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African Living

I love my heritage.  The longer I live, the more I’m loving it.  It’s never-ending.  So rich, so deep.  Just overflowing with lushness, variety, scope  and ever so much history.  How could I not love it?

DNA Evidence Proves That The First People In China Were Black

Posted by on 10 Mar, 2016 in Annyeonghaseyo, Habari | Comments Off on DNA Evidence Proves That The First People In China Were Black

DNA Evidence Proves That The First People In China Were Black

Source: DNA Evidence Proves That The First People In China Were Black I’ve said for many years our people were connected.  I’d come to this conclusion after seeing an asian woman on the tv who was the spitting image of my mother, but for her skin tone and hair type.  She even had a similar hairstyle and glasses to the ones my mother wore at the time.  I’d also seen a man who looked like my father at a train station in East London.  Again, similar hair styles, height, build, and facial features to the point of uncanny.  I almost made the man uncomfortable from the way I stared at him so intently. Through the years, with my love of most things Asian, I’d soon realise that we had more than just our features in common.  If you watch Asian media without dubbing, then you’re used to hearing the phonetics used.  Those phonetics can still be found in Africa, today.  Even whole words have still been retained in the Asian and African languages with the same meanings.  Not only language and physical features, but also cultural practices, food preparation and religious practices have been preserved in the Asian culture. For me, it’s amazing to finally have more proof of our connection.  Even more so, for this admission to be done from the Asian community – willingly too.  Bravo! More...

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Jill Scott & Eve Weigh In on Iggy Azalea’s ‘Blaccent’ | Billboard

Posted by on 16 Feb, 2016 in Habari | Comments Off on Jill Scott & Eve Weigh In on Iggy Azalea’s ‘Blaccent’ | Billboard

Jill Scott & Eve Weigh In on Iggy Azalea’s ‘Blaccent’ | Billboard

It seems everyone in hip-hop has an opinion about Iggy Azalea, and now Eve and Jill Scott have weighed in. Source: Jill Scott & Eve Weigh In on Iggy Azalea’s ‘Blaccent’ | Billboard My sisars saying it like it is!  I’ll be honest, I didn’t even glance the article that was written.  I went straight to the video.  I couldn’t  give a flying toss what Iggy Azalea is doing.  Really..?! Why is the whole world giving that child the time of day is beyond me, but I’m a mad, “crazy-for-years” fan of the amazing Miss Jill Scott and an admirer of the fantastic Eve. Both of these ladies have inspired me both in my professional and personal life through their music and films through the years. Apparently, according to the interview, they’re in a movie together.  It’s called “With This Ring“.  Hopefully, it’ll get a UK release and we’ll get to see it over here when it is too.  I’ll make sure to have the popcorn ready when it does. Even with her puppy paw tattoos on her chest, and the blonde weaves I always thought Eve was a phenomally beautiful black woman and her verse on the Angie Stone remix of Black Brother was on point!  As to Jill Scott… what can I say?  Aside from Aretha Franklin, who can match her singing talents today?  If you even whisper “Beyonce” do not be surprised when you awaken in the dentist’s chair having your teeth fixed for chatting such blasphemy! Lol. Album after album after album of pure jewels.  I can’t think of a Jill Scott song that I don’t like! Hearing them being so candid in this interview, the sistars didn’t let me down.  They’re still in touch with their “humanity”.  When hearing Jill’s voice crack when she sang,  was so funny and endearing to me.  Eve almost made me spit my cranberry and strawberry herbal tea all over my keyboard when she revealed the english slangs she’s picked up since living in England.  She sounds so cute! LOL! Their comments about Iggy Azalea, like anything, have been blown up out of proportions, in my opinion, and have been used to bolster the career of Iggy.  It’s funny how people aren’t blowing up Eve and Jill’s statements about character besmirchment and enfringement of privacy…  That says a lot about our society today. The dignified way these ladies tell their stories and carry themselves in this interview raised my respect levels a little higher for them both.  Stop looking at me sideways – I know they’ve got weaves on and are in an interracial marriage – I ain’t watching that, family!  I’m watching CONTENT OF CHARACTER.  Both of these ladies spoke up and speak up for black issues, regularly.  Particularly, Miss Scott.  I look forward to getting the new Jill Scott album when it “births” later this year, and I’m hoping there will be a track with Eve included.  I’m sure it will be banging, as always.  Good luck with the movie...

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Do you believe the truth about yourself?

Posted by on 30 Jan, 2016 in Habari | 0 comments

Do you believe the truth about yourself?

The other night, a very dear friend of mine gave me a call.  It was a much needed uplifting vibration at that time as I had just come off the phone with my parents and was ready to climb walls from the frustration.  Our ensuing conversation immediately turned my frown into a happy smile as I had been thinking of her for a while.  At the end of our lively conversation, she recited this beautiful poem to me.  Upon hearing it, I knew I had to share this with you all.  It helped me remember and refocus myself as, not only a woman, but as a spiritual entity experiencing a human existence.  My only critique, is that I would exchange the word “believe” for “know”, for I do know these things to be true.  But that’s just me being pedantic, lol.  I hope this poem/prayer (written by a nun, I might add) brings a similar feeling to your life too.  Peace, love and light to you all. I will believe the truth about myself No matter how beautiful it is. I believe in my power to transform indifference into love. I believe I have an amazing gift to keep hope alive in the face of despair. I believe I have the remarkable skill of deleting bitterness from my life. I believe in my budding potential to live with a nonviolent heart. I believe in my passion to speak the truth even when it isn’t popular. I believe I have the strength of will to be peace in a world of violence. I believe in my miraculous capacity for unconditional love. I will believe the truth about myself No matter how beautiful it is. by Macrina Wiederkehr. Do you believe the truth about...

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Can’t Be The Boss Of Me

Posted by on 16 Dec, 2015 in Habari | 0 comments

Can’t Be The Boss Of Me

Lately, I think I’ve been going through a midlife crisis.  What Mama Love?  You? Midlife crisis?! C’mon girl, get a grip.  Yea, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell myself for a while.  Get over it.  Dont be so silly.  You’re imagining it.  But the more I’m online, the more I feel like I’m being swamped from all sides with no sight of a straw to grasp. What brought this on?  You may well ask.  Social media.  More’s to the point, the people who use social media.  It seems that there are people who feel an obsessive need to control the actions of others from their keyboard.  We’ve all heard of internet bullying, but usually, we associate this behaviour with adolescents and pre-pubescents.  When you find grown adults practising the same thing, it does make you wonder. It doesn’t matter which social network you’re on, these people can be found all over, without prejudice.  There’s always someone or group of people trying to impose their will on others in a controlling manner.  Why do they feel the compulsion to make misery for others online, for all the world to see..?  Most people want their online persona to reflect well on themselves, so, for me, it’s kinda surpising and a little shocking, that so many people seem to be choosing the “bully” route as a means to outdo their peers. I’m a member of a popular 3d chat site, and since I first joined it eight years ago, I’ve always found it amazing how people can get caught up in the eye candy of the avatars.  Even recently, I felt the need to re-pulse (their version of “share”, “re-tweet” etc.) an article about this very subject.  More and more people seem to be losing the plot.  It’s like everyone has forgotten, that – in most cases – there is an actual human being controlling what is put forth onto the screen.  And that that human has feelings, thoughts, opinions and all the other paraphanalia that goes along with being human, just like they do. Saw this on another pulse, and had to repost. Some of us get it twisted, others comprehend… Which are you? I find it time to Pulse this once More Sometimes i think we all forget this once in awhile..lets try not to 1. An avatar on here has no heart to beat with… your heart in Real Life beats for the avatar. 2. An avatar has no brain to think with… your brain in RL thinks for your avatar 3. An avatar has no feelings… the person that controls the avatar behind the computer screen feels it all – and do Know that We (I) do feel it all 4. An avatar can’t talk for it self… you talk for the avatar 5. An avatar can’t do things… you have to make your avatar move spot to spot to do things 6. An avatar can’t feel love… the person that controls the avatar feels the love in Real Life.. ( Some of US do fall in Real Love) 7. An avatar doesn’t feel any care for anyone on here… only you that controls the avatar behind the computer screen feels Care and Love for each person on IMVU 8. An avatar can’t see… you see for...

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