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And then there was LUKE CAGE

In Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on October 26, 2016 at 8:18 am

meet-luke-cageand I was like Hold up! Wait!” I appreciate a black man in my face who feels NO PAIN,
not even in the form of metal bullet tips from clips that reign.

Mike Colter is A-OK in this NETFLIX series.  Have you seen his work?
The writing alone is pretty strong and could invoke a Sapeosexual to twerk.

The relativity of the set, the scene the crew…
The relativity to my hood and the things that we do.

I saw the barber shop and pops – I saw the gun-toting thugs on the outside.
I saw Luke Cage shield a young customer from bullets on the night that Pops died.

In script – I was hurt, but this is what homage building is all about
The loss of Pops was the exact cost – needed to bring Super Hero LUKE CAGE out.

CULT Potential: STOUT. I love the way it’s all playing out.
With the way things are going-on near and around my home,
we could use a LUKE CAGE on the Phoenix route.

Superman and Batman aren’t the only ones that show up and turn out.
Do you subscribe to NETFLIX? Check what LUKE CAGE is all about.

Whether he’s at the jiz, in his crib or on the streets
Luke Cage is quite the view — even briefly in the sheets

He and the detective….I liked it.

Just when I thought I’d composed my 2016 list of series thrills from scripted page
I am introduced by Fab5Freddy, to this new fella LUKE CAGE.

Fab was on the set of,  when he hit me up to ‘hook & rope her,’
he said he was on the LUKE CAGE set with his friend Cheo Hodari Coker.

The series writer.
What an exciter!

The mind is a great find
and this one has a NETFLIX rewind.

I’m sitting here yielding my time
to Cokers writ like a 9 to 5.

Yep! Yep! Give me Five on the Black Hand Side – I’m loving every minute.
And to put another cherry on this treat, there’s a Fab Five cameo in it.

I reckon that’s why he was on set, it’s good to know good people everwhere.
The Unfair Advantage is just that – fantastically unfair. 🙂

Me? I’m hooked on the view. They’ve got me. I’m their chic!
I’m Qui
A LUKE CAGE – she and I’ve got a ‘thang with NETFLIX.

They’re on their –ish.

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Around the way

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Video on April 28, 2016 at 5:36 am

I actually prefer to reside in a New York state of mind
for therein I have run into some “treasure finds.”

Beyond the confines of shop walls and niche stores
it is the heart of the people that I most adore.

We’ll start our adventure off Around the way
near the corner of Madison and Stuyvesant for a little play:

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April 19, 2016 — Vikram was in the foreground doing his thing on set while Jimmy & Chris held down the background on an adjacent block – near the viewing tent.

Jimmy and Chris were not a part of the film crew, kraft services, car services or even the sound crew. Jimmy and Chris live in Brooklyn off of Madison. This is their hood and they knew everyone.

Jimmy has lived in Brooklyn for 28 years – he was born on Coney Island moved to North Carolina as a child, went off to the Navy as a young adult and was discharged in Brooklyn. Jimmy is a firecracker while Chris played the wingman, oftentimes serving as the “political correct translator” for his off-the-cuff neighbor Jimmy. As passerby’s would come and go, Jimmy would speak and chop-it-up with most, and then there were those few that got no love at all. Like this one guy that approached our trio with conversation in progress – as if he’d been there all day with us. He came in saying, “Yo cous[in]! What’s up? What’s going on over here [referring to the set]?” Chris began to remark that he hasn’t been long on the scene when I cut him off with a compliment to the conversation crasher, “Great smile!”  All of his teeth were perfectly aligned and properly whitened to pop against his golden complected skin. He smiled a slight Obama-like smile and said, “Thank you. You too,” and that’s when I noticed Jimmy was missing in the round. Jimmy removed himself form the conversation while I was looking at the conversation crashers grill. The crasher continued to question probe and I did my best to alleviate his inquisition. Chris and ‘the crasher’ noticed Jimmy’s disposition – the crasher attempted to pitch conversation Jimmy’s way but Jimmy was posted up on one of the antique stunt cars and unavailable for remark. The crasher got the point, gave Chris dap and kept it moving. Jimmy rejoined the click.

  • JIMMY: I don’t play that. He’s not from around here. He don’t need to come over here talking about “Hey Cuz’.” He know I’m not cool with him.

Wow. That was the first person all day, out of, say 250 (+/-), that I had seen the Cancer respond to with his pincher. Yes – Jimmy is a Cancer and his nickname is Squirky too. Ask not how I know this, I’m a writer. I inhale oxygen and exhale questions. 😀 People are interesting. I love people and since Fab and I did not get to do lunch together I leaned on my new friends to recommend a place of dine that I could walk to before I passed out of low blood sugar and Jimmy went into his monologue as to WHY he does not eat out. Sanitation issues are real – according to Jimmy and he just ‘can’t do it.’ Chris laughed it off and confirmed that ‘Jimmy doesn’t eat out at all,’ and then he led me to a spot at the corner of Halsley and Lewis. A soul food joint. Jimmy is a great babysitter, he walked me to the restaurant. Brooklynites are fantastic. I am a fan of their hospitality. The restaurant was cute in decor and smelled delicious. I ordered the fried catfish and greens – no bread. It tasted delicious. I could taste a distinct trace of lemon in the catfish batter. I loved it. I was nourished sufficiently.

IMG_2790Jimmy and Chris stayed on that adjacent corner in Brooklyn with me for about 4 hours until Fab and I jetted off to that (not so speedy) 2-hour heavy traffic car ride back to Manhattan.

April 19th was primary voting day in New York and the New Yorkers got it in. I should know, because I accompanied Fab to the poles. I don’t remember if both of the Brooklyn Brothers voted, but I do recall asking Jimmy if he had voted and he confirmed that he had. Hearing as much made me feel good.

I am aware of 2 veterans that I had known for years before I learned that THEY DO NOT VOTE. One of the veterans is from NY and the other one from OK.

Why wouldn’t you vote? What is the point? Don’t ever complain about anything if you do not vote. I still like the two (who do not know each other), but it’s rough taking them serious when they scream “CHANGE!” I wish they’d change their ways and start voting. It’s not ever asking too much to ask a person to vote for their interests in local and national elections. It made me feel good that my Brooklyn Brothers seemed to be up on political topics  – but we didn’t linger there long. I’m not a fan of just politicking it up- I just want to know that you vote. Hitting on topic with Jimmy and Chris was appropriate for two reasons: #1 it was April 19 – voting day and #2 the film that was being shot that day was about Barack Obama before he was the president of the United States – during his stint in New York. Definitely memorable worthy stuff from Around the way. 

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Jimmy and Chris are neighbors – they are as real as real could ever be.
They ‘read folks on the to and fro’ but for the most part they kicked it with me.

The more I hung out with them – our tab of relations grew thick.
I was reminded that Brooklyn is “Jus like Compton” – joint by DJ Quik.

No hood is new – they’re all like yours – just on a different coasts.
I’m a lover of geography – I’m a lover of interesting folk.

I’m a lover of good authenticity, especially when “Around the way,”
I’m Qui
Friends of Jimmy and Chris in Brooklyn. For they inspired this say.

I can’t say enough about…

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Travel on April 25, 2016 at 7:42 am

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The last few days — for they have truly impacted me,
but then these are “the usual vibes” I take away from the NYC.

I was merely dropping in to hiatus and perhaps write a little,
but hooking up with Fab5Freddy made all of the difference in the middle.

4/19/16 @ 10:30am I receive a text from the legend extending a lunch date. I accept! I call an Uber and get to Brooklyn pronto! Upon arriving at the address, I see Fab outside on a landing looking towards what obviously is a film production in process. “Yippee!! I’m going to be up, close and personal. I was bursting at the seams with curiosity as to what type of film was being shot but I restrain my curiousity and instead open up to absorbing as much of this experience as I could. I met an interesting dude while on set, a director, Vikram Ghandi. He mentioned a documentary film that he shot in Phoenix, KUMARE and how he enjoyed the experience. I researched the piece and while I haven’t seen it yet, the concept of the film and the way Vikram went about approaching the films production is a tale in itself. I can’t wait to see the piece. I met dozens of other characters while I waited in earshot distance of the filming and I’ll write about them on a later date. It was a good time that I can’t say enough about…

Fab and I did not spend as much time together  on this trip as I would have liked, for instance, we didn’t share one meal. Not even lunch. He was working. However, what we did share was far more substantial. We talked for what must have been hours…well, he talked and I listened – intensely. I learned a lot about a lot of things though especially about him. At one point I, actually thanked him for ‘clarifying and filling-in-the-gaps about his life on things that I honestly did not know.’ I then said, “the only reason I’d never asked of you this information prior is because I was sure you’d told this story a million times and I didn’t want to…” before I could finish he said, “No I haven’t! I don’t go around telling people my personal life information. You’re special.”  ——

I promise to God, I thought I was going to fall out.
The words were subtly said, but came with BIG ENERGY – no doubt.

It took me seconds to collect myself and work it out.
I’m thinking, ‘Words you’d want one to say – has been said aloud.’

Internally, I piped down, and then turned my face back to the legend, (Yes! Imagine that. I actually snapped my neck to the right away from Fab when he said that and was facing the wall while I collected myself. Length of time wall watching: 7 seconds +/-). I politely re-entered into conversation with a question and he continued to paint historical reminisces and references that I otherwise would not have ever known. How blessed am I? How lucky can you be? I’m all of the above and recognizing such is key and this was the foundation of everything that he told me. He was not coy in letting me know that he is blessed and he knows it.

He took me to his art studio in Harlem and I saw his mind burst with color and boundless energy…

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He talked about appropriating art and how he pays homage to
and how the CAMPBELL SOUP TRAIN CARS were “exactly that” too!
Art appropriations.

I can’t say enough about his art. I really can’t. I can’t afford it either but who wants to dwell on that? 😀 I don’t. But I did linger in his presence and gained new perspective as to how he does it, his motivation and… honestly most answers came back having to do with ‘something from his life.’ The kid from Brooklyn. He was close to his mother, or as he put it, “My mother and I were close.  Unusually close.” Fab lost his mother a couple of years ago, but when I was in his presence, I felt her. I smirked. I wasn’t going to bring it up, but then he did. He feels and recognizes her energy. Again, I was taken. It’s not everyday someone converses with me about being cool with energy that they cannot see. I am very cool with it and I talk about it often, so certainly I was “heart warmed” and dimensionally informed about the legend when he spoke of his mothers energy around him. That’s #Good411.

fab5-subway-carsWe talked more about that famous Campbell Soup art on the subway trains that he painted too. Very cool backstories emerged. Very movie’esque stuff – still. Even though his film WILD STYLE incorporated and cross referenced a lot of what was going on with him at the time – being involved in the early days of HIP HOP, however it’s his early days of art development and his parental & familial influences (in the round) that is quiet appetizing. His life is a cool movie that we haven’t seen yet. I saw some of it when he told it to me the other day. Obviously it left a reel impression on me, therefore I can’t say enough about…

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4/23/16 @ 6am — When something turns out better than you originally expected – ever say ye something similar aloud:
“This is so good. So very good. I can’t say enough about…” ?

I do on occasion. I love being caught off guard
and for what I experienced in New York – I must thank the good Lord.

I have to, because however were things orchestrated to be so cool — yo?
Not only was I on set with and visited studio with but I also accompanied Fab to vote.

Yo! Yo! Yo!
April 19th was their day to Vote.

I was thrilled to tag along. It was a well painted community picture
to top the earlier part of the day – spectating on set and meeting Vickram.

Meeting Jimmy and Chris was a whole ‘other act on its on.
That’s why I’ll write of them in the latter; comedy was strong.

Brooklyn. Brooklyn.
She can’t go wrong.

I really can’t say enough about her, I was sent there via Malcom X Blvd,
I’m Qui
and I had a good time in the NYC. Thanks Fab, supporting cast and the good Lord.

Now it’s time to get to work. I’ve got film scripts to tighten up and kick out…

Key BLACK HISTORY Subjects: VIRGO

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on February 1, 2016 at 8:25 am

ahh-at-last.png When it comes to the depths of noir intellect, Hast thou met a Virgo?‘ Astrologically, they are the 6th sign of the zodiac. The only sign that resembles self sufficiency, (in my opinion). You have seen her, haven’t you?

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She’s packing wheat and how she makes bread – be it in the oven or the bank – she is by default, equipped with the resources and capacity to do so. Therefore in the spirit of refined resourcefulness I’d like to showcase two “bread makers” that are and have been instrumental in my professional and personal life. They are teaching me to fish and make bread. Maybe they can help you out too:

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JACOB R. MILES.  An executive with engineering, operations, sales experience in the media, entertainment and automotive industries. Experienced with start ups, development stage, emerging growth and Fortune 500 companies. His KEY focuses lie on improving and leveraging the synergies within organizations to achieve operational excellence and growth. Jake deals in technology, operations (domestic & international), digital media, internet sales, licensing, intellectual property development. He’s a great asset in assignments for business owners, officers & directors, investment bankers, investors looking to grow, restructure, reignite portfolio companies.

Always about his research, Jake is also notably a business analyst, New Media integrator, consultant and speaker on diversity, entrepreneurship models, technology & strategy with solutions that power growth. Jack up your profits with Jake,” is my motto for him — ask George Lucas.

This was my beginning. How awesome is that? The #BlackHistory that shaped me…

As tough of an act as Virgoan Jake is, fate introduced me to:

fab5freddy-jan-2016-usherFREDRICK “Fab 5 Freddy” BRATHWAITE.  In the late 1970s, Freddy became a member of the Brooklyn-based graffiti group The Fabulous 5, known for painting the entire side of New York subway cars. Along with other Fabulous 5 member Lee Quiñones, under his direction they began to shift from street graffiti to transition into the art world and in 1979 they both exhibited in a prestigious gallery in Rome Italy, Galleria LaMedusa. In 1980, he painted a subway train with cartoon style depictions of giant Campbell’s Soup cans,[1] after Andy Warhol. He was the bridge between the New York uptown graffiti and early rap scene and the downtown art and punk music scenes. “I was bringing the whole music, hip-hop, art, break dancing and urban cultural thing to the downtown table,” he said.

At the end of 1980, Glenn O’Brien cast Freddy, along with fellow Lower East Side graffiti writer Lee Quiñones, in the film New York Beat (later released as Downtown 81). That film showcased artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in his Lower Manhattan environment and the culture that surrounded it. Shortly after, Freddy began production along with filmmaker Charlie Ahearn on his film Wild Style (1982), which showcased artist Lee Quiñones in the Uptown, Manhattan environment of the Bronx and the music that surrounded it.  Fab continues to inject dopeness into the art and film industry to date. Peep his wikipedia, yo!  He is HIP HOP and he DON’T STOP.

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I met Jake in 2004 after writing my first film script.
Film officials ‘came for me’ — ’twas massive business; it was a hit!

Head spinning and ‘financial prospect’ grinning – I was head over heels
that’s  when Jacob came in to separate fiction from reel.

He authenticated the feel, we discussed the depths of the game & being more fiscal.
He advised me to continue to write, get a website and crank out more scripts for maximum residuals.

So I submitted to creativity and literally did –
then my writes via an online site found Fab in 2006.
FANTASTIC!

He challenged my mind and emboldened my cool
and recommended of me a little more school.

Knowledge is the golden rule – my talents only opened the door.
Fab5Freddy has been an instrumental player in my bad-arse knowledgeable scores!

Research and application always yield me soar. The strength of; I love the feel.
Being mentored by Fab I gave full production ‘a dap’- and acquired the capacity to reel.

With the website, the schooling and equipment in place,
My future of reel capacity has a productive dimensional face.

And I’m off to the races, my future is bright as I fully embrace life’s mystery.
The guides that said “GO!” were both VIRGO’s and awesome contributors to BLACK HISTORY.

When you are planning your life, plan to be surrounded not by nay sayers.
I’m Qui
and Black History is KEY – I’m blessed to be surrounded by VIRGO’an Players.

 

ART and The ARTIST

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on June 8, 2015 at 6:09 am

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Once upon a time, and every decade or so
there’s a huge artistic shift and the revolutions are like whoa.

The movements are born out of a need to be heard, for civility and change.
Passion paints the chains that bulges ‘the mans’ veins and leaves a legacy chalk  full of names.

Unfortunately (for most) the artist is usually “just another guy”
struggling to get noticed until the day that he dies.

Post mortem, once blind curators selfishly take up the cause
to market his limited work in high priced gallery halls.

With wine and cheese the auctions are for those who ball.
God bless the artist and the reason for his [mortality] fall.
Aren’t his successes for his DNA tresses?’ — No, no. It’s all for y’all.

The patience required for the artists to endure could physically hurt,
but when  you’re living out your purpose, it’s a pleasure and no day at work.

The reality of rent, utilities and food often suggests creativity stay at bay and at home.
Still family is key to the artists survival. Family and friends are the artists patron.

The artists road is at all not easy, it is full of turmoil and uphill treading.
The needle sews beautifully when in motion, but is a beast at it’s the threading.

Anything worth having, may pain you just a little bit.
No doubt artists blow up and burn fast, but then some are a long time hit.

Longevity is key and Andy Warhol is still banging.
For a fella who died in 1987, his relativity is still hanging.

It’s a good thang that our history has embraced his artistic take.
It’s also pretty cool info that Warhol, mentored Brathwaite.

A living legend, Fab 5 Freddy was pretty wet behind the ears in the ’80’s
still he hails a history for introducing rap to global homeboys and ladies.

MTV was the horse that he rode in on with the his hip hop news
and that subway train is a historical dimension of his artistic view.

Yes! Before Fab5 baptized and delivered YO! MTV Raps
He was known as a graffiti artists, yielding the city ‘art dap.’

He spray painted a subway car, cement walls, and has gone on to tag many historical  scenes.
His taste in art and business smarts is how he’s maintained his legendary status at  our hip hop seams.

The artist always has big dreams. He paints his dreams with a certain tool.
Dantrel Boone is drawing life…  reflecting detail — with or without school.
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http://www.dantrelbonaefinearts.com

His talents are a natural birth right, his wisdom is deep and has been taught.
The productions that he produces are telling and surely art collector sought.

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Lucky you, his work can be bought; caveat, he is merely dawning his stride.
The stories he draws gives personal pause and reason to Thank God for eyesight.

Wether he’s penciling a likeness of you, someone you love or that thing you hold dear.
You know heaven is real when a drawing invokes you to dimensionally hear.

Dantrel paints history, moments in movements and the unspoken sublime.
Dantrel communicates with one drawing after another, changing hearts and minds.

It’s his purpose and he’s living it out like the previous legends.
I pray he stay focused , gift submerged and reaps a long endin.’

Perhaps he’ll go on to make a lot of money that will surely need spendin’.
I don’t know, but Dantrel’s talent is swell and he has all the makings of a future legend.

Me? I’m all about the words; I like to write, direct, film, and shoot.
I’m Qui
Loving life; to produce is my right and doing so is a daily hoot!

I love what I do and I’m appreciative for you.
I, too, am the artist. Thanks for rolling through.
I’m most productive when I’m vibing you.
Ooo!

#SUPPORT
ART and The ARTIST

My neighborhood is RICH!

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Travel on January 5, 2015 at 7:08 am

Chances are, if you’re reading this, then you already KNOW where I live: ONLINE, most of the time. Even when I’m out and about I’m usually still connected, in more ways than one. It’s my neighborhood. It’s the people I familiarize with and the things that we do therein, everyday. It’s great.

I’m rarely bored in my neighborhood and while all of us live somewhere with some level of awesomeness, I’m sure — I wanted to share a piece of my neighborhood with you this morning. You know I’m an artsy girl, so let’s start this week out in the ARTS DISTRICT:

I may reside in Arizona, but I find that New York has the most awesome museums. I haven’t travelled the world over, but even in the key places that I have hit, all that I have mingled with hail NY as an arts mecca.

Exhibits open and exhibits close –
todays showcases go blow-for-blow.

The first one opened several years ago and has since closed,
But in my neighborhood — it always has open doe’s [doors]:

Then there’s that awesome exhibit that opened last month –
the Metropolitain Museum hosted an artistic slam dunk.

It was the CUBISM exhibit – crafted in sweat, love and no whim.
The work of Braque, Gris, Picasso and Leger; the existence bears no dim:

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In my neighborhood, (that is most limitless), I can go anywhere I want to.
I wake up early, rarely in a hurry and do what I want to do.

4am is my preferred time to get up and roam the “www” streets.
Regardless the hour, there’s a strong social power – there’s no telling who I might meet.

My neighborhood is rich. If it’s conversation that you’re seeking,
I’ve more than a few friends who are dimensionally blog speaking:

Neither of my neighobrs are on a ‘news headline’ roll,
most are on beauty, improvement and mundane control.

My neighborhood is rich and our outlook is strong.
Stop and smell the roses – don’t ‘do rut‘ too long.

This is the first Monday of 2015, I’m up and happy about it.
My neigborhood is rich … I’m a literary stitch
It would be weird if I didn’t type it or shout it.

Rise and shine babies. There’s so much to do!
I’m Qui
Welcome to 2015 – There’s new opportunity for you!

…in my neighborhood.
and it’s all to-the-good.

Schmoozing with Fab5

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Travel, TV Shows on November 28, 2014 at 7:20 am
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A trip to New York is not ever complete without a trip to visit my awesome mentor and dear friend Fred “Fab5Freddy” Brathwaite, so that’s exactly what I did.

Fab is a very busy man, so let me express as much as possible how honored I was to get “any of his time” let alone time at the breakfast and dinner table with him. For breakfast we dined on a read by Talib Kweli with a side of bacon, pancakes and a fantastic cup of jo, (that he prepared for us). Good stuff. The literal cuisine was captivating and rivet-connecting. The article was titled, “Nigga? Please.” It was quite sufficient.

An evening meal of Ecuadorian rice caught us discussing Steve Stout‘s: The Tanning Of America. My mentor is a museum of knowledge and always has an interesting piece on hand. No boring conversation there. Knowledge rules the world, and I prefer to be a part of the ruling force, so I jotted down a reminder to get ahold of TTOA – all four hours of it.

Yes, I made tons of notes during our time together, but getting more familiar with The Tanning of America was at the top of my list. It was broadcast live in February of this year, and I don’t know how, but somehow I must have missed it. Thanks to VH1, I’m all caught up and am able to lay it out today, for your review.

Why would you want to review the broadcast too? Well, for one, this is the perfect time to watch it. It won’t clear up anything that’s going on in the world today as it pertains to race relations, Mike Brown or Travon Martin. No. But what it will do is hip you, educate you to the culture of your other neighbor. If nothing else, it opens up an interesting discussion. America needs so many more discussions.

Let’s see what all of the melanin is about in The Tanning of America:

Fab 5 Freddy sits on the panel with an awesome lineup of #GoodHeads hosted by Gail King: Steve Stout, Nas, Al Sharpton, Billy Corben and Daymond John

The full broadcast ran 4-days, for one hour each day. Click HERE to taste the knowledge.

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Unity is in the Music.
If it’ll work, then sure! Let’s use it.

There’s more connecting us, than what keeps us apart.
The Tanning of America’s discussion is timely and smart.

Schmoozing with Fab5Freddy always leaves my lobes on wrinkle,
I’m Qui
And if knowledge was bladder heavy — every 5 minutes I’d have to tinkle.

Jam a Fab Freddy throwback!
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A Fabulous Day

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on August 31, 2014 at 5:23 pm

 

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Break out the wine glasses and ring the alarm!
Today my friend, Fab5Freddy was born.

Life hasn’t been all shade and he definitely doesn’t throw any,
though when it comes to lending wisdom, he always yields plenty.

Every year at this time you can usually find me giving up plenty of dap
to the man journeying through his legacy plan – that dude from Yo! MTV Raps.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FAB 5 FREDDY! May your new year be as Fabulous as yesterday,
I’m Qui
Heralding the moment, your parents got-on-it, to get you here today. Yay!!!

Today is indeed A Fabulous Day!
Join me now and CELEBRATE!

Happy Birthday FFF 2014

About The 80’s

In Communication, Griot, Music, Self Improvement, TV Shows on August 4, 2014 at 7:42 am

80s MusicI lived through them. I remember the period like it was yesterday,
the span was 1980-1981 and I was in the 5th grade.

When Ronald Reagan was president and Richard Pryor was still LIVE,
when going to a Drive-In Movie Theater was still a cool weekend vibe.

Yes, I remember a lot ABOUT The 80’s and I remember it well.
When “Girls just want to have fun’ was an airwaves spell.
When MTV’s music was limit-free and the channel: revolutionary,
it’s breakout beginning lead us to Rap being introduced by Fab 5 Freddy.

I do remember – yes! I was there.
We rocked jerry curls and curly perms – I loved big hair;
it was a time when cigarettes lawfully burned amidst the indoors air.

It wasn’t fair, but the 50’s made it seem cool,
to request a ‘no smoking’ section then – was to be ‘acting a fool.’

Comedian Andrew Dice Clay would do it to the max,
and I was hospitalized for wheezing and asthma attacks.

Things have changed since I was a grade school adolescent lady,
I can’t help but break a smile when I think ABOUT The 80’s.

There was Boy George, Lisa-Lisa and Cult Jam and Michael Jackson hype.
There was Salt n Pepper, Big Daddy Cane and my main girl MC LYTE.

I remember when a prerequisite for rapping was a unique vocabulary.
I was queen of words for all to have heard – things I loved ABOUT The 80’s.

Girls were popping and boys were girl-crazy.
Music was romantic and we dreamt of making babies.

Now that’s the part, I’m glad is gone – the music industry was crazy.
Sex stayed on our mind. Those darn romantic 1980’s.

YO! MTV Raps hit the scene in the 80’s and knocked a hole in the rock video game.
I was impressed with the Rap address, but the loss of rock and roll – I felt, was lame.

Yes I was a stone cold rocker. I liked it all. If it rebelled, I rocked.
But when MTV took on rap – it wound up rocks TV clock.

There used to be one commercial that would start my school morning beat,
where various music stars would decry: “I want my MTV”.

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There was nothing like head banging music – MTV would call out to my eyelids.
Rock and Roll would wake me up – no coffee cup… I had the coolest of parents.

Salt n’ Pepa formed my high school years and of course I became a rapper.
My words so clean; intellect mean– screw fashion, my mind was dapper.

Dapper is a word yielded to men that are high end in their fashion style.
My mind crossed barriers so clean and so tough, even they admired my wields.
Oooo child.

It was all About The 80’s. I graduated from high school in 1989.
Bold in taste a literary in your face, I entered society and all was fine.

College followed immediately after, but not before I fell in love – yo!
For in 1990 cupid yielded my honey deep in love with my HS beau,
and so…

WhenI think About The 80’s. The Thriller of good music comes to mind,
fonder days that have passed away, still bear a brand new shine.

No matter where I am in life, or what I’m doing on my grind,
I’m Qui
and when I think About The 80’s nothing but good comes to mind.

If you missed the 80’s because you weren’t born, feel free to fashion the day.
Life is meant to be purposeful, sure, after a good run of love and play.

Speaking of re-living the 80’s, let it not involve politics.
While the music and cable shows were amazing – that other stuff was lame and sick.

Let’s get back to the days of surplus!
Let’s get back to EXPRESSING ART and free hugs.
You can start with big hair but most importantly let’s start with showing more love.
Me first:
XOXO

The EROTIC POETRESS inside is KEY

In Book, Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Politics, Self Improvement on January 3, 2014 at 7:21 am

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Yes, before Qui Entertainment, I was a writer, a living room poet who evolved into a live-and-on-stage socio-economic erotic portress. I toured the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex by demand religiously. In 2003, I was honored to open for B.B. KING in concert at Crystals in Arlington [Grand Prarie], Texas. Me on stage in formal floor length robe, corset, thigh highs and boots, talking about life and paralleling it to sex was indeed a comical, enticing and informing good time. This just a decade after the birth of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues and yet I knew not of them. I was inspired to produce the erotic poetry shows as a way to voice my views. In a sultry voice with titillating and witty parallels I would engage the audience on love, life and politics in story format and rhyme. I think I may have even sang a note or two. I commanded the floor. In 2006, Fab 5 Freddy found some of my work online and well, the rest is history to date. The latter part of December 2013 found me resisting the urge to write about life via the technique. Why? Perhaps it had to do with my pressing 2014 production scheduled. I have my hands in so many projects and so many irons are already on the fire, that I really didn’t want to lend my creative pen to tickle the outs and the ins of the format – at that time. However, with 2014 entering the scene, I’ve decided to continue to say exactly what I mean. Encompassing all, I’ll take to the pen and see what comes up. I, with writers block? Baby, that’s not my rut. corset divider

I’m a story teller who fancies sweetening the scene
with all of the tasty mundanes that lie in between.

With 2014 already in place
I think I’ll whip my wit into shape.

There’s nothing wrong with being versatile and no talents need die off.
Fashionably, I wear many hats: writer, producer and mom. I pay the cost.

Eve Ensler is inspiring. I own the book and agree with her Vagina Monologued view.
My name is Qui and it’s not all about ‘the cookie’ – but about life, me and you.

However, cookies are great and should be consumed in moderation.
Yep The Erotic Poetress is Key and she’s stirring up my writing relations.

2014 is going to be fun!
I’m going Full Qui
I’m barring none.

Dare you be Daring in 2014
Perhaps I’ll write a book…