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Say THAT!

In News on July 31, 2018 at 7:14 am

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listen-quote-larry-kingI have met some pretty fantastic people online and offline, that have fantastic conversation. No matter what topic we are on, they always have the perfect quips, responses, and quotes on hand. These are the most entertaining persons especially when marinated in wisdom.  Proverbial quotes – I like them. They can be witty, instructional and informational all at once. Wisdom does indeed come with age though I have found divine wisdom coming out of the mouths of babes, on a few occasions as well. That’s the best kind of communicative exchange – when you walk away wiser and proactively in thought.

I was raised in the church and I remember when Paster Floyd G. Taylor would preach and the saints were feeling it – they would belt out encouraging remarks like, “SAY THAT!, Tell the truth! and Amen!” Those are my exact sentiments when I fall into the captive conversation of a well…

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It’s Your Big Day!

In Griot, Self Improvement on July 27, 2018 at 5:15 am

ice-cube_lets-go-to-work.gifThe last time that someone said those words to you, it was probably your birthday or the day of that big promotion at work. Do you remember that? How did hearing the words “It’s Your Big Day,” affect you and make you feel? Was it excitement? A little nervousness… okay a lot. Did you feel light on your feet, perhaps you had butterflies in your belly? All of that would pair well with the resonance of those words into the universe.

Regardless of how you felt, you went with it. You continued to broach the day with certain bravery and even a boldness because you knew at that moment that ‘it’s your big day,’ and you owned it. You poised your spirit and your posture to receive it. You may have even thanked God for the opportunity before stepping foot into the day that was so perfectly tailored for you. Remember that?

That day seemed to be perfect in every way including the assumption that all of or at least most of it was perfectly out of your control. Yes? I’m not so sure nor perfectly convinced that you had a minor role in the manifested vibe of that day. It’s always been you who speaks to the universe and the universe responds and not the other way around. So, if your big day was the birth of your child, I guarantee you that you had a heck of a day 9-months back that gifted you with a birth. If your big day was a promotion at work, I’m pretty sure you put in countless hours over the past months and years that contributed to the company’s success before the promotion manifested. You get my point, right? You are the reason and the seed of tomorrow’s harvest because of the choices you make today.

What return of good would you like to manifest? Invest in the potential of it today and watch it grow. When the harvest comes in, be humble and grin then with wisdom and knowledge you do it all again. Every day is an opportunity to sow into your future. Be mindful, meditate and pray when shaping your big day.

Sow. What have you got up today for your tomorrow?

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It’s Your Big Day today and you know it.
Let your poise and posture show it.

Tomorrow is coming; today you must learn to hone it.
When they say, “It’s Your Big Day,” you want to fully own it.

Nothing happens by coincidence or sole circumstance.
You’re the captain of this ship; the belle of the dance.

Take life by the horns; not just today, but every day
because good adds up to be understood
as yet another one of your big days.

You control your future – it does not control you,
I’m Qui
and It’s Your Big Day every day! Let an understanding console you.

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BATW

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, Video on July 25, 2018 at 1:13 am

one-lie-is-enough-to-question-all-truths.pngBATW is an acronym for Back Against The Wall. I could have easily used the term “between a rock and a hard place” to describe the point of desperation one might reach when they have no plan but have been given the microphone, a platform, and suspect of colluding with a foreign government.

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In the event that you encounter a situation in life where you’re in a self-inflicted bind,
man-up to what you’ve done then utilize integrity & morale — but don’t lie.

Perhaps when you’re in a BATW moment and you have realized that you are wrong,
take a second to recap and reflect — then recall the words of this song:

Teach it to your wife, your kids, your neighbors on the right, and the left;
let integrity lead your conscience and know that honesty is always best.

It’s mid-week already and I’m eager to hump onto something with more integrity and overview.
I’m Qui
Suggesting a new song for those crucial moments when our BATW.

FYI

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Self Improvement on July 23, 2018 at 4:45 am
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FYI: Pt. 2 is pretty quick too

I’m here for you because you mean something to me.
When I appreciate an early vibe I say, “Good morning to thee.”

Much respect to your spirit at the crack of dawn.
I prayed for you last night before getting my sleep on.

What did you do last night? Did you have any fun at all?
I did indeed; good fun yields to sleep. I slept hard without stall.

Good morning, dear Monday. It’s good to see you nigh.
The weekend was good to me; ooo-oui! A little F.Y.I.

I didn’t watch MSNBC like I did last weekend’s way.
I did take it easy, adhere to feeling breezy;
and let my hair down to play.

I did go to see the Equalizer 2. Denzel piques on performance in disguise.
I dug the Equalizer’s special set of skills that invoked the bad guys to die.

It was the same ol’ Robert McCall from way back when.
Still a distinguished gentleman, tho with a little more melanin.

The film was an entertaining win; I had a good time.
Homework and school is my schedule’s rule,
still, I keep an open tab for you on my mind.

How have you been? Did you put forth any good or naught efforts? Did you at least try?
I’m Qui
Waking up to this begin with ease and encouraging you to do the same via this F.Y.I.

 

TT & R

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on July 20, 2018 at 7:49 am

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You ever heard of the term, turn tail and run?
Well right about now, that sounds kind of fun.

Can anyone tell me where Mos Def went?
I’m currently considering how my savings will be spent.

It looks like I may need to consider – sooner than later,
just how I’ll survive “the swamp,” its snakes and gators.

You gotta know when to hold ’em
know when to fold ’em
know when to walk away,
know when to run…

because something on the hill is very rotten.
For by the adversary, we stand naked – to be gotten.

We must refrain from using the word “mistruth” when it’s a lie.
I don’t desire a comrade who wishes democracy to die.

God has given us the earth, our lives, love, and freedom.
Not for a select few, but for every breathing one.

Careful not to sit back and have your democracy undone
because an elite few prefer to consume the majority of the sum.

Paying more taxes will cut into your yum-yum. How are those tax cuts working out you?
You’re definitely paying and the government isn’t playing when your bill comes due.

It’s the America we love; our tax dollars always pull us through.
Nevermind the government’s dime, he can depend on me and you.

Are you voting frequently too? I really need you to be.
I can’t say enough about us needing more love and respect for democracy.

Alas, the week is coming to a close, I’ve enjoyed it; it’s really been fun.
I’m Qui
and as rough as it’s been, I’m your dependable friend, I’m not going to turn tail and run.

Democracy is a worthy sum.

VOTE.

Sinking Long Before Helsinki

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, Video on July 18, 2018 at 7:34 am

sinking_quicksand.gifYes, the ground has been unstable since the presidential race started;
unclear if Donald’s totality of morale and honesty had long departed.

Access Hollywood blamed Billy Bush for being socially pushy
in defending himself that he had nothing to do with Don’s quote,
Grab ’em by the pussy.”

Donald went on to become the Republican’s nominee.
They chose him as if it wouldn’t cost this country a huge fee.

The move is threatening to our democracy. It could… but it shouldn’t.
Don confirms his belief in Russia with the double-negative “don’t and wouldn’t.”

A strong man stands on his word
and is clear to be heard.

Therefore, Putin spoke his piece with clarity and no misunderstanding.
Don stood there like all in the world was lovely and fair;
the phrase “fire him now!” is increased; public demanding.

We’re restrained and sinking in quicksand.
Does not the branches of government independently stand?
I pray they get it together today because we could use a helping hand.

YES, WE CAN!

President 44 spoke on the state of our union yesterday morn.
Remarking that our way of politics is looking tattered and torn.

He‘s honest and he’s on it. Integrity? It’s a trait that he beholds.
I appreciate the sentiments but I’d like more for him to get us out of this hole.

“Ugh.” Is what my daughter always says, when something is waxing old,
I’m Qui
Good morning Wednesday.  Lend us a hump to get out of this hold.
Together WE CAN do this. I’ve got your back, kinfolk. beating-heart

PULL UP.

Good Morning Monday

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on July 16, 2018 at 4:45 am

horse-bucks-rider.gifGood Morning Monday. All weekend long MSNBC rode a reliable pony
of facts that tack the Trump Campaign to colluding with Russian cronies.

Yep. It felt like a bad dream that kept being re-told.
Tho, the importance of rebroadcasting was to save America’s soul.

She’s killing herself with a 45 because she selectively isn’t woke.
Her skirt is up, others can see her butt,
and her coffers are going for broke.

Yes-yes! A well-cultured democracy is certainly best,
but will Helsinki find our rep with his cards too far from his vest?

International eyes remain on the West
as we hoard-up our borders and mistreat refugee guests.

Our allies are worried –tho not as much as Americans should be.
My God, what in the world is happening to our democratic legacy?

Good morning Monday, did you hear me? Your democracy is at risk.
This is not a time to wrist-flick wrine and remark “Tsk-tsk-tsk.”

You are not Fish Mooney and this isn’t Gotham City,
still what’s happening to us at this hour is a remarkable pity.

Dancing-P-DiddyWhere is P-Diddy to Harlem-shake this off? Oh, he’s calling himself Love?
Well, where is Love, the productive Harlem thug?
This country needs a song to incite a wake-up hug.

Okay, truth be told, I’m just looking for a new jam.
Every day for the last year and a half I wake up to Morning Joe saying, “Damn!

morning-joe_lone anchor.gifClearly, I am paraphrasing
but every report seems to suggest that the admin is crazy.

Hm. Are you nodding off on me, Monday? There is no time to sleep.
That’s why MSNBC spent the entire weekend rebroadcasting from last week.

I get it and it still resembles a nightmare.
Good morning Monday, I’ve got caffeine to spare.

We have got to VOTE, people! Before it’s ever-loving too late.
Vote your interest and less for collages on Pinterest;
In our hands rests our fate.

Let’s not allow sleeping heads in Congress to sell our democracy away.
Rise up and become awake right now and remain woke every day.

Good morning Monday, I’m so glad that you’re here with me,
I’m Qui
With intentions to wake as many as can read to comprehend this Griot tea.

Indeed, I need you and you need me…

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Let’s stick a solid landing; WE MUST land on our feet.

VOTE.

Oh Boy

In Griot, Music, News, Politics, Video on July 13, 2018 at 5:39 am

spanky_oh-boy.gifAnother glorious Friday! The weekends always yield me joy.
Though for what went uphill with Congress’ grill
of Agent Peter Strzok made me say, “Oh boy!

Did you get a chance to drop in and see it?
Strzok on the stand – I wouldn’t want to be him,

but he handled-up and told it like it was.
the statement he made about who the FBI is yielded him applause-love.

I was tuned in and little else ran in broadcast so steady.
For whatever the committee had planned for him, Strzok was prepared and ready.

I’m sure on Thursday morning Republicans in Congress felt confident that they would ‘bring the grill-filled noise,’
though they weren’t fully prepared for Strzok’s dismiss of their dares – he spoke bluntly and… Oh Boy!

Mr. Goodlatte was the chairman and his tone was on swoll
as he tried to conduct business like a boss but quickly lost control.

Democrats spoke-up in opposition of Goodlatte’s lead and the session went into rogue fashion.
Many began yelling about what Strzok would and wouldn’t be telling;
made me think of Cam’Ron & Santana…

Especially when Mr. Gohmert was questioning the Agent and brought up the agent’s wife.
That’s when I had to check the station, Gohmert’s tact was on vacation;
is he about that thug life?

Things in the hearing were pretty ripe. I enjoyed witnessing history unfold.
It really looked like fiction; I grew an instant concern and addiction.
Our country is in crisis — PLEASE VOTE!

Peter was grilled for about 8-hours, with a 2-hour lunch.
How many people tuned in with me? My guess is a bunch.

I almost changed the channel at its start, but I had a back-of-the-mind hunch.
Oh Boy! How many around the world tuned into the hurl? I reckon a whole bunch.

That was yesterday and this is today,
it’s Friday baby. Drop the cares and consider play.

I’m going to consider it immediately after my endearing collegiate ploy,
I’m Qui
On this glorious Friday, an intellectual high day – I pray thee not succumb to the Oh Boy‘s!

Congress started it but Peter Strzok brought the noise.

Hollywood Woke

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on July 11, 2018 at 11:20 am

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What does it mean to be Hollywood Woke?
Does it have anything to do with the legalization of smoke?
No.

Hollywood Woke sounds like it could mean a lot of things,
let’s start with the era when to my roommate, I was “the perfect wing.”

I used to reside at Sunset Blvd and Normandy Street.
I had to move back to Dallas because Hollywood keeps a mean week.

Hollywood, Hollywood. It’s where the stars really shine
even if they’re just LED lights on a high-traffic strip, in a line.

It doesn’t matter. So very live is the chatter
that a womans lips and arse should be fatter
if she intends to attract a cash-heavy batter.
The how’s and ‘the long run‘ – don’t matter.

cardib-butt_art.jpgA population is woke and willingly renders every saving dime to endanger their bodies
if for only 15-seconds for someone with a successful sum to cat call them a “hottie.”

But this is hardly the definition of Woke. This seems to be the definition of sleep.
Most young girls would agree, still onto the plastic surgeons URL they creep.

They may vow not to do drugs and many don’t smoke
but they’ll do anything to be Hollywood Woke.

Though no group of people could ever outshine the legacy to and fro
that happens on Hollywood Blvd when Hollywood is Woke.

The week starts on Monday; we’ll just meet after work at the bar.
Likely somewhere in walking distance. On Monday’s we rarely went far.

Tuesday is rideshare time.
We’ve got a designated driver and at the bar by 9.

We’d return home a few hours into Hump Day’s morn;
we’d all would file into work a little tattered and torn.

Our spirits were still stoked
because Tuesday’s social scene was dope.

Wednesday after 7 pm we would gather together again
at our pad or their’s for a conversation to stir among friends.

Midnight would usually usher our boisterous socials to an end,
tho many times we went from hanging tough – straight-away to work again.

Hollywood Woke. It can happen in any state,
this is just my recollection of the intersecting day-to-day.

Thursday nights would usually catch us getting all jitted up,
ordering a taxi/rideshare to deliver us to and from the club.

Business cards were in tow and bosom’s were pushed up high.
Drinks were often free for our group of girls — no lie.

I’m not much of a drinker, but a thinker so I kept my eyes on the time.
The pre-weekend spin included a lot of gin and hook-ups that lead to grinds.

None of which were ever chronicled to be mine; I was betrothed with a reserved heart.
It was common for me to wake up Friday morning alone at its bella start.

Twerkita-n-Friends2018It’s the weekend baby!” It’s what we’d say as we gather to club again.
Girls on the town, we love to get down and capitalize a good time during the weekend.

Hollywood Woke. When did the weekend ever end?
Every day we went out to bar, club or hang out with friends.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sewed up the spin.
On Monday we’d  rest up at the bar for 1-2 drinks with friends
to plan the week’s events in specific and do it all again.

They don’t sleep on that side of town, they don’t pass out, stop or choke.
Who can sustain a life like that? Are you living Hollywood Woke?

I am, but I’m not.
I couldn’t keep up with the partying snots.

My Hollywood Woke: Monday – Wednesday I’m early to rise;
4:30 am finds me opening my eyes.

I pray, meditate and write a little bit.
Then I run over to the blog and create Griot spit.
It’s you that I love hanging with.

I go to school in the day and homework until night falls.
Thursday and Friday I film a variety of shots and edit-ball.

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Saturday and Sunday, I rest up and just do me.
That might include Zouk dancing and several movies.

Hollywood resides inside of me; it has a productive place.
I stay woke with a lump in my throat chronicling America’s face.

It’s a story of suspense; it’s a reality show,
I’m Qui
just chopping-it-up with thee on several degrees of Hollywood Woke.

A NEW BOX

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement on July 9, 2018 at 6:49 am

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A new box? This is surely an old one.
With corners so weak, this isn’t a bold one.

The contents of this box are stale as well.
Someone taped it up and labeled it hell.

What the well? Who votes to hail this box beholden?
The contents are irrelevant; nothing is golden.

An old box holds old rocks and hints of chicken pox.
It smells like old white cheese and musty socks.

I’m not a big cheese lover, though on nachos it rocks.
I’m not into cheese as in a coward, who’s trying to please;
I’m not into cheese-smelling socks.

So I wear clean socks
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I only use old boxes when I’m packing away trash.
Old boxes contain old views; a DO NOT RECYCLE stash.

North Korea spoke out this weekend and with teeth; they didn’t gum it.
They told the world, our country is a flaky girl; this after the summit.

The moves that this administrator is making are a real game changer.
Word from NK is America is going about business acting gangster.

Not that I listen to NK-Radio or anything
but this isn’t the song that we want history to sing.

It won’t bode well for us tomorrow.
No one helps the gangster-actor in his time of sorrow.

Our international allies aligning with us around the world is what rocks!
Somebody call UHAUL, because we need A NEW BOX.

Uhaul, overhaul; we need a new content (country) holder.
Make his corners strong and allergic to wrongs.
Yield him wisdom, compassion, and wide shoulders.
Strong like Samson — to move boulders.

I miss the years 2008 through 2016;
the last time America’s box had strong corners and seams.

We need A NEW BOX, this one cannot hold squat.
I’m Qui
an observative she
and it looks like we need A NEW BOX.