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DOPE.

In Communication, Griot, News on August 15, 2018 at 2:32 am

Redd-QuiBbday2018With caution to the wind, I am not on the ropes,
today is my birthday and y’all I’m feeling DOPE.

I woke up feeling mischevious, I woke up feeling strong.
I woke up with that song in my head by Nina Simone.

A few clouds are in the sky in my A-Z hood.
Dispo’s open and early,  with a late close — and that’s all good.

Money flows through the city and folks are feeling fine.
Me? I’m easy going, spirit free-flowing; my vibe is on sunshine.

This early morning o’ mine, I do love. Whatever will I sow?
I’m sitting upright by cellphone and candlelight
though bright is the room from my inner glow.
It feels like noon to me, yo. 😀

Hello baby. Are you awake? Let us raid the cereal cabinet and watch cartoons.
Let’s live like teens; create our own scenes 
or we can stay in bed ’til noon. Vroom! Vroom!

That’s definitely something a Leo would do.
Ooo.

Yes! It’s that kind of season and definitely that kind of day.
I’m about hard work and hard studies; I’m about letting go to play!

Wednesday is a great day to start the weekend; a great day to let go.
I’m game. Letting go is as key as my name. Good Lawd, playtime is DOPE.

Nope, I am not on the ropes. I’m awake quite early today.
I’ve got my iPad in place and my collegiate curriculum in my face;

learning is a lobe-time pleasure. I count it all as play.
In the frame of gamification, I am poised to start my day.

The sapiosexual Qui is beaming
when researching and clarifying meanings.

Good morning sweetie. It’s good to see you up. Let’s go.
I’m Qui
saying, Oui! Oui! Thanks for kicking it with me. I’m high on life
and that’s

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Watch This

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on August 13, 2018 at 5:50 am

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I watched a variety of shows this weekend, some  of vain and some of glory
but none of them were as real as the realities of HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY.

Have you seen this series? The Millenials have pains.
God bless them, for they see no shame in being completely vain.

Hollywood Love Story is a 30-minute series that focuses on a real subject who strives by talent or sham
to become super-duper famous online,  tho in particular on Instagram.

There are many different people vying and HLS doesn’t focus on any one style or just one way to do it.
Each documentation reflects crystally clear that our Millennials are saying, “screw it.”

Pipe down and listen hard. Tune into HLS on DirecTV’s Viceland.
I’ve seen 5 episodes so far and it made me want to hold my child’s hands.

Where is their self-esteem?
Who did we raise and what did we mean?

They are who they are and they are here to stay.
How on Earth are we going to help them when they just want a popular face?

How is that going to pay for their independence and their rent?
Tune in to Hollywood Love Story; reality is true and generationally bent.

Webp.net-gifmaker (9).gifThe production is 5-star and Paris Hilton is pretty good at hosting.
The series set-up is reminiscent of The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling.

A little bit. Though it is the stories therein and the character content
that will connect, resonate and educate us.  Hence,
it is a series of 30-minute episodes that has equated to time well spent.
Our future is trying to vent.

Are you watching? Are you interested in understanding?
I’m Qui
and I don’t think the option is ours. This culture is demanding.

You gotta’ WATCH THIS.

 

Regardless of the Talib

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement, Video on August 10, 2018 at 12:58 am
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The Talib’s do excellent groundwork

I dig a couple of pretty awesome people whose names sound the same but are spelled differently: Talib Kweli and Rashida Tlaib. I recently became introduced to Rashida Tlaib via her recent news headlines. Rashida is running for Congress in Michigan. You may remember her from being kicked out of the GOP nominations campaign rally in 2016. Rashida said of that event,

“I told Trump that “our children deserve better” and I asked him to provide a better example to our kids. I implored him to read the U.S. Constitution. And then I was grabbed by several security personnel who physically moved me to the exit while I continued to express my concerns.”

She was right and that was two years ago. My, how time flies when you’re making sense of things in the world. It’s certainly no day at the beach but it is a party to and for common sense holders.

Which brings me to the other Talib: Talib Kweli has been holding common sense court on Twitter single-handedly for a little while now. He’s patient in his Twitter tone and delivers ‘aha moments’ wrapped in wisdom.

Any chance that you are following his timeline of inspiring quotes, comments and wisdom notes? Check him out, if only because a little bird told you and then approach doing so with an open mind & heart because Talib Kweli, much like Rashida Tlaib is about unity through understanding your community.

Who wants to live life misunderstood because they had a misunderstanding? It doesn’t make sense, but this jam does:

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The Talib’s are important in any progressive story.
Each in search of unity and less narcissistic glory.

I like them both. They mean business and we need it.
Is diversification necessary? Learn it and heed it.

The world is changing rapidly, still with you in control; you have the power to vote and are still at the helm.
Take notice of who your neighbor is, whose shaping your politics and whose forming the care of your health.

It matters.
Don’t let your good head be scattered.

Get to know The Talib’s. They are your neighbors; they are you and me,
I’m Qui
and there’s some good out there, Regardless of the Talib.

A Mundane Reign

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on August 8, 2018 at 5:31 am

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Mundane is not what we have here. Nothing remains the same.
Every since late 2016 we’ve been in a comparable acid rain.

You may not like the way things are, but who really wants mundane?
Melee keeps you on your toes, eh? Commit to vote; commit to change.

It’s day 3 and everything is up for the take.
There was a special election last night that kept many awake.

Ohio candidates: Balderson and O’Connor were the political sayers.
Voters went to the poll to voice their souls, but no one called The Ohio Players.

What’s up with that?


Anywho, O’Connor went after Balderson’s truths. T’was a pretty tall horse to mount.
Franklin County is still weighing in – will there be enough provisional ballots to win?
— It’s likely these two will have a recount.

Congrats to the ultimate winner.
Godspeed on running again in November.

The midterms are coming in just a few months.
The Summers are hell in AZ; I crave Fall a bunch.

The heat is not mundane – not even a little bit.
I don’t know about you, but we’re in triple digits

every single day.
To not combust, is what I pray.

My collegiate curriculum keeps me indoors and alert.
Michael Hauge shapes script understanding and frames my work.

Script writing is hardly mundane. There’s always 5 turning points to be made.
Entertainment and morale will be woven-in like a sheets percale
with a hint of lust and shade.

Mundane doesn’t make the page. It reigns too often and I am into change,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee and creativity. Let us forego A Mundane Reign.

Life is too short to spare anytime to that vein.

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Ooo

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on August 6, 2018 at 4:43 am

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Good morning baby. Good morning to ya.’
Are you feeling relaxed? How’d the weekend do ya?

Me? It did me well. I rested up nicely.
My appetite for romance played out quite spicy.

Energized rightly. Being grown is alright.
If the weekend’s dance missed you – give it a go tonight.

Goodness is yours if you have the withall to receive.
Have more faith than the day before; it’s imperative that you believe.

Think William Ernest Henley and feel a little Invictus!
Then walk out of the door tho not a minute before you kneel and pray for us.

You don’t pray? That response is surely past tense.
Who can afford not to pray with our country’s balance in a sway?
That doesn’t make sense.

If you used to pray but have since stopped and your faith has grown slack
I want to say, I understand the past, we need you again; henceforth, welcome back.

Yes-yes. Come in for the hug.
I need your prayers, unity, and love.

Yesterday is gone and today is a great day to start.
Take stock of the true contents of your heart.

You may find that you have a “human condition.”
Something we all suffer from but don’t like to mention.

It just means that we’re all the same tho with unique flaws.
What’s good for the best of us, is indeed good for us all.

Division is not ours. United, we need to stand.
I’m Qui
saying Ooo, I’ve missed you. Sit next to me and hold my hand.

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Feeling Myself

In Griot, Qui Audio Byte, Self Improvement on August 2, 2018 at 4:48 am

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[AUDIO] This is a grown piece, so if you’re not grown, get on.
Your mom wouldn’t approve – tho it may improve her groove,
so, skidaddle dear daughter and son.
This is pre-Friday and I am duly on one.

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Thursdays are important for a myriad of reasons
but one in specific, it’s capacity of evening.

Yes-yes! I love Thursday’s best for it is the perfect time
for me to slip into something nice, put some 80-proof on ice,
grab a pen, and compose a rhyme.

You know how I like to throw it.
I think about you as I whip and compose it.

The jazzy tune in the background really helps to lead the way.
I’m sitting yet yielding my hips to a  rhythmic swerve and sway.
Hey-hey.

It’s what I’m looking forward to.
Good morning sweetheart, I’m thinking about you,

I’m creating a groove.
I’m enjoying the mood.
Tonight is all I want to do.

I’ll get through breakfast with a cup a jo,
with my thoughts on creating, yo.

Oh and you know that I can’t ever get enough
of implying, so in your imagination, I trust.

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Perky are my two

lobes. I know…
Don’t let words throw
you off. You’re so boss
in the way that you hold my thoughts.
I translate the vibe into to scripts that will be bought.
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I am invested in you
and the things that you do.

I like watching you. I’m a voyeur of sorts.
I like learning from you; I’m turned on by your smarts.

Oh yes. It’s morning and I’m awake.
Words on un-gird for the elevated take.

Take me. I like it.
That thing you do always spikes it —
so I write it.

Tell me your story; I want to know it.
You know that you affect me because I Griot it.
It’s just the way that I show it.

I know I don’t talk to you like this often. It takes discipline to restrain thyself,
I’m Qui
and being that we’re passed Day 3, I think it’s okay that I’m Feeling Myself.

Let’s start the weekend now. whisky-on-ice

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.