Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cuz Everyones a Victim

Modern History Sourcebook:
Rudyard Kipling, The White Man's Burden, 1899

This famous poem, written by Britain's imperial poet, was a response to the American take over of the Phillipines after the Spanish-American War. 

Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.

Take up the White Man's burden--
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain
To seek another's profit,
And work another's gain.

Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.

Take up the White Man's burden--
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper--
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go mark them with your living,
And mark them with your dead.

Take up the White Man's burden--
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought he us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"

Take up the White Man's burden--
Ye dare not stoop to less--
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloke your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your gods and you.

Take up the White Man's burden--
Have done with childish days--
The lightly proferred laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!

Dear Richard Wright

Dear Rich,

Generally speaking when you take a train from Chicago to NY you come into NY at Penn Station not Grand Central Station -___- I understand that given the time you wrote the book I wasn't born yet so you couldn't ask me but you could have at least googled it.


:D

Monday, November 28, 2011

This Show Is.....

Wayyyyy better than Gossip Girl! There I said it ^_^

Butt really tho this show is an amazing opera and its genius that its played out by high school students (so unrealistic) but so romantically entrapping lmao

Monday, November 21, 2011

I have a Son

He's black

Just In Case

Ima hol' on just in case

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Burger n shake

Breakfast at Schnippers

Lovin it! Cute very small cute portions milkshake isn't the greatest chocolate shake ever, burger is tasty no as great as five guys but I'm happy for a chill november  Saturday morning not bad :-)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Note To Self

When seeking enlightenment, your break through may not come to you at the most convenient time.  Having to excuse yourself to deal with an issue from over ten years ago #nothowIwantedtospendmyFriday but happy to level up

SPA FRIDAY

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Girls Like US

This book was good. Very well written as in easy to comprehend and not pretentious very relatable and honest without being un-nesseccarily griity. Inspirational. I long for a day when classism, racism, and sexism will go away. You can tell the quality of a society by how they treat their elderly, animals and especially their children.

Can I Just Say ...


That I hat the fact the mar Tyree had the nerve to mention in Fly Girl that Tracey had considered going to Howard and then finally decided on Hampton boooo! lmao w.e w.e But Omar Tyree went to the real HU Howard! so I dunno why his character didn't go to the same school w.e. a good book slightly unrealistic about Victor and I honestly didn't see it coming but okay! And whatever happened to Carl????

Friday, November 4, 2011

Intergalactic Racism Disclaimer

*Grim Serious Voice+composed face*

To all those wondering how I found a way to incorporate American black plight into a TV show plot about Aliens... yo racism is everywhere! it's even in the stars ya'll wake up!


Vulcan Racism v. Human Racism

The Case of the Black Vulcan

Teresa Wiltz has written a great review for THE ROOT of the new Star Trek prequel. Having never, ever, seen an episode of Star Trek, I surely annoyed my theater companions, when I would ask, persistently: "Are we supposed to know that person?" But I will say that before long, nothing was lost on me, and that Star Trek is a pretty great summer popcorn flick.
Teresa mentioned some of the cross-cultural pollination that was edgy and rare in the 1970s and 1980s incarnations of Star Trek:
The original series, created by Gene Roddenberry and starring William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols and Leonard Nimoy, provided cutting-edge social commentary and explored big themes: racism, war, sexism, identity. (And let's not forget that it was the place of the first black-white on-screen TV kiss, between Uhura and Kirk.)
My highly logical friend Reihan Salam has furthered discussion with an epic musing on the subject of race in Star Trek, and the case of the "black Vulcan". Submitted for your edification:
Readers of a certain age will remember the late and mostly unlamented Star Trek: Voyager, which I abandoned relatively early in its run. Part of the appeal of the show was that it featured a number of Star Trek firsts, including first female captain and, as far I know, the first black Vulcan, Tuvok.
My understanding, confirmed by Wikipedia (which doesn't fill me with confidence either, but it'll do in a pinch), is that Tuvok is a "full Vulcan," thus suggesting that Vulcan variation in physiognomy roughly parallels human variation. Which is a little implausible, but fair enough. Because Tuvok is one of the only black Vulcans we've come across in the Star Trek universe, you have to wonder: what accounts for this?
In the most recent Star Trek film, there were no black Vulcans at the highest levels of the Vulcan Science Academy. This could mean that black Vulcans are a very small minority. Yet Tuvok's wife, T'Pel, was also a black Vulcan. And so the pool of black Vulcans couldn't be trivially small. Or perhaps endogamy is relatively common across Vulcan ethno-somatic groups. But doesn't this strike you as an affront to the iron laws of logic? If ethno-somatic endogamy is not particularly common, one assumes that sharp "racial" distinctions would erode over time. Maybe not. But surely this phenomenon has to be explained somehow.
The iron laws of logic do cast doubt on another hypothesis, namely that the late emergence of black Vulcans in the Star Trek universe suggests human-like discrimination against Vulcans who vary from the phenotypic norm. Granted, we've seen evidence of Vulcan hypocrisy before. Vulcan color prejudice would really take the cake, though — it would be in such sharp tension with everything we've come to know and admire about Vulcan culture as to strain credulity. Moreover, the Vulcans have been a space-faring civilization for a very long time, far longer than humans. Would they have been able to unite the planet under a cult of logic while allowing color prejudice to powerfully endure?
—DAYO OLOPADE

My Response:

Uhmmm yeaaa cuz I don't see any type of conflict or contradiction here in all honesty it sounds like the United States, we are paraded as being the land of the free yet racism is rampant here, we are just now seeing our first Black president and there have been many racist comments made about him publicly on national television never mind what is said in the privacy of homes. For all intents and purposes Barack is earth's Tuvok. If watching our TV and movies a race of Aliens would ponder the same exact thing about us. Like Tuvok our leader Barack is married to a black woman yet you generally don't see any black women anywhere in our media. Blacks are sprinkled into our media occasionally and generally on any prestigious decision making board they are usually absent. The US is supposed the most advanced state of Human Rights on earth and we have an issue with Child Trafficking, really high rates of Animal Cruelty, Rape stats are through the roof, domestic violence is everywhere, too many of our children are homeless or in poverty, child abuse is everyday here, our prisons are filled to the brim and we are supposed to be a democracy. We criticize other countries for their treatment of women yet in America women are still being paid 75cents on every dollar that a man earns for the same job. There is still a debate about whether abortion should be illegal, and women are overwhelmingly the majority of the poor neighborhoods, and most of the welfare recipients. It happens in America everyday our society is totally hippocritical about these issues sooo why you find it odd that this could happen amongst a race of people in space? o_O

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Can I just Say!

That I loveeeeee:
 
  • the library!
  • Don Nicoleone and her show :)
  • Grits n Cheese
  • my schnukums
  • google
  • this book im reading: Fly Girl by Omar Tyree
 
That I miss:
  • when t-mobile had reasonable prices
  • my cousin n them
That I want to:
  • read every good book ever written
  • learn how to levitate ( lmao)
  • watch every great series every made
 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloweeen OR Todayyyy

Well well well this cold weather has def caught me by surprise:)
 
Im not sure if I wanna go out tonight on halloween especially since my silly self forgot it was halloween and left my dress at home..dunno if im tryna ride all teh way home to ride all he way back to the city IN THE COLD! mind you if it was nicer weather I'd be there no question... but uh ruh dunno its kind of a diff thing when u have to try so hard to do soemthing as opposed to "stopping by" ya know. Perhaps I could grab a dress and some shoes when I head out for lunch :/ yeaaaaaaa that would be cute cuz if I shower and saunter over to the shindig after work for an hour thats a lot! different than me going alll the way home and back to the city = failure.
 
But uh ruh yea its comin togeva its comin togeva.
 
I am currently reading fly girl this book is sooooo goo.  I bet if I had read this in High School it would have been amazing, reading it as an older woman its like ...>_> teenage romance is never this serious and I also generally view the adult relationships in this book as triflin and extremely immature and unrealistic...really really Tracy's Mom and Dad own their own home and they're like in their late twenties and comfy just working with no more school and a six year old kid ......-_______- okayy! w.e. and they are hella immature and there is a lot of physocal domestic violence between Tracy's mom and dad tehy seem way too immature to have been able to make the money they supposedly have and that dude is complaining about being too young and tied down but at the same time he is arguing with his wife about her being imature and them being too old for games -__- and she is arguing with him about her ragey family that comes over jealous and embarrassing everyone at functions SIKE!!!!
 
anybody who had the sense to snag a hubby and a degree and a house would know just when to put no good ppl in a boat and sail them down a stream cuz once you get stuff liek a marriage and a home with a kid I have to assume you would protect that better and worry less about other jealous women who don't really benefit you :/  hmmm perhaps times have changed maybe I'm just too ole for this book I dunno maybe this rings true with somebody somewhere. *shrugs* none the less this is a grreat!! book howeer with really immature views towards gender and an assumption that at 13 14 15 that teenagers are mystified by the opposite gender= *played* and like a 1923 viewpoint kids tehse days and i imagine even back on ohhhhhhh yea right this took place in the seventies didn't it *shuts up* perhaps nvm oh well
 
i can't wait till my netflix gets here :) woot woot  i need to add supernatural to my netflix but Im excited about getting my Twighlight Zone.

Friday, October 28, 2011

How Pretty

How I Benefited From Racism




lmfaooo! so Today was crazy, I left the office looking for a slice of pizza and a Library card, I found so much more.


A typical New York day. I stopped at Two Bros Pizza got a slice that was fresh out of the oven but took forever..it was good. Ate that while walking over to the Library nearest Bryant Park. On the steps of the Library there were Occupy Wall Street ppl protesting, I joined their crowd took some video and pics. Witnessed thier cult like call and response chant session about the ills of America lmao! Left went inside the library stood on the Library card line, was totally ignored by several staff members who left me there to die ( I love New York home of great customer service * end sarcasm*) Finally after 15 minutes of being neglected by staff members who would peep at me through book shelves and avoid eye contact - I found another staff member filled out my app, got my card looked at the time realized how much of my life had been wasted and became determined to make it count. So I went over to the nearest circulating library across the street to get a book, any book lmao!


I stepped inside and wanted a book and quickly! so I browsed whatever was right there I really wanted Fly Girl by Omar Tyree but didn't feel like trying to figure out and navigate their card catalogue even though its digital (at risk of jeopardizing my street credentials I have never read that book...there I said it!) I saw the Urban book case I walked over and right there on the lil biased shelf was none other than FLY Girl by Omar Tyree yayyyyy!!!! so I grabbed that and some other black something or other and tried to be independent and do self checkout, my pin didn't work so I checked ot at the reg counter lmao BUT THE POINT IS I FINALLY GOT MY NYC LIBRARY CARD AND I'M FINALLY READING FLY GIRL BY OMAR TYREE :)


whoo hooo so many hurdles one little day. oh and in case you didn't get the title tie-in ..if it weren't for racism there would not be an urban book section and that book wouldn't have been in the urban section and I wouldn't have been able to find it so quickly :) yayy Thank you American and Global society for hating Black people so much that you even isolate our written thoughts into little sections labeled urban or street or w.e. *end sarcasm -____-

Monday, October 24, 2011

Zoned Out Music on High

Could it be???  could I actually be starting to like music? :)  lmao I feel like Data when he got his emotion chip :D

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Challenges

Challenges come in all shapes, sizes, and from different directions.  One can only level up once they accept their newest challenge and agree to learn from it humbly.

CHALLENGE HUMBLY ACCEPTED B*TCH!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wall Street Protest

I wanna head down there n take some pictures and see whats poppin, I hope its an enlightening experience and does something for me however minimal I'll appreciate it lol it seems like the energy is intense down there

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fuzzy Socks and Radio

Here yee here yee I'm now on Blog Talk radio, my first ten callers will be receiving a free pair of Fuzzy socks so call in!  My show airs Wednesday morning bright and early 7 am!  three times a month holla!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Leading Black Couples


In No Particular Order but each and every one of these couples is fierce Ya'll go!


Leiomi Nala's Corner:Leading Black Couples

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Whoooo Im Still SPinnin

    So vacation was amazing.  Everything was so beautiful and relaxing, def my kinda town.  I would love to go back to visit and maybe even live there. Absolutely Gorgeous!!!  But back to alternate reality in NYC and its been crazzzzzzzzzeeee!!!

I am still getting back into mah groove. Lol the week has been busy and fun and i've learned so much much I mean actually processed so much more info since I've been back.  For whatever reason Walter Lippman's Public Opinion has held my interest for the past few days. I just keep getting sucked into this book and being amazed at how much this stuff is still so relevant even though he wrote it back in the early twenties.  Its amazing!!!

Bu yea that and an endless list of stuff to do has consumed my lufe for the past 72 hours or so.  Im still scratching stuff off my list so toodle loo!! :D  MEEP MEEP!

I love the road runner!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Victoria's Secret Angel (not what you would think)

I encountered an angel at Victoria's Secret today.  She wasn't a model, she was a sales associate.  I had a coupon with the bar code ripped off of the back from the mail carelessly being opened, and I asked before I went looking for the item if I would be able to use the coupon.  One associate wasn't sure so she asked the Angel who held it up, looked at it , shook her head no, tried to read the coupon number and couldn't and continued looking at it shaking her head so I was finally like oh so I can't use it... and started to walk away when the angel spoke up and stopped me.  She said "Miss look you never know until you try, take it to the register and try it" I took her advice and went and found my little cute hip hugger took the torn coupon to the register and sure enough the Angel was right.  The cashier commented on it being torn but still let me use it :D so I got my little hip hugger free and bounced out of the store.  I didn't see the Angel as I was leaving to thank her, but I am thankful.  What she said to me was so simple but it spoke volumes and I will happily apply it to every part of my life not just when trying to use a coupon. 

This encounter had such an impression on me. I feel so uplifted and inspired.  I will remember the words of this Angel forever.  Its the small things.  You never know the impact of the stuff you say to other people.  *food for thought*

Wow, well thank you Angel! for contacting me and giving me that push in the right direction. :)

Girls are like trees

Girls are like
apples on trees. The best
ones are at the top of the tree.
The boys don't want to reach for
the good ones because they are afraid
of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they
just get the rotten apples from the ground
that aren't as good, but easy. So the apples
at the top think something is wrong with
them, when in reality, they're amazing.
They just have to wait for the right
boy to come along, the one
who's brave enough
to climb
all the way
to the top
of the tree.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bizarre People and Why

I love connecting with bizarre people, because most of the time bizarre behavior is the mark of a genius.  It's a sign that the bizarre person has a unique thought pattern and probably valuable observations of their environment.  Curious bizarre people in particular are intriguing because that means that they detect something they can learn from me, which is flattering.  This is also an opportunity to learn and become better, to absorb that experience with that bizarre individual will give me an advantage somewhere later on. 

The difficulty that comes with this enriching opportunity is trying suppress the bad attitude or agitation that their unconventional behavior evokes. 

When you have a bad attitude you always lose out, even when the other person you are dealing with doesn't notice it you still miss an opportunity to gain knowledge because you can't soak up the little details while your steaming and busy being insulted or feeling attacked. 

*No ego mantra mode* 

Paying attention to questions is difficult.  Answering exactly and specifically only the question that is being asked at present without allowing any assumptions or prejudice to work its way into your answer is difficult.

The solution is to stop trying to anticipate or guess why this person wants to know that piece of information.  Trying to follow someone else's imaginary chain of discovery while simultaneously answering a question on the spot with no time to gather your thoughts is/ would be an extraordinary feat.  The average person cannot process and divulge information from so many different angles at once.

The issue with this then becomes...how do you blankly answer questions?  Aren't we all supposed to think before we speak?  Suppose it's in your best interest to restrict certain information, or present it in a better form.  How can you be aware of self preservation, ward off possible trouble, protect your image while honestly, quickly, and efficiently answering questions?  Especially questions that you were not expecting, and cannot immediately figure a motive for?

I guess that's why the best and most annoying answer to any question is "why?"

Friday, September 2, 2011