Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ayah - In My Lifetime (Official Video)


all in the mind







                         if you say you can't do something, then you can't.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Writing and baking

I have two passions;  writing and baking. I would probably go crazy if I didn't have the opportunity to do either.

When I'm in a good mood, and when I feel blessed,  I bake. I get a more immediate response to baking then writing. While baking, I'm either working on new short stories and poems or editing old ones. When I'm waiting for my baked good to cool off I'm writing.  For today, I  brought in  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bites that I made last night.



 & I edited a poem I wrote 3 yrs ago called Sunny Side Up:

I'm going to pretend
you never existed,
and if you never existed,
then you never broke my heart.
and I can go through life
feeling hopeful,
knowing that somewhere
God has a love
with my name on it. 

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Just a thought.

Isn't it interesting that a country founded to allow freedom from religious persecution is now using religion to persecute freedoms?


Just a thought. 

The Way Out Is Through

I discovered how to add the image for one of my novellas, available on Amazon Kindle and put on this blog! It's called The Way Out Is Through. To the right side of this blog is the link:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Drawing the blinds

By Titus Kaphar

Alright?

Neo Soul Best Of D'Angelo Mix And Playlist 2013 (R&B Songs Mixed By Eric...


My top 10

I just thought I'd list my favorite 10 songs of all time, beginning with my most favorite-

  1. Love Hangover- Diana Ross
  2. Endless Love-Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  3. Thank You For Loving Me-Chante Moore
  4. Still A Thrill- Jody Watley
  5. Rock With You-Michael Jackson
  6. How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore?/When You Were Mine- Prince
  7. A House Is Not A Home-Luther Vandross
  8. How To Love- Sister Sledge
  9. My Love- Stacy Lattisaw
  10. Twenty ForePlay/Someday Is ToNight- Janet Jackson

A Note To Donnie, The Barber

Yo Donnie wassup??
I know I said I wanted dreadlocks
this time
(last time)
and I still do.
I wantem tight & neat
crowning the top
of my nappy head with frizzes at the ends,
and I wantem growing down my back
like Bob Marleys, but this time
I cant do it; I gotta establish
myself AGAIN
as an intelligent educated black man
for an upcoming interview,
and I cant 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 dont cut any of the soul away. 

Alieux Casey-George   , 1999

Good morning

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sotheby’s Collabs With Drake on Black Art Exhibition

Sotheby’s is set to host an exhibition of contemporary works by black American artists. The auction house is teaming up with someone who they have referred to as one of today’s “foremost cultural tastemakers”— Drake.
While the rapper is not an art collector himself, he has said that he finds inspiration in visual arts. He will curate music to accompany approximately 20 works by artists including Rashid Johnson, Nick Cave, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Wangechi Mutu and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His tracklist will be available at listening stations in the Sotheby’s gallery.
The art pieces will be on sale at Sotheby’s New York headquarters from April 28 to June 12.

Okay?


Don't Even Try It




1-I take the bus and train every day to get to work in Portland Oregon. My train stop is the beginning of the route so the train is empty at the time. When the train gets to the 2nd stop, it fills up to standing room only, and the only available seat in my entire compartment is the one next to me. No one will sit down next to the black man.

2-Over the weekend I met up with some friends at a bar where I accidenttally bumped into a guy, spilling his beer. As I opened my mouth to apologize, he looked at me with such intense fear, and he apologized instead and he brought me and my friends a pitcher of beer.

3-Today I treated a new coworker and my  department to lunch at a chinese restaurant. There were 10 of us, so we needed  2 of their larger tables put together. There was an empty larger table at the front and an empty larger table at the back of this crowded restaurant. Next to the larger table at the front there were 2 guys seated at another larger table. One of my female coworkers asked if they wouldn't mind moving to the table in the back, and they said they didn't feel like moving. Then she came back to where we were standing and another coworker said "Alieux,  ask them to move. You're the scary black guy. They'll move for you." They were right. I kindly asked if they wouldn't mind sitting at the back table so that we could all sit together up front, and they said yeah, sure, and they promptly picked up their drinks and moved to the table in the back.

4-This evening, there were kids acting up on the bus, cussing loudly. I was seated up front. The driver, a female, asked me if I could ask the kids to be quiet. I said  "nope. kids have knives and guns. I don't wanna be a statistic."    Then she begged me.   I thought about it. I looked at the faces of older people on the bus as the young people were loudly calling each other the N word (they were a mixed group of black, white, and asian),  and the B word, and other cuss words, and laughing loudly. So, I walked towards the back where they were, and I asked them to shut the fuck up. They froze when they saw me, and for as long as I was on the bus, I hadn't heard another word from them. The driver said thanks.

When I saw this commercial I felt some kind of way about it, thinking about how they're playing into the fears that white people have, of black men. You know- like how we look so angry all the time.  

I can write a book on that subject.


Let love rule

Love is gentle as a rose 
And love can conquer any war 
It's time to take a stand 
Brothers and sisters join hands 
We got to let love rule

Meelah "Give It To You" ft Musiq Soulchild ***OFFICIAL VIDEO***


LOL!


Code

I can think of others. Can you?

Afrodisia

Caramel

Message.

Naturally

Her beauty alone makes me smile, but the natural-ness of her hair gives me eternal life

The figure 8

pic of the day


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Half-Black Woman Named Miss Japan—Stirs Reaction

Apparently Black is also beautiful in Japan, despite the nation’s reputation for a lack of diversity. Ariana Miyamoto, daughter of a Japanese mother and African-American father, recently became the first multiracial contestant to be crowned Miss Universe Japan, according to news reports. The former Miss Nagasaki will represent Japan in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant.
Local media describe the 20-year-old as a “saishoku kenbi,” a woman blessed with both intelligence and beauty. She holds a fifth-degree mastery of Japanese calligraphy, according to JapanToday.com.
But there have been mixed reactions to a “hāfu,” the Japanese word used to refer to half-Japanese individuals, representing the country.“The selection of Ariana Miyamoto as this year’s Miss Universe Japan is a huge step forward in expanding the definition of what it means to be Japanese,” Megumi Nishikura, filmmaker and co-director of the film “Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan,” told NBC News. “The controversy that has erupted over her selection is a great opportunity for us Japanese to examine how far we have come from our self-perpetuated myth of homogeneity while at the same time it shows us how much further we have to go.”
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has reported that one in 49 babies born in Japan today are born into families with one non-Japanese parent, according to “Hafu.”
While the nation remains a center of global tourism and trade, it remains skeptical of diversity and actually prides itself on its homogeneity—more than 98 percent of the population comprise Japanese nationals, according to Vox.com. As such, it has a long and complicated history of racism.
For example, the Vox article cited Japanese entertainers’ donning of “blackface,” theatrical makeup traditionally used in entertainment to perpetuate negative stereotypes about African Americans.
“The blackface thing is emblematic of a larger problem of Japanese politics and civil society in which diversity is not recognized, or cultivated, or respected,” said Kyle Cleveland, an associate professor of sociology at Temple University’s Tokyo campus who lectures on race.
For example, artists who wear “blackface” and other appropriations, say they are signs of their appreciation for other cultures, but rather, they are signs of cultural ignorance and insensitivity that can be addressed through education, Cleveland said.
“Japan is a globalized society,” he said, but sometimes, it’s “very tone deaf.”
--Time.com


Dessert

Avocado Chocolate Chip mini bundts. Just a lil somthin' I created for a gathering this evening to watch a basketball game

Afrodisia

it matters


I do.



my DNA


Her Definition


An Epiphany

 So this is why certain friendships fade away and die out, and other friendships get stronger and last a lifetime.  And there I was, getting mad at those failing friendships. That is basically God's doing. He's removing the anchors.

Foreign Exchange