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Word of The Day

In Book, Communication, Griot, Music, News, Self Improvement on September 15, 2017 at 4:45 am

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Good morning “ami!” How in the world have you been?
Our 1st new word is “ami” and it is French meaning friend.

Dear Ami, I have missed you. Did you acquire much work and play
since we last spoke, 2-days ago on the hump of a mid-week day?

I’ve indulged in much reading, comprehending and analyzing views…
What I have not been doing – in the least, is watching local or satellite news.

I’ve nothing against Chuck Todd or Velshi & Rule
though to inhale that on a daily will make you the fool.

auto-cash-counter-gif.gifI’m not a good fool, so I’ve been reading and investing in self.
I’m a writer. Reading is fundamental and contributes to my colleague’s wealth.

Enough about me, let’s get back to the Word of The Day,
Are you being “perspicuous” when you speak your say?

Perspicuous means (of language) transparent and clear; easy to understand.
This is the charge of every orator, writer and book binder in the land.

Clear and concise is best. It is true.
Therefore “perspicuous” is word #2.

I’m parable-simple, still perspicuous in my writes of convey.
Don’t let the griot hold you up, yo’ – like a good sonnet, digest the say.

the-cat-and-the-hat-michael-meyers.gifI think you can. Dr. Seuss and the longevity of rap have paved the way
for the comprehension of griot; story telling via rhyme did pervade.

Before there were any Dr. Seuss books or one track of Hip Hop/Rap
griot masters were passing down news in rhyme – no shine, just the facts.

Surely you knew that before reading it here today,
Therefore your 3rd new word must be “pervade.”

Pervade means (especially of a smell) spread throughout and perceived in every part of.
The griot format indeed permeated; tho credit-wise it was underrated. Today let it be dug.

Last but not least, I’ve found another interesting word that I’d like to share with you,
I don’t know if you have room in your vocabulary for it, but the word is “moue” (moo).

moue-face-poutingMoue is not new and is seen most on a fixed-minded face;
Moue is the word for that pouting expression used to convey annoyance or distaste.

Word of Advice: Don’t moue.
It doesn’t look cute on you.

My “Word of The Day” title – seems to convey that there would be just 1,
I’m Qui
and I chose 1 + 3 because 4 new words will yield more vocabulary fun.

What on earth will you talk about tonight?
A new word or two will sew you up tight.

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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.

STRAIGHT OUTTA my life and onto the REEL screen…

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement on August 15, 2015 at 8:41 am

2015-funky-town-quiI literally lived through the NWA era. By the time my high school senior year [1989] rolled around NWA was all that K104.5 FM radio [Dallas/Fort Worth] would play during the noon day lunch and evening hours. And yes – the police were mad. It was a fierce era.

About Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dre, MC Wren, DOC, what was born, what they had to say and what they meant was laid out. It was fantastic and the movie production was spot on. Of course Dre and Ice Cube produced the joint and the authenticity of the article is transparent. I laughed, I cried, I put my hands up in the air – yes, I was jamming – it was real. I was fortunate to be catching a matinée run in the most amazing theater that included an automatic leather recliner for each guest and enough arm room on both sides to hold a plate and a glass of chardonnay. They didn’t sell Chardonnay, but I did have the nacho combo – it included a 52oz drink. I tipped out 3 times to the ladies room. Do not get the 52oz and drink unconsciously in the dark. Fortunately for me I remember the details of the era like yesterday so tip toeing out 3 times during quickening discussions was not to the detriment of my full experience.

I did learn a lot more about ICE CUBE than I knew in detail. I always knew Cube was the writer. I always loved that about him, but while we were living the era and O’Shea became an actor, series and film producer – I was both surprised and delighted. However, to see the details in the film surrounding how he ‘rose to those challenges’ was piece fitting and even bolder than I had ever imagined.  After seeing him face  and ultimately trample over Jerry, (their former manager) – I was again impressed with his vision and strength at such a young age. The historical layers that make up his character today is mad attractive. I’m looking at his dome piece again and I’m literally smiling.

What can I say about DR. DRE? Wow. This brother, right here! Been attractive and ain’t changing. I did, however hear a piece on MSNBC last night discussing Dre and domestic violence against a female VJ. The woman that brought this up was black and stated that she “wished this had been included in the film to shine a light on what happened and to show how Dre righted his wrongs and has evolved on domestic violence issues.” I knew nothing about that at all and the film did not reflect as much. The woman (on MSNBC) followed up with saying, ‘the omission of such information was clearly an artistic direction decision,’ and that she still enjoyed the film. So did I. Dre isn’t a business man without mistakes. I suppose in context, perhaps this unsavory bit of history 411 has the capacity to help Ray Rice and others who have slipped into the dark slope that domestic violence is. Dr. Dre certainly ‘rapped up’  any parallels between him and the sickness and has moved on to a much more gentle reflected life. No one is perfect and Dr. Dre is nonetheless brilliant still. God bless the VJ…

Eric “EAZY-E” Wright was a package of dynamite! My goodness did this film put the pieces together for me on his life. Eazy-E died of HIV and that little fact was a bomb shell when it hit the hip hop community. I should know, I was stunned where I stood (in real life) when he died.   I was floored the diagnosis was revealed. The film put a lot of stories into context for me; puzzled pieces that had long eluded me. Eazy was a money flipper. Eazy was a business man and now we know.

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I gathered it was unprotected sex that did Eazy-E in
but not a minute before he left us a blood-kin.

E stepped off where lil Eazy began and it’s history now.
The group was birthed and became a cash cow.

Management was dirty, like it often is.
I love Music Managers – but it is a dirty biz.

Ice Cube is a writing genius; he started as a kid.
He harbors no fear, with or with out peers – he’s the jiz!

I enjoyed the film to the -enth degree. I’m just a writer and this is my part,
I’m Qui
and I must say my emotions did sway when I saw TUPAC –  he was my heart.

The cast of male actors greatly resembled the real.
Go see STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON for your first-hand appeal.
It’s the REEL DEAL.

Back to the grill again

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on December 26, 2011 at 7:33 am

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Where’s MC Search when you need him on a chilly Monday morning?

I’m up at the crack of spawn
which is usually 4 hours before dawn

bright eyed, bushy tail and yawning.

We’re Back to the grill again – whatever that means for you.

I’m not working today,
so for me it’s more play

thus I figured I’d kick it with you. Ooo!

MC Search on a Monday Morning on the way to work ..ie "the grill"
Click here to jam MC SEARCH – “BACK TO THE GRILL AGAIN”.

How was the Christmas Holiday for you? Did you get a lot of love?
Did you get a coat, a scarf, a hat or new gloves?

The Arizona weather requires none of the (materials) above.
So I gave and I received excessive amounts of love;
via kisses, extended blisses, rich wisdom and hugs.

I didn’t make a Christmas list – everything I wanted was a need.
I copped a house and a car — yielding me a few more keys.
Yeeeee!

I had my two kids by my side, (the eldest brought home a friend).
The dining score was 4:1 — as in women to men. lol!
The fun never ends

Are you going into the office, o’ workaholic honey?
Ain’t nothing sexier than those committed to making money.

Somebody’s got to do it – I just do it at a leisure pace,
I’m Qui
Back to the grill again
: Cheering you on as you run the race.
Hey-ey!

Today is a H A P P Y Day

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Self Improvement on August 31, 2011 at 9:53 am

Happy Birthday Fab5Freddy

I was happy to bed and happy to rise;
I was happy to breathe and open my eyes
to see another day not promised to me;
To revel in life and enjoy her mystery;
To stop and smell the roses and hammer out a blog.
I’m happy right now —> I’m a communication hog.

No ordinary hump is applicable to this date –
watermarked by the birth of Frederick Brathwaite.
Sheer legacy is in tact and his ART is crystal steady;
Toast some Dom or put one in the air for Fab 5 Freddy.

Be like Ms. DaBrat
you can put it in your rap.

I’m happy today because friendship is golden.
I’m a lover of gold, so to friends I’m beholden. lol!
Not a lover of jewelry or much for material things,
but I do love Mr. Brathwaite from his ART to his HIP HOP seams.

‘Ya know what I mean?
He wears intellect like oil sheen.
It’s all in his head and I like watching.
I’m known for LISTENING when F5F is talking.
Knowledge is heavy – only fools are squawking.
Among us today a LEGEND is walking.

H a p p y B i r t h d a y Dear Friend,
who consistently paints life NEW again. 🙂

Today is a HAPPY Day. Today has diverse meaning,
I’m Qui
Happy about Todays LIFE. To express it is quite FREE’ing.
What a wonderful feeling!