If you are like me, you can’t do anything in the morning until you get at least one cup of coffee in you. So don’t you just hate it when you wake up and discover that you don’t have any coffee or half & half in the house? Half asleep I made the trip around the corner to Winn Dixie to buy some half & half. I really don’t like Winn Dixie because their prices are too high and the name of the store reminds me that I could have been calling someone massa and picking cotton.
As I was making my way to the checkout line I happened to glance at a magazine stand and saw this month’s edition of Essence magazine with Michelle Obama on the cover. For the uninitiated, Essence magazine is geard towards African-American women. What held my attention was how beautiful and elegant Michelle Obama really is. And my first coherent thought of the day was “Black is Beautiful!”
So I got home, put my coffee on, and turned on the television to watch CNN Sunday Morning. They were running one of Jeanne Moo’s pieces on the top ten mugshots of 2008. Moos is CNN’s reporter known for her offbeat and whacky stories mostly done in the New York area. So when she got to her number two mug shot I nearly spit out my coffee. Remember the liquored up woman dressed up in a cow suit harassing kids?
Meet Michele Allen. The Ohio woman, 32, was arrested Saturday night after she got liquored up and began chasing kids and blocking traffic in her Middletown neighborhood. Allen was wearing a cow costume at the time of her arrest, as can be seen in the below mug shots (one of which includes a clear shot of Allen’s udder). A police report does not indicate why she was so dressed. Allen pleaded guilty yesterday to disorderly conduct and sentenced to a month in the local lockup. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0930082cow1.html
What a striking contrast of images. Images are powerful. It’s funny how images are used. But then again it’s not! I’ve seen Ms. Allen’s premature Halloween mug shot on t.v. for months. I have yet to see a story on television on the Obama piece. Thank you Essence for a striking portrait of the future first lady. As for the other, it’s udderly ridiculous!