Sunday, April 30, 2017

an African Proverb


That Melanin Tho

Monica - The First Night


Chocolate w/Guinness. Chocolate w/Raspberry. Chocolate w/Hazelnut & Frangelico.

I made these bundts for a brunch I had with 3 friends on saturday. I had them chose the one that they wanted. 
I always bring homemade desserts wherever I'm invited. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I can't complain

I'm feeling blessed.
I don't have a full-time job, but I'm able to pay my rent, kept the lights on, buy groceries, keep my phone on, and maintain somewhat of a social life. My life currently isn't what I planned, but God is taking care of me and I would like to think of this as a holding pattern until the blessing He wants me to have  is ready for me.

I'm blessed, and I won't complain. Today

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks — her fictional HBO character (left) and the real woman behind the cells that changed science. HBO/Harvard University
Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
When you get surgery or have a mole removed, and there’s leftover tissue or blood, there’s a chance that it might not be discarded. It might live on in a lab somewhere, available to researchers, unbeknownst to you. Your doctors didn’t ask you if you wanted to donate your cells. They didn’t have to. As long as your specimens are “de-identified” — meaning your name and other personal information are no longer attached to them anymore — they’re fair game.This practice went on for decades without much controversy — until the bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot came along in 2010. The story sparked a debate among the public, researchers, and bioethicists about whether this practice is ethical — and whether the benefits to science truly outweigh the potential harms to individuals whose donations may come back to haunt them.

It saddens me- the many contributions black people had made that we don't even know about; stories that are not in history books. If I ever have children, they will know everything about black people that are not in the history books. I will educate them myself.

Ingrid Chavez - Heaven Must Be Near


The look on my face when I know you go to movies all the time and I always ask if you've seen Hidden Figures or Moonlight or Fences or Get Out or Lion and you always say no not yet,  but you can see every movie that contains a 100% white cast, on opening weekend


Friday, April 21, 2017

Where were you

a year ago today, 
when you heard
Prince Rogers Nelson
passed away?

I had just landed in San Francisco, my layover of my trip to Toronto, Canada. I was going to vacation there for 5 days before hearing to Paris for 2 weeks. I was in a great mood. I was looking forward to my trip.  As I  departed the plane, I took my phone off Airplane Mode, and suddenly I received about 18 texts and about a dozen voicemails. I wondered what had happened just before a college friend called me at that point and said that Bernadette Cooper of the group Klymaxx stated that someone at Paisley Park had died. He said that they wasn''t sure who had died. I had hoped it wasn't Prince.
To be honest, I was thinking, anyone but Prince, but during the conversation my friend said that it was confirmed that it was indeed Prince. I refused to believe it. I told my friend that unless I saw it on a national news channel I was going to ignore the story. Then I turned around and saw the multiple television screens in the airport that was turned to the CNN channel, and it was confirmed that my favorite music artist of all time, Prince Rogers Nelson, was found dead in the elevator of his home in Chanhassen Minnesota.
After a couple minutes of speechlessness and denial, I cried. yes, I did. Before Prince, the only artist whose death hit me hard was Luther Vandross.
 What made it kind of worse was that I was wearing my favorite Prince Tshirt, and everyone who passed me in the airport who mentioned it, assumed I was wearing it in commemoration of his death, as if  I somehow knew earlier in the morning as I was packing and getting ready to leave the house that Prince was going to die that morning.
I was speechless, and my trip to Canada was bittersweet because it was my first time going to Toronto in years, and I wanted to be happy about it, but all I could think about was Prince, of whom I instantly liked more than Michael Jackson when I first heard Soft and Wet in 1978, a man who I fantasized singing a duet with Chante Moore at my wedding one day, was dead.
A year later, I'm still in disbelief.

If true, I would like to think that he, Michael Jackson, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, James Brown, Teena Marie, Denise Matthews, Maurice White, Natalie Cole, Vesta Williams, and Rick James are having  musical jam sessions in heaven.

I hope I'll be able to hear them again, one day. 

May peace be unto him. 
He was the subject of many a conversation when I was in Toronto and Paris.
Prince Rogers Nelson is indirectly responsible for the success of two of my favorite singers, Janet Jackson and Jody Watley, by the way.

(his music is almost impossible to find on youtube. I couldn't find the original of his debut song, but here's a remix I was able to find)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Alex Isley's "Luxury" [Full Album]


Whether I knew you for ten minutes, ten months or ten years, rest in heaven to all those who have left us. I'm reminded that we're here for a good time and not a long time. Not taking my life for granted. BLESSED.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

It was a great evening

I don't always feel like a fish in water, but then again I'm not always at a Cameroon Association Meeting and potluck. There's something about not feeling isolated that I appreciate. 

I was telling this older lady about how my DNA results showed that I was only about 16% Cameroonian, and she said " I don't care if it said you were 1%, you're as Cameroonian as all the rest of us." It feels great to feel included. I got the same response at the Ghanaaian meeting a few months ago, and an Ivorian picnic last summer, and also the annual Kenyan barbecue I get invited to every August.

Stokley - Level (Radio version)

Chante Moore - REAL ONE (Official Video)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Javon Johnson - "cuz he's black" (NPS 2013)

Danez Smith - "Dear White America"

Teacher Ana Barbara Ferreira Changes Hairstyle to Support Bullied Student

A Brazilian teacher has come up with a unique way to help a schoolgirl who was being bullied because of her hair.

Ana Barbara Ferreira, from Sao Paulo, said her student was "sad" after being ridiculed by a boy, who had said her hair was "ugly".
"At that moment, the only thing I could tell her was that she was wonderful and shouldn't care about what he was saying," she wrote in a Facebook post that went viral.
A bigger show of support came in the following day, when she went to work wearing the same hairstyle as her pupil, much to the girl's surprise.
"When she saw me, she came running to hug me and say that I was beautiful," Ms Ferreira said.
"I told her: 'Today I'm beautiful like you!'"
She posted a  picture on Facebook of her with the pupil - both smiling and with similar hairstyles.
The teacher has been widely praised on social media. Her post has been liked by more than 142,000 people and shared 30,000 times.

Ms Ferreira said: "Yesterday, my student told me there was a boy saying that her hair was ugly. She was very sad. At that moment, the only thing I could tell her was that she was wonderful and shouldn't care about what he was saying.
"Today, I woke up and remembered what happened and decided to wear the same hairstyle she used to wear. When she saw me, she came running to hug me and say that I was beautiful, and I told her: 'Today I'm beautiful like you!'."