Friday, November 29, 2013

-Hal Linton

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Black Friday

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cargo of the living dead

There is a shipwreck between your ribs. You are a box with fragile written on it, and so many people have not handled you with care.
And for the first time, I understand that I will never know how to apologize for being one of them.

–“What It Took To Understand,” Shinji Moon


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What I made with a Guiness

So I went grocery shopping last night after work and I saw a 6 pack of this beer

And I thought  " I wonder what this would taste like in a cake?"

and I bought it 
and made a Guiness Chocolate Velvet Cake ( my on the spot creation)

I brought it into the Sales Department @ work.

That cake was gone in 15 minutes.

They loved it. 

I always feel my grandfather's presence when someone likes what I've made. 

I'm grateful

For a lot of things, but after love and family and friends and a job that I love, I’m mostly grateful for music. Grateful for J Dilla, and every producer who attempts to bite his style.

Question of the day

Are you the type that hugs with one arm and stabs with the hand on the other arm, leading the person you’re hugging to wonder where the pain is coming from?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What goes good with Hennessy

The chocolate chips were soaking in a shot of Hennessy in a bowl in the fridge while was preparing the batter for my cupcakes . When the chips were ready, I drained the Hennessy back in the shot glass, and drank it after I mixed the chocolate chips in the batter and poured it in the cupcake baking pan . And Voila! Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Happy Birthday, Salli!

Piotr Uklanski - Untitled (Fist)

React to action

This evening,  I observed a man waiting on the train platform,  with his Bible open. He was about thirty-ish. He was spouting about how the wages of sin were death and how everyone who was not a Christian were all going to hell. Along with him and myself, there was an older lady, about sixty-ish,  and there were three teenaged women wearing Hajibs. When the train arrived and the door opened, that man pushed the woman aside in order to get to the one seat that was available. He didn't get the seat because someone who had been standing up in the train took it.  Then when we were all inside and the train moved, a lady got up to get off at the next stop. The seat was next to the older lady who was standing as she edged over to the seat, that same Bible thumper  tried to get the seat but two of the three muslim women blocked him and they told the lady to have a seat.

I loved it.

The perfect example of someone whose actions speak louder than his words.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It's Shocking That People Are Shocked by Best Man Holiday's Success

On Friday night, Best Man Holiday beat Thor: The Dark World at the box office. While Thor was still number one movie of the weekend — earning $38 million — Best Man raked in $30 million, prompting a bunch of people to question: What does it mean? A now-removed USA Today article by Scott Bowles was titled "'Holiday' nearly beats 'Thor' as race-themed films soar." Pardon? Race-themed? The headline —as well as the thrust of the piece — was criticized and mocked on Twitter, with blogger Awesomely Luvvie writing, With that logic, then Girls is "race-themed" too. It's about boring white girls who live in NYC. So was Friends which is about hilarious white yuppies in NYC. And Titanic was a race-themed biopic about white folks who drowned on a cruise ship that crashed. Bowles also wrote, "Cultures have been hot sellers at the turnstiles this year," and pointed out that Fruitvale Station, The Butler and 12 Years a Slave also did well at the box office. "Cultures." Movies about "cultures." Not Americans, or black people. (The piece has since been rewritten to clarify that other movies with black casts have succeeded this year. Over at Forbes, Scott Mendelson scolds, "It's a problem that black-centric films doing well are still considered 'surprising'." Writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, Bilge Ebiri notes that it would be a mistake to assume that the movie did well solely because of its cast. If anything, what The Best Man Holiday's success points to is just good, old fashioned counter-programming: What better movie to open against the white fanboy fodder of an amped-up Thor sequel than this soft, touching Christmas-themed romantic comedy? Makes sense: The movie had good word of mouth and an A+ Cinemascore. Some people would rather watch a heart-warming, realistic, human story (not about slavery! Set in the here and now!) instead of eye-popping special effects and superheroes. What's shocking about that? Adam B. Vary, writing for Buzzfeed, reminds us that: Two other films from this year with predominantly black characters — May's Tyler Perry Presents Peeples (produced but not directed by Perry) and June's After Earth (starring Will and Jaden Smith) — were unqualified flops in the U.S., in no small part because they were, to put it gently, bad. He sums up: So, to recap: Audiences will pay to see really good movies with black casts that aren't directed by Tyler Perry. It seems like a simple proposition. Let's hope Hollywood is paying attention.

 Shocked? For real? What movie theater has a turnstile? Entirely white cast = default. Entirely black cast = niche.Probably why USA Today was confused. No slaves? No being subservient to white people? No white saviors? Just black people being human during the holidays? What does it mean!?!? How do we label this?? Race-themed!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Good morning

If you woke up this morning dreading going to work it's your fault because you're not using your time off to work towards leaving that Shawshank Redemption J-O-B!

We are not forced to be corporate slaves; we are slaves because we won't do the work to create opportunities. Stop procrastinating! 

Good Morning! 

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Thursday, November 14, 2013


Yaya Alafia (DaCosta)

There is nothing more beautiful than a naturally beautiful woman! Black, White, Asian, Latina, Native American, multi-racial, Just be YOU!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


    I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Psalm 37:25   KJV

Dear God,

I've been righteous, haven't I?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Venus De Milo


                 After having eaten half the cake I baked for my self, I watched Under the Cherry Moon last night.Waiting for Venus De Milo, I fell asleep listening to the soundtrack. I wish the song was on youtube.

The first time I heard  the instrumental it was during the movie's premiere, about 30 years ago. I fell in love with it. The first time I heard it I know it would be the instrumental playing as my bride would walk down the aisle.  I'm sure it will never happen.


Many people have come in and out of my life over these past 51 years. Those that are still here, thank you for not leaving. Those that are coming and plan on staying, I welcome you to the next 51 years of my life.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Note to self

                                 I know this, but why I do I keep going back to old habits? 

-Conya Doss / don't ever change

That awkward moment

Today at lunch, when someone in a group of friends asked ;" which November sequel are you more excited for: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire or Thor: The Dark World? "

And I said "The Best Man: Holiday."

There was an uncomfortable silence for about a whole minute. All blank faces. Then someone asked who was in it. I said "Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut." Still, all blank faces followed by more silence.

One day I'm going to stop being invited to meet with them for lunch.

I can't breathe

Monday, November 4, 2013



 On  the evening  of November 4, 2008,  my nephew called me from Wisconsin. He was so excited.
"Uncle Alieux,  Senator Obama is President of the United States! You always said I could be anything I wanted. Now I believe it!"  I will never forget the sound of his voice.
I was in Oregon, watching Senator Barack Hussein Obama being  elected the 44th President of the United States, watching as the country chose him as its first black chief executive. I thought about my grandfather, wishing he was alive to see this day. I was in tears.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

John Coltrane- Lush Life(FULL ALBUM)


-About Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges was one of 6 black children in New Orleans to pass the test that determined whether or not the black children would go to the all white school.
US Marshals with Young Ruby Bridges on School Steps
She went to a school by herself while the other 5 children went somewhere else. Six students were chosen; however, two students decided to stay at their old school, and three were transferred to Mcdonough. Ruby was the only one assigned to William Frantz. Her father was initially reluctant, but her mother felt strongly that the move was needed not only to give her own daughter a better education, but to "take this step forward ... for all African-American children." Her mother finally convinced her father to let her go to the school.
Ruby Bridges in 2010

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The truth, broken down

If your success is defined as being well-adjusted to injustice and well-adapted to indifference, then we don’t want successful leaders. We want great leaders who love the people enough and respect the people enough to be unbought, unbound, unafraid, and unintimidated to tell the truth. --Dr Cornell West

I love Dr Cornel West. I vehemently disagree with a lot of his current political opinions right now, though, and that’s fine. I can do both.


I just noticed the number of blog postings I made for both September and October is the same; 62. I'm always thinking certain things mean something. Maybe it doesn't, but I can't help but to think/hope that it does. I was born in 1962, and my birthday is in a little over a week. I hope it means I'm going to get something good.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Just a thought

First of all, you shouldn’t be rude to anyone. Especially when they don’t deserve it.

When everyone avoids you, the last person you should be rude to is the one person who has always attempted to look beyond your personality to see the good in you. One day you will wonder why he ( I ) stopped speaking to you as well.

That is all.

Let it go

One day all them bags gone get in your way
One day all them bags gone get in your way
I said one day all them bags gone get in your way
One Day all them bags gone get in your way

So pack light
Pack light
Pack light
Ooh ooh

Bag lady you gone miss your bus
You can't hurry up
Cause you got too much stuff
When they see you comin
Niggas take off runnin
From you it's true oh yes they do

One day he gone say you crowdin my space
One day he gone say you crowdin my space
I said one day he gone say you crowdin my space
One day he gone say you crowdin my space

So pack light
Pack light
Pack light
Ooh ooh

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