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Post that round trip flight…

In Communication, Self Improvement, Travel on January 25, 2017 at 7:35 am

life-is-a-box-crayonsIt’s good to be back! I’ve had fun – I have.
I flew out to Dallas and had a Fam blast!

I did fly coach but it felt like first class.
Solo: I handled my business and I busted my ass.

Once I got to the DFW my car rental and hotel were ready.
I with my laptop, a mop and creative energy was steady.

So much happened that all of my tools and skills were on deck.
I was pretty deep off in the woods though strong was my connect.

CLo came through – Mr. Logistics doesn’t play.
CLo is Carlos Ramierez of Choice Valet.

Stephanie came through and then the two of us #CameUp.
She’s my HS alumni living in the Dalworthington cut.

Joe G turned out and brought CJ with him.
CJ is that unbiased beacon when things get dim.

Joe G is my rock, my baby brother, my go-to guy.
The love in the DF-Dub always gets me high.

I’m elevated, I’m happy and it’s good to be home.
I learned so much in Dallas – increased the size of my dome.

From Arizona to Cali, to Dallas and New York:
I have a thing going on between my arrive and depart.

I was in town because Healthcare Workers could not deny
That my dads health is in the last stages (prostate cancer) & he may die.

I was encouraged and didn’t cry but took a flight out
I showed up in person to see what the “hoopla” was about.

Dads homestead was a wreck – there’s no room for any border.
My dear old dad’s square footaged pad was decorated by a hoarder.

Me? Besides a little OCD, I think cleaning is quite therapeutic.
So when I saw the periodical fuss and tinsels of dust – to clean up? I couldn’t refuse it.

It was a HGTV scene to be seen – how I transformed that place.
I hired a young male team, strong and lean – then we put a smile on Dads face.

I restored that place.

Suddenly dad sat up, smiled, and started thanking me a bit.
Then he reverted to his usual self and started talking cash -ish. 😀

It was good to have his spirit back. Helping him did a lot for me,
I’m Qui
That blush invoking she, that flight to Dallas did a world of good for me.
Ooo Wee.

Post that round trip flight…
Fam: I’m feeling alright.
🤗

“After Dak & Dem Boys…”

In Griot, Self Improvement, Sports on October 11, 2016 at 5:56 am

qui-dlalas-hatsTuesday came quick
Like a schtick holding an Acme brick

Looking for a window.
All weekend long I was unavail, on the ‘to and fro,’

So the Schtick missed me –
Then goodness located and kissed me.

I came up on a ticket to a ballers avion.
It was Cinci vs The Cowboys at AT&T stadium.

‘Too happy to attend, I decked myself out in the proper wear;
I was blue and silvered down and not a hater voiced a care.

Unlike when I’m in Chandler, AZ — absolutely no one in the dome stared.
In Arlington, TX loving DEM BOYS via fashion – is aways fair!

I was enveloped in love and that comradely protection.
I was high as a kite in the #NoseBleed section. 😜

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The jumbo tron was my friend and Ezekial Elliot was on flight.
I held the armrests of my seat – I had to warm up to “the height.”
But after a couple of touchdowns everything was alright.

The “No-No” — was a chant about Romo and shoot
I believe they were saying “Where’s Romo?
Romo WHO!”

But then again I sat on The Bengals side so that I could view the Cowboys bench.
Other than the Romo chant – they kicked Bengal cats and took a Sunday win.

It was ☝🏾️a good time had ☝🏾with good people in tow
Still I couldn’t wait to get back to you, yo!

How are you? How’ve you been?
Did you bet on a game? Did you take home a win?

Did you Fantasy Football participate? I know the competition is hot.
Was Zeke Elliot on your team – did his numbers hit your spot?

A good time in the DFW is what I got for a couple of hours of transport by air,
I’m Qui
Happy Tuesday to thee I’ve got renewed energy in my hair.

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It felt great!
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On to DALLAS

In Communication, Griot, News on August 2, 2016 at 6:29 am

TannersSoulSo I lost my beloved TANNER on June 3rd, 2016 after a long road trip to and from California – Beverly Hills, in fact. Tanner was a real PERRO DE OCIO (Dog Of Leisure); he was my roll and my road dog for the last 3.5 years (#RescueDog) until a sugar-free gummy bear took him out.

WHAT?!?

Yes. I do believe a sugar-free gummy bear is the likely culprit that expedited Tanners exit (over a span of 3-weeks time).

I have a 3-year old baby girl/toddler and sugar-free gummy bear fruit snacks had been common in my home for a while. Not anymore. Sugar-free products give little dogs cancer — almost instantaneously. We didn’t allow Tanner to eat table food or gummy bears, however, if the toddler dropped one (and that’s highly likely) and Tanner eyed it before I could get to it,  well….

My heart was broken and has been on the mend every since for a little canine love. Yesterday with urgency, my next door neighbor insisted that we make a run to a couple of animal shelters (Maricopa Animal Care Center and AZ Humane Society) and started eyeing dogs for a possible love connection. I was reluctant on the inside, at first, but with Vicky pushing me and my legs following her –  I went along and… dallas-day1-080116

Good morning pet lovers, meet DALLAS. He is the newest member of my family and I won’t lie to you and say it was easy picking him out. Because it wasn’t. I just couldn’t bring more than one home, so… Dallas was the noisy one in lock-up and while proving that old saying to be true, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” I truly picked him because I miss that little dog BIG BOSS noise and the playful joy they render. Yes, Dallas is a chihuahua too, however, while Tanner was nearly 10 years and weighing only 2.5 pounds, Dallas is 3 and weighs 8.4. Dallas is mixed. With what? we don’t know, because he was found wandering. Dallas is likely a stray. I’m pretty sure he’s missed by his previous family. He’s housebroken, yappy, loveable and he get’s along fantastically with my 4-month old mane coon cat, LANDAN.

I’m orignially from the DFW metroplex (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX) and I miss home a little bit. I figured me and the caged wanderer had that in common and that perhaps we could build a home here in Phoenix together. My figuring paid off – I’m in love and I think he loves me back.

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So yesterday has passed and today is anew
I’m On to Dallas – bidding Tanner adieu.

Landan is still in the house and yesterday she turned 4-months old,
by the weekend she’ll be “fixed” – I put that on my last cats soul. 😀

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Landan & Dallas star in: THE NAP

My last female cat’s name was Kit’Ten and she has since ‘gone on to glory
but not before birthing 20 kittens – this can’t be Landan’s story.

Like I said, she is duly getting her “fix” this week.
As for “Landan vibing with Dallas” – the union is new; seems sweet.

She wants to play even more and he isn’t used to cats.
As different as the two are, they find commonality in “the nap.”

They’re the NEW Garfield & Odi — these two make me laugh.
With these two in my life, my heart’s on “the heal” real fast.

Before we moved On to Dallas, the previous weeks were rough,
I’m Qui
Missing Tanner – OUi! Thank God for #RescueShelters and new love.

We found DALLAS at Maricopa Animal Care Center.
Visit an animal shelter near you and fall in love. After all LOVE is a four-letter word –  Share it with a four-legged friend. ❤

NEWS PERUSE

In Communication, Griot, News, Politics, Self Improvement on May 11, 2016 at 5:37 am

RandomNews

The TALK —

OH my word and oh no!
What’s going on with those Osbourne folk?

I’m not an avid fan of The TALK show
but I do watch it on the occassional to and fro

but yesterday, yo! — I was saddened to hear at the table
that Ozzy and Sharons betrothed union isn’t so stable.

Well, Ozzy isn’t sick, as in health, that’s for damn sure,
but he is in some sort of crisis that calls for a “wait and see” cure.

I’m not so sure if you’ve heard of, but chances are that you have
The rift at the Osbourne home is certainly nothing of which to laugh.

osbournes-split-2016.gifOzzy and Sharon have been married for nearly 34 years
and now a 45-year old make-up artist is being blamed for new jeers.

Well not “blamed for” but “pointed out” – and Monday Mrs. Osbourne was absent from work.
Few things in life are certain, and when consistency breaks – it hurts.

Sharon has breast cancer and is facing the trials of her life —
Ozzy is in a position similar to where John Edwards was with his wife.

My goodness. Is it ‘mid life strife?‘ What is going on during the long haul?
I’m pretty inquisitive because I’ve been on the trail a while, y’all.

I suppose any time two human beings who are different decide to – in matrimony, come together,
we should respect their choices and processes to storm out their relationship weather.

I agree.
So that’s the news. Now let it be.

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I don’t think the same standard will be held or given to the Clinton’s
Trumps dowsing his stump with Bills yesterdays — the presidential UN-mentions.

But Hill’s an old pro and this won’t bother her.
Angela Bassett and Bey will be there to coddle her…

I pray the former first lady is sipping Lemonade and Waiting to Exhale
and gives, in the general election, the hair disturbing Donald Trump hell.

On higher ground in November in the state of Arizona, legalizing MMJ will be on the ballot.
I know a lot of folk verbally oppose but are secretly smoking from a bowl-like chalice.

To them, I say, “Suck a phallus.”
Blame my tactful speech on my being from Dallas.

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IN OTHER NEWS —

It seems that the Trumped up rhetoric outlasted other Republican candidates
and that Donald is mounted on prides rock to head up the Republicans race.

He is their face now and many may not like it.
Politics has always been nasty, Drumpf only spiked it.

My charged task is to “write it” and so I’m doing my part.
I think Trump just wants more popularity and BEING PRESIDENT is not in his heart.

He’s an outstanding business man by failures overcome
but that does not qualify him to run the United States sum.

gwbush-guys.gifG.W. Bush was a business man and we gave him two terms
and while he led a corporate as a civilian – he gave us 2 burns.

He was surrounded by big heads who wanted to be in the seat where he sat.
They had their intentions and he was just an indention – so on his legacy ‘they spat.’

Recent history and conditions note his terms and now President Obama is closing his two.
The country is split on ‘how well he did it.’ Personally, I’m going to hate to bid him adieu.

It’s true. And perhaps a lot has gone wrong during his term but so much has gone right.
Who knew that any type of universal health plan would ever see true daylight?

It isn’t perfect but the platform has a purposeful passion.
Let time and amended law shape the necessaries it into action.

I absolutely believe in us. We can do it! We can do it!
The worst has been conquered – President O pulled us through it!

We now have car insurance and health insurance — because the law said it’s so.
It may not be perfect, but it will still ‘fix you up’ – yo!

Still the Republican party is sick and Trump won’t be bidding anyone adeiu.
Paul Ryan ain’t crying, but he did he say, ‘he’ll step aside of Trump asks him to.’
Oooo.

I’m paraphrasing but in context – I’m pretty dead on.
I may not be a Paul Ryan fan, but his reaction to Trump isn’t wrong.

Ain’t nobody up for being punk’ed especially while being the speaker in charge.
Pray for the elephants in the room. Their issues go hard.

Bernie and Hillary aren’t in a love fest either.
If Bernie’s energy could burn, it would probably feel like Ether.

He so wants to be the nominee. I know –and it isn’t over.
But it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be the nominated sewer.

He’s got bold ideas and I like that a lot.
Though Hillary, [Fmr. Secretary of State] will likely win the spot.

And not because her wardrobe is hot – if I were a better, I’d bet
that most of her campaign outfits were inspired by ol’ Star Trek.

Aw, what the heck! HIllary’s got odd fashion and Trump’s got odd hair.
Politics is starting to look like love and war – but we know ALL is not fair.

And so nothing is new when it comes to this race.
November is fast approaching PREPARE for the polls to see your face.

VOTE!

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About Us —

And so, here we are again, still with life, fam and friends.
Still employed; bringing in ends. Still meditating and avoiding “the sin.”

All of this is very good my friend
and so, you and I, we’ll continue to strive for ‘the win.’

screenplayMe? I’m over here on these scripts. I’m birthing new pages daily.
I’m content to spend my days in creative play, knowing the future will pay me.

Yay WE! We have so much to look forward to.
I’m out here doing me – you’re out here doing you.

If you see me on the street today, shout a , “Yoo-hoo!
and I’ll be quick to return a “Eh baby! What it do?

I wouldn’t mind breaking from writes to chop-it-up with you.
Your energy is likely a friend to me and could influence my creative groove.

Like I say, “Eh baby! What it do?” I’m trying to run into you!
I’m Qui
Absolutely cool about humping WE on this day,  la NEWS PERUSE.

Cowboy hats, boots and Dallas

In Communication, Griot, Networking on January 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Cowboy hats boots and Dallas
I like cowboy hats.

Whether the hat is silver with a respected blue star
or just creased and tall enough to be seen from afar.

It doesn’t have to be a Stetson – please do know
It works for me if it’s good for the rodeo show.

I like boots.

I admire heavy starch on the denim – increasingly sharp
topped by a pair of firm tipped boots known for kicking arse.

I love Dallas.

I like that city that is kindred to mine. I give it a lot of metropolitan love.
I’m from the last two letters in the tri-abbreviation that is: DF-Dub

D stands for Dallas, F stands for Fort and Worth extends the W.
The metropolis is filled with a whole lot of love, but you can find trouble too.

Oooo.

I love Cowboys.

I never thought of myself as being country, but I now I surely know,
I’ll forever love a cowboy – no matter where I go,

because he is the one who embodies all of things that I like.
Ladies: Losing faith in men? A cowboy will do you right!

Hop on one tonight
and enjoy the chivalrous ride.

PS. He doesn’t have to rock the hat, but the boots are a must.
I’m Qui
shooting-the-bull with thee;  in a good time – do I trust.

Happy Weekend baby!
Go two-step…

The RADAR

In Communication, Griot, News, Politics, Self Improvement on May 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

Politics – Film – Television – Music – Books – Art – Technology

The Advocate

I subscribe to EBONY Magazine because… well… I’m EBONY and the information in their publications are highly relatable. While reading the HOLLYWOOD ISSUE I came up on page 29 and an awesome column titled::

FIGHT THE POWER
Occupy The Hood is gaining steam among Blacks

Kevin Chappell reports
As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow across the country, African-Americans are increasingly showing their disapproval with a protest movement of their own.

It’s called Occupy the Hood. it started online and has already spread from New York City across the country. It now has some 15,000 followers on Twitter and chapters in cities including Detroit, Pittsburgh, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

The Occupy the Hood motto: “We are the most affected of the 99 percent.” It’s a spin-off of Occupy Wall Street’s “99 percent” mantra against America’s increasing wealth gap, where Occupiers state that one percent of the population has the majority of the nation’s wealth. Occupy the Hood protesters believe Blacks should be even angrier than Whites in the 99 percent because people of color, particularly in low income areas, have been disproportionately affected by high unemployment, incarceration and fallout from the housing bust.

The facts support their claims: According to an analysis of new U.S. Census data, the wealth gap between Whites and minorities has grown to its widest level in a quarter-century. In 2010, 27 percent of Blacks were living in poverty, compared to 10 percent of Whites. The recession and uneven recovery — which have left nearly twice as many Blacks out of work as Whites — have also erased decades of gains, leaving Whites on average with 20 times the net worth of Blacks.

In recent protests in Dudley Square in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston some 400 protesters gathered for an Occupy the Hood rally. All ages and socio-economic levels got in on the activism. Preteens spoke about wanting to feel safe at school while university professors spoke out about unjust laws aimed at keeping minorities disheartened and disenfranchised. They marched from the square to Boston’s Financial District, many chanting

“Occupy the Hood!
We’re spreading something good!”

While focused on problems facing African-Americans, Occupy the Hood has the clear goal of bringing more Blacks into the larger Occupy Wall Street movement, a faction that, to date, has been mostly White. Movement leaders hope to galvanize more Blacks by bringing up issues including the heartless ways some big banks have foreclosed on homes after tricking Blacks into getting subprime mortgages. They also want to clearly connect the effects of capitalism with the advent of racism.

Leaders promise that the protest tactics will be nonviolent and similar to other movements including the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Poor Peoples Campaign, March on Washington, Million Man March and even Arab Spring.

Organization will be key to Occupy the Hood’s future success. Right now, local groups take part in national organizing calls to plan rallies and protests. They reportedly have been given advice from Black leaders such as Cornel West, and may have received a phone call of support from U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California’s 35th District.

Want to donate or volunteer, go to officialoccupythehood.org.

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Wow and okay – We understand the 411 but all is not to-the-good.
We don’t like the percentages so we’ll “OCCUPY THE HOOD”.

Now if we’re going to occupy the hood, let’s do a better job
than running off franchises and mimicking the mob.

Let’s raise our standards, pull together and support our own.
Be a customer to that small business down the street from your home.

Patronize the quaint farmers market. They’ve got big plans.
Eat like a warrior while supporting the brown man.

In doing so you won’t hurt Wal Mart or cause big grocery stores to stall.
In fact so many others support big grocery chains – that they won’t miss you & I at all.

Occupy Wall Street if you want then Occupy the Hood,
I’m Qui
concerned about our percentages – and how to make them favor our good.

LIVE Well and PLAY Hard
while keeping your eye on The RADAR.

Naked on The Grassy Knoll

In Music on March 31, 2010 at 6:03 am

A Window Seat with Erykah Badu

A Naked Erykah Badu on the grassy knoll in Dallas where President Kennedy was shot, is stirring up all kinds of controversy over the last two days. The video “WINDOW SEAT” [watch it HERE] is phenomenal (if you ask me) and for a plethora of reasons: Unbridled ART being #1.

Ms. Badu walks the downtown streets of Dallas towards the exact spot where President Kennedy was assasinated. During her walk she sheds her jacket, shirt, pants, bra and panties — ultimately revealing the “EVOLVING” tattoo (message) across the upper part of her back (between the shoulders). Once she reaches the approximate spot where President Kennedy was shot, we hear gunfire and a shapely NAKED Erykah Badu falls dead in the road. At that point we hear the following narration:

“THEY (playing it safe) are quick to assasinate what they do not understand.
They move in packs ingesting fear more and more with every act of hate on one another.
They feel more comfortable in groups – LESS GUILT to swallow.
They are us. This is what we’ve become: Affraid to RESPECT the Individual.
A single person within a circumstance can move one to CHANGE;
to LOVE herself;
EVOVLE.

By God Erykah is right! WE are THEY –collectively.

More over that, the video demonstrates Erykah being “one person within a circumstance” — a circumstance that the city of Dallas is now investigating for possible copyright infringements. As you can see, (Watch Video HERE), it doesn’t look like too many copyright laws have been infringed upon besides the few seconds of audible narration that opens the video. However, in all honesty — THAT too would be easy to recreate with Final Cut Soundtrack Pro. The video reel was shot and edited to have a “dated & historical feel” much like the original footage archived of President Kennedy during his visit to Dallas, TX. GENIUS!

The video is GENIUS in two parts, [1] by recalling history & stirring up discomfort and [2] comes in an obvious plea found in the songs chorus:

“I need you to want me.
I need you miss me.
I need yo’ attention!
I need you next to me.
I need someone to clap for me.
I need yo’ direction.
Come back – Come back Baby.
Come back.”

I’M BACK 🙂 and I’m so glad I’ve got a WINDOW SEAT into the vision of Ms. Erykah Badu’s artsy exhibition of history and present — to date. What did you think about it?

I need your Support, I need your Love, I need your Attention,
I’m Qui

Repping Qui Entertainment with Insightful BLACK ART mentions.

Thank you for the oblige…