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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.

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.