Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What I'm Listening To Right Now!!!

My fellow STLien...Teresa Jenee (aka Terenifer lol) released this EP back in December 2008. However, I felt compelled to post this tonight. I love each track on here, and my favorite right now is "Break My Heart"...it stays on repeat. Go download the EP here: http://www.zshare.net/download/52521827792eab7c. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Quote Of The Day

"Your outlook on life is a direct reflection on how much you like yourself"

- Unknown

That's What SHE Said...

I love Jill Scott! Always have and always will. I can't say that I disagree with her remarks about interracial dating in the essay below, and as a matter of fact I believe she hit it on the nail. As much as I love Jilly from Philly, I do think it's a little suspect for this essay (which she wrote for Essence Magazine)to come out just as Why Did I Get Married Too is making it's way into theaters on Friday. I posted her essay, and a video of her elaborating on it below...

My new friend is handsome, African-American, intelligent and seemingly wealthy. He is an athlete, loves his momma, and is happily married to a White woman. I admit when I saw his wedding ring, I privately hoped. But something in me just knew he didn’t marry a sister. Although my guess hit the mark, when my friend told me his wife was indeed Caucasian, I felt my spirit…wince. I didn’t immediately understand it. My face read happy for you. My body showed no reaction to my inner pinch, but the sting was there, quiet like a mosquito under a summer dress.

Was I jealous? Did the reality of his relationship somehow diminish his soul’s credibility? The answer is not simple. One could easily dispel the wince as racist or separatist, but that’s not how I was brought up. I was reared in a Jehovah’s Witness household. I was taught that every man should be judged by his deeds and not his color, and I firmly stand where my grandmother left me. African people worldwide are known to be welcoming and open-minded. We share our culture sometimes to our own peril and most of us love the very notion of love. My position is that for women of color, this very common “wince” has solely to do with the African story in America.

When our people were enslaved, “Massa” placed his Caucasian woman on a pedestal. She was spoiled, revered and angelic, while the Black slave woman was overworked, beaten, raped and farmed out like cattle to be mated. She was nothing and neither was our Black man. As slavery died for the greater good of America, and the movement for equality sputtered to life, the White woman was on the cover of every American magazine. She was the dazzling jewel on every movie screen, the glory of every commercial and television show. She was unequivocally the standard of beauty for this country, firmly unattainable to anyone not of her race. We daughters of the dust were seen as ugly, nappy mammies, good for day work and unwanted children, while our men were thought to be thieving, sex-hungry animals with limited brain capacity.

We reflect on this awful past and recall that if a Black man even looked at a White woman, he would have been lynched, beaten, jailed or shot to death. In the midst of this, Black women and Black men struggled together, mourned together, starved together, braved the hoses and vicious police dogs and died untimely on southern back roads together. These harsh truths lead to what we really feel when we see a seemingly together brother with a Caucasian woman and their children. That feeling is betrayed. While we exert efforts to raise our sons and daughters to appreciate themselves and respect others, most of us end up doing this important work alone, with no fathers or like representatives, limited financial support (often court-enforced) and, on top of everything else, an empty bed. It’s frustrating and it hurts!

Our minds do understand that people of all races find genuine love in many places. We dig that the world is full of amazing options. But underneath, there is a bite, no matter the ointment, that has yet to stop burning. Some may find these thoughts to be hurtful. That is not my intent. I’m just sayin’.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Here's one new Usher song I DO like...

This is off the new album Raymond V. Raymond. Sorry it sounds like a cassette tape...


Once upon a time, Usher was the one to beat. With every album released, he just kept getting better and better. Now he's getting worse, poor thing. Although he's still quite talented, does he need to hang it up? Is there an Usher DOOMSDAY in the near future? People are saying his marriage to Tameka Foster ruined his career. I don't really know about that. Maybe he's just trying much too hard to compete with the likes of Trey Songz and whoever else is hot out there. Well Usher has a new video out called, "OMG". This new jawn was produced by and also features will.i.am. I don't like it at all. Couldn't even finish watching the video. The choreography is mediocre. I mean, he's doing dance moves that I can do. I'm still an Usher fan but this song and video does nothing for me. See for yourself...that's if you can get through the whole thing.

Monday, March 29, 2010