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An eccentric, yet old soul learning to give my spirit the freedom it deserves. My life is founded on the basic human values-that's all that matters to ME. I respect people's right to do whatever their spirit leads them to do without judgement, but I don't shy away from giving my opinion, after all we all have one. I believe life can be beautiful if only we follow our purpose and accept our differences. The universe is diverse for a reason and some things aren't to be questioned. Mind your purpose and stop looking outside of yourself for validation. This is me thinking out loud, maybe you can relate-maybe not-either way it's therapeutic for me. Love and Respect is life.

TOO BAD FOR BRADY?

Another Super Bowl has come and gone and the Philadelphia Eagles emerge as champions of the season. Another event for us to choose sides and root for our team. Although most people aren’t fully invested because their team  either didn’t make the playoffs, have been eliminated, or in my case don’t really have a team,. As for me, I  like Tom Brady. Most of the reasons I like him have nothing to do with the sport, but it is dope that he just so happens to be the best at what he does. And the way Gisele gets into the game, makes me want him to win for her.

I think it’s pretty interesting that even people who weren’t fully invested in the game had one thing in common; they all wanted to beat Brady.  It sort of reminds me of how people are with Kobe. But anyways, I don’t really like football, It  makes me nervous and I feel bad for the guys who get injured, especially the one who got the snot smacked out him in yesterday’s game. I personally don’t think he had to hit him that hard, but I guess he was  a big part of their offense. It was fun while it lasted (the game was exciting) , but I wanted Brady to win-he walked into the stadium looking like a million bucks and lost the game, but although he said it sucks, at least he already has five rings and at this point regardless of what happens on the field, he’s is still Tom Brady .

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on winning their first Super Bowl! I know a lot of people realized a big dream yesterday-one they’ve put in a lot of work for and there’s nothing better than that. I love to see dreams come true.

 

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CHICAGO WEST

This won’t surprise anyone who knows me well, but I absolutely LOVE the name Kanye chose for the newest addition to his and Kim’s family (I know he picked it!). It’s just another example of him doing what he wants to do without a care in the world. I don’t really get into celebrities’ babies, but the West’s are an exception. I just can’t wait to see how they coordinate their little outfits. North is soooo adorably fabulous and Saint is well “saintly” and super cute.

I can’t wait for pics-I think it’s safe to say that little miss Chicago West is going to be one fashionable little baby. Congrats Kim and Kanye.

 

TIP CREATED US OR ELSE FOR “US”

 

I’m not quite sure why this album didn’t get more recognition considering it pretty much covers most, if not all of the issues affecting African Americans in our never ending plight for equality-AND it is super dope. As a people (and I mean black folks), we tend to focus more on one another’s flaws and shortcomings than our positive contributions, even when a person is speaking out on our behalf-using his voice and platform for the greater good of us as a people. Yes, Tip has had some run-ins with the law and might have some issues in his marriage, but we are all flawed and no sin is greater than the other and this includes JUDGEMENT. Besides, our flaws, don’t negate our greatness-it only reminds us that we all have work to do. Furthermore, his marriage is none of our business no matter how strong our opinions about it are.

In my opinion, he is the perfect person to speak out, because through his music, we have been enlightened to his struggles, growing up with a single mother in the South. It is disheartening to look on social media and gossip sites and see our people bashing a man who is fighting for us and who is very proactive in the efforts to move us forward-for this alone he should be applauded-he is entitled to some level of respect because he fought his way out of poverty and is reaching back to help others. What if every great thing you did was tainted by mistakes you made along your journey-I’m sure all of us have moments that we’d like to forget, yet many of us won’t hesitate to dim our fellow brother’s/sister’s light with darkness from their past. I like to think of life as a series of episodes-each depicting a different side of us. Unlike on television, the episodes aren’t written out and life happens-we succumb to our vices occasionally, but I’d like to think our good outweighs the bad-Tip is no exception. The only difference is that his dirt is being exposed and is likely, exaggerated perhaps to shift our focus away from the power he’s trying to give us through the wisdom of his words. The same way, the media was used as a tool to taint the images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Bill Cosby, Russel Simmons and a host of other positive influences who are African American.

This is not to say that these men should not be held accountable for any wrongdoing-just to say that it is unfair to dismiss all of the positives about their existence because they fell short in some seasons of their lives as we all do-I believe it is inevitable. I say all of this to say, Us or Else is a really good album, not just for music, but the overall plight of our people fighting against injustices in this country and beyond. It should be acknowledged by the people that it was created for. With so much music promoting and perpetuating stereotypes about our people, this album is something we all need to hear. It is a the truth on our position in society and how we contribute to the negativity. TI is not a saint-no one is, but this movement he’s on is so dope that it’s crazy for anyone, especially black people to discredit his work in the community.

My favorites are I Believe, Lazy and Black Man and it’s even doper that my eleven year old son loves the album too! I applaud Tip and I appreciate his efforts, after all, not only am I’m raising a black son, I am a product of the South and I know what that comes with. Some people can’t relate-they have no clue what real, blatant racism looks like. If we all saw the real picture, we would be more supportive of those who are using their platform to elevate us.