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Mistakes, She’s Made (More Than) a Few


I received the following email. Let’s just say that I won’t be responding, and neither should you. The number of mistakes boggles my mind.

Hope you caught the song-lyric reference in the title.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

Attn: Beloved,
Good morning,


Greetings in the name of humanity, I am Mrs. Deborah Calvert Herman a citizen of Australia but presently in the Malaysia,used to beworking for the federal government, I am 50 years old, I am now anew Christian but from all indication, my health condition is really deteriorating and it is quite severe because i been suffering for a long time from cancer of the Lungs, from obvious diagnosis,I won't live more than 1 year, according to my doctors, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.

My late husband died last five years ago, and during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth.

The doctors has advised me that I may not live for more than 1 year, so I now decided to divide the part of this wealth to contribute to the development of the church in Africa, America Asia, and Europe.

I selected you after visiting the website and I prayed over it. I am willing to donate the sum of $25,000.000.00u.usd (twenty five million United States dollars) to the less privileged.

Please I want you to note that this fund is lying in a security company in Malaysia. Once i hear from you, I will forward to you all the information you will use to get fund released from the security company and to be transferred to your account.

I honestly pray that this money when transferred to your account will be used for the said purpose, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without humility, all is vanity.

Please provide me with the following information so I can forward it to a church attorney who used to work at times for my late husband's lawyer.

He is diligent and a Christian so I am confident he is going to handle the transaction with you and lead, advice you on how to secure the funds in your favor.

Information needed:
Full name...................................
Full address......................................
Company and address:...........................
Marital status:...............................
Religion:..........................................
Sex:...................................................
Fax no..............................................
Phone no:............................................



I await your urgent reply. (debh0mmh@gmail.com)
Your sister
Mrs. Deborah Calvert Herman
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May 23, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Come On, Shake Your Body Baby, Do That “Congo”


I recently attended a gala fundraiser in which the gala committee wrote that no one should be surprised if the a Congo line suddenly formed.

This made me wonder: Was this going to be a Republic of the Congo line, or a Democratic Republic of the Congo line? Would it be a line that honors the dictatorship of Denis Sassou Nguesso and its many human rights abuses, or will it be a line celebrating the large African country formerly known as Zaire and ruled by dictator Mobutu Sese Seko for 31 years, ending in 1996?

Or was it going to be a conga line?

The answer’s obvious. A conga is a dance that originated in Cuba and became popular in the U.S. in the 1930s. Desi Arnaz was credited with making it wildly popular in the 1940s, starting with the 1940 movie “Too Many Girls.” The dance was so big that numerous Warner Bros. cartoons featured it. It enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence in 1985 when Miami Sound Machine, with Gloria Estefan’s vocal, released “Conga.”

For what it’s worth, the gala had no conga line. Or Congo line.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

June 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s Get to the “Roots” of the Problem


I love Netflix (despite the incredibly high price increase from last year) because I can go back and watch movies, television shows or miniseries that I missed the first time around. I’m currently watching the last disc of  “Roots,” which I didn’t watch when it premiered in 1977 because I was too young.

Anyone who has watched “Roots” knows the various names (today we’d call them epithets) white people called the slaves and what the slaves called each other. By today’s standards, the words are incendiary, insulting, rude and racist. Unfortunately, that’s the way it was.

It’s not that way today. Now, we have the terms African-American and black. Which do you use? Whatever the person prefers. But be careful. Technically speaking, only people who can trace their ancestry directly to Africa can be called African-American. President Obama is a prime example. He was born in Hawaii to a Kenyan father and an American mother.

I once knew a white woman who could make the same designation. She was born in South Africa and became an American citizen later. I remember her telling me the looks she got when she (correctly) listed herself as African-American on job applications and then met hiring officers for interviews.

If ancestry can’t be determined, and if you can’t reach the person to find  his or her preference, use black because that is the skin color.

Happy Black History Month! Happy Lincoln’s Birthday (a day late)! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment