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In #SeveralLayersDeep, Communication, education, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Science, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on February 4, 2021 at 3:44 pm
I’ve learned a lot from that ol’ dog MUSIC | Photo Courtesy:

Let’s focus on 80’s ROCK RADIO. The 1980’s were owned by Rock Radio & music videos, and MTV was an incredible boarding house. MTV cut its teeth on ROCK N ROLL and adopted a baby named HIP HOP whose growth has yet to stop.

The Black community migrated to MTV long before the baby-of-the-family, Hip Hop was broadcasted and invoked messaging music evolution. 

Remember Casey Kasem? Not quite a Black man (Lebanese-American and Arab-American), but definitely my Uncle. He was the host that I looked to broadcast the latest pop song and (the occasional) hot Hip Hop song on the weekend and certainly within his end-of-the-year music reviews.

Rock n’ Roll raised me, kinfolk. It’s true and yes, I know I’m a little quirky, (a family told me). Also,  GUNS N ROSES delivered me to to… idk, my coming of age?  My best girlfriend and I had a crush on Axle Rose. The mane was our thang’ yesterday, today I prefer a more tapered mane for my man. As-Griot-as-my-soul is I am still a hard Rock n’ Roll Ms

Change for what? 

Yeah, WhiteSnake provided me inspiration at the many times when I felt betrayed by friends, boyfriends, siblings, and whomever/whatever else plagues a teen-creative. Courtney Love taught me the importance of volume pitching & ditching my formal etiquette training while creative reigningTracy Bonham befriended me when Mom and I weren’t seeing eye-to-eye:

So much for “Mother-Daughter-discord” being a unique thing in any family. It’s not. Tracy reminded me of that. I didn’t have time to take to the streets and participate in mayhem, I was too busy watching Rock music videos, listening to the radio and cleaning the house; it was therapeutic. On top of that, I learned the importance of communication and how to arrange my words to embolden points without offense and in fact, strike a chord of general relativity.

Good Black History 411, born right here in the good ol’ US of A. 

By the mid to late ’80’s Michael Jackson, Prince, and Rap music consumed the airwaves broadcast time of most stations that were ISO a ratings boost. I continued to listen, I became a battle rapper, inspired by SALT-N-PEPA, and I even had all-girl group. We battled rapped with the boys, because most female rappers wouldn’t touch their counterpart-chauvinist noise. I, “Dutchess Qui,” Vonda V and Royal C [my female DJ] killed them.

Inspired-and-on-fire, I composed crazy bars in my late teens and early 20’s thanks to Queen Latifah & Monie Love, MC LYTE, YoYo, Patra’s fearlessness, and the dimensions of Chyna Whyte: 

Chyna Whyte goes HARD in the LIGHT from Gangsta Rap to ‘yank-ya-right.

The last paragraph and video isn’t at all in the genre of Rock n’ Roll, still, please believe RnR delivered me to lyric comprehension and I do love a well crafted verse. Chyna Whyte messages well. Music messaging rocks so I roll with it.

I’m sure a great deal of raps have been inspired by a little bit of Rock n’ Roll; Run DMC showed you.  Inference via inspiration is real. Artists pull from inference much like your blood pulls minerals from the food you eat; automatically and very selectively.

Good Black History 411, born right here in the good ol’ US of A.

I am a Writer, I am Black, and I make published history everyday. I am a descendent of slaves who was raised on Raves; it’s an American pass-through phase.  Regardless of race, scores of nationalities crammed into a space to dance. Love so thick — that a virus stood not a chance. America’s youth ditched a prejudiced  reality to dance. 

And we did. The shame of hate and prejudices were not gone, just hid. That is how we have arrived here at this point, kid.

Though a new day is dawning; we are in a new bid. The music is rising and carried by the winds. Out of chaos, beauty is born; let us heal-up as new friends —

over music. Let music be a suture. Let’s use it.

What music genre are you into? I know that we are not all the same

I’m Qui

About AMERICAN BLACK HISTORY because it as KEY as my name. 

MUSIC is as American as apple pie, Chuck Taylors, afros, Sports, and denim.

I play my music loud, and still, I stand out from the crowd, like BLIND MELON and BLIND LEMON



In #SeveralLayersDeep, Book, Communication, education, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on February 2, 2021 at 8:34 am

This morning while yawning I heard Joe Scarborough ask – Eugene Robinson to voice a hero of his, that is Black.

Easy on the response, locked, loaded and merry – Eugene, with a wide smile said, ‘It’s got to be Berry.’

Let’s talk about Mr. Gordy and his legacy of melodic fun. Let’s acknowledge the youth of ‘this pioneer, he is just 91.

Let’s talk about the Motown Museum that is to reopen this month. Covid may be a chauvinist but Mo’ legacy waits for none.

This man breathed life into our cultural melodic sum; he birthed R&B’s upgraded legacy, shaping talent, one-by-one.

All productions remain relative and great. Let none be undone but preserved from their day.

From Aretha Franklin, Teddy Pendergrass to Marvin Gaye – segregated worlds merged every time a Motown record played.

To add to Gordy’s legacy Joe Scarborough interjected — that Gordy is often associated with the genius of Phil Specter.

What the? I didn’t get where Joe was going with this. It’s a good thing that I listened closely, or I would have missed

the parallel that Joe Scarborough was making: “Hitsville USA” and “The Tycoon Tween” elevated Black Music for the airwaves taking.

I didn’t know as much before he said it. Then I thought, “I better chronicle this, to be sure you read it.”

Got that?


Morning Jo then turned to Yamiche Alcindor and ask of her native respective hero — and she said Toni Morrison, for all of the books that she wrote:

The Toni Morrison Society encapsulates her visions and preserves her view. I was thrown off again when Joe Scarborough interjected Fran Lebowitz was friends with her, too.

What the? I didn’t get the connection because I didn’t know Fran, but a quick Google Search made Joe a teacher, again.

For therein “the Google” I learned that — Fran Lebowitz and Toni Morrison swung similar bats.

They balled with words and words yield change. Also, along those lines, Joe threw in Martin Scorsese’s name.

I noticed “paralleling elevations” to be Joe Scarborough’s game. I appreciate the inserts because relatives convey change.

Paralleling relatives and elevating America is WHAT’S UP and is definitely ALL THAT.

Give American History her raw due in fancy diamonds; they are BLACK.

Did you know that?

Now you do.

Life in her fullness is really no mystery. Open up your heart and mind to embrace 


In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on February 24, 2020 at 6:30 am

Alright, Good People: I’m at it again, with something that you can feel
in the spirit of Black History, I’m thrown back to JORDAN PEELE.

Have you seen the new Amazon series THE HUNTERS?
It parallels todays hell; the script is a punter.

I am enjoying the series install.
It’s a throwback view of — us all.

This show takes a particular look into hate,
the law, the people; a legacy page.

A lot is up for debate on this piece.
Composed of real stories, yet hard to believe.

Give it up people: for content creators who keep it real.
Give it up people:  for the history of Jordan Peele.

He is showing you yourself – regardless of your race.
The Hunters series has potential; may it take its place.

HOME. I am an American. The American way yields an intellectual key.
Home. I am an American; I am about her values and BLACK HISTORY.

BAD BOYS For LIFESpeaking of making history, let’s talk about Martin and Will —
and the alchemy of good times they have captured in their reel.

BAD BOYS came back this year and made history;
approaching $200 million box office reception carries mystery.

Like, why is it that folks have turned out to see them in show?
Is it likely we missed the days of wholesome entertainment, so….

We bought tickets to sit in the theater and be consumed
with yesterdays situation and these beloved two.

What is it about yesterday that invokes us to congregate,
pay a door fee in hopes to rewind history and improve today?

Whatever it is… let’s all hold to it.
When it comes to supporting Box Office Numbers
please continue to DO IT.

The BAD BOYS franchise is raking it all in
because yesterday was good and karma is a friend.

Not to mention that one of the cast members claims to be an Alchemist.
Both relate in laughter, though making gold belongs to Will.

He remains reflecting that “go getters appeal.”
Martin Lawrence is still the neighbor who ‘we feel.’

Scripting realities is quite the reflection of yet another —
Mr. Writer/Director/Executive Producer, Donald Glover.

Donald is Childish Gambino (the musician) and he knows full well,
what type of patience it takes to produce: A-T-L.

It’s been off of the air for a spell but is slated to come back with plenty.
In 2018 FX renewed for Season 3 and 4 to be broadcast the year after 2020.

It’s not easy being independent. So many of us want to be.
So give it up to the brother that embodies it; give it up DG/CG.

Which brings to mind another no limit storyteller
Curtis “50Cent” Jackson gets better and better!

Have you seen the view of his latest characteristic plight?
It stars Nicholas Pinnock in a new series called FOR LIFE:

Like Power, FOR LIFE takes off quickly.
The storyline is relative and connects swiftly.

A Multi Media Player usually plays more than one role;
an influencer of views to be told and to be sold.

Any chance that you’re watching either of these shows?
Your support is appreciated and I hope the show moves your soul.

Black History month is short and perhaps that was the calendar goal.
I am grateful for any reservations to culture-uplift and boast.

I’m a Multi-Media player; I write, chronicle, direct and shoot,
I’m Qui
Just taking a moment with thee to shine a light on our Black AmericanRoots.