First . . .
I have a theory that's not worth explaining but still apropos for #TBT.
The 1997 Mariah Carey Butterfly album set the stage for the ascendancy of Prez Barack Obama.
Think about it . . .
It was a modern-era, multi-racial classic which combined respectable hip-hop undertones with silky soft pop bubble-gum sounds in a groundbreaking classic that defined a generation who would go on to dominate the service industry, teaching and nursing jobs and not only power the Lululemeon empire but unashamedly turn pumpkin spice into a new food group.
Butterfly didn't just make Mariah "acceptable" to the overtly racist American music industry; the album made her desirable . . . A standard. When this album was released to MASSIVE success it likely caused Nancy Sinatra to take a moment of pause and acknowledge a tremor in the force . . . As if millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
Hint: Those people were probably the last remnants of American labor knowing that they were every bit as doomed as one of Bill Clinton's cigars before a visit from Monica Lewinsky.
And all of THAT is just as important as middle-class gentrification enthusiasts dominating the news cycle because they don't want to mow their yard.
Example . . .
"More home gardeners in Kansas City are deciding to fill their yards not with grass, but with native wildflowers, which are better for the environment. But that’s putting these homeowners in conflict with their neighbors, and Kansas City code."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Roberta Vogel-Leatung walks through a narrow path behind her Craftsman home in Squier Park. She pauses to identify the plants pushing at the path's edges: wild hydrangeas, rose turtleheads, American beauty berry. Her front yard teems with flittering birds, chirping insects and buzzing bees, all finding something to feed on.