Tuesday, January 31, 2017

D'Angelo/ Venus de Milo

Monday, January 30, 2017

Apollonia 6 feat Brenda Bennett ( Some Kind Of Lover )

Missy Elliott - I'm Better ft. Lamb [Official Video]

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Janelle Monáe -You( with lyrics)

I saw this coming a mile away.

Everything is up for grabs.
Press, immigration, Dakota Pipeline, Chicago streets, women's rights, LGBT rights, Black Lives, Affordable Care Act, Russian affiliations, gaslighting...
You name it, and within a month the United State's newly elected Dictator Donnie is going to plant his flag in all of it. People's visas are being denied upon landing at the airport!! Today. Right Now.
If you do not have a passport, it is IMPERATIVE that you get it now. To hell with you being able to join Nomadness, you have got to have external access. Have to.
I've had more people in the last month than ever in my life speak about running for office. In a more recent conversation I got into a welcomed debate on how frustrating it would be to be in the rooms with these people, fighting the Crooked nature of many of these people.....but I turned and said 'Isn't what pisses us off most about the inside, exactly why we need to get inside and change it from within?'
The truth is, I don't know that answer. Maybe being an artist and business person is my fair ground for change, without political life. Who knows.
But I know this...we've got to start running for office. More of us have to. As these people literally die off, we need a regime change for real. We must march. We must use platforms to speak up. We must also practice self care, and back off to breathe when this overwhelming roll call of roll backs becomes too much.
We are in scary times with this man in office. He's a child with a loaded gun. Anyone who voted for Trump and still believes this was a good idea... likewise, anyone who voted for him & now has buyer's remorse -- please go fuck yourself.
Those against him, saw this. We SAW this coming. But even those that saw this, didn't think it'd be this disastrous, this fast.
Turbulence isn't even the word.

-Evita Turquoise Robinson

Friday, January 27, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

/ba-lens/


bal·ance
ˈbaləns/
noun
  1. 1.

    an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
    "slipping in the mud but keeping their balance"

    synonyms:stabilityequilibrium, steadiness, footing
    "I tripped and lost my balance"
  2. 2.

    a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
    "overseas investments can add balance to an investment portfolio"

    synonyms:fairnessjusticeimpartiality, evenhandedness, egalitarianismequal opportunity;





Mi decide to treat people di exact same way dat dem treat mi.Dis may please sum an disappoint othas


-Audre Lorde

When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
-Audre Lorde

Angela Rye Talks Trump's Inauguration, Alternative Facts

Saturday, January 21, 2017

#truestory

People wi notice di change inna yuh behavia towards dem but nah notice dem behavia dat make yuh change

Picture of the week


Kendrick Lamar - Alright

Just a thought

When you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. 

-Author  unknown.

Equality can feel like oppression, but it's not. What you're feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege-— the same discomfort that an only child feels when she goes to preschool and discovers that there are other kids who want to play with the same toys as she does.
It’s like an old man being used to having a community pool all to himself, having that pool actually opened up to everyone in the community, and then that old man yelling, “But what about MY right to swim in a pool all by myself?!
”And what we’re seeing politically right now is a bit of anger from both sides. On one side, we see people who are angry about “those people” being let into “our” pool. They’re angry about sharing their toys with the other kids in the classroom.
They’re angry about being labeled a “racist,” just because they say racist things and have racist beliefs. They’re angry about having to consider others who might be walking toward them, strangely exerting their right to exist.

This is the “Again” of “Make America Great Again.” Don’t worry, they’ll just open some swim clubs and make the membership really expensive...
On the other side, we see people who believe that pool is for everyone. We see people who realize that when our kids throw a fit in preschool, we teach them about how sharing is the right thing to do. We see people who understand being careful with their language as a way of being respectful to others. We see people who are attempting to stand in solidarity with the ones who are claiming their right to exist — the ones who are rightfully angry about having to always move out of the way, people who are asking themselves the question, “What if I just keep walking?”



Friday, January 20, 2017

To Whom It May Concern...keep this in mind

If you were angry, sickened or disgusted (as I was, and still am) by what happened today, keep this in MIND...11.6.2018 That's the date in which 33 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 39 state and territorial governorships (and numerous state and local elections) will be up for re-election. Put it on your calendar now, put it in the church bulletin, help register voters, etc... be prepared. If you really want to make a statement and you're not registered to vote, go do it today! #vowtovote2018 #notmypresident #resist

Erykah Badu Sa-Ra "Master Teacher" Live at Viper Room #istaywoke

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy MLK Day!


I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

--Dr Martin Luther King Jr


Sunday, January 8, 2017

I'm ready

Whoever I upset in a previous life, or earlier in this life, please take the needles out of the voodoo doll and leave me alone! 

ok 2017, it's a week in. 

I'm ready for you. 

Question

Sometimes when I'm present to the thoughts and words of others, I'm occasionally troubled because those expressions rarely land with any sense of authenticity. Their seems to be some strenuous disconnect of thinking born from actually being informed or personal experience.
i.e., "The people around me believe this, so I should believe this too."
I often experience illusion where I feel individuality should be.
My entire existence has been met with challenge because I refuse to fit in someone else's box of who they think I am or should be. It makes me thankful to have been raised around forces with the notion that things can and should be questioned/challenged regardless of how they're presented. History is simply, "his story." And to find my own truths.
Are your beliefs grounded in your own informed thoughts? How much of what you believe is based on what you were taught? Are your beliefs based on agreement--what people around you believe? Are you afraid to have thoughts and beliefs that may differ from a given social majority?

Suffice it to say, a wolf never loses sleep over the opinion of sheep. Right?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Damn it Janet!

She's a mom now. Yes, at 50.  She and her husband Wissam Al Mana, welcome their son Eissa  Al Mana into the world. 



I've read a few twitter and facebook posts about her being 50, but I don't have a problem with her having a baby at her age. I know a few women that are raising they're grandchildren  ( or other people's children) who are older than Janet.  My mother has been raising other people's children the past 30 years, and currently, and she's 74 years old. 

Congratulations to their family and God bless them. 


arrogance

Arrogance needs to give answers. Humility stays curious.

--author unknown.

When I saw this quote (the first sentence), someone popped in my head. I won't say their name; I'll just keep it to myself. 

That Melanin Tho


on being vigilant

'be vigilant about love...you gotta be alert, because loneliness can creep up on you and club you over the head, and you won't see it coming.' 
--Gina Tognoni

FKA twigs - Water Me

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Solange - Cranes In The Sky (Remix) Ft. Common & Styles P

Note To Self

It's not until you learn to love and respect yourself that you can recognize when someone is treating you in a manner that is less than what you deserve. --Alieux Casey-George

let me say that more time.


It's not until you learn to love and respect yourself that you can recognize when someone is treating you in a manner that is less than what you deserve.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Numb

I feel emotionally numb, but I know I will have some feeling soon. 2016 actually ended on a high note for me. My mother and I are talking again. I has enclosed a money order in her Christmas card. That seemed to have done the trick. We spoke a couple days after Christmas, and I called her again on NYE to wish her a safe end of the year and a great 2017. I wanted to hear her voice. I also called my best friend to hear his voice as well, and I texted about 50 people to give my NYE wishes.
I ate raw oysters with herb butter, a little bit of soy sauce,and peanut oil, and a thinly sliced onion,  They were delicious. I may buy some more oysters today.

While 2016 was ending and 2017 was beginning, I was cleaning the kitchen. I had baked a Hazelnut Fudge marble cake for a friend's open house today. I could have done it earlier this morning, but decided that if I was going to be alone. on NYE then I might as well do something I love doing. Baking.
 I had the movie Just Wright on in the background.
When it was 12:02, I grabbed a bottle of champagne, went to my bedroom and drank it while watching the rest of the movie. I was asleep by 12:30.
I feel emotionally numb. Relaxed, since I slept until 10:15 am, but still numb.
I know I will have some feeling soon.



i resolve

to not make any resolutions for 2017.

For 2016 I made quite an ambitious list of things i wanted to do. It was detailed and there were even subsets for each item on the list, but as hard as I tried, not one item could be checked off the list as completed. 2016 started off on a high-note and it went down-hill before the month of february even started. 
I do have high hopes for 2017. I'm just not going to make any plans.