Friday, December 8, 2017

Avengers: Infinity War Trailer

Listen! Listen! So, I am already waiting for February like 👀🕐⏳ this for Black Panther. Then Marvel goes and drops the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War and I am besides myself. Do not judge me lol. I am an admitted pop culture junkie and I have already made it clear how much I LOVE the arts: movies, books, music, all that. Therefore, when I anticipate quality work that I can allow myself to get lost in even if it is only for a couple of hours, I completely geek out.
There are so many freaking characters coming to the party that I do not even know where to look. All I know is that from the looks of this trailer, Avengers: Infinity War is going to be hot fire. On another note, I feel bad for DC. They will never, every catch up. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Loss During the Holidays

abounds, surrounds 
frozen memories thaw 
pain and joy swirl but I savor 
them still 
-Wanda M. Toby

The holidays can be hard for many people because we have lost loved ones and while it is a merry time, the memories of those that are no longer with us can be bitter sweet. Over the years, I have learned to remember my loved ones that are no longer physically with me fondly. Each year the sharp pain of their absence dulls a little more. We honor them by living beyond their expectations.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Could this be Love?

Could this be love? Could I be out of my mind or could I be caught up in the thought of spending time? -Vivian Green, I Don't Know

Vivian Green's I Don't Know reminds me of new love. New love creates such a natural high that a girl could definitly lose herself. This is a fun and playful song with a good message. No matter how good it feels, we need to pause and make sure it is real because the "newness" of it all can cloud judgment.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hold On

Hold On
When lost
floating away
remember who you are
sometimes all you need is to find
-Wanda Toby

This poem was inspired by I'll Find you by Lecrae. I love the message behind this song. I love that there is someone you can rely that will help you and be a support. However, sometimes we seem to lose ourselves by losing touch with who we are. Everything that we need to push through and live and accomplish and love has been placed within us. We each are different and special in our own way with our own set of strength and we need to remember that and activate those gifts. Remember the ones who love us, remember to love ourselves. Remember that we are worthy and never give up.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Relieve Stress with Music

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music. - George Eliot

Just a reminder that music is a great stress reliever. 

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When you 
can no longer 
run away from the pain 
feel it, face it and let IT run 
through you
-Wanda M. Toby

I distinctly remember when I was swirling in the pits of darkness, I wanted to avoid the pain or at the very least mask it. At the time, I seriously considered hiding behind antidepressants and probably would have had my counselor not taken a good assessment of what I needed during that period in my life. I did dampen the pain by being so busy that I did not have time to feel. Nevertheless, your feelings and emotions and thoughts and body and mind and spirit find a way and a time to confront you with what ails your soul. At the end of it all, you will control the pain or it will control you.  Your mind, body, and soul want to help the healing process but face we have to face the problem. The bravery to this is within you. You can do it. You can get through it.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Be Faithful to You

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. - Andre Gide

Faithfulness to You
living soul that you are
all that is miraculous lies 
-Wanda M. Toby

Too often we are told, not overtly but through images and media messages, that we are not good enough and we are subhumans, thugs, hood rats, trash, ghetto, and criminals. If by some happenstance our success is noticed then we are an anomaly and not the norm which is insane to me. We are survivors. We thrive. We rise. We conquer or hardships. If our existence annoys anyone, then fine, we live to annoy but we live. We push through. However, I want us to do more than that. I want us to achieve and grow and become our own marvelous dynasties. 

In order to prosper for not only ourselves but each other as a community, we have to know that we are beyond beautiful. We have to know that we are beyond creative and strong and innovative. We have to know that we were made with all that we need inside of us to be more, do more and most importantly be better for our people, society and environment. Understand that if we harness the power within, we will not have to conform. We can be like our ancient ancestors and lead. Greed, destruction and selfishness does not have to be our way too. Our way is community and somehow we forgot about that. What we have to know and get back to is that greatness that lies within ourselves.  Acknowledge it, commit to accessing it and then come together to harness it. That is who we are.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mix Pick: Haitian Carnical 2016 by Dejaypat

Dancing is music made visible -George Balachine

I have gone back to the gym and having a hot workout playlist goes hand and hand. Check out this little Caribbean gem. Dejaypat put together a hot compilation of Haiti carnival tracks.

Get up and get moving!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wyclef Jean's J'ouvert

Wyclef Jean's J'ouvert was released February 2017 and like many albums that do not have the marketing money machine push behind it, got virtually ignored. He already has a new album out after J'ouvert called Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee. However, if you passed over J'ourvert, you are missing out.

It is a collection of smooths melodies, smooth rhymes, and head bopping beats. Wyclef has stayed pretty low since the Yele Haiti controversies and somewhat addresses it in his Lady Haiti track. He also addresses the Black Lives Matter in Life Matters controversy which from hearing the song may have been misunderstood. Both tracks keep with the trend of infusing his Caribbean influence with hip hop flow that he has been known for. If you want to get your carnival jam on jump to Party Started and shake you ass. He does continue to sing throughout his album. I still remember when he was made fun of doing such a thing now many of these rappers are doing it. At least he sounds much better. I love the fearlessness of that. 

I have to admit that I had to listen to the album a couple times only because the name was confusing. When I hear j'ouvert, I am expecting a hype, heavy soca influenced jamming session. Wyclef's J'ouvert is not that. It is a rhythmic collection of island vibes that make me feel like I need to be dancing on the beach with a tropical drink in hand. I am glad I gave this album a chance. It is a great listen.   Album earns an A.

Hendrix below is one of my favorites. He dropped that single last year. 

At the end of the day, regardless of the controversies that he has been, he did not give up on himself or his craft. No matter what we face, no matter what we go through, we can't give up. We have to know that we are worthy for the effort to build our selves up and keep going.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Poetry: Questions

How long does pain last
Does it fester
What does it melt into
Is that now contaminated
Harboring, good or bad
What are your intentions Universe
When you presented yourself who asked you the tough questions
Did you come in with the intention of taking over
Who let you
Why are you so presumptuous
What if I were to say no
- Wanda M. Toby