Thursday, October 31, 2013

N'Dambi



I love the lyrics and the concept of this video

-Amiri Baraka

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dear Santa

Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan actress and filmmaker. She recently made her American film debut in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave as Patsey.
 I've been good this year.

 Please?

Halle, Salli, JayZ & Bacon

 
A weird dream I had.
 
Halle Berry and I were collecting fried bacon strips that hung on trees like leaves, and we were putting them in a laundry basket that Kerry Washington (as Olivia Pope) was carrying. Salli Richardson-Whitfield was sitting at the top of the tree and she kept asking Olivia to say it's been handled, and Olivia Pope insisted I say it, and when I did they all laughed. While eating the bacon,  Halle Berry asked if I saw the Aaliyah movie with Miss America. I said no. I said we saw the TLC  movie instead , then she said " you don’t look like the average New Yorker. how do you feel about gun control and obamacare? You look the clean-cut type. Do you put coke in your cakes? You should sell then on QVC.  You speak with a east coast  and carribean accent but you speak so proper like john f kennedy.  Do you know about Brooklyn or Jamaica Queens? Do you listen to Jay-Z?  You’re probably from Albany or Buffalo."
 
That's all I remember.
 
 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Let's talk about beautiful things (a lil bit)


Shopping while black: Barneys accused teen of using fake debit card for $349 belt because he's a ‘young black American male’: lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Trayon Christian, 19, shown Tuesday in his Corona, Queens, apartment.
A black teenager is shopping for justice — claiming snooty Barneys staffers and New York City cops racially profiled him for credit card fraud after he bought a $349 belt.
Trayon Christian, 19, told the Daily News he filed a lawsuit after he was targeted by staffers at Barneys’ Madison Ave. flagship store and detained by police because they didn’t believe a young black man could possibly afford to buy such an expensive belt.
After buying a designer belt at the flaship Barneys department store in New York, Trayon Christian was detained and then arrested by undercover cops who the teen says told him the card had to be fraudulent because he couldn't have afforded the Ferragamo accessory.
 

The fashion-forward teen, who lives with his mom in Corona, Queens, is studying engineering at the New York City College of Technology, where he had a work-study job.
Christian said his paycheck had just been direct deposited into his Chase bank account, so he went straight to Barneys on the afternoon of April 29 to buy the pricey Ferragamo belt with a silver buckle and a reversible black and white strap.
“I knew exactly what I wanted,” Christian said. He’d seen the belt on a lot of his favorite celebrities, including rapper Juelz Santana.
He said he’d browsed the ritzy rags at Barneys before but had never bought anything at the store.
“It was a quick trip. I gave them my debit card, I signed my name,” he said.
According to his lawsuit, the clerk asked Christian to show his ID, which he did.
“I showed my state ID,” he told The News.
EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Trayon Christian is suing Barneys and the NYPD for racial profiling and false arrest after the belt-buying incident that got him arrested and jailed for a short time.

The clerk didn’t react as he signed for his purchase and left, he said.
But he got no more than a block from the store when two undercover NYPD detectives stopped him near E. 60th St., the lawsuit said.
“They said my card wasn’t real, it was fake. They said someone at Barneys called to report it,” said Christian.
The male detectives — whose names he never learned — asked to see ID and look in his bag, he said.
They also asked him if he worked, and where.
“I showed them my school ID and my driver’s license,” said Christian, who was 18 when the incident allegedly occurred.
The October 23, 2013 cover of the NY Daily News.

“I kept thinking, ‘Why is this happening to me?’” he said.
“The detectives were asking me, ‘How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from?’” he said.
He was handcuffed and taken to the 19th Precinct stationhouse, he said.
He was then released with his debit card, his belt and an apology from the police, Christian said.
A spokeswoman for the NYPD denied Christian was detained for two hours, saying he was brought into the precinct at 7:04 p.m. and was allowed to leave at 7:45 p.m.
“Mr. Christian was held in police custody for approximately 42 minutes and as soon as we determined that the card was authentic, he was immediately released,” said Inspector Kim Royster.
He was never charged, according to his attorney.
“I was nervous the whole time, but not really scared because I knew I had done nothing wrong,” said the teen.
After he got home, he got angry.
“I brought the belt back to Barneys a few days later and returned it. I got my money back, I’m not shopping there again,” he said. “It’s cruel. It’s racist.”
Calls to Barneys, which is led by CEO Mark Lee, were not returned.
The city Law Department said it hadn’t seen the court papers yet.
“We are awaiting a formal copy of the lawsuit and will review the claims upon receipt,” said Elizabeth Thomas, a Law Department spokeswoman.
The NYPD said it has gotten 53 grand larceny complaints this year for credit card fraud at Barneys’ Madison Ave. store and has made more than 47 arrests. But it’s unclear how many of those arrested were actually charged with a crime and how many were, like Christian, released.
Plainclothes officers visit Barneys periodically because of problems with fraudulent use of cards, the NYPD said.
The Salvatore Ferragamo belt at the center of Trayon Christian's lawsuit retails for $349. 

Christian’s attorney Michael Palillo said the teen, who now works at Target, has a clean record.
“He’s never been arrested. His only crime was being a young black guy buying a $300 belt,” the lawyer said.
The student’s Facebook page shows pictures of a fashion-loving teen. In some, Christian is sporting various belts with buckles encrusted with glittering “F’s” — but it’s not clear if they are also Ferragamo items.
He’s also seen posing for selfies in a series of baseball caps that have been color-coded to match his clothes, with a gold chain and an earring peeking out.
Christian’s mother, Selena Christian, said she was outraged at the upscale store’s treatment of her son.
“Barneys said his card was stolen, they said he shouldn’t have that much money in his account,” said the 40-year-old school bus driver. “I am shocked. He’s a good kid.”
The hardworking mother could find only one reason for her son to be singled out after he’d shown ID to the Barneys staffer.
It’s because he’s an African-American,” she said. “It’s wrong. They shouldn’t have done this.”
Being publicly questioned, searched and handcuffed and then detained in a police precinct cell caused Christian “great physical and mental distress and humiliation,” the lawsuit said.
“His reputation and character were injured and he was embarrassed,” the court papers said.
The incident was due to the “negligence, careless[ness] and recklessness of Barneys” and the undercover detectives, the lawsuit alleges.
Christian is suing the NYPD and Barneys for unspecified damages.
Barneys CEO Mark Lee. Calls to the department store seeking comment were not immediately returned.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tell me something good

Dr. Olivia Hooker is a survivor of the Tulsa Oklahoma massacre of 1921. She went on to make history as the first African-American woman to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War 2.

When the riots happened, she was just 6 years old; but she remembers the whole incident quite vividly, as people broke into and destroyed her family’s home and arrested her father, saying, “You don’t forget something like that.” She feels blessed to have survived and went on to become the first Black woman in the Coast Guard and to earn a Doctorate in Psychology. She continues to live in Oklahoma.

This is for the D'Angelo lover in you:DJ Rahdu Takes On D’Angelo With ‘Follow Me: D’Angelo Flips, Remixes and Tributes’

Thursday Throwback


Monday, October 21, 2013

I found another use for Tequila, and a shot of rum


The jackfruit (alternately jack tree, jakfruit, or sometimes simply jack or jak. Artocarpus heterophyllus), is a species of tree in the Artocarpus genus of the mulberry family (Moraceae). It is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia, and is believed to have originated in the southwestern rain forests of India, in present-day Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Maharashtra. The jackfruit tree is well suited to tropical lowlands, and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit,[7] reaching as much as 80 pounds (36 kg) in weight and up to 36 inches (90 cm) long and 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter. The jackfruit tree is widely cultivated in tropical regions of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Jackfruit is also found across Africa, e.g., in Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, and Mauritius, as well as throughout Brazil and Caribbean nations such as Jamaica.

When ripe the fruit tastes like a cross between a banana and a pineapple and is quite sweet. And for you vegatarians, when unripe jackfruit has a meat-like taste, it is used in curry dishes with spices, in Sri Lankan, Andhran, eastern-Indian (Bengali) and (Odisha) and Keralan cuisine. Young jackfruit has a mild flavor and distinctive meat-like texture and is compared to poultry. Meatless sandwiches have been suggested and are popular with both vegetarian and nonvegetarian populations.

There are many health benefits from eating jack fruit. Check here: http://www.healthonlinezine.info/health-benefits-of-jackfruit.html

 I got some ripe jackfruit  from Uwajimaya, my favorite Asian specialty supermarket  here in Beaverton.

Anyway, I found another use for tequila and a shot of rum!





 

No Act Right: Rihanna Kicked Out




RIHANNA has been asked to leave Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque complex for posing for "inappropriate" pictures outside one of the world's largest Muslim places of worship.    
 
Authorities said they had taken action before the Barbadian diva entered the mosque itself, which is not off-limits to non-Muslims and has become a major tourist attraction in the United Arab Emirates capital.
The 25-year-old, who performed live in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, posted the pictures on Instagram.
She posed in a black jumpsuit in the courtyard of the mosque, wearing crimson lipstick and nail polish.
She wore a headscarf in all of the photographs but the poses could be regarded as suggestive.
In one of the pictures, she is seen lying down on her back in the courtyard of the mosque, while in another she sits on the ground with her arms crossed on her chest.
In a statement posted on its website, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre said: "The singer entered on a private visit without introducing herself and without prior coordination with the administration.
"She was asked to leave before entering the mosque after she posed in ways that do not match the sacred status" of the complex, the statement said.
The centre said it worked to ensure that no visitor "fails to meet the standards of decency required to enter the mosque, such as by posing for inappropriate photographs or by sitting in disrespectful positions."

The pictures sparked controversy among fans on Rihanna's Instagram account.
"She thinks she's sunbathing on a beach in Miami!" said one Arabic-language comment.
"It's the fault of those who allowed her into the mosque," said another.
But others praised her.
"Thanks for your respect to our religion... you take your time to wear the traditional dress... And the pictures are beautiful not insulting," read one comment.
"I'm Muslim... and do not find it disrespectful at all. Love you Rihanna," read another.

courtesy, news.com/au  

I'm a Christian, and even I know to respect a Muslim house of worship.
     

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Before there was Beverly Johnson, Jayne Kennedy or Halle Berry,

there was Marpessa Dawn.  


In 1959, a little French-Brazilian film called "Black Orpheus" captured the imagination of the world, won numerous awards, and launched the career of a gorgeous Black American actress, Marpessa Dawn."



At the age of 24 she won the role of "Eurydice" in his film Black Orpheus
Born on a farm near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania,  of  African American and Filipino
heritage, she worked as a laboratory technician in New York before migrating to Europe as a teenager. She began acting in England with some minor TV roles. Then, in 1953, she relocated to France and while occasionally working as a governess also sang and danced in nightclubs, where she met director Marcel Camus . At the age of 24 she won the role of "Eurydice" in his film Black Orpheus. The  film won the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  She married Camus, but divorced him soon after and married Belgian actor Eric Vander. Considered a great beauty, she  was featured in November 1959 by Ebony and has been hailed as "one of Ebony magazine's prettiest cover girls, along with the likes of Dorothy Dandridge, Halle Berry, Vanessa Williams and Lena Horne.
Dawn remained in Europe, working without great success in French films and television. She also had several theatrical parts, including starring in Chérie Noire, a stage comedy that toured France, Belgium, Switzerland, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. She appeared in a 2005 documentary about Vinicius de Moraes, who wrote the original play from which Black Orpheus was adapted.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
She and her fellow lead from that film, Brazilian actor Breno Mello. died just 42 days apart in 2008, both from heart attacks. She was 74 years old and at the time of her death in Paris left five children and four grandchildren.
 
 

History is expecting you


Done .


Friday, October 18, 2013

Good things

I wonder if God smiles.


I only ask this because I try to do things that I think would make Him smile at me. That's not the only reason I do good things. I do them because it feels good to make others feel good. To do bad seems to be intentional; one has to think about doing something either to spite someone or merely because they're lazy and don't want to put forth any time or effort.

mmmmm Hazelnut Fudge Marble Cake

I made a Gluten-free  version of my Hazelnut Fudge Marble Cake for a friend with Celiac disease, and I shipped it to him in Flagstaff Arizona. It arrived  today.

He was very pleased. He said  it was delicious



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lovers or friends

you end up with whom you end up no need to call and email and text and search and seek and  call and email and text and search and seek and  call and email and text and search and seek and  call and email and text and search and seek and  call and email and text and search and seek and             
   ask
are your fingers broken? Why I gotta do all the work?

you end up with whom you end up


have you ever went to a party and ended up having a better time than you had expected-with someone other than the person with whom you went to the party?

 
I was just thinking about how I met my last girlfriend. A woman I had a crush on, invited me to a barbecue and I ended up spending the majority of the time laughing it up with another woman, who ended up being a lesbian. She was nice and very funny and loved baking. Anyway, we exchanged contact information. We met for coffee the next morning where I met her gorgeous straight sister who was with her fiancée, this guy named Reggie, who told me his sister was a medical underwriter for a rival insurance company and that she and I might have a lot in common. We didn't, but her best friend and I did. And we were together for 8 years.
The friends I have, I've met them the  same way; they're friends of friends of friends of  friends. I always end up connecting with people who connect with me.



Time for some Outkast

Thursday Throwback

Thursday Throwback



One day


the reason why I love and accept some people as they are is because one day I won't have the opportunity to do so and I don't want to have any regrets, especially if it's petty enough for me to overlook. Some things are just not important.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Towhomitmayconcern

I'll make it easy on you.

So that you won't cringe at the thought of having to engage in small talk with me if we're waiting in line in the cafeteria or we're the last two people in the elevator, I'll do you a favor. I'll just pretend from this moment on , that  you don't exist. I'm still learning how to deal with people here. See, where I come from, my world was very culturally diverse. There were people of all colors and ethnicities and religions. Here, amongst thousands of Caucasians I see daily, you're the only black woman I see, every single day. I was glad to see you. My guess is that since you were born and raised in Oregon, that you have a comfort level with the people here-you're like a fish in water. A speck of black pepper in the salt shaker.  And my presence- my happiness at seeing someone who shares my skin tone and culture, a simple hello or good morning or how was your weekend throws everything out of  whack for you.
 I'll make it easy on you.

You don't see me,. and I don't see you. I will waste my breath on someone who appreciates kind people.

M:y/self.



                                 

I think about how often I've treated people with decency and love, and pure concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. I'm learning to do that with myself: To treat myself the way  I would treat a really good, precious friend.

.

Black Milk

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Far exceeds expectations

I had my annual performance review today. It was short but sweet. My boss had nothing to add to last year's review.   In every category, I exceeded expectations.  I have a positive attitude. I say hello every morning. I have a smile on my face. I do my job, I do it accurately and I do it timely. Even the Chief Financial Officer (the boss of the boss of the boss of the boss) said I'm the only person in my department that speaks to him socially.
The Underwriting Director up and quit 3 weeks ago. He just walked away from a position he held for 24 years. The day before, he gave me ownership of a project- for 2 years he had been doing 90% of it and I had been reviewing his work and making corrections before approving it , but on that day, he said he was giving it all to me.
But then he quit that next morning.
It was a nightmare for us because his quitting was unexpected and he left my boss in a lurch, basically, since the CFO made her the Interim Director, and everything was left on the former director's hard drive with no description of anything he had saved. But I still decided to take ownership of the project, and I'm getting caught up. My boss stated that she appreciated how I took ownership of the project. She even said that Sales loves me too ( though my friends are inclined to believe it's because of the cakes I bring to their department).
My raise? 

2.9 %. Just like last year, which isn't even noticeable.  The max allowable due to the insurance industry, which everyone know is bullshit. Our raises have to be kept low so that they'll have enough money to keep their key employees. You know the managers and directors, the CFO and COOs aren't getting 2.9%.

For the next year, I will meet expectations. That will be the most I will do. Nothing extra. I won't exceed expectations or far exceed expectations. I will meet expectations.

I know that my bosses' hands are tied. if she could give me more, I believe she would.  I have the coolest boss. She's really good people.

Anyway, the last thing I said was, "Now I can get that loaf of bread I had been saving up for."

Robert Glasper Experiment release video to 'Calls' Ft. Jill Scott

Taken from forthcoming album Black Radio 2



Read more at http://hangout.altsounds.com/news/162326-robert-glasper-experiment-release-video-calls-ft.html#4jvKDk5zXgDk4KBo.99

Monday, October 14, 2013

Winding down to some John Coltrane



-Claude McKay

                       America

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger's tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth!
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate.
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
Yet as a rebel fronts a king in state,
I stand within her walls with not a shred
Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.
Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,
And see her might and granite wonders there,
Beneath the touch of Time's unerring hand,
Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.





Claude McKay used the sonnet form in a number of his poems, often writing about social and political concerns from his perspective as a black man in the United States. McKay also wrote about a wide range of subjects, from his Jamaican homeland to romantic love.
Claude McKay was born in Jamaica, West Indies, in 1889. At the age of twenty, McKay published a book of verse called Songs of Jamaica, recording his impressions of black life in Jamaica in dialect. In 1912, he travelled to the United States to attend Tuskegee Institute. After a few months, he left Tuskegee to study agriculture at Kansas State University. McKay's viewpoints and poetic achievements set the tone for the Harlem Renaissance and gained the deep respect of younger black poets of the time. He died in 1948.

On today


Let's celebrate Columbus Day by walking into someone's house, giving them typhoid fever and other diseases, and telling them we live there now.

   

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Question of the day


You give and you give and you give and you give because you’re a caring, giving person  and you  give and you give and you give and you give  and you give and you give and you  give and you give and you give and you give  and you give and you give and  you  give and you give and you give and you give  and you give and you give and you give- but never ever get.   And friends tell you that if you give with the expectation of receiving then you’re giving for the wrong reasons, but you’re giving because you’re able to give, and you’re willing (while hoping that if you’re in need they would come to your aid) so you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give and you give but you never never EVER get when you need to get without begging and pleading and offering to give.  While God loves a cheerful giver, is there a point where you decide to stop doing for others and focus on your self?

  
In a tug of war,  you can't play the game if the person on the other side isn't doing any pulling.

if it was that easy

I dreamed President Obama was on the telly talking about the shutdown and then was interrupted by Olivia Pope who whispered something in the President's ear. Then she grabbed the microphone and said "it's handled."
   Then she walked away.

Friday, October 11, 2013

How do you define winning?

A Kenyan elite runner passes water to a dehydrated disabled Chinese runner who was suffering. This slowed her time. She came in 2nd in the race not only costing her the win but also the
$10,000 cash prize. It's not all about winning.

_Malcolm X

"There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That's a good religion."

-- "Message to the Grass Roots," speech, Nov. 1963, Detroit (published in Malcolm X Speaks, ch. 1, 1965).



Have no fear

we gotta stop spewing these fragile-@$$, weak-minded philosophies of fear (me, too). always talking these negative projections about what people will do 2 u if u r real or kind or helpful or honest or open or free. so many have manufactured this bizarre deep-seated fear of being ourselves. we will hoard &; protect scraps at all costs while a feast we're too wimpy 2 eat is laid out b4 us. so much imaginary danger made real by feeble thoughts & the practices that follow. fear has made us idiots. & mental paralysis is just so unsexy!
do we have a purpose? did the Creator put us here 2 DO something or merely 2 worry & cower & never really live life fully bcuz of whatever mysterious ever-looming danger might happen? so little of what we fear has ever actually destroyed any of us, anyway. & what great individual hasn't had do & push thru in the face of fear. it only exists 2 b conquered, really, 2 make us greater. man, god up!


a guest post by my friend Alex Al-Ouadim

Tell me something good

Victor J. Glover Makes NASA’s 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class.

Friday Flashback


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Question .



House Republicans first voted to fund all of government -- except Obamacare. Obama refused to negotiate and Senate Democrats refused to pass it.

I have a question to ask the Republicans. And I'm seriously interested in this answer. Why do Republicans think this was a reasonable position to start off negotiations with? President Obama ran in 2008 on healthcare reform and won election by a wide margin. The ACA was passed into law in 2010. Then again in 2012 he ran against an opponent who said his number one priority if elected would be to repeal Obamacare. Again the president won. So why do so many Republicans think asking the president to destroy the law he fought so hard for and won on twice was as a "small ask" as one GOP congressman put it.

That just doesn't sound like a reasonable starting place to me. Its like going into a family's home and telling the husband/ father "You either agree to us killing your child or we're going to kill both your wife AND child."

I'm not trying to start a debate but I'm really baffled by that.


I emailed the above to a friend this morning, and this was her reply. 
As Spock said to Admiral Kirk in Wrath of Kahn. "You proceed from a false assumption." The assumption being that all House members want to negotiate. Just as Obama was voted in partially due to Obamacare certain House members were voted in specifically because of their opposition to the same. The only thing all politicians love more than spending other people's money is votes so they can stay in office and keep spending. Until the people who were voted into office to oppose Obamacare hear from their constituents that it is time to negotiate the major opposition will not bend.

Quote of the Day



I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
--Harriet Tubman

I know a few people this pertains to, even today.

#housenegroes #sellouts


Would You Mind?







Like one commenter on youtube said, i would have lost  all of my DAMN MIND that nite.

Afrodisia


Tell me something good

This book profiles the lives of numerous women, ranging from the earliest pioneers up until the late 1960’s when the Civil Rights Acts sparked greater career opportunities. Brown examines each woman’s motivation to pursue chemistry, describes their struggles to obtain an education and their efforts to succeed in a field in which there were few African American men, much less African American women..., and details their often quite significant accomplishments. The book looks at chemists in academia, industry, and government, as well as chemical engineers, whose career path is very different from that of the tradition chemist, and it concludes with a chapter on the future of African American women chemists, which will be of interest to all women interested in a career in science.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Word


#uplift

when u have the support of people who love u, its much easier 2 fly!
-uplift-

Tell me something good

Kenya Airways pilot, Captain Irene Mutungi, received the prestigious Africa Travel Awards as the first female African Airline Captain.
http://www.atqnews.com/index.php/archives/67-african-legend

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Effortless

when ure not thinking about it, beauty just pours from ur being like a waterfall cascading over a cliff, signing ur name on the smooth rocks below.
 #effortless-

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Withdrawals

Every now and then the culture that is Portland gets a bit unnerving for me, based on what I've been exposed to for 44 years.
I need to look at someone dark and lovely every now and then, to settle my nerves.

Born this way

This morning I overheard the tail end of a conversation that bothered me. It was the truth. I just never heard it outside of my head before when a black guy was complimenting his white friend on the fact that he knew all the words to some raunchy rap song, and  the white guy said 'this is a phase for him because he'll be a senior next year in high school and he's gotta start taking school seriously in order to get in a good college and he won't be sagging his pants anymore. He said he was glad he was able to change his wardrobe and the songs he sings basically, to make changes.' The white guy said, as they left the train together, ' see, you a n***a till you die. I'm a wigga till I don't wanna be one no more.'

We can't make changes. Well, Michael Jackson did, -  so maybe we could.
You can't pick up black and put it down.
 black is something that you are and it is.
That's all.

Janelle Monae

I haven't heard this song in about a year, but for some strange reason, I woke up singing it. The harmony was on my lips


Hope you have a great day.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

B E Basement elevation

i wanna get 2 the point where i go hard 4 things i want; people that induce my smile ; make space between me and the ones who kill it.
-next level-


My 6th Anniversary at my job

For my 6th anniversary at my job today, I baked a Maple Bacon Cake and 36 Avocado Chocolate Chip Cupcakes.  I sent a group email to my department,  to Sales, and a few other friends in the building.
One coworker,  the Sales dept  and my friends always appreciate my unique dessert ideas. They came over to congratulate me for being at the job for 6 years, and to eat and discuss the recipes for my desserts.
My department? Well, 2 coworkers walked past my desk to the empty cubicle where I had the desserts. They took their portions, and walked past my desk and back to their desks and said nothing. Neither verbally nor via email. Nothing.
And that is why, when I feel like baking, and I bring my desserts in to work, I bring them to the Sales department.  Like Palestine and Israel, Sales and Underwriting are supposed to be enemies of each other. We're not supposed to get along, but I get along with Sales very well. Getting along with them doesn't mean I approve everything they want though, but we get along very well. They compliment me on what I bring in and there is never anything left, which I love.   For my department, there were 18 cupcakes and half a cake left at the end of the day. I had to call Sales to let them know they could get seconds, and they came over immediately.
As I write this, I'm reminded of when I baked a Red Velvet Cake in late January, and 4 hours after the group email was sent just to my department,  the cake was still whole. No one touched it. So I called Sales, and within 5 minutes, there was a line of people  talking to me and waiting to cut a slice. Within 10 minutes, all that was left were crumbs. Yet the day after Mardi Gras, a coworker brought in a day-old store-bought king cake, and my department formed a line, and within minutes that day-old store-bought king cake was gone. There was nothing but crumbs.


Sorry for ranting. I had to get it out of my system. It makes no sense to me. Baking is a passion of mine, and it annoys me when they ignore me.

Note to self-

Give the gift of your absence to those who do not appreciate your presence.
--author unknown



I didn't even bother to attend my department's 'diversity' luncheon scheduled for today as well.  Today, the one person that made the department diverse,  chose to stay behind.  And I went to lunch with my Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian and Mexican friend. Talk about diversity. You can't have a department of 10 white  people and have one black person in the department and call it diverse, especially when they don't talk to the one black person unless its work-related.