Return of the Ankh in 2010

 

‘New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh” release date is Feb. 23rd, 2010. I swear, I think 2010 is going to be a good year.

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Avatar metaphoric to the African Diaspora

My english minor is about to kick in because after watching the movie “Avatar”.

 I started to think about the Indigenous creatures that they “sky people” were calling them were of the African Diaspora.  Yes they looked Indian with the tribal paint, and yes they also looked African with the dreaded locks and braids, but when they spoke I heard an islander accent within their language. As for the creatures, they were very tall and strong and their intelligence against the human race was phenomenal.  Using mother nature to create different connections with the ancestory also reminded me of some type of spiritual reflection.

As for the plot, I felt as if it were the “White Man” trying to take the Indigenous people’s land just like the Europeans came into Africa, and America and ruined the rich history that we must continue to sufer from now.  The only thing I did like was that the “sky people” did want to come to an understanding, become one, and trusted on the land of Avatar.  What if that was replaced with the African History?

Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

There has been a big uproar about the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009” recently that they are trying to prosecute Ugandans for practicing Homesexuality. Life imprisonment and death are said to be the consequences for being gay.  The likelyhood of this bill being passed after the 2011 Elections is at a high stake.

According to the Huffington Post nearly 95% of the population of Uganda are religious leaving me to believe that homosexuality is not of acceptance.   After reading many articles on the gay rights in Uganda my heart becomes weak to know that in worst cases homosexuality is not accepted worldwide.  In America, people are ridiculed, beaten, and stunned from their life everyday but to have a bill passed that will prosecute people because of their sexual orientation is very unmoral.

“One example of continuing discrimination came from Uganda, where President Yoweri Museveni order­ed the Criminal Investigation Department to locate and arrest homosexuals in that nation.”

As an heterosexual/straight woman I do not know if I could relate to anyone that is gay, lesbian, or transgender, but I know that when it comes to Human Rights, Homosexuality, should be a right that is given to you and you should not have to fight for something about yourself that you have no control over.

Say a Prayer for Uganda.

Dreams Really Do Come True

I finally had a chance to help the box office numbers this past weekend, and went to see Disney’s “The Princess and The Frog”.  It was an amazing fairytale I’d must say the least.  With the setting and theme based in New Orleans my heart felt warm as disney animation told the story of a young black girl who worked for her dreams while stumbling upon love.  I don’t want to spoil everything for you because everyone from 0-150 should go out and support this black fairytale.

The Other Woman.

Ashley Dupre, as well all know is an escort and she feels there are four types of men:

A faithful man, a man with a girlfriend, a man that’s unfaitful, a married man with kids.

The only thing that she doesn’t target is the “faithful” man. She disgusts me only because she is making a living off of being the other women.  With this whole tiger situation, I feel that he is giving these women a chance to shine.  They are put in the spotlight and want to be called out even if they were categorized as a hoe, an escort, or the homewrecker.

I will never allow myself and those women that are in my life to be put down as nothing but the best when it comes to their men.  And if you know the different categories for married men, then hunny you have a problem.

VH1’s 100 Hip-Hop Songs

I was so happy to flip to VH1 after a long day, to find all of my favorite hip-hop artists of all times on the Top 100 Hip-Hop countdowns.  I stood up on my bed and recited lyrics to Chubb Rock “Treat em Right”  and Blackstar “Definitions. And then I started to do the bankhead bounce and tootsie roll to 2 Live Crew “Me so Horny” and YoYo “Cant play with my Yo-Yo”…let’s not forget my all-time favorite A Tribe Called Quest..no need to be specific!

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I was exposed at a very young age in the 80’s to Hip-Hop Culture through my dad.  He was a DJ on the side, and used to play all types of music of that would blasting through our little house in Oakland, ca.  From old school raggae and hip-hop and even oldies, the music seeped into my soul and became apart of me.  I feel like that was when music was REAL.  The messages that artists were sending to their friends were not just “LOL smiley face” but something that you can relate to, whether you were a mother with 5 kids on welfare, or a college student trying to make something out of yourself.  I sometimes wish I was the age I am in the 80′ and early 90’s, that when music was the best reflection of the hip-hop culture! 

Here’s voter’s top 10 choice by artist/title

01 Public Enemy / “Fight The Power”
02 Sugarhill Gang / “Rapper’s Delight”
03 Dr. Dre / “Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang”
04 Run-DMC ft/ Aerosmith/ “Walk This Way”
05 Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five / “The Message”
06 N.W.A. / “Straight Outta Compton”
07 Notorious B.I.G. / “Juicy”
08 Snoop Doggy Dogg / “Gin and Juice”
09 Salt-N-Pepa / “Push It”
10 Kurtis Blow / “The Breaks”