Archive | May, 2010

Lyric Love

25 May

This past friday I had the pleasure of seeing The Foreign Exchange live at Masquerade here in Atlanta, GA. They have been a favorite of mine for a while so seeing them live was a treat. One of my favorite songs by them is “Take Off Your Blues.” Read on…
Lyrics to Take Off The Blues :

By The Foreign Exchange
(feat. Darien Brockington)

[Phonte:]
(Mmmmmmm, haaah-hahh-hahhh…)
You might, you might, you might, you might as well…
(Mmmmmmm, haaah-hahh-hahhh, haaah-haah…)

After all is said and done you’re next to me
And when the sun goes down, you’re feeling things you’ve never felt before
Nothing left to say to ease your fears
But I know just what to do
Let me take good care of yooo-oohhh-ooou

[Chorus:]
Kick off your shoes
Take off the blues and come to me
So much to do, so much is new for you to see
You might as well-lll, come a little closer
Girl, don’t make me wait too long for you

After all is said and done (said and done)
And there’s nothing left to share (left to share)
It’s the morning after, I watch you laying there (just wanna watch you lying there)
Always told that you should not give in to love (LOVE)
But saying no is so hard to do (so harrrd…)
‘Cause when the feeling’s right, you might as well, yeah

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
Just, want your attention
Ex-cuse my intentions
Keep your feelings intact – Don’t wanna hurt nobody, let me say it again
There’s, no need to mention
For, this I’ve been wishing
There’s no turning back
Lady, please take my hand

Let’s dance…

[Stan Graham plays a trumpet solo]

[Chorus x2]

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Shoe Shine

25 May

If there is only one thing you invest in, in terms of your wardrobe let it be a great pair of heels. A great shoe is always necessary. You can be caught in a disaster of an outfit but from the ankle down you should always do your best to make a lasting impression. When investing in a gorgeous pair of heels label and price should make no never mind, but quality and style should be the most important factors. Whether buying vintage or new you should invest in shoes that are classic and timeless. Spending a lot of money on a pair of shoes that only follows a short-term trend is never worth the money. It is much more cost effective to buy shoes that can be worn with many outfits, making the shoe you select more like an investment than a burden. Although style is almost always the main factor for women when picking out a pair of heels never forget that you have to walk in them so comfort should always be considered. There is nothing worse than a poor walk in a stunning pair of heels. Shoes must carry you through out your day, so you must be able to walk effortlessly in the pair you choose.

“I don’t know who invented the high heel, but all men owe him a lot.”  ~Marilyn Monroe

Photo Favorites

24 May

This one is for Dilla… (Photo taken by me of a painting at the Atlanta Jack Daniels Art, Beats, & Lyrics Event)

Double Take

23 May

Clara’s Christian Louboutins will set you back a cool $1,725 but if spending a months salary on a beautiful pair of shoes is not what your after, Steve Madden offers a double take with a similar wedge for a $89.95. Steal!

Lyric Love

20 May

“Black Girl Pain” by Talib Kweli is one of my favorite songs. I think it is rare for people to really listen to and understand the lyrics that are coming through their speakers, so sometimes you just have to read them….

“Black Girl Pain”
(feat. Jean Grae)

[Talib Kweli]
I do it for the people, I do it for the love
I do it for the poet, I do it for the thug
This is for victory, and this is for the slaughter
I do it for my mother, I do it for my daughter
Promise I’ll always love ya, I love to kiss and hug ya
You and your brother should be lookin out for one another
I’m so blessed, man, y’all the reason I got up
Somebody put his hands on you I’m gettin locked up
I’m not playin, that’s the prayer I’m sayin for Diani
And if I die then she’ll be protected by Amani
That’s her bigger brother and I love the way he love her
She a girly-girl, she love to imitate her mother
But she a Gemini, so stay on her friendly side
She’ll put that look on you, it’s like somebody’ friend just died
My pretty black princess smell sweet like that incense
That you buy at the bookstore supporting black business
Teach her what black is; the fact is her parents are thorough
She four reading Cornrows by Camille Yarborough
I keep her hair braided, bought her a black Barbie
I keep her mind free; she ain’t no black zombie
This is for Aisha, this is for Kashera
This is for Khadijah scared to look up in the mirror
I see the picture clearer thru the stain on the frame
She got a black girl name, she livin black girl pain
This is for Makeba, and for my mamacita
What’s really good, ma? I’ll be your promise-keeper
I see the picture clearer thru the stain on the frame
She got a black girl name, she livin black girl pain

[Hook]
My mama said life would be so hard
Growin up days as a black girl scarred
In so many ways though we’ve come so far
They just know the name they don’t know the pain
So please hold your heads up high
Don’t be ashamed of yourself know I
Will carry it forth til the day I die
They just know the name they don’t know the pain black girl

[Jean Grae]
This is for Beatrice Bertha Benjamin who gave birth to
Tsidi Azeeda for Lavender Hill for Kyalisha
ALTHLONE, Mitchells Plain, Swazi girls I’m reppin for thee
Mannesburg, Guguletu where you’d just be blessed to get thru
For beauty shinin thru like the sun at the highest noon
From the top of the cable car at Table Mountain; I am you
Girls with the skyest blue of eyes and the darkest skin
For Cape Colored allied for realizing we’re African
For all my cousins back home, the strength of mommy’s backbone
The length of which she went for raising, sacrificing her own
The pain of not reflecting the range of our complexions
For rubber pellet scars on Auntie Elna’s back I march
Fist raised caramel shinin in all our glory
For Mauritius, St, Helena; my blood is a million stories
Winnie for Joan and for Edie, for Norma, Leslie, Ndidi
For Auntie Betty, for Melanie; all the same family
Fiona, Jo Burg, complex of mixed girls
For surviving thru every lie they put into us now
The world is yours and I swear I will stand focused
Black girls, raise up your hands; the world should clap for us

[Hook]
My mama said life would be so hard
Growin up days as a black girl scarred
In so many ways though we’ve come so far
They just know the name they don’t know the pain
So please hold your heads up high
Don’t be ashamed of yourself know I
Will carry it forth til the day I die
They just know the name they don’t know the pain black girl

Photo Favorites

19 May

A couple of my favorite photos from Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC

Double Take

19 May

Before there was Lady Gaga there was Labelle. The 1960’s group Labelle (members included Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, & Sarah Dash) was known for their avant-garde attire that mixed space suits with feathered head pieces and everything in between. Labelle were the originators of true style, so when I found the picture to the left I knew I had seen something similar in recent years. I have done my best to love Lady Gaga but nothing about her seems original, especially when her taste for clothes is only a carbon copy of past and more talented entertainers. I know the purest form of flattery is imitation but Lady Gaga’s apple has fallen to close to that tree. Before you judge me for being a hater know that I did my homework and listened to Ms. Gaga’s music for a while trying to gain more of an appreciation for her work, but sadly that failed. I just simply do not care for her music or her sad attempts at being unconventional. So do a double take and tell me what you see?