Solange Unleashes the Fire

5 Oct



Since I keep paying for this url, then I need to type some shit huh? Lol.

Well if you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and give Solange’s latest album A Seat at the Table a listen. I bought it today and absolutely love it. It’s intelligent, earnest, and eclectic. This album is truly a love song for and about black people with songs like Don’t Touch My Hair, F.U.B.U (for us by us), and the pearls of wisdom dropped by No Limit architect Master P.

Also I’m truly thankful for an album that’s melodically and lyrically diverse. I’m so not in the mood for over-saturated songs about romantic coupling. What can I say? It’s not my mood right now and there are so many topics to explore musically.

My favorite song at the moment (if I had to pick) is Cranes in the Sky. Solange released a video on her web site along with a video for Don’t Touch My Hair.

The video for Cranes in the Sky is included below.

PS Anderson .Paak is worth a listen as well. His latest album Malibu is awesome as well as his prior release Venice. I think I enjoy Venice more due to the variety of subjects and its high energy. But both are great!


Curious by Donald Glover

28 Jun


Now this teaser trailer has piqued my interest. I’m not a big Childish Gambino fan but I do like Donald Glover. He can be my man crush Monday going up on a Tuesday.

And he’s using Tame Impala’s New Person, Same Old Mistakes song that RiRi redid. Plus 2 points! That song is hypnosis personified.

I’ll bite (and some mo’ stuff).   🙂

Purple Reign Forever

22 Apr

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I’m a huge Prince fan and I’m truly saddened by his loss. He was a phenomenal music icon with unparalleled talent. Although I didn’t know him personally (of course), he appeared to have a kind heart and an awesome sense of humor. Who can ask for anything more?  I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to see him perform live in DC a few years back. It was an awesome performance.

I vividly remember (and I don’t remember much) being in my bedroom at my parents house, listening to the song “Purple Rain” over and over and over again. I listened to it so much I scratched the CD. And my first email address was named after one of my favorite Prince songs “Adore.”

I can’t believe he’s gone, but all lives come to an end.

Thank you Prince for sharing your extraordinary gift and spirit with us!



Another Awesome Podcast: 2 Dope Queens

12 Apr

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I’m jet-lagged so this shall be quick. Speaking of jet-lag.  Shot out to Portland, Oregon for the tasty donuts at Blue Star Donuts and the amazing ice cream at Salt and Straw. Of course, I shan’t neglect to mention all of the super-polite folk I encountered whilst visiting. They are mad chill out there. #westcoastvibes

Next month, I’ve got San Francisco on tap. #eatwelltraveloften

But I digress. So much for being brief….

I already mentioned the Another Round podcast with Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton of Buzzfeed which I thoroughly enjoy.  But here’s some new ish for you. I recently discovered 2 Dope Queens with funny black girls Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. 2 Dope Queens is just two podcasts in (the third will be released by the time this post publishes) and it’s hilarious; like LOL a gang of cry-laughing emojis funny. The podcast was recently ranked the #1 on iTunes. Cheers ladies!  Also I would like to give a special shot out to Naomi Ekperigin of episode two. Her bit brought me much joy while awaiting my delayed flight at PDX.

So check these funny, hot queens out yo.

Best Twitter Rant Ever @beeyroyce

23 Mar

So I know Yeezy has been getting all the attention due to his recent tweeted soliloquies but I stumbled across this glorious thread by @beeyroyce that I endorse wholeheartedly.  Words to live by ladies, for sure.

Beey Rant 1

Beey Rant 2



Oh and this just in, black Men in the DMV only attend sporting events. I know this isn’t news for most of us single black women living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (hence the sarcasm).  But I do appreciate VSB for vocalizing it.

Now if only they could clone eligible Idris Elba-esque versions of themselves.

Akilah Johnson Wins Doodle 4 Google Competition

22 Mar

Akilah Johnson Google

Akilah Johnson, a sophomore at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, DC just won the national Doodle 4 Google competition.  Her artwork titled “My Afrocentric Life” was featured on Google’s home page yesterday. This year’s competition theme was “What makes me….me.”

Akilah writes on Google’s web site:

Of all the things I chose to include, the six most special to me are the Symbol of Life (the ankh), the African continent, where everything began for me and my ancestors, the Eye of Horus, the word “power” drawn in black, the woman’s fist based on one of my favorite artist’s works, and the D.C. flag—because I’m a Washingtonian at heart and I love my city with everything in me!

Akilah will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and her high school will receive a grant of $50,000.


29 Feb


It’s the end of an era. Sadly the Melissa Harris-Perry Show has come to an abrupt end after fours years on MSNBC. Early Sunday morning, Melissa posted the above picture on social media confirming what I hoped would not be, her farewell to #Nerdland. Over the past few weeks, MSNBC has preempted the MHP Show for extensive primary election coverage as well as coverage of the  Blizzard of 2016 (if my memory bank fails me not).

Although the details have yet to be fleshed out completely and who knows if they ever shall, Melissa Harris-Perry released a letter to her staff, later published on Check out this snippet.

Here is the reality: our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season. After four years of building an audience, developing a brand, and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced. Now, MSNBC would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant without returning to our team any of the editorial control and authority that makes MHP Show distinctive.

The purpose of this decision seems to be to provide cover for MSNBC, not to provide voice for MHP Show. I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back. I have wept more tears than I can count and I find this deeply painful, but I don’t want back on air at any cost. I am only willing to return when that return happens under certain terms.

Apparently MSNBC asked Harris-Perry to return to her show this past weekend. She declined. And it was announced that MSNBC had severed ties with the Wake Forest Professor, subsequently confirmed by Harris-Perry’s farewell post on Twitter and Instagram.

I am truly saddened to see the MHP Show end. I watched it religiously. Not only was it intelligent, diverse, progressive, and informative; the MHP Show offered a platform for all. It provided a necessary outlet for those typically ignored and silenced by mainstream media. The contribution of the MHP Show cannot be overstated and its impromptu demise shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Some on social media have called for a boycott of MSNBC. Melissa Harris-Perry’s departure is seen as pattern of the network’s poor treatment of its minority show hosts. Politics Nation with Reverend Al Sharpton was moved from weekdays at 6:00PM to a now Sunday at 8:00AM time slot. Joy-Ann Reid’s The Reid Report fizzled out after just a year. Now with Alex Wagner was cancelled this past summer. The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart was under fire at one point. MSNBC threatened to cancel and/or shorten the weekday show.  A former MSNBC employee shared that MHP Show staff members  “watched all of this happen and felt like it was only a matter of time for them.”

So yeah let’s boycott. I’ll miss the contributions of Joy-Ann Reid, Rachel Maddow, and Chris Hayes but I’ll live. There’s CNN and PBS for what it’s worth. And I follow them on the Twitters.

I wish Melissa Harris-Perry and her staff continued success. I thank them for tremendously blessing us with their painstaking, intellectually-vigorous, and groundbreaking work. The MPH Show was indeed a joy and a weekend highlight for me that will be missed sorely. Hopefully #Nerdland will reemerge in space where its valued, respected, and rewarded.

I’ve included below a public dialogue between Melissa Harris-Perry and cultural critic bell hooks on “Black Female Voices: Who is Listening.” It was filmed at The New School in 2013.

Who is listening indeed?

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