Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (How would you deal with a sexual role reversal?)

Technically this is a man’s world. For the most part men have been deemed physically superior to women in just about all facets of life. However, how well do you think this world would be run if God made women superior (even if just for one day)? Suppose God made women physically stronger during this time and actually placed them in charge of everything? Would we fare even better? Some people (men and women) just cannot fathom a woman being in charge. Woman have been known to be more compassionate (but there are clearly exceptions to this rule). In a lot of circumstances women have been declared to be more emotional than men (but this is not the case in all circumstances). If we truly believe in equality then what would be wrong with a little role reversal? If given the strength to do so, how many women would beat on their men to let them know what it feels like? How many men would even be able to deal with a female led world? Even though some believe this will probably never happen, we should still “think” as though this will. If women are to be respected and deemed equal then they need to be treated that way.  The human race could never survive without women and that is a fact. How many women of power do you know about? As a man could you accept having a woman boss? If women were elevated in power what would that do for sexual harassment? Could the major countries of the world work “better” if they had women in charge? Would there be less war (or more?) I would love to see this happen. I think women deserve the chance. Hopefully one day it will. The biggest difference is how we think. We came close to having a woman President. Maybe the time has come for us to think differently. What is your take on this? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to  offer.

Brett Jolly with Good Morning America host Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (When it is beneficial to learn to do some things yourself)

I am the kind of person who loves to “continue” to learn new things as I grow older. I don’t believe that people should stay stagnant after a certain age or time. As long as you “grow” you should continue to “know.” Currently it is winter time here in Philadelphia, which means that temperatures can get very cold. My house (which is a nice stone ranch house) has been feeling rather chilly at times. At the start of winter I talked to several heating experts about what can be done. They all seemed as though they were busy, and then they all wanted to charge me about 4 thousand dollars. I felt as though these guys were trying to rob me. I then went on Youtube to find out certain keys to insulating your house. I found a “lot” of interesting information that can help me to keep my house warmer, and I have started the process myself. I have been working up in the attic (the old insulation was falling down) and I am actually putting new insulation in. However, there is a lot more. I went to my doors and windows and found a “lot” of cold air coming in underneath and around these areas. Most times heat escapes through these openings. In fact, the air coming in was very strong and “very cold”. I actually put tape over these areas and the house warmed up significantly. I know that I need to do more than just tape, but I hope to address the areas this week. I do feel proud that I have found the openings where air is coming in. This is the start. If I can manage to fix these problem areas then it should not only save money but should make my home even warmer. A lot of people will take advantage of you if they realize you can’t do some things yourself and you have no knowledge. You could put yourself in that position or you can take matters into your own hands. A lot of women get victimized when it comes to getting their car fixed because they don’t know. Get “educated” about things so that you will know what is happening. When you get to the point that you can fix things yourself then you will wind up doing yourself the greatest favor. These people will “not” get my 4 grand. I will let you know how everything works out once I am done (but so far, things are feeling great). Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The Whispers in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

The Whispers and Brett

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Black actors in movies)

This is a situation that I haven’t heard a lot of people talk about about but one that I feel is worth examining. I saw “Aqua Man” and I actually loved the movie (despite what some critics have said about it). Without giving away the plot or spoiling the movie I will say that I “thoroughly enjoyed” it. There is a Black actor in the movie and I thought he was an “excellent” actor. I thought he played his role very well and I would love to see him in other movies if possible. I have heard some people say that they didn’t like the roll that this particular actor played and I do take exception to that. You see, in movies, there are good roles and bad roles to play. If you tried to portray Black actors in nothing but positive roles then you would “limit” the amount of minority actors in the movies. There are plenty of great actors out there who no one has had the chance to see yet.  Years ago there was a movie entitled “The Color Purple” which starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. The movie was about a Black family and the plot was based around insense in the family and abuse. For a while the movie was doing “great” and people began talking about the greatness of this movie that featured a predominantly Black minority cast. However, during the run of the movie, Black critics began to talk about the “negative image” that was being created of Blacks in movies and eventually the movie died out. If that movie had featured a predominantly White cast would it have received the same backlash (from White people)? I highly doubt it. I understand “perfectly” about how influential movies can appear, and I do recognize that  some Black actors have played in some racially demoralizing roles in movies. However, this is “only acting.” It won’t make a difference how bad an acting role is portrayed as long as it has nothing to do with reality. I highly believe in the “Get your foot in the door” policy because promotion is key in just about “everything.” By the way, the name of the Black actor in Aqua Man is Yahyan Abdul-Mateen II. I don’t go to the movies a lot, but I sincerely hope to see more of him. As for Black actors and actresses in general it is refreshing to see some new minority faces in movies. Hopefully this could start a very pleasant new trend. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly and actress Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Song segment taken from last night at our Wednesday night event)

We had a great night at our Wednesday Night Grand Slam. The people enjoyed themselves on a cold night and all was well. We took quite a few requests (as usual) and had fun for most of the night. This song was a classic from back in the day. Let’s see if anyone can remember the artist who did this song and the name of it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Forgotten hits: Do you remember this one?)

For some strange reason this group appeared and disappeared “rather quickly.” I am not sure of how many hits they may have had but right now I can only recall one. They seemed to have catered to the old music adage  “Here today, gone today.” The song was a pretty decent tune. The harmonies, the instrumentation and the arrangements helped to make it extremely popular. I don’t know what they followed this hit up with it, but I have not heard much from them since. I believe this song was released in 1974. I did hear that one of them died and another one became a minister.  The music scene can be very misleading to some. I hope you remember this hit. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Juvenile lifers)

For those of you who are not familiar with the case of Cyntoia Brown, she is currently jailed in prison for murder in Tennessee. At the age of 16 she was forced into prostitution and then she killed someone who bought her for sex (She feared for her life). She is now 30. Under her original sentencing circumstances she would not have been considered eligible for parole until she reached the age of 51. Recently, Bill Haslam, the governor of Tennessee, amended her sentence and she will soon be let out on August 7. She has turned her life around while in prison and she will soon get her degree. This case is not so much about her as it is about the law. A child who is forced into prostitution should not be viewed as a criminal, but rather a victim. She did not have the proper upbringing to be considered responsible for her actions, and yet she was still sentenced as though she was. For those who are not familiar with her case, here is the article:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/07/us/tennessee-cyntoia-brown-granted-clemency/index.html

To me, this still shows how far we have to go. It is easy to view a crime on the surface and sentence someone for it. However, most crimes are a result of something far beyond the surface. For instance, a child molester should be locked up for his actions, but what if this person was himself molested at a very young age? Would you feel the same way if you knew these circumstances? If someone robbed a bank, most of us would think that this person should go straight to jail without even a trial. However, how would you feel if you knew that this person tried to get many jobs but couldn’t land one and needed money to feed his family? Cyntoia’s case is going to get a better ending, but how many other cases out there deserve a second review? There is a big difference between the deed and the “thought behind the deed.” I usually try to focus on the latter. Sometimes perpetrators should be viewed as victims themselves. If you lived the life that some of them have experienced who knows what direction yours would have gone in? I hope there are no more cases with the same results of Cyntoia’s. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Stevie Wonder and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Every parent needed to watch the R Kelly documentary on television)

For those of you who don’t know, R Kelly was a “phenomenal singer” who was truly gifted in many musical ways. In a musical generation that seemed to focus less on real talent he seemed to be the exception that the industry needed. However, as great a singer as he was onstage, his darker personality allegedly seemed to take over offstage. Until he has his day in court (or he talks to the pubic about this) R Kelly should be considered “innocent.” This television documentary  paints a very bad image of him that is extremely difficult to ignore. For those who don’t know it was “alleged” that Kelly hooked up sexually with young girls (a couple of them underage) and managed to control/manipulate their minds to the point where they left their families to be with him. Kelly was arrested and even brought to trial, but for some reason he was never convicted. There was even a video out showing him having sex with a minor girl and urinating on her, but the girl wouldn’t testify against him and Kelly was never found guilty. There are girls who actually managed to break away from the control of Kelly and are now accusing him of kidnapping and mind control. If you watched the documentary series it portrayed a scary situation. The reason parents needed to watch this program was simple: It could happen to anyone. Young girls need to be protected. Since they don’t know this world as well as they should, they can become vulnerable to predators looking for victims. Some of these girls left good family situations (and even college) to go on the road with this man. He allegedly gave STD’s to some of the women in his “cult” and now the industry seems to be “cracking down on him.” These are comments from some of those people:

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/celebrities-react-lifetime-s-surviving-r-kelly-docuseries-n955201

If R Kelly is not in jail right now there may be a great reason for it. He “just might” be innocent. However, if there is any degree of truth to this documentary then that is cause for alarm. Being a celebrity makes you a “powerful person.” I have seen what people in the limelight can get away with. I have only played for some  influential people and I am even amazed at the attention I have received because of it. Hopefully time will tell on R Kelly. If he is indeed found guilty, then I hope the girls he has are freed. Finally the music industry seems to have cracked down on him and maybe that will strip him of some of his power over people. Some people may dismiss this as a story that could never happen to them, but if you watched it you will realize differently.  This is not about kicking a man when he is down. This is about alerting people to “possible scenarios” that they need to heed. If you did not watch the series, then Google it. It is imperative that people know… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Chuck D (Rapper from Public Enemy) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

 

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