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Discerning The Truth

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement on March 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

MJ and Brandon Howard - Jackson— My kids think I’m psychic – on the contrary, but I will admit that I can pick out a lie in a conversation of truths,  easily.

I have said on a number of occasions to my children and others, “Stop. That’s uneccessary information,” when I notice their iambic pentameter change in conversation. No matter how subtle the “additional information” (..ie the lie) is added-in, the energy, tone and cadence of the speaker takes on a new element. That element is the yielding of additional and unnecessary information and to me, it greatly effects the delivery tone of the speaker. All I see are red flags. It is then that I will advise the speaker to stop (if I know them personally – if I don’t know the person personally, I’m usually just embarrassed that I know the information isn’t true). I still listen, but less intently, because I really don’t want to hear anything that the speaker could be held accountable for later. I know a later is coming.

Case in point, it was 1982 when Michael Jackson’s THRILLER album hit the scene, I was excited, we stood in line for ever at some generic looking record store front and no one could tell my big sister ‘anything’ that would stop all of her anxious twitching and tears because she was among the first to own the record, not to mention the first 104 patrons would receive an MJ poster. My sister was #86. Talk about giddy — she was beyond approach.

I saw Michael Jackson as a sweet singing, cute guy with a lot of thrusting hip work. That coupled with the flooding pants, sparkly socks and penny loafers made him an iconic hit! The world was on fire about THRILLER and it’s short film music video. Excitement was in the air and ruled that moment in history. However, I was a little thrown by the BILLY JEAN song and the detailed story laid out therein. I was thrown because like I said earlier, I thought MJ was a sweet singing, love-song kind-of guy but Billy Jean was a clear-cut, diss-and-remiss song. I wondered why and often voiced my curiosity aloud, only to have my sister reply, “Who cares why he’s singing it? You’re missing the point,”. No – she missed the point. I was only curious because as far as my adolescent-self knew, ‘no one was accusing the young pop star of fatherhood’, so why would he even inject such a song into his repertoire? For mere entertainment? No one else seemed to care, so we jammed the joint until MJ’s sundown and beyond. It still jams today and I’ve steadily remained curious about the true backstory of inspiration.

Upon waking this morning  and checking recent news, I am introduced to 31-year old Brandon Howard, the son of Miki Howard. Miki Howard was a young solo r&b singer in the early 80’s. I was between 8th and 9th grade (if my memory serves me right) when I first heard a Miki Howard joint. I liked her voice. Here style was reminiscent of many r&b solo women that were out in the early 80’s, so I really didn’t set her apart from the pack and because she wasn’t in heavy rotation on the Dallas, TX radio airwaves, I missed out on the capacity of her talents – I’m sure. I also did not know that in 1982 Joe Jackson was managing Miki’s career and it was that same year that she met his son, Michael Jackson. It was during this period that Miki was receiving a favorable amount of international airplay, but then she dropped off of the radio radar when Joe Jackson ended the manager-talent relationship. Shortly thereafter Michael pumps the Billy Jean joint into our musical veins. Was it fantasy song writing? Ha! I don’t think so.

When Discerning The Truth it is crucial to tune into the speakers conversation, and be sensitive to the interjection of unnecessary information. Michael wrote a song about it, meanwhile, Miki never spoke on the subject. Then again, the internet did not exist in the 80’s and once a big name like Joe Jackson drops you, you don’t just bounce back. In the 80’s no big name management often meant little to no visual presence in studio or on stage. Today the same may be true, but Beyonce has shown us, that you don’t have be boxed in, you can always go i-Tunes.

So Michael made a hit song out of denying something he was never accused of (a sign of anxious anticipation?) and now there has been a paternity test done that proves with 99.9% DNA certainty that Michael Jackson is the father of 31-year old Brandon Howard!

Of course I checked out Brandon’s picture and then I looked at one of his music videos and concluded – Yes! The kid has talent. I do believe, ‘the kid is Michaels son.’ He sounds eerily like Michael Jackson as well. Check out B Howard’s video DANCEFLOOR for yourself and then you tell me if you still believe MJ when he said, “Billy Jean was not his lover” :

Also, I’d like to add to this, that Brandon closely resembles MJ’s nephews, who are the musical group 3T:
3T Jackson group

musical divider

I knew the moment I learned the words to MJ’s Billy Jean
that a back story to that song was pending to hit the scene.

I was just a young girl, but wisdom was obviously strong,
and seeing Brandon today – confirms my curiosity wasn’t wrong.

Things are starting to look like, the King of Pop has left us an heir,
too bad he denied his future legacy when he had the chance to “be there.”

Instead we called Mike “Jack-o” and a ‘whacko who touches kids,’
When what he really may have been yearning for is the company of his (own known) kid.

God bless Michael Jacksons soul and let this be a lesson to us all,
there is no win in denying your kin, lest your legacy be cut short and stall.

Be proud – if you have kids, knowing that your legacy will live on,
I’m Qui
and if it’s true what the tests say, I feel for MJ – if he didn’t know his son.

See DNA results video Here

Zoe Saldana plays Elizabeth Taylor

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Qui Audio Byte, Self Improvement, TV Shows on October 1, 2012 at 8:15 am

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Could you imagine a biopic of Michael Jackson being portrayed by a white guy, or a biopic of Elvis Presley being portrayed by a latino or perhaps the story of Che Guevara being portrayed by a black guy?

Sure in the 1920’s during the black-and-white film era white men played the part of indians in classic American ‘cowboy and indian’ tales and let us not forget about the rise of black face in 1830 that spanned entertainment for roughly 100 years – with a whites only cast playing to a whites only audience. Who was going to protest?

Todays SAG roster hosts a plethora of fantastic actors of every race. So why are some filmmakers still opting for the ol’ switch-a-roo?

A lighter, less black version of Nina Simone is the current biopic portrayal in question. “Born the sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her musical path changed direction after she was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, despite a well-received audition. Simone was later told by someone working at Curtis that she was rejected because she was black.” –[Wikipedia.org]

[Click here to listen to Qui say the following:]

She lived the life of a true black woman in the darkest shade of stride.
She embraced her reflection in the world and rode gracefully on the highs.

It’s only been 9 short years since Ms. Nina Simone has died;
And film producers have chose to cast her in a Dominican/Puerto Rican light.

Not that there is anything wrong with a lighter skinned sister,
But Nina was black – the sun god of Africa surely kissed her.

Cleopatra was born of Greek & Egyptian blood then portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor.
Liz’s performance was stunning, but comparable to the tanned Cleopatra? No nailer.

The importance of LIKENESS’ is important – history is always at hand.
I really couldn’t imagine MLK being portrayed by a white man.

And even though Michael J. narrowed his nose and bleached his dark skin
I couldn’t imagine a white guy playing his Jackson 5 beginning or his end.

And even though Elvis P stayed high and kept a default set of bloodshot eyes,
I couldn’t imagine casting his portrayal as a bellbottom sporting black guy.

I’m all about artistic likeness’; reeling reality is what sustains her.
I’m wondering if Elizabeth Taylors life could be portrayed by Zoe Saldana?

I’m thinking about mistold stories – if mistold enough times they will be come fact.
Imagine someone portraying Ms. Nina Simone, but the actress isn’t even black.
Don’t do that.

Everyone deserves to see history in the correct likeness, forfeiting legends and reflecting the facts.
Likeness is an important part of our historic culture – even Barbie doll manufacturers understand that.

Jill Scott recently spoke on the news that Zoe would be portraying Ms. Simone,
and commented Zoe’s a great actress, but “may need a prosthetic nose…”
Uh-Oh.

Jill also commented that Zoe Saldana may need a darker shade of foundation.
I’m Qui
Passing the mic to theeHow do you feel about the likeness of cultural relations?

If accurate depictions of icons is vastly important to you
Sign this petition before Elvis is played by a brown dude.

Embracing 9/11

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement on September 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

The OTHER SIDE of The Game

9/11 Birthday Babies

It has nothing to do with Erykah Badu’s rendition [The Other side of The Game], but more as it refers to the 24-hour display that September 11th reflects. Sure some exited on 9/11, but many were also born on this date. The astrological calendar calls them VIRGOs.

This is the month of the Virgo. Do you know any? They are by far some mystique folk. Their astrology icon is a lady packing wheat. Most astrology icons are animals, besides the duplicitous Gemini, but that’s another story for another month. The Virgo’s are friendly and out going to an extent. My sister is married to a Virgo whose birthday happens to be today: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brother-in-Law. Their union is among the rare. I am friends to and related to quite a few Virgo’s that contently roll solo – easy. So easy, I couldn’t imagine them getting married and succumbing to the rules that clearly state ‘the world does not solely revolve around you.’ I think bro-in-law finds his shoe to be a bit snug, but by outward appearances, you’d never know — because he’s a Virgo.

Virgo’s are smart. Virgo’s are sexy. Virgo’s are great friends. Virgo’s are like that big square piece that doesn’t quite fit into the circle shaped slot that is for regular purposes. They are of a custom design.

Aug 23 – Sept 23

Virgo’s are awesome parents and great friends. They are also good at making something out of nothing and that something will likely become a big awesome deal to others who observe it. Like in the case of the sexy bachelor Fab 5 Freddy. He is all that and a dozen of 30 x 30 canvases, but not quite for general purposes. I’ve spent quite a few 1-on-1 days with the Legend and he is not “normal”. He is fascinating, exciting, creative, intelligent, witty, but not, silly, mundane, cool’less, or regular. Even in his bathrobe, he’s not regular. His mind is always in progressive thought and his actions are swift, (often leaving others behind). Not because Virgo doesn’t care for them, but because opportunity is at hand – at such time he realizes he can do more good going forward, than staying behind to explain his next step. The Virgo has foresight and more often than not, he has insight. It takes a special mate to pair up with a Virgo and keep a balanced measure.

God bless Jay-Z, because Beyonce is surely a Virgo.
And heaven knows how he manages the day to day flow.

Michael Jackson is a Virgo, as is Charlie Sheen.
We’ve watched them both through the televised screen.

They are not “normal” their shape does not fit
within lifes general slots – thus they are a hit!

They are that virginic icon packing a-bundle-of wheat.
They can be terribly rough – then unbelievably sweet.

Though without them, life would lack an exciting treat,
I’m Qui
And for the Virgo — I remain open minded & sweet.

The world would be incomplete
without the wheat packing V.
)))Happy Birthday((( to thee.

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We’ll never forget

A young memory. We’ll never forget.

I remember the day very well. My now 21 year old and 15 year old were both in elementary school. We were getting ready to drop them off when we heard about the airplane hijackings. Once we reached the school and walked inside to deliver them to their classes, we heard an overhead announcement say that one of the planes had crashed into a high rise in NY and with my youngest daughters hand in mine , I fell on my knees where I stood, (in the schools foyer/entrance).

You know 911’s story. I know the wound is still fresh.
Somehow it hasn’t vapored off – not even with Osama’s death.

I still think of those children and nothing I can say will bring them back.
Here we are a decade past and our enemies are still …click here to contiue

Perusing the News

In Griot, Music, News, Politics, Science, TV Shows on August 31, 2011 at 9:52 am


So Irene came and went – and didn’t harm NY too much,
she did bless New Jersey with a nice lake-like flood.
The people did heed the warnings and all did hunker down.
Resulting in the bustling Times Square dubbing as a ghost town.
Give Science, Wisdom, Intellect and SELF PRESERVATION a pound.

Beyonce and Jay Z have productive news about their lovin,
Beyonce hit the red carpet (Sun. night) with baby in oven.
A little mini-her or a little mini-him is soon to come.
It’s B’s first child and Jay’s second child in sum.

I’m so glad B has decided to bare child now
And not be like Janet: stingy w/ovaries & waiting it out.

At one point America wanted so badly for Janet to have a biological kid
That tabloids sewed seeds of a child that Chico and she HAD & apparently hid.
Reebie was reported to be raising the child, when suddenly the story went cold.
Now Janet’s back on the tabloids racks with new fiance talking dna mold.

I wish her well. A prosperous career is what most skilled women want.
I’m just not sure that pregnancy is for me during my lusty 40’s flaunt.
Trust –> If I didn’t have kids by now – I’d strive to be the bestest aunt. 🙂

I understand procreating is going to always be in hot fashion.
I just wish MJ was here to encourage Janet to ‘gone & spawn a little more Jackson.
I wonder what happen between she and Dupree –
that there was no child bearing action from he?

This Texas heat is finally calming down. Today we woke up to welcomed cloud cover,
I’m sure glad, because degrees have been hellishly bad – I’m officially a new Fall lover.

School is back in session and dirty talk shows are back on the air
You know the ones filled with trailer park fun? Jerry Springer – if you dare.

My a.m. writes I am duly copping
while CW dirt talk show chopping.

9 a.m. & 10 a.m. are always good to go
First Jerry Springer – then Steve Wilkos.

Today 2 (dna) sisters are fighting over a dike’ish girl.
Yes! Jerry’s show is quite reflective of our colorful world.

CW’s dirt break is at 11 and waiting 30 more minutes is the test.
For at 11:30 it’s me and Y&R getting filthy on legacy CBS.

Speaking of dirt 2011 is on the latter with less than 4.1 more months to go
and running up close will be political debate shows leading up to the 2012 vote.

Dirty. Dirty. Dirty.
Republican runners are thirsty – thirsty – thirsty.

Will there be one who’s knowledgeable base
can step up & beat Obama in political debates?
Ooo Wee — I can’t wait.

In the meantime, I will be duly hunkered down in my filming and writes,
I’m Qui
Divvying a News Peruse complete with birth-to-dirt insight.
I didn’t make it up. I just write…. lol!

The MIKE never gets old

In Communication, Griot, Music, Sports on April 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Whether you’re talking about a Lavalier Mic, Mike Vick, Michael Jordan, or Michael Jackson — The MIKE never gets old and barely depreciates.

Al's MIKE is LIFE SIZE


Case in point:

–[yahoo.com]–

When Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed first announced that he was going to have a statue built to honor his friend Michael Jackson and placed outside Craven Cottage, many people thought it was a joke while others wondered what business a statue of the dead singer had at a Premier League stadium.

Well, the former Harrods proprietor followed through on his promise. And on Sunday, before Fulham’s match against Blackpool at the quaint little London ground that first opened in 1896, he unveiled the statue to excited fans of the singer and confused fans of Fulham. Al Fayed then danced with children and made it clear that if anyone doesn’t like the statue, he doesn’t really care.

From the AP:

“Why is it bizarre?” he said. “Football fans love it. If some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift, they can go to hell.
“I don’t want them to be fans. If they don’t understand and don’t believe in things I believe in, they can go to Chelsea, they can go to anywhere else.”

How sweet. Any Fulham fan upset that a statue was built to honor a man who attended one match with Al Fayed in 1999 instead of a legendary player or someone with an actual association to the sport might want to reconsider their anger, though. After the statue was unveiled, Fulham went on to beat Blackpool 3-0. So, clearly, the odd presence of the King of Pop isn’t hurting their results.

A close-up of the awkwardly posed, over-sized action figure statue right this way…

Long Live The Mike!


I love a mic myself and am not mad at Fayed at all.
The love he had for MJ was no fad & now measures about 5 ft tall.
That’s deep y’all.

But like I said, I do understand,
and the FREEDOM TO EXPRESS should be for everyman.

And so on this day I bid you ‘spoken piece’ – however it may be bold,
I’m Qui
Paralleling MJ with the likes of QE, because “THIS MICnever gets old.

What could have been

In Griot, News, Politics, TV Shows on August 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Glitter Photos

If MJ hadn’t died last year in June
This week he’d have been a young 52.

If our soldiers hadn’t been away in Iraq – fighting the wrong war
Would they have been expeditious in countering Hurricane Katrinas spar?

When it comes to reppin’ female comedy – Wanda Sykes is ON IT.
But did you happen to catch her latest, “I’M GAY” moment?

The topic was opened on LARRY KING LIVE and at 46 Wanda did say
She remembers her first inkling of “being gay” happening in the 3rd ro 4th grade.

I’ve always wondered when it happened? When did my fellow sisters decided to cross?
I remember a girl coming on to me in the 6th grade and me physically fighting her off.

Darn. She was my best friend and our inseperable ways did part in stride.
I sure hope that today she’s doing well and living out loud like Wanda Sykes.

Civil Rights reclaiming and Glen Beck
What could it mean? What the heck?

Texas re-writing text books is the perfect platform
To rally the uknowing for a little spectator showing of Becks charms.

Be Informed.
Don’t be alarmed.

If our president wasn’t such a hard worker & wasn’t duly on his job
he could spend more time fighting against the tea party mob.

As much as I’d like to steady on ‘What could have been’I’m focused on what’s about to be,
I’m Qui
Still loving MJ &
to Wanda I’m saying “Hey-eyyyy” ’cause it ain’t nothing like living free!

Imagine asking that [freedom] of the slaves of 1863
Imagine them arriving in an America – without slavery.
Oooo Weee

I’m a MONDAY Lover. 🙂

Unsung Exhibitions

In Networking on January 20, 2010 at 3:09 am

A Networking Conglomerate

Welcome to Gallery Qui is a magazine that focuses on honoring creative talents. Staple American Artist like Rembrandt, Michael Jackson, Spike Lee, Andy Warhol, Fab 5 Freddy, etc. have works that are readily available in upscale galleries all over the world –and they very well should . But what about that “artist dude” that you met when you had your portrait done in that little town on beach?

The finished product is still – by far – one of the most amazing works of art that you’ve ever seen, (never mind the fact the pic of you). With the exception of him signing the bottom of the canvas you’ve not ever seen or heard of his name again?

Well we’d love to share your experience with you and even yield some global EXPOSURE for that “artist dude too. So send us your stories and pictures of your “custom made art” (..ie your cd, your short film, YOUR PRODUCTIVE GOODS) to share with the wwworld. Local talent doesn’t have to be limited by the distance of physical relativity anymore. — ART IS GLOBAL — and so are we.

Welcome to Qui Entertainment Magazine,
Let the GOOD Conversation begin.