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Word of the day…

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on January 20, 2017 at 1:12 am

word-counter-sign.jpgI rarely have a WORD to say – in fact,
most times I open my mouth there’s a paragraph.

So A WORD? I may not have one in singular,
but if I had to grab one, I might grab: STAR.

I’m feeling like a STAR today.
The wind in my hair – I’m prime for some play.

It’s Friday, an #ImAliveDay and I really can’t argue.
There’s nothing going on that could effect my song;
my stardom time is due.
Yours too.

So do join me today in celebrating yourself.
Grab your shades and scarf and exhibit top shelf.

Why? Because you should and you absolutely can.
If you don’t celebrate you – then who will man?

In the midst of all of that, I’ve had an eureka; an ooo wee!
I’ve come up with another WORD! The word is: ME.

When you say that word it is always in reference to you.
So no, I don’t have A WORD today, more like a paragraph or two.

The weekend is upon you, stay up and celebrate your good.
I’m Qui
and this is a good time to reconnect with good folks in your hood.

We’re all STARS. Let’s constellate!
Another WORD OF THE DAY has to be #RELATE.

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IN Per SUIT

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on January 18, 2017 at 7:48 am

byron-allen-suit-sharpWhat up kinfolk? What’s good and what has happened
that caused a $10 Billion Lawsuit to be filed by Byron Allen?

No, I don’t suppose this is #NewNews, but it’s news all the same,
the lawsuit was filed in respect to Charter Communications and its BOS frame.

BOS. What does the acronym stand for?
Black Owned Stations. Byron wants to know “What’s the score?

I think we have two, but could we have more?
Are attempts to own black stations being thwarted at the door?

I remember many years back when Bill Cosby wanted to get a station,
not long after — allegations raped him of his reputation.

Thank God for the OWN station, though Byron says there could be more,
he got with the crunchers and did the numbers and is confident before us is a locked door.

In October 2016, a judge ruled the suit to go forth, to proceed.
Black folks are major consumers, may we have a little more ownership of feed?

Great progress is in the works but no victory for WE, though Mr. Allen is on the case.locked-door
I know you remember Byron Allen from occupying yesterdays late night broadcast space?

Well his drive has not waned or aged and nor has his face.
I won’t lie, I’m a writer ’til I die – and I’m glad Byron’s on the case.

What good is a scripted create if it has no prospect of a home?
How many writers are praying for outlets; fighting off ‘popularity in the dead zone.’

An artists appreciation is usually on the rise
when he produces much and then he suddenly dies.

What the what-what? Ain’t nobody got time for that anymore.
So God bless Byron Allen on his “judicial access
regarding BOS” score.

The battle is lain before us and I’m sure it will be long and hard.
I will continue to write a reflective insight and continue to pray to the Lord…

I really need Byron Allen to make headway today for many of our tomorrows.
I’m Qui
Taking my cues from that NO LIMIT dude, he’s got the notes that a #GoodHead must follow

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It’s just Good Business.

Good Morning Monday

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on January 16, 2017 at 6:40 am

fresh-mondayGood Morning Monday, I love you and as soon as I opened my eyes
I was delighted to see you, excited to breathe – Ooo, so glad to be alive.

And so 4am came quick – it feels like I just laid down.
I remember lulling off with a smile and waking up with a frown.

No, I’m not mad it’s just that last night was a hard lay.
I mean, you should see my hair – a coiffed mane despair – I’m not Beyoncé.

But hey the day is young and I am happy.
My hair is un-permed, strong, soft and nappy.qui-nappy-happy

The sun is not yet up and already, I’m in pursuit to go.
I’ve drank my lemon water, now I’m working on my jo.

Oh! Today is poised to be a winner!
I do love Mondays – a natural beginner.

A straight-away kick-starter.
Corsets, strings and belts of garter,

Binds of goods; score well in barter.
Do your research, be efficient, work smarter.

Yes, things could be harder but only if you yield that way.
Put no energy into negativity on this beloved day.

Good Morning Monday! I’m so very glad to see you again!
I’m Qui
a naturally happy she – ready to embrace you; another begin.

Yes-Yes,
Bring it in!
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2 Hours of TAKING THE STAGE…

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, Self Improvement, TV Shows on January 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm

taking-the-stageOMG! What an awesome broadcast. Did you see it?
I’m glad I did or I wouldn’t have really believed it
would be so good and so deeply uplifting.
I found the broadcast while channel surfing and sifting

because I don’t watch a lot of network television
I blindly landed on The African American Music and Stories that Changed America – rendition.

I hadn’t seen any commercials advertising the event
and there,  the better part of my evening, 2-hours were spent.

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Mary J Blige opened the show – it was a very appropriate and proper note

There was Usher, Fantasia, Christina Aguilera and those Broadway singers too,
There was Common, Dougie Fresh and Chuck D reciting Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes.

There was Gladys Knights, but no Pips, Mary Mary and Shirley Caesar —
John Legend, Stevie Wonder and the Howard University Choir – no preacher.

ABC SPECIAL - TAKING THE STAGE: AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC AND STORIES THAT CHANGED AMERICA, a star-studded special commemorating the opening of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, taped at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, 9/23/16, will air as a two-hour primetime special on THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 (9:0011:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Watkins/ABC via Getty Images) ANGELA BASSETT

Angela Bassett introduced the memories of Lena Horne, Nina Simone and Billy Holiday

And a host of others that played their part in blessing us too —
It was good to reflect on the American History of YOU.

This was the celebration of the Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum in DC.
I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for a place that will house the history of WE.

I’ll drop by the museum often to reflect on and gaze upon
those fragments of time that I do call my own.

The Smithsonian is a fine home and so the party went off without a hitch,
I’m Qui
Fading-to-black the TV because the last two hours satisfied an Historical itch.

THANK YOU
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For thinking about WE.
It sho’ felt good to me.
XOXO

Farewell Dear Sir

In News, Politics, Self Improvement, Video on January 10, 2017 at 8:24 pm

the-obama-familyTonight BIG LEO graced the political stage and said it:
THIS was his FAREWELL SPEECH to prelude his exit.

President Obama was real and raw in talking about one side and the other.
He’s not ever been a prejudice man – of all races he’s been a lover

and I appreciate his words of unity, his relativity and insistence to remain
that if we are to build a better world for our children we still need to change.

It’s true, change is still needed and BIGnevermind  the small.essence-president-obama-michelle
And there’s no such thing as a POST RACIAL America at all.

As sure as the President made that clear there lain he no sorrow,
because he backdoor’ed it with confessing his belief in our tomorrow.

The forum that President Obama chose to deliver his speech
held 20,000 heads – a pretty personal reach.

In times before, well at least with the last two administrations
the exiting president voiced his farewell via a small room and camera crew relation.

President Obama loves the energy of this nation and I’m glad he chose to do it BIG.
I cried during his delivery,  I really hate to see him leave — his style is one that I dig.

Because I am about change – I understand we must move on and happily, I will.
I’m Qui
saying THANK YOU Sir and FAREWELL. The change you’ve yielded – helped to push US atop of a very steep hill.

Your service to our country has been GREAT and worthy of the highest seal.

Hold up, they don’t love you like

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on January 4, 2017 at 10:25 pm

yellow-chucktaylorsToday I’m wearing yellow and I’m sipping lemonade
I’m not wearing specs but viewing via a rosy shade.

I am clearly alive, this morning I did awake
then I dropped to knees to give praise for day.

Nights can be long and nights can be cold.
Let the chills grace your skin but not touch your soul.

That light inside of you is worth far more than gold and you know it.
Let naysayers hate! Be your awesome self; your glow – show it.

Me? I’m gonna’ give a go at it, I’m in route to wave and smile as I speak.
Life ain’t got to be no crystal stair for me strut so sweet.

Ooo wee.

You should see me in the streets being Qui and chopping it up.
My day consists of yielding many uplifts, much encouragement and quite a few hugsosteospermum_dandenong_yellow.

I’ve got your back, whether you know it or not,
so anytime is a good time to turn ‘sweet‘ and ditch ‘the snot.’

Hold up, they don’t love you like I love you…

Regardless of what you think —
I am loving you unbiasedly.

If you’re dropping by to kick it on QE?
I am loving you unbiasedly. 😀

Good morning dear sweet, how is the year treating you so far?
I’m Qui
feeling quite OUI! – readily poised to reflect your star.

SHINE BRIGHT baby,
It’s Thursday!

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Merry Christmas – from The Maxons

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement on December 25, 2016 at 7:52 am

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Merry Christmas baby, under all pretenses!
Last night the fam and I went out to see FENCES.

This morning I awoke, washed my face and put on clean clothes.
I confess I wear a sophisticated dress; I want to avoid being Rose.

The beloved playwright of last night never received high ratings from Neilson,
but you can bet your bottom dollars, I am all tuned in to Mr. Wilson.

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Frederick August Kittel is AUGUST WILSON

AUGUST WILSON wrote the play and it’s been on Broadway many, many times.
Fences if about patching and mendin’ – I knew seeing the film would produce a rhyme.

The director’s vision was on time.
Yesterdays BLACK LIFE – looks like mine.

I’m thinking why and how? – in my mind, because the years have surely passed…
still the feel of the scene (it being a black thing) has survived; outlast.

How could this be? When the film started up in 1946 or so?
It’s the last days of 2016 and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Yo!

If you change the low housing to middle class suburbs —
You’d have been in my backyard or on my neighbors perch.’

Ouch! That hurts: Same economical issues and relationship whoa’s.
All of that stuff we thought over that TIME we had learned from and let go.

Rose’s life said ‘NO. We aren’t passed too much. ‘
August Wilson is that play write of whom I’ve got mad love,

but damn bruh! That was relatively ‘the joint.’
When we exited the theater, I heard a 60’s-something white womans point,

She said, “That was Horrible!!!” when another person asked her for her film review.
I wasn’t sure about her feelings o’ demure – because that’s the world she lived through.

She was surely approaching 70’s door, she lived through Rose’s era; day and time.
The theater was filled with senior citizens looking to re-live ‘some kind of sentimental shine.’

I think they thought, (because of the setting of the play write)
that this was a film would remind them of ‘yesterdays light.’

Mmph. Imagine the somber faces that exited the theater with me.
After ‘Nigger this and Nigger that,’ was expelled by Mr. Washington, D.

fences-lyrical-posterDenzel was phenomenal in the film. Who would think as much,
that he in one script could make me consider recoiling from him – my love. 😀

He was quite convincing as Troy Maxson, he was bogged down with the mundanes of life.
And I, will not be Rose; Viola Davis exceptionally played Troys wife.

Have you seen the film version of the historic and relevant play FENCES?
Don’t go with a faint heart, the weight of yesterday and today may break your winces.

In the end it was a good for everyone to see how it was and realize what’s going on now.
The last thing we need is another fence. For no reason. For no vow.

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow can be whatever you like.
Merry Christmas baby, I fancy #Griot on the mic.

I fancy retelling tales to you in rhyme,
“the going-on’s of the day” — line for line.

And so today is the Sabbath and the last one of this year,
I’m Qui
Merry Christmas to thee! For the annual sum, I bid you prosperity and cheer!

Here-Here!!

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Christmas Countdown

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on December 23, 2016 at 5:54 am

rudolf-elf-christmasGood Lord it’s Friday already and my week has been super sweet
I’ve shopped with the masses and sipped latte molasses –
no doubt picking up calories.

There’s love in every breeze, I can feel it and with specific reason.
Phoenix lacks cold weather and snow but are clear on the WHYS of the season.

The weather has been mild, I feel like I’m on an island
but I’m here in the US in the good ol’ Southwest
and the weather’s so pleasant – we’re wielding!

No boots, no hats, no gloves nor a winter chill to speak of
just a lot of sunshine and gift buyers on-their-grind
who are quick to yield chivalrous love.

I’m done with my shopping — like I’ve said before, and I’m nearly done with my gift wrapping.
I’ve got a cute red bag to hide my gift stash and stocking stuffers? I’m deep and tall stacking.

Christmas Day is Sunday — Yes! And in just a couple of days and I can truly say
that I can’t think of a better way that I’d like to celebrate a beloved Sabbath day.

In the event that I don’t see you on Sunday DO please hear this:
I love you, wanna’ hug you, consider this season to be a “W,”
God is good and
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My DAYTIME ENERGY is hers

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on December 19, 2016 at 8:48 am

handicap-little-girl-no-limitsWhile at Fry’s the other day ISO electronic components and no other care,
I saw a young lady in pink, a slight posture-sink, sitting in a wheel chair.

She was pretty in pink – her age was less than 21,
she was out for a stroll with family – a little practical fun.

The lady to her rear pushed her chair
and I was shopping in Fry’s without a care…

But I DO CARE and more than I’d apparently ever thought;
our agile energy is an absolute divine gift that can’t be bought.

I know this.
Medical science shows this.

You and I walking around ever day confirms that – YES,
to be agile, to walk and run every once in a while is to be #Blessed!

I watched the young lady in pink as I exited the store
I drove past her, waved at her and have remembered her evermore.

Likely cerebral palsy… for when I was seventeen
I had a friend name Aisha and she had a brother named Saleem.

I used to date Saleem, he had a wide smile and college-cut groomed hair.
He was cute, but you couldn’t refute the beauty of the girl in the chair.

Aisha didn’t talk to me, but she was aware of my every visit.
My life is full and my compassionate pull… for them, I wish this:

day-for-nighta ‘WHAT IF‘ when I lay down to sleep
God blesses you with my energy to creep?

Where does our energy go at night when we retire the use?
Could Aisha and friends borrow a bit of it  for flight-of-life fuel?

It’s FANTASTIC, I know – and I don’t think SCIENCE is in it,
though if God allowed us to share as much – that line, I’d be in it.

I have so much energy in this body of mine
it keeps me on the go and sustains my grind.

It yields me the GO AHEAD to consume knowledge in binds.
I read, write, run and play all day – all of the time.

This energy that God has given me is truly divine
in the face of a kid at Six Flags, my energy outshines.

It’s always a race to the next ride, I’m pretty quick to get in line
so when I saw the lady in pink, I fictioned off into night time.

My #CreativeThoughts yeilded me from there to compassion
If I loaned my daytime energy to her tonight – there’ll be crazy action!

So I did! In my mind, I focused on the young lady in pink
and I put in an ENERGETIC Pay-It-Forward to her once I am asleep.

If felt strange to do such a thang‘ – but I mean really,
if it works – it’ll quench her thirst and if not, paint me “compassionate silly.”

Though it would be illy if only the young girl in pink could really feel me.
I’m Qui
and this was the spark that ignited my heart to script out: MY DAYTIME ENERGY.

What they can’t do under the suns glorious light —
the more is yielded to them when you and I sleep at night…

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It’s WHAT I’M DOING

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on December 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

santas-present-bagI’m Christmas shopping and store hopping with good folk in mind.
I’m budget working and fashion twerking trying to come up on a SALE find.

So far, ALL IS GOOD and I’m coming up.
I caught a sale at NORDSTROM’s that was worthy of a nutt.
WHAT!?

Not lady-like my language? Well do spank my tushy.
I suppose foul language is far less than offensive than ‘grabbing a womans pussy.’

But what do I know?
I know that I’m pretty much done shopping at the sto’.

I got much of what I wanted on yesterdays to and fro
and online buys will fill in any missed-gift holes.

I love this season, yo — and yesterday found me at the mall
It’s warm in AZ during the Christmas season – so it felt like Fall.

The mall was on swoll and I was having ‘many balls’ and no complaints
for there was eye-candy and it looked so dandy,
the mall was packed with NEW ORLEANS SAINTS.

Mmmph! Ain’t that good news? Yes Lawd, compliments were pending in my mouth
and spilled at every bump-in with those big, buff brothers from THE SOUTH!!!

victorias-secret-dec2016Yes well, that was yesterday and we did ‘flirt play
and later on I came up on the best panty and lingerie slay! YAY!

Victorias Secret had a huge panty sale and y’all know I hit it!
I came up on the daintiest budoir pieces. Yes sir, I did it! 😀

Actually, truth be told, I was not shopping for self but “in theory” for another,
I was a shopping consultant for #MyGuy and he was Christmas shopping for his lover.

What the what-what?

Yes, his lover. For she is I and the two of us agreed
yesterday I was a “consultant” and relieved of any guilty feelings of “shopping for me.”

I was merely helping “he” and I can strongly say,
his lover is going to be pleased at gift opening on Christmas Day.

I’m into return spoiling – like I said I’ve been out shopping
Giving shoppers hell, being first-in-line for sales – I’m a whiz at store hopping.

But like I said, I think I’m done. My score looks good – I’m fine
and for any good boys and girls I may have forgotten, I’ll pick up a gift online.

How are you doing so far, are you a last minute #GiftGiving hustler?
Are you into gift wrapping or are you a primary #StockingStuffer?

Me? I do both – I give and receive with pleasure.
Prices don’t matter, I’m not about that chatter —
as long as the gift is a practical treasure.

Always #Gift comparable to your reciprocal measure.

It’s the beginning of a new week, already and we are starting off on a jolly foot,
I’m Qui
and it’s Sunday baby. Life is good, draw the blinds and take a look.

Then get out there and buy another gift or two,
never mind the others, lets shop FOR YOU!
If you’ve been #Grinding all year – you deserve it. Ooo!