Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I saw this on a friend's Facebook page.

I'm just checking. Yall still singing with the President? 7 Churches burned down since 9 people were killed in a Church. No big news on these acts of terror, but the media calls this the greatest week in our president's tenure. 7 Churches, wow, are yall still forgiving? The terrorist are still from another country and another religion, right? Is it still about gun control? Is it still about taking down flags? Man, the future generations will be ashamed of us for being broken, spineless, and naive. Willie Lynch is in full effect. Well hey at least we can all get married, but not in a black church, those are all burned down.

Quote

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
-Dwight Eisenhower

Root To Fruit


From the root to the fruit I love you as my inner most feelings and powerful feet dig deeper into the earths core searching for more,I love you as we fertilize the world with our seeds' And children are abundance yes indeed' As the fruit ripens to a sweetness and then turns bitter and becomes food for the serpents and slaves

,We shall be ever connected and never broken apart by the elements ,Our foundation is on solid ground our arms stretched out to the heavens absorbing the powerful African sun rays ,As we believe in our togetherness with nature and with life itself we shall remain intertwined for life ,

To weather the storms and floods and natural disasters and forest fires, We shall be intact to extract love and the knowledge of years of trail and error ,And years of doing whats right, At all cost to keep our family as one, To keep our love as solid as a oak tree.

Petrified with a cloak of growth with no boundaries to look to the sky with so much optimism, And the moments of eerie silence at night when the falling stars look down upon us with just one smile ,Knowing that GOD created us and that were still standing as humanity .

Tavis Miller (c) 5/6/2012 Poetry in Motion

Monday, June 29, 2015

Adriana Evans - Love Is All Around

Don't worry





In addition to praying that I have a great week and that God finds favor for me,  I prayed the same for all of you in the blogosphere as well!

Watch Sonia's Lips Move

Day ONE: 10/1/00
enters Sonia,
shutting the door behind her.
She removes her full red lips
To tell me in confidence:
“I’m so glad they finally hired a
brutha here! You the only nigga that’s been in this building besides the UPS guy!
We gotta have each other’s back.
 If there is anything that you need,
nigga,
please don’t hesitate to let a sista know!”
then she quickly leaves my office
after putting her lips back
where they  remained
from my first day
through to my last;

attached
to
every
white
male
ass
in
the
company.

--alexgeorge

Quote

The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on.
-President Barack Obama 

THIS.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Miss Janet.


What are you doing?

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

--Mike Murdock


What are you doing today?

I met with a nutritionist on friday to get some assistance with eating right so that I can lose weight.


 He gave me the best news I could ever hear :    "Alieux, you're underfueled. You need to eat more carbs." And that's what I'm going to do.  I eat enough protein, but the carbs are what will give me the energy to have more productive workouts. 

Today I stocked up on whole wheat english muffins to eat with my salt free peanut butter about 30 minutes before I head over to the gym, 
In the evenings I normally have grilled chicken or grilled salmon and some veggies. I stopped eating brown rice and cous cous a couple years ago because I thought it was had for me. But he gave me permission to have about 3/4 cup of either, so I bought bags of both today. 
And the beans I make in my crockpot ( with chopped onions,  chopped celery, serrano peppers, even bacon) he's perfectly okay with, 
So I will have more energy to get through the day and to do more cardio. Hopefully for my next check up in 6 months, my doctor will be pleased with my weight loss. 

Morning quote

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it's destination full of hope.  
--Maya Angelou

Wow, what a great week

A symbol of white supremacy has at last been decisively cast out. 

 Millions of Americans  have been spared the threat of losing health insurance,   ensuring that the centerpiece of President Obama’s legacy remains intact. A
landmark civil rights law has been maintained  at full strength. And the decades-long struggle for full equality for gays and lesbians has achieved an almost total triumph.
This week will go down as among the best for progressives in recent memory.
It’s an embarrassment of riches that comes at a time when many of us had abandoned hope of notching far-reaching wins any time soon, given Republican control of Congress and the approaching twilight of the Obama presidency. And the victories are all the sweeter because they came at the hands of powerful decision-makers who more often have lined up on the other side.
The week began in mourning, as we condemned the horrific murders of nine black people by a white supremacist in Charleston, South Carolina. But while other recent gun massacres have prompted urgent calls for policy changes, followed by inaction and a return to the status quo, this time was different. On Monday, South Carolina’s Republican governor, Nikki Haley, responding to a powerful campaign that took shape online and off, called for the Confederate flag—to many american not only those of us who are black, a long-standing symbol of racial hatred—to be removed from the statehouse grounds.
“The fact that it causes pain to so many is enough,” said Haley, who previously had opposed calls to banish the flag. The following day, state lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to begin debating the flag’s removal.
Haley’s speech was the catalyst for a remarkable stampede away from the flag that few could have predicted even a day or two after the shootings put a focus on ongoing racial intolerance. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, also a Republican, on Wednesday ordered the flag removed from his state’s capitol grounds, saying: “This is the right thing to do.” Walmart, Amazon, Sears and eBay all said they would stop selling Confederate flag-themed merchandise, as a broad movement to get rid of all remaining symbols of the Confederacy, from Texas to Washington, D.C., and beyond, gained strength.
The following day brought victories of a different kind. Surprising many observers, the Supreme Court ruled against a challenge to the Fair Housing Act in a case that could have massively weakened the landmark civil rights law, which was passed in the wake of Martin Luther King’s death, and bars discrimination in housing.
Minutes later came an even bigger decision: By 6-3, the justices rejected a conservative challenge to Obamacare that could have barred federally run insurance exchanges and thrown the entire insurance system into chaos, threatening access to health care for millions.
For us progressives, almost as sweet as the ruling itself was the way Chief Justice John Roberts dismissed the challenge, which was based in its entirety on an in-artfully worded section of the law. Roberts calmly wrote that, taken in context, the purpose of the law’s drafters to provide for a federal exchange was obvious. That will make it much harder for a future Republican administration to cut off funding for the federal exchange by saying it interprets the law differently.
For many supporters of the president, the ruling had a symbolic resonance to add to its real-world impact. Had Obama’s signature health care law been unraveled, it would have represented the defeat of his most important legislative accomplishment, giving ammunition to critics—mostly on the right, but some on the left—seeking to portray the nation’s first black president as a failure. Instead, he’ll go down, among other things, as the architect of what looks likely to take its place alongside Social Security and Medicare as a core component of the American safety net.
Then on Friday, the capstone: In a ruling that was generally expected but no less powerful for it, the Supreme Court recognized a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian couples, wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy, “ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
The decision marked a decisive victory for a cause that in little more than a decade had gone from a sure-fire political loser to achieving a broad consensus of support. And for many progressives, the anguished dissent issued by Justice Antonin Scalia—“I would hide my head in a bag” rather than sign on to the majority opinion, he wrote—offered a schadenfreude-tinged bonus.
Of course, the sense of buoyancy may not last long. Even in the realm of gay rights, the battle is far from over—it’ll now shift to a focus on making sure gays and lesbians can’t be fired for being who they are. Elsewhere, the hard, slow work of politics will continue for us progressives: keeping up the pressure on curbing climate change, pushing for measures to combat growing economic inequality and ensuring the White House stays in friendly hands come 2017. And this weekend will bring a sense of somberness, as Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina pastor and state senator killed last week, is laid to rest along with several other victims of the shooting. 
But for now, at least, it seems possible to believe that, despite staunch opposition, America is on a path to overcoming centuries of prejudice and discrimination, and ensuring that even those who are struggling have access to an essential human right. And that’s worth celebrating.

Barack Obama's Coolest Presidential Moments

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Subtle Racism

i reached.
i reached,

looking for the love I thought I had;
digging.

digging through layer upon layer of your smile
to find
Nothing;

Nothing but darkness,
and a buried
bloody
wooden cross
that continues
to
burn.

--Alexgeorge

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Quote


That awkward moment

 when a neighbor asks me at the last minute to make a dozen Pistachio Cardamom Cupcakes with Ginger Fraiche (because her mom is in town and she liked when I made them last year) and if I could bring them by tonight, and I made them and brought them over and told her they were $22, and she thought they were free, that I just made them for her out of the goodness of my heart, and I said no. "You called me at 8:30 tonight with a demand to make a dozen of a specific type of cupcake and that you needed them tonight. I
I'm nice but not that nice. That'll be $22." She said she wasn't going to pay. She actually thought she was going to get them for free. As I turned away to go back home with the cupcakes ( i was going to bring them to work tomorrow morning), her mother came to the door and told her she was wrong and she gave me 2 20 dollars bills. She said it was the cost of the cupcakes and for my time.
Sweet ol' lady.



Truth


There is a woman at the beginning of all great things. --Alphonse de Lamartine

isurrender


Beyonce Surprises Girls Dance Troupe from Camden, NJ With Video Message


This is a couple years old but I saw this today and had to share it. I love the story. Hope you all have a great day!



TBT Sparkle and R Kelly, Ludacriss, LL Cool J, and Keith Murray




Picture of the day

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Papa




"There was 1 September day that Papa worked 2 hard
First he crucified every dandelion out in the yard
Then he screamed at baby twice 4 throwin' rocks at passin' cars
Baby didn't listen, so like a priceless work of art
He got snatched by his Papa who then opened up the closet door
And pushed the four-year-old down, onto the closet floor
Baby cried "I'm sorry, I won't do it no more"
Papa said "Yeah, I know, that's what this here's 4"
Smack!
Ooh Papa...
Smack! Smack!
Ooh Papa...Papa...
Smack!
Ooh Papa...
Smack! Smack!
Ooh Papa...Papa...

As the door closes, baby starts 2 cry
"Please don't lock me up again, without a reason why"
Papa just went outside and pointed a shotgun up in the sky
He said "How come I don't love my woman?"
Then he took aim and died

Boom!
Papa...
Boom! Boom!
Papa...Papa
Boom!
Papa...
Boom! Boom!
Papa...Papa...

Don't abuse children, or else they turn out like meFair 2 partly crazy, deep down we're all the same
Every single 1 of us knows some kind of pain
In the middle of all that's crazy, this 1 fact still remains
If u love somebody, your life won't be in vain
And there's always a rainbow, at the end of every rain."


Papa,   by Prince


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY




Happy Father's Day.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lauryn Hill covers "Feeling Good" of Nina Simone for the NETFLIX documentary and for her LP, "Nina Revisited"

It was not a good week

This was a somber week. I'm glad it's over.

Starting off- we had three people die within the first 6 months of this year. All working on the 6th floor- the financial section of my company. In January, a woman from Sales was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is typically diagnosed at a late stage because it doesn't cause symptoms until it's too late. Weight loss, abdominal pain, jaundice [a yellowing of the skin due to toxic buildup in the liver]—those are the most common symptoms. They usually start after the tumor is a significant size. By then, chances are, it has metastasized. 
Only about 10 to 15 percent of pancreatic cancers are diagnosed when they could be considered for surgery. And the prognosis is poor even in patients who do have surgery, because it comes back about 85 percent of the time. At best, 25 to 30 percent of patients are alive five years after surgery.
When doctors do pancreatic cancer surgery, they take out 95 percent of the pancreas, including the tumor, and then they leave a small remnant of the pancreas in there that serves [the insulin-producing] functions. When most patients die of pancreatic cancer, they die of liver failure from their liver being taken over by tumor.
She died in January, then another woman from sales was diagnosed with the same disease 6 weeks ago, and 2 weeks ago we discovered she had died. 
On tuesday a woman, in our Marketing Cmmunications Dept died when a drunk driver-someone who had  many  DUIs on his record, slammed into her vehicle and 6 other vehicles. She was airlifted to the hospital, but when I looked on facebook that evening, we discovered that she didn't survive.   She was the only one who died, so far. Click here ----->

At least, with the other 2, we were informed about a month before their death. This senseless death was sudden. It's very sad-it further reminds me of how fragile life is-how the last time you see someone could really be the last time.  
Wednesday morning was quiet. there was no laughter, no smiling faces. Just lots of seriousness, and lots of discussions about tomorrow not being promised to us.  Then this occurred. It's still fresh so I can't even mention it. Click here ----->
I've broken down and cried a couple times today.

We're not even safe in Houses of Worship?  He was welcomed inside when he entered, and he decided to shoot 9 people who were worshipping God. I'm crying as I write this. I feel so helpless and angry. I'm praying for Charleston, South Carolina and for all of us who exist while being black in this wonderful country.

Unfortunately, we know there will be more.

I'm going to bed now. Good night.

Hopefully next week will be better. There will be no murders of black people.

Who am I kidding?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

That Melanin tho


Cornel West on Bernie Sanders, Michael Eric Dyson, Trans Rights, and B.B...


Black Americana , pt 2

Negro.
yo nigga 
I mean Alieux,
you look strong.
Can you win basketball games?
can you?
Can you make touchdowns?
can you?
Can you run fast?
can you?
Can you lift heavy objects? 
can you?
Can you dance? 
can you?
Can you make us laugh?
can you?
Can you entertain us any other way?
well, can you?

Alieux,
 you look angry.
can you defend us for us?
can you?
Can you agree that we're not the problem?
can you?
can you service us
open doors for us
roll the red carpet for us?
Can you make $$ for us?
can you?
well, can you?

Otherwise, not needed.


by Alieux George

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Salli


I dreamed  Salli Richardson-Whitfield was angry with me.

She and I were baking a cake, when Oprah Winfrey stopped by with Steven Spielberg. They wanted to tell me they read my story The Way Out is Through and was about to say something when my cat Isaiah walked on his two hind legs, grabbed the remote and turned the tv on.   Steven Spielberg's show Extant was playing. Halle Berry was on the screen, and Oprah whispered something to Steven Spielberg. He then said to me that Halle would be great for the lead character, and that Salli should play her best friend.

Salli wanted to know why she was always having to play someone's damn best friend, and that playing second fiddle to Halle Berry was the fucking last straw.

I didn't know what to say because I love them both, but in my dream, I was in a relationship with Salli, and she said I should have fought for her to be a lead actress in the movie.  Then the oven made a ringing sound to let me know the cake was done, but the sound was actually my alarm clock, and I woke up.




Melanin Monroe


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Nina Simone (Official Music Video) - Zebra Katz x Leila - Nu Renegade EP

That melanin tho




Timothy Bloom - 'Til The End Of Time ft. V

Erykah Badu The Healer Live

Let's be harmless

Every thought we think, every feeling we have, every word we speak goes out into the atmosphere to either heal or harm. Let us be healers. Let us be harmless.

-Price, John

grooveman Spot - Everybody feat Erik Rico 〜 People's Groove ( final cut )

Tony Momrelle - Spotlight (Official Video)

JoiStaRR - "Rain" | Music 2012 | SXSW

Friday, June 12, 2015

Toi aka Latoiya Williams Everytime


Note to self


What you notice, give attention to, talk about, get all worked up over emotionally is what you are inviting into your life, whether you mean to or not.
Ponder, Catherine


              I have a tendency to alternate between thinking about people and things that piss me off, and saying that i'm not going to let them bother me. I wish I could do more of the latter, because I find myself getting all worked up, and it really wrecks my spirit and my psyche.
This quote resonates with me on so many levels.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

V Bozeman - "What Is Love"

Happy Anniversary




Happy Anniversary to the First Couple. 19 years and still going strong!


To have a  First Lady who is on par intellectually with the President....
I respect the both of them so much




Tuesday, June 9, 2015

10---i mean 15, random things


  1.     I  record and watch too many tv shows and movies.
  2.     I hate cooking reality shows because I can't taste the food, so I can neither agree or disagree with the judges.
  3.     I'm a Christian with lots of questions to which those of whom know the Bible from cover to cover don't know the answers.
  4.     I once ended a conversation with  a very attractive woman because she  seriously thought that Ontario was currently one of the 50 United States, and that Ohio is a southern Canadian provnce that she drove through on her way to Memphis Tennessee.
  5.     I'm afraid of the most powerful gang in America; Law Enforcement.
  6.     I have never been in a fight.
  7.     As a result of my fear of sowing what I reap (also known as karma), I intentionally treat everyone much better then I deserve.
  8.     I miss my grandfather.
  9.     I don't know who I am.
  10.     I pray on a prayer rug a friend from Iran sent me about 10 yrs ago.
  11.     I'm obsessed with anything Alexander mcQueen.
  12.     I already have my sons' daughter's , even future dog's names picked out.
  13.     Last month I made more from baking cakes and cupcakes in my spare time than I did with my full time job.
  14.     According to Ancestrydna.com,  the biggest percentage (38%) of my dna can be traced back to The Ivory Coast and Ghana. 
  15.     Because of a woman's curiosity about the spelling of my first name when she was looking at stories to download to her Kindle, my downloads went from 3 in the United States to 410 in 4 days- 407 of which were from Australia (she was a teacher. She saw the stories, read 2, and decided her students should download it and spend a semester reading it).

Found on twitter today



Black People Vines
 
                                    I dont need a Trap Queen, I need a Melanin Monroe.

Monday, June 8, 2015

This

was how I started my day. It's a beautiful day.       Have a great one y'all!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

#jussayin'
















If you were to guess what  physical features I find attractive, you'd probably be right.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Figure 8


Van Hunt

That Melanin tho




My outlook

On the train this morning, An older lady asked about my outlook on love. I told her I wasn't opposed to it, and that I welcome it. I thought that maybe she was about to tell me a story or to impart some words of wisdom.
She smiled and said its good that I said it out loud " because the universe is listening." Then she got off the train when the doors opened.

Afrodesia





Thursday, June 4, 2015

kitenge, Nigerian style


/62\

Africa | Bodi adornments, Omo Valley, Ethiopia | ©Steven Goethals

The Latest

I don't give out dessert recipes, but I will give out this simple recipe for Cream Cheese Whipped Creme that you can apply to your (or my) desserts:
Ingredients
2 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping creme
1 teaspoon vanilla or other flavor.

I used a teaspoon of pomegranate juice this evening.




Start by whipping the cream cheese and sugar together. Mixing the sugar and cream cheese together softens the cream cheese and breaks it up a bit else you could have little globules of cream cheese in the whipped cream.
Next add the whipping cream and flavor. You can use either whipping cream or heavy whipping cream–which has more fat. You can’t tell the difference in the end result but the heavy whipping cream doesn’t take as long to whip.
Use a stand-type mixer with the whip attachment. Start at a medium speed so that it doesn’t splash too badly and then gradually turn the speed to high. Once it starts to get fluffy, watch it so it doesn’t over whip. It should get quite stiff and look almost dry. Stop at that point. If you keep beating, it will separate into buttermilk and butter (very good tasting butter though).
Try whipping at least two cups at a time. With a lesser amount it may be harder to keep the whip attachment immersed and it may not whip as easily.
Use one ounce of cream cheese per cup of whipping cream. The cream cheese stabilizes the whipped cream, helps it hold its shape, and gives it a little flavor. I made some for these vanilla bean cupcakes and i have enough left over for crepes for breakfast tomorrow.
I gave the cupcakes to some new neighbors a couple hours ago.

Van Hunt




Dip your love life in my coffee baaaaaaaaaaaby, and let it soak in.

Common - "The Light" | Magnum Opus


Busta Rhymes - "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" | Magnum Opus


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It's the little things

that count.



Like my friend Deidre. Yesterday she said to me; "Those oreo and peanut butter stuffed chocolate cupcakes you made for my girlfriend's son? He brought them to school, and it was the bomb! His friends have been raving about them ever since! I ran out of your business cards. He gave them to all of his friends to give to their moms. You're gonna be getting some orders soon! I don't like sweets, but my department does. Can you make me some hazelnut butter-stuffed chocolate cupcakes? How much ? Oh, and I need some more business cards. I'm going to put them right next to the cupcake display.