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The Linguistic: GRIOT

In Communication, Griot, News on February 5, 2019 at 2:15 pm
Recognize the linguistic. Enjoy it's relativity.
My Kinfolk.

One of my main TAG WORDS is GRIOT. I very much like being identified with the historic West African Linguistic. [Griot is pronounced Gree-OH. ]

It was July of 2006— I’d taken my first trip to the BIG APPLE. I stayed in the PARAMOUNT HOTEL and all was well with the world, (according to my fantastic TIMES SQUARE view). To make a long story short and get to the point…while I was there, among all of the things I did and all of the monuments I visited, none were as memorable as meeting Fred Brathwaite aka Fab5Freddy. We hit it right off and took a ride in his Mercedes to delve more into what seemed to be a never-ending showcase of absolute & relative conversational rhyme…by yours truly of course. Fab was fantastic in encouraging me to do so and at some point, during our spontaneous conversation he dropped knowledge on me and informed me of a historical West African Linguistic called: Griot. Griot is the art form of telling stories and/or passing down cultural information IN RHYME.

Had you ever heard of it? I had not.

Thirsty for knowledgeI always am— so at the first free moment I had (post my conversation with F5F) I researched the heck out of the word Griot and how this linguistic thing worked. I, like many African Americans, have no clear record of where in Africa our families may have originated – so to be pointed to out of a crowd and told that my style of conversation likens to a tribe in W. Africa…I am thrilled, I am honored.

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It doesn’t mean that’s where I’m from – nor does it mean that’s where I’m going,
but it’s good to know there’s a reference for the form of seeds that I’m sewing.

I’ve been talking in rhyme since my conversational begin.
I remember utilizing the skill & stunning my kin.

I remember my 2nd-grade teacher “literally” telling me —
that I was a poetic genius for my versing scheme.
Ooo Wee.

I didn’t know what it meant, but I kept the encouragement in stride
then it all made sense once I met the HIP HOP Statesman Fab 5.

It’s been all good on a daily – I enjoy sharing my comprehended flow
I’m Qui
and I’m grateful to know I’m DNA gifted something like a Griotte.

[Griot is the term usually referring to a male storyteller – Griotte is the term used for the female counter part]

 

A Teen Hump Thing

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, TV Shows on May 30, 2018 at 10:15 am

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Good morning! Good morning! O’ do check my seams,
I went to bed in my forties and woke up in my teens at 10:15.

It’s not Friday but it’s freaky with no switch-out on the scene.
Mischievously perked, with a brow up and short skirt –
I’m definitely in my teens.

Maybe you do or don’t know what I mean.
Feeling without a care, I’m better than fair –
Good God! I feel like I’m my teens.

The day is new my face is aglow.
I’m bound to make my runs and put on a show.

Yo-Yo-Yo! I head Yo! MTV is making a combeback.
My 20-year old told me about a few weeks back.

I haven’t had time to inquire about it more with Fab.
I’m just excited about the jams to come; MTV, welcome back!

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This hump day, for me, is but a mountain of sheer pleasure.
I’ve got the stamina of a teen and atop of the peak is a treasure.

Clock my speed as I maneuver. You better believe I’m taking advantage.
I’ve raised my kids and steadied the family bid – my time is mine to manage.

I love a new day and new challenges that come with.
I use my alchemist abilities to create compelling scripts.

Today I’ll be light and quick with the quips.
I think I’m going to a matinee of SOLO – so this entry shall be quick.

I’ve got script work on my mind and it has me feeling jitted up.
I woke up like this; I did, I did – with no caffeine in my cup.

My creative meter is going nuts, so in the latter of the day, I’ll hop onto Final Draft and write,
I’m Qui
A giddy and opportunistic-she, happy to observe and perfectly preserved to script a delight.

Oh my, oh my, what will I scribe?

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.