I chilled home for my bearthday, cooked and cleaned but I managed to enjoy some dancing at Frank's Lounge with DJs Eman, Bradford James and Soulfinger Sam. My night and morning were wonderful! I so needed to dance and my morning stretch was such an exhilarating start to my 44th year on this plane. :) Thank You, ALL!
Learning the opinions, finding out the likes, disagreeing, joking and debating with DJs I highly regard is dope in itself. That would have been incredible footage!
The Art of Lyrics showcase at Camaradas on February 16th was so incredible! I haven't done a live set since December 2012. It felt good. I forgot how much I love to perform. I wore a wrap there to preserve the dope style I created and forgot to remove the wrap when I began performing. It was that sangria, Murph! Good stuff. Every MC that touched the mic was dope! Nena Bleu, Fatale, Apani, Larj Marj and Nene Ali. We all put in work! I'm proud of all of us! Refreshing to know dope MCs still exist in NYC!
March 5th was the Bucktown USA's 10 Year Anniversary at Pyramid in LES. Thank you, Cynical Smith and General Steele for your work and dedication to this Brooklyn born label and production company. The showcase was off the meat rack with so many true Hip Hop artists: Smif-N-Wessun, Jewelz, Sean Price, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rockness Monsta, Vvs Verbal, Sadat X, with DJ Evil Dee and Crazy DJ Bazarro on the 1 and 2's for the night!
March 6th was crazy! Lox Lounge started Throwback Thursday's with DJ Sylk and DJ Evil Dee! They played their asses off on some Rand B and House music tip! I'm glad my girls came out!
Since my grand children's bearthdays are 15 days apart, their parents decided to have a bearthday celebration for both of them on March 8, from 3pm to 7pm. That wound up being 5pm until 12:30am. SMH It was really inspiring and awesome to see my God daughter with her two children. A few of my daughter's friends from HS, who are parents, came to the party with their babies. A few cousins came with their babies, too. Everybody looked so good and everyone was so attentive to their children. I was proud of everyone. We need responsible, motivated young parents right now. We did good, Kibibi! LOL
About an hour before midnight, I finally decided to cut my locks up to my ears. My last cut 10 years ago was on the last full moon of 2004, December 26th. I cut it all the way down to my new growth. It was a full moon and the next hour was my grand-daughter's first bearthday. I felt good about letting go of the weight of my hair for my neck and back relief, but more so for removing most of the remnants of crazy energy of my past engagement and the stress I've encountered in that situation.
I needed to reduce the length because of the negative and hurtful emotions I endured when my father passed in 2010. There was entirely too much going on during his last days that I had to handle by myself and it's time for me to cleanse. I felt better after I saw the locks in the sink and even better after I washed my hair. I posted my cut off locks on my Facebook and Instagram profiles and several of my friends asked me if I was okay. I'm fine and thank you so much for your concern and love, y'all!
Saturday, March 15th was also the last day of my bearthday celebration! I noticed we had one or two days of beautiful weather and I received a few phone calls from brothers I haven't heard from in months, years even. That's how I know Spring is in the air - not here yet - but in the air. Everybody wants to do dinner and a movie... I don't want to be distracted by past loves who decided now that "No Man In The World Can Let Go Of This Aquarian!" Ha! It's sweet but I'm tied up in me doing me right now. My children are grown and content. My grand children are growing beautifully and I can concentrate on what I want for me. I feel that as a mother and woman, I've completed about 85% of my lifelong duties as a parent. Enjoying my me time, knowing I've raised my children with respect, manners, greater intelligence and the will to assist others, is an incredible feeling. I thank The Most High daily for that. I thank my parents, the lessons I learned from older siblings and especially, my children, for keeping me focused.
My brethren, Clinton from Ital Stu, won the R and B/Reggae performance for the night. Excuse me...He had a partner who was singing with him. They sounded good together. I met SheReal, who won the Hip Hop portion of the night.
Silent Celeb won the RandB portion last month. She opened the showcase with the Hip Hop winner from last month. I love good music! Oh, The host for the night, DJ Evil Dee!
DJ Evil Dee, Ariel and Just Blaze
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Monsta Rock, RockWilder, Evil Dee and Just Blaze
What I will do now is break down the bananananaz schedule of events that I know about for April 2014! It's a fun-filled month! My suggestions: Getcho guap up! Rest when you can! Be nice because you never know who you may need tomorrow! Drink and smoke responsibly! And please, Wash your ass, daily! THX!