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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Ft Simi

I listened to the entire album just yesterday and thought I'd share two of my favourite tracks.
I'm just getting to know her really but I like her style..



Apparently these two are an item..

but don't quote me on it :)



The album is called simply.. Simisola

Boxing Day 2017

I hope you're all enjoying the festive season
I enjoyed prepping cooking and hosting very much!



I myself had Salmon, cooked Turkey for the others




I'm just chilling for an hour or two with 'Despicable Me' playing in the background
It's so sweet


I was watching news on the Liberian elections when Ti came in and asked me why I don't watch something I'll enjoy.. something happy.
I realised just how happy I was watching it so had to let him know.. I actually really do enjoy it.
I then thought I'd grab his interest by pointing out that Arsene Wenger used to manage the candidate most likely to win..
Did it work?
A little..
He's actually becoming ( by default) a lot more interested in African politics.. that... and Star Wars

I received skin care products and things of that nature, which Ive already started using. So I'll be looking out for the results every day..




All in all, can't complain.
Its been peaceful






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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

How Many Mistakes Will The ANC Make?

Cyril Ramaphosa has been voted the new President of the ANC and is to lead the party for the 5 years.
The great ANC
Imagine that!.




Cyril Ramaphosa may have been cleared in court of instigating the killing of the striking miners of Marikena, but his actions remain ( in my opinion) suspect.

As a member of the board of the mining company Lonmin, for him to also act as union representative was ludicrous. Cyril Ramaphosa's actions were to protect his own interests, and Cyril's interests were not the striking miners.. but Lonmin.

For Cyril Ramaphosa who is often cited as one of the richest men in Africa to be the President of the once great ANC does not sit well. The massacre alone should have ruled him out, but yet, he has been awarded the highest job in the ANC

I don't know If we have short memories or not, but the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa is an insult to the memories of those miners who stood up for their rights and were brutally shot down

The ANC are finished.


Story of the strike leader who died for workers rights [click]


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Michael Prophet - Love & Unity. A Musical Tribute.

Such sad news to hear of the passing of singer Michael Prophet



Words cannot describe
Condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time
..may they seek comfort in the Almighty

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I do believe he spent a great deal of time not far from where I reside.
Just around the corner actually

It's actually quite difficult for me to listen to some tracks now, as they bring back so many memories that I'd rather not face...but here you are
I simply no longer do grief very well

But a musical tribute is a must. So here it is.
RIP Michael Prophet
Sigh




Many thanks to a great singer



Like so many of us, I grew up listening to his music, this album in particular






So many hit songs , and the soundtrack to our Youth. I lifted the lid and and they poured out. We give thanks for the way his music coloured our lives










Biography

'Michael Prophet has got one of the most distinctive and beautiful voices known in the whole reggae world. He was born Michael Haynes in 1957 and grew up in the western Kingston ghetto of Greenwich Farm, Jamaica. He began his recording career in 1977 when he was discovered by the legendary producer Vivian Jackson, better known as Yabby You. Yabby You took Michael to Channel One where he voiced his debut song "Praise You Jah Jah".
Michael recorded many tunes for Yabby You and scored his first hit with a cover version of the Heptones' "Fight It To The Top". However, it was the deeper, more rootsy material that began to hit with an international reggae audience. Cuts like "Gates Of Zion", "Mash Down Rome", "Turn Me Loose", "Warn Them Jah" and "Creation Rock" were massive sound system tunes in the UK and staple food for the likes of Jah Shaka, Quaker City, Sir Coxsone, Fatman and Moa Ambessa - the ruling UK sounds of the era'
[click for more]

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Dexta Daps - Pray More

A Woman's Worth

A woman is capable of so many things
Yet so often... silenced
forced to play a role or be damned
to live a life, filled with pretence

In developing countries especially, far too many women are still denied..
denied agency
denied a voice
denied a right to say no
or even yes
denied equal access to opportunity
denied the right to speak up as a woman
denied rights over her own body
her emotions
her feelings
her joy
her pain
denied education
employment

Yet women are resourceful
they will take that denial and find peace in it
peace until the urge for freedom grows louder
they find peace through acceptance..
knowing that acceptance may not ignite change
still.. they carry on

Who really knows a woman's worth?
At times not even the woman herself
A woman's worth is found in every prayer of hope
Every sunrise, and every sunset.
in every beautiful thing you see made good by the hands of a woman
A woman at her best is simply a reflection of god.

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Who shall stand in the way of such progress?

Thomas Sankara - on women's empowerment



Weekend Catch Up

The weather the weather.
Its been so cold, and the flu kept me in bed a few days, but I'm back, with an increased appetite , liquid iron, and a desire to 'do' Christmas minus stress, and look ahead to the new year.

Oddly enough I've not looked ahead too much, perhaps because the present has had my full attention. I do wish I'd saved some of my leave as now would be a great time to get away.
Still.. I have cooking responsibilities, so maybe not .

I say that quite frequently these days with increasing passion.


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Brexit is pretty much dominating our politics, that and interest rates, and men 'feeling up' woman without their permission and being exposed. (who knew)

As I tune in and out of the news, I completely understand those who say they never watch or read it.
Biggest propaganda tool of our times influencing out thoughts and feelings on a daily basis.

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I recently bought Ginger Wine, and Port , both of which were quite lovely, and shall be on my shopping list pre xmas.
I'm planning a low key and enjoyable one. A few days off is something not to be sniffed at.

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I came across a live post recently where a guy was asking why it is that Africans fail to get the protection from the motherland one would expect. He challenged certain 'fighters'/groups who shall remain nameless, to venture to Libya to fight for and free their brothers and sisters, he was quite angry at what he saw as a consistency negligent continent with negligent leaders who seemingly allow Africans in the diaspora to be treated appallingly , yet have little to say.. or do.
I think perhaps they simply have their hands full.. at home

Its been mentioned before that the African voice has been too quiet over racism in America, or across Europe, yet ironically Obama wasted no time in telling African leaders to 'fix up!'
To a great round of applause.

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Much praise was levied at Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo recently, who spoke very eloquently and passionately about the need for Africa and Africans to be less reliant on aid, and previous colonial power France et al, for support and guidance.
Alongside him stood President Macron

Most people will share his sentiments. Many have said the same
Yet unless the talk is followed by action they remain just fine words

Words are fine. they inspire and encourage, they motivate and can be visionary, leading to great things. Yet when they fail to be followed by concrete action, those same very fine words can anger, and frustrate, in equal measure.

Nice speech.

I remember A similar fine speech from Thomas Sankara.
Who was betrayed in the end..by a 'friend'.



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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Runtown - Energy

Beautiful song and beautifully shot video 10/10

'I just wanna get more money.. and live my life my way..'



'Free smoke free Hennessy, more life to my enemies... ah ah ah'

What really brought down President Mugabe?... ft music from Wizboyy

He loves his wife.




Yes ladies and gentlemen you heard it here.
The West tried for years.. and failed
The people of Zimbabwe couldn't do it.. at least they thought they couldn't..
until.. his 'unacceptable' love for his wife became so intolerable to the men around him, that the military stepped in

After all.. how dare his wife challenge an ole independence hero who'd be waiting in the wings for decades .. for leadership

No.. it is clear that when it comes to power.. once cannot place a woman .. or your love for a woman, anywhere near that power pulpit.

Well.. I hope he still loves her.
He's an od man now, ( has been for some time) and I hope he gets to live a happy life ( and she doesn't cheat on him of course)

The coup that was not a coup, or the coup which has been cited by some as the most amicable coup in African history, can also be renamed the anti wives coup..
Seriously... can you imagine

A hero of the liberation struggle being ousted for 'positioning his wife for leadership
As if Africa is new to corruption or indeed nepotism..

Do you remember Joice Mujuru?



Well she was ousted by President Mugabe and expelled from Zanu PF
Ousted in much the same way that now President Emmerson Mnangagwa was.
What did the military do?...
Nothing.
No coup .no public protests.. nothing..
..despite the fact that she too had been part of the Zimbabwe liberation struggle.

This anti woman sentiment across parts of Africa needs to stop.
we are more than just pretty, cooks, cleaners, and supporters of our men
We are actually people too.. with feelings.. to be honoured. imagine that

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Prince Harry & Megan Markle got engaged and social media and the media in general was in a frenzy
Harry's marrying a 'black woman' came the cries..

Well good for them, love is a beautiful thing

However, some of the statements Ive heard have caused me to raise an eyebrow or two..
reason?

When Serena Williams became pregnant with her boyfriend ( fiancé ) who happened to be a white male, she faced a barrage of abuse. To the so called conscious community she had betrayed her 'people'. Black men in their droves were upset

Yet, no backlash towards Megan whatsoever..
Can someone please tell me.... as I really don't know ( wink wink)
What is the difference?



or should I say...
Spot the difference



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One lady who has much to smile about lately is the sister of Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha



..she has been appointed minister of happiness and purpose fulfilment [click]
Nice


My brother my brother I await my appointment
Imo State will officially be the happiest state in Nigeria [click]

Happy Sunday x

Weekend Catch Up ft music by J Martins

What a busy time it has been...

Snow in London today and its been beautiful!

Fresh snow.. I actually like it.
For some reason I forget about the cold when snow falls.. however, it has been cold, which calls for, not one.. but two pots of red pea soup!
Nice!





Early morning in Hackney.. calm and nice, and really quite pretty




Zimbabwe's new President - Emmerson Mnangagwa...



hands back land to white farmers [click]

How long before the people of Zimbabwe stop celebrating and start to complain again... hmmmm..we're watching

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Libya's treatment of black Africans has been highlighted recently, and demonstrations against Slavery in Libya were in force this weekend.

However distressing the pictures are.. this is not new

Yet for some reason people of African descent continue to flock to places like Dubai.. to shop and enjoy luxury,seek Arab money.. and I dare say will continue to do so
African women will continue to travel to work as domestics, ( only to be treated often times) as slaves
and... the world will keep turning.
Its a shame that the black African is still being treated in this manner, and I really hope things change
Perhaps things will change.. when we change

Libya is an African country, yet North African Arab states do not appear to see themselves as African at all. The belief in a racial hierarchy remains strong, with black Africans at the bottom.
What a shame it is, when skin tone continues to dictate how people are treated.





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I've learnt a few things of late..
One thing to remember in life is that your dream/s.. is/are not everybody dream
So don't be upset if your passion.. whatever it may be... is not felt, outside of you
Just continue to follow your heart , and live your dream/s
whatever It/they may be

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Music time!





I searched hard for Flavour in the vid . but alas.. not this time
Nice track




Monday, 20 November 2017

Day 2- in Abuja

You quickly realize the importance of one of these..



But even more important, is knowing how to use one topped only by then having the confidence to do so

Currently. It's looking mighty intimidatibg



Not one to be intimidated by inanimate objects I walked across the road to seek help. A nice young man I had turned away earlier ( stone that the builder refused an all that..) came to my aid.



Yet no sooner had he left..it went out again..surely I can't call him back again in this heat?!

I could, but I won't. I m going to try it myself.



You learn something new everyday.
Today I learnt to be abit more trusting of good people

How could I have turned away such a sweet looking Korode Bello lookalike


And as if by magic..just as I'm about to make myself proud and conquer this beast....the electrics are back!.. Ohhh sweet fans.....



Sunday, 19 November 2017

Day 1 in Abuja- Nigeria

I finally made it. Nigeria is lovely. Abuja is a sight to behold with its beautiful hills and vast roads. My journey in was eventful, from a passenger passing out on board the plane to a chap who kept checking on me just to make sure I was ok.
I was ready for Abuja
ready for the infamous Nigerian way
Yet from journey to arrival , I've met some of the most pleasant and helpful people

The fiercest thing I've encountered ..is the heat
Abuja is HOT!

And I'm very happy with that..






Saturday, 18 November 2017

Sarkodie - Far Away ft. Korede Bello (Official Video)

Iyanya - Iyanu (Holy Water)

9ICE - Basiri Mi

Weekend WOW Factor: President Mugabe

So....thousands March against Mugabe


Mugabe couldn't be blamed if he sat at home quietly and wondered... 'what was it all for?'
The situation Mugabe faces could even be likened to that of a parent whose children have gone astray and fail to appreciate all they have done for them over the years. Yes, that age ole ungrateful children syndrome


Zimbabweans may not agree
But for many of us... you simply don't treat independnce war veterans in such a way




Yes Mugabe is aged
Yes he has an overtly ambitious wife, and sons who seem to bear little resemblance in terms of character, to their father at a similar age

and yes.. there was a pending danger that the country was being viewed by some as 'private property' or inheritance.
but yes.. this is Africa, where the scramble for power is not unlike the initial scramble for Africa

But Mugabe, like him or not.. is a hero of the African liberation struggle, and the father of Zimbabwe.
He grew up in a very different time, and has lived through the type of trials and tribulations that may have floored many others
and with that in mind, the 'celebrations' at his apparent 'overthrow' are distasteful.

Zimbaweans, the usually quiet mild mannered individuals have found their voice
Where has their voice been all these years?

When I see the celebrations and I hear what's being said it smacks of cowardice
the kind of cowardice that would have never fought against colonial rule
and as such, had it not had been for Mugabe and others just like him
Zimbabwe would still be 'Rhosdesia



For some time, the unpopular Grace Mugabe has been growing in stature
her ability to influence has made her one of the strongest women in Africa

It takes a strong woman to enter into a relationship with a married man as his wife lays dying. and if not strong.. certainly ruthless.

For many, that's when President Mugabe lost credibility
His First wife Sally was much loved by the people, and many say he was a different man back then, with her positive influence..

For others it was Gukurahundi

Mugabe will always be a divisive figure for some.
Let Zimbabweans celebrate.. they know not what is coming next
and that is partly the problem

There is no definitive plan going forwards not that I know of anyway
So that being said, they should celebrate 'cautiously' if they must celebrate at all

Personally, as fascinating as this has been, I am disappointed with the people of Zimbabwe

Mandela had he had been alive, may have faced the same indignity... as people tire.. and they forget quickly
Africa has 'strong' men because it's what keep the people in line

Our leaders know this, and have little faith or trust in the general public.. and one can only imagine leaders across the continent are watching this spectacle being played out in Zimbabwe, and wondering of their own fate..
They will be even less inclined towards democracy that's for sure
No Zimbabwe...

Me thinks you celebrate too soon



Monday, 13 November 2017

Weekend WOW Factor : Family - ft music byTekno ft Wizkid - Mama

Happy birthday to my bro , born 11/11, so his birthday tends to be marked by a minute's silence..
So I get in early with the best wishes, and wrap up late.

Hope you had a great day bro.
My brother with my nephew at his wedding earlier this year







Today's post really is a thought about family, or families

It's easy to get wrapped up in what we consider to be a family and in thinking we all have the same upbringing. Yet families look and are often very different. For some family time is the best time , whereas for others, the best time is time away from family.

I wonder about how much we've changed and if we have really changed at all.. and in truth.. I don't think we've changed much at all.. just got older and wiser in parts and not in others.

Like all close relationships it's accepting the differences, and allowing a person to grow and make choices for themselves that you may not make for yourself but offering love and guidance anyway.
We try anyway

It's quite funny really , that you need a licence to have a TV, drive a car, in fact, one must study 1st and only when passing do you get access to the roads, but I was reminded...anyone can be a parent.
.. and our issues are born lol!

I look at my granddaughter and wonder if she's thinking the same things I thought at her age
The all conquering madam..



Saturday, 11 November 2017

Krizbeats ft Yemi Alade & Harmonize- 911

Infectious track, so cool and easy, sexy and on point
..Harmonize sounds alot like like Diamond..

Whatever you're doing today all the best, enjoy your flow..x


[sings]'baby I go give it to you give it too you...'




ay ye ye

Simi - Owanbe

Laid back Saturday until evening
I was on my way home last night and was about to miss the night bus but to my surprise the driver stopped and waited.
The previous night I just made it with minutes to spare we he said he had delayed his time because of me

How nice was that?

Ive been able to tick housework off my list today, but i'll be honest, I haven't ventured out, and even doing my hair will have to wait for tomorrow, when i'll have a entire day of indulgence.

I remember when I 1st fell in love with Davido's Aye
Well this track by Simi feels so good, looks so good, Is fun and funny, and I love it!
I can only imagine it will be on our playlists for some time to come

Well done and good job lady

I almost forgot that it's winter here




For a full translation check out Yorubachic

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Nelson's letter to Winnie



Letter from Nelson to Winnie

16/11/69

"Already the months you spent in detention have been a severe test for you, and when you come to the end of the case ,you will have got a deeper understanding of human nature and its frailties and what human beings can do to others once their privileged position is endangered.

When this threat emerges, all the lofty values of western democracy about which we read so much in books is brushed aside. Neither the moral standards of modern civilisation, the teachings of the Christian faith, the universal idea of the common brotherhood of men, nor pure sense of hounour will deter the privileged circles from applying the multitudinous pressures at their disposal on those who fight for human dignity.

Those who are on the front line should be willing and ready to draw the fire onto themselves, in order to inspire their colleagues and make this easier for them. In the battle of ideas the true fighter who strives to free public thinking from the social evils of his age, need never be discouraged if, at once and the same time, he is praised and condemned, honoured and degraded, acclaimed a saint and cursed as an irredeemable sinner...


...Finally , Mhlope, I d wish you to know that you are the pride of my heart, and with you by my side , I always feel I am part of an invincible force that is ready to win new worlds.

I am confident that, however dark and difficult times might seem to be now, one day you will be free and able to see the beautiful birds and lovely fields of our country, bathe in its marvellous sunshine and breathe its sweet air. you will again see the picturesque scenery of the land of Faku where your childhood was spent, and the kingdom of Ngubengcuka where the ruins of your own kraal are to be found.

I miss you badly! Tons and tons of love and a million kisses.."

Devotedly





Saturday, 28 October 2017

Saturday music selection ft Bisa Kdei, DBlack, Wiz kid, DMW ft Davido & Mayorkun






Bisa....



This beautiful song in time will be remembered as a classic from Wizkid
He has many.. but this one in particular, will always be felt fondly



Have a great day x

Weekend WOW Factor: Statues and Liberties. Ft music by Mafikizolo ft Yemi Alade – O Fana Nawe

What is President Jacob Zuma doing to end the xenophobic attacks against Nigerian's in South Africa? [click]



Answer?
Not enough.. if anything at all
Question:
What is President Buhari doing to protect his people?
Answer.. not enough.. if anything at all


..so... why has a large statue of president Zuma been erected in Nigeria's Imo State?



he has even been honoured with a road being named after him..




An insensitive act, or honour among thieves...
Can you imagine....
What confusion.
Our leaders have a very different idea of what it means to truly lead their people, to protect, and to serve.
There is an astronomical amount of riches circulating among Presidents and senators, governors et al.. whilst the 'people' .. are expected to be proud and loyal flag waving citizens, even though in many cases their basic needs, . needs (which should be provided by the state) go unmet

Yes whist it will always be debated what the state should or should be responsible for, the reality is that these are , supposedly democratic socialist countries
In truth, like many countries they operate a mixed economy system, but capitalism remains the preferred choice of our leaders.
Many have rebranded capitalism as straight up corruption..
Yes, corruption operates as an economic system

The system is maintained by an overzealous rule of law, or in some cases simply put...no rule of law


Anyway, I digress..
Given South Africa's' history you would think they would know better...
..clearly, many do not
What an utter liberty

As Jacob Zuma continues to sour the reputation of the ANC , and the people of South Africa 'forget' their struggle for freedom from under the wicked state of Apartheid, it remains a very long walk indeed, before the ideas of panafricasim are realised..
Is this the legacy of Mandela?


How long before the people of Imo State tear down that stupid statue of Zuma.. and would they be wrong to do so..?

Buhari is too quiet on these matters, lord knows he hasn't had it easy of late, but I do wonder why he allows some of the things he allows


State Governor Rochas Okorocha

'hmmm .. perhaps the statue was a bad idea..'



'hmm perhaps if I dance they'll keep quiet about it...'



2Baba - Hold My Hand

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

L.A.X - Call My Baby

My travel home soundtrack
type of track that just teleports you with ease , through time and space
traffic?.. what traffic..
Nice


Monday, 23 October 2017

Spotlight - Dr Damages

Congratulations to Dr Damages ono his 300th show..

lol!.. "oh..my waist .. I wouldn't be able to go to the other room for a very long time"
A most enjoyable episode


Sunday, 15 October 2017

A back in time special - It's Wizboyy - Infinity

Listen, I had Wizboyy's album on throughout my travels yesterday and this track took me back, shortened and sweetened my journey, and ended up on replay

Wizboyy, you're great!



Film Africa 2017

D'Prince looking fine as...
Almost Phyno -Phyne :)
Flavour -Phyne


Nice song



I'm between laying lazily on the sofa
half watching a film
catching up on news
music
knowing I need to do my hair,
finish the meal
but right now, i'm simply enjoying my blog which deserves my attention

It has been a glorious day
the sun shone and my entire spirit was lifted

You know I'm in the wrong country right?
Yeah.. at least during the winter months..
Internal hibernation

As Phyno says.. so far so good anyway

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For those of you currently in my part of the world, here's an event I promote each year

Yeah baby , it's Film Africa 2017





Liberia Matters

Ex footballer George Weah looks set to become the next president of Liberia
His running mate, is Charles Taylor's ex-wife [click]

Who has claimed often she knew nothing of her husbands use of child soldiers.

( well.. anything s possible)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 1st elected female Head of State, and outgoing President of Liberia certainly had her hands full.

Taking the reigns of an embittered war torn country, dealing (or not dealing) with corruption, accused of nepotism, admired by women, presiding over the disaster and tragedy of Ebola which killed thousands of Liberians and exposed glaring deficiencies in the countries infrastructure and heath system ....is out



What Liberia will look like under a man is anyone's guess.
I fear corruption will increase, and the threat of instability will be ever present as the male egos take centre stage.

It's too bad that there was no other female, to have taken up the mantel after Ellen. In fact maybe that would have been her greatest legacy, to have empowered and prepared another woman to take things forward.

For some reason, this election feels like a backward step.



With reports of Charles Taylor influencing the decision making from his UK cell, the end result is anyone's guess.
But it's important.



How Liberians vote, and how well the newly elected President does, can be crucial to the on going stability of the region

Perhaps that is Johnson Sirleaf's greatest legacy.
Liberia, has been stable.

On a side note... I love the Liberian accent
that's some real African American thing right there

Weekend WOW Factor pt 1 - Unequal UK and Ethnicity

Ethnic divisions are causing tensions across the Globe it would seem, yet very few of us understand what it is about our ethnicities that lead us to such unbridled loyalty, to the extent that we are suspicious of those outide of our in-group, and practice often incomprehensible attroties at worst, inequality at best,

I do believe that the human spirit can perform or behave in ways that cannot simply be theorised away, but in the main ethnicity and [white] racism are easily explainable .

I think these days more than ever, you cannot have a conversation about racism and not speak of white privilige or what it means, the foundation of racism, race theories et al; you simply.. cannot.
But we try..none -the -less.

One of the the most racist terms, used on an almost daily basis without question is gentrification.
and I urge BME individuals to stop using or accepting use of the term altogether.




A recent report highlighted ( again) the startling inequality that exists in the UK. [click]

Inequalities that exist;
In the health care system
In housing
In mental heath
In relationships
In employment
In Justice
In Law

In every area of life, inequality is maintained and reproduced year in- year out, and continues to be a problem, and with the increase in anti muslim sentiment what we now have is an ever expanding hot bed of people who are increasingly fed up, refuse to be put in their 'place', and are ready and willing to stand up for themselves and others like them for their right to exist, and their right to fair treatment.

Black people have long since been aware that Black people are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than their wife counterparts, the empirical evidence is prolific, but the voices of those who know, have been routinely silenced.

What is interesting about these reports, is on any average day 99.9% of non white people will say that undoubtedly, they are not racist.
So, where is the racism coming from?
Someone somewhere is not being honest.

The only explanation I can surmise from the ongoing racial discrimination that exists in the UK despite a truckload country full of non racists Is that whilst individuals may not 'be racist', they however, may simply benefit from a racially skewed system set up to favour them.
A system in which they received the benefits without ever getting their hands dirty, or proclaiming any direct responsibility.
Which is why many may tell you that their best friend is black / or white, so cannot possibly be racist yet racism still affect and impact on and inform their life experiences

Racism in the 20th century was a story of fear and ignorance, a sordid 'fairytale'.
In the 21st century that fear still exists, and so does a desire to protect that which was gained at all costs.
Racism is historic
Racism is fear of losing.
It is no longer acceptable to be ignorant about racism, neither is it acceptable to say 'I'm not racist' and live a life which never challenges racism.
Simply nonchalantly enjoy the benefits
One has to be 'anti racist' these days.
and that takes honesty.

In America, black unarmed men are more feared than white males brandishing a gun.
Or it certainly seems that way.
With the ethnic profile of those who carry out mass -killings in America, it is amazing that the police's focus of fear remains the black man.
That's pretty deep brainwashing.

For people of Africa descent the story is even more complex.
For those of us who live in the UK , not only do we structure a life within a racially biased system designed not In our favour, but we also have a legacy of colonial divisions among our fellow Africans, or people of African descent.


Within and across Africa, ethnic divisions continue to cause problems from Kenya to Sierra Leone
Never has the call for Biafra been stronger in Nigeria,


and in South Sudan ethnic tensions remain despite what we know.

In the Caribbean, the gap of country to country divisions and ignorance is thankfully not as wide as it once was ( did it really take China to wake up Jamaica?) but colourism still remains a legacy of colonialism that is rife across the Caribbean, and the IMF straight Jacket and American imports (also known as Globalisation) both have a corrosive affect on the people and culture.

Whose culture is it?

The culture is owned by those who live it, who birthed it.
The history of those whose lives both depend on it, and were created by it.

The culture of the Caribbean is Caribbean people.
A hybrid if you like the term
The story of African people in the diaspora.

They have ever right to celebrate that.. yes we do
without apology.



Friday, 29 September 2017

Birthday eve and TGIF

Happy belated birthday to Winnie Mandela, my lovely nephew and a few friends



A mild Friday night as September draws to a close, inviting a few tunes

This one I've had on replay all week, carrying me through..



Enjoy yours whatever you're doing





Monday, 25 September 2017

Luciano - He Is My Friend

The great Luciano
back in time section from one of his finest albums


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Labour Party Conference 2017 Is Under Way

Keep on pushing on..

The people don tire..



Interesting speeches

Honestly, when you believe in something, or have a vision, never give up. Check your intentions and if you really want the best not only for yourself but others related or unrelated.. sounds good to me











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Naija Jams - 3 Hot Tracks to Enjoy

Such a romantic song.


Sings..."who be Rihanna...."
Love Don Jazzy's voice



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D'Prince ft. Wizkid - So Nice

Flavour - Loose Guard

Nice trainers Flavour :-)

Weekend WOW Factor - Birthday Week!

Taken from the album 'Sugarcane'




As I took a walk to my local shops along Chatsworth Road, I was astounded by the number of yard sales lining several roads.
The sight of old dusty books, brick a brak and musty clothes, accompanied by what appeared to be hastily written signs of Lemonade for sale. I walked past at least six yard sales on either side.



I'm never one in favour of cluttering up walkways but apparently the desire to clog our pavements in on the rise, and shows no signs of abating.

But here's the rub.

Recently, I had a conversation with a English woman who explained to me that she moved outside of London because she wanted a more racial mix, especially as she herself had mixed race children, and her desire was, to expose her children to as many cultures as possible.
The area she moved from was Ilford, (?) which had allegedly become a predominantly Muslim area. (her words not mine)
So, she moved her 'mixed race children'( her description not mine) to an area which is predominantly white, with a smattering of other ethnicities here and there for good measure.

What was interesting was that she described Ilford as becoming ghettoized due to the large number of Asians and Muslims who had migrated there.
I asked her why she described a predominantly muslim area as a ghetto, and she smiled.

I asked her why she didn't feel as strongly about predominant jewish areas such as parts of stamford hill ( she herself being jewish)
She explained she didn't like the idea of the cultural silos that existed in London, regardless of which ethnic culture that may be

Back to her description of a predominantly Muslim area as being a ghetto, I asked her why she didn't describe predominantly white areas as ghettoes, rather, the description often assigned, is gentrified, (unless you're from up north) :-) (sorry)
I was playing with her but I wanted to make a point.

The point I want to make here is that whist some may argue that the cluttering of our pavements and displays of togetherness are healthy, I'm going to argue that they are not.
I see little difference to a tom cat spraying his territory.
These emerging displays are little more that an attempt at marking ones territory, reclaiming an identity and saying.. here we are.
Well , ok.... and hi

If however, these displays were overtly non white , there would be an issue.
The women would be told their clothes are an eyesore, and neighbours would complain that the displays are bringing down house prices, and turning the place into an undesirable dump.

These ever-shifting goal posts

I remember when the sight of clothes hung in front yards was considered tasteless - symbolic of poverty (for some), with Tower Hamlets often in the headlines as one of London's poorest boroughs, and prime offender.





Yet now... apparently, it's cool to do it.

Hackney is an interesting place.


Yet like it or not, we do have an emerging group, who are determined to 'bring the place down with this wanton behaviour'. seriously...

Take your shit inside and keep the pavement clear
have you even got a licence to trade?
lol!!.. I jest of course


In all fairness, I personally don't care who wants to sell what, but I find it useful to point out the hypocrisy to those who remain unclear

Nigel Farage and co really did unearth something ( perhaps something dormant) within many people

Quote - Tower Hamlets is, at the same time, one of the richest and one of the poorest parts of Britain. It has the highest rate of child poverty in the country and yet the average salary of those who work in the borough is £58,000, the second highest in the UK after the City of London. This is a place where many kids sleep six to a room yet the borough has an economy worth more than £6bn a year, higher than places such as Malta or Monaco. We were told by the Thatcherites of the 80s that wealth would trickle down." [Source]

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It's my birthday week
Hooray!

I had planned to get away for my birthday but it has to hang on :-( coz here I am, time crept up on me, along with his mates, I- need- and attention.

Still, I aim to enjoy it, both myself and my daughter as you know celebrate ( loosely speaking) on the same day
perhaps I will mark it in the way Ti did and have a BBQ

Only thing with that is... I end up doing all the cooking, so I may have to give it some thought.

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Why did 6 items that have for a year or two cost me approx £15 become £30 overnight?
Doubling of prices on best selling goods.... why such a heavy retail sales mark up
taking the ***

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Things we endure for 'maintenance'
Yep... still grateful



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I'm loving Tiwa's album
Been my Sunday soundtrack
I've been able to catch up on my favourite things this weekend, having been without my trusted laptop all week..
Feels so good x

You have enjoyed 3 of the best.. nice one Tiwa x





Peace x




Sunday, 10 September 2017

Hackney One Carnival 2017

Hackney One Carnival 2017.
..Gets better every year





Congrats to all the women and men dressed in their carnival costumes, they looked fabulous. Stationed at the judging area, they gave their best (despite the chill) to the crowds and judges alike.



However, the real fire was further on down the road away from the judges, where the floats really did their thing for the crowd alone



Ahhh..Pantonic, of all Steel Bands you are emerging as my favourite. Simply cool, they don't miss a beat.... outstanding band.
Seriously... do you know just how much I love them?




The compare for the day summarised the themes well
Among the troops representing well were the Ghana and Gambia contingent








Nice to see the Para troop there, and some elders from St Josephs Hospice on their own Bus, representing well also, I hope they enjoyed the day x.



It was a cultural affair, a very inclusive affair, and fun.
Hackney's largest street festival, and largest cultural festival, opened with a few words from the Mayor.



and that... marks the end of Carnival season until next year...



Bring it on...... we love it!







Peace Xx