer who happens to be black, who happens to be a woman. I stand for truth, only truth, and nothing else.”

“I’ve been honored to be able to go in and sing the gospel and to stand before a lot of incredible dignitaries,” Winans continued, remembering performances for both President Bushes and for Bill and Hillary Clinton during her 35+ year career.

“I was able to meet President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama when I sang at the Kennedy Center. I sang for the Pope, quite a few years ago.”

“Jesus loves everybody, and He’s needed everywhere.”

That last nugget was characteristically spoken like a,…well, like a gospel legend! But let’s get down to brass tacks, as Grandma Coleman used to say. Dr. Bernard asked Winans the question we all wanted to ask her.

Read MPC's full feature, and hear exactly what CeCe Winans has to say about Donald Trump!

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Review — The Social Dilemma (Netflix)

“There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software.”

By Michael P Coleman

The very aptly named Netflix docu-drama The Social Dilemma poses several provocative questions about the use of social media and the usage of social media users.

I deliberately framed that statement in that way — it doesn’t mean what you may think it means.

Yes, if you spend any time at all on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snap Chat, Tik Tok, or any of a myriad of popular social media services, you use social media.

But according to Jeff Orlowski, the director of the riveting film, you’re also being used.

Watch the trailer to The Social Dilemma.

The Social Dilemma features provocative contributions from many of the architects of a variety of social media sites. Collectively, those tech pioneers describe an industry that exists for a solitary reason: the monetization of its users’s online behaviors. According to the film, every click, every “like,” and every  that’s shared on social media is recorded, analyzed, and used.

How’s it feel to know that?

Many of The Social Dilemma’s takeaways were startling. 

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Sacramento's 3 Black Chefs Put Their Money Where The People's Mouths Were

The trio donated thousands of free meals at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

By Michael P Coleman

It’s one thing to put your money where your mouth is. It’s another to put it where someone else’s mouth is.

That was the model for Berry Accius and his business partners Michael Harris and Willis Webster, all of Sacramento, at the dawn of coronavirus shelter-in-place orders, last spring. They decided to offer free pop up dinners on Thursday and Friday nights, to as many people as they could feed. I heard about the trio recently, and had to talk with the guys.

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09.09.2020

RIP Rover Jo

By Michael P Coleman

2020 has certainly been one for the record books, and we’ve got four more months to weather before we roll it over!

I can endure Trump…at least until November 3. I have learned, over the last six months, that I can survive a global, viral pandemic. But something happened a couple of nights ago that brought me to my knees, literally. I was surprised at how hard it hit me.

The best, sweetest dog in the world, Rover Jo, died just before midnight Monday, August 31, in our kitchen, with her head on my lap. After spending 11 of Jo’s 12 years on earth with her, I now understand why someone once called a dog “man’s best friend.”

Read MPC’s full column, and learn more about the dog who left here far too soon for the freelance writer. 

When Harris addresses the nation tonight from her socially-distanced podium, after being endorsed by our nation’s first African American president, she won’t have to portray an outdated stereotype like “Mammy.” Racist folks may want to call her Aunt Jemima, but that is fake news if ever I’ve heard it! Trust and believe that we’re going to see Classic Kamala this evening, with both barrels blazing!

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EXCLUSIVE! Broadway Legend Lillias White’s Upcoming Get Happy Album

By Michael P Coleman

“This new album is a balm. It’s a salve. It’s something that will hopefully get people back on track, to be loving, and to find the sunshine through the rain.”

Read MPC’s EXCLUSIVE feature on the upcoming album, Get Happy.   Lillias White promises that it’ll cure what ails ya! 

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by Michael P Coleman

I believe that business owners have a right to deny service to anyone who would threaten their lives by walking into their shop during a global pandemic — and a period during which California coronavirus cases are on the rise — without their noses and mouths covered. Just yesterday, I was shocked to find unmasked customers in a small Subway restaurant ordering dinner from a woman who was wearing a mask.

A couple of months ago, as the gravity of COVID-19 was becoming clear, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris provided one of the early voices of reason, with a playbook for managing coronavirus. With the state’s new face covering mandate, it was time for an update.

Read freelance writer MPC’s full feature, and hear what the good doctor has to say about face coverings in public!

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Juneteenth. It’s the Kwanzaa of 2020

by Michael P Coleman

I’m as tired, angry, frustrated, pummeled — you pick the adjective — as the next black man, weathering a global pandemic, open season on black men, and a maniac in the Oval Office.

But Juneteenth? A “holiday” to commemorate a 1865 event? I’ll save you the Google search: a white general rode into a town in Texas to tell the African American enslaved people there that they’d been freed two years before that, with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

I mean, I’ve heard of CP time, but that pony ride was 155 years ago.

Juneteenth, like most historical events in African American history, was not taught in schools that most of us attended. Juneteenth has not been a part of our collective consciousness. And Juneteenth did not hold much relevance for anyone I know…  until a maniac in the Oval Office decided to hold a campaign rally on that day.

There’s a renewed push to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Just what we all need: another Monday furniture sale.

I would only be a strong advocate for making Juneteenth a national holiday if we replaced Independence Day with Juneteenth. I’ve always felt that July 4, 1776 was a tad premature for the celebration of freedom and independence. In 1776, you see, most of my direct ancestors were owned by white people like the folks who wrote the beautiful, legendary line “All men are created equal.”

Seems kinda hypocritical, doesn’t it? I will never forget the day, at Woodson Elementary School in Inkster, Michigan, when this writer pieced that timeline together!

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