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A File From The Crazy Photos Department: It's A Knock-Out!

TGIF folks! Though I've been out of commission for a few days, slowly and surely, I'm getting back on my 'blogging' feet and making the necessary corrections in my game. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the dude in this picture below! My great goodness. In the immortal words of Smokey from Friday: "You got knocked the $%#& OUT!"



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Raheem DeVaughn feat. T-Pain - Friday (Shut the Club Down)


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Why I Use Twitter.... Wait, It's Been A Whole Year Already?!

How addicted to Twitter are you?Welcome! If you're reading this, then 9 times out of 10, you've reached this page thru my twitter account. I've reached a point in my 'social-media-lovin' life where I've found the need to explain why I use Twitter.

On February 21, 2009, I joined Twitter via an invite from an old colleague. Not knowing what the hell I was doing in those beginning stages, I set out to follow some of my favorite writers. By doing so, I've surrounded myself with other writers, musicians, artists, publishers, business owners, and motivators. I've grown to have such a love for my twitter community!

My Twitter timeline gives me an immediate resource on what's news, what's current, and what's happening from all over the world. There have been MANY times when I've learned about something on Twitter before any of the major media outlets and/or wires! As a writer, Twitter allows me to reach a broader audience for my blog(s) and future books as well as connect with folks that I might not have had the opportunity to communicate with. To keep it simple, Twitter is like my own personal water cooler area, sometimes I engage in professional conversation; sometimes I don't.

Six months into my Twitter experience, something shifted. Between the self-absorbed tweets of daily life, I started becoming more of a service to others by tweeting about a subject I am most passionate about... Mass media! My tweets fostered in my love for all things media-related which dates back to my first computer - a Tandy from Radio Shack. Fast-forwarding to my early stages with AOL 3.0 to my time as the editor of my HS newspaper to my current position as an analyst at a leading newspaper organization, I've always enjoyed the many facets of mass media: internet, music, books, television, magazines, newspapers, etc. But you know what, my tweets don't stop there.

I also enjoy tweeting about social networking, writing resources, technology, food, history, traveling, and shopping. Because I read way more than I write, I love to tweet the many articles I read regarding these topics and others.

During my first year on Twitter, I also learned one minor detail - reciprocation. Sometimes, I get those folks that DEMAND that I follow them back or retweet. To those folks, I say-->How Rude?! I appreciate EVERY tweeter that chooses to follow me as well as the dialogue that ensues, but I'm just not interested in participating in the whole "I-follow-you-so-you-betta-follow-me" mentality. Unlike other social networking sites, Twitter doesn't require folks to follow blindly therefore reciprocation shouldn't be expected. Additionally, one of the first things I did when joining Twitter was to turn off those annoying notifications of followers. I'm much more interested in having folks '@reply' me then to clog up my email in-box. However, if 'reciprocation' is your sort of thing, then you're always welcomed to follow my other Twitter account.

So there you have it, all the things I tweet about plus my reasons for doing so. I look forward to getting to know more tweeters and lord-willin', introducing my FIRST published novel on Twitter. At this point, I suppose it's only appropriate that I end with....


Hit Me On Twitter! :)


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posted by Soulfull @ 2/21/2010 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




45 Years Later: Remembering Malcolm X

In 1965, black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam. Below is a poem I wrote inspired by a speech Malcolm X delivered in 1962:




Who Taught You?

Inside the middle of a war
Courage rages within the mind's ear
As they hear
His words
Their spirits gather like crows
To murder 400+ years of self-hatred
Smiles emerge on their faces
They stand together to embrace him
With thunderous pride
Absorbed in this brother's preachings
His speeches upon speeches
All designed to reach us
And from the grave he continues his call to action
With very simple questions...

Who taught you to hate the color of your skin?
Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?
Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?
Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?


Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?

(c) 2010. Composed by Soulfull. Soulful Synergy, LLC.





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Jamie Foxx And 'Sext' Messages Are An Hilarious Pair

Man o man do I miss Jamie's stand-up. He's too damn funny. Not to mention, there are some kinky folks in Lopez's audience! Then again, I'm sure they didn't expect their phones to be confiscated. Check out the video below to see what I mean... Oh yea, and Happy (Belated) Valentines' Day. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did yesterday!




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The Story Behind The Blog....

Soulfull has been journaling and writing novels since she was a youngster. Having worked amidst some of the best journalists in the country at The Washington Post, she runs a blog that has been heralded by America Online, CBS and more. So despite an accomplished career in advertising and information technology, it’s clear that her true allegiance is behind the pen.

“In the journaling realm, I’m dealing with pent up family issues. However, Soulfull of Thoughts presents those issues as well as my opinions to the world on popular culture,” she explains. With creative writing and novels, Soulfull of Thoughts is my playground for creative expression. All that crazy stuff that I’ve had happen in my life, I get to write about it there and change names to protect the innocent.”

Writing was initially a coping mechanism used to deal with a chaotic childhood of living as a middle child with a cleft lip and palate, and growing up with young parents. She wrote and shared novels with her classmates in middle school, and joined various poetry clubs and writing groups as a high school student. But during her junior year, a teacher gave her a new opportunity: to be the editor of the brand new high school paper.

“I thought, ‘That’s a lot of responsibility for an 11th grader, but so be it!’” she remembers. “It was very stressful to be in such a visible position and being unsure of my own talent, but the experience made me want to pursue writing more. I thought, ‘Maybe this passion is more than something that I write in my notebook.’”

After graduating from high school and ending her contractual employment at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she began a career at The Washington Post. She has had a successful, diverse tenure at The Post, earning several promotions and assuming nearly a dozen positions in the advertising, accounting, and IT departments—11 different positions over 11 years—to hold the paper together behind the scenes. But the position she really wanted—Reporter—eluded her grasps. So in 2006, during a brief hiatus from The Post, she took matters into her own hands and founded Soulful Synergy, LLC.

“I really wanted to get back to my passion of writing,” Soulfull says, comparing the blog to her journals as a child.

As personal as her thoughts were, they had a reach larger than she realized. Soulfull of Thoughts eventually became a go-to publication for her opinions on politics, African American issues and more. America Online (AOL), CBS, Columbia Journalism Review, Wonkette, Washington Post Express, and more have featured her thoughts to help convey an African American woman’s views on life, her family, and the world around her.

“My interests are varied, so I didn’t want my blog to be limited to one area,” she explains. “Soulfull of Thoughts are just my thoughts of the day. Whatever is new or current in pop culture, music, poetry, politics, travel, and whatever I feel the need to speak on.”

With Soulfull of Thoughts going strong and her media career continuing to grow, her next project is a novel edited by Chandra Sparks Taylor, who is known for her work with best-selling author E. Lynn Harris. And with her fan base and writing skills, this is sure to be her best work yet.

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posted by Soulfull @ 2/11/2010 Add to GlobalGrind!




John "You Can Take Your Apology and Shove it Up Your" Mayer

Folks, a racial "crisis" occurred on Twitter today and in case you've been held up under a mound of snow like most of the Northeast, there's a pretty good chance that you missed it. No problem. Let's take a minute and allow Huffington Post to explain the details:
The Headline Reads: John Mayer Apologizes: I Was 'Arrogant' To Use N-Word

John Mayer took to Twitter to apologize for using the N-word in an interview with Playboy magazine.

In the interview, in which he talks about his great sex with Jessica Simpson, he also used the racial epithet. The whole section of the interview is at the bottom, so scroll down to read it.

Over three Tweets Wednesday afternoon Mayer wrote:

Re: using the 'N word' in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word. And it's such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself. It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it, because I realize that there's no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged.


Below is the whole race exchange, bolding ours. 
He did not say anything on Twitter about his David Duke cock, but Jessica tweeted, "interesting day so far...hmm."


PLAYBOY: If you didn't know you, would you think you're a douche bag?


MAYER: It depends on what I picked up. My two biggest hits are "Your Body Is a Wonderland" and "Daughters." If you think those songs are pandering, then you'll think I'm a douche bag. It's like I come on very strong. I am a very...I'm just very. V-E-R-Y. And if you can't handle very, then I'm a douche bag. But I think the world needs a little very. That's why black people love me.

PLAYBOY: Because you're very?

MAYER: Someone asked me the other day, "What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?" And by the way, it's sort of a contradiction in terms, because if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a nigger pass. Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a hood pass if you really have a hood pass? But I said, "I can't really have a hood pass. I've never walked into a restaurant, asked for a table and been told, 'We're full.'"

PLAYBOY: It is true; a lot of rappers love you. You recorded with Common and Kanye West, played live with Jay-Z.

MAYER: What is being black? It's making the most of your life, not taking a single moment for granted. Taking something that's seen as a struggle and making it work for you, or you'll die inside. Not to say that my struggle is like the collective struggle of black America. But maybe my struggle is similar to one black dude's.

PLAYBOY: Do black women throw themselves at you?

MAYER: I don't think I open myself to it. My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a fuckin' David Duke cock. I'm going to start dating separately from my dick.

PLAYBOY: Let's put some names out there. Let's get specific.

MAYER: I always thought Holly Robinson Peete was gorgeous. Every white dude loved Hilary from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And Kerry Washington. She's superhot, and she's also white-girl crazy. Kerry Washington would break your heart like a white girl. Just all of a sudden she'd be like, "Yeah, I sucked his dick. Whatever." And you'd be like, "What? We weren't talking about that."


So here's where my point of view comes into play. Feel free to take it or leave it but, quite frankly, I don't give a shit about Mayer or his apology and here's why:

1. He spoke his truth. Although he proved that his thoughts are mostly in line with a 12yr old boy, he's grown and should take accountability and stand by these thoughts. Drunk or not, he spoke what was REALLY in his heart. Now I recognize that he was probably trying to be an edgy intellectual but clearly this is why artists shouldn't be looked at as leaders.

2. Mayer's standard of beauty does not validate me as a black woman. There are currently 6 billion people in this world and I'll be damned if I concern myself with whether or not Mayers' "David Duke" cock has finally gained interest in the pleasure boxes of the Halle Berrys' and Kerry Washingtons' of the world.

3. His usage of the word 'nigger' should be of NO SURPRISE. Whether you approve of its usage or not, this word and all its derivatives (nigga, nig, ninja, etc.) will NOT be abolished. Yes, the word 'nigger' was used to hurt and demean black pride, but if you think for one second that NOT using this one word is going to cure all the ills of the black man and woman's plight in this world then you're sadly mistaken. Just like it's a pie-in-the-sky dream that all forms of racism will be abolished. So let's keep it real, it's hypocritical to even call Mayer to the mat for using this word. He was only doing what so many before him have done - he exercised his right to assimilate. And if you take him to task, then you'd have to take all of hip-hop and every person who 'gassed him up' to think he had a 'hood pass'. (Sidebar: I'm actually MORE curious to hear the responses from the various black celebrities that have supported Mayer up until this point. Media outlets, let's get a few quotes from Jay-Z or Holly, Kerry, Halle, or hell, Oprah? Stat.)

In the end, all of this is just a moot point. I mean, let us not forget that this conversation has occurred before regarding hip-hop's influence, the n-word, respect, blah blah blah and nothing's changed since....




That's my two and a half cents on a situation that will definitely repeat itself with another self-absorbed, privileged, "hood-pass" carrying celebrity. Truthfully, everyone has a right to show their asses in public, I just wish Mayer would've bypassed the PR campaign and held firm to his.


For an additional viewpoint from a man that speaks my language, go here.

For Mayer's FULL interview with Playboy, go here

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OFFICIAL VIDEO: Wale - Pretty Girls (featuring Gucci Mane)

So apparently the internet is a buzz over the fact that there weren't enough brown skin faces in Wale's second video. Personally, I don't give a eff, but you be the judge...



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Yea, The Super Bowl Was Great, But What About Those Commercials!?

Yesterday, I had a GREAT time watching the underdogs, the New Orleans Saints, take home their FIRST FRANCHISE WIN in Super Bowl XLIV...



And as always, the commercials during the Super Bowl were quite interesting! It's been reported that advertisers spent up to $3 MILLION in order to have 30 seconds of your time and last night, only a small few caught my attention.


Snickers: Celebrity Sack

Why I loved it: Some how, some way, Snickers made the physical abuse of the elderly look pretty damn funny and harmless. Kudos to the folks that thought of this one. LOL!


Doritos: Child Slap

Why I loved it: This commercial was too cute! I actually show it before the Super Bowl, but boy o boy, when it aired some folks were going off on Twitter like Doritos had coerced the little boy into slapping Dr. King or something. NEWSFLASH: It's not that serious. Besides if someone wants to NOT date a single, black woman with kid(s) because of this commercial then they're an asshole anyway. Moving on.


Cars.com: With Knowledge Comes Confidence

Why I loved it: Simply, I thought this commercial provided a wonderful message for the digital age. Go WaPo (and all the other media entities that own this dot.com)!


Budweiser: The Bridge

Why I loved it: I love to see folks come together for the common good of society and these folks displayed awesome teamwork in the face of a major crisis! LOL! As The Wonder Pets would say, what's gonna work?? TEAMWORK!!


Dodge Charger: Man's Last Stand

Why I loved it: I'm a stressed out working mom with a NEED for SPEED! Why wouldn't I love this commercial? Shame on Dodge for making the assumption that women don't like muscle cars too. Shoot, I'll be damned if I let the men have all the fun.


Bud Light: T-Pain

Why I loved it: Eff what you heard, Auto Tune ain't dead and my goodness, wouldn't Roger Troutman be proud of this one!

And the honors for LEAST FAVORITE commercial go to....


Bridgestone: Free Willy

Why I disliked it: This CORNBALL concept brought about too many questions for me to take it seriously. (Like how the hell did they get their hands on a whale in the first place?!)

Wanna see ALL of the commercials that aired during Super Bowl XLIV? Well, you're in luck because the good folks over at Super Bowl Ads have complied them not to mention YouTube and AdWeek have done a great job as well.

Oh yea, and by the way, did you see that Jay-Z Super Bowl Kick-Off video? Ya gotta love it when hip hop shines in major forums...



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: CHRIS ROCK TURNS 45!

The man with many many hats has a reason to celebrate today. That's right comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, director, and fellow Aquarius (the BEST zodiac in the whole damn world IMHO), Chris Rock, was born today! Check him out below in some classic stand-up from 1994!




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This is MY Blog.....

The snowstorm has zapped me ya'll. I've spent the majority of the day busy writing my own book and now I have another book I need to review. :sigh: I suppose this is why I love blogging so much. It provides me with an outlet and when you consider that there are ABSOLUTELY NO RULES to this blogging thang, I'd have to say that today I feel like putting up one picture. And. that. is. all.





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A FILE FROM THE CRAZY PHOTOS DEPARTMENT: The Grammys

I'm gonna keep this brief because it's FRIDAY and I'm so ready to start my weekend. As you all know the Grammys aired this past Sunday and although they enjoyed a nice surge in viewers (thanks to social media), I'd have to say that the show was no greater than the others of the past. Hell, even the MJJ Tribute was a snoozefest. But in honor of this old great institution, Life.com presents Grammys: 30 CRAZY-BAD Looks! TGIF!







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A '#Snowpocalypse' Heads to the DC Area



Well, eff you Punxsutawney Phil! Who knew that a few days after your 'prediction', the DC area would be rocked with what most forecasters are calling 'an HISTORIC snow event'. On Twitter, folks are capturing the sights, sounds, and panicky grocery store visits using the hashtag #snowpocalypse, as well as #snomgasm and #Snowmageddon. As for me, I'm pretty damn excited to be hunkered in the house provided nothing, I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING happens to the electricity.

Speaking of electricity, there was MUCH of that in the air during my visit to the local grocery store today. All due to the fact that a lady passed out in the line. Folks, have you ever seen a potato chip display crumble under the weight of a person falling head first to the ground? Yea, not a good sight. I wanted SO badly to take pictures, but my 'TMZ' tactics were on hiatus. At any rate, I did capture this sorry pic of random folks looking dazed...



:sigh: My only regret about today was wearing heels to the store. :sigh: Excuse me, while I head off to find the Epsom salt.

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FOODIE: Restaurateur Michael Landrum is cranking out more Ray's

The Headline Reads: Restaurateur Michael Landrum is cranking out more Ray's

All I have to say to this story is.... I want it NOW!!

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COMIC RELIEF: PAUL MOONEY - NSFW

Happy Wednesday folks! Life's hard so it's time for some comedic relief. Today, it's Paul Mooney. I absolutely enjoy watching his stand-up show and this video below showcases him at the Laugh Factory...Enjoy!




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Only Six More Weeks of Winter? I HOPE SO!

As of lately, I've found myself really at odds with the weather in the DC Metro area. Granted this is the designated time for old man winter to creep up under your coat and molest all the warmth outta ya, but seriously, it's entirely too damn cold. And as a matter of fact, it's snowing right now as we speak! :sigh:

I suppose I shouldn't complain considering that rat groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow today...



Now before you go thumbing your nose at this Groundhog foolishness, I'll have you know that Phil has an accuracy rating of 100%! *looking out the window* You hear that old man winter, you're days are numbered or as Martin would say... Get to steppin'!.

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Monday's Motivation: You Are NOT Alone

This blog post would NOT exist if it were not for THIS TWEET. As someone who grew up being unsure of my abilities or the circumstances that I found myself up against, it really tugs on my heart to know someone else is experiencing the same pain. Though our lives are inherently different, we all know of someone who could use our help. To exist in this world full of CYNICISM, it's not easy to find sincerity. It's not easy to extend your hand for help for fear that someone will laugh or deem you LESS THAN. And just as you think you've reached the end of your rope, the universe throws out a lifeline. I found my lifeline in writing. It helps soothe my evenings and wake me up to early mornings. There is a lifeline awaiting you as well, but fear and doubt may be keeping you from answering the call. Though we may fear change, it is necessary for our own evolution.

Like wind
Thru The Cotton Tree
You are strong.
Like the sun
That continues to hug the Earth
With its loving warmth
You are not alone.
And though life might seem severe
Hold dear
To YOUR purpose
Cause absolutely NO ONE is perfect....




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