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Music Wednesday – Aaliyah

Aaliyah_album_coverI recently put this album back on my playlist and it has been great.  Here are some of my favourites.

1. Rock the boat.

2. It’s Whatever.


3. At your best.  Not from the same album but beyond solid.

4. I refuse

Hope you enjoy. Did I miss any?

Happy Hump Day!

Music Wednesdays – Mighty Mos Def

One of my favorite artists. Hope you enjoy these as well.

1. Umi Says

2. U r the One

3. The Panties

Have a great Hump Day!

Music Wednesday – Elle Verner

elle 2I have posted music by Elle Verner in the past and I think my appreciation for her sound has increased. I would summarize her sound as a mixture of  jazz, R&B, soul, hip-hop a touch of pop. With her raspy voice and b-girl style I found great comfort in these songs in particular. Hope you enjoy as well.

1. Refill

2. Go! – This song is on the the Power puff girls theme song riddim. Fyah!!

3. Ghosts

4. Leaf

5. Only want to give it to you

Happy Hump Day!

Fyah Friday

Fantastic

 

Here are a few randoms that caught my eye this week.

  1. This was an interesting article about the far-reaching fallout of the recent Lance Armstrong developments. I do not have any tattoos although I have come close a few times. Apart from a family member’s name, I don’t think I have found is a symbol/word/picture that I can commit to.  I found it interesting how these people viewed their body art when the LiveStrong association became tainted by association.
  2. I came across this one on a sisteren’s facebook page. While the Harlem Shake viral video phenomenon has been rather interesting, I was struck that there were so many people that don’t know the original Harlem Shake dance. Apparently someone else felt this way and went to the streets of Harlem to ask Harlem natives what they think about the videos baring their neighbourhood’s name. It is funny to watch but it provides current proof that appropriation is so very real.
  3. Any Fire Stirrers in Philly should go check out this exhibit of costumes worn by the Supreme’s. I would argue them to be one of the most significant music groups in US music history and I would like to personally thank them for influencing some of my favourite songs and groups. The costumes are awesome. Can you tell that I like glitter J?
  4. Last but surely not least is this new Amnesty International petition to put sexual and reproductive health and rights on the global agenda. Sign on! Take part! My Body! My Rights

Have a great weekend!

Fyah Friday- Fashion and ish

Effortless and amazing

I really enjoy fashion. I am not particularly into brands but I have learned that you get what you pay for most of the time. Also, I am a few years past the  Forever 21 throwaway-outfits  age range so it’s important that I buy clothes that fit well and will last.    Here are some of the fashion bloggers that I follow .

Folake Huntoon at Style Pantry

I really like Folake’s effortless and classic style. Always sexy but modest at the same time. She has a look of the day everyday and always lets us know how to get versions of the clothes and shoes she features.  Men’s wear, fitness gadgets too! #getit!

Patrice Yursik at Afrobella

Patrice is one of the pioneer black fashion bloggers and as testament to her hard word she even has her own MAC lipgloss. That’s a big deal! I been following her for years and has seen her grow into a major player in the beauty blogging scene. She has lot’s of info  on health and products and fashion events to keep you entertained. Definitely one to check out.

Beena at Beena’s Little works of Art.

This youtube channel is all about natural (without acrylic tips) nail art. I sometimes think that I have a lot of makeup but I actually have a tons of nail polish. It’s pretty cheap and it’s easy for me to pick up a few bottles in beautiful colours that I want try on my nails. When I get adventurous I see what Beena has been up to and usually try some of her designs myself. I usually can only get a passing grade on my left hand so the design hardly sees outside of my house. I still really enjoy trying and one day, I shall overcome my shaky left hand application.

Addendum 🙂

One of my sheroes, Joan Morgan, has branched out from writing books that changed my life to her own line of body butters. Check out her project at ByEmilyJayne.com and read about her hand made products inspired by the Caribbean. Her signature body butter is titled Wench, gotta love it!

Cutest.EVAR!

Fyah Links

Quick Friday round-up.

1. It’s election time in the US so that means that it is election coverage time all over. I really have fundamental issues with the existing political system and feel that it is inherently rotten. This pure fyah article by black girl dangerous  totally underscores how I feel about elections and politics and voting and our so called democratic choice. When elections happen in my neck of the woods, I fear that I will have to really convince myself to vote and I don’t want to have to do that. I would really rather not be around.

2. Lupe Fiasco recently tweeted that he is going to retire from rap due to feedback he has gotten for his newest video for ‘ Bitch Bad’. I have never gotten into Lupe’s music but I heard good things from friends and knew him to be among the more conscious few artists that got noticed. I personally didn’t really like the song or the video, but it is a conversation starter and a welcome addition to the video rotation for what it is trying to do. I kind of thought that some bloggers went in pretty hard on him and his representations in the video/song and I can understand that he would take it personally. Is he too thin-skinned? Are social commentators too hard on those that are trying to make an impact? Do we dissect the obviously problematic music as much?

3.  The region was represented today at the 2012 Paralympian Jamol Pilgrim from Antigua. The runner took part in the 100m heats this morning. Even though he didn’t place, this is a fantastic feat for the region and Addfyah wishes him all the best in the future.

Music Wednesday

Another Hump-Day. We are almost at Friday! We can do it!

1) Blasting Away- J.Nation Featuring Drastic and Logiq Pryce

Music and video by Antiguan artists.  I really like this song and the concept is awesome.

2) Soul II Soul- Back to Life

One of my most favourite songs, this always makes me happy.

3)  Mary J. Bligh- You Bring me Joy

What can I say? 🙂

Some old, some new, hoping you all enjoy!

makes the ppl come together- hmmmmm music

I was going to do a “summer” carnival music post but really I have to do a little more research for it to be a quality post. But biggin’ up all the people getting ready for the road in St. Lucia and St. Vincent in July, Antigua, Barbados, Nevis and Grenada in August…. if only I had the money and the stamina.

So instead of carnival music I give you music that makes me go hmmmmm….

Hmmmm… Well everyone’s talking about Erykah and this video. Yeah, it’s certainly not something I’d do and definitely do not get but I’m pretty sure that no matter what she does I’ll always kinda love her for seemingly doing whatever the fuck she wants. And no matter what she does some people will always not love her. NSFW.

**** pulled this video  because of a statement posted on her facebook page re: her outrage re: not being consulted on the final product, racism and sexism suck.*****

So here’s a daring Erykah we know she was okay with.

Hmmmm… Nostalgia’s powerful. Saw this not-so- amazing clip from the Summer Jam concert in NY last week. I’ve said it b4 and I’ll say it again, Lauryn Hill’s voice is not the toughest, but every time I see her even if I know I’ll be a little disappointed, I get chills.

Hmmmm…. Very different sound, I heard my neighbour singing this one morning when I was hanging out clothes. Her daughter’s pretty funny and her voice is pretty incredible. Going back down memory lane is a little easy in this ages of digital pictures…

In Complexity and Complicity

I watched the Melissa Harris Perry show  for the first this weekend, and I think I’m hooked.  #nerdland stand up!

On Saturday’s show, one of my feminist mentors  Joan Morgan and a few other panellists were talking about the 15th anniversary of the death of  the Notorious B.I.G  and hip hop culture in general and it was a amazing 20 minutes of television.  There were biggie quotes and music clips and a shout outs to female emcees and a discourse on hip hop that you would be hard pressed to find on any other mainstream show.

What really struck me was when Joan Morgan spoke of her relationship with hip hop being one of complexity and complicity. This was one of the clinchers in her 2000 book When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost. How can we be feminist when we sometimes *cringe* like/accept/promote the very things that we are seeking to challenge? It is present not only in music, but all over our culture and manifests through interpersonal relationships, cultural events (sigh, my beloved carnival) and socio-political life.

I was hoping that this discussion, among others that I have had or listened to, would have some magical answer for addressing this issue, something that I could add to my feminist care package to carry around along with my cell phone and keys and eloquently whip out when I am challenged by others and even by myself. Don’t know if that answer exists.

What I do get from these discussions is the dynamism of this cause we call social justice. We have lots of suggestions and ideas but cannot declare any as the way. We question and we analyse and we make choices individually and in our collectives that we hope to chip away at inequality and oppression. I also come away renewed that feminism actively engaging women and all marginalised groups in all our interconnectedness is the missing piece to the puzzle. Our voices, our action, our curiosity is critical to our survival as long we strive towards social justice.

Back in the days

I watch a lot of television. Probably too much. As a consequence, I sometimes watch a whole lot of shit that, for fear of immediate judgement , I will not list at this point. My big shows right now aren’t too bad. I love love love Top Chef Texas, Love it or List it, Glee, Project Runway  and Chopped. See, not bad at all. I must list for good measure however any kind of  Law and Order.

Law and order leads directly into this post as it is a perfect example of shows that aren’t quite what they used to be. Still gripping and interesting to watch but not quite as awesome.  I wanted to big up some shows that are no longer in production but thanks to syndication and Centric  I get to enjoy on a fairly regular basis.

Living Single.

Word to Maxine Shaw! I loved this show. The original group of friends (yes I took it there) living and loving together, the sweet couple, the sexual tension, the gold digger, the aspiring entertainment mogol (Khadijah owned a magazine yall, that’s certainly fyah) all made for a great 30 mins of television. I loved the regular-ness of the characters, for the most part they were people I could definitely relate to and wanted to be when I grew up.

New York Undercover I think I got into this show after it was cancelled but I just couldn’t believe that these sexxi sexxi detectives were running the gritty streets of NYC solving crimes and stuff. Detective Williams was all I needed to make me watch but the story lines were quite thought provoking and dealt with issues that we all can relate to and not ripped from the headlines stories that other crime dramas are famous for.

The Wire

In my opinion THE.BEST.SHOW.EVER. Again, I got into The Wire after it ended and was hugely motivated by the man who redefined sexy Idris Elba but even after he was no longer on the show I was captivated and moved and inspired by the characters presented. The seasons featuring the lives of children are particularly touching to me and I have shed many tears and wished many wishes for them and their circumstances knowing that this is real life to many around us.

King of Queens

Doug and Carrie and Arthur make me smile. Thanks to Derevolushunwidin for introducing me to this one a few years back and it has been a great ride since.

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