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Hibbity Hump Day – Folks it’s Time To Slay

In Communication, education, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on July 10, 2019 at 5:45 am

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Hey, hey, hey!” Sounding like Rodg’s friend Dwayne,
What’s Happening” with you; how’s the view in your lane?

Me? I’m awake and up for goodgame.
Me? I’m the vehicle in the creative lane.

You? You’ve been on my mind for quite some time now;
different reasons ‘why‘ and dimensions on the ‘how.’

Believe me now, when I say that I’m enjoying the climb
that has delivered me to this day; my creative grind.

I’m happy y’all.
In a world of uncertainty, I have the gall.
I wish happiness for us all.
Flex your positive gall.

It’s Hibbity Hump Day, which sounds a lot like “hibbity hop.”
Saying “hibbity hop” reminds me of The Sugar Hill Gang – Hip Hop don’t stop.

Something like The HUSTLER’S CONVENTION, I’m a one-stop Griot shop.
I’m something like Lightnin’ Rod; The HC is not a publication that you can cop

but you can stay tuned to multiple flows like my own, for most Griotte’s are quite steady.
We are storytellers of the day born. I learned as much from Fab5Freddy.

I forget not, much. I am intrigued by various moves made.
I chronicle the view in rhyme. Griot is my mode of Slay.
Hey.

Hey-hey-hey!” I’m quoting Dwayne Nelson again,
I’m Qui
atop of this hump glad to be purveying and conveying What’s Happening.

It’s a total high day and I’m up for the win.
Come with. This vantage view is better with a friend.

#TheBestConcession

Every day is a sweet treat.

 

LIFTED

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Networking, News on April 17, 2019 at 4:20 am

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It’s that time again, (if not for all, at least) for many
that ye shall get elevated on this years 4/20.

The weekend is coming and it will bring with —
several ways that you can score a pretty good lift.

Let’s start with Fab5Freddy; he’s a documenting lass —
he’s dropping knowledge and a cough via Netflix’s GREENER GRASS:

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Oh yes! It’s going down at many passable rounds — in just a few short days.
There’ll be Ice Cream Cake and Lemon Bubble strains for Saturday’s head haze.

That’s right, do partake by taking a documented deep breath
and you can bet your banana leaf ‘s best that Snoop will be a guest.

Method Man and Red Man are still rolling the directory page;
HOW HIGH 2 is a danky-dew debuting on an MTV stage.

Saturday is the date. Ol’ 420 was made to blaze.
In 72-hours you can pick your reel hay.

Or you can smoke them all – just set your DVR today,
and do what you need to do to reserve the weekend-spin for play.

Play and watch! Watch and play!
I’m Qui
Atop of day 3 — looking 420’s way.

Hey-Hay!

 

The Harlem Renaissance

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on February 12, 2019 at 6:41 am

Harlem Renaissance Players

“…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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Alain Locke

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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Charles S. Johnson

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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Claude McKay

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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James Weldon Johnson

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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The Linguistic: GRIOT

In Communication, Griot, News on February 5, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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To Inhale it equates to Comprehending it.

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]

Recognize the linguistic. Enjoy it's relativity.

A Cup of Jo’ to GO…

In fitness, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, weightloss on December 19, 2018 at 8:21 am

The benefits of coffee include:

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It’s a good Wake Me Up!
– if the brew is strong that fills your cup.

An innard stimulator.
If you’re constipated – it’s a regulator.

You can sip it out of a cup
or you can insert it into your butt.

It’s really UP to you.
Coffee is what’s up; wake up – it’s true.

Me? What do I do?
I make a strong brew.

I like to thermos it
for an all-day fresh sip.

phaedra-rhoa-coffee-enema.gifI’m into wellness and internal detox.
I’m into coffee enemas and colonics rocks.

I liken A Cup of Jo to GO to being like Hip-Hop.
Once you get started… why would you stop?

Unless of course, you have the tendency to fill rushed.
Does drinking too much bean makes you a little anxious?

Well, love, you make the call.
I just know Jo yields a GO that is known to kill “the stall.”

So I sip it and I sniff it in between smelling MMJ strains
at the local dispensary located off of Main.

Coffee is dimensionally known to ‘do the dang thang,’
A Cup of Jo To GO helps me to focus, mane.

A sip or two is all that I need to get ready.
I was introduced to an awesome grind by Fab5Freddy.

Water weight? It’ll get you to pissin.’
Ease up on diuretic aids and get to sippin.’

I’m just saying and doing a little purpose-playing, yo!
I’m Qui
Good morning mid-week, can I get you A Cup of Jo to GO?

How do you like it, yo?

Feeling Virgo’ish

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on August 31, 2018 at 3:34 am

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Good morning goodness. How did you slumber?
Me? Like a baby; 40’s my sleep number.

Quick I am to rise today; quick I am to get out into the streets.
For I have four filming assignments in Comp & Visual Design that I must meet.

And shortly thereafter, I will have to edit the scenes and upload them to the student portal.
I’ve been doing the most, “me time” has been ghost; still life is good for a film student mortal.

F5F_Bday2018Today is a day of virtuosity; it is the month of Virgo
and today is the birthday of our beloved Fab5Freddy, yo!

It’s good to know that the years can roll in and not take your youth out.
Heck! That’s what artistic and reel living is really about,

so I’m going to follow Fab5’s lead and stay steady; continue to learn and evolve.
I’m going to enjoy this Friday as another high day and conquer it with dutiful resolves.

The day is waking up nicely from the view of my window.
It’s dark inside, except for my laptop’s light and of course my inner glow.

It’s really good to be alive, yo. Take a deep breath and say a prayer.
Then walk outside and face life with every intention to care.

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Follow through;
They’re good for you.

This day was made for mindful celebrations and it rightfully belongs to the Virgo.
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, reflect virtuosity and make today a beautiful show.

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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?

Legendary Exits Re-visited

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News, TV Shows on September 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Biggie & Tupac are still gone.
They left a gang of music & prophetic quotes to carry on.

Not just in one or two — but in many songs
Though in a  few we’ve got two that will explore some of the wrongs

that went along and may have co-facilitated the icons earthly exits;
Therefore WHO SHOT BIGGIE & TUPAC was destined to be broadcasted.

It’s going down on FOX and will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien and Ice-T.
I’m Qui
Rest assured this vibe will include recollects from  Fab5 during this re-examining of history.

Have a seat & tune in. We shall see…

Mondays AirDrop — it don’t stop!

In Book, Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on August 14, 2017 at 6:14 am


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– it’s in the air
I caught Chuck D’s “Hustlers Convention” piece –
my heritage on broadcast – a reeled square.

It was a Friday afternoon when I landed on the STARZ BLACK station
and heard a few words that made a spirited-soul relation

to my thirsty ears.
Oh dear
I almost squeezed out a tear…

I was so excited.
Words rhymed on a dime
and I did not write it.

THE HUSTLERS CONVENTION — when first I heard of it
was the day I met Fab5Freddy – I rank no chance meet above it.

He shared the history of it all and I loved it.
He encouraged me to embraced my GRIOT root – so I )))HUGGED((( it.

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Click HERE to get chin-checked by the original audio – 1973

I was shocked to see Chuck D’s documented revelation of events…
It’s been 10-years since Fab taught me — #GriotKnowledge has been on ferment.

On an average of 3-days a week I AirDrop here to vent whatever vibe may be.
I’m 12-years strong singing this Griot song
that has been broadcasted on various www [dot] Qui ‘s

Ooo wee! It’s been a blast and I ain’t stopping
this weekend was prime for the pickin’ & HUSTLER CONVENTION copping.

Knowledge was dropping y’all… and if you didn’t know
don’t feel left behind, I learned about it on the East Coast.

Check your satellite listings of STARZ BLACK if you want to see 
the orign of the DNA that seeded the #Griot writes of Qui.

I’m trying to tell ya kinfolk, via this Monday Air Drop.
You’re getting it on good authority and it’s okay to cop.

Go ahead and peep the trailer and get a whift of the vibe
and if you don’t have STARZ, YouTube will give you the reel for a real a low price.

Man I dug the knowledge dropped – it was all hype and no jive,
I’m Qui
rendering Monday’s AirDrop a little sharper and amp’d to Go LIVE.

Phoenix ain’t ready…

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GOOGLE’Y Eyed

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Technology, TV Shows on August 11, 2017 at 4:15 am

Today’s GOOGLE search engine is indeed ART vetted —
so I had to drop by to share w/you a very cool message:

Fab5 hit me up the other day while I was “script birth” sweatin’
And said “Click on the Google icon during the weekend of August 11th.”

I yielded the anticipation towards art and was indeed thrilled to execute and learn
about the turn tabled viewpresented like only Fab could do. Click the icon, it’s your turn:

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Click icon from Google page for full experience.

Fab’s groove is authentically true and multi-culturally tried.
He ‘done took it to another level and got folks looking GOOGLE’Y Eyed.

Still the tale
remains to reveal
the Virgo takes it all in stride.

THAT’S WHAT UP 👋🏾 My man, Fab5!🖐🏾

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Just as sweet as the Google treat is
I’m also pretty stoked about the art of The O List.

It’s delicious and I mean it –
Please tell me that you’ve seen it?

The Layered Look

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A few yummy things we think are just great!

The Doberge cake is six layers of moist butter cake sandwiched between made-from-scratch chocolate and lemon custards and topped with buttercream, fondant and New Orleans harm. Of course, eating it on Fat Tuesday– but laissez les bons temps rouler! (Eight-inch cake, originally $45.50, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; gambinos.com)

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“Please don’t eat the daisies!” does not apply here! Baked in small batches, these sugar cookies are both soft and crunchy, laced with almond extract, coated with cream cheese frosting and impossibly delectable with a cup of tea. (Orignally $49 for 12-pack, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; ellesbelles.com)

Batter Up with A Small Miracle
batter-up.jpgWE have two words for Kristen Tomlan (the brains behind Do, a brilliant company churning out safe-to-eat cookie dough in flavors like Salty & Sweet, Gimme S’more and Brownie Batter, along with gluten-free and vegan options). “Bless you.” (Do Cookie Dough Confections from $30 for four-pack; cookiedonyc.com).

waffleshot-ziavalentina.jpgAny chance that you have a shot of espresso or vodka that needs a tasty capacity holder? This next creation is A Small Miracle. Fact: Food just tastes better when it’s tiny, which is hwy we fell hard for these mini waffle cups.  Roughly the size of a shot glass and completely edible with a surprise filling at the bottom — they’re prefect vessel for espresso or ice cream and an adorable finishing touch for a dinner party. (Signature waffleshots, orignally from $7.50 for two-pack, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH; ziavalentina.com)

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Chew On This
Found: a hangover-free way to enjoy bubbly.  These little gummies are infused with either Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne or Whispering Angel rose’ (the alcohol cooks out), creating a deliciously sophisticated candy. (Three piece bento box with Rose’ All Day, Champgne Bears and but First Rose’ gummies, $26 sugarfina.com/shop/oprah)

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And so it’s Friday and Fabulous opportunity is nigh,
I was happy to start it out being all GOOGLE’Y EYED.

I’m happy to open my eyes and feel pretty good today.
I’m happy to see you here – still dropping by my place.

Thank you. I accept your company with appreciation and grace
You are good reason to borrow The O List to spruce up the place.

You’re absolutely worth it.
I’ve been eating light so I can ‘Happy Hour’ girth it.

Today is a winner
you and I are no beginners

I say we take this day for all that is good,
I’m Qui
On top of a mountain out here in A-Z
@ the outter edges of a Phoenix hood.