Friday, January 30, 2015

Timbuktu: Oscar Nominated Foreign Language Film

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I must see this film. The images, music, and people are beautiful. I really want to know who these people are.

"These images of "Timbuktu" quietly, passionately argue for the richness of life against the intolerance of those who would suffocate it."
-- The Associated Press


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Speak Up: A Voice for the Homeless

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I just found out about this amazing magzine in Charlotte, written and sold by homeless people. It's called "Speak Up." Check it out. More to come.

From the Speak Up website:


Speak Up Zine, is published monthly and is written by people living on the streets or who have experienced homelessness. The magazine contains essays, memoirs, poetry, photography and interviews.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Power to Endure

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"All of my work is meant to say, 'You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated.' In fact, the encountering may be the very experience which creates the vitality and the power to endure."                                                                           
                                                                         -- Maya Angelou

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here's Medusa

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Here's a mother-daughter project that we'd like to share with you. We call it "Medusa" (not the Greek version, but our Medusa), and we made it together.

"Medusa" by Alicia and Gigi

Friday, January 09, 2015

Zambe Malamo (God is Great)

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Here is my Cameroonian brother, Jean Kue, praising the Lord, along with some Congolese sisters and brothers in Ottawa, Ontario.

The song is in Lingala and it's called "Zambe Malamo" (God is great.) I hope it warms your heart and makes you rejoice like I did.


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Winner, Best Film Trailer: Selma

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This is one of the best trailers for a film I've ever seen. The editing and sound really bring it home at the end. I can't wait to see this film. Go see this movie ASAP!



Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Robert and Mary

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I just faxed my high school diploma somewhere and I noticed that they have my parents listed as "Robert and Mary Benjamin."  Why do people always translate my dad's name to Robert? It's just plain old "Bobby." That's what his mama named him.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Bringin' it in Right: New Year's Meal

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These black eyed peas are the best I've ever made (if I do say so myself). I'm having seconds now! Yes, that's right -- there's no meat here baby.

On the menu:

Mustard Greens
Sweet potato salad
Broccoli and Cheese Quiche
Deviled eggs
Corn on the Cob
Black Eyed Peas

Yum! Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Current Playlist in My Ride

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Here's what I'm listening to as I drive around town, and just outside of town:

Femi Kuti
CDs in rotation:

"Shoki Shoki" - Femi Kuti
"Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits"
"Lewis Taylor" - Lewis Taylor
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - Gil Scott Heron
"Here, My Dear" - Marvin Gaye
"Ali and Toumani" - Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate

Ali Farka Toure

"A Love Surreal" - Bilal
"Talk to Me" - Motion Picture Soundtrack ("Talk to Me")
"It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" - Public Enemy
"Fear of a Black Planet" - Public Enemy
"Black Messiah" - D'Angelo
"Suite for Ma Dukes" - Miguel Atwood Ferguson & Carlos Nino