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Way To Go with The Vote

In Communication, Griot, Music, News, Politics, Self Improvement, Video on March 11, 2020 at 5:53 am

I hear you America, your vocals are strong.
Do what feels right because you understand what’s wrong.

Yesterday’s primary turn-out had it going on. I’m proud of you.
Michigan rose to the occasion to do what they needed to do,
and came through.

I slept like a baby and dreamed quite vivid.
Good energy is up while the low energy is livid.

Unity requires a standard of respect and respect has been at lack.
Rise this morning, smile in the mirror and get your unity back.

libra.jpgAmerica is a Libra today; the balance of her positive scale looks not so low.
The world is at a better starting-point today, because of the American vote.

Atta’ boy! Enjoy the self-pat on you head
and jam the headline video of what UMI SAID.

As for that nasty-boy Covid19
the blood of Jesus can cover you from that scene.

Divine favor from your maker is real.
Someone that you know tested positive? They can heal.

Atoms and energy composes us all.
Angels are protecting you; illnesses fall.

When life presents us with a situation that has swollen out of our control
God steps in with biological winds that avert ill-will from His children’s souls.

I’m a girl of Science. I think Science is tops.
I’m a supernatural girl; I believe in God.

I’m a storyteller; you know me,
I’ll always champion the good of WE.

Last night the world saw our intentions; may the markets honestly rise,
I’m Qui
Good morning sweetheart, there’s divine help beyond the skies.

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The Hand Sign for UNITY

Live LYTE – #Always

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News on August 29, 2015 at 8:19 am

mc-lyte-keep-on-keepin-onLana Michelle Moorer was not giving chase to Jesus Christ when she said, “I am the light! The L-Y-T-E,” she was making good music. It was still the early days of HIP HOP in the late 80’s and the music was full of message.

There were no ‘hoes to superman‘ and there was no one requesting anyone to ‘eat the booty like groceries.’ No – none of that. Those examples would be of: rap minus meaning not hip hop. And there’s nothing detrimentally wrong with message-less music, especially in a dance hall setting. One of my favorite places to dance hall is in Jamaica and the music is always banging as are the actions of the dancers on the floor with me. There’s unison hand clapping and hip jerking. I love it, but to be honest, I never understand the words of the songs because the Jamaican accent is authentically thick. So just the fact that I dig Jamaican dance hall music, goes to show that perhaps you don’t have to know all of the words  to jam a song, burn loads of calories and have fun. However, if the song is to last and be legacy worthy – it better have some type of message or you can bet soon it will be literally forgotten.

Lana Moorer was 16 when she entered the game, she had something to say and just a few months ago she was on the air saying something to HOT 97 about life and game longevity. If you’ve been living in the dark without the luminescence of LYTE, you really want to catch this:


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Viva la LYTE!!!

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When I think about yesterday and how todays music meets,
I think about Hip Hop and the way they used to handle beefs.

It was all about the message – it was all about the words.
It was all about wisdom, like BLACKSTAR. Have you heard?

Life is short, no time to live in darkness.
Everything ain’t for you – some circumstances are heartless.

Life regenerates and needs the help of LIGHT to photosynthesize.
Music is good without words but MESSAGE elevates the rise.

Imagine that.
It’s the way of the Black.

A lyrical and intellectual snack.
MC Lyte has #ALWAYS been about that.

Life can be heavy – pick and choose your verbs,
I’m Qui
Living LYTE
on lyrics. Didn’t know? Now you’ve heard.

A Happier Intent

In Communication, Griot, Music, News, Self Improvement on August 13, 2014 at 7:19 am

As my birthday rolls around and I prepare to celebrate,
I recognize there are others who cease to resonate…


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Robin Williams fell by the way side — headlines read “Comic down!”
And don’t forget to send up a prayer for the slained teen, Michael Brown.

Life is short, I’ve seen and heard.
Depression kills,” says Iago, the bird.

Cops killing unarmed black men is also a hot topic.
God forbid and karma is real. Dear officer, please stop it.

August is the month of good times and fun,
Yesterday has passed, it’s time to get you some.

Wallow not in the sorrows of the day or the moment.
Just give it to God — He’s already on it.

A Happier Intent is what I have charted.
I’m that Leo miss, all inclusive; big hearted.

Sometimes guarded, but I’ve learned to let them down.
Good recognizes good and I give “Good” a pound.

Today is Hump Day, and I can not complain
I woke up in Arizona to thunder and rain.

What a rare moment this is, I am happy for sure.
God knew we were dry, so he sent us a cure.

A Happier Intent, I’ve got great plans today.
There’s just 2 more days before my birthday.

I’m excited about it all – I’m ready to ball. Yep! Yep!
I’m ready to sing CALIFORNIA like my man Mos Def:


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I’m going to take my celebration further west
A Happier Intent deserves Cali’s best.

This hump day deserves a compassionate understanding,
I’m Qui
and a Happier time is what I’m commanding. 🙂

Afrika Owes will soon “Cash In”

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News on March 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Afrika Owes for thug life crimes???

And noshe didn’t win the lottery.

I learned of Afrika’s tale on BlackVoices & I was sobered. Naturally, I had to pass it on. It seems that RAP has birthed some pretty daunting realities for the kids that were raised on countless stories of “coming up in the hood – slanging dope for financial good”. Many took it to heart — and our countrys prisons are bursting at the seams with young African American adults who thought it was a good idea to: play thug.

Next to reside in the joint – Meet: AFRIKA OWES. It’s not a stage name nor is her story unique, but it sure is a huge and sad loss for a race of people to be losing IVY LEAGUE potentials to “the street game” that Jay Z has glorified and makes billions off of.

BlackVoices publishes the details in this scenario of adolescent hell:

Boyce Watkins, PhD recently spoke to a group of aspiring college students in a group called “Black Achievers.” He said, The group invited me to speak, because I talk regularly about the value of education as well as confronting the structural obstacles that make it difficult for our kids to find success.

One thing I brought to the table that the students and their parents might not have expected, though, is the need for us to confront the destructive elements of hip-hop culture, which teach our good kids that “keeping it real” is something that should be done at all costs, even when it causes them to lose their lives.

The reason I brought this issue to the forefront of the discussion was because of young women like Afrika Owes (pictured).

Afrika is a 17-year-old who was once headed to an Ivy League school, but rather than going to anyone’s university, she may be spending most of her adult life in prison.

Afrika was recently arrested for being part of a drug ring controlled by her boyfriend, who allegedly ran the operation from the penitentiary. “Head shots only,” he would reportedly tell her from behind bars as he detailed how he wanted people to be executed.

“She loves him,” a source said in court, “and she’s prepared to adjust her Ivy League dreams around him.”

According to police, Owes and her boyfriend were part of the 137th Street Crew, a gang in Harlem that is being charged with selling crack and other drugs in the community. They were not only charged with dealing drugs, but also with bringing in young women to carry their weapons for them. The men allegedly ran the drug operation from Rikers Island prison.

“She’s a good girl,” said Karen Owes. “This may be what’s happening right now, but we’re going to get through this …She’s well-liked and well-loved.”

Afrika is hardly the kind of young woman you’d expect to be involved in any kind of illegal activity. She’d won a poetry contest and a scholarship to Deerfield Academy, a prestigious prep-school with a tuition cost of $43,800 per year. She was also a vocal member of the school’s Black Student Coalition.

“She was a highly ambitious girl,” said prep school pal Lotanna Uzo. “Everybody knew who she was. Everybody liked her … always had a smile on her face.”

The indictment, which is 51 pages, presents Afrika in a Bonnie and Clyde role with her boyfriend, Jaquan “Jay Cash” Layne.
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Crazy right? Read the remainder of Afrika’s story HERE.

We blamed Boo-Boo’s moma when he went to jail
for raising him in a ghetto, crime infested hood hell.

Who knew we’d be in jeopardy for negating a mention
to the parents of the Ivy league potential who’s now bound for prison?

I’d hate to shallowly think that RAP MUSIC influences all bad –
But is it not true that our society is responsible for glorifying fads?

HIP HOP is not a fad – though it does glorify the nightmare that urban radio is;
Airwaves fancy pushing gutter trash for palm greasing cash – but have no spins for Will.

Wise Hip Hop exists though not supporting it — is the going phenomina.
I know I speak the truth. Ask Mos Def, Jasiri X, Talib and Common.

Afrika Owes is no different from your cousin who was caught selling;
such aspirations pending
could’ve been winning –
though todays headlines are opposite telling.

Why is the thug life so compelling?
Why are Tupac & Biggie eternally resting?

What kind of game did they build – what kind of game did they help sell?
It is our fascination with “the high life” that is sending our children to an early hell.

I ask you — because Afrika Owes is indeed our futures truths,
I’m Qui

and that trash called radio rap – needs to be re-written or perhaps rebuked.

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SHAVOO’s in DARK BLUE

In Griot, Movies, Music, TV Shows on August 5, 2010 at 11:11 am


Next Day Air‘s SHAVOO is DARK BLUE‘s Cast Co-star: Omari Hardwick (he plays Ty Curtis) . Thank God for TNT. After seeing , Next Day Air with Mos Def, Donald Faison (from Scrubbs), Mike Epps, and Darius McCrary (from Family Matter, Y&R [current], and SUPERHEAD), I developed a craving for a little more SHAVOO. Merci agréable.

I didn’t know it then, but I do know now, he’s a SOUTHERN BOY. Born and raised in Savannah, GA. Ow! I couldn’t pick a sweeter peach to call eye candy. Mm-mm-mm.

Before I even begin, I think I should hush
It’s obvious upon Omari Hardwick – I have a crush.

In no rush to see the DARK BLUE series ever come to an end
TNT’s got SHAVOO (whose lips are like Oooo) – TNT is my friend. (-:

The series itself has a rough and edgy spin.
The writing is exciting; the cast invokes an eye candy grin.
…so glad to see Ormari again.

May DARK BLUE continue to get strong and win,
I’m Qui
on a THURSDAY
naught-thought kind of binge.
had I said anymore, the online wires would be singed. 🙂

Yep! It’s THURSDAY AGAIN.
[erotic poetry – pun heavy]: Listen Here