Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Congrats to Misty Copeland



When I saw that Misty Copeland had become head ballerina of her company, I smiled. I would never have known about her if it wasn't for one of the brothers on my twitter timeline.. He puts up pictures of her from time to time, and I, being a bit perturbed about the dude's stream of female pictures from day to day, decided to look her up and read about her life.  What a great success story.

I think there have been other black ballerinas. But I think she is the first to get endorsement deals, and the first to be a principal ballerina in a non-minority company. 

Some little black girl who has always wished to be a ballerina now has one more to look up to.

GLORY!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In Remembrance of Phyllis Hyman

I was listening to ATL black talk radio this morning, and the host was featuring Phyllis Hyman as his bumper music for today.

It is the 20th anniversary of her death.

So I thought I would post up some of my favorite songs by her.

"Betcha By Golly Wow"




"Living All Alone"



"Living in Confusion"



"Be One" (from the movie School Daze)


I tell you... she knew how to dress, didn't she? Was sharp ALL the time. Man.

I hate that she took her own life.  I was only 25 years old when this happened, but I spent time thinking about it. What happened? Could anyone have helped her?  Sigh.

One of the great singers....

Gone, but not forgotten.

Monday, June 29, 2015

That Flag...


They've been talking about a woman going on the next $10 bill. Here you go:




Did you see this Bree Newsome climb that poll and take that flag down?


She was like that girl Mulan...



She worked that all the way out.

A modern day Wonder Woman.


Yeah, she broke the law. So what?

Heck, I was watching all this and wondering why no one had climbed up there and snatched it down or burnt it. I live in the south, and we down here ALL know what that's about.

I myself have had vile things yelled at me and things thrown at me by folks with that emblem somewhere on the pickup truck. Shoot, I was just trying to walk home from school!

To each his own. Not sure why the flag of a rebel nation flies in the south, but the massacre brought it all to light. And rightfully so.

Once she snatched it down, they put it right back up. Sigh.

One day hopefully, it will come down again... legally.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Freestyles... The Birthday Editon

Happy Friday!

I am calling this the birthday edition. No, it's not my birthday. But tomorrow is a birthday for something, and since I ain't posting anything tomorrow, we will celebrate today.

Happy Birthday MITCH!!!


Man... that dude is SO much bigger than in that picture. I think he was 6 months old in that picture. I don't have a current picture of him. He is so dark that he doesn't photograph well. But he is all boy, a little muscle man. And at night, he likes to lay on my head. This is irksome. He still thinks he is a kitten, when he is now a huge cat.

What he has done is calm Sista Callie Jo WAAAAY down. The focus of her attention is not me anymore. Sometimes I feel sad about that, but whatever. I needed her to calm down. So that's a good thing.

Their favorite activity is looking out the living room window.


I'm not so sure what's so interesting. My bushes are high. Not much to see. But they get a kick out of watching the locals cut the grass and trim hedges.  I rarely have people over, so this is a thing of joy!

So Happy Birthday Mitch. You are a VERY good kitty. Glad to have you.

This week has been a blur. I have been so busy. It feels like it was JUST Monday. And it's odd that I wish I could work this weekend. But I'm not going to do that.

I had a mammogram on Wednesday. I was annoyed with having an appointment because I couldn't work a full day, but that's just me being silly. Anyway, everything was alright. I will probably get a letter officially about it next week. It is a bit sobering to have to stop, experience the discomfort of the procedure, then sit and wait for the doctor to come in and put the slides of my breasts up on the screen. I could see the many veins running throughout them... and I could also see the two tiny titanium clips from the biopsies I had a couple of years ago. All of that made me think about what's really important in life. And I have to remind myself to stay focused on that very thing.

Just a thought, something I will be thinking about for awhile.

This has been an interesting week. Obamacare was upheld. Yet the Republicans will continue to fight against it, until they wear everybody out, I suppose. And gay marriage is now legal in the land. I think that may make the Republicans faint, it will.

I tell you... It's not a great time to be a republican. My goodness. No one seems to pay them much mind. I know I don't. I think I would have to be a middle aged white male from the south to consider them. And this is coming from me, someone who isn't all that pleased with the democratic party. I wish there were more choices. Repubiclans sure ain't it.

And I GASPED when Trump referred to Mexicans as criminals and rapists. Whelp. You just lost the hispanic vote, dude. (As if he cared). He came out yesterday and said he had great affection for the Mexican peoples. Ugh, you can't walk that one back, sir. No sir.

I tell you... this means I need another break from the news. It all has my head spinning.

The more I watch the news, the more I understand how they expressly dictate what we all think and talk about. Sigh. This is bad on SO many levels.

Song of the Week.
Trap Gospel Music!! "I Luh God" by Erica Campbell



Man... who in the world would've ever thought to make some TRAP gospel music! Wow. I have no words.  I don't like trap music, so I don't care for this song. But I just think it's so O_o. 

She HAD to have been sitting around listening to some Young Thug.  Had to.

That beat is kicking. You can twerk and be a thot to it.  Not sure that is good to be to gospel music.

Although this does seem to justify their could be female trap artists. Hmm...

And here's the thing: One MUST do something to capture the attention of the young people. MUST. By any means necessary. So if it gets one youngster to think about God, then go for it. That is all.

That's it for me.

I don't have much planned for the weekend. Pam has a popped strut, so I might go get that fixed. I haven't decided yet. I don't feel like getting up at 7:00 am on a Saturday morning.  If I have to, I will.  We shall see. (In other words, I need to stop being LAZY.  Humph.)

Have a good weekend.

On purpose...

Monday, June 22, 2015

Good Monday Afternoon


Monday!

I was so happy to get to work this morning. Don't laugh. It is true. I have a lot to do on a project this week, and if I play it right, I will be finished with it within the next 2 weeks. Today is simply a prep day. Full of stuff to do, but it is all prep. And I am good. Today should go by in a flash, and it already is.

I had a quiet weekend.  That's the way I like it. I was trying my best to stay cool. That is hard to do, seeing that the temperature this weekend in the ATL was in the 90s. And it will be in the 90s all week long. Sigh. My house ain't the coolest. I need one of those big 3 ton AC systems. I was all good nevertheless.

I went to church on Saturday night,  and I went to the movies on Sunday.

Movie of the Week.  In light of the prison escape a couple of  weeks ago, I watched The Shawshank Redemption. I love that movie. But this weekend's movie goal was to see...


That was a GREAT movie. Let me rephrase that: the special effects in the movie were GREAT. The storyline was a bit cornball. But this was meant to be an action film. And action there was.

I like to pay the money to see stuff like that in IMAX 3D. No other way to see it!

I think that may have been the first IMAX movie I've seen this year. There are 2 more I want to see this summer. So I need to save up money for that! LOL

Picture of the Week.  Your girl.  Sista Callie Jo.


She got the notion to jump in the dryer. I was folding clothes straight out the dryer. I left the room for something, and when I returned, there she was, in the dryer. In this picture, she's trying to figure out how to get past me, because she knows she shouldn't be in the dryer. She darted past me and hid out for awhile. Humph.

I'm glad only a shirt was left to fold. I would've had to wash things over. I have no time for that.

Song of the Week. I have always liked the rap group Camp Lo for their throwback style. Here's a mashup of the Luchini song with the Bobby Shmurda beat.



That is some awesomeness. It is one of the better blends/mash-ups I've heard in awhile. And I like real rapping. I can understand every word.  But dude with the toothpick in his mouth... that was a bit dangerous

That's it for me.

You know, our President of these beloved United States is about to open up the box on ya'll. First Lady Michelle has already came out the box. And she don't care what you say.

They just had the Prince/Stevie Wonder concert. They are packing up and getting ready to move on out.

They've been disrespected all these years. Hmmm...

Personally, I would say whatever is on my mind... on purpose. They on the president word for saying the word nigga. Heck, he's been called it enough. He has a right to break down what he thinks about the use of it. And he was on point.

I would tell all us ALL what I thought... On purpose.

On purpose... then drop the mike.

Really though.

No apologies. DEAL WITH IT.

The country seems to be at a... fever pitch right now. I don't know what other words to use to describe it. I just hope we all be alright.

And we will.

Holla!

Have a great week :)