Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Kanye on Conan

Kanye West is so interesting to me. In this interview he talks about the paparazzi and his recent arrest in London. He talks about the current laws and how they have not caught up to the internet. He basically says that paparazzi doesn't know who they're dealing with...I hope he becomes an activist, especially since both of his parents were.

Read what he wrote on his blog about the issue HERE

Monday, November 24, 2008


Best selling author Malcolm Gladwell recently released his new book titled Outliers. I can't wait to read this...basically Gladwell says that people like Bill Gates wouldn't be as successful as they are without being in the right place at the right time. Gates attended a high school with it's own computer, which was connected to another computer in his hometown of Seattle. This gave Gates the opportunity to excel.

Gladwell also establishes the 10,000 hour rule. Basically if you want to shine at something, you must devoter 10,000 hours to whatever it may be i.e. soccer, writing, basketball, poetry, motorcycle riding, nursing, etc. Seems like Outliers will get your mind working.

And, Gladwell says Barak Obama is an outlier.

Watch Gladwell on Anderson Cooper 360 below.

Super Women

In my opinion "Superwoman" was by far the best performance of the evening last night. Kanye West and Rhianna were entertaining, but nothing tops seeing Queen Latifah rap. Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Kathleen Battle (a famous opera singer) stole the stage last night with their rendition of Alicica Key's single "Superwoman."

"And now they realize it was a cape not an apron"

Click below to watch the performance
Superwoman AMA Live
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I don't know why the Queen stopped rapping...she is/was the most politically and socially conscious female rapper to ever grab the mic. "U.N.I.T.Y" is one of my favorite rap songs from the 90s. I realize that she's grown into a movie star, but I still have fond memories from the first concert I ever saw: Queen Latifah. When she performed about 14 years ago, although I was just a kid, there was definitely something very empowering about words and storytelling. I think every woman has been called a bitch at some p0int in her life. Music and poetry are very therapeutic and articulates what we go through--that's probably why I love this song. So who you calling a bitch?

I hope she continues to rap.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill discusses his interview with Andrew Carnegie. Hill is the author of Think and Grow Rich. "The Secret" has been around for a long time. "A new and better world will reveal itself to you." Hill was born into poverty and imagined his way out of it.

"Lost"--Coldplay & Jay-Z

I think we all know what it feels like to be lost sometimes. Some of us are lost longer than others. Some of us deny that we're lost. Some of us don't like asking for directions, so we end up even further off the path. Some of us don't like loosing. Some of us don't know how to loose gracefully. Everybody gets what is deserved. "But just because I'm loosing it doesn't mean I'm lost."

"See success see suicide....If you succeed be prepared to be crucified."

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Ethnomusicologists are those who study the correlation between everyday life and identity and the music that arises organically from the people. For an example, classical music does not fit it to this genre; there is no allegiance to a city, state or country.

Now that we as a nation have made history by electing the first black president, I'm anxious to see what music grows from all genres, but especially hip-hop.

Read more about ethnomusicology HERE

"Amazing" Kanye West & Jeezy

Click below to listen to the song
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Monday, November 10, 2008


I can't say exactly why I love hip-hop so much. It's like a heart beat to me. The poetry intertwined with the beat gets my mind going and my heart feeling. Jay-z is one of the greatest rappers of all time. Period. Even Obama thinks so.

"I leave all I am in the hands of history." I think that should be everyone's goal: to make history. Not everyone is going to make international history, but the key is to never stop dreaming of making history.

"History" Jay-Z feat. Tony Williams, prod. by Kanye West

You Can Vote However You Like

Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.

I love how into they are. Go to YouTube to read the lyrics.

Friday, November 7, 2008 on Oprah

"I felt sorry for kids that they had no politicians to look up to," said on Larry King Live. He goes on to say that his inspiration for his political music is driven by the future--our kids. He said that he wants Obama's speeches to be in our history books.

He's made music that inspires me. It's cataloging our time the same way music did during the Vietnam Era. Let's not forget Nas, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Fall Out Boy, John Legend, All American Rejects and many more. Music moves the soul.

Read more HERE

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Statement From the Good Folks at No on Prop 8

"The road to freedom is a difficult, hard road. It always makes for temporary setbacks."
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday's vote was deeply disappointing to all who believe in equal treatment under the law.

All Americans are harmed when any of us are discriminated against or have our fundamental rights taken away.

Make no mistake, this fight is not over.

We remain committed to ensuring full equality under the law, just as the thousands of same-sex couples who joyously married in California are committed to each other.

While it is understandable to be angry that a deceptive campaign could lead to such an unfair and wrong outcome, we need to keep focused instead on the progress we have made.

Thousands of volunteers and contributors gave selflessly to this fight for equality. Political leaders—Democrats and Republicans alike–took strong stands and spoke out against the distortions against us. Clergy, labor, educators and business leaders eagerly joined our cause. And we came within 4% of making history and protecting marriage equality in California.

The momentum is clearly on our side.

So, as disappointed as we are, we know that there is still hope and there is still love and, yes, there is still work to do. With our continued effort and by building on the support generated in this campaign, we will prevail. There will be equality. For us all.

"Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired."
--Robert F. Kennedy

I don't understand why people want to tell other people what to do. There is supposed to be a separation between church and state. Not church, overpowering the state because it has more money. Yes on Prop 8 raised over $25 million to get what they wanted. It's too bad that they claim gay marriage is "immoral," but I say it's immoral to throw $25 million down the drain when there are starving children around the world. Which is more immoral?

Read more HERE

Hope Won

I heard this on the radio yesterday: "Rosa sat, so Martin could march, so Obama could run, so our children could fly!"

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008