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Ricky Harris was the Big TAA-DOW!

In Griot, Music, News, Video on December 28, 2016 at 7:22 am

Good morning family, good morning friends:
The other day The Dogg Pound lost a very dear kin.

While morning surfing Tom Joyner, Claudia Jordan, Porsha Stewart and the likes
I came up on news of a fallen soldier of dimensional mics.

Ricky Harris was a comedian, an actor, a voice over nut and a preachers son.
His comedy was slick, he made me laugh til’ I was sick – he was about that fun.

He went on and crossed over the other day
and a broken hearted Snoop Dogg had this to say:

LIFE IS SHORT. I say it all of the time.
You hear it in conversation – you hear it in rhyme…

I don’t know if Taa-Dow * was sick, but 54 is not a senior age
to many of the 80-somethings near my hood – Sun Lakes is all the rage!

I do love LIFE. I say it as much as I can
and I will miss Ricky Harris – Gosh darnit I was a fan.

And so today is still Hump Day and early in its birth.
I wake up taking nothing for granted – embracing LOVE and her girth.

Love isn’t always a svelte feeling, like when your mom popped you in the head–
for sassing off, cussing through-a-cough or that ill-compassionate thing you said.

That is LOVE in its firmer form and sometimes it is absolutely necessary
to ensure that you’re on course with your journey; acquire tools you must carry.

Some would call this “the girth” of LOVE, but you know the seasoning is in the fat.
So next time you’re rebuked out of love, flash a smile and be THANKFUL for that.

A beautiful day is dawning @ 7am in my Arizona hood,
I’m Qui
Feeling like “Oui-Oui!” Because I’m alive and God is good. 😀

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Ain’t nothing wrong with celebrating, embracing and bellowing a laugh.
Trust if Ricky Harris were alive today – he sure would have.
xoxoxox

*Taa-Dow was another one of Ricky Harris’ characters name in audio skits via Snoop Dogg CD’s.

Literally Giddy!

In News on December 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

Merry Christmas – from The Maxons

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement on December 25, 2016 at 7:52 am

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Merry Christmas baby, under all pretenses!
Last night the fam and I went out to see FENCES.

This morning I awoke, washed my face and put on clean clothes.
I confess I wear a sophisticated dress; I want to avoid being Rose.

The beloved playwright of last night never received high ratings from Neilson,
but you can bet your bottom dollars, I am all tuned in to Mr. Wilson.

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Frederick August Kittel is AUGUST WILSON

AUGUST WILSON wrote the play and it’s been on Broadway many, many times.
Fences if about patching and mendin’ – I knew seeing the film would produce a rhyme.

The director’s vision was on time.
Yesterdays BLACK LIFE – looks like mine.

I’m thinking why and how? – in my mind, because the years have surely passed…
still the feel of the scene (it being a black thing) has survived; outlast.

How could this be? When the film started up in 1946 or so?
It’s the last days of 2016 and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Yo!

If you change the low housing to middle class suburbs —
You’d have been in my backyard or on my neighbors perch.’

Ouch! That hurts: Same economical issues and relationship whoa’s.
All of that stuff we thought over that TIME we had learned from and let go.

Rose’s life said ‘NO. We aren’t passed too much. ‘
August Wilson is that play write of whom I’ve got mad love,

but damn bruh! That was relatively ‘the joint.’
When we exited the theater, I heard a 60’s-something white womans point,

She said, “That was Horrible!!!” when another person asked her for her film review.
I wasn’t sure about her feelings o’ demure – because that’s the world she lived through.

She was surely approaching 70’s door, she lived through Rose’s era; day and time.
The theater was filled with senior citizens looking to re-live ‘some kind of sentimental shine.’

I think they thought, (because of the setting of the play write)
that this was a film would remind them of ‘yesterdays light.’

Mmph. Imagine the somber faces that exited the theater with me.
After ‘Nigger this and Nigger that,’ was expelled by Mr. Washington, D.

fences-lyrical-posterDenzel was phenomenal in the film. Who would think as much,
that he in one script could make me consider recoiling from him – my love. 😀

He was quite convincing as Troy Maxson, he was bogged down with the mundanes of life.
And I, will not be Rose; Viola Davis exceptionally played Troys wife.

Have you seen the film version of the historic and relevant play FENCES?
Don’t go with a faint heart, the weight of yesterday and today may break your winces.

In the end it was a good for everyone to see how it was and realize what’s going on now.
The last thing we need is another fence. For no reason. For no vow.

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow can be whatever you like.
Merry Christmas baby, I fancy #Griot on the mic.

I fancy retelling tales to you in rhyme,
“the going-on’s of the day” — line for line.

And so today is the Sabbath and the last one of this year,
I’m Qui
Merry Christmas to thee! For the annual sum, I bid you prosperity and cheer!

Here-Here!!

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Christmas Countdown

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on December 23, 2016 at 5:54 am

rudolf-elf-christmasGood Lord it’s Friday already and my week has been super sweet
I’ve shopped with the masses and sipped latte molasses –
no doubt picking up calories.

There’s love in every breeze, I can feel it and with specific reason.
Phoenix lacks cold weather and snow but are clear on the WHYS of the season.

The weather has been mild, I feel like I’m on an island
but I’m here in the US in the good ol’ Southwest
and the weather’s so pleasant – we’re wielding!

No boots, no hats, no gloves nor a winter chill to speak of
just a lot of sunshine and gift buyers on-their-grind
who are quick to yield chivalrous love.

I’m done with my shopping — like I’ve said before, and I’m nearly done with my gift wrapping.
I’ve got a cute red bag to hide my gift stash and stocking stuffers? I’m deep and tall stacking.

Christmas Day is Sunday — Yes! And in just a couple of days and I can truly say
that I can’t think of a better way that I’d like to celebrate a beloved Sabbath day.

In the event that I don’t see you on Sunday DO please hear this:
I love you, wanna’ hug you, consider this season to be a “W,”
God is good and
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Embrace the point

In Communication, Griot, News on December 21, 2016 at 5:57 am

the5whysFeeling good, I did both – turn in and wake up happy.
Like Bey said, “I woke up like this,” – complete with hair: nappy,
and I’m happy y’all.
I sashayed to the bathroom and danced in the hall
the moment my feet touched the floor.
Today is a new day and I am poised to score.

I woke up today thinking about you.
Some of the things folks say behind your back – can’t be true. 😀
I’m sweet on you and so is your mother,
how’s your family, your kids, your sister, your brother?

It’s Hump Day baby and I’m conversation surfing.
I’m up early feeling girly and deep griot wording.

If you’re into morning nookie – I can do a little twerking,
but you’ll have to make it quick I have to leave by six –
I’m a woman about my business, I love flirting before working.

It’s surely morning and I’m feeling good.
Daddy’s up like I knew he could.

We stayed up pretty late, and him – later still.
He woke up to breakfast in bed because I keep it real.

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I’m happy today and I’ve missed you over the last two days.
Are you digging this weather? Are you out to layer slay?

Me? I’m in the A-Z and I’m layering sleeveless shirts.
I arm a sweater, the shoes of a go-getter and reasonably tailored skirts.

Arizona winters deserve all of “the hypes” worth.
Beyond reason I push many winter short skirts.

It’s morning again. Thank God we can all say as much.
Some aren’t reading this – some didn’t wake up.

Some aren’t living ‘as happy’ because of menial circumstance.
Those are the one’s who know life – but lack understanding ‘the dance.’

The details don’t matter; don’t withhold your happiness just because
you are pissed off at being dissed off by someone you dearly love.

Nothing is worth squandering love – no trivial score should thrive.
Love is actually the cure to all; nourish it for your personal survive.

Well, it’s 5 minutes after 5am and I truly am feeling good at onset,
I’m Qui
Humping Happy, waking up, hair nappy – ready to embrace this point of: YES .

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My DAYTIME ENERGY is hers

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on December 19, 2016 at 8:48 am

handicap-little-girl-no-limitsWhile at Fry’s the other day ISO electronic components and no other care,
I saw a young lady in pink, a slight posture-sink, sitting in a wheel chair.

She was pretty in pink – her age was less than 21,
she was out for a stroll with family – a little practical fun.

The lady to her rear pushed her chair
and I was shopping in Fry’s without a care…

But I DO CARE and more than I’d apparently ever thought;
our agile energy is an absolute divine gift that can’t be bought.

I know this.
Medical science shows this.

You and I walking around ever day confirms that – YES,
to be agile, to walk and run every once in a while is to be #Blessed!

I watched the young lady in pink as I exited the store
I drove past her, waved at her and have remembered her evermore.

Likely cerebral palsy… for when I was seventeen
I had a friend name Aisha and she had a brother named Saleem.

I used to date Saleem, he had a wide smile and college-cut groomed hair.
He was cute, but you couldn’t refute the beauty of the girl in the chair.

Aisha didn’t talk to me, but she was aware of my every visit.
My life is full and my compassionate pull… for them, I wish this:

day-for-nighta ‘WHAT IF‘ when I lay down to sleep
God blesses you with my energy to creep?

Where does our energy go at night when we retire the use?
Could Aisha and friends borrow a bit of it  for flight-of-life fuel?

It’s FANTASTIC, I know – and I don’t think SCIENCE is in it,
though if God allowed us to share as much – that line, I’d be in it.

I have so much energy in this body of mine
it keeps me on the go and sustains my grind.

It yields me the GO AHEAD to consume knowledge in binds.
I read, write, run and play all day – all of the time.

This energy that God has given me is truly divine
in the face of a kid at Six Flags, my energy outshines.

It’s always a race to the next ride, I’m pretty quick to get in line
so when I saw the lady in pink, I fictioned off into night time.

My #CreativeThoughts yeilded me from there to compassion
If I loaned my daytime energy to her tonight – there’ll be crazy action!

So I did! In my mind, I focused on the young lady in pink
and I put in an ENERGETIC Pay-It-Forward to her once I am asleep.

If felt strange to do such a thang‘ – but I mean really,
if it works – it’ll quench her thirst and if not, paint me “compassionate silly.”

Though it would be illy if only the young girl in pink could really feel me.
I’m Qui
and this was the spark that ignited my heart to script out: MY DAYTIME ENERGY.

What they can’t do under the suns glorious light —
the more is yielded to them when you and I sleep at night…

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It’s WHAT I’M DOING

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on December 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

santas-present-bagI’m Christmas shopping and store hopping with good folk in mind.
I’m budget working and fashion twerking trying to come up on a SALE find.

So far, ALL IS GOOD and I’m coming up.
I caught a sale at NORDSTROM’s that was worthy of a nutt.
WHAT!?

Not lady-like my language? Well do spank my tushy.
I suppose foul language is far less than offensive than ‘grabbing a womans pussy.’

But what do I know?
I know that I’m pretty much done shopping at the sto’.

I got much of what I wanted on yesterdays to and fro
and online buys will fill in any missed-gift holes.

I love this season, yo — and yesterday found me at the mall
It’s warm in AZ during the Christmas season – so it felt like Fall.

The mall was on swoll and I was having ‘many balls’ and no complaints
for there was eye-candy and it looked so dandy,
the mall was packed with NEW ORLEANS SAINTS.

Mmmph! Ain’t that good news? Yes Lawd, compliments were pending in my mouth
and spilled at every bump-in with those big, buff brothers from THE SOUTH!!!

victorias-secret-dec2016Yes well, that was yesterday and we did ‘flirt play
and later on I came up on the best panty and lingerie slay! YAY!

Victorias Secret had a huge panty sale and y’all know I hit it!
I came up on the daintiest budoir pieces. Yes sir, I did it! 😀

Actually, truth be told, I was not shopping for self but “in theory” for another,
I was a shopping consultant for #MyGuy and he was Christmas shopping for his lover.

What the what-what?

Yes, his lover. For she is I and the two of us agreed
yesterday I was a “consultant” and relieved of any guilty feelings of “shopping for me.”

I was merely helping “he” and I can strongly say,
his lover is going to be pleased at gift opening on Christmas Day.

I’m into return spoiling – like I said I’ve been out shopping
Giving shoppers hell, being first-in-line for sales – I’m a whiz at store hopping.

But like I said, I think I’m done. My score looks good – I’m fine
and for any good boys and girls I may have forgotten, I’ll pick up a gift online.

How are you doing so far, are you a last minute #GiftGiving hustler?
Are you into gift wrapping or are you a primary #StockingStuffer?

Me? I do both – I give and receive with pleasure.
Prices don’t matter, I’m not about that chatter —
as long as the gift is a practical treasure.

Always #Gift comparable to your reciprocal measure.

It’s the beginning of a new week, already and we are starting off on a jolly foot,
I’m Qui
and it’s Sunday baby. Life is good, draw the blinds and take a look.

Then get out there and buy another gift or two,
never mind the others, lets shop FOR YOU!
If you’ve been #Grinding all year – you deserve it. Ooo!

Where is the love

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on December 15, 2016 at 10:53 am

we-are-in-this-togetherThe world is acting like “UNITY is key and we refuse to let it go,”
but collectively we aren’t blasting in-your-face coverage on #Aleppo.

The spot is violently hot and even tho
there’s been a cease fire, it ain’t over — yo.

THE NEWS… I don’t want it no mo’.
They pick and choose what they want to show

Headline RATINGS generating? — I don’t know.
But enough about me – what about #Aleppo?


Oooooo!

Anywho yo – I was up at a leisure hour today
because yesterday started early and I was committed to #Slay.

I did. I worked all day.
So much so, I had not a thing to say
on #HumpDay.

Though when a lone moment caught me, CupCakeChique was on the vent
and expressed to me the concerns of her heart and how her thoughts are spent:

My heart is with Aleppo right now. I was shaken to the core to think
that humanity, love, unity and hatred are lumped up into one septic sink.’

Surely I parapharsed her passionate rage; for it went on and on
That’s when Roberta Flack came to mind and the “WHERE IS THE LOVE” song.

CupCakeChique is new to world events, for she is not even 21.
Her eyes wide and full-teeth smile she thought adulthood would be more fun.

She yearned to learn about lifes mysteries under the ‘grown-folks’ sun.
Instead she’s seeing tyranny and holy respect for “the bully pulpit and the gun.”

THE NEWS — I don’t want none. No satellite news is in my home.
Because I talk to the ones I love – the ‘exact sentiments’ make it into my dome.

Good morning sweetheart, I’m home. I’m grounded and vibrating higher.
I don’t accept the lose or yield defeat my choose – I am ordered by a higher sire.

I PRAY.

No — Prayer is not magic, politics, a bill or a law
But it’s what I’ll use to talk to God, to push through the ‘hem and haw.’

You remember Hem and Haw? We talked of them a few days back.
I’m still Sniff and Scurry I move in a hurry – I ain’t studdin’ what you thought I’d lack. 🙂

Good morning dear family it is only 10:30 under the Arizona sun,
I’m Qui
Waking leisurely on this Thursday morning of opportunistic sums.

Mmmm, yum.
But can #Aleppo get some?

XO.

DOPE, Doctor, Fall

In Communication, fitness, Griot, Networking, Science, Self Improvement, weightloss on December 12, 2016 at 9:45 am

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Got a question for the Doc? Tweet @RealDoctorMike…

The last few days have been filled with many lines
of reading material. #KnowledgeBinge time.

So I’m reading and jotting and flipping pages to and fro
when I come-up on an interesting feed of a read by DOPE.

Montel Williams is the subject of which they wrote,
he had quite a bit to say and in my recall, I quote:

“I am a big research nut – so when I first started using cannabis, I read everything I could about it – the medical effects, the science and the legal landscape. Back then, you had cancer patients being wheeled out of their homes by the police for using Cannabis. Having experience its medicinal effects firsthand, I decided that law enforcement has no business interfering between doctors and their patients; and it became my mission to stand up for patients.”

That was Montel’s answer to
the letter Q:  Is there a moment you can point to when you knew you didn’t want to be just a medical marijuana patient anymore?montel-williams-cannabis-advocate

He had much to say… and the magazine that interviewed & wrote
is an awesome and enlightening winter publication produced by the people at DOPE.

The story is out this month and Montel Williams is on the cover,
here’s another excerpt from the interview, of which I am a lover:

the letter Q: What do you see as your biggest challenge in 2017?

MONTEL: The single biggest challenge is always making this movement appeal to folks in the states that aren’t online yet, most of which are conservatives and don’t have a lot of frame of reference on this issue.

Ain’t that the truth brother! I feel your pains,
My fathers PROSTATE CANCER diagnosis is driving us insane.

The inflammation of his internal organs are tired and swell;
my father is in need of medical marijuana as well.

But in the state of Texas no medical law is on the books.
My Dad did a little MMJ research, but his docs won’t consider ‘a look.’

No Law allowing it? Then no research will come to the table
that takes those with great disabilities and renders a feel of “able.”

Montel Williams is not alone in his research, I am strain scouting to find a score.
My dad’s life is on the line with this PROSTATE CANCER at STAGE 4.

Who care’s about what “conservatives say, when death is knocking at your door?
Montel and I used to…. but I reckon we don’t care anymore.
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While reading WOMAN’S WORLD  I happened upon a cool article in play —
titled, “HELP! My DOCTOR told me I have to lose weight!”

This perioyoung-woman-holding-a-scaledical find was on page 44
an “Ask America’s Ultimate Experts” — score.

I bit the title and I read it through,
it seemed pretty practical, so I’m sharing it with you.

I prefer to type excerpts and let you click on links to read more,
But WOMAN’S WORLD isn’t about that “FREE ONLINE” access ‘plore.
So once again, I am typing more….. [and I quote]

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“But how? Our medical and nutritional experts reveal easy
strategies that’ll help you shed pounds and become healthier,
stronger and more confident than ever.

1. GET STARTED!
Pick up a pen!
“Just because the doctor said so isn’t enough to keep you motivated,” notes weight-loss expert Michael Dansinger, M.D. “So write down a list of all the reasons– logical and emotional– to lose weight. If you have high cholesterol, for example, a logical reason to lose weight might be because you don’t want to take a pill. That’s important, but probably not as powerful as your emotional reasons like maybe there’s a favorite dress you want to wear again. Once you write out all of your reasons it’ll be easier to take the first step.” Also, make a list of reasons not to lose weight, urges nutritionist Jill Weisenberger. “One might be, ‘My kids love Friday pizza night, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to share that with them.’ Then find solutions for your ‘not’ list–for example, why not keep pizza night but supplement it with a big salad? We’re always going to have reasons not to lose weight– anticipating them helps us surmount them!”

Set Goals!
“People who set out to lose weight for a specific event — like a wedding — are not nearly as successful over the long-term as those who focus on health benefits,” Weisenberger notes. “You’re not in control of how fast you’ll lose weight, but you are 100% in charge of your behavior. So instead of setting an overly strict goal– like losing three and a half pounds by X date– focus on what you can control: Can you pack a healthy lunch? Can you eat three servings of veggies? Focus on the behavior and weight loss will follow.

Show Off Your Log!
Sure, a food journal makes eating healthy foods easier, but did you know that simply “showing off” your log doubles your odds of success? “R e s e a r c h shows that people tend to stop journaling after a few weeks unless someone else is looking at the log,” reveals Dr. Dansinger. “Showing your log to someone whose opinion matters to you once a week makes a world of difference.” One way to find your “audience”: The free MyFitnessPal.com and LoseIt.com apps makke it easy to share your log with friends or community members.

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2. Make Lasting Changes!
Add rather than subtract!
One of the biggest mistakes dieters often make when their doctor tells them to lose weight? They focus just on what to cut out of their diet rather than what they should add,” says Weisenberger. “For example, if they need to lose weight to help control high blood pressure, they’ll cut back on sodium but forget about adding something like beans, which are low in sodium and super healthy. If, for example you have Type 2 diabetes and decide to cut out carbs entirely, you’ll be missing out on things like quinoa, a food people with diabetes need to help protect their heart.

Spice It Up!
Spices help you slim down over the long-term by making your food more satisfying so you’ll effortlessly eat less, promises womens health expert Pamela Peeke, M.D. “I love spicing things up to help kill cravings,” she says. “Ginhger, for example has thermogenic properties that help boost metabolism, while black pepper is also a nice thing to add to foods because it helps curb fat storage. Cinnamon is another great weight-loss spice because it regulates blood sugar– sprinkle it on my morning oatmeal. It’s easy gto add delicious spices that’ll help you feel fuller longer

—Kristina Mastrocola

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FALL is not far behind us and Christmas is directly at hand
if you’re a bit of a fashionista, perhaps shopping: SALE is your brand.

Good deal, I know the feel, I am a mundane attitude and clothing bouncer!
I often find myself with the CupCakeChique – at an H&M checkout counter.

You don’t have to be about #HighDollarLables to state your fashion truths,
The CupCakeChique, ShivaShane and Deidra are #NoLabelStandOUTS too:

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The CupCakeChique shows off a sweet ensemble from H&M and Goodwill

In the piece to the left CupCakeChique is wearing a nautical lined tunic dress.
She’s layered it with a Perry Ellis jacket purchased at Goodwill in the Southwest.

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Deidra blocks the stairwell with her style while the CupCakeChiques blocks the door with Lemonade and Stripes…

You don’t have to spend a fortune to look your best.
Give us more of YOU and label-LESS!

I’m a real easy going gal, I don’t make a lot of shopping fuss
I don’t require a lot of labels but LINGERIE is a must!

And when it comes to men that are to catch my eye,
I prefer he with style — that did not try.

Just throw it on, anything out of your unique collection.
Looking chill and got it from Goodwill — thanks for the ressurection!

Fall is in its last throws and its seasonal fashion still plagues the globe.
Global warming’s progressive “UH-OH!” gives a broad pass to be #FLY, yo!

Just wake, unflake and dress the best incredible you,
I’m Qui
I Fall for style and what feels good. I fall for YOU.

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The CupCakeChique in polka dots continues to do her thang’ – while mane and neutral colors style high in the ranks with ShivaShane.

What TIME is it

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on December 9, 2016 at 5:04 am

which_pinup_are_you_large_wall_clock-cafe-pressA’ight! You know what time it is! It’s time to get busy!
It’s Friday baby! It’s Friday baby! Let the knowledge get you high and dizzy!

Well not too dizzy, I mean it is the beginning of the work day —
unless of course you’re OFF like me – then ‘Morning baby! Let’s play.’

Let’s wake up to CAFE BUSTELO. Do you like it black or with honey and milk?
Why don’t you lie back and take it easy. Let me serve you on those sheets of silk.

Oh. What’s that you say? You’d rather serve me?
Because you know how I like to butter my toast and scramble my eggs with cheese.

Ooo wee! Pardon me. I reckon YOU DO know what time it is.
It’s Friday baby, It’s Friday baby and I am your key Griot Ms.

Let us toast to opportunities fizz. She is up for us today.
Even though I’m OFF the corporate clock – I like to clock dollars when I play.

What doth ye say? Are you about that dollar clocking biz?
If you like fat pockets and you don’t want to stop it
then you know What TIME it is.

What up kinfolk, fam, sweetheart and daddy.
I’m up early feeling girlie and kicking it with you thus I’m happy.

What are you up to today and how doth your sun shine?
I’m Qui
It’s Friday baby! It’s “GET UP, GET OUT and GET BUSY Time.

That is absolutely #WhatsUP!
Holla at a sister if you’re in the PHX cut!