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A Happy Monday

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on November 26, 2012 at 6:43 am

November 26th is a special day for me,
it is the 23rd annual of my first born she.

Her name is Quionja & for her I am blessed.
She was the inspiration for my building a nest.

And so it is Monday, another day of celebration,
in a month that surely holds a lot of parallel relations:

The president was re-elected and then THANKSGIVING came,
This 2012 November is encased in a unified frame.

I am thankful for the sunrise, that has yet to do so in A-Z.
It’s only 6:29 am (now) and the sun won’t rise until 6:43.

I’ll be looking to the sky at the moment of its dawn.
I was up at 4am – tis when I ceased my yawn.

I’m bright eyed and busy tailed, my mind is fixed on the go.
I’ve already done my meditation and had my cup of morning jo.

I even caught a little Creflo Dollar – he comes on promptly at 5.
I absorbed the word of the Lord and am Happy to be alive.

It’s already Monday again as we slide into the later of the month.
And I am without complaint. I’ve been loving life a bunch.

I’ve got bootcamp to tend to at about 9 am sharp.
This fitness kick is beginning to stick & is duly good for my heart.

It’s also toning my thighs, my arms and tightening up my belly.
I will still remain my jovial same, but without the cellulite jelly.


Here’s to the sun arising and making this another funday,
I’m Qui
A very thankful she, wishing you a Happy Monday!


In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on November 22, 2012 at 6:18 am

Don’t be blind to the calories that are waiting to be had.
It’s a moment on the lips but quite-the-spread on your abs.

I’m THANKFUL for this day and THANKFUL for my family.
I’m dining with non-dna today & am glad that they’d have me.

I’m still in Arizona and the weather is quite lovely.
I started my day at 7am by letting boot camp hug me.

I’m Thankful for you stopping by to read my Girble-Girble.
I’m Qui
and that’s my turkey lingo – I’m not smoking herbal-herbal.

Though I do feel quite high
I’m sure it’s the endorphins that are nigh.


In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics on November 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

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Well, you know me – I have quite a bit to say,
and I very much like versing it in a Griot way.

So today we’ll begin where I feel best
and touch on the subject of Alan West.

Happy am I to hear the Floridian people shout:
Hip! Hip! Hooray!!! Alan West is OUT!

He lost the election & he lost all the love
that he believed he had gained via the Tea Party shove.

I am thankful for life and all who are positively living,
but Romney’s gaffes are the gifts that keep on giving.

The election is over, only 14-days ago
and the Republicans are already campaigning for the next ‘fo.

It’s easy to verse on their actions in rhyme:
Republicans seriously need to get-with-the-times.

I don’t make the headlines, I am limited to a report.
And Rubio is taking a stance, in a pitch for the next four.

The fiscal cliff is also looming and it looks scary but
I believe the Pres has said he won’t extend the Bush Tax cuts.

Is it true? It is it true?
Will he do it for the middle classed me and you?

He that maketh the most – should give back more
than you and I and our middle class
(paycheck) score.

If all does not go well and we do fall off of the fiscal cliff,
a great portion of the blame will be on the Republicans lift.

That’s not my opinion. I’m not doing the most.
I got that 411 from old Huffington Post.

This is no blame game situation. We need to arrive at a unity point.
We need both sides to come together and make an economical working joint.

Economics was one of my favorite subjects back in the days of high school,
but the way congress has handled it as of late… is so fiscally uncool.

I pray we can come together, build a united front and be strong.
In the words of the late Rodney King, “Can we all just get along?”

Happy am I still – that Thanksgiving is due this very week,
I won’t be with my Texas fam, but I will enjoy good eats.

I’ll iPhone (FaceTime) with my Momma and my the rest of my family abroad,
I’m Qui
Perusing the News with thee – of which I am thankful to God.

Let’s unite fiscally & resist the fall.

I’m no carpenter – so I don’t build walls

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Technology on November 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm

No one body can do everything, but you sure can do a lot. I’ve never been one to put creedance in limitations. In fact, I love a challenge and have been known to go for the impossible and in most cases, I’d pull-it-off. But when it came to the most mundane things like running a mile, (or just running period), I couldn’t seem to do it. I tried to blame it on my body-type and allergies. I’m an asthmatic. Little did I know, I was building a wall of limitations as it pertained to exercise. Limitations can be simplified, by using the equation, mind over matter. Have you ever heard of it? My high school sweet heart used to tell me, (in reference to my running limitations) “If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” And I’d always smile and think, “he’s highly optimistic.” But the truth is, he was right. Limitations are walls of mental belief. Walls that I no longer build.

“If you think that you can do a thing – you most certainly can.
If you think you can not do it – you absolutely can not”

Jeff Lewis [Quad amputee]

It’s up to you, which brings me to a reality show production that we’ve been working on and boy have I been enlightened. With our camera’s we follow the lives of 10 very special individuals who have each lost limbs. One of the reality show stars is a Quad, (meaning he has lost all four of his limbs) and each of the others are missing only one or both legs or have lost both arms. There are 4 women and 6 men ranging from maybe 21-60. AWESOME group of folk. Through them I have gained much strength and encouragement. Through them I have realized I am more handicap than they’d ever be. Because their minds are wide open to new and uncharted possibilities, and my own mind (initially) not so much. ABC News did a piece on a quadruple that I’d like to share with you and I an sure you would conclude, life is best lived, “mind over matter”:

Twenty-three-year-old Taylor Morris lost all four limbs in a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan last May. His childhood friend, photographer Tim Dodd, has documented his recovery, shining light on the unbreakable bond between the hometown hero and his sweetheart.

Taylor and his girlfriend, Danielle Kelly, have known each other since high school.

Taylor and Tim met nine years ago on a summer job on a cornfield. Tim was 18, Taylor only 14.

“I guess being from Iowa that should be stereotypical but that’s exactly how we met,” Dodd said.

The two bonded over their love of automobiles and adventure.

“He and his friends were so young and adventurous and always kind of mischievous,” Dodd said. “I guess that was our common bond. Well, that and cars and motorcycles.”

But everything changed when that bomb went off in Afghanistan.

“The biggest fear anyone can face is losing a good friend of theirs. And that’s almost what I thought happened the day I found out,” Dodd said. “When I found out, I just sat there and cried. No words came out at all.”

Danielle, Taylor’s girlfriend, lived hours away from their hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa. As soon as she heard the news that he’d been injured, she came straight home.

“She just dropped everything the day she heard and she came home,” Dodd said. “She hasn’t left his side ever since.”

Danielle often carries Taylor on her back and has been with him almost every moment of his recovery.

“She pushes him as much as he pushes himself, and it’s a very mutual determination,” Dodd said. “Just to watch her go through these things and really push him is so inspirational. It’s something we’d all wish of ourselves if we were going through this situation.”

“The picture of Taylor and Danielle working out together — look at their faces,” Dodd said. “You can tell he’s working so hard, exerting a lot of energy. He’s doing his absolute best to get the most of his workout time and he’s really pushing himself. And then you look at Danielle’s face and you can really tell in her smile. She’s smiling, she’s so proud. You can see it in her face. She’s so proud and she’s pushing him and she’s determined too.”

Taylor has made great progress using prosthetic limbs. He even danced with his sweetheart at a friend’s wedding.

Despite the leaps and bounds Taylor has made with the help of Danielle, life has changed forever for the trio.

“Sure, we all miss his hands. It’d be a lot easier if he had a hand or two but those are the things you have to go through. It’s not fun to watch this happen to your friend or watch Danielle deal with this frustration,” Dodd said. “But if anyone can overcome and see the good in everything and succeed, it’s Taylor and Danielle.”

To see more photos of Taylor’s recovery, click here or visit


Mind over matter. You can do it if you believe.
I’m Qui
And we can do whatever our beautiful minds conceive.

I’m no carpenter – so I don’t build walls

Basic Rules for Being A Side Chick

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement on November 15, 2012 at 5:57 am

I could not help but repost this awesome piece from It is so befitting in the face of General Patreaus’ side chick(s) scandal. Speaking of scandal, the whole debacle seems like it could have easily fitted into this seasons SCANDAL series. ABC writers have been relentless in scripting juicy filth for the primetime soap opera. Have you been watching? Wether you have or not, General Patreaus’ scandal trumps. For it is real life. Without further ado, clutch your pearls and enjoy the Basic Rules for Being a Side Chick, as reported by Demetria L. Lucas:

I’ve published this with a bit of trepidation. Years ago, a fellow writer-friend wrote a similarly titled post about how to be a good jump off and hell fire and damnation rained upon him from across the Internet.  To be clear: in no way am I suggesting that a side-chick is a role to strive for (nor is being the “main chick”, the implication being that there’s you and others). I am, however, suggesting if that Girlfriend Number Two is the role you have settled upon, then you must stay in the lane you chose or leave the “relationship”.

It seems like everyone and their mama is talking about former CIA head David Petraeus, who resigned on Friday due to an extra-marital affair. It was on the front page of most newspapers and their accompanying sites, and every commentator has been ready with talking points, which can be loosely summarized as “what the hell was he thinking? Petraeus was the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and some baffling way how thought he could send letters to his mistress and they would go undiscovered.

The affair – with married biographer Paula Broadwell —would have likely gone undetected a wee bit longer, if Broadwell hadn’t sent anonymous and threatening emails to Jill Kelley (also married), a woman she believed was romantically involved with Petraeus. (Kelley denies she any romantic involvement.) Kelley reported the harassing emails to the FBI, they traced them back to Broadwell and in the process discovered her affair with Petraeus. Womp, womp.

Broadwell’s actions make it clear that some side chicks are confused about their role in relationships (or, er, not. recently ran a story about a mistress of 15 years who was uncomfortably cool in her lane.) In the spirit of helping all the “other women” out there, I offer the following suggestions:

Do Expect Him to Cheat With Other Women

I know he’s told you his “situation” is “complicated”  and maybe he’s even said “I love you.” If he really did, you would have already been Number 1. It’s all lies (which for the men reading, ya’ll have to stop doing. Filling women’s heads with fantasies, even if she should know better, is how you get the windows busted out your car). Maybe you two really do have some sort of bond. Fine. It’s still completely unreasonable to expect someone who is demonstrating a penchant for infidelity by being with you, to be faithful—sort of because he’s still having sex with the woman he’s claiming—to you.

Do Use Condoms

Don’t be in denial. He’s not just having sex with you. At minimum, it’s you and the woman he’s still claiming. Your situation is bad enough. There’s no sense in bringing a kid into it (and that’s also no guarantee he’ll leave his woman or that she’ll leave him) or contracting and sexually transmitted infection.

Do Not Contact the Main Girl

You knew when you took up with him—or shortly thereafter– that there was already someone in the Number 1 spot. You may not have liked it, but by staying, you accepted your role. Her position doesn’t change because you caught feelings and now you want him to be yours alone. And too, she probably knows about you—you’re likely not the first or the last—and for whatever reason, she’s chosen to stick around.
Even if “wifey” were to leave, opening up that main slot, you’re unlikely to get promoted to the position. Plus, do you really want it? If he cheats with you, he’ll definitely cheat on you.

Do Not Contact the Other Woman/Women

You have no leverage as you’re not his wife/woman/girl. How do you even identify yourself on that call? “Hey, this is Jenna. I’m Malcolm’s… uh…” What do you ID yourself as? …click here to continue reading the 411.


So now you know General Patreaus (and possibly General Allen) is a decorated stunner.
Kind of reminds me of Democrat John Edwards past troubles with Rielle Hunter.

She was the side kick that turned into the scandalous baby moma
around the time his wife was dying & we elected President Obama.

Remember that?
Democrats wore the infidelity hat.

Before that it was Monica Lewinski and President Clintons show,
He utilized a cigar and she utilized ye ol’ blow.

But a stain on her blue dress made it a much bigger mess.
Now it’s a conservative generals test.

God bless. I truly dig General P. He’s a military rider.
But this scandal bears the magnitude of ol’ Samson and Delilah.

The wench brought him down in an attempt to scare off a rival wench.
This has resulted in a resignation and General P. taking the bench.

General Allen ain’t resigning. He stands that he has done nothing.

And that Jill Kelley is just a friend – there is no side kick (swinger) loving.

I believe him YO. We need him on duty. I hope it pans out,
that this scandal is not his. THIS – he knows nothing about.

I pray to God he’s right. Because Paula Broadwell has started a fire.
And I for one am upset that General P had to retire.

Most liberals have no quams about folks having affairs
But the conservatives put rules in place long ago – that still reside there.

Rules about being faithful when serving in a decorated coat.
Rules they now struggle to meet & has trapped a few of their goats.

It’s all on them YO!

Who knew a scandal this size would surface in the GOP and be so wench’ly thick?
I’m Qui
And I guess it’s high time to share with all: Basic Rules of Being a Side Chick.

Doing it RAW

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on November 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

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I’ve always lived cautiously. I’ve always lived safe,
but I’m thinking of letting go & consequence is staring me in the face.

I already condone condom-wearing & having protection for your cell phone,
Now I’m advocating eating RAW and I am not alone.

Meet 72-year old Annette Larkins, she’s been Doing it Raw since she was 40.
And the way that she looks against her husband makes a spectator say: Good Lawdy!

Annette started Doing it RAW when she was 40-years old,
and her choice to do so, has panned out to be youthful gold!

There’s another sexy lady, whose lifestyle makes one say “Oui Oui”,
This young lady also does RAW; She’s 72, her name is Mimi.

Mimi Kirk wouldn’t have it any other way,
she’s defying age and is looking great!

She’s got two grown daughters that she loves to parade,
Unfortunately for the kids, Mom looks about their age.

Oops! They better start taking notes from the leader.
Strip down and eat RAW – be a vegan eater.

Me, myself, I eat meat. Me, myself, I’m in boot camp.
Me myself, am looking for a health boost & eating RAW may be my amp.

But before we talk about me, let’s stay focused herein
and talk about the book SOAK YOUR NUTS by the fine & sexy Karyn.

Karyn Calabrese is 65 and she published the book last year.
Her looks by far doesn’t match her age – and is good reason for cheer.

How long have we sought out the fountain of youth?
How long have we known the “processed foods” truth?

How long will we continue to act not wise?
Take a page from these women and put wisdom in stride.

Each woman has published a book on being RAW.
Each woman is the best at her age, that I ever saw.

I’m a 40 year old kid and I yearn to get better.
So I’m peeping Doing it RAW because I’m a go getter.

I started with boot camp and added in CHIPOTLE salads.
Not I’m scoping growing my own lettuce. Yep! I’m going at it.

I’m out here in Arizona, where the summers heat is off the chain,
I could possibly grow food in the fall, but still we lack the rain.

But I’m not giving up so easy, researching these woman gave me pause
I’m on fire and do desire to merge my fitness with Doing it RAW.

Wish me well on my journey and by all means tell me all about yours,
I’m Qui
On a health kick that I pray will stick; For a quality life – I want MORE.

By all means,
How are you DOING IT?

Out loud with Maureen Dowd

In Communication, Networking, News, Politics on November 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

Op-Ed Columnist Maureen Dowd publishes this piece in the New York Times from her Washington, DC positioned desk:  ROMNEY IS PRESIDENT. Fab5Freddy shared it with me on FaceBook and I thought it was ripe for shring it with you. Enjoy the feed:

IT makes sense that Mitt Romney and his advisers are still gobsmacked by the fact that they’re not commandeering the West Wing.

(Though, as “The Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver jested, the White House might have been one of the smaller houses Romney ever lived in.)

Team Romney has every reason to be shellshocked. Its candidate, after all, resoundingly won the election of the country he was wooing.

Mitt Romney is the president of white male America.

Maybe the group can retreat to a man cave in a Whiter House, with mahogany paneling, brown leather Chesterfields, a moose head over the fireplace, an elevator for the presidential limo, and one of those men’s club signs on the phone that reads: “Telephone Tips: ‘Just Left,’ 25 cents; ‘On His Way,’ 50 cents; ‘Not here,’ $1; ‘Who?’ $5.”

In its delusional death spiral, the white male patriarchy was so hard core, so redolent of country clubs and Cadillacs, it made little effort not to alienate women. The election had the largest gender gap in the history of the Gallup poll, with Obama winning the vote of single women by 36 percentage points.

As W.’s former aide Karen Hughes put it in Politico on Friday, “If another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue.”

Some Republicans conceded they were “a ‘Mad Men’ party in a ‘Modern Family’ world” (although “Mad Men” seems too louche for a candidate who doesn’t drink or smoke and who apparently dated only one woman). They also acknowledged that Romney’s strategists ran a 20th-century campaign against David Plouffe’s 21st-century one.

But the truth is, Romney was an unpalatable candidate. And shocking as it may seem, his strategists weren’t blowing smoke when they said they were going to win; they were just clueless.

Until now, Republicans and Fox News have excelled at conjuring alternate realities. But this time, they made the mistake of believing their fake world actually existed. As Fox’s Megyn Kelly said to Karl Rove on election night, when he argued against calling Ohio for Obama: “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?”

Romney and Tea Party loonies dismissed half the country as chattel and moochers who did not belong in their “traditional” America. But the more they insulted the president with birther cracks, the more they tried to force chastity belts on women, and the more they made Hispanics, blacks and gays feel like the help, the more these groups burned to prove that, knitted together, they could give the dead-enders of white male domination the boot.

The election about the economy also sounded the death knell for the Republican culture wars.

Romney was still running in an illusory country where husbands told wives how to vote, and the wives who worked had better get home in time to cook dinner. But in the real country, many wives were urging husbands not to vote for a Brylcreemed boss out of a ’50s boardroom whose party was helping to revive a 50-year-old debate over contraception.

Just like the Bushes before him, Romney tried to portray himself as more American than his Democratic opponent. But America’s gallimaufry wasn’t knuckling under to the gentry this time.

If 2008 was about exalting the One, 2012 was about the disenchanted Democratic base deciding: “We are the Ones we’ve been waiting for.”

Last time, Obama lifted up the base with his message of hope and change; this time the base lifted up Obama, with the hope he will change. He has not led the Obama army to leverage power, so now the army is leading Obama.

When the first African-American president was elected, his supporters expected dramatic changes. But Obama feared that he was such a huge change for the country to digest, it was better if other things remained status quo. Michelle played Laura Petrie, and the president was dawdling on promises. Having Joe Biden blurt out his support for gay marriage forced Obama’s hand.

The president’s record-high rate of deporting illegal immigrants infuriated Latinos. Now, on issues from loosening immigration laws to taxing the rich to gay rights to climate change to legalizing pot, the country has leapt ahead, pulling the sometimes listless and ruminating president by the hand, urging him to hurry up.

More women voted than men. Five women were newly elected to the Senate, and the number of women in the House will increase by at least three. New Hampshire will be the first state to send an all-female delegation to Congress. Live Pink or Dye.

Meanwhile, as Bill Maher said, “all the Republican men who talked about lady parts during the campaign, they all lost.”

The voters anointed a lesbian senator, and three new gay congressmen will make a total of five in January. Plus, three states voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, told The Washington Post’s Ned Martel that gays, whose donations helped offset the Republican “super PACs,” wanted to see an openly gay cabinet secretary and an openly gay ambassador to a G-20 nation.

Bill O’Reilly said Obama’s voters wanted “stuff.” He was right. They want Barry to stop bogarting the change.

Happy for The WHOLE

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics on November 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

o election day came and passed bringing with it much voting drama,
but at the end of the day: HIP HIP HOORAY! The country re-elected President Obama.

Am I happy? You bet! I’ve got nothing but energetic cheers.
Obama Care will flourish fair over the next four years.

I have private medical insurance, but all Americans need a score.
I was uninsured for 3-years straight when my Texas job outsourced.

President Obama has vowed to not reward, but tax companies that go abroad.
Caring for the people and insuring the home base, is no democratic facade.

The Obamas beat the Romney’s & not just for the White House stake.
Michelle also be Ann in the Presidential Cookie Bake.

Did you bake? Did you vote? Family Circle held the poll,
Mama Kaye’s White & Dark Chocolate chip cookies, took the sweet, sweet gold.

It wasn’t political, the poll was done in fun.
Ann Romney’s M&M cookie recipe was quite the sweet tooth YUM!

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And so election day has passed – no sore losers, we’re all winners.
I’m most grateful for the young & Latino vote: Wise voting beginners.

Today I am awake, more aware of the world, bushy tailed and bright eyed.
Glad the world will stay on course as President Obama makes productive strides.

Racist remarks are bursting at the seams. Some folks are acting hatefully funky.
But I know they’ll benefit from the whole, so I ignore them and remain happily spunky.

I love everyone: be they black, white, asian, or latino.
I truly am a seriously lover of every race that makes up the American vote.

The online world has been ‘slow boogie’. Most folks’ minds were caught up.
But now that we don’t have to vote for a while, I hope social tracking picks up.

I’ve still got filming to do and editing is pending in the bay,
I’m Qui
Happy about the status quo
– Good times are already in play.

What are you HAPPY ABOUT today?

Still Jill

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News on November 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

“It really is up to us,” Jill Scott says, “to stop and smell our own damn flowers.” The singer is jet-lagged, y’all. It’s been less than a week since she returned to the States from her European tour, where she made headlines in London simply by rocking a freshly cropped, red-tinted, teen-weeny ‘fro. Now Jilly from Philly is finally back home in L.A., where she’s lived for the last few years. At the moment, she’s tidying up and trying to figure out how she can take a relaxing bath before her son, 3-year old Jett, returns home after staying with family members while she was away.

The conversation shifts to women and empowerment. Says Scott, “I look at us in amazement and think to myself, ‘You are not just your job or your size or your interests or your man o ryour children. You are a bountiful bouquet.” This comes straight from the 40-year old, who celebrated the milestone birthday in April on the set of her latest TV movie, Steel Magnolias. “I owe myself a party,” she says, laughing and remembering the moment. “Something happened. It was like somebody clicked on a light.”

Still Jill

When Scott’s eyes adjusted to the shine, she saw a few things rather clearly: herself as a single mother “raising a little Black boy in America”; a new start in North Hollywood; and a businesswoman with her own label, Blues Babe Records, complete with a Warner Bros. Record distributing deal.

“I just felt it was time to grow,” the singer says of Blues Babe, inspired by a painful split with former label Hidden Beach. “I didn’t want to be under anybody’s thumb again or have to explain myself so much. That’s the best part of turning 40! I do not have to explain anything to anyone, and I don’t feel the need for approval. I am a lot of things, and to be confined in any way does not fit me. I don’t want to be in any boxes.”

As if.

The most cursory dig into Scott’s discography proves that she’s so original, she can’t be boxed in — musically or otherwise. That would be a silly, impossible notion. Go deep in side the musical crates, and it easy to understand why she is so revered, even beyond her unflinching and undeniable vocal prowess. People love Jill and are on a coveted Black America first-name basis with her because of the woman’s sheer willingness to go there and bring the listener along on the journey she takes in a single song; the shape-shifting and genre-bending, the passion, the theater and the drama. She has wiethin her an almost childlike sincerity and enthusiasm, whether she’s flashing that million-dollar smile or arching one shady brow. As she sings in “So Gone (What My Mind Says),” ‘This ain’t no movie, man. I’m a real woman…’

THIS FALL, SCOTT APPEARED in Lifetime TV’s highly anticipated Steel Magnolias, a remake of the 1989 classic film about the lives and friendship of six women in a small Louisiana town. The all-Black ensemble cast — directed by Kenny Leon– is in some ways an embarrassment of riches, featuring Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Queen Latifah, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad, the latter whom Scott described as “ridiculously great. Not only does she live up to her lineage [as Phylicia’s daughter], she exceeds it.”

Scott plays Truvy, a a genial, self-proclaimed “glamour technician” whose home-based beauty salon doubles as the womens proverbial kitchen table. In order to authentically deliver iconic lines such as, “There’s no such thing as natural beauty,” Scott recalled the accents of her family members,m who hail from Rocky MOunt, N.C. And although she says she refused to watch the original film again — “I didn’t want to do a Dolly Parton portrayal of Truvy” — she may have inadvertently taken a page out of the country legend’s book: they both attended beauty school to prepare for their roles. “I went so that I could learn how to hold a comb, put some curls in, move the chair with my leg,” Scott explains. “The simple nuances of a hairdresser.”

Although she has a theater background and several film credits, Scott is aware that, as a musician-turned actor, she is still on proving ground. “People know me as a singer and a writer. I didn’t want anybody to think I was just going to take on this incredible, difficult, challenging craft and treat it like it’s something I’m just trying“, she says. “It’s real work, and that 4 a.m. call never feels good.”

SCOTT HAS FOUR “CAREER” muses: “Whoopi. Barbara. Bette. Diana,” she says of Goldberg, Streisand, Midler and Ross, respectively. “Renaissance women, all. They have no boundaries. Whoopi Goldberg has [won] every award there is: Tony, Grammy, Oscar, Emmy! What’cha want? She’s got ’em. and she earned them.”

Scott’s takeway? “Longevity. Longevity is key,” she says, deliberate in her repetition.

Typically, three to four years pass between Scott’s album releases, during which the singer just … lives. Enjoys her son. Pryas. Falls in love. In her current musical lull, Scott is writing a lot of plays, poetry, “a television show or two” and an opera she’s been mulling over for a decade. And though she has no idea what her fifth studio album may be, she suggests listeners should expect the unexpected. “I’ve done a great deal in the urban contemporary market,” Scott says. “it’s time for me to branch out. ‘Cause I sing jazz, I sing funk, I sing blues, I sing classical music, I sing gospel– I sing. So it’s time to go further. If I’m supposed to be singing in Portuguese, there’s what’s gonna happen.”

Scott will offer no apologies for this, of course. She will be too busy tending to her garden, stopping to smell her own damn flowers.
[Karen Good Marable
Ebony Magazine – October 2012]

November 6th is fast approaching

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Politics, Self Improvement on November 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

Election Day
By Reginald Hudlin & Denys Cowan
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Cedric: C’mon Jimmy, that whole Obama thing is played out. Why don’t you wear some Cross Colors while you’re at it?
Jimmy: I don’t vote because it’s trendy Cedric,. This is politics, not fashion. Stakes is high.

Cedric: I voted last time and things are still messed up.
Jimmy: The job doesn’t come with a magic wand. Folks are so disconnected from the political process they think our job as citizens is over once you vote. that’s where the work begins.
Cedirc: I got a job already.
Jimmy: We’ve spent so much time fighting the system we don’t know how to make the system work for us. That’s why I’m voting and making a donation.

Cedric: A what? Boy you out your natural born mind now. Give money? I’m not even voting.
Jimmy: You really think voting doesn’t make a difference?
Cedric: Not at all. Big money controls everything!

Jimmy: Ah, there’s strength in numbers. A collective voice. Its’ always a good idea to vote, volunteer your time and/or donate any money, even though big money is in control.
Cedric: If I can’t be a baller, I stay at home.

Jimmy: Do you know any rich people? I mean really rich people?
Cedric: Nope. Them’s your circles.
Jimmy: That’s right. I do know a few. All of them vote. Sure they donate, but they get up early and vote.
Cedric: Well that’s because they have money to make things go their way.

Jimmy: Not just rich white people, even poor dumb rednecks vote. The only people who think voting doesn’t matter are people like you.
Cedric: Watch it.. Now you getting personal.
Jimmy: As long as this country has existed they have worked hard to make sure we don’t vote. If it doesn’t matter, why bother?

Cedric: So what has all that voting got you?
Jimmy: So what has sitting on your ass got you?

Cedric: (faces the thought)

Cedric: Man, I don’t give A—
Jimmy: Stay classy Ced. for the kids.


November 6th is the official day to hit the polls,
Unless you’re apart of the millions who put the early voting numbers on swoll.

I voted early, dating back 10 or so days,
So many of my ancestors fought for me to have a say.

I appreciate the blood, the sweat and the tears.
I appreciate being included in the voting process this year.

I’ve voted every opportunity since I turned 18.
Please don’t take for granted your right on the voting scene.

It’s not a trend it’s not a fad. It is a must that you speak your mind.
If you choke and decide not to vote – don’t complain about the countries bind.

Let me encourage you now, to not choke or go to coughin’.
GET OUT and VOTE! Not voting – is not an option.

Sitting there thinking there’s no candidate that shares 100% of your view?
Well guess what Jimmy, I’m going to ask you to choose the lesser evil of the two.
Do you think that’s something that you could decipher and do?

Get out and VOTE. The game winning point rests with you.,
I’m Qui
and you don’t have a choice but to handle the truth.


25 reasons from 25 people who are voting Obama:

[November 6th, 2012] The following reasons are from 25 different voters. Their stories are unique and relevant to the whole. Read a few and think about what reasons exists for you and then VOTE!

and it wouldn’t be the same without your say.

1. “The Affordable Care Act is saving my daughter’s life.”
Stacey, Arizona

2. “Obama is for the vets. He helped us wind down in Iraq, he’s improved mental health policy with VA benefits.”
Joel, Minnesota

3. “Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him.”
Brian, Ohio

4. “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”
Joe Biden, Delaware

5. “Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court.”
Andrew, California

6. “Arithmetic.”
Bill Clinton, New York

7. “He cares for the 100 percent.”
Shana, Texas

8. “When Obama came into office, he successfully renewed our country’s place in the community of nations, making cooperation in tackling the world’s challenges possible.”
Willis, North Carolina

9. “The actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid.”
Colin Powell, Virginia

10. “I was really very grateful to him for standing up for those kids who are having a really rough time out there because of their orientation.”
Jane Lynch, California

11. “For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together.”
Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey

12. “He has a real plan for rescuing the economy that passes the ‘math’ test.”
Teresa, Virginia

13. “Having someone in office who understands how powerful our voice can be is very important.”
Jay Z, New York

14. “I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because I can trust them to care for the middle class and restore the American dream.”
Steven, Florida

15. “The first measure he signed into law after becoming president was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — so a female high school counselor or physical education teacher can fight for equal pay for equal work.”
Connie Britton, California

16. “I believe in the America he wants for my grandchildren.”
Nancy, Michigan

17. “We need four more years of repair, of helping the middle class achieve a sustainable economy.”
James Taylor, North Carolina

18. “I’ve watched him fight for our country, stand by the middle class, the working class, the military, the education of our children, universal health care, women, the environment, and matters of national and domestic security.”
Susan, Virginia

19. “The gifted 12-year-old I taught, whose parents were deported and left her here with her grandmother, will be allowed to stay and finish her education. She’s been in the U.S. since age one.”
Jamie, North Carolina

20. “I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”
Michael Bloomberg, New York

21. “I have four children who are under 26 and able to stay on my health care plan. That’s been huge.”
Amy, Pennsylvania

22. “He’s fighting to defend and better Social Security and Medicare — because millions of Latino seniors rely on them.”
Cristina Saralegui, Florida

23. “Thanks to the President’s efforts to keep student loan rates low, I can expect to save nearly $1000 as I work to repay my student loans. And I don’t have too many of those, thanks to the Federal Pell Grant program.”
Sam, Minnesota

24. “It’s been wonderful to have President Obama as a champion for access to health care for all women in this country.”
Cecile Richards, New York

25. “Re-electing Barack Obama would lead to a stronger economic recovery than would be the case were Mitt Romney to win on November 6th.”
Jared Bernstein, Washington, D.C.