Friday, July 25, 2008

Old School Friday - Make Up Songs

It looks like this week's OSF theme is "Make Up Songs" and I must say, I am glad about it. I've yet to find a new school love/make up song that can top the quality and content of the old school (I am accepting any and ALL challenges on that - just bring it). I'm going to warm you up with one that I absolutely LOVED listening to as a child:

I don't know if ya'll are going to be ready for this next one. I may need to think about this for a moment. . .

Ok, I'll do it; BUT, you're going to need to sit down for this one *smile*

Here's a little bonus for those that can hang:

And with that, I'm just gonna walk away. . .

Friday, July 18, 2008

Old School Friday: Break Up Songs

It just doesn’t get anymore real than this.

Hahaha! Ya’ll don’t know nothin’ about that. Now, I know that one is hard to top. But, I'm certain that Patti and Michael McDonald are up for the challenge:

Enjoy! See you next Friday

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What Do You Think?

If you could grant your children with only one piece of wisdom to absorb
and/or apply to their daily lives, which piece of
wisdom would you choose?

Friday, July 11, 2008

Old School Friday - Old School Hip Hop

I saw way too many sisters having fun with Old School Friday and HAD to rush to get in on it. I LOVE music (especially old school) so count me in. Now, bare with me. I have no idea how this thing works. I know most post theirs early; but I couldn't let this week's catagory, Old School Hip Hop, pass me by. So, here are my late submissions.

I'm kickin' this thing off with a little "Ladies First". Don't act like you don't remember this :)

Ok, I originally had Yo-Yo up next, but I noticed that someone else had it up and going. Since I'm late to the game, I'm making a quick change . . .

And with that, we'll see you next Friday. . .

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fox's Attacks Against Michelle Obama Are No Longer Tolerated

Hat Tip to SjP of Soujourner's Place

Fox seems to have it in for Michelle Obama as they are constantly found assaulting our potential First Lady. The attacks have no merit and hold no weight.

What is about Michelle's honesty and strength that bring out the donkey in these folks??

The ignorance must come to an end. At a petition to stop the unwarranted and insulting attacks against Michelle Obama is available to be signed.

"FOX must stop injecting racism, prejudice, and fear into our political dialogue. We intend to hold FOX, its advertisers, and its personalities accountable for FOX's attempts to smear the Obamas."

People are always asking me "How can I get involved?". Well, click here to join the chorus of voices that are loudly yelling "Leave Michelle Obama the hell alone!!!"

Color of Change will deliver the signed petition the week of July 13th; so, you don't have much time.

If you haven't been keeping up, view the video below for a preview of the ongoing foolishness:

What Do You Think?

Can love endure the trials of prison?
Do only fools love through bars?
Why or why not?

Video Pick of the Week

I love this video. When I first viewed it, I was overwhelmed. These are some extremely talented men. Can you image what it must have been like to be there? What a feeling it had to have been to not only benefit from the atmosphere that was created but to also watch others be drawn into it.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Your Voice May Be Heard: Developing the Democratic Platform

(Hat Tip to Gina of What About Our Daughters)

It looks like the Democratic Party is ready to listen and they are now soliciting our issues. I don't know if you remember my previous posts "Now What?" and "A Movement Has Begun"; but those particular posts addressed the lack of attention our issues as black women receive on the political floor as well as the lack of urgency we have displayed in putting them there.

Well, now an opportunity is staring us all square in the face. It is time to put our money where our mouth is. From July 19 to July 27, Platform Meetings will be hosted all across America. The purpose of these meetings is to
"develop a specific position, recommendation, or policy that [we] believe needs to be addressed" and submit it "directly to the campaign". These submissions will be reviewed and could possibly become a part of the Democratic Platform.

“The platform is an official statement of the Democratic Party’s position on issues. Each statement of policy is called a ‘plank’ in the platform. Traditionally, the process of developing this platform is run by political insiders in Washington. This time we’re doing it differently. These Platform Meetings all across America are the bottoms-up process to generate ideas and information that may be directly incorporated into the platform. Reports from these meetings will be reviewed by the team responsible for the Democratic Platform. Some will be incorporated into the final platform, ratified at the Democratic National Convention.”

Click here for more information on how you can participate in existing Platform Meetings or host your own.

This site eliminates all excuses, by providing you with a list of meeting locations near you as well as step by step instructions, tips, explanations and agendas needed to host your own successful meeting.

It is time to really start thinking about the changes that we would like to see. Let's not continue to be the spectators that sit around and complain about the bad plays that are being made. Get your gear on and get in the game.

I have a feeling that the black blogosphere is going to explode around this topic. Be sure to visit sites like What About Our Daughters and Black Women Vote. They, among
MANY other sites (see my "Blog Watch" on the sidebar), are extremely passionate on this topic and provide great insight. The owner of the blog Black Women Vote, SheCodes, is working to form a Black Female Political Action Committee whose primary focus is ". . .to use every political, social and economic weapon to make the improvement of black female experience a top priority in America" while Gina of What About Our Daughters is constantly shedding light on black women issues and has received press credentials to cover the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

It's time to get uncomfortable ladies. Let's make our voices reach beyond our cubicles. Gather your weapons of knowledge, education, resilience, strength and meet on th
e battlefield. . .

Stay Tuned. . .

Money Matters Part 3 (The Confession)

I have not forgotten the Battlefield Book Club selection "Girl, Get Your Money Straight". However, I do have a confession to make: I have not been faithfully reading it. For those of you that do not know me, I am not much for beating around the bush. I have way too much going on in my life for all of that. Soooooo, I'm struggling with this one. BUT, I have made a commitment to complete this book and discuss its contents, so that is what I will do. I am a woman of my word. However, if this woman does not wrap up her discussion on how our financial problems are tied to our emotional ones, I'm going to search Ebay for the Cliff Notes :) . It was cute and interesting at first, but now, I'm hungry. I'm ready for some substance, the beef, the main course.

With that said, I am going to push myself through the next two chapters and pray that the main course will be worth the wait. Until then, pray for me ya'll. . .

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Bell

I received this email the other day and found it to be very insightful. So, I thought I would share it with you. Since the font that is included on the picture below is too small, I will quote it:

"There is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by you will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.

This alone is amazing. If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.

Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two horses, you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.... Good friends are like that.... you may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours and kinder than necessary- everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle

Live simply.
Love generously
Care deeply
Speak kindly....
Leave the rest to God"

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Old School Vs. New School Round 1: The Soul Train Line

There's this constant debate on the old school vs. the new school. Can you think of a better arena to settle this in than the battlefield?

On the side bar of this blog, you will find a poll that will allow you to weigh in. Check out the videos below and cast your vote:

Round 1: The Soul Train Line

In this corner, we have the 1974 Soul Train line representing the Old School:

And in this corner, *sigh* the new school:

Ok, ok! I couldn't REALLY find a new school Soul Train Line that was worthy of contending. BUT, in all fairness, see below:

The gloves have come off and the blows have been dealt. Decide once and for all who you think truly reigns supreme!