Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I just found out that a friend of mine, Violeta just had her final paper, "Exploring the Afro-Latino Presence: the Panamanian Experience in Michigan" published in Academia. I don't know why but, I always get super excited when friends of mine or people I know make their dreams come true. It also gives me great inspiration to keep pushing to accomplish my goals and such. I'm so happy right now that I can cry. I guess I just love the fact that I have friends who are actually very talented and creative. I'm also kind of repeating what Vio said in her note on Facebook but, I'm glad that I don't just know a bunch of bird brains, sack chasers, skeezers, bumbs, and that sort as friends. Although, my friends are very few. Anyway be on the look out for Vio because she's also a writer for Ill Magazine, Vida Afro Latina, as well as my magazine (whenever i get the funds to publish it :().........Vio I hope you don't mind but, I straight stole your picture from Facebook. I figured that it coincided with the content since you took this in Panama! LOL
I'm Black and I don't eat fried chicken a lot. LOL! I usually eat fried chicken like once every 6 months or so. The grease tends to make me almost throw up. So if you ever come to my house and get lucky you'll taste some of my famous honey baked chicken wings, or other various baked flavors. You will almost never come to my house and catch me frying chicken. I guess I've never really been a fan of the grease popping either.... Now every since a damn trip to Southern Fires w/ my mom, earlier this month I've been pheaning for some fried chicken. If you're from Detroit then you know what's up when it comes to Southern Fires. When my mother and I went I tried their fried chicken for the very first time. I usually always ordered the broasted chicken. I've never in my life tasted such good sweet fried chicken. My left overs that I took home were even still good after putting them in the microwave. Then to top it off, this month I also visited one of my uncles. He happened to order some chicken from the Chicken Shack! It's funny because this again, was my first time ever getting chicken from "The Chicken Shack". I kind of felt a little un-Black and embarrassed that I had never had any before. What do you know, it was hot and good as hell. It was so good that my greedy ass had 4 pieces. These weren't little wing dings either.I'm talking about 2 Thighs, and 2 Legs. So, that was super greedy. I'll admit "The Chicken Shack" wasn't good reheated but, when we first got it and it was smoking hot it was the bomb diggity boom boom! Yes, I had to add boom boom. That's how good it was. Now I haven't had any fried chicken since those two instances but, now I'm pheaning for some. I'm kind of upset because I don't eat fried chicken like that. I'm tryimg to shed a few lbs too but, I don't know. I don't think I'll be satisfied until I find my way back to "The Chicken Shack" or down Jefferson on my way to Southern Fires.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Alright. I'm done with the practice stuff! Although, thank you all for who did listen to my practice shows on Blog Talk Radio. I have the hang of it now and I'm ready to roll.Tonight or should I say in the morning at 3AM I'll be on Live! I also have a co-host now, Sonali. So you should be in for a real treat.To listen log on to BlogTalkRadio.com/TheInsomniaHour. You can talk to us live by calling (718)506-1988. I have a real "hot seat" topic to talk about today! So if you're a night owl you most definitely want to tune in.
Amanda Diva is one of my favorite rappers but, she's also one of my favorite artists as well. She gets really dope with the paintbrush. I swear this sista is soooo talented! Check the detail!This picture is a part of an Afro Series, notice the sneakers, subway, fist, and boombox in the afro? This afro is straight New York and I love it! I love the colors too. You can read more about this painting and series on her blog.
Now all who has known me since at least high school knows that I use to be madly in love with this man. Then of course the high school celebrity crushes faded as the years went by but, oh baby Nelly most definitely still looks good and even better in my book. I just read @ Necole bitchie's blog that he i the new model for Sean Jean. Get the money! Get the money! Keep posing like this for me honey! LMAO
So today was my first day ever riding on a motorcycle (I"m mad I didn't take my camera), compliments of my honey. It's funny because I'm scary as hell and I initially thought I wouldn't get over my fear. Today I put my fear aside and hopped my ass on the Kawasaki Ninja. After a few bumps, my Burtha behind flying in the air, and riding on the side of trucks on the freeway my fear turned to excitement. From about 2-5 the western suburbs it was then off downtown to ride one time around Belle Isle. I had an intermission from about 5 to 9 to take care of family business then it was back on the road until about 11. It was 8 mile to Woodward, then down Jefferson, back to Belle Isle, Greektown, and back down 8 mile, to McDonalds (Thanks idiots for putting cheese on my southern style chicken sandwich, I didn't ask for that shit), then home sweet home. Usually I'm not rolling in the bed until around 5 or 6 but, today is hella different. I know that riding a motorcycle, especially on the back of one doesn't involve any real leg work or exercise but, my ass is truly stumped. The breeze was the bomb and I guess it helped put my insomniac self to sleep. So guess what, I'm out. I wish I had more to post tonight but, I don't.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
This past week I had a project on Home Births Vs. Hospital Births. I must say that I learned a lot and this research was extremely interesting! I had no idea that in some states it is an illegal felony for Midwives to assist in births. I'm very upset behind that because that takes away a woman's right to choose how she wants to give birth to her child. Although, I understand that safety is a huge factor but, studies have shown that PLANNED home births for healthy and low-risk pregnant mothers are safe....After doing this research I think that when honey and I decide to have children I'd like to try a home birth at least once if I am healthy and low-risk. I want to try a water birth as well.... I'm not going to say too much in this blog because I'm saving it for my upcoming column but, I will share some awesome links for all who are interested:
My Illegal Home Birth- An article by Babble Magazine
(This was a great and really interesting story)
The Big Push For Midwives
(Here you can find out about state by state regulation of midwives)
How To Find Midwifery Laws
ACOG's Statement on Home Births
(The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
A Bloggers Response to ACOG's Statement
Planned Home Births Are Safe
(A Fact Sheet from the Citizens for Midwifery)
Doctors Oppose Home Births
(An article by the BBC)
I have so many more sources so if you're interested just let me know!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wow. I'm not really trying to put another blogger out there but, after commenting on her post I felt the instant need to blog about this. I found a link regarding Uncle Luke and his new marriage and reality television show. If you don't know who Uncle Luke or if you've forgotten, he's probably considered to be one of the nastiest men in Hip Hop and he's a former member of the group 2 Live Crew....After a few quotes from Luke, a little info on his new wife, and a brief discription of his new reality show, this was said, "I'm supposed to believe that the "Nastiest Man in Hip Hop" is now a straight laced married, family man, even while he still has his adult entertainment business? I mean really, can you look at naked women all day, doing all kind of nasty, naught things and then go home and say, "I love my wife?" And if chicky is so straight-laced why did she marry a guy in the porn industry? I'm shocked. And I will be watching. What about ya'll? Anyone going to tune for what should prove to be one of Vh-!'s most interesting Celebreality shows yet?"
Now this is this blogger's opinions and views and that's fine but, I seem to disagree. I commented on her post by saying this, "You can't judge someone just because they choose to work in the adult entertainment industry. Why does porn have to be nasty when it's just video what people do in their bedrooms all across the world everyday?"
Why can't a man be married or a family man just because he has an ADULT entertainment business? Why can't anybody (male/female) be married and have a family just because they own an adult entertainment business? I'm quite sure that the profits from that business is feeding his family and keeping a roof over their heads. I'm actually not mad at Uncle Luke. I think he's doing what he does best and making a profit. We all have our own talents and things that we are good at. How many of us actually take or use those talents to make money? Not many! I know a whole bunch of people out here who can do things really good and are just sitting on their talents. I seem to think that is silly. Also, his business is for ADULTS. He is an adult. Adults don't stop doing adult things just because they have children. That's actually the way that their children got here! I never thought that I'd say this but, I do believe that a man or woman can look at naked people do so-called (I'm going to use so-called purposely because I don't think that anything done between two CONSENTING adults is nasty-To Each It's Own) nasty things all day and still go home and love their spouses. If you have control, and if you desire to do those so-called "nasty things" with your spouse or partner then you'll be fine. Also, business is business. If Uncle Luke is smart he wouldn't mix business with pleasure.
I don't exactly know what "straight-laced" is but, who says they can't marry someone who just happens to work in the adult entertainment industry? There are a lot of quiet people out here who seem to be what some people call "closet freaks". From her post I also get the idea that just because she's a lawyer she's some type of goody two shoes or something. Are lawyers not suppose to get their freak on or like freaky things or people? LOL
I really think that a lot of people are just very close-minded when it comes to sex, sexuality, and particularly porn. I guess I'll end this post by saying "Don't knock it until you try it". LOL
BTW, I'll be trying to catch a few episodes of this show. I think it'll be quite interesting...
* In no way am I trying to demean this fellow blogger. I actually enjoy reading her blog from time to time but, I just happen to extremely disagree with this particular post and felt the need to voice my full opinion on MY blog*
I guess I should have posted this a while ago when I first found out but, my girl M.I.A. was a possible nominee for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video category. Today is the day when they'll announce exactly which videos made the cut, so I hope my girl made it!
I guess the behavior of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick never ceases to amaze me. What do you know ? I go to the Detroit Free Press' website this morning to find out that Kwame may possibly be facing more charges! WTF? According to the Free Press article the Michigan State Police are currently investigating whether Kwame assaulted a deputy that tried to serve a subpoena at his sister's house yesterday. If he in fact did assault this deputy, it means that he will have violated his bond. Now we all love our syblings and we don't ever want to see them get in trouble but, right now Mr. mayor has enough problems of his own. I can't believe that he would lose control and pull a stupid move such as assaulting an officer.Then again, it's being investigated so we don't actually know if it's true yet. I'm quite sure that they'd love to slap more charges on this man. Even though I think Kwame is an asshole, I bet the officer decided to be an asshole and go instigate some shit! So, we'll see how this pans out. (source)
At first when we learned of my grandmother's kidney cancer I was so depressed and scared. It wasn't until last week when one of her doctors explained to us her options that I felt good about the situation. We were aware that in most cases kidney cancer is fatal but, for some reason I just felt positive. I'm very happy that it has been positive so far. My grandmother seems to be recovering well from her surgery. Today, or yesterday technically since it's like 4 in the morning my grandmother got out of bed and walked up and down the hallway after complaining of being in so much pain. Initially we were told that she'll be able to come home Monday but, today her doctor said because she seems to be doing so well she may be able to come home early. The doctor was saying that my Grandmother overcame this really well. The cancer didn't spread at all so that was great. Instead of just removing the cancer from her kidney they actually took the whole kidney so chances are very high that the cancer won't come back again. Therefore she won't be needing any chemotherapy. Real talk, in the past few months I have totally watched my grandmother be a fucking soldier. My Granny is usually a really scary person but, I think cancer actually gave her a new attitude. Last week she was at Cedar Point riding every damn ride there was, this week she had surgery, and I'm quite sure that once she's out of the hospital she'll continue to be one of the coolest Grannys on earth.
Besides the good news with my Granny I just did my second segment of my blog talk radio show today. I think it was a little bit better than the first test show, simply because I wasn't sort of forced off air. Critiquing myself though, I need to definitely work on refraining from saying um on the air. That should never be said on air but, I seemed to have said it a million times as well as you know, and yall. Dang! My show today was filled with a lot of stereotypical phrases LOL but, it's alright I'm still learning. I did say that my blog talk radio show is also practice for me to actually become a radio personality sometime during my career. I've always wanted to be on Hot 97 one day... I'm still looking for a co-host. A few people have talked to me and said they have interest but, no commitments. So, I'm going to get back with everybody before this weekend is over and see who wants to do it for sure. The next show is actually tomorrow night. I'm ready to get the hang of this and freakin blow blog talk radio out of the water LOL. I also have some really good interviews that will be aired on the show. I do apologize too for not keeping you updated about the 7 Days, 7 Interviews but, I've decided to actually do the remainder of the interviews on the radio show. I'll still post a few transcripts here but, I definitely will have those interviews on air.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Last night, did you go to sleep happy?
Hell nah. As soon as I laid my ass down at 6am. My mom called.
Who was the last person you changed in front of?
Anyone told you a secret this week?
What color are your nails?
They're not polished
What are you excited for?
My radio show, my upcoming projects with Clutch & Jane Doe Magazine
What is the last thing you ate?
What are you listening to?
Brandy- Put That On Everything
Do you like anyone?
What was the last secret you told someone?
If I Tell You It Won’t Be a Secret Anymore
Have you ever dyed your hair?
Yup, I just did yesterday. I dyed my black locs brown/blonde
Any tattoos or piercing?
Yesirrrrr! I have 5 Tatts, and 2 wholes in each ear
Where was the last place you drove to?
The beauty supply, the credit union, the health food store, and then Burger King
Do you have a good relationship with your mother?
Is there anything you’re not looking forward to?
Arthiritis acting up from all this damn air conditioning
What was the last thing you lost?
Are you happy?
I don't know
Do you continue fighting in an argument even though you're wrong?
No, I don't really like to argue but, I make my point and that's about it.
What do you want in your life right now?
Who was the last person to call you?
I don't know dumb muthafuckers calling my phone private and shit
In the next 4 months what are you looking forward to the most?
Fall, Fuck this hot weather. I'm ready to rock my boots again.
Who was the last person you got into a fight with?
My ex- best friend
When was the last time you went to the beach?
The beginning of the summer and the water was cold as hell
What are you doing this weekend?
What’s one song you can listen to and it will never get old?
Some Teena Marie and Rick James shit
Who is your favorite family member?
I have a few, My Mama, My Granny & Grandaddy, Mariah, Derrick , Crystal, Gilbert, Camille, Uncle Gilbert, Uncle Ricky, Uncle Ronald........I love all my fam!
What did you do yesterday?
Dyed and re-twisted my hair
Who's the next person you'll have a sleepover with?
Do you care if your clothes are comfortable?
I Have To Be Comfortable
What is the nearest book to you?
Promises for students
What will you buy next?
Byata, Ms. Cherry, and Nas' albums. I really want them now but, it's tight lol
Are you bored?
What are you wearing?
An old t-shirt from when I was in Pom Pon in High School
When was the last time you went swimming?
about 3-4 years ago
What's your favorite Gatorade?
That new purple g-2 stuff and the regular yellow kind
How tall are you?
Have you ever worn anything borrowed from the opposite sex?
Yea, I steal my honeys socks and t-shirts all the time
Can you sleep in jeans?
Who do you trust?
What was the last thing you laughed really hard at?
I can't remember
Where’s your best friend?
@ my house
Do you trust people easily?
Where do you want to be right now?
With My Honey or in NY
Have you ever had a sleepover with the opposite sex?
Who was last to cook for you?
Will you ever hug the last person you hugged again?
Yeah, Why Not
Have you lost any friends this year? Why?
Yup. Cause Bitches Aint' Shit
Taken or Single?
Alright, I don't usually talk about this chick much but, Brandy is my girl from way back in the day! Yea all the way back to her first self-titled album, The show Thea, Moesha, Never Say Never, and all of that good stuff! It's funny too because when I was little I was tortured for the majority of my life with having to wear braids. So people use to joke and call me Moesha and when I had my braids freshly done you couldn't tell me that I wasn't her either. LMAO! I can also pull out any Brandy album and tell you exactly where I was in my life. Her last one, Aphrodisiac was really slept on but, oh baby did that album get me threw many 45 minute drives from my college back to the "The D". It also got me through the bullshit when I was young, dumb, and dealing with dip shit ass negroes. So, I must say that I'm hella excited to see my girl Brandy back. One of her new songs, "Fall" has been leaked and love it! I really freakin' love it! You can check it out here. Big ups to Young, Black, and Fabulous for putting me up on game!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Michael Bell, one of the Jena 6's first cousin was tazered to death. He was shocked 9 times. It was reported that he repeatedly begged for mercy. I don't even feel like getting into what probably was racially motivated or done as an act of making someone an example but, if you'd like to read more about the story you can here. Thanks to Clutch for this info.
First off, I can't believe that I even made it through watching this whole video. A friend of mine posted this bullshit on facebook. I honestly can't even believe the creator of this video took the time to make such non-sense. #1 This video is titled "More Proof of Queen Latifah's Treason" and it only discusses her for about one minute. So I think that title needs to be changed. #2 It's been said a lot that Black women who dye their hair blonde or wear blonde weave are trying to be white. That's bullshit. I can't speak for all Black women that dye their hair blonde but, I can guarantee you that that mass majority are in no way shape or form trying to be white. With that said are white women who dye their hair black trying to be Black? Or what about Albinos and Mulattos? Like, what the fuck? I can't believe people actually say this and really believe this stuff. What about the women who dye their hair red, pink, purple, or blue? Who are they trying to be like because there isn't any race of people or human being on earth that naturally has these hair colors (except for some shades of red). #3 The video talks about Queen Latifah's cease in being Afrocentric. Who ever said that you have to walk around wearing red, black ,and green, and huge medallions all the time in order to be afrocentric? Also, just because a person isn't ethnocentric doesn't mean that they're trying to be someone else or that their ashamed of who they are. The last time that I checked wearing huge medallions around your neck played out in the 80's any fucking way! Does the creator of the video know about something called Growth? Just in case someone didn't know it's a lot of fucked up shit taking place in Africa right now, as well as a lot of fucked up shit took place in Africa in the past. #4 The men only church comment was hilarious. I'm not even going to really comment on that one. If you're a frequent reader then I'm sure that you already know how I feel about "The Church", "The Bible", and "Christianity" and it's sexism. #5 As far as the comments regarding Black women and feminism, GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK! I'm not going to really comment on those either because I'm so irritated it would just be more cuss words than anything. I'm sure from the first sentence you get my drift. #6 The comment about Black women complaining about the "Million Man March" and Black women tried to stop Black men from getting work done during that event. Wow. I never even heard about a group of Black women complaining about the march so I missed the memo. I'll say this, the fact that so many Black men came together and unified is definitely awesome and beautiful. I wasn't at the march so I don't know what went on there but, marching is only a form of expression. In actuality marching has never gotten anything accomplished besides pulling people together, networking, getting points across, and expression. Marching hasn't changed any laws, it hasn't paid any bills, it hasn't fed any hungry people, it hasn't stopped people from killing each other, it hasn't stopped wars, it hasn't stopped racism, it hasn't done a damn thing but, get people a little exercise. #7 Was the voice of the narrator suppose to be scary? LMAO! Was the voice suppose to make the message more believable? Get out of here! #8 The witchcraft comment was really hilarious. It never ceases to amaze me the bullshit people believe. Anyway I'm not waisting anymore time on this ignorant video. I'm mad that I let this video keep me up. I was my own my way to bed until I saw that shit. Peace. I'm going to sleep...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I've been thinking...I really want to see femcees take over the hip hop game and I think that right now is the perfect time. Because I want to see this happen so badly, I've decided that I'm going to start a separate blog dedicated to Femcees. The blog will be updated weekly with information regarding well known and upcoming femcees' concert & show info, magazine interviews, album releases, guest appearances, and such. There will be absolutely NO GOSSIP! That means no baby daddy drama, what she wore to the grammys, who's she's dating, etc. The blog will strictly be about music, skills, and news. I'd like to have other interested bloggers participate as well. So if anyone is interested in contributing to that blog, please contact me. I've also been trying to learn more about BLOG TALK RADIO because I plan on launching my own show before July ends. Because I'm always up until the early morning, I've decided to name my show "The Insomnia Hour". I know nobody wants to just hear my ass talk so I'm looking for a co-host or two. I'm looking for someone that will bring a great balance to the show and will have great on air chemistry with me. The show will basically be an audio version of my blog. I'll discuss news, politics, music, entertainment, cultural issues, and myself. You'll also hear snippets of my favorite songs. If you're interested in being a co-host or participating int he production of the radio show then also contact me. Glennisham@Tmo.Blackberry.net
So today is day 4 spent with Dad and family. I had a chance to spend the morning with the one that I love the most @ a wedding. Came home changed from my dress then dipped it over to the dinner/banquet portion of my family reunion. I was late as hell but, it was all good. This was actually the first family reunion on my father's side that I have ever attended. It's always nice to see everyone get together but,what I can't stand about family gatherings is that it's always some type of drama. Why does family always have to talk about family? Like why crack jokes about your loved ones? I don't really believe that jokes are just jokes. All jokes have some bit of truth to them. Most of the time the people who make these jokes mean what they say. They just use humor to make it more acceptable. Why do people always have something to say about someone else's significant other? If you're not dating, making love, fucking, sharing a mortgage, sharing children, or married to these people then you shouldn't have anything to say unless it's positive. Real talk people just need to worry about themselves. Everybody wants to judge and add their two cents about so and so's wife, husband, boyfriend, or girlfriend. Whoever these people are if that's who your family member wants to be with then, chill. Just be happy for them. Also, what's up with the seriousness. Family functions should be lighthearted. Some people take their delegated positions or jobs too seriously. I don't even know if we can call them jobs because you're just playing your part in making a family function flow. That doesn't mean act like you're drill sargeant.............................All in all what can you say? It's family
Friday, July 18, 2008
Hello,my beautiful readers and such. I apologize for being missing in action for the past 2 days. My father has been in my hometown this week whom I haven't seen in about 4 years or so. I don't remember exactly how many years but, it's been a long time and very emotional situation for me. I decided to put my anger behind me as well as what's happened in the past and spend some time with my father and my family since he's been here. I'm happy that I can say that these past 2 days have been fun and drama free! I actually had took my laptop w/ me so that I could some work done while I was away from home but, for some reason I couldn't not connect to my uncles wireless internet. I may or may not blog at a later time about my whole situation with my father but, at this point I'm not. I'm still soaking everything in and hella missing the blogosphere. I haven't had a chance to do my daily reading of blogs since I've been gone. I know Ashanti's 2 new videos, "Good Good" and "Body on Me" have premiered. I'll post them both in the next post. Let's see what else has been going on....I really don't even know. When you haven't been on the net for a few days it seems like you've missed so much. I'll guess I'll get to surfing and make any necessary posts following, if needed. Toodles~ As you can see I'm in a happy mood and I haven't been in a minute!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I don't know why I continue to read the comments that are posted on the Detroit Free Press' website. I swear the majority of them are racist and ignorant. That is no lie but, every time I log onto the Free Press' website to get my daily dose of Detroit news I can't help but, continue to read the comments that make me angry and make my blood boil. What kills me the most is that the people that leave these ignorant ass comments on the site, I can bet you 9 times out of 10 that the majority of them don't reside in Detroit. It's also quite obvious............Well I guess I'll get to the point of this post. While reading an column regarding councilwoman Barbara Rose Collins comments regarding the Tiger Stadium's racist past, there was a comment left that stuck with me. "I find it amusing that everything has to be about race. Why is it only the black community that lives in the past? Jews aren't out there constantly complaining that Europeans did nothing to prevent the extermination of millions of Jews. I don't see American Indians holding a grudge for what happened to them. The Japanese don't hate America for dropping nuclear weapons on two major cities, nor do I hear Japanese Americans constanly complaining about being rounded up into camps."
This comment was purely racist and ignorant just as the many other freqeuent comments left at Freep as I mentioned earlier. All I have to say is "IT IS WHAT IT IS". No matter what has happened to any group of people in the past, rather they complain or talk about it or not. IT HAPPENED. IT CAN'T BE CHANGED AND RACISTS FUCKS NEED TO GET OVER THEMSELVES AND STOP BEING MAD AT PEOPLE FOR REFLECTING ON IT, COMPLAINING ABOUT IT, TALKING ABOUT IT, WRITING ABOUT IT, MAKING FILMS ABOUT IT, AND SO ON.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Ok. If you read my blog a few months ago when I made a post about where in the hell is my girl Teairra Mari, I thought the industry had devoured her but, she's back! I did some searching on Myspace and found a new and updated page for her. Now, I'll be quite honest. I don't know if I'm really digging the new songs because I don't seem to hear too much maturity lyrically but, hey she's still in the game. I guess I'll have to hear a full album to truly judge. Although, she hasn't matured lyrically I'll say that her wardrobe and vocals sure has. Word is that she' s working with Cudda Love of Fo'Reel Entertainment. This is the company that signed and discovered Nelly. So her new deal is now with Fo'Reel Entertainment/Interscope. Her new single is "No, No, No". You can check it out on the Myspace page. Now she also has become the new spokesmodel for Jean Addicts. So, I'm happy for that. Get em' girl. I aint' mad at cha. Keep the cash flowing. It's very funny that I discovered this info this morning because I saw a few new pics of her out and about on other blogs so I knew something was up and the girl wasn't just back on the East Side of Detroit chillin' (No pun intended I was an East Sider for 2 years lol). Jefferson and Van Dyke, What! LMAO! For those lazy folk that don't like clicking link's here is her new single, and a few other joints below.
NO, NO, NO
YOU SAID (I ACTUALLY LIKE THIS ONE)
Wait a minute, whoever posted this on youtube has this titled as if this was a joint made for Jay-Z/Rocafella???? She did get dropped from the Roc, so who knows. From the lyrics it could be. My first listen I thought it was about an engagement, but I don't know maybe Mr. Carter gave my girl false promises. If I ever get a chance to interview her I will be asking to find out!
WAIT A MINUTE, I THOUGHT I WAS DONE WITH THIS POST BUT, THEN AGAIN I FOUND THIS INTERVIEW.............SO CHECK THIS OUT! AFTER WATCHING IT I THINK HER SONG, YOU SAID WAS OBVIOUSLY MADE FOR MR. CARTER AND ROCAFELLA RECORDS. ENJOY!
I really don't know where my life is going these days. I may or may not be getting the fuck out of Michigan! If I do head from this dreadful mitten shaped state it'll most likely be New York, Chicago, or ATL. California was a choice until I thought about how artificial, materialistic, and phony most people are out there. I don't think I could surround myself with that type of energy. I think it would be best if I kept my sale shopping, dreadheaded, don't give a fuck about name brands ass away from a place like Cali. The weather, fam out there, and palm trees seemed nice at first but, no thanks. America can keep Cali. I don't want it. New York seems like my top choice right now. There are plenty of writing opportunities out there, especially with magazines. I always use to want to live there. It's where hip hop, which I love a lot was started. They say it's the city that never sleeps so we should get along pretty well. I guess the only thing that I am a little skeptical about is the "Grimey Ass New Yorker" syndrome. I'd hate to take my ass out there and get played because I don't have any friends or fam out there to give me the 411. Then again I'm from "The D". If you can make it in Detroit you can make it ANYWHERE. Now Chicago is my favorite place to visit. I go like 2-3 times and year and already know a lot of the streets and hot spots. It's like a mini-New York to me. If I can't handle a city as big as NY then Chicago would be the place for me. It has opportunity and it's not overwhelming. The food is off the chain too. If I moved there I'd probably automatically gain like 10 lbs and totally forefit my summer workout regimen. As far as Atlanta I never really wanted to go because everybody and their momma has moved down there. I know that the property value is good down there. You get a lot for your money but, I don't know. I'll be brutally honest. I'm very scared of the fact that ATL is the capital for AIDs in the African American community. That terrifies me but, I think I'm in need of a little southern hospitality and southern swagger. If I could truly have my way though I'd be the fuck out of the country. I'd be in Paris eating crepes and couscous lol , The UK sucking up all of the free universal healthcare, or somewhere in the Caribbean where I could live a very simple life for a while, eat plantains for breakfast, wear cotton skirts year round, walk outside barefooted to sand greeting my brown toes, and enjoy seeing sunkissed people..................................................... Who knows. My life is definitely a journey right now. Depending on what the universe drops me I may still be in SW Detroit or on plane away from my hometown. I'll keep you guys updated
Sunday, July 13, 2008
So apparently my girl, Erykah Badu is pregnant again. This time not by Andre 3000 or The DOC. This child was created with Jay Electronica. Of course a lot of blog readers decided to brutally criticize her on blogs sites for having 3 children out of wedlock ( I always wondered who the fuck created this retarded ass term anyway). So Badu decided to tell them a thing or two.... (source)
"HOW DARE YOU DISRESPECT THE QUEENDOM
…AND MY CHILDREN AND MY INTELLIGENCE.
ive never been so disgusted in all of my life .
there is no other place i used to enjoy more .
i post no where else .
you guys have taken an all time low , tho.
I’LL STATE MY PEACE
i am a great mother and care giver to my 2 children and to this world .
my children are 2 of the kindest and happiest people i have met.
I home schooled them and taught them the ways of good to the best of my ability.
i am their doctor and their nurse .
and even sometimes their mother and their father.
i am an excellent mother and resent all of the negative comments and insults on my character.
I PUT MUCH TIME AND THOUGHT INTO HAVING AND RAISING MY CHILDREN.
IVE HAD THE HONORS OF HAVING 2 HOME BIRTHS AND 2 WONDERFUL PARTNERS BY MY SIDE.
every relationship i have been in was because i loved the person DEARLY and was dedicated to us “exclusively” FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.
the fathers of my children are my brothers and friends .
we have a great deal of respect for one another and always will.
WE LOVE OUR CHILDREN TO NO END.
we took our own “vows” and CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THEM.
AND THAT IS WHAT THAT IS .
WHAT IS MARRIAGE ?
WHO IS THE JUDGE?
WE ONLY UNDERSTAND THE EXAMPLES WE ARE GIVEN ( well sort of)
WOULD IT “LOOK BETTER ” TO MARRY AND DIVIORCE AND MARRY AGAIN ?
WOULD THAT BE MORALLY CORRECT ?
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE ? the government’s involvement i guess.
IDEALLY , IT WOULD BE EXCELLENT TO FIND THE MAN OR WOMAN WHO FULFILLS YOUR SPIRIT AND STAY FOR EVER AND EVER ( thru sickness and health till death do us part ) AND HAVE HEALTHY STRONG CHILDREN AS A RESULT OF A HEALTHY AND STRONG UNION.
(this CAN happen … we need much training , however.)
IS IT REALLY “GOOD” TO STAY IN A RELATIONSHIP WHERE BOTH PARTIES ARE UNFULFILLED , LONGING FOR RELIEF , BRINGING one another down as a result of improper training , creating BAD ENERGY AND EXPERIENCES FOR THE CHILD TO REPEAT ?
(not to mention breeding deceit and anger and resentment )
SEEMS TO CREATE FEARFUL CHILDREN WHO TURN INTO FEARFUL ADULTS .
HOW MANY OF YOU GREW UP IN 2 PARENT HOMES THAT WERE MISERABLE AS FUCK ?
OR 2 PARENT HOMES THAT WERE NOT PERFECT BUT WORKED?
HOW MANY GREW UP IN ONE PARENT HOMES WHERE THE MOTHER WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE YOU WERE CARED FOR BUT SHE WASNT QUITE HAPPY?
HOW ABOUT A HOME WHERE THE FATHER WAS THE MAIN CARE GIVER AND DID THE BEST HE COULD -LACKING NURTURE?
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE A SIBLING THAT HAS A DIFFERENT FATHER OR MOTHER?
DOES HE OR SHE MEAN LESS TO YOU?
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 1 MOTHER OR FATHER OF YOUR OWN CHILDren ?
HOW MANY OF YOU HAD /OR / ARE PARENTS RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN ,THAT DONT QUITE FIT ANY OF THESE DESCRIPTIONS?
HOW MANY OF YOU STAY IN UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS FOR FEAR OF GOING TO HELL?
HOW MANY HOS OUT THERE … THAT HAVE KIDS TO GET A PAYDAY?
HOW MANY PEOPLE GETTING THEY ASS KICKED AND ARE FORCED TO SUBMIT CAUSE YO MAMA GOT HER ASS KICKED?
THEN WHAT is CORRECT?
how about this:
I PRAY WITH MY CHILDREN
I FEED THEM GOOD FOOD
THEY RESPECT PEOPLES DIFFERENCES
THEY TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH ME
THE KNOW WHO THEY ARE
THEY ADORE THEIR FATHERS AND ARE LOVED BY 2 PARENTS OR MORE -
OR TWO OR MORE SETS OF LOVING GRANDPARENTS
THEY GET HURT
THEY GET SICK
THEY ARE real
THEY ARE NOT AN IDEA or a TOPIC
AND NEITHER AM I .
I AM ALIVE .
I AM BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.
I AM A GOOD WOMAM.
I AM GROWING
I AM COMPLETE WITH OR WITHOUT A PARTNER AND WILL ALWAYS BE
AND I HAVE DREAMS OF A FAMILY STRUCTURE
ALL OF MY DREAMS DO NOT COME TRUE
AND DESPITE ALL OF THE PAIN IN MY LIFE …
IN MY MOTHERS LIFE …
IN MY GRANDMOTHERS LIFE
WE HAVE ALWAYS ENDURED
AND THERE IS SO MUCH JOY TO BE EXPERIENCED.
I NEVER HAD A FATHER AND I DONT KNOW WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE -
BUT MY CHILDREN DO , AND THEY LOVE THEIR ‘PARENTS’ .
WE ARE THEIR CHAMPIONS .
live how you want . follow which ever pattern YOU like .
MY CHILDREN WILL BE LEADERS
and they will not ever be slaves to this society’s failing idea of morality.
THEY OWN THEIR MINDS AND THEIR DREAMS.
BIRTH CONTROL lol … could have 10 babies instead of 2 .
I LOVE CHILDREN AND I WILL HAVE AS MANY AS GOD WILL GIVE ME .
I AM VERY HEALTHY AND RESPONSIBLE AND SO ARE ALL OF MY PARTNERS
I CHOSE THEM WISELY AND SOBERLY .
ALL GOOD BROTHERS .
your opinions lack experience and are not only careless but also very uninformed and immature.
nothing is sacred here . and i see why.
if i loose you as a fan because i want to continue to have children then
F*CK OFF… WHO NEEDS YOU ….CERTAINLY NOT ME … KICK ROCKS … CALL TYRONE … PACK LIGHT …. BITE ME
i have defended myself here ON THIS SITE and hurled a few insults .. but only in response to your insults of
my music , my clothes , my lyrics , my hair , my being a woman , my spirit, my choices of partners….
these have all been on trial here . and i continued to support the energy of this place .
this is to all the okay players / REAL HUMAN BEINGS hiding behind screen names in order to insult one another and who ever else you will.
i had to say something
i am so sad for parents who try , today guys
enough is enuf.
dont judge to quickly , OKAY PLAYER?
i know you are having fun , but what if it were you and your children?
my son is 10 .
my daughter, 4 .
and if this post is not clear
kiss my placenta."
I don't blame her. People kill the fuck out of me always trying to judge. She's right would it make more sense to get married several times just because society thinks it's right? Fuck America as well as other countries and their narrow minded ass views. Live your own life. Be Happy. Do what the fuck ever you want because you have to deal with it nobody else does. You only get one life. Nothing in it is guaranteed besides death. That's why I have locks that I love regardless of how many ignorant comments I've had. I have 5 tattoos and I'm probably gonna get like 25 more. My nose is pierced. I have 2 wholes in each of my ears. I watch porn and probably have about 5-6 toys that I pleasure myself with regularly. Once I'm up to it redoing my hair I'm dying the back pink. I love foods that aren't conventional or that the average air headed American wouldn't dare try. I sleep in the nude at least once a week. When I'm home alone I sometimes blast my radio and dance naked. I'm 22. I've been in college since 2003 and I'm still not finished. I've saw a psychiatrist during at least 2 time periods in my life and I'm going back. Guess what. I could give a fuck what anybody else thinks. Do you because you damn sure ain't doing me.
"Feeling the way that I do it's hard to keep focus", It's funny that soon as I started to post the beginning of Jill Scott's Spring Summer Feeling came on. This is exactly the deal right now. I've been bumping my girl Jilly from Philly for the past 45 mins or so trying to overcome the feeling to go outside on my porch and smoke. I have 3 more left in my pack that I thought I wouldn't touch because the last time that I smoked my chest felt extremely heavy as hell afterward. I think I'm gonna break down and smoke anyway and just suffer the consequences. This whole month has been rough as hell. Nothing but, days and nights spent crying and then sleeping because if I'm woke I'll just cry. I never got so much sleep in life without feeling more tired. I'm up all night long until the birds chirp. My usual bed time is about 6AM. I don't usually wake up until around 1pm and then I'll force myself back to sleep until about 4pm or 5pm just so I don't have to deal. I know. It sounds like a real lazy cop out right? I'm lucky to get any work done because about 80% of the time I just can't focus or I'm irritated as hell. I swear if my cash flow was right, I'd be on a train somewhere and getting off at whatever stop I woke up too. I'd walk the streets of an unknown city where nobody would know me. I'd probably even walk them late at night too and dare someone to try some shit. I dont' think I'd check into a hotel. Maybe I'd just find a cafe or Coney Island and sit in a booth, smoke, and write until daylight. I'd shut my phone off so that nobody could contact me. It would just be me, myself, and I. Then after my journey was over I'd come back home move into a new place without telling anyone my address. I wouldn't even unpack. I'd enjoy the white walls and solitude. Then after that I guess I'd return back to reality and look at everyone like, What? We all need to escape sometime.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
As you all should know by now, I love seeing female rappers on the grind because they're so misrepresented right now. One of my favorites from Miss Rap Supreme, Byata has definitely been on the grind since the show. I had the opportunity to talk to her this morning, very early. So I thank her for being willing to talk before the birds even chirp. Her interview will kick off the 7 Days, 7 Interviews! So here it goes...
Glennisha: How are you?
Glennisha: How has it been since the show?
Byata: It’s been pretty much a hustle. I’m grinding a lot and a lot extra than I would before the show. It’s a lot of notoriety.
Glennisha: Well first off congratulations! Even though you didn’t win Miss Rap Supreme you were basically like the second runner up. So you came a long way. There were a lot of talented women on the show but, you made it to the top two. How does that feel?
Byata: It’s feels good. Rece definitely deserved to win. I got a chance to gain a large fan base from it.
Glennisha: How did you hear about Miss Rap Supreme?
Byata: I use to wait tables at this restaurant and the producer of the show would come by and listen to me spit a lot.
Glennisha: What was the experience like to be in a house with so many other females who obviously had the same passion as you?
Byata: It was interesting to see different girls from different places come together and vibe. It was really cool and inspiring to me. It kept me motivated. It kept me on my Ps and Qs every second.
Glennisha: I was listening to the lyrics on your song “Hush Lil Lady”, which happens to be one of my favorites, and you made references to your father leaving and using drugs, your mother not really being there, and not having any friends. So was it kind of being in a state of solitude that pushed you to start writing?
Byata: It was a lot of pain that pushed me to writing. When I first started writing everything that I wrote was very painful and dark. I remember I use to call my Dad up and tell him to listen to my poetry or rhymes and he would say “Why are you so dark and why are you so gloomy”. I remember that. That was definitely why I started writing, to release pain. Then later on I started using everything else as an inspiration, not just pain. The solitude definitely came into play, just being alone, and just vibing with the energy of the universe.
Glennisha: Who inspires you?
Byata: Lauryn Hill was a big inspiration to me. Now days, Will.i.am is very inspirational to me. I like 50 (Cent). I like him because of his flow and I’m inspired by it. Tupac most definitely. Biggie and then outside of Hip Hop people like Pink, Janis Joplin from back in the day, The Doors, and The Beatles. I just love music period so I get inspired by a lot of different things.
Glennisha: What’s in rotation on your IPod or your CD player right now?
Byata: (Laughs) Everything. I got a little bit of house music. I got a little bit of hip hop music. I got a little bit of 80s. I like 80s music a lot. So when I’m jogging on the treadmill I definitely have a bunch of different array of songs coming through.
Glennisha: I think that the representation of female emcees right now is crazy. For instance there were only 2 nominees in the female rapper category at the BET Awards this year that actually had full albums out and 2003 was the last year that the Grammys even had a female emcee category. How do you feel about that?
Byata: I feel that the women are not taken seriously as artists. A lot of it has a lot to do with maybe the way that they portray themselves. Not all of them but, some of them. I feel like a lot of them either burn bridges or just don’t act right. There is also no alliance with females. There is a lot of drama. We’re not taken seriously because of that. I feel like females should be nominated and getting awards because we work just as hard and it’s actually harder for us. I think all of that will change really soon.
Glennisha: BET just had an all female panel for America vs. Hip Hop. MC Lyte was the moderator but, there wasn’t a female emcee on the panel and of course up for topic of discussion was the way women are portrayed in hip hop videos. So let me ask you, how do you, being a female rapper feel about the way women are portrayed in hip hop or music videos period?
Byata: The majority of the videos that I see women are portrayed as toys. It’s pretty much fat asses, big titties, little shorts, and bouncing going on. We just look like pretty hot toys that are on the TV shaking our ass. I don’t have anything bad to say but, if that’s what a female wants to do then that’s how she portrays herself. It’s not something that I would do or have in my video unless I’m making fun of it. Whatever floats your boat to be honest with you. I don’t hate on anything really but, it’s not something I would do.
Glennisha: You were the first white female rapper to ever appear on 106 and Park’s Freestyle Friday. Have you ever had any issues with you being not only a female rapper but, a white female rapper?
Byata: Yea. I didn’t get signed by two major labels because of the skin color that I have. Five years ago when I was shopping my shit labels were very scared to sign a white girl. They didn’t know if it would go or if it was a gimmick. They didn’t know how to present it the right way. So that kind of fucked things up for me when it came to getting signed. Now days I feel like it’s an advantage for me because I’m different. I’m unique. It’s like I’m a minority when it comes to the Hip Hop game. So, it’s like ok. I walk into a room full of Hip Hop heads with the way I’m dressed and the way I look and cats wouldn’t expect me to spit but, when I do the whole color thing goes over. People don’t look at me anymore like “Damn that’s a white girl”. I get praised for my talents period so I kind of like it now. I use it as an advantage for me now. Back in the day white girls couldn’t get no love.
Glennisha: You’re Russian right?
Glennisha: Do you happen to know what the hip hop scene is like in Russia?
Byata: Oh yea. I actually have been to Russia. I did a show out there and hung out with some hip hop heads from Russia. They’re into it. It’s funny because they have the underground scene where they spit for real and then they have the Pop Hip Hop scene where they dress like Hip Hop artists in America. It’s interesting but, it’s there and it definitely exists.
Byata: I would love to do some music with Timbaland. I would love to do something with (Dr.) Dre. If I could sign with anybody I would definitely sign with 50 (Cent) because I’m digging his whole swag and his business mentality. I think he would be able to put me out there the right way. I’d love to work with Gwen Stefani.
Glennisha: Oh. I love Gwen!
Byata: Yea! Definitely I’d love to work with her. Any talented muthafucka that can inspire me I’d work with honestly. Just like that. If the music is right, I’m on it.
Glennisha: You have an album out right now titled, “Undefined”. Tell us a bit about that.
Byata: Undefined is something that I put together. It’s a collection of songs that I have recorded over the years. I figured my fans were going to be looking for some music when the show aired. So I just got my material together and the best songs that I had and just put them out. They’re not really mixed or mastered. They’re recorded straight onto the CD. I gave it to you guys raw like that. It’s the raw me. It is what it is. You either love it or hate it. That’s just what it is. I called it undefined because it’s so many different styles of Byata that they can’t be defined. I can’t just say I’m this way or I’m that way. So I just decided to label it undefined and let the fans define it.
Glennisha: Do you have any upcoming tours or shows?
Byata: I’m working on a college tour right now. I’m trying to get that together. Basically that’s pretty much it right now. I’m talking with a booking and management agency. I’m trying to get my whole circle together and start creating a really big buzz.
Glennisha: A lot of people may not know but, you were in Spike Lee’s movie He Got Game. Will we get a chance to see you on the big screen again?
Byata: Yes you will. I’m actually shooting a movie starting August 16th. I’m shooting this movie called the Rothstein Diamond. I’m the leading character in the movie. It’s going to be in Sundance (Film Festival) 2009 or 2010. It’s definitely nice to get a leading role. I didn’t expect that so I’m very blessed to have that.
Byata: Thank You.
Glennisha: This is something that I personally would love to see but, do you think that you could ever get together with other emcees from Miss Rap Supreme and do like a compilation album or something?
Byata: I would love to. It’s definitely something that I’ve asked about before and reached out for. A lot of girls are just busy doing their own thing. I don’t really have the time to set the whole thing up myself and start getting tracks and sending them out to chicks. I have to worry about my own shit but, I put it out into the atmosphere, I definitely did. I would love to do some shit with Nicky, Rece, Ms. Cherry, and Lady Twist. I think that’s it pretty much with the chicks in the house. We’re all taking care of our own business. One of us is going to have to get out the hot seat and say, “Alright, let’s do this”. I don’t know. Hopefully it could happen but, like I said everybody is busy doing their own thing.
Glennisha: Thank you so much for your time Byata and for participating in 7 Days, 7 Interviews. I’m so looking forward to seeing and hearing more of you. Continue to hold it down for the ladies!
Byata: Thank you, mama.
*Audio Coming Soon*
You can purchase Byata's album, Undefined @ http://cdbaby.com/Byata
For booking visit www.Byata.com