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RIP Phife Dawg

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Thank you for sharing your gift with us. You helped narrate my early adulthood. Rest easy without sickness or pain.

Malik Isaac Taylor
November 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016

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Posted by on March 24, 2016 in Arts, Fun, Music, Poetry, Youth

 

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Glimmer of Hope in Dark Times

shoepaintingI’ve been having a hard time staying positive and seeing the light in this world of ours. Everywhere you look there is violence, despair and hate. But lately – no doubt due to the holiday season – I’ve learned of a few people who refuse to give up or give in.

Maurice Kie, Life Pieces to Masterpieces in DC: A young man and after-school program uses art to help young children cope with living in neighborhoods stricken with gun violence.


Tiffany Anderson, Jennings School District in Jennings, Mo.: A school superintendent who actually cares about the students and implements innovation RESULTS to real problems.

Amy Peake, entrepreneur in England: Empowering women in other countries with employment by making a necessity – sanitary pads.

Journalists out there: we need these stories YEAR-ROUND! Apologies that we make Amy Peakeyou think we only want “reality”,
depravity, terror and salaciousness.

To anyone reading this post, you’re welcome. ūüôā

 

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No Repeat Performances

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I recently mustered the courage to watch 12 Years a Slave the other night. I never made it to the theater after repeated postponements and taped it on the DVR a few months ago. Excellent movie, but I will not watch it again. My daughter came downstairs as I was watching it. After catching a glimpse of a scene, she confirmed what movie it was and scurried back upstairs. She saw it at the movies; no repeat performance for her either. So I’ve added it to my list. Great movies, but I will never watch them again.

  1. Boys Don’t Cry
  2. Million Dollar Baby
  3. Rosewood
  4. Hotel Rwanda
  5. Boy in the Striped Pajamas
 
 

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She Rocks Rough & Tough With Her Afro Puffs

 

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Seven-year-old Natalie McGriff is the creator of The Adventures of Moxie Girl, a comic book about a young, female superhero. McGriff won $16,000 for her creation at a crowdfunding festival in Jacksonville, Fla.

The protagonist is a girl who uses a magical shampoo that turns her curls into super-powered Afro puffs. Her mother revealed that Natalie was having problems loving her hair and that was the origin of the story.

I decided to help Natalie write this book because she was having self-esteem issues regarding her hair and she hated to read. She now realizes how powerful and awesome her hair is and that in order for her to write a cool book, she needs to read more books and learn different words. Рmother, Angie Nixon

I will be ordering comic books for some young girls in my life and you can too, as well as other Moxie swag! Wanna see more in this series? Contribute today!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Arts, Entreprenuership, Fun, Girls, writing, Youth

 

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Inner City Blues

Heard it this morning…Marvin was a prophet. I could’ve posted Mercy, Mercy Me for Earth Day, but this one is resonating more for me these days.

Rockets, moon shots
Spend it on the have nots
Money, we make it
Fore we see it you take it
Oh, make you wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
This ain’t livin’, this ain’t livin’
No, no baby, this ain’t livin’
No, no, no

Inflation no chance
To increase finance
Bills pile up sky high
Send that boy off to die
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Hang ups, let downs
Bad breaks, set backs
Natural fact is
I can’t pay my taxes
Oh, make me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Yea, it makes me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands

Crime is increasing
Trigger happy policing
Panic is spreading
God know where we’re heading
Oh, make me wanna holler
They don’t understand
Dah, dah, dah

 

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Blurred Ethical Lines

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The family of Marvin Gaye has been awarded $7.3 million in a lawsuit against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and TI regarding the song “Blurred Lines.” FINALLY.

I remember being floored when I first heard of the lawsuit, assuming that Gaye’s estate had been compensated for what I thought was a sample of “Got to Give It Up.” Blurred Lines’¬†huge popularity was due to its cross-generational appeal brought to you by Marvin Gaye; it¬†would ignite a hand-dancing frenzy in my mother’s generation. Summertime gatherings blared this tune with great grand-children bopping along with Nana! There is no way that anyone¬†could claim that this meteoric hit was not firmly planted in the baseline and vocals of Marvin Gaye. Period.

I am so disgusted. Thicke, Williams and TI are musicians and know the pride of creating something. Further, I know that they must be aware of¬†the trials and tribulations historically faced by black songwriters and musicians who had their works repeatedly stolen. I have lost so much respect for Pharrell. As far as Thicke, I lost respect for him when he threw Pharrell under the bus early on, stating that any potential wrong doing was on Williams because he was too drunk, high and suffering from a broken heart when they recorded to be culpable. TI…whatever…

As I learned of the ruling, I wondered why the award was not larger; the original lawsuit was for $25 million. Apparently, Gaye’s¬†copyright only applied to the sheet music for Got to Give It Up¬†NOT Gaye’s vocals, background vocals or percussion…smdh… Call me pessimistic, but I am guessing Williams knew this going in (as he produced and wrote this “original” song).¬†A joint statement from the trio:

While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward.¬†‘Blurred Lines’ was created from the¬†heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else.

WOW.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Arts, History, Music, writing

 

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I Disagree with President Obama (this time)

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Anyone who knows me knows that I HEART Barack Obama! On so many levels, he captivates and humbles me. And I am indebted to him for the inspiration that his face alone lends to coming generations who will strive to follow in his footsteps.

With that said, I disagree with him on Sony’s decision to pull the movie, “The Interview.” I absolutely believe that it is the right thing to do; it actually should never have been made.

Let’s rewind.

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I are watching NFL pre-game coverage when we see the movie’s trailer for the first time. After it goes off, we slowly turn to each other with blank expressions. “Is that a good idea?” I ask, my rhetorical question hung in the air.

Fast forward to Monday when the shit began hitting the fan. Fast forward again to Thursday when news broadcasts were reporting the outrage coming from Hollywood citing censorship and First Amendment rights. A colleague of mine and I stood and stared at the television, silent. She turns to me and I say, “Lyn, am I crazy- am I the only one who thinks this movie should be pulled? And before you answer, we ARE¬†talking about a¬†comedy with a plot to assassinate a country’s leader, correct?”

“Don’t you know that assassination is funny?!? No, you’re not alone…”

Let’s put aside how this country or any other feels about North Korea and/or Kim Jong-un. How is it okay to make a movie with a plot about killing a country’s leader who is volatile, to say the least? Are there no better film topics? Is this advancing social commentary? I know every film can not nor is meant to be Oscar-worthy but aren’t we crossing a line here?¬† No, I have not seen the movie obviously, but it never would have been on my list.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Arts, Movies, Politics, violence

 

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