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Broadcasting the revolution

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on April 29, 2015 at 4:31 am




We were constantly told during the 60’s that the revolution WOULD NOT be televised. Our parents held back. They thought they had made “head-way” and were “on top of the situation.” As they got closer to retiring old separatist pistons started firing and we’re back at the point of protest, boycotts, and making plea’s to the justice department to recognize that #BlackLivesMatter. In our efforts to make the case we turn to technology. Body camera vests for policeman have been suggested and implemented, however I’ve found this nifty site that educates and encourages civilians to record such sensitive situations for piece of mind and “back-up,”:

Today is a great day to make a positive difference. I won’t spend my typing talents on asking you to “Love your brother as you would want to be loved,” because the Bible already prompted you to do that and I’m not into preaching to the choir. The choir sings melodically but they don’t always believe [to the letter] or execute what the verses dictate. Imagine that. Read the good book, pray and get an understanding for yourself. Live with an open heart, love freely with no fear and always keep a camera or cell phone near. You never know when a scene will unfold that legal council may need to behold.


Things look bleak and I’ve certainly felt more empowered.
I’m concerned that the love we’ve nourished is almost turned sour.

There is no such thing as a [repetitive] isolated killing incidence,
yet, PD’s across the country – are incidentally killing black women and men:

Documenting Black Deaths at Police Hands 1999-2014

Click the picture to read the list of names and see the victims faces up close.

Unarmed suspects, time and time again are meeting their unnecessary fate —
And you keep telling us to stay positive and keep the faith.

I wonder if you would feel the same… if I would still feel alone
should your beloved son or daughter be refused the right to safely return home?

Would you be asking me to “slow down the rhetoric” and “wait out due process”
if authorities were killing your family members without cause for arrest?

Think about the whole of the situation – then think about you and me.
Do you really want to see what will happen to our legacy in tomorrows streets?

Our kids are seeing that the law is some sort of off-centered game;
The law appears to be a force used to keep minorities in ‘their lane.’

To all who play the oppressors game – caveat on the forecasted end,
any intent to harm your brother will be your future impend.


You are not above the law and your entitlement demands will not ever reach us,
because we are educated, living under grace and are covered by the blood of Jesus.

Yes! Yes! There is still GOOD NEWS!
The grace of God covers more than the Jews!

Don’t be mad, but do be aware that the revolution is happening all across this land.
Society is showing us: there is little (to no) compassion for the life of a black man.

You do not have to agree with the writ and I so desperately wish it weren’t so.
Justices’ oversights — hurts my eyes. Do these murderers have no soul?

Bad police are claiming fear and good police are afraid to expose.
It all stinks to high heaven — putrid in our Creators nose.

A foul stench permeating from our social status quo’s.
To God be the glory, may the oppressors reap their roles.

A greater future will unfold and the revolution will have been digitally recorded.
I’m Qui
A griot she – documenting WE – as it’s being reported.

Any time is always a good time to sit down and get serious
Any time is a good time to start building 
a positive and progressive relationship. WE all deserve it.

Odd Couple of shows – that I’m digging

In Communication, Griot, Networking, TV Shows on April 27, 2015 at 10:08 am

I’ve been watching a lot of shows, but not necessarily at their scheduled times.
I’ve been getting-it-all-in via my DVR rewind.

I caught up on quite a bit this weekend — there was no serial room for dull;
I sat down and wore ‘the homebody crown’ starting with THE ORIGINALS.

I was about 3 episodes behind, though at the moment I’m all caught up
I was shocked to see the rivalry of 3 against Klaus up-in-the-cut.

Alas the Mickaelson click quietens the ruff blooded mutt.
They daggered o’ Klaus, then watched him quicken-up.

The scene was rough, especially considering
Klaus didn’t kill Aiden; he’s been “defense pandering.”

Meaning when others came running, gunning for the ruff,
He accepted the charge — throwing caution to wind and Dahlia.

He knew he had killed no one, and sensed an evil connect –
so to protect his family, Klaus stuck out his neck.

But he did not confess to anyone except Camille, his (bar) home girl
shortly before his kinfolk surrounded him and took him from this world.

It was starting to feel like SCANDAL‘s “Command” was on the scene.
Command is Olivia Pope’s father — Command can be ruthless and mean.

On the last episode the writers put ‘the fear of the unknown’ in our mouths
as we watched Olivia’s click go down, one-by-one as if being picked out.

A good dose of un-clout revealed that Olivia’s father owns this fight
but was unable to execute the fatal root for Jakes life.

In fact, while Olivia was loving on (what she thought was) a random bar muscle
she was indeed knocking boots with her daddy’s henchman — Russell.

Yes! The sexy black man, we’d known as Russell who was creeping in Olivia’s bed
At the conclusion of the last episode was lying on his back with a gun to his head.

Do what?!?
Child hush.

Liv was holding the gun – an automatic glock,
she was pointing it at his head, but was the hammer clocked?


We don’t know.
The gun to Russell’s head – ended the show.

So off I go
to another show
That is reflective of today in its reeled time –
who could refuse not relating to the views that are played out on AMERICAN CRIME?

The writers of this show are into dropping bags full of dimes
As it pertains to”domestic insight” — kind of like my griot rhymes.

However this time after my DVR shined off 3 episodes from the digital books
I was forced to see that prejudice is a crime that is accepted and overlooked.

The reflection that we are getting from this show, story-after-story
is that everyone who is offended leans back on “the blame game” glory.

Matt was a 20-something year old vet
who served our country and retreated to sell meth.

He duly married the county’s crowned “Ms. Modesto,”
and in addition to selling drugs he rented out a [betrothed] hoe.

Ohhh and Uh-oh.

You didn’t know? Well I just told ya.
American Crime reflects the grime
in the lining that did mold ya!

Matt’s Mom is beside herself and content with laying the blame on any other
As long as we can prove the suspects ethnicity is from a minority mother.

Matt’s mother doesn’t care if the killer is latino or black – it really doesn’t matter
as long as it draws media headlines that injects her lop sided banter.

A real offended ranter, Matt’s mom doesn’t want to come to terms or admit
that the trouble her son was in, may have been behind his own ‘bit.’

I understand the plight of the mom, but wrong is wrong.
When you find out the crime is yours – don’t sing that victim song.

Entitlement runs rampart in this script and is subject to impale
anyone who sides too soon, in an effort avoid a personal fail.

The throws of creating this script must be hell – as it closely parallels real life.
I am thrown with every minute shown; American Crime reflects that trife.

Are you watching yourself? Are you watching the crib?
Are you drooling at the mouth? Do you need a bib?

I’ll get that for you — and off I go
to another show; this DVR is pulling me to and fro

exposing me to no shortage of conflicting banta’ —
with scarf in hand I am tuned-in to the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA.

The broadcast season is over – still there’s enough left over confusion
that would preface the very reason this show needs an off-season reunion.

Part I. of this 3-part reunion started out on the stage
being hosted by Andy – he’s all of the “reel gossip” rage.

We flipped back and forth through past shows scratching up flakes
of controversy between the women during film and outtakes.

Porshe admitted to “sleeping with a married man” & the benefit of “the gift” reap
when she was out with Claudia and the girls in the Phillipines.

Kandy held up her own when Ne-Ne came at her with “I see you,”
Kandy replied, “We see each other” and that scene was through.

Cynthia looked pretty in part 1 and even though she didn’t say much,
I look forward to part 2 of the reunion and Cynthia yielding a little more love.

She’s beautiful, but not heavy on throwing shade.
Should as much be said about Kenya? God forbade.

I am a fan of Kenya Moore. You don’t have to personally like her.
But she’ll always have a view as long as there’s someone to film and mic her.

She’s way more than a pretty face, a voluptuous pair of girls and a bouyant butt,
Kenya is beautiful, creative, smart, proactive, professional and rough…

when need be,
i.e, when facing Porsha or NeNe.
Ooo wee.

I love ’em all, I really do.
If you get a minute next Sunday – drop on through.
The ladies will be much thicker in reunion – in part deux.

This weekend I worked my way though my DVR list on the double
and ended up laughing at that that duo in THE ODD COUPLE.

Have you been watching Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon?
Clever situational writing is what keeps me grinnin.’

Who knew I’d dig The Odd Couple – it has invoked a thirst
that I knew nothing about during the run of its successful first.

The first Odd Couple television series remains yesterdays beloved hit,
when Jack Krugman portrayed Oscar and Tony Randall birthed Felix.

At the shows conclude I was two years shy of six: broadcast 1970-1975.
The Odd Couple is new to me today. I pray it well on its new thrive.

My DVR is alive and I am diverse in culture in its wake.
I’m Qui
The caught-up she, ready to take on this creative day.
Starting with a )))HUG(( a kiss and a “heyyy!
Have a fantastic, show-stopping day.

Call me: The Watcher

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Self Improvement on April 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Motown The Musical 2015

I’ve seen a lot of LIVE things as of late, but yo!
None more impressive than MOTOWN The Musical show.

ASU Gammage housed the event and I couldn’t help but go!
A jamming good time was yielded during the MOWTOWN show.


Only the ‘tone deaf’ would purposely miss such a production.
Hit-after-hit invoked a standing-ovation eruption.

I loved it!
The Motown Musical is “the width!”

The storyline is thick in historical legend, it’s quite the harmonious story.
I learned a lot about yesterdays artists who were birthed under Mr. Berry Gordy.

Lordy. Lordy I did have a good time. Diana Ross brought the unity.
During the show she asked us to hold hands – we: the audience community

and WE DID.
The love was not hid.

This happened last night!
Again The Motown Musical is out of sight.

If you haven’t caught it on Broadway and even if you have
treat yourself to a another round of jams, depths and laughs.

It’s all I was able to talk about on the way home last night and all that I’ve talked about all day today,
I’m Qui
and a good time including artists on point, captivating onlookers in the joint  – will always reap my griot say.

Support The Arts. Go and see a play.
Consider ASU Gammage – where MOTOWN The Musical is on display.