Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 Reflections



I entered 2011 thinking this year would be just like the previous four. From 2006- 2010 I did not have a clue as to what I should be doing with my life, but definitely knew I was in need of some serious changes. During this time I was determined not to let complacency consume me. So I enrolled and completed the "Strategic Communications Graduate Program" at National University. By the time I graduated in 2009 I felt lost. I now had a BA and MA in Communications, but I had not idea what I should be doing in that area. I went through each day literally feeling like I was wasting time and wasting my life. I was just wondering around going through the motions of everyday life, all while praying that God would speak to me about what I should be doing with my life- I needed to know my passion.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Representando: Afro- Latina



"...hair too kinky for Spain and too wavy for dreadlocks.....
"our stories cannot be checked in a box..."

Monday, December 12, 2011

Reading Is Fundamental



I came across the above passage while online. I find this to be a very true statement, which speaks to the essence of who I am. I find reading to be a calming action that helps take your mind off reality and enters you into a place of peace. It keeps your brain active and your mind is constantly flowing.

Taking time to read is essential to growth and productivity. A passion for leisure reading is a great thing to have and it's never too late to develop it.

Monday, November 28, 2011

How Will You Be Remembered?



Earlier this month Rapper/Actor Heavy D passed away and though I have been a fan of his since the first time I heard "We Got Our Own Thang," I didn't really want to post anything about his passing. But the out pouring of love for him that happened after he died caused me to think about his legacy and the lasting legacy we all leave behind after we die.

In the weeks following Heavy D's death I realized how influential he was to not only the music industry, but also to the people that knew him personally. Since Heavy D's passing there have been so many people on twitter commenting about what a great person he was and how often he inspired them. Heavy D was so influential and positive that to this day people are still re-twitting his last tweet, in which he wrote “Be Inspired." If you passed away tomorrow, would your last Facebook status or tweet be something positive????


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ladies! Lets Get It Right The FIRST Time



I’ve watched the show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" since it first started I am very familiar with the role that each family member plays. Right from the start Kim has always been the hopeless romantic. The show and it's spin-offs chronicled Kim relationships with Football players Reggie Bush and Miles Austin. After seeing how these two relationships played out and seeing Kim’s response to the quick wedding of Khloe and Lamar, it seemed to me that Kim was desperate to get married to anyone who was willing.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"New Pledge of Allegiance"


This is something that was emailed to me a while ago but has
 stayed on my mind since I the first time I read it...



Since the Pledge of Allegiance
And The Lord's Prayer
Are not allowed in most
Public schools anymore
Because the word 'God' is mentioned.....
A kid in Arizona wrote the attached
NEW School prayer:
"New Pledge of Allegiance"


Monday, October 24, 2011

"The Vent"



Although most of today's rap music is filled with plenty of songs about stuntin', swag, and ballin; there seems to be a new breed of MCs who are actually taking the time to express themselves by talking about subject matters that are relevant. 

Big K.R.I.T's, "The Vent" is a welcomed change from the usual foolishness that fills the radio. This has got to be one of the most expressive songs I have heard in a long time. Check out the lyrics below, with the lines that stand out to me highlighted in pink.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Validation ~ Seeking The Wrong Type of Acceptance

Validation, acceptance, approval... it's something that we all one way or another seek out from those around us. It can have a positive or negative effect on a person's life. It all depends on who you seek validation from and why. Validation can have a positive effect and can encourage someone to reach their goals and become successful in life. But the negative effect of it can be detrimental to a person's well being.


Within the last month I have read and heard about several different situations where people did things to fit in or to perpetuate an image of themselves that was false to gain acceptance from others. In these cases, the person involved was seeking validation from the wrong group of people.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Prodigy: My Infamous Life


"My Infamous Life” is an autobiography of rap group Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. I owe my interest and knowledge of Mobb Deep to my older Brother who was a fan of the group in the mid 90s. That interest is what caused me to buy Prodigy's book. While reading the book the phrase "Coming of Age" constantly came to mind. “Coming of Age" is defined as the process of growing up or entering into adulthood (its a process we all through at some point in life). In a detailed fashion, Prodigy chronicles his life from his early childhood memories to his then current state of incarceration. Prodigy talks about the ups and downs of his life and discusses his growth from a wild teen to adulthood and everything he went through to make that transition.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I Remember


I remember hearing the phone ring (my dad called to tell my mom what happened).

I remember my mom coming in my room and saying, “Turn on the TV, I want you to see what's going on.”

I remember looking at the TV and not having a clue as to what I was looking at.

I remember turning the TV off and trying to go back to sleep.

I remember not being able to sleep and turning the TV back on.

I remember seeing the second plane hit the World Trade Center, live.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Black Love Is Beautiful


Outside of my family, it’s rare for me to meet people that grew up in a two-parent home. I meet plenty of people, specifically men that grew up without what I feel is a solid family structure (a two-parent home). Seeing our society living in such a way that causes me to sometimes doubt if I am ever going to be able to meet a man that actually wants to get married and stay married.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Interpreting Popular Music




The above video aired on July 15, 2011 on the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor.” In conjunction with promoting her book, host Laura Ingraham gives her opinion on some lyrics from today’s popular music artists, particularly zeroing in on singer Chris Brown. In the video you see a Fox News correspondent asking Chris Brown fans how they feel about what Chris Brown did to his then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. Whether or not you choose to forgive Chris Brown for what he did to Rihanna is your own choice. I am not going to discuss that because it’s a subject matter that can be debated from now until forever…


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ten Years Later


Two thousand and one was a year filled with a lot of memorable events, including the tragedy that took place on September 11. But for me 2001 will always stick out in my mind for other reasons, the main one being it was the year I ended a significant chapter of my life.

June 21, 2011 was 10 years to the day that I graduated from Murrieta Valley High School. Senior year was probably the only time in my life when I was completely carefree. I made it a point to enjoy every minute of it because I knew once I graduated and went to college those relaxed days of my parents paying for everything would quickly disappear. So I took the time to enjoy my friends and all the activities that went along with being a senior in High School.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Everyone’s Entitled to Their Opinion


"In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. For me, I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. The root cause of the terrorism is the stuff that you as a government allow to happen and the foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. And it’s easy for us because it’s really just some oil, which we can really get on our own.”
This is a quote from Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco’s CBS interview, which aired on June 7, 2011.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion no matter who it offends. No one is perfect; from President Obama to Lupe Fiasco, to the billions of people on this planet.  However, as in any situation everyone wants someone to blame when things do not go right or as planned. But blaming one single person for the actions and hatred that people of other countries harbor and act upon does not make any sense to me. I am very unclear as to why Lupe thinks President Obama is a terrorist. How can President Obama be responsible for the perception of the United States when certain issues were taking place before he was in office?


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle...

When 24 hours in a day is not enough;
remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class
and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly,
he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar
and start to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured
it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The End of An Era


On May 25, 2011, Oprah Winfrey ended her 25 year long run as a day time talk show host. With all the news coverage of this event, I had to take a minute to think about how impactful Oprah’s career has been to me. Not only was she a talk show host, but Oprah has a long list of accomplishments that would make anyone look at her as an example or an inspiration.


Friday, May 13, 2011

LOYALTY, HONESTY, TRUST



Loyalty... The dictionary defines it as: a sense of duty or of devoted attachment to something or someone. In the last couple of years loyalty in friendships has come to the forefront and has been the most important characteristic that stands out to me when getting to know new peopleSeeking this characteristic is something that came with growth, change, and several different learning experiences.

I grew up in a small suburban community where I lived from age 8 to 19. The friendship I formed when I was in Elementary School literally lasted me until I graduated from High School and beyond. These relationships had time to grow and loyalty was something that came along with time.



Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Giving Credit Where It's Due


When I first decided to create a blog I planned on writing my first entry on my 28th birthday- May 4, 2011. However, with the major event that happened last night I could not wait to get on here and share my thoughts.

There are several dates that are engraved in our minds and now we can add another to the list. May 1, 2011 will forever be remembered as the day the world's most wanted fugitive was killed. Almost 10 years later, this event brings about a sense of closure for the family members of those that died on September 11, 2001. The death of Osama Bin Laden is a great achievement in the war on terrorism.

As I watched all the news reports showing all the patriotism that was displayed at Ground Zero and at the White House last night, I could not help but feel a sense of pride. But all those feelings were overshadowed by the comments I read on Facebook and Twitter. One major thing that caught my attention was how everyone was giving credit to President Obama as if he was the one that fought in a war all these years.