11/17/09

Street Bullies Medley

Been feelin' this for a while now... Director Jay Will aka Game Over recently came out with the Street Bullies Medley music video featuring Ce'cile, Chris Martin, Red Foxx, Vybz Kartel and Shaggy. My favourite part of the video ... Foxx's section "Bounce"... it just makes me move... Enjoy.


Nah Stress

Someone told me the other day to never feel like im not worthy of being loved... Shoot, i may've had my share of bad apples but that never EVER crossed my mind. I know my worth, recognize my faults & am familiar with my achievements. Are you? For the ladies feelin down for whatever reason, this song is for you.... Doh stress! It wont change a thing, aside from affecting you physically & mentally.
Ce'cile says it best on the Street Bullies riddim, and so I share her words with you.

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11/8/09

Sapphire's Push

It arrived on Friday... and I was surprised something so celebrated could be under two hundred pages... I can definitely appreciate "don't judge a book by its cover" a little more now...

Push by Sapphire is powerful, passionate, raw. It was hard for me to digest some of it... but I managed to finish it yesterday....

The novel definitely made me stop short & think about all of things I take for granted... and things that do occur all the time. Sapphire put me in a position to feel completely helpless to help Precious.... She also gives you a front row seat to all of the horror and depravity Precious is subject to for sixteen years of her life....

It speaks to the strength of women.. in all situations. Although I don't believe all females would be able to live through what the novel describes, I believe the choice to survive and the will to leave it all behind is present within all of us. Precious just needed a little push. Don't we all?
Whether the novel is based on a true story, or not, its realist approach to and exploration of violence, sexuality, familial ties, and abuse, encourage provacative thought... And it will definitely foster deep conversations.

On November 22/09 What Women Want presents Literary Journey, granting an open forum for women in Toronto to get together and openly discuss the novel over dinner surrounded by friends and (possibly) like-minded individuals. It’s a little pricey for my recession/student budget but, their events are always worth the time & funds invested & the discussion at the event would definitely be of interest to anyone who's read Push. Check it out.

This week I see the movie. Let's see what's been edited out and what the producers decided to keep in.

secrets, shame, shiloh.

-- she hates her. "hate" is a strong word

--she prides herself on not cryin at the funeral..

--she's lost; alienated, silent.

singalong.

11/3/09

Sense of Pride

I just youtubed Alicia Keys' & Jay-Z's performance at game 2 for the World Series in New York... When I watched that performance.... I dont know what it was but a sense of pride just took over, making me tear up just a little. Echo & all. Its just one of those feel-good-deep-down-songs(whether you're reppin NY or not) & its a fantastic collabo between artists at the top of their game... & lol at the shocked uproar when Jigga told the crowd & Yankees alike "Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game / Shit, I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can" (@ 1:36-1:40).

Black pride much?? From Jackie Robinson being the first African-American to enter the MLB (1947) to African-Americans opening the game, we've been doing everything and anything from time & we will continue to rise.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiryjGi6wZQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0xcc2550&color2=0xe87a9f&border=1]
Empire State of Mind Performance

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