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Yes, I *WILL* Be Watching!

December 12, 2009

The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.This Sunday at 9:00 pm on A&E. I grew up loving these men and I still do! Click the blog title to see a clip.

Come On, Gurl! Focus…

December 10, 2009

I always find extra blessings on Thursdays (my favorite day of the week). Today, I’m determined to find my bag of “focus” and strap her on my back real tight and secure. She’s been running loose all week.

It’s Still Imperialism, Mr. President

December 3, 2009

I’ve been away from the news for a few days. Feels unnatural. I’m catching up now. I’m learning of Pres. Obama’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. I wish President Obama was a different kind of president. I really do. I am angry that I’m being reminded of why …

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The New Way Forward – The President’s Address (re: Afghanistan)

December 1, 2009

Get Affirmed 😉

December 1, 2009

Second best quote of yesterday (and I’m paraphrasing): “Some people look at great success stories and get inspired…that’s it. They never actualize what inspires them. Their response is emotional. Others look at great success stories and get affirmed because they are already en route to their own version of that …

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Quote of the Week: When Hiring…

December 1, 2009

Best quote of the day: “You can buy someone’s time, their talent, and their skills, but you can’t buy nor train some one to be dedicated.” – E. Omar Silver Wow.

"What's In Your Hands?" speech by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

November 29, 2009

Today is the birthday of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. He would have been 101 years old. Here’s one of my favorite inspirations…period. Also, check out his autobiography: “Adam by Adam” (1971). Amazing Man!

Quote of the Week

November 28, 2009

“Nothing replaces diligence and discipline in the pursuit of growing your business…not hope, not good intentions, not luck. Nothing.” ~ April R. Silver

“Throw Your Wallet Over the Fence”

November 23, 2009

A year ago today, I was interviewed by JULIA O’FARROW of “Jaygeeoh Presents!” It’s about how AKILA WORKSONGS came to be and the inspirational quote that still drives me to this day. Enjoy!

Five Black Women Discuss “Precious”

November 11, 2009

The radio show earlier today about Precious was powerful. Esther Armah said that the calls and emails came in ALL DAY!! I posted bits and pieces on my Facebook wall. Pure fire! The women on the panel broke down the movie with such great precision. I was honored to be …

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We’re Discussing “Precious” This Morning

November 11, 2009

On our weekly media roundtable on WBAI Radio later this morning (at 7:30am), we will discuss Precious, the film. Esther Armah is the host, Stacey Patton and I are regulars but this week we will be joined by Akiba Solomon and Nikki Moore. Here are a few points that have …

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POETRY: Contains Adult Content

November 3, 2009

The title of this poem is not “Contains Adult Content,” LOL! That is my blog post disclaimer. This is an erotic poem, reader discretion is advised. “Just Call My Name“ Your voice feels good in my earSo you can tell me anything tonight…just purr.Purr into the curve that is the …

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Goal: Kill 140 Women This Week in NYC

October 21, 2009

I would really like to cry on the page right now, but I’ll get straight to the point. NANA CAMILLE YARBROUGH sent me a sickening email today. It warned that this week is GANG INITIATION WEEK in New York City (as reported by the Department of Education to the New …

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“Social Media is the New Pen and Paper!”

October 17, 2009

The post below is based on my tweets from earlier today: My thirty minute keynote address at the COOL TWITTER CONFERENCE this Tuesday is supposed to be a powerful set-up for a seven hour day full of workshops and real live human networking about online networks. If I can do …

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Lift Them Up in Prayer!

September 23, 2009

Just a thought: When we ask for guidance from our ancestors, let’s ask for guidance from our ancestors who “kneel before God.” All of our ancestors ain’t elevated yet, ya know? Some of them need us to ” LIFT THEM UP” in prayer. Some of them ain’t resting in peace …

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The Color Blue

August 29, 2009

posted originally via Put On BLAST! listserv (www.putonblast.com) Peace, Fam. Spike Lee told Kevin Powell last night that the Michael Jackson Tribute that he’s doing (and the one that everyone is talking about) is STILL happening today at Prospect Park in Brooklyn (12 noon – 5:00pm). Disregard any rumor that …

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Thirteen (VERY RANDOM) Things I Learned While Off Facebook/Twitter for Two Weeks

August 11, 2009

1. PutOnBLAST!/Facebook/Twitter junkie that I am, even I recognize that fasting from social media, email, and even the telephone is good for the soul er’ once in a while. I survived! 2. TV and news fasts are even more nutritious. 3. My cue to exit: Right before the “can’t we …

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Lani Guinier’s Take on the Skip Gates “Mini-Drama”

July 28, 2009

From TheRoot.comBy The Root Brass | Posted: July 27, 2009 at 11:03 amA Beer Bromance at the White House? Can Obama’s beer fest do anything to improve the relationship between black people and the cops who arrest them? Or does it waste valuable presidential time? I applaud President Obama’s willingness …

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African Voices, Yvonne Bynoe, The Harlem Book Fair, and Me

July 14, 2009

I’ve been asked to speak at two events for this weekend’s Harlem Book Fair…both this Saturday, back-to-back. The first event, with African Voices magazine, is about how to use the Internet to sell your books. I have a popular email marketing service company (www.putonblast.com) and it houses over 30,000 subscribers. …

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The BET Apology: A Good Thing, But Short-Sighted

July 3, 2009

This morning, allhiphop.com reported that BET has denounced the Lil Wayne and Drake performance at the award show earlier this week. Here is an excerpt from allhiphop.com: BET has expressed remorse over a performance by Lil Wayne, Drake and Young Money Records that involved underage girls during songs “Best I …

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