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Let 'Tyrone' Know You're Offended...

The Headline Reads: WEB SITE N-WORD OUTRAGE

When I first heard about Nspace, I debated about whether or not to give it more exposure, but based on this new article, I think I'll keep my original post up to show that I am offended! Here's what 'Tyrone' had to say when asked about taking down the site:

October 29, 2006 -- A new Web site owned by an 18-year-old New Jersey native is causing controversy because of its use of the n-word.

It's called NiggaSpace.com - and it mimics the popular myspace.com site.

The owner - who goes by the name Tyrone, and won't reveal his race - said "this is no way meant to be racist, my biggest intention is to change the connotation of the word."

Despite Tyrone's pie-in-the-sky hopes, the name had African-American city leaders outraged.

"That's insane!" said City Councilman Charles Barron. "People need to understand that you don't take a word meaning lowlife and worst kind of human being and use it like that.

"We need to call ourselves more royal things, like kings and queens, not that word."

When asked if he would ever shut the site down or change the name, Tyrone adamantly said, "No! The only time I would consider it is if it comes to the point where everyone is offended by it."

posted by Soulfull @ 10/31/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




HAPPY HALLOWEEN - Can You Stomach THIS POST!?

Welcome kiddies to what I dare to call the weirdest blog post ever to grace your computer screen... LOL! Okay seriously, HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE and what better way to celebrate this day full of candy and surprises than with some crazy photos and music? First, check out a collage and links to the photos I've gathered from flickr, the best damn photo site EVER (and if you have time, leave a comment for these creepy photographers!):

My Favorite Halloween Photos on Flickr!

1. Spare parts, 2. Last Stand, 3. pecan pie?, 4. Roaches to the Mostest, 5. infested, 6. Big ones!, 7. Pink and Grim Reaper 48/365, 8. Goth Baby Belladonna, 9. Halloween's Coming, 10. Found photo fragment, 11. Halloween, 2004, 12. corpse bride, 13. I'm Going To Have Nightmares, 14. Happy Halloween, 15. zombie walk, 16. Halloween Faces, 17. Tales of Rahar, Pt. 9, 18. ode to darko, 19. !, 20. The Watcher's Ruin, 21. set me free, 22. Sea of Pumpkins, 23. PNG Lafforgue, 24. Halloween Pumpkins 003, 25. 6th St - Austin, TX - July 2006 Vacation

(You can see the extra large version of this collage here - IF YOU DARE... LOL!)

Lastly, I conclude my crazy post with a thrilling video from YouTube:


A Halloween Tribute - Michael Myers Style!




HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
And hey, don't forget to feed my roaches on your way out...

The Cockroaches Are Hungry....


MOOOOOOO - HA HA HA!



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posted by Soulfull @ 10/31/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Monday's Motivation: Keep Your Head To The Sky!


PERSISTENCE
Originally uploaded by Soulfull.
This photo to the right is just a little something I created. I hope everyone is in good spirits this fine fall morning. I'm a bit tired and as much as I would like to crawl back in the bed, I'm not gonna let that bother me too much because I got some dreams I'm trying to make a reality. So, I know I usually have a youtube video for these posts, but today I just have the song.

Peace & Blessings ya'll...




Earth, Wind & Fire - Keep Your Head To The Sky


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posted by Soulfull @ 10/30/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A MySpace 'Fo' Niggas??




The Headline Reads: Meet the latest Myspace spinoff: Niggaspace

Well, being the consumer of mass media that I am, I came across this 'exclusive' story on FishBowlNY about another social networking site...


Success on the Web invites imitation and, as they say, player haters. And News Corp.-owned MySpace has seen plenty of 'em — most recently Eons.com — essentially a MySpace for geezers. Meet the latest Myspace spinoff: Niggaspace.

On Sunday, Niggaspace — a "place fo' niggas" — was launched by an 18-year-old New Jersey native who goes by the name of "Tyrone" — a reference to the "Tyrone Biggums" character played by Dave Chappelle on Chappelle's Show. Since its Sunday launch, the site has seen over 30,000 unique visitors, "Tyrone" says.

"The site is in no way meant to be racist," he told FishbowlNY today. The domain name was purchased in February, "Tyrone" says, with the intention of creating an alternative to MySpace where "black people can feel comfortable." "Tyrone," though, says Niggaspace is for everyone, not just blacks.

According to its "About" section, "you definitely don't have to be black to join! We just want to embrace the black culture that continues to innovate and strive!"

"Tyrone," who declined to confirm his own race, says he wants to remain anonymous because he can see "blood being shed" over the site and, specifically, the word "nigga," a "paradox of the English language," he says. "People feel so passionate about it." He is quick to point out that "nigga" should not to be confused with "nigger."

"Tyrone" adds: "Martin Luther King had his mission lined up, and he was assassinated."

Approximately 1,500 users have registered with the site according to "Tyrone." ("Im2thick4u," a 19-year-old woman from Chicago describes herself, not surpisingly, as "bootylicious"; other members' descriptions are, well, not suitable for work.) He says he has spent approximately $550 to get the site up and running, and plans additional community enhancements, such as the ability to host "rap battles."

(An administrator profile for "Tyrone" is here.)

According to whois.com, Niggaspace's administrative contact is located in Los Angeles just outside LAX.

In an e-mail provided to FishbowlNY, "Tyrone" responds to one of what we can only imagine will be thousands of outcries for the name of the site to be changed, if not folded entirely:

REDACTED,

This is in no way meant to be racist. Moreover, it's supposed to bring a community of people together, rather than apart.

A common endearing term used by many black people is, "nigga" not to be confused with a different and offensive term, "nigger". The word, "nigga" is in rap songs, daily conversations, on TV, etc. yet the word still has so much mixed emotions attached. One of my intentions is for this word to no longer have such mixed emotions. I want the word to unify a people who have made so many strides in society. I do not wish for the word to conjur up images of hate or ignorance, rather images of brotherhood.

How great would it be, if the mixed emotions that this word carrie along with it, were stripped down to something more positive? Only positive.

Of course there are going to be two sides to this, but just know that intentions are noble.

Regards,
"Tyrone"


Damn, there's a sickness that grows in my belly as I visit some of these profiles on that site and damn, do I regret every time I might have jokingly used the word nigga because this shit is definitely not a good look especially with offensive photos and polls like this:


Yo favorite food for to be eatin'.
* Watermelon
* Fried Chicken
* Waffles
* Fat White Wimmen


WTH? Yes, it seems our familiarity and acceptance with this word is making it easier for stuff like this to exist, yet I think to myself, maybe I'm just being too 'uptight' and there are folks out there who really find shit like this to be entertaining. But enough about me, what are your thoughts?

posted by Soulfull @ 10/29/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A File From The Crazy Photos Department



The Headline Reads: Urinals Shaped Like Women's Mouths Canned

It's Friday, so ya'll know what time it is. I found this little gem of a pic and my goodness, are men in Austria that hard up for 'oral' attention...


An Austrian businessman is bowing to public pressure and promises to get rid of urinals shaped like a woman's mouth. The controversial public convenience is located near Vienna's national opera.

The urinals feature lipsticked lips, a set of teeth and a bright red tongue. A spokeswoman for the Vienna Department of Women's Affairs told The Associated Press that the urinals are tasteless and offensive.

Owner Neuhold Gerhard said his public restroom has been open for three years. He said he found it odd the urinals only became an issue during Austria's recent national election campaign.

Gerhard promised the urinals will be replaced in the next couple of weeks."

posted by Soulfull @ 10/27/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




This Is 'The Return' Of Ruben Studdard?

It's 'The Return' of Ruben Studdard, (which is his third album) but quite frankly, I wasn't checking for it. Yet, since I have a soft spot for 'velvet' voices, I figure why not see what Ruben has to offer...

1. The Return (Of The Velvet Bear) - My heart is in love with the beautifull-ness (my new word of the day) that is this track, but don't get me wrong, it's not the 'teddy bear' that I am trying to get closer to... NOPE, it's the beautifull-ness floating around... that lovely "bub-bub-bub-bub-bubbaaaaaa" that repeats over and over on this beat. Does anyone know if this was sampled from another artist?

2. Change Me - I can understand this track. I used to be one of those immature girls trying to make a man into something he isn't (and I still drive my hubby crazy sometimes), but despite all of that, I still love this joint, with its' down to earth lyrics...


What if I talked about your face in the mornin
Cause we know that u ain't cute in the mornin
What if I criticized the way that u be eating
And when u sleepin you b doin that heavy breathin


(LOL!) And I especially like that classic Ruben riff at the end... WHYYYYY, you wanna change me, girl, WHYYYYY you wanna change me?

3. Make Ya Feel Beautiful - YUCK! Nice happy-sunshine-in-the-morning beat, but Ruben is not carrying his end of the bargain with the singing (GIRL LET ME MAKE YA FEEL BEAUTIFUL!) on this track. Geez, he might as well beat the girl up with his 'beautiful' demands. His voice and this beat is a total mix-match and if I want a brotha to let me know how beautiful I am, I would suggest he try playing this Dru Hill classic. NEXT!

4. Get U Loose - I'm sending this out to you, if yo man don't know what to do, then let me help ya get loose, I got that "do-it-do-it" juice.... Yeah, there are enough artist on the airwaves pushing that "do-it-to-it" juice, Grey Goose, and everything else in between without Ruben jumping up in the club. By the way, that "let's go baby" chorus in the song reminds me of that old hand game that had a matching song with it, "Downtown baby, up by the rolla-coasta, sweet sweet baby..." Cute part, but cute parts don't make great songs... NEXT!

5. Our Story - Simply, this isn't a story at all because this melodramatic song has two verses (and a bridge) that skip all around the life of this 'relationship' and none of them really say much. What kinda story is this because it sounds quite empty, just like this song. NEXT!

6. One Side - OMG, Ne-Yo, I am STILL so sick of your original love song, so WHY did ANYONE feel it necessary to revamp the 'So Sick' beat/song structure for Ruben to cry over? Damn, the music industry is messed up when stuff like this has to happen in order to have a 'hit'. NEXT! NEXT! NEXT! NEXT!

7. What Tha Business Is - Whatever 'tha business is', the bass line is reminding me of Mary's song, Enough Cryin, which is my JAM, so NEXT on Ruben and this 'club pimpin' track...

8. Rather Just Not Know - Nice, I like this song about being in denial about your mate cheating on you. (By the way, is this another song written by Ne-Yo because it really reminds me of something he could've done.)

9. Ain't No Party - Point blank, this song drives me crazy with those violins. I mean, is it necessary to repeat them over and over again!?! Definitely not a good usage because this beat is all off - NEXT!

10. Listen To Ya Heart - Damn, I'm trying to seriously stay focused on Ruben, but WHY does this track remind me of Bone Thugs 90s rap single, "Foe Tha Love Of Money". I guess that's because there's nothing interesting about this one... NEXT.

11. I'm Not Happy - I should mention that I'm really tired of heartbreak songs. I'm especially tired of heartbreak songs that try to get you to dance to them. I really have no patience for this crybaby song with its bad usage of a Miami bass beat, Next.

12. To Da Crib - From where I'm standing girl you know that you the champion, You killin all these chickens in here, pluckin all of em.... WTH? I guess somewhere there is a woman who falls for these kinda pick-up lines, but it's a big ol' NEXT for this crap...

13. Blow Ya Mind - Harps? Are those harps I hear? O yes, nothing says unwind like harps and a piano. I like this sexy, but relaxing jam.

14. If Only For One Night - A Luther tribute is really nice of Ruben, but like a coke, nothing compares to the real thing, baby.

Overall: I like Ruben. He's so cute and cuddly (yeah, yeah, like that teddy bear he mentions on his intro), but damn it, why do I feel like he's trying TOO HARD to let the world know that 'big boys' can 'get down' too? (Of course, they can! Shoot, Gerald be rockin!!) With this album, Ruben is really on some other stuff and yes, variety is the spice of life, BUT just like big boys can have fun, it's okay for big boys to do some real ballads. Instead, Ruben gave us a cute and cuddly bear that's centered around hollaring 'What Tha Business Is" at the best 'chicken' and taking her back "To Da Crib". So needless to say, this album bored the hell out of me. I sincerely hope Ruben finds his place in the industry, before the industry puts this 'cute teddy bear' outside on 'da curb' for always being a "one single" artist.

Favorite tracks: Change Me, Rather Just Not Know, Blow Ya Mind

Here's a youtube video:

Ruben Studdard - Change Me (featuring Brittany "Bre" Scullark from ANTM Cycle 5)

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posted by Soulfull @ 10/24/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




I'm a O93-C74-E37-A3-N66!!!



LOL! I know you are wondering what the hell is this post about? Well, I've been working hard in my org behavior class and I had to share what I learned about myself while taking this quiz. Oh yeah, my responses are in italics.



What aspects of personality does this [quiz] tell me about?
There has been much research on how people describe others, and five major dimensions of human personality have been found. They are often referred to as the OCEAN model of personality, because of the acronym from the names of the five dimensions.

Openness to Experience/Intellect

High scorers tend to be original, creative, curious, complex; Low scorers tend to be conventional, down to earth, narrow interests, uncreative. You enjoy having novel experiences and seeing things in new ways. (Your percentile: 93)
Well, it's definitely no surprise that I enjoy using my creative talents.

Conscientiousness
High scorers tend to be reliable, well-organized, self-disciplined, careful; Low scorers tend to be disorganized, undependable, negligent. You are well-organized, and are reliable. (Your percentile: 74)
Yea, I can agree with this. I am a self-proclaimed neat freak and it really drives me nuts when stuff is out of 'order'.

Extraversion
High scorers tend to be sociable, friendly, fun loving, talkative; Low scorers tend to be introverted, reserved, inhibited, quiet. You tend to shy away from social situations. (Your percentile: 37)
Well, dang. This part of the test has me looking like a hermet. I will admit I'm shy, but I still know how to have a good time (once I warm up - LOL!).

Agreeableness
High scorers tend to be good natured, sympathetic, forgiving, courteous; Low scorers tend to be critical, rude, harsh, callous. You find it easy to criticize others. (Your percentile: 3)
Um, okay, I'm really working on my more aggressive side, but I doubt that I would think I'm rude or callous? Geez...

Neuroticism
High scorers tend to be nervous, high-strung, insecure, worrying; Low scorers tend to be calm, relaxed, secure, hardy. You tend to become anxious or nervous. (Your percentile: 66)
Well, with a score of 66, it's no secret that I have anxiety issues, but that doesn't mean I'm insecure. Shoot, ol' girl is in love with herself...


Now what does this quiz say about you?


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posted by Soulfull @ 10/24/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




The Legend That Is John Stephens Is Back Once Again!

Well, the time has come 'once again' and my main man John Legend is back on the scene without the gangsta lean, but a soulful strut and cool attitude to match. But, I'll save all the jive-talkin', so we can glide right into his second release...

1. Save Room - Oh yeah, now this is G.O.O.D music. This song, which is his first single, has everything that those studio songs lack - a real band. I like it.

2. Heaven - Heaven only knows, because I don't understand. Won't you tell me please, what's the master plan? Okay, I'm sorry I love K-OS, but for real, this song is tight with the soulful hook and those bass drum-snare-hi-hat beats make me wanna slippty-slide onto the dance floor and groove to this song about sweet, sweet love. Very nice.

3. Stereo - Even though my name isn't Melanie and I don't sweat platinum and gold, I'm loving the vibes from this 'Stereo' though I doubt I'll be playing it again after this review.

4. Show Me - Damn, girl, how could you NOT show the brotha SOME LOVE with this one?! John is bringing IT with his tender begging and ya'll know how I LOVE a begging man.

5. Each Day Is Better - Awww shucks, I love love love it!!! This is such a beautiful song about, well what else, LOVE! But what I like about this song is this: Whether you're in love or not, the melodic voices of John and his backup singers give one the feeling of hope that 'each day gets better' and your turn for love will surely come. You can definitely classify this as one of those extra 'happy' songs.

6. P.D.A. - Well, watch out now... Bring those public displays of affection on! Shoot, I love 'em too John and I really don't care if 'they discover us', I likes this!!! Shoot, you gonna make me drag hubby outdoors somewhere with this joint.

7. Slow Dance - Wait a minute, turn that TV off for a minute... That politics and talkin shit....Aww man, I really wish you guys could see how HARD I am smiling as I type. This. Song. Is. My. Shit. Let's not talk about the war, don't know what they fighting for.. Amen to that, John, and with this song, I can see a lot of couples forgetting about those 'worldly' problems while grindin' to this joint saying -- I love it, I love it, I love it when we're slow dancin' togetha...

8. Again - Hot damn, John is 'doing it again' with this track about couples fighting/arguing. This beautiful piano song (think Ordinary People) really makes you feel the ups and downs of love. I like it.

9. Maxine - Burt Bacharach would be proud of this second attempt at casino-style lounge music, but damn, why couldn't her name been Kimberly instead of Maxine? LOL!

10. Where Did My Baby Go? - Man, this joint is so depressing, yet it has a cute little nursery rhyme feel to it. I wish I could've sung the chorus to my babies instead of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star over and over again (until my mouth hurt).

11. Maxine's Interlude - My name ain't Maxine, so I don't care for this interlude... Okay, I'm hatin. It's nice, but NEXT!

12. Another Again - John and his 'angry girlfriend' are back at it again with this breezy, soul track. Well, if love-hate-lovemakin' sounds this good, then I say let's fight 'one-mo-gen'. Do I really have to say that I like this 'again'?

13. Coming Home - Wow, this power ballad about our soldiers fighting to see 'another day in history' really pulls on your heart strings. I can't front, it made me cry... God bless all our troops and I really hope that every last one of them makes it home safe SOON!

Overall: The sophomore jinx has definitely missed this man. 'Once Again' gives you more of the Mr. Stephens who deserved every single Grammy he has received. Simply, he nailed it with this joint and one thing that I really appreciate is the fact that even though he works with such well-known producers as Raphael Saadiq, will.i.am, G.O.O.D Music bud Kanye West, you would never know it. There's nobody yelling in the background or trying to climb over John with their own voice and I appreciated that. It makes me like him even more because he doesn't try to align himself with all the hype and 808 beats. John remains true blue to his own soul and like he said on MTV.com:

"I think it's a good blend," Legend said of the album. "You make melodies and lyrics that could be written 20 years ago or 20 years from now and won't sound dated, and that's what I try to do, and I think it's good. Sometimes people want to make sure you are going to continue with the same stuff you did before, and to some extent this album has a lot of the same flavor that I had on the first album, but we expanded that. We went beyond, and I think you can see my growth, hear me keep moving, even though that old chord is there, but you won't get the same thing you got before."

"I want my music to be [just as] popular because it's good," he continued. "I want it to be popular because it strikes a chord with people and it moves people. But I don't want it to sound like everything else that's popular. I want it to sound different, so part of what I'm trying to do is to do something that's distinct, do something that's unique. I think people want something that's different right now. I think they want something that's fresh, so that's what I'm here for."


Yup, I agree wholeheartedly that your music is indeed good, but there is ONE problem -- You better not have us waiting so long for the next album! :)

Favorite Tracks: Save Room, Each Day Gets Better, P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care), Slow Dance, Maxine, Again, Another Again


Here's a youtube video:

John Legend - Slow Dance (Performed at London's Royal Albert Hall)

Check out other live videos:
PDA (We Don't Care)
Again
Show Me
Each Day Gets Better
Heaven
Stereo
Save Room

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Sunday Evening Reflections Into Monday Morning Motivation

I work up this morning with a plan. A plan for which I didn't expect to be finishing at eleven o'clock at night, but maybe it's better this way because I'm just not feeling well. Yet, even still, I remain blessed and this video below serves as a reflection and motivation to that... Peace & Blessings ya'll...


Yolanda Adams - Be Blessed

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posted by Soulfull @ 10/22/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




The Truth Hurts....

Why live in denial when freedom is only a truth away?

posted by Soulfull @ 10/20/2006 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Press Fast Forward On Diddy's New Album

I'm going to try and keep it short and sweet with regards to my review of Diddy's latest (and longest) album. So let's press play...

1. Testimonial (Intro) - A sample of Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears? Um, that is my song, (I was waiting patiently for Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith to sing the damn chorus) but I can't get down to this mess. Next.

2. We Gon' Make It (Featuring Jack Knight) - Damn, this is truly a sample of a sample of a sample. I'm getting so confused by the origins of this beat that I can't really focus on Diddy's "I'm-the-shit" lyrics. Next.

3. I Am (Interlude) - Damn it! I'm sorry ya'll, but I can't stop thinking about Say I from Christina Milian, which also samples Jackie Moore's 1973 R&B hit "Sweet Charlie Babe", which also reminds me of The Game's song Hate It Or Love It, but we all know that uses Rubber Band by The Trammps... But back to Puffy's, I mean P. Diddy's, no wait, DIDDY's track which has him loud talking about his reign of NYC. Geez, can't we all just get along? Next.

4. The Future - Though I doubt Diddy will ever be the first black president, I'll stiill have to agree with my comments from his myspace page regarding this song:
Okay, I love the line you use: Assemble my own team to say Fuck FEMA in case there's another Katrina... Strong words Diddy, but I'd have to say that this track needs a remix with some guest rappers to showcase the beat. I'm sure you can do it considering you invented the remix... :-)


5. Hold Up (Featuring Angela Hunte) - Okay, the children are singing (whateva) and what a perfect title for this song, because for real, HOLD UP! This has to be the most ANNOYING SONG EVER and I don't even know what they are saying in the chorus! As a matter of fact, WTH, could someone please tell me the purpose of this song?!!!!!!!!! (I did catch Diddy saying, Bluetooth nigga, but I don't have any cavities) GOSH, I can not TAKE it - NEXT! NEXT! NEXT! NEXT!

6. Come To Me (Featuring Nicole Scherzinger) - I am not an admirer of Nicole's voice and this song wouldn't make me come to the dance floor if it was played twenty times in a row. And what's up with this corny mess at the end -- I remember the first day our eyes met, you almost made a nigga bust on himself... Well damn, if you do that when you meet a chick, what can she expect to have in the bedroom? Hmmm. Can we say, a premature ejaculator??? NEXT!

7. Tell Me (Featuring Christina Aguilera) - This whole track, which has Diddy and X-tina flirting with one another, is entirely too busy. At best, I can use it as a great high-energy jam to workout to. Next.


8. Wanna Move (Featuring Big Boi, Ciara & Scar) - With this title, you got to know that this track is gonna make you dance and with the beat, Diddy did accomplish that with the BIG help of Big Boi's classic Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik lyrics. This will definitely be the better jam to workout to when I don't want to be irritated by the high energy of "Tell Me".


9. Diddy Rock (Featuring Timbaland, Twista & Shawnna) - Let me be your tour guide, I'm yo burger, you my fries... Oh hell naw, Diddy is really smellin himself with these BS raps. Thank goodness for Twista and Shawanna (I suggest you just fast forward to 2:03 to hear them and stop at 4:13 - LOL!).

10. Claim My Place (Featuring Avant) (Interlude) - Damn, Diddy must have a lot of haters, but for real, that's life so I really think he needs to stop spending all his album time talking to those bamas because it gets boring... Just do ya damn thing!!

11. Everything I Love (Featuring Nas & Cee-Lo) - Now THIS song is everything I love about a Diddy collabo. I likes this one!


12. Special Feeling (Featuring Mika Lett) - Apparently Prince wasn't available to do this 80s' sounding duet with Diddy, but as corny as this is, it's kinda cute because I love the 80s and even though I'm envisioning leggings and spiked hair, who doesn't want to have that 'special feeling' every once and a while?

13. Crazy Thang (Interlude) (Featuring S. Rosete) - Diddy and his 'girl' fight with themselves and each other on this short intro. Too bad this beat wasn't used in a longer song because I like it (especially those violins).

14. After Love (Featuring Keri) - This break-up song has Keri bringing her so-so vocals, but even still I like it in a 'sad-I-hate-love' kinda way.

15. Through The Pain (She Told Me) (Featuring Mario Winans) - Listening to another this break-up song, it isn't too bad because Diddy's good at giving the fellas something to cry too there's a simplistic realness to it (and I like it), but what's up with the crazy ending though? Yuck!

16. Thought You Said (Featuring Brandy) - Damn, I can't remember where this beat came from, but I remember getting a musical lesson from one of my myspace buddies on the origins of it. Anyway, this song has a angry twist to the same old break-up song and I don't like it. Nice to see a Brandy cameo again, but where is HER album??? Next.

17. Last Night (Featuring Keyshia Cole) - This is another 80s throwback with an emotional Keyshia Cole singing/hollaring to 'PICK UP THE PHONE AND DIAL UP MY NUMBA'(you might remember watching her in the booth singing this on her BET reality show), but what really trips me out is when Diddy finally calls the girl and he's trying to act all hard. Were you not just 'curled up like a child' over this chick??? Um, NEXT!

18. Making It Hard (Featuring Mary J. Blige) - I wanna make her feel it in her soul... O yeah, I can feel this one about being 'crazy in love' and it definitely makes me want to get up and dance! I likes this one! Go Mary (and Rich Harrison with them horns)!

19. Partners For Life (Featuring Jamie Foxx) - I'm sure you can guess what this song is about by the title, but screw Diddy and his many song dedications to a woman he just needs to freaking marry, it's all about JAMIE! I love his voice so this song gets a C- from me just because of him (Pharrell wasn't that bad either).

Overall: Diddy wants you to know that he told he's mama he was gonna be some damn body... Point blank, in the words of Jay-Z, another (real) MC claiming the title of King Of NYC, Diddy isn't a businessman, Diddy's a business, man! In the years since his last album, Diddy has managed to learn how to deal with life's struggles and Press Play presents us with a tracklisting that reads heavy with the collabos, but lightweight with the material. This album is all about having boatloads of fun and working it out on the dance floor and even with the heartache songs that only Diddy could do, I just can't seem to find that "IT" factor that makes me want to hold onto this album. With his best effort (thanks to BIG), No Way Out gave me a Diddy that seems more in 'his own lane' than this one and sometimes through the pain, you obtain a REAL Victory, but Diddy didn't give me enough songs to make me want to keep 'playing' this album in my headphones. So, is this the end for Diddy? I highly doubt it because I thought he told you in 1996 that we won't stop...

My favorite tracks: The Future, Tell Me, Wanna Move, Special Feeling, and Making It Hard

Here's a YouTube user video:

Diddy - Tell Me featuring Christina Aguilera

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Listen To John Legend's Once Again



I wish I had the energy to do all these album reviews, but I wanted to let you guys know that you can check out John Legend's new album now. I'll definitely be reviewing it soon, but if you would be so kind, let me know what YOU think of his second effort...

Check It Out Here: VH1.com - Hear Music First: John Legend's Once Again

****Update 11/12/06****
You can read my review of John Legend's Once Again here.

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Please Excuse Me, But I Am HOT!


You guys will have to excuse me with this post, but I. Am. Upset! I'm watching the evening news and one of the lead-ins on all the channels is the story of Raymond Brown aka Scottie Beats who was murdered when he confronted a tow truck driver that was stealing his car. Now if it isn't bad enough that we have idiots going around using a tow truck to steal cars, but now it's been determined today that the PG County 911 operators disregarded the calls from neighbors and Scottie himself because they thought it was a regular repossession. WTF?!!! I'm sorry, but just exactly why would someone call 911 when they KNOW they are late on their car payments??? Is anyone that stupid? It's a damn shame that they didn't take these calls seriously and it's a damn shame that this man has lost his life over something so unnecessary. I wish he would've just noted the license plate number or, if you really had to, I wish he would've kept the 911 operators on the line while he followed the car at a safe distance until they could pinpoint where the thieves were going. But the last thing you wanna do is confront some stranger in the middle of the night. Yet, I know the "should've" and "could've" isn't going to bring this man back... Damn! This is just SAD! This really bothers me (aka causing my anxiety to go into overdrive) and I am just sickened by all of this, but it brings attention (once again) to the neglect that goes on in this 'wealthy county'...

And speaking of PG County, it's been determined that this county is going to be the determining factor in the Maryland Senate race... I was reading this Post article on Michael Steele and it's almost insulting that this idiot would think that being endorsed by Russell Simmons, Mike Tyson, and Don King, a known con man, would sway me to vote for him. PUL-LEASE! To add to my previous post, just because you and I are black doesn't mean that you should AUTOMATICALLY get my vote. So stop trying to change the focus of this election by making it a black versus white issue.


Boxing promoter Don King, who calls himself a "Republicrat", brought his flag-waving, rhinestone-wearing, Bible-quoting flair to Steele's campaign, imploring black voters in particular, to act as "apostles" in turning out next month for the African American candidate.

King, with his trademark shock of unruly gray hair, stood arm in arm with the lieutenant governor before a friendly audience at a Largo cafe before heading to Baltimore. He urged voters in the overwhelmingly Democratic state to ignore party labels.


Because in the end, despite your blue website, blue campaign signs, and your commericals completely devoid of this fact: YOU ARE A SUPPORTER OF BUSH and in the end you don't have enough muscle to move against your Republican party...


"We're talking about Maryland. We're not talking about Democrats or Republicans," said King, who teamed up with Steele in 2004 to campaign for President Bush.

On one front, he perhaps delivered the wrong message. King unabashedly professed his love for President Bush for putting blacks in prominent positions in his administration.

Throughout the campaign, Cardin has tried to use Steele's connections to the unpopular president against him.

When asked whether he shared King's love for Bush, Steele turned to the Bible: "My mother taught me as a young boy to love my neighbor as myself."


Yeah, you love your neighbor alright and that's fine, but when a person is wrong they are wrong and supporting Bush is not going to change the mess that has been created. URGH!!! Quite frankly, I am not happy with EITHER Cardin OR Steele, but I'll be damned if Steele is going to turn this senate race into an issue about race! That's just BS! :sigh:

Sooo, I guess I'm stuck at a F-ed up crossroads on who to vote for right now... :(


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Damn, I Need That Laugh

I know I wrote about Weird Al here, but Tom gave me another reason why I love this song, which is funny as hell. I needed a laugh and this gave me one...


White & Nerdy

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Monday's Motivation - Fight The Power!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend and if you were a lazy bum like me, I know you saw the season finale of Flavor of Love? But today, I'm not gonna bore you with that hot ass mess, instead I want to take your mind back to a place when Flava was known for a lot more than the broad he's slopping spit with. His unforgettable role in Public Enemy as the ultimate hype man brings me to their 1989 jam, Fight The Power. I haven't even went to bed yet, but I need this song this morning... Enjoy and GET MOTIVATED!


Public Enemy - Fight The Power

What this song is saying to me:

We got to pump the stuff to make us tough
from the heart
It's a start, a work of art
To revolutionize make a change nothin's strange
People, people we are the same
No we're not the same
Cause we don't know the game
What we need is awareness, we can't get careless
You say what is this?
My beloved lets get down to business
Mental self defensive fitness
(Yo) bum rush the show
You gotta go for what you know
Make everybody see, in order to fight the powers that be


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I'm Really Going To Do It This Time...



The Headline Reads: With One Month to Pen a Novel, a Faster Piece Is Better Than a Masterpiece (WaPo)

Next month, your girl is going on a (continued) mission to churn out her second book! I joined NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) because I LOVE a challenge and writing 50,000 words in one month is a serious challenge. But here's an excerpt from a 2004 article from the Washington Post regarding NaNoWriMo:


Genius is overrated. Art ultimately comes down to discipline, to the doers and the do-nots -- the fevered few who prime their canvases and practice their chords and the rest of us who come home from work tired and fall asleep watching "Desperate Housewives."

If, as some people believe, every single person has a novel inside himself, then a lot of people have been wasting a lot of time doing a lot of things other than writing. Chris Baty, a freelance writer from Oakland, Calif., with novelist aspirations, devotes the month of November every year to helping people get those novels out. He approaches the writing process like a crash diet; his goal is to get people each to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The results may be shockingly bad, and will in all likelihood never be published, but that's not really the point, Baty says.

"Novel writing is actually great fun!" he says.

Baty has come to the District in the past few days to promote his new book, "No Plot? No Problem!," which advocates a pragmatic, populist approach to fiction writing that Baty has culled from six years running a movement he calls National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. He is drinking coffee at a cafe downtown and a keyboard is peeking out from the bag next to his chair. He has 50,000 words to churn out this month, and being on book tour, he feels, is no excuse for falling behind. This month, just like each November, he will write everywhere, in every pocket of free time, and will drink so much coffee that in all likelihood he'll lose weight. He is tall and lanky, with green eyes and red sideburns, and he wears a badge that says "Hello, my novel is . . ." -- underneath which he has scrawled "not bad."

NaNoWriMo started with 21 people and each year it grows bigger. This year there are about 40,000 people across the country and around the world attempting it, Baty says. Participation is free, though people are encouraged to make donations if they can. They register on the Web site, www.nanowrimo.org, and share thoughts and ask questions on the message boards. WriMos, as they're known, share excerpts of their work, which reveal the NaNo approach to writing: enthusiastic and over-caffeinated, and minus the benefit of revising, because the experiment's time constraints don't allow it.


Yup, I AM EXCITED, but I should mention that I'll still be here blogging away (maybe not as much), so I hope you guys will put up with a sista as she follows her dream. Oh yeah, I'm challenging all my aspiring novelists to take the challenge too!!! You guys can join here and PLEASE leave me a comment if you do.

Peace & Blessings ya'll...

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I Can Relate To This PostSecret...

I love postsecret and today, I found one (out of many) secrets I can really relate to...



Can I just say that I've been playing this for the last 15 mins... LOL!

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Sunday Afternoon Reflections


Meet My New Slippers...
Originally uploaded by Soulfull.
Good Afternoon world. I'd like for you all to meet my new slippers. Aren't they the cutest? I saw them today at the store and I had to have them, but the funniest thing happened when I saw them -- I actually started to feel guilty. (Guilty? What in the world?) Yup, I took one look at the words, Let's Focus On Me, and started convincing myself that it would be wrong to buy slippers that were so... So arrogant. How can I justify this type of message? Shoot, I'm the shy girl, right? Yeah, right. I bought 'em and I'd be lying if I didn't mention that I wanted to wear them out of the store. (I didn't though. It was too cool.) But my new slippers are a small symbol that ol' girl is entering a new phase of her life. A phase that is tired of down playing her joy of self (Although, I'd never be the type of person to wear these slippers.) and like it says in Chapter 1:7 of 2 Timothy:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Peace & Blessings ya'll

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Sunday Is Black President's Day...

If You're In The Area, You Might Want To Check Out...
The Painted Lady Performance Project presents:

The Event: Black President's Day - A Fela Tribute and AIDS Benefit Performance

Where: Bohemian Caverns (Eleventh & U Streets, NW, WDC)
When: Sunday, October 15, 2006
Time: 8 pm
Cost: $7 b4 10; $10 after 10



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Just Came Here To Chill

Riding home from work today, I spent the entire 30 min ride having a conversation with myself and half-listening to this song over and over again...

What's the real reason you haven't written any new pages in your book?
I don't think I have it in me anymore to write a whole book.
Because you're lazy!
No, that's not it...I'm... I'm just not sure if that's what I want to do anymore.
I know what it is, you don't think you're good enough!
(silence)
Yup, that's it.
Naw, I can't seem to pin down a genre. As soon as I decide on something, my mind goes into another idea...
What do you mean genre? You just need to write damn it! Stop being so scatterbrained!
See that's why I like blogging. I can just get it out in small spurts and I don't have to focus on churning out 100 pages worth of a book...
A-HA! That's your problem!!!! You're too focused on blogging that you've failed to see how it's hurting your real dream
NO it's NOT
Yes, it is. What do you think is not getting done when you're spending 30mins to 2hours churning out blog posts? HUH!
(silence)
Now, you can't deny that fact Missy! A new semester starts this week and with the courses plus work and the kids, you will never have a complete manuscript...
You know, don't remind me ok?
So, why are you REALLY doing this?
Because I can. Blogging helps me fine tune my writing voice. Blogging helps me connect with others and myself. Blogging keeps me from doing a lot of unneccessary stuff... Blogging, blogging just helps me to chill. Now shut the hell up!

Well, just don't get mad at me when things don't work out and you find yourself....
Whatever. (turns the music up and begins to sing...)

Didn't bring my diamonds, you don't have to put a dress on
(See I)
I just came here to chill
There'll be no other VIP, the parties only you and me
(See, I)
I just came here to chill...





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Monday's Motivation - Liberation!

Last night, I was all prepared to write a couple pages in my book, but I got distracted (i.e. lazy/confused) and now today, I'm pissed about it. I'm pissed that my bad habits are still having their way with me. I'm upset that I've yet to really let GO of the past. I've screwed myself into a slump about all that's wrong in my life. I'm growing tired of it all and I haven't really gotten anywhere yet. Depression and repression isn't the best state of mind to be in, but drowning in dreams won't wake me up either. I want true freedom. I CRAVE liberation...

Peace & Blessings, ya'll....


Outkast Erykah Badu Cee - Liberation
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OutKast ft Erykah Badu, Cee lo, Big Rube - Liberation

What this song is saying to me:

Can't worry bout, what a nigga think now see
That's liberation and baby I want it..
Can't worry bout, what anotha nigga think
Now that's liberation and baby I want it..


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Where Are The Single Black Brothers?

The Headline Reads: Singled Out - In Seeking a Mate, Men and Women Find Delicate Imbalance

Another interesting article from the 'Being A Black Men' series that the Washington Post is doing. This particular one follows the story of Robin Thorpe, 31, who's a lawyer facing the hurdles of dating black men. Here's an excerpt:

Robyn Thorpe hoped he would pursue her, but she played it cool. She waved goodbye as she stepped down the stairs of the busy cigar lounge.

She took three more steps, conscious of the sway of her skirt, deliberate in her casualness. Then the guy in the red tie and blue button-down shirt made his move.

"Are you leaving?" he asked. "Can we finish our conversation?"

She stopped her descent and smiled as she followed him to an empty table. Her plum-tinted lip gloss glistened.

This is what she had come for: the chance to meet a man, a black man, a potential husband. The moment was full of possibility and light, much like the romantic Nigerian films Robyn has come to adore -- where lovers' eyes meet in passionate glances, and romance rules over reason.

But it was also a moment that masks a maddening numbers game. She is a 31-year-old black woman seeking to marry a black man, which lands her in the heart of the most uncoupled demographic in the United States.

For every 100 single black women, there are 70 single black men, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau figures, a number that does not take into account the prison population or men living in group homes. In the Washington area, there are 83 single black men for every 100 single black women.

For eligible black men, that equation can look like a dating smorgasbord, with seemingly limitless choices, and not just among black women. According to the 2000 census, black men enter interracial marriages at a higher rate -- 9.7 percent -- than any other racial or gender group except Asian women. That's twice the rate of black women.

For Robyn and black women like her -- who see their fates intimately bound to black men -- life means strategizing and dreaming beyond the numbers in a world where it seems the ground has shifted under their feet.


You can continue reading the article here...

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Woman Says Dog Ate Winning Powerball Ticket


The Headline Reads: Woman Says Dog Ate Winning Powerball Ticket (nbc4.com)

Here's the story:


DES MOINES, Iowa -- With the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in Iowa, there were several ticket-holders who had wishful thinking.

The Iowa Lottery said Wednesday that since the winning numbers were drawn it has been flooded with callers trying to explain why they were winners but could not produce their winning ticket.

"We had already validated the ticket. I was still receiving phone calls saying, 'Are you sure that is their ticket. Are you sure that's the winning ticket?'" said the Iowa Lottery's Tina Potthoff.

Iowa Lottery CEO Ed Stanek said a Minnesota woman who was traveling through Iowa said she left her ticket on her car's dashboard while she was in the store and her dog ate her ticket.

"The longer it takes for the winner to come forward, the more people are going to wonder, 'Was that me?'" Potthoff said.

Stanek said another person told the lottery that he left his winning ticket in the truck he was driving for work, but he could no longer get to the ticket because he no longer worked for the company.

Another man who contacted the lottery didn't remember much about his ticket.

"He left his ticket in his hotel room, but couldn't remember what city he was in, the name of the hotel nor the store, nor the date (of when he bought it)," Stanek said.

Another man called the lottery, claiming that he burned the winning ticket with some other trash when he cleaned out a car.

"He couldn't remember the details of the purchase or the day that it took place because he'd had a head injury nine years earlier and it affected his memory," Stanek said.


Whatever. My issue is this -- Why is it that there has never been a jackpot winner in the DC Metro area? It seems like there is always a winner out in the boonies somewhere... Dang it!

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Sunday Morning Reflections

Chalk It Up To Change
Chalk It Up To Change,
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When you're a kid, you consider everything you create to be beautiful. You make up stories, you play silly games, and you drive your parents nuts with the 'Why?' questions. This morning, I found myself at the receiving end of my four year old son's questions about change because yesterday I decided that I was going to rearrange his room:
Son: Why did you move my stuff, Mommy?

Me: Because I wanted to. You're room needed it and it was time to switch your closet to Fall clothes.

Son: Why?

Me: Because it's cold outside now.

Son: So you switched everything around so it would look different?

Me: Yes.

Son: Because the weather is changing?

Me: Yes.

(He pauses to contemplate the weight of all this change going on around him)

Son: Well... I like change.
My goodness, why can't acceptance of change be that easy for me? Everyday, I'm trying to be more accepting of where I am in my life. In the past, I've been known to cause a complete ruckus over the silliest of things (and I still do sometimes), but just like the seasons are changing outside, I'm reminded that some things just have to happen. Like the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8...
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
...And today, it was my time to remember that there is a reason for every change...

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Just Talking TV

Did You Watch? - Committed: The Christies (Thursday at 10PM and Sunday at 11PM on BET on Jazz)

The first episode of Committed: The Christies premiered last Thursday and I have to say that I enjoyed it. I don't follow sports all that much, but as my hubby and I sat down to watch the show, off the bat, I could tell that Jackie ain't foolin' around when it comes to her husband (you go girl!) and can you blame her, (B-ball players always have some groupies running behind them) but here's some background on the show, in case you missed it:

BETJ follows the lives of NBA star Doug Christie and his strong-willed wife, Jackie. You won’t be able to take your eyes off this romantic train wreck as the Christies work through the issues of living together.

Doug Christie is a champion and a tough-nosed competitor who will bite, fight, scratch and claw his way to victory. At least on the court, that is! Off the court, however, his wife Jackie is the star. She is omnipresent, controlling and clearly in charge. Some would say that Doug’s “whipped”; he says he’s happy.

On one hand, Doug has the fast life of an NBA star; on the other, he’s the most extreme picture of a hen-pecked husband. How can he juggle these two conflicting personas and be successful at both?


FLIPPIN' CHANNELS...


I'll Definitely Be Watching: Iconoclasts 2: Dave Chappelle + Maya Angelou (Premieres Thursday, November 30 at 9PM ET/PT)

Inside Vogue Magazine, I came across this interesting photo of Dave and Maya together,(Goodness, do I love both of these guys.) so as I'm reading the caption, I learn that they both will be featured together on the second season of Iconoclast 'to discuss the African-American experience and to explore how laughter is essential to life and the creative process'. MSN.com had this to say:

Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou. Quentin Tarantino and Fiona Apple. Eddie Vedder and Laird Hamilton.

Those are some of the dynamic duos to be featured in the second season of Sundance Channel's "Iconoclasts," premiering Oct. 26 (9 p.m. EDT), the channel announced Tuesday.

Each one-hour episode in the six-part series, executive produced by Robert Redford, pairs "two leading innovators from different fields who come together to discuss their passions and creative processes," the channel said.


Well, this sure does sound interesting! I'll be sure to set the DVR...

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