Friday, February 26, 2010

I'm Black and I'm Loud

Black History Month is coming to an end and I haven't participated in any traditional tributes or studies like I used to do in grade school. I still beat myself up for not knowing every single Black History fact, but each year is a new opportunity to discover and learn something new...

I took my brother to visit Bethune-Cookman University today. When he told me that he wanted to attend an HBCU, I initially tried to talk him out of it. I'm a selfish sister. I get caught up in the excitement of preparing him for life after high school, reminiscing about how eager I was at that time and I constantly forget that the choice is his, not mine.

Three of my best friends graduated from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). I was accepted to FAMU, but I chose to go to Florida State University instead. I wanted to really experience college, escaping the atmosphere of life that I was more than familiar with. However, I found myself migrating over to FAMU's campus quite a lot. I'm totally satisfied with the education that I received at FSU and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there, but I often wonder if I would have chosen to attend FAMU if I would be any different.

I'm perplexed by the fact that I didn't realize just how meaningful HBCUs are to their communities until now. On the tour of BCU, I witnessed just how much they value preserving tradition for future African American leaders of the world.

I'm a little disappointed in myself for doing what I hate for others to do to me. Stereotyping. Yes, I'm black and yes, I was raised in the hood. However, I'm not like every other black person you know. I don't succumb to what others believe me to be based on the color of my skin.

I place(d) every HBCU in a category, assuming that they're all unprofessional, boisterous and ghetto. My bad.

I hope my brother makes the best decision for himself... and if he chooses an HBCU, I'll still be a proud sister.

*Music is Life... Poetry is Love*

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Be Mine

Cupid deserves to be shot (with his own arrow). Injecting humans with false hope and dreams of a love-me-ever-after is a crime. However, Valentine's day is right around the corner and this year I just might be spending it alone. Sucks and soothes at the same time.

Love is a mere four letter word, but it packs a heavy load. It reciprocates its own meaning... i.e. A crush can eventually leave you crushed. But, it's still a beautiful thing and I'm glad I had the opportunity to experience it.

Furthermore, those who are currently experiencing love's blissful attributes are probably looking forward to February 14th. Chocolate. Flowers. Expensive dinner. Stuffed animals. Good movie. Romance. Period.

As I type this, I'm now realizing just how overrated Valentine's Day is. One should not have to be reassured one day out of the year. Love is a 365 24/7 job that pays you with satisfaction. The pleasure of knowing you have made your significant other happy. For those of you struggling with how to please your mate here's a tip, the little things matter the most.

Happy and safe loving everyone!

*Music is Life.... Poetry is Love*

Friday, February 5, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV


I'm a girl and I love sports so let's talk football...

The 2009-2010 season was full of disappointments and surprises.

Biggest Disappointment: The Jags' losing record
Biggest Surprise: The Saints losing to the Bucs

Super Bowl XLIV is drawing near. Time for predictions and more disappointment. I refuse to predict a winner because each team I chose in the playoffs lost. I rooted for the Vikings down to Brett Favre's interception right before OT. After that, I knew my luck had ran out. I should root for the Colts just because they're in the AFC, but that wouldn't be logical or fair. The Saints have more to play for, but football is about odds...

What are the odds both number one seeds would make it to the big brawl? What are the odds that both teams would have MVP candidate QBs? What are the odds that QB Peyton Manning would be playing against his hometown team? What are the odds that the Colts get the chance to repeat history with a Super Bowl win under an African American head coach?

Coincidence or fate?

Peyton Manning is not much of a scrambler, but he's gotta be the most accurate QB ever. The same can also be said about Drew Brees. Both have a strong defense so it may be difficult for either team to score on the ground. The Colts have a solid O-line, but the Saints will definitely push them to the limit and attempt to go after Manning on each drive.

One thing is for sure, the Who dat nation will be in full effect. Even though they are favored to win, the Colts better be prepared when the Saints go marching in. This is sure to be a good one.

Are you ready for some football???!! Hell yeah!

Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints

Sunday 2/7/10

Kickoff 6:25pm

*Music is Life... Poetry is Love*

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The IGive

The IGive isn’t just a name… it’s a movement, an expression of deliverance wrapped up in positive messages of love. Greg East wasn’t born to be a star; he was actually raised to be a minister. Growing up in a religiously conservative family, he deviated from his initial calling after discovering a more comfortable format to deliver his motivational words, on a platform that others could appreciate and relate to in a different sense. Connecting those elements, he considers himself to be a Spiricist (a rapper, songwriter, prophet and poet).


Read more here: http://www.accessduval.com/index.php/main/featured/igive/