Married 2 Medicine Houston: Diversity finds its way to Bravo

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Diversity in Hollywood often means A person of color, usually black. For years there there was only one box for a person of color and black person filled it.   While there is still the one box,now Latins and gays compete with blacks for that single box.  Asian females may find an occasional role but Asian males…….   Actors of other hues can be in the background if its in a urban setting.

In 2016, TV is still in black and white.

In the early nineties. TV producers Mary Ellis Burim and Jonathan Murray pitched one of the earliest reality shows for M-TV.   The ground breaking show featured a diverse cast. For the first time we saw different races, sexual orientations and individuals of different  religious and political backgrounds all living under one roof.

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The Real World Opened with:

This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house (work together ) and have their lives taped. To find out what happens… when people stop being polite and start getting real…..

The Real World is still in production however, Burim and Murray are no longer associated with the show and the show has deteriorated into more of a Frat house , drunken fights and sexual escapades.


In Bravoland

There are exclusive communities of white women in Orange County, Beverly Hills, London,Dallas and New York City. Exclusive communities of black women in Atlanta and the Potomac.  White people trying not to be Tardy, out at sea, in a lodge, getting giggy at Pump,  and a small group of thirty forty somethings Persians partying in LA.

Bravo’s “Shahs  of Sunset” is the first show featuring Persian Americans. In between the boozy fights and arguments we learn why successful families left Iran.  One of member of the cast is a married gay man.  Viewers saw his struggles with his culture. In 2016 Iran, gays can be punished or put to death for being gay.     While Shahs is often filled with reality style fights and conflicts, it also allows us to see their families, traditions and struggles rarely seen outside of a documentary . The show is very entertaining.

Diversity in Houston

On the surface one would think “Married to Medicine Houston”, is a spin off of Married to Medicine (now in it’s third season).  Married to Medicine is based in Atlanta, where most of the women are married to doctors. M2M is reality Tv 101.  Fights (some of them physical ) conflicts, jealousy.   Atlanta seems to be the home of pretentiousness.   On M2M two cast members are doctors and one is a dentist. The other cast members are married to doctors.

In Houston, nearly all of the women are professionals

Dr Erika Sato is a  Plastic Surgeon, her father is Asian her mother is Italian.  Her parents were professional wrestlers. and  she is married to a younger Doctor who’s family is very conservative.

Dr Monica Patel is an Indian cardiologist.  A quadruple board certified cardiologist. Monica doesn’t look like anyone on Grey’s Anatomy   Monica is stacked and is in full makeup and heels.  Monica  is divorced and wanting to get married and start a family. She’s been dating a man “Imad” for a few years. He has a successful business three hours away in San Antonio.  They see each other on weekends and they are of different faiths.

Elly Pourasef is an Persian Audiologist.

Dr. Ashandra Bastiste who is a Dental Surgeon her husband “Ricky’ is a medical equipment salesman. They share a son and a daughter from a previous marriage. Their relationship seems solid and the banter between the two is infectious.  A fun happy family on a reality tv show?

Rachel Suliburk who is white of Spanish descent married to Dr James Suliburk, a trama surgeon.  Rachel is currently a nursing student.  Living in their home is her mother Maribel. Maribel is charming and out of control and Rachel is the den mother.

Yes there are cat fights (this is reality tv) there are some resentments in the group.  If your  looking for a fist fight, turn the channel, at least for this season. So far this season a lot of the drama comes from outside the group.  Not sure if there is a mandatory Bravo hatecation planned.

These women are intelligent, driven and trying to balance career and home life. Some of the women  relatively new to medicine are making contacts in the community.  Unlike the housewives these ladies are relatable .

Like Shahs, we get a brief glimpse of some of the cultural traditions and values.


Race Relations on Married to Medicine Houston

Misunderstandings or Racism?

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With all the talk of the lack of diversity of TV, one would think Bravo would promote Married to Medicine Houston and its cast.  However, the show is on Friday evenings, the graveyard of time periods and Bravo is not promoting the show.  Bravo IS promoting “Married to Medicine (Atlanta) M2M  timeslot was behind Bravo’s most popular show ” Real Housewives of Atlanta” .  M2M is now on Fridays before  M2MH “

This show is in need of audience. Diversity is more than black and white.

Episodes are available on You Tube and Bravo


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Sydney man charged with murder after Tinder date dies trying to escape him on his 14th-floor balcony

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A man uses the Tinder dating app, which is how an Australia man met a woman he is now accused of murdering after she fell from his balcony on a date gone terribly wrong.


SYDNEY, Australia — A young woman became so afraid of her Tinder date that she climbed from a 14th floor balcony to escape him, plunging to her death, an Australian court has heard.

Gable Tostee, who is accused of killing 26-year-old Warriena Wright during a date arranged via the popular app, was recorded threatening to “chuck her” from his balcony shortly before she fell to her death.

A court in Australia heard that Tostee, 30, threatened and strangled Wright, a New Zealand tourist, after they met for the first time and went back to his apartment. Ms Wright allegedly fled to the balcony in fear and was attempting to escape by climbing down when she fell.

In a disturbing recording of the encounter that was found on Tostee’s phone, he could be heard saying: “You’re lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony you God damn psycho bitch. You’re not going to collect any belongings, you’re just going to walk out.”

The pair made contact six days earlier on the dating app and arranged to meet at a surf shop in a nightclub district near Tostee’s apartment in Surfers Paradise, a beachside resort in Queensland. They met in the evening of February 7, 2014, and bought beer before returning to Tostee’s apartment, where they were recorded talking about God, ninjas and the movie Forrest Gump.

Glen Cash, the prosecutor, told the Supreme Court in Brisbane that the pair drank and were intimate before an altercation occurred early on the Friday morning.

During the audio recording played to the court,Wright could be heard asking to leave several times but the pair continued to drink and talk.

At one point, she told him: “Are you going to f–ing untie me because I will f–ing destroy your jaw.”

You’re not going to collect any belongings, you’re just going to walk out. If you try to pull anything I’ll knock you out, I’ll knock you the f– out. Do you understand?

He is heard to say: “I should have never given you so much to drink… You’re not going to collect any belongings, you’re just going to walk out. If you try to pull anything I’ll knock you out, I’ll knock you the f– out. Do you understand?”

Cash said the prosecution was not alleging Tostee had thrown or pushed Wright but that he threatened her and left her with no choice but to try to escape by climbing down from the locked balcony.

The case has attracted heavy media coverage in Australia and prompted police warnings to users of the dating app to be careful when arranging meetings with strangers.

Tostee has pleaded not guilty and denied strangling Wright, insisting that he restrained her in self-defence. His lawyer Saul Holt QC claimed that Wright, who was visiting Australia on a two week holiday, became violent and started throwing decorative rocks at him and hit him with a clamp from a telescope.

“What happened in this case is nothing like murder or manslaughter, it doesn’t fit,” Mr Holt said. “She is outside, he is inside and he has caused a locked door to be between the two of them.”

Gabriele Collyer-Wiedner, a retiree who lived in the apartment below Tostee’s, said she was woken by the sound of banging furniture at 2 a.m.

She said she looked out of her balcony to see a pair of feet as Ms Wright dangled from the balcony above.

“Legs came down and dangled in the air,” she told the court. “I froze there, then the body fell on my balcony railing. I screamed and somebody else screamed, I assumed it was her voice.”

After Wright’s fall to the driveway below, Tostee attempted to call his lawyer and then called his father.

“She kept beating me up and whatever,” he could be heard telling his father in the audio recording. “I forced her out onto the balcony and I think she might have jumped off.”

The case continues.

Native American tribes bring Dakota pipeline fight to U.S. Congress

Protesters demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, in Los Angeles, California, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Protesters demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, in Los Angeles, California, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

By: Richard Cowan; editing by Diane Craft


Native American tribes took their fight to Washington on Thursday to stop development of a $3.7 billion oil pipeline, as Democrats in the U.S. Congress urged the federal government to scrap construction permits and reconsider the project.

Representative Raul Grijalva, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, called on the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers “to withdraw the existing permits for Dakota Access pipeline.”

He said the agency should then initiate a new, “transparent permitting process” that includes “robust” consultation with tribes and environmental review. The underground pipeline would traverse both federally-managed and private lands in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

Spokesmen for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers were not immediately available for comment.

Thousands of activists, including the Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota, have been protesting the 1,100-mile (1,886-km) project being developed by Energy Transfer Partners LP, arguing it poses an environmental risk to the tribe’s water supply and would violate sacred sites.

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Their encampment on the North Dakota prairie marked the largest Native American protest in decades.

Republicans control the U.S. Congress but several House Democrats organized a “forum” to provide a platform for Native American tribes to voice their opposition to the pipeline and the government’s permitting process.

Proponents of the pipeline were not present.

In yet another fight, aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on Thursday to scrap proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is among the treaty’s signatories.

Grijalva said the pipeline threatened the natural resources of the Standing Rock Sioux and the project was part of a “long history of pushing the impacts of pollution onto the most economically and politically disadvantaged people and communities across this country.”

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault complained to the Democratic panel that there was no “meaningful consultation” before permits were issued to bring the pipeline through his tribe’s territory.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners has countered that worries about oil contamination to local waters in the Missouri and Cannon Ball rivers were “unfounded” and that the company would address safety concerns.

President Barack Obama is set to meet with Native American tribal leaders next week at the White House. On Sept. 9, the administration temporarily blocked construction of the project to deliver transport oil

Love Hate and Hillary

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Its August and the head shaking isn’t over. Week after week  just when you think Donald Trump has peaked, he tops himself again.  Coasting in the shadows is his primary opponent Hillary Clinton. Unlike Trump she seems to avoid the press, avoiding questions.

I’m a fan of Hillary Rodham, I’m attracted to her drive and intelligence.  She had been a political person most of her life. Like first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary was not interested in rose bushes or room restorations.    She demanded a place at the table and one way or another she was going to be heard!

Republicans hate Bill and Hillary. Hundreds of millions of dollars has been spent to indict one of both the Clintons and nothing’s stuck. From Whitewater, President Bill Clinton’s impeachment to Benghazi  With each accusation, scandal or investigation, the couple came out of it stronger and more popular.

Gallup Inc, has been conducting surveys for nearly eighty years.  Hillary Rodham Clinton’s  name has  been atop the the Most Admired Woman in the United States a record twenty times.  This is more than any other person male or female.

So how does the Most Admired Woman in the US and in the world, become untrustworthy?

For some Republicans she will never be trust worthy, if its not Whitewater, or Vince Foster,  its Benghazi. These voters will never support anyone named Clinton.

For me its the E-mail controversy.   Its not that I believe she’s done anything wrong.  Its the air of arrogance .  Sure other politicians have used their private e-mail accounts . But that was 2012, 2008.   This is 2016!  The year of the angry American.  Traditional politicians are the enemy and you cant get more traditional than Hillary Clinton.  Some her responses  are Trumpesk as she attempts to paint a picture of innocence.  When she said she told  a consistent and truthful story about classified material on her emails, and FBI director James Comey backed her up.   The response from some cynics was yeah uh huh.

What was refreshing about Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump was their ability to talk directly to the public and the press without the canned responses.  Hillary the professional politician uses 40 words when 15 would get the job done.  In the year of the Angry American this reads deceptive.    Her internal hard drive sticks to message and stalls when questioned.  Her responses are often reprogrammed and filled with political cliches.

At the joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists,a few weeks ago.  She stayed on message and missed an opportunity to connect with both groups to solidify her message.

She owns the boomers black and brown, this group has a positive  history with the Clinton’s.   Millennials struggle with tradition.  Some of the Millennials weren’t born when Bill Clinton was President.   With smartphones in hand, some of  black and brown Millennials have problems with some of the policies during his administration.

After President Clinton signed 1994 crime bill, more private prisons were built and young black men received longer sentences. In 1996, President Clinton signed the  Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act this law subjected hundreds of thousands of people to arbitrary detention, fast-track deportations, and family separation, effecting a disproportionate number of Hispanics.

At the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists members initially thought there would be Q&A questions submitted by Twitter, this didn’t happen, in fact no one in the audience were allowed to ask questions. (This is common at her campaign stops) . Hillary stayed true to script. Talked about Blacks and Hispanics in general terms, she failed to connect with the audience, an audience filled with bloggers and people on social media. Losing the opportunity to learn about issues important to this demographic.  There where about four or five questions asked by the panel.  Her responses were misdirected and dry.   One of her responses transported me back to the 60’s as she nearly said, I have latino friends. 

I plan to vote for Hillary this fall. I voted for her in the primaries several years ago. I think she is an admirable women.  There is much to be admired.  Her drive and commitment has helped thousands of children.   She seems embarrassed when it comes to her achievements.  Some females aren’t comfortable talking about those moments.  Her husband Bill would be on Trump tower screaming about HIS accomplishments.   She has been in politics most of her life and in this political season her experience works against her. I would like her to be more accessible to the public and the press, to come clean about the e-mails in 150 words or less.

If the elections took place today she would be Madam President, however this August and November is a year away in politics.





The Other Side “Sacramento Neo Nazi Riot”


Out numbered.  The news wires said there were 25 to 30  members of the Traditionalist Worker Party  vs 400 counter protesters.   The Traditionalist obtained a proper permit from the California Highway Patrol to hold a rally.

Before the rally, there were some on social media threatening to attack the Neo-Nazis.  Some of the Neo-Nazis armed themselves. Anarchist (men and women wearing masks) reportedly attacked members of Neo-Nazi ensighting the riot.

I am not defending the Worker Party, from what I know of white supremacist, they wouldn’t want support from this black man. However, they were outnumbered 20to 1, common sense dictates its very unlikely someone the smaller group would have physically attacked the counter group.  If you look at the video feeds, it was the Neo-Nazis who were being chased.  Rally at California Capitol in Sacramento

I have had experience with Anarchists in the Bay Area.  I have watched them put on mask as they walk up the BART stairs. I have witnessed them attack people for attempting to keep the peace in Oakland.  I have helped pull a group of people off an individual who  attempting to put out a fire on Telegraph Avenue in Downtown Oakland.

The soul purpose of anarchist is chaos.

Chaos doesn’t equal peace. Occupy Protest (File/Reuters)

I believe most counter protesters came in peace. The majority weren’t wearing masks. They came to object to the message of hate.  However, once a random projectile strikes you, your world and intent changes.

Women most often retreat, men will retaliate.

Unfortunately we are seeing a resurgence of  white supremacy , individuals who believe they are superior to people of color and others who do not meet their standards. There are protests planned nationwide. Its unfortunate, were ever they protest, violence is likely to follow.  In areas where there message resonates with locals, counter protesters will be attacked.

 I’m very proud of the people from Sacramento.  Hate isn’t welcome here. I’m sorry people where injured.

This is America, I may not like their message, but they have a right to speak.



I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump


This is Susana Martinez, she is the first Hispanic female Governor ever elected in the United States. She is currently Governor of the State of New Mexico. She is also a Republican.  The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 47.0% of the total 2012 population was Hispanic or Latino of any race, the highest of any state.

New Mexico also has the highest number of Hispanics in office.

There are many Republicans who simply can’t get behind the presumptive presidential nominee and Governor Martinez is one of them.  Last week in Albuquerque, D.T. took a few swipes at the Governor who seems to be very popular in her state AND she also happens to be the chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association.

Conventional wisdom says despite her position he should have schmoozed the Governor.  But D.T is at odds with conventional wisdom. He chastised Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for not doing her job when it came to unemployment, federal food aid and even containing the Syrian refugee crisis while he stumped at a raucous political rally this week in the nation’s most Hispanic state. Martinez, who has not endorsed the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, skipped the event in Albuquerque, citing a busy schedule.

Key Republicans rushed to Martinez’s defense, including U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio..

“Susana Martinez is a great governor, she turned deficits into surpluses, she cut taxes,” Ryan told reporters this week.

Bush tweeted that Martinez is “the future of our party,” and Walker said Martinez had driven conservative reforms in a state that President Barack Obama won twice.

 D.T  described New Mexico as a state beset by unemployment and rising dependence on federal food assistance, placing the blame squarely on Martinez.

“Your governor has got to do a better job,” D.T said. “She’s not doing the job. Hey, maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going.”

D.T has vowed to return to New Mexico before the general election and win a state where Democrats account for 47 percent of registered voters.

A Few Days Later

As protesters were outside the San Diego Convention Center. D.T attacked a local federal judge, Gonzalo Curiel ,who is hearing a class -action lawsuit against Trump University this fall.

Inside the convention center D.T. delivered a lengthy monologue about the years-old case involving students who claim they were defrauded by Trump’s real estate “university.” He delved so deeply into details of the case — at one point, he talked about the origin of the name of the law firm representing him — that he seemed to lose the attention of his crowd.

Trump leveled a series of blows against Curiel. He called him “a hater of D.T.” and “very hostile” person who had “railroaded” him. He then taunted the judge, who has scheduled a trial for late November, after the election.

“I’ll be seeing you in November, either as president…” Trump said, trailing off. “I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself. I think it’s a disgrace that he’s doing this.”

 “The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican…

which is great. I think that’s fine,”  said. D.T. “I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump,” he later added, according to the Washington Post.

 November, Not Soon Enough!

Many want off this ride, that seems to go on and on. D.T. delusions grow wider by the hour.  In Fresno, he told the audience there . There isn’t a drought.

There are many who believe only Mexicans are protesting against D.T. and those who are protesting are probably illegal, reinforcing the need for a wall.   There are some people incensed by images of the Mexican flag. Radio talk show host, Dr Laura, made a quick comment about those images on her Sirrus show, saying she knows who she is voting for.

The truth is, if you look closely you will see many black, and white protesters.

D.T. unfortunate comments about “Those Mexicans” resonated with Black voters. As one man put it, I’m sure he calls African Americans,Nigger,when he is in his circle.  “Were not fools.”

November, seems like years instead of months. I cant remember a time like this in America.  The choices are few Hillary or Hitler.  If you vote or a third party candidate we may have Hitler.

Hitler, sounds extreme and perhaps cruel. The reality is we have a candidate who couldn’t pick a Muslim in a lineup and yet he wants to keep them from coming into the country. He and few like him would like to deport 11 million taxpayers.  A president who is capable of insulting the families, of our Allies in a tweet.




Protests planned against and for Beyonce

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By: Lisa Respers France, CNN

A planned anti-Beyonce rally is being countered with calls for the singer’s supporters to get in “Formation.”

Those in support of #BoycottBeyonce are being asked to gather outside the headquarters of the National Football League in New York City at 8 a.m. on February 16, according to a posting on Eventbrite.

“Are you offended as an American that Beyoncé pulled her race-baiting stunt at the Superbowl?” the invitation asks. “Do you agree that it was a slap in the face to law enforcement?”

“Come and let’s stand together,” the notice says. “Let’s tell the NFL we don’t want hate speech & racism at the Superbowl ever again!”

But that invitation sparked a call for a counterprotest, asking Beyonce supporters to also show up.

“When Black women affirm Blackness/Black womanhood, they are attacked and silenced,” says the posting, which invites women to dress in outfits inspired by the “Formation” video or the Super Bowl performance. “This is a counter protest to … a racist, ahistorical attack on the Black Panther Party and Beyonce, plus an excuse to celebrate a very awesome song and #BlackGirlMagic moment.”

The controversy began when the singer dropped her music video for her song “Formation” on Saturday.

In the song Beyonce speaks of her heritage with lyrics such as “My daddy Alabama/ Momma Louisiana/ You mix that Negro with that Creole/ Make a Texas bamma” and declares, “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and Afros/ I like my Negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils.”

The video, which pays homage to New Orleans and includes references to Hurricane Katrina’s devastating aftermath, also features a scene of a young African-American boy wearing a hoodie before a line of police officers while the words “Stop shooting us” appear on a wall.

Some called the imagery in the video an affront to police and urged viewers ahead of her halftime performance at the Super Bowl to #BoycottBeyonce for her aligning herself with the Black Lives Matters movement.

Beyonce’s performance Sunday — with dancers in Black Panther-like attire — didn’t assuage those feelings.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized the singer when he appeared Monday on Fox News, calling her performance “outrageous.”

“This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us and keep us alive.”

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But supporters quickly called foul. It’s no secret that her loyal fan base, the BeyHive, has a mighty sting when you come for the Queen, but this time support was more wide-ranging, with some finding the criticism to be racially motivated.

The provocative conversation is occurring while excitement mounts over Beyonce’s upcoming “Formation” tour. Tickets went on presale Tuesday for select cities for members of the singer’s fan club and American Express cardholders, and it’s fair to say fans were excited.


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