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Check Her Out!

Just a story...

Okay, I know I have issues, but what makes Felicia think she can just play me like that? I was standing in front of Mickey, telling him about my plans for after school and here she comes, waltzing in front of him, batting her nasty, fake lashes. Can you believe this chick? She stood there with one hand on her hip, filling my nostrils with her dollar store perfume.

"Can I help you?"
"Naw, I'm wanna talk to Mickey."
"Well, we're in the middle of a conversation right now."
"I'll wait."

I squared off, looking her up and down. Check her out! I mean damn, why is she always trying to irritate me? It's not like I plan my days plotting on ways to get in the mix with her, but she’s always seeking me out, starting shit. I'm not even going to give her the satisfaction...at least for now. I turned around to wrap up the conversation with Mickey and he looked a bit confused as I walked off down the hallway, leaving him with IT. Wait until the Spring Fling bitch... I'll fix your ass then.


posted by Soulfull @ 3/31/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Peace Be Still

I need constant motivation to get through the things I've got going on with myself and it's amazing the things that ring clear in my mind when I'm still enough to listen. I woke up the other morning and immediately reached under my pillow and took out my book, God's Promises for Every Day, and randomly picked a page to read. What I found has been sticking in my mind for a while now... I'm compelled to write it:

We want each of you to go on with the same hard work all your lives so you will surely get what you hope for. We do not want you to become lazy. Be like those who through faith and patience will receive what God has promised. These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for safety. They give us strength to hold on to the hope we have been given. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong. It enters behind the curtain in the Most Holy Place in heaven, where Jesus has gone ahead of us and for us. He has become the high priest forever, a priest like Melchizedek. - Hebrews 6:11-12, 18-20




posted by Soulfull @ 3/31/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Regulators - Mount Up!

I love that movie, Young Guns II. The way those regulators climbed on top of their horses reminds me of my husband and his friends...

What are we doing today? That's how every conversation starts when it comes time for my husband to ride his CBR1000. From the time the annuals start to peek in the front yard and the weatherman makes his "what-a-beautiful-day" proclamations, I am frequently surrounded by bikes. They're on the TV (think Midnight Club 3 and the Speed Channel), they're out front of the house, they're zooming by me on the street, and even my son has his own miniature speed bike... It seems everywhere I look; there they are - thanks to my bike-loving husband. As I type this, he is somewhere ripping up the pavement on the Beltway and yeah, I’ve joined him a few times, even bought myself a helmet and a Joe Rocket jacket, but I’m just not into it as much as he is. Oooo weee, did it drive me nuts when he wanted to go to Black Bike Week with his friends. I’ve heard and seen all the crazy things that go on down there, yet I was okay with him going because, as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, but I doubt my heart could stand another week long vacation away from him. I guess I'll have to prepare myself for the clouds of smoke I'm bound to see from the burnouts in the neighborhood or the robust smell of exhaust fumes that will inevitably fill my home when he walks through the door. It was no surprise that one of his latest contributions to the mag was a poem about those rockets… Yup, spring is here…



posted by Soulfull @ 3/31/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




One 'Fly' Housefly















The Headline Reads:Housefly Gets Glasses

Going through my emails and came across this interesting story. This housefly is giving Three Six Mafia a run for their money! LOL! I gotta stay flyyyyyyy!

posted by Soulfull @ 3/31/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Over The Hedge In Chinatown

Yesterday, my good friend Laura and I found ourselves in a sea of media/creative types attending an advanced showing of the new DreamWorks movie, Over the Hedge (think popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis) at the Regal Cinemas in Chinatown. Now usually Laura has to force me to go places and this outing was no different, but when I stepped into the pre-screening reception, I felt so at home! I watched all the writers, photographers, etc. wondering how they made it "here" and what could I/Soulful Synergy do to stay constantly “in the know”. As we waited around eating our continental breakfast, I silently seethed for not bringing my camera to the screening-UGH, but thank goodness for the camera phone that Laura had. I made good use of it as we sat in our top-row-right-in-the-middle movie seats listening to the Director of the film, Tim Johnson, tell us about the great effort that went into making Hedge. Tim turned it over to the CEO of DreamWorks, Jeffrey Katzenberg, who presented us with two snippets of upcoming films, Flushed Away and First Flight. Both looked very promising! At that moment, who should then step in front of the audience? None other than Wanda Sykes, who plays a feisty skunk, named Stella in the film! As I fumble to take a far away/grainy cell phone photo of her, she proceeds to tell us about the fun she had making the film and if she had just a bit more time she would share her views on immigration-LOL! It was a real treat for Wanda to give us all a few laughs before we watched the feature film...

The Synopsis reads:

Just whose backyard is it, anyway? Spring has sprung, and Verne and his woodland friends awaken from their long winters nap to discover that a tall, green thing has mysteriously cropped up right through the middle of their home. Enter RJ, an opportunistic raccoon, who explains that the world beyond the hedge is the gateway to the good life where peculiar creatures called humans live to eat, rather than eat to live. Suspicious and even a little jealous of RJ, the ever-cautious Verne wants to keep his blended family safely on their side of the hedge. But, proving the adage that one man's garbage is another man's— or rather animal'’s —treasure, the manipulative RJ tries to convince the woodland band that there is little to fear and everything to gain from their over-indulgent new neighbors. Eventually, RJ and Verne form an unlikely friendship as they learn to co-exist with —and even exploit this strange new world called suburbia.


Although Jeffrey joked that it would be Wanda's role that would steal the show, I tend to believe that a certain overactive squirrel named Hammy will be the true delight for kids and adults alike (RJ is a close second)! Hammy has the cutest eyes that seem to give me flashbacks to a little cat named Puss-N-Boots, but there'’s no comparison to his personality. Hammy is a riot or more appropriately, NUTTY! LOL! In fact, one moment in the film that sticks out in my mind is his funny impression of a hungry, rabid squirrel! OMG! HILARIOUS! Being the mom and kid at heart that I am, I took a likening to this film and I'll definitely see it again with my kiddies! We "humans" can be quite funny when viewed from the eyes of our outdoor neighbors!! :)

Leaving the theater, we laughed our way across the street to Legal Sea Foods. I've never been to Legal before, but I promptly got an in-service from Laura on the best thing on the menu-– Fried Popcorn Shrimp. YUM! I snacked on a few of her shrimp as I enjoyed my Thai-style Fried Calamari, which was a bit on the mushy side, yet the sauce made it DELICIOUS! While previewing the photos I took with her camera phone, I quickly found myself hating my ancient artifact of a cell phone. I wanted something new, I wanted to upgrade, and I want that upgrade to be a SIDEKICK! I've been loyal to Nextel for five years now due to their direct-connect feature, but I really need a phone that packs everything inside -– a cell phone, a camera, internet, email, THE WORKS! I just can'’t decide and watching the ease of which Hammer updates his blog using his Sidekick makes my decision lean in favor of T-Mobile. Yet that pesky direct connect feature lingers in my head! I need to be able to reach my hubby at a moments notice and regular "“connections"” just don't seem to cut the mustard! But I told myself that I wouldn'’t buy a new phone until I made a few sells from the Soulful Synergy t-shirts so I can practice discpline with my business exspenses... I'’ll just hold my cards (literally!) for now.

posted by Soulfull @ 3/29/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




I Wanna Go Outside

Maybe I try too hard to get so much done. Another late night up on the sofa doing marketing homework and granted I’m acing the class, yet I feel like a penny with a hole in it. I learn the material, receive my A’s, and promptly lose half of what I learn on thinking about some other task I have to do. Sad, yet, it’s really disturbing me. I want to go outside in the sun, maybe it will put the “spring” back in my step. We found an interesting patio set at Home Depot today, but something in the back of my mind tells me to check online, the price will probably be way cheaper, so the patio is on hold. I can’t wait to get outside on the deck though, with a glass of Kool-aid and just work under the sun! I need the rays of the All Seeing Eye! Ah, now that sounds so relaxing! Then maybe I can really crack down on my list of 20 things to do. Speaking of which, I need to add my 3yr wedding anniversary to the list. I really need to find somewhere to go! I want to surprise my hubby with a trip to NY minus the kiddies, but his work is always in the way. Something to contemplate tomorrow or should I say today… Oh well, I hear the pillow calling for my head now…

posted by Soulfull @ 3/26/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! ,




The Simpsons Go Live!

The Headline Reads:'The Simpsons' to show live-action opening (Boston.com)

A team from British network Sky One created and commissioned the live sequence, which apes the long-running series' memorable opening shots: Bart writing on the chalkboard, Homer pulling the nuclear rod out of his shirt and Maggie and Marge at the supermarket, a Fox spokeswoman said.


LOL! LOL! I will surely be in front of the TV screen for this. Who else is with me? LOL! :)

posted by Soulfull @ 3/24/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Behind Closed Doors

Things have been out of control lately. I'm not sure where it started, but for the past three weeks I've been working everywhere BUT my office. Catch me typing in the kitchen, on the sofa, in the basement, at the dining room table, all over! So much so that I can't even look anywhere without seeing more stuff that needs to be done. Marketing, P/R, advertising, writing, there's always something to do! Yet, I feel the urge to find balance in this work/life cycle and simply the best way to do this is to move back into my office. And as I type this in my new/old surroundings, I feel a little more organized, even with the piles and piles of papers around me… Okay here comes a little ditty…

Sittin' back like
Res
I found some relief
In the confines of my own space
Locked away
On the other side
Of closed doors…


posted by Soulfull @ 3/24/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




'Red America' Blogger Resigns

The Headline Reads:'Red America' Blogger Resigns

Gosh, how embarrassing! Not only was he completely off the mark with his comments about Mrs. Coretta Scott King, but it seems he just couldn't find any other way to make his blog entertaining:

The liberal blogger Atrios found that one Domenech article in the student paper, the Flat Hat, lifted large portions of a 1999 Washington Post story on the federal investigation of the Waco siege.


And, he's got his buddies seeing red:

Rick Moran, who runs the site Right Wing Nuthouse, wrote on the American Thinker blog: "The plagiarism of Mr. Domenech cannot be chalked up to youthful indiscretion nor to some kind of unconscious parroting of something he read before putting words to paper . . . Ben Domenech is not the kind of writer we want representing the conservative viewpoint at The Washington Post or anywhere else."


Interesting how fast things can move, new blog on Tuesday, resigned on Friday....

posted by Soulfull @ 3/24/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Death Lives On In MySpace

During a break from writing, I was reading some of my daily RSS feeds and came across this story regarding MySpace. Being a recent member of this "Fox Media" site has been quite fun as I've "met" people as far away as Switzerland and it's a wonder how our world has become so much smaller because of this networking tool. So, it seems only naturally for a site like MyDeathSpace to exist. This site is designed to pay homage to decreased members' pages, which are still "active" within the halls of MySpace.

MyDeathSpace, a LiveJournal community that compulsively catalogues links to MySpace profiles of dead people and murderers, [has] as of March 15, 203 deaths, 31 suicides, and 17 murderers, with relevant news clippings and links to their individual MySpace profiles.



As I viewed the images and descriptions of the decreased, I wasn’t sure how to feel. Why does a site like this exist? Who would be so crude to depict the deaths of these people for all to see? Page after page, a total of seven, filled me with such a deep sadness; car accidents, murderers, Iraq causalities, and individual suicides, all pulled at my heart strings. Then there were the actual MySpace pages; some blank with the beginnings of a colorful life story, some with updates of the individual death cases, and others full of loving messages for the dead. These pages are the virtual connections to lost loves and I was moved to tears, no longer disturbed by the openness of one’s death, but instead happy their families could still remember the youth of their children or siblings could “chat” with one another. It’s amazing that even in death; the World Wide Web has expanded to welcome the changes that come along with life online.


posted by Soulfull @ 3/23/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




What's That You Said Mr. President?

Well, it's apparent that Mr. Bush hasn't been as far removed from the general public as I thought as his recent comments regarding blogs (yes, blogs) has everyone surprised.

Here are his profound words:

"One of the things that we have to value is that we do have a media," answered the President. "There's blogs, there's Internet, there's all kinds of way to communicate which is literally changing the way people get their information."


It's a wonder he even knows the word, considering:

Until yesterday, the President seemed disdainful of all media - acknowledging that he didn't watch the news, read newspapers, or follow polls. The Today Show also reported that, along with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the President doesn't even use email.


Why does our President remove himself from the world? I mean it's just rude that an elected official would make it a point to not be informed or concerned with the thoughts of the people he is representing. Like I told Mr. Schaefer, your position is not about you! Leaders are supposed to be seasoned with more than favorable notes/opinions of personal grandeur! They should be out working with those who are against them, bridging the divide, and making a connection with those outside the party lines. Bush needs to start listening to the polls, reports, AND ALL BLOGS that show the overwhelming dissatisfaction with his direction of America, instead of asking folks to create more ways to communicate his one-sided views.


posted by Soulfull @ 3/23/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Okay, I'm Back!

First off, thanks to each one of my blogger friends who give support or said a prayer for me and my family!! Even more today, I feel especially aware of how important it is to just be happy and thankful for what the Lord has given because tomorrow is not promised. Thanks for being the best guys! ((HUGS))


Well, I received an email today that’s definitely worthy of a note! This morning as I was in the middle of developing new content for Soulful Synergy, I opened an email from Melissa McNamara at CBSnews.com, who informed me that my blog had been chosen as one of the "must-read" blogs for the week due to my brief comments regarding Judith's disdain for the bloggers who "did-her-in" and I must say I was surprised! Who knew being yourself could garner any attention? LOL! At any rate, check out Melissa’s weekly roundup and be sure to see the new blog stars next Wednesday! Isn't online media great!? LOL! :)




posted by Soulfull @ 3/23/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




This Is Why I'm Afraid Of Early Morning Phone Calls...

I'm not sure how to feel now, but when my business line was ringing at five o'clock this morning, I knew something wasn't right. My husband, who was already up getting ready for work, picked up the phone to greet Alicia, the fiancée to his friend/co-worker Steven. What could be amidst? She tells my hubby that Steven was at Washington Hospital Center and that last night around ten he suffered a brain aneurysm. What? How? Is he alright? The diagnosis wasn't good, yet he was at the hospital and everyone was praying. She wasn't sure of who to call at work about Steven, but my husband helped to get her in contact with their boss and ended the call with a sickening feeling in his stomach. Who was that baby? I asked from upstairs, already on edge. I hate early morning and late night phone calls. I just knew something was wrong... When he told me, I just couldn't believe it. Steven? He's so nice, so full of life, so so young. We got down on our knees and prayed for him and his entire family. As each word of his prayer entered through my ears, my heart broke with the growing sadness that he might lose another friend…

Later on, as I watched Bush make a complete fool of himself on NBC, I stared down at my ringing phone to check the caller ID. It was my husband. I answered, preparing myself for good news, yet part of me wanted to blurt out, is Steven alive, but instead I allowed him to purge. He told me about going up to hospital, seeing Steven on all the machines, the sadness surrounding the family, and how everything happened so unexpectedly for Alicia when he passed out last night. Then he said it, Steven was in a coma and that they were taking him off life support soon. Suddenly, things got intense for me; the anxiety, the pressure, the stress, they all flooded back into my body. I felt sick as my face grew hot from the rush of tears streaming down my cheeks. I consoled my husband, the man who has lost 3 friends in the last 5 months, with the words, baby, I'm so sorry. What can I do? But inside, my soul was screaming, what is going on, why is this happening...

It’s hard to come to grips with death, yet we are all born to die one day. Every time a loved one of mine passes, I feel more and more pressures to live life to the max, to make my dreams a reality, and to take better care of myself in the process. When my husband arrived home from the hospital, we just laid down in the bed, held each other, and talked about things; the importance of taking care of yourself, eating right, getting enough sleep, going to the doctor if you’re not feeling quite up to par, and just being more active. He told me how Steven was his usually funny self yesterday, cracking jokes on folks and making others laugh. I seek a little comfort in knowing he lived happily and that his spirit will always continue to thrive within the fabric of our souls.

Steven and his fiancé Alicia enjoying the Birthday Party, April 2005Rest in Peace Steven


posted by Soulfull @ 3/21/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A Little Writer's Joke!!

How To Write a Novel
From Niko Silvester of about.com:

Here it is! The secret to writing a novel. (This also works for short stories.)

Difficulty: N/A

Time Required: as long as it takes

Here's How:

1. Write one good sentence.

2. Write another good sentence.

3. Repeat Step 2 until you get to the end of the novel.

4. Stop.

LOL! LOL! LOL! It's just that simple....

posted by Soulfull @ 3/20/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A Day In The Life Of A Weave Technician

Okay, I love blogging, but I also love collecting (bka reading) other blogs and I had to do a write up on this post from one of my blogger friends writing under the pseudonym Shenehneh. Ms. Jenkins had me DYING with laughter at these REAL stories. Soo funny!!!

Here's an excerpt:

After I got over my shock I sat him down in my chair and asked him what he would like and why. He told me that he was going to perform at a cross dresser club and he was going to perform as Patti Labelle. I tried to explain to him how he might not look exactly like Ms. Labelle. He didn't care he just wanted some hair in his head. So I decided to give him the good ole braid and sew weave. The whole time I'm doing this grown ass man's hair he is in the chair crying and whimpering at how bad it hurt him. I finally finished his hair and he told me how much he loved it. For the next hour we watched him prance around the beauty supply buying make up , brushes, nails all sorts of things spending his money like it was water. After he brought up most of the make-up supplies he thanked all of us for our time and he left. Next day the owner walks back to my station to tell me that he called and wanted...


Check her out to read the rest...


posted by Soulfull @ 3/18/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Oooo, This Was Good

(c) 2006 Oprah.comYou gotta love technology. I thank God every day for the person who invented DVRs (think TIVO) because without it I would miss a lot of what's on tv. Anyhow, Oprah had such a good program on this week with
Venus, Serena and Jada Pinkett Smith talking about dating, sex and weight and how it is affecting our young women. Well I say, it's affecting women period. Granted this episode was geared towards the teens, but I feel like we all can relate, old, young, black, white, male, female, to the stories of insecurity. Like Kanye said, "we're all self-conscience.." and it's true. I must say I cried while watching this one, especially the young girl who was replacing her need for love with food. Boy, that was a tear-jerker! She definitely does have courage. I've been there, as I matter of fact, I still have affirmations on my mirror, in my office, in the car, in my purse, (LOL!) and I think these moments are precious to maintaining a balanced prespective of ourselves. My favorite affirmation is this: Success is Sincerely Understanding Christ Considers Every Step Special! I try every day to remember the spirit that lives within because I refuse to go back to old truths about myself. I'm living fresh and free! Gosh, this was such a good episode!!!!!!!!!

posted by Soulfull @ 3/17/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Don't Hate The Bloggers, Hate The Game

The Headline Reads: Judith Miller's tells Vanity Fair "slanderous" bloggers destroyed her (Slate)

All I have to say is: Come on Judith, GET REAL!

posted by Soulfull @ 3/17/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Reporters Want Money For Blogging

Headline Reads: WaPo Writers Want Money for Blogging (Washington City Paper)

As I read this, I chuckled through the whole thing:

Around the time the first posts were to fly, D.C. political correspondent Lori Montgomery did some reporting about her own workplace. Among her findings was that some newsroom bloggers were receiving extra compensation.

The staffers asked to delay the blog’s debut, pending an explanation as to why some get paid and others don'’t. The answer came straight out of an Office Space management summit: Solo bloggers get paid because their names give the blogs a sense of franchise; group blogs don'’t share this dynamic, and theres less work for each reporter. What they told us was that a single marquee name like Fisher or [Joel] Achenbach, who has sole responsibility for doing this —they'’re the ones who get compensated, recalls D.C. government-and-politics reporter Eric Weiss.

So the reporters came up with a smart counteroffer: Pay us collectively the blogging salary of one marquee name, and we'll split it among ourselves. No dice.


Ouch! Blogging is more than just the name associated with it, it's real work! I think it's only fair to afford some compensation for their efforts.

All this media diversification has left some staffers wondering where the emphasis falls —on the print product? The Web? Radio? One Post employee put this very question last week to Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. in a staff meeting. The papers top gun responded that the Post needed to become "platform-agnostic".


Wow, what a response. I agree that in this media driven age you need to have a "hand" in numerous pots, but don't overcook one item because you were too busy tending to the others...

posted by Soulfull @ 3/17/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Got Dang It...

I'm so on the procrastinating tip today. I mean, ever since I woke up, I've been doing everything, but writing some more chapters in my book. I've been reading some new blogs I've added (check em out!), played around in my hair, and cleaned the kitchen, read some more blogs, homework... everything but my book. I guess it's because of the weather. Its gloomy here, a sky full of clouds ready to burst open with huge droplets of rain. Hopefully they will hold off until tonight. I love hearing rain at night, there's something so sensual about it, makes me feel one with the universe. Okay, I'm trippin, but it's true. A package came in today containing the first of many Soulful Synergy shirts and they are too cute. With the upcoming promotions and warm weather, I got to get ready to network and it's a must that you wear you're own clothes will you do it! The kids look adorable in their "future soul poet" shirts, makes me wonder if I have the next Langston Hughes or Paul Dunbar's on my hands-LOL! Well, lunch is on its way (Dominos) and hopefully the food will get me back in the mood to write.

I think I might start work on writing this screenplay for what I think will be the next big movie. I wanna sell it to Spike considering he would be THE best director/production company to do it or maybe his brother Malcolm. I don’t know… Well the foods here.. HOLLA!

posted by Soulfull @ 3/17/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Notes From The Treble Clef

Some time this year, I am going to have major surgery on my face due to being born with a cleft lip and palate (or treble clef as I like to call it). The following is a posting outlining this journey...









I have so much going on with me, it's a blessing I'm not insane (although I'm still holding on to that mental health number my doc gave me), but it's time to write about my impending surgery. My mom and I met with the doc and it was the coolest visit. He joked with me about not having seen him in about 4 years, but hey I got married, had 2 kids, bought a house, turned into a corporate zombie, then quit and turned into a creative writer - yeah, there was a lot going on with me, yet now I was ready. Dr.Chang took pictures of me and the proceeded to ask what I wanted to change about myself. Huh? What did you say? Change? Oh for real! Well, that's what we're here for baby! So, just like that I was in the mirror staring at the face I've worn for the last 27yrs. I mean was I REALLY ready to take this step. Hell yeah! I told Dr. Chang to fix my teeth (to hell with these braces!), the roof of my mouth, and my nose. Well, what about your lips, you wanna change those too? Naw, I'll pass, I mean, I'm fine with them. My mother jumps in... Go ahead, get those changed too! LOL! No thanks ma, I feel as though I want to keep a bit of the “creativeness" that my face holds. Besides, we black women need not to mess around with our beautiful round lips! So with that, he put in the orders and asked me if I wanted be a mentor/friend to other cleft lip kids who are going through the same things I've gone through. Sure, why not! You think you can find me a mentor too? LOL! I wish I could've had an older hand to lead me through the pitfalls of being "unique" when I was growing up. I mean it was HARD, but I'll have to post about that later. Now, I'm just excited and prayerful, waiting for my next doc visit, while asking a lot of rhetorical questions of myself and others. And as we drove away from the doc's office, my ma giggles, "Your husband is gonna get a whole new woman to make love to...” Yeah ok ma, now you're REALLY trippin! Ain't THAT much changing about me...


posted by Soulfull @ 3/17/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A Writer's Worst Nightmare

When I first heard of this story, I cringed. I mean can you imagine writing your best selling book ever and then having some folks claim that your "research" infringed on their non-fictional work? That's rough! Yet, one can only wonder why these writers of "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" waited so long to bring this to the attention of Brown, as the book was released 3 yrs ago? Wait, did someone say film rights?

Anyway, they did their research:


Brown has acknowledged that he and his wife Blythe Brown read "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" while researching The Da Vinci Code. But he said they also used 38 other books and hundreds of documents, and the British authors' book was not crucial to their work.


But, it all comes down to the "u" in Savior:

Appearing as a witness for his book’s publisher Random House, Brown appeared increasingly tired during lengthy cross-examination that dwelled on the details of his research process and minutiae such as whether the word “savior” should be spelled with a u... He buried his head in a hand when discussion turned to whether he had used a document that spelled the word "savior" with a telltale British "u" a sign, Rayner James said, that it came from Baigent and Leigh's book.


A "u"!? I mean come on. I'm all for making sure someone doesn't steal your stuff, but taking it to this level is bananas...

Please say there's more evidence than this?

posted by Soulfull @ 3/16/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Just A Post About Me

I have so much to write about, but I can't right now, so I did this survey earlier and I would love to know more about all my blogger friends as well! Read mine, then take the survey, and post your answers so I can see them! ;-)

Just A Little Survey About Me
Name:Soulfull
Birthday:Feb 11
Birthplace:Richmond, VA
Current Location:MD
Eye Color:Brown
Hair Color:Black with Blond Tips (Dreads)
Height:4' 11''
Right Handed or Left Handed:Always Right
The Shoes You Wore Today:None, I work at home ;-)
Your Weakness:Computers
Your Fears:Failing
Your Perfect Pizza:Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Onions, Olives, Extra Sauce, Bacon
Your Most Overused Phrase On an IM:LOL! WTF?
Thoughts First Waking Up:I gotta write
Your Best Physical Feature:My Waist
Your Bedtime:3AM
Your Most Missed Memory:My Poppa
Pepsi or Coke:Coke all day
MacDonalds or Burger King:BK BABY!
Single or Group Dates:Groups, I've been on enough single dates with my hubby (11yrs worth)
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:Lipton
Chocolate or Vanilla:Chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee:Both
Do you Smoke:Nope
Do you Swear:Unfortunately
Do you Sing:All day
Do you Shower Daily:Most definitely
Have you Been in Love:Yes
Do you want to go to College:In college now, kickin my butt!
Do you want to get Married:Been there, done that
Do you belive in yourself:Yes I BELIEVE in myself
Do you get Motion Sickness:Yes
Do you think you are Attractive:In a creative way, LOL!
Are you a Health Freak:Nope
Do you get along with your Parents:Love them to death!
Do you like Thunderstorms:Yup, especially ones that make the lights go out...
Do you play an Instrument:Does a keyboard count?
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol:Yes
In the past month have you Smoked:No
In the past month have you been on Drugs:No
In the past month have you gone on a Date:Yes
Have you ever eaten a box of Oreos:No.. YUCK!
In the past month have you eaten Sushi:No
In the past month have you been on Stage:Yes
In the past month have you been Dumped:No
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping:No
In the past month have you Stolen Anything:Does stuff at your parent's house count?
Ever been Drunk:Yes
Ever been called a Tease:Yes
Ever been Beaten up:No
Ever Shoplifted:Yes
How do you want to Die:Hopefully, in my sleep at a nice old age like my poppa
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:A Writer
What country would you most like to Visit:Africa, Europe
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color:Brown
Favourite Hair Color:Black
Short or Long Hair:Long Dreads
Height:tall
Weight:solid
Best Clothing Style:Free Spirit
Number of Drugs I have taken:0
Number of CDs I own:1000+
Number of Piercings:just the ears
Number of Tattoos:2
Number of things in my Past I Regret:Being afraid to be different

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Come Together As One

One.org has started a new campaign to bring more attention to AIDS and poverty. Check it out.






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Celebrate Women's History!


March is Women's History Month. Here are two sites I found. Study up!


National Women's Hall of Fame

National Women's History Project

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A Conscience With a Lens

Headline Reads: A Conscience With a Lens


For Parks

With your eyes on the prize
You focused your lens
To make amends,
With the world
Devoid of our black existence.

Rest In Peace

(c) 2006



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Fashion with a Flair

Headline Reads: Ebony On the Runway


I haven't yet to have the pleasure of attending one of these fashion shows, but I still have a lot of living to do too. :-) Kudos to Ebony for still going strong with this show!

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WHUR Gets An Earful for Axing Show

Headline Reads: WHUR Gets An Earful for Axing Show

This is just plain sad! Don't get me wrong, I like Steve Harvey, but WHUR shouldn't have done this. We have enough syndicated morning shows and it was nice to hear some local folks on the radio. I hope this situation is fixed really SOON!

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Is This The End...

Headline Reads: The End of the Blogosphere?

Companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast want to abolish net neutrality and set up the virtual equivalent of tolls on the internet. The idea would be to set up separate tiers of internet access – the digital equivalent of a ten-lane superhighway alongside a single-lane dirt road... Here’s the problem for bloggers and other alternative and independent media producers who distribute media via the internet: Those who can’t afford that privileged access will far outnumber those who can, and the result would be, as Ben Scott from the media activist organization Free Press put it, to “banish hundreds of thousands of bloggers to the slow lane.”


The thought of this crap becoming a reality just makes me sick to my stomach! Needless to say, I joined Free Press right after I read this story.


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Happily Grindin....

Well, I'm feeling much, much better now and I've been on the move all day for Soulful Synergy, doing some things here and there to get the site ready for its' next update and I must say I'm having fun! I love "meeting" all kinds of people through the site, my blog, and through my local networking efforts, and now that the weather is picking up, I feel my spirits moving up right along with the temperature. I can't wait for spring! Yes indeed, I'm looking forward to the future! I even finished a whole NEW chapter in my book! I want so bad to share it on here, but plagiarism is REAL! LOL!

Peace & Blessings...



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Damn that, VH-1!

Headline Reads: "Flavor" Leaves A Bad Aftertaste

I am so pissed off right now! After reading the above TWP blog, one is left wondering what else is staged in reality TV? Now that Pumkin (aka Brooke Thompson) is saying the whole spit thing was staged, is there anything the TV stations won't do now for ratings? Flava is funny enough without all the "extra" drama, so why did they feel the need to bring that type of NASTY element into play... Just plain crazy!

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Back From NY And I'm....

…Totally messed up. Somewhere between the ride up from MD and a turkey club sandwich at the hotel, I came down with the stomach flu. After returning from our trip, I've been posted up in my bed going through all the company emails and bummed that I've missed some writing deadlines, but hey, I'm sick. Needless to say, our first trip to NY by way of Hoboken, NJ was a memorable one, full of the excitement of crossing the Manhattan Bridge to riding through Canal St, to being in Brooklyn. I look forward to going back to NY minus my two little ones, although my oldest son made the trip hilarious by constantly asking where the "big apple" was-LOL! The casting call for the model shoot for Half Moon was quick. My son gave the photographer some smiles, while my husband filled out his info card and that was it. I love that about the business, quick and to the point. Now it's just the “wait and see” game, but the company asked that all finalist obtain their passports so they will be ready and able to go to Montego Bay with no problems. So I'll have the thrill of being on semi-bed rest (because I can't stay still long enough), while trying to obtain our passports to keep me busy…

Oh yeah, thanks to all of you for the well-wishes guys! I’m really hoping the little man gets it!! Peace & Blessings…

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And The Winner Is...


As I pack my clothes for the trip, I'm reminded to make a quick post to let all of you know that my son was chosen as 1st runner up at the pageant we attended today! This was his first pageant EVER and I am so excited and proud of him, considering he was such a natural! So, as we embark on this other facet of my life, we're hoping he will have fun with modeling/acting... Well, we are on our way to Brooklyn tomorrow to meet up with another photographer on Tuesday for a possible gig in Jamaica!!!! WISH US LUCK! ;-)

Peace & Blessings...







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After The Block Party, Oh My Goodness...It's....

Today was an interesting day; I woke up extra early so that my husband and I could check out the 10:40AM showing of Dave's Block Party at Muvico... Now I just knew this showing was gonna be PACKED, but funny enough it was completely empty! What in the world, but I guess it was too early. Nonetheless, the movie was absolutely wonderful! I was bopping my head, tapping my feet through the whole thing, and I couldn't help but to cry through it. Crazy I know, but it was such a beautiful thing to see all of my favorite artists in a once in a lifetime moment, full of creativity. Like Umi Says, you better hold this very moment so close to you. And Dave was so hilarious! There weren't many opportunities for the comedy as he was traveling around gathering people for the party, but when the moments came, BOY, totally funny! We were hollering with laughter along with the ten or so folks in there with us. And I can't forget about the messages: free political prisoners, turn off the radio, and stop the war. I especially loved the dead prez segments as I'm really into their music. It's bigger than HIP HOP!

So, we left the theater on a natural musical high, headed straight for the F.Y.E to grab the soundtrack, but surprisingly F.Y.E doesn't carry the soundtrack. What in the world!? On the way to REMOMO Cafe Italia, my husband and I contemplated the conspiracy against Dave's movie. I mean, why wouldn’t a major entertainment chain, not have his soundtrack? So as we waited for our pizza pie, who should we see walking fast through the mall? None other than, Clarke Peters from HBO's The Wire! Now, I didn't have a clue who he was, but my husband immediately picked up on him. He waved to Mr. Peters, who waved right back and smiled. My husband walked over to him, shook hands, small chit-chat, and gave him our Soulful Synergy business card. Now, that's networking! I don't think I could be that straightforward, but I guess that's why it's good to marry someone who compliments you. Mr. Peters was so friendly and even shared how he was from Baltimore and loves art. Very nice to see folks who make it and still are very much down to earth! I just wish we would have remembered to get his autograph and we had our notebooks! LOL! Same thing happened when we met Darius Rucker at BWI airport, on are way back from Disney. Darius had to ask us to take a picture! LOL! Yup, today was really interesting.




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Aww Shucks... Petersburg, VA Baby!

Coming downstairs from cleaning and what do I see on the TV scene, but College Hill Season 3. Now the funny part of it all is that they are reppin my hometown Petersburg, VA! Boy, do I miss home. When we went back home for my grandfather's funeral, I just didn't want to leave. When we lived there, I was able to be around all my family and friends, and since we've moved to MD, I've never felt a connection to this area. I guess I'm just a country girl at heart. My dad's born and raised in P,VA and my mother's from Valdosta, GA, which is another small town, where everybody spoke to you, waved from their porches, and were just plain friendly! I miss that so much. I remember when I took my husband down to Petersburg and he was just amazed at how country it was, even though it's like two hours away from us. He just stared at me like, what happened to your country voice? LOL! It's still there, but this area is different than back home and while watching the show, I couldn't help thinking-what are they going to do all season? There is NOTHING in Petersburg, but VSU. I suppose they will have to drive to Richmond or other areas to hang out...I called my mom to tell her about the show and it was funny because she still talks to my preschool teacher from VSU (back then they had daycare at the college). When Trey Songz came on the screen reppin Petersburg, I was so excited that someone made it out of the area to do things in such a big way! I really connected with his first single and I'll probably watch College Hill, just so I can feel a little bit of home through the tv screen...

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Whatcha No Bout Me?

Just a story…

Life is hard out here. Now and days, I can't even go to the corner without the heat on my back, dudes hands out, tryin to take what I've worked so hard to get. Casey tried that shit with me and I had to let him know, just because I have a good job now and I can afford my own place, doesn't mean you can start free loading, staying at my house, drinking all my Smirnoffs. Now, I can't have that. I work hard for mine and NOBODY is gonna run over my shit. Shoot, look what they did to that dude, Jason. He finally got a job round the corner at Jackie's and what happened? Dudes started robbin him, FOR NO REASON, I mean; you can't have nothin in this city! Folks wanna take it all from you, if you let ‘em. Not gonna be me though. I refuse to be the next dude's meal ticket. That's how you earn respect with these cats. You gotta let them understand your mindset, take em to the heart of your stance. And these ladies, they don’t care either. You try to be serious and they always think you have an alterative motive. After Josephine, I can’t be bothered anymore. I’m on my grind, all day every day. She calls every now and again, but I can’t be bothered with her bipolar ass. Too bad it didn’t work out though, I would have loved to make her Mrs. Quincy Falls, but I’ll be alright. Let the next cat have her headaches.

(c) 2006 Soulfull. All Rights Reserved.

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Ice Cube Returns To Spark Beef

The Headline Reads: Breakdown FM-Ice Cube Returns to Spark Beef in all the Right Places

My man Ice Cube is on it, dealing with some real issues with his new album due out 6/6/06, called Laugh Now and Cry Later. After listening to the clip/interview, which I found through the hip hop historian, Davey D's website, I'm so glad to see Cube bringing light to the problems that are going on in our world. Yeah it's good to have a good time, floss, and all of that, but we can't forget who the real gangstas are...


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..And Speaking of Mary....

Headline Reads: Mary J. Blige Unveils Alter Ego 'Brook' In Busta Video

Funny, I was just listening to her album. No wonder she named her album, The Breakthrough... Do your thing Mary.

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Take Me As I Am

Okay, I need a break. Today was a rough morning. I helped my husband get the kids ready for daycare, feeling guilty that I was again staying home without the kids. I mean, I have so much work to do, so I have to have days without the kids. Enters his mother's daycare business, which is another one of God's blessing to me. I seek comfort in the fact they aren't being cared for by strangers.

Anyhow, I made my date with the ENT doc today to discuss this surgery and I'm nervous, but excited for the future. I guess this nervous energy is helping me to get some more pages in my book written because I’ve been on it! Maybe it has something to do with the comforting dream I had after the kids left. I dreamed that both my grandmothers were talking to me, telling me to be strong, and to hold onto my faith. I could hear them so clearly in my dream/reality. It was like I was awake, but sleeping and when I turned over in my "dream" to look into their eyes, I couldn't see them, yet I could feel their arms around me, energy flowing all through me. They were holding me down, like any grandmother would do when they want their grandchild to listen, like “don't move young lady” and I didn't. I just listened to them speak calmness to me. I miss them. They both died two months a part and I think I was like 4 or 5 and as I get older the memories grow fainter, but they reminded me this morning that troubles will come, but I have to holdfast and FOCUS! I can lose focus so quickly and I'm working on it, yet I have so much to do; my son's modeling, my business, college, the upcoming trip to LA, Essence Music Festival... It's just too much to do, but I do it to myself. I can't stay still and I hate being lazy. I've created this world for myself and it’s hard, but I don’t want out. I'm just trying to make it and as I listen to Mary's song, Take Me as I Am, I'm reminded that it's okay. I'm human and nothing worth having will ever be easy to obtain.


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Politicking in Chico Town

Oh yeah! This is the type of blog that makes America great! I enjoy a good celebrity blog, but I also believe that there's more to life than taking about folks all day and entering into Chico Town, a blog for Urban Latino Life & Progressive Politics for the Hip Hop Generation, reminded me that there's a lot of work to be done... Damn, I was just talking to my husband about how I want to do all this stuff, write a book, do a cd, content for Soulful Synergy, volunteering, home-schooling for my sons, etc., and now hearing about more of Bush's lies just makes me want to run down to 16th St, knock on his door, and ask WHAT'S GOING ON IN HERE??? But shit, there just aren't enough hours in the day...

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Does America Need Black History Month?

"I know why some people may think that we don't need Black History Month anymore. People think the youth of today are not worried about history, that the black youth of today are throwing their lives away, hanging on the streets, joining gangs, doing drugs, having babies and being put in jail. It is true that there is a rise in the percentages of all of the categories I named, but there are still the ones that care about the past. I think if you really show the troubled youth the violence, and put them in awe and disbelief, they will start to care, also. Maybe if they are shown images and video of slavery or the Civil Rights movement it would help some realize not to do stupid things and throw their lives away on the streets" (OSCAR C. BAZEMORE III, 2006).


I loved this article. I don't have the opportunity to connect with the youth as much as I would like to, but it was nice to read the pride in the three essays displayed in this article about the necessity of black history month. Definitely a great read.



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Aww Man... Video Soul Goes Gold

Oh my! The BET Jazz channel is rolling out a new lineup of TV shows and I must say I am excited, especially as I rock my head to reruns of the Lyric Cafe show with Medusa ripping it with her Hip-Hop poetry. I'mma make your neck lock! I'm glad to see a whole new side of BET and the reruns of classic Video Soul shows, will definitely have me typing in front of the TV screen!

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Black History Month Is Not Over...

Louis Armstrong and Carmen McRae star in a 1962 Monterrey Jazz Festival musical portraying black musicians as America's best ambassadors.Like Goodie Mob, I refuse limitations!!! So February is gone, but the Souls of Black Folks don't know one month... We need years heaped upon years to fully understand the many facets of our history. So as I was doing some research on Public Enemy for my other blog, I came across this CNN article regarding the state of Black America in 2003. Here it is in its entirety. Isn't black just plain beautiful?

Blacks' imprint on America
From pain and gain, African Americans shape U.S. culture
By Greg Botelho
CNN New York Bureau
Wednesday, February 5, 2003 Posted: 8:24 AM EST (1324 GMT)

(CNN) -- African-American music, writing and innovations have been forged in struggle -- filled with pain and elation, self-consciousness and self-realization, hurt and healing.

It is a true American experience -- manifest in a profound, groundbreaking and influential culture.

"African-American culture has defined American culture," says Craig Werner, a professor of African-American studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Noting blacks' fight to realize all-American ideals such as equality and liberty, and their many expressions of courage and creativity, Werner adds, "People who had the most reason to reject the whole game, ironically enough, tend to be the deepest, purest expression of what America is about."

America has embraced black music, with blues, jazz, rap and rock 'n' roll making their way into the mainstream. Radio play lists reflect this fusion, and even the pop yardstick MTV nowadays is BET's cousin, with its abundance of black artists, says Tamara Brown, a historian at the Anacostia Museum, the Smithsonian's black history center.

African-American authors like Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison belong to the nation's pantheon of great writers. Black artists, scientists, engineers, chefs, religious and political leaders have profoundly shaped America's day-to-day existence.

The African-American experience is about ideals, and testing those ideals -- detailed in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution -- to see whether those high standards extend to all Americans, and working to make sure they do.

One hundred years after W.E.B. Du Bois, in "The Souls of Black Folk," said race would be the defining problem of the 20th century, academics, artists and everyday people are still struggling with gauging black Americans' role and the impact of slavery on American society.

"For blacks, coming here was a nightmare experience, being taken into slavery and thrown into bondage," says Bill Ferris, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities now at the University of North Carolina. "That long struggle of freedom continues today. When we talk about the black experience, it raises questions about the American dream."

Sounds of struggle, joy
When the first Africans were forcibly taken to the New World, they were stripped of their freedom, family, languages -- their fundamental identities. Even so, elements of their culture endured.

"You have had your language and your culture taken away from you," Werner says. "So how do you express that? You sing. You moan. You say it however you can say it."

"Music is part and parcel of every act in African-American life," says Portia Maultsby, director of the Archives of African-American Music and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington. "It serves as a unifying force, but also as a communication vehicle and one of resistance."

Today's African-American music still brims with emotion and speaks for the disenfranchised, says Ferris.


The creativity that's so evident in black music -- its many genres, and also the great variation within each one -- is characteristic of African-American culture as a whole, say scholars.

Black inventors, writers, artists and athletes have brought a unique sensibility, style and substance to American society, experts say. And they have often done so with less money, education and resources than many more privileged Americans.

"You don't have to be educated, you have to be creative," says Portia James, the Anacostia Museum's curator. "You just have to have initiative to solve the problem, to do something."

'Audacious hope'
Legendary author James Baldwin said being African American is about attitude, not skin color -- always experimenting and tackling challenges in the quest for success and self-discovery, according to Werner. That sentiment, he notes, is also distinctly American.

"What's fascinating about America is that we do accept risk, we do accept diversity, we do accept the idea that we're inventing ourselves over and over and over again," says Werner.

Yet black innovations have not always been welcomed or properly recognized. Maultsby points to jazz, which was "considered primitive and barbaric when it was introduced" but later became defined as quintessentially American.

Similar progressions -- abhorrence giving way to absorption -- hold true for rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll and rap, she notes.

"When the minority culture moves into the mainstream, it becomes a mainstream tradition. We tend not to do that from the dominant end," says Maultsby. "Once they become commodities, the African-American roots become more invisible and less acknowledged."


But absorption also suggests admiration, and with it an acknowledgement of the creativity and quality of African-American artists.

"Even though society may have frowned upon relations between whites and blacks, music was one thing that they shared in common," says Brown.

The pain in the songs of Billie Holiday, angry lyrics of Public Enemy or raw literary works by Ellison or Richard Wright turn the obstacles and troubles confronting many African Americans into art.

But black culture -- and its impact on American society -- is also defined by joy and spirit, says Ferris.

"Each generation of Americans can relate to black music and dance as a fresh new connection to life," he says. "It's the ultimate celebration of life, and it's always pushing us to new levels of experience."

Underlying African-Americans' struggles and creations is what scholar Cornell West calls "audacious hope," says Werner. The black experience, much like that of the New World's first settlers and the West's pioneers, is a constant test of will and strength, in which faith is a prime component.

"Life is tragic, life is blues, life has its hard times. But you've got to find a way to wrestle that hope out of it, or else you can't go on," says Werner. Much of black culture "is profoundly therapeutic, although it doesn't come to easy answers. Then again, most therapy never does."





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Which One Will It Be?

Damn. This is the biggest challenge I've been faced with. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating, but I can't decide between the classic pen and a pad or this new novelist software I bought. I started the book, They Always Come Back, in the software, but then I got to thinking that maybe I should just put it all on paper and type it out later... Oh what to do, what to do. Time is of the essence and the pendulum is swinging. I'll take the new novelist software for $200 Alex. LOL! I just loved that Tyler Perry movie...



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