Tuesday, March 26, 2013

When Certain Lyrics Go Too Far...

Sometimes I have really sit and question my love for this thing called Hip Hop music. Yes, it's a culture that pushes the limits and ruffles several feathers. But for the most part, as with any genre of music, it is supposed to be a form of expression.

But what happens when the form of expression leaves me, the listener, with a concerned feeling? This was the case when I was on twitter the other day and saw people tweeting about some Rick Ross lyrics, in which he glorifies date rape.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Watch Your Tone!

It's crazy how the same word can have different meanings based on the tone of voice used to say it...

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone speaks to me with the incorrect tone. And this goes for texting, emailing, and any other form of communication. At my last job, the company paid for an instructor to come into the office to teach employees about how certain words used in emails can be interpreted as rude. That class is probably the most valuable thing I learned while at that job.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Prominent Panameños: Yvette Modestin

Panamanian writer, poet, activist. Yvette Modestin, Founder and Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston, which emerged as a response to the silence surrounding the complex existence of the Afro-Latino/a identity in the Americas and speaks to the commonalities of people of African descent. She is the Diaspora regional Co-ordinator for Red de mujeres afrolatinoamericanasafrocaribeñas y de la diáspora, in this role, she recently participated in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women with a focus on “eliminating discrimination and violence against girls.” Ms. Modestin is the co-founder of Proyecto Yo Soy Colón and is also one of the writers of Women Warriors of the AfroLatino Diaspora.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Material Girl: Beads By Aree

Beads by Aree is a nice change to the usually trendy jewelry pieces I see.  
The pieces are simple, yet very bold and cute. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Black Is Beautiful Part II

After writing yesterday's post, I thought more about the fact that 
people have negative images of Black women because they need to see
more positive images. 

So in an effort to do my part, I reached out to a few of my friends to get their take on 
how they stay confident when we as Black women are constantly 
bombarded with negative images our ourselves. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Black is Beautiful

We all know about the different types of bullying that takes place online. But let me share a different kind that I have noticed, and it doesn't seem to be going away. It's the bullying of Black women online, done by Black men and women of other races.

I have had a twitter account for a little over three years now and a constant topic that people tweet about is how Black women are ugly, have attitudes, have no hair, and are ghetto. I recently saw someone tweet that a certain reality show was fake because the Black women on the show were not being loud or fighting with each other. Yes, we all know reality shows are fake, but I was shocked that this guy would tweet something so inappropriate. But then I thought, if he only sees negative images of Black women, then I really can't blame him.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Different Beliefs, Different Pages

"How should I relate to my unbelieving spouse? I understand now why the Bible urges us not to be 'unequally yoked.'  We’re not on the same page spiritually, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to reconcile our differences in this area.  What would you recommend?"

I came across an article online and the above question was asked. 
 Marriage is hard enough because it's two separate worlds coming together trying to become one. 
But when you mix in different religious belief, things become more intense. 

I always find it interesting when I meet people that are in a relationship, but are totally off on their beliefs. In my opinion your beliefs (whatever they may be) are important to you for a reason.
For many people their beliefs are their foundation.  

Monday, March 4, 2013

You Should Be Listening To: "Poetic Justice"

From all the Hip Hop entries that I post on here, by now everyone should 
know that I would much rather support and listen to a rapper that puts thought into
not only their musical content, but also their imagery. 

Kendrick Lamar is so conscious of doing this and I love it. In the 
video below he talks about why he chose to feature Brittany Sky, a woman of
a darker complexion in his video for the song "Poetic Justice."

Friday, March 1, 2013

Be Healthy: Blueberries

Blueberries are packed with antioxidant power, but the benefits of blueberries are far more than just the plant chemicals you hear about so often. Blueberries fight disease on multiple levels, and are an underused tool of naturally good health.
Probably you have heard about cranberry juice as a tool for fighting bacterial infection of the urinary tract. Millions of cystitis sufferers are told to drink unsweetened cranberry juice to get rid of the E. coli and Proteus infestations that cause painful urination, abdominal cramps, and even bleeding.