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Monthly Archives: June 2014
Many young people can’t wait to get in a relationship with the opposite sex. The songs young people listen to, and people in general—sing about the beauty of love, and all the great things of being in love.
There are a lot of great things in being in love. Yet, many of the things are in some ways illusionary. Being in love is great. Everybody should experience love. That is a gift right from God.
Love is free…or at least it should be. But, try loving somebody without money, and see how hard they love you back. If you do not have the money—you better have the potential to make money in the near future. Love without money is just an illusion.
Money is a form of exchange. The paper or metal or whatever a group of people consider money is valuable, not really. The actual material used to make money is not expensive. But, once the material is shaped, fashioned, and given value, certain values—the material becomes valuable. Money is just another medium of exchange.
Many of the problems people face in relationships are over money. So, young people, and people in general, make money any way you can. God gave you brains, talents, skills—use all of that.
Older people need to be upfront and truthful with the youth. Our young people need to know we love them, and we are going to make sure they have a trade, skill, craft to make it in this world.
We need to make sure the youth have a trade so they can work for themselves or other people if they choose to. When they find that one they want to spend the rest of their lives with—or at least attempt to—they will not have to worry about how they will make it.
It takes money to eat at nice restaurants, go to concerts, plays, take trips, take the children to the carnival, to get married, go to the movies. Almost everything cost in this world.
This is a materialistic world. If we as a people produced, manufactured, and invented more—we would not have to worry about money as much. But, right now as a people, we do not. So, we better get on the grind (Get Busy) doing something for ourselves and our children.
I’m sad to hear of the Death of Ruby Dee. But, she lives forever in her works. She was 1 of my favorite artist. But, so was Maya Angelou, Gordon Parks, Amiri Baraka, Gil Scott-Heron & others who have died in Recent Years. I celebrate their lives, Read their works, Inspired by their works, Share their works & tell others about them, young to old.
Ruby, the Ultimate Artist, Freedom Fighter. She put our people rise over even her art. She & Ossie were punished for being involved in the Civil Rights movement. Black (White-Listed) from Broadway & Hollywood. But, they took their Art to Black Churches & Black Colleges & Black Communities, learned to make movies themselves, wrote scripts & started a underground movemnt & got buzz going & more fans. Hollywood & Broadway, came at them again. But, now, Ruby & Ossie were the Bosses.
Long Live Ruby Dee, the Boss.
A Look at Classic Hip-Hop/–“Stressed Out”-feat. Faith Evans/–From The Legendary MC J-Dilla’s “Slum Village Collection”
Something to Get Your Day Kicked Off: Classic Hip-Hop from the Legendary MC (J-Dilla’s)
* “Slum Village Collection”.
* “Stressed Out (Baby Phife Version- Full) Featuring Faith Evans”
*Mp3 Download Link
Stressed Out–feat. Faith Evans
J-Dilla was/is (I say “is” because he still lives through his timeless music, even though he physically died a few years ago) A Timeless MC/Producer & Lyricist.
If you not familiar with him, I beg of you to get familiar wt his work. Timeless Art. Google him. Go to Youtube. Look into his timeless music, lyrics & beats.
Research the artists careers he helped to kick off to another hemisphere.
In this song, listen to the lyrics. Listen to the storytelling. Listen J-Dilla Awesome Beat & the relevant lyrics of the artists.
We got to get back to storytelling & relevant lyrics in our music.
Today’s beats are tight. No doubt that. But, we got to lift our lyrical game back up to Profoundness.
Our ancestors, at the bottom of the slave ships said “one day, we coming up.”
We have risen to the occasion in every generation in The Wild Wild West. I believe in Us.
We will rise to the occasion. Let’s Go.
I am Reading Chester Himes Autobiography–“My Life of Absurdity”. Volume 2 of his 2 Volumes of Autobiography.
I read Volume 1
“The Quality of Hurt” a few years ago.
Last Week. His Novel
“Cotton Comes to Harlem”
A few months ago
“The Collected Short Stories of Chester Himes”
He wrote 18 Novels & 2 Volumes of Autobiography & many Short Stories.
* A Prolific Writer.
Best known probably as creator of 2 rough neck Harlem Detectives named “Coffin Ed Smith” & “Gravedigger Jones.”
The detectives featured in his famous film “Cotton Comes to Harlem”, based on his novels “Cotton Comes to Harlem” & “Come Back, Charleston Blue”
He stories represents the best in storytelling. They move fast, well thought out & actioned packed.
Chester Himes. A Literary Genius.
Even though JET Magazine is ending, there is still an Online version. As been stated before, the digital medium has stepped up & hitting hard.
What does this mean? It means, we will, in many ways, have to embrace this medium. Many will not, and that’s cool. But, it’s a reality.
There are phones & tablets that do real well with the digital platforms, ebooks, magazines, internet, etc.
Let’s continue to read Jet and Keep it Moving. We are a brilliant people. Our whole history in this country, we have had to adapt & make the best we could out of what was/is before us. We have faced a lot of trials & tribulations & leaned right on into the difficult winds like Kings & Queens & Overcame Much.
Make Sure Your Children Read during the Summer. Don’t let them get Rusty. Reading, Writing & Math.
The children should keep their reading, writing & math up over the Summer.
Don’t let them get lazy or rusty.
Make sure they read 1 or 2 books minimum a month.
Give them book reports. Oral & Written. Other wise, they might just surface read the books. But, if they know they will have to give a book report, oral & written, they will read the books with great care & read to understand understand & retain what they are reading.
Watch “Queen Anna Nzinga”
Great Old School Music brings whole movies worth of memories back to our minds. That’s why I love music so much. The stories they tell. MUSIC, OLD SCHOOL MUSIC had Profound Lyrics. Words that had meaning. Words that were Relevant Then & Now.
Unfortunately, much of the Music we hear today is 3 word songs. Hook Filled Songs. Songs based on an Instant Grit Society. You know music is good when teens can hear an old school song and be cool with it. Some even make mixed tapes from the old school album crate. Some Beat Makers chop & dice the old school music and put samples in the new school music.
Yes, 1 Song has the ability to transcend time back to special places in our hearts & minds.