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Entering the change…

In Griot, News, Politics, Video on November 8, 2017 at 4:51 am

Theme music for today

Did you hear Joe Buddens PUMP IT UP song booming from your neighbors house last night? If so, that’s because Virginia and New Jersey showed up and showed out.

It’s not Friday night but you cannot tell by the way my neighbors were wielding out last night after hearing that the country isn’t as doomed as it seemed.

The college educated suburbs in VA showed up and had something to make clear; they had something to say.
New Jersey came in on that same Democratic horse and up on hind legs insisted they came to play.

Welcome back kinfolk. You were missed.
Though I admit I’m gonna miss Chris.

Remember Hurricane Sandy
when he and Obama were dandy?

I enjoyed that hug.
I appreciated Chris giving up the love.

So, yeah I’m going to miss him and his snarky filled, sarcastic-ridden speech.
But not as much as Chris missed the crowds the day he closed down the beach.

jon-stewart-chair-danceYeah. It’s all good.
This morning NJ has a new Governor in their hood.

There are many across the country who are starting this day off with a smile
after realizing the country may be waking up; marking a new mile.

Me? Sure, I’m happy. I’m an energy lover who thrives on what’s in the air.
Right now happyis spilling over and I feel it in my toes and my hair.

Woo, I’m surrounded! There’s a feeling of giddiness in my solar plexus and I’m ready to play!
Entering the change that can propel us from lame is the perfect hump to ride on this day.

Jump atop of it and co-mingle with the person next to ya. Yield them a smile.
I’m Qui
excited to write that visceral hate isn’t the vibe and quite happy to walk a new mile.

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About 9/11

In Communication, Griot, News, Politics, Self Improvement on September 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm

20110911-065717.jpg I remember the day very well. My now 20 year old and 14 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). My guy whispered for me to get up. Thinking back – I can only imagine that everyone in viewing proximity saw me fall on my knees and bow my head in prayer. I didn’t respond to my guys request. I was in default mode and continued to pray. I knew that there were children on those airplanes in transit to a field trip and we later learned that there was a daycare in one of the towers. My God. I am a my mother. I fell to my knees for every woman who didn’t have her child’s hand in her own at that very moment, especially those in the air planes and towers.

When I was done I stood up and made sure that my children would not ever forget the day, by bringing it up often.

We had a show to do that night (musical theater – The Goodbye Girl). The cast members rallied around each other & prayed for those in NY who were directly affected. That night we had the best show ever. I played Mrs. Crosby and usually I’d be battling nervousness at every solo part I’d encounter during the show. However on 911 I belted harder than Adele –Rolling in the deep”. I couldn’t believe it was me. It came from a place deep within. Over powered by a feeling that I could not express in words, lest I ventured off script and our Dir. (Linda Leonardson) wasn’t having that – so Mrs. Crosby spoke for me. I cried out in song. Sincerity was (and still is) present.

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 plotting attacks.

The world is on a unity lack.
I wish we could have the good ol’ days back.

My own children are a decade older and I thank God for that.
Did I tell you that I believe in prayer? God’s got my back.

Fortunate are we who are blessed to see a new day.
Yield a moment of silence and exercise your “pray”.

TODAY is a GOOD DAY.

It has to be. To say it’s a sad day – is to accept defeat.
The moment in time brought about unity.

We emerged from the ashes as one nation.
It was our AMERICAN blood relation.

Do you remember
Good ol’ 11th of September.

3497 lives were lost to a new wars gain.
Then President O. made sure we caught what’s his name.

Enjoy the day and hug your kids.
Forgive them for all if that stuff they did.

Thank God for them and honor the day
Break from the grind and give them some play.

And for everyone who lost a loved one on that day –
For you and your strength, I continuously pray.

About 911,
Life is short enjoy the sum.

I’m Qui.

P.S. Today is TJ’s viewing, (Tina’s Baby). Read TJ’s story here.

About those BABATUNDE’s

In Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement on March 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Part 2. & Part 3.

The year was 1998 and the show was “BLIND LEMON: PRINCE OF COUNTRY BLUES” Co-Written by Akin Babatunde and Alan Govenar. Rehearsals were at The Documentary Arts and the plays debut was at Dallas’ Majestic Theater – inside of The Black Box Theater, (a cozy & quaint venue located on the basement level) and I was the newest member of the casted ensemble. There was Liz Mikel, Eric Allen, Ms. Norma Miller (choreographer who taught me how to do the SOFT SHOE), Cynthia Jackson, Slim, David Peaston, Benita Arterberry Cavin Yarbrough, Alisa Peoples Yarbrough, Walter Fauntleroy, and countless others whose names escape me right now, including the graceful dancers from Bruce Wood Dance Company [Fort Worth, TX].

Good times. I learned a lot, especially from Liz and Cynthia, but none did I learn from more than Obba’s brother, Akin Babatunde.

Whose Obba? No you didn’t. He’s just one of the strongest and longest career working black actors to date. It’s true. Did you know Obba was on “ALL MY CHILDREN” in 1987? I was too young to be involved in all of that at the time, but research is ‘a mother’ and LONGEVITY is KEY. 😉

Obba’s brother is a legendary Acting Coach & Theatrical Director. Personally Akin’s acting workshops took me to places I’d never known (in my mind or in character). ‘Talk about getting lost in a script? Awesome! Regardless of the scenario, the era, or the scene: I was there. Full on and committed. As if Akin would have you any other way. It’s either full commitment or get off his stage.

Seriously.

Akin and Obba Babatunde

Akin is from NY and is of BROADWAY (to off-Broadway, Regional Film & TV) STOCK and is not the type of guy that would ‘kid you’ or comes off as someone ‘who wants to be kidded around with’ when it comes to writing, directing, or the craft of acting and as a result of ☛ ☛ ☛ ☛ his productions are nothing less than brilliant. Stunningly and Creatively BRILLIANT!

One of the proudest moments in my theatrical history came at meeting Akin, being casted in “BLIND LEMON: Prince of Country Blues” [3 year run] and workshopping the historical based project (for what seemed like years) under his direction in its early stages of development. We explored deep depths and reached crazy heights during the process.

BLIND LEMON: Prince of Country blues lead the way for us to perform live on many dates, at many venues all over the world. The award nominations and winning receptions were thick. I’ve done quite a bit of theatrical performances prior and afterward – but this experience, by far, was the greatest of them all. I learned much and knowledge is irrefutable. Many thanks to Akin Babatunde, Alan Govenar and Kelita Doolan! I’ll never forget…

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Life changing stuff that a girl could never forget.
Watermarked by a Babatunde to my benefit.

It’s funny how one thought immediately leads to another,
I actually started out thinking about writing on that ICE CUBE brother.

Well thinking about him – lead me to thinking about his TBS show:
Are We There Yet” with the Essence Atkins flow.

That thought lead me to review her acting resume & comedy shows – she’d been cast,
and that lead me to reminiscing about past laughs at her on UPN’s HALF & HALF.

Remember that show – Co-starring Rachel True?
She was Mary Jane in Dave Chappelle‘s “HALF BAKED” view.

Anywho – Essence & Rach’ were half sisters on UPN’s ‘modern URBAN family’ convey
and their casted commonality father figure was the dynamic Obba Babatunde.

Of course thinking about Obba, naturally lead me to hover
in thoughts about my theater fam and his fantastic brother
whose known for multiple achievements and is still going on strong.
One of my favorite exhibitions of AKIN is in PBS’: WISHBONE.
Him and that dang dog had it going on.

I thank God for all that is good and for the degrees of seperation that do connect us,
I’m Qui
Still stunned by fates opportunitic sum – having studied under Akin in Texas.

The Linguistic: GRIOT

In Communication, Griot, Networking on January 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

Recognize the linguistic. Enjoy it's relativity.

My Kinfolk.

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 meeting he dropped knowledge on me and informed me of a historical West African Linquistic 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 crowd and told that my style of conversation likens to a tribe in W. Africa…I am thrilled.

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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 historical documentation 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 story teller – Griotte is the term used for the female counter part]

And then…

In Griot, News, Politics, Sports, TV Shows on June 29, 2010 at 11:57 pm

And then THE NEWS

Larry King decides to leave his LIVE show,
After 25 years – CNN will let him go.

For familial reasons — and who could argue with that?
His kids are 10 & 11 now…years he’ll never get back.

Thus anytime is good time for Ol’ Larry to hang his suspenders
We’ll still be talking about his work for as long as time remembers.

As Larry kicks the mic, FIFA continues to kick the ball to many a fan – in losing disbelief,
That such an important event would be so out of touch with GOAL and SCORING TECHNOLOGY.

NY is being primed as California is up to vote on legalizing pot
and as long as Montel Williams lives (with MS in NY) – he won’t stop.

Hurricane Alex is currently acting up — fa’ sho,
Looks like he’ll be wetting up our Texas coast.

Today is HUMP Day – let us make it a DAY of WINS,
I’m Qui
Applying Griot to my World News flow – tis current until – And then

Who can refuse a good NEWS PERUSE? 🙂

VH1 HIP HOP HONORS ‘key-in’ on The SOUTH

In Griot, Music, News on March 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

VH1 2010 Focus
Straight from the mouth of Fab5Freddy: “The 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors is focusing in on the South this year” and instead of airing in October (as they have years before), the PARTY will POP OFF in JUNE! “Get out!” I said, while i-chatting in TX with the Legendary Hip Hop Statesman broadcasting from his NY home.

Don’t you just love technology? You gotta’ love it, especially when the feed you’re taking in is dropping mad information about this years VH1 Hip Hop Honors honoring The Geto Boyz, Slim Thug, Bun B, and on and on and on… It looks like the ATL will be represented, as will the boot (Louisiana), Florida, and the VA. Yep! Timbalands contributions run deep. Whenever I think Hot VA Hip Hop Producers: Timbaland, Magoo & Missy are among staple thoughts. Amen? I’m anxious already – it’s going down in JUNE. The count down is on! Stay Tuned…

Fab-Nelson-George-2010 Click HERE to relive the HONORS

VH1 Hip Hop Honors will be focusing in on the south
What an interesting choice – during this musical drought.

When I first heard the news, I shreaked where I sat.
Because I’ve heard no new music in my southern hood to warrant that.

But when the Hip Hop Statesman clarified, they’re going back to the start
And focusing on the foundation of the southern rap movement – @ heart,

I began to relax easy and let Fab continue to paint the view
that looked alot like focusing on key figures — who are well past thier due.

Oo-Oo-Ooo The Geto Boyz ain’t new & ain’t cut a track in 2 decades
But it’s never to late, (while breaths in your face) to be awarded the honorable accolade.

Hey-eeey! I’m diggin’ it – I’m diggin’ it. Last years broadcast was a HIT!
What an honor it is, to have geographical dibs in the Hip Hop Honors gig.

My wig is happy! Good information and technology highlighted the score,
I’m Qui
Residing in the South –kicking it with ‘The Legendlike Harlem is next door.

The 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards Show will air: June 7th @ 9/8c