Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“New Edition Live”)

I love the dance steps these guys have. They have been around a long time but yet they can still do them. That is awesome. As for the lead singing, that is still okay too. It is not like it used to be but I give them all the credit for at least singing it live. The background vocals are way too perfect for them to be considered doing it live (so I do believe that there is some lip syncing going on in the background). Other than that, their show is fairly tight. With Johnny Gil they have a great vocal presence (He can sing tremendously well). Ralph Tresvant’s voice is not the same, but it is still good enough to light up the crowd. Bobby Brown is “still” Bobby Brown. In my personal opinion their show is still worth it to see, and I hope that people will support them. Just about everyone has some sort of enhancement in their show, whether it be auto tune or lip syncing. Considering all this New Edition is a great show to see… 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 (“Is assault against females on the rise from famous men?”)

First let’s determine what assault actually is. Legally this is the actual definition for assault against females:

Sexual Assault Against Females

Although anyone – men, women, and children – can be assaulted, this fact sheet will focus on adult female victims of sexual assault.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is defined as any sort of sexual activity between two or more people in which one of the people is involved against his or her will.

The sexual activity involved in an assault can include many different experiences. Women can be the victims of unwanted touching, grabbing, oral sex, anal sex, sexual penetration with an object, and/or sexual intercourse.

There are a lot of ways that women can be involved in sexual activity against their will. The force used by the aggressor can be either physical or non-physical. Some examples of how women are forced or pressured into having sex include being:

  • taken advantage of by someone who has some form of authority over them (for example doctor, teacher, boss)
  • bribed or manipulated into sexual activity against her will
  • unable to give her consent because she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • threatened to be hurt or that people that she cares about will be hurt
  • physical forced or violently assaulted

 

When it comes to assault against women, here are “some” of those men who are “allegedly” accused:

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/26/the-weinstein-ripple-effect-famous-men-accused-of-sexual-harassment-and-assault.html

It seems that the concept of sexual harassment and assault are on the rise (or the reporting of these acts is on the rise). Does this mean that assault is increasing now or does it mean that women are now taking more of a stand against it? The biggest problem with assault of any kind has always been “proving it.” Without any evidence it is extremely difficult to get a conviction. Donald Trump had several women make claims against him while he was running for office (and he also had a video of himself reporting to others HOW he liked to assault women). Yet Trump “still” managed to win the Presidency. Bill Cosby has already been taken to court once over alleged assaults but has yet to be found guilty. Famous people like Harvey Weinstein are now making assault a huge topic. People are talking about it more, but I am not sure if they found a legal way to deal with it properly yet. What “should” be done? For one, I would say that women should NEVER assume that simply because a man is famous that he is willing to help. There are predators of all kinds on this planet and a smart woman should always monitor her situation well before dealing with anyone with a higher level of fame. Most men will only try to take advantage when the situation is ripe for them to do so. That means that you should NEVER be alone with ANY man if you can avoid it. Keep in mind that without any evidence your chances of proving anything against the man will be somewhat futile. Witnesses, artifacts, video, or “something” will be needed to prove your point. Tell someone else “something” so that there will be more than just “you” accusing this man. While it may be true that this man has succeeded in assaulting other women you can’t do anything unless you know who his other victims are. Until you do, make sure you have enough strength for your own specific case. Think ahead. You should always prepare yourself against assault beforehand, and you need to make your intentions “clear” before dealing with any famous man with power. Most famous men take advantage of the moment. Don’t make it easy for a man to “think” he can get away with assaulting you. If a man has been successful with others before then he may think that you are an easy target as well. Think carefully and be mindful of your own circumstances. Remember that once a trial is set your sexual history will be brought to light and they will try to discredit you. Make sure you protect yourself well “before” he tries to get you alone with him. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Singer James Ingram and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red Bass guitar Photo Shoot with Cheryl”)

Cheryl has a new zest for life. A couple of years ago she was in her car and crashed into a creek. She almost drowned but was rescued.  She could have easily died from the incident. She has been through a lot, but she is here. She is still in recovery mode, but we decided to put her in this photo shoot and she did an excellent job. We found a good day and a couple of nice locations to take the pictures. We hope you like the results. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A crazy scene taken from my Wednesday Night Event”)

We have so much fun on Wednesday Nights. The event us usually packed each week and while we have some really great talent come through we also have acts like Pearl. Pearl doesn’t really sing. In fact, I’m not sure what it is that that Pearl really does, but whatever it is appears to be very entertaining. This is just one segment of our Wednesday night event that I wanted to share today. I am not sure of how to label this, so I “won’t.” Here is Pearl, doing whatever it is that Pearl does. Hope you enjoy the clip. 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 (“The ability to resist people with negativity”)

Since I had my stroke less than 2 months ago, I have had to come to grips with the fact that I really don’t need negativity in my life. There are people who will try to come at you with “all kinds” of problems, but their success ratio only works if I accept it. I am trying my best to live better, and part of that philosophy has to do with eliminating bad talk from my existence. For me, that means that I need to “stress less.” When it comes to containing my own emotions it seems like a fairly easy task. However, when others try to engage me into negative discussions now I let them know that I am not trying to hear it. That will make some of them very mad. People will say that they are “not” trying to stress me out, but yet they will “continue” to go on with their problems. Those kind of people are dangerous to me, and I need to shut them out whenever they get in that mode. One of the people I can relate to is Dee Dee Sharp (She sang the hit song “Mashed Potatoes”). I have been rehearsing with her for an upcoming show and she told me that she also was a stroke victim. She told me that she now has to stop dealing with negative people or she could also go back into “stroke mode.” She is 72 years of age now, but I can definitely relate to what she is saying. If I am to live a better life I need to do away with all the cancerous things I dealt with. The tough part is dealing with people who want to engage you in bad conversations. They may be very good people who are just having very bad moments at that particular time. You need to make your own evaluation of them to determine if they are a danger to you. If it seems as though they are then you have to make your “own” preparations for dealing with it. It is no longer about them now, but rather it is about you. It may upset some people but you need to save yourself. I will often apologize to people before I end the conversation but it is imperative that they know what is about to happen. For me it is a simple as “preserving my own life.”  If you ever live long enough to go through what I have been through then you might understand… For me this is my second chance… I know what I have to do… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Johnny Gil and Bobby Brown (with Brett Jolly in the middle)

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Should Janet Jackson be banned from the Super Bowl?”)

I just recently heard that Justin Timberlake is set to perform for the halftime event at this year’s Super Bowl. It should be a happy moment for him, but can we ever forget the ghost of a past Super Bowl? For those of you trying to remember, a couple of years ago Justin and Janet Jackson were paired together onstage. They did a duet together and one of the lyrics to this song was “I’m going to have you naked by the end of this song.” Well, lo and behold, at the end of the show Justin grabbed Janet’s bra top and ripped it off, exposing her in front of millions of people on national television. Many people called it “accidental” while others said it was “purposefully done.” Janet was the headliner then, and to be honest her career has  never been the same afterwards. I heard a lot of negativity surrounding her afterwards. No charges were ever filed (However, if I or anyone else had done that we probably would have been arrested on assault charges). People began wondering if Janet will attempt to perform again with Justin for this years halftime event. I sincerely hope she is “not” banned. Yes, what happened was absolutely horrible. However, nudity today is so common. It is almost like Marijuana and should be considered as a misdemeanor. I think just about everyone has been seen that way at this juncture. If Janet has the courage to come back I hope she is received positively. It has to have some sort of psychological impact on her, however I will understand perfectly if she chooses not to perform. Performing again might be therapeutic for her. If so, I hope she embraces it and gets her positive rating back. Mistakes happen, but life should be built on second chances. I hope that for the sake of her and everybody that we can allow that to happen… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Stevie Wonder and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Is this nickname actually a bad slur?”)

Tonight for Monday Night Football the Philadelphia Eagles will play host to the Washington “Redskins.” I have heard that some people consider the name of the Washington team an insult. Would they be correct? Whenever I think of the name “Redskins” I have “never” thought of it in “any bad capacity.” In fact, I always thought it was a great name for any team to have. I do believe that the real victim here is “knowledge.” I would never vote for anything that is offensive to people, but if I don’t know about it then how can I tell? This doesn’t just go for nicknames but people as well. When you get into the supposedly “real” story of Christopher Columbus history it paints him quite differently than most other people have known. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington had slaves. Now that most of this knowledge is being bright to light, do we disavow our history based on these alleged “facts?” The “Redskins” name is one that has been around for a long time. From what I have read there seems to be “no clear cut case” among people to change it. Admittedly I don’t reside in Washington DC  and I don’t have much knowledge about the history of Redskins. However, now might just be the right time to look it up. If in fact it appears that the name is derogatory in any aspect then I would simply suggest that the people “vote” on it. There are a LOT of issues out there that we need to contend with and I often find the best avenue is to simply “vote” and let the majority win. Lack of knowledge can mean lack of principle in many areas. As long as we know then we really do have a say. It may be time for people to vote on the name “Redskins” but it may be an even better time for us to “check the facts.” What we don’t know CAN hurt us… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Billy Paul (“Me and Mrs. Jones”)  in concert (with Brett Jolly on bass guitar)

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red Bass Guitar Photo Shoot with Taleese”)

I have worked with Taleese before, and she has a very busy schedule. However, she took specific time out of her activities to do this photo shoot. At first we couldn’t find a proper place to shoot pictures, but then I remembered this particular place that I discovered recently. It turned out to be the perfect venue. We didn’t need a lot of time for this but everything seemed to work out, and I hope you enjoy her pictures today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Scene from Last Night at my Wednesday Open Mic Event”)

As always we had a lot of fun at my Wednesday night event. Last night we decided to do a song from Grover Washington Jr. and we featured Benny Barksdale on saxophone. I sang a couple of lines and Stan Brisbon played a solo on keyboard. We had an awesome night last night and I hope that you enjoy this particular segment.

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 (“Is it appropriate for a President to say to a grieving window He knew what he signed up for?”)

I have no idea if this is true or not. President Trump denies it and if he has proof I would love to see it. There are some things that might have a semblance of truth to them (but because of the circumstances you should never say regardless). If indeed President Trump told a grieving widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for” after his death then to me that would seem very “inappropriate and insensitive.” Giving your life up for our country is a very honorable thing, and should be treated as such. To dismiss it as though “it comes with the territory” seemingly takes the honor away. If you are not familiar with the story here is the link:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/10/18/trump-says-congresswoman-totally-fabricated-story-that-he-told-a-soldiers-widow-he-knew-what-he-signed-up-for/23247330/

Do I think Trump is a bad person? I don’t, but I also don’t believe that he is smart enough to uphold the traditional values of the Presidency either. He has been known to say things without thinking first, and that is a very dangerous position for any person to take. Apparently he does the things he wants and says the things he says without checking with his advisers first. They have to find ways to clean up all the messes he makes. Trump also claims that the former President (President Obama) never called the families of the soldiers who were killed in action. In my own mind I find that difficult to believe, and I also can’t imagine the story making it this far if Obama didn’t in fact make those calls. The last part of this equation was “How could Trump even know whether or not the calls were made from Obama?” President Obama would never have confided in Trump, so how could Trump even pretend that he knew? There are a couple of things I do know. If Trump is going to make it as our President, he needs to “let go” of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The fact that he keeps mentioning them to the public shows me that he is incapable of moving on. Also he  “really, really” needs to disengage his Twitter account. I honestly believe that one day all the quotes he writes will be used against him. He doesn’t realize it yet, but one day I truly believe he will. If in fact he is not fully equipped to be in a position of leadership then I hope we can recognize it soon enough before anything bad happens. We don’t need someone to lead our country who is incapable of making the right decisions. As for right now, we have no way of knowing for sure if Trump made those comments or not. I sincerely hope that he didn’t. However, I do hope that he finds a way to “think first” and trust the guidance of his advisors first when it comes to “any” portion of the Presidency. It is not just his future that depends on it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer:

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Chubby Checker (“The Twist”) and Brett Jolly

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