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My Sistas Are My Heroes

At the command of my previous post, it's time to write about the heroes in my life - my sisters, both biologically and those from another mother. I wrote this poem one afternoon, while I was thinking about how awesome it is to have REAL friends (i.e. even when you grow apart, you still manage to grow together). this poem just expresses the times where my sista-bonds weren't so tight. I dedicate this poem to all of the sisters I know and those I've yet to even meet....



Are You My Sista?

We’ve met before
Way before
The diaspora of our mothers
I hugged you close.
You told me all your secrets.
Strong enough for any man,
We stood against the funk of time.
Together, we wrote our own rhymes
To sing to the unborn in heaven


Hush little sistas,
Don’t say a word
The world is gonna try to silence your words
But if you can hold the naysayer at bay
Your world will be created by whatever you say.

And I believed,
But did you?
Like Celie
You let them slice we
Cut us up and divide me away.
Then finally you came,
Back down from heaven
Wrapped in your own mess
Tangled by your umbilical cord
Already stressed.
Baby sista, you’re so blessed
With the heart of a goddess
Beating in your chest.
Separated by our infinite galaxies
You only spoke words full of star dusted dreams,
While I clinge to a world unseen,
A world that you missed while focusing on material things.
Sista, don't you want to go,
Back to a place,
Far away from the status quo?


(c) 2006. All Rights Reserved.






posted by Soulfull @ 7/31/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Let's Play The iPod Game


Today was a lazy Saturday, full of Edy's cookies-n-cream and cartoons, but now that the day is drawing to a close, I figure we could play a little game. I saw this somewhere online and I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but here's how it works: Put your iPod on shuffle (no cheating/skipping) and let the songs answer the questions. Now see, how easy that is-LOL! The results are actually quite interesting...


1. What do you think of me iPod?

Lovers and Friends by Usher ft. Lil Jon and Ludacris
(I guess we get along well, eh?)


2. Will I have a happy life?

Part-Time Lover by H-Town
(Now, I'm married baby, so I ain't even gonna examine what that means, lol!)


3. What do my friends really think of me?

Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa
(I guess I make em happy - LOL!)


4. Do people secretly lust after me?
Caught Up by Ja Rule ft Lloyd
(well, well, well, what a surprise...)


5. What should I do with my life?
All In Me by Brandy
(I guess your saying I should continue to focus on my talents...)

6. Why must life be so full of pain?
Goodies by Ciara
(Hey, my goodies do stay in the jar baby!)


7. How can I maximize pleasure during sex?

Good Love by Anita Baker
(Oh yeah, you definitely gotta have some good love up in the spot!)


8. Will I die happy?
Satisfy You By Diddy
(I guess that's a yes...)

9. Can you give me some advice?
Blues For Mama by Nina Simone
(Alright, I see what you saying...)

10. What do you think happiness is?
Boogie Nights-All Night Long by Erykah Badu
(Just relax and dance to the music - Okay, I can dig it...)


11. What's my favorite fetish?
Father Figure by George Michael
(YES YES YES - I LOVE ME SOME GEORGE MICHAEL! How did you know?)

12. What song should be played at my funeral?
Dear John by Tamia
(Okay, that's not gonna happen...)


13. Am I a good person?

Blow It Out by Ludacris
(LMAO! What you trying to say Ipod?)


14. What should my next blog post be about?
Hero by Chad Kroeger
(Alright guys, you heard it hear first, the next post will be about heroes...)


15. Am I an idiot for doing this?
They Don't Know by Jon B.
(LMAO! I guess they know now...)


So, what's in your iPOD? If anyone attempts this crazy game, comment me so I can read your results... :}

posted by Soulfull @ 7/29/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Are You Ready For Tax Free Shopping?

CHECK IT OUT: 2006 Sales Tax Free Holidays

There's nothing like spending a nice Saturday afternoon shopping and coming in August, the following states are offering TAX FREE shopping!

Alabama
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Maryland
Missouri
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
Washington D.C.

Are you ready?

posted by Soulfull @ 7/28/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Looking For A Babysitter? They've Got 150,000!

Need a break from the kiddies? Well, this site is for you - Sittercity.com. Now you can locate a sitter, like you're searching for the next movie listing. So cool - definitely technology at its finest!

posted by Soulfull @ 7/26/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




PBS Show Host Fired for Virgin Video

The Headline Reads: PBS Kids' Show Host Fired for Video

There's something about her that I just don't like. Maybe it was the way she made such corny (but cool) crafts that had my oldest son begging to create some creative craziness in my house, but now PBS has fired her over a joke video.

Late last week, Melanie Martinez, host of The Good Night Show, alerted us to the internet posting of an independent short film that she appeared in seven years ago. PBS KIDS Sprout has determined that the dialogue in this video is inappropriate for her role as a preschool program host and may undermine her character’s credibility with our audience. As a result, PBS KIDS Sprout has decided that she will no longer appear as host of The Good Night Show. Melanie has been an important part of our network and we are disappointed that we had to make this difficult decision.


I think Howard Gensler of the Philly Daily News said it best:

Give the woman her job back, PBS. You need a timeout.

posted by Soulfull @ 7/25/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Before You Lay Down In That Mattress Store....

Check out this video of what I think is the funniest practical joke ever - LMAO!




posted by Soulfull @ 7/25/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Back On The Grind


Hey world! I'm in a pissed off mood today. For real. I love being back on the job, working downtown with all the government workers and private industry folks, but you know what I hate about it all - snotty nose muthafuckas in the workplace. I've been back for only a week and I've experienced some really dumb folks disguised as being smart. They wear all the right clothes and talk a good game, but if you dig a little deeper, you might just strike fools gold. Today, I hit the jackpot with a certain individual that I know of and the sooner this day is over, the better off I will be!

Where they hell do they find these people?!!! Argh!!! Hope all you working stiffs out there are having a better day...

posted by Soulfull @ 7/24/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




MySpace Served Spyware to a Million Users

The Headline Reads: Hacked Ad Seen on MySpace Served Spyware to a Million

Warning: Rant and Foul Language Ahead


WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON THESE DAYS! You can't even browse a site without having to worry whether or not your computer is going to get hacked! What a damn shame! This is why I started using Firefox...


An online banner advertisement that ran on MySpace.com and other sites over the past week used a Windows security flaw to infect more than a million users with spyware when people merely browsed the sites with unpatched versions of Windows, according to data collected by iDefense, a Verisign company.

Michael La Pilla, an iDefense "malcode" analyst, said he first spotted the attack Sunday while browsing MySpace on a Linux-based machine. When he browsed a page headed with an ad for DeckOutYourDeck.com, his browser asked him whether he wanted to open a file called exp.wmf. Microsoft released a patch in January to fix a serious security flaw in the way Windows renders WMF (Windows Metafile) images, and online criminal groups have been using the flaw to install adware, keystroke loggers and all manner of invasive software for the past seven months.

Internet Explorer users who visited a Web page containing this ad and whose IE was not equipped with the WMF patch would not get that warning. Rather, their machines would silently download a Trojan horse program that installs junk software in the PurityScan/ClickSpring family of adware. This stuff bombards the user with pop-up ads and tracks their Web usage. Only a little more than half of the anti-virus programs used at anti-virus testing service AV-Test.org flagged the various programs that the Trojan tried to download as malicious or suspicious.


I love myspace and all, but they've got to do better with this kind of shit!

posted by Soulfull @ 7/21/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A Portrait of a Blogger

The Headline Reads: Portrait of a Blogger: Under 30 and Sociable

Apparently, The Pew Internet and American Life Project has issued a 33-page report discussing who your average blogger is and although the report has the under 30 right, I can't seem to understand how this could be true:
“The average blogger is a 14-year-old girl writing about her cat,” said Alexander Halavais, an assistant professor of interactive communications at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.


Well, blogging has provided an outlet for just about anyone, but you won't catch me reading about nobody's cat! LOL!

posted by Soulfull @ 7/21/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A Sinner....

"God's love is refected in the warmth of the summer sun. I close my eyes to let its warmth invade my body. The heat is real - cooking away the sins of my flesh."
- Soulfull


To be continued....

posted by Soulfull @ 7/20/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Now It's Time For My Story...

Okay, I thought it would be nice to hear from Jason's wife.... If you missed it, you can read up on Denise and Jason...

So I could’ve taken the usually route and made a complete ass out of myself when I saw the hickies on Jason’s thigh, but I REFUSE to do that. I’ve yet to understand what he was thinking when he allowed me to go down on him. Did he think I wasn’t going to see that purple-eyed monster staring back at me? I almost choked as I performed my “duties” and it’s amazing how he didn’t even notice the wetness of my tears as they ran over his balls. He just moaned and wiggled his way into an ejaculation that rivaled any geyser. God, I love making him happy and I KNOW he loves me… I’m just going to practice a bit more patience on this one. I don’t want to be like the rest of the women in my family – angry and manless. Like, my one sane Auntie Re used to say, “Don’t know man want a angry wife! Every chance you get, you put it down in the kitchen and in that bedroom. Keep. Him. Happy.” And that’s just what I intended to do….

posted by Soulfull @ 7/19/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A File From The Crazy Photos Dept

I don't even understand this one. What would be the purpose to attend what appears to be a simple networking event in your Spongebob jammies? Maybe this was a drunken setup by friends? I can't even call it, but my goodness....




posted by Soulfull @ 7/18/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




She's Trippin....

Here's the follow-up to He's Mine...

What the hell have I gotten myself into? Taking back-shots of Denise's ass was fine back in college, something to brag to the fellas about, but now? Oh no. Now, the game has changed. Yeah, she was and still is fine as a mutha. Got a face like Tamala AND the body to match, except miss lady's hips spread just a tid bit wider.



Boy, could she do some things with those hips and it didn't matter if she was on top, bottom, side, whatever - she could work em. I just wish she could give my baby at home some lessons, but that's not gonna EVER happen. As a matter of fact, I know Denise been trying to start shit with her, putting hickies on my thighs and shit. Now why you wanna go and do that? And taking this job has only caused to heighten her boldness, but I can't place all the blame on her. Getting down in her office yesterday wasn't the brightest thing to do, but what could I have done when she looking at me like this....



Yeah, I messed up, but this shits got to STOP. I can't have my woman, the true love of my life, hurt over some ass from five years ago. Yeah, a brotha's got some work to do and that's REAL TALK...

posted by Soulfull @ 7/17/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




He's Mine...

Here's a story I dreamed up...

I make it a point everyday to come through his area. Of course, I could get to where I was going a lot faster if I went in the other direction, but I need my daily fix of eye candy and my Jason was FINE. Built by the Gods to resemble something of Tyrese, but taller and thicker.



Um, even on my worse day, he had the power to make me blush with hunger for his kiss.

We had many ways to keep our sex-capades a secret. Occasionally, when I walked by his desk, I would accidentally drop a note by his foot or I would leave coded messages on his voicemail...

Yes, Jason. This is Denise. I need those contracts, scanned and ON MY DESK by 3pm.

Translation: Baby. Slide through my office door, bend me over my desk, and work that thing like only you can.
It's funny how everyone pretends to not know a thing, but they know. Especially considering the one time I walked out of my office with my dress inside my stockings, but you know what, I COULD CARE LESS! Jason has always been mine and his wife wasn't going to change that. In fact, secretly, I wanted her to find out. I wanted her to find my strategically placed hickies and scratches. She had taken away what was rightfully mine and I HATED her for it. She didn't deserve to reap the benefits of my five years of hard work. Shit, when Jason came to me, he BARELY knew where my clit was. Now, he sucks it like a kitten on its' momma's tit. But I digress. Jason was no one else's but mine and now that I got him this job at CE Printers as a consolidation specialist, life was about to get a bit more interesting...

posted by Soulfull @ 7/17/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




After The Concert, Time for Apple Martinis

I wrote a very good post last night. One that I was very much proud of. It showcased all the beautiful bullshit that happened last night at the concert, but unfortunately I was on my third martini and instead of sending my mobile post, I deleted it. Go figure. Yet, it pretty much sums up a night that really had me feeling many mixed emotions. So I'll make it simple - Raheem killed it (made me all misty-eyed-LOL), Trey sung all my favorite cuts (made me proud to be from the same small town of Petersburg, VA!), and Jagged Edge didn't want to come onstage due to some crap about technical difficulties (WTF?). I thought EZ Street from WKYS 93.9 was joking, but when the lights went up and everyone started rolling out, I just sat there stunned! Wasn't it bad enough that they kept us waiting twenty years for each segment and then on top of that J.E. wasn't coming out??? Boy, I tell you, I really need something to cool me off once we got back home. Oh yeah, you can look at the crazy concert photos here. I really need to step my photography skills up while dancing and singing... LOL!

But on the flip side, all the proceeds from the ticket sales went to Yvette Cade, who proudly told the crowd that she STILL looks good! Such a special woman she is and considering she has $600,000 in medical bills, I wish I could have gave more, but donations can still be made through her website, so I'll be sending her something soon.

Oh yeah, one more thing. This brother here can paint his BEHIND off! It was lovely to see him do his thang while Raheem performed and it was great that he presented Yvette with a painting as a souvenir! I know if you have Raheem's album, I'm sure you can attest to how wonderful his artwork is...

posted by Soulfull @ 7/16/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Another problem....


Please tell me why there has been a group of dancers and this guy who I don't know singing on stage - WHERE THE HELL ARE THE PEOPLE I PAID TO SEE????

posted by Soulfull @ 7/15/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




I Mean Damn!

We're here and things have been a bit interesting, but as usual its now 7:06 and the show hasn't started. Why does this happen at african-american concerts? Am I making assumptions, but damn! I'm ready for the show to start and they're just playin music!!!

posted by Soulfull @ 7/15/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




It's Late....

Hey ladies and gents! I'm so glad I am alive because these last few days have been something else, but nothing is going on here. I've finished washing and palmrolling my dreads and it's finally setting in that I will be seeing one of my favorite R&B singers tomorrow - RAHEEM DEVAUGHN! I just love his music and tomorrow hubby and I will be grooving to him, Jagged Edge and Trey Songz at the Showplace Arena. I'm trying to figure out how I can do a mobile blogger video/photo play-by-play so I can archive this little facet of my life within this here blog, but security will probably be on their J-O-B. Speaking of blogging, I need some help from you guys on blogger etiquette.

1. Is it wrong to not leave comments on a blog if you read it religiously? AND
2. If someone leaves you a comment, do you always have to respond?


Just wondering because I feel bad when I can't get around to all my fave blogs or when I miss someone's comment(s) on mine....

Peace & Blessings...


posted by Soulfull @ 7/14/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Got A Bad Boss Story?


Got A Bad Boss? Enter Working America's My Bad Boss Contest

Personally, I've yet to have a boss worthy of a contest like this, but there are some crazy entries all vying for the chance to win a free vacation. Here's a few of the 1347 stories so far:


From David Tree, Connecticut

When an earthquake of about three on the Richter scale struck Los Angeles some years ago, the staff of a publishing company situated on the seventeenth floor of an all-glass tower scattered for safety. Some hid under their heavy desks; others found refuge in the very middle of the floor to escape shattering glass. The chief executive officer, a man with a notoriously violent temper, screamed as the building shook, "We're on deadline. Get back to work NOW or I'll fire every f.....g one of you!"

A Dying Mother Is No Excuse
Selfish Employee


I am a female, part-time employee and don't work Fridays. My mother was in her third month of a 3-6 month terminal diagnosis and I spent nearly every 3-day weekend helping care for her in her city, 70 miles from where I live. A colleague had resigned and my boss, ever eager to save a buck, decided to postpone hiring her replacement by having me pick up the extra workload. When she first approached me she wasn't even willing to allot any extra time for the extra work. When I insisted I couldn't get everything done in 32 hours she said she'd "authorize" me to work Fridays. I begged, "Please don't ask me to work Fridays! You know I spend them with my mother and I don't know how much longer she has. Please don't ask me to do that!" She then said in a very nasty and intimidating tone, "Well, I can make that part of your job description and then you'll HAVE to do it."

When I asked if I could have some time to think it over she got huffy and ended up making other arrangements. She also snubbed me for the next few weeks. When my mother died she didn't send a card, flowers, or attend the memorial service.

My Boss Sent Me to Jail
Terrorist

When I caught management falsifying reports and skipping inspections, I reported them. One jerkoff on the panel was a good buddy with the boss I reported. Not only did they fire me, but to discredit me, they cooked up a story that I was a "terrorist suspect," and I spent 281 days in jail on a false charge.

Stun Gun
Susan, Ohio

My former boss had a strange idea of what constituted incentive for our sales team. If you wrote her an email to let her know you had sold a very important account you could expect a response like I got....a one word reply. "and?" No praise, no encouragement, no acknowlegement.
Worst of all was the day she called us all to a weekly staff meeting and thought that the way to encourage us to make more sales calls was to fire a STUN GUN she had borrowed from a co-worker behind our heads as we entered the meeting room! Including behind the head of a fellow employee who suffered from congestive heart failure and was waiting to have a pace-maker put in. The crackle of a stun gun firing still crackling in our minds we sat there at the meeting mutely staring at our boss as she launched happily into her meeting. Despite a rule against bringing weapons into the work place, when a couple of folks at the meeting reported her to corporate, was she fired? Nope. The next meeting she tossed candy at us...literally, and told us she was trying a different way to help us make sales.


Not only can you enter this contest, but feel free to vote for the best of the worst bad bosses ever.

posted by Soulfull @ 7/11/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Surfing Channels....

Did You See This: "E! True Hollywood Story" - Hip-Hop Wives?

I'm still laid up in the bed watching television and one of tonight's features is the The Wives of Hip-Hop on E!

Hear their stories, plus those of Ice-T and Big Boi's wives, in this special episode. You'll get the lowdown on all the tales you haven't heard, about the lives and loves of the first ladies of hip-hop. "I'm a mother, and I run a home and I run businesses," Kimora tells the cameras. "One day you'll be covering my breakdown, but not anytime soon."


You gotta love these strong women because everyone has an opinion on them and their lives, so it was nice to hear things from their direct prespective. Go girls! If you missed it, there will be plenty encores, with one coming on tonight at 11pm.

So what's up next for me... DAVE CHAPPELLE!!! There are two all new "lost" episodes on Comedy Central tonight at 9. Oooo weee, don't you just love him!?

posted by Soulfull @ 7/09/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Meet My New Best Friend, Percocet...

I can't believe it, but phase one is done. The removal of bone from my hip to the space above my front teeth went very well and I couldn't have asked for a better group of nurses and doctors at the Washington Hospital Center as they made things go so smoothly. Yet there were a few nurses on my recovery side who were seriously suffering from the disease of loud mouthitis. It's like they didn't even know the level of their voices as they barked questions/commands. Damn, I had surgery on my mouth not my ears, but I wasn't about to get smart with them. Shoot, you never know what folks are capable of when you push them... Have me eating blenderized rat or something. So I played it cool, did my day and a half in the hospital, and went home with my new buddy, Percocet, who has helped me tremedously. I just wish it wouldn't knock me out so fast. I could be right in the middle of the best soup ever and before I know it, I'm drooling all over the bowl. Life in the bed isn't so bad though. I've watched a few movies that I'm behind on (Catwoman was actually pretty good and up next - The Queens of Comedy!!), started reading RM's latest, and my laptop has kept a few of my waking hours interesting. So as I'm watching 106, it looks as though Bitter was right, today's the last day for Tigger and Jules. Boy, have they looked so uncomfortable on that show lately, but Julissa is definitely better suited for the show, The Center, which I've seen more of as I flip through the television channels...

posted by Soulfull @ 7/07/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Be Optimistic: The Power of Positive Thinking


There's something to be said about the spirit of a happy person. You know those people - constantly smiling, cordial, respectful, full of energy. When you see them I know you think to yourself - what the hell are they so happy about? Although I doubt I have the answer to what exactly has helped them to wake up on the right side of the bed, what I can say is this - positive thinking can really help to improve your life - both mentally and physically.

All of our feelings, beliefs and knowledge are based on our internal thoughts, both conscious and subconscious. We are in control, whether we know it or not. We can be positive or negative, enthusiastic or dull, active or passive.

The biggest difference between people is their attitudes.

"Most folks are about as happy as they
make up their minds to be."
Abraham Lincoln

Our present attitudes are habits, built from the feedback of parents, friends, society and self, that form our self-image and our world-image.

These attitudes are maintained by the inner conversations we constantly have with ourselves, both consciously and subconsciously.

The first step in changing our attitudes is to change our inner conversations. [source]


So when I woke up this morning, I felt a sudden rush of anxiety creeping up on me as I faced the calendar. Tomorrow is surgery day. Awww damn! I rolled over and contemplated canceling the whole thing, until my inner self spoke to me and said...
Be positive. Be optimistic.


As wack as it might sound, it actually worked! I jumped out the bed and grabbed my Ipod to search for that special song to convey this moment - Optimistic by Sounds of Blackness. Boy, do I love this song!!! I get goosebumps every single time I hear it! It definitely helps to pull me over life's humps. Right now, I'm not sure if I'm happy because I don't need to see a psychiatrist just yet or that I was able to find my jam on YouTube. ENJOY!




posted by Soulfull @ 7/02/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




US and Europe must apologize for slavery: Chavez

The Headline Reads: US and Europe must apologize for slavery: Chavez | Reuters.com

I'm not quite sure what to make of this...


Europe and the United States should apologize to Africa for the cruelties of slavery, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday, calling on African states to resist modern day U.S. colonialism.

Attending a summit of African leaders in Gambia, Chavez said both Africa and Latin America had been blighted by slavery and colonialism for centuries, to the benefit of Europe and North America.

"'If there was real democracy in the world, the U.S. government would be placed under administration because it is a government of the United States that ignores the democracy of its people and ignores democracy in the world: it invades countries, murders and bombs cities,' he said."


So an apology from these countries is going to change something? Please...

posted by Soulfull @ 7/02/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




The View From Above - A Star Jones Recap

Whether it was the sudden weight loss or one of those "catfights", love her or hate her, she has made you talk or feel something. I've only watched The View maybe once or twice (and I seriously doubt that Rosie in the Fall will get my eyes to the screen either), but as I learned today that Star had made her exit, I could only wonder what's next in this saga? One things for sure, I doubt The View would be what it is today without her, but in case you've been away from the boob tube like me, here's a video recap:

Star Makes Her Exit - Barbara Responds


A Bit of Star On Larry King Live


Star On The Today Show - Part One


Star On The Today Show - Part Two



posted by Soulfull @ 7/01/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Being An American - Could you pass the U.S. citizenship test?

In the middle of doing some research for school on immigration, I came across this quiz...

When immigrants want to become Americans, they must take a civics test as part of their naturalization interview before a Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. The questions are usually selected from a list of 100 sample questions that prospective citizens can look at ahead of the interview (though the examiner is not limited to those questions). Some are easy, some are not. We have picked some of the more difficult ones.
Should you be welcomed immediately to the Land of the Free or sent home for some more homework? Find out!


Well, I scored a 55 out of 100, so it looks as though I wouldn't make the first cut - LOL, but what about you?

posted by Soulfull @ 7/01/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post


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