Good Morning …..remembering to smile even thru the “bad” times can get you thru!! Good energy only…. :)
Last night, I saw this flick in BK (yes, brooklyn) and was truly in awe of Spike Lee… (again)! This movie was made in 1983 as his thesis project for NYU. There were so many subtleties and overt themes relating to New York, hustling, hip hop, the black diaspora, education, children needing direction, greed, violence and our collective consumerism mentality. These themes have been reflected in all his films. The man is just cut from a different cloth.
"I went on a tour of Italy when I was younger, and when I saw The Coliseum in Rome, I said to myself: ‘It doesn’t look like I imagined.’ A stranger standing next to me thought I was talking to him. We got married exactly one year later."
Talking to yourself can change your life
"How do you define ‘American’?"
Jose Antonio Vargas’ #DocumentedFilm is a must see. It airs on CNN during primetime on June 29th. Never take for granted all that people do just to “qualify” to live their dream here in America.
Must see film. Watch on CNN on June 29th… will change the way you view “immigrants” in the USA. Very powerful.
The great Trinidadian-born pianist Hazel Scott was born on this day in 1920. One of my favorite things about her? Her hands were once insured by Lloyds of London. My other thing is this quote: “Any woman who has a great deal to offer the world is in trouble. And if she’s a black woman, she’s in deep trouble.”
My mother hates photographs being posted without her knowledge. Well, she can yell at me later. I’ll be expecting it and I’ll say, “but mommy, you were so cute when you were a baby!” And it will be alright because I’ll tell her, ” I won’t do it again.” Which she and I both know is a lie. Which is why her response will be, “Mmhm. Whatever, Child.” LOL. I am posting this because my mom’s birthday was yesterday. It was HER day and man is she something else.
Every day, I am reminded of her but haven’t been in her presence since December and won’t be again until October for my sisters wedding. Most people wish for wealth to buy things of value that depreciate with time. My wish is to be wealthy to pay for family experiences, vacations, etc. My parents, specifically my mother, wishes to build generational wealth. She owns her own company and is very tough. She and my father started a scholarship fund (conveniently after I graduated) entitled the, “keep on, keepin’ on” scholarship which is specific to our cousins and other family members who are doing their part towards receiving higher education. My mother took the path more or less traveled. She paved her own way even if it meant taking the concrete sidewalk and repositioning it for her needs. Being an entrepreneur is no easy business, but this is where she excels. It’s also what makes her happy. Living her dreams professionally and having her family be tight is a blessing that she knows is God’s gift. She is an example of what a woman could be when she is true to herself. I strive to do the internal work to get to that place of “I’m a grown woman - I can do whatever I want.” A place that my mother has been at for so many years. I know she knows I’m a work in progess. :)
I literally could talk about her for days on end because my love for her, my appreciation for her, her love for me, her understanding of me and missing her so much every day (whether i tell her or not) just warms my heart in no other way than what a mother could. She is my heart, my compass, my guide, my healer, my nurturer and I’m so blessed to have her another year ( and many more to come.)
Happy Birthday, mommy.
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