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Booty Shakin…sick of it..did I mention I’m sick of it

Last week I asked my Facebook fam to give me suggestions for my blog. One of the suggestions came from a young lady who, like me, is sick and tired sick and damn tired of seeing booty shakin’ and booty wrangin’ (as my grandma calls it) on BET.

BET has gotten to the point where it is almost shameful. I used to think that maybe the head honchos over at BET didn’t realize that children were watching, but then I woke up and accepted the fact that the head honchos over at BET didn’t give a damn about corrupting the minds of the children that are watching. It is all about the Benjamins and obviously this day and age booty shakin’ brings in lots of Benjamins. The show 106 & Park on BET is geared towards teens, and I swear everytime I see a peek of it (by mistake) somebody is poppin, lockin or droppin. The show has very high ratings, and the children can learn all the hot, new twirk moves from the comfort of their own home. Just flip to 106 & Park and learn how twirk twirk that thang. smh…BET has to do better.

Music videos on BET in my opinion are borderline Soft Porn. The only thing missing is the actual act of sex, even though I am pretty sure that I caught a glimpse of a lil sex in the new Trey Songz video I Invented Sex.

I know many will argue that it is ultimately up to the parents to monitor what their children watch and hear, but let’s get real folks a lot of the music today is filled with pure, unadulterated corruption. There is enough vioence and sex in it to last these children a lifetime.

But let’s take a trip back in time. Do yall remember when Donnie Simpson hosted Video Soul on BET? Now THAT was a music video show.  (I had no idea Donnie was doing this now, just shows I’m not keeping up) I swear BET has soooo fallen off since then. Take a look at what we are now missing because BET has chosen to air music video  programs that for the most part have no sustenance and show black people in a not so positive light.

Donnie Simpson interview w/Angela Winbush (still love me some Angela!!)

Donnie Simpson interview w/ El DeBarge (I love me some El..and I like it and I like it 🙂

Karyn White performing live on Video Soul

Sherry Carter interview w/Envogue

…speaking of En Vogue, whatever happened to female singing groups that had more than one singer that could lead a song? I’m just saying, it’s okay to be able to dance and take care of backgrounds, but what about a group with the total package? Whatever happened to that?

That trip down memory lane makes me even more disgruntled by what you can see on music video programs today, especially those aired on BET. In case you don’t watch, here is what you are missing, but your children are seeing on BET…care to take a look….

Ester Dean f/Chris Brown-Drop it Low  (then even hump the floor on that one) ||blank stare||

Beyonce Kitty Kat  (luv me some Beyonce, but she does too much gyrating and twirking for the kiddos watching)

Along with the booty shaking and floor humping BET also offers a huge variety of music based solely on stuntin, driving new whips and wearing shiny jewelry.  I won’t get into that much because I have discussed it before and it hurts my head to think that so many songs can be written, recorded and made into videos over the same crappy, blingy, stuntin hot mess. ugh

I am honestly thinking of adding BET to my list of things I am silently protesting…well not so silently protesting. But it does mean that I will not watch, contribute funds to, or co-sign on behalf of it once it lands on the silent protest list. R. Kelly has been there so long that he is collecting dust.

I feel that it is time for black music and the lovers of black music to take a stand and bring back the music that we grew to love. Music that touched the soul and Set You Adrift On Memory Bliss. (luv that song to this day) Enough of the exploiting of black women, enough of the cursing and turning every song into a contest of who has the most bling. Who cares?

Whatever happened to music like this…

Zhane-Sending My Love to You

Sure they showed a little skin, but there was no twirking and gyrating. There was no one with a platinum grill in their mouth screaming obscenities and bobbing up and down.

Of course there is still good music out there. Not all artist have the limited talents of only making pop lock and drop it music or rapping about their new chains. Some artists still write from their heart and not their other lusting body parts. The chore is sifting out the crap to find the goodies.

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I Have a Problem with Joe Jackson

JJacksonI have a problem with Joe Jackson. No, I don’t personally know Joe Jackson, but in my opinion he is one of those fellas who you can smell the jerk oozing through his pours. I may be wrong, but I believe that having Joe Jackson as a father was a major contribution to Michael Jackson’s “issues”.  I know that MJ fans hate to admit that Michael had some “issues”, but let’s face facts, he did.

I think these issues began way back in the day when Poppa Joe decided that his boys would form a group and make him some money. Joe Jackson claims that the movie  The Jacksons was not a completely true picture of life in the Jackson home, but most people, myself included, believe that Joe was nothing to play with. He claims that he never beat his children  and that as a matter of fact, Katherine, their mother spanked the children more than he did, since he was away from home a lot, working two jobs. I can believe that Katherine spanked….and I can definitely believe that Joe beat.

click here to watch Joe Jackson on Larry King Live.

jjackson1Then there has been Joe’s heinous behavior since Michael Jackson passed away. At the BET Awards 2009 Joe was interviewed on the red carpet and he showed no compassion and honestly seemed as if he had no clue as to how the rest of his family was doing. Neither did he show much concern or signs of grief for losing a son. Not only did he seem detached from the happenings of the family, but Joe seemed to care more about his own “career.” While being interviewed by John Lemon of CNN Joe Jackson went on to give a shameless plug of his new record company and had his publicist to read a prepared statement.

It has also been said that  Joe has approached Michael’s children in an attempt to have them form a music group and do some touring. Joe says this is a bunch of jive, but in my opinion showing no compassion for the death of your own son is more than a  bunch of jive.

Video of Joe on the red carpet acting like a jive turkey.

Regardless of what Joe has to say, there is some underlying reason why his son would write him out of his will. There has to be some reason his wife of over fifty years lives in one home and he lives in another. There definitely is a problem and I think that problem is Joe Jackson!

Africa in April

Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival

 

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The 23rd Annual Africa in April Celebration held in Memphis, TN will take place April 16-19, 2009 in Robert R. Church Park in downtown Memphis. This year’s featured country is The Republic of Mauritania. 

I will definitely be in attendance. I love going out to the festival each year and viewing and purchasing the beautiful paintings, handmade jewelry, clothing, handbags and a host of other rarities. The smell of the delicate incense fills the air along with the great food being prepared by the country’s natives.  The music is vibrant and flowing through the festival by way of the breezes from the Mississippi River. This is an event for the entire family. It is an opportunity for those young and old to get a glimpse of Africa and its major significance to African Americans.

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”
-Margaret Mead

This video has footage of past Africa in Aprica festivals —> Africa in April, Memphis, TN

Here is more information on the featured country of The Republic of Mauritania

National Geographic – Mauritania

Business Africa.net – The Islamic Republic of Mauritania

I also found this blog on Blogger that has good info on The Republic of Mauritania and some beautiful photos of the country –> Saharan Vibe – Mauritania

Music…the good ole days (I♥Music Post 1)

MUSIC

While blog browsing I came across a picture of MC Lyte and immediately the following lyrics began to flow through my head

You can cha-cha-cha to this Mardis Gras
I’m the dopest female that you’ve heard thus far
And I do get better, the voice gets wetter
Nobody gets hurt (as long as you let her)
Do my thing with an ’89 swing
The dopeness I write, I guarantee delight

Hot shit wasn’t it?

Sometimes I find myself getting completely lost in music. I put on a David Ruffin cd or maybe some old New Edition and I’m gone…zoning, somewhere back to a time and place where music grabbed a hold of your senses and wouldn’t let go. You had to pry yourself from its grasp because they were so tight and strong that even though you fought back, sometimes you eventually let yourself go to be engulfed by the music.

speaking of David Ruffin…check out this video…classic…

Music like that can’t be replaced. With today’s mixture of drop and shake your booty music and wanna be gangsta’s the quality of music is nowhere near the level it used to be.  Nowadays you have to partake of 99% of the stuff we really loved back in the day and find a few songs out of the 1% left to fulfill your music needs. But back in the day it wasn’t like that. You could throw on some Eric B & Rakim or some Whodini and forget yourself. You’d be jammin’ so hard that you’d be tempted to buy yourself a boom box and carry it on your shoulder like Radio Raheem just so you wouldn’t have to be away from the music for one moment.

The artists enjoyed what they were doing and we enjoyed listening to them and watching them perform. Back when New Edition said they were With You All The Way…it was believable. When LL Cool J said he would Crush You Like a Jellybean…it was believable lol When Whodini asked about Friends the listeners were like hmmm what about my friends, how many of us really have them? When Freddie Jackson crooned Have You Ever Loved Somebody….we got to thinking about real love…..Music used to sweep you off your feet and take you to another level. True enough there are some artists today that can hold their own such as Anthony Hamilton, Common, Kanye West, India Arie and a host of others, but it still doesn’t take the memory of the back in the day music from my heart and my head.

Here’s to us music lovers! Enjoy!

Whodini – One Love

LL Cool J – I’m Bad

(I aint seen shit like this SINCE!!!)

Marvin Gaye- What’s Goin On (live)

Salt & Pepa – Push It

Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick on Soul Train

The Beauty of BLACK

type-setWhen asked who was more beautiful, Beyonce or India Arie, 90% of the people polled from the radio station said that India Arie was more beautiful.

I heard this on the Michael Baisden Show and as I recall he was only asking the younger people who they considered more beautiful. According to the results, the young people said that in their opinion it was India Arie.

Here is my problem with that, of the 90% that voted that India Arie was more beautiful, 40% of them were only saying India Arie to fit in with the blackness of the poll and topic at hand. Of the remaining 50% assuming half of them were males, if put in a real life situation and neither Beyonce nor India Arie were celebrities, they would approach Beyonce before they would India Arie.

One young lady called and stated that she thought that Beyonce was more attractive than India Arie. She said that if she didn’t know anything about either woman, hadn’t heard their music or anything about them, her choice would be Beyonce. Then a male caller stated that India Arie was more beautiful and that when people say that Beyonce is more beautiful it has something to do with how they were raised and that he was raised not to automatically think that a lighter skinned person was more attractive than a darker skinned person.

((but does a person stating that Beyonce is more beautiful automatically mean they chose her because she is lighter skinned??))

….  thoughts on this very topic have been rolling around in my head over this for a while. 

Black is beautiful. There are many shades of black and none outshine the other. The shades range from shades of tan to deep browns, each beautiful and black. However there are some black people who have gotten on a black power kick and suddenly feel that anyone who has relaxed hair, wears a weave, fake nails or doesn’t burn incense and plan rallies are somehow faking the funk. Somehow if you do any of the things listed above you are not embracing your African American culture.

I truly don’t believe that just because you relax your hair or wear hair extensions that you are any less black than a sista who wears her hair natural. And I also don’t believe that just because a person thinks Beyonce is more attractive than India Arie that they are somehow racially blindfolded and have issues with being black. True, some of those people would only say Beyonce because she is lighter skinned, but some would say she is more beautiful to them than India Arie because they prefer a Beyonce type sista over an India Arie type sista. Is that wrong? NO, it isn’t.  Just as some men would prefer India Arie because they love her look, some would choose Beyonce because they are more attracted to her.

African Americans have enough historical baggage surrounding skin color and self love, so why is that centuries later, now instead of house nigga versus field nigga, we are now battling over skin color, what is actually beautiful and what is actually real when it comes to our physical appearances? 

Black is Beautiful PERIOD so why are we trying to define which aspects of a black person is beautiful?

Why should a person have to choose to wear their hair in the natural form to be considered real? Is the realness of black beauty defined by a person’s hair?

Why should a person have to say that darker skin is more beautiful than lighter skin in order to be embracing their roots? Is the realness in the shade of black?

No, it isn’t.

Black is beautiful let that be the end of the sentence. There should be no conforming or need to conform to what certain people have concluded to be the beauty of blackness….

I like Rap Music BUT…….

I like rap music BUT can we get some real lyrics, I mean seriously can we get past the grills and 24’s and bust it babies

side note- what sane, GROWN woman is calling herself or allowing herself to be called a bust it baby?

I turn on the radio and I am going to either hear someone talking about how many hos they have or how far their car sits off the ground. That’s all nice and good (well not the hos part) but shouldn’t there be more to it than just beating some body’s head in, having wild sex and buying pricey jewelry? Is that all there is to life for people?

I say all of this to say; I agree when it is said that rap music has a very strong NEGATIVE impact on young people. From their physical appearances to the way they view life, rap music is playing a huge role in what young people feel is reality. It is screwing with their perception of real life. You can see it in the way they talk and the way they walk. They have began to believe that the rapper’s lifestyle or persona is a way of life, not just for the rapper, but for them also. So they take these persona’s into the schools, into their homes and into their everyday lives and they become their own Lil Wayne or Jeezy. They forget that they are Andre or Michael, they become Lil Mike or Dre and suddenly school is nowhere near as important as having enough money to buy you a Cutlass and fill it up with bust it babies. They no longer see the need for education and morals, because now they have a Cutlass sitting on 24’s, their grill is shining and all the hos love them. (hos meaning those young ladies attending school with them)  Why go to school and strive to  make straight A’s when 24’s on your car will get you hos and straight A’s just get you a ribbon at the school award ceremony?

side note- I have seen so many young men ages 14-25 that look like Lil Wayne that it is ridiculous. Dreads here, dreads there, dreads, dreads everywhere.

So now we have a generation of young people who either want to have a bust it baby in their bed or be someone’s bust it baby. We have teenage girls who think they aren’t pretty unless they have on a face full of Mac makeup and a Dolce & Gabbana bag, all paid for by their drug dealing boyfriend who drives a Cutlass on 24’s and has too many other bust it babies to count.

These young ladies believe that what they see on television and hear on the radio is reality and that it is most definitely the reality that they want for themselves. For them being a bust it baby is a good thing, being his main bitch is a great accomplishment and showing ALL of your body is what gets you the most material things and material things make you who you are.

Mix the unrealistic perception both the young men and women have and you get destruction. You get young men selling drugs and robbing in order to have the Cutlass on 24’s, the platinum grills and the J’s on their feet. You get young women being promiscuous because sex sells and when you give up the sex he gives up the dough, so you both shine.

Like I said, I like Rap Music but…it really needs to be under construction, not all, but the majority of it does more harm than good.

Now even with the harm that rap music is doing, parents are still held accountable because many of them just don’t give a damn. They too are living the lifestyles that the music speaks of, so they in no way can tell the children differently. Some of these same young ladies who are out having sex and drinking are seeing their mothers aka Mz Bust it Baby doing the exact same thing. A lot of these children are seeing their fathers out hustling and selling dope so hey if its good for dad, then it is A-OK for me. Parents need to be the first people in the “Getting My Shit Together” line. Yes we can say that rap music is destructive, but so is bad behavior from parents, so is parents living violent, illegal lifestyles.

..and we wonder why our children are violent, disobedient and outright acting foolish. With a mixture of rap music and parents who are slacking, these children are becoming exactly what they see, hear and have grown to know.

R. Kelly Interview on BET (wrong answer)

I watched the interview with R. Kelly on BET  last night, did you? 

Well if you didn’t, you didn’t miss much, well you did miss R. Kelly say some of the stupidest ish I have ever heard in my life (and believe me I have heard quite a bit of stupid bullish in my 27 years of living) What you didn’t miss was any pertinent information concerning the case, any full fledge denials of sexing young girls, you didn’t miss any juicy gossip or reasons why R. Kelly thinks everyone is out to get him. You want to know why you didn’t miss any of those things, good you asked, because I am quite happy to tell you, you didn’t miss any of that because they didn’t talk about any of that.

The 30 minute interview (actually more like 17 mins because of all of the commercials) was basically Toure of BET asking R. Kelly a few simple, easy to answer questions that you, me and even Elmer Fudd could have answered without hesitation, but not Kels. Nope he couldn’t even answer the simple questions with ease. smh

When asked if he liked teenage girls, R. Kelly responded, “how young?” He then questioned what should be considered a teenager and lastly stated that he has 19 year old ‘friends”.  Not the right answer Kels, not the right answer.

Any grown person who did not like teenage girls, and who had been found not guilty of child molestation and pornography charges because they honestly didn’t do it would have given a different answer.  Hmmm let’s see here are a few answers a grown person who did not like teenage girls, and who had been found not guilty of child molestation and pornography charges because they honestly didn’t do it may have given.

  • No I do not like teenage girls
  • No and I have never liked teenage girls except when I was a teenager
  • No I do not like teenage girls and justice was served, I was not and am not guilty of the alleged charges

But not Kels, he had to go and screw up what should have been one of the easiest questions he has been asked in the past 7 years that the charges have been investigated.  Simple question, simple answer, but I guess for R.Kelly there was room for thought on that one.

I have personally been on a “Say No to Kels” silent protest. I have not purchased any of his music and when it comes on the radio I turn from it. Even when one of my ultimate jams came on the other day “Ignition” I remained on my protest and quickly turned the station. I don’t support pedophiles, so he has been on my “shit list” from the moment I came to the conclusion that he was guilty of all charges. And believe me that was way back when the piss first hit the fan. It may have taken them seven years to try him in court, but I came to my decision long ago….the protest continues.

Here is a snippet of the video  in case you missed the little that was revealed. However it is the most crucial part of the interview, the part where Kels says all the wrong things  ***rolling eyes very hard***