Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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Makeda by Les Nubians

In light of the craziness in the world today, this song from 20 years ago is more necessary than ever. Feed your spirit with this goodness... even if you don't understand the French. Read the translation of the lyrics and let it sink down into your spirit.

The lyrics translated into English:


MAKEDA
They want to make us believe lost myths
The passages of history falsified and revised
From Ramses to Mandela, the truths that were killed
In ignoring the start, they wander aimlessly

Makeda was queen, beautiful and powerful
Solomon dreamed of her black skin
I sing to revive the memories
To dig up the knowledge
That the spiral of time erases

The queen of Sheba lives in me
Makeda lives in me.

Revive our memories
We must change history
It’s going adrift
Adrift in words… no
The knowledge and the wisdom are to be carried in our hands
Listen and observe

Makeda was queen, beautiful and powerful
Solomon dreamed of her black skin
I sing to revive the memories
To dig up the knowledge
That the spiral of time erases

The queen of Sheba lives in me
Makeda lives in me.

My people dance and sing
They exalt their joy
Far from ignorance
They show their faith

Rich in men and in value
We make up for the mistakes
Sons and daughters you and me
Ready for battle

Makeda was queen, beautiful and powerful
Solomon dreamed of her black skin
I sing to revive the memories
To dig up the knowledge
That the spiral of time erases

The queen of Sheba lives in me
Makeda lives in me.



Original French:


MAKEDA
On veut nous faire croire à des mythes perdus
Des passages de l’histoire falsifiés et revus
De Ramsès à Mandela, que de vérités tues
En ignorant le départ, on erre sans but
Makeda était reine, belle et puissante
Salomon rêvait de sa peau noire
Je chante pour raviver les mémoires
Exhumer les connaissances
Que la spirale du temps efface
La reine de Saba vit en moi Makeda vit en moi.
Ravivons nos mémoires
Il faut changer l’histoire
Elle part à la dérive
A la dérive d’mes maux….Non
Le savoir et la sagesse sont à portée de main
Écoute et observe
Makeda était reine, belle et puissante
Salomon rêvait de sa peau noire
Je chante pour raviver les mémoires
Exhumer les connaissances
Que la spirale du temps efface
La reine de Saba vit en moi Makeda vit en moi.
Mon peuple danse et chante
Il exalte sa joie
Loin de l’ignorance
Il démontre sa foi
Riches d’hommes et de valeurs
Nous réparons les erreurs
Fils et filles vous et moi
Prêts au combat
Makeda était reine, belle et puissante
Salomon rêvait de sa peau noire
Je chante pour raviver les mémoires
Exhumer les connaissances
Que la spirale du temps efface
La reine de Saba vit en moi Makeda vit en moi.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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I Am All of Them, They Are All of Me: Viewing Straight Outta’ Compton in Its Proper Context

Fr left to right: Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre, O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Jason Mitchell (Eazy E), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) 


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Why Am I So Hated In My Own Country?



Why am I so hated in my own country? | Yes, We Rise


What is it about being black in America that makes us so hated? 


The past couple of weeks have been, for me, extremely draining emotionally. The tragic deaths of the #Emanuel9 and the subsequent arguments about the confederate flag have reminded me that so many of the citizens of this country are willfully ignorant about the history of slavery in this country.

They're not just uninformed. Being ignorant because you haven't been exposed to the truth is a sad thing but a fixable one. You just have to want to learn and then seek to find out things and accept what you learn. But willful ignorance? That is a horse of an entirely different color. That is a level of obstinance that says, "I don't care what you say, the truth is only what I know it to be."

Reading the tweets of a former plantation museum tour guide brought a tear to my eye. I used to believe that I understood why racism existed. On some levels, I guess that I do. Some people need to hold on to their feelings of superiority at any cost. However, as a person who is a part of the disadvantaged class, I find myself wondering "why is this happening?" far too often now. What exactly is it about black people in America that makes us so hated, so vilified, so dangerous to so many people? Especially to people who do not even know much about us at all?


Emanuel9 | Yes, We Rise
The tragedy of their deaths will haunt this nation
for many years. 


I've been particularly drawn to questioning the emotional and mental gymnastics that it seems a lot of people utilize to protect and absolve white people from the horrendous acts that have been and are leveled against people of color. Why are so many people absolutely determined to protect white people at all costs, to the point of working really hard to make white people the victims even when they are the perpetrators of crimes against black people? How is this possible?

Someone far brighter than myself probably has answered these questions and can explain this mindset. I don't know. All I know is that these tweets... brought a tear to my eye.

I am so very exhausted with being the enemy of people I don't know because of my skin and my heritage. I'm not sure what it will take to move us beyond this. I am sure that I am exhausted with trying to convince others of my humanity.

**Nic McLean**
@Nic_McLean


Please read this Vox article: What I Learned From Leading Tours About Slavery On A Plantation
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Monday, June 22, 2015

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Culture In Crisis



Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.
Nelson Mandela



We are living in profoundly troubling times. An entire swath of our citizenry is being hunted as if they were wild game. Innocent lives are being snuffed out and cut short. Cultures and identities are being misappropriated and perversions are being mainstreamed. It leaves one to ask, "What The HELL is going on?"

Without friends and family to contextually ground us and provide us a frame reference, we are all but a few 30-second news clips from believing that we have lost our minds. The depravity and sheer disregard for humankind is surreal in its continuous assault on our senses. One has but to wake up to find yourself face to face with what can only be described as the societal dung pile of HATE, VIOLENCE and STUPIDITY. It's just too much.

In my lifetime...I have been not nice, unpleasant, disrespectful, rude....but my conscience has never let me stay in that place. The dis-ease that plagues my spirit when I allow negativity to dominate, is far more than my mind and body can take. I feel physical pain...sadness...disconnectedness ...yearning, when I allow myself to give-in to the lesser parts of my being. I lack far more than I gain  in stooping low, so I made a decision to do my best to not go to that place. I made a choice to try my best to rise above and call forth my higher-self, the person that I was created to be. I've chosen humanity.

In choosing humanity, my brain (read my ego) is often found in direct contradiction to my heart and spirit. Where my mind says, I hate...my heart says I can't. When I want to decry and defame...my spirit says pray. There is no logical explanation for so many of the travesties that have divided and diminished our society in recent weeks.  While I could speechify for hours about how family training, psychological challenges and maniacal indifference have left too many people injured and broken, I just can't anymore. People are hurt...broken...sick. We have got to look beyond external factors and surface analytics. Skin color...race...age...hair cuts...social status (or lack thereof) are irrelevant.

We have got to start looking beyond. Politics, religion, sexual preference, skin color...in the grave, we all are but dust. Education, marital status, income bracket...without love, we are all alone. Jobs, homes, cars, clothes...things...none of it really truly matters, if we cannot look another soul in the eye and recognize that they are alive. The lenses through which we view each other, should reflect that which we value most. If we value love, we should see love (not as we prefer, but as it is offered). If we value peace, we should see peace and want peace for everyone. Hate, disgust and divisiveness have gotten us nowhere.

When negativity is projected in such extreme and dynamic ways as mass murder, human trafficking, extreme bias or depraved indifference, its our natural inclination to reflect the same. But where has that gotten us? When compelled to respond, let us not look to meet and match its destructive intent. Set the goal for yourself to match the intention with a more powerful and dynamic response. If you want to change the world, change your mindset. Don't be another victim, stop the assault on our culture. Choose to rise above. Choose to be an agent for positive change. Don't let hatred...bigotry...bias...violence win. Choose to live human.


Peace, Joy and Love,
Michelle Hudgins
@DivaOnPurpose






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Monday, June 15, 2015

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TRUTH...Let It Set You Free

Truth...Let it set you free, Michelle Hudgins | Yes, We Rise


Somewhere in the Litany of Life Lessons, there's a great big typo. Where it reads "..and pretend life is always well and the struggle isn't real," scratch through all of that! Life is hard. In fact, sometimes "ish" stacks up for several days/weeks/months in  a row as one unifying attack force with one singular mission, to seek and destroy your life. It is the epitome of a struggle...it's a fight...it's sometimes downright impossible...and very real. The expectation is that we are just supposed to "soldier" along, not complain and keep it all bottled up inside. This is faulty thinking at best.

Consider that there are at least 7.125 billion people in the world. Do you really think that with all those of people on this little planet we're alone in struggle and shortcomings? Does it make sense that we should be suffering in solitude and silence considering how many other folks inhabit this thing we call Earth?  Let me help you out, the answer is NO!

Living your truth, being honest with yourself and your circle about your struggles....is actually quite liberating. When you are able to be authentic with who you are...what you think...how you feel, you take away the power those negative things have over you. Their impact lessens, and as they shrink in power your own power increases and you regain control. When you own who you are, there's no room for anyone else's stuff either. That is not say that you are not responsible to other people, because you are...but your responsibility does not require that you take their "ish" too. It simply requires that you help and be a blessing where and when you can.

When you are able to live your truth, other people see it. You have a peace about you that others find magnetic. They want to know what you are doing and begin to seek your advice and counsel about their own lives. By sharing what worked for you, someone else may find their own solutions.

Truth-Living Sets You Free. When you own who you are, faults and all, your mind is much less clouded. Your good days, begin to outweigh your bad days and you begin to attract those things, people and resources that support you and who you are. If you want change, you have to change your mind. You have to stop living for other people...stop denying who you are...stop allowing other people to determine your attitude and your altitude. Today...be honest. Speak up. Make decisions that serve you. Honor your heart. Let go of people and things that bring you down.  Do what you want to do. Claim that space that is uniquely your. Pursue your passion....BE FREE!

 Let that be your new litany.

Peace, Joy and Love,
Michelle Hudgins
@DivaOnPurpose
#ClaimYourSpace

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Monday, June 8, 2015

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Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid: How YouTube Made My Pockets Empty

  







Don’t ask me why this just dawned on me a couple of months ago, but YouTube is a GREAT advertiser, amazing even. I am an avid watcher of YouTube, and I subscribe to a few channels, mostly makeup and wigs, but I do also watch a couple of YT (YouTube) shows like The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Here is the creator’s Issa Rae YT channel,

In recent years I did not watch YT as much because I was out of work. I finally figured out why I stopped watching. I watch YT and I want to BUY, the crap they talk about on there. It is my go to on new beauty products, wigs, etc. I race over to YT and see what my favorite YT person has to say on xyz item. And then at the end of April 2015, I was looking for a new planner. I realized that I needed to write things down and not just have them in my phone. I ran across a YT video from Tiffany, a Makeup Artist who just had a baby, and she was talking about her planner and the matching address book she bought. I sat there like OOOOH YASSS!!! I want one of those. So of course I clicked on the link, found the one I wanted, searched for a coupon and bought it. NOW after that I researched this overpriced planner, and found out that planners and basically scrap-booking in your planner is some new hobby.

   Man these women have stickers and washi tape and all other kinds of cute, girlie things to these planners. The one I bought is just one kind, there are 50-11 out there. Don’t worry I will be doing a blog post on the planner.

But back to YouTube, it is an amazing advertising tool, and I know I am slow to the show, so I know that companies have figured this out, hence sending those who have a lot of follower’s free stuff for them to say they love it and have folks buy because they trust them.

Now normally I don’t buy off of what one person’s says, although I did this time, I figured it was a planner if I didn’t like it I get a new one in 6 months any way. But with African Americans being one of the largest consumer groups out there, I am a bit concerned with how easy we are accessed on a medium we “trust” and use for entertainment. I would strongly suggest that we research before blindly going off and buying the hottest new thing, find out if it is worth the price and worth our time and effort. Also if you are following Youtube “Gurus” who just LOVE everything free they receive, maybe you should question their love or unsubscribe.

I love Youtube and it has a WEALTH of information, but I was a bit disturbed when I realized how easy it was for me to see something and buy it. How advertisements and what a “Guru” says on Youtube can be taken as gospel.

Black Folks WE GOTS TA BE MO CAREFUL!!!


Yes that statement was hood, but it is true. We are very quick to fall for the okie doke, we need to be smarter with our buying power, and that includes me as well.

So next time you are watching something funny on YT like Funk Dineva *LOVE HIM OMG, but he is not for the faint of heart* pay attention if it is a long winded commercial for the hottest new product.

Don’t Drink the Kool Aid….

BTW what are some of your favorite YouTube Channels?



Until Next Time

Love Peace and all Things Pretty



~The Diva V~



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Monday, March 2, 2015

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The 3 Things You Learn When You Step Outside of Yourself

So....I recently had the opportunity to facilitate two training sessions with about 100+ people. While it was my intention  to just go in, go through my PowerPoint and spend the rest of the weekend in my hotel room relaxing and catching up on some reading and writing. Of course, I don't have to tell you, the weekend didn't go quite that way.  Pretty early on, things went left.

In the past, I would have pitched a complete and utter fit, blasting any and every one who failed to do their job, leading to my point of inconvenience. "You need my help?" "That is not what I came here to do!"  I don't know if it was the balmy 70 degree weather, lack of sleep and the inability to fight or just maturity... but as more and more requests for help came, I simply saw each "situation" as an opportunity.  Instead of seeing the inconvenience, I just saw each person in their need and my ability to help.  I ended up being so grateful for my skills and abilities and the recognition of my personal growth. I also learned a few things, and I wouldn't be me if I didn't share....so here it goes.

The 3 Things You learn when You Step Outside of Yourself:

1. Your ability to be a blessing to others is only surpassed by the blessing you receive by willing to be one in the first place -- people have alot of stuff going on, when you can help you should help...and don't make it a big production.

2. Stepping out of self also means stepping out of stress -- when we put down our mess, we put down the stress that goes with it. When you are focused on the task(s) presented for your handling, it generally consumes -- if only for a few minutes, leaving little room in your head or time on your hands to worry about anything else.

3. Some things just aren't that serious -- I am a firm believer that the world will and can stop if I have just the right issue or concern. Fortunately for you and me, I am alone in this opinion. There are folks that have issues far greater than mine and I cannot be consumed with my own "shiggity" that I can't see that others have it too. More importantly, I cannot be so distracted with mine that I cant help somebody else.

There you go...that's it...go forth and be a blessing!

Peace, Joy & Love,
Michelle H.
@DivaOnPurpose


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