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Let’s talk RELIEF

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on March 22, 2019 at 4:30 am

 

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What do you know about ancient and historic relief bands?
Appreciate the art and retreat from rolling into the gutter, man.

I only learned of relief bands in Art History while working on my BS degree.
Before that, it all looked like tempestuoussculpted works of art to me.

Still, I suppose it kind of does.
Understanding humans is a topic that I love.

India is responsible for the afore sculpture – several adorn many of their historic temples.
The craftsmanship of work is beautiful; from the tips of nips to the butt dimples.

Nothing about this piece looks simple. The work has stood the tests of time.
It was created between 900 – 1130 AD and shows up today in this rhyme.

Genius.
Reminds me of Venus

It’s not a bad view to be facing, if for nothing else to pass the time.
I’m looking at this particular band and I’m liking what I find.

Craftsmanship in every chip. What did you think I was going to say?
I could go on and on about “the positions” – we’ll save that for another day.

Let today yield a little mind-play. Also, take comfort in knowing that I am still that girl.
Let’s Talk Relief and how energy yields heat… let’s word play-it-up to the world.

Are you in, do you want to?
It’s nothing but for a hitch and screw.
Word-for-word it’s too easy to do.
Getting lost in various mediums of art is something that I’m into.

I’m also into you.
It’s Friday morning, honey – how do you do?

The weekend is coming and I pray that it’s sweet.
I’m the creative type looking to sculpt some relief.

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Raise your leg (or hand) if you’re with me, and then start working toward sculpting today.
I’m Qui
on Art & History; encouraging thee to shape yourself like molded clay.

Yesterday’s inspiring art still resides on Earths land.
Read up on Art History to learn more about Relief Bands.

Watch Out For That

In Griot, News, Self Improvement on March 13, 2019 at 7:54 am

 

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Don’t get your foot caught

If it’s free, we often think it’s a trick and we may pass it up.
If it’s unobtainable some will steal and/or cheat – to get the stuff.

Why?

Watch out for that snare.
It’s a trick and that’s why it’s there.

You can steal a lot of stuff, even draw up a thieving plan,
but the truth is the only foolproof. God help the hearts of man.

Why make your plight
to win – even if it isn’t right?

I’m sure by now that you have heard
about the college admission scamming verb.

Word.

Seems rich folk have been unmasked
and revealed to appreciate a steal – but the look is bad.

“Hands up! You’ve been made,” said the FBI to several of them.
The collegiate admissions snare is an old trick with a lot of hems.

If we look closely at the business aspect of cheating and Rick Singer 
we can see that it is a winning business. Ouch! That’s the real stinger.

Yep. It’s been around forever –
it’s just that Rick’s scheme wasn’t so clever.

And that’s it. The End.
Educate yourself and you’re sure to win.

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Educate, Cultivate and Elevate your skill

Don’t worry about the institutions that don’t or won’t let you in –
you just continue to read, research and learn; make Conquering Knowledge your best friend.

So my homie Conquering and I are taking a Film Portfolio class,
the syllabus is dope and I’ve no intentions to choke though it’s been known to kick ass.

There is a lot of work involved; Cinematography is a steady Science.
I wouldn’t think to cheat or steal my way through; my capacity is compliant.

Anytime someone brings up cheat, steal or lie,
I exit the room. I’ve no interest to try.

Integrity is real. I wake up with it.
Me, be a chameleon? You can forget it.

Plus I constantly keep one brow up
and all conversation is filtered through my gut.

My solar plexus.
Intuitive vibes do connect us.

I don’t care how elite Rick Singer must have been, the explanation of his business would have missed me.
I’d have been offended that my intellect was ill-comprehended; offering me his services would have dissed me.

And maybe even have pissed me off.
But I guess if learning makes you sweat — then you may pay the cost?

What are the thoughts of a man mindfully engaging in the ill?
Is he aware of the snare at the top of the hill?

Be it college admissions or Nigerian scams,
say NO to cheating when it comes around.

It’s just like beer, it’s just like drugs –
Friends don’t let friends be white collar thugs.

Surely you’ve heard that saying before… No?
Oh maybe not, because I just made it up, yo. 😛

It’s hump day baby and everywhere you go
I want you to be confident in what you know.

I want to encourage you to be your best and to keep it real,
I’m Qui
and if you don’t make the cut – please don’t cheat or steal.

Temptations lead to snares
Look behind dishonest inclinations
there’s a snare there.
Watch Out!

Unexpected Endings

In Communication, Griot, Movies, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on March 8, 2019 at 5:12 am

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And so it is the weekend, baby.
I’m up early for the worm – I’m a shot-calling lady.

I was up late last night shooting scenes.
The FS5 is what I do. It’s my thing.

I am focusing on camera movement and lights.
I’m studying all of the greats so that I can bite.

Aye, aye, aye! I’ve got many homages to pay.
I’ve got a griot script that I need to slay.

Hey! It’s the weekend baby and I’m excited about it.
Stand the studio up and not assist the cut? I doubt it.

I am giddy to be shadowing such exciting cinematographers.
I’ve got to thank my collegiate curriculum for turning out reel cinema-ballers.

I’m all hers; New Skill can call me up anytime.
I’m guilty of always picking up the call line

because Unexpected Endings is what I find.
BIG UPS to Arizona Studios and their reel project grinds.

You never know what life will present to you when you set out on a journey…
I pray that you find new life during your life before resting on the gurney.

Go on and pray-it-back for me, too.
Today I’ve got so much stuff to do

that I could really always use a good word being put-in with the big guy.
I’m gonna also ask you to send up one more for Alex Trebek‘s quality of life.

I’m not a big JEOPARDY fan, but my mom loves it the most
and it seems pancreatic cancer has donned on the host.

If you believe in the Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, the Holy Koran and such,
then yes, send up a good word for the sick and shut-in; do it out of love.

And that is my Ms. Community plea for the week;
a knowledge-heavy weekend is what I yearn and seek.

I’ve got 2 short films to direct and reel
if I intend to keep my honors appeal.

I know that you’re with me; I know that you understand,
I’ve got some scripts to birth and some eyes to land.

Heyyy! Hold my hand. It’s been you and I since the very beginning,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, let’s script a movie. I’m up for Unexpected Endings.

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Friday Mentality

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on March 1, 2019 at 5:15 am

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Hey Friday. What’s your fine butt getting into?
Are you commanding the universe or yielding to a screw?

Aw, don’t be coy with me – I know it’s all up to you.
So do tell, o’ Griot comprehender – what are you going to do?

The day is poised for beauty.  The day is poised to be cure.
This day is positioned to get on your nerves – but don’t let that be a sure. 😛

Hello Friday. Yes, good morning to ya.
Give what you want and don’t let ’em screw ya.

Su-sussudio! You know the word, now be encouraged by the tune.
Fix your eyes and your lips, slip something  comfy onto your hips
and decide to DO THE MOST by noon.

It’s not a bad idea and you have plenty of time
to customize your situation; you become the added shine.

Do-do-do the most! Why not? It’s the weekend baby.
Do-do-do you and let success be a lady.

She likes you a lot and I like you too.
Do-do-do the most. Be Fabulous in being you.

I felt fabulous upon opening my eyes,
I’m Qui
Up early with thee, ISO opportunity and a pleasant surprise.

Look alive, be on point and don’t forget to feel pretty.
To miss the flight of a jet nearby would be a legacy pity.

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Looking towards…

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on February 27, 2019 at 5:03 am

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I’m looking towards the future and to what all it could be.
I’m looking at my peers and they are looking at me

and together I think that we… I truly think we could,
collaborate and curate on something reel good.

Something meaningful in the UNITED STATES hood; not that others have not tried.
It’s just that supply is running low and I am down to write the ride.

I’m looking towards today unfolding; I’m looking forward to showing up.
I’m looking forward to producing my own work because I’m an all-encompassing nut.

I’m happy with my comprehension, I’m happy with the view.
I’m happy in my observations; I usually write about you.

I stay in tune as to what you will and won’t do next.
I’m looking towards a balance; looking forward to a check.

A check and balance are necessary for all things.
I’m looking forward to reel-connecting and shooting mad scenes.

My creative mind loves to research and can write about anything.
I’m looking towards developing POC’s and making cash registers ring.

I’m looking forward to courting networks and taking up space on the DVR list.
It’s a tall hump, I know. It’s just that I’m really into this.

Happy Hump Day to ya, don’t ride it if it’s flat.
I’m Qui
A content creating-she with a no limit chip in my bag.

I’m Looking towards tomorrow when you and I are bound to come up.
I’m looking for the ACTION and can’t wait to produce the CUT!

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Good Morning Monday

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on February 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

good_morning_monday.jpegGood morning baby. How are you doing?
I’m over here in my studies, Bachelors of Science pursuing

and I’m doing good. My GPA is one that you’d agree with.
The curriculum load is heavy – but not too heavy for the kid.

Enough about me, I have missed you duly.
Did you enjoy your weekend? Did you ‘take it easy,’ truly?

I did.
Nothing bothered my wig.

I lived in the editing bay.
The fundamentals of production are in play.

I’m up a little later because I bed real late.
I spend 8-12 hours on production; my work is my play.

Hey! I’m into it and I’m also into you.
Good Morning Monday love. I’ve really missed you, Boo.

Any chance that you caught the finale of the TRUE DETECTIVE series?
I loved the entire production especially Mahershala Ali.

Ooo Wee, he and Stephen Dorff his co-star
spanned the ages of their character’s, by far.

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Cicely Tyson played ALL OF THE ROLES

They took a page straight from Ms. Jane Pittman‘s make-up chair.
The way Mahershala moved in and out of era caused me to greatly stare.

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Great work, good writing.
All of the composition was inviting.

HBO is on it; I duly aspire.
Having said as much, I’ll bid you adieu so I can go script fire.

Though you should also know that I have not had my a.m. coffee,
I’m Qui
Dear Monday Morning I love thee and the lack of caffeine has never stopped me.

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Happy Third Day

In Communication, Self Improvement, TV Shows on February 20, 2019 at 8:33 am

dynamic 3.gifGood morning Humpday. How’s it hanging?
Spring is in the air and things are a changing.

My collegiate load is heavy but not to exceed more than I can take.
We’ve been going strong for a little long; thank God for the upcoming Spring Break!

For duly a break at Spring it will be mine to take.
You best believe that I cannot wait.

But today is the third day; Humpday –
I’m up early to work – because later, I plan to play.

Right now, there’s The PASSAGE series and homework in my face.
There’s no time for the jo.’ The two of us need space.

My hiatus is temporary, I’m sure.
But to combat morning anxiety — this is proving to be the cure.

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So I’m up sipping water and life is breezy. 😊

How about you?
How’s the view?

Are you in the office or are you out and about?
Are you on vacate, taking PA, or just have high clout?

Either way, enjoy this day to the fullest.
And don’t watch too much TV – that stuff can be bullish.

Hug yourself and your fam; make a sweet memory today.
Time is non-refundable nor do moment come to stay.

Take advantage.
Prioritize well and you can manage.

Happy Third Day, baby and how do you do?
I’m Qui
Up early to reap the day’s firsts; a connoisseur of opportunistic dew.

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.

 

Black History is Our Legacy

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on February 13, 2019 at 9:22 am

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February is one of my favorite months
because it represents love so very much.

While it’s a giving month it’s not too long.
What it lacks on long it makes up for in strong.

Like black coffee, this month and I are strong.
I like to make my points quick and not take too long.

Expresso?
I suppose so.

I like life strong.
In such a short month my mentions go long:

Don’t sleep on MASTER P and his NO LIMIT legacy.
Since 1989 he’s been on shine for the world to see.
His dimensions have depth,
Peep his journey; peep his steps:

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CLICK HERE

Percy is always a favorite subject of mine.
I like my men like my coffee; fresh in grind.

I am mindful that there would be no Master P if first he were not birthed a baby,
so I have to yield Black History Props to the all-encompassing Black lady.

Good morning, good morning:

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Good morning to you.
Qui is indeed Black History, too.

Big props to your mom, your auntie, that Black woman at your job.
It’s okay if you LOVE ON US all-at-once; we can handle the mob.

I am a BLACK WOMAN and I love every stitch of my fabric.
I love Adam’s seed who confesses that he’s a femme addict.

Come with it – WE give it.
LOVE.

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Education is a great foundation on which to stand,
please tell me that you still kick it with Dr. Umar, man?

An educated community has always been his goal and plan:

As far as my personal diet goes – I’m trying again. 😛

There’s an interest to pay homage to Black folks who are willing to evolve.
A fixed mind suits little, let an open mind be our collective find and resolve.

The task is not small and I see honing in progress.
To what the world is trying to hurl… I retreat and digress.

To remove thyself from the rigmarole – is always best.
Remain positively focused and you’ll pass this test.

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Today.

Black History is good to me; truth it’s always yielding me,
I’m Qui
about Black History and Our Legacy.
THANKS for vibing with me.

The Harlem Renaissance

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on February 12, 2019 at 6:41 am

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“…Our problem is to conceive, develop, establish an art era. Not white art painting black…let’s bare our arms and plunge them deep through laughter, through pain, through sorrow, through hope, through disappointment, into the very depths of the souls of our people and drag forth material crude, rough, neglected. Then let’s sing it, dance it, write it, paint it. Let’s do the impossible. Let’s create something transcendentally material, mystically objective. Earthy. Spiritually earthy. Dynamic.”Aaron Douglas

The Harlem Renaissance was originally called the New Negro Movement – a literary and intellectual era that birthed a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Alain Locke

Critic and teacher Alain Locke (a meticulous Virgo) described it as a “spiritual coming of age” in which the black community was able to seize upon its “first chances for group expression and self-determination.” Racism was rampant and economic opportunities were scarce therefore creative expression was one of the few avenues available to African Americans. The Renaissance was primarily literary while the birth of jazz is generally considered a separate movement—the Harlem Renaissance, according to Locke, transformed “social disillusionment to race pride.”

W. E. B. Du Bois (the encouraging Leo) was a Black historian, sociologist, and Harvard scholar. He was at the forefront of the civil rights movement at this time. In collaboration with a group of prominent African-American political activists and white civil rights workers in 1905, Du Bois met in New York to discuss the challenges facing the black community. Four years later the group founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to promote civil rights and fight African-American disenfranchisement.

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Charles S. Johnson

Black-owned magazines and newspapers flourished, freeing African Americans from the constricting influences of mainstream white society. Charles S. Johnson (a literary Leo – like myself) owned Opportunity magazine which became the leading voice of black culture, and the leading publisher of W.E.B. DuBois’s journal, The Crisis.

Jessie-Redman-Fauset_Harlem-RenaissanceWith Jessie Redmon Fauset (a steady Taurus) as its literary editor, she launched the literary careers of such writers as Arna Bontemps (the Libra perfectionist) , Langston Hughes (the hospitable Aquarius), and Countee Cullen (the “me first” Aries).

Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey began his (Leo courageous) promotion of the “Back to Africa movement.” Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), which advocated the reuniting of all people of African ancestry into one community with one absolute government. The movement not only encouraged African-Americans to come together but to also feel pride in their heritage and race. Marcus was known to hold ‘unity’ meetings in Harlem from time to time – including at the current residence of Fab5Freddy ( the analytical Virgo). It’s good to know that the future of our history remains positively in progress.

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Claude McKay

A (Virgoan) poet/novelist Claude McKay is published in the magazine Survey Graphics as a literary reflection of the movement in Harlem, along with Jean Toomer (the ambitious [ethnic mixed] writer and philosopher Capricorn) and the (charismatic Gemini) painting artist Aaron Douglas. Survey Graphics was edited by black philosopher Alain Locke, the magazine featured a plethora of works by prominent black writers of the time period.

James Weldon Johnson was a (Gemini) poet, editor, and civil rights leader, who wrote about Harlem during the 1920s in his autobiography, Along This Way (1933). He described it as the era “when Harlem was made known as the scene of laughter, singing, dancing, and primitive passions, and as the center of the new

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James Weldon Johnson

Negro literature and art; the era in which it gained its place in the list of famous sections of great cities”. The Making of Harlem, is an article written by James Weldon Johnson, which was published in The Survey Graphic Harlem Number (March 1925) – the article has since ’gone global’.

Zora Neale Hurston (the literal & profound Capricorn) contributed four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays to the credit of the era. She is best known for her 1937 novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. In a letter to Countee Cullen, Zora wrote:

“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.”

I agree with Zora as well as all of the artists that were involved in the movement & had great plans for the future. They thought that they could change the world and prevent racial prejudice with their literature and art, and this cultural conviction was taken more than less seriously. Even though we can look back now and see that their hopes were highly optimistic, it doesn’t change the fact that some of the best known African American Authors came from this period. Many wrote in Harlemese; meaning they wrote as they spoke – broken English and all. Zora Neale Hurston was one of the many authors during the Harlem Renaissance that wrote and spoke the lingo. Zora was a southern woman, born in the South but birthed in Harlem….again, much like myself.

The Harlem Renaissance era started this literal revolution that I stand on today. The Negro Movement has evolved over the last 90 years. I can truly say — what our ancestors put in place less than a century ago is still serving us today.

Literal, Black & Creatively Expressing,
I’m Qui (a word witty Leo she)
The Harlem Renaissance era is my current blessing.

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