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The Linguistic: GRIOT

In Communication, Griot, News on February 5, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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To Inhale it equates to Comprehending it.

One of my main TAG WORDS is GRIOT. I very much like being identified with the historic West African Linguistic. [Griot is pronounced Gree-OH. ]

It was July of 2006— I’d taken my first trip to the BIG APPLE. I stayed in the PARAMOUNT HOTEL and all was well with the world, (according to my fantastic TIMES SQUARE view). To make a long story short and get to the point…while I was there, among all of the things I did and all of the monuments I visited, none were as memorable as meeting Fred Brathwaite aka Fab5Freddy. We hit it right off and took a ride in his Mercedes to delve more into what seemed to be a never-ending showcase of absolute & relative conversational rhyme…by yours truly of course. Fab was fantastic in encouraging me to do so and at some point, during our spontaneous conversation he dropped knowledge on me and informed me of a historical West African Linguistic called: Griot. Griot is the art form of telling stories and/or passing down cultural information IN RHYME.

Had you ever heard of it? I had not.

Thirsty for knowledgeI always am— so at the first free moment I had (post my conversation with F5F) I researched the heck out of the word Griot and how this linguistic thing worked. I, like many African Americans, have no clear record of where in Africa our families may have originated – so to be pointed to out of a crowd and told that my style of conversation likens to a tribe in W. Africa…I am thrilled, I am honored.

*´¨) ¸.·* ´¸.·*´¨) ¸.*·*¨) (¸.·´ (¸ .* ¸.·* )´¸.·*´¨) ¸.*·*¨) (¸.·´ (¸ .*

It doesn’t mean that’s where I’m from – nor does it mean that’s where I’m going,
but it’s good to know there’s a reference for the form of seeds that I’m sewing.

I’ve been talking in rhyme since my conversational begin.
I remember utilizing the skill & stunning my kin.

I remember my 2nd-grade teacher “literally” telling me —
that I was a poetic genius for my versing scheme.
Ooo Wee.

I didn’t know what it meant, but I kept the encouragement in stride
then it all made sense once I met the HIP HOP Statesman Fab 5.

It’s been all good on a daily – I enjoy sharing my comprehended flow
I’m Qui
and I’m grateful to know I’m DNA gifted something like a Griotte.

[Griot is the term usually referring to a male storyteller – Griotte is the term used for the female counter part]

Recognize the linguistic. Enjoy it's relativity.

The Linguistic: GRIOT

In Communication, Griot, Networking on January 14, 2011 at 7:50 am
Recognize the linguistic. Enjoy it's relativity.

My Kinfolk.

One of my main TAG WORDS is: GRIOT. I very much like being identified with the historic West African Linguistic. [Griot is pronounced Gree-OH. ]

It was July of 2006— I’d taken my first trip to the BIG APPLE. I stayed in the PARAMOUNT HOTEL and all was well with the world, (according to my fantastic TIMES SQUARE view). To make a long story short and get to the point…while I was there, among all of the things I did and all of the monuments I visited, none were as memorable as meeting Fred Brathwaite aka Fab5Freddy. We hit it right off and took a ride in his Mercedes to delve more into what seemed to be a never ending showcase of absolute & relative conversational rhyme…by yours truly of course. Fab was fantastic in encouraging me to do so and at some point during our spontaneous meeting he dropped knowledge on me and informed me of a historical West African Linquistic called: Griot. Griot is the art form of telling stories and/or passing down cultural information IN RHYME.

Had you ever heard of it? I had not.

Thirsty for knowledgeI always am— so at the first free moment I had (post my conversation with F5F) I researched the heck out of the word Griot and how this linguistic thing worked. I, like many African Americans have no clear record of where in Africa our families may have originated – so to be pointed to out of crowd and told that my style of conversation likens to a tribe in W. Africa…I am thrilled.

*´¨) ¸.·* ´¸.·*´¨) ¸.*·*¨) (¸.·´ (¸ .* ¸.·* )´¸.·*´¨) ¸.*·*¨) (¸.·´ (¸ .*

It doesn’t mean that’s where I’m from – nor does it mean that’s where I’m going,
but it’s good to know there’s historical documentation for the form of seeds that I’m sewing.

I’ve been talking in rhyme since my conversational begin.
I remember utilizing the skill & stunning my kin.

I remember my 2nd grade teacher “literally” telling me —
that I was a poetic genius for my versing scheme.
Ooo Wee.

I didn’t know what it meant, but I kept the encouragement in stride
then it all made sense once I met the HIP HOP Statesman Fab 5.

It’s been all good on a daily – I enjoy sharing my comprehended flow
I’m Qui
and I’m grateful to know I’m DNA gifted something like a Griotte.

[Griot is the term usually referring to a male story teller – Griotte is the term used for the female counter part]

World News – Griot Views

In Networking, News on January 21, 2010 at 4:01 am

When surfing various news views remember that you do have choices,
CNN and your local news station kin – have nothing on BlackVoices.
It was there that I read:

A rapper coins the name “Tiger Woods” in a rap;
A paralleling metaphore that yields infidelity some dap.

Regardless of the jeers, we’ve got to yield some cheers
To President Obama and his relentless first year.
Opposition groups have much to say but the intelligence on (their) deck is dense
Many nay sayers are nothing more than haters – unqualified to be the president.

God Bless the earthquake victims in Haiti who have no resources or say –
God Bless Wyclef Jeans efforts to help out – God forbid any corruption in regards to YELE.

The number one Tennis gal @ the Australian Open is no doubt the thick-n-fit Serena
Caveat: No one’s retiring anytime soon- including the other AO winner: big sister Venus.

There are other views bouncing on the wire- some well conveyed, some may resemble ‘blurting dither’
Either way it’s good to read one’s thoughts as those freely dropped in 140 characters on Twitter.

I’m into meeting folks & networking. I’m sooo into connecting with intellectual kin
Because of my desire to be productively on fire – I often kick it on LINKED IN.

Social media is important – and news views need not always define our look
So when I’m not thumbing through the news I’m on QuiVision or FaceBook.

However you do it, whenever you do it – I’m glad you’ve stopped by to see me,
I’m Qui
Digging you 7-days through. I bid you griot views on Day 3.

It’s Wednesday baby!

AMPLIFIED CHATTER

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on February 18, 2019 at 6:26 am

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Let’s talk about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees
and the green that is from God and how folks like to snack on weed.

Let’s talk about it.

Let’s open up our minds to other cultures
and raise our kids to not prey like vultures

but to be considerate
and literate.

Let’s talk about how we can make the world a better place
and raise future generations to love the human race
and upend prejudices – leave it dead on its face
and love more, accept more, smile and have more play.

Let’s talk about something new.
I’ve presented my vision, please share your view.

I’m into primary and pastel colors. What’s your preferred hue?
I’m Qui
Opening up a window to verse more Griot. I’m AMP’ing up for you.

 

In The Loop

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Sports on January 7, 2019 at 6:07 am

in-the-loop.pngA new year, the same me, the same you, and a new view.
In the spirit of yesterday’s News Peruse,
we’ll tie headlines together In The Loop.

The COWBOYS played the SEAHAWKS over the weekend and defended their playoff presence.
The EAGLES followed that cab and manifested their own “W” blessin.’

The Cowboys are slated to play the RAMS next;
each in pursuit of a Super Bowl respect.

Are you watching? Are you up on the NFL Loop?
How about the un-looping of lies; i.e, telling the truth?

I wish the White House administration could call my Aunt Ruth.
Like Jacob, she wrestled when honesty was aloof.

She wasn’t about that bull.
If you lied to her – a backhand kept you full.

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Mm-mm-ughhhh. It would hurt so bad,
but it’s what was needed to curb a lying lass.

Wake up, look alive and live in the truth.
You can’t trump life’s backhand; keep honesty In The Loop.
Do it for you.

Keep excellence In The Loop; the fabric of your character is always on display.
Regardless of the government’s shutdown, employees should go out and play.

Don’t let your gig ruin your day and expend your vote at every opportunity this year.
2019 is a more awake and progressive scene and wisdom is your fishing spear.

Use it to plant seeds and use it to harvest fruit.
Whatever you do, please remain true and keep me In The Loop.

I’m crazy about you and this fresh Monday start,
I’m Qui
Tying a loop that connects to your News Peruse heart.

Let’s stay connected.
When life happens we’re all affected.

Stay tuned to this groove for the Griot scoop.
It’s objective is to duly keep us In The Loop.

PS — Here’s a little something I thought you might like to know:
EDDIE GLAUDE JR. won the debatable segment on Morning Joe. 😛

2019 – Come On In Here

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on January 4, 2019 at 2:15 am

gene-wilder_that-goes-wo-sayingGood morning dear readers of intellect and refined comprehending skills.
Thank you for coming through and for digging my Griot flow at your will.

I appreciate you. For real.
Let our united understanding be a big deal.

If you’re waiting on the law to change the tune of our collective song,
I hate to inform you that the wait time may exceed Jesus coming back home —
and child, you don’t want to wait that long.
A united front benefits you and me and it makes our country strong.

So Come On In Here, 2019. I’ve been waiting on you buddy.
Last year was good for me, but I’m hoping that you’ll love me.

Hug me authentically and I’ll hug you back.
Let’s cook up a meal and not a snack.

Understanding, compassion, and unity — bring it back.
Not just in my hood, but across the United States mass.

2019 – Come On In Here and shine!
Besides the late sixties, you’re my favorite nine.
Come On In the HOUSE – everything is fine.
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Sweet Sabbath

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on December 16, 2018 at 5:50 am

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Good morning dear fam! What’s really good?
Have you plans to get out – go cruising the neighborhood?

Is the weather fair in your atmosphere, is all well in your life?
Is this a moment of trial? Are you going through; experiencing a little strife?

I’m sorry if you are, though rest assured that all will be alright.
If you are able to read this blog, you are able to see your own light.

Today is a day of opportunity. Today you can begin again.
No one is above another. We all are kinsmen to sin.

That just means none of us are squeaky clean
unless you were just born. You know what I mean?
And if you were just born, you sho’ ain’t reading this feed! 😛

God is good and good morning to you.
Did you go to church or are just being spirituallike we do?

Either choice is ‘truly what’s up,’ and I’m glad that you’ve gotten to do it.
Sweet Sabbath yields a start to a new week — no worries, you’ll get through it.

It also means that we’re getting closer to another holiday that doth fit us:
Ye ol’ gift-giving Christmas.

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Why do we heavily emphasize the “gift giving” part?
— It overshadows the mass-collective-love in our hearts.
Perhaps this a tradition we should revisit and sort?

Today is a new day to a new week thus a new start.
I’d like to make “thanks” the first gift I submit to you from my heart:

T H A N K   Y O U 
for another year of coming through.

I can’t get enough of watching you
and kickin’ Griot over a headline or two.

You make all the differenceyou really do.

Good morning Sweet Sabbath, good morning kinfolk,
I’m Qui
Up to praise the creator and redeem my soul.

Come with, do participate. You can do it at home — it costs no cash.
Just lift your head towards the sky and give thanks for this Sweet Sabbath.

5-4-3-2-1, Action!

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on November 30, 2018 at 5:28 pm

whats-up-scary-movie-spoofWhat’s up, what’s up, what’s up?
Does this evening have you feeling like LOVE?

Mine does. It is beautiful and chilly in this place where I sit.
I’m near a window, it’s perfect to compose a Griot spit.

So I am.
Last week did you eat enough turkey, beef or ham?
Are you working it off today? I surely am.

2018 has been good to me so far,
minus the political petty and food in my belly
the Science of Cinematography is the star.

I love filmmaking! We just wrapped at 5,
and kinfolk I’m here to tell you that I feel all-the-way-live.

I think I’ll mingle with good company tonight,
grab a couple of drinks and maybe a bite.

But I didn’t want to do any of the such
without stopping by and sharing some of this LOVE!

Ain’t nothing like enjoying life to-the-fullest and hugging your passions,
I’m Qui
Good evening to thee. 5-4-3-2-1, carry-on and let’s make some more ACTION!

Let’s start at Pappadeaux’s!

 

Cherishing

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on November 16, 2018 at 12:36 am
Time flies…

Good morning. I woke up with the feeling of winning!
No jars to pickle me in – though I am hooked on KIDDING.

Have you had a chance
to check out KIDDING On-Demand?

Oh, you should. You really should.
It’s quite the SHOWTIME reflection of a ‘perfect neighborhood.’

I hope that Mr. Roger’s hood was not ever so deep.
You’ve got to see Jim Carey’s performance – It’s talking to you and me.

The writers scripted sex, death, and drugs
to accessorize the main story t’was born of love.

The society-observative me thinks so.
Season one came in hot; the cast is a pro.

The narrative view is fresh, it’s strong, and it’s rough.
Jeff Pickles has his shortcomings, yet he is enough.

TNT’s LAST SHIP has sailed, and it isn’t coming back.
Sunday was the last battle on Nathan James’ war track.

I like to watch television a little bit
and it’s channel 573 that I just can’t quit.

It’s called SHORTSTV and it has the best lineups
of creative short films that you can watch in your cut.

Time flies when you’re having fun and reviewing your peers.
I’m a student of film, popcorn, mimosa’s, and cheers.

I’m truly entering into my happy zone as Fall’s essence begins to ring,
and then I hear that Kim Porter’s crossed over; she exited the scene.

XO.

PDiddy aka Mr. Love: I am doleful for you and your beloved children.
Please take heart knowing Kim won’t be far – and that you’ll see her again.

Kim did cross over, but her love won’t ever end.
This morning I arose and with intent, my knees did bend.

I’m praying for you; you and the fam are not alone.
Kim Porter was the real deal, I can’t wait to hear the memoir song.

Life is not to be taken for granted, neither is the stretch or the yawning.
I’m Qui
Cherishing life
and my Griot writes, along with your presence on this morning.

WORDPRESS is Pressing Evolution Again

In News on November 14, 2018 at 8:23 pm

Have you felt the new Editor that’s being introduced through the admin’s backdoor? I’m framing it as coming through the backdoor because at present using the new editor is an option.  But we know that the option period is for a limited time only and that eventually, the new editor will be all that is available. 

Me? I have opted to give the new editor a go early because I’ve been on WordPress for almost a decade and am no longer afraid of confronting the evolution that they serve up. It’s usually good. 

So what did I find?

Well, I found that I will now be building my article content in blocks. Which isn’t really so different from typing text onto a blank document, but they are calling the beginning of a new paragraph “blocks” and I’m sure that’s a reference to HTML coding. We code in blocks. I also noticed that the HTML toggle switch is missing at the very top of the new document. However, if you highlight the block, the edit toolbar will appear at the top. Not a bad deal, but definitely something to get used to. 

In order to continue to press out my Griot point of view
It’s best that I learn how to maneuver the new hue.

It appears that WordPress’ evolution is a clever hat
But poses some issues in my Griot format.

In order to write in Shakespeare verse, poetics and Griot slots,
I may encounter a continuance issue at writing in blocks.

Each new 2-line stanza seems to create a brand-new paragraph.
But it’s just 2-lines in a verse; nothing to start a new block at. [?]

In order to compose this Griot piece in format-fashion 
I had to enlist a Word document and pre-viz my passion.

I wrote out my piece, copied and pasted it into one block.
Then once I pressed enter, it made a new block forever 2-line slot.

The extra step of previsualizing rocks and saved me from being confused by the editing evolution,
I’m Qui
And WordPress’ Press of Evolution bodes well for me; t’is my early conclusion.

What sayest ye, o’ WordPress Kin?
Evolution is real and they’re at it again.