Thursday, December 13, 2007

Amy Winehouse

Don't care what anyone says, I really like this chick. At least she's not a carbon copy of everyone else - I like her music and originality. Everyone makes mistakes, and I definitely hope she makes her way out of this tough time for her and her family. But anywho, here's one of my favs I heard this morning.

But did you see this website? These people are going to hell. For reals.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Interesting Headlines - 12/10/2007

Supreme Court Allows Lighter Crack Sentences - check it out here. [Not necessarily sure this is a "win" considering judges still hold the ultimate say in final sentencing].

Vick Sentenced to 23 months for dogfighting ring - read more here.

Crazy gunman kills two at missionary center - for reals, people are crazy. - Do you think this was a copycat of the Omaha shooting?

Daaaaaaaaaang Gina, she's gay?! - Queen Latifah more here. Check out the comments on that blog....she's really in for it if she plans on coming out to America...good luck girl.

And sorry guys, I'll get back to posting sooner or later...I've been mad busy. I'll get back by the weekend.

*Update - Officially cut my hair and I'm about 50% natural now. It was a shock - a HUGE one - but I made it though. Wish me luck on the remainder of my transition to beautiful, healthy, natural, hair...peace. Now my workout begins today - wish me luck at the gym! Big things poppin' in 2008.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

DC's first Winter Snow

Yay, it finally snowed! I LOVE looking out my window and seeing the snow - so pretty. Well, ok, I DID like snow. Way before I had to worry about this horrible commute and traffic. It took FORever getting into work today! I almost turned around 3 times to go back home and watch Oprah all day (I'm behind on my episodes). But nooooooo, I decided to come into this b*tch today just to find out that my boss took the day off. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Whatever, I'm leaving early. There's always vacation time. And that's exactly what I need in order to avoid the evening rush. There's no way I'm mentally prepared to sit in traffic for 2+ hours this evening. There's no way. Okay. Done venting....and the snow DOES look pretty. :-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Wait - Holdup - It's December?!

Ok ok, I KNOW it was just Thanksgiving and I HAVE been seeing all of the Christmas decorations and ridiculous over-advertising nonsense all over the t.v., but come on it's December ALREADY? Daaaaaaaang. I remember LOVING Christmas time. I used to count down the days. Now it's just a big commercial ploy made by big business in an effort to increase their profit shares. However, the part that I love - the spending time with family/friends part - is overshadowed by gifts that we really don't need. I mean, watching people spend all of their money to buy into such a commercial holiday seems a bit strange to me now. I mean I love giving and sharing, but I don't think going into debt is the real spirit of Christmas. Does anyone ever mention Jesus anymore when referencing Christmas? Really?

Oh and why are my credit card companies sending me blank checks like EVERYday trying to straight bamboozle me? I may be dumb, but I'm not THAT dumb. *Mental note* - I need a shredder.

But mostly, when December gets here I think of all of the things that I've accomplished, or haven't accomplished (ok mostly haven't accomplished) this year. On the bright side, it also motivates me to document all those things I haven't, and start making plans to put into action for the next year. So that's my plan for this week, to make my goal list for 2008 - not resolutions - goals. Should be fun. What are some of your goals for the new year?

A short list of mine include:
  • Strengthening my relationship with God - finding a church home
  • Living a healthier lifestyle - to include a healthier diet and exercise regimen
  • Working towards my plans of starting a youth non-profit center
  • Make smarter financial decisions - invest more money and budget wisely

Monday, December 3, 2007

Why is Family Guy Okay when Imus Wasn't?

My quick answer: Family Guy is funny. It's satire. It's a cartoon that makes it's $$$ by making shockingly offensive comments at every possible group of people there is. On the other hand, Imus is racist, and most importantly, NOT funny.

But check out the article for yourself here.

What do you think?
Btw, the photo has nothing to do with anything - just thought it was funny.

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Truth - A Quote

"The truth feels right and good and loving. Love doesn't hurt. Truth allows you to live every day with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are—let it be the truth."
— Oprah

Song of the day: India Arie - The Truth

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Back to Life....Back to Reality

I know I've been trippin this week with keeping my postings up-to-date. It's always hard for me after a few days off. I'm just trying to make it through the week. Luckily I've had the help of some good music to help my days go by just a bit faster. I heard these songs on my commute into work today and I'm loving them....

Amy Winehouse - Just Friends
Beyonce feat some dude - He Still Loves Me (soundtrack to my life)
Patti Labelle - If Only You Knew
Van Hunt - Down Here in Hell (With You)
Common - Light

Here's one of the mp3's I fould from this morning's playlist:

I just WISH I could use my iPod at work. But there's always streaming music and podcasts! What online music do you listen to? Maybe you can give me some new sites to visit to find similar songs.

Until we meet again...


Monday, November 26, 2007

Right on Time - Prayer

One of my favorite girlfriend's just sent this prayer to me in an email and it was right on time. I'm usually not into long spiritual emails, but this one was short, sweet, and to the point. Simple, but necessary.

Oh, here it is:
"Stars do not struggle to shine, rivers do not struggle to flow, and you will never struggle to excel in life, because you deserve the best. Hold on to your dream and it shall be well with you... Amen."

There will be a lot of people in your life who will spew negativity in the face of your dreams - almost unknowingly. I now realize that I only need to look to God for all encouragement I need in the midst of moving forward with all of those things I wish to pursue. Anything other than positivity I will choose to ignore.


Check out this series, it begins on November 26th - TODAY - on NBC around 7:00pm Eastern.

Throughout the week of November 26,"NBC News With Brian Williams" will take a look at the issues facing African-American women across our nation in a new series "African-American Women: Where They Stand." The series will cover a wide-range of issues from their role in the '08 Presidential race, to the increased health-risks that they need to be concerned about.

Monday's installment will discuss African-American women's progress in the education field. Nearly two-thirds of African-American undergraduates are women. At black colleges, the ratio of women to men is 7 to 1. And that is leading to a disparity in the number of African-American women who go on to own their own businesses. Rehema Ellis will talk to educators, students and businesswomen about why this disparity exists.

Tuesday, Ellis will look at relationships within the African-American female community. Many agree the gender disparity in education and business among African-Americans is having an effect on relationships that African American women have. Some even say the implications could redefine "Black America's family and social structure." In the past fifty years, the percentage of African-American women between 25-54 who have never been married has doubled from 20% to 40%. (Compared to just 16% of white women who have never been married today). Ellis sits down with the members of a Chicago book club and talk about this difference and how it impacts them.

Wednesday, Dr. Nancy Snyderman will discuss the increases risks for breast cancer for African-American women. Mortality rates for African-American women are higher than any other racial or ethnic group for nearly every major cause of death, including breast cancer. Black women with breast cancer are nearly 30% more likely to die from it than white women. Premenopausal black women are more than twice as likely to get a more aggressive form of the disease. And, not only are African-American women more likely to die from breast cancer, but they're less likely to get life-saving treatments. Dr. Snyderman will profile one of the only oncologists in the world who specializes in the treatment of African-American women with breast cancer.

On Thursday, Ron Allen will take viewers to South Carolina -- the first southern primary state -- and ask the question: Will race trump gender or gender trump race? In South Carolina, black women made up nearly 30 percent of all democratic primary voters in 2004. This year, polls show a significant number are undecided, torn between choosing the first African-American or first female Presidential candidate. Allen talks with the undecided, as well the state directors for the Clinton and Obama campaigns, who happen to be African-American women.

To close the series on Friday, Dr. Snyderman will raise the frightening statistic that African-American women are 85% more likely to get diabetes, a major complication for heart disease. And, like breast cancer, more black women die from heart disease than white women. Dr. Snyderman will profile a leading expert and a unique church-based outreach program in South Carolina that seeks to spread the word about heart disease risks to black women congregants.

Mara Schiavocampo, Digital Correspondent for "Nightly News," will address two hot topics in the African - American community: interracial dating and the impact of hip hop music on black women. Interracial dating is a growing trend in the African - American community. An poll found that 81% of participants approved of black women dating non- black men. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report in 2000, 95,000 black women were married to white men. In 2005, that number increased to 134,000. Schiavocampo will talk to experts about the trend and discuss how this defines the "Black family" of the future. Schiavocampo will convene a panel of leading black men and women from the hip-hop industry for an engaging discussion on whether hip hop lyrics and videos positively or negatively affect black women. The roundtable also will address how these portrayals are affecting relationships between black women and black men.

Consumers can go online to join the discussion and share their thoughts on message boards. They can also read and respond to blog entries Alexandra Wallace is the executive producer of "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." Bob Epstein is the senior broadcast producer, and Rich Latour is the senior producer for this series.

Dreading Monday - Sleepy Rant

natural hairOk, it's 12:19a.m. right now....I should be sleeping. Preparing for tomorrow's return to work, but I can't sleep. I mean I had four days off, I should be ready to go back to work, right? Negative. So what AM I doing? Well, anything to avoid going to sleep. Reading random mags I haven't gotten a chance to read, sorting my pictures, organizing my iTunes, watching bad tv, oh and surfing the net.

Luckily I found a good article on one of my favorite blogs, Afrobella, about transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. I started this journey about 4-5 months ago and so far so good. It is messing with my vanity just a bit [ok more than a little bit], but I can't wait to have natural and more importantly - HEALTHY/FREE hair. Yes, I'm questioning how I'm going to look, but I'm optimistic and so excited about this new journey.

I'd also found Nappturality about a year ago when I attempted once before (before giving in to the chemicals) - and the blog has pointed me back in the right direction - just when I was thinking about going back to relaxers.

Oh, what also helped was when I searched "relaxer" on wikipedia. The results also helped to remind me that again, I was making the RIGHT decision. Btw, since I'm really trying to participate in the movement to support black products/businesses it doesn't help that a majority [if not ALL] weaves and relaxers are made by those who are anything BUT black.

I had a conversation with a caucasian female co-worker (yes, that one) about my hair regimen. Listening to myself it sounded so ridiculous that I paid so much money to get my hair straightened every 6 weeks. I mean A LOT of money went towards these products that damaged my hair. What was I thinking? I know she was definitely laughing silently on that one.

Who makes hair weave? Who makes relaxers - really? Why are we groomed from such a young age to get these chemicals that damage our hair? I know a lot of people believe their choice is completely independent of societal pressures, but I wonder if that's even possible. Is it?

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not anti-relaxer/straight hair. The best part of being a black woman is the versatility we have with our hairstyles. Mind you, I'm not a fan of colorful weaves and creations, but we can do some unique and beautiful things with our hair. I just think we should be able to see our hair in it's natural form and still feel that we can be beautiful. Women especially feel a need to conform to men's view of beauty [not to mention society's] - so I really feel like we rarely look at what "we" think of as true beauty. Ya feel me?

What do you consider "pretty/handsome?" Be honest. I'd like to hear the male and female opinion firsthand.

So in the meantime, I'm going to look up some more hairstyles on the net....let me know if you have any suggestions/recommendations to help me along my journey. If you are going through a similar journey check out Natural-Shapes Hair Salon in DC and Carol's Daughter hair products.


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!!

thanksgivingOn days like this with family, I realize how extremely blessed I am. I hope you all are able to spend this day with family, friends, and loved ones, while taking a step back to realize all the things that you are thankful for. As we are preparing for the Christmas holiday, remember that the things you are most thankful for are not material things, but those people who have made a difference in your life. Even those who have passed on before us have contributed significantly to who we are as human beings. For those mourning a loss this holiday season, I can honestly say that things DO get better. I appreciate all of those tho have helped me, even unknowningly, to turn into the woman I am today. I'd like to take that moment now to just say: Thank you. *Muah*

Also, big thanks to my loyal readers [or should I say reader, lol] who make posting my random thoughts so much fun. ;-)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Christmas Shopping? - Keep it Black!

Please don't give Walmart/Target/Louis Vuitton/Fendi/Etc. all of your money this holiday season. Keep it in the FAM. To help out a bit, here's a list of black-owned businesses. It's a work in progress so please check back for updated links:

Carol's Daughter - beauty products for men and women
Miss Jessies - hair products for natural hair - THE BEST!
Retail Closeout Mall - black owned online retail shop
Karibu Books - black owned (afrocentric) bookstore
Swahili - African Home Decor and Accessories
Warm Spirit - beauty products for women
Phat Farm - clothing.accessories.fragrance.
Sean John - It's not just a label
Artistic Tees - Cool stuff check it out...
Greek 4 Life - All types of greek paraphernalia
Bob Marley Footwear - They contribute 10% of the profit of all shoes sold on this website to various charities in Jamaica as well as Hunger Task Forces throughout the world.
Dalinkwent - Lyrical clothing that stem from the core of today's inner city.
Applebottoms - Turn down your sound I got scared to DEATH
House of Dereon - If you wish...
Michael Knight - If you're into 'Project Runway' - you're already all over this!
Innervisions Productions - check it...

Please provide any other companies and links that you may have and I will post them accordingly. Or if you're interested in a black-owned bank with the best rate around check this out.

'Pretty' is Gay - End of Story

*Ahem* Not that I watch this show. I'm way too sophisticated but....

It's ok Pretty we still love you. Just be you. Still cute, still FLYYYY...

Updates: Dr. Jan Adams, Kanye West, and Weezy

Update on the Larry King Interview with Dr. Jan Adams (the doctor of Dr. Donda West): Um...basically there was no interview. He went on Larry King Live, to say that he wasn't going to say anything at all - respecting the wishes of the family. I actually commend him for doing this and walking off the show, knowing Kanye and his family are going through a very difficult time right now. Reportedly, Kanye broke down crying at a show Saturday night in Paris while attempting to sing 'Hey Mama' - SO sad. I saw the vid on YouTube but didn't want to post it...he's definitely in my prayers.

On a lighter note, I heard this madness this morning. Apparently Lil' Weezy (Mr. Single, Ready to Mingle, I got Pringles) will be featured as one of the men of the year in the December issue of GQ Magazine [surprisingly all of those nonsensical hooks and mixtapes paid off]. Y'all crazy...stop playin'. But big-ups to Kanye for making GQ's Man of the Year: better.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Photos of March on Hate Crimes - Nov 16, 2007

Here are the pictures I took while marching on Friday. Most of them are a bit blurry, I need a photographer (*ahem* - she bailed on me), but you get the idea.

Visit my gallery here. Hopefully you can access these pics. If not, I blame "the MAN!"

I have some video, but it's not that great either (I was walking while taking video - not a good idea).

In related news it seems that in the year 2006, hate crimes rose 8%. Read more here. This brings up the question, are things really getting better for black people in America?

Parting Quote: "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference." - Elie Wiesel

More than 3,000 dead in Bangladesh due to Cyclones

Very sad.

Breaking News: Michael Vick Surrenders to U.S. Marshals

From TMZ - Michael Vick has surrendered to U.S. Marshals three weeks before his formal sentencing was to take place. ESPN is reporting that the former Atlanta Falcons star made arrangements with the U.S. Marshal Service to turn himself in today to begin serving his sentence -- meaning whatever sentence the judge hands down on December 10 could potentially end earlier.

Great Gift Idea for Avid Book Readers

Nerd post? Maybe. But read on. -- Amazon has recently released a sort of wireless ipod for avid book readers, called the Kindle. The display is the same size as the typical paperback book and it’s easy on the eyes. Books are easily downloadable and magazines/newspapers/blogs are updated automatically daily. This just may be the end of massive libraries. I love books, but this just seems easily transportable and accessible from anywhere.

Lets say I’m looking up technical information for work, I’d have to wait until the end of the day to go to the bookstore to pick up a book directly pertaining to my project. Now I can just download a book, and get to helpful information within seconds. Sounds pretty useful to me - the Internet is great, but this may actually be it's new sidekick. I'm sure it'll have a few kinks at first, but this is a great idea. Now, lets just wait until this $400 price tag drops and the technology evolves a bit, then it's ON.

A few highlights:
Free wireless
Bestsellers and new releases are just $9.99 or less
Keeps the page where you left off reading.
High resolution screen
No cables/cords
Buy books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs right on your device
Holds over 200 titles
Weighs only 10.3 ounces
Can store your own word documents and pictures

Writers/Publishers get ready to be pissed -- book piracy on the move!
Price - mad expensive (should come with like 100 free books for that price, lol)
New technology - may have some kinks

Dr. Jan Adams to Plead His Case on "Larry King Live"

The doctor who operated on Donda West just hours before her death will do "Larry King Live" this Tuesday. This will be the first on camera interview Dr. Jan Adams has done since the death of Kanye West's mother.

I can't wait to see what this man has to say. Apparently he wasn't even board certified in plastic surgery like many other t.v. plastic surgeons. However, he deserves his right to defend himself. I'm sure things like this happen more often than we know in a variety of patients around the world. It just so happens this patient was a relative of a pretty famous person. I'll hold judgement until I hear his case tomorrow.

The KKK Disbands: Leaves Their Job To Black Folks

Just got this in an email - and it went a little something like this:

KKK Quits
The KKK leader stepped to the podium, his hood
lowered around his shoulders and a look of disgust on
his face. He said, "Sorry guys but this will be our
last meeting; we're going out of business," A member
stood up in back. "But why sir?"

The leader sighed, "Well, reverend, the Blacks are
doing a better job getting rid of themselves than we
ever did, so we are no longer needed," There were
rumblings and protest. The leader raised his hand to
silence the Klan members, and said, "Their rap music
says more vile things about Black women than we ever
thought of."

The members grudgingly nodded in approval. The
Imperial Dragon continued: "And their women write
books and make songs that demean black men better than
my two speech writers ever could, looking down at two
men seated in
front who lowered their heads.

"They shoot each other constantly ", he continued;"
And as a group, they spend a huge amounts of money on
cars, liquor, that stuff they call bling bling, and
the proliferation of rap music -- as they talk about
all that in their magazines -- and nobody needs us to
talk about how a lot of their sorry butts keep playing
the race and victim cards while c complaining that other
groups are surpassing them in economic development and
supposedly getting more attention in schools.
Hell, they even support a so-called "Black Hair" DVD
that a white man is making money on, in four sequels
at $20.00 a pop.

They talk about how Koreans have taken over the
"black hair" industry, without acknowledging that
Black entrepreneurs had 100 years to get a monopoly or
entrenchment in the industry that Madam C.J Walker
founded 100 years ago, but got
out-hustled and out-strategized, while spending
investment capital elsewhere. Let's face it, they're
being hoisted by their own petards."!

Some members went looking for dictionaries, while
most members nodded as it hit them that their job was
finished; that Blacks had become their own worst

The leader shook his head. "It's time to go back to
our regular lives as policemen, judges and
congressmen, and leave the business of getting rid of
Blacks to Blacks. They are just better at it than us,"
He then threw his hood on the ground and walked off
the stage. Thus ended the last KKK meeting.

Wow - I get it, the message is loud and clear. I'm thinking maybe we need to change the focus of these rallies and marches and aim them at our own communities. We've been ignoring the problem for far too long.

You Can't Put me in a Box - My Soul Just Don't Fit in One...

Check this out too - YouTube find- - Love it or Hate it?

I'm tired of the same stuff on the radio/videos...I need some more music...

But dang, gotta go to bed, I'll post those pics from Friday later...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Todays the day - Hate Crime March on Washington

Well it's here. Today's the day. Personally I haven't heard a lot of talk about it, but I hope I'm not the only one there with Rev. Al. It's COLD, mad windy, and I feel sick, but it's all good. It's history in the making, so I'm bundling up for the cause. Look forward to seeing some of you there. If you have any personal pics of the march, please send them to and I'll share them. ;-) Um...who am I kidding? Noone reads this! LOL. How about I'll share mine with you - if I can find my camera...


MLB After Barry Bonds - Hateration?

Apparently Barry Bonds has been officially suspended from the MLB after an indictment alleging that he tested positive for steroid use in 2000 (mind you this was 3 years BEFORE the MLB started its testing program). That's like trying to take Microsoft from Bill Gates because he smoked marijuana in the 70's. We all know steroid use was prevalent in baseball for years. I knew when they started comparing his ass to Babe Ruth, he was in for it, damn... I bet he's gotten MAD hate mail since he broke that record, lol.

Now for the record, Barry Bonds has NOT been found guilty - and there is no concrete evidence stating that he DID use steroids; however this indictment and suspension will ruin whatever career and reputation he's built for himself over the years. I really hope that he's able to regain some sort of recognition for his accomplishments in baseball history - free of all of this steroid speculation. I really hope so.

[From fox sports]: "One way or another, Bonds is fighting a losing battle. Even if he escapes relatively unscathed from a legal perspective, his standing with the public is so low that the majority of fans are unlikely to forgive him. Not that he seems to care.

No, he won't recover like Martha Stewart, who agreed to a five-month prison term when confronted with similar charges. Stewart went to jail and 2½ years later, she is again a popular homemaking expert, having revived her business empire seemingly overnight.

Bonds, thanks to his surly personality, has built no such empire, even though he was the Michael Jordan of his sport. Fans wonder if a conviction would result in Selig placing an asterisk next to his records, but there would be no need. Bonds is a walking asterisk, a constant reminder of an unseemly era."


Thursday, November 15, 2007

*Sigh* - Case of the Thursdays...

I'm having one of those "blah" days. The end of the year is steadily approaching and once again I find myself contemplating the purpose of my life, my goals, my frustrations, etc. I have quite a few goals lined up for next year but one thing that remains constant is "the bills must be paid." But what would I do if I didn't have to work everyday? I don't really know. EVERYTHING. I'd love to travel, volunteer, exercise, work with my non-profit, spend time with family/friends... But I hate even thinking about it, because it all comes back to the fact that I have to wake up and go BACK to work the next day. *Sigh*.

Don't get me wrong, I like my job - it's a great opportunity for me to contribute to something bigger than myself. I like my co-workers (some of them) and I like what I'm doing. I just don't want to "HAVE" to work.

Since when did I start feeling all entitled to everything without working? I don't know - I blame Paris Hilton and the media. I can't say I'm all that spoiled, but the fact is, I just want to win the lottery and do whatever the hell I want to do. I need a vacation. A good two-week vacation away from work. When will I ever get this? I can't say I've really had two weeks off all at once since college 3 years ago. This should be illegal. I'm tired of my alarm clock, taxes, time sheets, mortgage payments, traffic, work politics...somebody help me!

Ok, I know I'm making absolutely no sense, but it's because I'm trying to type while sitting here at my desk....sighing...praying that the clock moves a bit faster....praying that I'll win the lottery without even playing....

*Thanks for listening to me vent....I need to watch Office Space tonight....ASAP.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Traffic, Rants, & Expletives

This must be a SaturdayOk, today is my day to vent (you know before I move towards my whole healthy zen lifestyle free of expletives). So anyway, I commute about 2 hours/day (total) - pretty much standard in DC. But this shit REALLY gets on my nerves on the daily:

1. People with no EZ-Pass/Smart Tag for the toll road (WTF)!!!! It feels exactly like those visa check card commercials when things are zooming and ish but then someone stops the WHOLE show to find cash to pay the toll – B*TCH go in the damn cash lane! This really gets on my last damn nerve….it’s 2007 folks. Let me upgrade you.

2. People going the 55 mph in the damn fast lane (on the rare occassion we're moving at regular speed). If you drive slow, and you see cars passed you consistently, move your ass over to the right…DAMN.

3. People who ride the exit/entrance lanes to get ahead of traffic but just cause more traffic. Unless it’s me, then it’s ok – shit I have places to be.

4. People rubbernecking when they see an accident on the side of the road. This has been known to delay my commute at least an hour for an accident that’s just on the SIDE of the road. Get a damn life.

5. People who have to come to a complete stop to make a right onto a side road. I mean seriously, there’s no light, no stop sign, is your car really that f*cked up that you can’t make a damn right turn without stopping? Where did you get your driver’s license?

6. Stop and go….bumper to bumper traffic….hate it. Wasting my damn gas.

7. People who brake for no reason, CONSTANTLY, learn how to drive in slow traffic without slamming on your breaks every 2 seconds. Especially when you’re a huge truck and I can’t see in front of you….

I know I’ve left some off, but maybe you can share the shit stuff that gets on your nerves. Possibly it’s folks like me driving like a maniac cursing you out trying to make your non-EZ-Pass-having-assbehind get over to the right lane. I’d like to apologize, DC has turned me into a psychopath. I need help. Now, back to centering myself..

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Panel May Cut Sentences For Crack

It's about damn time - but I think we should further evaluate the sentencing for crack vs. cocaine. This is definitely a first step -->

Britney Runs Red Light - Front Page CNN I don't know about you all, but clearly traffic will drive you INSANE. I speed, run yellow/red (which I like to call orange) lights, curse ppl the f*ck out, and all that ---> clearly those of you in metropolitan areas feel me on this. So why is it frontpage news when Britney does it? And when did I become her defender? I don't know, but the b*tch needs a break.

Okay, I just realized I need some zen in my life. Signing up for yoga as we speak...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Dr. Donda West, Noted Scholar, And Kanye West's Mother, Dies At 58

I was out tonight eating dinner when I heard the news from a couple friends. Extremely sad news. Kanye West's mother, Dr. Donda West, died early Sunday morning at the age of 58. Reportedly she died due to complications during cosmetic surgery last Saturday night, but I can't be 100% positive as to whether that has been officially confirmed. From what I've seen she seemed like an extremely positive woman, Kanye's best friend, and #1 supporter. My prayers go out to all of those affected by this loss.

Read More here -->

Check out his song "Hey Mama" here:

Kanye West & John Legend - Hey Mama (Live in Amsterdam, 2004)

If you can't listen to the song at work, here are the lyrics...

March on Washington 11.16.2007 - See ya there...


"With hate crimes and noose hangings on the rise across the country, we must have the federal government protect us from local hate and bigotry. From Mychal Bell in Jena, Louisiana, to Sean Bell in New York, it is time for the federal government to intervene, and you can help us achieve this objective. "






Friday, November 9, 2007

High School Colored Sign Controversy

Don't have time to discuss this in detail, but for more information read here -->

Come to find out a black student is the one who put up the signs. What do you think? Was he making a statement? Or making a mockery of Black History?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hometown Hero, Gotta Love Him

Come on now, we grew up with him....he made thriller.....thriller.

Btw, his hair is FLYYY. Is that a weave? If not, his relaxer is ON POINT. What kind does he use?

Had to include this skit...I miss Dave Chapelle....dang..

Stop the Insanity!!!!

Horrible news (especially because I have no life) to report. The new season of 24 will be postponed due to the writer's strike. Noooooooooo!!!! Ok I don't know what the demands are quite yet of the writer's but seriously....give them what they want!!!! Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn Gina! Stop the madness.

Check this out -->

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Work, Chitlins, and White Folks

Ok people, I have to let y'all know what went down yesterday at work. It has a little bit to do with that pic of Jason "Mr. Chitlins" Whitlock you see up there in blackface. But anyway, let me set it up a bit for you. I'd just gone to lunch about an hour earlier with a Caucasian (I'm trying to be proper) co-worker (we'll call her Jane). Then I get an instant message on our internal work messenger that went a little something (no, it went exactly) like this:

Jane: "What's that food that African Americans eat? It's not grits but something else...?"
Jane: "It's kind of gross"
Jane: I am sure that ALL people eat it but I have heard how some like it the best
Jane: I think it's intestines...
Jane: Do you know what I'm talking about?

That's it in a nutshell. But I hadn't noticed the message until she called immediately after I hadn't answered.

The phone convo went a little something like this....

Jane: Hey girl!!! (trying to sound black like we're cool like that)
Me: Um...hello, what's up?
Jane: Did you get my message.
Me: Oooohh, no, let me check.
Me: *speechless*
Jane: I just wanted to make sure you didn't take it the wrong way
Jane: Some of my best friends are.....blah blah blah
Me: I think what you're referring to are chitterlings. They are more of a Southern dish than an "African American" dish.
Jane: Oh. Strange question huh?
Me: Very odd. I don't think anyone's ever asked me a question like that before.
Me: What made you ask that question?
Jane: I was talking to someone about becoming vegetarian and it came up...
Me: Oh.
*Awkward silence.
Jane: I guess I'll go now.

Ok, y'all, come on now.

Mind you, this is the same woman who tries to let me know how "down" she is by saying she likes certain black artists (who she can never remember the name of) and straight asked me if I had on a wig when I changed my hairstyle. Oh and made a special effort to say that she doesn't like black men and would never date them. She had a couple chase her HARD (calling nonstop, leaving notes on her car, etc.), but will NOT date them. Mind you, the chick is not Angelina at all (but that's another post right there in itself - some blk men have mad issues). But I held it down, kept my composure, and had a good laugh off this ish.

But here's my theory. Lets keep it real - racism/envy exists even in the workplace. I'm a pretty educated chick - B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Engineering, working as a software engineer - I don't think that ish matters, it's the fact that I'm BLACK (woops I mean "African American"). This woman is also a software engineer (working with outdated technologies), but doesn't have the education to back it up. I'm thinking that these conversations she likes to have with me are a way to knock me back down to size. That ish definitely worked yesterday. I felt REAL colored, lol. Good job Jane.

I should've said something stupid as hell too, like, "what are those things Caucasian Americans keep hanging? I know ALL people probably hang them, but I hear whites like it best. Um....not burning crosses, but.....what is it again?" Jk, jk....dang.

Truth is, I don't think "Jane" is really all that racist. And, I'm not really upset - just annoyed. I think she just has no idea how to act around blk folks. Or maybe the problem with our society is that we're TOO race sensitive and need more folks like Jane to just ask the uncomfortable questions to learn more about race-sensitive issues. But f*ck that, she better not cross me again with that ish, lol. I might not be in the mood to be so friendly next time. But on a serious note: What would you have done?

A blk co-worker of mine gave me some great advice. She says the woman needs to 1) Check the motive of her curiousity and 2) the way she asks a question. Example: If asked to a Mexican American, which one of these questions would fly: 1) Why y'all be hittin pinatas with sticks?, 2) I'm curious, can you tell me the origin of pinata tradition?, or 3) What's that silly thing Mexican people hit with sticks? (You decide)

She also gave me a good bible verse that was perfect for this situation (had to go to the LORD with this one y'all) --> "But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing they do gender strifes." - 2 Timothy 2:23

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Personal Playlist - Share Yours

Hey folks, I'm updating my music collection and need some song suggestions. I love all music so don't be afraid to share. Below are a few of my favs (I have hundreds, but here are some off the top of my head):

Refuge - John Legend - ahhhh love...
Umi Says - Mos Def
The Truth - India Arie
Purify Me - India Arie
Little Things - dang I like India Arie I guess?
Brown Skin - India Arie
Get Up (remix) - Amel Larrieux (feat Mos Def)
Closer to my Dreams - Goapelle
Buddah Lovas - Bone Thugs n Harmony - don't smoke but good song for relaxation in traffic.
Order my Steps, Stand - Donnie McClurkin - good for the soul.
Changes - Tupac - love, Love, LOVE Tupac....listen to the words
ADIDAS - Outkast
Ghetto Snow - Talib Kweli/Common
You Live, You Learn - Alanis Morisette...great chick
Golden - Jill her, enough said.
Mathematics - Mos Def
Good Life - Kanye West
Get By - Talib Kweli/Mos Def
Can You Stop The Rain - by Grover Washington Jr. & Bill Withers
Dreaming on a Broken Heart - John Mayer - so true....*sniffles*

Okay, drawing a blank on any more....would love to know some of your favorite songs. I need more smooth easy listening songs too, but I love it ALL from rap-to jazz -to pop-to rock, so lets hear them. Now let me get back to Nip/Tuck...peace.

*Oh and congrats FAMU on winning your homecoming game against NCA&T. Although they tried to hate on the Marching 100, we still killed it at halftime and won the game.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Arrest made in Oprah school abuse case

Glad to hear this situation has been handled - horrible story, but I'm glad justice has been served - well almost. Read the story here -,0,5666198.story?coll=chi_tab01_layout

Update!! [11/5/2007] --

T-Pain Arrested - but LOOK at that Pic

Saw this on and had to find the story. [And check out that horrible (but better than usual) pic.] Apparently, rapper T-Pain was arrested in Tallahassee, FL (home of the RATTLERS) on Friday morning.T-Pain, whose real name is Faheem Najm, was arrested on for outstanding warrants from the Tallahassee Police Department.They include driving with a suspended license as well as a non moving traffic violation.Najm is scheduled to perform at Florida A&M University's Homecoming Concert tomorrow night. There is no word yet on how his arrest will affect that performance.For more on this developing story check with for updates and listen to WANM News on 90.5-F.M.

Why is CNN all in Britney's Biz? - This seems like something that should be in Star Mag....not the frontpage of CNN.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

CNN: The Noose Follow-up

I was looking to find videos to share some of the CNN documentary on nooses; however, this is the only video I could find. I'm speechless. Again, what year are we living in? I forget...


I almost forgot!!! --->

Bounty Hunter Caught Up!!

Apparently "Dog", the bounty hunter, was caught up using the n-word to refer to his son's girlfriend. Sucks for him. But is anyone shocked, I mean really. Have you seen him? Best part, is that he offered a public apology...what's up with THAT?

To read the story and listen to the phone conversation (which is quite ironic I must add) below -->

The Noose: An American Nightmare

The Noose: An American Nightmare on CNN. Also read this story if you get a chance -->

If you're like me you're tired of hearing about these noose incidents. It's shocking to me that people do not understand the significance of the noose, and what it represents to black people living in America. It's one of the most offensive symbols (along with the confederate flag) that really bring back horrible memories of what was done to our ancestors. I'm really looking forward to this program, and hope that they are able to illustrate exactly why the noose is a symbol of hatred in our country.

Kids are Crazy as Hell!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Buy an Excuse to Skip School/Work

I'm standing in at the Apple store FINALLY getting my dead iPod serviced. Unfortunate part is I find out I had to make a damn "appointment" to get service. In the meantime, I've been falling in LOVE with these Macs. They are lovely computers, but I really shouldn't buy one until my PC dies (like my iPod). Lets hope they can revive it. But anyway, while sitting here surfing the net I came across this article, and had to share - apparently you can buy an excuse to skip work. It's a must-read. Enjoy.....

*UPDATE* - Because I know you care, lol - They ended up replacing my iPod (for free) considering I'd only had it for a few months before it started giving me problems. So all is well in the world again. Downside is I no longer have the custom engraving and lost a lot of my music (but it's all good).

Rappers these Days....

Ok, first of all, I couldn't possibly care less that T.I. is out of jail after paying $3 mil for his bail. I mean really, what was he trying to do? Start an army?

Next, I thought Jay-Z retired? I guess I'll still download the new joint...but I'm just sayin' that was a short retirement.

Oh, and since when is Lil' Weezy the best rapper alive? Um......Really? I almost choked when I heard this (finally watched my two week old recording of the BET Hip Hop Awards), HILarious!

Btw, do you all know what "Superman Dat Hoe" REALLY means? Gross. I know I'm mad late (as always), but some people still don't know what they are dancing to....check out that link. What's even more embarassing is that my boss (who's not black) told me what this meant about a month ago...ouch.

Who are your favorite artists? And has your opinion of "good" music changed at all in the past 10 years? How so?

Listening to Genarlow Wilson (who was finally released, YAY!!!) on the radio now...I'll catch y'all later.....

G.I. City Statistics

Clearly I'm sure you all could tell that I have G.I. on the brain. I was just in town a week ago and was SHOCKED at what I saw. I didn't think the city could possibly get any worse, but it's looking pretty bad. So in my research, I've found some statistics from I'll continue to find more up-to-date stats because in my opinion, I really think it's gotten worse - especially with my generation of young adults - it's sad. Truth is I'm doing nothing to help, just like everyone else who moved away and now claim to be from "Chicago" come on now, I've got to do better.

Population (year 2000): 102,746
Population (year 2006): 97,715 (-4.9% change)

Median household income in Gary: $25,496 (was $27,195 in 2000)
Median household income in state of Indiana: $43,993

Median house/condo value in 2005 in Gary: $63,000
*note Gary, IN is about 30 miles (or less) from Chicago, IL
Median house/condo value in the state of Indiana: $114,400

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2005: 34.2%

Races in Gary:
Black 84%
White (Non-Hispanic) 10.1%
Hispanic 4.9%
Other Race 2%
Two or more races 1.7%
American Indiana .7%

For population 25 years and over in Gary
High School or higher: 72.7%
Bachelors degree or higher: 10.1%
Graduate or professional degree: 4.0%
Unemployed: 14.9%
Mean travel time to work: 26.1 miles

Gary compared to Indiana state average:
Median house value below state average.
Unemployed percentage above state average.
Black race population percentage above state average.
Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Can you interpret anything from these statistics? The goal is to translate these statistics into action. However, who knows where to even start? I've always thought that at the root of our problems is a lack of a solid educational foundation, not to mention lack of parental involvement for various reasons. However, it will take a huge effort to resurrect our school system. Students, parents, and faculty are all more than a bit disillusioned at this point. What can I possibly do to help?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Gary, Indiana - Forgotten City

Found this video on YouTube. You hate to see your hometown portrayed in such a negative light, but I must admit it's time for us to do something about it. How can we resurrect our city? Lets reflect. I'll include some city stats, that I'm sure mirror those in many ghetto's around the United States, in my next post...stay tuned.

"I am pleased now that I have lived in a gay as well as a religious ghetto, though it hasn't been very comfortable. Taken together, their limitations cancel each other out and I have seen the world more kindly and more honestly."
Lionel Blue

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I Need HELP!

Hello all - I'm at work so I'll be quick (excuse the typos). I've been in the process of writing a proposal for a government grant for a non-profit organization I'd like to start. To be honest, I'm generally pretty private about my personal business, but I need HELP! So, I'll give a little bit of background information.

I'm originally from Gary, Indiana (seen above), and went to an HBCU to study Computer Science. Throughout my studies, I noticed that there is a large disparity of African Americans (particularly African American women) studying within the fields of the Sciences and Mathematics (when compared to other races). As a prior member of an existing organization (known as the Louis Stokes Association for Minority Participation) I realized how helpful the organization was for young adults such as myself. Therefore, I decided to start a non-profit in my hometown that will provide students (grades 5-12) with an outlet to reach their dreams as well. There is a desperate need to get students more involved in their own education - specifically in areas of mathematics, science, and technology.

Ok, moving on...I won't get into all of the specifics, but I could really use a mentor to help not only with my grant-writing process, but also with helping me to get the organization off the ground and running. I need an entire business plan, some commercial office space, a board, etc. I must admit that it's a lot of work for someone who works full-time and is in the process of pursuing a technical certification for work (sucks). But this IS my passion and I want to make sure that my ideas are translated into an AWESOME non-profit center that may make a difference in the lives of a few kids in my hometown. HELP!! If you know of anyone who may be of assistance please respond with any references you may have. Thanks in advance, you have no idea how much I appreciate it.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Funny or Not?

There's a million of videos just like this on YouTube....what do you guys think? Can we really be upset? I mean really? - Not appropriate for work...

Oh wait, before you get too angry...check this out...

Tip of the Day - Dodge Speed Traps

Check out this website to find all speed traps in your area. Awesome site - I did some research and it looks pretty accurate. Safe travels....

Hilary Clinton's Essence Mag Article

Hillary opens up on romance with Bill
Sen. Clinton said she is 'really happy' she made the decision to stay with husband Bill.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton is quite the romantic husband, according to wife Hillary.
The Democratic presidential frontrunner discusses her relationship with her famous spouse in the latest issue of Essence Magazine, describing how the former president often showers her with gifts when returning from trips abroad.
"He's so romantic. He's always bringing me back things from his trips," the New York senator told the magazine. "He brought me a giant wooden giraffe from Africa. Oh, he bought me this watch…I had dental surgery, and he said it reminded him of teeth.”
Clinton adds she is "really happy" she decided to stay with her husband following the news of his affair in 1996 with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
"Obviously we've had challenges as everybody in the world knows," she told the magazine. “But I never doubted that it was a marriage worth investing in even in the midst of those challenges and I'm really happy that I made that decision."
"Again, not a decision for everybody," she continued. "And I think it's so important for women to stand up for the right of women to make a decision that is best for them.”
Clinton also describes her first impressions of the future president when passing him by chance at Yale Law School in 1971.
"I thought he was very attractive. I mean, he was tall. At the time he had long hair and a red beard. His hair was much more red-gold, and it was curly, and he had a vikingesque beard."
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

SCREAM for Darfur!!!

Not many people will view the videos I've included in this post. It's hard for us to believe that something this horrible can be happening in the world we live in. But, I would like to ask you to do so. Then, I'd like to ask you to make a donation (no matter the amount) to This is real, this is happening NOW, we all have the ability to help in whatever way we can. Thanks for viewing.

Please watch....

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Cosby is Right and we KNOW it!!!

I know a lot of conversation is being had regarding Bill Cosby's appearance on Meet the Press this past weekend [and Oprah yesterday] and I'd like to state my opinion on the matter. First of all, I think - WAIT I KNOW - that it's ABOUT TIME someone said what's STRIKINGLY OBVIOUS! Just because we're afraid of white people hearing our dirty laundry doesn't mean that they are blind to what's going on in our own communities - and who cares? F*ck 'em. We need to worry about building and growing from here [or going from "Victims to Victors" as Cosby says it]! Come on People!!!!! I'll blog more on this later, but def. had to get my opinion out there. For those who disagree, I suspect you may be the people he's talking about. Check yourself.

I hope you all get upset, so upset that you read the book, so upset that you decide to do something to bring about change, so upset that we all stop b*tching and whining and start coming up with solutions like Mr. Cosby has done - he may not have all the answers, but what he HAS done is start to come up with solutions - and that is commendable.

Noone wants to hear this ish - especially from Grandpa Cosby all over Meet the Press, but lets change it up. Lets be that younger voice - instead of Jay-Z and Nelly doing it for us [clearly we need help when THEY are our voice]. But don't fault the man for really "keepin it real." I'm just sayin...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

National Black Out Day!!! 11/2

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2007, please mark your calendar!!!!!

Please spread to at least five other people and make sure you inform them to send the info to five other people, to spread the word.

National Black Out Day on November 2….Do not make any purchases on this day AND please do not make any major $ amount purchases, the day before or the day after because then the Black Out will be of no effect. This is from 102.5 radio station ( Atlanta ); they are asking their listeners to spread the word for those who may not listen to the station. This is the second phase from theJena 6 and many other cities and people of color are facing similar situation like the Jena 6.



Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Drill Instructors go free in Martin Lee Anderson case

A few of my former classmates brought this case to my attention today and I must say I'm ENRAGED. Apparently so were a large number of college students from FAMU, FSU, and TCC in Tallahassee, Florida who marched in protest [seen above] after hearing this shocking verdict.

If you haven't heard about this case, like myself, here's the gist of it:

Eight drill instructors at a Florida [Bay County] bootcamp [the instructors' names are Henry Dickens, Charles Enfinger, Patrick Garrett, Raymond Hauck, Charles Helms Jr., Henry McFadden Jr., Joseph Walsh II and camp nurse Kristin Schmidt] were arrested in the murder of Martin Lee Anderson, a 14 year old boy. The murder of 14 year old Martin Lee Anderson was all caught on video survellience tape. However, recently [Friday] all 8 were set free after 90 minutes of deliberations by Judge Michael Overstreet and an all-white jury.

I don't know about you, but I don't think cases like this are getting the press they deserve. We have a huge problem with people in positions of "authority" who let that little bit of "power" get to their head and decide to play God. Let's call it what it is -- racist, unjust, cruel.... This needs to stop. This is a huge INJUSTICE and the word needs to be spread. To read more on this story please visit this link. Get the word out....

"We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men. But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends." Robert Byrd

Caught up!!! - Well Maybe...

Jacked this article from

"October 15, 2007. Tyler Perry's movie Why Did I Get Married was the weekend's biggest grossing movie. But it now looks like one of the actors, Michael Jai White, may be asking himself why he got married - in real life. That's because according to one of's faithful readers, Michael may be having an affair on his wife.

Here's what our reader had to say:

Before the release or even press about Tyler Perry's movie "Why did I get Married?", I was working as a waitress in an Atlanta restaurant; Michael Jai White was pretty much a regular, coming in 2-3 times a month at that time, and almost each time he came in, he was with a different woman on a date. This was apparent by the interaction he had with each woman.

The only time he was not with a different woman was one time he came in with Richard T. Jones, who is also in the movie. On one particular visit, Michael came in and had a romantic dinner with Tasha Smith, she is also in Tyler Perry's new film. They were kissing across the table, looking into each other's eyes, damn near making love. They looked like they had already, or were ready to devour one another, although she seemed much more into him than he was her. I walked by the table one time and heard her say to him "I love the way your lips feel." They were mad into each other, like they were the only ones there.

This would all be cool if Michael Jai White was not a married man. His wife is a doctor, an attractive, light skinned woman, and she was one of the women he came into the restaurant with; I held her credit card in my hand, which read her first name (which I don't remember, last name (White, MD). The nerve to bring your wife to a place where you've brought at least 3 other women in what were obviously romantic dates.

Michael, we really hope that you were just having innocent dinners with all those women...."

Daaaaaaaaaaang, let's hope this is NOT true. I'm actually a bit shocked that he was caught "with WOMEN." I always thought he was a bit "suspect." But for all we know they were just his "girlfriends" and not the way it's being reported. I'm just sayin...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Peep it! -- Why Did I Get Married?

See, I'm not the type who says support a black movie BECAUSE it's a black movie [yes I am]- BUT I must say this movie it's REALLY GOOD. It's the best movie I've seen in a while. If you're anything like me, you don't like to see too many trailers because it ruins the surprise....but if you want to see what you're getting into hit that play button.

If you haven't seen it yet, where in the HELL have you been???? Can't wait til it's out on DVD, it's definitely gonna be a classic. Well done Tyler, I'm def impressed. But on the real, Jill Scott KILLED it...she made the movie. Angela and Marcus were also HILarious. Too much...

Rapper T.I. arrested on machine gun charges, misses BET show

Check the article here. Forget the article though....I didn't realize his name was Clifford? LOL...don't drop the know what it issssssssss... Just found out Tiny is expecting their second child though...this is the wrong time to be caught up on some b.s. charges like this. damn, Damn, DAMN CLIFFORD!!!

Priest 'only pretending to be gay'

Is this dude serious? I mean really? Found this article on cnn....

"VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A Vatican official suspended after being caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man said in an interview published Sunday that he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work.

Stenico was suspended by the Vatican after he was caught on tape making sexual advances at a young man.

In an interview with La Repubblica newspaper, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico said he frequented online gay chat rooms and met with gay men as part of his work as a psychoanalyst.
He said that he pretended to be gay in order to gather information about "those who damage the image of the Church with homosexual activity."

Vatican teaching holds that homosexual activity is a sin.

"It's all false; it was a trap. I was a victim of my own attempts to contribute to cleaning up the Church with my psychoanalyst work," La Repubblica quoted Stenico as saying.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Saturday that the monsignor had been suspended pending a Vatican investigation.

Stenico is a top official in the Vatican's Congregation of the Clergy. The Vatican acted after officials recognized Stenico's office in the background of a television program on gay priests that was broadcast on Oct. 1 on La7, a private Italian TV network.

Stenico was secretly filmed making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful. In the Repubblica interview, Stenico said he had met with the young man and pretended to talk about homosexuality "to better understand this mysterious and faraway world which, by the fault of a few people -- among them some priests -- is doing so much harm to the Church."
He said he had never been gay and was heterosexual, but remained faithful to his vow of celibacy.

Italy's Sky TG24 said Stenico had written a letter to his superiors with a similar defense. Calls to Stenico's home and Vatican office went unanswered Sunday. "

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Talib Kweli feat. Kanye West - In the Mood

Loved this beat, and of course Talib and thought I'd share. Tell me what you think:

Why I LOVE the Washington Post

Here's this week's "Post Points Tip of the Week":

"When shopping for collard greens, the color of the leaves is a good indicator of how much flavor they will have. Deep-green leaves, usually the older, larger ones, will have a stronger flavor. With long cooking, they will become tender and succulent. Bunches of leaves that are small and tender are better for recipes with a quicker cooking time. Avoid leaves that have coarse stems or yellowing leaves; those can be signs of lost flavor and nutrients.
Keep in mind that the greens will be trimmed and will shrink during cooking, so buy at least a half-pound per person. Two large bunches should serve as a side dish for four people.
Collard greens are often cooked with fatback or other meat flavorings, but the recipes you'll find in the Oct. 10 issue of Food are lighter and meatless.

Check out Collards With a Dash of Soul and Collard Green Won Tons -- both are available online at"
HA, they said fatback, gotta love it, lol. The Post is definitely Boughetto just like me, isn't it grand? Check out this vegan soul spot when you're in town --> Vita's Eatery

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

My Steve Jobs Beef

My damn iPod is dead. I gave Apple the benefit of the doubt because it hadn't been charged in a while, but nope. The shit has been charging from my laptop since Sunday - and it's still not working. I refuse to go and buy a charger. I'm charging it via the USB port on my personal PC NONSTOP. I've tried several of my different USB ports - no luck. Not to mention, I was charging it in my car for several days prior to no avail.

So what did I do next?

I surfed the net and got the grand idea to reset it (by pressing the Menu and Select buttons). Still - no luck. For something that costs $300, it seems like it should have some more "advanced" reset functions, but nope.

Oh and I got adware on my machine when I tried downloading a program that would save all my files from my iPod to my computer (similar to Senuti but for PC's ) and the ish didn't work anyway cuz my damn iPod is DEAD!!!! [ok breathing, 3, 2, 1....1, 2, 3....Nam Nyoho Renge Kyooooooooooo]

On the bright side, it didn't catch on fire. But at least then I'd get on the news for my 15 seconds of flame....

Also, do those ipod headphones fit in your ears? I mean are my ears deformed or something? How can people walk around with them without them falling out? For the price we pay for it, we should get headphones that are worth more than 50 cents [they are cute and trendy though]. I can take a $150 flight (half the price of my iPod) and get better headphones for free.

I've officially changed my mind - I'm boycotting the iPhone....not only because I'm cheap and can't afford it, lol...nope, but because if it's anything like my iPod, I can't rely on it as my primary phone.

Anyway - hit me up if you know how to revive the damn thing. I could really use my music during my horrible daily commute [DC area traffic is the WORST]. I have the same WHACK mix cds on rotation and if I hear "Umb-ur-ella ella ella ay ay ay ay" one more TIME!!!!! I don't have time for this STEVE. *Sigh* Peace....

Monday, October 8, 2007


Thanks to Brett Farve's (one of America's Favorite All-American QB's) CRITICAL second-half interceptions, the Bears were victorious yesterday against their biggest all-time rival: the Green Bay Packers. The Bears have won the past three [or is it four? - losing count] visits to Green Bay, by a combined 71-27. Greise is already outshining Sexy Rex and I think the Bears have a great shot at having a great season. Haters, get on your job.....

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Who's John Mellancamp?

I don't know who the dude is, but I think like him. Impressive. A lot of his "suppossed" fans are now planning to boycott his music - while non-fans like myself may actually pick up the single. Ok, I'm lying [just not my type of music]....but good looking out nonetheless. It was definitely gangsta of him to take a stand on this considering his fan base.

While searching for the vid on YouTube, of course there was a lot of racist comments on there. Check it out if you want, but I'd recommend not doing that. Some people are just plain off-the-charts IGNORANT, and def not worth getting all upset about. Oh, but if you want to see the the play button below: