Friday, February 28, 2014

Year round

We are in the last few minutes of Black History Month in Oregon but Black History is YEAR ROUND! Peace and love!

The United Colors of Lupita (click on the pic to see full pic)


President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative

I have to send this to my nephew.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


“The poet or the revolutionary is there to articulate the necessity, but until the people themselves apprehend it, nothing can happen ... Perhaps it can't be done without the poet, but it certainly can't be done without the people. The poet and the people get on generally very badly, and yet they need each other. The poet knows it sooner than the people do. The people usually know it after the poet is dead; but that's all right. The point is to get your work done, and your work is to change the world.”

― James Baldwin

Chefs celebrate Black History Month at BCC

Chef Kevin Sbraga and his son Angelo cook for and audience gathered at the college's culinary center
There are plenty of ways to honor Black History Month, but Sunday at Burlington County College was definitely one of the tastiest. Top chefs and South Jersey natives Kevin Sbraga, a Philadelphia restaurateur, and Tim Witcher, a former executive chef who is now a culinary arts teacher, teamed up at the college's Culinary Arts Center in Mount Holly to give cooking demonstrations. Called "A Taste of Soul," it was part of the college's month-long celebration recognizing the contributions of African Americans. Both men have had remarkable cooking careers since they became friends as culinary students at the Burlington County Institute of Technology, where Witcher was named a 2012 teacher of the year. Witcher, 34, who had a chef grandfather, an "amazing cook" of a mother, and now is a host on Jersey Chef, an online cooking show, said he believed in food's power as a cultural ambassador. He challenges his students to stretch their ambitions as well as their palates. He was doing some of that Sunday. His message: Do not fear the lamb. "Anybody scared of lamb?" he asked as hands went up. He promised them ungamey goodness, and he delivered with a delicious braised lamb shank on savory bread pudding with cucumber tomato relish served to all attendees. Sbraga, 35, whose first venture, Sbraga, was hailed by Esquire magazine as a best new restaurant, led his guests through the making of spicy hot chicken. He said he serves an even spicier version at the Fat Ham, a Southern-cooking-inspired restaurant he opened at the end of 2013. The son of an Italian American mother and African American father who had a family baking business, Sbraga fielded lots of questions about his cooking and his career, which included winning season seven of the show Top Chef. One guest asked how he got to open a restaurant. He said he had been unemployed for about 18 months and was pretty desperate, so he tried out for Top Chef. "I was lucky enough to get on, and I was lucky enough to win," he said. His audience broke out in applause. The prize money and public attention helped pave the way for his first restaurant. In a break between demonstrations, he said he participated in the event in part to give back to the community. He said he also wanted to show young African Americans the only way out isn't athletics. "Business is a way out. Law school is a way out. Culinary is a way out. Entertainment is a way out. There are so many options available," he said.


A History Of The African American Barbershop

Yo Donnie wassup??

I know I said I wanted dreadlocks

this time

(last time)

and I still do.

I want’em tight & neat

crowning the top

of my nappy head with frizzes at the ends,

and I want’em growing down my back

like Bob Marley’s, but this time

I can’t do it; I gotta establish

myself AGAIN

as an intelligent educated black man

for an upcoming interview,

and I can’t give them any extra excuses

to prejudge me that they will already use,

despite my being more than qualified for the position.

so, cut it shorter this time, man.

Yo, Donnie, cut it real short and even,

but don’t cut any of the soul away.

 A Note To Donnie, The Barber- by Alieux Casey, 1999

Black-owned barbershops are more than just places to get a shave and a haircut. Their position in American culture is well-known: They're places to talk about the events of the day, to swap stories -- and, according to Vassar College history Professor Quincy Mills, to let African-American men become entrepreneurs.

But it took barber shops the better part of a century to reach that quintessential place in black community life. Mills tells that history in a new book called Cutting Along the Color Line Mills says the history of these barber shops is deeply entwined with the history of slavery.

In the 19th century, he says, most black-owned barber shops served wealthy, white clients -- businessmen and politicians.

"The black barbers were in many cases enslaved men, but also free blacks," Mills explains. Barbering became a way for some African-Americans "to find some little pockets to sort of figure out how they could at least earn a little bit of money, and control their time -- which of course was what slaves did not have control over."

That shifted in the late 1880s and 1890s, when a younger generation entered barbering. They were born after emancipation and specifically opened shops in black communities to serve black men.

Now, Mills says, it's hard to know what the place of black barber shops will be in our new, constantly changing economy. The current political rhetoric is all about jobs -- and black barber shops simply don't employ many people. On the other hand, Mills points out that it's comparatively easy to become a barber. To open an entire shop only costs about $150,000. Because of that, he says, maybe their direct economic impact is not the most important thing.

"So barbering still serves as that avenue for men, whether they want to own a barber shop or just work in [one]. But also, barber shops provide this sort of central hub, if you will, for communities across the country to understand the nature of their respective communities. And so I would argue that's just as vital to an economy as is the number of jobs one can generate."

Question Of The Day- About Robin Thicke

How does one focus their attention on one-dimension skallywags they meet at nightclubs and while on tour when they have someone the likes of this woman-his wife and mother of his son- waiting for him at home? Am I missing something?

Paula Patton

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Juror 8

We must understand that Self-Regulating Negroes are willing to sacrifice our Black lives to uphold and maintain White supremacy. Juror #8 believed that Jordan Davis' death had nothing to do with him being Black. White supremacy is secured when we hate ourselves.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


I am known to stay awake
(a beautiful world im trying to find)
A beautiful world im trying to find
(a beautiful world, im trying to find)
Ive been in search of myself
(a beautiful world) a beautiful world
Its just too hard for me to find
(dreams, dreams)
Said its just too hard for me to find
(dreams, dreams)
I am in the search of something new
(a beautiful world im trying to find)
Searchin' me,
Searching inside of you
And thats fo' real

Here's An Idea

So, from what I understand,
we’re supposed to feast on the crumbs that are thrown at us

and we’re supposed to be pleased.


here’s an idea:

stop waiting on people to give you crumbs

learn 2




My  Homemade Raspberry Champaign Velvet Cake



what you like,

in life.

then you can have as many slices as you want,

if not the whole thing.

--Alex George

Monday, February 17, 2014

N'Dambi- Deep

Alone out there

If there's anything about me, my personality, or character that you like, It's probably because of my biological parents that I've never met. This isn't a slight to my mother; not a debate between nature and nurture. I can tell you that for my entire life, my mother always says that the way my sister behaves, and attitude, reminds her of her youngest sister, my Aunt Evon, whom my mom can not stand, and that my sister also acts like (and looks like) every one of my father's sisters, and his mother, none of which she can stand. But my mom loves my personality, and my character, which I always thought I got from her. She always tells that the one child she actually had is the only one she doesn't love. A friend of mine recently told me that I was the most compassionate person he knew. I was thankful. Most likely I will never know or meet the woman and man who brought me into this world,and I'm fine with that. I have to accept that. I'm going to believe that I am probably like them or their siblings. And I might even have liked them if I knew them.


I remember this conversation with my Grandfather

Friday, February 14, 2014

Listening to...

About Black Russians

I came across this clip that  I wanted to share

Friday Flashback


 song will be the first song my bride and I will dance to, as husband and wife.

Then it will be Prince's Adore.  No clip, since he won't allow his music on You tube.

Followed by the song I loved since I was a kid. It reminds me of our drives to Montreal to see my grandfather.

As long as I hear these three songs, she can control the rest of the song list. As long as these are the first three songs I hear.


If Prince allowed his music to be accessible on youtube, today I would have posted some of the most romantic music coming from his catalog. Songs like:

                  International Lover
                  Damn U
                  I Wanna Be Your Lover
                  When You Were Mine
                  Venus De Milo
                  Alexa de Paris

                  Do Me Baby
                  The Beautiful Ones
                  Purple Rain
                  The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
                  Nothing Compares 2 U
                  If I Was Your Girlfriend
                  When 2 R in Love
                  Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
                  If Eye Love U 2Night


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Give me a chance

"Baby feel the fabric. I'm boyfriend material."

From Seville10

          A guy from Bergen Norway said he came across my blog a week ago  and he emailed me today about a poem,  this one here  that he liked so much he offered me sixty-five
dollars U.S. to buy it so he could give it to his wife, saying he wrote it.
          He could easily have written it on a card and gave it to her and I would never have known, I turned down the money. I was going to let him have it for free, but he misunderstood and upped his price to seventy-five dollars and he could pay me right away if I had a paypal account.

          I told him to send it right away.  In about 20 minutes it was in my account.

                                          I hope his wife likes it.

brown skin

I love the skin I'm in.

I just wanted to say that.

I hope you love the skin you're in. 

this is a repost.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

if you let me

-Where did the night go?

Estrela 69


News Anchor Mistakes Samuel L. Jackson for Laurence Fishburne

If the whole being his own genre thing doesn't work out, Samuel L. Jackson can always make a living holding clueless journalists' feet to the fire. You may recall about this time last year he stuck it to a reporter who wanted to discuss Django Unchained's use of "the n-word" without actually saying the word, and this time it's a local news correspondent who wants to congratulate him on his big Super Bowl ad. One problem: The Matrix-themed advert actually starred Laurence Fishburne. You can see the reporter turning sideways as off-camera personnel desperately try to rescue him from the gaffe, but Jackson catches on, and resists the reporter's attempt to pivoty to the more value-neutral subject of the RoboCop remake, in which Jackson plays -- irony alert! -- a TV talk-show host. 

I can relate.   There is a guy in the building where I work. I'm 5'8" thick build and 51 with a grey goatee. He's about 6'3", and about 30ish, and lean, with no facial hair. On at least 4 occasions, people have called me his name and when I correct them they swear I am that other guy. But that guy , they have weekly meetings with-so you would think they would know I was not him.

But fo' your information

He's misunderstood, some say that he's up to no good around the neighborhood
But fo' your information - alot of my brothers got education (now check it)
You got ya wall street brotha, ya blue collar brotha,
Your down for whatever chillin on the corner brother
A talented brotha, and to everyone of yall behind bars
You know that Angie loves ya

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

R I P Whitney Houston 2/11/12

Listening to Whitney Houston tonight. Starting off with my favorite, her version of this song. 

.Ledisi - Higher Than This "Live at The Experience" Part 2 .

.Ledisi - Higher Than This "Live at The Experience" Part 1 .

My first crush

One of my bedroom walls were covered with magazine cut outs of The Jackson 5 and the Sylvers. Another wall was covered with pics of Diana Ross and Minnie Ripperton. Another wall was covered with pics of Pam Grier and Tamara Dobson. And I had a wall dedicated to Miss Beverly Johnson. She was my first crush. I had bought 10 copies of this magazine cover and put them on my wall. I even had one in a frame on my desk. I had tons of other pics of hers, but this was the first one I saw of her when I was a kid.

Wielding Whip and a Hard New Law, Nigeria Tries to ‘Sanitize’ Itself of Gays

A bailiff in Bauchi, in mostly Muslim northern Nigeria, re-enacted the lashing of a man convicted of homosexuality.
Benedicte Kurzen for The New York Times
BAUCHI, Nigeria — The young man cried out as he was being whipped on the courtroom bench. The bailiff’s leather whip struck him 20 times, and when it was over, the man’s side and back were covered with bruises. Still, the large crowd outside was disappointed, the judge recalled: The penalty for gay sex under local Islamic law is death by stoning. “He is supposed to be killed,” the judge, Nuhu Idris Mohammed, said, praising his own leniency on judgment day last month at the Shariah court here. The bailiff demonstrated the technique he used: whip at shoulder level, then forcefully down. The mood is unforgiving in this north Nigeria metropolis, where nine others accused of being gay by the Islamic police are behind the central prison’s high walls. Stones and bottles rained down on them outside the court two weeks ago, residents and officials said; some in the mob even wanted to set the courtroom ablaze, witnesses said. Since Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality throughout the country last month, arrests of gay people have multiplied, advocates have been forced to go underground, some people fearful of the law have sought asylum overseas and news media demands for a crackdown have flourished. Gay sex has been illegal in Nigeria since British colonial rule, but convictions were rare in the south and only occasional in the mostly Muslim north. The new law bans same-sex marriage and goes significantly further, prescribing 10 years in prison for those who “directly or indirectly” make a “public show” of same-sex relationships. It also punishes anyone who participates in gay clubs and organizations, or who simply supports them, leading to broad international criticism of the sweep of the law. “This draconian new law makes an already-bad situation much worse,” the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, said in a statement. “It purports to ban same-sex marriage ceremonies but in reality does much more,” she added. “Rarely have I seen a piece of legislation that in so few paragraphs directly violates so many basic, universal human rights.” Homosexuality is illegal in 38 of 54 African countries, according to Amnesty International, and carries the death penalty in Mauritania, Sudan and Somalia, as well as Shariah-governed northern Nigeria. Recently Uganda’s president declined to sign a bill that carried a life sentence for gays, though he called them sick. In Senegal, where the press regularly “outs” gays, same-sex relations carry a penalty of five years. Rights advocates say they have recorded arrests in multiple Nigerian states, but the country’s north has experienced the toughest crackdown. Mr. Jonathan’s national ban has redoubled the zeal against gay people here and elsewhere, according to officials and residents in Bauchi, where Shariah law prevails and green-uniformed Hisbah, or Islamic police officers, search for what is considered immoral under Islam. “It’s reawakened interest in communities to ‘sanitize,’ more or less, to talk about ‘moral sanitization,’ ” Dorothy Aken’Ova, executive director of Nigeria’s International Center for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights, said of the law. “Where it was quiet before, it’s gotten people thinking, ‘Who is behaving in a manner that may be gay?’ It’s driven people into the closet.” Officials here in Bauchi say they want to root out, imprison and punish gays. Local lawyers are reluctant to represent them. Bail was refused to the gay people already jailed because it was “in the best interests of the accused,” said the chief prosecutor, Dawood Mohammed. In the streets, furious citizens say they are ready to take the law into their own hands to combat homosexuality. Officials are also inflamed. “It is detestable,” said Mohammed Tata, a senior official with the Shariah Commission here, which controls the Hisbah. He added: “This thing is an abomination.” Complaining of the difficulty in distinguishing gay people from others, Mr. Tata said: “They don’t do it in the open. You get one or two, you see how they speak, you see how they dress, then you might have reasonable grounds to suspect.” Mr. Tata, speaking in the whitewashed two-story Shariah Commission headquarters here, said that happily, “we get information from sources interested in seeing the society cleansed.” The prisoners’ only local support comes from two gay activists who slip into and out of the area, not daring to stay overnight. “They started crying when they saw us, begging us to take them out of this place,” said one of the activists, Tahir, 26, after returning from the prison, where he and his friend Bala, 29, had taken the men food. The two activists feared being prosecuted themselves, so they said they were relatives of the prisoners to try to avoid suspicion. Most of the prisoners have been abandoned by their families, Tahir said, declining to give his last name for fear of reprisals. They are mostly young men, he said — tailors, students, “just working youths.” One is a married school principal with eight children, four of them adopted. The young man who was whipped has gone into hiding. Inside the prison, the guards mock the gay men, comparing them to “pregnant women,” Bala said. At a downtown restaurant in Bauchi, under suspicious glances from other patrons, Bala said, “Let us leave this place.”
A Shariah police officer at a court proceeding last month in the city.
.Benedicte Kurzen for The New York Times
  Hurriedly concluding the interview, the two left for a town farther south and not under Shariah law. “We are not safe here,” Bala said. His words were borne out by the mood on the street. “God has not allowed this thing; we are not animals,” said Umar Inuwa Obi, 32, a student who said he was in the mob that hurled stones and bottles at the court and the prison van transporting the gay suspects two weeks ago. “In Shariah court you are supposed to kill the man,” Mr. Obi said, adding that he favored this judgment. “But the government has refused. That’s why they started throwing stones and bottles.” Frightened, the judge retreated to his chambers, the van forced its way through the crowd and gunshots were fired to disperse it. “People are out to kill,” said Abdullahi Yalwa, a sociologist who teaches at a Bauchi college. “The stones increased,” said Musa Kandi, a lawyer who briefly represented one of the men on his bail application. “They wanted to have those people, so they could kill them.” Civil authorities here, handed the case by the Hisbah, say the suspects have been charged with a very serious crime. “They had been meeting among themselves, which is quite prohibited — religiously prohibited, socially unacceptable and morally wrong,” said Mr. Mohammed, the chief prosecutor. In the prison, the men are separated from other prisoners, not for their protection, but “so that they should not indoctrinate the other inmates,” said Mr. Mohammed’s deputy, Dayyabu Ayuba, who is handling the case. Officials and activists here agree that the new law signed by President Jonathan has given added impetus to the country’s anti-gay sentiment, encouraging prosecutors and citizens alike to take action. The law “completely prohibited anything that is gay,” Mr. Mohammed said. The Nigerian news media have been largely supportive of the law — “Are Gay People Similar to Animals?” was the headline on a recent op-ed article in a leading newspaper, The Guardian — and government officials have reacted angrily to criticism from the United States and Britain. The acting foreign affairs minister, Viola Onwuliri, recently praised the law as “democracy in action,” and suggested that Western critics were hypocrites to promote democracy and then complain about a law that the populace supports. In a Pew Research Center survey conducted last March, 98 percent of Nigerians said they do not believe society should accept homosexuality. “Every culture has what they regard as sacrosanct or important to them, and I don’t believe what our president and lawmakers have done in that respect is contrary to our culture,” former President Olusegun Obasanjo said Thursday in an interview. In 2004, while he was president, he told African bishops that “homosexual practice” was “clearly unbiblical, unnatural and definitely un-African.” For gay Nigerians, the risks of coming out could not be higher. “In the north, you will be killed,” Tahir said. “You will bring total shame to your family.”

--Courtesy, NY Times

This hurts my heart. Anytime someone is killed just for living their life and not hurting anyone, it  upsets me.

Shame on you!

 I don't care how you live your life. That's between you, the person you love, and God. It's not my duty to judge you by the truth you chose to live. I would like to think that after I have passed on and met God, he will not judge me by what you do with your life; I believe He will ask me if I demonstrated kindness towards you. I want to be able to say yes. Did I treat you the way I'd like to be treated? I want to be able to say yes. If you were hungry and I had extra food would I have fed you. I want to be able to say yes. Did I love you as a human being? I want to be able to say yes. The basics.  I want to be about God, and since God is about love, then so am I. 

My best friend and his partner is gay, and if they're not welcome in Nigeria, then that country is another place erased from my bucket list.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Pharoah Monch & Mos Def

Nigerian Beauty Betty Adewole is the New Face of Tom Ford Beauty

21 year old Nigerian-British model, Betty Adewole is the new face of Tom Ford beauty Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. Adewole is no newcomer to modeling. She has walked in fashion shows for Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, and Issey Miyake.

With Tom Ford being one of the leaders in beauty and being one of the most coveted designers on the market, how could a model not envy Adewole? But really it's Ford who won. It doesn't get much better than this.