Wednesday, August 31, 2011

i'm just sayin'...

i love me some mj. and i'm not saying everything he does is dope because there are definitely some songs that make you go, "hmm micheal, really?" but then there are those songs that are literally life changing, whether through lyric or pure genius musical construct.

yeah, that's where you'll find me.

i just saw this video for the first time. the talent is ridiculous. there's no denying that.

r.i.p. mj

Thursday, October 14, 2010

why my girls rock #32...

so i recently had that moment of "should i call him?" and as a person who hasn't dated much and doesn't know the ropes, this was kinda serious in my world! it just so happened that my girl allison called me for some random check-in girl talk so i decided to get her opinion. after laying out the situation she takes about 5 seconds and replies:

"cats don't chase dogs. that shit is in nature."

BAM. and done.

i love you allison.

Friday, October 1, 2010

a wise man once said...

i generally delete forwards but this one was powerful, to me, so i wanted to share...

Making it plain
"The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make a criminal look like he's the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. If you aren't careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."
-Malcolm X

Words To Live By
"Remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity. Be sure that every little deed counts, that every word has power. Never forget that you can still do your share to redeem the world in spite of all absurdities and frustrations and disappointments."
-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Speaking truth to power

"We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Telling it like it is

"I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it."
-Barbara Jordan

Just A thought

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them...the limits of tyrants are proscribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress..."
-Frederick Douglass

From The Front lines
"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
-Fannie Lou Hamer

Judicial Excellence
"The tragedy with Plessy v. Ferguson, is not that the Justices had the 'wrong' education, or that they attended the 'wrong' law schools. The tragedy is that the Justices had the wrong values, and that these values poisoned this society for decades."
-Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.

For the Ages
"I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Change Agent
"In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically means facing a system that does not lend its self to your needs and devising means by which you change that system."
-Ella Baker

Liberation Philosopher
"The business of obscuring language is a mask behind which stands the much bigger business of plunder."
-Frantz Fanon

Poetic License
"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."
-James Baldwin

Sheer Brilliance
"As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this."
-Paul Robeson

Freedom Warrior
"The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."
-Steve Biko

Sunday, September 12, 2010

"positive vibrations, yeah..."

random thoughts of a sunday...

our universe and everything in it...every molecule, every atom, every sound, every light, every person, every movement, every touch, every action, every word, every made up of energy (life force).

basic quantum physics.

though we can't see it, this energy is constantly vibrating within and out of us, into the people and the world around, and in turn, the universe reflects back to us what we radiate out. you ever get a bad feeling about someone? you're vibing their energy. you ever get a bad feeling about about a situation? you're vibing the energy around the situation. when animals can feel your fear, they're vibing your energy. you ever know someone was near even though you couldn't see then yet? you were vibing their energy. and though some may have a more focused sense than others, we ALL have a natural intuition to the energies around us because we're all a part of a higher vibration. we are all energy.

now, don't mistake this for feelings and emotions (happy/sad or good/bad). these are things which can be effected by and can effect your energy if you let them. i can be sad about something and still radiate positive energy. how you choose to use/exert/guide your energy is truly up to you! and really, we're unconsciously doing this all the time (using/exerting/guiding our energies).

soooooo, stop for a sec and take note. what's your vibe at this very moment? is it positive? negative? high? low? is it one that you would like to receive more, or less of in return? is it one that you want to pass to those around you, or not? do you have no idea??? that's alright too! the point is take some time to be mindful of our Self. to be conscious of the things we do, how we doing them and the spirit/energy in which we do them.

because each of us is apart of the same energy that is vibrating in and through all, we have an effect on our world, and each other for that matter, that is so much deeper than we often realize.

is it possible for us to be a little more conscious of what we're bringing to the table?

love and light,

Friday, July 16, 2010

free 'em all.

Former Political Prisoner (and my father's co-defendant) Marilyn Buck Freed!

On July 15, 2010, Marilyn Buck was released from the federal prison medical center in Carswell, Texas. She is paroled to New York. More news will be posted as it becomes available.

‎"When I think of Marilyn as a preacher's daughter, I think of her as someone who wrestled with the moral problems of our times and who was not afraid to take principled positions around those issues.

Marilyn had a choice. She could have remained silent; she could have reaped the benefits of white-skin privilege. But instead she chose the path of righteousness. She has defended the have-nots, the powerless, and as a woman she has struggled for the liberation of all women. The only reason that she remains incarcerated is because of her political activism.

She needs and deserves the support of all those who are committed to freedom and the abolition of pain and suffering on this earth. She deserves to be supported, she deserves to be respected, and she deserves to be free." -assata shakur


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

so what is juneteenth anyways?

juneteenth is a holiday that was started, and is mainly celebrated, in the south, and it is such a controversial subject amongst the black community!

"how could you celebrate that?"
"how could you not celebrate that?"

whether you do or don't, don't know if you want to or not, here are the facts.

in 1862 lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation which declared the freedom of all slaves.

now texas, being texas, refused to free their slaves...surprise, surprise. it wasn't until 3 years later, on june 19, 1865, that union soldiers landed in galveston, texas with the news that the enslaved were free.

so there you have it. juneteenth.

why so controversial?

well, some folks feel like, "why would i celebrate the fact that texas waited three years, after the fact, to free their slaves?", whereas others celebrate it as independence day/freedom day/emancipation day for african americans.

you decide for you.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

snake in the grass...

sooooooo, i ran across my first snake of the season...YIKES!!! i figured i'm not the only one who could use some tips for dealin' with em:

get you some POWDERED SULFER

snakes can't stand the smell, as you'll find out when you open the bag :-/ now, many people will say it doesn't work, but the last year i saw a snake, i sprinkled the sulfer and i didn't see another all spring or summer. so, imma go with what i know.

what to do:
head to your nearest gardening center and buy a big bag of powdered sulfer. when you get home, sprinkle the sulfer aaaaaall along the perimeters of your yard and/or where you think they may be chillin'. and that's about it.

tip #1: snakes like to hide in cool and dark places like low shrubs, bushes and wood piles. also under houses so i'd sprinkle around the steps too, if your house is raised.

tip #2: make sure it's not going to rain the next day! (yes, you have to re-sulfer if it rains. don't be lazy, we're talkin' snakes man!)

tip #3: yeah, not a pleasant smell, but it'll go away. or you'll get used to it. whichever comes first.

tip #4: if you DO have to kill a snake, make sure you separate head from the body. if you don't, they may still be able to attack. (make sure it's a poisonous snake before you kill it! garter snakes are harmless and acutally helpful around the yard. they keep out mice, rodents, ect.)

and that's all i got. hope it helps!