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  1. Upcoming Events

    Monday, February 17, 2020

    Happy day.  Those of you who live in NYC or are easily able to get here, 
    this is for you.  If any of these appeals to you, feel free to 
    make me smile with your presence.

    • ·        Wednesday, February 19th.  Featured poet – Phoenix Reading Series   
    •      at Odessa, 119 Avenue A near E. 7th Street.  6pm.  An open mic follows the feature.  Feel welcome to bring something to share.  $5 contribution.
    • ·        Saturday, March 7thPoetry reading at the Riverside Poetry Series, 
    •      Riverside Library, 127 Amsterdam Avenue.  2:00pm.  Free.  I’ll be one of many poets.
    • ·        Sunday, March 15th.  Stand-up – “The Comedy Dungeon” at Jazz on 
    •      the Park Hostel, 36 West 106th near Central Park West.  8:30pm.  FREE (and you can BYOB and food).

    • ·        Thursday, March 19th.   Stand-up – Women’s Night, 2600 Netherland 
    •      Avenue, Bronx, NY.  5:30.  $5 includes food and drinks.        

    •    Friday, March 20th  Stand-up - “Welcome the Spring with Laughter”   The Artist (formerly the Starving Artist Café), 249 City Island Avenue, Bronx, NY. We are welcomed by Elliot and Monica Glick who run the place.      This is my show, booked by me, and laughter is absolutely guaranteed.  Line-up: Robert Driemeyer, Kristin Seltman, Esteban Tino Romero, Mindy Matijasevic, and our guest spot goes to Eddie Messanelli.  Cover only $10.  NO minimum though you may be tempted by the menu.  Hat is passed around later for contributions for the performers.     

    I hope to see you there and hear your laughter. 

    Love to CGG-M always.  💕

  2. Fossil Dig and Other Things

    Friday, February 14, 2020

    Well, people, the infectious diseases doctor and I are done for now.  I’m 
    okay though vulnerable.  I’ll be more okay and less vulnerable if I break off my long-time affair with cigarettes.  I have to make a much better effort.

    The living room/sofa situation is moving along very slowly because I am a 
    procrastinator with issues.  Glad I got laundry done.  

    This Saturday, I am part of a group of poets who will be featuring in New 
    Jersey.  I feel good about that.  I will be getting a car ride from Manhattan.  That’s what makes it possible for me to accept such an offer.  I am grateful.

    In my decluttering (or what’s been called my 
    archeological dig), I find notes I’d written from years ago.  At the time, they were meant to be notes for a poem or comedy or autobiographical prose.  I just found one and can’t remember who in the world the other person was.  In the note, I refer to him as Videographer.

                                        Videographer:  You’re beautiful.
                                        Me:  Thank you.
                                        Videographer:  You are so full of feelings.
                                        Me:  Yep.  Spilling over.
                                        (Later -- in a PIZZA shop)
                                        Videographer:  This is expensive.

    I can only imagine I wrote this down because it seemed to represent a 
    theme in my life at the time, a theme I was ready to end.    

    Remember March 20th is my comedy show on City Island.  Mark your 
    calendar.  Laughter guaranteed.

    I need to dig for more fossils in my living room now.

    Love to CGG-M on Valentine's Day and everyday! 

  3. A Beautiful Line-up

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020

    Hi dear readers.  I am feeling better since I had gotten sick again.  Now 
    I’m concerned about the coronavirus.  I may become one of those folks wearing a mask.  I just feel too vulnerable.  Seeing the doctor again on Friday. 

    Remember to mark your calendars for Friday, March 20th, 7:45pm.  We 
    will welcome the spring with laughter on City Island.  Make a whole evening out of it.  Come early and have dinner on the island if you want, and then get to The Artist at 7:45 for seating.  They sell yummy desserts.


               Robert Driemeyer    

               Kristin Seltman  

               Esteban Tino Romero     

               & me, Mindy Matijasevic    

    Daily love to CGG-M  💕

  4. Hugs in Several Forms

    Friday, January 24, 2020

    I was glad to be part of the first Blacklight Comedy Show of 2020 hosted by Lois Thompson at the Brooklyn Moon.  Besides the hilarity, the host, the food, the drink, the good service, and the audience, my favorite part was the wonderful hugs.  I love real hugs (not the air kind or the pity kind) – the kind where you know there’s a heartbeat there.

    I was recently sick again – not with Legionnaires, but my lungs do seem 
    vulnerable to all sorts of stuff.  A friend was getting rid of a couch and looking to give it to a new owner.  It is a sectional and includes a chaise lounge.  It is higher quality furniture than the sofa I have or ever had.  So I excitedly said I’d want it.  However, she’s way out in Queens and I’m in the Bronx.  I asked my buddy who has a vehicle if he could make it happen.  Too big for his vehicle, too heavy to handle.  I was pouting about having to say no.  A free sectional couch of good quality from a very loving friend whose good vibes would come with it.  Ugh.  Then the woman with the couch decided to hire movers and treat me to the whole thing!  I have angels in my life.  Now the only obstacle was my crowded foyer which wouldn’t allow for big furniture to get in. I really didn’t want to miss out on such a generous offer due to my own shit.  So with the support of my buddy, I dug into an area that had been long neglected.  The dust was thick, and I didn’t wear a mask.  The next day I was sick.  But I had to keep going because I had only another day or two to clear the foyer.

    The great part is finding things I couldn’t find for quite a while, throwing 
    shit out, and feeling bigger than the mess.  Of course not everything got tossed.  Much still needs to be dealt with and is piled all over the rest of the apartment.  Lots of fun waiting for me. 

    I got the couch in the apartment, but two of the three sections are 
    standing on their side.  I still have to get more out of here in order to fully use and enjoy it.  Being sick didn’t help.  When I saw the doctor, she believed I had the flu.  I don’t think I did.  I think I had a lung infection.  She gave me meds for both, and I am feeling much improved, thank God/dess.  My buddy plans to help me make the livingroom livable for which I am grateful.  He’s got a lot on his plate right now.  As long as I have a place to sit, access to the computer and TV, and am not living with anyone’s hostility, I can wait.

    If you like to plan ahead, mark March 20th 8pm on your calendar for 
    another terrific comedy show on City Island.  We will welcome the spring with much laughter.


    Love to CGG-M ❤

  5. Not A Biden Endorsement By Rhonda Hansome

    Saturday, January 11, 2020

    Joe Biden's 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act changed the face of our society. It denied Pell Grants to prison inmates, funded billions for new prisons, incentivised longer sentences in general and established a 3 strikes provision that mandated life incarceration for violent felons with priors.

    This "law" in practice super-charged our biased penal system. As a white supremacist tool Biden's law criminalized, convicted and impacted an entire generation.

    And yes, Biden is often nostalgic about his work with Southern segregationist. I say all this to say,

     "This Is NOT A Joe Biden Endorsement."

    This IS recognition of how easy it is to be bamboozled.  My attention was captured by a video of Biden in my twitter feed. The post quoted below is in the article at this link. 

    Joe Biden did a speech proclaiming the “European' identity of America”. and he stated "Our culture is not imported from some African nation."
    This sounds like something from an alt-right, klan rally.
    Why should Black people support this or anything from the Democrats?#FBA
    — Tariq Nasheed ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ (@tariqnasheed) January 2, 2020    

    There were numerous replies. Some said the post was doctored. I googled the original video and saw that the clip was NOT doctored just presented OUT OF CONTEXT. The source video offered no comfort to an "alt-right, klan rally." It was in fact the exact opposite!

    Biden was responding (in a detailed / long winded way) to a question about his work to PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. The "rule of thumb" was the focus of his reply. That in early England after the death of so many women at the hands of their husbands, it was deemed a man could not  beat his wife with a stick thicker than his thumb.

    The etymology may or may not be true, but Biden stated the tradition of  condoning violence against women, came from England - THAT EUROPEAN CULTURE! Not an African culture. Not an Asian culture. That European culture.

    The original post has since been deleted, but it's damage has been done. I now suspect EVERYTHING EVER POSTED by this person I followed on YouTube and Twitter. With all the negative he could have said about Joe Biden why choose something so blatantly false?

    How many posts have YOU liked or reposted WITHOUT researching the source. Social media + laziness = DEATH.

    Rhonda Hansome is a comedian, director, actor, storyteller. You can support Rhonda as an artist via PayPal.  Follow Rhonda on FB, Twitter & IG. Tell your friends to Save The Date!  8 PM Fri. Mar. 6th Rhonda Hansome & Friends at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

  6. 2019 Into 2020

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    A good, healthy 2020 to us.  

    December 18, 2019 was the premiere showing of the first two episodes of 
    Mob Mentality.  It was shown as one feature film.  I’m in two scenes.  Media was there.  Open bar, food, much of the cast. 

    The premiere was a first for me.  I was more glammed up than most of you have seen me.  Here’s a one-minute capture of the event.  I’m in for about 2 seconds while being interviewed.

    During the interview, I was asked about the most exciting thing I did in 
    the film.  In Mob Mentality, I play a mob wife.  So in quickly thinking about what my character has done so far, I said, “Lusting over the lead.”  I believe he misunderstood what I meant (or I wasn’t clear enough).  I think, based on his facial expression, that he thought I gave a ‘dumb broad’ kind of answer.  I think he thought that I, Mindy, was lusting over the lead.  No, my character was, and it was a first for me to do on camera.  But there was no time to clear that up.  So the reporter may have thought I was a dingbat.  To be clear, the lead, Jack Spiegs, is a very handsome man.  But I don’t usually feel lust over younger men.  I don’t think I ever have. 

    I am glad I went.  In some ways, it was a struggle.  I had found out one of 
    my aunts had passed away.  I was having other troubles that I won’t share here.  Plus I’m so broke that even carfare is a strain at times.  So there I was all fancy shmancy, and I wanted to look and feel happy and celebratory.  My insides made it a challenge.  On the train ride, I kept trying to will happy times in my head.  I’m not good at faking; it’s not my aim to be good at faking.  So I really tried hard to connect with good feelings deep inside.  By the time I arrived, I had succeeded enough to enjoy myself while I was there. 

    I also want to share that my 12/28/2019 Winter Comedy Show at The 
    Artist on City Island went very well.  All the comics brought it.  I hadn’t been worried about that.  I like my taste and had faith in the comics.  My concerns were more about getting audience to come out to City Island in the winter.  Not only did they attend the show, they were very generous when the hat was passed around.  I felt so grateful. 

    The next day I was paid for a proofreading job I did for a friend.  By 
    12/31, I was able to pay December’s rent.  Whew.


    On the 1st day of the new year, I was so glad to be part of the Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word Extravaganza.  It’s an annual tradition in its 26th year.  Nine hours, many readers, 3 minutes each.  I so enjoyed reading to such an attentive and appreciative audience.  I was only able to stay for two hours this time.  We get to hear some new people and some people we’ve enjoyed hearing at these events over time.  I am glad when I start the year off this way. 

    Apparently, I missed a poet who shared his new year poem that someone 
    felt so excited about that she shared it via email to other poets she knows.  I was one she sent it to, and it was just what I needed.  The main message was to make this year better than last year.  That has been helping me each day.  He discouraged huge unrealistic goals; just better than last year.  That seemed approachable to me.  So far, it’s been helpful.  The poet’s name is Jee Leong Koh.  He’s on Facebook.

    A comedy pal of mine recommended me to be booked in a show.  That felt 
    so good.  Plus she and I seem to have gotten to know each other better recently.  I value that. 

    The price is right.  The line-up is great.  Come on over.

    Love to CGG-M always.

    Rest in peace, Aunt Lorraine. 

  7. The Karol Sanchez kidnapping hoax has me all in my feels. "In my feels." Is that how today's 16 year olds say it? I'm not sure because public transportation is the only place I hear teens talk. 

    But, once upon a time I WAS 16 years old.

    It was a time (in the previous century) when I clearly saw the error of every life choice my mother made. Why choose to be a poverty stricken domestic worker instead of a rich lawyer or doctor?  Duh! Major mother blunder! 

    At 16 I hated washing dishes and laundry duty at home. I knew the world outside was an exciting arena without mind numbing chores. That's where I was destined to be recognized and acclaimed. Yeah right. 😂

    Being 16 is difficult under the best of circumstances. 

    I know NONE of the intimate circumstances of the Sanchez household. All I know is Karol Sanchez confessed to a malicious deception that echoed far beyond the Bronx street where she was literally ripped from her mother's arms.

    Karol's imagination and ability can't be denied. I'm way past my teens and doubt I could successfully coordinate 4(!) accomplices in a faux abduction. I'm still trying to get 4 people to share this blog. 

    Subtle hint*Please share*Ain't too proud to beg*Analytics rule*It's the numbers!

     I'm In My Feels 

    FBI data showed 424,066 children missing in 2018. Blacks were 37% of the missing while only 14% of the children in the US. 20% of the missing are Hispanic or Latino according to NCMEC. An  almost automatic assumption that a missing black youth is a "runaway" delays critical police investigation of life or death events. 

    For multiple (biased) reasons, missing children of color get far less media coverage than whites. When I got the Karol Sanchez city-wide Amber Alert my heart sank. 

    My heart broke for a lost girl AND the usual response to my relocating to the Bronx, "Is it safe?" No less safe than anyplace else if you're a Black female. We are abducted and murdered in record numbers.

    Karol Sanchez may not want to go back to her native Honduras. She may feel suffocated by a helicopter mom. She may envision a life of romance and / or crime with one (or more) accomplice. 
    I can't imagine her intended end game. But she did make donkey of the day 😂

    I know in this TOBA (Tough On Black Asses) world, this Karol Sanchez kidnapping hoax will diminish mainstream concern for the safety and well-being of Black children and women of color. Legitimate calls for help, justice and recourse will fall on ears ringing with the echo of the Karla Sanchez hoax. You feel me?

    Rhonda Hansome is the weekly Monday guest on John Fugelsang's Tell Me Everything on SiriusXMProgress. Rhonda is a comedian & director. Book her solo show, Lie Baby, Lie! Tales of Sex, Murder & Gentrification.
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