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When your truth is too true

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on September 12, 2018 at 4:11 am

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FACT: The title of this piece was provided by a person who was self-evaluating. And no, the person was not me.

Brutally honest folks who mean well should consider the following information before each honest delivery:

“Truth and honesty without compassion is brutality.”

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I suppose I should know,
I’m an honesty-wielding Leo.

Yessir, and yes ma’am, -I’m confessing to you kinfolk:
with retrospection and honesty, I can impale another’s throat.

I often preface  though, “the following won’t be pretty, but it is honest reality…”
Often times the receiver is their best amen choir & believer – and may get mad at me.

Everybody wants honesty but not as it pertains to what they (themselves) do.
Right?
I cannot nourish your plight and recommend A FEW GOOD MEN for movie night –
because “you can’t handle the truth.”

I dig ol’ Bader Ginsburg, Ruth and McKinnon, Kate of SNL.
When it comes to lasting impersonations, Kate brings the judicial hail.

Still, I’ve always known that my most honest deliveries could use a little more tact.
I thank my mom for my compassionate heart and my dad for holding nothing back.

I am indeed Redd’s daughter; I am honest and I preface – please do not take offense.
I’m Qui
‘loving the honest quote that I heard on TV. I’m working on me and the quote makes good sense.

What show was I watching? Well, now that’s a good question.
This show is the best yo, it’s called MARRIED TO MEDICINE.

The truth and honesty quote is stronger than an espresso brew.
If you’re not a sugar-coater of truth, does this quote at all apply to you?

Absolutely Cellophane

In Communication, Griot, Music, News, Self Improvement, Video on August 20, 2018 at 4:11 am

Who’s the Navy Bean today?

I’m looking towards the future and I can see it clear and plain.
I’m putting in the work to increase the skill capacity of my worth;
my moves are cellophane.

You could call me vain, but I’d only argue that you’re a lot like me.
With all that you’re doing in your life to not live trife?
I wouldn’t label that vanity.

To prepare for the future is to operate within sanity. That’s you and me, main.
Show your hand; how do you plan to lead your band? Make your intentions cellophane.

It’s Monday morning again. I arose with no hidden agenda.
The week is young and Omarosa still has her gun.
In media wrestling, she’s no beginner.
The Whitehouse is really hoping to pin her
to the mat
for being a Republican and being Black.

But what I’m finding is that Blacks are familial pansies.
They may not like Omarosa much, but heck! She’s still family.

She’s making her rounds
sharing receipts via audio sound.

Omarosa is out making waves.
She’s dirty, yet quite cellophane.

Have you heard?

I’m looking towards the future and with my pen, I’m shaping reel.
I’m looking at the people; they’re looking to the hill.

The Whitehouse is piping hot, like tea and looks like it’s about to spill.
I really thought I’d craft a fictional piece, but I’m heavily leaning towards the real.

Life. It is but a necessary game.
It must be played – the consequences are made.
People pretend to be cellophane

until the legend becomes a fact.
Omarosa has audiotapes and folks, that is that.

Whether it proves any leaders to be in the damnation of wrong, is yet to be heard in any direct frame,
I’m Qui
Good Monday morning to thee, avoid miscalculated pains. Live like a Vegas dealer; live cellophane.

Trying to walk back loose-conversation is confusions reign.

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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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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.

Sinking Long Before Helsinki

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, Video on July 18, 2018 at 7:34 am

sinking_quicksand.gifYes, the ground has been unstable since the presidential race started;
unclear if Donald’s totality of morale and honesty had long departed.

Access Hollywood blamed Billy Bush for being socially pushy
in defending himself that he had nothing to do with Don’s quote,
Grab ’em by the pussy.”

Donald went on to become the Republican’s nominee.
They chose him as if it wouldn’t cost this country a huge fee.

The move is threatening to our democracy. It could… but it shouldn’t.
Don confirms his belief in Russia with the double-negative “don’t and wouldn’t.”

A strong man stands on his word
and is clear to be heard.

Therefore, Putin spoke his piece with clarity and no misunderstanding.
Don stood there like all in the world was lovely and fair;
the phrase “fire him now!” is increased; public demanding.

We’re restrained and sinking in quicksand.
Does not the branches of government independently stand?
I pray they get it together today because we could use a helping hand.

YES, WE CAN!

President 44 spoke on the state of our union yesterday morn.
Remarking that our way of politics is looking tattered and torn.

He‘s honest and he’s on it. Integrity? It’s a trait that he beholds.
I appreciate the sentiments but I’d like more for him to get us out of this hole.

“Ugh.” Is what my daughter always says, when something is waxing old,
I’m Qui
Good morning Wednesday.  Lend us a hump to get out of this hold.
Together WE CAN do this. I’ve got your back, kinfolk. beating-heart

PULL UP.

Oh Boy

In Griot, Music, News, Politics, Video on July 13, 2018 at 5:39 am

spanky_oh-boy.gifAnother glorious Friday! The weekends always yield me joy.
Though for what went uphill with Congress’ grill
of Agent Peter Strzok made me say, “Oh boy!

Did you get a chance to drop in and see it?
Strzok on the stand – I wouldn’t want to be him,

but he handled-up and told it like it was.
the statement he made about who the FBI is yielded him applause-love.

I was tuned in and little else ran in broadcast so steady.
For whatever the committee had planned for him, Strzok was prepared and ready.

I’m sure on Thursday morning Republicans in Congress felt confident that they would ‘bring the grill-filled noise,’
though they weren’t fully prepared for Strzok’s dismiss of their dares – he spoke bluntly and… Oh Boy!

Mr. Goodlatte was the chairman and his tone was on swoll
as he tried to conduct business like a boss but quickly lost control.

Democrats spoke-up in opposition of Goodlatte’s lead and the session went into rogue fashion.
Many began yelling about what Strzok would and wouldn’t be telling;
made me think of Cam’Ron & Santana…

Especially when Mr. Gohmert was questioning the Agent and brought up the agent’s wife.
That’s when I had to check the station, Gohmert’s tact was on vacation;
is he about that thug life?

Things in the hearing were pretty ripe. I enjoyed witnessing history unfold.
It really looked like fiction; I grew an instant concern and addiction.
Our country is in crisis — PLEASE VOTE!

Peter was grilled for about 8-hours, with a 2-hour lunch.
How many people tuned in with me? My guess is a bunch.

I almost changed the channel at its start, but I had a back-of-the-mind hunch.
Oh Boy! How many around the world tuned into the hurl? I reckon a whole bunch.

That was yesterday and this is today,
it’s Friday baby. Drop the cares and consider play.

I’m going to consider it immediately after my endearing collegiate ploy,
I’m Qui
On this glorious Friday, an intellectual high day – I pray thee not succumb to the Oh Boy‘s!

Congress started it but Peter Strzok brought the noise.

Tuesday’s Timings

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on July 3, 2018 at 9:24 am

2 Cats at the moviesGood morning, good morning. How art thou today?
June 21st birthed Summer; let’s go out to play.

I’m duly on break from my collegiate affair
and confess that I’m rarely without a movie in my hair.

Not a man’s fingers or an offspring humdinger but hear me when I speak,
I have been averaging for the last 3-months about 3 movies a week.

Yes-yes! Ol’ AMC Theaters is getting a pretty fair cut.
I used to court Harkins until I joined AMC Stubs.

Yeah. It’s just a loyalty click with a roped-line appeal
and their awesome full body recliners have an “at home” feel.

Anywho, between me and you, I’m likely going to see another movie today.
I’ve seen AVENGERS, SUPERFLY, DEAD POOL, UNCLE DREW and a few more via satellite play.

So, yesterday I saw a satellite run of the film EXPOSED on SYFY tv,
starring The MATRIX’s Neo; ol’ Keanu Reeves.

The director of the film is credited as a man named Declan Dale,
after Gee Malik Linton filmed his vision and producers in editing shot it to hell.

Yes. It appears producers are “known for” pulling a PROUD MARY; also known as “puzzle-editing” after the shoots.
I always reference PROUD MARY to make a point about movies made at the miscalculation of loot.

It was clear to me as I sat in AMC to watch the debut of PROUD MARY,
that the acting talent was great, but none, in particular, seem to be able to carry

the films expected reputation.
Producers unintentionally invoke degradation

when they plan to reign over sequence play
after the film has been shot via the editing bay.

I remember the writers of BLAIR WITCH having been under a terrible strain,
regardless of their film concept – the producer’s financial grip was a pain.

The producers withheld crew pay just a little bit
until writers bent in creativity and yielded to their will.

The writers did bend to feed their family’s – ’tis true.
At the risk of the entertainment experience of me and you.

There was no sequel; no part two.
The film EXPOSED pull something like a Blair Witch Deux.

After hiring Linton to envision the script and film the tale
producers, in editing, rearranged the sequence of scenes;
forcing Linton to create the pseudonym: Declan Dale.

Now, why is this important? Once the artistic view is reeled who will protect her?
The vision of most scripts aren’t the writer’s dib but yielded to the director.

So unless the writer is the director and the producer too,
it is likely (and pretty darn highly) they’ll be vulnerable to the producer’s hue.

The producers have the money, honey!

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Pockets so deep they risk swallowing creativity.

The best producers are artists and writers with financial fluid.
Either way, if big money is at play…
Rearranging a director’s view? The producer will do it.

It’s how the business works. Besides, producers are mostly known
for having a good gut feeling of what the people want reeling.
Producers co-sign and finance – if a film is to be shown.

So why then did producers change up the view of EXPOSED?
The original title was DAUGHTER OF GOD, so God only knows.

The film seemed to be presented as a composition of two different stories
with Spanish subtitles and a mass request to believe in conceptual glory.

I bit on the subtitle reading and I’m a believer in glory,
regardless of the re-arrangement of scenes in editing, I still enjoyed the story.

Though I hated to hear about how Declan Dale came to be a credited pseudonym name.
I suppose the timing is perfect to get an understanding; I’m studying the science of the game.

I’m a student of film; not a day goes by that I don’t see several flicks,
I’m Qui
Timing this Tuesday with thee to be reflective of a Digital Cinematography chick.

She is me and my movie viewing log is thick.
The first film today starts at 11:30. Wouldst thou come with?
By 5pm,  the two of us could have at least 2 films in.

Good Morning Monday

In Communication, fitness, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on May 21, 2018 at 5:52 am
Be inspired today. You can handle it: https://youtu.be/P8kgbpR1fSc

Ooo child, where have you been?
Everyday of the week tried to spike & peak
in headline news with a funky spin.

Empty headlines and fruitless grapevines serve the people none.
I used the weekend to ‘life sweeten;’ I insist on having more fun.

Please tell me that you, too are getting some, dear Monday?
You are a leader not a tweeter; you’re an opportunistic fun-day.

I’m up early and eager to participate
in what it is that you intend to give weigh to –
I’m awake and ready to play.

Good Morning Monday, what do you say?
Will we have another gumbo of headline news today?

Will more comparisons to Nixon creep up that will make the prez sick?
With hands the size of a normal man, the prez still resembles Tricky Dick.

Good Morning Monday, I love the essence of your day.
I am grateful for all who survived the shooting in Santa Fe.

Another high school shooting has come to pass; this time in Texas.
There are no interests in making sensible gun laws that connect us.

Monday Morning, you remain in the column of good.
Let those of us who pray, do so in the American hood

for clarity and protection.
Compassion for others may be the connection.

Though, if we don’t change gun laws more adolescent lives are doomed to be lost.
Perhaps gun violence keeps rising because many haven’t personally felt the cost.

PICTURE - framingIf this is true,
don’t let the next bullet hit you.

Whoever it is among us, blindly championing for guns,
let him heal himself when all that he has is full of holes and undone.

It has nothing to do with sin, they’re likely just an NRA friend – they’ll be fine.
But you and I have got to get our kids out of harms way and off of the front lines.

Monday, let’s start this day
realizing that we can’t continue this way.

Monday, let us start this day
with us holding hands in unison to pray.

What do you say, Monday? I’m happy to testify first.
With so much funkiness in the world, I believe it’s prayer that we thirst.

Good morning sweetheart, you’re the first; I love the strength of your shoulders,
I’m Qui
On the infrastructure of WE; Monday bares the strength of a thousand boulders.

WE can handle it.

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Mix It Up, Baby

In Comedy, Communication, Movies, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on March 16, 2018 at 7:20 am

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We’ve finished this week of thirds in victorious might.
My segue to getting here came to a head,  after GAME NIGHT.

That’s the name of the film that I saw last night at AMC theater.
Laughter reigned from beginning to end, as far as I can remember.

I actually tried not to laugh too boisterous or hardy
as not to miss any dialogue being transferred to a party.

I saw the late show but was safely home by the stroke of midnight.
A movie a day won’t keep the doctor away,’ but it will lend a cinematographer student insight.

game night_comradery.jpgI need all of the light on this journey, that I can bask in.
I laughed so much; Jason Bateman is touched
and Rachel McAdams comedic sense is a win.

Pappadeuxs, a little homework, and a movie – I got it all it in,
and now the excitement of another workweek finally comes to an end.

Are you ready kinfolk? Are you wearing your dancing shoes?
Life is a game that must be played,” and I don’t want to lose.

Life is full of battles – we should be careful to pick and choose,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, keep laughing and showing your teeth; be mindful to mix up your groove.

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IMG 2:  Hopper Stone/SMPSP/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.