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Recap and Dap

In Communication, education, encouragement, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on May 2, 2022 at 5:05 am
Photo by Edgar Moran on Unsplash

I spent the weekend in a high-rise over looking Times Square,
Goodness and Inspiration met me there.

It was in the air and the air was thick.
When life feels mundane, an hiatus is my schtick.

And I’ve been schtick’ing it out for a while now.
I travel by car, train, and plane to glimpse at the cat’s meow.

The cat’s meow can be seen in the mountains that naturally grow high
the meow is also mirrored in elevated dwellings in architectural rise.

As can be seen looking up at the 5th Avenue skies…
A meow reached out and invited me to come nigh.

The passion and animation in his eyes could not be bridled.
So, I answered his call and sat for a spell; excitedly idle.

This particular “meow” is a cat himself.
When it comes to composing art, he is one fo the best.

And I don’t just mean when he puts colored substances onto canvas,
He’s an artist of life in search of the erroneous and great answers.

In this installment of KEY Recap and Dap things got pretty live,
as I entered the scene of Harlem and networked with FAB5.

If you have read any of my content over the last 15-years then you’d recall just how steady —
I have been learning the most from the legendary yolk of Sire Fab Five Freddy.

Sitting across from Fab and listening to his productive schedule and awe inspiring masterful life I was bursting at the seams to ask, “So, you’re writing a book?” The question came out of nowhere, and to my surprise he said, “Yes, I am working on a book.” My eyes grew wide as I am an avid reader and informative-seeder, then he said, “Would you like to read a draft excerpt?”

Fab hands me less than 10 pages and they spanned the ages of his formative years, between the ages of say 3 to 10-years old, maybe. There was no fat in this composition. Each recollection left me wiser and more intrigued about the legend whose looking 30 and sporting a platinum dye. He is adamant about not being labeled an Historian as a lot of respect goes into earning that title, but Fab is a living culmination of American History. He recalled the social tenement of the day when both Malcolm X and MLK were assassinated. The first decade of his life is American History insightful and page turning. Fab was born in 1960.

There’s so much more to NYC than Fab5Freddy, though running into him shaped the highlights of my hiatus. After all, it takes a tall legend to surpass the sky scrapers that surrounded my hotel suite imposing inspiration upon me. Hiatus’ exists for R&R and while I did no work and enjoyed people watching for hours on end (views that feed into script character compositions), it was the FAB HOUR that conveyed me the most power. Learning that his first art gallery exhibition was in Rome when he was 19 is still mind blowing. Who does that and how?

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Staring Fab in the face in his domicile space, my wig was blown.
I was married at 19. At 19, Fab was showcasing his art in Rome.

It’s just what we were doing at age of 19
that may be the key to mapping out dreams.

What do you want to do and when do you want to do it?
Fight to work on self and situations – resort not to “screw it.“

Self-sabotage has not ever been known to help
in any way or form when trying to produce wealth.

Wealth doesn’t just mean money, honey, I’m talking about self-gold.
Fab has the goods on self-worth and his hood; for every man that should be goal.

And that is what I did with my weekend.
The cost of my hiatus was a meager spend

compared to the amount of legacy that I got out of it,
I’m Qui
Glad to Recap and Dap with thee. The weekend was great – I loved it!

and

Fun Fact that many may not know:
Fab5Freddy is the beloved godson of Jazz’s great MAX ROACH.

Goal figure…It just had to be so.

Key Black History – THREE The LEGENDARY Way

In #SeveralLayersDeep, Communication, education, encouragement, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on February 17, 2022 at 8:58 am

What kind of title is that? Well, I was inspired by the saying and then by the film. I’ll clarify the saying first. Have you ever heard the saying “Three The Hard Way?” My first lyrical recollection is in a song that I later learned is the theme of a film starring Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, and Jim Kelly:

Today’s composition is inspired by the film’s theme song title more than its content, though if you’re in the mood for a throwback Blaxploitation film, I recommend that you check it out. Today we are going to focus on THREE THE LEGENDARY WAY

Let’s span the timeline starting with: 

This young man is a legend in his own time, and there are very few artists that actually get to claim such a title – for so long. Michael is celebrating a birthday this month and he’s still half-of-a-dime short of 40. Though you wouldn’t know it by his resume, accolades, accomplishments, or his incredible taste in women. Lori Harvey is the woman on his arm, and while she is a showstopper in on site, Michael is a tough act to follow. In 2020 People Magazine crowned him Sexiest Man Alive and the New York Times touted him on a short list of “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” and Lori concurred.

Michael is a walking exhibition of BE if you ask any of his adoring fans on social media, however if you ask me, I’d dote incessantly on his reel work. Denzel Washington is co-producer of A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN, starring Michael. The film exposes a great way to communicate with future legacy. Speaking of “future legacy” CREED III is COMING SOON, as directed by Michael B. Jordan. Keep your eye on this three-and-a-half decade old craft master. It looks like he’s just getting started:

No matter his age, Will Smith will always be THE FRESH PRINCE to me because his resume appears to be stale proof. No matter what he is casted in, it’s usually fresh and packed with serial inference. You gotta’ love that. Hailing from Philly he is a fighter, but he won’t be starring alongside the CREED III protagonist because Will is legendary for keeping a packed project schedule of his own:

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Will’s talent exhibition has been BE for a very long time. One of my favorite throwback film’s is SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. It was culturally amazing. I learned so much. Mmph.

Three years past the ‘half-a-dollar club, Will has been married for a whopping 25-years to Jada Pinkett and the two have built a wonderful family together that will continue to expand the Smith legacy. 

Speaking of legacy, let’s drop in on Mr. Smiths will and his capacity at work:

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I told you. Will stays fresh. What type of freshness-sealed life plan does one have to pre-visualize to actually stay on-top of his/her game for the long run? I think the operative word is “plan,” or at least that’s what I am learning from:

When I was younger, I remember my 2nd grade teacher asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up? Straight away, I said an artist, and to this day I have followed through; I am an artist. Not long ago, I was able to drop in on CORNER TABLE TALK with Brad Johnson podcast, Season 2, Episode 1: Fab5Freddy  | Avant Garde Maestro and it was outstandingly informative. Mr. Johnson recalled a story of someone asking Fab5Freddy what he wanted to be when he grew up and Fab responded “Me;” he wanted to grow up to be himself. Whoa. BE on display. That is the coolest answer I’ve ever heard. I was tickled and enlightened.

For as much as I thought I knew about my friend of 15-years, after listening to Mr. Johnson unearth some very intricate details of Fab’s life I realized that he has more dimensions than a Modern Round Brilliant Cut Diamond. And like T.I., Fab5Freddy may also be a vampire. Where is the aging process? Just recently he has allowed his hair to grow silver, giving him an appearance of “seasoned.” Personally, I think it’s platinum hair dye — but I digress in jest.

In one lifetime, Fab5Freddy is a Visual Artist, Film Producer, Music Video Director, Lyrical Inspire, Documentarian, Hip Hop Statesman, Multimedia Curator, Italian Resident, and …

Italian resident? Yes, you read that correctly. Fab once had residency in Italy. He also sought, out and met Fellini. I heard this, too, via the Corner Table Talk and it had me scratching my head because Fab isn’t even at retirement age, so exactly when did he have time to do all of this in Italy? I don’t know, but he did tell Blondie…

To Change The Beat up would mean to do something new.
Let’s all learn more about our neighbors and increase our vantage view.

These are Community Leaders; they are beloved and are not new.
They have created Legendary Statuses that are progressively holding true.

Thank God for evolution. Thank God for today. 
Thank God for contribution and Three The Hard Way. 

Me? I’m Qui and I’ve much more to say, 
though today’s chronicle will conclude topic: THREE THE LEGENDARY WAY

Enjoy your day as a glass of spring water half full.
Enjoy the latest insert of :

FUN FACTDaBrat produces some of her best work under inspiration.
She’s also a 2/22/2022 NEWLYWED. Let us bid her love & CONGRATULATIONS.

The Harlem Renaissance

In #SeveralLayersDeep, Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on February 9, 2022 at 3:15 am

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“…Our problem is to conceive, develop, establish an art era. Not white art painting black…let’s bare our arms and plunge them deep through laughter, through pain, through sorrow, through hope, through disappointment, into the very depths of the souls of our people and drag forth material crude, rough, neglected. Then let’s sing it, dance it, write it, paint it. Let’s do the impossible. Let’s create something transcendentally material, mystically objective. Earthy. Spiritually earthy. Dynamic.”Aaron Douglas

The Harlem Renaissance was originally called the New Negro Movement – a literary and intellectual era that birthed a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Critic and teacher Alain Locke (a meticulous Virgo) described it as a “spiritual coming of age” in which the black community was able to seize upon its “first chances for group expression and self-determination.” Racism was rampant and economic opportunities were scarce therefore creative expression was one of the few avenues available to African Americans. The Renaissance was primarily literary while the birth of jazz is generally considered a separate movement—the Harlem Renaissance, according to Locke, transformed “social disillusionment to race pride.”

W. E. B. Du Bois (the encouraging Leo) was a Black historian, sociologist, and Harvard scholar. He was at the forefront of the civil rights movement at this time. In collaboration with a group of prominent African-American political activists and white civil rights workers in 1905, Du Bois met in New York to discuss the challenges facing the black community. Four years later the group founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to promote civil rights and fight African-American disenfranchisement.

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Black-owned magazines and newspapers flourished, freeing African Americans from the constricting influences of mainstream white society. Charles S. Johnson (a literary Leo – like myself) owned Opportunity magazine which became the leading voice of black culture, and the leading publisher of W.E.B. DuBois’s journal, The Crisis.

jessie-redman-fauset_harlem-renaissanceWith Jessie Redmon Fauset (a steady Taurus) as its literary editor, she launched the literary careers of such writers as Arna Bontemps (the Libra perfectionist) , Langston Hughes (the hospitable Aquarius), and Countee Cullen (the “me first” Aries).

Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey began his (Leo courageous) promotion of the “Back to Africa movement.” Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), which advocated the reuniting of all people of African ancestry into one community with one absolute government. The movement not only encouraged African-Americans to come together but to also feel pride in their heritage and race. Marcus was known to hold ‘unity’ meetings in Harlem from time to time – including at the current residence of Fab5Freddy ( the analytical Virgo). It’s good to know that the future of our history remains positively in progress.

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A (Virgoan) poet/novelist Claude McKay is published in the magazine Survey Graphics as a literary reflection of the movement in Harlem, along with Jean Toomer (the ambitious [ethnic mixed] writer and philosopher Capricorn) and the (charismatic Gemini) painting artist Aaron Douglas. Survey Graphics was edited by black philosopher Alain Locke, the magazine featured a plethora of works by prominent black writers of the time period.

James Weldon Johnson was a (Gemini) poet, editor, and civil rights leader, who wrote about Harlem during the 1920s in his autobiography, Along This Way (1933). He described it as the era “when Harlem was made known as the scene of laughter, singing, dancing, and primitive passions, and as the center of the new

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Negro literature and art; the era in which it gained its place in the list of famous sections of great cities”. The Making of Harlem, is an article written by James Weldon Johnson, which was published in The Survey Graphic Harlem Number (March 1925) – the article has since ’gone global’.

Zora Neale Hurston (the literal & profound Capricorn) contributed four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays to the credit of the era. She is best known for her 1937 novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. In a letter to Countee Cullen, Zora wrote:

“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.”

I agree with Zora as well as all of the artists that were involved in the movement & had great plans for the future. They thought that they could change the world and prevent racial prejudice with their literature and art, and this cultural conviction was taken more than less seriously. Even though we can look back now and see that their hopes were highly optimistic, it doesn’t change the fact that some of the best known African American Authors came from this period. Many wrote in Harlemese; meaning they wrote as they spoke – broken English and all. Zora Neale Hurston was one of the many authors during the Harlem Renaissance that wrote and spoke the lingo. Zora was a southern woman, born in the South but birthed in Harlem….again, much like myself.

The Harlem Renaissance era started this literal revolution that I stand on today. The Negro Movement has evolved over the last 90 years. I can truly say — what our ancestors put in place less than a century ago is still serving us today.

Literal, Black & Creatively Expressing,
I’m Qui (a word witty Leo she)
The Harlem Renaissance era is my current blessing.

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