Monday, February 27, 2017

Did you know?

That you can know the words to every Tupac and Public Enemy song, And you might even know more about black history than I do, and still be prejudiced against black people?

I discovered this today. I guess, at 54, I'm still naive.

The slip



Some people will only include you if you're part of a group package. Some people will make it obvious that they don't want to be bothered with you. And some will do it by accident.

 It's called a Freudian slip.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I'll leave this right here.


MUSIQ SOULCHILD "SO BEAUTIFUL"

The Monthly Brunch

Once a month I have brunch with some friends, where we sit and talk politics. We don't try to catch up with what's going on in each other's lives because email and text each other every day. It's just nice to see each other! Sometimes we pick a restaurant, but lately we've been meeting at Ron's house; his wife will make an elaborate meal for us. And I always bring the dessert.
I buy sweet potatoes and I eat them regularly; I understood that Sweet Potatoes are good for diabetics as they help regulate blood sugar, but I recently discovered that they actually do the opposite. It's Candied Yams that help relugate blood sugar.
Anyway, I wanted the get the Sweet Potatoes out of my house, so I just made a cake with them.
I always bring a dessert for Christine, Ron's wife, as a thank you for making the food for us all to enjoy. I made her some Avocado Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.



Sweet Potato Walnut Nocino Marble Cake




Eric Benet - I wanna be loved

Trump Believes All Black People Are Friends, Asks Black Reporter to Set Up Meeting With Congressional Black Caucus

President Donald Trump held a press conference, which means that he did something stupid. Sure, he brought up Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, since that is becoming the norm for him, but this time he started to let his inner racist asshole come through.
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During the press conference Thursday, a black reporter, April Ryan, the White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, asked the president if he planned to include the Congressional Black Caucus in his urban agenda.
To be fair, Ryan did use the organization’s acronym—“CBC”—when she asked the question.
Trump then asked, “Who?”
“The Congressional Black Caucus,” Ryan shot back.

“Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?” Trump asked.
The head-scratching moment came right after Ryan named the group. Because Trump doesn’t know what the hell the CBC is, or what it does, the group has been forced to take to Twitter like an ex-girlfriend to remind the president that they did text him and he never texted back.
Other than the fact that Ryan is a black woman, what would make President Trump think that a black reporter had any affiliation with the CBC? Why would he ask her to set up a meeting with the CBC if the request wasn’t based on her race? Why would he ask if they were friends?
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The short answer is because the president is a misogynistic dirtbag who has a history of racism so long, it’s starting to leak out. Watch the clip again slowly and you can see the dim white separatist light bulb go off inside his racist skull, and then Trump figures the group she’s asking about is black and the reporter is black, so why doesn’t she set up the meeting, since, you know, all black people know each other.
It’s as if there is not, and has never been, a filter between his mouth and his internal racism.
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Ryan told the president, “I’m just a reporter,” because, you know, it’s also not her fucking job to set up meetings for his dumb ass. Seriously, the comment not only is vaguely racist but is completely misogynistic. The White House press pool, and most certainly the women in the White House press pool, don’t work for the president.
Honestly, we are edging dangerously close to Trump going full racist. He hasn’t yet, but unless someone pulls his permanently wind-rustled hair straight, it’s bound to happen.

It could be worse, he could have said his black friend Frederick Douglass is working on it.

This is all

I'm not insecure.
I just think it would be cool to know where I stand  if I never had to feel like I had to do any chasing.

That's all.

THIS.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Caption this


Al Jarreau, PBUH

This will age me, but, when I was in college in 1980, I was an ESL (english as a second language) tutor for Japanese Students. I remember when they first arrived to Harrogate Tennessee from Tokyo. They brought over a product that was introduced to the US markets in 1979. I didn't know anyone who had one, but every Japanese student had one; a Sony Walkman. The Sony Walkman was the world's first personal stereo cassette tape deck.
Everytime I think of Al Jarreau I am reminded of this, because at the time, he was huge in Japan, and one of my students let me listen to their Sony Walkman, and the first song I heard was Al Jarreau's song "Mornin." I remember being amazed at how clear and crisp the sound was, and how loudly I could hear the music coming from the tiny headphones, and at the end of the first quarter, they gave me a Sony Walkman as a gift.



May Peace Be Unto Him

other favorites-










Friday, February 10, 2017

Yuna - Crush ft. Usher

The song is beautiful, but in the video, the look in the boy's eyes when she sees the black girl...I could watch this video over and over.



I know that feeling.  I know that look, when I see her for the first time and I'm amazed with her beauty.



I love this video.

George Clinton- Mathematics


The history of racist cartoons


Are You Ready for a Barack and Michelle Obama Speaking-Engagement World Tour?

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are gearing up for public appearances and book deals by signing up with the Harry Walker Agency, which will coordinate the speaking engagements while two attorneys will represent them for contract negotiations regarding potential book deals, a spokesman said Friday.
Politico reports that spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement, “President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama have selected the Harry Walker Agency (HWA) to coordinate their respective speaking engagements. In addition, Attorneys Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell will manage contract negotiations with potential publishers for the former president and Mrs. Obama’s respective books.”
According to Politico, former White House press secretary Josh Earnest and former President Bill Clinton are also represented by the Harry Walker speakers bureau.
There is no word yet on when the Obamas will begin the speaking circuit or when any books will be published. Since leaving the White House, both have been quiet in public; we’ve only been blessed to see pictures of Barry enjoying his new freedom to do whatever he wants, and that includes kitesurfing in the British Virgin Islands with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson.

I hope they can come here, and I hope I can afford the tickets. 

THIS.


Nothing else to say. 

Note to self


One day this will all make sense,

and I'll write a book about it, or maybe speak publicly about it. 




You can't have a testimony without a test, right?

Microexpressions

You know the look on a child's face when he's expecting an iphone from his parents for his birthday, and he unwraps his gift and sees it's a box of socks and underwear instead?

That's the look I noticed this morning when I arrived for an interview that lasted 13 minutes. It was for a few seconds but I'm perceptive enough to have noticed it. After the phone interview on monday, I was told the face to face interview would last an hour.
Have you ever heard of the term Microexpression?  A microexpression is a brief, involuntary facial expression shown on our faces according to emotions experienced. They usually occur in high-stakes situations, where people have something to lose or gain. They occur when a person is consciously trying to conceal all signs of how they are feeling; they cannot be controlled as they happen in a fraction of a second. Like when your blind date, with whom you've had great phone calls and texts-shows up and she looks less than what you expected.

After I completed the forms the secretary gave me to complete, I sat and waited for the person I have been talking to on the phone to show up. 10 minutes later I heard some high-heeled footsteps walking, I noticed a pause in her steps-like she has someone she wasn't expecting to see. She was about 10 feet away from me. For about 5 seconds there was silence, then she began walking again, and towards me. She approached me with that look I mentioned. She smiled and escorted me to her office.
Of course the position had already been filled that morning, and she'll keep my name on their rosters, and when and if something comes up that would be a good fit, she will let me know. Why didn't she call me to tell me not to show up?


I have another interview this afternoon, about 6 blocks away. It doesn't make sense for me to go home ( I live on the other side of town), so I'm at the library downtown blogging and catching up on current events and reading books with all the other people who don't have jobs. 

(I'm thanking You in advance, Dear Lord, but I admit, I'm not feeling great)















CHAKA KHAN - "Pain" (Rare) Feat. Meshell (Composed by Prince) 97

Rosie Gaines - Pain (Unreleased Prince Song)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mary J Blige - Ooh (J Dilla Remix)

Venting, and Brownies

Do people really want to know the truth, or is it that they don't realize what the truth is what they ask questions?

I ask this because I struggle to be honest with my answers, and my guess is that it makes people feel awkward-as if they didn't know. For example, everyone who knows me knows that I bake and that I'm trying to get my baking business off the ground  by selling what I make to people locally. I post pics of my desserts on my instagram account  @acakesupreme, and my facebook page @acakesupremellc like crazy. I'm getting likes and compliments about how good they look, and the question I always get is:

"how's your baking business going? All your desserts always look so delicious."

I want to  lie and say it's going ok,  but the truth is that "the few clients I have are not even local. I have one local client. Local people aren't buying anything, but they're pretty good at liking the pics and encouraging me to continue with my business."

Sorry for venting!

Anyway, this is my current showing of brownie desserts for Valentines Day:


















4 February

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February

Happy Black History month
(though it's all 12 months for me)

Starting with;

“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” ― Harriet Tubman

1 February

Is a month of my focusing on three things:

Finding a job
Growing my baking business

& last but not least,

Finding love

Music will help me out by being played in the background, starting with Janet Jackson



#janet, #janetjackson, #nasty #missjacksonifyourenasty