Monday, July 31, 2017

JODY WATLEY - I care for you 95


Isaiah 17











Still going strong.

:)




Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

That Melanin Tho


When I get married









She will walk down the aisle to this instrumental.
I've always said that. Since the day Under The Cherry Moon premiered.


I still say that.
When I hear this tune, I think that all the time.
When I get married, she will down the aisle to this instrumental.
God-willing.

Dear Lord,
I am more than ready ( emotionally and mentally) to meet her. I am sooooooooooo ready, Lord God.
Please put us in the right space so that we can meet each other.
I'm getting old and set in my ways.   Things need to change.
I need to change, I guess.
Walk or drive down different streets and avenues.
Take a different route to work or downtown.
Go to different churches.
Go to different coffee shops.
Shop at different grocery stores.
Make new friends that might have single friends.

Lord,
I am soooooooo ready.
I don't know what else to say that hasn't been said before-


(blogosphere- I'm sorry you have to read these type of posts from me occasionally)








A Life Quote

Friends are for a reason and a season:

when they give you a reason to dump them, that's the season.


- Wendy Williams





This quote gave me life, and it stopped me from agonizing over ( and blogging about) people who suddenly drop off the face of the earth for no reason.  Some at times when I need them.

Jody Watley - I'm The One You Need


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Overheard on the train



" Keep in mind, these are the same people who, with a straight face, gave us Sarah Palin."

Sunday, July 16, 2017

true

I am learning all the time. My tombstone will be my diploma.  ― Eartha Kitt

Friday, July 14, 2017

Message


Yesterday when I was sitting down on the train on my way home from work, I watched as the train began to fill up with people at each stop when the doors open, and I offered my seat to any of the three woman standing in front of me. All three smiled, and two said they only had a few stops, and the other said she had been sitting down all day, thanks anyway. 
This lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around. She said:
"What a nice gentleman!"
Me:   Thanks.
Her:   You were obviously raised to respect women.
Me:    True. I'd like to think that some gentleman would offer my mother or sister their seat.
Her:   What mosque do you attend?
Me:    I'm Christian.
Her:   Christian?
Me:   Yeah.
Her:  You're a Christian?
Me:   Yep.
Her:  That's odd.
Me:   How is it odd?
Her:   Because you offered those ladies your seat. Every time I've seen a man do gentlemanly things,
          they always end up being Muslim. Yesterday I saw a man-he looked like a priest, race a little girl to an empty seat and sat down.
Me:   I don't know what to say.




(silence) 

Are you woke?

I am.


What woke you up, and when did you wake up?







Thursday, July 13, 2017

Luke 2:40


I think words cut  deeper into your psyche ( and mess you up mentally) than  
hits, slaps, punches, being forced to drink a carton of spoiled chocolate milk, or being forced to get in a tub of scalding hot water.
(I know this)
fucking faggot. sissy, fucking cry baby, fucking mama's boy, loser, fucking punk fucking faggot. sissy, fucking cry baby, fucking mama's boy, loser, fucking punk fucking faggot. sissy, fucking cry baby, fucking mama's boy, loser, fucking punk fucking faggot. sissy, fucking cry baby, fucking mama's boy, loser, fucking punk STOP STUTTERING!
he would say
to
me
as if sissy 
faggot
or fucking crybaby
was my name
and then some.
and then some.
and then some.
and then-


Janet Jackson Ft Q Tip "Got Till Its Gone" Remix Pro. J Dilla


GIZMO ft. Nick Hakim "Lift Me Up" Official Music Video


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

#Facts

we celebrate the wrong thing.

I remember someone in particular ( I won't give the name) who, while he was failing in every class, knew the words to every single  rap song that was playing on the radio. In the room there were about 15 of us, gathered for a holiday party, and while I was shaking my head ( in my mind; I didn't want to be cussed out), everyone else was applauding him and giving each other high fives as if he had shown a report card filled with A's.

This one is fa' Dilla




Alhamdulillah Allah Jehovah                         
Yahweh Dios Ma'at Jah
Rastafari fyah dance, sex, music, hip-hop
It's bigger than religion
Hip-hop
It's bigger than my nigga
Hip-hop
It's bigger than the government
This one is fa' Dilla, hip-hop
We ain't dead said the children don't believe it
We just made ourselves invisible
Underwater, stove-top, blue flame scientists
Come out with your scales up
Get baptized in the ocean of the hungry
My niggas turn in to gods
Walls come tumblin'
Alhamdulillah Allah Jehovah
Yahweh Dios Ma'at Jah
Rastafari fyah dance, sex, music, hip-hop
It's bigger than religion
Hip-hop
It's bigger than my nigga
Hip-hop
It's bigger than the government
This one is the healer, hip-hop
Told you we ain't dead yet
We been livin' through your internet
You don't have to believe everything you think
We've been programmed wake up, we miss you
They call you indigo, we call you Africa
Go get baptized in the ocean of the people
Say reboot, refresh, restart
Fresh page, new day, o.g.'s, new key


rhonda clark - State Of Attraction - Between Friends


Friday, July 7, 2017

BJ the Chicago Kid - Turnin Me Up


Janet Jackson - French Blue


Me,

when a friend constantly encourages me to start a business and sell my baked goods because they love everything I make but they ain't never bought shit (and I've been selling my baked goods for a year now).

via GIPHY

CNN show asks: Is Portland so 'hip' and 'cool,' it's now hopelessly gentrified?

W. Kamau Bell, right, with Alex Bernson, left, in the Portland-filmed "Is it Cool to be Hip?" episode of the CNN documentary series, "United Shades of America." (CNN)
Is Portland now such a hot destination for young people to move to that the city's in danger of losing its soul? Has Portland earned a reputation as the whitest major city in America by forcing African Americans out to the margins, while gentrification transformed such boulevards as Alberta Street and Mississippi Avenue into boutique havens?
Those are just some of the questions raised in CNN's "United Shades of America," comedian and commentator W. Kamau Bell's documentary series.
In the Sunday, May 29 episode, titled "Is it Cool to be Hip?" Bell spends time in Portland, talking with community members about the changing face of the Rose City.
In prior episodes, Bell has visited members of the Ku Klux Klan in the South, walked the beat with police in Camden, New Jersey, and explored what it means to be Latino in the U.S.
"Gentrification is an issue that affects every major city," Bell says. Exploring the topic through Portland's experience made sense, Bell said in a recent phone conversation.
"I've sort of struggled with my own feelings about Portland," says Bell, who has performed here several times, at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and in venues around town.
"This is a major city, and yet I'll be onstage at a comedy event, and it's all white people in the audience. The hipsters of Portland get really testy about that: 'It's not my fault!'"

But saying "it's not my fault," Bell adds, just means running away from thinking about Portland's overwhelming whiteness, and what it means.
"I've lived in San Francisco, Chicago, the East Bay of Oakland, and lived in New York for a few months," says Bell, who now lives in Berkeley. "Everywhere I've lived has dealt with gentrification. So when we started pitching ideas for episodes, whenever I've been in Portland, I've observed gentrification. But I've never heard where it comes from, or why there's the narrative - that even Portland is tired of - that it's the coolest place to live in the country? Why is it being labeled that, and what's the other side of cool?"
That meant, Bell says, coming to Portland, and visiting with some of its residents. In the "United Shades of America" episode, which was filmed last year, Bell talks with African Americans, hipsters, a developer and even, yes, Samantha Hess, Portland's well-publicized professional cuddler.
In the episode, Bell goes a Portland coffee shop, and meets Alex Bernson, a bearded, knit cap-wearing young man who was writing about coffee on his laptop. Bell asks Bernson if he considers himself a hipster. "No one does," Bernson says, adding that it's regarded as "kind of a dirty word." It's become a convenient slur, Bernson says, for millennials and people who work in coffee shops.
Bernson, as it happens, no longer lives in Portland. In a Twitter note, he says he grew up in Seattle, lived in Portland from 2008-2009 and 2013-2015 but recently moved to New York.
"The change for me was mostly about wanting a bigger city with more diversity and options," Bernson writes, adding that he loves Portland, even though "it has its problems, as does NYC and anywhere else."
In the "Is it Cool to be Hip?" episode, Bell also talks about how historically African American Portland neighborhoods became hot spots for new development, which brought rising housing prices that forced many longtime residents of color to move.
Bell meets with Pastor Donald Frazier, of Genesis Community Fellowship, in Northeast Portland, who talks about how members of his congregation have moved out of neighborhoods that were long home to African American families.

Before he's through, Bell also talks with singer Ural Thomas, and developer Ben Kaiser.
Toward the end of "Is it Cool to Be Hip?" Bell suggests that, in a city that's known for its bridges, a bridge needs to be built between the people moving in, and the people moving out.
On the phone, Bell says gentrification is a complex issue, as it can make neighborhoods nicer while still forcing out lower-income residents who can no longer afford to live there.
"I think we have to stop making government about profit," Bell says. "Just because your property values go up doesn't mean you have a better city. You have to value a sense of community over the value of money."
"United Shades of America" airs at 7 p.m., and repeats at 10 p.m., Sunday, May 29 on CNN
-- Kristi Turnquist
kturnquist@oregonian.com
503-221-8227
@Kristiturnquist

You already know how I feel about Portland. I'll just leave it at that.

I'll leave this here and walk away




















You see the white kids in this photo? Do you see the white kids in similar photos from the late 60s and early 70s?

Do you ever wonder what ever happened to those folks?

We always talk about what became of the Rosa Parks, the Malcoms, the Martins, the Bayard Rustins, the James Baldwins. What we rarely discuss is what became of those crowds of scowling white folk who spit on civil rights protestors, threw rocks, strung them up on trees, or simply showed up in opposition to black plight.

Well, I'll tell you. They became Board of Education superintendents, police chiefs, city council members, university deans of admission, landlords, mayors, congressmen, senators. They became your grandparents, your neighbors, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, public traders, real estate tycoons, banking executives. They became the folks who put Ronald Reagan in office, the folks who perpetuated policies like the Nixon War on Drugs, they became the neo-dixiecrats who elected a prison expansionist like Clinton twice, who voted to send us into two trillion dollar wars, they raised the children who harass women and minorities on the internet, they raised the children who run your local campus Republicans chapter, they are the Donald J. Trump political base, they gave way to the alternative right, the Richard Spencers, the Breitbarts, the Daily Stormers, the Stormfront dot orgs.

While it's important to remember and memorialize black struggle and never stop fighting for equality, it's also important to remember that these people are still running our country. Next time you hear someone say "Let's take our country back", I want you to think about this picture.....this is what they want back. This is the "great" America they want to restore.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Big Sean - Moves


The Shortest Distance Between 2 points


"I know the shortest distance between two points, is it a straight line." 
       --Mathematics, George Clinton  

"Straight talk makes for straight understanding."
-Wendy Williams

We all have our persona. It’s a necessary part of our personality. It makes life and relationships run smoothly. With our persona, we maintain our place in society and still enjoy liberty within it. But more often than not, we unconsciously get caught up in maintaining our place and positioning and we consciously circumvent being truthful with ourselves and others. We avoid being “straight up.” How can we invite more straight talk into our lives? By getting to the point with yourself. I challenge myself by doing what I call “bottom lining.” What’s really going on in the story I’m creating for myself in this situation? Why is this important to me? What happens if I ignore this? Powerful questions like this elicit the truth that lies within me. Encouraging myself to answer with a simple bottom line (as opposed to a long winded story) forces me to draw forth what needs to come out. Practicing straight talk with ourselves reveals our truth. And using a simple sentence makes it easier for us to share and be received by others. Don’t you often find that when you get lost in your story, the point you wish to make gets misinterpreted or lost altogether? When we can find our truth while being economical with our words, we have more possibility in creating understanding.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

That Melanin Tho



Naomi

Theory/ Practice

Today a friend of mine was giving me advice on how to find love, how to maintain it and how to keep it. I was quiet for a minute before I reminded him that at his young age of 35, he's been divorced 3 times already, he has 5 kids, and his current girlfriend doesn't even know he can't have kids because he had a vasectomy. They've been dating exclusively for 2 months now and she doesn't even know he has kids.
His response was " I'm better in theory than in practice."

Alot of people are better in theory than in practice. I try not to advise anyone on anything at which I am not good.

How about you?