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All Hail A Cab For 

Our King!

January 1, 2020

This is a picture, of pre Coronavirus, rush hour in front to MSG and the Central Post Office on 32nd Street and 8th Avenue on a Monday. Does anything strike you as odd in this picture? Have you noticed that there are 5 yellow cabs waiting to take our seemingly drunk and stumbling King anywhere he wants? I did not have enough camera space to show you that there are at least 2-3 other cabs as well. As for me...I am never, ever... as an educated, nonviolent, non offending, well groomed, courteous, quiet, pleasant, heterosexual, beautiful, black African woman with money in her pocket every time I have ever hailed a cab, ever been of economic or social value to the yellow cab driver or owner. I have had rain water purposely sprayed on me till I was drenched, I have been cursed out and thrown out of cabs. And of course passed by for the first pretty white face that joyously needs that taxi at the same time I do!! 

Original Man

On Malcolm X Blvd

January 20, 2020 MLK Day!

The MTA takes a lot of troubled men and women riding up and down these New York streets. I was on the bus one day and saw a young man looking very disshoveled. I don't know why, he in particular, caught my eye. It might have been because I was feeling down and had just had a tough session with my Psychiatrist. In front of him and me was a man with a hat that said Original Man and had the African silloiette.  I though wew, how far we've fallen. In this quest for money and other things, All those primary colors red, for the heart, green for the earth, and yellow for the sun, have now become pixy dust!


I suffer from Paranoid Schizophrenia and when I am on the bus and someone is whispering loudly about my Onion breath, laughing about my nappy hair, my skippies,my cheap phone, my buck teeth, my broke pockets, and my music. I wonder all the time, how much am I paranoid and how much are these so nasty and cruel that it is just for me clinically toxic?


I wondered how much he had issue with money or if something else was troubling him and how much do you care for someone else trouble and how much they need to solve their own woes?

Gay Pride!

Want to take a Ride?


Rainbow Hearts and Other LGBTQ Graffiti and Propaganda on Public Government Run Trains Managed by the MTA and Paid for by Public $$$

February 14, 2020

Why would you so flagrantly promote loose sexual practices in front of economically disadvantaged children and teens on  subway cars? This is disgusting. How in world does this serve our youth? They are growing children with curious and untrained minds, bodies and souls. Their habits are not fully formed. This pedophilic monstrosity has got to stop. Sponsors, like Weinstein, Cosby, Lowry, and Allen need not be the first pockets that we solicit corporate dollars from, in order to promote the most tacky display of poor parenting and educating practices that could ever be thought and taught.

NYCHA and Mitchel Lama:

Developing a Middle Class Living Standard in NYC

February 18, 2020

There are so many talented, bright, intelligent, thoughtful, clean living desiring children that live in the development. Like me, years ago, I loved what I learned and the acquaintances I had in my old neighborhood, but would have more enjoyed a tidier experience.


I love that the City in general is so much more clean, but I think that for these kids pleasure, thoughts about laundry availability, gyms in the complexes, swimming facilities,study halls, libraries new updated tiles, rugs and elevators would take their life experiences from survivable, to enjoyable and thriveable. We live not to fight, but to love - what we do, who we do it with and why we do it. Think about investing in the advantages of all our spaces being modest and tasteful and the mental and physical pleasures that it would bring!



Sanitation in the City

February 25, 2020

Pizza rats! I used to do rat brain research at Weill Cornell Medical School and cut those rats brains up! Chop, Chop! Sanitation in the city has gotten better, but still has a ways to go. The sanitation system is massive and complex. For our health all the parts need to be efficient orderly, tech sophisticated and saavy!


The sanitation issues in our city leaving a lot of kids sick. One of the biggest hazards is asthma. Generally, the mold, bacteria, spores and asthma rates are too high. Children are need to live with different aids that should be unnecessary if you design a city well. Money and using poor kid to finance big city living and big dreams is perverted. We need to man up and think bigger!

Homeless Men, Women and Children in New York, 

NY USA

March 1, 2020

The homeless issue has gotten modestly better than when I was young. In the 70s it was scary how many people were homeless. There is still a housing crisis where, even professionals and doctors complain about being housing insufficient.


There are a lot of new buildings and many are quite expensive. I hope that the Millennials and beyond are able to enjoy life to the fullest as the most educated generation. I hope that they are able to find adequate housing and resources, so they are not schlepping from check to check, but experiencing their youth with wide eyed excitement and 5 star comfortable joy. We invested a lot into these kid living in a  better time and environment. Let's enjoy and manage the fruits of our labor more productively.

Led Piping and Legionaries:

March 20, 2020

I hear in the media and from time to time of led paint issues, legionaries, filtration issues, clogged toilets, leaks, and floods. These are all awful to experience and a nightmare to live through. Since 60% of our bodies are water. It is so important to have clean water. I hate when my building is has an issue and other people to basic sanitation and hygiene is all I ask for y'all! Life is some much more fun clean with out itching and scratching and the HHC, who needs it!!


Michael Jackson: A character study of American early child development, the entertainment business, its toll on life expectancy and children's overall 

mental health.

March 25, 2020

Michael Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers in modern history. In his songs, he told wonderful stories about love and the human experience so well. His recorded public life unfortunately told a tragic story of a poorly developed child whose life ended prematurely because he had prematurely began working rather than experiencing socially maturing appropriately from childhood to adulthood.


Michael Jackson used to complain about long hours in the studio and wishing he could be out playing with the kids on the playground. He would tell interviewers that he wished he had experienced school as an average kid. He'd also talk, through out his career, about having lost his childhood including writing a song about it . He'd talk endlessly about growing up around yes men and users that seemed to physically, emotionally and financially drain him.


He seem to have a love for music but, also in his brilliance, shared with his audience the conscious pain he felt from not having lived a, what he termed, "normal childhood". He seemed disinterested in the financial gains that as we all know we're hounded by but, don't end up being all they are cracked up to be. Most of the time, though it's wonderful to have money in the pockets" much of the experience of attaining it, can be draining. The western economy has never been a stable one. Countless wars have manifested from it.

As Michael Jackson performed, over the span of his career he told the story of an uneducated man that did not know if he was black or white, who had a questionable skin disease or had his skin bleached, had straightened his hair, had transexual-styled/coon-styled reddening of his lips, had grown to have grotesque spending habits, constantly complained about being used and cheated by individuals surrounding him. He disfigured his beautiful face to have a more white/euro-centric appeal, constantly fought with his family, questionable sexual conduct (homosexuality and/or pedophilia), drug abuse and ultimately he died of an overdose or committed suicide.


In the picture above, a timid looking young Michael Jackson is holding a mask. To me, that mask symbolizes the perverted ideals white America wants to impress on the black and brown mind. Without a proper education, self respect and awareness, some of us begin to believe that those ideals are admirable and should be apart of our existence. I have seen other uneducated American talents have plastic surgery and bleach their skin in order to look more like the white American aesthetic ideal.


In Africa, the mask is designed to be used to tell stories about the social mores of the society. The mask is important in West African culture because it is an important part of the theater and entertainment of the people. The mask and the masqueraders are used, at market, gatherings and important ceremonies as a conduit for spiritual and ancestral connection and celebration.


The masks are not used by children. They are used as an educational tool with deep, religious, spiritual, and intellectual value. The male masqueraders, that are typically apart of a secret society, go through long periods of preparation and learning before they emerge to perform their duties as masqueraders. There is usually a certain age and confidence that the elders, who have been apart of the tradition throughout their life, has for the new initiates who are usually hand picked for this job that is held in high esteem.


The social commentary and mores of the people are then told by different characters and stories danced with a musician(s) accompany the masqueraders. The etchings, the coloring, the nose, the eyes, the hair, the clothes, they all are significant to the creator of the mask. The mask makers are experts at their work. They know what every etching carved means and what they are trying to relay in regards to behavior, etiquette, and class to their people.


Growing up in this country, which has such an ugly color and race history, I find that young Americans of color can get confused about their values and value (black lives matter movement). The social, physical and material goals/aspirations, and how to attain them, of white Americans are diametrically opposed to the goals of the African most of the time. I remember, before reading lots of books about how hair trends came to be, I was obsessed with getting my hair straightened and the straighter the better! I wanted to impress all the boys and look really cute!! Through my education, I was able to get a healthier understanding of myself and relationship to my hair. I was already very young beginning to do a lot of damage to my hair and if I had continued to treat my hair so harshly in order to look like what I perceived as the in style, I would have lost all my hair very early in my life. Through my education, I was able to learn how to take care of my hair properly and enjoy a variety of the latest greatest styles in a more healthy and appropriate manner.


I remember my mother and father always trying to impress on me the importance of growing well and in all areas. My mother in particular, would explain how many times if a child is particularly gifted in one area, may sometimes being accelerated to an advance class, where they are with older students all day. It typically was not always the best choice. Their talents and education may grow, but their social and psychological maturing might suffer.


I believe rearing a well rounded child is a tough task, but is one of the most rewarding. Watching what we let our children take in is crucial to their healthy development and making sure that they reach beyond the stars in their education, talent growth, health and socially well-adjusted. It is wonderful to watch, achieve and enjoy.

Henny Penny & The Giving Tree

April 1, 2020 April fools!

I remember as a young child reading Henny Penny and thinking...THE SKY IS FALLING?!?! What!!! What does that mean? What is God through man metaphorically trying to express? The sky seemed so steady and basic to the life and the human design.

Climate change, the industrial age (black clouds), the tech age, the economy, nuclear war, education (reach for/beyond the stars). There is a great divide that is deepening between heavenly conduct and hellish behavior.

They say it's what you create, I say it's my fate. It's in my DNA.

- Imagine Dragons


God wants the best for us. That is a love like no other. Love is In this life you can choose to create for God's heavenly kingdom to come or to create something is so corrupt, you are punished forever! The price is too steep! Creation is deep!!

The story of the giving tree reminds me of man's (and wo-man's) relationship to God. God is merciful and throughout all adversity is there to give. However, it is a symbiotic relationship. Sharing with him and respecting his God's order is also important.


I loved this story book when I was young, because it was a wonderful alagory that I thought of when it came to my relationship to the Lord and my mother. My mother always sternly told me about the importance in this lifetime to give and to give back. When I read this story, it reminded me of all the things that God gave me everyday and the importance of me giving his back things I thought he would appreciate. He's not like my mother who I can see. My Mom, who is a powerful authority in my life and primary representation of God in my life, showed me proper ways to show love, caring, kindness and sharing. In life, I would reflect on my eternal relationship with God and what all of this meant. As I got older, I would more seriously think of how I could celebrate these principle concepts with God and celebrate his mercy and love. When I was young, it meant cleaning up, doing my chores with a smile, getting good grades, and grooming my manners (ie offering someone on the train my seat). It then became things like, getting a job in Jr. High School to help with the bills, buying small thing like orange juice to help ease the my Mom's monthly bills and starting to take care of my own purchasing of clothes and shoes.


As I get older, I try to move forward in my life, getting more and more deep in the meaning of love, how to accurately share it, show God appreciation. He is not in this life time represented by in person, like Jesus, but in the bible, my family, friends, jobs, and every other experience.


The Giving Tree and the tree of life and my family tree have metaphorial and alagorical relationships. The giving the tree gave was so beautiful in nature. She always was there to be happy to see her boy happy. Her boy did not seem very appreciative and did not take care of the tree ecostystematically. You need the tree and need to pass it down to your children. There is a method to using a tree and replenishing it. Mother earth is the sae way. You need to learn how to neatly use it and leave it neatly for your kids and generations down the line. The boy in the story took and took, but did not give back and the tree ended up a stump.


God is very giving, kind, sharing, merciful, and so much more. However, he is a master and a teacher. He wants you to create with him a personal relationship. He want you to choose a path that most pleases him. It is one filled with love, wisdom, knowledge, good character and talent growth.


God loves you! Choose the path of love. To me, there's nothing more satifying. Our love is a precious gift!!

How many rainbow flags does it take to promote

LGBTQ Pride in the Money Shot?

(There were at least 30 flags for the 25 people that in the initial photo which I was told was photoshopped to hide the enlightenment of the ridiculousness!)

June 1, 2020 Pride Month!

"Butt F*ckers of the Night! Unite!!"

Camp Counselor, Med-O-Lark! ~'88

Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.

Corinthians 6:18


And he said, "This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one."

Matthew 19:5


Count the flags used in the advertisement above. You will notice that there are more flags than people! Please also note that the large financial investment in the promotion of LGBTQ has resulted in coronavirus aka COVID-19. These last 5 years, I have seen an outrageous amount of money invested in the promotion of pan-sexual practices, LGBTQIIAP+ = Wrong, wrong, wrong, just dead wrong!!! These sexual practices are considered, in modern medicine and religious practices in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, an abomination (against the instruction and desires of their God). They are a detestible sin. Even worse is PRIDE. Pride in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity is to flagrantly disregarding general practices that you understand are wrong. It is an affront to God's instructions. This is blasphemous and your eternal reltionship to the Good all mighty is in severe in jeopardy. He might even terminate forever his relationship with you for engaging in such behavior.

Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people - none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.

Corinthians 6: 9-11


Intercourse is like food for the body for most adults. It is a spiritual gift to marry and enjoy within marriage a wonderful sex life with your mate. It is a course journey, but filled with magic when taken seriously and the commitment is right and real. Don't rush it. Relax. Don't jump into bed with anyone or everyone so fast. You are too cool, beautiful and important as God's child. Take your time. Learn about it. Dream about it. Who you would like to date. Who is attractive. Prepare for it. Sex education it typically in the 2nd or 3rd year of high school. Listen well and read up on the latest in regards to your generation. Have fun with your class and classmates. Treat them well. Compliment them when they are looking particularly attractive. Compare notes with friends. Consult your doctors with any questions. Your gynocologist, urologist, and primary are very important in your life. So, is your dentist. Your dentist you ask? Yes. Your body is all interconnected. That licky-licky effects you! Go to those visits and asks those questions. Safeguard your life and treat your temple well.

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Timothy 6:10


Blacks and whites together! We shall overcome one day. - Pete Seeger

Notice in above advertisement. Dr Reigh (3rd Reich - The whitiest nazi jargon you can ever see) and Dr. Butts (An asshole n*gga) offer their services. This cycle of blatent disregard to basic health practices, ends up in a vortex like cycle of having to be the patient in the money disection of your body that is then replacted by cheaper parts, medical tape, suitures, drugs that cheat your body into believing everything is ok when you are over riding the pain signals and language that lets you know that something is wrong. You don't even end up making your doctor rich. You just end up broke as a stoke, then have a stroke and then have to cough up the change to pay for the time and money to bandage it all. Take care of yourself my beautiful youth!


Unfortunately, sometimes poor financial, envoronmental, or education opportunities can forse or at least make an ordinarily straight forward experience convoluted with poor choices, because the money was not right. Of late there is a lot of financial power and violence that is supporting the homosexual community. The investment in advertisement all over New York City is stifling and we have a lot of impressionable children that live here. I find it not only dangeriious to their psychie, I find it perverted, and pedophilic. Lately, I've seen the city, including the MTA, plastered with homosexully inviiting imgery. I have also seen many more advertisement for drugs and other medicine related to HIV infections as well. There is alot of drug money involved in the homosexual life style. I suspect that the excitement might have an exuberant sensory explosion however, God warns about not following sensations, that you are not a dog or buck, or sex object or sex slave or any other animal. You are human and at the top of spiritual world hear. You have a high intellect and developmental experience. Use your head, prepare from your mind, to your body, to your clothes, to your college dorm room an experience to remember. In this present Luciferian tale journey the eve of the return of the lord, remeber that you are not perfect and need to a originally intended get married to your first love, but you should be clean though out your life. It is possible to have your cake and eat it too! Keep clean, have a little fun and prepare for the main inter course, your man, hubby, partner or wifey!

The American

Dream vs. Economic Justice:​

July 1, 2020

Such is the fate of all who are greedy

for money;it robs them of life

Proverb 1:19


Justice, the community as a collective, equality, respect and civility are very much apart of the African and African American fabric of social mores that tie us together. The American social tapestry is quiet different. Built on the cruel involuntary labor (slavery), many times our racial/color identification, financial status, sex, drugs and a little bit of rock and roll well what have we ended up with?...misery loves company!

Economic inequality and the disparity between the rich and poor are astounding in America. We dehumanize each other through tribalism, cannibalism and the "them verses us" cognitive bias. We selfishly allow childish desires to stand out make us treat each in a more or less way instead of a more neighborly way. Our love to mock and see someone else down when we are down is destroying our souls. We need to rely less on the intrinsic value of money and more as a society on what we can share with each others which always is more love.


I heard Meagan McCain on the "The View" quip one morning that Republicans stick together and Democrats cannibalize their kids. After some thought, I realized how real that statement is. Some women have their kids sell drugs for extra income to pay bills like rent. Some women have perverted men/women sleep with their kids for cash. Some people let their kids work in sweatshops or other inappropriate work environments for quick cash. Institutionally, prisons are built for embarrassingly cheap labor. Pharmaceutical companies sell drugs to keep you hooked for a cheap check. Meagan, don't act like the Republican God like idol the NRA is not cannibalism at it's worst as well. You can not forget the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine High School and even at my alma mater, Wesleyan University.

Economic justice and equality also have their opposition to the American dream, which is more of a independent nuclear family style of pursuit of happiness and financial prosperity. It has its wonderful value of character development, skill refinement, stability and a host of other valuable treasures. However, seeing your brothers and sisters suffer while your on top should never feel good to your soul. It certainly does not to mine.


I feel finding balance is importance. Maybe, as an individual toppling the system and creating utopian financial bliss may not be immediately possible, but I find helping people by volunteering at church, loaning a friend a couple of dollars when in need, sharing my education so someone else, being involved in community meetings that discuss progressive issues and politics and voting, can help us help our selves and others in this imperfect system. 


Supporting/mixing more socialist and communist elements and programs that are showing signs of American growth while working with the capitalist system. Cutting the fat of the plume of financially worthless investments on magic and unwanted creations and vetting celebrities more on their education/inspirations creation rather than just to continue the white American aesthetics and homosexual desires of just a few. Trillions of dollars are being mismanaged and wasted. American children need to be fed well. In America, which is blessed with great opportunities, great riches, diverse people, and experiences, we can do better! 

Thank You 

Soror Aretha Franklyn

August,18 2020

Thank you so much for your music and spirit Soror Franklyn. Your music continues to mean so much to me as an artist. From listening to you as an inspiration, to creating my own style, to having some of my best auditions responses after performing one of your creations and shows, you have been very important to me as a musician and woman. God bless you, always.


RIP

In celebration of the Pi Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated's 35th Anniversary, I have written "I am a Devastating Diva!" As a child I hoped and prayed to one day become a Delta. In fact, when she went to kindergarten in New York, I met two beautiful classmates that later became my Big Sisters and friends at Wesleyan University! Amazing how God works!! I don't remember if Donna, Tanya and I talked about our dreams of becoming Sorors, but I always am thankful that I am a member of Pi Alpha!!!


It has been an amazing experience. In college, it opened up a whole new type of love, to find like like minded women who seemed to truly value each other and actively work on their connections. I remember being excited to talk and meet my line sisters. One of my life sisters, Amira hooked me up with an employment opportunity later and offered me financial support all with a genuine smile. My Big Sister, Stacey Haley, recommended me to become a facilitator for R.A.W. (Racism Awareness Workshop). I gained so many leadership and teaching skills. My Big Sister Catina Bacote would tell my line, like many of my other Sorors, of their future plans. After college many went on to receive masters and doctorates from many of the most prestigious Universities in the world. Soror Catina continued her studies at Columbia University. She is a prolific writer and would share her work, seriousness and furvor with us while we were on line. I've never forgotten it. She has written many impressive works in regards to issues that have personally impacted her life and society from what is routinely called a "street or urban" prospective. These works have garnered her great success and accolades.


Senior year at Wesleyan University was awesome as a member of Pi Alpha.

I had a great time doing so many things from, community service, doing step shows, attending different black greek events, going road tripping. One of the best feelings was when Donna, our then President, let us know that we had won an excellence award from Nationals.


After college, my neo, Shola and I were roomies in Brooklyn. It was my first apartment experience out of college and it was a great transition and bonding experience. She is now the former CEO of NYCHA. Soror Stephanie Ivy had a beautiful home nearby and I heard of the great work she was doing on Wall Street. She is now an Executive at Goldman Sachs. Around then I also went to see the premier of Soror Vanessa Middleton's movie 30 Years to Life at Lincoln Center with my Big Sister Simone. From CEOs, MDs, Phds, JDs, Teachers, Educators, Writers, Politicians, and Mayors, etc., it has been wonderful to be around sophisticated ladies doing sophisticated things!


At some of my most important shows, Sorors like Donna and my Spec. Nyasha came to support. It was nice to see them in the audience. I remember my Soror, I think it was my number 4, Big Sister Karen, asking me if I had thought of writing a song about Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. I had recently crossed and did not want to butcher it so, I smiled, honored, and I thought and lived a lot of years! Happy 35th Sorors!! I hope that this songs goes over well and that Sorors feel my appreciation for their sisterhood in my life.


The video below captures a little of my journey with my Pi Alpha Sorors. Please Enjoy!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WGZbdlVBNs

Men Love You in Vicky's!

July 15, 2020

Vicky's Secret is what all the men want you to have on your butts ladies! O' these mens loves the booty!!


Over the years Victoria's Secret has nailed fashion and affordable luxury. Now, you've got to keep up with their sales, if you are on a budget and most of us are. Subscribing to their marketing emails is a great way to get the latest info on the hottest and sexiest trends in lingerie. The Semi Annual sale has all the store jam packed and the sale is great and a lot of fun. Its fun to chit chat with ladies online and while you shop. All year round they have deals on their merchandise, so you don't always have to wait for the semi to stock up or replenish anymore! 

Muah to Macy's!

July 18, 2020

Macy's is one of the most important shopping experiences in America. When travelers come into the city, I recommend that they enjoy the experience at least once. From the design of the department store, the quality and affordability, to the helpfulness of the staff and retail commerce, I like Macy's flow! The return policy is buyer friendly and the from furniture to cloth edgy and trendy. I can enjoy buying my favorite designers for relatively reasonable prices, the music, food and other friendly customers and clientele.

Macy's online is great too! I play a game I nicknamed Macy's Pipe Dream! 

Gap

H&M

Old Navy 

Banana Republic

July 25, 2020

These store have a great selection and are reasonably priced. I am getting up there in age, but I grew up on these brands and as a student and then a young professional in the City, these brands had me stay fashionably current, well dressed in breathable cottons, and kept a little change in my pocket!

Lincoln Center

Metropolitan Opera House

Juilliard School

Avery Fisher Hall

July 29, 2020

A few years ago I went to see Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart at the Met. It was grand! The performance was incredible. The voices, the staging, the costumes, and the script had me entertained from the beginning to the end. A long time ago I saw Aida at the Met.


Lincoln Center is filled with some of the most well known stages in the world and puts on some our times most important shows. The performances are professionally and shown in impressive halls and auditorium on a large central campus.


The performances are especially wonderful if you are a student of the theatre. You learn from the best staging, costuming, design, sound, direction, etc. From the ushers to the lights, most performances that I have been apart of or seen performed they were flawlessly executed. 

The Diller - Quaile ​School of Music...Music to My Ears

August 1, 2020


The Diller-Quaile School of Music is a world reknown for its quality in Western classical music. The school is wonderful from top to bottom.


I started as a student at around 12 years old. I was recommended to the school my primary school's music teacher. He's an Ivy League educated Opera singer that taught at the school, my primary school (MCS) and traveled abroad as a professional singer over the summer. His command over music, awesome presence, style of teaching, and gentility sold me on the school just as he told me about it. I remember being excited for the audition and interview. Because of my financial constraints, the school had to see a particular seriousness, dedication and fervor. Financing a student's study can be hard for administrators who have to ask philanthropist, companies and other donors for support. They like excellent results for their support. So, I was elated that I was able through the interview process to show them what they needed to go to the school.


I remember meeting the founders Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile one day at one of their homes and looking like the young girl above! The musical experience has been one the most important ones to my life. The teaching not only refined my skills in music, in etiquette and other important challenging parts of my life, they helped groomed me into a top notch musician and professional.


At 16 years old I started teaching and have enjoyed an incredible career as a music professional ever since. DQ is phenomenal. I highly recommend it. 

Sam Ash and Guitar ​Center: 

The Musicians Holy Grail 


August 10, 2020

As a musician, Sam Ash and Guitar Center are the stores to know where to go for all your music needs. Located in prime Manhattan real estate, they are easy to access on 34th and 14th Streets.


The quality of the products they sell is excellent. They have a wide variety in the showroom and are quite knowledgeable as to where to obtain products that they do not directly work with. They have classes and it is a great place to meet and network within reason with other pros looking for gear.


They sell new and used and are reasonable and work with you or direct you to other sources which i the music biz is a wonderful asset. Both stores have a nice ambience. You can check out the sound and play on different instruments before you make a purchase. That's a plus for an artist!

Over the years, I have bought a lot of gear there and have most of the time enjoyed not only the products, but the experience. 

Giving an Apple to the Teacher! 

August 15, 2020

Apple is one of the most important computer and communications companies in modern times. There products and services are some of our best in America and are helpful in getting many tasks done. The level of solid and reliable equipment that has a reasonable company warranty and easy transferable 3rd party, makes getting work done more efficient, less stressful and time consuming. They are also reasonably priced, though they may be generally still a bit of a strain to the pockets! I recommend Apple product especially as a musician. I find that they are some of the best and safest ways to work.

Nice Price + Quality = Toshiba

August 25, 2020

I like Toshiba's products. They are solid and reliable. They are also, typically for certain household electronics, affordable. It is important as a young person in school to learn about the major brands and the products that they make. The more you know, the more you keep in your pocket! Over my lifetime, I have been happy with my purchases with Toshiba and if for any chance there is an issue with the device (thank God not often), there return policy and warranty guarantee are solid and buyer friendly.

Burlington...More the Just Coats 

Lots of Affordable 

Middle Classy Things! 

September 1

Burlington Coat Factory has in recent years become central to the New York buying experience. While other major pricey retailer begin to fade into the past like Lord and Taylor and Sax Fifth Avenue, new lower end quality driven department stores are beginning to command New York's modern experience. I like it because I think of it like a retail flea/antique shop. It kind of has a Goodwill feel, but with new merchandise. I love that! I also love the quality and affordability. You can really get a lot of bang for your buck. Another wonderful part of the shopping experience is what I always appreciate non invasive retail staff like Macy's for the most part, and the return policy is solid.

Sending Dough Using Venmo!

September 8, 2020

Venmo is one of many new important financial communications companies of our day. Now merged with Paypal, its usefulness and popularity has made it an easy way to make economic decisions and financial transfers quickly, smoothly and affordably. The app design is well organized and I have not had any accounting errors to date. That is key! I also love the option for immediate transfer bank transfer for a modest fee. The fun listings on the wall of friendly transfers is great go through at the end. I like to see what's trending and what people are sharing their wealth!!

The Sunny Side of 

Sony is...

September 10, 2020

Sony Corp is one central to our American lives! It controls lots of the electronic and entertainment forces that we buy. From TVs, Play Stations and Stereos to movies and music, Sony is an entertainment power house! Sony's quality generally is phenomenal. For decades I have relied on their products for consistency, design accuracy, longevity and solid pricing. For a woman with a modest budget, it is important to me that company I buy from sells reliable products that last. I find Sony products to be some of the best. The administration is also reputable, professional and friendly.

Viacom

September 15, 2020

Viacom is a huge force in modern entertainment. They are the umbrella company for some of the most influential outlets of modern American TV. Their holdings are the major networks, but are some of the companies that have many of the well watched and entertaining shows. Their viewership is vast and youth oriented and they work with some of the progressive, diverse and multicultural themes. Though there is a lot wrong with modern television every step toward better programming makes a difference.

Women and Images in the Media:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

TMZ Entertains and Informs the Public About Race and Color. Kierdan from Orlando Explains How Kanye, Onye (Pronounced Awnye) and Other Black Women Are Sell Outs with Assumed,

LGBTQIIAP Affiliates!'

https://youtu.be/N8UNg33js-E​

September 18, 2020

I am a fan of American entertainment, but to a point! The negative, racist, misogynistic, sexist, homocentric themes, and misinformation drives me crazy. The TV many times can just be down right toxic!! Sometimes after watching a program, I feel so angry and offended, I believe my stomach fills up with bile!!!


The American media machine constantly barrages woman, in particular black woman, with insulting and denigrating images that are designed to tare our self esteem apart and make us hunger for materials and products that will make us feel "like someone." I witnessed one white male late night comedian just blatantly call a black female fellow comedian "ugly, fat and bougie" He was relentless. How can you consciously call that comedy?


Some of the tricks used by the media are designed to draw consumers in so, they will purchase products. They use highly questionable moral means in order to do so. Other tricks involving photo editing try to target "typical" female insecurities to cripple female self esteem like skin color, body type, hair type, nose size and other American aesthetic ideals.


Though I find it is wonderful to see people from all walks of life beginning to more and more take the stage and flourish as entertainers and artists, now I feel there is a strong manipulative push for LGBTQ rights to out weigh the rights and freedoms of others and that this is not right or fair. I feel we should be looking towards the future and embracing a time where our intellect, talent, skills, treatment of people and work ethic, prevail over genetic expression, "race/color", sex or sexual orientation as the criteria used in regards to our employment and housing. I feel like the pendulum is just swinging the other way and fairness and civility are being missed again!!!


American culture keeps evolving. The 70's seemed to bring fresh energy and life to American culture. Positive integration, the continuation of the conversation about civil rights, housing rights, anti-war rhetoric and safety were hot on people's tongues. Then there was a huge backslide! The "decadent 80's." They weren't all that greats influencing and defining American morality!! Grotesque greed and the lifestyles of the rich and famous became the trend. Selfishness and wasp ideals took over and so did crack!!


The industry has a strong percentage of artist and entertainers that identify as LGBTQ. Sometimes I wonder if there is a sexually competitive force that drives the LGBTQ, predominantly males executives, to keep women feeling less than themselves socially as the media is apart of a personal agenda. Are they trying to diminish heterosexual dynamics to aggregate more homosexual connections? Is that a wild conspiracy theory or just another underhanded and cheap shot! I also wonder about the western monetary design that, created primarily by white American affluence, is designed intentionally to fracture the heterosexual union or if it is an inherent issue with money and its use the reason. Sometimes it seems like many people are turning unwillingly to prostitution and engaging in LGBTQ marriages and relationships with white Americans and others not out of love but, the financial comforts that come with the practice.

Woman already have, in general, a social plight being considered second to men even though we are equals. Black women (and men) are considered third class citizens and even termed "third world people" even though we are equals.


I find it important that all of the industry is mindful that their messages are powerful and impact all of our lives. We converse about their ideas and works all day and that it is critical that they take their impact on our lives seriously (especially the impressionable images that children are ingesting). The media from the executive on down needs to be more responsible in their programming and remember that we are all equals and should be respected as such. As a nation we must continue to grow and in the right direction together peacefully.

Hansel and Gretel

September 20, 2020

Life in New York can be just as scary as that luni-bin called Granny's in the fairy tail Hansel and Gretel. The first time I read Hansel and Gretel, it was a bit intimidating. There is so much going on everyday in regards to terrible stories about abducted children, molested kids, pedophilia, and so much more sexual misconduct everywhere everyday in the New York City media (NY Times, ABC News etc.) it scary. Reading the story and learning in school about the point of stories, I wasn't sure if it was a life for telling story, for shadowing what was to come of or just a childhood tale told to generally warn children about improper behavior and the terrifying results that could arise.


In the story these two children go into the woods looking for food because their impoverished father had haphazardly used the last portion of food he had stored in the house. He and the young children were desparate for food. The children saw a beautiful little cottage with candy dripping from all parts of it. Now a kid from New York might think, "well how convenient, just what I wanted, yay" sacastically. However, thses two German children were over joyed by the sugar cane dream! Candy everywhere, all the time!


A hungry grandmother and grandfather that hadn't eaten little children in a while appeared and asked them if they wantd to come inside, chill, and get hang out. They looked at her and said, "sure." When she could, she captured them and put them in a golden cage. They were pretty blondes. She was going to eat and eat good!


Now this is where it gets weird. When I first read this story in the 70's it had an ending where the grandmother and her husband, after fattening the kids up, roasted them in an oven and ate them. I was shock and asked my teachers in school what that was all about. I saw that on the Upper West Side, the children were different that me in look and behavior and there was a general deppression in the air. WWII had ended just a few decades ago, the Vietnam war was coming to a close and the cold war with Russia was begining to become more tense. The holocaust was a hot button topic and their was a lot of conversation inregards to the Jewish children families and their experiences. The holocaust I heard was a primarily German centric experience and many woman and children were put in camps and exterminated. It sounded like an awefl and disgusting experience. Many of my classmate who seemed reasonably nice were from that region and personally affected. Hearing about all of the tense issues with the African American and other races, I wondered how closely related this fairytale was to their experience.


In the second end of the story, when the witch (not grandmother) was ready for Hansel, she took him out of the golden cage and was going to cook him. She stopped at the funace opening to tend to the fire and Gretle pushed her into the furnace burning her alive. This was also an awful end to the story.


In this fairytail, there are many things that sound, pedophilic, sedomassachistic and canbolistic; the granny who wants to eat young girls and the golden cage are two that jump out at me. This world does seem to have a lot of these elements to it. In Greek mythology the imagery seems scary as the retribution for misdeeds in the life to come are great, Hadestown, even natural disasters like earthquakes, the Houston hurricain all seem so eirrie.


Weinstein, Allen, Lowry, Cosby and countless others in my lifetime have had told of, in the media, sexual experiences that have been deemed by the courts as misconduct. Some of these individuals received long jail sentences for their conduct. The bible warns about Hell fire and other retibution for such aggregious acts. So, it is important to mind what you do, live peacefully and leanly. You don't need to inhale this whole world and any world. You are more important and not everything is good for you. Be distinguishing. Take the time to honor yourself. Find out what best for you to build the best you. That will make you happiest and proudest. God loves you and he's nice with his hands! Take care of you with the ways and paths that will please a good father, he will give your those desires in your heart. He just does it in is time and when you show him you are mature enough to handle them and with others.

From Big Pharma to the

Streets of the Big Apple: 

Drug Dealing

September 20, 2020

American culture and economics has a quick fix mentality. From McDonald's to modern medicine, I am constantly hearing about the latest magic product that is going to change my life for the better. Well, the economy is now being built on the latest get rich quick scheme: pharmaceuticals. From the "legitimate" laboratories to the streets, fast and big money is being generated by drugs. One of the drugs my doctor prescribes costs close to $600 a month.


This scheme is beginning to spiral out of control and many people with ailments including myself worry that we are being used as guinea pigs and dupes for quick cash. I overheard one doctor tell another "It's like taking candy from a baby!", while they were writing me another script! I felt naked and embarrassed. I felt I was being forced to take something I was not sure would help my ailment and that I was at the mercy of my doctors. I could not believe he had just said that. I have witnessed too many screaming matches with doctors and the treatment of financially lower class patients like expendable just because the means are questionable. I once questioned the professional practice of having me wait three hours for her services. Don't get me wrong, she was excellent at what she does, but she replied with the embarrassing snipe "Well, what insurance do you have?" Huh!?!


Some of these doctors get real pushy about making sure the prescriptions are filled and I don't know how many of you had a false diagnosis or the easel pushing some weird vitamin whipped out after a clean general check up!! Or is that scheme too old for some of you to have gone through!!!


I like to live naturally and use my head and ed! African culture is rooted in natural healing. The use of healthy diet and exercise as the key to a long healthy life. Community over money including the use of a basically free system as the joy of the African village. The West's village is much more money oriented and drugs are hot, are humanity not!!

God's message in the ladder days is healing and it has always been about love: Love thy neighbor. We need to get back to that and not forget that all this money is a tool for us to have some fun with each other and we should not make it more important than us.


I feel we need to continue towards the dream of an equal and just world that our Lord would be proud of. Amen? Amen!!!

Generation X:

The Rock, Pop and Hip Hop Generation

September 22, 2020

 "I get up, just to grind to the bottom!"

Rapper/Musician - Freeway

E=MC2

Emannual's The Master

Of Ceremonies Here

Who's the square?

Lucifer's, killin his shine

So ugly, in J's days

He double crossed the 69!

That was his best friend?

He became a feind?

J's nice on the mic

And likes the finer things

Why'd he settle for the funk?

That Sandford and Sun tasteless junk?

Robbin hoods and Peter panhandling

Just to pay Paul for a hump

Even Farah Khan knows, this is God's final call

There's a Grimm chance you'll see those pretty Kingdom halls

Clean up your act and get nice right away

Lightly, learn from this soil to the sun and respectfully

Don't soil yourself up so badly

You can't return home

Jesus love you, no need for worthless data to roam!

-Onye


The good, the bad and about hip hop is that there are so many rappers that have told stories from all walks of life and well. Africans generally concentrate on promoting God, positivity and general social mores of the society through their mascarades, festival, religious and cultural activities in Africa and that is one of the threads that holds the diaspora link together. Music, food, wisdom and knowledge are some of the other primary links to the chain that lays down on the heart of the African soul.

It is preventative to educate and keep positive educational theater in the minds of young people. The art of African story telling, typically revolves around animals and also are morally based. Anansi the spider and stories of turtoise where a constant in the moral proverbial quips my Mom would tell me as life experiences unfolded and we would talk and laugh about them. They are a wonderful way to illustrate and relate basic moral habits by in story form.


African American story telling has a similar moral theme, however the style and use of characters is different. Much of the story development is musical, poetic and spiritual with Christian and Yoruba religious themes, dominating the fabric of the objective, plot and the base of the structural content. The characters are usually human beings, going through extreme trials and their conection to God, love, family, music, lovers, food, education, and environment are makes the story afrocentric.

Hip hop, as I've seen it evolve in my lifetime (I'm a 70's baby), has at its core, elements that are derived from African musicianship, spoken word, MC and announcer. Some of the 70's black urban lingo of the time in regards to pick a woman/man up was called "rapping to her." Some of that is cooked up in there too.


As the music grew from the late 70's to the 80's and 90's rappers, who had started by using the instrumental off the B side of a record started to create ore intricate and original instrumentals, they started to be more like town cryers, and European high court jester, interweaving poetic styles from around the world, Asian infused ragas tonality, and begun to move past its more innoscent beginnings to a more adult driven conversation as the Rappers also evolved new ones became involved and life revolved.


I has been a wonderful new genre and has opened up a new way to express influencial important subject critical to contemporary society.


Many of the Rappers of today and yesterday influenced, so much of what we do everyday. Some of it for great good and some of it not so good.


Some of the early Rappers talked about sefl destruction, told tales of the wrong path, the perrils of street life, sexual immorality and currupt world politics (primaritly American). Though we still have a huge drug epidamic. Crime has dropped all over our country significantly, unemployment pre COVID was at all time lows, the millenials are the most educated generation of late, teen pregnancy is down, the streets are safer, cleaner and there have been strides in education. There is still so much more to achieve, howver I think Hip Hops influence, though beraded constantly for its negative contant, has had some positive influence as well.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

September 24, 2020

Your Path in life...


Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant.

- Galatians 1:10 NLT​


Before you start building a home, you must learn how to do so correctly. Educating yourself on how to build a solid and aesthetically pleasing construction, creating a blue print of your design and starting with a rendering, is a great start. You want your home to be comfortable, aetheically pleasing and fit your needs to a tee. Building a solid long lasting foundation is a funadmental part of the building process. The foundation of your home is key.


In your life's journey, there is a wonderful metaphoric analogy that can be made between building an earthly home and your life. When you create a foundation in life on God's principles, your eternal relationship with him is solid. Let God see, in this lifetime, who you are and what you are made of through your character, conduct, gifts and talents. Through the good times praise him. Through the challenging times, don't get frustrated, start to pout, act spoiled, complain, or curse him with your words or actions, praise him always. The right words and attitude come first before you create anything. It determines your altitude. Actions speak louder than words. They are powerful too. So, build wisely and you will stand with him forever.


Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. - Psalm 37:4


Your mind is much more important than your matter(s) and physique (physics) in this journey. It is really up to you what you choose to create. I was told my gift and purpose was music at a very young age. I love and thank God for my gift. It is just what I wanted and I work everyday to fulfill my purpose in his God's grand creation day by day.

When asked which is the greatest commandment, in the new testament Jesus paraphrases the Torah and says: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."


The good all mighty Lord wants you to delight in righteousness, but does not want to force you. His light is made up of a spectrum of colors and mediums that you learn from as you go. Your mind and words are a driving force. How you train and habituate your mind, reigning it in from suseptability to all types of wild thoughts and sinful temptations, is a critical part of your development. The more seriously you take your choices, the better the outcomes will be.


Biblical instruction on how to navagate life, is spiritual food, a phenominal foundational support and a wonderful meditative tool to start everyday. The word is medicinal to me. It gives my soul peace and reading it in the morning, is like doing spiritual palates! The yoga like meditation is relaxing, centering, calming and helps me focuse on the new days tasks and how they serve God's way. It comforts me in times of trial, sorrow, pain and helps me to remember that there is even purpose in the trouble and hope in the future.


Biblical principals, at the root, should water your life's journey. The old testament tells many stories about testing character, strength and leadership skills especially under extraordinary pressure. Leaders, impressive to God and his kingdom, kept him first. They were driven by doing something for people and were able to prevail, victorious through incredibly tough circumstances and at times great national turmoil.


The new testament goes further into depth in regards to ethics, morals and what is truely valued by God: your character through it all. Your passion for Christ, your love of love and it being the ruler of your heart, your way and your day to day. You are always a child of God. Stay humble and keep that innocence throughout your life. He may have bestowed on you great talents and gifts, but if you do not keep your heart and soul filled with love, you might begin to become arrogant and ugly, creating something before God that is unappreciated, rejectable, repeatable or damnable, a legacy and a judgement you do not want. There is no cold, cool, warm or kinda with God. You need you follow love with all your heart and you'll see the delight and enjoy that results. Now, That's hot right!!


When you make a home. One rotten block at the base can destroy the entire house eventually. It is important to make certain that you have the basic building blocks in order to build well and have it be long lasting. We live in a world where we have structures that are hundreds if not thousands of years old. Some of the physical pyramids, temples, churches, mosques, palaces, court houses, were made many moons ago and are still hear telling their stories. Their stories are rich with the history of many human beings that lived tumultuous existences. Stories of great triumphs to falls fill the libraries of this world. Challenge yourself to be a great absorber of knowledge and live in and through all the books you can get your hands on!

American Style Bullying

"Everybody hates you!"

"You should just kill yourself!"

- An ongoing nauseating American social commentary!


Your character is so important. Your attitude determines your altitude. In the story of Cain and Able, the brothers both had fields that they had planted and watered. Able had been diligent and throughout his tasks in order to get the field to produce an abundant crop, was kind and respectful to others that he traded and studied with and prayed regularly for God's guidance. Cain was not as respectful. When things went wrong, so was his attitude. Low and behold, when their crops began to come in for harvest. Cain's had large deficits and Able's was abundant. Cain was so jelous, that he divised a plan to kill Able and did. Able went to heaven angry that his brother had cut down his life and ended it before he was done with his earthly experience. God made it up to him in heaven and there helped him to understand why things happened that way. God was so angry with Cane that he went to Hell when he passed, his children were cursed as well and eternally will exist in the land of pain and punishment forever.


Cain, Kane, Sugar Cane, Big Daddy Kane, Cocaine...Modern life has many of these substances that appear though out your journey. There are mediphoric analogies that can be made about you behavior and eternal trajectory. These days on these streets, the path to the heavens is rot with all types of sugary sweet substances that tell a story of over doing it whe it comes to the things that displease God. Make sure that stay focused on the wisdom and knowledge that God wants for you to acquire. Along the journey there are wonderful treats to stop and enjoy, but don't over do it make sure you keep concentrated on good conduct and your goals.


Your conduct is heavenly currency as the God uses his universe to create each day for you and you morph from one look to another day to day and relate to every experience. Having faith, working on Godly things like your talents and being nice are honorable and holy. Keeping clean in thought and actions and keeping clean arising in the morning making your bed, brushing your teeth, etc.Click this text to start editing. This blog block is a great way to share informational entries with your visitors. You can click the green +/- button to add new entries.

Thoughts on sexual perversion 

including rape,

incest and molestation 

and the detrimental toll it

takes on women and their families.

September 25, 2020

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies.


Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant's ship, she brings her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls. She goes out to inspect a field and buys it, with her earnings she plants a vineyard.


She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She watches for bargain; her lights burn late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extend a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for er household because all of them have warm clothes. She quilts er own bedspreads. She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth. Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council meeting with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to merchants.


She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future. When she speaks , her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions. She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her. "There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!" Charm is deceptive and beauty does not last, but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Proverbs: 10-30


I jog in Central Park without dealing with all the nonsense? Disgusting! D*mn... Ya'll men need to clean it up!

I still remember being a girl, jogging or biking through Central Park with my walkman. I would love to breath in the air, hear the rustling of the the trees, hear the birds, interact with nature and other people in the park. I enjoyed being around people who seemed to be taking the time be active and I would enjoy feeling like I was doing something good for myself.


The downside would always be, the perverts: mostly men, misbehaving and displaying unbelievably sexually immoral actions right in Central Park. In the 70's and 80's, you could barely get into the park without being accosted by naked man in trench coats standing on hills exposing themselves to children playing in the playgrounds. It was disgusting.


On the subways, men would sexually gratify themselves too often in front of woman and children. Many times, when I was young, I would have to change subway cars just to stay safe. I don't know a woman who could tell me that she had not been pressed up on by a man inappropriately. Just walking down the street, I would get groped. It was infuriating and it seemed to happen all the time.


Even sexually implicit eyes from older men bothered me and I was always disturbed to hear from young women and girls stories of incestuous relations, rape experiences and assaults. Young woman and girls would recount being assaulted after innocently rejecting a man/boy's advances. The mental anguish that these experiences caused were unbearable and they struggled with the trauma throughout their lives.


Thank God today the crime rates including sexual assaults, have significantly diminished. However, there are still those that continue to consciously violate others. This is so damaging to woman and children. I have friends that have contemplated suicide because of the emotional toll. I have witnessed women crippled by the trauma and become so impaired that it affects their parenting abilities. I have seen children exposed to these experiences or have had inappropriate sexual contact of some sort, have their choices become confused and emotionally become withdrawn or hyper-aggressive. I've heard of several people male and female talk about how being what they termed molested changed their sexual scope in a way that they did not seem too comfortable with.


I feel sexually immoral behaviors are running rampant in our world today and they're crippling mental health of many civilians. I spent too much time as a child being scared of war and not feeling comfortable enough at time to go outside in New York City because I was nervous about being molested. Dating these day is still an issue with violent sexual attacks far too common. What do these predators get out of these attacks? Power? Pleasure? What ever precipitates these actions, it has got to stop!


I am happy to see new initiatives like Thrive NYC happening. They are steps toward better mental health for New Yorkers. More needs to be done about intervention regarding to children and sexual attacks. Then maybe, we may be able to break the cycle of abuse.

Michael Jackson: A character study of American early child development, the entertainment business, its toll on life expectancy and children's overall mental health.


Michael Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers in modern history. In his songs, he told wonderful stories about love and the human experience so well. His recorded public life unfortunately told a tragic story of a poorly developed child whose life ended prematurely because he had prematurely began working rather than experiencing socially maturing appropriately from childhood to adulthood.


Michael Jackson used to complain about long hours in the studio and wishing he could be out playing with the kids on the playground. He would tell interviewers that he wished he had experienced school as an average kid. He'd also talk, through out his career, about having lost his childhood including writing a song about it . He'd talk endlessly about growing up around yes men and users that seemed to physically, emotionally and financially drain him.


He seem to have a love for music but, also in his brilliance, shared with his audience the conscious pain he felt from not having lived a, what he termed, "normal childhood". He seemed disinterested in the financial gains that as we all know we're hounded by but, don't end up being all they are cracked up to be. Most of the time, though it's wonderful to have money in the pockets" much of the experience of attaining it, can be draining. The western economy has never been a stable one. Countless wars have manifested from it.


As Michael Jackson performed, over the span of his career he told the story of an uneducated man that did not know if he was black or white, who had a questionable skin disease or had his skin bleached, had straightened his hair, had transexual-styled/coon-styled reddening of his lips, had grown to have grotesque spending habits, constantly complained about being used and cheated by individuals surrounding him. He disfigured his beautiful face to have a more white/euro-centric appeal, constantly fought with his family, questionable sexual conduct (homosexuality and/or pedophilia), drug abuse and ultimately he died of an overdose or committed suicide.

In the picture above, a timid looking young Michael Jackson is holding a mask. To me, that mask symbolizes the perverted ideals white America wants to impress on the black and brown mind. Without a proper education, self respect and awareness, some of us begin to believe that those ideals are admirable and should be apart of our existence. I have seen other uneducated American talents have plastic surgery and bleach their skin in order to look more like the white American aesthetic ideal.


In Africa, the mask is designed to be used to tell stories about the social mores of the society. The mask is important in West African culture because it is an important part of the theater and entertainment of the people. The mask and the masqueraders are used, at market, gatherings and important ceremonies as a conduit for spiritual and ancestral connection and celebration.


The masks are not used by children. They are used as an educational tool with deep, religious, spiritual, and intellectual value. The male masqueraders, that are typically apart of a secret society, go through long periods of preparation and learning before they emerge to perform their duties as masqueraders. There is usually a certain age and confidence that the elders, who have been apart of the tradition throughout their life, has for the new initiates who are usually hand picked for this job that is held in high esteem.


The social commentary and mores of the people are then told by different characters and stories danced with a musician(s) accompany the masqueraders. The etchings, the coloring, the nose, the eyes, the hair, the clothes, they all are significant to the creator of the mask. The mask makers are experts at their work. They know what every etching carved means and what they are trying to relay in regards to behavior, etiquette, and class to their people.


Growing up in this country, which has such an ugly color and race history, I find that young Americans of color can get confused about their values and value (black lives matter movement). The social, physical and material goals/aspirations, and how to attain them, of white Americans are diametrically opposed to the goals of the African most of the time. I remember, before reading lots of books about how hair trends came to be, I was obsessed with getting my hair straightened and the straighter the better! I wanted to impress all the boys and look really cute!! Through my education, I was able to get a healthier understanding of myself and relationship to my hair. I was already very young beginning to do a lot of damage to my hair and if I had continued to treat my hair so harshly in order to look like what I perceived as the in style, I would have lost all my hair very early in my life. Through my education, I was able to learn how to take care of my hair properly and enjoy a variety of the latest greatest styles in a more healthy and appropriate manner.

I remember my mother and father always trying to impress on me the importance of growing well and in all areas. My mother in particular, would explain how many times if a child is particularly gifted in one area, may sometimes being accelerated to an advance class, where they are with older students all day. It typically was not always the best choice. Their talents and education may grow, but their social and psychological maturing might suffer.


I believe rearing a well rounded child is a tough task, but is one of the most rewarding. Watching what we let our children take in is crucial to their healthy development and making sure that they reach beyond the stars in their education, talent growth, health and socially well-adjusted. It is wonderful to watch, achieve and enjoy.