The Empire Strikes Back

It appears that the Gods of the Universe have decided to ensure that 2016 could not just be terrible, but that it would exit with an abominable roar that would make it impossible to ignore the overall wretchedness of the year in general.

When I learned of Carrie Fisher’s heart attack over the weekend, but that she survived, I was truly was hoping that she would hang on, especially after learning of George Michael’s death. I held out hope for no other reason than the feeling that there has been the death of so many things this year – talented people of course, but civility, belief in diversity, respect, and even truth itself – it is now completely subjective. It feels as though we have lost much.

Alas, as with so many things this year, the world was not to keep it’s Princess. While saddened by the loss of another pop culture icon, and feeling so may things as of late, I was inspired to stop sitting on the sidelines and to delve back into writing, which is something I love and always centers me a bit, even if the subject matter is not so “love and light” – to quote a Real Housewife. And while 2016 feels like it is ending horrendously, starting a new hobby for 2017 feels positive and right.

But as of today, it is still 2016, and the evil empire has struck back with a vengeance and has taken Carrie. And before today it took George, Bowie, and Prince …and yeah. I will just stop with Prince. It’s unleashed attacks – in Berlin and Nice and a cold-blooded assassination of an ambassador in Turkey. It’s given us Trump, his sycophants, mindless followers and basket of anti-science, anti-immigration, anti-black, anti-gay, anti-women – DEPLORABLES. Yeah, Hillary apologized for that line, but I loved it. The Empire has been busy and, for the moment, seems to be winning – in many areas.

To digress for a moment, I suppose I should type a disclaimer and get this out of the way now. I am black. I am gay. I am married to a white man raised in the South. I believe in liberal and believe in progressive politics. I am sure I have offended someone in that steaming cup of tea I just spilled, which is totally fine – I have a certain world view and am not here for everyone.

Back on track, as 2016 comes to a close, I am saddened by many things. The violence, the loss of talent, and the future of our country where so much progressive movement that I believe in seems to be on the line. But I am an optimist at heart and things always get better in the end, right?

So, here’s to Carrie. Bold, honest, a feminist, fierce…and a FORCE.

And to 2017…where are my Jedi????

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