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The Forgiveness Project ft. The Legends League Bryan Espiritu, Naturally Born Stangers & Jelly To Fly

So a few weeks back I went to The Forgiveness Project hosted by Tara Mouldon with Legends League founder Bryan Espiritu, Naturally Born Strangers (Tona, Rich Kidd & Adam Bomb) and Jelly To Fly.  It was a discussion on forgiveness.  Ranging from stories about mental health issues, alcoholism, comfortability with self, suicide and issues with fathers.

 

It was an intimate gathering where the audience listened to the stories of our peers.  There was something in everyone’s story that we could relate to.  From abandonment issues stemming from our father’s not being around, to acknowledging misogyny in past relationships and coping with issues of depression.

 

These kinds of talks need to happen more frequently in our communities where we can get together and listen and grow from the strength of others.  It’s especially rewarding to hear stories from people you see around town, listen to their music and admire their accomplishments in art and music.  More often then not we tend to idolize artists without overstanding that they have everyday problems just like the rest of us.

 

If you’re in Toronto tonight (jan 31, 2014) check out The Legends League pop up shop and Naturally Born Strangers performance at The Mod Club Doors 9pm $15 cover.

 

Support those who’ve been giving back to this city and culture from time zeen.

 

Http://tthelegendsleague.com

 

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Rob Ford’s Jamaican Fiasco and Why it Offends me

By now you’ve probably seen the video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in another one of his drunken stupors speaking patois.

Patois is not Jamaican english.  Patois is it’s own language coming out of Jamaica.  Born out of when the slaves were communicating with each other without the slave masters knowing as the slaves were not permitted to speak. They developed their own language so that if the slave masters caught them they wouldn’t understand.  Now what is so perturbing is that the media is referencing it as “Jamaican english” or “rob for was speaking in a Jamaican accent” thanks Anderson Cooper but no it wasn’t a Jamaican accent but it’s own distinct language… what kind of journalist are you?

Now what is the crux of my disturbance is how everyone and their mother wants to be Jamaican until the cops show up.  I grew up in a time when Jamaicans were seriously stereotyped.  We were drug smoking gangster no good dutty thieves.  Even other black people would be like “i’m black but I’m not Jamaican”.  I remember when the Just Desserts shooting happened ( a white woman was gunned down by some robbers who happened to be Jamaicans).  Everyone in the media were vilifying us.  They wanted us all deported.  We couldn’t catch a break.

When I was going to school kids would come back from a Jamaican vacation and come up to me like “Eh man” etc… they’d quickly get punched in the face cuz i wasn’t about that shit.  I went to school with kids who’s only interactions with Jamaicans were their nannies otherwise we weren’t permitted in their homes.  My Great Grandmother cleaned their houses and took care of their kids but as a whole we weren’t invited to their parties.  But we were sure good enough to wipe their asses.

Canada only started letting black immigrants (specifically coming from the Caribbean) into the country in the 1960’s.  You could have had a nursing degree or be a doctor in your country but that didn’t mean shit here.  Nuff people were regulated to domestic work and treated like shit.

So here comes this monstrosity of a human named Rob Ford whom by the way is laughing his ass off for getting that black man killed for the crack tape that he denied so hard but then owned up too… ( i haven’t forgotten that white privilege is everything).  So he gets some jerk chicken and starts using words from our Jamaican language but he wasn’t making sense just making an ass of himself.  It’s problematic because people take we for joke but it’s no laughing matter.  Of course white people and non Jamaicans put on some Jafakin accent when their around their friends and pretend like they us.  It’s fucking offensive but do you think they see it that way. No, because they’re probably smoking a fatty and listening to Bob Marley and believe in this kumbaya shit.

He doesn’t get props for being exposed as someone who has been around Jamaicans and knows how to make fun of us.  People take this as a joke but it’s serious tings a gwannin here star.  He doesn’t get to be profiled or have social programs that benefit the non white community cut.  He doesn’t have people bad mouthing him on the basis of their country of origin (although he does get made fun of for being “fat” some will say. it ain’t the same thing).  He’s a rich white man who can literally get away with murder, smoke crack and still run the 4th largest city in North Amerikkka.  You think the same privilege would be alotted to someone who was a black Jamaican in the same instance?  Fuck no, even if they were born here but had Jamaican ancestry they’d find a way to deport them.  Cuz that’s always the solution for us.

Everyone wants to be us but don’t wanna deal with our struggle.  I’m tired of you Jafakins with ur dutty locs perpetrating like u rasta yet you don’t know what it means.  I’m appalled at everyone who sings along to Bob Marley but won’t take in the content of his message.  You don’t know what oppression is when all you do is travel to our island to smoke weed, fornicate with the youngsters on the beach and drink a red stripe.  Your not special and your not fooling anyone.  I’ma need you perpetrators to stop.

As for Rob Ford he’ll continue with his fuckery but he doesn’t get a bly cuz he can say the word bombaclaat.

Beyoncé: Why I love her

I thought I should chime in on my feelings on this new  Beyoncé album.beyonce in blue beyonce in her element beyonce laughing beyonce love beyonce singing beyonce sippin beyonce with the twins flawless mrs. carter take a bow  For me it represents the dawning of a new day.  A cultural shift that the music industry desperately needed.  Who drops an album with no warming and no promotion to the tune of going platinum in less than a week?  Beyoncé of course.  But more than the music it’s the sheer art of the project that captivates the audience.   From showcasing everyday people to the glitz and glamour of being in a mansion.  More importantly for me was her showcasing the creative mind of a black woman.  Being a prime example of what it means to be a leader in the community.  The black community specifically, but the worldwide community intentionally.

https://vimeo.com/82113828  Beyoncé performing XO and Halo in Toronto

 

This album has made me reevaluate my life as an artist as well as a person.  I have the same 24hrs in a day as Beyoncé.  Mind you I’m not a million but still I’m sure my levels of procrastination will forever be curved because of the quality of art Beyoncé put out.  Not only music but videos as well as raising a baby and having menstral cramps.  Bowing down… real talk.

I’m glad that Beyoncé was the first to do this.  No promotion just here’s my art.  The art is spectacular.  Flawless, pun intended.  Makes me really appreciate the art of creation.  So many people are content with mediocre bullshit and I’m so glad Beyoncé’s virgo perfection has shined light on the world.  Even if you’re not rich you have the potential for greatness.  As well the example she specifically sets for young black females is priceless.  Say what you want about her blond hair, so called bleaching (she been lightskinned from birth she is creole afterall) she ain’t claiming to be a white women.  I see all these white feminists coming for her but she doesn’t claim you. #solidarityisforwhitewomen.

From songs/videos like Pretty Hurts and most notably Flawless Beyoncé sheds light on what it means to be a black girl growing up in a Eurocentric world that doesn’t deem little black girls as flawless.  But Beyoncé teaches us otherwise.  Flawless is to this generation what Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit was to generation X.  A whole crop of people are using Flawless as an anthem of empowerment.  I know I for one walk into a room strutting like I’m on a runway when I’m playing it.  From a visual aspect the video is a throwback to the grunge movement with the denim, high boots, plaid and angst ridden party goers aka her back up dancers.  I hope for anyone who was never the cool kid in school they can jam to this and use it as a self empowering anthem… hell even all those people u know shouldn’t be singing this song will but whatever everyone’s entitled to their moment.

 

Drunk In Love = song of the year!!! The video can we talk about Beyoncé dancing on the beach. I’m here for all of that!!! I know people are upset about Jay z’s eat the cake reference but i’m pretty sure that’s a sexual innuendo between the two of them.  That’s all I’ma say about that.  Shits been on repeat for days.

This entire album is a classic hands down album of the year of 2013 (Pusha T you had my vote till Beyoncé killed everything).

 

And as for Beyoncé being the voice of black feminism I’m all for it.  All y’all other feminists (I’m looking at you white ladies) need to get your lives together and jump on board and stop hating from outside the club.  More than just talk, Beyoncé’s doing.  Showing the world that as a black women you can have and do it all.  Fuck these crackers for making it seem that we aren’t worthy cuz that’s pretty much the message the mainstream media puts out.  Beyoncé in all her greatness exposes the behind the scenes of what it really means to be “pretty” in this eurocentric world while showing us her vulnerability and how much she actually loves and is happy with herself.

 

She embraces motherhood and works hard as a creative entity to get what she wants.  She deserves it.  She’s Flawless #factsonly.

The only thing i hate about this album is that I’m single.  This album is 100% for lovers, those in love etc.  Not to say you can’t feel it if you’re single but i mos def feel how much she’s in love with Jay Z and the love she has for Blue Ivy all up and down this album.  It is cuffing season so this certainly should be in a lot of playlists and come summer the album most recognized for creating those summer babies.  I’m just saying I appreciate the placement of the sexy time songs cuz it’s a good amount of time for u to get it b4 u might wanna come up for air…or whatever.

 

Next up will be how this album comes to light on tour.  I’m really looking forward to the new routines and energy she puts into this production.

Beyoncé got me way more in tune with my feminine side then ever b4.  I appreciate that.  But that’s another blog post entirely :)

Hats off to Beyoncé for showcase that God really is a black woman!!!!

kanye and drake in toronto

I had the pleasure of going to both yeezus shows in toronto back in december.  I was even more blessed to have witnessed the epic after party with Kanye and Drake in attendance.  Here’s a video and some pics I was able to take.

If ur in the hamilton ont. and montreal area in february i suggest you check it out.

Yeezus walks!!!

 

 

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