Malik Mubashshir: Cornel West’s Quixotic Bid for the Presidency.

Illustration of Dr. Cornel West by Thomcat23
Dr. Cornel West. Artwork by Thomcat23, Copyright 2023

Text by Malik Mubashshir, Copyright 2023


The Impossible (and Unfortunate) Dream: 

Cornel West’s Quixotic Bid for the Presidency.


Cornel West should absolutely not be running for president.  Now, don’t misunderstand me. I have nothing against Dr. West per se. He is an accomplished scholar, prolific author, public intellectual, social justice activist, pop culture celebrity icon, as well as a voice on behalf of the oppressed and downtrodden.  

That said, there is nothing in West’s history that suggests that he is remotely qualified for the position of Chief Executive of the United States of America.  Before some of you respond, “What qualifications did Donald Trump have?” allow me to say, you make my point.  Is that where we set the bar of national expectation for this country’s leadership?  Let us look at this situation realistically.  

1. Cornel West is a political novice.  He is a gifted and eloquent intellectual who has never held public office.  A visit to his campaign website: reveals West’s political wish list. If elected, President West goals are “Dismantling the Empire,” “Unleashing Democracy” and “Saving the Planet.”   It is a platform chock full of excellent ethical positions and prophetic passion – with no hint of how he plans to achieve these lofty goals in the hardscrabble game of realpolitik. 

Perhaps one of the early warning signals that West is not ready for political primetime was his affiliation with the People’s Party. Started in 2017 the People’s Party has been bogged down in allegations of sexual harassment on the part of its party leadership, and general organizational dysfunction, including a lack of democratic processes, obscure and questionable finances, ableism and racism, among other things. As if this weren’t enough to give candidate West pause, the People’s Party has no track record and no nationwide ballot access for a serious presidential campaign.  Was West not aware of his chosen party’s liabilities?  As criticism poured in for his association with this group, West soon dropped the People’s Party and decided to work with the Green Party, which at least has a history of running presidential candidates for decades. 

2. Which brings us to the next point.  Third-party presidential candidates, even in the best-case scenarios with widely popular candidates, are doomed to failure and can only serve as spoilers rather than as a viable option. Thus, even if Candidate West were able to mount a successful campaign, that is, able to generate enough popular support for the massive fundraising necessary, able to get on the ballot in every state, and establish a platform with broad appeal to the electorate, he would still – if history is any guide – find support drastically reduced come Election Day. There has been a Green Party and Libertarian candidate in every presidential year in recent elections and they rarely received more than 1% of the popular vote in presidential elections. There’s a good reason why Bernie Sander’s chose to run as a Democrat rather than a Green Party candidate in 2016. He was serious about his run and was in it to win it!

3.This leads me to the very worst thing about Cornel’s ill-timed run for the Oval Office. With Cornel West having slim to no chance of winning his bid for the presidency, what will he accomplish by running?  Simple. He will probably be a spoiler whose campaign will siphon some votes away from the sitting President, Joe Biden.  We have seen this play before with many observers believing that Jill Stein’s third-party run in 2016 took some votes from Hillary Clinton and helped Trump to win the election. Now, to be clear, I have serious doubts that Cornel West has the mass appeal to win over a large number of voters. That said, whether West draws great support or little fanfare, the 2024 election is too critical to take that risk. Even West has said that the country may face a choice of a “neo-facist like Brother Trump” (brother fascist?) or a “milquetoast neo-liberal like Brother Biden.”  Think about that for a moment.  Are we really making a case for the moral equivalence of a swing toward fascism with a business-as-usual-moderate-liberal option?  If ever there was a time for the voters to “choose the lesser of two evils”, this is that time. Of course, we can’t know yet how Trump’s legal problems will affect his run, but he is still far and away the front runner for the GOP. That should tell progressive and moderate voters all they need to know about their choice. Even if the GOP has to lean toward DeSantis, or a similar wannabe Trump, it represents just another cycle of rabid culture wars, racism, sexism, corruption, hypocrisy and the usual fare of today’s Republican Party.  This is the party that wants to gut Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlements. That wants to remove the true history of this country and its foundation upon genocide and slavery from school curriculums. The party that is hell bent on taking away women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ trans rights to safety and security. This is the party that wants to make America great again by reversing every civil rights victory won by the struggle, blood and tears of African Americans, and turning the clock back to the 1950s. With so much at stake in the 2024 election, with our country’s future and the future of our seniors, our youth, and the ones who Cornel rightly recognizes as “the least of these,” tenuously hanging in the balance, can we really afford a spoiler’s vanity run? With our nation fighting a close and pitched battle for its very soul, can we really afford Candidate West at such a time as this? 

Revealingly, in his campaign video, West concludes by asking, “Do we have what it takes? We shall see. But some of us are going to go down fighting, go down swinging, with style and a smile.”  

At least he knows he’s going down.  Let’s not go down with him.


About The Author: Malik Mubashshir is a beloved History teacher at Friends Select School, Philadelphia. Mr. Mubashshir is an alum of Harvard University with Master’s degree in Religion and Religious Studies. This is his first contribution to the blog.

A.H.Scott: Twisted, But True

Independence Hall Philadelphia
Independence Hall Philadelphia

Twisted, But True


A.H. Scott, Copyright 2023


Why is it that America touts the line of ‘….all men are created equal with inalienable rights’…yadda, yadda, yadda…and yet, many of the citizens constantly feel as if we are that orphan in the film “Oliver!” constantly having our bottom lip quaking in asking something along the following line: “Please, Sir, may we have our rights back?”


Can anybody answer the question of when is a right, not a right? 

I’ll answer that – It’s not a right, when you constantly have to crawl up those courthouse steps and drag your ass into a courtroom to plead for the validity of your Constitutional rights. 

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass[1]

It is like we are all legal orphans, pondering this question to the six saints of callously twisted legal theories.

Yet, unlike Oliver Twist making a request for more gruel in the workhouse, we as many a member of the American citizenry are in the position of longing for reinforcement of our rights. 

In some ways, we are humbled and pitied at the bar of justice for a crumb of respect, equality and simple humanity from this dismissive half-dozen on the bench of the Supreme Court. 

Oh, please, sir (or madam of virtue Coney Barrett) may we have our rights back?

Or, shall you continue to splatter cynicism all over that glorious piece of parchment, once known as the bedrock of our democracy, which we all are told to live and ascribe to – the United States Constitution? 

I guess from the middle finger that is always given to the underdogs of life, such as we, who are the un-male, un-white, un-Christian, un-manor-born or any other outsider on the basis of sex or acceptability’s scale, shall know this as being a reality in this land of fallacy and the hovel of ambivalence.

What makes an American an American?

Is it ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’…..? 

Is it that ‘all men are created equal’……? 

Is it ‘domestic tranquility’…?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence[2]

Or, is it even that every one of us who are citizens of this country are actually seen as worthy of the promise of the founding documents of this nation called the United States of America?

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – U.S. Constitution[3]

Does the Constitution reflect all of us, or just those whose visibility has never been questioned in any quarter of American society?

Sadly, it seems to be the latter realm of reality which we exist upon.

Those six persons on the Supreme Court have chipped away at the progress of the full faith of showing all Americans that they have the rights to freedom and equality with their rulings from on high in this terms cases, from affirmative action[4] used in college admissions being disassembled to infringing on lgbtq+ rights[5] based on speculation over a Christian web designer’s standards of not wanting to serve[6] certain customers. 

We citizens who are disenfranchised, are seemingly forever having to beg for our rights to be respected and upheld whenever the Supreme Court waxes and wanes with the fickle finger of fate that becomes the steamroller for legal rights that had to be won within a court of law.

Time and time again, we must rely on, keep our fingers crossed, or pray, and pray again that legal rulings which were once considered sacrosanct due to their position of being a precedent is not built upon a solid foundation of fairness, but, temporary structure sinking in a quicksand of quirks.

For the present, it seems as if things that were once normal have been tossed into the dumpster fire which is being shoved down a highway of incivility by a vociferous portion of today’s conservatives. 

With a sense of the maniacal, many an elected Republican gets that accelerated boost by incinerating the cloak of comity between themselves and their Democratic colleagues. 

Alabama’s own, Tommy Tuberville has cut a poor profile for himself with his words and actions during his days in the United States Senate. Poor in being a person of spite over holding up over 270 members (and counting) of military personnel to be promoted, not to mention referring to white nationalists as being ‘an American’[7]. 

I guess saying the ‘quiet part out loud’ should be the new tagline for today’s Republican Party.

Oh, and of course ‘Bama Tommy has his own cheering squad from the lower chamber of Congress who is pushing a parallel amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. 

Lead sponsor[7] of the same amendment in the House came to Senator Tuberville’s defense: 

“He’s got backup here in the House,” – Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas

Former White House doctor, Good ‘ol Doctor Ronny Jackson once again knows how to pick ‘em and stretch reality, just as he did when touting the specimen of physical magnificence[8] that is known as Donald John Trump. 

“I told the President that if he had a healthier diet over the past 20 years he might get to live to be 200 years old” – Ronny Jackson, former White House physician and now current Congressman from Texas

Out of the Republican’s mouths things just keep a’ flying without a semblance of sobriety. 

Yep, that’s who they are – Twisted, But True!

But, that’s just scratchin’ the surface of the twists that keep a’ comin’. Speaking of twists, there’s that honest soul named George Santos. (NOT!!)

He’s on his high horse trying to reach for the crown of victimhood off from Donald Trump’s noggin. And, boy, oh boy he’s pulling out all the stops in going mighty low to drag an icon into his twisted tableau. 

“Guess what? Rosa Parks didn’t sit in the back, and neither am I going to sit in the back! That’s just the reality of how it works,” – Rep. George Santos, R-NY[9]

For that name to come from those lying lips takes being bereft of reality onto a new twisted level of audaciousness. Consumed and constructed with such manufactured self-righteousness, George Santos made an attempt at affixing civil rights icon Rosa Parks to the eagle’s nest of his own rickety vessel which is void of honesty, humility and humanity.  

Not here! Not now! Not ever!

That name from that mouth is just another ember doing the dance of the damned and dubious from the flickers of that rolling dumpster fire which seems to be speeding and descending down an unknown road. 

Yet, in the present day maelstrom which seems ordinary in the world Donald J. Trump has wrought upon the United States of America, anything goes and can just be said with barely a shrug or dot of shame. 

During the House debate on the National Defense Authorization Act, the same one which Ronny Jackson was lead sponsor of and Senator Tuberville in the upper chamber was diddling around with; there stood a member of the House Freedom Caucus who cast the bleaching freely.

“My amendment has nothing to do with whether or not colored people or Black people or anybody can serve, OK?” – Rep. Eli Crane, R-AZ, July 13, 2023[10]

In the modern-day GOP, there seems to be that certain something that always rears its’ head. Hmm, they shout from the rooftops how much they adore the members of the United States military. 

But, then again, the likes of Tuberville, Crane, Jackson and many, many others in the elected ranks of the Republican party seem to get their rocks off on making an attempt to hold hostage the organization, almost to the extent of having the military of 2023 be frozen in time before Executive Order 9981[11] was issued by President Harry S. Truman on July 26, 1948. 

“What we want to preserve and maintain is the fact that our military does not become a social experiment. – Rep. Eli Crane, R-AZ, July 13, 2023[12]

Oh, my gosh! Maybe, Representative Eli Crane is onto something. Yes, it must be true. And, of course this sky is falling[13] twist isn’t anything new. History shows that pernicious trope is used in moments of backlash, backbiting and fear of a change in the way ideologues wish things to remain. 

Authored by associate professor of strategy at the US Army War College, Dr. Jacqueline E. Whitt and manpower officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth A. Perazzo, is an insightful essay titled, “The Military as a Social Experiment: Challenging a Trope”,  which takes head-on this myth of how this type of innuendo is used. 

“The claim the military should not be a social experiment, the locus for advancing a social agenda, or a product of social engineering – which we collectively term the social experiment critique – has been used primarily by political conservatives to criticize diversifying the American military.” – The Military as a Social Experiment: Challenging a Trope – U.S. Army War College Press (USAWC)[14]

Mr. Crane’s looseness of speech when he said ‘colored people’ had that air of residence of a certain kind of commonality, for which revealed those two words placed together is not something out of the ordinary to come out of his mouth. And, being blunt, maybe ‘colored people’ could be transposed from another word which probably flows freely from him in his social circle. It might be a crumbling or half-assed step-up from something more degrading.

“The social experiment critique is deployed selectively, namely against populations other than heterosexual, white, Christian, native-born cisgender men in the military. Thus, the social experiment critique operates as a political trope, gaining traction specifically in conservative political circles.” – The Military as a Social Experiment: Challenging a Trope – U.S. Army War College Press (USAWC)[14]

Oh, and there we go once more – to those who in America, can just ‘be’, seem to be the ones who are always chewing up the scenery in mocking the progress of society by tossing a false narrative of social experimentation into their true reasoning for not wanting diversity. 

To them, I just say – just be quiet, just be gone, just sit down, and stay in your own lane. 

For some of us in the United States of America, we cannot just ‘be’. We have to be on that constant loop of persist, persevere, and propriety. We always have to be ON. On the lookout for retaining rights that shouldn’t be constantly under attack of being ripped away, based on how a judge may feel on a certain day. 

Being ON, means having to be our own voice for validation as we are situated upon some mythical chessboard to prove that we belong in any sphere in this society. And, then when we lift our voices, it is us who are the voiceless that are given the side-eye and backlash across the entirety of society. 

Those who can just ‘be’ are the ones who reside in the realm of obliviousness. They just live in their own bubble of never having to care about their rights ever being stripped away by a lionization of legalisms, which shift by an ideological gust rightward. 

As for the rest of us, the ones who must stand with a slight quiver upon our lips, like an orphan of democracy in a continuous loop of grasping for relevancy of our citizenship to be ratified without a need of addendum or allowance being granted us, I offer this thought:

Be graceful. Be grateful. Be good. Be calm. Be still. Be satisfied. Be standard. Be beyond.

Be hope. 

But, then again, in America 2023 an antithesis of tactfulness has risen, which has proven to be twisted, but true. 

“Twisted, But True” 


A.H. Scott

“Twisted, But True” – FOOTNOTES:

1.-9 Greatest Frederick Douglass Quotes

2.-Declaration of Independence – National Archives

3.-U.S. Constitution – National Archives

4.-20-1199 Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (06_29_2023) – U.S. Supreme Court

5.-Supreme Court ruling allows businesses to refuse some services to LGBTQ+ customers – PBS NewsHour

6.-303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, 600 U.S. ___ (2023) – Justia

7.-Tuberville Is Showing How Much Power One Lawmaker Wields Under Senate Rules – NPR

8.-WH Physician Ronny Jackson: President Donald Trump Has A Lot Of Energy & Stamina – CNBC

9.-LOL! George Santos Compares Himself To Civil Rights Icon – The Young Turks

10.-Fallout From GOP Rep. Eli Crane’s Racially Offensive Comment – AZFamily

11.-Executive Order 9981 – National Archives

12.-GOP Rep. Eli Crane Sparks Fierce Criticism After Saying ‘Colored People’ On House Floor – HuffPost

13.-Like Truman’s Military Desegregation Order, Leadership Against Racism Starts At The Top – Brookings Institution

14.-The Military as a Social Experiment: Challenging a Trope – U.S. Army War College Press (USAWC)


Portrait of A.H. Scott poet and writer based in New York City
A.H. Scott


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A.H. Scott is a poet and essayist based in New York City and is a veteran contributor to this blog.  To access additional articles by A.H. Scott, click here:

Ted Kawalerski: The Saudade of Neal Slavin

portrait of the great photographer Neal Slavin by Ted Kawalerski copyright 2023
Neal Slavin. Photo: Ted Kawalerski, Copyright 2023

Photography and Text by Ted Kawalerski, Copyright 2023


The Saudade of Neal Slavin


On what turned out to be a beautiful morning in New York, I was walking along Greene Street in SoHo to meet with Neal Slavin in his studio.  Tony Ward publishes a monthly blog and he asked me to make a portrait of Neal for an upcoming issue.  I had no idea of how I was going to make this happen.  I actually like to work this way and just let things evolve. When I hit #62 I rang the buzzer and entered what developed into a magical mystery tour.

Neal Slavin is a legendary photographer/director that I had never met before. He is probably most famous for the pictures that he made of large groups of people. However, there is a lot more work than that.  In over forty years I have photographed many famous people and I usually work with assistants and a lot of equipment. For this adventure, I decided to work alone and low key. This proved to be the correct decision.

As soon as I made it to the second floor, I was greeted by Neal’s wife and Producer Anita Burkhart. That set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. She has the kind of persona that you immediately feel like this is going to be a real good day.  Neal made his entrance with the same vibe and we went into the main studio. Their combined living/work space is the paragon of an artist’s environment – organized disorganization.  It’s fabulous!  We sat around a long table and drank a lot of coffee.  Anita had to leave but Neal and I spent several hours talking – about a wide variety of subjects.  In particular, Neal elaborated about his relationship with Portugal.

In 1967 Neal went to Portugal via a Fulbright Scholarship to photograph an archeological site but he became more interested in the people and he created a collection of black and white images that are incredible. He discovered Saudade, which is a unique Portuguese term that refers to a melancholic longing. This was a time when Portugal was under the brutal dictatorship of Salazar and his pictures reflect Saudade.



Neal recently returned to Portugal to make a film – Saudade a love letter to Portugal which Neal refers to as “portrait of an artist in search of his soul.” He reconnected with people that he met fifty years ago and he interviewed them for the film. He also shot color stills which are an interesting contrast to the early black and white pictures. Portugal has transitioned to a much different place than when Neal was first there and he was fortunate to have the cathartic experience of personally witnessing this metamorphosis.



So, finally Neal asked “What are we doing?” Fortunately I had the answer. While we were sitting at the table I was facing a wall that had a large work print of a picture that Neal did of a group of NYFD Chaplains.  When I first walked into the studio I thought that I would do an environmental portrait of him.  After our talk ended I wanted to do a simple photo.  I asked Neal to stand in front of the work print, I moved a light panel that was on and WE made his portrait.  I drank so much coffee that I was shaking so much  I had to use a tripod and cable release. Neal looked at the results, gave his approval and within minutes we were done.

Neal Slavin is one of the most interesting people that I have ever met!  This is not hyperbolic bullshit! No attitude or egomania. Just intellect!



About The Author: Ted Kawalerski is a New York based photographer and filmmaker who has been shooting for more than 40 years for corporations, graphic design studios, and advertising agencies.

He has done assignments worldwide of AIG, Bank of America, Chevron, Dominion Resources Services, Ernst & Young, Harris Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutal, MasterCard, Medico, Pitney Bowes, Praxair, United Technologies Corporation and The Hartford.

Ted lives on the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow, NY and is involved in an ongoing project to photograph landscapes and portraits along the entire length of the river.  This work has been exhibited in one-man shows in New York City at MV Gallery and a The Beacon Institute in Beacon, NY. Another project, “Windows” has been exhibited in NYC and Connecticut.

With two partners, Matt Stanton and Gene Mayer, Ted launched Cork Factory Films, a full service film/video production company. To access Ted’s film work, link here

A.H. Scott: Grab ‘Em By The P-Word

Hang Mike Pence Illustration by Thomcat23
Hang Mike Pence. Artwork by Thomcat23 Copyright 2023

Text by A.H. Scott,  Copyright 2023


Grab ‘Em By The P-Word


Oh, it’s a five letter word. But, it ain’t the one you’re thinking.

This word is the baileywick of the flame that is oh so lame, Mr. Michael J. Pence. 

Pious is he – oh yes that p-word fits thee. 

Three words were like a hymn of the goons who stormed the capital, as cherishing you was not their endgame. It was Hang Mike Pence, which proved they were not undecided or on the fence. 

You can come with bible in hand and catechism memorized upon your tongue.

Yet, from the perch of the persnickety citrus chief, it is his former second in command’s neck which he wished were wrung.

But, there is another p word that fits the man from the ticket of 2016. 

P for Pence.

Pious is he, as his running mate tossed around a casual slang of carnalitv for kitty.

He prays and he preys. Yet, that was and is still the turgid ticket. Whether together or separate on the ballot, they are consecrated in an ideology of convenience.

So snide, so sly, and the rest of us our souls be damned. Yet, that’s the bucket of lies and hypocrisy that they carry through the days and nights of their queasy quest to take the White House once again.

One would figure with all that fawning and swooning and over the mooning you’ve done for him, there would be a just reward for you. Well, I guess a gallows would take the place of gold cross and rosary beads as your reward. 3 words exemplified where you stood and stand in the calculated eyes of your former running mate. 

From what I can glean about the Republican primary voter in this political season, they sure as anything are not craving a savior riding a white horse. Even if you traded a steed for a white rabbit, they still wouldn’t choose you over the man you were once on a ticket with. And, for that, even your Karen (Mrs. Pence) couldn’t pen a tale about a family hare attaining victory in the race you have chosen to toss your hat into. 

Many may applaud Mike Pence for doing his constitutional duty. But, it seems that wasn’t from his core that led the former Vice-President to do the right thing; but, almost to the extent of his actions being a fluke. Let’s see things clearly and realize it took two other adults to implant the backbone that was needed. It was former Vice-President J. Danforth Quayle and Judge J. Michael Luttig who seemed to be what propelled Pence to come to the conclusion that there was no way he could backtrack or bastardize the certification of the slate of electors. 

 As his running mate on that 2020 ticket made the decision to say that they won that election in those early morning hours post-election day, Mike Pence never pushed back on that damnable lie. When launching his own presidential bid for 2024, Pence is acting as if we are all living with amnesia over his culpability of silence during those days from November 2020 to January 2021 and beyond. 

You ain’t the man, Mike. Never were and never will be. As long as Trump can thump and trample every other candidate in the race, your phony virtue compared to his treachery is something that is so easy to replace. 

A diluted copy is what you are, as MAGA wants the real thing; which is an entity void of false humility and a rogue lacking of shame or disgrace. 

Even with that 37 count indictment[1] slapdown from the Feds in a Miami courthouse, the unapologetic former thug in chief hasn’t backed down from his obfuscations to forth hence. 

Pious is passé – as are you, Mr. Pence!

Now, you go out and try to find some primary voters that wanna’ be grabbed by that p-word!

“Grab ‘Em By The P=Word”


A.H. Scott 

“Grab ‘Em By The P-Word” – THE FOOTNOTES: 

1.- US_v_Trump-Nauta_23-80101 – U.S. Department of Justice


Portrait of A.H. Scott poet and writer based in New York City
A.H. Scott


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Kitty Hailey: An Investigator’s Journey


portrait of renowned private investigator Kitty Hailey photographed by Tony Ward
Kitty Hailey. Photo by Tony Ward, Copyright 2023

An Investigator’s Journey


By Kitty Hailey, Copyright 2023


Styling by KVaughn


I am a professional private investigator. I didn’t choose this profession, it chose me. I actually started life as an art teacher and through a series of incredible incidents I ended up working for the last several decades in the role of private detective. I want to say that its just like television and the movies…but it’s not. It’s a lot less sexy and more work than anyone could ever imagine I’ve been an investigator so long and my life has become so serious because of the gravity of my work that I sometimes forget that I’m a woman. I’m just an investigator!

I deal with civil rights work. George Floyd by many other names is my client. Wrongfully convicted persons on death row are my clients. I’ve located missing children, tracked down deadbeat dads, infiltrated companies plagued by drug dealing and sat on surveillance for more hours than I care to remember.  While doing this I began to write and help my fellow investigator by explaining the ins and outs…the dos and don’ts of this proud profession. I have dedicated my life to doing my work and doing it ethically.  I’ve written more than 50 articles and published a total of seven books (although several were second and third updated editions). My work is my life.


Portrait of the legendary private investigator Miss Kitty Hailey. Photographed by Tony Ward, Copyright 2023
Kitty Hailey. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2023


When Tony asked me to participate in this photo shoot it was surreal. I was playing the part that many people think is my daily life! Having an opportunity to play at dress-up and remember that I am actually a woman was something I couldn’t turn down. These photos are me being dressed and styled by Tony and his team. Laughing at the absurdity of a septuagenarian primping and posing was so much fun. It gave me a moment to reflect on all those things I have not done and do not do because my work takes me into the ghetto, prisons and on surreptitious assignments in less than safe places.  

This was an afternoon of fun as I remembered that I am not defined by my profession. I am a woman of substance who doesn’t fit a mold, but who makes one! I’ve been honored as one of Forbes Magazines 50 over 50, received a lifetime achievement award for my investigative work and been acknowledged many times for my ability to write and teach others. So this totally fantastic and fun play date with Tony and his team became a celebration of the me that I sometimes forget about. And it was pure joy.  I take myself very seriously, but not so much that I can’t have a little fun playing dress-up with a great photographer. 


Portrait of renowned private investigator Kitty Hailey by Tony Ward
Kitty Hailey. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2023


About The Author: 

Kitty Hailey, CLI, is an experienced investigator with a respect for the profession. She has worked all facets of the field. Her private investigative career concentrated on legal investigation in support of litigation in both civil and criminal cases. To learn more about Kitty Hailey, CLI click here:


Editor’s Note:  Kitty Hailey will be signing copies of her latest book entitled: The Professional Investigator (Book Two) on Wednesday, June 21 at the Chestnut Hill Bookstore.  For more information click here