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The Whine-Wine Blog

Because every rant, rave or whine goes down better with a great glass of wine!!

Ok by now Y'all heard about the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scam, where they arrested 50 people including well-known stars Felicity Hoffman and Lori Loughlin. They are accused of paying off school officials, ACT/SAT proctors and coaches to help their children get into elite colleges. I’m like damn, they’re already rich and famous and can walk through doors the rest of the commoners can’t, do they have to bribe people to get their children in top schools also?

My question is this, if you have all of that money and you know your child is dumber than a box of rocks, shouldn’t you have put your money to good use in getting tutors, finding additional academic programs while they were younger so they could be prepared to get into these prestigious schools? Don’t take a spot from a well deserving child who went about it the right way. Who got the good grades, actually did the extra-curricular activities and passed the SAT/ACT on their own. Or how about this, if your child is too dumb or too lazy to get into college on their own, go to urban areas and take your money to sponsor a child who is bright and ambitious but doesn’t have the funds to pay for an elite school. That would be money well spent. At least that child would appreciate it instead of getting on social media talking about how they only want to experience parties and football games and how they don’t like college anyway!!!

You know, the rich always have the advantage. This American system is rigged in their favor. So why bribe? You always hear that there are equal opportunities in America for all, but this admissions scandal just debunked that myth. And yes I do mean myth. Just ask your African American and Latino brothers and sisters. Think about this for a moment. If they buy their way into good schools, good schools lead to top jobs, top jobs lead to prestigious appointments and critical positions in the business world and politics. This, in turn, leads to policymaking. And all of this leaves black and brown people on the sidelines with the rich making policies that help them stay rich and the poor stay poor. The rich get richer and the poor, well, they remain poor because they never had the opportunity or the privilege to even get to the table.

One way that we can help ourselves is stick together. Form business and buy from our own communities. I have to admit, I am not the best at buying black, but I intend to rectify that situation ASAP. Also, form support groups. I’ve formulated a group – Black Women’s Business Collective where we support each other's businesses, share ideas and share resources and information. If you would like to be involved, please email me at or reach out to me on my website:

Until next time, enjoy the journey!

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