Monthly Archives: March 2012

Musical Look Back – Salt ‘n Pepa

(This is a new series of post where I share the music that I grew up listening to.)

Every generation thinks the music of their youth is better than the what’s being played today.  In my case, it is actually true.  Let me present, Salt ‘n Pepa.

When I drive home from work I always have my iPod on shuffle.  Salt ‘n Pepa’s song, “Shake Your Thang” came on and I was insisting transported back to the time of spandex, biker shorts, asymmetrical hair and door knocker earrings.  A time when rap was fun!

Salt ‘n Pepa was formed in 1985 and consisted of three members:  Cheryl James (Salt), Sandra Denton (Pepa) and Deidra Roper (DJ Spinderella).  At the time, rap music was considered a fad and was a male dominated genre.  Then these ladies hit the scene and showed everyone how the ladies could get down.

Their first major hit was “Push It” but here are a few others that I liked.

“Push It”

“Do You Want Me”

I’m unable to embed some of the older videos but you can check them out here:  “Shake Your Thang”   and “Everybody Get Up“.

Enjoy!

It’s My Anniversary!

Today is my 18th wedding anniversary!  We have been through our share of challenges just like the next couple but I feel we have grown stronger as a result.  I can say today that I love my Hubby more than I did on our wedding day.  Each year it gets better.

When you live, learn and grow with one person, it takes commitment to make it work.  One key area that helps is communication.  I think this is the most important area but it’s also the one area that is easy to mess up.  How many times has a gesture or action been misinterpreted by your significant other?  Maybe its time you learn your partners love language.

I highly recommend Dr. Gary Chapman’s “The 5 Love Languages”.  The main idea of the book is that people love and show love based on their unique “love language”.  That language may or may not align with your partner’s.  Using common sense techniques and examples of the five love languages (Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts and Quality Time), this book is a guide to better communication.  We took the assessment quiz and learned we have different love languages.  This knowledge helps make a positive difference in the way you “see”  your partner and what they need to feel loved.

I’m off to enjoy the day with my Hubby.  By the way, his language is “Quality Time” and I am “Physical Touch”.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

What is your love language?  

 

No Apologies: On The Killing of Trayvon Martin And Being “Good” – The Snob Blog – Danielle Beltons The Black Snob

I had to share this.

No Apologies: On The Killing of Trayvon Martin And Being “Good” – The Snob Blog – Danielle Beltons The Black Snob.

Musical Look Back – En Vogue

(This is a new series of post where I share the music that I grew up listening to.)

Every generation thinks the music of their youth is better than what’s being played today.  In my case, it is actually true.  Let me present, En Vogue.

There aren’t many groups burning up the charts nowadays.   However, one of the most popular and most successful female groups was En Vogue.  The vocal group from Oakland, California was assembled by music producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy.  The members were Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis.

Remember when artist had to know how to “sing” to get a record deal.  Let’s take a musical stroll back in time to enjoy good music.

“Hold On”

“Lies”

“Free Your Mind”

“My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)

“Don’t Let Go (Love)”

“Too Gone, Too Long”

Enjoy!

Excellent reading.

The Real Ken Jones

This post was inspired by a rant on Sinister Blog and the subsequent comments and responses.   I’ll be reiterating some of the ideas discussed there.

Why do Republicans hate women?

The answer is, they don’t.  They just hate strong independent women. They hate women who think they are the equal of men.  For them this hate is justified; men are physically stronger.

Might makes right.  Right?

Leaving aside the fact that pretty much any woman is capable of picking up a .357 and turning your dome into a stadium, we live in the age of information and technology.  Brains are far more important than brawn.  (And for those of you who would argue that women aren’t as intelligent as men, I would say that this is the point where I must beg your leave so that you may return to digging in the mud with your mighty fine stick.  Never…

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