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Like white on RICE… Ray Rice.

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Sports, TV Shows on September 10, 2014 at 7:33 am
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This ain’t the rice Unc’ was talking about…

When Whoopi Goldberg came under fire for the comments she made on THE VIEW about ladies not putting their hands on men, I understood her position and seconded the wisdom. We were responding to the strongly edited version of Ray Rice’s [then] fiancé falling face first from the elevator after “allegedly” being in a back-and-forth [hand-to-hand] altercation with Ray inside of the elevator. The footage was shown from the outside as the couple entered the elevator, then again from the outside as the doors opened again and Janay (the fiancé’) fell face first into the lobby.

The headlines implied that that was all of the footage available for review and so the story took off in a half hearted light. I agreed with Whoopi that women should not lean on chivalry when you decide to lunge and belt a dude, especially a burly dude. I don’t condone fighting so if I can advise a young girl or two to keep her hands to herself, I will. However, that was not the case with Janay Rice.

Once inside of the elevator, it appears that while Janay is pressing the elevator buttons, when Ray Rice approaches her, closely. Janay flails her left arm as if to ward him off (sacred space). Ray then throws a left jab that lightly brushes Janay’s head, but only because she stepped out of the swing of the punch (stepped to her left). After Rays near-miss swing, he steps back and Janay, comes towards him, with her purse strap on her right shoulder, before she gets into Rays face good, he swings another left punch, that lands smack in the center of Janay’s jaw and it’s LIGHTS OUT baby! Janay’s lifeless body hits the steel railing at the rear of the elevator and she goes down. Out cold. It is only then, that the elevator doors open and Ray aggravatingly lifts Janay by the waist and drags her half way out of the elevator doors, then he drops her, face down in the lobby w/her legs still in the door way of the elevator. In fact, the elevator doors attempted to close, but Janay’s legs deterred the action.

Thanks TMZ Sports! Had TMZ not obtained the rest of the hotel footage and leaked it to the press, the NFL and Ray Rice would have gotten away with implying that Janay attacked Ray on the elevator and that Ray HAD TO knock her out to stop her attacks. Nope. That absolutely did not happen and now Ray looks like a monster. I think he might be. He had very little regard for his fiancé as she layed out cold on the floor from his punch. In an attempt to further suppress the truth , Ray did a televised press conference before the release of the full video footage and apologized to his teammates and fans whilst Janay was sitting next to him, shouldering half the blame (yes – she made an apology statement too).

Why would Janay shoulder half the blame? This is what has women up in arms today. Why would the NFL, and any other aiding counsel advise Janay to attend the conference and shoulder the blame of Ray Rice beating her up and it being caught on video?

I am not pleased with the NFL today and Ray Rice is a coward.

Even after the remainder of the video footage surfaced and the Ravens cut Ray and the NFL suspended him for a year, he continues to say, “He and his wife are working this out.” He and his wife? If Ray doesn’t see that he is 95% of the problem in this domestic abuse situation, I don’t think I trust his clarity of mind or moral. His lame attempt to act as if both, he and Janay, are to blame for him cold clocking Janay is shameful. It is not the stance of a strong man. It is the stance of cowering soul. The “I’m not taking all of the blame, because you know I have a temper,” excuse is a pussy.

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Ray is lucky that Janay is not my sister and that my brother is not her brother, because my brother would be on that Like white on RICE… Ray Rice. Method Man agrees with me and you know how Solange Knowles acts when you mess with her sister. So…

Suddenly a ray breaks through past-headlines and shines a new and respectful light on JayZ and his response to Solange kicking the guts out of him a few months back, because he was perusing to “side chick” a Miami rapper, Liv. It was unnerving seeing Bey’s little sister wailed on the rap mogul, but at least, he did not wail back or cold clock her. Now, on that note, a few years back (2009-2010) there was a gif circulation social media where Jigga slap/tapped a chick who was clowning in his face (holding him up), as he appeared to be exiting a venue via back stage, or behind the scene. There wasn’t ever much of a story that followed that gif, but it exists, there were no bruises, retaliation or need for legal council or rehab. Obviously Jigga keeps his hands in his pocket and is excellent with his mouth. Congrats Beyonce! Enjoy that.

We’re praying for Janay.

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My goodness gracious, that ran me hot.
I was just beginning to like the NFL a lot.

LADIES: Roger Goodell is testing our patience,
by insulting our intelligence and I, for one, hate it.

Campaigning for more ‘WOMEN [to] Love the NFL’ and selling us jerseys
while watching Ray Rice’s assault surveillance tape and deciding to bury.

My, oh my. And you want me to believe
the NFL had not seen
the video tape acquired by TMZ?

You can tell by Ray’s actions, that he’s done this before,
because his immediate response was NOT to drop to the floor

to check on Janay, or take her vital signs.
It’s as if this was “a norm” in the state of his mind.

So many times,
the tape has been on rewind
and replaying in my mind…
I conclude Ray Rice ain’t too kind.

He ain’t too strong neither.
When Janay apologized, I didn’t believe her.

She’s a battered woman. A bit confused in her thoughts.
Ray punched the merchandise, and 1-month later, he bought.

This is life, not a bodega and if you punch her, you go to jail.
I’m Qui
Forgoing Uncle Bens, Ray Rice and the got doggit NFL.

They’ve got nothing for me but merchandise sell.
Go to hell…

NEWS PERUSE

In News on June 13, 2014 at 7:55 am

It’s fully June in Arizona and I couldn’t refuse
to light another short wick of NEWS PERUSE:

Liv the Rapper

First thing’s first, it’s Friday fa’ sho’,
and I’ve come up on some good stuff, that I did not know.

Remember when Solange kick the guts out of Jay-Z the other day,
well there’s a lady twitting out to Bey, “a counter” on the say.

Her name is Liv and she’s a Miami rapper
who’s implying Jay-Z tried to be a potential tapper.

She told this juicy info to LIFE & STYLE Magazine,
then backed it up on Twitter – for an additional sheen.

I ain’t mad, and she wasn’t over the top – though she did admit,
she turned Jay down because of his ‘married crown’ – she called it: #RealWomanSh%t.

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I’m a creative chic with a real tight seam
and Shondra Rhimes advices I “Ditch the Dream!”
What does it mean?

Scandal is tops – Shonda is pretty much at a point where competition can’t penetrate her,
With digital pin she created a new spin called:  HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

(click the link to see the show trailer starring Viola Davis)

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CBS chimed in Tuesday night, but only for a few words-worth well,
to bring me up to speed on what I’ve missed with my boy, Dave Chappelle.

He’s been on hiatus from the job, for quite a spell.Chappelle and Letterman
Chappelle appeared thicker in stature but looked quite well.

When Letterman asked Chappelle if he regretted leaving his Comedy Central Show?
Chappelle said, technically, he never quit – he’s just 7-years late, yo!

Letterman and Chappelle joked around for a few more minutes, nothing to really make you holler,
then he asked if the Half Baked star was happier with or without the $50-million dollars?

Dave Chappelle responded…click here

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Bey & Blue Ivy and J-Panorama

Self hate isn’t anything new but it’s back in the news
as it pertains to Baby Knowles-Carter and her “mane blues.”

Now, Blue Ivy is hardly blue, but the onlooking public is ripping
in forums about her hair. I think the public is tripping.

Is it really necessary for Blue to have a hairdresser
who hangs out with The Carters & later turns “confessor?”

I always advice people to keep other folks out of their business and homes.
And now I’m asking criticizing black folk – to please leave Baby Blue alone.Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 7.09.50 PM

She is 2 – for Gods sake! Let her live and be happy.
It’s good to know your roots — and her roots are nappy.

I like nappy hair. I have a head full of it, myself.
What does Blues hairdo have to do with her parents wealth?

NOTHING. Nothing at all.
I think the sensational-pull is a filter stall

to keep the flames fueled between Bey and Jay-Z.
It’s hard to be cool at home when being blasted with so much heat.

Yes, it seems a collection of black people, have gone to CHANGE.ORG
to petition that Bey comb Blue Ivy’s hair. Come on! My good Lord!

It’s sad, as all get out, that our community doesn’t like her hair.
It’s an ancestral root issue and to Blue — it’s not fair.

Bey & Blue Ivy 2Beyonce buys her hair, and buys the best grade.
Should she do the same for Blue? Even Allah should forbade.

There’s no need to glue-in or sew, or even ponytail or braid
a childs hair, who works NO WHERE, just to win the love of the day.

The same people who are complaining will also be the very ones,
who’ll accuse the Carters if Blue is committed to the salon instead of fun.

You can not please everyone – so why even try to give?
Plus, Bey’s got enough on her plate – dealing with Jay “on Liv.”

The stress and pressures of life are real – and 2 of these peruses were on the Carters,
I’m Qui
and I lit the wick, it was faint and quick – though among black folks, the flames fan harder.

Reel Life

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on May 19, 2014 at 6:08 am

FilmProjector_ReelTapeAnd so with the release of Bey’s little sister kicking Jay-Z in the gut,
Solange is now a night show favorite; the absolute jokes butt.

The reason for the fight isn’t one that the family will soon tell,
and any publicity for little sister is good vs. no new record sells.

Disagreements and fights happen to us all – it’s not a rich mans tout.
Living and learning, loving and burning – is pretty much what it’s all about.

So Bey, Solange and Jay are working-it-out & determined to Twit out no squawk.
If you’re interested in living a quality life, peep Tyrese Gibson’s talk:

He’s not talking about Beyonce, he’s not talking about her little sis,
He’s not slam dunking on Jay-Z because he knows that would be a miss.

Tyrese is wise in his video ramblings, in fact, he unselfishly does it to share,
effectively implying ‘when you need encouragement, he’d like to be there.’

He’s in and out of court these days, regarding child support, per his baby’s moma.
She wants more cash, thus Ty’s life takes its own dash of “common drama.”

His inspired video-byte-posting idea has become a Facebook staple.
You ask why some people do what they do? It is simply because they are able.

wendy-williamsThat brings me to T.I. and Tiny – they are able to do quite a bit.
Between the hip hop power couple are kids that total about 6.

It was in the news a few months back that the relationship was falling hard,
when the two got into a heated debate backstage at the Grammy Awards.

Recently Tiny went on the Wendy Williams Show to dispel rumors that the seas are rough,
and couldn’t leave the WW spotlight without talking about her boobs and her butt.

Wendy asked if they were real, if Tiny chose the knife to keep appearances up?
In short Tiny said, ‘she’s not s’ked of the cosmetic edge – it’s great for a nip and a tuck.

T.I. continues to rock massive venues and his hits list is sure.
As sure as Chili dropping news about a TLC Australian tour.

She told Wendy all about it, and at 43, her skin is still glowing.
Chili also happened to mention of the tour, that Lil Mama is not going.

It’s hard work going on tour, singing and dancing on a fly.
But TLC did it all the time and never short-winded was Left Eye.

Kerry Washinton + HusbandLil Mama has performed with Chili and T-Boz before
and omitted an entire line of rap lyrics on the LIVE floor.

TLC was like, ‘Oh no! That can’t happen no more.’
Therefore LM won’t be making the upcoming tour.

Last but not least – in this line up of ‘life so crazy,’
is the April 21st delivery of Kerry Washington’s baby.

Alas! Isabelle is here and Kerry Washington is a mom,
I’m Qui
and Life is to be lived, for reel. What an experience. Its the bombs!

Call for the DOCTOR

In Griot, Networking, News, Politics on May 14, 2014 at 7:17 am

SolangeKnowles on-her-game “Send for the pied piper to pipe our rats away!”
that’s a popular line Langston Hughes used to say,

in a favorite poem of my mine that he published when black authors were nearly stealth,
and still I was caught off guard by Karl Rove’s take on Hillary Clinton’s health.

Please call the pied piper! I think a rat is gnawing at Hil’s 2016 vine
— Just another desperate attempt by the elephant, in hopes to gain a little shine.

Surely Karl isn’t a comic – if he were we’d be throwing tomatoes and rotted cabbage.
For the rumors he’s putting out on Hill – I have to say he’s the one with brain damage.

Karl is no stranger to foul play or making up headlines to change up thangs…
Surely you remember the “racial child” rumor he put out on John McCain.

Still I have no beef with Karl Rove – he talks like he’s as high as a helicopter.
He should diagnose his own game, before playing Hillary Clinton’s doctor.
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Somebody call 911! This girl is having a fit on Jay-Z’s vest.
Few had a front row seat to what Beyonce and the Body Guard saw best.

It was an upscale gala exit, there was Jay-Z, Bey, Salonge and the Body Guard,
once the doors shut on they elevator they entered, Solange went hard.

TMZ leaked the elevator video footage – it looked pretty nasty and rough,
Solange wailed on Jay-Z’s white blazered torso, before kicking him in the gut.

What?! No. Say it ain’t so. Is Solange ‘high as a helicopter?’
For all of the energy she let-off on Jay, I’d say she needs a doctor.

But if you watch the footage long enough, you can’t help but make the fit,
that Beyonce is a silent spectator because – Jay-Z deserved it?

I have no idea what the fight was about, but reactions speak volumes.
Jay-Z was in protective mode minus the necessary violated fumes.

You know what I’m saying? If you haven’t seen the footage, you can see it here.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn, or her sister’s – if she is near.

Happy Hump Day dear kinsmen – t’was the headlines that I could not refuse,
thus I made a spur of the moment, you-don’t-have-to-own-it or condone it, News Peruse.

Today I feel fantastic. The back of my shirt says, “No one can stop her!”
I’m Qui
so very glad to be here with thee with no reason to Call for the DOCTOR.

Have a
Fantastically Healthy & Productive Day!

Icon in the Making

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, News, Self Improvement on October 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Janelle Monae’ inspires herself.

The new face of Afro-Futurism

The new face of Afro-Futurism

This is not to say that she’s an egoist or that she doesn’t take inspiration from life and objects around her. But it is to say that in her own struggle to complete the painting and to name the colorful woman depicted, she wound up jpenning an album. And not just a regular ole two-major-hits album, The Electric Lady offers 12 tracks of great listens.

Under Big Boi’s esoteric tutelage, she’s had several well received projects; however, the this is the one that will probablhy launch Monae’ , 27, from underground indie-cool popularity to NBA Finals halftime show superstardom. Yes, it’s that good, and yes, she’s that good live. It also doesn’t hurt that she snagged Prince as a collaborator and didn’t shy away from instructing him on how to improve his studio sound.

Nervy? Hell, yeah. But tha’s Monae’. “I love to collaborate with people I admire,” says the Kansas City, Kan., native and Cover Girl model, wearing her traditional black and white , topped off by a slightly cat-eyed pair of Prada sunnies. She partnered with Erykah Badu, Solange, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding on The Electric Lady. working with Prince was similarly “organic,” she says. “I’m still pinching myself. You need to have vision when you come to him. He does not do a lot of collaborations.”

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As one of the young heralds of Afrofuturism, and old-yet-renewing movement embracing a combination of magical realism, sci-fi, space is firmly cemented. She’s been compared to Sun Ra, the creator of musical Afrofuturism. She loves Octavia Butler who wrote science fiction novels featuring Black characters and ex-anime Black history in the same breath. She’s a tremendous fan of Star Wars and performed at the recent wedding of George Lucas and Melody Hobson. And, as she ponders ideas such as time travel and androids, she paints futuristic sketches with images portraying us as “Electric” people wanting to be named, freed or discovered.

“I do Afro punk,” says Monae’ referring to futurism. “I have an Afro, so why now? I think it’s important to bring awareness. It’s important to show us a Black woman, as a Black people, in different lights.”

A common theme in all of MOnae’s music is a celebration of individuality, which is why her robotic focus on her debut studio album, The Arch-Android, was a bit ironic. She sticks to that motif this time around but is adding quite a bit of sass and sex, as is obvious in her MTV Video Music Award-winning vidoe for Q.U.E.E.N., with Badu.

Most ideas come after she works in her personally prepped recording studio utopia, Wondaland, in Atlanta.

“I’m dealing with politics, love heartbreak and sexuality, all those things we privately have,” says Monae’, describing her album in staccato. She then demurely declines to talk about her love life, only adding this: “It is about loving yourself as much as you can.”

[Ref. Source: Ebony Magazine]

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Janelle has it going on – the mic is her vocal toy.
How genius of her to hook up with ATL’s Big Boi.

He’s all about producing. His individuality is truly valiant,
and he rarely misses an opportunity to sign award winning talent.

I’m watching Big Boi and I am taking notes too,
I’m seeking talent to shape tomorrows film truths.

Talent must be bold, daring and trend set.
Must write and produce scripts they’ve never met.

Must surpass the Steven’s: Spielberg and King.
Must go forward like the will of OWN and reel the whole thing.

Be they eccentric or on some new stuff,
they must be resilient – the industry is rough.

Janelle is on it. She’s working within her purpose.
I’m Qui
On my joint too: shaping the youth via my surplus.

Icon in the making?
The role is yours for the taking.
Do you want it?