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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 couple of RT’s @Twitter

In Communication, Networking, News, Politics on October 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

This past weekend
Brought insightful Twits from friends:

@FabNewYork shared an enlightening Village Voice find
Entitled: “White America Has Lost Its Mind”.

It reads:

About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel.

It had been a pretty good run up to that point. The brains of white folks had been humming along cogently for near on 400 years on this continent, with little sign that any serious trouble was brewing. White people, after all, had managed to invent a spiffy new form of self-government so that all white men (and, eventually, women) could have a say in how white people were taxed and governed. White minds had also nearly universally occupied just about every branch of that government and, for more than two centuries, had kept sole possession of the leadership of its executive branch (whose parsonage, after all, is called the White House).

But when that streak was broken—and, for the first time, a non-white president accepted the oath of office—white America rapidly began to lose its grip.
As with other forms of dementia, the signs weren’t obvious at first. After the 2008 election, when former House majority leader Tom DeLay suggested that instead of a formal inauguration, Barack Obama should “have a nice little chicken dinner, and we’ll save the $125 million,” black folks didn’t miss the implication. References to chicken, particularly of the fried variety, have long served as a kind of code when white folks referred to black people and their gustatory preferences—and weren’t many of us already accustomed to older white politicians making such gaffes? But who among us sensed that it was a harbinger that an entire nation was plunging into madness?

Who didn’t chuckle, after all, the first time they heard that white people had doubts that Barack Obama had even been born in the United States and was therefore ineligible to be president? It sounded like one of those Internet stories in which some (usually white) writer does his best to prove something everyone knows to be true is actually the exact opposite. And you go along with it for a few paragraphs to see how long the writer can convince you that what you know is right is actually wrong… [click HERE to continue reading this excellent Village Voice column]

Then — there was a communication break down exposed via @Coasis’ Twitter page;
Delving into Obamas recent quote referencing ‘Media Only Mentioned Slaves’

Dear miniscule mind: Behave.
Seeking ‘reasons to riot’ is all the rave.

What President Obama actually said:

People are frustrated and anxious, they’re scared about the future, and they have a right to be impatient about the pace of change – I’m impatient, but I know this – now is not the time to quit, now is not the time to give up. We’ve been through worse as a nation. We’ve come out stronger from war, to depression, to the great struggles for equal right and civil rights. It took time to free the slaves, it took time for women to get the vote, it took time for workers to get the right to organize . . .

Reacting to the phrase, out of context, heightened by deceptive words like the “plight,” inferring that it’s the special concerns, of a special group, that the President cares about; and “pumps up the base,” which infers that the President’s base is not the average American, led to an eruption of negatives.

One reaction was as follows:

President Obama is having delusions of competence; It’s going to take time to socialize this enchilada; More proof of his mental illness; Idiot trying to play the race card; Wow. the great divider; This is utterly unacceptable language coming from the POTUS unless he is the POTUS of Democrat America or African America. So if you are a Conservative and you don’t believe in Obama’s big govt programs then you are the same as those that delayed freeing the slaves; The post racial black president speaks out…. now obama, dont mince your words, c’mon tell us what you really mean; I think he really wants to start another (war); Scary times ahead for America thats for sure; Dear Barry Soetero:It cost 600,000 lives to free the slaves and left the South scorched and scarred; Your speech is dangerous and borders on insighment; He and Michelle are “haters; If the RNC had half a clue, they would jump on this and run ads in every single Congressional district with a significant black population, saying exactly that; What’s that make the great-great grandson of a Muslim African Slaver so different from us. Other than he is a Marxist; I’ll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom; There are no words to describe my hatred for him; Apparently we should have sent them all to Liberia . . .

Another person who watched the very same speech said:

What a rip roaring speech. Yea, I’ll follow that guy anywhere. President Obama reminded us that the election of 2008 wasn’t about getting one man into the White House, but about beginning a movement that would really change how things are done in this country. He reminded us that during his presidential campaign, he told us change would not come easy, but would be difficult, because there are a lot of forces out there that don’t want things to change. They want the status quo. Thanks for reminding me of that, President Obama.

While watching the president speak, I was reminded of everything this president and Democratic Congress have accomplished in 20 short months. Too much to list here. Yes, much of it is weaker than I would have liked, but a weak health care bill, for instance, is a lot stronger than no health care bill. And we have President Obama to thank for a fundamental change in the way people will view health care from here on out – as a right, not a privilege. And, as President Obama reminded us tonight, if the GOP gets their way on November 2, they will begin trying to dismantle our new health care rights.

President Obama made me very proud, yet again, tonight. I am proud to be a Democrat. I am proud to have voted for this man. And I am proud to be an American. As others have said about tonight’s speech, the president had fire in his belly. And because of his passion and drive, I too regained the fire in my belly for my party – the Democratic Party. If the president can retain the passion he showed tonight, I see no way we lose as much power in Washington as all the pundits say we will

Thank you President Obama for reminding me why I voted for you and why I am a Democrat… [click HERE to continue the column on NowPublic.com]

Me? I like reading. Me? I like Twittering too,
I’m Qui
Twittin’ online with the literal kind and sharing the 411 with you.
Oooo!
It ain’t nothing but a NEWS PERSUE – so keep what you can use.

Mr. Robinson Hosts The 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors

In Griot, Music, News, TV Shows on May 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

Yep! Yep! On June 7th (2010) “The Honors” are going down
Bar for Bar, Pound for Pound in a ‘Southern districted round’.

Are you ready?

This years host is a fellow that you may or may not know:
It’s the funny man Craig Robinson with his “dry humor” comedic flow.

You may know him from “The Bernie Mac Show”, “The Office”, or the film “The Hot Tub Time Machine” – recently Craig has been crowned show host of next seasons “LAST COMIC STANDING“. His resume is extensive (check it out) — he’s a very funny brother::


He also has a die hard funny VH1 commercial about the 2010 Hip Honors:: Click Here.

The party will be broadcast via VH1 on the 7th of June,
I’m Qui
‘Looking forward to Jamming –RAW– and Laughing –HARDreal soon.

How did I find out about the shows air date and its side splitting host?
I read it on Twitter – it was one of FabNewYorks posts…
I stay connected.

The 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors airs on June 7th, 2010 @ 9/8c

Do You Know CRAIG?

Has Rap taken a Wrap

In Music, Networking on January 27, 2010 at 8:31 am

Let’s CHANGE THE BEAT for a minute and talk about black music, Hip Hop in particular. Is it even still considered black music with such inductees like Eminem and a plethora of other white boys that go hard in their hood? Hip Hop belongs to no race of people today – it’s fair game. But the birth of its roots are as black as they come. NY birthed something beautiful and Fab5Freddy was there. It was then that he laced Blondie with those now famous words: “Fab5Freddy told me everybody’s fly…” in her Rapture video on MTV. Remember that? Fab continues to maneuver behind the scenes producing and directing music videos, co-producing and exec-producing films/documentaries and of course riding at the helms of the VH1 Annual Hip Hop Honor Shows that air in October. Last year was a big hit – if you missed it, peep some of the memorable 2009 highlights below::

It was good. But where are we (in terms of growth) in rap today? A lot of the beats are nice but what about the words? Where have the words gone? What are we saying? I don’t know what 1-hit wonders rule your local airwaves, but there’s a song that rhythmically (beat banging) hits the spot and gets all of the air playtime, I don’t know the songs title, but the chorus phrase is as follows:

“He’s got a big… and knows how to use it. Bone!”

And the message behind it is? Well I think you get it. I’m too young to be railroaded into listening to TALK RADIO all of the time in my car. A girl (like myself) likes to bounce around at a stop light or two to the local FM hip hop stations, but it’s just not happening. The last time I danced in my car, at the light, had to have been 2 summers ago. As of recent, you can find me in my car silent, (listening to NPR Radio) or waving my mock-maestro hand to the classical concertos that feed their segway changes. It just isn’t right. I was raised on hip hop and I thought it would never stop. Now I’m praying that the current rap slop on the radio will be arrested. I love Lil’ Wayne, but he ain’t talking about nothing neither is Nikki Menaj. Drake is okay, but he’s not quite a rapper. Now there is a hip hop guy that I have been feeling as of late, but he’s not on the local airways – he’s mostly online. I met him on Twitter through one of FabNewYorks Re-Twits [RT], his name is JASIRIX and today he nearly stands alone in his fresh approach to being socially and economically aware in his rap messages & videos. There are staple legends in the rap game that are known for doing “exactly that”, like KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Most Def, Common – but naturally, they get next to NO AIRTIME on local radio stations. Perhaps it’s because their lyrics make you think too deeply. What do you think? Are you thinking?

Which rap artist are flooding your local radio stations and what are their moral messages on a whole? Are LL Cool J, Jay-Z & Ice Cube out of sound messages? Does a banging beat really need raggedy lyrics? Lately I’ve opted for the instrumentals. They provide me the jam I want to jerk my body too and because there’s no auto tune vocals atop of it, I am able to think my own thoughts or even freestyle aloud with no artist interruption. What’s rap without the rap artist? A hip hop instrumental track. Soooo Has Rap taken a Wrap? Is it possible to revise the legendary format and chart a literal come back?

I’m Qui
‘Definitely looking forward to that.