Saturday, December 20, 2008

Poetic Justice...

Today one of the youth I work with reintroduced me to Def Poetry Jam, she showed me a poet named Gemineye who's words inspired the tagline she used for a Peace March she spear headed; "Would you rather die for nothing, or live for something?" . Her and I watched a bunch of clips on youtube,I almost forgot how much I love poetry that means something that says something. Although sometime the spoken word style is a little hard for me to digest and listen to, all those choppy cadences and guttural stops, but, there are those few that have something to say and can say it with a passion all their own.

And Yo this Next chick I watched tonight when I got home. Still high on the poetry that my youth showed me earlier I've spent the past hour watching Def Poetry Clips. As a Gangsta of Love and the Vice President of the Responsible Cupcake committee, I hella feltIshel Yi Park's poem even though her steez is a bird of a different color I feel her content... from her economic standpoint to her description of the strain of living life and being in a relationship where one deals not only with their own life experiences but is in love with another person who has life experiences that aren't dealt with. Love is War...

And her "Love Poem to Myself" is pretty fly too. The journey to racial identity and personal identity it a tough one in American Society...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Message from a Bird: Why Women Should Vote

I'd like to share another bit of wisdom that my Lady Bird Sistren past on to me. Thank you Xuan.


"This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920

that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.> > T he women were innocent and un menacing, but they were jailed for picketing the White House, carrying signs for the right to vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. >
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

> > > (Lucy Burns)
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

> > (Dora Lewis)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.

> Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twi s ting and kicking the women.

> > Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
> when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.

> For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

> > (Alice Paul)
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they
tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks > until word was smuggled out to the press. >

> > >

refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because- > -why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work?
Our vote doesn't matter?
It's raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.> > All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.

Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history,
> saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk > about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought > kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. >

'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.'

The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'> > HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in > their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think alittle shock therapy is in order. It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently> institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse.

Alice> Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy. The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for> insanity.'

> > Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so > hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic,> republican or independent party - remember to vote.

> History is being made. > "

I've been going over my absentee ballot and will have to drop it off at the voting station. I've been dreading election day because I have to be up at 7am on a mission reminding people to get out and vote for the non profit I work for. But after reading this I am happy that I have the opportunity to be able to so.

Get out and vote!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Messages from a Bird

This was sent to me by one of my home girls and I have found it empowering and comforting at the same time. Hope that it does the same for you.

1. Family First
2. Create a 5 Year Plan
3. Stay dedicated during times of hardship
4. Learn to juggle hustles
5. Master your craft
6. Develop a mouth piece
7. Be able to predict your industry's potential movements
8. Keep your network alive, and check in frequently
9. Don't burn your bridges
10. Building solid Relationships are key to setting up big moves
11. Surround yourself with talented minds
12. Research everything in your industry
13. If you do spec work, make sure to leverage a new solid contact
14. Get out of your comfort zones
15. Know how & when to Sacrifice & compromise
16. Educate those around you.
17. We all need mentors, young and old
18. Stay goal oriented and knock out all your tasks asap
19. Dress the role you want to be and keep shop clean
20. Stay Focused (& keep your team focused)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lady Birds' Messages: Excelsior Youth Push For Change


If you could please help pass the word that would be great! This is the third peace march in the Excelsior this year. Which goes to show that the youth in the community are calling for your support. The community has suffered a number of losses this year, as have many Bay Area communities. We as a people need to stand together in solidarity and make a stand. "Would you rather live for something or die for nothing?"


Also a the Excelsior Teen Center is begging to provide more activities to bring the youth together. On October 17th we will be hosting an open Mic. If you know of any youth that would like to share something please let them know that this is available. If it goes well hopefully we can make it a monthly event, but it can only work if we have your support.

If you have any questions Please Contact.

Leah Weitz
Excelsior Teen Center
Case Management
Girls Group Coordinator

Saturday, September 27, 2008

One Reason I Believe in the Possiblity of having a Past Life

How else would this really be possible that a kid has this much swagg at such a young age? Maybe it's John Lenin re-ecarnated as a little asian kid. He did marry Yoko Ono. =)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Michelle Obama Rocks!

The Lovely lady of "Gangstarr Girl," put me on to Clockwise Clothing and their sick new line of "Michelle Rocks" tee's for men and women. As we have already seen Obama's face and message has been the Artistic inspiration to musicians, poets, painters, print makers, photoshop and muti media techs... the artistic mediums can go on. But what about Madam Michelle. Remember behind every strong man their is an even stronger women. ( To be strong for herself and strong for the strong man when he is feeling weak) Oose.. .to Madam Michelle for representing for the strong women everywhere. I need to grab one of these tees after payday too. =)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Soundtrack of My Life From August 2008

I must have watched Sister Act 2 a hundred times when I was a kid. It's all about following your dreams no matter what.

I remember seeing Lauryn bust a few bars and feeling empowered to develope my own voice.