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Let me start off by saying, I’ve never been a fan of hardcore hip hop. That isn’t a statement to put down people who do, it’s just a matter of musical taste. The kinds of hip hop I used to enjoy was I guess what you would call “Bubble Gum” rap today. Anything past Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Dug E. Fresh, Chub Rock, and sometimes Rakim isn’t my cup of tea. How I feel about hip hop today, is like how I feel about R&B. After Berry Gordy sold Motown, the quality of music has slowly went down hill after that. Sorry, just my opinion. Anyway, the reason why I’m writing about Easy E, is because someone posted a photo of him on a Facebook group I belong to. Now, please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying, I don’t think people should always think negative about celebrities. However, every time I see someone mention anything about Easy E., it’s always about how great his music is….. Fine…. But why do my people from my generation almost totally over looked the fact that he rocked the rap industry, when it was revealed he had A.I.D.S.

I mentioned this because this was also a huge part of Easy E’s life that we shouldn’t ignore or forget about. It taught a huge lesson to both the rappers and the fans of rap, because this was at a time where it was thought of as impossible that a rapper can get A.I.D.S. Rap was and still is anti-gay, and the mentality was (and sometimes still is) that only gay people got A.I.D.S. Which kind of opens a segway in to what a really wanted to talk about, which is the attitudes the rap industry still have about women. Unfortunately, there also exist women who are all so eager to entertain the degradation of other women, never seeing the importance of demanding respect. I digress…… Actually, after the announcement of both Easy E. and Magic Johnson’s status, the rap industry appeared to have put all sexual activity on lock-down. It’s a shame that Easy didn’t have the money that Magic Johnson had to stay alive, but then again rap had not reached its peak yet. Today, I can’t recall anyone that was just as famous as Easy E. who contracted the virus. However, I just wanted to say that straight woman are just as much of a victim of this deadly disease as gay men, and I just wished that there was still messages from the hip hop community about protecting themselves while “getting their freak-on.”

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Oh boy, look how handsome Richard Roundtree was! Not only that, he was a very nice and down-to-earth person in real life! I’d take a simple regular guy any-day, than someone who’s always got something to prove, ain’t that right girls 🙀? Well, I wanted to do another article about Black Hair. I was sifting through some of my old magazines and thought to myself, damn! Our hair has changed A LOT in the past 30 years. I know this isn’t my imagination, I can’t be the only one that has given this a lot of thought? What I mean is, the quality of Black hair has some how changed. And I don’t necessarily think it’s the hairstyle either. As I nostalgically look through my old Black magazines, Black hair (particularly women) appeared to have more luster in their hair. Check out this link, and compare the hair you see there to many woman’s hair today, you’ll see what I mean. Which is kind of comical now that I think about it in perspective, because we did all kinds of crazy shit that damaged our hair, and that included the use of hot combs. I’m seriously wondering guys, are the products we’re using now are that much different that we have lost the quality of our hair? Or is the difference in our hair quality today represent the physical health of our community? I say this because the one thing I’ve learned from very young was that, the state of our health usually comes out 4 major (visible) places.

  • Our Nails
  • Our Skin
  • Our Tongue
  • Our Hair

You know, it’s funny. You know how back in the day (still do actually) when a guy gets a new job interview, and he advertises everywhere that he has to buy that “Detox,” to take the street drugs out their system? Usually it was for something small like Marijuana. However, do you realize that Marijuana comes out through your hair and usually stays their for months! I mention because we don’t realize just how  EXTREMELY strong and durable human hair is (especially Black hair), what is happening when I look at our hair now and it doesn’t appear to be as healthy as it once was. Have all the Black business that made products specially for us have all gone? Or has the culture have changed so drastically that we don’t care about our hair as we once did 30-40 years ago? When I was growing up, I couldn’t walk down the street without my elders telling me “how he got that good hair.” Now, it seems that people aren’t passionate about their hair anymore. Guys seem to prefer sporting a bald look, and a lot of women seem to gravitate towards weaves, extensions, or wigs. Hmmm. I think this would be a great discussion for the community.

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I love this commercial, because it was one of the very few commercials that feature an African American actors. Anybody who’s 40 years old and older can tell you, most of the commercials (if not all) that featured African American only actors, were 99% of the time about food, or about foods specifically marketed to Black people. This AT&T commercial kind of doesn’t make sense to me, because overall the message seems to be more about the relationship between two brothers, than a long distance commercial. I guess what they were trying to say that, even if their loved one is far away, talking to them over the phone is like they were there locally, but we all know that’s not exactly true, especially when it comes to young children.

You know, what cracks me up about this commercial, is that it struck up a memory of something we used to do all the time in the hood (even among siblings). That was, anytime someone in the “clique” got a new bike, skate board, roller skates, etc, we would allow someone to temporarily ride it/wear it, and for payment trade with something else of value. For instance, if a friend had a new comic book that was known you really really wanted, the possessor would trade the comic book for “99 rides.” I absolutely have no idea how we came up with that number! But let me tell you, that was a high price back then, and if someone allowed you to ride their bike for 99 rides for something, they were pretty desperate. LOLOLOL

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I was too young to fully experience the 70s fashions. However, I remember these very well; they were the type of clothing most put on when their going out to a disco. Obviously I was too small to go out clubbing, but we had enough house parties for me to have some idea of what it was like. These clothes appeared to almost be exclusive to going out and dancing. Which is mind-boggling, considering the fact that those pants was soo tight. The material they used for men’s pants was so ruff, I didn’t really feel comfortable dancing in them. Maybe this was because it was meant for men to keep a certain posture. Who knows? Everybody was wearing this style, Black, White, Spanish, it was almost universal in a way. I love the red and black, it sort-of reminds me of a bull fighter.

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Hi guys, I know that this is somewhat off topic, but since my blog is also partially about technology, I wanted to share it with you. I purchased a USB air defuser from a CVS store yesterday, and I absolutely love it. It never occurred to me that they would make this to work on USB. This goes to show you how computer technology has effected our lives! It cost me about $15 & it’s extremely easy to use. All you need is a little bit of water, and a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils. Mist lasts for about 3 hours. Comes with 3 extra filters. I love these kinds of defusers because they’re 1000% safer than using candles. Great for people with small children. You still have to be careful that the child doesn’t consume any oils, but at least they’re safe as far as major accidents. I connected this to the USB on my cable box, and called it a day. This is soo cute. They’re a lot of defusers on amazon that charge you upwards of $70 for doing the exact same thing. Highly recommend these for those with heavy allergies. You’ll see a huge difference between an air difuser, and burning oils. Unfortunately, fire changes the chemical composition of oils, whereas air defusers lift the oil in to the atmosphere.

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Let me start off by saying, I’ve always loved Donna Summer ever since I’ve heard her song “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It (1976).” I was about eight years old then. I remember one day in my grandparents house, sitting in one of the rooms with my little tape player, and singing all of side A and side B of Donna’s “On The Radio (1979)” cassette. After I finished, I would turn it over and do the whole tape again, as if I were performing a concert. As young as I was, her music really connected with me on so many levels. I naturally connected with her. As I got older I’ve discovered almost every gay person on the planet loved Donna Summer! LOL. You know, over the years I’ve always questioned her fashion choices 😀 I said to myself, Donna I love you, but what they hell are you wearing!?!?!? When I saw this album, I said to myself WTF??? If I didn’t love her so much, I don’t think I would have purchased this album.

This happened to be one of my many favorite albums from Donna. There aren’t many artists that we can say that spits out a lot of albums were we love almost ALL their songs. Donna has been pretty consistent, but then again, she’s re-released a lot of her same music too. Witch is quit interesting when you think about it. Why? There has been only one other artist I can think of, that can put out so many re-releases and still make money from them, and that’s Barbra Streisand. This speaks to the level of dedicated fans she had, now even more after death. I think my most favorites from this masterpiece is #1 “Loves About To Change My Heart,” it’s such a beautiful song, Donna’s voice made it so romantic, yet the danceable beats made it fun to listen to. #2 “Whatever Your Heart Desires,” another romantic and danceable tune. #3 “This Time I Know It’s For Real.” And lastly #4 a song called, “Another Place And Time,” which is a much more mellow song, and is one of those reflective songs (after the fact) I always speak of. Listen to her album on Napster here.

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I would like to pay a little homage to little known about, Rebbie Jackson. Rebbie Jackson is the oldest sibling, born in 1950. In my opinion, out of all the Jacksons in the family, Rebbie is the most talented Jackson (vocally) than all the other Jacksons. Unfortunately, she only made about 4 albums before she decided to called it quits. I was so disappointed, because I know had she stuck to it, there is no doubt in my mind she would have been joining the ranks of her brother MJ. Her biggest hit she is remembered for is an 80s song called “Centipede (1984).” If I’m not mistaken, Michael actually written the song specially for her. The song starts off seductive and sexy, and by the end of the song, you get to hear a glimpse of the true power of her voice. I have to be honest, Centipede was the only song I ever liked. I was not impressed with the albums that came after.

I think that’s what pissed me off the most! the fact that she had the most powerful voice out of all the Jacksons, yet she could not seem to take her career to the next level. If I didn’t know any better, it was almost as though it was done on purpose, to make sure she didn’t outshine Michael. Well, it wouldn’t totally be a crazy idea, since Joe Jackson (very controlling and manipulative) was still managing them at the time (I think). Joe Jackson saw Michael as the cash cow (or more accurately “The Jackson 5” brand). Another clue as to the politics that went on in the family, was how Janet broke away from her father Joe. It was the theme of Janet’s 80s album “Control.” It was a big deal when the Jacksons started to fire their father one by one. Again, don’t interpret what I’m saying as no other Jackson can sing; I’m just saying dynamically, Rebbie had more range and power. I guess there’s also that possibility that she didn’t want to be in show business, and she was just doing it out of pressure. “She’s a Jackson, let’s see what she can do!” Listen to Rebbie’s Centipede on Napster here.

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