Thursday, May 30, 2013

Do.




                                       

     Can't or won't never did anything and never will.


Even in silence



              













                    Sometimes things get lost in translation, but love,being a verb, is the same in every language. It's understood even in silence.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Proceed



For you I’m leaning on
So baby take my hand

Proceed, oh yes
I feel it,
I let it go, go
Proceed, oh yes
I feel it,
I let it go, go
Proceed


On getting out of your own way

The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.
Buddha has actually called it the lion's roar. When a man reaches an absolutely silent state he roars like a lion. For the first time he knows what freedom is because now there is no fear of anybody's opinion. What people say does not matter. Whether they call you a saint or a sinner is immaterial; your whole and sole judge is God.
--Osho

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mr. Casey-George

I'm one of the good ones,
and my standards are high.
if you don't like what you just heard,
then you need not apply.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Goodie Mob-Beautiful Skin

This or that

The only reason I posted this is because I came across it and it made me smile.  No other reason. I love seeing black people, black couples. Especially educated black couples.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Love it


WORD


It all begins with you


23




The Lord is my shepherd.   He knows what I want. And need.


  Amen

Kelly airs her ' Dirty Laundry'

Wow!
 "Dirty Laundry" is deep stuff. In it, Kelly sings about being in Beyonce's shadow, a past abusive relationship, and fighting her own personal issues. Not sure if this was the best choice for a single, but I am loving this song for what it is. The Dream made a subtle and perfect R&B production for "Dirty Laundry", and Kelly just kills it with them vocals and passion!. Respect earned!
I heard that Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced her upcoming album Talk a Good Game (see album cover below) ,due to hit the shelves  June 18,   along with Pharell, The Dream, and Mike Will. Based on the words  Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis alone, I'm buying it, the day its released. This will be the first Kelly Rowland cd in my collection.




Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Note to self



Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of
your history, but not a part of your destiny.

  -Steve Maraboli  
  You already know of  whom you need to wipe your hands. I have to do this periodically. I spring clean all year round. The trashcan can  get really heavy if you just do it once a year. No sense of  holding on to things or people who don't add any value to your life, is there?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

She chose me

Like Joan Crawford told Christina in the movie, Mommie Dearest, "you're special because you were chosen," my mom chose me when I was 11 months old. She saw me at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn New York, and she loved me instantly, and wanted to be my mother. 
My mom and her 2 younger sisters.

Like God. 
She loved me instantly. She chose me. Out of all the infants that she could have adopted, she chose me, and she's always treated me as if I shared her DNA. I'm special. I'm blessed.  I was glad to be the first of her kids to call her this morning to tell her Happy Mother's Day, and that I love her ( which is how I end every call with her). 
My mom

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Listening to ....

Blacks outvoted whites in 2012, the first time on record

Washington (CNN) – A new Census Bureau report provides more evidence that the changing demographics of the United States are having a deep impact at the voting booth.

The report on the 2012 election found that for the first time on record, black voters turned out to the presidential polls at a higher rate than whites. More than 66% of eligible blacks voted in the presidential contest that pit President Barack Obama against Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Only 64.1% of whites turned out to vote.
The report was released Wednesday.

This the first time since 1968 that blacks turned out at a higher rate the whites.
In addition to blacks turning out at a higher rate, the number of Asian and Hispanic voters grew from 2008 to 2012. Hispanics added 1.4 million people and Asians added over 500,000. Between 1996 and 2012, blacks, Asians and Hispanics all saw their percentage of the voting population increase.
"Over the last five presidential elections, the share of voters who were racial or ethnic minorities rose from just over one in six in 1996 to more than one in four in 2012," said Thom File, the report's author.
The highest turnout of blacks, in addition to the growing number of Hispanics and Asians, could also explain Obama's success in defeating Romney.
According to CNN exit polls, 93% of African-Americans, 71% of Hispanics and 73% of Asians supported Obama over Romney.
Some other findings from Pew's analysis:

• While the Latino vote might turned the election toward Obama and caused much post-election soul-searching among Republicans, the Census Bureau data showed that Latino's turnout rate was far below that of blacks and whites – only 48% of the Latino population turned out, which was nearly two percentage points below the 2008 rate. While the Latino population in the country increased by about 1.4 million to 11.2 million from 2008 to last year, the number of Hispanics who were eligible to vote but didn't grew by 2.3 million to 12.1 million.
But because the Latino share of the under-18 population, they should become an important bloc in the future. While Hispanics make up 17% of the nation's overall population, 24% of the country's under-18 population is Latino.
• Youth voter turnout also declined between the two elections: The turnout rate of those 18 to 24 fell to 41.2% last year, down from 48.5% in 2008. At the same time, the turnout rate of those 65 and older increased from 70.3% in 2008 to 71.9% last year.
But like Latinos, so-called Millennial generation – adults born after 1980 who are now between 18 and 33 – continues to grow. While Millennials are currently 25.5% of the electorate, they are expected to make up 36.5% by 2020.
• Besides the record rate that African-Americans voted at, non-whites made up 26.3% of all voters, another all-time high. The share of the non-white population is also expected to rise from 33.9% to 37.8% in 2020 and 54.8% by 2060, according to Census Bureau projections. Republicans should be concerned – Mitt Romney captured only 17% of the growing non-white population.



-Donnie Hathaway

To Be Young Gifted & Black



Listen, with your sons and your daughters and nieces and nephews

Thursday Flashback



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dark. Lovely




"She’s pretty to be so dark.”

I overheard a dark-skinned male (with a group of white & latino friends) say that about a very attractive dark-skinned female ( much too young for me though)  who was standing at  the train  platform.  I  could feel my blood getting warmer. Denial of dark-skinned beauty enrages me. I think it constitutes genocidal cultural theft.  That a brotha, who was just as dark as the sista would say that or feel that bothers me so much.  It doesn't surprise me though.  I'm not going to generalize, but that has been my experience with the black people in Portland Oregon.




History Expects You



Saturday, May 4, 2013

Oh, I thought you were someone else


              
                            
  keeping in mind the verse in all thy ways acknowledge Him...sometimes i think i hear God, but it always ends up being someone who can't pronounce my first name.  Or asks for the wrong gender.

Saturday Flashback



Friday, May 3, 2013

Q U E E N

Are we a lost generation of our people?


Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal

She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel

So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?

They keep us underground working hard for the greedy

But when it’s time pay they turn around and call us needy