Monday, March 31, 2014

Bye Frankie Knuckles


 thank u for everything.....It was fun




Sunday, March 30, 2014

It Takes A Village


Monday, March 24, 2014

Afrodisia

I am a Negro:
Black as the night is black,
Black like the depths of my Africa.

I’ve been a slave:
Caesar told me to keep his door-steps clean.
I brushed the boots of Washington.

I’ve been a worker:
Under my hand the pyramids arose.
I made mortar for the Woolworth Building.

I’ve been a singer:
All the way from Africa to Georgia
I carried my sorrow songs.
I made ragtime.

I’ve been a victim:
The Belgians cut off my hands in the Congo.
They lynch me still in Mississippi.

I am a Negro:
Black as the night is black,
Black like the depths of my Africa.


                                                                                    Negro by Langston Hughes

Be a good one.


whatever you are, be a good one.

     --Abraham Lincoln

        I'm considering making some changes in my life but I don't know for sure, in what direction. I've been doing the same thing for over fifteen years. There's been lots of changes during all this time and with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there has been tons of changes within the last few months and there will be even more changes-the only thing that has been constant is change. I'm used to it. I'm bored. I'm not getting any traction, but I haven't done anything else professionally, so I'm afraid to leave it for something unfamiliar.

         As a Small Group Underwriter, some would say that the appropriate path would be a Masters Degree  in Public Health Administration, but I don't know if I should follow my passions which is a Master of Fine Arts in Writing or a Culinary Degree with a specialty in Desserts.  

Dear God, 

I'm praying for You to please give me direction. I don't want to make a mistake. Amen.

Darkness Everywhere

I'm still waiting for that " a ha moment"; that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. The day when I can say to myself that I now know the reason why past relationships and moving from Wisconsin to Maryland back to Wisconsin didn't work out. I doubt it's here in Oregon though. 6 years and counting.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

South Park's Episode About College Athletes Being Slaves

You know that the NCAA has long been known as the professional sports league that defines itself as amateur. The amateur label is an arbritary creation, promoted by the late Walter Byers, a former NCAA president who used the term to build a model in which athletes would not be compensated. Years later, Byers said that the model is the wrong one to use and that athletes should be paid. Unfortunately, it was too late, since there was already too much money being made. This short clip from the television show “South Park” is a funny way to describe the use of college athletes as slaves for the NCAA. Eric Cartman, one of the funnier, yet offensive characters on the show, is visiting an executive with the NCAA and offering to purchase athletes from him for a handsome price. If you want to laugh, take a look at the video. It’s funny, insulting, and has a bit of truth to it- All the money generated from high school and college sports...and the athletes do not get paid:

Honesty

Never lie to someone who trusts you. Never trust someone who lies to you.
                           ― Deanna Wadsworth

Friday, March 21, 2014

A child called revolution

                      You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play.
                                                       --  From Black Judgment, by Nikki Giovanni

Andy Allo

$eriously tho

Good morning!

Where

The mind of a child is where the revolution begins. So if the solution has never been to look inside yourself,
how is it that you expect to find it anywhere else?
--Immortal Technique

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Got Melanin?

Ajuma Nasenyana
Did you know:




Melanin is important because it’s the most primitive and universal pigment in living organisms. Melanin is produced in the pineal gland. Abundantly found in primitive organisms such as fungi, as well as advanced primates. Furthermore, within each living organism, melanin appears to be located in the major functional sites. For example, in vertebrates, melanin is not only present in the skin, eyes, ears, central nervous system, it can also be found in the pineal gland, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, thymus gland, adrenal gland, and the barathary gland. Melanin is abundantly present in the viscera, including the heart, liver, arteries, the muscles, and the gastrointestinal tract; thus, within each and every living organ which aids the human body melanin appears. Regardless of what color your skin appears to be all genes in all creatures on this planet are black because they are coated with melanin.
The amount of melanin in the skin is one of the most variable of human traits, and many polygenes are involved. Groups of people or the population of the world were once classified according to the skin shade: Black (Nubians), White (Caucasians), Yellow (Orientals) and Red (Native Americans) etc... We must realize that just because this is the way they have classified people does not mean this is the way it should be. The hues of color of your skin depend on several factors. First is the amount of melanin in the outer layers of the skin. Melanin acts as a filter to prevent damage to the delicate deeper layers of the skin, by penetration of ultraviolet light.
There is more than one type of melanin. You have brain melanin, also known as neuromelanin, and you have skin melanin. Neuromelanin does not run parallel with skin melanin. Whether white, red, yellow, black, or brown, neuromelanin plays an important role in functioning of the brain, and nervous system. Melanosomes (small structures within the melanocyte cells where melanin is synthesized) find their way into the hair cells, giving them color. (Two types of melanin, one dark brown and one red, are responsible for all hair shades).
Pigments that contribute to skin color are called carotene, a yellowish hemoglobin, in blood vessels (pink-red), and melanin (black, brown, red). Darker skins are dominated by melanin, which is produced from the amino acid tyrosine, by pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Melanocytes are characterized by long, fixed extensions of the outer cell membrane. In humans, other mammals, and birds, melanin is dispersed permantely throughout each melanocyte, including the extensions, and is also, transported to nearby skin cells. In other words, if you increase the amount of melanin in the skin you become darker and vice versa.
   So, what is so important about melanin? Melanin controls all mental and physical body activities. Melanin is an extremely stable molecule, and highly resistant to the digestion by most acids and bases, and is one of the hardest molecule to ever be analyzed. If you do not purify your melanin molecule, you will not heal your body of diseases.
In parts of Africa, India, and Australia the deposits of melanin in the skin is heaviest because the people have been exposed to the most intense sunlight for generations. Northern Europeans have the least amount of deposits in their skin are lighter, not to mention their weather is cloudy and cool. The thickness of the outer layer of the skin is also a factor. People with darker skin complexions have thicker layers of skin. And this is a factor alone enhances the skins filtering effect. The thinner the skin the least melanin. When the skin is very thin, the blood vessels show through and give a pinkish color. When an individual adapts to the shifting of the intensity of the sunlight, the skin becomes darker because they are exposed to more sunlight. That’s how you get suntans because it’s the result of both thickening and increasing the melanin in the skin. Keratin is the substance the nails of the fingers and toes are made of. It also appears in the outer layer of the skin. When keratin deposits are heavy, the skin has a yellowish, brown shade, as in the Mongolian populations. They have adapted along a different pathway to avoid the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. The reddish hue of the Native Americans results from a combination of keratin and melanin deposits.
Now, you might be asking yourself what does melanin have to do with ultra-violet light? Well, the DNA molecules are all covered with melanin. One of the things that melanin does is it actually absorbs ultraviolet radiation. Melanin is constantly reaching out towards the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Ultraviolet radiation has been found to be dangerous to protein. When protein is passed through ultraviolet radiation it actually causes the molecule to blend. Just like you have some of our sisters and brothers who go to hairdressers, killing their ethers just to get their hair done. No offence to those who do this type of activity so don’t go off the deep end with me. I’m not here to tell you what you should do or not do, because you have your own mind but if you choose to go to hair dressers and get up under these strange lights and you have to wear special kind of glasses with it because of the ultraviolet radiation.
When your ethers are exposed to the chemical or protein structure in those perms and tents it causes it to lock into a certain position, then your hair will not change. That’s the same thing that happens to your chromosomes or genes. When ultraviolet rays are exposed to the chromosomes or the genes, in order for your genes to be able to do what they are suppose to do naturally, they have to be able to change. But when they are exposed to ultraviolet radiation they can’t. Thus when the time or need comes for it to change they will not be able to change. This will result in deformities in your body.
Melanin can also be toxic. Eating the improper foods or overeating can block your connection with the sun’s energy. When the sun’s energy cannot reach the melanin, diseases manifest. Melanin is deranged only when it becomes toxic. Any individual who might have toxic melanin will act in a very similar manner, that which is primitive, animalistic, and barbaric. It is a civilizing chemical when it is not toxic. It has physical properties, and personality traits, which distinguishes it from others. That’s why our bodies are dedicated to making melanin.
Vitamin B keeps melanin clean, not to mention good eating habits. If you want to continue to consume pork, smoke weed, and drink alcohol that’s your own business but your body is dedicated to making melanin, thus if you make it toxic, you’re only hurting yourself. Melanin is like a superconductor, or like a battery in a car. It always stay charged when it is exposed to things such as light, sound, color, and sun light. It will absorb it to the point where the melanin will actually absorb the additional energy and recharge it- self to a brand new level.
Your body has committed itself to creating melanin so you can survive. The melanin in your body is always partial charged. When you look around things like sound, light, sunlight, or colors, the melanin will absorb the additional energy, and recharge itself, taking your body to another level. If you’re around sounds that aren’t good for you your body reacts to it. Your melanin can convert light energy to sound energy People with melanin are walking radios and the very dark skinned people are very sensitive to the different types of radio frequency or thought patterns that are in the environment. So everything you do, everything you listen to, everything you eat affects you. It affects your melanin.

--courtesy  sankofa.ch

The Blacker the cherry, the sweeter the juice! 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Afrodisia


-Mother's Finest


-Goes with rum

I didn't have any Coke to drink with my rum, and I didn't feel like going to the store, so I made a Rum Cake with homemade Butterscotch frosting.

Today was my monthly brunch with 4 friends, and I always bake a cake for them. This was my offering.



Saturday, March 15, 2014

If there's a cure for this, I don't want it

I came to this world with nappy hair
And when I was too young to really care
I loved to twirl each curl in my hand
And appreciate the texture of every strand.
But when I got older I was told
That the straightest hair was just like gold.
My hair got ironed with a metal comb
And the smell of burning grease made me moan.
I got a relaxer to run from the smoke,
But the pain of my overcooked scalp was no joke.
I even tried a Jheri curl to give myself a break
But being a target of jokes made my heart ache.
Oh, the day I turned my back on chemicals and heat,
I felt so free - oh, what a treat!
I trimmed off what was left of the damaged mess
And saw in the mirror what I thought was success.
But society said I had lost my mind
And that I would run back to tradition in time.
I got the strangest looks everywhere
And even loved ones frowned at my nappy hair.
I can't get a black brother to take me out for a meal
Since my hair lacks European appeal.
But when I look at my origin,
The continent of Africa, where my ancestors had been
And the beauty of the people who live there,
I saw nothing wrong with my nappy hair.
God gave me this hair
So I should not be ashamed
It is part of who I am
Ain't nothin' wrong with it, I exclaimed.
So I will wear my Afro, my twists and my coils!
I will not allow my confidence to be soiled.
Even if my hair is locked and dreaded,
I am proud of being nappy-headed.


--Latasha A. Willis 



Friday, March 14, 2014

14 Caribbean Nations Sue Former Colonizers for Slave Trade

 The lawsuit will demand reparations from the governments of Britain, France and the Netherlands

The bronze sculpture "Redemption Song", depicting a man and woman emerging from a pool of water, meant to wash away the pain of slavery is seen in Kingston on June 29, 2012. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The lawsuit will demand reparations from the governments of Britain, France and the Netherlands Fourteen Caribbean nations have resolved to sue their former colonizers — Britain, France and the Netherlands — for lingering harms that they attribute to the slave trade. The AP reports that the leaders of the Caribbean Community, a regional consortium, adopted a 10-point plan that would seek an official apology, a cancelation of debts and assistance for cultural and educational institutions. The regional consortium has hired British human rights firm Leigh Day to pursue the case. Leigh Day previously secured $21.5 million for Kenyans who were tortured under Britain’s colonial era government.
--courtesy, Time.com

Saturday, March 8, 2014

All you must do

“Your crown has been bought and paid for. All you must do is put it on your head.” -James Baldwin


If you have not read any works by James Baldwin, well, you haven’t really lived yet! Here is a list of some of James Baldwin’s most important and popular works. I've read them all.  Enjoy!

Another Country
Just Above My Head
Giovanni’s Room
Go Tell It On the Mountain
The Fire Next Time
The Devil Finds Work
No Name in the Street
Notes of a Native Son
Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone
If Beale Street Could Talk

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

- The Slept On

AVERY SUNSHINE

The Salvation of Integration, coming to a theatre near you, in 2014

My projection of 2014 Hollywood blockbusters involving black people:

1) Once a slave, always a slave
2) From Butlers and Maids to Pimps and Hoes
3) How White People Saved me
4) The Help Part 2
5) 13 Years a Slave....in 3D
6) Django Re-chained
7) The Salvation of Integration
8) The Servant
9) Driving Miss Palin
10) Act like a Negro, but Think Like a Slave

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Black Theatre

With the rolled eye,

 She looked at me
 Like I was a part of something else
a life that was foreign to hers:
 so beneath her that she couldn’t see past
 looking
 down
 with her upturned nose
 but what she fails to realize
 is that everyone who sees her sees the same in me.
 My black skin her black skin.
 My nappy hair her nappy hair (hidden underneath straight Korean hair that can be purchased at any beauty supply shop or store that sells pomade or other black hair care products)
 her full lips (kissing the ass of people that are above her) they don’t see her education.
 What she had probably been through.
They don’t see the sacrifices she probably had to make to get to where she is.
 In her own way she’s holding up a sign that reads
 I am not one of us.
 The sad thing is that she is not alone.
 I see this a lot.
I’m not alone in the audience,
But I do have a front row seat to all the shade.

 I live in Oregon.

--AlieuxGeorge

- Gnarls Barkley

I haven't been dumped recently, and never to this extent, but this video speaks to my heart.